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Herb Dean draws reffing assignment for Dos Santos-Velasquez UFC 155 main event
The Nevada State Athletic Commission at its Thursday meeting handed out referee and judging assignments for next week's UFC 155 main event. Veteran referee Herb Dean has been assigned to officiate the UFC heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos (15-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) and former champ and top contender Cain Velasquez (10-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC). Glenn Trowbridge, Tony Weeks and Marcos Rosales have been tapped as the three judges for the bout.
Submitted Dec 20, 2012 3:19PM by jay98107 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mendes vs. Gamburyan added to UFC 157; Koscheck vs. Lawler official
Not yet a week after his most recent victory, Chad Mendes already has his next assignment. He'll meet Manny Gamburyan at UFC 157 in February. Additionally, Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler has been made official.
Submitted Dec 20, 2012 1:33PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FUEL TV 7's Cub Swanson: Fight with Siver true No. 1 contender's bout
Cub Swanson doesn't care what anyone else thinks. As far as he's concerned, his next fight is for top contender status in the featherweight division. Call it a motivational tactic. Call it hope. Call it whatever. That's what he's telling himself. Swanson (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will meet Dennis Siver (21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in February, and even if the winner doesn't get the next crack at champion Jose Aldo, he'll certainly find himself right there at the top of the heap. UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place Feb. 16 at London's Wembley Arena. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Submitted Dec 20, 2012 1:16PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matt Grice meets Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157
A featherweight bout between Matt Grice (16-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Dennis Bermudez (9-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to February's UFC 157 card. UFC officials today announced the fight. UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Grice vs. Bermudez likely will be part of the prelims.
Submitted Dec 20, 2012 1:13PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mike Wilkinson to move to Featherweight
Mike “The Warrior” Wilkinson made a fantastic UFC debut this weekend in a “Fight of the Night” candidate at UFC on FX 6 in Australia. He took on fellow UK countryman and friend Brendan Loughnane, putting on the kind of three round battle all fight fans could enjoy. Great standup, effective grappling and lots of heart were on display from both fighters for the full fifteen minutes. In the end it though it was Wilkinson that got the judges decision, keeping his undefeated professional record intact. We certainly had a lot to talk about when he came on the MMA Mental Podcast this Wednesday, with a planned drop to the UFC Featherweight division among the topics discussed.
Submitted Dec 20, 2012 11:53AM by Rabi - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jeremy Stephens plans drop to UFC's featherweight division in early 2013
Longtime lightweight Jeremy Stephens will change things up after the calendar turns with a drop to featherweight. The fighter recently announced the plans, which MMAjunkie.com confirmed with his manager.
Submitted Dec 20, 2012 9:52AM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Robbie Lawler Makes Octagon Return At UFC 157 Against Josh Koscheck
Promotion officials are currently hard at work trying to assemble the UFC 157 fight card, and it looks like they’re trying to fill it up before everyone checks out for a little holiday cheer. The UFC announced a couple of UFC 157 bouts on Wednesday, and MMAWeekly.com confirmed reports of an as yet unofficial match-up between Josh Koscheck and former Strikeforce fighter Robbie Lawler. The Koscheck vs. Lawler bout was first reported by the Orange County Register. The two will meet in a welterweight match-up on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Submitted Dec 20, 2012 3:40AM by Biggavelli - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
TUF 16 Finale winner Elliott nearly fought Papazian in sauna, now wants Gaudinot
There will be less real estate under the Christmas tree, and the stockings will be a little more stuffed in the Tim Elliott household this year. Following a win over Jared Papazian (14-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) this past weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, Elliott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) pocketed a $40,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus and a nice boost in the flyweight rankings. But Elliott said if his opponent had gotten his wish, the fight likely would have never happened in the cage. Instead, it would have gone down in the sauna.
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 6:36PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chiesa vs. Kuivanen, Johnson vs. Schaub added to February's UFC 157 event
A pair of bouts is now official for UFC 157 as lightweight Mike Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Anton Kuivanen (17-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) faces Brendan Scahub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). UFC officials today announced both fights are now scheduled for the Feb. 23 event, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 6:35PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
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Max Holloway replaces injured Cody McKenzie, faces Leonard Garcia at UFC 155
Max Holloway (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has answered the UFC's call. The 21-year-old Hawaiian has agreed to step up on 10-days' notice and will now face Leonard Garcia (15-9-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) at this month's UFC 155 event....
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 4:17PM by jay98107 - 18 comments
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Bellator reviewing Eddie Alvarez's UFC offer with choice of match or let him go
Eddie Alvarez has his offer. Now it's a waiting game. The former Bellator lightweight champ, one of the most coveted MMA free agents in years, has a contract offer in hand from the UFC. That leaves Bellator in a two-week period in which it can match the offer in an attempt to retain the fighter. Bellator officials on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that promotion execs are reviewing Alvarez's offer from the UFC and are expected to announce soon whether they will match it or let him go.
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 4:14PM by jay98107 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
Current UFC 155 betting lines
Can't believe Boetsch is an underdog Can't believe Melvin is an underdog & I thought Thunder vs Talent would be dead even Can't wait for this event
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 3:26PM by shaneTpain - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale suspensions: Four fighters get six-month orders
Pat Barry, Marcos Vinicius, Vinc Pichel and John Cofer each face potential six-month medical suspensions following this past weekend's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale event. In total, 10 fighters were issued medical orders of varying degrees following the fight card. The full list of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale medical suspensions included: Matt Mitrione: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 for precautionary reasons Shane Del Rosario: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 Pat Barry: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible right foot fracture James Head: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 due to a right upper eyelid laceration Marcos Vinicius: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared by an ENT doctor for a right infraorbital rim fracture and anterior right maxillary sinus and nasal fractures; minimum suspension through Feb. 14 with no contact in training until Jan. 30 Vinc Pichel: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible left foot fracture; minimum suspension through Feb. 14 with no contact in training until Jan. 30 Nick Catone: Suspended until Jan. 15 with no contact in training until Jan. 6 for precautionary reasons Reuben Duran: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 for precautionary reasons John Cofer: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible right shoulder injury Jared Papazian: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 due to a laceration above the left eye
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 12:07PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alexander Emelianenko announces retirement
Alexander Emel,ianenko the younger brother of heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. In a post that ran on his website and Facebook page, Emelianenko, who went 21-6 in a nine-year career, said he would no longer be able to compete due to "health problems caused by old injuries." The 31-year-old also thanked both his supporters and detractors for motivating him to succeed, and said he would be focusing more time on his family.
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 12:05PM by sparky - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
UFC on FX 6 medical suspensions: Palhares, Mendes, Beltran out six months
Seven fighters from this past weekend's UFC on FX 6 event received medical suspensions of up to six months. All UFC on FX 6 fighters were issued mandatory 21-day suspensions. However, additional suspensions included: Robert Whittaker: suspended six months due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early Rousimar Palhares: suspended six months due to a right-foot injury, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early Chad Mendes: suspended six months due to a left-foot injury, though a doctor can clear him early Joe Beltran: suspended six months due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early Mike Pierce: suspended six months due to facial injuries, though a maxillofacial surgeon can clear him early; regardless, suspended for 30 days for precautionary reasons Brendan Loughnane: suspended six months due to a left-foot injury, though a doctor can clear him early Mike Wilkinson: suspended six months due to a jaw injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 12:05PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Patrick Cote Moving to Welterweight; Still Hopes to Fight at UFC 158
The welterweight division has added one of the hardest punchers in the sport as Patrick Cote has made the decision to drop down to 170lbs.
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 1:04AM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC welterweight Duane Ludwig has been named the new head coach of Team Alpha Male. “It’s flattering to have the request and good timing, as I’ll be out for at least a year,” Ludwig recently told Sherdog.com. “With that said, chances lead toward me stepping away from the actual fighting and starting to train the next generation. To be given a team like Alpha Male is a coach’s dream. The work ethic of great wrestlers with a more Dutch style of kickboxing, such as mine, is going to be fun to watch. Everyone at Alpha Male is already a great and successful mixed martial artist, so this can only get better.”
Submitted Dec 18, 2012 9:14PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
FUEL TV schedules two-day Christmas marathon of UFC on FOX, FX, FUEL TV events
Fight fans with a DVR on their Christmas lists might want to ask for it a couple days early. FUEL TV has scheduled a two-day marathon of past UFC live events stretching from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day – 17 fight cards in total.
Submitted Dec 18, 2012 9:07PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Karlos Vemola out at UFC 155, Strikeforce vet Derek Brunson meets Chris Leben
Four-time Strikeforce veteran Derek Brunson is making his way to the UFC. Brunson replaces an injured Karlos Vemola and now meets Chris Leben at UFC 155.
Submitted Dec 18, 2012 9:05PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cody Mckenzie out of UFC 155, promotion seeking replacement for Garcia
Cody McKenzie's second attempt at a featherweight victory will have to wait a little bit longer. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the fighter that a training injury has forced McKenzie (13-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) to withdraw from a planned UFC 155 bout with Leonard Garcia.
Submitted Dec 18, 2012 6:16PM by jay98107 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
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