December 2012 MMA News Archive
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Glory World Series Expands Into the U.S. in 2013, Continued Plans to Revive Fight Scene in Japan
The tradition of huge shows in Japan on New Year’s Eve goes back many years, but with the mixed martial arts and fight scene in general in the country failing over the last several months, many wondered if 2012 would be the first year no major show would close out 2013. Thanks to Glory World Series and a partnership with DREAM, the New Year’s Eve show was saved, and later tonight a double card featuring several MMA bouts as well as a 16-man heavyweight kickboxing tournament will cap off 2013 in Japan.
Esparza-Hyatt official for Invicta FC 4; card finalized with 12 bouts
A previously reported headliner for Invicta FC 4 now is official between Carla Esparza and Bec Hyatt. Promotion officials finalized the fight on Sunday as the main event of the show, which takes place Jan. 5.
UFC 155 winner Erik Perez hoping to continue surge toward 4-0
Erik Perez sees no reason to slow his momentum following his third straight UFC win. "I feel awesome, and I'm ready to rest one week and come back to train again for another fight," he said after a win at UFC 155.
UFC 155 medical suspensions: Boetsch, Belcher among potential six-month terms
Fourteen fighters from this past weekend's UFC 155 event received medical suspensions, including up to six month terms for Tim Boetsch, Alan Belcher, Michael Johnson and Todd Duffee.
UFC 155 Salaries: Junior dos Santos ($400,000), Cain Velasquez ($200,000) top payroll
Junior dos Santos did not retain his heavyweight crown in the UFC 155 headliner on Saturday night, but he did leave the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with the evening’s largest disclosed payday. According to salary information released by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday, “Cigano” pocketed $400,000 in dropping a five-round verdict to Cain Velasquez, who earned $200,000 for regaining the belt he lost to dos Santos at UFC on Fox 1 in November 2011. Additionally, former middleweight No. 1 contender Yushin Okami raked $84,000 for his unanimous decision triumph over Alan Belcher ($37,000), while Jim Miller made $82,000 in dispatching Joe Lauzon ($27,000) in a wildly entertaining co-main event.
Jamie Varner Squashes Beef with Melvin Guillard, Wants Joe Lauzon Next
Jamie Varner finally put out the fire he had with Melvin Guillard with a win at UFC 155, but now he's got his sights set on Joe Lauzon.
Joe Lauzon Receives 40 Stitches After Award Winning Performance at UFC 155
If there's a more exciting fighter to watch in the UFC than Joe Lauzon, they certainly have not proven it in 2012.
Confusion continues, Cormier may be next for Jones
Chael Sonnen is somehow the #1 contender at light heavyweight, Machida and Henderson were fighting to be #1 contender until Gustafsson beat Rua to earn the honor. But now Dana White says Daniel Cormier might somehow be next for Jon Jones.
With champ Cruz out, Dana White glad other UFC bantamweights stepping up
Eddie Wineland isn't sure if his win over Brad Pickett will get him a crack at the interim title. For now, he'll just keep fighting. But UFC President Dana White is glad Wineland and other bantamweights are stepping up with the champ out.
Eddie Yagin hopes meeting with UFC doctors will clear him to fight
A subdural hematoma that jeopardized Eddie Yagin's MMA career may be healing faster than expected. Yagin recently said a change in scenery has relieved him of the injury's debilitating symptoms.
UFC's "Ultimate 100 Knockouts" premieres Monday on pay-per-view
Fight fans can get ready to ring in the new year with a bang or two or three or 100. The UFC on New Year's Eve debuts a new three-hour pay-per-view special with "The Ultimate 100 Knockouts."
Karlos Vemola: Leben got off lightly
Karlos Vemola has sent out a clear message. Leben dodged a bullet. In his tweet Vemola says: 'Shame I never had the chance to smash him to bits He got off lightly'
Michael Page: Im fighting for Bellator in February
The UK prospect Michael 'Venom' Page has sent out a tweet confirming that he will be fighting on February 21 for Bellator Fighting Championship.
Igor Araujo signs with MMA World Series
TUF 16 contestant Igor Araujo has signed with MMA World Series. He has tweeted confirming this and will be fighting in February or March.
Rory MacDonald recieves his Blackbelt
After 9 years Rory MacDonald has finally recieved his black belt from David Lea of Toshido MMA.
Despite fourth straight loss, White says Leonard Garcia's job secure
LAS VEGAS – Leonard Garcia still has a job, and perhaps emphatically so, despite another loss. Garcia on Saturday dropped a split decision to Max Holloway. But UFC President Dana White said Garcia's job is safe.
White regrets having Leben-Brunson open UFC 155's main card
LAS VEGAS – MMA fans love to decide where fights should be slotted on cards. Sometimes, they might be right. Dana White said he regrets having Chris Leben and Derek Brunson open UFC 155's main card on pay-per-view.
UFC 155 BONUSES: MILLER, LAUZON, DUFFEE, MORAGA EARN $65,000 AWARDS
LAS VEGAS – Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, Todd Duffee and John Moraga each earned $65,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 155 event. Duffee earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Moraga won "Submission of the Night" and Miller and Lauzon picked up "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC 155 results: Velasquez batters Dos Santos to recapture heavyweight title
LAS VEGAS – The rematch between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez was the war the first fight wasn't. Velasquez emerged victorious, retaking the heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision in the hardest-fought victory of his career. The heavyweight title bout was the main event of Saturday's UFC 155 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Judges scored the bout 50-45, 50-43 and 50-44 for Velasquez, who avenged a loss to Dos Santos 13 months prior at UFC on FOX. "It was the hardest fight I've ever been through," Velasquez said afterward. "I was so tired, but I kept thinking, 'Do it, do it, do it.' "This is my wife's Christmas present. Baby, I got your Christmas present right here." The smattering of boos that accompanied Dos Santos, whose face was badly swollen, at the weigh-in for the event were surprisingly present during his time at the post-fight mic. "His game is very effective, and tonight, he was better than me," he said. "Cain Velasquez, like you said, I'm going to come back, and I'm going to take my belt again."
'TUF 16' semifinalists Neil Magny vs. Jon Manley official for UFC 157
A welterweight fight between "The Ultimate Fighter 16" semifinalists Neil Magny and Jon Manley is now set for UFC 157 in February.