Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney will waive matching period should Eddie Alvarez not re-sign
Negotiations to keep Eddie Alvarez in Bellator resumed nearly the moment he stepped out of the cage following a knockout of Patricky "Pitbull" Freire.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney now has advanced the timeline on Alvarez's decision, telling MMAjunkie.com that he'll waive a standard 90-day matching period if the ex-champ doesn't initially take a new contract offer.
"Based on our relationship with Ed, there's no reason to hold him to a series of months of not having the opportunity to look at those offers," Rebney said.
Bryan Caraway in for injured T.J. Dillashaw, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5
An injury has sidelined T.J. Dillashaw (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), forcing him out of the next UFC on FOX event.
But a Washington native has stepped up to fill the gap at UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle. Bryan Caraway (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will fill in for Dillashaw against Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), UFC officials on Tuesday announced.
UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at KeyArena in Seattle. The Caraway-Easton bantamweight fight will be part of the FUEL TV-broadcast preliminary card prior to the main card on FOX.
Company President Ray Sefo Could Fight At Second WSOF Event
Ray Sefo could soon turn in his business suit for a pair of fight trunks. For one night, anyway.
Sefo is busy with the final preparations for Saturday's WSOF 1 event, which airs on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The card features notables such as Andrei Arlovski, Miguel Torres, Anthony Johnson, Tyrone Spong and more.
Could Sefo, though, soon join their ranks?
"Absolutely," he joked while in studio with MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's my promotion."
Sefo said it became much more likely after he fielded offers to fight in New Year's Eve in Japan, as well as in March in Australia. While Sefo's WSOF partners weren't initially keen on the idea, the outside offers changed their minds.
"I think they're realizing if I'm still very active, why not have it in their own league," he said. "We just talked about it [four] days ago, and they were like, 'We should talk about that.'"
Sefo said they've even discussed a possible opponent for the card, which is expected to take place in January or February.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Fabricio Werdum reportedly agree to coach 'TUF: Brazil 2'
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum reportedly have agreed to serve as coaches on the upcoming second season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil."
SportTV first reported the coaches, though UFC officials have made no formal announcement, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the plans.
According to the report, contracts haven't been signed, but verbal agreements are in place.
"TUF: Brazil 2," which is expected to feature welterweight fighters, begins filming in early 2013 with an expected debut in March 2013. More than 300 UFC hopefuls recently attended in an open tryout in Rio.
"TUF: Brazil" was the first-ever international edition of the long-running reality competition series. The show, which featured Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, debuted in March and aired on Globo in Brazil (with solid ratings). UFC.com and FUEL TV carried it in the U.S.
Following "TUF: Brazil 2," Nogueira (34-7-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Werdum (16-5-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will fight in the tradition season-ending coach-vs.-coach fight. It actually marks a rematch between the two fighters; Nogueira handed Werdum a decision loss at a 2006 PRIDE event in the opening round of an open-weight grand prix.
Derek Brunson Denied Spot On TUF By Showtime
Strikeforce middleweight Derek Brunson‘s trip to try out for The Ultimate Fighter ended unsuccessfully, but not because he couldn’t make the final cut for the reality show.
According to Brunson, after flying out to Las Vegas to begin filming, Showtime put the nix on his appearance on the reality show due to his existing contract with Strikeforce.
“As all of you know, I tried out for The Ultimate Fighter, made the show, flew to Vegas yesterday, weighed in today, filming was about to start. Showtime Network called and said they wouldn’t release me from my Strikeforce contract,” Brunson wrote on Monday.
“So no TUF for me. I want to thank Fox Network for being such professionals in trying to handle the situation. Back to the drawing board.”
Report: Dana White Cuts UFC Ties to The Palms Over Credit Line Reduction
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been holding its Ultimate Fighter finale and Las Vegas-based Fight Night events at The Palms for several years. In fact, the UFC has held 15 events at the Palms since UFC Fight Night 9 in 2007.
That all came to an abrupt halt this year with the announcement that the TUF 16 Finale would shift over to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in December.
The move appears to be related to UFC president Dana White’s personal relationship with the Palms, according to a Monday report by Norm Clarke in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Clarke cited unnamed sources indicating that White’s credit line at The Palms was cut in half a few months ago, leading the UFC president to pull all UFC-related events from the Palms.
Finalists announced for 2012 World MMA Awards, Rousey earns record four nominations
The full list of nominees includes:
Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year
Female Fighter of the Year
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
International Fighter of the Year
Chan Sung Jung
Fight of the Year
Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (UFC 139)
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator 58)
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC on FUEL TV 1)
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC on FOX 4)
Knockout of the Year
Adam Khaliev vs. Alexei Belyaev (League S-70)
Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (UFC 142)
Stephen Thompson vs. Dan Stittgen (UFC 143)
Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC 144)
Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna (Bellator 61)
Submission of the Year
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely (UFC on FOX 2)
Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio (UFC 142)
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey)
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Comeback of the Year
Alan Belcher (career)
Mike Swick (career)
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami (UFC 144)
J.P. Joubert vs. Norman Wessels (EFC Africa 15)
Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year
Gym of the Year
American Kickboxing Academy
Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Referee of the Year
Ring Card Girl of the Year
Leading Man of the Year
Personality of the Year
Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand
Best Technical Clothing Brand
Best Technical Equipment
MMA Media Source of the Year
"Inside MMA" on AXS TV
MMA Journalist of the Year
Karyn Bryant, MMA HEAT/FUEL TV
Ben Fowlkes, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY
Gareth A. Davies, The Telegraph
Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/FUEL TV
John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY
Matt Riddle replaces Stephen Thompson, meets Besam Yousef at UFC 154
Fresh off a 90-day suspension due to a failed drug test, Matt Riddle (6-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) has stepped up as a late replacement for injured Stephen Thompson (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and now meets welterweight Besam Yousef (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) next month at UFC 154.
UFC officials today announced the change.
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The night's main card, including UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. interim titleholder Carlos Condit, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Riddle vs. Yousef, which is the card's 13th fight, is slated for the Facebook stream.
Another Win in the Books, Chris Camozzi Wants to Step Up to Axe Murderers and Predators
Even though he is young, Camozzi would like the opportunity to face top talent sooner than later, and has a few ideas for who he’d like to test himself against at the next level.
“Right now, I’m ready to go and I’m ready to move up,” he said. “I’ve put together three wins in a row and I hope for my next fight that it will be on the main card and it’ll be against a big name.
“I’ve got my eye on some guys, like maybe the winner of Wanderlei Silva and Patrick Cote. I’ve got a lot of respect for them and I think they’re great fighters, and I think they match up well with me and it would make an exciting match for the fans.”
Josh Koscheck wants Nick Diaz at UFC 157 on Super Bowl weekend
If Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has to fight at least once more before a title shot, Josh Koscheck (17-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) figures it might as well be against him.
Koscheck recently mentioned Diaz, Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald as targeted opponents for 2013.
Now, he said he's taking up Diaz trainer Cesar Gracie's challenge for the contenders to meet at the UFC's Super Bowl weekend show, which is expected to be UFC 157 on Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
"I am DOWN! Don't be scared Homie! #559 lol," Koscheck tweeted.
Lyman Good vs. Andrey Koreshkov Tourney Final Targeted For Bellator 82
If everything goes to plan, Lyman Good (14-2 MMA, 7-2 BFC) and Andrey Koreshkov (12-0 MMA, 4-0 BFC) will fight for Bellator's Season 7 welterweight-tournament championship at Bellator 82.
The event takes place Nov. 30 at a venue to be announced.
Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney said the date isn't set it stone but is currently preferred for the conclusion to the eight-man tournament.
Good and Koreshkov co-headlined this past Friday's MTV-televised Bellator 78 event at Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio. Both emerged victorious in their semifinal-round bouts and now are a win away from a guaranteed title shot against champion Ben Askren or recent tourney winner Karl Amoussou, who are expected to meet in early 2013.
Marlon Sandro Says He's fighting Dustin Neace At Bellator 81 In Rhode Island
After coming up short in the Bellator Season 6 featherweight tournament finals, Marlon Sandro will look to get back on track next month.
Sandro (22-4 MMA, 5-2 BFC) on Saturday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he's fighting Dustin Neace (23-18 MMA, 0-0 BFC) on Nov. 16 at Bellator 81, which takes place at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., with a main card on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com.
Bellator 81 will be headlined by a pair of semifinals in the Season 7 lightweight tournament.
The latest Bellator 81 card now includes:
•Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held - Lightweight Tournament Semifinals
•Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni - Lightweight Tournament Semifinals
•Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro
Ring-Philippou shifts to UFC 154 main card, Diabate-Griggs to prelims
Rising middleweight contenders Constantinos Philippou and Nick Ring will compete on UFC 154's main card after all.
The fighters have taken a spot previously reserved for light heavyweights Chad Griggs and Cyrille Diabate, who have been moved to the preliminary card.
UFC officials recently made the change to the card, which takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre. Welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and interim titleholder Carlos Condit meet in the pay-per-view headliner.
Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos Signs With Legacy FC, February Debut Expected
Veteran welterweight Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos has signed with the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship organization, officials today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Santos, a former Strikeforce title challenger, is expected to make his promotional debut in February on AXS TV.
Santos, 34, hasn't fought since a TKO loss to fast-rising contender Jordan Mein more than 13 months ago. It marked his second straight loss.
Before the skid, the former PRIDE fighter and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt had posted back-to-back wins over Daniel Zarate and Marius Zaromskis. The latter, which marked his welterweight debut, came in Strikeforce and set up a title shot with then-champ Nick Diaz, which Santos lost via second-round armbar.
Following the subsequent loss to Mein and with no scheduled fights on the horizon, Santos requested and was granted his Strikeforce release.
Cung Le Not Retiring After Rich Franklin Fight
Cung Le (8-2) knows that his time in MMA is starting to tick away, but that doesn't mean the undefeated kickboxer is planning to retire after his next fight. Le recently revealed that he has several fights left on his UFC contract.
"This isn't the last fight on my contract," said Le on The MMA Hour. "I actually have a six fight deal, so after this fight it will be my half way mark. I'm taking it one fight at a time, and not looking too far ahead, right now. The crosshairs are on Rich Franklin, and nothing else."
With three fights left on his contract, Le knows age is not a friend of the sport and his career can only continue for so long.
"I'm 40 years old," said Le. "I know I won't be fighting until I'm 50, but I do know that I've got a couple more good fights left in me. I really try not to think too far ahead. For me, it always revolves around my current fight."
Ediane Gomes Signs New Deal, Expects To Meet Hiroko Yamanaka At Invicta FC 4
Fresh off a win in her debut with Invicta Fighting Championships, Ediane Gomes will stick around a while with the promotion.
Gomes (9-2) submitted Katalina Malungahu at Invicta FC 3 earlier this month. Now she says she's been rewarded with a new contract – and her next opponent.
Gomes told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) she has re-upped with Invicta for three more fights and will face Hiroko Yamanaka at the promotion's next show.
Gomes said she believes that show, likely Invicta FC 4, will take place around Jan. 4 in Kansas City, Kan. And for the Brazilian, who trains at American Top Team in South Florida, that's OK with her.
"I enjoyed fighting there (at Invicta FC 3)," Gomes said. "It's great. The people are nice. It's just a bit cold, but it's nice otherwise."
Watch today's Cage Warriors 49 event live on MMAjunkie.com at 4 p.m. ET
You can watch a live and free video stream of today's Cage Warriors 49 main card on MMAjunkie.com at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. (Please note: Cage Warriors has geo-blocked the stream in the U.K. and Ireland, where you can watch the event on Sky Sports.)
The stream follows prelims on Cage Warriors' Facebook page at 3 p.m. ET.
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Today's full Cage Warriors 49 card includes:
MAIN CARD (4 p.m. ET, MMAjunkie.com)
Bruno Carvalho vs. Cathal Pendred
Greg Loughran vs. Tim Newman
Faycal Hucin vs. John Michael Sheil
Merv Mulholland vs. Daniel Thomas
Lewis Long vs. Paul Redmond
Kris Edwards vs. Alan Philpott
PRELIMINARY CARD (3 p.m. ET, Facebook)
Lee Caers vs. Kevin Reed
Dino Gambatesa vs. Martin McDonough
Karl Harrison vs. Neil Seery
PRELIMINARY CARD (non-streamed)
Sam Gilbert vs. Brett Johns
ONE FC Scraps Plans For December Event, Next Show In February
ONE FC's next event will be in February, not December.
According to a ONE FC official, the promotion has scrapped a planned December event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, due to "lack of venue options and availability." The same official said the decision was not a financial one.
As a result, the Singapore-based promotion is now planning a "big event" in February, and they are expected to hold a press conference in early December to announce more details. The promotion was planning on kicking off a flyweight tournament in December.
ONE FC has held six events in its short history and five of those cards happened in 2012.
Randy Couture Says Chael Sonnen’s Wrestling Will Stop Jon Jones
"I think Chael has a great opportunity to win this fight, actually," said Couture on MMA Uncensored.
"Technically, I see a similar style fight as Anderson Silva," said Couture. "If he wades through it and can make Jon Jones wrestle him, I think he can win that. I think he can do it, but he needs to make it a wrestling match, start to finish."
"This is a business, and Chael Sonnen is gonna bring it and hype up any single fight he's in," said Couture. "I think Jon Jones, in denying him the fight on eight days notice, made it inevitable that they were gonna have to fight at some point."