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Brendan Schaub targeted for UFC 154 in Montreal, wants Lavar Johnson
(mmajunkie.com)
Brendan Schaub has a likely date for his next fight, and he also has an opponent in mind. Schaub, who was on a four-fight win streak before back-to-back losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has targeted him for a UFC 154 return. And if he gets his way, Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will fight heavy-handed heavyweight Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC). UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre. No fights have been officially announced for the pay-per-view event, but the UFC hopes to feature welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre vs. interim titleholder Carlos Condit, as well as welterweight contenders Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann. "When I talked to Joe Silva [on July 6], they said Nov. 17 is the plan," Schaub said. "Nov. 17 in Montreal is the plan. "And if it was up to me, I'd love to fight Lavar Johnson. That'd be fun, right?"
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 2:41PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brendan Schaub targeted for UFC 154 in Montreal, wants Lavar Johnson
(mmajunkie.com)
Brendan Schaub has a likely date for his next fight, and he also has an opponent in mind. Schaub, who was on a four-fight win streak before back-to-back losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has targeted him for a UFC 154 return.
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 2:36PM by DrivenDavies15 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Henderson’s Game Plan Against Jon Jones At UFC 151: “Win Every Round”
(fightcove.com)
Jon Jones has had an undeniably impressive run through his young MMA career. Ten men have been unable to solve the Jon Jones puzzle in the UFC, but at UFC 151 on Sept. 1, Dan Henderson hopes to change all that. Henderson is best known for his crucifying knockout power and trademark overhand right. The move have knocked many men out cold and while the California native will undoubtedly be throwing the punch against Jones, he says landing the ‘H-Bomb’ isn’t his sole focus for the fight. In fact, Henderson went into detail with a group of reports at the recent UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas and explained how his focus gainst Jones at UFC 151 is to win every round, not headhunt with the ‘H-Bomb’. “My focus is to win every round, not to land the ‘H-Bomb’. But if I hit him pretty good along the way hopefully it knocks him out. I do need to make sure I get inside his length and stay in his face and make him fight me. That’s going to be nice to be able to knock him out, but I never depend on it. It’s something that, you know, I try to make sure I win every round and control the fight whether I have to take it to the ground, stay on my feet, on the outside or in the clinch. I’m sure I won’t be on the outside a whole lot with Jon Jones, I’ll feel like one of those little kids, you push your hand out there and you can’t hit him. So I’ve just got make sure I get past his reach.” “A lot of people that think (he’s unbeatable) have never fought before. They see what he’s done from the outside and, you know he’s done well with his style but I fee like he’s never fought anyone like me and with my style it really, you know, I think goes well for me against someone like him. He’s still young and unorthodox, I think that’s his biggest asset and, you know but he’s young and sloppy a bit. He still has a lot to learn in this sport technically and those are the things, I just need to make sure I stay in position and not catch some goofy elbow.”
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 4:13AM by lohmann - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone-Melvin Guillard set
(espn.go.com)
Former lightweight training partners Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard will meet Aug. 11 at UFC 150 in Denver, the promotion announced Friday. Cerrone and Guillard once trained together at Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, N.M. During their stint at Jackson's the 155-pound title contenders became friends. But that won't prevent them from going hard at one another on fight night. "Two best friends fighting," Guillard said on Twitter. "We are about to kick each other in the face. Fun times, right!" this should insure fireworks in the octagon
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 9:33PM by Manak - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ronda Rousey, Luke Rockhold, Other Strikeforce Fighters Reportedly Contractually Blocked From Moving To UFC; Updated With Dana White's Denial
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dave Meltzer's latest podcast has a bit of shocking news that we'd not heard to this point when it comes to Strikeforce fighters. In the wake of last night's Strikeforce show that saw Luke Rockhold retain his Strikeforce middleweight title, Dave was discussing the idea of fighters in Strikeforce fighting the best in the UFC when he said the words "but that can't happen because of the deal with Showtime." He went on to explain that this was the result of Showtime's paranoia over having Alistair Overeem, Nick Diaz and Dan Henderson lost to the UFC (all through slightly different circumstances): "They made this list of guys and they said 'these are our guys' and, even if their contract expires, they can't move to UFC. That's part of their deal with keeping this alive. So these guys are stuck." "He [Gilbert Melendez] couldn't go to UFC. He could go to Bellator if he wanted to, but he couldn't go to the UFC... There's a list of guys, not everyone on Showtime is on the list, but Ronda Rousey is on the list, Gilbert Melendez is on the list, Luke Rockhold is on the list... It's for as long as Showtime broadcasts MMA." UPDATE: Meltzer clarified the Rousey situation: I think it's important that we understand that this could be a misunderstanding, could be fact, could be somewhere in the middle. Meltzer has talked to people about it, it appears that if it is not the case, that some people think it is. Discuss it with that in mind. UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long. UFC president Dana White tweeted earlier today that he was on his way to Australia for the the first episode of TUF: UK vs. Australia. Not long after he got there, he responded to Dave Meltzer's report regarding a deal that Zuffa made with Showtime that will see a collection of Strikeforce fighters staying with the organization as long as the two organizations continue to work together. Cindy O on the UG asked Dana if it was true, and he responded by text: "idk wtf melzers problem is! Has this guy lost his mind? That is absolutely not true!"
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:35PM by lohmann - 12 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
 
Urijah Faber, Renan Barao Differ on Waiting to Fight Champ Dominick Cruz
(mmafighting.com)
Given Urijah Faber's history with Dominick Cruz, you would think that he would be hellbent on waiting to fight his rival and avenge his defeat. Faber would probably have that option if he beats Renan Barao in an interim bantamweight championship match at UFC 149. But Faber's not interested in putting his career on ice to make that happen. Interestingly, Barao is taking the direct opposite approach. It's the Brazilian who says that if he wins, he'll wait until Cruz returns from a knee injury in order to fight him in a bout that determine supremacy in the weight class. "I think I would want to want to wait to fight Dominick Cruz," he said. "That’s a fight that I would really want. And I would want to convert my interim title into a definitive title for the weight class." But Faber? He has no interest in playing the waiting game. "I'm not waiting for Dominick in any way, shape, or form," he said. "It makes sense for Carlos Condit to wait around for Georges St-Pierre. It’s a huge fight for him, but for me, of course, everyone wants to see the fight with Dominick and I, but I’m not going to put my life on hold because of his injuries. Fighting's what I do, it's how I make my living, it's what I love to do, and I’ll be fighting whenever they give me the opportunity."
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:30PM by lohmann - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Targeting March 2013 for Next Stop in Japan
(mmaweekly.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Japan for UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson this past February. It marked the promotion’s first event in Japan in more than a decade. It appears the UFC is ready to return, already planning for another date at the Saitama Super Arena in 2013, according to NikkanSports.com. MMAWeekly.com sources indicate that March 3 is the date that officials are circling on the calendar.
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:27PM by lohmann - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BJ Penn prepared to pay for UFC 152 pre-fight testing
(bjpenn.com)
“For much of his career, former UFC champion B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) has been an outspoken opponent of performance-enhancing drug use in the sport of mixed martial arts. And so when the non-profit Voluntary Anti-Doping Association volunteered to sponsor pre-fight testing for Penn and his UFC 152 opponent, Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), “The Prodigy” immediately agreed to take part. Penn has since been forced to withdraw his support of the program due to VADA’s insistence the results of the testing be released prior to the matchup. However, the Hawaiian scrapper doesn’t want to nix the plan all together. Instead, he said he’s willing to foot the bill for the procedures if the organization can wait to make the results public.
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:26PM by lohmann - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ken Stone meets Erik Perez in bantamweight bout at UFC 150 in Denver
(mmajunkie.com)
A bout between a pair of bantamweights has been added to the UFC's return to Denver. Ken Stone (11-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet Erik Perez (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) next month on the preliminary card of UFC 150. UFC officials on Saturday announced the fight booking. UFC 150 takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center and features a main event lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and former champ Frankie Edgar, a rematch from their UFC 144 main event. Main-card fights air on pay-per-view, while FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 7:05PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Weidman firms up stance, wants next shot at UFC champ Anderson Silva
(mmajunkie.com)
Chris Weidman asked for his fight with Mark Munoz, and things seemed to go not bad. Not bad at all. Now he wants another fight – an even bigger one. And he believes if given a crack at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he'll shock the world. "I asked for (Munoz), and the UFC was willing to give me the fight I wanted," Weidman on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "Mark Munoz was probably the worst matchup for me on paper. He's a wrestler and he has powerful striking. But I took the test, and I was able to pass it."
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 1:50PM by prophecy033 - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC signs top-ranked flyweight fighter Jussier da Silva to contract
(mmamania.com)
One of the most glaring omissions in the burgeoning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight division has just been corrected. Nova Uniao's Jussier da Silva (14-1), according to manager Andre Pederneiras and the man himself, has just signed with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, adding yet another intriguing element to the growing 125-pound division. Da Silva, better known as "Formiga" ("ant" in Portuguese), burst onto the scene with an upset decision win over then-top dog Shinichi "BJ" Kojima back in 2009, usurping his place as number one in the division. Da Silva has since gone 7-1, his sole loss coming at the hands of UFC contender Ian McCall with a win over Mamoru Yamaguchi following immediately after. "Formiga" packs a nasty grappling game, with his airtight back control of particular note. While he struggled for a long time with finishing from there, his last four victories have come via tapout.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 11:01AM by sparky - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Zuffa announces PED Policy
(mmapayout.com)
The UFC announced earlier this week at its Fighter Summit that it would provide UFC and Strikeforce fighters a formal policy concerning Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) and other banned substances. Via UFC press release: Lawrence Epstein, the company’s Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, explained the written policy is a continuation of existing policy, and that both promotions will follow guidelines drafted by the same law firm which advises the National Football League on PEDs.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 9:36AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ian McCall lobbying for flyweight fight against Louis Gaudinot at UFC on FOX 4
(mmajunkie.com)
Ian McCall is looking for a rebound, and he has someone in mind. After a disappointing loss to Demetrious Johnson in their rematch this past month in Florida, McCall has been bummed. But what better way to put a smile back on his face, he figures, than getting his hand raised again in the octagon. "I've been pissed off and depressed about losing (to Johnson)," McCall recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I want to be happy again."
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 9:30AM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Benavidez vs. Johnson, Bisping vs. Stann Slated for UFC 152
(mmafighting.com)
Brian Stann has won the Michael Bisping sweepstakes. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Stann will meet Bisping on Sept. 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto. Both Stann and Bisping have verbally agreed to the fight but have yet to sign bout agreements. In addition to that fight, the pay-per-view will be headlined by Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson for the inaugural UFC flyweight title. Stann and Alan Belcher have been openly campaigning for a shot at Bisping during the last couple of weeks. In fact, at a UFC 148 pool party last week in Las Vegas the middleweights were seen trying to convince UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to give them the Brit next.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 12:15AM by sparky - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard set for UFC 150 co-main event in Denver
(mmajunkie.com)
Donald Cerrone wanted a fight in Denver, and he shall have it – against a former teammate. "Cowboy," who was born in nearby Colorado Springs, next month will fight Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 in a lightweight bout between two recent title contenders. UFC officials on Friday announced the fight booking, which will serve as the co-main event of the card. UFC 150 takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center and features a main event lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and former champ Frankie Edgar, a rematch from their UFC 144 main event. Main-card fights air on pay-per-view, while FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
Submitted Jul 13, 2012 6:02PM by DrivenDavies15 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Griffin 6th fighter to get TRT exemption in Nevada
(mmajunkie.com)
In advance of his UFC 148 rubber match with Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin obtained a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy, according to Pro MMA Radio host Larry Pepe.
Submitted Jul 13, 2012 3:47PM by Pookie - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 148 drug tests come back clean
(mmajunkie.com)
All 22 fighters underwent drug testing at this past weekend's UFC 148 event and tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today e-mailed the drug-testing results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). UFC 148 took place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC middleweight champion Anderson successfully defended his title with a second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen in the night's heavily anticipated headliner. Also on the main card, Forrest Griffin sent Tito Ortiz into retirement on a loss, earning a decision victory and claiming victory in the pair's trilogy series. The NSAC tested those co-headliners along with the remaining 18 fighters on the card. All tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.
Submitted Jul 13, 2012 2:58PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ref Josh Rosenthal acknowledges late stoppage
(siriusxmsports.posterous.com)
"I came home and I watched it, and I was kind of like you know, if I was sitting here, watching this on the couch, I probably would have been talking smack about myself," he said on SiriusXM's Tapout Radio show. "I always say accountability is a huge part of the sport, and you are accountable for your actions," he said. "I feel like I was just a little slow on the trigger [Wednesday]. I don't want to see guys take unnecessary punishment. It's a rough sport. Everyone knows what they sign in for, but it's a millisecond-basis game. You're making choices right there on the spot, and in the heat of the moment, I felt like I was seeing some stuff. In hindsight, I have to step my game up and make sure I'm on point for the next guys."
Submitted Jul 13, 2012 2:20PM by Card - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chan Sung Jung to undergo shoulder surgery
(mmafighting.com)
While it appeared to be a virtual lock that "The Korean Zombie" would compete on the UFC's debut in China in November, sources close to the fighter have informed MMAFighting.com that Jung has instead decided to undergo shoulder surgery next week to correct an issue that has been plaguing him for quite some time.
Submitted Jul 13, 2012 2:19PM by Card - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping: Win over 'fat' Mark Munoz does not make Chris Weidman a contender
(mmamania.com)
Via [Michael Bisping's] Twitter account:

Weidman looked great last night. But no1 contender? If that's the case I want to fight him and prove I'm the number 1 contender. Let's do it.
Oh, but the brash Brit didn't stop there, not by a longshot. Make the jump to see what he told Fighters Only about the current state of the UFC's middleweight talent pool and the recent plethora of call outs he has received:

Yeah it seems like I am the man of the moment right now doesn't it? That's fine by me, I'm a professional fighter and I've not been busy enough lately to be honest so, I will happily fight all three of them - Stann, Weidman and Belcher can all have it. I've got no problem fighting and beating all three of them, either on three consecutive cards or all on one night if they want. Listen, Belcher's getting on my nerves. He keeps saying he has got the style to beat me - what style? No man with a tattoo like that can talk to anyone about style! He's been calling me out for a while now so I'd say to him, when you beat someone other than a pure jiu jitsu guy then call me. Brian Stann I respect, fine, I think we are on collision course and we can have that fight. I'll win. And now Chris Weidman is calling me out. Well, he's on a roll but I don't think a win over a fat Mark Munoz makes you a contender. Especially when Munoz has bounced into the Octagon like he's at a Take That concert and with a haircut that looks like Belcher's tattooist has switched careers. Did that distract him? It distracted me. I couldn't take my eyes off it. What was it supposed to be, do you know? Everyone's talking about Weidman today but I tell you what, we were on the same card in January and I had to switch his fight with Maia off. I was trying to warm up backstage and the fight was putting me to sleep. I wanted to get hyped up and it was like watching paint dry. He looked good last night - or did Munoz look awful? They all seem like nice guys, good luck to them - except Belcher, he's been getting on my nerves so lets not include him [in the good luck wishes] - but I will happily fight them all, no problem. I want to be the champion and I think I am one more win away from a title shot. And any of these guys can be my first defences.
Submitted Jul 13, 2012 2:13AM by lohmann - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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