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Heavyweight Philip De Fries signs with UFC, expected to debut at UFC 138
(mmajunkie.com)
British fighter Philip De Fries is the latest addition to the UFC's heavyweight roster. The undefeated 25-year-old today announced his deal via Facebook. Although he didn't specify a debut date or opponent, an event source told MMAjunkie.com he's expected to fight, fittingly, at UFC 138 in England.
Submitted Jul 29, 2011 1:09PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
T.J. Waldburger Faces Daniel Roberts at UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou
(bloodyelbow.com)
Two welterweight submission artists have agreed to face off in New Orleans, as the UFC is reporting via Twitter that verbal agreements are in place for a bout between T.J. Waldburger and Daniel Roberts at UFN 25: Battle on the Bayou in September: A battle between submission specialists has been agreed to as TJ Waldburger will take on @ninjaroberts at UFC Fight Night September 17
Submitted Jul 29, 2011 1:05PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira added to UFC on Versus 6
(mmajunkie.com)
A pair of fighters looking to rebound from stoppage losses has been added to UFC on Versus 6 as Yves Edwards meets Rafaello Oliveira. UFC officials today announced the new matchup. UFC on Versus 6 takes place Oct. 1 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The evening's main card, including a bantamweight title fight between current champ Dominick Cruz and top challenger Demetrious Johnson, airs on Versus.
Submitted Jul 28, 2011 10:02PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC President Dana White Talks Fedor Emelianenko and Being Unhappy With Recent Developments
(bloodyelbow.com)
There seem to be two kinds of Dana White interviews these days, the by the numbers stuff about world dominance and the open and honest (or as honest as a promoter can be) interview. Sports Illustrated has the chance to sit down with Dana and they got one of those fantastic open interviews. There is plenty of great stuff in the interview including Dana making a vague statement that he is unhappy with some things going on behind the scenes: SI.com: What are you looking at? White: First of all, there're things going on that I'm unhappy with, here at the company, that we're going to fix and change over the next few months, and you're going to see us get back on track here in the next few months. As you start to get bigger and you start to expand into all these different places, and you're working on all these crazy deals, things start to get out of control. I'm going to get some more control around here in the next three months. And that includes my business as a whole, my actual office and employees and departments, right down to s--- that's going on with the fighters.
Submitted Jul 28, 2011 1:12PM by FastKnockout - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Odds Open with Aldo as Near 3 to 1 Favorite Over Florian, Penn vs. Condit Dead Even
(mmaweekly.com)
The odds have opened on two of the biggest fights coming up later this year with one match-up at UFC 136 and the other at UFC 137.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 10:45PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New UFC Gym in Torrance, California, Later This Year or Early Next
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC is continuing to grow its UFC Gym brand, adding a new gym location in Southern California, specifically in Torrance. The gym will open as soon as later this year.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 10:43PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vaughan Lee to Face Chris Cariaso at UFC 138
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC has really been beefing up the bantamweight division in the last few days, and the trend continued today with the signing of Brit Vaughan Lee (11-6-1). And as usual, it didn't take long for them to apparently give their new signing an opponent. MMAHQ is reporting that Lee will be meeting Chris Cariaso at UFC 138 in Lee's hometown of Birmingham: The signing of bantamweight Vaughan Lee (11-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was today unveiled by the UFC, and sources close to the fight have revealed that he will make his organizational debut against WEC veteran Chris Cariaso (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on November 5th.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 10:25PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Double E Pictures buys life story of UFC's Rich Franklin for "American Fighter" movie
(mmajunkie.com)
If all goes well, former UFC champion Rich Franklin's life story will soon be the basis of a Hollywood feature film. Eric Eisner today announced that his Double E Pictures has optioned Franklin's life story for a film and commissioned David Hollander to write a script and Mathew Cullen of Motion Theory to executive produce. "I'm excited to see the story of my career as a fighter brought to the screen, and I feel confident that the team assembled will do a great job in telling this story," Franklin stated in today's official release. According to today's press release, "American Fighter" will tell "the unlikely story of how Franklin, a family man and high school math teacher, taught himself mixed martial arts, quickly emerged as one of the dominant figures in the sport, and ultimately became champion of the UFC. The story also chronicles the rise of mixed martial arts as the fastest growing sport in the world and transformation into a billion-dollar industry."
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 7:26PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 133 headliner Rashad Evans appears Friday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
(mmajunkie.com)
With former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans' long-awaited return to action quickly approaching, the UFC 133 headliner is a featured guest on Friday evening's edition of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Evans is expected to discuss his Aug. 6 bout with fellow former champ Tito Ortiz, as well as the controversy and budding rivalries that have surrounded his recent layoff. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" airs at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 6:57PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 133: Rashad Evans Working With Kickboxing World Champions to Prepare for Tito Ortiz
(bloodyelbow.com)
Interesting photo here as Rashad Evans prepares for next weekend's UFC 133 main event against Tito Ortiz. To prepare for the fight, Evans has spent some time training with top ranked kickboxers Tyrone Spong and Cosmo Alexandre at Imperial MMA in Florida. For those unfamiliar with the names, both Spong and Alexandre are among the elite in kickboxing and Muay Thai, claiming multiple world title between them. Spong may be best known to MMA fans as Alistair Overeem's opponent at last year's K-1 Grand Prix, where he gave The Reem his toughest challenge of 2010. I'll be very interested to see how this work impacts Evans, as in my eyes, it is a fantastic choice of training partners for him. Rashad's greatest strengths in MMA have always been his wrestling and his hands. His striking game is solid from the waist up, but has some gaps elsewhere, as he does not use many kicks, and could still improve his footwork at times. Working with two kickboxing experts may help tighten up that footwork, while expanding his striking repertoire to include kicks and knees. Meanwhile, both Spong and Cosmo are looking at making a transition to MMA, and working with a wrestler and excellent all around fighter like Evans will greatly benefit them.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 1:54PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rory MacDonald Talks About Training With Georges St. Pierre
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald has been writing a series of blogs for sportsnet.ca leading up to his fight with Mike Pyle at UFC 133 on August 6th. The first one dealt with his childhood and his entry into MMA. This one deals with his training at Tri-Star gym with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. He talks at first about how Mike Pyle has said that his experience edge will be a factor, and believes that he will beat Pyle and take some of that experience. He then moves onto talking about GSP.
Submitted Jul 27, 2011 9:25AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Easton vs. Jeff Hougland at UFC on Versus 6
(bloodyelbow.com)
More good news for the bantamweight division today. Mike Easton will make his long-awaited UFC debut at UFC on Versus 6 on October 1st when he takes on Jeff Hougland. UFC.com shares the news: Winner of five in a row, bantamweight prospect Mike "The Hulk" Easton will return to competition for the first time since 2009 and he will do it in the UFC Octagon as he makes his debut in the organization against Jeff Hougland on October 1st's UFC Live on Versus card in Washington D.C. Easton, a stablemate of 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz, will be in tough against Hougland, who was successful in his UFC debut in July, defeating Donny Walker.
Submitted Jul 26, 2011 9:26PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cung Le Will Only Return to MMA to Fight in the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le might only have eight career MMA fights, but the former San Shou world champion is a popular figure in the sport and people want to see him fight. Le has been concentrating on a budding acting career of late and has only fought twice in the past three years though, and there doesn't appear to be much on the horizon for him. He's under contract to Strikeforce, but he told MMA Weekly that the only thing he want to do now is fight for the UFC: "I know for a fact that if I do fight again, it’s going to be in the UFC. I’ve never fought in the UFC, but I would love to fight in the UFC. But right now because of my contract with Showtime and Strikeforce, hopefully things can work out because there is a show in San Jose that Cain Velasquez is the main event. I would love to fight in San Jose for the UFC and for Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta)," said Le.
Submitted Jul 26, 2011 9:22PM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Alessio Sakara Releases Statement About Injury
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC middleweight Alessio Sakara released a statement to MMA Fighting earlier today regarding his withdrawal from UFC 133 on August 6th. He had been scheduled to fight Jorge Rivera, but suffered a knee injury and was replaced in the bout by Constantinos Philippou. Here's what he had to say: "I tried to ignore the pain until now, thinking I had just sprained the knee," he said. "I kept training without using my legs. I wanted to get to the fight in a good condition somehow, but the MRI diagnosed that I broke my ligaments, and now I can't fight!"
Submitted Jul 26, 2011 7:14PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve added to UFC on Versus 6 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC's tallest heavyweight has a date with the promotion's shortest one. UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve (21-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) to meet 5-foot-11 Pat Barry (6-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC on Versus 6. UFC on Versus 6 takes place Oct. 1 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The evening's main card airs on Versus. Struve vs. Barry likely will be part of the broadcast.
Submitted Jul 26, 2011 5:52PM by Budgellism - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Jorgensen Welcomes Jeff Curran Back to the Octagon at UFC 137
(mmaweekly.com)
Jeff Curran is back in the UFC, but he’ll have no easy task in his first fight as he faces Scott Jorgensen at UFC 137 this October.
Submitted Jul 26, 2011 5:25PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jeff Curran signs multi-fight deal with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
"Big Frog" is returning to the UFC. More than seven years and exactly 26 fights since his lone trip to the octagon, 33-year-old bantamweight Jeff Curran (33-13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has signed a multi-fight deal to return the UFC. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the signing from sources close to the fighter. He's expected to fight at a fall UFC event.
Submitted Jul 26, 2011 2:25PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Axe Murderer' coach: Wanderlei Silva still has the potential to become champion again
"Nobody said it directly to Wanderlei, that he won't fight anymore. Wanderlei is in Brazil now, he'll return to the United States this week, and he's coming to train here. He wants to fight again. He trained his whole life and suffered many injuries as any other athlete, but they're all healed. He's with a good body, stronger than ever. He's Wanderlei, he'll never give up. That's the main thing about him. And there's no reasons for him to do that. He's reached what every athlete wants to. I'm not saying this as his coach, I'm saying this as a guy who watched him growing in the sport. He has the potential to become champion again, it's all about timing." - Rafael Cordeiro
Submitted Jul 26, 2011 9:50AM by Budgellism - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 138 Leben vs Munoz to Air on Spike TV
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC returns to the United Kingdom on November 5th for UFC 138 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The card is headlined by Chris Leben and Mark Munoz in what could be considered a title eliminator for the Middleweight belt. Chris Leben has bounced back from the devastating knockout loss at the hands of Brian Stann at UFC 125 with a sensational knockout of Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132. Mark Munoz is currently on a three fight win streak that includes wins over C.B. Dollaway and Demian Maia. Today, Spike TV made it official when they sent out a press release stating they'd be the outlet for airing the event.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 6:09PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Riddle welcomes newcomer Lance Benoist at UFC Fight Night 25
(mmajunkie.com)
It took a little while, but Lance Benoist finally has a date for his octagon debut. After signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC this past month, Benoist (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is scheduled to fight Matt Riddle (5-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou." UFC officials today announced the bout, though its placement on the event's fight card was not made official.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 5:18PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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