McCall vs. Johnson Announced as Majority Draw at UFC Presser; Rematch Next Month
Johnson and McCall fought in an action-packed flyweight-tourney fight. Johnson initially was declared the split-decision winner, and then officials said it was a majority decision for him. But in the post-fight press conference, officials announced a tabulation error resulted in incorrect announcements, and the fight was actually a draw. However, the error was caught too late for the fight to go to what would have been a mandatory sudden-victory fourth round. The fighter now will rematch later this month as the tourney is put on hold.
Johnson/McCall fight was scored wrong - it was a draw- should have gone to sudden victory round. Dana: "I don't even know what to say"
EDIT: It seems that the rematch will be next month, not this month; no more UFC cards are scheduled for March.
Because of the error, the fight – which initially was showered in boos by fans who thought McCall had won – will happen again. Currently, the rematch is tentatively slated for April, though clearly frustrated UFC president Dana White said no exact date is set.
Jackson, Henderson issued 180 day suspensions
*Note: There is currently no sanctioning body or commission for Mixed Martial Arts in Japan. These suspensions are levied directly by the Zuffa dba Ultimate Fighting Championship, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Benson Henderson; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Benson Henderson; 180 days or negative x-ray of both hands and left foot for possible fracture
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung title qualifier headlines UFC on FUEL TV 3
A previously announced featherweight bout between Dustin Poirier (12-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Chan Sung Jung (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will now headline May's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event.
Officials today announced the bout as a five-round main event.
The winner "is expected to emerge as a challenger to the UFC 145-pound title currently held by Brazilian star Jose Aldo," according to the release.
UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook. The UFC recently announced a number of fights for the card, including main-card bouts of lightweights Jeremy Stephens (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) vs. Donald Cerrone (17-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and bantamweights Mike Easton (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Yves Jabouin (17-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
After four-year layoff, UFC vet Nate Loughran returns to action Saturday
After a nearly four-year absence from MMA, Nate Loughran (9-1) is getting back on the horse.
The UFC vet is dropping from middleweight to welterweight and is slated to meet Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights vet Jaime Jara (32-10) at "Cage Combat FC: The Return," which takes place Saturday at Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa, Calif.
A student of onetime UFC middleweight challenger David Terrell, Loughran brings a virtually unblemished resume to the cage.
Tim Sylvia says he can KO Struve, Brown, and Morecraft
In an interview for his campaign to get back to the UFC, Tim Sylvia confidently says he can KO Stefan Struve, Travis Brown, and Christian Morecraft
I know he also called out Kongo before...and after seeing Kongo's last fight, I think Sylvia could def do it. I think Brown would win, but Kongo, Struve, and Morecraft would be good fights to watch
Rampage Reveals He Used Testosterone Therapy for Bader Fight
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson missed weight for his fight with Ryan Bader by an enormous five pounds, something unheard of for the former UFC and Pride champion. Already beset by allegations that he was not taking the fight seriously, the weight-miss was taken as proof positive that he did not care about the bout or respect Bader as an opponent.
In the week prior to the fight, Jackson had caused a storm by slamming UFC commentator Joe Rogan. He accused Rogan of biased commentary and said that he always had negative comments to make about Jackson’s techniques and overall game. All in all, the days preceding the fight were not vintage for Jackson.
Then the fight itself went 15 minutes and apart from one or two sparks - including a trademark slam - it was something of an anti-climax and Jackson was again criticised - by fans - for displaying a limited repertoire. Stung by this criticism, and unhappy about a few other things, Jackson picked up the phone and told Fighters Only a few home truths which he would like to share with the world.
Report: Azamat Gashimov Vs. Alex Soto Slated For UFC On Fuel TV 3
A Russian bantamweight prospect has been booked to make his UFC debut in May at UFC on Fuel 3 in Virginia, as Alex Soto has agreed to welcome Azamat Gashimov to the Octagon, according to valetudo.ru:
Promising Russian bantamweight fighter, Azamat Gashimov , will hold his first fight in the U.S. on May 15 in Fairfax, Virginia. Gashimov will meet Mexican-American Alex Soto on the undercard of UFC on Fuel TV 3. This news was given to valetudo.ru by Sam Kardan, the manager of the Russian.
The UFC's signing of Gashimov was reported several months ago, as he's part of a slew of Russian talent from the K-Dojo gym who are co-managed by the AMA Fight Club's Mike Constantino, who has scouted several Russian fighters to train alongside the Miller brothers and Charlie Brenneman in New Jersey, and compete for major US organizations, including Strikeforce's Adlan Amagov, and UFC lightweight, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Kamal Shalorus vs. Rafael dos Anjos Announced For UFC on FUEL TV 3
Several matches were made official for the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 3 event set for Virginia this upcoming May.
Looking for his first win in the Octagon will be lightweight fighter, and WEC veteran, Kamal ‘The Prince of Persia’ Shalorus (7-2-2) who takes on BJJ black belt Rafael dos Anjos (15-6).
The bout was announced at UFC.com on Wednesday.
Flyweight Joseph Benavidez considers UFC on FX 2 his real promotional debut
Joseph Benavidez is finally where he belongs.
And in many ways, it feels like he's just now making his UFC debut.
As one of four competitors in the UFC's historic and inaugural flyweight tournament, Benavidez (15-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has essentially written off his first two UFC fights and considers Friday's bout with Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) his real promotional debut.
Benavidez and Urushitani fight at UFC on FX 2, which takes place Saturday at Sydney's Allphones Arena (but airs live on FX in the U.S. on Friday due to the time difference). In the other UFC on FX 2 opening-round tourney matchup, Demetrious Johnson (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Ian McCall (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
The two winners meet this summer, and the eventual tourney champion becomes the UFC's first-ever flyweight titleholder.
Frank Edgar: I'm Staying at 155, and I Want My Rematch
Halt any talk about Frankie Edgar moving down to the featherweight division. Fresh off his unanimous decision loss to Ben Henderson at UFC 144, the former lightweight champion says that he's staying right where he is, and that he wants an immediate rematch.
Known for his soft-spoken style outside of the cage, Edgar made probably the most impassioned demand of his career in a Wednesday interview on The MMA Hour. After noting that he had given rematches to both Gray Maynard and BJ Penn, he said that he expects the same treatment after a close loss.
"I'm saying it, and I'm saying it loud: I want my rematch," he said. "I'm not going to have these antics or play these games. I'm telling you want I want. This is what I want. I think it's fair. I think the fans want to see it. It was fight of the night. Listen, even if these guys want to see me get beat up, I do get beat up in a lot of my fights, even in the fights I win, so it’s win-win for everybody."
Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Wants Rematch With Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua recently spoke with Brazilian news source Tatame to give an update about his MMA career. The discussion covered his current management situation as Shogun recently split with long time manager Eduardo Alonso. The split caught many people off guard as Alonso had been with Shogun for much of his career and by all accounts the two had a great relationship. Though the reason for the split is still a bit of a mystery, an overwhelming factor was that Shogun would often have difficulty balancing training and dealing with media obligations.
What's next? They've talked about Phil Davis and Rampage Jackson...
I guess it could be one of these guys. I don't discard Ryan Bader nor Rampage, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin... I guess there are many guys I could fight. Actually, soon I'll know more about it and I'll keep you posted. I'm sure I'll train focused on my opponent and he's going to be a hard one.
So, talking about the old days.... Would you like to rematch Rampage?
Absolutely. The fight against Rampage will happen eventually. It's inevitable and UFC knows it. He won't retire before fighting me and neither am I (laughs).
Were you surprised by his performance against Ryan Bader?
It's hard to tell because we don't know what happens to each and every fighter. I don't know if he got injured, if he was not feeling ok... It's hard to know, but Rampage is very professional and deserves to be respected.
Dakota Cochrane, Ultimate Fighter 15 Contestant, Outed As Gay Porn Performer
Multiple MMA sites are reporting that Dakota Cochrane, one of the contestants on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, has performed in gay pornographic videos. Cochrane is best known to MMA fans for his upset win over former WEC champ Jamie Varner last fall. The 25 year-old Cochrane has an 11-2 pro MMA record that also includes a win over four time NCAA Division III wrestling champ Marcus Levesseur.
According to gay news blog Queerty, Cochrane was outed last fall along with another MMA fighter and porn performer:
...porn blogs recently outed these two porn performers as pro-mixed martial arts fighters-a style of ring fighting where opponents use any combination of boxing, wrestling, karate, and anything else you've ever seen used in a Van Damme or Steven Seagal movie.
UFC's Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Returns To Training Early Following Surgery
Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera has returned to training ahead of schedule following surgery to repair a snapped femur. Big Nog got his arm broken courtesy of a Frank Mir kimura at UFC 140 in December.
The Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte Lutas quoted Nogueira (translated by Orcus):
"I felt very good, I missed being able to train. I was only supposed to do ‘shadow' training, but I couldn't (hold myself).
I still need another three weeks of physical therapy to sharpen my boxing, and after that I will call Master De La Riva and start training jiu-jitsu. I believe I'll be back in a month's time.
"Soon Junior dos Santos will be coming here to train for his fight against Alistair Overeem and thereafter it will be Big Foot and Anderson Silva coming to train. I need to be 100% to train with these guys because they're tough."
Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo slated for UFC on FUEL TV 3
A bantamweight bout between Jeff Curran (33-14-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Johnny Eduardo (25-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been slotted for a spring UFC event.
The 135-pound matchup will be part of UFC on FUEL TV 3.
UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook.
Curran vs. Eduardo likely will be part of the prelims stream.
UFC 144 ratings: 'UFC Prelims' draw 1.5 million FX viewers
FX drew a solid 1.5 million viewers for this past weekend's UFC 144 "UFC Prelims" broadcast, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources.
The two-hour Feb. 25 broadcast preceded the UFC 144 pay-per-view main card and featured four bouts live from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The broadcast outdrew the first two "UFC Prelims" specials on FX, which drew 888,000 viewers (UFC 142) and 1.3 million viewers (UFC 143).
Jared Papazian Awarded Monetary Bonus for UFC on FX Performance
UFC president Dana White followed through on his word and took care of the little guy.
Bantamweight Jared Papazian, whom many thought was robbed of a “Fight of the Night” award alongside Mike Easton at the recent UFC on FX event on Jan. 20, was recently given a $15,000 bonus for his efforts. MMAWeekly.com learned of the bonus through Papazian’s manager, Darin Harvey.
The promotion originally awarded the fight night bonus to Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft for their main card performances, but fans immediately let White know they disagreed via Twitter. The UFC boss’ response was a positive one, showing an appreciation for fan passion.
TUF 15 Cast Unveiled - 32 Lightweight Fighters Announced
The UFC and FX have revealed 32 lightweight fighters who have been selected to compete on "The Ultimate Fighter 15."
The show (also dubbed "TUF: Live") debuts March 9 on FX with a two-and-half-hour episode that features 16 live elimination-round fights. All the winners earn official cast-member status.
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and top contender Urijah Faber serve as coaches on the tournament-based show, which initially was slated to feature both lightweights and welterweights.
However, the field now includes just lightweights. Notable 155-pounders from the list include "TUF 13" competitor Myles Jury (who was forced off the show with a torn ACL), Cristiano Marcello and James Krause. Cast members come from the U.S., England, Northern Ireland and Brazil.