March 2010 MMA News Archive - Page 9
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Emerson vs. Lentz official; UFC Fight Night 21 complete with 11 bouts
In a bout first reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Rob Emerson (9-8 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) meets Nik Lentz (17-3-2 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) on the UFC Fight Night 21 preliminary card. The UFC today announced the matchup, bringing the total number of fights on the card to 11. Featuring a lightweight matchup between perennial contender Kenny Florian and Japanese import Takanori Gomi, UFC Fight Night 21 takes place March 31 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. The main card airs live on Spike TV and serves as the lead-in for "The Ultimate Fighter 11" season debut.
Jones, Vera focused on 205-pound division now, but heavyweight may be in future
Jon Jones (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Brandon Vera (11-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) could be headed up a division around the same time. The light heavyweight headliners of UFC on Versus 1 spoke Tuesday to media about their March 21 fight, and both said a trip to the heavyweight division is not out of the question in two years, give or take. It would be Vera's second run in the weight class since June 2008, when the UFC urged him to drop to 205 pounds after losses to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdrum. Jones has served his young career at light heavyweight but said his still-growing frame may support a move up.
Bonnar Loses Appeal, Possibly Gets K-Sos Rematch
The Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, Australia, which was tasked with regulating UFC 110 in Sydney, has ruled against Stephan Bonnar with regards to his appeal of his 110 loss to Krzyzstof Soszynski, meaning the official fight result-Soszynski win by TKO-stands. Bonnar appealed claiming it should've been ruled a no contest because the cut causing the TKO was caused by a accidental headbutt, with the likely outcome being changed to a Draw if the appeal won. Multiple reports indicate Bonnar will get his rematch at the TUF 11 Finale in June, but Bonnar did not confirm the rumors yesterday. Soszynski was unavailable for comment.
Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago in the works for UFC 115 in June
A welterweight matchup between Martin Kampmann and Paulo Thiago is currently in the works for UFC 115. The potential bout was first reported by The Las Vegas Sun, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly. While not yet officially announced, UFC 115 is expected to take place June 12 at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view.
Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig expected for UFC 115 in Vancouver
A lightweight match-up between Matt Wiman (11-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Mac Danzig (19-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is expected for UFC 115. Sources close to the bout told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Tuesday that both fighters have agreed to meet one another and are expected to put pen to paper soon. While not yet officially announced, UFC 115 is expected to take place June 12 at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view.
M-1 Director: Fedor Emelianenko (and Strikeforce relationship) healthy and ready to return
"I think June, July is realistic (for Emelianenko's return). It's not 100 percent. Don't take this as a fight announcement, but I think during the summer. After the CBS show, we thought that the (Strikeforce) terms needed a little bit tweaking -- nothing major, just a little bit of tweaking. So, we had a round of negotiations with Strikeforce. Everything went positively. We're pretty much at the end."
Randy Couture: 'Fedor's going to have to step up and be willing to fight top level guys again'
"At some point Fedor's going to have to step up and be willing to fight top level guys again. I don't know what's going on with him or why he's not willing to do that and certainly (Fabricio) Werdum is one of those guys he's going to have to face to be considered a top fighter."
Who's On First For Shot At Dominick Cruz?
When Dominick Cruz defeated Brian Bowles to win the WEC bantamweight title on Saturday night, the new champion didn't have long to celebrate before the questions started coming about who he might fight for his first title defense.
Cung Le Angling For Scott Smith Rematch
“I’m hoping to get a rematch with Scott Smith as soon as possible,” he said in a video interview released by Strikeforce on Monday, although he still hasn’t been given word if that is his next fight or not.
Toby Imada In Bellator's Lightweight Tourney
Toby Imada, whose “Submission of the Year” helped put Bellator Fighting Championships on the map during its debut season, will return to the promotion for its upcoming Season 2 lightweight tournament.
UFC announces Asian broadcast deal with Hong Kong-based All Sports Network
As other fight promotions scramble for relevance in the U.S., the Ultimate Fighting Championship continues its own worldwide expansion. The UFC today announced a new long-term distribution agreement with All Sports Network, a 24-hour high-definition sports channel in Europe. The new deal provides UFC programming to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Macau, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.
After brutal WEC 47 win, Scott Jorgensen believes he's at top of 135-pound division
At this past weekend's WEC 47 event in Columbus, Ohio, Joseph Benavidez (12-1 MMA, 4-1 WEC) stunned Torres with a one-sided submission win and likely earned himself a shot at the 135-pound title. But Scott Jorgensen (9-3 MMA, 5-2 WEC) also landed one of the more memorable finishes in recent memory in his bout with Chad George, and he made a legitimate claim for contender status.
James McSweeney vs. Travis Browne set for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
UFC newcomer Travis Browne (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet "Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran James McSweeney (4-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the live finale of "The Ultimate Fighter 11."
After tough promotional debut, UFC 111's Jared Hamman relieved to fight on U.S. soil
Light heavyweight Jared Hamman (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) can laugh about it now, but prior to his octagon debut against Alexander Gustaffson at UFC 105 this past November, he was in a world of hurt.
Rampage: Pride cheated me
Fighters Only: Do you miss Pride? Rampage: I tell you what, I had some good times over in Pride. The UFC treats me better than Pride but the fans, the whole atmosphere… I remember after the fights in Pride, for the longest time they used to have these after parties right there in the arena. By the time the last fight was over you’d go and have a shower and then in the back room they would have a paty and the owners would talk to you and you would have some of, I guess the VIP fans, who had paid for the expensive tickets. You came back there and had the greatest time, some of the guys would be so cool. I have so much respect for Gary Goodridge, whether he won or lost he would be back there having a good time after the fights. I f I lost I would be all [sad face], moping around, drinking a little beer and eating. Gary would be laughing and joking around. They were the best times, that’s one of the things I miss most about Pride, the after parties right afterwards. The production was one of the best things about Pride. The first time I fought there they lowered me down in this cage, I was like 70 feet in the air and it was scary! Me and Sakuraba were in there, he was on one side and I was on the other. I didn’t know him. That was the first time I met him, up in the cage and he reached over and shook my hand. Sakuaraba turned out to be a really cool guy actually. So what was bad about Pride? A lot of things man. I don’t know what their problem was but they wouldn’t promote me at all, they cheated me out of money from dolls and t-shirts, not paying me… when my contract was up and we were negotiating and I wanted more money and they were telling me ‘oh but you’re a nobody’. This was after I had fought in the Grand Prix and beat Igor Vovchanchyn. Even after I went to that K-1 fight and represented them in K-1, they were mad I won that K-1 fight! Just stuff like that.
Despite Toney Rumors, Kimbo vs. Mitrione Is Now Official For UFC 113
Although it was announced back at UFC 110 as being part of UFC 113, it wasn't until just yesterday that UFC officially confirmed Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione for the upcoming PPV in Canada. UFC never added the fight to the official ufc.com card and the James Toney signing spurred rumors that Kimbo would fight the boxer next instead. Rumors shot down last night, Kimbo will officially get "Meathead" at 113.
Anderson Silva: 'Vitor Belfort was never my friend'
“First thing, he (Belfort) was never my friend. Second, a fight is fight. I’m here to fight and whoever is better prepared will win and one of us will lose. I’d be upset if I had to face Rodrigo, Rogerio, Feijao, Lyoto or even Wanderlei or Shogun, but Vitor? He’s just another opponent like everyone else." Taken from an article that wasn’t published due to the cancellation of their UFC 112 fight in Abu Dhabi, Anderson Silva reveals that he and Victor Belfort were never "friends" despite training together at Team Black House.
UFC Quick Quote: 'Everything is new' for Shogun vs Dragon II
“Another battle and another Lyoto. Everything is new, the focus, the strategy ... it's my big dream. I'll concentrate and go and fight with even more desire. I´ll be even hungrier this time – to conquer a UFC belt has always been my dream. Lyoto is different to other athletes … We recruited some karatekas from Curitiba, who helped me a lot. I have [Andre] Dida, Marcelinho and Tuba to help me with the tactical stuff. Marcelinho watched Lyoto's fights like 15 times, we joked that he became Lyoto." Mauricio Rua talks to FightersOnly about his rematch with Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 on May 8 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
WEC 47 Fighter Payouts
The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the official fighter payouts from WEC 47. The total disclosed payouts were $236,500 with the biggest share-$29,000-going to Joseph Benavidez.
'Astra' update: Michihiro Omigawa vs Micah Miller booked for 4/25
The Sengoku upset artist, Michihiro Omigawa (9-8-1), has been confirmed to face Micah Miller (13-3) at Hidehiko Yoshida's retirement event."Astra" will take place at Nippon Budokan on Sunday, April 25 and feature the farewell bout of the former Olympic judo gold medalist and Japanese MMA icon, Hidehiko Yoshida.
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