Bellator MMA counters UFC's offer for former champion Eddie Alvarez
Bellator MMA has officially tendered a contract offer to its former lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez (24-3 MMA, 8-1 BFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from multiple industry sources that Bellator executives have issued an offer to Alvarez to match the deal he recently received from the UFC. The move is an effort by Bellator to retain the rights to the star 155-pounder, whose contract with the promotion expired following an October win over Patricky "Pitbull" Freire but who remained in an exclusive matching period with the tournament-based organization.
Kurt Holobaugh set to meet Pat Healy at 'Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine'
Undefeated lightweight Kurt Holobaugh (7-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) is expected to meet Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) at Strikeforce's final event.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the bout, though contracts have yet to be signed.
The fight serves on the Showtime Extreme-televised portion of "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City.
UFC targets HP Pavilion in San Jose for April 20 UFC on FOX 7 card
A UFC on FOX event planned for April 20 now has a city and venue.
Multiple sources close to the event on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., is targeted to host the event, which is expected to be UFC on FOX 7.
As of yet, no matchups are confirmed for the fight card.
The UFC's most recent trip to San Jose came this past July with UFC on FUEL TV 4, which featured a middleweight headliner between Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman. The event drew a reported 4,250 fans for a live gate of $163,485 and drew a peak of 291,000 viewers on FUEL TV.
DONALD CERRONE: TEAMMATE JONES SHOULD HAVE FOUGHT SONNEN ON SHORT NOTICE
It's several months removed, but one of the biggest MMA stories of 2012 still lingers.
And it will linger at least through April, when two of its key parties are scheduled to meet. Add Donald Cerrone's name to the list of fighters who have had an opinion on Jon Jones turning down a fight with Chael Sonnen, which helped lead to the cancellation of UFC 151 in September.
The interesting part about Cerrone's stance? He and Jones are teammates at the Jackson-Winkeljohn camp in Albuquerque, N.M. – and he definitely isn't playing favorites just because they share a gym and a coaching staff.
"Yes, I'd have fought," Cerrone said this past Friday at a question-and-answer session for fans prior to the weigh-ins for UFC 155 in Las Vegas. "They could call me tomorrow and ask me to fight. I think you need to fight. That's our job. I don't think you should curl up and find a way out. So yes, that's my answer."
Justin Salas out of UFC on FX 7, Edson Barboza now meets newcomer Lucas Martins
A training injury has knocked Justin Salas (10-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) out of a preliminary-card fight against Edson Barboza (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at "UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping" later this month.
Stepping in for Salas is UFC newcomer Lucas Martins (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Sources close to the promotion on Wednesday confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). UFC officials later announced the change.
Martins just this past month won a pair of fights in Sao Paulo in less than a week's time. He submitted Thiago Sampaio with a first-round rear-naked choke in 43 seconds on Dec. 8, then turned around and stopped Oberdan Vieira Tenorio with a head-kick knockout on Dec. 13 under the Jungle Fight banner.
Stephens to 145
After Stephens was knocked out in his last fight he has decided to try a new weight class. Jeremy Stephens has tweeted that he will be cutting down to 145lbs to sample the UFC's FW division.