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Unbeaten 135-pounders Johnny Bedford and Erik Perez meet at UFC 159
Two fighters unbeaten in the UFC's bantamweight division will meet in April when Johnny Bedford (19-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) takes on Erik Perez (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 159. Bedford today announced the fight via Twitter. UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a main event between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. It's not clear where Bedford vs. Perez will be placed on the lineup. The latest UFC 159 card includes: Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light-heavyweight title Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson Sheila Gaff vs. Sara McMann Johnny Bedford vs. Erik Perez Nick Catone vs. James Head Jimy Hettes vs. Steven Siler Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 4:57PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
'WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson' lineup finalized, Villefort-McCray joins card
The lineup for this month's "World Series of Fighting 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson" event is complete with three new preliminary-card bouts. The event takes place March 23 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The main card, including a heavyweight headliner between Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and Anthony Johnson (14-4), airs on NBC Sports Network. Officials previously announced most of the card, but three prelim fighters now have opponents. The full WSOF 2 card includes: MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network, 9:30 p.m. ET) Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson Dave Branch vs. Paulo Filho Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET) Kris McCray vs. Danillo Villefort Igor Gracie vs. Richard Patishnock Cameron Dollar vs. Waylon Lowe Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Chris Wade Rick Glenn vs. Alexandre Pimentel
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 4:56PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Thiago Silva vs. Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante planned for UFC 162
Earlier today it was effectively confirmed that Anderson Silva will fight Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162. There's more news coming in that another Silva is expected to fight on this card, as Thiago Silva fights Rafael Cavalcante on July 6th, in a battle of powerful strikers. Via MMA Fighting: The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion is expected to meet Thiago Silva at UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the fight. The UFC has yet to make the fight official.
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 3:56PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland official as UFC 161 headliner
A title fight between interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and former WEC bantamweight champ Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will headline UFC 161. Sources with knowledge of the planned bout told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that it has been verbally agreed to on one side. ESPN initially tweeted news of the fight today while citing UFC President Dana White. UFC officials later issued a formal announcement. UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MPS Centre in Winnipeg and is the promotion's first visit to the Manitoba province in Canada. Already booked for the event are Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and Jake Shields-Tyron Woodley.
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 3:33PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman set for UFC 162 headliner
As expected, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) will meet top contender Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) on Independence Day weekend at UFC 162. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of the targeted bout, and Newsday.com today confirmed it as official with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta....
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 1:58PM by postman - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Injured Johnny Eduardo pulled from next week's UFC 158 lineup
An injury has forced Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) out of next week's UFC 158 event and his bantamweight bout with Yves Jabouin (18-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC). UFC officials today announced the change, though the nature of Eduardo's injury wasn't revealed. It's not clear if a replacement will be sought, though with just 10 days until the event, it could be a challenge.
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 12:57PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Francisco Rivera and Hugo Viana Agree to UFC on FX 8 Bantamweight Battle
UFC bantamweights Francisco Rivera and Hugo Viana have agreed to fight at UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold on May 18.
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 11:45AM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Former UFC Champ Ricco Rodriguez Reportedly Arrested On Suspicion of DUI
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez was allegedly arrested on suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles on Sunday morning.
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 11:44AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
Matt Riddle suspicious of failed drug test, planning to look into it
Former UFC welterweight, Matt Riddle, discusses his unexpected release from the UFC, smoking habits, Dan Hardy and career future in this detailed interview.
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 11:38AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
NSAC's Keith Kizer: 'I don't see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us'
If Vitor Belfort wants to continue his mixed martial arts (MMA) career while receiving testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), he'll have to do it somewhere other than "Sin City," which just so happens to be home base of his employer, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). That's because "The Phenom" doesn't meet the requirements for the controversial treatment under the guidelines of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Any fighter previously popped for steroid abuse -- which is a contributing factor to low testosterone later on in life -- is immediately disqualified. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer comments to Bleacher Report: "I don't see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us. I really don't and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he's trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment good for him and I hope he is doing that. The rules are the rules and you have to draw the line somewhere."
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 9:36AM by SmileR - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish slated for UFC on FX 8
A lightweight fight has been added to UFC on FX 8 in May. Gleison Tibau and John Cholish have verbally agreed to fight on the card, which is set to take place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil, sources close to the fight confirmed with MMAFighting.com...
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 8:04AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 7 Recap: Styles Make Fights
Josh Samman scored a knockout win of Tor Troeng in last week’s episode, but injured his leg in the victory. He woke up the following morning in “severe” pain. Samman pulled a quad muscle during tryouts for a previous season of The Ultimate Fighter and formed a blood clot in his leg that required an extensive surgery to correct. He was worried history was repeating itself. He was taken to the hospital for observation and tests. After an ultrasound, it was determined that he did not have a blood clot...
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 7:56AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox faces licensing problems
Fallon Fox is bracing herself for controversy, and as the first on-record transgender female fighter in mixed martial arts, she's going to get plenty of it. On Monday, the 37-year-old Fox (2-0) revealed exclusively to SI.com that she's a transgender fighter -- the first on record, male or female, to compete in the combat sport. Fox won her second professional bout with a 39-second knockout (via knee) last Saturday at Championship Fighting Alliance 10 in Coral Gables, Fla. Fox, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006 along with the supplemental hormonal therapy, is scheduled to fight again for the CFA on April 20 in the semifinals of its eight-woman featherweight tournament. However, Fox's license approval is now under investigation with Florida's Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation...
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 12:42AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
Dave Meltzer: Ronda Rousey is the number five PPV draw in UFC
The early estimate for the UFC 157 PPV buy rate is in the 400,000-500,000 range, more or less in the middle of that range. Dave claims UFC budgeted itself for 250,000 PPV buys for the Anaheim Pond event, hoping that Ronda would draw around what the smaller fighters like Jose Aldo & Frankie Edgar draw. Drawing 250,000 PPV buys is fine, 300,000 is good, and 400,000 is very good. “A big success” even though “it’s still Liz Carmouche in the main event.” Both women made north of $150,000 USD in terms of money from the fight. When Dave first saw the original PPV barker ad for the UFC 157 show (the now infamous Rousey mean/smile combo ad), he said it hit him that it’s two girls fighting and that it wasn’t going to draw so well. The early ticket sales in Anaheim were around 4,000 sold for $600,000 at the gate. However, unlike normal UFC business trends, the event ended up sold out and had more momentum for the close...
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Bantamweight Francisco Rivera signs new four-fight deal with UFC
UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera, unbeaten in three fights since his return to the promotion, has re-upped with the company after his most recent victory a month ago. Representatives at Iridium Sports Agency on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Rivera (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has inked a new four-fight deal with the UFC.
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 8:37PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FX 8 official for Brazil in May; Rio-Trinaldo, Hollett-Maldonado added
The UFC's return to Brazil now is official for May, along with a pair of newly booked fights. "UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold" is set for May 18 at Arena Jaragua, which is located in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. UFC officials on Tuesday made a formal announcement of the card and its current lineup of fights. The main card of UFC on FX 8, featuring a middleweight bout between Brazilian favorite Vitor Belfort (22-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and final Strikeforce 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. In addition to a slate of previously reported bouts for the card, the UFC announced bouts between lightweights Mike Rio (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Francisco Trinaldo (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and light heavyweights Roger Hollett (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Fabio Maldonado (18-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC). The latest UFC on FX 8 card includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham CB Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira Lance Benoist vs. Paulo Thiago Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo Roger Hollett vs. Fabio Maldonado
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 8:36PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL 8's best and worst
The UFC's return to the Saitama Super Arena was a bit slow in the early part of the show, but everything picked up nicely and culminated in a superb top of the card demonstration of utterly insane MMA. From Mark Hunt's brutal knockout of Stefan Stuve to the ferocious battle between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann, there was much to enjoy about Saturday's fights. Then again, the controversial decision between Takanori Gomi and Diego Sanchez wasn't particularly great and neither was the performance of Hector Lombard. It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise from UFC on FUEL TV 8...
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 7:46PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC to run twelve 'Fight Night' cards on Fox Sports 1 starting from August through end-of-year
Big news for MMA fans broke today, as Fox Sports executives confirmed that the UFC will hold bi-weekly fight cards on the new Fox Sports 1 channel, which will launch on Saturday, August 17th.
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 3:42PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann bout more than doubles all-time FUEL ratings record
UFC and Fox officials were in celebratory mood over the success of Saturday night's UFC on FUEL TV 8 show headlined by Wanderlei Silva's knockout win over Brian Stann. The fight of the year candidate - on a show featuring Silva's, Mark Hunt's and Takanori Gomi's return to fighting in Japan after years of absence - drew 485,000 viewers live for the three-hour show. That more than doubles the previous all-time record for the station of 217,000 viewers set for UFC on FUEL TV 1, headlined by Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger, on February 15, 2012...
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 1:35PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator's Douglas Lima breaks hand, tourney final with Saunders moves to summer
A broken hand has forced Douglas Lima (24-5 MMA, 6-1 BFC) out of his Season 8 welterweight tournament final with Ben Saunders (16-5-2 MMA, 7-2 BFC), Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced. However, rather than plugging in a replacement, the organization simply will delay the fight a few months and host it as part of its annual Summer Series of events. An exact date hasn't been determined, a Bellator official today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fighters initially were slated to fight on March 21 at Bellator 93, which airs on Spike TV from Lewiston, Maine.
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 12:50PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
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