Philippines now likely to host first international "TUF," UFC eyeing future world grand prix
UFC president Dana White is still hanging "TUF" with the Philippines, but his promotion is not quite there in mounting its first international version of the reality show.
"We're like one piece away from finishing the thing," White told reporters following UFC 130, which took place this past Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
That piece, however, could be the start of a much more ambitious drive to create a world grand prix of international competitors on "The Ultimate Fighter," he added.
"Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling III" tickets on sale this week
Tickets for the recently announced "Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling III" event go on sale this week.
Featuring a trilogy bout between welterweight rivals Bobby Voelker (23-8 MMA, 3-1 SF) and Roger Bowling (9-1 MMA, 2-1 SF), "Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling III" takes place July 22 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Tickets range from $50 to $150.
Despite initial frustration, White says Mir's UFC 130 performance admirable
LAS VEGAS – On Saturday night, UFC president Dana White said he was frustrated that former heavyweight champion Frank Mir didn't perform up to par in the co-main event of UFC 130.
On Sunday morning, White admitted he may have gone a bit overboard.
Speaking exclusively with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), White said in retrospect, Mir and his team actually put together a perfect gameplan, which the heavyweight executed to perfection. Sure, a finish would have been ideal, but current top contender Junior Dos Santos couldn't put away "Big Country," either.
Jon Jones A Heavy Favorite Over Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
The first betting line has been released for a future UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and it seems that the current champion is a heavy favorite out of the gate. Obviously the fight hasn't been booked yet, but bookies always jump on lines quickly if a bout is likely to happen. Bookmaker has is the one offering the line:
Jorge and Zoila Gurgel enjoying married life, eyeing MMA greatness
In mixed martial arts, it's almost a job requirement for fighters to spend countless hours away from their families, and in some cases depart their homes in order to seek the proper instruction needed to be successful.
But Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel (14-7) and his wife Zoila (11-1) no longer have to seek out guidance, as they now have each other.
Earlier this year, the pair exchanged vows in a private ceremony, and Jorge recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's happier than ever.
Roy Nelson To Meet With Dana White Later This Week; Nutritionist Mike Dolce Interested In Working Him
Roy Nelson obviously didn’t have the fight he was hoping for at UFC 130 against Frank Mir, losing by unanimous decision in the co-main event of the night.
Nelson struggled to deal with Mir’s size and power, as well as his wrestling, and by the third round the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner was noticeably gassed, but toughed it out until the fight was over.
The fight left a lot to be desired in the mind of UFC president Dana White, who seemed fairly unimpressed with both Nelson and Mir.
"Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" tickets on sale this week
Tickets for the recently announced "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event go on sale this week.
Featuring a main event between former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson (27-8 MMA, 2-1 SF), "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" takes place July 30 at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Tickets range from just $35 to $350.
HDNet to carry "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" preliminary card
"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" is one of the deepest cards in the organization's history, and now all of the July 18 event's fights will be broadcast.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today announced that in addition to the night's Showtime-televised main card, the preliminary-card lineup will air live on HDNet.
Five bouts, including a featured K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal lightweight bout, are planned for the broadcast.
"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" takes place at American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the night's main card airs live on Showtime. It features the second half of the opening round's heavyweight grand prix.
Coker said the broadcasting team hasn't been determined for the HDNet portion of the event. It also hasn't been decided if future shows will air on the cable station, he said...
UFC 130 bonuses: Browne, Tibau, Stann and Santiago get $70K awards
LAS VEGAS – Travis Browne, Gleison Tibau, Brian Stann and Jorge Santiago each earned $70,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill" event.
Browne earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Tibau picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Stann and Santiago took home "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and award amounts while at UFC 130's post-event press conference.
UFC 130 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The night's main card aired on pay-per-view, two preliminary-card fights aired on Spike TV, and the night's first three bouts streamed on Facebook.
UFC boss unhappy with Nelson, will meet with "Big Country" to determine next move
LAS VEGAS – Following his second straight unanimous-decision defeat, Roy Nelson (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) refused to be any less jovial than he was prior to his one-sided loss to former heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
He jokingly blamed new training partner Dan Hardy and his "British wrestling" for being outgrappled by Mir during the UFC 130 contest. He facetiously faulted Canada for infecting with a flu strain during his recent trip north.
It was textbook "Big Country," and as he always does, Nelson kept a room full of reporters thoroughly entertained. However, UFC president Dana White suggested the laugh track may soon come to a screeching halt.
Titan Fighting Championships 18 results: Jens Pulver and Jake Rosholt falter
The two biggest names at Friday's Titan Fighting Championships 18 event faltered with co-headliners Jens Pulver and Jake Rosholt both suffering losses.
Pulver simply was outworked. Rosholt, though, simply made a mistake after dominating his bout.
The fights were part of HDNet's live broadcast from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Pulver (24-15-1), a former UFC champ fighting for the fourth time since coming out a retirement following an unsuccessful run in the WEC, scored takedowns on 140-pound Missourian Brian Davidson (7-3). But without an edge standing or on the mat, Davidson ultimately locked in a fight-ending rear-naked choke at the 4:04 mark of the opening round.
UFC 130 Weigh Ins
Their matchup may lack the box office punch of Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard 3, but Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill have nevertheless been charged with carrying the torch for the UFC’s latest pay-per-view offering.
His menacing scowl not far behind, Jackson (Pictured, File Photo) tipped the scales at 205 pounds for his showdown with Hamill (205) in the UFC 130 main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The eight other men booked for gladiatorial duty on the main card -- including co-headliners Frank Mir (260) and Roy Nelson (260) -- also met their contracted weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (205) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
Frank Mir (260) vs. Roy Nelson (260)
Stefan Struve (255) vs. Travis Browne (247)
Thiago Alves (170) vs. Rick Story (170)
Brian Stann (186) vs. Jorge Santiago (185)
Miguel Torres (135.5) vs. Demetrious Johnson (135.5)
Kendall Grove (185) vs. Tim Boetsch (186)
Gleison Tibau (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
Michael McDonald (136) vs. Chris Cariaso (135)
Renan “Barao” (135) vs. Cole Escovedo (135)
"The Ultimate Fighter 14" coaches? Michael Bisping and "Mayhem" Miller
Middleweights Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller will serve as coaches on the upcoming 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
UFC president Dana White today confirmed the assignments with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). MMA.tv initially reported the selections.
The season begins filming in June and debuts on Spike TV in September.
Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and Miller (24-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will meet in a season-ending fight at an event to be determined.
For the time in series history, "TUF 14" is expected to feature bantamweight and featherweight fighters. A 28-man, 32-slot tournament will be used. After an elimination round of fights, an official cast of 14 fighters will be determined. Two opening-round losers then will get second life as wild-card picks who fight for the eighth spot in the quarterfinal bracket.
Isaac De Jesus loses spot at Tachi Palace Fights 10 due to marijuana suspension
Isaac De Jesus' loss is Joe Soto's gain.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, the ex-Bellator champ took De Jesus' spot in a fight with Eddie Yagin at Tachi Palace Fights 10, which takes place Aug. 4.
The reason Soto got the call is because De Jesus (10-3 MMA, 2-2 TPF) tested positive for marijuana following his most recent appearance at Tachi Palace Fights 9.
Croatian middleweight Zelg Galesic joins Bellator's season-five tournament
DREAM, PRIDE and K-1 veteran Zelg Galesic (10-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the latest addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' season-five middleweight tournament.
Bellator officials today announced Galesic's participation in the eight-man field.
"I see Bellator as a place to really make a major name for myself in the U.S.," Galesic stated in the official release. "I'm extremely excited to compete in the upcoming Bellator middleweight tournament. I'm even more excited to win the whole thing."
A tae kwon do stylist, Galesic owns eight of his 10 career victories via knockout.
Royce wants Hughes, not Sak, Dan, Art, Ken, Wallid
Brian Hemminger: How much would it mean to you to get on one last UFC event?
Royce Gracie: I have one more fight, but it's a specific fight only. It's one special fight. If it was against anybody else, ehhhhh, not interested. Been there, done that. There's always a new, better opponent, a tougher opponent. I just want one fight.
BH: Is it Matt Hughes? I think I've read in interviews or some articles that it was Matt Hughes. Is that the guy?
RG: Did I say it? I didn't say that. (laughs) I can't say who it is. Come on. But if you think about it, there's only one more.
BH: The first one I heard that really wanted to fight you was Art Jimmerson, the first guy you ever fought in the UFC. What are your thoughts on Art Jimmerson, the one-glove boxer?
RG: I think he wants to redeem himself for that, for wearing one glove. I win without giving one punch. I think he wants to take at least one punch (laughs).
Ex-Bellator champ Joe Soto cleared to fight, targeted for Tachi Palace 10
Although his career once was in jeopardy due to a detached retina, first-ever Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto is returning to the cage.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmjaunkie.com) the fighter has been cleared by his doctor and the California State Athletic Commission.
While still under contract to Bellator, Soto is slated for a return at Tachi Palace Fights 10 on Aug. 4.
With Bellator's permission, Soto (9-1) is expected to meet Hawaiian fight veteran Eddie Yagin (13-4-1) at the event, possibly in the night's headliner. According to Tachi Fights promoter Jeremy Luchau, Soto replaces Isaac De Jesus at the event. Verbal agreements are in place for the fight.