Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki Rematch Booked For February, Sort Of
There have been rumors for months about Bellator staging a rematch between their lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and the Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki. Today, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed the rumors and said the bout was signed for February - on one condition (via MMA Weekly):
The only hurdle left to go before the fight happens is Alvarez defending his Bellator lightweight title against tournament winner Mike Chandler in just over a week. That by no means is a gimmee. Rebney understands that and so does Alvarez.
"To be completely honest, Ed has got his hands full against Mike Chandler. Mike Chandler is an absolute freak of nature in terms of his wrestling. His stand-up has really come around. Chandler’s a beast," said Rebney.
Johnny Eduardo scratched from UFC 139, replacement search underway
Brazilian bantamweight Johnny Eduardo (25-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered a shoulder injury and has been forced out of this month's UFC 139 fight with Michael McDonald (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
UFC officials today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a replacement search is underway. Tatame first reported the scratch.
UFC 139 takes place Nov. 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
While the main card airs on pay-per-view, Eduardo vs. McDonald was slated for the portion of the preliminary card expected to stream on Facebook.
Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida slated for BAMMA 9 in February
Nate Marquardt's BAMMA debut will wait for now.
Once targeted to meet Paul Daley (29-11-2) at the upcoming BAMMA 8 event, Marquardt (31-10-2), a onetime UFC middleweight title challenger, will now headline BAMMA 9 opposite UFC vet Yoshiyuki Yoshida (13-6).
Promotion officials today announced that BAMMA 9 is set for Feb. 11 at LG Arena in Birmingham, England, which is the site of this weekend's UFC 138 event.
"Although we had planned for Nate's first fight to be in December, we believe it is worth waiting a further eight weeks for such a great matchup," BAMMA CEO David Green stated.
Marquardt's debut marks his first outing since his release from the UFC, which came after he was not medically cleared by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission in advance of his UFC on Versus 4 headliner with Rick Story. It was later revealed that Marquardt's use of prescribed testosterone caused him to come in above the commission's acceptable levels of the hormone, which nixed his participation in the event. UFC president Dana White immediately released him from his contract.
Title fight in the U.K.? UFC exec says Bisping and Pickett are good candidates
U.K. fans long have complained of fight cards light on significance. To date, just three belts have been put on the line in nine events held in the country.
On the eve of No. 10, otherwise known as UFC 138, it's only natural to wonder: Will another title fight ever make it to the U.K.?
"You've got to figure out – it's all an opportunity cost in some sense," UFC managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Opportunity cost, in this case, means the potential loss of pay-per-view dollars. The UFC has cemented Saturday night as the destination for marquee events, and the promotion runs the risk of losing customers by shifting times.
Cesar Gracie Makes Formal Offer To Unite Team Penn & Team Gracie Into One Fight Team/Alliance
“I was reminded by something that happened many, many years ago. I think BJ was probably about 17 at the time, we were at a tournament and I was giving one of my guy’s instructions. At the time there was an alliance, it was my school and Ralphs school and we where one team and BJ was on that team.
I was giving one of my guys instructions and I looked over to my left a little bit and I saw BJ’s eyes focused on every word I was saying and he kind of smiled and said, ‘You always have the best advice, that’s why I always listen to you.’
And it just reminded me, years and years have passed since then, but BJ, take my advice now, it’s time to make something new happen. “
These are the sentiments of famed coach and leader of the Gracie Fight Team, Cesar Gracie, as he tells it exclusively to BJPENN.COM this afternoon...
UFC 138 official weigh-in results: Munoz and Leben on weight; Alves heavy on first try, makes it on the second
The official UFC 138 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Chris Leben (186) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
Renan Barao (136) vs. Brad Pickett (134)
Papy Abedi (170) vs. Thiago Alves (171)*
Cyrille Diabate (206) vs. Anthony Perosh (205)
Terry Etim (156) vs. Edward Faaloloto (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Justin Edwards (170) vs. John Maguire (170)
Rob Broughton (258) vs. Philip De Fries (243)
Michihiro Omigawa (145) vs. Jason Young (145)
Chris Cope (170) vs. Che Mills (169)
Chris Cariaso (135) vs. Vaughan Lee (135)
*Alves makes weight on 2nd attempt
Fedor's manager worried about next fight
Notably quiet and reserved, it’s rare that Emelianenko really elaborates about his fights, whether he wins or loses.
“Fedor’s mentioned to me after his last three fights that he could have won, but that he felt something went wrong at a certain moment in the fight,” said Finkelstein, “but he felt like he could’ve totally won the fights.”
Another subject Emelianenko won’t broach is his family life. I’ve asked him about it in the past and he’s always politely declined my questions. Emelianenko’s also the type of fighter who doesn’t make excuses for his losses, but Finkelstein filled me in on the drama that followed the Russian fighter to America last July
“Prior to his last fight (against Henderson), Fedor’s wife was giving birth right as he was flying over,” said Finkelstein. “He actually found out about the birth of his (third) daughter as he made a connecting flight in Germany on his way to Chicago. There were some medical complications with the birth and he was extremely worried. It was a difficult time and there was a lot of psychological pressure, so maybe he wasn’t all there in his mind.”
FOX Announces Loaded TV Lineup for UFC Debut
FOX has announced its full lineup of programming that will air before and after next Saturday's historic UFC telecast, and it's without a doubt the most impressive TV lineup served up to fans surrounding any UFC event.
In addition to the one-hour telecast on FOX, which will feature Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title, UFC programming will air on FUEL TV and FOX Deportes.
Below is an easy to read schedule of everything you can expect to see:
Friday, Nov. 11:
7:00 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT -- Weigh-ins live on FUEL TV
7:00 P.M. ET -- Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, episode 3 on FOX Deportes
Brad Pickett: I'm Not Worried About Renan Barao's Stand-Up
Say this for UFC bantamweight Brad Pickett: the guy's not kidding himself.
When asked by Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour if he thought his fight with Renan Barao would be so high up on the UFC 138 main card if the event wasn't in Pickett's home country, the British fighter initially replied, "Maybe, maybe not." Then came a more sober analysis.
"Probably not," he said. While he'd like to believe that he's main card material, he added, it sure doesn't hurt to have the Octagon in your own backyard for one night.
With Zoila Gurgel hurt, Carina Damm scratched from Bellator 57
Carina Damm (17-8 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will not compete at next week's Bellator 57 event.
The Brazilian contender was expected to face Bellator Fighting Championships female champion Zoila Gurgel (11-1 MMA, 5-0 BFC) in a non-title affair, but with Gurgel forced to withdraw in favor of surgery, Damm has been pulled as well.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the fighter that Damm will likely be re-booked for an as-yet-undetermined December event.
Bellator 57 takes place Nov. 12 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Gurgel vs. Damm was expected to air on the evening's MTV2-televised main card.
In addition to title fight, FOX Deportes to air Henderson-Guida and Poirier-Garza
Although the primary FOX network will air just one fight during next week's UFC on FOX 1 event, its sister channel, FOX Deportes, will air three.
In addition to the heavyweight headliner of champ Cain Velasquez (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) vs. Junior Dos Santos (13-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC), FOX Deportes also will air lightweights Clay Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Ben Henderson (14-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and featherweights Dustin Poirer (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Pablo Garza (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
UFC on FOX 1 takes place Nov. 12 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The event is a teaser of the landmark UFC-FOX deal that officially kicks off in 2012. As part of FOX's one-hour special, only Velasquez vs. Dos Santos will air live. (The entire undercard streams on FOX.com and Facebook.) FOX Deportes, though, starts two hours earlier and will air the three fights.
Jake Ellenberger: 'I Would Like to Fight Nick Diaz'
Jake Ellenberger is coming off the biggest win of his career over Jake Shields, and Nick Diaz is coming off the biggest win of his career over B.J. Penn. While Diaz is locked into a February title shot with Georges St. Pierre, Ellenberger has expressed some interest in fighting Diaz down the line. In fact, he wasn't very complimentary towards Diaz at all when talking to ESPN UK. He thinks GSP is going to walk through the pride of Stockton:
"He likes to run his mouth, I don't get him. He just likes to talk and he is what he is," Ellenberger told ESPN.
"He's gonna get his coming against GSP. GSP's motivated, I don't see what Nick's going to bring to the table. Jake Shields was a more difficult fight for GSP.
"GSP's a lot faster than Diaz, Diaz has no power, he's not going to knock him out. He should have finished BJ and he couldn't even do that."
Judge Orders Sanctions Against Fertittas In Xyience Case
A federal bankruptcy judge has ordered sanctions against Fertitta Enterprises for failing to turn over e-mails from its chief financial officer suggesting the firm might have had a hand in the bankruptcy of sport-drink maker Xyience. The Fertittas, Las Vegas gambling tycoons who also own the Ultimate Fighting Championship franchise, are accused by the trustee of bankrupt Xyience of lending the firm $12 million at a time of crisis and then using the loan to strip the company’s assets from its shareholders.
Xyience is a major sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship, which the Fertittas bought in 2001 for $2 million and quickly turned into a cash machine. The energy-drink company was founded by a twice-convicted felon and sales genius named Russell Pike, who raised millions of dollars from Midwest labor unions and other investors who later accused him of fraud. The Fertitta brothers also control Station Casinos, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.
In an Oct. 28 order, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Lloyd King held that William Bullard, the chief financial officer of Fertitta Enterprises and a manager of Xyience, failed to comply with discovery requests for documents related to the company’s bankruptcy. Bullard said e-mails had been destroyed, yet he was obligated to keep them since he knew the loan deal might spawn litigation and trigger rules requiring the retention of all relevant documents. (At a November 2007 Xyience board meeting, before the loan was made, he refused to serve as a director because of threatened shareholder litigation.)
E-mails were later found on computers at a Las Vegas beer company where Bullard also works. They detailed how Fertitta proceeded with the loan even though there was a potential $150 million buyout offer from Canada’s Cott Corp. Judge King said Fertitta’s “wilful, bad-faith discovery behavior justifies the imposition of monetary sanctions” to be determined at a December hearing...
Referee John McCarthy '99 percent' likely to ref UFC on FOX 1 main event
You can't always get what you want.
The California State Athletic Commission has earmarked "Big" John McCarthy as the referee for the main event of UFC on FOX 1, which features a heavyweight title fight between champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior Dos Santos.
It's the UFC's first event on major network television.
"The UFC has been informed that there is a 99 percent chance that John McCarthy will be in the cage for the main event," CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC on FOX 1 takes place Nov. 12 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The night's main event airs live on FOX as the showpiece of a one-hour broadcast.
Fabio Maldonado wants to 'hurt and smash American fighters'
"I talk to my manager like three times a week. You know I rather spank an American striker. Maybe Quinton Jackson. Despite coming from a loss, he fought the champion. If I could, I’d fight him or Dan Henderson. I can knock them out, I’m sure of it. If I could pick someone... But I can’t. If you wanna be a UFC champ, you can’t pick your opponents. You gotta fight whoever crosses your way. I’ll work so I win. I want to hurt, smash the Americans. In two weeks I believe Alex (Davis) tells me my next opponent ... Maybe I can fight Rich Frankin, who knows? That guy (Stanislav Nedkov) who defeated (Luis) Cane. I can fight anyone. I fight with five, six weeks in advance. I’m ready. If I fight in Brazil, it’s even better."
U mad? Brazilian light heavyweight boxer-turned-cagefighter Fabio Maldonado tells Tatame.com that he wants to kick some American ass in his next fight for the UFC. He also claims he's got the hands to knockout Dan Henderson and Quinton Jackson, two of the best 205-pounders in the game today. Anyone think he's trying the Chael Sonnen method of matchmaking? Or is he just bitter from his June 4 loss to Kyle Kingsbury, who trains at (wait for it ...) AMERICAN Kickboxing Academy?
'M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson' comes with $30 PPV pricetag, 7:30 a.m. ET start time
If you want to see Fedor Emelianenko's next fight, be prepared to set your alarm clocks.
The former PRIDE great and recent Strikeforce fighter meets onetime UFC title challenger Jeff Monson on Sunday, Nov. 20, at "M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson," which takes place at Olympic Arena in Moscow.
The pay-per-view event comes with a $29.95 pricetag, and the broadcast begins at 7:30 a.m. ET (4:30 a.m. PT). Same-day replays are available.
The PPV can be purchased through iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN...
Mark Munoz, Donkey Kong and Super Friends out to silence critics at UFC 138
To hear many MMA fans and pundits tell it, the UFC might as well scratch Saturday's UFC 138 altogether.
Despite boasting a 10-bout card that airs free around the globe, UFC 138 has come under fire from critics who are underwhelmed at the evening's lineup. Headliner Mark Munoz (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who meets slugger Chris Leben (22-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC), couldn't care less.
"They can say what they want," Munoz said at Wednesday's media workout session in Birmingham, England. "When they watch the fight, they're going to be like, 'Oh, I was wrong.' I love proving people wrong.
"It's going to be a great main event. People love to watch fireworks."
UFC 138's Jason Young 'no small fish,' ready to score upsets in UFC's deep end
If anyone in the UFC's featherweight division has a right to be mad at the company's matchmaking duo of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby, it might just be Jason "Shotgun" Young (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Young made his UFC debut this past June against once-beaten contender Dustin Poirier and now fights at Saturday's UFC 138 event against gritty Japanese vet Michihiro Omigawa (12-10-1 MMA, 0-4 UFC). No matter, says Young.
"They're not easy fights for me," Young told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I haven't been built up in any way. But I'm no small fish. I'm trapped in the deep end, but I'm no small fish."
Poirier and Omigawa compete on the live Facebook-streamed preliminary card of Saturday's event, which takes place at LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The main card airs via same-delay in the U.S. on Spike TV (and live in other countries).
Dana White: UFC on FOX 1 inspired by boxing's once-glorious past
Longtime boxing fan Dana White always envisioned an event like UFC on FOX 1.
The UFC's heavily anticipated and historic network-television debut is reminiscent of the UFC president's earliest boxing memories, when major fights were must-see events.
"This is a throwback to the old days of boxing," he today said.
UFC on FOX 1 takes place next Saturday, Nov. 12, at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main event (and only televised fight) features UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) vs. Junior Dos Santos (13-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC)..
The event is a precursor to the big-bucks UFC-FOX deal, which doesn't kick off officially until 2012. So next week's event is a sort of a teaser event of what's to come. That's why only the title fight makes it to air (and why the entire undercard streams on FOX.com and Facebook).
Top prospect Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra meets UFC vet Doug Evans at Bellator 57
A lightweight bout between top prospect Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra (11-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) and UFC vet Doug Evans (13-9 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has been added to next week's Bellator 57 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the booking with event sources.
Bellator 57 takes place Nov. 12 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Bellator 57's main card, which takes place the same day as UFC on FOX 1, begins at a special time of 7 p.m. ET/PT on MTV2. The prelims stream live on Spike.com.
Bezerra vs. Evans likely will be a featured preliminary-card bout.