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Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer No Longer With the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer has parted ways with the organization. Fighters Only Magazine has the scoop: Brittney Palmer is no longer with the UFC. Following a fortnight of behind the scenes rumblings, her departure from the company has been confirmed and her profile has been removed from UFC.com Fighters Only has been able to confirm her departure but has not been able to unearth any concrete reasons for it.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 1:20PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz Set For UFC 138
(bloodyelbow.com)
Although earlier reports suggested that the UFC would not be holding an event in the U.K. this year, it now appears that British fans will indeed see the Octagon arrive on their shores this fall. Gareth Davies at the Telegraph has confirmed with UFC U.K. president, Marshall Zelaznik, that UFC 138 will be held at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England on November 5th. The UFC's November 19th event in San Jose will now apparently be re-numbered as UFC 139: Marshall Zelaznik, UFC UK vice-president, told The Telegraph yesterday: "I’m very happy to announce UFC 138 will be bringing fireworks to Birmingham on November 5. The last time the UFC was in the second city was UFC 89 in October 2008, and we are very happy to be going back there this bonfire night."
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 1:18PM by FastKnockout - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
One FC Announces Inaugural Card; Baroni vs. Yoshida to Co-Main Event
(mmafighting.com)
The upstart ONE Fighting Championship has announced the full card for its inaugural show on Sept. 3 in Singapore, and some familiar names will be competing on the event to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Former UFC fighters Phil Baroni and Yoshiyuki Yoshida will meet in a 170-pound bout, while TUF 5 cast member Andy Wang will meet Zorobabel Moreira in a 155-pound bout. According to a press release, ONE FC "will feature a combination rule set of modified" PRIDE FC and the Unified MMA rules. The organization will also recognize the Unified MMA rules weight classes and is expected to "make additional major announcements soon."
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 10:08AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Strikeforce Announces Top Fights for Sept. 10 Card
(mmafighting.com)
A slew of fights were recently confirmed for Strikeforce's Sept. 10 card via the organization's Twitter account. Middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will defend his title against Luke Rockhold. Souza (14-2, 1 NC) last defended his title against Robbie Lawler in January. This will undoubtedly mark the biggest fight of Rockhold's career, as the American Kickboxing Academy member has never fought on the main card of a major Strikeforce event before nor for a title. The 7-1 fighter has battled a series of injuries, which have kept him out of action since February 2010. Light heavyweights Roger Gracie (4-0) and Muhammed Lawal (7-1) have also agreed to meet on Sept. 10. The 205-pounders were supposed to meet on July 30, but an injury suffered in training forced Gracie to pull out of the fight. Lawal hasn't competed since losing the light heavyweight title to Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante last August.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 10:05AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC Fight Night 26 likely to take place Nov. 5 in Birmingham, England
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is moving forward on a likely Nov. 5 event expected to take place in Birmingham, England. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with event sources that the show, likely to be dubbed UFC Fight Night 25, could be the first overseas edition of the Spike TV event series. Although not official, the event is expected to take place at the 16,000-seat LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre. Rather than UFC Fight Night 26, the event could be dubbed UFC 138 (which would make a Nov. 19 event, which is headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos, UFC 139 rather than UFC 138). Regardless, the Nov. 5 event is expected to air on Spike TV via same-day delay.
Submitted Jul 19, 2011 10:03AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nick Catone vs. Aaron Simpson added to October's UFC 136 event
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight scrap between two fighters boasting modest win streaks will take place at UFC 136. UFC officials today announced that Nick Catone will face Aaron Simpson at the event. Featuring a pair of title fights in the evening's headlining contests, UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 11:34PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alistair Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix, Antonio Silva to Face Daniel Cormier
(bloodyelbow.com)
It didn't take long for Strikeforce to make up their mind regarding Alistair Overeem. Hours after he mentioned that he would not fight on September 10th and Zuffa had threatened him with removal from the Grand Prix, it came to fruition. Tatame first reported that Overeem was out and Daniel Cormier was in to take on Antonio Silva on September 10th: Alistair Overeem, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion, defeated Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce GP’s first round, but he’s no longer fighting at the tournament.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:21PM by FastKnockout - 45 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rory MacDonald Still Wants Revenge On Carlos Condit
(addictedmma.com)
It seems despite being touted as one of the best prospects in MMA today, Rory MacDonald (11-1) is having trouble letting go of the one defeat on his record. At UFC 115, MacDonald found himself two rounds up against Condit, but when the third round kicked off, Condit came out and absolutely destroyed MacDonald, marking up his face and forcing the ref to stop the fight just 7 seconds before the end of the fight. Speaking to Sportsnet.ca, 21 year old MacDonald stated: "I still want my revenge against Carlos, though, because I truly believe I am a better fighter than him. I made a mistake in our fight and he capitalized. It happens to fighters on a weekly basis, and I wasn't the first or last to find myself in that position.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 6:12PM by rockyf - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix
(addictedmma.com)
Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of MMAFighting.com's "The MMA Hour", Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair "The Reem" Overeem (35-11-0-1) had some shocking news to share, as he confirmed that he has been "threatened" by Zuffa to be pulled from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix if he does not comply with a scheduled September 10th date to compete in the semi-finals vs. Antonio Silva. "Stikeforce has requested me to accept the fight for Sept. 10, to agree on that, but I have not agreed on it and I also had some emails, some questions asked, is the fight confirmed? No, the fight is not confirmed. I do not confirm it and I will not confirm it," said Overeem...
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 6:07PM by rockyf - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
ProElite Aug. 27 show to reportedly feature Kendall Grove vs Joe Riggs rematch
(mmamania.com)
It's the rematch you've all been waiting for. Both Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs have reportedly signed contracts with the relaunching ProElite promotion and are being booked to square off at the planned Aug. 27 show in Hawaii. This according to T. Jay Thompson, who announced the news on the MMA Hour.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 2:41PM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Inside the Numbers: Tito Ortiz Will Become the First to 25 UFC Fights
(mmafighting.com)
By agreeing to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 133 on August 6, Tito Ortiz is set to become the first fighter ever to participate in 25 UFC fights -- narrowly beating Matt Hughes to that milestone, as Hughes is scheduled to have his 25th UFC fight in September at UFC 135. Ortiz is obviously on the down side of his career, and until his stunning upset of Ryan Bader at UFC 132 he was treated as something of a punchline. But no one can deny that he's among the great fighters in the history of the UFC. We'll take a closer look at Ortiz's 24 previous UFC fights below.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 12:00PM by pmoney - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dream.17, world bantamweight grand prix likely for September
(mmajunkie.com)
With its second show of 2011 now in the books, the Japanese-based DREAM promotion is expected to host its third event in September, officials recently announced. It's expected to feature the start of an eight-man world bantamweight grand prix. Officials have not revealed a date and venue for the event.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 10:23AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
 
Ben Rothwell: Its Not Right How Champions Act
(addictedmma.com)
Dont call it a comeback ! "Big" Ben Rothwell (31-7), has not been seen in the UFC cage in over a year now. His last steps inside the Octagon saw him take a hard earned decision win over tough kickboxer Gilbert Yvel. Despite the win, Rothwell left the cage with a torn ACL and a deviated septum. After surgery and a hell of alot of work, Rothwell is set to step back into action, and will square off against big hitting Mark Hunt at UFC 135. Speaking to CageWriter.com, Rothwell stated: "I've really worked hard on myself. It's not a comeback. It's an unveiling. I have been off for more than a year, and instead of using it as a layoff I've used it as a huge building block. I posted a few pictures, and people said, 'Whoa, this guy ain't the same.' When I came back to Duke, he said, 'People who are off because of an injury usually gain 20 lbs. You look like you've lost 20 lbs.' ... A lot of these guys, especially champions, I see how they act, and it enrages me.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 10:04AM by rockyf - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Miscellaneous, General MMA
 
Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 3 odds: Who opened as the -130 favorite for UFC 136?
(mmamania.com)
According to noted oddsmaker Nick Kalikas of BetOnFighting.com, it's none other than Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. "The Answer" is the -130 favorite heading into his UFC 136 showdown in Houston, Texas against Gray Maynard on Oct. 8. "The Bully" stands as the slight underdog at +100.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:25AM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rich Franklin's days at middleweight are done forever
(mmamania.com)
Not exactly breaking news ... more of a confirmation of what's long been thought to be the case. Rich Franklin, despite his build and natural body type, has seen his last days in the middleweight division. For the remainder of his career, he will compete at 205-pounds, as he tells MMA Weekly: Video in MMA Playground videos section
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:13AM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
James Te Huna vs. Ricardo Romero added to UFC 135 in Denver
(mmajunkie.com)
A light-heavyweight bout between New Zealand-based James Te Huna (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ricardo Romero (11-2 mma, 1-1 UFC) is slated for UFC 135. Officials from the UFC's Australia office announced the fight overnight. UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 at Denver's Pepsi Center. A title fight between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson headlines the pay-per-view main card. Te Huna vs. Romero likely will be part of the preliminary card.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 9:01AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rashad Evans Predicts Jones vs. Rampage; Criticizes Jackson
(addictedmma.com)
Coming up on September 24th, the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as current champion Jon "Bones" Jones faces one of the nastiest punchers to ever compete in the sport, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. One fighter who undeniably has more history with both of these men than anyone else is top 205 pound contender "Suga" Rashad Evans.
Submitted Jul 18, 2011 7:46AM by rockyf - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Interviews, General MMA
 
Johnny Eduardo Joins UFC, Debuts Against Assuncao in Rio
(sherdog.com)
Brazilian veteran Johnny Eduardo has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and will make his Octagon debut against expat countryman Raphael Assuncao at UFC 134. Eduardo enters the UFC riding an 11-fight win streak which extends back to 2008. Fighting out of Rio’s renowned Nova Uniao camp, the 32-year-old has finished all but two of his opponents in that time span. Eduardo holds a career mark of 25-8, including 13 submissions and six knockouts, and last August claimed the Shooto South America 143-pound title with a win over Paulo “Guerreiro” Dantas.
Submitted Jul 17, 2011 10:43PM by Poor_Franklin - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor Tired of Fighting: manager
(addictedmma.com)
Fedor performance has certainly slipped as of late, and many are claiming this is proof of his being overrated. After all this is his first time in over 10 fights of facing an opponent who is among top 10 in a division. With Henderson around the corner (a man who once graced the top 10 p4p ) this spells trouble. Fedor's manager certainly doesn't help in this article which claims the champ is bored with fighting...
Submitted Jul 17, 2011 6:34PM by Patchedup15 - 42 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Which UFC Champ has faced stiffest compettition?
(bleacherreport.com)
This is a very interesting scientific look at determining which current belt holder has faced the toughest road to present day. So don't look at the following list as a concrete ranking, but rather as a quick-and-dirty snapshot for my own curiosity. There is no subjectivity here, just cold, hard numbers. In order to compile this list, I have taken the combined win-loss-draw totals for all of the fighters that the current UFC champions have faced. I then subtracted that champion's record from the totals to determine a winning percentage independent of the champion's success or failure. The following is an ordering of each UFC champion, starting with the lowest strength of schedule (SOS), and continuing to the highest. And just for the sake of argument, Emelianenko's SOS stands at .612, with a combined opponent independent W-L-D of 455-270-18.
Submitted Jul 17, 2011 6:29PM by Patchedup15 - 44 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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