Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's arm not broken after UFC on Fuel TV 10 Loss
As Dallas mentioned in his main event dissection on Saturday, it's hard not to be a fan of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The world's top heavyweight, before Fedor Emelianenko was a name fighter, he's been a premier name in the sport of mixed martial arts for close to 15 years. That's come with it's ups and downs, and tonight was by no means the lowest point. It was at least for me, however, a very odd crossroads. Seeing Nogueira get his arm snapped by Frank Mir in a fight he was winning (or to see him get TKO'd by Cain Velasquez) was one thing, but to see him get out-techniqued to a submission loss was somehow unfamiliar; it was harder to process.
Coupled with that was a fear that once again Nogueira had suffered serious injury in defeat. In a career that has long been centered on an almost impossible toughness it felt wrong that Nogueira should also suddenly become fragile. And while there's no taking away the loss, there's good news on the injury front. Nogueira's coach, Luiz Dorea, tweeted shortly after the fight that x-rays had come back clean and Minotauro is free from injury.
Brian Bowles fails UFC 160 drug test due to elevated T/E levels
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has temporarily suspended Brian Bowles after saying he tested positive for elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels following his loss at UFC 160.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bantamweight came back with an T/E ratio of more than 20-to-1. The commission's official limit is 6-to-1.
Kizer said Bowles hadn't applied for a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone-replacement therapy prior to the event. The fighter declined comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com today.
UFC on FUEL TV 10 weigh-in results: Nogueira, Werdum come in light
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's official UFC on FUEL TV 10 fighter weigh-ins, where all competitors successfully made weight.
The festivities took place at Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, the same venue that hosts Saturday's FUEL TV-televised event.
Among those weighing in were heavyweight headliners Fabricio Werdum (242 pounds) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (232). Werdum came in four pounds lighter than his most recent fight at UFC 147, and Nogueira was down 11 pounds from his weigh-in at UFC 153.
"The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2" welterweight-tournament finalists William Macario and Leonardo Santos also weighed in and each weighed 170 pounds.
The full weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 8 p.m. ET)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (237) vs. Fabricio Werdum (242)
William Macario (170) vs. Leonardo Santos (170)
Rafael Cavalcante (204) vs. Thiago Silva (206)
Jason High (170) vs. Erick Silva (170)
Eddie Mendez (184) vs. Daniel Sarafian (186)
Rony Jason (146) vs. Mike Wilkinson (145)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 5:15 p.m. ET)
Raphael Assuncao (135) vs. Vaughan Lee (134)
Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes - fight canceled due to Markes' car accident
Felipe Arantes (146) vs. Godofredo Castro (146)
Ildemar Alcantara (171) vs. Leandro Silva (169)
Rodrigo Damm (146) vs. Mizuto Hirota (146)
Caio Magalhaes (186) vs. Karlos Vemola (186)
Antonio Braga Neto (185) vs. Anthony Smith (184)
Couture: Getting banned from son's UFC corner was 'over the line'
Randy Couture knew his decision to join forces with the UFC's largest competitor wouldn't be welcome news to UFC President Dana White. A certain amount of backlash was, he figured, to be expected.
What the former UFC champ didn't expect, he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was that it would get him barred from working his son's corner at future UFC events.
"In my opinion, that's over the line," said Couture, whose left his role as a UFC commentator in order to sign with former UFC broadcast partner Spike TV. The decision led to him being effectively banned from son Ryan's corner when the younger Couture made his octagon debut at the UFC on FUEL TV 9 event in April.
Now that the elder Couture is gearing up for the June 19 premiere of Spike TV's "Fight Master" reality show, where he'll serve as one of four coaches, the retired MMA legend said he has no regrets about his decision to leave his UFC gig for a more visible role with Spike TV and Bellator MMA. If anything, he said, White's verbal tirades in the media only increased "Fight Master's" public profile.
Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes pulled from UFC on FUEL TV 10 lineup
A last-minute issue has forced the cancellation of a planned UFC on FUEL TV 10 matchup between Derek Brunson (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Ronny Markes (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the fighter that Markes was today ruled out of the matchup. Additional sources said the the 25-year-old Brazilian was on Friday morning involved in an automobile accident. While Markes is said to not have been seriously injured, the incident will prevent the fighter from competing.
UFC officials have yet to make an official announcement, and company reps were unavailable for comment when initially contacted by MMAjunkie.com.
Roy Jones Jr. accepts Anderson Silva's challenge
It was years ago when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva first expressed interest in crossing over to the boxing ring to challenge former world champion Roy Jones Jr.
"The Spider" has a couple of professional boxing fights under his belt and despite his one-of-a-kind accomplishments in mixed martial arts (MMA), jumping over to face one of the best boxers ever was viewed as a pipedream.
Silva's interest in fighting Jones Jr. --at least in the public eye-- died down over the next few years. That is until the Brazilian rehashed the subject in a recent interview with the New York Post.
""I think everyone's got something they're focused on and that's my own desire, something I'd like to do," said Silva. "Maybe one day when I'm done my UFC career, I will box Roy Jones."
Dan Henderson: Jon Jones is 'not genuine'
BURBANK, Calif. -- Dan Henderson remains among the list of fighters who consider Jon Jones something a bit different than how he presents himself in public.
The 42-year-old former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion was making media rounds in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, promoting his upcoming UFC 161 main event bout against Rashad Evans, when he was asked if he'd rather fight Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, or cut back down to middleweight and get a rematch with Anderson Silva.
"I'd like to fight Jon Jones more than I'd like to fight Anderson Silva," said Henderson. "Just because I have less respect for him as a person than Anderson. He's not genuine. I think how he portrays himself is not how he really is. I think the fans have picked up on how he really is, as well."
Jon Fitch's WSOF contract allows for fights in outside organizations
While Jon Fitch (24-5-1) said he's thoroughly committed to the World Series of Fighting, he has options if the promotion doesn't keep him busy.
The veteran welterweight, who's scheduled to rematch Josh Burkman (25-9) June 14 at WSOF 3, expects to fulfill a four-fight contract with the promotion within a year. But if there are delays, he could fight for another promoter, perhaps in Asia.
"I have it within my contract to fight elsewhere," Fitch told MMAjunkie.com