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Randy Couture wants Rua, Machida, or UFC retirement
(latimesblogs.latimes.com)
UFC hall of famer Randy Couture all but announced his retirement on Monday night via his official Twitter account, but told the Times he’d be willing to hold out for bouts against either UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua or former titleholder Lyoto Machida to cap off his storied 13-year MMA career. “Thanks to everybody who's been tweeting about seeing my fights I must have missed the memo :) I think I'm at the end of it Yall. It's time,” posted the 47-year-old fighting legend. When reached by the Times Monday evening, Couture (19-10) said he was surprised by the response he’d gotten from the message and hadn’t intended it as an “official statement” on his status. Still, he reiterated that his cage career was likely coming to an end. “I think I’m done. The time is right,” said Couture via text. “I’d fight Machida or Shogun but outside of that, I wanna focus on other things in my life.”
Submitted Dec 15, 2010 6:07AM by Shawn91111 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 127 Penn vs. Fitch Full Fight Card in Sydney; Melbourne Next?
(mmaweekly.com)
SYDNEY – Marshall Zelaznik, UFC Managing Director of International Development, on Tuesday officially announced the UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch event to be held on Feb. 27 in Sydney at Acer Arena. In front of a huge media contingent, Zelaznik spoke openly about how serious the UFC is about continuing to hold events in Australia. With recent elections in the state of Victoria there is every chance of the promotion moving to Melbourne for its next Aussie event following UFC 127, if legislation for sanctioning gets approved there.
Submitted Dec 14, 2010 1:38PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch: “I Think I’m Better Than Jake (Shields) And Should Be Fighting For The Title”
(mmaweekly.com)
Jon Fitch has never been a fighter to hold back on saying exactly what he’s feeling. After watching his teammate Josh Koscheck fall to Georges St-Pierre over the weekend, he then had to hear the news that Jake Shields would indeed be getting the next crack at the UFC welterweight title in 2011. While Fitch has his own fight coming up in Australia in February, he still believes the title shot should be his. Speaking in Australia on Monday, Fitch let it be known that he believes he’s a superior fighter to Shields, but knows he has a tough test ahead of him at UFC 127.
Submitted Dec 14, 2010 1:36PM by FastKnockout - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CEO Bjorn Rebney details Bellator's new three-year deal with MTV2
(mmajunkie.com)
A seemingly all-but-official deal with the FOX Entertainment Group wasn't in the cards for Bellator Fighting Championships, after all. Officials today announced the mixed-martial-arts promotion has signed a three-year broadcasting deal with MTV2, which will air two annual 12-week seasons live in the cable station's 80 million homes in 2011. Additionally, "offseason" events will air live between seasons. In an exclusive interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed the organization was in "advanced negotiations" with three TV groups but that the MTV option was, by far, the most attractive. "There is absolutely no question our first choice was MTV2," Rebney said today from Bellator's Chicago offices. "It's about who you reach and how reach them. There was no mistake in this deal or in this structure. TNT or USA or ESPN or FX or CBS or NBC or every TV station, the biggest concentration of men ages 12-34 is on MTV2. It's the same demo that lives and breathes MMA. "If you're going to build a brand ... in this space, where could there be a better home? There's no question this was the No. 1 option."
Submitted Dec 14, 2010 1:32PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Zuffa Sues Ubisoft
(sherdog.com)
Two more mixed martial arts-related lawsuits were filed last week, as Zuffa LLC, parent company of the UFC, filed a claim against Ubisoft and two Tapout investors filed a complaint against the company and its affiliates. Zuffa is claiming trademark infringement over the term “ULTIMATE FIGHTING” against Ubisoft, the company that recently produced and distributed a video game called “Fighters Uncaged.” The game drops players into the world of underground street-fighting and encourages gamers to become “the ULTIMATE FIGHTING weapon.”
Submitted Dec 13, 2010 2:41PM by TimW001 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake vs. GSP next???
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC boss: Shields next for title, but St-Pierre, Silva have cleaned out their divisions
Submitted Dec 13, 2010 12:53PM by icantthinkofanything - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Duane 'Bang' Ludwig Signs New 4-Fight Contract with UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
It’s been a long, hard road back for Duane “Bang” Ludwig but perseverance and hard work pays off and now the UFC has rewarded the Colorado fighter a new four fight contract with the promotion. Ludwig’s manager Sven Bean confirmed the new contract with MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
Submitted Dec 13, 2010 9:14AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marius Zaromskis vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Title Match Booked for Dynamite!!
(mmafighting.com)
It was well short of the 10 fights we were promised, but on Monday at the ANA InterContinental Hotel in Tokyo, FEG President Sadaharu Tanigawa, DREAM Executive Producer Keiichi Sasahara and the newly announced Dynamite!! Executive Producer Antonio Inoki made five bouts official for FEG's end of year effort. Marius Zaromskis will defend his DREAM Welterweight Title for the first time against Kazushi Sakuraba who will be making his debut as a welterweight at 41 years old; 2010 K-1 MAX 63 kg Japan Tournament Champion Tetsuya Yamato will return to the FEG ring for the first time since capturing the promotion's first belt at that weight limit to face K-1 débutante Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura; and UFC veteran Caol Uno will debut as a featherweight against Kazuyuki Miyata.
Submitted Dec 13, 2010 9:00AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Joe Stevenson Will Not Be Cut After KO Loss To Mac Danzig
(mmamania.com)
Not yet anyway, according to Dana White after UFC 124. "We like guys that fight, we like guys that come in and lay it on the line. Joe Stevenson's had a bad run, it's so tough to cut a guy that comes in and does what he's supposed to do, and he's one of those guys. He got knocked out trying to knock (Danzig) out tonight. That's what happened. We'll see what happens with Joe Stevenson. I respect him, Joe (Silva) respects him, we like him and I wouldn't say he's getting cut, no." Stevenson is 2-4 in his last 6 fights.
Submitted Dec 12, 2010 12:29PM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
GSP Wants 131 Slot, Velasquez-Dos Santos Also Possible
(mmajunkie.com)
With the UFC's return to Canada already slated for April, it was easy to anticipate the question. Will Canadian superstar and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre be available to headline April's UFC 131 event, which marks the promotion's debut in Toronto and takes place at the 69,000-seat Rogers Centre? If it's GSP's choice, absolutely. But not so fast, says Dana White. "The fight just got over," White said. "Like I say all the time, every time we go into the press conference, you guys are trying to make fights. I just don't know yet." UFC 131 is scheduled for April 30. If St-Pierre does commit to the four-and-a-half month turnaround, it will be the shortest span between fights for the champ since the sub-four-month break he had between his rematch with Matt Serra and his August 2008 win over Jon Fitch. St-Pierre will need a doctor's clearance first, but immediately after the fight, he said he felt up to the challenge. "I think I'm OK," St-Pierre said. "I will see the doctor. I have some bumps and bruises, but I'm healthy. So far, with the adrenaline, I feel good. We'll see in a few minutes when things slow down, but I think I can go back to training in maybe two or three days." Dana also said while nothing is set 131 has a chance to also host the Cain Velasquez-Junior Dos Santos UFC Heavyweight Title match.
Submitted Dec 12, 2010 12:27PM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Claims 23,152 Attendance, $4.6 Million Gate For UFC 124
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected, the UFC's fourth-ever trip to Montreal's Bell Centre was a smashing success at the box office. But it only broke one of the two records the organization hoped would fall. According to UFC president Dana White, Saturday's "UFC 124: Koscheck vs. St-Pierre II" event drew a North American MMA record 23,152 attendees for a live gate of $4.586 million, which fell short of the worldwide MMA record. That record is still $5.397 million at UFC 66 back in 2006. Both are expected to fall in April, however, when UFC 131 is held in Toronto at the 69,000 seat Rogers Centre.
Submitted Dec 12, 2010 12:23PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 124 Post-Fight Bonuses
(mmajunkie.com)
At the UFC 124 post-fight press conference, Dana White announced the Bonus Of The Night winners. The KO Of The Night went ot Mac Danzig, Submission Of The Night went to Jim MIller and Mark Bocek, while fans voted Georges St. Pierre-Josh Koscheck as Fight Of The Night. Danzig, GSP & Kos all earned $100,000 for theirs while Bocek & Miller split it and each get $50,000. For the first time in company history, fans voted online for the "Fight of the Night" winners – much to White's chagrin. "They blew it," joked White, who said it won't be back. For what it's worth, Dana said his FOTN was Sean Pierson vs. Matt Riddle.
Submitted Dec 12, 2010 12:21PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fans Choose UFC FOTN For First Time.
(ufc.com)

myandroid713 RT @DigitalRoyalty UFC President @DanaWhite is allowing fans to decide "Fight of the Night". An unprecedented move. 8 minutes ago via Touiteur Retweeted by danawhite and 4 others
Dana White will offer a $100,000 bonus to be split between the two fighters who participate in tonight's Fight of the Night. And for the first time ever, he's letting the fans choose it. Starting at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT, fans around the world can vote at www.UFCVote.com via computer, iPhone/iPad or Android phone -- you can change your mind throughout the night, but only your final vote will be counted. At the end of the broadcast, votes will be tallied and Dana will announce the winning bout at the Post Fight Press Conference, which can be viewed live at UFCLive.com. YEAH!!!
Submitted Dec 11, 2010 6:55PM by BlueSkiesBurn - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Zuffa Cuts LC Davis
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Another casualty of the UFC-WEC merger was announced yesterday as Zuffa has released WEC fighter LC Davis. Davis was 3-2 overall in Zuffa but is on the Losing Streak Of Doom after winning his first 3 WEC fights. Additionally, all but one of his last 7 fights have been decisions.
Submitted Dec 11, 2010 9:52AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alistair Overeem Wins K-1 Grand Prix
(mmafighting.com)
Alistair Overeem already owns the Strikeforce MMA heavyweight title. Now he owns the most prestigious championship in heavyweight kickboxing. Overeem won the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 2010 with a brutal display of striking Saturday in Japan, using a vicious body shot to stop Peter Aerts in the final of his three fights in the eight-man, one-night tournament.
Submitted Dec 11, 2010 6:44AM by lohmann - 17 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Brock Lesnar’s Return Date Undetermined, Won’t Appear In WWE
(mmaweekly.com)
Brock Lesnar’s next fight in the UFC still has not been determined, but one place he won’t be in 2011 is making a guest appearance in the WWE come Wrestlemania time. Following his title loss to Cain Velasquez in October, Lesnar went on sabbatical to go hunting and get away from the fight game for a little while and also to spend time with his family. Since then, the questions continuously come in about when Lesnar could return. While UFC president Dana White has said nothing is on the table that might soon change. Speaking to the media on Thursday, White plans on having a conversation with Lesnar’s team next week to start ironing out some details.
Submitted Dec 10, 2010 9:39PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 124's Sean McCorkle wants to fight aging legends after Stefan Struve
(mmajunkie.com)
Sean McCorkle is past the days of fighting for any other reason than cash. So what better way to make more green than to piggyback off a few aging legends? After he beats Stefan Struve (20-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) tomorrow at UFC 124, McCorkle (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said, he'd like to up his earning potential against fighters whose best days are behind them. "Preferably once they're on their last legs and are no longer very competitive," McCorkle told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Like when Mike Tyson fought Larry Holmes, or when Holmes fought Ali way past [Ali's] prime." The somewhat-serious UFC heavyweight said he already has a few names in mind. "I'd like to have maybe (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira in two or three years and (Brock) Lesnar in 10, maybe," he said. "I keep telling people I'd love to fight Mirko 'Cro Cop' (Filipovic) after Struve. "People think I'm crazy, and then I remind them that Mark Hunt beat Mirko when 'Cro Cop' was in his prime. Especially if the 'Cro Cop' that fought Frank Mir (at UFC 119) shows up. You fight a guy like that, and you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain."
Submitted Dec 10, 2010 9:36PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Todd Duffee meets Abe Wagner at January's Titan Fighting event on HDNet
(mmajunkie.com)
Three months after his unexpected release from the UFC, Todd Duffee will begin the process of rebuilding his career. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that Duffee is scheduled to appear on a Titan Fighting Championships event scheduled for Jan. 29 in Kansas City, Kan. Duffee (6-1) meets "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member Abe Wagner (6-3) at the HDNet-televised event, according to Duffee's manager, Monte Cox. It's Duffee's first fight since May, when he was upset at UFC 114 by Chicago fighter Mike Russow. After dominating the fight on the feet for two-plus rounds, the iron-jawed Russow landed a right hand that knocked Duffee out cold in one of the most dramatic come-from-behind wins in UFC history. Duffee, who works with Grudge Training Center in Denver, was expected to take on Jon Madsen at UFC 121 but withdrew from the fight in August with a knee injury. Less than a month later, he received an email from the UFC notifying him that he had been cut by the promotion because of his loss to Russow.
Submitted Dec 10, 2010 9:35PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto Signs With UFC; Debuts Against Demetrious Johnson In February
(mmaweekly.com)
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto is coming to the UFC and his first fight has now been confirmed as the Japanese fighter will meet Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in a bantamweight fight likely set for UFC 126 in Las Vegas. Sources close to the negotiations confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Friday, with at least verbal agreements in place for the February bout. Yamamoto just signed with the UFC as confirmed by president Dana White on Twitter as of Thursday night. The former Dream and K-1 fighter was a powerhouse just a few years ago and widely considered the top featherweight in the sport before injuries and a run at the Olympics put his career on hold.
Submitted Dec 10, 2010 1:03PM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mayhem Miller Cuts Political-Style Video Making Fun Of Diaz
(middleeasy.com)
One could make the argument that if Nick Diaz can fight Mayhem Miller in EA Sports MMA at 185lbs, then he can do the same in real life. One could also make the argument that if aliens ever invaded earth, all you would need to do is throw a sticky grenade at their head and then quickly run away. If I were a professor at a University, I would say something along the lines of 'videogames blend the element of reality and unreal for the user' and then rattle on for an hour about 'auteur theory'. Fortunately, this is MiddleEasy; a place where we photoshop the heads of MMA fighters on the bodies of really hot chicks for no apparent reason. Complex media theory means little around these parts. The source is from Miller's actual blog.
Submitted Dec 10, 2010 10:22AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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