Rich Franklin feels like he's 'last of the Mohicans' in UFC, wants another shot at Anderson Silva
In a sport that had grown so much in really only a few years, Rich Franklin will add yet another first to his career when he headlines the first UFC show in China on Saturday.
Franklin (29-6), headlined the first live television event in the United States, and also headlined the company's first shows in places like Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Western Canada. He faces the sport's most unorthodox stand-up specialist, Cung Le (8-2), in the main event at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in Macau.
'UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit' pulls above average numbers for debut
'UFC Primetime', the first of a three-part series counting down the training of Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit before their Nov. 17 fight at UFC 154 in Montreal, did 629,000 viewers on FX.
The show aired directly after the highest-rated Ultimate Fighter episode of the season.
The number is above the average for the series, which since moving to FX, has averaged between 540,000 and 560,000 viewers for shows building up Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, Nick Diaz vs. Condit and Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez.
Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira Set For UFC On Fox 6 In January
A date has finally been set for the last fight on Quinton Jackson's UFC contract. The former Light Heavyweight champion was originally scheduled to face Glover Teixeira in the co-main event of UFC 153. However, Rampage was forced from the contest after suffering an elbow injury only 3 weeks before the event. Glover went on to put a vicious beating on Fabio Maldonado. Following Teixeira's win, both he and Rampage asked to have their original match rescheduled.
Tonight, Jackson tweeted that they now have a date set for the fight on his Twitter:
@Rampage4real Outside the cage I hate no one. Life is too short for that. In side the cage my Job is to destroy! Glover is done on Jan 26 n Chicago..
Anderson Silva to attend UFC 154 ... does a Georges St-Pierre superfight loom?
A party with a vested interest in the outcome of UFC 154's main event is heading to Montreal a week from Saturday night.
Sitting front row Octagonside at the Bell Centre will be UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
And depending on how the bout between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit pans out, there's a chance that before the evening is over, the wheels could be fully set in motion for a superfight which has long been speculated.
Silva's manager, Jorge Guimaraes, hinted to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on the Tuesday night edition of Fuel TV's UFC tonight that a challenge is forthcoming if St-Pierre defeats Condit.
Johnson vs. Dodson to headline UFC on FOX 6
Yet another title fight is heading to FOX.
Newly crowned UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) will make the first defense of his belt against TUF 14 winner John Dodson (14-5) in the main event of UFC on FOX 6, according to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani.
In addition, a long-awaited contenders match-up pitting Donald Cerrone (19-4, 1 NC) against former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (15-2) is being targeted for the FOX-televised main card.
UFC VETERAN DREW MCFEDRIES RECOVERING AFTER WEEKEND STABBING AT IOWA NIGHTCLUB
Former UFC middleweight Drew McFedries was stabbed Saturday night while working security at a nightclub in Davenport, Iowa.
Sherdog.com confirmed McFedries’ injury Tuesday with the fighter’s manager, Monte Cox, who relayed that McFedries was stabbed on the left side of his back, with the blade hitting his scapula. McFedries, who has worked at the club for about six months, managed to control the man until police arrived, according Cox, who revealed that the fighter was released after a few hours in the hospital.
UFC suspends Bonnar one year; Herman ordered to undergo treatment, suspension awaits
The UFC today suspended one fighter and targeted sanctions for another following positive post-fight drug tests at UFC 153.
Stephan Bonnar tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone and was suspended for one year. Dave Herman came back positive for marijuana and was earmarked for a suspension and drug treatment program.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com, adding that the promotion expects to introduce a new drug testing policy by the end of the year.
Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira name 'TUF: Brazil 2' coaching staffs
Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira have named their coaching staffs for "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2."
The veteran UFC heavyweights recently were named head coaches for the upcoming reality show, which begins filming early next year for an expected March debut.
Some notable names are part of the coaching squads.
Team Werdum features Wanderlei Silva (MMA), Rafael Cordeiro (muay Thai), Rubens Cobrinha (jiu-jitsu), Kenny Johnson (wrestling) and Felipe Werdum (capoeira), according to a report from Globo.
Team Nogueira, meanwhile, features Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (MMA), Everaldo Penco (jiu-jitsu), Eric Albarracin (wrestling), Sheymon Moraes (muay Thai) and Vitor Miranda (kickboxing).
Fowlkes: MMA's drug problem is real – and it isn't getting any better
It's funny how differently fighters react to positive drug tests when it's the UFC administering them, isn't it?
It's kind of like when you were a kid and you quickly learned which teachers could be taken advantage of and which were to be feared from a great distance.
Just look at how things went down after UFC 153 in Brazil, where the UFC's independent testing efforts nabbed Stephan Bonnar for steroids and Dave Herman for marijuana.
Thiago Alves taking year off, out until 2013
UFC welterweight Thiago Alves has decided to take a bit of a break from MMA. The former top contender was expected to face off with Yoshihiro Akiyama, then Siyar Bahadurzada back at UFC 149 in July but had to pull out after tearing his pec, which requited surgery. He has now put out a statement saying he won't be returning until the middle of next year (via BuddhaSport)
"Following my chest surgery, my management and myself have decided to take this year off to fix my left knee as well as all my other little injuries to come back stronger than ever in 2013 to make another run for the title and get it this time. I should be back by June 2013."
Alves (19-9) hasn't fared too well since a decision loss to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100, going just 2-3 since then. His last bout was a late loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 in March, in a bout he was controlling until an ill-advised takedown attempt in the third round got him stuck in a guillotine. He's long been known as one of the better strikers in the division.
Following PPV letdowns, champ Henderson hopes Diaz can help sell UFC on FOX 5
UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson isn't one to hype a fight, but heading into the second defense of his title, he hopes his opponent will help sell it to the public.
"I don't think Nate Diaz is going to be a big talker and say a bunch of stuff, but it's nice to have something the media can latch onto," Henderson told MMAjunkie.com.
While Henderson's bottom line won't necessarily be affected by the number of viewers who watch the bout, he would like to increase his earning power
UFC on FUEL TV 6 fight card and early-morning start times
As a reminder this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event begins earlier than the usual UFC start times.
Much earlier, in fact.
North American fight fans may want to set their alarms for Saturday's event in Macau, which includes a preliminary-card kickoff at 7:15 a.m. ET (4:15 a.m. PT) and a main card at 9 a.m. ET.
UFC on FOX 5's Rory MacDonald says VADA testing 'annoying' but doable
As one of the guinea pigs for expanded and third-party drug testing in MMA, Rory MacDonald admits the process is a bit annoying.
But, he said, it's doable.
MacDonald, of course, agreed to undergo Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) testing with opponent B.J. Penn, whom he meets next month in a featured welterweight bout at UFC on FOX 5.
Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone targeted for Jan. 26, possibly UFC on FOX 6
A long-anticipated fight between lightweight contenders Anthony Pettis (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Donald Cerrone (19-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is nearly set.
Sources close to the promotion told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighters are targeted to meet at a UFC event on Jan. 26, possibly UFC on FOX 6.
A venue for the event could not be confirmed at the time of this writing, though sources said Chicago is one candidate.
UFC Possibly Heading To Puerto Rico In 2014
In a recent online chat presented by Metro PCS, White had a little bit more information on Puerto Rico, saying that it’s still a work in progress, but that they are making headway and the Octagon will be there soon.
“We’ve been focused on Puerto Rico,” said White. “We’ve been doing some work down there.”
Puerto Rico has a population of more than 3.7 million people, so the UFC isn’t taking the U.S. territory lightly.
“We want to do a pay-per-view down there,” added White. “We know it’s a big market for us. I will say that we’ll probably do an event there in 2014.”
UFC: Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman admit to taking banned substances
Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman admit to taking the banned substances that prompted their failed drug tests at this past month's UFC 153 event.
That's according to the UFC, which recently issued a statement on both fighters.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Friday, Bonnar tested positive for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Herman's test detected marijuana metabolites.
"The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents," the statement read. "Both fighters have admitted taking the banned substances and have orally agreed to suspensions. Once the suspensions have been reduced to written agreements, the results of their tests and the agreed-upon suspensions will be sent to the Association of Boxing Commissions official record-keeper so other jurisdictions will be on notice."
The length of the suspensions wasn't disclosed.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale fight card
Main Card (FX)
Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson
TUF Finalist 1 vs. TUF Finalist 2
Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner
Mike Pyle vs. James Head
Preliminary Card (FUEL and facebook)
Jonathan Brookins vs. Dustin Poirier
T.J. Waldburger vs. Nick Catone
Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius
Jared Papazian vs. Tim Elliott
Vinc Pichel vs. Rustam Khabilov
Reuben Duran vs. Hugo Viana
John Cofer vs. Mike Rio
Hollett Takes On Prado At UFC On FX 7 In Brazil
The UFC will make their return to Brazil for the fifth time in 17 months and the card will have a little bot of Canadian content when Nova Scotia’s Roger “The Hulk” Hollett takes on Brazil’s Wagner Prado in a Light Heavyweight contest. A city and venue is still yet to be determined.
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie added to December's UFC 155 event
A featherweight matchup between fan-favorite slugger Leonard Garcia (15-9-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Cody McKenzie (13-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will take place in December.
UFC officials today announced the contest has been booked for UFC 155.
UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is a heavyweight title fight rematch between champion Junior Dos Santos and ex-titleholder Cain Velasquez, which headlines the pay-per-view portion of the show.
UFC officials did not announce where the Garcia vs. McKenzie bout will reside on the evening's fight card, but it is expected to take place on the preliminary portion of the event.
UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil with Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping headliner
Reports of new bouts for the UFC's return to Brazil in January had been trickling in with regularity earlier this week. Now they're official.
The UFC today announced a 12-fight card in Brazil for Jan. 19, though the host city and venue are still to be determined and, the UFC said, will be announced soon. The four-fight main card is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV.
Headlining the event will be a middleweight bout between recent light heavyweight title challenger and former middleweight title challenger Vitor Belfort (21-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Michael Bisping (23-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC).