Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie added to December's UFC 155 event
A featherweight matchup between fan-favorite slugger Leonard Garcia (15-9-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Cody McKenzie (13-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will take place in December.
UFC officials today announced the contest has been booked for UFC 155.
UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is a heavyweight title fight rematch between champion Junior Dos Santos and ex-titleholder Cain Velasquez, which headlines the pay-per-view portion of the show.
UFC officials did not announce where the Garcia vs. McKenzie bout will reside on the evening's fight card, but it is expected to take place on the preliminary portion of the event.
UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil with Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping headliner
Reports of new bouts for the UFC's return to Brazil in January had been trickling in with regularity earlier this week. Now they're official.
The UFC today announced a 12-fight card in Brazil for Jan. 19, though the host city and venue are still to be determined and, the UFC said, will be announced soon. The four-fight main card is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV.
Headlining the event will be a middleweight bout between recent light heavyweight title challenger and former middleweight title challenger Vitor Belfort (21-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Michael Bisping (23-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC).
Edson Barboza vs. Justin Salas Targeted For UFC Brazil In January
Edson Barboza will return to action in January, facing Justin Salas at the planned UFC card from Brazil. Tatame confirmed the fight in an interview with Barboza.
The event is set to go down January 19, though no location has been determined. The UFC has yet to confirm the card, but multiple reports have it airing on either FX or Fuel TV.
Barboza (10-1) had his perfect record tarnished when Jamie Varner defeated him earlier this year via TKO. Barboza had won his previous four UFC bouts.
Salas (10-4) is 1-1 in his UFC career, but is coming off a TKO loss as well. Salas was stopped by Tim Means in June.
Kyung Ho Kang out, Motonobu Tezuka meets Alex Caceres at UFC on FUEL TV 6
An injury has forced a late change to next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in China.
Kyung Ho Kang is out of a bantamweight fight against Alex Caceres with a foot injury, which has forced the UFC to turn to a late replacement in the form of Motonobu Tezuka. Sources close to the promotion on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com, saying verbal agreements are in place for the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, a special administrative district of China. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Booked For January Brazil Event
The Brazilian news source Tatame is reporting that Thiago Tavares and Khabib Nurmagomedov have signed to face each other in January in Brazil. The location for the card has yet to be determined, but it is slated for January 19 and will air either on FX or Fuel TV.
Tavares (17-4-1) has won two straight and four of his last six with a draw thrown in there vs. Nik Lentz. He scored a decision victory over Sam Stout earlier this year after finishing Spencer Fisher in 2011.
Nurmagomedov (18-0) is 2-0 since joining the UFC, defeating both Gleison Tibau and Kamal Shalorus this past year. He has six knockout and seven submission victories to his credit.
Stephan Bonnar, Dave Herman Fail UFC 153 Drug Tests, Await Potential Suspensions
UFC 153 fighters Stephan Bonnar (15-8 MMA, 8-7 UFC) and Dave Herman (21-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) each tested positive for banned substances in their post-fight drug screens.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Ultimate Fighting Championship officials that all 24 fighters who competed at this past month's UFC 153 event in Brazil were tested, and Bonnar and Herman were the lone two competitors who failed the screen.
Bonnar tested positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, while Herman's screen was flagged for marijuana metabolites.
Motonobu Tezuka in for Kang against Bruce Lee Roy at UFC on Fuel 6
An injury has forced a late change to next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in China.
Kyung Ho Kang (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of a bantamweight fight against Alex Caceres (7-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a foot injury, which has forced the UFC to turn to a late replacement in the form of Motonobu Tezuka (19-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Sources close to the promotion on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), saying verbal agreements are in place for the bout.
Heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga, Ben Rothwell To Meet In 2013
According to MMAWeekly.com, heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Ben Rothwell will meet in January. The two are slated for the Brazil card, which has yet to be confirmed by the UFC but is expected to go down January 19.
Gonzaga (13-6) returned to the UFC earlier this year, submitting Ednaldo Oliveira. He was released from the UFC in 2010. Gonzaga was expected to fight in October, but his match with Geronimo dos Santos was scrapped.
Rothwell (32-8) has alternated wins and losses in his last seven, but stopped Brendan Schaub by first round knockout this year.
Report: Johnny Eduardo out, George Roop in vs. Yuri Alcantara at UFC's return to Brazil
A recently reported bantamweight bout targeted for the UFC's return to Brazil has had a change.
According to a report from Sportv.com, Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is out of a planned fight against Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC). In Eduardo's place steps George Roop (12-9-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC), who will return to 135 pounds after a stint at featherweight.
The fight will take place Jan. 19 at the currently unannounced UFC event in Brazil, which is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV. A host city has yet to be determined.
Report: Diego Nunes meets Nik Lentz when UFC returns to Brazil on Jan. 19
A pair of recent featherweight winners will look to put together much-needed win streaks in January.
Diego Nunes (18-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (24-5-2 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) are set to meet when the UFC returns to Brazil.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported, the UFC will return to Brazil for the Jan. 19 event, though a host city hasn't been determined. The event is expected to be a UFC on FUEL TV or UFC on FX offering, not a pay-per-view card.
Portal do Vale Tudo first reported the bout, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the fight with the UFC.
Kyle Kingsbury contemplates retiring from MMA after recent string of losses
Stephan Bonnar may not be the only mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to cash-in on his 401K soon.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight monster Kyle Kingsbury recently hinted that he, too, might be leaning toward retiring from the sport after suffering three consecutive losses inside the Octagon.
Appearing on "The MMA Hour" "Kingsbu" revealed his latest setback, which came at the ferocious hands, feet and elbows of Jimi Manuwa one month ago at UFC on Fuel TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic," which lead to a six-month medical suspension because of multiple face fractures, has forced him to do some "soul searching" and evaluate whether or not he wants to continue fighting.
"I have no idea. They asked me for a quote right after the fight and I just said you know, I got some soul searching to do. I got to see where I'm at mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and really digest the whole situation. Digest the career, digest everything that's going on in my life and see if this is something I want to continue to do. Thankfully I got a six month suspension to figure it out, so it's not anything I have to decide right off the bat. But, it is something where you look at your career and, a lot of fans will look at me and say, 'That guy never had a shot at winning a title.' And, maybe they're right, but, nobody gets into this sport thinking, 'I'm going to be a millionaire by being a fighter.' People get into this sport thinking, 'I want to beat someone's ass and I want to try to get the title.' Getting to the UFC level and now being 4-4 as a UFC fighter, it was never my goal to come in and be a .500 fighter. It was never my goal to come in and win one, lose one, win three, lose three, that kind of deal. So, whatever I end up choosing, if I do end up wanting to fight again, I know there is going to be a period of time where I will work at trying to improve before I come back to the table to fight again. You look at a guy like Dan Hardy who took time after his losses and came back and he's well again. So, whatever the decision is, there is going to be sometime between now and the next one."
Mark Hunt wants Alistair Overeem rematch upon UFC return
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender, Mark Hunt, is making no bones about who he would like to face in his return to the Octagon.
Appearing on the most recent edition of "The MMA Hour," Hunt revealed he would like to get his rematch against current top contender, Alistair Overeem:
"If they'd like to get me a fight I'd like to get a rematch with Alistair Overeem, you know, when he comes back from his injury or from whatever, his hiatus. You know? I'd like to have my rematch with him. I'd be willing to fight next year so it doesn't matter. If he gets a title shot, that's good on him, so."
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner added to TUF 16 Finale in December
A lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard (30-11-2 MMA, 11-7 UFC) and former WEC champion Jamie Varner (20-7-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is the latest addition to The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
UFC officials today announced verbal agreements are in place for the fight.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The night's main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. It's not clear where Guillard vs. Varner will be on the lineup.
Vitor Belfort says Forrest Griffin turned down fight with him for UFC 155
It appears that Forrest Griffin wasn't a fan of fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 155 in December. Belfort spoke to Brazilian site UOL about the issue, and said that Griffin wasn't interested in tangling with him at the Vegas event:
I met with Forrest and he told me that he volunteered for a list of six names and mine was the first. He said he would face any of them except me. It's good to have this kind of recognition. I am here to serve the company."
I think this probably has to do with the fact that the two men were training partners for so long at Xtreme Couture. I can't see any other reason why Griffin would turn down a bout with The Phenom, only to sign on against Phil Davis. Belfort also stated that he's willing to take fights at either light heavyweight or middleweight:
"My weight, my category, are the medium. I am adaptable. But I do not have much time left in my career and I want to have great challenges, be in whichever weight it will be. I can make great fights and don’t run from anybody, I’ll be always ready."
Chael Sonnen chooses Dan Henderson as 'TUF 17' assistant coach
Chael Sonnen today told MMAjunkie.com that not only does he expect Dan Henderson to help him prepare for a title fight against Jon Jones – but Henderson will be one of his assistant coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17."
"We're on great terms (and) we've always been on great terms," Sonnen said while adding that Henderson will also corner him against the light-heavyweight champ.
Sonnen downplayed any rift with Henderson that arose in the wake of his selection as a "TUF 17" coach.
Alcantara vs. Eduardo, Castro and Vieira added to Jan. 19 UFC event in Brazil
Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is dropping a weight class to fight fellow bantamweight Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the currently unannounced Jan. 19 UFC event in Brazil.
Additionally, featherweights Godofredo Castro (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Milton Vieira (13-7-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) will meet at the event.
Sportv.com and Tatame reported the bouts, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm them with UFC officials.
All UFC on FUEL TV 6 fighters to receive drug testing, no TUEs issued for event
The UFC has retained an independent drug-testing laboratory to screen fighters for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse at next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in Macau.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with promotion officials that all 20 fighters on the card will be subjected to testing.
Additionally, UFC officials confirmed that no therapeutic-use exemptions were granted to any fighter on the UFC on FUEL TV 6 card.
John Cofer meets fellow 'TUF: Live' cast member Mike Rio at TUF 16 Finale
A lightweight matchup between "The Ultimate Figher: Live" cast members John Cofer and Mike Rio is set for December's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
UFC officials today announced the new matchup, which is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with a main event between "TUF 16" coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson.