New Zealand in the UFC’s Sights for 2015 or 2016
With the UFC looking to spread
its wings, bringing shows to
more and more countries, UFC
Director of Operations for
Australia, New Zealand &
Canada Tom Wright has
revealed that they are targeting
their debut show in New
Zealand with the Vector Arena
in Auckland. It won’t, however,
be until at least 2015.
Thatch vs. Thiago, Sicilia vs. Castro added to UFC Fight Night 32
A pair of fights have been added to UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil.
Paulo Thiago, who was forced to withdraw from his bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 27 with an injury, announced on his Twitter that he will return to the Octagon on Nov. 9 against Brandon Thatch. Godofredo Castro vs. Sam Sicilia, originally planned to UFC Fight Night 28, is rebooked to UFN 32 now that Pepey has recovered from his injury.
Pat Barry vs. Soa Palelei added to UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia
A heavyweight matchup between Pat Barry and Soa Palelei has been added to December's UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia.
The booking was first announced by Australian outlet WAtoday.com.au, and UFC officials later confirmed the booking.
UFC Fight Night 33 takes place Dec. 7 in the Queensland capital at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Broadcast plans haven't been announced, but the event is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on Facebook. Due to the time difference, the event takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, in Australia (but Friday, Dec. 6, in the U.S.).
Donation fund set up for injured UFC fighter Matt Grice
A donation fund has been set up for injured UFC fighter and police officer Matt Grice.
Grice was critically injured Sunday in a car accident in Oklahoma. Donations are being accepted at .
Grice, who was recently pulled from next month's UFC 166 event due to the head and other injuries he suffered in the accident, is married with two young daughters.
Shogun Rua vs. James Te Huna set for UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia
UFC superstar Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is headed Down Under, combining with eight of Australia's most promising fighters for a huge summer of Mixed Martial Arts.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal Rua, the former light heavyweight world champion, will join fellow Brazilian hero Antonio ‘Bigfoot' Silva on the UFC Fight Night card scheduled for December 7 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
In a huge boost for the sport Down Under, the South American duo will both be up against Australians, with Rua set to face Penrith star James Te Huna while Silva will have top billing in his bout with cult Sydney heavyweight Mark Hunt.
With Estevan Payan out, Charles Oliveira meets Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166
Thanks to a pair of injuries, UFC 166 has a new featherweight fight.
An injury has knocked Estevan Payan (14-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) from his fight with Charles Oliveira (16-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC). And the recent car accident that has Matt Grice (15-5 MMA, 2-5 UFC) still hospitalized with a head injury meant Jeremy Larsen (8-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) was without an opponent.
Now Oliveira and Larsen will fight each other on the preliminary card. UFC officials announced the new booking on Tuesday night.
‘Jacare’ Souza wants test at 205: 'I've always had this idea'
Weight difference is not a problem for Ronaldo Souza. The two-time black belt absolute world champion in jiu-jitsu has fought guys who weighed more than 30 pounds than him, and "Jacare" eyes more challenges in his MMA career.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion mauled Yushin Okami last Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 28 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and told MMA Fighting he would move up to light heavyweight to test himself.
"That would give me more opportunities to work," Souza said. "I’m not a big guy for 205, but I’m really strong and would do great fights in this division as well. I've always had this idea, I just never had the opportunity to show how ready I was for this challenge.
Revitalized to fight Chael Sonnen, Rashad Evans admits he 'was just going through the motions'
The night before Chael Sonnen tweeted out his latest callout via Photoshop, he and Rashad Evans were seated inches away from each other, waxing poetic about Carlos Condit for UFC Fight Night 27's post-fight show. Back then a collision between the two fighter-turned-analysts was the furthest thing from Evans' mind. But things have a funny way of working out in this sport.
"Him and Dana (White) are close. Chael is about big fights, and he's about the fights that are going to bring him the biggest draw, so I'm sure I made more sense to him than anybody else," Evans said of his UFC 167 co-main event clash against Sonnen on Monday's The MMA Hour...