Undefeated Megumi Fujii Finally Gets Crack at a Title at Bellator 34
Megumi Fujii gets her long-awaited opportunity to win a championship at Bellator 34 on Oct. 28.
The promotion confirmed the date of the undefeated star's matchup with Zoila Frausto on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Fujii is 22-0 in a sterling career, including 18 wins by way of submission, and she's also considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, yet she's never captured an MMA championship.
In 2008, she was scheduled to fight Ana Michelle Tavares in the finals of the 2008 Smackgirl World Remix Tournament, but the promotion folded and the finals never happened.
Nevada Athletic Commission Modifies Drug Testing Policy, Joins Brain Study
The Nevada state athletic commission on Tuesday slightly modified its drug testing policy, requiring additional analysis to blood tests that may indicate use of performance-enhancing drugs.
During a meeting on the subject, NSAC moved to require hemoglobin and hematocrit tests, which can indicate blood doping or PED use. Fighters are already required to submit to annual blood tests for licensing with a focus on infectious diseases.
The hemoglobin and hematocrit tests would essentially test blood for for unusual levels of red blood cell percentages. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine's National Institute of Health, a normal test for men is between 40.7 and 50.3 percent while for women it's 36.1 to 44.3 percent.
Jason Brilz Off UFC 122, New Signee Ferreira Likely Replacement
According to sources close to him, Jason Brilz is now off UFC 122 in Germany due to a back injury. He was to have faced Vladimir Matyushenko. Chute Boxe standout and Brazilian light heavyweight Alexandre Ferreira, who has now signed a multi-fight deal with UFC according to the TATAME, is the replacement. Ferreira is 18-6 career and mainly competes in World Vale Tudo Championships, an old-school style promotion in Brazil.
Strikeforce's Tyron Woodley Plots 'Dominant' Win, Contender Status
Tyron Woodley is a man with a double life.
By day, he's an anonymous full-time student chasing a Master's degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. By night, he is an undefeated rising star in the Strikeforce welterweight division.
It's a scenario that inevitably lends itself to the occasional distraction.
"Sometimes I'm in class thinking, 'I'm ready to go. I've been here for three hours and I need to get out of here,'" he said. "My classmates are debating public policy or budget reform or insurance issues, and all I'm thinking about is punching somebody in the face."
Yet the 28-year-old Woodley is equally passionate about both of his goals with the same hope of inspiring the younger generation.
Nick Diaz Still Trying to Finish What He Started With K.J. Noons
It's a sunny Saturday afternoon in Lodi, Calif., and Nick Diaz isn't taking any steps backwards. Not today. For five rounds of boxing, forward seems to be the only direction the Strikeforce welterweight champion knows. It doesn't matter what you're throwing at him. He's going head first, full speed ahead until you make him stop or kill yourself trying.
"Straight down the middle, that's it!" shouts Diaz's boxing coach, Richard Perez.
With his snow-white hair and gregarious disposition, Perez is a little like Santa Claus in a sleeveless t-shirt. He leans against the cage and shouts more encouragement than instruction as Diaz bulls his way forward against a series of smaller, quicker sparring partners. They come bouncing in and go dragging out in rotating shifts. Perez tells them to circle. That's what "this guy" will do, he says.
UFC 120 fight card again official with James McSweeney vs. Fabio Maldonado
The fight card for this month's "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama" event is again complete.
The 11-bout lineup is now finalized with the official addition of a light-heavyweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member James McSweeney (4-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer Fabio Maldonado (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported this past week, Maldonado replaced injured Tom Blackledge.
UFC 120 takes place Oct. 16 at The 02 in London. The event airs in the U.S. on Spike TV via same-day delay.
"Strikeforce MMA" three-event DVD hits stores on Oct. 12
Strikeforce's first-ever DVD release hits store shelves on Oct. 12.
"Strikeforce MMA," a two-disc offering with nearly six hours of content, features preliminary- and main-card fights from three of the organization's 2010 events.
They include "Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery," "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" and "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum." Famed Strikeforce heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko graces the cover with Alistair Overeem and Robbie Lawler.
In addition to the Showtime-televised events, the discs, which retail for $29.99 in the U.S. (and $34.99 in Canada), also include fighter interviews and other exclusive content.
Ed Soares wants Aldo to fight Frankie Edgar
"To be honest with you, if you were to say, ‘What would be your dream fight for [Aldo]?' I think a dream fight for him, which I think would just be a fight that everyone would love to see, would be Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo. That fight to me is the fight that everybody would want to see simply just because, not to disrespect anybody at the 155-pound division to think that Jose has the right to go up there without fighting in it, I just think that, as their styles, the way they match up, it would be one of the greatest fights of all-time, I think. It has the potential to be, just because of their styles."
Fabricio Werdum Prefers 2011 Rematch With Fedor, Not Alistair Overeem
That's according to his manager, Richard Wilner, who feels Fedor deserves a rematch now more than the SF Heavyweight Champion does. "He's still undergoing physical therapy, and physical therapy is more intense than one might imagine, and it includes a number of plyometric exercises and weightlifting. He started light training about 10 days ago, so he's progressing remarkably.... Be it against Alistair (Overeem) for the belt, although Fabricio's already beaten Alistair, so some may see that as a step back, although Alistair is a completely different fighter now. By step back, we absolutely mean no disrespect to Alistair, we just mean that they fought before and while it was a long time ago, I don't even know if it would be considered a rematch, but if it was considered a rematch there's one guy out there that’s arguably deserving of a rematch more than Alistair, and that's Fedor (Emelianenko)."
Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle targeted for UFC 124 in Montreal
Two very tall heavyweights are expected to clash during the UFC's fourth trip to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve (20-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and 6-foot-7 Sean McCorkle (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have agreed to meet at UFC 124, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin targeted for UFC 127 on Super Bowl weekend
A light-heavyweight bout between former champions Rich Franklin (28-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Forrest Griffin (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is being finalized for the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card in Las Vegas.
A source close to the negotiations today confirmed the tentative UFC 127 booking with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). MMAFighting.com first reported the matchup.
UFC 127 takes place Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.
Shane Carwin vs Roy Nelson targeted for UFC 125
It appears a heavyweight bout between Shane Carwin and Roy “Big Country” Nelson is being targeted for UFC 125, on January 01st, 2011.
Sources close to the bout have informed Sportsnet that the two heavyweights will lock horns on the main card of the UFC’s first show of the New Year.
WEC 51 medical suspensions: Brown, Hominick, Varner, Banuelos out six months
Colorado's Office of Boxing has suspended eight fighters from this past week's WEC 51 event, and half of them could be out of action for up to six months.
Ofelia Duran, program director for the regulatory body, today emailed the list of suspensions to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Among those facing possible half-year suspensions are main-card fighters Jamie Varner and Mark Hominick and preliminary-card fighters Mike Brown and Antonio Banuelos.
WEC 51 took place Sept. 30 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., and the night's main card aired on Versus.
Heavyweight Shane Carwin expects return at UFC 125 on Jan. 1
Former title challenger and current heavyweight Shane Carwin expects a return to the cage on Jan. 1.
Carwin today Tweeted his tentative booking for the first-of-the-year UFC 125 card, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
No opponent has been determined, according to Carwin.
However, he's expected to be a part of the night's pay-per-view main card.
Carwin (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), 35, hasn't fought since UFC 116, when he suffered a second-round submission loss to heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. Carwin nearly ended the fight in the first round with a vicious barrage of punches. However, Lesnar survived and then capitalized on a quickly fading Carwin to secure an arm-triangle choke and defend his title.
Prior to the loss, Carwin had posted 12 consecutive wins, all of which came via first-round stoppage. Knockouts of UFC fighters Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, Gabriel Gonzaga and Frank Mir earned him a spot in the world's top-10 heavyweight rankings, where he still resides.
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland signed for "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu"
A middleweight bout between Robbie Lawler (19-6 MMA, 1-2 SF) and Matt Lindland (22-7 MMA, 1-1 SF) has been signed for December's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" event.
Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz today confirmed the matchup with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" takes place Dec. 4 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, and the night's main card airs on Showtime.
Lawler vs. Lindland will be part of the televised main card.
In the UFC, Threat of Being Cut Weighs Heavily on Fighters' Minds
Todd Duffee heard the rumors about a week before he heard the official word. There was chatter around the gym that he might be cut from the UFC. Fighters he knew who were under contract to other organizations started reaching out to him on behalf of their employers.
"I guess they had heard I'd already been cut," Duffee said. "That was the first I'd heard of it."
At first, he thought it was a joke. He'd suffered the first loss of his career at UFC 114 in May. Now it was early September. He felt sure these were just rumors, idle locker room chatter. Then he heard from his manager that the rumors were true, and that the UFC was releasing him from his contract.
UFC looking into India
The UFC’s head of international development is on his way to India.
Marshall Zelaznik, who is also the president of the UFC’s UK division, was spotted in London yesterday emerging from the Indian Consulate’s visa applications department. A fan recognised Zelaznik and tipped Fighters Only off. We were subsequently able to obtain confirmation from the UFC’s London office that he is going to India “soon”.
If you think Jose Aldo is pound-for-pound king, Dana White thinks you're (expletive) nuts
"Are you (expletive) nuts? [Aldo is] POTENTIAL FUTURE pound for pound king. Anderson Silva hasn't lost since 2006! He's never lost in the UFC! ... Anderson Silva is a pain in my ass. This isn't Chuck Liddell, we aren't best friends. But you can't deny what the man has done. He (Silva) HASNT LOST in the UFC! The guy has not only cleared out his division, he's gone up to 205 and beaten a guy like Forrest Griffin, who beat Rampage Jackson AND Shogun Rua. And Frankie Edgar is right there too. I might actually put him at No. 2. This guy is for real. He beat BJ Penn twice, and kicked his ass in their last fight. I love and respect Manny Gamburyan, but he's no BJ Penn. And the only thing keeping GSP out of the top 3 is (a KO loss) to Matt Serra."
Noons to Diaz: "Bring My Belt..."
Just under three years ago when K.J. Noons defeated Nick Diaz to win the EliteXC lightweight title, it appeared the young Hawaiian was on his way to becoming one of the best fighters in his weight class. A contract dispute, a company implosion, and a return to boxing derailed that ascent, but now with Strikeforce, Noons is perched to make another run at becoming one of the best in the world.
Funny enough, the fight that could get him to that spot once again is a championship bout against Nick Diaz.
Now the Strikeforce welterweight champion, Diaz has established himself as one of the best fighters on the planet, but he hasn't forgotten that Noons was the last fighter to put a loss on his record.