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Spike TV to overlap UFC on Versus 4 broadcast with Nate Marquardt marathon
(mmajunkie.com)
Spike TV will showcase an all-day marathon featuring some of UFC fighter Nate Marquardt's best fights this Sunday, June 16. The special runs from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT, which means it'll overlap with UFC on Versus 4, a live event that airs at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Versus. UFC on Versus 4, of course, features a headliner pitting Marquardt against Rick Story. It marks Marquardt's debut in the welterweight division.
Submitted Jun 20, 2011 3:30PM by pmoney - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Constantinos Phillippou Steps in To Face Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal at UFC 133
(mmaweekly.com)
Riki Fukuda’s exit from UFC 133 has opened a slot for Constantinos Phillippou to step in and replace him against Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal on August 6.
Submitted Jun 20, 2011 2:29PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Phil Davis likes being the underdog against Rashad Evans
(mmamania.com)
Surging UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis gives The Fight Fix a "Wonderful" assessment of his Octagon skills as he heads into a UFC 133 main event opposite former 205-pound champion Rashad Evans on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia. The undefeated wrestler out of Penn State could potentially earn a title shot in early 2012 if he can prove he is indeed sweeter than "Suga" in the "City of Brotherly Love."
Submitted Jun 20, 2011 11:41AM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Overeem vs. Werdum Live Gate a Fraction of UFC Event in Same Venue
(bloodyelbow.com)
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum was held last night in Dallas' American Airlines Center. The event featured two fights in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and was aired on Showtime and HDNet. MMA Junkie reports that the event drew a reported 7,639 attendees for a $543,060 live gate. For comparison, UFC 103 in the same venue in 2009 drew 17,428 attendees for a $2.4 million gate. That event was headlined by a 195lb catchweight bout between Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort. Strikeforce: Houston, the promotion's only previous trip to the Lone Star State drew a reported 8,635 attendees but the gate was never revealed.
Submitted Jun 20, 2011 9:45AM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, UFC
 
72 Hours with Urijah Faber: The Life of a Champion
(mmaweekly.com)
Urijah Faber is used to being in the spotlight. He’s been the main event over and over again. But on July 2 at UFC 132, Faber steps into the brightest spotlight of his career in the biggest fight of his career. Faber squares of with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a man he’s defeated once before. Only this time, unlike four and a half years ago in the WEC, Faber will be the challenger try to wrest the belt from Cruz. Video on MMA Playground
Submitted Jun 20, 2011 9:41AM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC on Versus 4: Weight Drop Doesn’t Faze Nate Marquardt Heading into Fight with Rick Story
(mmaweekly.com)
Nate Marquardt steps into the main event at UFC on Versus 4 not only with the weight of a headlining bout on his shoulders, but also the prospect of fighting for the first time in a new weight class in the Octagon. A staple of the middleweight division since his UFC debut in 2005, Marquardt has bumped up against realizing his dream, a UFC championship, several times at 185 pounds, only to fall short. Noticing how much better he felt at a lighter walking around weight, he decided to give the welterweight class a go. He has no easy first fight at his new weight, stepping into the Octagon with Rick Story, who has quickly risen up the ranks of the division.
Submitted Jun 20, 2011 9:13AM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Riki Fukuda out of UFC 133 due to car-accident injury
(mmajunkie.com)
Japanese striker Riki Fukuda (17-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been forced out of a UFC 133 bout with fellow middleweight Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC). In a Twitter update, Fukuda said he suffered a left-knee injury in a recent car accident. He didn't give a timetable for his return. UFC officials have not officially announced the withdrawal or a possible replacement opponent for Natal. UFC 133 takes place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Aug. 6. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though Fukuda vs. Natal was slated for the preliminary card.
Submitted Jun 20, 2011 9:03AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 134: Rio Sells Out in Little More than an Hour
(mmaweekly.com)
There are more than two months left until UFC 134: Rio takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but the event can already be called an unabashed success.
Submitted Jun 18, 2011 5:15PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 13's Chuck O'Neil Released by the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
More trimming has been done from the UFC roster. Shortly after the news that Kendall Grove has been released, another TUF alum has received his walking papers. Season 13's Chuck O'Neil announced it on his facebook page: I was officially released by the UFC today. I will continue to work hard to improve myself as a person and a fighter everyday. I WILL make it back there because the UFC is where I belong. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and there will be a fight coming soon with a MUCH improved performance!
Submitted Jun 18, 2011 1:16PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kendall Grove cut by the UFC
(mmamania.com)
"Da Spyder" is going to have to find somewhere else to weave his web. That's because Kendall Grove (12-9) has been released by the UFC following a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Tim Boetsch at the recent UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" event on May 28.
Submitted Jun 17, 2011 10:53PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bonnar Injured; Newcomer ‘Markes’ in for UFC Live 5
(sherdog.com)
Stephan Bonnar has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable to compete as scheduled at UFC Live 5, the promotion announced Friday. Octagon newcomer Ronny Markes will get the call to confront Karlos Vemola, Bonnar's original opponent for the event. Headlined by a welterweight clash between hard-hitting Brit Dan Hardy and durable veteran Chris Lytle, UFC Live 5 goes down Aug. 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The event is also scheduled to feature a pivotal lightweight duel, as the surging Jim Miller squares off with former WEC champion Benson Henderson. Markes, 23, rides a four-fight winning streak heading into his showdown with Vemola. The reigning light heavyweight king of Shooto Brazil, Markes has only lost once as a professional. The Nova Uniao representative holds nine of his 11 career wins by either knockout or submission and most recently earned a unanimous decision victory over former Pride Fighting Championships standout Paulo Filho in August...
Submitted Jun 17, 2011 9:02PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 138: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos Planned for November in San Jose
(bloodyelbow.com)
After Junior dos Santos beat down Shane Carwin in a #1 contender's match at UFC 131, it was only a matter of time before his shot against heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez would be scheduled. The question mark was Velasquez' recovery time from rotator cuff surgery earlier in the year. Velasquez pasted Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 to take the title last October but injured his shoulder and has not fought since. Now apparently UFC officials know enough to set a date.
Submitted Jun 16, 2011 9:52PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Despite quick rise, Dustin Poirier still "three of four years" away from UFC title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
With fast, hard punches and kicks and an aggressive style, Dustin Poirier certainly looks the part of someone who could give UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo trouble. Of course, if it holds true that a good opponent makes a fighter look good, credit is also due to his most recent one, Jason Young. The British newcomer went toe-to-toe with Poirer for three rounds in one of the more exciting fights of this past Saturday's UFC 131 event.
Submitted Jun 16, 2011 5:48PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 134: Antonio Carvalho (not Mackens Semerzier) to face Yuri Alcantara on Aug. 27 in Rio
(mmamania.com)
It's about time. Featherweight standout Antonio Carvalho, fresh off a decision win at the Score Fighting Series, has been signed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and booked to face former Jungle Fight champion Yuri Alcantara at UFC 134: "Rio" on Aug. 27 in Brazil. Awesome signing! Nice!
Submitted Jun 16, 2011 11:51AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Jose Aldo Expects to Defend Title Against Kenny Florian in October
(bloodyelbow.com)
The last few weeks have seen a lot of strange stuff coming from the UFC featherweight division. After featherweight champion Jose Aldo defeated Mark Hominick at UFC 129, Dana White made it clear that Aldo's next defense would "likely" be against Chad Mendes at UFC 133 on August 6th. No contract was ever signed, and Aldo (through Ed Soares) ended up turning down that fight for a few different reasons. Mendes decided to stay on the card, and will fight Rani Yayha. And it seems he's lost his title shot as a result of all this.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 9:18PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 134 Rio Special Press Conference, Live Stream Thursday at 2 PM ET
(mmaweekly.com)
Watch the special UFC 134 Rio press conference video streaming live on MMAWeekly.com at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, featuring Dana White, Anderson Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and more.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 7:04PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 131 winner Dave Herman still making it up as he goes along
(mmajunkie.com)
Why did Dave Herman (21-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) keep smiling as Jon Olav Einemo (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) punched him in the face? "I guess I was just in a good mood that day," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 2:36PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
As expected, champ Jon Jones and challenger "Rampage" Jackson headline UFC 135
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) will attempt to make his first title defense when he meets Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 135.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 2:32PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Heavyweights Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton expected for UFC 135
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh of an impressive "Knockout of the Night" win over Stefan Struve, heavyweight Travis Browne (11-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) will return to the cage against Rob Broughton (15-5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 2:26PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
NAAFS Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic signs with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated NAAFS heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is taking his talents to the UFC. The Ohio-based MMA promotion recently announced the signing, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement. Miocic, a former NCAA Division I national wrestling qualifier, went 5-0 as an amateur and owns a 6-0 professional record. All of his victories have come via stoppage. According to the release, Miocic's first UFC fight and opponent will be announced shortly. Perhaps not coincidentally, the UFC long has considered hosting a show in northern Ohio. The 28-year-old Miocic fights out of the Cleveland area, which continually draws solid TV ratings for UFC broadcasts.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 9:17AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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