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UFC 159's Chael Sonnen: Jon Jones could beat up Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali
In recent years, Chael Sonnen has proven himself as a master of self-promotion. So why is it that in advance of his UFC 159 clash with Jon Jones, he seems more interesting in hyping his opponent than himself?
Submitted Apr 23, 2013 4:46PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Michael Bisping ramps up fight with Alan Belcher ahead of UFC 159
With all kinds of focus on the UFC 159 main event between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping steered attention toward the co-feature in a big way.
Submitted Apr 23, 2013 4:45PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher added to July's UFC on FOX 8 event
A lightweight matchup between two of the more experienced 155-pounders in the UFC is set for July's UFC on FOX 8 event as Yves Edwards meets Spencer Fisher.
Submitted Apr 23, 2013 4:42PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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Signal to Noise: UFC on FOX 7's best and worst
There was much to love about UFC on FOX 7. The card itself delivered in almost every way possible. The less than meaningful UFC vs. Strikeforce rivalry was nevertheless fun to hang onto. The San Jose crowd maybe booed a bit much, but still showed up to watch. The FOX production of UFC events continues to elevate the entire affair. And yet, there was also enough to dislike. It would certainly be nice if a Benson Henderson bout didn't end in controversy. It'd also be swell if the California State Athletic Commission didn't think it was a swell idea for a Cesar Gracie affiliate instructor to judge a bout where a Cesar Gracie-affiliated fighter is competing. It's time to separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst, and the signal from the noise...
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 10:32PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones is 'considerably better' than Anderson Silva
For the better part of two years, Chael Sonnen went out of his way to denigrate Anderson Silva. In the process of twice challenging the UFC middleweight champion and twice coming up short, Sonnen taunted Silva, his homeland of Brazil, made a fake middleweight title belt he carried around, and so on. Heading into his UFC 159 main event on Saturday night in which he faces Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, Sonnen is still taking shots at his conqueror. On Monday's media teleconference promoting the event, Sonnen went out of his way to say he considered Jones a better fighter than Silva, the man most consider the world's best pound-for-pound fighter...
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 10:28PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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Jon Jones targets superfights after breaking Tito Ortiz's title-defense record
Provided he gets past Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) this Saturday at UFC 159, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) plans to fight again in November. And if successful in defending his belt this fall, Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he'll shift focus to competing in superfights and the heavyweight division. Jones, who's as big as a 10-to-1 favorite to beat Sonnen, has a goal to surpass the current record for successful title defenses in his division, which was set by UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz at five...
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 10:19PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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CSAC head defends judges' selection at UFC on FOX 7
California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster insists he hired the right people to judge at this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event.
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 8:44PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Audio: UFC 159 Conference Call
Come and listen to the full call featuring Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher.
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 3:36PM by Rabi - 0 comments
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UFC on FX 8 an immediate sellout, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta says
Brazil shows no signs of cooling on the UFC. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told MMAjunkie.com Radio that the promotion's next event in the country, UFC on FX 8, "sold out immediately."
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 3:09PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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UFC on FOX 7 medical suspensions: Cormier, Diaz, Mein among long terms
All 24 competitors from this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 received medical suspensions. Of those, main-card fighters Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz and Jordan Mein were given longer terms.
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 3:03PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
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Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159
An injury has knocked Erik Perez (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of Saturday's bantamweight bout against Johnny Bedford (19-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 159, and Bryan Caraway (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will step in to take his place on short notice. Bedford on Monday revealed the new matchup on his Twitter account, though the UFC has yet to make a formal announcement of the switch. The two fighters were teammates, though in separate weight classes, on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter.
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 1:10PM by DrivenDavies15 - 12 comments
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Michel dos Prazeres in for Lance Benoist against Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8
Lance Benoist has been forced out of his welterweight fight against Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8. The UFC has signed undefeated Michel dos Prazeres to step in.
Submitted Apr 22, 2013 11:18AM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Judge who scored for Gil a Gracie affiliate
Wade Vierra, the one judge who scored last night's UFC on Fox 7 Lightweight title fight for challenger Gilbert Melendez is a business associate of Melendez' coach Cesar Gracie.
Submitted Apr 21, 2013 6:19PM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
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UFC on FOX 7 salaries: Benson Henderson, Frank Mir earn biggest fight purses
Main-event winner Benson Henderson and co-main-event loser Frank Mir were the top earners at Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event and each earned $200,000. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission. The event took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card, which saw lightweight champion Henderson earn a split-decision victory over Gilbert Melendez ($175,000), aired on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook. The total disclosed payroll for the April 20 event was $1,318,000...
Submitted Apr 21, 2013 11:49AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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Following UFC on FOX 7 loss, UFC boss wants Nate Diaz to stay at lightweight
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Earlier this week Nate Diaz said he planned to move from lightweight to welterweight regardless of what happened at Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event. Don't count UFC President Dana White among the proponents of that plan.
Submitted Apr 21, 2013 11:37AM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Dana White pledges financial support to Boston Marathon bombing victims
As a former Boston resident, Dana White admits it's a struggle for him to not talk about this past week's Boston Marathon bombings. But the UFC president is sure of one thing: He's going to try and do something to help those suffering. "I have a hard time talking about this in public because if I really do talk about it, I'm going to come off like a psycho," White said at Saturday's post-UFC on FOX 7 press conference. "I've really limited talking about it, but I'm going to Boston on Saturday. After [UFC 159], I'm jumping on a plane and flying to Boston, and I'm actually going to go visit some people that were affected by this horrible event."
Submitted Apr 21, 2013 8:41AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
T.J. Grant-Gray Maynard winner at UFC 160 gets title shot vs. Benson Henderson
In a bit of a surprise announcement, Dana White booked the next lightweight title fight shortly after the most recent one. T.J. Grant and Gray Maynard's fight at UFC 160 next month will determine Benson Henderson's next challenger.
Submitted Apr 20, 2013 11:29PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
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Brown, Mein, Thomson, and Romero receive $50,000 extra
See who went home $50,000 richer following tonight's wild and memorable UFC on Fox 7 card in San Jose, California.
Submitted Apr 20, 2013 11:23PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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UFC on FOX 7 weigh-in results
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) -Benson Henderson (155) vs. Gilbert Melendez (154) -Daniel Cormier (235) vs. Frank Mir (257) -Nate Diaz (156) vs. Josh Thomson (155) -Matt Brown (171) vs. Jordan Mein (170) PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET) -Darren Elkins (145) vs. Chad Mendes (146) -Francis Carmont (186) vs. Lorenz Larkin (186) -Myles Jury (156) vs. Ramsey Nijem (156) -Joseph Benavidez (125) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (125) -Jorge Masvidal (156) vs. Tim Means (156) -T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Hugo Viana (135) PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4 p.m. ET) -Roger Bowling (156) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155) -Clifford Starks (185.5) vs. Yoel Romero (185)
Submitted Apr 19, 2013 9:30PM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
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Despite Chael Sonnen's claims to the contrary, bout agreement was filed with NSAC before Anderson Silva fight
Chael Sonnen claims that he never signed any contract or bout agreement to fight Anderson Silva. The Nevada State Athletic Commission says otherwise.
Submitted Apr 19, 2013 4:30PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
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