Alexander Shlemenko Completes Bellator MW Tourney
Russian star Alexander Shlemenko is the final member of Bellator Fighting Championships' middleweight tournament field, organization officials today announced. He'll meet Matt Major at this week's Bellator 16. Bellator officials have been working on contract and visa issues for more than a month to land Shlemenko – and held off on naming a replacement because they wanted him in the tourney so badly.
Urijah Faber's Hometown Paper Tells Him to Retire
One of the tough things about combat sports is that fighters compete so infrequently that every single loss seems like the end of the world. In other sports athletes can usually end a losing streak the next day or the next week, but in fighting losses take on added significance because you won't get a chance to win again for months.
Makoto Takimoto Retires At ASTRA
There were 2 retirements at Sunday's ASTRA event in Japan, one expected but one that wasn't. The expected was Hidehiko Yoshida, the unexpected was Makoto Takimoto. Originally scheduled to compete at the event before pulling out, Takimoto retires with a 6-5 career record between PRIDE and World Victory Road Sengoku.
Jr. Dos Santos wants to fight Cain
"With the fight for the belt between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, the American Cain Velasquez, Rodrigo Minotauro’s tormentor on his last fight *UFC 110), should be the next on the line for this opportunity, for Cigano’s mischance, who was waiting for a chance to revenge his master and get a little closer from his dream."
Dana White OK with WEC champ Jose Aldo's non-finish, open to 135-pound and UFC bids
WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's first title defense wasn't exactly a nail-biter. But it didn't come close to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's much-maligned UFC 112 performance, said UFC president Dana White.
The UFC figurehead conceded a finish would have been nice, though. After a night filled with barnburners, Aldo's decision win ended WEC 48 on a conservative note.
"Obviously the main event is always the big topper," White said of Aldo's fight with Urijah Faber. "I think [Aldo] could have finished that fight. I think he was being very – I'll call it extremely cautious."
Dana White says WEC 48's Mike Brown battling personal problems
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown is back to the drawing board after his second consecutive loss, which came to Manny Gamburyan Saturday at WEC 48.
And though Brown asked to return to the cage as quickly as possible after losing his WEC belt to Jose Aldo this past November, UFC president Dana White learned the former champion is wrestling with personal demons that took a sizable chunk off his training time for this weekend's fight.
The people who tipped him off might surprise you.
White reveals that Versus, Spike TV agreements reason for brandless fight card
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After several days avoiding the question to the best of his ability, UFC president Dana White finally revealed the true reason "Aldo vs. Faber" was held without any brand connection to the WEC.
"[The WEC and UFC] are two different brands on two different networks," White said. "Even though they're owned by the same company, they're two different brands owned by the same company. The networks aren't going to let us do it."
Are UFC-WEC joint shows on the horizon? Dana White says he has "long-term gameplan"
This past Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event benefited from a promotional push from its sister promotion – the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, the reason was simple: to get some preliminary fights on Spike TV as a teaser to the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event, the WEC branding had to be stripped.
But what about a next step in the UFC-WEC relationship? Could we ever see UFC and WEC fighters competing on the same card?
Roy Nelson Says Kongo Next, Likely At UFC 116
It would seem that Roy Nelson is going to take the international route to the top of the UFC Heavyweight division. After defeating Dutch giant Stefan Struve in his "official" UFC debut, Nelson has confirmed reports that French striker Cheick Kongo is his next foe. Date TBA but it's likely going to be at UFC 116 on July 3.
Despite recent antics, Anderson Silva will headline UFC 117 says Dana White
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Despite UFC president Dana White's threats in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not be fighting on the preliminary card of a UFC event any time soon.
In fact, he'll actually be in the main event.
Following Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" post-event press conference, White told a small group of reporters that the upcoming Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif., would serve as the night's featured contest.
WEC 48 bonuses: Gamburyan, Henderson, Garcia and Jung earn record $65K awards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Manny Gamburyan, Benson Henderson, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung each earned $65,000 bonuses – the largest in World Extreme Cagefighting history – for their performances at Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event.
Gamburyan earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Henderson picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Garcia and Jung earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com learned of the winners and bonus amounts in the night's post-fight press conference.
"Aldo vs. Faber" sets WEC records with 14,144 fans and $1 million live gate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC champion Urijah Faber fell short in his quest to dethrone surging champion Jose Aldo at Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, but "The California Kid" helped deliver another successful live gate in his home town of Sacramento, Calif.
According to UFC and WEC president Dana White, the event, informally known as WEC 48, drew 14,144 fans to ARCO Arena, a figure that netted a gate of $1 million.
If the numbers hold true when verified later this week by the California State Athletic Commission, each figure is a new WEC record.
"UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" weigh-ins set for May 7 at Montreal's Bell Centre
Weigh-ins for next month's "UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" event take place Friday, May 7, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The same venue hosts the following night's pay-per-view event, which features a headliner between light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and top challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua..
The weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. ET, and doors open at 3 p.m.
Chael Sonnen confirms he'll face Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in Oakland
Chael Sonnen will get his shot at champion Anderson Silva on Aug. 7 at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif.
The mercurial middleweight confirmed the upcoming bout at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session on Friday, though he did say one condition existed for the fight.
Sonnen is in for the contest, but he's giving the champion a chance to back out.
"Aldo vs. Faber" to feature WEC-record $65K "Fight Night" bonuses
Much has been made in recent days of promotion official's decision to handle "Aldo vs. Faber" more like a UFC event than a WEC fight card.
While some have questioned the strategy, there are at least 22 people who have no problem with the decision.
That would be the 22 fighters on tonight's pay-per-view card, who will be competing with a WEC-record set of $65,000 "Fight Night" bonuses on the line.
Loiseau is reportedly being added to UFC 113
Canadian middleweight David "The Crow" Loiseau is reportedly being added to UFC 113, scheduled for Saturday May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Sources have told Sportsnet that Loiseau (18-9) will return to the octagon as part of the preliminary card and is tentatively scheduled to face Birmingham, Alabama's John Salter (4-1).
Nick Diaz Apologizes
He essentially says it was unexpected and he was angry. He vilifies Miller and although the title says it's an apology I think it fell short of a full fledged apology and turned into excuses.
Strikeforce Inks Broadcast Deals in 8 Asian Territories
Strikeforce has secured additional broadcast distribution in eight Asian markets through a deal with Lionsgate subsidiary Tiger Gate International, the promotion’s distributor, Shine International, announced on Friday.
According to the release, Strikeforce content is now available to viewers in 14 countries.
Dana White says UFC still coming to Oakland, just lukewarm on Hawaii
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event is the current focus of UFC president Dana White, the continued global expansion of the company's primary brand is always on his mind.
At Thursday's "Aldo vs. Faber" pre-event press conference, White confirmed that Salt Lake City will host UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1, but he also confirmed that the city originally expected to host that event, Oakland, Calif., will still get a visit from the UFC this year.
However, White seemed less optimistic that a long-rumored trip to Hawaii was in the promotion's immediate plans.