UFC on Versus 6: Cruz may be disrepected but he'll benefit too
I'm sure Dana White and the geniuses at UFC knew what they were doing, and I'm sure they're aware of the interest this fight will raise in these newly added divisions.
Aldo and Florian are helping to ease the WEC transition by pitting perennial contender KFlo against the WEC Black House Powerhouse. The UFC on Versus Card will lay the groundwork for this card to capitalize on new interest.
Cruz and Johnson should be applauded because not only are they giving us, the fans a great main event for a decent and FREE card but because they are helping their fellow division fighters.
I'm sure in the next year we will see more of them on main cards as opposed to watching Chad Mendes v Rani Yahya as a prelim. I mean when was the last time you saw someone earn a title shot on an under card?
Dana White: Flyweight Division Isn't Likely Until Early 2012
The possible formation of a UFC flyweight division has been a hot topic as of late. A couple of months ago Dana White went on record saying that they were going to go forward with the creation of the division, and they were already looking at signing talent. After watching the Tachi Palace Fights 10 card last weekend (or trying to anyway - the stream dropped more than the Dow Jones has lately), it became readily apparently that these guys could be very popular in the UFC.
Jim Miller Wants His Corner to Have to Carry Him Out
UFC lightweight contender Jim Miller, who co-headlines this Sunday's UFC on Versus 5 against Ben Henderson, spoke to Sherdog's Jack Encarnacao about his fighting philosophy, his family, and how his low-key personality may have hindered his ascension to a title shot.
On leaving it all in the Octagon:
"I want my corner to have to carry me out of the Octagon," he says. "That’s what I’m searching for; that’s what I’m fighting for -- is that level. Just to lay it all out there, to actually give 100 percent in 15 minutes. To me, if I go out and I fight and put everything I have into it, I can be satisfied with a loss.
"One thing I don’t understand is when guys go to a decision and are hopping around afterwards, doing push-ups, doing all this stuff after they just lost the decision," Jim adds. "In my mind, I’m not going to be proud of myself if I go 15 or 25 minutes and lose and still have something in the tank."
Chris Lytle Will Give Dan Hardy the Fight He Deserves
This Sunday night, Chris “Lights Out” Lytle (30-18-5) will make his twentieth appearance in the Octagon when he meets Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (23-9) in the main event for UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee.
Since Lytle’s UFC debut in 2000 at UFC 28, the Indianapolis native has had mixed success in facing some of the sport’s finest athletes. However, it is his fighting spirit, matched with his crowd-pleasing style and determination that has captivated UFC audiences for over a decade.
With Lytle’s exciting style of brawling and his British counterpart’s style of striking, it’s no secret that this fight has all the potential to be the fight of the night. The UFC quickly recognized the potential for excitement, and decided that this fight would be best suited as the main event.
UFC on Versus 6's four-fight main card set
The four-fight televised main card for October's UFC on Versus 6 event is set.
Headlining the Versus-televised show is UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (18-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Demetrious Johnson (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
"UFC on Versus 6: Cruz vs. Johnson" takes place Oct. 1 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. It marks the UFC's debut in the U.S. capital.
Also on the main card are Charlie Brenneman (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Anthony Johnson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), Pat Barry (6-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Stefan Struve (21-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Mac Danzig (20-8-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Matt Wiman (13-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC).
The current UFC on Versus 6 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Versus)
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson (for bantamweight title)
Charlie Brenneman vs. Anthony Johnson
Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve
Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
T.J. Grant vs. Shane Roller
Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Michael Johnson vs. Paul Sass
Mike Easton vs. Jeff Hougland
UFC on Versus 5 Facebook video streams live prelims on Aug. 14
And while no announcement has been made to say this will be the norm from here on out, it certainly appears as though the free Facebook preliminary streams aren't going away anytime soon.
No complaints here, right?
Here's what's in store for Facebook "friends" on Aug.14:
135 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland
185 lbs.: Ed Herman vs. Kyle Noke
205 lbs.: Karlos Vemola vs. Ronny Markes
145 lbs.: Alex Caceres vs. Jim Hettes
155 lbs.: Cole Miller vs. T.J. O'Brien
155 lbs.: Jacob Volkmann vs. Danny Castillo
135 lbs.: Edwin Figueroa vs. Jason Reinhardt
With bantamweight title shot against Dominick Cruz looming, Demetrious Johnson facing questions of moving to flyweight
At UFC on Versus 6, Demetrious Johnson will square off agianst Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight championship.
Despite this, the former is still facing questions regarding his admittedly smaller physique and future fight plans, most notably whether or not he's a natural flyweight and if he's planning to drop down once the UFC adds that division to its active roster.
MMANation.com caught up with "Mighty Mouse" so he could give his take on the matter.
Video interviews with Mighty Mouse, Dominick Cruz, and Mike Easton in Playground videos section.
Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC 136 in Houston
A bout between Steve Cantwell (7-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Mike Massenzio (12-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been added to October's UFC 136 event.
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the middleweight fight.
Featuring a championship doubleheader, UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
UFC 133: What happened to Octagon girl Brittney Palmer?
The curious case of UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer continues.
Just this past July 19, the popular round card carrier was removed from the official UFC website, which was picked up on by various members of the mixed martial arts community with several reports stating she was on the outs with the promotion.
This seemed to be supported by cryptic tweets from Palmer, who stated she was "figuring it all out" and "thanks for all the good luck wishes."
Dana White Looks Back at UFC 133, Discusses Deal Fedor Turned Down
PHILADELPHIA -- MMA Fighting spoke to Dana White about a whole host of subjects following UFC 133: why he was so bothered by Dennis Hallman's unique trunks, Rashad Evans performance, his take on Tito Ortiz's performance, why the fans don't like Evans, what's next for Yoshihiro Akiyama and Vitor Belfort, Rory MacDonald's breakthrough performance, sitting with Bernard Hopkins at the event and one last take on the rise and fall of Fedor Emelianenko.
GSP and Nick Diaz Likely on Tap for UFC Primetime, but Will Diaz Play the Game?
UFC Primetime has become a big hit leading up to some of the promotion’s marquee bouts. The series follows two main event fighters on a three-part, behind the scenes journey leading up to their fight.
For UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, the series is old hat. He’s taken part in the promotional vehicle several times. There’s a reason for that. St-Pierre is one of the most popular fighters in the sport, and he realizes that partaking in such promotional tools only helps to drive his popularity, and value, threw the roof.
Following Hallman's UFC 133 banana hammock, White serious about short-shorts ban
PHILADELPHIA – Who likes short shorts? Clearly not Dana White.
The UFC president said he's dead serious about banning the type of bikini bottoms that Dennis Hallman wore at UFC 133 – the same briefs that ever-so-briefly exposed Hallman's nether regions to Saturday's pay-per-view audience.
"I'm seriously pissed off at the guys who work us who let him walk out with those things on," White said.
Rashad Evans thanks ragtag camp's family atmosphere for UFC 133 victory
PHILADELPHIA – Rashad Evans seemingly had every factor working against him.
There was the 14-month layoff and potential cage rust. There was the promised title shot that dissolved for a variety of reasons.
Then there was the very public split from his former training camp and his residence with a new team – one that had some insiders doubting his preparations for Saturday's UFC 133 pay-per-view headliner with Tito Ortiz.
Could Dan Henderson be on his way back to the UFC? "Fatso" needs to talk to "Ugly"
By now, it's no secret that Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson (28-8 MMA, 3-1 SF) is currently a free agent.
And while the sport's newest cliché (other than "stripping down to his Hallmans"), "business as usual," remains the guiding principle behind Strikeforce's business plan, UFC president Dana White admits there's a chance Henderson could soon make the leap back into the octagon.
It all depends on what happens when "Fatso" talks to "Ugly."
"Dan Henderson is in the mix," White told a small group of reporters following Saturday night's UFC 133 event. "Me and old ugly got to get together and talk and figure stuff out first.
"I texted him. I said, 'Hey, ugly. You ready to talk?' He said, 'Whenever you're ready fatso.'"
UFC boss: Jim Miller, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann all likely on verge of title shots
UFC president Dana White readily admits it's difficult to predict the direction of his promotion's entire roster mere moments after an event concludes.
Who gets cut, who stays, who moves up the ladder – White said he prefers to reflect for a day or two, then convene with UFC officials Lorenzo Fertitta and Joe Silva to make group decisions.
However, White did say a trio of fighters – namely Jim Miller (20-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), Chael Sonnen (25-11-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Brian Stann (11-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) – are all within striking distance of a shot at a UFC title and will soon find themselves in potential No. 1 contender fights.
UFC 133 results: After finishing Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans wants to 'teach Jon Jones a lesson'
Rashad Evans finished Tito Ortiz -- once and for all -- in the main event last night (Aug. 6) of UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and earned himself a light heavyweight title shot in the process.
And a ticket to Denver, Colorado, to challenge the winner of Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson at UFC 135 on Sept. 24.
Of course, while a win for Ortiz last night would have undoubtedly been good for business as the Huntington Beach hype train would have only built more and more steam, UFC President Dana White is surely seeing nothing but dollar signs at the possible 205-pound title match-ups.
After UFC 133 win, Chad Mendes' title shot could be derailed by hand injury
PHILADELPHIA – Following a convincing but low-key UFC 133 win over heavy underdog Rani Yahya, is Chad Mendes still next in line for a UFC title shot?
Following Saturday's event, it was a question UFC president Dana White pondered aloud.
But he also found a way to divert a direct answer: by pointing out a hand injury that could sideline the young contender for the foreseeable future.