Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez targeted for Bellator 66 on April 20
A rematch nearly three-and-a-half years in the making is expected to take place on April 20.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned that both Shinya Aoki (30-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Eddie Alvarez (22-3 MMA, 6-1 BFC) have verbally agreed to meet at an as-yet-unannounced Bellator 66 event.
Contracts are expected to be finalized shortly.
Bellator 66 takes place April 20, but Bellator Fighting Championships officials have yet to announce a venue for the card.
Mayhem Faces a Doberman at UFC 146
Life is all about second chances and the UFC has decided to give Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller another shot.
Miller will return at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas where he will face former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ finalist C.B. ‘The Doberman’ Dollaway.
Miller first announced the fight via his Twitter account, and separate sources confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com as well on Saturday.
Tim Sylvia willing to return to UFC for old pay
Tim Sylvia had an interview where he said he would be willing to fight in the UFC for what they used to pay him. He also mentioned he'd like to retire in the UFC...but I guess everyone does right?
The more I think about it, the more I say give him 1 fight in the UFC to see how he can handle himself with the new breed of fighters
NSAC Explains Nick Diaz Could Have (But Didn't) Request Exemption For Marijuana Use
One of the biggest stories coming out of Nick Diaz testing positive for marijuana after his UFC 143 bout with Carlos Condit has been Diaz's medical prescription for the drug. While some have said that Diaz should not be punished at all for something he has a prescription for, others have pointed out that there are plenty of medical conditions which require drugs or other intervention which prevent others from fighting.
But, as pointed out in a recent Cage Potato interview with Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, there were ways for Diaz and his camp to have applied for an exemption for his use, they just didn't:
According to Kizer, though, Diaz had another option: coming to the NSAC weeks before fighting and applying for a therapeutic exemption (TUE) for his marijuana use.
Given that Diaz' coach and manager, Cesar Gracie, has made a point of saying that Diaz has a legal right to use marijuana in California since a doctor prescribed it to him, one would have expected Diaz to have applied for the exemption with the commission.
But that did not happen Kizer explains, as no one from Diaz' camp has ever attempted to explain any mitigating circumstances to him about the fighter's marijuana use or tried to contextualize it to attempt for Nick to granted a therapeutic exemption. "I have no idea what [Diaz's] marijuana situation is," Kizer told CagePotato on Thursday. "No one from his camp has ever come to me or the commission and tried to explain it."
Ex-Teammates Talk About Gray Maynard Leaving Xtreme Couture For AKA
Even before his UFC 136 loss to Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard was talking openly about his intention to leave Xtreme Couture, his long-time training camp. At the time Maynard said it was not because he was frustrated with the coaching he got in Las Vegas, but rather a desire to see other places and learn new things from other coaches.
Steve Cofield got some of Maynard's former Xtreme Couture teammates to dish the dirt about the move. Here's Frank Trigg:
"Gray just was not prepared. It was really one of those deals where a coach within his staff just would not pay attention any other coaches. He was getting really upset if any other coach tried to explain to him 'hey, this is how hard I'm going to push Gray in my session. You need to back off in your session so he can recover. [Maynard] wasn't prepared. It's ultimately up to one coach that didn't pay attention."
Horodecki To Face Richman At Bellator
Chris Horodecki will face Mike Richman at Bellator 64 in Windsor, Ontario, according to Bleacher Report.
For Horodecki (18-3), it will be his fourth consecutive fight in his home province since Ontario legalized MMA. He has gone unbeaten in those four fights that include a win and a draw in Bellator. In his last fight, The Polish Hammer stormed back after a slow start to gain a draw with Mike Corey at Bellator 57.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 ratings: Audience peaks with 315,000 viewers, shatters records
Earlier today, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported that Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event averaged 217,000 viewers, which set a UFC-FUEL TV record.
Now, FUEL TV has released additional information, including additional record-setting figures.
Chief among them? UFC on FUEL TV 1 peaked with a record 315,000 viewers during the night's main event between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez.
UFC on FUEL TV 1, which is the first of six main-card broadcasts on the FOX-owned cable station in 2012, took place Feb. 15 at Nebraska's Omaha Civic Auditorium. After three prelims on Facebook, the three-hour FUEL TV broadcast featured six bouts, including Ellenberger's entertaining decision victory over Sanchez and Stefan Struve's TKO of fellow heavyweight Dave Herman...
Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza slotted for UFC on FOX 3
Featherweights Dennis Bermudez (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Pablo Garza (11-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) hope to reverse recent slides when they meet at UFC on FOX 3.
Officials today announced the fight, which is expected to be part of the event's preliminary card.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The event's preliminary card airs on FUEL TV while the main card airs live on FOX.
BAMMA 9 – Przemyslaw Mysiala vs. Jason Jones Announced For March 24th Show
Press Release – (Feb 17th.12) BAMMA, Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is proud to announce Przemyslaw ‘Misiek’ Mysiala vs Jason Jones onto the main card for an electric Light Heavyweight clash at BAMMA 9, which takes place on Saturday 24th March at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
Golden Glory’s judoka, Jason Jones, is hungry to gain a shot at the Light Heavyweight title. Boasting 25 battles and 16 wins, Jones has victories by both knock-out and by submission. Misiek steps into the cage with an equally impressive array of experience and also has 16 wins to his name, but just 6 losses. Formerly the UK’s number 1 Light Heavyweight, Misiek has had time out due to injury which led to a slide in his ranking. Passionate to win back his former no. 1 position and with a win over Rea under his belt, Misiek has for a long time had his eyes set on Manuwa. This powerful match-up creates desirable opportunities for both fighters.
Nick Denis vs. Johnny Bedford slated for UFC on FOX 3
A bantamweight bout between Nick Denis (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 14" semifinalist Johnny Bedford (18-9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to UFC on FOX 3.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims air on FUEL TV.
Denis vs. Bedford is likely to be part of preliminary card.
Babalu’ Sobral To Face Steve Bosse This May At “Instinct MMA 4?
Press Release – MONTREAL (QUEBEC) February 16th, 2012 – The moment MMA fans have been waiting for is just months away as bout agreements were signed earlier this week for the long anticipated return to the cage of one of the country’s most popular fighters, STEVE “THE BOSS” BOSSE (9-1; 7 KO, 1 SUB). However, there will be no tune-up fight as part of this comeback as Bosse will be stepping into the cage with former world champion RENATO “BABALU” SOBRAL (36-9; 9 KO, 14 SUB) in the main event of Instinct 4 this May in Montreal.
We last saw Bosse in action last October as he sent world-renowned striker Houston Alexander crashing to the mat with a vicious elbow to the head, securing a knockout victory in the main event of Instinct 1. It was without a doubt the greatest night of his career, but the win came with a hefty price: a broken hand that would keep him out of action for over 6 months, halting his momentum. With surgery and therapy behind him, “The Boss” is now ready to return home to the cage. Bosse is a fan favorite who never backs down and he knew that in order to continue his climb up the world rankings, there was only one way to go about it: put his incredible 7-fight win streak on the line against the best light heavyweight available. His request was fulfilled as Brazilian Renato Sobral jumped at the opportunity to come to Canada for this fight.
Two New Fights Added To The Score Fighting Series
Two New Fights Featuring Local Athletes Added to The Score Fighting Series March 16th event in Hamilton
- Shane Campbell vs. Derek Boyle in a lightweight matchup
- Ryan Dickson vs. Chris St. Jean in a welterweight scrap
Press Release – TORONTO, February 16th, 2012 – The Score Fighting Series has announced two additional bouts for its Friday, March 16th event at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. World Muay Thai champion Shane Campbell of Stoney Creek will face off with fellow power striker Derek Boyle of Lethbridge, Alberta at lightweight (155 pounds) and unbeaten prospect Ryan Dickson (2-0) of Hamilton will duke it out with Chris St. Jean (5-3) of Ottawa at welterweight (170 pounds).
The matchup between Campbell (5-1) and Boyle (7-5), both winners of four of their last five fights, pits two of Canada’s most exciting, young, up-and-coming strikers against one another.
Dan Henderson: The UFC never offered me a fight against Lyoto Machida
What's the deal with Dan Henderson?
Good question. The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, who was expected to breathe new life into the shrinking 205-pound division, has been floundering on the sidelines ever since he decisioned Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 back in Nov. 2011.
So, what's the hold up?
There appears to be some confusion between "Hendo" and UFC President Dana White. After Henderson rejected a bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, White told fans the former middleweight would wait for a title shot. Then a few weeks later said no, he doesn't want to wait.
White even claims Henderson was offered a bout against Lyoto Machida but turned it down, a claim "Hollywood" refutes, after the jump.
From Henderson's Twitter:
Was never offered machida. And even though he has lost 3 out of his last 4, I'm sure it would be entertaining.
Remembering K-1 Champion Mike Bernardo: Dead at 42
Sad news this week in the kickboxing world - K-1 great Mike Bernardo has passed away. The longtime K-1 veteran died in his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 42. Further details on his death are not known at this time.
Bernardo was a fixture of the early days of K-1 where he established a fearsome reputation as the heavy-hitting KO fighter. Standing in contrast to more technical fighters like Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, and Andy Hug, Benardo was K-1's original heavy-handed brawler type of fighter, though he was also a very technically skilled competitor. Kid Nate summed him up well as "the scariest man in K-1. Not necessarily the best, but the scariest." But as is often the case, that scary fighter inside the ring was a kind man outside, dedicated to his faith.
UFC planning no PRIDE revival for Japan shows, will target existing UFC fans
Long before MMA hit the mainstream in North America, Japan was hosting historic shows with massive audiences and record TV ratings.
Most of it was the result of PRIDE Fighting Championships, a once-glorious fight promotion that mixed sport with unrivaled spectacle.
But as the UFC gears up for next week's UFC 144 event and a long-awaited return to Japan, officials are looking to the future, not the past.
Zuffa, the UFC's parent company, ultimately purchased and disbanded PRIDE in 2007. Officials planned to independently operate the promotion – which featured elaborate ring entrances, a different rules set, and a series of sometimes-comical open-weight matches – but ultimately disbanded it and moved key talent to the UFC. They cited numerous problems – from the internal workings of the company to issues with TV partners to financial discrepancies on the books. Rumored ties to the yakuza also dogged the promotion.
While many veteran MMA fans fondly remember PRIDE's once-dominant glory days, UFC president Dana White said UFC 144 marks a new era for MMA in Japan, and it'll include the UFC's brand of fighting.
"Do I think this is going to be a PRIDE event and 100,000 people are going to show up, and it's going to be (like that)?" White asked. "No, I don't think that. But I think that there is a fanbase there for the UFC.
"People keep asking me, 'Oh, will you play the PRIDE music? Will you do (this or that)?' No, this isn't PRIDE. It's the UFC. The UFC is coming to Japan, and what the people in Japan are going to see is what they see on television, if they're UFC fans."
Aaron Simpson nearly set on move to welterweight after UFC on FUEL TV 1 loss
If the docs say it's OK, count on seeing UFC vet Aaron Simpson at welterweight.
After a loss to Ronny Markes (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on Wednesday at UFC on FUEL TV 1, Simpson (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) said he's tired of being undersized at middleweight.
"I've been thinking about it over the last year and a half," the 37-year-old today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Everybody I fight is cutting from 220 (pounds)."
UFC on FUEL TV 1 took place at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb. Simpson vs. Markes served as part of the event's main card, which aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
The noticeably bulky Markes pinned Simpson on the cage several times during the three-round fight, which ended in a split decision for the Brazilian.
Simpson, who saw a three-fight win streak broken, said he never gets heavier than 200 pounds.
"There were times I couldn't budge," he said. "[Markes] had his shoulder buried in my chest, and I couldn't move him. And I can defend a lot of people's takedowns and everything, and it was just one of those deals where that really dwarfed me."
A positive Simpson took from the fight was the power in his punches, which dropped Markes in the first round. However, that advantage was muted by his size deficit...
Legacy Fighting Championships signs Robert Drysdale to multi-fight deal
Legacy Fighting Championships has signed jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale to a multi-fight deal.
Legacy promoter Mick Maynard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the signing.
Although an opponent hasn't been finalized for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Drysdale is expected to debut at the organization's Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event, which airs live on HDNet.
The show takes place May 11 at Houston's Arena Theater. Featherweights Chad Robichaux and Joseph Sandoval also are booked to fight at the show.
Jorge Santiago Hoping To Re-Join The UFC With A Good Showing In 2012
Former Sengoku middleweight champ, and UFC vet, Jorge ‘Sandman’ Santiago (23-10) calls 2011 a “nightmare” having lost both of his Octagon appearances, a TKO loss to Brian Stann at UFC 130 and a decision defeat at the hands of Demian Maia at UFC 136.
After his release by the top promotion, Santiago signed a multi-fight deal with the Titan Fighting Championship promotion and is set to debut on March 2nd versus fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha.
Speaking to Tatame.com, Santiago talks about his “nightmare” year and his hopes to return to the Octagon by stringing together a few good wins in 2012.