After a tough year, a re-motivated Wanderlei Silva returns at UFC 132
Sitting on the sidelines is hard for any fighter, but when you're Wanderlei Silva, it's excruciating.
One of the most beloved figures in the sport, Silva gets messages daily from fans who want to see him return to the cage sooner than later.
For the past year, though, he's been unable to oblige those requests. Injuries have kept Silva (33-10-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) out of the spotlight for 17 months, and now that he's back, he wants to please his fans as much as he wants to beat Chris Leben (21-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC), whom he faces at UFC 132.
Fedor Emelianenko: Two losses in a row cannot be coincidence ... I do not want to allow a third
Three strikes and you're out.
Famed Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will try to pull the chute on his current freefall when he battles Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson in the main event of "Fedor vs. Henderson" set to go down on July 30, 2011, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Emelianenko (31-3) was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament earlier this year after the cageside doctor deemed him unfit to answer the bell for round three of his quarterfinal bout against Antonio Silva.
72 Hours with Urijah Faber: The Life of a Champion
Urijah Faber is used to being in the spotlight. He’s been the main event over and over again. But on July 2 at UFC 132, Faber steps into the brightest spotlight of his career in the biggest fight of his career.
Faber squares of with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a man he’s defeated once before.
Only this time, unlike four and a half years ago in the WEC, Faber will be the challenger try to wrest the belt from Cruz.
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Hatsu Hioki to Train with Georges St-Pierre and Andre Benkei While UFC Negotiations Continue
While former Sengoku and Shooto fighter Hatsu Hioki hasn’t officially signed with the UFC yet, he’s going to do some training in the U.S. and Canada just to help him prepare if it does happen.
Hioki, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the MMAWeekly World MMA rankings, has been rumored to be negotiating with the UFC while searching for a new fight home.
The Japanese featherweight attended UFC 131 in Vancouver over the weekend, and will now be taking his talents to Canada and the United States to get some training in as well.
Strikeforce's Brett Rogers: "Healthy is going to get you wealthy"
DALLAS – Who's that guy sitting at the Strikeforce podium?
It's heavyweight Brett Rogers. You might do a double take after you see him – not just for the bright yellow T-shirt and fire-engine red shoes he sports. Something is different. He's a bit more, well, svelte.
As Rogers (11-2 MMA, 2-2 SF) said today, it's not just a full training camp that's shed the pounds. It's a new diet, which he said is one more step in being a "top to bottom" good athlete.
Strikeforce CEO on Cris "Cyborg" Santos negotiations: No deal but "We're dancing"
DALLAS – Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, who's arguably the top female fighter in MMA today, still is without a contract.
The management team for Strikeforce current women's middleweight champion hasn't been able to strike a new deal with company officials.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he has no updates on the negotiations, but he's optimistic a deal will get done and the 145-pound champ will be back in the cage.
Josh Barnett's Strange Journey to the Strikeforce Cage
Eight hundred seventy-two. That's the number of days since Josh Barnett last fought on U.S. soil (when he forced Gilbert Yvel to tap to strikes). In the interim, we've seen three Super Bowl champions. Two major scandals involving self-portraits of penises. Two earthquakes near 9.0 in magnitude in Japan and Chile. Flooding in Pakistan. The deaths of both Michael Jackson and Osama bin Laden. The rise of Twitter and Facebook. Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien playing hot potato with the Tonight Show. Uprisings in Egypt and Libya and across the Middle East. And so on and so forth.
Following UFC 131 loss, Shane Carwin has broken nose, possible orbital fracture
Following a UFC 131 main-event loss to Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin was unavailable to the media in the post-fight press conference and instead was ushered to the hospital.
Carwin, who was badly bloodied in the first round of Saturday's fight, ultimately survived the onslaught and settled for a unanimous-decision loss.
In a blog post, Carwin discussed the fight while confirming a suspected broken nose and a possible orbital fracture.
Strikeforce odds: Josh Barnett vs Brett Rogers
Most of the Monday morning black belts are still talking about the heavyweight action that took place at UFC 131 last Saturday night in Vancouver. Well fellow Maniacs, I'm here with a "Grim" reminder that another batch of 265-pounders are set to do battle this weekend in Dallas.
The second leg of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament will get underway on June 18 from the American Airlines Center and will include a titanic tilt between former PRIDE star Josh Barnett taking on the heavy-handed Brett Rogers.
Barnett's experience and grappling credentials have made him the odds-on favorite at -340.
The Big Payback: Alistair Overeem Predicts a Much Different Fight With Werdum This Time
Alistair Overeem still remembers his 2006 loss to Fabricio Werdum, but he says when they meet again in Strikeforce, everyone can expect a much different outcome.
If you go back and watch the first fight between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum from Pride: Total Elimination in 2006, there are quite a few glaring differences from what you might see when the two heavyweights meet in a rematch this weekend in Strikeforce.
Following Trash Talking Kids project, Stephan Bonnar has beef with Josh Koscheck
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Simply put, UFC fan favorite Stephan Bonnar does not like fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 1" cast member Josh Koscheck.
Or, as Bonnar put it a little more eloquently, the light heavyweight dreams of kicking the welterweight contender's ass.
"Words cannot describe how bad I want to kick Josh Koscheck's ass right now," Bonnar said at this weekend's UFC Fight Club Q&A session. "Sometimes I can't sleep at night because I'm up just thinking about all the things I want to do to him – and kick his ass."
UFC Quick Quote: Donald Cerrone wants to fight Sam Stout after UFC 131 win
Donald Cerrone talks to Ariel Helwani after his impressive showing at the UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" event last night (June 11, 2011) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and calls out Sam Stout, who was also in action on the card.
"Cowboy" cruised past late replacement and Octagon debutant Vagner Rocha, while "Hands of Stone" knocked out journeyman Yves Edwards with a left hand so devastating that Dana White referred to it as "one of the most vicious knockouts in UFC history."
UFC 131's Mark Munoz: "I proved I am in that top echelon" at middleweight
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva goes for his 10th consecutive title defense when he meets Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in August.
After that? Well, your guess is as good as anyone else's.
But following an impressive victory over Demian Maia (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at Saturday's UFC 131 event, Mark Munoz (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) believes he proved he should be in the title discussion.
UFC 131: Cain Velasquez reacts to Junior dos Santos vs Shane Carwin fight result
UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez has been in a state of purgatory for some time now.
Not only has he been unable to train, thanks to a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, but it's also been unclear who the next challenger to his title will be.
That came to an end last night (June 11, 2011) in the main event of UFC 131, as Junior dos Santos emphatically put a stamp on his status as the top contender in the division by overwhelming Shane Carwin en route to a clear unanimous decision win.
UFC 131 winner Junior Dos Santos: I will be ready for champ Cain Velasquez
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – For the second-straight fight, heavyweight slugger Junior Dos Santos (13-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) was unable to finish his opponent.
For the second-straight time, it hardly seemed to matter.
Dos Santos battered a game Shane Carwin (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) over a 15-minute span in the main event of Saturday's UFC 131 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Now it's on to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), and Dos Santos believes he's more than ready for his most difficult challenge yet.
With title shot likely, UFC 131's Kenny Florian committed to 145 pounds
Two-time UFC lightweight title-challenger Kenny Florian admits his first cut to 145 pounds was a challenge.
In fact, after being forced to cut down from a beginning weight of more than 180 pounds, Florian (15-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) wondered if fighting in a fourth weight class was perhaps one too many.
But following a victory over Diego Nunes (16-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in Saturday's UFC 131 co-main event on pay-per-view, he appears to have what he wanted all along: another shot at the title.
Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland slated for UFC 134 in Brazil
A bantamweight bout between Ian Loveland (14-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Yves Jabouin (15-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is slated for August's UFC 134 event.
Officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fight.
The bout likely will be part of the preliminary card of UFC 134, which takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro. The pay-per-view headliner pits middleweight champion Anderson Silva against Yushin Okami.
Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch slated for UFC Fight Night 25 "Bayou" event
This past week Jonathan Brookins told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he planned to return at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou."
"The Ultimate Fighter 12" winner now has an opponent.
Brookins (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has agreed to drop a weight class to fight featherweight Erik Koch (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the Sept. 17 event, UFC officials today announced.