Rousimar Palhares Out; Buddy Roberts In Against Yushin Okami at UFC 150
A late change has been made to the upcoming UFC 150 card in Denver as Rousimar Palhares has been forced out of his fight with Yushin Okami.
Greg Jackson trained middleweight Buddy Roberts now steps in to face Okami on the show happening on Aug. 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Roberts’ manager Ali Abdel Aziz from Dominance MMA confirmed the news via Twitter late Tuesday evening, and also independently confirmed the switch to MMAWeekly.com as well.
Alan Belcher and Vitor Belfort agree to meet at UFC 153 in Brazil
UFC president Dana White recently teased a few upcoming big fights in the middleweight division, and now the first of those matchups is on the schedule.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the two fighters that Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and Alan Belcher (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet on the main card of this fall's UFC 153 event.
Additionally, Belfort late Tuesday took to his Twitter account to call out Belcher for UFC 153, then said in his native Portugese that the matchup was one UFC president Dana White wanted.
Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and challenger Erik Koch, "UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch" takes place Oct. 13 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
Belfort in talks about Weidman fight in Rio
Vitor Belfort has revealed he has held talks with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva over a possible fight with Chris Weidman.
"Guys, I spoke to Joe Silva and asked to fight with the top contender #weidman here in Brazil,2 Belfort tweeted. "I think this is the fight that will credence me to a title fight so that is what happened.
"I want the belt but I am not desperate. I think Weidman is the next for the belt, but Anderson Silva deserves to see who is next. So let's make this fight the next contender: Belfort vs Weidman the next contender for Anderson Silva."
Weidman quickly replied to Belfort, and he seemed less willing to meet the former light-heavyweight.
Weidman tweeted: "Love ya @vitorbelfort but you already had your shot at the belt and I'm sure you will have another in the future. Right now is my time though."
I really wish they would hurry up and clear up the MW picture right now but i guess they are waiting for bisping/stann
Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione scratched from UFC on FOX 4
The matchup, which UFC officials first announced in May, was pulled so that Broughton can deal with a few personal matters.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the change, though UFC executives weren't immediately available for comment, and it's currently unknown if the promotion will have time to secure a replacement opponent.
Michael Bisping: Fight with Brian Stann ‘Real Main Event’ for UFC 152, Not the Flyweights
You can say what you want about Michael Bisping, but the guy sure knows how to sell a fight.
With two months remaining until Bisping returns to action at UFC 152 to face decorated Marine turned middleweight contender Brian Stann, the brash Brit is already doing his part to make their co-main event fight the biggest thing on the upcoming card in Toronto.
So big in fact that Bisping believes their bout is the real headliner and not the 125lb title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.
“In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event. Two big hard hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights, this is the real main event, this is the real big fight, tune in cause someone’s getting knocked out, ain’t going to be me though,” said Bisping when speaking to Fuel TV on Saturday.
“This is the real main event of UFC 152.”
Ulysses Gomez slotted to face John Moraga at UFC on FOX 4
Flyweight Ulysses Gomez this past week told MMAjunkie.com Radio that he wasn't yet booked for his UFC debut but would be ready if duty called.
And with the injury withdrawal of Ian McCall, opportunity has knocked.
Gomez (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been slotted to face fellow newcomer John Moraga (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 4, which takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Dana White Admits Calgary UFC 149 Was Disappointing
Dana White admitted the card fell short...
I thought from the beginning the card should have been free - no way PPV. And then with that, with very few exceptions, they were very boring and dull fights
Is it just me, or does anyone else not really care to watch Faber fight again? It's always the same 5 round non finish bore
And Hector Lombard sort of reminded me of the crazy Paolo Fihlo when he fought Sonnen - it's like he was mentally elsewhere and seeing ghosts... not sure what happened to Lombard
Bisping says he's been promised title shot
Should Michael Bisping take care of business against Brian Stann when the two meet at UFC 152 in September, he’ll finally get his long-awaited title shot.
“I’ve been told if I beat him -- and beat him well -- I’ll get a title shot,” Bisping said. “But I haven’t gotten it in writing, so it probably doesn’t mean anything.”
Ryan Jimmo hopes seven-second KO at UFC 149 silences critics – for a while, anyway
Is there any way Ryan Jimmo's Saturday night could have been better?
The light heavyweight made his long-awaited UFC debut. He got to fight on the prelims on FX. He fought in front of his home crowd in Canada. And he bagged a UFC record-tying seven-second knockout.
The only way Jimmo's introduction to the UFC fan base could have been better is with a six-second KO, or a five. And that nearly was the case.
UFC 149 bonuses: Jimmo, Riddle, Caraway, Gagnon win $65,000 post-fight awards
Ryan Jimmo, Matthew Riddle, Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon each earned $65,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao" pay-per-view event.
Jimmo earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Riddle won the "Submission of the Night" bonus and Caraway and Gagnon took home "Fight of the Night."
MMAjunkie.com learned of the winners and bonus amounts at the night's post-event news conference, where they were announced by UFC president Dana White.
Nothing decided yet, but UFC boss says Chris Weidman currently closest to title shot
Saturday's UFC 149 co-main event was supposed to provide a little clarity to the middleweight title picture. And it did – sort of.
Tim Boetsch, a more than 3-to-1 underdog in his fight against former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard, won a split decision – snapping Lombard's 25-fight unbeaten streak and throwing a wrench into the 185-pound class.
And because of that upset, UFC president Dana White was no closer after the card to figuring out the next opponent for champ Anderson Silva as he was before it – though he has an idea the direction he'd go if the clock was ticking and he had to pick immediately: Chris Weidman.
UFC 149 draws a reported 16,089 attendance for $4.1 million live gate
Saturday night's UFC 149 pay-per-view event drew an announced attendance of 16,089 and a live gate of $4.1 million – a new live gate record for the venue.
UFC president Dana White announced the figures at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com attended.
UFC 149 took place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and was the promotion's first visit to Canada's fourth largest city. The card featured a main event interim bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber, which Barao won by five-round unanimous decision.
With Hector Lombard hype train derailed, UFC boss thinks slugger should consider 170
The heavily hyped UFC debut of former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard was an utter failure, and UFC president Dana White thinks it may be time for the former Olympic judoka to consider a new weightclass.
After Lombard turned in a lackluster effort against Tim Boetsch at Saturday night's UFC 149 event, the UFC boss said the stocky middleweight should at least consider dropping to 170 pounds.
"Lombard maybe should fight at 170 pounds," White said. "He made 185 easily. He's short and wide, but I think he could make 170."
Urijah Faber Not Sure What’s Next After Second Failed UFC Title Bid
Once counted among the vaunted “nearly indestructible” in mixed martial arts, former WEC champion Urijah Faber has become human over the past few years.
Starting out with an impressive run to 21-1 to start his career, including capturing and defending the WEC featherweight championship, Faber has since gone 5-5 in the cage.
He lost the WEC belt to Mike Brown in late 2008 and has yet to return gold to his waist. Faber failed in three attempts to regain the belt in the WEC, and at UFC 149 on Saturday night in Calgary, was unsuccessful in his second attempt at a UFC belt.
Renan Barão utilized much the same strategy as his teammate, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, to overcome Faber, using kicks and knees to slow his mobility en route to a unanimous decision.
That puts Faber’s failed attempts to regain a title at five. Most fighters rarely see that number of title fights even from the winning side of the equation, so where does Faber go from here?
“I don’t know. I fought a guy on a huge win streak and didn’t get it done. I fought Dominick (Cruz), who is considered the champ right now, as well,” Faber reflected at the UFC 149 post-fight press conference. “I’m right there, it’s just a matter of continuing to heal up and then reassess this thing.”
Matt Riddle Calls for Dan Hardy Fight, Rails on British Fan that Spit at Him
Dan Hardy already has his next fight lined up. He’s scheduled to fight in his hometown of Nottingham, England, against Amir Sadollah on Sept. 29 at UFC on Fuel TV 5.
But he may already have his next opponent after that… or if Sadollah happens to fall off the card, Matt Riddle is in the wings, ready and waiting.
After he defeated Chris Clements with the UFC 149 Submission of the Night on Saturday night in Calgary, Riddle mentioned at the post-fight press conference that he would really like to fight Hardy next.
“I’m down to fight anybody at any given time, anywhere,” Riddle remarked at the post-fight press conference. “I just picked Dan Hardy because he’s got a lot of hype behind him and I know that it will put me on the map for sure. I have nothing personal against him, but a win over him, I guarantee everybody knows my name afterwards.”
But that was when the fun began. Perhaps when we found out the truth behind Riddle’s “Dan Hardy callout.”
“I heard Riddle hates English people,” UFC president Dana White offhandedly remarked.
“I will be completely honest, when I fought in Manchester, England, they were very cruel to me,” Riddle retorted. “One fan actually spit directly in my face and he was lucky enough where it hit my mouth.”
“Wow. I was kidding,” laughed White.
Renan Barao Says He Will Fight Whoever, Whenever the UFC Asks
Will he or won’t he wait?
That seemed to be the biggest question of Renan Barao before UFC 149, but now that he’s captured the UFC interim bantamweight title it’s an even more relevant inquiry.
Prior to Saturday night, Barao seemed somewhat up in the air regarding the idea of sitting and waiting for champion Dominick Cruz to return from knee surgery, or opting to take another fight to defend his newly won interim belt.
Cruz is expected to be out until at least May or June 2013 after tearing the ACL in his knee while training for his rematch with Urijah Faber, which was originally scheduled for UFC 148 just a few weeks ago.
“I’m a player of the UFC, I fight whenever I’m asked to,” Barao answered when asked about waiting for Cruz or taking another fight.
Dana White ‘Embarrassed’ by UFC 149 Main Card, Praises Undercard Fighters
Saturday night served as a bit of déjà vu for UFC president Dana White, and that was not a good thing.
The main card for UFC 149 ended with four out of the five fights going to decision, with most of them being fairly lackluster affairs drawing boos from the Calgary crowd in attendance.
White remembers an eerily similar night from more than a decade ago when the UFC was hoping to re-launch to the masses with one of the biggest cards ever that quickly turned into one of the biggest disasters ever.
UFC 33 was touted to be one of the biggest cards ever for the promotion, but after injuries scrapped their main event, and every fight on the main card went to decision, forcing the show to go over the pay-per-view time limit, it was anything but a success.