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Kamal Shalorus vs. Rafael dos Anjos Announced For UFC on FUEL TV 3
(themmanews.com)
Several matches were made official for the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 3 event set for Virginia this upcoming May. Looking for his first win in the Octagon will be lightweight fighter, and WEC veteran, Kamal ‘The Prince of Persia’ Shalorus (7-2-2) who takes on BJJ black belt Rafael dos Anjos (15-6). The bout was announced at UFC.com on Wednesday.
Submitted Feb 29, 2012 7:29PM by sparky - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Flyweight Joseph Benavidez considers UFC on FX 2 his real promotional debut
(mmajunkie.com)
Joseph Benavidez is finally where he belongs. And in many ways, it feels like he's just now making his UFC debut. As one of four competitors in the UFC's historic and inaugural flyweight tournament, Benavidez (15-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has essentially written off his first two UFC fights and considers Friday's bout with Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) his real promotional debut. Benavidez and Urushitani fight at UFC on FX 2, which takes place Saturday at Sydney's Allphones Arena (but airs live on FX in the U.S. on Friday due to the time difference). In the other UFC on FX 2 opening-round tourney matchup, Demetrious Johnson (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Ian McCall (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The two winners meet this summer, and the eventual tourney champion becomes the UFC's first-ever flyweight titleholder.
Submitted Feb 29, 2012 3:09PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Edgar: I'm Staying at 155, and I Want My Rematch
(mmafighting.com)
Halt any talk about Frankie Edgar moving down to the featherweight division. Fresh off his unanimous decision loss to Ben Henderson at UFC 144, the former lightweight champion says that he's staying right where he is, and that he wants an immediate rematch. Known for his soft-spoken style outside of the cage, Edgar made probably the most impassioned demand of his career in a Wednesday interview on The MMA Hour. After noting that he had given rematches to both Gray Maynard and BJ Penn, he said that he expects the same treatment after a close loss. "I'm saying it, and I'm saying it loud: I want my rematch," he said. "I'm not going to have these antics or play these games. I'm telling you want I want. This is what I want. I think it's fair. I think the fans want to see it. It was fight of the night. Listen, even if these guys want to see me get beat up, I do get beat up in a lot of my fights, even in the fights I win, so it’s win-win for everybody."
Submitted Feb 29, 2012 3:03PM by sparky - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Wants Rematch With Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua recently spoke with Brazilian news source Tatame to give an update about his MMA career. The discussion covered his current management situation as Shogun recently split with long time manager Eduardo Alonso. The split caught many people off guard as Alonso had been with Shogun for much of his career and by all accounts the two had a great relationship. Though the reason for the split is still a bit of a mystery, an overwhelming factor was that Shogun would often have difficulty balancing training and dealing with media obligations. What's next? They've talked about Phil Davis and Rampage Jackson... I guess it could be one of these guys. I don't discard Ryan Bader nor Rampage, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin... I guess there are many guys I could fight. Actually, soon I'll know more about it and I'll keep you posted. I'm sure I'll train focused on my opponent and he's going to be a hard one. So, talking about the old days.... Would you like to rematch Rampage? Absolutely. The fight against Rampage will happen eventually. It's inevitable and UFC knows it. He won't retire before fighting me and neither am I (laughs). Were you surprised by his performance against Ryan Bader? It's hard to tell because we don't know what happens to each and every fighter. I don't know if he got injured, if he was not feeling ok... It's hard to know, but Rampage is very professional and deserves to be respected.
Submitted Feb 29, 2012 1:45PM by FastKnockout - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dakota Cochrane, Ultimate Fighter 15 Contestant, Outed As Gay Porn Performer
(bloodyelbow.com)
Multiple MMA sites are reporting that Dakota Cochrane, one of the contestants on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, has performed in gay pornographic videos. Cochrane is best known to MMA fans for his upset win over former WEC champ Jamie Varner last fall. The 25 year-old Cochrane has an 11-2 pro MMA record that also includes a win over four time NCAA Division III wrestling champ Marcus Levesseur. According to gay news blog Queerty, Cochrane was outed last fall along with another MMA fighter and porn performer: ...porn blogs recently outed these two porn performers as pro-mixed martial arts fighters-a style of ring fighting where opponents use any combination of boxing, wrestling, karate, and anything else you've ever seen used in a Van Damme or Steven Seagal movie.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 3:42PM by FastKnockout - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Returns To Training Early Following Surgery
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera has returned to training ahead of schedule following surgery to repair a snapped femur. Big Nog got his arm broken courtesy of a Frank Mir kimura at UFC 140 in December. The Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte Lutas quoted Nogueira (translated by Orcus): "I felt very good, I missed being able to train. I was only supposed to do ‘shadow' training, but I couldn't (hold myself). I still need another three weeks of physical therapy to sharpen my boxing, and after that I will call Master De La Riva and start training jiu-jitsu. I believe I'll be back in a month's time. "Soon Junior dos Santos will be coming here to train for his fight against Alistair Overeem and thereafter it will be Big Foot and Anderson Silva coming to train. I need to be 100% to train with these guys because they're tough."
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 3:40PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo slated for UFC on FUEL TV 3
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight bout between Jeff Curran (33-14-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Johnny Eduardo (25-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been slotted for a spring UFC event. The 135-pound matchup will be part of UFC on FUEL TV 3. UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook. Curran vs. Eduardo likely will be part of the prelims stream.
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 2:15PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 144 ratings: 'UFC Prelims' draw 1.5 million FX viewers
(mmajunkie.com)
FX drew a solid 1.5 million viewers for this past weekend's UFC 144 "UFC Prelims" broadcast, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources. The two-hour Feb. 25 broadcast preceded the UFC 144 pay-per-view main card and featured four bouts live from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The broadcast outdrew the first two "UFC Prelims" specials on FX, which drew 888,000 viewers (UFC 142) and 1.3 million viewers (UFC 143).
Submitted Feb 28, 2012 11:01AM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
FUEL TV confirms it'll televise 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,' broadcast times TBA
(mmajunkie.com)
FUEL TV will air the first international edition of the UFC's reality series – "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" – for U.S. audiences. FUEL TV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com they'll air episodes from the show, which debuts March 25 on Globo in Brazil. However, they haven't finalized what day of the week or what time the episodes will air.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 11:05PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jared Papazian Awarded Monetary Bonus for UFC on FX Performance
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC president Dana White followed through on his word and took care of the little guy. Bantamweight Jared Papazian, whom many thought was robbed of a “Fight of the Night” award alongside Mike Easton at the recent UFC on FX event on Jan. 20, was recently given a $15,000 bonus for his efforts. MMAWeekly.com learned of the bonus through Papazian’s manager, Darin Harvey. The promotion originally awarded the fight night bonus to Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft for their main card performances, but fans immediately let White know they disagreed via Twitter. The UFC boss’ response was a positive one, showing an appreciation for fan passion.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 7:19PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 15 Cast Unveiled - 32 Lightweight Fighters Announced
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC and FX have revealed 32 lightweight fighters who have been selected to compete on "The Ultimate Fighter 15." The show (also dubbed "TUF: Live") debuts March 9 on FX with a two-and-half-hour episode that features 16 live elimination-round fights. All the winners earn official cast-member status. UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and top contender Urijah Faber serve as coaches on the tournament-based show, which initially was slated to feature both lightweights and welterweights. However, the field now includes just lightweights. Notable 155-pounders from the list include "TUF 13" competitor Myles Jury (who was forced off the show with a torn ACL), Cristiano Marcello and James Krause. Cast members come from the U.S., England, Northern Ireland and Brazil.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 1:30PM by emfleek - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Jeremy Stephens replaces Yves Edwards (injury) - fights Cerrone at UFC on FUEL 3
(mmajunkie.com)
An undisclosed injury has forced lightweight Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) to withdraw from a fight with Donald Cerrone (17-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 3. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that veteran Jeremy Stephens (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) has been tapped to replace Edwards. UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook. It's not clear where Stephens vs. Cerrone will be situated on the lineup.
Submitted Feb 27, 2012 1:28PM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Despite controversial loss, UFC 144's Takeya Mizugaki awarded his win bonus
(mmajunkie.com)
It can pay – literally and figuratively – to have the boss on your side. Despite a loss to Chris Cariaso at Saturday's UFC 144 event, Takeya Mizugaki has been awarded his win bonus for the performance. UFC president Dana White, who felt Mizugaki won the fight, confirmed the additional payment at UFC 144's post-event press conference. Cariaso (13-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Mizugaki (15-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fought on the FX-televised preliminary card of UFC 144, which took place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Mizugaki, though, go no hometown scores, and though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) scored the fight in his favor via a 30-27 score, the judges disagreed, and Cariaso earned the unanimous-decision victory with 29-28 scores across the board. An otherwise reserved UFC 144 crowd booed in disagreement. And immediately after the bantamweight fight, White also headed to Twitter with a dissenting voice. "Is it me or did Mizugaki just get screwed by the judges!?" he wrote...
Submitted Feb 26, 2012 2:29PM by grappler0000 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 144 bonuses: Pettis, Lee, Henderson and Edgar earn $65K awards
(mmajunkie.com)
SAITAMA, Japan – Anthony Pettis, Vaughan Lee, Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar each earned $65,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 144 event. Pettis earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Lee picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and headliners Henderson and Edgar earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Submitted Feb 26, 2012 11:51AM by BuffaloDave - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 144 video: Quinton Jackson explains missing weight, warns he'll smack Rich Franklin; Ryan Bader reacts
(mmamania.com)

Rich Franklin better watch his mouth before I smack him the next time I see him. He's a fighter just like I'm a fighter. He should watch what he say. He don't question whether a fighter is taking a fight serious or not. I take all my fights serious.
Submitted Feb 25, 2012 12:13PM by DoTheMMAth - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC event targeted for July 21 in Calgary, likely UFC 149
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC's first Canadian event of 2012 is likely to come on July 21 in Calgary. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the tentative plans with multiple event sources following an initial report from Joe Ferraro of Sportsnet's "UFC Central." Although not official, the event is expected to take place at the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome. No fights are rumored the card, which is expected to air on pay-per-view and FX. Calgary, which is located in the southern portion of the Canadian province of Alberta, has never previously hosted a UFC event. However, the city, which boasts approximately 1.1 million residents, is the third largest in the country. It's home to the NHL's Calgary Flames, who also play at the Scotiabank Saddledome...
Submitted Feb 24, 2012 9:41PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Coming Into His Own: Bartimus
(sherdog.com)
Bart Palaszewski has 50 professional fights to his name, but, to hear him tell it, his journey has only just begun. The 28-year-old Palaszewski has worked his way into the Top 10 in the featherweight division following a first-round knockout against Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts representative Tyson Griffin in October and will look to build on his momentum when he meets Hatsu Hioki at UFC 144 “Edgar vs. Henderson” on Saturday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Palaszewski has been training with Team Curran since June 1999, when he was 16 years old. “I’m still developing my game, as crazy as that sounds,” he says. “I’m just kind of getting into my own, 50 guys in.” Earlier in his career, the Poland-born heavy hitter fought as many as seven to nine times a year, and he certainly does not miss those days. “I think the only reason I was able to do it was because I was younger,” Palaszewski says. “My body can’t hold up to that anymore, I don’t think.” Not only has his game evolved over the years, but he also feels stronger mentally.
Submitted Feb 24, 2012 6:30PM by bjj1605 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Brian Stann calls out Michael Bisping; wants to 'walk straight through him with a right hand'
(mmamania.com)
UFC middleweight super-slugger Brian Stann must get a kick out of fighting International competition. On Sat., April 14, 2012, the "All American" will throw hands opposite Italian boxer Alessio Sakara on the main card of the UFC on FUEL TV 2 event from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. After that? Bring on Michael Bisping. Apparently Stann isn't too happy with comments "The Count" made following a submission loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC 136 last October. The brash Brit called Stann a "white belt" who was "exposed." And as Stann explains to EsNewsReporting, them fightin' words.
Submitted Feb 24, 2012 3:16PM by sparky - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Guillard 'praying' Lauzon loses to Pettis
(mmaweekly.com)
“In the 10 losses I have in my MMA career, I haven’t rematched anyone I’ve lost to. Not once, I’ve never really cared for rematches because I felt they won, now I’ll move on. Right now, I’m at the point where this fight means something to me, I have something to prove against Joe Lauzon, so this is a rematch I’m asking for,” said Guillard. Guillard will be watching UFC 144 with a special interest in the fight between Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis because to put it bluntly, he wants Lauzon to lose and then fight him later this year. “Right now, I’m looking to watch the fights in Japan and I’m praying that he loses to (Anthony) Pettis because I want a rematch against Joe Lauzon. I don’t want to fight nobody next but Joe Lauzon,” Guillard said.
Submitted Feb 24, 2012 10:13AM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nevada Suspends Nick Diaz's License, Prepares for Medical Marijuana Exemption Request
(mmafighting.com)
A temporary suspension of Nick Diaz's fighter license was issued during a Wednesday meeting of the Nevada state athletic commission, stemming from the positive drug sample he produced during the weekend of UFC 143. The suspension was requested by Nevada deputy attorney general Christopher Eccles, and unanimously approved by the commission until a follow-up disciplinary meeting can be scheduled. At that hearing, Diaz will have the opportunity to present a defense. He was not present at Wednesday's meeting. When he does sit before the commission, he will likely have to answer not only for his recent drug screening failure which saw him test positive for marijuana metabolites, but also for a previous failed screening back in February 2007, also for marijuana. At that time, he was suspended for six months and fined 20 percent of his purse. During Wednesday's meeting, commission chairman Skip Avansino requested notes and minutes from the 2007 Nevada matter, as well as any related disciplinary information from other states in preparation of Diaz's upcoming hearing. The stage was also set for a possible defense that could include a retroactive request for a medical marijuana exemption, as Eccles noted a belief that "the question will come up" given Diaz's personal license for medical use in California. NSAC executive director Keith Kizer recently told MMA Fighting that no fighter had ever applied for a medial marijuana therapeutic use exemption, but that the commission would take the same steps as normal when considering the request.
Submitted Feb 23, 2012 5:45PM by Kpro - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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