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Dan Henderson would consider a superfight at heavyweight
This past weekend, at UFC 157, we were treated to the debut of women's MMA in the UFC. The card was solid overall, but featured a couple fights that were disappointing, to say the least. Among those was the highly anticipated bout between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson, which ended up being an unfortunate bust. I'd consider fighting anybody. As long as I didn't have to cut too much weight, I'd pretty much fight anybody. I just want to get back in there as soon as possible. I hated the long layoff. I want to fight any one of the top 5 guys and I know I'm capable of beating them. That'll keep me right up in there. I'll take any one of them. I could sit here and bitch (about the Machida fight), but it doesn't help anything. I just want to be active and give the fans what they should have seen the other night. I wasn't planning on retiring anyway after 1 or 2 fights. I plan on being there for a couple of more years, at least. I want to get back in there and fight as soon as I can and stay active this year and next year for sure. After seeing the Fedor fight, I'd be interested in seeing how Dan fared against a Pat Barry or a Daniel Cormier. Truth be told, I'm interested, as many of you probably are, in seeing Henderson fight anybody. One thing is sure, as long as he's still competing, I'll still be watching.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 12:53PM by Shawn91111 - 29 comments
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Despite two-fight skid, Lavar Johnson avoids UFC pink slip
With the UFC in roster-trimming mode, heavyweight Lavar Johnson likely was on shaky ground following a lackluster decision loss to Brendan Schaub this past weekend at UFC 157.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 11:47AM by FastKnockout - 18 comments
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Somewhere between Anderson Silva and Jon Fitch, Yushin Okami looks to impress
By his own admission, Yushin Okami is still quite a few wins away from another shot at the UFC's middleweight belt. So with a wrestling-first fighting style that hasn't always proved overly crowd-pleasing, could Okami be in danger of becoming the middleweight division's Jon Fitch?
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:51AM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
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For UFC On FUEL TV 8'S Brian Stann, It’s About Making Peace With The Fear
Say you're a UFC fighter lurking somewhere beneath the top ranks of your division, but well above the Facebook prelim zone of near total anonymity. Say you're a known fighter, even a popular fighter, and you can feel pretty confident that the UFC brass isn't watching your fights with a Sharpie in hand, ready to draw a big black line through your name the moment you slip up.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:48AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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Frozen birthday cake a reminder of Stefan Struve's UFC on FUEL TV 8 sacrifices
Generally speaking, one of the benefits at fighting at heavyweight is the ability to enjoy an in-camp cheat meal every now and then. For 7-foot-tall Stefan Struve that's not the case. He didn't even get to enjoy a slice of his own birthday cake.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:41AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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Wanderlei Silva relishing second homecoming chance at UFC on FUEL TV 8
It's one homecoming after another for Wanderlei Silva. The legendary "Axe Murderer" got to fight in front of his home country's fans in Brazil in June, and now returns to Japan, where he built his legend in PRIDE.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:36AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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UFC on FUEL TV 8's Hector Lombard fearful of boring fight and possible release
Yushin Okami wins points with Hector Lombard for having a black belt in judo. But his Saturday fight with the Japanese veteran also worries him, mainly due to how Okami has used his grappling against opponents.
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 3:34AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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Matt Riddle: “I Got Fired For Taking My Medicine”
“They (UFC legal department) hit me up yesterday morning and said I had failed a drug test,” Riddle told BJPenn.Com Radio. “I still don’t know how it’s possible; I quit smoking three weeks out from the fight. I’ve passed drug tests when I quit two weeks out from a fight; it’s just crazy to me. I asked for my numbers and they sent me a form that just said I tested positive for marijuana. It didn’t say how much, it just said I was over the amount.” ”It is what it is I’ve failed two drug tests in seven months. There’s not much I can do I was prescribed my medicine and I’m going to take it. I got fired over taking my medicine because I don’t want to take pharmaceutical drugs or testosterone. This is what works for me, it’s just s****y, but it is what it is.”
Submitted Mar 1, 2013 2:42AM by bjj1605 - 17 comments
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Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas
A welterweight matchup between Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime veteran Mike Pyle (24-8-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 160 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from sources close to the fighters. Both competitors have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The placement of the Nelson vs. Pyle matchup has yet to be revealed.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:11PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Despite being considered, Edgar vs Swanson NOT happening at TUF Finale
The UFC booked Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen as the new The Ultimate Fighter Finale main event on Tuesday, but that wasn't their original choice to replace the canceled Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight. The organization first approached featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson about headlining the show, but the fight never materialized after Swanson told the UFC he wasn't healthy enough to take the fight. Saw this fight was added to the picks so I thought I would clarify.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:26AM by Franklinfan47 - 4 comments
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UFC targeting four Asian events in 2013, 'very interested' in 'TUF: Japan'
TOKYO – In 2012, the UFC returned to Asia with a pair of well-received live events. If all goes according to plan in 2013, the promotions could double that total.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:19AM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Korean Su Jung Lee added as guest octagon girl at UFC on FUEL TV 8
TOKYO – As has become the norm with international events, the UFC has added a new guest octagon girl for this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event.
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:18AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Stann done with 205 pounds after UFC on FUEL TV 8, Silva may remain
TOKYO – Wanderlei Silva's most recent light-heavyweight bout was in 2008. Brian Stann hasn't competed there since 2010. So why, exactly, are they headlining this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in a 205-pound matchup?
Submitted Feb 28, 2013 11:17AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Tyron Woodley vs Jake Shields likely for UFC 161
A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized. Woodley recently called out Shields upon signing a new UFC fight contract, which followed his impressive first-round knockout of Jay Hieron in his promotional debut at UFC 156.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 8:00PM by Poor_Franklin - 10 comments
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John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov planned for UFC on FX 8
Flyweights John Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Azamat Gashimov (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the latest additions to UFC on FX 8. Brazilian website Tatame.com first reported the fight, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with sources close to the event. The latest UFC on FX 8 card now includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza* Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker* * Not officially announced
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 4:51PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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UFC 157 salaries: Henderson, Machida top $1.17 million payroll
Co-main event fighters Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson were the top earners at this past weekend's UFC 157 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,173,050...
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 2:00PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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UFC vet Jacob Volkamnn signs World Series of Fighting deal
A week after his UFC release, veteran lightweight Jacob Volkmann has found a new home in the MMA world. Volkmann (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has signed a multi-fight with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the deal, which MMAFighting.com first reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to MMAFighting.com, Volkmann is likely to debut at WSOF 3 in April. The events, which feature a mix of big-show vets and prospects, currently air on NBC Sports Network.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 1:27PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
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Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan slated for UFC 160 on May 25
A featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens (20-9 MMA, 7-8 UFC) and Estevan Payan (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 156 event, the UFC's annual Memorial Day weekend show. UFC officials today announced the bout. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Stephens vs. Payan likely will be part of the prelims. With the addition, the latest UFC 160 card now includes: Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva - for heavyweight title Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trijillo Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 12:38PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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White: If UFC champ Jose Aldo goes to lightweight, he's staying at lightweight
Earlier this week, MMAjunkie.com reported that, with a win over Anthony Pettis in August, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo then would fight for the lightweight title.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 11:30AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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UFC boss leaning toward Dan Henderson, not 'Shogun,' for Rashad Evans
Two high-profile light heavyweights coming off recent losses could be pitted against each other, according to UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 27, 2013 11:29AM by FastKnockout - 19 comments
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