St. Pierre-Shields Official for UFC 129
As expected, Georges St. Pierre will put his title on the line against No. 1 contender Jake Shields in the main event of UFC 129.
The bout was made official Thursday by the UFC during the most recent episode of its “Ultimate Insider” Web series. The event, which will mark the promotion's first trip to Ontario, will take place at the Rogers Center in Toronto on April 30.
St. Pierre is a champion in need of no introduction. The French-Canadian is a two-time UFC welterweight champion and has soundly beaten every challenger placed in front of him during his most recent stint with the belt. He comes fresh off a dominant victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal in which the champion pummeled the challenger with a stiff left jab for five rounds en route to a one-sided unanimous decision.
Prior to besting Koscheck, “Rush” rode heavy-handed Brit Dan Hardy to an easy decision win at UFC 111 in March. St. Pierre, 29, has lost just once in the last six years and holds victories over Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch and longtime welterweight king Matt Hughes (twice).
"UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann" official for March 3 in Louisville
The Ultimate Fighting Championships' Kentucky debut now is official.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported this past month and officials today formally announced, "UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann" takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The Versus-televised event features co-headliners of Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann and Mark Munoz vs. C.B. Dollaway.
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve targeted for UFC 130 in May
Heavyweights Travis Browne (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) and Stefan Struve (21-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) have been penciled in for a UFC event expected to be UFC 130.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have not been signed.
The tentatively titled UFC 130 event is expected to take place May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend.
One Side Claims Fix, Other Cites Confusion in Controversial Decision
As Hermes Franca waited for the decision of his fight against Ferrid Kheder to be read inside the cage in a Cartago, Costa Rica high school gym, the UFC veteran thought his losing streak was history. Instead, to him, it was the beginning of something even worse than defeat.
If it was a simple loss, Franca could have handled it, but what happened next could not be so easily settled in his mind. According to some, Franca was simply the victim of a bad decision. But according to others, he was robbed, the victim of a fix.
"This is like a bad joke," Franca told MMA Fighting. "It's unbelievable. I won the fight. The judges gave it to me. I got my hand raised. And then they said I didn't win."
"What happened was confusion," said Jean-Francois Billon, who helped organize the show. "It's a big story for a little thing. Nobody had bad intentions. Nobody was cheating."
What started out as a fight in the cage became a fight for the truth.
Marquardt vs. Sexyama booked for UFC 128
A middleweight bout between former No. 1 contender Nate Marquardt and Yoshihiro Akiyama has been slated for UFC 128 in Newark, N.J., on March 19, according to multiple sources.
Contracts have been distributed and verbal agreements are in place from both fighters.
UFC releases Marcus Davis following UFC 125 loss
After 15 fights, four fight-night bonuses, a spot on the organization's reality series, former welterweight title contention, and a handful of high-profile international fights, Marcus Davis received his UFC walking papers following a UFC 125 loss to Jeremy Stephens.
Davis' manager, Joe Cavallaro, today confirmed the release with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Brandon Vera issued release after lopsided loss to Thiago Silva
Posted by Brendhan Conlan on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 9:41 am
Fighters face adversity at any given event due to the nature of their chosen endeavor, but in the case of calamity attached to Brandon Vera’s performance against Thiago Silva last weekend at UFC 125 there’s no doubting “The Truth” hurts. Vera, once viewed as being a double-divisional title-contender, was not only soundly beaten by his Brazilian adversary but also suffered a horrific broken nose in the process in addition to an embarrassing open-handed drumming from Silva reminiscent of Randy Couture spanking Tito Ortiz at UFC 44.
Were those things not enough, according to a source near the situation, Five Ounces of Pain has learned the lanky light heavyweight also received a pink-slip from the UFC as a result of the loss.
Fabricio Werdum Says He's Going To Make Alistair Overeem Go To Sleep
That according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker in the upcoming Heavyweight tournament. "Alistair asked for Fabricio, personally. When I was in Japan last week, he said, ‘You’ve got to let me fight Fabricio. I want to avenge that loss. It’s important.’ So that was an easy fight to put together. Werdum says he’s going to make Alistair go to sleep."
Rich Attonito To Drop To Welterweight
The next time he steps into the octagon, veteran 185-pounder Rich Attonito will be a little lighter. He said today that Welterweight is a better fight for him than Middleweight, and plans to drop to that class for his next fight. He said the decision was not made because of his recent loss to Dave Branch. "It was a horrible fight for me," he said. "I didn't make the adjustments I needed to make to put myself in a position to win. But after the loss, (I was) feeling I was going to give up height and reach and size with pretty much all the guys I fight. So it was the right time after the loss to make a move and get a fresh start." Attonito has yet to receive his next booking but hopes to fight alongside teammate Thiago Alves at an as-yet-unannounced UFC event planned for Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas. Alves is expected to meet up-and-comer Rick Story.
Olympians applying skills to new arena
It has been more than six years since Rhadi Ferguson represented the United States in judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and chances are the Coconut Creek, Fla., native -- now 35 -- will never compete at the Olympics again.
Still, that doesn't make him a former Olympian. That term doesn't even exist, in Ferguson's opinion. As far as he's concerned, you're either an Olympian or you're not.
"There's no such thing as a former Olympian," Ferguson told ESPN.com. "Once an Olympian, always an Olympian. That can never be taken away."
Strikeforce Expects to Promote Pay-Per-View in 2011
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker expects his company to take a major step forward this year.
“I believe by the end of this year, we will be in the pay-per-view business,” he said Wednesday on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show.
The recently announced eight-man heavyweight tournament has a role in Coker’s strategy to hit pay-per-view. Showtime regularly airs the promotion’s cards, and two Strikeforce events have also been shown on CBS. Coker said the first round of the heavyweight tournament will air on Showtime, but he’s keeping his options open for the semifinals and finals.
“I think that the goal with this tournament is to eventually work its way into the pay-per-view business,” Coker said.
Rampage Jackson Responds to "Phony" James Toney (Video)
"The only thing that the Fake Mr. T has to do is sign the contract. Rampage is a decent club fighter and if he thinks his club fighting style can match my skills, then he is crazy as hell."
"What? Is he mad because I called him an Uncle Tom or because I said Detroit wouldn't accept him? (Laughing) ... Rampage is still an Uncle Tom and I will go on record and say he is not dumb enough to stand and trade with me. Machida almost knocked him out, so what do you think I would do to him."
"Rampage is a black redneck. He better stick to hanging with them white boys and keep my name out of his mouth. I ain't hard to find; sign the contract."
UFC Quick Quote: Georges St. Pierre is boring...
Ever since losing the welterweight title to Matt Serra at UFC 69, Georges St. Pierre has faced questions from the media and fans regarding his seeming lack of killer instinct. Now his former hero turned nemesis Matt Hughes is piling on and makes the claim that "GSP" is only playing defense when he steps inside the Octagon. Not just because he doesn't want to lose his coveted 170-pound belt but also because he gets paid too much by the UFC.
Will Campuzano meets Chris Cariaso at Fight for the Troops 2
With David Mitchell and Mike Swick each bowing out to injury, UFC brass had an extra slot to fill at UFC Fight Night 23.
Enter Will Campuzano (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Chris Cariaso (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the two bantamweights have verbally agreed to meet at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2," which takes place Jan. 22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
Scott Coker: We (Strikeforce) Have The Best HW Division In MMA"
At least he thinks so. "To me the fans are always going to think what they want. I've always known we have the best heavyweight division in mixed martial arts. I had this in my back pocket. I don't really gauge what's going out in the viral world, the virtual world. I just know that this is a special moment in time. All these heavyweight fighters are here and in their youth, young enough to compete at high levels. We're going to let them all fight each other and this is the best way to do it."
Rousimar Palhares Will Feel "Weird" Fighting Alexandre Ferreira
Not just because he's fighting another Brazillian, but it's one of those dreaded "friend vs. friend" fights. "The boss told us to fight, so we'll have to do it, but I don't like facing a Brazilian, specially when it's a friend of mine, like Cacareco. It'll be weird to see him on the other side of the Octagon ready to fight me. We've trained together for many time, we've helped each other a lot... I really like him, I consider him a good friend and training partner. As I see it, it won't change our friendship one bit, and I hope he sees it that way too."
Devin Cole Plans To Make Most of Second Chance at Strikeforce Challengers
Second chances aren’t always easy to come by, and heavyweight Devin Cole knows this.
After achieving immediate success in the IFL, Cole went through a rough patch in his career which left him out of the spotlight, looking for one more opportunity.
As Cole himself admitted to MMAWeekly.com, “The IFL was definitely a big time (opportunity), in fact, I was offered a UFC contract right after I beat Travis Wiuff, in between the first and second seasons of the IFL, and I actually turned it down to stay with the IFL.
With Help From UFC Champ, Daniel Cormier Readies for Strikeforce Big Guns
The news of Strikeforce's upcoming heavyweight tournament was a bombshell development for a company still working on prying eyes from the UFC. And it's also a welcome scenario for the Strikeforce athletes, who are well aware of the extra spotlight it is likely to bring, even to fighters who are not part of the field.
One such fighter who may receive added attention from it is Daniel Cormier, an undefeated fighter who is among a group of rising stars in Strikeforce's heavyweight ranks.