January 2013 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher added to UFC 158
After falling short on their respective seasons of "The Ultimate Fighter," Mike Ricci (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Colin Fletcher (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will seek redemption at UFC 158. UFC officials today announced the lightweight fight, though its position on the card is unknown. UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
UFC 158 press conference scheduled for Wednesday, January 23
In order to promote the upcoming opening of ticket sales for UFC 158, the UFC has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow. But will Welterweight contender Nick Diaz make it to the "beauty pageant"
Steve Mazzagatti to ref UFC 156 main event between Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar
During a meeting Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission tapped veteran referee Steve Mazzagatti to officiate UFC 156's main event between featherweight champ Jose Aldo and challenger Frankie Edgar.
Bellator’s Rick Hawn says sponsor stopped check after loss to Michael Chandler
Bellator's Rick Hawn lost to Michael Chandler last Thursday in a title fight. Hawn, an Olympian in judo, was submitted in the second round. The fight was a part of Bellator's first broadcast on Spike, and was viewed by just under a million viewers. Still, Hawn says one of his sponsors wasn't happy his performance, and stopped his check...
Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta official for UFC on FUEL TV 9
A previously reported featherweight bout between Akira Corassani (10-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Robbie Peralta (16-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) now is official for UFC on FUEL TV 9. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) earlier this week was first to report the booking, and UFC officials late Tuesday announced its inclusion on the card. UFC on FUEL TV 9 takes place April 6 event at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The event will be the UFC's second in Sweden following this past April's UFC on FUEL TV 2. UFC on FUEL TV 9 will be headlined by a light heavyweight matchup between Alexander Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and recently Strikeforce crossover Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The event's main card will air on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook...
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Vinny Magalhaes Speaks Out Against Internet Warriors
Very few things irritate me more than fans trying to be “wanna be tough guys”, “internet warriors”, or whatever variations we have to describe these type of people… Fans are definitely entitled to give their opinion about this or that fighter, they’re definitely entitled to ‘think’ that this guy is better than that other guy but going to the fighter’s twitter and talk shit to him, which is something that they would never do to the fighter’s face, it’s something really embarrassing…
Luke Rockhold wants Vitor Belfort, UFC vs. Strikeforce theme at UFC on FOX 7
If the UFC wants to put together a champion-vs.-champion fight, final Strikeforce middleweight titleholder Luke Rockhold is down for a matchup with UFC champ Anderson Silva. But if Rockhold gets his wish, April's UFC on FOX 7 event could have a pretty interesting theme.
Fox to Remove Sports from FX, Re-Brand Speed and Fuel TV as Fox Sports 1 & 2
A Monday report indicates that Fox is busy with a major re-branding effort intended to ax sports from FX, and relaunch the Speed Channel and Fuel TV.
UFC 156 Press Conference highlights
The 6 fighters on todays press conference call were Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Rashad Evans, Antonio Rogerio Noguiera, Alistain Overeem and Antonio Silva. Here are some of the highlights from todays call.
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Antonio Carvalho vs. Darren Elkins added to UFC 158
UFC Canadian officials announced that Antonio Carvalho would square off with Darren Elkins in a featherweight bout, while also adding a bantamweight battle between Mitch Gagnon and Issei Tamura.
AFTER NO-CONTEST, UFC ON FX 7'S PEDRO NOBRE AVOIDS SERIOUS INJURY, EYES REMATCH
It looks like Pedro has turned down many serious offers from Hollywood's top producers to continue fighting. That was a good fight before the incident..
Josh Janousek vs. Michael Kuiper scratched from Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event
Michael Kuiper is either feeling like the unluckiest or the most feared fighter in the UFC. The middleweight has been pulled from Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 fight card after a fourth opponent scratched from the event.
Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen Bellator season 7 lightweight tourney final set for March 7
After an unexpected postponement of the originally scheduled season 7 lightweight tournament finale, it has a new date and venue: March 7 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. On that night, Dave Jansen and Marcin Held will battle to determine the next challenger for divisional champion Michael Chandler, who successfully defended the belt for the first time last Thursday night with a submission win over Rick Hawn...
The Flyweights Battle for Acceptance as Main Event for UFC on Fox 6
Mixed martial arts fighters are always fighting for something bigger than just the other guy or girl standing across the cage from them. For years following Senator John McCain’s infamous reference to the UFC as “human cockfighting”, competitors and promotions alike had to battle the perception that MMA was not much more than legalized bar fights complete with bloody battles and little in the way of rules. The culture of the sport started to change as more and more state athletic commissions began approving MMA, so long as they followed a strict code of regulations like any other competition. It was still an uphill battle until the UFC really got a stranglehold of fans following the initial run of the Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV that showcased fighters both in and out of the cage in a reality show format. MMA still battles for recognition today, but the sport is much more widely accepted now than it ever was before, and as the UFC moved onto Fox television in late 2011, just about everybody took notice that this mixed martial arts thing wasn’t going away...
Bantamweights Mitch Gagnon, Issei Tamura agree to meet at UFC 158 in Montreal
Bantamweights will share the Octagon in Montreal as Canada's own Mitch Gagnon has verbally agreed to take on Japan's Issei Tamura at UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" on March 16, 2013. Canada's own Mitch Gagnon will compete on home turf for the third time in a row when he takes on Issei Tamura in a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight bout at UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" on March 16 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The match up will likely air on the UFC 158 preliminary card, which is expected to be broadcast on FX and Facebook, with the main card airing on pay-per-view (PPV). "Showdown" Joe Ferraro of Sportsnet reported news of the 135-pound contest via Twitter on Saturday. UFC officials have yet to officially confirm the bout.
Donald Cerrone goes rock climbing a week before UFC On Fox 6, Dana White not amused
UFC Lightweight has a big fight just around the corner against Anthony Pettis at UFC On Fox 6. The contest was originally supposed to go down in the summer of 2012, but an injury and subsequent surgery for Pettis left Cerrone fighting teammate Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 instead. Now, with the fight he's been waiting for coming up in only a week, Cerrone decided to go rock climbing. UFC president Dana White didn't seem happy with his decision.
UFC on FX 7 bonus winner Ildemar Alcantara planning drop from 205 to 170 pounds
SAO PAULO – Despite his "Submission of the Night" win over Wagner Prado at Saturday's UFC on FX 7 event, Ildemar Alcantara was never expected to be a UFC light heavyweight. As it turns out, he might not be a middleweight, either.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls For Nate Diaz Next
Rising lightweight star Khabib Nurmagomedov, fresh off his win at UFC on Fuel 7, says he wants Nate Diaz next inside the Octagon.