Dan Hardy passes on surgery to correct heart ailment, says future in UFC's hands
After being diagnosed with a rare heart disorder, UFC welterweight Dan Hardy has decided against corrective surgery, even if it might end his fighting career.
"I don't see a reason why I would let someone go in and start messing with it," he told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's an easy decision to make."
Hardy was barred by the California State Athletic Commission from competing April 20 at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose when a prefight electrocardiogram revealed markers of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He said he'll place his fate in the hands of the UFC and should know this week whether the promotion will risk putting him in the octagon.
Most state athletic commissions likely would throw up a red flag on Hardy competing, but the UFC regulates many of its own events overseas in the absence of a commission.
Following vacation, UFC's Mike Pierce calls out Jake Ellenberger, Robbie Lawler
A recent vacation in Hawaii provided a brief distraction for welterweight Mike Pierce, but he wants to get back to work.
Pierce (16-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who fought five times in 13 months before a current dry spell of three months, has two opponents in mind for his return. They're ambitious requests: Jake Ellenberger (29-6 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Robbie Lawler (20-9 MMA, 5-3 UFC).
"There's no animosity; I don't hate their guts," he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Chris Camozzi in for injured C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FX 8
Middleweight C.B. Dollaway (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has suffered an injury and been forced out of his fight against Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 8. Stepping in to take his place will be Chris Camozzi (19-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC).
UFC officials on Monday announced Dollaway's injury and replacement for the show.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
JONES OUT, SILVA SET TO FACE SONNEN AT UFC 159
Jon Jones injured, out indefinitely, Chael Sonnen will now fight Anderson Silva for the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 159.
Anderson Silva is one more win away from the biggest super fight in Mixed Martial Arts history. All Silva (33-4) has to do is beat his rival, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) one more time. If Silva can accomplish what he has done twice already he will hold two UFC Championships in two different weight classes. If he can do that a Championship Unification fight with Jon Jones (17-1) is inevitable.
Alexander Gustafsson cut in training, headliner in jeopardy
It looks like the fight could be in real danger of being cancelled. SVT is reporting that Gustafsson suffered a cut in training:
According to reports given to SVT Sport, Gustafsson has opened a gash in his eyebrow while sparring, making his appearance highly uncertain.
MMANytt confirmed the injury with Gus's camp:
According to a trusted source of MMANytt the news of Gustafsson's injury is true. Now it comes down to how deep the cut over the eye is and whether SMMAF are going to license him to fight.
UFC Returns to Boston on Aug. 17 for Launch of Fox Sports 1
UFC president Dana White said following UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz on March 16 that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would be returning to Boston this year, but didn’t reveal the date.
On Friday, White made the announcement via Twitter that the promotion’s return to Boston will take place on Aug. 17, and will coincide with the launch of the Fox Sports 1 channel...
UFC 162 adds Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira, Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
A pair of key featherweight matchups have been added to July's UFC 162 event, as former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (15-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) faces Charles Oliveira (16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Dennis Siver (21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) meets Cub Swanson (19-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new matchups.
Featuring a middleweight title fight between current champ Anderson Silva and undefeated contender Chris Weidman, UFC 162 takes place July 6 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UFC 162: Ricardo Lamas opens as favorite over Chan Sung Jung
One of the biggest bouts announced for UFC 162 on July 6th will see top featherweight contenders Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung face off for a probable title shot, and the fight now has a betting line. Lamas has been the much more active fighter lately, and it's not very surprising that the early line favors him. Here's a look at it (via BestFightOdds):
UFC releases Josh Neer, Caros Fodor, Brock Jardine, and Jon Manley
The UFC is downsizing their roster significantly, and 4 losers from UFC 157 were given the pink slip. Josh Neer, Caros Fodor, Jon Manley, and Brock Jardine were all sent packing (per MMA Opinion), and their profiles no longer appear on the UFC's website.
Neer (33-13-1) has now been cut 4 different times by the promotion. His latest release came after a 3 fight losing streak, completed with a decision defeat to Court McGee. it'd be hard to fathom the UFC brass bringing Josh back for a 5th time.