Mike Ricci Calls Out Fellow TUF Runner-Up Al Iaquinta For UFC 158 Fight In Montreal
Fresh off a fairly successful season on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16, Mike Ricci will be looking to bounce back quickly from his loss in the finals to Colton Smith. He's taken to twitter to call out the runner up of TUF's preceding season, Al Iaquinta, for a lightweight fight at UFC 158, which is set to take place in Montreal this March.
Up until the finals of their respective seasons on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Mike Ricci and Al Iaquinta were having a lot of success, pushing through their competition. Both came in as favorites for the finale, but neither was able to perform to expectations, as they both came up short once fight time came.
Now, just one month removed from his defeat at the hands of Colton Smith at the TUF 16 Finale, Mike Ricci has taken to twitter to call out his fellow TUF runner-up
Its a family affair
On this weeks MMA Mental Podcast we were joined by TUF Smashes runner up Colin 'The Freakshow' Fletcher. When we asked him if he knew Ross Pearson before going into the house he told us that he had grown up with Ross and that they were actually cousins.
A Visit with Gunnar Nelson in Iceland
The long departed German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel believed when a thesis combated its antithesis, a newer and higher level of truth would emerge. For combat sports connoisseurs the world over, no greater example of this dialectical relationship can be found than inside the UFC’s Octagon.
Eddie Alvarez's UFC offer includes immediate title shot, pay-per-view cut
If Eddie Alvarez frees himself from Bellator, he stands not only to become an immediate UFC lightweight title challenger but also to profit handsomely from pay-per-view sales.
But if he stays with Bellator, the 28-year-old fighter won't be in the poorhouse, either.
A UFC contract offers Alvarez an immediate title shot in March and a cut of the promotion's pay-per-view profits, according to an exhibit in a lawsuit Bellator MMA filed against the 28-year-old fighter, a copy of which today was obtained by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
An eight-fight deal starts Alvarez at $70,000 to show and $70,000 to win and raises in $5,000 increments with each win until it tops out at a guaranteed $210,000 for a win, the exhibit states. Alvarez is also guaranteed a $250,000 signing bonus, payable in two installments of $85,000 and one of $80,000.
When Alvarez fights on a UFC pay-per-view broadcast, the offer entitles him to $1 for each "buy" between 200,000 and 400,000 buys, $2 per buy between 400,000 and 600,000 buys, and $2.50 per buy over 600,000 buys.
Additionally, Alvarez is guaranteed a fight on a UFC on FOX card and three appearances as a commentator at UFC-branded events.
Fletcher: I would like to fight Ricci
In MMA Mental's interview with Colin ' The Freakshow' Fletcher we asked him who he would like to fight next. He said he was happy to face who ever the UFC placed in front og him but if he could choose and opponent he thinks TUF 16 runner up would be a good match up for him.
Brothers Get New Opponents at Brazil Event
Next Saturday's Belfort vs. Bisping fight card continues to be reshuffled as injuries have forced two more replacements on the Sao Paulo card.
Light heavyweight prospect Wagner Prado will now face UFC newcomer Ildemar Alcantara, as original opponent Roger Hollett has been injured. The 17-5 Alcantara is riding a seven-fight win streak, with six of those victories coming via first-round stoppage.
UFC 156 main card set, McCall vs. Benavidez takes final PPV slot
The main card is set for UFC 156, the newest and upcoming edition of the UFC's annual Super Bowl weekend card.
As previously announced, the event takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) meets former lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar (14-3-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) in the championship pay-per-view headliner.
Taking the final slot on the PPV main card is a flyweight bout between Ian McCall (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and Joseph Benavidez (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
The latest UFC 156 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar - for featherweight title
Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva
Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX and Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)
Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau
Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann
Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera
Jay Hieron vs. Tyron Woodley
Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura
UFC featherweight contender Diego Nunes has left Nova Uniao
UFC featherweight contender Diego Nunes (18-3) has left the Nova Uniao camp in Brazil after (understandably) playing second fiddle to reigning division champion Jose Aldo, according to SporTV. "The Gun" will try to unload on Nik Lentz later this month at UFC on FX 7 in Sao Paulo, but does folding the tent on "The Carny" put him on the fast track to a 145-pound title fight? Or too soon?
Ed Herman feels that Jake Shields tested positive for performance enhancing drug
UFC middleweight, Ed Herman, discusses being on the last Strikeforce card, and his suspicions that Jake Shields tested positive for PEDs.
Saturday night, the bell tolls for Strikeforce, with the doors closing forever after the event. It is a card filled with talented athletes, looking to make their mark in anticipation of being brought over to the UFC. There is also a lone gunman, if you will, a solid test brought over from the UFC to stand in as a late replacement for Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. That man, Ed "Short Fuse" Herman, stands ready to engage in a duel that presents a great deal of meaning to both men, and will also determine their career paths. I spoke with Ed yesterday, and got his thoughts about Souza, and about the disappointment he feels in the NC fight he had with Jake Shields.
Sean Pierson vs. Rick Story added to UFC 158 in Montreal
The quickly filling UFC 158 fight card has a new welterweight addition: Sean Pierson (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Rick Story (14-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC).
Officials today announced the bout.
UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
It's not clear where Pierson vs. Story will be placed on the lineup.
The latest UFC 158 card includes:
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - for welterweight title
Jake Ellenberger vs. Johny Hendricks
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
Sean Pierson vs. Rick Story
Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller
Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi
Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker
Johnny Eduardo vs. Yves Jabouin
NSAC to Overeem: "License Granted"
Today, Alistair Overeem is meeting with the NSAC to apply for his license as an MMA athlete. He will be asked to present evidence that he has been clean during his suspension and will find out if he is to be licensed today. John Morgan from MMAJunkie is on the scene:
-Blasting through a few reservation dates and grant requests, and now it's time for Overeem.
-Jovial start to Overeem's hearing, as he's questioned about the weather in Florida, his new home.
-Overeem: "We've done everything we can to correct the errors that were made."
-Kizer said Overeem sent in five tests between June and November that were all clean. Additionally, he was tested by NSAC on 11/16 and 12/21.
-Alistair said he's been training during his time off and is actually bigger than he was before.
-Alistair said he has a new nutritionist and a better medical team to ensure he's always clean.
-Pat Lundvall asking if Alistair has insight on any lessons NSAC can learn from this situation.
-Overeem suggest NSAC needs to address the difficulty of arranging testing internationally.
-Motion is on the table and approved unanimously. Overeem has his license.