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Silva wants second shot at Velasquez
(mmamental.com)
Antonio Silva has thrown down the gauntlet to Cain Velasquez, insisting he wants a second crack at the UFC heavyweight champion. Silva put himself firmly in the mix for a title shot with a dominant win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 last weekend, but the memories of his crushing loss to Velasquez last year sit prominent in the memory bank. The UFC will have the final say on who Velasquez will face, but Silva does not believe he did justice to himself in their previous meeting on account of a nasty cut he picked up early in the fight.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 3:31PM by Rabi - 14 comments
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Tickets For UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez On Sale Next Week
(mmamental.com)
UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will defend his title in a long-awaited showdown with Gilbert Melendez, the last man to hold the Strikeforce® lightweight title, on Saturday, April 20 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship brings the Octagon back to HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The 29-year-old Henderson is 6-0 in the UFC, including two consecutive title defenses over Nate Diaz and Frankie Edgar. He’ll look to cement his status as the world’s best 155-pounder when he meets Melendez, a San Francisco resident riding a seven-fight winning streak. “Benson Henderson wants to beat Gilbert Melendez to prove once and for all that he’s the best lightweight in the world,” UFC President Dana White said. “Gilbert was a champion in Strikeforce and he’s been on an incredible tear. Benson wants this fight badly and I’m excited that it’s headlining such a stacked card.”
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 3:18PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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UFC 158 lineup finalized with Ricci-Fletcher on PPV, Cote-Voelker on FX
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup, including the division of the main and preliminary cards, is set for March's big "UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz" event. The event takes place March 16 at Montreal's Bell Centre, and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) meets Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in the headliner. In addition to the pay-per-view main card, FX and Facebook carry the prelims.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 1:49PM by DrivenDavies15 - 8 comments
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UFC on FOX 7 adds Jury-Nijem, Parke-Tuck, Masvidal-Means, Njokuani-Bowling
(mmajunkie.com)
Four lightweight fights have been added to the next UFC on FOX event, including fights featuring another pair of Strikeforce imports. The unbeaten Myles Jury (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) takes on "TUF 13" winner Ramsey Nijem (7-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC); "TUF Smashes" lightweight winner Norman Parke (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Jon Tuck (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC); Strikeforce vet Jorge Masvidal (23-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Tim Means (18-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC); and fellow Strikeforce crossover Roger Bowling (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fights Anthony Njokuani (15-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC). UFC officials announced the four match ups late Wednesday. UFC on FOX 7 takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FX. The main event is a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez. Tickets for the show go on sale next week.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 11:19AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FUEL TV 9: Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton in the works for April 6 in Sweden
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is adding some bantamweight flavor to its Swedish menu, as Brad Pickett has verbally agreed to lock horns with Mike Easton at UFC on FUEL TV 9, which is slated for April 6, 2013 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Kimura.se brought word of the pending match-up earlier today. Easton (13-2) saw his eight-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Raphael Assuncao at UFC on FOX 5 back in December, while Pickett (22-7) was edged out by Eddie Wineland in a close split decision at UFC 155, just a few short weeks after "The Hulk" came up short in Seattle. Will this contest be decided by "One Punch?"
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 9:47AM by jjeans - 7 comments
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Conor McGregor Signs For UFC; Debuts In Sweden against Marcus Brimmage
(yourmma.tv)
Conor McGregor was already seen as a potential UFC signee even before his huge knockout win over Ivan Buchinger on New Year's Eve, but the world was really opened up to 'The Notorious' as he became a two-weight world champion under the Cage Warriors banner, With acclaim coming from all sides, the UFC's attention was obviously zoned in on Irishman McGregor, and mmanytt.se have now revealed he is set to debut for the promotion at their Stockholm event in April. SBG Ireland's McGregor (12-2) will take on Marcus Brimage in a featherweight clash at UFC Stockholm 2013.
Submitted Feb 7, 2013 9:45AM by jjeans - 9 comments
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Rich Franklin Talks: Loss Lit A Fire Under Him, Looking For Summer Return
(mmamental.com)
Rich Franklin is highly regarded in the MMA community. He has held the UFC Middleweight Championship, put out fight of the night performances, knocked out Chuck Liddell with a broken arm, and the list goes on. He is respected by hardcore fans and casual fans alike. After a knockout loss to Cung Le at the UFC on Fuel TV 6 event Rich has decided to take some time off. “I haven’t decided how long of a break I am going to take”, Franklin said. “I hate training in the winter, so I figure summer sometime”. Rich is one of those fighters who appears to use a loss to motivate himself. After his loss to Lyoto Machida Franklin went on an 8 fight win streak. Unsure of what’s next in the Octagon he did give his thoughts on the effect of a loss. “It varies from fight to fight. I think a loss always lights a fire in me”, Rich stated. “I seem to do well after my losses” In the meantime, Franklin has other things to keep him busy.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 4:51PM by Rabi - 11 comments
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Josh Barnett Turns Down UFC Offer
(mmafighting.com)
Josh Barnett may not be coming back to the UFC after all. According to Barnett's manager Leland LaBarre, Barnett has officially declined the promotion's latest contract offer. "We agreed on guaranteed compensation," LaBarre said. "In fact, we never even countered. We accepted their original offer. "However, there are some outlying issues -- one in particular -- that as of this point we were unable to agree on."
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 4:06PM by Poor_Franklin - 31 comments
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UFC reveals Vitor Belfort used testosterone replacement therapy for UFC on FX 7
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC officials today answered the question Vitor Belfort refused to address: Yes, "The Phenom" did use testosterone replacement therapy in advance of his UFC on FX 7 win over Michael Bisping. UFC officials today revealed Belfort was granted a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy prior to the bout and that his post-fight drug screen "did not indicate the presence of any prohibited substance for increasing performance improvement." Belfort and Bisping headlined the Jan. 19 event, which took place at Sao Paulo's Ibirapuera Gymnasium. The Brazilian scored a second-round TKO over the Brit and then proceeded to call for a rematch with current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. All 22 fighters who competed on the card were tested for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse, and the UFC this past week confirmed one test result in an "irregular" finding, which led to speculation that Belfort – who in 2006 was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the anabolic steroid 4-Hydroxytestosterone – was the culprit.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 2:42PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
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Etim: Renee Forte gets punished at Wembley Arena
(mmamental.com)
Terry Etim has warned Renee Forte that February 16 is going to be a very bad night for him when the pair meet at UFC London. Etim will return to action in front of his home crowd at Wembley Arena fuelled by frustration after spending a year on the sidelines due to injury. His opponent Forte enters the bout potentially fighting for his UFC career following an opening loss to Sergio Moraes. Etim admits he has limited information on the Brazilian, but that will not matter come February 16. "I've only seen a couple of his fights so it's hard to make too much of him, but come fight night, he's going to be in deep water - he's definitely in for a long night," Etim told ESPN.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:42PM by Rabi - 2 comments
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White tells Edgar: Don't go back to 155lbs
(mmamental.com)
UFC president Dana White has urged Frankie Edgar to give up on any hopes he has of regaining the lightweight title after his latest defeat at featherweight at UFC 156. Edgar claimed a unanimous decision over BJ Penn in 2010 to take his lightweight championship belt before losing it to Ben Henderson two years later at UFC 144. Henderson defeated Edgar once more at UFC 150, prompting 'The Answer' to step down to featherweight division. But after his points defeat to reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo in Las Vegas, White insisted Edgar would not be stepping back up to the 155lb flyweight division.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:42PM by Rabi - 5 comments
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UFC 156 prelims score all-time best ratings for FX with almost 1.9 viewers
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dave Meltzer at MMA Fighting is reporting some more good news for the UFC: Saturday's UFC 156 prelims drew 1,897,000 viewers, topping the previous UFC on FX record of 1,860,000 viewers set two weeks earlier for the Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping card from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The number was a huge increase from the prelims on FX on Jan. 26 before the FOX network special from Chicago's United Center which did 1,208,000 viewers. The largest previous audience on FX for prelims before a big show came on July 7 when the UFC 148 prelims did 1.8 million viewers. But that was to be expected, since there was more interest in UFC on that day with the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight title rematch than any day over the past two years.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:28PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez eyes summer return, won't fight teammate Daniel Cormier
(bloodyelbow.com)
Cain Velasquez shocked most of the MMA world at UFC 155 when he dominated Junior dos Santos for 25 minutes to reclaim the UFC Heavyweight title. After rocking dos Santos with a big right hand in the first round, Velasquez never relented and took back the belt he lost over a year before. Saturday night at UFC 156, Antonio Silva followed Velasquez's lead by pulling off a huge upset over Alistair Overeem. After giving up the first two rounds to the former K-1 HW GP champion, Bigfoot teed off on The Reem with a series of brutal blows that even had referee Herb Dean cringing before he stopped the fight. At the same time he put down Overeem, Silva squashed the UFC's plans for the next Heavyweight contender. With his next contender in question, Cain talked to UFC Tonight about when he wants to return and who he definitely won't fight: I was thinking this summer. But I would not fight [Daniel Cormier]. He's my coach, teammate and my friend.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:19PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
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Thiago Tavares fails UFC On FX 7 post fight drug test, suspended 9 months
(bloodyelbow.com)
Last week rumors abound that UFC On FX 7 headliner Vitor Belfort had failed his post fight drug test. Belfort had impressed in his fight against Michael Bisping with a second round knock out. However, shortly after the rumors began UFC president Dana White assured that, while someone had failed their test, it was not Belfort. Wednesday morning, Tatame reported that it was Thiago Tavares that popped: After many rumors, the results of doping tests UFC Sao Paulo left. According TATAME found, the name of the athlete is caught Thiago Tavares. Our sources, however, need not know the substance used for light weight. His suspension will be nine months.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:15PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
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UFC 157 Official Fight Card & Video Preview
(mmajunkie.com)
After four straight weeks of shows for Strikeforce and the UFC, Zuffa relaxes this week before returning next week in London. But after that, get ready for a strong assault leading up to the hotly anticipated start of the women's era in the UFC. "UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche" takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 23. The main event is the first women's fight in UFC history as Ronda Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) puts her new UFC women's bantamweight title on the line against Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). In the co-main event, Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). Also on the card, "The California Kid," Urijah Faber (26-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC), will feel the home-state love against Ivan Menjivar (25-9 MMA, 4-1 UFC). MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche - for women's bantamweight title Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar Manny Gamburyan vs. Chad Mendes Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET) Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub Mike Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen Court McGee vs. Josh Neer Caros Fodor vs. Sam Stout PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET) Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice Brock Jardine vs. Kenny Robertson Neil Magny vs. Jon Manley
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 7:30AM by jjeans - 8 comments
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Chael Sonnen unranked at LHW, not happy about it
(bloodyelbow.com)
Chael Sonnen believes he should be ranked at light heavyweight, despite not competing there since 2006. But this brings up a larger question - how are other fighters going to feel about being unranked when they have a fight booked in a new division?
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 6:55PM by FastKnockout - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean Pierson out at UFC 158, Rick Story now meets Quinn Mulhern
(mmajunkie.com)
Canadian welterweight Sean Pierson (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been forced out a planned UFC 158 matchup with Rick Story (14-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), and Quinn Mulhern (18-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement. UFC officials today announced the change. UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Pierson vs. Story was slated for the evening's FX broadcast, but it's unknown if the new fight will keep that same slot. Mulhern makes his UFC debut after four appearances under the Strikeforce banner. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt debuted in June 2011 with a decision loss to Jason High but then bounced back with victories over Yuri Villefort, David Hulett and Danny Davis.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 6:12PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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'UFC on FUEL TV 9: Gustafsson vs. Mousasi' tickets on sale this week
(mmajunkie.com)
Tickets for UFCon FUEL TV 9, which features a light heavyweight contest between Swedish contender Alexander Gustafsson and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi, go on sale this week. The event takes place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The evening's main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 3:57PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Manuwa: Diabate not easy, but I'll end it
(mmamental.com)
Jimi Manuwa does not expect an easy night when he takes on Cyrille Diabate at UFC London, but he does predict he will become the first man in the UFC to knock the Frenchman out. Diabate has fought six times in the UFC, winning four and losing two. Those two defeats both came via submission to Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Perosh, the latter of which took place during his last visit to the UK.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 3:11PM by Rabi - 1 comment
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Phil Davis On Magalhaes: He Doesn’t Deserve To Fight Me
(mmamental.com)
“You know, If I say it simply, he is out of my level, he doesn’t deserve to be fighting me, I feel like that sounds worse than it actually is and it almost sounds like I am talking about his character a person rather than his fighting skills. So let’s say, what he’s done in the UFC which is one win, and I guess if you count his old two losses, it doesn’t really warrant him a fight with me. But, you know, it’s fine. Listen, I don’t do matchmaking, Joe Silva is a genius and I am just going to go with what he says, I don’t question him, the man knows what he’s doing.”
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 3:10PM by Rabi - 6 comments
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