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Bellator signs British heavyweight prospect Mark Godbeer
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships latest foreign import is coming from England. Mark "The Hand of" Godbeer (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has inked a multi-fight deal with Bellator and is expected to debut sometime during the promotion's upcoming "Summer Series" event series. The signing was first reported by several British news outlets, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the deal with sources close to the promotion. Godbeer made his professional debut in August 2009 and quickly racked up seven-straight stoppage wins. This past November, he suffered his first career defeat in a TKO loss to undefeated Englishman Anthony Taylor. However, Godbeer bounced back in March with a TKO victory over Catalin Zmarandescu, who was unable to answer the bell for the second round in the pair's BAMMA 9 matchup. Godbeer, a Trojan Freefighters athlete, has earned all eight of his career wins via stoppage, including six by knockout. He has yet to fight beyond the second round.
Submitted May 1, 2012 6:29PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Fan vote sends Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland to UFC on FX 3's main card
(mmajunkie.com)
An intriguing bantamweight matchup between Scott Jorgensen (13-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Eddie Wineland (18-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has been added to UFC on FX 3's main card. Heavy.com first reported the results of the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown contest, which allowed fans to choose one of three bouts to appear on the UFC on FX 3 main card. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed with sources close to the contest that Jorgensen vs. Wineland was the bout selected, beating out Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha and Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist for the honor. UFC officials have yet to make a formal announcement. UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The location of the card was also determined through fan voting.
Submitted May 1, 2012 6:26PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Francisco Rivera replaces Azamat Gashimov, faces Alex Soto at UFC on FUEL TV 3
(mmajunkie.com)
Onetime UFC vet Francisco Rivera (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been given a second life in the octagon. Rivera replaces Azamat Gashimov and now faces Alex Soto (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at this month's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the switch, which was first reported by Sherdog.com. The reason for Gashimov's removal wasn't immediately clear, and UFC officials have yet to make an official announcement.
Submitted May 1, 2012 6:19PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Despite UFC 149 Rumors, Jon Jones' Return Unlikely Until August or September
(mmafighting.com)
In the immediate aftermath of Jon Jones' recent win over Rashad Evans, we quickly learned that his next title defense would come against decorated veteran Dan Henderson. While no timetable was cemented for the bout, UFC president Dana White said that the upcoming UFC 149 event in Calgary could be a possibility. One week later, though, we can rule out the July 21 event. Jones' manager Malki Kawa told MMA Fighting on Monday that the UFC light-heavyweight champion would not be available for the show, which is scheduled exactly three months to the day after Jones' five-round unanimous decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC 145. "He will not be fighting in July," Kawa said. "It's just probably a little too soon. There's been no timetable yet but July probably isn't going to happen."
Submitted May 1, 2012 3:10PM by BuffaloDave - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Champ Eduardo Dantas Says Promotion Coming To Brazil In 2013
(themmanews.com)
Brazilian bantamweight Eduardo Dantas (14-2) realized a dream last month by capturing his first major title by choking out Zach Makovsky to win the Bellator 135-lbs title in Atlantic City. Since then Dantas has seen his life change significantly, from being recognized on the streets, to English classes in order to connect better with fans in North America. Talking to Tatame.com, Dantas plans on keeping that title for awhile and would love to defend it in front of his countrymen when Bellator goes to Brazil in 2013.
Submitted May 1, 2012 1:18PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC on FOX 4 Draws Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell
(mmaplayground.com)
Fresh off respective award-winning performances at UFC 145, big men Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell have been paired off for a UFC on FOX 4 encounter. The heavyweight tangle was announced overnight by the promotion. Both men won in short order at UFC 145. Browne continued his unbeaten stretch with an arm-triangle submission win over Chad Griggs in just 2:29. It was his first tapout win in the UFC, and only the second of his career as he improved to 13-0-1. For his efforts, he won the Submission of the Night bonus.
Submitted May 1, 2012 8:46AM by sparky - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC On Fox 3 Bout Order Set, Two Fights Not Being Televised
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC on Fox 3 bout order has been figured out by the UFC, and unfortunately they decided to not use Facebook this time so two bouts aren't scheduled to be shown on any platform. Nick Denis vs. Roland Delorme and Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio will be the dark matches. Six fights will air on Fuel TV, and the top four will go down on Fox. The Fuel broadcast kicks off at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and the main card broadcast on Fox starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Here's how the card breaks down.
Submitted May 1, 2012 12:58AM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman slated for UFC 150 in Denver
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is returning to the middleweight division to meet Ed Herman (20-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in the Mile High City. UFC president Dana White today announced the fight via Twitter. It'll be part of UFC 150, which takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center. UFC 150's main card, including an expected lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar, airs on pay-per-view. FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It's not clear where Shields vs. Herman will be placed on the card.
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 11:23PM by sparky - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida added to UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles
(mmajunkie.com)
Two notable light heavyweights will clash in a summer showdown. Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida (17-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and onetime-surging contender Ryan Bader (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) have agreed to meet on the network-televised UFC on FOX 4 fight card. UFC officials today passed along news of the fight from the Brazilian outlet esporte.ig.com.br.
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 8:20PM by DrivenDavies15 - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
State of Nevada Rebuts Nick Diaz Lawsuit
(mmafighting.com)
Last Tuesday, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz filed a lawsuit against the Nevada state athletic commission, claiming that the state regulation agency violated his right to due process by declining to grant him a hearing on the status of his fighter's license within 45 days of his suspension. According to the state of Nevada's office of the attorney general, the legal move is misguided. That is because Diaz's legal team, headed by Ross C. Goodman, cited a "summary suspension" of Diaz's license in his court filing. According to Nevada's state codes, a summary suspension can be ordered if an agency finds that "public health, safety or welfare imperatively require emergency action." But in a written response from Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto to Goodman and forwarded to MMA Fighting, the state of Nevada asserts that Diaz's legal team misunderstood the suspension...
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 7:44PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch moves from UFC 148 to UFC 149 in Calgary
(mmajunkie.com)
The ripple that began with Silva vs. Sonnen II's displacement has spread to UFC 148. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been shuffled from UFC 148 to UFC 149. While the shift has yet to be made official, the bout is expected to serve on the main card of the July 21 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 6:55PM by DrivenDavies15 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Saturday's UFC on FOX 3 lineup finalized with televised bouts and dark matches
(mmajunkie.com)
Saturday's UFC on FOX 3 event will feature a mixture of both televised fights and dark matches. The event, which takes place at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., features four main-card bouts on FOX national, six preliminary-card fights on FUEL TV, and two dark matches. Lightweights Jim Miller and Nate Diaz headline the event. The UFC occasionally has dark matches that aren't televised or streamed on Facebook. In this case, bantamweights Roland Delorme (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Nick Denis (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and middleweights Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Mike Massenzio (13-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) can only been seen in person. The dark matches begin at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), and FUEL TV prelims begin an hour later. Then, at 8 p.m. ET, the main card goes live on FOX. The full UFC on FOX 3 card includes: MAIN CARD (FOX) Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV) Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza PRELIMINARY CARD Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 6:55PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sergei Kharitonov vs Tony Lopez booked for United Glory MMA bout on May 26 in Stockholm
(mmamania.com)
No UFC ... no Strikeforce ... no problem! Hard-hitting heavyweight striker Sergei Kharitonov is back in the mixed martial arts (MMA) spotlight, coming to terms with United Glory for an upcoming bout against the dangerous Tony Lopez at the "2012 Glory World Series" on May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden. News of the pending match-up comes via the fine men and women at LiverKick.com. Kharitonov (18-5) was last seen kicking the crap out of Mark Miller under the United Glory banner just last month in Russia. It was a nice rebound win (under kickboxing rules) for the former paratrooper, who was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix with a submission loss to Josh Barnett back in 2011. But things aren't getting any easier.
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 4:37PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
White threatens no UFC in CA if AB 2100 passes
(mmapayout.com)
UFC head Dana White has threatened to cease holding events in the state of California if a controversial piece of legislation passes in the state. Assembly Bill 2100 was introduced last Wednesday and is supported by the Culinary Workers Union while opposed by the UFC among others. Via San Jose Mercury: (Assembly member Luis) Alejo wants to eliminate what he sees as abusive contracts, freeing up fighters to make Assembly Bill 2100 would prevent promoters from claiming unreasonable future merchandising rights, prevent unreasonable restrictions on fighters’ seeking outside sponsors and prohibit other onerous contract provisions.
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 3:53PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews, UFC
 
Travis Browne Back in Training Just in Case Needed for UFC 146
(mmaweekly.com)
Following a quick win over Chad Griggs at UFC 145, just about everybody was wondering if Travis Browne would get the call from the promotion to step in and help save a fight at UFC 146 where all five main card bouts are heavyweight contests. Browne dispatched of Griggs with little wear and tear, but admitted after the fight that he spent so many weeks in training while at Team Jackson’s in New Mexico that he left his family behind so he could concentrate on his preparation for the bout. Following UFC 145, Dana White stated that he hated to pull fighters back into bouts on a quick turn around, especially when they’ve already sacrificed so much time with their families while in a previous camp. Well, Travis Browne is staying at the ready for UFC 146 just in case the organization needs him and makes the call to the bullpen...
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 3:44PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pay-Per-View Could Be in Bellator's Future
(mmafighting.com)
When Bellator lost its middleweight champion Hector Lombard to the UFC last week, it was at least partially because in the UFC's offer, they monetized the deal through pay-per-view. That avenue isn't available to Bellator right now, but within two years, it might be. As Bellator grows internationally through its major deal with distribution giant Fremantle Enterprises, and makes its move domestically to Spike, new opportunities will arise. And that could mean that at some point, Bellator will try out the pay-per-view format. Organization CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMA Fighting that the promotion is considering all of its options when it comes to producing live content, but that Bellator would only make the move to pay-per-view under the right circumstances. "I think what you’ll see is as this is monetized and that sector plays out, it’ll play out with the big fights on that platform," he said in a recent interview. "You need that kind of platform for what they’re doing. We may get there. I never wanted to make a firm commitment to it as far as when and if we’ll get there, though. It’s really something that we might do, but it needs the right fights and the right talent to get you there."
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 11:54AM by grappler0000 - 13 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews
 
Anderson Silva reveals he once almost killed his trainer
(yardbarker.com)
Anderson Silva released a biography last week and makes at least one startling revelation. Silva says he planned to kill his trainer several years ago, but was talked out of it by friends. According to Fighters Only, Silva says he was going through a difficult time in his life financially. He was teaching jiu-jitsu classes, and the Chute Boxe coach Rafael Cordeiro did not want him to continue the classes. They had an argument in which Silva was slapped in the face. Silva, upset, took a shotgun to where Cordeiro was and waited for the coach to return with the intent of shooting him. Luckily he had two friends with him who talked him out of the murder plan and nothing ended up happening. Fighters Only says both Cordeiro and Silva’s son learned about the story for the first time last week. That had to be a pretty awkward moment for Cordeiro, I imagine. Can you envision being friends with a guy for years only to find out much later that he showed up ready to shoot you? Good thing Silva was talked out of the incident otherwise the world may never have gotten to see his talents.
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 9:02AM by kopower - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rickels vs. Amoussou tourney semifinal moves to Bellator 69
(mmajunkie.com)
Karl Amoussou (14-4-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC) and David Rickels (10-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) will still meet in a season-six welterweight-tournament-semifinal fight. They'll just do so on a different date. While initially targeted for Friday's Bellator 67 event, a source close to the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the tourney fight instead takes place next month at Bellator 69. Bellator 69 takes place May 18 at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La., and the main card airs on MTV2 following Spike.com prelims.
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 9:00AM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC 148 Promotional Poster
Not too shabby
Submitted Apr 29, 2012 11:42PM by Chael_Sonnen - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FX and UFC 'going to switch some things up' for future 'TUF' seasons
(mmajunkie.com)
While officials say they're satisfied with the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" on FX, changes are on the way. This season of the UFC's long-running reality series is the first on FX (after seven years and 14 seasons on Spike TV) and the first to feature live fights. While UFC president Dana White believes many folks have painted a far-too-bleak picture of "TUF: Live," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) some changes are going to be made for future seasons. "TUF: Live" has recorded the lowest ratings in series history, and episode No. 5 bottomed out with an all-time-low 947,000 viewers earlier this month. But in key demographics, the show continues to be among cable's highest-rated Friday-night programs. But White echoed comments he made to the "Orange County Register" earlier this week that the show isn't doing as well as he personally wants. "It's not that I'm not happy," he told MMAjunkie.com. "I said it's a home run for them ... since they're dominating Friday nights with 18- to 34-year-old males. It's not the best position for me, though." Friday nights are traditionally a barren wasteland for TV ratings, specifically among the UFC's targeted demo of young males. White knows that, and so do executives from the FOX-owned FX. But thanks to their seven-year partnership and current relationship, White said that one's thing that could change for future seasons...
Submitted Apr 29, 2012 6:11PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
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