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February 2013 MMA News Archive - Page 2

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Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen slotted as new main event for TUF 17 Finale
With the flyweight title fight getting scrapped after Johnson got injured, the UFC has booked a new main event.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 1:38AM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Benson Henderson wants to fight Georges St-Pierre after Melendez
The UFC called 2013 the year of the superfight, and now lightweight champion Benson Henderson has thrown his name into the discussion. Henderson intends to request a blockbuster match-up against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre following his upcoming title defense against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. UFC Tonight first reported the news. "My main focus is on defending my title against Gilbert Melendez on April 20," Henderson told MMAFighting.com in a statement. "That's it. But I am a fan of the sport on top of being a competitor. I see all this talk about super fights and other fighters getting to dictate what weight classes they want to move up and down to in order to get title shots. I'm the UFC's lightweight champion and I feel I should be allowed to make such statements myself. "I want to fight in the biggest fights and against the best fighters," he continued. "Georges St. Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in our sport's history. Of course I'd love to fight him, and I think the fans would want to see that fight too. It would be an honor to go up against such a great competitor, especially with a title on the line.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:42PM by Shawn91111 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matthew Riddle again tests positive for marijuana, cut from UFC
Matthew Riddle (8-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) was off on his timetable to cease marijuana usage prior to a fight. The welterweight fighter on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he failed his second post-fight drug test for marijuana and has been released from the UFC. Riddle flunked a test following UFC on FUEL TV 7, where he earned a split call against Che Mills (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:42PM by Budgellism - 41 comments
Filed under: UFC
Overeem's UFC 156 blood test clean – with testosterone levels below normal range
A blood test administered to heavyweight Alistair Overeem following his loss at UFC 156 earlier this month has come back clean, and with testosterone levels below the normal testing range.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:31PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight in jeopardy according to NSAC (UPDATED)
A planned April 13th flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga is "in jeopardy" according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Reasons are unclear at this point.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:29PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Report: Evan Dunham vs. Rafael dos Anjos added to UFC on FX 8
Resurgent lightweights Evan Dunham (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (18-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) are set to meet at UFC on FX 8. The news was reported by the combat-sports website of Brazilian network Globo TV, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was unable to reach UFC officials for confirmation on the bout's status. UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. Dunham recently took to MMAjunkie.com Radio to vent at an Internet writer who said he had no business fighting the Brazilian. "I wanted to remind him that two of his losses are two guys I beat," he said. "I would love to go fight that kid and put the hurt him just so I could rub it in that other dude's face."
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 7:28PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva's camp talking possible Jon Jones bout at catchweight this year
UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva's agent, Jorge Guimaraes, teased the possibility of a super fight between Silva and Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones later this year in New York at a catchweight of 190 pounds.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 4:33PM by FastKnockout - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tito Ortiz showed up backstage at UFC 157 and has a plan for 'Cyborg' Santos.
Tito Ortiz has a plan. It's detailed and forward-thinking and not terribly flexible, but still, it's a plan. He seems pretty sure that it's a good one. UFC President Dana White seems to feel differently, but what else is new? "I made so many mistakes with my career," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) backstage at this past weekend's UFC 157 event in Anaheim, Calif. "I'm not going to make the same mistakes with my clients." By clients, of course, he means Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who Ortiz represents as part of his foray into the world of fighter management. And by mistakes, he means signing a contract where there's "no future," which is what he claimed the UFC offered his fighter recently. So he turned it down, he said. He opted to sign her to a three-fight deal in Invicta FC instead – a decision White could only shake his head at when quizzed about it at a fan Q&A a day earlier.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 4:08PM by Shawn91111 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Broken hand cancels Daniel Straus' title fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 95
A long wait is about to get longer for Bellator's Season 6 featherweight tournament winner, Daniel Straus. Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) broke his hand during a training session and has been forced to withdraw from a title fight against featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) at Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Multiple sources close to the event passed along the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). A replacement search is currently underway for Straus, who most recently appeared this past October in a non-tourney fight.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 3:16PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Signal to Noise: UFC 157's best and worst
UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche was, generally speaking, an excellent event. We all bore witness to an historic moment with women making their way to the UFC, a thrilling preliminary card and much more. Not everything was perfect, though. We all were forced also had to sit through a dreadful co-main event, not all of the referee stoppages were as good as they could be, among other problems. Let's separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst and the signal from the noise at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche...
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 11:55AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Early UFC 157 PPV buy estimates: 400-450k for Ronda Rousey's debut
Much of the talk ahead of UFC 157 was how many pay-per-views a show headlined by female fighters could be. Some were predicting in the 700,000 buy range, leaning on a large number of non-MMA fans buying simply to see a historic moment or having been captivated by Rousey's "mystique." Other's predicted a low 200,000 number...
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 11:48AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen sues West Linn restaurant co-owner
Professional mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen is suing his business partner and the co-owner of his West Linn restaurant, claiming he embezzled $20,000 and owes Sonnen another nearly $23,000 in borrowed money and unpaid rent...
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 10:31AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Jose Aldo earns lightweight title shot with win over Anthony Pettis
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is now one win away from a shot at the promotion's lightweight title. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday confirmed with UFC President Dana White that if Aldo is victorious in his August fight with Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), he will move up to 155 pounds for a shot at the title in that division.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 3:04AM by Adrenaline - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 157's Brendan Schaub unapologetic for getting 'cerebral' on Lavar Johnson
If you asked most fans, Brendan Schaub was supposed to meet Lavar Johnson in the center of the octagon on Saturday at uFC 157 and start trading bombs with him until one of them was no longer awake. Instead, Schaub got "cerebral."
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 2:09AM by prophecy033 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Champ Dominick Cruz unhappy on sidelines but still uncertain when he'll be clear
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz hasn't fought in 16 frustrating months, and he's absolutely itching to get back in the cage. Still, he believes it's imperative to keep the ultimate goal in mind.
Submitted Feb 26, 2013 2:05AM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis once again official for August event
After initially refusing to fight Anthony Pettis, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has agreed to defend his title against Showtime in August.
Submitted Feb 25, 2013 9:31PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
One FC Kings & Champions Adds Middleweight Clash Between Melvin Manhoef and Brock Larson
One FC on Monday announced the addition of Melvin Manhoef vs. Brock Larson to its One FC: Kings & Champions fight card slated for April 5 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Submitted Feb 25, 2013 7:54PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Unrepentant King Mo says keeping hands low had nothing to do with KO loss
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal lost in the semi-final round of his first Bellator tournament last week but he tells an interviewer it had nothing to do with his habit of keeping his hands low.
Submitted Feb 25, 2013 7:52PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Belcher wants tattoo bet with Bisping
Alan Belcher promises that he'll get a tattoo of something that's close to Michael Bisping's heart if Bisping can take him out quickly at UFC 159. But will Bisping go for what The Talent wants him to do if it's Belcher that gets the quick finish?
Submitted Feb 25, 2013 7:51PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jose Aldo willing to fight Anthony Pettis, but only in a non-title fight
UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has spoken out about the planned fight with Anthony Pettis, stating that he is willing to fight Pettis, but only in a non-title fight.
Submitted Feb 25, 2013 7:49PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
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