Clint Godfrey Off WEC 51, Nick Pace In (Updated)
For the second time today a WEC 51 fighter has been removed from the card, and in a bit of irony for the second straight time in his case it's Clint Godfrey. WEC announced today Godfrey is now off the card but the reason wasn't disclosed. He was to have faced Demetrious Johnson. Nick Pace, a Bellator veteran who is 5-0, is the replacement.
UPDATE: Staph infection. Godfrey hopes to return this year.
Reudiger vs Kelly set for UFC 123
Two lightweights may be battling for their UFC careers in November as Gabe Ruediger will get another crack in the Octagon as he faces British fighter Paul Kelly at UFC 123 in Detroit.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday, with bout agreements expected to be issued shortly.
UFC releases heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee
Heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is a free agent.
A little more than one year after Duffee burst onto the UFC scene with a seven-second knockout of Tim Hague, the 24-year-old is no longer employed by the sport's largest mixed martial arts promotion.
Alex Karalexis Off WEC 51, Jason Reinhardt In
Although the reasons for his pulling out are not yet known, officials confirmed today that Alex Karalexis is now off WEC 51. He was to have faced debuting fighter Zhang Tie Quan. Jason Reinhardt, who has been inactive since January 2008, is the replacement. He has fought just twice since a one-fight stint in UFC.
DirecTV Says Yes to Shine Fights, No to Shark Fights
We have a weird weekend in mixed martial arts ahead of us, with two different pay-per-view shows even as the UFC is sitting the weekend out. But if you're a DirecTV subscriber, you have only one fight card available to you: DirecTV is offering Friday night's Shine Fights event, but not Saturday night's Shark Fights show.
DirecTV has decided not to give its customers the chance to purchase the Shark Fights card, which is headlined by Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley. Unsurprisingly, Shark Fights is disappointed.
NATE DIAZ: "I want to try and get a belt here sometime."
Nate Diaz has been flawless in his two showings since moving up in weight class from the lightweight division, finishing reputable welterweights Rory Markham and Marcus Davis.
“Whatever they want to do with me, I’m fine.” said Diaz.
“I’d like to get someone in the top three contenders at either lightweight or welterweight rather than against some tough guy that’s not as popular or not as high in the rankings,” said Diaz.
Shine GP unsanctioned, fighters will be suspended
MMARising.com has confirmed that all fighters on this Friday’s Shine Fights card in Newkirk, Oklahoma will face ineligibility suspensions for taking part in an unsanctioned event. The suspensions, expected to last between 60 and 90 days, are enforceable by all member states in the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC).
Fighters deemed as “ineligible” will be unable to compete on any sanctioned mixed martial arts cards until the duration of their suspension has expired. All Shine Fights participants (Drew Fickett, Charles Bennett, Marcus Aurelio, Carlo Prater, etc.) will face this distinction.
HARDY: "There's too much wrestling in the UFC..."
"Rather than saying 'oh, these guys can't wrestle', I think the problem is there's beginning to be too much wrestling in UFC Octagon, not too little of it in the gym. There are a lot of people out there calling themselves 'UFC fighters' who are nothing of the kind. In the UFC, you should go for finishes.
You should work for 15 minutes to knock your opponent out, submit him, or improve your position to give yourself the best chance of doing either.
But there's guys out there who just want to use wrestling to hold a stalemate for 15 minutes, without ever risking going for ground and pounds or attempting submissions..."
TapouT, Silver Star, & Hitman Sold
Once rivals, TapouT, Silver Star Casting Co., and Hitman Fight Gear are now on the same team.
Bloomberg on Monday night reported that the three key mixed martial arts clothing brands have been purchased by business man Jamie Salter, who is also known for having snapped up such name brands as Linens ’n Things Inc., Polaroid Corp., and others.
Salter is reportedly putting the three brands together under his Toronto-based company Authentic Brands Group LLC.
“These are some of the most exciting brands I’ve seen in years,” Salter told Bloomberg. “The popularity of mixed martial arts and the UFC is soaring around the world. The last time I saw a sport with this much potential was 20 years ago with snowboarding.”
TapouT has the furthest reach into the mainstream of the three companies purchased, accounting for sales of more than $200 million dollars last year.
TapouT president Dan “Punkass” Caldwell told Bloomberg that there had been no shortage of buyers, but went with Salter because he welcomes the continued involvement of Caldwell and his partner, Tim "SkySkrape" Katz.
Chuck Liddell To Decide Fight Future Sometime This Month
So he says...and it seems he's still undecided. "It's about how I feel and if I want to go back and make a run at a title and how far away that would be. And whatever I think is left in the tank. I've been doing PR stuff for the last couple months, and I'll finally be home for the month. I'll probably decide sometime in September, when I have time to relax.... I don't feel like there's anything left to prove. I still love fighting, but there's a lot that goes into it. Maybe it might be time. I'm just not sure yet. You know, I've enjoyed the ride. No matter what, I've had a good time. I never expected it, but I've gotten paid a lot to do what I love. There are no complaints."
Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio among three contests added to DREAM.16
With just about three weeks until DREAM.16, the Japanese-based organization has started to reveal a few details about the fight card.
While a light heavyweight title fight between mini-grand-prix finalists Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno was already assured, three additional contests were announced overnight.
The new contests include Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio, "Lion" Takeshi Inoue vs. Kazuyuki Miyata and Hideo Tokoro vs. Joachim Hansen.
DREAM.16 takes place on Sept. 25 at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and airs in North America on HDNet.
Aoki (24-5 MMA, 8-2 DREAM), the DREAM lightweight champion, fights for the first time since a July submission win over Tatsuya Kawajiri. "Tobikan Judan" suffered a high-profile loss to Gilbert Melendez in April, but he still stands at 4-1 in his past five contests.
His opponent, Aurelio (20-8 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), is probably best known for choking out then-PRIDE champ Takanori Gomi in a non-title affair in 2006. "Maximus" also fought six times under the UFC banner and now makes his DREAM debut.
McFedries replacement is Danillo Villefort
Drew McFedries' loss is Danillo Villefort's (11-3) gain.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the American Top Team Fighter that he has verbally agreed to replace an injured McFedries on just one-week's notice and fight Joey Villasenor (27-7) on the main card of Shark Fights 13.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Drew McFedries, Marcus Hicks Off Shark Fights 13
All mixed martial arts promotions are forced to deal with the reality of injuries, and the upstart Shark Fights organization is no exception. While the Texas-based promotion will host its first-ever pay-per-view event with next week's Shark Fights 13 card, the organization will need to secure a pair of late replacements. Both Drew McFedries and Marcus Hicks are now off for as-yet-unknown reasons. McFedries was to have faced Joey Villasenor, Hicks was to have faced Karen Darabedyan. Daniel Straus has verbally agreed to be a replacement for Hicks, no replacement yet for McFedries.
UPDATE: Danilo Villefort is the replacement for McFedries.
Report: Virginia KOs Shine Fights, 9/10 Event Going To Oklahoma
Shine Fights is taking another one on the chin this week, this time from the Virginia Athletic Commission, who apparently wasn't on board with the promotion's decision to let the fans do their matchmaking for next weekend's lightweight grand prix pay-per-view. The report also states that Shine will stick to the original date of Sept. 10 but has been forced to abandon its plans for a tournament at the George Mason University campus in Fairfax after being denied a license and will instead head to Oklahoma to a venue yet to be determined. This is the promotion's second major setback in 2010. Shine saw the cancellation of its "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" pay-per-view event back on May 15, after the courts awarded Don King Productions a last-minute injunction barring Ricardo Mayorga's participation in the main event.