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WEC 47 features five-fight main card; Pulver vs. Vazquez rounds out Versus broadcast
While the organization's first venture into pay-per-view has been the main focus of this week's WEC-related news, the company is also in the final stages of preparing for a March 6 event in Columbus, Ohio.Today, those plans included some good news for viewers of the Versus-broadcast event.
Trigg Pulls Out All The Stops For UFC 109
Frank Trigg has come full circle since his first tour of duty in the UFC over six years ago. The two-time welterweight title challenger returns Saturday night at UFC 109 in Las Vegas.After a successful career as a middleweight in several organizations around the globe, including the now defunct Pride Fighting Championship and Icon Sport, Trigg returned to the 170-pound division and the UFC last Sept. against contender Josh Koscheck.
VFC 30 results for 'Night of Champions;' TUF alum Abe Wagner falls in eight seconds
VFC 30: "Night of Champions" didn’t disappoint mixed martial arts (MMA) fans for the quality of fights, but the outcomes weren’t the best for the hometown favorites.There were three titles on the line, as well as two bouts to determine the match up for the 170-pound title fight.
UFC 109 live weigh-in results
MAIN CARD Mark Coleman (205) vs. Randy Couture (205) Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Chael Sonnen (185) Mike Swick (171) vs. Paulo Thiago (170) Demian Maia (186) vs. Dan Miller (185) Matt Serra (169) vs. Frank Trigg (171) PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV) Justin Buchholz (156) vs. Mac Danzig (156) Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Ronys Torres (156) PRELIMINARY CARD (Un-aired) Rob Emerson (155) vs. Phillipe Nover (155) Phil Davis (205) vs. Brian Stann (205) Tim Hague (263) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (263) Joey Beltran (238) vs. Rolles Gracie (247)
Tuchscherer: What more could happen in the fight besides getting kicked in the groin?
"When I first started training again, when we'd start sparring and stuff, I was like, 'Ooh,'" Tuchscherer recently admitted to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Little inside kicks and stuff – or even just a kick – would kind of make a guy think twice. But everything has been going good now. I've tried to forget about it."
Coleman Is Fighting Couture With Respect
Legends are a rare commodity in any sport. Even more rare is the chance to see two legends compete against each other at any given time. The NFL missed out on Peyton Manning vs. Brett Favre in the Super Bowl, but MMA fans are about to get the first ever match-up of UFC Hall of Famers when Mark "The Hammer" Coleman faces Randy Couture at UFC 109.
Dana White Reacts To Sonnen's Recent Rants
"He said there’s no such thing as a game plan. Really? That’s interesting, how do you figure that? There’s all these guys that pretend to know what they’re doing; you don’t want any corner men? You don’t come up with a game plan? Tell Randy Couture there’s no such thing as a game plan. Randy Couture won most of his fights off having incredible game plans."
GForce: 'Bad Blood 3' fight results and recap
In the night's main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard put his 16-fight unbeaten streak on the line against Joey Gorczynski. The card's co-main event featured a lightweight battle between Jorge Masvidal and Luis Palomino.
Thiago Silva hungry, return expected to July
Forced to rest for two months, he wants to put the gloves on again. “I have four hernias, the doctors won’t let me to train ground, wrestling... Just physical therapy on the next six weeks”, Thiago said.
Coleman asks Marquardt to knockout Sonnen
Chael Sonnen has talked a lot the last two weeks. He's had more than a few fighters in his verbal crosshairs. Strangely enough, his opponent Nate Marquardt hasn't been one of them. Maybe Sonnen felt like it would be an unfair verbal fight "Nate the Great" was unlikely to fire back. Marquardt is one of the more quiet and respectful fighters but he didn't hesitate to take a mild shot at Sonnen at natemarquardt.com on Thursday.
MRI Reveals No Tears To Efrain Escudero's Elbow; May 29 Bout Possible
UFC lightweight prospect and season eight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Efrain Escudero received a positive prognosis from a recent MRI, and suffered no tearing in his right elbow as the result of an arm bar loss to Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 20 in January. MMA Fighting was informed of the news by Escudero's manager, Jason Genet.
UFC Undisputed Cover Shows Brock Lesnar Is Star of the Show
He fought just once in 2009 and won't fight again until the summer, but there's no disputing that Brock Lesnar is the biggest star in the UFC. The latest piece of evidence: Lesnar has been chosen for the cover of UFC Undisputed 2010. For the UFC, choosing Lesnar as the cover boy is an affirmative statement that the heavyweight champion, whose last fight was a victory over Frank Mir at UFC 100, is the face of the promotion. All four of the other champions -- Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn -- are popular fighters who would have been worthy choices to make the cover, but none of them has even close to the drawing power of Lesnar.
Wisconsin Signs MMA Regulation Bill Into Law
Wisconsin became the 43rd state to sanction mixed martial arts when Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law a bill to regulate the sport. The state's Department of Regulation and Licensing will govern the fights, adding MMA to its duties overseeing pro boxing contests. Unlike other states, Wisconsin's law passed through the legislative process in just a few months. The bill was first introduced in September 2009.
Dana White talks about Liddell's alleged alcoholism
At a media day to promote the upcoming season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter,” former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Tito Ortiz alleged that his longtime rival and fellow former champion Chuck Liddell was an “alcoholic.” He added that their former manager and now UFC president Dana White had to do “an intervention” on Liddell. Following the UFC 109 pre-fight press conference on Thursday, White denied ever having done an intervention and said Liddell isn’t “too happy” about Ortiz’ comments.
DANA WHITE: Nick Diaz needs to "play the game"...
When Nick Diaz knocked out Marius Zaromskis last weekend the questions immediately started to come up about the welterweight's future and if a UFC return could ever happen. The Gracie trained fighter competed in the UFC for several years, but left and signed on with EliteXC and then Strikeforce, where he has come to be considered among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. UFC president Dana White commented on Diaz's recent performance and had nothing but compliments for the California native. "I like Nick Diaz very much, and I’ve said this many times, if Nick Diaz would just play the game even this much... but Nick Diaz refuses to play the game," White said. "He’s anti-the game."
"EA Sports MMA" adds Strikeforce's Dan Henderson to videogame roster
After failing to reach terms for a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and recently signing with rival Strikeforce, Dan Henderson has also inked a deal with the UFC's rival videogame: "EA Sports MMA." EA Sports officials announced that Henderson signed his contract while at Wednesday's Madden Bowl, an annual videogame competition for "Madden NFL" held on Super Bowl week. "EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010. Henderson, a character in THQ's wildly successful "UFC 2009 Undisputed" videogame franchise, now heads to EA Sports' Strikeforce- and DREAM-friendly title. Henderson (25-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the first fighter simultaneously to hold two PRIDE belts, recently concluded his second stint in the UFC.
With refined mental approach, UFC 109's Melvin Guillard eyes fresh start
Melvin Guillard (22-8-2 MMA, 5-4 UFC) would like to introduce himself to you. That may seem a little silly as he prepares to make his 10th appearance for the UFC, but Guillard insists "The Young Assassin" that will step into the cage with Ronnys Torres (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for Saturday night's UFC 109 event in Las Vegas is unlike any version of him you've ever seen before. "Right now, I feel that I'm 0-0," Guillard recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) for The Dallas Morning News. "I'm wiping my slate clean. I'm not looking back."
WEC vet Bryan Baker added to Bellator's second middleweight tourney
With Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight champion Hector Lombard set to defend his belt in 2010, the upstart promotion today announced the second contender in season two's eight-man bracket. Three-time WEC veteran Bryan Baker (11-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) returns for a second appearance for Bellator, though this time he'll be involved in tournament action. Baker earned a decision win over Matt Horwich in a non-tournament bout at Bellator VIII during the company's inaugural season. "'The Beast' is a dangerous addition to our middleweight tournament," Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated in today's official release. "He caught my eye back at Bellator VIII, and I knew then and there that he would make a big impact on our 185-pound challenger tournament."
"EA Sports MMA" adds top Strikeforce prospect Tyron Woodley to videogame roster
Fast-rising Strikeforce welterweight and former University of Missouri wrestler Tyron Woodley is the latest addition to the "EA Sports MMA" videogame roster. An EA Sports official today confirmed the addition with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010 as a rival to THQ's "UFC Undisputed" title. Woodley hinted at the signing in a recent Facebook update, though it wasn't clear if he simply began talking to officials from the videogame maker or had actually signed a deal.
After first career loss, UFC 109's Demian Maia worked on stand up but expects to grapple
As the old mixed-martial-arts saying goes, "No one stays unbeaten forever." But of course, no one likes to get beaten the way top UFC middleweight Demian Maia (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was in his UFC 102 contest with Nate Marquardt. Maia doesn't believe in that other old saying – "That loss was the best thing that could have happened," he said – but he does believe the lessons learned in that 21-second disaster will have him more than ready for Dan Miller at Saturday night's UFC 109 event.
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