Programming reminder: DREAM 'Fight for Japan' replay airs tonight (June 3) at 10pm ET on HDNet
Headlining the main event was a 155-pound match-up between top ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki and UFC veteran Rich Clementi. There was a merry-go-round of opponents for "The Tobikan Judan" in this event, but when the music stopped, it was "No Love" who was awarded the high-profile fight.
Also featured was an intriguing featherweight scrap between Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen and Mitsuhiro Kikuno as well as a compelling lightweight battle between Katsunori Kikuno and Daisuke Nakamura.
Anthony Pettis: No amount of heart will save Clay Guida from my left high kick
It's almost "Showtime."
Reigning WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be making his much-anticipated UFC debut tomorrow night (June 4, 2011) against Clay Guida on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 Finale.
The renowned Roufusport star has all eyes on him entering this fight and he's ready to give MMA fans a new memory, perhaps even better. He plans on making a big splash with a shot at the UFC title within his grasp.
Pettis was a guest on a special edition of Pro MMA Radio this week and he detailed the Edgar-Maynard situation, his infamous kick and, of course, his upcoming fight with Clay Guida.
Find out why he chose Guida for his UFC debut after the jump
UFC champ Jon Jones: I'm fighting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson next
The hand injury that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson sustained this past Saturday at UFC 130 is serious – but perhaps not serious enough to stall his career.
As light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) tells it, Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will get a shot at his belt.
"I'll be fighting Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson next," Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Thursday. "I'm not allowed to discuss the date because I didn't sign a contract, but yeah, it will be very soon."
Bellator to host open fighter tryouts
Bellator Fighting Championships again is putting out an open call for fighters.
The organization is hosting tryouts on June 18 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Florida-based fighters can earn a spot on the Sept. 17 Bellator 50 card, which takes place at the hosting venue. Non-Florida fighters can earn spots on other future Bellator cards.
Cub Swanson Out of UFC 132 With Facial Injury
Veteran WEC featherweight Cub Swanson was expected to make his UFC debut against Erik Koch on the undercard of UFC 132, but that will not be going down as planned. Swanson, who picked up fight-of-the-night honors on three different occasions in the WEC, has been forced to pull out of the fight with an injury.
As TV Deal Winds Down, UFC Will Choose Between Spike or New Home
Wednesday night marked the season finale of the UFC's major programming vehicle, The Ultimate Fighter. It also marked the unofficial beginning of a countdown to the zero hour when the promotion will be faced with a major decision about the fate of its key show. Its current deal with longtime home Spike expires at the end of 2011, following the 14th season of TUF.
According to most observers within the industry, selling the television rights package is the single most important priority for the UFC, and as of now, it remains open for negotiation, a showpiece with bidders circling but no deal yet reached.
While the UFC and Spike remain the main players and talks between the two remain ongoing, the two sides aren't the only ones involved. In a drama that has played out over recent months and is expected to drag on into the near future in executive boardrooms, other suitors will continue to try to convince the UFC to abandon its longtime home.
Tony Ferguson Hopes to Change Fans' Perception at TUF Finale
LAS VEGAS – Every season of "The Ultimate Fighter" has a villain. After the season, that villain usually wants to let the world know that he's not really a villain, he just plays one – or is portrayed as one through editing – on TV.
Tony Ferguson is the Season 13 villain, and on Thursday, two days ahead of his fight in the finale against Ramsey Nijem, he said he's looking forward to making amends for his actions late in the season, when he was shown commenting about housemate Charlie Rader's family situation, setting off this season's biggest house brouhaha.
Shoulder Injury Sidelines Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson; Rest Required But No Surgery
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson was forced out of his fight against Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4 due to a shoulder injury suffered in training.
Johnson’s manager Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management confirmed the injury to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
The UFC announced that Johnson was forced out of the fight due to injury and that Rick Story would step in to replace ‘Rumble’ on the June 26 card.
Despite broken leg, UFC's Demetrious Johnson expects a speedy return
Early in the second round of his recent UFC 130 fight with Miguel Torres, Demetrious Johnson threw a hard kick that was checked by his opponent.
He instantly knew something was wrong but persevered and ultimately got a close decision victory.
But after returning to his day job and watching his limb massively swell, he went to the doctor earlier this week and got the bad news: It's broken.
UFC on Versus 5: Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle is Official
The UFC officially announced today their August 14th event at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: UFC on Versus 5, which be televised live on Versus, and headlined by a welterweight bout between Chris Lytle and Dan Hardy, with a co-main event pitting Jim Miller against Ben Henderson:
British welterweight star Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy made it no secret that he wanted his next fight to be against fellow knockout artist Chris "Lights Out" Lytle. On Sunday, Aug. 14, live from Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Hardy gets his wish, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today its first-ever card in Wisconsin.
Hardy and Lytle, two of the 170-pound division’s most devastating strikers, will collide in the main event, while lightweight contenders Jim Miller and Ben "Smooth" Henderson go to war in a bout that will determine which fighter moves one step closer to a shot at the title. Plus, light heavyweight star Stephan Bonnar returns to the Octagon® to battle the menacing Karlos Vemola and Amir Sadollah and Duane Ludwig engage in an exciting welterweight bout.
"Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle want to stand toe-to-toe until someone falls and that’s a recipe for an outstanding fight," UFC President Dana White said. "This is the fight both guys wanted, so the fans in Milwaukee are in for a treat. The Miller-Henderson fight should be equally exciting since both guys love to come forward and press the action. We can’t wait to host our first event in Wisconsin this summer."
Joe Rogan Jumps Into the Rampage Jackson Debate
Quinton Jackson's post-UFC 130 interview with Karyn Bryant was talked about almost as much as his fight with Matt Hamill. In the interview Jackson made jokes about Bryant "making him horny" before "motorboating" or at least "air motorboating" her chest. This after previous incidents which had led to reporters complaining about his behavior.
The incident led to my writing about the MMA community's attitude toward women. The fact that Bryant said that she was okay with the situation meant that many fans were willing to write the situation off as "if she doesn't care, I don't care" with no regard for the pattern of behavior and failure to learn by Jackson.
If that weren't bad enough, Jackson began retweeting comments about how his actions were "alpha" before taking to tweeting at Bryant about showing her how an "alpha" acts and suggesting Ariel Helwani is gay following their bizarre interview. After Maggie Hendricks wrote an article at Yahoo's Cage Writer blog about the Rampage/Bryant situation he then said that he bets Maggie is "ass ugly."
Anthony Johnson out, Rick Story steps in to face Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4
"Rumble" will have to wait a little bit longer to headline his first UFC event.
Massive welterweight Anthony Johnson has been forced to withdraw from the main event of June's UFC on Versus 4 event, and Rick Story has agreed to step in and face Nate Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC).
The pair now meets in the main event of "UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story," which takes place June 26 at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. The night's main card airs on Versus.
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) ratings rise to 1.2 million viewers for episode 10 on Spike TV
It is all over.
The ratings are in for episode 10 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 and, all things considered, they aren't too bad. According to numbers released today by Spike TV, the latest episode garnered a 0.9 household rating (including a 1.14 in males 18-49 and a 1.2 in males 18-34) for an average audience of 1.2 million viewers.
TUF 13, which averaged 1.24 million viewers per episode throughout the 10 episode season, was the lowest rated TUF in the history of the show, which dates all the way back to 2005.
UFC Quick Quote: Jorge Santiago thought Brian Stann would be an easy fight
Easy does it for middleweight masher Jorge Santiago, who tells Tatame.com that his performance against Brian Stann at this past weekend's UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" event on May 28 in Las Vegas can be attributed to a lackadaisical attitude toward the match-up. "Sandman" thought he could sink "All American" quickly but was instead felled in the second round via brutal knockout after eating quite a few big shots from the former Marine.
Follow link for Santiago quote
UFC on Versus 5 tickets for Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 14, on sale soon
Tickets for UFC on Versus 5, which was recently made official for the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. CT.
UFC Fight Club members and UFC Newsletter subscribers, naturally, will be able to scoop up tickets prior to them being available for public consumption.
UFC on Versus 5 will feature a bevy of marquee match ups, including Dan Hardy getting one last chance to go out on his shield against Chris Lytle.
Oddsmaker says UFC 137 line could continue to improve for Nick Diaz
Following Wednesday's announcement of an October super fight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC), St-Pierre opened as a healthy -365 favorite.
That means St-Pierre was given nearly an 80 percent chance of winning the fight.
But as noted MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), the bettors' early money is coming in for Diaz, and his underdog status could continue to diminish as the fight draws near.
SpikeTV confirms lineup for TUF Finale - 5 fight main card
Spike TV officials today confirmed the full lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.
The event takes place Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on Spike TV.
The lineup includes a handful of "TUF 13" fights that MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Wednesday.
Headlining the show is the "TUF 13" championship between finalists Ramsey Nijem (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Tony Ferguson (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Both fighters won three bouts to advance to the finale. Nijem was head coach Junior Dos' Santos fourth-round pick; Ferguson was Brock Lesnar's third pick.
The fighters they defeated in the semifinals, Chris Cope (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Chuck O'Neil (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), also meet each other in a main-card bout.
The biggest non-"TUF" fight on the televised card is former WEC champ Anthony Pettis (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. fellow UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (28-11 MMA, 8-5 UFC). The winner of the bout, which is one of the summer's featured MMA attractions, will take a big step toward a title shot.
Surprisingly, some big names – including Jeremy Stephen, Josh Grispi and Scott Jorgensen – have been relegated to the event's preliminary card. However, UFC officials haven't announced if some (or all) of those fights will be part of free Facebook stream on event night.