Hermes Franca signs with MFC
Another talented veteran has been added to the ever-deepening talent pool of the Maximum Fighting Championship's lightweight division.
Hermes "The Unreal" Franca (20-9) has signed a multi-fight deal with the organization and is slated to make his debut at MFC 29: Conquer on Friday, April 8 in the co-main event against Drew "Night Rider" Fickett (41-12). The bout is subject to OAC approval.
The 36-year-old native of Fortaleza, Brazil, had originally signed with the MFC two years ago, but decided instead to enter into retirement from fighting and focus on training students in Jupiter, Florida. But with a change of heart, Franca re-emerged in the past few months and readily agreed to finally hit the MFC frontier.
M-1 rep: No discussions about possible Emelianenko vs. Henderson superfight
If Strikeforce has been talking about putting together Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko, it's been a one-sided conversation, according to a representative for the Russian fighter.
M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the topic hasn't even been broached to Emelianenko or M-1 Global.
"There have been no discussions with us," he said. "Any discussions have been solely on the other side of the Atlantic."
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on Tuesday said there have been "preliminary discussions only" on the potential superfight and said the bout would not take place at an event planned for June 18 that will host the remaining quarterfinal bouts of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. He did not say where, when, or with whom the discussions took place.
Georges St. Pierre not in a 'Rush' to fight Anderson Silva at 185 pounds
"It's a complete re-orientation of my career. People are saying crazy stuff, like 'Oh, you just have to gain 30 pounds and take the fight and fight him in three months.' I can't (gain) 30 pounds in three months. It would take a lot more than that if I want to go up in weight class. Plus, (Anderson) Silva fights at light heavyweight as well. So he walks around at … he's probably 40 pounds heavier than I am (off season). So if I fight this fight, it might be at a catch weight. If it happens. It's something I'm not thinking about right now because it's not my number one priority. I've had a lot of success at 170. If I move to 185, I need to talk to my sponsors, my trainers. It's a complete change of life. Do I want to take the risk, maybe yes. Maybe It's going to be a great challenge. Maybe, no. But I have to talk with my trainers ... I have to fight Jake Shields [and] I think Anderson Silva has to fight Yushin Okami. I'm not afraid of nobody in the world. I'm a martial artist. If it happens [with] the right timing and everything, if it is how I want it, and how he wants it. I fight whoever they want. I can fight everyone in the world. I don't mind."
Eddie Alvarez is f---ing worried about Pat Curran
"When I think about it, the anxiety in me increases, and when that happens, I can't stand still, I can't get out of the gym. I'm up early, I'm home late. My anxiety increases because I can't have a guy that is not well known take my name, take my spot. It sounds weird. People think you don't have to be worried about this guy. No, on the contrary, you better be f------ worried for this guy because this is the guy who can completely erase you from the rankings and take your name in the blink of an eye and in one fight. That fire's there. That fear is there like it's never been against guys like this."
Jon Jones 'hates' when people mention Rashad Evans, who 'has nothing to do with his heart and who he is right now'
"I want to be clear to other reporters, that I absolutely HATE when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp. He's a friend of mine but I'm fighting Mauricio "Shogun," one of the best fighters that's been around for a long time. So for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think, is ludicrous. Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being, he has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now. Right now it's me vs. Jon Jones and right now I'm beating all the weakness out of myself, I'm beating all the give-up out of myself, I'm beating the lack of cardio, I'm beating the lack of confidence; any sign of weakness that's within my heart right now, I'm getting rid of it. The fact that people are bringing up Rashad, it almost angers me. Rashad has nothing to do with "Shogun" and I think from hear on out I won't even answer a question about Rashad."
Despite suspension, James Irvin meets Mamed Khalidov in KSW 15 headliner
Despite a failed drug test and one-year suspension, James Irvin is heading overseas to fight light-heavyweight champion Mamed Khalidov in the headliner of next week's KSW 15 event.
Officials today announced the title fight, which takes place March 19 in Warsaw, Poland.
Irvin recently was pulled from a Shark Fights 14 co-headliner and rematch with Houston Alexander due to his alleged used of the steroid epitrenbolone at December's Tachi Palace Fights 7 event.
UFC 127 drug tests come back clean
Six fighters who underwent testing for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse tested clean following UFC 127.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today e-mailed the drug-test results to MMAjunkie.com. The event was overseen by the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, though the UFC independently conducted the testing.
UFC 127 took place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
UFC 128 co-headliners Faber and Wineland open to "TUF 14" coaching slots
Bantamweights Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland say a shot at UFC champ Dominick Cruz takes priority over a coaching slot on the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
But both agree that if the reality show leads them more quickly to contendership, they're all for going in front of the Spike TV cameras.
Before any of that happens, Faber and Wineland face off next Saturday in a UFC 128 co-main event they expect will bring the winner a title shot.
Report: Joe Warren meets Marcos Galvao in Bellator 41 non-title fight
Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) returns to action on April 16.
Sherdog.com reports that Warren is scheduled to meet Brazilian import Marcos Galvao (9-3-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in a non-title catchweight fight at April's Bellator 41 event.
Bellator officials haven't announced a location for the event.
Warren carries a four-fight win streak into the matchup. The Greco-Roman stylist debuted for Bellator in the company's second season and racked up a tournament title with decision wins over Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, Georgi Karakhanyan and Eric Marriott. Warren then earned the belt with a Bellator 27 win over former champion Joe Soto this past September.
Strikeforce has appoached Fedor about fight at 205 against Henderson
Fedor Emelianenko may drop to 205 pounds and challenge for the light heavyweight title in 2011, according to Fighters Only Magazine.
The Russian legend had been approached by Strikeforce officials prior to this past weekends Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson bout about fighting for the title at 205 pounds. Emelianenko is reportedly interested.
Strikeforce champ Henderson anticipates summer return, interested in Emlianenko
Dan Henderson says he'll give it one more go early this summer before taking time off to be with his family.
Then it's back to the gym in the fall and a possible fight at the end of the year, if all goes well.
Who's next on his list? Henderson today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that a fight with the winner of Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle is logical. But the new champ said he's also open to a future meeting with his favorite fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.
Edit: Milestone post! :D War Hendo! War Legalizing!
UFC 129 Moved Up One Hour; Change to All PPV Start Times Being Considered
The UFC is quietly contemplating a change to move up the start times of its pay-per-view broadcasts one hour, MMA Fighting has learned.
No final decision has yet been made, though a source in the organization confirmed to MMA Fighting that they are "considering the move for all events."
Two sources confirmed that at least one date will definitely be impacted. The change will be in play for the first time at April's massive UFC 129 event in Toronto, which will take place on April 30. On that night, the pay-per-view telecast will begin at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, one hour ahead of its usual time.
At least part of the idea, according to sources, is to take advantage of the earlier time to attract more east coast viewers going forward.
UPDATE: The new start time is expected to remain in place for future shows, as well, .
Heath Herring Wants MMA Return, but Only on Own Terms
Away from MMA competition for nearly three years, UFC heavyweight Heath Herring says he definitely wants to return to the cage -- but only under the right circumstances.
"It would have to make sense not only business-wise, but financially as well and I just don't know if that's in the cards at this moment," Herring told Ariel Helwani Monday on MMAFighting.com's The MMA Hour.
On the show, Herring said he has not been training MMA full-time and would need to devote the majority of his time towards training if he wants to be fight in today's competitive landscape.
UFC Officially Signs Jon Olav Einemo
Jon Olav Einemo is the newest member of the UFC heavyweight roster.
The organization has officially signed the Norwegian big man, a UFC official confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday. No word just yet on the exact terms of the deal and when he will debut inside the Octagon.
As MMA Fighting first reported last month, the UFC and Einemo have been in serious talks for several weeks.
UFC 128's Almeida vs. Pyle, Pellegrino vs. Tibau to stream on Facebook
Do you "Like" the UFC?
If so, you'll be able to watch two additional bouts from this month's blockbuster "UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones" event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed that UFC officials are planning on streaming a pair of UFC 128 preliminary bouts – Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle and Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau – on Facebook.com.
Diego Sanchez, Martin Kampmann suspended indefinitely following UFC on Versus 3
Welterweights Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann have been suspended indefinitely following their three-round slugfest this past Thursday at UFC on Versus 3.
However, both can be cleared to fight if they are able to provide a clean bill of health.
MMAjunkie.com today requested and received the remaining suspensions from the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority after initially reporting three medical suspensions arising from the event, which took place at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and aired live on Versus.