UFC signs Colorado-based welterweight Brandon Thatch to multi-fight deal
Turns out he was right. The Colorado-based welterweight has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion. Sources close to the fighter on Wednesday confirmed his signing to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though he doesn't have his first fight lined up yet.
Thatch (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in April told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he believed he would soon be signing with the UFC based on his most recent win, and that premonition was spot on.
Pablo Garza cut from UFC following loss to Diego Brandao
Blood spilled. UFC will no longer require the services of 145-pound "Scarecrow," Pablo Garza (12-4). The 29 year-old featherweight, who bagged "Knockout of the Night" at TUF 12 Finale as well as "Submission of the Night" at UFC 129, is fresh off a first-round tapout to Diego Brandao last month in Sweden and leaves the promotion with a 3-3 record.
Rockhold says Belfort 'main culprit' for TRT, calls for universal UFC regulation
Asked about the UFC's recent pledge to increase monitoring of testosterone-replacement therapy among its athletes, Rockhold offered, "They're letting him fight in Brazil and use TRT when Nevada doesn't let him, so who knows what's going on?"
At a press conference in Brazil for the event, which takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Rockhold said he didn't have a problem with Belfort's use of TRT. But in subsequent interviews, his opinion has changed.
Rockhold said he doesn't care whether Belfort is using TRT when they step into the cage for their FX-televised headliner, but it's provided extra motivation in training camp.
UFC champ Johnson: 25-minute fight 'takes a real man and a man with balls'
Back to training after a serious shoulder injury, Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) aims to exhaust John Moraga (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) when they meet at UFC on FOX 8, which takes place July 27 at Seattle's KeyArena.
"I would prefer to go five rounds to see if he can go that far," Johnson recently said.
A torn labrum forced the UFC flyweight champion to withdraw from a headlining fight this past month against Moraga at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, but it didn't stop him from staying in shape.
Now, he wants to see whether Moraga has the gas to keep up with him.
Akira Corassani wants Conor McGregor at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston
UFC President Dana White wants Irish featherweight Conor McGregor (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to be part of the UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 card in Boston. And one fighter is campaigning for the matchup.
On Sunday "The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast member Akira Corassani (11-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) stated his case for the fight.
The event takes place at Aug. 17 at Boston's TD Garden, and it marks the UFC's debut on the soon-to-debut FOX Sports 1.