Lentz vs Griffin headed to UFC 123
Two very tough lightweights with wrestling pedigrees will match-up at UFC 123 in Detroit as Nik Lentz, coming off a win at UFC 118, takes on Xtreme Couture fighter Tyson Griffin.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Wednesday.
Florian Hires Wrestling Coach, Back in 5 Months
"I'm more motivated than ever. I'm pissed, to be honest. I want to crush my training. That's what I'm focused on right now. I just hired the assistant wrestling coach at Boston University (Sean Gray) to be my wrestling coach here in Boston and I have other plans for a lot of other things as far as training goes."
Aurelio Out Of Shine Fights Tournament, Questionable For DREAM
PRIDE and UFC veteran Marcus Aurelio today said that an elbow injury he sustained two weeks ago will keep him from fighting in Shine Fights' single-night eight-man tournament on Friday in Newkirk, Okla. And while he's keeping his fingers crossed that he'll be able to meet an obligation to fight Shinya Aoki at DREAM.16 on Sept. 25, it all depends on whether his injury subsides enough to fight. Many observers have questioned the timing of Aurelio's withdrawal, which came 24 hours after Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers told MMAWeekly.com that the Brazilian did not have permission to fight Aoki in DREAM and wasn't likely to get the green light unless he fought in Friday's event. As for Friday, Shannon Gugerty is the replacement.
KJ Noons Willing To Stand & Trade With Manny Pacquiao In MMA Fight
And in boxing for good measure. And he's up for Floyd Mayweather in boxing too. "I would love to welcome Pacquiao into MMA. It would be an ideal situation for him because I don't take guys down to the ground, and after that's all said and done in the cage, I would be willing to step inside of the ring with him too, something we all knew Randy Couture wouldn't do with James Toney. I know Floyd (Mayweather) isn't looking to do MMA, but I would still be willing to fight Mayweather and Pacquiao in a boxing match and both camps have been reached, so we will see what happens. I will put it this way, both camps have been reached and both camps were very interested."
Rousimar Palhares Doesn't Want To Hurt Opponents, He Wants To Finish Them Quickly
And he makes that clear in response to criticism he's faced since his win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111. “Murilo always told me to wait until the referee stops the fight. He had problems with [fake taps] in the past and Anderson almost had the same problem in his last fight. Its not that I want to hurt anyone but I am trying to be fast with my submissions so the referee needs to be fast as well, to stop the fight. My opinion is that the referee in my last fight was too far away and took too long to stop the fight. If he had been closer then he could have stopped it right away and then we would not even be having this conversation at all!”
Jim Miller Would Fight Teammate Frankie Edgar
The subject of teammate vs. teammate, or training partners fighting in MMA has become one of the hottest topics of the day. With more and more fighters flocking to major camps all over the world, there are bound to be numerous situations where friends and teammates are forced to answer the question if they would fight each other.
The battle lines have been drawn with several fighters stating they would never, ever fight a teammate, while others have put it off until they are forced to answer the question when a fight is offered.
One person who has an interesting perspective on the subject is UFC lightweight Jim Miller, who fights Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 22 on Sept. 15, and could be drawing closer and closer to a title shot with a win. Right now, if Miller were to get a title shot he would face off against friend and training partner Frankie Edgar, who currently holds the UFC lightweight title.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon in the Works for UFC 123
There's a fantastic lightweight match-up brewing between up-and-coming division prospects Joe Lauzon and George Sotiropoulos, as the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veterans are currently in talks to throw down at the upcoming UFC 123 pay-per-view on Nov. 20 in Auburn Hills, MI.
MMAmania.com confirmed the pending match-up earlier today.
DEEP Starting to Confirm Leaked 10th Anniversary Card
DEEP has announced five more fights for their 10th Anniversary DEEP 50th Impact event, confirming some of the bouts leaked by ticketing service E-Plus,
Ryo Chonan vs Jung Hwan Cha, Hidetaka Monma vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Ryuta Noji vs Hiroshi Nagao, Isao Terada vs Yoshiki Harada and Shoji Maruyama vs Tatsunao Nagakura have all be added to the mega-card with the only change from the leak being Jung Hwan Cha stepping in for the Bellator bound Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Chonan will get a shot at revenge after he suffered a shock KO loss to Cha at Astra back in April.
Overeem-Edwards, Le Banner-Kyotaro Announced for K-1 Final 16
K-1 President Sadaharu Tanigawa revealed two fights for the K-1 World GP FINAL 16 to be held on October 2 in Seoul, South Korea.
Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem will face Ben Edwards who tore through this year's Oceania GP, scoring three first-round knockouts and Jerome Le Banner, who recently claimed the WPMF Muaythai Super Heavyweight World title will take on current K-1 Heavyweight Champion Keijiro "Kyotaro" Maeda.
Demian Maia vs. Kendall Grove Possible For TUF 12 Finale
According to TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove's Twitter account, his next fight will be at the TUF 12 Finale against Demian Maia. Not much light has been shed on “The Ultimate Fighter Season 12” finale, although it will take place at The Palms in Las Vegas, and also features Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac.
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera Targeted For UFC 125
A pair of light heavyweights looking to rebound from recent high-profile losses will likely meet in January in what could easily be viewed as a "must-win" for both contestants involved. UFC is reportedly targeting Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera for UFC 125, likely to be held on January 1. At least one fighter has agreed to the contest, paperwork pending.
Clint Godfrey Off WEC 51, Nick Pace In (Updated)
For the second time today a WEC 51 fighter has been removed from the card, and in a bit of irony for the second straight time in his case it's Clint Godfrey. WEC announced today Godfrey is now off the card but the reason wasn't disclosed. He was to have faced Demetrious Johnson. Nick Pace, a Bellator veteran who is 5-0, is the replacement.
UPDATE: Staph infection. Godfrey hopes to return this year.
Reudiger vs Kelly set for UFC 123
Two lightweights may be battling for their UFC careers in November as Gabe Ruediger will get another crack in the Octagon as he faces British fighter Paul Kelly at UFC 123 in Detroit.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday, with bout agreements expected to be issued shortly.
UFC releases heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee
Heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is a free agent.
A little more than one year after Duffee burst onto the UFC scene with a seven-second knockout of Tim Hague, the 24-year-old is no longer employed by the sport's largest mixed martial arts promotion.
Alex Karalexis Off WEC 51, Jason Reinhardt In
Although the reasons for his pulling out are not yet known, officials confirmed today that Alex Karalexis is now off WEC 51. He was to have faced debuting fighter Zhang Tie Quan. Jason Reinhardt, who has been inactive since January 2008, is the replacement. He has fought just twice since a one-fight stint in UFC.
DirecTV Says Yes to Shine Fights, No to Shark Fights
We have a weird weekend in mixed martial arts ahead of us, with two different pay-per-view shows even as the UFC is sitting the weekend out. But if you're a DirecTV subscriber, you have only one fight card available to you: DirecTV is offering Friday night's Shine Fights event, but not Saturday night's Shark Fights show.
DirecTV has decided not to give its customers the chance to purchase the Shark Fights card, which is headlined by Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley. Unsurprisingly, Shark Fights is disappointed.
NATE DIAZ: "I want to try and get a belt here sometime."
Nate Diaz has been flawless in his two showings since moving up in weight class from the lightweight division, finishing reputable welterweights Rory Markham and Marcus Davis.
“Whatever they want to do with me, I’m fine.” said Diaz.
“I’d like to get someone in the top three contenders at either lightweight or welterweight rather than against some tough guy that’s not as popular or not as high in the rankings,” said Diaz.
Shine GP unsanctioned, fighters will be suspended
MMARising.com has confirmed that all fighters on this Friday’s Shine Fights card in Newkirk, Oklahoma will face ineligibility suspensions for taking part in an unsanctioned event. The suspensions, expected to last between 60 and 90 days, are enforceable by all member states in the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC).
Fighters deemed as “ineligible” will be unable to compete on any sanctioned mixed martial arts cards until the duration of their suspension has expired. All Shine Fights participants (Drew Fickett, Charles Bennett, Marcus Aurelio, Carlo Prater, etc.) will face this distinction.