June 2012 MMA News Archive - Page 8
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In hostile territory, UFC 147's Mike Russow says all pressure on Fabricio Werdum
UFC 147 takes place in Werdum's native Brazil. When the two tangle at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond (also known as "Mineirinho"), a 25,000-seat arena in Belo Horizonte, Russow said he'll go into cruise control. "Honestly, (fighting in hostile territory) really doesn't bother me," he said today. "I'm the underdog and glad all the pressure is on him. It doesn't bother me what the fans are doing. I really don't even hear my coaches after the ref says go, so that's not going to bother me at all."
Thiago Alves next fight: 'Pitbull' aims for Dec. 2012 return to UFC following successful surgery
Good news "Pitbull" fans: Brazilian wrecking ball Thiago Alves' surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle was a success and is targeting a late 2012 return to the Octagon. After suffering the injury in training, which forced him to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 149 bout against fellow stand-up specialist Siyar Bahadurzada in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Alves went under the knife to resolve the issue and updated everyone via his official Twitter account of his current health status:
Jose Aldo expects October UFC return, fight against Erik Koch still on tap
"UFC Tonight" had the report:
Brian Ebersole Wouldn't Mind Beating Up a Diaz Brother After UFC on FX 4
So it should come as no surprise that Ebersole is already preparing for his next fight after this Friday's bout with T.J. Waldburger by calling out the ultra-popular Diaz brothers: "I wouldn’t mind beating up a Diaz, maybe Nate. Jim Miller’s a talented dude. I want to start up there. I don’t care if they’re coming off a win or coming off a loss, I just want to prove that I belong in that top ten, top 15." When asked by Ariel Helwani, host of The MMA Hour, why he wanted to fight a Diaz brother, Ebersole responded: "They’ve kind of got punk attitudes."
Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah slated for UFC on FUEL TV 5
"The Outlaw" will meet Amir Sadollah at UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham, England, on Sept. 29. The organization is expected to officially announce the fight in the coming days. Dan Hardy (15-10) Win Duane Ludwig KO (punch and elbows) UFC 146 Loss Chris Lytle Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Live Loss Anthony Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night Amir Sadollah (6-3) Win Jorge Lopez Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV Loss Duane Ludwig Decision (unanimous) UFC Live Win DaMarques Johnson Submission (elbows) UFC Fight Night
Wanderlei Silva: Bout With Rich Franklin 'Will Show Whether I Can Still Fight'
People keep asking Wanderlei Silva how many more fights he has left in him. As if he knows. As if his body and his career are like a cell phone battery, buzzing every so often to let him know he’s down to the final 20 percent, then the final ten. "I feel good," he told MMA Fighting in a phone interview. "I train good. I go with the young guys I have here. I feel very good, but I train for one fight at a time. For how long? I don’t know, but the performance is going to tell. That will show whether I can still fight or not." Maybe it’s fitting that he should be facing Franklin, who keeps giving the same answer to the same question. It’s not as if a win will vault either into immediate title contention. It’s also not as it either of them needs another title in order to consider his career a success. They could both quit whenever they want to and walk away with their heads held high. But then, neither of them wants to. They’re still having too much fun.
Rich Franklin Makes Case For 195-Pound Division, But Still Wants Middleweight Gold
Unofficially, Rich Franklin sees his UFC 147 main event matchup with Wanderlei Silva as his return to the middleweight division, even though the duo will only have to step on the scale and hit 190 pounds in order to make their fight official. The catch weight stipulation was a concession to Franklin taking the bout on short notice and having to travel from Singapore to the US to Brazil in the interim. Just days from the fight, Franklin believes he could have made 185 pounds, and when he does the next time, it will be his first time at the weight since April 2008. After moving to light-heavyweight, Franklin has gone 3-3, though two of those fights are notably at 195-pound catch weights. "I really don't have an opinion one way or another," he said. "I know originally, the UFC had the five weight classes and they were trying to avoid having so many champions that people would lose track of them, much like what happened with boxing. There are so many weight class champions that you can't name half of the belt-holders in the sport of boxing, and I think the UFC was somewhat trying to avoid that. With time, we've put in these smaller weight classes, so there are so many more weight classes that definitely, an argument could be made for a 195-pound weight class."
Jon Fitch says BJ Penn is ducking him by going after younger guys
When asked if he thought "Baby J" was "ducking" him, Fitch simply stated:
Six Fight Main Card Set For UFC 148
MAIN CARD line up Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar
UFC Champ Jon Jones’ DWI Sentencing Rescheduled for July
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was supposed to have his day in court on Tuesday for sentences related to DWI charges. The sentencing has been pushed back to July 3, according to Stephen Reilly on PressConnects.com.
Dana White: Chael Sonnen is not afraid of Anderson Silva's 'Mike Tyson aura'
"The thing I like about Chael, he's nutty as hell, I mean half the shit the guy says is like what, right? But, he backs it up. When the guy goes in there and fights man he fights. I know this, most guys go in and they're scared when they fight Anderson. They're intimidated. He's got like that (Mike) Tyson aura. People are scared and afraid. Chael Sonnen is not afraid of Anderson Silva. He's not. And that makes it a completely different fight than anybody else he fights."
Brazilian fans offered refund for UFC 147
Because Vitor vs. Wanderlei isn't happening... maybe the Sarafian injury as well. "With the change on the main card, fans who purchased tickets for the event will now officially have three (3) days to decide whether to seek a full refund."
Che Mills vs. Duane Ludwig set for UFC on FUEL TV 5
A welterweight bout between Che Mills (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Duane "Bang" Ludwig (21-13 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has been added to this fall's UFC on FUEL TV 5 event in Nottingham. Mills, who will fight in his home country for the second time under the UFC banner, today announced the fight via . Che Mills (14-5) Loss Rory MacDonald TKO (strikes) UFC 145 Win Chris Cope TKO (knees and punches) UFC 138 Win Marcio Cesar KO (punches) BAMMA 6 Duane Ludwig (21-13) Loss Dan Hardy KO (punch and elbows) UFC 146 Loss Josh Neer Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on FX Win Amir Sadollah Decision (unanimous) UFC Live
Roland Delorme vs. Francisco Rivera slated for UFC 149 in Calgary
Although an announced bout with Bibiano Fernandes (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was quickly scrapped, Roland Delorme (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will remain on next month's UFC 149 card. The bantamweight will take on Francisco Rivera (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the planned matchup with sources close to the event, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the pay-per-view headliner, Urijah Faber and Renan Barao fight for the interim bantamweight title.
UFC's Alistair Overeem planning December return
As far as Alistair Overeem is concerned, he's going to fight soon after his current suspension ends. The UFC heavyweight took to Twitter on Monday and promised fans he'll be in the cage before year's end. "I'll be fighting again in December, and mark my words, I'll be back to get the belt sooner rather (than) later," he stated. Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC), a former Strikeforce champion, most recently scored a TKO victory over Brock Lesnar in December at UFC 141. But prior to a scheduled May title fight with heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146, he failed a surprise pre-fight drug test.
Michael Bisping believes his next fight will be against Chael Sonnen for UFC title
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Michael Bisping was dealt a setback recently when he was forced to withdraw from his bout against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on July 21, 2012, because of an injured knee.
He'd like that fight to be for the title, and he believes, if things go the way he thinks they will, that the man wearing the Middleweight Championship belt around his waist will be Chael Sonnen, the man who defeated Bisping by a narrow margin when the two squared off at UFC on Fox 2, in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 28, 2012:
Feijao tested positive for stanozolol, now he's banned for a year
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante's recent failed drug test was due to stanozolol metabolites. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Saturday, the Brazilian fighter failed a test following his May win over Mike Kyle. On Monday the California State Athletic Commisssion confirmed the substance. The CSAC on Monday also said that in addition to Cavalcante's yearlong suspension and $2,500 fine, his win over Kyle will be overturned and changed to a no-contest.
NON-INJURY ALERT: Demetrious Johnson Avoids Surgery After Second Diagnosis Revealed No Hernia
There is one hurdle down in making the first ever UFC flyweight title fight after Demetrious Johnson found out he’s avoiding potential surgery for a hernia. The best news was discovered on Monday when Johnson got a second opinion from a different doctor and found out he didn’t have a hernia at all.
Details emerge for International Fight Week centered around UFC 148 in Las Vegas
With one of the biggest fights in company history taking place at UFC 148, plus the latest UFC Fan Expo, fans already had plenty on tap next month in Las Vegas. Now they can add even more to the list of options for the week. The UFC on Monday made official a partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for the first International Fight Week. International Fight Week kicks off July 3 and will feature five days of events, culminating in the UFC 148 pay-per-view on July 7. And the plan is to make the Las Vegas show around Independence Day each year an International Fight Week event. Tuesday, July 3 11 a.m.: UFC 148 press conference, Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo Wednesday, July 4 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 7:30 p.m.: Kick-off party and 3 Doors Down concert at Fremont Street Experience Thursday, July 5 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 11 a.m.–3 p.m.: UFC 148 open workouts at XS at Encore at Wynn 1–6 p.m.: Pool party with UFC octagon girls and fighters at Palms Casino Resort 6–8 p.m.: Downtown pub crawl with UFC octagon girls and fighters at Golden Nugget, El Cortez, The D, Golden Gate Friday, July 6 10 a.m.–6 p.m.: UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 4 p.m.: UFC 148 weigh-ins at Mandalay Bay Events Center 5 p.m.: First Friday Art Night at Cabana Suites at El Cortez 8 p.m.: Fan beach party with UFC octagon girls and fighters at Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, July 7 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 3 p.m.: UFC 148 doors open at MGM Grand Garden Arena 4 p.m.: UFC 148 first bout 6 p.m.: UFC 148 viewing parties at Mandalay Bay, Palms Casino Resort, Golden Nugget, Lagasse's Stadium at Palazzo, Sunset Station, Santa Fe Station, Red Rock 7 p.m.: UFC 148 live on pay-per-view 10 p.m.: UFC 148 after-party at Tryst nightclub at Wynn
Bellator Inks Former U.S. National Wrestling Champion Shawn Bunch
Another talented wrestling convert has joined the stable of Bellator Fighting Championships, as the promotion Monday announced the signing of former U.S. National and Pan-American champ Shawn Bunch. The news comes just two weeks after 29-year-old Bunch failed to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team at the national trials in Iowa, though the decision to trade the mat for the cage is nothing new. The onetime Edinboro University standout has long seen MMA in his future, he explained in a statement. “I’ve had my sights set on Bellator for a long time,” said Bunch, who last May told Sherdog.com that a lack of MMA experience kept him from the company’s inaugural bantamweight tournament in 2010. “While I’ve been training in MMA for over four years, I’ve never been able to fully focus on the sport with my wrestling obligations. After watching guys like Ben Askren and ‘King Mo’ [Lawal] -- guys I really look up to in this sport -- have success, I knew the time was right to make the move to Bellator.”