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Audio: UFC 159 Conference Call
Come and listen to the full call featuring Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher.
UFC on FX 8 an immediate sellout, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta says
Brazil shows no signs of cooling on the UFC. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told MMAjunkie.com Radio that the promotion's next event in the country, UFC on FX 8, "sold out immediately."
UFC on FOX 7 medical suspensions: Cormier, Diaz, Mein among long terms
All 24 competitors from this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 received medical suspensions. Of those, main-card fighters Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz and Jordan Mein were given longer terms.
Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159
An injury has knocked Erik Perez (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of Saturday's bantamweight bout against Johnny Bedford (19-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 159, and Bryan Caraway (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will step in to take his place on short notice. Bedford on Monday revealed the new matchup on his Twitter account, though the UFC has yet to make a formal announcement of the switch. The two fighters were teammates, though in separate weight classes, on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter.
Michel dos Prazeres in for Lance Benoist against Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8
Lance Benoist has been forced out of his welterweight fight against Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8. The UFC has signed undefeated Michel dos Prazeres to step in.
Judge who scored for Gil a Gracie affiliate
Wade Vierra, the one judge who scored last night's UFC on Fox 7 Lightweight title fight for challenger Gilbert Melendez is a business associate of Melendez' coach Cesar Gracie.
UFC on FOX 7 salaries: Benson Henderson, Frank Mir earn biggest fight purses
Main-event winner Benson Henderson and co-main-event loser Frank Mir were the top earners at Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event and each earned $200,000. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission. The event took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card, which saw lightweight champion Henderson earn a split-decision victory over Gilbert Melendez ($175,000), aired on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook. The total disclosed payroll for the April 20 event was $1,318,000...
Following UFC on FOX 7 loss, UFC boss wants Nate Diaz to stay at lightweight
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Earlier this week Nate Diaz said he planned to move from lightweight to welterweight regardless of what happened at Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event. Don't count UFC President Dana White among the proponents of that plan.
Dana White pledges financial support to Boston Marathon bombing victims
As a former Boston resident, Dana White admits it's a struggle for him to not talk about this past week's Boston Marathon bombings. But the UFC president is sure of one thing: He's going to try and do something to help those suffering. "I have a hard time talking about this in public because if I really do talk about it, I'm going to come off like a psycho," White said at Saturday's post-UFC on FOX 7 press conference. "I've really limited talking about it, but I'm going to Boston on Saturday. After [UFC 159], I'm jumping on a plane and flying to Boston, and I'm actually going to go visit some people that were affected by this horrible event."
Submitted Apr 21, 2013 8:41AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
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T.J. Grant-Gray Maynard winner at UFC 160 gets title shot vs. Benson Henderson
In a bit of a surprise announcement, Dana White booked the next lightweight title fight shortly after the most recent one. T.J. Grant and Gray Maynard's fight at UFC 160 next month will determine Benson Henderson's next challenger.
Brown, Mein, Thomson, and Romero receive $50,000 extra
See who went home $50,000 richer following tonight's wild and memorable UFC on Fox 7 card in San Jose, California.
UFC on FOX 7 weigh-in results
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) -Benson Henderson (155) vs. Gilbert Melendez (154) -Daniel Cormier (235) vs. Frank Mir (257) -Nate Diaz (156) vs. Josh Thomson (155) -Matt Brown (171) vs. Jordan Mein (170) PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET) -Darren Elkins (145) vs. Chad Mendes (146) -Francis Carmont (186) vs. Lorenz Larkin (186) -Myles Jury (156) vs. Ramsey Nijem (156) -Joseph Benavidez (125) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (125) -Jorge Masvidal (156) vs. Tim Means (156) -T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Hugo Viana (135) PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4 p.m. ET) -Roger Bowling (156) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155) -Clifford Starks (185.5) vs. Yoel Romero (185)
Despite Chael Sonnen's claims to the contrary, bout agreement was filed with NSAC before Anderson Silva fight
Chael Sonnen claims that he never signed any contract or bout agreement to fight Anderson Silva. The Nevada State Athletic Commission says otherwise.
If Georges St-Pierre Wants Anderson Silva Next, Johny Hendricks Will Have to Wait… Again
All the superfight talk has died down to a dull roar… right? Wrong.
Dana White: Dan Hardy is in extreme denial -- or afraid -- over second opinion on heart condition
It would be much easier if Dan Hardy could just go see the wizard and get a new heart. But I guess "the best cardiologist in the country" isn't a bad second choice. Will he or won't he? Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy needs to get a second opinion on the heart condition that has kept him from returning to the Octagon. "The Outlaw" was recently diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, also known as "Wolf Heart," prior to his UFC on FOX 7 fight against Matt Brown, who now fights Jordan Mein this Saturday night (April 20, 2013) in his place. Before the British brawler can make his way back into the cage, he must first prove he's medically fit to compete, or that he was, in fact, misdiagnosed the first time around. UFC President Dana White explains: "Lorenzo and I called Dan Hardy a couple weeks ago and got him set up with the best cardiologist in the country. He didn't want to go. He's in serious denial right now. Either denial or just afraid to hear from somebody that that's the truth and that's what's going on. So after he turned it down, I called him back and said, 'Dude, are you crazy? We're offering you a chance to go see the best guy. Just get this second opinion. You're literally insane if you don't go do this.' He said, 'You know what Dana, I'm going through a lot of stuff personally right now. I'm getting married, I have a lot of family coming into town and just dealing with this whole thing at the same time. It's driving me crazy so I just want to put this on the backburner until I'm done with my family stuff and then we'll talk.' Once he gets this done, hopefully we can get him out there to see this doctor. Hopefully he was misdiagnosed."
Chael Sonnen recounts almost getting punched by fan at TUF 17 Finale
A quarter-second later, and Chael Sonnen might have been the first UFC fighter to get punched by a fan.
UFC on FOX 7's Chad Mendes says canceled fights cost up to $10K per camp
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Chad Mendes isn't one to complain, but even he admits the past year has been a bit frustrating. And with opponent after opponent dropping out of planned fights with him, Mendes hopes the UFC brass is going to cut him a little slack.
Nate Diaz likely to change weight classes after UFC on FOX 7
SAN JOSE, Calif. – After this weekend's UFC on FOX 7 bout with Josh Thomson, Nate Diaz doesn't believe the lightweight class is going to be able to offer anything that interests him.
Yoshihiro Akiyama’s Manager Jailed For Allegedly Stealing $140K From Him
Fan favorite Yoshihiro Akiyama is back in the limelight but this time, it’s not for his fighting career. Instead Akiyama makes headlines today for being the alleged victim of an embezzlement scandal five years ago that saw his now-former manager steal approximately $140,000 from Akiyama.
Jon Jones apologizes for accusing Chael Sonnen of being a 'career-long steroid user'
Earlier this week, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones appeared on UFC Tonight to preview his upcoming UFC 159 title defense against fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 coach Chael Sonnen, which headlines the April 27, 2013 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This is what he said. "Chael Sonnen is a guy who has done steroids throughout his whole career. It's probably the reason his testosterone is low now." Interesting observation from a guy who said he wasn't going to talk any trash leading up to the fight and even took a vow of silence during last weekend's TUF 17 Finale. See a video of his appearance, which also includes comments about Sonnen's "championship soul" right here. Apparently he's had a change of heart, or perhaps a stern talking-to from someone in the booth, according to his recent Twitter post. "I had no right to accuse chael of being a career long steroid user I apologize. See what had happened was...." Sonnen, who reportedly suffers from hypogonadism, was bagged and tagged by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) back in August 2010 for improperly disclosing his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prior to his first fight against Anderson Silva in Oakland.
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