Bellator 16 Card Set, Krause Off
The full card for Bellator 16 has been revealed with 8 bouts set including the start of the season 2 Middleweight tournament. The plan was to have 9 fights but James Krause, who didn't yet have an opponent, is now off due to injury.
Bellator 18 hosts 145-pound semis: Karakhanyan vs. Warren, Freire vs. Reis
Bellator Fighting Championships returns to Louisiana on May 13, and in addition to a middleweight superfight between champion Hector Lombard and former WEC champ Paulo Filho, the Bellator 18 card will host the promotion's season-two featherweight semifinal fights.
Bellator officials recently announced the pairings, and Georgi Karakhanyan meets Joe Warren, while Patricio "Pitbull" Freire faces Wilson Reis.
Bellator 18 takes place at Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La. The main card airs on FOX Sports Net.
DREAM 14 To Be Held In A Cage
At an impromptu "urgent" press conference in Japan today, it was announced that the upcoming DREAM 14 event will be held in a cage and not the ring normally used in the promotion. Apparently the change was made after Hayato Sakurai requested his fight with Nick Diaz be in a cage and not a ring and other fighters agreed to it. Right now the change appears to be only for DREAM 14.
UFC's Tito Ortiz denies wrongdoing, accuses Jenna Jameson of OxyContin abuse
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz called a press conference in North Hollywood, Calif., Monday night and said an alleged domestic abuse incident with longtime girlfriend Jenna Jameson was prompted by Jameson's addiction to the prescription opiate OxyContin.
"Unfortunately, Jenna relapsed this morning and suffered the consequences of that," Chip Matthews, Ortiz's personal lawyer, said at the press conference. "We're here because Tito was trying to help her."
Ortiz denied harming Jameson during the incident, which allegedly took place Monday morning at the couple's home in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Video of Tito's News conference
WEC 48's Mike Brown says nothing interfered with his camp for Manny Gamburyan
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown says he was not distracted by personal issues leading into his fight with Manny Gamburyan this past Saturday at WEC 48.
After Brown suffered a first-round knockout to Gamburyan, UFC president Dana White told reporters that the former champion suffered personal problems in training camp and said he was tipped off to the issue by Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields and famed MMA trainer Mark DellaGrotte.
"I'm not sure where everything's coming from," Brown today told MMAjunkie.com. "I've talked to Jake before, and I know Mark. Everybody has issues going on but it wasn't a factor in my fight."
Heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Chris Tuchscherer meet at UFC 116
"The Ulitmate Fighter 10" runner-up Brendan Schaub meets fellow heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer in July at UFC 116.
At least one competitor has signed a bout agreement for the July 3 fight, a source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com. MMA reporter Joe Ferraro first reported the possibility of the fight on Twitter.
UFC 116 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Nate Marquardt takes on Alessio Sakara on UFC 116 main card in July
A middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Alessio Sakara will be part of UFC 116.
A source close to one of the competitors told MMAjunkie.com that bout agreements are in the process of being finalized and that the fight will be part of the night's televised main card. MMA reporter Joe Ferraro first reported the possibility of the fight on Twitter.
UFC 116 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Hamill vs. Jardine To Main Event TUF 11 Finale
Spike today announced that Matt Hamill vs. Keith Jardine will be the main event of the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale on June 20. Hamill comes in having won 3 straight although his last win was a DQ over Jon Jones, while Jardine comes in trying to avoid a 4th straight loss and a potential pink slip.
Alexander Shlemenko Completes Bellator MW Tourney
Russian star Alexander Shlemenko is the final member of Bellator Fighting Championships' middleweight tournament field, organization officials today announced. He'll meet Matt Major at this week's Bellator 16. Bellator officials have been working on contract and visa issues for more than a month to land Shlemenko – and held off on naming a replacement because they wanted him in the tourney so badly.
Urijah Faber's Hometown Paper Tells Him to Retire
One of the tough things about combat sports is that fighters compete so infrequently that every single loss seems like the end of the world. In other sports athletes can usually end a losing streak the next day or the next week, but in fighting losses take on added significance because you won't get a chance to win again for months.
Makoto Takimoto Retires At ASTRA
There were 2 retirements at Sunday's ASTRA event in Japan, one expected but one that wasn't. The expected was Hidehiko Yoshida, the unexpected was Makoto Takimoto. Originally scheduled to compete at the event before pulling out, Takimoto retires with a 6-5 career record between PRIDE and World Victory Road Sengoku.
Jr. Dos Santos wants to fight Cain
"With the fight for the belt between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, the American Cain Velasquez, Rodrigo Minotauro’s tormentor on his last fight *UFC 110), should be the next on the line for this opportunity, for Cigano’s mischance, who was waiting for a chance to revenge his master and get a little closer from his dream."
Dana White OK with WEC champ Jose Aldo's non-finish, open to 135-pound and UFC bids
WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's first title defense wasn't exactly a nail-biter. But it didn't come close to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's much-maligned UFC 112 performance, said UFC president Dana White.
The UFC figurehead conceded a finish would have been nice, though. After a night filled with barnburners, Aldo's decision win ended WEC 48 on a conservative note.
"Obviously the main event is always the big topper," White said of Aldo's fight with Urijah Faber. "I think [Aldo] could have finished that fight. I think he was being very – I'll call it extremely cautious."
Dana White says WEC 48's Mike Brown battling personal problems
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown is back to the drawing board after his second consecutive loss, which came to Manny Gamburyan Saturday at WEC 48.
And though Brown asked to return to the cage as quickly as possible after losing his WEC belt to Jose Aldo this past November, UFC president Dana White learned the former champion is wrestling with personal demons that took a sizable chunk off his training time for this weekend's fight.
The people who tipped him off might surprise you.
White reveals that Versus, Spike TV agreements reason for brandless fight card
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After several days avoiding the question to the best of his ability, UFC president Dana White finally revealed the true reason "Aldo vs. Faber" was held without any brand connection to the WEC.
"[The WEC and UFC] are two different brands on two different networks," White said. "Even though they're owned by the same company, they're two different brands owned by the same company. The networks aren't going to let us do it."
Are UFC-WEC joint shows on the horizon? Dana White says he has "long-term gameplan"
This past Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event benefited from a promotional push from its sister promotion – the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, the reason was simple: to get some preliminary fights on Spike TV as a teaser to the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event, the WEC branding had to be stripped.
But what about a next step in the UFC-WEC relationship? Could we ever see UFC and WEC fighters competing on the same card?
Roy Nelson Says Kongo Next, Likely At UFC 116
It would seem that Roy Nelson is going to take the international route to the top of the UFC Heavyweight division. After defeating Dutch giant Stefan Struve in his "official" UFC debut, Nelson has confirmed reports that French striker Cheick Kongo is his next foe. Date TBA but it's likely going to be at UFC 116 on July 3.
Despite recent antics, Anderson Silva will headline UFC 117 says Dana White
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Despite UFC president Dana White's threats in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not be fighting on the preliminary card of a UFC event any time soon.
In fact, he'll actually be in the main event.
Following Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" post-event press conference, White told a small group of reporters that the upcoming Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif., would serve as the night's featured contest.