May 2012 MMA News Archive - Page 3
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Roger Huerta Meets Phil Baroni at One FC: Destiny of Warriors
A pair of former UFC fighters will look to get back on track as Roger Huerta meets Phil Baroni at One FC: Destiny of Warriors on June 23.
Roger Heurta Signs With ONE FC, To Debut At ‘Destiny of Warriors’ Event This June
Matador’ Huerta (21-6-1, 1NC) has found his way across the Pacific Ocean, signing with the One Fighting Championship promotion. The once highly touted 155-lbs fighter is set to make his promotional debut on June 23, 2012 at the upcoming ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors event set for the Stadium NEgara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. News of his signing was announced by MMAFighting.com who confirmed the news with Huerta’s manager Ali Abdei Aziz of Dominance MMA. No opponent was named for Huerta, but another Dominance MMA fighter was named as having signed with ONE FC in Gregor Gracie.
Anthony Johnson misses weight AGAIN by 10 pounds for tomorrow's fight
Anthony Johnson, fired by UFC after missing weight in his fight with Vitor Belfort, just missed weight today by ten pounds for his fight with David Branch for the Titan Fighting Championships tomorrow night in Kansas City. The Johnson vs. Branch fight headlines a show that airs on HDNet. Johnson reached a deal with Branch to give him $4,000 of his purse for Branch to agreed to the fight. On 1/13, Johnson's body shut down cutting weight for a match the next day with Vitor Belfort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He ended up weighing 197 pounds for a fight in the 185 pound weight class, and lost in the first round.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 adds Page-Caceres
A bantamweight bout between Damacio Page (15-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres (6-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been added to July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 card. Additionally, two previously reported bouts are now official: lightweights Rafael dos Anjos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Anthony Njokuani (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and light heavyweights Nick Penner (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Tom DeBlass (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC officials confirmed the bouts overnight.
TUF Live Finale adds Jeremy Larsen vs. Joe Proctor to prelims
After a flurry of additions earlier today, The Ultimate Fighter Finale's fight card has another. Officials today added a bout between eliminated "TUF: Live" cast members Jeremy Larsen (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Joe Proctor (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the event's lineup. The TUF Live Finale takes place next Friday, June 1, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main card, including a Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann headliner, airs on FX. FUEL TV carries the prelims, including Larsen vs. Proctor.
Indianapolis hosts UFC on FX 5 on Sept. 7
The UFC is returning to the Midwest for a September show in Indianapolis. UFC on FX 5 will take place Sept. 7 at the 19,000-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly Conseco Fieldhouse) in the Indiana capital. UFC officials today announced the event, pointing to a report on indystar.com. No fights have been signed for the card, and tickets don't go on sale until July 20.
TUF Live Finale adds Lawrence-Cofer, Jury-Saunders, Marcello-Sicilia, Cruickshank-Tickle
Five new fights are now official for next week's The Ultimate Fight Live Finale, and eight of the competitors are eliminated cast members from the show. They include lightweights Justin Lawrence (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. John Cofer (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Myles Jury (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Saunders (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Cristiano Marcello (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Sam Sicilia (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and Daron Cruickshank (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Tickle (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC). In non-"TUF" action, Erik Perez (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Byron Bloodworth (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and now meets fellow bantamweight John Albert (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). The TUF Live Finale takes place next Friday, June 1, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main card, including a Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann headliner, airs on FX. FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims, including all the above fights.
Cesar Gracie Has Harsh Words For The “Joke/Kangaroo Court” That Is The NSAC
A day after UFC Welterweight Nick Diaz was suspended for 1 year for testing positive for marijuana after UFC 143, his coach took to the airwaves to defend him. Cesar Gracie was a guest on “Just Scrap Radio” on BJPenn.com today and gave his thoughts about the Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing and did not hold back. “It was a joke really,” Gracie said. “I thought it was like a kangaroo court.” Gracie expressed that he felt that Diaz’s fate was decided before the hearing even began and that the point of the hearing was to make an example out of Diaz.
Joey Gambino replaces Jimy Hettes, meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 4
UFC newcomer Joey Gambino (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Jimmy Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now meets fellow featherweight Steven Siler (20-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 4. Siler posted news of the change on his Facebook page, though the reason for Hettes' removal wasn't mentioned. UFC executives have not formally announced the change to the card, which takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The main card airs on FX, and Silver vs. Gambino is slated for the FUEL TV-televised prelims.
Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 weigh-in results: Champ Grimaud, Taylor on weight
All fighters are officially on weight for tomorrow's Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 event. Tomorrow's event takes place at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain, and the main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) following prelims on Facebook (12:45 p.m. ET). Cage Warriors welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (169.6) and Jesse Taylor (169.6) headline the event in a five-round title fight. The full weigh-in results included: MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com) Champ Gael Grimaud (169.6) vs. Jesse Taylor (169.6) Jim Alers (145.8) vs. Matteus Lahdesmak (146) Ivan Buchinger (155) vs. Diego Gonzalez (155.8) Eddy Bengtsson (263.2) vs. Jay Mortimore (252.2) Tomas Penz (185.5) vs. John Phillips (185.8) PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook) Alan Carlos (186) vs. Mike Ling (185.8) Dino Gambatesa (135.8) vs. Olivier Pastor (136) Allan Love (184.8) vs. Ignas Petkus (184.5)
UFC on FOX 4 adds Swick-Johnson, Grispi-Garza, Phan-Miller, Gamburyan-Omigawa
Four new fights are set for UFC on FOX 4, officials today announced. And one includes the long-awaited return of fan favorite Mick Swick (14-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who meets fellow welterweight DaMarques Johnson (16-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC). The others feature a trio of featherweight matchups: Josh Grispi (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Pablo Garza (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Nam Phan (17-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Cole Miller (18-6 MMA, 7-4), and Manny Gamburyan (11-7 MMA, 2-5 UFC) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (13-11-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC). UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, and the main card airs on FOX.
Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper added to UFC 150 in Denver
A middleweight bout between Jared Hamman (13-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Michael Kuiper (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been added to August's UFC 150 event. Hamman's reps at Alchemist Management recently announced the fight, though UFC executives haven't made a formal announcement. UFC 150 takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center, and the main card airs on pay-per-view. Hamman vs. Kuiper likely will be part of the prelims, which FX and Facebook are expected to carry.
Claude Patrick will take on James Head UFC 149 in Calgary
Another Canadian has been added to UFC 149 in Calgary as Toronto's Claude Patrick will take on James Head in a welterweight bout. The UFC told Sportsnet Tuesday that verbal agreements were in place for the fight, which will appear on the undercard of the July 21 event at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the UFC's first show in Alberta. Patrick (14-2) is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 in Toronto in December. The defeat snapped a 13-fight win streak, including his first three appearance in the Octagon
Paul Taylor Out of UFC on Fuel 4; Rafael Dos Anjos expected as replacement
UFC on Fuel 4 has undergone a change as British banger Paul Taylor has been forced out of his scheduled fight with Anthony Njokuani on the card.
Showtime Pettis “I want to fight Nate Diaz!”
I was fortunate enough to catch up with UFC lightweight top contender Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis this weekend. Pettis, who is coming off a big victory over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144, is looking to prove that he is the real #1 contender in the lightweight division. Here is our conversation:
Josh Barnett Will Fight One More Time in Strikeforce
Well prior to the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final, it was announced that the eventual victor would have to fight one more time under the promotion's banner before moving over to the UFC. As it turns out, the loser will have to do the same. According to a report in USA Today citing Strikeforce and UFC parent company Zuffa as the source, Josh Barnett's next fight will also be in Strikeforce. Barnett (31-6) fell to Cormier in a one-sided unanimous decision at last Saturday's Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier event. Given his past history with UFC president Dana White, there had been speculation about what his future might hold given a loss, but now we know that he will be kept in the fold, though for Strikeforce, for at least one fight.
Daniel Cormier wants Shane Carwin or someone with 'name value' after beating Josh Barnett
After his dominating victory over Josh Barnett this past Sat., night (May 19, 2012), Daniel Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title and in the process, staked his claim as a very dangerous fighter that all heavyweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ranks will have to contend with very soon. In the interim, Cormier, who is undefeated at 10-0, still has business outside the Octagon to tend to. That's because even though he won the grand prix title and there are basically no more heavies in Strikeforce to contend with, the former Olympic wrestle tells The MMA Hour that he still has to compete once more with the San Jose-based promotion before he can make his eventual jump to the UFC. But who can possibly fit the bill to face off against the current tournament champion?
Bob Sapp Denies Throwing Fights, Calls Himself 'a Pioneer' of MMA
Bob Sapp knows what you think of him. He reads the headlines about his "tour of surrender." He hears the talk about how disgraceful he is to the sport. Really, all that's fine, because as long as you're talking about him, he can continue to do what he needs to do -- which happens to be losing 12 of his 13 MMA and kickboxing fights since 2011, almost all of which ended in the first round through varying levels of absurdity. But despite the circus that now surrounds Sapp, just don't ever say he throws his fights. "Am I throwing these fights? No. Will I go into that ring and receive large amounts of damage for small paychecks? No," Sapp asserted vehemently on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final' medical suspensions: Headliners lead way
As expected, Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett have emerged from a five-roung slugfest with significant medical suspensions following "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final." Both are suspended for six months – unless cleared by a doctor – for hand injuries, and both earned additional two-month terms for lacerations. "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" took place this past Saturday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and aired live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme. Full List Daniel Cormier: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right middle finger fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for left eyelid laceration. Josh Barnett: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left hand fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for multiple facial lacerations. Josh Thomson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left knee fracture and possible right hand fracture. Gesias Cavalcante: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left shoulder ligament injury. Gian Villante: Suspended 180 days or until clear by physician for possible left middle finger fracture. Also suspended 30 days for hard bout. Yuri Villefort: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right knee ligament injury. Bobby Green: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture on left ring finger. Isaac Vallie-Flagg: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for one-inch laceration for right south-orbital area. James Terry: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for possible nasal fracture and laceration.
Strikeforce salaries: Josh Barnett leads payouts with $200,000 from Showtime event
Strikeforce fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Barnett vs. Cormier" event this past Saturday night (May 19, 2012), which aired on the Showtime network from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., were released earlier today by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Daniel Cormier -- $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win) Josh Barnett -- $200,000 Cormier defeated Barnett via unanimous decision Gilbert Melendez -- $175,000 Josh Thomson -- $90,000 Melendez defeated Thomson via split decision Rafael Cavalcante -- $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win) Mike Kyle -- $25,000 Cavalcante defeated Kyle via submission (guillotine) in round one Lenny Christopher Spang -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) Nah-Shon Burrell -- $7,000 Spang defeated Burrell via knockout in round one Isaac Vallie-Flagg -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win) Gesias Cavalcante -- $18,000 Vallie-Flagg defeated Cavalcante via split decision Carlos Inocente -- $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win) Virgil Zwicker -- $3,000 Inocente defeated Zwicker via unanimous decision Gian Villante -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win) Derrick Mehman -- $3,000 Villante defeated Mehmen via unanimous decision Quinn Mulhern -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) Yuri Villefort -- $2,500 Mulhern defeated Villefort via split decision Bobby Green -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) James Terry -- $9,000 Green defeated Terry via split decision