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Olympian Sara McMann says UFC deal is 'in the works'
The UFC may soon have a second female fighter under contract. This past week UFC President Dana White confirmed Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has signed with the UFC and will is now the organization's first female UFC titleholder. Now, Olympian and submission-grappling standout Sara McMann (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) said she may not be far behind. "Everyone keeps asking me if I am in the @UFC," McMann wrote via Twitter. "All I know is that it is 'in the works.' Thank you for your support :)"
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 8:43PM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Robert Drysdale: 'Arrogant' and 'idiot' Anderson Silva wants Georges St. Pierre fight, not Jon Jones, because of size advantage
Speaking to ProMMAInsider.com, Robert says though Silva is a "phenomenal" fighter, as a person, he is as "arrogant" as they come: "I think he's phenomenal man. I think he is phenomenal. I just think he's got an attitude man. Yeah. He's great, he's a phenomenal striker, unbelievable man. I keep saying that. He's really that good. But, I don't think much of the guy just because of his attitude. I don't think much of him as a person. I think he's incredibly arrogant and I just don't look up to people like that, I don't care how skilled you are. I really don't. To me, it's like, 'Alright, you're skilled, but you're an idiot.' So, whatever. I don't think that much of the guy as a person." Chiming in on the much-publicized "super fight' between UFC welterweight champion and Silva, Drysdale believes the only reason Anderson wants the bout is because he knows he can beat "Rush" due to his size. A fight against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, however, is a whole different ball game, and according to Drysdale, Silva recognizes that: "I would like to see him and Jon Jones, man. I think that would be a hard pick. Him and GSP, I think he would have an edge on [him] because he's going to be so much bigger, so much taller. Because he walks around 220-something from what I hear. Him and Jon Jones would be a better match and fun to watch. He knows that he can beat GSP because of the length. His (Silva's) wrestling has improved a lot from preparing for Chael Sonnen. But, that would be GSP's best bet and even so, he wouldn't be much better than Anderson on the ground. Jon Jones, it's a different ball game, he's longer than Anderson Silva and he's a better wrestler. Yeah, he (Silva) knows that." Let's see, that's now at least six major prominent figures in the fight game that believe Silva is picking on the much smaller man. With Freddie Roach, Tito Ortiz, Martin Kampmann, Cesar Gracie and Firas Zahabi sharing Robert's sentiments.
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 7:23PM by SmileR - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Dana White: Ronda Rousey may be beautiful but she is a “Diaz brother inside”
Dana White recently spoke to Inside MMA about the newly signed UFC fighter and first female in the UFC, Ronda Rousey; “From the outside, she is this beautiful girl who won a bronze medal in the Olympics and everything else, but when you talk to Ronda Rousey and you get to know her, she’s a Diaz brother inside,” he said, “She’s a real fighter and that’s what I look for in anybody, whether you’re a male or a female. She’s nasty. She’s mean. She likes to fight, and she likes to finish people. Those are the kind of people I like, whether you’re a male or a female.” “I’m trying out this 135 pound division,” he said, “I think that the division is stacked enough where she has some serious opposition ahead of her. But, that’s it. I’m trying out this 135 pound division.”
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 6:03PM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
FX, not FUEL TV, to air UFC on FOX 5 prelims
Next month's UFC on FOX 5 prelims will air on FX and Facebook, not FUEL TV. Prior to this year's three UFC on FOX telecasts, the main prelims have aired on FUEL TV, however, the promotion and network have decided to move them to FX this time around. UFC president Dana White confirmed the switch with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. FX will air six fights prior to the Dec. 8 UFC on FOX 5 main card beginning at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT: Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson, Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur, Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver, Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez, Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor, and Yves Edwards vs. John Cholish. Prior to the FX prelims, Facebook will also stream three fights beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET / 12:45 p.m PT: Bryan Caraway vs. Mike Easton, John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen, and Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo.
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 5:01PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Eddie Yagin released from hospital, expected to make full recovery
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin is expected to make a full recovery after a recent head injury scare. According to Yagin's manager Jason House, Yagin was released from a local San Diego hospital last week after he was admitted due to a series of headaches which left him feeling very ill. "The injury was not the result of a certain strike or exchange," House said last week. "[He] came home, had a headache, started to vomit whatever liquids he drank and then decided to go to the ER the next day."
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 3:49PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
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UFC's Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve agree via Twitter to UFC 156 fight
"I did NOT REFUSE to FIGHT Roy Nelson," Kongo wrote. "I REFUSED to TAKE A FIGHT on SHORT NOTICE. Which is NOT THE SAME AT ALL." White, however, said it was. "That's the business you're in," he said after UFC 154. "When you turn down a fight, you turn down a fight, and that's two in a row (for Kongo). I don't know who he's waiting for."
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 3:46PM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC boss Dana White hints at potential for 'longer-term deal' with FOX network
"We're in a long-term deal with FOX," White said Saturday following the UFC 154 post-event news conference. "We're not going anywhere. And we might even be in a longer-term deal with FOX. We'll see what happens." The sudden hint that perhaps the seven-year deal with FOX could be extended was a new revelation from White, who hasn't been shy about defending the UFC's ratings on FOX to critics who have argued that they should be higher. UFC on FOX 1, which featured just one fight – Junior Dos Santos' knockout of Cain Velasquez to win the heavyweight title – was the highst-rated MMA event in U.S. network TV history with 5.7 million viewers.
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 2:43PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 154 ratings: FX prelims fall just short of 1-million viewers mark
Ratings for FX's broadcast of this past weekend's UFC 154 preliminary card fell just short of the 1-million-viewer mark.. FX's two-hour broadcast , which featured four live preliminary-card fights, averaged 980,000 viewers. That's down from the 1 million who tuned in for the two-hour prelims show for UFC 153 in October.
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 2:40PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
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UFC 154 medical suspensions: Martin Kampmann, Patrick Cote top list with 60-day terms
The full list includes: Georges St-Pierre: suspended 28 days Carlos Condit: suspended 30 days Johny Hendricks: suspended seven days Martin Kampmann: suspended 60 days Francis Carmont: suspended 14 days Tom Lawlor: suspended 14 days Rafael dos Anjos: suspended 14 days Mark Bocek: suspended 45 days Pablo Garza: suspended 14 days Mark Hominick: suspended 45 days Patrick Cote: suspended 60 days Alessio Sakara: suspended seven days Cyrille Diabate: suspended seven days Chad Griggs: suspended 30 days John Makdessi: suspended 14 days Sam Stout: suspended 14 days Antonio Carvalho: suspended 14 days Rodrigo Damm: suspended 14 days Matt Riddle: suspended 14 days John Maguire: suspended 14 days Ivan Menjivar: suspended 7 days Azamat Gashimov: suspended seven days Darren Elkins: suspended 14 days Steven Siler: suspended 14 days
Submitted Nov 20, 2012 2:39PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Firas Zahabi: Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre at 170 pounds would be 'fair fight'
Like most everyone else in the mixed martial arts business, Montreal-based trainer Firas Zahabi has opinions on whom his most famous protege, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, should fight next. The way Zahabi sees it, with Carlos Condit out of the way after GSP's UFC 154 victory, there are plenty of good options available at 170 pounds: Nick Diaz. Johny Hendricks. Anderson Silva. Wait ... Anderson Silva at welterweight? Isn't that expected to be a catchweight super fight, if the bout is made?
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 11:30PM by kingsmasher - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ronda Rousey likely to main event UFC pay-per-view.
Here's how much the UFC thinks of Ronda Rousey and her exploding star power: the newly signed women's bantamweight champion will most likely main event a pay-per-view in her octagon debut, UFC president Dana White said. "She's the champ," he said. "Unless there's a weight division higher than her that the champ would be defending the title, then yeah, she'd be the main event." That's quite a turnaround for White, who as recently as 2011 said women would "never" fight in a UFC cage.
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 11:14PM by kingsmasher - 22 comments
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White not interested in talking to retired Bonnar
Stephan Bonnar not only failed his UFC 153 postfight drug test, he failed promotion president Dana White. White has opted not to speak with the recently retired light heavyweight since the test results were revealed. Bonnar, 35, tested positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, after suffering a first-round TKO loss Oct. 13 to middleweight champion Anderson Silva in Rio de Janeiro.A little more than two weeks after the loss, Bonnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 9:57PM by prophecy033 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
With Sakara's team planning appeal of UFC 154 DQ, ref Miragliotta explains his decision
Dan Miragliotta contends that most of the shots that hit Patrick Cote just prior to a stoppage against Alessio Sakara were legal blows. Three weren't, however, and the longtime referee said he issued two verbal warnings before the third blow knocked Cote out and forced his intervention. "As long as hand makes contact with the ear, it's a legal strike," Miragliotta told MMAjunkie.com. "If you miss the ear and only hit the back of the head, it's illegal."
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 9:49PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Andrei Arlovski returns to Russia vs Mike Hayes in Fight Nights: 'Battle of Moscow 9' main event on Dec. 16
heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Andre Arlovski and relative unknown Bellator veteran Mike Hayes is set to serve as the Fight Nights: "Battle of Moscow 9" main event on Dec. 16, 2012, in Moscow, Russia. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is ramping up for his first fight in Russia since 2000, according to the Belarusian's official Twitter account. "The Pitbull will collide with Mike "300" Hayes at Fight Nights: "Battle of Moscow 9" on Dec. 16, 2012, in Moscow, Russia. And officials from the international mixed martial arts (MMA) organization confirmed that the heavyweight showdown is expected to serve as the main event of the evening.
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 8:36PM by sparky - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Despite Rumors, One FC is Not Selling to Glory
Three weeks ago rumblings began that GLORY would be buying One FC. Things were quiet on that front for a while, then all of a sudden the word broke out that the deal was done, that Victor Cui was meeting with GLORY execs and they’d sold to GSI. This is purely NOT TRUE. AsianMMA.com confirmed, after talking with OneFC CEO Victor Cui, that they have NOT sold to GLORY and has absolutely no plans to sell to GLORY. Fact of the matter is, OneFC is in excellent financial shape and has no plans to sell themselves to anyone anytime soon.
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 7:53PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Nevada commission OK with UFC promoting Alistair Overeem or Nick Diaz – with caveats
The UFC can promote Alistair Overeem and Nick Diaz for bouts next year "as long as Zuffa makes quite clear that there's an added piece to that puzzle," NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). In Overeem's case, that means getting a license to fight in Nevada. For Diaz, it's scheduling him after his suspension ends. The star fighters have been benched for much of 2012 as they wait out respective administrative actions handed down by the NSAC. UFC President Dana White on Saturday told reporters that the NSAC approved booking Overeem for a bout with Antonio Silva at UFC 156, which takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. "But he's still got to go before the commission, and it still doesn't mean the outcome could be good," White said. "But I think that Alistair has been doing the right thing, as far as the commission is concerned, and doing all the things that he needs to do to get back in their good graces. It's looking positive and optimistic."
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 7:46PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
“You’re Either Fighters or You’re Not,” Dana White Unsure Who Cheick Kongo is Waiting For
After the debacle that resulted in the UFC 151 cancellation in September, the focus has seemingly been not on fighters that are stepping up to keep fights together, but the ones that are turning down fights, for whatever reason.
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 3:18PM by FastKnockout - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alessio Sakara’s Manager Filing Appeal; Wants Rematch with Patrick Cote on Neutral Ground
Alessio Sakara left Montreal on Saturday with a loss on his record by disqualification after he believed he had been the first fighter ever to knock out Patrick Cote.
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 11:57AM by FastKnockout - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Maguire plans return to middleweight following UFC 154 loss to Matt Riddle
After dropping his second straight fight, John Maguire is changing weight classes. The British fighter will return to middleweight after a nearly three-year run at welterweight following his Saturday loss to Matt Riddle at UFC 154. Maguire on Sunday announced the news on his Twitter account. UFC 154 took place at Bell Centre in Montreal. Maguire's fight against Riddle streamed live on Facebook.
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 11:54AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC boss Dana White confirms move to Hard Rock was retaliation for credit cut at Palms
The UFC's return to Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino from the Palms Casino Resort was the result of a fallout between UFC President Dana White and the Palms. White on Saturday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the accuracy of a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which stated he cut ties with the venue when his credit limit was cut in half. "I had a little beef with the Palms, and I ripped the UFC out of there," he said with a chuckle...
Submitted Nov 19, 2012 11:11AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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