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Marc Ratner sees UFC taking active role in officiating recruitment, improvement
(mmajunkie.com)
Since leaving his post as the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2006, Marc Ratner has been a key figure in getting mixed-martial-arts regulation adopted in many U.S. states. In fact, with two more states joining the fold this year along, only two holdouts remain. And though those states and Canada (specially, Ontario) are a top priority, the UFC's vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs has a goal beyond MMA regulation: the growth and improvement of MMA officiating. Full Article
Submitted May 1, 2010 4:25PM by runningman08 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Daniel Roberts vs. Julio Paulino set for UFC 116 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight bout between Daniel Roberts and Julio Paulino – two competitors fighting for their lives in the organization – will be part of July's UFC 116 event in Las Vegas. Roberts announced the fight via Twitter on Friday, and MMAjunkie.com has since confirmed with a source close to the event that it will be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card. UFC 116 takes place July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view. Full Article
Submitted May 1, 2010 1:51PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Source: Champ Nick Diaz denied spot on Strikeforce's June 26 card due to brawl
(mmajunkie.com)
A post-fight melee that followed an April 17 Strikeforce event cost Jason "Mayhem" Miller a headlining spot next month at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles," and Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz appears to have suffered a similar fate. A source close to Diaz told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter was told his request to compete on Strikeforce's June 26 fight card in San Jose, Calif., also was turned down because of his role in the televised brawl. Diaz was one of multiple Cesar Gracie team members involved in a post-"Strikeforce: Nashville" scuffle that broke out when preliminary-card fighter Miller interrupted main-event winner Jake Shields during a post-fight speech. Full Article
Submitted May 1, 2010 1:49PM by runningman08 - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA
 
With Bellator 16 win, Danny Tims earns slot in season-three bantamweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
With a hard-fought victory over Brian Davidson at Wednesday's Bellator 16 event, Danny Tims has earned a spot in Bellator Fighting Championships' season-three bantamweight tournament later this year, CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced. The announcement confirms the organization's plans for a first-ever 135-pound tournament. As MMAjunkie.com first reported in March, Bellator is expected to host tournaments in four new weight classes in this fall's third season: bantamweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and a women's division (weight class TBD). Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 9:55PM by runningman08 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Manny Gamburyan more than ready to face WEC featherweight champ Jose Aldo
(mmajunkie.com)
Nothing would deter Manny Gamburyan. The WEC featherweight told UFC/WEC matchmaker Joe Silva that WEC 48 opponent Mike Brown would have to put him asleep or break a limb to stop the fight. Short of that, there would be no letup, he said. Gamburyan never came close to that type of danger and stopped Brown cold this past Saturday with a short, powerful right hand that likely set a featherweight title shot in motion. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 9:53PM by runningman08 - 12 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Bantamweights Will Campuzano vs. Rafael Rebello in the works for WEC 49 prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight bout between Will Campuzano and Rafael Rebello is in the works and expected to be sign shortly for WEC 49. A source close to the event today confirmed the bout with MMAjunkie.com and said – if signed – it'll be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card. WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event marks the WEC's Canadian debut, and the night's main card airs live on Versus. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 4:12PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Rafael Assuncao vs. Diego Nunes in the works for WEC 49 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight match-up between Rafael Assuncao and Diego Nunes has been targeted for WEC 49's preliminary card. Sources close to the event tell MMAjunkie.com that both competitors have agreed to the fight, though bout agreements have not been distributed. The match-up was first reported by MMAWeekly.com. WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the promotion's first trip to the country. The event falls one week after UFC 115 hits GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 3:49PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Bellator 20 heads to Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on May 27, Sanchez vs. Kelly added
(mmajunkie.com)
After its middleweight tournament semifinal fights were revealed on Thursday for the card, Bellator Fighting Championships today announced a host site for its upcoming Bellator 20 event: the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. The Texas show takes place May 27 and airs live on FOX Sports Net. In addition to tournament bouts of Eric Schambari vs. Bryan Baker and Alexander Shlemenko vs. Jared Hess, Bellator 20 features a non-tourney heavyweight bout between UFC vet Eddie Sanchez and EliteXC vet Ralph Kelly. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 2:52PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
UFC targets DaMarques Johnson vs. Matt Riddle for UFC on Versus 2
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight match-up between "The Ultimate Fighter" veterans Damarques Johnson and Matt Riddle is targeted for UFC on Versus 2. Sources tell MMAjunkie.com that at least one fighter has agreed to the match-up, though bout agreements have not been signed. UFC on Versus 2 is expected to take place Aug. 1 at Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena. It is the second of two contracted UFC-Versus events in 2010. Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 2:50PM by runningman08 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch Moved to UFC 117 in Oakland
(mmaweekly.com)
As badly as Thiago "Pitbull" Alves wants to get back in the cage and fight again, he'll have to wait just a little while longer before returning. Originally scheduled to face Jon Fitch at UFC 115 in Vancouver, the fight has been pushed back to August 7 in Oakland as a part of UFC 117 instead... Full Article
Submitted Apr 30, 2010 2:43PM by runningman08 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Bellator 16 recap: Hess, Baker, Shlemenko and Schambari advance in middleweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Middleweights were on display at Bellator 16, the promotion's first season-two appearance in Kansas City, and four fighters punches their tickets to the season's semifinal round. The Kansas City Power & Light District crowd saw three finishes and an entertaining decision in the open-air, outdoor venue, and season-one finalist Jared Hess closed out the evening's main card with a second-round submission of former IFL champ Ryan McGivern. Bellator 16 took place Thursday night and aired on FOX Sports Net. Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 11:21PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
UFC welterweight Brian Foster breaks leg, hopes to fight again in August
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC welterweight Brian Foster on Wednesday evening broke his left leg and will be out of action for at least six to eight weeks. Marc Fiore, Foster's trainer at the H.I.T. Squad, today told MMAjunkie.com the unfortunate news. Foster, a Salisaw, Okla. resident when he's not at the H.I.T. Squad's gym in Granite City, Ill., was playing basketball with players from a local high school when he fell and broke his tibia. He also dislocated his ankle. Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 9:29PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Robbie Lawler Vs. Renato Sobral Set For June 16 Strikeforce Event
(fightline.com)
Sherdog.com has just reported that a 195-pound catchweight bout between Robbie Lawler vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral will headline Strikeforce's June 16th event at the Nokia Theatre Los Angeles, CA. Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 5:35PM by runningman08 - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA
 
Despite finishing 16th in voting, UFC's Dana White excluded from final "Time 100" list
(mmajunkie.com)
While UFC president Dana White, the head of the world's biggest and most influential mixed-martial-arts promotion in the sport, is undoubtedly one of the most influential people in the history of the sport, the exec is not one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That's according to Time magazine, who today released the 2010 edition of the "Time 100," an annual poll that names the 100 most influential people in the world. Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva topped the list. Coming in second was Taiwanese computer industry executive J.T. Wang, while Admiral Mike Mullen, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the top-ranked American on the list. Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 2:47PM by runningman08 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Sylvia and Pudzianowski to headline Moosin MMA 'Gods of Martial Arts' fight card May 21 in Worcester
(mmamania.com)
Moosin MMA has announced the official line-up for their upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) fight card from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday, May 21. "Gods of Martial Arts" will feature announcers Bas Rutten and Jeff Gorman calling all the action, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with the televised portion of the event which is available to purchase for $29.95 via cable or satellite provider. Set to headline the event is five-time World's Strongest Man, Mariusz "The Dominator" Pudzianowski, taking on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia. Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 2:10PM by runningman08 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Rich Franklin wants to make a run at the light heavyweight title starting with Chuck Liddell
(mmamania.com)
"If I cut back down to 185, it's a completely different cut to make it and I will have completely undone everything I've done to put on the size I have. I want to make a run for the title and I don't want to keep doing things that are counterproductive to that, like fights at 195. You can't count Chuck out of any fight. Yeah, he hasn't fought in a year, and yeah, he's lost four of his past five fights, but look at what he's done over the span of his career. He's a legend and he has beaten such an incredible list of opponents, it would be a huge mistake to look past a guy like him." Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 2:06PM by runningman08 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Garcia Only Sidelined 5 Weeks With Broken Hand
(mmaweekly.com)
It didn't take long for the comparisons to start. Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung will be for the WEC what Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar was for the UFC, and it's not a bad comparison at all. The two featherweights went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes in a battle for the ages. And when it was all said and done, Garcia and Jung took a ride to the hospital, joking and laughing along the way. “The Korean Zombie" even nicknamed his tough as nails opponent "The Mexican Zombie" for good measure. Through 15 minutes of crazy action, punches, knees, kicks, and takedowns, when it was all over, Garcia still had a smile on his face, and through it all the worst thing he came away with was a broken hand that will keep him from sparring for five weeks. Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 2:02PM by runningman08 - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA
 
Josh Koscheck Says He Would Accept TUF 12 Coaching Job
(mmaweekly.com)
Going home again. That could be the theme of “The "Ultimate Fighter Season 12” for Josh Koscheck if he is indeed chosen as a coach for the next season of the popular Spike TV reality show. The American Kickboxing Academy welterweight got his start on the show five years ago, and if rumors stand true, the winner of the upcoming fight between Koscheck and British fighter Paul Daley could determine who will coach opposite UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 1:59PM by runningman08 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Interviews
 
Machida still feels he won UFC 104 bout, thinks rematch with "Shogun" will be more exciting
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida's first meeting with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 104 re-ignited a long running debate on judging and scoring in MMA. The 31-year-old Machida hopes their rematch on May 8 isn't grist for that mill. "We're both a lot more familiar with each other than we were the first time we met," Machida said through his manager Ed Soares' translation during a conference call promoting his UFC 113 headlining rematch with Rua. "So I think it just makes all that much greater for a better fight this time around." Full Article
Submitted Apr 29, 2010 1:55PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
CSAC: "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" draws 12,555 for gate of $792,640
(mmajunkie.com)
While WEC 48's official attendance and gate revenue figures fell short of the promotion's initial estimates, the event was still an unqualified success. The California State Athletic Commission today released a final report on the event and said 12,555 paid attendees packed the ARCO Arena this past Saturday to watch current featherweight champ Jose Aldo take on hometown favorite and former champ Urijah Faber. The event produced a total of $792,640 in gate receipts, an average cost of $63.13 per ticket issued. Full Article
Submitted Apr 28, 2010 5:13PM by runningman08 - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, UFC
 
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