UFC 152 adds Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant, tickets on sale next week
Tickets for "UFC 152: Benavidez vs. Johnson," which range from $85 to $550, go on sale next week.
UFC officials today announced the plans for the Sept. 22 event, which takes place at Toronto's Air Canada Centre and features a flyweight title fight between contenders Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.
Additionally, the promotion announced a lightweight matchup between Evan Dunham (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and T.J. Grant (18-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has also been added to the UFC 152 lineup.
"Everyone knows how much I love Canada, and it's going to be great to have the first-ever UFC flyweight title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson in Toronto on Sept. 22," UFC president Dana White stated.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, July 27, at 12 p.m. ET.
However, UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets on Wednesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET, and UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers can buy tickets on Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET.
Ian McCall vs. John Moraga added to UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles
"Uncle Creepy" doesn't have to wait long for redemption.
Southern California-based Ian McCall (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is a last-minute addition to UFC on FOX 4, which takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
McCall, who fell short this past month to Demetrious Johnson, will meet promotional newcomer John Moraga (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a flyweight bout.
UFC on FOX 4's main card airs live on FOX following preliminary-card fights on FUEL TV and Facebook. McCall vs. Moraga is part of the preliminary card, though it's unknown whether the bout will be seen on FUEL TV or Facebook.
Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi added to UFC 153 in Brazil
"The Ultimate Fighter 15" cast member Cristiano Marcello (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will fight in his home country and meet fellow lightweight Reza Madadi (12-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 153.
UFC officials today announced the matchup.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, UFC 153 is expected to take place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC 153's main card, including a headliner between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Erik Koch, airs on pay-per-view. Marcello vs. Madadi will be part of the prelims, which air on FX and stream on Facebook.
UFC wants Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau
If Cung Le (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is able to fight at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau, it'll be against fellow middleweight Rich Franklin (29-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC).
The fighters initially were slated to fight at UFC 148 until the bout was scrapped to make other matchups.
But if Le is healthy enough to fight at the November event, UFC president Dana White wants to pit him against former champion Franklin.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at Cotai Arena, Venetian Macau Resort Hotel in the Chinese special administrative region. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV, and Le vs. Franklin likely would serve as the headliner.
"If he fights in China, he will fight Rich Franklin," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch set to headline UFC 153 in Brazil
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and challenger Erik Koch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet at UFC 153 in Brazil.
The bout, originally slated to headline this weekend's UFC 149 event before Aldo suffered an injury, now will take place on Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
- Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch (for featherweight title)
- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
- Reza Madadi vs. Cristiano Marcello
- Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. TBA
UFC 149's Brian Ebersole happy to stay busy with short-notice fight against James Head
Brian Ebersole could get used to this whole fighting-every-month thing.
The veteran welterweight was coming off a hard-fought unanimous decision win over T.J. Waldburger at UFC on FX 4 this past month in Atlantic City when he got the call that the injury-riddled UFC 149 card could use his help. Naturally, it's a call he answered, and answered with vigor.
Ebersole will fight James Head on Saturday, filling in for the injured Claude Patrick in a bout he took on less than three weeks' notice. And for Ebersole, that's just fine.
Forget Anderson Silva – UFC 149's Hector Lombard wants Mark Munoz after Tim Boetsch
CALGARY, Alberta, Canada – Hector Lombard hasn't even had his first fight in the UFC yet, and he's up to four opponents. Sort of.
Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) originally was set to debut against Brian Stann – and then, perhaps, quickly fight middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The Stann fight fell through. He rebooked against Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), whom he fights Saturday at UFC 149.
But on Wednesday, he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he wants to fight Mark Munoz next – even if the UFC offers him a title shot with Silva.
"Saturday, I'm focused on this fight," Lombard told MMAjunkie.com after a workout session in Calgary. "And after that, I'm going to call Mark Munoz out. I'm focused on the fight, but I'm going to call out Mark Munoz after. That's my goal.
"I'm going to make a statement no matter what. But after that, I'm going to beat up Mark Munoz."
Lombard said Munoz, who a week ago suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Chris Weidman at UFC on FUEL TV 4, has been running his mouth about him. And that, Lombard said, has rubbed him the wrong way.
"He's been talking a lot of trash about me," said Lombard, the former Bellator middleweight champ. "I'm one of those fighters that I don't like to talk about any fighter. I'm focused on myself. When I see people that do the wrong things, I have to do something about it."
Anderson Silva's camp wants Luke Rockhold next, not Hector Lombard or Chris Weidman
FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" broke down the situation, where they reported some comments that were recently made by Anderson Silva's management.
"One of Anderson Silva's managers said that one of the issues with Hector Lombard is he thinks he needs at least three more impressive wins in the UFC. He said that 85 percent of UFC fans don't even know who Hector Lombard is, who is of course making his Octagon debut on Saturday night."
"As for Chris Weidman, he said, 'Well, there's another great unknown fighter.' He doesn't see those match ups as being money making pay-per-view events."
"He did mention Luke Rockhold, who is the Strikeforce middleweight champion. Alas, Rockhold is contractually tied to Strikeforce, so that fight's not happening. We'll have to wait and see, but right now, the Anderson Silva camp not too excited about the options out there."
'TUF: Brazil' winners Rony 'Jason,' Cezar 'Mutante' expected for UFC 153 in Rio
The first winners of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" have their next fight dates set.
Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are expected to be a part of the card when the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October. UFC officials on Wednesday announced the two fighters' likely inclusion, although opponents weren't named.
Vinny Magalhaes vs Igor Pokrajac at 152
Vinny Magalhaes (9-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) appears to have an opponent for his UFC return.
Fresh off the news "The Ultimate Fighter 8" runner-up and M-1 champion has re-signed with the promotion, he's now slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac (25-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 152.
Sportsnet's Canadian reporter Joe Ferraro first reported the matchup.
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Chael Sonnen responds to "Rampage" Jackson: "He should stick to violating female reporters"
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson had some harsh comments toward Chael Sonnen following Sonnen's UFC 148 loss to Anderson Silva. The comments he made to MMA Elite were in part a response to some of the comments Sonnen has levied his way in the past, but it once again brought about more from "The American Gangster."
Sonnen served as a guest analyst on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" program, and in typical Sonnen fashion he addressed what Jackson said about him.
"Rampage has one fight left in the UFC and he isn't fighting me," Sonnen said. "I give you that answer because I am sitting here wearing my fancy suit, with an ear piece on and I have been branded an analyst on the number one UFC show on TV today."
"But if you had asked me outside, in my kingdom and I was wearing my sponsor's shirt, I would have told him that he should stick to violating female reporters," Sonnen said. "He should stick to making box office disasters and driving the wrong way on the freeway ramped up on Mountain Dew, because he's not on my level. But, you didn't ask me outside, you asked me inside. So let's keep this professional, I don't want to get that message out there."
John Lineker vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani tapped for UFC 151
Hopefully John Lineker (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will have backup this time.
After a difficult trip from Brazil to New Jersey for UFC on FOX 3, Lineker, who was defeated by Louis Gaudinot in his octagon debut, gets a chance at redemption when he meets Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 151.
Vitor Belfort vs Chris Weidman? 'The Phenom' gunning for an 'All American' showdown
Undefeated top 185-pound prospect Chris Weidman (9-0), who recently smashed fellow contender Mark Munoz at UFC on FUEL TV 4, is ready for a crack at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title, currently held by reigning division champion Anderson Silva.
But you knew that.
What you didn't know, perhaps, is that Vitor Belfort might be standing in his way. That's according to a report from Tatame.com, who gets the skinny from "The Phenom" himself as the Brazilian gears up for his next fight in Rio.
"(Chris) Weidman, or the winner of the Cuban vs. (Tim) Boetsch. I'm waiting for my confirmation on the Rio card, see who's gonna be my opponent. Nobody send me anything yet. I believe I'll get an answer on that next week. Muñoz has no guard, he's not a jiu-jitsu fighter. That's a wrestler vs. wrestler match-up, who got to the top position would win. He was tagged, that's it. I don't care what [Weidman's] gonna do. I know what I'm gonna do: Go for the knockout or the submission."
Rampage Jackson: Forrest Griffin is a little crybaby and Chael Sonnen sucks
"Tito won. Forrest even knew it, that's why he ran out of the cage like a little crybaby like he always does. C'mon. Somebody told him, 'Forrest, get your ass back to the cage! You won, idiot! We're gonna give it to you!' Stupid, man. I think Chael should keep his word and leave the UFC because that's what he said he was gonna do if he lost. And he lost HORRIBLY. Bad! Chael sucks. He should go somewhere where people like his interviews, the way he talks shit on everybody. I can't stand that boy. Fuck Chael."
Showtime Sports Boss Denies Existence of List of Strikeforce Fighters Blocked From UFC
Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza on Monday denied the existence of a list of Strikeforce fighters that are banned from signing with the UFC during the lifetime of the Strikeforce-Showtime deal.
Over the weekend, veteran MMA journalist Dave Meltzer reported that Showtime and Strikeforce and UFC parent company Zuffa had agreed to a list of fighters who could not cross promotional boundaries from Strikeforce to the UFC, even if their contracts expired, making them free agents. According to him, fighters including Gilbert Melendez, Luke Rockhold and Ronda Rousey were on the list.
On Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, Espinoza said the report was erroneous.
Espinoza said that because Showtime isn't an MMA promoter, they have no existing deals with fighters that can limit their movement. What they do have is a contract with Zuffa that allows them to broadcast the talent pool of Strikeforce-contracted talent.
"That roster of talent at the point we entered into the contract is attached to our contract informationally," he said. "But all this stuff about controlling people when they’re free agents and things like that, that’s not true."
Espinoza did acknowledge that the UFC could not bring Melendez or any other fighter over from Strikeforce if that fighter had existing fights on his current Strikeforce deal.
"Putting it in context, that’s the case for all other MMA promotions, that's the case for all other professional sports," he said. "If you're under contract in MLS you can't go sign in the European league. If you're under contract in the NBA, you cant go sign in another league while you're under contract with the NBA. It's the same thing. While you're under contract to Strikeforce, you can't go sign a contract with another organization."
UFC 153: Glover Teixeira talks accepting the Rampage Jackson fight and the Shogun controversy
Glover Teixeira is one of the prospects the UFC had its eye on for an incredibly long time, but hurdle after hurdle got in the way of his signing with the world's largest promotion.
Teixeira spoke with Sherdog.com about his upcoming fight and had a few very interesting things to say:
On accepting the fight against Jackson:
"I knew more or less what would happen. They had offered me this fight and I accepted right away, as I accepted Shogun."
On what he expects from "Rampage:"
"I'm going out with him in the standup. I have to be smart and not stand still, move, fight the right fight. But, I'll work on the strategy with my coaches."
On reports that former champion Mauricio Rua turned down a fight against him, saying he'd rather be cut from the UFC than fight Teixeira:
"I don't think it's something from Shogun. He's not guilty. It should be something from the manager. Shogun has fought the best and wouldn't have any reason to deny a fight against me. Leave that alone."
Rashad Evans 50/50 On Possible Move To Middleweight
“I’ve been thinking about going down to middleweight lately. I haven’t totally made up my mind. It’s something I’m going to think about a little more in the coming months and see where my body’s at, but I’m definitely giving it serious consideration. The odds of me moving down to 185 are 50-50 or better.”
“The last thing I want to do is move down and become half the athlete I am at 205. That’s something that happened to me while wrestling in college (at Michigan State). I cut too much weight, and if I had competed one weight class higher I would have had a better career.
A move to 185 will be permanent. But what I’ve been thinking about also is that I’m one of the top contenders at 205, so there really is no reason for me to move other than fighting some different people. At 205 I fight tough guys anyway. Jon Jones is a tough dude.
I’m a 205-pound fighter and the reason I’ve been successful is that I have attributes that, being a smaller guy, I’m able to bring, like having the speed advantage, things like that. It’s something I might not necessarily have at 185. That’s something I have to think about as well.”
Jon Jones Most Concerned with Hendo’s H-Bomb
Dan Henderson, a veteran of more than 15 years in the fight game, possesses many tools and many weapons with which to score a victory. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is well aware of the dangers that Hendo presents, but he’s as acutely aware as anyone else of the one weapon that could quickly put an end to his amazing title reign… the H-Bomb.
Asked what he’s more wary of, Hendo’s wrestling or his striking, Jones answered, “I think more of his striking, that H-Bomb. It seems like a heat seeking missile. He just comes from all different angles with that right hand.”