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UFC champ Dominick Cruz's return pushed back by second ACL surgery
Dominick Cruz underwent another major knee surgery this past week, and it'll likely further delay his return to the octagon. Trainer Eric Del Fierro today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Cruz's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was replaced after his body rejected one from a cadaver. The UFC bantamweight champion is in Los Angeles today to meet with a doctor who will give him a timeline for his return, DelFierro said, though he estimated it could set the fighter back another six to nine months. Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) underwent corrective surgery in June after tearing his ACL in preparation for a rematch with Urijah Faber, who coached opposite him on "The Ultimate Fighter 15." The two were scheduled to meet at UFC 148 on July 2, but Cruz was forced out of the fight, and Renan Barao went on to beat Faber to claim an interim title at UFC 149.
Submitted Dec 3, 2012 2:10PM by jjeans - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Muhammed Lawal set for Bellator debut on Jan. 17
According to sources close to the event, "King Mo" will make his first Bellator appearance on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. Lawal will compete in the promotion's light heavyweight tournament. No word just yet on who the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion will meet in the first round of the tournament. Lawal (8-1, 1 NC) hasn't fought since last January when he defeated Lorenz Larkin via knockout. The win, however, was changed to a no contest by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone.
Submitted Dec 3, 2012 12:32PM by BuffaloDave - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Michael Chiesa ill, unable to compete at UFC on FOX 5 vs. Marcus LeVesseur
The injuries and illnesses continue to wreak havoc on UFC on FOX 5's preliminary card. After Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson was scrapped as the leading prelim fight on FX, Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur became the new "feature fight". As of today that is no longer the case, as Chiesa has been forced off the card according to the UFC's official twitter account. TUF Live winner Michael Chiesa forced off Saturday's Seattle card due to illness - get well soon, @mikemav22 — UFC (@ufc) December 3, 2012 Here's a side note not in the article. Max Holloway wants to fill in. @danawhite if you need a replacement for @mikemav22 Lmk! — Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) December 3, 2012
Submitted Dec 3, 2012 3:23AM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos vs Pete Spratt at LFC 17 on Feb. 1 in San Antonio
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos has a date and dance partner for his Legacy Fighting Championship debut. The Strikeforce, Sengoku and Pride Fighting Championships veteran will square off with former UFC talent Pete Spratt at LFC 17 on Feb. 1 in San Antonio, promotion officials recently revealed to Sherdog.com. The card also includes a heavyweight clash between unbeaten Richard Odoms and former NCAA All-American wrestler Jared Rosholt, as well a lightweight showdown pitting 29-fight veteran Nick Gonzalez against onetime Bellator competitor Kevin Aguilar.
Submitted Dec 3, 2012 12:29AM by sparky - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Dana White beefs with Twitter followers over Fox NFL Sunday comedy segment
Dana White had a brief cameo as a homeless character in a short comedy skit for Fox NFL Sunday that caused some outrage from UFC fans over the stereotypes portrayed. Dana's response? 'Pussies in this country cry about everything!'
Submitted Dec 2, 2012 11:17PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Vaughan Lee denies reports that he's fighting Urijah Faber
Despite previous reports that Urijah Faber was fighting Vaughan Lee at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend, Lee has denied those reports and says it's just a rumor.
Submitted Dec 2, 2012 11:15PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez break down their UFC 155 main event
December is here, and Santa Claus announced his presence early for fans with a whopping four UFC events on the schedule. The biggest, literally, takes place at the promotion's annual year-end card – UFC 155, which features a heavyweight title rematch between champion Junior Dos Santos and the man he took the title from a little more than a year ago, Cain Velasquez. You can now check out video interviews with the two big men in advance of their title fight rematch.
Submitted Dec 2, 2012 11:44AM by jjeans - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
BAMMA 11 results: 'Professor X' downs Marshman in thriller
While 40-fight vet Xavier Foupa-Pokam (23-18) entered Saturday's BAMMA 11 headliner with just two wins in his previous 11 appearances, he combined with Welsh prospect Jack Marshman (11-2) to put on the evening's "Fight of the Night." Foupa-Pokam survived a few near finishes to outwrestle Marshman and score a split-decision result. The contest served as the main event of BAMMA 11, which took place at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, and aired in the U.S. on AXS TV.
Submitted Dec 2, 2012 9:24AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Georges St. Pierre rejects rumor he requires $50 million for Anderson Silva fight
On a recent episode of The MMA Beat, Mike Straka said that Georges St. Pierre would require $50,000,000 to take a fight with Anderson Silva. The GSP vs. Silva fight has become a focus of the UFC with Dana White repeatedly saying he'd make the fight happen regardless of what the fighters themselves have said.
Submitted Dec 2, 2012 9:23AM by MMAcca - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FOX 5: Henry Martinez vs. Daron Cruickshank moved to FX prelims
With Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub off the card, the UFC and FOX had to do some preliminary card bout order re-shuffling.
Submitted Dec 1, 2012 10:15PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Caio Magalhaes replaces Thiago Perpetuo, faces Michael Kuiper at UFC on FX 7
A knee injury has forced "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" cast member Thiago Perpetuo (9-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out of a planned UFC on FX 7 matchup with Michael Kuiper (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). In his place steps Caio Magalhaes (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who now meets Kuiper in a middleweight matchup. UFC officials today announced the change for the event, which takes place Jan. 19 at Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, also known as Ginasio do Ibirapuera, in Sao Paulo. The evening's main card airs on FX, but Kuiper vs. Magalhaes is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
Submitted Dec 1, 2012 8:48PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Taking chances: The 'Unchokeable' Jon Fitch upgrades to 2.0
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – GPS will get you in the vicinity of Rhyno's Gym, but it's incumbent upon you to figure out the rest. It's 4:18 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, and my trust for the female voice spouting off directions from my dashboard is waning by the minute. UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch begins his seminar in exactly 12 minutes, and I don't want to be "that guy." There's a scene in the movie "Encino Man" where Brendan Fraser's character takes one step into a noisy club, the music abruptly stops and everyone in attendance turns and fixates on him. I'm hoping to avoid this kind of not-so-grand entrance. Fitch, on the other hand, knows exactly how to get there. The gym is owned by his longtime friend and training partner Mo Amin and rests just a few blocks east of Purdue University, where he was a four-year letterman and captain of the school's wrestling team. It also happens to be the place where Fitch first began training martial arts prior to his move to American Kickboxing Academy in California, where he remains to this day. AKA may have built him from the ground up into a UFC title challenger, but the spark was first lit on the blue mats at Rhyno's.
Submitted Dec 1, 2012 4:44PM by jjeans - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FOX 5's Nate Diaz on possible title: 'Maybe it's my turn'
Nate Diaz probably isn't apathetic. That wouldn't be the right word, necessarily. You don't become a No. 1 contender for a UFC title by not caring. More accurately, the vibe he has typically given off is one of not caring what you think or what anyone else thinks. Not about his attitude. Not about his fighting style. Certainly not about titles and accolades. But is that all about to change?
Submitted Dec 1, 2012 4:42PM by jjeans - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
TUF 16 Finale Headliner Roy Nelson still unclear what a blackzillian is
Roy Nelson (17-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) admits he's disappointed that he won't be facing his opposing "The Ultimate Fighter 16" coach at the show's live finale. Then again, he also says he's not surprised in the least that Shane Carwin withdrew from the fight. Considering this is actually the second time a proposed Carwin fight didn't come to fruition, Nelson said he's not exactly sold on trying for a third time. Besides, he's got Blackzilian Matt Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in his sights right now – even if he's not sure what a Blackzilian actually is.
Submitted Dec 1, 2012 4:40PM by jjeans - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matt Riddle's aversion to fighting in England may not matter this winter. The welterweight reportedly is being targeted for a fight against England's Che Mills when the UFC returns to the country in February for UFC on FUEL TV 7. Fighters Only brought word of the expected booking. UFC officials have yet to announce the fight, but both Riddle and Mills have made varying references to it on their Twitter accounts. For his part, Riddle on Twitter said he didn't have interest in returning to England for a fight unless it was against Dan Hardy – or he got a "nice pay raise."
Submitted Dec 1, 2012 2:30PM by DrivenDavies15 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Former TUF 9 Fighter Frank Lester Accused of Assaulting Female Fighter at Event in Virginia
On Friday night at a weigh in for "Battle of the Spartans IV", an amateur show held in Ruther Glen, Virginia, a fight broke out that ended with…
Submitted Dec 1, 2012 11:59AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
The Fact of the Matter is Michael Bisping is the Unofficial Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
“Are they gonna come over and be number one contenders? Are they gonna come in and take the belt? I don’t think so. You’re in Strikeforce, come over to the UFC and earn your place.” As a matter of fact… yes fact… Bisping believes Rockhold’s belt rightfully belongs around his waist. “Let me put it like this,” said the brash Brit. “I’ve sparred with Luke Rockhold recently and let’s just say, I’m the unofficial Strikeforce champion. “These are the facts.”
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 9:49PM by grappler0000 - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC, MMA Personalities
Josh Barnett doesn't care whether his opponent is from Austria or Middle-earth. After six months of waiting and recovering, Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF) is happy that Nandor Guelmino (11-3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) agreed to meet him at "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. "All my friends are like, 'Nandor … is he an ork? Is he from Mordor?'" Barnett told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't know about that, but either way, he's going to try and mess me up." Landing in the UFC or in another upstart promotion isn't of major concern to Barnett, but he said there are journalists and fans he'd like to prove wrong by returning to the octagon. "I would love to see the look on some folks' faces ... being someplace where, one, I've already been, even though people may not know it, and two, a place that a lot of folks never thought they'd see me again," he said.
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 9:41PM by BuffaloDave - 14 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
If anyone had any doubts of Johny Hendricks' intentions for what he wants next, he put those to bed pretty quickly. But no matter what comes next for St-Pierre, though, Hendricks is willing to wait for his next fight until that next fight has him staring across the octagon from the champ. "I'm not going to fight unless it's for a belt," Hendricks on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Nothing else matters but the belt. My last three fights were guys in the top five, and I finished two of those three fights. I stated my claim. My stock's really high right now, and the only thing left is to get a shot at that belt. "I really want a belt. They don't come around that often, and I feel like I've done enough to earn a shot, and that's pretty much all I'm thinking of right now. I'm training for a five-round fight, and that's it."
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 9:37PM by BuffaloDave - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
After Getting Shot and Going Through Addiction, Tim Means Building UFC Career
The 28-year-old has been shot, addicted to drugs and also served time in prison. He survived all of those ordeals, though, and is now 2-0 in the UFC. Ahead of his Dec. 8 bout against Abel Trujillo at UFC on Fox 5, Means joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show and discussed his past with host Jack Encarnacao. On getting shot: “I went out partying one night with some buddies, got drunk and winded up at a local business here. One thing led to another, walked outside a little while later and a guy winded up shooting six of us. On what started the incident: “In all honesty, we supposedly cut in line and the guys had recognized me from a local fight organization. ... They didn’t want to fight then. We shook hands and left it alone. He winded up calling his cousin up. About an hour later, we walked outside and the dude just started shooting at us, no questions said, no nothing. He just started firing into a bunch of us.” On where he was hit: “My femoral artery in my left thigh. I have about an eight- or nine-inch scar on my left thigh from where they had to cut me open, go in and tie my femoral artery. They said I was bleeding to death. I had a good buddy named Brian Shaw who wrapped a belt around my leg, and supposedly that saved my life. I was bleeding pretty good, so thanks to Brian Shaw for saving me that night. I thought I was going to die.”
Submitted Nov 30, 2012 4:01PM by Bubbles - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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