StrikeForce Challengers 13 recap: Woodley tops Saffiedine, St. Preux wins again
Tyron Woodley knew fellow welterweight Tarec Saffiedine would be one of his toughest opponents yet, so understandably, he needed a win-first gameplan.
So, his gravity-defying slams and lunging strikes were put on the shelf. Still, the fast-rising welterweight prospect remains undefeated with a unanimous-decision victory on Friday night.
The bout headlined Strikeforce Challengers 13, which aired on Showtime from Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
Phil Davis vs. Matt Hamill targeted for UFC 129 in Toronto
Welcome to the upper echelon of the division, Phil Davis.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that fast-rising light heavyweight Phil Davis (8-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is expected to face fellow contender Matt Hamill (10-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at UFC 129 in Toronto.
Sources said verbal agreements are in place for the fight and that bout agreements soon should be signed.
UFC 129 takes place April 30 at Toronto's Rogers Centre, and the pay-per-view main card features welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. top contender Jake Shields.
Davis vs. Hamill is expected to be part of the televised lineup.
Brown Replaces Jung Against Yahya at UFC ‘Fight for the Troops 2’
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown will step in for an injured Chan Sung Jung and take on Rani Yahya at UFC “Fight for the Troops 2”.
News of the bout was first reported by MMA Junkie on Friday afternoon, and Sherdog.com has confirmed the report with sources close to the negotiations. “Fight for the Troops 2” will go down Jan. 22 from Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. The event will raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Do PRIDE Rules Make Fights More Exciting To Watch?
Strikeforce's Nick Diaz thinks so. "That's why I like dealing with Pride rules. I thought that there would be an organization that has that type of scoring criteria. I thought that show would stick around; I'd probably be fighting for them right now. But that whole thing went under. They kind of want to do away with that whole way of fighting, even though it's been around for a long time. The restarts and the old Pride rules, it's better. The yellow card (if) you stall. You can't stall. You have to fight. You can't elbow. You have to punch. It takes a lot of space. A guy on the bottom wants to get up, he gets up because you're making space to punch. It makes for a more technical aspect to come out. It makes more for more transition and movement to happen. It's more exciting to watch and it makes for the better fighter to win. The way that things are going now, you don't (always) see the better fighter win. They play a game to win."
Quinton Jackson vs. Thiago Silva Targeted For UFC 130
Fresh off a dominating win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125, light heavyweight Thiago Silva next will fight former champion Quinton Jackson in a UFC 130 bout expected to have a major impact on the title picture. Sources say verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. The fight likely will be on the PPV, possibly the main event or co-main.
Chan Sung Jung Off UFC FFTT 2 (Updated)
There will not be any Korean Zombies at UFC Fight For The Troops 2 after all-Chan Sung Jung is now off the event due to an undisclosed injury. He was to have faced Rani Yahya. No replacement named yet.
UPDATE: Mike Brown is the replacement.
Showtime offers free preview weekend, Strikeforce Challengers 13 included
Looking for some live MMA on TV this weekend but haven't made the commitment to subscribe to Showtime yet?
Don't worry. The premium cable channel has you covered.
"Strikeforce Challengers 13: Saffiedine vs. Woodley" airs on Showtime Friday night, and Showtime is being made available for free to 61 million households.
The Showtime All Access Free Preview Weekend begins Friday, Jan. 7 and runs through Monday, Jan. 10.
Cable and satellite television subscribers will have free access to Showtime, Showtime HD and Showtime on Demand, though not all services are available in all areas. Subscribers are advised to call their local service providers to find out what services will be offered in their area, or to advise their provider if they do not wish to receive the programming.
Matt Lindland: Suspension will toughen up UFC's Chael Sonnen
Matt Lindland, Chael Sonnen's coach of 15 years, was one of dozens of people trying to reach the UFC middleweight contender this past Tuesday, and like most of them, he was unsuccessful.
When news broke that Sonnen had been suspended by the UFC not long after his guilty plea to federal charges of money laundering, he rang Sonnen's cell phone and got voicemail.
"He honestly did not have the energy to push 'dial,'" Lindland on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I've been there before. You feel like, 'Just let me sit here for a while and figure out what my next move is going to be.'"
Sonnen eventually answered, though, and on Wednesday, the two met and talked about that next move.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. Can Train BJ Penn To Box And Freddie Roach Can Wash His Car
So says Papa Pretty Boy when it comes to preparing Penn for Jon Fitch at UFC 127. "BJ Penn is a cool dude man. I'll be honest, at first, it didn't seem like he could fight that good. I mean, I don't know about his ground game and all of that stuff, but he's got some pop and in just the three days I've been working with him, he has improved man. In his words, man, he told me, 'I ain't never seen some of this stuff you're showing me man.' And that's only after three days. BJ is learning fast man. He's a good guy...If BJ throws his shots the way I got him throwing his shots, he will win. See, those guys throwing shots different than the way we do it, so I'm teaching BJ how to keep it standing and be effective. Let me tell you something man, if he uses it, then it will work. I bet he ain't going back to [Freddie Roach] either. He worked with Freddie 'The Joke Coach' Roach, and he telling me he has never see the stuff I'm showing him. So what does that tell you? Man, the only thing Freddie Roach can do better than me is wash my car."
Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia In The Works For UFC 129
A bantamweight contest pitting two fighters looking to rebound from a recent loss is in the works for April. Ivan Menjivar & Charlie Valencia are expected to meet at UFC 129 in what will be Valencia's UFC debut and Menjivar's first UFC fight in 7 years. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Menjivar's first UFC fight was a decision loss to Matt Serra at UFC 48, but he returned to Zuffa for a fight at WEC 53.
St. Pierre-Shields Official for UFC 129
As expected, Georges St. Pierre will put his title on the line against No. 1 contender Jake Shields in the main event of UFC 129.
The bout was made official Thursday by the UFC during the most recent episode of its “Ultimate Insider” Web series. The event, which will mark the promotion's first trip to Ontario, will take place at the Rogers Center in Toronto on April 30.
St. Pierre is a champion in need of no introduction. The French-Canadian is a two-time UFC welterweight champion and has soundly beaten every challenger placed in front of him during his most recent stint with the belt. He comes fresh off a dominant victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal in which the champion pummeled the challenger with a stiff left jab for five rounds en route to a one-sided unanimous decision.
Prior to besting Koscheck, “Rush” rode heavy-handed Brit Dan Hardy to an easy decision win at UFC 111 in March. St. Pierre, 29, has lost just once in the last six years and holds victories over Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch and longtime welterweight king Matt Hughes (twice).
"UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann" official for March 3 in Louisville
The Ultimate Fighting Championships' Kentucky debut now is official.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported this past month and officials today formally announced, "UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann" takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The Versus-televised event features co-headliners of Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann and Mark Munoz vs. C.B. Dollaway.
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve targeted for UFC 130 in May
Heavyweights Travis Browne (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) and Stefan Struve (21-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) have been penciled in for a UFC event expected to be UFC 130.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have not been signed.
The tentatively titled UFC 130 event is expected to take place May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend.
One Side Claims Fix, Other Cites Confusion in Controversial Decision
As Hermes Franca waited for the decision of his fight against Ferrid Kheder to be read inside the cage in a Cartago, Costa Rica high school gym, the UFC veteran thought his losing streak was history. Instead, to him, it was the beginning of something even worse than defeat.
If it was a simple loss, Franca could have handled it, but what happened next could not be so easily settled in his mind. According to some, Franca was simply the victim of a bad decision. But according to others, he was robbed, the victim of a fix.
"This is like a bad joke," Franca told MMA Fighting. "It's unbelievable. I won the fight. The judges gave it to me. I got my hand raised. And then they said I didn't win."
"What happened was confusion," said Jean-Francois Billon, who helped organize the show. "It's a big story for a little thing. Nobody had bad intentions. Nobody was cheating."
What started out as a fight in the cage became a fight for the truth.
Marquardt vs. Sexyama booked for UFC 128
A middleweight bout between former No. 1 contender Nate Marquardt and Yoshihiro Akiyama has been slated for UFC 128 in Newark, N.J., on March 19, according to multiple sources.
Contracts have been distributed and verbal agreements are in place from both fighters.
UFC releases Marcus Davis following UFC 125 loss
After 15 fights, four fight-night bonuses, a spot on the organization's reality series, former welterweight title contention, and a handful of high-profile international fights, Marcus Davis received his UFC walking papers following a UFC 125 loss to Jeremy Stephens.
Davis' manager, Joe Cavallaro, today confirmed the release with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Brandon Vera issued release after lopsided loss to Thiago Silva
Posted by Brendhan Conlan on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 9:41 am
Fighters face adversity at any given event due to the nature of their chosen endeavor, but in the case of calamity attached to Brandon Vera’s performance against Thiago Silva last weekend at UFC 125 there’s no doubting “The Truth” hurts. Vera, once viewed as being a double-divisional title-contender, was not only soundly beaten by his Brazilian adversary but also suffered a horrific broken nose in the process in addition to an embarrassing open-handed drumming from Silva reminiscent of Randy Couture spanking Tito Ortiz at UFC 44.
Were those things not enough, according to a source near the situation, Five Ounces of Pain has learned the lanky light heavyweight also received a pink-slip from the UFC as a result of the loss.
Fabricio Werdum Says He's Going To Make Alistair Overeem Go To Sleep
That according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker in the upcoming Heavyweight tournament. "Alistair asked for Fabricio, personally. When I was in Japan last week, he said, ‘You’ve got to let me fight Fabricio. I want to avenge that loss. It’s important.’ So that was an easy fight to put together. Werdum says he’s going to make Alistair go to sleep."