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UFC champ Johnson: 25-minute fight 'takes a real man and a man with balls'
Back to training after a serious shoulder injury, Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) aims to exhaust John Moraga (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) when they meet at UFC on FOX 8, which takes place July 27 at Seattle's KeyArena. "I would prefer to go five rounds to see if he can go that far," Johnson recently said. A torn labrum forced the UFC flyweight champion to withdraw from a headlining fight this past month against Moraga at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, but it didn't stop him from staying in shape. Now, he wants to see whether Moraga has the gas to keep up with him.
UFC returning to Brazil for Fox Sports 1 event on September 4th, likely to be used as TUF 18 lead-in
The UFC has reportedly made plans for yet another card in Brazil, this time in Brasilia, the nation's capital. Brazilian magazine Tatame originally reported the story, although it's not yet been confirmed. It should be noted that in a recent interview with our own Steph Daniels, UFC commentator Jon Anik made reference to this rumored event with the date included.
Akira Corassani wants Conor McGregor at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston
UFC President Dana White wants Irish featherweight Conor McGregor (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to be part of the UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 card in Boston. And one fighter is campaigning for the matchup. On Sunday "The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast member Akira Corassani (11-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) stated his case for the fight. The event takes place at Aug. 17 at Boston's TD Garden, and it marks the UFC's debut on the soon-to-debut FOX Sports 1.
'Fight Master: Bellator MMA' cast unveiled with Riggs, Lozano and 30 others
The debut season of "Fight Master: Bellator MMA" debuts June 19 on Spike TV, and the organization has unveiled the cast of 32 welterweights who will compete in the show's tournament. Many familiar names are part of the cast, which features Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren as coaches. The show, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET/PT with announcer Jimmy Smith as its host, airs weekly, and the eventual tourney winner earns $100,000. Unlike the UFC's similar and popular reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," Bellator fighters get to choose their own coaches and opponents on the show. "Fight Master: Bellator MMA" Season 1 features 10 episodes, including an opening three that feature qualifying bouts. The series concludes with a live finale, and the winner will get a berth into a future Bellator tourney. Notable cast members include the likes of Mike Bronzoulis, Chris Lozano, Joe Riggs, Bryan Travers, Artenas Young and others.
Anthony Perosh wants to fight Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 163
Australia's Anthony Perosh hasn't fought since a 7 second KO defeat to Ryan Jimmo, but the light heavyweight wants a summer return against a fellow BJJ black belt.
Ronda Rousey Among Business Insider’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World”
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is breaking new ground every day, and everyone seems to be taking notice. Rousey’s latest honor is landing on the Business Insider list of “50 Women Who Are Changing the Word.” Landing at No. 42 on the list, Business Insider had the following to say about Rousey:
Following Bout of Depression, Mark Munoz is Back: “Adversity is the Dust that Polishes the Diamond”
For an athlete the likes UFC middleweight contenderMark Munoz, the worst thing you can do to him is sit him on the sidelines and not allow him to workout like the madman that he is.
Griffin Tops Andrews Over 5 Rounds at WFC 5; Alpha Male Prospects Fili, Avila Shine
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Max Griffin outworked fellow welterweight up-and-comer Kito Andrews over five toe-to-toe rounds in the main event of West Coast Fighting Championship 5 and left Sacramento's Jackson Sports Academy with the promotion's 170-pound crown.
Rich Franklin Pondering Retirement, but a Fight with Michael Bisping Peaks His Interest
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin hopes to fight by year's end, but says it could be the final fight of his career.
Brett Rogers appears to have been released from Bellator
It would appear that notable heavyweight Brett 'Da Grim' Rogers has been released from his Bellator contract and will have an upcoming bout in Korea.
UFC releases middleweight Clifford Starks
Middleweight Clifford Starks is no longer with the UFC following a KO loss to Yoel Romero at UFC on Fox 7.
Alvarez blames Viacom execs, not 'grunt' Rebney
After a couple months where it seemed a settlement was a possibility, Bellator and Eddie Alvarez have decided that a trial is the only way to settle their dispute. Earlier this week, the promotion's CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed that despite resolution seeming possible only a month ago, "everything went real dark." It didn't take long after that for Alvarez to get on Twitter to reiterate that settlement was no longer a possibility and he wanted to "let the truth come out." Friday night, Alvarez followed that rant with another that showed his real problem isn't with Rebney, but the bosses at Viacom and Spike TV: This is a lot less about Bjorn uys and a lot more about Viacom. I spoke with the higher ups and explained myself, basically was told, "Too bad." Bjorn only owns very little and I'm really not sure he has a say at all. I went over his and spoke with his bosses and here we are!
Matt Brown vs. Thiago Alves announced for UFC on Fox Sports 1 1
matt brown looks to continue his unexpected charge towards the top of the welterweight division when he fights thiago alves at ufc on fox sports 1 1 in august.
Matt Brown looks to continue his unexpected charge towards the top of the welterweight division when he fights Thiago Alves at UFC on Fox Sports 1 1 in August.
UFC title shot likely in balance, Ellenberger 'not really sold' on MacDonald
At 8-1 in his past nine fights, Jake Ellenberger has been on a tear, and he's done it against some of the best talent in the UFC's welterweight division. That's why he isn't viewing his July fight with Rory MacDonald as the toughest of his career. He's simply not sold on "Ares" as a legitimate contender.
Despite no UFC 159 bonus, Bryan Caraway looking forward – and wants Brian Bowles
Bryan Caraway thought he might have a $65,000 bonus in his future at UFC 159. Then Pat Healy came along and swiped his "Submission of the Night" check. But even without the bonus, Caraway's looking forward and knows what he'd like next.
Cheick Kongo issues statement on potential to resign with UFC
According to Cheick Kongo, anything still could happen. The heavyweight says the UFC didn't let him go – and he still may wind up fighting for the world's biggest promotion.
Cody McKenzie calls out lightweight contender Josh Thomson
Fresh off a win over Leonard Garcia, UFC featherweight Cody McKenzie says he wants to fight lightweight Josh Thomson. You are not reading that incorrectly.
Maldonado looks to avoid UFC cuts, makes camp changes in preparation for Hollett
Fabio Maldonado is changing up his fight camp in preparation to face Roger Hollett at UFC on FX 8.
Camozzi in against 'Jacre'
Chris Camozzi, who himself was an injury replacement for C.B. Dollaway on this card, has agreed to fill in for Philippou. Camozzi was previously scheduled to face Rafael Natal on the main card. Natal will now face newcomer Joao Zeferino.
UFC on FX 8: Costa Philippou suffers facial cut, out of fight with 'Jacare' Souza
UFC on FX 8 has lost its co-main event, as middleweight contender Costa Philippou is out of his scheduled clash with Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza due to a facial cut. No word just yet who, if anyone, will fight Souza on less than two weeks' notice.
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