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UFC Quick Quote: Georges St. Pierre is boring...
(mmamania.com)
Ever since losing the welterweight title to Matt Serra at UFC 69, Georges St. Pierre has faced questions from the media and fans regarding his seeming lack of killer instinct. Now his former hero turned nemesis Matt Hughes is piling on and makes the claim that "GSP" is only playing defense when he steps inside the Octagon. Not just because he doesn't want to lose his coveted 170-pound belt but also because he gets paid too much by the UFC.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 10:27PM by pmoney - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Will Campuzano meets Chris Cariaso at Fight for the Troops 2
(mmajunkie.com)
With David Mitchell and Mike Swick each bowing out to injury, UFC brass had an extra slot to fill at UFC Fight Night 23. Enter Will Campuzano (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Chris Cariaso (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the two bantamweights have verbally agreed to meet at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2," which takes place Jan. 22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 6:10PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Coker: We (Strikeforce) Have The Best HW Division In MMA"
(mmamania.com)
At least he thinks so. "To me the fans are always going to think what they want. I've always known we have the best heavyweight division in mixed martial arts. I had this in my back pocket. I don't really gauge what's going out in the viral world, the virtual world. I just know that this is a special moment in time. All these heavyweight fighters are here and in their youth, young enough to compete at high levels. We're going to let them all fight each other and this is the best way to do it."
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 5:51PM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rousimar Palhares Will Feel "Weird" Fighting Alexandre Ferreira
(mmamania.com)
Not just because he's fighting another Brazillian, but it's one of those dreaded "friend vs. friend" fights. "The boss told us to fight, so we'll have to do it, but I don't like facing a Brazilian, specially when it's a friend of mine, like Cacareco. It'll be weird to see him on the other side of the Octagon ready to fight me. We've trained together for many time, we've helped each other a lot... I really like him, I consider him a good friend and training partner. As I see it, it won't change our friendship one bit, and I hope he sees it that way too."
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 5:44PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Devin Cole Plans To Make Most of Second Chance at Strikeforce Challengers
(sports.yahoo.com)
Second chances aren’t always easy to come by, and heavyweight Devin Cole knows this. After achieving immediate success in the IFL, Cole went through a rough patch in his career which left him out of the spotlight, looking for one more opportunity. As Cole himself admitted to MMAWeekly.com, “The IFL was definitely a big time (opportunity), in fact, I was offered a UFC contract right after I beat Travis Wiuff, in between the first and second seasons of the IFL, and I actually turned it down to stay with the IFL.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 5:29PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC Fighter Jacob Volkmann Calls Out President Barack Obama, Gets A Visit From the Secret Service
(sports.yahoo.com)
UFC lightweight Jacob Volkmann, following his win over Antonio McKee, declared that he wanted to fight U.S. President Barack Obama for his next fight. His words got him a visit from the Secret Service on Wednesday. Volkmann, who is based out of Minnesota, told MMAFighting.com after his win over McKee that he wanted to face Obama because he disagreed with many of his policies.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 5:26PM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Help From UFC Champ, Daniel Cormier Readies for Strikeforce Big Guns
(mmafighting.com)
The news of Strikeforce's upcoming heavyweight tournament was a bombshell development for a company still working on prying eyes from the UFC. And it's also a welcome scenario for the Strikeforce athletes, who are well aware of the extra spotlight it is likely to bring, even to fighters who are not part of the field. One such fighter who may receive added attention from it is Daniel Cormier, an undefeated fighter who is among a group of rising stars in Strikeforce's heavyweight ranks.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 5:16PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin on tap for UFC 129
(mmajunkie.com)
Featherweights Pablo Garza (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Yves Jabouin (15-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are expected to meet at UFC 129. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the news today from multiple sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place with contracts on the way. UFC 129 takes place April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Cananda, and will feature a welterweight title match between champ Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 5:14PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nick Catone vs. Dan Miller on tap for UFC 128 in New Jersey
(mmajunkie.com)
New Jersey residents Nick Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Dan Miller (14-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) are expected to square off on home turf at UFC 128. A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the middleweight bout, which was first reported by MMADiehards.com. UFC 128 takes place March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and is expected to feature a light heavyweight title match between champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Rashad Evans.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 4:51PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Undefeated Nazareno Malegarie signs with Bellator Fighting Championships
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships has signed top featherweight prospects Nazareno Malegarie (19-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the fighter that Malegarie has signed with the Chicago-based promotion. The signing was first reported by Sherdog.com. Sources indicated Malegarie is targeted for a featherweight tournament to be held this year, though it is currently unclear if the undefeated Ataque Dupio product will compete in a season-four bracket or a potential season-five tournament to be held later this year.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 4:03PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Visa issues force Cherdivara out; Ferguson faces Richard at Strikeforce Challengers 13
(mmajunkie.com)
Canadian Ion Cherdivara has encountered difficulties in securing a visa and has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's Strikeforce Challengers 13 event. Stepping in on short notice is South Carolina's John Richard (3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF), who now takes on former Olympic judoka Rhadi Ferguson (2-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) on the main card of the Showtime-televised event. Featuring an intriguing welterweight fight between Tarec Saffiedine and Tyron Woodley, Strikeforce Challengers 13 takes place Friday, Jan. 7, at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 4:01PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce HW tournament bracket unveiled
(sports.espn.go.com)
By Josh Gross ESPN.com Updated: January 4, 2011, 10:05 PM ET Following months of speculation, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker's desire to promote a single-elimination heavyweight tournament in 2011 has come to fruition. Showtime, which expects to televise each of the event's three legs, revealed opening-round matches and the tournament bracket Tuesday. "It's a long, grueling process as we know with these tournaments, and whoever comes out on top will be the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion," said Ken Hershman, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports. Beginning Feb. 12 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., four of the eight fighters signed up for the main draw will compete in first-round matchups. Fedor Emelianenko (31-2) fights Antonio Silva (15-2) and Andrei Arlovski (15-8) is matched against Sergei Kharitonov (16-4). The remaining quarterfinal fights will likely take place in April, Showtime and Strikeforce officials said. The event's date and location are yet to be determined. Current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (33-11) will meet Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1), and Brett Rogers (11-2) tangles with Josh Barnett (29-5).
Submitted Jan 5, 2011 9:14AM by AchillesHeel - 33 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC 125 "UFC Prelims" draws 829,000 viewers on ION Television
(mmajunkie.com)
While many MMA fans had little knowledge of ION Television before the network partnered with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, more than three-quarters-of-a-million viewers were able to find the channel this past weekend. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from industry sources that this past weekend's "UFC Prelims" special, which featured a trio of live fights from "UFC 125: Resolution," drew an average of 829,000 viewers. This past weekend's one-hour special marked the UFC's debut on ION Television. Past editions of "UFC Prelims" have aired on Spike TV and UFC.com. Prior to UFC 125, the most recent edition of "UFC Prelims" to air on TV was "UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida," which drew 1.5 million viewers. The figures for this past weekend's event mark a 44 percent decrease from the November broadcast of UFC 123. UFC 124 also featured two fights streaming live on UFC.com, though the promotion did not reveal the number of online viewers that tuned in. UFC officials have yet to announce if the promotion will continue to provide content to ION Television, which was launched in 1998 as PAX TV, was rebranded as Ion Television in 2007. The channel was also known as i from 2005 to 2007. The "UFC Prelims" special for UFC 125 featured three exciting contests as Jeremy Stephens knocked out Marcus Davis, Dustin Poirier earned a one-sided decision over Josh Grispi, and Brad Tavares earned a first-round TKO win over Phil Baroni. To date, the UFC has aired 14 "UFC Prelims" broadcasts. The top six "UFC Prelims" specials in terms of viewership all aired in 2010. The full list of "UFC Prelims" broadcasts and ratings, which has traditionally aired on Spike TV, as compiled by MMAjunkie.com includes: * 1) UFC 109 (February 2010): 1.7 million viewers * 2) UFC 114 (May 2010): 1.6 million viewers * 3) UFC 108 (January 2010): 1.5 million viewers * 3) UFC 121 (October 2010): 1.5 million viewers * 3) UFC 123 (November 2010): 1.5 million viewers * 6) UFC 104 (October 2009): 1.4 million viewers * 6) UFC 103 (September 2009): 1.4 million viewers * 8) UFC 119 (September 2010): 1.3 million viewers * 8) UFC 116 (July 2010): 1.3 million viewers * 8) UFC 115 (June 2010): 1.3 million viewers * 8) UFC 106 (November 2009): 1.3 million viewers * 12) UFC 111 (March 2010): 1.2 million viewers * 13) UFC 118 (August 2010): 1.1 million viewers * 14) UFC 125 (January 2011): 829,000 viewers*
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 11:51PM by jiujitsufreak74 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Suspends Chael Sonnen and Temporarily Freezes Contract
(mmajunkie.com)
The news was first reported by TMZ.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed the suspension with a source close to the fighter. "Chael Sonnen has gone through a lot in the last few months, and we think it's important for him to focus on getting his personal life together before focusing on his career in the UFC," UFC president Dana White told TMZ.com. MMAjunkie.com was not immediately able to reach White for comment. On Monday, MMAjunkie.com reported that Sonnen had been targeted for a UFC 128 matchup with Yoshihiro Akiyama. That bout is now apparently on hold, as TMZ.com reports Sonnen's contract "has been temporarily frozen." The length of Sonnen's suspension has yet to be revealed.
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 6:51PM by SmileR - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 128 gets three more contests, including Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
(mmajunkie.com)
With the UFC's return to New Jersey official, the promotion is wasting little time filling out the night's fight card. UFC brass initially announced "UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans" would feature Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Rashad Evans and Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland. The UFC has since upped the ante with the release of previously reported contests of Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau and Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani, as well as a new fight between Joseph Benavidez and Ian Loveland. "UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans" takes place March 19 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 4:45PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 128: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua vs. Rashad Evans Is Official
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, March 19 with the long-awaited title fight between UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and former champion "Suga" Rashad Evans. A bantamweight clash between former WEC champions "The California Kid" Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland will also be featured at UFC 128. Tickets for UFC 128: SHOGUN VS. EVANS are priced at $500, $350, $225, $150, $100 and $60, not including applicable service charges, and go on sale Thursday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. ET.
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 4:41PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MacDonald-Wilks, Brookins-Makdessi Added to UFC 129 in Toronto
(bloodyelbow.com)
Numerous sources have informed that Rory MacDonald and James Wilks have verbally agreed, to square off inside the octagon, on Saturday, April 30th, at The Rogers Centre in Toronto. ...A source has informed me that Jonathan Brookins, will have his hands full, as he is expected to take on undefeated lightweight, John Makdessi.
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 3:39PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 125 "UFC Prelims" draws 829,000 viewers on ION Television
(mmajunkie.com)
While many MMA fans had little knowledge of ION Television before the network partnered with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, more than three-quarters-of-a-million viewers were able to find the channel this past weekend. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from industry sources that this past weekend's "UFC Prelims" special, which featured a trio of live fights from "UFC 125: Resolution," drew an average of 829,000 viewers. This past weekend's one-hour special marked the UFC's debut on ION Television. Past editions of "UFC Prelims" have aired on Spike TV and UFC.com. Prior to UFC 125, the most recent edition of "UFC Prelims" to air on TV was "UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida," which drew 1.5 million viewers. The figures for this past weekend's event mark a 44 percent decrease from the November broadcast of UFC 123.
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 1:51PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cruz Certain Faber Rematch Will Happen Eventually
(sherdog.com)
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has lost only one fight. In March 2007, Urijah Faber submitted him in a 145-pound contest. Now that Faber has dropped to 135, where Cruz is king, Cruz is sure he’ll get a chance for revenge. “It’s going to be a guarantee that me and Faber are going to end up fighting,” Cruz said during a recent “Savage Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network. “Because I want to fight the best guys in the division, and for sure he’s one of the best guys in the division. You can’t take away the things that he’s done in the sport. You can’t take away the things that he’s done at the weight class above.” On Wednesday, however, it was reported that Faber’s next bout will be in March against fellow bantamweight contender Eddie Wineland.
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 1:42PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Franklin McNeil talks Pettis, title situation
(sports.espn.go.com)
No one could have predicted the level of action Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard delivered Saturday night in their rematch at UFC 125. Even UFC president Dana White, possibly the most optimistic fight promoter ever, could not have imagined the bout's outcome. And with good reason. Despite never having lost a mixed martial arts bout, Maynard wasn't exactly considered an all-action fighter. In many circles, he was regarded as boring. Good article from one of the best in the sport, Franklin McNeil
Submitted Jan 4, 2011 1:01PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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