April 2012 MMA News Archive - Page 9
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Munoz: TRT is cheating
"It's cheating. I think it's cheating. I think anything that's synthetic that you put in your body is cheating. Get it from food, get it from training. That stuff jacks you up when you're done. For me, I'm a family man, I have kids, I have a wife and I want to be there for them at the end. I think when you take PEDs or anything like that, it cuts your life short. When it becomes like that, it's almost hedonistic. It's not a sport anymore. It becomes more than a sport and it shouldn't be like that.
Silva Says He Has Waited His Whole Career To Rematch Belfort
Wanderlei Silva has had an itch to get back in the cage with Vitor Belfort ever since Belfort embarrassed him at UFC: Brazil way back in 1998. Belfort needed only 44 seconds before he blasted his fellow countryman with a barrage of shots that still plays on UFC highlight reels today. The two are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and will meet some time down the road in a rematch that Silva has waited 14 long years for. He discussed it this week with The MMA Hour:
Is Pat Curran the No. 2 Featherweight in the World Behind Jose Aldo?
The rise of Pat Curran has been something just about everybody has been able to watch ever since the young fighter made his first appearance on the TapouT reality show a few years back. Since that time, Curran pulled off probably the biggest upset, at the time, in Bellator Fighting Championships history when he defeated former UFC contender Roger Huerta. He then made it all the way to a shot against then Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and despite going into the fight as an over inflated featherweight still managed to go five rounds with one of the top 155-pound fighters in the world. That’s when Curran started to hit his stride.
UFC inks Nova Uniao Featherweight Hacran Dias to a 3-fight deal.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has procured the services of another 145-pound member of Andre Pederneiras’ Rio de Janeiro-based team Nova Uniao. Hacran Dias, the 27-year-old cousin of Bellator competitor Marlon Sandro and main sparring partner of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, signed a three-fight contract with the UFC on Saturday before the cameras of Brazil’s Sensei SporTV.
Alistair Overeem NSAC hearing set for April 24, UFC 146 main event decision comes after
Earlier today, it was reported that UFC President Dana White has already decided to keep the Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez fight intact as a main card showcase at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. That seemed like an interesting decision considering the circumstances. Those circumstances include Alistair Overeem having failed a surprise drug test at a press conference and throwing his main event match-up against Junior dos Santos into doubt. The situation is murky in the sense that Overeem can't be suspended because he hasn't actually been licensed for the heavyweight title fight over the Memorial Day weekend.
Todd Duffee wins first fight since 2009, knocks out Neil Grove in SFL 2 main event
Todd Duffee today picked up his first victory since August 2009. And it took him just 34 seconds to get it. The former UFC heavyweight made quick work of recent Bellator fighter Neil Grove in the headliner of today's Super Fight League 2 event. The show took place in Chandigarh, India, and streamed live on YouTube. Duffee (6-2), whom the UFC surprisingly released after a May 2010 loss to Mike Russow, fought for the first time since his December 2010 DREAM title loss to Alistair Overeem. In the SFL 2 featured attraction, he lunged forward with punches and connected with a big right hook that sent Grove (11-6-1) to the canvas. A few follow-up punches prompted the stoppage just 34 seconds into the fight...
UFC on FX 3 adds Brenneman-Silva, Magalhaes-Roberts, Magalhaes-Martinez, Means-Salas
The fight card is official for the recently announced "UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall" event. As officials announced earlier this week, UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8 at BankAtlantic Center near Fort Lauderdale in Sunrise, Fla. Previously reported and now-confirmed bouts include welterweights Charlie Brenneman (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), middleweights Buddy Roberts (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Caio Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and lightweights Bernardo Magalhaes (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Henry Martinez (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Additionally, the card got a new addition with lightweights Tim Means (17-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Justin Salas (10-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who both made promotional debuts at UFC on FUEL TV 1, where they picked up decision victories over Bernardo Magalhaes and Anton Kuivanen, respectively. UFC on FX 3's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims. The event, which is the latest in the UFC's Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown promotion, allows fans to vote for the final main-card bout.
Bantamweight’s John Albert And Byron Bloodworth Set For TUF 15 Finale
A bantamweight bout for the TUF 15 Finale is set featuring TUF 14 fighter John ‘Prince’ Albert (7-2) and promotion sophomore Byron Bloodworth (6-2). The TUF 15 Finale is expected to take place on June 1, 2012 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by a five-round non-title bout between Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger.
UFC Sophomore’s Max Holloway And Pat Schilling To Square Off At TUF 15 Finale
Featherweight’s Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway (4-1) and Pat ‘Thrilling’ Schilling (5-1) will both step into the Octagon for a second time when the two fighters square off at the TUF 15 Finale this June. Officials with the UFC announced the matchup Friday night at UFC.com. The TUF 15 Finale is expected to take place on June 1, 2012 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Welterweights Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger are set to headline in a five-round non-title match..
UFC 146 latest: 'Hendo' interested in Dos Santos title fight, Mir-Velasquez 'will happen'
A few days after Alistair Overeem failed a drug test and likely cost himself a title shot, UFC officials have announced no replacement for his UFC 146 bout with heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. However, there have been some interesting developments. Veteran middleweight and light heavyweight Dan Henderson has expressed his interest in the bout, and UFC president Dana White seemingly has ruled out the possibility of Frank Mir stepping in. UFC 146, of course, takes place May 26, and the pay-per-view main card airs from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was expected to take on Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in the championship headliner, but the former Strikeforce and DREAM champ recently failed a surprise drug test (his T/E ratio was 14:1, well over the 6:1 cutoff), and the Nevada State Athletic Commission is now unlikely to license him for the fight. In recent days, fans have launched campaigns to push for everyone from Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) to Fedor Emelianenko (33-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) to be the replacement. However, many considered Mir (16-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), who's currently slated to fight ex-champ Cain Velasquez (9-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) on the UFC 146 main card, the leading candidate. But UFC president Dana White seemed to discount that possibility in a recent tweet when responding to a fan. "Mir vs. Cain will happen," he tweeted early this morning, suggesting he won't break up that matchup.
Charles Oliveira Vs. Jonathan Brookins Booked For TUF: Live Finale
Two of the UFC's most promising young featherweights have agreed to face off at the June 1st finale event for the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter, with UFC.com announcing the addition of Charles Oliveira vs. Jonathan Brookins to the card, earlier this evening TUF 12 champ Jonathan Brookins will take on submission specialist Charles Oliveira. Brookins looked as good as ever in his last outing, as he knocked out his opponent in the first round. And in Olivera's recent featherweight debut, he took only a few seconds longer to dispatch his opponent to earn a stunning submission win via the rarely-seen calf-crusher.
Sean Pierson vs. Jake Hecht added to UFC on FX 3 in Florida
A welterweight matchup between Sean Pierson (11-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Jake Hecht (11-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to UFC on FX 3. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the bout with sources close to the event after an initial report from Sportsnet "UFC Central" host Joe Ferraro. Pierson subsequently confirmed the bout via Twitter. UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8 at BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary-card fights air on FUEL TV. Pierson vs. Hecht is likely to be part of the prelims.
Fedor Emelianenko Returns to Action in June
Fedor Emelianenko will return to action in June, but it won't be in the UFC. Following a week of speculation about where "The Last Emperor" will end up next, Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Gloval director of operations, announced Friday afternoon that Emelianenko will fight on June 21 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emelianenko's opponent will be announced at a later date.
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen added to UFC 149 in Calgary
A lightweight fight between Mitch Clarke (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Anton Kuivanen (16-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been added to this summer's UFC 149 fight card. UFC officials today announced the matchup. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines against an opponent to be announced. UFC 149's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. Clarke vs. Kuivanen likely will be part of the preliminary card
Will Free Agency Take Both Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard from Bellator?
In the realm of baseball names like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Willie Mays are synonymous with most sports fans, but if you’ve ever heard the name Curt Flood, he’s a player that helped change baseball forever. In 1969, Flood challenged the status quo of the contracts in Major League Baseball, and although it took a few years, the ultimately decision led to free agency in the national pastime. Free agency has become commonplace in every sport from football to baseball to basketball and even mixed martial arts. For Bellator Fighting Championships, they are about to feel the real bite of free agency for the first time in their 4 years of existence. Former Bellator lightweight champion and arguably the face of Bellator Eddie Alvarez, along with middleweight champion Hector Lombard are both coming up to the end of their respective deals and now the organization has to get into the business of negotiating to keep two of their biggest and most popular stars...
Frankie Edgar expects late-summer title fight, never seriously considered 145 pounds
Frankie Edgar wasn't even close to dropping to featherweight. Despite UFC boss Dana White's wish to see Edgar (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) move down and challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight strap, the former lightweight champ today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he was holding out for a rematch with the man who took his belt, Benson Henderson (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC). "I don't think going out on a loss, especially one that close – it's just not my style, I guess you could say," Edgar said. Edgar lost a unanimous decision to Henderson at UFC 144 in February, but it was the kind of call that had some fans (or maybe just Edgar people) up in arms about MMA scoring. Of course, "The Answer" thought he won the fight. But he's moving on.
UFC 146's Mark Hunt flattered, but thinks Frank Mir is getting title shot
Mark Hunt is flattered there's a Twitter campaign to get him a title fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146. To clear things up, he hasn't been asked and is pretty sure he won't get the opportunity. But hey, it's a nice idea. "Yeah, I don't think I'll get that call," he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the possible vacancy on the May 26 pay-per-view card. "But there's a good rally. I've got about 300 followers now on Twitter, which is pretty cool." Hunt's name has been bounced around the social-media site – complete with the #RallyForMarkHunt hash tag – since Alistair Overeem failed a pre-fight drug test put a headliner with champ Dos Santos in the lurch. (The Nevada State Athletic Commission wants him to explain why his testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio came in at 14:1, well over the 6:1 limit allowed. As of yet, Overeem has not contacted the NSAC or commented publicly.) "The Super Samoan" wasn't necessarily surprised at news that Overeem had been flagged. "I didn't think it was horsemeat he was eating," Hunt said. "I think Alistair really [expletive] that [expletive] up. Just like (Josh) Barnett when he [expletive] that [expletive] up. "But they always come back. I'm sure there's a lot of people using stuff to get ahead. It's a cutthroat business."
To aid title quest, UFC 148's Michael Bisping chose Tim Boetsch over Cung Le
When it comes to his immediate fighting future, Michael Bisping has an admittedly one-track mind. After winning "The Ultimate Fighter 3," picking up a dozen UFC victories over the past six years, and recently falling just short to now-top contender Chael Sonnen in his most recent bout, Bisping is focused on getting a title shot – and little else. That's why he chose Tim Boetsch instead of Cung Le as his next opponent. Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) recently spoke to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva about his next fight, and he got two offers. One was Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), who recently staged a shocking comeback to defeat former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami, and the other was Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who fights for the first time since a late-2011 loss to Wanderlei Silva. "Because Tim Boetsch is coming off a great win over Yushin Okami, it just made more sense and was the more appealing matchup," Bisping today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's also a tougher matchup for me, but I want to win that next fight and stake a claim to that title shot. "I think beating Tim Boetsch rather than Cung Le gives me more grounds to do that."
Champ Gael Grimaud vs. Jesse Taylor headlines Cage Warriors Fight Night 6
Cage Warriors has signed big-show vet Jesse Taylor and granted him an immediate title shot. Officials today announced Taylor (20-8) will meet welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (14-5) in the headliner of next month's Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 event. The event takes place May 3 in Bahrain at a city and venue to be announced. The night's main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Terms of Taylor's new deal were not disclosed.
Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf rematch added to Bellator 68
A welterweight rematch between DREAM champion Marius Zaromskis (16-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-9-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) will be part of next month's Bellator 68 event. The fight marks the promotional debut of Zaromskis, who signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator earlier this year. Bellator 68 takes place May 11 at Palladium Ballroom in Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey. The night's main card airs on MTV2, and Spike.com carries the prelims. Zaromskis vs. Spiritwolf likely will be part of the televised lineup. The fighters first met in late 2010 at Strikeforce Challengers 12, where the bout ended after just six seconds when Spiritwolf suffered an accidental eye poke and couldn't continue.