Bellator CEO says heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov's condition upgraded
Two weeks after being stabbed in the chest at a bar in Sofia, Bulgaria, Blagoi Ivanov has been downgraded from critical to serious condition.
However, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com Radio that the heavyweight remains vulnerable.
"The doctors were still pretty tepid in their willingness to say to us that he was out of the woods," said Rebney, who received an update earlier this week. "He was stabbed in the heart, so he is in a difficult state."
Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'
And then there were 16.
Thirty-two lightweights squared off Friday night at "The Ultimate Fighter" Gym in Las Vegas, and 16 earned their way into the "TUF" house.
UFC president Dana White and "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber looked on as 16 155-pounders took the first step toward becoming "the next Ultimate Fighter," earning victories in special one-round exhibition bouts.
Rampage Jackson Tweets That He Wants UFC To Release Him, Can Get Better Fights Elsewhere
If you thought the saga of Quinton Jackson had ended with last week's Twitter barrage, think again.
The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion took to the popular social media tool Friday night and unleashed more newsworthy thoughts including how the UFC took away his love of fighting and that he wants the organization to release him.
It started Friday afternoon with Jackson answering fans and throwing this gem out there
UFC Lawsuit Threat May Derail All Regulated MMA In Oklahoma
The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission has sent out a letter to MMA promoters claiming that they will not be accepting any applications to hold events after March 31, 2012. The OSAC claims that a threat from "out of state" could "greatly affect the Commission's ability to provide for ... the health and safety of the fighters."
According to a report on KOKH Fox 25 in Oklahoma, the UFC is threatening to sue the state unless the Commission stops taking a 4% tax on Pay-Per-View events to fund its activities. MMA Worldwide has more including the letter from the OSAC after the jump.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow Slated for June
Mar 9, 2012 - A heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow is close to being finalized, according to sources close to both camps. Both fighters have already verbally agreed to the bout, which is expected to take place on the UFC's return to Brazil later this year, which is slated for late June 2012.
No exact date or location has been finalized just yet.
Dan Henderson to wait for either MW or LHW Title match
"However, White has once again confirmed that Henderson will wait for the winner of Jon Jones v Rashad Evans at light-heavyweight, or the winner of Anderson Silva v Chael Sonnen in the 185lb division."
I'm sure most already know this but just to further confirm that henderson will wait for a title. But it could be at MW or LHW.
Spike TV and 345 Games announce 'Bellator: MMA Onslaught' video game
Spike TV and Bellator Fighting Championships are entering the video-game industry.
In association with Viacom Entertainment Group's 345 Games, Spike TV and Bellator announced the pending release of "Bellator: MMA Onslaught," an arcade-style MMA title.
"It was imperative that we create a mixed martial arts game accessible to all types of players, not just the hardcore MMA fan," 345 Games exec Dan Yang stated. "Fortunately, with 'Bellator: MMA Onslaught,' the player doesn't need a doctorate in gaming or MMA to enjoy the non-stop action and excitement of the game."
The game is currently slated for a summer 2012 release through the PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live Arcade.
Tyson Griffin Tested Positive For Marijuana At UFC 123
The UFC returned to the state of Michigan for the first time since UFC 9 when UFC 123 was held at the Palace of Auburn Hills on November 20, 2010. The event wasn't without some controversy as the first round of the Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao bout ended early due to poor time keeping and may have cost Falcao a chance to finish a choke.
Now, sixteen months later, another bit of interesting news from that card is bubbling to the surface.
In the wake of the news that the Association of Boxing Commission had sent a letter to all its member commissions telling them to no longer license fighters from the state of Michigan and to not recognize fights taking place in the state, Bloody Elbow Radio's Matt Bishop e-mailed me and asked if anyone was aware that Tyson Griffin had tested positive for something following UFC 123. Matt had found the information out while looking at some meeting minutes on the commission's webpage.
Dana White Not a Fan of Half-Point Scoring System
After nearly every event, we hear complaints about judges and their scoring. A subjective system is always going to be imperfect, but one of the biggest issues people have with the current one is when seemingly dominant rounds are scored the same as ones in which a fighter ekes it out.
That means that "10-9" rounds come in many different varieties. A round in which Fighter A lands one more punch than Fighter B can be 10-9, but so can a round in which Fighter A knocks down Fighter B, takes him down twice and threatens him with multiple submissions.
For Bellator's Bjorn Rebney, Eventual Spike Move Vindicates Long-Term Vision
Surrounded by MMA start-ups when his promotion began, Bjorn Rebney faced long survival odds. But he's now preparing a move to Spike, the channel that launched MMA in the U.S.
There was a time when everyone just assumed Bjorn Rebney was crazy. This was back during the days when mixed martial arts leagues were popping up throughout the country, hoping to become the No. 2 promotion behind the UFC. At the time, there was stiff competition for the spot. Strikeforce had just started to break out following a deal with NBC. The IFL had just become the first fight league to gain network exposure, though it was on little-seen MyNetwork TV, while other organizations like Affliction and EliteXC were making big splashes by signing fighters to lucrative deals.
Bellator 60's Marlon Sandro uses Summer Series failure for current motivation
For Brazilian slugger Marlon Sandro, it took just one momentary lapse in focus to derail his dream of Bellator gold.
"There was only one minute left in the second round," Sandro recalled to MMAjunkie.com. "I decided to rest up, pace myself, to come out with everything on the third round. Unfortunately he surprised me.
"The moment I lowered my guard, he saw it and got the knockout."
Bellator 60 weigh-in results: Champ Warren (145), Curran (144.8) on weight
The Bellator 60 weigh-ins are in the books, and the organization's first season-six event got off to a fairly rocky start.
Although Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren (145 pounds) and fellow headliner Pat Curran (144.8) made weight, not everyone else did.
Today's festivities took place at at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind. The resort also plays host to Friday's event.
Urijah Faber Reveals Coaching Staff and Guests for Ultimate Fighter Live Team
That’s how far the trip is from Sacramento to Las Vegas, but Team Alpha Male will officially relocate starting this Friday for the new Ultimate Fighter Live.
The team’s leader Urijah Faber will be coaching the latest squad of lightweights opposite his longtime rival Dominick Cruz, while also preparing for his third bout with the UFC’s top bantamweight this summer.
In preparation for the new season of the show, Faber is bringing in all of the big guns to help train his team of 8 lightweights as well as run his camp while he trains for the fight with Cruz on July 7.
“The guys are coming out on the 6th so I’ve got my whole coaching staff. Master Thong, Fabio Prado, Dustin Akbari, Lance Palmer, Justin Buccholz, are all coming out to coach,” Faber told MMAWeekly Radio.
“Joseph (Benavidez) and T.J. (Dillashaw) and a couple of the guys are still in Australia, so they’ll be coming in a little bit later, and Danny Castillo and Chad Mendes, all the guys that are key players on our team right now will be coming out to train as well.”
Oddsmakers favor Edgar over new UFC champ 'Bendo,' Gustafsson over Silva
The odds are out for two new UFC main events.
Although the fight doesn't have a date, noted MMA oddsmaker and frequent MMAjunkie.com Radio guest Joey Oddessa has opened Frankie Edgar as a slight favorite (-125) over new UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (-105).
Additionally, UFC on FUEL TV 2 headliner Alexander Gustafsson (-200) is a solid favorite over replacement opponent Thiago Silva (+160).
Kimbo Slice Returns To Boxing Ring Against Yet Another Undersized Opponent On March 24
The boxing career of former EliteXC and UFC "attraction" Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson keeps on rolling along when he meets mixed martial artist Mike Glenn on March 24. Predictably, Glenn is making his pro debut and, like all of Slice's prior opponents, is not actually a heavyweight. Glenn competed in MMA at 205 pounds so he will almost certainly come in the much lighter man when the two meet later this month.
This is a continuing trend for Kimbo as he made his debut against then 0-1 James Wade weighing 227 to Wade's 205, took on then 2-3 Tay Bledsoe weighing 244 to Bledsoe's 206 and then beat the debuting Charles Hackmann when he weighed 235 to Hackmann's 211. The only opponent Slice has faced (or is scheduled to face in Glenn's case) who is a listed heavyweight is Hackmann, and that's only because he made his debut at heavyweight. He almost certainly could have cut down to cruiserweight.
Faber Has No Problem Coaching Dakota Cochrane
Rivals Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz are set to coach The Ultimate Fighter's debut season on FX, debuting this Friday March 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The two men have fought twice before with Faber beating Cruz in 2007 to retain the WEC featherweight belt and Cruz beating Faber last year to retain the UFC bantamweight belt. The pair will meet again at the end of this season of TUF, once again for a title.
Both men have been doing interviews to hype the season premiere. Faber spoke to MMA Weekly about the biggest story to come out of the nascent season so far -- contestant Dakota Cochrane's gay porn past:
"I'm interested to see where his head's at with the whole thing. That will be a big deciding factor on how everyone else deals with it. It's going to come up, there's no doubt about that. It's not a subject that just gets looked over.
"If these guys want to make fun of him or pick on him or whatever, they may be getting beat up by him, so I wouldn't make him look too bad cause if you're going to break a guy down and he beats you up then that kind of makes you look bad.
"I don't have a problem coaching the kid. I would maybe talk him out of doing something so degrading to himself if it comes up again, but other than that just wish the best for him."