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Page 526 - Top MMA News and Mixed Martial Arts Headlines

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Bud Light renews UFC sponsorship and brings 'Battle on the Bayou' to Spike TV on Sept. 17 in New Orleans
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (April 6, 2011) has announced a multi-year sponsorship renewal with Bud Light, the world's best-selling beer. To celebrate, Brock Lesnar is going home to get on top of his wife. The new agreement with Bud Light means more to fans than just a few well-placed logos and witty commercial spots. In fact, the boys at Anheuser-Busch will bring one special promotional event per year, beginning on Sept. 17, 2011, with a live event in New Orleans airing on Spike TV.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 3:46PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Women's MMA: Potentially Dying in America, Thriving in Japan
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Queen of Pancrase. For those familiar with the testosterone heavy environment of the pioneering MMA promotion, it's something that's tough to wrap your head around. It's not just the MMA business that is changing, it's Japan. A once fiercely patriarchal society is welcoming women into the workforce in record numbers. The role of motherhood, at one time so lauded and respected, has shifted into the background as Japanese women have fewer and fewer babies. These two news items, of course, are connected at the hip. But that's a story for another time and another blog. The times are indeed changing - and that includes MMA as well.
Submitted Apr 6, 2011 3:17PM by machodog76 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Erik Koch vs. Cub Swanson Slotted for UFC 132
(bloodyelbow.com)
Two of the most exciting fighters in the featherweight division, Duke Roufus-trained fighter Erik Koch and fellow featherweight Cub Swanson have verbally agreed to face each other on July 2nd at UFC 132 according to UFC.com.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 10:20PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sluggers Alexander Shlemenko and Brett Cooper meet at Bellator 44
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight bout between recent Bellator title challenger Alexander Shlemenko (38-7 MMA, 3-1 BFC) and veteran Brett Cooper (13-6 MMA, 1-1 BFC) has been booked for Bellator 44. Someone was asking about Shlemenko earlier. Well here's your answer.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 7:40PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Andrei Arlovski's Long-Time Coach Thinks He Should Retire
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlvoski has had a rough 2 1/2 years since beating Roy Nelson by TKO at EliteXC:Heat in October 2008. He's been KO'd by Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov and lost via decision to Antonio Silva. With the growth of his losing streak, many fans have called for Arlovski's retirement, but now his long-time striking coach Mike Garcia has joined the chorus, via Pro MMA Now: "I didn't mean it like he doesn't have the skills. There's just... I just don't want to see him get hurt. There's something not clicking, and you can see in his last couple fights he's not the same Andrei. He says he wants to fight, I hope he does. But if he doesn't , I just don't want to see him get hurt."
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 5:48PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Shogun Rua targets August return after UFC asks him to 'fight again soon'
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming to the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro for its upcoming pay-per-view fight card on August 27, 2011, which means it needs as many Brazilian fighters as it can muster up for the return to "Rio." Rua gonna call?
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 5:13PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Weidman in for Court McGee, meets Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated middleweight prospect Chris Weidman (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has agreed to step in for an injured Court McGee (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) to face Jesse Bongfeldt (21-7-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) at UFC 131.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 5:12PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tyson Griffin meets featherweight Manny Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4
(mmajunkie.com)
Joe Stevenson isn't the only former lightweight who's heading to featherweight for UFC on Versus 4. UFC officials today announced that former lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is following through with a previously announced drop in weight and will meet featherweight Manny Gamburyan (11-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the summer event. Great fight. I've been wondering who Manny would fight next.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 5:10PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA fighter Sergio Salcido killed, friend says MMA industry partially to blame
(mmajunkie.com)
Mixed-martial-arts fighter Sergio Salcido and his friend and coworker, Kevin Joel Romero, were killed early Monday morning at a border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. The Americans were gunned down while sitting in a pickup truck at the San Ysidro border crossing on the way to their jobs at West Coast Beverage Maintenance in San Diego.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:37PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Strikeforce Challengers 15 ratings prove solid, 214,00 viewers tune in to Showtime
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite few big names, this past weekend's Strikeforce Challengers 15 event drew a respectable 0.69 household rating and an average audience of 214,000 viewers on Showtime. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the figures with an industry source.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:36PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
NSAC head: Chael Sonnen needs to answer for testosterone, referee criticism
(mmajunkie.com)
Chael Sonnen's fate as a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter 14" likely was sealed three weeks ago. Sonnen then met with Nevada State Athletic Commission officials in Las Vegas to explain statements he'd made about his use of prescribed testosterone. He also was set to learn what to expect if he applied for a second's license that would allow him to coach the reality show later this year. The meeting – which was also attended by UFC president Dana White, UFC executive Lorenzo Fertitta and other high-ranking officials from the promotion – did not go well.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:34PM by Rabi - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Zuffa Purchase of Strikeforce, Gilbert Melendez Happy to Prove He’s the Top Lightweight
(mmaweekly.com)
Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has said several times over past few months that he believes he is the top 155-pound fighter in the world, but when the talking is over, he’s more than happy to prove it.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:32PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jim Miller Not Planning on Sitting and Waiting for a Title Shot
(mmaweekly.com)
If there’s one thing to know about UFC lightweight Jim Miller, he’s not planning on going the Rashad Evans route to a title shot. That’s not a dig on Evans, but after his win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson last year, the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner was offered a shot at the light heavyweight title and opted to sit out and wait until then champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was healthy and ready to fight.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:31PM by Rabi - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Visa Issues Delay Ronnie Mann’s Bellator Debut, Pushed Back to April 23
(mmaweekly.com)
Ronnie Mann’s Bellator debut will be delayed by a few weeks after visa issues kept him from entering the United States for his fight scheduled for Bellator 40 on April 9 against Josh Arocho.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:29PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
No Cage, No Problem: Tatsuya Kawajiri Ready for Gilbert Melendez Rematch
(mmaweekly.com)
It’s been just over four years since Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gilbert Melendez first faced each other in mixed martial arts competition. The outcome of that fight, which was part of the Pride Shockwave 2006 card in Saitama, Japan, had Melendez winning the bout via unanimous decision.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:27PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Bellator TV Ratings Finding a Niche Five Weeks Into Season 4
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships found a new television home for its fourth season in MTV2. Although the move hasn’t been a ratings bonanza for the promotion or the network, Bellator has carved out a small niche that represents an increase in MTV2’s ratings in the timeslot.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:26PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Carlos Condit Lobbying for UFC 132 Fight With BJ Penn, Waiting on Decision
(mmaweekly.com)
The announcement on Tuesday that UFC 132 would be headlined by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defending his belt against rival Urijah Faber brought up one vital question
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:25PM by Rabi - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘TUF 11' Winner Court McGee Out of UFC 131 With Torn MCL
(cagepotato.com)
Due to a torn MCL suffered in training, Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight bout against Canadian prospect Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos. McGee has been inactive since his submission victory over Ryan Jensen last October, and his current timetable for return is uncertain. Bongfeldt will likely remain on the Vancouver card against a replacement opponent.
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 2:22PM by Rabi - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Murder Sets Back MMA in South Dakota
(ironforgesiron.com)
This story was found by site member Hooligan and he asked me to post it on his behalf. Mixed Martial Arts in South Dakota took a big blow after a fist fight in a Watertown, SD parking lot turned deadly. According to police reports, on March 13th, just after 3am, Jerrin Stulken, a trainer for the Disciples of Combat MMA team, attacked 26 year old Justin Jaton in an alcohol-fueled rage, knocking him out with the first blow. After Jaton fell to the concrete Stulken continued to strike him in the head inflicting critical head injuries, which eventually led to Jaton’s death
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 1:56PM by Rabi - 5 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
Cruz vs. Faber II tapped UFC 132 headliner, event official for July 2 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
A title fight and long-awaited rematch between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and ex-WEC champ Urijah Faber (25-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been tapped the headliner of July's UFC 132 event The latest UFC 132 card now includes: Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (for bantamweight title) B.J. Penn vs. TBA Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller Ryan Bader vs. Tito Ortiz Evan Dunham vs. George Sotiropoulos Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman How awesome does this card look!?
Submitted Apr 5, 2011 9:53AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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