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Ronny Markes to Drop to Middleweight for Next UFC Fight
(bloodyelbow.com)
Ronny Markes is coming off a very impressive win over Karlos Vemola at UFC on Versus 5 last weekend, but that doesn't mean he has long-term plans for the light heavyweight division. It has been revealed that he plans to continue his UFC campaign at middleweight. Tatame shares the news: On a chat with TATAME, the coach of Kimura team, Jair Lourenco, revealed his student will go down to the middleweight division, same weight class he was used to fight at in Brazil.
Submitted Aug 21, 2011 9:11PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Karo Parisyan Trying to Put the Past Behind Him, Hoping to Fight Sakuraba Next
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC veteran Karo Parisyan (19-7) will look to reinvigorate his career after back-to-back losses to Dennis Hallman and Ryan Ford, quite possibly by facing legendary Japanese fighter Kazushi Sakuraba.
Submitted Aug 21, 2011 9:02PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Josh Koscheck Returns at UFC 139, Possibly Fighting at Middleweight
(mmaweekly.com)
The long road back to the Octagon for former welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck appears to have a destination.
Submitted Aug 21, 2011 8:55PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Spike TV Executives Spotted at Bellator 48
(bloodyelbow.com)
Rumors of Bellator moving to Spike TV have circulated since the latter's broadcast deal with the UFC came into question. That move now looks like a forgone conclusion after the UFC's move to the Fox family became official this week. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has played the PR game, telling MMA Junkie that they're only focused on MTV2. Despite Rebney's coyness, MMA Nation's Luke Thomas insists that Spike TV executives have told him that a Bellator move to Spike is "very likely."
Submitted Aug 21, 2011 1:58PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
HDNet airs Shooto Brazil's BOPE fundraiser on Friday, Teixeira vs. Eastman headlines
(mmajunkie.com)
A solid four-fight lineup will be part of Friday's HDNet broadcast of "Shooto Brazil: Fight for BOPE" event. The event airs via one-day delay (at 10 p.m. ET) and serves as a fundraiser for Batalhao de Operacoes Policiais Especiais (Special Police Operations Battalion), Rio de Janeiro's military special forces. Light heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Marvin Eastman headline the event.
Submitted Aug 21, 2011 12:24PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC Vet Vladimar Matyushenko Wants Third Fight With Rogerio Nogueira, Return Expected by Year’s End
(mmaweekly.com)
Vladimir Matyushenko wants a third go-around with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, according to his management. And he’d like it to be before the calendar turns away from 2011.
Submitted Aug 20, 2011 10:44PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: ESPN Always Hated the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
At the UFC on Fox press conference, UFC President Dana White told the media that the UFC negotiated with "everyone." Every network you could think of, the UFC talked to. (His words, not mine.)
Submitted Aug 20, 2011 5:48PM by FastKnockout - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX Promo
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC's new partnership with Fox promises to not only bring new opportunities for the fighters but also to breath new life into a stagnant Ultimate Fighter Product. While at the press conference this past Thursday some details were released on the updated format, FX and the UFC have released the above video which provides some more details about Season 15 of the Ultimate Fighter. The video also shows some of the highlights of this upcoming season. I wasn't able to put any names to the faces but from what they show, the fights look to be exciting.
Submitted Aug 20, 2011 4:11PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brazilian MMA Fans Welcome Chael Sonnen With 'Lynching' Facebook Event
(bloodyelbow.com)
It was bound to catch up with him. Chael Sonnen has been spouting off about Brazil for the past year and it seems that finally MMA fans have had enough. Over 2500 Brazilian fans have "RSVP'd" to a Facebook event called "Linchamento do Chael Sonnen" (English: Lynching of Chael Sonnen). The page has the following description: "Guys, everyone is aware of what this insect has been spewing about Brazil, the fighters, of the people of this country, of our culture. I think we should give him a "warm welcome" when he comes to attend UFC Rio on the 27th, since Brazilians carries the fame of being sympathetic, hospitable, warm people, how about a big party for our friend Chael Sonnen?"
Submitted Aug 20, 2011 4:08PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
War Machine planning Oct. 15 return against Gideon Ray
(mmajunkie.com)
With a one-year jail sentence over, War Machine is ready to get back in the cage. The former cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 6" (known then as Jon Koppenhaver) recently announced via Twitter that he'll return to action on Oct. 15 against Gideon Ray at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 4. The promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Submitted Aug 20, 2011 3:13PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal targeted for December
(mmajunkie.com)
An expected lightweight title bout between Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez (19-2 MMA, 9-1 SF) and Jorge Masvidal (22-6 MMA, 4-0 SF) has been targeted for Dec. 17. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the date, though a city and venue has yet to be confirmed. Melendez makes the third defense of his Strikeforce title while Masvidal get his shot after impressive back-to-back victories. In his most recent appearance, Melendez earned a second victory over Japanese standout Tatsuya Kawajiri and with a first-round TKO stoppage at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley." The Cesar Gracie product has since pined for the opportunity to fight the UFC champion, and UFC president Dana White has said he'd love to have Melendez fight inside the octagon. But that opportunity isn't possible as of yet because the champ is still under contract with Strikeforce. And both White and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker have dismissed a possible crossover fight even as Melendez teammate Nick Diaz was able to relinquish his Strikeforce welterweight title for a shot at UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. "Right now, there are no other fighters that are going to go over there," Coker said. "We expect him to continue fighting in Strikeforce and getting ready for a fight in the fall...
Submitted Aug 20, 2011 11:19AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Charles Oliveira signs new four-fight deal with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite an official two-fight losing streak in the octagon, Charles Oliviera (14-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will remain on the UFC roster. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the promotion that "do Bronx" has been tendered a new four-fight deal. Oliveira has verbally accepted the offer, and the new deal is expected to be finalized next week. Oliveira most recently competed at UFC on Versus 5, where he was felled by a devastating Donald Cerrone bodyshot and lost via first-round TKO...
Submitted Aug 20, 2011 11:18AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Lyoto Machida Is Not Apologetic for Asking for 'Anderson Silva Money'
(bloodyelbow.com)
For almost 24 hours, it looked like Lyoto Machida would step in for Phil Davis to fight Rashad Evans a second time at UFC 133. Tito Ortiz ended up taking the fight instead. After announcing the news, UFC President Dana White painted a picture of Machida accepting the fight in principle before turning around and asking for "Anderson Silva money," sparking a fun meme for everyone to have a fun with on Twitter. White told him "thanks, but no thanks" and calmly hung up the phone. Machida spoke to Terra Esportes about the episode, sounding like a man without regret (translation by Tom Mendes): "I ask forgiveness for the misunderstanding, but not for what I've done, because I was not wrong. I never accepted the fight. I was coming back from injury and I had only been training for two weeks. In fact this training routine was only to keep in shape, and not for fighting. "To patch a pothole, the price is different. It's my career on the line. As I've said, I was coming back from injury and was only training for a small amount of time. I only asked for the type of money that would guarantee me tranquility for a certain time, because if I were to lose it would put me on the back of the line of candidates for the title. Aside from also being potentially injured, Rashad is not just ‘any' type of fighter."
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 10:01PM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke targeted for UFC 140
(mmajunkie.com)
John Cholish and Mitch Clarke are the latest newcomers headed to the octagon. The lightweights have been targeted to meet at UFC 140, which takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have yet to be signed. MMAWeekly.com first reported the bout.
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 9:49PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Minotauro' Nogueira Would Not Train With Gay Student
(bloodyelbow.com)
Way back in 2009, Dana White addressed the issue of a gay fighter in the UFC in a video blog for UFC 98. White, hopefully correctly, said it would be no big deal (transcription by MMA Fighting): "I honestly think it would have no impact whatsoever, with not only our fighters, but our fan base," White said. "The guys in the UFC, everybody's so cool, there's great sportsmanship, everybody's so respectful. It wouldn't be a big deal to me, and most of the guys I know in this sport, it wouldn't be a big deal to them either."
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 3:58PM by FastKnockout - 65 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kenny Florian Takes Over Commentary Duties for UFC 134 While Rogan Films ‘Fear Factor'
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC featherweight contender Kenny Florian will take a break from his training camp in preparation of facing Jose Aldo at UFC 136 to head to Brazil for commentary duties at UFC 134: Rio. Florian, who has filled in as color commentator in several past shows, will be in attendance in Brazil to work alongside Mike Goldberg in the broadcast booth. Regular UFC commentator Joe Rogan was unable to make the trip to Brazil due to filming obligations for his return to the NBC show Fear Factor that is currently in production.
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 3:53PM by FastKnockout - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator target Rasul Mirzaev reportedly arrested for death of Russian student
(mmajunkie.com)
Rasul Mirzaev's next fight will apparently take place in court rather than a Bellator cage. Multiple Russian news outlets are reporting that Mirzaev was recently arrested in his native country and charged in the death of a 19-year-old student. Mirzaev and Ivan Agafonov reportedly engaged in a verbal altercation outside of a Moscow night club before a single punch from the undefeated Russian prospect knocked the student down and eventually unconscious. He died from the blow four days later.
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 3:47PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
'Mayhem' Miller arrested for assault charge for head locking sister
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested last week for assault ... TMZ has learned -- after the fighter allegedly put his sister into a headlock and refused to let her go. Law enforcement tells TMZ, Miller and his sis were at some house party in North Carolina -- when his sister decided she wanted to take off.
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 10:25AM by emfleek - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
1st UFC on show on Fox will only televise two bouts
(mixedmartialarts.com)
The UFC on FOX card begins at 6 p.m. and will feature two fights. It will last one hour and be completed before the start of Pacquiao's bout. “We’ll be out of there before Pacquiao even walks to the ring,” Fertitta said. “This is going to be a perfect night for any fight fan. Get together with your friends, watch two big fights in the UFC and then change the channel to ride into the Pacquiao pay-per-view.”
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 9:32AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FOX head: We'd love to have Gus Johnson cover UFC
(mixedmartialarts.com)
After today's press conference, MMAHeat's Karyn Bryant interviewed MMAFOX Sports Media Group chairman. The interviewed touched on a number of subjects, but perhaps non as notable to the hard core internet fans as his hope that Gus Johnson be brought in to cover the UFC.
Submitted Aug 19, 2011 9:30AM by emfleek - 53 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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