UFC 149: Bisping Out, Lombard In vs Boetsch
UFC 149 and UFC on FOX 4 have swapped stars after another pair of injuries shook up the summer fight scene today.
British middleweight Michael Bisping has been injured and is out of his UFC 149 bout against rising force Tim Boetsch. Stepping in to meet "The Barbarian" will be Hector Lombard, a former Cuban Olympian who rides a 25-fight unbeaten streak into his Octagon debut.
Lombard had been slated to fight Brian Stann in the main event of UFC on FOX 4 in August, but was left opponentless earlier today after Stann was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Tito Ortiz On Dana White: 'I Know He'll Never Forgive Me'
Tito Ortiz will face off with Forrest Griffin for the third time at UFC 148 on July 7th in what will probably be his swansong in MMA. He seems to want to go out on good terms, doing a lot of reminiscing about the past and the things he might have done differently. He continued that in an interview with Fight Magazine, where he addressed his relationship with UFC president (and former manager) Dana White
Evolving Neer takes new approach to lay-and-prayers ahead of UFC on FX 3
Josh Neer (33-10-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) has gotten over his hatred of so-called "lay and pray" artists.
Now, he's just determined to stop them – and punch them in the face.
That's the plan against his next opponent, Mike Pyle (22-8-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who he believes will try to take him down when they meet at UFC on FX 3, which takes place Friday at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
The welterweight matchup airs live on FX as part of the evening's main card. Preliminary matchups air on FUEL TV and stream on Facebook.
Two days out from the fight, Neer has heard that Pyle might be lingering in catchweight territory.
"I heard he's heavy right now, so I think he's going to try to play the big man to smaller man," Neer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "But I'm prepared for that."
UFC on FX 3's Mike Pierce combing Florida fast-food chains in search of Thiago Alves
Oregon's Mike Pierce (13-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) already has one Brazilian opponent on his mind in Carlos Eduardo Rocha, but that isn't stopping him from taking dead aim at another.
Pierce, who's in South Florida for this week's UFC on FX 3 event, where he takes on Rocha on the evening's preliminary card, said he's spending his spare time trying to track down a local resident.
"I've actually been looking for Thiago Alves," Pierce told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I hit up all the fast-food joints in the area. I know he lives in town, and I haven't been able to find him."
Garcia not promising technical fight but vows to show improvement at UFC on FX 3
For all of the ups and downs Leonard Garcia (15-8-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) has endured in a brawl-filled 13-year MMA career, he's never before had to deal with two straight losses.
So after back-to-back defeats to Nam Phan and Chan Sung Jung, Garcia was forced to go back to the drawing board.
And while it seems everyone's suggestion for Garcia is to brawl less and look to take a more technical approach to fighting, "Bad Boy" said he's not entirely sure that's in his nature. Instead, Garcia said there's a long-forgotten part of his game that he's going to bring back to light.
UFC on FX 3 headliner Ian McCall says controversy, underdog status good for business
For the first time in his life, Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) is that guy on the giant poster, and perhaps in the place he'd have least expected it: the Sawgrass Mills mall.
Strolling through the place on Tuesday to get a sweatsuit, a few people saw his magnificently manicured mustache on display for Friday's "UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall."
Such surprises are fun and a little surreal for the fighter, who less than a year ago was a regional hero in a virtually invisible division.
Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua vs. Brandon Vera to Headline UFC on FOX 4
Jun 6, 2012 - With Brian Stann out of the UFC on FOX 4 main event, the UFC has scrapped the idea of a middleweight headliner.
Instead, the promotion has turned to its former light-heavyweight champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who will face Brandon Vera as the anchor to the show, scheduled for August 4 in Los Angeles. The five-round matchup was confirmed on Wednesday night, with the promotion saying that verbal agreements were in place.
Stann had been expected to fight the debuting Hector Lombard, but withdrew on Wednesday, citing an injured shoulder.
The UFC didn't wait long in finding its replacement.
Rua (20-6) will be competing for the first time since his November 2011 classic against Dan Henderson, a fight which he lost by decision. He's split his last six fights. He had been scheduled to fight at UFC 149, but after losing his own opponent, Thiago Silva, due to injury, accepted the opportunity to move to the new date.
Vera had also penciled into a fight, lined up to face James Te Huna in July before the UFC reshuffled the deck.
Figueroa injured, Ken Stone now faces Francisco Rivera at UFC on FX 4
Injuries continue to alter the UFC on FX 4 landscape, as promotion officials recently announced that Edwin Figueroa will not fight Ken Stone at the June 22 event.
Stepping up to replace Figueroa will be hard-punching Californian Francisco Rivera, who has verbally agreed to face Stone, according to the UFC’s official statement. UFC on FX 4 takes place at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., and will be headlined by a lightweight confrontation between top talents Clay Guida and Gray Maynard.
Brian Stann injured, out of UFC on FOX 4 headliner with Hector Lombard
August's UFC on FOX 4 event needs a new headliner.
Middleweight Brian Stann (12-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is out of his scheduled five-round middleweight headliner with promotional newcomer Hector Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) due to an injury.
A source close to the event today confirmed the scratch with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though the UFC has made no official announcement.
UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event's main card airs live on FOX while prelims go to FUEL TV and Facebook.
It was not immediately clear if Lombard, the reigning Bellator middleweight champion and a recent UFC import, will remain on the card and in the night's network-televised main event...
Greg Jackson Backs UFC Champ Jon Jones, Says ‘He’s Trying to do the Right Thing’
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones smashed his car into a pole in the early morning hours of May 19 in Binghamton, N.Y. He was arrested under suspicion of DWI, for which he later plead guilty, accepting a plea bargain.
While fan reaction has been mixed, Jones has received support from his manager, Malki Kawa, and his boss, UFC president Dana White.
The latest addition to the list of those that continue to publicly back Jones is his coach, Greg Jackson, who recently addressed the issue on HDNet’s InsideMMA.
Running with the bulls? UFC on FX 3's Charlie Brenneman has other concerns
"The Spaniard" will be taking a trip to Spain soon, but instead of thinking about a bout against bulls, Charlie Brenneman (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is focusing all his attention on up-and-coming Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
"I don't know if I can say he's overrated because we don't know if he's going to produce or not yet," Brenneman told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) prior to Friday's UFC on FX 3 co-headliner. "His steam is a little ahead of his production. He's definitely got a lot of talent.
"Last time I was in this kind of situation, I came out with flying colors, and I hope this goes the same way."
UFC on FX 3 takes place Friday at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. In addition to the FX-televised main card, FUEL TV and Facebook carry the night's prelims.
UFC 148's Faber on Barao's win streak: Which out of those 28 guys would I have lost to?
UFC bantamweight contender Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) currently boasts one of the sport's all-time-best win streaks after downing 28 straight opponents.
Worth a mention, says his upcoming opponent, Urijah Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC), but "The California Kid" warns against putting too much stock in the gaudy run.
"People give Barao a lot of credit for a 28-fight win streak, which is incredible, but which out of those 28 guys would I have lost to?" Faber asked MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "None of them. He's never beat anybody like me, so this is going to to be the biggest test of his life."
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Main-card fights air live on pay-per-view while FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
With Jon Fitch out, Aaron Simpson draws Kenny Robertson at UFC on FUEL TV 4
As expected, Aaron Simpson will still fight at UFC on FUEL TV 4, and onetime UFC vet Kenny Robertson is the lucky recipient of a return trip to the octagon for the matchup.
Simpson, of course, was originally expected to face Jon Fitch but a knee injury forced the longtime American Kickboxing Academy member to withdraw from the bout.
The new contest was announced on Tuesday's new edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."
B.J. Penn Accepts Challenge From Rory MacDonald For UFC 152
Apparently B.J. Penn is going to come out of his short-lived layoff from the sport to accept a challenge from a top prospect. Yesterday, Rory MacDonald was a guest on The MMA Hour and issued a respectful challenge to the future Hall of Famer. Penn has been stating that he was basically retired and had no plans to come back, but according to BJPenn.com, Rory's challenge was enough to get him back in the octagon.
Report: Dennis Siver Vs. Eddie Yagin Booked For UFC 151 In September
Dennis Siver will stay in the featherweight division after making a successful transition to at UFC: Sweden in a match against Diego Nunes. His new opponent is Eddie Yagin, according to a source close to the organization to MMAnytt. Both Siver and Yagin have verbally confirmed the match and will meet at UFC 151 in Las Vegas on September 1.
The Mauler’ Alexander Gustafsson Reportedly Out With A Broken Hand
UFC light heavyweight Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson (14-1) will not be available to return to the Octagon until this October due to a broken hand, this according to former UFC champ Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua who posted the news on Facebook recently.
Rua was discussing available possible opponents for his upcoming UFC 149 appearance in Calgary, Alberta after his original opponent, Thiago Silva, was forced to withdraw due to injury.
The original message was posted by ‘Shogun’ on his Facebook.com/MauricioRua.Shogun in Portuguese, and was re-posted by BloodyElbow.com with an English translation Monday night.
Heavyweight Brett Rogers signs with Bellator, debuts at Bellator 71
Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers (11-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has signed with Bellator and will make his promotional debut later this month at Bellator 71.
Bellator officials today announced the signing, though an opponent wasn't disclosed.
Rogers is stuck in a 1-4 skid and hasn't fought since September, due in part to his arrest stemming from a domestic dispute. However, he said those issues are now behind him.
Rogers ultimately was sentenced to 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a single count of felony third-degree assault following a September incident with his wife and kid.
Bellator 72, which kicks off the organization's three-event "Summer Series," takes place June 22 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester, W.V. The night's main card airs on MTV2, and Spike.com carries the prelims. It's not clear where Rogers will end up on the lineup...
Ian McCall Ready to Be Done with Demetrious Johnson and Move On to the Title
Rematches are a tough prospect for any athlete, team or organization in any sport, and it’s no different in mixed martial arts.
If you beat someone, it’s hard to go back and duplicate that same performance a second time. But in the case of the UFC on FX 3 headliner between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson, they’re going to fight again on June 8 because a few judges in Australia couldn’t quite add a scorecard.
For the first time ever, the UFC installed a “sudden victory” round for a regular event as the flyweight title tournament kicked off in March in the land down under. Essentially the rule was created as a fail safe so in case one of the two tournament bouts ended in a draw, there would be a final fourth round to determine the winner, that way there would be no delay in the tournament being completed.