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Dana: No Super Heavyweights In UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
Super heavyweight match-ups take place in mixed martial arts, particularly in Japan, but UFC president Dana White isn’t interested in them in his promotion. Asked during his keynote address at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas if the UFC would consider bringing in any super heavyweights, White quickly answered, “No.”
Submitted Jun 6, 2010 4:47PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gunderson vs. Holst Set For TUF 11 Finale, Elkins vs. Oliveira To UFC On Versus 2
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale card received one additional fight while dropping another, and the total number of official contests for the June 19 event in Las Vegas remains at five. The rest, of course, will be revealed following this week's conclusion of the Spike TV reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter 11." But for now, a previously reported contest of John Gunderson vs. Mark Holst is official, and Darren Elkins vs. Charles Oliveira has been shifted to UFC on Versus 2 in August. The reason for the delay appears to be Oliveira having visa issues.
Submitted Jun 5, 2010 5:23PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rebuilt and refocused, "Cro Cop" says he's anxious for standup war at UFC 115
(mmajunkie.com)
Once considered among the most feared strikers in mixed martial arts, when Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (26-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) first uttered the words "right leg hospital, left leg cemetery," it didn't exactly seem like simple braggadocio. An experienced K-1 kickboxer with potent striking, Filipovic has enjoyed just moderate success since joining the UFC in 2007. But with "Cro Cop" set to face fellow knockout artist Pat Barry (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at next week's UFC 115 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Filipovic said his ready to flash vintage form in a crowd-pleasing affair.
Submitted Jun 5, 2010 4:01PM by sclasclemski - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Mir: 'I've actually been toying with the idea of maybe going down a weight class'
(mmamania.com)
"Right now I have a couple months off, so I've actually been toying with the idea of maybe going down a weight class. Since I don't have a fight for a couple months, I've just been watching what I eat and see how my body without trying to put size on; what my natural weight will fall now at now since I have lifted a lot lately to add size. I'm kind of curios where I think I would fall at. Because some of the guys I train with that are light heavyweight, bone structures are the same. Sometimes I stand next to Forrest (Griffin) and I think I'm in the wrong weight class." Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir ponders a career at 205-pounds during his time away from the fight game. Despite a successful heavyweight career, lopsided losses to Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin have perhaps planted the seed that his frame is better suited at 205-pounds. Can one of the UFC's most senior veterans make any kind of noise as a light heavyweight? Or would strikers like Machida and Rua make him sorry he ever considered it? Thats pretty much the whole article but I posted the link anway. Personally I think if he can make it safely then he should drop down...he's just not able to handle the big boys...either that or pray that the cruiserweight experiment in Ohio(I think) goes over well and it gets adopted.
Submitted Jun 5, 2010 3:07PM by sclasclemski - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gerald Harris vs Dave Branch at UFC 116
(ufc.com)
Former TUF contestant Gerald Harris (15-2, 2-0 UFC) will look to continue his streak inside the octagon against Renzo Gracie standout Dave Branch. Branch, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native who's studied Brazilian jiu jitsu for nearly a decade with Gracie, turned pro in 2007 and his since posted a 6-0 record with six stoppage victories (three via knockout and three via submission). Most recently, he stopped Derrick Mehman (5-1 at the time) with a second-round rear-naked choke at Bellator 15 in April. Main Card Lesnar vs Carwin W. Silva vs Akiyama Lytle vs Brown Bonnar vs Soszynski II Sotiropoulos vs Pellegrino SpikeTV Schaub vs Tuchscherer Reljic vs Grove Prelims Petruzelli vs Romero Harris vs Branch Roberts vs Paulino Madsen vs Vemola
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 7:42PM by bbman182 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Tavares Meets Friere At UFC On Versus 2
(mmajunkie.com)
2 Brazilians are set to face off in a Lightweight matchup at UFC on Versus 2 as Thiago Tavares appears set to face newcomer Willamy Friere (Chequerim). Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Friere signed with UFC recently and vacated his Shooto Welterweight Championship after defending it in Japan this past weekend as a result. Tavares was to have faced Melvin Guillard at UFC 114 but withdrew due to injury.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 5:08PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Seth Petruzelli rejoins UFC, meets Ricardo Romero on UFC 116 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
Seth Petruzelli (12-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), a former UFC fighter who rose to fame after famously knocking out Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson at an October 2008 EliteXC show, has rejoined the UFC and meets fellow light heavyweight Ricardo Romero (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) next month at UFC 116. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Romero's manager, Mike Constantino, that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have not been signed. Petruzelli initially announced the July 3 bout via Twitter this afternoon.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 3:01PM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tom Lawlor Takes Training to Cuba in Hopes of Career Rejuvenation
(mmafighting.com)
Walking through the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas during the recent UFC 114 weekend, Tom Lawlor heard the familiar bassline of the David Bowie and Queen classic rock collaboration "Under Pressure." Ever the showman, Lawlor filed it away in his mind, well aware that it could make for another entrance spectacular, hot on the heels of his Apollo Creed/"Rocky IV" homage at UFC 113. But the underlying reason the song struck Lawlor is not lost on him. After two straight losses in the octagon, he's well aware that it's coming down to do-or-die for his UFC career. "I just need to look at some things I did wrong in those fights and correct them so I don't make those mistakes again," Lawlor told MMA Fighting. "Because really I'm on the bubble right now as far as my career in the UFC goes. I can only come up with so many more entrances that keep my job. I've got to start winning fights."
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 11:50AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chuck Liddell Plans to KO Rich Franklin, Wants Tito Ortiz in Return From Surgery
(mmafighting.com)
After nearly 14 months away from fighting and a series of camps designed to bring him back in pristine condition, legendary UFC star Chuck Liddell is set to return to the octagon at UFC 115 in Vancouver. Though Liddell (21-7) returned with the expectation of fighting Tito Ortiz at the conclusion of the currently airing season of The Ultimate Fighter, an injury knocked Ortiz out, leaving an opening filled by former middleweight champion Rich Franklin. In an interview with MMA Fighting, the 40-year-old Liddell spoke about the Ortiz fallout, facing Franklin, changing his lifestyle and whether his June 12 fight is a must-win affair.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 11:28AM by emfleek - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
UFC 117 Prelims Announced, Wallace vs. Nedkov Among Additions
(mmajunkie.com)
Following Thursday's official announcement of UFC 117 and three main-card bouts, including a headliner of UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, UFC officials have unveiled the night's preliminary card. Most of the fights were already known but there was a new addition to the card today: Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov. Wallace is on the Losing Streak Of Doom and needs a win to keep his roster spot while Nedkov will be making his UFC debut after fighting internationally including a 2-0 mark in World Victory Road Sengoku events.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 10:17AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fertitta On Fighter's Union: That's Up To Them
(mmajunkie.com)
To unionize or not. Lorenzo Fertitta says it's up to fighters. This past Saturday at UFC Fan Expo 2010, the UFC executive said collective third-party representation – an issue that's long shadowed the sport's explosive rise to popularity – is not under his company's domain. "We have no role," Fertitta said. "So we're not in a position to say we support it, or we're against it. That's entirely up to [the fighters]."
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 8:52AM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce champ Jake Shields' non-exclusive negotiations begin Friday
(mmajunkie.com)
Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields' exclusive negotiation period with the San Jose, Calif.-based promotion has expired, though negotiations with the company remain ongoing. Shields' manager and father, Jack Shields, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he will begin non-exclusive negotiations tomorrow. "The options are all good," Jack Shields said, though he did not confirm whether Strikeforce had yet offered a new contract.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 8:21AM by Jshep714 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Light heavyweight Ricardo Romero signs four-fight deal with UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Light heavyweight Ricardo Romero has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC according to his new manager, Mike Constantino, who announced the news today in a press release. Romero (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is a former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the New Jersey-based Ring of Combat promotion and carries a five-fight win streak into the octagon.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 8:18AM by Jshep714 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yager Clears Up Twitter Controversy With Tito (No TUF Spoilers)
(mmaweekly.com)
Jamie Yager may have had a rough night on Wednesday watching his elimination from “The Ultimate Fighter" Season 11, but nothing like the storm of controversy he was hit with first thing Thursday morning. An account on Twitter that was said to be Jamie Yager’s went on a hate filled tirade aimed at Tito Ortiz, and several media outlets picked up on the back and forth, reporting the heated exchange between the former coach and fighter. The only problem, Yager says it wasn’t him. "Basically, I woke up today about like 9 o'clock west coast time, and my phone's blowing up like 'dude, what's going on? What's up with you and Tito?’" he told MMAWeekly Radio on Thursday night. As the confusion washed over him, Yager hit the Internet and saw the barrage of messages and media outlets reporting on his "feud" with Tito Ortiz. Blindsided by the whole incident, Yager immediately alerted everyone involved that while he does have his own Twitter account (www.twitter.com/jamieyager) the person posing as him posting the messages was an imposter.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 7:33AM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 117 Official For 8/7
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC officially announced UFC 117 yesterday for August 7 in Oakland, CA at Oracle Arena. Headlining the event is a long-rumored middleweight title fight between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen. Also officially announced for the event were New UFC Hall Of Famer Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida and Clay Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos.
Submitted Jun 4, 2010 6:39AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 114 Early Estimate: 925K PPV Buys
(411mania.com)
It appears that in the over/under with regards to Dana White's prediction of 850,000 PPV buys for UFC 114, the over is going to win. While not yet official, the early estimate is Saturday's event did 925,000 PPV buys. The event was headlined by the grudge match of Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson.
Submitted Jun 3, 2010 12:06PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Plans Return To Germany
(mmaweekly.com)
Die UFC ist wieder nach Deutschland kommen. Translation: The UFC is coming back to Germany. After a successful first show in 2009, it appears the promotion will be heading back to Germany sooner rather than later. They aren't backing down from the challenge of the local government that wants to take the sport off of television there. Never one to back down from a potential challenge, UFC president Dana White was adamant when asked about returning to Germany, and he says this year is the plan in motion right now. "We are doing a show," White said about returning to Germany in 2010. "One thing we don't do, we don't back down, and we don't curl up and climb into the closet when things don't go (our way). We're going to come out, guns a-blazing, and we're going to keep going."
Submitted Jun 3, 2010 9:22AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paulo Filho Calls Out Mauricio Rua
(mmamania.com)
Seriously. That's what he told Graciemag is in his future plans. "I couldn’t miss the chance to challenge [Shogun]. I want to fight him and feel the pressure up close by the end of my career. That’s just something I want. Shoot, I’ve been getting lambasted on forums. Folks are acting with a lot of disrespect. But it’s what I want and I know I can make it.”
Submitted Jun 2, 2010 6:59PM by DCRage - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul Kelly vs. Jakob Volkmann Moved To UFC On Versus 2
(mmajunkie.com)
A Lightweight match between Paul Kelly & Jakob Volkmann scheduled for UFC 116 has now been moved back to UFC On Versus 2 on August 1. Word broke today that Kelly will not be able to make it to 116 due to visa issues. The fight likely will be a prelim on the Versus card.
Submitted Jun 2, 2010 6:55PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
A "Frustrated" Todd Duffee Had A "Horrible" Game Plan Against Mike Russow
(mmamania.com)
And he took to The Underground message board to explain what happened. "It was on the temple I felt the shot...it just shut down the cns system couldnt use my arms to catch my fall or anything i was watching everything till my head hit the canvas(which may have put me out)i blinked and he hit me with a hammer fist....the way i fell made it look much worse than it was...I wasn't gassed i was more frustrated and trying to stick to the game plan should of threw that out after the first 30 seconds ...my game plan was horrible......i wasn't snapping punches instead i was muscling them shoudl of kicked should of grappled should of fought....I'll be back and show I am more than capable of wrestling etc., thanks for the support and thanks to the people who helped me out sorry i let you down it will pay off in the long run."
Submitted Jun 2, 2010 11:40AM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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