Strikeforce adds Coenen-Tate, Gracie-Lawal; Souza-Rockhold announced prematurely
Showtime officials today announced a pair of new contests for July's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event, as women's welterweight champion Marloes Coenen meets top contender Miesha Tate, and Roger Gracie faces Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in a light heavyweight affair.
Both fights take place on the evening's main card.
However, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that a third bout announced today, a middleweight title fight between Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, was announced prematurely and will likely take place at a later date.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale winner Clay Guida: "Wrestling wins championships"
LAS VEGAS – UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida's grappling-heavy victory over Anthony Pettis (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) may have done little to wow some fans, but "The Carpenter" doesn't regret the strategy.
Sure, he would have liked to finish the fight just as much as Spike TV-viewers probably hoped to witness such a result in the co-feature of Saturday night's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale event, but it simply didn't happen.
Nevertheless, Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) never thought once about straying from his wrestling-based approach. After all, Guida is simply following a blueprint established by countless others – control the position, control the fight.
Despite losing title shot, TUF 13 Finale's Anthony Pettis finds a silver lining
Those around him may lament the loss of a promised title shot, but Anthony Pettis refuses to dwell on the what-ifs.
The final WEC lightweight champion and would-be top UFC contender opted to take a fight with Clay Guida rather than wait on the sidelines for a shot at the gold.
Guida derailed Pettis' momentum with a grinder-like performance at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale on Saturday. But Pettis isn't a regretful guy.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale draws a reported 1,857 attendees for $429k live gate
LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, which took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported 1,857 attendees for a live gate of $429,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the numbers while at the event's post-fight press conference, though the official figures will be verified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission early next week.
The 11-bout event concluded the latest season of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," and aired on Spike TV.
Dana White: Jim Miller Still Ahead of Clay Guida Despite Win Over Anthony Pettis
Clay Guida defeated former No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision at Saturday's TUF 13 Finale, but according to UFC president Dana White, the dominant win didn't help "The Carpenter" secure a lightweight title shot.
White told MMA Fighting on Saturday that Jim Miller "is still ahead of [Guida]" in the organization's lightweight rankings despite Guida's win on Saturday night.
Miller (20-2) has won his last seven fights in a row. He is scheduled to meet Ben Henderson at UFC on Versus 5 on Aug. 14 in Milwaukee.
For the record: I agree w/ Dana.
TUF 13 Finale bonuses: Ferguson, Duran, Kingsbury, Maldonado earn $40k awards
LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson, Reuben Duran, Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado each earned $40,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.
Ferguson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Duran picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Kingsbury and Maldonado took home "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and award amounts while at TUF 13 Finale post-event press conference.
Michael Bisping Talks Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Coaching TUF 14
Michael Bisping thinks he can keep his cool around Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Seriously. At least, that's what he told Gareth Davies of The Daily Telegraph today in a wide-ranging interview. Besides talking about the coaching gig, he discussed how much he loves fighting in the UK, how much he hates downtime, and UFC 130. Bisping comes off a lot better here than he does in a lot of interviews, choosing to not demean or insult anyone and actually make light of the heat he seems to get from North American fans.
On the TUF 14 coaching job:
"I feel very privileged to get a second term as a TUF coach. It shows the UFC holds me in high regard. It’s great to be seen as a fighter and a personality within the sport. The only downside is that it puts me out of action until December, but it’s not like I’m going hungry," said the British fighter, who leaves the UK for Las Vegas this weekend to start filming on Monday.
"All in all, it’s a fantastic situation I’m in."
UFC Returns to Facebook With Six TUF 13 Prelim Bouts
LAS VEGAS – For the ninth straight event, the UFC will air preliminary card fights on its Facebook page.
Saturday's live finale of Season 13 of "The Ultimate Fighter" will feature six bouts at the social networking online giant leading in to the main card, which will air on Spike TV. The UFC made the announcement on its Twitter account an hour after Friday's weigh-in event for the Saturday card.
Leading the charge will be a lightweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Danny Downes, plus a featherweight contest between Josh Grispi and George Roop.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale official weigh-in results
LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale fighter weigh-ins, where all 22 event competitors successfully made weight.
Today's festivities took place at the Key West Ballroom at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Saturday's Spike TV-broadcast event takes place at The Pearl in the Palms.
Among those weighing in were top UFC lightweight contenders Clay Guida (155 pounds) and Anthony Pettis (155), as well as "The Ultimate Fighter 13" finalists Tony Ferguson (169) and Ramsey Nijem (170), who fight for the "TUF 13" championship.
The co-headliners lead a card that airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The full weigh-in results included:
•Tony Ferguson (169) vs. Ramsey Nijem (170) - "TUF 13" tourney finale
•Clay Guida (155) vs. Anthony Pettis (155)
•Tim Credeur (185) vs. Ed Herman (186)
•Kyle Kingsbury (206) vs. Fabio Maldonado (203)
•Chris Cope (170) vs. Chuck O'Neil (170)
•Danny Downes (155) vs. Jeremy Stephens (156)
•Josh Grispi (145) vs. George Roop (146)
•Shamar Bailey (171) vs. Ryan McGillivray (169)
•Justin Edwards (170) vs. Clay Harvison (171)
•Scott Jorgensen (135) vs. Ken Stone (136)
•Reuben Duran (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar Likely to Return in Late September or October
UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is on the mend and will likely be ready to get back in action in late September or October.
The update comes courtesy of Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz from Dominance MMA who spoke with MMAWeekly.com on Friday.
According to his manager, Edgar is currently resting and not training at all, allowing his back and ribs to heal and hopes to get back into training in early July.
Anthony Pettis: No amount of heart will save Clay Guida from my left high kick
It's almost "Showtime."
Reigning WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be making his much-anticipated UFC debut tomorrow night (June 4, 2011) against Clay Guida on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 Finale.
The renowned Roufusport star has all eyes on him entering this fight and he's ready to give MMA fans a new memory, perhaps even better. He plans on making a big splash with a shot at the UFC title within his grasp.
Pettis was a guest on a special edition of Pro MMA Radio this week and he detailed the Edgar-Maynard situation, his infamous kick and, of course, his upcoming fight with Clay Guida.
Find out why he chose Guida for his UFC debut after the jump
UFC champ Jon Jones: I'm fighting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson next
The hand injury that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson sustained this past Saturday at UFC 130 is serious – but perhaps not serious enough to stall his career.
As light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) tells it, Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will get a shot at his belt.
"I'll be fighting Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson next," Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Thursday. "I'm not allowed to discuss the date because I didn't sign a contract, but yeah, it will be very soon."
Cub Swanson Out of UFC 132 With Facial Injury
Veteran WEC featherweight Cub Swanson was expected to make his UFC debut against Erik Koch on the undercard of UFC 132, but that will not be going down as planned. Swanson, who picked up fight-of-the-night honors on three different occasions in the WEC, has been forced to pull out of the fight with an injury.
As TV Deal Winds Down, UFC Will Choose Between Spike or New Home
Wednesday night marked the season finale of the UFC's major programming vehicle, The Ultimate Fighter. It also marked the unofficial beginning of a countdown to the zero hour when the promotion will be faced with a major decision about the fate of its key show. Its current deal with longtime home Spike expires at the end of 2011, following the 14th season of TUF.
According to most observers within the industry, selling the television rights package is the single most important priority for the UFC, and as of now, it remains open for negotiation, a showpiece with bidders circling but no deal yet reached.
While the UFC and Spike remain the main players and talks between the two remain ongoing, the two sides aren't the only ones involved. In a drama that has played out over recent months and is expected to drag on into the near future in executive boardrooms, other suitors will continue to try to convince the UFC to abandon its longtime home.
Tony Ferguson Hopes to Change Fans' Perception at TUF Finale
LAS VEGAS – Every season of "The Ultimate Fighter" has a villain. After the season, that villain usually wants to let the world know that he's not really a villain, he just plays one – or is portrayed as one through editing – on TV.
Tony Ferguson is the Season 13 villain, and on Thursday, two days ahead of his fight in the finale against Ramsey Nijem, he said he's looking forward to making amends for his actions late in the season, when he was shown commenting about housemate Charlie Rader's family situation, setting off this season's biggest house brouhaha.
Shoulder Injury Sidelines Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson; Rest Required But No Surgery
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson was forced out of his fight against Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4 due to a shoulder injury suffered in training.
Johnson’s manager Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management confirmed the injury to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
The UFC announced that Johnson was forced out of the fight due to injury and that Rick Story would step in to replace ‘Rumble’ on the June 26 card.
Despite broken leg, UFC's Demetrious Johnson expects a speedy return
Early in the second round of his recent UFC 130 fight with Miguel Torres, Demetrious Johnson threw a hard kick that was checked by his opponent.
He instantly knew something was wrong but persevered and ultimately got a close decision victory.
But after returning to his day job and watching his limb massively swell, he went to the doctor earlier this week and got the bad news: It's broken.