Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares moves from UFC 150 to UFC 151
A lightweight bout between veterans Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) has moved from August's UFC 150 event to September's UFC 151 event.
Sources close to the event alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to the change.
UFC 151 takes place Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
UFC Insitutes Formal Written Drug Policy
The UFC and Strikeforce earlier this week held their fourth Fighter Summit in Las Vegas where company officials and special guests worked to educate fighters on a number of issues from health insurance to dealing with the press to social media and numerous other topics.
One of the key points hit on at the Fighter Summit was the UFC’s new formalized written policy against performance enhancing drugs and other banned substances.
Lawrence Epstein, the company’s Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, explained the written policy is a continuation of existing policy, and that both promotions will follow guidelines drafted by the same law firm that advises the National Football League on PEDs.
“It is important to continue educating our athletes on the dangers of PEDs and other banned substances,” said Epstein. “Additionally, no new UFC or Strikeforce promotional agreement will become effective before the athlete has provided a clean PED test result.
Renan Barao Sees Jose Aldo as UFC 149 Secret Weapon
Aldo went the distance with Faber and presumably learned plenty about his style and tendencies in the process. So it doesn't come as a surprise when Barao says he's leaned on his teammate for some advice in crafting a game plan for Faber.
"We had an excellent camp down here, we have an excellent strategy and obviously we benefitted from Aldo’s input," he said through an interpreter during a Thursday teleconference. "Aldo knows how Urijah fights, and he was also able to help us devise our strategy going in to make this camp, so thank God we had an excellent camp and we’ll be very ready for this fight."
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Josh Neer signs new four-fight UFC deal
Despite a loss in his most recent bout, Josh Neer apparently won't be leaving the UFC anytime soon.
The 29-year-old welterweight has signed a new four-fight deal with the organization, his manager, Mickey Dubberly of KO Dynasty, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Neer (33-11-1 MMA, 6-7 UFC), who has one of the highest finishing rates in the sport, first debuted with the UFC seven years ago and is in his fourth stint with the organization.
Most recently, Neer suffered a knockout loss to Mike Pyle at UFC on FX 3. Prior to the setback, "The Dentist" was riding a six-fight win streak that included six stoppages. Two of the victories came in the UFC over Keith Wisniewski (TKO due to a doctor's stoppage) and Duane "Bang" Ludwig (technical submission).
Neer went 0-1 in his first UFC stint, 2-2 in his second, 2-3 in his third, and he's 2-1 in his current one. Outside the UFC, he owns a 27-4-1 record.
Stephan Bonnar Leaning Towards Retirement, Unless Major Name Comes His Way
Since beating Kyle Kingsbury last November, Stephan Bonnar has spent quite a bit of time lobbying for a TUF coaching spot opposite Forrest Griffin or a match against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Right now, it appears neither of those requests are likely to be granted, and if neither materializes, we might have seen the last of Bonnar in the cage.
The longtime UFC veteran who helped propel mixed martial arts into a television staple with his role in a 2005 fight with Griffin said that unless some major fight offer came his way, he'd be at peace with retirement.
"Put it this way, I have no interest in fighting the next big thing before the world realizes the talent of the guy," he said on Wednesday night's UFC on FUEL 4 post-fight show. "I've done that too much in my career, and I'm near the end of it. So if it's not meant to be, if us being [TUF] coaches isn't meant to be, then it isn't meant to be. I've just got to accept that and move on. It's fine with me, it really is."
Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin to be 'The Ultimate Fighter 16' coaches
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin will serve as coaches on the 16th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," and they'll meet in a season-ending fight in the show's live finale.
UFC president Dana White exclusively revealed the coaches' selections to USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday.
"TUF," the UFC's long-running reality series, returns to FX in September, and taping begins next month. FX also will air the live finale from Las Vegas in December.
"This is going to be a very interesting dynamic between these two heavyweights," White said. "They both have huge punching power and great chins, but outside of the octagon, they couldn't be any more different.
UFC on Fuel TV 4 Aftermath: James Te Huna Breaks Hand and Foot in First Round
After winning a decisive unanimous decision victory over Joey Beltran at UFC on Fuel TV 4, James Te Huna left the Octagon with a broken hand and a broken foot, albeit also with the Fight of the Night bonus to soften the blow.
Te Huna landed big flurries on the feet and from full mount, dropping Beltran in the first round, but the New Zealander knew something was amiss.
It took until Te Huna went back to his corner following the opening round to realize that halfway through the opening stanza he had broken both his hand and his foot.
“I think it was halfway through the first round,” Te Huna said at the post-fight press conference. “I noticed it towards the end of the first and then in the second or third I felt a bit of it every time I stepped on my foot or used that jab.”
UFC on FUEL TV 4 draws reported 4,250 attendance for $163,495 live gate
Wednesday night's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event drew an announced attendance of 4,250 and a live gate of $163,495.
UFC president Dana White announced the figures at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and featured a main event middleweight contenders fight between Chris Weidman and Mark Munoz, which Weidman won by devastating second-round TKO.
The California State Athletic Commission is expected to verify the figures and release an official tally next week. While the number of "comp" or free tickets was not revealed, the figures represent an average revenue of $38.47 per ticket issued.
Chris Weidman: I really think I can submit Anderson Silva
When 2012 began, UFC middleweight Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was considered a bright prospect with ample potential.
After dominating Mark Munoz in the headliner of Wednesday UFC on FUEL TV 4 event, "The All American" is now a bona fide contender, and he's certain if given the chance, he could take out the division's longtime kingpin, Anderson Silva.
"Anderson Silva has been through 15 guys," Weidman said at Wednesday's post-event press conference. "All those 15 guys tried to take him down, hold him down, tried to submit him. It's not going to be easy. Chael Sonnen is that good, but he was able to get him down in every fight and put him in that position. I'm going to follow that blueprint.
"I've got the length with Anderson Silva, so he's not going to be able to play on the outside much with me. If he comes in, my takedowns are pretty good. I'll take him down. I think, I really do believe, that I could submit him and finish him. I really think I can."
UFC on Fuel 4 results - Weidman TKOs Munoz off a perfect standing elbow
As far as statements are concerned, Chris Weidman’s could not have been more profound.
The fast-rising middleweight contender stopped Mark Munoz on a horrific second-round standing elbow and follow-up ground punches in the UFC on Fuel TV 4 headliner on Wednesday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Weidman (9-0, 5-0 UFC) polished off the most significant victory of his MMA career 1:37 into round two.
UFC 147 drug tests come back clean
All 22 fighters who competed at this past month's UFC 147 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational drugs/drugs of abuse.
Marc Ratner, the UFC's vice president of government and regulatory affairs, confirmed the drug-testing results with MMAjunkie.com.
UFC 147 took place June 23 at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Carlos Condit Waiting for GSP, Not Offered Any Other UFC Fight
You’d think fans would be excited about St-Pierre vs. Condit, but that hasn’t been the case. The only thing Condit hears these days are complaints: Why isn’t he fighting Johny Hendricks? Why isn’t he defending the belt against Martin Kampmann? Interim championships are created so that a belt can be defended while the true champion is out of action, so why is Condit sitting on the shelf until St-Pierre comes back?
“The bottom line is that the UFC has not offered me another fight. I haven’t been contacted, nor has my management been contacted about fighting anybody else other than Georges St-Pierre,” Condit told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview during last week’s UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas. “So Georges is the guy I want. And if the UFC wants that fight, I’m content to wait for him to be ready. If it’s in November, of course.”
Alex Caceres separating himself from 'Bruce Leroy' persona
"The Ultimate Fighter 12" veteran Alex Caceres set himself apart from other contestants with a big mouth and a sendup to Bruce Lee.
But as his octagon career moves on, he's trying to find the real him.
"The more I'm growing into myself, the more I have to separate myself from that successful image," Caceres told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I can't rely on his successful image to explain myself. I have to dig deep and search within myself to find who I really am."
Caceres (6-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC), who on Wednesday fights Damacio Page (15-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at "UFC on FUEL TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman," said he's not abandoning the nickname that won him so much attention, positive and negative.
"I don't regret that character at all," he said. "It was a name that was given to me. It's a name that people can relate to me, and something I can relate to, as well.
UFC 150's Herman thinks champ Silva should retire following second Sonnen win
Ed Herman thinks it might be best for Anderson Silva to quit while he's ahead.
"He beat Chael (Sonnen), the guy that came the closest to beating him," Herman told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "If he retired now, he'd retire as the greatest middleweight ever. So why risk that, in a sense?"
Because as Herman notes, there are plenty of risks out there.
"Guys like (Chris) Weidman, (Mark) Munoz, and (Tim) Boetsch are bad style matchups for him (because they are) wrestlers," he said.
Prior to his second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen at this past Saturday's UFC 148 event, middleweight champ Silva quashed rumors of imminent retirement.
But Herman isn't convinced. He thinks Silva, who beat Sonnen a second time and extended his record-setting title streak to 10, will hang up his gloves.
Jones: Money & honor the reasons I won't fight Silva
Jon Jones has explained the reason why he will not fight Anderson Silva, labelling it a "lose-lose" situation.
"It's not that he won't fight me or I won't fight him," Jones said on ESPN LA AM 710.
"To be dead honest, it's that we both have a lot to lose and we both respect each other a lot and we both are striving for personal greatness. I don't want to crack on his greatness and I don't want him cracking on my greatness.
"We're in completely different weight classes. We both have sponsor deals and things that are really important to us and a big part of that sponsorship package is being a winner - being a champion. Having us fight each other means one of our championships goes away.
"I respect Anderson Silva so much that I don't want to be the guy to beat him. I don't want to lose to him either. It's a lose-lose situation for me."
Chael Sonnen Answers Rumors On a Potential Appeal, Retirement and Future in the WWE
Prior to UFC 148, Chael Sonnen was known as ‘The American Gangsta’ but following his loss to champion Anderson Silva they may have to change his name to the rumor killer.
Following a 2nd round TKO defeat at the hands of Silva, rumors began circulating almost immediately concerning Sonnen with tales of everything from his pending retirement to a new career blooming as a professional wrestler destined for the WWE.
After the UFC on Fuel TV 4 weigh-ins were finished on Tuesday, Sonnen sat down to answer to some of those rumors, and needless to say most were shot down like a clay pigeon at a firing range.
First up was the question about the knee strike that Silva landed on Sonnen in the 2nd round that served as the harbinger for the end of the fight.
Vaughan Lee looks to build on signature win over Yamamoto
Four-and-a-half months later, Vaughan Lee is still buzzing over what was by far the biggest win of his career.
In February, Lee fought for the first time outside his native England, going into hostile territory to fight Japanese legend Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC 144 in Japan – and he submitted "Kid" in the first round.
The win was so big, Lee on Monday told MMAjunkie.com, that he's already willing to make it a career calling card.
"It's just amazing. If I don't win another fight the rest of my life, I've still got that to hold onto," Lee said. "To submit Kid Yamamoto in Japan is the best thing ever."
UFC 148 ratings: FX prelims draw all-time best 1.8 million viewers
The UFC has set a new ratings high-water mark with cable partner FX.
This past weekend's UFC 148 preliminary-card broadcast averaged 1.8 million viewers during the two-hour broadcast, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources.
That tops the previous high of 1.5 million that accompanied a UFC 145 prelims broadcast in April.
Francis Carmont looking to capitalize on 'Limitless' potential
Francis Carmont watched Anderson Silva's second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen on Saturday, and he knows just how good the UFC's middleweight champion is.
But for the French fighter whose nickname is "Limitless," he takes the moniker to heart. There's no reason, Carmont believes, that he can't one day be where Silva is – with a belt around his waist.
With seven straight wins and two straight in the UFC, Carmont gets his next test Wednesday against Karlos Vemola on the main card of UFC on FUEL TV 4.