Alistair Overeem Will Return To The UFC, But Dana White Won't Deal With Him
It's no secret that Alistair Overeem's removal from UFC 146 was a huge headache for Dana White. Overeem failed a random test and received what amounted to a nine-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He is eligible to re-apply in late December and could fight for the UFC as early as the start of 2013. Dana White made it clear he's still not exactly enamored with Overeem after UFC 146 though (transcription via MMA Weekly):
"He lied to me. He sat in front of us, he lied to us, I’m not interested. I don’t have to deal with people I don’t want to deal with and I don’t want to deal with him, Lorenzo will."
Brock Lesnar's Meeting With Dana White Reported To Have Not Gone Well
Former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was a very visible member of the audience at UFC 146. UFC president Dana White told reporters at the post-fight press conference he would be meeting with Lesnar face-to-face later that night and that "anything (was) possible."
Well the cold water is already being poured on that parade. Dave Meltzer reported the following at the Wrestling Observer:
Brock Lesnar and Dana White met last night. We don't have any details other than the meeting did not go well. If Lesnar being at UFC is mentioned on Raw, then I'd guess it's WWE angle. If it's not, then it's anyone's guess what the game being played is, other than there is a game being played.
Palhares: ‘Sonnen asked to train with me’
The Brazilian Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares revealed, on an exclusive interview with TATAME, that the American Chael Sonnen’s team got in touch with his coach, Murilo Bustamante, and asked help on the trainings for the Anderson Silva fight, slated for UFC 148.
Backstage Drama Ends Jason Mayhem Miller UFC Career, Dana White Confirms
Something involving Jason"Mayhem" Miller happened backstage after his fight against C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146. The details are not out yet, but the repercussions are already beginning to roll in.
The press conference seemed as if it was business as usual this time around, but several odd beats were dropped - including the announcements of the "Of The Night" awards. Dana White then let loose a very tasty nugget of information regarding what happened to the outlandish host of MTV's Bully Beatdown, Mayhem Miller.
Brock Lesnar Attends UFC 146, Dana White Hints Brock May Be Back
Former UFC Heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar made an unusual appearance at tonight's UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The notoriously reclusive Lesnar is not someone often seen in the crowd at a UFC event. In the past his appearances in the crowd usually indicated he was negotiating with the promotion.
UFC president Dana White certainly wasn't denying that was a possibility. At the post-fight press conference, White pointedly refused to deny that Lesnar's return was a possibility. Then he ramped up the hints that Lesnar could return but admitted he had not spoken to Lesnar.
Yahoo! reporter Kevin Iole tweeted that White told him as much:
@KevinI: Dana asked if anything more to Lesnar being here, he said yes. Possibly may come back
UFC 146 bonuses and awards for 'Dos Santos vs Mir' fights in Las Vegas
UFC 146: "Dos Santos vs. Mir" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
To the tune of $70,000 each.
And thanks to double dipping on the first two, a "Fight of the Night" bonus was not given out. Pooey.
Here are the special fight bonuses for UFC 146:
Knockout of the Night -- Roy Nelson
Knockout of the Night part deux -- Dan Hardy
Submission of the Night -- Stefan Struve
Submission of the Night part deux -- Paul Sass
Fight of the Night -- None
UFC president Dana White open to another comeback season of 'The Ultimate Fighter'
Eleven seasons have passed since "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series featured a "comeback" season, but another one could be on the way.
Following Friday's regular-season finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" – the first season on FX and the first with live fights – UFC president Dana White admitted interest in a season that would exclusively feature former UFC fighters.
The success of the first one, "TUF 4," is a big reason why.
That season took place in 2006 on Spike TV and featured 16 fighters with previous UFC experience. While the decision to give the middleweight and welterweight "TUF" winners immediate title shots initially was met with criticism, it resulted in one of MMA's biggest upsets. After winning "TUF 4" with a narrow win over Chris Lytle, Matt Serra earned a title shot and then upset welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69.
So would White consider a second comeback season?
"Of course," White said. "I think enough time has gone by by where there's enough guys out there where you could do that type of show again."
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If it was None Zuffa I'd like a line up like this:
1 Tim Sylvia
2 Mike Whitehead
3 Eddie Sanchez
4 Andrei Arlovski
5 Todd Duffee
6 Seth Petruzelli
7 Travis Wiuff
8 Abe Wagner
9 Joey Beltran
10 Neil Grove
11 Goran Reljic
12 Marcio Cruz
13 Pedro Rizzo - Especially if he beats Fedor
14 Paul Buentello
16 Sean McCorkle
Heck even throw in
Ricco Rodriguez or Tuchscherer or Morecraft or Tim Hague
UFC on FUEL TV 4 adds Page-Caceres
A bantamweight bout between Damacio Page (15-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres (6-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been added to July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 card.
Additionally, two previously reported bouts are now official: lightweights Rafael dos Anjos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Anthony Njokuani (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and light heavyweights Nick Penner (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Tom DeBlass (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC officials confirmed the bouts overnight.
TUF Live Finale adds Jeremy Larsen vs. Joe Proctor to prelims
After a flurry of additions earlier today, The Ultimate Fighter Finale's fight card has another.
Officials today added a bout between eliminated "TUF: Live" cast members Jeremy Larsen (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Joe Proctor (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the event's lineup.
The TUF Live Finale takes place next Friday, June 1, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The main card, including a Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann headliner, airs on FX. FUEL TV carries the prelims, including Larsen vs. Proctor.
Indianapolis hosts UFC on FX 5 on Sept. 7
The UFC is returning to the Midwest for a September show in Indianapolis.
UFC on FX 5 will take place Sept. 7 at the 19,000-seat Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly Conseco Fieldhouse) in the Indiana capital.
UFC officials today announced the event, pointing to a report on indystar.com.
No fights have been signed for the card, and tickets don't go on sale until July 20.
TUF Live Finale adds Lawrence-Cofer, Jury-Saunders, Marcello-Sicilia, Cruickshank-Tickle
Five new fights are now official for next week's The Ultimate Fight Live Finale, and eight of the competitors are eliminated cast members from the show.
They include lightweights Justin Lawrence (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. John Cofer (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Myles Jury (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Saunders (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Cristiano Marcello (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Sam Sicilia (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and Daron Cruickshank (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Tickle (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
In non-"TUF" action, Erik Perez (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Byron Bloodworth (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and now meets fellow bantamweight John Albert (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
The TUF Live Finale takes place next Friday, June 1, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The main card, including a Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann headliner, airs on FX. FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims, including all the above fights.
Cesar Gracie Has Harsh Words For The “Joke/Kangaroo Court” That Is The NSAC
A day after UFC Welterweight Nick Diaz was suspended for 1 year for testing positive for marijuana after UFC 143, his coach took to the airwaves to defend him. Cesar Gracie was a guest on “Just Scrap Radio” on BJPenn.com today and gave his thoughts about the Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing and did not hold back.
“It was a joke really,” Gracie said. “I thought it was like a kangaroo court.” Gracie expressed that he felt that Diaz’s fate was decided before the hearing even began and that the point of the hearing was to make an example out of Diaz.
Joey Gambino replaces Jimy Hettes, meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 4
UFC newcomer Joey Gambino (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Jimmy Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now meets fellow featherweight Steven Siler (20-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 4.
Siler posted news of the change on his Facebook page, though the reason for Hettes' removal wasn't mentioned.
UFC executives have not formally announced the change to the card, which takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey.
The main card airs on FX, and Silver vs. Gambino is slated for the FUEL TV-televised prelims.
UFC on FOX 4 adds Swick-Johnson, Grispi-Garza, Phan-Miller, Gamburyan-Omigawa
Four new fights are set for UFC on FOX 4, officials today announced.
And one includes the long-awaited return of fan favorite Mick Swick (14-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who meets fellow welterweight DaMarques Johnson (16-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC).
The others feature a trio of featherweight matchups: Josh Grispi (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Pablo Garza (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Nam Phan (17-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Cole Miller (18-6 MMA, 7-4), and Manny Gamburyan (11-7 MMA, 2-5 UFC) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (13-11-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, and the main card airs on FOX.
Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper added to UFC 150 in Denver
A middleweight bout between Jared Hamman (13-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Michael Kuiper (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been added to August's UFC 150 event.
Hamman's reps at Alchemist Management recently announced the fight, though UFC executives haven't made a formal announcement.
UFC 150 takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center, and the main card airs on pay-per-view.
Hamman vs. Kuiper likely will be part of the prelims, which FX and Facebook are expected to carry.
Claude Patrick will take on James Head UFC 149 in Calgary
Another Canadian has been added to UFC 149 in Calgary as Toronto's Claude Patrick will take on James Head in a welterweight bout.
The UFC told Sportsnet Tuesday that verbal agreements were in place for the fight, which will appear on the undercard of the July 21 event at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the UFC's first show in Alberta.
Patrick (14-2) is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 in Toronto in December. The defeat snapped a 13-fight win streak, including his first three appearance in the Octagon