Diego Sanchez Returning to Lightweight Division
The last time Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego Sanchez was at 155lbs he was fighting for the UFC lightweight title.
That fight against B.J. Penn in 2009 didn’t go his way, and after the fight Sanchez moved back up to welterweight where he had spent the majority of his career to that point.
Now after some soul searching and obviously some dietary changes, Sanchez has decided he will officially move back down to lightweight for his next fight in the UFC.
“It’s back to 155 for me,” Sanchez wrote on his Twitter page recently. “Should be good!”
According to Sanchez, the unfortunate side of things right now is an injury that’s pushing his return to the Octagon back for a few more months. Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery, but is currently rehabbing and working his way back into action...
Cung Le vs Rich Franklin booked for UFC on FUEL TV 6 in China on Nov. 10
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming to China and come hell or high water, it seems, Cung Le will be headlining the card.
Despite a nasty toe injury that has required some radical round-the-clock therapy, the former Strikeforce champion has been booked to throw leather against Rich Franklin for the planned UFC on FUEL TV 6 event on Nov. 10, 2012, at the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel in the People's Republic of China.
The logic behind the matchmaking here is clear. Although born in Vietnam, Le competed many times internationally during his kickboxing career. He's not so big a name that he would be wasted on a free FUEL card -- same for Franklin -- but not so small so as not to draw a big crowd.
It's the perfect mix.
Just Postponed? Rory MacDonald Wants UFC 154; Penn Wants UFC in Rio
Rory MacDonald and B.J. Penn still want to fight one another despite their bout being canceled for the upcoming UFC 152 fight card in Toronto.
As far as scheduling a new date, Penn targeted UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil instead, but it’s unknown if MacDonald would accept that timeline instead of fighting in his home country of Canada as part of UFC 154 in Montreal.
“I would like to wish Rory a speedy and healthy recovery and request a postponement of our fight to the Rio card,” said Penn.
After UFC on FOX 4 no contest, Davis-Prado targeted for UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis
Not long after Phil Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Wagner Prado (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) had their light heavyweight fight stopped with a no contest, the UFC already was thinking about when to do the rematch.
An accidental eye poke at Saturday's UFC on FOX 4 led to a no contest when Prado told a cageside doctor he was having trouble seeing. After the event, UFC President Dana White said the promotion is targeting October's UFC on FX 5 card for the rematch.
At the post-event news conference, UFC President Dana White said he and matchmaker Joe Silva already had talked about where the rematch was likely to wind up.
"Me and Joe were talking, and maybe we put them on (UFC on FX 5) in Minneapolis," White said. "Provided his eye's OK and he doesn't have any problems, we'll move them to that card."
Junior dos Santos Asks UFC to Face Alistair Overeem Next Instead of Cain Velasquez
UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is throwing a wrinkle into the current title contender picture because he doesn’t want to face Cain Velasquez next.
That’s not to say that dos Santos is turning down a fight with Velasquez, or avoiding the fight in any way, shape or form.
No, according to UFC president Dana White, it’s because the UFC’s top heavyweight has his eyes set on a slightly bigger target. Bigger as in six-foot-five former Dream, Strikeforce and K-1 Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem.
White revealed on Saturday night after the UFC on Fox 4 press conference ended that dos Santos has asked to face Overeem next instead of Velasquez because the Dutch striker is “a punk” and he wants to shut him up.
White did also say it would be a tough decision to take the title fight already promised to Cain Velasquez away from him, but dos Santos has made it clear who he’d prefer to fight.
Will dos Santos wait for Overeem to return or will he opt to go ahead with the fight against Velasquez?
That decision will be left up to Dana White and the other UFC brass.
Rory MacDonald out of Fight w/BJ Penn
LOS ANGELES – A major cut suffered in training that required several stitches will keep Rory MacDonald from a highly anticipated welterweight fight against B.J. Penn at UFC 152 next month.
UFC President Dana White on Saturday told MMAjunkie.com of the injury following Saturday's post-event news conference for UFC on FOX 4, which took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) had been booked for the main card of UFC 152, which is set for Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
UFC on Fox 4 bonuses (and analysis) - Lauzon, Swick, Varner
LOS ANGELES – Joe Lauzon, Mike Swick and Jamie Varner each earned $50,000 bonus awards for their performances at Saturday's "UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera" event.
Swick earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Lauzon and Varner each earned "Fight of the Night" awards and Lauzon even double-dipped with a "Submission of the Night" bonus and took home $100,000 in total.
UFC Fighter Chad Mendes Wanted For Questioning After Bar Fight
According to the Hanford Sentinel:
Mendes, 27, allegedly sucker punched a patron in the face and took off running out the back door. Officials say they have not been able to locate him.
[After breaking up a different fight] authorities recognized Mendes. He appeared to be intoxicated and began cursing at the deputies and officers, authorities said. They asked him to leave. Instead, he went back inside and struck one man who "never even saw him coming," Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said.
Mendes then fled the scene. The officers on duty pursued but were unable to apprehend him. The authorities are saying they will issue a warrant for his arrest if Mendes does not speak with them by Monday. The Assistant Sheriff informed that the District Attorney will decide whether or not a charge of assault with a deadly weapon will be necessary given Mendes's MMA training.
Lyoto Machida willing to drop to middleweight 'if Dana White makes a good fight'
The UFC on Fox 4: "Shogun vs. Vera" weigh-in event took place earlier today (Fri., Aug. 3, 2012) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and featured all 20 fighters scheduled to compete on tomorrow night's card successfully making weight without issue.
That's not the story, though. The story is just how far under the weight limit a certain fighter came in at.
I'm talking, of course, about Lyoto Machida, who will participant in the co-main event of the evening in a showdown against Ryan Bader. "The Dragon," looking like he's in phenomenal shape, tipped the scales at 201-pounds.
Immediately, there was speculation regarding why it would be that Machida would come in a full four pounds (five, technically) under the contracted limit. Ariel Helwani got the word from the man himself on FUEL TV:
"I always walk around at 205, 210 maximum. I don't worry about this. I keep my diet all year round."
Makes sense, I suppose. The next logical question is whether or not the Karate master is considering a drop to middleweight. His answer:
"Maybe, if Dana White makes a good fight and invites me, I will."
UFC on Fox 4 Weigh Ins
The full UFC on FOX 4 weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (FOX)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205) vs. Brandon Vera (203.8)
Lyoto Machida (201) vs. Ryan Bader (205)
Joe Lauzon (155.8) vs. Jamie Varner (156)
Mike Swick (170) vs. DaMarques Johnson (171)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)
Cole Miller (145) vs. Nam Phan (145)
Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Wagner Prado (205)
Josh Grispi (146) vs. Rani Yahya (145.5)
Phil De Fries (235) vs. Oli Thompson (232)
Manny Gamburyan (145.5) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (145.5)
Ulysses Gomez (125.5) vs. John Moraga (125.5)
Dong Hyun Kim Vs. Paulo Thiago Planned For UFC On Fuel 6 In China
The UFC has been so busy filling up their October cards this wee, that their first ever Chinese event, UFC on FUEL TV 6, set to take place in Macau on November 10th, seems to have fallen off the radar of many fans, but now it appears that the card has its first solid match-up. Tatame learned from Brazilian welterweight, Paulo Thiago, that he'll be facing South Korea's Dong Hyun Kim in a bout that's almost certain to be featured on the main card:
UFC 150's Cerrone wants Pettis fight if victorious over Guillard, Pettis camp accepts
Less than two weeks out from his fight with Melvin Guillard (47-11-3 MMA, 11-6 UFC), Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (18-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC) on Friday blasted former WEC champ Anthony Pettis (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) during a media call in support of UFC 150.
A frustrated Cerrone said his fight with Guillard only arose when Pettis turned down multiple offers to fight.
"I've been trying to fight Anthony for a while now, and every time I suggest it, his manager comes back and says, 'Well, maybe Cowboy could fight somebody else right now,' and it's just this excuse to not fight," Cerrone told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Cerrone vs. Guillard serves as the co-main event of UFC 150, which takes place Aug. 11 at Denver's Pepsi Center. The main card airs live on pay-per-view with prelims on FX and Facebook.
Matt Hamill vs Roger Hollett set for UFC 152
A one-year retirement was just about enough for light heavyweight Matt "The Hammer" Hamill, who has opted to resume his fighting career and will compete next at UFC 152 in Toronto on Sept. 22.
Hamill will meet UFC newcomer Roger Hollett. UFC president Dana White confirmed the move and said the fighters have verbally agreed to fight each other.
Sep 22, 2012 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson [fw title]
- Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
- B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
- Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
- Dan Miller vs. Sean Pierson
- Matt Hamill vs Roger Hollett
- Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant
- Igor Pokrajac vs. Vinny Magalhaes
- Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes
- Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Walel Watson vs. Mitch Gagnon slated for UFC 152 in Toronto
A bantamweight bout between Walel Watson (9-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Mitch Gagnon (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to the quickly filling UFC 152 card.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The event's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho set for UFC 154 in Montreal
A featherweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" cast member Rodrigo Damm (10-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Canadian fighter Antonio Carvalho (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set for November's UFC 154 event.
UFC officials today announced the booking.
UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
With Diaz in wait, UFC 150's Henderson can't count on third Edgar fight
While UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is granting former titleholder Frankie Edgar a rematch in the headlining bout of next week's UFC 150 event, he can't count on the same treatment should he lose his belt.
UFC president Dana White today confirmed that Nate Diaz will indeed face the winner of next week's Henderson vs. Edgar matchup, meaning a Henderson loss won't result in a trilogy bout with Edgar.
"We have to get [the division] moving again," White said.
UFC president Dana White slams door on Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva superfight
Cesar Gracie wrote this past week that he would respectfully ask UFC president Dana White to make a superfight between Nick Diaz and middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
The answer to that request already is no, UFC president Dana White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com.
"I can tell you this, not theoretically – Diaz/Anderson is not going to happen," he said. "That's just ridiculous."
Penn and MacDonald to VADA? 'VADA, WADA, badda, nada,' says UFC boss White
UFC president Dana White said he won't stand in the way of B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald's enrollment with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Despite the fact that a positive pre-event drug test could cast a cloud over their fight at UFC 152, White said the decision was "their business."
"B.J. wants to go drug test every friggin' two days, good for him," White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com. "Knock yourself out."
Shogun Rua Tired of Title Questions, Believes Brandon Vera Deserves More Respect
There are four fighters who could potentially get a light heavyweight title shot after UFC on Fox 4 is over, but everyone seems to be aiming directly at one person as the most likely candidate.
The criteria set forth by UFC president Dana White is whoever is most impressive during the Saturday night fight card will get the next crack at the 205-pound champion.
Most assume it’s Mauricio “Shogun” Rua who has the easiest path to the title shot, and so the questions are already coming at him rapid fire as if he’s already earned it.
But when you hear the tone in his voice and the direction in which he answers, he’s clearly not happy that everyone seems to be looking past his opponent, Brandon Vera.
UFC boss says B.J. Penn a UFC Hall of Famer but could have been among greatest ever
According to UFC president Dana White, former dual-division champion B.J. Penn will one day be in the UFC Hall of Fame.
"I love B.J.," White on Thursday said. "B.J. has been a huge star for us for a long time. I think B.J. could be up in there in the talks of 'Who is the greatest of all-time.'"
But that doesn't mean he thinks "The Prodigy" has fully delivered on his potential as a mixed martial artist. The two share a long, contentious past about the topic.
"If you look at B.J. Penn's career, count how many times he was in phenomenal shape," White added.
White later explained the two had a fiery friendship that resembled family members rather than business associates.
Some of that fire was related to whether Penn would fight at 155 pounds or 170.
But the executive added that given their relationship, his observation probably won't be received warmly.
"I've said it for years about B.J. B.J. is [expletive] tough as nails, has an unbelievable chin – a rock head," White said. "If you look at some of the fights he's had where he's on the bottom and he's getting smashed, the guy doesn't cut. His skin, I don't know what his skin is made out of. He doesn't cut. He's just this kid that was born and built to fight, and he's crazy like that. He'll come in and fight.
"The big beef with me and him during the Georges St-Pierre 'Primetime.' Remember? When I said, 'The guy's not doing anything. He's blowing off his training and this and that.' He got all upset about it, and he'll be all upset about this now, too."