Michael McDonald Injured, Out Of UFC Interim Bantamweight Title Picture
A favorite to get a shot against Urijah Faber for the interim UFC Bantamweight title, Michael McDonald will not get his opportunity in July as a hand injury has put him on the shelf.
Wrestling Observer founder Dave Meltzer reported in his Thursday update that UFC president Dana White said McDonald's hand was injured but didn't go into details about the severity or how long he would be out for. Meltzer added that one source told him that McDonald was the favorite to get the nod against Faber.
As of this writing, McDonald had not acknowledged the injury on Twitter. Faber's opponent will be announced on Friday night's edition of The Ultimate Fighter Live. He was to fight UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz in the main event of UFC 148 in Las Vegas on July 7, but Cruz suffered a torn ACL in training and will be out indefinitely.
UFC 146's 12-bout broadcast plans complete with FX, Facebook specials
The UFC's first-ever five-bout all-heavyweight main card broadcast will be complemented by "UFC Prelims" specials on both FX and Facebook.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the plans with sources close to the event, and UFC officials are expected to make an announcement shortly.
"UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir" takes place May 26 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The night's main card, which features UFC champ Junior Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) vs. former titleholder Frank Mir (16-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), airs on pay-per-view.
MAIN CARD (pay-per-view)
Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (for heavyweight title)
Antonio Silva vs. Cain Velasquez
Dave Herman vs. Roy Nelson
Shane Del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
Lavar Johnson vs. Stefan Struve
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller
Dan Hardy vs. Duane "Bang" Ludwig
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
* - Not officially announced
Mark Hunt Forced Out at UFC 146, Stefan Struve Now Meets Lavar Johnson
Lavar Johnson is getting another big opportunity.
A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Johnson (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is expected to replace Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a heavyweight bout against Stefan Struve (23-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) at UFC 146, which takes place May 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
BJ Penn rejects Josh Koscheck fight and insists he's 'not coming back anytime soon'
I've got bad news for all you B.J. Penn fans.
It looks like your Hawaiian hero won't be coming out of his self-imposed retirement to fight fellow welterweight veteran Josh Koscheck, despite getting called out by "Kos" earlier in the day on Twitter. In fact, he may not be coming back at all.
Live by the tweet, die by the tweet.
@joshkoscheck I know it costs a lot of money to live that lavish lifestyle, big house, fast cars & you need big fights but sorry I’m not coming back anytime soon!
And there you have it.
Bantamweight Michael McDonald auctions off UFC 145-worn fight shorts for charity
"Mayday" recently placed up for auction the actual shorts he wore during his UFC 145 knockout of former WEC champ Miguel Torres.
Interested buyers can bid on the shorts at ebay.com, and McDonald has committed to giving 100 percent of the proceeds to Crossover International, Inc., a 501.3c organization "that promotes using sports to spread God’s word."
McDonald is also willing to autograph or personalize the shorts if the winning bidder so desires.
"The reason I'm choosing to support Crossover International is because
we share a common cause, which is something I find incredibly valuable
and close to my heart," McDonald told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Going out into the world, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and shining a light in a place that very few lights are shone, Crossover uses the sport of basketball to reach kids and show them that being a Christian doesn't mean that you can't
have fun by bringing the community together and putting the word of God
into kid's lives.
"If just one kid's life could be changed for the better, then it would all be worth it to me. That is why we are going to do our best to help Crossover International in their cause."
Josh Koscheck: UFC offered me BJ Penn fight and I said YES!
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck took to Twitter tonight and spilled the beans on the next fight he was offered by UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva ... none other than B.J. Penn. You know, the guy who is supposedly retired from the sport.
#UFC just offered me to fight BJ Penn...I said YES!!!!! Just waiting on him!!!!!! Let's scrap bra?
Rafael Natal vs. Andrew Craig slated for UFC on FUEL TV 4
A middleweight bout between Rafael Natal (14-3-1` MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) and Andrew Craig (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slotted for July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event.
Natal today announced the fight via Twitter.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 takes place July 11 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The event's main card airs on FUEL TV, and Facebook is expected to carry the prelims.
It's not clear where Natal vs. Craig will end up on the lineup.
UFC confirms Urijah Faber's new opponent to be revealed on Friday's edition of 'TUF: Live'
Friday's 11th episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" features the season's final two quarterfinal fights, but the most newsworthy moment of the night will involve one of the season's coaches.
As expected, UFC president Dana White will on Friday announce Urijah Faber's new opponent for UFC 148, where "The California Kid" and the soon-to-be-named foe will compete for the newly minted UFC interim bantamweight title.
The replacement slot was necessitated when opposing coach and current bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz was forced to bow out of the card with a blown ACL.
"TUF: Live" features Cruz and Faber as opposing coaches. Following a two-and-a-half-hour debut episode in which an initial group of 32 was whittled down to 16, the series continues with one or two fights each week. After pre-taped content, the lightweights-only show concludes with live bouts.
The 11th episode sees Team Cruz's Vinc Pichel vs. Team Faber's Chris Saunders and a bout between teammates, as Team Faber's Al Iaquinta faces Andy Ogle. The winner advance to the season's semifinal bouts.
Leading candidates to face Faber in July include Renan Barao, who is currently scheduled to face Ivan Menjivar at UFC 148, and Michael McDonald, who recently earned an impressive knockout win over Miguel Torres.
Nick Penner vs. Tom DeBlass targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 4
UFC light heavyweights Nick Penner (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Tom DeBlass (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will meet this summer at UFC on FUEL TV 4.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the planned matchup, which theScore.com first reported earlier today.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 takes place July 11 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Broadcast plans for the event haven't been announced, but main-card action airs on FUEL TV, and prelims are expected to stream on Facebook.
Penner vs. DeBlass is expected to be part of the prelims.
UFC officials: Jason MacDonald not retiring following UFC on FUEL TV 3 loss
Despite his quick knockout loss to Tom Lawlor at Tuesday's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event, the 36-year-old Canadian middleweight isn't calling it quits.
"To set record straight ... [MacDonald] never said he's retiring," officials stated via the UFC Canada Twitter account. "Tough break last night. Hope to see him back soon."
In a FUEL TV-televised main card bout at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., MacDonald suffered his third loss in four fights. Lawlor connected on a left hand to the chin and a right to the temple to drop MacDonald and pick up the TKO victory in just 50 seconds. He also earned a $40,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus with the effort.
Prior to the fight, MacDonald hoped he could pick up a win and get booked for UFC 149, which takes place in his home country on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta. With the knockout loss, MacDonald likely faces a decent-sized medical suspension, which would make the UFC 149 plans unlikely.
UFC on FUEL TV 3 bonuses and awards: Chan Sung Jung pockets $80,000 extra
UFC on FUEL TV 3: "Korean Zombie vs. Poirier" from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
To the tune of $40,000 each.
The promotion dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four out of the 24 fighters on the card, and it's probably no surprise who's headed home with a second sack of simoleons.
In a shocker, Tom Lawlor was awarded "Knockout of the Night" honors for unloading some heavy leather on Jason MacDonald in the opening bout of the main card on FUEL TV. Of the 12 bouts that took place this evening, only one of them ended by way of knockout.
Way to make Dana White's job easy, Lawlor.
Dana White Explains Virginia Absence, UFC Boss To Undergo Surgery On Wednesday
For the first time in eleven years, UFC president Dana White will not be cageside for a live event.
Instead of being in Fairfax, Virginia for tonight’s UFC on FUEL TV 3 event, White is instead back home as he prepares to undergo surgery on Wednesday in Las Angeles, California.
White explained his absence to fans on Twitter (@DanaWhite), later revealing in a different Tweet that he was having surgery for Meniere’s disease.
- first fight I will miss in 11 years and it is KILLING me!!! I have to have surgery in LA 2 morrow or trust me I would be
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth Rescheduled For UFC Event This September
Swedish kickboxer Jörgen ‘The Last Viking’ Kruth (5-0) was to have tested his striking against French fighter Cyrille ‘The Snake’ Diabaté (18-8-1) last month at the UFC on FUEL TV 2 event in Stockholm, but Kruth was forced off the card due to a rib injury and was replaced by Tom DeBlass.
Kruth has a new date for his Octagon debut, September 29, 2012 at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event, and it will be against Diabaté in a light heavyweight matchupl.
‘The Last Viking’ broke the news to Swedish news agency Expressen.SE on Sunday.
UFC 148's Chael Sonnen likely to appear on agenda for May 21 NSAC meeting
So the red carpet might not exactly roll out for Chael Sonnen.
The UFC middleweight may appear at the Nevada State Athletic Commission's next meeting – scheduled for May 21 in Las Vegas – to answer questions about a therapeutic use exemption he applied for two weeks prior.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Sonnen's application is for doctor-prescribed testosterone.
Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is expected to rematch Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event's main-card airs live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX.
The onetime title challenger has spoken openly about his use of testosterone following a failed drug test post-UFC 117 that led to two separate suspensions and a fine from the California State Athletic Commission.
UFC's Bonnar pines for ultimate full-circle with 'TUF' coaching gig opposite Griffin
While he currently doesn't have a bout on tap, Stephan Bonnar (14-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) said he's hoping to land another superfight with Forrest Griffin (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC).
"Everyone out there please harass Dana White on Twitter to let me and Forrest coach the next season (of 'The Ultimate Fighter')," Bonnar told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "If he does that, I can guarantee a barn-burning slugfest.
"I won't go for any takedowns. I won't block any punches. I'll just be moving forward. I'm serious I would just go and slug it out and try to top our first one. What the hell do I have to lose? I want to give the fans a good one."
Bonnar and Griffin's first battle royal in April 2005 at the conclusion of the first season of "TUF" has been voted the greatest fight in UFC history. White often refers to the slugfest as "the most important fight in UFC history" because it took place as part of the first UFC fight card to air live on national television and helped the promotion score its landmark deal with Spike TV.
Nick Diaz's Injunction Denied, Forcing Him to Wait Until NSAC Hearing for Career Clarity
Nick Diaz will be forced to wait at least one more week before learning about the status of his stalled mixed martial arts career.
In a Monday hearing in Clark County (Nevada) district court, judge Rob Bare denied an injunction request that would have effectively overturned his temporary suspension by the the Nevada state athletic commission, stemming from a February drug test that was positive for marijuana metabolites.
The official minutes of the hearing will not be available until Wednesday, but Judge Bare's executive assistant Tara Duenas confirmed the ruling to MMA Fighting.
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told MMA Fighting that Diaz's hearing with his sanctioning body would be placed on the May 21 docket.
UFC on Fuel 3 Weigh In Results
Dustin Poirier (145) vs. Chan Sung Jung (145)
Jorge Lopez (171) vs. Amir Sadollah (171)
Jeremy Stephens (155) vs. Donald Cerrone (155)
Jeff Hougland (135) vs. Yves Jabouin (135)
Fabio Maldonado (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (205)
Tom Lawlor (186) vs. Jason MacDonald (185)
Brad Tavares(185) vs. Dongi Yang (186)
Marcus LeVesseur (155) vs. Cody McKenzie (155)
T.J. Grant (155) vs. Carlo Prater (155)
Rafael Dos Anjos (156) vs. Kamal Shalorus (155)
Jeff Curran (135) vs. Johnny Eduardo (135)
Francisco Rivera (134) vs. Alex Soto (135)
Phil Davis vs. Chad Griggs added to August's UFC on FOX 4 event
Chad Griggs (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is making the move to light heavyweight, and "Mr. Wonderful" will be there to meet him.
UFC officials today announced that the former heavyweight is dropping to 205 pounds, where he'll meet Phil Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 4.
UFC on FOX 4 takes place Aug. 4 at Los Angeles' Staples Center, and the main card airs on FOX.
Today's release did not detail where the Davis vs. Griggs fight will fit on the evening's fight card.
TUF9 winner Wilks forced to retire
TUF 9 winner James Wilks has announced his retirement from the sport.
The English welterweight, who earned a contract with the UFC after beating DaMarques Johnson in the final of 'The Ultimate Fighter: UK vs. USA', has been forced to end his career due to injury. He has not fought for 18 months.
"A few of you have been asking when my next fight is," Wilks said on Twitter. "Unfortunately, I have had to retire due to injury. Now coaching at Lightning MMA."
UFC on FUEL TV 3's Stephens on Cerrone: 'I'm going to break him'
Lightweight veteran Jeremy Stephens believes he can get Donald Cerrone to wilt under pressure.
"I couldn't care less about his kicks," said Stephens, scheduled to face Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 3 on Tuesday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. "I couldn't care less about his punching power. And I'm going to break him."
Both coming off losses to top-10 opponents, Cerrone and Stephens could use a win to start new runs at the elite ranks at 155 pounds. Pitting them against each other gives the UFC a good chance of an action-packed affair; between them, Cerrone and Stephens have combined for 13 fight-night awards under the banner of UFC parent Zuffa.
Yet Stephens doesn't go into the cage with the notion of winning a bonus for action.