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.
Good length article from Bloody Elbow
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.
Ring girls Brittney Palmer and Holly Madison added to UFC 125 lineup
The UFC has added two familiar ring girls to the lineup for Saturday's UFC 125 event.
Former WEC ring girl Brittney Palmer will circle the UFC octagon in her first duties since the merger with its sister promotion.
Additionally, Playboy model and "The Girls Next Door" star Holly Madison returns to the organization for the first time since guest-ring-girl duties at UFC 100 in July 2009.
Featherweight Josh Grispi not guaranteed title shot with win at UFC 125
LAS VEGAS – WEC standout turned UFC fighter Josh Grispi (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) may not get a chance to realize a title opportunity that slipped through his fingers with the injury of featherweight champ Jose Aldo (18-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC president Dana White said today that Grispi is not guaranteed a fight with Aldo if he's victorious Saturday at UFC 125 against fellow octagon newcomer Dustin Poirier.
"He's in the mix, though," White said.
Dana White defends UFC's ION Television deal, says future plans uncertain
LAS VEGAS – While the UFC's recent announcement that preliminary bouts from this weekend's UFC 125 event would be broadcast on ION Television left many MMA fans scratching their head, UFC president Dana White said those same fans should be busy celebrating the deal.
"Every fan that wanted to see the prelims should be doing Diego Sanchez 'Yes Cartwheels' down the street right now," White said. "We got it on free TV."
Instead, White said he has received some questions and complaints regarding the upcoming broadcast. However, the UFC boss believes the situation is a win-win for all involved.
Breaking: Cain Velasquez Injured, Out 6-8 Months (Updated)
It seems that the "Cain Train" has been derailed for a while. After today's UFC 125 pre-fight presser, Dana White revealed that UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is out 6-8 months due to a shoulder injury. White hopes the champ can return in summer 2011.
More when it becomes available.
UPDATE: Badly torn rotator cuff, it happened during the UFC 121 fight with Brock Lesnar but initial MRIs were inconclusive. Best-case for recovery is 4-6 months.
Steve Cantwell vs. Cyrille Diabate Addded To UFC On Versus 3
Steve Cantwell has another fight if he can keep it. This time he's scheduled to face Cyrille Diabate at UFC On Versus 3 Cantwell has had a difficult time getting into the octagon as of late. The former WEC light-heavyweight champion was due to meet Stanislav Nedkov in October at UFC 120 but was forced to withdraw only 48 hours prior to the event with a knee injury suffered in the practice room. It was supposed to be Cantwell's first fight back after the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to issue him medical clearance for a fight against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 108. He spent five months on the bench as the commission reviewed his denial, which centered around the medical paperwork he submitted for the January bout. In May the commission gave him the all-clear for a fight license. Cantwell was heavily rumored for a bout with Ricardo Romero in July at UFC 116, but the bout did not materialize. He hasn't fought since September 2009, when he lost a unanimous decision to former WEC champ Brian Stann in a rubber match of two previous meetings in which they swapped wins. His skid started one fight prior when he was outpointed by Luis Cane at UFC 97.
Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola On Tap For UFC 128
Karlos Vemola will seek to be "The Terminator" of Luiz Cane's UFC career as they're set to meet on a rapidly filling UFC 128 fight card. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Cane vs. Vemola is likely to be part of the event's untelevised preliminary card, though its position could not be verified at the time of this writing. Vemola will try for 2 wins in a row after losing his UFC debut, while Cane will try to avoid a 3rd loss in a row and a likely pink slip.
Dana Remains Against Lesnar In WWE Slot, Nothing On TUF Coaches
UFC president Dana White still isn't quite ready to announce who will be coaching on the upcoming 13th season of "The Ultimate Fighter." However, White did say speculation that Frank Mir was pulled from a proposed UFC 128 matchup with Brendan Schaub in order to take a slot on the Spike TV reality series was unfounded. "We're moving [expletive] around all the time," White said. "What we like to do is that when we nail a fight and sign it, that's usually it. It's solid. But stuff happens with these other fights.
"We're still laying out the map for next year. [Mir's removal from UFC 128] has nothing to do with ['The Ultimate Fighter]."
"I don't know, man," White admitted. "I can't even talk about the 'TUF' coaches right now. I don't know." As for Lesnar, the UFC boss remains steadfast in his position regarding the former heavyweight champion and his desire to make an appearance for the WWE. "Not going to happen," White said. "He can't leave the UFC. He's under contract." Lesnar, a former professional wrestling superstar, has been linked to a potential appearance at Wrestlemania XXVII, which takes place in April. While White wouldn't reveal what is next for Lesnar, he made it clear the heavyweight won't be starring for the WWE anytime soon – even in some kind of limited special role. "Like row 3, seat 16?" White asked. "Row 3, seat 16 in aisle 2 sounds good to me."