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UFC 128 Gets 2 More Fights Including Assuncao-Gamburyan
With tickets already on sale to the general public for UFC 128, the company's executives are busy lining out the evening's official plans. And while a main-card matchup between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Nate Marquardt was confirmed earlier today, the UFC wasn't quite done making announcements. Company brass also announced two additional matchups for the evening's preliminary card, including a previously unreported featherweight bout of Raphael Assuncao vs. Manny Gamburyan. The other confirmed fight is Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola.
Submitted Jan 13, 2011 6:51PM by DCRage - 3 comments
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UFN 24 Official For Seattle, Garcia-Phan First Fight
In March, the UFC makes its first-ever trip to Seattle, and a highly anticipated featherweight rematch will be featured on the evening's main card. UFC executives today announced that UFC Fight Night 24 takes place March 26 at Key Arena in Seattle and airs on Spike TV. While the card is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight contest between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Tito Ortiz, Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan II is the first fight officially announced for the event.
Submitted Jan 13, 2011 5:37PM by DCRage - 1 comment
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Vitor Belfort Brings In Karate Master to Prepare for UFC 126 Bout Against Anderson Silva
Vitor Belfort, who about a year ago, earned his Karate Blue Belt from Vinicio Antony, believes that his Shotokan Karate skills will play a huge part on his UFC 126 title bout against Anderson Silva. Joining his camp is Jayme Sandall, the South American Karate champ, who is one of the top Shotokan practitioners in the world.
Submitted Jan 13, 2011 3:22PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
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Thiago Silva Doesn't Care What A "Jerk" Like Jon Jones Thinks
And he certainly didn't appreciate Jones calling him out after his recent win over Brandon Vera, as he tells the TATAME. "This guy is a jerk. Everybody’s a professional fighter and all fights include provocations. Brandon Vera said he’s break my legs, that I wasn’t on his level. I don’t say things, I do. You get recognized when you do things. I’m a professional fighter, but I can’t always please everybody. There’s always somebody behind the computed with a plate filled with French fries, ready to criticize you. I fight for the fans, for the money and to put my name up there. Talking is too much easy, nobody knows what goes on in your life, your trainings… I think I did my job. Who likes it, likes it, but you can dislike it if you want."
Submitted Jan 13, 2011 11:32AM by DCRage - 9 comments
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Phil Baroni Signs With Titan Fighting Championships
"The New York Bad Ass" will return. Despite his recent release from the UFC, 34-year-old Phil Baroni will fight again, this time with the Kansas-based Titan Fighting Championship. Titan Fighting Championship officials announced late Wednesday night that Baroni has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion. The company expects Baroni to debut on March 25 against an opponent still to be determined.
Submitted Jan 13, 2011 8:05AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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Report: Pace-McDonald Slated for UFC Fight Night 24
Bantamweight prospects Nick Pace and Michael McDonald have agreed to meet at UFC Fight Night 24, according to a report from MMAWeekly.com. While neither the matchup nor the event has been announced by the promotion, the show is expected to go down on March 26 at Key Arena in Seattle, and will likely be headlined by a light heavyweight duel between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Tito Ortiz. Pace suffered the first loss of his career against Demetrious Johnson in September, but rebounded with a victory over Will Campuzano at “The Ultimate Fighter 12” finale in December. The Team Tiger Schulmann representative ended the fight late in the third round with an innovative submission which he dubbed the “Pace Choke.”
Submitted Jan 12, 2011 5:49PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Volkmann On Leave While High School Investigates Obama Comments
Jacob Volkmann (Pictured) has been placed on paid administrative leave by his employer, White Bear Lake Area High School -- North Campus, while the institution conducts an investigation regarding the UFC lightweight’s postfight comments about President Barack Obama. Volkmann, 30, serves as an assistant coach to the Minnesota school’s wrestling team and also coaches its youth wrestling club for children from kindergarten to sixth grade. His standing as head coach of the squad has not been affected. “It’s very frustrating that they think that I’m being a bad influence on the students.” Volkmann told Sherdog.com. “That’s what their reason was [for placing me on leave].”
Submitted Jan 12, 2011 5:48PM by FastKnockout - 43 comments
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Brock Lesnar Is the Underdog to Junior Dos Santos: Betting Odds
The odds opened up today at: Brock Lesnar +125 vs. Junior dos Santos -155
Submitted Jan 12, 2011 5:35PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
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TUF 13 Coaches Announced
The big men of mixed martial arts are back on The Ultimate Fighter, but this time, they will be coaching, not competing. UFC President Dana White announced today that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and number one contender Junior dos Santos will match wits as the coaches of season 13 of the hit Spike TV reality series. Following the season, which begins filming this month and begins airing on March 30, Lesnar and dos Santos will then match fists in the Octagon later in 2011. This will be the first time either fighter has appeared on The Ultimate Fighter, which began airing on Spike in 2005. The last time heavyweights coached the show was during season eight in 2008, when dos Santos’ mentor, “Minotauro” Nogueira, faced off against former champion Frank Mir. This season, the two will coach a host of welterweight hopefuls looking to secure a UFC contract.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 5:57PM by FastKnockout - 47 comments
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Mark Hominick vs. Jose Aldo Being Targeted For UFC 129 (Updated)
Josh Grispi's loss could be Mark Hominick's gain. According to "Showdown" Joe Ferrara, if Hominick beats George Roop at UFC Fight Night 23 and comes out injury free, he will face UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in Toronto. This was to have happened at UFC 125 but an injury then an Aldo injury changed plans. Update: Dana White has confirmed the report.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 5:00PM by DCRage - 13 comments
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Jon Jones: With The Right Fight, I Would Definitely Take A Fight At Heavyweight
And he adds it doesn't have to be a title fight or a Cain Velasquez, but he's thinking about taking the Randy Couture career path at some point. "I kind of like how Randy (Couture) has done it all throughout his MMA career. With the right fight, I would definitely take a fight at heavyweight, but my dreams and my goals are all at the light heavyweight division, and I don't want anything to get twisted saying I want to fight Cain (Velasquez) or any of the top heavyweights. If there was a cool fight stylistically for me at heavyweight, I'd give something to the fans and fight at a bigger weight."
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 4:57PM by DCRage - 14 comments
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Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko Cro Cop Official For UFC 128
A heavyweight bout between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and "The Ultimate Fighter 10" runner-up Brendan Schaub is set for UFC 128. UFC officially announced the bout today. The fight currently has 4th billing on the card, meaning it'll likely air on PPV.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 4:53PM by DCRage - 8 comments
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John Makdessi meets Kyle Watson, not Jonathan Brookins, at UFC 129
Lightweight prospect John Makdessi (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet "The Ultimate Fighter 12" semifinalist Kyle Watson (13-6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 129, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event. Verbal agreements are in place for the bout with paperwork on the way. Makdessi was rumored to be fighting "TUF 12" winner Jonathan Brookins at the event, but for reasons unknown, the matchup did not materialize. Makdessi is the ninth Canadian slotted for the event, which takes place April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. A welterweight title match between reigning champ Georges St-Pierre and challenger Jake Shields headlines the pay-per-view event.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 3:29PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Shane Carwin confirms likely UFC 131 slot, was offered Roy Nelson fight
Following recent back surgery, Shane Carwin (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) expects to make his return to the cage in June at UFC 131. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the news on Monday, and Carwin confirmed the tentative booking on his official website, www.shane-carwin.com. In the update, Carwin also confirmed he had been approached about fighting "The Ultimate Fighter 10" winner Roy Nelson before he ultimately was scheduled for a meeting with Frank Mir at UFC 130. Officials hope to finalize plans for UFC 131 this week. The show is tentatively planned for June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. As MMAjunkie.com reported on Monday, Carwin is expected to play a prominent role in the pay-per-view event.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 1:02PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is June 4; door opened for Edgar-Maynard as coaches?
The upcoming 13th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" debuts March 30 on Spike TV, and a source close to the show today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is slated for June 4. The event takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and airs live on Spike TV. Although no coaches have been named, the date would allow for UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard, who could be part of UFC 131 in June, to meet in a season-ending fight. UFC officials will announce the coaches later today during a media call, but they and other industry insiders have been tight-lipped about the names. Edgar and Maynard have emerged as possible candidates, though rumored coaches have included everyone from Dominick Cruz to Urijah Faber to Chael Sonnen to Wanderlei Silva to Brock Lesnar to Frank Mir to Jose Aldo.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 12:34PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Junior dos Santos to Fight for Interim UFC Heavyweight Title
With Cain Velasquez sidelined due to injury, Junior dos Santos will indeed fight for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship against an opponent to be named.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 12:32PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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Kenny Florian Targeting April Return, Says He's the Man to Fight Pettis
It's been a rough couple of months for Kenny Florian. First, he lost his No. 1 contenders fight with Gray Maynard, then he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of a potential fight with Evan Dunham, and now, it appears the fighter he hoped to face upon his return has a bout scheduled that won't include him. Late Monday night, Florian told MMA Fighting that he thought he should be the one to face Anthony Pettis in "Showtime's" UFC debut. Hours later, though, reports of a matchup between Pettis and Clay Guida surfaced, seemingly knocking that possibility out of the water.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 10:33AM by pmoney - 4 comments
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Jacob Volkmann Plans to Ride Wave of Attention After Obama Comment
There's no way Jacob Volkmann could have predicted the aftermath of his tongue-in-cheek call out of President Barack Obama after UFC 125, but the Minnesota lightweight knows one thing: he's gonna roll with it. Volkmann, whose post-fight interview with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has garnered more mainstream attention than perhaps any fight interview in years, told Helwani on "The MMA Hour" Monday that he doesn't regret his criticism of the president, even though it earned him a visit from the Secret Service. Well, mostly he has no regrets.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 10:32AM by pmoney - 2 comments
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UFC to Announce Formal Intent to Bring Event to New York
It looks like the UFC has its New Year's Resolution. Just a few days into 2011, the Nevada-based promotion will formally announce its intent to bring mixed martial arts to New York as soon as possible during a Thursday press conference at Madison Square Garden. The press conference, which will take place at the world-famous MSG arena, will be attended by UFC president Dana White, Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, current lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, and former light-heavyweight champ Rashad Evans, along with MSG executives.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 10:31AM by pmoney - 4 comments
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Rob Kimmons vs. Dong Yi Yang Slated For UFC On Versus 3
A middleweight bout between Rob Kimmons and Dong Yi Yang will be part of the UFC on Versus 3 lineup in March. Reports are at least one fighter has signed the paperwork for the fight. THe fight, not yet officially announced by UFC, will probably be a prelim.
Submitted Jan 11, 2011 8:47AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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