12/30 Sengoku Fight Order Set, Sandro-Hioki Main Event
World Victory Road has announced the full fight order for their major 12/30 year-end event, and it features a whopping 28 fights in all. The 15 MMA fights planned are scheduled for the latter portion of the show, and the MMA main event will be Marlon Sandro vs. Hatsu Hioki for the Sengoku Featherweight Title. Kazuo Misaki-Mike Seal will be the co-main. TV details in the US are still being worked out but it's likely that some portion of the event will air tape-delayed (not live) on HDNet.
Dan Hornbuckle Off Thursday's Sengoku Event (Updated)
Dan Hornbuckle's nickname might be "The Handler", but it appears even he can't handle the flu. The illness has forced him off Thursday's all-day Sengoku event in Japan, where he was to have faced Ryo Chonan in an MMA fight. Taisuke Okuno is the replacement. Okuno participated in the Sengoku Welterweight GP earlier this year, reaching the semifinals before losing. His career mark is 10-5-2, all 5 losses have been decisions.
UPDATE: Apparently it's not flu. Bellator wouldn't let him take the fight. (Link above updated with additional details)
Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson in the Works for March UFC Event
Welterweights Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson have verbally agreed to square off in March, MMA Fighting has learned from sources close to the fight.
The front-runner event to host the bout is Ultimate Fight Night 24 on March 30. Although not officially announced by the organization, that card is expected to take place in Seattle, Wash. The UFC is also expected to hold events on March 3 and March 19.
UFC 125: Brian Stann Credit’s Jackon’s MMA With Evolution
Former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann made the move to the Ultimate Fighting Championship after World Extreme Cagefighting shuttered its light heavyweight and middleweight divisions in late 2008. Shortly thereafter, he made another move… to Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, N.M.
Several fights later, he calls himself “a staple” of the camp, and hasn’t looked back.
“Each camp I do here in Albuquerque just keeps getting better and better with some of the best fighters in the world,” Stann told MMAWeekly Radio.
Ricco Rodriguez: Will The Road To Redemption Lead To The UFC?
Life is all about second chances, and that’s what former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez is hoping for with the promotion that helped to put him on the map.
It’s been over seven years since Rodriguez last stepped foot in the UFC Octagon, but he’s never forgot the feeling of holding that gold belt or watching the crowd rise as he pulled off a victory.
Good article with interview, interesting read
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle Targeted for UFC 128
A welterweight bout between local favorite Ricardo Almeida and Mike Pyle is slated for UFC 128 in Newark, NJ, MMA Fighting learned through sources close to the fight.
UFC 128 is expected to take place March 19 at the Prudential Center, headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Rashad Evans for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Jens Pulver back in action at XFO 38 in January
UFC castoff Jens Pulver (22-14-1) will return to action against an unknown opponent at Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO) 38 on Jan. 22, 2011. The former lightweight champion hasn't won a fight since Dec. of 2007 and has lost eight of his last nine contests.
Thiago Alves vs Rick Story possible for UFC event in May of 2011
Sometimes in life, you get exactly what you ask for.
Rick Story called out Thiago Alves and the UFC has apparently obliged him, as the two are reportedly set to square off at the annual Memorial Day weekend event to go down in May of 2011, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Alves is working his way back up the ranks after dropping back-to-back fights to Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and perennial contender Jon Fitch.
Quatro Campeões: Junior dos Santos is taking the heavyweight title back to Brazil
We know heavyweight number one contender Junior dos Santos is a knockout artist but according to the Brazilian bomber, he also has it in his head that he can take down wrestling standout and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.
No date has been announced for their fight but in the same interview "JDS" states that he was told by company President Dana White that if he were to win the title, his first defense of the strap could very well come at UFC: "Rio" when the organization makes their long awaited return to his homeland.
Video in article as well
HDNet airs DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" live on Dec. 31 at 4 a.m. ET
DREAM's year-end show, "Dynamite!! 2010," airs live in the U.S. on HDNet.
HDNet Fights brass officially announced the blockbuster event premieres Friday, Dec. 31, at 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT.
"Dynamite!! 2010" takes place Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" features a massive 15-bout card loaded with notables. The promotion's featherweight and welterweight titles will both be on the line, as champ Bibiano Fernandes faces Hiroyuki Takaya, while title holder Marius Zaromskis puts his belt on the line against MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring official for "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" prelims
DEEP middleweight champion Riki Fukuda (17-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 11" contestant Nick Ring (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will do battle in Australia.
UFC brass today announced that the two first-timers will make their octagon debut at "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch."
The bout, which takes place on the evening's preliminary card, was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 125's Mike Brown ready to prove himself in second octagon journey
When former WEC champion Mike Brown (24-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) steps into the octagon to face Diego Nunes (15-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 125, it won't be the first time he's fought inside the UFC's trademark cage.
Of course, the first time didn't go exactly as planned.
"I was like a deer in the headlights," Brown recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I had a chance; I still swung hard and did my best, but I wasn't thinking out there like I should be."
Story Calls Out Thiago Alves
After outpointing Johny Hendricks on Dec. 4 for his fifth straight win in the UFC, Rick Story knows whom he wants to fight next.
“I want to fight Thiago [Alves],” Story said recently during a “Savage Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network.
Alves, ranked No. 3 in the world, would be a significant step up in competition. That’s one reason why Story wants a piece of “The Pitbull.”
“I know that somebody like Thiago Alves, beating him, it would make people realize, ‘This guy is for real,’” Story said. “I just want everybody to know that I am for real and I’m not going to stop until I get that number one spot.”
The 26-year-old Story had a strong year in 2010. He went 4-0, including a stoppage of Dustin Hazelett. Against Hendricks he outwrestled a former NCAA champion and showed a more advanced MMA game.
Relentless Guida is all action
If you’ve seen Clay Guida fight even once, then it will not surprise you to learn of the type of a football player he was as a child.
Guida grew up in the Chicago area and, like many boys his age, played youth football. Guida, though, wasn’t your typical defensive player.
“You know, I just loved to run around on the field,” Guida said. “I used to just love to run and go and tackle the guy with the ball.”
Good article/interview with Clay Guida
WEC-to-UFC move no issue for quick learner Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier still remembers the telephone conversation he had with the Louisiana gym owner who regularly hosted mixed martial artists for training.
Poirier was then a 17-year-old from Lafayette, La., who had moved out on his own to get away from the cycle of living with one parent, getting in trouble, then moving in with the other. He was taking on more responsibility in life, and he was getting out of the rhythm of spending time with a rougher crowd.
A longtime athlete, Poirier had moved from sport to sport but had left high school early. He still wanted competition, so he went looking for it.
A good article, with interview, about UFC Featherweight prospect Dustin Poirier.
UFC Cuts Pat Audinwood
He may have a great nickname, but Pat “Awesomely Awesome” Audinwood did not live up to it in his two fights in the UFC, and he has been released by the promotion. Prior to entering the UFC, Audinwood was 9-0-1 with four submission wins to his credit. Unfortunately during his brief run with the UFC, he went 0-2 with losses to Thiago Tavares and John Makdessi. He's the second cut by UFC this week along with Dustin Hazelett and more could be coming.
With Strikeforce tourney rumors, Silva wants fight with "legend" Emelianenko
Count Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva among the proponents for Strikeforce's rumored 2011 heavyweight tournament.
Believing the organization boasts some of the world's top heavyweights, Silva told MMAjunkie.com he'd love to participate in the potential multi-event tourney.
And he hopes it could lead to a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, a fighter he calls a "living legend."