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Is the UFC ESPN arrangement coming to an end for the UK market?
Looks like ESPN UK and the UFC are soon to be parting their ways. Sky sports is most probably the likely switch. Get ready to spend more money guys to keep in contact with future UFC action.
Submitted Feb 10, 2013 11:23AM by LightsOUT23 - 0 comments
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Melvin Manhoef wants fight with Wanderlei Silva in the UFC
There’s no rest for the wicked, and as far as Melvin Manhoef is concerned there will be “No Mercy” if he has his way and cuts a deal with the greatest MMA organization in the world. Manhoef has recently expressed his desire to fight for the UFC, and he already has an opponent in mind. Wanderlei Silva, one of the most exciting strikers the sport has to offer, and a former Pride Middleweight Champion holding the most knockouts in Pride history.
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 8:37PM by FastKnockout - 23 comments
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Report: Michael Kuiper vs. Tom Lawlor added to UFC on FUEL TV 9
A middleweight matchup between Dutch prospect Michael Kuiper (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and eight-time UFC veteran Tom Lawlor (8-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the latest reported addition to April's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event. Swedish website MMAnytt.se was the first outlet to report the new booking, though UFC officials have yet to confirm the contest. With the reported addition, UFC on FUEL TV 9 now includes: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi Philip De Fries vs. Matt Mitrione Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson Mike Easton vs. Brad Pickett Akira Corassani vs. Robert Peralta Papy Abedi vs. Besam Yousef Marcus Brimage vs. Conor McGregor Ben Alloway vs. Ryan LaFlare Adlan Amagov vs. Chris Spang* Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi* Michael Kuiper vs. Tom Lawlor* * - Not officially announced
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 6:20PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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EXCLUSIVE (Part 3) | Anthony Pettis Dives Deep On The Passing Of His Father, Being A Father & More
MMA fans got to know a completely different side of Anthony Pettis and fighters in general when he appeared on the MTV series, “World of Jenks,” back in 2010. Camera crews followed Pettis around and chronicled his preparation for his bout with Danny Castillo. One of the most emotional segments of the show took place when Pettis discussed the death of his father who was murdered when he was just 16. It was one of the first times since MMA started breaking into the mainstream that we were offered a look into the heart and soul of a fighter. Fans were able to witness how close Pettis is with his mother, younger brother Sergio and head coach Duke Roufus. Since then Pettis has had a daughter of his own who is at the forefront of his mind at all times. “In the fight game before my daughter was born I drew a lot of inspiration from my pops,” offered the BJJ purple belt. “I grew up for the most part in a single family household, my dad was pretty much in and out of my life. When he was there he was always a good dad and I always respected him. For the 16 years I had him in my life I developed a lot of him in me, a lot of what he taught me makes sense now. He’s still a big inspiration to me, before every fight I’m always at his grave talking to him. All the stuff they showed in the World of Jenks and even the UFC Countdowns is real, none of it is staged.”
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 4:23PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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Bisping disappointed by Belfort TRT revelations
Michael Bisping has reacted with disappointment to the news that Vitor Belfort was granted a special exemption to undergo testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prior to their UFC on FX 7 middleweight meeting. Bisping, aware that a title shot against division champion Anderson Silva was his if he beat Belfort, instead suffered a second round technical knockout loss to the Brazilian - before it was later revealed that Belfort had been given a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to bolster his testosterone levels using TRT. With Belfort having tested positive for steroid use back in 2006 - a side-effect of which can be reduced testosterone levels - Bisping, while refusing to use the news as an excuse for his eventual defeat, admitted it was "very disappointing" to hear.
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 4:16PM by Rabi - 7 comments
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UFC on FOX 7's Dan Hardy says retirement on the horizon
A four-fight skid that nearly ended his UFC career also brought clarity to Dan Hardy. Now back on the winning track, the British welterweight is planning to retire next year, if all goes well. "I'm ready for a new challenge, I'll be honest," Hardy said. "There are a lot of things about this sport that I love, and a lot of things about this sport that I don't like at all." Hardy declined to elaborate on his reasons for leaving and said he'll do so when he's closer to retirement. "Martial arts for me has always been a tool to understand myself a little more, and it's getting to the stage where it's run its course now," he offered. "The structure the sport has taken on is taking away from that for me, and I think I'm best served to be somewhere else in the future." For now, Hardy (25-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is focused on a fight with Matt Brown (16-11 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 7, which takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 1:21PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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UFC on FUEL TV 9 adds Mitrione-De Fries, Couture-Pearson, Alloway-LaFlare
A trio of fights have been announced for UFC on FUEL TV 9 event in Sweden. Matt Mitrione meets Philip De Fries at heavyweight; Ryan Couture takes on Ross Pearson at lightweight; and Ben Alloway faces Ryan LaFlare in a welterweight bout.
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 11:37AM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
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Lorenz Larkin makes UFC debut vs. Francis Carmont at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose
Unbeaten former Strikeforce standout Lorenz Larkin will make his UFC debut in April against Francis Carmont at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose.
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 11:36AM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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Cris 'Cyborg' Santos asks for release from UFC
With any women's MMA fights in the UFC above 135 pounds unlikely, Tito Ortiz and Cyborg Santos have asked for the WMMA superstar's release from her Zuffa deal.
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 11:34AM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
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Report: Adlan Amagov-Chris Spang added to UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Sweden
The official Strikeforce crossover to the UFC will continue in Sweden with a new welterweight matchup for UFC on FUEL TV 9. According to a report from Swedish website Aftonbladet, Sweden native Chris Spang will meet fellow Strikeforce vet Adlan Amagov in April. UFC on FUEL TV 9 takes place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Headlining the event is a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 5:27PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Report: Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi set for UFC on FUEL TV 9
"Mad Dog" will apparently howl at home again as Reza Madadi (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) reportedly meets Michael Johnson (12-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at April's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event in Sweden. Swedish website MMAnytt today reported the lightweight booking, though UFC officials have yet to confirm the matchup. UFC on FUEL TV 9 takes place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Headlining the event is a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 5:25PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Manny Gamburyan reportedly out of UFC 157 fight with Chad Mendes
The injury bug has struck the UFC's next pay-per-view event. Sports Illustrated's Melissa Segura reported on Twitter that Manny Gamburyan suffered a broken thumb and fractured elbow, likely putting him out of the scheduled UFC 157 main card bout with Chad Mendes: It was only this past December that Mendes was booked to face Brazilian FW prospect Hacran Dias in Australia at UFC on FX 6, but Dias pulled out with an injury and the unknown Yaotzin Meza stepped in on extremely short-notice. Predictably, Meza was knocked out in the 1st round. There were reports that Mendes was originally supposed to fight Bart Palaszewski at UFC 148 instead of Cody McKenzie, but the UFC never officially announced the Mendes/Palaszewski fight pre-event.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 5:03PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
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EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) | Anthony Pettis: I Feel Like I Have the Best Striking in MMA
The mixed martial arts world waits with great anticipation for August 3rd to arrive. Barring injuries we will witness what could possibly be one of the best fights of 2013 when UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis at a yet to be named venue or event. It’s completely understandable that so much focus is going into that fight, but let’s not forget the fact that just one week before the Aldo fight was announced, Pettis had decimated Donald Cerrone in the first round at UFC on Fox 6. Afterwards UFC President Dana White announced that Pettis would face the winner of the April 20 showdown between UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez. There is much more to Anthony Pettis than his decision to forgo the lightweight title shot and call out Aldo. His performance against Cerrone was masterful and shocked a lot of fans who thought the two would go to war for 15 minutes. Pettis, however wasn’t surprised with the way things ended in Chicago. “No man, I had a long layoff, I was out for a year,” Pettis told BJPenn.Com Radio. “The whole time I was off this guy was pushing my buttons and calling me out. He was saying I was afraid to fight him and that I was a fighter who tried to hide out behind one of my wins. That was not the case, I was really injured. I had surgery on my shoulder, when you have shoulder surgery you really can’t do much, it takes a long time to recover. I had a lot of aggression built up, it kind of sucked that it only lasted about two minutes because I had a lot planned.”
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 4:26PM by Rabi - 8 comments
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Ten Best - Top European Fights in UFC History
On February 16th, the UFC’s Octagon will travel overseas to London, setting down for an event at Wembley Arena that is headlined by the interim bantamweight title fight between Brazil's Renan Barao and California's Michael McDonald. Barao-McDonald promises to be an explosive matchup, and if it does live up to expectations, it may just earn a spot on this list of the ten best fights to appear on the UFC’s European cards.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 4:21PM by Rabi - 2 comments
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Anthony Pettis to challenge Jose Aldo on August 3
FC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis will drop a weight class and face featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Aug. 3. UFC has not yet determined a site for the event, but venues in Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro are being considered. Promotion president Dana White confirmed plans for the bout to USA Today on Monday. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport," White told the newspaper. "I am so pumped for this fight." Made it official, i guess with mendez getting bendo, pettis did not wanna wait for title fight.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 12:15PM by Manak - 6 comments
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Amused' Anthony Pettis says he's not dropping to featherweight because he's scared to fight Ben Henderson
With his long-desired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title fight secured after his win over Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6, Anthony Pettis felt it was time to drop down to the featherweight division and challenge for that title, instead. While many felt the move was unwarranted and confusing all at the same time, "Showtime" was gifted the 145-pound title fight by the UFC, which is set to go down this August. That's right around the same time the winner of Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez would likely be ready to defend their 155-pound title after battling on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. So why the drop? Did Pettis see a weakness in Aldo's game during his bout against Frankie Edgar at UFC 156? Is "Showtime" avoiding a potential rematch against current 155-pound champion, Ben Henderson? The Roufusport-trained fighter spoke to BJPenn.com to break it all down: "The biggest reason I never went down to 145 was because of my teammate, Erik Koch. He was right there for a title shot, he almost fought Aldo. I always knew I could make '45, but I was wrecking things at '55 and I never had to drop down. I've been reading some of the blogs and people are claiming I'm scared to fight Henderson, but it's nothing like that. It wasn't anything that I saw during the fight, like he (Aldo) had a weakness in his game or I could beat him here or do this to him. Aldo's a great fighter and I'm in this game to fight the best and fight the fights that people want to see. I think all the fans want to see this fight, I can make '45. You have one of the toughest guys in his division just wrecking it and he's considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters. That right there just amuses me and has me interested in this fight."
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 12:13PM by SmileR - 5 comments
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Michael Bisping keeps losing his title shot to fighters on TRT, but does it matter?
Michael Bisping was in a position to challenge Anderson Silva for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title on three different occasions. His first chance came against Dan Henderson at UFC 100, but he was rendered unconscious by an incoming "H-Bomb" and sent to the back of the line. He was able to re-climb the 185-pound ladder and once again needed one big win to earn his crack at the crown. Then Chael Sonnen defeated him at UFC on FOX 2. Last but certainly not least, "The Count" went for his third attempt at UFC on FX 7 last month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was put on his ass by a Vitor Belfort head kick (watch it here), removing him from the middleweight title picture for the foreseeable future. What do Henderson, Sonnen and Belfort all have in common (aside from getting finished by "The Spider")? They all compete with a prescription for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), which Quinton Jackson (also a user) said "immediately changed him" for the better after a few small doses.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 11:58AM by SmileR - 41 comments
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If UFC champ Jose Aldo moves up in weight, teammate Renan Barao could follow
If UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo does indeed make a move to lightweight, current interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) could also move up a division. "I feel very good in this weight division, but I feel in two or three years, if Aldo decides to move up a weight division, I might do that, too," Barao recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The 5-foot-7 Barao, best known for his incredible 29-fight win streak, actually debuted for the WEC in June 2010 in a 142-pound catchweight bout. That mark was requested by his opponent, Anthony Leone, who took the fight on short notice. His five fights since have all been at 135 pounds. But before his time under the Zuffa banner, Barao competed at 145 pounds, and he admits he wouldn't mind doing it again someday in the future. "I used to fight at 66 kilos (145 pounds), but when we closed the deal with the WEC, our trainer decided that I needed to fight at bantamweight because I would never be champion since Aldo had been there forever," Barao said. "He wanted another champion on the team."
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 10:26AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Ovince St. Preux meets Gian Villante in battle of Strikeforce vets at UFC 159
A pair of Strikeforce vets will make their UFC debuts in April at UFC 159. Ovince St. Preux (12-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet Gian Villante (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout when the UFC returns to New Jersey. UFC officials passed on word of the fight overnight, citing news first reported by Newsday. UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The latest UFC 159 lineup includes: Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light heavyweight title Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson Nick Catone vs. James Head Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 10:23AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Despite rumors, Melvin Manhoef not UFC-bound
Despite some rumors that have been floating around all week, it doesn't appear that the UFC is going to sign kickboxing star Melvin Manhoef to compete in their welterweight division.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 1:28AM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
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