Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal targeted for 'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine'
former strikeforce light-heavyweight champion muhammed "king mo" lawal (8-1 mma, 3-1 sf) is back on a regular schedule. after an on-again, off-again stretch of activity courtesy of a knee injury, lawal is expected to make his second appearance since returning from his layoff when he fights at "strikeforce: rockhold vs. jardine."
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (8-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) is back on a regular schedule.
After an on-again, off-again stretch of activity courtesy of a knee injury, Lawal is expected to make his second appearance since returning from his layoff when he fights at "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine."
Bellator Moves to Fridays, Plans Five Spring Tournaments
Bellator Fighting Championships has decided that going head-to-head with the UFC is a losing battle.
The No. 2 MMA promotion in America announced that starting with its sixth season in the spring, Bellator's live fights will air on MTV2 on Friday nights. The first Bellator show of Season 6 will take place on March 2, and having the event on a Friday ensures that it won't take place simultaneously with a UFC pay-per-view, as Bellator often did this year.
However, the decision to move to Fridays may still mean going head-to-head with the UFC, as The Ultimate Fighter will move to a live format with fights on Friday nights on FX next year, and the UFC may also run some Fight Night-level shows on FX or Fuel TV on Friday nights.
Dana White Hints Mayhem Miller Might Get Cut Following TUF 14 Finale Loss to Michael Bisping
Dana White is definitely not impressed with the former host of MTV's Bully Beatdown. The UFC president says that the TUF 14 Finale main event bout between Jason Miller and Michael Bisping on last night was one of the most one-sided bouts he's ever seen.
He even hinted that Mayhem might get cut following that performance. He spoke to Heavy's Megan Olivi about it shortly after the show ended (transcription by MMA Mania):
"It's one of the most lopsided fights I've ever seen. I'm disagreeing with people. I didn't give 'Mayhem' Miller the first round. He had a quarter of a mount and didn't do a thing and actually, Bisping was landing punches. I think Bisping landed more shots, did more damage. I go for damage and I think Bisping did more damage in the first round than Mayhem did. I don't know (if we'll see Mayhem back in the UFC). We'll see. He didn't have a good performance against Georges St. Pierre and he definitely didn't have a good performance against Michael Bisping."
Featherweights Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely targeted for UFC on FOX 2
Two lightweights are headed to the featherweight division.
Charles Oliveira (14-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and newcomer Eric Wisely (19-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have agreed to meet next in their new weight classes next month at UFC on FOX 2, event sources confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event takes place Jan. 28 at United Center in Chicago, and at least three fights are expected to air as part of the night's FOX-televised main card.
Oliveira vs. Wisely, though, is expected to be part of a preliminary card that airs either on FX or FUEL TV.
The latest UFC on FOX 2 card includes:
Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans
Mark Munoz vs. Chael Sonnen
Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass*
Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely*
Michael Johnson vs. Cody McKenzie*
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Mike Russow*
'TUF 14' champ Dodson says stoppage was just, eyes fights in three weight classes
John Dodson (12-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) survived a field of 16 solid bantamweights, the craziness of reality TV, the nerves of a nationally televised event, and underdog status against odds-on favorite T.J. Dillashaw (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to win "The Ultimate Fighter 14."
Not bad for a guy who still considers himself a flyweight.
But the 5-foot-3 fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's willing to compete in three different weight classes if need be.
"I still consider myself to be a flyweight because I want to make sure I can fight in both weight classes," Dodson, who competed on Saturday's Spike TV-televised main card at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, told MMAjunkie.com. "I'd want to be a flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight if I could."
Micahel Bisping insists cardio no issue at TUF 14 Finale, eyes future title shot
UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping (22-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) doesn't think he gassed during his third-round TKO victory over Jason "Mayhem" Miller (24-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at Saturday night's The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, and he doesn't think his opponent gassed either.
Sure, opposing "The Ultimate Fighter 14" coach Miller looked like he had little left to offer as he wilted in the face of Bisping's offensive onslaught, but that doesn't mean his cardio was an issue.
According to Bisping, getting beat up will just do that to a fellow.
"I don't think the cardio was an issue," Bisping told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't think anyone's cardio was the issue. Did you see the pace of the fight? You see how many punches I was throwing?
"My cardio wasn't an issue. Far from it. I feel it was a fast pace, and whilst I was tired, I was able to keep the pace up."
With 'TUF 14' mission complete, Diego Brandao now hoping to save Christmas
Brazilian brawler Diego Brandao (14-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is now the featherweight tournament winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 14," just as he promised he would be.
But with a cool $80,000 in "Fight Night" bonuses in his pocket following an impressive The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finals win on Saturday night, Brandao now has a new goal in place: It's time to save Christmas.
'TUF 14' fan-voted $25K awards go to Dodson, Bermudez, Gaudinot and Pague
Consider John Dodson the big winner from The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
After claiming the "TUF 14" featherweight crown at Saturday's live finale in Las Vegas and earning a $40,000 fight-night bonus, he got some additional money to fill his pockets.
He was one of four fighters earning a $25,000 fan-voted award for a performance during the Spike TV reality show's regular season.
KOTN - Dodson over Bedford
SOTN - Bermudez over Akira
FOTN - Pague vs. Gaudinot
TUF 14 Finale Bonuses
LAS VEGAS – John Dodson, Diego Brandao and Dennis Bermudez each earned $40,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Saturday.
Brandao, in fact, won two of them.
Dodson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Brandao picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Brandao and Dennis Bermudez each earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
TUF 14 Finale official weigh-in results: Bisping misses weight on first try, curses fans
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Michael Bisping (186.25)* vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller (185.5)
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Diego Brandao (145)
John Dodson (134) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (135.5)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Tony Ferguson (155.5)
Johnny Bedford (136) vs. Louis Gaudinot (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephan Bass (145)
John Albert (136) vs. Dustin Pague (136)
Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134)
Josh Clopton (144) vs. Steven Siler (146)
Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5)
Miller - "it feels soooo good to be back. ... Now boo this man," pointing at Bisping
Bisping - "I could give a f*ck about getting love, All I care about is smashing this dickhead's head in. F*ck you you all." to the crowd.
UFC signs 'The Ninja of Love' Nick Denis to multi-fight contract
A new profile has popped up on the UFC's website, and it's a Canadian bantamweight with international experience.
A source close to the fighter today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that Nick Denis, also known as "The Ninja of Love," has signed a multi-fight deal with the industry-leading promotion.
It's not yet known when Denis will make his octagon debut.
Frank Mir Doesn't Want to Hear Excuses from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Three years ago, Frank Mir defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 in a one-sided beating that many of Nogueira's supporters blamed on a staph infection that had plagued Nogueira during his training camp.
After three years of hearing people suggest that he only beat Nogueira because of that staph infection, Mir has heard enough.
In comments to the media Thursday during a promotional call for his UFC 140 rematch with Nogueira, Mir said he thinks fighters who blame a sluggish performance on illnesses or injuries are doing a disservice to their opponents, and that he's tired of all the talk that the staph infection had something to do with Mir's second-round technical knockout victory in December of 2008.
Luke Rockhold to Defend Title Against Keith Jardine
Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is slated to defend his belt against former UFC veteran Keith Jardine on Jan. 7, MMA Fighting has confirmed with sources close to the fight. The title fight is expected to headline the organization's first event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Strikeforce has yet to officially announce the card or any fights signed for it as of Thursday evening.
MTV announces new MMA 'docu-series'
MTV will broadcast a new mixed martial arts-themed program beginning early in 2012, the network announced on Thursday.
"Caged," a docu-series which chronicles the lives of four young adults in small-town Louisiana, will premiere beginning on Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The show will also air internationally on MTV channels around the world starting in May 2012.
Bisping: Hendo KO best thing that ever happened to me
“I’ve been in the UFC since 2006," said Michael Bisping."I’ve had about 14 fights in the organization, I’ve only got three losses on my entire record at middleweight and light heavy, I’ve only been stopped once, and I believe this is my time.
"I’m coming into my peak as a fighter, and everything’s there. I truly believe I’m one of the better fighters out there, and obviously I want to prove that. Take Miller out of the way, and probably one more fight, and then I get my title shot.
Programming alert: 'Countdown to UFC 141' debuts Dec. 21 on Fuel TV
Countdown to UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" will debut on Weds., Dec. 21, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET on Fuel TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The network special will provide a glimpse into the preparation and training camps of the fighters set to headline the show, featuring former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and ex-Strikeforce 265-pound kingpin Alistair Overeem.
Follow link for replay times and fight card listing
MMA Quick Quote: Nate Quarry wants back in the UFC
Former UFC middleweight mauler Nate Quarry states his case on The Underground for the position of "on-air personality," which the promotion may need in light of its recent expansion across three channels on the FOX network. Quarry, famous for his exciting fights and ability to take punishment, might have taken enough beatings to last him a lifetime. Now that he's enjoying retirement and putting more work into his Zombie Cage Fighter line, it looks like he's gunning for another go-round with the world's largest fight promotion.
Eliot Marshall announces UFC release
Following a close decision loss to Brandon Vera at UFC 137, Eliot Marshall has announced his release from the UFC.
The light heavyweight confirmed his release via Twitter.
Marshall, who surprisingly was cut from the UFC's roster after a respectable 3-1 run in 2010, concludes his latest stint with a 0-2 mark.
"Well, it's official," Marshall wrote. "I have been released by the UFC."