Five bouts, including Mendes vs. Omigawa, added to "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort"
The UFC's traditional Super Bowl weekend card is nearly complete, and UFC brass has announced five additional fights for "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort."
All five fights were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though a featherweight matchup between Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes and Japanese import Michihiro Omigawa had not yet been tied down to specific date by initial reports.
Featuring a middleweight title fight between current champion Anderson Silva and top challenger Vitor Belfort, UFC 126 takes place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The Mendes vs. Omigawa matchup takes place in the preliminary portion of UFC 126, as do previously reported bouts of Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor, Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson.
A previously reported fight between Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha is slated for the evening's main card.
WEC 53: 615,000 Viewers
World Extreme Cagefighting went out with a bang in the cage, and the promotion didn't do too bad in the ratings, either. With a pair of titles on the line in the final event in WEC history, "WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis" scored an impressive 0.62 household rating and an average audience of 615,000 viewers on Versus. The ratings figure marks the third-straight WEC event to experience a gain in viewership, and WEC 53 finishes as the seventh-highest rated event in the promotion's history. The post-event special on Versus drew 352,000 viewers.
Dustin Hazelett Released From UFC
Following a loss to Mark Bocek at UFC 124 in Montreal, Dustin Hazelett has been released from the UFC.
Sources close to the fighter confirmed Hazelett’s release to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
The Cincinnati-based fighter had fallen on tough times recently after knee surgery sidelined him for over a year. He returned and dropped his next three fights in a row.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz headlines UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle
A light-heavyweight matchup between Brazilian veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and UFC legend Tito Ortiz (15-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) is getting main-event treatment in March.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the contest, which originally was thought to be scheduled for UFC 128, instead will headline UFC Fight Night 24.
While officials have not formally announced UFC Fight Night 24, the event is expected to take place March 26 in Seattle and air on the UFC's longtime cable partner, Spike TV.
Report: Josh Koscheck Has Orbital Bone Surgery After UFC 124 Loss
Going into UFC 124, Josh Koscheck was sure that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was afraid to stand and strike with him. GSP disabused the challenger of that notion in the first round when he broke Koscheck's right orbital bone with a stiff jab.
GSP continued to attack the eye throughout the five rounds of the fight. Ringside doctors examined Koscheck between rounds but allowed Koscheck to fight all five rounds.
"Countdown to UFC 125" debuts Dec. 29 on Spike TV, replays on Versus
The UFC's traditional event preview show returns Dec. 29 with the debut of "Countdown to UFC 125."
The pay-per-view event takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard lightweight title fight and Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann co-headliner.
The preview show debuts at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
Replays are set for Dec. 31 (9 a.m. ET/PT) and Jan. 1 (6 p.m. ET/PT) on Spike TV and Dec. 30 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and midnight ET/9 p.m. PT) on Versus.
Megumi Fujii: New Life After A Loss
Before ending up on the losing end of a split decision to Zoila Frausto in the final round of Bellator’s 115-pound women’s tournament, Megumi Fujii was owner to one of the most impressive undefeated records in MMA. While she’ll tell you that she’s dealt with losses in previous athletic pursuits like judo, sambo, and submission grappling, since her August 2004 MMA debut, Fujii had never dealt with a loss in the way that most fighters in our sport inevitably have to.
Megumi Fujii reflects on her first career defeat in MMA, and discusses her return to action at Sengoku "Soul of Fight" on December 30th.
TJ Grant lands four-fight deal to stay with UFC
MERRY CHRISTMAS, T.J. Grant.
The Cole Harbour mixed martial arts fighter has reached a new four-fight deal to continue his career in the UFC.
The 26-year-old Grant had one fight left on a four-fight agreement he signed last year.
The welterweight out of the Fit Plus Gym lost in his last outing on a unanimous decision to Ricardo Almeida at UFC 124 in Montreal on Dec. 11.
"It’s good to know they appreciate what I do and I get to keep doing my thing," he said Monday. "I want to get a better result next time."
UFC 125: Chris Leben doesn't under-Stann his Jan. 1 match up
UFC middleweight standout Chris Leben doesn't know why he's been put in a bout with former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann after submitting Yoshihiro Akiyama, but he realizes what a win could do for him.
Read on for an interesting quote from Chris Leben that shows his perspective on his upcoming bout.
"UFC 125: Resolution" video preview
On Jan. 1, the Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off what's expected to be a busy year with "UFC 125: Resolution."
Check one of the UFC's entertaining video previews for the pay-per-view event.
The show takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The headliner pits UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar against top contender Gray Maynard, who's the only fighter with a previous win over the champ. The winner next fights Anthony Pettis, the new and final WEC champion who was crowned at this past week's promotion-ending WEC 53 event.
Great video preview, highly entertaining. Worth a look for sure
Andy Ologun vs. Katsuaki Furuki added to DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010"
Former K-1 kickboxer and recent MMA fighter Andy Ologun (2-1 MMA, 1-1 DREAM) returns to the cage to fight former pro Japanese baseball player Katsuaki Furuki (0-0 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) at the year-end DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" event.
Officials today announced the fight, which takes place at welterweight.
DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and airs on HDNet in the U.S.
Trevor Prangley vs. Roger Gracie slotted for Jan. 29 Strikeforce event
The quickly filling fight card for Strikeforce's Jan. 29 return to Showtime has another addition.
A source close to the organization confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a light-heavyweight bout between Trevor Prangley (23-6-1 MMA, 4-2-1 SF) and Roger Gracie (3-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) is being finalized for the show.
MMARising.com first reported the light-heavyweight matchup.
Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page II in the works for UFC on Versus 3
Former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles (8-1 MMA, 5-1 WEC) finally will make his long-awaited return to the cage.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Bowles and fellow 135-pound slugger Damacio Page (12-5 MMA, 3-2 WEC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC on Versus 3.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson Rescheduled For 1/29 SF Event
After a cut suffered in training forced Herschel Walker to withdraw from this month's Strikeforce event, the former professional footballer has been re-booked for January. He's now scheduled to face original opponent Scott Carson on January 29. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. While Strikeforce has yet to officially announce any fights for the Jan. 29 event, the promotion is expected to host a Showtime-broadcast fight card at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Further details on the Jan. 29 event are expected to be announced shortly.
Bellator Officially Announces Season 4 Light Heavyweight Tournament
As Bellator Fighting Championships get ready to embark on a new relationship with MTV2 starting in 2011, the promotion has officially announced a light heavyweight tournament that will kick off in March.
The tournament was first confirmed in an MMAWeekly.com report regarding the signing of free agent Daniel Gracie to the tournament earlier this month.
The light heavyweight tournament will be the latest edition to the Bellator roster of tournaments, and the first of its kind for the organization.
Aleksander Emelianenko Suffers TKO Loss to Peter Graham
Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of Fedor, lost in an upset this past Saturday in Russia, ending an eight-fight unbeaten streak lasting over three years.
Competing under modified rules of stand ups after 30 seconds on the ground, Aleksander lost in the main event of "Draka 5" to K-1 veteran Peter Graham by way of leg kicks at two minutes and 50 seconds of the second round.
"UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" in Australia equals fastest sellout in UFC history
UFC president Dana White long has labeled Canada as a "mecca of a mixed martial arts," but Australia doesn't appear to be too far behind.
UFC officials today announced that tickets for the promotion's return to Australia at UFC 127 sold out in just 30 minutes, equaling a record set this past June at UFC 115 in Canada.
"UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The same venue also hosted the UFC's Australian debut, UFC 110, which took place this past February.
"We're ecstatic," UFC exec Marshall Zelaznik stated in today's release. "Tickets sold out literally as quickly as the Ticketek phone lines and website would allow, and that's despite us working with our partners at Acer to add an extra 600 seats to the in-arena configuration we had at UFC 110.
UFC 129 Expected To Set Attendance Records, 2 Title Fights Possible
t was a long time in the making, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut event in Toronto is now set, at least everything but the fight card. The promotion’s first even in Canada’s largest city, originally dubbed UFC 131, has been renamed UFC 129. It will take place at the Rogers Centre, formerly the Sky Dome, on April 30, 2011. The UFC has its sights set on breaking it’s own North American mixed martial arts attendance record, set at the recent UFC 124 in Montreal at 23,152, but isn’t likely to come anywhere near the arena record held by WWE (over 68,000). That is more a matter of choice than lack of ability according to promotion officials. They're talking about 25,000-40,000 as a likely number. As mentioned, the UFC 129 fight card is yet to be set. Speculation has centered on UFC welterweight champion and countryman Georges St-Pierre defending his belt against Jake Shields in Toronto, as well as the possibility of a heavyweight title tilt between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
SEC 12/30 Lineup Final With Hornbuckle-Chonan & Fujii-Fujino, No Gono
The fight card for World Victory Road's "Sengoku: Soul of Fight" event is set with the addition of two new bouts. The final additions are Dan Hornbuckle vs. Ryo Chonan and top female fighter Megumi Fujii taking on Sengoku debutant and part-time pro wrestler Emi Fujino. Officials also announced that Akihiro Gono is off the event due to injuries. TV details in the US are still being worked out some portion of the event is expected to air on HDNet, but it likely will not be live.