Walel Watson vs. Mitch Gagnon slated for UFC 152 in Toronto
A bantamweight bout between Walel Watson (9-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Mitch Gagnon (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to the quickly filling UFC 152 card.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The event's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho set for UFC 154 in Montreal
A featherweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" cast member Rodrigo Damm (10-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Canadian fighter Antonio Carvalho (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set for November's UFC 154 event.
UFC officials today announced the booking.
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia Meet for the Fourth Time at One FC 5
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is slated to make his One FC debut at the promotion’s “Pride of a Nation” event on Aug. 31 in the Philippines.
It will come against a different opponent than originally expected, however. Arlovski was expected to square off with Sao Palelei at One FC 5, but a recent shifting of gears now has him facing fellow former UFC champion Tim Sylvia, according to MMAWeekly.com sources.
Arlovski (17-9) has had a rough go of it since exiting the UFC in 2008. He started off by winning back-to-back bouts, but then embarked on a four-fight skid that left him searching. He has since rebounded with two recent victories before signing with One FC.
Arlovski was originally set to face Palelei, but the Australian tweeted that he would no longer be facing Arlovski because One FC wanted him to sign a five-fight contract and he refused.
In enters Tim Sylvia...
With Diaz in wait, UFC 150's Henderson can't count on third Edgar fight
While UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is granting former titleholder Frankie Edgar a rematch in the headlining bout of next week's UFC 150 event, he can't count on the same treatment should he lose his belt.
UFC president Dana White today confirmed that Nate Diaz will indeed face the winner of next week's Henderson vs. Edgar matchup, meaning a Henderson loss won't result in a trilogy bout with Edgar.
"We have to get [the division] moving again," White said.
UFC president Dana White slams door on Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva superfight
Cesar Gracie wrote this past week that he would respectfully ask UFC president Dana White to make a superfight between Nick Diaz and middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
The answer to that request already is no, UFC president Dana White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com.
"I can tell you this, not theoretically – Diaz/Anderson is not going to happen," he said. "That's just ridiculous."
Penn and MacDonald to VADA? 'VADA, WADA, badda, nada,' says UFC boss White
UFC president Dana White said he won't stand in the way of B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald's enrollment with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Despite the fact that a positive pre-event drug test could cast a cloud over their fight at UFC 152, White said the decision was "their business."
"B.J. wants to go drug test every friggin' two days, good for him," White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com. "Knock yourself out."
Shogun Rua Tired of Title Questions, Believes Brandon Vera Deserves More Respect
There are four fighters who could potentially get a light heavyweight title shot after UFC on Fox 4 is over, but everyone seems to be aiming directly at one person as the most likely candidate.
The criteria set forth by UFC president Dana White is whoever is most impressive during the Saturday night fight card will get the next crack at the 205-pound champion.
Most assume it’s Mauricio “Shogun” Rua who has the easiest path to the title shot, and so the questions are already coming at him rapid fire as if he’s already earned it.
But when you hear the tone in his voice and the direction in which he answers, he’s clearly not happy that everyone seems to be looking past his opponent, Brandon Vera.
UFC boss says B.J. Penn a UFC Hall of Famer but could have been among greatest ever
According to UFC president Dana White, former dual-division champion B.J. Penn will one day be in the UFC Hall of Fame.
"I love B.J.," White on Thursday said. "B.J. has been a huge star for us for a long time. I think B.J. could be up in there in the talks of 'Who is the greatest of all-time.'"
But that doesn't mean he thinks "The Prodigy" has fully delivered on his potential as a mixed martial artist. The two share a long, contentious past about the topic.
"If you look at B.J. Penn's career, count how many times he was in phenomenal shape," White added.
White later explained the two had a fiery friendship that resembled family members rather than business associates.
Some of that fire was related to whether Penn would fight at 155 pounds or 170.
But the executive added that given their relationship, his observation probably won't be received warmly.
"I've said it for years about B.J. B.J. is [expletive] tough as nails, has an unbelievable chin – a rock head," White said. "If you look at some of the fights he's had where he's on the bottom and he's getting smashed, the guy doesn't cut. His skin, I don't know what his skin is made out of. He doesn't cut. He's just this kid that was born and built to fight, and he's crazy like that. He'll come in and fight.
"The big beef with me and him during the Georges St-Pierre 'Primetime.' Remember? When I said, 'The guy's not doing anything. He's blowing off his training and this and that.' He got all upset about it, and he'll be all upset about this now, too."
UFC President Says it’s Time for Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin to Walk Away
It’s been nearly a year since Matt Hughes lest set foot in the Octagon, and if it’s up to UFC president Dana White, the time that it has been will only get longer and longer.
In short, he wants the former UFC welterweight champion to retire. Period.
It is something Hughes has contemplated, but has yet to pull the trigger on. White, however, has his own mind made up.
“Hughes is one of these guys that I absolutely positively want Matt Hughes to retire. I mean, what else is there to accomplish. The guy has done everything,” said White after Thursday’s UFC on Fox 4 press conference.
“There’s nothing left to prove, but it’s so hard for these guys to say, ‘I’m retired.’ It was the same thing with Chuck (Liddell); going through it with Matt.”
Perhaps more surprising than saying he wanted Hughes to retire, however, was White’s steadfast belief that Forrest Griffin should hang up the gloves as well.
“I would like Forrest to retire. Nothing left for Forrest to prove either,” White declared.
“He won The Ultimate Fighter; had an amazing career. He won the title when people thought he couldn’t. He became a huge star. He made (expletive) of money. He’s got a beautiful wife; he’s got a baby.
“If you don’t want to be a world champion, why? What’s the point? I get it. It’s hard to walk away from walking into the arena with big crowds and all the (expletive).
“There comes a point man. You’ve had an amazing career; you’ve done great things. There’s nothing left to prove.”
Corey Hill also out of XFC 19, Nicolae Cury vs. Roger Carroll tapped new headliner
The revolving door that is XFC 19's main event has yet another change.
After Mike Bronzoulis (14-5-1) scratched for undisclosed reasons earlier today, Corey Hill (6-4) then was matched up with welterweight replacement Roger Carroll (11-5).
However, Hill also is now out of the event for undisclosed reasons, and officials have announced Carroll vs. Nicolae Cury (6-3) as Friday's new main event.
The new XFC 19 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV)
Roger Carroll vs. Nicolae Cury
Felice Herrig vs. Simona Soukupova
David Mays vs. Nick Newell
Shane Crenshaw vs. Jason Hicks
Joe Elmore vs. Kevin Forant
Lawson McClure vs. Keith Richardson
Johnny Buck vs. Ricky Rainey
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
Joey Carroll vs. Jeff Tharington
Zach Klouse vs. Tony Scarlett
Brian Karmolinski vs. Carlos Vivas
Francisco Trinaldo announces UFC 153 fight with Gleison Tibau
Francisco "Massaranduba" Trinaldo (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will fight fellow Brazilian lightweight Gleison Tibau (25-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) at UFC 153.
Trinaldo announced the fight via Facebook. However, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the matchup, and UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement.
This fight is awesome two huge strong lightweights going at it.
It also makes 12 fights so looks like this stellar card is complete, I wonder why the Mutante/Sarafian fight never came to fruition.
Hominick vs. Garza Official For UFC 154 This November
A featherweight contest between Pablo Garza and Mark Hominick is official for UFC 154 this November in Canada.
UFC officials announced the news today.
The event takes place on November 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and is expected to feature a welterweight title unification bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit.
Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson set for UFC 152
Two more fights have been added to the UFC’s Toronto return. Brazilian standout Charles Oliveira will take on former WEC featherweight Cub Swanson.
Also, Dan Miller will look to go 2-0 since dropping to welterweight when he meets hometown fighter Sean Pierson.
Sep 22, 2012 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson [fw title]
- Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
- B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
- Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
- Dan Miller vs. Sean Pierson
- Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant
- Igor Pokrajac vs. Vinny Magalhaes
- Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes
- Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Aaron Simpson Faces Mike Pierce in Welterweight Clash at UFC on FX 5
The fifth installment of the UFC's fight series on FX has another bout. Aaron Simpson will continue his welterweight campaign as he takes on veteran Mike Pierce as part of the UFC on FX 5 fight card. That event is set to be held October 5th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between Travis Browne and Antonio Silva.
The match-up was confirmed by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Tim Means meets UFC newcomer Abel Trujillo at UFC 151
Tim Means (18-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will look to build on a quick knockout win when he meets UFC newcomer Abel Trujillo (9-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in September.
Representatives from Authentic Sports Management recently announced Trujillo's signing with the UFC, and late Wednesday, UFC officials announced Means as his first opponent.
The lightweights will face off on Sept. 1 at UFC 151, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas with a main card airing on pay-per-view and prelims expected for FX and Facebook.
Trainer of UFC fighter Chael Sonnen jailed in Portland
The head trainer of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Chael Sonnen was jailed Wednesday for allegedly violating the terms of his supervised release from prison on a fraud conviction.
David Shelofsky, a 44-year-old West Linn resident, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul J. Papak, who ordered him to held in the Multnomah County Jail until he appears next week to contest his detention.
It's unclear what Shelofsky might have done, if anything, to violate the terms of his post-prison supervision.
Shelofsky, a former California police officer, had served as a fraud investigator for U.S. Bank in Portland before getting caught embezzling $1.5 million of the money he had recovered for the bank. He was sentenced in March 2008 to a little more than three years in prison. He got out in August 2010.
Ed Soares vetoes Jon Jones and Chris Weidman Fights; Open to Nick Diaz
We're still far away from finding out UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's next opponent.
But on Wednesday, Silva's manager, Ed Soares, emphatically stated he doesn't think a bout with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the right fight to make.
Speaking with reporters at the UFC on FOX 4 open workouts at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Soares ridiculed the notion of making a champion vs. champion superfight.
"I don't think it's a good fight," Soares said. "I think No. 1, Jon Jones, said he doesn't want the fight, and Anderson said he doesn't want the fight. What is it going to do for Jones if he goes go down in weight to fight Anderson? If he loses it's going to ruin him. If Anderson Silva moves up in weight and fights Jon Jones, here's a lighter guy who's going to take my title? C'mon dude.
Fox Sports Introduces Ref Cam for UFC on Fox 4
Fox released a press statement on Wednesday about the Ref Cam, which it will introduce at Saturday’s UFC on Fox 4: Shogun vs. Vera event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Ref Cam will bring fans “to a place they’ve never been – inside the Octagon, within inches of the fighters battling in the cage.”
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo Dos Santos targeted for UFC 153
Heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Geronimo Dos Santos (31-14 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are likely headed to UFC 153.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place for the bout. Brazilian website Tatame first reported the pairing.
UFC 153 takes place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The event's main card, including a featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and top contender Erik Koch, airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX.