Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Dan Stittgen in the works for UFC on FUEL TV 4
A welterweight matchup between Dan Stittgen (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer Marcelo Guimaraes (7-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is in the works for July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have agreed to the matchup, and contracts are expected to be finalized shortly.
Featuring a key middleweight matchup between Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman, UFC on FUEL TV 4 takes place July 11 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The night's main card airs on FUEL TV, and preliminary bouts are expected to stream on Facebook.
UFC officials have yet to confirm the Guimares vs. Stittgen matchup, but it's expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
Manager: Shogun Rua Taking High Road Following Dana White Revelation
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and his team are done talking about UFC 149 and Glover Teixeira.
Less than a week after UFC president Dana White said on the UFC on FX 3 post-fight show that Rua told him he would rather be cut from the UFC rather than fight Teixeira at UFC 149, his manager Julio Heller told MMAFighting.com that they would have no further comment on the situation...
At 45 years old, Renzo Gracie preparing for second UFC appearance
The octagon may soon once again boast a Gracie.
Inactive since an April 2010 loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 112, Renzo Gracie (13-7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is preparing for a second fight in the UFC.
"I'm getting ready to fight again," Gracie told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in his native Portuguese. "I have a six-fight contract with no predetermined time frame. I still have five fights to go, so I plan to jump back into it."
Gracie, a former PRIDE and IFL fighter, entered the UFC in 2010 with a three-fight win streak, though he hadn't fought since his February 2007 disqualification win over Frank Shamrock at "EliteXC: Destiny." Prior to the win streak, which also included wins over Pat Miletich and Carlos Newton, the MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu pioneer had lost six of seven fights.
Frank Shamrock: 'UFC Hall of Fame is not credible unless I’m in it'
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame was created to honor past mixed martial arts (MMA) legends and their contributions to the fastest growing sport in the world.
Fighters such as Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock are past UFC competitors enshrined in the promotion's Hall of Fame. These fortune sons, among few others, have put their time inside the Octagon and have had an impact in helping MMA become the sport it is today, while assisting the UFC emerge is the clear-cut worldwide leader.
In a rare move, TapouT founder Charles "Mask" Lewis was inducted after his passing in 2009, earning his place amongst the aforementioned legends because of his impact his clothing brand had on the sport and its rabid fans.
With no set criteria, many have questioned the exact requirements that one must meet to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Frank Shamrock, who was the UFC's first-ever Light Heavyweight champion, seems to think that that Hall of Fame has no credibility whatsoever.
Why? Because he's not in it.
UFC On FX 3 Salaries And Medical Suspensions
The Florida State Boxing Commission (they look after MMA in the state too) released the salary figures and medical suspensions from last Friday's UFC on FX 3, and there's not much to note. No one many really big money, and almost no one got really hurt. Mike Pyle led the way salary-wise with $66,000, followed up by Demetrious Johnson and Mike Pierce with $40,000 each. On the injury side of things, Matt Grice is out indefinitely with a possible foot fracture, but everyone else got 60 days or less.
Demetrious Johnson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Ian McCall: $9,000
Erick Silva: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Charlie Brenneman: $18,000
Mike Pyle: $66,000 ($33,000 win bonus)
Josh Neer: $14,000
Eddie Wineland: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Scott Jorgensen: $20,500
Mike Pierce: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
Seth Baczynski: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Lance Benoist: $8,000
Matt Grice: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Leonard Garcia: $20,000
Dustin Pague: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Jared Papazian: $6,000
Tim Means: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Justin Salas: $8,000
Buddy Roberts: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Caio Magalhaes: $8,000
Henry Martinez: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Bernardo Magalhaes: $6,000
Dana White: UFC television deal in South Africa is imminent
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been aggressive with its world expansion, and the promotion soon will add another part of the globe to its list.
UFC president Dana White on Tuesday said the company recently set its sights on South Africa and is close to launching a broadcast deal in the African country of nearly 50 million people
Bibiano Fernandes says he negotiated with UFC, but never signed to fight at UFC 149
The UFC bolstered its bantamweight division recently with the signing of Bibiano Fernandes (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
There was just one one problem, though. According to Fernandes, he never signed with the promotion.
Fernandes, according to UFC.com, was expected to face Roland Delorme next month at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. But the promotion recently removed Fernandes from that bout on the site – though as of late Tuesday morning, a fighter profile page for him still exists there.
"I would like to make perfectly clear the news concerning my involvement with the UFC," Fernandes said in a statement on his Facebook page. "It was announced that I, Bibiano Fernandes have been contracted to fight for the organization at UFC 149 which will take place in the city of Calgary on the 21st of July. I would like to make it clear that I am not a UFC athlete as I did not sign any contract with the UFC organization."
Bibiano Fernandes says he negotiated with UFC, but never signed to fight at UFC 149
The UFC bolstered its bantamweight division recently with the signing of Bibiano Fernandes.
There was just one one problem, though. According to Fernandes, he never signed with the promotion. Fernandes was expected to face Roland Delorme next month at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Fernandes, according to UFC.com, was expected to face Roland Delorme next month at UFC 149. But the promotion recently removed Fernandes from that bout on the site – though as of late Tuesday morning, a fighter profile page for him still exists there.
Rich Franklin Considered Using Testosterone Replacement
Former UFC Middleweight champion Rich Franklin has given some thought to using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) according to an interview with MMA Fighting. Franklin, who will turn 38 in October, faces Wanderlei Silva in the headliner of this month's UFC 147 in Brazil.
Franklin spoke to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour (video after the jump) and admitted he has investigated the possibility of going on TRT as a means of remaining competitive as he ages.
Here's what Ace had to say:
"Yeah, I've kicked around that idea and everything, and actually I've talked to doctors that work with the UFC and the athletic commission in Nevada and all that kind of stuff. And at 37, my count obviously is not what it was when I was 25, and I'm a candidate for that kind of stuff. I haven't started yet."
UFC on FX 4's Ramsey Nijem working wrestling for reunion fight against C.J. Keith
Ramsey Nijem saw the picture and knew the guy looked familiar.
It was C.J. Keith, who had just signed with the UFC. And even though Nijem jokes that a few shots to the noggin sometimes have him wrong, he was positive he and Keith had crossed paths before.
"We went to a wrestling camp in high school together," Nijem recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "And I remember seeing his picture after he got signed by the UFC, and I was like, 'I swear I went to wrestling camp with that kid.'"
Dr. Johnny Benjamin Claims Sonnen’s Hypogonadism is the Result of Past Steroid Use
Well, well, well. As if it wasn’t bad enough that a mild-mannered, unassuming guy like Chael Sonnen lost *his* UFC middleweight championship due to a misunderstanding of the rules back at UFC 117, and shortly thereafter found himself thrust into the center of an elaborate conspiracy (that’s right, conspiracy) that attempted to invalidate the four and a half round ass whooping he laid out on Anderson Silva, now he has this to deal with this. The poor guy.
Bibiano Fernandes Latest Victim to Injury Bug, Out of UFC 149
On June 4, Bibiano Fernandes signed for his first fight with the UFC and one week later he is out due to injury.
The unfortunately injury plague of 2012 continues to haunt UFC matchmaker Joe Silva as Fernandes is the latest fighter to fall out of a fight after suffering an injury in training.
UFC officials announced the news on Monday.
Women fighting in the UFC? Dana White says it's still possible, in time
Try as he might, UFC president Dana White can't avoid questions about women fighters possibly competing under his organization's banner.
His answer has remained largely the same in recent months: The female divisions just aren't deep enough.
In fact, following this past weekend's UFC on FX 3 event, he sees a parallel between women's MMA and the UFC's newly adopted flyweight division.
UFC 152's MacDonald wanted Condit rematch, settled for intriguing Penn matchup
Before he ultimately got paired with MMA legend B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) for his next bout, fast-rising welterweight contender Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) had another fight in mind.
Specifically, he wanted a rematch with interim champion Carlos Condit.
Of course, when you have just one blemish on your professional ledger, it has a way of eating at you.
UFC on FX 3 ratings: 1.1 million FX viewers and 84,000 FUEL TV viewers
This past weekend's four-fight "UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall" main-card broadcast, which was the third UFC main card to air on the FOX-owned FX, averaged 1.1 million viewers.
Additionally, the night's six-bout preliminary card averaged 84,000 viewers on FUEL TV.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with industry sources.
UFC on FX 3 took place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and featured the promotion's first-ever flyweight headliner with Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall II.
Michael Bisping would be 'massively pissed off' if Hector Lombard gets a UFC title shot for beating Tim Boetsch
British brawler Michael Bisping was on the cusp of finally receiving his long-desired chance to vie for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title. All he had to do was defeat the one-man promotion machine who is Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2: "Evans vs. Davis" earlier this year in Chicago, Illinois.
Unfortunately for "The Count," the judges didn't side with him and gave Sonnen the unanimous decision victory, setting up the most-anticipated rematch in the promotion's history between Sonnen and 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva, which will headline UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, while Bisping is forced to pick up the pieces and start his climb back to the top after tumbling down the middleweight rankings.
Scheduled to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, Bisping was forced to withdraw due to injury (torn meniscus), slowing down his climb back to a number one contender's bout to get him closer to his coveted title shot.
However, according to the Brit, he shouldn't have to climb too much in order to get a shot at the title.
Appearing on today's (Jun., 11, 2012) episode of The MMA Hour, Bisping talks about who he wants to face when he returns from his injury as well as saying he will be "massively" disappointed if Hector Lombard receives a shot at the title after one just victory in the UFC.
Check it out: