Leonardo Santos vs. Sotaro Yamada Added To Sengoku 14
World Victory Road today announced an 11th fight for their upcoming Sengoku 14 event, adding Leonardo Santos vs. Sotaro Yamada to the card. A Nova Uniao black belt, Santos looks to build on a submission win over former King of Pancrase Kiuma Kunioku. Santos has earned victories in six of his past seven outings, and the lone loss came via split decision. Five of Santos' seven career wins have come via submission. Meanwhile, Yamada fights for the first time under the World Victory Road banner. Yamada returns to MMA competition for the first time since August 2008, when he fought to a draw with Ryoji Suzuki. Since that time, Yamada has been focused on grappling competitions. Yamada's MMA record includes a 1-3-1 mark in his past five trips to the ring.
Alan Belcher Facing Possible Career Ending Injury
UFC middleweight Alan Belcher says his mixed martial arts career isn't on his mind right now as his main focus currently is to recover from a detached retina in his right eye.
In an interview Monday with Purefight, the 26-year-old out of Biloxi, Miss. says the worst case would be the end of his competitive career while the best case scenario would still mean additional surgery.
The timing of Belcher's injury is especially unfortunate considering his recent ascent in the middleweight division. Belcher has won four of his last five UFC fights with the one loss a close decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama. Additionally, he received either Submission of the Night or Fight of the Night in each of his last four fights.
Thiago Alves Hires Mike Dolce To Oversee Diet, Wants To Stay At WW
Thiago Alves does not want to fight at middleweight and is willing to do whatever it takes to stay at welterweight. Alves said Monday that he's hired nutritionist Mike Dolce, a veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 7," to assure the UFC that he never again misses weight in the 170-pound class. Alves finds out today whether the promotion will grant his wish. "I think (at) 185, the guys are way too big for me," Alves said. Following UFC 117, Dana White said Alves belongs at 185 pounds and told him such in a text message. Alves apologized but said he wasn't ready to pack on more weight.
Mo "Executioner" Lawal Feels No Pressure As Underdog Against Feijao
While Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Lawal may not be the underdog against Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao), the champion has the midset that he is indeed the UD. "Feijao knows he wants the knock out. He doesn’t want the submission. He trains in the ground game, but I’m training with guys in Jiu-Jitsu that are comparable. So I’m not worried at the ground at all because I’ve got good submission defense.... I don’t know. If you ask me if I could beat anybody I’m going to say I can beat anybody. I’d win against anybody with a good game plan. It doesn’t matter who it is. Except my momma. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’ll beat them with a good game plan.... I’ve only been fighting for two years. There’s no pressure on me whatsoever. If there’s pressure on anybody it’s Feijao. He has the name. He’s been fighting longer and he’s been training longer. I remember watching Feijao just mashing people in the IFL. I think people look at me as having the bigger name but I don’t care. I think he’s the favorite. I’m the underdog even though I’m the champ.... I may be implementing a new style like from Bernard Hopkins, one of my favorite boxers. I’m going to implement his style. And maybe if that doesn’t work than a little of Paul Williams. So you’ll all be seeing some new stuff from me."
Anderson Silva out until February or March 2011 with cracked rib
"After the first round he [Anderson Silva] said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breath because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack," Lemos said.
"Anderson is expected to return in February or March."
UFC could be in Brazil alongside 2016 Olympics
The Summer Olympics will be headed to Brazil in 2016. The UFC could be headed south around the same time.
That's according to UFC president Dana White, who states that the company is aggressively pursuing the promotion's expansion into Brazil, and they hope to be there before or during the Olympic year of 2016.
Fighters Only magazine announces 2010 World MMA Awards
Fighters Only, the world’s biggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) magazine, announces the launch of its 3rd annual awards today. Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards gives fans across the globe the chance to cast their vote on which athletes, brands, and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport in the last 12 months. Voting will take place across 20 different award categories including Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, and Best Lifestyle Apparel.
Fabricio Werdum out until 2011
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the heavyweight fighter will be on the bench until January 2011. As a result, no opponent has been set for his return.
"The date is really to be determined because Fabricio is not going to fight until the beginning of next year, so he's going to be sidelined for the next five months," Coker said.
Werdum (14-4-1 MMA, 3-0 SF) said this past month that he intends to take the rest of 2010 off after undergoing a much-needed surgery on his elbow.
Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch Expected At UFN 22
It appears that Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch will be added to the UFC Fight Night 22 card in the near future. Drwal was to have faced Nick Catone, who now appears to be off due to an apparent injury. Branch was to have faced Aaron Simpson, who is off due to a staph infection. Drwal-Branch will be a prelim if it happens.
Spike Shuffles UFC Prelims Lineup For UFC 118
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast for UFC 118, which precedes the night's pay-per-view telecast, has undergone some changes in the wake of fighter injuries. Initially, the "UFC Prelims" broadcast was slated to feature Lauzon vs. Terry Etim and Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara. However, with today's changes it will now be Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger and Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz, the latter bumping Gerald Harris vs. Joe Vedepo to prelims. Rather than broadcast Harris vs. Vedepo, officials opted for a fight between Winner, a "TUF 9" runner-up, and Lentz. (Spike TV and the UFC traditionally feature "TUF" cast members and UFC Fight Night regulars on the "UFC Prelims" specials.)
Strikeforce Returns To San Jose On 10/9 With MW Tourney Kickoff
Strikeforce returns to it's homebase of San Jose, CA for a major show on October 9 that will kick off the promotion's middleweight tournament. Scott Coker said the organization is still discussing two possible tournament formats for the middleweight grand prix: a same-night four man tourney, or an eight-slot grand prix held over the course of two events. Regardless of the format, the winner gets a title shot with either Tim Kennedy or Ronaldo Souza, who fight for recent UFC signee Jake Shields' vacant title at next week's "Strikeforce: Houston" event. The 10/9 event will air on Showtime.
Angela Magana Off Bellator 24, Carla Esparza Faces Fujii
Although she campaigned to keep her spot on the card as late as today, Angela Magana is now off Thursday's Bellator 24 due to a foot injury. Though she got a cortisone shot and sought clearance to stay on the card, Bellator officials today opted to replace her. She was to have faced Megumi Fujii in the first round of the women's 115 pound tournament. Carla Esparza is the short-notice replacement.
Lashley Hesitant, But Open To Fight Against Batista
Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley said he’d be willing to take a bout against fellow World Wrestling Entertainment star Dave Batista if that was what the promotion wanted -- though he has his reservations. “It’s not really the direction I want to move (in), but if it’s worth it and they really think he’s ready and Strikeforce wants me to fight him, I’ll take the fight,” Lashley told Sherdog.com last week. The 34-year-old Lashley, a former WWE champion who owns the ATT Altitude gym in Aurora, Colo., is in his final weeks of training for a bout against Chad Griggs at Strikeforce “Houston” on Aug. 21 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Batista, who recently parted ways with the WWE following an eight-year run with the pro wrestling juggernaut, began introductory training at the Cesar Gracie Academy in Lodi, Calif., in July. The 41-year-old Batista, who is said to have limited combat sports experience, is in negotiations with the San Jose, Calif.-based promotion. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has already hinted at a potential bout between Lashley and Batista for one of the company’s first pay-per-view offerings in 2010 or 2011.
Will Gabe Ruediger Be Ready For An "Uphill Battle" Against Joe Lauzon At UFC 118?
J-Lau thinks that's what Ruediger has ahead of him, in no small part due to his taking the fight on short notice. "When I started this camp three months out, I was in better shape on Day 1 than I was on the final day of my last training camp. Everything is better - my punches are better, my boxing is better, my jiu-jitsu is sharper. Every single aspect of my game three months ago was better than when I fought Sam Stout. Gabe (Ruediger) has a way more uphill battle. It’s a short-notice fight. I don’t know how hard he’s been training. Some people train real hard all the time and some people take it easy. Who knows? We’ll see how it all pans out."
UFC 117: The Nogueira McBlack-Belt Gets The Last Laugh In Oakland
That would be UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in his response to Chael Sonnen after he referred to "The Spider's" black belt as "a toy that you get in a happy meal" in his pre-fight trash talk but in the end was denied what could have been a lopsided win to usurp the Brazilian's title. "I’m a Nogueira brothers black belt, and I’d give my life for them. I say that and I don’t need to patronize them nor them me. Rodrigo is my master and Rogério is a brother and teacher to me. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today. I decided to put on the gi as a tribute to them and for the things I’d said. I told Rodrigo I’d get the submission in this fight. I told him that. Everything worked out yet again."
Junior Dos Santos Gets HW Title Shot
As expected, his UFC 117 win over Roy Nelson means Junior Dos Santos is now in line for a UFC Heavyweight Title shot after Cain Velasquez gets his later this year. Although Dos Santos had to settle for a unanimous decision win over Nelson, Dana White said the performance was good enough to earn the Brazilian big man a shot at the belt. And while Dana didn't say where Dos Santos will get his shot, there were hints dropped about having it in his native Brazil.
Matt Hughes Out Until 2011, Taking It "One Fight At A Time"
Fresh off a triumphant submission victory over Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117, Matt Hughes says fighting will take a back seat to hunting this fall. "Early next year, I'll talk with the UFC, and we'll figure out what we're going to do," Hughes said. It was the former welterweight champion and recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee's third consecutive octagon victory after a disappointing run in which he lost his belt and dropped three out of four fights.
Sonnon Sets Compustrike Record
The moments were ticking away on Anderson Silva's long reign, and the Oakland, California crowd was already preparing to crown Chael Sonnen. To the surprise of millions, the Oregon native had dominated every minute, virtually every second of their UFC 117 middleweight title fight. The bout was so lopsided, in fact, that Compustrike sent out press alerts as the fight went on to quantify the absurdity of what we were witnessing. Sonnen, the first notice announced, had outstruck Silva 51-2 in the first round. The second alert was even more astounding. Through three rounds, Sonnen had outlanded the champion 218-11. The king is dead, the announcements seemed to be saying.
I guess it's a silver lining for Sonnen. I'm still in shock. Injured or not, I've never seen a champ get dominated like that for that long. Let alone a P4P number one. This certainly must make GSP salivate at the chance to take on Silva.