March 2013 MMA News Archive - Page 8
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Roland Delorme meets Edwin Figueroa at UFC 161 in Winnipeg
For the first time in the UFC, Roland Delorme gets a true home fight. The bantamweight fighting out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has a slot on this summer's card in Canada in his home city. Delorme (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet Edwin Figueroa (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 161. UFC officials announced the fight booking late Wednesday. UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MPS Centre in Winnipeg with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The main event is an interim bantamweight title fight between interim champ Renan Barao and former WEC champion Eddie Wineland. The latest UFC 161 card now includes: Champ Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland - for interim bantamweight title Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley Sean Pierson vs. Anthony Waldburger Patrick Barry vs. Shawn Jordan Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac Stipe Miocic vs. Soa Palelei Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung confirmed for UFC 162
A featherweight tilt with massive title implications is set for UFC 162 on July 6th, as Ricardo Lamas fights Chan Sung Jung, better known as the Korean Zombie.
Rory MacDonald reinjured; trainer says UFC welterweight won't rush back again
MONTREAL – Saturday could have been Rory MacDonald's coming-out party. Instead, he'll be watching UFC 158 from the seats. MacDonald (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was supposed to fight Carlos Condit (28-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a rematch at UFC 158, which takes place at Bell Centre in Montreal, MacDonald's home training ground. But a neck injury took him out of the fight – and now he will be sidelined longer than hoped after aggravating the injury by returning to training too quickly. Canada's Sportsnet first reported the development, and Tristar Gym head Firas Zahabi on Wednesday confirmed MacDonald's reinjury to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Dana White says Nick Diaz tried to get Georges St. Pierre to fight him in a hotel in 2011
Dana White says that Nick Diaz attempted to track Georges St. Pierre down in a hotel, leading to GSP's overwhelming dislike for Diaz.
Post fight Interview - BAMMA 12: Bitter sweet for Judo Jim
This is a post fight interview after Judo Jimmy Wallhead smashed Matt Veach at Bamma 12, he also exclusively reveals an injury he picked up in this fight.
Nick Diaz ditches open workouts, Cesar Gracie wants to reschedule
With just three days before his title fight with Georges St. Pierre, welterweight contender Nick Diaz has decided to skip the open workouts.
UFC 160: Junior dos Santos opens as big betting favorite over Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt asked for it, he (eventually) got it, and now he's a big underdog. As expected, oddsmakers have made former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos a large favorite over Mark Hunt for their UFC 160 heavyweight bout. Here's a look at the line (via BestFightOdds):
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 8 Recap: Coaches Challenge, Last Preliminary Fight, and Wild Card Selections
This week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen featured the coaches’ challenge dubbed, “Dig this.” Head coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen had to complete specific tasks while driving excavators. They would first have to fill a 14-yard dumpster with dirt and then move on to stacking three large tires in a pyramid. After that, they moved on to the final challenge of using the excavator’s arm to scoop up a basketball and place it inside the center of a tire...
Herschel Walker not done with MMA, wants one more fight in UFC
More than two years have passed since 51-year-old Herschel Walker entered an MMA cage, but the former NFL great wants one more shot – in the UFC.
Wanderlei Silva doesn't mind being called out by Tom Watson
Former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva today sounded a bit surprised that British fighter Tom Wason called him out, but not the least bit upset.
Waiting for next bout, John Dodson tackles bullying, eyes 'Ninja Warrior' slot
Six weeks removed from a failed bid for the UFC flyweight title, John Dodson doesn't yet know when he'll see the octagon again, but that isn't keeping him from staying busy.
K-1 Grand Prix this Fri with Hari, Cro Cop, more
This Friday, March 15, K-1 presents the K-1 Grand Prix 2013. Bloody Elbow has all the details including live stream info, full fight card, and more. And join us Friday for live fight coverage.
Craig vs. Leben, Baczynski vs. Melancon added to July's UFC 162 event
"The Crippler" returns at UFC 162, and he'll have a "Highlight" waiting on him in the cage. Additionally, "The Polish Pistola" meets Brian Melancon (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials revealed on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" that Chris Leben (22-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) has been booked for the July event against once-beaten Texan Andrew Craig (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Meanwhile Seth Baczynski (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets two-time Strikeforce vet Brian Melancon. Featuring a headlining bout of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. top contender Chris Weidman, UFC 162 takes place July 6 at at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
UFC 161 adds Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac to Winnipeg card
A light-heavyweight bout between Ryan Jimmo (17-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Igor Pokrajac (25-9 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the latest addition to this summer's UFC 161 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout, citing an original report from The Canadian Press' Neil Davidson. UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg and is the promotion's first visit to the Canadian province of Manitoba. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Jimmo vs. Pokrajac likely will be part of the prelims.
The Hulk is back
The Hulk is back: Soa talks about his journey back to the UFC, he talks about nearly quitting but then never giving up. He will face Stipe Miocic in his return to the UFC.
John Maguire drops to lightweight, faces Mitch Clarke at UFC 161
British fighter John Maguire (18-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will make the move to lightweight and take on Canadian 155-pounder Mitch Clarke (9-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at UFC 161. The Canadian Press first reported the matchup, and UFC officials later confirmed the booking. Featuring an interim bantamweight title fight between current champ Renan Barao and top contender Eddie Wineland, UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The positioning of the Clark vs. Maguire matchup was not revealed but is expected for the evening's preliminary card.
Tara LaRosa: I would like to fight Rosi Sexton
WMMA pioneer Tara LaRosa talks about her fantastic career. She also looks forward and lists some possible matchups we would love to see in the near future.
UFC Quick Quote: 'Stefan Struve really needs to think about retiring'
UFC Heavyweight Stefan Struve hasn't even hit his prime and it may already be time to hang up his gloves for good. Outspoken fight physician Dr. Johnny Benjamin explains why. "Many people think, and Stefan will probably think, 'The doctor said I'm good to go, so I'll get right back in the gym and go at it,' but, even though we're great at healing bones, it's not so easy to heal the brain. How many times has he been knocked out? I know he's a young man, but he's been knocked out more than a few times. At some point, someone really needs to ask the question, should he still be fighting? That many concussions, so quickly, and at this young age ... a person has two types of age, chronological and physiologic age. Stefan's license may say he's 25, but in physiologic years, he's much, much older than that, with all the concussive force that he's sustained. I'm sure nobody will like to hear this, but Stefan Struve really needs to think about retiring. If it's not him that will make that decision, then Dana White needs to start talking to him about retiring. The question out there is how many sustained concussions is too many, and according to the latest literature that's coming out, the answer is starting to look like it's somewhere between two and three. That's where you start having permanent changes. Knowing that data, Stefan is definitely beyond that number, and someone really needs to initiate serious discussion with either him or his promoter that he probably needs to do something else for a living."
Brothers Make Pro MMA Debuts at MFC 37 Fighting Each Other in Brother vs. Brother Bout
The Maximum Fighting Championship announced on Tuesday that two brothers will fight each other in a professional bout at MFC 37 on May 10.
JDS: 'Overeem is a joke'
Junior dos Santos tells Tatame.com that he "will have to be careful" against K1 champion Mark Hunt when they meet at UFC 160 in May in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has less kind things to say about the man who had to drop out of the bout, Alistair Overeem.