Phil Davis tapped to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December
Despite losing Chael Sonnen as his opponent, Forrest Griffin will remain on the UFC 155 card this December to close out 2012. UFC President Dana White confirmed as much this week in a conference call regarding Sonnen's coaching slot opposite Jon Jones on The Ultimate Fighter.
Now, Griffin has a new opponent, as the UFC announced on Friday that Griffin will now meet Phil Davis on the card. The bout is likely to serve as co-main event under the Heavyweight Championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens issues video following release from jail
UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens spent 12 days in jails in Minnesota and Iowa this month, but earlier this week was released.
The fighter's management team on Wednesday released a statement on Stephens' website, and the fighteralso released a video in which he thanked the UFC and fansfortheir support and maintained his innocence.
"I'm innocent, and I get a chance to prove myself," Stephens
UFC153:Silva vs.Bonnar Medical Suspensions; Several Fighters Face Six Months Off
The UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar medical suspensions were released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday. There was no sanctioning commission for the event, which took place on Oct. 13 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so the suspensions were submitted by the UFC to the Association of Boxing Commissions database maintained by Mixed Martial Arts LLC.
Several fighters received six-month suspensions
'TUF 16' coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson randomly tested by NSAC
The Nevada State Athletic Commission reportedly has selected Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson for out-of-competition testing in advance of their fight at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the impending test, which was subsequently confirmed to MMAjunkie.com by the fighters' representatives.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission declined comment on the matter.
UFC contender Glover Teixeira fine facing Jackson but hopes 'Rampage' truly focused
UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira appears to again be in line for a huge opportunity against former 205-pound champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
And if that's what the UFC wants, Teixeira said, then he's just fine with that.
Of course, if Jackson is next in line, Teixeira said he hopes it's a fully motivated, fully dedicated "Rampage." After all, the Brazilian slugger believes wins are important, but he only wants to fight the best opponents available.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira says he's 'training again', wants Forrest Griffin at UFC 155
Days after Big Nog's win over Dave Herman, "Lil' Nog" Antonio Rogerio Nogueira aimed to get back into action by asking to replace Chael Sonnen as Forrest Griffin's opponent at UFC 155.
The last time we saw Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, he soundly defeated Tito Ortiz at UFC 140, but he has yet to fight this year. He was Alexander Gustafsson's original opponent for the Sweden card in April, but an injury forced him out and there have been no murmurs about his future since. Well that's changed after Forrest Griffin was left without an opponent following the UFC's decision to send the undefeated, undisputed Chael Sonnen against Jon Jones for the light-heavyweight title. Lil' Nog took to Twitter to announce he's healthy, training, and wants Forrest Griffin at UFC 155.
2 fighters suspended following positive UFC 149 drug tests
Two more UFC fighters recently tested positive for banned substances.
Following July's UFC 149 event, welterweight Matt Riddle was flagged for marijuana while featherweight Francisco Rivera tested positive for an undisclosed over-the-counter stimulant, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from multiple sources close to the event.
Both fighters were suspended for 90 days retroactive to the July 21 event, which makes them eligible to fight on Friday. The results of their respective bouts were not changed.
According to sources close to the competitors, both fighters declined to appeal their punishments and apologized for their actions.
CroCop: "I suffered from a mental barrier in the UFC"
Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic says he was suffering from “a huge mental barrier” during his time with the UFC.
The legendary Croatian heavyweight, winner of the PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix in 2006, joined the UFC in 2007 and was expected to smash his way to a title shot with ease. Instead he was knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga in his second fight for the organisation and never really recovered his confidence.
Having left the UFC recently he was expected to retire, but instead he returned to his first love, kickboxing. CroCop always regretted not having won a K-1 tournament and so now, even though the organisation is shadow of its former self and all the top fighters are in Glory, he is taking a run at winning a K-1GP title.
Last week he fought US heavyweight Randy Blake and won a unanimous decision to progress to the next stage. There was controversy when CroCop struck Blake after a knockdown - clearly still in MMA mode - and was then flattened by Blake when he was looking for a glove touch by way of apology.
Anderson Silva says that if Jon Jones agrees to, he'd be willing to work on a catchweight bout.
What was once an impossibility seems to have become something that is routed to happen. A fight between two of the biggest names in the MMA world may finally be making the dreams of fans and passing slowly becoming reality. In an interview during a promotional event in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Anderson Silva has admitted for the first time, you may face Jon Jones , regarded by many as the only fighter able to overcome it in the UFC octagon, yet that unwillingly.
- "People are talking about it so much ... I have no such intention, it has something that motivates me, just because they have other athletes on my team, as Nogueira, Maldonado, Beans, Cauldron, which is the weight of it. My weight is 84kg, this is my title. But people talk so much, and we are the official UFC. Of course, I do not want to be talking, but what if he goes there and accepted the money that Dana will give him wanting to fight? It'll be difficult. It's not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I dunno ... I would not. But if it happens, would be that the weight-matched. Not worth his belt. I already got mine and I do not want to leave a title dropped."
The statement was the first Spider admitting that confrontation regarded by many as "the real fight of the century" might happen. After the press conference of UFC Rio III in the early hours of last Sunday, the UFC president, Dana White, said he will make every effort to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva would face, because that is the will of the fans.
UFC Featherweight Dustin Poirier joins American Top Team (ATT)
Sometimes, moving up means moving out.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Dustin Poirier has left the Gladiators Academy in South Louisiana to join the established mixed martial arts (MMA) stars at American Top Team (ATT) in Coconut Creek, Florida, home to several current and former Octagon veterans.
Legalization of MMA Across Canada Takes Another Step Forward
The legalization of mixed martial arts across Canada has taken another step forward.
Bill S-209, an Act to remove the Criminal Code prohibition on mixed martial arts, has now been introduced into the House of Commons by Member of Parliament Massimo Pacetti, according to a UFC release. Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament and Chair of the MMA Caucus, was one of many other prominent MP’s to second the bill.
First introduced into the Senate by Senator Bob Runciman and then subsequently approved in June 2012, the private member’s bill must pass through three readings in the House of Commons before receiving Royal Assent.
Strikeforce's Miesha Tate contemplated retirement after Rousey loss, plans year off
Miesha Tate made the trek to Brazil this past week to rediscover her passion for fighting, get back to basics, and hit the reset button.
It's been 229 days since Ronda Rousey walked the walk inside Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, Ohio, following weeks of talking the talk.
Then-champ Tate succumbed to the same fate as the former Olympic bronze-medal-winning judoka's previous seven adversaries: defeat via first round armbar.
Why Does Chael Sonnen Get to Fight Jon Jones? “Because He Stepped Up,”Says Dana White
If you are a UFC light heavyweight fighter complaining about the recently announced Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen fight… talk to the hand.
The hand of UFC president Dana White, that is.
While many people, fighters and fans alike, have been perplexed at the UFC’s decision to slot in Jones and Sonnen as coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter and then have Sonnen fight for the title in April of 2013, White has a simple explanation.
Jon Jones Speaks Out Against TRT Usage–“It’s Absolutely Terrible
There is no shortage of opinions in the mixed martial arts world when it comes to the controversial subject of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Over the last few years, the procedure has become a hot-button subject among promoters, journalists and fighters alike as the debate rages on whether the practice of TRT should be legal and allowed (as it is now, so long as it is approved by an athletic commission) or is essentially legal cheating.
Chael Sonnen is one of the fighters who was at the forefront of the TRT controversy after divulging he was prescribed the therapy by his doctor after they found he had dangerously low levels of testosterone being produced by his body naturally.
Dan Henderson: Nothing personal against Chael Sonnen, but title shot degrades sport
Dan Henderson has a way of saying a lot in about 140 characters.
On Wednesday the top contender saw Chael Sonnen get a title fight and "The Ultimate Fighter 17" coaching slot with light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and Henderson openly wondered if he should focus more on trash-talk than exciting fights.
Earlier today, he followed up that message and said he has nothing personal against Sonnen but that his title shot "degrades" the sport
After suspension, Nick Diaz will need a win before getting title shot
If he returns to the cage following his current suspension, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz won't get an immediate title shot.
Instead, UFC President Dana White said he'll first need a victory against one of the division's elite.
Diaz hasn't fought since a narrow interim-title loss to Carlos Condit in February at UFC 143, where he failed a post-fight drug test due to marijuana metabolites
Patrick Cote: Fighting Anderson Silva a Complicated, Weird Experience
I enjoyed this read from Cote on what it's like to fight Anderson Silva
“It’s very complicated to fight this guy because you never know what’s going to happen or what he’s going to do,” Cote said. “We saw what he did Saturday night. Once again he did something new. He was staying against the fence and he was playing with Bonnar. Bonnar is no joke. Bonnar is a good fighter. He’s tough. He’s durable, and [Silva] was playing with him like a little kid.” Cote fought Silva in October 2008 at UFC 90. He made it into the third round before the fight was stopped when he tore his ACL. “It’s hard to explain how to fight him,” Cote said, “because if you go forward, he’s behind you. You try to hit him, and he’s not there. It’s very, very weird.”
Jon Jones says 'TUF 17' coaching gig a chance to send Chael Sonnen into irrelevance
UFC President Dana White said critics of the promotion's decision to cast light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen on reality TV prior to a title fight don't have all the facts.
White said that given an injury to Jones that benched him until April, and Sonnen's vocal callouts of the champ, it "made sense" to put them together.
And while Jones admitted the move devalued his belt "in some ways," he said his primary goal is to silence critics – and Sonnen
UFC's Jeremy Stephens released from jail, maintains innocence
After spending 12 days in jails in both Minnesota and Iowa, Jeremy Stephens has been freed from incarceration.
Stephens' management team today released a statement on the matter on the fighter's official website, and MMAjunkie.com confirmed with Polk County Jail officials that the lightweight is no longer in custody.
"Jeremy's legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know: he is not guilty of the crimes he's been accused of," the statement read.