UFC 144: Takanori Gomi vs George Sotiropoulos announced for Feb. 26 in Japan
"The Fireball Kid" is headed back home.
That's because Takanori Gomi has been booked to get busy against jiu-jitsu ace George Sotiropoulos at UFC 144 on Feb. 26, 2012, from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The promotion brought word of the pending match-up a short time ago.
Both fighters are looking to rebound from recent losses, particularly Gomi, who has been submitted in both of his last two outings against Clay Guida and Nate Diaz, respectively.
In fact, the Japanese import is just 1-3 inside the Octagon, which means it's time to live up to the hype or he may not be making the trip back to the U.S. early next year.
Mole-hem: Jason Miller says the Michael Bisping camp is feeding him secrets
They say what goes around, comes around (no word on who "they" are yet).
Jason Miller, and later his opponent, Michael Bisping, are learning that very fact right now. That's because "Mayhem" says he must have some good karma thanks to John Dodson's rampant insubordination during The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 this year.
Dodson, you see, was selling secrets to the other side, popping off at the mouth to Team Bisping about what Team Miller was doing in training.
Now, it seems, the tables have turned.
That's according to Miller, who writes in his blog that he's got buddies feeding him information on his upcoming opponent at the TUF 14 Finale on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In ironic twist news- I'm totally getting reimbursed for John Dodson's insubordination. I'm not even asking about Michael's training, but for some reason all the friends that I've had for years that are working with him seem to be inclined to tell me about his camp and what he's doing. I don't want or need this info, I'm going to beat him regardless, just found it interesting. Pretty karmic.
Josh Koscheck rooting for Nick Diaz to best Georges St. Pierre, eyes future title fight with Diaz
"To be honest with you, I like the Diaz kid. I think that he brings something similar to what I bring to the table: he's not afraid to say what's on his mind. Realistically, I think GSP is a strategist and GSP is probably gonna come in with a good game plan, that's where he can play it safe and get the victory. But, I'd love to see Diaz win because when I beat Carlos Condit February 4, then that means me and Diaz for a title shot, and then that means it's a big fight because he talks really good, and I believe I can talk up a fight really good."
UFC vet Dan Miller's son facing life-threatening surgery; family asks for help
The fight of Daniel Miller Jr. is not yet over.
The one-year-old son of UFC middleweight Dan Miller needs a kidney transplant as the result of a genetic kidney disorder known as polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, and a foundation has been formed in his name to raise money for medical bills in the neighborhood of $100,000.
Miller's team, AMA Fight Club, is holding an MMA seminar at the gym on Dec. 3, the proceeds of which will benefit the foundation. An auction is also being planned for the end of the year.
A Paypal account recently set up for the foundation has drawn overwhelming support since it was announced this week, according to AMA Fight Club trainer Mike Constantino.
"We've gotten donations as little as a $1.50 all the way up to a donation for $20,000," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "So people are really, really stepping up. It's amazing."
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson vs. Ryan Bader Set for UFC 144 in Japan
I guess Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's tweet about not fighting in Japan was a little premature. It turns out the former Pride star will indeed be headed back to the Saitama Super Arena one more time, and he will face Ryan Bader at UFC 144. Brett Okamoto of ESPN has the confirmation:
The UFC has granted Quinton Jackson's request to fight in Japan in February.
The former light heavyweight champion will meet Ryan Bader at UFC 144. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed the matchup to ESPN.com
Edson Barboza Talks Terry Etim, Possible Drop to Featherweight
Lightweight Edson Barboza has looked very good in his three UFC fights so far, and he's scheduled to face Terry Etim at UFC 142 in Brazil. But despite the success at 155, it seems that Edson might be considering a drop to 145. He discussed it with Sherdog:
"I don’t have any trouble making 155 pounds," he revealed. "I’ve already competed many times at 145 pounds as a muay Thai fighter. I’ve already told my manager, Alex Davis, that I feel great at lightweight, but that a weight drop is a real possibility. Who knows? In the future, if I get a good opportunity, I believe I could do good work at featherweight, too.
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda targeted for UFC 144
It may be last chance time for two light-heavyweights on the ropes.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a bout pitting Steve Cantwell (7-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) against Riki Fukuda (17-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is targeted for UFC 144. MMAWeekly.com initially reported the matchup.
UFC 144 is set for Feb. 26 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Broadcast plans for the event have yet to be announced.
Cantwell desperately needs a win in the octagon since a successful crossover from the now-defunct WEC to the UFC. He submitted Razak Al-Hassan in gruesome fashion at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops" only to drop four consecutive bouts against the likes of Luiz Cane, Brian Stann, Cyrille Diabate, and most recently, Mike Massenzio.
Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann in the works for UFC event in March
A key welterweight matchup is in the works between Thiago Alves (19-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and Martin Kampmann (18-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the fighters that at least one of the fighters has agreed matchup, which is expected to take place at an as-yet-unannounced March 3 event.
The matchup was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
"It was the fight I asked for, and I know UFC fans will love it," Alves told Tatame."He has just defeated Rick Story, who had beat me before, so it's a good fight for me."
"I haven't talked with UFC yet, and I don't have a date or opponent," Kampmann stated on his Twitter account. "Alves is a possibility, but so [are] a lot guys. I will let you know!"
Jon Fitch plans on giving his fans another 30 fights in the UFC (Video)
"I go out there and I bust my ass and I win fights in a professional sport. If it wasn't about winning they wouldn't pay us more for winning. I'm just doing what I do best, I win fights. I have a big fan base, maybe developing slower than people who get a lot of first round knockouts, but my career is gonna go for a long time, I'm gonna be putting in a lot more fights. I've had 15 fights in the UFC and I plan on putting in another 30. I plan on being here a long time, my fans love what I do, they give me a lot of support and I fight for my fans."
Report: UFC Signs Reza Madadi, Debut Against Rafaello Oliveira
According to a report from Swedish-based MMA website MMAnytt.se, the #6-ranked lightweight on the World MMA Scouting Report, Reza Madadi (11-2), has signed with the UFC. The 31-year-old Swedish-Iranian wrestler will debut on the inaugural UFC on FX card on January 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee against five-fight UFC veteran Rafaello Oliveira (14-5).
'Mad Dog' has been on an impressive run as of late, snagging the Superior Challenge lightweight crown in April when he defeated former UFC fighter Rich Clementi by decision. He previously waxed WEC veteran Carlo Prater at Superior Challenge 6 last October, and he submitted The Ultimate Fighter season 8 bad boy Junie Browning at Superior Challenge 5 last May, running his winning streak to six before the UFC knocked on the door.
Mayhem Miller on Bisping: “Dan Henderson took his soul, I’m going to take the rest”(video)
TUF 14 coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller is preparing to return to the UFC Octagon for the first time in over 6 years when he faces opposing Ultimate Fighter coach Michael Bisping at the TUF 14 Finale on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
After abusing reporter Aaron Tru, Mayhem talks about, among other things, the joy of watching Bisping fall off the air hockey table during the “coaches challenge” and how it helped relieve the pain of losing $10,000 to him just moments earlier.
Mayhem, although known more for his high-level grappling than his striking, makes the prediction that Bisping will be the one who will end up shooting in for a takedown first. He also predicts the fight will not make it out of the first round and he will either knock Bisping out or submit him within the first five minutes of the bout.
Rafael Cordiero: 'Shogun' Rua needs to train harder if he wants to get back to the top
Mauricio Rua's long time friend and former head trainer, Rafael Cordiero, has been speaking about his former students performance this past weekend (Nov. 19) at the UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson" event in San Jose, California.
Fans were treated to what many are calling the best fight in UFC history, as Rua and Dan Henderson put on a show for the ages in a back and forth brawl that left both men battered and bruised. "Hendo" and "Shogun" traded punches and knockdowns for 25 minutes, which eventually resulted in the American walking away with a somewhat controversial unanimous decision victory.
Everyone from fans, media and even UFC President Dana White were left in awe of the efforts that both combatants put forth in their epic battle.
Apparently, Cordiero was not as impressed as the rest of us.
UFC Quick Quote: Jon Jones expecting to fight the best Lyoto Machida ever
"We're going to have to watch Machida's speed, and his distancing is key. He's also a very creative fighter. He's very quick on the in and out. He's going to try to get past Jon's length, I'm sure, with his jumping in and jumping out style and moving side to side. We have to be extremely careful with that. He does have one-punch power, so we need to be careful of his power. He'll be very motivated because once somebody supposedly has that stature that Jon has now of this invincible machine, everybody trains really, really hard -- partly out of fear, partly out of ambition -- to take you down. I fully expect us to fight the best Machida that has ever fought, and hopefully we'll be able to get around that and those problems."
Junior dos Santos thinks Velasquez may have had knowledge of his pre-fight injury:
Yes, (I did) have an injury in my left knee 10 days before the fight. We knew his strategy would be to take me down. I don’t know if he had knowledge of my injury but in a minute and four seconds he kicked me in the knee seven times, so he probably knew (about the injury), so much so that he accepted the fight standing, something I think he wouldn’t do otherwise because it wouldn’t be smart for him to do that
UFC 142: Paulo Thiago vs Mike Pyle in the works for Jan. 14 in Rio
Brazilian supercop Paulo Thiago is expected to face off against Mike Pyle when the promotion returns to Rio de Janeiro for UFC 142, currently scheduled for the HSBC Arena on Jan. 14, 2012.
Tatame.com first reported the 170-pound match-up earlier today.
Thiago (14-3) was able to get back into the win column with a unanimous decision nod over David Mitchell at UFC 134 back in August, returning him to good standing after consecutive losses to Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.
Does a win over Pyle put him back "in the mix?"
Rampage Jackson Says He Won't Be Fighting on UFC Japan Card
One of the big stories in the UFC's decision to go to Japan in 2012 has been the sense of need for them to not treat it like "just another card" and instead put on stars and fights that appeal to the region's fans. With the UFC having some of the biggest stars from the days of PRIDE on the roster, it seems like an easy enough thing to do. But we not know of at least one former PRIDE superstar who won't be fighting on the card.
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos Eyeing Olympic Boxing Run
Junior dos Santos has had a pretty impressive run int he UFC. It kicked off with him getting a shocking knockout win over heavy favorite Fabricio Werdum in 2008 which his most recent fight being a heavyweight title win on the UFC's debut on FOX.
If his amazing rise through the UFC ranks wasn't enough, now it appears the champ is interested on setting his sights on a new challenge down the road. Via UOL Esportes (translation via Tom Mendes).
First, Junior speaks:
"The more goals you reach, the bigger your dreams become. I'd like very much to test myself in boxing. In the gym I train boxing a lot and I see it as a sport that brings something different. You have to be more loose and faster. If the opportunity arises, I'd like to try it, but first I have to defend this (UFC) belt"
Then his coach:
To have Junior fighting at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (in 2016) would be a dream, but today his priority is MMA. If one day he has the opportunity he could try to fight for the title.