Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle Targeted for UFC 128
A welterweight bout between local favorite Ricardo Almeida and Mike Pyle is slated for UFC 128 in Newark, NJ, MMA Fighting learned through sources close to the fight.
UFC 128 is expected to take place March 19 at the Prudential Center, headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Rashad Evans for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Jens Pulver back in action at XFO 38 in January
UFC castoff Jens Pulver (22-14-1) will return to action against an unknown opponent at Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO) 38 on Jan. 22, 2011. The former lightweight champion hasn't won a fight since Dec. of 2007 and has lost eight of his last nine contests.
Thiago Alves vs Rick Story possible for UFC event in May of 2011
Sometimes in life, you get exactly what you ask for.
Rick Story called out Thiago Alves and the UFC has apparently obliged him, as the two are reportedly set to square off at the annual Memorial Day weekend event to go down in May of 2011, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Alves is working his way back up the ranks after dropping back-to-back fights to Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and perennial contender Jon Fitch.
Quatro Campeões: Junior dos Santos is taking the heavyweight title back to Brazil
We know heavyweight number one contender Junior dos Santos is a knockout artist but according to the Brazilian bomber, he also has it in his head that he can take down wrestling standout and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.
No date has been announced for their fight but in the same interview "JDS" states that he was told by company President Dana White that if he were to win the title, his first defense of the strap could very well come at UFC: "Rio" when the organization makes their long awaited return to his homeland.
Video in article as well
HDNet airs DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" live on Dec. 31 at 4 a.m. ET
DREAM's year-end show, "Dynamite!! 2010," airs live in the U.S. on HDNet.
HDNet Fights brass officially announced the blockbuster event premieres Friday, Dec. 31, at 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT.
"Dynamite!! 2010" takes place Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" features a massive 15-bout card loaded with notables. The promotion's featherweight and welterweight titles will both be on the line, as champ Bibiano Fernandes faces Hiroyuki Takaya, while title holder Marius Zaromskis puts his belt on the line against MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring official for "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" prelims
DEEP middleweight champion Riki Fukuda (17-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 11" contestant Nick Ring (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will do battle in Australia.
UFC brass today announced that the two first-timers will make their octagon debut at "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch."
The bout, which takes place on the evening's preliminary card, was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 125's Mike Brown ready to prove himself in second octagon journey
When former WEC champion Mike Brown (24-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) steps into the octagon to face Diego Nunes (15-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 125, it won't be the first time he's fought inside the UFC's trademark cage.
Of course, the first time didn't go exactly as planned.
"I was like a deer in the headlights," Brown recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I had a chance; I still swung hard and did my best, but I wasn't thinking out there like I should be."
Story Calls Out Thiago Alves
After outpointing Johny Hendricks on Dec. 4 for his fifth straight win in the UFC, Rick Story knows whom he wants to fight next.
“I want to fight Thiago [Alves],” Story said recently during a “Savage Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network.
Alves, ranked No. 3 in the world, would be a significant step up in competition. That’s one reason why Story wants a piece of “The Pitbull.”
“I know that somebody like Thiago Alves, beating him, it would make people realize, ‘This guy is for real,’” Story said. “I just want everybody to know that I am for real and I’m not going to stop until I get that number one spot.”
The 26-year-old Story had a strong year in 2010. He went 4-0, including a stoppage of Dustin Hazelett. Against Hendricks he outwrestled a former NCAA champion and showed a more advanced MMA game.
Relentless Guida is all action
If you’ve seen Clay Guida fight even once, then it will not surprise you to learn of the type of a football player he was as a child.
Guida grew up in the Chicago area and, like many boys his age, played youth football. Guida, though, wasn’t your typical defensive player.
“You know, I just loved to run around on the field,” Guida said. “I used to just love to run and go and tackle the guy with the ball.”
Good article/interview with Clay Guida
WEC-to-UFC move no issue for quick learner Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier still remembers the telephone conversation he had with the Louisiana gym owner who regularly hosted mixed martial artists for training.
Poirier was then a 17-year-old from Lafayette, La., who had moved out on his own to get away from the cycle of living with one parent, getting in trouble, then moving in with the other. He was taking on more responsibility in life, and he was getting out of the rhythm of spending time with a rougher crowd.
A longtime athlete, Poirier had moved from sport to sport but had left high school early. He still wanted competition, so he went looking for it.
A good article, with interview, about UFC Featherweight prospect Dustin Poirier.
UFC Cuts Pat Audinwood
He may have a great nickname, but Pat “Awesomely Awesome” Audinwood did not live up to it in his two fights in the UFC, and he has been released by the promotion. Prior to entering the UFC, Audinwood was 9-0-1 with four submission wins to his credit. Unfortunately during his brief run with the UFC, he went 0-2 with losses to Thiago Tavares and John Makdessi. He's the second cut by UFC this week along with Dustin Hazelett and more could be coming.
With Strikeforce tourney rumors, Silva wants fight with "legend" Emelianenko
Count Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva among the proponents for Strikeforce's rumored 2011 heavyweight tournament.
Believing the organization boasts some of the world's top heavyweights, Silva told MMAjunkie.com he'd love to participate in the potential multi-event tourney.
And he hopes it could lead to a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, a fighter he calls a "living legend."
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" tickets on sale Monday
Tickets for Strikeforce's next "arena series" show go on sale Monday at 1 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT).
The event, "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg," takes place Jan. 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and airs on Showtime.
As officials announced on Wednesday, the show features a championship doubleheader with welterweight champ Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and middleweight title-holder Ronald "Jacare" Souza vs. Robbie Lawler.
UFC 125: Gray Maynard Talks TUF 13 and Welcoming Anthony Pettis
Gray Maynard isn’t the type of fighter to hand pick his opponent.
It’s that attitude that explains why he doesn’t really care who he’d face if he defeats Frankie Edgar to win the UFC lightweight title at UFC 125 in January.
Currently, final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is in line to fight for the belt next. While Maynard admits if he was coming into the UFC for the first time he’d want a little more experience, he’s happy to accept the challenge.
GSP three-peats as Sportsnet's Canadian Athlete of the Year
Georges St-Pierre is Sportsnet's Canadian Athlete of the Year for an unprecedented third year in a row, beating out 2007 winner Sidney Crosby in the final of an online fan vote.
St-Pierre's path to his third-straight award was not an easy one the third time around. Competing against 15 other Canadians in a bracket-style tournament to determine the winner, readers voted for their choice through four head-to-head rounds over the course of 16 days.
"Winning the Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year award for the third time means a lot to me," St-Pierre told sportsnet.ca. "This year there were a lot of nominees that I really respect, so I am honoured that the fans chose me. Thanks to all my fans for their support."
'Mayhem' Miller Says Fight With Nick Diaz Was Almost Signed Last Week
Jason "Mayhem" Miller has spent the better part of the last year campaigning for a fight with Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Now it seems as if that door may be closing for good.
"We almost had the fight together," Miller told MMA Fighting on Wednesday.
Almost, but not quite.
After getting ganged up on by Diaz and his teammates on live network TV in April, the goal of getting Diaz alone in the cage seemed to nearly consume the "Bully Beatdown" star. He printed t-shirts, started a website, and did countless interviews all about how badly he wanted the fight. Now that Strikeforce has decided to match his nemesis up with Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos instead, Miller can't help but feel a little disappointed.