Victory over Okami Is Alan Belcher's Next Step Towards a Title Shot
Over the past few years the UFC middleweight picture has become chaotic. With reigning king Anderson Silva still holding court, the race to become next in line has been a storm of trash-talk, hype, and public posturing, as the weight class' best fighters have jockeyed for divisional position.
The formula has provided short-term gains for some, but success for none, as no contender has been able to dethrone the champion.
As these various scenarios have played out, Alan Belcher has simply been handling his business and dispatching of everything thrown his way.
Eddie Wineland looks to be in title contention if he can beat man in mirror
Although nobody is saying anything, if you look at an overview of the UFC's bantamweight division, Eddie Wineland may be one step away from a shot at gold for the second time.
But unlike the first time he was champion, if he gets there this time, people will know about it.
Wineland (19-8-1), the first-ever WEC bantamweight champion, faces Brad "One Punch" Pickett (22-6) on the FX prelims at UFC 155 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UFC 157's Dan Henderson 'perfectly fine' with women taking top billing
Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is "perfectly fine" playing second fiddle at UFC 157.
The veteran fighter and de facto top light-heavyweight contender meets former champ Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) in the co-headliner of the February event.
In the headlining spot is the UFC's first-ever women's fight: newly crowned bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Nova Uniao boss talks 'dream come true,' predicts Jose Aldo to lightweight
The crown jewel of the camp right now is unquestionably Aldo, who is considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and currently boasts an impressive 14-fight win streak. Just 26 years old, Aldo fights again in February, when he takes on former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 156 in Las Vegas. It will be Aldo's first fight in nearly 13 months after injury forced him to the sidelines for much of 2012. During that time, Aldo has continued to grow, and while he'll look for a fourth defense of his 145-pound title in the bout with Edgar, Pederneiras said his fighter is intent on a move to 155 pounds.
Joey Beltran wants to fight at UFC 157 in Anaheim, calls out Forrest Griffin
Just days after his latest victory, Joey Beltran is already hoping to hurry up and get back inside the Octagon at UFC 157. And he's got a former champion in mind for his next opponent.
Despite the fact that he competed on the UFC on FX 6: "Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson" card that took place on Fri., Dec. 14, 2012, in Gold Coast, Australia, Joey Beltran is hoping to get back inside the Octagon in just a two months.
"The Mexicutioner" told Bloody Elbow he's hoping to fight at UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" on Feb. 23, 2013, in Anaheim, California, and he's got a big name in mind.
"At this point, I don't care who I fight, but I want to be on that Anaheim card in February. I know it's a quick turn around, but I don't have a scratch on me. I'm ready to rock and I want to fight on that show. I'll fight Ronda Rousey right now [laughs]. I would have to go on the website, because I don't even know who's available. Is Maldonado available? I think that would be a great fight. Forrest Griffin, meet me in Anaheim. You heard it here first [laughs]. Meet me in Anaheim, brother! Honestly, I'll have to figure something out. It's only two months away, but I'm ready right now. I'll be ready to rock."
Strikeforce lightweight Bobby Green meets Jacob Volkmann at UFC 156
Five-time Strikeforce veteran Bobby Green (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his octagon debut at February's UFC 156 event against nine-time UFC fighter Jacob Volkmann (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
USA TODAY Sports today learned from sources close to the fighters that both athletes have verbally agreed to the matchup and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Fuel TV to be re-branded as Fox Sports 2, How will UFC programming be affected?
Fuel TV, which regularly hosts UFC programming and events, will be making a drastic change in 2013. They haven't been available to many households, but as part of the Fox network, Fuel will soon be re-branded as "Fox Sports 2". Here's Dave Meltzer over at F4WOnline.com talking about the change:
"In what has not been announced but will affect the future of UFC on television, it is believed that Fuel TV will be rebranded as Fox Sports 2. Fox Sports 1 will be the rebranding of what is now The Speed Channel. Sports Business Journal reported that an announcement of the new name for Fuel should come early next year, with a target date of the actual change being in August."
Strikeforce import Caros Fodor meets Sam Stout at UFC 157
Yet another Strikeforce fighter has been booked for his UFC debut as six-time Strikeforce veteran Caros Fodor (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Sam Stout (18-8-1 MMA, 7-7 UFC) at UFC 157.
The bout was first reported by The Canadian Press' Neil Davidson and later confirmed by UFC officials.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a main event women's bantamweight title fight between champ Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Fodor vs. Stout is expected to take place in the evening's preliminary card.
Jonathan Brookins Is Leaving for India
Up until about the third minute of his fight last weekend in Las Vegas, UFC featherweight and Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins was actually beating up Dustin Poirier. This seemed to surprise pretty much everyone, including Jonathan Brookins. Not because he didn’t believe he was capable of beating Poirier but because he didn’t want to be fighting at all. Walking into the Octagon that night, his mind was 1000 miles away -- or rather 8000 miles away – floating through the ether.
Herb Dean draws reffing assignment for Dos Santos-Velasquez UFC 155 main event
The Nevada State Athletic Commission at its Thursday meeting handed out referee and judging assignments for next week's UFC 155 main event.
Veteran referee Herb Dean has been assigned to officiate the UFC heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos (15-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) and former champ and top contender Cain Velasquez (10-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC). Glenn Trowbridge, Tony Weeks and Marcos Rosales have been tapped as the three judges for the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 7's Cub Swanson: Fight with Siver true No. 1 contender's bout
Cub Swanson doesn't care what anyone else thinks. As far as he's concerned, his next fight is for top contender status in the featherweight division.
Call it a motivational tactic. Call it hope. Call it whatever. That's what he's telling himself.
Swanson (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will meet Dennis Siver (21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in February, and even if the winner doesn't get the next crack at champion Jose Aldo, he'll certainly find himself right there at the top of the heap.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place Feb. 16 at London's Wembley Arena. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Matt Grice meets Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157
A featherweight bout between Matt Grice (16-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Dennis Bermudez (9-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to February's UFC 157 card.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Grice vs. Bermudez likely will be part of the prelims.
Mike Wilkinson to move to Featherweight
Mike “The Warrior” Wilkinson made a fantastic UFC debut this weekend in a “Fight of the Night” candidate at UFC on FX 6 in Australia. He took on fellow UK countryman and friend Brendan Loughnane, putting on the kind of three round battle all fight fans could enjoy. Great standup, effective grappling and lots of heart were on display from both fighters for the full fifteen minutes. In the end it though it was Wilkinson that got the judges decision, keeping his undefeated professional record intact. We certainly had a lot to talk about when he came on the MMA Mental Podcast this Wednesday, with a planned drop to the UFC Featherweight division among the topics discussed.
Robbie Lawler Makes Octagon Return At UFC 157 Against Josh Koscheck
Promotion officials are currently hard at work trying to assemble the UFC 157 fight card, and it looks like they’re trying to fill it up before everyone checks out for a little holiday cheer.
The UFC announced a couple of UFC 157 bouts on Wednesday, and MMAWeekly.com confirmed reports of an as yet unofficial match-up between Josh Koscheck and former Strikeforce fighter Robbie Lawler.
The Koscheck vs. Lawler bout was first reported by the Orange County Register.
The two will meet in a welterweight match-up on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
TUF 16 Finale winner Elliott nearly fought Papazian in sauna, now wants Gaudinot
There will be less real estate under the Christmas tree, and the stockings will be a little more stuffed in the Tim Elliott household this year.
Following a win over Jared Papazian (14-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) this past weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, Elliott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) pocketed a $40,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus and a nice boost in the flyweight rankings.
But Elliott said if his opponent had gotten his wish, the fight likely would have never happened in the cage. Instead, it would have gone down in the sauna.