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).
Edson Barboza vs. Justin Salas Targeted For UFC Brazil In January
Edson Barboza will return to action in January, facing Justin Salas at the planned UFC card from Brazil. Tatame confirmed the fight in an interview with Barboza.
The event is set to go down January 19, though no location has been determined. The UFC has yet to confirm the card, but multiple reports have it airing on either FX or Fuel TV.
Barboza (10-1) had his perfect record tarnished when Jamie Varner defeated him earlier this year via TKO. Barboza had won his previous four UFC bouts.
Salas (10-4) is 1-1 in his UFC career, but is coming off a TKO loss as well. Salas was stopped by Tim Means in June.
Kyung Ho Kang out, Motonobu Tezuka meets Alex Caceres at UFC on FUEL TV 6
An injury has forced a late change to next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in China.
Kyung Ho Kang is out of a bantamweight fight against Alex Caceres with a foot injury, which has forced the UFC to turn to a late replacement in the form of Motonobu Tezuka. Sources close to the promotion on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com, saying verbal agreements are in place for the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, a special administrative district of China. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Booked For January Brazil Event
The Brazilian news source Tatame is reporting that Thiago Tavares and Khabib Nurmagomedov have signed to face each other in January in Brazil. The location for the card has yet to be determined, but it is slated for January 19 and will air either on FX or Fuel TV.
Tavares (17-4-1) has won two straight and four of his last six with a draw thrown in there vs. Nik Lentz. He scored a decision victory over Sam Stout earlier this year after finishing Spencer Fisher in 2011.
Nurmagomedov (18-0) is 2-0 since joining the UFC, defeating both Gleison Tibau and Kamal Shalorus this past year. He has six knockout and seven submission victories to his credit.