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UFC signs undefeated Swede Papy Abedi
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Highly sought-after Swedish prospect Papy “Makambo” Abedi has signed with the UFC. Abedi’s manager, Manos Terzitane, Sunday confirmed to Sherdog.com that the 32-year-old judo black belt has inked a four-fight deal with the American promotion. The Kongo-born fighter stands undefeated at 8-0 and has posted finishes in all but one of his fights, including five knockouts and two submissions. Despite previously competing at middleweight, Terzitane told Sherdog.com that Abedi will drop to 170 pounds for his Octagon debut.
Submitted Jun 26, 2011 5:45PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
PSAC indefinitely suspends Marquardt, says UFC, fighter had six weeks to get clearance
(mmajunkie.com)
PITTSBURGH – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission still won't reveal exactly what forced Nate Marquardt out of tonight's UFC on Versus 4 event, but PSAC executive director Gregory Sirb did reveal the fighter was given plenty of time to address the issue. And after failing to fulfill the PSAC'S requirements, the commission has now put Marquardt on indefinite suspension. "He's been put on suspension," Sirb told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "When he meets those requirements, he'll be taken off. How long of a suspension (it will be) is up to him."
Submitted Jun 26, 2011 5:43PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Focus is on Brown, but UFC on Versus 4's Howard ready to settle score with Johnson
(mmajunkie.com)
PITTSBURGH – John Howard (14-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) hasn't lost focus on the task at hand. When he meets fellow welterweight Matt Brown (11-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC) on the Versus-televised main card of Sunday's UFC on Versus 4 event at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center, both of the once-hot prospects are fighting for their job security. But Howard knows that – one way or another – he and rival Anthony Johnson eventually are going to clash, whether it's in the UFC octagon or in the street.
Submitted Jun 26, 2011 9:42AM by pmoney - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Nate Marquardt cut from the UFC
(tout.com)
Nate Marquardt (MMA 31-10-2 UFC 10-4) Has been cut from the UFC: It's just going from bad to worse for Nate, not only did he lose his Main Event spot at UFC Live on Versus but he has been cut from the UFC in the space of 40 minutes as Dana says in the video link below: What's next for Nate, I don't know, but this is big big news. Greg Jackson's Camp Instist the setback is temporary and his future still lies at 170 pounds. With regards to him being taken off the main event. However with the cut from the UFC it's a huge shake up for Nate's career and both the Middleweight and Welterweight Divisions.
Submitted Jun 25, 2011 5:05PM by jjeans - 49 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marquardt scratched from UFC on Versus 4; Barry-Kongo now main, Story gets Brenneman
(mmajunkie.com)
One-time UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt will not be making his welterweight debut this weekend. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Marquardt is a late scratch from Sunday's UFC on Versus 4 event, and opponent Rick Story (13-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will now instead meet Charlie Brenneman (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the evening's main card. With the late change, a highly-anticipated heavyweight bout between Pat Barry (6-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Cheick Kongo (15-6-2 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) has now been promoted to main-event status. The reason for Marquardt's last-minute withdrawal, mere hours before he was scheduled to hit the scales at the event's official weigh-ins, wasn't immediately evident. However, Marquardt's camp did release a statement insisting the setback was temporary and his future still lies at 170 pounds.
Submitted Jun 25, 2011 3:49PM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
John Makdessi injured, forced out of UFC on Versus 5 bout with Paul Taylor
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated lightweight prospect John Makdessi (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will have to wait a little bit longer to get back to action. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that Makdessi has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC on Versus 5 contest with Paul Taylor (11-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC). An undisclosed injury is said to be the culprit, though Makdessi's manager, Mitch Mayberger, was unavailable for comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com. This sucks....
Submitted Jun 25, 2011 12:32PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Top-ranked Japanese featherweight Hatsu Hioki signs UFC deal
(mmajunkie.com)
Former World Victory Road/Sengoku featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki (24-4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) officially is octagon-bound. UFC officials today announced the top-ranked Japanese star is the newest addition to the roster of the world's biggest MMA promotion. Officials did not reveal Hioki's debut appearance and first opponent.
Submitted Jun 25, 2011 12:04PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shogun Rua calls for UFC to permit stomps
(espn.co.uk)
Mauricio Shogun Rua has told ESPN that he believes stomps should be made legal in the UFC. Former Pride star Shogun has spent the majority of his career in competitions permitting stomps, and he is a huge advocate of that particular weapon. The UFC had to outlaw the technique in order to bring the sport of MMA into the mainstream, a move Rua completely understands as president Dana White continues to take the sport into new territories.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 7:11PM by kopower - 40 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Undefeated newcomer Lance Benoist signs multi-fight deal with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated welterweight Lance Benoist (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is octagon bound. A source close to the promotion today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. Benoist's debut has not been set. A standout on the Midwest regional circuit, Benoist brings an impressive (albeit brief) resume into a deep division. He has ended all of his five professional fights and all but one of his six amateur fights in the first round. In fact, two of his first three professional victories came in the opening minute of the first round. While his amateur record is marked by TKO victories, his professional record boasts four submission wins.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 4:17PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Fabricio Werdum nominated for 2011 ESPY Awards
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC champions Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre, as well as Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, have all been nominated for 2011 ESPY Awards. Jones and St-Pierre were each nominated in the "Best Fighter" category while Werdum's June 2010 submission win over Fedor Emelianenko was nominated in the "Best Upset" category. Fans can vote on the winners from now through July 9, and the awards show airs on ESPN on July 13. Jones and St-Pierre are joined in the "Best Fighter" pool by standout boxers Bernard Hopkins, Sergio Martinez and Manny Pacquiao.
Submitted Jun 24, 2011 4:16PM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
UFC on Versus 4: Pat Barry – No More Mr. Nice Guy
(mmaweekly.com)
If there’s one thing you can say about UFC heavyweight Pat Barry beyond his fight skills, it’s that he’s a hell of a nice guy. During his Q&A appearance prior to UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville, Ky., Barry had a room full of fans laughing and joking along with him as he told stories and answered questions. At the UFC Fighter Summit, Barry somehow managed to strip down to his underwear and sit quietly during one of the talks being given, while fighters all around him chuckled and couldn’t help but laugh at the gentle giant’s antics. He even famously knocked down his idol Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic when they fought, and helped him back up.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 7:57PM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Bantamweights Jeff Hougland and Donny Walker added to UFC 132
(mmajunkie.com)
A pair of promotional newcomers will round out July's "UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber" event, as bantamweights Jeff Hougland (9-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Donny Walker (15-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet on the evening's preliminary card. UFC officials today announced the addition. UFC 132 takes place July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber headline the event.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 5:02PM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Whitey' Bulger arrest recalls UFC owner's roots
(content.usatoday.com)
The capture of one of the most wanted U.S. fugitives touches on the origins of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's parent company. James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested Wednesday near Los Angeles, law enforcement officials said. Bulger, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, is accused of leading Boston mobsters for decades. If at least one allegation is true, his organization also launched a chain of events that led to the formation of UFC owner Zuffa. edit: I really hope this is in the right forum. if not, I'm sorry
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 4:40PM by Poor_Franklin - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Melvin Guillard: A lightweight grand prix tournament is the solution for the 155-pound division
(mmamania.com)
Brackets? We don't need no stinking brackets ... actually, we do, at least according to Melvin Guillard. It ain't easy being a top contender in the 155-pound division. If you are, you're one of many and your spot in the pecking order is up for constant debate.
Submitted Jun 23, 2011 3:35PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Quick Quote: 'Let's be honest, Joe Stevenson hasn't really evolved much in three years'
(mmamania.com)
Them fightin' words. Less than a week before his UFC on Versus 4 bout against Joe Stevenson, WEC import Javier Vazquez sizes up "Daddy" on Sherdog's Beatdown Radio show.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 4:45PM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on Versus 4: Pat Barry Faces Important Test in Cheick Kongo
(bloodyelbow.com)
At this Sunday's UFC on Versus 4, the semi-main event will be a clash of Heavyweights as Pat Barry faces Cheick Kongo. Both men come into the fight with strong stand-up skills and professional kickboxing experience - a point which will surely be much discussed in the lead-up to the fight. Yet while the two fighters have a similar background, what they have chosen to do with those backgrounds is very different, and it is this difference that makes this such a pivotal fight in the career of Pat Barry.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 4:40PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
T.J. Grant withdraws from UFC on Versus 4, fight with Charlie Brenneman scrapped
(mmajunkie.com)
Canadian welterweight T.J. Grant (16-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has fallen ill and will be unable to fight Charlie Brenneman (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on Versus 4. The UFC today announced the change via Twitter and said that officials weren't able to find Brenneman a replacement opponent in time for the event, which takes place Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Submitted Jun 22, 2011 4:35PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch Plans to be Ready for UFC 138; Fight with BJ Penn on Tap?
(mmaweekly.com)
Jon Fitch has been cleared to return to training on Sept 1 and he’s gunning for a fight on the UFC 138 card in November currently rumored for San Jose.
Submitted Jun 21, 2011 8:59PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vancouver Riots Blamed on UFC, NHL By School Board Chair
(bloodyelbow.com)
In a move that's all too predictable, a Vancouver school board chair named Patti Bacchus has found the time to point the finger at the UFC for their role in the Vancouver riots. The riots started after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup finals to the Boston Bruins. The following days saw authorities blaming everything from "roving gangs of youths" to "anarchists" all while trying to minimize that it was, more than likely, a stupid mixed group of Canucks fans and people just looking to make trouble. The most recent attempt to blame the UFC is probably the most absurd, however. Via the Vancouver Courier (by way of Yahoo's Puckdaddy): "The painted faces and hockey itself-it's aggressive, they celebrate the brawling on ice, it's winning, it's dominance. If kids are all watching a UFC game and cheering someone for bloodying up someone else's face, how big a leap is that from cheering on someone smashing a window? It's very mixed messages we're sending to young people who are still in a stage of developing their impulse control and moral development."
Submitted Jun 21, 2011 8:56PM by FastKnockout - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jorge Rivera Talks Possible Retirement, Michael Bisping
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera might be near the end of the line. The 39-year-old veteran is coming off a loss to Michael Bisping, and his thoughts are apparently creeping towards retirement. He spoke to the Boston Herald about his ten-year MMA career and what might happen with his career after his fight with Alessio Sakara at UFC 133: "I've been thinking that this might be the last fight. I'm going to give it all I've got," Rivera said. "The last fight left me kind of flat. Other than being sick of fighting, I'm not sure I want to do that. I'm getting to 40-years-old now. I don't want to be taking unnecessary blows to the head. I want to come out with a W and maybe take one or two big fights and then I'm done."
Submitted Jun 21, 2011 8:55PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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