Vitor Belfort says Forrest Griffin turned down fight with him for UFC 155
It appears that Forrest Griffin wasn't a fan of fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 155 in December. Belfort spoke to Brazilian site UOL about the issue, and said that Griffin wasn't interested in tangling with him at the Vegas event:
I met with Forrest and he told me that he volunteered for a list of six names and mine was the first. He said he would face any of them except me. It's good to have this kind of recognition. I am here to serve the company."
I think this probably has to do with the fact that the two men were training partners for so long at Xtreme Couture. I can't see any other reason why Griffin would turn down a bout with The Phenom, only to sign on against Phil Davis. Belfort also stated that he's willing to take fights at either light heavyweight or middleweight:
"My weight, my category, are the medium. I am adaptable. But I do not have much time left in my career and I want to have great challenges, be in whichever weight it will be. I can make great fights and don’t run from anybody, I’ll be always ready."
Chael Sonnen chooses Dan Henderson as 'TUF 17' assistant coach
Chael Sonnen today told MMAjunkie.com that not only does he expect Dan Henderson to help him prepare for a title fight against Jon Jones – but Henderson will be one of his assistant coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17."
"We're on great terms (and) we've always been on great terms," Sonnen said while adding that Henderson will also corner him against the light-heavyweight champ.
Sonnen downplayed any rift with Henderson that arose in the wake of his selection as a "TUF 17" coach.
Alcantara vs. Eduardo, Castro and Vieira added to Jan. 19 UFC event in Brazil
Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is dropping a weight class to fight fellow bantamweight Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the currently unannounced Jan. 19 UFC event in Brazil.
Additionally, featherweights Godofredo Castro (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Milton Vieira (13-7-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) will meet at the event.
Sportv.com and Tatame reported the bouts, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm them with UFC officials.
All UFC on FUEL TV 6 fighters to receive drug testing, no TUEs issued for event
The UFC has retained an independent drug-testing laboratory to screen fighters for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse at next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in Macau.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with promotion officials that all 20 fighters on the card will be subjected to testing.
Additionally, UFC officials confirmed that no therapeutic-use exemptions were granted to any fighter on the UFC on FUEL TV 6 card.
John Cofer meets fellow 'TUF: Live' cast member Mike Rio at TUF 16 Finale
A lightweight matchup between "The Ultimate Figher: Live" cast members John Cofer and Mike Rio is set for December's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
UFC officials today announced the new matchup, which is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with a main event between "TUF 16" coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson.
Mike Pierce Replaces Kyle Noke, Meets Seth Baczynski At UFC on FX 6
After losing original opponent Kyle Noke (20-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) due to an injury, Seth Baczynski (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has a new opponent for December: Mike Pierce (15-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new welterweight bout.
The fight is part of UFC on FX 6, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia.
The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
The latest UFC on FOX 6 lineup now includes:
•Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos
•Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares
•"The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK" welterweight final
•"The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK" lightweight final
•Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce
•Hacran Dias vs. Chad Mendes
•Joey Beltran vs. Anthony Perosh
•Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Chael Sonnen hints at rift with Dan Henderson following 'TUF 17' fallout
Occasional training partners Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson probably aren't as close as they used to be.
During Tuesday's MetroPCS online chat, Sonnen said he hasn't spoken to the fellow Team Quest fighter ever since Henderson posted some critical tweets.
Sonnen, of course, recently leapfrogged Henderson in the pecking order of the light-heavyweight division and got a coaching spot on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" and a promised title shot with champion Jon Jones.
White says Jones-Silva 'absolutely will happen,' Jones expects heavyweight move in 2013
While UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) vs. welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) is still a strong possibility, UFC president Dana White has strengthened his stance on the possibility of Silva vs. light-heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC).
"I said it in Brazil, and I'll say it again: Hell yes, they will (fight)," he said Tuesday.
Time is ticking, though; Jones said he plans to be a heavyweight as early as next year.
UFC returning to Boston in 2013, Ireland by 2014
For the first time since 2010, the UFC will return to Boston, likely in 2013.
Additionally, for the first time since 2009, the organization plans to make a return to Ireland no later than 2014.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the plans during a MetroPCS online chat on Tuesday night.
"We're definitely coming back to Boston," White said. "I've actually been working on that lately. We'll definitely come to Boston next year, in '13."
To date, the Massachusetts capital has hosted just one event: UFC 118 in August 2010. The event, which saw then-champ Frankie Edgar retain his lightweight title in a rematch with B.J. Penn, took place at TD Garden. Bolstered by the third UFC Fan Expo, the event, which also saw Randy Couture submit boxer James Toney, drew 14,168 attendees for a solid $2.8 million gate.
John Maguire replaces Besam Yousef, meets Matt Riddle at UFC 154
A few days after Matt Riddle (6-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) replaced injured Stephen Thompson (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 154, his opponent, Besam Yousef (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), also has been forced off the card.
Replacing the welterweight is veteran John Maguire (18-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the change.
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The night's main card, including UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. interim titleholder Carlos Condit, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Riddle vs. Maguire, which is the card's 13th fight, is slated for the Facebook stream.
Stephan Bonnar retires from mixed martial arts
Fight fans have seen the last of Stephan Bonnar.
Bonner, who recently suffered a lopsided first-round knockout loss at the hands of Anderson Silva at UFC 153, had his fate sealed by UFC President Dana White late Tuesday night.
"Yes, Bonnar will be retiring now," White revealed midway through an online MetroPCS chat with fans.
Bonnar later confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwan
UFC champ Jose Aldo faces Frankie Edgar on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will meet former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (14-3-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) on Super Bowl weekend.
UFC officials announced on Tuesday's new edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" that the much-anticipated matchup will headline the UFC's annual Super Bowl weekend card in Las Vegas.
The event, which serves as UFC 156, takes place Feb. 2 at a venue yet to be determined.
The UFC had held a Las Vegas pay-per-view event on the eve of the NFL's Super Bowl every year since 2004. All but one have taken place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, a 12,000-seat venue on the Las Vegas Strip.
'The Ultimate Fighter 16' ratings: Episode No. 7 slips with 676K viewers
Ratings for the seventh episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson" slipped from the previous week's number with 676,000 total viewers tuning into the broadcast.
The figure marks a 17 percent decrease in viewers from the 811,000 that tuned into episode No. 6.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with industry sources.
The one-hour episode featured the sixth round-of-16 fight from the season's welterweight tournament; Team Nelson's Michael Hill earned a controversial split-decision win over Team Carwin's Matt Secor. The result saw Team Nelson tie up the season series 3-3 in the round-of-16 fights
The "TUF: Live" episode-by-episode ratings include:
"The Ultimate Fighter 16" episode No. 1 ratings: 947,000 viewers
"The Ultimate Fighter 16" episode No. 2 ratings: 872,000
"The Ultimate Fighter 16" episode No. 3 ratings: 775,000
"The Ultimate Fighter 16" episode No. 4 ratings: 1.1 million
"The Ultimate Fighter 16" episode No. 5 ratings: 624,000
"The Ultimate Fighter 16" episode No. 6 ratings: 811,000
"The Ultimate Fighter 16" episode No. 7 ratings: 676,000
Ryan Bader: Chris Weidman lost house to Hurricane Sandy
It appears that UFC middleweight Chris Weidman has some serious stuff to worry about right now that has nothing to do with fighting. Weidman, who lives near Baldwin Harbor, NY, has apparently lost his home to Hurricane Sandy. Ryan Bader tweeted about it earlier:
Thoughts go out to @chrisweidmanufc & his family. Lost his home in the storm on the east coast.Please show him your support. @magllc @ufc
— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) October 30, 2012
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney will waive matching period should Eddie Alvarez not re-sign
Negotiations to keep Eddie Alvarez in Bellator resumed nearly the moment he stepped out of the cage following a knockout of Patricky "Pitbull" Freire.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney now has advanced the timeline on Alvarez's decision, telling MMAjunkie.com that he'll waive a standard 90-day matching period if the ex-champ doesn't initially take a new contract offer.
"Based on our relationship with Ed, there's no reason to hold him to a series of months of not having the opportunity to look at those offers," Rebney said.