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IAN MCCALL VOWS TO FINISH DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON IN REMATCH
(sherdog.com)
If the judges’ scorecards had been counted correctly and the UFC flyweight tournament bout between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson had gone to a “sudden victory” fourth round, McCall believes he would have finished his opponent. As evidence, he points to a strong third round in the March 3 matchup. McCall slammed Johnson in that final period, took his back, mounted him and landed heavy punches and elbows. “I think I was close to putting him away in the third,” McCall told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.” “I think I would have put him away.” He didn’t get the chance, though. Due to the tabulation error, the fight was ruled a majority decision for Johnson after the third round. Later it was changed to a majority draw, but McCall doesn’t think that was right either. “I thought I won, but I got a weird, weird, sick feeling that I wasn’t going to win,” McCall said. “At first when I stood up, I was like, ‘I won the fight. I won the fight,’ and then when the ref grabbed my hand, I felt like I didn’t win. I felt like I did win, but I wasn’t going to get the decision.”
Submitted Mar 28, 2012 3:03PM by sparky - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ramsey Nijem meets newcomer C.J. Keith at June's UFC on FX 4 event
( mmajunkie.com)
Ramsey Nijem (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) welcomes promotional newcomer C.J. Keith (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon on June 22. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place for the UFC on FX 4, and contracts are expected shortly. The lightweight matchup was first reported by MMAWeekly.com. UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 in Atlantic City, N.J., likely at the new Revel Atlantic City resort, with a Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard headliner.
Submitted Mar 28, 2012 2:44PM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Shields moving on up
(ufc.com)
According to a report on FUEL TV's UFC Tonight Tuesday, former UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields is moving up to the 185-pound division later this year. The Californian is no stranger to middleweight though, having won a Strikeforce title there, and among his victims in the division are Dan Henderson Jason Miller, and Robbie Lawler. Shields is coming off a UFC 144 win over Yoshihiro Akiyama in February.
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 10:34PM by Poor_Franklin - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alistair Overeem and other select UFC 146 fighters undergo surprise drug test post press conference
(mmamania.com)
The Heavyweight fighters who participated at today's (March 27, 2012) UFC 146 press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, got a little bit more than they bargained for at the conclusion of the promotional festivities. According to MMA Fighting, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) director, Keith Kizer, administered a random drug test on all fighters in attendance, which included Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva. "We brought the drug test to them instead of making them go to the drug test. If they were not in Las Vegas, I would need to find them a lab, which is of course, much more of a hassle." Random indeed.
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 9:36PM by sparky - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC President cuts King Mo
(mmajunkie.com)
In another devastating blow, former Strikeforce champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has been released from his Strikeforce contract. UFC president Dana White today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) but declined to comment on the release. Following a nine-month suspension issued today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Lawal lashed out on Twitter, which led to his ouster.
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 9:02PM by Poor_Franklin - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
overeem sentenced community service
(espn.go.com)
Heavyweight mixed martial artist Alistair Overeem was sentenced to 50 hours of community service Tuesday stemming from a Jan. 2 incident in which he allegedly pushed a woman at a Las Vegas nightclub. Additionally, Overeem must attend anger-management counseling and stay out of trouble for 90 days. Failure to comply could result in a 90-day jail sentence.
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 5:47PM by Manak - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring rematch targeted for UFC 149 in Calgary
(mmajunkie.com)
Court McGee will get a shot at redemption. McGee (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will fight fellow middleweight Nick Ring (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at this summer's UFC 149 event, sources close to the show today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fighters first met in an opening round matchup on "TUF 11" that Ring won via hotly contested majority decision. However, McGee later won the reality-show tournament when he got a second life with an injury-replacement slot. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines against an opponent to be announced. UFC 149's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It's not clear where McGee vs. Ring will end up on the lineup.
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 5:41PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist targeted for UFC on FX 3
(mmajunkie.com)
The quickly filling UFC on FX 3 card has another addition. Seth Baczynski (15-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he's agreed to fight fellow welterweight Lance Benoist (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the event. UFC officials haven't formally announced the bout, which takes place June 8. No host city or venue are set for the event, which is part of the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown promotion, in which fight fans vote on the location. Regardless, the event's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It's not clear where Baczynski vs. Benoist will end up on the lineup.
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 2:12PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
According to Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva Rematch Not Official Yet
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC officially announced on Monday that Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2 will take place June 23 in Rio de Janeiro. However, according to Sonnen, nothing is official just yet. "My demand has not been met," Sonnen told MMAFighting.com when asked for a comment on the rematch. "I've signed nothing." Sonnen's manager Mike Roberts also confirmed that Sonnen has yet to sign a bout agreement, but it appears as though that is just a formality at this point. As for what his demand is, Sonnen only said, "it's coming."
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 11:15AM by sparky - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Patrick Cote Tells Ex-UFC Fighters to Stop Begging
(mmaweekly.com)
“Dear Tim Sylvia, shut the hell up, win fights and stop begging, it’s (expletive) annoying!” ~ Patrick Cote via Twitter. Patrick Cote wants to get back to the UFC, and he’s made no bones about that in past interviews, but there’s one thing he wants to make clear: he’s not going to beg for the UFC to take him back via Twitter, Facebook, or any other social network. Cote’s anger at the tactic erupted via his own Twitter account, but he promises it wasn’t necessarily targeted at Sylvia. Cote was targeting any former UFC fighter that was going the social networking route as opposed to fighting to get back to the Octagon. “Maybe that was a little bit out of control because that wasn’t a personal attack to Tim Sylvia, but that was just begging to have a chance to go back to the UFC, for me, it’s just a shame. You can’t beg the big organizations like that,” said Cote. “You’ve been a champion in this organization; you know how things work. You’re not going to go anywhere by begging like that. I was just annoyed about begging, a lot of the begging, and I said loud what a lot of people was thinking. I have nothing against Sylvia. He’s been a great champion. He did a lot in the sport. He did a lot in the UFC. I hope he’s going to be back in the UFC. That’s not the point. The point was just about the begging thing.” “The only thing you have to do is shut your mouth, win fights, and prove you deserve to be back in the big show by winning fights and by your performance,” Cote stated. “It’s the only way to get back. You have to prove yourself again to deserve the chance to get back in the big show; that’s what I’m doing.”
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 10:32AM by BuffaloDave - 16 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, UFC
 
Frank Mir Thinks That Fighting in Brazil Is Probably a Bad Idea
(bleacherreport.com)
We finally know when Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will make sweet violence to one another for a second time: It'll be June 23 in Rio de Janeiro. Sonnen likely won't be well-received by the fans there. That's what happens when you spend two years badmouthing an entire country and their most beloved fighter. But another UFC fighter says he's not too keen on fighting in Brazil either. Frank Mir explained his viewpoint while talking to CraveOnline:
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 1:29AM by prophecy033 - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mark Munoz wants a title shot, says Michael Bisping wouldn't last three-rounds with him
(lowkick.blitzcorner.com)
Top Middleweight contender Mark Munoz, who was last seen in action defeating Chris Leben in November, discusses the injury that forced him out of UFC on Fox 2, as well as who he would like to fight upon his return. Munoz also responds to recent remarks made by Michael Bisping, and shares his thoughts on a potential match-up with the Brit
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 1:25AM by prophecy033 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rich Franklin Wants to Make One More Run at the UFC Middleweight Title
(mmaweekly.com)
In July 2011, just before his scheduled fight at UFC 133, Rich Franklin was of the mindset that his time at middleweight was over. “The UFC has basically told me that they’re not interested in having me fight at 185 anymore,” Franklin said in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. “Which is the only reason I made the move to 205 in the first place.” Fast forward to March 2012 after Franklin had shoulder surgery that kept him out of fighting for the remainder of 2011, and it was announced that he would face former Strikeforce champion Cung Le at UFC 148. The biggest surprise about that fight of course is that it’s taking place at middleweight. So what changed over these last several months that brought Frankling back down to 185 pounds?
Submitted Mar 27, 2012 1:06AM by prophecy033 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Phil Davis on Loss to Rashad Evans: 'I'm Glad He Poked Holes in My Game'
(mmafighting.com)
Two months after losing the most important matchup of his young career, Phil Davis is picking up the pieces and focusing on the future. Davis, who is currently in Las Vegas as one of Dominick Cruz's assistant coaches on the current edition of TUF: Live, hasn't yet thought about when he'll find his way back into the octagon, only about bringing a newer, better version of himself to his next performance. On a Monday interview on The MMA Hour, the light-heavyweight admitted that the tension involved with the huge spotlight may have gotten to him and affected his performance. While that led to a loss, Davis is choosing to look at the bright side, which is the opportunity to look back at his performance and address his shortcomings.
Submitted Mar 26, 2012 11:22PM by sparky - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon added to UFC 149 in Calgary
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight bout between Bryan Caraway (16-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and promotional newcomer Mitch Gagnon (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the first reported matchup for this summer's UFC 149 card. Joe Ferrero of Sportsnet.ca first reported the fight earlier today. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines against an opponent to be announced. UFC 149's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
Submitted Mar 26, 2012 4:35PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 147 official with Silva-Sonnen, Silva-Belfort on June 23 in Rio de Janeiro stadium
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected, two long-awaited rematches will co-headline the UFC's return to Brazil. Officials today announced that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) will rematch Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC), and "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" coaches Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC) and Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) also will meet again at UFC 147. UFC 147 takes place June 23 at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janiero. It's expected to set a new UFC record attendance. UFC 147's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It takes place the day after UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, N.J. Joao Havelange Stadium (also known as Engenhao Stadium) is the first soccer stadium to host a UFC event. It won out after UFC officials faced issues with its initially planned host site of Sao Paulo. The Rio stadium, which also hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, currently can seat approximately 47,000 spectators. UFC officials didn't specify a seating configuration, but they expect it to break the record that Toronto's Rogers Centre set with UFC 129 (55,724) in 2011. UFC president Dana White mentioned the possibility of 80,000 fans attending the event during a press conference this past week. However, it's not known if that's the figure they're currently shooting for...
Submitted Mar 26, 2012 1:00PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF Brazil Competitor List – Watch It Online Tonight At Midnight ET
(themmanews.com)
Seven years after its debut in the United States, in 2005, the first international edition of the famed reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter® begins in Brazil. Co-produced by Brazilian production company Floresta, the inaugural Brazilian version of the show is the first time a TUF series was filmed outside of the United States. The Ultimate Fighter – Brasil® features UFC legends Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort as the coaches of the first season, which features both the featherweight(145 lbs) and middleweight (185 lbs) divisions. As is standard on this series, the coaches will face-off in a highly anticipated live rematch in June for the grand finale. The Premiere episode will showcase elimination bouts, narrowing down the initial group of 32 fighters to the final 16 who will move into the TUF house. From there, theywill be split between “Team Vitor” and “Team Wanderlei” and face weekly eliminations until the finale, where a winner from both weight classes will be declared The Ultimate Fighter®and win an international UFC contract.
Submitted Mar 25, 2012 10:28AM by sparky - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lightweight Tilt Reported For UFC on FX 4, Ramsey Nijem vs. CJ Keith
(themmanews.com)
A lightweight bout appears to be in the works for June’s upcoming UFC on FX 4 event between TUF 13 finalist Ramsey Nijem (5-2) and UFC newcomer C.J. Keith (8-0). News of the matchup was reported by MMAWeekly.com who learned of the bout through Nijem’s management. UFC on FX 4 is expected to take place on June 22, 2012 at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event is headlined by a lightweight bout between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida.
Submitted Mar 24, 2012 7:45PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Eddie Wineland And Scott Jorgensen To Scrap At UFC on FX 3
(themmanews.com)
Officials with the Ultimate Fighting Championship Tweeted another bantamweight matchup Friday night (@ufc) pitting former WEC champ Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) against former WEC contender Scott ‘Young Guns’ Jorgensen (13-5). The two fighters are set to meet at the upcoming UFC on FX 3 event, which is expected to take place on June 8, 2012 with fans voting for the host city through the Hometown Showdown contest.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 10:46PM by sparky - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bantamweight shakeup: Easton out, Hougland meets Jabouin and Menjivar fights Barao
(mmajunkie.com)
An injury to Mike Easton (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has shuffled the bantamweight deck. Now meeting Yves Jabouin (17-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 3 is Jeff Hougland (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), whose originally scheduled opponent, Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), is now set to meet Ivan Menjivar (24-8 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a possible No. 1 contender bout at UFC 148. Sources close to the event today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a tweet from reporter Joe Ferraro, host of Sportsnet's "UFC Central." Reached today for comment, Easton declined to confirm he was out of the fight but admitted to dealing with injuries in training. His reps were unavailable for comment. "I really want this fight, but it's no good going into a fight realy, really banged up," he said. "It makes for not a good night." "UFC on FUEL TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirer" takes place May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Main-card fights air live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights stream on Facebook. UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It's main card airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX.
Submitted Mar 23, 2012 4:43PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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