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UFC 133 tickets for Wells Fargo Center on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia, Pa., on sale soon
(mmamania.com)
Tickets for UFC 133, which was recently made official for the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 10 a.m. ET. UFC Fight Club members and UFC Newsletter subscribers, naturally, will be able to scoop up tickets prior to them being available for public consumption. "Evans vs. Davis" will feature a potential light heavyweight number one contender bout, as "Suga" Rashad Evans takes on "Mr. Wonderful" Phil Davis.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 6:11PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch Not Interested in Rick Story Fight, Would Wait for BJ Penn or Georges St-Pierre
(mmaweekly.com)
Highly ranked welterweight contender Jon Fitch is all about getting big fights. For years, he’s stepped up and fought some of the toughest opponents in the division. As of late, one fighter who’s made waves at 170 pounds is Rick Story. The fighter out of Brave Legion in Washington State beat former title contender Thiago Alves by unanimous decision this past Saturday at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill. In his postfight interviews, Story made it clear the most ideal next opponent for him is Fitch, citing that the wrestler out of Purdue is the next one up the rankings.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 5:21PM by FastKnockout - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Thomson vs. Maximo Blanco Set for Unannounced Strikeforce Show on Sept. 10
(mmaweekly.com)
Maximo Blanco is ready to make his Strikeforce debut and he’ll get the chance to face a former champion.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 5:17PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
K-1 Heavily in Debt to Fighters; It's Showtime Planning to Take Legal Action
(bloodyelbow.com)
K-1 made news last week with the announcement that they would finally be returning to action on June 25. It was great news for kickboxing fans, and seemed to momentarily erase the past 6 months of frustration and questions of mismanagement. Enter It's Showtime. The Dutch kickboxing organization had a very important question in the wake of this announcement - how can K-1 announce a new show when they haven't paid everyone from last year's shows? It's Showtime, who also has a talent management division, pointed out that their fighters are owed over $400,000 in back pay for previous K-1 events. After six months, It's Showtime has had enough, and have announced their plan to take legal action against K-1 and parent company FEG: For more than half a year K-1 owes us more than 400.000 US dollars in total because several fighters which we represent have not been paid. Every time we were asked to have more patience because a potential investor would be interested to take over K-1. Until now, we have never contacted a lawyer to claim our credits because we granted K-1 the time they need to financially recover. However, we were very surprised to hear that DREAM and K-1 want to organize a number of smaller events. In our opinion that isn't possible before K-1 first pays its debts to fighters which already have fought. Therefore, now is the time for us to hire a lawyer.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 1:44PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Manager: UFC 130 winner Travis Browne "most dangerous heavyweight in division"
(mmajunkie.com)
Travis Browne had to wait in line. Despite delivering one of the only highlight-reel clips of UFC 130 – and getting the bonus to show for it – the 29-year-old former K-9 trainer sat patiently on the post-event press conference dais while the cards headliners explained a lackluster showing. Browne (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) was one of only two that dressed up for the occasion, wearing a button-down shirt and tie. (Brian Stann took it a step further and wore a suit jacket.) But he eventually got his moment, and not just with the knockout. The 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve provided the content for Browne's highlight reel when he lunged in with a knee and caught a right to the jaw that put him horizontal to the mat before he landed there. Browne pounced and delivered follow-up punishment, but there was no need.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 9:47AM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Top-ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki vacates Shooto belt, will attend UFC 131
(mmajunkie.com)
If all goes well, the UFC could have all the top-ranked featherweight talent locked up by next month. Japanese featherweight Hatsu Hioki turned down an offer to fight featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takeya at DREAM.17 and on Tuesday announced that he's vacating his Shooto lightweight title. Shu Hirata, an associate of Hioki who represents several Japanese fighters, today told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter is headed to UFC 131 as a guest, and all signs point to contract negotiations.
Submitted May 31, 2011 4:45PM by FastKnockout - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 130 medical suspensions: Jackson, Mir, Stann, Santiago face six-month layoffs
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 130's list of walking wounded was lengthy, and five fighters from this past weekend's card face medical suspensions of up to six months. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commissions. The potential half-year suspensions went to main-event winner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, co-main-event winner Frank Mir, main-card fighters Brian Stann and Jorge Santiago, and preliminary-card competitor Michael McDonald.
Submitted May 31, 2011 3:58PM by sparky - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anderson Silva Says Yushi Okami Shouldn't Train With 'Loser 'Sonnen
(mmanews.com)
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defends his title in August when the UFC returns to his home country of Brazil for the first time since the late 90's as he takes on Yushin Okami in the main event of UFC: Rio. Silva has faced Okami one time before, losing to the Japanese fighter in Hawaii via a disqualification, and will look to avenge that loss in the process of defending the strap. Silva talked about Okami this week and gave his thoughts on his decision to align himself with Chael Sonnen and company prior to the contest to prepare: “You have to find the best people to train with, and I think [Okami] chose wrong,” Silva said.
Submitted May 31, 2011 3:52PM by sparky - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 130 payouts, salaries and earnings for 'Rampage vs Hamill' event fighters
(mmamania.com)
UFC 130 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Rampage vs. Hamill" event this past Saturday night (May 28, 2011) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson split the top spot with ex-heavyweight champ Frank MIr, as both fighters took home an event-leading $250,000, for their winning performances in "Sin City." "Rampage" bested Matt Hamill ($32,000) while Mir outpointed Roy Nelson ($15,000).
Submitted May 31, 2011 3:45PM by sparky - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tito Ortiz Split With Jenna Jameson Taking Nasty Public Turn Before UFC 132 Bout
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has been going through some nasty public drama with his ex-partner Jenna Jameson. According to published reports the two split a couple of weeks back. They took their fussing and a feuding to twitter over the weekend (tweets compiled by Fight Opinion obscenities **'d out by me) Now normally I wouldn't post this or even read it because I think people who take relationship problems public on the internet are VERY pathetic and inappropriate people but this one makes me think it's the first sign that Tito will be pulling out of this fight somehow. I already thought he was going to pull out but this just makes me believe it even more.
Submitted May 31, 2011 1:57PM by Budgellism - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
"DREAM.17: Japan GP Final" gets Mousasi vs. Izumi, Takaya vs. Miyata title fights
(mmajunkie.com)
DREAM.17 is slated for July 16 at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, official recently announced. The event features a championship doubleheader with light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi (30-3-2 MMA, 8-0 DREAM) vs. Hiroshi Izumi (4-1 MMA, 2-0 DREAM) and featherweight titleholder Hiroyuki Takaya (15-9-1 MMA, 6-2 DREAM) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (11-7 MMA, 4-1 DREAM). The organization's Japan bantamweight tournament also concludes at the show. No broadcast plans have been announced for the show. In addition to the title fights, DREAM's eight-man Japan bantamweight grand prix concludes with finalists Masakazu Imanari (23-8-2 MMA, 2-1 DREAM) vs. Hideo Tokoro (29-23-1 MMA, 7-6 DREAM). Additionally, a third-place fight between semifinalists Atsushi Yamamoto and Kenji Osawa (17-10-2 MMA, 2-1 DREAM) also is slated for the card.
Submitted May 31, 2011 11:09AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
UFC vet Kurt Pellegrino announces MMA hiatus, potential retirement
(mmajunkie.com)
Kurt Pellegrino's days as a professional fighter may be over, he recently announced. The veteran UFC lightweight, who had climbed into title contention with a recent four-fight win streak and 8-2 run, is taking a hiatus from active MMA competition. Pellegrino said the disappointment of a recent two-fight losing skid, as well as outside interests, have prompted him not to seek a UFC contract renewal. "At this time I am choosing to take some time off and step away from the sport as a fighter," he wrote today on kurtpellegrino.com. "Over my most recent fights, I have come to the realization that at this point I no longer can [or] want to make fighting my first priority."
Submitted May 31, 2011 11:07AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Jason Miller Out Due to TUF Coaching Job, Simpson Now Faces Brad Tavares at UFC 132
(mmajunkie.com)
With his coaching appointment on "The Ultimate Fighter 14" forcing original opponent Jason "Mayhem" Miller out of the fight, Aaron Simpson (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) now will meet middleweight Brad Tavares (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 132. UFC officials announced the switch overnight while stating verbal agreements in are place. The bout is slated for the untelevised preliminary card of UFC 132.
Submitted May 31, 2011 9:31AM by emfleek - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Philippines now likely to host first international "TUF," UFC eyeing future world grand prix
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC president Dana White is still hanging "TUF" with the Philippines, but his promotion is not quite there in mounting its first international version of the reality show. "We're like one piece away from finishing the thing," White told reporters following UFC 130, which took place this past Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. That piece, however, could be the start of a much more ambitious drive to create a world grand prix of international competitors on "The Ultimate Fighter," he added.
Submitted May 30, 2011 8:15PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Will Honor Chael Sonnen’s Suspension; Won’t Let Him Fight Anywhere
(mmaweekly.com)
Chael Sonnen is in no man’s land. He’s left to try and fight the California State Athletic Commission at the apex of his career. UFC president Dana White says he “won’t let (Sonnen) fight anywhere” until the matter is resolved.
Submitted May 30, 2011 8:12PM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
"Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling III" tickets on sale this week
(mmajunkie.com)
Tickets for the recently announced "Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling III" event go on sale this week. Featuring a trilogy bout between welterweight rivals Bobby Voelker (23-8 MMA, 3-1 SF) and Roger Bowling (9-1 MMA, 2-1 SF), "Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling III" takes place July 22 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Tickets range from $50 to $150.
Submitted May 30, 2011 3:17PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Despite initial frustration, White says Mir's UFC 130 performance admirable
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – On Saturday night, UFC president Dana White said he was frustrated that former heavyweight champion Frank Mir didn't perform up to par in the co-main event of UFC 130. On Sunday morning, White admitted he may have gone a bit overboard. Speaking exclusively with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), White said in retrospect, Mir and his team actually put together a perfect gameplan, which the heavyweight executed to perfection. Sure, a finish would have been ideal, but current top contender Junior Dos Santos couldn't put away "Big Country," either.
Submitted May 30, 2011 3:11PM by pmoney - 19 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Jon Jones A Heavy Favorite Over Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
(bloodyelbow.com)
The first betting line has been released for a future UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and it seems that the current champion is a heavy favorite out of the gate. Obviously the fight hasn't been booked yet, but bookies always jump on lines quickly if a bout is likely to happen. Bookmaker has is the one offering the line:
Submitted May 30, 2011 12:21PM by pmoney - 42 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jorge and Zoila Gurgel enjoying married life, eyeing MMA greatness
(mmajunkie.com)
In mixed martial arts, it's almost a job requirement for fighters to spend countless hours away from their families, and in some cases depart their homes in order to seek the proper instruction needed to be successful. But Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel (14-7) and his wife Zoila (11-1) no longer have to seek out guidance, as they now have each other. Earlier this year, the pair exchanged vows in a private ceremony, and Jorge recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's happier than ever.
Submitted May 30, 2011 10:27AM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Roy Nelson To Meet With Dana White Later This Week; Nutritionist Mike Dolce Interested In Working Him
(mmaweekly.com)
Roy Nelson obviously didn’t have the fight he was hoping for at UFC 130 against Frank Mir, losing by unanimous decision in the co-main event of the night. Nelson struggled to deal with Mir’s size and power, as well as his wrestling, and by the third round the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner was noticeably gassed, but toughed it out until the fight was over. The fight left a lot to be desired in the mind of UFC president Dana White, who seemed fairly unimpressed with both Nelson and Mir.
Submitted May 30, 2011 10:09AM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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