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UFC 117 Official For 8/7
UFC officially announced UFC 117 yesterday for August 7 in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena. Headlining the event is a long-rumored middleweight title fight between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen. Also officially announced for the event were New UFC Hall Of Famer Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida and Clay Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos.
Bennett Off SF LA, Heun To Face Noons
KJ Noons won't get his Charles Bennett rematch after all. Noons has confirmed that Bennett is now off the 6/26 Strikeforce LA card for undisclosed reasons. Bennett was previously booked to appear opposite Luis Palomino at the "Rock-N-Rumble III" event tomorrow night (June 4) in Hollywood, FL; however, neither promotion was immediately available for comment on Bennett's status. Conor Heun is the replacement and there are reports the fight has now been moved up to the 6/16 event.
UFC 114 Early Estimate: 925K PPV Buys
It appears that in the over/under with regards to Dana White's prediction of 850,000 PPV buys for UFC 114, the over is going to win. While not yet official, the early estimate is Saturday's event did 925,000 PPV buys. The event was headlined by the grudge match of Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson.
M-1 Global: Ron Keslar vs. Magomed Shikshabekov Added To Fedor vs. Werdum Event
Strikeforce and M-1 Global's co-promotion relationship won't end with just Fedor Emelianenko. M-1 Global officials announced late Wednesday night that six-time M-1 Challenge veteran Magomed Shikshabekov will fight in the U.S. for the first time when he meets Ron Keslar at "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum." The bout is expected for the unaired preliminary portion of the card, though Strikeforce has yet to officially announce the matchup. Shikshabekov's six M-1 Global fights have all ended by first-round stoppage, including three bouts that have ended in the opening minute. More M-1 Global fighters likely will be added to the card soon.
Match-Ups Announced for July 5th K-1 WORLD MAX
FEG today announced the match-ups for the 2010 Under 63 kg Japan Tournament Finals and three matches for the Under 70 kg World Tournament to be held on July 5th at Yoyogi Stadium 1st, Tokyo, Japan. The final of the 63 kg tournament is to be an 8 man, one night affair meaning that three of the 11 winners in the opening round have missed out on a finals slot and no reserve fights have been announced.
UFC Plans Return To Germany
Die UFC ist wieder nach Deutschland kommen. Translation: The UFC is coming back to Germany. After a successful first show in 2009, it appears the promotion will be heading back to Germany sooner rather than later. They aren't backing down from the challenge of the local government that wants to take the sport off of television there. Never one to back down from a potential challenge, UFC president Dana White was adamant when asked about returning to Germany, and he says this year is the plan in motion right now. "We are doing a show," White said about returning to Germany in 2010. "One thing we don't do, we don't back down, and we don't curl up and climb into the closet when things don't go (our way). We're going to come out, guns a-blazing, and we're going to keep going."
Strikeforce: Le vs. Smith Set For 6/26, Thomson Faces Healy
Although an official announcement hasn't been made yet, Strikeforce has confirmed Scott Smith vs. Cung Le for the 6/26 SF/M-1 Global event. Additionally, SF has announced that Josh Thomson will face Pat Healy, who will be replacing Thomson's original opponent, Lyle Beerbohm.
Paulo Filho Calls Out Mauricio Rua
Seriously. That's what he told Graciemag is in his future plans. "I couldn’t miss the chance to challenge [Shogun]. I want to fight him and feel the pressure up close by the end of my career. That’s just something I want. Shoot, I’ve been getting lambasted on forums. Folks are acting with a lot of disrespect. But it’s what I want and I know I can make it.”
Paul Kelly vs. Jakob Volkmann Moved To UFC On Versus 2
A Lightweight match between Paul Kelly & Jakob Volkmann scheduled for UFC 116 has now been moved back to UFC On Versus 2 on August 1. Word broke today that Kelly will not be able to make it to 116 due to visa issues. The fight likely will be a prelim on the Versus card.
Clint Godfrey Off WEC 49, Replacement Search On
With a little more than two weeks until the WEC makes its Canadian debut with the Versus-broadcast WEC 49 event, the fight promotion is going to have to secure a fighter on short notice. Clint Godfrey, who was to have faced Renan Barao, is now off due to an undisclosed injury. No timetable set for his return and no word on a possible replacement but if UFC 113 was any indication, a Canadian fighter could be getting a lucky break and a short-notice chance at a WEC fight.
A "Frustrated" Todd Duffee Had A "Horrible" Game Plan Against Mike Russow
And he took to The Underground message board to explain what happened. "It was on the temple I felt the shot...it just shut down the cns system couldnt use my arms to catch my fall or anything i was watching everything till my head hit the canvas(which may have put me out)i blinked and he hit me with a hammer fist....the way i fell made it look much worse than it was...I wasn't gassed i was more frustrated and trying to stick to the game plan should of threw that out after the first 30 seconds ...my game plan was horrible......i wasn't snapping punches instead i was muscling them shoudl of kicked should of grappled should of fought....I'll be back and show I am more than capable of wrestling etc., thanks for the support and thanks to the people who helped me out sorry i let you down it will pay off in the long run."
Rampage: I've got to make a decision, MMA or movies
"I’m really ashamed of myself that I fell victim to ring rust. Emotions had nothing to do with it.” “I focused really hard and I trained really hard on this fight, but me having this damn movie and everything -- I kind of almost regret doing the damn movie now. There was so much pressure. (20th Century) Fox kind of threatened to sue me if I lost and everything because they didn’t know I was fighting.”
Report: Kim Couture arrested for domestic violence after allegedly choking personal assistant
Kim Couture, female mixed martial artist and ex-wife of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, was arrested for domestic violence over the weekend stemming from an attack on her personal assistant according to a report from MMA News Leak and later confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain. While an arrest for domestic violence is uncommon in non-couples, the charge may have been applicable because Ms. Couture shared a home with her assistant, who was allegedly being choked and showed visible signs of abuse when police arrived.
Not Retired, Phil Baroni Will Look to 'Enjoy' UFC 118 Fight
After a loss in his UFC return last November and a premature retirement announcement last Friday, Phil Baroni says he will make sure he enjoys himself when he takes on John Salter at UFC 118 on Aug. 28 in Boston, Mass. "It was a do-or-die [my last fight]," Baroni said Tuesday on The MMA Hour. "This fight I'm not going to look at it that way. I'm going to go there and enjoy it and not put the pressure on myself." Last November, returning to the promotion where he first made his name in 2002, Baroni said he felt as if his back was against the cage. And just last week, the pressure was elevated to the point where the 34-year-old was ready to call it quits.
Dana White Confirms Jens Pulver's Release From WEC
Ending speculation, Dana White confirmed Saturday to MMA Fighting that Jens Pulver has been released by Zuffa. A report first surfaced nearly two weeks ago that the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight, a former UFC champion and longtime fan favorite, had been let go. However, Pulver's agent, Monte Cox, told Versus.com that he hoped his client would remain with the company in a broadcasting capacity. But White, Zuffa's president, said following the UFC 114 press conference on Saturday that will not be the case. "He has been released," White said. "We had talked about Jens being a part of the WEC somehow, but he's not broadcasting."
Love or hate him, chances are you don't really know "TUF 12" coach Josh Koscheck
Between a healthy need for revenge, a tense relationship with UFC president Dana White, and a promise to call it like he sees it, Josh Koscheck thinks "The Ultimate Fighter 12" is going to be a good one. "It will be like season one," Koscheck, who begins his stint as a coach on the reality show this week in Las Vegas, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) from the Spike TV booth at UFC Fan Expo 2010. If that holds true, you can expect mind games, rivalries and drama – all the stuff that's helped keep the UFC's Petri dish for new talent alive for a half-decade while making Koscheck a polarizing figure in the welterweight division.
Bellator's Joe Warren eyes 145-pound title, but bantamweight and DREAM also on tap
Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight contender Joe Warren (4-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) has impressed MMA observers in his current run with a controlling style and an unrelenting pace. But despite a pair of Bellator season two wins over Georgi Karakhanyan and Eric Marriott, the former Greco-Roman wrestling world champion says he's still figuring out the game of mixed martial arts. Give him a little more time, Warren says, and he'll be nearly unstoppable – especially when he drops down to a more natural weightclass.
UFC 114 Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has posted the official results from UFC 114, which also reveal the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
Manager: Nate Diaz "probably" will pay expected brawl fine to assure UFC 118 fight
UFC lightweight Nate Diaz likely will pay a $7,500 fine he expects the Tennessee Athletic Commission to hand down so he can avoid any possible hiccups to a scheduled fight with Marcus Davis. Diaz, 25, is believed to be one of five people targeted by the TAC for disciplinary action in the wake of a post-event brawl at the April 17 "Strikeforce: Nashville" event at Bridgestone Arena, though the commission currently will not confirm if he is part of the group. "We just want to get this past us, and probably we'll pay the fine and move on," Cesar Gracie, Diaz's manager, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). As MMAjunkie.com first reported in May, Diaz (12-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is expected to fight Davis (17-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC 118 on Aug. 28 in Boston, though fallout from the melee cast doubt on his ability to be licensed for the fight. This past weekend UFC president Dana White said that he would honor any suspension issued by the TAC as a result of the incident. However, Diaz is not licensed in Tennessee and can't be suspended. "They could probably not let him fight in Tennessee in the future, but they can't suspend him from fighting," Gracie said. The manager said Diaz could be fined because the TAC believes he acted as "a second" (cornerman) to Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields, who just prior to the brawl defeated Dan Henderson in the event's headliner. "He wasn't a second," Gracie said. "If we were get to the nitty-gritty, that wouldn't hold up in a court." Nevertheless, Gracie said paying the fine – rather than requesting a hearing – would be a good lesson to Diaz and the rest of his fighters involved in the confrontation, including Shields; Diaz's brother, Nick Diaz; and Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.
If Ya' Can't Beat 'Em...Urijah Faber to Drop to Bantamweight
In an interview with ProMMARadio this weekend, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber confirmed that he will be dropping down to bantamweight to test the 135-pound waters. “From the sound of things, they want me to go down to 35. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time -- go down and have some fights down there. So, I'll probably have a couple of fights down there and maybe go back up to 45; we're not real sure yet." Although he is a short, but stocky featherweight, Faber says that the drop won't be a tough one. “I'm a small 45-pounder. I mean, all through college I was 133 pounds. It isn't like it's been a hard cut for 145. I’m probably a natural 135-pounder, so it won’t be difficult for me.”
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