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Source: Da Silva-Yamaguchi, Gomez-Bittner Signed for TPF 10
(sherdog.com)
A blockbuster flyweight scrap between Jussier da Silva and Mamoru Yamaguchi is set to go down on Aug. 5 at Tachi Palace Fights 10. Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the matchup with a source close to the bout, who also stated that Tachi Palace has signed Yamaguchi to a multi-fight contract that is exclusive in the United States. The bout joins another pivotal 125-pound affair on the card, as TPF flyweight champion Darrell Montague defends his strap against surging WEC veteran Ian McCall at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Additionally, former titleholder “Useless” Ulysses Gomez will square off with undefeated Drew Bittner.
Submitted May 18, 2011 8:53PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Titan Fighting Championship Inks 3-Year Extension with HDNet
(sherdog.com)
Kansas-based promotion Titan Fighting Championship has signed a three-year extension with cable network HDNet to broadcast live events.
Submitted May 18, 2011 8:51PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Promoter Wants Former UFC Fighter Kimbo Slice to Face the NFL’s Ray Edwards in Boxing
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC and EliteXC fighter Kimbo Slice isn’t done with combat sports just yet.
Submitted May 18, 2011 8:49PM by sparky - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
UFC champ Jones' manager denies ducking claims, tells Evans fight is his to take
(mmajunkie.com)
If Rashad Evans wants a fight with Jon Jones, he can have it says the UFC light heavyweight champion's manager, Malki Kawa. Despite recent claims by Evans that Jones is trying to avoid a fight with him at all costs, Kawa insists that's far from the case. Just say the word, Kawa says, and "Bones" is ready to go.
Submitted May 18, 2011 8:47PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tyron Woodley Eyes July Return, Hopes for Paul Daley Now, Nick Diaz Next
(mmafighting.com)
No sooner had Nick Diaz retained his Strikeforce welterweight title in April when he started discussing his future possibilities. There was a potential boxing match with Fernando Vargas thrown around, then another one against Jeff Lacy. There was a suggestion that he could face UFC champion Georges St-Pierre in an MMA superfight. One option that Diaz seemed to immediately dismiss, however, was a rising star in his own company, within his own division, Tyron Woodley. The unbeaten Woodley, in Diaz's opinion, would be "in a little over his head" moving so quickly into the title picture.
Submitted May 18, 2011 5:51PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Countdown to UFC 131 preview show debuts June 8th on Spike TV
(mmajunkie.com)
With a new headlining matchup of Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin, UC 131 is quickly approaching In anticipation of the show, Spike TV debuts "Countdown to UFC 131" on June 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. UFC 131 takes place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The pay-per-view event features a heavyweight tilt between top contenders Dos Santos and Carwin.
Submitted May 18, 2011 5:44PM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Michael Bisping "gutted" by CSAC's decision on Chael Sonnen
(mmajunkie.com)
One-time title challenger Chael Sonnen (25-11-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) isn't the only one lamenting today's California State Athletic Commission ruling. British slugger Michael Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) says he's also disappointed in the CSAC's decision to uphold Sonnen's indefinite suspension from competition. Just moments after the CSAC made their decision, Bisping took to Twitter to express his lament.
Submitted May 18, 2011 5:43PM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Sonnen suspended indefinitely
(twitter.com)
*BREAKING NEWS* Live from Josh Gross twitter feed who is at the hearing. "Back to the motion for indefinite suspension, which was seconded by Giza. 4-1 motion passes, the indefinite suspension remains." EDIT: Keith Kizer testified regarding conversations he had with Matt Lindland and the phantom conversations he had with Chael Sonnen. Sonnen testified and said he never intended to make it sound like he had a conversation with Keith Kizer before confirming he never spoke to him nor the other commission director or commissioner regarding testosterone use and exemption. He stands by his testimony back in Dec. 2010, though. Sonnen confirms that UFC is planning on making him a coach for the upcoming season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) opposite Michael Bisping. The winner of their fight later this year would receive a title shot. Sonnen states that if he doesn't get his license today he's "effectively retired and that comes from Dana White." Chael wells up when saying he just wants to go back to work and doesn't want to retire. Chael claims he needs testosterone for "survival" and he has the testosterone of "a 93 year-old man." After being asked about his testosterone treatment, Sonnen says he's taking it to this day and is monitored at least twice a month. Sonnen's camp attempted to allow a declaration from Matt Lindland but California would not allow it. In the closing arguments, Sonnen gets painted as a liar and a man who cannot be trusted. He is "always looking for someone else to blame," according to Deputy DA Karen Chappelle. Sonnen's lawyers paint him as a man who is a "fundamentally good person." They also ask the commission to consider Dana White's words that if no license is obtained, Sonnen is effectively done in MMA. The motion to uphold the indefinite suspension passes by a vote of 4-1. The indefinite suspension remains.
Submitted May 18, 2011 3:39PM by SmileR - 49 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jorge Masvidal vs. K.J. Noons official for "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum"
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between K.J. Noons (10-3 MMA, 2-1 SF) and Jorge Masvidal (21-6 MMA, 2-0 SF) is now official for "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum." Strikeforce officials today announced the matchup, which was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum," which features a heavyweight grand prix bout between Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and grappling expert Fabricio Werdum, takes place June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas and airs live on Showtime...
Submitted May 18, 2011 12:51PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Nogueira: Anderson Silva Nearly Retired Before Entering UFC
(sherdog.com)
No man has dominated the UFC quite like reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva. In short, he has run roughshod over the 185-pound division, a record 13-fight winning streak inside the Octagon the result. Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia were all left in Silva’s destructive wake, as the Brazilian established himself as one of the greatest fighters of all-time. And to think, it almost never happened. According to longtime friend and training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Silva almost called it quits before entering the UFC.
Submitted May 18, 2011 9:09AM by Bubbles - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DREAM rep: Nelson out at DREAM.17, Clementi faces Aoki
(mmajunkie.com)
Just hours after MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned that Shane Nelson had agreed to face Shinya Aoki (27-5 MMA, 11-2 DREAM) at DREAM.17, DREAM rep Mike Kogan announced via Twitter that Rich Clementi (40-19-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) will instead take on "Tobikan Judan." Kogan said that verbal agreements are in place and contracts for the contest are expected to be finalized shortly.
Submitted May 18, 2011 1:06AM by sparky - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Mac Danzig out at UFC 131, Vagner Rocha now faces Donald Cerrone
(mmajunkie.com)
A training injury has forced Mac Danzig out of next month's UFC 131 event, and promotional newcomer Vagner Rocha (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement opponent against Donald Cerrone (14-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Submitted May 18, 2011 1:04AM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quote of the Day: Urijah Faber Thinks Nick Diaz Would Beat GSP
(cagepages.com)
Urijah Faber: “I’m going to go with Nick Diaz on that one, just because I don’t see GSP knocking him out. He’s never been knocked out and GSP’s been more into wrestling guys. I think that from watching Diaz, he’s super, super deceiving, and is able to pressure guys and make them get tired and fatigued like no one else........
Submitted May 17, 2011 10:53PM by sparky - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Religion, Not Management, Keeping Khalidov from Bellator
(sherdog.com)
Recent remarks from Bellator Fighting Championships Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney regarding negotiations with middleweight Mamed Khalidov have caused a bit of a stir in the Polish fight scene. Asked during a May 14 news conference why Bellator had not yet signed the highly regarded free agent, Rebney cited a “lack of willingness” on the part of Khalidov’s management to work with his promotion, as well as a need to “explain to them what the opportunity is.” Speaking to Sherdog.com this week, Khalidov was quick to assert that the breakdown in negotiations was not due to the unwillingness of his management but rather Khalidov’s own priorities outside the cage.
Submitted May 17, 2011 10:46PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Bellator Posts Highest Rating on MTV2
(bloodyelbow.com)
Good news for Bjorn Rebney and his Bellator Fighting Championships. After weeks of hovering around the 200k mark, the promotion finally hit it big with 325,000 viewers for Bellator 44, delivering the largest Ages 18-49 rating for MTV2 in the timeslot. Which is great and all, until you remember that it's MTV2.
Submitted May 17, 2011 9:56PM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Rampage Jackson Not Excited With Matt Hamill for UFC 130
(mmafighting.com)
After some shuffling around of the upcoming UFC 130 fight card, Rampage Jackson has gone from taking on Thiago Silva in the co-main event to fighting Matt Hamill in the main event. He's not particularly thrilled with the change.
Submitted May 17, 2011 8:53PM by sparky - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shane Carwin Looks to Make the Most of His Sudden Good Fortune at UFC 131
(mmafighting.com)
Shane Carwin can pinpoint the exact moment he lost his UFC heavyweight title fight against Brock Lesnar. His record says submission via arm triangle, second round, but forget that. That's just when the fighting officially stopped. Really, he lost it in the first, when his body began to fail him. "First time it's ever happened to me in my life," Carwin says in his soft, low voice that forces you to lean in just to catch what he's saying. "It was terrible." It started with a strange feeling that flooded over him right as he was at his most dominant point in the fight. One minute he was focused entirely on pounding Lesnar into an early stoppage, and then the next thing he knew he was all too aware of his surroundings, and in all the wrong ways.
Submitted May 17, 2011 8:46PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Champion Ben Askren Knows He Is Eventually Headed to UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
When Ben Askren was at the University of Missouri, he always dreamed of competing in the Olympics. Take nothing away from his years spent as a Tiger competing with the best collegiate wrestlers there were, as well as Askren taking home two NCAA National Titles, he had goals that would take him beyond that. Askren reached for the gold when he joined the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in 2008, competing in Beijing. Now, Askren is reaching a similar dichotomy in his MMA career. Undefeated as a professional fighter, Askren sits at 8-0 with a fight pending this fall against former UFC and Strikeforce welterweight Jay Hieron.
Submitted May 17, 2011 8:42PM by sparky - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis Headlines UFC 133; Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes Likely Delayed
(mmaweekly.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship recently posted a UFC 133 event page on its website touting Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis as the main attraction. That immediately raised flags about a proposed featherweight title defense between current champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes. When there is a title fight on a UFC card, or if there are multiple title fights, a championship bout fills the headliner role.
Submitted May 17, 2011 8:39PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Bellator tourney win, lightweight Chandler now free to discuss his plan for Alvarez
(mmajunkie.com)
When Michael Chandler's hand was raised following the main event of this past Saturday's Bellator 44 event, the newly-crowned season-four lightweight tourney winner felt relieved. Finally, he could say what he'd been wanting to let the world know since his promotional debut in September 2010: Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (22-2 MMA, 6-0 BFC) is a wanted man. "I've been thinking about Eddie since I came to Bellator," Chandler (8-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC) today told MMAjunkie.com Radio
Submitted May 17, 2011 8:25PM by sparky - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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