June 2011 MMA News Archive - Page 4
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Cyborg Santos out of clash with Paul Daley
Paul Daley's management team have informed ESPN that the welterweight is searching for a new opponent after Evangelista Cyborg Santos was ruled out of their July 30 clash. Daley and Santos were heading for a potentially explosive 170lb war, as the co-main event to Dan Henderson's much anticipated encounter with Fedor Emelianenko. The clash could even have turned out to be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title, after Nick Diaz switched to the UFC to fight Georges St-Pierre. Daley and Santos had been the most recent men to challenge Diaz for his throne. However, Santos has pulled out of the bout due to injury, and ESPN understands Strikeforce is currently in the process of finding a replacement opponent for Daley.
James Toney vs. Ken Shamrock September 23
BJPENN.COM was the first to learn that James Toney and Ken Shamrock have agreed to face off in an MMA match on Sept. 23 in El Paso, Texas. While details are still emerging about the venue and fight card, the former UFC fighters are going to face off in a heavyweight attraction in what will be James Toney’s second professional MMA bout. BJPENN.COM confirmed this with both Toney’s manager and Mr. Toney himself this evening via telephone. Not 100% sure if this is real but it's all over twitter so figured I'd post it.
MFC For Sale?
Earlier this morning Mark Pavelich tweeted this statement. "MFC FOR SALE 3.2 Million"
UFC on Versus 4: Pat Barry – No More Mr. Nice Guy
If there’s one thing you can say about UFC heavyweight Pat Barry beyond his fight skills, it’s that he’s a hell of a nice guy. During his Q&A appearance prior to UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville, Ky., Barry had a room full of fans laughing and joking along with him as he told stories and answered questions. At the UFC Fighter Summit, Barry somehow managed to strip down to his underwear and sit quietly during one of the talks being given, while fighters all around him chuckled and couldn’t help but laugh at the gentle giant’s antics. He even famously knocked down his idol Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic when they fought, and helped him back up.
Tim Kennedy Gets His Wish, Faces Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
Sometimes when you ask, you shall receive. Two former middleweight title contenders will battle it out as Tim Kennedy gets his wish and will face Robbie Lawler at the upcoming Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card. Strikeforce officials announced the new bout on Thursday. Kennedy has been targeting the July 30 date for a while now, and just last month expressed his desire of opponents when speaking with MMAWeekly.com.
Bantamweights Jeff Hougland and Donny Walker added to UFC 132
A pair of promotional newcomers will round out July's "UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber" event, as bantamweights Jeff Hougland (9-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Donny Walker (15-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet on the evening's preliminary card. UFC officials today announced the addition. UFC 132 takes place July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber headline the event.
'Whitey' Bulger arrest recalls UFC owner's roots
The capture of one of the most wanted U.S. fugitives touches on the origins of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's parent company. James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested Wednesday near Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said. Bulger, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, is accused of leading Boston mobsters for decades. If at least one allegation is true, his organization also launched a chain of events that led to the formation of UFC owner Zuffa. edit: I really hope this is in the right forum. if not, I'm sorry
Melvin Guillard: A lightweight grand prix tournament is the solution for the 155-pound division
Brackets? We don't need no stinking brackets ... actually, we do, at least according to Melvin Guillard. It ain't easy being a top contender in the 155-pound division. If you are, you're one of many and your spot in the pecking order is up for constant debate.
Shark Fights 16 lineup official with 10 bouts, airs via tape delay on FUEL TV
"Shark Fights 16: Neer vs. Juarez" is slated for June 25, and the night's 10-bout lineup is now official. The main event pits UFC veteran and current interim Shark Fights welterweight champ Josh Neer (29-10-1) against Jesse Juarez (15-7), and Elvis Mutapcic (8-1) meets fellow middleweight Arteneas Young (6-3) in the night's co-feature. Shark Fights 16 takes place at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Texas. The event will be filmed by FUEL TV and air later this year as part of FUEL TV's "Friday Fight Night." "We at Shark Fights are excited to bring our show back to West Texas," Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen stated. "We love our fans in West Texas, and West Texas loves us. We have put together a sensational card for this event with an intriguing mix of exciting veterans and some very impressive young fighters starting to make a little noise within the industry. "We are also thrilled to have our stellar commentating team back for this event, with WWE and WCW great Bill Goldberg providing the color alongside Erik Apple as the lead commentator. These two are a real asset to our programming."
Marius Zaromskis vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai Rematch Booked for DREAM BW Japan GP Finals
Another champion has been added to DREAM's upcoming event as DREAM welterweight champion and 2009 Welterweight GP champion Marius Zaromskis will rematch former pound-for-pound great Hayato "Mach" Sakurai in a non-title bout at Fight for Japan: DREAM 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament Final.
Jorge Gurgel vs Joe Duarte to headline Strikeforce Challengers 18 on Aug. 12
UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel will look to string together back-to-back wins for the first time in four years when he collides with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 alum Joe Duarte in the Strikeforce: "Challengers 18" main event at "The Palms" in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 12, 2011.
Alexis Davis vs. Julie Kedzie Latest Addition to Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Card
A welterweight women’s match-up is the latest addition to the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card with Alexis Davis meeting Julie Kedzie as both fighters make their promotional debuts. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Wednesday. Alexis Davis (9-4) makes her Strikeforce debut after signing a multi-fight deal with the promotion just recently.
Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi possible for September Strikeforce event
A matchup pitting former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi (30-3-2 MMA, 2-1-1 SF) against Mike Kyle (18-8-1 MMA, 2-3-1 SF) could be headed to the promotion's fall lineup. The pair were supposed to fight this past April at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" before Kyle was forced to withdraw with a broken hand. In his place stepped Keith Jardine, who fought Mousasi to a draw. The fight could take place at a yet-unnamed Strikeforce event slated for Sept. 10 that's expected to feature a middleweight title fight between current champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, though at this point, the date is not finalized.
Shark Fights 16 fight card finalized for 'Neer vs Juarez' on June 25 in Odessa
Amarillo, Texas -- Hard charging, Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Shark Fight Promotions, is set to deliver another exceptional night of MMA excitement in Odessa, Texas on Saturday, June 25th at the Ector County Coliseum. Fresh off their successful debut outside of their home state of Texas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the promotion is excited to bring their fans in West Texas another action-packed combat experience. Shark Fights 16 in Odessa will feature the hard-hitting Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Champ Josh Neer and California native Jesse Juarez in a non-title bout. This match up will display two opposing styles between two seasoned veterans. Neer (29-10-1), preferring the standup game that demonstrates his superb striking skills, will face the tough ground game of Juarez (15-6-0) who is not afraid to stand toe-to-toe or take it to the mat to finish off an opponent.
Jorge Gurgel returns at Strikeforce Challengers 18 against opponent yet to be determined
Strikeforce lightweight contender Jorge Gurgel (14-7 MMA, 2-2 SF) will return to action on Aug. 12. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt today announced his intentions via Twitter. His opponent for the matchup has yet to be determined. Gurgel is expected to compete on the main card of the as-yet-unannounced Strikeforce Challengers 18, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Wednesday morning will take place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
UFC Quick Quote: 'Let's be honest, Joe Stevenson hasn't really evolved much in three years'
Them fightin' words. Less than a week before his UFC on Versus 4 bout against Joe Stevenson, WEC import Javier Vazquez sizes up "Daddy" on Sherdog's Beatdown Radio show.
UFC on Versus 4: Pat Barry Faces Important Test in Cheick Kongo
At this Sunday's UFC on Versus 4, the semi-main event will be a clash of Heavyweights as Pat Barry faces Cheick Kongo. Both men come into the fight with strong stand-up skills and professional kickboxing experience - a point which will surely be much discussed in the lead-up to the fight. Yet while the two fighters have a similar background, what they have chosen to do with those backgrounds is very different, and it is this difference that makes this such a pivotal fight in the career of Pat Barry.
T.J. Grant withdraws from UFC on Versus 4, fight with Charlie Brenneman scrapped
Canadian welterweight T.J. Grant (16-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has fallen ill and will be unable to fight Charlie Brenneman (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on Versus 4. The UFC today announced the change via Twitter and said that officials weren't able to find Brenneman a replacement opponent in time for the event, which takes place Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Fabricio Werdum: Alistair Overeem Did Not Beat Me, I Lost On My Own
Fabricio Werdum lost a unanimous decision to Alistair Overeem in the first round of Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix at Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum last Saturday. Werdum spent most of the fight on his back, either with Overeem in his guard or flopping to his back, begging the Dutchman to follow him down. It was a less than fan-pleasing performance. Werdum spoke to Brazilian MMA site Portal do Vale Tudo and explained his strategy and what went wrong in the fight: I tried to knock him out, I showed that I was doing well in the stand-up, but I also wanted to do the fight in the ground, because I was very confident in my jiu-jitsu. It ended up being really bad to pull guard all the time, I burned a lot of energy, it was not good. When I was successful in the very end of the rounds, I found myself without much strength. I'm just amazed that no one will go to the ground with me even though I'll stand with everyone. This happens all the time. Even at striking I did not see the K-1 champion that knocks everyone out show up, he did not show much, he did not throw any strikes meant for knock downs, and as Fight Metrics showed I was able to throw more strikes. I made the mistake to pull guard too much, to want to finish it any way. The fight was not good for either of us, but he did not beat me, I lost (on my own).
Miesha Tate: Marloes Coenen Got 'Exposed' in Her Last Fight
By the time Miesha Tate steps in the cage to challenge for Marloes Coenen's Strikeforce women's welterweight title on July 30, it will have been nearly a year since her last fight. For most fighters, that's about the point where the dreaded ring rust starts to be an issue. But in this case, at least according to Tate, inactivity might prove to be a virtue. "I've had a lot of opportunity to study her and see where her game is at," Tate said of Coenen. "This time, since I haven't fought for a year, I think it will benefit me because she'll be expecting and game-planning and preparing for the fighter I was a year ago. I switched camps, I've been training in Sacramento with Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes and Brian [Caraway] and all the guys at Team Alpha Male, and the amount of growth I've had in this past year, I'm just a completely different fighter."