Nike Signs UFC Champion Jon Jones to Global Sponsorship Deal
The UFC light heavyweight champion has signed a sweeping, worldwide sponsorship deal with sports apparel giant Nike, MMA Fighting has confirmed with multiple sources.
The two sides have agreed to a multi-year contract that will see Jones decked out in Nike gear for the foreseeable future. On Sept. 1, when he faces Dan Henderson at UFC 151, Jones will be rocking the famous "Swoosh."
As a part of the deal, Jones will be featured on worldwide Nike advertising and receive his own signature line, sources said. It is expected to be announced within a week.
Jay Hieron vs. Jake Ellenberger set for UFC 151
Seven years after his most recent trip to the octagon, Jay Hieron (23-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) is returning to the UFC. Multiples sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Hieron has agreed to replace injured Josh Koscheck (17-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) and now will meet fellow welterweight Jake Ellenberger (27-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at UFC 151.
Alistair Overeem Responds to Junior dos Santos: ‘I Think He’s Afraid to Fight Me’
Last weekend following the action at UFC on Fox 4, UFC President Dana White revealed the news that heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has requested to face Alistair Overeem next instead of Cain Velasquez.
Velasquez was the de facto No. 1 contender after his win at UFC 146, and originally he was rumored to face the man that took the UFC heavyweight title from him at UFC 152 in Toronto this September.
Delays kept happening and the fight never materialized, but then it was revealed that dos Santos had asked to face Overeem instead because he was a ‘punk’ and had been running his mouth too much of late.
Now Overeem has responded after speaking to UFC Tonight, and his belief is that dos Santos really doesn’t want the fight to happen in the first place.
Frankie Edgar: It Doesn’t Feel Right Not Being the Champion
Everybody in the world has routines.
Whether it’s waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee or always turning on programs in a certain order when starting a computer, life is built around routines.
From April 2010 to February 26 2012, Frankie Edgar‘s routine was going to bed at night and waking up in the morning as the UFC lightweight champion of the world. Edgar got used to having that title around his waist and being referred to as ‘champ’ or the best in the world.
But since losing the belt to Benson Henderson back in February, Edgar’s new routine hasn’t suited him nearly as well. It’s a taste that’s hard to swallow and one he hopes to rectify this weekend at UFC 150 in Denver.
“It definitely doesn’t feel right,” Edgar said about not being champion when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio. “Especially when people say ‘former UFC world champion’. You try not to put everything on world titles and what not, but being champ is nice.
UFC officials back Las Vegas LGBTQ Community Center, take part in groundbreaking
UFC Vice President of Community Relations Reed Harris and former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin were among a small group of UFC officials on hand for Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.
The ceremony served as the official start of construction of a new center for the non-profit organization.
The UFC's parent company, Zuffa, LLC, is an initial donor for the project. Other benefactors include Las Vegas-based companies Boyd Gaming, Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Station Casinos and Wynn Las Vegas.
UFC 150's Melvin Guillard and Donald Cerrone are friends looking for a knockout
It's something you don't often hear in the MMA business. Melvin Guillard and Donald Cerrone said it was easier to agree to fight each other because they were friends.
"This is the first time we’re actually going to be able to throw punches and kicks and not have to pull them," Guillard said.
The two trained together at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., and threw plenty of blows getting ready for fights, though none at the full speed required for the cage.
Josh Koscheck Injured, Out of UFC 151 Fight with Jake Ellenberger
Josh Koscheck has been forced out of his scheduled bout against Jake Ellenberger on the Sept 1 card due to a bulging disc in his back.
Unfortunately now UFC officials are left to find a replacement to try to step in and face Ellenberger on just three weeks notice for the upcoming card in Las Vegas.
The injury was reported on Fuel TV via UFC Tonight on Tuesday evening.
Sheriff still gathering evidence in barfight allegedly involving UFC's Chad Mendes
The Kings County Sheriff's Office is gathering additional evidence before deciding whether to request charges against onetime UFC featherweight challenger Chad Mendes.
"There are still more witness interviews," Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We've learned that there's possibly a video from the bar that we need to try and get our hands on. So the case is not ready to be submitted to the district attorney yet to see if there's possible charges."
Mendes has denied wrongdoing after allegations surfaced of his involvement in a bar brawl more than a week ago in Hanford, Calif.
The brawl took place July 28 at the Lacey Inn Bar in Hanford and involved 40 people. It was later broken up by local authorities. Mendes was sought for questioning when it was alleged that he sucker-punched a bar patron and ran away.
"While Chad acknowledges that an incident occurred last Saturday in Hanford, he contends that the majority of the facts pertaining to him in the story are absolutely false," read a statement released this past week by his management company, MMA Inc
UFC on FX 5 main card set, Browne vs. 'Bigfoot' slated for five rounds
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, heavyweights Travis Browne (13-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) and Antonio Silva (16-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) meet in the event's headliner. Officials today announced, as with other non-title main events, it'll be contested over five rounds.
MAIN CARD (FX)
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione
John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga
Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado*
Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson*
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater
Louis Gaudinot vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Diego Nunes vs. Bart Palaszewski
UFC on FOX 4 Ratings: Approximately 2.36 Million Tune In For Shogun vs. Vera
In the considerable shadow of the Olympics, Saturday night's UFC on FOX 4 was never expected to win the evening's ratings battle. The fight card produced a considerable amount of action and drama, but in the end, the ratings reflected the difficulty of stacking up against a powerhouse sports property.
The event, highlights by a main event pitting former UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua against Brandon Vera, saw its highest ratings in the last half-hour, when approximately 2.36 million tuned in for the showcase fight...
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Would Like To Coach TUF Brazil 2 Against Shogun Rua
After Mauricio "Shogun" Rua picked up a win over Brandon Vera at UFC on Fox 4 on Saturday, he was not granted the UFC light heavyweight title shot he had hoped for. So the big question was simple - what's next for Shogun? The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2 will be kicking off soon, and it was all but confirmed that Shogun was going to be a coach on the show against Lyoto Machida before this recent light heavyweight kerfuffle. Since that's clearly out the window now with Machida getting a title shot, who could coach against Rua?
Enter Lil' Nog.
Siyar Bahadurzada Wants B.J. Penn Fight Bad Enough He'll Donate Fight Purse To Charity
With Rory MacDonald pulling out of the UFC 152 bout with B.J. Penn after sustaining a very bad cut in training, the question is if the UFC will move the bout to either 153 (as Penn wants) or 154 (as MacDonald wants), or if they'll just give Penn a new opponent.
Siyar Bahadurzada crushed Paulo Thiago in 42 seconds in his UFC debut and now he'd like to be the man who gets to fight B.J.:
Siyar The Great
(1/2) The only reason I wanna fight @bjpenndotcom is to test my will and warrior spirit vs his. I'm not fighting for money! @UFC @danawhite
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Siyar The Great
(2/2) I'm willing to donate my fight purse to a charity to prove that it's not for financial reasons & will take VADA tests! @UFC @danawhite
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Diego Sanchez Returning to Lightweight Division
The last time Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego Sanchez was at 155lbs he was fighting for the UFC lightweight title.
That fight against B.J. Penn in 2009 didn’t go his way, and after the fight Sanchez moved back up to welterweight where he had spent the majority of his career to that point.
Now after some soul searching and obviously some dietary changes, Sanchez has decided he will officially move back down to lightweight for his next fight in the UFC.
“It’s back to 155 for me,” Sanchez wrote on his Twitter page recently. “Should be good!”
According to Sanchez, the unfortunate side of things right now is an injury that’s pushing his return to the Octagon back for a few more months. Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery, but is currently rehabbing and working his way back into action...
Cung Le vs Rich Franklin booked for UFC on FUEL TV 6 in China on Nov. 10
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming to China and come hell or high water, it seems, Cung Le will be headlining the card.
Despite a nasty toe injury that has required some radical round-the-clock therapy, the former Strikeforce champion has been booked to throw leather against Rich Franklin for the planned UFC on FUEL TV 6 event on Nov. 10, 2012, at the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel in the People's Republic of China.
The logic behind the matchmaking here is clear. Although born in Vietnam, Le competed many times internationally during his kickboxing career. He's not so big a name that he would be wasted on a free FUEL card -- same for Franklin -- but not so small so as not to draw a big crowd.
It's the perfect mix.
Just Postponed? Rory MacDonald Wants UFC 154; Penn Wants UFC in Rio
Rory MacDonald and B.J. Penn still want to fight one another despite their bout being canceled for the upcoming UFC 152 fight card in Toronto.
As far as scheduling a new date, Penn targeted UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil instead, but it’s unknown if MacDonald would accept that timeline instead of fighting in his home country of Canada as part of UFC 154 in Montreal.
“I would like to wish Rory a speedy and healthy recovery and request a postponement of our fight to the Rio card,” said Penn.
After UFC on FOX 4 no contest, Davis-Prado targeted for UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis
Not long after Phil Davis (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Wagner Prado (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) had their light heavyweight fight stopped with a no contest, the UFC already was thinking about when to do the rematch.
An accidental eye poke at Saturday's UFC on FOX 4 led to a no contest when Prado told a cageside doctor he was having trouble seeing. After the event, UFC President Dana White said the promotion is targeting October's UFC on FX 5 card for the rematch.
At the post-event news conference, UFC President Dana White said he and matchmaker Joe Silva already had talked about where the rematch was likely to wind up.
"Me and Joe were talking, and maybe we put them on (UFC on FX 5) in Minneapolis," White said. "Provided his eye's OK and he doesn't have any problems, we'll move them to that card."
Junior dos Santos Asks UFC to Face Alistair Overeem Next Instead of Cain Velasquez
UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is throwing a wrinkle into the current title contender picture because he doesn’t want to face Cain Velasquez next.
That’s not to say that dos Santos is turning down a fight with Velasquez, or avoiding the fight in any way, shape or form.
No, according to UFC president Dana White, it’s because the UFC’s top heavyweight has his eyes set on a slightly bigger target. Bigger as in six-foot-five former Dream, Strikeforce and K-1 Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem.
White revealed on Saturday night after the UFC on Fox 4 press conference ended that dos Santos has asked to face Overeem next instead of Velasquez because the Dutch striker is “a punk” and he wants to shut him up.
White did also say it would be a tough decision to take the title fight already promised to Cain Velasquez away from him, but dos Santos has made it clear who he’d prefer to fight.
Will dos Santos wait for Overeem to return or will he opt to go ahead with the fight against Velasquez?
That decision will be left up to Dana White and the other UFC brass.
Rory MacDonald out of Fight w/BJ Penn
LOS ANGELES – A major cut suffered in training that required several stitches will keep Rory MacDonald from a highly anticipated welterweight fight against B.J. Penn at UFC 152 next month.
UFC President Dana White on Saturday told MMAjunkie.com of the injury following Saturday's post-event news conference for UFC on FOX 4, which took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) had been booked for the main card of UFC 152, which is set for Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
UFC on Fox 4 bonuses (and analysis) - Lauzon, Swick, Varner
LOS ANGELES – Joe Lauzon, Mike Swick and Jamie Varner each earned $50,000 bonus awards for their performances at Saturday's "UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera" event.
Swick earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Lauzon and Varner each earned "Fight of the Night" awards and Lauzon even double-dipped with a "Submission of the Night" bonus and took home $100,000 in total.