Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jared Hamman targeted for UFC Fight Night 22
Light heavyweights Kyle Kingsbury (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jared Hamman (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) are expected to clash in a preliminary card bout at UFC Fight Night 22.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned the news today from sources close to the event, who said that at least one fighter has signed off on the fight.
UFC Fight Night 22 takes place Sept. 15 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and airs live on Spike TV, though the promotion has yet to officially announce the event.
Nick Catone vs. Tomasz Drwal in the works for UFC Fight Night 22 in Texas
It appears Nick Catone will stay at middleweight for now.
Not long after the New Jersey native told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he wants to drop to welterweight, sources close to the promotion today said Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will stay in the 185-pound division to fight Tomasz Drwal (17-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 22.
UFC Fight Night 22 is expected to take place Sept. 15 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and air live on Spike TV, though the promotion has yet to officially announce the event.
The position of Catone vs. Drawl on the fight card is unknown at this time.
Carlos Condit signs new 4-fight deal with the UFC
Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit has been offered and will sign a new four-fight deal with the UFC that will see the New Mexico native stay with the promotion into the foreseeable future.
Sources close to Condit on Wednesday confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com.
Condit is expected to make his return to action against Dan Hardy at UFC 120 in London, England, in October, although no confirmation has been made by the UFC about the fight.
Anderson Silva Will Beat Chael Sonnen Like A Child And Shut His Mouth
So says the latest 3rd party to jump into the pre-UFC 117 trash talk fest, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. "I think he's just talking nonsense. He is not even a real challenger to Anderson. I think other fighters have done much more in the division, such as Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, whom he won against, Demian Maia, who played with (Sonnen) like a child, and Vitor Belfort. He is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. He will take a beating from Anderson, who will beat him like a child, will beat his ass and will shut his mouth. He has no qualifications to compete for the belt -- that's the truth. He doesn’t have good boxing or ground, only good wrestling. Anderson is on another level. He hopes that Anderson will lose his control and blow up. It’s the only chance he has since Anderson is technically much better than him."
Strikeforce Champion's Clause an Issue in Fedor Talks
Despite M-1 Global's claims that there's nothing left to negotiate before the third and final fight on Fedor Emelianenko's contract with Strikeforce, Strikeforce says at least one issue does need to be negotiated: A champion's clause in the contract that would prevent Fedor from leaving to fight in another promotion if he becomes the Strikeforce champion.
M-1 Global says it wants Fedor's next fight to be a rematch with Fabricio Werdum, who beat Fedor on June 26. But Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has said that his preferred option for Fedor's next fight is a bout with Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, and Strikeforce spokesman Mike Afromowitz told MMAFighting.com that a champion's clause is going to be negotiated.
Rubber Match Not Likely in Bonnar-Soszynski Rivalry Anytime Soon
Stephan Bonnar's spent much of the last three years in search of a win, and much of the last year focusing on one man: Krzysztof Soszynski.
After splitting two fights with Soszynski in the last five months, though, it appears that a rubber match to their series is not likely to happen in the near future, according to UFC president Dana White.
UFC 116's "UFC Prelims" broadcast peaks with 1.5 million viewers; weigh-ins draw 645K
After earning an impressive 1.6 million viewers for its UFC 114 broadcast, Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast for this past weekend's UFC 116 event dipped slightly for an average of 1.3 million viewers, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with an industry source.
The three-fight July 3 broadcast, which featured Brendan Schuab vs. Chris Tuchscherer and Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli, as well as a bonus fight of Gerald Harris vs. David Branch did peak with 1.5 million viewers in the final quarter hour.
Additionally, the July 2 broadcast of the UFC 116 weigh-in ceremonies, the first-ever such broadcast for Spike TV, drew 645,000 viewers.
Fedor Planning SF Return By November, M-1 Wants Werdum Rematch
And according to Vadim Finkelchtein, if SF wants to keep Fedor around they'll make that rematch happen. "We are ready to fight against anyone, but everyone agrees that the most interesting fight right now is the rematch against Fabricio Werdum. We have one fight left on our contract, so if Strikeforce want to extend it – they should listen to our opinion. Fedor will fight again sometime between October and November. I’ll repeat that again: the only thing fans want to see is Fedor vs Werdum II. Fabricio himself said that he would like to rematch Fedor in Russia. It’s great, but this fight will not happen in Russia ... I can really feel that the rating makers on the US websites really wanted Fedor Emelianenko to suffer from his first 'real' defeat. They now have Fedor in third Place, and the first is Brock Lesnar. Question: Who’s Brock Lesnar? He has only five professional fights, and one defeat. He is a marketable fighter because of his WWE past. They sell-out 60,000 stadiums for that crap, which no one would even consider watching in Russia. That’s why Brock Lesnar is popular. As for Fedor, he is not a marketable fighter – he’s just the best. He destroyed everyone during 10 years. He has 31 victories."
Jake Shields: Strikeforce Wants To Push "Has-Beens" Like Shamrock & Le-Not Great Young Fighters
Which seems to be one of the reasons that Jake Shields left the promotion for UFC. "I’m brand new to the UFC but they have treated me absolutely wonderful much better than Strikeforce to this point. They return my phone calls and I get seats unlike Strikeforce but so far things have been absolutely perfect. I don’t want to knock Strikeforce because that’s not my style even though they did treat me like **** which was unnecessary because I never talked bad about them. Honestly I would love to see Gilbert and Nick in the UFC. Even though Strikeforce is a good show, everyone knows it’s the number two show. They have a handful of good fighters but all the top competition is in the UFC and I feel that Nick and Gilbert are good enough to fight at the highest level. I just don’t see Strikeforce putting the marketing strength behind him as they didn’t for me. I feel like they (Strikeforce) want to go after the places that have already been built like Shamrock or Cung Le. They don’t seem really interested in building top young fighters in their prime. They had a great batch of young fighters like me, Nick, Gil and King Mo but they weren’t interested in great young fighters and instead all the push went to 'has beens' like Shamrock and Cung Le. It seemed like they wanted to push people who were no where near their prime."
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez Won't Happen at UFC 119
UFC 119, the organization's first event in Indianapolis, IN, is still without a main event, and considering Brock Lesnar walked away from Saturday night's title defense relatively healthy, many were pushing the idea that his next title defense against Cain Velasquez, could occur as soon as September.
However, UFC president Dana White squashed those rumors Tuesday.
UFC 116 Medical Suspensions
The NSAC has posted the official UFC 116 results on its website, which also reveal the medical suspensions coming out of the event. Of note with regards to a potential UFC Heavyweight Title fight as soon as September is that Brock Lesnar is suspended due to cuts, but for only 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
UFC's Lyoto Machida primed for return; camp calls for interim shot with Rashad Evans
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has fully recovered from a knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in May, and "The Dragon" is primed for a return to action.
And if you think Machida is looking for some kind of warm-up fight to get the taste of his first professional loss out of his mouth, think again.
Instead, with Rua sidelined until the spring, Machida and his camp would like a shot at an interim title against Rashad Evans with the winner eventually taking on "Shogun."
TJ Grant vs. Julio Paulino In The Works For UFC 119
Following withdrawing from UFC 116 due to a back injury, Julio Paulino now appears set to return to action at UFC 119, where he likely will face TJ Grant. Verabl agreements are in place, paperwork pending. The fight will likely be a prelim but that hasn't been determined yet.
Nate Diaz Signs New 4 Fight Deal With UFC
TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz is expected to finalize a new deal with UFC today. Diaz' manager, Cesar Gracie, says it's a 4-fight deal. Additionally, Diaz is signed to face Marcus Davis on the first televised bout of Aug. 28's UFC 118 in Boston.
UFC 116 Official Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from Saturday's UFC 116 event. The total discloused payouts were $923,000 with the biggest share-as expected, $400,000-going to Brock Lesnar.
Evgeni Kogan Calls Report Of M-1 Global Collapse "Totally Made Up"
The mixed martial arts community has been waiting for the other shoe to drop after top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko suffered his first defeat in nine years at the hands of Fabricio Werdum on Showtime's June 26 Strikeforce card in San Jose. While the fighter will likely rebound, what about Strikeforce? Or M-1 Global -- who may have placed all their financial eggs in the Russian's basket? According to a report from MMA Fighting, "The Last Emperor's" promotional organization "is in disarray" after the former PRIDE champion's defeat, even closing its head office in the Netherlands as investors begin to jump ship at the prospect of M-1 losing their negotiating power. UFC President Dana White, who was obsessed with the acquisition of Emelianenko, has publicly stated he now has "zero interest" in signing the WAMMA kingpin, who lost some of his mystique following the Werdum loss. From blank checks to "no thanks" is a tough spot to be in from a bargaining standpoint, especially with just one fight remaining on Emelianenko's current Strikeforce contract. Yet M-1 Global's Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan is not giving the article much credence, telling Luke Thomas at Bloody Elbow the report is "100-percent made up."
Report: Collapse and "Panic" at M-1 Global, Head Office Allegedly Closed
I'd be willing to wager a healthy sum of money this news - if true - makes Scott Coker relieved:
Specifically, sources with knowledge of the situation say M-1 Global has closed its head office in the Netherlands, that some of M-1's investors have already cut ties with the organization, that officials within M-1 know they've lost most of their negotiating power, and that overall, according to one source, the people at M-1 are "panicking."
Netherlands office: Although M-1 Global was widely perceived in the United States as a Russian company because of its close ties to Fedor, it actually considered its office in the Netherlands to be the global headquarters. But that's not the case anymore, as the Netherlands office has ceased to exist. M-1 Global knows it can't count on as much income from Fedor in the future as it could in the past, and closing the Netherlands office was a cost-cutting move. As mixfight.nl first reported, the employees of M -1 Netherlands no longer work with the organization, although it's not clear what will happen to Dutch fighters with M-1 contracts.
Losing investors: During Fedor's reign as the sport's heavyweight king, M-1 Global had some wealthy businessmen it could count on when it needed an infusion of cash. Basically, these were businessmen who were willing to lose money on an investment in M-1 just because they liked being associated with the toughest man in the world. But Fedor no longer has that allure, and as a result those investors have signaled to M-1 that they won't be infusing any more cash in the promotion.
Leben will stay busy, but not against Wanderlei
In what would be guaranteed dynamite, Leben vs. Silva would seem like a lock, but UFC president Dana White had to let the air out of the balloon at the post-fight press conference saying that Silva will be out for several months.
"We talked about that, the problem is Wanderlei's having knee surgery. He's going to be out for a while," said White.
Leben will undoubtedly take some much needed time off now after two fights in two weeks, but White hopes to keep the former Team Quest fighter busy, because that's the best way to guarantee his performance.
Overeem & DREAM 15: No Arlovski, No Title, No "Demolition Man"
That's Alistair Overeem's explanation as to why he's not fighting on DREAM 15 despite rumors he was facing Ricco Rodriguez-he was originally offered Andrei Arlovski to crown the first DREAM Heavyweight Champion. Then things changed. "I knew Dream wanted me on the show, but I didn't want to go back in training preparation. Then, they offered me a fight against Andrei Arlovski for the Dream heavyweight title. As I have said on occasions, fighting for a belt means something more, and I wanted that Dream title so much that so as a result, I agreed to lay off my media and holiday plans, and went back to training. During my training I found out that Andrei Arlovski was not going to be my opponent, and they changed opponents numerous times. I've heard names like Tim Sylvia and Minowa. At one point, I received notice that they had found a opponent but that the Dream heavyweight title was not on the line anymore. With all the changes and the title fight no longer a possibility, I simply had to turn down the opportunity. I want to make it very clear that I never verbally agreed to fight (Ricco Rodriguez) and I never signed a contract with Dream to fight him. I feel very sorry for (the Rodriguez camp) if they still think the fight is on, and I apologize to my fans that have bought a ticket to see me compete. I hope this statement has shed some light on the unfortunate situation."