Josh Neer vs. Court McGee targeted for UFC 157 in Las Vegas
A welterweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 11" winner Court McGee (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and veteran Josh Neer (33-12-1 MMA, 6-8 UFC) is targeted for UFC 157 in February.
A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place for the fight. MMAFighting.com first reported the matchup.
UFC officials haven't formally announced the fight.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The event's main card, which is headlined by the first-ever women's fight in the promotion (champ Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche), airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
McGee vs. Neer likely will be part of the prelims.
Alexander Shlemenko vs Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves Headlines Bellator 88 in Georgia
Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves will square off for the vacant middleweight title on Feb. 7 at Bellator 88.
Sherdog.com confirmed the booking with sources close to the bout, who also verified that The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., will play host to the event, which marks Bellator’s fourth effort of Season 8. Promotion officials have yet to release any information about the show, but it will nevertheless air live on Spike TV.
DREAM.18 adds Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Michihiro Omigawa to year-end event
Former top-ranked lightweight Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri (31-7-2) will meet big-show vet Michihiro Omigawa (13-12-1) in a featherweight bout later this month.
Officials today announced the bout as part of the "DREAM.18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year's Eve Special" event.
DREAM.18, which features both MMA bouts and the "GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam" kickboxing tournament, takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Shinya Aoki and Antonio McKee headline the MMA portion of the card.
Plans for a possible broadcast in North America have not yet been announced.
Gunnar Nelson vs. Justin Edwards added to UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London
Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will bring his finishing skills and vibrant personality to London when he meets fellow welterweight Justin Edwards (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in February.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place Feb. 16 at London's Wembley Arena. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
With the addition to the card, the UFC on FUEL TV lineup now includes:
Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald - for interim bantamweight title
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Danny Castillo vs. Paul Sass
Ulysses Gomez vs. Phil Harris
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa
Justin Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson
UFC on FOX 5 salaries: Despite losses, Shogun Rua, B.J. Penn top payroll with six-figure purses
Former UFC champions Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and B.J. Penn topped the disclosed payroll for last Saturday's UFC on FOX 5 event, pocketing six-figure purses despite losing unanimous decisions, according to figures released to MMAFighting.com by the Washington State Department of Licensing.
Rua led the way with reported earnings of $175,000 for his co-main event loss to Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson ($60,000). Likewise, Penn pocketed a hard-earned $150,000 after suffering a brutal beating at the hands of welterweight up-and-comer Rory MacDonald ($42,000).
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann heads UFC on FUEL TV 8, seven other bouts set
Former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1 MMA, 4-7 UFC) returns to Japan to face former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann (12-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
Additionally, a batch of new contests announced for the card includes lightweights Takanori Gomi (34-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Diego Sanchez (23-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC), welterweights Dong Hyun Kim 16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), middleweights Riki Fukuda (19-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), lightweights Cristiano Marcello (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki (16-7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Bryan Caraway (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and bantamweights Alex Caceres (8-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UF
Diego Sanchez set to face Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fuel 8
According to Diego Sanchez, rumors of a bout with Takanori Gomi in Japan are true. Sanchez has been saying for a while that he was going to drop back to the lightweight division for his next bout, but it hadn't been confirmed who he'd be facing off with or where it would be. Talk of a fight with Gomi at UFC on Fuel 8 on March 3rd in Japan popped up last month, and Sanchez has apparently confirmed the news today via twitter:
The news is out SO HERE HAS IT I WILL BE FIGHTING GOMI IN JAPAN.... this is a dream of mine coming up during the pride days #dominate #yes
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) December 13, 2012
Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz in the works for UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16
Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz will likely finish their unfinished business at UFC 158, which is currently slated to take place on March 16, 2013, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All that's required to make it official are signatures ... and good behavior.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White today (Dec. 12, 2012) confirmed that bout agreements have been fired off to Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz, but warned that the deal "isn't done yet" because signatures from both fighters are still outstanding.
Honorio Banario meets Eric Kelly for featherweight title at ONE FC 7 in February
ONE FC will crown its featherweight champion when it returns to action in February.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the promotion has booked a long-awaited matchup between Eric Kelly (9-0) and Honorio Banario (7-1) for "ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors." ONE FC also on Wednesday made the fight official.
ONE FC 7 takes place Feb. 2 at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. the Kelly-Banario fight will serve as the main event.
Edwin Figueroa-Francisco Rivera booked for UFC 156 in February
A pair of bantamweights have been booked for the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card.
Edwin Figueroa (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet Francisco Rivera (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 156 in February. UFC officials recently announced the fight booking, saying verbal agreements are in place for the matchup.
UFC 156 takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The main event is a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson set as co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London
A featherweight matchup seemingly guaranteed to deliver fireworks will serve as the co-main event of February's UFC on FUEL TV 7 event as Dennis Siver (21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) faces Cub Swanson (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new matchup.
Featuring a championship bout between UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and top challenger Michael McDonald, UFC on FUEL TV 7 event takes place on Feb. 16 at London's Wembley Arena.
Bellator 84 lineup complete with two tourney finals, eight prelims
The scrapping of a planned featherweight tournament final leaves Friday's Bellator 84 season finale official with three main-card bouts, plus eight prelims.
Rad Martinez (14-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (11-1-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) was moved off this past Friday's Bellator 83 event when Shamhalaev got food poisoning. The bout held a hopeful spot at Bellator 84 this week, but Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney on Tuesday said he spoke too soon when announcing it this past week.
Six years later, 'TUF: Brazil 2' coach Nogueira expecting different Werdum
To put it simply, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) knows Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is not the same man he faced in 2006 – not even close.
So when the two meet this summer following a stint as opposing coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2," Nogueira said he's expecting a completely different fight.
"Each fight is different," Nogueira told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I know it's not going to be the same fight. I don't think it's going to come to boxing like the last fight."