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Andre Gusmao Looks to Earn His Way Back to the UFC, This Time at 185lbs
In a trivia game somewhere in the future, the question will eventually be asked, “who did light heavyweight champion Jon Jones make his UFC debut against?” The answer of course is former IFL standout and Renzo Gracie student Andre Gusmao.
Anderson Silva Doesn’t Want to Be the Best, He Wants to Be the Best Ever
The sport of mixed martial arts is still very young when compared to other major sports like football, basketball or baseball.
Joseph Benavidez Has Flyweight Dreams, But Happy To Remain a Nightmare at 135
With a win over Ian Loveland at UFC 128, former bantamweight title contender Joseph Benavidez successfully made his transition from his former home in the WEC to his new home in the UFC.
Vitor Belfort: ‘Wanderlei Needs to Learn to Talk Less and Fight More’
Tatame.com recently caught up with Vitor Belfort to talk to him about what’s coming down the pipe and the UFC middleweight touched on a few interesting topics including the fact that an agreed upon match-up with Wanderlei Silva fell through for unknown reasons and his desire to make it on the UFC Rio card.
Dana Claims UFC’s True Competition is NFL, MLB; Says ‘Dirty’ Reporters are Gone for Good
It took a while for Dana White and the always capable Sergio Non to really get down to business during the UFC boss’ Wednesday interview with USA Today. Both guys spent a lot of time making the obligatory small talk about UFC 129, Silva vs. Okami and which weight class Frankie Edgar should be fighting in before the actual questions came out of the quiver. Once they began in earnest, White characteristically did not shy away from giving us The Full Dana on any number of topics.
UFC teams with "Jump for Joy," launches exercise initiative at Las Vegas event
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Saturday partnered with the Las Vegas-based Jump for Joy Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas to launch a new campaign focused on the country's youth. Perennial UFC contenders Stephan Bonnar and Tyson Griffin teamed up with UFC vice president Reed Harris and UFC writer Frank Curreri to teach local students the benefit of mixed martial arts training.
Limited Ultimate VIP tickets available for UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011
Sometimes it may pay to wait. Well, if you're willing to pay. UFC brass recently announced there are still a handful of Ultimate VIP tickets remaining for this month's UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011. The ultra-exclusive experience includes numerous once-in-a-lifetime perks and is limited to just 35 people. Each ticket costs $1,725 CAD.
UFC announces three fights for UFC 134, including Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
The UFC's first trip to Brazil since 1998 is beginning to take shape. UFC brass on Sunday announced three contests for the UFC 134 card, including a pair of previously reported bouts in Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares. Additionally, a new light heavyweight matchup was revealed, as Luiz Cane meets Stanislav Nedkov.
Anderson Silva Says He Would Never Fight Jon Jones
Anderson Silva appears to be more interested in the "Winable" superfight against Georges St. Pierre than facing Jon Jones at Light Heavyweight according to an interview with Esportes.r7.com: (translated by BE's own Tom Mendes) On fighting Jones: "No chance, he’s in a different weight class, we are friends and we won’t fight each other." On fighting GSP: "There is a chance there, everything will depend on our results. It depends on him winning at UFC 129 and me winning in August (against Yushin Okami). And from there, who knows, this fight could take place."
Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher Added to UFC: Rio
Brazilian submission ace Thiago Tavares will fight on his home soil against UFC veteran Spencer Fisher in Brazil. The pair meets in a lightweight contest on the UFC: Rio card according to PVT (translated by BE's own Tom Mendes). UFC: Rio takes place Aug. 27th at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and will feature a Middleweight title main event between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.
Rashad Evans Responds to Jon Jones on Twitter
No.1 contender Rashad Evans responds to UFC Light-Heavyweight champ and former training partner Jon Jones claims of constantly getting the better of Rashad in training at Greg Jackson's MMA. Jones told ESPN.com that he had several times to finish Evans during pratice but never did out of respect. Rashad Evan tweets:
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UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Shields nets 610,000 viewers
MMA Junkie reports that the debut telecast of UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Shields received 610,000 viewers. The first of three original episodes, the show accompanies The Ultimate Fighter as part of Spike TV’s Wednesday night’s lineup...
Chad Mendes Heading to UFC 129 Intending to Challenge Aldo or Hominick
As UFC 129 fast approaches, most eyes will be on the two main event title fights that head the card. One of which will be the first appearance of featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against Mark Hominick. One person, who will be sitting cageside with his eyes locked on that fight, will be current top 145-pound contender Chad Mendes. The undefeated Team Alpha Male fighter blew through former Sengoku and Dream fighter Michihiro Omigawa in his last bout, and now has every intention of challenging the winner of Aldo and Hominick. “I can tell you Chad will be sitting ringside in Toronto watching Aldo and Hominick fight, and he has all the hopes in the world that the winner of that will be his next fight. I believe he deserves it, I believe he’s ready for it, and I think it’s his time,” Mendes’ manager, Mike Roberts from MMA Inc., told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
Jon Jones: I could have finished Rashad Evans in training
The champion, almost brazenly, claims an advantage in style, preparation and experience. "We fought each other in practice," said Jones, who pushed his record to 13-1 with last month's triumph. "A finish has been possible several times and it has always been me finishing him. I never did it out of respect that he was the elder of the school. It's against protocol in a way. Some people would do it but I believe in tradition. "He has a lot to study. I have a lot to study, but I get to study[ing] more in-depth. He gets to study[ing] and gets a headache."
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Saves The Day… Again
Jon “Bones” Jones may soon need to change his nickname to Superman or Batman. The current UFC light heavyweight champion has somehow gotten into the hero business over the last couple of months, and business is good. Jones hit the spotlight on the same day he fought Maurcio “Shogun” Rua for the UFC light heavyweight title when he subdued a thief after he broke into someone’s car and stole their belongings. Jones, along with his coaches Mike Winkeljohn and Greg Jackson, stopped the thief and held him there until police could arrive to make the official arrest. Jones’ heroics don’t always involve stopping thieves. While on a business trip to Florida this week, Jones observed a young woman along with her child involved in a somewhat loud conversation over a cell phone while he was checking into his hotel. According to sources, Jones overheard the young woman crying because she had apparently flown to Florida to be with her boyfriend, and after an argument ensued, he left her and her child to fend for themselves with no place to stay and an airline ticket for a flight that didn’t depart for two days...
Shogun v Griffin II targeted for UFC Rio
The August 27 event is already headlined by Anderson Silva's middleweight title defence against Yushin Okami, while MMA legend Royce Gracie is expected to be confirmed within the next two weeks.
Featherweights Ricardo Lamas vs. Matt Grice added to UFC on Versus 4
After two years away from the organization and a subsequent four-fight win streak, lightweight Matt Grice (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is returning to the UFC and dropping to featherweight. Officials today announced he'll fight fellow 145-pounder Ricardo Lamas (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on Versus 4. UFC on Versus 4 takes place June 26 at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, and the main card airs on Versus.
Riki Fukuda vs. Rafael "Sapo" Natal on tap for UFC 133 in August
A middleweight bout between submission specialist Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and Japanese striker Riki Fukuda (17-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been added to UFC 133. A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which Tatame.com first reported.
Chael Sonnen Compliments Jon Jones, Rips 205 Division and Predicts GSP Loss
For 30 minutes, Chael Sonnen spoke solemnly, seriously about the suspended state of his career and his attempts to revive it. But when the topic switched to the current state of MMA, Sonnen seemingly flipped a switch and became the soundbyte machine we've come to expect.
UFC 132: Andre Winner vs Anthony Njokuani fight announced for July 2 in Las Vegas
Yet another lightweight battle is brewing for the UFC 132 fight card set to go down on July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Andre Winner will do battle against Anthony Njokuani, as passed along by MMAWeekly.com, likely on the un-aired portion of the preliminary card, in what could be a veritable loser leaves town match
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