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Win or lose, Cain Velasquez set to bank $400,000 at UFC 160
(mmajunkie.com)
Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) hopes to walk away from tonight's UFC 160 event with the UFC heavyweight title around his waist. Whether he's successful or not, he'll find himself $400,000 richer. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that Velasquez is scheduled to make a flat $400,000 paycheck at UFC 160 with no win bonus on the line.
Submitted May 25, 2013 3:45PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Daniel Cormier says he's interested in Werdum-Nogueira winner next
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – While he's still interested in dropping from heavyweight to light heavyweight, Daniel Cormier has a fight in mind before that happens: the Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-Fabricio Werdum winner.
Submitted May 24, 2013 8:39PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 160 weigh-in results: Velasquez, Silva set for main event
(mmajunkie.com)
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Cain Velasquez (240) vs. Antonio Silva (263) - for heavyweight title Junior dos Santos (239) vs. Mark Hunt (264) James Te Huna (206) vs. Glover Teixeira (205) T.J. Grant (155) vs. Gray Maynard (156) Donald Cerrone (155) vs. KJ Noons (156) PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET) Mike Pyle (170) vs. Rick Story (169) Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Max Holloway (145) Colton Smith (170) vs. Robert Whittaker (171) Khabib Nurmagomedov (158.5)* vs. Abel Trujillo (155) PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:35 p.m. ET) Nah-Shon Burrell (172)** vs. Stephen Thompson (170) Brian Bowles (135) vs. George Roop (135) Estevan Payan (145) vs. Jeremy Stephens (146) * Nurmagomedov has two hours to cut to the lightweight max of 156 pounds. ** Burrell has two hours to cut to the welterweight max of 171 pounds.
Submitted May 24, 2013 8:25PM by kopower - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC champ Jon Jones meets Fedor, tweets at Alex Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones is in Russia where he met MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko but he's not letting any of the would-be challengers to his throne off the hook, taking time out for shots at Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier.
Submitted May 24, 2013 11:29AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White says champ Jon Jones could be out 'six weeks or six months'
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones has been one of the UFC's most active champions, but his length of time for his return after his most recent title defense may turn out to be lengthy. Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) injured his toe in his UFC 159 win over Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC). But now it appears the damage could have him on the shelf for perhaps even a half-year.
Submitted May 23, 2013 10:37PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC: Belfort vs. Silva-Weidman winner 'makes sense,' could happen in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – UFC President Dana White said the promotion currently has no plans for Vitor Belfort's next fight, but it could include a title shot – and it could happen in Las Vegas. "There's no plans right now with Vitor," White said at Thursday's pre-UFC 160 media day. "He just fought. We'll see what happens. "It would make sense for [Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman] fight, and that's not far away. Those two fight, and we see what happens, or Vitor could fight again. I don't know. But he could fight either one of those guys."
Submitted May 23, 2013 10:36PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch Has Been Added to the UFC 164 Fight Card in Milwaukee
(mmaweekly.com)
A featherweight match-up between top ten ranked fighters Dustin Poirier and Erik Koch has been added to the UFC 164 fight card in Milwaukee.
Submitted May 23, 2013 8:57PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Ronaldo Souza vs. Yushin Okami middleweight bout in works
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – After Ronaldo Souza's impressive UFC debut this past week in Brazil, questions quickly turned to who might be next for the Brazilian middleweight. And now we apparently have the answer. Souza (18-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will be booked for a fight against onetime middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami (29-7 MMA, 13-4 UFC). UFC President Dana White revealed the planned booking on Thursday to reporters during a media event for UFC 160 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted May 23, 2013 7:31PM by Budgellism - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thales Leites is back in the UFC
(sportv.globo.com)
The carioca fighter Thales Leites is back in the UFC. Athlete team Nova União, who has challenged fellow Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt, has confirmed his return to the organization in an interview with COMBATE.COM on Thursday. - Has signed about a week and a half, and my prediction is to fight when they call me. Would you like to fight in an event in Brazil and not hide the desire to fight at UFC Rio, where my training partner Jose Aldo will make the main event, and of course for being in my city. Would combine business with pleasure and accomplish a dream, returning to UFC in Rio would be very pleasurable - said.
Submitted May 23, 2013 7:10PM by Shawn91111 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cholish still waiting to get paid for UFC on FX 8
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC Lightweight John Cholish is claiming on twitter that he still hasn't been paid for fighting Gleison Tibau at UFC on FX 8 despite assurances that the money would be wired to him on Monday.
Submitted May 23, 2013 3:55PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Luke Rockhold addresses bizarre UFC on FX 8 fight-fix conspiracy speculation
(mmajunkie.com)
It's a sad state of affairs when a fighter even has to address such silliness, but following speculation that he took a dive at this past weekend's UFC on FX 8 event, Luke Rockhold felt the need.
Submitted May 23, 2013 11:29AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bitter Jacob Volkmann Plans On “Exposing” UFC For What They Are
(bjpenn.com)
Very bitter. They always claim that they treat the fighters so well. Yeah, they treat the top five percent of the fighters well – the ones that are on the main card all the time. They don’t treat the rest of them very well. The healthcare plan is horrible, with a $1,500 deductible per injury – the catastrophic-injury insurance is not even really good insurance. There’s no retirement fund, there’s no signing bonus. You start off at six-and-six, you’re really not making too much money because you’re self-employed, so you’re paying the self-employment tax and you’re paying the regular tax and income tax. So you’re paying twice as much in tax.
Submitted May 23, 2013 10:21AM by airkerma - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida targeted for UFC 164
(bloodyelbow.com)
featherweight fight previously scheduled for UFC on Fox 7 looks to be re-scheduled for UFC 164 on August 31st. Ariel Helwani reported on last night's edition of UFC Tonight that Mendes and Guida still want to fight each other and that the UFC wants to make it happen:
Submitted May 22, 2013 3:46PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-UFC champ Matt Serra is retired – barring fight in Madison Square Garden
(mmajunkie.com)
Matt Serra won't say he's officially retired, but he might never fight again. The former UFC welterweight champion recently told Newsday that a recent health scare put his life into perspective, and right now, he doesn't see much reason to continue fighting. That is, unless his longtime promoter finds its way through a legal quagmire that has kept it out of Serra's home state of New York. A fight in Madison Square Garden is the only thing on his competitive bucket list. "But at the same time, if that doesn't happen, I definitely consider myself done," Serra told Newsday. "It's hard to say the 'R word.' I might never say the 'R word.'"
Submitted May 22, 2013 3:45PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne set as UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 non-headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
Alistair Overeem's return to the octagon has been shifted from UFC 164 to the promotion's debut event on FOX Sports 1. Mutiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to meet fellow standout heavyweight Travis Browne (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, which takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston. Although the fight will be part of the night's main card and a major attraction, it won't even be the main event, UFC President Dana White subsequently told MMAjunkie.com. That assures at least one other significant bout will be added to the card.
Submitted May 22, 2013 3:42PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jones wants to fight two more times in 2013
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC light heavyweight champion is currently healing from a toe injury suffered at UFC 159, but he would like to fight two more times in 2013 according to his manager.
Submitted May 22, 2013 11:33AM by prophecy033 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Former UFC champ Barnett returns to promotion with multi-fight deal
(mmajunkie.com)
Heavyweight Josh Barnett is an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor once more.
Submitted May 22, 2013 12:51AM by prophecy033 - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic added to UFC 161
(mmajunkie.com)
With the loss of UFC 161's planned headliner between Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Ultimate Fighting Championship officials looked to add some firepower to the event's lineup. Roy Nelson (19-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Stipe Miocic (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) answered the call. USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with UFC President Dana White that Nelson and Miocic have agreed to meet on the main card of the event, which takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) vs. Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) now headlines the card.
Submitted May 21, 2013 11:13PM by Shawn91111 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gegard Mousasi leaning heavily towards middleweight, wants Vitor Belfort or other top contender
(mmafighting.com)
Gegard Mousasi is currently rehabbing his injured knee, but when he returns, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion may very well be fighting in a brand new division. "There's a big chance that I will go to middleweight," Mousasi revealed to MMAFighting.com "It all depends on the fights that I'm going to get. If I'm going to get a big name at middleweight, I'll probably go down. "It's all about matchups. Let's say they're going to give me somebody like Vitor Belfort that's maybe a contender. That's the kind of fight I want." Mousasi fought much of his early career in Japan at middleweight, and easily tipped the scales at 204 pounds without cutting weight for his UFC debut. In the past, the 27-year-old believed dropping back down would've been a dicey proposition, but after considering the way he's recently trained and the ease with which he's lost weight, he's now confident it won't be a problem. "To be honest, I believe middleweight will be much better for me," Mousasi said. "I will give my opponent less advantages. But at the end of the day it's all about skills. That doesn't mean that size advantages always win, but like I've said, in the highest level, you don't want to give the slightest edge to your opponent. Everyone is skilled, everyone has abilities. So that's why I think middleweight will be much more suitable to my body frame. "It's all about the opportunity," he continued. "I really want to go for this belt. I believe that style-wise, matchup-wise, I matchup much better against Anderson Silva than Jon Jones, but it doesn't mean that I'm scared to fight at 205. Jon Jones is skilled and so is Anderson Silva, but at the highest levels, when you're competing against the top levels, you don't want to give anybody an advantage. So I don't want to give a weight and size difference advantage also. That's why I said middleweight." Mousasi is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury and is targeting a late-2013 comeback to the Octagon. When he returns, the Dutch-Armenian fighter hopes to immediately make up for lost time. "My focus is to get to the belt as soon as possible," said Mousasi. "I‘ve done the route of [waiting]. I don't have those things that other fighters complain about, jetlag and days off. I don't have those issues. I never have. So I'm just looking for big fights. "The fight I had last (Ilir Latifi), the guy wasn't known, he wasn't ranked. It doesn't mean anything. But I have a history. I only haven't fought in UFC, but I have a history. People come and get immediate title shots. I don't think that's going to be the case for me, but I've beaten champions, ex-champions. So it's all about one, maybe two big names and then I hope to get a title shot."
Submitted May 21, 2013 6:08PM by SmileR - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
With Renan Barao hurt, Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson headlines UFC 161
(mmajunkie.com)
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, UFC interim champ Renan Barao is injured and out of next month's UFC 161 event. With little time to find a suitable replacement, the night's co-feature between Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) and Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been promoted to headlining status. UFC officials today made the change. Evans vs. Henderson remains a three-round bout.
Submitted May 21, 2013 4:24PM by DrivenDavies15 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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