UFC 112 Expected to Be the First Outdoor UFC Event
"We're going to have a big press conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (Jan. 27th), with our new partners from the region, Flash," said Marshall Zelaznik, UFC's managing director of international expansion.
"(Zuffa CEO) Lorenzo and myself will be there with some of the biggest names on the UFC roster. I don't want to give away the official announcement, but this will be a very unique show and not just because the card itself will be as good as any in UFC history."
The show is expected to be the first outdoor UFC event in history.
Royce Gracie Likes GSP's Approach
Royce Gracie, the original UFC champion, hasn't fought in almost three years. But in a wide-ranging interview with Emirates Jiu-Jitsu, he demonstrated that he can still offer a lot of smart commentary on MMA.
Among Gracie's interesting comments: He's a huge fan of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
"GSP knows how to use a lot of strategy," Gracie said. "It's tough to find somebody to beat him right now. That's one of the guys who knows how to use strategy -- he's not just good but he brings strategy. I like guys who can use strategy, not just tough guys. GSP is at the top of my list in knoing how to use strategy, how to bring an opponent out of his game, how to beat a guy without taking a beating. And he's good in standup and good at grappling."
DaMarques Johnson, UFC 112 both appear headed to Abu Dhabi
"The Ultimate Fighter 9" finalist and former MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) blogger DaMarques Johnson (10-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest name associated with the as-yet-unannounced UFC 112 event.
Johnson posted notice of his new assignment on Twitter late Wednesday night, though he stopped short of saying who he would fight.
"Just got off the phone," Johnson stated. "Looking like it's going to be April 10, UFC 112. Time to put on my work pants."
Report: Florian-Gomi To Main Event UFN 21
That crafty Kenny Florian has done it again. Just one week after denying to MMAjunkie that he had any knowledge of a potential bout with Japanese import Takanori Gomi, Florian is expected to reveal on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live" that he will face "The Fireball Kid" at UFC Fight Night 21 in North Carolina. News of the impending announcement was first posted on the official Twitter account of "MMA Live," a show that Florian co-hosts. Fellow co-hosts Jon Anik and Franklin McNeil have since followed suit.
UFC 113 Moved To May 8, Still In Montreal
It looks like we have to wait another week for our MM-Eh in May. UFC announced last night that UFC 113 has been moved from May 1 to May 8, but will remain in Montreal. The reason is boxing, namely a possible (but not done yet) Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley fight on May 1. Bell Centre was able to reschedule a concert planned for May 8, allowing UFC to make the move ahead of time and get more time to promote 113.
Strikeforce Champ, Jake Shields, Heads to TUF 11
Current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields is going to the UFC.
Not as a fighter, but as an assistant coach to Chuck Liddell on the eleventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter."
Shields announced the news on his official website, JakeShields.com. He will serve as a wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach for Liddell for the next six to seven weeks.
This will not be the first time a fighter from a different promotion has appeared on the popular reality show. Former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler assisted his friend and coach, Matt Hughes, during the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
White says Lesnar could return for UFC 114; champ welcomes fight with "stalker" Mir
With the silence finally broken, now the speculation can really begin.
After UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) revealed on this morning's edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he has been blessed with a miraculous recovery from a potentially career-ending case of diverticulosis , UFC president Dana White issued a generic target date of "summer" for the champ's return.
On a media call following the "SportsCenter" appearance, White and Lesnar both got a little more specific about the possibilities.
With the UFC's December announcement that it would hold its second-ever UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with a Memorial Day weekend event, believed to be UFC 114, White today admitted that scheduling the heavily anticipated return of Lesnar at that card might make sense.
Ross Pearson Returns At UFN 21, Opponent TBA
TUF 9 Lightweight winner Ross Pearson will make his second official post-TUF appearance at UFN 21 in March, joining teammate and fellow TUF 9 castmate Andre Winner on the card. Pearson doesn't have an opponent yet for the event, he had been expected to face Matt Wiman but that won't happen due to a Wiman injury.
Brock Lesnar says high-protein diet to blame for ailment, vows permanent change
While the MMA world has known about Brock Lesnar's struggle with various mystery ailments for several months now, few specifics made their way to the public.
Today, following an appearance on ESPN's "SportsCenter" in which he professed a clean bill of health, Lesnar opened a bit more about his harrowing experience and road back to recovery.
"Everybody has life-changing experiences, and this is one of them for me," Lesnar said on a media call this afternoon. "I believe everything happens for a reason."
Lesnar said what happened to him was a slow-developing illness.
Wes Sims Likely Opponent for Bobby Lashley in Miami
"From Yohan Banks to Jimmy Ambriz , it seems Strikeforce has finally found a worthy opponent for unbeaten heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley . MMAFrenzy reported that UFC veteran Wes "A-Whole Show" Sims will step up on short notice to fight the NCAA wrestling standout on January 30 in Miami."
Strikeforce Women’s Tourneys Launch in April
The ladies have not been forgotten.Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said two previously announced eight-woman tournaments, at 135- and 145-pounds, will kick off at the promotion’s Challengers event in April.Strikeforce 145-pound champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano, whom Santos defeated by first-round technical knockout last August in San Jose, Calif., will not compete in the tournaments, said Coker.
Cole Miller vs. Andre Winner targeted for lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 21
A lightweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 5" veteran Cole Miller (16-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 9" finalist Andre Winner (10-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is expected for UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31.Sources close to the event indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that at least one fighter has formally agreed to the bout, though bout agreements have yet to be signed.
Despite apparent title snub, Hieron happy with Strikeforce and feeling "like a ninja"
Simply put, Jay Hieron (18-4 MMA, 1-0 SF) has not always had the best of luck in his MMA career."The Thouroghbred" has endured the demise of both the IFL and Affliction, and he watched helplessly as a planned 2009 Strikeforce title fight with Nick Diaz turned into a preliminary card bout with Jesse Taylor.Now Hieron fights Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) on Jan. 30 at "Strikeforce: Miami," while DREAM champ Marius Zaromskis faces Diaz for the vacant Strikeforce belt on the same card.
As Kampmann preps for Saunders, future dates with Swick, Daley also in the plans
UFC welterweight contender Martin Kampmann (16-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has twice been on the verge of a title shot, only to come up just short on each occasion.Such was the case when Kampmann was defeated this past September by British slugger Paul Daley.While the loss was certainly disappointing for Kampmann, "Hitman" recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's already traveling the path back to title contention.
Trainer Says Edgar Not Afraid To Bang With B.J.
Mike Constantino, one of his trainers, believes Edgar might be “The Answer” to Penn’s reign when discussing the match up with MMAWeekly.com recently.“I think Frankie poses a good shot,” said the AMA Fight Club head instructor, but he wasn’t giving up any secrets. “I can’t really get too far into it because my opinion is a strong opinion and hopefully it’s the right opinion, so I really don’t want to say why I think he can beat B.J.”
Mike Brown Not Waiting Around For Title Shot
Former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight titleholder Mike Brown could wait to fight the winner of Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber, but he has no plans on waiting that long before getting back in action.“I want to stay busy. I want to fight another one, like, as soon as possible,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com.
Nam Phan In Title Fight,Eyeing Return To Japan
After years of struggling to make his breakthrough, California fighter Nam Phan finally had his opportunity in 2009.Upon signing with Sengoku, Phan pulled off the victory of his career, defeating former Shooto champion Hideki Kadowaki, and elevated himself to Top 10 status in the featherweight division.While he lost to upset specialist Michihiro Omigawa in his next fight, Phan tasted success and is eager for more come 2010.