January 2013 MMA News Archive - Page 3
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Clay Guida ready to 'climb the ladder quickly' after UFC on FOX 6 win over Hioki
It was far from a perfect homecoming, but with a successful first drop to featherweight behind him, and with a win over a quality opponent in his pocket, Clay Guida is ready to push onward and upward after UFC on FOX 6.
New Nick Diaz? White says UFC challenger 'couldn't have been cooler' in Montreal
Could we be on the verge of a new era in the UFC – an era of a new-look Nick Diaz? UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com the welterweight title challenger "couldn't have been cooler" at a news conference for UFC 158.
Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson scheduled for Memorial Day weekend UFC event
Lost in all of the UFC on FOX 6 coverage was the announcement of a new welterweight fight scheduled for May 25th. "Wonderboy" Stephen Thompson aims to rebound from his first pro MMA loss against Amir Sadollah. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has the details: Sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Friday that Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson will face Amir Sadollah in a welterweight battle on Sat., May 25. While a venue for the unnamed event has yet to be determined, the UFC traditionally holds Memorial Day weekend cards in Las Vegas.
The greenest grass grows everywhere but under 'Rampage' Jackson's own feet
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson might not have given us everything we wanted in his farewell UFC fight, but he did give us all that we had a right to expect. He came, he saw, he took his beating bravely. He went down but refused to stay put. He threw murderous hooks and uppercuts that sliced through the air, finding nothing. He looked at times like he might have wanted to quit, but he never did. Only in brief spasms did he resemble a fighter the UFC might be willing to shell out the big bucks in order to retain. At no point did he seem particularly bothered by that fact...
Dana White believes UFC's first trip to Russia could happen in 2013
The UFC's globetrotting ways are expected to continue in 2013, really to no one's surprise. And the calendar year could feature the promotion heading to a new market that has produced one of the most highly regarded fighters in history. UFC President Dana White believes the company will make its way to Russia sometime in 2013 for its first live event there...
Sponsor Says Breached Agreement, Not Rick Hawn’s Performance, Prompted Stop Payment
HTFU founder Mark Gingrich found himself in a difficult spot this past Tuesday. Gingrich, who launched his lifestyle apparel brand in 2009, recently told Sherdog.com that he received a multitude of verbal and physical threats after news broke on Tuesday that he had put a stop payment on a sponsorship check issued to Rick Hawn for his appearance at Bellator 85. Hawn, who challenged Michael Chandler for Bellator’s lightweight strap in the Jan. 17 main event on Spike TV, announced the development via Twitter on Monday night, though he did not specifically name HTFU in his post. Nevertheless, Gingrich says that his office and website were bombarded the following day by phone calls and emails. “I’ve been threatened. My girlfriend has been threatened. People who work for the company have been threatened. [Some were] death threats. I lost an employee because of this. I have never seen anything like this in my entire life,” Gingrich recently told Sherdog.com “I would have happily paid $10,000 for that not to have happened -- for my girlfriend and for my employees to not have had to go through that. At the end of the day, I’m pretty disgusted at how [those individuals in the] MMA community conducted themselves.”
UFC On Fox 6 draws 3.77 million viewers in overnight ratings
The overnight ratings numbers are in for UFC On Fox 6. The event became the 3rd most watched Fox event and dominated viewers from the key demographic.
Dana White Believes Demetrious Johnson Should Have Been Penalized for Illegal Knee
UFC President Dana White weighs in on the main event from UFC on Fox 6 and says that Demetrious Johnson should have had a point deducted in round.
Jackson's message to Teixeira after UFC on FOX 6: 'Go get the title'
After weeks of trash-talk, verbal sparring an intense weigh-in prior to their fight, Glover Teixeira got some true words of encouragement following his win over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 co-main event.
UFC on FOX 6 draws reported 16,091 attendees for $1.27 million live gate
CHICAGO – Saturday night's "UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson" event drew an announced attendance of 16,091 for a live gate of $1.27 million.
Anthony Pettis to face winner of Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez at UFC On Fox 7
Following his incredible win over Ben Henderson at WEC 53, Pettis was promised a UFC LW title shot that got brushed under the rug. Now, two years later, an equally impressive win over Cerrone has finally got him back to contendership.
UFC's Dana White claims he nearly booked Fedor vs. Brock in Cowboys Stadium
Dana White told Ariel Helwani that the UFC is headed for Russia then drops a blockbuster. Apparently the UFC nearly booked Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar for Cowboys Stadium but it all fell apart when Fedor's dad died.
At least one FOX affiliate cut off the main event to air 'The Big Bang Theory'
The UFC started and ended tonight's FOX event with fights getting cut off at the turn of the hour. On Facebook, the Simeon Thoresen vs. David Mitchell fight was cut off at 5 PM ET, which was the time FX was supposed to go live with the other 6 prelims. In tonight's main event between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson, at least one FOX affiliate apparently switched off the UFC broadcast to go into the 10 PM ET rerun of an episode of "The Big Bang Theory". Here are some tweets from disgruntled viewers.
UFC on Fox 6 Fighter Bonuses: Anthony Pettis Leads the Charge with Crushing KO
Anthony Pettis led the charge for a cadre of fighters that earned $50,000 fighter bonuses for each of their UFC on Fox 6 post-fight honors.
UFC on Fox 6 results - Johnson defends against Dodson in a 5 round treat
As far as Demetrious Johnson was concerned, the scouting report on John Dodson was to take him into deep waters, sure that Dodson could not carry his explosiveness into the final moments of a tense fight. And as the UFC on FOX 6 flyweight title bout began, it soon became clear that Johnson would have to be right. As Dodson got off to a strong start, Johnson's room for error narrowed until there was almost none left. When Johnson was knocked down in the second, his challenge grew. But slowly, the tide turned. The spring in Johnson's legs lessened, and the explosion on his punches turned to a lesser pop. And that was Johnson's time to take over. Time to shine. Those final 10 minutes -- the "championship rounds" -- were all his. Johnson is one of the rarest breeds in fight sports who can fight at maximum RPMs from beginning to end. And when Dodson couldn't keep up, Johnson took total control. Battering Dodson from the clinch with knees to the head and body, Johnson dominated the fourth and fifth rounds, and captured a unanimous decision at the United Center in Chicago.
Women’s Group Assisted by Culinary Union Wants Rampage Pulled from UFC on Fox 6
Have you ever heard of the Culinary Union? It has nothing to do with the Culinary Academy, a place for cooking that Jared Allen likes to joke about when introducing himself on Sunday Night Football. The Culinary Union I am talking about is an adversary the UFC has gone up with many times before. It is the group that is currently ensuring that the UFC stays out of New York. However, this time around, they are leading the charge with other women’s groups to try and get Quinton Jackson taken off of the UFC on Fox 6 card in Chicago.
Eddie Alvarez's motion denied, will not fight at UFC 159
Eddie Alvarez won't be fighting at UFC 159. A federal judge today denied a motion to release the fighter from his Bellator contract to sign with UFC parent Zuffa.
Jon Jones: Quinton Jackson is a ‘wuss’ and a ‘baby’ when things don’t go in his favor
According to Jon Jones, "Rampage" Jackson's "tough guy" persona is all a front because in reality, he's nothing but a "baby" and a "wuss" that spends his time complaining about everything. His words: "Yeah, the oblique kick, Joe Rogan named it. I don't know, he's a wuss, he's a wuss. He has this tough guy persona but he complains about anything that doesn't go in his favor. ‘Oh, my contract. Oh, he wants to take me down, that's not real fighting.' He is such a baby, he's a baby."
Following split, Mike Dolce perplexed by Quinton Jackson's criticism
Mike Dolce has one question for Quinton Jackson: "Why would you do that?" The nutrition/weight-cutting consultant and former fighter has been perplexed by the ex-champ's attack on him in the buildup to to this Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event.
Natal-Spencer Moves to UFC on FOX 6's FX Prelims, Mitchell-Thoresen to Facebook
Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 fight card has undergone a small change as middleweights Rafael Natal (14-4-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) and Sean Spencer (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have been promoted to the FX-televised preliminary card. Additionally, welterweights David Mitchell (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Simeon Thoresen (17-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) have been demoted to the Facebook-streamed prelims.