Sign In


Keep me logged in

Page 682 - Top MMA News and Mixed Martial Arts Headlines

Do you have a hot MMA story or news item that you have found and would like to share?
Then read our guidelines then post it to our MMA News Share Forum to have it display here for the community to read on this page.
Setting The Record Straight: Dana White on the removal of wrestling from the Olympics
Earlier today, BJPenn.com posted a quote from UFC president Dana White, in regards to wrestling being removed from the Olympics starting in 2020. The quote from White stated, “this sport draws, wrestling doesn’t”. While he did in fact say those words, it’s important to see all of what he said in the way it was intended. Besides immediately calling it’s removal “crazy”, he talked about how great the sport is, skill wise for MMA, and how life changing it’s been for many wrestlers. He also spoke about how this could be the natural evolution of MMA, and that it could be the beginning of MMA in the Olympics. All of this was in regards to being television friendly, selling tickets, and from an entertainment perspective. How the whole statement actually reads is, ”The problem is nobody wants to watch it. Any sport especially these days, it’s about selling tickets, and eyeballs, and viewers and all these other things.” ”What this could be is the evolution of mixed martial arts becoming an Olympic sport,” White said. “We bring spectators, eyeballs, whether it’s on TV or whatever it is this sport draws, wrestling doesn’t.”
Submitted Feb 15, 2013 2:46PM by Rabi - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sonnen tips McDonald to cause upset in London
Chael Sonnen has made his picks for Saturday's UFC London event, and he is backing Michael McDonald to stun Renan Barao in the main event. McDonald, at 22 years of age, steps into the Octagon at Wembley Arena hoping to become the UFC's youngest champion by snatching Barao's interim bantamweight belt. Barao is the favourite and boasts slick striking skills allied to a dangerous ground game. He has won his last 29 fights and recently told ESPN he will finish McDonald via submission. However, Sonnen is backing the challenger who arguably has greater knockout power. McDonald is utterly unpredictable inside the Octagon, telling ESPN he has "no strategy whatsoever", and is yet to lose in the UFC.
Submitted Feb 15, 2013 2:39PM by Rabi - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Constantinos Philippou vs. 'Jacare' Souza targeted for UFC on FX 8 in Brazil
A middleweight bout between surging contender Constantinos Philippou and former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza is expected to be part of UFC on FX 8 in May.
Submitted Feb 15, 2013 10:47AM by FastKnockout - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Riddle pissed off at having to fight in London
UFC welterweight, Matt Riddle, discusses fight with Che Mills, how England is hostile territory, distaste for TRT users, and how he feels he's been taken advantage of.
Submitted Feb 15, 2013 10:41AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dejected by title loss, Bellator's 'Pitbull' Freire says 135-170 pounds possible
It's been a month since he fought, but Patricio Freire (17-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) says that's too long. "From 135 to 170 [pounds] give me the toughest guy available on March 21," the Brazilian recently tweeted to his bosses at Bellator. Freire said he "did the math" on the time he'd need to cut to 135 pounds and arrived at the March date, which hosts Bellator 93. "I'm clear-minded and focused," he subsequently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I simply wish to keep fighting." The Season 4 tournament winner clearly wants to erase the memory of his recent title fight with Pat Curran, which ended in a split call for the featherweight champ at this past month's Bellator 85 event. But Freire also remembers the long layoff that preceded his title shot and its negative effect on his performance. "After my last victory in May of 2011, I underwent hand surgery and ultimately ended up waiting 20 months to face Pat Curran," Freire said. "Ours was a fierce fight. I pushed the pace for all five rounds despite being on the receiving end of some headbutts. "I pressed the champion, and the result was a split decision. Since I was coming from a period of inactivity, I feel I can do better in a rematch if I could regain my fighting rhythm."
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 5:51PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Tom Watson: Never a Dull Moment
“It’s a bit of a strange story.” When those words come out of the mouth of globetrotting middleweight Tom Watson, you know it’s got to be good, and as the Southampton native describes his experience with camel wrestling last December, he doesn’t disappoint. “It wasn’t at a high level, but they had something going on like this when I was in Egypt,” said Watson. “I saw it and it’s not like wrestling in MMA. The premise of what it is is that they have two bull camels, which are the males. And they have a female nearby that’s in heat. So the camels are basically fighting each other for the female. Since I started looking into it, they’ve had the world championships in Turkey, and it’s quite surprising – they had like 20,000 people there. It’s pretty fun.” Yes, camel wrestling. But the best part of the description is Watson’s admittance that the bouts he saw weren’t at a high level. So should we assume that there is an Anderson Silva or Georges St-Pierre of camel wrestling out there?
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 5:23PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dustin Poirier: An American Businessman in London
Valentine’s Day will have to wait for the Poiriers, Dustin and Jolie, this year. For now, Dustin Poirier is on a business trip in London, dealing in fists and kicks, not stocks and bonds, and when it’s over he intends on heading back home to his bride in Florida with a victory that will get 2013 off to a start that no chocolates or flowers can match. “I’m focused on the fight,” said Poirier, who faces Cub Swanson in a highly-anticipated UFC on FUEL TV co-main event at Wembley Arena. “When I fight in Vegas, my wife usually comes and we can afford to do all that (sightseeing, etc.), but I’m going out here with my training partners, we’re on a business trip and I’ll see everybody when I get back from work.”
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 5:05PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
For James Te Huna, the Stakes are higher than Ever
Explosive striker James Te Huna, who fights Ryan Jimmo at UFC on FUEL TV 7 this Saturday at London's Wembley Arena, wasn't always an impressive athlete. But the self-described uncoordinated kid found his niche in combat, saying in 2010, "When I finished school I took up boxing, put a lot of hours in the gym, just worked hard at it, became good at it, and yeah - the fighting game was good for me." Te Huna made his MMA debut in Australia in 2003 at age 21, losing his first fight by armbar. Winning more than he lost, his early career was nonetheless dogged by a chronic shoulder injury. At its worst, Te Huna was forced to consider quitting fighting when it dislocated in a 2007 loss to Hector Lombard. In one of the many small miracles that make up his triumph from over injury, however, Te Huna's shoulder recovered and he beat his next two opponents to earn a spot in an Australian light heavyweight tournament.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 5:02PM by Rabi - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
RFA Announces AXS TV Deal, Expansion Efforts
RFA Fighting president Ed Soares on Thursday announced organizational, promotional and event plans for this year, including recently inking a landmark television distribution deal with AXS TV.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:57PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Coach of Russian Olympic gold medal winner blames gay conspiracy for wrestling's possible removal from games
Ugly statements from the coach of a 2012 Olympic gold medalist blaming gays for the potential removal of wrestling from the games reminds that homophobia is still strong in the sports world.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:55PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
White: It's time to bring the big fights to the UK
UFC president Dana White has outlined his plan for the future of UK MMA, revealing he wants to stage events in the same venues at the same time and date every year. White spoke confidently about the UFC's intention to drive the UK market forward on Wednesday, labelling EMEA CEO Garry Cook "a stud" who will deliver a higher volume of events in the near future. This weekend's Wembley Arena card brings the UK's first UFC title fight for half a decade, and it comes earlier enough in the year to create the possibility for multiple visits in 2013. Certainly that is what White and Cook are hoping for. "Here's what we are working on - dates in London, Manchester, Dublin and several other places in the UK," he told the media. "We do them every year, the same date every year, and we bring big fights over here. "[The plan is] we work out a deal for three years - hopefully it would be 30 years - but we work out a deal and we see how it goes, and build big events in these places same time every year.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:09PM by Rabi - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Riddle targets future as Maximus Deep Waters
Matt Riddle concedes there may not be a room big enough to contain the egos of he and Chael Sonnen, but the American insists he would love a future as "Maximus Deep Waters" in pro wrestling. Riddle prepares to take on Che Mills at Wembley Arena this weekend, and he was in the mood to entertain at Wednesday's press conference, prompting ESPN to ask if he had met fellow enigma Sonnen before. "Our egos would clash!" Riddle told ESPN. "He seems like he's nicer in person, we've only spoken once, but when he talks on camera he lets people have it! He's pretty intense."
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 12:04PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
McDonald: I have no strategy whatsoever
Interim bantamweight title contender Michael McDonald offered a fascinating insight into his mindset on Wednesday, telling ESPN he has no idea what he is going to do when he enters the Octagon. McDonald takes on Renan Barao in Saturday's main event at London Arena, and he carries the tag of underdog due to Barao's impressive 29-fight win streak. The 22-year-old, who can become the youngest UFC champion with victory, is not like most other fighters though, insisting he has no game plan. For McDonald, everything he does is natural instinct.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 11:57AM by Rabi - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mir turns to Greg Jackson for Cormier fight
A new face will appear in Frank Mir's corner when he takes on Daniel Cormier at a UFC on Fox event in April: Greg Jackson. Mir, 33, plans to join Jackson in Albuquerque for an eight-week camp beginning later this month. It's the first time the Las Vegas native will train for a fight outside his hometown. Following a second-round TKO loss to Junior Dos Santos for the UFC title in May, Mir says he felt a need to modify his standard routine. "I've always felt I have great trainers so there was no reason to leave, but my wife and I were talking about how I needed to change things up," Mir told ESPN.com. "One of the things was maybe I should get out of town and get more focused.
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 11:52AM by Rabi - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 89 weigh-in results: Dantas-Galvao, middleweight tourney official
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET) -Champ Eduardo Dantas (134.6) vs. Marcos Galvao (134.7) - for BW title -Dan Cramer (185.9) vs. Brian Rogers (186.0) - MW-tournament opening round -Brett Cooper (185.2) vs. Norman Paraisy (185.8) - MW-tournament opening round -Doug Marshall (185.5) vs. Andreas Spang (186) - MW-tournament opening round -Sultan Aliev (185.5) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185.7) - MW-tournament opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET) -Timothy Goodwin (135.9) vs. Mike Maldonaldo (135.9) -Johnny Buck (170.5) vs. Chris Mierzwiak (170.5) -Kyle Bolt (185.0) vs. Joe Pacehco (185.9) -Aaron Johnson (185.5) vs. Brennan Ward (185.6) -Mont McMullens (265.7) vs. David Mejia (264.3)
Submitted Feb 14, 2013 7:45AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Stephen Thompson meets 'TUF' winner Amir Sadollah at UFC 160 in Las Vegas
Stephen Thompson will return to action for the first time in more than a year with a spot on the UFC's Memorial Day weekend card. Thompson will meet "TUF 7" winner Amir Sadollah at UFC 160 in May.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:48PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Phil Harris: A Pioneer of UK MMA Returns
Before there was Michael Bisping, there was Phil Harris. Before Dan Hardy introduced “The Outlaw” to UFC fans both at home and abroad, Phil Harris was plying his trade in an England that wasn’t exactly ready for mixed martial arts. “No one really took much interest in it,” said Portsmouth’s Harris, a pro since 2003. “People just thought you were fighting and that it wasn’t really a sport. It wasn’t until a few years later when I already had 10-12 fights that people started recognizing it and knowing it wasn’t a thug’s game, but a proper sport.” By the time that 12th fight rolled around, the UFC explosion that was kick started by the first season of The Ultimate Fighter was going on, and Harris was building a name for himself on the local circuit, submitting opponents left and right. He even opted to take on a young Brazilian that was rolling through town named Jose Aldo in September of 2005.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:46PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jimi Manuwa: No Sleep 'Til Wembley
Jimi Manuwa’s world changed the second he left the Octagon after his UFC debut win over Kyle Kingsbury last September, but he hardly realized it. “I haven’t really been out of the gym,” laughed Manuwa when asked about life after one of the most compelling UFC debuts seen last year. “Maybe on the internet I get a bit more recognition, and when I go to fight shows people congratulate me on being in the UFC and tell me that they watched the fight. But I just try to stay humble and stay grounded and just keep doing what I’m doing because I’m not satisfied with just getting to the UFC. That’s just the beginning for me.”
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 6:42PM by Rabi - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's Dana White on Cris Cyborg: 'She's irrelevant'
UFC president Dana White confirmed today that the promotion has cut ties with Cris "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce 145lb women's champion.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 5:27PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
All UFC 156 fighters pass standard drug tests, results of an Alistair Overeem blood test not back until next week
All fighters on the UFC 156 card passed their standard Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test. Alistair Overeem also took a blood test for his first fight back from suspension, the results of which will not be back until next week.
Submitted Feb 13, 2013 5:25PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
  » January 2019
  » December 2018
  » November 2018
  » October 2018
  » September 2018
  » August 2018
  » July 2018
  » June 2018
  » May 2018
  » April 2018
  » March 2018
  » February 2018
  » January 2018
  » December 2017
  » November 2017
  » October 2017
  » September 2017
  » August 2017
  » July 2017
  » June 2017
  » May 2017
  » April 2017
  » March 2017
  » February 2017
  » January 2017
  » December 2016
  » November 2016
  » October 2016
  » September 2016
  » August 2016
  » July 2016
  » June 2016
  » May 2016
  » April 2016
  » March 2016
  » February 2016
  » January 2016
  » December 2015
  » November 2015
  » October 2015
  » September 2015
  » August 2015
  » July 2015
  » June 2015
  » May 2015
  » April 2015
  » March 2015
  » February 2015
  » January 2015
  » December 2014
  » November 2014
  » October 2014
  » September 2014
  » August 2014
  » July 2014
  » June 2014
  » May 2014
  » April 2014
  » March 2014
  » February 2014
  » January 2014
  » December 2013
  » November 2013
  » October 2013
  » September 2013
  » August 2013
  » July 2013
  » June 2013
  » May 2013
  » April 2013
  » March 2013
  » February 2013
  » January 2013
  » December 2012
  » November 2012
  » October 2012
  » September 2012
  » August 2012
  » July 2012
  » June 2012
  » May 2012
  » April 2012
  » March 2012
  » February 2012
  » January 2012
  » December 2011
  » November 2011
  » October 2011
  » September 2011
  » August 2011
  » July 2011
  » June 2011
  » May 2011
  » April 2011
  » March 2011
  » February 2011
  » January 2011
  » December 2010
  » November 2010
  » October 2010
  » September 2010
  » August 2010
  » July 2010
  » June 2010
  » May 2010
  » April 2010
  » March 2010
  » February 2010
  » January 2010
  » December 2009
  » November 2009
  » October 2009
  » September 2009
  » August 2009
  » July 2009
  » June 2009
  » May 2009
  » April 2009
  » March 2009
  » February 2009
  » January 2009
  » December 2008
  » November 2008
  » October 2008
  » September 2008
  » August 2008
  » July 2008
  » June 2008
  » May 2008
  » April 2008
  » March 2008
  » February 2008
  » January 2008
  » December 2007
  » November 2007
  » October 2007
  » September 2007
  » August 2007
  » July 2007
  » June 2007