Bellator Fighting Championships hosts open tryout on May 4 in Boston area
Bellator Fighting Championships is once again hitting the streets to find the next up-and-coming mixed martial artist.
The Chicago-based promotion today announced it will hold an open tryout in the Boston area on Tuesday, May 4, in an effort to secure new talent for the promotion's third season, which takes place in late 2010.
Fighters in all weight classes are invited to attend – both male and female.
Paul Daley Not Interested In Rematch With "Boring" Jake Shields
There's been a lot of talk about Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields coming to the UFC when his current contract expires -- but don't add Paul Daley to the list of people who are excited over the possibility of him competing inside the Octagon. Perhaps that's because "Semtex" was submitted by the grappling whiz back at Elite XC: "Heat" in October 2008. The British striker tells The Daily Record he's a much improved fighter since they last met but has no interest in avenging that loss simply because he doesn't want to subject himself to a boring fight.
White says WEC's Henderson deserves top ranking, doesn't expect media to follow suit
While both UFC and WEC officials have consistently denied any and all reports of a potential merger between the two organizations, there is one undeniable challenge created by the dual fight promotions.
How do you manage two separate 155-pound divisions?
UFC president Dana White recently said that the promotions will likely one day merge the two divisions into the UFC, but for now, he's got another idea for his top WEC lightweights: send them to Japan.
"What I need to do is send them somewhere else so they can become ranked No. 2 and then bring them back," White joked with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's what I really need to do."
Leben vs. Simpson, Fisher vs. Siver, Browne vs. McSweeney set for TUF 11 Finale
With pre-sale tickets going on sale in mere hours for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, the organization has added a trio of fights to the card, all of which were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The additions include Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson for the evening's main card, as well as a pair of contests tentatively slated for the night's prelims with Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver and Travis Browne vs. James McSweeney.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale is scheduled for June 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
UFC 113's Matt Mitrione says forget what you think you know about him, "Kimbo Slice"
Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knows a thing or two about being pigeonholed, and he's not about to do that to UFC 113 opponent and fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Mitrione, a former linebacker and defensive tackle in the NFL, got a reputation on the Spike TV series as a difficult-to-work-with brooder that rubbed his teammates the wrong way. Ferguson already had a reputation as an MMA greenie made famous by the good fortune of YouTube.
Six months after the program aired, both continue to grow as mixed martial artists and carve out identities in the UFC. Mitrione says he's not bothered by his image. All he's focused on is beating Slice, and do to that, he's trying to forget all that he thinks he knows about the bearded fighter.
Report: 'Aldo vs. Faber' Draws 150k-200k PPV Buys According to Early Estimates
According to new reports on Heavy and f4wonline, early estimates indicate that Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event generated between 150,000 and 200,000 buys. In other words (assuming the estimates are accurate), the WEC's first attempt at pay-per-view was a smashing success. A couple points to put those numbers in perspective:
— 150k-200k is not too far off from the 240,000 buys that UFC 110 pulled in, with its roster full of MMA stars.
— Affliction did no more than 100,000 buys with its first event.
As a starting point for WEC-product on pay-per-view, it's very encouraging, and proves that Zuffa knows how to promote and package their fights. Now that fans know the WEC is worth their money, Zuffa is in an even better position for the next time they want to charge us...
Alistair Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing for Brett Rogers fight
Pro Fight Network's Chris Greenman recently did a interview with Brett Rogers and his manager talking about Brett's preparation for the Overeem fight coming up at StrikeForce Heavy Artillery. Brett talks about moving fight camps and the benefits that come from it. Also in the interview Brett and his manager mention that for the upcoming fight Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing.
Please excuse Chris Greenman's one-sided interviewing techniques.
To watch the video interview click
"UFC Undisputed 2010" full roster revealed; demo set for April 29 release
A little less than one month before it officially hits retailer's shelves, THQ and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are releasing a demo for the highly anticipated "UFC Undisputed 2010."
The videogame teaser, which will be available for download this Thursday, April 29, will feature four fighters – all light heavyweights – including champion Lyoto Machida and challengers Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles, "UFC Undisputed 2010" is set for a May 25 release.
Fans invited to Wednesday's Bellator 16 weigh-ins/press conference in Kansas City
Fans are invited to attend Wednesday's official fighter weigh-ins and joint press conference for Bellator 16.
The fan and media event takes place Wednesday at the Kansas City Live! stage at the Kansas City Power & Light District and begins at 8 p.m. CT (local time).
The Kansas City Power & Light District also hosts Thursday's Bellator 16 event, which features a televised main card of four opening-round middleweight tournament bouts. The event airs live on FOX Sports Net.
UFC Signs Karlos Vemola To Face Madsen At UFC 116
UFC today signed Czech fighter Karlos Vemola to a multi-fight deal and announced he'll face Jon Madsen in his UFC debut at UFC 116. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Reports are Vemola has a beef with James McSweeney over allegations of drug use by Vemola.
WEC 48 ratings: "Aldo vs. Faber Prelims" draws 1 million viewers to Spike TV
Spike TV's two-fight preliminary card broadcast of this past weekend's WEC 48 event drew an average audience of 1 million viewers, according to Spike TV officials.
The broadcast was the debut of the WEC on Spike TV, though the fight promotion's brand was completely removed for the event. "Aldo vs. Faber Prelims" served as a teaser for the evening's pay-per-view broadcast.
The one-hour broadcast featured a highly entertaining matchup between featherweights Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung, as well as a lightweight contest between Anthony Pettis and Alex Karalexis.
MacDonald To Face Salter At UFC 113
Exit one Canadian, enter another. After plans to have David Loiseau face John Salter as a replacement for Nick Catone at UFC 113 fell through today, fellow Canadian Jason MacDonald has been added as a replacement.
UFC 2010 Undisputed Early Demo Release (Press Release)
THQ Inc. today announced that gamers who register for the UFC® UndisputedTM 2010 community site will receive early access to the highly anticipated demo, slated for release on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The demo will be playable on PSN and Xbox LIVE®. Go to community.ufcundisputed.com now and sign up to be one of the first to play the UFC Undisputed 2010 demo...
After WEC's Griffin vs. Bonnar moment, White says he's willing to arrange a rematch
A little more than five years ago, then-UFC hopefuls Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar contested one of the most entertaining bouts in the organization's history at the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter Finale – the night the UFC first aired live on Spike TV.
This past Saturday night, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung engaged in an equally rousing affair while placed in a similar position: the lead in for "Aldo vs. Faber," the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event.
Following the event, UFC president Dana White expressed his gratitude for the performance and said he wouldn't mind letting "Bad Boy" and "The Korean Zombie" do it again.
Quebec denies David Loiseau license to fight John Salter at UFC 113 in Montreal
LAS VEGAS - Montreal middleweight David (The Crow) Loiseau's return to the UFC did not last long.
A source confirmed Monday that the mixed martial arts fighter was replacing the injured Nick (The New Jersey Devil) Catone at UFC 113 on May 8 in Montreal.
But later Monday, the source said Loiseau was off the card, adding the reversal had to do with the local athletic commission.
Joe Doerksen, Tim Hague official for UFC 113; David Loiseau's status uncertain
A pair of late replacements for May's "UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" event are now official for the evening's fight card, though a third slot still remains unfilled.
The world's largest MMA organization today announced two contests previously reported by MMAjunkie.com, as Joe Doerksen faces Tom Lawlor, while Tim Hague meets Joey Beltran.
UFC veteran David Loiseau, who was contacted to face John Salter at UFC 113, has yet to be officially announced by the organization, and there appears to be come concern as to whether he'll be allowed to compete.
White says Aldo one of world's best, WEC champion's next move uncertain
If nothing else, WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has options.
After a dominating five-round victory over former champion Urijah Faber at this past Saturday's WEC 48 event, UFC president Dana White said he was so impressed with "Junior" that he's already considering where the Brazilian phenom would rank in both the bantamweight and lightweight divisions.
As for the humble Aldo, he'll just sit back and wait to hear what's next.
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.