Wanderlei Silva says potential UFC on FUEL TV 9 slot an April Fools' prank
While he admits he'd like the opportunity, Wanderlei Silva today admitted he was simply pulling an April Fools' Day prank when he said he had replaced Alexander Gustafsson at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event.
With Gustafsson's status questionable due to a recent facial cut, Silva tweeted on Monday that the UFC had contacted him about filling in and fighting light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi.
Like any good April Fools' Day joke, Silva's claim was believable enough to seem possible, despite the April 1 date. Mousasi even tweeted that he'd take the fight. Silva, though, admitted it was all a rouse...
Dan Hardy passes on surgery to correct heart ailment, says future in UFC's hands
After being diagnosed with a rare heart disorder, UFC welterweight Dan Hardy has decided against corrective surgery, even if it might end his fighting career.
"I don't see a reason why I would let someone go in and start messing with it," he told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's an easy decision to make."
Hardy was barred by the California State Athletic Commission from competing April 20 at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose when a prefight electrocardiogram revealed markers of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He said he'll place his fate in the hands of the UFC and should know this week whether the promotion will risk putting him in the octagon.
Most state athletic commissions likely would throw up a red flag on Hardy competing, but the UFC regulates many of its own events overseas in the absence of a commission.
Following vacation, UFC's Mike Pierce calls out Jake Ellenberger, Robbie Lawler
A recent vacation in Hawaii provided a brief distraction for welterweight Mike Pierce, but he wants to get back to work.
Pierce (16-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who fought five times in 13 months before a current dry spell of three months, has two opponents in mind for his return. They're ambitious requests: Jake Ellenberger (29-6 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Robbie Lawler (20-9 MMA, 5-3 UFC).
"There's no animosity; I don't hate their guts," he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Chris Camozzi in for injured C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FX 8
Middleweight C.B. Dollaway (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has suffered an injury and been forced out of his fight against Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 8. Stepping in to take his place will be Chris Camozzi (19-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC).
UFC officials on Monday announced Dollaway's injury and replacement for the show.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
JONES OUT, SILVA SET TO FACE SONNEN AT UFC 159
Jon Jones injured, out indefinitely, Chael Sonnen will now fight Anderson Silva for the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 159.
Anderson Silva is one more win away from the biggest super fight in Mixed Martial Arts history. All Silva (33-4) has to do is beat his rival, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) one more time. If Silva can accomplish what he has done twice already he will hold two UFC Championships in two different weight classes. If he can do that a Championship Unification fight with Jon Jones (17-1) is inevitable.
Alexander Gustafsson cut in training, headliner in jeopardy
It looks like the fight could be in real danger of being cancelled. SVT is reporting that Gustafsson suffered a cut in training:
According to reports given to SVT Sport, Gustafsson has opened a gash in his eyebrow while sparring, making his appearance highly uncertain.
MMANytt confirmed the injury with Gus's camp:
According to a trusted source of MMANytt the news of Gustafsson's injury is true. Now it comes down to how deep the cut over the eye is and whether SMMAF are going to license him to fight.
Bellator 94 Live Broadcast Produces Low TV Ratings, but Replay Bolsters Bottom Line
Bellator 94 on Thursday featured two Season 8 tournament finals, but that failed to give the event any punch in the TV ratings department.
Bellator 94 drew just 713,000 viewers, the second lowest total of the season, according to MMAWeekly.com industry sources.
Bellator’s Season 8 has still been a TV ratings success for the promotion, averaging 782,000 viewers per event, well above what the promotion has achieved in prior seasons on other networks. This is the first season that Bellator has aired on Spike TV.
Season 8 kicked off strong with 938,000 viewers for the promotion’s debut on its new network, but hasn’t returned to that point since...
One FC Snaps Up UFC Vet Kamal Shalorus
UFC and WEC veteran Kamal Shalorus is headed to the Philippines to fight for One FC.
Shalorus recently posted his signing to One FC on his Facebook page. MMAWeekly.com sources have since confirmed that Shalorus is expected to fight Eduard Folayang at One FC 9 on May 31 at SM Mall of Asia in Bay City near Manila.
Shalorus (7-3-2) left the UFC on a three-fight skid after having gone 3-0-1 in the WEC. He counted Bart Palaszewski among his WEC wins, but could never get off the ground in the Octagon...
NHL's Chicago Blackhawks honor champ Pat Curran ahead of Bellator 95
Ahead of Pat Curran's headlining spot in this week's Season 8 finale, the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks honored the Bellator featherweight champion.
At this past Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Blackhawks introduced Curran to fans at Chicago's United Center. Between the second and third periods, he also took shots at the goal for charity...