Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson'
As "The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson" opens up, 32 welterweight fighters make their way into Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. UFC President Dana White is already in the octagon, and he greets the fighters with a reminder of what's on the line for these UFC hopefuls.
With the season going back to a taped format, gone are the one-round fights of the previous season. THese fighters will make their way into the house by winning a two-round exhibition fight.
The coaches are then introduced for the first time, and the fighters seem impressed with both Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson. "Big Country" starts things off by letting the competitors know that while Dana wants exciting fights, winning should be the first priority. Shane offers a more typical follow-your-dreams piece of advice before Dana lets the fighters know Roy is way off-base. He wants the guys to bring it.
Dana lays out the prize: a six-figure contract for the season's winner, as well as a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the both the winning fighter and coach.
Sixteen fighters' dreams will end before they ever really begin...
Bisping: Weidman undeserving of No. 1 status after beating 'an out-of-shape fat man'
LAS VEGAS – UFC middleweight contender isn't looking past his UFC 152 opponent, Brian Stann.
But with what appears to be a bit of a four-man tournament lining up in the UFC's middleweight division – and with UFC President Dana White on Thursday declaring Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) the division's No. 1 contender – the question seems unavoidable.
For the record, no, Bisping does not believe Weidman deserves that type of recognition. And while he's not so sure Weidman will make it past Tim Boetsch in their December fight, Bisping likes his chances against the grappling stud.
Dana White Says Lyoto Machida Is Fighting Dan Henderson Next
It appears that two men who thought they had title shots in their back pocket could be facing each other next. At a UFC luncheon, Dana White was discussing Lyoto Machida, who earned a title shot at UFC on Fox 4 but turned down a short-notice fight with champion Jon Jones at UFC 152. He made it quite clear that because he turned down the shot, he's going to have to take another fight next. And the man across the octagon from him is going to be Dan Henderson (via MMA Fighting):
"[Machida] should have taken the fight. We've seen it, history always repeats itself. Look how long it took Rashad (Evans) to fight for the title again. So you wanted to fight Jon Jones, you climbed up to the title fight and you don't take it. Now you're fighting (expletive) Dan Henderson. Now you might not even get to the (expletive) title again. You lose to Dan Henderson you're not anywhere near Jon Jones," White said.
Dana White: Chael Sonnen in full camp, expecting UFC 152 fight with Jon Jones
LAS VEGAS – Chael Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) isn't giving up on the possibility of fighting Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) just yet.
According to UFC President Dana White, Sonnen is anticipating another last-minute change to next week's UFC 152 event, and the two-time middleweight title challenger is expecting to replace Vitor Belfort and take his shot at Jones' light heavyweight belt.
"Chael Sonnen is in full training camp right now," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's been training since he got offered the Jones fight. He said, 'I'm in full camp right now because Vitor will get hurt and pull out, and it will be Jones vs. Sonnen, anyway."
Dana White’s Anger With Jones And Jackson Reignited
“The Jon Jones piece of meat (expletive) thing. When I see him in (expletive) Toronto, that’s the first (expletive) thing we’re going to talk about. Piece of meat? Give me a (expletive) break. That sounds like something a male supermodel would say: I feel like a piece of meat out here (White said in a mocking voice)."
(It's all a transcript of his interview. Worth a read, if for no other reason but to play the 'which swear word belongs in which expletives place' game)
People Who Complain About What Happened to UFC 153 Need to Understand the Big Picture
So after Wednesday, after UFC was dealt a hand of lemons the day before when the top two matches at UFC 153 fell apart within hours of each other, and came out of it with lemonade, I woke up to some surprising news.
After being blamed by many for his inability to save UFC 151, when he not only saved UFC 153, but made it more attractive to the majority of his consumers, Dana White was wrong again.
I'm not exactly sure what he was wrong about. Sure, if you asked me the 100 fights I would most be looking forward to seeing this year, Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar wouldn't be in the top 20.
And I was genuinely looking forward to Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, the previous main event, more than all but two fights for the rest of this year. To me, it had significance, because it means something, and may even be the most important fight, in determining who the best lighter weight fighter in the sport is. But there's another thing more important, that a lot of hardcore fans who would agree with these views are missing. If UFC markets to us, they would be playing in 2,000-seat casino halls, selling almost no tickets to the public, airing on ESPN2 with a $40,000 budget for the entire show, and nobody would know who the fighters are, except people like us...
Report: DREAM parent company closes shop, effectively ending Japanese promotion
The DREAM era basically has been dead for months, but the final nail in the coffin likely has been pounded in.
According to a report from AsianMMA.com, DREAM's remaining parent company, Real Entertainment Co. Ltd., has closed shop. And that appears to be the end of the Japanese promotion.
DREAM's final event was held this past New Year's Eve at Saitama Super Arena, just north of Tokyo.
The writing had been on the wall for DREAM for months after its other parent company, Fighting and Entertainment Group, filed for bankruptcy in May. Without FEG, and with no real plans for any events, Real Entertainment called it a day, as well.
DREAM had hoped to become the new PRIDE for Japan, after PRIDE was purchased by Zuffa in March 2007. Many PRIDE executives formed DREAM about a year after Zuffa's purchase of the former MMA powerhouse promotion...
Rebney explains contract matching in wake of Tyson Nam ordeal
Bellator chief Bjorn Rebney said his promotion was trying to give Tyson Nam an opportunity when it greenlighted a fight with bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas – despite having released the fighter two months prior.
Now that Nam has capitalized on that opportunity, Rebney said, Bellator wants its own opportunity to match other offers the fighter has received since his stunning KO of Dantas.
"If you have an agreement with someone, and ultimately you give them a great opportunity … when that agreement is over, you have the right to match,"
- You gonna cry Bjorn? Do I see a little bit of moisture forming in the corner of your eye?
Anderson Silva opens as more than 13-to-1 favorite vs. Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153
Move over, Matt Serra. There's a bigger underdog in town.
Early lines on UFC 153's new main event, which features a light-heavyweight non-title bout between middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar, are lopsided in Silva's favor.
Silva is a more than 13-to-1 favorite and has up to a 93 percent chance of winning the fight, according to BestFightOdds.com, a site that features betting lines from several online bookmakers.
At one point, Serra was a +700 underdog when he fought Georges St-Pierre for the title at UFC 69. The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 4" wound up scoring the biggest upset in UFC history when he unseated the champ.
Bonnar, who has won his past three fights but recently had signaled his imminent retirement, is up to a +850 underdog on several sites. That means he has an approximately 10 percent chance of winning the fight.
Report: Rustam Khabilov To Debut Against Vinc Pichel At The TUF 16 Finale
There were reports circulating earlier this summer that Russian prospect and combat sambo champion, Rustam Khabilov, had signed with the UFC, but there was nothing in the way of confirmation until now, as Valetudo.ru is reporting that Khabilov has indeed signed and will debut in a lighweight bout against Ultimate Fighter alum, Vinc Pichel, at the TUF 16 Finale in December:
Rustam Habil (14-1), the lightweight champion, will make his first fight in the UFC on December 15 in Las Vegas (USA) against another newcomer Octagon, American Vince Pichel (6-0).
Alan Belcher vs Yushin Okami rematch scheduled for UFC 155
UFC 155 just got even more stacked.
A rematch between Middleweight contenders Alan Belcher and Yushin Okami has been verbally agreed for the December 29 event. News of the fight was confirmed by MMAFighting.com. Okami and Belcher both welcomed each other to the UFC in 2006 when they met at UFC 62, Okami came out on top in that fighting winning by unanimous decision.
Season 7 heavyweight tourney field, full fight card set for Bellator 75 in Hammond, Ind.
The field for Bellator's Season 7 heavyweight tournament is set – and the eight-man field may be thinking about a little more than just the $100,000 winner's prize.
On Wednesday, news broke that Bellator's heavyweight champ, Cole Konrad, had retired – presumably leaving the heavyweight title vacant. It is not yet known if the Season 7 tournament winner automatically will become the new champion, although that appears to be at least one option for the promotion.
Sources close to the promotion on Wednesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the field for the eight-man tournament, which kicks off next month at Bellator 75, as well as the event's preliminary card. Bellator officials are expected to make the bouts official this week.
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos - heavyweight tourney opening round
Brett Rogers vs. Alexander Volkov - heavyweight tourney opening round
Richard Hale vs. Mike Wessel - heavyweight tourney opening round
Mark Holata vs. Vinicius Queiroz - heavyweight tourney opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Bo Harris vs. Chase Beebe
Brandon Delprado vs. Joe Williams
Jason Graves vs. Rafal Skibinski
Jose Medina vs. Anthony Gomez
Cliff Wright Jr. vs. Bobby Reardanz
Big Nog/Herman, Teixeira/Maldonaldo added to Rio card
Just a day after being hit by two major injuries, the UFC 153 card planned for Rio has bounced back with not two but three huge new fights.
Already 2-0 in the UFC at light heavyweight, pound for pound king Anderson Silva will head 20 pounds north once more on Saturday, October 13 to meet former Ultimate Fighter finalist Stephan Bonnar in the new three-round main event of UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The news was broken by USA Today on Wednesday evening.
The bout comes on the heels of the injury to featherweight champion Jose Aldo that forced the postponement of the card’s original headliner pitting Aldo against Frankie Edgar.
The UFC 153 card also has a new co-main event, as Brazilian bomber Fabio Maldonado will replace Quinton "Rampage" Jackson against countryman Glover Teixeira. The recent retirement of Jorgen Kruth had bumped Maldonado off September 29th's card in Nottingham,
Also added to the event in Rio de Janeiro is a heavyweight bout between the legendary Minotauro Nogueira and the always-dangerous Dave Herman.
UFC officials confirmed that the main card will now boast six bouts.
USA TODAY: Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar headlines UFC 153
With his career winding down, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Stephan Bonnar (14-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) has been begging for a big fight. Now he's got it.
USA TODAY Sports has confirmed with company officials that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (32-4, 15-0) is moving up to 205 pounds to meet Bonnar in the main event of UFC 153 event, which takes place Oct. 13 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
Chris Leben vs Karlos Vemola at UFC 155
Dana White said recently he's pulling for Chris Leben when the suspended middleweight returns. Now that return has a date.
Leben (22-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC), whose suspension will be lifted in November, will face Karlos Vemola (9-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the UFC's year-end show, UFC 155. UFC officials on Wednesday announced the fight booking.
UFC Quick Quote: Brian Stann won't last as long as a virgin on prom night
"A stupid mistake aside, I mince Brian Stann's arse like burger meat nine times out of 10. I've not seen too much evolution in his game. He's the same guy, someone who will always be dangerous but isn't a top talent in the division and never will be. Stann has talked big about how he's going to put me to sleep. Well, that's a fact. I can't avoid it. None of us can. Brian is going to tell some more deathly boring old war stories at the pre-fight press conference, and we are all going to be in for a snooze. I was kicking arse in the UFC when Stann was peeling potatoes, shining shoes and getting called a 'maggot' by some red-faced sergeant in the Marines. This isn't warfare, this is MMA, and I'm better at it than Brian Stann will ever be. On September 22, Brian Stann is getting knocked out - fast. He won't last as long as a virgin on prom night."
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman Targeted for UFC 153
Sep 12, 2012 - The new UFC 153 fight card is slowly starting to come together.
A day after the card lost its main event and co-main event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dave Herman have verbally agreed to meet in a heavyweight bout on the Oct. 13 card in Rio de Janeiro, according to sources close to the event. The news was first reported by journalist Guilherme Cruz of Tatame.com.
Bellator Current HW Champ Cole Konrad Possibly Retires
Former Gophers NCAA heavyweight champion wrestler Cole Konrad, who won $100,000 as defending Bellator mixed martial arts champion, has retired from fighting and taken a job with North Central Trading as a financial trader specializing in milk products.
Helwani tweeted that Bellator will neither confirm nor deny it, but will address it shortly.
Rumor: Wanderlei Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen Possible For UFC 153 Main Event
As you know by now, UFC 153 capsized and doesn't have its main event or co-main event. Jose Aldo has a foot injury and is out of his title fight with Frankie Edgar, and Quinton Jackson's shoulder injury sees him out of his fight with Glover Teixeira. The UFC is scrambling for a replacement main event knowing that while their other main card fights are great, they aren't main event worthy. A possible new main event could be a catchweight bout between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen. (Via Fighters Only)
A fight between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen is a possible replacement main event for UFC 153 on October 13.
Silva has publicly voiced willingness to meet Sonnen if the UFC officially offers the match and sources say that the bout is under consideration. It would take place at a catchweight of 195lbs - between middleweight and light-heavy - to reflect the short-notice nature of the bout.
Machida hints at Teixeira vs Wanderlei fight
Lyoto Machida may have shed light on the UFC's answer to Tuesday's injury withdrawals from the 153 card, after claiming a surprise is coming for MMA fans.
UFC 153 was rocked by injuries to Jose Aldo and Rampage Jackson on Tuesday, leaving the card without a main or co-main event. It remains to be seen if respective rivals Frankie Edgar and Glover Teixeira will be handed replacement bouts, or removed from the card to make way for two new fights.
Machida has stirred the rumour pot by posting an image of himself, sitting next to Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera and Mauricio Shogun Rua. The picture was accompanied by the words: "We are preparing a big surprise for you."
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