'The Ultimate Fighter: Canada vs. Australia' reportedly in the works
After splitting a pair of tournaments with the U.K. on "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes," it appears Australia will next tangle with Canada on an upcoming international edition of the UFC's long-running reality series.
According to a report on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," "TUF: Team Canada vs. Team Australia" is expected later this year.
Few details were confirmed, though tryouts are expected to take place in the next few months.
Recent UFC fighter Pat Schilling, 24, announces MMA retirement
Recent UFC competitor "Thrilling" Pat Schilling today announced his MMA retirement at the rather youthful age of 24.
Schilling (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) today made the announcement via social media.
Schilling said his ultimate goal in the sport was to get the UFC. He accomplished the feat just two years after his January 2010 pro debut, though he ultimately suffered a submission defeat to Daniel Pineda (in a late-notice fight) and a decision loss to Max Holloway upon his arrival in the world's biggest fight promotion.
Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche for UFC on FOX 8? Depends on doctor's clearance
A high-stakes women's bantamweight bout is in the making for UFC on FOX 8 on July 27 -- provided one of the potential participants gets a doctor's note first.
Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche are in talks to meet at Seattle's Key Arena. But the bout will be on the condition Tate, who is under a medical suspension, is cleared to compete by a doctor. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported the news on Tuesday's edition of Fuel TV's UFC tonight...
UFC champ Georges St-Pierre: Lightweight move likely easier than middleweight
For years, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has teased the idea of moving up to 185 pounds. While he's not ruling out such a change, he believes a cut to lightweight would be much easier.
"I don't do much cutting," St-Pierre said on Tuesday's new edition of "The Joe Rogan Experience." "It would be easier for me to go fight at 155 than fighting at 185. I would be more at my weight naturally at 155.
"There's guys at 155 that walk around at 190 like me. They think I'm big because I have a large frame, but I'm not a big guy. I'm not thick."
Michael Chiesa vs. Reza Madadi added to UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle
Another lightweight fight has been added to July's UFC on FOX 8 event, as Michael Chiesa (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) meets Reza Madadi (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
FOXSports.com first reported the booking, and UFC officials later confirmed the matchup.
UFC on FOX 8 takes place July 27 at Seattle's KeyArena. The night's headlining bout has yet to be announced.
With the addition of the bout, UFC on FOX 8 now includes:
Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald
Robbie Lawler vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard
Danny Castillo vs. Bobby Green
Julie Kedzie vs. Germaine de Randamie
Michael Chiesa vs. Reza Madadi
Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher
Benson Henderson Addresses The Fans On Finishing Rate
I know I’m not the best (yet, ;-D), I was never the fastest, or strongest, or most athletic, or most technical or anything like that. Go ahead and ask any of my high school or college wrestling coaches. I was never picked 1st in dodgeball or basketball or soccer or football games growing up but one thing I always had was the will power and determination to NEVER give up, to not be afraid to open up my heart and give all of myself, to not hold anything back for the swim back to shore.
Joanne Calderwood would be pleased to fight anyone, even the best MMA fighter in the world
Joanne Calderwood's been in the news a lot recently with her latest fight announcement and her signing a 6 fight contract to Invicta and earlier on today, MMA Mental were able to get her thoughts in an interview:
On Sally Krumpier:
“I was just going to get the win whether it was in the first round, second round or whenever... I expected it to go more to the decision...”
“Everything I’m doing in my training, this is my full time job, and I’m here to show that in the cage”
On her new 6 fight contract with Invicta:
Fresh off sweep, Team Alpha Male's Duane Ludwig enjoying life more as trainer than fighter
It should have been a given that Duane Ludwig would get quick results. His nickname, after all, is "Bang," a moniker he earned even before his record-setting, six-second knockout in 2006. As a trainer, he's made immediate strides with his new camp, the Sacramento, California-based Team Alpha Male. Hired in December 2012, Ludwig recently went through the process of training several charges for the first full camp, including a trio that prepared for fights at last weekend's UFC on FOX 7.
The result? Three first-round TKOs predicated on strikes...
Signal to Noise: UFC on FOX 7's best and worst
There was much to love about UFC on FOX 7. The card itself delivered in almost every way possible. The less than meaningful UFC vs. Strikeforce rivalry was nevertheless fun to hang onto. The San Jose crowd maybe booed a bit much, but still showed up to watch. The FOX production of UFC events continues to elevate the entire affair.
And yet, there was also enough to dislike. It would certainly be nice if a Benson Henderson bout didn't end in controversy. It'd also be swell if the California State Athletic Commission didn't think it was a swell idea for a Cesar Gracie affiliate instructor to judge a bout where a Cesar Gracie-affiliated fighter is competing.
It's time to separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst, and the signal from the noise...
Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones is 'considerably better' than Anderson Silva
For the better part of two years, Chael Sonnen went out of his way to denigrate Anderson Silva. In the process of twice challenging the UFC middleweight champion and twice coming up short, Sonnen taunted Silva, his homeland of Brazil, made a fake middleweight title belt he carried around, and so on.
Heading into his UFC 159 main event on Saturday night in which he faces Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, Sonnen is still taking shots at his conqueror.
On Monday's media teleconference promoting the event, Sonnen went out of his way to say he considered Jones a better fighter than Silva, the man most consider the world's best pound-for-pound fighter...
Jon Jones targets superfights after breaking Tito Ortiz's title-defense record
Provided he gets past Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) this Saturday at UFC 159, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) plans to fight again in November.
And if successful in defending his belt this fall, Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he'll shift focus to competing in superfights and the heavyweight division.
Jones, who's as big as a 10-to-1 favorite to beat Sonnen, has a goal to surpass the current record for successful title defenses in his division, which was set by UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz at five...