UFC 131's Vagner Rocha on Donald Cerrone: "It's a lose-lose fight for him"
Vagner Rocha (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) knows the odds are against him.
A little more than two years into his fighting career, he's facing a two-time WEC title-challenger on a three-fight streak. A bonus collector. A guy with almost three times his experience.
So it's no surprise to him that he's a 3-to-1 underdog against Donald Cerrone (14-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC). He's keeping track because he's bet on himself. Not the farm, but "somebody's rent money," as Rocha told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The two meet Saturday on the first pay-per-view bout of UFC 131, which takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Strikeforce's Overeem and Werdum hope grand-prix title leads to UFC title shot
With one crossover fight between a UFC champ and Strikeforce champ now in the books, it's not unreasonable to wonder what's in store for the champions of other weight divisions.
And with the second round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix around the corner – a tournament that several of its participants have previously said will crown the No. 1 heavyweight in the world – it's not a stretch to imagine the winner presenting a good case for another crossover.
Although Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (34-11 MMA, 3-0 SF) and Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1 MMA, 3-0 SF) are focused on fighting each other in the quarterfinals of the tournament, they share the hope that winning the competition will open the door to a bout with current UFC heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez.
Although cleared by commission, Gina Carano's return date unknown, manager says
Everything was full steam ahead for Gina Carano until Monday.
According to her manager, the popular fighter had had a "phenomenal camp" in preparation for a fight with Sarah D'Alelio at "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" before an "unfortunate setback" prompted her doctor to advise against her participation in the event, which takes place June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
"She's bummed out and trained her ass off for this fight," Scott Karp today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via text.
Diamonds are forever: An MMAmania interview exclusive with Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier has big plans.
After a 1-1 stint in the WEC, "Diamond" looked polished in his UFC debut, completely dismantling then number one featherweight contender Josh Grispi via dominant unanimous decision at UFC 125 on New Year's.
Having just turned 22 years old, he's got all the time in the world to continue to develop his skills.
The Louisiana fighter trains under Tim Credeur at the Gladiator academy in Lafayette, LA and as he stated in his exclusive interview with MMAmania.com, despite defeating the number one contender, he's in no rush for a title shot.
TUF 13 Finale Pulls in 1.8 Million Viewers on Average for Spike TV Broadcast
The ratings for the TUF 13 finale are in and the final average was 1.8 million viewers for the Spike TV broadcast.
The ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 13 was an up and down season for ratings and overall appeal, and the finale for the show seemed to suffer the same fate.
The ratings for the TUF 13 finale show average 1.8 million viewers for the broadcast that took place Saturday night in Las Vegas.
YouTube also will stream five UFC 131 preliminary card bouts
In addition to streaming on Facebook, the first five preliminary-card bouts from Saturday's UFC 131 card also will stream for free on YouTube.
YouTube recently opened the event page with a countdown to the event, which takes place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
UFC executives couldn't be reached for official comment, but sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization simply wanted to widen its audience, reach non-Facebook users, and provide another platform that's very mobile-device-friendly.
Cavalcante and St. Preux not fighting at "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson"
A bout between former Strikeforce champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and fellow light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux won't be a part of July's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event after all.
A source close to the show told MMAjunkie.com that despite reports, the two fighters never agreed to the bout.
Both are expected to be booked for other upcoming fights.
Facebook to stream remaining UFC 131 preliminary fights
Sticking with recent tradition, all bouts from Saturday's UFC 131 event will air or stream in some form.
While the main card is slated for pay-per-view and two preliminary-card bouts air on a Spike TV "UFC Prelims" special, the remaining bouts now will be part of a free Facebook stream.
Facebook will stream five of the event's 12 fights.
UFC 131 takes place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin meet in the PPV headliner.
The bouts now scheduled for Facebook include light heavyweights Krzysztof Soszynski (25-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Mike Massenzio (12-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), middleweights Nick Ring (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. James Head (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), featherweights Dustin Poirier (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Jason Young (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), heavyweights Joey Beltran (12-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Aaron Rosa (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and featherweights Darren Elkins (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC).
Gina Carano doesn't get medical clearance - will not fight on June 18
Gina Carano won't make her comeback next week, after all.
Carano failed to get medical clearance from her doctor for the June 18 bout, Strikeforce executive Scott Coker said Tuesday. The popular female fighter, who has not competed since August 2009, was scheduled to face Sarah D'Alelio.
"It's an unfortunate situation," said Coker, who declined to provide further details about Carano's health issues.
UFC Vet Kurt Pellegrino Insists Retirement 'the Right Choice'
Kurt Pellegrino surprised many when he announced last week on his website that he was stepping away from MMA, effectively retiring as a fighter. But to those closest to him, it likely didn't come as a surprise at all.
"I've been thinking about retirement since (fighting) Josh Neer (at UFC 101 in August 2009)," Pellegrino told host Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of "The MMA Hour." "I've been talking to my wife about it since then, anyway. When it was time to do it, I just said, 'Do it now.'"
Pellegrino said he wrote the post on his site, published it, and tried to not look back.
"I wrote this thing all out and pressed send," Pellegrino recalled. "I left my house and drove around for a bit. That was how I dealt with it, because it was a hard thing to do. Do I want to fight again? Right now, I kind of don't."
MMA Regulation Passes Another Hurdle In New York Vote
Mixed martial arts passed another hurdle in its quest to gain sanctioning in New York, as a bill to regulate the sport sailed through a vote in the state assembly's Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sport Development committee on Monday.
The vote overwhelmingly passed by a 16-3 margin, with two members absent.
Several obstacles, however, still stand in the way of regulated MMA coming to New York.
UFC 131's Joey Beltran: I'm employed to "put my fist on people's chins"
Joey Beltran's exciting style and never-say-die attitude have made him a fan favorite in the UFC.
However, following a January decision loss to Pat Barry, "The Mexicutioner" realizes he's in a must-win situation come this Saturday at UFC 131 in Vancouver.
Beltran (12-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) faces Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Aaron Rosa (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in preliminary-card action, and the Mexican heavyweight knows he'll leave it all on the line to entertain his friends, family and fans. It's what he's paid to do.
Despite impressive TUF 13 Finale win, George Roop isn't fully happy with his career
Thanks to George Roop, Josh Grispi is no longer a red-hot prospect – and instead is a featherweight on the ropes of a deep division.
A body shot from "The Ultimate Fighter 8" veteran put Grispi (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the canvas this past Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and removed any illusions the youngster is ready for a shot at champ Jose Aldo, as the UFC believed he was at the end of this past year.
John Alessio vs. Josh Neer headlines Superior Cage Combat 2 on Aug. 20 in Vegas
UFC veterans John Alessio (31-14) and Josh Neer (29-10-1) will headline Superior Cage Combat's return to Las Vegas.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that "The Natural" and "The Dentist" have agreed to headline "Superior Cage Combat 2: Alessio vs. Neer," which takes place Aug. 20 at Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Mike Massenzio replaces injured Igor Pokrajac at Saturday's UFC 131 event
Hopefully the third time's a charm for Krzysztof Soszynski (25-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
The Canadian fighter has a new opponent for UFC 131, Mike Massenzio (12-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), following the loss of two previous opponents.
This past month, Soszynski lost initial opponent Anthony Perosh (11-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) to injury. And as the UFC announced overnight, he also lost replacement Igor Pokrajac (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) because of another undisclosed injury.
Kampmann injured; Brown vs. Howard, Attonito vs. Roberts set for UFC on Versus 4
Martin Kampmann's injury and subsequent withdrawal from this month's UFC on Versus 4 card has resulted in a lineup shakeup.
Kampmann's original opponent, John Howard (14-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC), now fights welterweight replacement Matt Brown (11-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC). And Brown's original opponent on the card, Rich Attonito (9-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), instead fights welterweight Daniel Roberts (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
UFC officials announced the changes overnight.
Dana White Announces UFC Live Events Coming to XBox Live (Updated)
UFC live events are coming to Xbox Live through streaming on demand as announced by UFC President Dana White on Monday.
White appeared at the E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, making the announcement about the new platform.
According to White, the UFC live events will be available on the Xbox Live service in a new deal the promotion signed with Microsoft. White also stated other events like the UFC weigh-ins would be available through Xbox Live.
“There has never been a better time to be a UFC fan,” White said on Monday. “As you know we deliver the best fights in the world, and now Xbox will revolutionize live events on television. You’ll get all the best fights and compete against your friends, only on Xbox.”
The details of the deal regarding when the service would become available were not announced, but the UFC will be coming to Xbox Live likely during the holiday season.
Xbox Live subscriptions through the streaming service run users anywhere from $9.99 a month to $59.99 for an entire year.
The preview video shown at the E3 conference showcased the UFC 129 pay-per-view event including fighter profiles, training footage and the option to order the live pay-per-view.
The UFC has been stressing the importance of branching out into new avenues in regards to their programming onto different formats like over the internet and now through the Xbox Live service.
The UFC already offers pay-per-views through their website with additional content as well as multiple camera angles and other add-ons to enhance the viewing audience.
Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Talks TUF 14, Michael Bisping
We all know Mayhem has some experience in front of the cameras. As the host of Bully Beatdown on MTV for the past three seasons, Jason Miller has built up the necessary experience to make for a great choice as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 14. And it didn't take long for him to get the trash-talk headed in the direction of opposing coach Michael Bisping (via HeavyMMA):
"I feel great getting the TUF spot. It’s a little early to start the smack talk but I’m going to beat the bangers and mash out of Bisping after my team smashes his team. Now that Osama is dead, Bisping is the most hated man in America. Everybody hates that guy. I wonder what it’s like to actually be hated that much. You would have to put a terrorist attack together to be hated any more than he is."