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Alessio Sakara scratched from UFC 122 - Ludwig/Oscipzak Promoted to Main Card
And then there were 10. As in only ten bouts remain on the “UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami” roster. Although the event is officially underway inside the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, Alessio Sakara was abruptly scratched from tonight’s co-main event against Jorge Rivera. According to FightersOnly, Sakara came down with “flu-like symptoms” early this morning. An Octagon source told FO the Italian, “Woke up sick, with nausea and flu-like symptoms. He saw a doctor and he was really ill. He came to the arena anyway and was going to fight, but his symptoms came back in a big way and he is too sick to fight.” There are also reports the striker was vomiting backstage, which prompted the world’s premier mixed martial arts show to scrap the co-featured contest.
Submitted Nov 13, 2010 2:47PM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana: UFC Will Soon Add Flyweights
Every major weight class soon will be under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner. Following January's upcoming absorption of World Extreme Cagefighting and its 145-pound featherweights and 135-pound bantamweights, the UFC then will add 125-pound flyweights. That's according to UFC president Dana White, who said the new weight class could soon debut. "I believe we'll add it a lot sooner than people think we will," White said during today's Q&A session at at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. His comments come a day after two potential stars of the division – WEC 52 fighters Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson – picked up wins as bantamweights in Las Vegas.
Submitted Nov 12, 2010 11:16PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC 52 Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has posted the official WEC 52 results on it's website, which also reveal the medical suspensions coming out of last night's event. Of note: If Urijah Faber does not have his left shoulder cleared by a doctor, his UFC debut will not come until at least mid-May. Also, Takeya Mizugaki only got 45 days despite being choked legit unconscious by Faber in the main event.
Submitted Nov 12, 2010 4:35PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC
Dana: We Probably Will See Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir Next
Again, like it or not, while also denying another rumored fight. "He never asked for Roy Nelson, that's not true. The last thing I did hear was that he wants to fight Frank Mir again. That fight kind of makes sense so ... we will probably see Lesnar fight Mir next, I think that the rubber match makes sense."
Submitted Nov 12, 2010 2:13PM by DCRage - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC 52 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 52 event. The total disclosed payouts were $284,500 with the biggest share-$56,000-going to Urijah Faber.
Submitted Nov 12, 2010 1:51PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC
Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz in the works for 2011
With two wins in three fights in the UFC, Rogério “Minotouro” Nogueira revealed he wanted to return to the as soon as possible, but it looks like he’ll have to wait until 2011. According to souces close to his camp, Nogueira will face the former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, who lost four of his last five fights, in 2011. TATAME.com called Rogerio, who didn’t confirmed the news, but revealed he also head Ortiz’s name. “I’ve heard some rumors of this fight, but there’s nothing signed. In my last fight they said about (Quinton) Rampage and they changed to Ryan Bader”, Nogueira said. Stay tuned for more news about the UFC.
Submitted Nov 11, 2010 10:48PM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Wanderlei Silva Has A Message For Vitor Belfort...
You want a rival, you got one! "You know, I was missing something. But then I found out I needed a rival. I never trained as hard as the time I fought (Ricardo) Arona. But now, I want (Vitor) Belfort, and I'm already trained for you. I'm gonna get you, you'll see!" This stems from an ongoing feud that started when Wanderlei predicted Anderson Silva would "destroy" Belfort at UFC 126, and Silva's reaction is to these comments from Belfort: "I didn’t waste my time watching [Wanderlei's video blog]. It’s just a spectator’s opinion. Spectators can say whatever they want. He just wanted to get some attention for himself. I don’t take it seriously. I will use my best characteristic - that is trading hits, boxing. It’s going to be a great test to strike with him. This is my job, right? I’m training Muay Thai a lot with a world champion and my karate coach is coming next month. I’ll be ready when I get there, you can be sure."
Submitted Nov 11, 2010 1:22PM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 122 Tickets Selling Well, But Not Sellout
A representative from the UFC's German partner said UFC 122 has sold very well, though this weekend's show hasn't sold out. Marek Lieberberg, a concert promoter who also promotes the UFC within the country, today said that between 8,000 and 9,000 tickets have been sold for the show. UFC 122 takes place Saturday at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The event's seating configuration allows for 11,000 people, according to Lieberberg. Ticket sales have remained strong despite an advertisement campaign based entirely on the Web, he said.
Submitted Nov 11, 2010 1:10PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 1/22 Event Now (Finally) Official
UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2 is official for January 22nd, and will take place at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The event will raise funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and will air on Spike TV. UFC Fight Night 16 served as the first UFC Fight for the Troops, and raised more than $4 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides assistance to our nation's military heroes who have been critically injured in the performance of their duty. Dana White had the following to say about the event…"It's always a great honor for us to entertain the men and women of the military by bringing them some great fights while raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. It's the least we can do for the people who are defending this country and making so many sacrifices for our freedom, and this is a cause the UFC will always support." The 5 TV fights have been confirmed, with Evan Dunham-Kenny Florian the main event. 5 prelims are currently rumored but not officially announced yet.
Submitted Nov 11, 2010 10:26AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Darren Elkins Off UFC 123
A late change has been made today to next week's UFC 123 event-Darren Elkins is now off due to injury. He was to have faced the debuting Edson Barboza. Mike Lullo, another UFC newcomer with an 8-2 career record, is the replacement. Lullo lost his first 2 career fights but has won 8 in a row since including 6 in a row by submission-the most recent being in June when he gogoplata'd Jeremy Castro in the first round.
Submitted Nov 11, 2010 9:30AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC 52 Weigh-In Results
MAIN CARD •Urijah Faber (136) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136) •Chad Mendes (145.5) vs. Javier Vazquez (146) •Erik Koch (146) vs. Francisco Rivera (146) •Joseph Benavidez (136) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (136) •Demetrious Johnson (135) vs. Damacio Page (136) PRELIMINARY CARD •Raphael Assuncao (146) vs. L.C. Davis (146) •Edward Faaloloto (154) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156) •Zack Micklewright (158)* vs. Dustin Poirier (155) •Clint Godfrey (136) vs. Michael McDonald (135) •Mackens Semerzier (145) vs. Cub Swanson (145) •Yves Jabouin (145) vs. Brandon Visher (145) * - Micklewright has been given one hour to make the 156-pound limit
Submitted Nov 10, 2010 8:02PM by Twenty20Dollars - 17 comments
Filed under: WEC
Marcus Davis To Make Lightweight Debut At UFC 125
After announcing recently he planned to drop from Welterweight to Lightweight, Marcus Davis will make his 155 debut at UFC 125 on January 1. His opponent will likely be a fighter who openly campaigned for a fight with him after his announcement-Jeremy Stephens. The fight is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
Submitted Nov 10, 2010 12:44PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator Exec Blasts Reports Of Impending Demise, Says New TV Deal Official Soon
To say that Bjorn Rebney disagrees with a recent report describing the impending demise of his fight promotion would be a slight understatement. In fact, the Bellator Fighting Championships founder and CEO says the report is lacking one vastly important factor: the truth. A weekend report on MiddleEasy.com outlined a series of issues Rebney and Bellator were said to be currently facing. Among the concerns were the lack of a television deal, angered investors looking to "pull the plug" on the promotion and a desperate need to arrange a long-discussed bout between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and his Strikeforce counterpart Gilbert Melendez as a last-ditch effort to save the company. Wrong on all accounts, says Rebney. "Either it's someone just starting rumors for the sake of starting rumors, or it's just the most ridiculous type of amateurish nonsense," Rebney said of the report. "I don't even like to call it journalism because it has no connection to reality. That blog, whoever that is that wrote that, is just so filled with nonsense. It's completely, unequivocally untrue on every front they wrote. It's literally as if someone stepped out and just said, 'I'm going to create whichever fantasy I choose to create, and I'm going to write it.' There wasn't even the slightest hint of accuracy or truth in anything that showed up on that blog. It's the downside and the negativity of the Internet. Any idiot can write any ridiculous, completely unfounded nonsense thing, and it can gain traction." It all apaprently stems from what Rebney says is a false report of a failed TV deal between Bellator and the cable network G4, but Rebney says a new TV deal will be announced soon, among other things.
Submitted Nov 10, 2010 10:39AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
DREAM, Sengoku To Run Separate Year-End Events This Year
DREAM and World Victory Road's Sengoku promotion again will offer year-end fights. They just won't team up for one single event. Officials from both Japanese promotions recently revealed tentative plans for the shows with "World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight" on Dec. 30 and "DREAM Dynamite!! 2010" taking place Dec. 31. DREAM's takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The show likely will air live on HDNet. Meanwhile, WVR's show takes place at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. It's likely to air on HDNet, possibly on delay. No fights have been announced, but in addition to MMA fights, officials have hinted at possible kickboxing and grappling matches on the all-day card. DREAM hasn't announced anything for their event yet, but Melvin Manhoef participation is expected according to the It's Showtime promotion.
Submitted Nov 9, 2010 1:38PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: Dream, World Victory Road / Sengoku
Josh Thomson: If WEC Lightweights Were That Good, They Already Would Have Been Fighting For UFC
Or in his words, MMAth + Hermes Franca +/- Strikeforce = Huh? "They made it sound so great that a company went under. The simple fact of the matter was that the WEC failed and they put it with the UFC to carry it. To compare WEC lightweights to Strikeforce and the UFC is not fair because if they were that good, they would have been fighting for the UFC. I think the world of (Jamie) Varner, but I beat Hermes (Franca) and Hermes beat Varner. Varner was the WEC champ for awhile. So, where does that leave us?"
Submitted Nov 9, 2010 9:58AM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Daniel Roberts Set To Take On Greg Soto At UFC 125
That's the word according to Roberts via Twitter-he'll face Soto in a battle of rising prospects at UFC 125 on January 1. Roberts has won 2 in a row since being KO'd by John Howard in his UFC debut, while Soto beat Nick Osipczak at UFC 118 after being DQ'd in his UFC debut against Matt Riddle for an illegal upkick. .
Submitted Nov 9, 2010 8:28AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Scott Carson Says He's "Ripped" Just Like Herschel Walker And Will Prove The "Keyboard Warriors" Wrong
And he's ready to tell his critics to STFU after December 4. "I’ll tell you one thing. I’m a lot better fighter than the one I’ve been reading about on the Internet. This is a huge deal for me, a tremendous opportunity, but you’d think I was nothing going off what has been written by some of these keyboard warriors, who I doubt have ever stepped in a cage. It’s a lot easier to sit in front of a computer and talk (stuff) than it is to actually fight. I am trying to take it all in stride, but I have no idea why some people are talking so negatively without ever having seen me. They don’t know me. I’m pretty well-rounded with good standup and wrestling. They say I’m old at 40 but I don’t feel 40 and I certainly don’t look 40. I think I look 30 and I’m in great shape. I’m ripped, just like Herschel. I’m going to be more ready for Dec. 4 than I have for any other fight. I plan to shut up all the critics, each and every one of them. Let them write something factual after they’ve seen me on Dec. 4."
Submitted Nov 9, 2010 8:26AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Strikeforce Is "Definitely Going To Keep An Eye" On Paul Daley
And CEO Scott Coker makes it clear that their new acquisition is going to have to play by the rules considering his past misdoings. "It's an emotional time, these guys get heated up. Paul's a good kid. He's not a bad guy doing malicious things throughout his whole career. We just take it on a case by case basis, but I think he learned his lesson. It's up to him to control himself, and we're going to give him the opportunity. That said, we're definitely going to keep our eye on him and make sure he abides by the rules and the regulations with the commissions that we're promoting in and along with the Strikeforce rules."
Submitted Nov 9, 2010 8:23AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Belcher wants Okami to win, so he can get a rematch?
Alan Belcher is hoping that Yushin Okami gets the win over Nate Marquardt in their middleweight contender clash on Saturday night at UFC 122 in Germany.
Submitted Nov 9, 2010 1:53AM by jae_1833 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
What's The Bottom Line On Brock Lesnar? He's Coming Back Stronger Than Ever 'Cause Stone Cold Says So
And not just because Austin 3:16 says Cain Velasquez whooped his @$$. But fellow former wrestler Steve Austin does believe Brock will be back and better because of the loss. "It was... man, Brock, I know him from my WWE days. Of course I was cheering for Brock. I think Cain had a great game plan and Cain’s a great fighter. You know, he took it to Brock. But I think the kind of gifted athlete that Brock is and the kind of mindset that he has, I think he’s going to go back home, I think he’s going to work on his striking game, I think he’s going to get used to being hit, and I think he’s going to come back and be stronger than ever. Now he’s got some proving to do. I’ll always bet on Brock Lesnar, he’s a great Pay Per View attraction, and he’s good for the sport. He’ll be back, and he’ll be a lot better of a fighter from this loss."
Submitted Nov 8, 2010 6:10PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
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