Njokuani vs. Faaloloto, Jabouin vs. Visher slated for WEC 52 prelims
Featherweights fights of Anthony Njokuani (12-4 MMA, 3-3 WEC) vs. Edward Faaloloto (2-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) and Yves Jabouin (14-6 MMA, 0-2 WEC) vs. Brandon Visher (13-1 MMA, 1-1 WEC) are set for next month's WEC 52 event.
WEC 52 takes place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on Versus.
Njokuani vs. Faaloloto and Jabouin vs. Visher both are tentatively slotted for the unaired preliminary card.
Miller vs. Oliveira Added To UFC 124
According to sources close to the fight, the other half of the "Miller Time" doubleheader at UFC 124 will feature Jim Miller taking on fast-rising prospect Charles Oliveira. While the UFC has made no announcement about the bout, it's like that Miller vs. Oliveira will make the televised broadcast of the UFC 124 show in some capacity. Jim's brother Dan also is scheduled for 124, he'll face Joe Doerksen.
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim in the Works for UFC 125
According to Korean news site mfight.co.kr:
Dong Hyun Kim will be fighting at January 1, 2011 at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas’ UFC 125 against Nate Diaz.
Kim Dong Hyun: "The most important thing for my next fight is to try to win in exciting fashion with a KO or submission finish."
The UFC Puts Money Down in the NY Governor's Race
The New York Post reported that Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, has contributed $74,000 to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo.
S.C. Michaelson commented:
As you know, MMA is in the middle of a 5-round war with the NY State Legislature over sanctioning of MMA. Their biggest opponent is Bob Reilly (who I have discussed in the past) who also has the ear of the Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (who is the key to keeping the bill from going to vote).
Current Governor David Paterson is a strong proponent for MMA but that has not helped the cause as it is still illegal. However Paterson was not elected and only ascended to the Governorship after David Spitzer resigned. Andrew Cuomo is a much more popular figure in the state of New York and thus could have more influence. According to the Post, Cuomo has not officially stated his position on the legalization of MMA. I'm sure that Zuffa has some knowledge of his position as they donated a substantial sum.
Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant targeted for UFC 124 in Montreal
A welterweight bout between Ricardo Almeida (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Canadian T.J. Grant (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is being finalized for December's UFC 124 event.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been distributed and are in the process of being finalized. Showdown.ca first reported the fight.
UFC 124 takes place Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though it's unclear if Almeida vs. Grant is part of the broadcast.
Jason MacDonald targeted for UFC 124 return, meets Rafael Natal in Montreal
Middleweights Jason MacDonald (24-14 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Rafael Natal (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have been penciled in for a meeting at UFC 124.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the impending matchup with sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place and contracts are on the way.
Natal's management, Dominance MMA, confirmed the fight earlier today via Twitter.
Injured Brian Bowles out of WEC 52, replacement search underway
An undisclosed injury has forced former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Brian Bowles (8-1 MMA, 5-1 WEC) out of his WEC 52 bout with Wagnney Fabiano (14-2 MMA, 4-1 WEC), and a search is underway for a replacement.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the card change with sources close to the event.
WEC 52 takes place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and Bowles vs. Fabiano tentatively was slotted for the night's Versus-televised main card.
Undefeated Megumi Fujii Finally Gets Crack at a Title at Bellator 34
Megumi Fujii gets her long-awaited opportunity to win a championship at Bellator 34 on Oct. 28.
The promotion confirmed the date of the undefeated star's matchup with Zoila Frausto on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Fujii is 22-0 in a sterling career, including 18 wins by way of submission, and she's also considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, yet she's never captured an MMA championship.
In 2008, she was scheduled to fight Ana Michelle Tavares in the finals of the 2008 Smackgirl World Remix Tournament, but the promotion folded and the finals never happened.
Nevada Athletic Commission Modifies Drug Testing Policy, Joins Brain Study
The Nevada state athletic commission on Tuesday slightly modified its drug testing policy, requiring additional analysis to blood tests that may indicate use of performance-enhancing drugs.
During a meeting on the subject, NSAC moved to require hemoglobin and hematocrit tests, which can indicate blood doping or PED use. Fighters are already required to submit to annual blood tests for licensing with a focus on infectious diseases.
The hemoglobin and hematocrit tests would essentially test blood for for unusual levels of red blood cell percentages. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine's National Institute of Health, a normal test for men is between 40.7 and 50.3 percent while for women it's 36.1 to 44.3 percent.
Jason Brilz Off UFC 122, New Signee Ferreira Likely Replacement
According to sources close to him, Jason Brilz is now off UFC 122 in Germany due to a back injury. He was to have faced Vladimir Matyushenko. Chute Boxe standout and Brazilian light heavyweight Alexandre Ferreira, who has now signed a multi-fight deal with UFC according to the TATAME, is the replacement. Ferreira is 18-6 career and mainly competes in World Vale Tudo Championships, an old-school style promotion in Brazil.
Strikeforce's Tyron Woodley Plots 'Dominant' Win, Contender Status
Tyron Woodley is a man with a double life.
By day, he's an anonymous full-time student chasing a Master's degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. By night, he is an undefeated rising star in the Strikeforce welterweight division.
It's a scenario that inevitably lends itself to the occasional distraction.
"Sometimes I'm in class thinking, 'I'm ready to go. I've been here for three hours and I need to get out of here,'" he said. "My classmates are debating public policy or budget reform or insurance issues, and all I'm thinking about is punching somebody in the face."
Yet the 28-year-old Woodley is equally passionate about both of his goals with the same hope of inspiring the younger generation.
Nick Diaz Still Trying to Finish What He Started With K.J. Noons
It's a sunny Saturday afternoon in Lodi, Calif., and Nick Diaz isn't taking any steps backwards. Not today. For five rounds of boxing, forward seems to be the only direction the Strikeforce welterweight champion knows. It doesn't matter what you're throwing at him. He's going head first, full speed ahead until you make him stop or kill yourself trying.
"Straight down the middle, that's it!" shouts Diaz's boxing coach, Richard Perez.
With his snow-white hair and gregarious disposition, Perez is a little like Santa Claus in a sleeveless t-shirt. He leans against the cage and shouts more encouragement than instruction as Diaz bulls his way forward against a series of smaller, quicker sparring partners. They come bouncing in and go dragging out in rotating shifts. Perez tells them to circle. That's what "this guy" will do, he says.
UFC 120 fight card again official with James McSweeney vs. Fabio Maldonado
The fight card for this month's "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama" event is again complete.
The 11-bout lineup is now finalized with the official addition of a light-heavyweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member James McSweeney (4-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer Fabio Maldonado (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported this past week, Maldonado replaced injured Tom Blackledge.
UFC 120 takes place Oct. 16 at The 02 in London. The event airs in the U.S. on Spike TV via same-day delay.
"Strikeforce MMA" three-event DVD hits stores on Oct. 12
Strikeforce's first-ever DVD release hits store shelves on Oct. 12.
"Strikeforce MMA," a two-disc offering with nearly six hours of content, features preliminary- and main-card fights from three of the organization's 2010 events.
They include "Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery," "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" and "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum." Famed Strikeforce heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko graces the cover with Alistair Overeem and Robbie Lawler.
In addition to the Showtime-televised events, the discs, which retail for $29.99 in the U.S. (and $34.99 in Canada), also include fighter interviews and other exclusive content.
Ed Soares wants Aldo to fight Frankie Edgar
"To be honest with you, if you were to say, ‘What would be your dream fight for [Aldo]?' I think a dream fight for him, which I think would just be a fight that everyone would love to see, would be Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo. That fight to me is the fight that everybody would want to see simply just because, not to disrespect anybody at the 155-pound division to think that Jose has the right to go up there without fighting in it, I just think that, as their styles, the way they match up, it would be one of the greatest fights of all-time, I think. It has the potential to be, just because of their styles."
Fabricio Werdum Prefers 2011 Rematch With Fedor, Not Alistair Overeem
That's according to his manager, Richard Wilner, who feels Fedor deserves a rematch now more than the SF Heavyweight Champion does. "He's still undergoing physical therapy, and physical therapy is more intense than one might imagine, and it includes a number of plyometric exercises and weightlifting. He started light training about 10 days ago, so he's progressing remarkably.... Be it against Alistair (Overeem) for the belt, although Fabricio's already beaten Alistair, so some may see that as a step back, although Alistair is a completely different fighter now. By step back, we absolutely mean no disrespect to Alistair, we just mean that they fought before and while it was a long time ago, I don't even know if it would be considered a rematch, but if it was considered a rematch there's one guy out there that’s arguably deserving of a rematch more than Alistair, and that's Fedor (Emelianenko)."
Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle targeted for UFC 124 in Montreal
Two very tall heavyweights are expected to clash during the UFC's fourth trip to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve (20-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and 6-foot-7 Sean McCorkle (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have agreed to meet at UFC 124, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.