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April 2013 MMA News Archive

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UFC Releases 7 fighters
Make no mistake about it, just because you receive a UFC contract doesn’t mean the promotion is going to keep you around if you under-perform. Such is the case with many fighters, be them fan favorites or not. You want to keep your job as a fighter for the world’s largest fight promotion, you better win. Which is why the UFC has recently released seven fighters who are all coming off losses inside the cage. Phil Defries, Chris Spang, Jimmy Quinlan, Collin Hart, Kevin Casey, Gilbert Smith and Adam Cella were all released by the UFC within the last week. While Quinlan, Hart, Casey, Smith and Cella were one-and-done following post-TUF 17 losses, Spang, a Strikeforce import was also released after his UFC debut loss at UFC on FUEL TV 9. De Fries, went 2-3 inside the UFC’s heavyweight division, most recently suffering a quick KO loss to Matt Mitrione at UFC on FUEL TV 9.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 11:45PM by tmas - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tyrone Spong pulled from WSOF 3 due to visa issues
Tyrone Spong reportedly will not be able to compete at WSOF 3 in June due to visa issues. His bout with Angel DeAnda was set to be the night's co-main event.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 11:04PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Veteran cutman 'Stitch' Duran recounts triage of Jon Jones' 'hitchhiking' toe
Jacob "Stitch" Duran was already walking down the stairs leading out of the octagon and planned to catch a bus to UFC 159's host hotel when he heard UFC commentator Joe Rogan say Jon Jones' toe was broken.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 10:41PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
UFC's Chael Sonnen will fight on at 205 pounds, wants Wanderlei Silva
Despite suffering a devastating loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at this past weekend's UFC 159 event, Chael Sonnen will continue his fighting career – and he'll do it at 205 pounds. Sonnen revealed his plans on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" while simultaneously calling out MMA legend Wanderlei Silva.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 10:29PM by DrivenDavies15 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
Aaron Riley vs. Justin Salas added to July's UFC on FOX 8 event
A lightweight matchup between Aaron Riley (30-13-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Justin Salas (10-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 8 lineup. The new booking was revealed during Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight." Featuring a flyweight title fight between current champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Moraga, UFC on FOX 8 takes place July 27 at Seattle's KeyArena. The evening's main card airs on FOX.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 10:21PM by DrivenDavies15 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ratings Report: TV shows supporting UFC 159 pull good numbers
The television programming surrounding UFC 159, headlined by Jon Jones' light heavyweight title defense against Chael Sonnen on Saturday, did generally good ratings particularly the weigh-ins and post-fight show on Fuel. The prelims on FX, even with some lackluster fights, fluke finishes and having to air the Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff fight twice did 1,382,000 viewers. That is above the 1.2 million average that the pay-per-view prelim fights have done on the station, but down 12 percent from the 1,597,000 on UFC 158. UFC 158 was headlined by Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, and with all the last week of controversy surrounding the Diaz interviews, it ended up as the most successful pay-per-view show in a long time...
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 10:11PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nevada denies Gabriel Gonzaga's appeal of TUF 17 Finale loss
An appeal filed earlier this month by Gabriel Gonzaga has been denied, according to his manager. Marco Alvan, who trains and manages the onetime UFC heavyweight title challenger, today said he and Gonzaga (14-7 MMA, 10-6 UFC) received word from the Nevada Attorney General's office that the result of his fight with Travis Browne (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale will remain a TKO win for Browne. "While we disagree and are disappointed with the commission's decision, we respect it," Alvan told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Gonzaga would rather settle things in the cage with Travis if the UFC gives him the opportunity."
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 5:21PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC vet Tyson Griffin signs with WSOF
Former UFC fighter Tyson Griffin has signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 3:10PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC on FOX 7 drug tests come back clean, six tested
Six fighters from this month's UFC on FOX 7 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational drugs/drugs of abuse.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 3:09PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Diego Sanchez returns at UFC 164 in Milwaukee
Following a narrow split-decision win over Takanori Gomi in March, veteran UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez will return in August at UFC 164.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 3:08PM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
After split-second heart flutter, Pat Healy ready to pay taxes, face UFC's best
For just a split-second, Pat Healy admits he had to second guess his concept of reality. After all, it felt like he had just submitted Jim Miller, but that's not what longtime UFC announcer Bruce Buffer was saying.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 12:43PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Frankie Edgar discusses marketability, thinks UFC 162 win could net title shot
As Frankie Edgar attended UFC 159 this past weekend in his home state, the New Jersey native was reminded how much a fighter's marketability factors into matchmaking.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 12:39PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC denies report that 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' won't be renewed
The UFC has refuted a report that the "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" reality series won't be renewed for a third season.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 12:36PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Lovato Jr First American to Win Absolute in Brazil
Rafeal Lovtao Jr traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to take part in the IBJJF Brazilian Championships, and became the first American to ever win a major open-weight title in the gi.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 12:33PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Greg Jackson ready to coach Jones at HW
The coach of the UFC's top Light Heavyweight says he looks forward to training Jon Jones for the challenges presented by a move up to the Heavyweight class and for the remaining challenges left at 205 pounds.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 12:31PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rockhold: 'I'm more of a man than Vitor'
Luke Rockhold says that he had advantages over Vitor Belfort in every aspect of the fight, but also says that he's "more of a man" than the former UFC champion. In addition, Rockhold took a shot at Vitor's TRT usage.
Submitted Apr 30, 2013 12:19PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sara McMann agreed with UFC 159 boos, ref's standup
Sara McMann prepared herself to be miserable at UFC 159. From the schedule to the weight cut to the crowd itself, the UFC newcomer told herself this past weekend's event would be a nightmare.
Submitted Apr 29, 2013 7:29PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jacob Volkmann says he's fighting Lyle Beerbohm at WSOF 3
In his first post-UFC fight, Jacob Volkmann will meet Strikeforce vet Lyle Beerbohm in a lightweight bout at World Series of Fighting 3 in June, Volkmann today announced via Twitter.
Submitted Apr 29, 2013 7:27PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Despite tabloid trashing, Phil Davis retains UFC's full support
Phil Davis was the subject of a bizarre TMZ.com report this past weekend, and the timing of the story couldn't have been worse. But UFC President Dana White said he's not buying the complaints against "Mr. Wonderful."
Submitted Apr 29, 2013 7:25PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's Marc Ratner to request changes to Unified Rules at ABC's summer convention
Following this past weekend's bizarre UFC 159 event, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White urged the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) to take a hard look at a few of its current rules. Now UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner is planning on making a formal request.
Submitted Apr 29, 2013 7:23PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
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