Sonnen vs. Munoz | Sanchez vs. Ellenberger likely to headline UFC on FOX 2
According to sources close to the fighters, Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen will meet in a number one middleweight contender bout early next year. It looks to be the headliner of UFC on FOX 2 with rumors that Munoz’s teammate, Jake Ellenberger will also be featured against Diego Sanchez. Another rumored bout is Melvin Guillard vs Jim Miller for the event taking place on January 28th at the United Center in Chicago.
Sonnen has been on record saying he will stay active rather than wait for Anderson Silva to be ready to defend his title again. Munoz has a huge opportunity to fight his way into the number one contender slot he has stated he is gunning for. The winner will likely face Silva around June, as Dana White has stated that is the timetable for the undisputed champ’s return to action.
UFC 144: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso In The Works For Japan Event
A bantamweight bout is being reported for UFC 144, as Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) and Chris ‘Kamikaze’ Cariaso have reportedly made verbal agreements for the Japanese event.
The report comes from MMAWeekly.com who learned of the bout from sources “close to the match-up”.
UFC 144 is expected to take place on February 25th at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. No word on what portion of the card the bout might take place was provided.
Dana White unsure if Cung Le will return to the UFC
"I don't know, I don't know we'll see. You know he's up there, his dream was to fight in the UFC. He got to the fight in the UFC and fight Wanderlie Silva. You think about it, Cung Le is one of these guys who comes from traditional martial arts. What this guy has accomplished in transitioning from rational martial arts into MMA, it's pretty damn amazing. I have so much respect for that guy as a fighter and as a human being."
-- One and done? UFC President Dana White tells MMAFighting.com that he is unsure if the Cung Le, 39, will return for an encore performance with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Le, who was coming off a 17-month layoff heading into his fight with Wanderlei Silva this past weekend (Nov. 19) at UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson, suffered only the second loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career to "The Axe Murderer.
UFC 139 payouts: Cung Le earns event-high $350,000 in defeat
Dan Henderson -- $250,000
Mauricio Rua -- $165,000
Henderson defeated Rua via unanimous decision
Wanderlei Silva -- $200,000
Cung Le -- $350,000
Silva defeated Le via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Urijah Faber -- $64,000 ($32,000 to show, $32,000 to win)
Brian Bowles -- $19,000
Faber defeated Bowles via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
Stephan Bonnar -- $68,000 ($34,000 to show, $34,000 to win)
Kyle Kingsbury -- $10,000
Bonnar defeated Kingsbury via unanimous decision
Martin Kampmann -- $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)
Rick Story -- $19,000
Kampmann defeated Story via split decision
Ryan Bader -- $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Jason Brilz -- $13,000
Bader defeated Brilz via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Michael McDonald -- $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Alex Soto -- $6,000
McDonald defeated Soto via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Chris Weidman -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Tom Lawlor -- $12,000
Weidman defeated Lawlor via submission (d'arce choke) in round one
Gleison Tibau -- $54,000 ($27,000 to show, $27,000 to win)
Rafael dos Anjos -- $16,000
Tibau defeated dos Anjos via split decision
Miguel Torres -- $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Nick Pace -- $4,000
Torres defeated Pace via unanimous decision
Seth Baczynski -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Matt Brown -- $12,000
Baczynski defeated Brown via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
Danny Castillo -- $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Shamar Bailey -- $8,000
Castillo defeated Bailey via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Fedor in talks with UFC again
There has been talk speculating that Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent is going to be Olympian Satoshi Ishii on New Years. However, a source from Emelianenko's camp has informed us that they are negotiating with the UFC once again.
The terms are much different now due to the fact that he lost three in a row and is no longer as valuable as he once was, and Fedor's management knows this. As of right now, nothing has been signed, but negotiations are going smoothly.
take a look at who he is rumored to debut against
SPOILER: Alvarez vs Chandler + Bellator 58 results
In one of the best fights the Bellator cage has ever hosted, undefeated lightweight Michael Chandler fulfilled his dream of becoming a world champion at Bellator 58 with a fourth round submission victory over the reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez on Saturday.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was in a frenzy as Alvarez set out to defend his Bellator title since capturing the belt in Belltaor’s first season. In his first title defense, his superior boxing led to a five round decision win over the last tournament champion, Pat Curran, but this time his opponent wouldn't stop moving forward. Alvarez was able to fend off Chandler's takedown attempts, but Chandler connected with too many power punches and had Alvarez on the fence multiple times.
In the fourth round, one of Chandler’s powerful punches stunned Alvarez and dropped the Lightweight Champion to the mat, where Chandler was able to gain full mount with a knee to belly pass. He poured the pressure on Alvarez and forced him to turn over where he sunk in a rear naked choke and forced a tap almost immediately. Chandler was awarded the win, and more importantly the Bellator Lightweight Championship.
“Chandler vs. Alvarez was quite simply the best mixed martial arts fight I have ever seen,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “After having watched over 1,000 fights since the early 1990s, I’ve never seen a better back and forth battle. Chandler’s win over Alvarez is a win over a fighter who I believed was the best lightweight in the world, while at the same time is a testament to what Bellator is all about....."
sadly this happened on the same night as the epicness of Rua vs Hendo. Rebney will have to change his stance after watching this
Wanderlei Silva Thinks Cung Le Should Thank Him for New Hollywood Look
Wanderlei Silva is one of the UFC's most beloved fighters, an honor he has earned through a long career filled with memorable fights and an easy to appreciate desire to put on thrilling fights. At UFC 139 he picked up a very big win after stopping Cung Le with strikes in the second round.
Now Silva tells MMA Heat's Karyn Bryant that Cung Le should thank him for the beating he handed out. Best quote from the video (ht: MMA Mania):
He's a really good fighter, he's a tough, tough guy. Right now with that nose, he's going to make more money in Hollywood because now he looks like a more real fighter. He should thank me for making his nose look better. For his job, it's so good.
Carlos Condit to Face Josh Koscheck at UFC 143
As expected, Carlos Condit won't sit around and wait for Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz to decide the direction of the UFC welterweight division.
Instead, Condit will face former No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 143.
Koscheck announced the fight on his own, and a source confirmed that Condit has at least verbally agreed to take the bout.
Chael Sonnen Accepts Anderson Silva's Challenge to Fight in Brazil
Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva is a rivalry that clearly isn't going to calm down any until the two men have their rematch. Sonnen gave Silva everything he could handle for the majority of their first fight before getting caught in a triangle choke and submitted late in the fifth round.
Since that point we've had fans and Sonnen clamor for a rematch while Silva's camp has seemingly done everything they can to say that Sonnen should be at the back of the line. Anderson though has said that he will fight whoever the UFC tells him to fight and UFC president Dana White has said that the two will need to rematch.
Recently Silva said that if Chael wants the rematch they can do the fight in Brazil and now Sonnen took to Twitter to say he'll travel for the fight if needed
Fabricio Werdum Still Campaigning For Octagon Return
MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant talks with Fabricio Werdum backstage at UFC 139 and hears what he has to say about Wanderlei Silva’s win over Cung Le. Fabricio and Wand train together at Kings MMA, and Fabricio gives us some insight to the training camp, the game plan for neutralizing Cung’s kicks and the importance of sticking to strategy in light of what happened in the Chris Leben bout. He also fills us in on his efforts to fight Brendan Schaub at the next UFC show in Rio De Janeiro.
UFC 139 Results: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Wants to Rematch Dan Henderson
MMA fans were treated to something special when Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua met in the main event of UFC 139. Both men had moments where it appeared they were about to be finished, but displayed incredible courage in continuing to fight until the final bell.
It was one of the best fights in MMA history, and Shogun wants to do it again. Via UOL Esporte (translation via Tom Mendes)
Fedor Emelianenko explains why he didn't try to finish Jeff Monson In Russia (Video)
Thank God I have no injuries ... I'm very grateful to God for losses and for wins, so I feel very good. I was very happy with [the outcome] because everything we planned before with my coaches, I did exactly what they asked me to do. I went for the kill once before against Fabricio Werdum and I paid dearly for that. This time I thought I better change my strategy. I was very happy with my performance the way I strategized the entire fight. Monson was a tough fighter and I was just happy that I won.
Report: Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 144 in Japan
More fight news coming in for the UFC's return to Japan at UFC 144 next February, and once again, it involves a name very familiar to Japanese MMA fans. MMAWeekly is reporting that it will be Pride and K-1 veteran Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo in Japan.
A heavyweight bout between Chieck Kongo and Mark Hunt has been verbally agreed to for UFC 144 in Japan, although independent sources told MMAWeekly.com that no contracts have been signed as of yet.
MFC 3 Wilson Gouveia eager for comeback battle with Dwayne Lewis
Despite more than a year away from action, it took Wilson Gouveia nothing more than a quick instant to agree to face his upcoming opponent at MFC 32: Bitter Rivals.
With a wholly healed body and a fighting spirit back intact, Gouveia eagerly accepted the challenge of taking on heavy-handed Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis. There wasn’t a moment’s hesitation, not a pause to ponder things over, and absolutely not one bit of doubt in his response
Hendo and Shogun; Too much for TV? you decide!
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It's already earned praise as one of the greatest fights in UFC history – if not MMA history.
But Dan Henderson's epic victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Saturday's UFC 139 main event could have been disastrous had it aired on FOX instead of pay-per-view, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
And if you don't agree, well, you know the drill: You can shut your pie hole.
Is Faber next for Cruz?
UFC president Dana White on Saturday night confirmed that Faber's UFC 139 win over Brian Bowles was indeed enough to earn "The California Kid" a quick rematch with UFC bantamweight champion Cruz.
Cruz, of course, defeated Faber in the main event of July's UFC 132 event. However, Faber remains the only man to have ever beaten Cruz after downing the then-featherweight in a March 2007 contest under the WEC banner.
"He's in," White said of Faber. "I think Urijah looked good tonight."