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UFC 133: Rich Franklin turned down a fight against Alexander Gustafsson
When Rich Franklin was taken off the UFC 133 fight card, it was widely believed the promotion was unable to find him a suitable replacement for the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the Aug. 6 pay-per-view (PPV) in Philadelphia. Turns out he had a suitable replacement, he just didn't want to fight him, because he wasn't a "top name guy." Ready to step in was Alexander Gustafsson, the 24-year-old prospect out of Alliance and Gladius MMA who's lost just once in his budding professional career. That defeat came at the hands of fellow rising contender Phil Davis back at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, a second round submission (anaconda choke).
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 2:58PM by Twenty20Dollars - 38 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Signs Pennsylvania-based featherweight, Jim "The Kid" Hettes
The UFC has signed undefeated Pennsylvania-based featherweight, Jim "The Kid" Hettes (8-0), to a contract according to his hometown newspaper, The Citizen's Voice. The 24 year-old is a BJJ and judo specialist and has finished all eight of his opponents by submission, with six of those submissions happening in the first round.
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 2:41PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
CCSC finding supports ref in Couture bout
Judging and refereeing in MMA have recently come under heavy criticism due to a series of questionable actions in high profile matches. on July 8 at AX Combat 1 on July 8 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada a fight between Kim Couture and Sheila Bird hit the mat, and Bird secured a head scissor on her opponent. As can be seen in the video below (1:50 mark), Couture's entire body went visbily limp, and several long seconds passed before the ref ended the bout. Further, the ref ended it not by tapping the winning competitor or physically pulling the legs apart, but by waving his hands overhead. Couture quiickly recovered, suffered no damage from the choke, and publicly stated she had no problem with the officiating.
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 10:50AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Lashley scratched from Titan FC 19; French vs. Krause, Evinger vs. McMann headline
Former professional wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley (6-1) has been forced to withdraw from next week's Titan Fighting Championship 19 event due to personal reasons. Titan Fighting Championship officials on Friday morning announced the heavyweight's removal from the card, simultaneously promoting a 160-pound catchweight fight between Clay French (18-6) and James Krause (12-3) to the evening's main event. A female scrap between Tonya Evinger (8-5) and Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (2-0). Lashley is now expected to return to action at Titan Fighting Championship 20, which takes place Aug. 26.
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 10:31AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts signs top free-agent Nate Marquardt
Nate Marqaurdt (31-10-2) is heading across the Pond. British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) officials today announced a multi-fight contract with the former UFC contender and King of Pancrase. "As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt's suspension, we jumped at the chance to sign him," BAMMA exec Liam Fisher stated. "He is a top-ranked contender and an asset to any promotion. Words cannot express how excited we are that Marquardt is now fighting under the BAMMA banner."
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 10:30AM by emfleek - 24 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Sarah Kaufman Wants Her Title Back After a Good Performance at Strikeforce Challengers
Former Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Sarah Kaufman meets former title challenger Liz Carmouche Friday night at Strikeforce Challengers 17 in Las Vegas. The bout between Kaufman and Carmouche will co-main event the night’s action prior to Bobby Voelker and Roger Bowling’s final fight in their trilogy.
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 12:41AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles fight set for UFC 139 in November
On the heels of the announcement that Dominick Cruz would next defend his title against Demetrious Johnson comes news of the next number one contender bout. Urijah Faber will lock 'em up against Brian Bowles to determine who will earn the next shot at the division crown at UFC 139 in November.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 10:51PM by pmoney - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dominick Cruz vs Demetrious Johnson title fight set for free TV at UFC on Versus 6
Good news, fight fans. The UFC will offer a title fight on free television for the first time since Sept. 2007 when Quinton Jackson defended his light heavyweight title against Dan Henderson at UFC 75 on Spike TV. This time it will be Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz putting his strap on the line against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6, which is set for Oct. 1 in Washington D.C. NBCSports.com brought word of the pending match-up a short time ago.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 10:51PM by pmoney - 11 comments
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Jon Fitch Speaks His Mind: 'I'm Irritated' (Also goes off on Nick Diaz)
UFC welterweight Jon Fitch is normally pretty calm and doesn't talk a lot of trash, but he recently did an interview with MMACanada.net where he doesn't hold back at all. He discusses why he didn't get the fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 137, then goes on to trash Nick Diaz and explain that he's sick of being passed over. It's quite possibly the best Jon Fitch interview I've ever seen. He starts with the Penn situation: "Well, you know...BJ's healthy and I'm not. They wanted to get him active and be active, because he kinda has a lot of buzz on him right now, and they can't schedule me a fight, being injured. I know they won't sign me until I get cleared by the doctor, which is gonna be August 9th, I mean August 16th. So I'm kinda in no man's land. I tried to save the fight and I tried to wedge myself in there and make sure I didn't get skipped over, because I was injured and I didn't want to get forgotten about. You know, through twitter.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 6:39PM by FastKnockout - 47 comments
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After Heartbreaking Tragedy, MMA Community Vows to Rally Around 'Dr. Alex'
In Colorado mixed martial arts circles, he's known simply as "Dr. Alex," a physician with a big love of the sport, and a big heart for the fighters who inhabit it. It's been a world he can't get enough of. At various times, he's been a cageside doctor, a judge, and a referee. And when that was not enough, Alex Constantinides, a man who spent five years in medical school, one year in internship, and two in residency, a man whose brain was his most important asset, decided to fight. Why would he? Was it for fame, money or glory? Of course not. He fought so he could gain a better understanding of what the athletes were going through. He wanted to feel what they felt, experience what they experienced, so he could better care for them. He did it for a reason that some feel is slowly fading from the medical profession: empathy.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 6:22PM by pmoney - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
British lightweight Curt Warburton released from the UFC
British lightweight Curt Warburton has been released from the UFC. He turned to his twitter account today to share the news: "Want all my followers to hear it first. Av just been cut from the UFC after losing to Joe lauzon. Must stay strong and I promise to be back...Good job I have great sponsors, great team, great manager, and the best of friends and family. I will be back on the big stage soon."
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 5:23PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nelson vs. Wetherspoon, Newton vs. Shivers co-headline Shark Fights 18
The co-headliners are set for Shark Fights 18. The Aug. 19 event features welterweights Shane Nelson (13-5) vs. Aaron Wetherspoon (8-3) and light heavyweights Emanuel Newton (15-6-1) vs. Ricky Shivers (10-5-1).
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 5:16PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes added to UFC 137 in Las Vegas
"The Ultimate Fighter 13" runner-up Ramsey Nijem and Danny Downes have agreed to meet at UFC 137 in Las Vegas. UFC officials today announced the lightweight match-up. Featuring a title fight between current UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 4:33PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Accident-insurance coverage saves UFC's Cub Swanson from $50,000 injury costs
With one look at Cub Swanson's medical records, you know the guy has suffered more than his fair share of bad luck. The latest? A sparring injury that resulted in orbital, nasal and cheek fractures, as well as a broken jaw. Seven weeks after the injury, the UFC fighter remains on an all-liquid diet. Still, there was a little good luck: As the UFC's first fighter to use the organization's recently enacted accident-insurance coverage, he saved himself a whopping $50,000 in out-of-pocket medical costs.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 3:45PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mark Scanlon and James Head Added To UFC 138
The fight bookings for the UFC's return to England in November are coming fast and furious with most of the promotion's British fighters being locked up for bouts on the card. Two more match-ups were reported this morning with Fighters Only getting word of Michihiro Omigawa and Jason Young agreeing to a featherweight contest, and Jay Furness at YourMMA.tv reporting a welterweight bout between Mark Scanlon and James Head.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 3:42PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young added to UFC 138 in England
A featherweight bout between Michihiro Omigawa (12-10-1 MMA, 0-4 UFC) and British fighter Jason Young (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been added to UFC 138. Officials today announced the fight. UFC 138 takes place Nov. 5 at the 16,000-seat LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. The night's main card airs on Spike TV (via same-day delay), though Omigawa vs, Young is expected to be part of the preliminary card.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 1:17PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paul Sass vs. Michael Johnson Set for UFC on Versus 6 in Washington D.C.
Although many expected undefeated British submission specialist Paul Sass to be granted a spot on the UFC 138 card in England this November, "Sassangle" will instead be competing in our nation's capital on October 1st against TUF 12 runner-up, Michael Johnson.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 12:54PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto Added to UFC 138
It's been quite a while since we've seen Terry Etim in the Octagon. The lanky Brit, who's a double threat with his pinpoint kickboxing and powerful submissions hasn't fought since April 2010 and it will be over a year and half out of action for the Liverpudlian when he faces off with Hawaiian, Edward Faaloloto at UFC 138 this November.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 12:52PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tim Credeur vs. Brad Tavares added to UFC 137 in Las Vegas
A bout between "The Ultimate Fighter" alumni Tim Credeur and Brad Tavares has been added to the UFC 137 lineup. UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the middleweight bout. Featuring a welterweight title fight between current champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jul 20, 2011 7:07PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bart Palaszewski vs. Tyson Griffin targeted for UFC 137 in Las Vegas
Bart Palaszewski (35-14 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Tyson Griffin (15-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) have agreed to meet in October at UFC 137. As part of the expected booking, Palaszewski is dropping a weight class to fight the fellow ex-lightweight at featherweight. Palaszewski's management team at the VF Elite Sports Agency today confirmed the fight. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) also confirmed it with a source close to Griffin. Featuring a welterweight title fight between current champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though Palaszewski vs. Griffin likely will be part of the preliminary card.
Submitted Jul 20, 2011 7:06PM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
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