UFC 129 Expected To Set Attendance Records, 2 Title Fights Possible
t was a long time in the making, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut event in Toronto is now set, at least everything but the fight card. The promotion’s first even in Canada’s largest city, originally dubbed UFC 131, has been renamed UFC 129. It will take place at the Rogers Centre, formerly the Sky Dome, on April 30, 2011. The UFC has its sights set on breaking it’s own North American mixed martial arts attendance record, set at the recent UFC 124 in Montreal at 23,152, but isn’t likely to come anywhere near the arena record held by WWE (over 68,000). That is more a matter of choice than lack of ability according to promotion officials. They're talking about 25,000-40,000 as a likely number. As mentioned, the UFC 129 fight card is yet to be set. Speculation has centered on UFC welterweight champion and countryman Georges St-Pierre defending his belt against Jake Shields in Toronto, as well as the possibility of a heavyweight title tilt between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
SEC 12/30 Lineup Final With Hornbuckle-Chonan & Fujii-Fujino, No Gono
The fight card for World Victory Road's "Sengoku: Soul of Fight" event is set with the addition of two new bouts. The final additions are Dan Hornbuckle vs. Ryo Chonan and top female fighter Megumi Fujii taking on Sengoku debutant and part-time pro wrestler Emi Fujino. Officials also announced that Akihiro Gono is off the event due to injuries. TV details in the US are still being worked out some portion of the event is expected to air on HDNet, but it likely will not be live.
Robbie Lawler vs. Ronaldo Souza Booked For 1/29 SF Event
Fighting "Ruthless" pays off. That's because Robbie Lawler has been awarded the middleweight title shot he's been asking for as he will take on Ronaldo Souza at the upcoming Jan. 29 Strikeforce event, according to MMAFighting.com. Lawler went 2-1 in three fights in 2010, including two vicious knockouts that had Melvin Manhoef and Matt Lindland seeing tweety birds. In fact, his knockout of the latter was one of the most brutal KO's of the year. Savage enough that there were immediate calls for "The Law" to retire while "Ruthless" was pushed straight into a shot at the 185-pound strap. SF has yet to announce the event.
Mizugaki-Rivera Slated for UFC Live 3
Takeya Mizugaki will reportedly make the jump to the big show as he squares off against once-beaten Francisco Rivera at UFC Live 3 “Sanchez vs. Kampmann.”
According to a report from MMA Weekly, the pair have agreed to meet at the March 3 event.
Mizugaki looks to erase the memory of his last appearance inside the cage, as the Japanese fighter was destroyed by Urijah Faber in the Team Alpha Male product's debut effort at bantamweight.
UFC 124 medical suspensions: Koscheck and Stevenson issued 60-day orders
In staying with recent form, the The Quebec Athletic Commission issued each every one of the 22 fighters on this month's "UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck II" fight card a medical suspension.
Fortunately for fight fans and UFC 124 competitors, only two of the directives are for more than 45 days.
UFC 124 main-card losers Josh Koscheck and Joe Stevenson each topped the list of medical suspensions from the recent event with 60-day orders.
It seemed like a great deal: a match in the Dominican Republic resort town of Punta Cana, with paid airfare and accommodations, on an event featuring multiple UFC veterans streamed worldwide via online pay-per-view.
That is what the fighters on Florida-based Nemesis Fight Promotions’ “MMA Global Invasion” card expected. What they appeared to have gotten was a surreal, disorganized evening of fights and paychecks which were not worth the paper they were written on.
UFC 125: Antonio McKee is 'coming to smash everybody' at 155-pounds
Antonio McKee tells Mirror.co.uk that he's putting the lightweights in the UFC on notice -- he's coming and he plans on running through every one of them. Long thought of as one of the best wrestlers in MMA, it took "Mandingo" until the age of 40 and an 11 fight win streak to make his way to the world's largest fight promotion. In fact, he hasn't lost a fight since dropping a decision to Karo Parisyan in February of 2003.
Jungle Fight Championship on ESPN Deportes Live on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET
ESPN Deportes, ESPN's Spanish-language network in the U.S., will offer LIVE coverage of the Jungle Fight Championship this Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EST. The matchups will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the breeding ground for the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) talent.
The coverage will include four bouts, including the main draw, the much anticipated fight between Brazilian natives Edilberto de Oliveira against Luis Sergio da Fonseca Melo.
Frankie Edgar wants to 'shut everybody up' by winning the rematch with Gray Maynard
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar knows that if he beats Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, he will have avenged his one career loss and the critics won't have much to say about him anymore -- at least as a fighter. Both he and his opponent have been dominant throughout their careers but it hasn't translated to the box office. In fact, most of the talk heading into their New Year's Day rematch has revolved not around who the winner of the fight will be, but whether or not anyone will pay to see it.
Read the full article for a great quote from Fankie Edgar regarding his upcoming rematch with Gray Maynard.
Strikeforce and M-1 say Fedor negotiations ongoing; Jan. 29 fight "not set"
A deal to bring Fedor Emelianenko back to the Strikeforce cage has not been finalized, according to representatives from the California-based promotion and M-1 Global.
And while a matchup between Emelianenko and Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is possible, a Strikeforce official today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a date is not set.
"It all depends where these negotiations take us," Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz said.
An article going over some of the logistics of the return of The Last Emperor
Donald Cerrone unhappy with WEC 53 win, wants shot at UFC's Cole Miller
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Donald Cerrone picked up a quality win against a notable opponent, but following the WEC 53 performance, he wasn't exactly in a celebratory mood.
Cerrone (13-3 MMA 5-3 WEC), a five-time "Fight of the Night" winner with the WEC, saw plenty of problems in his second-round submission win over Chris Horodecki (16-3 MMA, 2-2 WEC).
More specifically, he wanted to beat the former kickboxer at his own game.
The fight was one of four that aired on Versus from Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. It was the final WEC show before the organization's merger with its sister promotion, the UFC. With roster spots at a premium, it was important for Cerrone and other fighters to make a good impression in the WEC's final show.
Trainer Roufus says Pettis' WEC 53 kick inspired by "Ong Bak" cult movie
Believe it or not, the sensational kick Anthony Pettis used to floor Benson Henderson was inspired by the cult martial-arts classic, "Ong Bak."
Pettis' coach, Duke Roufus, said he's played around with "old-school" Muay Thai techniques for several years, and the crazy kick that Pettis landed is just one such attack.
"I just believe in being creative," Roufus today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Anthony is a lifelong martial artist, and I'm a lifelong martial artist, and we're just trying to keep evolving and blend it all together."
A great piece on the Showtime Kick, with embedded video of the kick itself! Also, if you have not already, watch the original Ong-Bak the Thai Warrior. No handed cartwheel between two pieces of glass? Amazing
Bellator champ Joe Warren returning to Greco-Roman roots, eyes Olympic Gold
The self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet" already has Bellator Fighting Championships gold around his waist.
Now he's looking to put Olympic gold around his neck.
Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) plans on making a return to the international wrestling scene next year in an effort to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren discusses his future plans, including his intentions to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games
WEC 53 winner Eddie Wineland: "All I saw was Rampage in my eyes"
GLENDALE, Ariz. – While Anthony Pettis was the talk of the town following WEC 53, it was Eddie Wineland who nearly walked away with the evening's SportsCenter moment.
Fighting on the evening's preliminary card, Wineland earned the card's "Knockout of the Night" with a vicious first-round slam of WEC newcomer Ken Stone.
The first WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland discusses his powerful knockout slam against WEC newcomer Ken Stone
UFC 124 Winner Fired from Job
Sean Pierson has had two lifelong dreams come true recently. He won his UFC debut over Matt Riddle, and he was hired by the Toronto Police Department. Unfortunately, his persona as a fighter has prevented him from being a cop.
A relatively short but disheartening article.
UFC Likely Kentucky-Bound, Possibly On 3/3
While official word has yet to come, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is targeting Louisville, Ky., for its upcoming UFC on Versus 3 event. Both the KFC Yum! Center and Freedom Hall are under heavy consideration to host the event. UFC on Versus 3 takes place March 3 and is expected to feature a headlining bout between welterweights Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez. The KFC Yum! Center hosts a variety of sporting and entertainment events and is the primary home of the University of Louisville's mens and women's basketball teams. The arena holds up to 22,000 fans, though it's likely that a smaller seating configuration would be used with a UFC event. Freedom Hall, meanwhile, is a multipurpose arena that seats more than 19,000 people. It formerly hosted UL's men's basketball team.
Anthony Pettis' Striking Coach Duke Roufus Talks About 'Showtime' Kick
It was the Kick Heard 'Round the World, a climbing, twisting, off-the-wall, out-of-the-video-games-and-into-Ben-Henderson's-face, mind-scrambler of a strike in the 25th and final minute of a WEC championship match that shot Anthony Pettis into the consciousness of sports fans everywhere.
While his aim is to stay there for more than just one night, it's safe to say that regardless of his future, the 23-year-old cemented himself a place in MMA history by authoring one of the sport's most incredible moments.
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WEC 53 Draws 6348 Fans
Thursday's WEC 53 event at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., scored an attendance figure of 6,348. If the Arizona State Boxing Commission verifies the figure in the coming week, it'll rank as the seventh-best-attended event in the WEC's nearly 10-year and 53-event history. It was also the second-highest attendance mark for a show outside of California (only WEC 47 in Ohio drew more). Glendale, a Phoenix-area city, earned the right to host WEC 53 by winning the Amp Energy "Hometown Throwdown" contest. Fans could vote for 30 potential host sites, and Phoenix/Glendale – which is home to WEC 53 competitors Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner – emerged victorious. The show marked the WEC's debut in Arizona.