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Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig expected for UFC 115 in Vancouver
A lightweight match-up between Matt Wiman (11-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Mac Danzig (19-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is expected for UFC 115. Sources close to the bout told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Tuesday that both fighters have agreed to meet one another and are expected to put pen to paper soon. While not yet officially announced, UFC 115 is expected to take place June 12 at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 4:37PM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
M-1 Director: Fedor Emelianenko (and Strikeforce relationship) healthy and ready to return
"I think June, July is realistic (for Emelianenko's return). It's not 100 percent. Don't take this as a fight announcement, but I think during the summer. After the CBS show, we thought that the (Strikeforce) terms needed a little bit tweaking -- nothing major, just a little bit of tweaking. So, we had a round of negotiations with Strikeforce. Everything went positively. We're pretty much at the end."
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:40AM by RhythmAndStyle - 23 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, M-1 Global
Randy Couture: 'Fedor's going to have to step up and be willing to fight top level guys again'
"At some point Fedor's going to have to step up and be willing to fight top level guys again. I don't know what's going on with him or why he's not willing to do that and certainly (Fabricio) Werdum is one of those guys he's going to have to face to be considered a top fighter."
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:38AM by RhythmAndStyle - 37 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
Who's On First For Shot At Dominick Cruz?
When Dominick Cruz defeated Brian Bowles to win the WEC bantamweight title on Saturday night, the new champion didn't have long to celebrate before the questions started coming about who he might fight for his first title defense.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:35AM by RhythmAndStyle - 13 comments
Filed under: WEC
Cung Le Angling For Scott Smith Rematch
“I’m hoping to get a rematch with Scott Smith as soon as possible,” he said in a video interview released by Strikeforce on Monday, although he still hasn’t been given word if that is his next fight or not.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:34AM by RhythmAndStyle - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Toby Imada In Bellator's Lightweight Tourney
Toby Imada, whose “Submission of the Year” helped put Bellator Fighting Championships on the map during its debut season, will return to the promotion for its upcoming Season 2 lightweight tournament.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:33AM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC announces Asian broadcast deal with Hong Kong-based All Sports Network
As other fight promotions scramble for relevance in the U.S., the Ultimate Fighting Championship continues its own worldwide expansion. The UFC today announced a new long-term distribution agreement with All Sports Network, a 24-hour high-definition sports channel in Europe. The new deal provides UFC programming to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Macau, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:30AM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
After brutal WEC 47 win, Scott Jorgensen believes he's at top of 135-pound division
At this past weekend's WEC 47 event in Columbus, Ohio, Joseph Benavidez (12-1 MMA, 4-1 WEC) stunned Torres with a one-sided submission win and likely earned himself a shot at the 135-pound title. But Scott Jorgensen (9-3 MMA, 5-2 WEC) also landed one of the more memorable finishes in recent memory in his bout with Chad George, and he made a legitimate claim for contender status.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:29AM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC
James McSweeney vs. Travis Browne set for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
UFC newcomer Travis Browne (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet "Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran James McSweeney (4-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the live finale of "The Ultimate Fighter 11."
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:27AM by RhythmAndStyle - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
After tough promotional debut, UFC 111's Jared Hamman relieved to fight on U.S. soil
Light heavyweight Jared Hamman (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) can laugh about it now, but prior to his octagon debut against Alexander Gustaffson at UFC 105 this past November, he was in a world of hurt.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 11:26AM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rampage: Pride cheated me
Fighters Only: Do you miss Pride? Rampage: I tell you what, I had some good times over in Pride. The UFC treats me better than Pride but the fans, the whole atmosphere… I remember after the fights in Pride, for the longest time they used to have these after parties right there in the arena. By the time the last fight was over you’d go and have a shower and then in the back room they would have a paty and the owners would talk to you and you would have some of, I guess the VIP fans, who had paid for the expensive tickets. You came back there and had the greatest time, some of the guys would be so cool. I have so much respect for Gary Goodridge, whether he won or lost he would be back there having a good time after the fights. I f I lost I would be all [sad face], moping around, drinking a little beer and eating. Gary would be laughing and joking around. They were the best times, that’s one of the things I miss most about Pride, the after parties right afterwards. The production was one of the best things about Pride. The first time I fought there they lowered me down in this cage, I was like 70 feet in the air and it was scary! Me and Sakuraba were in there, he was on one side and I was on the other. I didn’t know him. That was the first time I met him, up in the cage and he reached over and shook my hand. Sakuaraba turned out to be a really cool guy actually. So what was bad about Pride? A lot of things man. I don’t know what their problem was but they wouldn’t promote me at all, they cheated me out of money from dolls and t-shirts, not paying me… when my contract was up and we were negotiating and I wanted more money and they were telling me ‘oh but you’re a nobody’. This was after I had fought in the Grand Prix and beat Igor Vovchanchyn. Even after I went to that K-1 fight and represented them in K-1, they were mad I won that K-1 fight! Just stuff like that.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 9:24AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, PrideFC
Despite Toney Rumors, Kimbo vs. Mitrione Is Now Official For UFC 113
Although it was announced back at UFC 110 as being part of UFC 113, it wasn't until just yesterday that UFC officially confirmed Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione for the upcoming PPV in Canada. UFC never added the fight to the official ufc.com card and the James Toney signing spurred rumors that Kimbo would fight the boxer next instead. Rumors shot down last night, Kimbo will officially get "Meathead" at 113.
Submitted Mar 9, 2010 7:08AM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva: 'Vitor Belfort was never my friend'
“First thing, he (Belfort) was never my friend. Second, a fight is fight. I’m here to fight and whoever is better prepared will win and one of us will lose. I’d be upset if I had to face Rodrigo, Rogerio, Feijao, Lyoto or even Wanderlei or Shogun, but Vitor? He’s just another opponent like everyone else." Taken from an article that wasn’t published due to the cancellation of their UFC 112 fight in Abu Dhabi, Anderson Silva reveals that he and Victor Belfort were never "friends" despite training together at Team Black House.
Submitted Mar 8, 2010 6:42PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Quick Quote: 'Everything is new' for Shogun vs Dragon II
“Another battle and another Lyoto. Everything is new, the focus, the strategy ... it's my big dream. I'll concentrate and go and fight with even more desire. I´ll be even hungrier this time – to conquer a UFC belt has always been my dream. Lyoto is different to other athletes … We recruited some karatekas from Curitiba, who helped me a lot. I have [Andre] Dida, Marcelinho and Tuba to help me with the tactical stuff. Marcelinho watched Lyoto's fights like 15 times, we joked that he became Lyoto." Mauricio Rua talks to FightersOnly about his rematch with Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 on May 8 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Submitted Mar 8, 2010 6:40PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC 47 Fighter Payouts
The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the official fighter payouts from WEC 47. The total disclosed payouts were $236,500 with the biggest share-$29,000-going to Joseph Benavidez.
Submitted Mar 8, 2010 2:04PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: WEC
'Astra' update: Michihiro Omigawa vs Micah Miller booked for 4/25
The Sengoku upset artist, Michihiro Omigawa (9-8-1), has been confirmed to face Micah Miller (13-3) at Hidehiko Yoshida's retirement event."Astra" will take place at Nippon Budokan on Sunday, April 25 and feature the farewell bout of the former Olympic judo gold medalist and Japanese MMA icon, Hidehiko Yoshida.
Submitted Mar 8, 2010 11:57AM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: World Victory Road / Sengoku
Benavidez Leaves A Friendly Reminder On Miguel Torres's Skull
If you woke up today with a passionate urge to see inside Miguel Torres' head then this picture will make your day. Apparently if you get elbowed hard enough in the face, it could open a nasty gash right to your skull. Check out this picture of Miguel Torres just after his fight with Benavidez last night. Yum.
Submitted Mar 8, 2010 11:56AM by RhythmAndStyle - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC
WEC 47 Medical Suspensions
The Ohio Athletic Commission has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's WEC 47. 7 fighters in all are suspended, most got 60 days but 2 fighters-Brian Bowles and Miguel Torres-are suspended indefinitely and must get doctor clearance before fighting again.
Submitted Mar 8, 2010 8:49AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
Joseph Benavidez called Miguel Torres victory -- and is now calling for a Dominick Cruz rematch
"This is the fight I've waited for since I got in the WEC. It feels great to get a win off him coming off his (Bowles) loss knowing he was going to come in determined and inspired and bring everything [he had]. I always thought I was going to win this fight, I always thought I matched up really good with (him). Honestly, a month before I told all my team mates 'I'm going to guillotine Miguel'
Submitted Mar 7, 2010 1:40PM by RhythmAndStyle - 4 comments
Filed under: WEC
Fighters Earn $10,000 Bonuses At WEC 47
With only three of the eleven fights on the card going to a decision at Saturday night’s WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz, World Extreme Cagefighting officials had their work cut out for them in handing out post-fight awards.
Submitted Mar 7, 2010 1:39PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
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