Former Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman on title snub: 'It's a slap in the face'
Sarah Kaufman's frustration is unmistakable.
By all indications, the former women's champ won't get a chance to win back the bantamweight belt any time soon. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the promotion is working on a title fight between current champ Miesha Tate (12-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) and Ronda Rousey (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF) for March 3 in Columbus, Ohio, confirming initial reports that surfaced Wednesday.
That leaves Kaufman (14-1 MMA, 5-1 SF) in limbo instead of preparing for a fight she thought was hers.
"I didn't mind waiting for the title fight, and if I get stepped over, the waiting has pretty much been in vain," Kaufman said.
So she'll wait, as she's done several times in her career – for opponents, for exposure, and perhaps for respect. But she's not happy about it.
Mac Danzig meets Efrain Escudero at UFC 145 in Montreal
Mac Danzig (20-9 MMA, 4-5 UFC) today revealed his next booking, a UFC 145 matchup with Efrain Escudero (18-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC).
"Just signed to fight in March," Danzig posted on Twitter. "Opponent is tough as hell, but they all are. Efrain Escuerdo, March 24, Montreal."
UFC 145 takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. UFC executives later confirmed the Danzig vs. Escudero matchup, which likely takes place on the evening's preliminary card.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Dillashaw vs. Watson, Brookins vs. Rocha
A pair of contests from the UFC's lighter-weight divisions has been added to UFC on FUEL TV 1, as T.J. Dillashaw meets Walel Watson and Jonathan Brookins faces Vagner Rocha.
UFC officials today announced the two new contests.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 at the 10,000-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska. Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger clash in the welterweight headliner, and heavyweights Dave Herman and Stefan Struve meet in the co-headliner.
Heavyweight Jon Madsen signs with Bellator for upcoming tourney
UFC veteran Jon Madsen (7-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the latest addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' heavyweight roster.
Madsen's trainer and manager, Marc Fiore of Fiore MMA, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter this past month inked a deal that will see him compete in the promotion's next heavyweight tournament.
The timing of such a tournament is up in the air. A Bellator official said there are currently no plans for the heavyweights in its upcoming sixth season, but a tournament is planned for this year.
While he waits, Madsen is set to fight Jan. 21 in regional competition.
Brian Foster joins Bellator's season-six welterweight tournament
As expected Brian Foster (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has joined Bellator's upcoming season-six tournament.
Bellator officials today confirmed his participation in the eight-man tournament with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Sherdog first reported Foster's entry.
The eight-man tourney kicks off in March, and the season airs on MTV2.
Foster now joins Karl Amoussou (13-4-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in the tourney field.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 to feature both TV fights and Facebook bouts
The UFC isn't ditching its live streams of preliminary-card fights just yet.
FUEL TV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that next month's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event will include some fights that stream for free on Facebook prior to the televised main card.
However, most bouts from the Feb. 15 card will air live as part of the cable channel's three-hour broadcast.
The latest UFC on FUEL TV 1 card includes:
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve
Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson
Jonathan Brookins vs. Rani Yahya
John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar
Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic
Sweden's UFC on FUEL TV 2 airs live on April 14 beginning at 3 p.m. ET
Keeping with officials' promise for overseas shows, April's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event in Sweden will air live in the U.S.
FUEL TV officials today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event, which takes April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, airs live in the U.S. from 3-6 p.m. ET (noon to 3 p.m. PT).
Stockholm is six hours ahead of U.S. East Coast time, which means the event will kick off at 9 p.m. local time.
In addition to the live event broadcast, the cable channel will host one-hour pre-event (2 p.m. ET) and post-event (6 p.m. ET) shows in conjunction with UFC on FUEL TV 2. Also, the weigh-ins will stream live online, or fans can watch the highlights on FUEL TV on April 13 at 7 p.m. ET.
BJ Penn Bashes Nick Diaz and Jon Fitch...or does he??
"Look how much bigger you are in this pic..I thought you were gonna scrap from the beginning homie? What was that coward fence holding strategy to tire out the smaller man? Street fighter my ass! I made you fight like glass jaw @jonfitchdotnet poser!
I'll be ready for that weak bs next time we fight!"
The debate is on as to whether or not this was actually Penn saying this or if his account was hacked.
'UFC Tonight' debuts with 39,000 FUEL TV viewers, ratings up sharply
This week's series debut of "UFC Tonight" earned 39,000 viewers on FUEL TV, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources.
That's nearly three times FUEL TV's usual audience size, which averaged approximately 15,000 viewers in 2011.
"UFC Tonight," the UFC's new weekly news and analysis show, debuted on the FOX-owned channel on Tuesday (Jan. 3) and featured the latest news, notes and highlights from MMA's biggest promotion.
Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara slated for UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden
Two top middleweights looking to gain some momentum in the division will meet in April.
Fresh off pivotal losses, contenders Brian Stann (11-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Alessio Sakara (15-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC) look to regroup when they meet in the headliner of UFC on FUEL TV 2.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources that verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which takes place in Sweden.
The bout, which UFC officials first confirmed with Swedish site mmanytt.se, takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The entire card is expected to air on the FOX-owned FUEL TV...
Newcomer Max Holloway In To Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143
Max Holloway comes to the UFC with an unblemished 4-0 record and at only 20 years of age, already one of the youngest competitors in the Octagon
Holloway becomes Poirier’s third opponent over just a matter of weeks. Erik Koch was originally slated to face Poirier, and after injury struck it was Ricardo Lamas.
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Francis Carmont slated for UFC on FUEL TV 2
Swedish middleweight Magnus Cedenblad (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the UFC and will make his promotional debut on home soil.
The fighter recently announced via Twitter that he's signed with the UFC.
Now, he's expected to meet French fighter and Francis Carmont (17-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in April at the newly announced UFC on FUEL TV 2 event, which takes place in Sweden.
With limbless opponent unavailable, Strikeforce's Lawler settles for Amagov
LAS VEGAS – With veteran slugger Robbie Lawler (18-8 MMA, 2-4 SF) struggling through a 2-4 stretch in his past six fights – a run largely contested against grappling-first opponents – you might think he'd welcome a bout with a fellow slugger as a sort of dream matchup.
Not the case.
While Lawler is complimentary of his "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" opponent, Adlan Amagov (9-1-1 MMA, 2-0 SF), he said it's not an ideal booking. No, the perfect opponent would actually be a lot more defenseless.
"I would rather fight someone with no arms and no legs," Lawler jokingly told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That would probably be the best matchup for me.
"I would look amazing."