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Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Wants Rematch With Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua recently spoke with Brazilian news source Tatame to give an update about his MMA career. The discussion covered his current management situation as Shogun recently split with long time manager Eduardo Alonso. The split caught many people off guard as Alonso had been with Shogun for much of his career and by all accounts the two had a great relationship. Though the reason for the split is still a bit of a mystery, an overwhelming factor was that Shogun would often have difficulty balancing training and dealing with media obligations. What's next? They've talked about Phil Davis and Rampage Jackson... I guess it could be one of these guys. I don't discard Ryan Bader nor Rampage, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin... I guess there are many guys I could fight. Actually, soon I'll know more about it and I'll keep you posted. I'm sure I'll train focused on my opponent and he's going to be a hard one. So, talking about the old days.... Would you like to rematch Rampage? Absolutely. The fight against Rampage will happen eventually. It's inevitable and UFC knows it. He won't retire before fighting me and neither am I (laughs). Were you surprised by his performance against Ryan Bader? It's hard to tell because we don't know what happens to each and every fighter. I don't know if he got injured, if he was not feeling ok... It's hard to know, but Rampage is very professional and deserves to be respected.
Submitted Feb 29, 2012 1:45PM by FastKnockout - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
'Kimbo Slice' to host Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter Fridays' debut on March 9
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson – the star of the highest-rated season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in the show's history – is making a return to the reality series. Sort of. Ferguson will host Spike TV's debut of "The Ultimate Fighter Fridays" on March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The weekly three-hour specials counter-program new episodes of "The Ultimate Fighter 15," which also debuts March 9 – on FX, the series' new broadcast home.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 3:46PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Dakota Cochrane, Ultimate Fighter 15 Contestant, Outed As Gay Porn Performer
Multiple MMA sites are reporting that Dakota Cochrane, one of the contestants on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, has performed in gay pornographic videos. Cochrane is best known to MMA fans for his upset win over former WEC champ Jamie Varner last fall. The 25 year-old Cochrane has an 11-2 pro MMA record that also includes a win over four time NCAA Division III wrestling champ Marcus Levesseur. According to gay news blog Queerty, Cochrane was outed last fall along with another MMA fighter and porn performer: ...porn blogs recently outed these two porn performers as pro-mixed martial arts fighters-a style of ring fighting where opponents use any combination of boxing, wrestling, karate, and anything else you've ever seen used in a Van Damme or Steven Seagal movie.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 3:42PM by FastKnockout - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Returns To Training Early Following Surgery
Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera has returned to training ahead of schedule following surgery to repair a snapped femur. Big Nog got his arm broken courtesy of a Frank Mir kimura at UFC 140 in December. The Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte Lutas quoted Nogueira (translated by Orcus): "I felt very good, I missed being able to train. I was only supposed to do ‘shadow' training, but I couldn't (hold myself). I still need another three weeks of physical therapy to sharpen my boxing, and after that I will call Master De La Riva and start training jiu-jitsu. I believe I'll be back in a month's time. "Soon Junior dos Santos will be coming here to train for his fight against Alistair Overeem and thereafter it will be Big Foot and Anderson Silva coming to train. I need to be 100% to train with these guys because they're tough."
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 3:40PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Duffee, Prangley, Kelly and Others Sign with India’s Super Fight League
India’s Super Fight League has announced the signings of several former UFC and Strikeforce fighters including Todd Duffee, Paul Kelly and Trevor Prangley. The promotion will hold their first show on March 11 from India with the main event featuring former Elite XC fighter James Thompson against Bob Sapp. Other fighters, middleweight fighter Xavier ‘Professor X’ Foupa-Pokam, Lena Ovchynnikova and Baga Agaev. All of the new fighters signed four fight deals with the promotion with bouts expected to take place starting in 2012.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 3:11PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Female Fighters Patricia Vidonic vs. Felice Herrig Set For XFC 17 On April 13th
Press Release – The east coast’s largest MMA promotion, the XFC announced that it has signed a bout between submission ace Patricia Vidonic and the always explosive Felice Herrig for XFC 17: Apocalypse. The bout will take place in Jackson, TN at the Oman Arena, in the promotion’s first show in West Tennessee. Fans will be treated to two of the top women fighters in the world on April 13th, when the XFC cage hosts another classic striker vs. grappler matchup that will be featured live on HDNet.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 3:10PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo slated for UFC on FUEL TV 3
A bantamweight bout between Jeff Curran (33-14-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Johnny Eduardo (25-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been slotted for a spring UFC event. The 135-pound matchup will be part of UFC on FUEL TV 3. UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook. Curran vs. Eduardo likely will be part of the prelims stream.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 2:15PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Super Fight League announces the signing of Paul Kelly, Professor X, and Lena Ochynnikova
(Mumbai, DATE 2012) India’s first MMA Organization Super Fight League (SFL) is proud to announce its second wave of signings: Paul Kelly, Xavier Foupa-Pokam and Lena Ovchynnikova for four fight exclusive deals. Super Fight League will debut on March 11th at the Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai and fans from all over the world will be able to tune in and experience the action live and free on YouTube following the announcement of a three year deal with YouTube earlier this month. Headlined by an anticipated HW bout between James Thompson V Bob Sapp, Super Fight League will debut a unique blend of world class fights and top music entertainment. SFL is committed to developing and showcasing the best domestic Indian talent, cultivated by renowned coach Dan Isaacs, alongside internationally recognised names.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 12:59PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC 144 ratings: 'UFC Prelims' draw 1.5 million FX viewers
FX drew a solid 1.5 million viewers for this past weekend's UFC 144 "UFC Prelims" broadcast, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources. The two-hour Feb. 25 broadcast preceded the UFC 144 pay-per-view main card and featured four bouts live from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The broadcast outdrew the first two "UFC Prelims" specials on FX, which drew 888,000 viewers (UFC 142) and 1.3 million viewers (UFC 143).
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 11:01AM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
FUEL TV confirms it'll televise 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,' broadcast times TBA
FUEL TV will air the first international edition of the UFC's reality series – "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" – for U.S. audiences. FUEL TV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com they'll air episodes from the show, which debuts March 25 on Globo in Brazil. However, they haven't finalized what day of the week or what time the episodes will air.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 11:05PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Siyar Bahadurzada leaves Golden Glory, cites 'trust issues' for departure
Unhappy with his longtime management company and MMA team, Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is leaving Golden Glory. In a brief interview today with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), the UFC welterweight cited pay and contract issues for his decision. "They didn't pay me my money for the Glory World Series that I fought in May 2011, and they're keeping me in the dark about my contract and extended the contract for another five years," Bahadurzada said. Bahadurzada's move comes two months prior to his UFC debut, which comes at UFC on FUEL TV 2. The former Shooto and Sengoku champion is slated to face Paulo Thiago (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) on the main card of the event, which takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. (Main-card fights air on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights stream on Facebook.) Representatives for Golden Glory could not be reached for comment.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 11:02PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Jared Papazian Awarded Monetary Bonus for UFC on FX Performance
UFC president Dana White followed through on his word and took care of the little guy. Bantamweight Jared Papazian, whom many thought was robbed of a “Fight of the Night” award alongside Mike Easton at the recent UFC on FX event on Jan. 20, was recently given a $15,000 bonus for his efforts. MMAWeekly.com learned of the bonus through Papazian’s manager, Darin Harvey. The promotion originally awarded the fight night bonus to Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft for their main card performances, but fans immediately let White know they disagreed via Twitter. The UFC boss’ response was a positive one, showing an appreciation for fan passion.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 7:19PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
TUF 15 Cast Unveiled - 32 Lightweight Fighters Announced
The UFC and FX have revealed 32 lightweight fighters who have been selected to compete on "The Ultimate Fighter 15." The show (also dubbed "TUF: Live") debuts March 9 on FX with a two-and-half-hour episode that features 16 live elimination-round fights. All the winners earn official cast-member status. UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and top contender Urijah Faber serve as coaches on the tournament-based show, which initially was slated to feature both lightweights and welterweights. However, the field now includes just lightweights. Notable 155-pounders from the list include "TUF 13" competitor Myles Jury (who was forced off the show with a torn ACL), Cristiano Marcello and James Krause. Cast members come from the U.S., England, Northern Ireland and Brazil.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 1:30PM by emfleek - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Jeremy Stephens replaces Yves Edwards (injury) - fights Cerrone at UFC on FUEL 3
An undisclosed injury has forced lightweight Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) to withdraw from a fight with Donald Cerrone (17-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 3. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that veteran Jeremy Stephens (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) has been tapped to replace Edwards. UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook. It's not clear where Stephens vs. Cerrone will be situated on the lineup.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 1:28PM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator Heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov Stabbed In Bulgaria, Fighting For His Life
Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov was stabbed in the chest in a pub in Sofia, Bulgaria early Sunday morning and despite successful surgery, things are still very dicey for the Combat Sambo world champion. The Sofia News Agency passed along the unfortunate news today: Bulgarian MMA fighter Blagoi Ivanov, who was stabbed early Sunday morning in a pub brawl in Sofia, is still fighting for his life, announced doctors. Ivanov has sustained a deep knife wound in his chest that reached to his heard and is currently under artificial respiration at the intensive care unit of Pirogov Hospital in Sofia. Surgeons have carried out a life-saving operation on their patient, but say his life is still under a real threat. Sunday night Ivanov and two of his friends had just occupied their places in a bar on Graf Ignatiev Str., when a group of 8 persons armed with bats and knives came in and attacked them. At 5.10 am police came in to find the attackers escaped and Ivanov with a deep stab wound under his armpit.
Submitted Feb 26, 2012 11:16PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Despite controversial loss, UFC 144's Takeya Mizugaki awarded his win bonus
It can pay – literally and figuratively – to have the boss on your side. Despite a loss to Chris Cariaso at Saturday's UFC 144 event, Takeya Mizugaki has been awarded his win bonus for the performance. UFC president Dana White, who felt Mizugaki won the fight, confirmed the additional payment at UFC 144's post-event press conference. Cariaso (13-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Mizugaki (15-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fought on the FX-televised preliminary card of UFC 144, which took place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Mizugaki, though, go no hometown scores, and though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) scored the fight in his favor via a 30-27 score, the judges disagreed, and Cariaso earned the unanimous-decision victory with 29-28 scores across the board. An otherwise reserved UFC 144 crowd booed in disagreement. And immediately after the bantamweight fight, White also headed to Twitter with a dissenting voice. "Is it me or did Mizugaki just get screwed by the judges!?" he wrote...
Submitted Feb 26, 2012 2:29PM by grappler0000 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 144 bonuses: Pettis, Lee, Henderson and Edgar earn $65K awards
SAITAMA, Japan – Anthony Pettis, Vaughan Lee, Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar each earned $65,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 144 event. Pettis earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Lee picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and headliners Henderson and Edgar earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Submitted Feb 26, 2012 11:51AM by BuffaloDave - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 144 video: Quinton Jackson explains missing weight, warns he'll smack Rich Franklin; Ryan Bader reacts

Rich Franklin better watch his mouth before I smack him the next time I see him. He's a fighter just like I'm a fighter. He should watch what he say. He don't question whether a fighter is taking a fight serious or not. I take all my fights serious.
Submitted Feb 25, 2012 12:13PM by DoTheMMAth - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC event targeted for July 21 in Calgary, likely UFC 149
The UFC's first Canadian event of 2012 is likely to come on July 21 in Calgary. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the tentative plans with multiple event sources following an initial report from Joe Ferraro of Sportsnet's "UFC Central." Although not official, the event is expected to take place at the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome. No fights are rumored the card, which is expected to air on pay-per-view and FX. Calgary, which is located in the southern portion of the Canadian province of Alberta, has never previously hosted a UFC event. However, the city, which boasts approximately 1.1 million residents, is the third largest in the country. It's home to the NHL's Calgary Flames, who also play at the Scotiabank Saddledome...
Submitted Feb 24, 2012 9:41PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Coming Into His Own: Bartimus
Bart Palaszewski has 50 professional fights to his name, but, to hear him tell it, his journey has only just begun. The 28-year-old Palaszewski has worked his way into the Top 10 in the featherweight division following a first-round knockout against Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts representative Tyson Griffin in October and will look to build on his momentum when he meets Hatsu Hioki at UFC 144 “Edgar vs. Henderson” on Saturday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Palaszewski has been training with Team Curran since June 1999, when he was 16 years old. “I’m still developing my game, as crazy as that sounds,” he says. “I’m just kind of getting into my own, 50 guys in.” Earlier in his career, the Poland-born heavy hitter fought as many as seven to nine times a year, and he certainly does not miss those days. “I think the only reason I was able to do it was because I was younger,” Palaszewski says. “My body can’t hold up to that anymore, I don’t think.” Not only has his game evolved over the years, but he also feels stronger mentally.
Submitted Feb 24, 2012 6:30PM by bjj1605 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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