Nottingham Brings UFC Back to the UK; Ogle vs. Corassani; Pickett vs. Jabouin
UFC officials on Monday announced the promotions return to the U.K., its first in Nottingham, England.
UFC: Nottingham will take place on Sept. 29 at the Capital FM Arena and features two popular British fighters at the top end.
The Ultimate Fighter Live’s Andy Ogle will square off with fellow TUF alum Akira Corassani, while Brad Pickett faces Canadian Yves Jabouin.
2x NCAA hwt. champ, 2008 Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco to enter MMA
Steve Mocco, 2008 Olympian and a two-time NCAA heavyweight wrestling champ for University of Iowa and Oklahoma State, is now entering mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, Yahoo! Cagewriter Maggie Hendricks reported Thursday.
According to Hendricks, Mocco decided to get into MMA after helping Antonio Silva train for his UFC 146 match with former Arizona State All-American wrestler Cain Velasquez Memorial Day weekend. (Velasquez scored a first-round TKO.)
"This decision was a whirlwind," the former Hawkeye/Cowboy heavyweight told Sammy Perez of Joe Show Radio. "I was down there training and all the guys were great. Once they discovered I was interested in fighting, everything fell into place."
White sheds light on 'worst meeting ever' with Lesnar
Dana White has revealed Brock Lesnar is highly unlikely to return to the UFC after the "worst meeting" the two parties have ever held.
Lesnar was seen in the front row at UFC 146, where heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos beat Frank Mir. His appearance sparked rumours, fuelled by White himself, that Lesnar would return from the WWE.
White explained the situation on Friday, revealing an initial text from Lesnar that said: "I want to come to the fight, but keep it quiet because I don't want to tell anybody. What are you doing tonight? ... I want to talk face to face."
That meeting happened, but White confessed on Friday that the pair have not spoken since, such was the clash between the expectations on both sides.
Invicta Fighting and JEWELS Form Strategic Partnership for Women’s MMA
Invicta Fighting Championships and Japan-based JEWELS this week announced that the two women’s mixed martial arts promotions have formed a strategic partnership to cross-promote the world’s top female fighters on their respective fight cards in the United States and Japan.
As part of the new alliance, JEWELS champion Akaya Hamasaki (7-0) of Yamaguchi, Japan, will head to Kansas City, Kan., to square off with fellow undefeated star Jasminka “Impressive” Cive (5-0) of Graz, Styria, Austria, in a flyweight (115 pounds) match-up at Invicta FC 2: McMann vs. Baszler at Memorial Hall on July 28.
Urijah Faber Says Dominck Cruz Injury ‘Sucks’; Now in for a More Dangerous Fight
Urijah Faber, after months of preparing for a rubber match with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, is instead making final preparations for a fight with fellow contender Renan Barão.
Cruz had to pull out of the fight when he injured his ACL during training while he and Faber were coaching opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter Live.
It’s well know that there is no love lost between Faber and Cruz, but that doesn’t mean that the California Kid was happy about the change in plans.
UFC Pres Dana White Puts NSAC On Blast After Controversial Pacquiao vs. Bradley Decision
Even the MMA world is up in arms about the decision handed down after Saturday night’s professional boxing bout between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.
The world championship bout went all 12 rounds with nearly everyone, except the official Nevada Athletic Commission appointed judges that is, scoring the fight overwhelmingly in Pacquiao’s favor… as in most people thought Pacquiao had won eight to 10 rounds.
What does boxing have to do with MMA you say?
Dana White Talks Recent Injuries – Fighters Need to Tone It Down and Stop Hurting Each Other
Brian Stann, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Vitor Belfort, Dominick Cruz, Michael Bisping and now Jose Aldo.
That’s just a partial list of the names that have recently fallen off of UFC fight cards due to injuries, and it seems like it keeps growing by the day.
While injuries are nothing new to the sport, lately the problem has caused more and more major fights to be scrapped and cards changed due to fighters not being able to stay healthy.
The most recent changes caused a brand new main event to be made for UFC on Fox 4 in August, but at this point UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva are just expecting the unexpected every time their phones ring.
UFC formally applies for 'UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson' at Mandalay Bay
As expected the UFC plans to host September's UFC 151 event at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
MMAjunkie.com first reported the plans this past month, and UFC officials have formally added the venue request to the agenda for Thursday's Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting.
The Sept. 1 event features a light-heavyweight blockbuster between champion Jon Jones and Dan Henderson.
UFC's Stann expects two-month recovery, open to Bisping or Belfort matchups
Brian Stann knows what to expect from his recent shoulder injury.
The grade II separation of his acromioclavicular (AC) joint is something he experienced – in both shoulders – during his high-school and collegiate football career.
So Stann, who recently pulled out of a UFC on FOX 4 headliner due to the right-shoulder injury – knows he can expect a six- to eight-week recovery.
"No surgery, luckily," Stann told FUEL TV during Friday's UFC on FX 3 pre-show. "Hopefully I can get this healed up as soon as possible and get my range of motion back.
"But for now, I can't even pick my arm up."
With division thin at 145 pounds, Chad Mendes wants second chance at Jose Aldo
Chad Mendes (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) knows things could have been different, and that's what bothers him the most when he thinks back to January 14.
Mendes, fighting for the UFC featherweight title in just his third octagon appearance and 12th professional fight, was handling the early storm from champ Jose Aldo, gaining confidence while fighting the Brazilian champ on his native soil.
But with one tick left in the opening round, things went terribly wrong. Now Mendes wants a chance to prove he's better than he showed at UFC 142.
UFC 149 Update: Aldo Injured, Barao vs. Faber Shifted From UFC 148
The injury bug has apparently struck the UFC yet again, this time it was UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Rather than find a new opponent for Koch, the UFC has instead shifted one of its two title bouts from UFC 148 to UFC 149's main event.
Urijah Faber will now face Renan Barao for the interim bantamweight bout two weeks later than planned in Calgary, Alberta.
Brock Lesnar to Become the King Mo of the UFC and WWE? Don’t Bank On It
Brock Lesnar to Become the King Mo of the UFC and WWE? Don’t Bank On It
Posted on June 9, 2012 by Ken Pishna
The mixed martial arts and professional wrestling worlds were up in arms after Brock Lesnar attended UFC 146 in Las Vegas over Memorial Weekend.
Well, it wasn’t just that Lesnar attended the event; it was more UFC president Dana White revealing that he was meeting with the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE performer after the show.
Everyone immediately jumped to the conclusion that the meeting was about Lesnar inquiring about a possible return to the UFC.
That very well could be, but Lesnar just signed a one-year, multi-million dollar contract with the WWE and is playing up an angle where he is unhappy with the contract and suing the professional wrestling giant… which very well could have led to White’s statement in his post-fight interview with Fuel TV on Saturday night.
Dana White denies reports of knee injury to UFC 148's Anderson Silva
There are no issues with Anderson Silva's knee, according UFC president Dana White.
"None whatsoever," White told MMAjunkie.com following UFC on FX 3. "That's completely false. Not true at all."
Multiple Brazilian media outlets recently reported the middleweight champ injured himself in training. Silva then took to Twitter to assure fans he was OK and would fight Chael Sonnen as planned.
Hector Lombard could get quick UFC title shot if impressive in debut
If Hector Lombard is as good as advertised when he makes his UFC debut later this summer, don't be surprised if he immediately hops in line for a middleweight title shot.
UFC president Dana White said as much Friday following the post-fight news conference for UFC on FX 3, which took place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the recently signed former Bellator middleweight champion, brings a 25-fight unbeaten streak to the UFC. And though his debut was supposed to come in August against Brian Stann, an injury to Stann and injury to Michael Bisping has Lombard rebooked to fight Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at UFC 149 next month.
An impressive showing by Lombard, a Judo Olympian from Cuba, could quickly move him into the top-contender spot for the UFC's 185-pound title, possibly to face the winner of champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen.
UFC boss wants Benavidez-Johnson flyweight title fight sooner rather than later
With the injury bug feasting on a small army of UFC headliners, UFC president Dana White doesn't want to waste any time finalizing an already-determined title fight.
With his win over Ian McCall at Friday's UFC on FX 3 event, Demetrious Johnson is now slated to fight fellow tournament finalist Joseph Benavidez for the inaugural UFC flyweight title.
Expect that title fight to be booked sooner rather than later.
Strikeforce releases welterweight Paul Daley
Strikeforce has released former welterweight title challenger Paul Daley.
Wad Alameddine of Fight Management today confirmed the news via press release.
According to a statement, Daley, who most recently suffered a March loss to Kazuo Misaki via split decision, is pursuing options with other fight promotions, due in part to his inability to fight frequently with Strikeforce.
St-Pierre vs. Condit, Hendricks vs. Kampmann targeted for UFC 154 in Montreal
SUNRISE, Fla. – Two welterweights to recently emerge as the No. 3 and No. 4 competitors in the division – who sits where is one for debate – have a final hurdle to clear before getting a title shot.
UFC president Dana White announced Friday that the promotion is targeting a fight between Johny Hendricks (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Martin Kampmann (20-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) for UFC 154, possibly as the co-main event to an expected headliner between undisputed champ Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit.
UFC 154 is expected for Nov. 17 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Randy Couture wants no part of Junior Dos Santos
Former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture insists he does not want to get near reigning champ Junior Dos Santos after seeing him obliterate Frank Mir at UFC 146.
Couture, who won UFC gold at heavyweight and light-heavyweight, produced his most famous moment of an astonishing career when he came out of retirement to beat champion Tim Sylvia back at UFC 68.
Now 48 years of age, 'The Natural' insists there is no chance of him being tempted to try and repeat the feat against Dos Santos, who is currently dominating everybody who challenges him.
"No, he's really on fire," Couture told MMA Weigh-in courtesy of Fighters Only. "I thought Mir would have more in that fight - I actually picked Mir to win. But Dos Santos showed he's the real deal.
"He's the total package, amazingly quick hands, very sharp with his combinations, I've no illusions - I don't want any of that!"
BJ Penn Explains Decision to Accept Rory MacDonald's Challenge
The last few months for B.J. Penn have had little to do with MMA. In fact, he says he's spent much of the time sitting on his couch, playing with his children. That's why despite hearing the callouts and fight requests from the likes of UFC welterweight star Josh Koscheck and Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez, he wasn't quite interested enough to stop enjoying his life of leisure while in semi-retirement.
All of that changed on Monday when Penn heard that he had been challenged by rising phenom Rory MacDonald. But why? That's been the question many have wondered about since Penn publicly accepted the fight. Why pass on bigger names like Koscheck and Melendez for a lesser-known but admittedly tough-as-nails opponent?
The answer lies in Penn's personal history.
Dana White: 'Shogun' Rua Would Rather Be Cut Than Fight Glover Teixeira
When the UFC announced the upcoming UFC on FOX 4 replacement main event, the pairing -- Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera -- was met with a collective groan.
It didn't quite seem to make sense that Rua would be matched up with a fighter who was briefly cut as recently as last year. Now we know why. As UFC president Dana White explained, it was a matchup of necessity after a rejected offer to fight UFC newcomer Glover Teixeira. In fact, according to White, Rua's team was so intent on staying away from the dangerous Teixeira that they were willing to sacrifice his job if necessary.
"He said that he'd actually rather be cut than have to fight him," White said during a UFC on FX 3 post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani. "Dude, nobody wants to fight this guy. We're trying to match the guy up with somebody, but he didn't mind fighting Brandon Vera, so he's fighting Brandon Vera."