As Hatsu Hioki passed on title shot, UFC on FX 4's Ricardo Lamas happily stepped in
One man passing on a unique opportunity is another man's gain.
For Ricardo Lamas, the chance to add a big-name opponent to his evolving resume was a welcomed idea. It was a no-brainer.
When fellow featherweight Hatsu Hioki opted to pass on a title shot with current champion Jose Aldo in order to continue to hone his skills and gain additional octagon experience, he needed a fallback option for the short term.
Lamas, one of many ascending contenders in a division becoming more robust with each passing event, stepped up to accommodate him.
With no fights booked, Devin Cole wants Josh Barnett in Strikeforce
"I don't understand it. I'm a fighter – I just want a fight."
Devin Cole (20-9-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) is frustrated. The former Strikeforce heavyweight on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) a contract and scheduling fluke, for lack of a better word, has him stuck in "no man's land" right now.
But if it's at all possible, he'd love to get one more crack in the Strikeforce cage – against Josh Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF).
Cole fought in December at "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal" and picked up a unanimous-decision win over Gabriel Salinas-Jones for his second straight victory in the promotion. But he said because the fight was the last on his deal, and because most of the rest of the Strikeforce heavyweights had already been moved to the UFC, he essentially was left without a home.
UFC Star Frank Mir 'Not Opposed' To Going To The WWE
Former UFC Heavyweight champ Frank Mir took a trip up to Canada to be a celebrity guest at the Thunder Bay Sports Celebrity Dinner along with Olympian cross-country skier Ashleigh McIvor. Mir, who most recently lost in a title shot to champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 talked about his future with the Chronicle Journal.
Mir talked about his ambition to do color commentary and fight analysis, which is no surprise to fans who've seen him fill that role on Fuel TV and Versus. But there was a tiny bit of a surprise when he was asked about his possible pro wrestling ambitions:
Cage Warriors 48 adds Hucin-Phillips, Mason-Roberts, Wilkinson-Cohoon
Cage Warriors' middleweight-tournament final has been delayed, but three fights have been added to next month's Cage Warriors 48 event.
Victor Cheng injured his elbow, and his tourney final with Pavel Kusch has been pushed back to Cage Warriors Fight Night 7 on Aug. 30.
But Cage Warriors 48 has added middleweight-tournament semifinals John Phillips (15-5) vs. Faycal Hucin (7-3), welterweights Jack Mason (20-10) vs. Danny Roberts (6-1), and welterweights Aaron Wilkinson (9-5) vs. Leigh Cohoon (8-5).
Cage Warriors 48 takes place July 21 at HMV Forum in London. The event's main card streams live and free on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following prelims on Facebook.
Hugo "Wolverine" Viana vs. John "Macapa" Teixeira added to UFC 147 prelims
The first fight between "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" eliminated cast members is set for next week's UFC 147 event.
Team Vitor featherweight Hugo "Wolverine" Viana (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and John "Macapa" Teixeira (13-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a counterpart from Team Wanderlei, will clash on the event's preliminary card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the matchup with sources close to the fighters.
Bellator Signs Knockout Artist Paul Daley
Bellator continued its aggressive plunge into the free agent pool, signing UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley.
The promotion confirmed the addition of the British knockout artist to MMA Fighting on Friday.
Daley will make his organizational debut at Bellator 72 on July 20.
"I’ve been a 'Semtex' fan for years," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement. "He’s an incredibly explosive fighter who is magic to watch inside the cage. So, when the opportunity presented itself to join forces with Paul, it was a simple decision to make. Paul’s one of those fighters I’ve always intentionally stayed home to watch and now I can watch him cageside at Bellator."
Just last week, the 29-year-old Daley had asked for and been granted his release from Strikeforce.
It didn't take him long to find a new home.
K-1 Great Remy Bonjasky Announces His Return From Retirement
Kickboxing great Remy Bonjasky has announced his return to the ring, but it won't be in K-1. The three time K-1 World Grand Prix champion has signed a multi-fight deal with K-1 rival Glory World Series. From the official statement:
I am really excited about GLORY, really enthusiastic about the people behind it and what they are trying to do for the sport. There are new, fresh minds involved and they are looking to take the sport to a new level, to make it bigger than it already is.
I achieved great things in K-1 and now I think the new challenge is GLORY, I think they can make the sport bigger than K-1 did.
Bonjasky retired after the 2009 K-1 Grand Prix due to a recurring eye injury that was threatening to leave him blind. Since that time, there have been rumors of a possible Bonjasky return, but without a big Heavyweight scene due to the demise of K-1, it looked like the retirement would stick. Now, with both K-1 and Glory back in action, Bonjasky has returned.
If GSP Isn’t Healthy, Martin Kampmann Ready for Condit Rematch
The waiting game for a fighter is sometimes the toughest spot in the world to sit in, but Martin Kampmann is completely okay with that right now.
The battle tested welterweight is coming off two hard fought wars in recent months in which he submitted Thiago Alves and then knocked out Jake Ellenberger, putting him in prime position as a top contender in the welterweight division.
Bellator 71's Brett Rogers says house fire sparked rift with opponent Kevin Asplund
Rogers (11-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) makes his Bellator debut next week at Bellator 71, and the fight comes against a former friend and training partner in Kevin Asplund (15-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). In fact, Rogers' story about just how the friends became ex-friends would seem to be part of that hell he said he's been through.
Rogers believes Asplund's wife, a friend of his own wife, may have been responsible for a fire at his house. And after a series of events and questions and blame-searching, Rogers said that essentially was the end of his friendship with Asplund. And that caused a little ruckus in the pair's inner circle of friends, as well.
UFC 147: Wanderlei Silva eager to stop Rich Franklin in rematch
Former PRIDE FC Middleweight (205 pounds) champion and current UFC 185-pound contender Wanderlei Silva will step into the Octagon on June 23, 2012, to take on Rich Franklin for a second time in what will mark fight number 47 in his 16-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
After an injury to Vitor Belfort, who blitzed through "The Axe Murderer" in 44 seconds way back in 1996, scrapped the much-anticipated rematch, Silva now looks to even another score against "Ace" in the headlining bout of UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Showing signs of the savage who wreaked havoc in Japan during his prime while with PRIDE against Cung Le at UFC 139, demolishing the SanSho specialist with his brutal Muay Thai technique, Silva looks to keep his momentum going and pick up consecutive victories for the first time since 2006. It won't be easy, however, as Franklin already has one up on Silva after defeating him at UFC 99 three years ago via unanimous decision in a "Fight of the Night" performance.
This time, however, Silva looks to avoid the judges' scorecards altogether, but is prepared to go a full 25 minutes if need be.
Speaking to MMA Weekly, the Brazilian bomber talked about the upsetting news of Belfort's injury, his upcoming bout with Franklin and whether or not he will have added pressure fighting on his own home turf of Brazil.
Check it out:
NSAC selects referee Yves Lavigne for UFC 148's Silva-Sonnen II headliner
Veteran referee Yves Lavigne will officiate next month's UFC 148 headliner and rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed the assignment with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Additionally, Patricia Morse Jarman, Junichiro Kamijo and Chris Lee will serve as the five-round title fight's judges.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) vs. Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) II headlines a pay-per-view main card that follows prelims on FX and Facebook.
Lavigne most recently officiated a Silva fight in 2009 at UFC 97, where the champ earned a unanimous-decision victory over Thales Leites. He most recently joined Sonnen in the cage at UFC 98, where the upcoming title challenger posted a unanimous-decision victory over Dan Miller.
Dan Miragliotta has been assigned referee duties for the UFC on FX 4 main event
Dan Miragliotta has been assigned referee duties for the UFC on FX 4 main event clash between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida on June 22.
Sherdog.com learned the news of Miragliotta’s assignment from the New Jersey Athletic Control Board on Thursday. The NJSACB also revealed that Eric Colon, Sue Sanidad and Jose Tabora will judge the lightweight bout, which takes place at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J., and will be televised on FX.
According to FightMetric.com, Miragliotta has refereed a total of 137 fights for the UFC, Strikeforce, EliteXC and the IFL. Most recently he presided over three bouts on the May 15 UFC on Fuel TV 3 card, including the main event showdown between Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier, which “The Korean Zombie” won via submission in round four.
Rafael Dias-Ran Weathers headlines BXC "The Rise" streams on SHERDOG.COM
American Top Team’s Rafael Dias will lock horns with Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Ran Weathers in the Battle Xtreme Championship “The Rise” headliner on Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The event streams live on Sherdog.com at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
A Bellator Fighting Championships, World Extreme Cagefighting and International Fight League veteran, Dias (15-9-2) last appeared at Bellator 58 in November, when he succumbed to a first-round arm-triangle choke from former Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro. The 32-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has secured 10 of his 15 career victories by submission.
Weathers (16-11) has lost seven of his past 10 bouts. The 30-year-old journeyman last competed under the Cedartown Beatdown banner in April, when he took a unanimous decision from Sean Dyer and threw the brakes on a three-fight losing streak. Weathers has proven notoriously durable throughout his career, as nine of his 11 professional defeats have come by decision. Wins over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 winner Diego Brandao and WEC veteran Phil Cardella anchor his resume.
Wanderlei Silva has a message for Chael Sonnen: 'F--k you'
Not too long ago, Wanderlei Silva told Chael Sonnen to "have some respect or lose some teeth."
Apparently the days of friendly advice are over, as "The Axe Murderer" has now simply resorted to using the F-word. He's even rooting for his fellow Brazilian, Anderson Silva, to "kick his ass" in the UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7, 2012.
Why all the hard feelings?
It's a Brazilian thing. UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo asked the media not to print any of his "junk," former Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira referred to him as a "disrespectful kid," and I don't think we even need to rehash what transpired in the build-up to the upcoming "Silva vs. Sonnen" rematch.
Hear Wandy tell The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo why the "crybaby" gets "no respect," after the jump.
"He fights with his mouth. He’s not a top guy. He creates that style and looks for guys to give attention to him. But face to face, he’s like a kid. He’ll cry like a baby, man. I don’t know what kind of man can say something bad about you then say, ‘Hey Wanderlei, let’s shake hands.’ F** you man. You talked some bad things. I’m old school. You’re talking some bulls*** about me, don’t shake my hand. This guy lost respect from me. Not one fighter respects him. I don’t like his style and I hope Anderson Silva kicks his ass. I think Anderson will be knock out Chael in the third round."
Clay Guida: Don't be surprised to see me knockout Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4
Like they say in the commercials for the New York Lotto: Hey, you never know.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has asked two of its best lightweight wrestlers, Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida, to headline its upcoming UFC on FX 4 event scheduled for the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 22, 2012.
And with 17 decision wins between them, a knockout or technical knockout (TKO) finish would probably come as a surprise to most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.
It wouldn't surprise Guida, however, as he tells Low Kick that he's "fixed the holes in his wrestling game," which suggests this fight could play out on its feet. Where does that leave "The Carpenter" if he pulls it off?