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MELTZER: "The illness devastated Brock Lesnar."
(mixedmartialarts.com)
SBNation's MMA commander Luke Thomas interviews Dave Meltzer, the world's foremost authority on the intersection of MMA and prowrestling, about Brock Lesnar's rise and fall and rise and fall and rise and apparently final fall. Luke Thomas: Were you surprised by Brock Lesnar's retirement? Dave Meltzer: Well, since I heard rumors all week ... no, I wasn't surprised. The way he lost, when that fight was over, I expected him to retire at that moment. When he grabbed the mic and started talking, I go, "He's gonna retire." Lesnar has made a lot of money and this time he saved his money. He doesn't live high and he's got a life that he wants to lead and he's got the money to lead it for the rest of his life and I always thought that Lesnar wasn't gonna stick around and be a Chuck Liddell or a Wanderlei Silva or a Mirko Cro Cop or all these guys who keep fighting because they're fighters and they just convinced themselves that they can still get it. They say, "Physically, I'm diminished, but I'm a smarter fighter." I think a lot of older fighters think that. You are smarter but it cannot overcome your physical diminishment as you get older. Very, very few can do that.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:10AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Thiago Silva serves term of one-year NSAC license revocation
(mmajunkie.com)
Thiago Silva's career is back online – at least in theory. The UFC light heavyweight on Sunday served the final day of his license revocation from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Silva's name is no longer present on a commission registry that tracks fighters with administrative actions against them, and he is now free to reapply in Nevada or elsewhere. However, Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is required to appear before the commission should he reapply in Nevada, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 8:36PM by BuffaloDave - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dennis Siver Targeting Move to Featherweight
(mmafighting.com)
Former lightweight contender Dennis Siver is planning a move to featherweight in 2012, sources close to the fighter confirmed with MMAFighting.com. No word just yet on when the 19-8 German fighter will make his debut in the 145-pound weight class.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 2:59PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cole Miller drops to featherweight, meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 2
(mmajunkie.com)
Add another bout to the UFC's third trip Down Under. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a featherweight bout between Cole Miller (18-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Steven Siler (19-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set for UFC on FX 2. The matchup was first reported by The MMA Corner. "UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves" takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights head to FUEL TV. Miller returns to the cage at 145 pounds following a second-round submission win over lightweight T.J. O'Brien at UFC on Versus 5, which muted a decision loss to Matt Wiman at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2."
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 2:55PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan added to UFC on FX 2
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC on FX 2 has added a pair of octagon newcomers. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that heavyweights Shawn Jordan (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Oli Thompson (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are set to clash in the UFC's third trip Down Under. "UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves" takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights head to FUEL TV. The UFC first ventured into Australia for UFC 110 and returned one year later for UFC 127. Both shows were quick sellouts.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 1:37PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Easton vs. Ken Stone Added to UFC on FX 1
(bloodyelbow.com)
With the UFC's first FX-televised live event just three weeks away, the promotion still had one more fight to add to the card and it's now official that bantamweights Mike Easton and Ken Stone will throw down in Nashville.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 3:08AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Unconcerned with doubters, UFC 141's Jimy Hettes knows he belongs.
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – With a lopsided unanimous-decision victory over Nam Phan at Friday's UFC 141 event, Jimy Hettes cemented his spot in the UFC's featherweight division. But despite an undefeated record of and a string of submission wins, he knew what fans were thinking about such an unlikely main-card fighter. "A lot of the stuff online was, 'Why does that kid with no muscle mass get to be on TV?'" Hettes told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the event. Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Phan (17-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) kicked off the pay-per-view main card of UFC 141, which took place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Hettes, who opened his career with 11 consecutive submission victories, didn't get a stoppage, but he beat down Phan to the tune of lopsided 30-25, 30-25 and 30-26 scores.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 10:26PM by Lesnar1 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kyle Noke says he's fighting Jared Hamman at UFC on FX 2
(mmajunkie.com)
Australian middleweight Kyle Noke will apparently get another chance fight in his home country. Noke recently announced he's fighting Jared Hamman at UFC on FX 2, which takes place March 3 in Sydney, Australia. UFC executives have yet to announce the matchup. Featuring a Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann headliner and the opening round of the UFC's four-man flyweight tournament, UFC on FX 2 takes place at Sydney's Allphones Arena.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 4:23PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WWE's Chris Jericho Accuses Brock Lesnar of Taking a Dive at UFC 141
(bloodyelbow.com)
When Brock Lesnar folded to a body kick from Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141 it signaled the end of Brock's career in the UFC. While Brock retired in the cage after the loss, I was hit with several messages from people whose opinions I respect saying that it appeared Brock was just in the cage for a paycheck. The fact that he didn't shoot for more than one half-hearted takedown attempt against the dangerous Dutch striker had some people questioning if Lesnar truly showed up with a strategy focused on winning. Former WWE roster-mate, Chris Jericho suggested it was something more than simply a less than all-out effort to win.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 4:20PM by FastKnockout - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 141's Johny Hendricks says the time has come for his title shot
( mmajunkie.com)
It's hard to understand the significance of Johny Hendricks' recent accomplishment without fully understanding the ones his opponent has racked up over the years. In 15 UFC fights, no opponent had ever knocked out or submitted Fitch, and only one – welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre – had even defeated him. Thanks to Hendricks' trusty left hand, that all ended in 12 seconds at at UFC 141. "I want a title shot," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) during a post-UFC 141 special. "If they don't give it to me, I'm not going to complain or anything. But I sort of see myself right there. I did what GSP couldn't do."
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 12:06PM by BuffaloDave - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brock "This is the last time you'll see me in the octagon,"
(espn.go.com)
"LAS VEGAS -- Brock Lesnar took one last kick to his stomach and crumpled at the side of the cage, unable to fight back when Alistair Overeem pounced. Lesnar had been finished by a 6-foot-5 Dutch kick boxer in the first round at UFC 141. A few minutes later, the UFC's former heavyweight champion finished his own meteoric mixed martial arts career. Lesnar retired from the UFC after Overeem stopped him with one vicious kick to the body at 2:26 of the first round in their heavyweight bout Friday night, leaving the UFC heading into 2012 without its biggest pay-per-view star. "This is the last time you'll see me in the octagon," Lesnar said." This is the right move i think for him personally, i dont see him being able to beat top 3 HW so no title he is stuck, and will be nothing more then a title elim fighter...he is no longer truely relevent and doesnt seem to want to fight. Best to stop now keep a respectiableish record. Sucks for UFC a big loss PPV wise.
Submitted Dec 31, 2011 2:34AM by tmas - 36 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Golden Glory legal team wins judgement to garnish Overeem's UFC 141 wages
(mmajunkie.com)
In the latest legal salvo between Alistair Overeem and his former managers at Golden Glory, a lawyer for the MMA team today obtained a pre-judgement from a judge to garnish the fighter's wages for his bout tonight against Brock Lesnar. The order requires the Nevada State Athletic Commission to withhold a $241,285.49 check Overeem is slated to receive for the fight, which headlines UFC 141 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "It would have been ideal if a lawsuit could have been avoided," Roderick J. Lindblom, the lawyer representing the MMA team, stated in a press release issued today. "We wish Alistair well in the fight, and in fact, have a financial interest in his continued success. Unfortunately, my clients simply had no choice." A bond of $200,000 is required to execute the order; however, it is unknown whether that bond has been deposited to the Clark County, Nevada court in which it was filed. "Whatever valid order is in effect, we will certainly comply with," UFC chief legal counsel Laurence Epstein today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). On Thursday Lindblom, who represents Golden Glory and its corporate parent Knockout Investments, filed suit in a Clark County alleging that Overeem breached a management agreement struck in Holland four years ago. "There has been some consternation about the timing of a lawsuit filed by Knock Out Investments/Golden Glory against Alistair Overeem," today's release stated. "We've been in discussions with Mr. Overeem's legal counsel since Nov. 7, and there has been no progress regarding the dispute. "The reality is that a fighter is paid within 24 hours of the bout. Given past failure to pay management and training fees, there is serious concern on my client’s part that Mr. Overeem will simply walk away with the money. " The judgement applies to 30 percent of Overeem's show and win purses, any performance bonuses he may receive, and any proceeds he may receive from the pay-per-view event per his UFC contract...
Submitted Dec 30, 2011 8:46PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Fight Camp / Team
 
UFC 141 salaries: Win or lose, Brock Lesnar will be tonight's top earner
(mmajunkie.com)
One thing's certain: Brock Lesnar and fellow headliner Alistair Overeem will be the top earners at tonight's UFC 141 event. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer today emailed the list of officially disclosed paydays to MMAjunkie.com. Lesnar makes a flat $400,000 for the event. Overeem, meanwhile, earns a base pay of $264,285.71 and an additional $121,428.57 as a "win bonus" if victorious.
Submitted Dec 30, 2011 6:06PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forget Title Shots -- Now That He's 'Broke', Donald Cerrone Wants to Stay Busy
(mmafighting.com)
LAS VEGAS -- No matter what happens at UFC 141, it's been a good year for Donald Cerrone. He debuted in the UFC, racked up four wins in four fights, and pocketed more than $200,000 in post-fight bonuses alone. For a guy who was scraping by on WEC wages this time last year, that's good money. "And it's gone," Cerrone told reporters with a Dennis the Menace grin earlier this week, explaining, "I now own everything I ever wanted." In case you haven't noticed by now, Cerrone's the kind of guy who marches to the beat of his own drummer. It's not necessarily that he isn't thinking about tomorrow so much as he is committed to getting the most out of today. While a lot of guys might have put all that bonus money toward retirement, Cerrone had other plans for it. "I bought my sister a brand new Hummer for Christmas," he said. "It felt good, but now I'm broke. Thanks, sis."
Submitted Dec 30, 2011 12:28PM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former management sues Overeem one day before UFC 141
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Knock Out Investments, better known as Dutch fight management firm Golden Glory, filed a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, Thursday alleging Alistair Overeem breached the terms of a five-year contract with the group that runs through July 2012. The complaint, a copy of which ESPN.com has obtained, also names Overeem's representative Collin Lam as a defendant. The filing comes one day prior to the Overeem's headlining clash against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in Las Vegas. "We have a legal team," Lam told ESPN.com. "We have a great law firm in Las Vegas. A great law firm in L.A. So they're taking care of everything." Overeem is alleged to not have paid a 30 percent commission to Knock Out Investments following his win in Strikeforce against Fabricio Werdum on June 18, 2011.
Submitted Dec 30, 2011 10:33AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lesnar's Camp Had Issues With Overeem Training At Xtreme Couture
(fightline.com)
To prepare for his blockbuster fight with Brock Lesnar tomorrow night, Alistair Overeem decided to move his camp from its longtime station in Holland to the United States. After touring several facilities, The Reem finally settled on Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Some wondered whether that would cause any friction between gym owner Randy Couture and the Lesnar team, seeing as how The Natural had been an integral part of Lesnar's training in the past. However, those parties involved, Lesnar included, denied that there were any issues with Overeem training at Xtreme Couture. After all, the now-retired Couture would be away from the gym for the entirety of Overeem's training filming movies.
Submitted Dec 30, 2011 9:39AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Official-UFC-141-Weigh-In-Results
(ufc.com)
MAIN EVENT Brock Lesnar (266) vs. Alistair Overeem (263) PPV Donald Cerrone (156) VS Nate Diaz (157*) Johny Hendricks (170) VS Jon Fitch (171) Alexander Gustafsson (203) VS Vladimir Matyushenko (205) Jim Hettes (145) vs Nam Phan (146) TELEVISED PRELIMS Junior Assuncao (145) vs Ross Pearson (145) Anthony Njokuani (154) VS Danny Castillo (156) ONLINE FIGHTS Sean Pierson (171) VS Dong Hyun Kim (171) Efrain Escudero (155) VS Jacob Volkmann (155) Luis Ramos (171) VS Matt Riddle (170) Diego Nunes (145) vs Manny Gamburyan (146)
Submitted Dec 29, 2011 7:54PM by Manak - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Brown scratches from UFC on FX 1, Ricardo Lamas out of UFC 143
(mmajunkie.com)
The injury bug has bitten two UFC fighters. Officials today announced that former WEC champ Mike Brown (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been scratched from his UFC on FX 1 bout with featherweight Vagner Rocha (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Additionally, featherweight Ricardo Lamas (11-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been forced out of a UFC 143 matchup with Dustin Poirer (11-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC). Officials didn't disclosed the nature of the injuries, and replacements haven't been named. UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. UFC 143, meanwhile, takes place Feb. 4 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Officials hadn't announced if either fight is slated for the main cards, which airs on FX and pay-per-view, respectively.
Submitted Dec 29, 2011 4:28PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in Sweden
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC's first trip to Sweden has its first matchup. Sources close to the event today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that welterweights DaMarques Johnson (15-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and John Maguire (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are set to meet at UFC on FUEL TV 2. Heavy.com first reported the bout. Although not officially announced, UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. FUEL TV officials expect the bulk of the preliminary and main cards to air live on the FOX-owned cable station. It's unknown whether Johnson vs. Maguire is set for the preliminary or main card of UFC on FUEL TV 2. The spring event marks the fourth international card on the UFC's schedule in 2012. The promotion is set to visit Brazil (UFC 142), Japan (UFC144) and Canada (UFC 145) prior to Sweden.
Submitted Dec 29, 2011 4:25PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake Hecht Meets T.J. Waldburger at UFC on FX 2
(mmaweekly.com)
Following a successful Octagon debut at UFC 140, Jake Hecht will return at UFC on FX 2 and face T.J. Waldburger in a welterweight match-up on the card.
Submitted Dec 29, 2011 2:01PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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