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Gilbert Melendez Says He has Done More Than Ben Henderson to Earn Title Shot
(bloodyelbow.com)
"I don't feel like I shouldn't be in this position, I'm not crying about my position but I think I've done more than Ben Henderson," told Fighting Famous TV. "You know, these guys were on The Ultimate Fighter - I was already fighting in PRIDE and ranked top three in the world but some people just don't understand that. "I'm not trying to be a cry baby again, but I just know my history and I've been there. I've already hit these bumps in the road and come back. Some of these guys haven't hit that bump in the road where they have to reinvent themselves and I've already hit that and they're still going to hit that." - Gilbert Melendez
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 6:08PM by Budgellism - 21 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
 
Frank Mir: Strikeforce heavyweights add much needed depth to UFC roster
(mmamania.com)
Mir talks to ESPN 1100/98.9 FM's "MMA Insiders" show (via Yahoo Sports): "We don't have the type of depth that the other weight classes have and I think it's only a benefit to move them (Strikeforce heavyweights) over to us. I guess I have a bad taste in my mouth because of what happened when I first started my career. I had to always hear about, 'Oh, you guys are good, but the PRIDE guys would kick your butt.' There is no comparison and then that frustration of not being able to get to them. And then when Nogueira came over and Mirko, ( I ) got a hold of them. 'Yeah, but there is still Fedor.' I don't want to hear that. I want to know that anybody that is in the division, it's like if you think you can beat me, 'Hey Joe Silva, is he clear?' Okay, cool, let's fight. Now we can solve it you know? That whole unattainable thing just drives me insane."
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 5:36PM by SmileR - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 141: Brock Lesnar promises fans 'the same guy who beat Frank Mir to a pulp' against Alistair Overeem
(mmamania.com)
Look, I've had a great camp. This is the best I have felt in years and lardy-lardy-da... I could go through all the clichés about how in shape I am but the fact is, I know myself and my own body and I know that I am back. I am 100%. I am as fast, as strong and as explosive as I've ever been and you're going to see the same guy who beat Frank Mir to a pulp at UFC 100. If I go in and execute my game-plan, then I am winning this fight. That’s the bottom line here. Overeem says he is knocking me out in two rounds. Well, I am glad he has the ability to see the future. That’s his dream. I have my own dreams of winning this fight and going on to get my belt back. And on Friday December 30 his dream will be over.The surgically repaired Lesnar (5-2) is coming off a first round shellacking at the hands of former division champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 back in October 2010. It was Brock's first loss inside the Octagon since serving up a ham-hock to Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 way back in February 2008."
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 4:43PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
M-1 Global doesn't want Fedor Emelianenko to fight mediocre fighters ...
(mmamania.com)
"At this moment, for us, the key thing is the level of the opponent, and not how much we get paid. I can say that if we were unable to agree with Ishii, we wouldn't participate in this tournament. We had concurrent offers with other DREAM fighters, but this is not for Fedor's level, and we didn't want to have a fight with mediocre fighters, taking a step backwards. We want to be taking steps forward and we will follow this in the future. We want to have three fights. One in Russia, one in Europe, and one in the USA. We really want to get a rematch with Werdum, but he is locked up in the prison called UFC, and because of that arranging for him to fight Fedor would be very difficult. Dana White is like a dog on hay -- he neither eats it himself, nor lets the others eat it. There are many other good fighters, whom we are considering. For instance, Josh Barnett. We need to wait for the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament to end and then we can see how likely it is that we can arrange a fight."
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 4:42PM by SmileR - 10 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global, UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Replacement Caio Magalhaes meets Fabio Maldonado at UFC 142 in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC newcomer and replacement fighter Caio Magalhaes had been added to next month's UFC 142 event, UFC officials today announced. Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) replaces previously scratched Stanislov Nedkov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and now meets light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado (18-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the show. Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and undefeated contender Chad Mendes, UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. UFC 142's main card airs on pay-per-view, and the prelims, including Magalhaes vs. Maldonado, air on FX.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 12:54PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White hints at GSP or Jones farewell for Anderson Silva.
(espn.co.uk)
Dana White has hinted that he would like Anderson Silva's final fight to be against either Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre. Silva is widely recognised to be heading into the final fights of his career, with speculation over whether he has two, four or even more bouts left in his tank.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 12:51PM by Lesnar1 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ricardo Funch In To Face Mike Pyle at UFC 142
(mmaweekly.com)
Ricardo Funch will get a second chance in the Octagon as he steps up on short notice to face Mike Pyle at UFC 142 in Brazil. UFC officials announced the booking on Saturday. Funch, a training partner of Gabriel Gonzaga, went 0-2 in his previous UFC stint dropping fights to both Johny Hendricks and Claude Patrick. The Team Link fighter took some time off after the loss to Patrick in 2010, but returned to action just a couple of weeks ago and picked up a win over Ryan Quinn...
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 1:32PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Carlo Prater fills in to fight Erick Silva
(mmaweekly.com)
Almost as quickly as it was announced that Brazilian phenom Erick Silva was without an opponent for UFC Rio: Aldo vs. Mendes, another fighter has already stepped up to fill the void. Silva was originally slated to face stand-up specialist Siyar Bahadurzada, but an injury knocked the Afghan out of the fight. Taking his place is Brazilian born Texas transplant Carlo Prater.
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 12:17AM by Poor_Franklin - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 141's Brock Lesnar Hit With Charges for Hunting Violations
(bloodyelbow.com)
If you know anything about Brock Lesnar, you know the man loves to hunt. Unfortunately, it looks like he didn't exactly follow the rules on a recent trip to Canada for a hunting trip and now faces charges along with his guide for not following a few hunting laws. Slam! Sports with the report: The burly fighter failed to properly tag at least one of two animals his party had shot - a white tail and a mule deer, said Darcy Whiteside, spokesman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. "They shot an animal and didn't tag it," said Whiteside. His guide and Albertan Chad Stryker, who was allegedly accompanying the celebrity, is also charged with the offences - unlawful possession of wildlife, abandon/wastage of the edible flesh of big game, and after killing wildlife, failure to immediately affix tag. The alleged offences occurred over several days in mid November on a grazing reserve near Manyberries. "In plain language, it would be considered poaching," said Whiteside.
Submitted Dec 16, 2011 4:10PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gabriel Gonzaga to Make UFC Return at UFC 142
(mmafighting.com)
One-time UFC title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga is back with the UFC. According to his own Team Link academy website, the 32-year-old has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and will replace Rob Broughton against Edinaldo Oliveira at UFC 142 in Brazil. Gonzaga (12-6-0) last competed for the UFC at UFC 121 in October 2010 in a loss to Brendan Schaub, prompting the UFC to hand him his walking papers. Rather than fight for less money in smaller MMA promotions, Gonzaga said shortly after that he would focus on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu gyms and return to grappling competitions. As most MMA "retirements" go, Gonzaga's was short-lived. Gonzaga made his MMA return just under a year later, defeating Parker Porter this past October at a Reality Fighting event in Uncasville, Conn.
Submitted Dec 16, 2011 3:04PM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bahadurzada, Broughton, Nedkov scratched from UFC 142; Thiago also reported out
(mmajunkie.com)
January's UFC 142 event today took a major hit as Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Rob Broughton (15-7-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Stanislav Nedkov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) were all officially scratched from the event. Additionally, Tatame is reporting that Paulo Thiago (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has also been forced to withdraw from the card, though UFC officials have yet to confirm the change. Replacement opponents have yet to be determined. The UFC blamed injury for all three official withdrawals. Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and undefeated contender Chad Mendes, UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena. DA FUCK!?
Submitted Dec 16, 2011 1:13PM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA - An Acquired Taste
(sportsnet.ca)
this is a very well written, objective, article about experiencing a live UFC event for the first time...maybe the first MMA event he ever watched. this is written by Michael Grange from Sportsnet, who is slowly becoming one of my favourite sports journalists to read. its a little long but well worth the read. Grange may still not be a fan of the sport afterwards, but this may be one of the most unbiased and objective articles from a non-MMA fan you will ever read.
Submitted Dec 15, 2011 10:07AM by Bubbles - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC
 
If not Lesnar, Mir wants Cain
(sportsnet.ca)
It appears Frank Mir will have to wait for a third meeting with UFC superstar Brock Lesnar. With rumours swirling about Alistair Overeem’s potential withdrawal from UFC 141, former title-holder Frank Mir said Saturday after submitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -- and breaking his arm in the process -- in the first round of the co-main event rematch at UFC 140 in Toronto that he wouldn’t mind stepping in as a replacement and fighting Lesnar in what would be a rubber match between the two. "I’m pretty healthy, and three weeks is enough time," Mir said. "I feel pretty good. I only fought a three-minute fight. My wife will want me around at Christmastime, but she can deal with it." ... "I don’t want to wait around just to fight for the title," Mir said. "I think Cain is still the real deal, he just got caught (against Dos Santos) like I did tonight. I recovered, he didn’t and (Dos Santos) jumped on him."
Submitted Dec 15, 2011 9:40AM by Bubbles - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
No surgery for Big Nog
(sportsnet.ca)
Heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo (Minotauro) Nogueira was also in Los Angeles on Monday, seeing a specialist after suffering a broken arm in a loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. The doctor's visit produced some good news for Big Nog. The UFC tweeted that surgery won't be needed. Instead he'll wear an adjustable plastic brace using an ultrasound device twice a day for 20 minutes. He's expected back in the cage in no more than nine months.
Submitted Dec 15, 2011 9:34AM by Bubbles - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Simpson vs. Markes, Brookins vs. Yahya
(mmajunkie.com)
Two more bouts are slotted for February's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event, officials today announced. They include middleweights Aaron Simpson (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Ronny Markes (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and featherweights Jonathan Brookins (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (16-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC). UFC on FUEL TV 1, which is the first UFC event to air on the FOX-owned cable station, takes place Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb. The 18,000-seat CenturyLink Arena is likely to host. It's not clear if Simpson vs. Markes and Brookins vs. Yahya will be part of the FUEL TV-televised main card.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 10:13PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion John Lineker signed by the UFC, set to compete at flyweight
(mmamania.com)
The UFC is going all-out in establishing their newly-announced flyweight division. That's because Tatame.com reports that Brazilian bruiser John "Mão de Pedra" Lineker (19-5), who captured the Jungle Fight 61 kg. title in September with a split decision over Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil hopeful Ilarde Sabino Belo dos Santos, has been signed by the world's largest fight promotion and will compete at 125-pounds. Lineker, 20, joins the UFC in the midst of a fantastic 13-fight winning streak. Seven of those have come in in 2011 alone.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 10:12PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum slotted for UFC 143 in February
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson (16-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and the returning Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been slotted for February's UFC 143 event. Werdum will jump from Strikeforce to the UFC, where he fought from 2007 to 2008, as part of the long-rumored move. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the bout with event sources. MMAWeekly.com first reported it. UFC 143 takes place on the eve of the NFL's Super Bowl, Feb. 4, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, and Nelson vs. Werdum is expected to be part of the broadcast.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 4:25PM by Budgellism - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 142 prelims to air on FX
(mmafighting.com)
UFC will make its debut on FX on Jan. 14 when the network airs the UFC 142 prelims, a FUEL TV official confirmed with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. FUEL TV, who shares the same parent company, FOX, as FX, will broadcast the majority of UFC prelim bouts in 2012, however, the UFC 142 undercard will air on the network's sister channel, FX. FUEL TV will air the weigh-ins live and a post-fight show immediately following the event.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 11:44AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC champ Georges St-Pierre's knee surgery deemed a success
( mmajunkie.com)
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has cleared one hurdle on his comeback trail. The injured fighter had successful knee surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles, he recently tweeted. A torn ACL and damaged meniscus recently forced St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) out of a February UFC 143 title fight with Nick Diaz. Carlos Condit and Diaz now will fight for an interim title while St-Pierre's on the sidelines for six to 10 months. St-Pierre's surgery was performed by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. St-Pierre's torn ACL marked the second time St-Pierre had injured his knee in two months. The champ sprained his knee in preparation for a planned UFC 137 title fight with Condit back in October.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 9:36AM by BuffaloDave - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'TUF 14' fighter Johnny Bedford takes UFC on FOX 2 slot against Eddie Wineland
( mmajunkie.com)
"The Ultimate Fighter 14" semifinalist Johnny Bedford will look to make it 2-0 in official UFC competition. With Demetrious Johnson scratched from the card so he could compete in the inaugural UFC flyweight tournament in March, Bedford has taken his spot on next month's UFC on FOX 2 card. Bedford (18-9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on fellow bantamweight Eddie Wineland (18-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the night's preliminary card.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 8:44AM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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