Rich Franklin's days at middleweight are done forever
Not exactly breaking news ... more of a confirmation of what's long been thought to be the case.
Rich Franklin, despite his build and natural body type, has seen his last days in the middleweight division. For the remainder of his career, he will compete at 205-pounds, as he tells MMA Weekly:
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James Te Huna vs. Ricardo Romero added to UFC 135 in Denver
A light-heavyweight bout between New Zealand-based James Te Huna (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ricardo Romero (11-2 mma, 1-1 UFC) is slated for UFC 135.
Officials from the UFC's Australia office announced the fight overnight.
UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 at Denver's Pepsi Center. A title fight between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson headlines the pay-per-view main card.
Te Huna vs. Romero likely will be part of the preliminary card.
Rashad Evans Predicts Jones vs. Rampage; Criticizes Jackson
Coming up on September 24th, the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as current champion Jon "Bones" Jones faces one of the nastiest punchers to ever compete in the sport, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
One fighter who undeniably has more history with both of these men than anyone else is top 205 pound contender "Suga" Rashad Evans.
Johnny Eduardo Joins UFC, Debuts Against Assuncao in Rio
Brazilian veteran Johnny Eduardo has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and will make his Octagon debut against expat countryman Raphael Assuncao at UFC 134.
Eduardo enters the UFC riding an 11-fight win streak which extends back to 2008. Fighting out of Rio’s renowned Nova Uniao camp, the 32-year-old has finished all but two of his opponents in that time span. Eduardo holds a career mark of 25-8, including 13 submissions and six knockouts, and last August claimed the Shooto South America 143-pound title with a win over Paulo “Guerreiro” Dantas.
Which UFC Champ has faced stiffest compettition?
This is a very interesting scientific look at determining which current belt holder has faced the toughest road to present day.
So don't look at the following list as a concrete ranking, but rather as a quick-and-dirty snapshot for my own curiosity. There is no subjectivity here, just cold, hard numbers.
In order to compile this list, I have taken the combined win-loss-draw totals for all of the fighters that the current UFC champions have faced. I then subtracted that champion's record from the totals to determine a winning percentage independent of the champion's success or failure.
The following is an ordering of each UFC champion, starting with the lowest strength of schedule (SOS), and continuing to the highest. And just for the sake of argument, Emelianenko's SOS stands at .612, with a combined opponent independent W-L-D of 455-270-18.
Rich Franklin Scratched From UFC 133, Ebersole/Hallman Promoted
It seems that the UFC finally ran out of light heavyweights. The UFC 133 card has been decimated by injuries to 205 lb fighters Phil Davis, Vladimir Matyushenko, and finally Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Though they were able to save the first two bouts, they couldn't find a late replacement for Nogueira and this fight had to be scrapped. Franklin is now off the card. UFC.com has it:
A third light heavyweight in a week has been forced to withdraw from UFC 133 - Dana White confirmed today via Twitter that Antonio Rogerio Nogueria is out of the August 6 fight against Rich Franklin due to an injury. The bout will not replaced, and the Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama bout will be moved to the co-main event slot, while the welterweight battle between Dennis Hallman and Brian Ebersole has been moved to the main card.
Ryan Bader: No More Calling Out Fighters
It seems Ryan "Darth" Bader (12-2) is done with calling out fighters in the future. After being dominated at UFC 126 by current Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Bader decided to call out MMA legend Tito Ortiz. Against all odds, "The Huntington Beach Badboy" produced a stunnung upset and choked out Bader in the first round. That was a wake up call for Bader, who told ESPN.com:
"I lose three in a row, that's tough man. You see guys get cut for that. So yeah, I do feel that pressure.
UFC 133: Rashad Evans new camp could be key to winning Tito Ortiz rematch
Could it be that Rashad Evans training at Greg Jackson's MMA was actually a bad thing all along?
That statement would seem blasphemous considering he rose to fame and prominence while under the tutelage of the master training, reaching the pinnacle of the sport by besting a legend before winning the light heavyweight title.
But, as it turns out, during that stretch (and for some time before it), "Suga" may not have been getting the proper attention during his training camps and therefore was not adequately prepared for his fights.
Such as the first meeting against Tito Ortiz.
Two Fights Booked for New UFC on Versus 6 Event; Washington, D.C. Likely Location
The UFC will fulfill its four-event deal with the Versus cable station in October with UFC on Versus 6.
The promotion made the announcement Saturday night, though the date and location for the event has not yet been announced. The UFC said that information will be released "in the coming weeks." But Heavy.com on Saturday reported the event will take place Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.
And to get the card started, the promotion made a pair of fight announcements for the show at the same time. Welterweights Charlie Brenneman and Anthony Johnson will meet, and lightweights Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman will also fight in a long-awaited rematch.
Facebook streams five "UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz II" preliminary bouts
Once again, every single bout from a major UFC pay-per-view event will be available for live viewing.
UFC officials recently announced that five preliminary-card matchups from next month's "UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz II" event will stream live on the social-networking site.
The announcement means UFC 133 will serve as the seventh consecutive event the organization has made its entire lineup available for live viewing. The streak began with April's historic "UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields" event.
Mirko Cro Cop: Sonnen Is A Stupid Child Who Barks Like A Dog
"The last time I was at the UFC, I asked a high-ranking high ranked UFC official is (Sonnen) really crazy or just hungry for shameless promotion? The UFC guy told me: He's both. So that says it all. he is both a crazy person and hungry for promotion."
"I'm not angry or anything at Sonnen, but I will say one thing, I hope nobody gets offended, I dont want to sound disgusting ... but you can see on that guy's face that he is limited and stupid and his IQ is not higher than the size of the shoes he's wearing. His way of communication, his idiotic rambling and mockery about legends such as Minotauro, Fedor, Wanderlei Silva and me, the people whose fame he will NEVER reach.
UFC Fight Night 25: Evan Dunham vs Shamar Bailey booked for New Orleans on Sept. 17
When the UFC heads back to New Orleans for the first time in a decade, it will do so showcasing some lightweight fisticuffs courtesy of Evan Dunham and Shamar Bailey, who have both agreed to get busy in the "Big Easy."
The promotion announced the fight booking for the Bud Light sponsored UFC Fight Night 25: "Shields vs. Ellenberger" event on Sept. 17 earlier today.
Dunham will make his way to N'awlins hoping to salvage the what's left of the considerable hype he once carried when he was still an undefeated submission freight train. That hasn't been the case since, arguably, Jan. 2010, and he's currently on his second strike having lost his last two bouts.
Marshall vs. Vera added to October's UFC 137 event
A pair of contests have been added to October's UFC 137 event, as Dennis Siver meets Sam Stout and Eliot Marshall faces Brandon Vera.
UFC officials today announced the matchups. MMAjunkie.com previously reported the Siver vs. Stout affair.
Featuring a welterweight title fight between current champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Nogueira forced out at UFC 133; promotion seeking replacement to face Franklin
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva must be experiencing a horrible case of déjà vu.
UFC 133 has experienced another high-profile loss in the light heavyweight division as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been forced to withdraw from a planned matchup with Rich Franklin.
The UFC is currently seeking a replacement opponent for "Ace."
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed the withdrawal, which was first reported by Tatame.com, with sources close to the promotion.
A shoulder injury suffered in training is reportedly the culprit. A timetable for Nogueira's return was not immediately evident.
UFC on Versus 6: Matt Wiman vs Mac Danzig rematch set for October event
This is the rematch.
Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig originally met at UFC 115 back in June 2010. The bout was mired in controversy when the referee called a stop to the bout thinking Danzig was unconscious after Wiman had applied a choke.
There was just one problem -- Mac daddy was awake and rather pissed that he was declared the loser in a fight he didn't actually lose.
The UFC attempted to book an immediate rematch but injuries prevented that from occurring. Over a full year later, the two will finally boogie at UFC on Versus 6, an event scheduled for sometime in Oct., although it has no venue or location.
The promotion announced the match-up today.
Wiman has fought twice since his controversial victory, having impressively battered Cole Miller in January of this year before dropping a contentious decision to Dennis Siver just this past July 2 in Las Vegas.
Every time he gets close to the upper echelon, he gets pulled back down the ladder.
Danzig, on the other hand, has fought just once over the last year, an amazing one-hitter quitter knockout over Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 that earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors back in Dec. 2010.
A chest injured sidelined him briefly earlier this year but he's back now and ready for revenge. Or something like that.
UFC 136: Anthony Pettis vs Jeremy Stephens announced for Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas
Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.
UFC 136: "Edgar vs. Maynard 3," which is scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, continues to fill out with outstanding match-ups, the latest of which will feature a lightweight showdown pitting Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens.
The promotion announced the fight booking just a short time ago.
Of course, the reason for this event getting such a great fight card is largely due to the fact that the next UFC Fan Expo will be held that same weekend in "The Lone Star State."
Nogueira: Sonnen Has No Principles Or Character
You can add Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to the Loooooong list of Brazilian fighters who are lining up for a shot at Middleweight motormouth Chael Sonnen. In the last couple of years, Sonnen has made a name for himself as a tormentor of Brazilian MMA, laying into the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and even Nogueira's big brother.
Now, speaking to Sherdog.com, Lil Nogs had voiced his own opinion on the controversial Republican:
“It sure would be a great fight with Chael Sonnen. He’s a guy everybody wants to beat. He’s not a good example for the sport. He talks too much and says a lot of nonsense."
Lyoto Machida: It Was My Fighters Heart Against My Professional Mind
Amid the scramble to find a replacement for an injured Phil Davis at UFC 133, UFC turned to former champion Lyoto Machida. It seemed set at first, with Dana White confident that Machida was stepping up. But it turned out that the only way Machida was accepting the short notice bout with Rashad Evans was if UFC opened up their ever fattening wallet.
After eventually finding Tito Ortiz to fight Evans in UFC 133 main event, UFC president Dana White let it be known that Machida was asking for "Anderson Silva money." Now, speaking to TATAME.com, Machida reveals his take on the situation:
“UFC invited me for a bout with three weeks in advance and I said I wouldn’t take it since the beginning. I wasn’t prepared for it, it’d be against my own principles of professionalism, against what my family and team believe, and didn’t want me to fight." Said former Light Heavyweight champion Machida.