February 2013 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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Jon Fitch among 16 fighters released from UFC on Tuesday
Former welterweight contender Jon Fitch was among the 16 UFC fighters who were released from the promotion on Tuesday...
Bellator 90's Douglas Lima sees move from welterweight to middleweight in future
Douglas Lima hasn't fared too poorly at 170 pounds. He won the MFC welterweight title, then he went to Bellator and won the Season 5 tournament and fought for the title there, too. But Lima believes his future is likely to be at middleweight.
Jens Pulver in bantamweight semifinals at 'ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions'
ONE FC's world bantamweight grand prix will hold its semifinals in April at "ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions," officials today announced. The matchups include Jens Pulver (27-17-1) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (16-2-2) and Kevin Belingon (10-2) vs. Thanh Vu (3-1). "ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions" takes place April 5 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Star Sports broadcasts the event in Asia, and its available elsewhere via online pay-per-view ($9.99)...
Chael Sonnen Supports UFC’s New TRT Testing, Has Already Been Tested
Chael Sonnen supports the UFC's new testing policy for athletes using the TRT exemption, and has already been tested himself.
Nobutatsu Suzuki signed, bout against Phil Baroni in the works for Manila Event
ONE FC has signed a Japanese knockout artist from ZST in Nobutatsu Suzuki, and sources have told BloodyElbow.com that he will likely take on Phil Baroni at ONE FC 9 this May.
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 5 Recap: Reversals, Sweeps and a Submission Finish
In last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen, Team Jones got their first win of the season and gained matchmaking control. Coach Jon Jones picked the most seasoned fighter in the house, Bubba McDaniel, to take on the youngest contestant in The Ultimate Fighter history, 21-year old Kelvin Gastelum. “My strategy leading into this fight is to utilize Bubba’s experience and just overall game. We believe we’re going to win this fight everywhere against Kelvin,” said Jones. “We called out Kelvin because we thought he was the weakest link and the smartest decision for our team.” “Me being the youngest guy, I’m probably the one with the least experience in the house. People probably underestimate me, and that’s fine with me. I know how tough I am, and I know how good I am, and I know what I can do. I’m not really worried about what other people are thinking,” said Gastelum...
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan Agreed for UFC Bout Sometime in May
A heavyweight showdown between Pat Barry and Shawn Jordan has been agreed to for sometime in May, MMAWeekly.com sources indicated on Tuesday.
Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira light heavyweight bout booked for UFC 160
The UFC's annual Memorial Day weekend card continues to take shape and continues to add high-profile fights to the ledger. A light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira has been added to UFC 160 in May.
Donald Cerrone uninjured after rock climbing fall, set to face K.J. Noons at UFC 160
Tuesday afternoon, Cerrone declared the "wild man" dead. The Lightweight fell 40 ft. while rock climbing with his teammates and Jackson's MMA coach. He's fortunately not injured and will be ready to fight in May.
Bisping Heads To Specialist For Serious Nerve Problem
Michael Bisping has revealed to ESPN that he may require surgery to correct a nerve problem that is causing atrophy, a condition that sees the wasting away of muscle tissue. Bisping heads to a specialist on Tuesday regarding the issue, which has severely weakened his right arm. He hopes to cure the problem ahead of his April 27 fight with Alan Belcher.
Frankie Edgar eyeing five-round UFC main event fight against Cub Swanson next
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar is looking to get back in the win column sooner than later, and "The Answer" believes Cub Swanson is the right man to help get him there. On Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, correspondent Ariel Helwani reported the New Jersey native would like to fight Swanson in a five-round UFC main event on a FUEL TV or FX card later this year. Edgar (15-4-1) is riding a career-worst three-fight losing streak after back-to-back defeats to current 155-pound champion Ben Henderson and then a subsequent loss to featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in his 145-pound debut earlier this month. The 31-year-old gave Aldo arguably his toughest fight to date and is eager to climb back up the 145-pound ladder in hopes of earning a rematch with "Scarface" in the near future. A victory over Swanson would be a good start. Swanson (19-5) is on the upswing in the featherweight division, riding a four-fight win-streak that includes a unanimous decision win over Dustin Poirier at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in England. Prior to the victory, the Greg Jackson-trained athlete had earned three consecutive technical-knockout victories, catapulting himself up the rankings at UFC 145. Edgar is currently the No. 4 featherweight in the official UFC rankings, while Swanson sits at No. 5. Usually booking a mixed martial arts (MMA) match up between a fighter on a three-fight skid and a fighter on a four-fight win-streak would seem illogical, but in this instance it isn't entirely unrealistic. Helwani also mentioned that if a main event fight with Swanson doesn't pan out, Edgar would be willing to fight him -- or German juggernaut Dennis Siver -- at UFC 160, which is scheduled for May 25, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Jacob Volkmann released from the UFC following UFC 156 defeat to Bobby Green
Jacob Volkmann is now an ex-UFC fighter as the 32-year-old was released by the organization today (Feb. 19, 2013) following third-round submission defeat to Bobby Green at UFC 156 earlier this month. "Christmas" fought 10 times under the UFC banner, going 6-4 with notable victories over Danny Castillo, Efrain Escudero and Shane Roller.
Cerrone vs Noons added to 160
Donald Cerrone will return to the Octagon later this year, taking on former Strikeforce fighter K.J. Noons at UFC 160: Velasquez Vs. Silva II. The bout was announced on UFC Tonight Tuesday.
Card set for Bellator 92 with middleweight and featherweight semis, six prelims
Card set for Bellator 92 with middleweight and featherweight semis, six prelims Four tournament semifinal bouts will make up the main card for next month's Bellator 92 event in California. The promotion's Season 8 tourneys in the middleweight and featherweight divisions are in the final four, and each class will be pared down to two at Bellator 92. In addition, the complete fight card features six preliminary-card fights. Bellator 92 will take place March 7 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com...
Josh Barnett turned down UFC offer due to not getting clause that Eddie Alvarez got
Heavyweight Josh Barnett says he turned down the UFC's contract offer because it didn't contain a clause that Eddie Alvarez got in his deal.
Floyd Mayweather jumps to Showtime with 'richest individual athlete deal in all of sports,' fights Guerrero on May 4
The biggest star in boxing, Floyd Mayweather, moves from HBO to Showtime with a massive long-term deal that alters the entire boxing landscape. Mayweather will fight Robert Guerrero on May 4 in the first fight of the deal.
Big John McCarthy critical of stand ups by other UFC refs
In an appearance on The MMA Hour, legendary UFC ref Big John McCarthy didn't hold back with his criticism of his fellow referees.
Bellator 91 fight card official with M'Pumbu vs. Vegh, lightweight semifinals on February 28
Bellator's impending debut at the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, NM now has a complete fight card line-up. The promotion announced Monday Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu would defend his belt against summer series light heavyweight tournament winner Attila Vegh in the evening's main event. Numerically, the event is Bellator 91. Vegh, 27, bested Zelg Galesic, Emanuel Newton and Travis Wuiff to win the light heavyweight tournament and earn the title shot in the summer of 2012. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 28-4-2, but is undefeated in his four Bellator bouts...
T.J. Dillashaw replaces Mitch Gagnon, meets Issei Tamura at UFC 158
An undisclosed injury has forced Mitch Gagnon out of next month's UFC 158 event, and T.J. Dillashaw has stepped in as a replacement.
Nate Marquardt steps in to meet Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158 in Montreal
Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt (32-11-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC) will meet Jake Ellenberger (28-6 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 158, a source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday evening. Marquardt fills a spot left vacant by Johny Hendricks, who was tapped to meet onetime UFC title challenger Carlos Condit when Rory MacDonald was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury. Marquardt vs. Ellenberger still serves on the March 16 event's pay-per-view main card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook. UFC 158 takes place at Montreal's Bell Centre.