Bellator's Rebney expects Lawal TNA Wrestling debut in October, Bellator in January
It will be one of the most unique talent-share deals in sports when it finally gets under way, but Bjorn Rebney already is starting to geek out about it.
The Bellator CEO will have to wait until the new year to utilize Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in his cage. But later this fall, he'll get to watch his new star build a new fanbase with the pro wrestling audience.
Lawal (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is expected to make his TNA Impact Wrestling debut next month before returning to MMA in January – when he'll begin moving back and forth between the two.
And though some of the fine print still is being worked out, Rebney believes Bellator and TNA President Dixie Carter nailed it when they signed Lawal to a deal in May that will allow "King Mo" to have his feet in both worlds. TNA's "Impact" airs on Spike TV, the same cable network Bellator moves to in January.
Tito Ortiz Isn’t Retired, He’s Just Graduated From Fighting
A lot of people were taken aback recently when Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ manager said that he believed a Cyborg vs. Ronda Rousey bout would eventually take place, just not at 135 pounds.
It wasn’t so much the rhetoric about the fight, but more so who it was saying those words. And that would be Tito Ortiz, who now claims Cyborg among his charges under his new management company, Primetime 360...
Legacy FC 16 takes shape with Banuelos-Benoit, Hobar-Peterson, Byrd-Leonhardt
Following the announcement of a headlining bout between Will Campuzano (10-4) and Jimmy Flick (5-0) for the organization's inaugural flyweight title, the fight card continues to take shape for Legacy Fighting Championship 16.
The event takes place Dec. 14 at Allen Events Center in Allen, Texas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
In the co-headliner, bantamweights Matt Hobar (5-1) and Steven Peterson (7-2) meet in a rematch.
Hobar won his first five pro fights, which included a pair of Shark Fights victories, before a loss (due to an arm injury) to Peterson at Legacy FC 13. He gets a shot at revenge when he again meets Peterson, a Bellator vet who's 2-0 under the LFC banner and 5-1 in his past six fights.
Also on the card, WEC and UFC vet Antonio Banuelos (20-8), who meets Josh Sampo this coming weekend at Legacy 14, has already been slated for his second LFC fight. He meets fast-rising Ryan Benoit (5-1), who's already posted LFC wins over Cody Williams and Randy Villarreal, in a 130-pound catchweight fight.
Strikeforce CEO Coker explains why Larkin, not 'Jacare,' for Rockhold title fight
Scott Coker usually is rather reserved when it comes to announcing future plans following events that just happened.
But for a change, in San Diego this past month, he wasn't. Both before "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" and immediately after the card, the Strikeforce CEO thought it was a pretty safe bet that middleweight champ Luke Rockhold would next face Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.
And wouldn't ya know it? The once-in-a-blue-moon time Coker spoke publicly about a future fight's near-certainty, it didn't happen.
Strikeforce earlier this week announced Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) next will defend his title against Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF), not Souza (16-3 MMA, 6-1 SF), who made quick work of Derek Brunson (9-2 MMA, 3-1 SF) in San Diego with a 41-second TKO.
Prior to Strikeforce's most recent show, Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Souza-Brunson winner was likely to get a title shot – especially if that winner was Souza, who lost his belt to Rockhold one year ago this weekend.
Jon Jones Says Chael Sonnen’s Time Will Come
Jon Jones Says Chael Sonnen’s Time Will Come to Answer for His Verbal Attacks
Posted on September 9, 2012 by MMAWeekly.com Staff
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took the brunt of the initial criticism when UFC president Dana White cancelled UFC 151 just one week out from its scheduled date.
Jones remained fairly quiet about the situation at first, even though White took him and his coach, Greg Jackson, to task for turning down a last ditch effort to match the champ up with Chael Sonnen on short notice.
When Sonnen went into attack mode – almost immediately – Jones could only sit back and take the unanswered blows for so long before fighting back.
Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos slated for UFC on FX 6 in Australia
As expected, a lightweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K." coaches Ross Pearson (13-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and George Sotiropoulos (14-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will be part of the newly announced UFC on FX 6 event.
UFC on FX 6 is scheduled for Dec. 15 (and airs live in the U.S. on Dec. 14 due to the time difference) in an Australian city and venue still to be determined.
Event sources confirmed the bout with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Pearson and Sotiropoulos will be featured on the night's FX-televised main card with a Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares middleweight headliner. Finals for the show, also dubbed "TUF: TheSmashes," will be part of the main card, as well. FUEL TV and FX are expected to carry the night's prelims...
Paul Heyman backs Brock Lesnar as UFC Hall of Famer, doubts return to octagon
Whether it's WWE or UFC, Paul Heyman believes Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) is a hall of famer. Lesnar's four-year stint in MMA seemingly challenges the UFC Hall of Fame's undefined, intangible standards. It included three consecutive million pay-per-view buy rates (UFC 100, UFC 116 and UFC 121) with half of his eight career bouts having a UFC title at stake. It helped define the first UFC heavyweight to carry the "baddest man on the planet" moniker – one adopted from a post-Mike Tyson boxing era. Can a fighter be a hall of famer with fewer than 10 career outings? With a UFC record that's one loss short of the .500 mark?
I'm of two minds about this. I'm not Brock fan, but like Mask (another HOFer) he brought a lot of fans to the sport, quality fans or not, MMA needed all the exposure it could get.
He also had fuck all fights (though VS top quality opponents), and barely scraped by with an above average record.
What do you guys think?
Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov added to UFC 154 in Montreal
November's UFC 154 event has a new bantamweight bout with a Canadian fighter.
Montreal-based Ivan Menjivar (24-9 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will fight close to his new home when the Canadian-Salvadoran competitor meets UFC newcomer Azamat Gashimov (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the fall show.
UFC officials announced the fight late Friday night.
Jon Jones on Vitor Belfort: "I've already fought more tougher opponents than he has."
When Jon Jones steps inside the cage in Toronto on Sept. 22, he'll be staring across at a walking breathing MMA relic. Though only 35-years old, Vitor Belfort began fighting at roughly the same time as retired MMA legend Randy Couture.
In fact, the now 49-year old Couture handed the then 20-year old fresh-faced Belfort his first MMA loss and the two famously battled twice more with Couture taking two of three against the young Brazilian.
Belfort battled old school legends in their prime -- guys like Couture, Tank Abbott, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Kazushi Sakuraba, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Alistair Overeem and Dan Henderson.
Since rededicating himself to the sport after testing positive for steroids following a decision loss to Henderson at Pride 32 in 2006, Belfort is 7-1 and has faced notables Terry Martin, Matt Lindland, Rich Franklin, Anderson Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Anthony Johnson.
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz says Jon Jones is mentally weak
Tito Ortiz said Jon Jones essentially threw him under the bus in a recent interview.
"I looked at it as he's just a weak guy," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "There's a lot of minds stronger than that. It shows how he can just fold.
"Mentally, if he gets pressed and pressed during interviews, and all of a sudden he just totally turns himself around, you can't be like that, man."
Jones told MMAFighting.com that he was hurt when UFC President Dana White compared him to Ortiz when discussing the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151, which came after he turned down a short-notice fight with Chael Sonnen and the promotion elected to scrap the entire card.
That disappointed Ortiz, who said he stood up for the light-heavyweight champ when fans trashed him for turning down the fight.
"You can't be like that," he said. "You've got to stand for the things you believe in."
John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout added to UFC 154
Canadian lightweights Sam Stout (19-7-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and John Makdessi (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will square off at UFC 154.
The Canadian Press today brought word of the impending matchup, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with officials.
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX.
UFC on FUEL TV 5's Kruth retires, Maldonado gets Diabate at UFC 154
Fabio Maldonado (18-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) can cancel his ticket to England. Instead, it's off to Canada.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that after his UFC on FX 5 opponent Jorgen Kruth (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) abruptly retired, Maldonado has instead been called on to fight Cyrille Diabate (18-8-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC 154, which.
Verbal agreements are in place for the new matchup, but bout agreements have yet to be distributed. UFC officials have yet to make an announcement regarding the switch or Kruth's retirement.
Rousimar Palhares Vs. Hector Lombard Booked In Australia On December 14th
UFC president Dana White hasn't been on twitter much lately, but he popped back up with a doozy of a tweet today. It had been rumored for a little while now that UFC on FX 6 was going to take place outside of North America. That has turned out to be true - the show will go down in Australia on December 14th. And the first fight announced for the card is pretty good.
Tachi Palace Fights 14 streams LIVE AND FREE TODAY! 9PM EST/6PM PST
Kick off your weekend right
with some free MMA! There are some known names on this card, including Micah Miller fighting Georghi Karakhanyan. Ian Loveland and Jessica Rokoczy are also on the card.
Should take you directly to the Sherdog page with embedded stream
Sadly I won't be around for this one... stupid Friday nights...
(walks away muttering)
Jon Jones To Dan Henderson: 'You Should Shut Up And Be Grateful You Dodged A Bullet'
The day just wouldn't be complete without a little more leftover UFC 151 drama. Today, it's Jon Jones going off about Dan Henderson making fun of him for not accepting the fight with Chael Sonnen.
Henderson's comments seem to have gotten under the UFC light heavyweight champion's skin and the champ is still eyeing a fight with Hendo after fighting Vitor Belfort.
Via Toronto Sun:
"I haven't said that anywhere, but you can be the first to put that out," Jones said over the phone. "There's some unfinished business, for sure. I don't think Henderson handled the situation wisely, by making fun of me for not taking the fight (against Sonnen). Dude, you just dodged a bullet and you're talking trash to me? You got injured and you're going to talk trash that I didn't fight Chael?
Chris Weidman vs Tim Boetsch at UFC 155
Two top middleweight contenders will meet in December at UFC 155 when Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) takes on Tim Boetsch (16-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
Multiple outlets, including foxsports.com and newsday.com, today reported that verbal agreements are in place. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed it.
The fight will be part of the main card of UFC 155, which takes place Dec. 29 in Las Vegas at a venue to be announced.
The main card, including a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former titleholder Cain Velasquez, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Rutten, Schiavello and Angle tapped for WSOF 1's NBC Sports broadcast team
Company officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that MMA legend Bas Rutten, veteran combat-sports broadcaster Michael Schiavello, and Olympic gold medalist/pro wrestler Kurt Angle have been selected for the broadcast team.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 and airs live on NBC Sports Network.
The event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, features former WEC champion and recent UFC competitor Miguel Torres in the headliner against an undetermined opponent. Big-show vets Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris, Bobby Lashley, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, John Gunderson and others have already been announced for the still-developing card.
Dan Miller’s Son Doing Well After Kidney Transplant
UFC fighters Dan and Jim Miller may be the ones in the family that get most of the attention due to their prowess in the Octagon, but there is another Miller that has proven himself more than worthy of the title “the toughest Miller of them all.”
Danny Jr., Dan’s son, was so dubbed by his uncle, and on Thursday he proved why, fighting his way through a kidney transplant operation made necessary by a condition called polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
“In March of 2010, he lost all kidney function. Today, September 6, 2012, Danny is now peeing again! Words can’t describe the emotion that we are feeling right now,” wrote his ecstatic mother, Kristen Miller, on Facebook on Thursday.
“He’s still in the OR (operating room) but will be headed to his PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) room shortly. His new kidney function will be monitored extremely closely...
'Best female fighter ever'? Rolling Stone says it's Strikeforce champ Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey can add Rolling Stone magazine to her ever-growing mass media resume.
Rousey, the unbeaten Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion, makes an appearance in the magazine's most recent issue in a short piece 33 pages in – next to a fellow Olympian in recent U.S. swimming sensation Ryan Lochte.
And Rolling Stone cut right to the chase with the all-caps headline: "The best female fighter ever."
Rousey (6-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) is coming off yet another dominant victory, defending her Strikeforce title for the first time with a 54-second armbar win over former champ Sarah Kaufman this past month in San Diego.
That win came on the heels of her title fight win over Miesha Tate in March, which took what for Rousey has become an almost crazy-by-comparison 4:27 to pull off.
The math is what makes that 4:27 crazy, of course. Rousey's three amateur opponents and five professional opponents outside of Tate lasted a combined 4:56 – an average of 37 seconds each. And as is well-known, all tapped to Rousey's signature armbar...