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Josh Burkman: I wouldn't leave WSOF for UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Josh Burkman is a man of his word. So when he signs a contract, you can expect him to fulfill the terms of it. That's why the resurgent welterweight, who upset former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch this past weekend in World Series of Fighting 3's main event, won't be returning to the UFC even if his former home made him a new offer. Right now, his loyalty is to the WSOF, where he's 3-0 with wins over Fitch, Aaron Simpson and Gerald Harris. Now 8-1 since his 2008 UFC release, Burkman recently nabbed an honorable mention slot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA welterweight rankings.
Submitted Jun 19, 2013 4:13PM by DrivenDavies15 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Rampage Jackson makes pro-wrestling debut with clash against Kurt Angle on TNA Impact
(bloodyelbow.com)
Check out Rampage's first ever professional wresting appearance on Thursday's TNA Impact.
Submitted Jun 7, 2013 1:25AM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
'Rampage' Jackson to appear on TNA, four-part reality show and movies in works
(mmajunkie.com)
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson should be plenty busy in the next few years if all goes as planned in his new deal with Bellator, Spike TV and TNA Wrestling.
Submitted Jun 6, 2013 11:07AM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tito Ortiz denies Jenna Jameson's allegations, turns focus to custody battle
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC) takes a deep breath before he answers. Long one of the most outspoken men in the sport of MMA, Ortiz briefly considers just how much he wants to reveal. But as he weighs the reality staring up at him on a computer screen, he decides to go all in. "I wasn't going to talk about it, but my kids are down for a nap right now," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I just took an hour nap, myself, because I get up at 6 a.m. every morning, and I take care of these kids Monday through Saturday. I have a nanny that comes in and helps me because Jenna doesn't want to be a mom. She has a problem, and I don't want to bash her because she's the mother of my children. But I've tried to help somebody for the last seven years. I tried to make a family, and it's hard to do that when somebody else doesn't want to contribute. I just look at as I can't help somebody that doesn't want to be helped. She can try and bash me as much as possible. The only thing it's hurting is my children."
Submitted May 30, 2013 10:07PM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar will be next UFC Hall of Fame members
(mmajunkie.com)
The next members of the UFC's Hall of Fame put themselves on a path to enshrinement more than eight years ago. Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, who took part in what is widely regarded as the most important fight in UFC history, as well as one of the best fights in MMA history, will go into the UFC's Hall of Fame this summer...
Submitted May 26, 2013 10:40AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ex-UFC champ Matt Serra is retired – barring fight in Madison Square Garden
(mmajunkie.com)
Matt Serra won't say he's officially retired, but he might never fight again. The former UFC welterweight champion recently told Newsday that a recent health scare put his life into perspective, and right now, he doesn't see much reason to continue fighting. That is, unless his longtime promoter finds its way through a legal quagmire that has kept it out of Serra's home state of New York. A fight in Madison Square Garden is the only thing on his competitive bucket list. "But at the same time, if that doesn't happen, I definitely consider myself done," Serra told Newsday. "It's hard to say the 'R word.' I might never say the 'R word.'"
Submitted May 22, 2013 3:45PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jones wants to fight two more times in 2013
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC light heavyweight champion is currently healing from a toe injury suffered at UFC 159, but he would like to fight two more times in 2013 according to his manager.
Submitted May 22, 2013 11:33AM by prophecy033 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Gegard Mousasi leaning heavily towards middleweight, wants Vitor Belfort or other top contender
(mmafighting.com)
Gegard Mousasi is currently rehabbing his injured knee, but when he returns, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion may very well be fighting in a brand new division. "There's a big chance that I will go to middleweight," Mousasi revealed to MMAFighting.com "It all depends on the fights that I'm going to get. If I'm going to get a big name at middleweight, I'll probably go down. "It's all about matchups. Let's say they're going to give me somebody like Vitor Belfort that's maybe a contender. That's the kind of fight I want." Mousasi fought much of his early career in Japan at middleweight, and easily tipped the scales at 204 pounds without cutting weight for his UFC debut. In the past, the 27-year-old believed dropping back down would've been a dicey proposition, but after considering the way he's recently trained and the ease with which he's lost weight, he's now confident it won't be a problem. "To be honest, I believe middleweight will be much better for me," Mousasi said. "I will give my opponent less advantages. But at the end of the day it's all about skills. That doesn't mean that size advantages always win, but like I've said, in the highest level, you don't want to give the slightest edge to your opponent. Everyone is skilled, everyone has abilities. So that's why I think middleweight will be much more suitable to my body frame. "It's all about the opportunity," he continued. "I really want to go for this belt. I believe that style-wise, matchup-wise, I matchup much better against Anderson Silva than Jon Jones, but it doesn't mean that I'm scared to fight at 205. Jon Jones is skilled and so is Anderson Silva, but at the highest levels, when you're competing against the top levels, you don't want to give anybody an advantage. So I don't want to give a weight and size difference advantage also. That's why I said middleweight." Mousasi is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury and is targeting a late-2013 comeback to the Octagon. When he returns, the Dutch-Armenian fighter hopes to immediately make up for lost time. "My focus is to get to the belt as soon as possible," said Mousasi. "I‘ve done the route of [waiting]. I don't have those things that other fighters complain about, jetlag and days off. I don't have those issues. I never have. So I'm just looking for big fights. "The fight I had last (Ilir Latifi), the guy wasn't known, he wasn't ranked. It doesn't mean anything. But I have a history. I only haven't fought in UFC, but I have a history. People come and get immediate title shots. I don't think that's going to be the case for me, but I've beaten champions, ex-champions. So it's all about one, maybe two big names and then I hope to get a title shot."
Submitted May 21, 2013 6:08PM by SmileR - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Transgender Fighter Fallon Fox Says She is Actually at a Disadvantage to Her Opponents
(mmaweekly.com)
Much has been made of male-to-female transgender athlete Fallon Fox’s participation in women's MMA, but the CFA fighter says she is actually at a disadvantage to her opposition.
Submitted May 21, 2013 3:34PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC suspends Nate Diaz for 90 days, fines him $20,000 for derogatory tweet
(mmajunkie.com)
A day after handing Nate Diaz an indefinite suspension pending an investigation, the UFC has come up with its terms for the recent lightweight title challenger following a derogatory tweet. Diaz has been suspended for 90 days and fined $20,000.
Submitted May 17, 2013 9:25PM by prophecy033 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 159's Bryan Caraway ecstatic with new bonus, blasts marijuana usage in MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 159 is actually the second time marijuana has impacted Bryan Caraway's professional MMA career, but the first in which it's actually paid off. 
Submitted May 16, 2013 12:08AM by prophecy033 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ken Shamrock: MMA forcing better boxing matchups – except with Floyd Mayweather
(mmajunkie.com)
Ken Shamrock is a pretty rabid boxing fan these days, especially now that the sport's bigger names are actually boxing other top guys. Everyone but Floyd Mayweather Jr., that is. 
Submitted May 16, 2013 12:00AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Josh Barnett still looking for UFC deal
(bloodyelbow.com)
Josh Barnett appeared on the MMA Hour on Monday and he had some interesting things to say on his fighting future and where he wants to finish his career.
Submitted May 14, 2013 1:28PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Tim Sylvia wants to fight Frank Mir or Pat Barry
(bloodyelbow.com)
"The Maine-iac" has once again expressed his desire to return to the UFC, where the former heavyweight champion hasn't competed since 2008.
Submitted May 14, 2013 1:26PM by prophecy033 - 18 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
 
Nick Diaz is starting his own MMA promotion
(bloodyelbow.com)
Rumors are surfacing that Nick Diaz is starting his own Stockton based MMA promotion.
Submitted May 13, 2013 4:06PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Dana: 'Hunt proved everyone wrong'
(bloodyelbow.com)
After originally trying to refuse the Samoan entry to the UFC, president Dana White gives his thoughts on Mark Hunt's current success.
Submitted May 13, 2013 1:02PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Vitor Belfort not ashamed of TRT use, 'I'm not doing anything illegal'
(bloodyelbow.com)
Heading into his UFC on FX 8 bout against Luke Rockhold, Vitor Belfort tells Mike Chiappetta that he's not ashamed to be using testosterone replacement therapy.
Submitted May 13, 2013 1:00PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Leonard Garcia's team bashes Bellator, questions claim of 'phantom' rep
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claims his promotion never once contacted Leonard Garcia (15-11-1) about a potential deal with the tournament-based promotion. Garcia's team isn't buying it. "In light of Bellator's alleged legal chicanery with their own champions like Eddie Alvarez and Zach Makovsky, and high-profile fighters like Leonard Garcia making known their desire to avoid a potentially bad situation, it is not surprising Bellator is trying to get ahead of the bad PR plaguing their promotion," Garcia's reps at Haymaker's Empire Sports Management wrote in a statement issued to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "However, this story about a 'phantom' Bellator representative making phony offers to fighters just strains credulity." Garcia fought 17 times under the Zuffa banner from 2007 until this past month's UFC 159 event. While always an entertaining brawler, Garcia suffered five consecutive losses in the UFC's octagon and was released from his contract with the promotion...
Submitted May 11, 2013 8:40PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Mark Hunt denied boarding on US-bound flights due to visa issues, recent arrest
(bloodyelbow.com)
Mark Hunt has been unable to fly to the US to prepare for his upcoming UFC 160 bout with Junior dos Santos. He has been keeping a running commentary on twitter as to the reasons why, which involve visa issues and a recent arrest.
Submitted May 9, 2013 12:06PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Sonnen issues twitter challenge to Wanderlei Silva
(bloodyelbow.com)
Chael Sonnen's not retiring, and he has made it clear who he wants to fight next. Now the challenge is official, but he has apparently given Wanderlei Silva a time limit to accept.
Submitted May 9, 2013 1:30AM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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