TUF: The Smashes Settles on Two Weight Classes for First Aussie Ultimate Fighter
The UFC recently announced the second international version of The Ultimate Fighter would be Australia vs. the U.K.
The Australian series, dubbed The Smashes – a play on the 130 year-old cricket rivalry – will see undiscovered professional MMA fighters from Australia and the United Kingdom live together in The Ultimate Fighter house in Australia and compete against each other for a UFC contract.
When announced, the call went out for applicants ranging from 135 to 170 pounds.
The UFC has now settled on two specific divisions. The Smashes will feature welterweights (170 pounds) and lightweights (155 pounds), according to Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC’s director of international development.
Jake Ellenberger: ‘I Felt Like I Could Have Kept Fighting’
Just moments into the first round of the main event at the Ultimate Fighter Live finale, Jake Ellenberger cracked Martin Kampmann on the jaw with a vicious left hook.
Kampmann dropped to the mat in a flash and immediately Ellenberger swarmed looking to put him away. As the Nebraska native flurried with a barrage of punches, Kampmann grabbed at his arms to try and control the situation and regain his composure.
As close as it was to being over, Kampmann was able to eventually pull Ellenberger in his guard and keep the fight moving.
In the 2nd round the roles were reversed after Kampmann clipped Ellenberger with a short right hand that stunned him, and after three consecutive knee strikes, it was Ellenberger who crashed to the ground.
Jon Fitch Latest Fighter to Bow Out Due to Injury
Murphy’s law says “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
The old adage appears to be true for the UFC these days as an injury has claimed another top fighter from an upcoming card.
Jon Fitch has suffered a knee injury in training that will force him out of his scheduled bout against Aaron Simpson at UFC on Fuel TV 4 on July 11.
UFC Tweet Of The Day: TUF Winner Michael Chiesa Shaves Off Beard
Michael Chiesa pulled off one of the most memorable runs in Ultimate Fighter history, culminating in a first round rear naked choke win in the TUF finale last night. On the season, Chiesa battled through one of the worst distractions imaginable as his father passed away very shortly after Michael moved into the house. Never truly a favorite to win the competition, Chiesa just kept on winning before putting the very tough Al Iaquinta to sleep to take the championship.
The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale draws reported 1,628 attendance for $195K live gate
The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale, which took place Friday at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported attendance figure of 1,628 and a live gate of $195,250.
UFC officials announced the figures at the evening's post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will release verified numbers in the coming weeks.
While the number of complimentary tickets distributed was not revealed, the figures mark an average revenue of $119.93 per ticket issued.
Despite emotional TUF Live Finale win, Mike Chiesa says there's little time to celebrate
UFC president Dana White said it best in an off-camera conversation with Mike Chiesa just moments after "Maverick" submitted Al Iaquinta in the final bout of The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale.
"Congratulations," White told Chiesa. "Storybook ending."
Indeed it was after Chiesa survived the heartbreak of losing his father during the first week of filming of this season's edition of the reality competition show, especially since the bout took place on his mom's birthday. And yet Chiesa refused to enjoy the moment too much, viewing the result as just the beginning of his journey.
"I'm definitely happy I won the show," Chiesa said. "It's the culmination of a lot of hard work. But I've got my next line of goals set up. I'm ready to go to the UFC."
With UFC title bid nearing, Martin Kampmann eyes new plan: Get hit less
Once again, UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann was a bloody, battered mess – and once again, his arm was raised in victory.
Kampmann added to his growing legacy of come-from-behind victories with a second-round win over the highly touted Jake Ellenberger in the main event of Friday night's The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale card. But after surviving another opponent's assault, Kampmann said he's formulating a new plan moving forward.
"I would definitely prefer to get hit less," Kampmann deadpanned.
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale bonuses and awards
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
To the tune of $40,000 each.
The promotion dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four out of the 22 fighters on the card, and it's probably no surprise who's headed home with a second sack of simoleons.
Submission of the Night -- Michael Chiesa
Knockout of the Night -- Justin Lawrence and
Knockout of the Night part deux -- Martin Kampmann
Fight of the Night -- Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer
Frank Mir Received TUE For Testosterone Use For Junior Dos Santos Fight
It wasn't long ago that everyone began talking about how fans and media could breathe a sigh of relief after the Nevada State Athletic Commission e-mailed the press to say that all UFC 146 fighters' drug tests came back clean. It appeared there'd be no controversy on that front.
And then Larry Pepe tweeted this:
NSAC's Keith Kizer confirmed to me that Frank Mir met all requirements for & received TUE for TRT for UFC 146 fight against JDS.
This, of course, has led to a considerable amount of reaction.
Thiago Silva out of UFC 149: Glover Teixeira Possible as Replacement!
The UFC's injury woes continue as Brazilian light heavyweight Thiago Silva has been forced to pull out of July's UFC 149 event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Luckily for UFC president Dana White, promotional newcomer Glover Teixeira (18-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is both healthy and hungry for a big fight after a scintillating win over Kyle Kingsbury at this past weekend's UFC 146 event.
There's just one problem: According to White, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) – Silva's original opponent – won't take the fight.
"With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight 'Shogun' at UFC 149," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "But 'Shogun's' people are adamantly refusing to take the fight. They want nothing to do with Glover."
Daniel Cormier has undergone surgery and is already looking toward his next bout.
After breaking his hand in his Strikeforce grand prix win over Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier has undergone surgery and is already looking toward his next bout.
“I had the surgery on Monday,” Cormier told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “[Thursday] I go in and see my doctor, get my splint off and then I can start rehab and start preparing to fight again. He’s telling me now that in six weeks I can start punching again, but as early as Monday I can start grappling and running and everything. I’m going to try to stay in shape, and in six weeks hopefully start getting ready for a fight some time in the fall.”
Cormier first broke his hand in the grand prix semifinals against Antonio Silva. He chose not to have surgery then, but after beating Barnett and with a move to the UFC on the horizon, he elected to fix the hand this time
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote targeted for UFC 148
With Rich Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) now headed to UFC 147 for a rematch with Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC), onetime middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote (17-7 MMA, 4-7 UFC) has been tapped to fight Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 148.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements have been reached for the matchup.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Main-card fights air live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX
Shane Carwin Cleared for Contact, Targeting Return Fight in Early Fall
Shane Carwin, the bruising former UFC interim heavyweight champion, is officially on the comeback trail.
Following a lengthy recovery from back surgery, Carwin, 37, announced Wednesday he was cleared for contact and issued a request for UFC officials to slot him into a fight later this year.
"I informed UFC Matchmaker (Joe Silva) that I would like to fight in early fall 2012," Carwin wrote on his website. "I would like to be able to fight every three or four months. Barring injury I intend to leave the UFC octagon and head back to the Grudge Training Center to continue the climb."
Phil Davis now meets undefeated newcomer Wagner Prado at UFC on FOX 4
An undisclosed injury has forced Chad Griggs (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to withdraw from UFC on FOX 4.
In his place goes Wagner Prado (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who now fights light heavyweight Phil Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at the Aug. 4 event, which takes place at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event's main card airs live on FOX while prelims go to FUEL TV and Facebook. The promotion has yet to confirm broadcast assignments for the fight card.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the shift, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with a source close to the event.
Nick Diaz Reportedly Received $300,000 Bonus For Not Missing UFC 143 Press Conferences
Some interesting details are emerging about Nick Diaz's punishment from the NSAC. There was talk of him losing part of a "bonus" as punishment for failing his drug test after UFC 143 for the presence of marijuana metabolites and the NSAC is now saying that the bonus in question wasn't a part of his "Fight of the Night" bonus for the fight but something else entirely.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN Tweets:
Most likely, Nick will be fined 30 percent of $200k and $65k *bonus* ... the order for that should come down within next two weeks.
The $65k bonus was not a fight night bonus. It was part of a $300k bonus Diaz received from the UFC for not missing 143 press conferences
According to Kizer, he was told Diaz lost PPV incentives after noshowing St. Pierre pc. The $300k bonus made up for those losses at 143.
It's very interesting that the UFC wanted to "make it up to him" for losing out on the Georges St. Pierre fight, which was his fault to begin with.
Dana White declined to comment on the situation to ESPN.
Update: Okamoto just explained a bit more:
The $300k bonus was supposedly made out for more than just attending press conferences, but that was the main crux acc. to Kizer.
Injuries lead to Story-Jardine, Brown-Ramos, Gambino-Siler at UFC on FX 4
Injuries have led to changes to next month's UFC on FX 4 event.
UFC officials today announced newcomer Brock Jardine (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Papy Abedi (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and now meets fellow welterweight Rick Story (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
Two other recently reported changes are now official: Matt Brown (14-11 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has replaced injured Matt Riddle (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and meets fellow welterweight Luis Ramos (19-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and UFC newcomer Joey Gambino (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Jimmy Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and fights featherweight Steven Siler (20-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The night's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV carries the preliminary card. All three of the above fights are slated for the prelims.
Rich Franklin steps into UFC 147 headliner against Wanderlei Silva
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva II is set.
UFC officials today announced that Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) has replaced injured Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and now meets Silva (34-11-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC) in the 190-pound-catchweight headliner of next month's UFC 147 event, which is scheduled for five rounds.
Belfort scratched from the card this past week due to a hand injury.
UFC 147 takes place June 23 at the 25,000-seat indoor arena "Mineirinho" (Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX is expected to carry the prelims.
Franklin and Silva first fought at UFC 99, where Franklin picked up a unanimous-decision victory via 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 scores. Franklin had been scheduled to fight Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at July's UFC 148 event. There's no word on his possible replacement.
UFC Champion Jon Jones' DWI Came With Two Passengers In The Car
More details are emerging now in regards to the Jon Jones DWI case from last week. It appears that Jones was not alone in the car when he smashed his Bentley into a pole while under the influence of alcohol.
Loretta Hunt tweets the information:
Binghamton PD has confirmed there were two passengers in car with Jon Jones when he hit a pole on May 19. Jones pleaded guilty to DWI yest.