Nogueira forced out at UFC 133; promotion seeking replacement to face Franklin
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva must be experiencing a horrible case of déjà vu.
UFC 133 has experienced another high-profile loss in the light heavyweight division as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been forced to withdraw from a planned matchup with Rich Franklin.
The UFC is currently seeking a replacement opponent for "Ace."
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed the withdrawal, which was first reported by Tatame.com, with sources close to the promotion.
A shoulder injury suffered in training is reportedly the culprit. A timetable for Nogueira's return was not immediately evident.
UFC on Versus 6: Matt Wiman vs Mac Danzig rematch set for October event
This is the rematch.
Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig originally met at UFC 115 back in June 2010. The bout was mired in controversy when the referee called a stop to the bout thinking Danzig was unconscious after Wiman had applied a choke.
There was just one problem -- Mac daddy was awake and rather pissed that he was declared the loser in a fight he didn't actually lose.
The UFC attempted to book an immediate rematch but injuries prevented that from occurring. Over a full year later, the two will finally boogie at UFC on Versus 6, an event scheduled for sometime in Oct., although it has no venue or location.
The promotion announced the match-up today.
Wiman has fought twice since his controversial victory, having impressively battered Cole Miller in January of this year before dropping a contentious decision to Dennis Siver just this past July 2 in Las Vegas.
Every time he gets close to the upper echelon, he gets pulled back down the ladder.
Danzig, on the other hand, has fought just once over the last year, an amazing one-hitter quitter knockout over Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 that earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors back in Dec. 2010.
A chest injured sidelined him briefly earlier this year but he's back now and ready for revenge. Or something like that.
UFC 136: Anthony Pettis vs Jeremy Stephens announced for Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas
Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.
UFC 136: "Edgar vs. Maynard 3," which is scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, continues to fill out with outstanding match-ups, the latest of which will feature a lightweight showdown pitting Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens.
The promotion announced the fight booking just a short time ago.
Of course, the reason for this event getting such a great fight card is largely due to the fact that the next UFC Fan Expo will be held that same weekend in "The Lone Star State."
Nogueira: Sonnen Has No Principles Or Character
You can add Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to the Loooooong list of Brazilian fighters who are lining up for a shot at Middleweight motormouth Chael Sonnen. In the last couple of years, Sonnen has made a name for himself as a tormentor of Brazilian MMA, laying into the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and even Nogueira's big brother.
Now, speaking to Sherdog.com, Lil Nogs had voiced his own opinion on the controversial Republican:
“It sure would be a great fight with Chael Sonnen. He’s a guy everybody wants to beat. He’s not a good example for the sport. He talks too much and says a lot of nonsense."
Lyoto Machida: It Was My Fighters Heart Against My Professional Mind
Amid the scramble to find a replacement for an injured Phil Davis at UFC 133, UFC turned to former champion Lyoto Machida. It seemed set at first, with Dana White confident that Machida was stepping up. But it turned out that the only way Machida was accepting the short notice bout with Rashad Evans was if UFC opened up their ever fattening wallet.
After eventually finding Tito Ortiz to fight Evans in UFC 133 main event, UFC president Dana White let it be known that Machida was asking for "Anderson Silva money." Now, speaking to TATAME.com, Machida reveals his take on the situation:
“UFC invited me for a bout with three weeks in advance and I said I wouldn’t take it since the beginning. I wasn’t prepared for it, it’d be against my own principles of professionalism, against what my family and team believe, and didn’t want me to fight." Said former Light Heavyweight champion Machida.
Charlie Brenneman vs. Anthony Johnson added to October UFC event
A pair of fighters who share an extended connection through June's UFC on Versus 4 event will now face-off in October, as Charlie Brenneman (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) faces Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new matchup after Brenneman hinted at the bout on his official Twitter account.
Dennis Siver vs. Sam Stout in the works for "UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz"
A lightweight bout that appears destined to bring excitement to fans is in the works for UFC 137, as Dennis Siver (19-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Sam Stout (17-6-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) have agreed to meet at the event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for the contest, which was first reported by FiveOuncesofPain.com.
Featuring a welterweight title fight between current champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Bellator 47 fight card set with eight bouts, including tourney semifinals
The fight card for next weekend's Bellator 47 card is set with eight bouts.
Bellator 47 takes place Saturday, July 23, at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, and marks the organization's first event outside the U.S. The event's main card airs live on MTV2.
The televised lineup for night features four bouts, including the semifinal round of the organization's eight-man "Summer Series" featherweight tournament.
The Semis are:
Marlon Sandro (18-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (20-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC)
Pat Curran (14-4 MMA, 4-1 BFC) vs. Ronnie Mann (20-2-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC)
Xtreme Fighting Championships reups with HDNet extension
Xtreme Fighting Championships will have a presence on HDNet through 2013, possibly 2014.
The Florida-based promotion has agreed to a contract extension with the MMA-heavy cable station, officials recently announced.
As part of the deal, XFC will air eight to 10 live events on HDNet in both 2012 and 2013, and an option is available for 2014.
Shark Fights 17 Results
UFC veteran Jake Rosholt earned a clear-cut decision win over former IFL champion Matt Horwich in the main event of Friday night's Shark Fights 17 event.
The rematch served as the featured contest of the HDNet-broadcast event, which took place Friday night at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Rosholt used a grinding approach, relying on solid clinchwork and takedowns to earn the clean sweep on all three judges' cards.
The result proved revenge for Rosholt, who was defeated by Horwich in a November 2010 TKO result.
Rosholt has remained active since the loss, securing a 5-0 record in 2011.
In the evening's co-feature, former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez made quick work of final-day replacement Doug Williams. Rodriguez earned a takedown in the opening minute and then quickly advanced to mount before his opponent offered up his neck. The rear-naked choke came quickly after, and the entire process took just two minutes and 16 seconds.
With the result, Rodriguez has now earned 12-straight wins. Although "Suave" continues to tease a potential move to the light heavyweight division, this bout was contested as a catchweight affair. Original opponent Karl Knothe was scratched at Friday's weigh-ins after an apparent miscommunication left him well above the contracted weight for the bout.
Jake Rosholt def. Matt Horwich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricco Rodriguez def. Doug Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:16
Emanuel Newton def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Erik Perez def. Douglas Frey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alan Jouban def. Andrew Goldthwaite via knockout (punches) - Round 3, 2:37
Victor Hernandez def. Quaint Kempf via submission (armbar) - Round 1, 1:06
Matt Hobar def. Jay Flores via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:55
Dream Fight for Japan GP Final Results
Hiroyuki Takaya fended off a stiff challenge from Kazuyuki Miyata to take a split decision win and retained his Featherweight title at Dream: Fight for Japan. Takaya showed excellent take down defense and good striking to get the nod on 2/3 of the judges' cards. Takaya bounces back with the win from his April loss to Roberto Peralta in his Strikeforce debut.
In the final of the Dream bantamweight tournament, Hideo Tokoro defeated Masakazu Imanari by unanimous decision to win the tournament. Imanari pulled guard throughout the fight and Tokoro managed to evade all his submission attempts. The judges felt Tokoro's striking advantage was enough to win the fight.
In other action, Dream light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi held on to his belt by finishing Hiroshi Izumi with a first round TKO. Tatsuya Kawajiri finished Drew Fickett in the first round in a lightweight bout and Tatsuya Mizuno finished Trevor Prangley in a one-round slugfest.
145 lb. title: Hiroyuki Takaya def. Kazuyuki Miyata via split decision
135 lb. Tournament Final: Hideo Tokoro def. Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision
205 lb. title: Gegard Mousasi def. Hiroshi Izumi via TKO at 3:29 round 1
155 lbs.: Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Drew Fickett via TKO at 4:41 round 1
135 lbs.: Kenji Osawa def. Keisuke Fujiwara via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Tatsuya Mizuno def. Trevor Prangley via TKO at 4:41 round 1
175 lbs.: Marius Zaromskis def. Eiji Ishikawa via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Eiji Mitsuoka def. Bruno Carvalho via unanimous decision
Dana White: Jon Jones Not A P4P Great....Yet
Pound for Pound (P4P)....The term splits fans down the middle, some love doing P4P lists, others see them as ridiculous nonsense.
Ask fans who love them and you will usually hear that UFC Champions Anderson Silva and Georges St Pierre are topping the ranks, but does MMA's newest golden boy Jon "Bones" Jones deserve to be listed among those elite legendary names. Here is what UFC President Dana White thinks:
"Many people think that Jon Jones should be considered one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world...........
Frankie Edgar Vs Gray Maynard III Set For UFC 136
Its finally on Addicts !
The trilogy fight, the UFC Lightweight title rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and his nemesis Gray Maynard (10-0) has been set as the main event for the increasingly amazing looking UFC 136.
Frankie "The Answer" Edgar blasted through BJ Penn, arguably the greatest 155lb fighter in MMA history.....
Heavyweight Brett Rogers proclaims innocence following June incident
Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers (11-3) claims he is innocent of all charges stemming from a June 28 arrest in Apple Valley, Minn.
Rogers' legal counsel today released a statement professing the fighter's belief he is not guilty of the three felonies and one gross misdemeanor filed against him following an alleged altercation with his wife.
Yushin Okami Feels That He Lost First Fight With Anderson Silva
Yushin Okami will be challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 134, and most fans know that this is a rematch of the 2006 battle at Rumble on the Rock 8 in Hawaii. Okami won the first bout by disqualification after Anderson used an illegal kick from his guard to hurt Okami, who was unable to continue. Okami spoke to Tatame about that bout, and while he has the W on his record, he doesn't feel like he won the fight:
"I won by DQ, but I felt I lost that fight," he said, responding to Anderson, who said he faked he was hurt to stop the fight. "There was a damage. There is no point to talk about past things so I don't really care of what people say about last fight. However, that experience made me stronger and as a result I was able to fight in UFC afterwards so I really thank and respect Silva. The word that he says to that I was dressed in damage last is past. I am not dressed. This time I will fight with respect and it will be a chance to show who's the best".
Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard headline UFC 136 in Houston
As expected, fall is the time of reckoning for Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC) and Frankie Edgar's (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) unfinished business.
UFC officials today announced that the champ and No. 1 contender will meet a third time in the headliner of UFC 136, which takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.