Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis official for November's WEC 52 event
A featherweight bout between Raphael Assuncao (14-3 MMA, 2-2 WEC) and L.C. Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-1 WEC) is now official for next month's WEC 52 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the bout two weeks ago, though bout agreements had not been signed at the time.
Now official, the fight is slated to take place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The night's main card airs on Versus, though Assuncao vs. Davis is expected to be part of the night's unaired preliminary card.
California commission to hear Chael Sonnen's drug-test appeal on Dec. 2
Chael Sonnen will go before the California State Athletic Commission on Dec. 2 in Sacramento to appeal his failed drug test.
That's according to CSAC Executive Director George Dodd, who today confirmed the appeal hearing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Sonnen failed a drug test in August as part of a UFC 117 submission loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Sonnen tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which according to a subsequent CSAC statement, is "indicative" of steroid use. CSAC officials issued Sonnen a one-year suspension and $2,500 fine in the wake of the test. He had a 30-day window to appeal the ruling.
TUF Finale set: Grove vs Maia, Bonnar vs Igor Pokrajac
As expected two former cast members will be featured in December during The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.
The event takes place Dec. 4 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and a lightweight fighter will be named the "TUF 12" champion.
Also part of the Spike TV card are "TUF 3" champ Kendall Grove (12-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and "TUF 1" runner-up Stephan Bonnar (12-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) vs. fellow light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac (22-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
Coker: Silva-Overeem On December 4 Is Off
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, in an appearance on MMAJunkie Radio today, announced that a rumored Antonio Silva vs. Valentijn Overeem fight for December 4 in Strikeforce is not happening. The bout was first reported 2 weeks ago but Silva reportedly was never offered the fight. "We'll talk to (Silva manager) Alex Davis this week and figure out what's next," Coker said of "Silva's next appearance.
UFC eyeing summer 2011 return to Vancouver; Meeting w/ city today
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - It's been almost four months since the UFC came to Vancouver. Today UFC Canada President Tom Wright will meet with the City of Vancouver about a future card at Rogers Arena.
News1130 spoke with Wright, who wouldn't confirm it's coming back, but hinted strongly at a possible summer show. "We have these meetings all the time, to make sure we're on the same page, so that we can move forward and hopefully have a situation where all the events leading up to the 2011 card are managed more smoothly. We're well ahead of things right now - it's only the month of October, so we are six to nine months ahead of things."
The State of the UFC Address
There’s a lot of misinformation circulating around the MMA community in regards to the state of the UFC, so I’d like to provide a little payout perspective on the hot button issues that currently have some folks troubled.
UFC TV Ratings and PPV Buyrates
Simply put: the PPV buyrates are up and the TV ratings are down...
WEC 51 ratings rebound 54 percent, "Aldo vs. Gamburyan" draws 486,000 viewers
This past Thursday's Versus-televised WEC 51 event scored an average audience of 486,000 viewers, an increase of 54 percent over August's WEC 50 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with an industry source.
WEC 51 took place Sept. 30 at The Pearl at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., and featured a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Manny Gamburyan.
Overall, the event drew a 0.49 household rating.
Why Isn't Dan Henderson Fighting On CBS?
The reason according to Hendo: CBS. "It wasn't [up to] me. I was wanting to get back in there pretty quickly, but I think part of the problem was CBS kind of a little bit faltering on their commitment to mixed martial arts, especially after the little escapade in the cage after my last fight on CBS. You know, I don't quite understand that and they're definitely still wanting to be involved in mixed martial arts and with Strikeforce, but I think they're just gonna take their time on it a little bit more. It is disappointing [to not fight on CBS again], and the fact that that could have been easily avoided with the guys not coming into the cage after my last fight. It just gave them an out. But I also think that if CBS had a big problem with it, they didn't need to put it on their Web site, didn't need to replay it a bunch of times. I don't know if they're trying to renegotiate or get a little bit more out of the door, but I think they're definitely still going to be on board. But that's kind of what they were waiting on. [Strikeforce] wanted me to be on the next CBS card and CBS took a while and finally [Strikeforce] just got tired of waiting. I thought I was going to fight two, three months ago, but that's the way it goes."
Kenny Florian Targeting January Return
Although he hoped to get back in the Octagon sooner rather than later, it now looks like Kenny Florian is targeting a January return date for his next fight. His manager tried to get him another fight ASAP following Florian's UFC 118 loss to Gray Maynard and they were offered BJ Penn on November 20, but declined due to the date maybe being too soon for a full training camp and Florian also suffering a slight hamstring injury in training.
UFC Prelims Set For UFC 123
The lineup for the UFC's long-awaited return to Michigan is complete, and so, too, are the night's broadcast plans. The UFC Prelims special on Spike before the PPV will feature Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson and, in keeping with the trend of featuring former Ultimate Fighter contestants on the series, TUF 7 fighter Matt Brown vs. Rory MacDonald.
With the Machida Era over, former champ Lyoto plans return of the Dragon
It's often been said that mixed martial arts fans are among the most fickle followers in sports.
Just one result – whether it be a win or loss – can often mean the difference between being labeled an all-time great or a washed-up bum.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) knows the pattern all too well. In a span of six fights, Machida went from "defensive bore" to "unbeatable champion" to "rebuilding challenger." But with a November fight looming against fellow former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Machida says it's time for the "Return of the Dragon."
Victorious Overeem Dominant at K-1 World Grand Prix
On hiatus from mixed martial arts until 2011, Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem showcased his formidable kickboxing game on Saturday with a brutal first-round dispatching of Australia’s Ben Edwards at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final 16 in Seoul, South Korea.
Other Tournament Bouts
Semmy Schilt def. Hesdy Gerges -- Split Decision
Siala-Mou Siliga def. Raul Catinas -- Unanimous Decision
Peter Aerts def. Ewerton Teixeira -- Split Decision
Keijiro Maeda def. Jerome LeBanner -- Disqualification (Abandonment)
Daniel Ghita def. Errol Zimmerman -- KO (Punches) 0:18 R2
Gokhan Saki def. Freddy Kemayo -- TKO (Punches)1:30 R1
Tyrone Spong def. Ray Sefo -- Unanimous Decision
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones Targeted For UFC 127
A matchup between two of the brightest prospects in the UFC's light heavyweight division appears likely for early 2011. A long-discussed contest between "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Ryan Bader and Jon Jones appears likely for the yet-unannounced UFC 127, which will probably be February 5 in Las Vegas and headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort. Jones' agent says he was recently hoping for a January 1 booking for his fighter, but that appears unlikely.
UFC 123 Lineup Now Official With 11 Fights
The UFC's first event in Michigan since UFC 9 in May 1996 in now official with 11 contests. UFC brass today officially announced five additional contests for "UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida," and the pay-per-view's lineup is now complete. Main card additions include Tim Boetsch vs. Phil Davis and Joe Lauzon vs. George Sotiropoulos, while new preliminary contests feature Matt Brown vs. Rory MacDonald, Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza and Paul Kelly vs. Gabe Ruediger. UFC 123 takes place Nov. 20 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. A light-heavyweight bout between former champs Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto Machida headlines the pay-per-view portion of the show.
Chinese import Tiequan Zhang encouraged by pressure of representing a nation
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Any time a fighter enters the cage of the WEC or UFC for the first time, nerves are certain to factor into the combatant's performance.
Fighting on the biggest stage in the world, no one wants to let himself down, much less his fans, coaches or training partners.
But lightweight Tiequan Zhang (12-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) had a few more people on his mind when he stepped in the cage for his WEC debut at Thursday's WEC 51 event – like the 1.3 billion citizens of his native China.
WEC 51 bonuses: Roop, Torres, Cerrone and Varner earn $10K awards
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – George Roop, Miguel Torres, Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner each earned $10,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Thursday's WEC 51 event.
Roop earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Torres picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Cerrone and Varner earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and award amounts while in WEC 51's post-event press conference.
WEC 51 took place at the 1STBANK Center near Denver in Broomfield, Colo., and the night's main card aired on Versus.
WEC champ Jose Aldo says plenty of challenges still await in featherweight division
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (18-1 MMA, 8-0 WEC) might as well get used to the question.
After his latest destruction of a top contender – this time, a WEC 51 win over Manny Gamburyan in Broomfield, Colo. – MMA pundits and fans alike once againwere forced to ask, "Is there anyone who can beat Aldo in the 145-pound division?"
Aldo says he believes there are plenty of deserving contenders on the horizon, and while he's not opposed to moving up in weight someday, he's just fine where he's at right now.
Cerrone credits rodeo for WEC 51 win, says mental hurdle finally cleared
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – It was tough to tell what meant the most to WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone (12-3 MMA, 5-3 WEC) after defeating his arch-rival, Jamie Varner (16-4-1 MMA, 4-2-1 WEC), in a rematch at Thursday night's WEC 51 event.
Was it defeating his nemesis in sound fashion? How about displaying a newfound set of wrestling skills? Finally getting out of the blocks quickly? Or maybe proving he actually can win the big fight when the pressure is on?
For the "Cowboy," who credited his rodeo roots for one of the best performances of his fighting career, it was all of the above.