Danny Downes vs. Tiequan Zhang expected for WEC 53 in December
Danny Downes (6-1 MMA, 0-1 WEC) is expected to meet Tiequan Zhang (12-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) at WEC 53.
Chicago's MMA was the first to report the pending fight, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place with paperwork on the way.
WEC 53 takes place Dec. 16 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., and features a a pair of championship fights.
It is unknown whether Downes vs. Zhang will air live on the Versus-televised fight card.
Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller in the works for UFC 125 in January
Matt Wiman (12-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Cole Miller (17-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) are penciled in for the New Year.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that the lightweights have agreed to meet at UFC 125, though no paperwork is signed.
UFC 125 takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features a lightweight title match between champ Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard.
It's unknown whether Wiman vs. Miller will grace the event's televised main card.
Shane Carwin's SHOCK Pick for Brock vs. Cain
“As you all know, this fight card has my attention,” Carwin posted on his official website. “I have my good friend and teammate Brendan Schaub facing [Gabriel] Gonzaga and of course the much anticipated match with Brock Lesnar and Cain.”
What Happens To Cain Velasquez If Brock Lesnar Doesn't Get Tired?
According to AKA head Javier Mendez, Cain just needs to execute their game plan no matter what. "[Brock] went three rounds with Heath Herring and was fine. We expect this is going five rounds, and we expect him to be there all five rounds. If you go in with the idea he’s going to get tired, what happens if he doesn’t? Cain is more skilled than Brock Lesnar at every aspect of the game. But can that overcome the size and strength? That’s the big question. If they execute their game plan and we don’t, they win. I think I know what their game plan is, and it’s a good one. But if they execute their game plan and we execute our game plan, we win. If it goes to a decision, we’re winning the decision."
Tonight, The Role Of "Pot" Will Be Played By Yoshihiro Akiyama...
As he calls the "kettle" black...in other words, it's time for the England version of "Vaseline-Gate". "I only went for one takedown (at UFC 120) but Bisping's body was really slippery. Even if I do say so myself..." And if anyone has experience with being slippery, it's Akiyama, who cemented his status as one of Japan's biggest heels after going Exxon Valdez on Japanese hero Kazushi Sakuraba at K-1 Premium Dynamite!! in 2006.
Jason MacDonald Off UFC 124
After suffering a gruesome leg injury at May's UFC 113 event in his native Canada, Jason MacDonald is injured once again and thus his comeback is on hold. An undisclosed injury in training means he is off UFC 124. He was to have faced Rafael Natal. Jesse Bongfeldt, a UFC newcomer with a 21-6 career record and no fights going to decisions, is the replacement. He's lost only once in his last 13 fights...although that loss came to Jonathan Goulet.
Carwin Sponsor Banned from UFC 121
Add another sponsor to the list of brands that UFC fighters may no longer display during events.
Sports drink company Good4U Drinks today announced via its Web site that Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Fertitta informed the brand in an email that they would no longer be welcome at UFC events.
Good4U's American representative, Rick DeBanks, wrote this morning:
“Good4U Drinks is seen by Zuffa as a direct competitor to Xenergy (which is owned by Zuffa) and AMP Energy, which advertises heavily on both WEC events and Spike TV's “The Ultimate Fighter.” Although Good4U are sport drinks and not energy drinks, they have been taking share from these brands.”
THQ Extends Deal w/;UFC Through 2018
The battle for dominance between EA Sports and THQ in the MMA video game market could turn out to be a long one.
On the same day as the long awaited release of the EA Sports MMA video game, its competitor, THQ, announced Tuesday a contract extension with the UFC through 2018.
THQ, the makers of the 2009 and 2010 UFC Undisputed, will continue to hold exclusive and worldwide rights to publish UFC video games for another seven years on practically all platforms. Already on the PS3 and Xbox 360, THQ has the right to also create UFC games for next-gen gaming consoles, PC, mobile and the iPhone/iPad.
Cris Cyborg: Gina Carano lacks heart
Guilherme Cruz: How are things on the United States? Are you back to the trainings now, after you “vacations” in Hawaii to celebrate your anniversary?
Cris Cyborg: It was cool, we stayed in Hawaii just chilling… Now we’re back to our routine, back to the trainings. I’m well trained actually, but I’ll just fight in January. There’s nothing set, but I believe it’ll be on January.
GC: Gina Carano was doing an important work on the growth of the female MMA on the United States, but then she “disappeared” since she was defeated by you. Some of her coaches said she might not even fight MMA again. How do you see it?
CC: What happened was that Gina was used to win all the time, but then she lost that fight. In my opinion, she should keep training. To lose is something that happens to everyone. I believe she lacked heart to keep on doing it. MMA is growing more and more, with or without her… Of course it’d be better with her, but other girls will come. Strikeforce’s investing on women, there was a belt dispute between Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufmann, and it was a good fight, it proved that women also have good techniques. I thought I was a better fight than the bout between Nick and KJ Noons… They just did the exchange part, while the girls did the stand-up game and also the ground game. We’ll have our own place there
White Slams the Door on Tito/Chuck 3
As Tito Ortiz prepares for what might be the biggest fight in his UFC career, against Matt Hamill this weekend at UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif., fans are still clamoring for a fight that was set up to be the main event of UFC 115 between him and longtime rival Chuck Liddell.
Coming off of neck surgery and dropping out of the June fight with Liddell, Ortiz needs a strong performance against Hamill to maintain his career at the star level he's built up over the years, but there's still that looming question of a third fight with the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
On the most recent episode of “The Ultimate Fighter," Liddell stopped by to see the newest participants on the show and of course the questions immediately came up about seeing him face Ortiz at some point down the road.
Frank Shamrock Blames Dana White for Negative Perception of MMA in New York
As much as UFC president Dana White and the UFC have done to help build the credibility of MMA around the world, White is also one of major the obstacles keeping the sport from being legalized in New York, according to Frank Shamrock.
"The face of our sport is Dana White and out here in conservative New York, the way people think, bald-headed, tattoo'd, swearing people are just not a good representative of our brand and unfortunately people think that Dana White speaks for MMA, and they're confused," Shamrock said Monday on The MMA Hour. "They don't know he speaks for the UFC. They think he speaks for the entire sport and [they think] the entire sport is made up of Dana Whites.
UFC 120 medical suspensions: Six months for Pyle, Kongo, Browne, Broughton
The Ultimate Fighting Championship issued medical suspensions to all 20 competitors from this past weekend's UFC 120 event, and four fighters could be out of action for half a year.
Main-card fighters Mike Pyle, Cheick Kongo and Travis Browne, as well as preliminary-card fighter Rob Broughton, face six-month suspensions.
UFC 120 took place Oct. 16 at The 02 in London and aired in the U.S. via same-day delay.
Five-time "Fight of the Night" winner Sam Stout shakes up UFC 121 training camp
After 10 years of fighting, UFC bonus collector Sam Stout has learned to pace himself.
On Saturday the Canadian meets U.K. product Paul Taylor (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at UFC 121 in Taylor's first fight at 155 pounds.
And while Stout (15-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) says he's refined his preparation for the demands of high-profile fights, he believes Taylor may have a rough go of it across the pond.
"There's a lot of things that factor into this fight, and a lot of them play in our favor," Stout told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) while serving as an in-studio guest with trainer Shawn Tompkins. "I think it's going to be a good night for me."
Georges "Grimlock" St. Pierre Is Dino-Might
And based on his interests and TV habits, he would seem to have a post-MMA career set as...a paleontologist? "I don't really watch sports. I watch the Canadian version of the Discovery Channel. Ask me a question about the Jurassic period or the Cretaceous period and I probably could answer it. Seriously, I'm into paleontology. That's the study of prehistoric life. I'm into philosophy. And psychology, too. You know that the Tyrannosaurus Rex was found with feathers? Yes, feathers! When I train, I love to take time off and fly to the Natural History Museum or an exhibition. I just love that. When you know your past, it will help you with your future."
Jose Aldo's Next Challenge? Mark Hominick Not Only Candidate
Although WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo recently told the TATAME that Mark Hominick may be th enext challenger for his title, WEC may have other plans. WEC officials declined to comment on the possibility and simply said nothing has been decided regarding Aldo's next fight. But additional sources said other candidates are under consideration. One of those under consideration likely is a fighter who has beaten Hominick in the past, meaning Josh Grispi. Other possibilities: The Chad Mendes-Javier Vazquez winner (WEC 52), Diego Nunes and...don't laugh, it's possible albeit highly unlikely...the next possible import from Japan: Michihiro Omigawa, who could debut as soon as WEC 53.
Ken Shamrock Among Weekend Winners
Stop the presses-Ken Shamrock actually won a fight over the weekend! For only the second time in 6 years the 46-year-old Shamrock was victorious, beating Jonathan Ivey in the headliner of Saturday's USA MMA's "Return of the Champions" main event in Lafayette, La. Shamrock beat the 70-plus-fight veteran Ivey (29-43) by decision. Other notable winners included John Alessio, Roan Carneiro, Jason High, Lucio Linhares and Chase Beebe.
Why Didn't UFC 120 Air Live On Spike? Broadcast Format To Blame
With this past weekend's UFC 120 event in London airing live in just about every corner of the globe, U.S. fans were forced to dodge spoilers prior to Spike TV's tape-delayed broadcast of the overseas event. Spoilers, though, were plentiful online (and on ESPN's news ticker) in the hours prior to the broadcast. So why didn't Spike TV just air the show live? The nature of overseas shows just wouldn't work for Spike TV's traditional, commercially supported broadcast format. Behind the scenes, overseas UFC events are treated like any other live pay-per-view broadcast. That means the time between fights can vary wildly, and assuring that all the needed commercials are included is nearly impossible. (This isn't a problem with UFC Fight Night and The Ultimate Fighter Finale events since Spike TV can dictate the pacing of fights.) So why not just scratch the commercials? Simply, Spike TV couldn't afford it. The UFC's longtime cable partner pays a fee for the right to air a UFC event, and then officials recoup the expenses by selling the commercial time. And many advertisers are needed to stay out of the red since the price for a single entity to sponsor the entire show is beyond the spending limit of most companies.
Dave Bautista Says Strikeforce Deal Is Close, Hopes to Debut in March
The long-rumored deal between former professional wrestler Dave Bautista and MMA promoter Strikeforce appears to be moving closer to completion.
According to Bautista -- who went by "Batista" during his World Wrestling Entertainment days -- at least one key point has been agreed upon, and while there are still other details needed to be worked out, he hopes to debut in the early spring of 2011.
Fedor's SF Future To Be Determined As Soon As Today
M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein says he'll know as soon as today if Fedor Emelianenko's obligation to Strikeforce ends with his next fight. The executive said his company "primarily" is negotiating with Strikeforce's broadcast partner, Showtime Networks, on a new deal that will keep the Russian heavyweight in the Strikeforce cage beyond the single fight remaining on his current contract. That deal includes a new co-promotional agreement that could bring M-1 events to the premium-cable channel. Finkelchtein said Emelianenko's next opponent is not a sticking point in talks.