As Hatsu Hioki passed on title shot, UFC on FX 4's Ricardo Lamas happily stepped in
One man passing on a unique opportunity is another man's gain.
For Ricardo Lamas, the chance to add a big-name opponent to his evolving resume was a welcomed idea. It was a no-brainer.
When fellow featherweight Hatsu Hioki opted to pass on a title shot with current champion Jose Aldo in order to continue to hone his skills and gain additional octagon experience, he needed a fallback option for the short term.
Lamas, one of many ascending contenders in a division becoming more robust with each passing event, stepped up to accommodate him.
UFC Star Frank Mir 'Not Opposed' To Going To The WWE
Former UFC Heavyweight champ Frank Mir took a trip up to Canada to be a celebrity guest at the Thunder Bay Sports Celebrity Dinner along with Olympian cross-country skier Ashleigh McIvor. Mir, who most recently lost in a title shot to champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 talked about his future with the Chronicle Journal.
Mir talked about his ambition to do color commentary and fight analysis, which is no surprise to fans who've seen him fill that role on Fuel TV and Versus. But there was a tiny bit of a surprise when he was asked about his possible pro wrestling ambitions:
Hugo "Wolverine" Viana vs. John "Macapa" Teixeira added to UFC 147 prelims
The first fight between "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" eliminated cast members is set for next week's UFC 147 event.
Team Vitor featherweight Hugo "Wolverine" Viana (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and John "Macapa" Teixeira (13-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a counterpart from Team Wanderlei, will clash on the event's preliminary card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the matchup with sources close to the fighters.
If GSP Isn’t Healthy, Martin Kampmann Ready for Condit Rematch
The waiting game for a fighter is sometimes the toughest spot in the world to sit in, but Martin Kampmann is completely okay with that right now.
The battle tested welterweight is coming off two hard fought wars in recent months in which he submitted Thiago Alves and then knocked out Jake Ellenberger, putting him in prime position as a top contender in the welterweight division.
UFC 147: Wanderlei Silva eager to stop Rich Franklin in rematch
Former PRIDE FC Middleweight (205 pounds) champion and current UFC 185-pound contender Wanderlei Silva will step into the Octagon on June 23, 2012, to take on Rich Franklin for a second time in what will mark fight number 47 in his 16-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
After an injury to Vitor Belfort, who blitzed through "The Axe Murderer" in 44 seconds way back in 1996, scrapped the much-anticipated rematch, Silva now looks to even another score against "Ace" in the headlining bout of UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Showing signs of the savage who wreaked havoc in Japan during his prime while with PRIDE against Cung Le at UFC 139, demolishing the SanSho specialist with his brutal Muay Thai technique, Silva looks to keep his momentum going and pick up consecutive victories for the first time since 2006. It won't be easy, however, as Franklin already has one up on Silva after defeating him at UFC 99 three years ago via unanimous decision in a "Fight of the Night" performance.
This time, however, Silva looks to avoid the judges' scorecards altogether, but is prepared to go a full 25 minutes if need be.
Speaking to MMA Weekly, the Brazilian bomber talked about the upsetting news of Belfort's injury, his upcoming bout with Franklin and whether or not he will have added pressure fighting on his own home turf of Brazil.
Check it out:
NSAC selects referee Yves Lavigne for UFC 148's Silva-Sonnen II headliner
Veteran referee Yves Lavigne will officiate next month's UFC 148 headliner and rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed the assignment with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Additionally, Patricia Morse Jarman, Junichiro Kamijo and Chris Lee will serve as the five-round title fight's judges.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) vs. Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) II headlines a pay-per-view main card that follows prelims on FX and Facebook.
Lavigne most recently officiated a Silva fight in 2009 at UFC 97, where the champ earned a unanimous-decision victory over Thales Leites. He most recently joined Sonnen in the cage at UFC 98, where the upcoming title challenger posted a unanimous-decision victory over Dan Miller.
Dan Miragliotta has been assigned referee duties for the UFC on FX 4 main event
Dan Miragliotta has been assigned referee duties for the UFC on FX 4 main event clash between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida on June 22.
Sherdog.com learned the news of Miragliotta’s assignment from the New Jersey Athletic Control Board on Thursday. The NJSACB also revealed that Eric Colon, Sue Sanidad and Jose Tabora will judge the lightweight bout, which takes place at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J., and will be televised on FX.
According to FightMetric.com, Miragliotta has refereed a total of 137 fights for the UFC, Strikeforce, EliteXC and the IFL. Most recently he presided over three bouts on the May 15 UFC on Fuel TV 3 card, including the main event showdown between Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier, which “The Korean Zombie” won via submission in round four.
Wanderlei Silva has a message for Chael Sonnen: 'F--k you'
Not too long ago, Wanderlei Silva told Chael Sonnen to "have some respect or lose some teeth."
Apparently the days of friendly advice are over, as "The Axe Murderer" has now simply resorted to using the F-word. He's even rooting for his fellow Brazilian, Anderson Silva, to "kick his ass" in the UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7, 2012.
Why all the hard feelings?
It's a Brazilian thing. UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo asked the media not to print any of his "junk," former Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira referred to him as a "disrespectful kid," and I don't think we even need to rehash what transpired in the build-up to the upcoming "Silva vs. Sonnen" rematch.
Hear Wandy tell The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo why the "crybaby" gets "no respect," after the jump.
"He fights with his mouth. He’s not a top guy. He creates that style and looks for guys to give attention to him. But face to face, he’s like a kid. He’ll cry like a baby, man. I don’t know what kind of man can say something bad about you then say, ‘Hey Wanderlei, let’s shake hands.’ F** you man. You talked some bad things. I’m old school. You’re talking some bulls*** about me, don’t shake my hand. This guy lost respect from me. Not one fighter respects him. I don’t like his style and I hope Anderson Silva kicks his ass. I think Anderson will be knock out Chael in the third round."
Clay Guida: Don't be surprised to see me knockout Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4
Like they say in the commercials for the New York Lotto: Hey, you never know.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has asked two of its best lightweight wrestlers, Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida, to headline its upcoming UFC on FX 4 event scheduled for the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 22, 2012.
And with 17 decision wins between them, a knockout or technical knockout (TKO) finish would probably come as a surprise to most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.
It wouldn't surprise Guida, however, as he tells Low Kick that he's "fixed the holes in his wrestling game," which suggests this fight could play out on its feet. Where does that leave "The Carpenter" if he pulls it off?
Tito Ortiz: Jon Jones will be the one to break my UFC record
Records are meant to be broken.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz, who defended his 205-pound strap five straight times, understands that. In fact, he'd "love" to see reigning division champion Jon Jones be the fighter to do it.
Assuming Jones can stay out of trouble long enough to get it done.
"Bones," who's currently performing damage control after getting busted for driving while intoxicated (DWI) last month in Binghamton, NY, has successfully repelled three straight challengers. Two more ties the record, three more breaks it.
UFC ready to hold an event in mainland China later this year
Back in the lead-up to the first ever UFC on Fox event, UFC President Dana White boldly claimed that Ultimate Fighting Championship would be headed to China sometime in 2012.
Apparently that plan, unlike so many of the UFC's recent fights, is still right on schedule.
UFC President Dana White confirmed with MMA Weekly that the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will still be holding a show in the world's most populous country in 2012.
Forrest Griffin will ‘retire from life’ if he loses to Tito Ortiz at UFC 148
Retire from the sport? Pffft, I'll do you one better and retire from life.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has gone on record saying that win, lose or draw, he will retire after his trilogy fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012.
After splitting their first two encounters, Tito and Forrest will collide in "Sin City" to see who walks away the winner of their series and Ortiz, for one, would love nothing more than to ride off into the sunset with a victory, to go along with his UFC Hall of Fame induction, which will take place prior to the event.
Not one to be outdone, the always quirky and entertaining Griffin says that should he lose to "The People's Champ" over the Fourth of July weekend, he won't walk away from the sport, but will retire from life altogether.
Sonnen's Head Coach Hospitalized After Minor Stroke/Seizure At Gym
Chael Sonnen’s main coach Scott McQuarry has been hospitalised following a minor stroke at his Team Quest facility late last night.
McQuarry suffered a “minor stroke or seizure” and was taken to the intensive care unit of the local hospital, according to Team Quest Tualatin.
“Scott had a minor stroke or seizure tonight at the gym, he's in ICU resting right now, should know more tomorrow, but as we know Scott if one bad mofo so we expect a full recovery. But we're keeping him and his family in our thoughts and prayers,” a post on the facility’s official Facebook page read.
McQuarry only took over as Sonnen’s head coach in fairly recent times, with his influence first showing in the Brian Stann fight. In that fight Sonnen showed a more aggressive attitude towards submission-hunting and he finished with an arm-triangle win.
Brock Lesnar Creating Tension Between The UFC And WWE
Former UFC Heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar continues to be at the center of a he-said-he-said drama between the UFC and the WWE. Lesnar, who retired from MMA following his UFC 141 loss to Alistair Overeem on December 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, then returned to the WWE where he has had very mixed success.
Lesnar's return appearance on RAW drew banner ratings but his PPV debut was a bit of a bust and he had to "take a loss" against John Cena. Lesnar then showed up at UFC 146 and had a high profile, if supposedly unproductive meeting with UFC brass Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta. Since then Lesnar has been written off the WWE programming and his expected return match against Triple H at SummerSlam is up in the air.
Dos Santos Coach Says Cain Velazquez Has Broken Hand, Rematch Will Be in November Or December
At the UFC on FX 3 press conference, UFC president Dana White stated that the UFC heavyweight title rematch between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez would likely take place at UFC 152 on September 22nd. According to JDS coach Yuri Carlton though, that isn't going to happen. In an interview with Tatame (translated by Fighters Only), the coach pointed out that neither fighter would be ready by then, especially since Velasquez has a broken hand:
Report: The Ultimate Fighter abandoning live format this fall
It appears that "The Ultimate Fighter Live" will drop a key word in its title when it returns in the fall.
According to a report at Yahoo! Sports, the UFC's reality series on the FX cable network will abandon the live format it experimented with this past spring in favor of a return to taped weekly shows for the next season.
Though the show will remain in its Friday night time slot, UFC president Dana White told the site that could change in 2013 if ratingsnumbersdon'tpan out in thefall.