UFC 137: Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione fight booked for Oct. 29 in Las Vegas
The hits, they keep on coming.
Before their most recent bookings at UFC on Versus 4, both Cheick Kongo and Matt Mitrione agreed it would be a gay old time if they got to fight one another.
ESPN brings word that they have been booked to throw hands at the upcoming UFC 137: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" event on Oct. 29, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC Welterweight Chris Lytle Eyeing Potential Political Bid in 2012
Chris Lytle has had a lot of experience balancing his dueling careers as a pro fighter and a full-time firefighter. Now he's considering adding a third to the list after forming an exploratory committee to examine a political run for the Indiana Statehouse in 2012.
The 36 year-old Lytle told MMA Fighting on Thursday that he's been discussing the move for the last few months and finally filed the papers to form the exploratory committee in order to begin preliminary fundraising, as well as to "see what people think about it."
CEO Bjorn Rebney: Nate Marquardt currently "just isn't a good fit" for Bellator
Bjorn Rebney knows top-10 fighters don't grow on trees, and it's even rarer to find such free agents coming off a victory.
But despite the availability of Nate Marquardt, the Bellator chairman and CEO said the former UFC middleweight title challenger won't be headed to his organization anytime soon.
As he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Marquardt "just isn't a good fit" for the organization at this time.
Source: Antonio Carvalho out, Felipe Arantes in against Yuri Alcantara at UFC 134
Promising featherweight prospect Felipe Arantes (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in to fill a gap in UFC 134's card.
Arantes' managers, Fred Magalhaes and Jorge Patino of Gold Team Fighters, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Arantes has signed with the UFC and will face Yuri Alcantara (24-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the late-summer event.
Alcantara originally was scheduled to meet Antonio Carvalho, but Magalhaes said the Canadian has been forced to withdraw from the fight.
Dana White: Brock Lesnar's recovery from surgery has been 'incredible'
Brock Lesnar is a physical freak of nature in every sense of the phrase.
The former UFC heavyweight champion was initially stricken with an illness known as diverticulitis, an intestinal disease, back in 2009. He described the painful stomach sensation as "a shotgun blast to the stomach, and then someone poured some salt and Tabasco and stirred it all up with a nasty pitchfork."
The full time-line of the scramble to replace Davis
Dana White Details The Scramble To Replace Phil Davis
During a UFC 133 conference call, UFC President Dana White detailed what happened in the scramble to replace UFC 133 main eventer Phil Davis after he was forced out with injury.
We found out Phil Davis was hurt last week and we had him set up for an MRI. We called Tito about replacing him and Tito said he had personal issues. So we called Machida, he seemed excited about it.
Strikeforce signs KOTC champion Bobby Green
Undisputed KOTC lightweight champion Bobby Green is headed to Strikeforce.
The high-energy fighter, who owns a 15-4 pro record and four victories in his past five fights, has signed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Jason House of Iridium Sports Agency today confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A debut date and opponent have not been determined.
Green, a three-and-a-half-year pro, has spent much of his career with KOTC, though he's also made appearances with Affliction and Tachi Palace Fights. The 24-year-old, who trains with Pinnacle Jiu jitsu and MMA in California, owns seven knockouts and six submissions in 15 career victories.
Andrei Arlovski and Mark Ellis Officially Signed; Signals New Approach for Pro Elite
Call it Pro Elite 2.0. Call it a new and improved version. Call it whatever you want, but the new version of Pro Elite is up and running and signing fighters for their return show in August.
The organization that once promoted Elite XC, which landed on both Showtime and CBS, is now under new leadership and they are putting the finishing touches on the business model that will lead them in a new direction.
Former Pride Grand Prix Champion Kazuo Misaki Signs with Strikeforce
At one time, Kazuo Misaki was a mainstay in the top ten of the middleweight division during his time with Pride Fighting Championships.
Now the Japanese fighter is making his move to welterweight and has signed an exclusive deal to compete in the welterweight division of Strikeforce.
Sources close to Misaki confirmed the signing to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
Anaconda-choke creator Milton Vieira signs with Strikeforce
Veteran fighter Milton Vieira has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Alchemist MMA, the fighter's new management team, today announced the signing, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Vieira (12-7-1 MMA, 0-0 SF), a 32-year-old PRIDE and Bitetti Combat veteran, is perhaps best known as the creator of the anaconda-choke submission, which he used in his most recent victory over Bruno "Cro Cop" Lobato in June.
News Two-fer Jones doubts Rampage Passion- Rampage in talks for new movie deal.
After Evans v Rampage everyone said that Rampage movie role in the A team was a distraction that clearly hindered his training (I agree, although he has looked WAYYY more docile in his other recent fights). Now on the verge of reclaiming the belt he denies having lost, it is revealed that he is in talks with taking on yet another movie role playing superhero in an upcoming Marvel film. Personally speaking I think that Jones has inadvertently pinpointed the biggest reason why he will remain champ into 2012.
Granted he would more than likely not be filming anything prior to the fight, but 1 he has admitted to being in this for the money, 2 he already has his eye on retirement 3 he is already seeking out new movie roles that will distract him.
Chris Horodecki vs. Chris Saunders added to Bellator 47 main card
Bellator Fighting Championships is heading to Canada, and "The Polish Hammer" meets "The So-Cal Kid."
MMAjunkie.com has confirmed that WEC and IFL veteran Chris Horodecki has signed on with Bellator Fighting Championships and will meet Chris Saunders at Bellator 47.
Featuring the semifinals of Bellator's "Summer Series" featherweight tournament, Bellator 47 takes place July 23 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Reagan Penn set to make his mma debut
Reagan Penn, younger brother of former UFC champion BJ Penn, is expected to make his mixed martial arts debut at the upcoming ProElite event booked for Aug. 27 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. An opponent has yet to be named.
Lyoto Machida turns down UFC 133 rematch against Rashad Evans
Despite an initial report we passed along late last night from Head Kick Legend, it turns out Lyoto Machida will NOT be fighting Rashad Evans at UFC 133 on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia.
Caju Freitas brings word from camp "Dragon:"
"The fight is very close and for a professional matter we can't accept it. We want to make the best match and there is remaining just a few weeks and it wouldn't be fair with the fans to do a bad performance."
Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Lifts Nate Marquardt's Suspension
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted the former UFC fighter's suspension at noon ET on Wednesday because, according to Executive Director Greg Sirb, "he met all our medical requirements."
Sirb refused to go into detail as to what Marquardt had to do to meet the commission's requirements in order to get his suspension lifted.
MMA Junkie first reported the news earlier in the day.
JDS: Mir talks a lot of bull----
FO: Frank Mir stated he hits harder than you. Is he an opponent you would like to face one day?
Who, Frank Mir? He said what?
FO: Yeah, he said he hits harder. Would you like to fight him to avenge Nogueira’s loss?
[laughs] First off, regarding hitting harder than me… [more laughter; pause for breath]
Look… when a fighter begins either to lose, or not to get satisfactory results, what does he do to promote himself? He talks. And it is what he’s doing. Frank Mir is a guy who likes to talk a lot, talks lots of bullshit and I don’t believe he hits harder than me.