April 2010 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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WEC 48 weigh-in results: All fighters make weight
Today's festivities took place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., the same venue that hosts Saturday's first-ever pay-per-view-televised WEC event with a championship headliner between WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and ex-champ Urijah Faber.
Nick Diaz Apologizes
He essentially says it was unexpected and he was angry. He vilifies Miller and although the title says it's an apology I think it fell short of a full fledged apology and turned into excuses.
Strikeforce Inks Broadcast Deals in 8 Asian Territories
Strikeforce has secured additional broadcast distribution in eight Asian markets through a deal with Lionsgate subsidiary Tiger Gate International, the promotion’s distributor, Shine International, announced on Friday. According to the release, Strikeforce content is now available to viewers in 14 countries.
Dana White says UFC still coming to Oakland, just lukewarm on Hawaii
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event is the current focus of UFC president Dana White, the continued global expansion of the company's primary brand is always on his mind. At Thursday's "Aldo vs. Faber" pre-event press conference, White confirmed that Salt Lake City will host UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1, but he also confirmed that the city originally expected to host that event, Oakland, Calif., will still get a visit from the UFC this year. However, White seemed less optimistic that a long-rumored trip to Hawaii was in the promotion's immediate plans. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 3:40PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Global versions of "The Ultimate Fighter" could focus on talent for the WEC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC president Dana White has long promised that he along with his fight promotion, he is also bringing "The Ultimate Fighter" global. But while the U.S. version of the show, currently airing its 11th season on Spike TV, focuses on the various weight classes utilized by the UFC, White said forthcoming versions of the show in other countries will likely feed talent to the lighter weight classes of the WEC. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 2:14PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Bellator 15 results
In the promotion's first season-two visit to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Bellator Fighting Championships on Thursday night once again provided a handful of exciting contests and impressive performances.
No WEC, no problem; Dana White says missing logo all part of master plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event draws near, the big guns from both the WEC and UFC have descended upon Sacramento, Calif., to begin final preparations for the April 24 event. But while WEC stars Jose Aldo, Urijah Faber, Ben Henserson and Donald Cerrone joined UFC president Dana White today at ARCO Arena for a pre-event press conference, there was one noticeable absence. The WEC logo. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 12:57PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, Interviews, UFC
Report: Hughes vs. Almeida Possible For UFC 117
Ricardo Almeida may get the chance to take his frustrations out on Matt Hughes in a possible welterweight showdown at the upcoming UFC 117 event planned for Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., according to a McTweet from ESPN's Franklin McNeil. Almeida has won 3 in a row and could be looking to avenge the recent loss by his master and friend, Renzo Gracie, who was TKO'd at UFC 112 by none other than Hughes.
3 Fights Added To DREAM 14
Three Featherweight fights were added to the May 29th DREAM 14 card today. Hiroyuki Takaya will take on Joachim Hansen, Kazuyuki Miyata will fight DEEP Featherweight champion Takafumi Otsuka in a non-title match, and Hideo Tokoro will face Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura. Takaya-Hansen could determine the next challenger for DREAM Featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes, which could possibly mean a Fernandes-Hansen rematch.
White confident that "UFC Fight for the Troops" event coming to Afghanistan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When UFC president Dana White first mentioned earlier this month that a forthcoming UFC event will likely take place in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, there appeared to be more questions than answers surrounding the logistics of how to pull off such a feat. Questions still remain, but following today's press conference promoting Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, White said he's "very confident" the UFC will pull it off. "We actually want to go right into Afghanistan and put on an event in the middle of all the [expletive]," White said. "It's going to happen. ... Anything can happen if you want it to happen bad enough." Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 1:04AM by runningman08 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Randy Couture vs. James Toney targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
In a match likely to re-ignite the "boxing vs. MMA" debate, a bout between 10-time UFC champion Randy Couture and former boxing champion James Toney is targeted for the UFC's first trip to Boston. Fighters Only was the first to report the possibility of the pairing, and MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that while the matchup is far from official, it's in the works for a headlining spot at the event. Although not officially announced, UFC 118 is expected to take place Aug. 28 at the TD Garden in Boston. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 11:52PM by runningman08 - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Lesnar vs Carwin signed for UFC 116
Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin have signed bout agreements for a meeting at UFC 116 in July, it was reported this evening. The two have been strongly linked with that event for some time and according to MMA Live presenter Franklin McNeill papers have now been signed.
Florian vs Maynard signed for Boston Card
Just a few days ago Kenny Florian confirmed when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio that he would indeed be fighting in his hometown of Boston, and now the opponent is official as well as he faces Gray Maynard in a lightweight showdown on the August 28 card. Florian made the announcement on MMA Live on Thursday, which he co-hosts, and said that bout agreements have been signed for the fight.
Joe Stevenson vs Takanori Gomi for UFC on Versus 2 card.
Joe "Daddy" Stevenson and Takanori Gomi will both be looking for redemption in Salt Lake City on Aug. 2 when they meet at UFC on Versus 2 in a lightweight contest. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 4:57PM by runningman08 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Kevin Casey to Face Matt Lindland in Strikeforce Challengers Main Event.
Former Rickson Gracie protégé and highly confident middleweight (185 pounds) “King” Kevin Casey (3-1) of Los Angeles will face the toughest test of his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career when he faces former Olympic wrestling silver medalist and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-7) of Oregon City, Ore., in the STRIKEFORCE Challengers main event at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. on Friday, May 21. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 3:59PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA, MMA Personalities
"Strikeforce: Nashville" medical suspensions issued to all fighters, six get extended layoffs
As is customary, the Tennessee Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to all fighters who competed at this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event. While most of the suspensions run the customary three days, six fighters – none of whom competed on the CBS-televised main card – were issued suspensions of 30 days or more. "Strikeforce: Nashville" took place April 17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and featured three title fights. Full Article
Gunderson vs Taylor tentatively rebooked for TUF 11 Finale
Lightweights John Gunderson (22-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Paul Taylor (10-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) have been rebooked to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event. The two were due to face off at UFC 112 earlier this month, but UFC officials removed Taylor from the card when he fell ill the night prior to the April 10 fight. The promotion's medical personnel said Taylor exhibited symptoms of a "classic migraine headache."
UFC 112 Drug Tests All Clean
Like many events before it, UFC 112 was officially a drug-free zone. All fighters who underwent drug testing at this month's UFC 112 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. According to UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner, UFC officials paid for and flew to the host site a drug tester from U.K.-based Quest Laboratories to administer the tests. As with most overseas shows, in which no regulatory bodies exist, the UFC served as its own regulator for UFC 112. Ratner, a former head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, headed the efforts.
Jake Shields Is Definitely Going To Leave Strikeforce-And He's Definitely Coming To UFC
Those are Dana White's words, so don't read too much into this. Yet. After all, we know what happened last time he used the word "definitely". Anyway, he says it will definitely happen. "Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce, and he's definitely coming to the UFC. First of all, they put all of their eggs in the Dan Henderson basket. They went out and acquired him and thought he was worth a lot more money than we were willing to pay him. They went out and paid him more money than they can afford to. They never respected Jake Shields, who is their champion. They didn't even have him in their commercials for the fight. Then the fight happens and Jake Shields wins. They were like, 'Oh my God. He won. What do we do?' I think they sent (Miller) in there to challenge him, so that if Jake leaves, it looks like he doesn't want to fight Miller. That‘s not the way you do it. You let the winner speak, then you ask him at the end about whether he‘s willing to fight Miller. But that's them. They're a Podunk, unknown, small-time organization. There shouldn‘t have been that many guys in the cage in the first place!"
Buentello Officially Cut By UFC, Fights At Shark Fights 11
Paul Buentello's UFC release is at last official. He has been officially released by the promotion and has signed to face Bryan Humes at Shark Fights 11 according to his manager. Buentello reportedly is still on good terms with UFC and could return should he put together a winning streak outside the promotion.