Roger Gracie Officially Drops To Middleweight, Joins Black House
In an interview with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, Ed Soares has confirmed that Roger Gracie is signing with Black House management and more importantly, he is dropping to the 185 pound Middleweight Division.
This is not the most shocking news as it has been rumored Gracie had been mulling a weight drop for some time and he has reportedly being working members of Black House, including UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on Tatame.com a few months ago.
Roger's run at Light Heavyweight sparked some hope for the resurgence of the Gracie family legend, but his biggest wins were over an aged Kevin Randleman and Trevor Prangley. In his most recent fight with Muhammed Lawal, Gracie was knocked out within the first round.
For Gracie, this move makes a great deal of sense, for while he is long and tall, he lacks the heft and mass that the majority of elite Light Heavyweights enjoy. It is likely in any major fight Gracie entered at 205 lbs he would have been at a serious strength and size disadvantage. Furthermore, the top of the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight division is populated by strong wrestlers, who would likely be able to stop the Brazilian's attempts to take him down and win the striking battle decisively, as Lawal did.
At Middleweight, Gracie will be on the tallest fighters in the division at 6'4" and be on more equal footing in terms of physical strength. Throw in that the talent pool is a bit shallower at Middleweight and Gracie's grappling abilities could make him a real contender at that weight.
Positive Signs Point to UFC Events in Italy, Spain and France in Near Future
Mar 15, 2012 - The UFC will continue its European expansion next month when the promotion makes its debut in Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on FUEL TV 2.
And according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the organization hopes to debut in a few more European countries by the end of next year.
"I think Italy will be next," Fertitta said. "Me and Lawrence [Epstein, the UFC's general counsel] went out to Italy and met with the owners. There's really only one venue in Italy that makes sense for us. There's an arena right outside of Milan, it's owned by a family, and once again, they had these misconceptions about what this was. 'Oh my gosh, you're going to have these guys get in there and fight in a cage,' and all this other stuff. But we went out there, sat down with them, explained who we were, what our background was, safety, regulation, all those things. [We] invited them to the fight in Birmingham [for UFC 138], and they were blown away. They said, 'You guys are welcome any time you want.'
UFC's 'Rampage' Jackson: 'Shogun' rematch delayed to due to double-knee surgery
The recently announced rematch between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) apparently will have to wait.
Earlier this week, UFC officials announced that the fighters, who first met in PRIDE in 2005, would rematch sometime this summer.
But "Rampage" today said the fight is on hold because he has to undergo surgery on both knees.
"2 keep it real,the Shogun fight will have 2 wait,I just found out that I have 2 get surgery on both knees," Jackson tweeted. "But I heal fast don't trip."
UFC officials have no made formal announcement, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately reach them for comment. Additionally, Jackson gave no timeframe for his recovery.
Bellator 61 headliner Eric Prindle scratches with flu-like symptoms, pushed to Bellator 62
Friday's Bellator 61 event has lost a headliner.
Heavyweight Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) is suffering "flu-like symptoms" from a heavy weight cut is unable to compete in tomorrow's main event with with Thiago Santos (10-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC), sources close to the event today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
MMAjunkie.com reached Alvin Topham, the chairman of Louisiana Boxing & Wrestling Commission, who said he was en route to today's weigh-ins and will make an official decision with Bellator officials once there.
However, Bellator CEO today told our sister site, USAToday.com, the fight is canceled and will be pushed back a week to Bellator 62. A middleweight-tournament bout between Maiquel "Big Rig" Falcao and Norman Paraisy has taken the headlining spot for Bellator 61.
Former UFC Fighters line the inaugural WMMA Fight Card
As Mixed Martial Arts continues to grow and expand its reach, new promotions bring thirsty fans more and more MMA action. Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts is one of those new promotions and they will be holding their inaugural event on Saturday, March 31st at the Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas. The event will feature several former UFC fighters and proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warriors foundation.
WMMA: McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting For A Better World Complete Fight Card
Super Heavyweight: Sean McCorkle vs. Brian Heden
170 lbs.: Thomas Denny vs. Karo Parisyan
170 lbs.: Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble
155 lbs.: Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabjian
170 lbs.: Jamaine Facey vs. Willie Parks
205 lbs.: Rodney Wallace vs. Derrick Mehmen
265 lbs.: Darrill Schoonover vs. Paul Buentello
145 lbs.: Frank Gomez vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
265 lbs.: Deutsch Pu’u vs. Esteves Jones
185 lbs.: Lionel Lanham vs. Brad Peterson
Jorge Masvidal on Gilbert Melendez rematch: 'I been robbed more than your local 7-11'
Jorge Masvidal is coming off a loss to Gilbert Melendez in a fight where the scorecards did not tell the entire story. The Cuban-American did plenty of damage to the reigning Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and the fight was competitive for all five rounds. but he couldn't quite do enough to win more than one of them.
The outcome could have been different had Masvidal not fought with a broken hand, an injury he exacerbated in the opening round, forcing him to stick to a jab-dependent offense for much of the remainder of the fight. There is no shame in losing to a top five lightweight like Melendez and the fact that Masvidal was even headlining a Strikeforce card shows how far his career has come.
He started out a long way from arenas complete with television crews and large crowds. His first taste of fighting was in backyards in Miami where famously he took on one of Kimbo Slice's protegees in a video which is still available on YouTube.
Masvidal says he much prefers fighting on sanctioned shows and is not sure how much his street fighting experience has helped him as a fighter.
'I don't know if it helped develop me as a fighter but it definitely makes you wanna win. It's nice to fight people your own weight and get paid good though. You mighta seen my street fights on youtube, it just went from there. I just like to fight, if i can get paid for it and make a living then that's good."
Jadamba to defend lightweight title in Hong Kong at Legend FC 8
Hong Kong, March 15, 2012 (Thursday) — Legend Fighting Championship returns to Hong Kong for City of Dreams exclusively presents LEGEND 8, with Mongolian Jadamba making his first Legend lightweight title defense against challenger Nam Yui Chul of South Korea at the AsiaWorld-Expo on March 30.
Jadamba (1-0 Legend, 7-2 overall), who is ranked as one of the top 20 lightweight fighters in the world, won the Legend lightweight title with a split decision victory over Australia’s Adrian Pang at LEGEND 6 in October 2011 at the City of Dreams, Macau. In his first title defense, he will match his precision striking against Legend veteran and fan favorite Nam (1-1-1 Legend, 13-3-1 overall), the former Spirit MC welterweight champion who now fights as a lightweight.
AFC 2 Murilo Bustamante and Dave Menne clash in UFC 35 rematch
Two former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatants will face off once again in a rematch 10 years in the making as ex-middleweight champions Murilo Bustamante (14-8-1) and Dave Menne (45-16-2) collide after first going to war way back at UFC 35: "Throwdown" in January of 2002.
Bustamante stopped Menne by way of technical knockout in their first encounter.
The rematch is set for Amazon Forest Combat (AFC) 2, which goes down on March 31, 2012, LIVE from the Amadeu Teixeira Gymnasium in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
John Alessio Admits To Past PED Usage, Against Them Now
In a surprising and refreshing move, an MMA fighter has been open and honest about his past performance-enhancing drug usage. John Alessio, a Canadian fighter that has competed all over the map and once challenged Pat Miletich for the UFC welterweight title, was a guest on Sherdog's Beatdown Radio and opened up about his usage in the past:
Dan Hardy Talks UFC 146, Proving He Belongs And Training With Lorenzo Fertitta At 'Secret Gym'
There comes a time in every fighter's life when they need to question their motivation for their chosen career path. For Dan Hardy, it wasn't quite as clear as he wanted it to be over the last 2 years. With 4 tough losses, camp changes, and management shake-ups, the drive and desire to compete was still missing a vital element, anger. Dan has stated in recent interviews that he's regained that element, and is reacquainting himself with that spark growing in him, as the clocks and calendars edge closer to his UFC 146 bout with Duane Ludwig. I recently spoke with Dan about the changes he's put in place to get his name back in the win column.
Jake Ellenberger Wants Condit But Open to Fight with Martin Kampmann
If Carlos Condit’s ultimate decision is to sit and wait for the return of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre later this year, then that leaves a couple of top contenders awaiting match-ups of their own.
At the top of that list sits Jake Ellenberger, who is currently riding a six fight win streak, most recently defeating Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February.
Ellenberger’s wish list starts with a rematch against Condit, who defeated him in his UFC debut, when he stepped in on a month’s notice to face the former WEC champion.
Speaking to Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight, Ellenberger thinks now is the best time for him to face Condit, and he believes he’s earned it.
Anthony Pettis Not Dropping to Featherweight, Eyes Lightweight Title in 2012
Anthony Pettis may not be getting the next crack at the UFC lightweight title, but he’s not going anywhere but on a hunt for the next best challenge at 155lbs.
During UFC Tonight on Fuel TV on Tuesday, it was reported that Pettis was possibly considering a drop to 145lbs and challenging featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
While it was anything but a done deal, the possibility seemed to exist.
Lorenzo Fertitta: 'Let Joe Silva and Sean Shelby develop a women's league, I guarantee you they can do it'
Is someone pulling rank?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, who was both "captivated" and "blown away" by the headlining fight of Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate back on March 3 under the Strikeforce banner, is a staunch supporter of women's mixed martial arts (MMA).
UFC President Dana White? Not so much.
Women's MMA, while prevalent overseas in Japan and Australia, is limited to mostly regional promotions in the United States, with the occasional superfight televised under the Strikeforce banner when one or more of its top stars are available.
But will we ever see women inside the Octagon?
Fertitta believes the perceived lack of depth in the existing talent pool is not only starting to change, but could be compensated by the matchmaking skills of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby.
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda added to May's UFC 146 event
A featherweight matchup between Mike Brown (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Daniel Pineda (17-7 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been added to May's UFC 146 event.
UFC officials announced the matchup earlier today.
Featuring a heavyweight title fight between current champion Junior Dos Santos and former Strikeforce title holder Alistair Overeem, "UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem" takes place May 26 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Brown vs. Pineda takes place on the preliminary card.
"Pineda is developing as a serious contender as he will be looking for his third stoppage in the octagon in only 5 months and riding an almost-two-year unbeaten streak," UFC president Dana White stated. "This will be the toughest test of his career, dealing with Brown's experience, power and submission prowess."
Brown looks to build on the strength of his first-ever UFC win, a UFC 133 victory over Nam Phan. The much-needed result snapped a two-fight losing streak for the former WEC featherweight champion, who had suffered back-to-back losses to Rani Yahya and Diego Nunes following the UFC's absorption of the WEC's roster. Brown also lost a lightweight bout at UFC 47 in April 2004.
Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson Rematch Tentatively Set For TUF Live Finale
Dana White said they'd rematch in April, but scheduling can be a pain and it looks like they'll have to wait until June. Flyweights Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall, who went to a controversial draw at UFC on FX 2, will meet again on June 1st at the Ultimate Fighter Live Finale to see who advances to the flyweight tournament finals and faces Joseph Benavidez.. MMAInterviews.tv has the news:
According to sources close to the fighters, the UFC is hoping to feature the Flyweight Tournament rematch between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson at the Finale of "The Ultimate Fighter 15? taking place June 1st in Las Vegas.
Anderson Silva bashes Chael Sonnen, says he doesn't deserve 2nd title shot
"(What does Chael Sonnen represent for my career?) Nothing! He’s possessed by a demon. That’s the truth. He’s an athlete that failed the drug test, I fought him while injured, and he had problems with the American Justice system. He respects nothing and he didn’t respect our country. What does he represent? Nothing.
"I respect the opinions and the positions of the promoters of the fight and the owners of the event, but in my opinion he shouldn’t get the chance to fight me again. But that’s not something that I can decide. I will get ready for the fight just as I would with any other."
"He disrespected our idols that made history in the world of sports, such as Lance Armstrong. This guy is complicated, he’s got personal issues. The attention that the Brazilian media gives him, the attention that Palmeiras gave him, it’s very bad. If any Brazilian would be in the position that he finds himself in, if they would talk about the US and he does about Brazil, and the American idols, we wouldn’t even have the same opportunities of going in their country or talking to the American media. I think that Brazilians should be more patriotic, like the Americans.
The Best Fighter Outside the UFC: Pat Curran?
No disrespect to Gilbert Melendez, Nate Marquardt, Gegard Mousasi, or the plethora of world class mixed martial arts talent fighting overseas.
Pat Curran is the best fighter not currently in the UFC.
The 24-year-old became the Bellator featherweight champion Friday after a destruction of Joe Warren.
Curran (17-4) knocked Warren out with a barrage of punches that followed a flush knee to the jaw in the third round of the main event at Bellator 60.
Warren is considered one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but Curran defended his takedown attempts with ease. The few times he was taken down he showed great hip escapes and scrambled back to his feet quickly, reminiscent of UFC champions Junior dos Santos and Benson Henderson.
Much like former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Warren is also known for being able to take a world of punishment and keep moving forward, but Curran certainly stopped him in his tracks.