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Bjorn Rebney Speaks Out on Randy Couture, Eddie Alvarez, And the Real ‘Toughest Tournament in Sports'
Bjorn Rebney Speaks Out on Randy Couture, Eddie Alvarez, And the Real ‘Toughest Tournament in Sports’ (Red rover, red rover, we call Captain America on over! Pic Props: MMAFighting.com) By Jason Moles Between preparing to launch a new mixed martial arts reality television show on Spike TV, to selecting venues for 2014, Bjorn Rebney‘s time for small talk is sparse. But the Bellator MMA CEO always seems to have a moment to discuss his favorite topic — how much he loves running the second-largest MMA promotion in the world, and what the future holds in store. Early Friday morning, just after the Bellator 87 post-fight press conference concluded at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in frigid Mount Pleasant, Michigan, I had the opportunity to speak with Rebney about some of the important topics that have developed in the past few weeks, and the impact they would have going forward for the ever-expanding fight promotion. You could tell the man was tired by the look in his sleep-deprived eyes. Sitting on stage, and probably still laughing on the inside after having watched lightweight contender Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard shave his facial hair after losing a stipulation match to David “Caveman” Rickels not more than five minutes prior to our conversation (the clippings were still on the table next to him), the most powerful man in the building finally had a fleeting moment to collect his thoughts while resting for the first time that day…
Submitted Feb 4, 2013 11:14AM by LuckyCharms - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Why Top MMA News Says: ‘The Score Is No More’
This past week, Top MMA News broke the very unfortunate news that one of Canada’s top MMA promotions was closing their doors – The Score Fighting Series was ceasing operations. If you missed the news, you can read it HERE. As expected, the news spread rapidly and was met with dismay by the Canadian MMA community. Losing a show of this caliber negatively affects fans, fighters, venues, the promotion’s staff, gyms, the entire sport of MMA. Hell, losing a promotion that was a pipeline for great Canadian fighters in great Canadian markets even negatively impacts the UFC. Jesse Ronson and Josh Hill would not be on the UFC’s radar, if it was not for the Score putting on events. The following day, The Score issued a press release to refute the Top MMA News story. You can read it HERE. It basically said that The Score or the Trustee released some individuals, but no decision was made on Score Fighting Inc. Immediately, fans held their breath and crossed their fingers hoping it was true and web sites that copied our previous story, quickly removed their version and instead stated that the Score was alive and kicking because no decision had been made. Well, sadly, that is not true. The Score Fighting Series is no more.
Submitted Feb 4, 2013 12:55AM by sparky - 11 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
A long-expected bantamweight bout between Marlon Moraes (9-4-1) and Tyson Nam (12-4) finally has a date: March 23. The 135-pounders will meet at World Series of Fighting's sophomore show. Sources close to the event, WSOF 2, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have been signed. The Las Vegas-based promotion hasn't made a formal announcement about the event or a location. The organization's debut show took place in Las Vegas back in November and aired on NBC Sports Network. The organization initially planned to host its second event this past month, but the date ultimately was pushed back.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 8:12PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis considered
"Something interesting happened about 10 minutes ago," said White, at the postfight press conference. "Anthony Pettis said, 'I want to go to 145 and fight Jose Aldo.' He told me he'll make 145." "It didn't cross my mind until he texted me, but it's crossing my mind now," White said. "I like it, and I like Pettis." Aldo (22-1), who defeated Edgar via unanimous decision, expressed interest in the fight. "It's up to Dana, but it's an interesting fight," Aldo said. "I train to fight the best. I respect them all. I think Pettis is close to a title shot in his own division." Personally it think aldo needs to go to 155, the cut seems to be getting to be too much. he even said he always get sick doing it.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 12:48PM by Manak - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC boss says Frankie Edgar is not going to return to lightweight
LAS VEGAS – While former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar said he's not really sure what the future holds, UFC President Dana White said it won't include a return to 155 pounds.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 11:12AM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
White suggests Velasquez-Cormier possible; Barnett not getting quick title shot
LAS VEGAS – On Saturday at UFC 156, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva derailed Alistair Overeem's planned title shot and threw the heavyweight division into a bit of chaos. Even UFC President Dana White isn't sure what to make of it.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 11:11AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC: Vitor Belfort didn't fail UFC on FX 7 drug test
LAS VEGAS – Despite a flood of rumors to the contrary, UFC on FX 7 main-event winner Vitor Belfort did not fail a drug test this past month at UFC on FX 7, UFC President Dana White said.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 11:10AM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
White skewers Randy Couture, Ryan remains with UFC
UFC president Dana White didn't hold back when asked about UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture's recent move to Spike TV to work with Bellator. But he did say that Randy's son Ryan will remain with the UFC.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 11:08AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White says 'it looks like' Chris Weidman is next for Anderson Silva
UFC president Dana White told the assembled media at the UFC 156 post-fight media scrum that "it looks like" Chris Weidman is next for Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 11:07AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Hands Out $50,000 Fighter Bonuses Following UFC 156
The Ultimate Fighting Championship handed out $50,000 fighter bonuses for in-Octagon performances following UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar on Saturday in Las Vegas. Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Antonio Silva and Bobby Green took home the extra earnings.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 1:48AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 156 results & analysis - Aldo edges Edgar
Another 25-minute title fight for Frankie Edgar? Who'd have thunk it? But for the third straight time, he came out on the short end of a decision, this time in a new division, falling to featherweight champion Jose Aldo in an entertaining battle. Aldo won with scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47.
Submitted Feb 3, 2013 1:03AM by isk - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
M-1 president, Vadim Finklestein once again offers co-promotion deal to UFC
M-1 president, Vadim Finklestein says the UFC won't go very far without their help and a co promotional deal.
Submitted Feb 2, 2013 3:12PM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 156 official weigh-in results: Champ Aldo (145), Edgar (144) hit mark
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) -Champ Jose Aldo (145) vs. Frankie Edgar (144) -Rashad Evans (206) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206) -Alistair Overeem (264) vs. Antonio Silva (262) -Jon Fitch (171) vs. Demian Maia (170) -Joseph Benavidez (126) vs. Ian McCall (125) PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET) -Evan Dunham (155) vs. Gleison Tibau (155) -Jay Hieron (168) vs. Tyron Woodley (170) -Bobby Green (155) vs. Jacob Volkmann (156) -Yves Edwards (155) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156) PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET) -Chico Camus (134) vs. Dustin Kimura (139.5) -Edwin Figueroa (137.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (137) * Figueroa and Rivera has been given additional time to lose the remaining weight
Submitted Feb 1, 2013 7:45PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC boss promises all 14 cast members of 'TUF 17' an official UFC fight
According to UFC President Dana White, all 14 fighters competing on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" will get at least one official UFC appearance. White said he was so happy with the efforts of the entire cast that he has promised each of them one more shot at earning a spot on the UFC roster...
Submitted Feb 1, 2013 4:28PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Rivera would love to have Rampage's $$ problems
UFC bantamweight contender, Cisco Rivera, discusses the need for the lighter weight classes to step it up to get maximum exposure.
Submitted Feb 1, 2013 3:54PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping responds to rumors that Vitor Belfort failed his UFC on FX 7 drug test
Did Vitor Belfort fail his UFC on FX 7 drug test? Michael Bisping, who was knocked out by "The Phenom" last month in Brazil (see it here), is hoping the nasty little rumor making the rounds on Twitter isn't true. While Tatame reports the drug test results won't be released until later this month, Belfort may unfortunately (and unfairly) be held guilty until proven innocent, at least in the court of public opinion, following his steroid scandal back in 2006, which was later compounded by allegations of TRT use. Stay tuned.
Submitted Feb 1, 2013 1:18PM by SmileR - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana happy to never work with Couture again
Two days ago, former UFC champion Randy Couture announced that he'll be working with Bellator as part of a multi-year contract he recently signed. Today, Dana White gave the media his response to the news.
Submitted Jan 31, 2013 9:41PM by FastKnockout - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
Evans ahead of Weidman to become next MW contender
Just 2 days before Rashad Evans' next fight, Dana White adds an extra incentive to the bout. If Evans wins against Lil Nog, he'll be given the option of of challenging Anderson Silva for the Middleweight belt.
Submitted Jan 31, 2013 9:40PM by FastKnockout - 43 comments
Filed under: UFC
Khabilov vs. Medeiros added to April 27th event
UFC 159 has two more fights added to its lineup, as Rustam Khabilov fights Yancy Medeiros in a battle of young prospects, and TUF 15 cast members Al Iaquinta and Joe Proctor battle each other.
Submitted Jan 31, 2013 9:39PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fighter Rankings Set to Launch in February
FightMetric, the official statistics provider of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will continue to enhance fans experience by providing UFC Fighter Rankings. UFC Fighter Rankings by FightMetric will poll opinions from sports media worldwide and will be recognized by the UFC and integrated into its broadcast and featured on UFC.com. Voting will be open to media immediately after each live event with results made available to UFC.com within 24 hours. “We are thrilled to have UFC recognize our fighter rankings and to have them hosted on UFC.com, as well as incorporated into event broadcasts. FightMetric has worked closely with the UFC for several years as an industry-leader in MMA statistics. Sports fans are accustomed to seeing performance data and rankings on their favorite baseball, football and soccer players, and now we can engage UFC fans on a similar level,” said FightMetric creator Rami Genauer...
Submitted Jan 31, 2013 8:55PM by grappler0000 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
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