Matt Mitrione Will Be Fighting Kimbo Slice The Man, Not The Hype
Matt Mitrione has been called a lot of things in his short time in the fight game. A whiner, a faker, a wannabe, and of course most notably... a meathead. But come this Saturday night (May 8) at UFC 113 in Montreal, he's looking to add one more moniker to the list... a mixed martial artist. The former NFL player has a rare opportunity in front of him to defeat a man who is more widely recognized than just about anybody in the sport. A man known for his persona far more than his fighting prowess. That man is of course none other than Kimbo Slice. Whether or not a win over Slice is impressive in the eyes of true fight fans, it's a win that will undoubtedly increase his name recognition. And at this point in his young MMA career, it's more than Mitrione can ask for. Mitrione spoke to Larry Pepe on this week's episode of Pro MMA Radio about getting into MMA, Kimbo, and The House.
Kevin Randleman vs. Roger Gracie *is* On
Strikeforce has confirmed that Kevin Randleman has been medically cleared to fight Roger Gracie on May 15, a day after an illness called into question whether Randleman would be able to fight.
Randleman began to feel sick with what he believed was a staph infection while preparing for the Gracie fight, and he feared that he might need to bow out. The 38-year-old Randleman even told Sherdog that he would consider retiring if he couldn't get medical clearance to fight on May 15.
Dana Says 112 Amends Still Coming, Likely Won't Include Silva
Following April's UFC 112 event in Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White made little attempt to hide his displeasure with his middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. After Silva first taunted, then avoided, challenger Demian Maia, White called the fight an "embarrassment," and promised to "make it up" to the fans. On Thursday, at the pre-event press conference for UFC 113 at Montreal's Bell Centre, White said that atonement is still forthcoming. "I'll get on my Twitter every once in a while and people will be like, 'Hey, when are you making it up to us?'" White said. "Give me some [expletive] time. I will. I've got to find the right time and the right opportunity." Many fans have suggested White take a big fight that would normally fall to a pay-per-view event and instead put it on basic cable with either of the UFC's broadcast partners, Spike TV or Versus. White seemed warm to the idea, though he refused to commit to the deal.
Sources: Paul Taylor Off TUF 11 Finale, Mark Holst In
It appears a planned Paul Taylor-John Gunderson rematch from UFC 112 that was set for the TUF 11 Finale will have to wait. Taylor has been pulled from the card and replaced with Mark Holst. It's not yet knwon why Taylor is off but it appears he was not cleared for the event.
Clay Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos likely for UFC 117
A lightweight battle between Clay Guida and Rafael Dos Anjos is in the works for UFC 117 according to a recent report at MMArecap.
Guida recently snapped a two fight losing streak at the first UFC on Versus event, finishing Shannon Gugerty with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
Hardy-Hazelett Agreed for UFC 119
Dan Hardy and Dustin Hazelett have verbally committed to meet in a welterweight bout at UFC 119 tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18 in Hardy’s home country of England, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.
Dana White: UFC 113's Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck winner gets title shot
MONTREAL – UFC 113's co-main event between top welterweight contenders Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will earn the winner a title shot with champion Georges St-Pierre.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-expected plans during today's UFC 113 pre-event press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The same venue hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event, which includes the Daley vs. Koscheck fight.
Chael Sonnen Will Be a Great Challenge For Anderson Silva At UFC 117
But at the same time, Silva challenger-to-have-been Vitor Belfort tells the TATAME website that he's counting down the days to his chance. He says "Each fight is different; I can't say how it is going to be. For sure Sonnen will be a great challenge, and I'm pretty sure the fight will be tied. They are two good fighters, now it is up to us to wait... I, for sure, will be one [a challenge for Silva] too. For now, I'll just wait for my chance and make it worth it. They [doctors] said I could work on my fitness, I'm almost released to train. I'll be ready in September."
Volkmann vs. Kelly In The Works For UFC 116
A matchup of Jakob Volkmann vs. Paul Kelly is reportedly in the works for UFC 116 in July. At least one fighter reportedly has agreed to the matchup with the other expected to soon. The fight is expected to be a prelim if it happens.
SF Moves Cristiane Santos To 6/26 Event
Strikeforce Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane Santos has been pulled off the 6/16 SF event and moved to the 6/26 event in San Jose. Opponent TBA but they appear to be looking for an international foe and the fight will be for the title. Scott Coker says if they're able to do this, they'll have both the top male fighter (Fedor) and the top female fighter on the same card.
Kimbo: I Don't Predict Fights But I'm Not Getting KO'd, I'll Tell You That
And his advice to his UFC 113 foe this weekend-Matt Mitrione: Don't stand and bang with him. Says Slice, "The preparation for every fight is the same, it's intense. I peak to the highest level of my performance a week before the fight. I'm ready for it. I hope [Mitrione's] biggest strength would be his ground game because if he wants to stand and bang, that's my world. If I see a submission and he slip -- I'll grip. I don't predict the fights but I'm not getting knocked out, I'll tell you that."
UFC 116: Stephan Bonnar vs Krzysztof Soszynski rematch set for July 3 in Las Vegas
Former Ultimate Fighters Stephan Bonnar (11-7) and Krzysztof Soszynski (19-9-1) will finally get a chance to settle some unfinished business when the two light heavyweights collide in a rematch at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin," which is scheduled for July 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Bonnar wasn't happy with the TKO loss he suffered at the hands (or head) of "The Polish Experiment" when the pair threw leather at February's UFC 110 event from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
"The American Psycho" blames referee John Sharp for missing an inadvertent headbutt that busted him open in the third round of their 205-pound war, causing Bonnar to leak all over himself, Soszynski and the better part of the Octagon floor.
He recently lost his appeal to have the ruling reversed to a technical draw based on the nature of the stoppage.
Couture wants winner of Machida/Shogun
As Randy Couture heads back into training in mid-June for his August showdown against James Toney, the UFC Hall of Famer still has other goals on his mind as well.
The 46-year-old former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion isn't done winning titles yet, and while his focus has turned to former boxing champion turned MMA fighter James Toney, he believes that his shot at the 205-pound belt isn't far away either.
When asked if he believes he could be in line for a title shot within 12 to 18 months, Couture said that it could be sooner.
Dennis Hallman faces Ben Saunders at UFC 117
Dennis Hallman (41-13-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will have to wait a bit longer to drop weight.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the MMA veteran and recent UFC returnee is expected to meet Ben Saunders (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout on the non-televised portion of UFC 117, according to multiple sources close to the event. Though bout agreements have not yet been signed, both fighters are expected to put pen to paper shortly.
"UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen" takes place Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Andre Winner Meets Nik Lentz At UFC 118
Andre Winner & Nik Lentz are now set to meet in a prelim match at UFC 118 in August. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Both fighters will try to extend their current unbeaten streaks in UFC (Winner has 2 straight wins, Lentz 2 wins and 1 Draw).
Greg Soto Signs To Face Nick Osipczak At UFC 118
UFC fighter Greg Soto confirmed via Twitter today that he's signed to face Nick Osipczak at UFC 118 in Boston. Soto, who signed with the UFC in March as a late replacement for Ricardo Funch, ran into trouble against Matthew Riddle, who took the first two rounds of their preliminary-card fight at UFC 111. Soto came out swinging in the third round, but after he was taken to the mat, he connected on an illegal upkick that caught Riddle square on the kisser. Riddle tried to fight through the pain, but he was so dazed that ringside officials would not allow him to continue, and he was awarded the DQ win.
UC 116 main-card additions include Silva vs. Akiyama, Soszynski vs. Bonnar II
Following Tuesday's official announcement of UFC 116 and a headliner of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar vs interim title-holder Shane Carwin, Ultimate Fighting Championship officials have added six additional fights to the July 3 card.
Main-card additions include Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva and a Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar rematch, both of which MMAjunkie.com previously reported.
Official for the un-aired preliminary card include Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer, Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic, Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown, and Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola.
Don King Issues Cease and Desist with Shine Fights
According to MaxBoxing.com, Don King Promotions has issued a cease and desist order to Shine Fight Promotions on the grounds that Ricardo Mayorga is contractually obligated to fight exclusively for Don King. Mayorga is set to fight Din Thomas on May 15th at Shine Fights 3: Worlds Collide.
Don King Productions has become aware that an entity known as Shine Fight Promotions recently announced their intention to present a match showcasing former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga.
Don King Productions has a valid promotional contract granting the right of exclusive representation of Ricardo Mayorga and has advised Shine Fight Promotions accordingly.