Alistair Overeem Officially A Blackzilian
Amidst a long and public dispute with Golden Glory that has yet to be resolved, it appears that UFC Heavyweight #1 contender Alistair Overeem has signed with Authentic Sports Management, and will begin training in Florida alongside Anthony Johnson, Rashad Evans, and Melvin Guillard.
Injured Mike Kyle scratches from 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey' co-headliner
An undisclosed injury has forced Mike Kyle (19-8-1 MMA, 3-3-1 SF) to withdraw from a co-headliner at "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey," sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
It's the second time an injury has scrapped a matchup with former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2 MMA, 3-1-1 SF). The two were supposed to meet this past April at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" before Kyle broke his hand and bowed out.
At this time, it's unknown whether a replacement has been found to fight Mousasi, though one source said it's likely to be scrapped altogether. Strikeforce officials haven't formally announced the scratch.
Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin added to UFC on FUEL TV 3
A bantamweight bout between Mike Easton (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Yves Jabouin (17-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been added to the UFC on FUEL TV 3 fight card.
UFC-Canada officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes play May 15 in Fairfax, Va., likely at the city's Patriot Center. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card.
It's not clear where Easton vs. Jabouin will be situated on the lineup.
The latest UFC on FUEL TV 3 card now includes:
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung
Igor Pokrajac vs. Thiago Silva
Donald Cerrone vs. Yves Edwards
Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald
Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah
Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin
Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Riley
Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares added to UFC on FOX 3
A major middleweight bout between two of the division's most entertaining fighters has been added to the UFC on FOX 3 card.
UFC president Dana White today announced that well-rounded Alan Belcher (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) meets submission specialist Rousimar Palhares (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at the upcoming event.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Belcher vs. Palhares is likely to be part of the FOX-televised main card.
The latest UFC on FOX 3 card now includes:
Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller
Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Ryan McGillivray vs. Nathan Coy welterweight title fight to headline MFC 33 on May 4
Twenty-five-year-old Edmonton, Alberta native and TUF 13 veteran Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray (12-5-1) will face 33-year-old American Top Team member Nathan “Soulforce” Coy (10-4) for the Maximum Fighting Championship vacant welterweight title on Friday, May 4 in the MFC 33 main event.
Maximum Fighting Championship confirmed the match-up and event details Sunday via press release. “MFC 33: Collision Course” will take place at the Mayfield Conference Centre in McGillivray’s hometown of Edmonton and will air live on HDNet.
McGillivray and Coy both secured their shot at the title with victories at MFC 32 in January; McGillivray with a third round submission of Diego Bautista and Coy with a unanimous decision win over Dhiego Lima.
Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks headed to UFC on Fox 3 in May
A major welterweight contender bout between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks is headed to the UFC on Fox 3 card this May, UFC President Dana White announced on Sunday.
Koscheck picked up his second straight win last weekend, edging past Mike Pierce by decision at UFC 143. That was a follow up to his knockout win over Matt Hughes last September in his first fight since losing to Georges St-Pierre in a title bout at UFC 124.
With Leonard Garcia hurt, Tiequan Zhang meets newcomer Issei Tamura at UFC 144
With Leonard Garcia forced to withdraw from this month's UFC 144 event, Japanese newcomer Issei Tamura (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will now face Tiequan Zhang (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
UFC officials on Saturday announced the change.
Featuring a lighteight title fight between current champ Frankie Edgar and former WEC titleholder Ben Henderson UFC 144 takes place Feb. 25 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event's main card airs live stateside on pay-per-view. The preliminary card is expected to air on FX.
Tamura, a Krazy Bee product, fights for the first time outside of the Shooto promotion. At just 1-2 in his past three fights, Tamura isn't a typical UFC debutant, but he's forced to take the bout on just two weeks' notice. Seven of Tamura's eight career fights have gone to a decision.
Lopez vs. Sadollah, McKenzie vs. Riley, Tavares vs. Yang added to UFC on FUEL TV 3
Three more bouts have been added to May's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event, as Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah, Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Riley and Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang have all been announced for the card.
UFC officials released the bookings late Saturday night.
Featuring a headliner between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung, UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes play May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card.
Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson added to April's UFC 145 event in Atlanta
Ask, and you shall receive.
Days after UFC 143 winner Matt Brown (13-11 MMA, 6-5 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com Radio he wasn't going to call out his next opponent – and then indirectly calling out his next opponent – UFC officials have given "The Immortal" a fight with Stephen Thompson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
The contest was first reported by GreenvilleOnline.com and later confirmed by UFC officials.
Featuring a main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former titleholder Rashad Evans, UFC 145 takes place April 21 at Atlanta's Philips Arena.
FUEL TV offers free preview week, UFC on FUEL TV 1 included
Still haven't made the commitment to adding FUEL TV to your cable lineup but looking for a way to watch next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event?
Don't worry, the new broadcast partner of the UFC has you covered.
FUEL TV officials recently announced that they are offering a free-preview week from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, which means even non-subscribers can tune in to watch the Feb. 15 event.
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung headlines UFC on FX 3 in Virginia
A key featherweight matchup with real title implications is set for May 15, as Dustin Poirier (12-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) meets Chan Sung Jung (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the headlining bout of UFC on FX 3.
UFC officials today announced the three-round matchup, which takes place after the two fighters verbally jabbed at each other on Twitter.
As previously reported, UFC on FX 3 takes play May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to air the preliminary card.
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber III targeted for UFC 148 in Las Vegas
The trilogy bout between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime rival Urijah Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is targeted for UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas.
That's according to UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, who was full of announcements overnight, posting the information on his Twitter account.
First, the two will square off as opposing coaches on the upcoming 15th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Makovsky-Dantas, Good-Maynard Set for Bellator 65 in Atlantic City
Bellator Fighting Championships announced Friday that bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky will defend his title against Season 5 tournament winner Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65 on April 13.
Taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., the event will also feature a welterweight tournament qualifier between former 170-pound kingpin Lyman Good and three-time Bellator vet LeVon Maynard.
Makovsky, 29, has not lost since 2009, posting a perfect 6-0 record in the Bellator cage. “Fun Size” debuted with the Chicago-based promotion in 2010, capturing the organization’s 135-pound belt by besting Ed West in the Season 3 tournament finals. Since his title-winning performance, Makovsky has competed twice in non-title bouts, finishing Chad Robichaux and Ryan Roberts last year.
TUF 11 Finalist Kris McCray Signs With Bellator
Welterweight fighter, and former “The Ultimate Fighter” season eleven finalist, ‘Savage’ Kris McCray (7-3) has reportedly signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships promotion.
News of the signing was confirmed by MMAWeekly.com on Thursday night, after learning from sources close to McCray himself.
Mike Dolce-fueled Thiago Alves looks to further mounting title run at UFC on FX 2
Thiago Alves had his chance and blew it.
Regardless, there was no shame in losing a unanimous decision at UFC 100 to Georges St-Pierre in his only career title fight. If you've been in the 170-pound fray for as long as "Pitbull" has, chances are you've lost to the Canadian kingpin, too.
So with St-Pierre currently idle and interim champion Carlos Condit patiently waiting, the rest are free to jockey for position and string together title runs.
Jake Ellenberger and Johny Hendricks may have a 10-mile lead in the marathon, but Alves is at least competing in the race again following his submission win over Papy Abedi at UFC 138.
Alves (19-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and fellow contender Martin Kampmann (18-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) will headline UFC on FX 2, which takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. Due to the time difference, the event takes place on Saturday afternoon in Australia, and the main card airs live on FX in North America on Friday, March 2.
Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir, Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin Confirmed by Lorenzo Fertitta
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta says Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz are coming.
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Feb 10, 2012 - In a wide-ranging late-night chat with his Twitter followers, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed several pieces of news, including plans to book Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin.
Fertitta, who has more than 76,000 followers on his verified Twitter account, said late Thursday night that he'd answer questions from fans. Among the pieces of information he provided are that Velasquez will fight Mir in a bout that may determine the No. 1 contender for the upcoming heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. Fertitta also said a third fight between Ortiz and Griffin is coming. Ortiz beat Griffin by split decision at UFC 59 in 2006, and Griffin beat Ortiz by split decision at UFC 106 in 2009.
‘Kong’ Watson To Face Jack Marshan In BAMMA 9 Main Event
Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is excited to announce that BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion, Jack Marshman, is set to challenge Tom ‘Kong’ Watson for the BAMMA World Middleweight belt at BAMMA 9. BAMMA 9 takes place on Saturday 24th March at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
BAMMA’s Middleweight champs have made waves as two of the promotion’s most iconic faces. Etched into UK mainstream memory as the man who beat Alex Reid at BAMMA 4, World Middleweight Champ Tom Watson is known by fight fans for his catalogue of tough victories over fighters that include the UFC’s John Maguire at BAMMA 1 and Maurilo Rua whom he famously blasted into retirement at BAMMA 6. BAMMA-Lonsdale’s British Middleweight Champion and serving British Armed Forces Afghan vet, Jack Marshman comes into the fight undefeated with a record of 10-0-0. Marshman wowed audiences at BAMMA 7 with his tremendous heart, after he came back from a sustained Ground ‘n’ Pound battering at the hands of Carl Noon, turning fortune around at the final hour to secure an unforgettable victory. Marshman went on to a three round war at BAMMA 8 in which he defeated title challenger Leeroy Barnes, who will be also fighting at BAMMA 9 against Nick Nembhard. The clash between BAMMA’s World Middleweight and British Middleweight champions is bound to have fight fans on the edge of their seats.
XFC 16 weigh-in results and photos: All but one make weight
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) was on hand for today’s XFC 16: High Stakes official fighter weigh-ins at the Knoxville Marriott where every fighter except for Daniel Crockett made weight for Friday’s event.
Crockett, who came in at more than two-and-a-half pounds overweight, chose not to attempt to cut the excess weight and therefore will have $200 ($100 per pound) deducted from his fight purse and given to his opponent Shane Machette.
Headlined by a bout between Drew Fickett and Jamie Varner, XFC 16: High Stakes will take place on Friday, February 10 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The non-televised preliminary card kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will be followed by the main card at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) LIVE on HDNet.