Not so fast Pettis - Maynard vs. Edgar 3 happening first
Less than two hours after UFC executive Craig Borsari informed the media at UFC 125's post-event press conference that Anthony Pettis would get the next crack at the UFC's lightweight belt, UFC president Dana White had a change of heart.
White informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the promotion will instead book Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III as soon as possible.
"We changed the plans," White told MMAjunkie.com. "After Craig made the announcement, I had a lot of people talking to me, and the reality is, Gray Maynard deserves that fight. We had planned on doing Anthony Pettis next, but Gray went in there and fought his ass off and deserves another chance.
No Rematch for Maynard, Dana White Says Pettis Will Get Edgar Next
UFC President Dana White has refused to give Gray Maynard an immediate rematch after he fought light weight champ Frankie Edgar to a split decision draw.
Instead White will stick to his plans announced before the event to allow the final WEC light weight champion Anthony Pettis to get an immediate title shot to unify the WEC and UFC belts.
Report: Russow-Madsen Targeted for UFC Fight Night 24
The lineup for UFC Fight Night 24 continues to come together, as heavyweights Mike Russow and Jon Madsen have reportedly agreed to square off at the event.
The show, while not officially announced by the promotion, has been confirmed to take place at Key Arena on March 26 in Seattle. MMA Weekly first reported news of the proposed Russow-Madsen matchup.
UFC 125 fighter Dong Hyun Kim's lone goal is shot at champ GSP
LAS VEGAS – As far as UFC welterweight contenders go, Dong Hyun Kim rarely factors into title talk.
And though the South Korean fighter's popularity slowly is growing back home, he hasn't registered much of a following here in the U.S.
But as the undefeated fighter readies for tonight's UFC 125 main-card bout with Nate Diaz (13-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Kim (13-0-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) isn't worried so much about that second problem as he is the first. After all, he's got one goal one goal only: a shot at Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Cain Velasquez Details Shoulder Injury, Addresses Dos Santos' Complaint
LAS VEGAS -- In his first public comments since MMA Fighting broke the news of Cain Velasquez's shoulder injury, the UFC heavyweight champion explained that he can't pinpoint the exact moment he tore his rotator cuff, only that it happened during his UFC 121 kingmaking win over Brock Lesnar.
He thinks it could have occurred in the early seconds of the match when he used an underhook to defend a Lesnar takedown try, but can't say for sure. Regardless, Velasquez said that he felt fine during the fight and even in the immediate aftermath. But a few hours later, when his adrenaline levels returned to normal, he knew something was wrong.
Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer Set For UFC 127
Pride never die. The UFC's official website has added Mark Hunt vs Chris Tuchscherer to its lineup for UFC 127: "Penn vs Fitch" set to go down on Feb. 26 from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Hunt was brought to the promotion to allegedly satisfy a few stipulations of the Pride buyout back in 2007. Fans were shocked a fighter on a five-fight losing streak, no matter the competition, which featured a who's who of the sport, would ever be brought to the big show. The UFC seemingly downplayed his signing and placed him in a bout with (at the time) relative unknown Sean McCorkle. About one minute and a kimura later and the losing streak reached six. Tuchscherer's claim to fame at this point is the fact that he is a member of Team Deathclutch, which is to say, he trains with megastar Brock Lesnar. It hasn't helped him in the cage. He opened his UFC career against Gabriel Gonzaga, a fight he lost by technical knockout after "Napao" rearranged his crotch and may have permanently affected his ability to create life. A majority decision win over Tim Hague came next but was quickly overshadowed by yet another obliteration, this time at the hands of Brendan Schaub.
Danny Castillo Signs New UFC Deal
Add Danny Castillo to the list of former WEC fighters who now have a home in UFC following the merger. A source close to UFC said today that Castillo has signed a multi-fight contract with UFC, believed to be a 4-fight deal. Castillo's WEC spot appeared to be in jeopardy earlier this year after 2 losses in a row but he saved his spot and punched his UFC ticket by finishing the year with 2 wins in a row. No date set for his UFC debut.
Stann's War Led to 'Toughest Guys' in UFC Fighting
LAS VEGAS -- Many people have taken a short look at the life and times of Chris Leben and drawn their own conclusions. Brian Stann is no different. Except Stann's judgment was as simple as five words: "I want to fight him."
Stann's impulse had nothing to do with Leben's tattooed, hair-dyed appearance. It had nothing to do with the trouble Leben has sometimes found himself in. It had nothing to do with any moral judgment. Instead, it had everything to do with how he fights. Stann is a Silver Star-winning former U.S. Marine, and yet he marvels at Leben's fighting spirit.
UFC 125 middleweight Chris Leben: Life isn't a Superman comic book
LAS VEGAS – As far as pre-fight storylines go, the UFC 125 matchup between middleweight sluggers Chris Leben (25-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and Brian Stann (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) appears pretty cut and dry.
Take Leben, an oft-troubled and always outspoken slugger, and pair him with Stann, a Silver Star-winning U.S. Marine known as the "All American," and you've got a clear good vs. evil scenario.
But Leben thinks MMA pundits and fans have been too quick to draw the obvious conclusion. After all, life isn't always that simple.
Matt Mitrione Talks Grown Man Punches and NFL vs UFC
When former Purdue University football star Matt Mitrione did his stint on the UFC's hit reality show "The Ultimate Fighter", it was every bit his intention to keep both viewers and his housemates guessing. Mitrione quickly became the season's outcast as he drifted in and out of social interaction, often times leaving fellow cast members stumped by his quirky sense of humor and questionable motives.
Now with three fights and three victories under his belt in the most successful organization in mixed martial arts, Mitrione has pushed the head games aside and has put the fight business front and center.
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Cain it really be true: Junior dos Santos 'outraged' and confused about Velasquez' injury
Count Junior dos Santos amongst those who are pissed off about UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez shoulder injury and subsequent surgery that will keep him on the shelf for a reported six to eight months.
The Brazilian bomber is also questioning the nature of the injury itself -- after all, didn't Velasquez thoroughly dominate Brock Lesnar and finish the fight in the very first round while barely breaking a sweat?
Article includes quote from Junior dos Santos
Antonio McKee: I Should Have UFC Belt by End of 2011
Antonio McKee has a plan. It's simple, really.
"By the end of the year I should have the UFC [lightweight] belt," he told MMA Fighting. "I've got to get through [Jacob] Volkmann here, beat up Volkmann real quick, and after I get done with Volkmann they'll think I'm serious and we can start moving forward and making progress."
See? Nothing to it. After 11 years as a pro fighter, the 40-year-old McKee is set to make his Octagon debut at UFC 125 this Saturday, so of course he already has his future mapped out.
But does he really think becoming a UFC champion is going to be that easy? Seriously?
David Mitchell & Mike Swick Both Off UFC Fight For The Troops
It appears David Mitchell will to wait a little while longer for the chance to get his first UFC win. He was scheduled to face Mike Swick at the upcoming UFC Fights For The Troops event but is now off due to a shoulder injury. Swick is also off as well, he's since confirmed there will be no replacement and thus he will not be on the card either. No word on when either fighter will return.
UFC 125's Vera focused on Silva but wouldn't mind rematch with Jones
LAS VEGAS – Even Brandon Vera (11-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is tired of hearing about "the old Brandon Vera."
The UFC light heavyweight, who faces Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at this weekend's "UFC 125: Resolution" event, was once considered the future of the heavyweight division. Now, he may be battling for his spot on the UFC's roster.
And while the 33-year-old said he's finally got his mind in the right place, he's promising the arrival of a better Brandon Vera instead of a simple return to previous form.
Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson official for UFC 127 in Australia
A lightweight bout between UFC veteran Spencer Fisher (24-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 9" lightweight winner Ross Pearson (11-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) now is official for UFC 127.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the bout this past month, and UFC officials since have made it official.
UFC 127 takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view (on Feb. 26 in the U.S. due to time difference).
Fisher vs. Pearson, though, is slated for the untelevised preliminary card.
Report: Caceres-Semerzier Slated for Seattle UFC Card
“Ultimate Fighter 12” alum Alex Caceres and former WEC talent Mackens Semerzier have reportedly agreed to square off in a featherweight contest on March 26 at UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle.
MMA Junkie initially reported news of the contest on Thursday morning. Neither the bout nor the event has been officially announced by the promotion, and a venue for the show has yet to be determined.
Caceres, perhaps better known to fans of the reality series as “Bruce Leroy,” was eliminated by eventual “TUF” finalist Michael Johnson in the show's quarterfinal round. Only 22, Caceres snapped a two-fight losing streak by defeating Jahmal McLennan in February before signing on to participate in “TUF.” Typically fighting at lightweight, Caceres was scheduled to make his official UFC debut against Season 12 semi-finalist Nam Phan at the show's finale, but he was forced to withdraw due to injury. Caceres will make his featherweight debut at Fight Night 24.
Report: Simpson-Miranda Targeted for UFC Fight Night 24
Middleweights Aaron Simpson and Mario Miranda have reportedly agreed to square off at UFC Fight Night 24.
The event, which has not yet been officially announced by the promotion, is expected to be held at a to-be-named venue in Seattle on March 26. MMA Weekly initially reported the matchup Wednesday.
Simpson is fresh off a defeat to friend and fellow NCAA wrestling standout Mark Munoz at UFC 123 in November. Though the fight was a back-and-forth affair, Munoz generally got the better of the exchanges and earned a unanimous decision over the Power MMA and Fitness product. This marked the second loss of Simpson's career, as just five months earlier he was knocked out by the durable Chris Leben at “The Ultimate Fighter 11” finale. After looking strong in the early going, Simpson tired dramatically as the fight wore on, and the savvy Leben poured it on late in the second to earn the TKO victory.
Jim Miller Set to Face Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 in New Jersey
Jim Miller is ready to return to action and he will get the chance to fight in his home state of New Jersey when he does. He is set to face former WEC lightweight Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 on March 19.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Wednesday, with verbal agreements in place.