UFC boss says Chael Sonnen still in line for big fights, likely to earn television deal
If you just can't get enough Chael Sonnen in your life, don't worry. UFC president Dana White doesn't think he's going anywhere any time soon.
White, who said he hasn't spoken directly with Sonnen since the middleweight's UFC 148 loss to Anderson Silva, believes the self-proclaimed "gangster" still has big fights ahead of him, not to mention a television career.
"He's got a lot of options," White today told MMAjunkie.com. "FOX loves this guy. He's going to end up with a television deal."
Hector Lombard won't be fighting Mark Munoz after UFC 149, says UFC boss
During interviews promoting Saturday's UFC 149 event, Hector Lombard said he would turn down a title shot and instead fight Mark Munoz.
But UFC president Dana White said the recent middleweight addition is missing one tiny detail.
"[Lombard] must not have FUEL TV because Munoz lost the other night," White told MMAjunkie.com at a pre-event press conference for UFC 149. "So if he wins on Saturday, I don't think he'll be fighting Mark Munoz."
UFC planning 2012 event in Seattle
UFC fans in the Pacific Northwest, rejoice. The octagon will soon make a return trip to the region.
UFC president Dana White today revealed the promotion is currently planning on bringing an event to Seattle before year's end.
"I know we're going to Seattle this year," White said. "I can't remember the date."
UFC 152 adds Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant, tickets on sale next week
Tickets for "UFC 152: Benavidez vs. Johnson," which range from $85 to $550, go on sale next week.
UFC officials today announced the plans for the Sept. 22 event, which takes place at Toronto's Air Canada Centre and features a flyweight title fight between contenders Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.
Additionally, the promotion announced a lightweight matchup between Evan Dunham (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and T.J. Grant (18-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has also been added to the UFC 152 lineup.
"Everyone knows how much I love Canada, and it's going to be great to have the first-ever UFC flyweight title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson in Toronto on Sept. 22," UFC president Dana White stated.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, July 27, at 12 p.m. ET.
However, UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets on Wednesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET, and UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers can buy tickets on Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET.
Ian McCall vs. John Moraga added to UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles
"Uncle Creepy" doesn't have to wait long for redemption.
Southern California-based Ian McCall (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is a last-minute addition to UFC on FOX 4, which takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
McCall, who fell short this past month to Demetrious Johnson, will meet promotional newcomer John Moraga (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a flyweight bout.
UFC on FOX 4's main card airs live on FOX following preliminary-card fights on FUEL TV and Facebook. McCall vs. Moraga is part of the preliminary card, though it's unknown whether the bout will be seen on FUEL TV or Facebook.
Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi added to UFC 153 in Brazil
"The Ultimate Fighter 15" cast member Cristiano Marcello (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will fight in his home country and meet fellow lightweight Reza Madadi (12-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 153.
UFC officials today announced the matchup.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, UFC 153 is expected to take place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC 153's main card, including a headliner between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Erik Koch, airs on pay-per-view. Marcello vs. Madadi will be part of the prelims, which air on FX and stream on Facebook.
UFC wants Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau
If Cung Le (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is able to fight at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau, it'll be against fellow middleweight Rich Franklin (29-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC).
The fighters initially were slated to fight at UFC 148 until the bout was scrapped to make other matchups.
But if Le is healthy enough to fight at the November event, UFC president Dana White wants to pit him against former champion Franklin.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at Cotai Arena, Venetian Macau Resort Hotel in the Chinese special administrative region. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV, and Le vs. Franklin likely would serve as the headliner.
"If he fights in China, he will fight Rich Franklin," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch set to headline UFC 153 in Brazil
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and challenger Erik Koch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet at UFC 153 in Brazil.
The bout, originally slated to headline this weekend's UFC 149 event before Aldo suffered an injury, now will take place on Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
- Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch (for featherweight title)
- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
- Reza Madadi vs. Cristiano Marcello
- Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. TBA
Junior Assuncao out, Chris Tickle in against Doug Frey at Legacy FC 13
One UFC vet has replaced another at next month's Legacy Fighting Championship 13 event.
"The Ultimate Fighter 15" cast member Chris Tickle (7-5) has replaced injured Junior Assuncao (13-5), promoter Mick Maynard confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Tickle now meets fellow featherweight Doug Frey (10-8) on the card.
Legacy FC 13 takes place Aug. 17 at the Dallas Convention Center, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
Tickle vs. Frey is part of the broadcast.
Lumumba Sayers vs. Anthony Smith added to August's 'Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman'
A middleweight matchup between heavy-handed sluggers Lumumba Sayers (6-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) and Anthony Smith (16-8 MMA, 1-1 SF) has been added to August's "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" event.
Strikeforce officials today announced the new contest, which is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
"Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" takes place Aug. 18 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and features a women's bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and former titleholder Sarah Kaufman. The main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims.
'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy' ratings: Event averages 420,000 Showtime viewers
Ratings for this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy" event were largely in tune with this year's average.
The July 13 event averaged 420,000 viewers on Showtime, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources.
The event took place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. In the co-headliners, Luke Rockhold defeated Tim Kennedy to defend his middleweight title, and Nate Marquardt stopped Tyron Woodley to claim Strikeforce's vacant welterweight title.
UFC 149's Brian Ebersole happy to stay busy with short-notice fight against James Head
Brian Ebersole could get used to this whole fighting-every-month thing.
The veteran welterweight was coming off a hard-fought unanimous decision win over T.J. Waldburger at UFC on FX 4 this past month in Atlantic City when he got the call that the injury-riddled UFC 149 card could use his help. Naturally, it's a call he answered, and answered with vigor.
Ebersole will fight James Head on Saturday, filling in for the injured Claude Patrick in a bout he took on less than three weeks' notice. And for Ebersole, that's just fine.
Forget Anderson Silva – UFC 149's Hector Lombard wants Mark Munoz after Tim Boetsch
CALGARY, Alberta, Canada – Hector Lombard hasn't even had his first fight in the UFC yet, and he's up to four opponents. Sort of.
Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) originally was set to debut against Brian Stann – and then, perhaps, quickly fight middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The Stann fight fell through. He rebooked against Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), whom he fights Saturday at UFC 149.
But on Wednesday, he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he wants to fight Mark Munoz next – even if the UFC offers him a title shot with Silva.
"Saturday, I'm focused on this fight," Lombard told MMAjunkie.com after a workout session in Calgary. "And after that, I'm going to call Mark Munoz out. I'm focused on the fight, but I'm going to call out Mark Munoz after. That's my goal.
"I'm going to make a statement no matter what. But after that, I'm going to beat up Mark Munoz."
Lombard said Munoz, who a week ago suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Chris Weidman at UFC on FUEL TV 4, has been running his mouth about him. And that, Lombard said, has rubbed him the wrong way.
"He's been talking a lot of trash about me," said Lombard, the former Bellator middleweight champ. "I'm one of those fighters that I don't like to talk about any fighter. I'm focused on myself. When I see people that do the wrong things, I have to do something about it."
Anderson Silva's camp wants Luke Rockhold next, not Hector Lombard or Chris Weidman
FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" broke down the situation, where they reported some comments that were recently made by Anderson Silva's management.
"One of Anderson Silva's managers said that one of the issues with Hector Lombard is he thinks he needs at least three more impressive wins in the UFC. He said that 85 percent of UFC fans don't even know who Hector Lombard is, who is of course making his Octagon debut on Saturday night."
"As for Chris Weidman, he said, 'Well, there's another great unknown fighter.' He doesn't see those match ups as being money making pay-per-view events."
"He did mention Luke Rockhold, who is the Strikeforce middleweight champion. Alas, Rockhold is contractually tied to Strikeforce, so that fight's not happening. We'll have to wait and see, but right now, the Anderson Silva camp not too excited about the options out there."
Pat Healy: ‘I’ve Earned a (Strikeforce) Title Shot’
“I think I’m putting together a lot of momentum and my game is real solid right now,” said Healy. “I think I’ll be a tough fight for anybody. I think I’ve earned a title shot – more so than anybody in Strikeforce – so I’d really like to see me getting a shot at Gil.
“I’m definitely not saying its Gil or nothing. If (Strikeforce feels) like I need to do another fight, that’s what I’ll do. I’m a fighter and I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me, but I feel like I’ve done enough. If they don’t, I’ll fight whoever I have to.”
'TUF: Brazil' winners Rony 'Jason,' Cezar 'Mutante' expected for UFC 153 in Rio
The first winners of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" have their next fight dates set.
Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are expected to be a part of the card when the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October. UFC officials on Wednesday announced the two fighters' likely inclusion, although opponents weren't named.
The Association Of Boxing Commissions Makes Significant Changes To The Unified Rules Of MMA
Last year, BE's Dallas Winston covered the annual Association of Boxing Commission (ABC) annual conference. For MMA fans, the most impactful ruling to come out of the 2011 conference was the trial period for Doc Hamilton's proposed Half-Point Scoring System from the 2010 meetings. This year, however, the ABC has made several decisions with direct effects on mixed martial arts.
First, the death of the half-point system. After the year-long, voluntary evaluation period granted to the half-point system, the ABC concluded that the system had negligible impact on scoring the outcome of an MMA bout...
Vinny Magalhaes vs Igor Pokrajac at 152
Vinny Magalhaes (9-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) appears to have an opponent for his UFC return.
Fresh off the news "The Ultimate Fighter 8" runner-up and M-1 champion has re-signed with the promotion, he's now slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac (25-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 152.
Sportsnet's Canadian reporter Joe Ferraro first reported the matchup.
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.