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Dana White OK with WEC champ Jose Aldo's non-finish, open to 135-pound and UFC bids
(mmajunkie.com)
WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's first title defense wasn't exactly a nail-biter. But it didn't come close to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's much-maligned UFC 112 performance, said UFC president Dana White. The UFC figurehead conceded a finish would have been nice, though. After a night filled with barnburners, Aldo's decision win ended WEC 48 on a conservative note. "Obviously the main event is always the big topper," White said of Aldo's fight with Urijah Faber. "I think [Aldo] could have finished that fight. I think he was being very – I'll call it extremely cautious." Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 4:09PM by runningman08 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, WEC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White says WEC 48's Mike Brown battling personal problems
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown is back to the drawing board after his second consecutive loss, which came to Manny Gamburyan Saturday at WEC 48. And though Brown asked to return to the cage as quickly as possible after losing his WEC belt to Jose Aldo this past November, UFC president Dana White learned the former champion is wrestling with personal demons that took a sizable chunk off his training time for this weekend's fight. The people who tipped him off might surprise you. Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 2:06PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, UFC, MMA Personalities
 
White reveals that Versus, Spike TV agreements reason for brandless fight card
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After several days avoiding the question to the best of his ability, UFC president Dana White finally revealed the true reason "Aldo vs. Faber" was held without any brand connection to the WEC. TV exposure. "[The WEC and UFC] are two different brands on two different networks," White said. "Even though they're owned by the same company, they're two different brands owned by the same company. The networks aren't going to let us do it." Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 1:24PM by runningman08 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, WEC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Are UFC-WEC joint shows on the horizon? Dana White says he has "long-term gameplan"
(mmajunkie.com)
This past Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event benefited from a promotional push from its sister promotion – the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, the reason was simple: to get some preliminary fights on Spike TV as a teaser to the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event, the WEC branding had to be stripped. But what about a next step in the UFC-WEC relationship? Could we ever see UFC and WEC fighters competing on the same card? Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 1:22PM by runningman08 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, WEC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Roy Nelson Says Kongo Next, Likely At UFC 116
(mmajunkie.com)
It would seem that Roy Nelson is going to take the international route to the top of the UFC Heavyweight division. After defeating Dutch giant Stefan Struve in his "official" UFC debut, Nelson has confirmed reports that French striker Cheick Kongo is his next foe. Date TBA but it's likely going to be at UFC 116 on July 3.
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 9:15AM by DCRage - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Despite recent antics, Anderson Silva will headline UFC 117 says Dana White
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Despite UFC president Dana White's threats in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not be fighting on the preliminary card of a UFC event any time soon. In fact, he'll actually be in the main event. Following Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" post-event press conference, White told a small group of reporters that the upcoming Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif., would serve as the night's featured contest. Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 4:17AM by runningman08 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
WEC 48 bonuses: Gamburyan, Henderson, Garcia and Jung earn record $65K awards
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Manny Gamburyan, Benson Henderson, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung each earned $65,000 bonuses – the largest in World Extreme Cagefighting history – for their performances at Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event. Gamburyan earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Henderson picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Garcia and Jung earned "Fight of the Night" honors. MMAjunkie.com learned of the winners and bonus amounts in the night's post-fight press conference. Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 4:15AM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, UFC, MMA Personalities
 
"Aldo vs. Faber" sets WEC records with 14,144 fans and $1 million live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC champion Urijah Faber fell short in his quest to dethrone surging champion Jose Aldo at Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, but "The California Kid" helped deliver another successful live gate in his home town of Sacramento, Calif. According to UFC and WEC president Dana White, the event, informally known as WEC 48, drew 14,144 fans to ARCO Arena, a figure that netted a gate of $1 million. If the numbers hold true when verified later this week by the California State Athletic Commission, each figure is a new WEC record. Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 4:12AM by runningman08 - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA
 
"UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" weigh-ins set for May 7 at Montreal's Bell Centre
(mmajunkie.com)
Weigh-ins for next month's "UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" event take place Friday, May 7, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The same venue hosts the following night's pay-per-view event, which features a headliner between light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and top challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.. The weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. ET, and doors open at 3 p.m. Full Article
Submitted Apr 24, 2010 2:21PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Chael Sonnen confirms he'll face Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in Oakland
(mmajunkie.com)
Chael Sonnen will get his shot at champion Anderson Silva on Aug. 7 at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif. The mercurial middleweight confirmed the upcoming bout at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session on Friday, though he did say one condition existed for the fight. Sonnen is in for the contest, but he's giving the champion a chance to back out. Full Article
Submitted Apr 24, 2010 1:37PM by runningman08 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, General MMA
 
"Aldo vs. Faber" to feature WEC-record $65K "Fight Night" bonuses
(mmajunkie.com)
Much has been made in recent days of promotion official's decision to handle "Aldo vs. Faber" more like a UFC event than a WEC fight card. While some have questioned the strategy, there are at least 22 people who have no problem with the decision. That would be the 22 fighters on tonight's pay-per-view card, who will be competing with a WEC-record set of $65,000 "Fight Night" bonuses on the line. Full Article
Submitted Apr 24, 2010 1:35PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA
 
Loiseau is reportedly being added to UFC 113
(sportsnet.ca)
Canadian middleweight David "The Crow" Loiseau is reportedly being added to UFC 113, scheduled for Saturday May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Sources have told Sportsnet that Loiseau (18-9) will return to the octagon as part of the preliminary card and is tentatively scheduled to face Birmingham, Alabama's John Salter (4-1).
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 7:35PM by jae_1833 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WEC 48 weigh-in results: All fighters make weight
(mmajunkie.com)
Today's festivities took place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., the same venue that hosts Saturday's first-ever pay-per-view-televised WEC event with a championship headliner between WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and ex-champ Urijah Faber.
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 7:30PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
 
Nick Diaz Apologizes
(youtube.com)
He essentially says it was unexpected and he was angry. He vilifies Miller and although the title says it's an apology I think it fell short of a full fledged apology and turned into excuses.
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 6:10PM by bjj1605 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce Inks Broadcast Deals in 8 Asian Territories
(sherdog.com)
Strikeforce has secured additional broadcast distribution in eight Asian markets through a deal with Lionsgate subsidiary Tiger Gate International, the promotion’s distributor, Shine International, announced on Friday. According to the release, Strikeforce content is now available to viewers in 14 countries.
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 5:11PM by jae_1833 - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dana White says UFC still coming to Oakland, just lukewarm on Hawaii
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event is the current focus of UFC president Dana White, the continued global expansion of the company's primary brand is always on his mind. At Thursday's "Aldo vs. Faber" pre-event press conference, White confirmed that Salt Lake City will host UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1, but he also confirmed that the city originally expected to host that event, Oakland, Calif., will still get a visit from the UFC this year. However, White seemed less optimistic that a long-rumored trip to Hawaii was in the promotion's immediate plans. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 3:40PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Global versions of "The Ultimate Fighter" could focus on talent for the WEC
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC president Dana White has long promised that he along with his fight promotion, he is also bringing "The Ultimate Fighter" global. But while the U.S. version of the show, currently airing its 11th season on Spike TV, focuses on the various weight classes utilized by the UFC, White said forthcoming versions of the show in other countries will likely feed talent to the lighter weight classes of the WEC. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 2:14PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Bellator 15 results
(mmajunkie.com)
In the promotion's first season-two visit to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Bellator Fighting Championships on Thursday night once again provided a handful of exciting contests and impressive performances.
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 2:00PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
No WEC, no problem; Dana White says missing logo all part of master plan
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event draws near, the big guns from both the WEC and UFC have descended upon Sacramento, Calif., to begin final preparations for the April 24 event. But while WEC stars Jose Aldo, Urijah Faber, Ben Henserson and Donald Cerrone joined UFC president Dana White today at ARCO Arena for a pre-event press conference, there was one noticeable absence. The WEC logo. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 12:57PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, Interviews, UFC
 
Report: Hughes vs. Almeida Possible For UFC 117
(mmamania.com)
Ricardo Almeida may get the chance to take his frustrations out on Matt Hughes in a possible welterweight showdown at the upcoming UFC 117 event planned for Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., according to a McTweet from ESPN's Franklin McNeil. Almeida has won 3 in a row and could be looking to avenge the recent loss by his master and friend, Renzo Gracie, who was TKO'd at UFC 112 by none other than Hughes.
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 12:25PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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