UFC 121 Likely For California In October
Although nothing is official yet and no contracts have been signed, UFC is targeting Honda Center and Anaheim and October 23 for what would be UFC 121. The UFC has yet to officially announce any plans for UFC 121, though the card would certainly follow traditional business plans. With UFC 120 scheduled for the week prior and airing on Spike TV, the UFC can use the broadcast to heavily promote the following week's pay-per-view card.
Ref Josh Rosenthal Explains Why He Didn't Stop Lesnar-Carwin
In the days since Brock Lesnar came back from being absolutely brutalized in the first round of his fight with Shane Carwin to winning the fight in the second, some have questioned whether referee Josh Rosenthal should have ever permitted the fight to get out of the first round, or whether Rosenthal should have stopped the fight and given Carwin a first-round technical knockout win.
UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama On Tap For London
No rest for the weary. Less than one week after his "Fight of the Night" against Chris Leben on July 3, Yoshihiro Akiyama has been pegged to take on another Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran when he faces Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 120 from the O2 Arena on Oct. 16 in London, England. Fighter's Only brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Chael Sonnen: Lil Nog Looks Like Roy Nelson In A Frankenstein Mask
Or in simpler terms, Chael Sonnen's response to "Minotoro" Nogueira getting into the Sonnen-Anderson Silva trash talk game: Shut your mouth, and consider dropping to 185 and come get some. "Lil’ Nog…..I read your appraisal of the upcoming fight betwixt your pal Anderson and yours truly and, I’ll be damned, you are one sharp dude…. about as sharp as a bag of wet mice. Do yourself a favor: have your mouthpiece permanently installed in your mouth so you can’t speak at all. Have them feed you with a tube like a coma patient. You’re not doing Anderson any good and you’re sinking your own ship too. You say I’m not qualified to fight Anderson…Which means that the UFC brain trust – that thinks I AM and are also YOUR BOSSES — are idiots. It also means Ed Soares – Anderson’s manager and YOUR MANAGER TOO – doesn’t know what he’s doing, either. Smooth, guy. Very smooth. Do you have any other brilliant ideas or scathing critiques you care to impart to the UFC Brass or your own manager? Maybe that shot Sokodjou hit you with was worse than it looked (if that’s even possible). You seem like a nice enough guy, and I have no real beef with you (Oh, and speaking of beef: If you can turn your disk over at the Rodizio once in awhile and get down to "185," there’s gonna be a new sheriff there in less than a month who’ll be happy to ride you right back out of town on a rail). So please see this as the kind of well-intentioned advice I would give to a friend or training partner. And if you lose a few (you looked like Roy Nelson in a Frankenstein mask for that Brilz fight… which you lost, buddyboy), we can scrap in the Fall."
UFC Announces Anti-Piracy Settlements With 500 Businesses & Individuals
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's anti-piracy efforts show no signs of slowing down. The organization today announced it has reached "confidential settlements" with more than 500 businesses and individuals as a result of illegal broadcasts and viewing of UFC events. The settlements span over the past two years. "We are committed to standing toe to toe with anyone trying to illegally broadcast or stream UFC events," UFC President Dana White stated. "Today's announcement further drives home the fact that we are fully prepared to pursue any business or individual that steals our programming."
Pellegrino Not Retiring, Wants "Big" Fight In December
UFC lightweight Kurt Pellegrino raised the stakes prior to his most recent fight when he said he'd retire with a loss to George Sotiropoulos this past Saturday at UFC 116. But after re-injuring his left knee in the first round of the fight and dropping a unanimous decision, Pellegrino is adamant that he won't hang it up. Doctors today informed Pellegrino that he re-tore the meniscus in his left knee, which was first injured in a fight against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 111. On Friday, Pellegrino will arrange a date to repair the damage and said he will take his time before he returns to the gym. Still, he is already angling to get back inside the octagon by year's end.
Rafael Natal Signs With UFC
According to Renzo Gracie, Middleweight Rafael Natal has signed a 4-fight deal with UFC. Natal is an instructor ("professor") at Gracie's New York City-based academy. Natal has a 12-2 MMA record and is coming off a win against Travis Lutter at the recent Moosin MMA event in Massachusetts. He had originally signed with Shine Fights in February but never fought for them.
Nogueira vs. Mir To Headline UFC 119
Shortly after the co-main event for UFC 119 was announced, the main event was revealed and they have one thing in common: Nogueiras. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir has been confirmed by Dana White as the main event soon after Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader was tapped as co-headliner. An official announcement is expected soon.
Frank Mir's Goals For 2011: Retire Nogueira And KO Lesnar
2 goals that boxing guru Jimmy Clifford thinks are attainable in comments made to The Las Vegas Sun. "We believe Mir is going to be the guy to knock out Brock Lesnar. Me, GSP, Freddie Roach - we all agreed Mir can do it. We see holes in his game we know we can expose. If you're asking me who would Frank Mir want to fight right now, it's Brock. He'd love to fight him. Realistically, that's not going to happen so we want that Nog fight. Nog claims staph infection affected his chin in the last one. I don't know how that happens, but I think if Mir gets a chance at Nogueira again, he'll knock him out early and retire him. Right now, he's at 252 and his best fighting weight is between 240 and 245 pounds. He's not going to stay at 265 to fight Brock again ... In Mir's mind, it's about martial arts vs. this big gorilla who really is just a big gorilla."
JAMES TONEY: "I'll make an example out of Dana"
"We're going to make an example of James Toney."
The upcoming fight between former UFC champion Randy Couture and current IBA heavyweight champion James Toney, according to UFC president Dana White, is being set-up as a freak show, to see what happens when a boxer steps in with a mixed martial artist.
James Toney was a guest on MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday night and heard about White's comments for the first time. Not surprisingly, he had a few words on the subject.
"Give him the message, tell Dana White to excuse these nuts," said Toney. "I'm going to make an example out of him and his fighters."
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jared Hamman targeted for UFC Fight Night 22
Light heavyweights Kyle Kingsbury (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jared Hamman (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) are expected to clash in a preliminary card bout at UFC Fight Night 22.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned the news today from sources close to the event, who said that at least one fighter has signed off on the fight.
UFC Fight Night 22 takes place Sept. 15 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and airs live on Spike TV, though the promotion has yet to officially announce the event.
Nick Catone vs. Tomasz Drwal in the works for UFC Fight Night 22 in Texas
It appears Nick Catone will stay at middleweight for now.
Not long after the New Jersey native told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he wants to drop to welterweight, sources close to the promotion today said Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will stay in the 185-pound division to fight Tomasz Drwal (17-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 22.
UFC Fight Night 22 is expected to take place Sept. 15 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and air live on Spike TV, though the promotion has yet to officially announce the event.
The position of Catone vs. Drawl on the fight card is unknown at this time.
Carlos Condit signs new 4-fight deal with the UFC
Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit has been offered and will sign a new four-fight deal with the UFC that will see the New Mexico native stay with the promotion into the foreseeable future.
Sources close to Condit on Wednesday confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com.
Condit is expected to make his return to action against Dan Hardy at UFC 120 in London, England, in October, although no confirmation has been made by the UFC about the fight.
Anderson Silva Will Beat Chael Sonnen Like A Child And Shut His Mouth
So says the latest 3rd party to jump into the pre-UFC 117 trash talk fest, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. "I think he's just talking nonsense. He is not even a real challenger to Anderson. I think other fighters have done much more in the division, such as Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, whom he won against, Demian Maia, who played with (Sonnen) like a child, and Vitor Belfort. He is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. He will take a beating from Anderson, who will beat him like a child, will beat his ass and will shut his mouth. He has no qualifications to compete for the belt -- that's the truth. He doesn’t have good boxing or ground, only good wrestling. Anderson is on another level. He hopes that Anderson will lose his control and blow up. It’s the only chance he has since Anderson is technically much better than him."
Rubber Match Not Likely in Bonnar-Soszynski Rivalry Anytime Soon
Stephan Bonnar's spent much of the last three years in search of a win, and much of the last year focusing on one man: Krzysztof Soszynski.
After splitting two fights with Soszynski in the last five months, though, it appears that a rubber match to their series is not likely to happen in the near future, according to UFC president Dana White.
UFC 116's "UFC Prelims" broadcast peaks with 1.5 million viewers; weigh-ins draw 645K
After earning an impressive 1.6 million viewers for its UFC 114 broadcast, Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast for this past weekend's UFC 116 event dipped slightly for an average of 1.3 million viewers, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with an industry source.
The three-fight July 3 broadcast, which featured Brendan Schuab vs. Chris Tuchscherer and Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli, as well as a bonus fight of Gerald Harris vs. David Branch did peak with 1.5 million viewers in the final quarter hour.
Additionally, the July 2 broadcast of the UFC 116 weigh-in ceremonies, the first-ever such broadcast for Spike TV, drew 645,000 viewers.