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‘UFC Prelims Live’ Specials Return to Spike TV with UFC 128
(sherdog.com)
Spike TV will once again broadcast a “UFC Prelims Live” special, as the cable network will air two UFC 128 undercard contests one hour prior to the event’s pay-per-view broadcast. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a source close to the broadcast, which MMAJunkie.com first reported Tuesday morning. The free special will feature a light heavyweight duel between former heavyweight prospect Karlos Vemola and hard-hitting Brazilian Luis “Banha” Cane, as well as a lightweight shootout between strikers Anthony Njokuani and Edson Barboza. UFC 128 will go down March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and will be headlined by a light heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and up-and-comer Jon Jones. Vemola looks to capitalize on his successful light heavyweight debut, as the powerful Czech most recently pounded out Seth Petruzelli at UFC 122 in November. In his last bout at heavyweight, the London Shootfighters product was outpointed by powerful wrestler Jon Madsen at UFC 116. That loss marked the first and only defeat of Vemola’s career.
Submitted Feb 22, 2011 2:10PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Announces Prelim Streaming Plans For UFC 127 (Updated)
(mmajunkie.com)
In addition to the night's pay-per-view main card, UFC 127 will feature four televised or streamed UFC 127 preliminary-card bouts. UFC officials recently announced that two bouts from this weekend's event stream on Facebook (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), and then ION Television carries an additional pair of fights (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). The ION fights are scheduled to be Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson and James Te Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson. The Facebook fights are scheduled to be Jason Reinhardt vs. Zhang Tie Quan and Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge. Update: Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring has been added to the ION fights, so they will now show 3 fights instead of 2.
Submitted Feb 22, 2011 9:35AM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hector Lombard To Face Falaniko Vitale In Non-Title Fight At Bellator 44
(mmajunkie.com)
It's back to business for Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard. The hard-swinging fighter is expected to meet Falaniko Vitale in a non-title bout on May 14 at Bellator 44. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Lombard, who won Bellator's season-one tournament to become champion, beat back the first challenger to his belt this past October when he took on season-three tourney winner Alexander Shlemenko and earned a unanimous-decision win at Bellator 34. Vitale returned to active competition this past year and put together back-to-back wins in his home state of Hawaii.
Submitted Feb 22, 2011 9:32AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Sources: Strikeforce to Delay April GP Fights
(sherdog.com)
With the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in the books, April 9 had become the focus for the other half of the quarterfinals, but it now appears that fans will have to wait a little longer to see who will be squaring off with Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov.
Submitted Feb 21, 2011 9:05PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Efrain Escudero vs. Fabricio Camoes slotted for Tachi Palace Fights 9 in May
(mmajunkie.com)
"The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero looks for his third consecutive post-UFC win when he meets fellow UFC vet Fabricio Camoes at May's Tachi Palace Fights 9 event. Soon after Camoes defeated Steve Lopez at this past weekend's Tachi Palace Fights 8 event, Escudero left the broadcast booth and entered the cage. Officials then announced the Escudero vs. Camoes bout.
Submitted Feb 21, 2011 4:19PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Darren Elkins dropping to 145, likely meets Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131
(mmajunkie.com)
Darren Elkins is dropping a weight class and is expected to make his featherweight debut against Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the planned bout with sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place but bout agreements not signed. Although not officially announced, UFC 131 is expected to take place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Submitted Feb 21, 2011 4:18PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz Slated for UFC 129 in Toronto
(bloodyelbow.com)
A light-heavyweight bout between Vladimir Matyushenko and Jason Brilz is being finalized for April's UFC 129 event in Toronto. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place and that bout agreements are being finalized. Brilz was expected to meet Matyushenko this past November at UFC 122 before a back injury forced him to pull out of the overseas show.
Submitted Feb 21, 2011 4:15PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lindland suing Dan Henderson over rights to Team Quest name
(mixedmartialarts.com)
in a legal battle. Hendo is suing linland for the rights of Team Quest. Looks like Quest is all but done and Hendo will probably end up with the name. You heard it here first.
Submitted Feb 21, 2011 3:50PM by machodog76 - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Tim Credeur vs. Ed Herman targeted for TUF 13 Finale in June
(mmajunkie.com)
Dustin Poirier isn't the only Gladiator Academy product planning to do work in June. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed that Tim Credeur (12-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is also expected to return to the octagon in June in order to take on "The Ultimate Fighter 3" finalist Ed Herman (19-7 MMA, 4-5 UFC). The two are expected to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale in a matchup that was first reported by HeavyMMA.com.
Submitted Feb 21, 2011 9:52AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya in the works for June's UFC 131 event
(mmajunkie.com)
Fast-rising featherweight prospect Dustin Poirier (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will soon tangle with Brazilian submission ace Rani Yahya (16-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed that both fighters have verbally agreed to meet at June's UFC 131 event. Bout agreements for the contest, which was first reported by Heavy.com, are expected to be finalized shortly. While not yet officially announced by the promotion, UFC 131 is expected to take place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Submitted Feb 20, 2011 12:00PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tito Ortiz Off UFN 24, Davis Faces Nogueira
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC's first-ever trip to Washington has undergone a major overhaul. UFC president Dana White today announced that Tito Ortiz has been forced out of the UFC Fight Night 24 main event after receiving stitches, and Phil Davis has been tapped as a replacement opponent for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Davis had been expected ot next fight at UFC 129.
Submitted Feb 19, 2011 5:48PM by DCRage - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Keith Hackney: Where Is He Now?
(sherdog.com)
Held on Sept. 9, 1994, UFC 3 had some notable tweaks from its two predecessors. It remained in a one-night, tournament format but with an eight-man field, instead of 16. The canvas, previously white, was replaced with a more viewer-friendly blue. It was, in a sense, a social phenomenon coming to terms with its own success, which was accompanied by an equal dose of notoriety. Naturally, that was exactly when Art Davie, then co-owner of the UFC, made the call to Keith Hackney. It came during the peak time for Hackney’s primary business, a heating and air conditioning company he founded in 1980 and still runs today. His background included boxing, tang soo do, five years of kenpo and a year of high school wrestling, in which he made the state tournament as a 98-pound sophomore. After Hackney responded to a magazine ad, event organizers told him the roster was full but that, perhaps, a future slot could be in the works. “He said somebody backed out and they had a space for me. It was one week before the fight,” Hackney says. “I thought if I said no, they wouldn’t call me back in the future, so I said, ‘I don’t care. I’ll fight. Get me on a plane.’ Art said, ‘Whoa! Let me tell you who you’re competing against.’ I didn’t care. I wanted to fight.”
Submitted Feb 19, 2011 11:20AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, Miscellaneous
 
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes in the works for UFC 131 in Vancouver
(mmajunkie.com)
After dropping hints of a possible move to 145 pounds, two-time lightweight title challenger Kenny Florian (14-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) erased all doubts. On the latest edition of ESPN's "MMA Live" series, Florian announced he'll meet Brazilian featherweight Diego Nunes (16-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at June's UFC 131 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since verified that both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight and that bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly. UFC 131, which is expected to take place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It's currently unknown if the Florian vs. Nunes fight will factor into the evening's main card. For Florian, the move confirms he'll now compete in an incredible fourth different weightclass for the UFC.
Submitted Feb 19, 2011 11:14AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Boss: No Ricco Rodriguez Deal
(mmajunkie.com)
Ricco Rodriguez has not joined the Bellator Fighting Championships roster. Although the fighter recently gave an interview in which he said he has signed a contract with the promotion, an official denied those claims. "Ricco's a great fighter enjoying a spectacular rebirth to his career, but he is not signed to Bellator," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said when reached for comment.
Submitted Feb 18, 2011 10:18PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Rich Franklin Gets Tattooed After Losing UFC 126 Bet With Forrest Griffin
(mmafighting.com)
This one's gonna leave a mark. Prior to their UFC 126 co-main event fight, Rich Franklin and opponent Forrest Griffin joked about the loser getting tattooed. At least it seemed like a joke. But don't ever say Rich Franklin isn't a man of his word. True to his promise, Franklin -- who lost the fight via unanimous decision -- visited a tattoo shop on Friday to begin the process of getting inked.
Submitted Feb 18, 2011 8:09PM by pmoney - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Sportfight Champ Official for Bellator’s 205-Pound Tournament
(sherdog.com)
Sportfight heavyweight champion D.J. Linderman (Pictured) will make the cut to 205 pounds in order to compete in the inaugural Bellator Fighting Championships light heavyweight tournament. The promotion on Friday made Linderman’s participation in the Season 4 draw official. Bellator is looking better every day! I never post news so some one let me know if I'm doing it wrong.
Submitted Feb 18, 2011 5:23PM by machodog76 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Brandon Vera Wants To Know "The Truth" About Thiago Silva's Urine Sample
(mmamania.com)
And he also hoped that he's the person to welcome Silva back to UFC...once he gets back himself. "I roll with Phil Davis. I roll with Travis Browne. I roll with Junior dos Santos. I roll with the Nogueira brothers. When I'm in the half guard underneath somebody and I have their leg, and my other leg's half-cocked up on their arm pit, I can rock people back and forth. I can rock you and either stand back up or get the sweep. I remember when I was underneath him and I was pushing him back and forth. I was thinking, ‘What the hell? Why is this guy so damn strong?' And I remember thinking during the fight, ‘Yo, I gotta start lifting weights again.' He was one of, if not the strongest dudes I ever rolled with in my life ... There's stuff I want to say about you, Thiago. You know, I'm glad you were happy winning the way you were. It's cool, man. It's cool. If this thing comes back and you did do whatever you did and I make it back to the UFC, on your welcoming back party, I want to make sure I'm the one you get to fight. And I promise if you take me down, I'm going to get back up. Then I'm going to punish you on the feet just like I did while we were fighting, until you took me down. Then you gave it to me, but you won't take me down next fight. So I'm glad you got to showboat. I'm glad you got to win, kind of. But I'm gonna see you again soon, bud."
Submitted Feb 18, 2011 5:02PM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Was Fedor's Loss the Desired Result For Strikeforce?
(mmamania.com)
If what Ariel Helwani is saying is to be believed, then the answer quite possibly is yes. "I don't think that they will admit this to us on the record at least but, trust me, I'm not going to call anyone out but I spoke to a few people in Strikeforce who, when I said ‘what does this mean?', a smile instantly appeared on their face. I mean, I'm not saying that they're rooting for Fedor, obviously not, but let's be honest, I mean, everyone knows that it's very hard to deal with M-1. So, now, April 9th it's not an M-1 Global & Strikeforce event. That's just a Strikeforce event."
Submitted Feb 18, 2011 4:58PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
M-1 and Showtime Reach Broadcast Deal, First Event Airs on March 25
(mmafighting.com)
International fight promotion M-1 Global and premium U.S. cable channel Showtime have reached a deal to televise four U.S. events in 2011, MMA Fighting has learned. The first event will take place on March 25 at the Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. and air at 11 p.m. ET. It will be the first of four M-1 U.S. Challenge shows to appear on the network this year, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The deal is expected to be officially announced on Friday morning. M-1 is best known as the company that manages the career of Russian MMA great Fedor Emelianenko, but a promotional arm has been running events in Europe and other parts of the world for over a decade.
Submitted Feb 18, 2011 8:31AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
 
Ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley headlines HDNet's Titan FC 17 on March 25
(mmajunkie.com)
Former WWE star and ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley returns to the cage on March 25 to headline the HDNet-televised Titan Fighting Championships 17 event. Officials today announced Lashley (5-1) fights M-1 Challenger James Jack (6-2-1) at the show. The event takes place March 25 at Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. A previously announced bout between Phil Baroni and Nick Nolte co-headlines the show. "We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the MMA community following our HDNet debut on Jan. 28," stated Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly, who featured an Abe Wagner vs. Tim Sylvia headliner this past month. "A lot of unique opportunities have presented themselves to Titan since the show, and working with Bobby Lashley was one of them. We are really excited to be working with Bobby as he continues his pursuit of MMA greatness."
Submitted Feb 18, 2011 8:30AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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