Vaughan Lee to Face Chris Cariaso at UFC 138
The UFC has really been beefing up the bantamweight division in the last few days, and the trend continued today with the signing of Brit Vaughan Lee (11-6-1). And as usual, it didn't take long for them to apparently give their new signing an opponent. MMAHQ is reporting that Lee will be meeting Chris Cariaso at UFC 138 in Lee's hometown of Birmingham:
The signing of bantamweight Vaughan Lee (11-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was today unveiled by the UFC, and sources close to the fight have revealed that he will make his organizational debut against WEC veteran Chris Cariaso (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on November 5th.
Next Face of Women's MMA? Marloes Coenen, Miesha Tate Ready to Answer Call
When Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, bought Strikeforce earlier this year, fans could practically hear the collective thud of hearts dropping into the stomachs of female fighters and fans of women's MMA.
After all, UFC and Zuffa president Dana White has been repeatedly adamant that he doesn't believe female MMA will ever realistically have a place in the UFC – largely because of his belief the talent pool of upper-echelon women's fighters is not deep enough to sufficiently fill out multiple divisions over a sustained period of time.
With Strikeforce under the Zuffa umbrella, the fear that the most well-known home for women's MMA could disappear into the ether with a possible future merger with the UFC is a real one. But it's one that women's 135-pound champion Marloes Coenen and her Saturday challenger, Miesha Tate, have no problem tackling head on.
Alistair Overeem Scheduled for Glory World Series Bout in October
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- It appears as though Alistair Overeem's next fight will not be for Strikeforce after all.
Glory World Series released a poster on Wednesday for their upcoming October event, and front and center was the Strikeforce heavyweight champion. MMA Fighting then confirmed with Martijn de Jong, Overeem's trainer at Golden Glory and Glory World Series promoter, that "The Reem" will in fact be fighting on the card.
"No opponent named yet but probably a MMA match," de Jong said.
Tim Kennedy: If I beat Robbie Lawler this Saturday 'there's no question I should fight for the title'
American, mixed martial artist, soldier, patriot.
There are many words that define Strikeforce middleweight Tim Kennedy but there's one that's eluded him thus far: champion.
The Army Green Beret came up just short in his last title opportunity, losing a decision to Ronaldo Souza while fighting to fill Jake Shields' vacated Strikeforce middleweight title.
After an impressive rebounding submission against Melvin Manhoef this past March, the proud Texan has a tremendous test in front of him this Saturday night (July 30, 2011) as he's slated to battle "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler on the main card of Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" in Chicago, Illinois.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva Joins Team Nogueira
Antonio Silva has a new team. The former American Top Team standout left that camp a while ago and was working at Imperial Athletics with the likes of Rashad Evans and Jorge Santiago. Apparently he has decided to change it up and will join forces with one of the top teams in MMA - Team Nogueira.
"Jens Pulver: Driven" now available for rent and purchase through online retailers
"Jens Pulver: Driven," an intimate documentary focused on the life of one of MMA's most colorful and beloved figures, has been given a nationwide release.
Produced in 2010 following a public pledge drive for financial backing, the documentary focuses on Pulver's preparation for a WEC 47 bout with Javier Vazquez.
As Pulver looked to snap a four-fight losing streak in what he felt might be his final comeback fight, filmmaker Gregory Bayne was there to document the process and learn more about what made "Little Evil" one of early MMA's fan-favorites – including the tumultuous childhood that formed the former UFC champion's inner character.
UFC signs British bantamweight Vaughan Lee for UFC 138 appearance
British bantamweight Vaughan Lee (11-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC, and he'll debut at November's UFC 138 event.
UFC officials today announced that Lee has signed on for the card, which takes place on Nov. 5 at LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.
Lee's opponent was not disclosed.
Double E Pictures buys life story of UFC's Rich Franklin for "American Fighter" movie
If all goes well, former UFC champion Rich Franklin's life story will soon be the basis of a Hollywood feature film.
Eric Eisner today announced that his Double E Pictures has optioned Franklin's life story for a film and commissioned David Hollander to write a script and Mathew Cullen of Motion Theory to executive produce.
"I'm excited to see the story of my career as a fighter brought to the screen, and I feel confident that the team assembled will do a great job in telling this story," Franklin stated in today's official release.
According to today's press release, "American Fighter" will tell "the unlikely story of how Franklin, a family man and high school math teacher, taught himself mixed martial arts, quickly emerged as one of the dominant figures in the sport, and ultimately became champion of the UFC. The story also chronicles the rise of mixed martial arts as the fastest growing sport in the world and transformation into a billion-dollar industry."
UFC 133 headliner Rashad Evans appears Friday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
With former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans' long-awaited return to action quickly approaching, the UFC 133 headliner is a featured guest on Friday evening's edition of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"
Evans is expected to discuss his Aug. 6 bout with fellow former champ Tito Ortiz, as well as the controversy and budding rivalries that have surrounded his recent layoff.
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" airs at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT.
UFC 133: Rashad Evans Working With Kickboxing World Champions to Prepare for Tito Ortiz
Interesting photo here as Rashad Evans prepares for next weekend's UFC 133 main event against Tito Ortiz. To prepare for the fight, Evans has spent some time training with top ranked kickboxers Tyrone Spong and Cosmo Alexandre at Imperial MMA in Florida. For those unfamiliar with the names, both Spong and Alexandre are among the elite in kickboxing and Muay Thai, claiming multiple world title between them. Spong may be best known to MMA fans as Alistair Overeem's opponent at last year's K-1 Grand Prix, where he gave The Reem his toughest challenge of 2010.
I'll be very interested to see how this work impacts Evans, as in my eyes, it is a fantastic choice of training partners for him. Rashad's greatest strengths in MMA have always been his wrestling and his hands. His striking game is solid from the waist up, but has some gaps elsewhere, as he does not use many kicks, and could still improve his footwork at times. Working with two kickboxing experts may help tighten up that footwork, while expanding his striking repertoire to include kicks and knees. Meanwhile, both Spong and Cosmo are looking at making a transition to MMA, and working with a wrestler and excellent all around fighter like Evans will greatly benefit them.
Brett Rogers receives permission to contact family, returns to court in August
Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers (11-3) isn't yet in the clear, but he is again able to see his family.
In a Monday ruling in Dakota County, Minn., judge Rex Stacey modified a previously-issued no-contact order, allowing Rogers to contact his wife, Tiuana Rogers, via phone, email and text, as well as allowing the heavyweight to speak with his children and to meet with his family for counseling.
Rogers' attorney, Murad M. Mohammad, believes the move is a positive sign as he and his client prepare for an Aug. 29 settlement conference.
DREAM.17 official for September; organization to use three five-minute rounds
As expected, DREAM will return in September, but it will look a little different when it does.
At a Wednesday press conference, DREAM event producer Keiichi Sasahara officially announced that DREAM.17 will take place Sept. 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Japan.
But contrary to previous events, DREAM will use the card to launch a new rule change: the use of three, five-minute rounds.
Despite doubters, Strikeforce's Daniel Cormier knows he's ready for grand-prix slot
Daniel Cormier was training, as usual, this past week when his manager and trainer at American Kickboxing Academy, Bob Cook, came up to him and said he'd missed a call from the UFC.
Cook, however, had gotten a text around the same time from another source who made clear what the call was about.
Antonio Silva's manager, Alex Davis, had written this to him: "I guess we're going to be standing across the cage from each other."
MFC Signs Five Year Deal With HDNet
Maximum Fighting Championship put out a press release today touting a new deal with HDNet that will extend for five more years. MFC has been on the network since February 2008, and is one of the cornerstones of HDNet's MMA programming.
Rory MacDonald Talks About Training With Georges St. Pierre
UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald has been writing a series of blogs for sportsnet.ca leading up to his fight with Mike Pyle at UFC 133 on August 6th. The first one dealt with his childhood and his entry into MMA. This one deals with his training at Tri-Star gym with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. He talks at first about how Mike Pyle has said that his experience edge will be a factor, and believes that he will beat Pyle and take some of that experience. He then moves onto talking about GSP.
Mike Easton vs. Jeff Hougland at UFC on Versus 6
More good news for the bantamweight division today. Mike Easton will make his long-awaited UFC debut at UFC on Versus 6 on October 1st when he takes on Jeff Hougland. UFC.com shares the news:
Winner of five in a row, bantamweight prospect Mike "The Hulk" Easton will return to competition for the first time since 2009 and he will do it in the UFC Octagon as he makes his debut in the organization against Jeff Hougland on October 1st's UFC Live on Versus card in Washington D.C. Easton, a stablemate of 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz, will be in tough against Hougland, who was successful in his UFC debut in July, defeating Donny Walker.
Cung Le Will Only Return to MMA to Fight in the UFC
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le might only have eight career MMA fights, but the former San Shou world champion is a popular figure in the sport and people want to see him fight. Le has been concentrating on a budding acting career of late and has only fought twice in the past three years though, and there doesn't appear to be much on the horizon for him. He's under contract to Strikeforce, but he told MMA Weekly that the only thing he want to do now is fight for the UFC:
"I know for a fact that if I do fight again, it’s going to be in the UFC. I’ve never fought in the UFC, but I would love to fight in the UFC. But right now because of my contract with Showtime and Strikeforce, hopefully things can work out because there is a show in San Jose that Cain Velasquez is the main event. I would love to fight in San Jose for the UFC and for Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta)," said Le.
Former UFC Fighter Justin Wren Puts Career on Hold to Answer Divine Call
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- When Justin Wren says that God told him to take a break from fighting and go to one of Africa's most dangerous war-torn nations with three other Christian missionaries, he knows how that's likely to come off.
"I hope I don't sound like a religious dude," Wren says, flashing an embarrassed grin from deep within his bushy blonde beard. "That used to be like a cuss word to me."
That was before, back when Wren was not only a non-believer, but openly hostile to religion. If you'd told him a year and a half ago that he'd be putting his MMA career on hold to travel the earth with a small band of hardcore Christians, he'd have asked you what you were smoking, and whether you could spare any. He didn't even want to attend a church service, much less rearrange his life altogether.
Alessio Sakara Releases Statement About Injury
UFC middleweight Alessio Sakara released a statement to MMA Fighting earlier today regarding his withdrawal from UFC 133 on August 6th. He had been scheduled to fight Jorge Rivera, but suffered a knee injury and was replaced in the bout by Constantinos Philippou. Here's what he had to say:
"I tried to ignore the pain until now, thinking I had just sprained the knee," he said. "I kept training without using my legs. I wanted to get to the fight in a good condition somehow, but the MRI diagnosed that I broke my ligaments, and now I can't fight!"
Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve added to UFC on Versus 6 lineup
The UFC's tallest heavyweight has a date with the promotion's shortest one.
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve (21-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) to meet 5-foot-11 Pat Barry (6-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC on Versus 6.
UFC on Versus 6 takes place Oct. 1 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The evening's main card airs on Versus.
Struve vs. Barry likely will be part of the broadcast.