Motonobu Tezuka in for Kang against Bruce Lee Roy at UFC on Fuel 6
An injury has forced a late change to next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in China.
Kyung Ho Kang (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of a bantamweight fight against Alex Caceres (7-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a foot injury, which has forced the UFC to turn to a late replacement in the form of Motonobu Tezuka (19-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Sources close to the promotion on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), saying verbal agreements are in place for the bout.
Heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga, Ben Rothwell To Meet In 2013
According to MMAWeekly.com, heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Ben Rothwell will meet in January. The two are slated for the Brazil card, which has yet to be confirmed by the UFC but is expected to go down January 19.
Gonzaga (13-6) returned to the UFC earlier this year, submitting Ednaldo Oliveira. He was released from the UFC in 2010. Gonzaga was expected to fight in October, but his match with Geronimo dos Santos was scrapped.
Rothwell (32-8) has alternated wins and losses in his last seven, but stopped Brendan Schaub by first round knockout this year.
Report: Johnny Eduardo out, George Roop in vs. Yuri Alcantara at UFC's return to Brazil
A recently reported bantamweight bout targeted for the UFC's return to Brazil has had a change.
According to a report from Sportv.com, Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is out of a planned fight against Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC). In Eduardo's place steps George Roop (12-9-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC), who will return to 135 pounds after a stint at featherweight.
The fight will take place Jan. 19 at the currently unannounced UFC event in Brazil, which is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV. A host city has yet to be determined.
Report: Diego Nunes meets Nik Lentz when UFC returns to Brazil on Jan. 19
A pair of recent featherweight winners will look to put together much-needed win streaks in January.
Diego Nunes (18-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (24-5-2 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) are set to meet when the UFC returns to Brazil.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported, the UFC will return to Brazil for the Jan. 19 event, though a host city hasn't been determined. The event is expected to be a UFC on FUEL TV or UFC on FX offering, not a pay-per-view card.
Portal do Vale Tudo first reported the bout, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the fight with the UFC.
Kyle Kingsbury contemplates retiring from MMA after recent string of losses
Stephan Bonnar may not be the only mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to cash-in on his 401K soon.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight monster Kyle Kingsbury recently hinted that he, too, might be leaning toward retiring from the sport after suffering three consecutive losses inside the Octagon.
Appearing on "The MMA Hour" "Kingsbu" revealed his latest setback, which came at the ferocious hands, feet and elbows of Jimi Manuwa one month ago at UFC on Fuel TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic," which lead to a six-month medical suspension because of multiple face fractures, has forced him to do some "soul searching" and evaluate whether or not he wants to continue fighting.
"I have no idea. They asked me for a quote right after the fight and I just said you know, I got some soul searching to do. I got to see where I'm at mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and really digest the whole situation. Digest the career, digest everything that's going on in my life and see if this is something I want to continue to do. Thankfully I got a six month suspension to figure it out, so it's not anything I have to decide right off the bat. But, it is something where you look at your career and, a lot of fans will look at me and say, 'That guy never had a shot at winning a title.' And, maybe they're right, but, nobody gets into this sport thinking, 'I'm going to be a millionaire by being a fighter.' People get into this sport thinking, 'I want to beat someone's ass and I want to try to get the title.' Getting to the UFC level and now being 4-4 as a UFC fighter, it was never my goal to come in and be a .500 fighter. It was never my goal to come in and win one, lose one, win three, lose three, that kind of deal. So, whatever I end up choosing, if I do end up wanting to fight again, I know there is going to be a period of time where I will work at trying to improve before I come back to the table to fight again. You look at a guy like Dan Hardy who took time after his losses and came back and he's well again. So, whatever the decision is, there is going to be sometime between now and the next one."
Mark Hunt wants Alistair Overeem rematch upon UFC return
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender, Mark Hunt, is making no bones about who he would like to face in his return to the Octagon.
Appearing on the most recent edition of "The MMA Hour," Hunt revealed he would like to get his rematch against current top contender, Alistair Overeem:
"If they'd like to get me a fight I'd like to get a rematch with Alistair Overeem, you know, when he comes back from his injury or from whatever, his hiatus. You know? I'd like to have my rematch with him. I'd be willing to fight next year so it doesn't matter. If he gets a title shot, that's good on him, so."
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner added to TUF 16 Finale in December
A lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard (30-11-2 MMA, 11-7 UFC) and former WEC champion Jamie Varner (20-7-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is the latest addition to The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
UFC officials today announced verbal agreements are in place for the fight.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The night's main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. It's not clear where Guillard vs. Varner will be on the lineup.
Vitor Belfort says Forrest Griffin turned down fight with him for UFC 155
It appears that Forrest Griffin wasn't a fan of fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 155 in December. Belfort spoke to Brazilian site UOL about the issue, and said that Griffin wasn't interested in tangling with him at the Vegas event:
I met with Forrest and he told me that he volunteered for a list of six names and mine was the first. He said he would face any of them except me. It's good to have this kind of recognition. I am here to serve the company."
I think this probably has to do with the fact that the two men were training partners for so long at Xtreme Couture. I can't see any other reason why Griffin would turn down a bout with The Phenom, only to sign on against Phil Davis. Belfort also stated that he's willing to take fights at either light heavyweight or middleweight:
"My weight, my category, are the medium. I am adaptable. But I do not have much time left in my career and I want to have great challenges, be in whichever weight it will be. I can make great fights and don’t run from anybody, I’ll be always ready."
Chael Sonnen chooses Dan Henderson as 'TUF 17' assistant coach
Chael Sonnen today told MMAjunkie.com that not only does he expect Dan Henderson to help him prepare for a title fight against Jon Jones – but Henderson will be one of his assistant coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17."
"We're on great terms (and) we've always been on great terms," Sonnen said while adding that Henderson will also corner him against the light-heavyweight champ.
Sonnen downplayed any rift with Henderson that arose in the wake of his selection as a "TUF 17" coach.
Alcantara vs. Eduardo, Castro and Vieira added to Jan. 19 UFC event in Brazil
Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is dropping a weight class to fight fellow bantamweight Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the currently unannounced Jan. 19 UFC event in Brazil.
Additionally, featherweights Godofredo Castro (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Milton Vieira (13-7-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) will meet at the event.
Sportv.com and Tatame reported the bouts, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm them with UFC officials.
All UFC on FUEL TV 6 fighters to receive drug testing, no TUEs issued for event
The UFC has retained an independent drug-testing laboratory to screen fighters for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse at next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in Macau.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with promotion officials that all 20 fighters on the card will be subjected to testing.
Additionally, UFC officials confirmed that no therapeutic-use exemptions were granted to any fighter on the UFC on FUEL TV 6 card.
John Cofer meets fellow 'TUF: Live' cast member Mike Rio at TUF 16 Finale
A lightweight matchup between "The Ultimate Figher: Live" cast members John Cofer and Mike Rio is set for December's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
UFC officials today announced the new matchup, which is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with a main event between "TUF 16" coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson.
Mike Pierce Replaces Kyle Noke, Meets Seth Baczynski At UFC on FX 6
After losing original opponent Kyle Noke (20-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) due to an injury, Seth Baczynski (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has a new opponent for December: Mike Pierce (15-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new welterweight bout.
The fight is part of UFC on FX 6, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia.
The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
The latest UFC on FOX 6 lineup now includes:
•Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos
•Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares
•"The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK" welterweight final
•"The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK" lightweight final
•Seth Baczynski vs. Mike Pierce
•Hacran Dias vs. Chad Mendes
•Joey Beltran vs. Anthony Perosh
•Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Chael Sonnen hints at rift with Dan Henderson following 'TUF 17' fallout
Occasional training partners Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson probably aren't as close as they used to be.
During Tuesday's MetroPCS online chat, Sonnen said he hasn't spoken to the fellow Team Quest fighter ever since Henderson posted some critical tweets.
Sonnen, of course, recently leapfrogged Henderson in the pecking order of the light-heavyweight division and got a coaching spot on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" and a promised title shot with champion Jon Jones.
White says Jones-Silva 'absolutely will happen,' Jones expects heavyweight move in 2013
While UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) vs. welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) is still a strong possibility, UFC president Dana White has strengthened his stance on the possibility of Silva vs. light-heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC).
"I said it in Brazil, and I'll say it again: Hell yes, they will (fight)," he said Tuesday.
Time is ticking, though; Jones said he plans to be a heavyweight as early as next year.