Michael Bisping’s next opponent will be either Vitor Belfort or Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Michael Bisping’s next opponent will be either Vitor Belfort or Yoshihiro Akiyama. The fight will take place at UFC 120, which is being staged at the O2 Arena in London on October 16th.
The news comes via Fighters Only and Daily Telegraph columnist Gareth Davies, who was told of the matchmaking by a very well-placed source.
Akiyama’s eligibility will be determined by his performance tonight against Chris Leben, with a loss most likely putting him out of the running for the October match.
Diabate vs Gustafsson added to UFC 120
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the upcoming UFC 120 card in London, England as striker extraordinare Cyril Diabate returns for his second appearance in the Octagon to take on Swedish born fighter Alexander Gustafsson.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Saturday, stating the fighters have verbally accepted, but bout agreements have not been issued yet. MMAFighting.com first reported the fight on Saturday.
Kharitonov's debut likely against Antonio Silva
Newly signed Strikeforce heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov could make his debut for the organization as early as August against American Top Team heavyweight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
The news of Kharitonov's first Strikeforce appearance comes from CEO Scott Coker, who says they've already talked about that fight, and it could happen on the promotion’s Aug. 21 card slated for Houston.
UFC 116 quick results
Champ Brock Lesnar def. interim champ Shane Carwin via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 2, 2:19 (becomes unified champ)
Chris Leben def. via (triangle choke) - Round 3, 4:40
Chris Lytle def. Matt Brown via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 2:02
Stephan Bonnar def. Krzysztof Soszynski via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:08
George Sotiropoulos def. Kurt Pellegrino via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Brendan Schuab def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:07
Ricardo Romero def. Seth Petruzelli via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 3:05
Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Gerald Harris def. David Branch via knockout (slam) - Round 3, 2:35
Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC 116 fighter bonuses: Six fighters each earn $75,000 awards
Gerald Harris, Brock Lesnar, Stephan Bonnar, Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Leben and Yoshihiro Akiyama each earned $75,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 116 event.
Harris earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Lesnar earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Bonnar, Soszynski, Leben, Akiyama all earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
His Back Against The Wall, Stephan Bonnar Knows It's Do or Die Tonight
Dana White has often said that light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar will always have a home in the UFC, but he's never said that home is in the cage. A finalist on the original season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Bonnar's place in UFC history is secure, but "The American Psycho" knows if he wants to keep his place on the active roster, he must get a win at tonight at UFC 116 event. Bonnar faces Krzysztof Soszynski in a rematch of their spirited UFC 110 bout in February. Bonnar and Soszynski combined to for two rousing rounds of action before an accidental headbutt from "The Polish Experiment" led to an incorrect TKO call from the referee in the final frame. Bonnar hasn't won in nearly 3 years and a loss here could get him cut, a fate recently suffered by popular fighter Keith Jardine, released after losing 4 in a row.
Shane Carwin Is Living The American Dream
In a new post on his website, Shane-Carwin.com, the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion talks about the week in Vegas that has led up to UFC 116 tonight. "This week has been a whirlwind I have found myself on TV shows I normally watch, endorsing products I usually drink, and being treated like a super star. The entire casino and strip is loaded with ads for UFC 116 it is amazing. The hotel room is larger then my first couple of homes and they even have poker tables with Brock and me on them. There is no doubt in my mind I a living the American Dream. Tonight it is not about winning a belt or being ranked number one in the Heavy Weight Division. Tonight is about two super talented big guys who have put a life time of work into being the very best they can be. Tonight all the hard work and sacrifices comes down to 25 minutes of war. I am honored that Lesnar would give me the chance. It takes a real man to face the very best after a long lay off. Brock doesn't seem to take any short cuts and I expect to see the very best Brock Lesnar ever tonight. He is a tough fight for anyone and holds the one thing that all of us fighters in the division are hunting for, the UFC strap."
Coker: Maybe Fedor Should Fight Overeem And Winner Gets Werdum
In other words, he's thinking that if you want a shot at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title, all you have to do is earn a marquee fight and then just lose. "My feeling is maybe Fedor should fight Alistair Overeem and whoever wins that fight gets to fight Fabricio Werdum. I would love to see that fight too, Alistair and Fedor, I would love to see that fight happen. Here's the thing, we just saw Fedor fight Werdum; I'm not saying we couldn't do the rematch [Fedor vs. Werdum] first but I'm saying there are a couple options on the table. Until we sit down with M-1, we're just talking about different options and that [Fedor vs. Overeem] is one of the options."
George Sotiropoulos Knows He's A Cheater
So claims his opponent tonight, Kurt Pellegrino, who apparently didn't like George pulling a Shinya Aoki in February when he beat Joe Stevenson in Australia while wearing "fancy pants". "I’m not stressed out. I’m not nervous. Why would I be nervous? I’ve grappled with the best grappler on the planet (Marcelo Garcia). I’ve seen everything. This is the best prepared person I’ve ever been. I just have a lot of confidence right now. I don’t need to cheat or find a loophole to make my game better. My game is where it is: no shirt, pair of fight shorts, let’s rock and roll. I don’t need neoprene or kneepads to help me win or get the edge. If that’s what he needs, fantastic; good for him. He knows he’s a cheater."
Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne Targeted For UFC 120
A heavyweight matchup between veteran Cheick Kongo and prospect Travis Browne is expected for UFC 120 in London. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Kongo was recently cleared for training following a back injury that forced him off tomorrow's UFC 116.
TUF 11 Finale Draws 1889 For $430K Gate
The NSAC today revealed the official attendance and live gate from the TUF 11 Finale. The total attendance was 1889: 1303 paid, 586 comps, 252 unsold, for a live gate of $430,250. UFC originally estimated 1708 attendance but was exactly right on the live gate estimate.
Early UFC 116 Fighter Payouts
NSAC head Keith Kizer today revealed some of the fighter payouts-to-be for tomorrow's UFC 116 event. Brock Lesnar will get $400,000 no matter what, while Shane Carwin will get $40,000 guaranteed, $80,000 of he wins. Chris Leben will make $43,000 with double that if he wins, while Yoshihiro Akiyama gets $45,000 and another $25,000 to win.
UFC 116 Official Sellout, 1 Million PPV Buys Expected
With what UFC president Dana White has called "the biggest heavyweight fight in the history of the UFC" headlining the card, Saturday's UFC 116 event is sold out. While a few select tickets remain for "UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the numbers are small enough that the promotion considers the event an official sellout. White also said the buzz surrounding the Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin headlining bout will likely produce a pay-per-view blockbuster, and the UFC exec said the promotion is anticipating more than 1 million buys.
Four Fights Added to DREAM.15. More Trouble at Featherweight
Only one week prior to DREAM.15 we are finally starting to get some more matches, but it looks like FEG are having troubles. Yoshida Dojo fighters Kazuhiro Nakamura and Michihiro Omigawa have officially made the move to DREAM where they will face Karl "Psycho" Amousso and Young Sam Jung respectively. You can be forgiven for not recognizing the name Young Sam Jung. One of Japan's best at featherweight will be facing an 0-2 fighter. Both losses come by first round KO.
Mitsuhiro Ishida will be making the move down to "featherweight" to meet Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata and the light-heavyweight title eliminator match between Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O'Brien was made official.
Kennedy vs. Souza, Noons vs. Gurgel in Works for Strikeforce: Houston
Strikeforce is moving forward with its middleweight division since releasing their champion Jake Shields.
Mauro Ranallo reported on Thursday's edition of The Fight Show, that the organization is working towards putting together a middleweight fight between Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza at Strikeforce: Houston on Aug. 21. Strikeforce hasn't decided whether the fight will be for the newly-vacated title or a part of the proposed 185-pound tournament.
Shogun Rua Out Until March, Leaving 205-Pound Division in Holding Pattern
LAS VEGAS -- Rashad Evans won a light-heavyweight championship title opportunity when he beat Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in May, but he's going to have to wait a while to cash in his golden ticket.
UFC President Dana White confirmed Thursday that current champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua won't be back in the octagon for another eight months, likely returning in March 2011.
Still, White took that as good news, saying that his surgically repaired knee is healing well since a recent surgery.
"Shogun's great, his knee's coming along great," White said just after the UFC 116 pre-fight press conference. "It's all good."
Cung Le Out Of SF MW Tourney, Manhoef Eyed For Spot
With Cung Le opting not to participate in Strikeforce's upcoming Middleweight Title Tournament, the field may now get a bit more "Marvelous". Scott Coker says Le plans to stick to superfights and not participate, and as a result Coker will invite feared striker Melvin Manhoef to participate in the tournament. Coker said today that the shape of the tournament and number of events in which it will play out still are being decided.
Sherdogs Latest P4P Rankings Via ESPN
For 7½ years, Fedor Emelianenko was a fixture in the rarefied air of pound-for-pound lists. Not anymore. Emelianenko's shocking June 26 loss to Fabricio Werdum radically resculpted the face of the heavyweight division and the pound-for-pound list.
This is easily the most curious list I've seen in a while. I'm sure you could make a case for a couple guys, but I'd have some names on there that aren't.