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South Florida mayors to fight MMA bout for charity, Italian dinner
Carlos Hernandez and Michael Pizzi are mayors of neighboring South Florida cities. After trading rhetorical jabs, they've decided to trade real ones this summer in an MMA bout for charity.
Submitted May 15, 2013 11:59PM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
WSOF 3 adds Gruetzemacher-Sanders, Beebe-Murphy to prelims
World Series of Fighting continues to fill out the card for its next show, WSOF 3 next month in Las Vegas. Chris Gruetzemacher (11-1) will meet Jerrod Sanders (11-1) in a featherweight bout, while Carson Beebe (13-2) takes on Joe Murphy (6-0) at bantamweight. WSOF officials on Wednesday announced the new fight pairings. All four fighters will be making their WSOF debuts. WSOF 3 takes place June 14 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The main card airs on NBC Sports Network. The main event is a welterweight bout between former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch and fellow UFC vet Josh Burkman.
Submitted May 15, 2013 6:29PM by DrivenDavies15 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
Bellator 96 main card adds heavyweight tourney, expands to three hours
The first event of Bellator's upcoming "Summer Series" will have a super-sized main card with today's addition of a four-man heavyweight tournament. The event, Bellator 96, takes place June 19 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The three-hour main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. The main card now boasts six fights with the addition of the tourney's opening round. The heavyweight matchups include Vinicius Queiroz (6-3 MMA, 1-1 BFC) vs. Rich Hale (21-5 MMA, 6-2 BFC) and Vitaly Minakov (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Ron Sparks (8-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC).
Submitted May 15, 2013 6:27PM by DrivenDavies15 - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Bryan Caraway awarded Pat Healy's $65K 'Submission of the Night' bonus
Pat Healy's loss is Bryan Caraway's gain; a $65,000 "Submission of the Night" bonus initially awarded to Healy instead will go to Caraway. UFC President Dana White today confirmed the change via Twitter.
Submitted May 15, 2013 12:14PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Wrestling getting an MMA-inspired makeover
NEW YORK – In its push to keep their sport in the Olympics, wrestling will get a makeover, the acting president of the sport's world governing body said Tuesday. So say goodbye to singlets and hello to shirtless Greco-Roman wrestlers. The stage too could change – why be limited by a boring square mat? Taking the lead from the MMA world, wrestling is thinking big and bold when it comes to showmanship. Incorporating staged weigh-ins, walk-out music, lighting, visual effects and video screen replays are all being discussed.
Submitted May 15, 2013 10:33AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Sanchez wants Thomson, Diaz, or Melendez at 164
With his first win in his return to Lightweight under his belt, The Dream is calling out three top-10 fighters for his next fight. He's hoping to return to the Octagon in August at UFC 164.
Submitted May 15, 2013 10:28AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Reza Madadi out of UFC on FOX 8, Jorge Masvidal now meets Michael Chiesa
Reza Madadi (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been forced out of his lightweight fight against Michael Chiesa (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8, and Jorge Masvidal (24-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will step in to take his place. The announcement was made on Tuesday night's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. Visa issues for Madadi reportedly are to blame. With the change, UFC on FOX 8 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga - for UFC flyweight title Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonaldv Robbie Lawler vs. Tarec Saffiedine Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate PRELIMINARY CARD (FX and Facebook, 4 p.m. ET) John Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal Danny Castillo vs. Bobby Green Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher Germaine de Randamie vs. Julie Kedzie Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith Aaron Riley vs. Justin Salas
Submitted May 14, 2013 11:23PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 165 heads to Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sept. 21
The UFC will return to Toronto in September for a pay-per-view that will be UFC 165. UFC officials on Tuesday made the announcement on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight." UFC 165 will take place Sept. 21 at Air Canada Centre. No main event or other fights were announced for the card. The show will be the UFC's fourth in the Ontario city, which is the largest in Canada. Most recently, UFC 152 took place at Air Canada Centre on Sept. 22, 2012 – so UFC 165 will return there exactly a year later to the weekend.
Submitted May 14, 2013 11:21PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pat Healy releases statement admitting positive test for marijuana post-UFC 159
UFC lightweight Pat Healy (30-16 MMA, 1-0 UFC) today issued a statement to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in which he apologized for testing positive for marijuana following an upset win over Jim Miller (22-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) at UFC 159. The UFC declined to comment on the matter, and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which oversaw the event, does not release the names of those that test positive for banned substances following an event. But a Healy representative told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter was suspended for 90 days by the commission and his win will be overturned to a no contest. In his statement, Healy took fully responsibility for the positive test.
Submitted May 14, 2013 9:54PM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jessamyn Duke successfully appeals KO loss to Miriam Nakamoto at Invicta FC 5
The Missouri Office of Athletics today overturned Jessamyn Duke's loss at Invicta FC 5, changing the result of her bout against Miriam Nakamoto to a no contest. Nakamoto originally was ruled the winner by way of knockout, but after an investigation, the commission ruled an illegal knee warranted the overturning of the official result, according to a copy of the decision obtained today by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fight took place April 5 at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., and streamed live via online pay-per-view.
Submitted May 14, 2013 9:53PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Despite visa issues, officials 'confident' Mark Hunt will keep UFC 160 slot
Despite visa issues that still have him stuck at home in Australia, heavyweight Mark Hunt is still expected to headline next week's UFC 160 event.
Submitted May 14, 2013 8:25PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paul Daley confident for Bellator return this year, wants War Machine fight
Fresh off another knockout win overseas, heavy hitter Paul Daley believes he will have a visa issue cleared up this year to pave his return to fight in the States under the Bellator MMA banner.
Submitted May 14, 2013 8:24PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC signs European heavyweights Daniel Omielanczuk and Nikita Krylov
Always on the search for new talent, the UFC has added depth to it's heavyweight division by picking up two new, unheralded heavyweights.
Submitted May 14, 2013 8:20PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera heavyweight bout targeted for UFC 164 in Milwaukee
Two UFC veterans are targeted to meet in a fight that could very well send the loser packing from the octagon. Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Ben Rothwell (32-9 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Brandon Vera (12-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC) are targeted to meet at UFC 164. UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee and will be the promotion's second trip to Wisconsin. The main card will air on pay-per-view, though it is not yet know if Rothwell-Vera will be part of the main card or the prelims.
Submitted May 14, 2013 7:14PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Showtime targeting return to MMA
The dissolution of Strikeforce marked an end of an era for Showtime, however according to Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza, the network's absence from MMA will only be temporary.
Submitted May 14, 2013 1:31PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
Josh Barnett still looking for UFC deal
Josh Barnett appeared on the MMA Hour on Monday and he had some interesting things to say on his fighting future and where he wants to finish his career.
Submitted May 14, 2013 1:28PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Tim Sylvia wants to fight Frank Mir or Pat Barry
"The Maine-iac" has once again expressed his desire to return to the UFC, where the former heavyweight champion hasn't competed since 2008.
Submitted May 14, 2013 1:26PM by prophecy033 - 18 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
Welterweight champ Ben Askren only drug tested once as Bellator fighter
Despite going undefeated in 8 fights with Bellator, including 5 of them being headlining bouts with the Welterweight title on the line, champion Ben Askren revealed that he's only been tested once while fighting for the promotion.
Submitted May 14, 2013 12:03AM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC Fan Expo in July to feature first ever MMA Combine
UFC fighters Urijah Faber and Phil Davis have worked together to set up the first ever MMA Combine. The event will coincide with the UFC Fan Expo and take place the same day as UFC 162.
Submitted May 14, 2013 12:02AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Alistair Overeem targeted for UFC 164, opponent uncertain
Top-tier heavyweight Alistair Overeem's return to the octagon is targeted for late summer, multiple sources close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com.
Submitted May 13, 2013 4:09PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
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