Johnson vs. Dodson to headline UFC on FOX 6
Yet another title fight is heading to FOX.
Newly crowned UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) will make the first defense of his belt against TUF 14 winner John Dodson (14-5) in the main event of UFC on FOX 6, according to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani.
In addition, a long-awaited contenders match-up pitting Donald Cerrone (19-4, 1 NC) against former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (15-2) is being targeted for the FOX-televised main card.
UFC VETERAN DREW MCFEDRIES RECOVERING AFTER WEEKEND STABBING AT IOWA NIGHTCLUB
Former UFC middleweight Drew McFedries was stabbed Saturday night while working security at a nightclub in Davenport, Iowa.
Sherdog.com confirmed McFedries’ injury Tuesday with the fighter’s manager, Monte Cox, who relayed that McFedries was stabbed on the left side of his back, with the blade hitting his scapula. McFedries, who has worked at the club for about six months, managed to control the man until police arrived, according Cox, who revealed that the fighter was released after a few hours in the hospital.
Bellator 81 Card Set With Clementi-Held, Tirloni-Jansen Lightweight Tourney Semifinals
The full fight card is set for next week's Bellator 81 event.
Rich Clementi (45-21-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) meets Marcin Held (11-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) in the main event, and Ricardo Tirloni (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Dave Jansen (18-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) in the co-feature, with the winners advancing to fight each other in the Season 7 light weight tournament finals.
Also on the main card, two-time featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro (22-4 MMA, 5-2 BFC) meets UFC and Strikeforce veteran Dustin Neace (23-18 MMA, 0-0 UFC). And in a middleweight fight, Jonas Billstein (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) meets Perry Filkins (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
Bellator 81 takes place Nov. 16 at Ryan Center at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. The MTV2-televised main card follows prelims on Spike.com.
The full Bellator 81 card includes:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
•Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held
•Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni
•Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro
•Jonas Billstein vs. Perry Filkins
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
•Robbie LeRoux vs. Ruben Rey
•Paul Barrow vs. Matt Bessette
•Valter Roberto vs. Brennan Ward
•Dan McGuane vs. Mike Mucitelli
•Dan Cramer vs. Joe Lamoureux
•Andrew Calandrelli vs. Joe McGann
Josh Barnett Expects to Fight on January Strikeforce Card
The current plan is for Strikeforce to put on a “mega show” in January 2013 to help make up for the last two cards that had to be cancelled due to numerous injuries that ravaged the top fighters expected to compete.
One fighter who is among those stuck in limbo is heavyweight Josh Barnett, who has a single fight left under the Strikeforce banner until he’s free to pursue other interests. Strikeforce did away with the heavyweight division in 2012 with the exception of Barnett and Daniel Cormier who were the finalists in the first ever Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
While nothing has been signed, Barnett believes that he will be a part of the huge show planned for January with Strikeforce, allowing him to fulfill the final fight on his deal.
“I do know that I’m looking forward to fighting sometime in January for Strikeforce, and giving all the fans that have been following me on Showtime and Strikeforce exactly what they expect,” Barnett told Inside MMA on Monday.
UFC suspends Bonnar one year; Herman ordered to undergo treatment, suspension awaits
The UFC today suspended one fighter and targeted sanctions for another following positive post-fight drug tests at UFC 153.
Stephan Bonnar tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone and was suspended for one year. Dave Herman came back positive for marijuana and was earmarked for a suspension and drug treatment program.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com, adding that the promotion expects to introduce a new drug testing policy by the end of the year.
Cage Warriors 50 takes shape with Wilkinson-Johnston, Whiteford-Fishgold
The fight card is taking shape for next month's Cage Warriors 50 event.
Officials today announced a welterweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 12" quarterfinalist Aaron Wilkinson (10-5) and Scottish prospect Alan Johnston (6-1-1).
It joins a previously announced featherweight bout of Robert Whiteford (9-1) vs. Chris Fishgold (7-0).
Cage Warriors 50 takes place Dec. 8 at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following prelims on Facebook.
The latest Cage Warriors 50 card includes:
•Chris Fishgold vs. Robert Whiteford
•Alan Johnston vs. Aaron Wilkinson
•Paul McVeigh vs. TBA
•Graham Turner vs. TBA
Bjorn Rebney: High hopes for Bellator's welterweight division 'rock stars'
Bellator Fighting Championship's reigning 170-pound champion has been, for lack of a better word, untouchable.
Oh, sure, Ben Askren's been tested, if you consider "tested" to be a couple guys taking some rounds against him. Jay Hieron even got a judge to say he beat him.
But for the most part, it's been smooth sailing for the standout wrestler.And maybe that's why Bjorn Rebney is starting to get excited about the near future for his welterweight roster.
World Series of Fighting 1 ratings for NBC Sports Network debut
World Series of Fighting has some work to do before it draws the types of ratings the UFC formerly did.
WSOF 1 took place this past weekend on NBC Sports Network cable channel previously known as Versus during the UFC's six-event run from 2010-2011.
WSOF 1, the upstart organization's debut event, averaged 197,000 viewers, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources
Lightweights Saggo-Hadin, Assenza-Cote added to Score Fighting Series 7 on Nov. 23
A pair of lightweight bouts have been added to Score Fighting Series' event later this month.
Jason Saggo (7-1) meets Iraj Hadin (6-4), while Score Fighting Series veteran Adam Assenza (2-1) faces off with promotional newcomer Tommy Cote (3-3). Promotion officials recently announced the two fights.
Score Fighting Series 7 takes place Nov. 23 at Hamilton Place Theatre in Ontario, Canada.
The latest card for Score Fighting Series 7 now includes:
Jordan Mein vs. Forrest Petz
Josh Hill vs. Rafael Rebello
Ryan Healy vs. Jesse Ronson
Kevin Morin vs. Alex Ricci
Brandt Dewsbery vs. Ryan Dickson
Iraj Hadin vs. Jason Saggo
Adam Assenza vs. Tommy Cote
Will Romero vs. TBA
Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira name 'TUF: Brazil 2' coaching staffs
Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira have named their coaching staffs for "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2."
The veteran UFC heavyweights recently were named head coaches for the upcoming reality show, which begins filming early next year for an expected March debut.
Some notable names are part of the coaching squads.
Team Werdum features Wanderlei Silva (MMA), Rafael Cordeiro (muay Thai), Rubens Cobrinha (jiu-jitsu), Kenny Johnson (wrestling) and Felipe Werdum (capoeira), according to a report from Globo.
Team Nogueira, meanwhile, features Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (MMA), Everaldo Penco (jiu-jitsu), Eric Albarracin (wrestling), Sheymon Moraes (muay Thai) and Vitor Miranda (kickboxing).
Fowlkes: MMA's drug problem is real – and it isn't getting any better
It's funny how differently fighters react to positive drug tests when it's the UFC administering them, isn't it?
It's kind of like when you were a kid and you quickly learned which teachers could be taken advantage of and which were to be feared from a great distance.
Just look at how things went down after UFC 153 in Brazil, where the UFC's independent testing efforts nabbed Stephan Bonnar for steroids and Dave Herman for marijuana.
Thiago Alves taking year off, out until 2013
UFC welterweight Thiago Alves has decided to take a bit of a break from MMA. The former top contender was expected to face off with Yoshihiro Akiyama, then Siyar Bahadurzada back at UFC 149 in July but had to pull out after tearing his pec, which requited surgery. He has now put out a statement saying he won't be returning until the middle of next year (via BuddhaSport)
"Following my chest surgery, my management and myself have decided to take this year off to fix my left knee as well as all my other little injuries to come back stronger than ever in 2013 to make another run for the title and get it this time. I should be back by June 2013."
Alves (19-9) hasn't fared too well since a decision loss to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100, going just 2-3 since then. His last bout was a late loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 in March, in a bout he was controlling until an ill-advised takedown attempt in the third round got him stuck in a guillotine. He's long been known as one of the better strikers in the division.
Anthony Johnson Open to Heavyweight Super Fight Against Andrei Arlovski
Anthony Johnson is a man who enjoys challenges.
Just days after his highlight reel knockout over D.J. Linderman at World Series of Fighting 1 in Las Vegas, he’s already got a few ideas for what he’d like to do next.
Throughout his career, Johnson has tested the limits of his body and skill set bouncing from welterweight all the way to light heavyweight, and now he has a new weight class in mind.
Following PPV letdowns, champ Henderson hopes Diaz can help sell UFC on FOX 5
UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson isn't one to hype a fight, but heading into the second defense of his title, he hopes his opponent will help sell it to the public.
"I don't think Nate Diaz is going to be a big talker and say a bunch of stuff, but it's nice to have something the media can latch onto," Henderson told MMAjunkie.com.
While Henderson's bottom line won't necessarily be affected by the number of viewers who watch the bout, he would like to increase his earning power
UFC on FUEL TV 6 fight card and early-morning start times
As a reminder this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event begins earlier than the usual UFC start times.
Much earlier, in fact.
North American fight fans may want to set their alarms for Saturday's event in Macau, which includes a preliminary-card kickoff at 7:15 a.m. ET (4:15 a.m. PT) and a main card at 9 a.m. ET.
UFC on FOX 5's Rory MacDonald says VADA testing 'annoying' but doable
As one of the guinea pigs for expanded and third-party drug testing in MMA, Rory MacDonald admits the process is a bit annoying.
But, he said, it's doable.
MacDonald, of course, agreed to undergo Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) testing with opponent B.J. Penn, whom he meets next month in a featured welterweight bout at UFC on FOX 5.
Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone targeted for Jan. 26, possibly UFC on FOX 6
A long-anticipated fight between lightweight contenders Anthony Pettis (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Donald Cerrone (19-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is nearly set.
Sources close to the promotion told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighters are targeted to meet at a UFC event on Jan. 26, possibly UFC on FOX 6.
A venue for the event could not be confirmed at the time of this writing, though sources said Chicago is one candidate.