MMA Live presence on ESPN 2 extended to August 2010
Congratulations are in order for Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Franklin McNeil, and the countless others at ESPN who played a significant role in the development and production of MMA Live over the last couple years.
But most of all, congratulations are in order for you, the fans, for making the show as popular as it is today. ESPN has granted MMA Live a three-month extension on ESPN 2 until August due to the loyal viewers, like yourself, that have supported the mixed martial arts news show from jump street.
KJ Noons vs Krazy Horse at June 26 Strikeforce
KJ Noons will rematch Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett at the June 26 Strikeforce event in San Jose, CA. Krazy Horse won by first rd KO in their first meeting at EliteXC: Destiny in February 2007.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Fabricio Werdum
Cris 'Cyborg' Santos vs Jan Finney
Cung Le vs Scott Smith
KJ Noons vs Charles Bennett
Dana White says WEC's PPV numbers qualify it as second-best MMA organization
MONTREAL – UFC president Dana White can often be just as telling in what he doesn't say as he is as blunt with what he does.
Such is the case when the UFC and WEC head is asked about the final numbers for the WEC's first pay-per-view event, "Aldo vs. Faber."
As a privately held company, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of both the UFC and WEC, isn't required to divulge its financial information, but the bright smile of White leads you to believe the numbers must have been positive.
White: If Silva beats Sonnen and Belfort, he'll need to vacate title to compete at 205
MONTREAL – With any fighter in any division, looking beyond that competitor's next matchup is never a safe thing to do.
That's true even with the seemingly unbeatable UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who faces top contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in August.
But when you're 11-0 in the UFC, a different set of rules tends to apply. And while UFC president Dana White believes Sonnen may prove Silva's toughest test in recent memory, he does have an idea of where a win would take "The Spider."
Dana White: UFC 113's Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck winner gets title shot
MONTREAL – UFC 113's co-main event between top welterweight contenders Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will earn the winner a title shot with champion Georges St-Pierre.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-expected plans during today's UFC 113 pre-event press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The same venue hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event, which includes the Daley vs. Koscheck fight.
UC 116 main-card additions include Silva vs. Akiyama, Soszynski vs. Bonnar II
Following Tuesday's official announcement of UFC 116 and a headliner of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar vs interim title-holder Shane Carwin, Ultimate Fighting Championship officials have added six additional fights to the July 3 card.
Main-card additions include Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva and a Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar rematch, both of which MMAjunkie.com previously reported.
Official for the un-aired preliminary card include Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer, Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic, Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown, and Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola.
Shine Fights' Mayorga says he'll quit MMA if he loses to the "nobody" Thomas
LOS ANGELES – If things don't go Ricardo Mayorga's way on May 15, his MMA career could be over before it ever really starts.
Mayorga, who faces Din Thomas in a 160-pound catchweight main event at "Shine Fights: Worlds Collide" on Saturday, May 15, said he'll retire from MMA if he loses – or even if he wins by decision.
If he wins as he predicts – a knockout in the first minute of the first round – he'll call out boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather.
Marquardt vs. Palhares Possible for UFC 117
Nate Marquardt didn't have to wait too long for the UFC to find him a new opponent, but he will have to wait a little bit longer for the fight to happen. Brazilian fighter Rousimar Palhares is in talks to face Marquardt in Oakland for UFC 117 on August 7.
-------------------Correction to that last story...Marquardt vs. Palhares is possible for August, but show still yet to be determined------------------------
Terry Etim vs. Joe Lauzon in the works for UFC 118 in Boston
Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon will get his wish.
A few weeks after telling MMAjunkie.com that he expected to fight at UFC 118, the organization's first-ever event in Boston, Lauzon has now verbally agreed to face Englishman Terry Etim at the event.
Fighters Only magazine was the first to report the new matchup, and MMAjunkie.com has since confirmed the proposed bout with sources close to the promotion.
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera told MMAjunkie.com in March that he shouldn't even have to ask to fight at UFC 118, the promotion's first trip to Boston.
Apparently, he didn't.
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the promotion that the Massachusetts resident and Italian slugger Alessio Sakara have verbally agreed to meet at the event.
Darabedyan vs. Kerr, Assuncao vs. Nunes official for "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus"
The WEC today announced a pair of preliminary card contests for its upcoming WEC 49 event, as Karen Darabedyan meets Will Kerr, while Rafael Assuncao faces Diego Nunes.
Both bouts were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com.
Featuring a lightweight matchup between former champion Jamei Varner and fast-rising prospect Kamal Shalorus, "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus" takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the promotion's first trip to the country. The main card airs live on Versus.
Jason Brilz agrees to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114
Forrest Griffin's spot didn't stay empty very long.
Mere hours after reports surfaced that the former light heavyweight champion had been forced out of his UFC 114 contest with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, MMAjunkie.com has learned that Jason Brilz has agreed to take the fight on a little less than four-weeks' notice.
Sources close to the promotion indicated that verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Forrest Griffin Bows Out Of Bout With Lil Nog
Forrest Griffin has had to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The two were set to co-main event UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. A grudge match between former light heavyweight champions and “Ultimate Fighter” coaches Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson heads the fight card.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fighter’s camp that Griffin injured his shoulder and had to withdraw from the fight. TMZ.com was the first to report his exit.
Late replacements John Doyle, Damian Vitale complete Bellator 17 card
A pair of late replacements have stepped up on short notice to compete in separate contests at Thursday's Bellator Fighting Championships event.
MMAjunkie.com has learned that John Doyle is replacing John Clarke and faces Greg Rebello, while Damian Vitale steps in for Nate Lamotte and meets Chuck O'Neil.
Both fights take place on the preliminary card of Thursday's Bellator 17 event at the Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre in Boston.
Tom Lawlor not interested in "Fight of the Night" bonus at UFC 113
Despite cashing a $30,000 bonus check in his most recent outing, UFC middleweight contender Tom Lawlor isn't interested in another "Fight of the Night" award when he meets Joe Doerksen on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 113 event in Montreal.
"A lot of people said, 'I can't wait to see that fight; that fight's going to be awesome, and I hope it's Fight of the Night,'" Lawlor recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "That is the biggest insult and the worst thing you could tell somebody – that I hope they fight for 15 minutes, and I hope they take damage.
"I'd rather fight guys that really aren't that good."
Tim Boetsch re-signs with UFC, agrees to UFC 117 fight with Thiago Silva
After posting a 3-0 record following his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2009, light heavyweight Tim Boetsch (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is returning to the organization to fight Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 117 in August.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements will be finalized in the coming week.
The fight, first reported by Sherdog.com, takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau targeted for UFC on Versus 2 in August
UFC lightweight Jim Miller goes for his fifth straight victory, and Gleison Tibau goes for his fifth win in six fights when the pair meets in August at UFC on Versus 2.
A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com at least one fighter has agreed to the bout, though the individual fighters' camps did not immediately return messages requesting comment.
UFC on Versus 2 take place Aug. 1 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
Featherweights Erik Koch and Bendy Casimir meet on WEC 49 prelims in June
Two up-and-coming featherweights will collide at WEC 49 when Erik Koch takes on Bendy Casimir.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place and that the fight is in the process of being finalized.
The fight will be part of the un-aired preliminary card of WEC 49, which takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The show marks the WEC's Canadian debut.
Marc Ratner sees UFC taking active role in officiating recruitment, improvement
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.