Noons vs. Masvidal: The Most Important Lightweight Fight No One's Talking About
In the midst of all the lightweight action over in the UFC lately, a very important lightweight bout that will be going down in Strikeforce in 13 days is completely flying under the radar. With Nick Diaz moving over to the UFC to fight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137, a lot of people are assuming the next one to make the jump will be Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Could it happen? Sure. But if it doesn't, the focus will be on who Melendez is going to defend his title against next in the confines of a Strikeforce cage. And it almost assuredly will be the winner of June 18th's bout between KJ Noons and Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal.
"TUF 13" champ Tony Ferguson thinks lightweight may lie ahead but eying Amir Sadollah
LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson may not be a welterweight forever, but while he is, he'd like to take on Amir Sadollah.
Following Saturday night's knockout win in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, Ferguson admitted a return trip to the lightweight division could potentially loom in his future. But until he makes that call, Ferguson will eye opponents at 170 pounds, and he's already got one in mind.
"I saw Amir Sadollah over there, and I knew that he was a pretty big guy that was from 'The Ultimate Fighter,'" Ferguson said. "I think that would be a pretty good little start right there."
Jonathan Brookins looks to return at UFC Fight Night 25 – at featherweight
After injuries pulled him out of his first bookings since winning "The Ultimate Fighter 12" in 2010, Jonathan Brookins finally has a date scheduled for his return.
He also has a new weight class.
The former WEC fighter and fan favorite told MMAjunkie.com Radio he's got a spot on September's UFC Fight Night 25 event in New Orleans, and he's looking to make his return to 145 pounds at the show.
Strikeforce adds Coenen-Tate, Gracie-Lawal; Souza-Rockhold announced prematurely
Showtime officials today announced a pair of new contests for July's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event, as women's welterweight champion Marloes Coenen meets top contender Miesha Tate, and Roger Gracie faces Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in a light heavyweight affair.
Both fights take place on the evening's main card.
However, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that a third bout announced today, a middleweight title fight between Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, was announced prematurely and will likely take place at a later date.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale winner Clay Guida: "Wrestling wins championships"
LAS VEGAS – UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida's grappling-heavy victory over Anthony Pettis (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) may have done little to wow some fans, but "The Carpenter" doesn't regret the strategy.
Sure, he would have liked to finish the fight just as much as Spike TV-viewers probably hoped to witness such a result in the co-feature of Saturday night's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale event, but it simply didn't happen.
Nevertheless, Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) never thought once about straying from his wrestling-based approach. After all, Guida is simply following a blueprint established by countless others – control the position, control the fight.
Despite losing title shot, TUF 13 Finale's Anthony Pettis finds a silver lining
Those around him may lament the loss of a promised title shot, but Anthony Pettis refuses to dwell on the what-ifs.
The final WEC lightweight champion and would-be top UFC contender opted to take a fight with Clay Guida rather than wait on the sidelines for a shot at the gold.
Guida derailed Pettis' momentum with a grinder-like performance at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale on Saturday. But Pettis isn't a regretful guy.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale draws a reported 1,857 attendees for $429k live gate
LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, which took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported 1,857 attendees for a live gate of $429,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the numbers while at the event's post-fight press conference, though the official figures will be verified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission early next week.
The 11-bout event concluded the latest season of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," and aired on Spike TV.
Dana White: Jim Miller Still Ahead of Clay Guida Despite Win Over Anthony Pettis
Clay Guida defeated former No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision at Saturday's TUF 13 Finale, but according to UFC president Dana White, the dominant win didn't help "The Carpenter" secure a lightweight title shot.
White told MMA Fighting on Saturday that Jim Miller "is still ahead of [Guida]" in the organization's lightweight rankings despite Guida's win on Saturday night.
Miller (20-2) has won his last seven fights in a row. He is scheduled to meet Ben Henderson at UFC on Versus 5 on Aug. 14 in Milwaukee.
For the record: I agree w/ Dana.
TUF 13 Finale bonuses: Ferguson, Duran, Kingsbury, Maldonado earn $40k awards
LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson, Reuben Duran, Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado each earned $40,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.
Ferguson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Duran picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Kingsbury and Maldonado took home "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and award amounts while at TUF 13 Finale post-event press conference.
Michael Bisping Talks Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Coaching TUF 14
Michael Bisping thinks he can keep his cool around Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Seriously. At least, that's what he told Gareth Davies of The Daily Telegraph today in a wide-ranging interview. Besides talking about the coaching gig, he discussed how much he loves fighting in the UK, how much he hates downtime, and UFC 130. Bisping comes off a lot better here than he does in a lot of interviews, choosing to not demean or insult anyone and actually make light of the heat he seems to get from North American fans.
On the TUF 14 coaching job:
"I feel very privileged to get a second term as a TUF coach. It shows the UFC holds me in high regard. It’s great to be seen as a fighter and a personality within the sport. The only downside is that it puts me out of action until December, but it’s not like I’m going hungry," said the British fighter, who leaves the UK for Las Vegas this weekend to start filming on Monday.
"All in all, it’s a fantastic situation I’m in."
UFC Returns to Facebook With Six TUF 13 Prelim Bouts
LAS VEGAS – For the ninth straight event, the UFC will air preliminary card fights on its Facebook page.
Saturday's live finale of Season 13 of "The Ultimate Fighter" will feature six bouts at the social networking online giant leading in to the main card, which will air on Spike TV. The UFC made the announcement on its Twitter account an hour after Friday's weigh-in event for the Saturday card.
Leading the charge will be a lightweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Danny Downes, plus a featherweight contest between Josh Grispi and George Roop.
Ringside 11 Weigh-In Results
Here are the weigh-in results:
Todd Brown (188.8) vs. Patrick Côté (189.0)
Stéphane Pelletier (134.2) vs. Dimitri Waardenburg (133.6)
*** for Ringside Bantamweight title
Donald Brashear (238.4) vs. Mathieu Bergeron (262.6) vs.
David Lafond (155.4) vs. Kevin Morin (154.8)
Marcus Hicks (205.4) vs. Yan Pellerin (205.8)
Justin Doyon (155.0) vs. Dany Laflamme (154.6)
Maxime Léger (145.0) vs. Keven Tremblay (141.6)
Tommy Côté (150.0) vs. Jérôme Martin (149.0)
Brashear ready to fight for own sake
For 16 years, Donald Brashear fought for the sake of others. On Saturday, it will be all about him.
The former National Hockey League enforcer, who was best known for dropping the gloves when the situation called for it, will don the four-ounce gloves on Saturday night when he makes his mixed martial arts debut at Ringside 11 at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale official weigh-in results
LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale fighter weigh-ins, where all 22 event competitors successfully made weight.
Today's festivities took place at the Key West Ballroom at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Saturday's Spike TV-broadcast event takes place at The Pearl in the Palms.
Among those weighing in were top UFC lightweight contenders Clay Guida (155 pounds) and Anthony Pettis (155), as well as "The Ultimate Fighter 13" finalists Tony Ferguson (169) and Ramsey Nijem (170), who fight for the "TUF 13" championship.
The co-headliners lead a card that airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The full weigh-in results included:
•Tony Ferguson (169) vs. Ramsey Nijem (170) - "TUF 13" tourney finale
•Clay Guida (155) vs. Anthony Pettis (155)
•Tim Credeur (185) vs. Ed Herman (186)
•Kyle Kingsbury (206) vs. Fabio Maldonado (203)
•Chris Cope (170) vs. Chuck O'Neil (170)
•Danny Downes (155) vs. Jeremy Stephens (156)
•Josh Grispi (145) vs. George Roop (146)
•Shamar Bailey (171) vs. Ryan McGillivray (169)
•Justin Edwards (170) vs. Clay Harvison (171)
•Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Ken Stone (136)
•Reuben Duran (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar Likely to Return in Late September or October
UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is on the mend and will likely be ready to get back in action in late September or October.
The update comes courtesy of Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz from Dominance MMA who spoke with MMAWeekly.com on Friday.
According to his manager, Edgar is currently resting and not training at all, allowing his back and ribs to heal and hopes to get back into training in early July.
Programming reminder: DREAM 'Fight for Japan' replay airs tonight (June 3) at 10pm ET on HDNet
Headlining the main event was a 155-pound match-up between top ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki and UFC veteran Rich Clementi. There was a merry-go-round of opponents for "The Tobikan Judan" in this event, but when the music stopped, it was "No Love" who was awarded the high-profile fight.
Also featured was an intriguing featherweight scrap between Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen and Mitsuhiro Kikuno as well as a compelling lightweight battle between Katsunori Kikuno and Daisuke Nakamura.
Anthony Pettis: No amount of heart will save Clay Guida from my left high kick
It's almost "Showtime."
Reigning WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be making his much-anticipated UFC debut tomorrow night (June 4, 2011) against Clay Guida on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 Finale.
The renowned Roufusport star has all eyes on him entering this fight and he's ready to give MMA fans a new memory, perhaps even better. He plans on making a big splash with a shot at the UFC title within his grasp.
Pettis was a guest on a special edition of Pro MMA Radio this week and he detailed the Edgar-Maynard situation, his infamous kick and, of course, his upcoming fight with Clay Guida.
Find out why he chose Guida for his UFC debut after the jump