Ben Rothwell Out of UFC on FOX 4
Jul 25, 2012 - Heavyweight Ben Rothwell has pulled out of his UFC on FOX 4 against Travis Browne due to an injured ankle, MMAFighting.com has learned from sources close to the fight. The fight was supposed to take place on the FOX portion of the card.
According to other sources, the UFC has offered former Strikeforce fighter Devin Cole the opportunity to fight Browne on FOX, however, MMAFighting.com has been unable to confirm whether Browne vs. Cole will happen next week with anyone close to Cole's camp.
Rothwell (32-8) last competed at UFC 145 when he knocked out Brendan Schaub. Browne (13-0-1) was also victorious at UFC 145, submitting Chad Griggs in the first round.
Cole (20-9-1) last fought for Strikeforce in December. He would be entering this fight riding a two-fight winning streak.
UFC on FOX 4, headlined by Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera, airs live on Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Rony "Jason" vs Sam Sicilia set for UFC 153
Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) likely won't be able to cruise against his next opponent.
The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" is set to meet hard-swinging Sam Sicilia (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 153, sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com.
Oct 13 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch (fw title)
- Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher
- Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
- Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
- Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. TBA
- Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
- Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Rory MacDonald Warns B.J. Penn to Get Focused or Risk Serious Beating
Jul 25, 2012 - B.J. Penn was a no-show at Tuesday's UFC 152 press conference. Officially, he had to miss the event due to family circumstances, but his Sept. 22 opponent Rory MacDonald just sees his absence as another sign of an unfocused opponent.
Penn recently came out of a brief retirement to accept the matchup with MacDonald, saying he wanted revenge on MacDonald's camp, Tri-Star, which is also the home of Penn's longtime rival Georges St-Pierre. But on Tuesday, MacDonald publicly questioned whether Penn is truly motivated to return, and warned that if he's not, things will end disastrously for the former two-division champion.
"I'm training for the best BJ, you know what I mean?" he said. "I'm preparing to be the best version, I'm going to come out evolved. I'm going to come out in good shape, explosive, exciting like I always do, and I'm going to be very technical. I'm going to be on point. I don't know where B.J.'s at. He didn't even show up to this. He's dropping out of the VADA testing. The last time I saw him he looked really out of shape. I don't know where his head is at in this, but he better get serious or I'm going to hurt him very badly."
Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte added to UFC 153 in Brazil
Sergio Moraes is headed to the welterweight division after falling short in "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" as an injury replacement.
Moraes (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is scheduled to meet fellow "TUF: Brazil" competitor Renee Forte (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 153, which takes place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and airs live on pay-per-view.
Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares fight moves back to UFC 150 from UFC 151
The UFC 150 shuffle continues.
A lightweight fight between Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) is back on the August card after a short move to the September UFC 151 event.
UFC officials on Wednesday confirmed the bout's spot on UFC 150 in Denver. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) earlier this month reported the fight had moved from UFC 150 to UFC 151. Now it is back in its original home.
Rousimar Palhares Out; Buddy Roberts In Against Yushin Okami at UFC 150
A late change has been made to the upcoming UFC 150 card in Denver as Rousimar Palhares has been forced out of his fight with Yushin Okami.
Greg Jackson trained middleweight Buddy Roberts now steps in to face Okami on the show happening on Aug. 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Roberts’ manager Ali Abdel Aziz from Dominance MMA confirmed the news via Twitter late Tuesday evening, and also independently confirmed the switch to MMAWeekly.com as well.
Alan Belcher and Vitor Belfort agree to meet at UFC 153 in Brazil
UFC president Dana White recently teased a few upcoming big fights in the middleweight division, and now the first of those matchups is on the schedule.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the two fighters that Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and Alan Belcher (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet on the main card of this fall's UFC 153 event.
Additionally, Belfort late Tuesday took to his Twitter account to call out Belcher for UFC 153, then said in his native Portugese that the matchup was one UFC president Dana White wanted.
Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and challenger Erik Koch, "UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch" takes place Oct. 13 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
Belfort in talks about Weidman fight in Rio
Vitor Belfort has revealed he has held talks with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva over a possible fight with Chris Weidman.
"Guys, I spoke to Joe Silva and asked to fight with the top contender #weidman here in Brazil,2 Belfort tweeted. "I think this is the fight that will credence me to a title fight so that is what happened.
"I want the belt but I am not desperate. I think Weidman is the next for the belt, but Anderson Silva deserves to see who is next. So let's make this fight the next contender: Belfort vs Weidman the next contender for Anderson Silva."
Weidman quickly replied to Belfort, and he seemed less willing to meet the former light-heavyweight.
Weidman tweeted: "Love ya @vitorbelfort but you already had your shot at the belt and I'm sure you will have another in the future. Right now is my time though."
I really wish they would hurry up and clear up the MW picture right now but i guess they are waiting for bisping/stann
Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione scratched from UFC on FOX 4
The matchup, which UFC officials first announced in May, was pulled so that Broughton can deal with a few personal matters.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the change, though UFC executives weren't immediately available for comment, and it's currently unknown if the promotion will have time to secure a replacement opponent.
Michael Bisping: Fight with Brian Stann ‘Real Main Event’ for UFC 152, Not the Flyweights
You can say what you want about Michael Bisping, but the guy sure knows how to sell a fight.
With two months remaining until Bisping returns to action at UFC 152 to face decorated Marine turned middleweight contender Brian Stann, the brash Brit is already doing his part to make their co-main event fight the biggest thing on the upcoming card in Toronto.
So big in fact that Bisping believes their bout is the real headliner and not the 125lb title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.
“In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event. Two big hard hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights, this is the real main event, this is the real big fight, tune in cause someone’s getting knocked out, ain’t going to be me though,” said Bisping when speaking to Fuel TV on Saturday.
“This is the real main event of UFC 152.”
Ulysses Gomez slotted to face John Moraga at UFC on FOX 4
Flyweight Ulysses Gomez this past week told MMAjunkie.com Radio that he wasn't yet booked for his UFC debut but would be ready if duty called.
And with the injury withdrawal of Ian McCall, opportunity has knocked.
Gomez (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been slotted to face fellow newcomer John Moraga (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 4, which takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Dana White Admits Calgary UFC 149 Was Disappointing
Dana White admitted the card fell short...
I thought from the beginning the card should have been free - no way PPV. And then with that, with very few exceptions, they were very boring and dull fights
Is it just me, or does anyone else not really care to watch Faber fight again? It's always the same 5 round non finish bore
And Hector Lombard sort of reminded me of the crazy Paolo Fihlo when he fought Sonnen - it's like he was mentally elsewhere and seeing ghosts... not sure what happened to Lombard
Bisping says he's been promised title shot
Should Michael Bisping take care of business against Brian Stann when the two meet at UFC 152 in September, he’ll finally get his long-awaited title shot.
“I’ve been told if I beat him -- and beat him well -- I’ll get a title shot,” Bisping said. “But I haven’t gotten it in writing, so it probably doesn’t mean anything.”
Ryan Jimmo hopes seven-second KO at UFC 149 silences critics – for a while, anyway
Is there any way Ryan Jimmo's Saturday night could have been better?
The light heavyweight made his long-awaited UFC debut. He got to fight on the prelims on FX. He fought in front of his home crowd in Canada. And he bagged a UFC record-tying seven-second knockout.
The only way Jimmo's introduction to the UFC fan base could have been better is with a six-second KO, or a five. And that nearly was the case.
UFC 149 bonuses: Jimmo, Riddle, Caraway, Gagnon win $65,000 post-fight awards
Ryan Jimmo, Matthew Riddle, Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon each earned $65,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao" pay-per-view event.
Jimmo earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Riddle won the "Submission of the Night" bonus and Caraway and Gagnon took home "Fight of the Night."
MMAjunkie.com learned of the winners and bonus amounts at the night's post-event news conference, where they were announced by UFC president Dana White.
Nothing decided yet, but UFC boss says Chris Weidman currently closest to title shot
Saturday's UFC 149 co-main event was supposed to provide a little clarity to the middleweight title picture. And it did – sort of.
Tim Boetsch, a more than 3-to-1 underdog in his fight against former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard, won a split decision – snapping Lombard's 25-fight unbeaten streak and throwing a wrench into the 185-pound class.
And because of that upset, UFC president Dana White was no closer after the card to figuring out the next opponent for champ Anderson Silva as he was before it – though he has an idea the direction he'd go if the clock was ticking and he had to pick immediately: Chris Weidman.
UFC 149 draws a reported 16,089 attendance for $4.1 million live gate
Saturday night's UFC 149 pay-per-view event drew an announced attendance of 16,089 and a live gate of $4.1 million – a new live gate record for the venue.
UFC president Dana White announced the figures at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com attended.
UFC 149 took place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and was the promotion's first visit to Canada's fourth largest city. The card featured a main event interim bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber, which Barao won by five-round unanimous decision.