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Dana White: Dan Henderson demanded to be "by far the highest-paid guy in the UFC"
(mmajunkie.com)
LOS ANGELES – UFC fans hoping to hear a positive update on current free agent Dan Henderson's return to the UFC might not want to read any further. "We're at a stalemate right now," White said. "The money that [Henderson] is asking for would make him by far the highest-paid guy in the UFC."
Submitted Oct 22, 2009 8:14PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch likely to rematch Thiago Alves at UFC 107 in December
(mmajunkie.com)
Late Wednesday UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch (19-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) announced his UFC 106 fight had been canceled because of a knee injury suffered by opponent by Ricardo Almeida (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). However, another bout – a rematch from 2006 – may be on the way. A source close to the UFC today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Fitch likely will instead fight fellow contender Thiago Alves (16-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in December at UFC 107; Alves' rumored opponent on that card, Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), would instead be booked for another bout.
Submitted Oct 22, 2009 3:58PM by emfleek - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After UFC 103 and UFC 104 specials, Spike TV may air additional pay-per-view prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
Mixed-martial-arts fans rejoiced last month when the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV announced two bouts from UFC 103 would air for free on the cable station. Used to dishing out $45 for pay-per-view events, fans got two preliminary fights for free – and they'll get two more on Saturday when Spike TV again broadcasts two bouts from the UFC 104 preliminary card. While a guest on Wednesday's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Spike TV Vice President of Sports and Special Brian J. Diamond didn't count out the possibility of the station airing additional preliminary-card bouts on future cards.
Submitted Oct 22, 2009 3:04PM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After "dark days" of career, UFC 104's Shogun Rua doesn't care what you think
(mmajunkie.com)
LOS ANGELES – For a man who not too long ago was widely considered the best light heavyweight fighter in the world, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) isn't being given much of a chance in his UFC title bout with current champ Lyoto Machida (15-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC). But as the all-Brazilian main event of Saturday's "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" pay-per-view card nears, Rua has a simple message for those who may doubt him: Don't believe the hype. "I don't care really about the criticism and all that talk," Rua told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through his manager, Eduardo Alonso. "Whatever people want to say, they're entitled to their opinions. It's a matter of me taking care of what I say and what I do and showing my work."
Submitted Oct 22, 2009 3:03PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Ricardo Almeida vs. Jon Fitch At UFC 106 Now Off
(mmamania.com)
This according to Fitch, who reports that Almeida is now off UFC 106 due to a knee injury. Fitch is also off 106 as well, he says he'll now fight at a later date against "a huge opponent", but can't say who yet.
Submitted Oct 22, 2009 6:26AM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Machida says Shogun will be 2 or 3 steps behind
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida isn’t buying Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s promise to be patient when they face off Saturday at UFC 104. Rua, 27, in July told MMAWeekly.com that Machida’s past opponents had gone wrong by rushing to the attack. He would wait for the right moment to strike at the champion. “This is likely the key, to find the pace and the rhythm, mostly the timing of the strikes to be able to connect and to make it a fight,” said Rua.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 8:45PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Couture insists he is not thinking of retiring soon
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Randy Couture says he has not been thinking of retirement any time soon, even though he is the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster. Having recently signed a new six-fight deal, he could find himself fighting all the way up to his 49th birthday. "I'm not in the illusion that I'm going to fight forever, but I'm having a blast. I'm still getting better as an athlete and a fighter and will take one fight at a time,” he told The Sun. "But it's not really about achievement anymore, or accolades or any of that. It's more about doing what I have a passion for and doing what I love. "I love to train and I love the competition, and I love to do it. Achievements and winning titles and all the other stuff is the icing on the cake."
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 4:02PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Cain Velasquez: There is nothing Ben Rothwell can do to me
(mmamania.com)
"He’s a normal person, just like me. Whatever he’s willing to do to me, you know, I’m willing to do the same to him. [I plan on] controlling him on the feet, making openings, taking him down. Just beating him up real bad, and picking my shots and really exploding on him; Letting him know that there is nothing that he can do to me.” UFC heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez talks about his upcoming fight with former IFL champion Ben Rothwell at UFC 104 from the Staples Center this Saturday, Oct. 24.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 4:00PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 104's crowd-pleasing lightweight Spencer Fisher wants a shot at B.J. Penn
(mmajunkie.com)
The last time the UFC visited Staples Center was for UFC 60 in May of 2006. With the organization's return to the arena on Saturday night for "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" just three days away, one fighter from that UFC 60 card is again readying himself for a fight at the Los Angeles venue: Spencer Fisher (23-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC). Fisher earned a highlight-reel knockout of Matt Wiman in his first trip to Staples Center, and "The King" told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that while he'll bring a new look to the cage on Saturday night, he expects similar results.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 3:58PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pyle vs. Ellenberger latest additon to UFC 108
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 108's quickly filling fight card got another addition with a booking that pits Mike Pyle (19-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. fellow welterweight Jake Ellenberger (21-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Sources close to both competitors told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements will be signed shortly. The event takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 3:56PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stephens, Not Escudero, Likely Facing Lentz At UFN 20
(mmajunkie.com)
It seems the rapid-fire pace of UFC Fight Night 20 fight announcements has gotten to be a little too fast. Intiially there were reports that Efrain Escudero would face Nik Lentz at the January event, but now sources close to negotiations say it's actually Jeremy Stephens that will likely face Lentz. No reason given for the change, but Escudero is expected to remain on the card.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 3:54PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brad Blackburn plans UFC return in 2010
(mmaweekly.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight "Bad" Brad Blackburn recently signed a new multi-fight deal with the organization and expects to return to UFC action in early 2010. “I am going to be fighting in January or February,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I already called them. I called the UFC last week. I said, ‘I can fight January 30th on.’ I’m trying to fight for a living now, and give it 100-percent. I’m not trying to be a spectator. I’ve been feeling like a spectator lately.”
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 3:52PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former UFC Champion Tim Sylvia Agrees to DREAM New Year's Eve Fight
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Tim Sylvia has verbally agreed to make his Japanese MMA debut for DREAM on New Year's Eve. Sylvia's agent Monte Cox confirmed the news with FanHouse. The former UFC heavyweight champion will be a part of the Dynamite!! 2009 MMA/K-1 hybrid show, which has become a yearly tradition in Japan.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 2:05PM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Main Events Premieres November 7 On Spike
(mmajunkie.com)
You knew it was coming, and UFC & Spike made it official today-as counter-programming against Strikeforce's 11/7 event on CBS, Spike announced a special called "UFC Main Events" will air that night at 9 PM ET. The program will feature 4 bouts including fights that haven't aired on free TV before: Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva and BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 1:53PM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kyle Bradley vs. Rafael dos Anjos targeted for UFC Fight Night 20 prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between Kyle Bradley (14-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (12-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will soon be set for January's UFC Fight Night 20 event. A source close to one of the lightweight competitors told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements are in the process of being finalized. Although not officially announced, UFC Fight Night 20 takes place Jan. 11, most likely at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 10:29AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Silva-Belfort At UFC 108 "Up In The Air"
(mmajunkie.com)
If you're looking forward to Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 108 on January 2, keep the excitement in check-it's still not official. According to Silva's manager Ed Soares, Silva has not yet been cleared by doctors to resume training following recent elbow surgery so there's still a chance the fight will be off. But we won't know for sure for a few more days.
Submitted Oct 21, 2009 9:16AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rolles Gracie vs. Mustapha Al-Turk at UFC 109
(mmaweekly.com)
For the first time since Royce Gracie stepped into the UFC Octagon in May 2006, another Gracie will make their way to the top MMA promotion as Rolles Gracie has signed a multi-fight deal with the organization and will make his debut at UFC 109 in February against British heavyweight, Mustapha Al-Turk
Submitted Oct 20, 2009 11:03PM by jae_1833 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
McCarthy Not Assigned to UFC 104
(sherdog.com)
As if the CSAC wasn't in enough shambles already. Seriously I hope there is major outcry when a call gets blown this weekend. Referee “Big” John McCarthy will be conspicuously absent from UFC 104 this Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “I contacted (the CSAC) and told them I was free on Oct. 24,” McCarthy told Sherdog.com Friday. McCarthy said he was later informed that he hadn’t been assigned to the event, the UFC’s first in California since UFC 76 in November 2007. McCarthy did not comment any further on the development.
Submitted Oct 20, 2009 10:57PM by bojangalz - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lyoto and Shogun face to face at TATAME
(tatame.com)
UFC’s octagon will be on fire next Saturday (24). On UFC 104 main event, the Karate fighter Lyoto Machida will put the light heavyweight title in line for the first time, and his opponent will be Maurício “Shogun” Rua. Before the fight for the title, Lyoto and Shogun agreed to TATAME’s invitation and were face to face to an exclusive chat that you can’t miss. The result of this meeting you check below.
Submitted Oct 20, 2009 8:49PM by crushedbacon - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard To Main Event UFN 20
(mmajunkie.com)
Although UFC Fight Night 20 still hasn't been announced yet by UFC, the January event in Virginia now has it's main event-Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard. Diaz's camp has confirmed the fight and word is Maynard will probably get a future title shot if he wins.
Submitted Oct 20, 2009 7:57PM by DCRage - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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