February 2013 MMA News Archive
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Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas
A welterweight matchup between Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime veteran Mike Pyle (24-8-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 160 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from sources close to the fighters. Both competitors have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The placement of the Nelson vs. Pyle matchup has yet to be revealed.
Hunger Games? Nike? What’s Next After Ronda Rousey Signs with WME Talent Agency?
The UFC women’s bantamweight championship now firmly around her waist, is The Hunger Games franchise, as rumored, next on the list for Ronda Rousey to conquer? Maybe or maybe not, but an entirely new world of sponsorships and other endeavors has opened up, as Rousey signed on with WME (William Morris Endeavor), the largest and oldest talent agency in the world. Rousey’s signing with WME was first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday...
Chavez Jr. receives $900K fine and 9 month suspension from NSAC
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) was really smacked around today in his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to determine his case for his positive marijuana test from his last fight against Sergio Martinez last year on September 15h. Chavez Jr. basically threw himself on the mercy of the Commission. He had no real concrete reasons why he chose to use marijuana in the weeks before his fight with Martinez. The only thing Chavez Jr. could say is he smoked in nine days before the fight in order to relieve stress.
'Bellator 95: Curran vs. Shamhalaev' set with 11 bouts, including Nover, DeBlass
The fight card is set for April's Bellator 95 event, which includes a championship headliner between featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) and challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC), who recently replaced injured Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC). The event takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. The full Bellator 95 card includes: MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev - for featherweight title opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA - middleweight-tournament final Jessica Eye vs. Munah Holland Lyman Good vs. Dante Rivera PRELIMINARY (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET) Brian Kelleher vs. Jimmie Rivera Shedrick Goodridge vs. Sam Oropeza Darrel Horcher vs. Phillipe Nover Carlos Brooks vs. Tom DeBlass Liam McGeary vs. Anton Talamantes Will Martinez vs. Michael Phillips Brett Martinez vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
Despite being considered, Edgar vs Swanson NOT happening at TUF Finale
The UFC booked Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen as the new The Ultimate Fighter Finale main event on Tuesday, but that wasn't their original choice to replace the canceled Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight. The organization first approached featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson about headlining the show, but the fight never materialized after Swanson told the UFC he wasn't healthy enough to take the fight. Saw this fight was added to the picks so I thought I would clarify.
UFC targeting four Asian events in 2013, 'very interested' in 'TUF: Japan'
TOKYO – In 2012, the UFC returned to Asia with a pair of well-received live events. If all goes according to plan in 2013, the promotions could double that total.
Korean Su Jung Lee added as guest octagon girl at UFC on FUEL TV 8
TOKYO – As has become the norm with international events, the UFC has added a new guest octagon girl for this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event.
Stann done with 205 pounds after UFC on FUEL TV 8, Silva may remain
TOKYO – Wanderlei Silva's most recent light-heavyweight bout was in 2008. Brian Stann hasn't competed there since 2010. So why, exactly, are they headlining this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in a 205-pound matchup?
WSOF lightweight John Gunderson calls out Jacob Volkmann
Veteran lightweight John Gunderson (34-14-2) would like to welcome recent World Series of Fighting signee Jacob Volkmann (15-4) into the promotion's decagon. "I just don't like the guy," Gunderson on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't like any of the s--- he says, and I don't like the style he fights. He's gotten on my nerves ever since I've seen him fight." The UFC vet, whose WSOF debut was delayed by a neck injury, is back to training at upstart Las Vegas gym Syndicate MMA, where he works alongside UFC vets Mike Pyle, Vinny Magalhaes and others.
Bellator 91 weigh-in results: M'Pumbu, Vegh official for 205-pound title fight
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET) -Christian M'Pumbu (201.6) vs. Attila Vegh (204) - for light-heavyweight title -Saad Awad (155.5) vs. Will Brooks (156) - lightweight tournament semifinals -Jason Fischer (155.6) vs. David Rickels (155.7) - lightweight tournament semifinals PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7:45 p.m. ET) -Blas Avena (170.7) vs. Lenny Lovato (170.9) -Andres Quintana (145.5) vs. Russell Wilson (145) -Holly Holm (135.2) vs. Katie Merrill (135.4) -Josh Montoya (135.4) vs. Ed West (135.9) -Adrian Cruz (135.5) vs. Nick Gonzalez (135.4) -Josh Appelt (245.1) vs. Josh Lanier (212) -Yair Moguel (187.6) vs. Brennan Ward (184.9)
Tyron Woodley vs Jake Shields likely for UFC 161
A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized. Woodley recently called out Shields upon signing a new UFC fight contract, which followed his impressive first-round knockout of Jay Hieron in his promotional debut at UFC 156.
John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov planned for UFC on FX 8
Flyweights John Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Azamat Gashimov (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the latest additions to UFC on FX 8. Brazilian website Tatame.com first reported the fight, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with sources close to the event. The latest UFC on FX 8 card now includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza* Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker* * Not officially announced
With Straus out, champ Pat Curran meets Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95
With Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) sidelined by a broken hand, his title fight with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) will instead go to recent tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC). Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced the change. The title fight headlines Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. It's part of the Spike TV-televised main card, which follows prelims on Spike.com. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first passed along news of Straus' injury earlier this week.
Muay Thai champion Ramon Dekkers passes away at age 43
News has surfaced that the Muay Thai and Kickboxing legend has passed away
UFC 157 salaries: Henderson, Machida top $1.17 million payroll
Co-main event fighters Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson were the top earners at this past weekend's UFC 157 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,173,050...
UFC vet Jacob Volkamnn signs World Series of Fighting deal
A week after his UFC release, veteran lightweight Jacob Volkmann has found a new home in the MMA world. Volkmann (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has signed a multi-fight with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the deal, which MMAFighting.com first reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to MMAFighting.com, Volkmann is likely to debut at WSOF 3 in April. The events, which feature a mix of big-show vets and prospects, currently air on NBC Sports Network.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan slated for UFC 160 on May 25
A featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens (20-9 MMA, 7-8 UFC) and Estevan Payan (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 156 event, the UFC's annual Memorial Day weekend show. UFC officials today announced the bout. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Stephens vs. Payan likely will be part of the prelims. With the addition, the latest UFC 160 card now includes: Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva - for heavyweight title Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trijillo Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens
White: If UFC champ Jose Aldo goes to lightweight, he's staying at lightweight
Earlier this week, MMAjunkie.com reported that, with a win over Anthony Pettis in August, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo then would fight for the lightweight title.
UFC boss leaning toward Dan Henderson, not 'Shogun,' for Rashad Evans
Two high-profile light heavyweights coming off recent losses could be pitted against each other, according to UFC President Dana White.
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 6 Recap: Bowling, Bets and Wild Card Talk
In last week’s episode, Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum upset Team Jones’ Bubba McDanial, giving Team Sonnen match making control. Following the loss, the wild card scenario began being discussed. McDaniel, a training partner of Jones’ outside of the show, is a front runner for one of the wild card slots that will give him a rebirth back in to the tournament. “Bubba lost his fight, but he’s completely healthy. He has very little damage. I think Bubba’s definitely a candidate for the wild card,” said Coach Jon Jones...