Nate Diaz manager now Mike Kogan, not Cesar Gracie
It appears Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz has ended a significant part of his mixed martial arts (MMA) relationship with famed trainer Cesar Gracie.
According to a report from Ariel Helwani on Tuesday's (April 9, 2013) edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, the Stockton, Calif., native has enlisted the management services of Mike Kogan, who heads Real Talk Entertainment, representing notable names such as UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal, among others.
Even though The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 winner has found new MMA management, Diaz will still train under Gracie alongside the likes of his brother Nick Diaz, former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, former UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields and the rest of the tight crew.
Former UFC champ Pat Miletich considering U.S. Senate run
Pat Miletich, a former UFC champion who turned to broadcasting after his MMA retirement in 2008, is reportedly considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
Miletich discussed the possibility with the Quad-City Times.
"A lot of people are fed up with a lot of things that are happening in the country," he told the newspaper. "I'm not a fan of the left, socialist mentality at all."
Twelve-bout TUF 17 Finale lineup set, includes Casey-Samman, Andrews-Quinlan
With the taped content for "The Ultimate Fighter 17" now in the books, the promotion has released the evening's 12-bout lineup. Among the additions are semifinalists Josh Samman (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Dylan Andrews (15-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who meet Kevin Casey (5-2 MMA, 0-0 uFC) and Jimmy Quinlan (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), respectively.
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale takes place Saturday at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. The evening's main card, featuring a Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen headliner and Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall TUF 17 championship fight, airs on FX.
Both of those fights take place one the FUEL TV-broadcast preliminary card.
Additional fights involving "TUF 17" cast members include Robert "Bubba" McDaniel (20-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Gilbert Smith (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the night's FX-aired main card, as well as Luke Barnatt (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Collin Hart (4-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and Clint Hester (7-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. "TUF 16" contestant Bristol Marunde (12-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who makes his official UFC debut.
Iliarde Santos in for Marcos Vinicius, meets Yuri Alcantara at UFC on FX 8
Promotional newcomer Iliarde Santos (27-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will fill in for an injured Marcos Vinicius (20-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) against Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) next month in Brazil.
The two Brazilians will meet in a bantamweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC on FX 8. UFC officials late Monday announced the change. Vinicius was reported out this past week, but the UFC had not named his replacement until Monday.
Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL TV 9, Invicta 5's best and worst
In the UFC's return to Stockholm, Sweden, and Invicta's fifth event of its existence, there was much to love and plenty to hate. As far as the UFC is concerned, losing their main event wasn't fortuitous. Their hectoring of fans who felt the card wasn't worth their time is also regrettable. Yet, plenty of fighters put on sensational performances, an Irish featherweight made an incredible UFC debut and the Swedish crowd showed up in support.
Invicta had a banner event as well. Known fighters returned with sensational performances, a new champion was crowned and a controversial figure returned to dominance.
It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise...
UFC on Fuel TV 9: Through my eyes
So once again I was off to Stockholm, Sweden to watch the UFC, but this time was different, this time I was going not only as a fan. but a fan with Media Credentials. Always looking to make the most of an opportunity I booked into the same hotel as the fighters were staying hoping I would get the opportunity to mingle with the fighters during the build up and after there fights.