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July 2011 MMA News Archive

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No set plans for Overeem's vacant title, but grand-prix winner an option
(mmajunkie.com)
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – For now, the Strikeforce heavyweight belt will collect dust on a shelf. Following Alistair Overeem's release from the organization this past week, Strikeforce officials are tight-lipped about what's next for his vacated title and have announced no formal plans. But not surprisingly, the organization's heavyweight grand prix could play a factor in the ultimate decision.
Submitted Jul 31, 2011 1:31PM by pmoney - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fedor thinks stoppage was early
(mmajunkie.com)
Emelianenko addressed the super fight and its eventual stoppage after Saturday's Showtime-televised event at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. "It seems to me, yes (it was stopped early)," he said through translator and M-1 executive Steve Bash. "It seems to me objectively, I was ready to continue fighting."
Submitted Jul 31, 2011 11:01AM by BigIP - 44 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Woodley vs. Saffiedine likely to determine next Strikeforce welterweight champ
(mmajunkie.com)
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The Strikeforce welterweight title could soon be wrapped around a new waist. Following Nick Diaz's recent move to the UFC and his vacating of the title, two likely title challengers emerged from Saturday's "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson" event. Big wins from Tyron Woodley (9-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) and Tarec Saffiedine (11-3 MMA, 2-1 SF) likely will put their title fight in motion, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
Submitted Jul 31, 2011 8:46AM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Is Che Mills Fighting Chris Cope at UFC 138 or Joey Villasenor at BAMMA 7?
(mmaweekly.com)
What began as just another fight announcement for the upcoming UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz fight card has turned into a swirl of controversy.
Submitted Jul 30, 2011 9:40PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor vs. Hendo: Maybe ‘Minotauro’ Knows Best
(sherdog.com)
The fight resumes of Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson are chock full of memorable battles over more than a decade. They fought a range of opponents of all sizes and abilities in all corners of the world. Though they have never been on the same track long enough to face each other, the headliners of the Strikeforce/M-1 Global event on Saturday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., forged their reputations, in large part, against a common foe. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira spent about 75 minutes of his life locked in combat with Emelianenko and Henderson, a bruising and strenuous slate that laid bare the trio’s grit and gifts. “I know those guys very well,” Nogueira said during a recent appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” program. “I’ll tell you, [they are] very similar. Both guys ... they have a very good right hand. They’re both very good Greco-[Roman wrestling] guys, so they throw the right hand and get close, shorten the distance. It’s kind of the same, the way they attack the person in the fight.”
Submitted Jul 30, 2011 2:09PM by Bubbles - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
 
Lightweights Shane Roller vs. T.J. Grant added to UFC on Versus 6
(mmajunkie.com)
The quickly filling UFC on Versus 6 fight card has another addition. UFC official today announced that lightweights Shane Roller (10-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and T.J. Grant (16-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) have agreed to meet at the Oct. 1 event. UFC on Versus 6 takes place at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The evening's main card, including a bantamweight title fight between current champ Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson, airs on Versus. It's not clear if Roller vs. Grant will be part of the broadcast.
Submitted Jul 30, 2011 11:33AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alistair Overeem Cut From Strikeforce
(bloodyelbow.com)
Inside MMA has reported that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has received a release letter from the promotion. Overeem, one of the original participants in the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix, pulled out of the tournament after refusing to accept a bout date for the second leg of the tournament in September. The champion claimed that Strikeforce had originally told him to be ready for an October or November date. After preparing to begin his camp at the start of August, in addition to an injured toe coming out of his fight with Fabricio Werdum, Overeem felt he wouldn't be ready to accept a date so close.
Submitted Jul 29, 2011 9:25PM by Shawn91111 - 39 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Tito and Rashad: Verbal Warfare
(ufc.tv)
"You're gonna get crushed" Tito tells Rashad. "Are you outta your mind... You should give me the knockout bonus and everything right away..." Rashad replies On the UFC TV website to help promote and hype the fight Tito and Rashad give a brief debate about there thoughts on the fight.
Submitted Jul 29, 2011 4:15PM by jjeans - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Heavyweight Philip De Fries signs with UFC, expected to debut at UFC 138
(mmajunkie.com)
British fighter Philip De Fries is the latest addition to the UFC's heavyweight roster. The undefeated 25-year-old today announced his deal via Facebook. Although he didn't specify a debut date or opponent, an event source told MMAjunkie.com he's expected to fight, fittingly, at UFC 138 in England.
Submitted Jul 29, 2011 1:09PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
T.J. Waldburger Faces Daniel Roberts at UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou
(bloodyelbow.com)
Two welterweight submission artists have agreed to face off in New Orleans, as the UFC is reporting via Twitter that verbal agreements are in place for a bout between T.J. Waldburger and Daniel Roberts at UFN 25: Battle on the Bayou in September: A battle between submission specialists has been agreed to as TJ Waldburger will take on @ninjaroberts at UFC Fight Night September 17
Submitted Jul 29, 2011 1:05PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DREAM.17 adds Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough, Satoru Kitaoka vs. Willamy Freire
(mmajunkie.com)
Two new bouts are official for next month's DREAM.17 event. In a non-title fight, DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki (28-5 MMA, 12-2 DREAM) takes on former WEC titleholder "Razor" Rob McCullough (19-7 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), and in another lightweight contest, ex-Sengoku champ Satoru Kitaoka (28-10-9 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) meets recent UFC fighter Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire (18-4 MMA, 0-0 DREAM). DREAM.17 takes place Sept. 24 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Submitted Jul 29, 2011 10:00AM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira added to UFC on Versus 6
(mmajunkie.com)
A pair of fighters looking to rebound from stoppage losses has been added to UFC on Versus 6 as Yves Edwards meets Rafaello Oliveira. UFC officials today announced the new matchup. UFC on Versus 6 takes place Oct. 1 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The evening's main card, including a bantamweight title fight between current champ Dominick Cruz and top challenger Demetrious Johnson, airs on Versus.
Submitted Jul 28, 2011 10:02PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler headlines Bellator 54 on Oct. 15
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will put his title on the line against season-four tournament winner Michael Chandler at Bellator 54. Bellator Fighting Championships officials today announced the official date for the booking, which Chandler earned by defeating Patricky Freire, Lloyd Woodard and Marcin Held during Bellator's recent 155-pound bracket. The two now headline Bellator 54, which takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The evening's main card airs on MTV2.
Submitted Jul 28, 2011 6:26PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC President Dana White Talks Fedor Emelianenko and Being Unhappy With Recent Developments
(bloodyelbow.com)
There seem to be two kinds of Dana White interviews these days, the by the numbers stuff about world dominance and the open and honest (or as honest as a promoter can be) interview. Sports Illustrated has the chance to sit down with Dana and they got one of those fantastic open interviews. There is plenty of great stuff in the interview including Dana making a vague statement that he is unhappy with some things going on behind the scenes: SI.com: What are you looking at? White: First of all, there're things going on that I'm unhappy with, here at the company, that we're going to fix and change over the next few months, and you're going to see us get back on track here in the next few months. As you start to get bigger and you start to expand into all these different places, and you're working on all these crazy deals, things start to get out of control. I'm going to get some more control around here in the next three months. And that includes my business as a whole, my actual office and employees and departments, right down to s--- that's going on with the fighters.
Submitted Jul 28, 2011 1:12PM by FastKnockout - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
K-1 Sold to Japanese Real Estate Firm Barbizon
(mmafighting.com)
K-1, the largest and most prestigious kickboxing promotion in the world, is no longer owned by Fighting and Entertainment Group and has been sold to Japanese real estate firm Barbizon Co,. Ltd. Promotional group FEG and president Sadaharu Tanikawa have operated K-1 since September 2003 but the promotion has fallen upon hard times recently due to the rapid decline in the the sport's popularity in Japan and the questionable entertainment-centric direction that Tanikawa has steered K-1.
Submitted Jul 28, 2011 9:54AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
 
Odds Open with Aldo as Near 3 to 1 Favorite Over Florian, Penn vs. Condit Dead Even
(mmaweekly.com)
The odds have opened on two of the biggest fights coming up later this year with one match-up at UFC 136 and the other at UFC 137.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 10:45PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New UFC Gym in Torrance, California, Later This Year or Early Next
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC is continuing to grow its UFC Gym brand, adding a new gym location in Southern California, specifically in Torrance. The gym will open as soon as later this year.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 10:43PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BJ Penn Moves Camp to California for UFC 137 Bout; Kendall Grove, Reagan Penn Join Him
(mmaweekly.com)
B.J. Penn has relocated his camp to Southern California in an effort to prepare for his UFC 137 bout against Carlos Condit, and he’s brought Kendall Grovie and younger brother Reagan Penn along, as well.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 10:42PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Vaughan Lee to Face Chris Cariaso at UFC 138
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC has really been beefing up the bantamweight division in the last few days, and the trend continued today with the signing of Brit Vaughan Lee (11-6-1). And as usual, it didn't take long for them to apparently give their new signing an opponent. MMAHQ is reporting that Lee will be meeting Chris Cariaso at UFC 138 in Lee's hometown of Birmingham: The signing of bantamweight Vaughan Lee (11-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was today unveiled by the UFC, and sources close to the fight have revealed that he will make his organizational debut against WEC veteran Chris Cariaso (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on November 5th.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 10:25PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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