White: 'No idea' if UFC 154's Hendricks-Kampmann winner up next for title
That upcoming No. 1 contender's bout may not be one after all.
Today, UFC President Dana White said he's not sure if UFC 154's co-headliner between Johny Hendricks (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Martin Kampmann (20-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) will earn the winner a welterweight title shot, as the organization previously announced.
That's because UFC 154's headliner, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, could temporarily leave the division for a blockbuster matchup.
With the uncertainty of those plans, White isn't sure if Hendricks-Kampmann is a true No. 1 contender's bout.
"I have no idea," he said. "I have no idea. We have to see how this thing plays out.
"Like I tell everybody, people are asking me, 'Is the Anderson Silva fight happening next?' Well, [St-Pierre] needs to beat Carlos Condit first. And like I said earlier, people are overlooking Carlos Condit, and that's a bad idea."
White said even with a win over St-Pierre, Condit wouldn't be on that same level. And that could be a good thing for Hendricks and Kampmann, who, barring an immediate rematch between Condit and St-Pierre, could be up next for a shot at Condit's belt.
"Carlos Condit ... will defend the title against who's next (if he beats St-Pierre)," White said.
Shannon Lee thrilled father Bruce Lee's legacy continues to be honored by MMA
At Saturday night's UFC on FUEL 6, which marks the fight promotion's debut in China, the company took the unprecedented step of featuring Lee's image on the fight poster, emphasizing his role as a forebear of current-day fighters with the quote, "Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts."
It was done with the permission of his estate, which is run by his daughter Shannon Lee through the Bruce Lee Foundation.
"I always make the distinction between Jeet Kune Do and MMA," Shannon Lee said on Wednesday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I don't see Jeet Kune Do as being the same thing as MMA, but I think when you start talking about my father's philosophical notion that in order to be a well-rounded fighter, you have to be able to defend an attack in any situation you find yourself, he was very much about needing to have a very precise and well-rounded arsenal when it came to real fighting. Of course, UFC is a sport, it's not street fighting but it's about as close as you can get in a controlled environment to a no-holds-barred fight, and I think my dad’s philosophies about needing to be a well-rounded fighter have been proven out in the sport."
Dana White: UFC 154 already has registered a $3.1 million live gate
UFC President Dana White has no doubts next week's UFC 154 event will be a hit at the box office.
He said the Nov. 17 event, which takes place at Montreal's Bell Centre, has already registered a live-gate total of $3.1 million gate.
Additionally, with week-of-event sales and a late push, he thinks the pay-per-view event could approach the organization's previous numbers in Montreal. Even if the organization may have overpriced the tickets.
"We're still a week and a half out," White said today during a UFC 154 media call. "I heard rumblings about this gate not doing well and Georges St-Pierre not selling out (the event). We're at $3.1 million right now.
"I wouldn't say the gate sucks. The biggest gate you can do there is $4 million, which is what we did last time with Georges St-Pierre."
Bellator signs Fabricio Guerreiro, expects Brazilian to be in next 145-pound tournament
Bellator Fighting Championships has added to the ranks of one of its most competitive divisions.
Fabricio Guerreiro (16-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has signed with the promotion and is expected to make his debut with Bellator in 2013. Sources close to the promotion told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the signing.
Though a debut fight is not set, sources said Guerreiro likely would be tapped as one of the eight competitors in Bellator's Season 8 featherweight tournament.
All told, 12 of Guerreiro's 16 career wins have come by submission, with two others by TKO. And half of his wins have come in the first round.
After defeat in Rio, Erick Silva returns to the Octagon at UFC 156 in February
After defeat in Rio, Erick Silva returns to the Octagon at UFC 156 in February
Erick Silva is another Brazilian on the card of UFC 156, which will be held in Las Vegas on Feb. 2. As the magazine's website published the "tatami", the welterweight capixaba is confirmed at the event, but still has no opponent set. The other names that will represent the country are the featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, who will try to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar in the main event, and Rogerio Nogueira, who faces Rashad Evans.
After a fulminant start in Ultimate, Erick lost his last fight to American Jon Fitch at UFC Rio III, on October 13, by unanimous decision. The duel was awarded as the best of the night, and each took home the equivalent of $ 140 thousand.
TUF ‘The Smashes’ Episode 8 Recap: The Worst Thing That Could Ever Happen Has Happened
TUF The Smashes Episode 8 opened with both teams coming together for the announcement of the final preliminary fight, which is between lightweights Grant Blackler (AUS) vs. Mike Wilkinson (UK).
With one of the UK welterweights getting a second chance after Manny Rodriguez’s injury, training was ramped up for the eliminated welterweights in case they got the call.
One of the UK training staff decided to walk in on an Australian training session and coach George Sotiropoulos wasn’t impressed, ordering the UK coach to leave. UK head coach Ross Pearson also came in as they looked for their training book and Sotiropoulos went toe-to-toe with his next opponent.
“I’m not scared of George,” Pearson said. “If he spoke to me like that on the street, I would have knocked him out.”
The teams came together once again, but there was yet another twist. Sotiropoulos revealed that Australia’s new teammate, James Vainikolo, would in fact fight eliminated Australian welterweight Xavier Lucas for a spot in the semifinals.
Both teams once again came together for a Skype meeting with UFC president Dana White...
T.J. Grant vs. Matt Wiman set for UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago
A lightweight bout between rising contenders T.J. Grant (19-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Matt Wiman (15-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) is the latest addition to January's quickly filling UFC on FOX 6 card.
Officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FOX 6, the UFC's first network-televised event of 2013, takes place Jan. 26 at United Center in Chicago.
Rich Franklin feels like he's 'last of the Mohicans' in UFC, wants another shot at Anderson Silva
In a sport that had grown so much in really only a few years, Rich Franklin will add yet another first to his career when he headlines the first UFC show in China on Saturday.
Franklin (29-6), headlined the first live television event in the United States, and also headlined the company's first shows in places like Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Western Canada. He faces the sport's most unorthodox stand-up specialist, Cung Le (8-2), in the main event at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in Macau.
'UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit' pulls above average numbers for debut
'UFC Primetime', the first of a three-part series counting down the training of Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit before their Nov. 17 fight at UFC 154 in Montreal, did 629,000 viewers on FX.
The show aired directly after the highest-rated Ultimate Fighter episode of the season.
The number is above the average for the series, which since moving to FX, has averaged between 540,000 and 560,000 viewers for shows building up Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, Nick Diaz vs. Condit and Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez.
Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira Set For UFC On Fox 6 In January
A date has finally been set for the last fight on Quinton Jackson's UFC contract. The former Light Heavyweight champion was originally scheduled to face Glover Teixeira in the co-main event of UFC 153. However, Rampage was forced from the contest after suffering an elbow injury only 3 weeks before the event. Glover went on to put a vicious beating on Fabio Maldonado. Following Teixeira's win, both he and Rampage asked to have their original match rescheduled.
Tonight, Jackson tweeted that they now have a date set for the fight on his Twitter:
@Rampage4real Outside the cage I hate no one. Life is too short for that. In side the cage my Job is to destroy! Glover is done on Jan 26 n Chicago..
Anderson Silva to attend UFC 154 ... does a Georges St-Pierre superfight loom?
A party with a vested interest in the outcome of UFC 154's main event is heading to Montreal a week from Saturday night.
Sitting front row Octagonside at the Bell Centre will be UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
And depending on how the bout between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit pans out, there's a chance that before the evening is over, the wheels could be fully set in motion for a superfight which has long been speculated.
Silva's manager, Jorge Guimaraes, hinted to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on the Tuesday night edition of Fuel TV's UFC tonight that a challenge is forthcoming if St-Pierre defeats Condit.
Johnson vs. Dodson to headline UFC on FOX 6
Yet another title fight is heading to FOX.
Newly crowned UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) will make the first defense of his belt against TUF 14 winner John Dodson (14-5) in the main event of UFC on FOX 6, according to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani.
In addition, a long-awaited contenders match-up pitting Donald Cerrone (19-4, 1 NC) against former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (15-2) is being targeted for the FOX-televised main card.
UFC VETERAN DREW MCFEDRIES RECOVERING AFTER WEEKEND STABBING AT IOWA NIGHTCLUB
Former UFC middleweight Drew McFedries was stabbed Saturday night while working security at a nightclub in Davenport, Iowa.
Sherdog.com confirmed McFedries’ injury Tuesday with the fighter’s manager, Monte Cox, who relayed that McFedries was stabbed on the left side of his back, with the blade hitting his scapula. McFedries, who has worked at the club for about six months, managed to control the man until police arrived, according Cox, who revealed that the fighter was released after a few hours in the hospital.
Bellator 81 Card Set With Clementi-Held, Tirloni-Jansen Lightweight Tourney Semifinals
The full fight card is set for next week's Bellator 81 event.
Rich Clementi (45-21-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) meets Marcin Held (11-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) in the main event, and Ricardo Tirloni (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Dave Jansen (18-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) in the co-feature, with the winners advancing to fight each other in the Season 7 light weight tournament finals.
Also on the main card, two-time featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro (22-4 MMA, 5-2 BFC) meets UFC and Strikeforce veteran Dustin Neace (23-18 MMA, 0-0 UFC). And in a middleweight fight, Jonas Billstein (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) meets Perry Filkins (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
Bellator 81 takes place Nov. 16 at Ryan Center at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. The MTV2-televised main card follows prelims on Spike.com.
The full Bellator 81 card includes:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
•Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held
•Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni
•Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro
•Jonas Billstein vs. Perry Filkins
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
•Robbie LeRoux vs. Ruben Rey
•Paul Barrow vs. Matt Bessette
•Valter Roberto vs. Brennan Ward
•Dan McGuane vs. Mike Mucitelli
•Dan Cramer vs. Joe Lamoureux
•Andrew Calandrelli vs. Joe McGann
Josh Barnett Expects to Fight on January Strikeforce Card
The current plan is for Strikeforce to put on a “mega show” in January 2013 to help make up for the last two cards that had to be cancelled due to numerous injuries that ravaged the top fighters expected to compete.
One fighter who is among those stuck in limbo is heavyweight Josh Barnett, who has a single fight left under the Strikeforce banner until he’s free to pursue other interests. Strikeforce did away with the heavyweight division in 2012 with the exception of Barnett and Daniel Cormier who were the finalists in the first ever Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
While nothing has been signed, Barnett believes that he will be a part of the huge show planned for January with Strikeforce, allowing him to fulfill the final fight on his deal.
“I do know that I’m looking forward to fighting sometime in January for Strikeforce, and giving all the fans that have been following me on Showtime and Strikeforce exactly what they expect,” Barnett told Inside MMA on Monday.
UFC suspends Bonnar one year; Herman ordered to undergo treatment, suspension awaits
The UFC today suspended one fighter and targeted sanctions for another following positive post-fight drug tests at UFC 153.
Stephan Bonnar tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone and was suspended for one year. Dave Herman came back positive for marijuana and was earmarked for a suspension and drug treatment program.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com, adding that the promotion expects to introduce a new drug testing policy by the end of the year.