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UFC 132: Andre Winner vs Anthony Njokuani fight announced for July 2 in Las Vegas
Yet another lightweight battle is brewing for the UFC 132 fight card set to go down on July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Andre Winner will do battle against Anthony Njokuani, as passed along by MMAWeekly.com, likely on the un-aired portion of the preliminary card, in what could be a veritable loser leaves town match
Submitted Apr 14, 2011 3:35PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bantamweights Michael McDonald and Nick Pace slotted for UFC 133
A bantamweight bout between Michael McDonald (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Nick Pace (6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will fight at UFC 133, UFC officials today announced. Verbal agreements are in place for the 135-pound matchup, according to the announcement. Although not announced by the organization, UFC 133 could take place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Aug. 6. The event is expected to air on pay-per-view.
Submitted Apr 14, 2011 1:58PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fan Expo Toronto grappling tourney includes UFC fighter Diego Sanchez
UFC officials have announced a star-studded four-man field for a UFC Fan Expo Toronto grappling tournament. The tournament takes place April 29-30 in conjunction with UFC 130 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Competitors include UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez, Canadian grappler Andrew McInnes, American jiu-jitsu champion Ryan Hall, and MMA veteran/Toronto BJJ head instructor Jorge Britto.
Submitted Apr 14, 2011 11:20AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rashad Evans Decides Against Training at One Specific Gym for Jon Jones Fight
Instead of joining a new camp, Rashad Evans has decided to train in several different locations in preparation for his light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones. Glenn Robinson, Evans manager at Authentic Sports Management, confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday that "Suga" is "not going to train at one specific place" for the Jones fight. "(Evans) is going to do a private training camp headed by Coach (Mike) Van Arsdale," Robinson said. Robinson added that Evans' camp will officially kick off in "a couple of weeks," while the light heavyweight showdown between the former training partners is still scheduled to take place in late September or early October.
Submitted Apr 14, 2011 8:36AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Anderson Silva versus Yushin Okami in Rio (Confirmed)
Yushin Okami will receive the middleweight title shot he earned last year after all. UFC president Dana White confirmed with USA Today on Wednesday that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his title against Okami on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janiero. The news was first reported by Tatame.com. Okami (26-5) earned the shot to fight Silva (28-4) at UFC 122 when he defeated Nate Marquardt. However, following Silva's win over Vitor Belfort in February, White indicated that Okami might have to wait while Georges St-Pierre fought Silva first.
Submitted Apr 14, 2011 8:34AM by emfleek - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Woman wins MMA bout not realizing she was pregnant.
She was up to fin Gina but as you would guess that's postponed now.
Submitted Apr 14, 2011 5:29AM by mrsmiley - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Other MMA Organizations
Barboza's camp says no Gomi discussions for "UFC: Rio," but lightweight open to bout
UFC lightweight prospect Edson Barboza has been linked to a potential matchup with Japanese superstar Takanori Gomi, but the Brazilian's camp says those reports are premature. Brazilian-based outlet Tatame suggested Barboza and Gomi would meet at August's "UFC: Rio," event, but Barboza's manager, Alex Davis, told MMAjunkie.com there has been no such discussion thus far. That said, Davis said his client would be thrilled to fight in his native country, and they welcome any opponent the UFC puts on the table
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 10:27PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Fighter Salaries: Nick Diaz Tops Payouts
Nick Diaz topped the payouts for the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley fighter salaries, but he was just one of three fighters that made $150,000 or more on the night, as reported to the CSAC.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 10:25PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Eliot Marshall Will Get Another Shot in the UFC
Eliot Marshall’s return to the UFC didn’t go the way he wanted, but the former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor will get another shot in the Octagon
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 10:23PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
(UPDATE) Kris McCray and Mario Miranda Released From the UFC
Following a tough three round split decision loss at UFC Fight Night 24, former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Kris McCray has been released from the promotion. UPDATE: Mario Miranda has been released as well.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 10:22PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jake Ellenberger replaces Brian Foster, faces Sean Pierson at UFC 129
Sean Pierson (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will still fight at UFC 129. Originally expected to face Brian Foster (15-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the April 30 event, Pierson will now face Jake Ellenberger (24-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who steps in with a little more than two weeks of notice.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 9:09PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anthony Johnson vs. Nate Marquardt targeted for UFC on Versus 4
Nate Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is making the move to 170 pounds, and Anthony Johnson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) will be there to meet him. This is very, very interesting.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 7:33PM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Strikeforce move to the bigs includes bush-league writter ban
The enduring image from Saturday night's Strikeforce event was not of Nick Diaz or Gilbert Melendez rocking the house in San Diego with the stuff of a champion, or even of a bloodied, battered yet rejuvenated Keith Jardine. Even more memorable -- and surreal -- was the sight of UFC president Dana White sitting cageside in a Strikeforce T-shirt. This was the second-fiddle mixed martial arts promotion's first major event since being purchased by the top-dog UFC's parent company. And the historic evening made clear that it's now a whole new ballgame for the organization White not long ago was referring to as "Strikefarce."
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 5:35PM by machodog76 - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
The Hitman Meets Doomsday On June 26th
UFC President Dana White has announced perhaps the most explosive matchup of the early summer, as two welterweight contenders collide in Pittsburgh on June 26th. “Verbal agreements are in for a battle between two of the best strikers in the welterweight division as John “Doomsday” Howard takes on Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann,” said White. TUF Alumni, led by Mitrione, Back in the Octagon updated April 11 Dana White announced that four more bouts have been set for June UFC events. Heavyweight bangers Matt Mitrione and Christian Morecraft will meet in Pittsburgh on June 26th. “Big men collide as verbal agreements are in for 7-1 Christian Morecraft vs. undefeated Matt Mitrione in a heavyweight matchup,” said White. TUF 11 star Nick "The Promise" Ring will meet James Head in Vancouver on June 11. "Seven-and-one James head is coming off an impressive victory over UFC veteran Gerald Harris and has verbally agreed to make his UFC debut against the undefeated Canadian middleweight Ring," he said. In lightweight news, TUF favorite Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon and Curt "The War" Warburton have agreed to throw down. A lightweight bout has also been agreed to between TUF 12 runner-up Michael Johnson and Hawaiian slugger Edward Faaloloto, a WEC alum. Those fights will take place June 26 at UFC on Versus in Pittsburgh.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 2:55PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Charles Oliveira Ready to Get Back in Action, Hoping for UFC Brazil Fight
14-1 UFC lightweight Charles Oliveira is ready to get back in the Octagon, but he’s hoping it’s in August in his home country of Brazil.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 1:58PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Middleweight Alan Belcher Eyeing September Return Following Career Threatening Injury
May 8, 2010. That was the last time UFC middleweight Alan Belcher stepped foot in the Octagon. Since his last appearance, Belcher has undergone two major surgeries and endured a lot of recovery time, but now that he’s back in the gym and training again, a return to action isn’t far off. It was during training for a fight against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu whiz Demian Maia that Belcher suffered the eye injury. At one point, it looked like it might end his career altogether. Lucky for him, Belcher’s recovery went better than expected. He’s training again and starting to get back into the form that saw him threaten as one of the more dangerous 185-pounders rising up in the UFC’s middleweight division. “It looks like Alan will probably make his return sometime in September, is what I’m hoping for. It’s the date that we kind of targeted as the date that he wants to come back,” Belcher’s manager, Malki Kawa of Authentic Sports Management, told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 1:50PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA Top 10 Rankings: Gilbert Melendez Reaches The Top
The updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, April 13. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 9:34AM by postman - 19 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
LESNAR: "I want to be a farmer."
Mike Straka: "Mick Foley became a very succesful author. The Rock became a very sucessful actor. John Cena is also doing acting as well ... What do you see as your future?" Brock Lesnar: "I'm planning my retirement every day. My heart and soul is on the farm. I've got two young boys and a young daughter and a beautiful wife at home that I just love to be around. I just want to raise my kids and be Joe Farmer Jones."
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 9:18AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Several Strikeforce employees axed with Zuffa acquisition
But if it didn’t feel like a UFC event on television, behind the scenes, things were much different. The changes actually started at a smaller Strikeforce event, held eight days earlier, in Stockton, Calif., when several of the Strikeforce employees were brought into a room and told they were being let go. They were told they would have the opportunity, if they wanted, to apply for positions in UFC parent company Zuffa LLC. Many noted that while there was clearly uncertainty as soon as the purchase was announced, they were surprised the ax came down so quickly.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 9:16AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
NY Times: MMA makes inroads in MLB
Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, Brad Penny of the Detroit Tigers and Russell Martin of the Yankees have used the sport’s punches and kicks to improve their throwing and swinging. In addition to improving overall fitness, Martin said, mixed martial arts can make an athlete mentally tougher. “You tolerate the pain and get through it,” he said. “Mentally, I know I’m in a good place because I worked hard.” Unlike Martin, Dunn and Penny guard the secrets of their workouts as if they were team signs. Penny acknowledged training with Dan Henderson, but he declined through a Tigers spokesman to discuss his training. Dunn declined through the White Sox media-relations office.
Submitted Apr 13, 2011 9:14AM by emfleek - 0 comments
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