Strikeforce to close shop after stacked January event
As we already told you, celebrity gossip site TMZ dropped to big announcements on the MMA world Thursday night. Obviously, the first was that WMMA superstar Ronda Rousey will become the first female fighter to compete under the UFC banner. Secondly they reported that the Strikeforce event scheduled for January will be the final card for the promotion.
Dan Henderson says he'll face Lyoto Machida at UFC 156
It appears that Dan Henderson be trying to regain his UFC light heavyweight title shot on February 2nd. In a live interview on Spike TV's Uncensored Live, Hendo confirmed that he will be facing former champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 156. The bout is probably a number one contender's bout, considering both men have claims for a title shot already.
EXCLUSIVE: Ronda Rousey -- Becomes 1st Female Fighter to Join UFC
Roda Rousey just made MMA history ... becoming the very first female fighter to join the UFC ... TMZ has learned. Rousey -- a former U.S. Olympian -- has officially joined Dana White's MMA organization ... and automatically becomes the 135 lb women's champion. We're told 25-year-old Ronda will defend her title in 2013 -- possible opponents include Sara McMann, Cris Cyborg and rival Miesha Tate.Rousey has been fighting in Strikeforce since last year and emerged as a superstar ... beating the living crap out of just about everybody she's faced. In fact, she's undefeated. And there's more ... sources say Strikeforce, which airs on Showtime, will be running its last event in January before folding up shop for good. A rep for Strikeforce had no comment.It's a pretty crazy turn of events -- considering last year, Dana told TMZ women would "NEVER" fight in the UFC
Dave Herman’s UFC 153 Marijuana Suspension Includes Rehab Requirement
Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman failed their drug tests following their respective bouts at UFC 153 on Oct. 13 in Brazil. Now, each has been handed down his suspension by UFC officials.
Since Brazil does not have a sanctioning body to oversee mixed martial arts, the UFC policed itself at UFC 153, hiring a third party company to administer drug testing. UFC 153 was held at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Herman – who test positive for marijuana – did not receive his suspension until Thursday.
Herman has been suspended for “six months from the day of the fight and must undergo and participate in an approved rehabilitation program, and have a clean drug test when the suspension is over, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner told MMAWeekly.com.
While the UFC is forced to police itself in jurisdictions without a commission, such as Brazil, they did take Herman’s case a step further than most athletic commissions. Most commissions would likely have suspended Herman, but not necessarily added the requirement that he attend an approved rehab program.
Herman will be eligible to return from suspension, granted he meets all of the necessary requirements, on April 13, 2013.
Fabricio Werdum surprised by 'TUF: Brazil' slot after offer to save Strikeforce event
UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum today told MMAjunkie.com that he volunteered to fight Daniel Cormier at a Nov. 3 Strikeforce event, but the promotion's parent company never offered the matchup.
A subsequent opportunity to coach "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2" opposite Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira came as a surprise.
"I didn't think I was as known in Brazil as Nogueira and (Mauricio) 'Shogun' (Rua) and Lyoto (Machida)," Werdum said.
'Big Nog' says he won't fight for the belt unless Junior Dos Santos loses UFC title
A longstanding relationship with UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos makes Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira uncomfortable with a title shot.
Nogueira, who will coach "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2" opposite Fabricio Werdum, said there's "no chance" he'll take a title shot unless Dos Santos is no longer champ.
"If there's any chance he doesn't have the title any more, for sure, I would love to fight for the belt," Nogueira said Thursday.
Former Strikeforce fighter Eddie Mendez signs with UFC
The UFC's middleweight division has a new addition.
Eddie Mendez, a California-based fighter and onetime Strikeforce competitor, has signed with the world's biggest MMA promotion.
Mendez and his management team at Iridium Sports today announced the signing via Twitter, though terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
UFC Heavyweights Shawn Jordan-Mike Russow To Square Off In January
Heavyweights Shawn Jordan and Mike Russow have agreed to meet in January, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The two will be part of UFC On Fox: Johnson Vs. Dodson from the United Center in Chicago.
Jordan (13-4) is coming off a decision loss to Chieck Kongo. He is a former LSU football standout who had won two straight prior to the loss.
Russow (15-2) had his 11-fight win streak snapped in Brazil earlier this year by Fabricio Werdum. The bout will give Russow, a Chicago police officer, the chance to compete in his hometown.
Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki Targeted For UFC On Fox 6
According to a report by the Chicago Sun Times, Clay Guida will be debuting at featherweight vs. Hatsu Hioki in January at UFC On Fox: Johnson Vs. Dodson. The bout will serve as a Homecoming fight for Guida, who hails from Illinois.
Guida (29-13) decided to move down to featherweight after a pair of losses to Gray Maynard and current UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson. He had won four straight fights prior to the losing skid.
The UFC on Fox 6 lineup is quickly filling up, as the main event features UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson facing John Dodson. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira and Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone are also scheduled.
Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas featherweight tilt shifts to UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago
It'll be a home fight for one and a quick trip down Interstate 94 for the other.
Featherweights Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas will meet when the UFC returns to Chicago in January for UFC on FOX 6. Sources with knowledge of the fight on Wednesday confirmed its new date to MMAjunkie.com.
The bout originally was targeted for the year-end UFC 155 pay-per-view in Las Vegas, but now finds a home in the Windy City.
White: 'No idea' if UFC 154's Hendricks-Kampmann winner up next for title
That upcoming No. 1 contender's bout may not be one after all.
Today, UFC President Dana White said he's not sure if UFC 154's co-headliner between Johny Hendricks (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Martin Kampmann (20-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) will earn the winner a welterweight title shot, as the organization previously announced.
That's because UFC 154's headliner, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, could temporarily leave the division for a blockbuster matchup.
With the uncertainty of those plans, White isn't sure if Hendricks-Kampmann is a true No. 1 contender's bout.
"I have no idea," he said. "I have no idea. We have to see how this thing plays out.
"Like I tell everybody, people are asking me, 'Is the Anderson Silva fight happening next?' Well, [St-Pierre] needs to beat Carlos Condit first. And like I said earlier, people are overlooking Carlos Condit, and that's a bad idea."
White said even with a win over St-Pierre, Condit wouldn't be on that same level. And that could be a good thing for Hendricks and Kampmann, who, barring an immediate rematch between Condit and St-Pierre, could be up next for a shot at Condit's belt.
"Carlos Condit ... will defend the title against who's next (if he beats St-Pierre)," White said.
Shannon Lee thrilled father Bruce Lee's legacy continues to be honored by MMA
At Saturday night's UFC on FUEL 6, which marks the fight promotion's debut in China, the company took the unprecedented step of featuring Lee's image on the fight poster, emphasizing his role as a forebear of current-day fighters with the quote, "Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts."
It was done with the permission of his estate, which is run by his daughter Shannon Lee through the Bruce Lee Foundation.
"I always make the distinction between Jeet Kune Do and MMA," Shannon Lee said on Wednesday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I don't see Jeet Kune Do as being the same thing as MMA, but I think when you start talking about my father's philosophical notion that in order to be a well-rounded fighter, you have to be able to defend an attack in any situation you find yourself, he was very much about needing to have a very precise and well-rounded arsenal when it came to real fighting. Of course, UFC is a sport, it's not street fighting but it's about as close as you can get in a controlled environment to a no-holds-barred fight, and I think my dad’s philosophies about needing to be a well-rounded fighter have been proven out in the sport."
Dana White: UFC 154 already has registered a $3.1 million live gate
UFC President Dana White has no doubts next week's UFC 154 event will be a hit at the box office.
He said the Nov. 17 event, which takes place at Montreal's Bell Centre, has already registered a live-gate total of $3.1 million gate.
Additionally, with week-of-event sales and a late push, he thinks the pay-per-view event could approach the organization's previous numbers in Montreal. Even if the organization may have overpriced the tickets.
"We're still a week and a half out," White said today during a UFC 154 media call. "I heard rumblings about this gate not doing well and Georges St-Pierre not selling out (the event). We're at $3.1 million right now.
"I wouldn't say the gate sucks. The biggest gate you can do there is $4 million, which is what we did last time with Georges St-Pierre."
After defeat in Rio, Erick Silva returns to the Octagon at UFC 156 in February
After defeat in Rio, Erick Silva returns to the Octagon at UFC 156 in February
Erick Silva is another Brazilian on the card of UFC 156, which will be held in Las Vegas on Feb. 2. As the magazine's website published the "tatami", the welterweight capixaba is confirmed at the event, but still has no opponent set. The other names that will represent the country are the featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, who will try to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar in the main event, and Rogerio Nogueira, who faces Rashad Evans.
After a fulminant start in Ultimate, Erick lost his last fight to American Jon Fitch at UFC Rio III, on October 13, by unanimous decision. The duel was awarded as the best of the night, and each took home the equivalent of $ 140 thousand.