UFC Brings The Ultimate Fighter to China in November as well as Live Events Starting in 2014
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Thursday a new, multi-year partnership which will bring regular live UFC events to Asia, as well as a Chinese version of the UFC’s hit reality series The Ultimate Fighter.
Beginning in 2014, the UFC will stage a series of live events at both The Venetian Macao and Marina Bay Sands.
TUF China will be a 12-part series where the best Chinese mixed martial artists will live, train and compete with each other to win a six-figure contract with the UFC...
Cung Le favors 'TUF' coaching over fighting, but Bisping still on his radar
Cung Le said he's waiting to hear whether his next career move involves fighting or coaching. At the moment, he doesn't know which one it will be.
Le (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who his past November knocked out ex-champ Rich Franklin, said he still wants to fight Michael Bisping. And until recently, he was under the impression he would do so.
"Before [Bisping's] last fight, my camp was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) about a potential matchup, and they said that if he wins, it looks good," Le told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Next thing I know, two or three days ago, I saw that Bisping was going to fight in October in England...
Josh Thomson And Anthony Pettis Bicker On Twitter
Things are starting to get heated between Josh Thomson and Anthony Pettis.
Thomson tweeted that he was hoping to get a fight against Pettis after speaking with UFC President Dana White, the two then agreed to fight via Twitter. Pettis would go on state in an interview with MMAFighting that he would fight Thomson “even though no one knows who he is.”
Seems as though Thomson took offence.
Nick Diaz pays final installment of UFC 143 fine, CSAC awaits WAR MMA paperwork
Nick Diaz is settled up with the Nevada State Athletic Commission but still owes California following his first venture as an MMA promoter.
Diaz recently paid $19,500 to the NSAC in the third and final installment of a $79,500 bill owed to the commission for his second marijuana suspension, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer wrote in an email to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
However, he has yet to submit a final report and pay taxes to the California State Athletic Commission for War MMA, which took place June 22 in his home town of Stockton, Calif...
Matt Mitrione injured, Mitrione vs. Schaub off UFC on FOX 8 card
The heavyweight fight, which was scheduled to take place July 27 at UFC on FOX 8, has been pulled from the card after Mitrione suffered an injury in training, according to sources close to the fight. The same sources indicated that the UFC was leaning towards re-booking the fight on a later card, and as a result, they decided to pull Schaub from the event in Seattle altogether.
Tito Ortiz Comeback??
Tito is dropping some hints....
For example, from Twitter:
Fighting is starting to sound fun again. ??????#Peopleschamp #comeback #Positive body is almost healed. @Punishment99 @ufc @Viacom @MTV @espn
Chael Sonnen says contract expired, offers list of demands for new UFC deal
We've heard this bit from Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) before, but if the self-proclaimed "Gangster from West Linn, Oregon" is to be believed, he's waiting to sign a new contract before his headlining bout with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua – and he's apparently got a list of demands in hand.
"My contract with the UFC has expired," Sonnen said during fan-driven Q&A session at this past weekend's UFC Fan Expo. "So I went to Dana White, and I went to him with a list of my demands because he's getting my contract together. He thought this was a gag, but I was being serious because it's not all about money with me."
Pettis vs Thomson?
Anthony Pettis was supposed to be dropping to featherweight to challenge champion Jose Aldo for his title, but an injury put a stop to that. It appears now that Pettis will be staying at lightweight, and his next bout could come against former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson. The two men traded tweets hinting at the bout: