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Resurrection Fighting Alliance targets Las Vegas for next event, signs Sergio Pettis
Resurrection Fighting Alliance is heading into the UFC's backyard for an event in early October, and it's made another talent acquisition. The undefeated Sergio Pettis (5-0), who's the brother of UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis, has signed a multi-fight deal with the burgeoning promotion, RFA matchmaker Scott Cutbirth today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Pettis will fight an opponent to be determined at the event, which takes place in Las Vegas and airs live on Fight Now TV. A date and venue have yet to be confirmed. Pettis, a bantamweight, trains alongside his brother and a bevy of top-tier talent at Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee. This past month, he earned a first-round submission win in regional competition. Additional talent featured on the October event includes Tyson Griffin, Gilbert Yvel, Chidi Njokuani, Chris Holdsworth, Bubba Jenkins and Lance Palmer, Cutbirth said.
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 8:01PM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
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Ben Rothwell Out of UFC on FOX 4
Jul 25, 2012 - Heavyweight Ben Rothwell has pulled out of his UFC on FOX 4 against Travis Browne due to an injured ankle, MMAFighting.com has learned from sources close to the fight. The fight was supposed to take place on the FOX portion of the card. According to other sources, the UFC has offered former Strikeforce fighter Devin Cole the opportunity to fight Browne on FOX, however, MMAFighting.com has been unable to confirm whether Browne vs. Cole will happen next week with anyone close to Cole's camp. Rothwell (32-8) last competed at UFC 145 when he knocked out Brendan Schaub. Browne (13-0-1) was also victorious at UFC 145, submitting Chad Griggs in the first round. Cole (20-9-1) last fought for Strikeforce in December. He would be entering this fight riding a two-fight winning streak. UFC on FOX 4, headlined by Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera, airs live on Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 4:46PM by kopower - 24 comments
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Rony "Jason" vs Sam Sicilia set for UFC 153
Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) likely won't be able to cruise against his next opponent. The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" is set to meet hard-swinging Sam Sicilia (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 153, sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com. Oct 13 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch (fw title) - Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher - Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson - Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia - Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. TBA - Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte - Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 3:46PM by Card - 8 comments
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Rory MacDonald Warns B.J. Penn to Get Focused or Risk Serious Beating
Jul 25, 2012 - B.J. Penn was a no-show at Tuesday's UFC 152 press conference. Officially, he had to miss the event due to family circumstances, but his Sept. 22 opponent Rory MacDonald just sees his absence as another sign of an unfocused opponent. Penn recently came out of a brief retirement to accept the matchup with MacDonald, saying he wanted revenge on MacDonald's camp, Tri-Star, which is also the home of Penn's longtime rival Georges St-Pierre. But on Tuesday, MacDonald publicly questioned whether Penn is truly motivated to return, and warned that if he's not, things will end disastrously for the former two-division champion. "I'm training for the best BJ, you know what I mean?" he said. "I'm preparing to be the best version, I'm going to come out evolved. I'm going to come out in good shape, explosive, exciting like I always do, and I'm going to be very technical. I'm going to be on point. I don't know where B.J.'s at. He didn't even show up to this. He's dropping out of the VADA testing. The last time I saw him he looked really out of shape. I don't know where his head is at in this, but he better get serious or I'm going to hurt him very badly."
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 2:50PM by SmileR - 23 comments
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Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy headlines Strikeforce's September event
Gilbert Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF) returns to action in September, and Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) will be the next man to try and take his Strikeforce lightweight title. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the matchup with sources close to the fighters.
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 1:47PM by Card - 8 comments
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Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte added to UFC 153 in Brazil
Sergio Moraes is headed to the welterweight division after falling short in "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" as an injury replacement. Moraes (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is scheduled to meet fellow "TUF: Brazil" competitor Renee Forte (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 153, which takes place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and airs live on pay-per-view.
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 12:33PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
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Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares fight moves back to UFC 150 from UFC 151
The UFC 150 shuffle continues. A lightweight fight between Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) is back on the August card after a short move to the September UFC 151 event. UFC officials on Wednesday confirmed the bout's spot on UFC 150 in Denver. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) earlier this month reported the fight had moved from UFC 150 to UFC 151. Now it is back in its original home.
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 12:29PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
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Rousimar Palhares Out; Buddy Roberts In Against Yushin Okami at UFC 150
A late change has been made to the upcoming UFC 150 card in Denver as Rousimar Palhares has been forced out of his fight with Yushin Okami. Greg Jackson trained middleweight Buddy Roberts now steps in to face Okami on the show happening on Aug. 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Roberts’ manager Ali Abdel Aziz from Dominance MMA confirmed the news via Twitter late Tuesday evening, and also independently confirmed the switch to MMAWeekly.com as well.
Submitted Jul 25, 2012 6:12AM by lohmann - 21 comments
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Alan Belcher and Vitor Belfort agree to meet at UFC 153 in Brazil
UFC president Dana White recently teased a few upcoming big fights in the middleweight division, and now the first of those matchups is on the schedule. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the two fighters that Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and Alan Belcher (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet on the main card of this fall's UFC 153 event. Additionally, Belfort late Tuesday took to his Twitter account to call out Belcher for UFC 153, then said in his native Portugese that the matchup was one UFC president Dana White wanted. Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and challenger Erik Koch, "UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch" takes place Oct. 13 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
Submitted Jul 24, 2012 10:57PM by BuffaloDave - 40 comments
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Simeon Thoresen vs. Seth Baczynski Added to UFC 152 in Toronto
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday added to the quickly growing UFC 152 fight card slated for Sept. 22 in Toronto. In addition to firming up the rumored bout between Jimy Hettes and Marcus Brimage, officials added a bout between streaking welterweights Simeon Thoresen and Seth Baczynski.
Submitted Jul 24, 2012 8:23PM by lohmann - 3 comments
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Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann Added to UFC 151 in Las Vegas
Two top notch wrestlers are set to square off at UFC 151 in September as Shane Roller faces Jacob Volkmann in Las Vegas. Roller announced the fight via his Twitter account on Tuesday. “Got another fight lined up. Sept 1 in Vegas at Mandalay Bay vs. Jacob Volkmann,” Roller wrote.
Submitted Jul 24, 2012 8:22PM by lohmann - 7 comments
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Belfort in talks about Weidman fight in Rio
Vitor Belfort has revealed he has held talks with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva over a possible fight with Chris Weidman. "Guys, I spoke to Joe Silva and asked to fight with the top contender #weidman here in Brazil,2 Belfort tweeted. "I think this is the fight that will credence me to a title fight so that is what happened. "I want the belt but I am not desperate. I think Weidman is the next for the belt, but Anderson Silva deserves to see who is next. So let's make this fight the next contender: Belfort vs Weidman the next contender for Anderson Silva." Weidman quickly replied to Belfort, and he seemed less willing to meet the former light-heavyweight. Weidman tweeted: "Love ya @vitorbelfort but you already had your shot at the belt and I'm sure you will have another in the future. Right now is my time though." I really wish they would hurry up and clear up the MW picture right now but i guess they are waiting for bisping/stann
Submitted Jul 24, 2012 5:24PM by Manak - 11 comments
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Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione scratched from UFC on FOX 4
The matchup, which UFC officials first announced in May, was pulled so that Broughton can deal with a few personal matters. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the change, though UFC executives weren't immediately available for comment, and it's currently unknown if the promotion will have time to secure a replacement opponent.
Submitted Jul 23, 2012 7:42PM by Card - 15 comments
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War and Peace at Jackson's Gym
FIRST LOOK: Sports Illustrated on NBC Sports Network goes inside Jackson's Gym, the holy grail of MMA training.
Submitted Jul 23, 2012 5:10PM by ChrisSabal - 5 comments
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Michael Bisping: Fight with Brian Stann ‘Real Main Event’ for UFC 152, Not the Flyweights
You can say what you want about Michael Bisping, but the guy sure knows how to sell a fight. With two months remaining until Bisping returns to action at UFC 152 to face decorated Marine turned middleweight contender Brian Stann, the brash Brit is already doing his part to make their co-main event fight the biggest thing on the upcoming card in Toronto. So big in fact that Bisping believes their bout is the real headliner and not the 125lb title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. “In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event. Two big hard hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights, this is the real main event, this is the real big fight, tune in cause someone’s getting knocked out, ain’t going to be me though,” said Bisping when speaking to Fuel TV on Saturday. “This is the real main event of UFC 152.”
Submitted Jul 23, 2012 2:53PM by grappler0000 - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Saturday's Invicta FC 2 card will stream live and free online
Invicta Fighting Championships returns Saturday for its second card, and the show will stream live and free online. Company officials on Monday announced the 14-bout card on Saturday will stream live at the promotion's official website, InvictaFC.com. Additionally, the promotion announced the event will feature Showtime/Strikeforce voice Mauro Ranallo, Bellator light heavyweight Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and Strikeforce's Julie Kedzie. Invicta FC 2, which takes place July 28 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The night's main event features 2004 Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (5-0) against seasoned submission ace Shayna Baszler (14-6). The co-main event features a pair of Strikeforce veterans in Alexis Davis and Hitomi Akano...
Submitted Jul 23, 2012 2:50PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Ulysses Gomez slotted to face John Moraga at UFC on FOX 4
Flyweight Ulysses Gomez this past week told MMAjunkie.com Radio that he wasn't yet booked for his UFC debut but would be ready if duty called. And with the injury withdrawal of Ian McCall, opportunity has knocked. Gomez (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been slotted to face fellow newcomer John Moraga (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 4, which takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Submitted Jul 23, 2012 2:33PM by DrivenDavies15 - 4 comments
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Dana White Admits Calgary UFC 149 Was Disappointing
Dana White admitted the card fell short... I thought from the beginning the card should have been free - no way PPV. And then with that, with very few exceptions, they were very boring and dull fights Is it just me, or does anyone else not really care to watch Faber fight again? It's always the same 5 round non finish bore And Hector Lombard sort of reminded me of the crazy Paolo Fihlo when he fought Sonnen - it's like he was mentally elsewhere and seeing ghosts... not sure what happened to Lombard
Submitted Jul 23, 2012 1:24PM by tallica62 - 13 comments
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Mike Guymon Running Away from Father Time, Chasing UFC Return
Following his release from the UFC in early 2011, former King of the Cage welterweight champion Mike “Joker” Guymon decided it was time to step away from the sport. A year later, he felt amiss in his decision to retire, and decided to return to MMA. “I took a fight with BAMMA (in March), coming back at 155 pounds and fought Cris Leyva and I felt great,” Guymon told MMAWeekly.com. “I had that fire back in me. Just everything that was missing before, I had that back.” Then this past Friday, Guymon’s triumphant return continued, as he took a unanimous decision over Xtreme Couture prospect Mike Dizak at BAMMA’s latest installment in Commerce, Calif. “This was probably the toughest out of all my fights because I did it with a fractured shoulder,” said Guymon. “So to fight someone like Dizak and come out on top with the adversity I went through is something I’m still, like, tripping on. “I think there’s a couple of things that need to be done on my shoulder, but I want to get back in there,” he said. “I want to work my back into the UFC and show people what I can do. “I’d love to do it this year, but I think it’d be unrealistic to think I could pull off a huge string of victories quick by the end of this year with the way my physicality is now. I’m thinking that at the very first part of next year, I’d love to have that position where I’m back in the UFC and I’m fighting at 155 pounds.”
Submitted Jul 23, 2012 2:05AM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
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Bisping says he's been promised title shot
Should Michael Bisping take care of business against Brian Stann when the two meet at UFC 152 in September, he’ll finally get his long-awaited title shot. “I’ve been told if I beat him -- and beat him well -- I’ll get a title shot,” Bisping said. “But I haven’t gotten it in writing, so it probably doesn’t mean anything.”
Submitted Jul 22, 2012 5:20PM by Manak - 27 comments
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