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Fabricio Werdum Expects One More Fight Before Title Shot
Following his first-round knockout of Mike Russow at UFC 147 on Saturday night, Werdum said he was ready to take on heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos -- should the UFC desire. However, if the promotion has other plans, “Vai Cavalo” has no problem fighting again before challenging for the title. “For sure, I’m close [to a title shot] now. If the UFC asks, then I’m ready for sure,” Werdum told Fox Sports after his win, “but maybe [I will have] one more fight, maybe on the [Cain] Velasquez-dos Santos card. After that, if I win, maybe I will fight [the champion] in Brazil. I don’t know. I’m just here to fight.”
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 9:19PM by Card - 10 comments
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UFC 147 And UFC On FX Bouts Highlight Need For Better Utilization Of The 10 Point Must System
Fedor's retirement bout, ONE FC producing a crazy soccer kick KO, UFC on FX 4 and UFC 147. All of that happened in a span of a few days making it a big weekend for MMA fans. There were several fun bouts, and there were naturally a few head-scratchers during a stretch which had dozens of fights packed in a short time span. When watching the two back-to-back UFC main events though, there was one prevalent idea that kept sticking out for me -- the need to properly utilize the 10-point must system. On the UFC on FX 4 headliner, Clay Guida for the most part, pranced around and refused to engage against Gray Maynard. For the first few rounds, nothing truly significant happened, and no one really 'won' those rounds. Even basing it on the numbers, the difference of strikes landed for both fighters were too close having just 3-5 relatively insignificant strikes separating them for the first three stanzas. Those rounds were as close as you will ever get, making it perfect example of true 10-10 rounds. There were no takedowns, or any grappling whatsoever, so the call should've been easier. Yet for some unknown reason, the judges still felt that they had to give a winner to all of those rounds, eventually leading to a very questionable split decision.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 2:37PM by prophecy033 - 15 comments
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UFC Could Have Five International Versions of The Ultimate Fighter Next Year
The Ultimate Fighter has been a stalwart of the UFC in the United States. It was once the savior of the promotion and has found its way through 15 seasons. This year, the UFC finally launched its first international flavor of the reality series, although it wasn’t in the country that most had initially expected. Most signs over the past couple of years had pointed to Canada as a likely candidate for TUF’s first expansion, but the company instead launched it in Brazil. The show has been massively successful, drawing a reported 12 million viewers in Brazil, according to UFC president Dana White. The finals of the series were held at UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II on Saturday night in Belo Horizonte.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 2:28PM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
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UFC 147 draws a reported 16,643 attendance
Saturday night's UFC 147 pay-per-view drew an announced attendance of 16,643 fans in the promotion's debut in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. UFC officials announced the number at the event's post-fight news conference, which was attended by MMAjunkie.com. Live gate figures for the card were not immediately available. UFC 147 took place at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on Facebook and FX.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 2:24PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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UFC hoping Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva can meet on October card in Brazil
The long-awaited Vitor Belfort-Wanderlei Silva rematch didn't happen on Saturday, but the UFC still has its sights on the two meeting again. A broken hand suffered last month by Belfort knocked him out of the UFC 147 main event against Silva, whom he had coached against in the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil." Rich Franklin took his place and won a unanimous decision. But the UFC is targeting its next event in Brazil – likely October in Rio de Janeiro – for Belfort and Silva to finally meet again.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 2:23PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
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UFC exec says promotion targeting Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian for future date
Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) claimed victory in the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" with a hard-fought decision win over fellow middleweight Sergio Moraes at UFC 147, but it came with an asterisk. Moraes, who lost during his run on "TUF: Brazil," was a replacement opponent for Daniel Sarafian (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who was forced to withdraw from the card due to injury. While it's still uncertain when Sarafian will return, he just might have an opponent waiting. UFC exec Marshall Zelaznik said the company is looking to get rid of the caveat. "I can tell you that post-fight, (UFC president) Dana (White) mentioned to me that he looks forward to seeing [Sarafian] fight 'Mutante' to try and gain sort of what was taken from him through the injury," Zelaznik said at Saturday evening's UFC 147 post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended. "I expect that fight to happen at some point in the future."
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 2:21PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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'TUF: Brazil' winner Rony 'Jason' rattled by lack of mask at UFC 147
Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra was rattled. After winning "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" and picking up his first UFC win as part of a pay-per-view event in his home country, the Brazilian featherweight called it both the happiest and saddest day in his MMA career. Why? He couldn't wear his trademark Jason Voorhees mask to the octagon. Bezerra (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had worn the hockey mask, which was popularized by the "Friday the 13th" horror series, throughout his career. But at UFC 147, which took place at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, he wasn't permitted. So after defeating Godofredo "Pepey" de Oliveira (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via unanimous decision, he voiced his disappointment. "Today was the happiest day of my life, but it was also the saddest," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I've carried with me this Jason mask since my first fight. And for the first time, in my dream – which was to fight in the UFC – I wasn't allowed to walk in with the mask.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 2:19PM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
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Rich Franklin Believes He Has One More Title Run Left in Him
The former middleweight “Ace” was slated to face Cung Le at UFC 148 on July 7. Instead, he obliged the promotion’s request and moved up his calendar by two weeks, walking into hostile territory and taking a unanimous decision against Wanderlei Silva in a190-pound catch-weight contest at Felipe Drumond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The win marked Franklin’s first in-cage appearance in 18 months and his first win in two years. The Ohio native had been sidelined since injuring his shoulder last summer while preparing for a meeting with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133. His “Fight of the Night”-winning performance now behind him, Franklin says that he hopes to finish his career at middleweight, ideally with a belt around his waist.

The UFC didn’t want to do a third fight between Anderson and me, and that was understandable. I lost both of those fights pretty convincingly, but enough time has passed now,” said Franklin. “I’m not going to be able to make a title run at 205 [pounds]. I’m just not big enough. So, I talked to the UFC about dropping back down to 185. If I can put some wins together, then maybe we’ll shoot for a title before I retire. I’m 37, and I’m getting up there in years.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 12:20PM by lohmann - 9 comments
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Dana White: Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez no longer likely for UFC 152
UFC 152, which is currently scheduled to take place on Sept. 22, 2012, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was originally going to be headlined by a rematch between Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight championship. No longer. Indeed, UFC President Dana White revealed on the UFC 147 post-show on FUEL TV that unforeseen issues have caused the bout to be pushed back to a later date.

Yes, that fight will happen. I don't know when and I don't know where. That is going to depend on Junior. The fight will happen, but probably not in Toronto [at UFC 152].
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 12:16PM by lohmann - 10 comments
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UFC 147 results: Rich Franklin takes decision from Wanderlei Silva in another war
Rich Franklin said he didn't think cage rust would be an issue after a 16-month layoff, and he proved to be right. Instead, the issue was a resilient Wanderlei Silva, whom Franklin had to survive to win a unanimous decision on Saturday night in the pair's rematch. The 190-pound catch-weight fight took place at UFC 147 at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It served as the main event on the pay-per-view following prelims that aired on Facebook and FX.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 1:44AM by prophecy033 - 11 comments
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UFC 147 bonuses: Franklin, Silva, Damm, Vinicius pocket $65,000 in Brazil
Rich Franklin, Wanderlei Silva, Rodrigo Damm and Marcos "Vina" Vinicius on Saturday won $65,000 bonuses for their performances at UFC 147. Franklin and Silva shared the "Fight of the Night" award for their five-round main-event, Damm won "Submission of the Night" and Vinicius picked up "Knockout of the Night." UFC officials announced the winners and bonus amounts at the post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended. UFC 147 took place at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims that on Facebook and FX. For Franklin and Silva, it was the second time their main event has picked up "Fight of the Night" honors. Their first fight, at UFC 99 three years ago, also won the award. Franklin won that fight by unanimous decision. And on Saturday, he was able to do it again – but in a five-round war that had him needing to survive a major offensive surge from Silva in the second.
Submitted Jun 24, 2012 1:41AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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UFC on FX 4 winner Brian Ebersole contemplating possible drop to lightweight
Brian Ebersole on Friday moved his UFC record to 4-0 as a welterweight – and picked up a milestone 50th victory as a pro. So it was slightly odd for him to admit he's thinking about changing weight classes, just a couple hours after his latest win. Ebersole (50-14-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) survived a rough start against T.J. Waldburger to rebound and win a unanimous decision on the main card of UFC on FX 4. UFC on FX 4 took place at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The event's main card aired on FX, and the prelims aired on FUEL TV and streamed on Facebook. "I'm sick of being a giant killer," Ebersole said at Friday's post-fight news conference, which was attended by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "If that starts to happen, I'm going to make a very concerted effort to become a lightweight."
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 7:23PM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
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UFC on FX 4 medical suspensions: Stout, Gambino, Catone suspended indefinitely
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has medically suspended seven fighters from Friday's UFC on FX 4 event. Main-event winner Gray Maynard and co-main-event victor Sam Stout are among the suspended. Stout, in fact, was one of three fighters suspended indefinitely along with preliminary-card competitors Joey Gambino and Nick Catone.
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 7:22PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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Praised by UFC boss, Fisher likely to retire after loss to Stout at UFC on FX 4
In another three-round battle, Sam Stout (17-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) on Friday wrapped up a rare MMA trilogy with Spencer Fisher (24-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC). But it likely will be the last fight for Fisher, who had hinted in the weeks leading up to the rubber match that it might be his final bout before retirement. After his unanimous decision victory at UFC on FX 4, Stout paid tribute to his opponent. "We've spent 45 minutes in that cage together," Stout said at the post-fight press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended. "We've got a bond together that is a pretty rare thing – to go through a trilogy like that and have three wars with the same opponent. My hat's off to him. He's a class act. We spoke after the fight. If I get out of the press conference before they stop selling drinks tonight, I'm going to go buy him a beer."
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 7:20PM by prophecy033 - 8 comments
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Against doctor's recommendation, UFC 148's Shane Roller fights without TRT
Less than a year after obtaining permission to use medically prescribed testosterone, Shane Roller decided that changes to his diet and training are, for now, a better choice while continuing his fight career. "I'm training a little bit smarter," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm ready to go compete, but I'm getting my body ready in a different way." The endocrinologist who helped Roller get permission believes he needs the hormone to compete. Roller, though, has serious misgivings about its use. He recently informed Nevada State Athletic Commission officials that he won't maintain the therapeutic-use exemption he obtained from them in June 2011, less than a month before he fought Melvin Guillard at UFC 132. "I see what happens with the guys who have done it and abused it, and I don't want to be in that category at all," he said. "If you're taking it right and doing what your doctor is saying, they should never be prescribing to where you'll test out of range," Roller said. "There are guys that are doing that. There are guys taking regular steroids, which is the same thing. They're taking regular steroids and cheating, so people are going to get caught that are doing it."
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 5:27PM by lohmann - 6 comments
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Praised by UFC boss, Fisher likely to retire after loss to Stout at UFC on FX 4
In another three-round battle, Sam Stout (17-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) on Friday wrapped up a rare MMA trilogy with Spencer Fisher (24-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC). But it likely will be the last fight for Fisher, who had hinted in the weeks leading up to the rubber match that it might be his final bout before retirement. Though Fisher did not attend the post-fight news conference and was not interviewed in the octagon following the loss, he told FUEL TV in a post-fight interview that his decision to retire is likely to hold up. He did leave the door open for a return, but said if that happens it will come at featherweight.
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 5:21PM by lohmann - 1 comment
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If cleared, UFC 147's Rodrigo Damm believes he would have won 'TUF: Brazil'
One of the most experienced competitors to join "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," Rodrigo Damm rightfully was a tournament favorite as the show began filming. While his performances didn't include the flashy finishes of some of his contestants, he earned a spot in the semifinals with wins in the elimination round and quarterfinals. Fate then intervened. Damm was forced to withdraw from the show when he suffered kidney damage cutting weight for a bout with now-finalist Godofredo "Pepey" de Oliveira. On the eve of his first fight since the misfortune, he's determined to pick up where he left off. "I believe I would have won (the show)," Damm told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I was supposed to face 'Pepey.' It would have been a favorable fight for me. He is good on the ground, but he isn't a striker." Oliveira meets Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra in the reality-show tournament's featherweight final, which takes place Saturday at UFC 147. Damm (9-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), meanwhile, takes on Anistavio "Gasparzinho" Medeiros (15-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the event's FX-televised preview, which precedes the pay-per-view main card.
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 7:41AM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
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UFC on FX 4 draws a reported 4,652 attendance
Friday night's UFC on FX 4 drew an announced attendance of 4,652 fans, a sell-out in the promotion's return to Atlantic City, N.J. UFC officials announced the number at the event's post-fight news conference, which was attended by MMAjunkie.com. Live gate figures for the card were not immediately available. UFC on FX 4 took place at Ovation Hall at the new Revel Atlantic City. The night's main card was broadcast on FX. Preliminary-card fights were broadcast on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 7:38AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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Dana White on Clay Guida strategy vs. Maynard at UFC on FX 4: 'The fight sucked'
The fans at Revel Atlantic City didn't seem to be happy with Friday's main event, and UFC president Dana White wasn't, either. Gray Maynard won a five-round split decision against Clay Guida, but it was Guida's game plan that had Maynard, the fans – and White – riled up. "The fight sucked. I don't know how to expand on it anymore," White told MMAjunkie.com at the post-fight news conference. "... This isn't (expletive) 'Dancing With the Stars.' You can't win a fight by running around in circles – that's not how fights are won."
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 7:37AM by prophecy033 - 31 comments
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Maynard, Guida apologize to each other for in-fight, post-fight 'heated' moments
There were plenty of heated moments in Friday's UFC on FX 4 main event between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida. Most took place in the octagon, including a couple sets of prominent Maynard middle fingers. Another happened outside the cage, right after Maynard's split-decision victory. But after the fight, the two lightweights put to bed their short-lived beef. Guida's game plan was a subject of frustration for Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) in the fight. Maynard spent the majority of the fight trying to chase down his opponent, who bounced and danced and backpedalled and slipped – and "ran," as UFC president Dana White saw it. And though Maynard appeared to chase Guida (29-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) down verbally in the fight, as well, and flipped him the bird twice, he said such behavior is not customary for him and he merely lost his cool. "Personally, I don't act like that," Maynard said at Friday's post-fight press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended. "It's a fight, but I was pissed off. I'm a human, too. I get mad."
Submitted Jun 23, 2012 7:35AM by prophecy033 - 13 comments
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