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Jon Jones Wants to be Considered One of the Greats in UFC History
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has a supreme confidence that he will not only be the best 205-pound fighter for many years to come, but that it is truly his destiny to stay on top. As he approaches the biggest fight of his young career, it’s hard to believe that this time two years ago Jones was just getting ready for his bout against Brandon Vera. Fast forward 24 months and Jones has not only won the UFC light heavyweight title, but he’s defended it two times since then, finishing off two former champions in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida.
Submitted Mar 16, 2012 11:12PM by prophecy033 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Chief Counsel "People Who Steal our Stuff--They're not our fans"
(mmajunkie.com)
Several days after the UFC obtained user information from a website offering pirated pay-per-view events, the promotion plans to sue individuals who watched fights for free. "We believe that we've got an obligation to go out there and try to protect the intellectual property and protect both our rights and the rights of our fighter-partners," UFC chief legal counsel Lawrence Epstein told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday. The impending legal action, which was reported earlier this week by "The Wrestling Observer," represents a new tact in the UFC's fight against piracy. Sure UFC, sure . Clearly they dont understand their fanbase.
Submitted Mar 16, 2012 2:34PM by Franklinfan47 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tavares replaces injured Hallman, faces Ferguson at UFC on FOX 3
(mmajunkie.com)
With Dennis Hallman injured and forced to withdraw from May's UFC on FOX 3 event, Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) will now face Tony Ferguson (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a lightweight contest. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the report, which was first published by Tatame. Featuring a lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller, "UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller" takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Tavares looks to build on a pair of big wins over Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher. The Brazilian is now 4-1-1 in his past six fights, but the consecutive wins are his first such back-to-back results since 2007...
Submitted Mar 16, 2012 12:47PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis Shoots Down Rumors Of Dropping To Featherweight For Jose Aldo Fight
(bloodyelbow.com)
The idea of Anthony Pettis dropping to featherweight to fight for Jose Aldo's 145 pound title picked up a lot of steam when his manager made the statement that Pettis would do it "for the right terms." While the idea of the fight seemed amazing as Pettis and Aldo almost certainly couldn't put on a bad fight, there were immediate rebuttals to the idea that Pettis would actually drop in weight.
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 4:48PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Positive Signs Point to UFC Events in Italy, Spain and France in Near Future
(mmafighting.com)
Mar 15, 2012 - The UFC will continue its European expansion next month when the promotion makes its debut in Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on FUEL TV 2. And according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the organization hopes to debut in a few more European countries by the end of next year. "I think Italy will be next," Fertitta said. "Me and Lawrence [Epstein, the UFC's general counsel] went out to Italy and met with the owners. There's really only one venue in Italy that makes sense for us. There's an arena right outside of Milan, it's owned by a family, and once again, they had these misconceptions about what this was. 'Oh my gosh, you're going to have these guys get in there and fight in a cage,' and all this other stuff. But we went out there, sat down with them, explained who we were, what our background was, safety, regulation, all those things. [We] invited them to the fight in Birmingham [for UFC 138], and they were blown away. They said, 'You guys are welcome any time you want.'
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 4:24PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's 'Rampage' Jackson: 'Shogun' rematch delayed to due to double-knee surgery
(mmajunkie.com)
The recently announced rematch between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) apparently will have to wait. Earlier this week, UFC officials announced that the fighters, who first met in PRIDE in 2005, would rematch sometime this summer. But "Rampage" today said the fight is on hold because he has to undergo surgery on both knees. "2 keep it real,the Shogun fight will have 2 wait,I just found out that I have 2 get surgery on both knees," Jackson tweeted. "But I heal fast don't trip." UFC officials have no made formal announcement, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately reach them for comment. Additionally, Jackson gave no timeframe for his recovery.
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 3:01PM by BuffaloDave - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Hardy Talks UFC 146, Proving He Belongs And Training With Lorenzo Fertitta At 'Secret Gym'
(bloodyelbow.com)
There comes a time in every fighter's life when they need to question their motivation for their chosen career path. For Dan Hardy, it wasn't quite as clear as he wanted it to be over the last 2 years. With 4 tough losses, camp changes, and management shake-ups, the drive and desire to compete was still missing a vital element, anger. Dan has stated in recent interviews that he's regained that element, and is reacquainting himself with that spark growing in him, as the clocks and calendars edge closer to his UFC 146 bout with Duane Ludwig. I recently spoke with Dan about the changes he's put in place to get his name back in the win column.
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 12:29AM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
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Nevada Rebukes Nick Diaz Suspension Defense, Claims He Lied On Pre-Fight Questionnaire
(bloodyelbow.com)
Yesterday, an attorney representing Nick Diaz formally challenged Nick's marijuana metabolites suspension by submitting a response to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. But it appears that the NSAC has already rebuked the defense by claiming Diaz lied on his pre-fight questionnaire
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 12:25AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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Dominick Cruz Opens as Solid Favorite Over Rival Urijah Faber
(mmaweekly.com)
Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will close out their trilogy of fights this July, and the odds for the third fight have just been released.
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 12:13AM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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Jake Ellenberger Wants Condit But Open to Fight with Martin Kampmann
(mmaweekly.com)
If Carlos Condit’s ultimate decision is to sit and wait for the return of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre later this year, then that leaves a couple of top contenders awaiting match-ups of their own. At the top of that list sits Jake Ellenberger, who is currently riding a six fight win streak, most recently defeating Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February. Ellenberger’s wish list starts with a rematch against Condit, who defeated him in his UFC debut, when he stepped in on a month’s notice to face the former WEC champion. Speaking to Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight, Ellenberger thinks now is the best time for him to face Condit, and he believes he’s earned it.
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 12:10AM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis Not Dropping to Featherweight, Eyes Lightweight Title in 2012
(mmaweekly.com)
Anthony Pettis may not be getting the next crack at the UFC lightweight title, but he’s not going anywhere but on a hunt for the next best challenge at 155lbs. During UFC Tonight on Fuel TV on Tuesday, it was reported that Pettis was possibly considering a drop to 145lbs and challenging featherweight champion Jose Aldo. While it was anything but a done deal, the possibility seemed to exist.
Submitted Mar 15, 2012 12:07AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lorenzo Fertitta: 'Let Joe Silva and Sean Shelby develop a women's league, I guarantee you they can do it'
(mmamania.com)
Is someone pulling rank? Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, who was both "captivated" and "blown away" by the headlining fight of Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate back on March 3 under the Strikeforce banner, is a staunch supporter of women's mixed martial arts (MMA). UFC President Dana White? Not so much. Women's MMA, while prevalent overseas in Japan and Australia, is limited to mostly regional promotions in the United States, with the occasional superfight televised under the Strikeforce banner when one or more of its top stars are available. But will we ever see women inside the Octagon? Fertitta believes the perceived lack of depth in the existing talent pool is not only starting to change, but could be compensated by the matchmaking skills of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby.
Submitted Mar 14, 2012 8:11PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda added to May's UFC 146 event
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight matchup between Mike Brown (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Daniel Pineda (17-7 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been added to May's UFC 146 event. UFC officials announced the matchup earlier today. Featuring a heavyweight title fight between current champion Junior Dos Santos and former Strikeforce title holder Alistair Overeem, "UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem" takes place May 26 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Brown vs. Pineda takes place on the preliminary card. "Pineda is developing as a serious contender as he will be looking for his third stoppage in the octagon in only 5 months and riding an almost-two-year unbeaten streak," UFC president Dana White stated. "This will be the toughest test of his career, dealing with Brown's experience, power and submission prowess." Brown looks to build on the strength of his first-ever UFC win, a UFC 133 victory over Nam Phan. The much-needed result snapped a two-fight losing streak for the former WEC featherweight champion, who had suffered back-to-back losses to Rani Yahya and Diego Nunes following the UFC's absorption of the WEC's roster. Brown also lost a lightweight bout at UFC 47 in April 2004.
Submitted Mar 14, 2012 8:07PM by sparky - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson Rematch Tentatively Set For TUF Live Finale
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dana White said they'd rematch in April, but scheduling can be a pain and it looks like they'll have to wait until June. Flyweights Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall, who went to a controversial draw at UFC on FX 2, will meet again on June 1st at the Ultimate Fighter Live Finale to see who advances to the flyweight tournament finals and faces Joseph Benavidez.. MMAInterviews.tv has the news: According to sources close to the fighters, the UFC is hoping to feature the Flyweight Tournament rematch between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson at the Finale of "The Ultimate Fighter 15? taking place June 1st in Las Vegas.
Submitted Mar 14, 2012 8:05PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anderson Silva bashes Chael Sonnen, says he doesn't deserve 2nd title shot
(mixedmartialarts.com)
"(What does Chael Sonnen represent for my career?) Nothing! He’s possessed by a demon. That’s the truth. He’s an athlete that failed the drug test, I fought him while injured, and he had problems with the American Justice system. He respects nothing and he didn’t respect our country. What does he represent? Nothing. "I respect the opinions and the positions of the promoters of the fight and the owners of the event, but in my opinion he shouldn’t get the chance to fight me again. But that’s not something that I can decide. I will get ready for the fight just as I would with any other." "He disrespected our idols that made history in the world of sports, such as Lance Armstrong. This guy is complicated, he’s got personal issues. The attention that the Brazilian media gives him, the attention that Palmeiras gave him, it’s very bad. If any Brazilian would be in the position that he finds himself in, if they would talk about the US and he does about Brazil, and the American idols, we wouldn’t even have the same opportunities of going in their country or talking to the American media. I think that Brazilians should be more patriotic, like the Americans.
Submitted Mar 14, 2012 6:37PM by bjj1605 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Demian Maia Moving to Welterweight
(mmaweekly.com)
A top ten level middleweight will be dropping down to 170lbs to try and wreak havoc on the best of the best at welterweight. Multi-time grappling champion Demian Maia has made the decision to drop down to welterweight following his last fight against Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 3. Maia made the announcement via his Twitter account on Wednesday. “Guy, now I’ll (be) moving down to 170lbs,” wrote Maia. “Next fight I’ll be a welterweight.”
Submitted Mar 14, 2012 11:55AM by BuffaloDave - 40 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Rampage Jackson's Last UFC Fight Will Be Against Shogun Rua
(mmafighting.com)
Mar 13, 2012 - Quinton "Rampage" Jackson wants out of the UFC. It looks like he'll get his wish, but not before fulfilling the last fight on his current deal. According to a report on Tuesday's edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," Jackson and the UFC have agreed to part ways after Jackson faces Mauricio "Shogun" Rua later this year.
Submitted Mar 13, 2012 10:15PM by BuffaloDave - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 147: Mike Pierce vs Erick Silva possible for promotion's return to Brazil
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Mike Pierce has apparently talked his way into a UFC 147 match up versus rising top prospect Erick Silva. Last week, Pierce, who lost his last fight in a close split decision to Josh Koscheck at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, took to Twitter to try and stir up some action and get his name in the conversation: @MikePierce: WANTED: no work ethic, no cardio, terrible striking and limited ground game. Brazilians, please send fight applications to Joe Silva...Man I'm ready! Are there any Brazilians at 170 our did they all bump up to 185? Looking for an easy fight :) According to Tatame, Silva was more than happy to answer the call. Silva's manager, Wallid Ismail, responded to the rumored fight with the following: "They've asked Erick where he would like to fight at and he said Sao Paulo's edition of Ultimate Fighter (TUF). So, we're just waiting for them to match him up. He is indeed confirmed to fight in Brazil. UFC told us that and any opponent is welcome, but those who say bad things about Brazil should pay and that's Mike Pierce. It's a match-up that pleases us. We're waiting for UFC to say ‘ok.'" The fight card is shaping up nicely already, being said to feature a main event between Anderson Silva and his hated rival Chael Sonnen. Also on the card are bouts between Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort (the coaches for TUF: Brazil) as well as Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow.
Submitted Mar 13, 2012 9:54PM by sparky - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis? 'Showtime' considering a drop to featherweight
(mmamania.com)
The last man to hold the World Extreme Championship (WEC) lightweight title, Anthony Pettis, wanted to prove that beating Ben Henderson to earn that distinction was not a fluke. In order to do that, he required a "Smooth" rematch against "Bendo," who took over the 155-pound throne under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner by outpointing Frankie Edgar last month in Japan. "Showtime" held up his end of the bargain by cleaning the clock of Boston grappler Joe Lauzon, also at UFC 144, and put himself in prime position to make it two in a row against Henderson. Unfortunately nobody cleared it with Edgar. His "Answer" to UFC President Dana White, who urged the Jersey Shore native to drop a few pounds and challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight crown in the promotion's desolate 145-pound division, was an emphatic "No." Edgar instead wanted a Henderson rematch based on the (mildly) controversial finish from their championship tilt at the Saitama Super Arena. Wish granted. That means Pettis will have to fend off another round of lightweight hopefuls to keep his spot in line. Or he can do what Edgar wouldn't, and shed some skin to give "Junior" the fits in a featherweight title fight. A move his manager tells Ariel Helwani (via UFC Tonight) is currently under consideration.
Submitted Mar 13, 2012 9:45PM by sparky - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac slated for UFC on FUEL TV 3
(mmajunkie.com)
After losing opponent Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) to a rescheduling, light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac (24-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) now will fight replacement Fabio Maldonado (18-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at May's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event. Maldonado recently announced the fight. UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes play May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., and features a No. 1 contender's bout between featherweights Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card. It's not clear where Pokrajac vs. Maldonado will end up on the card.
Submitted Mar 13, 2012 1:08PM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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