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Featherweights Erik Koch and Bendy Casimir meet on WEC 49 prelims in June
(mmajunkie.com)
Two up-and-coming featherweights will collide at WEC 49 when Erik Koch takes on Bendy Casimir. Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place and that the fight is in the process of being finalized. The fight will be part of the un-aired preliminary card of WEC 49, which takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The show marks the WEC's Canadian debut. Full Article
Submitted May 3, 2010 12:54PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson lawsuit dismissed for death of fetus stemming from July 2008 car wreck
(mmamania.com)
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson was hoping to get back into the win column in 2010, and he may have just notched one of the most important victories of his life. TMZ reports that plaintiff Holli Griggs has dropped her lawsuit against "Rampage" after suing him for his bizarre motor vehicle incident following his unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86: "Jackson vs. Griffin" back in July 2008. The Tennessee native -- who had a massive pick-up truck with his image plastered on various sides — fled the scene of an accident and then continued to weave in and out of traffic and allude police, causing at least one more collision before coming to a stop. While Jackson was cleared of any criminal charges relating to the miscarriage suffered by Griggs just days after everything went down, she slapped him with a civil suit seeking more than $25,000 in damages.
Submitted May 3, 2010 12:08PM by SmileR - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cro Cop Hasn't Fallen Off-Everyone Else Has Gotten That Much Better
(mmamania.com)
Those are the thoughts of Mirko Cro Cop's next opponent, Pat Barry-a man who also just happens to idolize Cro Cop. "Cro Cop, since the beginning of my career, has been one of my top five favorite and most dangerous fighters of all time. Just the fact that I get to test myself against him, one of my idols, obviously I must be doing something right to be given this opportunity. I'm just gonna swing for the fences and see what happens. My brother and I used to sit around watching him in K-1 saying 'I hope I never have to fight this guy, ever.' He's the same Cro Cop. He's as deadly as he ever was. The only difference is, instead of him falling off, everyone else has had no choice but to get that much better."
Submitted May 3, 2010 11:44AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Loiseau vs. Miranda For UFC 115
(mmamania.com)
He's back. Again. Word just broke that David Loiseau has been added to UFC 115 in Vancouver and will face Mario Miranda. The Montreal-based fighter had originally been offered a middleweight bout against John Salter for the UFC’s third trip to the eastern Canadian city this Saturday. However, when the Quebec Boxing Commission would not initially grant Loiseau his renewal license in the province, the promotion gave the vacant position to Jason MacDonald. Update: The fight is now official.
Submitted May 3, 2010 9:50AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-UFC Champ Ricco Rodriguez Hoping for Return at Light Heavyweight
(mmafighting.com)
Everyone deserves a second chance in life, and Ricco Rodriguez is hoping for his own follow-up shot at the bigtime. In 2002, Rodriguez was on top of the MMA world when he defeated Randy Couture to become the UFC heavyweight champion. At the time, he was just 25 years old and seemed to have the world in front of him. Three fights and three losses later, Rodriguez was out of the UFC and his life began to spiral out of control, but now there's hope that Rodriguez is turning things around and working towards redemption. Last night in Waterloo, Iowa, the now 32-year-old Rodriguez knocked out veteran journeyman Travis Fulton, earning his sixth straight win. Before the fight, Rodriguez, who at one time weighed over 300 pounds and has fought at heavyweight for years, told The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier that he had plans on changing his weight class.
Submitted May 3, 2010 9:04AM by emfleek - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sorry Brock, Rankings Are A Big Pile Of BS
(mmamania.com)
That's the World's Strongest Opinion on them coming from the World's Strongest Man-Mariusz Pudzianowski. "This whole MMA ranking stuff is a big pile of B.S. Everybody is in such love with Brock Lesnar, who came from nothing, zero MMA experience, and now he's considered one of the best? He fought only five times and is now considered Mr. Untouchable? Why not me then? Nobody knows how hard I'm preparing myself. I'm training with the best Polish wrestlers; these are top guys. It's easy to do when you're not fighting for money - I'm already a very wealthy guy with a secured future - but for the love and new challenge, and always for my fans, here in Poland and abroad. I would never, repeat never, start fighting in MMA if I didn't believe I could be the best. First Kawaguchi, then Sylvia - sorry guys, you are in my way." Kawaguchi is current DEEP Megaton (Heavyweight/Super Heavyweight) Champion Yusuke Kawaguchi, who Pudz is preparing to face before Sylvia.
Submitted May 3, 2010 6:57AM by DCRage - 40 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Koscheck will stand Toe-To-Toe With Daley
(mmaweekly.com)
Kos talks about gameplan for fight with Daley.
Submitted May 2, 2010 5:33PM by chickmagnet - 39 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Report: Sakara Withdraws From UFC 116 Fight
(mmamania.com)
Word broke a short time ago that Alessio Sakara has pulled out of his planned UFC 116 fight in July due to the death of his father. He was to have faced Nate Marquardt. No word yet on a replacement.
Submitted May 2, 2010 1:59PM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Video: Pat Barry never wanted to fight Cro Cop
(videos.mmaweekly.com)
Pat Barry: "Im gonna get Cro Cops autograph"
Submitted May 1, 2010 7:16PM by chickmagnet - 15 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Marc Ratner sees UFC taking active role in officiating recruitment, improvement
(mmajunkie.com)
Since leaving his post as the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2006, Marc Ratner has been a key figure in getting mixed-martial-arts regulation adopted in many U.S. states. In fact, with two more states joining the fold this year along, only two holdouts remain. And though those states and Canada (specially, Ontario) are a top priority, the UFC's vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs has a goal beyond MMA regulation: the growth and improvement of MMA officiating. Full Article
Submitted May 1, 2010 4:25PM by runningman08 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Wiuff defeats Monson
(mmaweekly.com)
While Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber were battling it out for the WEC championship on Saturday night, fans in Minneapolis were treated to a world-class MMA event featuring eight UFC veterans, five WEC veterans, and a former UFC champion.
Submitted May 1, 2010 2:07PM by jae_1833 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Daniel Roberts vs. Julio Paulino set for UFC 116 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight bout between Daniel Roberts and Julio Paulino – two competitors fighting for their lives in the organization – will be part of July's UFC 116 event in Las Vegas. Roberts announced the fight via Twitter on Friday, and MMAjunkie.com has since confirmed with a source close to the event that it will be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card. UFC 116 takes place July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view. Full Article
Submitted May 1, 2010 1:51PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Source: Champ Nick Diaz denied spot on Strikeforce's June 26 card due to brawl
(mmajunkie.com)
A post-fight melee that followed an April 17 Strikeforce event cost Jason "Mayhem" Miller a headlining spot next month at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles," and Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz appears to have suffered a similar fate. A source close to Diaz told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter was told his request to compete on Strikeforce's June 26 fight card in San Jose, Calif., also was turned down because of his role in the televised brawl. Diaz was one of multiple Cesar Gracie team members involved in a post-"Strikeforce: Nashville" scuffle that broke out when preliminary-card fighter Miller interrupted main-event winner Jake Shields during a post-fight speech. Full Article
Submitted May 1, 2010 1:49PM by runningman08 - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA
 
With Bellator 16 win, Danny Tims earns slot in season-three bantamweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
With a hard-fought victory over Brian Davidson at Wednesday's Bellator 16 event, Danny Tims has earned a spot in Bellator Fighting Championships' season-three bantamweight tournament later this year, CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced. The announcement confirms the organization's plans for a first-ever 135-pound tournament. As MMAjunkie.com first reported in March, Bellator is expected to host tournaments in four new weight classes in this fall's third season: bantamweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and a women's division (weight class TBD). Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 9:55PM by runningman08 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Manny Gamburyan more than ready to face WEC featherweight champ Jose Aldo
(mmajunkie.com)
Nothing would deter Manny Gamburyan. The WEC featherweight told UFC/WEC matchmaker Joe Silva that WEC 48 opponent Mike Brown would have to put him asleep or break a limb to stop the fight. Short of that, there would be no letup, he said. Gamburyan never came close to that type of danger and stopped Brown cold this past Saturday with a short, powerful right hand that likely set a featherweight title shot in motion. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 9:53PM by runningman08 - 12 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Bellator Adds Bantamweight Tournament For Season 3
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships on Friday confirmed its oft-rumored bantamweight tournament for Season 3, which begins Aug. 12. The first fighter confirmed for the 135-pound brackets is Danny Tims, whose red mohawk and compelling personal story made him a media darling in his hometown of Kansas City in the run-up to Bellator 16. He earned the spot with his victory over Brian Davidson on the local portion of Bellator 16 on Thursday night. The announcement, which was made by Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney at the conclusion of Thursday night’s event, makes it official that Bellator will indeed host a bantamweight tournament in its third season as has been rumored for some time. Additional tournament fighters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 7:47PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Bantamweights Will Campuzano vs. Rafael Rebello in the works for WEC 49 prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight bout between Will Campuzano and Rafael Rebello is in the works and expected to be sign shortly for WEC 49. A source close to the event today confirmed the bout with MMAjunkie.com and said – if signed – it'll be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card. WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event marks the WEC's Canadian debut, and the night's main card airs live on Versus. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 4:12PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Rafael Assuncao vs. Diego Nunes in the works for WEC 49 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight match-up between Rafael Assuncao and Diego Nunes has been targeted for WEC 49's preliminary card. Sources close to the event tell MMAjunkie.com that both competitors have agreed to the fight, though bout agreements have not been distributed. The match-up was first reported by MMAWeekly.com. WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the promotion's first trip to the country. The event falls one week after UFC 115 hits GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 3:49PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Bellator 20 heads to Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on May 27, Sanchez vs. Kelly added
(mmajunkie.com)
After its middleweight tournament semifinal fights were revealed on Thursday for the card, Bellator Fighting Championships today announced a host site for its upcoming Bellator 20 event: the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. The Texas show takes place May 27 and airs live on FOX Sports Net. In addition to tournament bouts of Eric Schambari vs. Bryan Baker and Alexander Shlemenko vs. Jared Hess, Bellator 20 features a non-tourney heavyweight bout between UFC vet Eddie Sanchez and EliteXC vet Ralph Kelly. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 2:52PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
UFC targets DaMarques Johnson vs. Matt Riddle for UFC on Versus 2
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight match-up between "The Ultimate Fighter" veterans Damarques Johnson and Matt Riddle is targeted for UFC on Versus 2. Sources tell MMAjunkie.com that at least one fighter has agreed to the match-up, though bout agreements have not been signed. UFC on Versus 2 is expected to take place Aug. 1 at Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena. It is the second of two contracted UFC-Versus events in 2010. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 2:50PM by runningman08 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
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