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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
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'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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
 
Dan Miller schedules surgery for son, camp thanks UFC for financial support
( mmajunkie.com)
With Dan Miller facing medical bills in the neighborhood of $100,000, things weren't exactly heading in the right direction for the UFC middleweight contender. Now, thanks to a little help from his employers, Miller is in much better shape. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently learned from Miller's camp at AMA Fight Club that UFC co-owners Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White each made significant private donations to the Daniel James Miller Foundation, which was created to assist in the funding of a kidney transplant for Miller's son, Daniel Jr. "Zuffa went above and beyond to make sure that Daniel James Miller and his aunt Kathy, who will be the living donor, will have the absolute best health care and the funding possible to make the surgery happen," AMA trainer Mike Constantino told MMAjunkie.com. "In addition to that, Dana and Lorenzo also made a substantial donation to the Daniel James Miller Foundation."
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 1:33PM by BuffaloDave - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Mir - Beware the Rematch
(sportsnet.ca)
When you get offered a fight by the UFC, you have a choice: either embrace it, get ready for it and win it, or sulk and question whether you are even a fighter in the first place. I was offered a fight against Antonio (Minotauro) Nogueira on Dec. 10 at UFC 140 and, although I already held a win over the man, I jumped at the chance. It was another big fight in my career, against a legend, and one that will move me a step closer to another UFC heavyweight title shot. What is there not to like about that? Naturally, some people look at this weekend's fight and think to themselves, 'Damn, Frank already holds a win over that guy -- isn't he going over old ground,' and, in a sense, I guess they are right. I beat Nogueira inside two rounds back in December 2008 and, three years on, it does kind of feel as if I'm going through it all again, especially as I personally believe this rematch will bear an uncanny resemblance to the first fight. I am a fighter, though, and fighters can't afford to ever think like that. I knew this was a fight I had to take seriously, despite the fact I had already beaten the man. Nogueira is someone I have a victory over, but, right now, that only means he is hungry for revenge and will be much better in this rematch than he was in the first fight.
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 1:29PM by Bubbles - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
After camping with Tristar, Mark Bocek wiping the slate clean at UFC 140
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight Mark Bocek (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) spent 15 minutes in the cage with current No. 1 contender Ben Henderson and knew something had to change. Fighting in front of the largest crowd in North American MMA history at this past April's UFC 129 event, Bocek knew he had been defeated, and it was a feeling he didn't like. So Bocek promptly relocated his camp to Montreal's famed Tristar Gym and reinvented himself. Wipe the slate clean, says Bocek. The real work starts Saturday night. "I changed the camp up a little bit," Bocek told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I did my camp in Montreal at Tristar with Firas Zahabi and all the guys down there. They have a bunch of different gyms. The way they train, it's not all in one place. It's kind of decentralized, so I've got a new look on things. I felt like my learning curve was getting a little flat, but I feel ready. "I wasn't happy about the Henderson fight, but I've changed things around. I'm 30 years old now. I think things, now, are starting to come together nicely for me in my game. I feel good." Bocek gets a chance to display his new skills Saturday night, when he faces Nik Lentz (21-3-2 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC 140, which takes place at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 10:09AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Is Lyoto Machida Sick Heading Into Fight With Jon Jones?
(bloodyelbow.com)
Lyoto Machida made weight just minutes ago for his UFC 140 bout with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship. He looked to be in his usual level of shape while Jones looked very fit but also was booed loudly by the Toronto crowd. Of course, these are just rumors at this point and it's not the first time we've heard such information heading into a fight. But it is worth noting that the word is out there and Machida may face more than Jones' dynamic attacking style when the two men step into the cage. We'll keep you up to date on any new information or developments as best we can heading into the event.
Submitted Dec 9, 2011 5:44PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 140 weigh-in results: Champ Jones (205), challenger Machida (204) on weight
(mmajunkie.com)
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view) Champ Jon Jones (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204) Frank Mir (260) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (239) Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (204.5) vs. Tito Ortiz (206) Brian Ebersole (170.5) vs. Claude Patrick (171) Mark Hominick (145) vs. Chan Sung Jung (145.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (ION Television) Igor Pokrajac (205) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (206) Jared Hamman (185) vs. Constantinos Philippou (185) Dennis Hallman (158.5)* vs. John Makdessi (155.5) Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Walel Watson (135.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook) Mark Bocek (156) vs. Nik Lentz (156) Rich Attonito (170.5) vs. Jake Hecht (170.5) John Cholish (156) vs. Mitch Clarke (154.5)
Submitted Dec 9, 2011 4:47PM by BuffaloDave - 11 comments
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