Ireland Lands UFC Events on Television with Setana’s New Sports Package Additions
Ireland has waited for the Ultimate Fighting Championship to return to its shores for a long time, and while they’re not getting an event on Irish soil in the near future, Irish sports fans will be able to watch 30 live UFC events beginning in August.
Setanta Sports on Monday announced that BT Sports 1 and BT Sports 2, as well as ESPN, would become available through Setana’s sports packages starting Aug. 1. The new channels will be automatically added to existing customers line-ups on that date.
Pricing for the sports channels was not announced, but an announcement is expected by mid-July...
Ex-UFC fighter Tim Credeur surrenders following warrant on gun, drug charges
Former UFC middleweight Tim Creduer today turned himself into authorities two weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest on drug and firearms charges.
Credeur was taken into custody after he reported to the Lafayette (La.) County Correctional Center at 9:30 a.m. He later posted two bonds totaling $5,500 on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and possession of a firearm in the presence of a Schedule I narcotic.
Lafayette police issued a warrant for Credeur's arrest on May 29...
Tito Ortiz Questions Bonnar's Hall of Fame Status
and I quote:
"As far as Stephan, I have nothing against the guy, but you've got to be a world champion, I think, to be in the Hall of Fame ... That's a big honor to be in the Hall of Fame," Ortiz said to MMA Junkie. "It means you had a significance in the sport at one time or another. You look at that, and the Forrest and Stephan fight was a big step for the UFC, so do they deserve it? Possibly. But can one fight get you in the Hall of Fame? I don't know. I guess that's Dana's decision."
Dylan Andrews vs. Papy Abedi added to August's UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 event
A middleweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 17" cast member Dylan Andrews (16-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Swedish contender Papy Abedi (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 event.
UFC officials today announced the new booking, which sees Abedi move up to 185 pounds after three fights in the octagon at welterweight. The bout was originally reported by Australian news outlet MMA Kanvas.
Featuring a welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann, UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 takes place Aug. 28 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Lightweights Jamie Varner and Gleison Tibau set for UFC 164 in Milwaukee
The UFC's August return to Milwaukee has a new lightweight fight set for the bill.
Former WEC champion Jamie Varner (21-7-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is set to meet Gleison Tibau (27-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at UFC 164. Sources with knowledge of the bout recently confirmed the fight booking to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and UFC officials made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
The latest UFC 164 card includes:
Champ Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant - for UFC lightweight title
Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir
Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes
Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
Gleison Tibau vs. Jamie Varner
Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei
Tim Elliott vs. Louis Gaudinot
Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jared Hamman
Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Josh Burkman: I wouldn't leave WSOF for UFC
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.
UFC's Hector Lombard officially headed to welterweight, wants Nate Marquardt
After his much-anticipated arrival in the UFC middleweight division provided mixed results, Hector Lombard is officially dropping a weight class.
Lombard (32-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) today confirmed the move to welterweight via Twitter. Additionally, FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" confirmed the move on Tuesday, with reporter Ariel Helwani reporting Lombard is interested in a fight with Nate Marquardt (32-12-2 MMA, 10-5 UFC).
UFC officials haven't confirmed a date or an opponent for the former Bellator champion's next bout.