Bellator Adds Neil Grove To Season 3 HW Tournament
Neil "Goliath" Grove - a South African-born former rugby player who fought for the UFC during that organization's visit to his adopted hometown of London last year - will make his U.S. debut as part of Bellator Fighting Championships' upcoming Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament. Grove, who stands six feet, six inches tall and has fought at as big as 280 lbs. in the U.K., has compiled an overall pro record of 8-2-1 since turning pro 3 ½ years ago with all eight of his wins coming via KO or TKO. He earned widespread recognition throughout Europe early on in his career following a highlight-reel 10-second KO of former EliteXC, Pride and Sengoku headliner James Thompson and followed that up with an impressive TKO of UFC veteran James McSweeney. Grove is the fourth confirmed participant in Bellator's forthcoming Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament.
No UFC Prelims For UFC 119, Possible For 121
Spike TV will not air a one-hour "UFC Prelims" pay-per-view teaser prior to September's UFC 119 event, but the possibility remains for UFC 121. That's according to a source close to Spike TV. UFC 120, of course, won't get a special because the Oct. 16 event already airs on Spike TV (via same-day delay from London).
Moosin to Return in October; Kimbo vs. Pudzianowski Possible Main Event
After a successful U.S. debut earlier in the year, the Moosin promotion is scheduling an Oct. 9 follow-up, which will take place in Chicago, MMA Fighting has learned.
Moosin executive Corey Fischer has confirmed the organization's intention for a second show, and said the current plans include bringing back previous headliners Tim Sylvia and Mariusz Pudzianowski, in separate fights.
If Moosin gets their way, they'll come to the Second City with Sylvia fighting 7-foot-2 Korean Hong Man Choi, and five-time "World's Strongest Man" Pudzianowski taking on popular former EliteXC and UFC star Kimbo Slice in feature bouts.
Shane Carwin Hoping To Carve An MMA Legacy That Includes A Win Over Brock Lesnar
But he also knows that, at his age, he doesn't have much time. "At 35 who knows how much longer my body will allow me to compete at the highest level. I love to compete and I want to be the best at what I do. We have a lot to work on but standing at the base of the mountain you already climbed is a lot less daunting then climbing it for the first time. I have no idea what the UFC has planned for me yet. I am going to get back to work and try to solve some of my shortcomings, My goal is to face Brock again as soon as possible. I would like another chance and I am willing to work my butt off to get one. Part of the quest will be to win the UFC belt from whoever has it. I want to face the best fighter in MMA and make sure I leave a legacy behind."
Texas-Not Talent-Scratched SF MW Tournament
At the conclusion of his Strikeforce contract, middleweight champion Jake Shields opted to vacate his title to explore greener pastures under the Zuffa banner. The move would hardly be considered surprising, which is why Strikeforce officials had already begun discussions about a possible 185-pound tournament to crown his successor. Cung Le wanted out. No problem. Plans were soon in place to hold a four-man tournament at the upcoming "Houston" event on August 21 with Tim Kennedy, Ronaldo Souza, Robbie Lawler and Matt Lindland participating. Then on July 10, the promotion announced "Kennedy vs Souza" for the vacant division title. Just like that the tournament was kaput with no explanation. Fans and media speculated that perhaps Strikeforce just didn't have enough talent to fill the brackets. Not true. The real reason was the Texas Department Of Licensing & Regulation. From TDLR administrator Greg Alvarez: "[Strikeforce] asked if it was possible and I told them that when Tough Man was outlawed, the state also did away with tournaments back in 2001."
McSweeney Will Not Appeal TUF 11 Finale Loss
Soon-to-be light heavyweight James McSweeney has opted to not appeal his most recent UFC loss. Lee McMahon, McSweeney's manager, initially said he was appealing the loss to the Nevada State Athletic Commision after he claimed Browne threw several illegal elbows during the fight. He provided a picture of a cut on the back of McSweeney's head as evidence of an off-limits strike, though he did not fault the UFC newcomer for the alleged no-no. The manager said McSweeney's corner met with a cageside doctor who agreed with his assessment. "The doctor who took a look at James after the fight said, 'I can tell you that (with) where this blow is, (it) could only have occurred from an illegal blow,'" McMahon said. However, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said he didn't see anything illegal during the June 19 bout. Kizer also said today that he never received an appeal request.
Team Fedor Emelianenko Lays Out NEW UFC Contract Demands
Fedor Emelianenko is the hottest name on the MMA free agent market. The only problem is, the heavyweight still has one fight remaining on his current Strikeforce deal. Nonetheless, it hasn’t stopped M-1 Global figurehead Vadim Finkelchtein from laying all his Octagon cards on the table.
“I think yes. But not on the same terms they offered us before,” Finkelchtein told ProSport (via Fighters Only) of joining forces with the UFC.
UFN 22 Official For 9/15 In Texas
As expected UFC Fight Night 22 takes place Sept. 15, and the Spike TV-televised event airs live from the 16,000-seat Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Spike TV officials today announced the event. And as expected, UFC Fight Night 22, which precedes the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 12," features a middleweight headliner between contenders Demian Maia and Alan Belcher, and Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig rematch in the night's co-headliner.
Cyrille Diabate vs. Alexander Gustafsson added to UFC 120 in October
A light-heavyweight bout between Cyrille Diabate (17-6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Alexander Gustafsson (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will be part of October's UFC 120 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with a source close to the event that bout agreements are being finalized for the matchup, which was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
UFC 120 takes place Oct. 16 at The O2 in London. The night's main card airs via same-day delay on Spike TV.
Tito Ortiz Thinks Chuck Should Stay Retired, Calls Out Forrest For November Trilogy
November is when Ortiz hopes to return to action following his back surgery, but despite his feelings regarding Chuck's future he still wants a piece of the Iceman even though he also wants Forrest again. "The surgery went really, really well. I just started doing weight training so next week I start doing drills. I have to make sure I make the right steps for my future and my career. I hope I get the Chuck fight. As a fighter, I would love to kick his ass. As a human being, I don't think he should fight anymore just because health is more important than fights. Grudge matches are important to sell, but at the same time he has kids to take care of and I don't want nothin' serious to happen to him. (Getting knocked out) that many times, it gets kinda scary. I was really shocked (by the loss to Rich Franklin fight), I saw all my money go out the window. It is what it is, everything in this world happens for a reason and I'll be back at the end of November. I'd like to [fight] Forrest. If Forrest would like to do a trilogy it'd be awesome. We gave two great fights both times we fought and we'll get a triple fight more exciting than the last two."
Jorgensen Likely Gets Title Shot With WEC 50 Win
When WEC 50 was mapped out, the biggest question was who would face Dominick Cruz in his first title defense? The answer ultimately was Joseph Benavidez, who takes on the champion on Aug. 18. The person he got the nod over as top contender also returns on the same date, with a title shot of his own on the line. Scott Jorgensen faces Brad Pickett in a bantamweight bout on the main card of WEC 50, and according to his manager, the Idaho based fighter is the next contender in line for a shot at the belt if he wins. "If Scott wins this fight, he will get the next title shot for sure," Mike Roberts of MMA Inc. said on MMAWeekly Radio recently. WEC General Manager Reed Harris appeared on the radio show, stopping short of a guarantee, but said that all signs point towards a Jorgensen title shot if he comes away with a victory. "Assuming he gets a win, and depending on the performance, I think he's going to be right up there. I think I agree with you there," Harris commented about Jorgensen's title hopes.
Brendan Schaub Ready For "A Cro Cop For A Gilbert Yvel
The Ultimate Fighter 10 vet Brendan Schaub is fresh off an impressive UFC 116 win over Chris Tuchscherer and now the heavyweight up and comer feels he is ready for a step up in competition:
"I think I took a step ahead of the rest of those [up-and-comers] beating a guy like Tuchscherer," Schaub said. "If you look at the other up-and-comers, ... they're fighting guys (that are) not as experienced. I think I'd definitely be ready for a (Mirko) 'Cro Cop' (Filipovic) or a Gilbert Yvel. I won't call anyone out, but if Joe Silva calls me, I'm ready for whatever he wants to throw my way."
Aoki Wants Melendez Rematch At DREAM 16, SF Says Not Yet
After defeating Tatsuya Kawajiri via submission at DREAM 15 yesterday, Shinya Aoki announced that he would be returning at DREAM.16 and that he wants a rematch with Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez. But Strikeforce's Mike Afromowitz says not so fast: The rematch, which likely would be for one or both of the promotions' titles, has not been made yet and may not be-Melendez is out of action due to a hand injury.
SF Announces MW Title Fight For 8/21
Strikeforce has made it's plans to crown a new Middleweight Champion following the departure of Jake Shields, and it won't be a tournament. The promotion has annnounced a determination match for August 21 to crown a new champion, and it'll be Tim Kennedy vs. Ronaldo Souza. The fight will be the co-main event to the headliner, Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Lawal vs. Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao) for the title.
Riley vs Audinwoos at UFC 119
A lightweight match-up has been added to the upcoming UFC 119 show in Indianapolis as veteran fighter Aaron Riley returns to action to face new UFC signee Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood in an undercard bout on the Sept 25 show.
Sylvia vs Buentello in August
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia takes on former UFC and Strikeforce heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello will square off in the main event of Powerhouse World Promotions’ “War on the Mainland” on Aug. 14 in Irvine, Calif. The winner will be crowned the promotion’s heavyweight champion.
Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout targeted for UFC 121
Lightweights Paul Taylor (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Sam Stout (15-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) have been penciled in for UFC 121.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the contest and are expected to sign bout agreements shortly.
UFC 121 is targeted for Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, though the venue and date have not yet been confirmed by the promotion.
The position of Taylor vs. Stout on the as-yet-unannounced card is unknown at this time.