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Junior dos Santos to Fight for Interim UFC Heavyweight Title
(bloodyelbow.com)
With Cain Velasquez sidelined due to injury, Junior dos Santos will indeed fight for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship against an opponent to be named.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 12:32PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kenny Florian Targeting April Return, Says He's the Man to Fight Pettis
(mmafighting.com)
It's been a rough couple of months for Kenny Florian. First, he lost his No. 1 contenders fight with Gray Maynard, then he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of a potential fight with Evan Dunham, and now, it appears the fighter he hoped to face upon his return has a bout scheduled that won't include him. Late Monday night, Florian told MMA Fighting that he thought he should be the one to face Anthony Pettis in "Showtime's" UFC debut. Hours later, though, reports of a matchup between Pettis and Clay Guida surfaced, seemingly knocking that possibility out of the water.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 10:33AM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jacob Volkmann Plans to Ride Wave of Attention After Obama Comment
(mmafighting.com)
There's no way Jacob Volkmann could have predicted the aftermath of his tongue-in-cheek call out of President Barack Obama after UFC 125, but the Minnesota lightweight knows one thing: he's gonna roll with it. Volkmann, whose post-fight interview with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has garnered more mainstream attention than perhaps any fight interview in years, told Helwani on "The MMA Hour" Monday that he doesn't regret his criticism of the president, even though it earned him a visit from the Secret Service. Well, mostly he has no regrets.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 10:32AM by pmoney - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC to Announce Formal Intent to Bring Event to New York
(mmafighting.com)
It looks like the UFC has its New Year's Resolution. Just a few days into 2011, the Nevada-based promotion will formally announce its intent to bring mixed martial arts to New York as soon as possible during a Thursday press conference at Madison Square Garden. The press conference, which will take place at the world-famous MSG arena, will be attended by UFC president Dana White, Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, current lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, and former light-heavyweight champ Rashad Evans, along with MSG executives.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 10:31AM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Barnett: What Happens In The Locker Room Stays In The Locker Room, I'm No Snitch
(mmamania.com)
So he says. "I think everybody is doing whatever they can to get an edge on their opponent, no matter what, be it taking anything whether it's illegal or legal. Is it working? I don't really know. I don't think so. I wouldn't know (a percentage of fighters using PEDs) and even if I did I wouldn't say even if I did. ... I'm a big proponent of 'What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.' I'm no snitch. But I fought when there wasn't regulatory bodies, and I fought guys who were way jacked to the gills (on steroids). I never cared – I just fought them anyways. I don't care what pill you take or what shot or what new supplement or what diet you do. There's only so much of anything that can really ever help you, and the rest of it is whether you've got it or you don't." He also still cliams he's never taken steroids despite failing 3 post-fight PED tests.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 10:15AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rob Kimmons vs. Dong Yi Yang Slated For UFC On Versus 3
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight bout between Rob Kimmons and Dong Yi Yang will be part of the UFC on Versus 3 lineup in March. Reports are at least one fighter has signed the paperwork for the fight. THe fight, not yet officially announced by UFC, will probably be a prelim.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 8:47AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Guida vs. Pettis Targeted For UFC 130 or 131
(heavy.com)
Sources close the bout informed Heavy.com of the news on Monday night. Pettis was scheduled to receive a UFC title shot against the winner of the Frankie Edgar/Gray Maynard bout from UFC 125. The fight ended in a draw, however, and Pettis was removed from the title shot in favor of a third bout between Edgar and Maynard. Pettis opted to take a fight instead of waiting on the sidelines for eight to ten months.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 12:00AM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament: Possible Pay-Per-View, Canadian Debut
(bloodyelbow.com)
"The tournament is going to deliver our biggest shows yet. At some point this year, we will be in the pay-per-view business and having this tournament out there is a big step in that direction." Dates and venues for the semifinal and finale events have not been solidified. ... Coker said Strikeforce is exploring holding one of the events in Montreal or Toronto, which would mark the promotion’s debut on Canadian soil.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 11:57PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Hallman vs. Waldburger and Garcia vs. Phan 2 Slotted for UFC Fight Night 24
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dennis Hallman and T.J. Waldburger are expected to meet on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 24, according to sources close to the event who today told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place. UFC Fight Night 24 takes place March 26 at Seattle's Key Center and airs live on Spike TV.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 7:20PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Champ Cruz to Undergo Sidelining Surgery
(sherdog.com)
Dominick Cruz will undergo long-delayed surgery on his left index finger this week in Chicago, the UFC bantamweight champion told ESPN.com Monday. The top-ranked 135 pounder joins the list of sidelined UFC champions which includes featherweight ace Jose Aldo (neck injury) and top heavyweight Cain Velasquez (shoulder injury). Cruz outlined a time frame of 8-12 weeks before he is likely to return to training, with the possibility of a six month hiatus from competition. “It could be six months, but I’m not planning on six months,” Cruz said. The 25-year-old Alliance MMA product first sustained the injury last summer in training for his Aug. 18 rematch with Joseph Benavidez at WEC 50. Nonetheless, Cruz defended his WEC bantamweight title against the Urijah Faber pupil, earning a split decision after five rounds. Following the bout, Cruz was issued a 180-day medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to a potential fracture of his right hand.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 4:42PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rep: UFC's Anthony Pettis not waiting for title shot, returns May or June
(mmajunkie.com)
It's certainly a gamble putting Anthony Pettis' lightweight title shot at risk. But the alternative is far worse. Officials from Pettis' support team today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that keeping the WEC-champion-turned UFC-contender on the shelf while UFC champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard collide a third time could would bring cage rust as detrimental as a possible loss. That's why they're targeting Pettis (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for a May or June fight, presumably UFC 130 or UFC 131, against an opponent to be announced shortly. Mike Roberts, Pettis' manager, today said verbal agreements are in place for the bout, though he declined to reveal the matchup.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 4:40PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Shane Carwin Plans Return at UFC 131 in Vancouver
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC 131 is expected to take place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. ... UFC 131 is in the final planning stages and UFC officials are working this week to finalize the show and venue. No bouts are rumored for UFC 131, but a source told MMAjunkie.com that former heavyweight title-challenger Shane Carwin could be featured prominently on the card, which would mark his first fight since back surgery.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 4:38PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 130 Likely For Vegas, 131 For Vancouver
(mmajunkie.com)
While neither event has been officially announced, UFC 130 & 131 are both taking shape and could be announced soon. 130 appears set for Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, while 131 will likely be held in Vancouver. The dates are to be May 28 and June 11, respectively.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 3:40PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator signs veteran middleweight Joe Riggs
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships' recent signing spree has netted veteran fighter Joe Riggs (34-12 MMA, 0-0 BFC). Officials today announced they've signed the former WEC champion and UFC/Strikeforce veteran to its middleweight division. Riggs enters the organization with six wins in his past seven fights, which have taken place between 170 and 185 pounds. Officials did not announce if the 28-year-old fighter will be part of an expected season-four middleweight tournament, which kicks off in March on MTV2.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 2:26PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
"The Ultimate Fighter 13" cast shifts to all welterweights, coaches named this week
(mmajunkie.com)
While initially intended to feature welterweights and middleweights, the upcoming 13th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" instead now will be a welterweights-only season. A source close to the long-running competition/reality series today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The show begins taping this month, and it debuts March 30 on Spike TV. Coaches are expected to be announced this week, a source said. With the single weight class, "TUF 13" is expected to use the same 28-man, 32-slot tournament that has been employed in recent seasons. The initial 28 elimination-round fights, which air over the first episode or two of the show, will determine the initial cast of 14. The fighters then enter a 16-slot bracket, and two opening-round losers will get a second shot as "wild card" picks. ("TUF 11" wild-card pick Kris McCray eventually became the show's runner-up.)
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 2:24PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Eric Koch vs. Cub Swanson Planned for UFC on Versus 3
(bloodyelbow.com)
Featherweights Eric Koch and Cub Swanson officially are UFC bound. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that the fighters have agreed to meet at UFC on Versus 3 and that bout agreements are being finalized.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 2:22PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White Out: UFC President Dana White Silent on Strikeforce Tourney
(bloodyelbow.com)
It's been more than a week and we haven't heard a peep. No statements have been issued through media favorites like Kevin Iole or Ariel Helwani. There have been no mean spirited video blogs. Strikeforce has announced the biggest tournament in the history of American MMA and the UFC has maintained complete silence. For MMA fans, that has to be a little disconcerting. Traditionally when UFC President Dana White sees a competitor on the horizon he strikes quickly. White isn't one to work the jab and bide his time for an opening either. He comes in windmilling, much like his favored brand of toughman style MMA, with both hands tossing wild and crazy winging blows. Usually the other guy falls down.
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 2:19PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pat Barry: I don't know how anyone is going to stop Alistair 'The Monster' Overeem
(mmamania.com)
"The dude is a monster. That’s what I think. Not only is he humongous, (but) he’s extremely experienced. That’s what makes him the most dangerous. Not just the size, but he has so much experience in MMA and in kickboxing, and he’s a Dutch trained kickboxer. I was in Amsterdam for five years. I know what the Dutch train like out there... He doesn’t seem to get tired. All he needs to do is hit you one time. He’s fast, he’s athletic, and he’s strong as hell. He’s everything you need all in one body... The dude is a monster. I don’t know how anyone is going to stop him any time soon."
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 9:35AM by SmileR - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Charles Oliveira Signs New UFC Deal
(mmamania.com)
Despite coming off a loss to Jim Miller at the "St. Pierre vs Koscheck" event last December, UFC lightweight Charles Oliveira has signed a four fight extension with Zuffa, according to the Houston MMA Examiner. The dynamic young fighter commented on the new deal: "I am very happy about the extension. They have been cutting so many 155 pounders, I am very blessed to have a job for 2011."
Submitted Jan 10, 2011 5:23AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Griffin Is Just As Good As Rich Franklin-At Everything
(mmamania.com)
So says Forrest, at least when it comes to their fighting styles. "Since 2001, I haven't gone a year without a win, at least a win, you know in a year. Now I've gone a whole year without a fight. ... Me and Rich are kind of the same; we're jacks of all trades, master of none. One thing he's done better than me -- oftentimes he's put the fight where he's better than his opponent, whereas a lot of times I think, 'I'm pretty good at this, I can do this, I can do that,' so I just do whatever my opponent wants me to thinking, 'I'm good enough at this,' as opposed to taking them out of their strong suit. With Rich, it's not really... it doesn't really matter because we're both pretty good at everything."
Submitted Jan 9, 2011 5:07PM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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