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Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao Booked for UFC 138 in November
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC's November trip to the U.K. was only announced this morning and we're already getting news of fight bookings for the November 5th event. Just this afternoon, the promotion announced via Gareth Davies at the Telegraph, that two top-ranked bantamweights will meet on the UFC 138 card when Brad Pickett faces Renan Barao:
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 6:52PM by kopower - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Says Issues With Lyoto Machida, Alistair Overeem Will Blow Over
(mmafighting.com)
As if Zuffa executives didn't have enough headaches with the injury bug that has wreaked havoc on cards for months, there have also been a pair of high-profile flare-ups with major Zuffa stars within the last week. The first one came when UFC president Dana White revealed that Lyoto Machida had accepted a fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 133, but then changed his mind and demanded "Anderson SIlva-money." The second came when Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem seemingly dared the powers that be to pull him from the Heavyweight Grand Prix after he claimed they threatened him with withdrawal from it if he couldn't fight on the desired Sept. 10 date. While the two reports gained heavy traction with fans and media over the last several days, White seemed to indicate during a Tuesday press conference that he expects both situations to be resolved.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 6:51PM by kopower - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Personalities clash as UFC 135 headliners Jones and Jackson visit Denver media
(mmajunkie.com)
It was perhaps the simplest question during a gathering that at times was more frat party than media event. But it produced the most meaningful exchange during a pre-event media tour ahead of UFC 135. Asked by a fan how the fight would go – without getting into game plan, of course – light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) was interrupted by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC). "You know who he is – c'mon man," Jackson said today at the Pepsi Center in Denver, which also hosts the pay-per-view UFC 135 event on Sept. 24. "Who been standing with me, dog? Everybody been wrasslin' me, dog. You already know, player." It was one of many interruptions from the former champ, who bounced between the role of class clown and frustrated MMA veteran as questions about his motivation to fight surfaced. On the other side of the podium, Jones kept a mostly stoic exterior as he responded to persistent attacks about a perceived cockiness as the second-youngest champion in UFC history.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 3:41PM by FastKnockout - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fighter Dan Hardy: 'TapouT Ain't TapouT Anymore'
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC welterweight Dan Hardy, a long-time endorser of TapouT gear, has had a change of sponsor. According to Hardy's twitter account he's moving on to Tito Ortiz' Punishment Athletics. Hardy accused TapouT of becoming "the Corporation".
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 3:36PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer No Longer With the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer has parted ways with the organization. Fighters Only Magazine has the scoop: Brittney Palmer is no longer with the UFC. Following a fortnight of behind the scenes rumblings, her departure from the company has been confirmed and her profile has been removed from UFC.com Fighters Only has been able to confirm her departure but has not been able to unearth any concrete reasons for it.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 1:20PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz Set For UFC 138
(bloodyelbow.com)
Although earlier reports suggested that the UFC would not be holding an event in the U.K. this year, it now appears that British fans will indeed see the Octagon arrive on their shores this fall. Gareth Davies at the Telegraph has confirmed with UFC U.K. president, Marshall Zelaznik, that UFC 138 will be held at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England on November 5th. The UFC's November 19th event in San Jose will now apparently be re-numbered as UFC 139: Marshall Zelaznik, UFC UK vice-president, told The Telegraph yesterday: "I’m very happy to announce UFC 138 will be bringing fireworks to Birmingham on November 5. The last time the UFC was in the second city was UFC 89 in October 2008, and we are very happy to be going back there this bonfire night."
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 1:18PM by FastKnockout - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
One FC Announces Inaugural Card; Baroni vs. Yoshida to Co-Main Event
(mmafighting.com)
The upstart ONE Fighting Championship has announced the full card for its inaugural show on Sept. 3 in Singapore, and some familiar names will be competing on the event to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Former UFC fighters Phil Baroni and Yoshiyuki Yoshida will meet in a 170-pound bout, while TUF 5 cast member Andy Wang will meet Zorobabel Moreira in a 155-pound bout. According to a press release, ONE FC "will feature a combination rule set of modified" PRIDE FC and the Unified MMA rules. The organization will also recognize the Unified MMA rules weight classes and is expected to "make additional major announcements soon."
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 10:08AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Strikeforce Announces Top Fights for Sept. 10 Card
(mmafighting.com)
A slew of fights were recently confirmed for Strikeforce's Sept. 10 card via the organization's Twitter account. Middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will defend his title against Luke Rockhold. Souza (14-2, 1 NC) last defended his title against Robbie Lawler in January. This will undoubtedly mark the biggest fight of Rockhold's career, as the American Kickboxing Academy member has never fought on the main card of a major Strikeforce event before nor for a title. The 7-1 fighter has battled a series of injuries, which have kept him out of action since February 2010. Light heavyweights Roger Gracie (4-0) and Muhammed Lawal (7-1) have also agreed to meet on Sept. 10. The 205-pounders were supposed to meet on July 30, but an injury suffered in training forced Gracie to pull out of the fight. Lawal hasn't competed since losing the light heavyweight title to Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante last August.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 10:05AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC Fight Night 26 likely to take place Nov. 5 in Birmingham, England
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is moving forward on a likely Nov. 5 event expected to take place in Birmingham, England. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with event sources that the show, likely to be dubbed UFC Fight Night 25, could be the first overseas edition of the Spike TV event series. Although not official, the event is expected to take place at the 16,000-seat LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre. Rather than UFC Fight Night 26, the event could be dubbed UFC 138 (which would make a Nov. 19 event, which is headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos, UFC 139 rather than UFC 138). Regardless, the Nov. 5 event is expected to air on Spike TV via same-day delay.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 10:03AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nick Catone vs. Aaron Simpson added to October's UFC 136 event
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight scrap between two fighters boasting modest win streaks will take place at UFC 136. UFC officials today announced that Nick Catone will face Aaron Simpson at the event. Featuring a pair of title fights in the evening's headlining contests, UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 11:34PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alistair Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix, Antonio Silva to Face Daniel Cormier
(bloodyelbow.com)
It didn't take long for Strikeforce to make up their mind regarding Alistair Overeem. Hours after he mentioned that he would not fight on September 10th and Zuffa had threatened him with removal from the Grand Prix, it came to fruition. Tatame first reported that Overeem was out and Daniel Cormier was in to take on Antonio Silva on September 10th: Alistair Overeem, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion, defeated Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce GP’s first round, but he’s no longer fighting at the tournament.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:21PM by FastKnockout - 45 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rory MacDonald Still Wants Revenge On Carlos Condit
(addictedmma.com)
It seems despite being touted as one of the best prospects in MMA today, Rory MacDonald (11-1) is having trouble letting go of the one defeat on his record. At UFC 115, MacDonald found himself two rounds up against Condit, but when the third round kicked off, Condit came out and absolutely destroyed MacDonald, marking up his face and forcing the ref to stop the fight just 7 seconds before the end of the fight. Speaking to Sportsnet.ca, 21 year old MacDonald stated: "I still want my revenge against Carlos, though, because I truly believe I am a better fighter than him. I made a mistake in our fight and he capitalized. It happens to fighters on a weekly basis, and I wasn't the first or last to find myself in that position.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 6:12PM by rockyf - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix
(addictedmma.com)
Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of MMAFighting.com's "The MMA Hour", Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair "The Reem" Overeem (35-11-0-1) had some shocking news to share, as he confirmed that he has been "threatened" by Zuffa to be pulled from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix if he does not comply with a scheduled September 10th date to compete in the semi-finals vs. Antonio Silva. "Stikeforce has requested me to accept the fight for Sept. 10, to agree on that, but I have not agreed on it and I also had some emails, some questions asked, is the fight confirmed? No, the fight is not confirmed. I do not confirm it and I will not confirm it," said Overeem...
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 6:07PM by rockyf - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
ProElite Aug. 27 show to reportedly feature Kendall Grove vs Joe Riggs rematch
(mmamania.com)
It's the rematch you've all been waiting for. Both Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs have reportedly signed contracts with the relaunching ProElite promotion and are being booked to square off at the planned Aug. 27 show in Hawaii. This according to T. Jay Thompson, who announced the news on the MMA Hour.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 2:41PM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Inside the Numbers: Tito Ortiz Will Become the First to 25 UFC Fights
(mmafighting.com)
By agreeing to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 133 on August 6, Tito Ortiz is set to become the first fighter ever to participate in 25 UFC fights -- narrowly beating Matt Hughes to that milestone, as Hughes is scheduled to have his 25th UFC fight in September at UFC 135. Ortiz is obviously on the down side of his career, and until his stunning upset of Ryan Bader at UFC 132 he was treated as something of a punchline. But no one can deny that he's among the great fighters in the history of the UFC. We'll take a closer look at Ortiz's 24 previous UFC fights below.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 12:00PM by pmoney - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dream.17, world bantamweight grand prix likely for September
(mmajunkie.com)
With its second show of 2011 now in the books, the Japanese-based DREAM promotion is expected to host its third event in September, officials recently announced. It's expected to feature the start of an eight-man world bantamweight grand prix. Officials have not revealed a date and venue for the event.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 10:23AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
 
Ben Rothwell: Its Not Right How Champions Act
(addictedmma.com)
Dont call it a comeback ! "Big" Ben Rothwell (31-7), has not been seen in the UFC cage in over a year now. His last steps inside the Octagon saw him take a hard earned decision win over tough kickboxer Gilbert Yvel. Despite the win, Rothwell left the cage with a torn ACL and a deviated septum. After surgery and a hell of alot of work, Rothwell is set to step back into action, and will square off against big hitting Mark Hunt at UFC 135. Speaking to CageWriter.com, Rothwell stated: "I've really worked hard on myself. It's not a comeback. It's an unveiling. I have been off for more than a year, and instead of using it as a layoff I've used it as a huge building block. I posted a few pictures, and people said, 'Whoa, this guy ain't the same.' When I came back to Duke, he said, 'People who are off because of an injury usually gain 20 lbs. You look like you've lost 20 lbs.' ... A lot of these guys, especially champions, I see how they act, and it enrages me.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 10:04AM by rockyf - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Miscellaneous, General MMA
 
Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 3 odds: Who opened as the -130 favorite for UFC 136?
(mmamania.com)
According to noted oddsmaker Nick Kalikas of BetOnFighting.com, it's none other than Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. "The Answer" is the -130 favorite heading into his UFC 136 showdown in Houston, Texas against Gray Maynard on Oct. 8. "The Bully" stands as the slight underdog at +100.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:25AM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rich Franklin's days at middleweight are done forever
(mmamania.com)
Not exactly breaking news ... more of a confirmation of what's long been thought to be the case. Rich Franklin, despite his build and natural body type, has seen his last days in the middleweight division. For the remainder of his career, he will compete at 205-pounds, as he tells MMA Weekly: Video in MMA Playground videos section
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:13AM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
James Te Huna vs. Ricardo Romero added to UFC 135 in Denver
(mmajunkie.com)
A light-heavyweight bout between New Zealand-based James Te Huna (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ricardo Romero (11-2 mma, 1-1 UFC) is slated for UFC 135. Officials from the UFC's Australia office announced the fight overnight. UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 at Denver's Pepsi Center. A title fight between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson headlines the pay-per-view main card. Te Huna vs. Romero likely will be part of the preliminary card.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:01AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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