UFC 123's "Rampage" vs. Machida winner gets title shot? UFC boss not sure
With UFC 122 in the books, the focus now turns to Saturday's UFC 123 headliner between former champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
And though the light-heavyweight bout may seem a likely No. 1 contender's bout, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com he's not ready to promise a title shot to the winner just yet.
"I don't know," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "The fight has to happen first (before I decide)."
Saturday's pay-per-view show takes place at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit and is bolstered by a B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes co-headliner. But the bout that could have the biggest and most immediate impact on its division is Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) vs. Jackson (30-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
UFC boss says Rua vs. Evans on target for March, "Suga" comfortable with schedule
While a recent ESPN.com report suggested that former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (15-1-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC) was upset at sitting on the sidelines while waiting for current champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) to heal from knee surgery, UFC president Dana White said "Suga" is doing just fine.
White was initially baffled by Evans' comments in the report, which suggested he was frustrated at Rua's recovery schedule, but the UFC boss says the two have since worked through any hard feelings and everything is on track for 2011.
"Rashad and I talked right after that whole goofy incident," White said. "We're cool."
Despite Fight Cancellation, Both Rivera & Sakara Paid
Despite a last-minute cancellation of their UFC 122 co-main event, Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara both received pay for the fight. According to Dana White, Sakara got paid his show money, but Rivera got both his show money and what would've been his win bonus. "Do we not take care of guys?" White asked MMAjunkie.com when questioned about their pay. "Jorge actually got both (his show money and win bonus)." UFC officials aren't required to pay fighters in such situations but usually do. The fact that Sakara had hoped to fight through his illness likely won him the respect and loyalty of White and Co. It's not known how much each fighter actually got and also no word on if they'll try the fight again.
Riddle-Pierson Completes UFC 124 Card
UFC newcomer Sean Pierson will take on “Ultimate Fighter” alum Matt Riddle in a preliminary matchup at UFC 124 Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Made official by the promotion, the welterweight bout finalizes the show’s 11-fight card.
Riddle was originally set to meet Anthony “TJ” Waldburger, but Pierson was tapped as a replacement in late October when Waldburger was forced from the match due an undisclosed injury.
Jonathan Goulet Decides To Hang Up His Gloves
French Canadian mixed martial artist Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet has announced his decision to call it quits on his career. Goulet entered the UFC octagon nine times in his career and recorded a 4-5 record. On his career, Goulet earned himself a 23-12 record.
Listening to public sentiment, UFC boss says he'll re-think Lesnar vs. Mir III
Just one day after suggesting Lesnar vs. Mir III is a fight that "kind of makes sense" in the heavyweight division, UFC president Dana White now admits feedback received on his Twitter account is leading him away from arranging the matchup.
"People have been saying on my Twitter that they're not happy with that fight," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's something I need to re-think."
Jon Fitch Won't Cry Over Being Passed Up On Title Shot
Prior to his last bout against Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch had been told by UFC President Dana White that the winner would be the next in line to fight for the UFC Welterweight Title after Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck settle things in December but enter a Jake Shields signing and win at UFC 121 and it appears Fitch had been left out in the cold, but that's not something that he's upset about:
UFC 122 bonuses
OBERHAUSEN, Germany – Karlos Vemola, Dennis Siver, Pascal Krauss and Mark Scanlon each earned $60,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami" event.
Vemola earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Siver picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Krauss and Scanlon shared "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC 122 main-card recap
Yushin Okami def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Dennis Siver def. Andre Winner via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 3:37
Amir Sadollah def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Goran Reljic by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Duane Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:20
Pascal Krauss def. Mark Scanlon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyle Noke def. Rob Kimmons via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 1:33
Karlos Vemola def. Seth Petruzelli via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:46
Carlos Eduardo Rocha def. Kris McCray via submission (kneebar) - Round 1, 2:21
White: Roy Nelson's UFC Career On Hold Until Outside Contract Issues Resolved
OBERHAUSEN, Germany – There's a reason Roy Nelson will not appear at UFC 125, and it's not because the UFC is unable to find him a new opponent.
UFC president Dana White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Nelson (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is currently contractually bound to another fight promotion. As such, he won't be seen inside the octagon until he is in the clear from his previous employer.
Following Saturday night's UFC 121 event in Oberhausen, Germany, White declined to specifically name the fight promotion, but sources close to "Big Country" confirmed that former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.'s Square Ring Promotions has Nelson tied down.
Nelson headlined a MMA/boxing hybrid card Jones Jr. promoted in March 2009 entitled "March Badness" and was defeated by former UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson by unanimous decision. He earned $30,000 for his efforts.
That's gotta suck.
Alessio Sakara scratched from UFC 122 - Ludwig/Oscipzak Promoted to Main Card
And then there were 10. As in only ten bouts remain on the “UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami” roster. Although the event is officially underway inside the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, Alessio Sakara was abruptly scratched from tonight’s co-main event against Jorge Rivera.
According to FightersOnly, Sakara came down with “flu-like symptoms” early this morning. An Octagon source told FO the Italian, “Woke up sick, with nausea and flu-like symptoms. He saw a doctor and he was really ill. He came to the arena anyway and was going to fight, but his symptoms came back in a big way and he is too sick to fight.”
There are also reports the striker was vomiting backstage, which prompted the world’s premier mixed martial arts show to scrap the co-featured contest.
Dana: UFC Will Soon Add Flyweights
Every major weight class soon will be under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner. Following January's upcoming absorption of World Extreme Cagefighting and its 145-pound featherweights and 135-pound bantamweights, the UFC then will add 125-pound flyweights. That's according to UFC president Dana White, who said the new weight class could soon debut. "I believe we'll add it a lot sooner than people think we will," White said during today's Q&A session at at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. His comments come a day after two potential stars of the division – WEC 52 fighters Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson – picked up wins as bantamweights in Las Vegas.
WEC 52 Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has posted the official WEC 52 results on it's website, which also reveal the medical suspensions coming out of last night's event. Of note: If Urijah Faber does not have his left shoulder cleared by a doctor, his UFC debut will not come until at least mid-May. Also, Takeya Mizugaki only got 45 days despite being choked legit unconscious by Faber in the main event.
Dana: We Probably Will See Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir Next
Again, like it or not, while also denying another rumored fight. "He never asked for Roy Nelson, that's not true. The last thing I did hear was that he wants to fight Frank Mir again. That fight kind of makes sense so ... we will probably see Lesnar fight Mir next, I think that the rubber match makes sense."
WEC 52 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 52 event. The total disclosed payouts were $284,500 with the biggest share-$56,000-going to Urijah Faber.