Mike Brown vs. Vagner Rocha, Ryan Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola added to UFC on FX 1
The fight bookings are coming fast and furious.
UFC officials today announced a pair of new fights for UFC on FX 1, as Mike Brown (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Vagner Rocha (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ryan Jimmo (16-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will each take place at the Jan. 20 event.
Additionally, a pair of bouts previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) were also confirmed, as Reza Madadi (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Rafaello Oliviera (14-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and Jorge Rivera (19-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) faces Eric Schafer (12-6-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC).
Featuring a headliner of Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller, UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez to headline Feb. 15 UFC event on FUEL TV
A key welterweight matchup between Jake Ellenberger (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) has been scheduled for February.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that Ellenberger and Sanchez will headline an as-yet-unannounced fight card expected to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
While UFC brass have yet to make an official announcement, additional sources indicated that the event will likely take place in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Neb., and air on FUEL TV.
Omaha's 18,000-seat CenturyLink Center (formerly Qwest Center Omaha) is said to be the leading candidate to host the event, but venue officials declined to comment on the potential booking.
Jorge Rivera vs. Eric Schafer targeted for UFC on FX 1
You can't keep good men down.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that middleweights Jorge Rivera (19-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) and Eric Schafer (12-6-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC on FX 1. Contracts are expected shortly.
"UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and its main card airs live on FX. Preliminary bouts are expected to air on FUEL TV.
John Olav Einemo Back in UFC, Likely to Face Mike Russow at UFC on FOX 2
Shortly after losing in his UFC debut in a bout that won Fight of the Night at UFC 131, John Olav Einemo was surprisingly cut from the UFC. As it turned out, Einemo was part of the fallout from an ongoing business issue between his Golden Glory management team and the UFC.
Now, it appears a resolution has been struck, as Einemo is back with the promotion and will take on Mike Russow as part of the upcoming UFC on FOX 2 card on January 28, MMA Fighting has learned.
Sources confirmed that both sides have verbally agreed to the bout.
Einemo (6-2) faced Dave Herman at UFC 131, and engaged in a hard-fought battle before falling in a second-round TKO. The fight had been his first MMA bout in over four years. But even after the spirited scrap, he was one of several Golden Glory fighters -- including Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen to be dropped by Zuffa.
UFC president Dana White later said the issue stemmed from Golden Glory's management practice of having promoters pay them directly instead of the fighters...
Rafael 'Sapo' Natal welcomes newcomer Michael Kuiper at UFC 143
Undefeated middleweight Michael Kuiper (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to make his octagon debut when he meets Rafael Natal (13-3-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) at UFC 143.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the impending matchup from sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place. Brazilian website SporTV initially reported the fight.
UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary bouts are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Michael Bisping: Jason Miller's TUF 14 Finale after party will be at the hospital
On Sat., Dec. 3, 2011, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 coaches, Michael Bisping and Jason Miller, will look to settle their score when the two go head-to-head in the main event of the The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, which is scheduled to take place at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The two don't like each other, which is very clear if you've watched any of this season of the reality television series on Spike TV.
Tonight (Mon., Nov. 28), Bisping appeared on HDNet's "Inside MMA" to discuss his upcoming bout against the former host of MTV's "Bully Beatdown." And "The Count" is seemingly not too concerned about his opponent's ability because "Mayhem" simply doesn't bring anything new to the table.
Tokoro, Saadulaev Booked for Dream Bantamweight GP Reserve Bout
Hideo Tokoro and Yusup Saadulaev were eliminated from Dream’s 2011 world bantamweight grand prix in September, but they aren’t out of the tournament picture just yet.
Officials from the Japanese promotion Tuesday announced that fan-favorite Tokoro and once-beaten Saadulaev will meet on Dec. 31 in a bantamweight grand prix reserve match. In the event that the winner of one of the evening’s two semifinals -- Antonio Banuelos versus Masakazu Imanari and Bibiano Fernandes versus Rodolfo Marques Diniz -- is unable to continue, the winner of Tokoro-Saadulaev could be slotted into the tourney final.
In addition to the bantamweight bouts, the 2011 iteration of Dream’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Saitama Super Arena will feature a featherweight title fight between champion Hiroyuki Takaya and former Shooto ace “Lion” Takeshi Inoue.
Ortiz Replaces Top Flyweight McCall, Faces Rave at Friday’s TPF 11
Josh Rave has a new opponent for Tachi Palace Fights 11, as Dustin Ortiz will step in for injured promotional flyweight champion Ian McCall on Friday’s card.
Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau informed Sherdog.com of the change via text message on Monday afternoon. The bout will take place at 126 pounds.
Ortiz (Pictured), a Nashville MMA product, suffered the first loss of his professional career in a unanimous decision to McCall at TPF 9 in May. Prior to that setback, the two-time Strikeforce veteran was unbeaten in seven contests, with all of his victories coming via technical knockout or submission.
Danny Castillo's Trouble with the Commission False
shortly after danny castillo's ufc 139 win, rumors surfaced that he might face a suspension at the hands of the california state athletic commission stemming from his post-fight celebration. castillo even mentioned it on his twitter account, writing that he had received a certified letter requesting his appearance at a hearing regarding the issue. as it turns out, there is no issue at all.
Shortly after Danny Castillo's UFC 139 win, rumors surfaced that he might face a suspension at the hands of the California state athletic commission stemming from his post-fight celebration. Castillo even mentioned it on his Twitter account, writing that he had received a certified letter requesting his appearance at a hearing regarding the issue.
As it turns out, there is no issue at all.
So I don't understand what a muted dance is...
Can someone explain what this might mean haha.
UFC 144's 'Rampage' advises champ Edgar ahead of Japanese main event
Consider former PRIDE superstar Quinton "Rampage" Jackson the tour guide for his fellow American fighters heading to Japan for February's UFC 144 event.
Jackson, who co-headlines UFC 144, knows the lay of the land, and he could write a travel guide about competing in the fight-crazy country.
But Jackson admits some of his advice doesn't apply to UFC 144 headliner Frankie Edgar.
The two Americans today descended on the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Ballroom in Japan for a pre-event press conference for UFC 144, which takes place Feb. 26 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Jackson (32-9 MMA, 7-3 UFC) meets Ryan Bader (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the co-headliner while Edgar (14-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) looks to make a second straight title defense when he takes on Ben Henderson (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the pay-per-view main event.
Jackson fought 17 times for the once-dominant PRIDE organization, which the UFC ultimately purchased and later disbanded. The organization drew enormous crowds and record TV ratings just as Jackson's popularity soared.
While Japanese fans may be more polite than your average MMA enthusiasts, they like exciting brawls as much as the next guys. Jackson said he'll use that knowledge in his fight, but he said Edgar should use the game plan only with a big disclaimer.
Mariusz Pudzianowski's KSW 17 win over James Thompson changed to no-contest
Mariusz Pudzianowski's controversial majority-decision win over James Thompson in this past weekend's KSW 17 co-headliner has been changed to a no-contest.
Company officials today cited a judge's error for the change.
Following the announcement of Pudzianowski's contentious win in his home country of Poland, an irate Thompson stole the mic from the ring announcer and admonished the organization.
UFC 144: Leonard Garcia vs. Tiequan Zhang, Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee Added
The UFC has finalized the card for its February return to Japan at the Saitama Super Arena with the addition of two more bouts to the UFC 144 lineup. Bantamweights, Norifumi Yamamoto and Vaughan Lee, will square off, as will Leonard Garcia and Zhang Tiequan in featherweight action. The UFC confirmed both bookings late Sunday night:
"Kid" Yamamoto will go to battle against British bantamweight Vaughan Lee, fighting for the first time in almost two years in his home country. Plus, China's Tiequan Zhang and the always-game Leonard Garcia have agreed to meet inside the Octagon on that date.
Edgar to defend the title in Japan
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TORONTO -- The UFC has confirmed its return to Japan with Frankie (The Answer) Edgar defending his lightweight title against former WEC title-holder Ben Henderson at UFC Japan -- or UFC 144 -- on Feb. 26 at Saitama, Japan.
The show is the first for the UFC in Asia since Zuffa Inc. bought the mixed martial arts organization in 2001.
Also on the main card at Saitama Super Arena in suburban Tokyo, former light-heavyweight champion Quinton (Rampage) Jackson faces Ryan (Darth) Bader, heavyweight Mark Hunt takes on Cheick Kongo, Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Akiyama tackles Jake Shields and lightweight Anthony (Showtime) Pettis fights Joe Lauzon.
Bellator's Lima riding high after capturing tourney, plans to finish champ Askren in 2012
It's been a whirlwind past two months for welterweight star-in-the-making Douglas Lima (21-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC).
The 23-year-old American Top Team Atlanta product marched his way through Bellator's season-five welterweight tournament in impressive fashion with three wins in a span of two months.
Now he has only two things on his mind, and two things only: rest and relaxation, and welterweight champion Ben Askren (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC).
In defeating Steve Carl, Chris Lozano, and Ben Saunders in succession, Lima earned the right to challenge Askren for his belt, and according to Lima, the fight will take place near the end of March or the beginning of April in 2012.
However, first things first. His body has some healing to do before he heads back into the gym.
Following Bellator 59 loss, Kurt Pellegrino retires for second time
Following a first-round loss to Patricky "Pitbull" Freire at Saturday night's Bellator 59 event, Kurt Pellegrino has again called it quits.
The 12-time UFC veteran announced for the second time in as many fights that he is hanging up the gloves for good.
"This will be the last time you ever see me fight," an emotional Pellegrino said to the Atlantic City crowd.
Pellegrino, who also retired following a UFC loss to Gleison Tibau this past March, leaves the sport on the heels of a three-fight skid. However, some MMA pundits have been quick to rush to Pellegrino's defense, stating the fight with Freire was stopped too soon.
Rick Story tells his side of training session beatdown accusations made by Mike Pierce
"What Mike Pierce said about me hitting Abel when he was on a knee saying stop is BULL SHIT. Abel wasn't some random person off the street either. At the time he was 1-1 as a professional and had been training with us for 3 months. He was a 4 time All-American for William Penn college in Iowa and actually beat me at nationals my first match my junior year at Southern Oregon University. What Mike also decided to forget to say is how many times Abel had tapped him that week in training (I think 2 by guillotine). What Mike also forgot to admit was how well Abel did in sparring against Brad Blackburn (at the time current UFC welterweight). Abel was new to our team but not new to the sport and not a poor defenseless kid. Abel did have Vertigo and had taken time off. Pat would not let him spar without a doctor's note saying he was cleared. I had talked with Abel before the session and asked him how his Vertigo was doing, he said he was cleared but to be safe I told him I would only throw body shots. We do spar hard at BRAVE LEGION but not stupid. I would never hit anyone that was telling me stop. Pat would never encourage the continuance of hitting someone that says stop. Anyone that has half a brain would realize this wouldn't be something that could be kept secret for very long. How come this sounds like an isolated incident? Probably because it's a lie. Anyone that knows me would agree that I am not that kind of a person. Mike and Pat were never friends, Mike had been kicked off our team before because he wasn't a team player and it was just a fact their personalities clashed. The only reason we let Mike back on the team is because I told Pat I wanted him as a practice partner. Pat is an awesome coach a great friend and only has our team's best interest in mind. I listen to Pats coaching and don't think listening to my coach is a bad thing. I am a college graduate, spent 8 years in the National Guard and was a Platoon Leader for almost two years. I make my own decisions but work as a teammate with my coach and business partner Pat White bottom line, and because Mike is not a team player he probably wouldn't understand this concept. Mike is obviously trying to maliciously affect our gym and my career by telling lies about Pat and Myself. He seems like a crazy ex-girlfriend that tries to make their ex-boyfriends life miserable. I don't intend on having an Internet battle just giving my side to everyone. I have read the forums and I am seriously amazed at some of the things people say only hearing one side."
- Rick Story
UFC 144: Takanori Gomi vs George Sotiropoulos announced for Feb. 26 in Japan
"The Fireball Kid" is headed back home.
That's because Takanori Gomi has been booked to get busy against jiu-jitsu ace George Sotiropoulos at UFC 144 on Feb. 26, 2012, from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The promotion brought word of the pending match-up a short time ago.
Both fighters are looking to rebound from recent losses, particularly Gomi, who has been submitted in both of his last two outings against Clay Guida and Nate Diaz, respectively.
In fact, the Japanese import is just 1-3 inside the Octagon, which means it's time to live up to the hype or he may not be making the trip back to the U.S. early next year.
James Thompson Goes On Tirade After Disputed KSW 17 Loss to Mariusz Pudzianowsk
James Thompson, who is most famous for his fight with Kimbo Slice in EliteXC, just cut one of the craziest post-fight interviews you'll ever see after his loss to Mariusz Pudzianowski today. Pudzian was granted a majority decision win after two rounds, despite Thompson controlling the first round quite easily. KSW fights generally only go two rounds, but if the rounds are split, they go to an overtime round. Everyone expected that to be the case here, but apparently not.
After Pudzianowski spoke to the crowd, Thompson took the mic and went off on a profanity-laced tirade against the promotion, which ended with Thompson actually cornering the promoter and yelling at him. The camera cut away before he was done, but he actually ended up tossing the mic at him.