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If not Lesnar, Mir wants Cain
(sportsnet.ca)
It appears Frank Mir will have to wait for a third meeting with UFC superstar Brock Lesnar. With rumours swirling about Alistair Overeem’s potential withdrawal from UFC 141, former title-holder Frank Mir said Saturday after submitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -- and breaking his arm in the process -- in the first round of the co-main event rematch at UFC 140 in Toronto that he wouldn’t mind stepping in as a replacement and fighting Lesnar in what would be a rubber match between the two. "I’m pretty healthy, and three weeks is enough time," Mir said. "I feel pretty good. I only fought a three-minute fight. My wife will want me around at Christmastime, but she can deal with it." ... "I don’t want to wait around just to fight for the title," Mir said. "I think Cain is still the real deal, he just got caught (against Dos Santos) like I did tonight. I recovered, he didn’t and (Dos Santos) jumped on him."
Submitted Dec 15, 2011 9:40AM by Bubbles - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
No surgery for Big Nog
(sportsnet.ca)
Heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo (Minotauro) Nogueira was also in Los Angeles on Monday, seeing a specialist after suffering a broken arm in a loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. The doctor's visit produced some good news for Big Nog. The UFC tweeted that surgery won't be needed. Instead he'll wear an adjustable plastic brace using an ultrasound device twice a day for 20 minutes. He's expected back in the cage in no more than nine months.
Submitted Dec 15, 2011 9:34AM by Bubbles - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Simpson vs. Markes, Brookins vs. Yahya
(mmajunkie.com)
Two more bouts are slotted for February's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event, officials today announced. They include middleweights Aaron Simpson (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Ronny Markes (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and featherweights Jonathan Brookins (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (16-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC). UFC on FUEL TV 1, which is the first UFC event to air on the FOX-owned cable station, takes place Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb. The 18,000-seat CenturyLink Arena is likely to host. It's not clear if Simpson vs. Markes and Brookins vs. Yahya will be part of the FUEL TV-televised main card.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 10:13PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion John Lineker signed by the UFC, set to compete at flyweight
(mmamania.com)
The UFC is going all-out in establishing their newly-announced flyweight division. That's because Tatame.com reports that Brazilian bruiser John "Mão de Pedra" Lineker (19-5), who captured the Jungle Fight 61 kg. title in September with a split decision over Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil hopeful Ilarde Sabino Belo dos Santos, has been signed by the world's largest fight promotion and will compete at 125-pounds. Lineker, 20, joins the UFC in the midst of a fantastic 13-fight winning streak. Seven of those have come in in 2011 alone.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 10:12PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum slotted for UFC 143 in February
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson (16-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and the returning Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been slotted for February's UFC 143 event. Werdum will jump from Strikeforce to the UFC, where he fought from 2007 to 2008, as part of the long-rumored move. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the bout with event sources. MMAWeekly.com first reported it. UFC 143 takes place on the eve of the NFL's Super Bowl, Feb. 4, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, and Nelson vs. Werdum is expected to be part of the broadcast.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 4:25PM by Budgellism - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 142 prelims to air on FX
(mmafighting.com)
UFC will make its debut on FX on Jan. 14 when the network airs the UFC 142 prelims, a FUEL TV official confirmed with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. FUEL TV, who shares the same parent company, FOX, as FX, will broadcast the majority of UFC prelim bouts in 2012, however, the UFC 142 undercard will air on the network's sister channel, FX. FUEL TV will air the weigh-ins live and a post-fight show immediately following the event.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 11:44AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC champ Georges St-Pierre's knee surgery deemed a success
( mmajunkie.com)
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has cleared one hurdle on his comeback trail. The injured fighter had successful knee surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles, he recently tweeted. A torn ACL and damaged meniscus recently forced St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) out of a February UFC 143 title fight with Nick Diaz. Carlos Condit and Diaz now will fight for an interim title while St-Pierre's on the sidelines for six to 10 months. St-Pierre's surgery was performed by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. St-Pierre's torn ACL marked the second time St-Pierre had injured his knee in two months. The champ sprained his knee in preparation for a planned UFC 137 title fight with Condit back in October.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 9:36AM by BuffaloDave - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'TUF 14' fighter Johnny Bedford takes UFC on FOX 2 slot against Eddie Wineland
( mmajunkie.com)
"The Ultimate Fighter 14" semifinalist Johnny Bedford will look to make it 2-0 in official UFC competition. With Demetrious Johnson scratched from the card so he could compete in the inaugural UFC flyweight tournament in March, Bedford has taken his spot on next month's UFC on FOX 2 card. Bedford (18-9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on fellow bantamweight Eddie Wineland (18-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the night's preliminary card.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 8:44AM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
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CSAC changes UFC on FOX 1's Peralta vs. Semerzier result to no contest
(mmajunkie.com)
It's almost as if it never happened. The California State Athletic Commission today changed the result of a Nov. 12 bout between Mackens Semerzier and Robert Peralta after it was determined an inadvertent headbutt was responsible for ending the UFC on FOX contest in Anaheim, Calif. Semerzier's manager, Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment, first announced the change via Twitter.
Submitted Dec 13, 2011 6:52PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on Fuel TV Kicks Off with 24-Hour Marathon
(mmaweekly.com)
Fox Sports Media Group’s dynamic entertainment and sports network for males, officially kicks off the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on FUEL TV January 1 with a 24-hour marathon of UFC programming featuring five show premieres. In 2012, FUEL TV telecasts more than 2,000 hours of UFC programming, with more than 100 hours of live fights, weigh-ins, preliminary bouts, and pre- and post-fight shows. In the New Year, FUEL TV offers more UFC programming than any network has ever offered. “We’re beyond excited for the monster launch of the UFC on FUEL TV and can’t wait for the ball to drop on New Year’s so we can finally unveil all this incredible programming,” says George Greenberg, FUEL TV Executive Vice President and General Manager. “On January 1, FUEL TV becomes the number-one television destination for UFC fans. We’re going to deliver amazing live fights, FOX-style pre- and post-fight shows with expert commentary, insightful news shows with exclusive material and powerful documentaries that followers of the UFC have never seen before.” Check article for full Fuel TV/UFC launch schedule and Fuel's 2011 schedule.
Submitted Dec 13, 2011 2:14PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fuel TV to air 'UFC Tonight' weekly show
(usatoday.com)
Fuel TV's package of content for the Ultimate Fighting Championship will include once-a-week news show. UFC Tonight will start Jan. 3 as a weekly 30-minute program, said George Greenberg, executive vice president and general manager of Fuel. Todd Harris will be the host, with lightweight fighter and Kenny Florian as the co-host. Jay Glazer will contribute weekly features. Ariel Helwani will have an "Insider" role similar to that of Glazer on Fox's NFL pregame show, reporting news and acting as UFC Tonight's man on the scene at UFC events. Harris was the play-by-play announcer for World Extreme Cagefighting. Florian has been a studio analyst for ESPN's MMA Live program since its inception in 2008. Glazer was part of the team on Fox Sports Net's highlight shows for Pride Fighting Championships and took part in the pre-fight coverage for last month's UFC on Fox premiere. He also was on the broadcast crew for an Affliction Entertainment's show in July 2008. Helwani started covering MMA as an online journalist in 2006 and has been with the MMA Fighting site since 2009. He has become the sport's most popular reporter, winning "Journalist of the Year" for the last two years in the World MMA Awards, which are decided by online voting. Content for UFC Tonight will include interviews, more access to fighters and exclusive angles for fight footage, said Greenberg, who described the program as the "official vessel" for UFC news and information. The show will be weekly for the first six months. "If we like what we see, it could go a couple of nights a week to possibly every night of the week, depending on performance," Greenberg said...
Submitted Dec 12, 2011 11:42PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alistair Overeem granted conditional license for UFC 141, facing four drug tests
(mmajunkie.com)
For now, at least, former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem (35-11 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face Brock Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the main event of December's UFC 141 event. The Nevada State Athletic Commission today granted Overeem a conditional license to face Lesnar on Dec. 30, subject to a pre-fight drug test to be submitted in Europe within the next 72 hours, as well as an additional screen submitted in the U.S. when the Dutch heavyweight arrives for the contest. Overeem's conditional license also includes two post-fight drug screen orders, to be completed less than six months after the bout. The decision was made during Monday's Nevada State Athletic Commission monthly meeting, which took place at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas. Overeem's status for the bout was in doubt after he failed to comply with out-of-competition testing ordered by the NSAC on Nov. 17...
Submitted Dec 12, 2011 8:11PM by grappler0000 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 142's Rousimar Palhares seeing sports psychologist following bizarre incidents
( mmajunkie.com)
Rousimar Palhares' manager, Alex Davis, thought it might be slightly more prudent to seek out the expertise of an actual, licensed clinical sports psychologist following a series of head-scratching episodes involving his client. Currently, there are only questions surrounding the Brazilian fighter's recent behavior, which has included blatantly ignoring referee instructions, wrongfully accusing opponents of cheating, and just about everything in between. Why does it always seem like he's trying to bend the rules? Does he simply lose focus under pressure? Is he a dirty fighter? Could there be something more serious going on regarding his mental fitness?
Submitted Dec 12, 2011 1:12PM by BuffaloDave - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Adds Flyweight Class; 4-Man Title Tourney Begins March 3
(mmaplayground.com)
EDIT- Nevermind. That's what I get for trying to break something news-worthy. This was already posted . Mods can delete as needed.
Submitted Dec 12, 2011 9:45AM by bojangalz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dan Henderson Calls Out Jon Jones, Wants to Test His Chin
(bloodyelbow.com)
Shortly after UFC 140 ended, former Strikeforce and PRIDE champion, Dan Henderson campaigned for a shot at Jon Jones. He turned to twitter to make the case for a title shot: @danhendo Dan Henderson Congrats to @jonnybones -- great win. Hey @danawhite, I'd like to see if his chin is as good as he thinks & I'm ready to go. Dec 11 via SeesmicFavoriteRetweetReply Aside from the winner of Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans, Henderson is probably the only light heavyweight that can draw a ton of interest in a match against Jones. He has the wrestling, and that bomb of a right hand that can cause stylistic problems, plus he's riding high coming off a very impressive run in 2011. That hot-streak has seen him win the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, KO the greatest heavyweight of all-time in Fedor Emeliananko, and defeat Shogun Rua in a fight of the year candidate. While it is a very interesting match up, there could be issues with timing, as Jones said during the post-fight press conference that he wanted to take a few months off. (Transcribed by MMA Mania): "I would like to take up to four months of, maybe even five. Come on Dana, give me a break, give me a break please. Yeah, fighting maybe three times in 2012 would be nice, but you know a break sounds nice, too. So, it's really up to the UFC, one of my goals is to be a company guy, so if the UFC asks me to do something, I probably won't put up much of a fight. So it's really up to Dana."
Submitted Dec 11, 2011 1:37PM by FastKnockout - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Following hospital visits, UFC futures of 'Big Nog' and Tito Ortiz uncertain
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC champions and MMA legends Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Tito Ortiz (16-10-1 MMA, 15-10-1 UFC) may have reached the end of the line. Nogueira and Ortiz were each transferred to a Toronto-area hospital following losses to Frank Mir and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, respectively, on the main card of Saturday night's UFC 140 event, and UFC president Dana White admitted each of them may have fought for the final time in the octagon. Following the evening's post-event press conference, which took place at Air Canada Centre, White said he would have to talk with each fighter individually, but he wasn't willing to guarantee a UFC return for either athlete.
Submitted Dec 11, 2011 1:20PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Flyweights Johnson vs. McCall, Benavidez vs. Urushitani Set for UFC on FX 2
(mmafrenzy.com)
The flyweight division is officially coming to the UFC on March 3, as Demetrious Johnson will meet Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez will face Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX 2 to determine the contenders for the UFC’s first 125-pound title, UFC President Dana White announced after UFC 140 on Saturday.
Submitted Dec 11, 2011 1:10AM by DrivenDavies15 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brittney Palmer Lands Playboy Cover
(mmafighting.com)
Popular UFC octagon girl Brittney Palmer, who just returned to the fold after a few months away, will appear in the March issue of Playboy, MMA Fighting has learned. Sources close to Playboy Magazine confirmed the pictorial to Ariel Helwani. Palmer had last been seen in the UFC at July's UFC 132, but took some time off to move to California and attend art school. After her sabbatical, in November, UFC president Dana White announced she would be back walking around the cage soon, and she returned at Saturday night's UFC 140.
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 11:53PM by grappler0000 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills Planned for UFC 145 in Montreal
(bloodyelbow.com)
Welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald will make his return to the UFC in March against Che Mills, MMAFighting.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight. The Canadian MacDonald, who pulled out of his UFC 140 fight against Brian Ebersole last month due to an injury, will meet Mills at UFC 145 on March 24 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 3:47PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Mir - A myriad of threats
(sportsnet.ca)
Fight day is here! As I get set for my fight at UFC 140 Saturday night, I take great confidence from the belief that I have more ways to win than my opponent Antonio (Minotauro) Nogueira. Although a great fighter in his own right, I truly don't think "Big Nog" has the same options as me going into this fight. Let me explain. If I'm not happy with the way the fight is going on my feet, I have the option of taking it to the floor and maintaining control there, and the same applies if I'm unhappy with how my grappling is working out. Nogueira will have to be resigned to do whatever I want him to do in this fight. Sure, he can fight me jiu-jitsu versus jiu-jitsu, but if there comes a point where he doesn't like what's going on down there, he's not going to be able to change that. I can change where this fight takes place, he can't. If he starts getting hurt on his feet in a striking battle, I really don't see how he is going to take me down and take me away from what I was doing with punches and kicks.
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 1:49PM by Bubbles - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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