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Cheick Kongo Turned Down Fight Against Roy Nelson at TUF 16 Finale
UFC President Dana White reveals that Matt Mitrione wasn't the first fighter they called when a replacement was needed to face Roy Nelson at the TUF 16 finale.
Submitted Nov 16, 2012 11:30AM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
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Eddie Mendez vs. Nick Penner slated for UFC on FX 6 in Australia
A light-heavyweight bout between Eddie Mendez (7-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Nick Penner (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to next month's UFC on FX 6 event in Australia. Mendez replaces injured Ednaldo Oliveira (13-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and Penner evidently replaces Krzysztof Soszynski (26-12-1 MMA, 6-3 UFC), though no reason was given for his withdrawal. UFC officials announced the new bout overnight. UFC on FX 6, which also served as the final of "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes," takes place Dec. 15 at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Dec. 14 in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV. Mendez vs. Penner likely will be part of the prelims.
Submitted Nov 16, 2012 9:27AM by sparky - 2 comments
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Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia added to February's UFC 156 event
A welterweight matchup between perennial contender Jon Fitch (24-4-1 MMA, 14-2-1 UFC) and Brazilian submission ace Demian Maia (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is the latest addition to February's UFC 156 event. UFC officials today announced the new contest. Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champ Jose Aldo and former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar, UFC 156 takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view. Maia currently boasts a two-fight win streak after downing Rick Story at this past month's UFC 153 event in Rio de Janeiro and earning a bizarre TKO victory over Dong Hyun Kim at July's UFC 148 fight card in Las Vegas. The two victories came after a disappointing 1-2 run that included losses to Chris Weidman and Mark Munoz. Maia is a Fabio Gurgel black belt and former world champion jiu-jitsu player who one ea. However, his recent win over Story marked Maia's first submission win since a 2009 tapout victory over Chael Sonnen.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 9:02PM by Shawn91111 - 23 comments
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UFC 154's Patrick Cote says durable chin will make impression against Alessio Sakara
Patrick Cote took a fight against Cung Le on four weeks' notice, but unlike some who step up in the UFC, he was given no guarantees he'd be back. "If I had a bad performance, they wouldn't give me another fight, for sure," Cote told MMAjunkie.com. Cote lost, but was the first to take Le the distance. And with a full training camp, he said he's better prepared for his next opponent, Alessio Sakara.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 6:03PM by prophecy033 - 8 comments
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UFC on FOX 6 official for Chicago with flyweight title bout, 'Rampage'-Teixeira co-main
The UFC returns for another mid-winter fight card in the Windy City in January, and tickets for the event go on sale later this month. "UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson" is official for Chicago's United Center on Jan. 26. The main event features the first flyweight title defense of Demetrious Johnson against top contender John Dodson. UFC officials on Thursday announced the card, with tickets for the event on sale to the general public Nov. 30 with pre-sale dates on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 6:00PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
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Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione slated for TUF 16 Finale in December
In a battle of former TUF 10 cast members, Roy Nelson will now meet Matt Mitrione at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com learned from sources close to the event. When contacted by MMAFighting.com, both Mitrione, as well as Nelson's camp declined to comment on the pending fight. According to sources, though, both fighters have verbally agreed to meet next month. The news comes just a day after Shane Carwin pulled out of the Nelson bout due to an injured knee.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 5:53PM by Shawn91111 - 15 comments
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GSP-Anderson Silva Super-Fight Being Targeted For May
Despite nothing being official from either side, a potential super-fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre has a time frame set up. UFC president Dana White told ESPN's SportsCenter on Thursday that the promotion is looking at May for Silva-GSP. "Anderson Silva will be there Saturday watching, and if (GSP) wins, it'll be a huge fight for us," White said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for transcribing). "It'll probably be the biggest fight in UFC history." White reiterated that the bout would take place in either a "soccer stadium in Brazil, Dallas' Texas Stadium, or we'd do Toronto again."
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 1:07PM by Shawn91111 - 18 comments
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BJ Penn Serious About His UFC Comeback with Stacked Team of Training Partners
No one has ever questioned that B.J. Penn wants to go down in the annals of UFC history as one of the best fighters of all time, but there have been moments when his motivation to train and prepare have come into doubt. Returning from a short-lived retirement to face Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 on Dec. 8 in Seattle, however, Penn appears to be at the top of his game, even in the training room. At least, if the training partners he’s hired for this fight are any indication, it appears that Penn couldn’t be any more serious about his Octagon comeback...
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 8:29AM by grappler0000 - 24 comments
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Gray Maynard Headed For Surgery With Torn Ligaments
Gray Maynard's manager, David Martin, informed MMAWeekly.com that "The Bully" has torn his medial and lateral meniscus in his knee and will need surgery. Maynard was forced out of a planned UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II fight with Joe Lauzon due to the injury on Wednesday. Following a victory over Clay Guida earlier this year, Maynard was looking to finish 2012 on the right note. Instead, he'll be headed for an operating table. Martin confirmed Maynard will have surgery next week and is expected to be away from training for three-to-five weeks. The UFC has already announced a replacement for Maynard, as Jim Miller has stepped in to face Lauzon on December 29 from Las Vegas.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 12:32AM by Biggavelli - 5 comments
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Shane Carwin Tore Just About Every Ligament In His Knee, Says His Manager
Shane Carwin's manager, Jason Genet of Ingrained Media, told Fighters.com on Wednesday night that his client suffered extensive damage to his knee in training. UFC president Dana White confirmed that Carwin will not make his scheduled December encounter with Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. "He was essentially training through the injury and pushed too hard, too fast," Genet said. "The gut feeling is that he can recover without surgery if he rehabs it." Genet said that Carwin, a former interim UFC heavyweight champion, tore his PCL, LCL and popliteus in his knee, but added, "Shane will be fine and is staying positive." Carwin has not competed since early in 2011, falling to current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. He underwent back surgery and was on his way to returning before the knee injury.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 12:31AM by Biggavelli - 9 comments
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Royce Gracie Makes Claims Against Shane Carwin Following Fight Withdrawl
Former UFC champion Royce Gracie made an interesting remark on Wednesday following news of Shane Carwin's knee injury. Carwin was forced to pull out of a planned fight with Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale in December with the injury. "So much for the claims (Nelson) was trying to get out of the fight with (Carwin)," Gracie posted, "guess that random test (expletive) up the cycle and 'blew out the knee.'" Gracie is claiming that Carwin would have failed a pre-fight drug test for a banned substance had he went ahead with the bout. This is all just Gracie stating his own opinion, but Carwin and Nelson had several arguments over such claims before they began coaching on The Ultimate Fighter. Nelson is expected to remain on the card, as the UFC has said they are searching for a replacement.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 12:30AM by Biggavelli - 11 comments
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Dana White confirms Ultimate Fighter's return to Wednesdays in 2013
The 17th season of Ultimate Fighter, which is currently being filmed in Las Vegas with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as coaches, is expected to air on Wednesday nights, starting in January on FX. The show moving to a better night was announced by FX Executive Vice President Chuck Safler back in October. Malki Kawa, the manager of Jones, said the move would be to Wednesday in an interview with The Fight Network. Subsequently, MMAFighting.com confirmed the new date with Dana White. In doing so, the show is moving back to the night it ran on Spike for many years. The show moved to Fridays at the start of 2012, with the move from Spike TV to FX. Even though moving to a significantly higher rated network, and having the fights air live for the first time in the show's history, ratings fell to the lowest level in the show's history.
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 9:56PM by DrivenDavies15 - 8 comments
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Gray Maynard Out, Jim Miller in Against Joe Lauzon at UFC 155
When it rains, it pours. Just minutes after announcing a torn knee had forced Shane Carwin out of his bout against Roy Nelson, an undisclosed injury has now yanked Gray Maynard (Pictured) from his UFC 155 shootout against Joe Lauzon. As we all know full well, the Octagon show waits for no man. It will be Miller Time on December 29th, as Jim Miller has agreed to serve as substitute.
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 6:00PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
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UFC 154 hits theaters on Saturday with fighter meet-and-greets around country
The UFC returns to movie theaters on Saturday for UFC 154. As the promotion has done for several past shows, UFC 154 will be available on the big screen through Fathom Events. And in conjunction, more than 20 UFC fighters will attend screenings around the country to watch the card with fans and participate in meet-and-greets. UFC 154 takes place at Montreal's Bell Centre and features a main event welterweight title unification bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and interim titleholder Carlos Condit. The event is scheduled to be shown at more than 350 movie theaters in the United States.
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 3:30PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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UFC 154's Rafael dos Anjos credits move to United States for two-fight win streak
Rafael dos Anjos has gotta be lovin' him some United States these days. The Brazilian moved to the States from Rio de Janeiro in February and is 2-0 since the move. On dos Anjos meets Mark Bocek at UFC 154 looking for three straight. Maybe his two-fight win streak since moving to the U.S. is just coincidence. But dos Anjos doesn't think so.
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 2:38PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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UFC announcer Bruce Buffer to introduce drivers at Sunday's NASCAR event
Bruce Buffer will trade in the Octagon for Pit Road this weekend. Buffer, the UFC's longtime in-cage announcer, will add NASCAR to his resume on Sunday. And it couldn't come at a better time. Buffer will do driver introductions at Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 1:18PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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Nam Phan Replaces Eddie Yagin, Fights Dennis Siver at ‘UFC on FOX 5'
Ask and you shall receive. Shortly after requesting to replace fellow Asian fighter Eddie Yagin in his December 8th scrap against Dennis Siver, the UFC has granted featherweight Nam Phan (Pictured) his wish. “if 1 azn brother falls than another must take his spot. Who wants 2 c me fight Dennis Siver? tweet 2 @ufc & @danawhite lol : ) ,” Phan tweeted to the powers that be. It has been reported Yagin was forced to pull out of the contest after suffering a head injury during a recent practice session.
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 11:55AM by DrivenDavies15 - 12 comments
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Tom DeBlass retires after UFC: Macao loss
After two consecutive losses in the UFC, middleweight Tom DeBlass has decided to end his fighting career. Following a 3 round fight against Riki Fukuda at UFC Macao, Middleweight Tom DeBlass has announced his retirement from MMA. Last Saturday, he opened up the first ever UFC event out of China on the Facebook prelims. After 15 minutes of action, the judges decided that Fukuda had outworked DeBlass and handed him his second consecutive UFC loss in as many fights. DeBlass announced his retirement though his Twitter account: After a lot of talk with my family and Coaches. I have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my Academy, and helping my students to achieve their goals. I have had the opportunity to win the Pan American games, the No Gi World Championships, and National Championships, the Abu Dhabi trials and compete in Abu Dhabi. I have competed all over the world at 30 years old. I fought for Ring of Combat and won their titles. I made it to UFC in a year and a half. I know I am no where near my prime, however I feel my time is better spent else where. I want more then one Academy. At this time I feel it's best for me to give my time to others, and spend more time with my family. The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing Academy and feel my students need my full attention. Maybe I will return to Jiu-Jitsu competition. Thanks to everyone for the support. It's been an awesome ride. God Bless.
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 10:18AM by sparky - 2 comments
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Martin Kampmann: Georges St. Pierre vs Anderson Silva is not the ‘super fight’ to make
According to Martin Kampmann, a bout between Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva is not the 'super fight' to make after UFC 154. 'Hitman' argues that a showdown between Silva and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is much more intriguing ... and way more super. What do Tito Ortiz, Freddie Roach and Martin Kampmann have in common? They all believe a contest between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and welterweight champions, Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, is not the 'super fight' to make because of the fact "The Spider" is simply too big for the French-Canadian. They all could very well be spot on with their assessments, given that Silva walks around at 215 to 220 pounds, while "Rush" probably doesn't even break the 200-pound mark on any given day. Furthermore, Ortiz believes a showdown between heavyweight title holder Junior dos Santos and light heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones, is a much more even fight. Kampmann, meanwhile, shares the same sentiments as just about any other mixed martial arts (MMA) fan, saying a fight between "Bones" and "The Spider" is the "super fight" to make. In the Dane's conversation with ESPN, he declares St. Pierre would get knocked out by the Brazilian bomber: "I think [St-Pierre] is going to get knocked out. That's my honest answer. Everything aside, I'd much rather see Anderson Silva fight Jon Jones. [Silva] is calling out the smaller guy. I'd like to see him fight Jon Jones. I think that's a much more interesting fight, and that's not just from my personal perspective. It's also from a fan's perspective."
Submitted Nov 14, 2012 6:39AM by SmileR - 15 comments
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