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Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher co-headlines UFC 159 in New Jersey
A middleweight bout between Michael Bisping (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and Alan Belcher (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) will serve as the co-headliner of April's UFC 159 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the bout with UFC officials following an initial report from ESPN.com. UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Submitted Jan 30, 2013 1:16PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
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Matt Hughes nearly quit fighting in 2001, regrets never facing Anderson Silva
Had Matt Hughes not woken up by slamming Carlos Newton to the mat at UFC 34, he wouldn't have gone on to become a UFC Hall of Famer.
Submitted Jan 30, 2013 11:18AM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
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Jim Miller Welcomes Pat Healy to Octagon at UFC 159
The Ultimate Fighting Championship was all about UFC 159 bout announcements on Tuesday night. Less than an hour after confirming a heavyweight scrap between Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo and a light heavyweight matchup with Vinny Magalhaes and Phil Davis to the lineup, the promotion added a lightweight tango between Jim Miller (Pictured) and Pat Healy to the April 27th roster. Miller has alternated between wins and losses over his past five outings. The 29-year-old battered and bloodied Joe Lauzon in his last foray for a unanimous decision victory.
Submitted Jan 30, 2013 1:21AM by DrivenDavies15 - 12 comments
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Dana White says Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman is 'closer than people think'
In an effort to appeal for contendership, Weidman met with UFC president Dana White on Friday before UFC On Fox 6. Tuesday, on UFC Tonight, Dana gave some details from his talk with Weidman: "ople think. I actually thought that Weidman was going to be out a lot longer than he was because of his injury, but he's healed up pretty well and he'll be ready to start training in a couple of months. So we're looking at a couple of different options, some options we like, and Weidman is one of them."
Submitted Jan 29, 2013 11:50PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
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UFC Adding Strawweight Division (115lbs) But No Timeline for The Debut
The UFC will be adding yet another new weight class in the future as the strawweights (115lbs) get their shot in the Octagon. Now the timing of when that will happen remains a mystery, but UFC President Dana White confirmed when speaking to UFC Tonight on Tuesday that they are planning to add the additional division at some point down the road. “As the sport continues to grow and we go into these other markets like Latin America, Asia, yes, we will eventually open up a lighter weight division. Which is a great thing. It’s an amazing opportunity for fighters all over the world,” said White.
Submitted Jan 29, 2013 11:22PM by Biggavelli - 29 comments
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Davis vs. Magalhaes, Kongo vs. Nelson Added To UFC 159
A pair of new matchups has been added to April's UFC 159 event as Phil Davis meets Vinny Magalhaes in a light heavyweight affair, while Cheick Kongo faces Roy Nelson in a heavyweight contest. UFC officials announced the two bouts on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight." UFC 159, which features a title fight between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and "The Ultimate Fighter 17" fellow head coach Chael Sonnen, takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Submitted Jan 29, 2013 10:28PM by Biggavelli - 20 comments
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Hatsu Hioki Responds to Fan Criticism of Clay Guida
At the recent UFC on Fox 6 event, one of the most hotly contested bouts of the evening came between Hatsu Hioki and Clay Guida. It appeared in the fight that Hioki managed to work significantly to land damage and finish the fight from the bottom position, yet the judges ruled the fight in Guida’s favor via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28). Shortly after the fight, Hioki spoke to MMAWeekly.com about the loss. And while he gave all credit to his opponent for the win, comments made by readers regarding Guida’s perceived stall tactics has Hioki wishing to further express his feelings about the bout.
Submitted Jan 29, 2013 7:38PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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Costa Philippou would like to face off with Michel Bisping in London
Constantinos Philippou is coming off the biggest win over his career over Tim Boetsch at UFC 155, so you'd think he'd be asking for an opponent that won his last bout as well, right? Apparently not. Instead, Philippou and manager Lex McMahon have a better idea - fighting Michael Bisping in London in July.
Submitted Jan 29, 2013 7:34PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
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Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson added to April's UFC on FOX 7 event
Seven years after he left, Josh Thomson (19-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is returning to the octagon. UFC officials today announced the ex-Strikeforce lightweight champ will fight Nate Diaz (16-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at UFC on FOX 7, which takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. It's not yet known whether the bout will be broadcast on the event's FOX-televised main card or on the preliminary-card, which serves on FX and Facebook...
Submitted Jan 29, 2013 5:45PM by grappler0000 - 19 comments
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Signal to Noise: UFC on FOX 6's best and worst
In Chicago, Illinois on Saturday evening, the mixed martial arts world enjoyed the very first flyweight main event at a UFC on FOX show, a rising lightweight contender showed off his incredible striking, another commission judged botched another decision and so much more. Let's separate the best from the worst from UFC on FOX 6, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise...
Submitted Jan 29, 2013 1:33PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
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UFC 156's Ian McCall blasts Rashad Evans: 'He's a dick' and 'doesn't connect with fans'
Less than a week from UFC 156, Flyweight Ian McCall has some harsh words for former champion Rashad Evans.
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 11:57PM by FastKnockout - 19 comments
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Frankie Edgar Warns Ahead of UFC 156 “Don’t Mistake My Kindness for Weakness”
There is a commercial currently running on networks all over the world previewing UFC 156 that brilliantly denotes champion Jose Aldo’s seeming invincibility followed by challenger Frankie Edgar saying, “I’ve heard this story before.” The UFC’s marketing team knows their fighter well because, despite spending nearly two years as the promotion’s lightweight champion, Edgar never knew life as a betting favorite.
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 11:30AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
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Hatsu Hioki Thought He Inflicted More Damage Than Clay Guida, but Not Yet Asking for Rematch
One of the most hotly contested fights of UFC on Fox 6 was the bout between Clay Guida and Hatsu Hioki. Depending on who you asked, the fight could have gone either way, but was ultimately decided in favor of Guida via split decision by the evening’s judges.
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 11:28AM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
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Dana White calls Anderson Silva's camp call-out of Cung Le 'typical craziness'
Late last week, Ed Soares, the manager of UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, got a rise out of the MMA community by bringing up San Shou stylist Cung Le as a possible next contender. Le is on a two-fight win streak with a decision over Patrick Cote and a knockout of Rich Franklin. Certainly that record is respectable, but no one but Soares would call it contender-worthy.
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 11:25AM by FastKnockout - 11 comments
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Clay Guida ready to 'climb the ladder quickly' after UFC on FOX 6 win over Hioki
It was far from a perfect homecoming, but with a successful first drop to featherweight behind him, and with a win over a quality opponent in his pocket, Clay Guida is ready to push onward and upward after UFC on FOX 6.
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 11:24AM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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New Nick Diaz? White says UFC challenger 'couldn't have been cooler' in Montreal
Could we be on the verge of a new era in the UFC – an era of a new-look Nick Diaz? UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com the welterweight title challenger "couldn't have been cooler" at a news conference for UFC 158.
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 11:22AM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson scheduled for Memorial Day weekend UFC event
Lost in all of the UFC on FOX 6 coverage was the announcement of a new welterweight fight scheduled for May 25th. "Wonderboy" Stephen Thompson aims to rebound from his first pro MMA loss against Amir Sadollah. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has the details: Sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Friday that Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson will face Amir Sadollah in a welterweight battle on Sat., May 25. While a venue for the unnamed event has yet to be determined, the UFC traditionally holds Memorial Day weekend cards in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 11:18AM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
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The greenest grass grows everywhere but under 'Rampage' Jackson's own feet
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson might not have given us everything we wanted in his farewell UFC fight, but he did give us all that we had a right to expect. He came, he saw, he took his beating bravely. He went down but refused to stay put. He threw murderous hooks and uppercuts that sliced through the air, finding nothing. He looked at times like he might have wanted to quit, but he never did. Only in brief spasms did he resemble a fighter the UFC might be willing to shell out the big bucks in order to retain. At no point did he seem particularly bothered by that fact...
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 10:46AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
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Dana White believes UFC's first trip to Russia could happen in 2013
The UFC's globetrotting ways are expected to continue in 2013, really to no one's surprise. And the calendar year could feature the promotion heading to a new market that has produced one of the most highly regarded fighters in history. UFC President Dana White believes the company will make its way to Russia sometime in 2013 for its first live event there...
Submitted Jan 28, 2013 10:44AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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Sponsor Says Breached Agreement, Not Rick Hawn’s Performance, Prompted Stop Payment
HTFU founder Mark Gingrich found himself in a difficult spot this past Tuesday. Gingrich, who launched his lifestyle apparel brand in 2009, recently told Sherdog.com that he received a multitude of verbal and physical threats after news broke on Tuesday that he had put a stop payment on a sponsorship check issued to Rick Hawn for his appearance at Bellator 85. Hawn, who challenged Michael Chandler for Bellator’s lightweight strap in the Jan. 17 main event on Spike TV, announced the development via Twitter on Monday night, though he did not specifically name HTFU in his post. Nevertheless, Gingrich says that his office and website were bombarded the following day by phone calls and emails. “I’ve been threatened. My girlfriend has been threatened. People who work for the company have been threatened. [Some were] death threats. I lost an employee because of this. I have never seen anything like this in my entire life,” Gingrich recently told Sherdog.com “I would have happily paid $10,000 for that not to have happened -- for my girlfriend and for my employees to not have had to go through that. At the end of the day, I’m pretty disgusted at how [those individuals in the] MMA community conducted themselves.”
Submitted Jan 27, 2013 5:22PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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