Two New Fights Added To The Score Fighting Series
Two New Fights Featuring Local Athletes Added to The Score Fighting Series March 16th event in Hamilton
- Shane Campbell vs. Derek Boyle in a lightweight matchup
- Ryan Dickson vs. Chris St. Jean in a welterweight scrap
Press Release – TORONTO, February 16th, 2012 – The Score Fighting Series has announced two additional bouts for its Friday, March 16th event at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. World Muay Thai champion Shane Campbell of Stoney Creek will face off with fellow power striker Derek Boyle of Lethbridge, Alberta at lightweight (155 pounds) and unbeaten prospect Ryan Dickson (2-0) of Hamilton will duke it out with Chris St. Jean (5-3) of Ottawa at welterweight (170 pounds).
The matchup between Campbell (5-1) and Boyle (7-5), both winners of four of their last five fights, pits two of Canada’s most exciting, young, up-and-coming strikers against one another.
Dan Henderson: The UFC never offered me a fight against Lyoto Machida
What's the deal with Dan Henderson?
Good question. The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, who was expected to breathe new life into the shrinking 205-pound division, has been floundering on the sidelines ever since he decisioned Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 back in Nov. 2011.
So, what's the hold up?
There appears to be some confusion between "Hendo" and UFC President Dana White. After Henderson rejected a bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, White told fans the former middleweight would wait for a title shot. Then a few weeks later said no, he doesn't want to wait.
White even claims Henderson was offered a bout against Lyoto Machida but turned it down, a claim "Hollywood" refutes, after the jump.
From Henderson's Twitter:
Was never offered machida. And even though he has lost 3 out of his last 4, I'm sure it would be entertaining.
Remembering K-1 Champion Mike Bernardo: Dead at 42
Sad news this week in the kickboxing world - K-1 great Mike Bernardo has passed away. The longtime K-1 veteran died in his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 42. Further details on his death are not known at this time.
Bernardo was a fixture of the early days of K-1 where he established a fearsome reputation as the heavy-hitting KO fighter. Standing in contrast to more technical fighters like Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, and Andy Hug, Benardo was K-1's original heavy-handed brawler type of fighter, though he was also a very technically skilled competitor. Kid Nate summed him up well as "the scariest man in K-1. Not necessarily the best, but the scariest." But as is often the case, that scary fighter inside the ring was a kind man outside, dedicated to his faith.
UFC planning no PRIDE revival for Japan shows, will target existing UFC fans
Long before MMA hit the mainstream in North America, Japan was hosting historic shows with massive audiences and record TV ratings.
Most of it was the result of PRIDE Fighting Championships, a once-glorious fight promotion that mixed sport with unrivaled spectacle.
But as the UFC gears up for next week's UFC 144 event and a long-awaited return to Japan, officials are looking to the future, not the past.
Zuffa, the UFC's parent company, ultimately purchased and disbanded PRIDE in 2007. Officials planned to independently operate the promotion – which featured elaborate ring entrances, a different rules set, and a series of sometimes-comical open-weight matches – but ultimately disbanded it and moved key talent to the UFC. They cited numerous problems – from the internal workings of the company to issues with TV partners to financial discrepancies on the books. Rumored ties to the yakuza also dogged the promotion.
While many veteran MMA fans fondly remember PRIDE's once-dominant glory days, UFC president Dana White said UFC 144 marks a new era for MMA in Japan, and it'll include the UFC's brand of fighting.
"Do I think this is going to be a PRIDE event and 100,000 people are going to show up, and it's going to be (like that)?" White asked. "No, I don't think that. But I think that there is a fanbase there for the UFC.
"People keep asking me, 'Oh, will you play the PRIDE music? Will you do (this or that)?' No, this isn't PRIDE. It's the UFC. The UFC is coming to Japan, and what the people in Japan are going to see is what they see on television, if they're UFC fans."
Aaron Simpson nearly set on move to welterweight after UFC on FUEL TV 1 loss
If the docs say it's OK, count on seeing UFC vet Aaron Simpson at welterweight.
After a loss to Ronny Markes (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on Wednesday at UFC on FUEL TV 1, Simpson (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) said he's tired of being undersized at middleweight.
"I've been thinking about it over the last year and a half," the 37-year-old today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Everybody I fight is cutting from 220 (pounds)."
UFC on FUEL TV 1 took place at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb. Simpson vs. Markes served as part of the event's main card, which aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
The noticeably bulky Markes pinned Simpson on the cage several times during the three-round fight, which ended in a split decision for the Brazilian.
Simpson, who saw a three-fight win streak broken, said he never gets heavier than 200 pounds.
"There were times I couldn't budge," he said. "[Markes] had his shoulder buried in my chest, and I couldn't move him. And I can defend a lot of people's takedowns and everything, and it was just one of those deals where that really dwarfed me."
A positive Simpson took from the fight was the power in his punches, which dropped Markes in the first round. However, that advantage was muted by his size deficit...
Legacy Fighting Championships signs Robert Drysdale to multi-fight deal
Legacy Fighting Championships has signed jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale to a multi-fight deal.
Legacy promoter Mick Maynard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the signing.
Although an opponent hasn't been finalized for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Drysdale is expected to debut at the organization's Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event, which airs live on HDNet.
The show takes place May 11 at Houston's Arena Theater. Featherweights Chad Robichaux and Joseph Sandoval also are booked to fight at the show.
Jorge Santiago Hoping To Re-Join The UFC With A Good Showing In 2012
Former Sengoku middleweight champ, and UFC vet, Jorge ‘Sandman’ Santiago (23-10) calls 2011 a “nightmare” having lost both of his Octagon appearances, a TKO loss to Brian Stann at UFC 130 and a decision defeat at the hands of Demian Maia at UFC 136.
After his release by the top promotion, Santiago signed a multi-fight deal with the Titan Fighting Championship promotion and is set to debut on March 2nd versus fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha.
Speaking to Tatame.com, Santiago talks about his “nightmare” year and his hopes to return to the Octagon by stringing together a few good wins in 2012.
Memorable Jamie Yager has army in tow for tonight's Superior Cage Combat 4 event
Fight for a while at the professional level, and your reasons for doing it change.
Jamie Yager (5-2) has been chewed up and spit out by the promotional machine behind UFC parent company Zuffa. Still, to many, he's the only guy remembered from his season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series.
That's worth something. So now, the plan is to merge notoriety with talent, and tonight, he attempts to put the latter on display when he meets Danny Davis Jr. (6-5-1) at Superior Cage Combat 4. The event takes place at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
"I got on the show based on my looks and my natural, God-given talent and abilities, and I was able to portray a good thing to get on the show," Yager told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "But that's only going to get you so far."
Akira Corassani withdraws from his bout with Jason Young
Hard-hitting featherweight Akira Corassani has suffered an injury and will be unable to compete against Jason Young as originally expected at UFC on Fuel 2.
The promotion recently issued a press release to members of the Swedish media, revealing that Young will meet a to-be-announced replacement at the April 14 event, which marks the UFC’s inaugural trip to Sweden.
Headlined by a light heavyweight confrontation between top Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson and former Pride Fighting Championships star Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, UFC on Fuel 2 takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
UFC boss: NSAC's handling of Mayweather, Diaz, Sonnen woefully inconsistent
OMAHA, Neb. – UFC president Dana White admits he doesn't know how the Nevada State Athletic Commission is going to handle the failed UFC 143 drug test of top welterweight Nick Diaz.
But after observing what White considers incomprehensibly inconsistent recent handling of boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, the UFC boss is praying for fair treatment.
"We'll see what happens," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event in Omaha, Neb. "We'll see if inconsistency prevails again."
White's frustrations with the NSAC include his usual gripes: judges and referees that need better education and execution of their responsibilities. But more importantly, White points to the commission's recent directives for Mayweather and Sonnen as prime examples of how everything is certainly not equal.
"How about the Nevada State Athletic Commission royally kissed Floyd Mayweather's ass when he walked in there," White said. "This guy is going to jail. The judge is allowing him to not go to jail until he has his fight. Right?
UFC's heavyweight division unlikely to include Tim Sylvia, Herschel Walker
OMAHA, Neb. – All sorts of online campaigns have been launched to get fighters signed to the UFC, and many of them have worked.
For now, it looks like one former champion's won't.
"No," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) when asked whether Tim Sylvia could possibly be seen again inside the octagon. "I don't even know what Tim Sylvia's done. The last Tim Sylvia fight I saw, he got knocked out by a boxer. What has he done since then?"
Silvia (30-7) is 6-1 since the fight White referred to in which ex-boxing champ Ray Mercer knocked him out in nine seconds. Although most of his recent fights have been contested at super heavyweight, Sylvia slimmed to heavyweight and outpointed Andreas Kraniotakes this past November in the revamped ProElite.
After UFC on FUEL TV 1 classic, White says all future main events five rounds
If you were left begging for two more rounds after Jake Ellenberger's thrilling three-round victory over Diego Sanchez, you weren't alone.
Following Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event in Omaha, Neb., UFC president Dana White admitted he "blew it," and all future main events will feature five rounds.
"Already thought and done," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm actually pissed at myself about it, so yeah."
Tim Sylvia can be a title contender and beat 80-percent of the heavyweights in the UFC
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia is doing a little bit of campaigning asking for fans help to get him back into the ranks of the UFC. "The Maniac" took to "The Underground" to post this video asking for fans support for his "push" to get back into the world's largest mixed martial (MMA) promotion, a place he called home for more than six years before he was sent packing after a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81.
UFC on FUEL TV Weigh-In Results
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Diego Sanchez (170)
Dave Herman (234) vs. Stefan Struve (256)
Ronny Markes (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (186)
Philip De Fries (241) vs. Stipe Miocic (240)
T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Walel Watson (135)
John Albert (135) vs. Ivan Menjivar (135)
Jonathan Brookins (145) vs. Vagner Rocha (145)
Sean Loeffler (185) vs. Buddy Roberts (184)
Anton Kuivanen (156) vs. Justin Salas (155)
Bernardo Magalhaes (155) vs. Tim Means (155)
Strikeforce's Gina Carano cast for 'In the Blood' action-thriller
Following a starring and debut role in "Haywire," Gina Carano now has been cast for the lead film role in the upcoming action-thriller "In the Blood."
The news comes from "The Hollywood Reporter."
The new gig casts further doubt on the Strikeforce fighter's potential return to the MMA cage.
According to the report, the film, which John Stockwell will direct, begins principal photography "in late spring or early summer in Puerto Rico." That schedule all but assures Carano won't return to Strikeforce by year's end.
Carano (7-1 MMA, 1-1 SF) hasn't fought since an August 2009 title loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Soon after, famed director Steven Soderbergh cast the 29-year-old for "Haywire," which opened nationwide this past month to largely positive reviews. Many reviewers singled out Carano, who starred alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas, for her performance...
RIP K-1 legend Mike Bernardo, 1969-2012
A reliable source close to the situation has confirmed that K-1 legend and one-time MMA fighter Mike Bernardo has passed away. Further details will be provided as they become available.
Michael "Mike" Bernardo (born 28 July 1969) is a South African former kickboxer and boxer from Cape Town. Bernardo is known as Beru-chan in Japan, where he has taken part in K-1 World GPs since 1994. He holds notable wins over Mirko Filipovi?, Andy Hug, Francisco Filho, Branco Cikatic, and 3 straight wins over K-1 legend Peter Aerts.
NY MMA bill clears Senate committee
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today applauded the Senate’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation for approving S.1707A, which would authorize the New York State Athletic Commission to add Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to the list of contact sports that may hold matches and exhibitions in New York, and sending the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business for consideration.
"New York is one of only three states that does not allow professional MMA events to take place within its borders,” UFC Chairman & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “It’s unfair to the millions of UFC fans in New York who want to see matches in person without having to travel out of state, and we hope this is the first step in legalizing MMA in New York in 2012. Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in history – both in fans and in participants. There are literally hundreds of MMA schools and training facilities in New York, and the UFC has contributed to economic development and job creation in scores of communities around the country and across the world.”
Gary Goodridge Diagnosed with CTE/Pugilistic Dementia
Former UFC, Pride and K-1 star Gary Goodridge has a new battle on his hands, but just like his fights in the cage or ring, he won’t go down without swinging.
Goodridge recently visited a top neuro-physician in Canada where he was diagnosed with early onset CTE/pugilistic dementia.
CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) by definition is brain damage caused by repeated head trauma, resulting in degeneration of brain tissue. It’s commonly found in boxers, football players, ice hockey players and other athletes who have suffered repeated traumatic shock to the head.