With 'TUF 14' mission complete, Diego Brandao now hoping to save Christmas
Brazilian brawler Diego Brandao (14-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is now the featherweight tournament winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 14," just as he promised he would be.
But with a cool $80,000 in "Fight Night" bonuses in his pocket following an impressive The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finals win on Saturday night, Brandao now has a new goal in place: It's time to save Christmas.
'TUF 14' fan-voted $25K awards go to Dodson, Bermudez, Gaudinot and Pague
Consider John Dodson the big winner from The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
After claiming the "TUF 14" featherweight crown at Saturday's live finale in Las Vegas and earning a $40,000 fight-night bonus, he got some additional money to fill his pockets.
He was one of four fighters earning a $25,000 fan-voted award for a performance during the Spike TV reality show's regular season.
KOTN - Dodson over Bedford
SOTN - Bermudez over Akira
FOTN - Pague vs. Gaudinot
TUF 14 Finale Bonuses
LAS VEGAS – John Dodson, Diego Brandao and Dennis Bermudez each earned $40,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Saturday.
Brandao, in fact, won two of them.
Dodson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Brandao picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Brandao and Dennis Bermudez each earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
TUF 14 Finale official weigh-in results: Bisping misses weight on first try, curses fans
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Michael Bisping (186.25)* vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller (185.5)
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Diego Brandao (145)
John Dodson (134) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (135.5)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Tony Ferguson (155.5)
Johnny Bedford (136) vs. Louis Gaudinot (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephan Bass (145)
John Albert (136) vs. Dustin Pague (136)
Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134)
Josh Clopton (144) vs. Steven Siler (146)
Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5)
Miller - "it feels soooo good to be back. ... Now boo this man," pointing at Bisping
Bisping - "I could give a f*ck about getting love, All I care about is smashing this dickhead's head in. F*ck you you all." to the crowd.
UFC signs 'The Ninja of Love' Nick Denis to multi-fight contract
A new profile has popped up on the UFC's website, and it's a Canadian bantamweight with international experience.
A source close to the fighter today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that Nick Denis, also known as "The Ninja of Love," has signed a multi-fight deal with the industry-leading promotion.
It's not yet known when Denis will make his octagon debut.
Frank Mir Doesn't Want to Hear Excuses from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Three years ago, Frank Mir defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 in a one-sided beating that many of Nogueira's supporters blamed on a staph infection that had plagued Nogueira during his training camp.
After three years of hearing people suggest that he only beat Nogueira because of that staph infection, Mir has heard enough.
In comments to the media Thursday during a promotional call for his UFC 140 rematch with Nogueira, Mir said he thinks fighters who blame a sluggish performance on illnesses or injuries are doing a disservice to their opponents, and that he's tired of all the talk that the staph infection had something to do with Mir's second-round technical knockout victory in December of 2008.
Bisping: Hendo KO best thing that ever happened to me
“I’ve been in the UFC since 2006," said Michael Bisping."I’ve had about 14 fights in the organization, I’ve only got three losses on my entire record at middleweight and light heavy, I’ve only been stopped once, and I believe this is my time.
"I’m coming into my peak as a fighter, and everything’s there. I truly believe I’m one of the better fighters out there, and obviously I want to prove that. Take Miller out of the way, and probably one more fight, and then I get my title shot.
Programming alert: 'Countdown to UFC 141' debuts Dec. 21 on Fuel TV
Countdown to UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" will debut on Weds., Dec. 21, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET on Fuel TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The network special will provide a glimpse into the preparation and training camps of the fighters set to headline the show, featuring former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and ex-Strikeforce 265-pound kingpin Alistair Overeem.
Follow link for replay times and fight card listing
Eliot Marshall announces UFC release
Following a close decision loss to Brandon Vera at UFC 137, Eliot Marshall has announced his release from the UFC.
The light heavyweight confirmed his release via Twitter.
Marshall, who surprisingly was cut from the UFC's roster after a respectable 3-1 run in 2010, concludes his latest stint with a 0-2 mark.
"Well, it's official," Marshall wrote. "I have been released by the UFC."
With first amateur fight at 11, Brad McDonald one TPF 11 win away from UFC
Before long, Brad McDonald and I were talking about snakes. Specifically, how to catch them.
"First you have to find one," McDonald told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's the hardest part, really."
Let me stop and explain. McDonald and I were talking about his life growing up in Modesto, Calif., with two older brothers in what would eventually become an MMA-focused family. The youngest, McDonald never had his own bedroom, always sharing, so he liked to spend time outside.
He likes animals. He even liked chasing them. The hardest, he said, were snakes.
I needed to know more.
"You look under logs, branches, wood," he said. "You take off your shirt, and you throw your shirt on it, or they'll bite you. You don't want that."
Chael Sonnen denies Munoz fight next, eyes Bisping vs. Miller winner
Chael Sonnen wants to fight Anderson Silva like Wanderlei Silva loves kneeing fighters in the face.
But instead, it has been widely reported that Chael's next fight is vs. Mark Munoz at UFC on FOX 2, Jan. 28 in Chicago.
However, in an interview with FightHubTv, Sonnen flatly denied that that is his next fight. "I have no fight with Mark Munoz," said Sonnen. "My next fight will be based on, I don't know how much I can say, but I'll be watching the TV Saturday night, put it that way."
The implication of course is that Sonnen will be facing the winner of the main event between Michael Bisping and Jason Miller at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass Slated for UFC on Fox 2
An interesting lightweight match-up has been verbally agreed to for the second UFC on Fox event, scheduled for January 28th at the United Center in Chicago. ESPN UK reports that British submission wizard, Paul Sass, will meet well-rounded Xtreme Couture product, Evan Dunham
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" No More
ncer Bruce Buffer calls former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz‘s name in Toronto next weekend, for the first time in forever, he won’t be calling out “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”
Ortiz, who faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the main card of UFC 140, is moving on from his younger days of talking trash on opponents to build fights and putting his old moniker to bed.
He’s now fighting for his fans, his family, and for the future, putting the negativity behind him.
“No longer the bad boy, positive from here on out. I’m now the ‘People’s Champ,’” Ortiz told MMAWeekly Radio.
Teammates Face Off at TUF 14 Finale
Two featherweights will get new life in the UFC after suffering defeats on The Ultimate Fighter 14 when the meet in the finale.
American Top Team fighter Marcus Brimage will face fellow housemate Stephen Bass in a featherweight bout on the night’s card.
Originally from Alabama, now training out of the famed academy in Florida, Marcus Brimage had less experience than many of the fighters going into the show, but didn’t hesitate to face anyone once he got there.
Brimage fell to veteran fighter Bryan Caraway in his opening fight after making it into the house, but he still became a key training partner for many of his teammates on Team Bisping throughout the remainder of the season.
Two Bantamweight Bouts Added to TUF 14 Finale
A pair of bantamweight bouts have been added to The Ultimate Fighter season 14 finale taking place Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Dustin Pague, who made his way to the semifinals of the show before losing to eventual finalist T.J. Dillashaw, will get back in action against fellow cast member John Albert.
In addition to Pague vs. Albert, fellow semifinal competitor Johnny Bedford will face Louis Gaudinot at the finale.
Both fights were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-ups taking place this weekend in Las Vegas.
Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 1
A heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC's debut on FUEL TV.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Dave Herman (21-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Stefan Struve (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 1. MMAWeekly.com initially reported the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb. The 18,000-seat CenturyLink Arena is likely to host.
Main-card fights air live on FUEL TV, though broadcast plans haven't been announced for the preliminary card. It's not clear if Herman vs. Struve will be part of the main card.
Sources: Rashad Evans, Phil Davis set
Rashad Evans and Phil Davis will meet in a light heavyweight bout slated for Jan. 28.
The fight, which multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com, will take place at UFC on Fox 2, the promotion's second show on the network.
It's not the first time the UFC has booked this matchup. The two were scheduled to meet in August at UFC 133 in Philadelphia, but that bout fell through when Davis suffered a knee injury.
Evans (16-1-1) will look to solidify his place as the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds. He's currently riding a three-fight win streak, including a second-round TKO win over late-replacement Tito Ortiz in August.
Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah added to UFC 143 in February
Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez takes his second attempt at a UFC win when he meets Amir Sadollah at February's UFC 143 event.
UFC officials today announced the new welterweight booking.
UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary bouts are expected to air on FUEL TV.