Spike TV brings back "UFC Primetime" series for GSP vs. Hardy
In anticipation of their UFC 111 main-event fight, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy will be featured in Spike TV's three-part "UFC Primetime" special.
The series debuts Wednesday, March 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Subsequent episodes air in the timeslot on March 17 and March 24.
UFC 111 takes place March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and airs on pay-per-view.
Different from the UFC's traditional "Countdown" shows, "UFC Primetime" goes more in depth and focuses on some of the biggest fights of the year. One popular "Primetime" special, for example, focused on the highly anticipated second meeting between St-Pierre and B.J. Penn, which took place at UFC 94 in January 2009.
The UFC 111 special follows Hardy as he prepares for his bout in his home country of England. The cameras also focus on St-Pierre has he holds his fight camp in Canada and the U.S.
Rashad vs. Rampage Likely For UFC 114, Not 113
Blame Canada. Because the UFC 113 fight card for Montreal continues to be stacked to the gills with a bevy of great match-ups, the Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson grudge match will likely be moved to UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. That's according to a text message from Dana White to Dave Meltzer.
Kimbo vs. Matt Mitrione targeted for UFC 113 in Montreal
Get ready folks. The "Kimbo Show" is making its way to pay-per-view.
A heavyweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast members Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is currently in the works for the main card of the as-yet-unannounced UFC 113 event in Montreal.
Melvin Guillard Training With Greg Jackson for UFC 109
It's hard to deny that Melvin Guillard has been blessed with some tremendous talents, including his dynamite hands and solid wrestling, and although his so-called "anti-jiu jitsu" has been streadily improving, his mid-fight mental lapses and poor gameplans have cost him many a fight. It is therefore fitting that he would seek help from the Yoda of gameplans: Greg Jackson.
UFC Quick Quote: Frank Trigg doesn't see anyway Matt Serra can really beat him
This isn't a guy you can take lightly. This is a guy that really knows what he's doing. He almost beat Matt Hughes. He's been in great wars before. He's a former champion. He knocked out GSP, or (rather) TKO'd GSP. He's a guy that's very tough. He's got some great techniques. He's got some great guillotines. He's got great balance when trying to take him down. It's tough to take him down. He's obviously got a great overhand right. He's very, very good. But I have to agree with you guys.
Thiago on fighting Swick, being a cop MMA
The exchanging between MMA teams is normal in USA. Preparing to his next fight on UFC 109, against Mike Swick, the light middleweight Paulo Thiago talked to TATAME about the train marathon that he’s been doing in the Wonderful City. In Brasília, the Bope policeman catch the plain to Rio de Janeiro and trained on the teams Xtriker, of Anderson Silva, and Nova União.
UFC Re-Signs Rick Story
Rick Story will likely be putting together another few stories in UFC before he's done, as he has signed a new 4-fight deal with UFC. He went through his old deal in just 1 year-he signed as a backup plan in case Karo Parisyan couldn't make his UFC 94 fight with Dong Hyun Kim-and went 2-1 in that time, winning his last 2 fights. No timetable set for his next fight.
UFC Cuts Kyle Bradley
Another UFC fighter has gotten Das Boot today-Kyle Bradley, whose loss to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFN 20 proved to be his last. He was 1-3 in just over 2 years with UFC.
Josh Koscheck confirms UFC 113 co-headliner with Paul Daley, event date still May 1
Josh Koscheck (14-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) will, in fact, meet fellow welterweight contender Paul Daley (23-8-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 113, and the bout will serve as the night's co-main event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the Montreal fight over the weekend, and Koscheck has since confirmed the matchup via Twitter.
And although headliner and UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida, who meets Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a rematch at UFC 113, recently stated the event date could change, UFC officials are still planning for a May 1 show.
After title loss, Diego Sanchez returning to UFC's welterweight division
After winning the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" as a middleweight, emerging as a top contender at welterweight, dropping to lightweight and losing a title shot to champion B.J. Penn in December, Diego Sanchez is apparently ready for a change.
On Monday the fighter said he plans to return to the welterweight division.
In a series of Twitter messages, "Nightmare" welcomed fights with everyone from Josh Koscheck to Jon Fitch to fellow weight-class jumper Nate Diaz.
But as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Monday, Diaz instead is expected to make the jump from lightweight to welterweight to fight Rory Markham at UFC 111 in New Jersey.
Still, Sanchez (21-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who went 7-2 in the UFC's welterweight division and 2-1 as a lightweight, stated, "Any top guy will do."
While ratting off opponents' names, Sanchez also stated Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann and Mike Swick would be "great fights," as well.
"I'm loving my new diet," said Sanchez, citing a reason for the move back to 170 pounds
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello set for March 21 at UFC on Versus 1
A heavyweight bout that could have the octagon rocking is set now that strikers Cheick Kongo (14-6-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Paul Buentello (27-11 MMA, 3-2 UFC) are signed to meet at UFC on Versus 1.
The Versus-televised event is set for March 21 at The Odeum Colorado in Broomfield (near Denver) with a headliner of Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera.
Kongo and Buentello are part of the night's televised main card.
Buentello, who recently returned to the UFC after a run with rival Strikeforce and Affliction Entertainment, dropped a majority decision to Stefan Struve in December. The closely contested UFC 107 loss snapped the fighter's two-fight win streak, and it was just his second loss in his past eight fights.
Kampmann vs. Saunders set for UFC 111 main card, two bouts official for prelims
Ultimate Fighting Championship executives today made official three additional bouts for the March 27 UFC 111 event in New Jersey, and one of them is set to air on the pay-per-view main card.
A welterweight bout of Martin Kampmann (16-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) vs. Ben Saunders (8-1-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned guaranteed TV time.
Additionally, a welterweight bout between Ricardo Funch (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Matthew Riddle (3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), as well as a 205-pound contest between Rodney Wallace (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jared Hamman (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), are official for the night's preliminary card.
Mike Pierce vs. Rob Kimmons slated for UFC on Versus 1 on March 21
The quickly filling UFC on Versus 1 fight card has another addition now that Mike Pierce (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Rob Kimmons (22-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) have agreed to a welterweight fight at the March 21 event.
Sources close to both of the competitors told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight is close to finalized.
UFC on Versus 1 takes place at the Odeum Colorado in Broomfield (near Denver), and the main card, including a headliner of Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera, airs on Versus.
Pierce vs. Kimmons is expected to be part of the night's un-aired preliminary card.
Yushin Okami vs. Lucio Linhares targeted for UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31
A middleweight bout between Yushin Okami (23-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and recent UFC newcomer Lucio Linhares (13-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is likely to take place on March 31 at UFC Fight Night 21.
Sources close to the bout said the fight is "a definite possibility," though it is unclear if bout agreements have been signed.
UFC Fight Night 21, which serves as a lead-in for the debut of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" on Spike TV, takes place in North Carolina, though UFC officials said as of Monday a host city and venue have not been made determined.