No WEC, no problem; Dana White says missing logo all part of master plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event draws near, the big guns from both the WEC and UFC have descended upon Sacramento, Calif., to begin final preparations for the April 24 event.
But while WEC stars Jose Aldo, Urijah Faber, Ben Henserson and Donald Cerrone joined UFC president Dana White today at ARCO Arena for a pre-event press conference, there was one noticeable absence.
The WEC logo.
Report: Hughes vs. Almeida Possible For UFC 117
Ricardo Almeida may get the chance to take his frustrations out on Matt Hughes in a possible welterweight showdown at the upcoming UFC 117 event planned for Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., according to a McTweet from ESPN's Franklin McNeil. Almeida has won 3 in a row and could be looking to avenge the recent loss by his master and friend, Renzo Gracie, who was TKO'd at UFC 112 by none other than Hughes.
White confident that "UFC Fight for the Troops" event coming to Afghanistan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When UFC president Dana White first mentioned earlier this month that a forthcoming UFC event will likely take place in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, there appeared to be more questions than answers surrounding the logistics of how to pull off such a feat.
Questions still remain, but following today's press conference promoting Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, White said he's "very confident" the UFC will pull it off.
"We actually want to go right into Afghanistan and put on an event in the middle of all the [expletive]," White said. "It's going to happen. ... Anything can happen if you want it to happen bad enough."
Randy Couture vs. James Toney targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
In a match likely to re-ignite the "boxing vs. MMA" debate, a bout between 10-time UFC champion Randy Couture and former boxing champion James Toney is targeted for the UFC's first trip to Boston.
Fighters Only was the first to report the possibility of the pairing, and MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that while the matchup is far from official, it's in the works for a headlining spot at the event.
Although not officially announced, UFC 118 is expected to take place Aug. 28 at the TD Garden in Boston.
Lesnar vs Carwin signed for UFC 116
Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin have signed bout agreements for a meeting at UFC 116 in July, it was reported this evening. The two have been strongly linked with that event for some time and according to MMA Live presenter Franklin McNeill papers have now been signed.
Florian vs Maynard signed for Boston Card
Just a few days ago Kenny Florian confirmed when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio that he would indeed be fighting in his hometown of Boston, and now the opponent is official as well as he faces Gray Maynard in a lightweight showdown on the August 28 card.
Florian made the announcement on MMA Live on Thursday, which he co-hosts, and said that bout agreements have been signed for the fight.
Gunderson vs Taylor tentatively rebooked for TUF 11 Finale
Lightweights John Gunderson (22-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Paul Taylor (10-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) have been rebooked to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event.
The two were due to face off at UFC 112 earlier this month, but UFC officials removed Taylor from the card when he fell ill the night prior to the April 10 fight. The promotion's medical personnel said Taylor exhibited symptoms of a "classic migraine headache."
UFC 112 Drug Tests All Clean
Like many events before it, UFC 112 was officially a drug-free zone. All fighters who underwent drug testing at this month's UFC 112 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. According to UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner, UFC officials paid for and flew to the host site a drug tester from U.K.-based Quest Laboratories to administer the tests. As with most overseas shows, in which no regulatory bodies exist, the UFC served as its own regulator for UFC 112. Ratner, a former head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, headed the efforts.
Jake Shields Is Definitely Going To Leave Strikeforce-And He's Definitely Coming To UFC
Those are Dana White's words, so don't read too much into this. Yet. After all, we know what happened last time he used the word "definitely". Anyway, he says it will definitely happen. "Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce, and he's definitely coming to the UFC. First of all, they put all of their eggs in the Dan Henderson basket. They went out and acquired him and thought he was worth a lot more money than we were willing to pay him. They went out and paid him more money than they can afford to. They never respected Jake Shields, who is their champion. They didn't even have him in their commercials for the fight. Then the fight happens and Jake Shields wins. They were like, 'Oh my God. He won. What do we do?' I think they sent (Miller) in there to challenge him, so that if Jake leaves, it looks like he doesn't want to fight Miller. That‘s not the way you do it. You let the winner speak, then you ask him at the end about whether he‘s willing to fight Miller. But that's them. They're a Podunk, unknown, small-time organization. There shouldn‘t have been that many guys in the cage in the first place!"
Buentello Officially Cut By UFC, Fights At Shark Fights 11
Paul Buentello's UFC release is at last official. He has been officially released by the promotion and has signed to face Bryan Humes at Shark Fights 11 according to his manager. Buentello reportedly is still on good terms with UFC and could return should he put together a winning streak outside the promotion.
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle in the works for July's UFC 116 in Las Vegas
Hard-hitting welterweights Matt Brown and Chris Lytle have been targeted for a UFC 116 matchup.
MMAfighting.com was the first to report the match-up today, and MMAjunkie.com has subsequently confirmed that at least one fighter has agreed to the bout with the intention to sign a contract.
UFC 116 is expected to take place July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, though the promotion has yet to formally announce the card. A heavyweight title match between returning champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin is the expected headliner.
Tim Hague in for Chad Corvin, faces Joey Beltran at UFC 113 in May
More than two months after he was given his UFC release, heavyweight Tim Hague (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has signed to face Joey Beltran (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the non-televised card of the promotion's third event on Canadian soil, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from multiple sources close to the event.
According to sources close to the promotion, Corvin's medical paperwork was not approved by the Quebec Athletic Commission (under the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux).
BJ Penn's New Book Is Surrounded With Controversy, Questions About
Apr 21, 2010 - Former UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn released his new book entitled "Why I Fight" last week, and with it brought some interesting stories and questions to the surface regarding Dana White and the UFC's business practices.
A couple weeks before Penn's book was set to hit the bookshelves, Dana White somewhat curiously took issue with the release of the book and why some things, which I'll get to in a bit, were discussed.
"Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber" debuts tonight on Versus, replays available all week
As a reminder, "Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber," which previews this Saturday's first-ever WEC pay-per-view event in Sacramento, Calif., debuts tonight on Versus, with replays scheduled for Versus, MTV2 and Spike TV throughout the week.
The hour-long special airs first at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
The program also airs tonight on MTV2 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and late night/early Thursday morning at 12 a.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
Will Zuffa's WEC Gamble Pay Off This Weekend?
It's not easy to get people to pay for something that used to be free. Ask any airline that recently started charging for checked luggage – it's the kind of thing that brings out the angry mob in consumers who already feel like they're one more fee or rate hike away from reaching for the torches and pitchforks.
But risks be damned, this Saturday UFC president Dana White is going to give it a shot with the first ever WEC pay-per-view event. After airing regularly on Versus (and yes, I know cable isn't free, but you're going to pay for it anyway because you'd rather die than miss an episode of "Cats 101" on Animal Planet) for the last three years, now Zuffa wants you to pay for the privilege of seeing their little guys duke it out.
The forty-five dollar question is, are you going to do it?
Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver Signed For TUF 11 Finale
2 UFC Lightweights hoping to avoid the dreaded Losing Streak Of Doom are set to meet at the TUF 11 Finale a Spencer Fisher & Dennis Siver have both signed to face each other. Fisher is coming off a TKO loss to Joe Stevenson while Siver had a 4-fight win streak snapped by Ross Pearson in his last fight. No word yet on if the fight will be a TV fight or prelim.
UFC president promises bigger paydays for WEC fighters at "Aldo vs. Faber"
UFC president Dana White says bigger paydays are on the way for WEC fighters, at least for the time being.
On Saturday, the UFC's sister organization asks fans to pony up $44.95 for WEC 48 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. – the same price as a UFC pay-per-view card.
Many observers have noted a disparity in pay between WEC fighters and UFC fighters. However, White said that gap will narrow Saturday – at least temporarily – as the WEC moves from the smaller money in cable television to the dynamic and potentially lucrative world of pay-per-view.
Jake Ellenberger vs. John Howard set for Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2:
It looks like that grudge match with Anthony Johnson will have to wait for John Howard.
The 27-year-old welterweight will be vying for his fifth UFC win when he takes on Jake Ellenberger Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2.
According to Howard, the fight has been verbally agreed upon and should be made official soon.
“I feel good about it. The guy’s a pretty good wrestler but all my career I’ve been fighting nothing but wrestlers so I think I’ll be ready,”said Howard.