Royler Gracie loses retirement match at Amazon FC; complete results
Amazon Forest Combat
Amadeau Teixeira Gymanasium
Rivaldo Junior defeats Andre Leocadio by split decision.
Dileno Lopes defeats Danny Martinez by submission (guillotine) at 0:57 of 1st round.
Alexandre Almeida defeats Daniel Aguiar by unanimous decision.
George Clay defeats Anthony Birchak by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:29 of 1st round.
Daniel Acacio defeats Sergio Junior by KO at 2:50 of 1st round.
Jordan Smith defeats Karo Parisyan via split decision.
Antonio Braga Neto defeats Maiquel Falcao via submission (kimura) at 4:26 of 2nd round.
Ronys Torres defeats Drew Fickett via submission (strikes) at 0:47 seconds of 1st round.
Paulo Filho & Satoshi Ishii fight to a draw
Masakatsu Ueda defeats Royler Gracie via unanimous decision
Mike Whitehead strikes plea bargain in sex-assault case
Heavyweight fighter Mike Whitehead will face probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors accusing him of trying to have sex with a woman who was asleep in his home.
Whitehead appeared in Las Vegas' Clark County District Court this week to officially plead guilty to a charge of attempted sexual assault, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Whitehead entered an Alford plea, under which a defendant maintains innocence, but concedes that prosecutors probably can get a conviction.
He will be officially sentenced in January. Under his plea bargain, prosecutors will recommend probation for Whitehead, who would be required to register as a sex offender...
Following Strikeforce loss, Maximo Blanco headed to UFC, dropping to featherweight
Maximo Blanco's Strikeforce stint will be a short one.
Following a loss to former welterweight Pat Healy at this past weekend's Strikeforce event, Blanco (8-3-1) is dropping from lightweight to featherweight and joining the UFC.
The fighter's management team at Sucker Punch Entertainment tweeted the news on Tuesday.
"[Blanco] will be back strong, very soon, this time at 145 pounds in the UFC," the message read.
UFC officials have not formally announced the move.
Michael Bisping And Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Spar On TUF 14 Conference Call
Quick Quotes from the Conference Call w/ Mayhem & Bisping
Opening remarks: UFC confirms TUF 14 will air on FX in the UK including the finale. According to the UFC, this is the first time UFC has aired on free TV in the UK.
- I didn't like him at first, then I liked him. Now I'm back to hating him again.
- I definitely got under his skin...apart from the unbelievable fights...our personality clash put on a damn good show...
- I think you're way worse an idiot than I am...
- My first priority was to give full attention to coaching these guys and second to make entertaining television...
- Bisping fully proved himself to be a prick by week 2
- It wasn't the normal crop of TUF crowd who were 2-0...some of these guys had 30 fighters...we didn't have one lackluster fight the entire season...
- There were some upsets that some of the media have heard of, but guess what? They're not coming into the house.
- It comes down to what's best for my career, me vs. Bisping is going to be way better for the UFC. This is going to be huge for the TUF franchise. Just looking as a TV viewer, I'm totally enthralled with it.
- They just stuck the camera on us and we made good TV. I contributed to Lesnar's season of TUF not having any ratings, I didn't watch.
- I put 100% of my effort into this job.
- The amount of time stuck with a camera in your face and a microphone up your ass...I was used to television being a more controlled thing.
- A lot of his coaching staff are guys I used to train with and had to move on because they couldn't give me what I needed.
- Jason, you have 15 different personalities. You either love or hate him. I definitely hate him...December 3rd I'm going to kick his ass, so it's all good.
- This season is all real fighters. They weren't there for air time...it was a good season, my team did a good job and I feel I represented myself pretty well.
- After a day the team gels, they open up to one another...many fighters told me how shocked they were that I did care about the team...it's not about me or Jason...it's about giving these guys a shot at the big time...
- Miller's annoying for a completely different reason (than Jorge Rivera)...it wasn't just Rivera, it was him and his entire team...they crossed the line talking to family...Jason's not like that, he's just idiotic...his mouth is definitely bigger than his brain...
- Nice to see you've warmed up on your sister, Jason.
- I always give people the benefit of the doubt...we have a few mutual friends...the first couple of days before shooting starts and the more time I spent around him the more he irritated me...you'll see why he isn't on my Christmas card list..
- Coaching lighter weight guys is a double edged sword...the downside is when I'm coaching you saw in season 9 I'm on the mat, but with the size difference this time I couldn't do that...had to do a lot of coaching from the sidelines...
- You didn't have to show these fighters too many things...these were complete fighters, they just needed guidance and structure.
- There was never any hesitation in accepting the role as coach...in my opinion, that role is very prestigious...the reality is there is a downside: it means 10 months out of the game, it means taking a fight against Jason Miller.
- Anderson Silva hasn't wiped out the middleweight division yet; I match up well with him and better than some of these other fighters have.
- This season I was myself, I didn't pull any punches, I didn't go on a PR campaign to get more fans.
- Jason's already beaten mentally. It'll be my job to show up to the fight and collect a paycheck.
- As of right now I'm living in California. The plan for the training camp is to spend a month in California and then somewhere else yet to be determined...I'm still very much part of the Wolfslair.
wanted to edit out some of the quotes, but i liked em all. sorry if it's too long
UFC's Brian Foster gets tuneup at Cage Warriors 44, meets vet Jack Mason
Sidelined for a year due to injuries, UFC welterweight Brian Foster has received permission to fight outside the organization and now meets Jack Mason in a 181-pound catchweight bout at Cage Warriors 44.
Cage Warriors executive Graham Boylan today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event takes place Oct. 1 at HMV Forum in London and streams online in North America.
Foster (15-5) vs. Mason (17-8) takes the co-headlining slot.
Bellator signs "TUF 11" contestant Norman Paraisy
Bellator Fighting Championships continues to scoop up international prospects, and middleweight Frenchman Norman Paraisy is the promotion's latest acquisition.
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the fighter that Paraisy has verbally agreed to compete for Bellator later this year.
Paraisy's lone official career loss actually came under the Bellator banner in an April 2009 bout with Dave Menne.
P.S This was the french guy who was banging on about how the french aren't quitters etc only to quit in the break of the first round...
Nick Diaz: UFC Is Trying To Make These Wrestling Matches
It was one of the most shocking stories in mixed martial arts history.
Former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC), handed the biggest opportunity of his career, no-showed a pair of pre-event press conferences and was pulled from a UFC 137 fight with UFC title-holder Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC).
The world struggled to make sense of the situation, and honestly, so has Diaz, himself. The fiery Californian admits he dropped the ball, but he's shocked St-Pierre went along for the ride. And that supposed disdain for the press? Garbage, says Diaz. Media members should feel free to stop by his gym anytime.
"I'm not trying to make all these little excuses," Diaz today told MMAjunkie.com. "If I'd have known the fight was going to be off, I would have [expletive] gone to the press conference, or I would have told somebody, 'Hey, if I don't make it to this stupid [expletive], I'm not fighting.' I think that people would have gotten me there. I think people would have come and gave two [expletive] and gotten me to that press conference."
Josh Koscheck Blogs About Georges St. Pierre, Injury, Matt Hughes
i'll skip to the good stuff....
" But then last week I got word Matt Hughes, who has avoided me for years, needed an opponent for UFC 135 in Denver on Sept. 24. I've called out Hughes for so long but he's always avoided me. When he was on top and one of the top in the division, he used his position to avoid fighting me and all the AKA guys.
But when Diego Sanchez pulled out hurt with three weeks to go, I knew the UFC would have no choice but to try to talk Hughes into fighting me. Like I knew he would, he tried to suggest fighting Jon Fitch instead, knowing full well Fitch is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
I tweeted that I'd accepted the fight and was ready, just to put pressure on Hughes to quit bitching and take the fight. I wanted to make it so that if he did turn the fight down, all the fans would know that he bitched out.
He had nowhere else to go and I've finally got my fight with Matt Hughes."
Strikeforce Challengers 19 Fight Card: Virgil Zwicker, Jerron Peoples Out With Injuries
Two competitors scheduled for the card of Strikeforce Challengers 19 have suffered undisclosed injures in training camp, according to promotion officials. Light heavyweight headliner Virgil Zwicker (10-2) has been scratched from an anticipated clash with Lorenz Larkin (11-0), and welterweight prospect Jerron Peoples (4-1) has been removed from an undercard tilt against Joe Ray (5-2). Strikeforce announced the news on late Tuesday afternoon with this tweet.
"Injury report! 9/23 headliner Virgil Zwicker injured, out of fight vs Larkin; Jerron Peoples hurt; out of fight vs Ray; replacements TBD"
No replacement opponents have been announced by the promotion at this time.
Bellator 51 preliminary card finalized with six bouts
Four new fights have been added to this month's Bellator 51 preliminary card.
The total now sits at six fights that will stream live on Spike.com.
Bellator 51 takes place Sept. 24 at Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. The MTV2-televised main card, which also airs in high-definition on EPIX, features the opening round of Bellator's season-five bantamweight tournament.
Ohio's biggest MMA promotion, the NAAFS, is co-promoting the night's preliminary card.
The latest Bellator 51 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
• Alexis Vila vs. Joe Warren (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
•Eduardo Dantas vs. Wilson Reis (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
•Luiz Nogueira vs. Ed West (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
•Chase Beebe vs. Marcos Galvao (bantamweight-tourney opening round)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
•Jessica Eye vs. Casey Noland
•Frank Caraballo vs. Dustin Kempf
•John Hawk vs. Allan Weickert
•Dane Bonnigson vs. Dan Spohn
•Farkhad Sharipov vs. TBA
•Joey Holt vs. Clint Musser
Reinvented heavyweight Tim Hague launches five-fight plan for octagon return
As it turns out, "The Thrashing Machine" might of just needed a little oil change.
Eight months after Tim Hague (12-5) was released from the UFC for a second time, the Canadian heavyweight says he's undergone a total overhaul and is looking to make his way back into the octagon.
Personal problems have been dealt with and training reinvigorated. Hague embarks on a journey at Friday night's Aggression MMA VIII event that he says should take five fights and less than a year to earn his spot back in the world's biggest MMA promotion.
"Bigfoot" Silva on loss to Daniel Cormier - "I could never imagine he'd punch me like that"
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva had a career high moment in February when he defeated Fedor Emelianenko in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix. But in his semifinals bout, he was on the wrong end of a brutal beating at the hands of Daniel Cormier. Silva talked to Tatame.com after the event about what went wrong, and gave his prediction for who will win the Grand Prix finals bout between Cormier and Josh Barnett:
"I had a game plan, but I could never imagine he'd punch me like that. I wasn't underestimating him, but after he punched me I couldn't see a thing, I wasn't controlling my body anymore. I was doing things automatically, I could only see shadows. When I stood up I was dizzy. I was really dizzy after that jab, but I went for it. If I'm losing, at least I'll lose while fighting. It happened, he deserve the credits. I was well prepared, but he punched me. We didn't even really fought... I guess Josh [Barnett] will win [the finals]. If he doesn't make the same mistakes I did, of really going for it. That's the only chance Cormier got, his punch. He isn't any good on the ground to fight Josh there. He knows Wrestling, but… I guess Josh Barnett will win, he's more complete."
Bellator 49 ratings: Event draws 235,000 MTV2 viewers, ranks fourth all-time
This past weekend's Bellator 49 event on MTV2, which kicked off the organization's fifth season, drew 235,000 viewers, MTV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Of the 15 MTV2-televised Bellator events to date, Bellator 49 ranked fourth all-time in ratings history.
Bellator 49 took place this past Saturday, Sept. 10, at New Jersey’s Caesars Atlantic City and kicked off the organization's season-five welterweight tournament.
'Mayhem' Miller: Arrest for Assaulting Sister 'Now All Over With'
UFC middleweight Jason "Mayhem" Miller said on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour that his arrest for allegedly assaulting his sister in August is now "all over with," but added that "[i]t wasn't alleged; there was an actual altercation."
Miller was arrested by the Chatham County Sheriff in North Carolina on August 7 for simple assault and false imprisonment after an incident during which he was said to have put his sister in a headlock and refused to let her leave a house party that both siblings were attending.
"I'll just say this: my sister was not in any state to drive, and I stopped her from driving," Miller told Ariel Helwani. "However, she was in a state to file a police report, which is now all over with. It's all finished. It was unfounded...a Miller family experience that got out of hand."
Michael Bisping believes he's next in line for UFC title shot over cheating Chael Sonnen
Michael Bisping: "Mayhem Miller's Mouth Is Bigger Than His Brain"
Michael Bisping coached against Jason "Mayhem" Miller on the season of The Ultimate Fighter that was filmed this summer and will air on Spike TV this fall, and for fans of the show who enjoy seeing conflict between the coaches, Bisping has some good news: There was friction during filming between the two of them.
Bisping said on The MMA Hour that he and Miller had several encounters during the taping of the show, and he came away from them with less respect for Miller than he had before.
"Miller's mouth is bigger than his brain," Bisping said. "I definitely get the upper hand throughout the entire season. I'm not talking about the fights, I'm just talking about the one-on-one interaction with Miller."
"Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" ratings: Showtime scores just 274,000 viewers
Despite two intriguing world-grand-prix semifinal fights and a middleweight championship bout, this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event averaged just 274,000 Showtime viewers.
Of the 18 Strikeforce "Arena Series" events that have aired on Showtime, "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" ranks 17th in ratings history.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the figures with an industry source.
Confirming Rumours: Eric Schafer vs. Aaron Simpson official for UFC 136 in October
Eric Schafer's (12-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) return to the UFC is official.
UFC brass recently confirmed Schafer is replacing an injured Nick Catone and now meets fellow middleweight Aaron Simpson (10-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at October's UFC 136 event.
Simpson originally announced the switch, but UFC officials had yet to confirm the move before now.
Featuring a pair of title fights in the evening's headlining contests, UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Strikeforce tourney finalist Daniel Cormier confirms broken hand
Strikeforce grand-prix finalist Daniel Cormier, in fact, did break his right hand.
At this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event, Cormier and Strikeforce officials determined he likely broke his hand in a Sept. 10 semifinal victory over Antonio "Giant" Silva.
Cormier confirmed the break on
Just got done seeing Dr. Hand is broken will be on the shelf 4 a while. Still looking forward to finishing tourney. Thx 4 support. DC"
Mo Lawal on Strikeforce: "Seems like Dr. Kevorkian is waiting to pull the plug"
At this past weekend's poorly attended Strikeforce event, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal was one of the few to say it – even though most people were thinking it.
Strikeforce appears all but dead.
"I (had) thought Strikeforce was a cancer patient," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Man, it's a damn AIDS patient instead – with Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the background ready to pull the plug."
Lawal's criticism began even before the event, "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov," which took place Saturday at Cincinanti's U.S. Bank Arena. Lawal (8-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) defeated fellow light heavyweight Roger Gracie (4-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) via first-round knockout on the Showtime-televised main card.