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Olson Cuts to Bantamweight, Meets Gibson in TPF 12 Headliner
(sherdog.com)
WEC veteran Casey Olson will return to the cage after nearly two years on the shelf, dropping to bantamweight to take on Cody Gibson in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights 12. Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau notified Sherdog.com of the development on Friday. TPF 12 takes place March 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. “Second Coming” will also feature a featherweight title defense from Georgi Karakhanyan, as “Insane” squares off with Micah Miller.
Submitted Feb 3, 2012 6:35PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Main card, prelims set for 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey' in Ohio
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup, including the preliminary and main cards, is set for next month's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event. The show takes place March 3 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The main card, including a title fight between female bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (12-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) and Ronda Rousey (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF), airs on Showtime. Prelims air on Showtime Extreme.
Submitted Feb 3, 2012 6:24PM by DrivenDavies15 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Titan Fighting 21: Jorge Santiago vs Leonardo Pecanha booked for March 2 in Kansas City
(mmamania.com)
Deerfield Beach, FL - Authentic Sports Management today announced that its own former UFC middleweight and Sengoku Champion "The Sandman" Jorge Santiago will take on former Bellator competitor and fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha as the main event of Titan Fighting Championship's March 2 card in Kansas City, Kansas. "Titan Fighting 21" will take place inside Memorial Hall and HDNet will deliver the entire main card live starting at 9:00 p.m. ET. "I can't wait to fight for Titan on March 2nd and to show everybody that "The Sandman" is back and more dangerous than ever before," said Santiago. "I train with the best coaches and some of the best fighters in the world, I've never felt better or more ready, and at Titan Fighting 21 I'm going to make a fight nobody will forget - especially Leonardo Pecanha."
Submitted Feb 3, 2012 3:42PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC on FOX 3 adds flyweights Louis Gaudinot vs. newcomer John Lineker
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC's flyweight division is kicking off quickly in 2012, and the promotion's third event on network television today received a second 125-pound affair. UFC officials today announced that Louis Gaudinot (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and John Lineker (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at UFC on FOX 3. Verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Gaudinot vs. Lineker likely will be part of the prelims.
Submitted Feb 3, 2012 3:02PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
War Machine going back to jail for another year
(mixedmartialarts.com)
The fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver has led a life that is fitting for a legally named War Machine. He went 1-1 in the UFC and was released for making unfortunate comments about Evan Tanner, and general difficulty. Then he signed with Bellator and was released for posting really, really unfortunate things about President Obama on his MySpace. He tried a career in porn, which was shut down when he beat up more or less an entire room of people at a party attended by porn professionals. And he recently got out of a year in County for felony assault. He signed wiih Bellator, and was planning on fightng soon, but now he reports on twitter that is going back to lock up for a year.
Submitted Feb 3, 2012 9:53AM by emfleek - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brunson vs. 'Jacare,' Sayers vs. Smith added to 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey'
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card for Strikeforce's March 3 event in Ohio continues to fill, and a pair of middleweight contests were today added to the schedule. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with sources close to the event that Derek Brunson faces former Strikeforce champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and Lumumba Sayers meets Scott Smith.
Submitted Feb 3, 2012 12:18AM by DrivenDavies15 - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dan Henderson wants to wait for title shot, says UFC prez
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson has put himself in limbo, according to UFC president Dana White. "Dan Henderson's in a position right now where it looks like he wants to wait for Jon Jones," White said today. Earlier this month, White said Henderson (29-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) turned down a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on FUEL 2. Henderson soon after defended his decision in an interview with Clinch Gear Radio, saying he thought it was undecided whether he or Rashad Evans would get the first crack at champ Jon Jones and that he didn't think a fight with Nogueira was interesting for the fans. Henderson also clarified that he would have taken the fight had it been three rounds instead of the five-round length currently in place for headlining fights. Of course, that was before Evans secured a title shot by beating Phil Davis at this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 2.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 10:49PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
KOTC Champ Tim Means Signs to Face Bernardo Magalhaes at UFC on Fuel 1
(mmaweekly.com)
New Mexico produces another UFC fighter as 'King of the Cage' champion Tim Means will step in on short notice to face Bernardo Magalhaes at UFC on Fuel.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 6:18PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Robert Peralta Out of UFC on FX 2
(mmaweekly.com)
Mackens Semerzier vs. Robert Peralta 2 will have to wait for another day.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 6:17PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey
(mmajunkie.com)
Karlos Vemola is dropping another weight class and moves from light heavyweight to middleweight and now meets Mike Massenzio in May at UFC on FOX 3. UFC officials today announced the fight. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 6:15PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
With aging gladiator retired, UFC 143 to debut new 60-second 'show opener'
(mmajunkie.com)
It appears the UFC's famed gladiator is no more. The UFC will debut a new 60-second opening for its pay-per-view events at this weekend's "UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit" show in Las Vegas. It'll replace the one that's been in use for nearly a decade. The segment, which was produced by the digital-production company Digital Domain (and sister company Mothership), features highlights from 18 of the UFC's most iconic fights.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 6:14PM by FastKnockout - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pat Barry Vs. Lavar Johnson Booked For UFC On Fox 3
(bloodyelbow.com)
Two of the UFC's heaviest-handed big men have agreed to throw down in New Jersey on May 5th at UFC on Fox 3, when Pat Barry will meet Lavar Johnson, according to an announcement on UFC.com this morning: Get ready for heavyweight fireworks as verbal agreements are in for a showdown between knockout artists Lavar "Big" Johnson and Pat "HD" Barry on the main card of FOX's third event this May 5 in New Jersey
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 6:07PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey
(mmajunkie.com)
Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is dropping another weight class and moves from light heavyweight to middleweight and now meets Mike Massenzio (13-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) in May at UFC on FOX 3. UFC officials today announced the fight. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Vemola vs. Massenzio likely will be part of the prelims.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 2:12PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jose Aldo and Ed Soares part ways
(mmamania.com)
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will no longer be represented by Ed Soares, according to a report by Tatame.com, heading back to his original manager of Andre Pederneiras. This is the second high-profile fighter to part ways with Black House MMA and Soares, as UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos abandoned ship in late 2011.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 1:06PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 62 headed to Texas with season-six lightweight-tourney opening round
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships is headed to the Lone Star State on March 23. Officials today announced its third season-six event, Bellator 62, is set to take place at Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. The event's main card, which airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX), features the opening round of Bellator's season-six eight-man tournament, which guarantees the winner $100,000 in total pay and a title shot. The night's preliminary card streams on Spike.com, though no fights have been announced. All of the tourney fighters were previously announced, but the matchups weren't until today. They include Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (10-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Lloyd Woodard (11-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Rick Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (14-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC), J.J. Ambrose (17-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Brent Weedman (18-7-1 MMA, 4-2 BFC), and Thiago Michel (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Rene Nazare (10-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC)...
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 1:04PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Josh Koscheck Hopes Georges St-Pierre Never Returns
(mobile.mmafighting.com)
Feb 1, 2012 - LAS VEGAS -- Watch below as Josh Kosheck talks about his UFC 143 fight against Mike Pierce, his initial thoughts when Pierce called him out, his thoughts on Pierce, why he hopes Georges St-Pierre never returns to MMA, and his prediction on Diaz vs. Condit.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 4:37AM by jjeans - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera rematch set for May 15 in Virginia
(mmajunkie.com)
Don't think for a moment this one won't be personal. Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Brandon Vera (12-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC), who first met in a UFC 125 bout that was eventually ruled a "no contest," will fight again on May 15 in Fairfax, Va. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, the UFC is expected to hold an event at this city's Patriot Center, though UFC executives have yet to reveal the venue for the card or where the action will be broadcast. Nevertheless, the UFC announced the matchup early Thursday morning.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 2:13AM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Diaz vs. Miller set as UFC on FOX 3 main event; Barry vs. Johnson added to card
(mmajunkie.com)
An intriguing lightweight matchup between Nate Diaz (15-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) and Jim Miller (21-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) will serve as the main event of UFC on FOX 3. The matchup, which was announced in January, will now be contested as a five-round affair. Additionally, a heavyweight bout featuring sluggers Pat Barry (7-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Lavar Johnson (16-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has also been added to the evening's main card. UFC officials announced the changes late Wednesday night.
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 1:58AM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nam Phan Meets Tiequan Zhang at UFC 144 [NOT OFFICIAL OR CONFIRMED]
(5thround.com)
It was reported by multiple outlets on Monday that an undisclosed injury forced Leonard Garcia out of his featherweight fight against Tiequan Zhang at UFC 144. Late last night, Nam Phan (Pictured) announced he had agreed to serve as a last-minute substitute to face Zhang on February 26th
Submitted Feb 1, 2012 9:14PM by DrivenDavies15 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Former MFC Champ McKee disputes decision to drop Contract, Claims Health Issues Prevented Him From Making Wieght
(sherdog.com)
The Maximum Fighting Championship recently announced that lightweights Antonio McKee and Brian Cobb were released by the Canadian promotion for missing weight prior to their MFC 32 title bout. McKee officially tipped the scales seven pounds over the contracted 155-pound limit. As a result, his planned lightweight title defense was downgraded to a non-title catchweight affair, and he was stripped of the belt by the organization prior to the contest. “I was thoroughly disgusted by the lack of professionalism that Antonio McKee showed towards the belt he was scheduled to defend as well as the Maximum Fighting Championship as an organization,” said MFC President Mark Pavelich in an official statement released Tuesday. McKee earned a unanimous decision victory over Cobb at the Jan. 27 event, which aired live on HDNet from the Mayfield Inn Trade and Convention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “It was unacceptable behavior for a champion to demonstrate. On top of that, Antonio never really apologized for missing weight that badly. That was the end of things for him with the MFC,” Pavelich continued. “That’s why he was stripped of his belt immediately and told that he would never fight in the MFC again. I hope it’s a message to all the other fighters in the MFC.” McKee, however, sees the situation differently. According to the former champion, both Pavelich and Cobb knew McKee would miss weight due to illness. McKee says he and his camp made the conscious decision to “not push the envelope” and try to make weight, as the fighter was experiencing severe lightheadedness and stomach pains. “[Pavelich] knew I wasn’t going to make weight before the fight because I told him I wasn’t going to make weight. I was sick. I had f---ing kidney issues. My stomach was messed up. They already knew that,” McKee told Sherdog.com on Wednesday. ................................ In my opinion this calls into question the whole practice of cutting weight. I have no sympathy for guys who miss weight due to "health issues." If you can't consistently make a weight cut in good health, you need to be fighting at a higher weight class. I think they should institute a policy of multiple weigh ins to prevent this sort of drastic cutting. It isn't good for fighters. What happened to safety first?
Submitted Feb 1, 2012 9:03PM by bjj1605 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
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