February 2012 MMA News Archive - Page 6
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UFC on FUEL TV Weigh-In Results
Main Card Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Diego Sanchez (170) Dave Herman (234) vs. Stefan Struve (256) Ronny Markes (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (186) Philip De Fries (241) vs. Stipe Miocic (240) T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Walel Watson (135) John Albert (135) vs. Ivan Menjivar (135) Preliminary Card Jonathan Brookins (145) vs. Vagner Rocha (145) Sean Loeffler (185) vs. Buddy Roberts (184) Anton Kuivanen (156) vs. Justin Salas (155) Bernardo Magalhaes (155) vs. Tim Means (155)
Strikeforce's Gina Carano cast for 'In the Blood' action-thriller
Following a starring and debut role in "Haywire," Gina Carano now has been cast for the lead film role in the upcoming action-thriller "In the Blood." The news comes from "The Hollywood Reporter." The new gig casts further doubt on the Strikeforce fighter's potential return to the MMA cage. According to the report, the film, which John Stockwell will direct, begins principal photography "in late spring or early summer in Puerto Rico." That schedule all but assures Carano won't return to Strikeforce by year's end. Carano (7-1 MMA, 1-1 SF) hasn't fought since an August 2009 title loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Soon after, famed director Steven Soderbergh cast the 29-year-old for "Haywire," which opened nationwide this past month to largely positive reviews. Many reviewers singled out Carano, who starred alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas, for her performance...
RIP K-1 legend Mike Bernardo, 1969-2012
A reliable source close to the situation has confirmed that K-1 legend and one-time MMA fighter Mike Bernardo has passed away. Further details will be provided as they become available. --- Michael "Mike" Bernardo (born 28 July 1969) is a South African former kickboxer and boxer from Cape Town. Bernardo is known as Beru-chan in Japan, where he has taken part in K-1 World GPs since 1994. He holds notable wins over Mirko Filipovi?, Andy Hug, Francisco Filho, Branco Cikatic, and 3 straight wins over K-1 legend Peter Aerts.
NY MMA bill clears Senate committee
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today applauded the Senate’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation for approving S.1707A, which would authorize the New York State Athletic Commission to add Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to the list of contact sports that may hold matches and exhibitions in New York, and sending the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business for consideration. "New York is one of only three states that does not allow professional MMA events to take place within its borders,” UFC Chairman & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “It’s unfair to the millions of UFC fans in New York who want to see matches in person without having to travel out of state, and we hope this is the first step in legalizing MMA in New York in 2012. Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in history – both in fans and in participants. There are literally hundreds of MMA schools and training facilities in New York, and the UFC has contributed to economic development and job creation in scores of communities around the country and across the world.”
Gary Goodridge Diagnosed with CTE/Pugilistic Dementia
Former UFC, Pride and K-1 star Gary Goodridge has a new battle on his hands, but just like his fights in the cage or ring, he won’t go down without swinging. Goodridge recently visited a top neuro-physician in Canada where he was diagnosed with early onset CTE/pugilistic dementia. CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) by definition is brain damage caused by repeated head trauma, resulting in degeneration of brain tissue. It’s commonly found in boxers, football players, ice hockey players and other athletes who have suffered repeated traumatic shock to the head.
Submitted Feb 14, 2012 6:11AM by UFC_Fanatic - 9 comments
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Dana White: Roger Gracie is NOT signed with the UFC.
Yesterday it was being reported that Strikeforce lightheavyweight Roger Gracie had signed a deal to come to the UFC. Gracie, who is only 4-1 as a professional, most recently lost a bout to Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal. Last night on the Underground, UFC President Dana White cleared up the story:
ROBERT EMERSON-SAVANT YOUNG, FRANCISCO RIVERA-ANTONIO DUARTE ADDED TO TPF 12 LINEUP
Two more bouts have been added to the bill for Tachi Palace Fights 12 “Second Coming.” Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau Monday told Sherdog.com that a 150-pound catchweight bout between Robert Emerson and Savant Young and a bantamweight clash between Francisco Rivera and Antonio Duarte will take place on the March 9 card. Going down at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., TPF 12 is highlighted by a bantamweight tilt between WEC veteran Casey Olson and recent TPF 135-pound title challenger Cody Gibson. Georgi Karakhanyan will defend his welterweight strap against Micah Miller in another featured attraction.
John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar promoted to UFC on FUEL TV 1 main card
It looks like John Albert's wish to be a main-card fighter has come true sooner than expected. A bout between Albert (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and fellow bantamweight Ivan Menjivar (23-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has promoted from the preliminary card to the main card of Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. FUEL TV officials today confirmed the addition, which brings the FUEL TV-televised main card to six bouts, with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb. Albert vs. Menjivar initially was slated for the night's free preliminary-card Facebook stream, which precedes the night's televised main card. (As a reminder, FUEL TV is now available as part of a free-preview week on many cable platforms.) The full UFC on FUEL TV 1 card now includes: MAIN CARD (FUEL TV) Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook) Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means
Alistair Overeem Officially A Blackzilian
Amidst a long and public dispute with Golden Glory that has yet to be resolved, it appears that UFC Heavyweight #1 contender Alistair Overeem has signed with Authentic Sports Management, and will begin training in Florida alongside Anthony Johnson, Rashad Evans, and Melvin Guillard.
Injured Mike Kyle scratches from 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey' co-headliner
An undisclosed injury has forced Mike Kyle (19-8-1 MMA, 3-3-1 SF) to withdraw from a co-headliner at "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey," sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). It's the second time an injury has scrapped a matchup with former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2 MMA, 3-1-1 SF). The two were supposed to meet this past April at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" before Kyle broke his hand and bowed out. At this time, it's unknown whether a replacement has been found to fight Mousasi, though one source said it's likely to be scrapped altogether. Strikeforce officials haven't formally announced the scratch.
Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin added to UFC on FUEL TV 3
A bantamweight bout between Mike Easton (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Yves Jabouin (17-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been added to the UFC on FUEL TV 3 fight card. UFC-Canada officials today announced the fight. UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes play May 15 in Fairfax, Va., likely at the city's Patriot Center. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card. It's not clear where Easton vs. Jabouin will be situated on the lineup. The latest UFC on FUEL TV 3 card now includes: Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung Igor Pokrajac vs. Thiago Silva Donald Cerrone vs. Yves Edwards Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Riley Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares added to UFC on FOX 3
A major middleweight bout between two of the division's most entertaining fighters has been added to the UFC on FOX 3 card. UFC president Dana White today announced that well-rounded Alan Belcher (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) meets submission specialist Rousimar Palhares (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at the upcoming event. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Belcher vs. Palhares is likely to be part of the FOX-televised main card. The latest UFC on FOX 3 card now includes: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Ryan McGillivray vs. Nathan Coy welterweight title fight to headline MFC 33 on May 4
Twenty-five-year-old Edmonton, Alberta native and TUF 13 veteran Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray (12-5-1) will face 33-year-old American Top Team member Nathan “Soulforce” Coy (10-4) for the Maximum Fighting Championship vacant welterweight title on Friday, May 4 in the MFC 33 main event. Maximum Fighting Championship confirmed the match-up and event details Sunday via press release. “MFC 33: Collision Course” will take place at the Mayfield Conference Centre in McGillivray’s hometown of Edmonton and will air live on HDNet. McGillivray and Coy both secured their shot at the title with victories at MFC 32 in January; McGillivray with a third round submission of Diego Bautista and Coy with a unanimous decision win over Dhiego Lima.
Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks headed to UFC on Fox 3 in May
A major welterweight contender bout between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks is headed to the UFC on Fox 3 card this May, UFC President Dana White announced on Sunday. Koscheck picked up his second straight win last weekend, edging past Mike Pierce by decision at UFC 143. That was a follow up to his knockout win over Matt Hughes last September in his first fight since losing to Georges St-Pierre in a title bout at UFC 124.
With Leonard Garcia hurt, Tiequan Zhang meets newcomer Issei Tamura at UFC 144
With Leonard Garcia forced to withdraw from this month's UFC 144 event, Japanese newcomer Issei Tamura (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will now face Tiequan Zhang (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). UFC officials on Saturday announced the change. Featuring a lighteight title fight between current champ Frankie Edgar and former WEC titleholder Ben Henderson UFC 144 takes place Feb. 25 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event's main card airs live stateside on pay-per-view. The preliminary card is expected to air on FX. Tamura, a Krazy Bee product, fights for the first time outside of the Shooto promotion. At just 1-2 in his past three fights, Tamura isn't a typical UFC debutant, but he's forced to take the bout on just two weeks' notice. Seven of Tamura's eight career fights have gone to a decision.
Lopez vs. Sadollah, McKenzie vs. Riley, Tavares vs. Yang added to UFC on FUEL TV 3
Three more bouts have been added to May's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event, as Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah, Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Riley and Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang have all been announced for the card. UFC officials released the bookings late Saturday night. Featuring a headliner between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung, UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes play May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card.
Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson added to April's UFC 145 event in Atlanta
Ask, and you shall receive. Days after UFC 143 winner Matt Brown (13-11 MMA, 6-5 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com Radio he wasn't going to call out his next opponent – and then indirectly calling out his next opponent – UFC officials have given "The Immortal" a fight with Stephen Thompson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). The contest was first reported by GreenvilleOnline.com and later confirmed by UFC officials. Featuring a main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former titleholder Rashad Evans, UFC 145 takes place April 21 at Atlanta's Philips Arena.
FUEL TV offers free preview week, UFC on FUEL TV 1 included
Still haven't made the commitment to adding FUEL TV to your cable lineup but looking for a way to watch next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event? Don't worry, the new broadcast partner of the UFC has you covered. FUEL TV officials recently announced that they are offering a free-preview week from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, which means even non-subscribers can tune in to watch the Feb. 15 event.
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung headlines UFC on FX 3 in Virginia
A key featherweight matchup with real title implications is set for May 15, as Dustin Poirier (12-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) meets Chan Sung Jung (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the headlining bout of UFC on FX 3. UFC officials today announced the three-round matchup, which takes place after the two fighters verbally jabbed at each other on Twitter. As previously reported, UFC on FX 3 takes play May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to air the preliminary card.
Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will likely attempt his first title defense against Alistair Overeem on May 26 in Las Vegas.
JDS vs Overeem in the works for may 26 in vegas