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WEC-to-UFC move no issue for quick learner Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier still remembers the telephone conversation he had with the Louisiana gym owner who regularly hosted mixed martial artists for training. Poirier was then a 17-year-old from Lafayette, La., who had moved out on his own to get away from the cycle of living with one parent, getting in trouble, then moving in with the other. He was taking on more responsibility in life, and he was getting out of the rhythm of spending time with a rougher crowd. A longtime athlete, Poirier had moved from sport to sport but had left high school early. He still wanted competition, so he went looking for it. A good article, with interview, about UFC Featherweight prospect Dustin Poirier.
UFC Cuts Pat Audinwood
He may have a great nickname, but Pat “Awesomely Awesome” Audinwood did not live up to it in his two fights in the UFC, and he has been released by the promotion. Prior to entering the UFC, Audinwood was 9-0-1 with four submission wins to his credit. Unfortunately during his brief run with the UFC, he went 0-2 with losses to Thiago Tavares and John Makdessi. He's the second cut by UFC this week along with Dustin Hazelett and more could be coming.
UFC 125: Gray Maynard Talks TUF 13 and Welcoming Anthony Pettis
Gray Maynard isn’t the type of fighter to hand pick his opponent. It’s that attitude that explains why he doesn’t really care who he’d face if he defeats Frankie Edgar to win the UFC lightweight title at UFC 125 in January. Currently, final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is in line to fight for the belt next. While Maynard admits if he was coming into the UFC for the first time he’d want a little more experience, he’s happy to accept the challenge.
UFC Quick Quote: ‘Having a UFC in Brazil without a Gracie wouldn’t make sense’
"It's Renzo's dream to fight in a UFC in Brazil, but it's up to the UFC and Dana [White] to make it happen. Having a UFC in Brazil without a Gracie wouldn't make sense." - Renzo Gracie's manager, Abdel Aziz, tells MMAfighting.com that his fighter wants to compete on the Aug. 27, 2011 card at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Gray Maynard Talks Boxing Technique and UFC 125 Opponent Frankie Edgar
SB Nation's David St. Martin caught up with Gray Maynard, the man who will challenge Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 125. The interview has a lot of goodness including talk about how deserving he feels the WEC fighters are of competing in the UFC. But the part that sticks out most to me is this exchange where Maynard talks about his boxing and how Edgar's focus on Penn may give him an advantage.
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton official for "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" prelims
Polish WEC import Maciej Jewtuszko (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and British fighter Curt Warburton (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face-off Down Under. UFC execs today officially announced the matchup, which had previously been reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), for the preliminary portion of "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch." Featuring a welterweight headliner between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, UFC 127 takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event airs live on pay-per-view.
Five bouts, including Mendes vs. Omigawa, added to "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort"
The UFC's traditional Super Bowl weekend card is nearly complete, and UFC brass has announced five additional fights for "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort." All five fights were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though a featherweight matchup between Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes and Japanese import Michihiro Omigawa had not yet been tied down to specific date by initial reports. Featuring a middleweight title fight between current champion Anderson Silva and top challenger Vitor Belfort, UFC 126 takes place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The Mendes vs. Omigawa matchup takes place in the preliminary portion of UFC 126, as do previously reported bouts of Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor, Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson. A previously reported fight between Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha is slated for the evening's main card.
Dustin Hazelett Released From UFC
Following a loss to Mark Bocek at UFC 124 in Montreal, Dustin Hazelett has been released from the UFC. Sources close to the fighter confirmed Hazelett’s release to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. The Cincinnati-based fighter had fallen on tough times recently after knee surgery sidelined him for over a year. He returned and dropped his next three fights in a row.
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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz headlines UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle
A light-heavyweight matchup between Brazilian veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and UFC legend Tito Ortiz (15-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) is getting main-event treatment in March. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the contest, which originally was thought to be scheduled for UFC 128, instead will headline UFC Fight Night 24. While officials have not formally announced UFC Fight Night 24, the event is expected to take place March 26 in Seattle and air on the UFC's longtime cable partner, Spike TV.
Report: Josh Koscheck Has Orbital Bone Surgery After UFC 124 Loss
Going into UFC 124, Josh Koscheck was sure that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was afraid to stand and strike with him. GSP disabused the challenger of that notion in the first round when he broke Koscheck's right orbital bone with a stiff jab. GSP continued to attack the eye throughout the five rounds of the fight. Ringside doctors examined Koscheck between rounds but allowed Koscheck to fight all five rounds.
"Countdown to UFC 125" debuts Dec. 29 on Spike TV, replays on Versus
The UFC's traditional event preview show returns Dec. 29 with the debut of "Countdown to UFC 125." The pay-per-view event takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard lightweight title fight and Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann co-headliner. The preview show debuts at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV. Replays are set for Dec. 31 (9 a.m. ET/PT) and Jan. 1 (6 p.m. ET/PT) on Spike TV and Dec. 30 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and midnight ET/9 p.m. PT) on Versus.
TJ Grant lands four-fight deal to stay with UFC
MERRY CHRISTMAS, T.J. Grant. The Cole Harbour mixed martial arts fighter has reached a new four-fight deal to continue his career in the UFC. The 26-year-old Grant had one fight left on a four-fight agreement he signed last year. The welterweight out of the Fit Plus Gym lost in his last outing on a unanimous decision to Ricardo Almeida at UFC 124 in Montreal on Dec. 11. "It’s good to know they appreciate what I do and I get to keep doing my thing," he said Monday. "I want to get a better result next time."
UFC 125: Chris Leben doesn't under-Stann his Jan. 1 match up
UFC middleweight standout Chris Leben doesn't know why he's been put in a bout with former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann after submitting Yoshihiro Akiyama, but he realizes what a win could do for him. Read on for an interesting quote from Chris Leben that shows his perspective on his upcoming bout.
"UFC 125: Resolution" video preview
On Jan. 1, the Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off what's expected to be a busy year with "UFC 125: Resolution." Check one of the UFC's entertaining video previews for the pay-per-view event. The show takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The headliner pits UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar against top contender Gray Maynard, who's the only fighter with a previous win over the champ. The winner next fights Anthony Pettis, the new and final WEC champion who was crowned at this past week's promotion-ending WEC 53 event. Great video preview, highly entertaining. Worth a look for sure
Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page II in the works for UFC on Versus 3
Former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles (8-1 MMA, 5-1 WEC) finally will make his long-awaited return to the cage. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Bowles and fellow 135-pound slugger Damacio Page (12-5 MMA, 3-2 WEC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC on Versus 3. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
"UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" in Australia equals fastest sellout in UFC history
UFC president Dana White long has labeled Canada as a "mecca of a mixed martial arts," but Australia doesn't appear to be too far behind. UFC officials today announced that tickets for the promotion's return to Australia at UFC 127 sold out in just 30 minutes, equaling a record set this past June at UFC 115 in Canada. "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The same venue also hosted the UFC's Australian debut, UFC 110, which took place this past February. "We're ecstatic," UFC exec Marshall Zelaznik stated in today's release. "Tickets sold out literally as quickly as the Ticketek phone lines and website would allow, and that's despite us working with our partners at Acer to add an extra 600 seats to the in-arena configuration we had at UFC 110.
UFC 129 Expected To Set Attendance Records, 2 Title Fights Possible
t was a long time in the making, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut event in Toronto is now set, at least everything but the fight card. The promotion’s first even in Canada’s largest city, originally dubbed UFC 131, has been renamed UFC 129. It will take place at the Rogers Centre, formerly the Sky Dome, on April 30, 2011. The UFC has its sights set on breaking it’s own North American mixed martial arts attendance record, set at the recent UFC 124 in Montreal at 23,152, but isn’t likely to come anywhere near the arena record held by WWE (over 68,000). That is more a matter of choice than lack of ability according to promotion officials. They're talking about 25,000-40,000 as a likely number. As mentioned, the UFC 129 fight card is yet to be set. Speculation has centered on UFC welterweight champion and countryman Georges St-Pierre defending his belt against Jake Shields in Toronto, as well as the possibility of a heavyweight title tilt between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Mizugaki-Rivera Slated for UFC Live 3
Takeya Mizugaki will reportedly make the jump to the big show as he squares off against once-beaten Francisco Rivera at UFC Live 3 “Sanchez vs. Kampmann.” According to a report from MMA Weekly, the pair have agreed to meet at the March 3 event. Mizugaki looks to erase the memory of his last appearance inside the cage, as the Japanese fighter was destroyed by Urijah Faber in the Team Alpha Male product's debut effort at bantamweight.
UFC 124 medical suspensions: Koscheck and Stevenson issued 60-day orders
In staying with recent form, the The Quebec Athletic Commission issued each every one of the 22 fighters on this month's "UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck II" fight card a medical suspension. Fortunately for fight fans and UFC 124 competitors, only two of the directives are for more than 45 days. UFC 124 main-card losers Josh Koscheck and Joe Stevenson each topped the list of medical suspensions from the recent event with 60-day orders.
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