Rampage Jackson Says He Won't Be Fighting on UFC Japan Card
One of the big stories in the UFC's decision to go to Japan in 2012 has been the sense of need for them to not treat it like "just another card" and instead put on stars and fights that appeal to the region's fans. With the UFC having some of the biggest stars from the days of PRIDE on the roster, it seems like an easy enough thing to do. But we not know of at least one former PRIDE superstar who won't be fighting on the card.
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos Eyeing Olympic Boxing Run
Junior dos Santos has had a pretty impressive run int he UFC. It kicked off with him getting a shocking knockout win over heavy favorite Fabricio Werdum in 2008 which his most recent fight being a heavyweight title win on the UFC's debut on FOX.
If his amazing rise through the UFC ranks wasn't enough, now it appears the champ is interested on setting his sights on a new challenge down the road. Via UOL Esportes (translation via Tom Mendes).
First, Junior speaks:
"The more goals you reach, the bigger your dreams become. I'd like very much to test myself in boxing. In the gym I train boxing a lot and I see it as a sport that brings something different. You have to be more loose and faster. If the opportunity arises, I'd like to try it, but first I have to defend this (UFC) belt"
Then his coach:
To have Junior fighting at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (in 2016) would be a dream, but today his priority is MMA. If one day he has the opportunity he could try to fight for the title.
‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson vs. Eddie Wineland Reported For UFC on FOX 2
Bantamweights Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson (9-2) and Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) appear set to clash in the new year as part of the UFC’s second trip to FOX television, on the UFC on FOX 2 card.
MMAWeekly.com is reporting that both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight as of Monday, having learned of the bout from sources “close to the match-up.
TUF Brazil tryouts 12/14 in Sao Paulo
Brazilian prospects, get ready. "The Ultimate Fighter" is coming your way.
UFC executives recently announced that Brazilian middleweight and lightweight fighters are invited to an open tryout session on Dec. 14 in Sao Paulo.
Interested fighters must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years old and have at least three professional fights, two of which must be victories.
"The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will be produced by Brazilian firm Floresta and air as part of the UFC's broadcast deal with Globo. The series is expected to feature 12 taped episodes in addition to a live finale.
Maynard details departure from Xtreme Couture
“The Bully” spoke exclusively with HeavyMMA about the decision and what comes next.
“Leaving Xtreme Couture is something that has been going through my head for awhile,” Maynard said. “I know people want to assume the worst, but that isn’t the case. During my camp for Kenny Florian, I started to think about everything that is out there in this sport. A month before my fight with Edgar in Houston, I made my decision.
“I informed the gym (Xtreme Couture) that I would not be coming back. I felt it was important because win or lose, I wasn’t going to return for my training. I did things this way because I didn’t want to win the title and have people thinking I won the belt and left for something else. I made sure to tell them long before my fight on October 8th, so there wasn’t any confusion.
UFC 139 Medical Suspensions – Shogun & Hendo Receive 180-Day Sentences
On Monday, the medical suspensions for this past weekends UFC 139: Shogun vs. Rua event were released by the California State Athletic Commission, which handed down sentences to twelve of the nights competitors.
UFC 139 took place on Nov. 19, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California with portions airing live via streaming web video, television, and pay-per-view.
Leading the way for longest sentences were event headliners Dan Henderson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua who both received 180-day “no contact” suspensions for their instant classic five-round bout Saturday night
Sonnen vs. Munoz | Sanchez vs. Ellenberger likely to headline UFC on FOX 2
According to sources close to the fighters, Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen will meet in a number one middleweight contender bout early next year. It looks to be the headliner of UFC on FOX 2 with rumors that Munoz’s teammate, Jake Ellenberger will also be featured against Diego Sanchez. Another rumored bout is Melvin Guillard vs Jim Miller for the event taking place on January 28th at the United Center in Chicago.
Sonnen has been on record saying he will stay active rather than wait for Anderson Silva to be ready to defend his title again. Munoz has a huge opportunity to fight his way into the number one contender slot he has stated he is gunning for. The winner will likely face Silva around June, as Dana White has stated that is the timetable for the undisputed champ’s return to action.
UFC 144: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso In The Works For Japan Event
A bantamweight bout is being reported for UFC 144, as Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) and Chris ‘Kamikaze’ Cariaso have reportedly made verbal agreements for the Japanese event.
The report comes from MMAWeekly.com who learned of the bout from sources “close to the match-up”.
UFC 144 is expected to take place on February 25th at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. No word on what portion of the card the bout might take place was provided.
Dana White unsure if Cung Le will return to the UFC
"I don't know, I don't know we'll see. You know he's up there, his dream was to fight in the UFC. He got to the fight in the UFC and fight Wanderlie Silva. You think about it, Cung Le is one of these guys who comes from traditional martial arts. What this guy has accomplished in transitioning from rational martial arts into MMA, it's pretty damn amazing. I have so much respect for that guy as a fighter and as a human being."
-- One and done? UFC President Dana White tells MMAFighting.com that he is unsure if the Cung Le, 39, will return for an encore performance with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Le, who was coming off a 17-month layoff heading into his fight with Wanderlei Silva this past weekend (Nov. 19) at UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson, suffered only the second loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career to "The Axe Murderer.
UFC 139 payouts: Cung Le earns event-high $350,000 in defeat
Dan Henderson -- $250,000
Mauricio Rua -- $165,000
Henderson defeated Rua via unanimous decision
Wanderlei Silva -- $200,000
Cung Le -- $350,000
Silva defeated Le via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Urijah Faber -- $64,000 ($32,000 to show, $32,000 to win)
Brian Bowles -- $19,000
Faber defeated Bowles via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
Stephan Bonnar -- $68,000 ($34,000 to show, $34,000 to win)
Kyle Kingsbury -- $10,000
Bonnar defeated Kingsbury via unanimous decision
Martin Kampmann -- $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)
Rick Story -- $19,000
Kampmann defeated Story via split decision
Ryan Bader -- $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Jason Brilz -- $13,000
Bader defeated Brilz via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Michael McDonald -- $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Alex Soto -- $6,000
McDonald defeated Soto via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Chris Weidman -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Tom Lawlor -- $12,000
Weidman defeated Lawlor via submission (d'arce choke) in round one
Gleison Tibau -- $54,000 ($27,000 to show, $27,000 to win)
Rafael dos Anjos -- $16,000
Tibau defeated dos Anjos via split decision
Miguel Torres -- $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Nick Pace -- $4,000
Torres defeated Pace via unanimous decision
Seth Baczynski -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Matt Brown -- $12,000
Baczynski defeated Brown via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
Danny Castillo -- $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Shamar Bailey -- $8,000
Castillo defeated Bailey via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Fedor in talks with UFC again
There has been talk speculating that Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent is going to be Olympian Satoshi Ishii on New Years. However, a source from Emelianenko's camp has informed us that they are negotiating with the UFC once again.
The terms are much different now due to the fact that he lost three in a row and is no longer as valuable as he once was, and Fedor's management knows this. As of right now, nothing has been signed, but negotiations are going smoothly.
take a look at who he is rumored to debut against
Wanderlei Silva Thinks Cung Le Should Thank Him for New Hollywood Look
Wanderlei Silva is one of the UFC's most beloved fighters, an honor he has earned through a long career filled with memorable fights and an easy to appreciate desire to put on thrilling fights. At UFC 139 he picked up a very big win after stopping Cung Le with strikes in the second round.
Now Silva tells MMA Heat's Karyn Bryant that Cung Le should thank him for the beating he handed out. Best quote from the video (ht: MMA Mania):
He's a really good fighter, he's a tough, tough guy. Right now with that nose, he's going to make more money in Hollywood because now he looks like a more real fighter. He should thank me for making his nose look better. For his job, it's so good.
Carlos Condit to Face Josh Koscheck at UFC 143
As expected, Carlos Condit won't sit around and wait for Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz to decide the direction of the UFC welterweight division.
Instead, Condit will face former No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 143.
Koscheck announced the fight on his own, and a source confirmed that Condit has at least verbally agreed to take the bout.
Chael Sonnen Accepts Anderson Silva's Challenge to Fight in Brazil
Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva is a rivalry that clearly isn't going to calm down any until the two men have their rematch. Sonnen gave Silva everything he could handle for the majority of their first fight before getting caught in a triangle choke and submitted late in the fifth round.
Since that point we've had fans and Sonnen clamor for a rematch while Silva's camp has seemingly done everything they can to say that Sonnen should be at the back of the line. Anderson though has said that he will fight whoever the UFC tells him to fight and UFC president Dana White has said that the two will need to rematch.
Recently Silva said that if Chael wants the rematch they can do the fight in Brazil and now Sonnen took to Twitter to say he'll travel for the fight if needed
Fabricio Werdum Still Campaigning For Octagon Return
MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant talks with Fabricio Werdum backstage at UFC 139 and hears what he has to say about Wanderlei Silva’s win over Cung Le. Fabricio and Wand train together at Kings MMA, and Fabricio gives us some insight to the training camp, the game plan for neutralizing Cung’s kicks and the importance of sticking to strategy in light of what happened in the Chris Leben bout. He also fills us in on his efforts to fight Brendan Schaub at the next UFC show in Rio De Janeiro.
UFC 139 Results: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Wants to Rematch Dan Henderson
MMA fans were treated to something special when Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua met in the main event of UFC 139. Both men had moments where it appeared they were about to be finished, but displayed incredible courage in continuing to fight until the final bell.
It was one of the best fights in MMA history, and Shogun wants to do it again. Via UOL Esporte (translation via Tom Mendes)
Report: Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 144 in Japan
More fight news coming in for the UFC's return to Japan at UFC 144 next February, and once again, it involves a name very familiar to Japanese MMA fans. MMAWeekly is reporting that it will be Pride and K-1 veteran Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo in Japan.
A heavyweight bout between Chieck Kongo and Mark Hunt has been verbally agreed to for UFC 144 in Japan, although independent sources told MMAWeekly.com that no contracts have been signed as of yet.