Chael Sonnen moves to 205, gets rematch with Forrest Griffin at UFC's year-end show
After hinting that he might move up from middleweight to light heavyweight following his loss to Anderson Silva in July, Chael Sonnen has announced the move – and his opponent.
Sonnen will make the climb to 205 pounds and will face former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at the promotion's year-end show on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. Griffin beat Sonnen with a first-round submission nearly nine years ago in a regional promotion. Sonnen made the announcement on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV.
The UFC's Dec. 29 show, though not yet announced by the promotion, is likely to be UFC 155. It will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former champ Cain Velasquez.
Though a venue for the card is not yet known, it will take place either at the MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Sonnen-Griffin fight is likely to serve as the pay-per-view's co-main event.
Shlemenko Confirms With 100% Certainty That Fighters Fake Injuries To Avoid Bad Match Ups
“I can tell you for sure, 100%, I know why there are so many injuries. I personally find UFC fights not as exciting because of all those injuries. There are a lot of background tactics around who’s fighting who; fighters are trying really hard to have a good record in the UFC. If you’ve been offered to fight someone who’s considered a bad match-up, then it’s pretty easy to say ‘hey, I’m injured’.
For example, they offered Brian Stann to fight Hector Lombard. He got injured, and then the next thing you know – he’s fighting Michael Bisping. I can see the logic – for Brian Stann it makes more sense to fight Bisping, he’s simply more popular in the UFC than Hector Lombard. That’s why beating Bisping means more than beating Lombard, who’s a risky opponent.
You can fake every injury. Just tell [UFC doctors] about the symptoms and that’s it.”
In an interview with a ValeTudo.ru, Bellator middleweight stand-out, Alexander Shlemenko tries to blow the whistle on a number of fighters who pull out of scheduled fights due to injury.
Ed Soares Named President of Resurrection Fighting Alliance
MMA Manager Ed Soares has been named the new president of Resurrection Fighting Alliance. Soares confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday.
Soares, who manages the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and the Nogueira brothers, will continue to manage his stable of fighters, along with his partner Jorge Guimaraes.
"We still have a management business," Soares said. "This announcement has no bearing on anything.
"I'm not relieving any of my responsibilities as a manager, I'm just taking on a little more responsibility elsewhere."
Soares noted that if a fighter he represents would be courted by RFA in the future Guimaraes will negotiate the deal with the promotion and he will remove himself from the equation.
"I'm really excited to step into another chapter of a my life," Soares said. "I come from a promotional background from running various promotions, and I'm excited to get back in there."
UFC 150 ratings: FX prelims fall below 1 million viewers
The roller-coaster ratings for FX's UFC preliminary-card broadcasts continue.
The most recent two-hour broadcast, which coincided with this past weekend's UFC 150 event, fell below 1 million viewers.
Of FX's nine preliminary-card broadcasts to date, it ranked seventh.
Overall, the Aug. 11 broadcast averaged 974,000 viewers, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources.
UFC 150 took place at Denver's Pepsi Center. The night's main card, including lightweight champion Benson Henderson's narrow split-decision victory over Frankie Edgar, aired on pay-per-view. Dennis Bermudez, Michael Kuiper, Erik Perez and Chico Camus picked up victories on the FX broadcast, which followed a one-bout stream on Facebook.
The most-recent UFC-FX prelims broadcast, UFC 149, averaged 1 million viewers. Prior to that, UFC 148 set a new high watermark with 1.8 million viewers...
Ellenberger vs. Hieron official as UFC 151 co-headliner, broadcast schedule set
The full UFC 151 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
-Champ Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson (for light-heavyweight title)
-Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
-Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin
-Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares
-John Lineker vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
-Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson
-Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki
-Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
-Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)
-Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann
-Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke
Ronda Rousey is the One Girl Dana White Could See Fighting in the UFC
UFC president Dana White has long said that the women’s side of mixed martial arts is still lagging too far behind to include women’s weight classes in the UFC Octagon.
He’s still of that same mind, although his stance has softened quite a bit with the emergence of Strikeforce women’s bantamweight Ronda Rousey.
There’s no question that Rousey has both the ability to dominate in the cage and the personality that translates such talent into star power outside of the cage. That’s something White is keenly aware of.
Dana White Regrets Mayhem Miller Twitter War
Neither UFC president Dana White nor former UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller is known for holding his tongue when it comes to a war of words.
The two recently went head to head on Twitter in an exchange that White thought started out as a joke, but later expressed regret when he saw how seriously Mayhem was taking their exchange.
Check out what Dana White had to say to MMAWeekly.com following UFC 150 about his war of words with Mayhem Miller.
UFC 150 results, analysis, bonuses: Champ Henderson ekes out split decision vs. Edgar
At least on the scorecards, Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II was closer than the first.
But in the end, two of three judges scored the bout in favor of champ Henderson, who defended his title for the first time in another close fight with Edgar.
The bout served as the main event of Saturday's UFC 150 event at Pepsi Center in Denver. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
The audience erupted in boos at the announcement of the decision, which was read 49-46 in favor of Edgar and 48-47 twice for Henderson.
"Of course, you're always concerned whenever it goes to the judges," the champ defended as the audience voiced its displeasure. "I fight for all MMA and UFC fans. I come here and bring it! I try to finish fights!"
Disgust turned to dejection for Edgar as he was asked for his reaction to the score.
"It don't matter," Edgar said after an ovation from the crowd. "I thought I brought it to him."
Dana White Confirms Nate Diaz To Get Next Shot At Lightweight Title
Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar will fight once again for the Lightweight title in the main event of UFC 150. The two first met at UFC 144 in Japan where Henderson was able to win the title with a decision victory. However, because the fight was so close, Dana White granted Frankie Edgar a rematch for the chance to regain his title. This will be Edgar's third rematch since winning the title from B.J. Penn at UFC 112. Henderson will attempt to solidify his title claim tonight at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. The main card starts at 10 PM EST (7 PM PST) on Pay-Per-View.
This will be Edgar's third rematch since winning the title from B.J. Penn at UFC 112. In fact, Ben Henderson is only his third new opponent in the last two and a half years. This became a source of controversy when the tonight's rematch was announced. Many wanted a fresh opponent for Henderson simply to keep the division progressing and didn't want to risk and Edgar win leading to a subsequent rubber match.
Last night, Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting caught up with Dana White after the UFC 150 weigh-ins. Dana White assured that, regardless of the outcome tonight, there would be no immediate third fight between the two. Instead, the UFC will fulfill their promise to Nate Diaz.
UFC 150 Weigh In Results
Six months ago, Benson Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar to become the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s fifth lightweight titleholder. Now, he must do so a second time to remain at the top.
Henderson checked in at 154.4 pounds for his first title defense against Edgar (154.6) in the UFC 150 headliner on Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Melvin Guillard (157.5) failed to make weight at Friday's gathering, and has two hours to drop a pound and a half to reach the 156 pound ceiling. His opponent, Donald Cerrone, registered a passing weight of 155.
UFC 150 “Henderson vs. Edgar 2” Weigh-In Results:
Benson Henderson (154.4) vs. Frankie Edgar (154.6)
Donald Cerrone (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (*157.5)
Jake Shields (185) vs. Ed Herman (185)
Yushin Okami (185) vs. Buddy Roberts (184)
Justin Lawrence (145) vs. Max Holloway (145)
Dennis Bermudez (145) vs. Tommy Hayden (144)
Jared Hamman (184) vs. Michael Kuiper (185)
Ken Stone (135) vs. Erik Perez (135)
Dustin Pague (136) vs. Chico Camus (135)
Nik Lentz (145) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (145)
NSAC's Keith Kizer: 'No Way' for Alistair Overeem to Apply Early for License
Speaking optimistically about his future, Alistair Overeem said on Thursday night's MMA Uncensored Live on Spike TV that he and his team would soon go in front of the Nevada state athletic commission (NSAC) with hopes of receiving a conditional license for a possible Dec. 29 heavyweight title fight against champion Junior dos Santos. He even went so far as to say that a date for the meeting had been tentatively set, but not confirmed.
This came as news to the commission's executive director, Keith Kizer, on Friday morning, who told MMA Fighting that while NSAC will hold its regular monthly meeting on August 24, Overeem is not among the scheduled topics of discussion. In fact, he said, he hasn't even heard from anyone in Overeem's camp about putting him on the docket.
"That must be wishful thinking," he said. "He will not be on the agenda."
Furthermore, Kizer said under existing state statutes, Overeem would not be able to apply for a license until December 27, making his eligibility for a fight two days later a near-impossibility. In effect, Kizer said, there is no legal way to grant him an early hearing.
"I see no way to do that. I know of none," he said. "But even if the commission had some discretion to grant some waiver of time, I personally don't see this as the case. I'd be against that. There is some discretion at the commission level, but I don't think this is the case to use that discretion. This is not just a guy who engaged in cheating, but a guy who ran out the front door when the testing was being done."
Report: B.J. Penn Vs. Rory MacDonald Set For UFC On Fox 5
Tonight on MMA Uncensored, after addressing Jon Fitch's comments about Penn, Nate Quarry had a startling revelation:
If Quarry's source is correct
Oh my God, talk about a ridiculous thing to say - calling B.J. Penn a "coward". We're talking about B.J., who was the Lightweight champion, who also fought Machida at Light Heavy weight, so he moved up 50 lbs. to fight Machida. Machida, who was undefeated at the time, just knocked out Rich Franklin, just knocked out Stephan Bonnar. B.J. Penn goes to fight him because he's a fighter. That's what he wants to do.
Fitch calling B.J. a "coward" is just Fitch trying to get the attention. Fitch trying to hype himself into another big fight, because the Rory MacDonald fight got postponed. And we have it on good authority, my insider has told me, that that fight has been set for the Fox card in December. So we're gonna get that fight.
, this fight is a huge gain for the UFC On Fox 5 card.
Firas Zahabi: Georges St-Pierre told me he wants to fight Anderson Silva
Today’s “The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo” podcast featured an interview with Firas Zahabi, head trainer at TriStar gym, who talked about a prospective super fight between Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva.
“Georges St-Pierre told me he wants (to fight Anderson Silva). But right now he has to get back on the horse and fight Carlos Condit and be champion again. He needs to keep focused.
“(If the Silva fight happens) ideally I’d like a catch weight. I think it’d be more fair. If you fight at a catch weight, Silva won’t be 20 pounds heavier. 177 or 178 pounds is much more fair.”
- Firas Zahabi to Mauro Ranallo on The MMA Show
UFC on FOX 4 salaries: Rua, Machida top event's $963,000 payroll
The full UFC on FOX 4 paydays (the commission combined purses and win bonuses into one amount) included:
The full UFC on FUEL TV 4 payouts included:
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua: $240,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Vera: $70,000
Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ryan Bader: $47,000
Joe Lauzon: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Varner: $12,000
Mike Swick: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. DaMarques Johnson: $18,000
Nam Phan: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Miller: $21,000
Phil Davis: $30,000
vs. Wagner Prado: $16,000
Rani Yahya: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Grispi: $15,000
Phil De Fries: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Oli Thompson: $11,000
Manny Gamburyan: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Michihiro Omigawa: $11,000
John Moraga: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Ulysses Gomez: $8,000
Roy Nelson on 'TUF 16' drama: Dana White 'wants to be a fighter, and he's not'
It sure didn't take long for Roy Nelson to make waves on the set of "The Ultimate Fighter 16."
UFC President Dana White said this past week that the "TUF 10" winner and coach of the reality show's latest installment was already creating trouble in his new role.
"It's probably because he wants to be a fighter, and he's not," Nelson countered in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"The first day, as soon as we start filming, he starts shooting his mouth off and saying dumb [expletive]," White said.
Frank Trigg Arrested on Charges of Domestic Violence
Aug 9, 2012 - Former UFC welterweight and one-time MMA commentator Frank Trigg has been arrested on charges of battery domestic violence with strangulation. Prommanow.com was the first to report the news.
Trigg was being detained at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on a bond of $15,000. However, he has been released with the payment of the bond, MMA Fighting has learned. His court arraignment is scheduled for Friday, August 10th. Trigg's particular charge carries a potential jail sentence 1 to 5 years in Nevada state prison, and a mandatory fine of $15,000.
Jon Fitch Calls B.J. Penn a 'Coward,' Says He's Not Welcome at AKA
Jon Fitch clearly still wants a rematch with B.J. Penn. And he doesn't want the future UFC Hall of Famer anywhere near the American Kickboxing Academy gym.
The veteran welterweight is scheduled to face up-and-coming star Erick Silva at UFC 153 in Brazil on Oct. 13, but the San Jose, Calif.-based fighter wants another crack at the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, whom he fought to a majority draw in 2011.
On Tuesday, Fitch used a conference call designed to push AKA's new "Fight Factory" reality series on Nuvo TV to dog Penn, calling him a "coward."
Hector Lombard Says He Fought Injured Against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149
Former Bellator champion turned UFC middleweight Hector Lombard has now revealed he wasn’t nearly 100-percent as he headed into his Octagon debut against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149.
Following a lackluster performance that saw him come out on the losing end of a decision to Boetsch in July, Lombard now says that he actually went into the fight quite injured.
The injury will now force him to sit out an additional six-weeks before returning to training.
“I want to let all my fans know. I fought my last fight injured. I wasnt 100% sure but I went to the doctors, I have a fracture sternum with a torn cartilage,” Lombard wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.