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Tyron Woodley vs Jake Shields likely for UFC 161
A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized. Woodley recently called out Shields upon signing a new UFC fight contract, which followed his impressive first-round knockout of Jay Hieron in his promotional debut at UFC 156.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 8:00PM by Poor_Franklin - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov planned for UFC on FX 8
Flyweights John Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Azamat Gashimov (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the latest additions to UFC on FX 8. Brazilian website Tatame.com first reported the fight, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with sources close to the event. The latest UFC on FX 8 card now includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza* Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker* * Not officially announced
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 4:51PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
With Straus out, champ Pat Curran meets Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95
With Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) sidelined by a broken hand, his title fight with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) will instead go to recent tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC). Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced the change. The title fight headlines Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. It's part of the Spike TV-televised main card, which follows prelims on Spike.com. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first passed along news of Straus' injury earlier this week.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 4:50PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Muay Thai champion Ramon Dekkers passes away at age 43
News has surfaced that the Muay Thai and Kickboxing legend has passed away
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 2:10PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
UFC 157 salaries: Henderson, Machida top $1.17 million payroll
Co-main event fighters Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson were the top earners at this past weekend's UFC 157 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,173,050...
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 2:00PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC vet Jacob Volkamnn signs World Series of Fighting deal
A week after his UFC release, veteran lightweight Jacob Volkmann has found a new home in the MMA world. Volkmann (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has signed a multi-fight with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the deal, which MMAFighting.com first reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to MMAFighting.com, Volkmann is likely to debut at WSOF 3 in April. The events, which feature a mix of big-show vets and prospects, currently air on NBC Sports Network.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 1:27PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan slated for UFC 160 on May 25
A featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens (20-9 MMA, 7-8 UFC) and Estevan Payan (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 156 event, the UFC's annual Memorial Day weekend show. UFC officials today announced the bout. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Stephens vs. Payan likely will be part of the prelims. With the addition, the latest UFC 160 card now includes: Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva - for heavyweight title Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trijillo Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 12:38PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
White: If UFC champ Jose Aldo goes to lightweight, he's staying at lightweight
Earlier this week, MMAjunkie.com reported that, with a win over Anthony Pettis in August, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo then would fight for the lightweight title.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 11:30AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC boss leaning toward Dan Henderson, not 'Shogun,' for Rashad Evans
Two high-profile light heavyweights coming off recent losses could be pitted against each other, according to UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 11:29AM by FastKnockout - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 6 Recap: Bowling, Bets and Wild Card Talk
In last week’s episode, Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum upset Team Jones’ Bubba McDanial, giving Team Sonnen match making control. Following the loss, the wild card scenario began being discussed. McDaniel, a training partner of Jones’ outside of the show, is a front runner for one of the wild card slots that will give him a rebirth back in to the tournament. “Bubba lost his fight, but he’s completely healthy. He has very little damage. I think Bubba’s definitely a candidate for the wild card,” said Coach Jon Jones...
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 1:46AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen slotted as new main event for TUF 17 Finale
With the flyweight title fight getting scrapped after Johnson got injured, the UFC has booked a new main event.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 1:38AM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Benson Henderson wants to fight Georges St-Pierre after Melendez
The UFC called 2013 the year of the superfight, and now lightweight champion Benson Henderson has thrown his name into the discussion. Henderson intends to request a blockbuster match-up against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre following his upcoming title defense against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. UFC Tonight first reported the news. "My main focus is on defending my title against Gilbert Melendez on April 20," Henderson told MMAFighting.com in a statement. "That's it. But I am a fan of the sport on top of being a competitor. I see all this talk about super fights and other fighters getting to dictate what weight classes they want to move up and down to in order to get title shots. I'm the UFC's lightweight champion and I feel I should be allowed to make such statements myself. "I want to fight in the biggest fights and against the best fighters," he continued. "Georges St. Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in our sport's history. Of course I'd love to fight him, and I think the fans would want to see that fight too. It would be an honor to go up against such a great competitor, especially with a title on the line.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:42PM by Shawn91111 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matthew Riddle again tests positive for marijuana, cut from UFC
Matthew Riddle (8-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) was off on his timetable to cease marijuana usage prior to a fight. The welterweight fighter on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he failed his second post-fight drug test for marijuana and has been released from the UFC. Riddle flunked a test following UFC on FUEL TV 7, where he earned a split call against Che Mills (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:42PM by Budgellism - 41 comments
Filed under: UFC
Overeem's UFC 156 blood test clean – with testosterone levels below normal range
A blood test administered to heavyweight Alistair Overeem following his loss at UFC 156 earlier this month has come back clean, and with testosterone levels below the normal testing range.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:31PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight in jeopardy according to NSAC (UPDATED)
A planned April 13th flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga is "in jeopardy" according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Reasons are unclear at this point.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:29PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Report: Evan Dunham vs. Rafael dos Anjos added to UFC on FX 8
Resurgent lightweights Evan Dunham (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (18-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) are set to meet at UFC on FX 8. The news was reported by the combat-sports website of Brazilian network Globo TV, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was unable to reach UFC officials for confirmation on the bout's status. UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. Dunham recently took to MMAjunkie.com Radio to vent at an Internet writer who said he had no business fighting the Brazilian. "I wanted to remind him that two of his losses are two guys I beat," he said. "I would love to go fight that kid and put the hurt him just so I could rub it in that other dude's face."
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 7:28PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva's camp talking possible Jon Jones bout at catchweight this year
UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva's agent, Jorge Guimaraes, teased the possibility of a super fight between Silva and Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones later this year in New York at a catchweight of 190 pounds.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 4:33PM by FastKnockout - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tito Ortiz showed up backstage at UFC 157 and has a plan for 'Cyborg' Santos.
Tito Ortiz has a plan. It's detailed and forward-thinking and not terribly flexible, but still, it's a plan. He seems pretty sure that it's a good one. UFC President Dana White seems to feel differently, but what else is new? "I made so many mistakes with my career," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) backstage at this past weekend's UFC 157 event in Anaheim, Calif. "I'm not going to make the same mistakes with my clients." By clients, of course, he means Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who Ortiz represents as part of his foray into the world of fighter management. And by mistakes, he means signing a contract where there's "no future," which is what he claimed the UFC offered his fighter recently. So he turned it down, he said. He opted to sign her to a three-fight deal in Invicta FC instead – a decision White could only shake his head at when quizzed about it at a fan Q&A a day earlier.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 4:08PM by Shawn91111 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Broken hand cancels Daniel Straus' title fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 95
A long wait is about to get longer for Bellator's Season 6 featherweight tournament winner, Daniel Straus. Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) broke his hand during a training session and has been forced to withdraw from a title fight against featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) at Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Multiple sources close to the event passed along the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). A replacement search is currently underway for Straus, who most recently appeared this past October in a non-tourney fight.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 3:16PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Signal to Noise: UFC 157's best and worst
UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche was, generally speaking, an excellent event. We all bore witness to an historic moment with women making their way to the UFC, a thrilling preliminary card and much more. Not everything was perfect, though. We all were forced also had to sit through a dreadful co-main event, not all of the referee stoppages were as good as they could be, among other problems. Let's separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst and the signal from the noise at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche...
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 11:55AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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