TUF Live Finale adds Lawrence-Cofer, Jury-Saunders, Marcello-Sicilia, Cruickshank-Tickle
Five new fights are now official for next week's The Ultimate Fight Live Finale, and eight of the competitors are eliminated cast members from the show.
They include lightweights Justin Lawrence (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. John Cofer (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Myles Jury (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Saunders (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Cristiano Marcello (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Sam Sicilia (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and Daron Cruickshank (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Tickle (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
In non-"TUF" action, Erik Perez (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Byron Bloodworth (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and now meets fellow bantamweight John Albert (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
The TUF Live Finale takes place next Friday, June 1, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main card, including a Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann headliner, airs on FX. FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims, including all the above fights.
Cesar Gracie Has Harsh Words For The “Joke/Kangaroo Court” That Is The NSAC
A day after UFC Welterweight Nick Diaz was suspended for 1 year for testing positive for marijuana after UFC 143, his coach took to the airwaves to defend him. Cesar Gracie was a guest on “Just Scrap Radio” on BJPenn.com today and gave his thoughts about the Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing and did not hold back.
“It was a joke really,” Gracie said. “I thought it was like a kangaroo court.” Gracie expressed that he felt that Diaz’s fate was decided before the hearing even began and that the point of the hearing was to make an example out of Diaz.
Joey Gambino replaces Jimy Hettes, meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 4
UFC newcomer Joey Gambino (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Jimmy Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now meets fellow featherweight Steven Siler (20-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 4.
Siler posted news of the change on his Facebook page, though the reason for Hettes' removal wasn't mentioned.
UFC executives have not formally announced the change to the card, which takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey.
The main card airs on FX, and Silver vs. Gambino is slated for the FUEL TV-televised prelims.
Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 weigh-in results: Champ Grimaud, Taylor on weight
All fighters are officially on weight for tomorrow's Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 event.
Tomorrow's event takes place at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain, and the main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) following prelims on Facebook (12:45 p.m. ET).
Cage Warriors welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (169.6) and Jesse Taylor (169.6) headline the event in a five-round title fight.
The full weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com)
Champ Gael Grimaud (169.6) vs. Jesse Taylor (169.6)
Jim Alers (145.8) vs. Matteus Lahdesmak (146)
Ivan Buchinger (155) vs. Diego Gonzalez (155.8)
Eddy Bengtsson (263.2) vs. Jay Mortimore (252.2)
Tomas Penz (185.5) vs. John Phillips (185.8)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Alan Carlos (186) vs. Mike Ling (185.8)
Dino Gambatesa (135.8) vs. Olivier Pastor (136)
Allan Love (184.8) vs. Ignas Petkus (184.5)
UFC on FOX 4 adds Swick-Johnson, Grispi-Garza, Phan-Miller, Gamburyan-Omigawa
Four new fights are set for UFC on FOX 4, officials today announced.
And one includes the long-awaited return of fan favorite Mick Swick (14-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who meets fellow welterweight DaMarques Johnson (16-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC).
The others feature a trio of featherweight matchups: Josh Grispi (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Pablo Garza (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Nam Phan (17-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Cole Miller (18-6 MMA, 7-4), and Manny Gamburyan (11-7 MMA, 2-5 UFC) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (13-11-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, and the main card airs on FOX.
Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper added to UFC 150 in Denver
A middleweight bout between Jared Hamman (13-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Michael Kuiper (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been added to August's UFC 150 event.
Hamman's reps at Alchemist Management recently announced the fight, though UFC executives haven't made a formal announcement.
UFC 150 takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center, and the main card airs on pay-per-view.
Hamman vs. Kuiper likely will be part of the prelims, which FX and Facebook are expected to carry.
Claude Patrick will take on James Head UFC 149 in Calgary
Another Canadian has been added to UFC 149 in Calgary as Toronto's Claude Patrick will take on James Head in a welterweight bout.
The UFC told Sportsnet Tuesday that verbal agreements were in place for the fight, which will appear on the undercard of the July 21 event at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the UFC's first show in Alberta.
Patrick (14-2) is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 in Toronto in December. The defeat snapped a 13-fight win streak, including his first three appearance in the Octagon
Showtime Pettis “I want to fight Nate Diaz!”
I was fortunate enough to catch up with UFC lightweight top contender Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis this weekend. Pettis, who is coming off a big victory over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144, is looking to prove that he is the real #1 contender in the lightweight division. Here is our conversation:
Josh Barnett Will Fight One More Time in Strikeforce
Well prior to the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final, it was announced that the eventual victor would have to fight one more time under the promotion's banner before moving over to the UFC.
As it turns out, the loser will have to do the same.
According to a report in USA Today citing Strikeforce and UFC parent company Zuffa as the source, Josh Barnett's next fight will also be in Strikeforce.
Barnett (31-6) fell to Cormier in a one-sided unanimous decision at last Saturday's Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier event. Given his past history with UFC president Dana White, there had been speculation about what his future might hold given a loss, but now we know that he will be kept in the fold, though for Strikeforce, for at least one fight.
Daniel Cormier wants Shane Carwin or someone with 'name value' after beating Josh Barnett
After his dominating victory over Josh Barnett this past Sat., night (May 19, 2012), Daniel Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title and in the process, staked his claim as a very dangerous fighter that all heavyweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ranks will have to contend with very soon.
In the interim, Cormier, who is undefeated at 10-0, still has business outside the Octagon to tend to. That's because even though he won the grand prix title and there are basically no more heavies in Strikeforce to contend with, the former Olympic wrestle tells The MMA Hour that he still has to compete once more with the San Jose-based promotion before he can make his eventual jump to the UFC.
But who can possibly fit the bill to face off against the current tournament champion?
Bob Sapp Denies Throwing Fights, Calls Himself 'a Pioneer' of MMA
Bob Sapp knows what you think of him. He reads the headlines about his "tour of surrender." He hears the talk about how disgraceful he is to the sport.
Really, all that's fine, because as long as you're talking about him, he can continue to do what he needs to do -- which happens to be losing 12 of his 13 MMA and kickboxing fights since 2011, almost all of which ended in the first round through varying levels of absurdity. But despite the circus that now surrounds Sapp, just don't ever say he throws his fights.
"Am I throwing these fights? No. Will I go into that ring and receive large amounts of damage for small paychecks? No," Sapp asserted vehemently on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final' medical suspensions: Headliners lead way
As expected, Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett have emerged from a five-roung slugfest with significant medical suspensions following "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final."
Both are suspended for six months – unless cleared by a doctor – for hand injuries, and both earned additional two-month terms for lacerations.
"Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" took place this past Saturday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and aired live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.
Daniel Cormier: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right middle finger fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for left eyelid laceration.
Josh Barnett: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left hand fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for multiple facial lacerations.
Josh Thomson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left knee fracture and possible right hand fracture.
Gesias Cavalcante: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left shoulder ligament injury.
Gian Villante: Suspended 180 days or until clear by physician for possible left middle finger fracture. Also suspended 30 days for hard bout.
Yuri Villefort: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right knee ligament injury.
Bobby Green: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture on left ring finger.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for one-inch laceration for right south-orbital area.
James Terry: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for possible nasal fracture and laceration.
Strikeforce salaries: Josh Barnett leads payouts with $200,000 from Showtime event
Strikeforce fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Barnett vs. Cormier" event this past Saturday night (May 19, 2012), which aired on the Showtime network from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., were released earlier today by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
Daniel Cormier -- $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Josh Barnett -- $200,000
Cormier defeated Barnett via unanimous decision
Gilbert Melendez -- $175,000
Josh Thomson -- $90,000
Melendez defeated Thomson via split decision
Rafael Cavalcante -- $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win)
Mike Kyle -- $25,000
Cavalcante defeated Kyle via submission (guillotine) in round one
Lenny Christopher Spang -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Nah-Shon Burrell -- $7,000
Spang defeated Burrell via knockout in round one
Isaac Vallie-Flagg -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Gesias Cavalcante -- $18,000
Vallie-Flagg defeated Cavalcante via split decision
Carlos Inocente -- $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
Virgil Zwicker -- $3,000
Inocente defeated Zwicker via unanimous decision
Gian Villante -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Derrick Mehman -- $3,000
Villante defeated Mehmen via unanimous decision
Quinn Mulhern -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Yuri Villefort -- $2,500
Mulhern defeated Villefort via split decision
Bobby Green -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
James Terry -- $9,000
Green defeated Terry via split decision
NSAC issues one-year suspension, fine to Nick Diaz
In a hearing that stretched over three hours and two rooms within the Grant Sawyer Office Building in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted today to suspend Nick Diaz for his failed drug test at UFC 143.
Diaz's suspension runs 12 months from the date of the event, which took place Feb. 4. Additionally, he has been fined $60,000, or 30 percent of his $200,000 show purse.
Diaz, who was present at hearing, must also submit a clean drug test in order to be licensed again in Nevada.
NSAC SUSPENDS DIAZ ONE YEAR FOR POSITIVE TEST
Nick Diaz was suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his positive test for marijuana metabolites following his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in Las Vegas.
The UFC welterweight, who was already under temporary suspension since the failed drug test, was also fined $79,500 (30 per cent of his purse).
Appearing before the commission Monday, Diaz’s lawyer Ross Goodman argued that the NSAC could not suspend him for violating its policies since marijuana metabolites do not constitute a prohibited substance.
Diaz, who has a medical exemption to use marijuana in his home state of California, has been taking it to help deal with ADHD.
Chael Sonnen was granted a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) by the Nevada Athletic Commission
Chael Sonnen was granted a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday, clearing the way for his UFC 148 showdown with Anderson Silva in Las Vegas on July 7.
The exemption came with a few conditions, however. Sonnen must adhere to dosage restrictions as determined by NAC Executive Director Keith Kizer in the days leading up to the event, and the middleweight title challenger must also submit to a post-fight blood test at his expense the morning after UFC 148. Additionally, the commission has requested that Sonnen submit copies of his therapeutic exemption applications from Texas and Illinois for further review.
Sonnen was suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission following his loss to Silva at UFC 117 in August 2010, when a post-fight drug test revealed that Sonnen had elevated testosterone levels. The Oregonian returned to action last October, scoring a first-round submission over Brian Stann at UFC 136 in Houston. Most recently, he defeated Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28 in Chicago.
UFC Champ Jon Jones Posts Facebook Statement On DUI Arrest
"Man I haven't added anyone new to my Facebook page in like three years and right now I'm so glad that I haven't. It has literally been sickening to have so many people try to kick me while I'm down. At the same time, I totally understand, I gave them the leeway to. I screwed up, big time. Just needed to say thank you to all you guys for being amazing friends/supporters.
Always having to deal with so many critics, haters and fickle mma fans, I almost forgot how strong of a home base I had (607 and people that knew me before I was a champion fighter). Although the hell that will come with this hasn't even started yet, I want you guys to know how much better you've all made me feel, not only about this situation but about life, everything. It's good to feel that people are there and care. With that being said, I felt I should apologize to you first.
I'm truly sorry to those of you that I may have embarrassed in any way, to those of you with kids that I may have let down. I will prove to them as well as to myself, that no matter what is happening in life, we can always work our way back and make things even better than before. Reading you guys uplifting comments was a great reminder for me to not give up on who I am or all the hateful people. I'm not gonna allow this situation to outweigh the positive. I love you guys right back and I promise to make things right. PS sorry about the terrible grammar :)"
Josh Barnett Tweets X-ray Image Of His Broken Hand
Strikeforce heavyweight Josh ‘The Warmaster’ Barnett Tweeted (@JoshLBarnett)this x-ray image of his broken left hand after last nights loss to Daniel Cormier in the Grand Prix Final.
- Here’s what happened in the first :30…still threw it though. Of course that might not have so wise LOL.
Cormier, coincidentally broke his right hand in the opening round also. The newly ground GP champion told the media at the post-fight press conference that he was planning on having surgery to repair the hand instead of waiting for it to heal like the last time.
UFC on FOX 4: Manny Gamburyan vs Michihiro Omigawa booked for Aug. 4 in Los Angeles
A featherweight fracas has been added to the UFC on Fox 4: "Stann vs. Lombard" event on Aug. 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, as the struggling Manny Gamburyan will take on Michihiro Omigawa.
MMAFighting.com brought word of the pending bout last night.
Gamburyan is likely on his last legs with the world's largest fight promotion, as he's lost both of his two fights since rejoining the UFC. Actually, dating back to his previous run with the promotion, "The Anvil" has won inside the Octagon in four fights. That's an impressive run of futility.
He'll try to turn the tide against Omigawa, who has struggled nearly as bad losing three of his last four. There's a widely panned decision in there that didn't go his way but a loss is a loss is a loss. So essentially, this is a loser leaves town match.