UFC 131's Vagner Rocha on Donald Cerrone: "It's a lose-lose fight for him"
Vagner Rocha (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) knows the odds are against him.
A little more than two years into his fighting career, he's facing a two-time WEC title-challenger on a three-fight streak. A bonus collector. A guy with almost three times his experience.
So it's no surprise to him that he's a 3-to-1 underdog against Donald Cerrone (14-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC). He's keeping track because he's bet on himself. Not the farm, but "somebody's rent money," as Rocha told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The two meet Saturday on the first pay-per-view bout of UFC 131, which takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Strikeforce's Overeem and Werdum hope grand-prix title leads to UFC title shot
With one crossover fight between a UFC champ and Strikeforce champ now in the books, it's not unreasonable to wonder what's in store for the champions of other weight divisions.
And with the second round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix around the corner – a tournament that several of its participants have previously said will crown the No. 1 heavyweight in the world – it's not a stretch to imagine the winner presenting a good case for another crossover.
Although Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (34-11 MMA, 3-0 SF) and Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1 MMA, 3-0 SF) are focused on fighting each other in the quarterfinals of the tournament, they share the hope that winning the competition will open the door to a bout with current UFC heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez.
Although cleared by commission, Gina Carano's return date unknown, manager says
Everything was full steam ahead for Gina Carano until Monday.
According to her manager, the popular fighter had had a "phenomenal camp" in preparation for a fight with Sarah D'Alelio at "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" before an "unfortunate setback" prompted her doctor to advise against her participation in the event, which takes place June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
"She's bummed out and trained her ass off for this fight," Scott Karp today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via text.
Diamonds are forever: An MMAmania interview exclusive with Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier has big plans.
After a 1-1 stint in the WEC, "Diamond" looked polished in his UFC debut, completely dismantling then number one featherweight contender Josh Grispi via dominant unanimous decision at UFC 125 on New Year's.
Having just turned 22 years old, he's got all the time in the world to continue to develop his skills.
The Louisiana fighter trains under Tim Credeur at the Gladiator academy in Lafayette, LA and as he stated in his exclusive interview with MMAmania.com, despite defeating the number one contender, he's in no rush for a title shot.
TUF 13 Finale medical suspensions: Kingsbury, Cope, Downes out up to six months
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to 10 fighters from The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, and three competitors could be out up to six months.
They include main-card winners Kyle Kingsbury and Chris Cope, as well as preliminary-card fighter Danny Downes.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of medical suspensions from the NSAC.
Chris Cope on TUF 13 Finale victory: "I busted my ass" to get better
It's just Chris Cope's luck that he would be required to fight Chuck O'Neil, one of the only guys to whom he took a liking on "The Ultimate Fighter 13."
But Cope knows that fighting friends is part of the business, especially on a reality show in which you could end up fighting anyone in the end.
Cope's Team Lesnar teammates weren't jazzed that he hung out with the opposing Team Dos Santos during the reality show's six-week shoot. In fact, they thought he was a spy. But there was a reason he talked to everyone, and it's the same reason he wasn't too fazed about fighting Chuck O'Neil.
UFC Quick Quote: Michael Bisping replaced Osama Bin Laden as the most hated man in America
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 coach Jason Miller (via Heavy.com) isn't waiting for the cameras to roll before taking his shots at opposing coach Michael Bisping, who will try and lead a team of mixed martial arts contestants to the promised land on the Spike TV reality show later this year. "Mayhem" was set to make his Octagon return against Aaron Simpson at UFC 132 until Chael Sonnen fought the law -- and the law won.
TUF 13 Finale winner Ed Herman now enjoying life after reality series
"The Ultimate Fighter" was a mixed bag for season-three runner-up Ed Herman.
It launched his UFC career and brought him notoriety on MMA's biggest stage. But even 10 seasons later, it solidified him as a villain in many fans' eyes.
But Herman, who recently returned from a near-two-year layoff to pick up a win at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, seems to have made peace with his time on the Spike TV reality series.
Rick Story Explains Taking UFC on Versus 4 Fight With Nate Marquardt
Fresh off his win over top contender Thiago Alves at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill, Story took a couple days to rest, went back into training, and jumped at the opportunity to get right back into preparing for a fight by accepting a bout with former middleweight title contender Nate Marquardt. The bout will take place at UFC on Versus 4 on June 26.
Accepting a fight against top competition usually entails several weeks of training camp leading into the bout. Story, however, embraces jumping right into another marquee fight after having earned the biggest win of his career.
Strikeforce adds Coenen-Tate, Gracie-Lawal; Souza-Rockhold announced prematurely
Showtime officials today announced a pair of new contests for July's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event, as women's welterweight champion Marloes Coenen meets top contender Miesha Tate, and Roger Gracie faces Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in a light heavyweight affair.
Both fights take place on the evening's main card.
However, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that a third bout announced today, a middleweight title fight between Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, was announced prematurely and will likely take place at a later date.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale winner Clay Guida: "Wrestling wins championships"
LAS VEGAS – UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida's grappling-heavy victory over Anthony Pettis (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) may have done little to wow some fans, but "The Carpenter" doesn't regret the strategy.
Sure, he would have liked to finish the fight just as much as Spike TV-viewers probably hoped to witness such a result in the co-feature of Saturday night's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale event, but it simply didn't happen.
Nevertheless, Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) never thought once about straying from his wrestling-based approach. After all, Guida is simply following a blueprint established by countless others – control the position, control the fight.
Despite losing title shot, TUF 13 Finale's Anthony Pettis finds a silver lining
Those around him may lament the loss of a promised title shot, but Anthony Pettis refuses to dwell on the what-ifs.
The final WEC lightweight champion and would-be top UFC contender opted to take a fight with Clay Guida rather than wait on the sidelines for a shot at the gold.
Guida derailed Pettis' momentum with a grinder-like performance at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale on Saturday. But Pettis isn't a regretful guy.
Tony Ferguson Hopes to Change Fans' Perception at TUF Finale
LAS VEGAS – Every season of "The Ultimate Fighter" has a villain. After the season, that villain usually wants to let the world know that he's not really a villain, he just plays one – or is portrayed as one through editing – on TV.
Tony Ferguson is the Season 13 villain, and on Thursday, two days ahead of his fight in the finale against Ramsey Nijem, he said he's looking forward to making amends for his actions late in the season, when he was shown commenting about housemate Charlie Rader's family situation, setting off this season's biggest house brouhaha.
Shoulder Injury Sidelines Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson; Rest Required But No Surgery
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson was forced out of his fight against Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4 due to a shoulder injury suffered in training.
Johnson’s manager Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management confirmed the injury to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
The UFC announced that Johnson was forced out of the fight due to injury and that Rick Story would step in to replace ‘Rumble’ on the June 26 card.
Despite broken leg, UFC's Demetrious Johnson expects a speedy return
Early in the second round of his recent UFC 130 fight with Miguel Torres, Demetrious Johnson threw a hard kick that was checked by his opponent.
He instantly knew something was wrong but persevered and ultimately got a close decision victory.
But after returning to his day job and watching his limb massively swell, he went to the doctor earlier this week and got the bad news: It's broken.
Anthony Johnson out, Rick Story steps in to face Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4
"Rumble" will have to wait a little bit longer to headline his first UFC event.
Massive welterweight Anthony Johnson has been forced to withdraw from the main event of June's UFC on Versus 4 event, and Rick Story has agreed to step in and face Nate Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC).
The pair now meets in the main event of "UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story," which takes place June 26 at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. The night's main card airs on Versus.
UFC Quick Quote: Jorge Santiago thought Brian Stann would be an easy fight
Easy does it for middleweight masher Jorge Santiago, who tells Tatame.com that his performance against Brian Stann at this past weekend's UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" event on May 28 in Las Vegas can be attributed to a lackadaisical attitude toward the match-up. "Sandman" thought he could sink "All American" quickly but was instead felled in the second round via brutal knockout after eating quite a few big shots from the former Marine.
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