UFC Cuts Greg Soto
It may have been a longer time coming than recent cuts, but another UFC pink slip has gone out, this time to Greg Soto. After going 7-0 to start his career and earn a UFC spot, Soto went 1-2 in UFC, most recently losing to Daniel Roberts at UFC 125.
Titan Fighting Championships 16 results
The win streak is over.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, who had put together a respectable four-fight run heading into Friday's Titan Fighting Championship 16 event, lasted just 32 seconds against "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member Abe Wagner.
The super heavyweight matchup served as the main event of Friday night's HDNet-broadcast event, which took place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Wagner's speed advantage was evident in the opening seconds, and he looked to pepper Sylvia with strikes on multiple levels as he retreated and stayed away from his opponent's length. Then a right hand brought about the beginning of the end.
Real Entertainment/Strikeforce Planning Lightweight Grand Prix in May
Dream co-producer Real Entertainment (ex-DSE staff) plans on forging ahead in the turbulent Japanese mixed martial arts promotion business with an eight-fighter lightweight tournament starting in May, sources tell ESPN.com.
The field would consist of Strikeforce and Real Entertainment fighters.
"We're committed to keeping our fighters active, but if we can help Dream and have our fighters go over there and participate in their tournament, why not?" said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
No UFC Prelims For UFC 127 In US, Pearson-Fisher To Air In England
If you're a US fan who wants to see free prelims for UFC 127, plan on heading to England. The UFC UK's office today confirmed plans to air UFC 127 prelims before the main show begins in England although details are still being finalized, but Spike will not air a UFC Prelims special in the US before their broadcast. Currently the only prelim fight scheduled to be broadcast is Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher.
UFC Will Not Cut Mike Brown
Despite his 3rd Zuffa loss in his last 4 fights being suffered at UFC Fights For The Troops 2, former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown will not be cut by UFC yet. Altogether, the talented featherweight has lost four of his last six. Because of that, his UFC future seemed murky after his most recent loss, but the decision to keep him was likely helped by the fact that Brown had stepped up to fight Rani Yahya on short notice, just three weeks after a split-decision loss to Diego Nunes at UFC 125. Yahya had been scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung, before Jung pulled out due to injury. Brown likely is going to be out several months due to injury rehab.
Is Jorge Rivera The Love Child Of Chuck Norris & Bruce Lee?
Michael Bisping thinks so in his altest bit of trash talk, where he expresses disappointment with the choice of his next foe and drops quite the funny one-liner about the great martial arts movie stars. "I was expecting a big name opponent after [the Akiyama] win. I've been in the UFC for five years almost, which is an achievement in itself, and was hoping to step back up in class to push my case for a UFC Title shot in 201 So the name ‘Jorge Rivera' didn't exactly send a surge of excitement through me, put it that way. Rivera has won his last three - all by KO - and everyone in the UFC is at least a top 25 guy in the world, but at first I wasn't much for the fight. All of a sudden he thinks he's a tough guy smart talker. Oh, okay Jorge. But before he makes a proper fool of himself I think he needs to look closely at the people he's been beating, and ask himself why he's been beating them. He hasn't beaten anyone as good as me. I'm not saying he's not dangerous, he can obviously punch and will have a war, but I'm surprised he's been talking the way he has. We're talking about a guy who's got submitted by a welterweight kick-boxer, but the way he talks he's Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee's lovechild. He's not in my class and I am going to show him all about it next month. But feeling embarrassed will be the last of his worries because I'm going to beat the hell out of him."
THrough Tragedy & Loss, VItor Belfort Found The Strength To Persevere
It hasn't been an easy path back for Belfort since his sister was abducted & murdered in 2004, but he's made it back with a little help from a higher power. "We have words for if you’ve lost your husband, you’re a widow; if you’ve lost your parent, you’re an orphan; but if you lost your child, they don’t have a name for that. That’s so painful that they don’t have a name for that. I think there is two ways to get to God, through love or through pain. Mine was through pain. I can see now that through that tribulation, I’m a new man. I’m a strong man. I’ve matured. I’m not perfect. I still struggle with many things, but it’s a process. I’m in the middle of the process and every day I try and prove myself so I can fight through that process, which never ends."
Strikeforce: Overeem-Werdum Rematch April 9
Strikeforce has confirmed the date of April 9 for the second round of its Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinals, featuring a rematch between reigning heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu deity Fabricio Werdum, who first met under the PRIDE banner way back in 2006. The bout saw "Vai Cavalo" crank his way to a submission victory over "Demolition Man" with a second round Kimura. Venue for the event TBA, the fight will be a NON-TITLE match.
UFC Cuts Amilcar Alves
The pink slips are starting to go out from UFC to fighters again-after Tim Hague was let go yet again by the promotion earlier today, word now has come out that Amilcar Alves is now gone. After an 11-1 start to his career that earned him a shot in UFC, he quickly went on the Losing Streak Of Doom with UFC losses to Mike Pierce and Charlie Brenneman.
Judge Orders Emelianenko, M-1 Global, Affliction to Resolve Disputes
Amid a recent flurry of discovery disputes between courtroom adversaries Fedor Emelianenko/M-1 Global (plaintiffs) and Affliction Entertainment (defendant), a federal magistrate judge on Monday issued an order staying discovery between the parties, ordering them to meet and confer “day to day until done” to resolve their disputes.
The litigation commenced back in October 2009, when Emelianenko and M-1 Global, a promotional/management group with which the fighter is closely aligned, filed suit to recover damages they allegedly suffered after Affliction cancelled the co-promoted “Trilogy” event, scheduled to take place on Aug. 1, 2009. “The Last Emperor” and M-1 claim that Affliction Entertainment breached the “Fight Agreement” when it refused to stage and promote a third bout for Emelianenko after his advertised opponent, Josh Barnett, was refused a license in California. Two weeks before the Affliction event, the California State Athletic Commission denied Barnett’s license application, reporting the fighter tested positive for steroids. According to M-1 and Emelianenko, Affliction did not undertake “all reasonable efforts” to find a fighter to replace Barnett. They contend that Affliction lost interest in promoting this third bout partly because it was trying to repair its soured relationship with the UFC.
UFC Cuts Tim Hague (Yet Again)
It's the 3rd Strike 3 for Tim Hague today, as he confirmed he's been cut by UFC for the third time in his career. After being TKO'd by Matt Mitrione at UFC FFTT 2, Hague is now only 1-4 career in UFC. He said he intends to make it back for a 4th time but for now will take a break and consider dropping to 205.
Mario Yamasaki To Referee UFC 126 Main Event
Veteran official Mario Yamasaki will serve as the referee for next weekend's UFC 126 main event between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. Judging the five-round fight will be Adalaide Byrd, Sal D'Amato and Glenn Trowbridge. NASC Executive DIrector Keith Kizer confirmed the assignments today.
Paulo Thiago scratched from UFC on Versus 3, Johny Hendricks in limbo
An undisclosed injury has forced welterweight Paulo Thiago (13-3, 3-3 UFC) to withdraw from a bout with Johny Hendricks (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC on Versus 3.
A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Hendricks may get another opponent or be shifted to another card. Hendricks' camp, Team Takedown, also confirmed the news via Twitter.
UFC on Versus 3 takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and its main card airs on Versus.
The news comes just six days after MMAjunkie.com reported that Thiago vs. Hendricks had verbally agreed to the bout, which was targeted for the event's preliminary card. UFC executives officially announced the fight a few days later...
Tyron Woodley Believes He's No. 1 Contender and on Nick Diaz's Mind
Here's what we know is true about Tyron Woodley: he's 28 years old; he made his MMA debut two years ago; he's 8-0; and he just signed a new four-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Here's what Woodley would like you to know: he should be fighting for the Strikeforce welterweight title as soon as possible.
"I think I'm the No. 1 contender at this point," the American Top Team member said on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour. "I think, realistically, from the communication I got from Strikeforce, me and Tarec [Saffiedine] wasn't just an irrelevant fight. It meant something. It meant that we were fighting for either the No. 1 contendership spot or to bang heads with [Paul] Daley, and I'm more than willing to go against Daley to solidify that I'm the No. 1 contender and I deserve a title shot.
UFC 129: 42,000 Seats, Tickets Range From $50-800
A little more than two weeks before tickets are set to go on sale for April's highly anticipated "UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields" event, the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion has released more details about what's up for sale. In short, approximately 42,000 tickets that will sell from just $50 to a luxurious $800 for a cageside seat to the potentially historic affair. According to UFC officials, nearly one quarter of the available tickets will cost $100 or less. UFC 129 takes place April 30 at Toronto's Rogers Centre, home to Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, and features a pay-per-view welterweight title fight between current champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Jake Shields. "We are really excited to bring a UFC event to Rogers Centre and want to create the ultimate experience for fans," the UFC's director of Canadian operations, Tom Wright, stated in today's release. "We are working on specialized fan zones and other unique features that will make this a can't-miss event. With this card and the level of energy we expect inside Rogers Centre on April 30, UFC 129 is going to be off the charts." Seats on the Rogers Centre floor range from $300 to $800, while seats in the stands run from $50 to $225. Tickets for UFC 129 go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 12. Members of the UFC Fight Club, the UFC's official fan club, will have first dibs to the tickets on Thursday, Feb. 10. UFC.com newsletter subscribers can purchase tickets on Friday, Feb. 11.
Despite quick UFN 23 win, DaMarques Johnson not celebrating
DaMarques Johnson (12-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC) says the body triangle he applied to Mike Guymon (12-5-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) was simply a tool for freeing his hand so he could punch with it.
But when Guymon tapped to the hold and rolled onto his side in pain, Johnson was both surprised and disappointed. He didn't expect the fight the end that way, and he wanted to fight on. It just happened so fast.
He's also bummed that he hurt Guymon on his way to victory.
"Bumps and bruises and blood is cool and all, but spinal injuries and stuff like that are 'no bueno' for anybody in the sport," Johnson recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
The two fought this past Saturday at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2," which was held at Fort Hood in Texas and served as a fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
"TUF 13" coach Junior Dos Santos: Weak-chinned Brock Lesnar can't take a punch
LAS VEGAS – Just a few short weeks ago, things really didn't seem to be working out for top UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos (12-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC).
Despite earning a shot at the UFC's heavyweight title, Dos Santos openly expressed his frustration at having that bout delayed when Cain Velasquez was forced to the sidelines following surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
But things have quickly changed, and Dos Santos is elated to take a role as coach on "The Ultimate Fighter 13," which debuts in on Spike TV in March. And in fact, he's downright salivating at the looming showdown with his opposing coach, Brock Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), a man he thinks provides a very favorable matchup.
"When they told me to come and make 'The Ultimate Fighter 13,' I was very happy," Dos Santos told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's a new opportunity for me. I was supposed to fight for the title, but Cain got hurt. When the UFC told me to come [to Las Vegas] and make this show with Brock, I was very happy."
Spike TV announces four-fight main card for "UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz vs. Nogueira"
For the first time in more than four years, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will fight on Spike TV.
Now, his supporting cast is official, too.
In addition to the previously announced Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira main event for March's "UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz vs. Nogueira" event, Spike TV officials today announced the evening's main card will also feature Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson, Duane "Bang" Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah and Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan.
"UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz vs. Nogueira" takes place March 29 at Seattle's KeyArena and airs on Spike TV.
All four main-card fights had been previously announced by UFC brass, but the evening's bout order had yet to be officially confirmed.