Rich Franklin returns to his rightful home
Before guys like Joseph Benavidez and Jon Fitch knew limbo, Rich Franklin was the original purgatory in the UFC. He was the middleweight champion for 16 months in the mid-aughts, beginning with a declarative victory over Evan Tanner and ending three fights later where things for all men come to an end ... with Anderson Silva.
Back in the day when immediate rematches were hard to come by, Franklin had to beat Jason MacDonald and Yushin Okami to get a chance at reclaiming his belt. “Ace” finally stepped in with Anderson Silva again at UFC 77, in a conflict that was dubiously dubbed “Hostile Territory.” That is, at least for Silva. Franklin was in the friendly confines of his native Cincinnati, eschewing his trademark Neapolitan trunks for those sporting Bengals colors. It was a homecoming full of furnace warmth.
Until he was being fetched back into consciousness with smelling salts.
Bisping's good, but Silva would outclass him - Hendo
Dan Henderson believes Michael Bisping deserves a future shot at the UFC middleweight title, but he warned that the Brit will be in big trouble if he does ever face champion Anderson Silva.
Bisping was named to fight Tim Boetsch on Monday, in a bout that will take place at UFC 148. With Silva set to face Chael Sonnen this summer, victory for Bisping may be enough to secure him the next shot at the belt.
Henderson knows the Briton well from their time as rival coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, which culminated in Hendo delivering one of the all-time great knockouts.
Brian Ebersole Responds To Josh Koscheck's Anti-AKA Statements
UFC welterweight Brian Ebersole is a former member of American Kickboxing Academy, and he wasn't a big fan of some recent comments made by former AKA member Josh Koscheck. Kos, who has never been known to keep quiet about things, had some harsh words for Javier Mendez and his training camps at AKA, and has since moved to his own gym in Fresno full-time. In an interview with Vigilante MMA, Ebersole fired back at Kos in regards to the camp issue:
"He couldn't get good work in? It was there to be had. He mentioned that Javier coached him but that he didn't learn anything. Really? I learn from BJJ blue belts whilst I travel the globe teaching and training. And you can't learn from a former World Champion? That's a curious comment, if you ask me, which you did."
UFC on FOX 3's Belcher on Palhares: 'If he beats me, he's going to injure me'
Rousimar Palhares is a simple man with a penchant for rearranging limbs.
Alan Belcher, on the other hand, happens to be content with the current aesthetics of his anatomy, thank you very much.
Belcher (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) will attempt to maintain the status quo when he meets the submission specialist Palhares (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) on the FOX-televised main card of UFC on FOX 3. The event takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and features a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner.
"If he beats me, he's going to injure me," Belcher told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "So I think it's a little extra nerves going into it about actually damaging your health or something.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva, Dana White Would Love to Do It
A Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva match-up has been discussed ad nauseum for years. Sometimes the biggest fights that can be made are between two fighters in different weight classes.
It’s happened before and St-Pierre was involved. B.J. Penn put his lightweight title on hold to move up to face St-Pierre at for the welterweight championship at UFC 94.
A match-up with Anderson Silva has been something St-Pierre has considered.
Four Fights Added to ‘UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida’ Lineup
A welterweight scrap between Matt Riddle (Pictured) and Luis Ramos was added to the freebie fight card. Speaking of 170-pounders, Dan Miller has decided to shed 15 pounds and make his welterweight debut against Ricardo Funch.
Another welterweight affair featuring Rich Attonito and Rick Story, as well as a middleweight tussle between Chris Camozzi and Nick Catone were confirmed for the roster
Dan Miller drops to welterweight, fights Ricardo Funch at UFC on FX 4
Former Middleweight hopeful Dan Miller, who has struggled against the top 185-pound competition in the last few years, will shed 15 pounds and take on Ricardo Funch at UFC on FX 4 from the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on June 22, 2012.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tonight (March 21, 2012) made the Welterweight bout announcement on its official website.
Miller, a "Garden State" native, has battled turmoil inside and outside the Octagon, losing a newborn child and then caring for an infant who was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. All the while, he's attempted to reach his true mixed martial arts (MMA) potential that was evident when he made his promotional debut back in 2008.
Strikeforce's Ronda Rousey to appear in ESPN The Magazine's 'The Body Issue'
Ronda Rousey will soon bare (mostly) all in a new photo shoot.
The Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion is expected to be featured in the 2012 edition of ESPN The Magazine's "The Body Issue," multiple sources close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The issue's release date could not be confirmed, though it could hit stands this fall.
"The Body Issue" features pro athletes in various states of undress (with strategic hand and equipment placement). Other MMA fighters, including Gina Carano and Jon Jones, have been featured in the always-popular edition of the magazine.
Earlier this month, Rousey (5-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) cemented her status as one of Strikeforce's brightest stars when she won the bantamweight title by submitting Miesha Tate in painful fashion at "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey." The event scored an impressive 431,000 Showtime viewers, a 25 percent increase from the promotion's previous big event, "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine." The March 3 event peaked with 506,000 viewers during Rousey's bout.
In the weeks leading to the event, which took place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Showtime produced a series of lavish promos for the women's title fight. The headliners pitched in with a series of verbal exchanges in the press that boiled over into a brief physical confrontation when Tate head-butted Rousey at the event's weigh-ins...
White: UFC 147, Silva vs. Sonnen II now slated for 80,000-seat stadium in Rio
The long-awaited rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen apparently now has a destination in Brazil.
While not officially set, UFC president Dana White today said he expects the fight to take place in Rio de Janeiro in a stadium that could accommodate 80,000 fans.
Initially, the pay-per-view event was expected to take place in Sao Paulo, though venue and local-ordinance issues recently popped up.
UFC 147 is expected to take place June 16 or June 23.
GSP's road to recovery
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's road to recovery is ongoing and the 30-year-old native of Saint-Isidore, Que., is increasing the intensity of his rehab. While preparing for a bout with Nick Diaz late last year, GSP suffered an injury to his knee that required surgery. The Canadian is expected to return to the Octagon late this year, possibly in November.
Judging by this video it looks as though he will be in excellent shape as usual.
-- TUF Live competitor Jeremy Larsen was placed on medical suspension after suffering a cut to his head in his unanimous decision win over Jeff Smith to get onto the show. It's unclear at this point what will happen to Larson and his spot in the TUF house.
UFC 148 adds welterweights Maia vs. Kim, middleweights Fukuda vs. Philippou
UFC 148's fight card continues to fill as the promotion today announced a pair of new matchups, including the welterweight debut of onetime middleweight challenger Demian Maia.
Maia (15-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and middleweights Riki Fukuda (18-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Constantinos Philippou (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) are set for the event, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
'TUF: Brazil' premiere streams Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET, elimination-round matchups set
The season debut of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" is just five days away.
UFC officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the first international edition of the UFC's long-running reality series will stream Sunday on TUF.tv with subtitles.
Additionally, the matchups are set for the show's elimination round of fights.
"TUF: Brazil," which 16 featherweight and 16 middleweight fighters from Brazil, is currently in production in the South American country. Unlike the new live season in the U.S., the Brazil version – which features Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort as coaches – is taped and pre-packaged.
The first episode of "TUF: Brazil" debuts Sunday evening on Globo following "Big Brother" in Brazil. The start time will fluctuate slightly from week to week due to the reality show, but UFC officials said it'll stream on TUF.tv each week at 11:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. PT).
Additionally, FUEL TV will air the series at some point, but no dates or airtimes have been confirmed. It's now expected to air later this spring or summer...
Justin.TV found not guilty in case filed by Zuffa for streaming
Communications Act. Zuffa's claims relate to the "stealing cable" provisions. Justin.tv claimed that 47 USC 230 applies, a pretty logical argument given that Zuffa is bringing a non-IP claim against Justin.tv for third party content. However, the court sidesteps the Section 230 issue, saying it's never been applied to the Communications Act (true) and that the court couldn't find any analogous "stealing cable" claim against websites, and it didn't want to touch this "novel" issue.
Instead, the court dismisses the "stealing cable" claim on its elements. The court says:
In essence, Zuffa alleges that Justin.tv’s users copied Zuffa’s UFC event and then rebroadcast the UFC event over the internet. This is not the type of conduct properly addressed by the Communications Act, but by copyright law (and, potentially, trademark law) because Justin.tv had no relationship with the original cable or satellite signal: by the allegations, Justin.tv did not receive or intercept any actual cable or satellite signal or broadcast. The Court finds no evidence in the statutory language, other cases, or legislative history that the Communications Act addresses this type of conduct or was meant to bolster or act as a separate type of copyright claim.
Asian MMA: Shlemenko Vs. Minowaman Along With 4 UFC Veterans Booked For SFL 2
Super Fight League, a start-up promotion from India had a very unique and interesting debut event that got mixed reviews from fans and analysts alike. The production, and quality of talent left much to be desired, but it looks like they're taking a big step forward to improve on that by booking 3 fights filled established MMA veterans.
The card will still be filled with India's local talent that they are developing, but as reported last month, former UFC heavyweights Todd Duffee and Neil Grove will be headlining the event. As part of the supporting bouts that have also been announced, Paul Kelly will take on Gabe Reudiger, and what can be considered as the unofficial main event of the night, Ikuhisa Minowa will lock horns against two-time Bellator tournament winner, Alexander Shlemenko.
Now a Free Agent, Vinny Magalhaes Fielding Offers
Former TUF season 8 runner-up and current M-1 Global Light Heavyweight champion Vinny Magalhaes was dismissed from the UFC before he could prove that he had great potential. The multiple World Jiu Jitsu Champion and ADCC gold medalist has gone 7-1 since his departure from the UFC and acquired the M-1 Global light heavyweight title in his 4 fight run with the Russian organization. Unfortunately the honeymoon with M-1 Global has ended and Magalhaes has been attempting to wait out his employers, so he can get out of his contract, and continue his career under a new banner.
Magalhaes and his representative Steve Pacitti stopped by to talk to the guys at MMAJunkie.com, to shed a little light on Vinny’s current situation, his falling out with M-1 Global, and how he is fielding offers from other MMA organizations, due to his recently awarded free agency. Magalhaes and Pacitti did not tip-toe around the point that the UFC were one of the organizations that were interested in signing Vinny. Pacitti was quoted as saying. “Yes, we’re negotiating with the UFC right now,” Pacitti said. “There are others, but the UFC is certainly in line. The UFC is definitely attractive.”
ALESSIO'S NEWFOUND DEDICATION
The next Canadian lightweight we see in the UFC could be a fighter who has been there before.
John Alessio of Duncan, B.C., is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Healy at a local MMA event in Hamilton, Ont., on Friday and he hopes it was enough to earn him another shot in the UFC.
The 32-year-old, who made his UFC debut against Pat Miletich in 2000 and last fought in the UFC in October of 2006, says he's a different person both inside and outside the cage today, and believes the biggest difference between now and his first stints in UFC is the dedication he shows in between his fights.
"Before I used to kind of be a party animal between fights and didn't live a very healthy lifestyle, wasn't very focused. I was kind of like, 'oh I've got a fight, I better get in the gym and get in shape,' not really worrying about getting better in between fights," Alessio told sportsnet.ca.
"Now, I've been reborn. I consider myself a real student of the game. I love to train, I love learning new stuff and I didn't do that before and I really felt like I missed a few years there of the learning curve. I just kind of plateaued and didn't get any better, but now I'm getting better every time between fights."
Brandon Vera Admits ‘Jumping the Gun’ with Thiago Silva Rematch
Brandon Vera’s mind was ready to rematch Thiago Silva before his arm was.
Vera originally agreed to rematch Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Fairfax, Va., on May 15, but less than 24 hours after verbally accepting the bout, he had to withdraw due to an injury. That injury, Vera said, was to his arm, which was hurt in his UFC 137 fight against Elliot Marshall.
Vera admits he “jumped the gun” in accepting the bout due to the excitement from getting another chance to fight Silva.