Brazilian Rani Yahya Plans Drop To UFC Bantamweight Division
Former ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion, and current UFC featherweight fighter, Rani Yahya (16-7) is planning a move back to the bantamweight division after a 1-1 record at 145-lbs in the Octagon.
Yahya moved up to the featherweight division after competing as a bantamweight in the WEC, going so far as to face Chase Beebe for the WEC 135-lbs title back in 2007.
King Mo reportedly suffered life-threatening staph infection, health scare now under control
After defeating Lorenz Larkin in his last mixed martial arts (MMA) fight on Jan. 7, 2012, Lawal had his victory overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) because of a positive drug test that indicated his use of steroids (drostanolone).
The news just gets worse.
According to Robert Joyner (who writes freelance MMA articles for Sport Illustrated), "King Mo" was very recently in some dire straits:
"On the King Mo situation, hearing from those close to him he's in a bad situation. He got injured in the Larkin fight, had to get another ACL. There were complications and he ended up with a very bad staph infection that was life threatening, and nearly required amputation. Mo had to have five surgeries in 12 days before staph was gone. Currently he's taking an IV directly into his heart every day for six weeks. Making the situation even worse, this was a recurrence of same injury within 18 months, so Zuffa/SF insurance won't cover the ACL surgery or the subsequent follow-ups for the staph. Mo is/will have to come out of pocket on medical bills that may well reach into six figures."
Patricia Vidonic vs. Felice Herrig added to a stacked XFC 17 set for April 13 in Jackson, Tenn.
Fresh on the heels of a Feb. 10 event in Knoxville, Tenn., Xtreme Fighting Championships will return to The Volunteer State on April 13 with “XFC 17: Apocalypse” at the Oman Arena in Jackson.
Headlining the card, which will air LIVE on HDNet, is a 155 pound match-up between Bellator and XFC veteran Eric “It’s A Wrap” Reynolds (14-5) and Brazil’s Luciano “Macarrao” Dos Santos (9-5).
Reynolds has been in the cage with guys like Eddie Alvarez, Jorge Masvidal and Rob Emerson, to name a few. He’s coming off a unanimous decision win over Jonatas Novaes at XFC 15 this past December.
Dos Santos has fought the majority of his career in Brazil. He is riding a three fight win streak, ending two by way of first round knockout. He last fought in July 2011, winning a unanimous decision over Harris Norwood in Atlanta.
In the co-headliner UFC veteran Corey “The Real Deal” Hill (5-4) returns to action against Nicolae “The Armor” Cury (6-2) at welterweight. This bout was supposed to take place at XFC 16 in Knoxville but Hill was forced to pull out due to injury. Both fighters picked up first round submission wins in their XFC debuts last year.
Jarrod Card, Thomas Campbell and Nick Newell are also scheduled to compete at XFC 17.
Rampage Jackson: 'Biased' Joe Rogan plays the rusty trombone for BJJ fighters
"You know he's got good jiu-jitsu because he's so biased against jiu-jitsu guys. You can hear it in his voice. Whenever a guy is a jiu-jitsu fighter he's playing rusty trombone. I don't think you should talk down, you should be neutral. When I used to fight in PRIDE, watch Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros on commentary. Those guys were my good friends and you couldn't even tell when they were doing commentary. We hung out outside of work sometimes, we were good friends but when I fought they weren't biased towards me. They did their job. They weren't biased towards skills or anything like that. That's the way it should be. Sometimes you can hear him because Joe Rogan has one of those girly high-ass voices. I just wanna tell him to shut the fuck up sometimes."
UFC champ Jon Jones to serve as Daytona 500 honorary race official
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is heading to NASCAR's Daytona 500.
Jones serves as an honorary race official for the 54th annual Sprint Cup Series race, which takes place Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
The season-opening NASCAR race airs on UFC broadcast partner FOX.
"I am thrilled to be able to serve as honorary race official at this year's Daytona 500, NASCAR's premier event," Jones stated in a release. "Like the UFC, NASCAR has a passionate and knowledgeable fan base, and I am honored that I will get to share this experience with them."
Evan Dunham Vs. Edson Barboza Set For UFC 146
UFC president Dana White turned to twitter today to announce a pretty big fight for UFC 147. Evan Dunham will take on the undefeated Edson Barboza in a bout that is almost surely main card material. Here's the tweet:
For the UFC 147 card May 16th in Vegas we just signed Edson Barboza vs Evan Dunham!! #funfight
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Dana corrected himself shortly after, and said he meant UFC 146 and May 26th. Still though, this is an excellent fight. Dunham has rebounded from two losses (to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard) by winning two in a row, most recently in a fight of the night performance against Nik Lentz. Barboza is 4-0 in the UFC and is coming off one of the best KO's in UFC history, a spinning wheel kick knockout of Terry Etim at UFC 142.
Asian MMA: Eduard Folayang Vs. Ole Laursen Announced For ONE FC 3 In Singapore
Wushu expert and URCC Champion Eduard Folayang (11-1) will be facing Muay Thai star and fellow Martial Combat champ, Ole Laursen (5-3) on March 31. Officials from the Singapore-based ONE Fighting Championship promotion announced the news earlier today, stating that the lightweight bout will be part of their stacked main card at ONE FC 3.
The duo was first booked to face each other as the headliner of the inaugural ONE FC event last September, until Laursen had to pull out after suffering a knee injury. Folayang was left to to headline against top Korean fighter, A Sol Kwon which won them Fight of the Night honors.
Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez targeted for Bellator 66 on April 20
A rematch nearly three-and-a-half years in the making is expected to take place on April 20.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned that both Shinya Aoki (30-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Eddie Alvarez (22-3 MMA, 6-1 BFC) have verbally agreed to meet at an as-yet-unannounced Bellator 66 event.
Contracts are expected to be finalized shortly.
Bellator 66 takes place April 20, but Bellator Fighting Championships officials have yet to announce a venue for the card.
Mayhem Faces a Doberman at UFC 146
Life is all about second chances and the UFC has decided to give Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller another shot.
Miller will return at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas where he will face former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ finalist C.B. ‘The Doberman’ Dollaway.
Miller first announced the fight via his Twitter account, and separate sources confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com as well on Saturday.
Tim Sylvia willing to return to UFC for old pay
Tim Sylvia had an interview where he said he would be willing to fight in the UFC for what they used to pay him. He also mentioned he'd like to retire in the UFC...but I guess everyone does right?
The more I think about it, the more I say give him 1 fight in the UFC to see how he can handle himself with the new breed of fighters
NSAC Explains Nick Diaz Could Have (But Didn't) Request Exemption For Marijuana Use
One of the biggest stories coming out of Nick Diaz testing positive for marijuana after his UFC 143 bout with Carlos Condit has been Diaz's medical prescription for the drug. While some have said that Diaz should not be punished at all for something he has a prescription for, others have pointed out that there are plenty of medical conditions which require drugs or other intervention which prevent others from fighting.
But, as pointed out in a recent Cage Potato interview with Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, there were ways for Diaz and his camp to have applied for an exemption for his use, they just didn't:
According to Kizer, though, Diaz had another option: coming to the NSAC weeks before fighting and applying for a therapeutic exemption (TUE) for his marijuana use.
Given that Diaz' coach and manager, Cesar Gracie, has made a point of saying that Diaz has a legal right to use marijuana in California since a doctor prescribed it to him, one would have expected Diaz to have applied for the exemption with the commission.
But that did not happen Kizer explains, as no one from Diaz' camp has ever attempted to explain any mitigating circumstances to him about the fighter's marijuana use or tried to contextualize it to attempt for Nick to granted a therapeutic exemption. "I have no idea what [Diaz's] marijuana situation is," Kizer told CagePotato on Thursday. "No one from his camp has ever come to me or the commission and tried to explain it."
Ex-Teammates Talk About Gray Maynard Leaving Xtreme Couture For AKA
Even before his UFC 136 loss to Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard was talking openly about his intention to leave Xtreme Couture, his long-time training camp. At the time Maynard said it was not because he was frustrated with the coaching he got in Las Vegas, but rather a desire to see other places and learn new things from other coaches.
Steve Cofield got some of Maynard's former Xtreme Couture teammates to dish the dirt about the move. Here's Frank Trigg:
"Gray just was not prepared. It was really one of those deals where a coach within his staff just would not pay attention any other coaches. He was getting really upset if any other coach tried to explain to him 'hey, this is how hard I'm going to push Gray in my session. You need to back off in your session so he can recover. [Maynard] wasn't prepared. It's ultimately up to one coach that didn't pay attention."
Horodecki To Face Richman At Bellator
Chris Horodecki will face Mike Richman at Bellator 64 in Windsor, Ontario, according to Bleacher Report.
For Horodecki (18-3), it will be his fourth consecutive fight in his home province since Ontario legalized MMA. He has gone unbeaten in those four fights that include a win and a draw in Bellator. In his last fight, The Polish Hammer stormed back after a slow start to gain a draw with Mike Corey at Bellator 57.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 ratings: Audience peaks with 315,000 viewers, shatters records
Earlier today, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported that Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event averaged 217,000 viewers, which set a UFC-FUEL TV record.
Now, FUEL TV has released additional information, including additional record-setting figures.
Chief among them? UFC on FUEL TV 1 peaked with a record 315,000 viewers during the night's main event between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez.
UFC on FUEL TV 1, which is the first of six main-card broadcasts on the FOX-owned cable station in 2012, took place Feb. 15 at Nebraska's Omaha Civic Auditorium. After three prelims on Facebook, the three-hour FUEL TV broadcast featured six bouts, including Ellenberger's entertaining decision victory over Sanchez and Stefan Struve's TKO of fellow heavyweight Dave Herman...
Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza slotted for UFC on FOX 3
Featherweights Dennis Bermudez (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Pablo Garza (11-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) hope to reverse recent slides when they meet at UFC on FOX 3.
Officials today announced the fight, which is expected to be part of the event's preliminary card.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The event's preliminary card airs on FUEL TV while the main card airs live on FOX.
BAMMA 9 – Przemyslaw Mysiala vs. Jason Jones Announced For March 24th Show
Press Release – (Feb 17th.12) BAMMA, Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is proud to announce Przemyslaw ‘Misiek’ Mysiala vs Jason Jones onto the main card for an electric Light Heavyweight clash at BAMMA 9, which takes place on Saturday 24th March at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
Golden Glory’s judoka, Jason Jones, is hungry to gain a shot at the Light Heavyweight title. Boasting 25 battles and 16 wins, Jones has victories by both knock-out and by submission. Misiek steps into the cage with an equally impressive array of experience and also has 16 wins to his name, but just 6 losses. Formerly the UK’s number 1 Light Heavyweight, Misiek has had time out due to injury which led to a slide in his ranking. Passionate to win back his former no. 1 position and with a win over Rea under his belt, Misiek has for a long time had his eyes set on Manuwa. This powerful match-up creates desirable opportunities for both fighters.
Nick Denis vs. Johnny Bedford slated for UFC on FOX 3
A bantamweight bout between Nick Denis (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 14" semifinalist Johnny Bedford (18-9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to UFC on FOX 3.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims air on FUEL TV.
Denis vs. Bedford is likely to be part of preliminary card.