Hendo and Shogun; Too much for TV? you decide!
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It's already earned praise as one of the greatest fights in UFC history – if not MMA history.
But Dan Henderson's epic victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Saturday's UFC 139 main event could have been disastrous had it aired on FOX instead of pay-per-view, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
And if you don't agree, well, you know the drill: You can shut your pie hole.
Is Faber next for Cruz?
UFC president Dana White on Saturday night confirmed that Faber's UFC 139 win over Brian Bowles was indeed enough to earn "The California Kid" a quick rematch with UFC bantamweight champion Cruz.
Cruz, of course, defeated Faber in the main event of July's UFC 132 event. However, Faber remains the only man to have ever beaten Cruz after downing the then-featherweight in a March 2007 contest under the WEC banner.
"He's in," White said of Faber. "I think Urijah looked good tonight."
Fedor gives Monson a beating
Instead, Emelianenko treated the fight much like a kickboxing match, and he dropped Monson on multiple occasions – including three times in a dominant second round –with single shots. However, unlike Strikeforce, where his aggression sometimes proved an unwise gamble, he remained patient, refused to follow his opponent to the mat, and simply chopped him down with stinging leg kicks and lunging punches once they were standing.
By the third round, Monson was battered and bloodied, and his flatfooted fighting style and telegraphed shots made him easy prey.
Emelianenko didn't get the finish, but he thoroughly dominated the fight to pick up the judges' nod.
Anderson Silva Likely Sidelined Until Mid-2012
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is currently nursing an injured shoulder and it appears he will be on the shelf for several months.
Following his win in Brazil in August, Silva was reported to have bursitis in his shoulder that forced the reigning 185-pound king to take some time off to allow the healing to begin.
All signs were pointing towards Silva returning in early 2012 to defend his middleweight belt against top contender Chael Sonnen.
Not so fast.
Apparently, Anderson Silva’s shoulder injury is serious enough that he won’t likely return until approximately June 2012.
Report: Hatsu Hioki vs Bart Palaszewski planned for UFC 144 in Japan
Surprise! More home grown talent is headed for the Octagon when the world's largest fight promotion returns to Japan.
That's because Hatsu Hioki has reportedly been booked to square off against Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144, which is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2012, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
MMAWeekly.com brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Hioki was last in action this past Oct. 29 at UFC 137 where he made his debut in the big leagues and looked anything but impressive. Sure, he emerged victorious, squeaking by George Roop with a split decision win. But he failed to impress stateside fight fans who were witnessing his brand of violence for the very first time.
Maybe he'll have better luck back home in a more comfortable environment.
Pros Pick: Shogun vs. Hendo
For the fourth weekend in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be on active duty, as UFC 139 “Shogun vs. Hendo” hits the HP Pavilion on Saturday in San Jose, Calif. In the main event, 2005 Pride Fighting Championships middleweight grand prix winner and onetime UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua collides with former two-division Pride titleholder Dan Henderson.
How the battle will unfold remains anyone’s guess.
Sherdog.com caught up with a number of professional fighters and trainers to gauge their opinions on the UFC 139 headliner
Bigfoot actually has a legit point. i might have to change my pick now
UFC 139 official weigh-in results: Henderson (203), 'Shogun' (205) on weight
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Dan Henderson (203) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205)
Cung Le (185) vs. Wanderlei Silva (185)
Brian Bowles (136) vs. Urijah Faber (136)
Martin Kampmann (170.5) vs. Rick Story (170.5)
Stephan Bonnar (205) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (205)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Ryan Bader (205) vs. Jason Brilz (204)
Michael McDonald (136) vs. Alex Soto (135)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Tom Lawlor (185) vs. Chris Weidman (185.5)
Rafael dos Anjos (155.5) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
Nick Pace (141)+ vs. Miguel Torres (136.5)* Torres made weight 136
Seth Baczynski (171) vs. Matt Brown (171)
Shamar Bailey (158)+ vs. Danny Castillo (155)
* - Has two hours to make weight
+ - Forfeits 20 percent of his purse for missing weight
Bellator champ Hector Lombard: Chael Sonnen is boring as [expletive]
Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight title holder Hector Lombard (30-2-1 MMA, 7-0 BFC) boasts one of the most impressive winning streaks in all of mixed martial arts, but he's not exactly a household name.
Chael Sonnen fell short in his bid to unseat UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, yet he's one of the most sought-after fighters in all of the sport. That doesn't sit well with Lombard.
"Chael Sonnen talks [expletive] about everything and the guy is boring as [expletive]," Lombard said. "His style is boring as hell, and he talks [expletive] all the time – offending a lot of people. That's just not my style. I don't have to talk [expletive]. I let my actions speak in the cage."
'DREAM: New Year! 2011' adds Sakurai vs. Chonan, bantamweight grand-prix semis
A trio of bouts has been added to next month's year-end "DREAM: New Year! 2011" event.
In a featured bout, Hayato Sakurai (35-12-2 MMA, 4-4 DREAM) takes on fellow welterweight veteran Ryo Chonan (20-12 MMA, 1-0 DREAM).
Additionally, the final two rounds of this year's world bantamweight grand prix conclude with Bibiano Fernandes (9-3 MMA, 6-1 DREAM) vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz (14-1 MMA, 1-0 DREAM) and Antonio Banuelos (19-7 MMA, 1-0 DREAM) vs. Masakazu Imanari (24-9-2 MMA, 4-2 DREAM).
The event takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the event will air on HDNet. However, it hasn't been decided if it'll air live or via delay.
Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa added to UFC 143
Fresh off an impressive victory over Cole Escovedo, Alex Caceres (6-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is booked for Super Bowl weekend.
The veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 12" is slated to meet prospect Edwin Figueroa (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 143, officials today announced.
UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event's main card, which is headlined by a welterweight title fight between champ Georges St-Pierre and challenger Nick Diaz, airs live on pay-per-view.
It's unknown whether Caceres vs. Figueroa will occupy the UFC 143 main or preliminary card.
Caceres likely saved his job with his win over Escovedo this past Saturday at UFC on FOX. The colorful fighter dropped two consecutive bouts by rear-naked choke following his appearance on "TUF 12." Opponents Mackens Semerzier and Jim Hettes delivered the setbacks at UFC Fight Night 24 and UFC on Versus 5, respectively.
Against Escovedo, though, Caceres showed a vastly improved striking game and pitched a shutout on the judges' scorecards.
UFC brass says UFC on FOX ratings peak may have topped 9 million viewers
Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez combined at UFC on FOX to put on the most-watched fight in U.S. television history.
But UFC officials aren't done counting.
At Thursday's UFC 139 pre-event press conference, which took place at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, UFC director of media relations Ant Evans said the company expects the final tally to reach more than 9 million viewers.
"We're consolidating numbers today, and we will have a full breakdown soon," Evans said. "The 8.8 million was the people who actually tuned into the actual fight. That doesn't include people who watched it on DVR, and it doesn't include about 400,000 who watched it in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
"This could go over 9 million."
Surprise call from ACLU led UFC 139's Miguel Torres to Blackzilian camp
Miguel Torres is more than a year into a journey to get a different perspective on the sport he loves.
That journey has led him to Montreal to train with one of the masterminds behind UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Tristar trainer Firas Zahabi, who successfully broke him of a longstanding habit of brawling.
But a recent shakeup in the business foundation of Torres' career led him to Boca Raton, Fla., in advance of his fight with Nick Pace (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC 139, which takes place Saturday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The fight streams live on Facebook while a two-fight prelims special on Spike TV serves as a lead-in to the main-card pay-per-view broadcast.
Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio 'Pato' Carvalho targeted for UFC 142 in Brazil
A featherweight bout between Antonio "Pato" Carvalho (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Felipe Arantes (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been targeted for January's UFC 142 lineup.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the planned matchup with event sources. The Canadian Press first reported it.
UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
The event's main card is expected to air to on pay-per-view, though Carvalho vs. Arantes likely will be part of the preliminary card.
Carvalho was slated to fight Yuri Alcantara earlier this year at UFC 134 in Rio, but an injury forced him off the card, and Arantes instead took his spot.
Year-end 2011 DREAM event adds Takaya-Inoue title fight, Kawajiri-Miyata
DREAM officials today announced two fights for its annual year-end event, dubbed a mouthful as "DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011." (For simplicity's sake, we'll call it "DREAM: New Year! 2011.")
Official MMA bouts includes DREAM featherweight champ Hiroyuki Takaya (16-9-1 MMA, 7-2 DREAM) vs. Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (21-5 MMA, 2-1 DREAM) and featherweights Tatsuya Kawajiri (29-7-2 MMA, 9-2 DREAM) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (11-8 MMA, 4-2 DREAM).
The event takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the event will air on HDNet.
However, it hasn't been decided if it'll air live or via delay.
In addition to MMA fights, the event is expected to feature K-1, kickboxing, pro-wrestling and other competitions as part of a stacked lineup.
UFC on FOX medical suspensions
The full list of UFC on FOX suspensions includes:
Cain Velasquez: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss
Clay Harvison: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss
Norifumi Yamamoto: Suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact due to possible left-finger fracture; can be cleared early by a physician
Darren Uyenoyama: Suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact due to left-eye laceration
Mackens Semerzier: Suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact due to scalp lacerations; suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for precautionary reasons
Paul Bradley: Suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact due to possible left-elbow fracture; can be cleared early by a physician
Aaron Rosa: Suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact due to a possible left-wrist fracture; can be cleared early by a physician
UFC on Fox Salaries
The full UFC on FOX payouts included:
Junior Dos Santos: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Cain Velasquez: $100,000
Ben Henderson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Clay Guida: $40,000
Dustin Poirier: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Pablo Garza: $8,000
Ricardo Lamas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cub Swanson: $15,000
DaMarques Johnson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Clay Harvison: $8,000
Darren Uyenoyama: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto: $15,000
Robert Peralta: $16,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Mackens Semerzier: $8,000
Alex Caceres: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Escovedo: $6,000
Mike Pierce: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Bradley: $18,000
Aaron Rosa: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Lucas: $6,000
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That’s the question on everyone’s mind following a dominating performance over 15 fight UFC veteran, Clay Guida. Henderson dominated from the get go, dropping Guida within the first 30 seconds after the two traded wild shots. He used a successful strategy of stuffing Guida’s takedowns and making him strike with him. In the 3rd round Guida managed to muster his most successful offense of the fight....