November 2011 MMA News Archive - Page 7
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Palhares vs. Massenzio at UFC 142 in Rio
The UFC announced Tuesday that UFC 142 will feature Brazilian Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio atmiddleweight. Known for his devastating leglocks, Palhares has won five of his last six. Following a technical knockout defeat at the hands of Nate Marquardt in September 2010, Palhares has won back-to-back bouts, submitting Dave Branch with a heel hook in March before outpointing Dan Miller at UFC 134.
Bas Rutten slaps a verbal "hold 'til cold" on Alistair Overeem
Paul Lazenby recently caught up with Bas Rutten and asked him about Alistair Overeem, who recently split with Team Golden Glory. There is no one in MMA with more colorful stories than Bas. For example, when he was a bouncer in Holland someone did something really bad at the door, so he choked them out, and then heel hooked each leg. In this interview, Bas does the verbal equivalent to Overeem. Oh no, you didn't go there! (laughs) I thought that if nobody asks, I won't say anything, but now that you ask me I have to! It's been bothering me a lot! OK, here I go. It's a money thing. He simply doesn't want to pay the people who made him. When he lost three fights in a row...well, like pretty much five, I mean, he lost, won, lost three times in a row, won, and lost again...and nobody wanted to have him. But his management kept pushing and using the power that they have because they have other great fighters. Like, for example: "If you want Semmy Schilt to fight, then you have to take Alistair as well." It's funny how fighters think. When it goes bad with them, their team is everything to them, and they love their team. In interviews after they win a fight, they say: "I owe everything to my team". Then when the management starts to put great fights together for them, directing their careers and the fighter gets better and better, some of them simply can't handle it, and it gets to their head. I had a bad feeling already when he called himself, after he won the K-1 Grand Prix, a "legend". He actually said in an interview right after he won: "I am a legend now". I don't think a fighter can ever make that comment about himself. And talking about the Grand Prix, let's face it, he had a great deal of luck as well there. He fought Peter Aerts who had a WAR with Semmy Schilt [previously that night] and was completely banged up, and then he fought [Gokhan] Saki, who had a broken arm AND hand, in the finals! At that moment when you win, you should say: "I'm very happy with the result, the stars were in line for me tonight, I also got a little bit of luck". Because everybody is going to say that about you anyway, you might as well simply say it yourself to keep the people respecting you, but NOT: "I'm a legend".
Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon Set for UFC 144 In Japan
A lightweight meeting pitting Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon has been agreed to for UFC 144 in Japan, MMA Fighting has learned. The UFC confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting's Ben Fowlkes on Tuesday. The matchup had previously been rumored, with a possible date in Las Vegas. Instead, it will go international.
Bendo's Oral Fixation
Kenny Florian during the Fuel Postfight: I actually brought Benson Henderson out to help me prepare for Clay Guida when I was about to fight him... you saw Benson, he had a toothpick in his mouth... he actually trains with a toothpick in his mouth. We were rolling and we probably trained, sparred for about 45 minutes to an hour, and he took a toothpick out of his mouth, I'm like 'what are you doing?' He had the toothpick in the whole time we were sparring. He may have even fought with it, who knows.
Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier added to February's UFC 143 event
Two exciting featherweight prospects are set to clash at UFC 143. Officials today announced that Erik Koch and Dustin Poirer have been inked to meet at the Super Bowl weekend event, which takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view. Poirer requested the fight after very recent win. Both fighters are undefeated inside the octagon.
Okami vs. Boestch scheduled for UFC 144 in Japan
Japanese middleweight contender Yushin Okami (26-6 MMA, 10-3 UFC) will finally get a home game. UFC executives today announced that the recent title challenger faces Tim Boetsch (14-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC 144. Featuring a lightweight title contest between current champ Frankie Edgar and top contender Ben Henderson, UFC 144 takes place Feb. 26 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
UFC files suit in New York, seeks to overturn regulation ban
Take notice New York; the Ultimate Fighting Championship isn't going away without a fight. UFC officials today announced they have filed a lawsuit against New York State officials "challenging the constitutionality of the state law banning live professional MMA events and associated activities." Along with a group of plaintiffs that includes fighters, fans and trainers, UFC executives hope to overturn the state's current ban on MMA, citing several constitutional violations.
Dan Henderson: Shogun First Then Jon Jones
If there’s one thing you can say about Dan Henderson, it’s that he doesn’t back down from a challenge. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has faced some of the best fighters in the world at 185 and 205 pounds, and even made a trip to heavyweight for his most recent fight where he knocked out former pound-for-pound king Fedor Emelianenko. So it should be no surprise that when he signed his new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Henderson asked to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Henderson saw no need in wasting time, so he wanted to get a title shot on day one, but when he was offered Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139 instead, he happily accepted. “I actually would have rather been in a fight for the title, but this fight excites me too. Shogun’s a tough guy, and it’s gonna be a big challenge,” Henderson told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
HDNet and BAMMA ink multi-year television deal
DALLAS (November 14, 2011) As announced earlier tonight on HDNet’s live broadcast of "Inside MMA", the network has signed a new agreement with Europe’s largest and most prominent Mixed Martial Arts Promotion, BAMMA. This multi-year deal, negotiated by BAMMA distributor Content Television, will kick off on Saturday, December 10 with LIVE coverage of "BAMMA 8" from The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. "BAMMA puts on the best MMA shows in Europe and HDNet broadcasts the best fights from around the globe," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "It was the perfect fit. I had to get this deal done!"
Lawlor-Weidman demoted, McDonald-Soto promoted to UFC 139's Spike TV special
A bantamweight bout between Michael McDonald (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Alex Soto (6-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been promoted to the Spike TV "UFC Prelims" special for this weekend's UFC 139 event. It's taken the spot of a middleweight bout between Tom Lawlor (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Chris Weidman (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), which now will stream on Facebook. Spike TV officials today confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though a reason for the switch wasn't given. UFC 139 takes place this Saturday, Nov. 19, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Recent Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson returns to the octagon to meet ex-UFC champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the night's headliner. In addition McDonald vs. Soto, Spike TV airs light heavyweights Ryan Bader (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Jason Brilz (18-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) as part of its one-hour broadcast. The 20-year-old McDonald, a former Tachi Palace Fights champion, is 3-0 under the Zuffa banner with a WEC victory over Clint Godfrey and UFC wins over Edwin Figueroa (which earned a "Fight of the Night" award) and Chris Cariaso. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt has now won six straight fights. He meets Soto, a former U.S. Army war veteran and U.S. Navy dolphin trainer who now makes his UFC debut fresh off a six-fight win streak that recently was halted with a draw against Seiji Akao (15-4-1) at June's DEEP 54 event in Japan.
Mackens Semerzier appeals headbutt loss to Robert Peralta at UFC on FOX
The manager for Mackens Semerzier is contesting the UFC bantamweight's TKO loss to Robert Peralta at this past Saturday's UFC on FOX event. Brian Butler of SuckerPunch Entertainment today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has filed an appeal with the California State Athletic Commission. Veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy officiated the bout and said he didn't see an accidental headbutt during the fight that ultimately contributed to its end. Semerzier (6-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Peralta (16-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) took place on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX, which streamed live on Facebook and FOXSports.com. The accidental clash of heads came well into in the third round as the two exchanged punches. In real time, it appeared as though Semerzier was dropped by a punch as he threw a combination at Peralta. However, video replays inside the arena showed he was sent to the canvas when Peralta's head caught him in the temple. "I did not see their heads clash, causing the knockout," McCarthy said. "Because if you look where I was at, Robbie's head was toward me, so Semerzier's head was on the other side, and they both threw a left hand and then a right hand that came across, and I thought those punches were what caused Mack to be hurt. (I) didn't even know that it was a headbutt."
As expected, Remaining UFC 139 prelims to stream on Facebook
As expected the remaining preliminary-card fights from Saturday's UFC 139 event will stream live and for free on Facebook, UFC officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The five-bout stream precedes a pay-per-view main card and Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special. UFC 139 takes place this Saturday, Nov. 19, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Recent Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson returns to the octagon to meet ex-UFC champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the night's headliner. Bouts slated for the Facebook prelims include ex-WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres (38-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Nick Pace (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), lightweights Rafael dos Anjos (15-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Gleison Tibau (23-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC), bantamweights Alex Soto (6-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Michael McDonald (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), welterweights Matt Brown (12-10 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Seth Baczynski (14-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and lightweights Shamar Bailey (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Danny Castillo (11-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
UFC 142 adds Stanislav Nedkov vs. Fabio Maldonado to Brazil card
A light-heavyweight bout between Bulgarian fighter Stanislav Nedkov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Brazil's Fabio Maldonado (18-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to January's UFC 142 event. The UFC's Brazil division today announced the fight via Twitter. Although reports also have suggested Maldonado may instead fight Luiz Cane, UFC officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Nedkov vs. Maldonado is the fight. UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. The main card is expected to air on pay-per-view, though it's not clear if Nedkov vs. Maldonado will be part of the broadcast.
Siyar Bahadurzada meets Erick Silva at UFC 142 in Brazil
In September, Siyar Bahadurzada informed the world he was UFC bound. Today, he released the details of his first fight. "I'll be fighting Erick Silva at UFC 142!" Bahadurzada today stated on his official Twitter account. "Anxious to fight in Rio again!" Bahadurzada most recently fought in Rio de Janeiro in August 2010, when he defeated Carlos Alexandre Pereira at a Shooto event. UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. UFC executives have yet officially announce the Bahadurzada (20-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Silva (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) contest.
Yoshihiro Akiyama meets Jake Shields at UFC 144 in Japan
Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama will have plenty of support from his home country fans on February 26th, when he makes his welterweight debut in UFC 144 action against 170-pound contender Jake Shields at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. "Verbal agreements are in for a welterweight matchup in Tokyo, Japan between former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields and Asian superstar 'Sexyama' Yoshihiro Akiyama February 26th," said UFC President Dana White.
Bob Arum: The UFC got buried Saturday night
UFC president Dana White loves boxing, but the promoters, not so much, 80-year-old Bob Arum especially. in the space of two minutes, White has called Arum an "idiot, moron, full of s---, big, fat, mouth shooting off, rich, lying, makes me sick, phony, two-faced pig, scumbag who destroyed the entire sport of boxing." Arum has made similar comments, but reversed. Arum admires the promoters of the UFC, saying "I love the way they have shown us, because of how well they’ have been doing, in certain aspects, to make us adapt, they do an unbelievable job on advertising on the Internet. They do an unbelievable job in the arena with music and so forth, and steaming up the crowd, we’re trying to duplicate it. They are great promoters ... and they are really good guys so I give them all the kudos, and all the credit for what they’ve done. Theres’ no knock on them, these are good class guys who really built a terrific business." Arum however, hates the sport, and the fans. "For me MMA is garbage and junk, that’s how I feel and I would think that the majority of people of my generation would feel the same ... It’s fans are skinheads ... It’s horrible, guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground. It is not a sport, the guys who throw punches can’t throw a punch to save their ass, when the punches land the guys have no chins." Saturday night the UFC debuted on national television, immediately before the Arum promoted Pacquiao fight, and it offered Bob Arum another opportunity to go off on MMA, and the UFC. "They thought they would hurt us,” Arum said of the UFC. “Instead they got hurt because they got buried. But I think the fact they’re just on for an hour helps us.”
Magomed Malikov KO’s Aleksander Emelianenko in just 23 seconds at M-1 Challenge 28 *VIDEO*
The Emelianenko brothers have had a rough go as of late. Aleksander Emelianenko (17-5), brother of the legendary Fedor, returned to action Saturday for the first time in almost a year as he took on the much less experienced Magomed Malikov (4-1) in the M-1 Challenge 28 main event at the Star Centre in Astrakhan, Russia. Although Malikov only began fighting professionally in January of this year, he took the fight on just a couple days notice against a fighter not long ago considered one of the top 10 heavyweights in the world. As you will see in the following video, Emelianenko throws a left jab and is countered with a big overhand right that immediately drops him to the canvas and into the ropes. Malikov follows up with two more big rights and the referee is forced to step in to save Emelianenko who went limp. Official fight time — 23 seconds.
5.7 Million Viewers Makes Cain vs JDS Most Watched UFC Event Ever
So if you have a twitter you'll already know that MMA media types are proclaiming the UFC's first foray onto Fox as a massive failure now that the initial ratings are released. Prior to the night, expectations ranged from the realistic (6.5 million) to the hilarious (10+ million). There was also some discussion regarding what would be an acceptable number for Fox and the UFC with hopes they would surpass Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson. According to the people at TV by the Numbers, the hour long show did a 2.4 rating with a 7 share at the 18-49 range. Total viewers for the initial estimates are 4.65 million. Now, these are incredibly early and shouldn't be considered the final rating. TV by the Numbers included a disclaimer saying "Due to the nature of live coast-to-coast programming the ratings for ABC (College Football), CBS (Republican Debate) and Fox (UFC) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings." This essentially means that there are a number of households that haven't yet been tallied.
After scouting champ Edgar, Henderson wants to pack on weight for UFC title shot (Edgar vs. Bendo Poll Inside)
If it's 24 hours before one of his fights, former WEC champ Ben Henderson (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is an octagon girl's worst nightmare. You see, when "Smooth" is ready to weigh-in for his fights, you can be sure Burt Watson and Dana White will soon be holding a towel (sending the girls scurrying away), as Henderson always makes use of the full 156 pounds allowed in his lightweight contests. But now, with a UFC title shot against a smaller Frankie Edgar looming on the horizon, Henderson said he wants to push the envelope even further. "I'm sure [Edgar] is used to it, but it's definitely something I do want to take advantage of: my size," Henderson said following Saturday night's post-UFC on FOX press conference. "I want to get as big as possible, bulk up a little bit and do a good job of cutting weight, re-hydrating – do a very scientific job of that to be as big as possible, size-wise, shape-wise, to my advantage." Henderson, of course, looked absolutely unstoppable in earning a unanimous-decision win over Clay Guida in the featured preliminary bout of Saturday night's UFC on FOX event in Anaheim, Calif. Following the win, UFC president White confirmed Henderson would get the next crack at Edgar. The two are now expected to meet in the UFC's February return to Japan.
UFC Quick Quote: Dana White wants you to shut up and stop bitching about not seeing more fights on FOX
"This fight was not part of the (FOX) deal. The deal is for seven years (and) so many fights on FOX. This time, that time, this was never part of the deal. After we signed the deal, FOX said, 'Why don't we do this, why don't we do a fight right away, lets put a great fight on TV, kick it off and let everybody know about the partnership?' That's what this thing was. For anybody to bitch about this fight and they didn't get to see that fight, shut up! You should have bought tickets then if you wanted to see all the fights and you don't like to watch it on Facebook. Seriously, shut up. I don't even want to hear it."