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Megumi Fujii to Fight in Bellator on June 10
(mmafighting.com)
The pound-for-pound best female fighter in the world, Megumi Fujii will fight on the June 10 Bellator event, CEO Bjorn Rebney announced Friday. Her opponent is yet to be named but Fujii is also likely to compete in the rumored 115-pound tournament to be held in Bellator's third season which starts in August. Other rumored tournament participants include Rosi Sexton and Elena Reid.
Submitted May 7, 2010 11:52AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith II nearly set for June 26 Strikeforce and M-1 Global event
(mmajunkie.com)
The ink is almost dry on a rematch between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le (6-1 MMA, 6-1 SF) and Scott Smith (17-6 MMA, 3-1 SF) for a card slated for June 26 on Showtime. Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the contest, which could take co-main event status, and await bout agreements. MMAjunkie.com initially reported the possibility of the bout in April. The June 26 event, titled "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum," is slated for the HP Pavilion in Strikeforce's home city of San Jose, Calif. As the title suggests, a long-anticipated showdown between top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and Brazilian challenger Fabricio Werdum headlines.
Submitted May 7, 2010 11:51AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Hardy gets a new fight
(mixedmartialarts.com)
"Hardy fighting at UFC 120 not 119, not vs Hazelett"
Submitted May 7, 2010 11:33AM by icantthinkofanything - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marcus Davis "Built For Speed" Against Jonathan Goulet
(mmamania.com)
And he hopes it will help counter, among other things, what seems to be the home-octagon advantage he's been up against recently. "I always seem to fight guys in their hometowns, like U.S. Marine Shonie Carter at a Marine base. I also fought Paul Kelley in Birmingham, England; Paul Taylor in London; Jess Liaudin in Newcastle, England; and Pete Spratt in Houston. He does have a slight reach advantage, but I'm a lot faster than he is. At some point in this fight, I'm going to hit him on the chin, so the question is whether he'll be able to take that. If he can't, he'll have to somehow keep me on the ground and grind out a decision or cut me. I think I'm a better wrestler and grappler. I'm built for speed on this fight. I'm nowhere near as big as I usually am. Normally I'm 185 and cut down for the event. This one, I won't have to cut down at all."
Submitted May 7, 2010 10:41AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Mitrione Will Be Fighting Kimbo Slice The Man, Not The Hype
(mmamania.com)
Matt Mitrione has been called a lot of things in his short time in the fight game. A whiner, a faker, a wannabe, and of course most notably... a meathead. But come this Saturday night (May 8) at UFC 113 in Montreal, he's looking to add one more moniker to the list... a mixed martial artist. The former NFL player has a rare opportunity in front of him to defeat a man who is more widely recognized than just about anybody in the sport. A man known for his persona far more than his fighting prowess. That man is of course none other than Kimbo Slice. Whether or not a win over Slice is impressive in the eyes of true fight fans, it's a win that will undoubtedly increase his name recognition. And at this point in his young MMA career, it's more than Mitrione can ask for. Mitrione spoke to Larry Pepe on this week's episode of Pro MMA Radio about getting into MMA, Kimbo, and The House.
Submitted May 7, 2010 10:39AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Kevin Randleman vs. Roger Gracie *is* On
(mmafighting.com)
Strikeforce has confirmed that Kevin Randleman has been medically cleared to fight Roger Gracie on May 15, a day after an illness called into question whether Randleman would be able to fight. Randleman began to feel sick with what he believed was a staph infection while preparing for the Gracie fight, and he feared that he might need to bow out. The 38-year-old Randleman even told Sherdog that he would consider retiring if he couldn't get medical clearance to fight on May 15.
Submitted May 7, 2010 9:20AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dana Says 112 Amends Still Coming, Likely Won't Include Silva
(mmajunkie.com)
Following April's UFC 112 event in Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White made little attempt to hide his displeasure with his middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. After Silva first taunted, then avoided, challenger Demian Maia, White called the fight an "embarrassment," and promised to "make it up" to the fans. On Thursday, at the pre-event press conference for UFC 113 at Montreal's Bell Centre, White said that atonement is still forthcoming. "I'll get on my Twitter every once in a while and people will be like, 'Hey, when are you making it up to us?'" White said. "Give me some [expletive] time. I will. I've got to find the right time and the right opportunity." Many fans have suggested White take a big fight that would normally fall to a pay-per-view event and instead put it on basic cable with either of the UFC's broadcast partners, Spike TV or Versus. White seemed warm to the idea, though he refused to commit to the deal.
Submitted May 7, 2010 9:17AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sources: Paul Taylor Off TUF 11 Finale, Mark Holst In
(mmajunkie.com)
It appears a planned Paul Taylor-John Gunderson rematch from UFC 112 that was set for the TUF 11 Finale will have to wait. Taylor has been pulled from the card and replaced with Mark Holst. It's not yet knwon why Taylor is off but it appears he was not cleared for the event.
Submitted May 7, 2010 6:28AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Clay Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos likely for UFC 117
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
A lightweight battle between Clay Guida and Rafael Dos Anjos is in the works for UFC 117 according to a recent report at MMArecap. Guida recently snapped a two fight losing streak at the first UFC on Versus event, finishing Shannon Gugerty with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
Submitted May 7, 2010 1:24AM by jae_1833 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hardy-Hazelett Agreed for UFC 119
(sherdog.com)
Dan Hardy and Dustin Hazelett have verbally committed to meet in a welterweight bout at UFC 119 tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18 in Hardy’s home country of England, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.
Submitted May 6, 2010 5:58PM by Playground_Samurai - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
James Irvin vs. Igor Pokrajac Set For UFC On Versus 2
(mmamania.com)
It's back to Light Heavyweight for James Irvin. After just one fight at Middleweight he's moving back up to face Igor Pokrajac at UFC On Versus 2 in Salt Lake City, UT. Both fighters need a win to avoid the Losing Streak Of Doom and a possible pink slip.
Submitted May 6, 2010 5:29PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: UFC 113's Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck winner gets title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
MONTREAL – UFC 113's co-main event between top welterweight contenders Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will earn the winner a title shot with champion Georges St-Pierre. UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-expected plans during today's UFC 113 pre-event press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre. The same venue hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event, which includes the Daley vs. Koscheck fight. Full Article
Submitted May 6, 2010 3:15PM by runningman08 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Chael Sonnen Will Be a Great Challenge For Anderson Silva At UFC 117
(mmamania.com)
But at the same time, Silva challenger-to-have-been Vitor Belfort tells the TATAME website that he's counting down the days to his chance. He says "Each fight is different; I can't say how it is going to be. For sure Sonnen will be a great challenge, and I'm pretty sure the fight will be tied. They are two good fighters, now it is up to us to wait... I, for sure, will be one [a challenge for Silva] too. For now, I'll just wait for my chance and make it worth it. They [doctors] said I could work on my fitness, I'm almost released to train. I'll be ready in September."
Submitted May 6, 2010 1:17PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Volkmann vs. Kelly In The Works For UFC 116
(mmajunkie.com)
A matchup of Jakob Volkmann vs. Paul Kelly is reportedly in the works for UFC 116 in July. At least one fighter reportedly has agreed to the matchup with the other expected to soon. The fight is expected to be a prelim if it happens.
Submitted May 6, 2010 1:15PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
SF Moves Cristiane Santos To 6/26 Event
(mmajunkie.com)
Strikeforce Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane Santos has been pulled off the 6/16 SF event and moved to the 6/26 event in San Jose. Opponent TBA but they appear to be looking for an international foe and the fight will be for the title. Scott Coker says if they're able to do this, they'll have both the top male fighter (Fedor) and the top female fighter on the same card.
Submitted May 6, 2010 10:53AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Kimbo: I Don't Predict Fights But I'm Not Getting KO'd, I'll Tell You That
(mmamania.com)
And his advice to his UFC 113 foe this weekend-Matt Mitrione: Don't stand and bang with him. Says Slice, "The preparation for every fight is the same, it's intense. I peak to the highest level of my performance a week before the fight. I'm ready for it. I hope [Mitrione's] biggest strength would be his ground game because if he wants to stand and bang, that's my world. If I see a submission and he slip -- I'll grip. I don't predict the fights but I'm not getting knocked out, I'll tell you that."
Submitted May 6, 2010 10:33AM by DCRage - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yushin Okami Vs. Mark Munoz Set For UFC On Versus 2
(fightline.com)
It is being reported Mark Munoz will look to resume him climb up the middleweight ladder when he meets former top contender Yushin Okami at UFC on Versus 2. Full Article
Submitted May 5, 2010 3:12PM by runningman08 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
UFC 116: Stephan Bonnar vs Krzysztof Soszynski rematch set for July 3 in Las Vegas
(mmamania.com)
Former Ultimate Fighters Stephan Bonnar (11-7) and Krzysztof Soszynski (19-9-1) will finally get a chance to settle some unfinished business when the two light heavyweights collide in a rematch at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin," which is scheduled for July 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bonnar wasn't happy with the TKO loss he suffered at the hands (or head) of "The Polish Experiment" when the pair threw leather at February's UFC 110 event from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. "The American Psycho" blames referee John Sharp for missing an inadvertent headbutt that busted him open in the third round of their 205-pound war, causing Bonnar to leak all over himself, Soszynski and the better part of the Octagon floor. He recently lost his appeal to have the ruling reversed to a technical draw based on the nature of the stoppage.
Submitted May 5, 2010 2:23PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Couture wants winner of Machida/Shogun
(mmaweekly.com)
As Randy Couture heads back into training in mid-June for his August showdown against James Toney, the UFC Hall of Famer still has other goals on his mind as well. The 46-year-old former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion isn't done winning titles yet, and while his focus has turned to former boxing champion turned MMA fighter James Toney, he believes that his shot at the 205-pound belt isn't far away either. When asked if he believes he could be in line for a title shot within 12 to 18 months, Couture said that it could be sooner.
Submitted May 5, 2010 2:15PM by emfleek - 52 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dennis Hallman faces Ben Saunders at UFC 117
(mmajunkie.com)
Dennis Hallman (41-13-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will have to wait a bit longer to drop weight. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the MMA veteran and recent UFC returnee is expected to meet Ben Saunders (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout on the non-televised portion of UFC 117, according to multiple sources close to the event. Though bout agreements have not yet been signed, both fighters are expected to put pen to paper shortly. "UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen" takes place Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Submitted May 5, 2010 2:09PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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