Anthony Johnson weighs 204.2 pounds, UFC 142 co-main event is on
RIO DE JANEIRO – Anthony Johnson made weight when it mattered most.
After he came in heavy and weighed 197 pounds for a 185-pound bout with Vitor Belfort at Friday's official UFC 142 fighter weigh-ins, Johnson was told he could weigh no more than 205 pounds after rehydrating.
After a UFC-mandated second weigh-in on event day, he today weighed 204.2 pounds.
Therefore, his fight with Belfort is good to go for tonight's pay-per-view event, which takes place at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. However, Johnson (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) still must surrender 20 percent of his purse as a fine, which will be issued to Belfort (20-9 MMA, 9-4 UFC).
Nate Marquardt, BAMMA Sever Ties; Former UFC Contender Now a Free Agent
Nate Marquardt's run in BAMMA has come to an end before it ever really started.
According to Marquardt's manager Lex McMahon, the UK-based BAMMA has agreed to release Marquardt from his contract following the organization's decision to delay their ninth event from Feb. 11 to March 24. Marquardt was scheduled to fight Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the main event of BAMMA 9 for the organization's welterweight title.
This marks the second time BAMMA has delayed Marquardt's promotional debut, as he was originally scheduled to fight for BAMMA in December.
UFC 142 weigh-in results -nearly all make weight, Rumble weighs in at 197 for MW fight
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (144)
Vitor Belfort (186) vs. Anthony Johnson (197)*
Mike Massenzio (184) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)
Carlo Prater (170) vs. Erick Silva (169)
Edson Barboza (154) vs. Terry Etim (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
Sam Stout (155) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)
Gabriel Gonzaga (250) vs. Ednaldo Oliveira (229)
Yuri Alcantara (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (146)
Ricardo Funch (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Felipe Arantes (145) vs. Antonio "Pato" Carvalho (144)
Johnson has been fined 20 percent of his purse as a fine, and it's been awarded to Belfort. Additionally, Johnson can weigh no more than 205 pounds for tomorrow's fight to go on as planned.
Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver II not happening at UFC on FUEL TV 2
Ross Pearson (13-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) isn't fighting Dennis Siver (19-8 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 2, event sources today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
In fact, the fighters were never approached about the fight.
Reports surfaced of the possible rematch on Wednesday, and an official UFC Twitter account even made mention of the bout. But no dice, sources today said.
UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The main card airs on FUEL TV (live on Saturday afternoon in the U.S.), and as MMAjunkie.com first reported, some prelims are expected to stream on Facebook.
The latest UFC on FUEL TV 2 card includes:
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago
Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett
DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth
Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef
Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Papy Abedi vs. James Head
Akira Corassani vs. Jason Young*
UFC on FX and Fuel non-title main events will only be three rounds in 2012
Hold your horses.
Remember when every UFC show moving forward was supposed to feature a five round main event? That no longer appears to be the case.
According to Matt Bishop of the Detroit News, unless a title is on the line, all UFC on FX and UFC on Fuel shows will feature three round main events. The five round non-title bouts will be reserved for pay-per-views and for the big network UFC on FOX shows.
Fuel TV is planning six events in 2012 and considering that two UFC events are already scheduled for FX by March 3, it appears FX could be landing a similar amount of shows this year.
Main Event fights affected so far:
UFC on FX 1: Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller
UFC on Fuel 1: Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
UFC on FX 2: Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves
UFC on Fuel 2: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Ed Herman wasn't happy with TUF coach Ken Shamrock
Ed had a recent interview with MMA 24/7 radio and discussed his time on TUF. In his interview, Ed expressed his displeasure with being on Ken Shamrock's team saying although he and his coaches were nice, they were not good coaches and his team was often stood up by Shamrock.
Ed once again said he would love a rematch against Alan Belcher since he thought he won that fight. He also would like another chance at Demian Maia and any other top 10 fighter in his class.
Ed also answered several fan submitted questions on the show.
Ed's interview starts at the 32 minute mark in the podcast.
Kenny Florian Injury Threatens Future
Ultimate Fighter alum and UFC veteran Kenny Florian is facing the very real possibility that his career may be over.
Florian told the Boston Herald “a lumbar herniated disc in his lower back has put his future in jeopardy.”
'TUF: Brazil' features featherweights and middleweights, tourney finals on PPV
The first international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series, "TUF: Brazil," will feature featherweight and middleweight competitors.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the plans with Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC's managing director of international development, at a pre-UFC 142 press conference in Rio de Janeiro.
The finals of the tournament, as well as the coaches' fight between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva, then will be part of a major June pay-per-view card.
UFC officials and fighters cautiously enthused by Brazil's soccer sponsorships
While Brazil may indeed be the spiritual birthplace of mixed martial arts, the combat sport is hardly the national pastime.
That honor belongs to soccer, a sport in which Brazil has won more world championships (five) than any other nation.
But while Brazilians specialize in playing a version of soccer known as "the beautiful game," off-pitch clashes between fans can sometimes turn violent. So with many of the nation's soccer clubs now supporting UFC athletes, is the promotion asking for trouble?
Tyron Woodley 'frustrated' that Strikeforce won't commit to giving him a title shot
Pretty? No. Effective? Yes.
That might be the best way to describe Tyron Woodley's win over top 170-pound prospect Jordan Mein at the Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event that took place last Saturday night (Jan. 7, 2012) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He got the job done.
The undefeated wrestling phenom did exactly what he's done in his last three fights, also decision wins, and that's control the pace with effective grappling and position. While he failed to secure a stoppage, it shouldn't take away from the fights he has finished, including five submissions and one technical knockout across his short but impressive career.
At least, that's "T-Wood's" argument (via Sherdog's Savage Dog Show), one he's making after Strikeforce executives failed to guarantee him a 170-pound title shot.
Bellator Adds Maiquel Falcao, Giva Santana to 185-Pound Tournament
Some names have started to be released for Bellator's 185-pound tournament that kicks off in March with Maiquel Falcao and Giva Santana announced as joining the fray Wednesday.
Sherdog first reported the news of Falcao's involvement, who will be making his promotional debut in the tourney's first round. Falcao (28-4-0-1) was notably released from the UFC even after his only Octagon fight was a win over Gerald Harris at November 2010's UFC 123.
Gabe Ruediger looks to open eyes with a return fight against Brandon Anderson at BAMMA(video)
Fight Hub TV fight correspondent Dustin De La Torre went out in about in Los Angeles and caught up with former UFC lightweight Gabe Ruediger. Fight fans last saw Ruediger at UFC 126 against Paul Taylor in which he was ultimately put away via KO. For the past year, Ruediger has been laying low and healing from well documented back problems which he was battling before and during his UFC stint.
This Friday, Ruediger looks to get in the win column going up against Brandon Anderson at BAMMA USA in Commence on Friday night.
Jacon Volkmann: I never said Obama needed a glassectomy
Jacob Volkmann was widely quoted as saying to Joe Rogan immediately post fight at UFC 141 "Obama needs a glassectomy. Ask me what a glassectomy is, Joe."
This was the second time he had made unfortunate remarks about the President. The first time he said "someone needs to knock some sense into that idiot."
That earned him a visit from the Secret Service temporary placement on administrative leave by the High School where he works part time as a wrestling coach.
This time the Secret Service had better things to do, but Volkmann was again suspended. This time Volkmann says he is innocent.
Gonzaga: I want to be a world champion
“I believe in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I accomplished everything I wanted,” Gonzaga, 32, explained to Bleacher Report. “I won state, national, and world-championship titles. In MMA, I had the opportunity to fight 12 times so far for the UFC. I fought for the UFC heavyweight title, and against some of the best fighters in the sport.”
Gonzaga’s retirement from mixed martial arts would ultimately prove to be short-lived.
“I believe I was looking for some time to reset my goals,” offered Gonzaga. “I enjoyed the chance to stay close to my students, and also the extra time I was able to spend with my family...My students and my friends were asking to see me fight again.”
UFC 145 in Montreal adds Anthony Njokuani vs. John Makdessi
UFC 145 has added a lightweight bout between two dynamic strikers.
UFC officials today announced that Anthony Njokuani (14-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and John Makdessi (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the March event, which takes place in Montreal.
UFC 145, which is the first Canadian show of the year, takes place March 24 at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, and the preliminary card airs on FX. Njokuani vs. Makdessi likely will be part of the prelims.
Njokuani looks to rebound from a close UFC 141 split-decision loss to late replacement and wrestler Danny Castillo. Njokuani, a former WEC fighter who hasn't put together back-to-back wins since late 2009, is 2-4 since then, though he often puts on crowd-pleasing fights. Against Makdessi, he should be able to keep it standing...
Newcomers Daniel Pineda And Pat Schilling Meet At UFC On FX 1
With less than two weeks to go until the UFC's first FX-televised event, there was still one more fight to be added, and it will feature two UFC newcomers in the featherweight division: Daniel Pineda and Pat Schilling. The UFC tweeted news of the match-up yesterday:
Nashville @FXNetworks card changes: Mike Brown injured; Daniel Pineda vs. Pat Schilling and Mike Easton vs. Jared Papazian added