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Avoiding the UFC ax, by any means necessary
Very little of what UFC President Dana White says on the topic of hirings and firings goes unnoticed by his fighters, particularly those further down on the fight cards.
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 4:49PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
White praises Robbie Lawler and 'hungry' Strikeforce crew after UFC 157
The Strikeforce crossover fighters continued to impress Dana White on Saturday night at UFC 157, but none more than Robbie Lawler, who handed Josh Koscheck the first losing streak of his career.
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 4:46PM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dan Henderson: “(Lyoto Machida) Did a Good Job Not Fighting”
Dan Henderson felt he did enough to get the decision nod against Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche on Saturday. Ultimately, he lost to Machida by split decision. “In my mind, I thought I did enough to win the fight, but it was my fault. I don’t place the blame on the judges. I should have been a little bit more aggressive. I let him fight his fight a little too much,” said Henderson during the post-fight press conference.
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 4:40PM by mrsmiley - 9 comments
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Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche turned out to be the perfect storm
From the start, UFC 157 was themed as a night that would be making history. And no matter what happened Saturday night when Ronda Rousey made her first defense of the newly- created UFC women’s bantamweight title, that wasn’t going to be an overstatement. The only question is what that history was going to be. There may be bigger fights this year, in the sense that they sell more tickets and do more pay-per-views. In fact, there will be one in just three weeks, when Georges-St. Pierre faces Nick Diaz. But 20 years from now, unless the company can finally produce the elusive Anderson Silva dream match with St-Pierre or Jon Jones, Saturday night’s main event from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., will be the most historically significant fight of the year...
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 12:36PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC 157 draws estimated 15,525 attendance and $1.4 million gate
Saturday's historic UFC 157 event scored an announced attendance of 15,525 and a live gate of $1.4 million. UFC President Dana White confirmed the estimated totals following the event, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Official figures will be available from the California State Athletic Commission in the coming days. White said the event was a sell-out...
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 11:44AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Want to avoid a pink slip? Fight like UFC 157's Matt Grice, White says
UFC roster space is at a premium like never before. Jon Fitch – arguably the third greatest welterweight in UFC history – was a high-profile casualty this past week as officials confirmed they'll be trimming their their roster by a hundred or so fighters. That made for some nervous fighters at Saturday's UFC 157 event, including Matt Grice. But though the fighter lost for the second time in his past three fights (and fell to 2-5 overall in the organization), his job is safe...
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 11:41AM by grappler0000 - 12 comments
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Dana White: Nick Diaz 'close' to losing UFC 158 fight with Georges St-Pierre
UFC President Dana White doesn't want to scrap the UFC 158 headliner of Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) vs. Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC), but on Saturday night he said if the challenger doesn't change his ways, that may be exactly what happens...
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 10:50AM by grappler0000 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
White: Jose Aldo doesn't want to fight Anthony Petttis in August
Shortly after UFC On Fox 6, the UFC surprised many by announcing a cross-divisional fight featuring Anthony Pettis challenging Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title. Pettis was coming off first round finishes over highly ranked Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon, but was willing to drop to 145 to fight Aldo. While there was some controversy, the anticipation overrode most complaints. However, following the UFC 157 press conference Dana white revealed to Ariel Helwani that the 145 lb. champ didn't like the match up
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 4:28AM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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UFC 157 bonuses: Lawler, Robertson, Bermudez, Grice earn $50K awards
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Robbie Lawler, Kenny Robertson, Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 157 event.
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 1:22AM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
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UFC 157 results / analysis - Rousey wins via R1 armbar (again), but not without adversity
ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was déjà vu all over again, just on a much bigger stage. In yet another dominant performance – though certainly with a very testy moment early – in a groundbreaking moment in sports history, Ronda Rousey did it again. The first UFC women's bantamweight champion stopped Liz Carmouche with – you guessed it – a first-round armbar in the first women's fight in UFC history. The women's bantamweight title bout was the main event of Saturday's UFC 157 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Submitted Feb 24, 2013 12:21AM by isk - 8 comments
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WSOF Interested in Jon Fitch
It didn't take long for Jon Fitch to gain the interest of other mixed martial arts promotions following his release from the UFC earlier this week. Ali Abdel-Aziz, the vice president and matchmaker for World Series of Fighting, confirms to Bleacher Report that they have begun preliminary discussions to potentially bring Fitch to the up-and-coming promotion in 2013. While no formal offer has been made, Abdel-Aziz says that they have talked to Fitch's management team since his release and are interested in the services of the former UFC welterweight contender.
Submitted Feb 23, 2013 2:11PM by emfleek - 9 comments
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White: No 145-pounders imminent, but UFC soon will have 15 female bantamweights
Although the organization had no immediate plans for a 145-pound featherweight division, the UFC will soon add additional female fighters to its burgeoning 135-pound bantamweight division.
Submitted Feb 23, 2013 10:13AM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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UFC 157 Weigh In Results
ANAHEIM, Calif. – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) is on scene and reporting live from today's official UFC 157 fighter weigh-ins. The festivities take place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and the first fighter is on the scale at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). In addition to live text-only results here, you can watch a live video stream of the proceedings on the MMAjunkie.com homepage. Honda Center also hosts Saturday's event, which features a pay-per-view headliner with newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche, as well as light-heavyweight contender Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida. The full UFC 157 weigh-in results include: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Ronda Rousey (134.6) vs. Liz Carmouche (133.6) - for women's bantamweight title Dan Henderson (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (202) Urijah Faber (136) vs. Ivan Menjivar (135.6) Court McGee (170) vs. Josh Neer (171) Josh Koscheck (171) vs. Robbie Lawler (171) PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET) Lavar Johnson (255) vs. Brendan Schaub (243) Mike Chiesa (156.2) vs. Anton Kuivanen (156) Dennis Bermudez (145) vs. Matt Grice (145) Caros Fodor (155) vs. Sam Stout (155) PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET) Brock Jardine (170) vs. Kenny Robertson (170) Neil Magny (171) vs. Jon Manley (171) Nah-Shon Burrell (175.8)* vs. Yuri Villefort (170) * Burrell elected to give a percentage of his purse to Villefort and the fight will be at a catch weight of 175.8 pounds.
Submitted Feb 22, 2013 7:40PM by kopower - 17 comments
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UFC boss: We 'have to make' Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
While the once-prevalent "superfight" talk has died down in recent weeks, UFC President Dana White still hungers for perhaps the biggest one of all: UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva. While in the Los Angeles area for this week's UFC 157 event, White joined UFC commentator Joe Rogan on his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience." During an extended chat about the organization, White reiterated his desire for a Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) vs. Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) bout. Although there are no immediate plans, White said as far as back as October that he "guarantees" the fight will happen at some point. "I have to make him and f---ing Jones happen," White said. I have to make that happen." "… What Anderson really talks about – he fucks with me a lot – but he wants big fights. He wants big fights."
Submitted Feb 22, 2013 4:19PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
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Steven Siler announces UFC 159 fight with Jimy Hettes
A featherweight bout between Steven Siler (21-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Jimy Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to April's UFC 159 event. Siler today announced via Twitter that he's signed a bout agreement for the fight. UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Siler vs. Hettes, which initially was expected to take place this past June at UFC on FX 4 before Hettes was forced off the card with an injury, likely will be part of the prelims. The latest UFC 159 card includes: Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light-heavyweight title Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson Nick Catone vs. James Head Jimy Hettes vs. Steven Siler Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Submitted Feb 22, 2013 4:17PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC releases featherweights Diego Nunes and Milton Vieira
As you can expect to read often over the next several weeks, more fighters have been released from the UFC. Brazilian featherweights Diego Nunes and Milton Vieira are the latest cut casualties. MMA Opinion tweeted the news earlier today:
Submitted Feb 22, 2013 2:35PM by Budgellism - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bjorn Rebney: We are not going to sign Jon Fitch
The UFC released Jon Fitch yesterday and the belief was that he could likely land in Bellator and speculation started that he could end up fighting in Bellator. However, Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney told TheMMAReport.com that they will not be signing him. “I have a lot of respect for Jon [Fitch] and I have a lot of respect for anyone who has to courage to do what these guys do and the athletic ability to do what they do but we are not going to be signing Jon Fitch,” Rebney said prior to Bellator 90. Fitch is considered one of the top welterweight fighters in the world and had a UFC record of 14-3-1. However, he has gone 1-2-1 in his last four fights which led to the UFC deciding to part ways with him. Bellator’s welterweight division is one of the deepest divisions currently in Bellator and Rebney wants to continue the development of the fighters that are currently under contract with his organization.
Submitted Feb 21, 2013 9:12PM by jjeans - 20 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC president Dana White tells media that Jon Fitch was cut because "he was too f****** expensive"
UFC president Dana White tells assembled media following the UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche pre-fight press conference that Jon Fitch was cut because "he's too expensive."
Submitted Feb 21, 2013 9:08PM by FastKnockout - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pellegrino trying his hand at fighter management Steph Daniels
Former UFC lightweight contender and BJJ ace, Kurt Pellegrino, discusses his latest feather in the MMA cap, fighter management.
Submitted Feb 21, 2013 1:47PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
George Roop vs. Reuben Duran a late addition to UFC 158 lineup
A bantamweight bout between George Roop and Reuben Duran is a late addition to next month's UFC 158 event in Montreal.
Submitted Feb 21, 2013 12:21PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
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