"The Ultimate Fighter 12" goes into production today, 28 lightweights chosen
The upcoming 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality-competition series today begins production in Las Vegas in anticipation of its Sept. 15 debut on Spike TV.
Officials today announced the start of the show's taping.
Additionally, they confirmed that – as with the current 11th season of the show – the lightweights-only season of the show features 28 fighters for the 32-man tournament.
Touted as a surprise format change with "TUF 11," the field of 28 assures that two eliminated cast members get a second opportunity to reenter the tourney as "wild card" picks.
Kyacey Uscola and Kris McCray, who made the "TUF 11" cast after winning their elimination-round bouts, ultimately lost in the first round (16 slots) of the tourney. However, they got a second life as this season's wild-card picks. McCray won the wild-card fight, upset Kyle Noke in the quarterfinals, and now meets Josh Bryant in the semis.
WEC's Miguel Torres Plans Fall Return, Camp With GSP Trainer Firas Zahabi
Miguel Torres knows his climb back to a title shot is an uphill battle, especially after back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.
But the former WEC bantamweight champion on Friday told MMA Fighting he hopes to be back in the cage by this fall – and when the time comes, he'll be making a big leap in his training camp.
"I want to fight in August, but there's no guarantee," Torres said after speaking to a crowd of about 100 fans in his hometown of East Chicago, Ind., during Miguel Torres Day festivities in the city. "(WEC matchmaker) Sean Shelby's going to let me know in a couple weeks if it will be August or September. But I've been training since the Montreal UFC and whenever I get the word, I'm going to go up to Firas (Zahabi's) camp in Montreal for two months."
Some Days You're The Pigeon, Some Days You're The Statue
That weird quote basically sums up the recent UFC strugles of Mirko Cro Cop, who is only 3-3 in the Octagon going into his fight with Pat Barry at UFC 115. He claims that in addition to getting used to the nuances of fighting inside a cage, he was also never really healed from a devastating knee injury that required three surgeries to repair. The Croatian also claims that some days, whether you're healthy or hurt, just don't go the way you want them to go.
Struve vs Morecraft at UFC 117
Cage Fighting Extreme heavyweight champion Christian Morecraft has signed a four-fight contract with the UFC and is expected to face Stefan Struve in his first Octagon experience, according to reports from the MMA Fight Council.
If the bout is finalized, the two are expected to meet on Aug. 7 at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif.
Dana: No Super Heavyweights In UFC
Super heavyweight match-ups take place in mixed martial arts, particularly in Japan, but UFC president Dana White isn’t interested in them in his promotion. Asked during his keynote address at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas if the UFC would consider bringing in any super heavyweights, White quickly answered, “No.”
Kickboxing Star Badr Hari Wanted by Dutch Police
Sometimes the pressures of being one of the best in the world is a bit much too handle, and for K-1's Bad Boy, Badr Hari, it seems like he is always seconds from imploding. If you'll remember back to March, Badr Hari was having some fingers pointed in his direction for being involved in a February assault on a bouncer in front of a nightclub.
Gunderson vs. Holst Set For TUF 11 Finale, Elkins vs. Oliveira To UFC On Versus 2
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale card received one additional fight while dropping another, and the total number of official contests for the June 19 event in Las Vegas remains at five. The rest, of course, will be revealed following this week's conclusion of the Spike TV reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter 11." But for now, a previously reported contest of John Gunderson vs. Mark Holst is official, and Darren Elkins vs. Charles Oliveira has been shifted to UFC on Versus 2 in August. The reason for the delay appears to be Oliveira having visa issues.
Upcoming knee surgery sidelines Bellator middleweight Jared Hess up to six months
Jared Hess will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery next week for a gruesome knee injury he suffered in the second round of Bellator's season-two middleweight tournament, the promotion announced Friday.
Hess (11-2 MMA, 3-2 BFC), 26, sustained a third-degree tear of his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in the first frame of his fight with Alexander Shlemenko, which took this past Thursday at Bellator 20.
Rebuilt and refocused, "Cro Cop" says he's anxious for standup war at UFC 115
Once considered among the most feared strikers in mixed martial arts, when Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (26-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) first uttered the words "right leg hospital, left leg cemetery," it didn't exactly seem like simple braggadocio.
An experienced K-1 kickboxer with potent striking, Filipovic has enjoyed just moderate success since joining the UFC in 2007. But with "Cro Cop" set to face fellow knockout artist Pat Barry (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at next week's UFC 115 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Filipovic said his ready to flash vintage form in a crowd-pleasing affair.
Frank Mir: 'I've actually been toying with the idea of maybe going down a weight class'
"Right now I have a couple months off, so I've actually been toying with the idea of maybe going down a weight class. Since I don't have a fight for a couple months, I've just been watching what I eat and see how my body without trying to put size on; what my natural weight will fall now at now since I have lifted a lot lately to add size. I'm kind of curios where I think I would fall at. Because some of the guys I train with that are light heavyweight, bone structures are the same. Sometimes I stand next to Forrest (Griffin) and I think I'm in the wrong weight class."
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir ponders a career at 205-pounds during his time away from the fight game. Despite a successful heavyweight career, lopsided losses to Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin have perhaps planted the seed that his frame is better suited at 205-pounds. Can one of the UFC's most senior veterans make any kind of noise as a light heavyweight? Or would strikers like Machida and Rua make him sorry he ever considered it?
Thats pretty much the whole article but I posted the link anway.
Personally I think if he can make it safely then he should drop down...he's just not able to handle the big boys...either that or pray that the cruiserweight experiment in Ohio(I think) goes over well and it gets adopted.
Scott Coker Says No Bidding War For Shields, Tourney Possible
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is "tossing around numbers" with the manager of his current middleweight champion, Jake Shields, but he will not get into a bidding war for the fighter's services. "If it works out (with Shields), great," Coker said. "If not, Strikeforce has a bunch of great middleweights, and we'll go into the tournament business. We're still fleshing out the details, but we're leaning toward that." Shields' manager and father, Jack Shields, today opened the door to non-exclusive negotiations – known as the "matching period" on a fight contract – after the fighter's exclusive negotiation period with Strikeforce expired earlier this week. If the two sides can't strike a deal on a new contract, said tournament could start on August 21 as an 8-man tournament with the winner becoming the new champion.
Fedor Nominated in Russian Primary, Will Continue Fighting
Fedor Emelianenko is one of 58 candidates named in a Russian internal election primary for the United Russian Party in the Belgorod region, according to M-1 Global officials. The June 25 primary elections are a first step to identifying one candidate to represent the party later in national elections against other party nominees for a seat in the country's regional Parliament.
The 33-year-old Emelianenko was nominated along with other notable politicians, including Belgorod Region Governor Yevgeny Savchenko and Belgorod Senator and State Duma Deputy Andrei Scotch. The world’s No. 1 heavyweight is among 24 new candidates added to the party’s primary ballot in that region this year.
Gerald Harris vs Dave Branch at UFC 116
Former TUF contestant Gerald Harris (15-2, 2-0 UFC) will look to continue his streak inside the octagon against Renzo Gracie standout Dave Branch. Branch, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native who's studied Brazilian jiu jitsu for nearly a decade with Gracie, turned pro in 2007 and his since posted a 6-0 record with six stoppage victories (three via knockout and three via submission). Most recently, he stopped Derrick Mehman (5-1 at the time) with a second-round rear-naked choke at Bellator 15 in April.
Lesnar vs Carwin
W. Silva vs Akiyama
Lytle vs Brown
Bonnar vs Soszynski II
Sotiropoulos vs Pellegrino
Schaub vs Tuchscherer
Reljic vs Grove
Petruzelli vs Romero
Harris vs Branch
Roberts vs Paulino
Madsen vs Vemola
SF Challengers 9 Set For 7/23, Kaufman vs. Modafferi Possible
The next installment of Strikeforce's prospects-driven "Challengers" series is slated for July 23, and a title fight could be part of the night's Showtime broadcast. Although it's not yet official, SF is working to make a title fight of Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Champion Sarah Kaufman vs. Roxanne Modafferi for the event.
Anthony Leone Signs With WEC, Replaces Godfrey At WEC 49
Anthony Leone has signed a 4-fight deal with WEC and won't have to wait long for his first fight. He's been tapped as a replacement on the card for the injured Clint Godfrey and will face Renan Berao in his WEC debut. Although the paperwork for the fight hasn't been completed, verbal agreements are in place.
Tavares Meets Friere At UFC On Versus 2
2 Brazilians are set to face off in a Lightweight matchup at UFC on Versus 2 as Thiago Tavares appears set to face newcomer Willamy Friere (Chequerim). Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Friere signed with UFC recently and vacated his Shooto Welterweight Championship after defending it in Japan this past weekend as a result. Tavares was to have faced Melvin Guillard at UFC 114 but withdrew due to injury.
Seth Petruzelli rejoins UFC, meets Ricardo Romero on UFC 116 preliminary card
Seth Petruzelli (12-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), a former UFC fighter who rose to fame after famously knocking out Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson at an October 2008 EliteXC show, has rejoined the UFC and meets fellow light heavyweight Ricardo Romero (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) next month at UFC 116.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Romero's manager, Mike Constantino, that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have not been signed.
Petruzelli initially announced the July 3 bout via Twitter this afternoon.
Tom Lawlor Takes Training to Cuba in Hopes of Career Rejuvenation
Walking through the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas during the recent UFC 114 weekend, Tom Lawlor heard the familiar bassline of the David Bowie and Queen classic rock collaboration "Under Pressure."
Ever the showman, Lawlor filed it away in his mind, well aware that it could make for another entrance spectacular, hot on the heels of his Apollo Creed/"Rocky IV" homage at UFC 113.
But the underlying reason the song struck Lawlor is not lost on him. After two straight losses in the octagon, he's well aware that it's coming down to do-or-die for his UFC career.
"I just need to look at some things I did wrong in those fights and correct them so I don't make those mistakes again," Lawlor told MMA Fighting. "Because really I'm on the bubble right now as far as my career in the UFC goes. I can only come up with so many more entrances that keep my job. I've got to start winning fights."
Chuck Liddell Plans to KO Rich Franklin, Wants Tito Ortiz in Return From Surgery
After nearly 14 months away from fighting and a series of camps designed to bring him back in pristine condition, legendary UFC star Chuck Liddell is set to return to the octagon at UFC 115 in Vancouver.
Though Liddell (21-7) returned with the expectation of fighting Tito Ortiz at the conclusion of the currently airing season of The Ultimate Fighter, an injury knocked Ortiz out, leaving an opening filled by former middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, the 40-year-old Liddell spoke about the Ortiz fallout, facing Franklin, changing his lifestyle and whether his June 12 fight is a must-win affair.
UFC 117 Prelims Announced, Wallace vs. Nedkov Among Additions
Following Thursday's official announcement of UFC 117 and three main-card bouts, including a headliner of UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, UFC officials have unveiled the night's preliminary card. Most of the fights were already known but there was a new addition to the card today: Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov. Wallace is on the Losing Streak Of Doom and needs a win to keep his roster spot while Nedkov will be making his UFC debut after fighting internationally including a 2-0 mark in World Victory Road Sengoku events.