Johnson-McCall tourney rematch, Pague-Papazian slated for UFC on FX 3
The fight card is filling quickly for the newly announced UFC on FX 3 event in June.
After their initial meeting ended in a baffling majority draw following a commission error, Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) now will meet at the event.
So, too, will bantamweights Dustin Pague (10-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jared Papazian (14-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), officials today announced.
UFC on FX 3's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims. Officials didn't say if Johnson vs. McCall again will be a three-rounder (with a potential sudden-victory fourth round) or five-round non-title fight.
Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes targeted for UFC on FX 3
A middleweight bout between Buddy Roberts (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Caio Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is in the works for June's UFC on FX 3 event.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the planned matchup with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajnkie.com).
As MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today, UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8, though a host city and venue have not been finalized.
Bellator 61 ratings: Event draws just 108,000 MTV2 viewers, second-worst all-time
Ratings were down for the second episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" on FX, and they weren't much better for Bellator 61 on MTV2.
Bellator's March 16 broadcast averaged just 108,000 viewers, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources.
To date, MTV2 has aired 27 Bellator events, and only one – Bellator 53, which drew 103,000 viewers this past October – drew a smaller audience.
Bellator 61 took place at Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana. In addition to the MTV2-televised main card, prelims streamed live on Spike.com.
The event, which was the second show of Bellator's sixth season, featured the opening round of an eight-man middleweight tournament. The star of the show was Brian Rogers, who scored a flying-knee knockout of Vitor Vianna. He'll be joined in the tourney's semifinals by Maiquel Falcao, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky and Bruno Santos, who also won opening-round fights at Bellator 61...
Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha is first addition to UFC on FX 3 on June 8
A welterweight bout between Mike Pierce (13-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Carlos Eduardo Rocha (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the first planned addition to the currently unannounced UFC on FX 3 card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources that the show is expected to take place June 8.
While the main card would air on FX, officials haven't finalized a venue for the event, sources said.
DUFFEE-GROVE, SHLEMENKO-MINOWA, KELLY-RUEDIGER BOOKED FOR SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE 2
Six big-show veterans have joined the fight card for the sophomore effort from burgeoning Indian organization Super Fight League.
Promotion officials Tuesday confirmed a trio of bouts for Super Fight League 2, which takes place April 7 in Chandigarh, India. In addition to a previously rumored heavyweight tilt between Todd Duffee and Neil Grove, the show will feature a middleweight matchup pitting Alexander Shlemenko against Ikuhisa Minowa and a lightweight contest between UFC veterans Paul Kelly and Gabe Ruediger.
Like the company’s March 11 debut, Super Fight League 2 will stream live and free of charge on YouTube.
Tito Ortiz Announces Rubber Match With Forrest Griffin For UFC 148
Mar 20, 2012 - Tito Ortiz will conclude his heated trilogy with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. Ortiz announced the bout late Monday night via Twitter.
The 37-year-old Ortiz campaigned vigorously for a final meeting with Griffin, and is expected to retire following the rubber match.
UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will likely be headlined by another contentious trilogy, as The Ultimate Fighter 15 coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber square off for the UFC bantamweight title. Also featured are middleweight bouts Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le and Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, as well as a bantamweight clash between Renan Barao and Jeff Hougland.
Dan Henderson Won't Fight Chael Sonnen
Dana had said..
"He'll fight whoever has that belt. Dan doesn't seem too picky, I think he would fight Chael Sonnen [if he won the belt from Silva]."
Hendo says thats not true...
"Chael lives up in Oregon but I know him real well. He was with me and Randy [Couture] when we first started our team," Henderson told ESPN.
"I don't have any real desire to fight at middleweight. The only guy I'd cut weight for is Anderson Silva, win or lose that could still happen.
"But it's not high up on my list at all. Silva's the only guy I'd cut weight for. I've got the light-heavyweight thing in my mind and that's it. I'd fight Anderson Silva but I'm only interested in the UFC light-heavyweight title right now."
Bisping vs. Boetsch, Barao vs. Hougland added to UFC 148
Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is about to take another huge step up in competition.
UFC officials today confirmed that Boetsch will meet Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view.
Additionally, a bantamweight matchup between Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Jeff Hougland (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been added to the card.
Tim Boetsch vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 148
Verbal agreement has been reached for Michael Bisping to meet Tim Boetsch at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas.
Boetsch has been calling for a fight with Bisping since his win over Yushin Okami at UFC 144 and he appears to have been granted his wish.
"Bisping's name has been on my agenda for a long time," Boetsch said recently.
UFC 129 earns 2012 Sports Business Award nomination for 'Event of the Year'
For the second straight year, the UFC has been recognized with a Sports Business Award nomination.
This past April's UFC 129 event – a first-ever stadium show that set a North American and UFC attendance record with 55,724 – earned a nomination for "Sports Event of the Year."
However, unlike 2011, the UFC wasn't nominated for "Sports League of the Year."
Officials today announced the nominations. The awards, which the industry publication "SportsBusiness Journal" launched in 2008, celebrate excellence in sports business. This year's winners will be unveiled as part of a ceremony on May 23 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square in New York City.
UFC 129 took place on April 30, 2011, at Toronto's Rogers Centre. The landmark event – which saw title defenses from Canadian welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo – sold out on the first day tickets went on sale to the general public. In addition to attendance records, the event, which also included a two-day UFC Fan Expo, set a UFC and North American live-gate record with $12.1 million. It was also one of the biggest PPV draws in recent years.
In the "Sports League of the Year" category, UFC 129 faces competition from the 2011 Carrier Classic (NCAA basketball), 2011 Humana Challenge (PGA), 2011 NBA Finals and Super Bowl XLVI (NFL). The 2010 ING New York City Marathon is the reigning division winner...
Guida vs. Maynard, Franklin vs. Le added to June's UFC on FX 4 event
A pair of intriguing matchups are official for the UFC's June trip to Atlantic City, N.J., as Clay Guida meets Gray Maynard and Rich Franklin faces Cung Le.
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fights, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Guida vs. Maynard is the night's main event and will be contested as a five-round lightweight affair.
UFC officials in February announced that UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 in Atlantic City, but a venue has yet to be named.
The Golden 22: Frankie Edgar and MMA's championship evolution
The "Rocky" comparison for Frankie Edgar is not accurate.
Rocky Balboa's heart and hard work transformed him from unknown bum to an unlikely champion. Edgar's lightweight title run solidified he was always to be divisional king – a key piece in evolving the championship expectations of an 18-year-old sport – who just so happens to be known for heart and hard work.
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans: Does It Matter That They Trained Together?
Jon Jones and Rashad Evans will finally settle their score at UFC 145 on April 21st. Once a brotherhood between the two at Greg Jackson’s MMA, the relationship has altered and gone down two separate paths.
But like the old saying, all roads lead to Rome.
Very fitting in the sense that these two warriors, who have had different career paths, will ultimately throw down in the Colosseum of today, the Octagon. After a back-and-forth drama of betrayal and controversy, the two will finally see who is the better fighter.
Dan Hardy Would Love to Face ‘Blood Thirsty Kill Freak’ Matt Hughes
Former UFC welterweight champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes may have a lot of lifetime fans, but don’t count Dan Hardy among them.
The British born fighter first ran afoul of Hughes last year when the former champion posted pictures on Twitter of his latest hunting trip where he killed a bobcat. The pictures spurned a lot of responses both positive and negative for Hughes’ hunting for sport, and his response was pretty firm on how he felt about it all.
Is There Enough Talent for Ronda Rousey to Establish a Legacy in Women’s MMA?
Strikeforce recently put on one of, if not thee, biggest women’s fight in mixed martial arts history.
And this was under the ownership of Zuffa, the same company that owns the UFC. The same company that is run by Dana White, who has gone on record saying there are not enough talented fighters on the women’s side of the sport for him to consider putting a division in the UFC.
The question now, after such a smashing success of a fight between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, of course, is, “When are we gonna see women’s MMA in the UFC?”
UFC's Marc Ratner wants 'international federation' to regulate events
Thus far, regulators haven't been able to keep up with the UFC's aggressive international expansion.
Events in Canada, Australia and –next month – Sweden, are regulated by an independent regulatory body. But in places where no athletic commission exists, the promotion has taken that role for events in the U.K., Brazil and Japan.
UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Mark Ratner would like to see a single agency take the lead in regulating international events, overseeing officials, conducting drug tests and enforcing the unified rules of MMA. He said the promotion is pushing for an "international federation" to do the job.
"We'd like to get it over to France, and someday to Brazil and to Italy, so we have one set of rules, one set of medical standards," Ratner told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "That's our long-term goal. We do need a worldwide federation."
France, Italy and Spain are among the international destinations the promotion is actively targeting for future shows. A return to Abu Dhabi is also on the radar, Ratner said, though an exact date is unknown.
There were seven international events on the UFC's calendar in 2010 and six in 2011. The promotion is on track to top those numbers this year with six events already in the books or scheduled. In addition to live events, international editions of the UFC's flagship reality show "The Ultimate Fighter" are now underway with filming underway in Brazil and an "Australia vs. U.K." season in the works. Executives hope eventually to create a grand-prix tournament of international "TUF" contestants.
So demand is there for officials beyond U.S. borders...
Miesha Tate's arm won't require surgery following Ronda Rousey fight
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Former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate, whose arm is apparently made of the same elastic material Dan Hardy's is, has managed to avoid surgery on the arm Ronda Rousey twisted up during their Strikeforce title fight this past March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.
Tate tweeted the good news earlier today
Chael Sonnen Talks 'Crybaby' Rampage Jackson And Testosterone
Chael Sonnen co-hosted Spike TV's MMA Uncensored last night and, as Chael is wont to do, he did a lot of talking. The focus of much of his talk this time around was Quinton Jackson. Jackson has recently been in the news for taking testosterone replacement before his last fight and wild Twitter rants about wanting to be out of the UFC.
When Rampage's recent behavior came up, Sonnen had this to say