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Disgusted Gegard Mousasi brands 'jackass' Wanderlei Silva 'idiot of the year' for April Fool's Day prank
Wanderlei Silva thought he pulled the "best April Fool's Day joke ever" when he told the mixed martial arts (MMA) community that he was flying to Sweden to fight Gegard Mousasi, who thought he was left without an opponent for his UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner this Saturday (April 6, 2013) when Alexander Gustafsson was busted open in practice. Turns out "The Dreamcatcher" was not amused.
That might be the first time in history the usually-stoic Mousasi has ever raised his voice. The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion has likely been on an emotional roller coaster over the past few days. Once it became public that "The Mauler" was sliced open and in danger of being removed from this weekend's main event at the Ericsson Globe Arena, Mousasi has basically played the waiting game.
Anthony Smith vs. Antonio Braga Neto slated for UFC on FUEL TV 10
A middleweight bout between Anthony Smith and fellow promotional newcomer Antonio Braga Neto is in the works for UFC on FUEL TV 10.
SMMAF: Alexander Gustafsson will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared
Alexander Gustafsson is officially out of his bout with Gegard Mousasi at UFC on Fuel 9 due to a cut suffered in training.
Alexander Gustafsson's status for UFC on Fuel 9 main event expected to be determined today in Sweden
The status of Alexander Gustafsson's place in the UFC on Fuel 9 main event will likely be clarified today, as the Swedish MMA Federation will examine the LHW today.
Wanderlei Silva says potential UFC on FUEL TV 9 slot an April Fools' prank
While he admits he'd like the opportunity, Wanderlei Silva today admitted he was simply pulling an April Fools' Day prank when he said he had replaced Alexander Gustafsson at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event. With Gustafsson's status questionable due to a recent facial cut, Silva tweeted on Monday that the UFC had contacted him about filling in and fighting light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi. Like any good April Fools' Day joke, Silva's claim was believable enough to seem possible, despite the April 1 date. Mousasi even tweeted that he'd take the fight. Silva, though, admitted it was all a rouse...
Dan Hardy passes on surgery to correct heart ailment, says future in UFC's hands
After being diagnosed with a rare heart disorder, UFC welterweight Dan Hardy has decided against corrective surgery, even if it might end his fighting career. "I don't see a reason why I would let someone go in and start messing with it," he told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's an easy decision to make." Hardy was barred by the California State Athletic Commission from competing April 20 at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose when a prefight electrocardiogram revealed markers of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He said he'll place his fate in the hands of the UFC and should know this week whether the promotion will risk putting him in the octagon. Most state athletic commissions likely would throw up a red flag on Hardy competing, but the UFC regulates many of its own events overseas in the absence of a commission.
UFC signs Braga Neto, expects debut in June
Add another grappler to the UFC's ranks with the signing of Antonio Braga Neto.
Wanderlei Silva hints at replacing Gustafsson at this weekend's UFC on FUEL card
Wandy just tweeted that the UFC has contacted him about replacing Gustafsson, and that he is strongly considering it. ?@wandfc UFC news my guys fight Saturday agains Musasi!!! What you think? UFC just contact me about Saturday,UFC acabeu de me ligar o que acha? ("acabeu de me ligar o que acha" translates roughly to "tell me what you think")
Following vacation, UFC's Mike Pierce calls out Jake Ellenberger, Robbie Lawler
A recent vacation in Hawaii provided a brief distraction for welterweight Mike Pierce, but he wants to get back to work. Pierce (16-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who fought five times in 13 months before a current dry spell of three months, has two opponents in mind for his return. They're ambitious requests: Jake Ellenberger (29-6 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Robbie Lawler (20-9 MMA, 5-3 UFC). "There's no animosity; I don't hate their guts," he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Chris Camozzi in for injured C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FX 8
Middleweight C.B. Dollaway (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has suffered an injury and been forced out of his fight against Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 8. Stepping in to take his place will be Chris Camozzi (19-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC). UFC officials on Monday announced Dollaway's injury and replacement for the show. UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Ian Freeman vs. Ken Shamrock set for July in England
A fight 10 years in the making is on the verge of finally happening this summer in England. Ian Freeman and Ken Shamrock, two pioneering figures in mixed martial arts, have agreed to fight for Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships on July 27 in Doncaster.
Mike Kyle vs. Valentijn Overeem set for CFA 11, AXS TV deal in works
A heavyweight bout between former Strikeforce fighters Mike Kyle and Valentijn Overeem is set for Championship Fighting Alliance's 11th event, which is slated for May 24 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
RYU, sponsor of fighters such as Jon Fitch and Cheick Kongo, steps out of the fight game
Popular MMA apparel brand Respect Your Universe, has made the decision to divest itself of its MMA associations, including UFC advertising, and fighter sponsorship.
One FC Offers Live Online PPV of “Kings and Champions” Kotetsu Boku vs. Shinya Aoki
ONE Fighting Championship presents ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS (Kotetsu Boku vs. Shinya Aoki) live on Pay-Per-View online on Friday, April 5.
Yuri Alcantara loses opponent for UFC on FX 8
Marcos Vinicius has been forced out of his fight against Yuri Alcantara at UFC on FX 8 with a knee injury.
JONES OUT, SILVA SET TO FACE SONNEN AT UFC 159
Jon Jones injured, out indefinitely, Chael Sonnen will now fight Anderson Silva for the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 159. Anderson Silva is one more win away from the biggest super fight in Mixed Martial Arts history. All Silva (33-4) has to do is beat his rival, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) one more time. If Silva can accomplish what he has done twice already he will hold two UFC Championships in two different weight classes. If he can do that a Championship Unification fight with Jon Jones (17-1) is inevitable.
Felice Herrig apologizes for Bellator 94 scuffle with Heather Clark
Felice Herrig has apologized for her role in a dustup with Heather Clark at this past week's Bellator 94 event.
Alexander Gustafsson cut in training, headliner in jeopardy
It looks like the fight could be in real danger of being cancelled. SVT is reporting that Gustafsson suffered a cut in training: According to reports given to SVT Sport, Gustafsson has opened a gash in his eyebrow while sparring, making his appearance highly uncertain. MMANytt confirmed the injury with Gus's camp: According to a trusted source of MMANytt the news of Gustafsson's injury is true. Now it comes down to how deep the cut over the eye is and whether SMMAF are going to license him to fight.
Bellator 94 Live Broadcast Produces Low TV Ratings, but Replay Bolsters Bottom Line
Bellator 94 on Thursday featured two Season 8 tournament finals, but that failed to give the event any punch in the TV ratings department. Bellator 94 drew just 713,000 viewers, the second lowest total of the season, according to MMAWeekly.com industry sources. Bellator’s Season 8 has still been a TV ratings success for the promotion, averaging 782,000 viewers per event, well above what the promotion has achieved in prior seasons on other networks. This is the first season that Bellator has aired on Spike TV. Season 8 kicked off strong with 938,000 viewers for the promotion’s debut on its new network, but hasn’t returned to that point since...
One FC Snaps Up UFC Vet Kamal Shalorus
UFC and WEC veteran Kamal Shalorus is headed to the Philippines to fight for One FC. Shalorus recently posted his signing to One FC on his Facebook page. MMAWeekly.com sources have since confirmed that Shalorus is expected to fight Eduard Folayang at One FC 9 on May 31 at SM Mall of Asia in Bay City near Manila. Shalorus (7-3-2) left the UFC on a three-fight skid after having gone 3-0-1 in the WEC. He counted Bart Palaszewski among his WEC wins, but could never get off the ground in the Octagon...
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