V. Overeem-A. Silva Targeted For 12/4, Silva Yet To Receive Offer
Despite reports to the contrary, Brazilian heavyweight Antonio Silva has not yet been formally offered a fight with Golden Glory's Valentijn Overeem. But he's got an answer prepared if the call does come: Yes. Silva's manager Alex Davis today said that Strikeforce has yet to present a potential fight with Overeem for a Dec. 4 event in Missouri, but if the offer comes, his client is game. Overeem's brother, Alistair Overeem, posted news of the potential matchup on his official Twitter account on Friday. But Overeem's words made it seem the contest was official. "My brother Valentijn is fighting Antonio Silva on Dec. 4 for his Strikeforce debut," Alistair stated. "Great news." But Davis insists Silva has yet to receive word of Strikeforce's plans for the yet-to-be-announced "Henderson vs. Babalu" event.
UFC Prelims Returns For UFC 123, But Not 124
The rest of the UFC Prelims schedule for 2010 is now set including tomorrow's UFC 119 episode-the next episode after that will be for UFC 121 with the 10th and final episode for UFC 123, meaning no special before UFC 124. No specific fights have been chosen yet for the 123 special.
Thompson-Kawaguchi Added To DREAM.16
James Thompson's trip to Japan turned out not to be pointless. Less than 24 hours from fight time Japan's premier super-heavyweight, DEEP Megaton Champion Yusuke Kawaguchi has stepped up to face the former debt collector.
Antonio Silva To Face Valentijn Overeem At Dec. 4th Strikeforce
Silva will face an Overeem, the older brother of the Strikeforce Champ who will instead be fighting in the K1 World Max tournament. Dan Henderson taking on Renato "Babalu" Sobral in a light heavyweight contest has already been confirmed for the card as well as Herschel Walker's second mixed martial arts bout, though an opponent has not been confirmed.
Bellator 30 recap: Baker bests Horn
While Bryan Baker came up short in Bellator Fighting Championship's season-two middleweight tournament, he returned to the winner's circle with a decision win over UFC veteran and MMA ironman Jeremy Horn.
Fighters on weight for DREAM.16, Thompson vs. Kawaguchi added to lineup
The full weigh-in results and reverse bout order include:
Champ Gegard Mousasi (205) vs. Tatsuya Mizuno (203.9)
Jason "Mayhem" Miller (184.9) vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (182.6)
Shinya Aoki (153.7) vs. Marcus Aurelio (153.7)
Satoshi Ishii (235.9) vs. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa (194)
Chase Beebe (141.1) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (141.1)
Cole Escovedo (143.4) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (143.4)
Joachim Hansen (138.9) vs. Hideo Tokoro (138.9)
Takeshi Inoue (143.4) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (143.4)
Mitsuhiro Ishida (143.4) vs. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (142.9)
Yusuke Kawaguchi (253.5) vs. James Thompson (291)
Reis vs Taurosevicious at Bellator 33
A featherweight tilt between Wilson Reis and Deividas Taurosevicius is on tap for Bellator 33 on Oct. 21 in Philadelphia. MMAWeekly.com sources close to the fighters said the fight is a done deal and will air on the televised portion of the fight card.
Spencer Fisher wants Thiago Alves at 170
With Fisher putting on more muscle mass due to his weight lifting routine, moving back up to the UFC welterweight division is also something he isn’t opposed to and if he were to move, he knows who he’d like to fight. “I would go back up to 170-pounds. Some of those guys might be a little too big for me, but I'd like to fight Thiago Alves again. I'm sure he'd like to get that back and I'd have no problem going to 170-pounds to fight him. He's a big guy, but I'd like it again. Call me crazy. I'd fight anybody in the UFC. Where would I go if I win this fight? I don't know, but whoever is put in front of me, I'll fight. I'm going to keep on keeping on and hopefully everyone will be glad to see the old Spencer Fisher back.”
UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen withdraws from scheduled "MMA Live" appearance
UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen won't break his silence just yet.
Sonnen has been understandably quiet since reports first surfaced that he failed a California State Athletic Commission-administered drug test prior to his impressive challenge of Anderson Silva's title at August's UFC 117 event.
On Tuesday, "MMA Live" host Jon Anik Tweeted that Sonnen would appear on the ESPN2-broadcast show to address the situation. Today, Anik told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that would no longer be the case.
"I regret to inform you that Chael Sonnen will actually not be on the show tonight," Anik said. "Unable to join us. I hate to have to tell you guys that."
Official: CSAC Suspends Sonnen
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Chael Sonnen, after Sonnen tested positive for steroids, a banned substance.
Datsik tries to immigrate to Norway, gets arrested, hands over a loaded gun to police and we have it all on video
There are very few people on this earth that can 'out crazy' Viacheslav Datsik and no, Mel Gibson is not one of them. If there was some magical tree that produced little badass fruit that soccer kicked everyone in the groin upon sight, that tree would be named after Viacheslav Datsik. By now you're familiar with Datsik's arrest in St. Petersburg, Russia after he knocked off a chain of cell phone stores, his recent escape from a mental institution by ripping down the gates with his bare hands, the hype video he cut of himself training for his return to MMA and his former psychiatrist confirming that he is indeed completely out of his mind. Today, the nuttiness that is Datsik has elevated to a new realm of sheer 'WTFness'.
Leben vs Stann targeted for 125
A middleweight bout between Chris Leben (21-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and former WEC champion Briann Stann (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been targeted for the Jan. 1 UFC 125 card.
Sources close to the event today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the tentative plans, though bout agreements have not been signed.
Although not officially announced, UFC 125 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
If finalized the fight likely will be part of the televised main card.
Luke Rockhold vs. Matt Lindland Off 10/9 SF Event
A planned Luke Rockhold vs. Matt Lindland fight for the 10/9 Strikeforce event is now off and will be replaced on the TV portion of the event by Andre Galvao vs. Tyron Woodley. Rockhold is off due to a shoulder injury suffered last Saturday. No word yet on if they will try to find a replacement foe for Lindland.
Anderson Silva-Vitor Belfort Targeted For 2011, Possibly UFC 125
As it turns out, Vitor Belfort isn't injured. And, in fact, he's expected to meet UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva early next year, possibly in the headliner of a UFC 125 event on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. Belfort had been scheduled to fight Yushin Okami in the headliner of November's UFC 122 event before a recent card change. Instead, as first reported by MMAWeekly, Okami now fights recent UFC Fight Night 22 winner Nate Marquardt. Although initially believed to be injured, Belfort is, in fact, healthy, according to a recent Twitter post from UFC president Dana White. Belfort now will bypass the No. 1 contender's bout at UFC 122 for an immediate title shot with Silva. UFC 125 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view. The event currently needs a headliner, and Silva vs. Belfort certainly fits the bill.