Alan Belcher targeting return at UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans
After 16 months away from the cage, UFC middleweight contender Alan Belcher is hoping to make a return in September at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou."
His agent, Malki Kawa, today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that Belcher's return fight soon should be finalized.
And the Mississippi native is aiming for a spot on the Sept. 17 card, which takes place in nearby New Orleans.
"He's from Mississippi and literally 25 minutes away," Kawa said of the Spike TV-televised event. "Hopefully (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) can make it happen."
Belcher (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) was scheduled for a UFC Fight Night 22 bout with Demian Maia this past September. But he started to lose vision in his right eye a few months before the event. After consulting with physicians and learning he had a detached retina, the injury forced the 26-year-old to not only withdraw from the fight but also face the possibility of watching his career come to an abrupt end.
Rashad Evans: 'I Have More Respect for Rampage Than I Do for Jon Jones'
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans had a lot to say in an interview with ESPN radio last night at the UFC Fighter Summit. Most of the content was in regards to his beef with current champion Jon Jones, but he also touched on a variety of other subjects that he hasn't addressed in the media until today.
On his twitter war with Jones:
"Yeah I was gettin' into it. I like to talk, and I was gettin' real excited about it. There were a lot of things that made me mad about the whole situation so...I definitely wanted to address a few things."
On going back to Jackson's:
"No, I will not be going back to Jackson's. I'll never go back to Jackson's. Wait, because I don't want to go back there I'm not goin to say never, I'm just gonna say I'm not going back."
UFC to Offer Bonuses for Twitter Use
If you’ve noticed the ridiculous crush of Twitter messages that have flooded the social networking site during the current Zuffa, LLC. fighter summit in Las Vegas, this may be the reason why: UFC President Dana White announced on Wednesday that the fight promotion will begin offering bonuses to fighters for Twitter use, essentially paying them to tweet. Bonuses will be available to fighters who add the most Twitter followers and write the most creative tweets, according to a report from MMA Fighting. Jesus, this oughta be good. No word yet on whether the UFC Octagon girls will get bonuses for incessantly tweeting about their daily agendas.
Those of you who have been paying attention know it is no accident that the UFC has quickly evolved into a major player in the social media world during the last couple of years. As one of its primary PR objectives, the promotion recently partnered with a marketing firm called The Digital Royalty, which specializes in teaching celebrities and organizations how to maximize their presence on Twitter. Turns out, Dana doesn’t just tweet because he likes it. And here we thought one of Twitter’s only redeeming qualities was that it seemed halfway organic and spontaneous. Guess not. Anyway, exactly how these bonuses will work is after the jump.
Featherweights Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan slotted for UFC 133 in Philly
Former WEC champion Mike Brown (24-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 12" semifinalist Nam Phan (16-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will meet at UFC 133.
UFC officials today announced the featherweight fight.
UFC 133, which also featured Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, takes place Aug. 6 in Philadelphia. The city's Wells Fargo Center plays host to the event.
The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though Brown vs. Phan likely will be part of the preliminary card.
Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann Added to UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee
Another match-up has been added to the card for UFC on Versus 5, scheduled for August 14th in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center. The UFC announced last night that talented lightweight wrestlers, Danny Castillo and Jacob Volkmann, would face each other at the event:
UFC President Dana White has announced another intriguing matchup for the August 14th event in Milwaukee, as two lightweight up and comers collide.
"In a battle between two top notch wrestlers, Danny "Last Call" Castillo will face Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann August 14 in Milwaukee," said White.
TapouT Accused Of Stealing, Possibly Selling Mask's Ashes
Of all the bizarre stories that pop up from time to time, this was not a subject I ever really expected to write about. TMZ is reporting that the late Charles "Mask" Lewis' ashes have been stolen and possibly resold by his fellow TapouT founders.
The story is that Mask's sister Carla, allowed Tim "SkySkrape" Katz and Dan "Punkass" Caldwell to take Lewis' ashes and urn for a memorial service. Upon arriving at the service, she found that they were either giving away or selling small vials containing portions of Lewis' ashes to a small group of people whose names were on "a list." From the TMZ report:
Carla believes somewhere between 50 to 100 vials were either "sold, given away, donated or otherwise distributed to several unknown persons."
Not only is Carla PISSED about the vials ... she claims TapouT still has possession of the urn and the remainder of Mask's ashes ... and the company refuses to return them.
Carla is suing for unspecified damages -- citing "overwhelming and severe emotional distress."
Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle set for UFC on Versus 5 main card
Two popular welterweights will clash in August at UFC on Versus 5.
Dan Hardy (23-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Chris Lytle (30-18-5 MMA, 9-10 UFC), who both are coming off losses, have agreed to meet at the upcoming event, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed following multiple reports of the fight.
UFC on Versus 5 takes place Aug. 4, and the event now is set for the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The night's main card, including Hardy vs. Lytle, airs live on Versus.
Benson Henderson vs Jim Miller on tap for Aug 14 / UFC Live 5
A pivotal lightweight contest pitting Jim Miller against Benson Henderson is being targeted for UFC Live 5.
The news was first reported by the Asbury Park Press on Tuesday; UFC officials confirmed the booking shortly thereafter. Going down Aug. 14 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, UFC Live 5 is also expected to feature a light heavyweight confrontation between Stephan Bonnar and Karlos Vemola, as well as a welterweight scrap pitting Duane Ludwig against Amir Sadollah. The event will air live on cable network Versus.
Spike TV to air UFC 132 "UFC Prelims" special in July
Spike TV will air a "UFC Prelims" special in conjunction with July's UFC 132 show.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fights haven't been chosen for the July 2 broadcast, which precedes the night's pay-per-view broadcast. But Melvin Guillard (27-8-2 MMA, 9-3 UFC) vs. Shane Roller (10-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (14-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. George Sotiropoulos (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) appear the leading candidates.
UFC 132 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber headline the event.
The UFC 132 "UFC Prelims" special will be Spike TV's sixth of 12 scheduled for 2011 (UFC 126, UFC 128, UFC 129, UFC 130 and UFC 131 also got/gets them). ION Television also has aired specials when Spike TV hasn't, such as with UFC 127.
Chad Mendes: Fighting for UFC title would be 'unreal'
Chad Mendes can't think of a better time than August to fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
"That's perfect," says Mendes, the No. 3 featherweight in the USA TODAY/SB Nation consensus rankings. "Right after my last fight, it was something that was talked about, so it's been in the back of my head, and I've been looking forward."
Extensive article, pretty good read
Milwaukee to host UFC this summer
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has helped transform mixed martial arts from a controversial, loosely regulated sport into an entertainment phenomenon featuring huge pay-per-view audiences, impressive ratings on cable television and sold-out arenas across North America.
Now, for the first time, the UFC is bringing its adrenaline-fueled act to Milwaukee.
"UFC on Versus 5" will be held Aug. 14 at the Bradley Center, sources close to the UFC confirmed Tuesday. The event will be televised live on the Versus channel...
Bellator Signs Wand Fight Team Instructors Michael Costa and Vitor Vianna
Bellator Fighting Championships is on a signing streak… or is it a Wand Fight Team signing streak?
The promotion on Tuesday announced that it had signed Michael Costa a second Wand Fight Team instructor in less than a week. Just a few days ago, Bellator also signed Vitor Vianna. Costa is Wand Fight Team’s Muay Thai instructor, while Vianna is the team’s jiu-jitsu instructor.
Costa, besides being a Muay Thai black belt under Chute Boxe founder Rafael Cordeiro, is also holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Royler Gracie. The welterweight fighter holds a 10-5-1 record and has fought across the globe, including bouts in Japan and China.
Chael Sonnen Put Back Under Suspension in California
UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen will not be meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in May as originally planned. He instead finds himself under suspension again in California and will appear before the state’s athletic commission next week to appeal its recent decision.
Sonnen had been trying to regain his license to fight again in Nevada, thinking his time had been served in California.
When asked about Sonnen’s current status in Nevada, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer, in an e-mail response, directed MMAWeekly.com to the California State Athletic Commission.