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Despite recent antics, Anderson Silva will headline UFC 117 says Dana White
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Despite UFC president Dana White's threats in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not be fighting on the preliminary card of a UFC event any time soon. In fact, he'll actually be in the main event. Following Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" post-event press conference, White told a small group of reporters that the upcoming Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif., would serve as the night's featured contest. Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 4:17AM by runningman08 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
WEC 48 bonuses: Gamburyan, Henderson, Garcia and Jung earn record $65K awards
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Manny Gamburyan, Benson Henderson, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung each earned $65,000 bonuses – the largest in World Extreme Cagefighting history – for their performances at Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event. Gamburyan earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Henderson picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Garcia and Jung earned "Fight of the Night" honors. MMAjunkie.com learned of the winners and bonus amounts in the night's post-fight press conference. Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 4:15AM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, UFC, MMA Personalities
 
"Aldo vs. Faber" sets WEC records with 14,144 fans and $1 million live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC champion Urijah Faber fell short in his quest to dethrone surging champion Jose Aldo at Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, but "The California Kid" helped deliver another successful live gate in his home town of Sacramento, Calif. According to UFC and WEC president Dana White, the event, informally known as WEC 48, drew 14,144 fans to ARCO Arena, a figure that netted a gate of $1 million. If the numbers hold true when verified later this week by the California State Athletic Commission, each figure is a new WEC record. Full Article
Submitted Apr 25, 2010 4:12AM by runningman08 - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA
 
"UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" weigh-ins set for May 7 at Montreal's Bell Centre
(mmajunkie.com)
Weigh-ins for next month's "UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" event take place Friday, May 7, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The same venue hosts the following night's pay-per-view event, which features a headliner between light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and top challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.. The weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. ET, and doors open at 3 p.m. Full Article
Submitted Apr 24, 2010 2:21PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Chael Sonnen confirms he'll face Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in Oakland
(mmajunkie.com)
Chael Sonnen will get his shot at champion Anderson Silva on Aug. 7 at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif. The mercurial middleweight confirmed the upcoming bout at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session on Friday, though he did say one condition existed for the fight. Sonnen is in for the contest, but he's giving the champion a chance to back out. Full Article
Submitted Apr 24, 2010 1:37PM by runningman08 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, General MMA
 
"Aldo vs. Faber" to feature WEC-record $65K "Fight Night" bonuses
(mmajunkie.com)
Much has been made in recent days of promotion official's decision to handle "Aldo vs. Faber" more like a UFC event than a WEC fight card. While some have questioned the strategy, there are at least 22 people who have no problem with the decision. That would be the 22 fighters on tonight's pay-per-view card, who will be competing with a WEC-record set of $65,000 "Fight Night" bonuses on the line. Full Article
Submitted Apr 24, 2010 1:35PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA
 
Dana White says UFC still coming to Oakland, just lukewarm on Hawaii
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event is the current focus of UFC president Dana White, the continued global expansion of the company's primary brand is always on his mind. At Thursday's "Aldo vs. Faber" pre-event press conference, White confirmed that Salt Lake City will host UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1, but he also confirmed that the city originally expected to host that event, Oakland, Calif., will still get a visit from the UFC this year. However, White seemed less optimistic that a long-rumored trip to Hawaii was in the promotion's immediate plans. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 3:40PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Global versions of "The Ultimate Fighter" could focus on talent for the WEC
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC president Dana White has long promised that he along with his fight promotion, he is also bringing "The Ultimate Fighter" global. But while the U.S. version of the show, currently airing its 11th season on Spike TV, focuses on the various weight classes utilized by the UFC, White said forthcoming versions of the show in other countries will likely feed talent to the lighter weight classes of the WEC. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 2:14PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
No WEC, no problem; Dana White says missing logo all part of master plan
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event draws near, the big guns from both the WEC and UFC have descended upon Sacramento, Calif., to begin final preparations for the April 24 event. But while WEC stars Jose Aldo, Urijah Faber, Ben Henserson and Donald Cerrone joined UFC president Dana White today at ARCO Arena for a pre-event press conference, there was one noticeable absence. The WEC logo. Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 12:57PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, Interviews, UFC
 
White confident that "UFC Fight for the Troops" event coming to Afghanistan
(mmajunkie.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When UFC president Dana White first mentioned earlier this month that a forthcoming UFC event will likely take place in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, there appeared to be more questions than answers surrounding the logistics of how to pull off such a feat. Questions still remain, but following today's press conference promoting Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, White said he's "very confident" the UFC will pull it off. "We actually want to go right into Afghanistan and put on an event in the middle of all the [expletive]," White said. "It's going to happen. ... Anything can happen if you want it to happen bad enough." Full Article
Submitted Apr 23, 2010 1:04AM by runningman08 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Randy Couture vs. James Toney targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
(mmajunkie.com)
In a match likely to re-ignite the "boxing vs. MMA" debate, a bout between 10-time UFC champion Randy Couture and former boxing champion James Toney is targeted for the UFC's first trip to Boston. Fighters Only was the first to report the possibility of the pairing, and MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that while the matchup is far from official, it's in the works for a headlining spot at the event. Although not officially announced, UFC 118 is expected to take place Aug. 28 at the TD Garden in Boston. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 11:52PM by runningman08 - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Joe Stevenson vs Takanori Gomi for UFC on Versus 2 card.
(mmaweekly.com)
Joe "Daddy" Stevenson and Takanori Gomi will both be looking for redemption in Salt Lake City on Aug. 2 when they meet at UFC on Versus 2 in a lightweight contest. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 4:57PM by runningman08 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Kevin Casey to Face Matt Lindland in Strikeforce Challengers Main Event.
(strikeforce.com)
Former Rickson Gracie protégé and highly confident middleweight (185 pounds) “King” Kevin Casey (3-1) of Los Angeles will face the toughest test of his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career when he faces former Olympic wrestling silver medalist and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-7) of Oregon City, Ore., in the STRIKEFORCE Challengers main event at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. on Friday, May 21. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 3:59PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
"Strikeforce: Nashville" medical suspensions issued to all fighters, six get extended layoffs
(mmajunkie.com)
As is customary, the Tennessee Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to all fighters who competed at this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event. While most of the suspensions run the customary three days, six fighters – none of whom competed on the CBS-televised main card – were issued suspensions of 30 days or more. "Strikeforce: Nashville" took place April 17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and featured three title fights. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 3:49PM by runningman08 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA
 
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle in the works for July's UFC 116 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
Hard-hitting welterweights Matt Brown and Chris Lytle have been targeted for a UFC 116 matchup. MMAfighting.com was the first to report the match-up today, and MMAjunkie.com has subsequently confirmed that at least one fighter has agreed to the bout with the intention to sign a contract. UFC 116 is expected to take place July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, though the promotion has yet to formally announce the card. A heavyweight title match between returning champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin is the expected headliner. Full Article
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 9:39PM by runningman08 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
M-1 Global says Emelianenko available in June, waiting on Strikeforce to green light
(mmajunkie.com)
When will Fedor Emelianenko fight again? Never has such a simple question required such a complex answer. While Emelianenko is currently under contract with M-1 Global, who also have a co-promotion agreement with Strikeforce, the organizations are currently in a holding pattern as they address disagreements that arose from the November event "Fedor vs. Rogers." But M-1 Global president Vadim Finklechtein recently insisted that Emelianenko could appear in a co-promoted show as soon as June. He's just waiting on the green light from his Strikeforce business partners. Full Article
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 9:37PM by runningman08 - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, M-1 Global, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Melendez taking time off, wants Alvarez fight.
(mmaweekly.com)
It's been a long, hard road for Gilbert Melendez, but after defeating Shinya Aoki last Saturday night he's back where he's wanted to be for so long. Sitting among the elite lightweights in the world, currently ranked No. 3 according to the MMAWeekly.com World Rankings, he's now ready to take some time off. Full Article
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 2:03PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA, Interviews
 
"Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber" debuts tonight on Versus, replays available all week
(mmajunkie.com)
As a reminder, "Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber," which previews this Saturday's first-ever WEC pay-per-view event in Sacramento, Calif., debuts tonight on Versus, with replays scheduled for Versus, MTV2 and Spike TV throughout the week. The hour-long special airs first at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. The program also airs tonight on MTV2 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and late night/early Thursday morning at 12 a.m. ET/PT on Spike TV. Full Article
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 12:37PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, UFC, Interviews, General MMA
 
Will Zuffa's WEC Gamble Pay Off This Weekend?
(mmafighting.com)
It's not easy to get people to pay for something that used to be free. Ask any airline that recently started charging for checked luggage – it's the kind of thing that brings out the angry mob in consumers who already feel like they're one more fee or rate hike away from reaching for the torches and pitchforks. But risks be damned, this Saturday UFC president Dana White is going to give it a shot with the first ever WEC pay-per-view event. After airing regularly on Versus (and yes, I know cable isn't free, but you're going to pay for it anyway because you'd rather die than miss an episode of "Cats 101" on Animal Planet) for the last three years, now Zuffa wants you to pay for the privilege of seeing their little guys duke it out. The forty-five dollar question is, are you going to do it? Full Article
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 11:07AM by runningman08 - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC, UFC, General MMA
 
WEC 48 Preview: Urijah Faber - "I Want to Be Really Fast and Agile for This One"
(bloodyelbow.com)
Urijah Faber talks about his attempt to recapture the gold, fighting in other companies, and if UFC and WEC should merge. Video Interview
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 10:32AM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC, Other Combat Sports, General MMA
 
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