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With Leonard Garcia hurt, Tiequan Zhang meets newcomer Issei Tamura at UFC 144
(mmajunkie.com)
With Leonard Garcia forced to withdraw from this month's UFC 144 event, Japanese newcomer Issei Tamura (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will now face Tiequan Zhang (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). UFC officials on Saturday announced the change. Featuring a lighteight title fight between current champ Frankie Edgar and former WEC titleholder Ben Henderson UFC 144 takes place Feb. 25 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event's main card airs live stateside on pay-per-view. The preliminary card is expected to air on FX. Tamura, a Krazy Bee product, fights for the first time outside of the Shooto promotion. At just 1-2 in his past three fights, Tamura isn't a typical UFC debutant, but he's forced to take the bout on just two weeks' notice. Seven of Tamura's eight career fights have gone to a decision.
Submitted Feb 11, 2012 11:22PM by sparky - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lopez vs. Sadollah, McKenzie vs. Riley, Tavares vs. Yang added to UFC on FUEL TV 3
(mmajunkie.com)
Three more bouts have been added to May's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event, as Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah, Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Riley and Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang have all been announced for the card. UFC officials released the bookings late Saturday night. Featuring a headliner between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung, UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes play May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card.
Submitted Feb 11, 2012 10:26PM by DrivenDavies15 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson added to April's UFC 145 event in Atlanta
(mmajunkie.com)
Ask, and you shall receive. Days after UFC 143 winner Matt Brown (13-11 MMA, 6-5 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com Radio he wasn't going to call out his next opponent – and then indirectly calling out his next opponent – UFC officials have given "The Immortal" a fight with Stephen Thompson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). The contest was first reported by GreenvilleOnline.com and later confirmed by UFC officials. Featuring a main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former titleholder Rashad Evans, UFC 145 takes place April 21 at Atlanta's Philips Arena.
Submitted Feb 11, 2012 3:52PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FUEL TV offers free preview week, UFC on FUEL TV 1 included
(mmajunkie.com)
Still haven't made the commitment to adding FUEL TV to your cable lineup but looking for a way to watch next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event? Don't worry, the new broadcast partner of the UFC has you covered. FUEL TV officials recently announced that they are offering a free-preview week from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, which means even non-subscribers can tune in to watch the Feb. 15 event.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 8:09PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung headlines UFC on FX 3 in Virginia
(mmajunkie.com)
A key featherweight matchup with real title implications is set for May 15, as Dustin Poirier (12-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) meets Chan Sung Jung (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the headlining bout of UFC on FX 3. UFC officials today announced the three-round matchup, which takes place after the two fighters verbally jabbed at each other on Twitter. As previously reported, UFC on FX 3 takes play May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to air the preliminary card.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 3:28PM by lohmann - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
Big Sexy’ Sean McCorkle To Debut With Bellator On March 9th In Catchweight Bout
(themmanews.com)
Former UFC heavyweight ‘Big Sexy’ Sean McCorkle (14-2) is set to debut with Bellator Fighting Championships on March 9, 2012 on the preliminary card of Bellator 60 against fellow promotion newcomer Richard ‘Big Man’ White (15-12). McCorkle confirmed the bout via Twitter (@BigSexyMcCorkle) noting that he would be facing White in a 280-lbs cathcweight bout
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 1:42PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber III targeted for UFC 148 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
The trilogy bout between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime rival Urijah Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is targeted for UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas. That's according to UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, who was full of announcements overnight, posting the information on his Twitter account. First, the two will square off as opposing coaches on the upcoming 15th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 1:41PM by sparky - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Makovsky-Dantas, Good-Maynard Set for Bellator 65 in Atlantic City
(sherdog.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships announced Friday that bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky will defend his title against Season 5 tournament winner Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65 on April 13. Taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., the event will also feature a welterweight tournament qualifier between former 170-pound kingpin Lyman Good and three-time Bellator vet LeVon Maynard. Makovsky, 29, has not lost since 2009, posting a perfect 6-0 record in the Bellator cage. “Fun Size” debuted with the Chicago-based promotion in 2010, capturing the organization’s 135-pound belt by besting Ed West in the Season 3 tournament finals. Since his title-winning performance, Makovsky has competed twice in non-title bouts, finishing Chad Robichaux and Ryan Roberts last year.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 1:39PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
TUF 11 Finalist Kris McCray Signs With Bellator
(themmanews.com)
Welterweight fighter, and former “The Ultimate Fighter” season eleven finalist, ‘Savage’ Kris McCray (7-3) has reportedly signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships promotion. News of the signing was confirmed by MMAWeekly.com on Thursday night, after learning from sources close to McCray himself.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 9:56AM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Mike Dolce-fueled Thiago Alves looks to further mounting title run at UFC on FX 2
(mmajunkie.com)
Thiago Alves had his chance and blew it. Regardless, there was no shame in losing a unanimous decision at UFC 100 to Georges St-Pierre in his only career title fight. If you've been in the 170-pound fray for as long as "Pitbull" has, chances are you've lost to the Canadian kingpin, too. So with St-Pierre currently idle and interim champion Carlos Condit patiently waiting, the rest are free to jockey for position and string together title runs. Jake Ellenberger and Johny Hendricks may have a 10-mile lead in the marathon, but Alves is at least competing in the race again following his submission win over Papy Abedi at UFC 138. Alves (19-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and fellow contender Martin Kampmann (18-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) will headline UFC on FX 2, which takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. Due to the time difference, the event takes place on Saturday afternoon in Australia, and the main card airs live on FX in North America on Friday, March 2.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 9:36AM by sparky - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir, Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin Confirmed by Lorenzo Fertitta
(mmafighting.com)
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta says Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz are coming. Follow @MMAFighting on Twitter, and Like MMA Fighting on Facebook. Feb 10, 2012 - In a wide-ranging late-night chat with his Twitter followers, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed several pieces of news, including plans to book Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin. Fertitta, who has more than 76,000 followers on his verified Twitter account, said late Thursday night that he'd answer questions from fans. Among the pieces of information he provided are that Velasquez will fight Mir in a bout that may determine the No. 1 contender for the upcoming heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. Fertitta also said a third fight between Ortiz and Griffin is coming. Ortiz beat Griffin by split decision at UFC 59 in 2006, and Griffin beat Ortiz by split decision at UFC 106 in 2009.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 9:32AM by sparky - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Kong’ Watson To Face Jack Marshan In BAMMA 9 Main Event
(themmanews.com)
Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is excited to announce that BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion, Jack Marshman, is set to challenge Tom ‘Kong’ Watson for the BAMMA World Middleweight belt at BAMMA 9. BAMMA 9 takes place on Saturday 24th March at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena. BAMMA’s Middleweight champs have made waves as two of the promotion’s most iconic faces. Etched into UK mainstream memory as the man who beat Alex Reid at BAMMA 4, World Middleweight Champ Tom Watson is known by fight fans for his catalogue of tough victories over fighters that include the UFC’s John Maguire at BAMMA 1 and Maurilo Rua whom he famously blasted into retirement at BAMMA 6. BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion and serving British Armed Forces Afghan vet, Jack Marshman comes into the fight undefeated with a record of 10-0-0. Marshman wowed audiences at BAMMA 7 with his tremendous heart, after he came back from a sustained Ground ‘n’ Pound battering at the hands of Carl Noon, turning fortune around at the final hour to secure an unforgettable victory. Marshman went on to a three round war at BAMMA 8 in which he defeated title challenger Leeroy Barnes, who will be also fighting at BAMMA 9 against Nick Nembhard. The clash between BAMMA’s World Middleweight and British Middleweight champions is bound to have fight fans on the edge of their seats.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 9:24AM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
XFC 16 weigh-in results and photos: All but one make weight
(prommanow.com)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) was on hand for today’s XFC 16: High Stakes official fighter weigh-ins at the Knoxville Marriott where every fighter except for Daniel Crockett made weight for Friday’s event. Crockett, who came in at more than two-and-a-half pounds overweight, chose not to attempt to cut the excess weight and therefore will have $200 ($100 per pound) deducted from his fight purse and given to his opponent Shane Machette. Headlined by a bout between Drew Fickett and Jamie Varner, XFC 16: High Stakes will take place on Friday, February 10 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The non-televised preliminary card kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will be followed by the main card at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) LIVE on HDNet.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 9:16AM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
With Diaz’s Positive Test, Carlos Condit Moving On
(mmaweekly.com)
Carlos Condit's manager Malki Kawa reacts to the news about Nick Diaz's positive drug test, and comments on what's next for the UFC interim welterweight champion.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 7:35PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Pres Dana White Issues Nick Diaz Statement
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC president Dana White on Tuesday night believed he had put the Condit vs. Diaz rematch together, but on Thursday he found himself commenting on Diaz's failed drug.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 7:33PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
NSAC: Diaz hearing possible for April, past multiple offenders issued yearlong suspension
(mmajunkie.com)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is likely to hear the case of Nick Diaz sometime in April, according to NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer. For now, Diaz is temporarily suspended following a disciplinary complaint filed by the NSAC to the Nevada Attorney General that states the fighter broke rule 467.850 of the commission's administrative code when he tested positive for marijuana metabolites following UFC 143. At the NSAC's next meeting on Feb. 22, Kizer will ask the commission to uphold the temporary suspension until the formal hearing in April, where Diaz is expected to answer to the complaint.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 7:30PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Score Fighting Series Officially Adds Top Bantamweight Fight
(topmmanews.com)
A showdown between two of Canada’s top bantamweights (135 pounds) – undefeated Stoney Creek sensation Josh Hill (7-0) and rising star Eric Wilson (5-1) from Saskatoon – has been added to The Score Fighting Series (SFS) event at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Friday, March 16th. Additionally, a lightweight (155 pounds) matchup between unbeaten Jason Meisel (2-0) of Caledonia and Mike Sledzion (3-2) of Barrie; a featherweight (145 pounds) battle between Lyndon Whitlock (5-2) of Hamilton and Cory Houston (4-1) of Winnipeg; and a heavyweight (max 265 pounds) clash between John Macphearson (1-1) of Hamilton and Craig “War Dog” Hudson (1-1) of Brantford, have all been confirmed for the event lineup. A marquee lightweight matchup between UFC and PRIDE veteran and Xtreme Couture team member John “The Natural” Alessio (33-14) and Strikeforce and WEC veteran and Team Quest member “Diamond” Ryan Healy (19-9-1) was the first fight confirmed for the event.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 6:14PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
BAMMA 9: Marshman vs. Watson set for March 24th
(prommanow.com)
(Feb. 9, 2012) BAMMA, Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is excited to announce that BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion, Jack Marshman, is set to challenge Tom ‘Kong’ Watson for the BAMMA World Middleweight belt at BAMMA 9. BAMMA 9 takes place on Saturday 24th March at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena. BAMMA’s Middleweight champs have made waves as two of the promotion’s most iconic faces. Etched into UK mainstream memory as the man who beat Alex Reid at BAMMA 4, World Middleweight Champ Tom Watson is known by fight fans for his catalogue of tough victories over fighters that include the UFC’s John Maguire at BAMMA 1 and Maurilo Rua whom he famously blasted into retirement at BAMMA 6. BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion and serving British Armed Forces Afghan vet, Jack Marshman comes into the fight undefeated with a record of 10-0-0. Marshman wowed audiences at BAMMA 7 with his tremendous heart, after he came back from a sustained Ground ‘n’ Pound battering at the hands of Carl Noon, turning fortune around at the final hour to secure an unforgettable victory. Marshman went on to a three round war at BAMMA 8 in which he defeated title challenger Leeroy Barnes, who will be also fighting at BAMMA 9 against Nick Nembhard. The clash between BAMMA’s World Middleweight and British Middleweight champions is bound to have fight fans on the edge of their seats.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 6:12PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Nick Diaz tests positive for marijuana metabolites, faces discipline following UFC 143
(mmajunkie.com)
Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz may ultimately fight again someday, but it doesn't look like it will be anytime soon. Former Strikeforce champion Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his controversial five-round clash with former WEC titleholder Condit at this past weekend's UFC 143 event. That's according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer, who today emailed the event's drug-testing results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Diaz was one of 18 fighters on the card tested for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse. The remaining tests received to date have thus far all been negative. Diaz will ultimately have to appear before the NSAC to address the failed screen. Barring a successful appeal, the offense will serve as Diaz's second infraction under the commission's watch. Diaz also tested positive for marijuana following a 2007 win over Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33. Diaz was suspended for six months for that offense, and the result of the bout was changed to a no-contest.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 5:28PM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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