Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas
A welterweight matchup between Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime veteran Mike Pyle (24-8-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 160 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from sources close to the fighters.
Both competitors have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The placement of the Nelson vs. Pyle matchup has yet to be revealed.
Despite being considered, Edgar vs Swanson NOT happening at TUF Finale
The UFC booked Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen as the new The Ultimate Fighter Finale main event on Tuesday, but that wasn't their original choice to replace the canceled Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight.
The organization first approached featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson about headlining the show, but the fight never materialized after Swanson told the UFC he wasn't healthy enough to take the fight.
Saw this fight was added to the picks so I thought I would clarify.
Tyron Woodley vs Jake Shields likely for UFC 161
A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized.
Woodley recently called out Shields upon signing a new UFC fight contract, which followed his impressive first-round knockout of Jay Hieron in his promotional debut at UFC 156.
John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov planned for UFC on FX 8
Flyweights John Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Azamat Gashimov (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the latest additions to UFC on FX 8.
Brazilian website Tatame.com first reported the fight, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with sources close to the event.
The latest UFC on FX 8 card now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza*
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker*
* Not officially announced
UFC vet Jacob Volkamnn signs World Series of Fighting deal
A week after his UFC release, veteran lightweight Jacob Volkmann has found a new home in the MMA world.
Volkmann (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has signed a multi-fight with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the deal, which MMAFighting.com first reported.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
According to MMAFighting.com, Volkmann is likely to debut at WSOF 3 in April. The events, which feature a mix of big-show vets and prospects, currently air on NBC Sports Network.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan slated for UFC 160 on May 25
A featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens (20-9 MMA, 7-8 UFC) and Estevan Payan (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 156 event, the UFC's annual Memorial Day weekend show.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Stephens vs. Payan likely will be part of the prelims.
With the addition, the latest UFC 160 card now includes:
Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva - for heavyweight title
Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira
T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard
Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trijillo
Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson
Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens
Benson Henderson wants to fight Georges St-Pierre after Melendez
The UFC called 2013 the year of the superfight, and now lightweight champion Benson Henderson has thrown his name into the discussion.
Henderson intends to request a blockbuster match-up against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre following his upcoming title defense against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. UFC Tonight first reported the news.
"My main focus is on defending my title against Gilbert Melendez on April 20," Henderson told MMAFighting.com in a statement. "That's it. But I am a fan of the sport on top of being a competitor. I see all this talk about super fights and other fighters getting to dictate what weight classes they want to move up and down to in order to get title shots. I'm the UFC's lightweight champion and I feel I should be allowed to make such statements myself.
"I want to fight in the biggest fights and against the best fighters," he continued. "Georges St. Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in our sport's history. Of course I'd love to fight him, and I think the fans would want to see that fight too. It would be an honor to go up against such a great competitor, especially with a title on the line.
Matthew Riddle again tests positive for marijuana, cut from UFC
Matthew Riddle (8-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) was off on his timetable to cease marijuana usage prior to a fight.
The welterweight fighter on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he failed his second post-fight drug test for marijuana and has been released from the UFC.
Riddle flunked a test following UFC on FUEL TV 7, where he earned a split call against Che Mills (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
Report: Evan Dunham vs. Rafael dos Anjos added to UFC on FX 8
Resurgent lightweights Evan Dunham (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (18-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) are set to meet at UFC on FX 8.
The news was reported by the combat-sports website of Brazilian network Globo TV, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was unable to reach UFC officials for confirmation on the bout's status.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Dunham recently took to MMAjunkie.com Radio to vent at an Internet writer who said he had no business fighting the Brazilian.
"I wanted to remind him that two of his losses are two guys I beat," he said. "I would love to go fight that kid and put the hurt him just so I could rub it in that other dude's face."
Tito Ortiz showed up backstage at UFC 157 and has a plan for 'Cyborg' Santos.
Tito Ortiz has a plan. It's detailed and forward-thinking and not terribly flexible, but still, it's a plan. He seems pretty sure that it's a good one. UFC President Dana White seems to feel differently, but what else is new?
"I made so many mistakes with my career," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) backstage at this past weekend's UFC 157 event in Anaheim, Calif. "I'm not going to make the same mistakes with my clients."
By clients, of course, he means Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who Ortiz represents as part of his foray into the world of fighter management. And by mistakes, he means signing a contract where there's "no future," which is what he claimed the UFC offered his fighter recently. So he turned it down, he said. He opted to sign her to a three-fight deal in Invicta FC instead – a decision White could only shake his head at when quizzed about it at a fan Q&A a day earlier.