UFC Appoints New Europe, Middle East and Africa Executive VP and Managing Director
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced the appointment of Garry Cook as its Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Cook, 50, has an impeccable track record of business success throughout his career. He joined Nike in 1996, rising to President and General Manager International of Brand Jordan in 2005. During his tenure at Nike he held a wide range of management positions from overseeing the licensing of Nike Team Sports in the US to leading the pan-European commercial strategy for Nike apparel EMEA...
UFC on FUEL TV 5 official weigh-in results
The UFC on FUEL TV 5 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 4 p.m. ET)
-Stipe Miocic (239) vs. Stefan Struve (251)
-Dan Hardy (169) vs. Amir Sadollah (169)
-Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Brad Pickett (135)
-Paul Sass (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
-John Hathaway (169) vs. John Maguire (169)
-Duane Ludwig (169) vs. Che Mills (170)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 1 p.m. ET)
-Kyle Kingsbury (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204)
-Akira Corassani (144) vs. Andy Ogle (144)
-Brad Tavares (185) vs. Tom Watson (186)
-DaMarques Johnson (183) vs. Gunnar Nelson (175) - 175-pound catchweight
-Robert Peralta (144) vs. Jason Young (145)
UFC vet Clay Guida dropping to featherweight, likely to return in early 2013
Longtime UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (29-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) is headed to a new weight class.
The fighter has opted for a drop to the 145-pound featherweight division, his representatives from VFD Sports Marketing today announced.
A debut date and opponent have not been confirmed for his UFC debut in the division, but a rep told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) it'll likely come after the new year...
Dana White riffs on Jones' Injury, Bisping vs. Silva, Brock Lesnar, and more
UFC president Dana met with the media following Thursday's UFC on FUEL TV 5 pre-fight press conference in Nottingham, England, to discuss all sorts of news making headlines in MMA.
White touched on Jon Jones' arm injury, the state of the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, the possibility of seeing Anderson Silva fight Michael Bisping and GSP next year, Brock Lesnar, Rampage vs. Mitrione, Rashad Evans' future, and why TUF: UK vs. Australia was the "craziest" TUF season yet.
Watch the three-part video below
Shane Carwin Suffers Minor Knee Injury But Still Fighting Roy Nelson at TUF 16 Finale
Ultimate Fighter 16 coach Shane Carwin has suffered a minor knee injury that will prevent him from traveling on a scheduled trip to England this week, but he will still fight at The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale against Roy Nelson.
Carwin first reported the knee injury on his Twitter account saying, “ATTN UK Fans: I hurt my knee training and I will not be able to make the signing with the amazing people @FearlessUK.”
Carwin’s manager Jason Genet of Ingrained Media told MMAWeekly.com that he injured the knee while in wrestling practice, but he suffered no major tears or damage to the knee.
UFC prez says Machida-Henderson likely, scratches head at Machida-St-Pierre
A light-heavyweight bout between ex-champs Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is still in the works, UFC President Dana White today said.
"We're still working it all out," said White, who did not give a timetable for the proposed fight.
The matchup is widely expected to have title implications. But according to White, it's become suddenly difficult to find a title contender for current champ Jon Jones, who recently notched his fourth straight title defense...
Brian Stann thinks he beat Michael Bisping, doesn't want to fight 'up-and-comers'
Brian Stann thinks he beat Michael Bisping, doesn't want to fight 'up-and-comers'
By Jesse Holland ON SEP 26, 11:30A
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UFC Middleweight Brian Stann admits bias, but still believes he was the better man against Michael Bisping at the UFC 152 pay-per-view last week in Toronto.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) eliminated yet another contender from its middleweight title race following a unanimous decision win for Michael Bisping over Brian Stann at the UFC 152: "Jones vs. Belfort" pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Sept. 22, 2012) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
There's just one problem.
The "All American" believes it was he -- not "The Count" -- who did enough to deserve the decision. And as he told the UFC on FUEL TV post-fight show (via MMA Torch), he's not the only one who feels that way.
"[I'm] disappointed obviously. Dana came back after the fight and told me he thought I won the fight. Of course I am going to be biased, I was in there and I thought I won. I have to take an analytical view. I knew it was going to be close, but I thought I won the fight. I think I could still fight the good contenders, I don't think I go back to fighting the up and comers. I think if I get two big wins in a row, I can get right back to a fight that means something. There are a lot of us to who have gotten there, fall down and then come back. That is what I have to do."
UFC's Diaz challenges suspension
Nick Diaz never has been one to go down without a fight.
An attorney representing the Ultimate Fighting Championship star filed a motion Wednesday in a Las Vegas courtroom seeking a review of a disciplinary order made against Diaz by the Nevada Athletic Commission after a hearing in May.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the NAC, said he thinks this is the first time a fighter has challenged an NAC disciplinary ruling in a courtroom in his nearly 15 years with the commission...
Lyoto Machida willing to meet GSP at 185 for middleweight fight
Despite a promised title shot after an impressive showing against Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4, Lyoto Machida is now out of the immediate title picture. He spoke with Globo Esporte on a number of topics, including UFC 152 and his desire to fight welterweight king, Georges St. Pierre, at middleweight.
Lyoto Machida, one of the top Light Heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) talents, was recently on the cusp of receiving a much desired rematch with current champion, Jon Jones. After his impressive knockout of Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4, he was promised a title shot against the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson fight that was scheduled for UFC 151.
Vitor's BJJ coach comments on the armbar
Was there a Jiu-Jitsu fan that didn’t jump out of his seat when Vitor Belfort slapped that armbar on Jon Jones?
Countless practitioners “pulled” along with, tugging on an imaginary appendage to help the black belt coax the tapout from Jones; but the champion was one tough nut to crack. What followed was a barrage of elbows and frontal and spinning kicks that wore away at the Brazilian’s resistance, ultimately putting him away by americana lock in the fourth round.
But why didn’t that armbar pay out?
“It was bending backwards, in so tight. I think two things were missing: to bring the knee in when doing the armbar, and to hug the leg to work the sweep. Then Jon Jones really wouldn’t be able to defend, because he’d be swept,” Gilbert Durinho, Vitor’s Jiu-Jitsu coach, weighed in.
But from the photo taken behind the scenes afterwards one could tell the hold took its toll. The champion with his arm in a sling showed just how much damage was done. The loss doesn’t matter too much, what counts is Vitor’s grit.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
Bonnar on UFC 153 fight with Silva: 'Like cramming for a final in college'
How do you prepare for arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history on just a few weeks' notice?
Stephan Bonnar (14-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) is still trying to figure it out as he readies for a late-notice light-heavyweight fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (32-4 MMA, 15-0 UFC) next month at UFC 153.
"It's just like cramming for a final in college," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "I've got a big test in a few weeks."
So how do you prepare for such a major pay-per-view fight with essentially a three-week fight camp?
Recovering UFC commentator Kenny Florian undecided on potential MMA return
Retired UFC fighter and current broadcaster Kenny Florian is in shape.
After all, "round is a shape," he told recently joked with MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
But the former UFC title challenger, who was the first competitor to fight in four different UFC weight classes, said injuries are healing, he's getting in better shape, and he's now hesitant to completely discount the possibility he'll someday return to the cage as a fighter.
Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who commentates this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 5 event with booth mate Jon Anik in Nottingham, England, retired from MMA back in May, seven months after his final UFC appearance: a title loss to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136. Sure, it was the fighter's third unsuccessful bid at a UFC title, but during an illustrious nine-year pro career, "The Ultimate Fighter 1" runner-up became one of UFC's biggest fan favorites.
However, the 36-year-old called it quits after a back injury kept him out of the gym and made training all but impossible. Recently, though, he's seen improvement on that front
UFC 152 medical suspensions: Jon Jones, five others suspended indefinitely
Five fighters, including UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, were issued indefinite medical suspensions following this past weekend's UFC 152 event.
The Office of the Athletics Commissioner of Ontario today released the suspensions to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 152 took place Sept. 22 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, and in his fourth consecutive title defense, Jones submitted Vitor Belfort in the night's pay-per-view headliner...
Dana White: Chael Sonnen Could Find Way Into Jon Jones Fight if Fans Want It
TORONTO -- The fight business can be both crazy and cruel.
Jon Jones was somewhere in the bowels of the Air Canada Centre getting his injured left arm wrapped and put into a sling when the questions began about who might be next for the light-heavyweight champion.
With four successful title defenses, he's just one shy of tying Tito Ortiz's divisional record. So who might be the man he'll oppose in the fight that could send him into the history books next to Ortiz? How about the man who he briefly was paired up with at UFC 151: Chael Sonnen.
To be blunt, it's unlikely to happen right away. Sonnen, after all, is supposed to fight Forrest Griffin in December. And if he wins, well, UFC president Dana White knows what is likely next.
"He’s going to call out Jones, there’s no doubt," he said. "He’s very good at ... everybody talks about him talking his way into fights, but you know that guy’s going to show up to win."
Jones didn't want to face Sonnen the first time it was proposed to him, but White seemed to believe his stance has changed, saying, "I can tell you right now I think they both want that fight. I just think there's other fights that make sense."
The obvious one is Dan Henderson. He was queued up to face Jones when a knee injury knocked him out of his title opportunity. White seemed to indicate he would probably move back to the front of the line when he's healed up, but didn't outright confirm it.
The issue might be further complicated by the still-undetermined injury Jones suffered at UFC 152. He said afterward that doctors thought it could be nerve damage, but he won't know for sure until he returns home and sees doctors, according to his manager Malki Kawa.
Given the UFC's demanding schedule and the injuries in play, that means that the door is open just a crack for the possibility that Sonnen finds his way into the match he originally wanted. According to White, it is ultimately up to the fans.
"People do want to see it," he said. "I don’t know. Who knows? People do want to see it. If enough people do want to see it, I guess I’d have to make it."
Anthony Perosh vs. Joey Beltran added to UFC on FX 6 in Australia
A light-heavyweight bout between Anthony Perosh (13-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Joey Beltran (14-8 MMA, 3-5 UFC) is the latest addition to December's UFC on FX 6 event.
UFC officials confirmed the matchup with "The Daily Telegraph."
UFC on FX 6 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
Perosh vs. Beltran likely will be part of the prelims...
Mike Pyle says he's fighting James Head at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
Mike Pyle (23-8-1 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is back to work in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.
The welterweight today tweeted that he's set to fight James Head (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, which takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
It's not yet clear whether Pyle vs. Head serves on the event's FX-televised main card or FUEL TV-televised prelims.
Jon Jones might have nerve damage in his arm and Vitor fought with a broken hand
If Jon Jones is the end boss no one can beat at the arcade that attracts a crowd around the cabinet and the next challenger, hoping the next guy can accomplish what the last couldn't. Then Vitor Belfort is the guy who mashed all the buttons he could while wearing a cast on his hand utilizing a hybrid two-finger technique on the joystick that nearly delivered a win. Props are given all around in the warm glow of the 'game over' screen, hands are rested on shoulders and god knows (really, she does) that Vitor did everything he could, but Jon Jones has once again claimed another quarter.
For a moment last night I thought we were going to see a Tim Sylvia/Frank Mir type stoppage, but Big John was calm cool and collected and let the fight rightly go on through the armbar that heaven sent. The fallout looks like this: last night we saw reports coming out of the Bones camp saying he may have nerve damage in his arm, but nothing is confirmed yet. Next, we found out Vitor Belfort fought Jon Jones with a broken hand, which explains the guard pulls. Both of these dudes walked out of the Octagon with some newly unlocked Badass Tokens if you ask me.
Jones: "In there, I felt as if there was a point where I don't think physically he could have extended it even more," "I mean, it was popping, and I felt after 25 years that I've never felt that feeling before. I just came to terms with what was going to happen, just thinking, 'Man, I can't believe I'm getting ready to lose this way.'"
"I wasn't close to tapping out at all," "I was ready to face the music and get it broken if I had to get it broken. I proved a lot to myself tonight and I'm grateful for it. I haven't gotten x-rays, so I'm not going to sit here and feed into a little pain. But I'll definitely live on to fight another day. Every time I extended my right hand or tried to use an elbow on my right side, I felt it. I felt as if I really didn't have any power in my right side at all but it's a long ways from my heart."
Belfort: "I had my opportunity," "I think when I heard the pop, I kind of lost the pressure, and he got away. It is what it is. I thought I really had that arm, but he fought through it. He did great"
Dana White: (Spike TV) Is the Worst Channel in the History of the World
Divorce is always hard and while both parties involved try to remain amicable, it happens quite often that things break down and end up in a shouting match between the two parties.
It’s no different in the world of sports and television because when relationships are going well, there’s nothing but smiles and handshakes all around. But when things break down, and the mud starts slinging, it’s open season on any and all comments made towards each other in the press.
For months after leaving Spike TV in favor of a new 7-year deal with Fox, UFC President Dana White remained on fairly solid ground with his former television partner.
He wasn’t likely going to send much business their way, but still White stayed fairly friendly towards his competitors at Spike TV after their long relationship helped build the UFC and the network to new heights.
Now, the gloves are off and both seem ready to aim and fire at one another whenever the gun is loaded, and following UFC 152 on Saturday night, White blasted off a few shots at his former television home...