Dana White says UFC would add 115-pound division before considering cruiserweight
It's a question Dana White has fielded before, and usually his answer is quick and simple.
But on Thursday, the UFC president tossed a little curveball during a pre-fight news conference for Saturday's UFC 149 pay-per-view event in Calgary.
When asked if the UFC would soon open up a cruiserweight division as a home for those in-between heavyweights who are too big to drop to 205 pounds, but are undersized compared to those in the division that max out at 265, White said if anything, the promotion is likely to go just the opposite.
"We have not considered (a cruiserweight division)," White said. "A lot of people ask me about adding another division. If we do add another division anytime soon, it's going to be a lighter one."
Not So Fast: Dana White Says Tim Sylvia Not Fighting for UFC or Strikeforce
Is he or isn’t he?
Despite earlier reports, including one from us at MMAWeekly.com, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is not going to be facing Daniel Cormier under the Strikeforce banner on Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif.
UFC president Dana White on Thursday said that Sylvia was not headed to Strikeforce, but an initial Friday report by MMAJunkie.com, which our sources backed, indicated that Sylvia was indeed headed into a fight with Cormier.
Late Friday evening, however, White talked to MMA.tv, who reported that “White said the signing was never announced, and that ‘long story, but yes, Tim is not with Zuffa.’”White commented on Twitter, shooting down the Tim Sylvia signing.
There were apparently negotiations going on, at least according to our sources, but regardless of the details, the fact remains that White is sticking by his original statement that Sylvia is not going to be fighting under the Zuffa umbrella at either the UFC or Strikeforce.
Ian McCall withdraws from UFC on FOX 4
One day after his fight was announced, Ian McCall (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) apparently has withdrawn from a fight with newcomer John Moraga (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 4.
The flyweight posted he was "forced to withdraw days ago" on the Underground, an MMA forum, and he promised a future update.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not confirm McCall's exit. UFC.com still lists the flyweight bout.
UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main card airs live on FOX following preliminary-card fights on FUEL TV and Facebook.
McCall vs. Moraga was set for the Facebook-streamed portion of the card, though it's unclear whether the bout will now be scratched...
Jimi Manuwa Vs. Kyle Kingsbury Completes UFC On FUEL TV 5 Card
The UFC announced the signing of British knockout artist, Jimi Manuwa, several weeks ago and indicated that "The Posterboy" would be competing on the September 29th Fuel TV card in Nottingham, England, and now it appears that he has an opponent set, as MMANytt.se reports that he'll face Kyle Kingsbury:
Kyle Kingsbury has booked a trip to Nottingham, England on 29 September to meet Jimi Manuwa on UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic, informs a source close to the situation to MMAnytt.se.
British fans have been clamoring to see Manuwa in the Octagon for some time now, as the Nigerian-born fighter has compiled a stellar and violent 11-0 record, with all of those wins coming via stoppage in either the first or second round. After returning from a long injury layoff last year, Manuwa was offered a UFC contract, but instead opted to take one more warm-up fight in BAMMA (where he forced Antony Rea to quit on the stool after one round), declaring that he wanted to make sure he was truly ready for UFC competition before signing a deal with the promotion. Now that time has come and he'll get the chance to make his debut in front of his fellow Brits on September 29th.
Tim Sylvia vs Daniel Cormier, September 29
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Sylvia (30-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) has signed a deal and will fight recent Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) at an event planned for Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif.
Former UFC fighter Sherman Pendergarst loses battle with cancer
MMA veteran Sherman Pendergarst passed away this morning after a two-year fight with rectal and colon cancer. He was 45.
"He always cared for others more than himself," Pendergarst coach Pat Miletich today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via text. "He told me a few months ago that he had lived a great life and reached his goals and was at peace."
Pendergarst made a lone octagon appearance at UFC 65, where he lost to Antoni Hardonk. The former heavyweight and light heavyweight also made a lone appearance for Bellator and fought current UFC fighter Joey Beltran at Bellator 5 in May 2009. His overall professional record was 11-18, though he faced many big-show vets, including Shane Carwin, during his seven-year career.
Not even his illness could keep him from competing. He fought just five months ago at a local event in Fargo, N.D., while still suffering from the effects of cancer...
Travis Wiuff Isn’t with Bellator to Shake Hands and Kiss Babies; He’s Here for a Belt!
After mixed results in his initial run at light heavyweight, Travis “Diesel” Wiuff has returned to the weight class and has made real headway by making it to Bellator’s 205-pound tournament semifinals on Friday night.
For Wiuff, the move down from heavyweight was more necessity than anything else.
“Monte Cox and I were having trouble finding fights,” said Wiuff. “It was just a crazy year where fights were falling through, opponents were falling through and shows were backing out at the last moment. Then last September Monte called me and told me that Bellator was looking for someone to fight their light heavyweight champion (Christian M’Pumbu) in a super fight.
UFC boss says Chael Sonnen still in line for big fights, likely to earn television deal
If you just can't get enough Chael Sonnen in your life, don't worry. UFC president Dana White doesn't think he's going anywhere any time soon.
White, who said he hasn't spoken directly with Sonnen since the middleweight's UFC 148 loss to Anderson Silva, believes the self-proclaimed "gangster" still has big fights ahead of him, not to mention a television career.
"He's got a lot of options," White today told MMAjunkie.com. "FOX loves this guy. He's going to end up with a television deal."
Hector Lombard won't be fighting Mark Munoz after UFC 149, says UFC boss
During interviews promoting Saturday's UFC 149 event, Hector Lombard said he would turn down a title shot and instead fight Mark Munoz.
But UFC president Dana White said the recent middleweight addition is missing one tiny detail.
"[Lombard] must not have FUEL TV because Munoz lost the other night," White told MMAjunkie.com at a pre-event press conference for UFC 149. "So if he wins on Saturday, I don't think he'll be fighting Mark Munoz."
UFC planning 2012 event in Seattle
UFC fans in the Pacific Northwest, rejoice. The octagon will soon make a return trip to the region.
UFC president Dana White today revealed the promotion is currently planning on bringing an event to Seattle before year's end.
"I know we're going to Seattle this year," White said. "I can't remember the date."
UFC 152 adds Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant, tickets on sale next week
Tickets for "UFC 152: Benavidez vs. Johnson," which range from $85 to $550, go on sale next week.
UFC officials today announced the plans for the Sept. 22 event, which takes place at Toronto's Air Canada Centre and features a flyweight title fight between contenders Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.
Additionally, the promotion announced a lightweight matchup between Evan Dunham (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and T.J. Grant (18-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has also been added to the UFC 152 lineup.
"Everyone knows how much I love Canada, and it's going to be great to have the first-ever UFC flyweight title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson in Toronto on Sept. 22," UFC president Dana White stated.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, July 27, at 12 p.m. ET.
However, UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets on Wednesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET, and UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers can buy tickets on Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET.
Ian McCall vs. John Moraga added to UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles
"Uncle Creepy" doesn't have to wait long for redemption.
Southern California-based Ian McCall (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is a last-minute addition to UFC on FOX 4, which takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
McCall, who fell short this past month to Demetrious Johnson, will meet promotional newcomer John Moraga (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a flyweight bout.
UFC on FOX 4's main card airs live on FOX following preliminary-card fights on FUEL TV and Facebook. McCall vs. Moraga is part of the preliminary card, though it's unknown whether the bout will be seen on FUEL TV or Facebook.
Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi added to UFC 153 in Brazil
"The Ultimate Fighter 15" cast member Cristiano Marcello (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will fight in his home country and meet fellow lightweight Reza Madadi (12-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 153.
UFC officials today announced the matchup.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, UFC 153 is expected to take place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC 153's main card, including a headliner between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Erik Koch, airs on pay-per-view. Marcello vs. Madadi will be part of the prelims, which air on FX and stream on Facebook.
UFC wants Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau
If Cung Le (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is able to fight at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau, it'll be against fellow middleweight Rich Franklin (29-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC).
The fighters initially were slated to fight at UFC 148 until the bout was scrapped to make other matchups.
But if Le is healthy enough to fight at the November event, UFC president Dana White wants to pit him against former champion Franklin.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at Cotai Arena, Venetian Macau Resort Hotel in the Chinese special administrative region. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV, and Le vs. Franklin likely would serve as the headliner.
"If he fights in China, he will fight Rich Franklin," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch set to headline UFC 153 in Brazil
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and challenger Erik Koch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet at UFC 153 in Brazil.
The bout, originally slated to headline this weekend's UFC 149 event before Aldo suffered an injury, now will take place on Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
- Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch (for featherweight title)
- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
- Reza Madadi vs. Cristiano Marcello
- Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. TBA
Junior Assuncao out, Chris Tickle in against Doug Frey at Legacy FC 13
One UFC vet has replaced another at next month's Legacy Fighting Championship 13 event.
"The Ultimate Fighter 15" cast member Chris Tickle (7-5) has replaced injured Junior Assuncao (13-5), promoter Mick Maynard confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Tickle now meets fellow featherweight Doug Frey (10-8) on the card.
Legacy FC 13 takes place Aug. 17 at the Dallas Convention Center, and the main card airs on AXS TV.
Tickle vs. Frey is part of the broadcast.
Lumumba Sayers vs. Anthony Smith added to August's 'Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman'
A middleweight matchup between heavy-handed sluggers Lumumba Sayers (6-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) and Anthony Smith (16-8 MMA, 1-1 SF) has been added to August's "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" event.
Strikeforce officials today announced the new contest, which is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
"Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" takes place Aug. 18 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and features a women's bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and former titleholder Sarah Kaufman. The main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims.