Spike Changes UFC 120 Start Time
US fans take note: Spike has announced a change in the start time for Saturday's tape-delay broadcast of UFC 120. Originally a 9 PM ET start time was announced but Spike has now moved it up to 8 PM ET/PT (Spike doesn't have a "staggered" feed so West Coast viewers have to wait until 8 PM ET/11 PM ET). The broadcast will be 3 hours.
UFC 122 prelims lose newcomer Kenny Robertson due to injury
An injury has forced UFC 122 preliminary-card fighter and promotional newcomer Kenny Robertson (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) out of next month's UFC 122 event.
The fighter announced the injury via Facebook, and UFC officials since have pulled the fight from the night's official lineup.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, Robertson was slated to fight fellow undefeated welterweight Pascal Krauss (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Struve vs. McCorkle, Riddle vs. Waldburger official for UFC 124 in Montreal
A heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve (20-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Sean McCorkle (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and a welterweight fight between Matt Riddle (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Anthony "T.J." Waldburger (13-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are now official for UFC 124.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported both bouts, which UFC officials formally added to the card.
UFC 124 takes place Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The event airs on pay-per-view and features a welterweight title fight between current champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Josh Koscheck.
All UFC 119 Drug Tests Come Back Clean
All nine fighters who underwent drug testing at September's UFC 119 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse.
Andy Means, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission's athletic division, today emailed the results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 119 marked the UFC's debut in Indiana. The main event saw former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir score a third-round knockout of Croatian striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
Dan Hardy: Taking on Greg Jackson's Fighters Gets Boring
When Dan Hardy steps into the Octagon to fight Carlos Condit at UFC 120 on Sunday, he'll be facing his second straight opponent who has Greg Jackson in his corner. The last time the fight didn't go so well, and Hardy is concerned that it won't go so well this time, either.
That's not to say that Hardy, who's coming off a loss to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in March, is worried about losing to Condit -- he says he's confident that he'll win. But Hardy says he doesn't like the fighting style that Jackson teaches, and he believes Jackson-trained fighters exercise far too much caution in the cage.
"My biggest concern is that he'll fight a Greg Jackson style fight and run away for 15 minutes," Hardy said in a live chat with MMAFighting.com readers. "It's not that I don't like Greg Jackson's style but I don't like fighting guys he trains because they always take the safest route and that gets boring, they want to send it to the judges and that gets boring after a while."
UFC boss says Jake Shields "probably" in line for title shot with UFC 121 win
While UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will next put his title on the line in December against fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 12" coach Josh Koscheck, the division's next top contender may be decided as early as next week.
At a press conference today in Montreal promoting December's "UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2" event, UFC president Dana White said promotional newcomer Jake Shields (25-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will likely earn himself a title shot with a win in his upcoming octagon debut.
"If Jake Shields should win against Martin Kampmann, it will probably be him next," White said.
WEC 51 Attendance And Gate Figures Not Good
It would seem that while WEC might've hoped otherwise, the response to if their seemingly unstoppable Featherweight Champion can draw is "No Way, Jose"-pun intended. The Colorado Office of Boxing today announced WEC 51 last week drew only 3791 fans for a live gate of $190,620. WEC originally estimated a crowd of around 5100. The event was headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Manny Gamburyan. In fact, 51 will rank among the worst WEC events in terms of attendance.
Is The Winner Of Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Shields The Perfect Matchup For Jon Fitch?
Fitch thinks so, and he probably wouldn't mind getting it before his next title shot. "The next time a title shot is coming around is probably going to be a while, so I'm kinda thinking I might wanna fight again before the title shot. The winner of Kampmann-Shields would be a perfect match-up. I've known Jake [Shields] for a long time. He's a good friend of mine. I'm all about fighting the best guys in the world and we've known for a long time that this day would probably come where we'd have to fight. So be it."
Stephan Bonnar "The Gym Rat" Is "Not Too Worried" About The Ground Game Of Igor Pokrajac
Apparently no submission losses means no sweat when it comes to the ground game, at least in Bonnar's mind. "I respect his ground, but I’m not too worried. I[have] never been submitted. I am a BJJ black belt under Sergio Penha, and was brought up in Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Carlson Gracie. Also, I’ve really improved my takedown defense. The only guys to ever take me down in a fight have been Rashad, Jon Jones, and Mark Coleman….and now I’m even harder to take down ... I’m a gym whore. For these last couple fights I’ve been with Sergio Penhas gym, One Kick Nicks gym, and PSI (Philippi Sports Institute) for strength and conditioning. I’m happy too. I love my coaches and my team. I don’t feel like anythings missing anymore."
Facing "tailor-made" opponent, James McSweeney predicts UFC 120 success
For British slugger James McSweeney (4-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), things couldn't have worked out any better.
Sure, he admits, a late opponent change is never something you'd ask for, but as "The Hammer" finishes his prep for this weekend's UFC 120 bout with promotional newcomer Fabiano Maldonado (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), McSweeney says he couldn't have hand-picked a better foe.
"The guy is very cocky and very sure of himself," McSweeney recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I love fighting guys like that. It's tailor-made for me."
Strikeforce's Tyron Woodley in no rush to top of welterweight division
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Tyron Woodley isn't calling out marquee fighters just yet.
The full-time fighter and sometime grad student is happy to remain a prospect. Give him a year and then he'll talk.
"I like the pace I'm on," Woodley (7-0 MMA, 5-0 SF) said following his quick win over Andre Galvao at this past Saturday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2" event. "I don't think I'm far."
Still, it was a pivotal victory for "T-Wood," who prior to his big-show debut was a regular on the Strikeforce Challengers series. He has yet to meet a setback in seven professional appearances.
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares targeted for UFC 125 on Jan. 1
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" semifinalist Brad Tavares (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will put his perfect record on the line when he meets veteran fighter Phil Baroni (13-12 MMA, 3-6 UFC) at UFC 125.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which is expected to take place at middleweight.
UFC 125 takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view.
It's not known if Tavares vs. Baroni will make the broadcast.
SF Diaz vs. Noons 2 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from Saturday's Strikeforce Diaz vs. Noons 2 event. The total disclosed payouts were $211,500 with the biggest share-$50,000-going to both Nick Diaz and Josh Thomson. And for those wondering, Marloes Coenen earned less than the likely combined value of her new title and Sarah Kaufman's arm-just $3000. Kaufman made $20,000 for the loss.
SF Diaz vs. Noons 2 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions coming out of Saturday's Strikeforce Diaz vs. Noons 2 event. 7 fighters are suspended with 3-Josh Thomson, KJ Noons and Gesias Cavalcante-all out at least 180 days. Both Thomson & Cavalcante can be cleared early to return but Thomson must sit out at least 60 days (cut), and Noons must be cleared after the suspension and can't return early. 4 other fighters got 45 or 60 day suspensions including Nick Diaz, who got 60 days for cuts.
Silva-Overeem On December 4 SF Back On
Antonio Silva vs. Valentijn Overeem is back on for December 4. A week after Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie that the heavily rumored bout was not taking place at "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu," a source close to the event today confirmed that the fight has been salvaged.
Strikeforce's "JZ" Cavalcante unsure about future, concerned about MMA judging
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lightweight Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante was sure he'd done enough to earn a decision victory over Josh Thomson at this past Saturday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2" event.
Instead, Thomson earned a unanimous-decision victory, and though two judges scored it 29-28, one judge surprisingly gave him all three rounds.
"When they said 30-27, I said, 'Come on, that's complete bull [expletive],'" Cavalcante told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) afterward.
"Everybody keeps telling me I won," he added. "I feel like I won the first and the third round. But I have to watch the tape."
WWE's David Bautista Wants Multi-Fight SF Deal, Early 2011 Debut
Former pro wrestler David Bautista (known as Batista in WWE) is still very much interested in fighting in mixed martial arts. The heavyweight took in this past Saturday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II" event in support of MMA mentor Nick Diaz and said that talks with the San Jose, Calif.-based promotion are ongoing, though a deal is "not even close to done." If all goes well, however, Bautista hopes to be in the Strikeforce cage by March 2011. As for fighting in a cage for real, the entertainer said he needs between eight and 10 weeks to prepare for a fight and is ready to begin training full-time in January 2011 after he fulfills his obligations to a pair of movie projects. Other than that, he said, it's about reaching an agreement with Strikeforce on money and the number of fights on his contract. "My thing is I want to do a multi-fight deal," he said. "I want to have a guarantee of at least three fights. I want a tune-up fight, I want a big fight, and I want a pay-per-view fight."
Report: No 1/29 UFC Event, 126 Expected To Be Super Bowl Card
Although a Jan. 29 show was under consideration at one point, the date no longer is expected to host an Ultimate Fighting Championship card. Multiple sources close to the organization say nothing is planned for pay-per-view or Spike TV for the January date. That means the Jan. 1 New Year's Day card will be UFC 125, and the star-studded Super Bowl weekend card on Feb. 5 is expected to be UFC 126. In recent years, UFC officials sometimes host an event just a week before the Super Bowl weekend show in an effort to build interest and spur pay-per-view buys. Traditionally, the Super Bowl events are some of the biggest of the year for the UFC. That led to a rumors of a potential UFC 126 event on Jan. 29, but that now appears unlikely, the sources said. 126 is expected to be in Vegas at either MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay bay Events Center.
Feud Over Semmy Schilt Allegations Could Tear Kickboxing Apart
In a move that has the potential to greatly impact the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix, Hesdy Gerges's team has filed a formal complaint against Semmy Schilt stemming from their Final 16 match last weekend. Filed by Black Label Fighting and It's Showtime, the complaint argues that Schilt received illegal medical attention between rounds of the October 2 fight and calls for Schilt to be disqualified from the December 11 Grand Prix finals.