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Mark Munoz wants a title shot, says Michael Bisping wouldn't last three-rounds with him
(lowkick.blitzcorner.com)
Top Middleweight contender Mark Munoz, who was last seen in action defeating Chris Leben in November, discusses the injury that forced him out of UFC on Fox 2, as well as who he would like to fight upon his return. Munoz also responds to recent remarks made by Michael Bisping, and shares his thoughts on a potential match-up with the Brit
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 1:25AM by prophecy033 - 20 comments
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Rich Franklin Wants to Make One More Run at the UFC Middleweight Title
(mmaweekly.com)
In July 2011, just before his scheduled fight at UFC 133, Rich Franklin was of the mindset that his time at middleweight was over. “The UFC has basically told me that they’re not interested in having me fight at 185 anymore,” Franklin said in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. “Which is the only reason I made the move to 205 in the first place.” Fast forward to March 2012 after Franklin had shoulder surgery that kept him out of fighting for the remainder of 2011, and it was announced that he would face former Strikeforce champion Cung Le at UFC 148. The biggest surprise about that fight of course is that it’s taking place at middleweight. So what changed over these last several months that brought Frankling back down to 185 pounds?
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 1:06AM by prophecy033 - 17 comments
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Phil Davis on Loss to Rashad Evans: 'I'm Glad He Poked Holes in My Game'
(mmafighting.com)
Two months after losing the most important matchup of his young career, Phil Davis is picking up the pieces and focusing on the future. Davis, who is currently in Las Vegas as one of Dominick Cruz's assistant coaches on the current edition of TUF: Live, hasn't yet thought about when he'll find his way back into the octagon, only about bringing a newer, better version of himself to his next performance. On a Monday interview on The MMA Hour, the light-heavyweight admitted that the tension involved with the huge spotlight may have gotten to him and affected his performance. While that led to a loss, Davis is choosing to look at the bright side, which is the opportunity to look back at his performance and address his shortcomings.
Submitted Mar 26, 2012 11:22PM by sparky - 7 comments
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Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon added to UFC 149 in Calgary
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight bout between Bryan Caraway (16-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and promotional newcomer Mitch Gagnon (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the first reported matchup for this summer's UFC 149 card. Joe Ferrero of Sportsnet.ca first reported the fight earlier today. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines against an opponent to be announced. UFC 149's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
Submitted Mar 26, 2012 4:35PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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UFC 147 official with Silva-Sonnen, Silva-Belfort on June 23 in Rio de Janeiro stadium
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected, two long-awaited rematches will co-headline the UFC's return to Brazil. Officials today announced that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) will rematch Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC), and "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" coaches Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC) and Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) also will meet again at UFC 147. UFC 147 takes place June 23 at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janiero. It's expected to set a new UFC record attendance. UFC 147's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It takes place the day after UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, N.J. Joao Havelange Stadium (also known as Engenhao Stadium) is the first soccer stadium to host a UFC event. It won out after UFC officials faced issues with its initially planned host site of Sao Paulo. The Rio stadium, which also hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, currently can seat approximately 47,000 spectators. UFC officials didn't specify a seating configuration, but they expect it to break the record that Toronto's Rogers Centre set with UFC 129 (55,724) in 2011. UFC president Dana White mentioned the possibility of 80,000 fans attending the event during a press conference this past week. However, it's not known if that's the figure they're currently shooting for...
Submitted Mar 26, 2012 1:00PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
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TUF Brazil Competitor List – Watch It Online Tonight At Midnight ET
(themmanews.com)
Seven years after its debut in the United States, in 2005, the first international edition of the famed reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter® begins in Brazil. Co-produced by Brazilian production company Floresta, the inaugural Brazilian version of the show is the first time a TUF series was filmed outside of the United States. The Ultimate Fighter – Brasil® features UFC legends Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort as the coaches of the first season, which features both the featherweight(145 lbs) and middleweight (185 lbs) divisions. As is standard on this series, the coaches will face-off in a highly anticipated live rematch in June for the grand finale. The Premiere episode will showcase elimination bouts, narrowing down the initial group of 32 fighters to the final 16 who will move into the TUF house. From there, theywill be split between “Team Vitor” and “Team Wanderlei” and face weekly eliminations until the finale, where a winner from both weight classes will be declared The Ultimate Fighter®and win an international UFC contract.
Submitted Mar 25, 2012 10:28AM by sparky - 7 comments
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Lightweight Tilt Reported For UFC on FX 4, Ramsey Nijem vs. CJ Keith
(themmanews.com)
A lightweight bout appears to be in the works for June’s upcoming UFC on FX 4 event between TUF 13 finalist Ramsey Nijem (5-2) and UFC newcomer C.J. Keith (8-0). News of the matchup was reported by MMAWeekly.com who learned of the bout through Nijem’s management. UFC on FX 4 is expected to take place on June 22, 2012 at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event is headlined by a lightweight bout between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida.
Submitted Mar 24, 2012 7:45PM by sparky - 2 comments
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Eddie Wineland And Scott Jorgensen To Scrap At UFC on FX 3
(themmanews.com)
Officials with the Ultimate Fighting Championship Tweeted another bantamweight matchup Friday night (@ufc) pitting former WEC champ Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) against former WEC contender Scott ‘Young Guns’ Jorgensen (13-5). The two fighters are set to meet at the upcoming UFC on FX 3 event, which is expected to take place on June 8, 2012 with fans voting for the host city through the Hometown Showdown contest.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 10:46PM by sparky - 8 comments
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Bantamweight shakeup: Easton out, Hougland meets Jabouin and Menjivar fights Barao
(mmajunkie.com)
An injury to Mike Easton (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has shuffled the bantamweight deck. Now meeting Yves Jabouin (17-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 3 is Jeff Hougland (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), whose originally scheduled opponent, Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), is now set to meet Ivan Menjivar (24-8 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a possible No. 1 contender bout at UFC 148. Sources close to the event today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a tweet from reporter Joe Ferraro, host of Sportsnet's "UFC Central." Reached today for comment, Easton declined to confirm he was out of the fight but admitted to dealing with injuries in training. His reps were unavailable for comment. "I really want this fight, but it's no good going into a fight realy, really banged up," he said. "It makes for not a good night." "UFC on FUEL TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirer" takes place May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Main-card fights air live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights stream on Facebook. UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It's main card airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 4:43PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Featherweights Jimy Hettes and Steven Siler meet at UFC on FX 4 in June
(mmatorch.com)
Two featherweight prospects will square off in Atlantic City this June, as the UFC announced on Friday that Jimy Hettes and Steven Siler will square off at UFC on FX 4 on June 22. Hettes made a splash in his last bout, looking immensely impressive in a decision win over Nam Phan. That followed up a submission win over Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres, and brought the 24-year-old's career record to a perfect 10-0.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 1:59PM by DrivenDavies15 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St. Pierre Targets Return At UFC 154; Talks Potential Super-Fight Against Anderson Silva
(bloodyelbow.com)
On yesterday's press conference in Calgary, Alberta, Dana White announced three future events to be held in Canada. It will be Calgary on July 21, Toronto on September 22, and Montreal on November 17. Georges St. Pierre also participated on the presser and he gave an update on his rehab. The UFC welterweight champ says he's targeting a return on that Montreal PPV event which would be UFC 154:
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 2:03AM by prophecy033 - 20 comments
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Fox TV UFC Producers Told Joe Rogan To Tone It Down
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC announcer Joe Rogan took to his podcast to vent some frustration with the Fox TV brass who produce the UFC. Apparently the execs told Rogan to "tone it down." This didn't sit well with the enthusiastic announcer who's been working the mic for the UFC since 1997. Here's what he had to say on his podcast:
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 1:56AM by prophecy033 - 66 comments
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Jose Aldo Headlines UFC 149 in Calgary, Dana White Promises ‘Sick’ Card
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC president Dana White announced that featherweight champion Jose Aldo will headline UFC 149 in Calgary on July 21. “The headliner here will be Jose Aldo. He’ll be defending his title here,” said White during a press conference in Calgary on Wednesday. One side of the UFC 149 main event is in place, but Aldo’s opponent will be named at a later date. “We don’t know that. This card is still so far away, we’re working on it,” answered White when asked who Aldo will face.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 1:50AM by prophecy033 - 8 comments
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Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger Latest Addition to UFC on FX 4 Card
(mmaweekly.com)
In a day full of matchmaking, one more fight for the UFC on FX 4 card couldn’t hurt right? American-turned-Australian Brian Ebersole will make his return to action on the June 22 card to face recent submission machine T.J. Waldburger. UFC officials announced the new match-up late Wednesday evening.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 1:47AM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joseph Benavidez: Waiting Will Just Make Winning the Title That Much Sweeter
(mmaweekly.com)
Joseph Benavidez‘s trip to Australia for UFC on FX 2 started out pretty good. The former bantamweight title contender made an easy cut to 125 pounds for the first time, and then proceeded to knock out former Shooto star Yasuhiro Urushitani to advance to the finals of the first ever UFC flyweight title tournament. That’s when the night took a turn into a strange series of events.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 1:43AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Following surprise fight booking, Rich Franklin hoping for UFC Cinderella story
(mmajunkie.com)
Rich Franklin had wowed doctors with the speed of his recovery from shoulder surgery and recently returned to near-full speed training in the gym. All the while, he kept the UFC updated on his progress and talked about a return to the cage. But even he was surprised at the speed with which he went from disabled to active after his doctor cleared him this past Friday. "I'm sitting there, my phone goes off on Sunday night and I found out via Twitter that my fight was signed," Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) today told MMAjunkie.com Radio. The fight, in this case, is a middleweight bout against Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena and airs live on pay-per-view. (Preliminary-card fights air on FX.)
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 1:29AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bernardo Magalhaes says he's fighting Henry Martinez at UFC on FX 3
(mmajunkie.com)
Brazilian-born Bernardo Magalhaes (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) says his second opportunity at a UFC win is coming on June 8. The Australian resident recently revealed on Twitter that he's booked to face Henry Martinez (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC on FX 3. UFC executives have yet to make an official announcement for the lightweight fight. UFC on FX 3 takes place June 8. While the main card airs on FX, officials haven't finalized a venue for the event.
Submitted Mar 22, 2012 7:46PM by sparky - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Pyle: I'm fighting Josh Neer at UFC on FX 3 on June 8
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) might be doing some matchmaking on the sneak -- either that or Mike Pyle is issuing some forward-looking statements regarding his participation at the UFC on FX 3 fight card, booked for June 8 at a location to be determined. That's where "Quicksand" says he'll be fighting Josh Neer and looking to make it two in a row after stopping Ricardo Funch at the UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" pay-per-view (PPV) event back in January. Pyle (22-8) is 4-1 over his last five fights, his only blemish a technical knockout loss to division upstart Rory MacDonald back at UFC 133.
Submitted Mar 22, 2012 7:44PM by sparky - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ferguson vs. Tavares official, UFC on FOX 3 again complete with 12 bouts
(mmajunkie.com)
A previously reported lightweight contest between Tony Ferguson (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) is now officials, and May's UFC on FOX 3 event is again complete with 12 bouts. Tavares replaced an injured Dennis Hallman in the preliminary matchup. MAIN CARD (FOX) Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV) Tony Ferguson vs. Thiago Tavares John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza Johnny Bedford vs. Nick Denis Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Submitted Mar 22, 2012 3:24PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FX 4 adds Miller-Funch, Story-Attonito, Riddle-Ramos, Ebersole-Waldburger
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC on FX 4's dance card is quickly filling. The promotion announced a quartet of new welterweight bouts for the event, which takes place June 22 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Additions for the card include Dan Miller (13-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) vs. Ricardo Funch (8-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC), Rick Story (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Rich Attonito (10-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Matt Riddle (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Luis Ramos (19-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and Brian Ebersole (49-14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. T.J. Waldburger (15-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary-card fights air on FUEL TV. It's not clear where the above fights will be placed on the lineup. UFC on FX 4 is the promotion's first trip to Atlantic City in seven years after UFC 53 took place at Boardwalk Hall
Submitted Mar 22, 2012 8:56AM by sparky - 3 comments
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