Heavyweight Geronimo dos Santos out at UFC 153, Gabriel Gonzaga without opponent
Heavyweight Geronimo dos Santos (31-14 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been forced out of next week's UFC 153 event in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC officials today announced the scratch but did not reveal the reason for his removal.
That leaves Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) without an opponent for the card, but UFC officials did not announce whether a replacement fighter would be sought on such short notice.
Gonzaga could now potentially serve as a replacement opponent for Daniel Cormier at November's Strikeforce event, but Zuffa officials have yet to make an announcement for their intentions with "Napao."
Michihiro Omigawa among four fighters released by UFC
Not long after releasing Charlie Brenneman, the UFC gave four other fighters their walking papers as well.
The UFC's roster of fighters is constantly fluctuating, and every fighter that loses a couple of fights in a row (or more) is in danger of being released. Not long after the release of welterweight Charlie Brenneman, the company has sent four other fighters packing as well. MMA Opinion has the news:
As well as the earlier news of the UFC cutting Charlie Brenneman - The UFC have also cut:
Eiji Mitsuoka, Michihiro Omigawa, Tommy Hayden, & Walel Watson
Dana White Opens Up About His Only Regret – Offensive Tirade from 2009
UFC president Dana White is not a man who lives with regret.
Through more than a decade of building and cultivating the UFC, White has remained the figurehead and leader of the business that has seen mixed martial arts hit new heights never before imagined when the sport first landed on television screens in 1993.
White has had his fair share of tumultuous relationships over the years: very public feuds with employees like Tito Ortiz and B.J. Penn, a longstanding pursuit of former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko and the inside dealings with his management team, and even bridges burnt and rebuilt with promotions and several promoters.
When asked, however, if he had any regrets through his time spent with the UFC, White could only point to one time where he made a major mistake and it still haunts him to this day...
Title shot officially goes to UFC on FX 5's John Dodson-Jussier Formiga winner
At least one fighter will walk away from Friday's UFC on FX 5 event with a guaranteed title shot.
The winner of a main-card bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 14" winner John Dodson (13-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Jussier Formiga (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will get the first shot at the recently awarded flyweight title.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC on FX 5 takes at Target Center in Minneapolis. The night's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV and Facebook carry the prelims.
Stephan Bonnar readies himself for Anderson Silva, possibility of becoming a father on Oct. 13
LAS VEGAS – Andrea Bonnar laughs nervously as she thinks of the correct word to describe what she expects her emotions will be on the night of Oct. 13.
Her husband, Stephan Bonnar, will fight Anderson Silva before more than 18,000 rabid Brazilians that night in Rio de Janeiro in the main event of UFC 153.
Her younger sister, Cassandra Brown, will be getting married that day in the Bahamas.
And Andrea Bonnar, herself, will be in the 38th week of her pregnancy. There is a very real chance that while her husband is fighting the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all-time and her sister is in a vacation paradise with the rest of the family tying the knot, she'll be alone in her Las Vegas home hoping her first child doesn't decide it's time.
"I'm terrified [the baby will come that night]," she said. "I'm scared to death to have the baby, period, let alone without him being here with me."
Andrea Bonnar isn't due until Oct. 30, but was told by her doctor that the child could arrive anywhere between the 38th and 41st weeks.
The timing meant she'd have to miss her sister's wedding, which was a downer, but at least she'd have her husband with her.
On the night of Sept. 12, that all changed.
Charlie Brenneman released by UFC
Charlie Brenneman is a UFC fighter no more.
The scrappy grinder nicknamed “The Spaniard” was released by the UFC today after a quick, first-round TKO loss to Kyle Noke at UFC 152, which followed on the heels of a first-round submission loss to Erick Silva at UFC on FX 3. It was Brenneman’s third loss in his last four fights, and with a 4-4 record overall in the UFC — all losses via stoppage, all wins via decision — the promotion decided to release him.
After making a cryptic tweet earlier today, Brenneman confirmed to theScore.com today via text that he has indeed been cut.
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Steven Siler Meets Darren Elkins in Featherweight Showdown at UFC 154
A pair of featherweight contenders will square off at UFC 154 in Montreal when Steven Siler meets Darren Elkins.
Sources at Siler’s management team, AMR Group, confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Since his time on the Ultimate Fighter season 14, Steven Siler has looked virtually unstoppable in the UFC. Winning his last three fights in a row, Siler has dispatched of Cole Miller and Joey Gambino in his most recent fights.
Facing Siler in Montreal will be Darren Elkins, who looks to extend a three fight win streak of his own when he competes at UFC 154.
Forrest Griffin Fails Drug Test for Anderson Silva (Xanax)
"Referring to his bout opposite Anderson Silva in UFC 101, Forrest Griffin told MMA Hour. “I failed my drug test I think for Xanax. I had a doctor’s prescription, I was just, I didn’t do it before the fight, I did it the night before, I was nervous and I couldn’t sleep.” Griffin makes no mention of a suspension period and was seen opposite Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, 3 months later. Neither t he Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission nor the UFC did not release the failed urinalysis."
Im surprised this never came out but wtf is he thinking taking bars before a fight even with a prescription.
Hacran Dias vs. Chad Mendes set for UFC on FX 6
Chad Mendes (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will soon be back in the cage.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with a source close to the event that the onetime featherweight title challenger is scheduled to meet Brazilian Hacran Dias (21-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 6.
The booking was first reported by Brazilian outlet SporTV.
UFC on FX 6 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
Rashad Evans: "They Offered Me Glover Teixeira, I Said "No
Add another name to the list of light heavyweights who didn't want to fight Glover Teixeira. Rashad Evans simply wasn't ready but he thinks he will be by January or February. The list of light heavyweights who wanted nothing to do with a fight against recent Octagon debutant Glover Teixeira just keeps growing and growing. The latest name to add to the list is former division champion Rashad Evans, who revealed as much on the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight show last night (Sept. 29, 2012) when asked about his future and when he'll be returning to the cage:
"I don't know. I talked to Dana [White] early this week and we talked about maybe December. But I'm thinking maybe January or February. I will fight anybody. I want to get a fight at light heavyweight. They offered me a fight, but it was against Glover Teixeira and I only had three weeks to fight and I haven't been training. I was like, ‘no way, not with that notice in Brazil.'"
Rashad on Twitter
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
I will fight anybody with the proper notice.. But after 8yrs with the UFC & being one of their top earners. Y would I take a bad fight?!
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
Bad fight meaning not being in shape. Losing is hard enough but I will never serve myself up! If I'm haven't been training I won't fight!
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
I know alot of u fans may not realize but I don't walk around ready 2 fight. No one does. In this sport it takes at least 8wks 2 b ready!
Rashad Evans ?@SugaRashadEvans
Fighting another person is much harder than most ppl think & if im not training it takes time 2 get ready. There r no easy fights!
UFC on FUEL TV 5 bonuses: Pickett, Wiman, Struve, Miocic earn $40K awards
Brad Pickett, Matt Wiman, Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic each earned $40,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs. Miocic" event.
Pickett earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Wiman won "Submission of the Night" and Struve and Miocic picked up "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC officials announced the winners and bonus amounts following the event, which took place at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The event's main card aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
UFC on FUEL TV 5 winner Dan Hardy no longer interested in chin-checking challenges
For British slugger Dan Hardy, fighting in front of his hometown crowd was truly a dream come true.
However, Hardy was focused on channeling the emotion of the moment into a positive outcome rather than the disappointing result he suffered in his most recent appearance in his native country.
"Sometimes if I let my emotions get the best of me, technique goes out the window and I just want to see who's got the best chin," Hardy said. "I didn't want to take that risk again in my hometown."
UFC on FUEL TV 5 winner Stefan Struve calls for fight with Fabricio Werdum
At just 24 years old, Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve said there is still plenty of time for him to earn a UFC title shot.
But at 6-1 in his past seven fights – and with all six of those wins coming via stoppage – the 7-footer may find his name called sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, after earning a "Fight of the Night" win over the previously undefeated Stipe Miocic at Saturday night's UFC on FUEL TV 5 event, Struve has another name in mind: Fabricio Werdum.
UFC president pleased with UFC on FUEL TV 5 card – save for one fight
From top to bottom, Dana White was a big fan of how UFC on FUEL TV 5 had turned out.
It was the promotion's debut in Nottingham, England, and mid-week, the UFC president said he could throw a dart at a board and that fight could wind up being the "Fight of the Night" winner.
After Saturday's card, White's early feelings were confirmed. That is, until he was reminded of one fight in particular.
UFC boss White confirms Matt Mitrione turned down Strikeforce fight with Daniel Cormier
NOTTINGHAM, England – Dana White thought he had Daniel Cormier's next opponent all set up. Instead, it was back to the drawing board.
Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) was scheduled to fight former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) in about a month in Oklahoma City. But Mir dropped out with an injury, and White and the Zuffa brass went to work on his replacement.
White thought it was going to be Matt Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) – but the UFC heavyweight turned down the fight earlier this week.
"It f---ing makes me sick," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Saturday following the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight news conference. "Listen, you don't want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn't want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.
"He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn't want to fight the guy who's the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who's ranked. And Mitrione's not getting any younger."