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Ryan Couture Gets Matt Ricehouse for Strikeforce Challengers 16
(mmafighting.com)
Ryan Couture, the son of recently retired UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, is set to face undefeated Matt Ricehouse at Strikeforce Challengers 16 on June 24 in Kent, Wash. Strikeforce announced Couture's opponent Wednesday as well as the main event featuring Caros Fodor against James Terry. Couture (2-0) began his professional MMA career at Strikeforce Challengers 10 last August, submitting Lucas Stark with a triangle choke in 75 seconds. His second fight this past February took a little longer, but also resulted in a submission when Couture finished Lee Higgins with a rear-naked choke in the third round.
Submitted May 12, 2011 4:07PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Bob Reilly Questions Motives Behind Zuffa's Accident Insurance
(mmafighting.com)
Mixed martial arts' most vocal critic in New York acknowledges that Zuffa's new accident insurance for its fighters is a positive move but won't go as far as saying it will help get MMA legalized in the Empire State. MMA Fighting contacted Assemblyman Bob Reilly to discuss whether Zuffa's new insurance policy could help pave the way for the legalization of MMA in New York, and while he at first admitted to not hearing the news, he offered -- for perhaps the first time -- a compliment to the MMA promoters. "I certainly wouldn't disparage that," Reilly said. "I think that's a good thing."
Submitted May 12, 2011 3:42PM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Dolce Not Working With Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson for UFC 130
(mmafighting.com)
Mike Dolce, one of the key members of Team Quinton "Rampage" Jackson for the last couple of years, has not been helping Jackson prepare for his UFC 130 fight against Matt Hamill. Dolce, a fighter who was a cast member on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter but has gained notoriety as of late for his work as a nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach, had been working closely with Jackson since his UFC 92 fight against Wanderlei Silva. The pair didn't have a falling out, however, Dolce was just already booked to work with Thiago Alves for his fight against Rick Story at the same event.
Submitted May 12, 2011 3:38PM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Grappling stud Robert Drysdale finds early success in MMA, eyes UFC title in five years
(mmajunkie.com)
What Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Demian Maia can do, so can Robert Drysdale (2-0). That's the thinking, anyway. Transitioning from high-level grappling competitor to high-level mixed martial artist was made to look easy by the Strikeforce champion Souza and former UFC No. 1 contender Maia. It's not. Ask somebody like Andre Galvao, who has had mixed results so far in his career. The jury is still out on what level of success Drysdale will eventually attain after making his metamorphosis, which remains in the early stages.
Submitted May 12, 2011 3:32PM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Nicolae Cury vs. Luis Santos added to Bellator 45 prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
One of MMA's most prolific prospects, Luis "Sapo" Santos (48-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will make his big-show debut at Bellator 45 against judoka Nicolae Cury (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned that both fighters have agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon. Featuring a pair of season-four tournament finals, Bellator 45 takes place at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La.
Submitted May 12, 2011 3:24PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
CSAC Suspends Sonnen Indefinitely Pending May 18 Hearing
(sherdog.com)
The California State Athletic Commission has suspended Chael Sonnen’s license to fight in the state indefinitely. Reportedly handed down in late April, news of Sonnen’s suspension was first reported Tuesday by MMAWeekly.com. Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the suspension with CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd, who said that Sonnen requested to meet with the governing body once notified. A hearing has been set for May 18 in Los Angeles.
Submitted May 12, 2011 2:32AM by RhythmAndStyle - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lindland Returns Fire on ‘Hendo’ in Team Quest Lawsuit
(sherdog.com)
Matt Lindland loudly answered former teammate Dan Henderson’s lawsuit against him over the Team Quest logo and name. Not only does Lindland now ask the California federal court to dismiss Henderson’s complaint altogether, but in his answer to Henderson’s complaint, he also countersues the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion for claims including trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, deceptive advertising, breach of contract, and interference with Lindland’s future business relationships. Henderson fired the first shot in this legal dispute by filing the lawsuit on Feb. 14, alleging trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and unfair competition against Lindland and his company, Team Quest Fight Club, LLC
Submitted May 12, 2011 1:38AM by ncordless - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, PrideFC, Fight Camp / Team
 
Alan Belcher targeting return at UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted May 11, 2011 5:37PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Judges' monitors approved for UFC 131, officials to request them at NSAC meeting
(mmajunkie.com)
When judges plunk down cageside to score the fights at UFC 131, they'll have more than just their eyes and ears to do the job. According to UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner, the Vancouver Athletic Commission on Tuesday approved the use of cageside monitors for the June 11 event. "It's just another tool for the judges," Ratner today told MMAjunkie.com.
Submitted May 11, 2011 5:35PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former WEC Matchmaker Sean Shelby Takes Over Matchmaking for Strikeforce
(mmaweekly.com)
Business as usual has been the statement of Zuffa since purchasing Strikeforce a couple of months back, but a few changes have taken place within the organization, starting with the matchmaker position.
Submitted May 11, 2011 5:30PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Spike TV Debuts “UFC In The Moment: Rampage Jackson” on May 25
(mmaweekly.com)
Spike TV will debut “UFC In The Moment: Rampage Jackson” on May 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This half-hour special chronicles 32-year-old former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s life as he prepares for UFC 130.
Submitted May 11, 2011 5:29PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rashad Evans: 'I Have More Respect for Rampage Than I Do for Jon Jones'
(bloodyelbow.com)
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."
Submitted May 11, 2011 5:26PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC to Offer Bonuses for Twitter Use
(cagepotato.com)
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.
Submitted May 11, 2011 5:09PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Featherweights Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan slotted for UFC 133 in Philly
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted May 11, 2011 4:04PM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jens Pulver Moving Down to 140 Pounds, Still Headlines Titan Fighting 18
(mmaweekly.com)
ens Pulver is slated to headline Titan Fighting Championship 18 on May 27 on HDNet, but it will be against a different opponent than he had originally planned, and at a different weight.
Submitted May 11, 2011 3:33PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann Added to UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee
(bloodyelbow.com)
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.
Submitted May 11, 2011 3:30PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TapouT Accused Of Stealing, Possibly Selling Mask's Ashes
(bloodyelbow.com)
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."
Submitted May 11, 2011 3:29PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle set for UFC on Versus 5 main card
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted May 11, 2011 11:08AM by Budgellism - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 131: Krzysztof Soszynski vs Igor Pokrajac booked for June 11 with Anthony Perosh injured
(mmamania.com)
The hits just keep on coming. An injury to Anthony Perosh has forced a reshuffling of the upcoming UFC 131: "Lesnar vs. Dos Santos" event on June 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His scheduled opponent, Krzysztof Soszynski, will now take on Igor Pokrajac.
Submitted May 11, 2011 1:32AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Maiquel Falcao cut by the UFC due to legal troubles
(mmamania.com)
That Maiquel Falcao vs. Tom Lawlor fight that was recently booked for UFC 134: "Rio" on Aug. 27? Yeah, that's not going to happen.
Submitted May 11, 2011 1:30AM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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