Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin targeted for UFC 127 on Super Bowl weekend
A light-heavyweight bout between former champions Rich Franklin (28-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Forrest Griffin (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is being finalized for the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card in Las Vegas.
A source close to the negotiations today confirmed the tentative UFC 127 booking with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). MMAFighting.com first reported the matchup.
UFC 127 takes place Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.
Shane Carwin vs Roy Nelson targeted for UFC 125
It appears a heavyweight bout between Shane Carwin and Roy “Big Country” Nelson is being targeted for UFC 125, on January 01st, 2011.
Sources close to the bout have informed Sportsnet that the two heavyweights will lock horns on the main card of the UFC’s first show of the New Year.
WEC 51 medical suspensions: Brown, Hominick, Varner, Banuelos out six months
Colorado's Office of Boxing has suspended eight fighters from this past week's WEC 51 event, and half of them could be out of action for up to six months.
Ofelia Duran, program director for the regulatory body, today emailed the list of suspensions to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Among those facing possible half-year suspensions are main-card fighters Jamie Varner and Mark Hominick and preliminary-card fighters Mike Brown and Antonio Banuelos.
WEC 51 took place Sept. 30 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., and the night's main card aired on Versus.
Heavyweight Shane Carwin expects return at UFC 125 on Jan. 1
Former title challenger and current heavyweight Shane Carwin expects a return to the cage on Jan. 1.
Carwin today Tweeted his tentative booking for the first-of-the-year UFC 125 card, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
No opponent has been determined, according to Carwin.
However, he's expected to be a part of the night's pay-per-view main card.
Carwin (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), 35, hasn't fought since UFC 116, when he suffered a second-round submission loss to heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. Carwin nearly ended the fight in the first round with a vicious barrage of punches. However, Lesnar survived and then capitalized on a quickly fading Carwin to secure an arm-triangle choke and defend his title.
Prior to the loss, Carwin had posted 12 consecutive wins, all of which came via first-round stoppage. Knockouts of UFC fighters Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, Gabriel Gonzaga and Frank Mir earned him a spot in the world's top-10 heavyweight rankings, where he still resides.
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland signed for "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu"
A middleweight bout between Robbie Lawler (19-6 MMA, 1-2 SF) and Matt Lindland (22-7 MMA, 1-1 SF) has been signed for December's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" event.
Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz today confirmed the matchup with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" takes place Dec. 4 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, and the night's main card airs on Showtime.
Lawler vs. Lindland will be part of the televised main card.
In the UFC, Threat of Being Cut Weighs Heavily on Fighters' Minds
Todd Duffee heard the rumors about a week before he heard the official word. There was chatter around the gym that he might be cut from the UFC. Fighters he knew who were under contract to other organizations started reaching out to him on behalf of their employers.
"I guess they had heard I'd already been cut," Duffee said. "That was the first I'd heard of it."
At first, he thought it was a joke. He'd suffered the first loss of his career at UFC 114 in May. Now it was early September. He felt sure these were just rumors, idle locker room chatter. Then he heard from his manager that the rumors were true, and that the UFC was releasing him from his contract.
UFC looking into India
The UFC’s head of international development is on his way to India.
Marshall Zelaznik, who is also the president of the UFC’s UK division, was spotted in London yesterday emerging from the Indian Consulate’s visa applications department. A fan recognised Zelaznik and tipped Fighters Only off. We were subsequently able to obtain confirmation from the UFC’s London office that he is going to India “soon”.
If you think Jose Aldo is pound-for-pound king, Dana White thinks you're (expletive) nuts
"Are you (expletive) nuts? [Aldo is] POTENTIAL FUTURE pound for pound king. Anderson Silva hasn't lost since 2006! He's never lost in the UFC! ... Anderson Silva is a pain in my ass. This isn't Chuck Liddell, we aren't best friends. But you can't deny what the man has done. He (Silva) HASNT LOST in the UFC! The guy has not only cleared out his division, he's gone up to 205 and beaten a guy like Forrest Griffin, who beat Rampage Jackson AND Shogun Rua. And Frankie Edgar is right there too. I might actually put him at No. 2. This guy is for real. He beat BJ Penn twice, and kicked his ass in their last fight. I love and respect Manny Gamburyan, but he's no BJ Penn. And the only thing keeping GSP out of the top 3 is (a KO loss) to Matt Serra."
Noons to Diaz: "Bring My Belt..."
Just under three years ago when K.J. Noons defeated Nick Diaz to win the EliteXC lightweight title, it appeared the young Hawaiian was on his way to becoming one of the best fighters in his weight class. A contract dispute, a company implosion, and a return to boxing derailed that ascent, but now with Strikeforce, Noons is perched to make another run at becoming one of the best in the world.
Funny enough, the fight that could get him to that spot once again is a championship bout against Nick Diaz.
Now the Strikeforce welterweight champion, Diaz has established himself as one of the best fighters on the planet, but he hasn't forgotten that Noons was the last fighter to put a loss on his record.
McCorkle details 'behind the scenes' info' about UFC experience
From: Sean McCorkle
Posted: 49 minutes ago
Edited: 10/04/10 10:55 PM
Member Since: 5/29/05
I've been getting a lot of different questions from some of you about the UFC, i.e. wanting behind the scenes info and things like that. So I figured since I am the most accessible and promising heavyweight in the division, I'd throw some random facts out there, and answer a few of your questions on this thread. But after I answer a few, the rest of you can **** OFF!!!
Here they are in no particular order:
Ralek Gracie Says Dream Still Hasn't Paid Him For Fight in May
You can add Ralek Gracie's name to the growing list of fighters who are upset with Japan's Dream organization, and his complaint against his former employers is all too familiar.
Gracie (3-0) told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Monday afternoon's edition of "The MMA Hour" that the FEG-backed promotion has not paid him a single penny of what he's owed for his win over Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream.14 on May 29. And after waiting patiently for more than four months for the check to arrive, Gracie is through keeping quiet about it.
Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis official for November's WEC 52 event
A featherweight bout between Raphael Assuncao (14-3 MMA, 2-2 WEC) and L.C. Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-1 WEC) is now official for next month's WEC 52 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the bout two weeks ago, though bout agreements had not been signed at the time.
Now official, the fight is slated to take place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The night's main card airs on Versus, though Assuncao vs. Davis is expected to be part of the night's unaired preliminary card.
California commission to hear Chael Sonnen's drug-test appeal on Dec. 2
Chael Sonnen will go before the California State Athletic Commission on Dec. 2 in Sacramento to appeal his failed drug test.
That's according to CSAC Executive Director George Dodd, who today confirmed the appeal hearing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Sonnen failed a drug test in August as part of a UFC 117 submission loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Sonnen tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which according to a subsequent CSAC statement, is "indicative" of steroid use. CSAC officials issued Sonnen a one-year suspension and $2,500 fine in the wake of the test. He had a 30-day window to appeal the ruling.
TUF Finale set: Grove vs Maia, Bonnar vs Igor Pokrajac
As expected two former cast members will be featured in December during The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.
The event takes place Dec. 4 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and a lightweight fighter will be named the "TUF 12" champion.
Also part of the Spike TV card are "TUF 3" champ Kendall Grove (12-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and "TUF 1" runner-up Stephan Bonnar (12-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) vs. fellow light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac (22-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
Coker: Silva-Overeem On December 4 Is Off
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, in an appearance on MMAJunkie Radio today, announced that a rumored Antonio Silva vs. Valentijn Overeem fight for December 4 in Strikeforce is not happening. The bout was first reported 2 weeks ago but Silva reportedly was never offered the fight. "We'll talk to (Silva manager) Alex Davis this week and figure out what's next," Coker said of "Silva's next appearance.
UFC eyeing summer 2011 return to Vancouver; Meeting w/ city today
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - It's been almost four months since the UFC came to Vancouver. Today UFC Canada President Tom Wright will meet with the City of Vancouver about a future card at Rogers Arena.
News1130 spoke with Wright, who wouldn't confirm it's coming back, but hinted strongly at a possible summer show. "We have these meetings all the time, to make sure we're on the same page, so that we can move forward and hopefully have a situation where all the events leading up to the 2011 card are managed more smoothly. We're well ahead of things right now - it's only the month of October, so we are six to nine months ahead of things."
The State of the UFC Address
There’s a lot of misinformation circulating around the MMA community in regards to the state of the UFC, so I’d like to provide a little payout perspective on the hot button issues that currently have some folks troubled.
UFC TV Ratings and PPV Buyrates
Simply put: the PPV buyrates are up and the TV ratings are down...
WEC 51 ratings rebound 54 percent, "Aldo vs. Gamburyan" draws 486,000 viewers
This past Thursday's Versus-televised WEC 51 event scored an average audience of 486,000 viewers, an increase of 54 percent over August's WEC 50 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with an industry source.
WEC 51 took place Sept. 30 at The Pearl at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., and featured a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Manny Gamburyan.
Overall, the event drew a 0.49 household rating.
Why Isn't Dan Henderson Fighting On CBS?
The reason according to Hendo: CBS. "It wasn't [up to] me. I was wanting to get back in there pretty quickly, but I think part of the problem was CBS kind of a little bit faltering on their commitment to mixed martial arts, especially after the little escapade in the cage after my last fight on CBS. You know, I don't quite understand that and they're definitely still wanting to be involved in mixed martial arts and with Strikeforce, but I think they're just gonna take their time on it a little bit more. It is disappointing [to not fight on CBS again], and the fact that that could have been easily avoided with the guys not coming into the cage after my last fight. It just gave them an out. But I also think that if CBS had a big problem with it, they didn't need to put it on their Web site, didn't need to replay it a bunch of times. I don't know if they're trying to renegotiate or get a little bit more out of the door, but I think they're definitely still going to be on board. But that's kind of what they were waiting on. [Strikeforce] wanted me to be on the next CBS card and CBS took a while and finally [Strikeforce] just got tired of waiting. I thought I was going to fight two, three months ago, but that's the way it goes."