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UFC Cuts Keith Jardine
(cagepotato.com)
Class dismissed for "The Dean Of Mean". UFC veteran Keith Jardine has been cut today following his TUF 11 Finale loss to Matt Hamill, his 4th straight. He's gone 6-7 since being a contestant on TUF 2, but Dana White hopes he'll be back someday.
Submitted Jun 24, 2010 5:09PM by DCRage - 36 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Akiyama-Leben At UFC 116 Still On Despite Akiyama Protests
(mmajunkie.com)
Fear not UFC fans; you'll get your required dose of "Sexyama" in July. Despite initial resistance and even considering withdrawing from the fight, it's been confirmed that Yoshihiro Akiyama will indeed face Chris Leben next week at UFC 116. Akiyama was to have faced a now-injured Wanderlei Silva.
Submitted Jun 24, 2010 4:28PM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Cuts Ties With David Loiseau...Again
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC has parted ways with veteran David Loiseau following his UFC 115 loss to Mario Mirando earlier this month. Loiseau's agent Ken Pavia confirmed the news with MMA Fighting Thursday. This marks the third time since 2006 that Loiseau has been let go from the organization. Pavia said that Loiseau has not decided whether or not he will retire from MMA, but the 10-year veteran will take some time off to regroup and think about his future options.
Submitted Jun 24, 2010 1:54PM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Spike Confirms UFC Prelims Special For UFC 118
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected Spike TV will host a one-hour "UFC Prelims" special prior to the pay-per-view-televised main card of August's UFC 118 event. Spike TV officials today announced the PPV teaser features Massachusetts-based fighters Joe Lauzon and Jorge Rivera, who respectively fight Terry Etim and Alessio Sakara at the Boston show.
Submitted Jun 24, 2010 12:22PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White on Fedor: “How is This Possible That I Can’t Sign This Guy?”
(5thround.com)
“I’ve signed Brock Lesnar, who came from the WWE, James Toney from boxing – he’s a nut chasing me all over the place – Tito Ortiz, whom I hated, and he hated me. I signed him twice when we hated each other. I’ve kept Chuck Liddell, kept Matt Hughes, kept Rich Franklin, when they were all champions. Anderson Silva, I’ve dealt with all the crazy [expletive] with him,” White told MMAJunkie.com of his ability to deal with everything from the ordinary to outrageous. “But I can’t sign Fedor? How is this possible that I can’t sign this guy? It’s not possible.
Submitted Jun 24, 2010 11:17AM by BigIP - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
A "Disappointed" Yoshihiro Akiyama Not Pleased With UFC 116 Opponent Change
(mmamania.com)
And to make matters worse, there's even a chance Akiyama himself will pull out of the event over this according to a translation of comments he made to a Korean website. "I am not pleased with the change. There are just ten days left until the contest for me to determine [Leben’s] threats and the time is insufficient to establish a tailored gameplan. Leben is also not as high-profile as [Wanderlei] Silva and that does not help me. If there is to be a replacement I was hoping for a big name. I spent one year preparing hard for this fight and this news has come as a big disappointment, my motivation has waned. I do not know yet what will happen ... In the worst case, I will not take part in the [UFC 116] event. We are working hard to resolve this issue."
Submitted Jun 24, 2010 10:18AM by DCRage - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator's Season 3 Female Tournament Field is Complete
(bellator.com)
CHICAGO, Ill. (June 23, 2010) - Jessica Aguilar, the American Top Team product and No. 7 flyweight in the world is the latest and final addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' Season 3 Women's Tournament. Aguilar, a rising star in women's MMA, brings an impressive 8-4 professional record to the tournament, which begins this August. In her latest showing just three weeks ago, Aguilar knocked out Catia Vitoria four minutes into the first round. Aguilar is the eighth and final fighter to be added to the tournament, and all eight are ranked among the world's 10 best in their respective weight classes. The others are Japanese MMA sensation Megumi Fujii - widely regarded as the No. 1 pound-for-pound female fighter in the world - 11-1 British tae-kwon-do black belt Rosi Sexton, 12-5 Seattle submission artist Lisa Ward, 7-0 Southern California striker Jessica Pene, 8-4 New Mexico-based submission specialist Angela Magana , 5-1 Las Vegas-based powerhouse Lynn Alvarez, and 9-0 Irish sensation Aisling Daly.
Submitted Jun 24, 2010 9:05AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
WEC 49 Medical Suspensions
(mmajunkie.com)
The Edmonton Combative Sports Director today announced the medical suspensions from WEC 49. Everyone who fought on the card was suspended but the vast majority received only 7 or 14 day suspensions for precautionary reasons. 7 fighters got 21 or 30 days with 2 fighters-Jamie Varner & Kamal Shalours-suspended indefinitely and must be cleared by doctors to return.
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 6:40PM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
TUF 11 Finale: 2 Million Viewers
(mmamania.com)
Last Saturday night's (June 19) The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 Finale drew an average of 2 million viewers while peaking with 2.4 million, according to Spike TV officials. The card's main event saw Court McGee claim the season 11 TUF middleweight title by submitting Kris McCray in the second round. In other action, Matt Hamill earned a majority decision win over Keith Jardine as he battled with a broken hand, a torn eye duct, and, of course, staph infection. God bless him. The ratings fell short of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale, which drew an average of 3.7 million viewers, but also featured some character known as Kimbo. TUF 11 Finale's ratings were in line however with season 9's finale as that event drew 2.2 million viewers.
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 2:35PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marcus Davis vs. Nate Diaz official for August's UFC 118 in Boston
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight bout destined for fireworks is now official for the UFC's first trip to Boston. The promotion today confirmed Marcus Davis (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) vs. Nate Diaz (12-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) for the pay-per-view portion of UFC 118, which takes place Aug. 28 at Boston's TD Garden. A lightweight title rematch between newly crowned champion Frankie Edgar and the recently deposed B.J. Penn headlines.
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 2:29PM by emfleek - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pride and Glory
(sherdog.com)
This article follows the first pride GP that happened in 2000. It's a really long read but it covers things from all angles and most of the guys involved had a say in it. If you never got to see the GP, or the movie The Smashing Machine, or haven't been a fan long enough to have seen the old pride days this is a great read. honestly, i think this is the best sherdog article ive ever read, brings back a lot of memories. enjoy guys!
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 1:34PM by cowcatcher - 16 comments
Filed under: PrideFC
 
Move Over Rich Franklin, The UFC May Have A New Company Man
(mmamania.com)
And it's...Chris Leben? Seems he wants to get on the good side of the Zuffa brass, at least based on his latest comments posted on BJ Penn's website. "The UFC called me and they said Wanderlei was hurt and they want me to fight Akiyama ... At first I said no because I woke up in the morning, my phone was ringing and I was sore and it doesn’t make sense to take a fight when you’re not prepared and training for it. But then as I thought about it, you know, I’m a fighter, this is what I do. Why would I not take a great opportunity? It would be stupid of me. Not to mention that but I want to be a company man with the UFC, I want them to be happy with me. I don’t know a ton about Akiyama. My coach knows a bunch, but we haven’t even had a chance to talk much about our game plan. I saw him fight Alan Belcher and to be honest with you, I thought he lost that fight. He’s a good Judo guy, he’s got great Judo, fast kicks, maybe not the most power in the world. He’s a little bit shorter than me but he’s a good strong guy. I think that utilizing my skills, keeping it on the feet and clubbing him in the head with my left shouldn’t be too much of a problem."
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 11:49AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce LA: 164,000 Viewers
(mmajunkie.com)
This past week's "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" event on Showtime peaked with nearly 200,000 viewers for a 195-pound catchweight headliner between winner Renato "Babalu" Sobral and opponent Robbie Lawler. Overall, the event averaged 164,000 viewers. Peak audiences coincided with Tim Kennedy's submission win over Trevor Prangley (196,000 viewers) and the Sobral vs. Lawler fight (197,000 viewers). However, with few big names on the card and Strikeforce's rare mid-week airing, ratings were on the low side for the organization. Other recent Strikeforce events have all scored bigger audiences, including Strikeforce Challengers 8 on May 21 (294,000), "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" on May 15 (308,000) and Strikeforce Challengers 7 (316,000) on March 26.
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 10:51AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
A Fight With Kurt Pellegrino is A Step In The Right Direction For George Sotiropoulos
(mmamania.com)
In a battle of emerging lightweight stars at UFC 116 between George Sotiropoulos and Kurt Pellegrino, one man figures to propel himself into the top five of the division with a win. The Australian-bred Sotiropoulos looked great in completely dismantling Joe Stevenson back at UFC 110 while "Batman" has been on a four-fight tear. Though George sees similarities in Stevenson and Pellegrino, he admits this fight is definitely a step up in competition as well as a step in the right direction of one day achieving his ultimate goal.
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 10:17AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After Years Of Fighting, Wanderlei Silva's Body Made Him Stop This Time
(mmamania.com)
And in comments about the broken ribs that ultimately forced him out of his UFC 116 fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama, he also revealed a knee injury he was working through and how disappointed he is about having to withdraw from the fight. "I went through a very tense and difficult weekend and had a very hard decision. Two weeks ago I felt pain in my knee while I was training wrestling. I had an MRI of my knee and three doctors told me my knee was torn. I took medicine to help with the pain, and although my knee felt loose, I said 'no,' this date is very important to me and I continued training. Last Friday, during sparring, I injured my rib. It was very painful and the next day I had an x-ray and an MRI. I discovered I had three broken ribs. After years of fighting, my body made me stop this time. This is a very, very, very hard moment for me. This was a fight I really, really desired. You cannot imagine how much I wanted to fight on this card. It was my birthday, I had friends and family from Brazil and around the world coming to see me and now I cannot fight. I apologize to my opponent. I hope that I can fight with you in the future. You are an amazing fighter."
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 10:15AM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Diaz Admits SF Brawl Role, Will Be Suspended
(mmajunkie.com)
The TAC has a check and more coming from Nick Diaz. Diaz has on paper admitted his role in a brawl following April's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event, according to his representative. Diaz on Monday sent the Tennessee Athletic Commission a "consent order" that will trigger a three-month suspension from professional competition. However, the fighter will not be licensed in time for a Strikeforce event planned for Aug. 21 in which he was considered for a possible eight-man middleweight tournament. Cesar Gracie, Diaz's manager and trainer, said Tuesday that the fighter included his fine with the consent order as part of a reduced punishment for his role in the brawl, though he did not disclose the amount his client paid. The fine could be $5000 because he agreed to the consent order.
Submitted Jun 23, 2010 10:07AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Chris Leben replaces Wandi
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh off a dominant win at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, Chris Leben (20-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) has agreed to replace injured Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and fight Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the co-headliner of next week's UFC 116 event. A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Leben has agreed to the bout and is expected to sign shortly. Leben scored a second-round TKO of Aaron Simpson on Saturday, and if signed, his fight with Akiyama will take place after a mere 12-day layoff.
Submitted Jun 22, 2010 6:06PM by Gogoplatapus - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva Pulls Out of UFC 116 bout.
(mmafighting.com)
Wanderlei Silva, who was scheduled to meet Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 on July 3, has been forced to withdraw from the card due to fractured ribs suffered in training, UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMA Fighting Tuesday afternoon. Akiyama, who defeated Alan Belcher in his UFC debut last July, will still fight on the card, and according to White, the organization is currently working on signing his replacement. No word just yet on who that might be. Silva (33-10-1) is 2-3 inside the octagon. He most recently defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia. Share17 UFC 116 is headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Submitted Jun 22, 2010 5:27PM by Jride - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor Became A Thorn In UFC's Side
(mmamania.com)
So he says. "UFC is a money making machine. The most important thing for this organization is a brand and it's marketing. They have a couple of good fighters and there are also some very good champions; but they are trying to keep everyone at the same level. The most important thing for them is the promotion, not the fighters. I think that they lack a respect for their fighters. As for me, I became a thorn in their side... We are constantly negotiating, but only during recent time the Americans began to show some respect. The dialogue between us is completely different right now. They are more interested in our opinion."
Submitted Jun 22, 2010 2:11PM by DCRage - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, M-1 Global
 
Brendan Schaub Believes Speed Will Kill Against Chris Tuchscherer At UFC 116
(mmamania.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finalist Brendan Schaub talked to Larry Pepe of Pro MMA Radio about his upcoming fight against Chris Tuchscherer, which is set to take place on Spike TV's UFC 116 "Prelims Live" broadcast before the event goes live on pay-per-view. Schaub feels as though his advantages in the speed and cardio departments are what is going to be the deciding factor in this fight. Schaub will probably be 15-20 pounds smaller than Tuchscherer going into the fight.
Submitted Jun 22, 2010 12:36PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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