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Hughes-Serra Set; Other UFC 98 Bouts Announced
(sherdog.com)
Matt Hughes and Matt Serra will meet May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Wednesday. The welterweight grudge match will be featured on a UFC 98 card headlined by the Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir heavyweight title fight. The UFC also announced that middleweight title contender Yushin Okami will fight Dan Miller. Okami, the last man to get a win over Anderson Silva (it came via disqualification), is 7-1 in the UFC. Miller is 3-0 in the Octagon and most recently scored an impressive submission of Jake Rosholt in February. Former lightweight champion Sean Sherk will battle Frankie Edgar in another main card bout. In light heavyweight prelim action, James Irvin will fight Drew McFedries, and Houston Alexander will fight Andre Gusmao. Patrick Barry, a dangerous kickboxing crossover who easily chopped down Dan Evensen in December, will take on Tim Hague in a heavyweight bout. Yoshiyuki Yoshida will look to bounce back from his knockout loss to Josh Koscheck when he meets Brandon Wolff at 170 pounds. At 155, “The Ultimate Fighter” finalist Phillipe Nover will fight Kyle Bradley, and David Kaplan will tangle with George Roop.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 4:23PM by Sam_Rothstein - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gonzaga-Carwin important to heavyweight future
(sports.yahoo.com)
Last year, the UFC heavyweight division appeared decimated. Former champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski left for far bigger money offers from Affliction. Mirko Cro Cop, the most publicized PRIDE signing, looked unimpressive in losing two of three UFC fights and was let go with the feeling he wasn’t worth his enormous paycheck. Randy Couture, the company’s top heavyweight star, had a bitter divorce with UFC. And the biggest star of the PRIDE roster, Fedor Emelianenko, never came to terms with the company. UFC’s reaction was to build for the future, taking three huge wrestlers who were all unproven in the sport. Just one year after the divisional low point, that influx of talent led to the division’s rehabilitation.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 3:07PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wilson Reis to headline second Bellator event at Mohegan Sun on April 10
(mmamania.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that Bellator II (the second event of the highly anticipated 12-week tournament series airing on ESPN Deportes) will be hosted by Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., on April 10, 2009. The second nationally and internationally-televised event hosted by Mohegan Sun will occur Friday, June 12, 2009 and will feature a Bellator World Championship bout. The fight card is detailed below: Tournament Bouts: 145 lbs. — Wilson Reis (6-0) vs. Henry Martinez (5-1) 155 lbs. — Thomas Schulte (18-6) vs. Ivan Iberico (7-1/27-1) 170 lbs. — Lyman Good (7-0) vs. Hector Urbina (12-4) 170 lbs. — Jorge Ortiz (15-4) vs. Aaron Romero (5-2) 170 lbs. — Dave Menne (42-15) vs. Norman Paraisy (5-0) 170 lbs. — Omar De La Cruz (3-1) vs. Victor Meza (9-0)
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 2:50PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Mark Munoz interview: Work with Roach may push him past Hamill
(sports.yahoo.com)
Mark Munoz was one of four fighters who attended the final UFC 96 press conference. Much of the media covering UFC for the first time had to be asking, who is this guy? Afterall, he's making his UFC debut yet he's one of the top four fighters featured? Maybe that says a lot about the promotion's regard for the guy. The 2001 NCAA wrestling champ at 197 pounds is getting rave reviews from fighters in Southern California as he makes the move over from WEC.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 2:32PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC president was ready to brawl with former Jackson manager Ibarra
(sports.yahoo.com)
UFC president Dana White isn't quite as guarded saying that Jackson's manager/trainer Juanito Ibarra was the issue and he could see it coming from a mile away: "You know when you're around bad guys. You don't have to be a (expletive) rocket scientist," White said as he spoke about the day he had to fly to Southern California to get Jackson out of jail. "I knew (Ibarra) was the problem. I actually got into a huge fight with him in the parking lot of the police department."
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 2:29PM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
KJ Noons Turned Down Strikeforce Title Shot
(mmafighting.com)
Former EliteXC lightweight champion Karl James Noons was offered a title shot against Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson at StrikeForce: Shamrock vs Diaz on April 11 but turned down the fight to concentrate on his boxing career.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 2:11PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC UK TV Partner Setanta Sports in Turmoil
(mmapayout.com)
DUBLIN-BASED pay TV broadcaster Setanta Sports is believed to have missed a £10 million installment payment to the Football Association in England, potentially jeopardising its rights to live FA Cup and England internationals and raising concerns about its future viability.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 2:08PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Aleksander Emelianenko and the Red Devil fight team part ways
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
According to published reports, Aleksander Emelianenko and the Red Devil fight team in St. Petersburg, Russia have parted ways. The separate appears to be mutual, as both the team website and Emelianenko’s own personal website indicated that there are no hard feelings towards either side. Emelianenko commented on his site that he was looking forward to the next chapter in his life and that he would defend his name and prove that he was the best. He also added that his first priority was to defend the honor of Russia in international tournaments. An official statement by M-1 Global has yet to be issued and while Emelianenko’s separation from Red Devil has been confirmed, it is unclear if he is still contractual aligned with M-1.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 1:32PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
With UFC 96 nearly sold out, UFC vows return trips to Columbus
(mmajunkie.com)
On the eve of what will be the UFC's third blockbuster event in Columbus, Ohio, UFC 96 is nearly sold out with fewer than one thousand tickets remaining for the 19,000-seat Nationwide Arena. Dana White discussed the sales figures during Thursday's pre-UFC 96 press conference, and the UFC President promised the UFC will return to Columbus for future shows. As detailed in today's Dayton Daily News, Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato certainly approves of the plans and on Thursday presented White with a lifetime matchmaker's license in Ohio.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 1:31PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Heading into UFC 96, the bite is back in Quinton Jackson's bark
(mmajunkie.com)
Nightfall, a black sky lightly whitewashed by clouds and glazed by the light of a full moon. That's when it's Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's time to play. He borrows that old World Wrestling Federation Junkyard Dog gimmick by adorning not a collar, but a heavy chain. He looks up, and under nature's spotlight, he howls.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 1:29PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Feeling it: A UFC 96 interview with Tim Boetsch
(mmamania.com)
UFC light heavyweight Tim Boetsch is set to make his third straight appearance inside the Octagon when he takes on the well-rounded Jason Brilz at UFC 96 “Jackson vs. Jardine” this Saturday, March 7, from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. “The Barbarian” made his debut against David Heath at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” last February in which he had less than two weeks to prepare after Tomasz Drwal went down with a knee injury at the last minute.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 1:27PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rampage Jackson's Training Camp for Forrest Griffin Was the "Worst Ever"
(bloodyelbow.com)
Ibarra said Jackson’s training camp in Big Bear, Calif., before the Griffin fight was the "worst ever," though he didn’t want to dredge up painful details. But he did say it was difficult to get Jackson to work. "Do you know how hard it is to get a 200-some-pound adult man out of bed and drag him out so he gets out and does his work and trains?"
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 1:20PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Mauricio Rua Not Looking Past Chuck Liddell At UFC 97
(mmamania.com)
In recent comments made to the TATAME website, Mauricio Rua says he wasn't happy with his performance against Mark Coleman in his last fight, and is now focusing on Chuck Liddell and not the UFC Light Heavyweight TItle. Rua says that Wanderlei Silva told him if he goes into the Chuck fight "focused and with gas", he wins.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 10:11AM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana: Nogueira Had Staph Infection Going Into 92
(mmaweekly.com)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira apparently wasn't the fighter he usually is against Frank Mir at UFC 92, and now Dana White is telling us why. Though he didn't have blood tests to prove this, Dana said he could tell just by looking at Nog that the fighter had a "real bad" staph infection going into the fight.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 10:05AM by DCRage - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 96 Press Conference Video
(demandmma.com)
Part 1 of the conference, Dana White also speaks on the light heavyweight division, as well as the main card fighters discussing fight night.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 7:17AM by BrutalKnockOut - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
New UFC 2009: Undisputed Video, Rampage vs. Jardine
(demandmma.com)
Some new awesome gameplay footage, the game keeps looking better and better the more we see of it, in my opinion.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 7:00AM by BrutalKnockOut - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bobby Lashley discusses upcoming fight vs. Ken Shamrock
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
There has been much speculation as to how Bobby Lashley would fare in the very real fighting world of mixed martial arts when the former NAIA wrestling champion made the announcement that he would be joining the sport in early 2008 but the former WWE superstar turned professional fighter showed the world that he is taking this MMA thing seriously when he made his professional debut a succesful one. In December of 2008 Lashley made the jump into mixed martial arts official when it took him all of :41 seconds to dispatch of Joshua Franklin at the MFA: There Will Be Blood event.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 1:18AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC HEADS TO PHILADELPHIA IN 2009
(mmaweekly.com)
As the UFC expands their business worldwide, the sport's #1 promotion hasn't forgotten about new U.S. markets as well, and on Thursday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that they will head to Philadelphia before 2009 is over. The state of Pennsylvania just officially ratified the rules and regulations of mixed martial arts on Feb 27 and it looks like the state will welcome the UFC this year as a way to celebrate the sport in the Keystone state.
Submitted Mar 6, 2009 12:58AM by Bowen50 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Company Making the UFC Undisputed Video Game May Be Going Under
(bloodyelbow.com)
The first UFC videogame, titled Undisputed, for the next generation of consoles is currently in development by THQ. But the international developer and publisher of videogames is facing tough financial times. THQ has lost $334 million dollars this year and their stock prices has fallen from $20 a share to $2 a share. Now according to Michael Hickey of Janco Partners, the company has a fifty percent chance of going bankrupt (via gamereplays.org). Currently THQ is trying to save over $220 million next year and are preapring to slash over 600 employees. However, the prognosis remains dark for THQ.
Submitted Mar 5, 2009 6:27PM by MMAcca - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Evans Will defend This Summer Against Rampage Or Machida
(mmaweekly.com)
With UFC 96 only 2 days away, Quinton Rampage Jackson and Keith Jardine, met the press at the customary pre-fight press conference to address last minute questions about their fight and of course what will happen in the light heavyweight division after their bout is over. UFC President Dana White announced at the press conference that UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, would be defending his title this summer against either Jackson if he is victorious against Jardine, or Lyoto Machida if Jardine wins. White was also adamant in saying that if Jardine does get the win, he will get closer to a title shot, and he will fight Evans if he's still the champion.
Submitted Mar 5, 2009 5:13PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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