Paul Daley Signs Contract to Fight Nick Diaz in April
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley, the most anticipated welterweight title fight in Strikeforce history, is officially happening on April 9.
Diaz's manager and trainer, Cesar Gracie, confirmed with MMA Fighting that the British slugger signed the bout agreement on Tuesday, thus ending speculation that "Semtex" would pull out of the fight.
Diaz vs. Daley had already been announced by the promotion, but after Zuffa purchased Strikeforce two weeks ago, Daley hinted online that he may back out of the title fight given his previous relationship with UFC president Dana White.
"Business as usual," Daley wrote on the Underground forum, "what if I don't want to fight for Dana White/Zuffa?"
"Dana white bans me for life from the UFC, Then buys STRIKEFORCE, and thinks im still gonna be EASY and fight on one of the most anticipated fights of the year (vs Diaz)? Which will no doubt make ZUFFA/Dana White money.
"Daley vs Diaz still on?.....Someone better holla at my manager real quick."
Even though White banned Daley from the UFC after Daley punched Koscheck after the bell at UFC 113, the UFC president has said that he will honor Daley's existing contract with Strikeforce despite his feelings towards "Semtex."
Manager: Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald Still on for UFC 129
Nate Diaz is still slated to fight Rory MacDonald at UFC 129 in Toronto.
Speculation arose Tuesday night when the welterweight fighter tweeted: "Can someone tell Canada to quit trippin and let me up in there I'm tryin to get paid."
However, Diaz's manager and trainer, Cesar Gracie, confirmed with MMA Fighting via text message on Wednesday that Diaz will have no problem fighting on the April 30 card.
"Having to jump through some hoops but [Diaz] will be able to make it. He was in Canada four times last year," Gracie wrote.
According to Gracie, Diaz got into a "scrap" in Reno, Nevada, in 2006, and was charged with disturbing the peace. However, the charge never stopped Diaz from travelling to Canada in the past for various promotional events and everything is now in place for him to re-enter the country next month. Gracie wrote that the UFC was "just making sure [Diaz] has all (the) documentation" needed to cross the border for a fight.
UFC 129 will mark the first time Diaz fights in Canada.
Fueled by fans, furied by haters, Ben Rothwell focused on spectacular UFC return
Coming home from an autograph session to a computer screen filled with insults is a jarring experience.
Welcome to the double-edged sword of fandom, a split world fighters encounter when they get to the big show. Up close and personal, they're bathed in praise. Online, where MMA lives and breathes, they're cut off at the knees at a moment's notice.
That goes double for the fighters who bring personality to the table, the ones who don't consult the public relations manual before they speak, or the ones who've decided they're better served as heels.
Heavyweight Ben Rothwell (31-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is upset. He has not decided to be a heel.
Horn-Leites Added to April 30 Superior Challenge Bill
Following today’s announcement that Rich Clementi will face Reza Madadi for the vacant lightweight title at Superior Challenge 7, another championship bout has been added to the Swedish promotion’s April 30 card.
UFC veterans Jeremy Horn and Thales Leites have agreed to square off for the vacant Superior Challenge middleweight belt at the event, which goes down at the Hovet arena in Stockholm. Sherdog.com learned of the matchup Tuesday and confirmed the bout with a source close to the event.
Rashad Evans and Jon Jones Head Up Paradise Warrior Retreat Seminar in N.Y.
The Paradise Warrior Retreat will be holding its next training camp at New York’s The Wat Gym. The training camp will feature five top MMA fighters and coaches in the world as instructors.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion and “The Ultimate Fighter” winner Rashad Evans is one of the fighter-instructors at the camp. The other is new UFC light heavyweight champion and 205-pound phenom Jon Jones (13-1).
NFL Lockout closes one door, opens another for UFC and MMA
Greed will imprison us all.
No one knows that better than the legions of National Football League (NFL) fans that are being held hostage right now by the owners and players inability to come to terms on an agreement regarding how to split the massive amount of revenue the league brings in each year.
They're also bickering over potential rule changes, whether or not to add a few games to each season, a rookie pay scale and many other labor disputes. All of these issues that have gone unresolved for far too long have led to the possibility of a work stoppage.
In short, by the time August rolls around this year, there may not be any professional football. But where one door closes, another one opens and there is always someone standing on the other side, waiting to walk through it.
Enter Dana White and his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
The Salamander Key featuring Fedor Emelianenko opens March 25th in Moscow
Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) may not be the world's top heavyweight anymore, but there's another place for his icy demeanor.
The silver screen.
Emelianenko co-stars in "The Salamander Key" alongside Michael Madsen and Rutger Hauer. The film debuts Friday in Moscow, the same day Emelianenko's management team, M-1 Global, holds its first Showtime-televised event, "M-1 Challenge 24: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa," in Norfolk, Va.
Wanderlei Silva explains 'terrible' picture featuring Shogun bromance
If you thought the above picture of two sweaty Brazilians embracing during jiu-jitsu practice was "terrible," imagine how poor Wanderlei Silva feels.
"The Axe Murderer" has been featured in one of the Internet's most infamous demotivational posters, featuring the former PRIDE stars sharing a tender moment in the gym. But as the poster indicates, unless eye contact is made, we should assume nothing.
Follow link for hilarious picture
Released from UFC, Todd Brown contemplating move to Middleweight
After an unsuccessful two-fight run in the octagon, Indiana native Todd Brown (15-3) has been released by the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed Brown's recent UFC release with his management at MMA Agents.
However, the 5-foot-11 light heavyweight eyes a return to the bigtime, and he's considering a drop to 185 pounds to do it.
"Bulldog" made his UFC debut in August 2010 at UFC 117. With just two weeks' notice, Brown stepped for an injured Thiago Silva and lost a unanimous decision to Tim Boetsch. The loss snapped a seven-fight win streak for Brown.
Spike TV draws 1.3 Million viewers for UFC 128 prelims special
Despite airing head-to-head with coverage of college basketball's "March Madness," this past Saturday's "UFC Prelims" special drew an average audience of 1.3 million viewers.
This past weekend's one-hour special, which featured two live bouts from the "UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones" event and preceded the March 19 card's pay-per-view broadcast, scored a 0.85 household rating.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the figures from industry sources.
'Ashamed' Michael Bisping issues apology for spitting at UFC 127, looks forward to Chael Sonnen smack talk
Michael Spitsbing has broken his silence.
The brash British banger today issued an apology for his post-fight celebration at UFC 127, telling The Telegraph that he was "out of line" for spitting at (not on) Jorge Rivera's corner team after his emotional second round technical knockout victory on Feb 27, 2011, in Sydney, Australia.
"The Count," who flew into a rage after finishing "El Conquistador," admits that the pre-fight smack talk and steady drumbeat of insulting parody videos that "crossed the line" ultimately got the best of him on fight night.
UFC 130 "UFC Prelims" headed to Spike TV; Torres-Pickett and Alves-Story likely
As with UFC 129, Spike TV will air a "UFC Prelims" special ahead of May's UFC 130 pay-per-view main card.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Although the fights for the one-hour broadcast haven't been determined, leading candidates include bantamweights Miguel Torres (39-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Brad Pickett (20-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and welterweights Thiago Alves (18-7 MMA, 10-4 UFC) vs. Rick Story (12-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC).
UFC 130 takes place May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view headliner pits lightweight champ Frankie Edgar against Gray Maynard for a third meeting between the two.
Frank Shamrock: I Did Not Offer to Take a Dive Against Kimbo Slice
Frank Shamrock says former EliteXC matchmaker Jared Shaw's recent claim of Shamrock offering to take a dive against Kimbo Slice in the main event of EliteXC-CBS on Oct. 4, 2008 was fabricated.
"No, absolutely not," Shamrock said Monday on The MMA Hour, when asked by host Ariel Helwani about Shaw's claim. "That's some movie b.s. right there."
After self-diagnosis, Phil Davis ready to go "crazy" at UFC Fight Night 24
After winning his first four UFC fights, Phil Davis (8-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) earned a coveted spot in a main event. It's the first of his brief career – but likely not his last.
The 26-year-old has been on a meteoric rise after a seamless transition from collegiate wrestling star to full-time mixed-martial-arts fighter.
He gets his toughest test to date when he faces veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) Saturday at UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle at KeyArena. The main card, including the Davis vs. Nogueira headliner, airs live on Spike TV.
Originally targeted for a UFC 129 matchup with Jason Brilz, Davis answered the call when Tito Ortiz pulled out of the fight with Nogueira due to injury. The opportunity to fight a bigger-name opponent on a more prominent platform was simply too good to pass up.
Healthy UFC Fight Night 24 co-headliner Anthony Johnson staying at 170 pounds
As part of his current 16-month layoff, Anthony Johnson wrestled with both his weight and a lack of attention.
He admits his knee surgery and a subsequent layoff had him feeling down, and the welterweight gained noticeable weight in the process.
But Johnson (8-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who returns to action Saturday to meet Dan Hardy (23-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a UFC Fight Night 24 co-headliner, said his previous comments about a possible move to middleweight never were serious. Instead, he simply needed some attention.
"When I said I was thinking about going to 185, I just did that to get everyone talking," Johnson, who fights Hardy on the Spike TV-televised main card at Seattle's KeyArena, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) during a recent media call. "It worked obviously.
Kendall Grove vs. Tim Boetsch Set for UFC 130
According to UFC.com, Tim Boetsch will make his middleweight debut against Kendall Grove at UFC 130 on May 28th. Boetsch went 3-3 as a light heavyweight in two separate runs with the UFC. Grove was the season three The Ultimate Fighter reality show tournament winner and is 2-3 in his last five fights.
Integrated Sports Media announces "George St-Pierre: Rush To The Top" PPV special
New Jersey-based pay-per-view distributor Integrated Sports Media today announced the impending release of "George St-Pierre: Rush To The Top," a one-hour special focusing on the early career of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
According to the release, the special will feature footage from all six of St-Pierre's non-UFC fights.
The special debuts April 1 on DirecTV and DISH Network, April 11 on Avail-TVN and April 12 on iN DEMAND. Replays run throughout April and May.
"TUF 14" tryouts draw notables Din Thomas, Wagnney Fabiano, Micah Miller, Kit Cope
Some 400 hopefuls turned out today at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott in Newark, N.J., to audition for the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Seen in the crowd were a few familiar faces: UFC vet Din Thomas, who appeared on the show's fourth season, and WEC vets Wagnney Fabiano, Micah Miller and Ian McCall.
"The Ultimate Fighter 14," which begins production this summer and debuts in the fall on Spike TV, is expected to feature bantamweight and/or featherweight fighters. It's the first time the reality show has featured competitors in the UFC's lightest weight classes.