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Dana White says Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz is next
(bloodyelbow.com)
It appears that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will get his way and Johny Hendricks will have to get back in line. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani spoke to UFC president Dana White after today's UFC on Fox 5 press conference, and he confirmed that it will be none other than Nick Diaz that probably faces GSP next: Dana just said GSP told him I want Nick Diaz. Dana said that's probably the fight we'll make. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2012 Dana said that GSP doesn't ask for much, so he feels like he has to do it. Silva and Hendricks will have to wait. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2012 Dana hasn't told Nick yet, but he is here. ... What did I tell you, my friends? — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2012 That means two things - the GSP/Anderson Silva thing is officially dead for now, and that's why they're talking about GSP defending his belt. And we're probably going to be hearing a lot from one pissed off Johny Hendricks in the next few days.
Submitted Dec 6, 2012 4:19PM by Shawn91111 - 37 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche Main Event at UFC 157
(bloodyelbow.com)
Ariel Helwani ?@arielhelwani Dana announces Rousey vs. Carmouche will main event UFC 157. Expand TMZ ?@TMZ Ronda Rousey BOOKS 1ST UFC FIGHT -- Main Event at UFC 157 We've known for a few weeks that Strikeforce women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would be coming over the UFC. Now, according to a report from TMZ, we know when and against whom. If the report is true, Rousey will make her UFC debut against Liz Carmouche in the headliner of UFC 157 in Anaheim, California on February 23, 2013. So far the other fights expected to be on that card are a Light Heavyweight #1 contenders bout between Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida and a Bantamweight bout between Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar.
Submitted Dec 6, 2012 3:34PM by Shawn91111 - 51 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nam Phan Talks Short-Notice Fights
Nam Phan is certainly a favorite among MMA enthusiasts. A long time veteran of the sport, he puts on an exciting show every time he competes. He has won “Fight of the Night” Honors in two of his five previous UFC fights. And he has certainly endeared himself to the Zuffa brass, taking his fight this weekend against Dennis Siver on short notice. Just days before making weight for his UFC on Fox 5 bout this Saturday, December 8th, Nam was generous enough to give us at MMA Playground some of his time and talk to us about short notice fights, and the preparation that comes with them. ___________________________________________________________________ P$: With only a couple of weeks to prepare on short notice, time is of the essence. As such do you focus more on your opponent, watching tape of his previous fights, or more on yourself and your own technique and conditioning? Nam Phan: You HAVE to do both. You can't go in there blind, not knowing who you are fighting. I studied what I could in the short time I had and I tried to get my conditioning up as much as I could in such a short time. P$: Siver has moved down from Welterweight, to Lightweight, and now he is meeting you at Featherweight. As other fighters filter down to 145, have you noticed the division getting physically larger? Nam Phan: Yeah definitely. There are a bunch of tough guys coming into the division, Frankie Edgar, Clay Guida, Dennis Siver. Everybody is moving to Featherweight man, making my job tougher! P$: Has that affected you in the gym as far as the things you work on? Nam Phan: Oh yeah, definitely. I'm always trying to keep up to date with the trends within MMA. When I can I always try to train at Alpha Male. Those guys are amazing and always show me great stuff, so I'm trying to learn what I can with the time I have left in the sport. P$: Do you spend most of your time training at Team Alpha Male? Nam Phan: No, I only go there when I'm training for a fight. Most of the time I'm back home in Orange County, where I train at my own gym (Nam Phan MMA Academy). I also spend some time at Anaheim Boxing. P$: If you could book your own schedule, how many fights a year do you feel is the perfect amount for you? Nam Phan: I think about 4 fights a year is good. It's not too much. It's just about right. P$: You're coming off a big win against Cole Miller. Are you feeling good taking that momentum in to this fight? Nam Phan: Yeah it definitely feels good. A win is always important, especially coming against someone as tough as Cole Miller. So hopefully that gives me the confidence to come in and beat someone up like Dennis Siver. P$: You've been in the sport for a decade. What aspect(s) of the sport do you feel have changed the most? Nam Phan: Definitely the transition from jiu-jitsu to wrestling. In the very beginning jiu-jitsu was dominant, but now wrestling has really taken over. With everyone having good boxing and takedown defense, submissions have become more rare these days. ___________________________________________________________________ It was great chatting with Nam, big thanks to him from MMA Playground! You can follow Nam Phan on Twitter @NamPhanMMA and visit his website at IamNam.com. Nam would also like to shout out his sponsors Hayabusa and The Ally Restaurant in Westminster, CA.
Submitted Dec 6, 2012 2:41PM by pmoney - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Renan Barão vs. Michael McDonald Heads UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London; Several Bouts Announced
(mmaweekly.com)
It’s no secret that interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barão is going to make the first defense of his belt against Michael McDonald, but now the two know when and where… Feb. 16 in London. UFC president Dana White confirmed the title defense on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV. UFC on Fuel TV 7 London Fight Card: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald Che Mills vs. Matt Riddle Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo Billy Harris vs. Ulysses Gomez Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka Andy Ogle vs. Josh Grispi
Submitted Dec 6, 2012 1:18PM by BuffaloDave - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Firas Zahabi: Georges St-Pierre wants to fight Anderson Silva
(mmafighting.com)
Despite recent claims from Anderson Silva's camp stating otherwise, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is still interested in a blockbuster fight against Anderson Silva, according to TriStar gym head trainer Firas Zahabi. "I asked him if he wants to fight Anderson. He told me, ‘Yes,'" Zahabi said. "But I think there's a lot to be negotiated, so I don't know much more than that. If one day they tell me he's fighting Anderson Silva, I'll treat him accordingly. If they tell me he's fighting Nick Diaz, I'll treat him accordingly." St-Pierre is currently vacationing following a hard-fought title defense over Carlos Condit at UFC 154, his first fight in 19 months, and has mostly laid low during public negotiations. "After a fight like that, he needs time off," said Zahabi. "Honestly, whenever we've just finished a fight, we're just so happy the fight is done, we don't talk about fighting anymore. And then when we get a name, that's all we're focused on."
Submitted Dec 6, 2012 12:04PM by Shawn91111 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC in London gets some fights announced including a title fight
(https:)
For those of you who don't speak twitter Language: Interim Bantamweight Championship: Renan Barao (c) vs Michael McDonald Che Mills vs Matt Riddle Terry Etim vs Renee Forte Paul Sass vs Danny Castillo And more: @UFC_UK: Europe will see its 1st battle for the bantamweight belt at #UFCLondon2013 when @RenanBaraoUFC takes on @MayDayMcDonald at @wembleyarena! @UFC_UK: #UFC welterweight @riddletuf7 gets his chance to fight a Brit when he takes on @Che_Mills in #UFCLondon2013 @UFC_UK: #UFCLondon2013 sees @terry_etim return to the UK against #TUFBrazil contestant @reneeforte @UFC_UK: #UFC lightweight @lastcall155 takes on submission specialist @paul_sass at #UFCLondon2013 @UFC_UK: #UFC announces 1st flyweight bout in Europe with @uselessgomez vs @billyharrismma #UFCLondon2013 @UFC_UK: #UFC bantamweights Motonobu Tezuka vs @vaughanlovelee added to #UFCLondon2013 at @wembleyarena. @UFC_UK: #UFC confirms featherweights @joshgrispi vs @thelittleaxe for #UFCLondon2013 at @wembleyarena. Newsletter pre-sale today @ticketmasteruk Will get a link up ASAP
Submitted Dec 6, 2012 5:17AM by jjeans - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cris Cyborg says she'll fight Ronda Rousey at 135 lbs, but not at UFC 157
(bloodyelbow.com)
After rumors surfaced that she'd fight Ronda Rousey at UFC 157, Cyborg Santos shot down the claims saying she can't make bantamweight that soon.
Submitted Dec 6, 2012 12:35AM by FastKnockout - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 156: McCall vs. Benavidez and Dunham vs. Tibau added to Super Bowl weekend
(prommanow.com)
UFC officials have announced that Ian McCall vs. Joseph Benavidez and Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau have been added to the UFC 156 event that’s set for Super Bowl weekend on February 2nd. McCall (11-3-1) is coming off the unanimous decision loss to the now current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. The two were fighting for the honor of fighting in the inaugural UFC flyweight championship fight. The two had fought to a majority draw in the fight before that in what was a very exciting fight. Benavidez (16-3) is also coming off a loss to Demetrious Johnson in his last fight. The two fought for the inaugural UFC flyweight title with Johnson winning a unanimous decision. The other two losses for Benavidez came against UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 11:42PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gilbert Melendez camp considering move to featherweight, negotiating with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Saturday's title fight between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz will not only impact the UFC's lightweight division, but possibly featherweight, as well. A Diaz win could mean a move to 145 for Gilbert Melendez.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 8:07PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Culinary Union asks Fox to pull Stephens from FOX 5
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC's biggest free TV card to date is coming up this Saturday with UFC On Fox 5. Despite the excitement building for the card, their matchmaking decisions have brought the ire of their biggest political rival, the Culinary Workers Union.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 3:04PM by FastKnockout - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Eddie Mendez out of UFC on FX 6 with injury, Cody Donovan steps in
(mmajunkie.com)
A shoulder injury has forced Eddie Mendez out of next week's UFC on FX 6 event, and a promotional newcomer his taken has spot on the Australian card.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 3:01PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FX 6 finalized with 'TUF: Smashes' finals, other bouts (spoiler warning)
(mmajunkie.com)
With the tournament finals and now two other bouts with cast members from the "The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K.," the lineup is set for next week's UFC on FX 6 event.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 3:00PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White confirms Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald title fight in 2013
(bjpenn.com)
With the news that current UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will be on the shelf for another 6-9 months due to a second ACL surgery, UFC President Dana White has confirmed that interim champ Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will now defend his belt against Michael McDonald (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in early 2013.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 2:06PM by postman - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Griffin tears MCL
(https:)
According to Dana White Forrest has tore his MCL
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 1:28PM by ChrisSabal - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Training partner Tyron Woodley: B.J. Penn is 'ready to roll'
(mmafighting.com)
When Strikeforce welterweight standout Tyron Woodley went out to Hawaii to help B.J. Penn train for his UFC on FOX 5 bout with Rory MacDonald, it didn't take him long to figure out why Penn's camps are the stuff of mixed martial arts legend. "One thing that I immediately noticed is his camp is so in tune and so focused on one goal, and task, and that's winning on Dec. 8," Woodley said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. "Those guys are so in tune with the diet, the nutrition, how many rounds he's sparring, how many minutes, they really have it down to a science. So I can appreciate that for the several times I've ran my own camp, to have that out of my mind and be able to focus on fighting, that's a great thing not to have on your plate." The 10-1 St. Louis native was brought in to mimic MacDonald, the well-rounded welterweight from Montreal's Tri-Star gym, and Woodley did his best to deliver. "It's a blessing and an honor that they would consider me for this camp," Woodley said. "Rory MacDonald's no joke, man. That's not a guy a lot of guys are calling out to fight I think B.J. Penn, if anyone's going to knock this young buck off, he's the guy to do it. So, they wanted someone who can strike who can wrestle who can grapple, that was a bigger guy who could compete with him. So I went in there and I gave him everything he could handle, I tried to give him a good look."
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 12:55PM by BuffaloDave - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Trainer Cesar Gracie expects Nate Diaz to be his first UFC champ
(mmajunkie.com)
If Nate Diaz emerges victorious against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Saturday's UFC on FOX 5 event at Seattle's KeyArena, the 27-year-old will become the first Cesar Gracie fighter to hold gold in the UFC. Gracie's Pleasant Hill, Calif. academy has groomed other talent to UFC title shots, including Gil Castillo, who suffered a loss to then-welterweight champ Matt Hughes at UFC 40 back in 2002. Additionally, prominent jiu-jitsu black belts who now represent the camp – Dave Terrell, Jake Shields and Nick Diaz – also have come up short in recent title fights. Nate's older brother, Nick, is the most recent to walk away without the grand prize after he dropped a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit in an interim welterweight title bout at UFC 143 in February. So what makes Gracie's latest title challenger likely to bring home the goods? "If I've learned something," Gracie told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about his decade-plus prepping fighters to become UFC champions, "it's don't let the hype get to you."
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 6:01AM by jjeans - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Fight Camp / Team
 
Dan Hardy rules out potential appearance at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London
(mmajunkie.com)
When the UFC returns to London for a February event, it'll do so without one of the area's top fighters. Veteran welterweight Dan Hardy recently ruled out the possibility of competing at UFC on FUEL TV 7. The event, which airs live on FUEL TV, takes place Feb. 16 at Wembley Arena. Hardy (25-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC), a veteran of the U.K. fight scene who's also fought six times in England for the UFC, tweeted his unavailability for the card while responding to fellow welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada, who had been campaigning for a fight with the Brit. "Sorry mate, I won't be ready to fight in February," Hardy wrote. "Enjoy fighting in London though, the UK fans are always great." Hardy, who's recovering from injuries, is expected to return in the spring.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 5:59AM by jjeans - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cesar Gracie Names Four Cornermen for Nate Diaz vs Ben Henderson
(bjpenn.com)
Cesar Gracie, founder and head coach of Gracie Fighter posted on twitter the people on UFC lightweight number one contender Nate Diaz’s corner , for the Ben Henderson bout as the the main event of UFC on FOX 5 this Saturday night in Seattle.
Submitted Dec 5, 2012 5:52AM by jjeans - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle added to UFC on FUEL 7 in London
(bloodyelbow.com)
certain "loser leaves town" matchup has been booked for UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London, as featherweights Josh Grispi and Andy Ogle face off in February. It's a must-win situation for two young featherweights, as Josh Grispi fights Andy Ogle at UFC on FUEL 7 at Wembley Arena in London, England. Fighters Only magazine confirms: Josh Grispi will be fighting for his UFC career in February. Grispi (14-4) has been matched with Andy Ogle (8-2) for the UFC’s visit to London, England on Saturday February 16, 2013, sources close to the situation have revealed to Fighters Only.
Submitted Dec 4, 2012 9:14PM by sparky - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator's Mo Lawal has recovery advice for injured UFC champ Dominick Cruz
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator light heavyweight and TNA wrestler Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal can relate to UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz; his body also rejected a cadaver's ACL following knee surgery. "But the thing was, I was too afraid to go back," Lawal today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I didn't care. I just kept fighting on it, and Dominick is doing the right thing by going to get it fixed." Cruz could also do well to mentally prepare himself for a full recovery. "To me, coming from a high level of wrestling, you see guys have surgery all the time," said the 31-year-old Lawal (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC), who gave a soft confirmation of his Jan. 17 Bellator debut in Irvine, Calif. "Being at the Olympic Training Center, there are guys that live in the training room. You see guys bounce back.
Submitted Dec 4, 2012 8:20PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
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