UFC 125: Gray Maynard Talks TUF 13 and Welcoming Anthony Pettis
Gray Maynard isn’t the type of fighter to hand pick his opponent.
It’s that attitude that explains why he doesn’t really care who he’d face if he defeats Frankie Edgar to win the UFC lightweight title at UFC 125 in January.
Currently, final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is in line to fight for the belt next. While Maynard admits if he was coming into the UFC for the first time he’d want a little more experience, he’s happy to accept the challenge.
GSP three-peats as Sportsnet's Canadian Athlete of the Year
Georges St-Pierre is Sportsnet's Canadian Athlete of the Year for an unprecedented third year in a row, beating out 2007 winner Sidney Crosby in the final of an online fan vote.
St-Pierre's path to his third-straight award was not an easy one the third time around. Competing against 15 other Canadians in a bracket-style tournament to determine the winner, readers voted for their choice through four head-to-head rounds over the course of 16 days.
"Winning the Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year award for the third time means a lot to me," St-Pierre told sportsnet.ca. "This year there were a lot of nominees that I really respect, so I am honoured that the fans chose me. Thanks to all my fans for their support."
'Mayhem' Miller Says Fight With Nick Diaz Was Almost Signed Last Week
Jason "Mayhem" Miller has spent the better part of the last year campaigning for a fight with Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Now it seems as if that door may be closing for good.
"We almost had the fight together," Miller told MMA Fighting on Wednesday.
Almost, but not quite.
After getting ganged up on by Diaz and his teammates on live network TV in April, the goal of getting Diaz alone in the cage seemed to nearly consume the "Bully Beatdown" star. He printed t-shirts, started a website, and did countless interviews all about how badly he wanted the fight. Now that Strikeforce has decided to match his nemesis up with Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos instead, Miller can't help but feel a little disappointed.
Strikeforce's Herschel Walker eyes Olympics, fighter union in MMA's future
A former pro footballing great, one-time Olympic bobsledder and current successful entrepreneur (in addition to his role as an MMA fighter), Strikeforce heavyweight Herschel Walker (1-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) has just about seen it all.
But with his first taste of MMA behind him and a second helping on the way in January, Walker has a few things he'd like to see happen in the fast-growing sport.
First, Walker would like to see MMA in the Olympics. Second, he'd like to see the sport's participants develop a fighters' union.
Gray Maynard Talks Boxing Technique and UFC 125 Opponent Frankie Edgar
SB Nation's David St. Martin caught up with Gray Maynard, the man who will challenge Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 125. The interview has a lot of goodness including talk about how deserving he feels the WEC fighters are of competing in the UFC. But the part that sticks out most to me is this exchange where Maynard talks about his boxing and how Edgar's focus on Penn may give him an advantage.
Keith Jardine Documents Corruption At Nemesis Fighting, U.S. Secret Service Involved
The nightmare surrounding the Nemesis Fighting show in the Dominican Republic on Dec. 11 is still unfolding as more details emerge. The latest advancement is the U.S. Secret Service’s involvement in the investigation.
Keith Jardine, who fought and won during the show, has made a personal commitment to make sure the promoters who scammed the fighters either pay up or do some jail time for their part in the disastrous show that took place.
The UFC veteran is taking much of the responsibility simply because he knows a lot of the fighters that competed that fateful night, stayed on the card due to his involvement. He’s hopeful the work he’s doing now will at least help some of the fighters out from the financial strain caused by promoters Tim Fields and Bob Fill.
“I know some people stayed on this card because I was on it, and they would ask John (Madrid, Jardine’s manager) ‘Well, Keith’s still on it right?’ and they would stay on the card because of me, and that makes me feel really bad,” Jardine told MMAWeekly Radio. “So I’m doing my best, doing my part to gain control of the production of the fights to maybe get it on pay-per-view and get all the money to pay the fighter’s purses.”
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton official for "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" prelims
Polish WEC import Maciej Jewtuszko (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and British fighter Curt Warburton (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face-off Down Under.
UFC execs today officially announced the matchup, which had previously been reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), for the preliminary portion of "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch."
Featuring a welterweight headliner between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, UFC 127 takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event airs live on pay-per-view.
Strikeforce: Nick Diaz vs Evangelista Santos booked for Jan. 29 in San Jose
Nick Diaz's next fight won't be against Jason "Mayhem" Miller after all.
Instead, the Strikeforce welterweight champion has agreed to defend his title against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos on Jan. 29 in San Jose, Calif. Sources close to Strikeforce confirmed the booking with MMA Fighting early Wednesday morning.
The proposed Diaz vs. Miller fight couldn't be agreed upon by both parties due to Diaz not willing to fight at 185 and Miller not willing to drop down to 170. Neither camp was able to agree on a suitable catchweight.
So, in comes the 33-year-old Santos, the husband of Strikeforce 145-pound women's champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, who is 1-1 in Strikeforce and 18-13 overall. His lone win came against Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: Los Angeles in what also was his 170-pound debut.
Diaz, 23-7 (1 NC), successfully defended his title against KJ Noons in October. He became the first-ever Strikeforce welterweight champion last January when he defeated Marius Zaromskis via first-round TKO.
Five bouts, including Mendes vs. Omigawa, added to "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort"
The UFC's traditional Super Bowl weekend card is nearly complete, and UFC brass has announced five additional fights for "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort."
All five fights were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though a featherweight matchup between Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes and Japanese import Michihiro Omigawa had not yet been tied down to specific date by initial reports.
Featuring a middleweight title fight between current champion Anderson Silva and top challenger Vitor Belfort, UFC 126 takes place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The Mendes vs. Omigawa matchup takes place in the preliminary portion of UFC 126, as do previously reported bouts of Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor, Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson.
A previously reported fight between Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha is slated for the evening's main card.
WEC 53: 615,000 Viewers
World Extreme Cagefighting went out with a bang in the cage, and the promotion didn't do too bad in the ratings, either. With a pair of titles on the line in the final event in WEC history, "WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis" scored an impressive 0.62 household rating and an average audience of 615,000 viewers on Versus. The ratings figure marks the third-straight WEC event to experience a gain in viewership, and WEC 53 finishes as the seventh-highest rated event in the promotion's history. The post-event special on Versus drew 352,000 viewers.
Dustin Hazelett Released From UFC
Following a loss to Mark Bocek at UFC 124 in Montreal, Dustin Hazelett has been released from the UFC.
Sources close to the fighter confirmed Hazelett’s release to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
The Cincinnati-based fighter had fallen on tough times recently after knee surgery sidelined him for over a year. He returned and dropped his next three fights in a row.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz headlines UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle
A light-heavyweight matchup between Brazilian veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and UFC legend Tito Ortiz (15-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) is getting main-event treatment in March.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the contest, which originally was thought to be scheduled for UFC 128, instead will headline UFC Fight Night 24.
While officials have not formally announced UFC Fight Night 24, the event is expected to take place March 26 in Seattle and air on the UFC's longtime cable partner, Spike TV.
Report: Josh Koscheck Has Orbital Bone Surgery After UFC 124 Loss
Going into UFC 124, Josh Koscheck was sure that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was afraid to stand and strike with him. GSP disabused the challenger of that notion in the first round when he broke Koscheck's right orbital bone with a stiff jab.
GSP continued to attack the eye throughout the five rounds of the fight. Ringside doctors examined Koscheck between rounds but allowed Koscheck to fight all five rounds.
"Countdown to UFC 125" debuts Dec. 29 on Spike TV, replays on Versus
The UFC's traditional event preview show returns Dec. 29 with the debut of "Countdown to UFC 125."
The pay-per-view event takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard lightweight title fight and Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann co-headliner.
The preview show debuts at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
Replays are set for Dec. 31 (9 a.m. ET/PT) and Jan. 1 (6 p.m. ET/PT) on Spike TV and Dec. 30 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and midnight ET/9 p.m. PT) on Versus.
Megumi Fujii: New Life After A Loss
Before ending up on the losing end of a split decision to Zoila Frausto in the final round of Bellator’s 115-pound women’s tournament, Megumi Fujii was owner to one of the most impressive undefeated records in MMA. While she’ll tell you that she’s dealt with losses in previous athletic pursuits like judo, sambo, and submission grappling, since her August 2004 MMA debut, Fujii had never dealt with a loss in the way that most fighters in our sport inevitably have to.
Megumi Fujii reflects on her first career defeat in MMA, and discusses her return to action at Sengoku "Soul of Fight" on December 30th.