Koscheck: I'd rather retire than fight Fitch
here is the qoute: "Josh Koscheck has ruled out the possibility of fighting Jon Fitch despite splitting from American Kickboxing Academy, insisting he would rather "quit" the sport than fight a good friend"
guess that match-up is out of the window now..
Dillashaw vs. Watson rounds out UFC on FUEL TV 1's five-fight main card
A bantamweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 14" finalist T.J. Dillahsaw (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and two-time UFC vet Walel Watson (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the fifth and final main-card bout of next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event.
The bout was announced in January, but its position on the evening's fight card was only recently revealed.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 at the 10,000-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska. Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger clash in the welterweight headliner, and heavyweights Dave Herman and Stefan Struve meet in the co-headliner.
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV)
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve
Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson
Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar
Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha
Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts
Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas
Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means
Ed Herman says Silva is ducking Sonnen
“Of course, Silva is ducking Sonnen. Why would he want to fight Chael again? He got lucky by catching Chael in that triangle arm-bar the first time,”
I disagree...I'm taking Silva by KO as he'll surely work is TD defense and knock him out...especially considering how he looked against Bisping
UFC boss praises Roy Nelson's durability but unsure what his future holds
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Roy Nelson did what Roy Nelson does best: Walk forward, opponent be damned, and wing right hands.
And while his gutsy performance earned "Big Country" one-half of UFC 143's "Fight of the Night" bonus, the loss leaves Nelson at just 1-3 in his past four fights.
So despite earning one of the loudest welcomes of the night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd, is Nelson's spot in the UFC's heavyweight division secure?
"I don't know," UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll see what happens. I mean the guy brings it. He comes to fight. I just – you wonder what he could do if he really, really trained and got into it."
UFC 143 winner Barao wants title shot; boss says contender becoming Brazilian treasure
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's own media notes on Brazilian bantamweight Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) sum it up nicely: "Has best record, on paper, in all of MMA."
On Saturday night, Barao earned his 28th-straight win by downing onetime title-challenger Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision.
The 24-year-old is now 5-0 under the Zuffa banner, and while UFC president Dana White isn't ready to grant him a title shot just yet, he admits the Nova Uniao product is quickly becoming one of Brazil's most popular fighters.
"He's got an incredible streak going," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's the buzz right now in Brazil. Everybody's buzzing about that guy. We'll see what happens."
Barao, of course, famously dropped his first fight as a professional and has since earned 28-straight wins. He debuted for Zuffa with a pair of WEC wins and now has three-straight UFC victories under his belt. He's a consensus top-10 bantamweight according to MMA pundits, and the win over Jorgensen only serves to reinforce that assessment. Yet with just two main-card appearances to date, he has yet to really resonate among casual MMA fans.
With Josh Koscheck's AKA relations strained, is Jon Fitch fight finally possible?
UFC 143 winner Josh Koscheck (17-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) dropped the first hint of trouble at this past Thursday's pre-fight press conference, when he talked about the importance of "Team Me."
Following his split-decision win over Mike Pierce at Saturday's event in Las Vegas, Koscheck opened the flood gates.
"I'll be training out of Fresno for now," Koscheck told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm no longer affiliated with some of the people at the gym that I've been training at."
"That gym," of course, is American Kickboxing Academy, where Koscheck has long honed his craft. Koscheck made his way up the ranks alongside fellow AKA welterweights Jon Fitch (23-4-1 MMA, 13-2-1 UFC) and Mike Swick, and the family feel of the team lead to controversial fallouts with UFC president Dana White when the triumvirate refused to fight each other.
Recently, however, there have been rumblings of some discontent. Longtime AKA grappling coach Dave Camarillo left the gym in late 2011, and it appears Koscheck is now doing the same.
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva II set for June in Brazil.
LAS VEGAS – The rematch is happening.
At Saturday night's UFC 143 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that both UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) and his nemesis Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet in Brazil on an as-yet-undetermined date in June.
Silva was in Las Vegas for Saturday's fight card, and White said an agreement was reached during the event.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Brandon Vera injured, out of UFC on FX 3 rematch with Thiago Silva
A scheduled rematch between Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera will have to wait.
UFC officials today announced that Vera has suffered an undisclosed injury, and a replacement is being sought for his light-heavyweight bout with Silva at May's UFC on FX 3 event.
The show is scheduled for May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The night's main card airs on FX.
Watch UFC 143 In The UK For Free On ESPN Freeview Weekend
The ESPN Sports network of channels in the UK is the official home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and much like some US premium subscription networks, occasionally offer a Freeview weekend to entice new customers to sign up with them.
Since 6am GT on Friday ESPN, ESPN Classic and ESPN America have been free to watch, with High Definition options available depending on your provider and setup.
UFC 143 is free to watch tonight, with the Countdown to UFC 143 starting at 02:30 am GT and UFC 143: Carlos Condit vs Nick Diaz Live at 03:00 am GT.
UFC on FOX 3 adds flyweights Louis Gaudinot vs. newcomer John Lineker
The UFC's flyweight division is kicking off quickly in 2012, and the promotion's third event on network television today received a second 125-pound affair.
UFC officials today announced that Louis Gaudinot (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and John Lineker (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at UFC on FOX 3.
Verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Gaudinot vs. Lineker likely will be part of the prelims.
War Machine going back to jail for another year
The fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver has led a life that is fitting for a legally named War Machine.
He went 1-1 in the UFC and was released for making unfortunate comments about Evan Tanner, and general difficulty. Then he signed with Bellator and was released for posting really, really unfortunate things about President Obama on his MySpace.
He tried a career in porn, which was shut down when he beat up more or less an entire room of people at a party attended by porn professionals. And he recently got out of a year in County for felony assault.
He signed wiih Bellator, and was planning on fightng soon, but now he reports on twitter that is going back to lock up for a year.
Dan Henderson wants to wait for title shot, says UFC prez
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson has put himself in limbo, according to UFC president Dana White.
"Dan Henderson's in a position right now where it looks like he wants to wait for Jon Jones," White said today.
Earlier this month, White said Henderson (29-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) turned down a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on FUEL 2.
Henderson soon after defended his decision in an interview with Clinch Gear Radio, saying he thought it was undecided whether he or Rashad Evans would get the first crack at champ Jon Jones and that he didn't think a fight with Nogueira was interesting for the fans.
Henderson also clarified that he would have taken the fight had it been three rounds instead of the five-round length currently in place for headlining fights.
Of course, that was before Evans secured a title shot by beating Phil Davis at this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 2.
Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey
Karlos Vemola is dropping another weight class and moves from light heavyweight to middleweight and now meets Mike Massenzio in May at UFC on FOX 3.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
With aging gladiator retired, UFC 143 to debut new 60-second 'show opener'
It appears the UFC's famed gladiator is no more.
The UFC will debut a new 60-second opening for its pay-per-view events at this weekend's "UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit" show in Las Vegas. It'll replace the one that's been in use for nearly a decade.
The segment, which was produced by the digital-production company Digital Domain (and sister company Mothership), features highlights from 18 of the UFC's most iconic fights.
Pat Barry Vs. Lavar Johnson Booked For UFC On Fox 3
Two of the UFC's heaviest-handed big men have agreed to throw down in New Jersey on May 5th at UFC on Fox 3, when Pat Barry will meet Lavar Johnson, according to an announcement on UFC.com this morning:
Get ready for heavyweight fireworks as verbal agreements are in for a showdown between knockout artists Lavar "Big" Johnson and Pat "HD" Barry on the main card of FOX's third event this May 5 in New Jersey
Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey
Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is dropping another weight class and moves from light heavyweight to middleweight and now meets Mike Massenzio (13-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) in May at UFC on FOX 3.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Vemola vs. Massenzio likely will be part of the prelims.
Jose Aldo and Ed Soares part ways
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will no longer be represented by Ed Soares, according to a report by Tatame.com, heading back to his original manager of Andre Pederneiras. This is the second high-profile fighter to part ways with Black House MMA and Soares, as UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos abandoned ship in late 2011.