Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller targeted for "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" in April
Two of the WEC's brightest lightweight stars will likely meet in an intriguing contest with title-shot implications undoubtedly on the line.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the organization that Anthony Njokuani (12-2 MMA, 3-1 WEC) and Shane Roller (7-2 MMA, 4-1 WEC) have verbally agreed to meet at "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber."
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champ Jose Aldo and an ever-popular challenger in Urijah Faber, WEC 48 takes place April 24 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The event marks the organization's first foray into the pay-per-view market.
Njokuani, a Nigerian native who grew up in Dallas but now resides in Las Vegas, comes to the fight with a three-bout win streak. All three of the wins came via TKO, and all three of the wins resulted in the devastating striker being awarded the evening's "Knockout of the Night."
Njokuani's lone WEC loss came to current lightweight champion Benson Henderson in January 2009. "The Assassin's" only other loss was delivered courtesy of fellow contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a 2007 matchup under the Ring of Fire banner.
Njokuani has found himself in high demand following a spectacular high-kick finish of Chris Horodecki this past December.
Meanwhile, Roller currently carries a two-fight win streak into the cage. The Team Takedown fighter earned "Submission of the Night" honors at this past November's WEC 44 event when he latched in a third-round rear-naked choke on Danny Castillo in a bout Roller appeared to be less than 90 seconds away from losing.
Roller also toppled Marcus Hicks at WEC 42 in August 2009.
Roller's lone WEC loss also came to current champ Henderson at WEC 40 in April 2009. In one of the more exciting sub-two-minute bouts in recent memory, Roller opened aggressively and dropped Henderson before "Smooth" quickly turned the tide in earned a TKO win just 1:41 into the bout.
The winner of the Njokuani-Roller matchup will undoubtedly have the inside track on a lightweight title fight in their next outing.
Adrenaline 3/20 Event Cancelled
And no, it has nothing to do with Tim Sylvia. Monte Cox has cancelled his planned Adrenaline MMA event on 3/20, but the reson is a concert scheduled in conjunction with the event was cancelled over an apparent conflict with a local labor union. Cox asked for the event to be moved to a date TBA in April.
CRO COP back in Croatia, says Rothwell at 112 is a maybe
I'm very sorry Ben had to pull out few days before the fight, but Dana said we might fight on UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.
I admire Perosh for taking the fight. There were much better fighters there who turned down the fight but I understand them, they didn't have time to prepare.
I'm very sorry I've hurt Perosh. I tried to do the fight with as much consideration for him as I could. I avoided the ground cause i'm 7-8 kg's heavier then him. Even Dana asked me why I didn't finish im but I just couldn't do that to him when he was so bloody.
Mirko says it's possible he will take just a few days to rest and then he probably goes back to training cause he's maybe fight as soon as april.
Mirko also commented his old rival and friend Nog
Nog asked me before the fight what do I think Cain's game plan is gonna be. I told him Cain certainly won't go for his legs. Even his trainer said to me after the match that i guessed the game plan right. I'm sorry it ended that way for Nog, but he entered the fight a bit careless. He held his hands to high and naively enetered in punch exchange and in that kind of situation it's 50:50 and you need some luck.
UFC 111's Rory Markham implements fight-camp trash talk
UFC Rory Markham isn't just training to fight – he's training to fight trash talk.
At UFC 111, Markham (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces a dynasty in the world of trash talking: a Diaz brother. Although Nate Diaz (11-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is the kinder, gentler version of older brother Nick Diaz, he also can talk a good game, especially during a fight.
Markham said he isn't going to be distracted by verbal warfare when they meet on March 27 in Newark, N.J., but just the same, his sparring partners have orders to talk smack during training sessions.
If Diaz decides to go there, the heavy-handed IFL veteran said it's fine with him.
Tim Sylvia: The Hinkle Fight Is Off
Seems Tim Sylvia can't get a fight these days. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion was to have faced Wes Sims at Adrenaline 4 on 3/20, but the Ohio Athletic Commission said no. "Non-competitive". Then they gave him Brandon Lee Hinkle. Off according to Sylvia. "Something else is in the works," promises the former Affliction headliner.
Sinosic: I Will Most Likely Need A Complete Shoulder Reconstruction
The King isn't dead, but he's likely not fighting again for a while. Australian MMA pioneer Elvis Sinosic, who had to miss his scheduled UFC 110 fight due to a shoulder injury, now says he'll likely need a complete shoulder reconstruction at some point. The full extent of the injury won't be known until he has an MRI and a process called Key Hole surgery.
UFC Quick Quote: Paulo Thiago 'not ready yet' to face Georges St. Pierre
Up-and-coming UFC welterweight Paulo Thiago talks to Tatame.com about his place in the 170-pound weight class. While many of the division's top fighters are arguing over who should be the next man to challenge current champion Georges St. Pierre, Thiago is content to work his way up the ladder and eliminate any doubts about becoming the next number one contender.
Modafferi Hopes To Enter StrikeForce Tourney
Women's MMA is starting to build new stars with names like Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Sarah Kaufman. One name that has been overlooked that could dart out quickly in 2010 is Roxanne Modafferi, who made her Strikeforce debut last year and looks to make big things happen in the near future.
Anthony Perosh Scores Four-Fight Deal With the UFC
After being soundly thrashed by Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic on two days' notice at UFC 110, Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh has been signed to a four-fight deal by the UFC, according to a report on InfiniteMMA. Perosh sports a career record of 10-6, a UFC record of 0-3 (including losses to Jeff Monson and Christian Wellisch in 2006) and victories over a bunch of random Australians.
Lyoto Machida: “It wasn’t Minotauro’s day”
UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida usually trains with Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira at Black House gym in the US. But the karate fighter wasn’t happy at all with the UFC 110 main event, between Nogueira and the undefeated Cain Velasquez.
Werdum: “Wanderlei is more mature”
Former UFC heavyweight fighter, Fabricio Werdum helped on Wanderlei Silva’s training to fight Michael Bisping at UFC 110. In an exclusive interview to TATAME.com, the Strikeforce fighter commenter the “Axe Murderer’s” victory.
Paulo Filho back to Bitetti Combat 6
In one week Bitetti Combat changes its main event for the second time. After revealing that Thales Leites would replace Paulo Filho in the fight against Yuki Sasaki, the promoters now confirm that the former Pride fighter is back to fight the Japanese.
Kaufman vs. Hashi Now SF 2/26 Main Event
Step aside boys, it's Ladies' Night once again in Strikeforce. Although SF originally announced Karl Amoussou vs. Trevor Prangley as the main event for Friday's SF Challengers event, they've now been bumped to co-headliner in favor of Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi for the inaugural SF Women's Bantamweight Championship. The winner could first defend against a possible tournament winner later this year.
Corey Hill Returns To Action On 3/20
Corey Hill's comeback trail continues on March 20 at Xtreme Combat League: Evolution in Michigan, where he'll face Mark Hoist in a 5-round fight for the XCL Lightweight Championship. Hill said he came out of his 1/23 return fight pain-free but was still a little critical of his performance.
UFC Debuts Live on Big Screen in HD with UFC 111
For the first time in UFC® history, UFC fans can head to their local movie theater and take in all the action in the Octagon™, live and broadcast in high definition on the big screen starting with UFC 111: St- Pierre vs. Hardy on Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Pacific.
Dana White, UFC President, today announced the UFC has closed a deal with NCM Fathom to present a series of live UFC fights in more than 300 select movie theaters nationwide, as well as plans to have UFC fighters host screenings in various markets. Tickets are available to this special in-theater event at www.FathomEvents.com and presenting theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“This is an opportunity to provide our fans with another cool way to watch UFC programming on the big-screen, live, in high-def and in surround sound,” said White. “UFC 111 has a stacked undercard and St-Pierre vs. Hardy and Mir vs. Carwin are both title fights, so this is the perfect event to kick off our new deal with NCM Fathom.”...
VARNER LIKELY TO MEET SHALORUS AT WEC PPV
The upcoming WEC pay-per-view card will look to add some more fire to the lightweight contender's race as former champion, Jamie Varner, is expected to meet Kamal Shalorus in a bout on the April 24 card.
Varner told MMAWeekly.com in an interview on Monday that is the fight he is expected to take for the upcoming show in Sacramento.
"Looks like I'm fighting Kamal Shalorus on that card," said Varner on Monday.