China on the UFC schedule in 2012
MMA Weekly reports that the UFC will make it to China in 2012. Dana White indicated that the UFC is closing a deal with the Venetian Macau to hold the event.
The UFC opened offices in Asia in August 2010 and the UFC would like to make inroads into China. It had placed hopes with UFC fighter Zhang Tiequan in hoping that his success would equate to a following in China. Despite Zhang’s defeats in the Octagon he has picked up many fans of the sport. The support for Zhang can be exemplified by the fact that he picked up 100,000 followers to his Weibo (equivalent to Twitter) account after his UFC debut in Australia in 2011. The UFC hopes that there would be a sufficient level of MMA fighters from the country that it could feature on a card in China. The company sees that a market will develop faster if there is local talent to display. It used this strategy in 2002 with the UFC’s first trip to the United Kingdom.
The expansion of the product into Asia is a logical move despite hurdles it must overcome. Lorenzo Fertitta noted two reasons expansion makes sense.
Mayhem Miller: If I Lose To C.B. Dollaway At UFC 146, 'I'm Quitting'
UFC middleweight Jason"Mayhem" Miller faces C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas. He's coming off a very one-sided defeat at the hands of Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in December. Dana White called that performance one of the worst he'd seen.
Miller's heard the critics and he's not happy either. The 31-year-old Miller was a guest on Spike TV's MMA Uncensored last night and had the following to say (transcription via MMA Mania):
"I'm on my own chopping block. If I lose to him, I'm quitting! I don't even deserve to be in there! There's not an easy fight. In the UFC, there's no easy fight. He doesn't deserve to be in there with me, and I'll prove it. I'll prove it in under a round, because, we see...I tend to get tired in the second round (laughs). We're both in a similar spot in our career I guess. We're both on the chopping block. That's fine. I'm really happy with that."
Frank Mir, The Constant Heavyweight Contender
Frank Mir seems to always be just one win away from a title shot. The constant contender has fought in four UFC championship bouts, and if he gets past Cain Velasquez at UFC 146, he’ll be fighting for a UFC championship belt for a fifth time.
He’s seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows during his career to this point. He rose to the top of the heavyweight division at a young age. He debuted in the organization at just 22 years old. By the time he was 25, he was UFC heavyweight champion.
Before he could defend that title, Mir was involved in a motorcycle accident suffering a broken femur. Many questioned if he’d ever get back to where he once was in the sport. And his comeback performances following the injury fueled the doubters’ belief that Mir would never be the same...
Melvin Guillard meets Fabricio 'Morango' Camoes at UFC 148 in Las Vegas
After back-to-back losses, veteran UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard (29-10-2 MMA, 10-6 UFC) will look to right the ship against Fabricio "Morango" Camoes (14-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) at UFC 148.
Officials recently announced the fight.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz headlines the event opposite fellow "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" coach Urijah Faber.
UFC 148's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX carries the prelims.
Guillard vs. Camoes likely will be part of the prelims.
Anaconda Ace Milton Vieira to make octagon debut against Felipe Arantes at UFC 147
The UFC 147 dance card continues to develop, as officials from the UFC’s Brazilian branch confirmed Thursday that Milton Vieira will tangle with Felipe Arantes when the promotion returns to Brazil this summer.
Headlined by a long-awaited middleweight title rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, UFC 147 marks the promotion’s third trip to Rio de Janeiro in the last year. The event takes place June 23 at Joao Havelange Stadium and is expected to break the UFC’s all-time attendance record. Also featured will be another highly anticipated rematch, as middleweights Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva collide for the first time since 1998.
Gleison Tibau and Khabib Nurmagomedov, will face off at UFC 148
Two lightweights riding hot streaks, Gleison Tibau and Khabib Nurmagomedov, will face off at UFC 148, promotion officials announced Thursday.
Featuring a light heavyweight rubber match between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin, UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event is also expected to host former middleweight champion Rich Franklin’s return to 185 pounds, as “Ace” locks horns with ex-Strikeforce titlist Cung Le.
Leonard Garcia-Matt Grice featherweight tilt added to UFC on FX 3
Featherweights Leonard Garcia and Matt Grice will square off June 8 at UFC on FX 3, promotion officials announced Thursday.
While a venue for the event has yet to be confirmed, the show is expected to be headlined by a pivotal flyweight rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall. The winner of that contest will go on to fight Joseph Benavidez to determine the UFC’s inaugural 125-pound champion.
UFC on FX 3 will also showcase a pair of top bantamweights, as former WEC champion Eddie Wineland locks horns with onetime title challenger Scott Jorgensen.
Thiago Tavares out, Tony Ferguson now meets Michael Johnson on UFC on FOX 3
Tony Ferguson (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) now has his third scheduled opponent for UFC on FOX 3.
UFC officials today announced that Thiago Tavares, who replaced an injured Dennis Hallman, has also withdrawn from the card.
In his place steps "The Ultimate Fighter 12" finalist Michael Johnson (10-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who now meets Ferguson on the UFC on FOX 3 preliminary card.
UFC on FX 4: Ross Pearson vs Cub Swanson possible for June 22 in Atlantic City
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is putting together a featherweight contest pitting Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson for the upcoming UFC on FX 4 network television event, tentatively scheduled for the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, on Sat., June 12, 2012.
ESPN.co.uk brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
After dropping two out of three fights at lightweight, Pearson (13-5) shed some skin and tried his luck in the 145-pound division. His first test against Raphael Assuncao proved to be a difficult one, but one he passed via gritty unanimous decision win at UFC 141 last December.
Swanson (16-5) also got back into the win column after losing two of three. The Greg Jackson disciple and former WEC combatant polished off George Roop at the UFC on FOX 2 event earlier this year. Can he string together two consecutive wins for the first time in almost four years?
Cain Velasquez: 'I'm a realist, I knew I wasn't going to go through my career undefeated'
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez is trying to keep it real.
Booked for a rebound fight against Frank Mir at the UFC 146 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 26, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Velasquez is hoping to erase the memories of a disastrous performance against Junior dos Santos at the inaugural UFC on FOX event late last year.
"Cigano" knocked him silly in just 64 seconds.
It was a performance that left him "unhappy." Not only did he fail to retain his 265-pound crown, but Velasquez also regrets not being able to deliver the kind of fight fans were hoping to see.
Those comments (via Yahoo! Sports) and more, after the jump.
"I'm a realist. I knew I wasn't going to go through my career undefeated. That's how this sport is. People lose. Even the best guys lose. I knew as soon as it was over, I had to pick myself back up and keep going forward. I do have some extra motivation now, for sure, but I wish that for that night things had gone differently and that the fans had gotten the fight they came to see. Ultimately, I let myself down. I don't ever want that to happen, and not for Fox or anything else. I want to go out there and win. Stuff happens. I get that, but I definitely wasn't happy with my performance. What it comes down to it, I don't want to be in that position again."
Joe Lauzon & Terry Etim Have Reportedly Agreed To Meet At UFC on FOX 4
UFC lightweights Joe Lauzon (21-7) and Terry Etim (15-4) have reportedly agreed to meet this coming August on the UFC on FOX 4 card.
News of the matchup was announced by Fighters Only on Wednesday, noting that both verbal agreements are in place between the two.
UFC on FOX 4 is expected to take place on August 4, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It’s likely that this match will end up on the night’s preliminary card, possibly headlining the undercard before the FOX broadcast.
IAN MCCALL VOWS TO FINISH DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON IN REMATCH
If the judges’ scorecards had been counted correctly and the UFC flyweight tournament bout between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson had gone to a “sudden victory” fourth round, McCall believes he would have finished his opponent.
As evidence, he points to a strong third round in the March 3 matchup. McCall slammed Johnson in that final period, took his back, mounted him and landed heavy punches and elbows.
“I think I was close to putting him away in the third,” McCall told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.” “I think I would have put him away.”
He didn’t get the chance, though. Due to the tabulation error, the fight was ruled a majority decision for Johnson after the third round. Later it was changed to a majority draw, but McCall doesn’t think that was right either.
“I thought I won, but I got a weird, weird, sick feeling that I wasn’t going to win,” McCall said. “At first when I stood up, I was like, ‘I won the fight. I won the fight,’ and then when the ref grabbed my hand, I felt like I didn’t win. I felt like I did win, but I wasn’t going to get the decision.”
Ramsey Nijem meets newcomer C.J. Keith at June's UFC on FX 4 event
Ramsey Nijem (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) welcomes promotional newcomer C.J. Keith (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon on June 22.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place for the UFC on FX 4, and contracts are expected shortly.
The lightweight matchup was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 in Atlantic City, N.J., likely at the new Revel Atlantic City resort, with a Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard headliner.
Shields moving on up
According to a report on FUEL TV's UFC Tonight Tuesday, former UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields is moving up to the 185-pound division later this year.
The Californian is no stranger to middleweight though, having won a Strikeforce title there, and among his victims in the division are Dan Henderson Jason Miller, and Robbie Lawler. Shields is coming off a UFC 144 win over Yoshihiro Akiyama in February.
Alistair Overeem and other select UFC 146 fighters undergo surprise drug test post press conference
The Heavyweight fighters who participated at today's (March 27, 2012) UFC 146 press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, got a little bit more than they bargained for at the conclusion of the promotional festivities.
According to MMA Fighting, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) director, Keith Kizer, administered a random drug test on all fighters in attendance, which included Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva.
"We brought the drug test to them instead of making them go to the drug test. If they were not in Las Vegas, I would need to find them a lab, which is of course, much more of a hassle."
UFC President cuts King Mo
In another devastating blow, former Strikeforce champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has been released from his Strikeforce contract.
UFC president Dana White today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) but declined to comment on the release.
Following a nine-month suspension issued today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Lawal lashed out on Twitter, which led to his ouster.
overeem sentenced community service
Heavyweight mixed martial artist Alistair Overeem was sentenced to 50 hours of community service Tuesday stemming from a Jan. 2 incident in which he allegedly pushed a woman at a Las Vegas nightclub.
Additionally, Overeem must attend anger-management counseling and stay out of trouble for 90 days. Failure to comply could result in a 90-day jail sentence.
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring rematch targeted for UFC 149 in Calgary
Court McGee will get a shot at redemption.
McGee (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will fight fellow middleweight Nick Ring (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at this summer's UFC 149 event, sources close to the show today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fighters first met in an opening round matchup on "TUF 11" that Ring won via hotly contested majority decision. However, McGee later won the reality-show tournament when he got a second life with an injury-replacement slot.
UFC 149 takes place July 21 at the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines against an opponent to be announced.
UFC 149's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It's not clear where McGee vs. Ring will end up on the lineup.