Strikeforce cancels Nov. 3 event in Oklahoma City, plans January return
Strikeforce has canceled its Nov. 3 event in Oklahoma City, the organization today announced.
Injuries to headliner Frank Mir, as well as co-headliner and middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, prompted the cancellation, officials stated in today's release.
While rumors of the organization's potential demise have swirled in recent weeks, Strikeforce and Showtime officials stated they plan to host the next Strikeforce event in January at a location to be announced.
However, officials said the card will be "stacked," and details will be announced in the coming days.
Jon Jones interested in a potential fight with Chael Sonnen
Perhaps we'll get that Jon Jones-Chael Sonnen fight after all.
As any mixed martial arts fan who hasn't been living under a rock the past few months could tell you, Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, refused Sonnen as a short-notice replacement opponent at UFC 151 after his scheduled challenger, Dan Henderson, dropped out due to a knee injury.
In the aftermath of Jones' decision, UFC president Dana White pulled the plug on the Sept. 1 event, the first fight-card cancelation in Zuffa history.
But on Thursday night, Jones sent out a hint on Twitter that he's coming around on the notion of fighting the mouthy former middleweight.
"The more I realize how bad the fans want me to fight Sonnen the more I am beginning to disregard whether he deserves it or not," Jones tweeted out to his nearly 483,000 followers.
Matchmaker Joe Silva explains why he released DaMarques Johnson from UFC
Silva then offered the fight to Johnson, through his manager Monte Cox. When Cox called Silva back to tell him Johnson agreed to take the fight at 170 pounds, Silva said he told Cox about the Attonito release and wanted him to tell Johnson what had just happened as well. Cox did just that.
Later that day, Silva saw Johnson at The Ultimate Fighter 17 tryouts in Las Vegas. He said he thanked Johnson for taking the fight but also noticed that he looked heavier than usual. A couple of hours later, Johnson told Silva that he weighed 210 pounds and didn't think he could make 170 pounds. Silva then offered him a 175-pound catch weight fight against Nelson, which both fighters agreed to.
At the Sept. 28 weigh-ins in England, Johnson ended up weighing 183 pounds, missing weight by 8 pounds. As a result, twenty percent of his purse was given to Nelson. Johnson lost the fight the next day and was released earlier this week.
"I thought it was incredibly unfair to Gunnar Nelson to fight someone that much larger than him," Silva said. "Johnson told me he could make the weight. He's not doing me a favor if he missed weight because I could have gotten someone else who would have made the weight.
"I never pressure anyone to take late notice fights. I got a bunch of guys who want to fight. If one says no, I will find someone else. No problem."
VADA Offers Drug Testing for TUF Finale Main Event, Carwin’s Camp Says That’s News to Them
Following a season of coaching opposite one another, Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin will finally settle their differences at the Ultimate Fighter finale on Dec 15 in Las Vegas.
The bout will be held under direction from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who does drug testing prior to fights under their jurisdiction, but it looks like another agency is hoping to do some testing of their own.
VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) has offered to do additional drug testing for the Nelson vs. Carwin fight, similar to the process they are doing for the Rory MacDonald/B.J. Penn fight at UFC on Fox 5 also in December.
UFC 152 and UFC on FUEL TV 5 drug tests come back clean, one TRT exemption
All fighters who underwent drug testing at the recent UFC 152 and UFC on FUEL TV 5 events passed their drug tests.
Marc Ratner, the UFC's vice president of government and regulatory affairs, today confirmed the results with MMAjunkie.com.
Ratner said one fighter received a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone-replacement therapy at UFC 152, but he wouldn't identify the individual, who tested within allowable limits, he said.
UFC 153's Chris Camozzi donates portion of purse to Brazil's Institute Reacao
UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi will be the enemy when he steps into the cage against his Brazilian UFC 153 opponent Luiz Cane, but on Thursday, he brought smiles to a few hundred Rio de Janeiro youth.
During "UFC Children's Day" at Brazil's Instituto Reacao, Camozzi committed to donate an undisclosed portion of his UFC 153 fight purse to the social project headed by Olympic judo medalist Flavio Canto.
The UFC also agreed to match Camozzi's donation.
Cristiano Marcello Warns “If I Have the Chance to Break His Arm, I’m Going to Do That”
It was April 2011 when Cristiano Marcello first crossed paths with his future UFC 153 opponent Reza Madadi.
Madadi won the Super Challenge title that night with a win over UFC veteran Rich Clementi, and at the behest of the promoters, former Chute Boxe coach Cristiano Marcello went into the cage to challenge the new champion for the first show at the belt.
Instead of fun stare down or even a mutual respect between fighters, Madadi grabbed the microphone away from Marcello and said ‘you’re not on my level, don’t even try’ before walking out of the cage.
Ever since that moment, Marcello has been on a mission to beat Madadi, and show him a whole new level of pain in the cage.
“At the time they gave him to me, I said thanks to God because at the time you’re a champion you know someone is going to try to take your belt. If you watch the tape I’m so respectful, I said thanks to Reza for being here and telling him he’s a great fighter, and he takes the microphone out of my hands and tells me I’m not on his level,” said Marcello when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio recently.
“He was right at the time, I’m not on his level. I’m better than him, and I’m going to prove I’m better than him on October 13th.”
UFC 'Macao:' Hyun Gyu vs David Mitchell booked with Marcelo Guimaraes injured
At UFC on Fuel TV 6, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will venture into China for the first time ever at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel in Macau on Nov. 10, 2012.
In "Prelims" under card mixed martial arts (MMA) action, Marcelo Guimaraes was supposed to welcome Hyun Gyu Lim to the Octagon. However, now it appears that the honor will fall to David Mitchell instead because Guimaraes has reportedly withdrawn from the fight for an unspecified reason.
UFC champ Jose Aldo says he's done riding motorcycles, anxious for Edgar title fight
The UFC featherweight champ was supposed to be gearing up for a fight in three days in front of his home fans. Instead, thanks to a spill on his ride, he's in Rio de Janeiro as a spectator.
And because of that, Aldo said he's done with that form of transportation – one of the more economical and popular ways to get around in Brazil.
"No more motorbikes for me," Aldo on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm young, so obviously I do mess up once in a while. But I learned my lesson, and I'm not going to ride (motorcycles) anymore."
Though Aldo was supposed to fight Erik Koch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) originally, Koch had to pull out with an injury and that paved the way for Edgar, who decided to drop to featherweight after his lightweight title rematch loss to champion Benson Henderson at UFC 150 in August.
But Aldo said it's Edgar he wants to fight next, regardless of when that is.
"Definitely (I want to fight Edgar)," he said. "I think he's one of the best fighters in the class and will be a big challenge for me. All my career has been challenges, so I want this challenge."
UFC on FX 5 medical suspensions: Danny Castillo suspended indefinitely
The full list of UFC on FX 5 suspensions included:
Travis Browne: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 14 days for precautionary reasons
Jay Hieron: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 14 days due to a laceration
Jussier Formiga: suspended 30 days with no contact during training for 14 days for precautionary reasons
Danny Castillo: suspended indefinitely until cleared by a neurological exam; regardless, suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days for precautionary reasons
Diego Nunes: suspended 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days due to a laceration
Bart Palaszewski: suspended 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days due to a laceration
Aaron Simpson: suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days for precautionary reasons
As is customary in Minnesota, all other fighters received a mandatory seven-day rest period.
Yves Edwards to face John Cholish at UFC on FOX 5
Yves Edwards has a new fight. After his scheduled bout at UFC on FX 5 with Jeremy Stephens fell out, UFC President Dana White promised to get the ATT-trained lightweight a new fight. Edwards will now face John Cholish at UFC on FOX 5 on Dec. 8th.
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Wednesday with event sources...
UFC's Jeremy Stephens remains jailed in Minnesota, awaits Oct. 23 court date
Following a Tuesday afternoon court appearance, UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens continues to be held in a Minnesota jail – where he is expected to remain until his next court date.
Stephens (20-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) was arrested Friday morning by the Minneapolis Police Department for warrants stemming from a 2011 incident in Iowa for which the fighter was charged with assault. The arrest came just hours before he was to fight Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis.
His fight against Edwards was pulled from the event at Target Center, despite efforts to get him released in time for the bout.
A representative from the Hennepin (Minn.) County court clerk's office on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Stephens applied for and was granted a public defender and now is being held without bail until his next scheduled court appearance on Oct. 23...
DaMarques Johnson confirms UFC release
Following a loss at the recent UFC on FUEL TV 5 event, DaMarques Johnson is a UFC fighter no longer.
The welterweight fighter and "The Ultimate Fighter 9" runner-up today confirmed his contractual release via Twitter.
His release follows a three-fight losing streak, though the latest defeat came on late notice with some peculiar details.
Johnson (16-12 MMA, 4-6 UFC), who never went to a decision in 10 career UFC fights, met Gunnar Nelson, and the fight took place at UFC on FUEL TV 5 on just 12 days' notice. The bout, which ended with a first-round loss via rear-naked choke, also came just 56 days after a violent knockout loss to Mike Swick.
Jeremy Stephens' camp releases statement on arrest
After a bizarre situation this past Friday that saw Jeremy Stephens arrested the morning of his scheduled UFC on FX 5: Browne vs. Bigfoot fight with Yves Edwards, Stephens' management has released a statement.
As many are already aware, the UFC and president Dana White spent the day of the arrest saying that he was still fighting and trying to get him out of jail, but a deal could not be worked out as Stephens was being held on a felony warrant. White blamed the Polk County, Iowa police for being impossible to work with, something that the Stephens camp maintained in their statement.
Travis Browne out 2-4 months with torn hamstring
Following Travis Browne's KO defeat to Antonio Silva, trainer Greg Jackson tweeted that Browne had blown out his knee on the first high kick of the fight. Well ... not quite. Browne went to the doctor today and he went to Twitter to clarify his injury. It's not a blown knee thankfully, but it's still a serious injury.
And they said I tore my hamstring, ill be out for 2-4 months. Luckily no surgery. Thank you again for your support. Ill be back stronger!
Shane Roller says he's retiring following UFC on FX 5 loss to Jacob Volkmann
Following a quick submission loss at this past weekend's UFC on FX 5 card, it appears Shane Roller will retire.
The lightweight fighter on Monday said on his Twitter account that he has decided to move on to new things after his loss to Jacob Volkmann in Minneapolis on Friday night.
"Looks like I'm hanging up the gloves for good," Roller stated. "It was fun, but time to move on. Sux that it ended like that. Now startn (sic) the next chapter!!"
Roller (11-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) was stopped by Volkmann (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at 2:38 of the first round with a rear-naked choke. The fight was part of the preliminary card of UFC on FX 5, which took place at Target Center. The fight aired on FUEL TV.
UFC on FX 5 results and analysis - Browne injures knee, gets mauled by Bigfoot
MINNEAPOLIS – Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva's fists did in Travis Browne. But a bum knee certainly didn't help matters.
With his opponent injured and clearly in trouble, Silva unloaded a big overhand right that set up in a first-round TKO victory in Friday's UFC on FX 5 heavyweight headliner.
The bout took place at Minneapolis' Target Center, and it aired on FX following preliminary-card bouts on FUEL TV.
The matchup featured two heavyweights headed in different directions. Browne looked to continue his undefeated run through the pro ranks and break into the division's elite. Silva simply hoped to avoid a third straight loss and a possible contract termination.
A confident Browne struck first with kicks but settled down and regrouped when Silva's big fists quickly countered him. "Bigfoot" then pushed his opponent into the cage, which resulted in the ref issuing a warning to Browne when he reached over the cage and used the illegal move to spin out of the clinch.
Then, when stepping forward with a punch, Browne clearly injured his left leg. Sensing an opportunity, Silva went on the offensive, walked the hobbled Browne into the cage, and then unloaded a big overhand right that scored an instant knockdown. Browne fell to his knees and never recovered, and Silva unloaded punches and hammerfists to force the referee's intervention.
The stoppage came at the 3:27 mark of the first round.
Man, that sounds like a wild west newspaper headline. But seriously, this card was a treat for folks who love finishes and comebacks (especially ones in the 2nd round). Onward!
Silva vs Browne - An evidently injured knee leading to a quick finish, Silva crushes Browne with a big right hand and follow-up shots midway through R1. Browne looked flashy and mobile at the start, but he looks to have tweaked his knee following an early overhand right. After that, Silva patiently waited for his opportunity, cutting off the cage to land a train of a punch that basically re-enacted Nogueira vs Schaub. On paper, this was a not the best fight for Silva, as he's struggled against more agile heavyweights who can outwork and outmaneuver him. One thing he's rarely lacked is killer instinct, and Browne's injured knee was a great big bullseye.
Ellenberger vs Hieron - A calculated standoff between 2 smart veterans, Ellenberger rides timely takedowns and a few stunning punches to a 2-1 decision. Definitely the most reserved we've seen from Ellenberger, who usually comes out looking for a headshot. He'll need to be more aggressive to get a title shot, though this may be the follow-up fight to a loss he needed. Adjustments are made, new tactics are folded in with the old strengths, and what we can see after is a more complete fighter. The most exciting thing was that athletic hop-and-sprawl by Ellenberger late in R1. I don't remember seeing TDD like that since GSP/Kos I. Perhaps a bit disappointing, overall, but it's important to note that Hieron's good enough to generally avoid being dominated without being so good as to overwhelm the best welterweights. He was active enough to keep it close, but most shots were blocked and little landed flush.
Dodson vs Formiga - A tentative start before an exciting finish, Dodson clowns Formiga with his hands late in R2. The first few minutes were anything but Dodson's finest, as he seemed tentative despite a clear striking advantage. It wasn't just his flat stance or measured movement, but his punches consistently came up short. Check the moment 2 mins into R2 - Formiga charges, and Dodson just backs away. The flyweight champ, on the other hand, looks for opportunities like that to step back, plant his feet, and redirect momentum into a straight right counter. That said, Dodson eventually loosened up, changing levels with body shots before setting up that clean punch to the face (which to his credit landed even though Formiga's hands were up) and a flurry of strikes on the ground. Dodson's earned a title shot for sure, but as I said after Johnson won the belt, the champ will likely have evolved too much to be dethroned.
Edwards vs Neer - A textbook demonstration in the efficacy of early submission attempts, Edwards puts Neer to sleep with a leaping guillotine just past the first minute of R1. Neer's one of those guys who comes in and out of the UFC - he's got the tools to be a threat, but he doesn't have the physical ability to compete with the freaks. It's too early to apply that to Edwards, but he did get it done quickly tonight. Great stoppage by Gamst - Neer's arms had gone limp, but it was hard to tell as they were pinned from the struggle.
Johnson vs Castillo - An impressive comeback on the feet, Johnson hangs tough and fights tall for a clear KO early in R2. It's okay to call Castillo a gatekeeper, because we need these guys in the business - skilled, hard-nosed, reliable, but with enough of a ceiling on their ability to properly pace a prospect. Johnson showed me more than the talent displayed in his last couple fights, and that's heart - I say this whenever I can about fighters because it's important, and it's one of the hardest things to coach. Johnson was hurt in R1, and he managed to stay alert and mobile enough to get out of a decent arm triangle (which is one of the worst submissions you can fall into against a strong wrestler). In R2, he stayed at range, using his superior reach to plant some doubt in Castillo's mind. You can see it to where Johnson doesn't land super hard early on, but it's enough to get Danny's attention - whereas Danny comes up just a bit short when trying to return fire. That first counter from Johnson was well-timed, hitting Castillo when he was off balance and more vulnerable to any kind of strike, and the follow-up punches left Castillo in a bloody zen-like state. Since they both won on the same card, I'd be okay with Johnson against Volkmann - good test for each of them, and Volkmann's repeatedly shown he should never be counted out.
Pierce vs Simpson - Another comeback through clean standup, Pierce makes Simpson pay for punching wild with a vicious KO early in R2. Pierce is one of the real puzzles in the UFC, as he hits hard, weathers storms, and saps cardio with clinch work. So why is he in so many close splits? It's easy - he usually isn't aggressive enough. He's skilled and durable enough to feel like he can take anything, so urgency isn't a priority in his gameplans. That said, he showed off that toughness and heart tonight after getting clocked and thrown around in R1. More importantly, he showed why he deserved the win tonight by capitalizing on a stunned opponent. When Simpson had Pierce rocked, he landed some more shots but not enough of them in a row to finish. On the other hand, Pierce kept his boxing tight, even during the finish - no wild winging hooks, like the one Simpson whiffed at the end. Memo to all wrestlers: open up like that only when your opponent can't hit you back, and especially not when they know how to box. Both Munoz and Simpson have recently shown the downside in windmills (if UFC-era Wanderlei wasn't enough already). But yes, this was easily Pierce's most impressive UFC fight. Whatever his coaches told him in between the rounds, he needs to hear it before the first bell. He'd be scary as hell with just a bit more aggression.
Levesseur vs Prater - Clinch work often makes for a close decision, as Levesseur edges Prater in a 3R split. I feel like Prater had the more dangerous positions, especially with the guillotine in R3, but Levesseur generally controlled the action and (more importantly) remained patient through the submission attempts. I feel he could've been more active, breaking away harder for more standup along with making Prater pay for the failed submissions, but to his credit, he was smart and relaxed the whole time. Didn't see much from either that we didn't know before, but perhaps a more interesting fight than some would call. Hey, at least it wasn't Kongo/Jordan.
Volkmann vs Roller - A grappler's delight as expected, Volkmann at last stops an opponent with a raw rear naked choke midway through R1. At this point, it's not easy to separate Volkmann the fighter from the personality - he certainly gets attention, but it's through awkwardness as opposed to the incisive wit of one Chael P. Sonnen. This is a really good win for Volkmann, however, tapping out a game and credible Roller through pressure on the jaw more than the threat of a nap. Both of these guys are late in their careers, but that doesn't mean they can't get paid and put on some good fights for a while.
Nunes vs Palaszewski - Another fun fight between two guys who get after it, Nunes finally marries his skill with confident aggression for a clear 3R decision. Nunes has shown resilience and potential in his prior fights, but he's tried to counter a bit too much while fading after the early rounds. Great win for him here, as he showed us a complete set of tools. No shame for Palaszewski - he just got beat by the better fighter tonight, but he stayed in it the entire time and actually landed some nice shots of his own.
Uyenoyama vs Harris - A fun back-and-forth fight, with Uyenoyama sinking in a rear naked choke late in R2. Nice opportunity for Darren, who was brutalized by Benavidez in his octagon debut. He was able to show off sneaky ground skills against a willing but overmatched Harris. I'd like to see other flyweights the UFC signs before making any calls for future matchups, because the pool's currently a work in progress.
UFC on FX 5's Jeremy Stephens arrested, bout with Yves Edwards in jeopardy
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned the Minneapolis Police Department arrested the hard-hitting lightweight this morning. He's being held at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility.
Stephens has yet to be formally charged with a crime, and police officials were unable to reveal the reason for the arrest. Representatives for Stephens didn't return messages.
UFC officials could not be reached for comment.