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Hector Lombard could get quick UFC title shot if impressive in debut
If Hector Lombard is as good as advertised when he makes his UFC debut later this summer, don't be surprised if he immediately hops in line for a middleweight title shot. UFC president Dana White said as much Friday following the post-fight news conference for UFC on FX 3, which took place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the recently signed former Bellator middleweight champion, brings a 25-fight unbeaten streak to the UFC. And though his debut was supposed to come in August against Brian Stann, an injury to Stann and injury to Michael Bisping has Lombard rebooked to fight Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at UFC 149 next month. An impressive showing by Lombard, a Judo Olympian from Cuba, could quickly move him into the top-contender spot for the UFC's 185-pound title, possibly to face the winner of champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 4:59PM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
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UFC boss wants Benavidez-Johnson flyweight title fight sooner rather than later
With the injury bug feasting on a small army of UFC headliners, UFC president Dana White doesn't want to waste any time finalizing an already-determined title fight. With his win over Ian McCall at Friday's UFC on FX 3 event, Demetrious Johnson is now slated to fight fellow tournament finalist Joseph Benavidez for the inaugural UFC flyweight title. Expect that title fight to be booked sooner rather than later.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 4:56PM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
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St-Pierre vs. Condit, Hendricks vs. Kampmann targeted for UFC 154 in Montreal
SUNRISE, Fla. – Two welterweights to recently emerge as the No. 3 and No. 4 competitors in the division – who sits where is one for debate – have a final hurdle to clear before getting a title shot. UFC president Dana White announced Friday that the promotion is targeting a fight between Johny Hendricks (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Martin Kampmann (20-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) for UFC 154, possibly as the co-main event to an expected headliner between undisputed champ Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Carlos Condit. UFC 154 is expected for Nov. 17 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 3:16AM by DrivenDavies15 - 14 comments
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Randy Couture wants no part of Junior Dos Santos
Former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture insists he does not want to get near reigning champ Junior Dos Santos after seeing him obliterate Frank Mir at UFC 146. Couture, who won UFC gold at heavyweight and light-heavyweight, produced his most famous moment of an astonishing career when he came out of retirement to beat champion Tim Sylvia back at UFC 68. Now 48 years of age, 'The Natural' insists there is no chance of him being tempted to try and repeat the feat against Dos Santos, who is currently dominating everybody who challenges him. "No, he's really on fire," Couture told MMA Weigh-in courtesy of Fighters Only. "I thought Mir would have more in that fight - I actually picked Mir to win. But Dos Santos showed he's the real deal. "He's the total package, amazingly quick hands, very sharp with his combinations, I've no illusions - I don't want any of that!"
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:55AM by prophecy033 - 12 comments
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BJ Penn Explains Decision to Accept Rory MacDonald's Challenge
The last few months for B.J. Penn have had little to do with MMA. In fact, he says he's spent much of the time sitting on his couch, playing with his children. That's why despite hearing the callouts and fight requests from the likes of UFC welterweight star Josh Koscheck and Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez, he wasn't quite interested enough to stop enjoying his life of leisure while in semi-retirement. All of that changed on Monday when Penn heard that he had been challenged by rising phenom Rory MacDonald. But why? That's been the question many have wondered about since Penn publicly accepted the fight. Why pass on bigger names like Koscheck and Melendez for a lesser-known but admittedly tough-as-nails opponent? The answer lies in Penn's personal history.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:49AM by prophecy033 - 8 comments
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Dana White: 'Shogun' Rua Would Rather Be Cut Than Fight Glover Teixeira
When the UFC announced the upcoming UFC on FOX 4 replacement main event, the pairing -- Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera -- was met with a collective groan. It didn't quite seem to make sense that Rua would be matched up with a fighter who was briefly cut as recently as last year. Now we know why. As UFC president Dana White explained, it was a matchup of necessity after a rejected offer to fight UFC newcomer Glover Teixeira. In fact, according to White, Rua's team was so intent on staying away from the dangerous Teixeira that they were willing to sacrifice his job if necessary. "He said that he'd actually rather be cut than have to fight him," White said during a UFC on FX 3 post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani. "Dude, nobody wants to fight this guy. We're trying to match the guy up with somebody, but he didn't mind fighting Brandon Vera, so he's fighting Brandon Vera."
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:45AM by prophecy033 - 38 comments
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Junior dos Santos Installed as Slight Favorite In Cain Velasquez Rematch
Despite smashing through every opponent placed in front of him in the UFC octagon and crushing Cain Velasquez in their first meeting, Junior dos Santos is only considered a slight favorite to win the rematch between them. In the first line released on the fight, noted oddsmaker Nick Kalikas installed the reigning UFC heavyweight champion as a -150 favorite over the ex-champ, who is a +120 underdog. dos Santos (15-1) was also considered a slight favorite in the opening line of their first fight, though just barely, at -125 to Velasquez's -105.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:43AM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
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Anthony Pettis Still Holding Out Hope to Face Nate Diaz Next
Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is still waiting on word about his next fight, but he’s still holding out hope it will be against Nate Diaz. Pettis will return to action most likely in September after shoulder surgery put him on the sidelines for a few months, but he’s healthy and looking to target the top of the lightweight division. Since a title shot will allude him once again, Pettis’ hope is to land a fight with Diaz, fresh off his win over Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:34AM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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Dos Santos vs Velasquez 2 targeted for UFC 152 in Toronto
SUNRISE, Fla. – If all goes well, UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (15-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) will defend his title against Cain Velasquez (10-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in Toronto. Following Friday's UFC on FX 3 post-event press conference, UFC president Dana White said the company's current plans call for Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II to serve as the headlining matchup of UFC 152. UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre. Earlier Friday night, White also revealed Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn will likely take place at UFC 152.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:32AM by Franklinfan47 - 11 comments
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Eddie Wineland Gets 15 Stitches Following KO Win Over Jorgensen
Eddie Wineland became the first ever fighter to knockout Scott Jorgensen on Friday night, but didn’t come away unscathed. The Indiana native traded shots with Jorgensen throughout the first and second rounds, with both landing heavy punches on the other. One shot in particular opened a nasty cut over Wineland’s left eye, and once the fight was over just about everybody could see the cut was going to require some doctor’s work.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:29AM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
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Dana White says B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald will take place at UFC 152 in Toronto
The much-discussed theoretical matchup between B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) and Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is now a reality. UFC president Dana White announced at Friday's post-UFC on FX 3 press conference that Penn and McDonald will happen, and that the pair will likely serve as the co-main event of UFC 152 in Toronto. "We're going to do it," White said when asked about the rumored fight. White said UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is expected to talk with both fighters on Friday night and finalize the bout. UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre. Currently, no headliner has been set for the pay-per-view card.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:25AM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
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UFC on FX 3 draws a reported 6,635 attendance for $329,110 live gate
Friday night's UFC on FX 3 event drew an announced attendance of 6,635 and a live gate of $329,110. UFC president Dana White announced the figures in the night's post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended. UFC on FX 3 took place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and featured the promotion's first-ever flyweight headliner with Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall II. The figures fell well short of the UFC's typical marks, and White admitted that the company considers southern Florida a "tough market" that the organization "still trying to figure out." "I think it sucked," White admitted when pressed on his thoughts about the attendance. "It's tough down here."
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:24AM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
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UFC on FX 3 bonuses: Pyle, Silva, Wineland and Jorgensen earn $40K bonuses
Friday night's UFC on FX 3 event drew an announced attendance of 6,635 and a live gate of $329,110. UFC president Dana White announced the figures in the night's post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com attended. UFC on FX 3 took place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and featured the promotion's first-ever flyweight headliner with Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall II.
Submitted Jun 9, 2012 12:22AM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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UFC On FX 3: Flyweight Ian McCall Gains 25 Pounds Same Day As Weigh Ins
UFC Flyweight Ian McCall hit the scales at 126 pounds at yesterday's official weigh ins for UFC on FX 3 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida for his bout against Demetrious Johnson tonight. Yet within hours of making weight, McCall was posting on the UG that he had already gained back almost 25 pounds: gotta LOL @ my weight right now hahaha From: UGCTT_UncleCreepy www.UncleCreepyMMA.com, UGCTT President Posted: 9:40 PM PDT Member Since: 6/19/02 Posts: 4758 I just stepped on the scale at 150.5 with sweats and a shirt on.. i'd say i gained a few lbs since the weigh ins hahaha!
Submitted Jun 8, 2012 12:43PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
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UFC on FX 3's Erick Silva says quick fights prepared him for Charlie Brenneman
Fighters are divided on whether quick fights are a good thing inside the octagon. Some would like to earn every penny of their purse and pick up a few lessons on the way. Others want to take the money and run. In two UFC fights, Erick Silva has spent a combined 69 seconds inside the cage. To him, that's almost perfect. "My first two fights in the UFC were very important," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through translator and Strikeforce light heavyweight Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. "They made me more confident for this next fight."
Submitted Jun 7, 2012 11:16PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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Hector Lombard's new UFC game plan: Beat Boetsch, fight 'complainers,' go for title
Hector Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is understandably disappointed about swapping a headliner with Brian Stann for a main-card fight with Tim Boetsch (15-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC). "But it's not the end of the world," Lombard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Give him a fight with Michael Bisping after he presumably beats Boetsch, and he'll be a happy man, he said. "There are complainers out there, like Bisping," Lombard said. "He's not happy that I'm getting the title shot. So I need to fight all these complainers first."
Submitted Jun 7, 2012 11:12PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
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UFC 149's Nick Ring breaks up mugging, helps Calgary police apprehend attackers
UFC middleweight Nick Ring doesn't consider himself any type of vigilante, but he refuses to sit idly by and watch innocent people fall prey to thuggery. And so it was on Wednesday night, when "The Promise" happened upon a pair of victims being beaten by an assailing group of 10 youngsters who Ring asserts "probably thought they were way tougher than they really are." While Ring is busy preparing for a UFC 149 rematch with Court McGee, for him the choice to get involved was a no-brainer.
Submitted Jun 7, 2012 11:02PM by prophecy033 - 18 comments
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UFC on FX 3 Weigh-In Results: Johnson vs. McCall
Main card (FX): Demetrious Johnson (125) vs. Ian McCall (126) Charlie Brenneman (171) vs. Erick Silva (169) Josh Neer (170.5) vs. Mike Pyle (171) Scott Jorgensen (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.5) Preliminary card (FUEL TV): Mike Pierce (171) vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170.5) Seth Baczynski (170.5) vs. Lance Benoist (171) Leonard Garcia (146) vs. Matt Grice (146) Dustin Pague (136) vs. Jared Papazian (133) Tim Means (155.5) vs. Justin Salas (156) Caio Magalhaes (186) vs. Buddy Roberts (185) Preliminary card (Facebook): Bernardo Magalhaes (155) vs. Henry Martinez (156) Jake Hecht (171) vs. Sean Pierson (170)
Submitted Jun 7, 2012 9:00PM by kopower - 3 comments
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Kim Winslow admitted there was no verbal submission from John Albert
"Gerry Rodriguez: Did Kim Winslow say anything after the fight? Did she come over and say, "Sorry, I blew it," any type of interaction? John Albert: No, none at all. There was nothing at all. All I know was the story of I grunted trying to get out of the armbar, she stopped it, I kept yelling "I didn't tap, I didn't tap!" and she said, "You verbally tapped," and I yelled, "No I didn't, no I didn't!" and Dennis Hallman, being the good coach that he is, went in and started yelling at her and after the fight brought her down to the commission and said, "Explain to me what happened? He didn't tap" and she goes, "Well he didn't verbally tap. I was afraid for his arm." Those were her exact words in front of the commission. It's however they want to take it."
Submitted Jun 7, 2012 6:27PM by Shawn91111 - 33 comments
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Roy Nelson calls out winner of Cheick Kongo vs Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera fight at UFC 149
The always entertaining and pudgy pugilist Roy Nelson breezed through Dave Herman at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012, with a 51-second knockout that showed the reason(s) "Big Country" is a tough draw for any Heavyweight. It marked a big win that got him back on track after losing to Fabricio Werdum in a hard fought battle at UFC 143 three months prior. Now, after barely breaking a sweat against "Pee Wee" in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nelson says he wouldn't mind getting back into the mix of things as long as it's a "money" fight. And he already has a few people in mind. Here is what he told Sherdog: "I just want a money fight. But if not, I've always wanted to fight [Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira]. I'll take the winner out of Big Nog and Cheick Kongo. I'd love that fight. Of course JDS, Frank [Mir]. There's so many out there. I'll even take the little black guy on the UFC roster where it says TBA. Because if you're in the UFC, you're the best in the world. You can fight that guy and be the next title contender. Brock did it."
Submitted Jun 7, 2012 7:58AM by sparky - 9 comments
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