Now a Free Agent, Vinny Magalhaes Fielding Offers
Former TUF season 8 runner-up and current M-1 Global Light Heavyweight champion Vinny Magalhaes was dismissed from the UFC before he could prove that he had great potential. The multiple World Jiu Jitsu Champion and ADCC gold medalist has gone 7-1 since his departure from the UFC and acquired the M-1 Global light heavyweight title in his 4 fight run with the Russian organization. Unfortunately the honeymoon with M-1 Global has ended and Magalhaes has been attempting to wait out his employers, so he can get out of his contract, and continue his career under a new banner.
Magalhaes and his representative Steve Pacitti stopped by to talk to the guys at MMAJunkie.com, to shed a little light on Vinny’s current situation, his falling out with M-1 Global, and how he is fielding offers from other MMA organizations, due to his recently awarded free agency. Magalhaes and Pacitti did not tip-toe around the point that the UFC were one of the organizations that were interested in signing Vinny. Pacitti was quoted as saying. “Yes, we’re negotiating with the UFC right now,” Pacitti said. “There are others, but the UFC is certainly in line. The UFC is definitely attractive.”
ALESSIO'S NEWFOUND DEDICATION
The next Canadian lightweight we see in the UFC could be a fighter who has been there before.
John Alessio of Duncan, B.C., is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Healy at a local MMA event in Hamilton, Ont., on Friday and he hopes it was enough to earn him another shot in the UFC.
The 32-year-old, who made his UFC debut against Pat Miletich in 2000 and last fought in the UFC in October of 2006, says he's a different person both inside and outside the cage today, and believes the biggest difference between now and his first stints in UFC is the dedication he shows in between his fights.
"Before I used to kind of be a party animal between fights and didn't live a very healthy lifestyle, wasn't very focused. I was kind of like, 'oh I've got a fight, I better get in the gym and get in shape,' not really worrying about getting better in between fights," Alessio told sportsnet.ca.
"Now, I've been reborn. I consider myself a real student of the game. I love to train, I love learning new stuff and I didn't do that before and I really felt like I missed a few years there of the learning curve. I just kind of plateaued and didn't get any better, but now I'm getting better every time between fights."
Brandon Vera Admits ‘Jumping the Gun’ with Thiago Silva Rematch
Brandon Vera’s mind was ready to rematch Thiago Silva before his arm was.
Vera originally agreed to rematch Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Fairfax, Va., on May 15, but less than 24 hours after verbally accepting the bout, he had to withdraw due to an injury. That injury, Vera said, was to his arm, which was hurt in his UFC 137 fight against Elliot Marshall.
Vera admits he “jumped the gun” in accepting the bout due to the excitement from getting another chance to fight Silva.
Mike Chiesa’s win to make the cast of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Live’ fulfilled his father’s dying wish
It was an early Friday evening in Las Vegas and Mike Chiesa had successfully completed the first step toward fulfilling a long-time dream. In 2005, Chiesa and his then-girlfriend were watching the finale of the first season of the UFC reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter,” on television when Chiesa made a pronouncement out of nowhere. He would, he told his girlfriend, fight on that show one day.
Now, seven years later on a beautifully mild late winter evening, Chiesa made his words come true, submitting Johnavan Vistante with a rear naked choke in the first round to earn a spot on the cast of 16 for the show’s 15th season.
About 1,100 miles away in Spokane, Wash., his father, Mark Chiesa, lay on a bed in a fight for his life. It was a fight he knew he would not win.
UFC's Matt Hughes 'at a crossroads between fighting another fight or retirement'
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Matt Hughes said he was excited and a little relieved when he learned that Chael Sonnen would be sitting next to him at the analyst desk of "UFC Tonight."
Obviously, Hughes is not Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva or a whole host of others – Brazilian and otherwise – whom Sonnen has offended in his tour of trash-talking duty.
No, Hughes is a guy who's uncomfortable talking about subjects he doesn't really care about. He's a guy on loan from his farm in Hillsboro, Ill., where it's planting time. He's a guy who may or may not be fighting again, and he won't be able to talk about it until he hears from UFC president Dana White.
UFC on FX 4: Nick Catone vs Chris Camozzi bout in the works for N.J. fight card
New Jersey native Nick Catone will welcome Chris Camozzi to the "Garden State" when the two collide in a Middleweight showdown that is planned to take place at UFC on FX 4 from the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on June 22, 2012.
MMADieHards.com passed along the pending fight announcement earlier this evening.
Catone, who fights out of Englewood, N.J., which is about as far as you can get from the "Las Vegas of the East" within the state, is riding a two-fight win streak inside the Octagon after starting his tenure with the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion with a win and then back-to-back losses.
The "Jersey Devil" earned a split decision over Jesse Forbes at UFC Fight Night 20 way back in Jan. 2010 and scored a unanimous nod from the judges in his most recent appearance over Constantinos Philippou in March 2011. Catone has sustained numerous injuries that have forced him out of fights against John Salter, Tomasz Drwal, Aaron Simpson and Dan Miller, among others, throughout his stint with the UFC.
He'll want to try his best to stay healthy for this one, considering it's in front of a hometown crowd and he's been on the shelf for more than one year.
Johnson-McCall tourney rematch, Pague-Papazian slated for UFC on FX 3
The fight card is filling quickly for the newly announced UFC on FX 3 event in June.
After their initial meeting ended in a baffling majority draw following a commission error, Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) now will meet at the event.
So, too, will bantamweights Dustin Pague (10-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jared Papazian (14-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), officials today announced.
UFC on FX 3's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims. Officials didn't say if Johnson vs. McCall again will be a three-rounder (with a potential sudden-victory fourth round) or five-round non-title fight.
Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes targeted for UFC on FX 3
A middleweight bout between Buddy Roberts (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Caio Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is in the works for June's UFC on FX 3 event.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the planned matchup with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajnkie.com).
As MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today, UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8, though a host city and venue have not been finalized.
Bellator 61 ratings: Event draws just 108,000 MTV2 viewers, second-worst all-time
Ratings were down for the second episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" on FX, and they weren't much better for Bellator 61 on MTV2.
Bellator's March 16 broadcast averaged just 108,000 viewers, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources.
To date, MTV2 has aired 27 Bellator events, and only one – Bellator 53, which drew 103,000 viewers this past October – drew a smaller audience.
Bellator 61 took place at Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana. In addition to the MTV2-televised main card, prelims streamed live on Spike.com.
The event, which was the second show of Bellator's sixth season, featured the opening round of an eight-man middleweight tournament. The star of the show was Brian Rogers, who scored a flying-knee knockout of Vitor Vianna. He'll be joined in the tourney's semifinals by Maiquel Falcao, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky and Bruno Santos, who also won opening-round fights at Bellator 61...
Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha is first addition to UFC on FX 3 on June 8
A welterweight bout between Mike Pierce (13-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Carlos Eduardo Rocha (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the first planned addition to the currently unannounced UFC on FX 3 card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources that the show is expected to take place June 8.
While the main card would air on FX, officials haven't finalized a venue for the event, sources said.
DUFFEE-GROVE, SHLEMENKO-MINOWA, KELLY-RUEDIGER BOOKED FOR SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE 2
Six big-show veterans have joined the fight card for the sophomore effort from burgeoning Indian organization Super Fight League.
Promotion officials Tuesday confirmed a trio of bouts for Super Fight League 2, which takes place April 7 in Chandigarh, India. In addition to a previously rumored heavyweight tilt between Todd Duffee and Neil Grove, the show will feature a middleweight matchup pitting Alexander Shlemenko against Ikuhisa Minowa and a lightweight contest between UFC veterans Paul Kelly and Gabe Ruediger.
Like the company’s March 11 debut, Super Fight League 2 will stream live and free of charge on YouTube.
Tito Ortiz Announces Rubber Match With Forrest Griffin For UFC 148
Mar 20, 2012 - Tito Ortiz will conclude his heated trilogy with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. Ortiz announced the bout late Monday night via Twitter.
The 37-year-old Ortiz campaigned vigorously for a final meeting with Griffin, and is expected to retire following the rubber match.
UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will likely be headlined by another contentious trilogy, as The Ultimate Fighter 15 coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber square off for the UFC bantamweight title. Also featured are middleweight bouts Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le and Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, as well as a bantamweight clash between Renan Barao and Jeff Hougland.
Dan Henderson Won't Fight Chael Sonnen
Dana had said..
"He'll fight whoever has that belt. Dan doesn't seem too picky, I think he would fight Chael Sonnen [if he won the belt from Silva]."
Hendo says thats not true...
"Chael lives up in Oregon but I know him real well. He was with me and Randy [Couture] when we first started our team," Henderson told ESPN.
"I don't have any real desire to fight at middleweight. The only guy I'd cut weight for is Anderson Silva, win or lose that could still happen.
"But it's not high up on my list at all. Silva's the only guy I'd cut weight for. I've got the light-heavyweight thing in my mind and that's it. I'd fight Anderson Silva but I'm only interested in the UFC light-heavyweight title right now."
Bisping vs. Boetsch, Barao vs. Hougland added to UFC 148
Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is about to take another huge step up in competition.
UFC officials today confirmed that Boetsch will meet Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view.
Additionally, a bantamweight matchup between Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Jeff Hougland (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been added to the card.
Tim Boetsch vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 148
Verbal agreement has been reached for Michael Bisping to meet Tim Boetsch at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas.
Boetsch has been calling for a fight with Bisping since his win over Yushin Okami at UFC 144 and he appears to have been granted his wish.
"Bisping's name has been on my agenda for a long time," Boetsch said recently.
UFC 129 earns 2012 Sports Business Award nomination for 'Event of the Year'
For the second straight year, the UFC has been recognized with a Sports Business Award nomination.
This past April's UFC 129 event – a first-ever stadium show that set a North American and UFC attendance record with 55,724 – earned a nomination for "Sports Event of the Year."
However, unlike 2011, the UFC wasn't nominated for "Sports League of the Year."
Officials today announced the nominations. The awards, which the industry publication "SportsBusiness Journal" launched in 2008, celebrate excellence in sports business. This year's winners will be unveiled as part of a ceremony on May 23 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square in New York City.
UFC 129 took place on April 30, 2011, at Toronto's Rogers Centre. The landmark event – which saw title defenses from Canadian welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo – sold out on the first day tickets went on sale to the general public. In addition to attendance records, the event, which also included a two-day UFC Fan Expo, set a UFC and North American live-gate record with $12.1 million. It was also one of the biggest PPV draws in recent years.
In the "Sports League of the Year" category, UFC 129 faces competition from the 2011 Carrier Classic (NCAA basketball), 2011 Humana Challenge (PGA), 2011 NBA Finals and Super Bowl XLVI (NFL). The 2010 ING New York City Marathon is the reigning division winner...
Guida vs. Maynard, Franklin vs. Le added to June's UFC on FX 4 event
A pair of intriguing matchups are official for the UFC's June trip to Atlantic City, N.J., as Clay Guida meets Gray Maynard and Rich Franklin faces Cung Le.
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fights, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Guida vs. Maynard is the night's main event and will be contested as a five-round lightweight affair.
UFC officials in February announced that UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 in Atlantic City, but a venue has yet to be named.
The Golden 22: Frankie Edgar and MMA's championship evolution
The "Rocky" comparison for Frankie Edgar is not accurate.
Rocky Balboa's heart and hard work transformed him from unknown bum to an unlikely champion. Edgar's lightweight title run solidified he was always to be divisional king – a key piece in evolving the championship expectations of an 18-year-old sport – who just so happens to be known for heart and hard work.