WEC Announces Canadian Debut; Varner Headlines
The WEC will hold its first Canadian event on June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, the promotion announced Thursday.
Former lightweight champion Jamie Varner will headline the card against Kamal Shalorus.
Josh Grispi will also be in action against L.C. Davis. The 21-year-old Grispi has not fought since he submitted Jens Pulver in June 2009. Davis is 3-0 in the WEC, with wins over Javier Vazquez, Diego Nunes and Deividas Taursevicius.
In other announced matchups, Chris Horodecki will fight Ed Ratcliff and Mark Hominick will fight Yves Jabouin.
2 WEC 48 Prelims To Air On Spike
With the WEC's first pay-per-view a little more than one week away, the promotion is pulling out all the stops to guarantee a successful showing. Today, UFC president Dana White announced that the WEC would follow suit with its sister company and air a pair of preliminary bouts on Spike TV. The featured bouts likely will be Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung and Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis.
A Little "White" Lie Is An Unfortunate Part Of "Reality"-Get Over It
In other words, don't expect apologies from Dana White regarding his misdirection in the cast changes reported for this season of TUF. "When we have a reality show where everything's a secret, you're gonna have to watch it. Guess what? You can't know and it's not you're privilege to know. And if people are upset with that too bad. It's a reality show. First of all, SPIKE paid for this show. For me to go out and release this information, it's insane you can't do it. It would be like finding out what happens on 'Survivor' after they film it. The people who feel like they've been lied to, too bad. Get over it. It's a reality show."
UFC Cuts Emerson, Blackburn & Camoes
Jason High now has company in the unemployment line, as UFC handed out 3 more pink slips late last night. The promotion has cut Rob Emerson, Brad Blackburn & Fabricio Camoes. Emerson went 1-3 after a 2-0 start following a bizarre no contest at the TUF 5 Finale, Blackburn started 3-0 but recently has suffered the "Losing Streak Of Doom", while Camoes went to a Draw then lost his last fight.
Bader will be sidelined for the next 6 weeks and is fighting Thiago Silva?
"Ultimate Fighter" season 8 winner Ryan Bader will be sidelined for the next 6 weeks with no contact after undergoing surgery on his right hand to repair a torn tendon.
The news comes courtesy of Bader's manager, David Martin, who spoke with MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday after rumors surfaced about a fight for the Arizona based competitor.
"He had a torn tendon in his right hand, on the middle finger," said Martin. "He has six weeks of no contact with the hand, and then after that he'll be ready when Joe Silva calls."
Thiago Silva is being matched with Ryan Bader at UFC 116, the American Top Team light-heavyweight has announced to fans via his Facebook page. Silva left a message via his status update in the afternoon saying “Ryan Bader, come get some! UFC 116!”
Dana Announces Chael vs Anderson
"He's got a real tough fight coming up. His next fight's going to be against Chael Sonnen, and Chael Sonnen's one of these guys who's not going to lay back, not do what these other guys (did)," White told Rome.
"When he's been in this position when these types of fights have happened, it's been against real good jiu-jitsu guys, guys that want to get the fight to the ground. Well, Chael Sonnen's going to want to take this fight to the ground, but he's going to double leg him and bring him down," said White.
"Personally, I really believe that he was embarrassed by what happened that night, maybe he did have a mental breakdown, I don't know what happened in the ring. All I can say is I know his next opponent isn't going to be a guy who's going to lay back and let him do stuff like that."
"If he ever acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him," said the UFC president. "I don't care if he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I don't care if he is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely."
Sweet Chael Sonnen interview
Did you perceive the goading, motioning, shouting by Silva to be showmanship or disrespect? Or perhaps a little bit of both?
Look, I'm not a gang banger. I don't talk about “respect.” That term is for street thugs, not me.
UFC 112: Anderson Silva Defends Performance, Says Maia Dissrespected Him
ABU DHABI -- Anderson Silva defending his controversial UFC 112 performance against Demian Maia at the post-fight press conference. Silva said that Maia disrespected him prior to the fight and did not feel the need to apologize to the fans for his performance.
to avoid bashing fighters I will simply say I do not like anderson's answers. he was offended by maia saying he was going to try to take one of his limbs.
Following UFC 112, White says Hughes part of UFC for life, Gracie's future uncertain
The UFC 112 matchup between MMA legends Matt Hughes (44-7 MMA, 17-5 UFC) and Renzo Gracie (13-7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was viewed by many as a throwback fight – a virtual fantasy matchup between two of the game's aging greats.
But after Hughes earned a very one-sided third-round stoppage over Gracie, it became apparent that the Brazilian MMA pioneer's 43 years had left him no match for the future UFC Hall of Famer's 36.
Following the bout, UFC president Dana White refused to address Gracie's future directly, though he said the submission artist's age was an obvious factor. Meanwhile, he confirmed Hughes was welcome as part of the organization for life.
UFC Cuts Jason High
Jason High isn't going to get as high as he hoped for in UFC...in fact, he's gone from high to low. He says UFC has cut him after just one fight, a decision loss to Charlie Brenneman at last month's UFC Fight Night event in North Carolina.High was the rare fighter to get a UFC contract after a loss (KO'd by Marius Zaromskis at DREAM 10) so while he didn't necessarily suffer the "Losing Streak Of Doom" he has still lost consecutive fights.
Ortiz, Liddell Stand by Non-Disclosure Agreements
Taking heat from fans for not exactly telling the truth, TUF 11 coaches Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell have taken to Twitter to explain themselves for falsely pushing the idea that they will fight each other at UFC 115. Both fighters' defense for bending the truth were the requirement to sign non-disclosure agreements.
UFC champ Edgar understands Penn's hope for rematch but wants Maynard next
Not more than two days after Edgar (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) bested B.J. Penn (15-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) on points this past Saturday at UFC 112, Penn said an immediate rematch is in the works and could take place within three to four months.
Gray Maynard (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) also wants the first shot at the new champion.
Edgar is not one to make a scene about who's next. But if he has to pick one, it's Maynard.
Dana: UFC 115 Sold Out In 30 Minutes
Assuming Dana White's message on Twitter is correct, UFC 115 in Vancouver has already sold out. Fight Club members not only bought all the available tickets on the first day they could, they got them all in only 30 minutes. If this proves true, it will be the fastest UFC sellout ever-the previous record holder was UFC 83, which sold out less than a minute into the general public on-sale date.
Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship Announces 8-Man Open Weight GP
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- MMA Fighting recently spoke to Soheil Nemri, the promoter for upstart Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship, about the new promotion's inaugural event on May 14. Nemri broke the news to MMA Fighting that the event will host an eight-man open weight grand prix with a 1 million dirham purse (approximately $270,000) and will feature well-known names from around the MMA world, including veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov.
Report: Mike Whitehead Wanted on Sexual Assault, Drug Charges
Current Strikeforce and former UFC fighter Mike Whitehead is wanted on warrants relating to sexual assault and drug charges, Las Vegas' KLAS TV 8 reported late Monday night.
Las Vegas police officials were not available for comment on the charges Whitehead is allegedly facing when MMA Fighting tried to reach them early Tuesday morning, but according to the KLAS report, police arrived at his home to investigate the alleged sexual assault and discovered a marijuana growing operation.
B.J. Penn: I Think a Rematch Is in the Works
Three days after he lost the UFC lightweight title to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112, B.J. Penn said he believes he'll get an immediate rematch with Edgar, and that he'll be fighting for an opportunity to get the belt back within the next two months.
"The UFC contacted us yesterday, and I think they want to put a rematch together, so I think a rematch is in the works," Penn said Tuesday morning in an interview with 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C.