March 2012 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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UFC 148 adds welterweights Maia vs. Kim, middleweights Fukuda vs. Philippou
UFC 148's fight card continues to fill as the promotion today announced a pair of new matchups, including the welterweight debut of onetime middleweight challenger Demian Maia. Maia (15-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and middleweights Riki Fukuda (18-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Constantinos Philippou (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) are set for the event, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann Set as Main Event for TUF Live Finale [POLL]
There’s a title shot waiting for the winner of a blockbuster summer match-up as Jake Ellenberger will meet Martin Kampmann at the Ultimate Fighter Live Finale June 1. The UFC made the fight official on Wednesday with bout agreements to be issued shortly.
'TUF: Brazil' premiere streams Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET, elimination-round matchups set
The season debut of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" is just five days away. UFC officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the first international edition of the UFC's long-running reality series will stream Sunday on TUF.tv with subtitles. Additionally, the matchups are set for the show's elimination round of fights. "TUF: Brazil," which 16 featherweight and 16 middleweight fighters from Brazil, is currently in production in the South American country. Unlike the new live season in the U.S., the Brazil version – which features Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort as coaches – is taped and pre-packaged. The first episode of "TUF: Brazil" debuts Sunday evening on Globo following "Big Brother" in Brazil. The start time will fluctuate slightly from week to week due to the reality show, but UFC officials said it'll stream on TUF.tv each week at 11:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. PT). Additionally, FUEL TV will air the series at some point, but no dates or airtimes have been confirmed. It's now expected to air later this spring or summer...
Justin.TV found not guilty in case filed by Zuffa for streaming
Communications Act. Zuffa's claims relate to the "stealing cable" provisions. Justin.tv claimed that 47 USC 230 applies, a pretty logical argument given that Zuffa is bringing a non-IP claim against Justin.tv for third party content. However, the court sidesteps the Section 230 issue, saying it's never been applied to the Communications Act (true) and that the court couldn't find any analogous "stealing cable" claim against websites, and it didn't want to touch this "novel" issue. Instead, the court dismisses the "stealing cable" claim on its elements. The court says: In essence, Zuffa alleges that Justin.tv’s users copied Zuffa’s UFC event and then rebroadcast the UFC event over the internet. This is not the type of conduct properly addressed by the Communications Act, but by copyright law (and, potentially, trademark law) because Justin.tv had no relationship with the original cable or satellite signal: by the allegations, Justin.tv did not receive or intercept any actual cable or satellite signal or broadcast. The Court finds no evidence in the statutory language, other cases, or legislative history that the Communications Act addresses this type of conduct or was meant to bolster or act as a separate type of copyright claim.
Asian MMA: Shlemenko Vs. Minowaman Along With 4 UFC Veterans Booked For SFL 2
Super Fight League, a start-up promotion from India had a very unique and interesting debut event that got mixed reviews from fans and analysts alike. The production, and quality of talent left much to be desired, but it looks like they're taking a big step forward to improve on that by booking 3 fights filled established MMA veterans. The card will still be filled with India's local talent that they are developing, but as reported last month, former UFC heavyweights Todd Duffee and Neil Grove will be headlining the event. As part of the supporting bouts that have also been announced, Paul Kelly will take on Gabe Reudiger, and what can be considered as the unofficial main event of the night, Ikuhisa Minowa will lock horns against two-time Bellator tournament winner, Alexander Shlemenko.
Now a Free Agent, Vinny Magalhaes Fielding Offers
Former TUF season 8 runner-up and current M-1 Global Light Heavyweight champion Vinny Magalhaes was dismissed from the UFC before he could prove that he had great potential. The multiple World Jiu Jitsu Champion and ADCC gold medalist has gone 7-1 since his departure from the UFC and acquired the M-1 Global light heavyweight title in his 4 fight run with the Russian organization. Unfortunately the honeymoon with M-1 Global has ended and Magalhaes has been attempting to wait out his employers, so he can get out of his contract, and continue his career under a new banner. Magalhaes and his representative Steve Pacitti stopped by to talk to the guys at MMAJunkie.com, to shed a little light on Vinny’s current situation, his falling out with M-1 Global, and how he is fielding offers from other MMA organizations, due to his recently awarded free agency. Magalhaes and Pacitti did not tip-toe around the point that the UFC were one of the organizations that were interested in signing Vinny. Pacitti was quoted as saying. “Yes, we’re negotiating with the UFC right now,” Pacitti said. “There are others, but the UFC is certainly in line. The UFC is definitely attractive.”
ALESSIO'S NEWFOUND DEDICATION
The next Canadian lightweight we see in the UFC could be a fighter who has been there before. John Alessio of Duncan, B.C., is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Healy at a local MMA event in Hamilton, Ont., on Friday and he hopes it was enough to earn him another shot in the UFC. The 32-year-old, who made his UFC debut against Pat Miletich in 2000 and last fought in the UFC in October of 2006, says he's a different person both inside and outside the cage today, and believes the biggest difference between now and his first stints in UFC is the dedication he shows in between his fights. "Before I used to kind of be a party animal between fights and didn't live a very healthy lifestyle, wasn't very focused. I was kind of like, 'oh I've got a fight, I better get in the gym and get in shape,' not really worrying about getting better in between fights," Alessio told sportsnet.ca. "Now, I've been reborn. I consider myself a real student of the game. I love to train, I love learning new stuff and I didn't do that before and I really felt like I missed a few years there of the learning curve. I just kind of plateaued and didn't get any better, but now I'm getting better every time between fights."
Brandon Vera Admits ‘Jumping the Gun’ with Thiago Silva Rematch
Brandon Vera’s mind was ready to rematch Thiago Silva before his arm was. Vera originally agreed to rematch Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Fairfax, Va., on May 15, but less than 24 hours after verbally accepting the bout, he had to withdraw due to an injury. That injury, Vera said, was to his arm, which was hurt in his UFC 137 fight against Elliot Marshall. Vera admits he “jumped the gun” in accepting the bout due to the excitement from getting another chance to fight Silva.
Anthony Pettis To Undergo Surgery, Return Likely Mid to Late Summer to the UFC
Now that Anthony Pettis knows that his lightweight title shot will have to wait, he’s decided to clean up some nagging injuries instead. Pettis will undergo minor surgery according to his manager Mike Roberts from MMA Inc., who confirmed an earlier report from UFC Tonight on Fuel TV when speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
Mike Chiesa’s win to make the cast of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Live’ fulfilled his father’s dying wish
It was an early Friday evening in Las Vegas and Mike Chiesa had successfully completed the first step toward fulfilling a long-time dream. In 2005, Chiesa and his then-girlfriend were watching the finale of the first season of the UFC reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter,” on television when Chiesa made a pronouncement out of nowhere. He would, he told his girlfriend, fight on that show one day. Now, seven years later on a beautifully mild late winter evening, Chiesa made his words come true, submitting Johnavan Vistante with a rear naked choke in the first round to earn a spot on the cast of 16 for the show’s 15th season. About 1,100 miles away in Spokane, Wash., his father, Mark Chiesa, lay on a bed in a fight for his life. It was a fight he knew he would not win.
UFC's Matt Hughes 'at a crossroads between fighting another fight or retirement'
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Matt Hughes said he was excited and a little relieved when he learned that Chael Sonnen would be sitting next to him at the analyst desk of "UFC Tonight." Obviously, Hughes is not Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva or a whole host of others – Brazilian and otherwise – whom Sonnen has offended in his tour of trash-talking duty. No, Hughes is a guy who's uncomfortable talking about subjects he doesn't really care about. He's a guy on loan from his farm in Hillsboro, Ill., where it's planting time. He's a guy who may or may not be fighting again, and he won't be able to talk about it until he hears from UFC president Dana White.
UFC on FX 4: Nick Catone vs Chris Camozzi bout in the works for N.J. fight card
New Jersey native Nick Catone will welcome Chris Camozzi to the "Garden State" when the two collide in a Middleweight showdown that is planned to take place at UFC on FX 4 from the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on June 22, 2012. MMADieHards.com passed along the pending fight announcement earlier this evening. Catone, who fights out of Englewood, N.J., which is about as far as you can get from the "Las Vegas of the East" within the state, is riding a two-fight win streak inside the Octagon after starting his tenure with the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion with a win and then back-to-back losses. The "Jersey Devil" earned a split decision over Jesse Forbes at UFC Fight Night 20 way back in Jan. 2010 and scored a unanimous nod from the judges in his most recent appearance over Constantinos Philippou in March 2011. Catone has sustained numerous injuries that have forced him out of fights against John Salter, Tomasz Drwal, Aaron Simpson and Dan Miller, among others, throughout his stint with the UFC. He'll want to try his best to stay healthy for this one, considering it's in front of a hometown crowd and he's been on the shelf for more than one year.
Johnson-McCall tourney rematch, Pague-Papazian slated for UFC on FX 3
The fight card is filling quickly for the newly announced UFC on FX 3 event in June. After their initial meeting ended in a baffling majority draw following a commission error, Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) now will meet at the event. So, too, will bantamweights Dustin Pague (10-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jared Papazian (14-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), officials today announced. UFC on FX 3's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims. Officials didn't say if Johnson vs. McCall again will be a three-rounder (with a potential sudden-victory fourth round) or five-round non-title fight.
Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes targeted for UFC on FX 3
A middleweight bout between Buddy Roberts (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Caio Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is in the works for June's UFC on FX 3 event. Sources close to the event today confirmed the planned matchup with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajnkie.com). As MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today, UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8, though a host city and venue have not been finalized.
Bellator 61 ratings: Event draws just 108,000 MTV2 viewers, second-worst all-time
Ratings were down for the second episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" on FX, and they weren't much better for Bellator 61 on MTV2. Bellator's March 16 broadcast averaged just 108,000 viewers, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources. To date, MTV2 has aired 27 Bellator events, and only one – Bellator 53, which drew 103,000 viewers this past October – drew a smaller audience. Bellator 61 took place at Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana. In addition to the MTV2-televised main card, prelims streamed live on Spike.com. The event, which was the second show of Bellator's sixth season, featured the opening round of an eight-man middleweight tournament. The star of the show was Brian Rogers, who scored a flying-knee knockout of Vitor Vianna. He'll be joined in the tourney's semifinals by Maiquel Falcao, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky and Bruno Santos, who also won opening-round fights at Bellator 61...
Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha is first addition to UFC on FX 3 on June 8
A welterweight bout between Mike Pierce (13-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Carlos Eduardo Rocha (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the first planned addition to the currently unannounced UFC on FX 3 card. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources that the show is expected to take place June 8. While the main card would air on FX, officials haven't finalized a venue for the event, sources said.
DUFFEE-GROVE, SHLEMENKO-MINOWA, KELLY-RUEDIGER BOOKED FOR SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE 2
Six big-show veterans have joined the fight card for the sophomore effort from burgeoning Indian organization Super Fight League. Promotion officials Tuesday confirmed a trio of bouts for Super Fight League 2, which takes place April 7 in Chandigarh, India. In addition to a previously rumored heavyweight tilt between Todd Duffee and Neil Grove, the show will feature a middleweight matchup pitting Alexander Shlemenko against Ikuhisa Minowa and a lightweight contest between UFC veterans Paul Kelly and Gabe Ruediger. Like the company’s March 11 debut, Super Fight League 2 will stream live and free of charge on YouTube.
Tito Ortiz Announces Rubber Match With Forrest Griffin For UFC 148
Mar 20, 2012 - Tito Ortiz will conclude his heated trilogy with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. Ortiz announced the bout late Monday night via Twitter. The 37-year-old Ortiz campaigned vigorously for a final meeting with Griffin, and is expected to retire following the rubber match. UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will likely be headlined by another contentious trilogy, as The Ultimate Fighter 15 coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber square off for the UFC bantamweight title. Also featured are middleweight bouts Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le and Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, as well as a bantamweight clash between Renan Barao and Jeff Hougland.
Dan Henderson Won't Fight Chael Sonnen
Dana had said.. "He'll fight whoever has that belt. Dan doesn't seem too picky, I think he would fight Chael Sonnen [if he won the belt from Silva]." Hendo says thats not true... "Chael lives up in Oregon but I know him real well. He was with me and Randy [Couture] when we first started our team," Henderson told ESPN. "I don't have any real desire to fight at middleweight. The only guy I'd cut weight for is Anderson Silva, win or lose that could still happen. "But it's not high up on my list at all. Silva's the only guy I'd cut weight for. I've got the light-heavyweight thing in my mind and that's it. I'd fight Anderson Silva but I'm only interested in the UFC light-heavyweight title right now."
Bisping vs. Boetsch, Barao vs. Hougland added to UFC 148
Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is about to take another huge step up in competition. UFC officials today confirmed that Boetsch will meet Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view. Additionally, a bantamweight matchup between Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Jeff Hougland (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been added to the card.