Dana White, Frank Shamrock and Mike Swick Engage In Twitter War
Tonight people were either watching Strikeforce Challengers on Showtime or Legacy Fights on HDNet. The best fight however is taking place right now on Twitter between Dana White and Frank Shamrock. It all started with a simple tweet to Frank Shamrock where a fan asked him if there was a single fight that could bring him out of retirement. Shamrock's response kicked it off...
John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss set for UFC 138 in England
German UFC prospect Pascal Krauss (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will put his unblemished mark on the line against the once-beaten John Hathaway (15-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at UFC 138.
Hathaway on Friday broke news of the matchup via his official Twitter account, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that verbal agreements are in place.
UFC 138 takes place Nov. 5 at the 16,000-seat LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.
UFC 133: Rich Franklin turned down a fight against Alexander Gustafsson
When Rich Franklin was taken off the UFC 133 fight card, it was widely believed the promotion was unable to find him a suitable replacement for the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the Aug. 6 pay-per-view (PPV) in Philadelphia.
Turns out he had a suitable replacement, he just didn't want to fight him, because he wasn't a "top name guy."
Ready to step in was Alexander Gustafsson, the 24-year-old prospect out of Alliance and Gladius MMA who's lost just once in his budding professional career. That defeat came at the hands of fellow rising contender Phil Davis back at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, a second round submission (anaconda choke).
UFC Signs Pennsylvania-based featherweight, Jim "The Kid" Hettes
The UFC has signed undefeated Pennsylvania-based featherweight, Jim "The Kid" Hettes (8-0), to a contract according to his hometown newspaper, The Citizen's Voice.
The 24 year-old is a BJJ and judo specialist and has finished all eight of his opponents by submission, with six of those submissions happening in the first round.
CCSC finding supports ref in Couture bout
Judging and refereeing in MMA have recently come under heavy criticism due to a series of questionable actions in high profile matches.
on July 8 at AX Combat 1 on July 8 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada a fight between Kim Couture and Sheila Bird hit the mat, and Bird secured a head scissor on her opponent. As can be seen in the video below (1:50 mark), Couture's entire body went visbily limp, and several long seconds passed before the ref ended the bout. Further, the ref ended it not by tapping the winning competitor or physically pulling the legs apart, but by waving his hands overhead.
Couture quiickly recovered, suffered no damage from the choke, and publicly stated she had no problem with the officiating.
Lashley scratched from Titan FC 19; French vs. Krause, Evinger vs. McMann headline
Former professional wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley (6-1) has been forced to withdraw from next week's Titan Fighting Championship 19 event due to personal reasons.
Titan Fighting Championship officials on Friday morning announced the heavyweight's removal from the card, simultaneously promoting a 160-pound catchweight fight between Clay French (18-6) and James Krause (12-3) to the evening's main event.
A female scrap between Tonya Evinger (8-5) and Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (2-0).
Lashley is now expected to return to action at Titan Fighting Championship 20, which takes place Aug. 26.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts signs top free-agent Nate Marquardt
Nate Marqaurdt (31-10-2) is heading across the Pond.
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) officials today announced a multi-fight contract with the former UFC contender and King of Pancrase.
"As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt's suspension, we jumped at the chance to sign him," BAMMA exec Liam Fisher stated. "He is a top-ranked contender and an asset to any promotion. Words cannot express how excited we are that Marquardt is now fighting under the BAMMA banner."
Dominick Cruz vs Demetrious Johnson title fight set for free TV at UFC on Versus 6
Good news, fight fans.
The UFC will offer a title fight on free television for the first time since Sept. 2007 when Quinton Jackson defended his light heavyweight title against Dan Henderson at UFC 75 on Spike TV.
This time it will be Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz putting his strap on the line against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6, which is set for Oct. 1 in Washington D.C.
NBCSports.com brought word of the pending match-up a short time ago.
Jon Fitch Speaks His Mind: 'I'm Irritated' (Also goes off on Nick Diaz)
UFC welterweight Jon Fitch is normally pretty calm and doesn't talk a lot of trash, but he recently did an interview with MMACanada.net where he doesn't hold back at all. He discusses why he didn't get the fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 137, then goes on to trash Nick Diaz and explain that he's sick of being passed over. It's quite possibly the best Jon Fitch interview I've ever seen. He starts with the Penn situation:
"Well, you know...BJ's healthy and I'm not. They wanted to get him active and be active, because he kinda has a lot of buzz on him right now, and they can't schedule me a fight, being injured. I know they won't sign me until I get cleared by the doctor, which is gonna be August 9th, I mean August 16th. So I'm kinda in no man's land. I tried to save the fight and I tried to wedge myself in there and make sure I didn't get skipped over, because I was injured and I didn't want to get forgotten about. You know, through twitter.
After Heartbreaking Tragedy, MMA Community Vows to Rally Around 'Dr. Alex'
In Colorado mixed martial arts circles, he's known simply as "Dr. Alex," a physician with a big love of the sport, and a big heart for the fighters who inhabit it. It's been a world he can't get enough of. At various times, he's been a cageside doctor, a judge, and a referee. And when that was not enough, Alex Constantinides, a man who spent five years in medical school, one year in internship, and two in residency, a man whose brain was his most important asset, decided to fight.
Why would he? Was it for fame, money or glory? Of course not. He fought so he could gain a better understanding of what the athletes were going through. He wanted to feel what they felt, experience what they experienced, so he could better care for them. He did it for a reason that some feel is slowly fading from the medical profession: empathy.
British lightweight Curt Warburton released from the UFC
British lightweight Curt Warburton has been released from the UFC. He turned to his twitter account today to share the news:
"Want all my followers to hear it first. Av just been cut from the UFC after losing to Joe lauzon. Must stay strong and I promise to be back...Good job I have great sponsors, great team, great manager, and the best of friends and family. I will be back on the big stage soon."
Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes added to UFC 137 in Las Vegas
"The Ultimate Fighter 13" runner-up Ramsey Nijem and Danny Downes have agreed to meet at UFC 137 in Las Vegas.
UFC officials today announced the lightweight match-up.
Featuring a title fight between current UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Accident-insurance coverage saves UFC's Cub Swanson from $50,000 injury costs
With one look at Cub Swanson's medical records, you know the guy has suffered more than his fair share of bad luck.
The latest? A sparring injury that resulted in orbital, nasal and cheek fractures, as well as a broken jaw. Seven weeks after the injury, the UFC fighter remains on an all-liquid diet.
Still, there was a little good luck: As the UFC's first fighter to use the organization's recently enacted accident-insurance coverage, he saved himself a whopping $50,000 in out-of-pocket medical costs.
Mark Scanlon and James Head Added To UFC 138
The fight bookings for the UFC's return to England in November are coming fast and furious with most of the promotion's British fighters being locked up for bouts on the card. Two more match-ups were reported this morning with Fighters Only getting word of Michihiro Omigawa and Jason Young agreeing to a featherweight contest, and Jay Furness at YourMMA.tv reporting a welterweight bout between Mark Scanlon and James Head.