Dana White: UFC television deal in South Africa is imminent
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been aggressive with its world expansion, and the promotion soon will add another part of the globe to its list.
UFC president Dana White on Tuesday said the company recently set its sights on South Africa and is close to launching a broadcast deal in the African country of nearly 50 million people
Bibiano Fernandes says he negotiated with UFC, but never signed to fight at UFC 149
The UFC bolstered its bantamweight division recently with the signing of Bibiano Fernandes (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
There was just one one problem, though. According to Fernandes, he never signed with the promotion.
Fernandes, according to UFC.com, was expected to face Roland Delorme next month at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. But the promotion recently removed Fernandes from that bout on the site – though as of late Tuesday morning, a fighter profile page for him still exists there.
"I would like to make perfectly clear the news concerning my involvement with the UFC," Fernandes said in a statement on his Facebook page. "It was announced that I, Bibiano Fernandes have been contracted to fight for the organization at UFC 149 which will take place in the city of Calgary on the 21st of July. I would like to make it clear that I am not a UFC athlete as I did not sign any contract with the UFC organization."
Bibiano Fernandes says he negotiated with UFC, but never signed to fight at UFC 149
The UFC bolstered its bantamweight division recently with the signing of Bibiano Fernandes.
There was just one one problem, though. According to Fernandes, he never signed with the promotion. Fernandes was expected to face Roland Delorme next month at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Fernandes, according to UFC.com, was expected to face Roland Delorme next month at UFC 149. But the promotion recently removed Fernandes from that bout on the site – though as of late Tuesday morning, a fighter profile page for him still exists there.
Rich Franklin Considered Using Testosterone Replacement
Former UFC Middleweight champion Rich Franklin has given some thought to using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) according to an interview with MMA Fighting. Franklin, who will turn 38 in October, faces Wanderlei Silva in the headliner of this month's UFC 147 in Brazil.
Franklin spoke to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour (video after the jump) and admitted he has investigated the possibility of going on TRT as a means of remaining competitive as he ages.
Here's what Ace had to say:
"Yeah, I've kicked around that idea and everything, and actually I've talked to doctors that work with the UFC and the athletic commission in Nevada and all that kind of stuff. And at 37, my count obviously is not what it was when I was 25, and I'm a candidate for that kind of stuff. I haven't started yet."
UFC on FX 4's Ramsey Nijem working wrestling for reunion fight against C.J. Keith
Ramsey Nijem saw the picture and knew the guy looked familiar.
It was C.J. Keith, who had just signed with the UFC. And even though Nijem jokes that a few shots to the noggin sometimes have him wrong, he was positive he and Keith had crossed paths before.
"We went to a wrestling camp in high school together," Nijem recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "And I remember seeing his picture after he got signed by the UFC, and I was like, 'I swear I went to wrestling camp with that kid.'"
Dr. Johnny Benjamin Claims Sonnen’s Hypogonadism is the Result of Past Steroid Use
Well, well, well. As if it wasn’t bad enough that a mild-mannered, unassuming guy like Chael Sonnen lost *his* UFC middleweight championship due to a misunderstanding of the rules back at UFC 117, and shortly thereafter found himself thrust into the center of an elaborate conspiracy (that’s right, conspiracy) that attempted to invalidate the four and a half round ass whooping he laid out on Anderson Silva, now he has this to deal with this. The poor guy.
Bibiano Fernandes Latest Victim to Injury Bug, Out of UFC 149
On June 4, Bibiano Fernandes signed for his first fight with the UFC and one week later he is out due to injury.
The unfortunately injury plague of 2012 continues to haunt UFC matchmaker Joe Silva as Fernandes is the latest fighter to fall out of a fight after suffering an injury in training.
UFC officials announced the news on Monday.
Women fighting in the UFC? Dana White says it's still possible, in time
Try as he might, UFC president Dana White can't avoid questions about women fighters possibly competing under his organization's banner.
His answer has remained largely the same in recent months: The female divisions just aren't deep enough.
In fact, following this past weekend's UFC on FX 3 event, he sees a parallel between women's MMA and the UFC's newly adopted flyweight division.
UFC 152's MacDonald wanted Condit rematch, settled for intriguing Penn matchup
Before he ultimately got paired with MMA legend B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) for his next bout, fast-rising welterweight contender Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) had another fight in mind.
Specifically, he wanted a rematch with interim champion Carlos Condit.
Of course, when you have just one blemish on your professional ledger, it has a way of eating at you.
UFC on FX 3 ratings: 1.1 million FX viewers and 84,000 FUEL TV viewers
This past weekend's four-fight "UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall" main-card broadcast, which was the third UFC main card to air on the FOX-owned FX, averaged 1.1 million viewers.
Additionally, the night's six-bout preliminary card averaged 84,000 viewers on FUEL TV.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with industry sources.
UFC on FX 3 took place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and featured the promotion's first-ever flyweight headliner with Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall II.
Michael Bisping would be 'massively pissed off' if Hector Lombard gets a UFC title shot for beating Tim Boetsch
British brawler Michael Bisping was on the cusp of finally receiving his long-desired chance to vie for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title. All he had to do was defeat the one-man promotion machine who is Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2: "Evans vs. Davis" earlier this year in Chicago, Illinois.
Unfortunately for "The Count," the judges didn't side with him and gave Sonnen the unanimous decision victory, setting up the most-anticipated rematch in the promotion's history between Sonnen and 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva, which will headline UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, while Bisping is forced to pick up the pieces and start his climb back to the top after tumbling down the middleweight rankings.
Scheduled to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, Bisping was forced to withdraw due to injury (torn meniscus), slowing down his climb back to a number one contender's bout to get him closer to his coveted title shot.
However, according to the Brit, he shouldn't have to climb too much in order to get a shot at the title.
Appearing on today's (Jun., 11, 2012) episode of The MMA Hour, Bisping talks about who he wants to face when he returns from his injury as well as saying he will be "massively" disappointed if Hector Lombard receives a shot at the title after one just victory in the UFC.
Check it out:
UFC Star Michael Bisping Undergoing Surgery For Torn Meniscus
UFC Middleweight Michael Bisping informed Fighters Only magazine that he will be undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee today. Bisping last fought at UFC on Fox 1 in November, 2011. He lost a very close decision to Chael Sonnen at that event.
"Torn meniscus, operation tomorrow, will be back in [action] quickly though. Just gonna set me back a few weeks," Bisping wrote to Fighters Only.
Charlie Brenneman's best friend passed away just 24 hours before UFC on FX 3 fight against Erick Silva
This past Friday night (June 8, 2012), UFC welterweight Charlie Brenneman squared off against top Brazilian prospect Erick Silva in the co-main event of UFC on FX 3 in Sunrise, Florida.
Brenneman would put forth a spirited effort, challenging Silva more than he'd ever been tested inside the Octagon, but unfortunately "The Spaniard" would succumb to a late first round rear naked choke.
Little did we know, he had quite a bit more on his mind at the time.
Don Messing, the head of No Limits Personal Training, who was Brenneman's strength and conditioning coach as well as one of his best friends, had passed away due to a heart attack in the middle of the night, barely 24 hours before Brenneman's main card bout.
Brenneman discussed his relationship with Messing in a very emotional blog post on his website. Here's a snippet:
Nottingham Brings UFC Back to the UK; Ogle vs. Corassani; Pickett vs. Jabouin
UFC officials on Monday announced the promotions return to the U.K., its first in Nottingham, England.
UFC: Nottingham will take place on Sept. 29 at the Capital FM Arena and features two popular British fighters at the top end.
The Ultimate Fighter Live’s Andy Ogle will square off with fellow TUF alum Akira Corassani, while Brad Pickett faces Canadian Yves Jabouin.
2x NCAA hwt. champ, 2008 Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco to enter MMA
Steve Mocco, 2008 Olympian and a two-time NCAA heavyweight wrestling champ for University of Iowa and Oklahoma State, is now entering mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, Yahoo! Cagewriter Maggie Hendricks reported Thursday.
According to Hendricks, Mocco decided to get into MMA after helping Antonio Silva train for his UFC 146 match with former Arizona State All-American wrestler Cain Velasquez Memorial Day weekend. (Velasquez scored a first-round TKO.)
"This decision was a whirlwind," the former Hawkeye/Cowboy heavyweight told Sammy Perez of Joe Show Radio. "I was down there training and all the guys were great. Once they discovered I was interested in fighting, everything fell into place."
White sheds light on 'worst meeting ever' with Lesnar
Dana White has revealed Brock Lesnar is highly unlikely to return to the UFC after the "worst meeting" the two parties have ever held.
Lesnar was seen in the front row at UFC 146, where heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos beat Frank Mir. His appearance sparked rumours, fuelled by White himself, that Lesnar would return from the WWE.
White explained the situation on Friday, revealing an initial text from Lesnar that said: "I want to come to the fight, but keep it quiet because I don't want to tell anybody. What are you doing tonight? ... I want to talk face to face."
That meeting happened, but White confessed on Friday that the pair have not spoken since, such was the clash between the expectations on both sides.