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Rashad Evans 50/50 On Possible Move To Middleweight
(bjpenn.com)
“I’ve been thinking about going down to middleweight lately. I haven’t totally made up my mind. It’s something I’m going to think about a little more in the coming months and see where my body’s at, but I’m definitely giving it serious consideration. The odds of me moving down to 185 are 50-50 or better.” … “The last thing I want to do is move down and become half the athlete I am at 205. That’s something that happened to me while wrestling in college (at Michigan State). I cut too much weight, and if I had competed one weight class higher I would have had a better career. A move to 185 will be permanent. But what I’ve been thinking about also is that I’m one of the top contenders at 205, so there really is no reason for me to move other than fighting some different people. At 205 I fight tough guys anyway. Jon Jones is a tough dude. I’m a 205-pound fighter and the reason I’ve been successful is that I have attributes that, being a smaller guy, I’m able to bring, like having the speed advantage, things like that. It’s something I might not necessarily have at 185. That’s something I have to think about as well.”
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 6:23PM by Manak - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
It appears that Vinny Magalhaes will make his UFC return at UFC 151
(middleeasy.com)
According to your favorite Brazilian magazine turned website, TATAME is reporting that ADCC demi-god, Vinny Magalhaes, has signed with the UFC and will return to the organization on September 1st at UFC 151.
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 6:16PM by lohmann - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Jones Most Concerned with Hendo’s H-Bomb
(mmaweekly.com)
Dan Henderson, a veteran of more than 15 years in the fight game, possesses many tools and many weapons with which to score a victory. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is well aware of the dangers that Hendo presents, but he’s as acutely aware as anyone else of the one weapon that could quickly put an end to his amazing title reign… the H-Bomb. Asked what he’s more wary of, Hendo’s wrestling or his striking, Jones answered, “I think more of his striking, that H-Bomb. It seems like a heat seeking missile. He just comes from all different angles with that right hand.”
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 6:07PM by lohmann - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ian McCall discloses how much cash he really received after his UFC debut
(middleeasy.com)
Many MMA fans were going through an instant bout of depression after it was disclosed that Ian McCall received only $9,000 for his UFC debut at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann back in March. Uncle Creepy took a visit to the UG to inform the public that even though he signed a '$9,000 to show' deal, his pockets were lined with enough dollar bills to buy the entire N64 videogame library.

Dana says he doesn't like to give out real numbers, which is def. the truth cause i came on here and saw people saying things like i shoulda got paid more even though i lost but i headlined the card.. i did, dana sent me an extra 25k right after the fight plus i got main event sponsor money haha the UFC pays you to do your job, if you do it then you get paid good.. in my UFC debut i made over 80,000... thats a lot of money for a division half the MMA community didn't know existed!! i love all of you guys, most of you know my life story, i just wanted you to know that i get taken care of by the UFC real well, ESPECIALLY when it comes to $! All i gotta do now is beat the crap out of someone and move forward and start making anderson moneyyy !!!!!!! :)
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 4:47PM by lohmann - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 149's Boetsch: New opponent Lombard more of a contender than Bisping
(mmajunkie.com)
Excerpt - This is how much of a damn Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) gave when the UFC socked him with Hector Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) instead of Michael Bisping. When his wife woke him to news of the switch, which put him in the co-main event of UFC 149 and Bisping on the disabled list, you'd think he'd already given his 100th interview on the subject. UFC 149 takes place Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view while FX and Facebook host preliminary-card fights. "That's going to be a tough fight," he told her, "but to be the best, you have to beat everybody." Then he went back to sleep. UFC 149 takes place Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view while FX and Facebook host preliminary-card fights.
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 3:29PM by isk - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brendan Schaub targeted for UFC 154 in Montreal, wants Lavar Johnson
(mmajunkie.com)
Brendan Schaub has a likely date for his next fight, and he also has an opponent in mind. Schaub, who was on a four-fight win streak before back-to-back losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has targeted him for a UFC 154 return. And if he gets his way, Schaub (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will fight heavy-handed heavyweight Lavar Johnson (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC). UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre. No fights have been officially announced for the pay-per-view event, but the UFC hopes to feature welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre vs. interim titleholder Carlos Condit, as well as welterweight contenders Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann. "When I talked to Joe Silva [on July 6], they said Nov. 17 is the plan," Schaub said. "Nov. 17 in Montreal is the plan. "And if it was up to me, I'd love to fight Lavar Johnson. That'd be fun, right?"
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 2:41PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brendan Schaub targeted for UFC 154 in Montreal, wants Lavar Johnson
(mmajunkie.com)
Brendan Schaub has a likely date for his next fight, and he also has an opponent in mind. Schaub, who was on a four-fight win streak before back-to-back losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has targeted him for a UFC 154 return.
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 2:36PM by DrivenDavies15 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Henderson’s Game Plan Against Jon Jones At UFC 151: “Win Every Round”
(fightcove.com)
Jon Jones has had an undeniably impressive run through his young MMA career. Ten men have been unable to solve the Jon Jones puzzle in the UFC, but at UFC 151 on Sept. 1, Dan Henderson hopes to change all that. Henderson is best known for his crucifying knockout power and trademark overhand right. The move have knocked many men out cold and while the California native will undoubtedly be throwing the punch against Jones, he says landing the ‘H-Bomb’ isn’t his sole focus for the fight. In fact, Henderson went into detail with a group of reports at the recent UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas and explained how his focus gainst Jones at UFC 151 is to win every round, not headhunt with the ‘H-Bomb’. “My focus is to win every round, not to land the ‘H-Bomb’. But if I hit him pretty good along the way hopefully it knocks him out. I do need to make sure I get inside his length and stay in his face and make him fight me. That’s going to be nice to be able to knock him out, but I never depend on it. It’s something that, you know, I try to make sure I win every round and control the fight whether I have to take it to the ground, stay on my feet, on the outside or in the clinch. I’m sure I won’t be on the outside a whole lot with Jon Jones, I’ll feel like one of those little kids, you push your hand out there and you can’t hit him. So I’ve just got make sure I get past his reach.” “A lot of people that think (he’s unbeatable) have never fought before. They see what he’s done from the outside and, you know he’s done well with his style but I fee like he’s never fought anyone like me and with my style it really, you know, I think goes well for me against someone like him. He’s still young and unorthodox, I think that’s his biggest asset and, you know but he’s young and sloppy a bit. He still has a lot to learn in this sport technically and those are the things, I just need to make sure I stay in position and not catch some goofy elbow.”
Submitted Jul 16, 2012 4:13AM by lohmann - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone-Melvin Guillard set
(espn.go.com)
Former lightweight training partners Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard will meet Aug. 11 at UFC 150 in Denver, the promotion announced Friday. Cerrone and Guillard once trained together at Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, N.M. During their stint at Jackson's the 155-pound title contenders became friends. But that won't prevent them from going hard at one another on fight night. "Two best friends fighting," Guillard said on Twitter. "We are about to kick each other in the face. Fun times, right!" this should insure fireworks in the octagon
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 9:33PM by Manak - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ronda Rousey, Luke Rockhold, Other Strikeforce Fighters Reportedly Contractually Blocked From Moving To UFC; Updated With Dana White's Denial
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dave Meltzer's latest podcast has a bit of shocking news that we'd not heard to this point when it comes to Strikeforce fighters. In the wake of last night's Strikeforce show that saw Luke Rockhold retain his Strikeforce middleweight title, Dave was discussing the idea of fighters in Strikeforce fighting the best in the UFC when he said the words "but that can't happen because of the deal with Showtime." He went on to explain that this was the result of Showtime's paranoia over having Alistair Overeem, Nick Diaz and Dan Henderson lost to the UFC (all through slightly different circumstances): "They made this list of guys and they said 'these are our guys' and, even if their contract expires, they can't move to UFC. That's part of their deal with keeping this alive. So these guys are stuck." "He [Gilbert Melendez] couldn't go to UFC. He could go to Bellator if he wanted to, but he couldn't go to the UFC... There's a list of guys, not everyone on Showtime is on the list, but Ronda Rousey is on the list, Gilbert Melendez is on the list, Luke Rockhold is on the list... It's for as long as Showtime broadcasts MMA." UPDATE: Meltzer clarified the Rousey situation: I think it's important that we understand that this could be a misunderstanding, could be fact, could be somewhere in the middle. Meltzer has talked to people about it, it appears that if it is not the case, that some people think it is. Discuss it with that in mind. UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long. UFC president Dana White tweeted earlier today that he was on his way to Australia for the the first episode of TUF: UK vs. Australia. Not long after he got there, he responded to Dave Meltzer's report regarding a deal that Zuffa made with Showtime that will see a collection of Strikeforce fighters staying with the organization as long as the two organizations continue to work together. Cindy O on the UG asked Dana if it was true, and he responded by text: "idk wtf melzers problem is! Has this guy lost his mind? That is absolutely not true!"
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:35PM by lohmann - 12 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
 
Urijah Faber, Renan Barao Differ on Waiting to Fight Champ Dominick Cruz
(mmafighting.com)
Given Urijah Faber's history with Dominick Cruz, you would think that he would be hellbent on waiting to fight his rival and avenge his defeat. Faber would probably have that option if he beats Renan Barao in an interim bantamweight championship match at UFC 149. But Faber's not interested in putting his career on ice to make that happen. Interestingly, Barao is taking the direct opposite approach. It's the Brazilian who says that if he wins, he'll wait until Cruz returns from a knee injury in order to fight him in a bout that determine supremacy in the weight class. "I think I would want to want to wait to fight Dominick Cruz," he said. "That’s a fight that I would really want. And I would want to convert my interim title into a definitive title for the weight class." But Faber? He has no interest in playing the waiting game. "I'm not waiting for Dominick in any way, shape, or form," he said. "It makes sense for Carlos Condit to wait around for Georges St-Pierre. It’s a huge fight for him, but for me, of course, everyone wants to see the fight with Dominick and I, but I’m not going to put my life on hold because of his injuries. Fighting's what I do, it's how I make my living, it's what I love to do, and I’ll be fighting whenever they give me the opportunity."
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:30PM by lohmann - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Targeting March 2013 for Next Stop in Japan
(mmaweekly.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Japan for UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson this past February. It marked the promotion’s first event in Japan in more than a decade. It appears the UFC is ready to return, already planning for another date at the Saitama Super Arena in 2013, according to NikkanSports.com. MMAWeekly.com sources indicate that March 3 is the date that officials are circling on the calendar.
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:27PM by lohmann - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BJ Penn prepared to pay for UFC 152 pre-fight testing
(bjpenn.com)
“For much of his career, former UFC champion B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) has been an outspoken opponent of performance-enhancing drug use in the sport of mixed martial arts. And so when the non-profit Voluntary Anti-Doping Association volunteered to sponsor pre-fight testing for Penn and his UFC 152 opponent, Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), “The Prodigy” immediately agreed to take part. Penn has since been forced to withdraw his support of the program due to VADA’s insistence the results of the testing be released prior to the matchup. However, the Hawaiian scrapper doesn’t want to nix the plan all together. Instead, he said he’s willing to foot the bill for the procedures if the organization can wait to make the results public.
Submitted Jul 15, 2012 8:26PM by lohmann - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ken Stone meets Erik Perez in bantamweight bout at UFC 150 in Denver
(mmajunkie.com)
A bout between a pair of bantamweights has been added to the UFC's return to Denver. Ken Stone (11-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet Erik Perez (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) next month on the preliminary card of UFC 150. UFC officials on Saturday announced the fight booking. UFC 150 takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center and features a main event lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and former champ Frankie Edgar, a rematch from their UFC 144 main event. Main-card fights air on pay-per-view, while FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 7:05PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Weidman firms up stance, wants next shot at UFC champ Anderson Silva
(mmajunkie.com)
Chris Weidman asked for his fight with Mark Munoz, and things seemed to go not bad. Not bad at all. Now he wants another fight – an even bigger one. And he believes if given a crack at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he'll shock the world. "I asked for (Munoz), and the UFC was willing to give me the fight I wanted," Weidman on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "Mark Munoz was probably the worst matchup for me on paper. He's a wrestler and he has powerful striking. But I took the test, and I was able to pass it."
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 1:50PM by prophecy033 - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC signs top-ranked flyweight fighter Jussier da Silva to contract
(mmamania.com)
One of the most glaring omissions in the burgeoning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight division has just been corrected. Nova Uniao's Jussier da Silva (14-1), according to manager Andre Pederneiras and the man himself, has just signed with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, adding yet another intriguing element to the growing 125-pound division. Da Silva, better known as "Formiga" ("ant" in Portuguese), burst onto the scene with an upset decision win over then-top dog Shinichi "BJ" Kojima back in 2009, usurping his place as number one in the division. Da Silva has since gone 7-1, his sole loss coming at the hands of UFC contender Ian McCall with a win over Mamoru Yamaguchi following immediately after. "Formiga" packs a nasty grappling game, with his airtight back control of particular note. While he struggled for a long time with finishing from there, his last four victories have come via tapout.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 11:01AM by sparky - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Zuffa announces PED Policy
(mmapayout.com)
The UFC announced earlier this week at its Fighter Summit that it would provide UFC and Strikeforce fighters a formal policy concerning Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) and other banned substances. Via UFC press release: Lawrence Epstein, the company’s Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, explained the written policy is a continuation of existing policy, and that both promotions will follow guidelines drafted by the same law firm which advises the National Football League on PEDs.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 9:36AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ian McCall lobbying for flyweight fight against Louis Gaudinot at UFC on FOX 4
(mmajunkie.com)
Ian McCall is looking for a rebound, and he has someone in mind. After a disappointing loss to Demetrious Johnson in their rematch this past month in Florida, McCall has been bummed. But what better way to put a smile back on his face, he figures, than getting his hand raised again in the octagon. "I've been pissed off and depressed about losing (to Johnson)," McCall recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I want to be happy again."
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 9:30AM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Benavidez vs. Johnson, Bisping vs. Stann Slated for UFC 152
(mmafighting.com)
Brian Stann has won the Michael Bisping sweepstakes. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Stann will meet Bisping on Sept. 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto. Both Stann and Bisping have verbally agreed to the fight but have yet to sign bout agreements. In addition to that fight, the pay-per-view will be headlined by Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson for the inaugural UFC flyweight title. Stann and Alan Belcher have been openly campaigning for a shot at Bisping during the last couple of weeks. In fact, at a UFC 148 pool party last week in Las Vegas the middleweights were seen trying to convince UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to give them the Brit next.
Submitted Jul 14, 2012 12:15AM by sparky - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard set for UFC 150 co-main event in Denver
(mmajunkie.com)
Donald Cerrone wanted a fight in Denver, and he shall have it – against a former teammate. "Cowboy," who was born in nearby Colorado Springs, next month will fight Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 in a lightweight bout between two recent title contenders. UFC officials on Friday announced the fight booking, which will serve as the co-main event of the card. UFC 150 takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center and features a main event lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and former champ Frankie Edgar, a rematch from their UFC 144 main event. Main-card fights air on pay-per-view, while FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
Submitted Jul 13, 2012 6:02PM by DrivenDavies15 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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