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Cris 'Cyborg' Santos asks for release from UFC
With any women's MMA fights in the UFC above 135 pounds unlikely, Tito Ortiz and Cyborg Santos have asked for the WMMA superstar's release from her Zuffa deal.
Submitted Feb 9, 2013 11:34AM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
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Report: Adlan Amagov-Chris Spang added to UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Sweden
The official Strikeforce crossover to the UFC will continue in Sweden with a new welterweight matchup for UFC on FUEL TV 9. According to a report from Swedish website Aftonbladet, Sweden native Chris Spang will meet fellow Strikeforce vet Adlan Amagov in April. UFC on FUEL TV 9 takes place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Headlining the event is a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 5:27PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Report: Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi set for UFC on FUEL TV 9
"Mad Dog" will apparently howl at home again as Reza Madadi (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) reportedly meets Michael Johnson (12-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at April's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event in Sweden. Swedish website MMAnytt today reported the lightweight booking, though UFC officials have yet to confirm the matchup. UFC on FUEL TV 9 takes place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Headlining the event is a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 5:25PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Manny Gamburyan reportedly out of UFC 157 fight with Chad Mendes
The injury bug has struck the UFC's next pay-per-view event. Sports Illustrated's Melissa Segura reported on Twitter that Manny Gamburyan suffered a broken thumb and fractured elbow, likely putting him out of the scheduled UFC 157 main card bout with Chad Mendes: It was only this past December that Mendes was booked to face Brazilian FW prospect Hacran Dias in Australia at UFC on FX 6, but Dias pulled out with an injury and the unknown Yaotzin Meza stepped in on extremely short-notice. Predictably, Meza was knocked out in the 1st round. There were reports that Mendes was originally supposed to fight Bart Palaszewski at UFC 148 instead of Cody McKenzie, but the UFC never officially announced the Mendes/Palaszewski fight pre-event.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 5:03PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
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EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) | Anthony Pettis: I Feel Like I Have the Best Striking in MMA
The mixed martial arts world waits with great anticipation for August 3rd to arrive. Barring injuries we will witness what could possibly be one of the best fights of 2013 when UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis at a yet to be named venue or event. It’s completely understandable that so much focus is going into that fight, but let’s not forget the fact that just one week before the Aldo fight was announced, Pettis had decimated Donald Cerrone in the first round at UFC on Fox 6. Afterwards UFC President Dana White announced that Pettis would face the winner of the April 20 showdown between UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez. There is much more to Anthony Pettis than his decision to forgo the lightweight title shot and call out Aldo. His performance against Cerrone was masterful and shocked a lot of fans who thought the two would go to war for 15 minutes. Pettis, however wasn’t surprised with the way things ended in Chicago. “No man, I had a long layoff, I was out for a year,” Pettis told BJPenn.Com Radio. “The whole time I was off this guy was pushing my buttons and calling me out. He was saying I was afraid to fight him and that I was a fighter who tried to hide out behind one of my wins. That was not the case, I was really injured. I had surgery on my shoulder, when you have shoulder surgery you really can’t do much, it takes a long time to recover. I had a lot of aggression built up, it kind of sucked that it only lasted about two minutes because I had a lot planned.”
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 4:26PM by Rabi - 8 comments
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Ten Best - Top European Fights in UFC History
On February 16th, the UFC’s Octagon will travel overseas to London, setting down for an event at Wembley Arena that is headlined by the interim bantamweight title fight between Brazil's Renan Barao and California's Michael McDonald. Barao-McDonald promises to be an explosive matchup, and if it does live up to expectations, it may just earn a spot on this list of the ten best fights to appear on the UFC’s European cards.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 4:21PM by Rabi - 2 comments
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Anthony Pettis to challenge Jose Aldo on August 3
FC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis will drop a weight class and face featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Aug. 3. UFC has not yet determined a site for the event, but venues in Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro are being considered. Promotion president Dana White confirmed plans for the bout to USA Today on Monday. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport," White told the newspaper. "I am so pumped for this fight." Made it official, i guess with mendez getting bendo, pettis did not wanna wait for title fight.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 12:15PM by Manak - 6 comments
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Amused' Anthony Pettis says he's not dropping to featherweight because he's scared to fight Ben Henderson
With his long-desired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title fight secured after his win over Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6, Anthony Pettis felt it was time to drop down to the featherweight division and challenge for that title, instead. While many felt the move was unwarranted and confusing all at the same time, "Showtime" was gifted the 145-pound title fight by the UFC, which is set to go down this August. That's right around the same time the winner of Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez would likely be ready to defend their 155-pound title after battling on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. So why the drop? Did Pettis see a weakness in Aldo's game during his bout against Frankie Edgar at UFC 156? Is "Showtime" avoiding a potential rematch against current 155-pound champion, Ben Henderson? The Roufusport-trained fighter spoke to BJPenn.com to break it all down: "The biggest reason I never went down to 145 was because of my teammate, Erik Koch. He was right there for a title shot, he almost fought Aldo. I always knew I could make '45, but I was wrecking things at '55 and I never had to drop down. I've been reading some of the blogs and people are claiming I'm scared to fight Henderson, but it's nothing like that. It wasn't anything that I saw during the fight, like he (Aldo) had a weakness in his game or I could beat him here or do this to him. Aldo's a great fighter and I'm in this game to fight the best and fight the fights that people want to see. I think all the fans want to see this fight, I can make '45. You have one of the toughest guys in his division just wrecking it and he's considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters. That right there just amuses me and has me interested in this fight."
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 12:13PM by SmileR - 5 comments
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Michael Bisping keeps losing his title shot to fighters on TRT, but does it matter?
Michael Bisping was in a position to challenge Anderson Silva for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title on three different occasions. His first chance came against Dan Henderson at UFC 100, but he was rendered unconscious by an incoming "H-Bomb" and sent to the back of the line. He was able to re-climb the 185-pound ladder and once again needed one big win to earn his crack at the crown. Then Chael Sonnen defeated him at UFC on FOX 2. Last but certainly not least, "The Count" went for his third attempt at UFC on FX 7 last month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was put on his ass by a Vitor Belfort head kick (watch it here), removing him from the middleweight title picture for the foreseeable future. What do Henderson, Sonnen and Belfort all have in common (aside from getting finished by "The Spider")? They all compete with a prescription for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), which Quinton Jackson (also a user) said "immediately changed him" for the better after a few small doses.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 11:58AM by SmileR - 41 comments
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If UFC champ Jose Aldo moves up in weight, teammate Renan Barao could follow
If UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo does indeed make a move to lightweight, current interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) could also move up a division. "I feel very good in this weight division, but I feel in two or three years, if Aldo decides to move up a weight division, I might do that, too," Barao recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The 5-foot-7 Barao, best known for his incredible 29-fight win streak, actually debuted for the WEC in June 2010 in a 142-pound catchweight bout. That mark was requested by his opponent, Anthony Leone, who took the fight on short notice. His five fights since have all been at 135 pounds. But before his time under the Zuffa banner, Barao competed at 145 pounds, and he admits he wouldn't mind doing it again someday in the future. "I used to fight at 66 kilos (145 pounds), but when we closed the deal with the WEC, our trainer decided that I needed to fight at bantamweight because I would never be champion since Aldo had been there forever," Barao said. "He wanted another champion on the team."
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 10:26AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Ovince St. Preux meets Gian Villante in battle of Strikeforce vets at UFC 159
A pair of Strikeforce vets will make their UFC debuts in April at UFC 159. Ovince St. Preux (12-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet Gian Villante (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout when the UFC returns to New Jersey. UFC officials passed on word of the fight overnight, citing news first reported by Newsday. UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The latest UFC 159 lineup includes: Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light heavyweight title Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson Nick Catone vs. James Head Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 10:23AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Despite rumors, Melvin Manhoef not UFC-bound
Despite some rumors that have been floating around all week, it doesn't appear that the UFC is going to sign kickboxing star Melvin Manhoef to compete in their welterweight division.
Submitted Feb 8, 2013 1:28AM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
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Anthony Pettis: “I Was Wrecking Things At 55? No Need To Drop Down Until Now
26-year-old Anthony Pettis has accomplished quite a lot in his short time in mixed martial arts. The 3rd degree Taekwondo blackbelt holds an impressive 16-2 record with seven wins coming by way of knockout and six by submission. He was the last reigning WEC Lightweight Champion having defeated current UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson for that distinction. Since coming over to the UFC in June of 2011, Showtime is 3-1 with wins over Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone. His lone loss came via decision to Clay Guida in his Octagon debut at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. Pettis’ performances continue to be more impressive with each passing fight. It seems the more he fights inside the Octagon the more comfortable he becomes. His confidence is growing by leaps and bounds inside the cage and out. Pettis has never been known to be shy and has no problem going after things he wants. After defeating Lauzon via headkick knockout in the first round at UFC 144, Pettis asked for a shot at Henderson and the UFC lightweight crown. Unfortunately for Pettis he was on the shelf for the rest of 2012, but made a huge statement upon his return. After being called out and having his manhood questioned by Cerrone, the two met on Saturday January 26 in Chicago on the UFC on Fox 6 card. It took all of 2:35 for Pettis to dispatch of Cowboy via TKO. Afterwards UFC President Dana White announced that Pettis would meet the winner of the upcoming UFC lightweight title bout between Henderson, the reigning champion and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez. Those two will meet on April 20 in San Jose at UFC on Fox 7.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 3:50PM by Rabi - 15 comments
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Silva wants second shot at Velasquez
Antonio Silva has thrown down the gauntlet to Cain Velasquez, insisting he wants a second crack at the UFC heavyweight champion. Silva put himself firmly in the mix for a title shot with a dominant win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 last weekend, but the memories of his crushing loss to Velasquez last year sit prominent in the memory bank. The UFC will have the final say on who Velasquez will face, but Silva does not believe he did justice to himself in their previous meeting on account of a nasty cut he picked up early in the fight.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 3:31PM by Rabi - 14 comments
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Zoila Frausto Gurgel Signs Multi-Fight Deal With Invicta FC
Flyweight (125 pounds) superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio has signed a multi-fight contract with Invicta Fighting Championships and will make her debut for the women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion at its next event on an April date to be announced soon. Frausto Gurgel will square off with submission expert Jennifer Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil. “We are thrilled to welcome Zoila, an established superstar in the sport, to the Invicta FC roster and are looking forward! to seeing her compete in our rapidly growing flyweight division,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “Zoila has turned in a number of thrilling performances while rising through the ranks of fighters over the last few years, and we are confident that she will help raise the bar of competition even further in the Invicta FC cage.”
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 3:27PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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Tickets For UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez On Sale Next Week
UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will defend his title in a long-awaited showdown with Gilbert Melendez, the last man to hold the Strikeforce® lightweight title, on Saturday, April 20 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship brings the Octagon back to HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The 29-year-old Henderson is 6-0 in the UFC, including two consecutive title defenses over Nate Diaz and Frankie Edgar. He’ll look to cement his status as the world’s best 155-pounder when he meets Melendez, a San Francisco resident riding a seven-fight winning streak. “Benson Henderson wants to beat Gilbert Melendez to prove once and for all that he’s the best lightweight in the world,” UFC President Dana White said. “Gilbert was a champion in Strikeforce and he’s been on an incredible tear. Benson wants this fight badly and I’m excited that it’s headlining such a stacked card.”
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 3:18PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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Robert Drysdale vs. D.J. Linderman added to April's Legacy FC 19 event in Texas
A light heavyweight matchup between submission ace Robert Drysdale (5-0) and multi-division contender D.J. Linderman (13-4) will serve as the co-main event of April's Legacy FC 19 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the new bout with promotion officials. Additionally, Rey Trujillo (13-10) steps in for an injured Junior Assuncao and will now face Chris Jones (7-1) in a featherweight matchup. Assuncao is expected to be booked for a future Legacy FC event. Featuring champion Will Campuzano vs. Alan Nascimento for the promotion's flyweight title, Legacy FC 19 takes place April 12 at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 2:35PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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UFC 158 lineup finalized with Ricci-Fletcher on PPV, Cote-Voelker on FX
The lineup, including the division of the main and preliminary cards, is set for March's big "UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz" event. The event takes place March 16 at Montreal's Bell Centre, and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) meets Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in the headliner. In addition to the pay-per-view main card, FX and Facebook carry the prelims.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 1:49PM by DrivenDavies15 - 8 comments
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ONE FC's Amateur Circuit in Malaysia, Asian MMA Summit, URCC Baguio 5
A quick round up of all the latest news coming out of the Asian MMA scene, including news about ONE FC's Malaysian Amateur MMA circuit, an Asian MMA Summit, URCC Baguio, and bits from Evolve MMA and FCC.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 11:29AM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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UFC on FOX 7 adds Jury-Nijem, Parke-Tuck, Masvidal-Means, Njokuani-Bowling
Four lightweight fights have been added to the next UFC on FOX event, including fights featuring another pair of Strikeforce imports. The unbeaten Myles Jury (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) takes on "TUF 13" winner Ramsey Nijem (7-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC); "TUF Smashes" lightweight winner Norman Parke (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Jon Tuck (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC); Strikeforce vet Jorge Masvidal (23-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Tim Means (18-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC); and fellow Strikeforce crossover Roger Bowling (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fights Anthony Njokuani (15-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC). UFC officials announced the four match ups late Wednesday. UFC on FOX 7 takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FX. The main event is a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez. Tickets for the show go on sale next week.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 11:19AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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