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Twitter Beef of the Day: Chael Sonnen Serves Mayhem Miller a Nice Glass of STFU
(cagepotato.com)
There is no truly no place on the Internet more hate stricken than that of the Twittersphere, other than Sputnikmusic or well…here, of course. I’ll be honest, I’ve had a Twitter account for a few months now and I’m still not truly sure as to what its purpose on this world is. Do I care if Kourtney Kardashian is currently releasing the contents of her latest trip to Moe’s in the second floor bathroom of a Versace outlet? Not really, but apparently there are nearly six million people on this planet that need to be made aware of this disturbing fact, right down to how many pieces of corn managed to find their way into the bowl. But I digress. Perhaps the most ironic aspect of Twitter, at least in my mind, is its ability to make celebrities willingly trade away the last bit of privacy they so desperately ask for when bombarded by the media. In less than 150 characters, these public figures can run their names into the ground, yet even the UFC encourages it, handing out monetary awards for “creativity” and “growth percentage” for this “social” media network. Where, in times past, people wrote down their thoughts in journals, diaries, or simply let a thought go, nowadays everyone from Miguel Torres to King Mo have significantly screwed themselves by using this device as a platform to express their innermost feelings for the world to see, somehow unaware that it would bite them in the ass almost immediately. Such is the case for Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Always the funnyman, Miller took to his Twitter yesterday and jotted down quite a zinger in light of Chael Sonnen’s recent Twitter remarks concerning Alistair Overeem:
Submitted Apr 10, 2012 12:37AM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Greg Jackson Explains Decision To Corner Jon Jones At UFC 145
(mmafighting.com)
Jon Jones had hoped to have his coach Greg Jackson alongside him for his UFC 145 Light Heavyweight Title defense against Rashad Evans but the fact Evans was a former student of Jackson's made things awkward for the sought after coach from New Mexico. After time, Jackson decided to corner Jones in a few weeks when the title in on the line and explained his decision to MMAFighting.com> this week:
Submitted Apr 10, 2012 12:29AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former Tachi Palace champ Ulysses Gomez committed to flyweight, seeking UFC bid
(mmajunkie.com)
Flyweight Ulysses Gomez (9-2) is certain of two things in his career: He wants to be in the UFC, and he's not a bantamweight, no matter how much it might hurt to admit. The UFC aspirations he's known for sometime, the return to 125 pounds is a more recent decision. "As much as I hate to admit it, I'm not big enough for 135," Gomez recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I learned that in my last fight when I fought Cody Gibson. He was a little bit taller at the weigh-in. Then when he walked in the cage, I was like, 'Man, this guy rehydrated pretty good.'" Fortunately for Gomez, who recently vacated the Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight belt in order to make a permanent return to 125 pounds, the UFC recently added a flyweight division. It was bittersweet for Gomez, who saw fellow TPF champ Ian McCall earn entry into the promotion's four-man 125-pound tourney. It's the final fight on Gomez's Tachi Palace Fights contract, and he's hoping the bout can serve as an informal UFC tryout. The UFC dream is front and center, and Gomez believes now is his time to make a run to the bright lights. "The UFC has been in the corner of my head for how many years?" Gomez asked. "I've been pumped up since like 2010, when the WEC was supposed to have the 125-pound division. I've been pumped up for a while. "I'm supposed to fight May 10 – Tachi Palace one more time. This is my last one on my contract, and hopefully bigger and better things after that."
Submitted Apr 9, 2012 7:09PM by BuffaloDave - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, UFC
 
Caught in the Middle: How Teammates Have Dealt with Jones vs. Evans
( mmaweekly.com)
What started as a rift between teammates has spawned into one of the biggest fights in UFC history, as Jon Jones gets ready to defend his light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans on April 21 in Atlanta. Before they were ever set to face off at UFC 145, Evans and Jones were both students of famed coach and MMA guru Greg Jackson at his camp in Albuquerque, N.M. The two light heavyweights trained alongside each other, and at one time promised to never let the fight game interfere with their friendship or team. It’s funny how a title can change all that, and now the one-time friends have become bitter rivals.
Submitted Apr 9, 2012 12:06PM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
How would Josh Barnett fare in the UFC?
(espn.go.com)
Alistair Overeem hasn't spoken publicly since news broke Wednesday that he tested positive for an increased testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. He probably doesn't have to for Josh Barnett to understand what the 31-year-old Dutch heavyweight is feeling right now. Barnett, of course, paid a heavy price when he failed a prefight drug test in California almost three years ago. Lost was a huge payday against Fedor Emelianenko, then ranked No. 1 in the division and widely considered among the best competitors in mixed martial arts. The loss of the fight was also the impetus for Affliction Entertainment going under, a situation that rattled the business, fostered the growth and subsequent decline of Strikeforce, and eventually led to Zuffa's move to consolidate the industry. It's unclear what penalties Overeem will suffer, but similar to Barnett (32-5) he could easily surrender a huge payday as well as the most important fight of his career -- a UFC title tilt against Junior dos Santos. Hey, at least he doesn't have to worry about bringing down a promotion, though he might not be around to partake in UFC's continuing prosperity. Still, with dark clouds currently hanging over his head, Overeem should take solace in the notion of Barnett's return the UFC for the first time in a decade -- the message being: No matter how badly someone messes up, Zuffa is prone to forgive under the right circumstances. Barnett's new lease on a UFC life is incumbent on defeating Daniel Cormier on May 19 to cap off the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament. If that happens, UFC president Dana White has suggested that the 34-year-old American could enter the Octagon for the first time since stopping Randy Couture in 2002 to claim the promotional title. How would he fare against the men ranked above him (which for the time being continues to include Overeem)?
Submitted Apr 8, 2012 3:11PM by prophecy033 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Munoz: TRT is cheating
(mixedmartialarts.com)
"It's cheating. I think it's cheating. I think anything that's synthetic that you put in your body is cheating. Get it from food, get it from training. That stuff jacks you up when you're done. For me, I'm a family man, I have kids, I have a wife and I want to be there for them at the end. I think when you take PEDs or anything like that, it cuts your life short. When it becomes like that, it's almost hedonistic. It's not a sport anymore. It becomes more than a sport and it shouldn't be like that.
Submitted Apr 8, 2012 2:58PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Silva Says He Has Waited His Whole Career To Rematch Belfort
(mmanews.com)
Wanderlei Silva has had an itch to get back in the cage with Vitor Belfort ever since Belfort embarrassed him at UFC: Brazil way back in 1998. Belfort needed only 44 seconds before he blasted his fellow countryman with a barrage of shots that still plays on UFC highlight reels today. The two are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and will meet some time down the road in a rematch that Silva has waited 14 long years for. He discussed it this week with The MMA Hour:
Submitted Apr 8, 2012 2:55PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC inks Nova Uniao Featherweight Hacran Dias to a 3-fight deal.
(sherdog.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has procured the services of another 145-pound member of Andre Pederneiras’ Rio de Janeiro-based team Nova Uniao. Hacran Dias, the 27-year-old cousin of Bellator competitor Marlon Sandro and main sparring partner of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, signed a three-fight contract with the UFC on Saturday before the cameras of Brazil’s Sensei SporTV.
Submitted Apr 8, 2012 1:35PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alistair Overeem NSAC hearing set for April 24, UFC 146 main event decision comes after
(mmamania.com)
Earlier today, it was reported that UFC President Dana White has already decided to keep the Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez fight intact as a main card showcase at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. That seemed like an interesting decision considering the circumstances. Those circumstances include Alistair Overeem having failed a surprise drug test at a press conference and throwing his main event match-up against Junior dos Santos into doubt. The situation is murky in the sense that Overeem can't be suspended because he hasn't actually been licensed for the heavyweight title fight over the Memorial Day weekend.
Submitted Apr 8, 2012 9:07AM by sparky - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FX 3 adds Brenneman-Silva, Magalhaes-Roberts, Magalhaes-Martinez, Means-Salas
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card is official for the recently announced "UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall" event. As officials announced earlier this week, UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8 at BankAtlantic Center near Fort Lauderdale in Sunrise, Fla. Previously reported and now-confirmed bouts include welterweights Charlie Brenneman (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), middleweights Buddy Roberts (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Caio Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and lightweights Bernardo Magalhaes (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Henry Martinez (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Additionally, the card got a new addition with lightweights Tim Means (17-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Justin Salas (10-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who both made promotional debuts at UFC on FUEL TV 1, where they picked up decision victories over Bernardo Magalhaes and Anton Kuivanen, respectively. UFC on FX 3's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims. The event, which is the latest in the UFC's Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown promotion, allows fans to vote for the final main-card bout.
Submitted Apr 7, 2012 11:45AM by sparky - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bantamweight’s John Albert And Byron Bloodworth Set For TUF 15 Finale
(themmanews.com)
A bantamweight bout for the TUF 15 Finale is set featuring TUF 14 fighter John ‘Prince’ Albert (7-2) and promotion sophomore Byron Bloodworth (6-2). The TUF 15 Finale is expected to take place on June 1, 2012 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by a five-round non-title bout between Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger.
Submitted Apr 7, 2012 11:43AM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Sophomore’s Max Holloway And Pat Schilling To Square Off At TUF 15 Finale
(themmanews.com)
Featherweight’s Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway (4-1) and Pat ‘Thrilling’ Schilling (5-1) will both step into the Octagon for a second time when the two fighters square off at the TUF 15 Finale this June. Officials with the UFC announced the matchup Friday night at UFC.com. The TUF 15 Finale is expected to take place on June 1, 2012 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Welterweights Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger are set to headline in a five-round non-title match..
Submitted Apr 7, 2012 11:39AM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 146 latest: 'Hendo' interested in Dos Santos title fight, Mir-Velasquez 'will happen'
(mmajunkie.com)
A few days after Alistair Overeem failed a drug test and likely cost himself a title shot, UFC officials have announced no replacement for his UFC 146 bout with heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. However, there have been some interesting developments. Veteran middleweight and light heavyweight Dan Henderson has expressed his interest in the bout, and UFC president Dana White seemingly has ruled out the possibility of Frank Mir stepping in. UFC 146, of course, takes place May 26, and the pay-per-view main card airs from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was expected to take on Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in the championship headliner, but the former Strikeforce and DREAM champ recently failed a surprise drug test (his T/E ratio was 14:1, well over the 6:1 cutoff), and the Nevada State Athletic Commission is now unlikely to license him for the fight. In recent days, fans have launched campaigns to push for everyone from Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) to Fedor Emelianenko (33-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) to be the replacement. However, many considered Mir (16-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), who's currently slated to fight ex-champ Cain Velasquez (9-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) on the UFC 146 main card, the leading candidate. But UFC president Dana White seemed to discount that possibility in a recent tweet when responding to a fan. "Mir vs. Cain will happen," he tweeted early this morning, suggesting he won't break up that matchup.
Submitted Apr 7, 2012 11:12AM by sparky - 38 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Charles Oliveira Vs. Jonathan Brookins Booked For TUF: Live Finale
(bloodyelbow.com)
Two of the UFC's most promising young featherweights have agreed to face off at the June 1st finale event for the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter, with UFC.com announcing the addition of Charles Oliveira vs. Jonathan Brookins to the card, earlier this evening TUF 12 champ Jonathan Brookins will take on submission specialist Charles Oliveira. Brookins looked as good as ever in his last outing, as he knocked out his opponent in the first round. And in Olivera's recent featherweight debut, he took only a few seconds longer to dispatch his opponent to earn a stunning submission win via the rarely-seen calf-crusher.
Submitted Apr 7, 2012 8:41AM by sparky - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean Pierson vs. Jake Hecht added to UFC on FX 3 in Florida
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight matchup between Sean Pierson (11-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Jake Hecht (11-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to UFC on FX 3. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the bout with sources close to the event after an initial report from Sportsnet "UFC Central" host Joe Ferraro. Pierson subsequently confirmed the bout via Twitter. UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8 at BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary-card fights air on FUEL TV. Pierson vs. Hecht is likely to be part of the prelims.
Submitted Apr 6, 2012 3:06PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen added to UFC 149 in Calgary
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight fight between Mitch Clarke (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Anton Kuivanen (16-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been added to this summer's UFC 149 fight card. UFC officials today announced the matchup. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines against an opponent to be announced. UFC 149's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. Clarke vs. Kuivanen likely will be part of the preliminary card
Submitted Apr 6, 2012 1:06PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Frankie Edgar expects late-summer title fight, never seriously considered 145 pounds
(mmajunkie.com)
Frankie Edgar wasn't even close to dropping to featherweight. Despite UFC boss Dana White's wish to see Edgar (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) move down and challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight strap, the former lightweight champ today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he was holding out for a rematch with the man who took his belt, Benson Henderson (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC). "I don't think going out on a loss, especially one that close – it's just not my style, I guess you could say," Edgar said. Edgar lost a unanimous decision to Henderson at UFC 144 in February, but it was the kind of call that had some fans (or maybe just Edgar people) up in arms about MMA scoring. Of course, "The Answer" thought he won the fight. But he's moving on.
Submitted Apr 6, 2012 7:18AM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 146's Mark Hunt flattered, but thinks Frank Mir is getting title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
Mark Hunt is flattered there's a Twitter campaign to get him a title fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146. To clear things up, he hasn't been asked and is pretty sure he won't get the opportunity. But hey, it's a nice idea. "Yeah, I don't think I'll get that call," he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the possible vacancy on the May 26 pay-per-view card. "But there's a good rally. I've got about 300 followers now on Twitter, which is pretty cool." Hunt's name has been bounced around the social-media site – complete with the #RallyForMarkHunt hash tag – since Alistair Overeem failed a pre-fight drug test put a headliner with champ Dos Santos in the lurch. (The Nevada State Athletic Commission wants him to explain why his testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio came in at 14:1, well over the 6:1 limit allowed. As of yet, Overeem has not contacted the NSAC or commented publicly.) "The Super Samoan" wasn't necessarily surprised at news that Overeem had been flagged. "I didn't think it was horsemeat he was eating," Hunt said. "I think Alistair really [expletive] that [expletive] up. Just like (Josh) Barnett when he [expletive] that [expletive] up. "But they always come back. I'm sure there's a lot of people using stuff to get ahead. It's a cutthroat business."
Submitted Apr 5, 2012 8:32PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
To aid title quest, UFC 148's Michael Bisping chose Tim Boetsch over Cung Le
(mmajunkie.com)
When it comes to his immediate fighting future, Michael Bisping has an admittedly one-track mind. After winning "The Ultimate Fighter 3," picking up a dozen UFC victories over the past six years, and recently falling just short to now-top contender Chael Sonnen in his most recent bout, Bisping is focused on getting a title shot – and little else. That's why he chose Tim Boetsch instead of Cung Le as his next opponent. Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) recently spoke to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva about his next fight, and he got two offers. One was Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), who recently staged a shocking comeback to defeat former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami, and the other was Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who fights for the first time since a late-2011 loss to Wanderlei Silva. "Because Tim Boetsch is coming off a great win over Yushin Okami, it just made more sense and was the more appealing matchup," Bisping today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's also a tougher matchup for me, but I want to win that next fight and stake a claim to that title shot. "I think beating Tim Boetsch rather than Cung Le gives me more grounds to do that."
Submitted Apr 5, 2012 4:12PM by sparky - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bantamweights Edwin Figueroa And Ken Stone Have Agreed To Meet At UFC on FX 4
(themmanews.com)
On Tuesday, Officials with the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced a couple of bouts for the upcoming UFC on FX 4 event in June. The promotion confirmed a previously announced lightweight match between Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stone and revealed a bantamweight contest between Edwin ‘El Forez’ Figueroa (9-1) vs. Ken Stone (10-3). According to the announcement Figueroa and Stone have verbally agreed to the June bout. UFC on FX 4 is expected to take place on June 22, 2012 at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fans can expect the Figueroa vs. Stone bout to appear on the nights prelim card, likely streaming live on Facebook.
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 10:27PM by sparky - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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