Off the couch and on the road, Brandon Vera seeking UFC redemption
If you shot a time-lapse picture of Brandon Vera on the day the UFC released him from his contract, you would see him sitting on the couch, still, as the sun rose and set in the horizon.
Sure, Vera (11-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) had lost before – several times, in fact, for a variety of reasons. But hearing word that he would no longer work for the world's biggest fight promotion – that he was out of a job – was particularly devastating.
Jason Reinhardt vs. Edwin Figueroa Set for UFC on Versus 5
Edwin Figueroa stepped in on late notice to face Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 24. While he came up short, losing a split decision, Figueroa did impress as the bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors. It would seem that the UFC has seen fit to give Edwin a gift at UFC on Versus 5 to show their appreciation for his late notice effort. Via UFC.com:
"Jason Reinhardt and Edwin Figueroa have verbally agreed to face each other in a bantamweight bout, August 14th in Milwaukee," said UFC President Dana White. "With 20 wins, Reinhardt has never gone the distance and Figueroa is coming off a sensational "Fight of The Night" performance against Michael McDonald."
Tom Wright: UFC 140 Likely for Montreal on December 10th
Back to the Bell Centre. UFC Canada's Director of Operations Tom Wright was a guest on Ringside Report Radio yesterday, and revealed a tidbit of interesting info regarding Canada's next UFC event. It seems that the UFC will probably be returning to the hometown of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre late in the year:
“We’ll do Vancouver on June 11 and then most likely we’ll be back in Montreal on December 10,” Wright said.
Ellenberger: From Living Nightmare to Dream Come True
Imagine if you will being a 10-0 professional fighter, on the rise, and getting the call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva inviting you to the big show.
Sounds like a dream come true, right?
Well, for Ellenberger it was a dream and a nightmare all rolled up into one. Ellenberger, while working his way to the perfect 10-0 record, had started to become sluggish on a daily basis, sleeping for 12 hours some days and just not feeling himself.
Source: Da Silva-Yamaguchi, Gomez-Bittner Signed for TPF 10
A blockbuster flyweight scrap between Jussier da Silva and Mamoru Yamaguchi is set to go down on Aug. 5 at Tachi Palace Fights 10.
Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the matchup with a source close to the bout, who also stated that Tachi Palace has signed Yamaguchi to a multi-fight contract that is exclusive in the United States.
The bout joins another pivotal 125-pound affair on the card, as TPF flyweight champion Darrell Montague defends his strap against surging WEC veteran Ian McCall at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Additionally, former titleholder “Useless” Ulysses Gomez will square off with undefeated Drew Bittner.
Tyron Woodley Eyes July Return, Hopes for Paul Daley Now, Nick Diaz Next
No sooner had Nick Diaz retained his Strikeforce welterweight title in April when he started discussing his future possibilities. There was a potential boxing match with Fernando Vargas thrown around, then another one against Jeff Lacy. There was a suggestion that he could face UFC champion Georges St-Pierre in an MMA superfight.
One option that Diaz seemed to immediately dismiss, however, was a rising star in his own company, within his own division, Tyron Woodley. The unbeaten Woodley, in Diaz's opinion, would be "in a little over his head" moving so quickly into the title picture.
Countdown to UFC 131 preview show debuts June 8th on Spike TV
With a new headlining matchup of Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin, UC 131 is quickly approaching
In anticipation of the show, Spike TV debuts "Countdown to UFC 131" on June 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
UFC 131 takes place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The pay-per-view event features a heavyweight tilt between top contenders Dos Santos and Carwin.
UFC's Michael Bisping "gutted" by CSAC's decision on Chael Sonnen
One-time title challenger Chael Sonnen (25-11-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) isn't the only one lamenting today's California State Athletic Commission ruling.
British slugger Michael Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) says he's also disappointed in the CSAC's decision to uphold Sonnen's indefinite suspension from competition.
Just moments after the CSAC made their decision, Bisping took to Twitter to express his lament.
Sonnen suspended indefinitely
Live from Josh Gross twitter feed who is at the hearing.
"Back to the motion for indefinite suspension, which was seconded by Giza. 4-1 motion passes, the indefinite suspension remains."
Keith Kizer testified regarding conversations he had with Matt Lindland and the phantom conversations he had with Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen testified and said he never intended to make it sound like he had a conversation with Keith Kizer before confirming he never spoke to him nor the other commission director or commissioner regarding testosterone use and exemption. He stands by his testimony back in Dec. 2010, though.
Sonnen confirms that UFC is planning on making him a coach for the upcoming season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) opposite Michael Bisping. The winner of their fight later this year would receive a title shot.
Sonnen states that if he doesn't get his license today he's "effectively retired and that comes from Dana White." Chael wells up when saying he just wants to go back to work and doesn't want to retire.
Chael claims he needs testosterone for "survival" and he has the testosterone of "a 93 year-old man."
After being asked about his testosterone treatment, Sonnen says he's taking it to this day and is monitored at least twice a month.
Sonnen's camp attempted to allow a declaration from Matt Lindland but California would not allow it.
In the closing arguments, Sonnen gets painted as a liar and a man who cannot be trusted. He is "always looking for someone else to blame," according to Deputy DA Karen Chappelle.
Sonnen's lawyers paint him as a man who is a "fundamentally good person." They also ask the commission to consider Dana White's words that if no license is obtained, Sonnen is effectively done in MMA.
The motion to uphold the indefinite suspension passes by a vote of 4-1. The indefinite suspension remains.
Jorge Masvidal vs. K.J. Noons official for "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum"
A lightweight bout between K.J. Noons (10-3 MMA, 2-1 SF) and Jorge Masvidal (21-6 MMA, 2-0 SF) is now official for "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum."
Strikeforce officials today announced the matchup, which was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum," which features a heavyweight grand prix bout between Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and grappling expert Fabricio Werdum, takes place June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas and airs live on Showtime...
Nogueira: Anderson Silva Nearly Retired Before Entering UFC
No man has dominated the UFC quite like reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva. In short, he has run roughshod over the 185-pound division, a record 13-fight winning streak inside the Octagon the result. Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia were all left in Silva’s destructive wake, as the Brazilian established himself as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.
And to think, it almost never happened.
According to longtime friend and training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Silva almost called it quits before entering the UFC.
DREAM rep: Nelson out at DREAM.17, Clementi faces Aoki
Just hours after MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned that Shane Nelson had agreed to face Shinya Aoki (27-5 MMA, 11-2 DREAM) at DREAM.17, DREAM rep Mike Kogan announced via Twitter that Rich Clementi (40-19-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) will instead take on "Tobikan Judan."
Kogan said that verbal agreements are in place and contracts for the contest are expected to be finalized shortly.
Quote of the Day: Urijah Faber Thinks Nick Diaz Would Beat GSP
Urijah Faber: “I’m going to go with Nick Diaz on that one, just because I don’t see GSP knocking him out. He’s never been knocked out and GSP’s been more into wrestling guys. I think that from watching Diaz, he’s super, super deceiving, and is able to pressure guys and make them get tired and fatigued like no one else........
Religion, Not Management, Keeping Khalidov from Bellator
Recent remarks from Bellator Fighting Championships Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney regarding negotiations with middleweight Mamed Khalidov have caused a bit of a stir in the Polish fight scene.
Asked during a May 14 news conference why Bellator had not yet signed the highly regarded free agent, Rebney cited a “lack of willingness” on the part of Khalidov’s management to work with his promotion, as well as a need to “explain to them what the opportunity is.”
Speaking to Sherdog.com this week, Khalidov was quick to assert that the breakdown in negotiations was not due to the unwillingness of his management but rather Khalidov’s own priorities outside the cage.