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Dana White: Rashad Evans Wins and Remains Injury Free, He Gets Bones Jones Next
Speculation began to swirl last week after UFC president Dana White said in an interview that Jones was already done with his vacation and looking to get back in action sooner rather than later. He mentioned that Jones could potentially face former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson next, with most pointing at the UFC 145 fight card in Montreal as a possible landing spot. While anything is still possible, on Tuesday when speaking with the Jim Rome Show, White said that Jones is indeed ready to get back in the cage, but if Evans wins on Jan. 28 and comes out unscathed, he’ll get his chance to face the champion. “We’re working on it now. We’re going to obviously see what happens in this Rashad fight at the end of the month. The next fight on Fox, Rashad is fighting (Phil) Davis, so we’ll see what happens there,” White said on Tuesday. “If Rashad wins, if Rashad comes out injury free, we’ll get the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones/Rashad Evans fight going.”
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 3:14PM by BuffaloDave - 12 comments
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White: Silva vs. Sonnen II would likely take place in Brazilian soccer stadium
If Chael Sonnen gets by Mark Munoz later this month at UFC on FOX 2, his next bout could be a huge one. UFC president Dana White recently joined "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV to discuss potential plans for a long-awaited rematch. In the segment, which ultimately didn't make it to air, White said that if Sonnen gets his rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, it'll likely take place in Silva's home country of Brazil – in a soccer stadium. That means the fight could headline the UFC's second-ever stadium show (the first, UFC 129, took place this past April in Toronto) and its first-ever outdoor event. UFC officials previously have talked about using a Brazilian venue that could accommodate up to 100,000 spectators for a future event...
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 3:09PM by grappler0000 - 24 comments
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Ex-champ Sean Sherk aims for spring UFC return, wants to solidify HOF credentials
Inactive since a September 2010 win over Evan Dunham, the oft-injured Sherk (36-4-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) now is planning for a spring or early-summer return to the octagon. "I wanted to fight [in 2011]," Sherk told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) on Monday. "But I had the same issues that held me out of the octagon for 18 months. It's just injuries. It's injuries piling up. "I fought too many times in the last five or six years with serious injuries. I don't feel the need at this point to fight injured. When you're fighting and not 100 percent, it's not a fun thing. It's not something fun to go through. It's not fun going through training camp when you need surgery." At 38 years old, Sherk knows he's in the twilight of his career. He still trains five to six days per week, one or two times per day. He's there with the likes of UFC fighters Jacob Volkmann, Paul Bradley and Nik Lentz putting in the work. But for Sherk, he also has to worry getting healthy so he can reach his ultimate goal of getting back into the cage. "I want to fight again," he said. "I'm a fighter. At this point in time, do I plan on fighting five or six more times? Probably not, to be honest with you. That's why I want big fights. I want co-main-event or main-event type fights that are going to cement my place in the UFC Hall of Fame. Absolutely, I think at this point in time, I've done enough to be a hall of famer, but I'd like a few more fights to make my mark." "I fought for the world title in two different weight classes," he said. "I was No. 1 or No. 2 in two different weight classes in the world. I won a world title. I defended a world title. I think I've done enough to cement my place in the UFC Hall of Fame "Most guys in the Hall of Fame right now didn't accomplish what I've accomplished. So I feel like I deserve that."
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 11:20AM by BuffaloDave - 14 comments
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UFC 142's Sam Stout doubtful that Thiago Tavares will trade punches
Sam Stout now finds his own openings. Five months after the untimely death of his trainer and brother-in-law, Shawn Tompkins, the 27-year-old fighter listens to several voices as he engages a sparring partner. Before, he had to rely on only one. "As much as I wish he was here every day, it's been a good camp," Stout recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I've really found a strength inside myself to be a little more self-motivated and be a little more independent, as opposed to relying on Shawn to tell me what to do." Stout (17-6-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) plans to bring longtime teammate Mark Hominick and a jiu-jitsu coach to his fight with Thiago Tavares (16-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) at UFC 142, which takes place Saturday at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and the prelims, including Stout's bout, air on FX.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 8:35PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Team Jackson’s Buddy Roberts Signs with UFC
Team Jackson/Winkeljohn continues to produce new UFC talent and the latest is middleweight Buddy Roberts, who has signed with the promotion as of Monday.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 8:16PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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UFC 141 drug tests come back clean
All 21 fighters who underwent drug testing at this past month's UFC 141 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today e-mailed the drug-testing results to MMAjunkie.com. UFC 141 took place Dec. 30 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with an Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar pay-per-view headliner.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 2:51PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Brandon Vera Calls Out Recently-Returned Thiago Silva
It seems that Brandon Vera wants another shot at Thiago Silva. Silva beat Vera down at UFC 125 and initially won a lopsided decision, but the fight was switched to a no-contest after Silva knowingly submitted a fake urine sample. Silva's suspension recently ended, and it didn't take The Truth long to get wind of it.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 2:23PM by FastKnockout - 28 comments
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'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' expected to air on FUEL TV
The first international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series appears to have a broadcast home in the U.S. "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," an upcoming version of the show that features Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort as coaches, is expected to air on the FOX-owned FUEL TV. UFC president Dana White recently shared news of the plans.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 12:30PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Newcomers Bernardo Magalhaes and Yoislandy Izquierdo to Meet at UFC on Fuel 1 in Omaha
A pair of UFC newcomers have been matched up for a lightweight bout at UFC on Fuel 1. It will be Brazilian-born BJJ specialist, Bernardo Magalhaes, taking on Cuban native, Yoislandy Izquierdo on the February 15th card in Omaha, Nebraska. Izquierdo confirmed the booking on his Facebook page: "Feb 15 I will be fighting ufc on fuel tv!!! More info to come."
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 12:20PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Ed Herman calls Bisping "over-rated" - wants Maia and Belcher
“I’d love to fight Alan Belcher or Demian Maia. I’d love to rematch any of the guys I’ve lost to but they’re probably the top two guys on my list. They’re in the top 10 and that’s where I want to be and I feel I can beat those guys. I’d love to fight someone like Michael Bisping or someone like that who I think is over-rated.”
Submitted Jan 8, 2012 7:25PM by tallica62 - 10 comments
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Report: Fabio Maldonado Injured, Out Of Brazil's UFC 142
Tatame is reporting that UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado is out of Saturday's UFC 142 in Rio, Brazil, due to a rib injury. Maldonado was scheduled to face Caio Magalhaes on the undercard, himself an injury replacement for original Maldonado opponent Stanislav Nedkov. As of this writing, neither the UFC or Maldonado have confirmed the report. The Rio event has been plagued with injuries as this is the fifth time a bout has been affected by someone getting hurt. The 31-year-old Maldonado was looking to rebound from a decision loss to Kyle Kingsbury in June that evened his Octagon record to 1-1. Before the defeat, he had won 11 straight.
Submitted Jan 8, 2012 4:14PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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Jon Jones tells the UFC he’s ready to fight ASAP
After his dominant win at UFC 140, Jon Jones talked about taking a break from fighting and treating his parents to a vacation. Jones' inactivity lasted just three weeks before he began to get the itch again. "[Jones] called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation.'" UFC president Dana White said on "The MMA Insiders" on ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas (12:37 mark). "He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go."
Submitted Jan 7, 2012 5:52PM by Shawn91111 - 25 comments
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Ed Herman was offered UFC contract before TUF
In an interview with Angrymarks "Glove Up or Shut Up" podcast, Ed Herman revealed that before making the TUF TV show, he was offered a contract to fight in the UFC, but instead he chose the TUF route. Ed's interview on the podcast is in the first 10 minutes of the show
Submitted Jan 7, 2012 5:22PM by tallica62 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements Added to UFC 145
The upcoming UFC 145 card in Montreal is filling up fast and the latest bout confirmed for the card will be welterweights Keith Wisniewski and newcomer Chris Clements.
Submitted Jan 7, 2012 4:02PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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UFC's Jacob Volkmann Put On Administrative Leave After President Obama Joke
Even if the UFC is more of a known entity today than it was five years ago, many of their lower and mid-level fighters still keep additional jobs to help pay the bills. Jacob Volkmann is one of those fighters, keeping up with a chiropractic business and a wrestling coach position at White Bear Lake High School in Minnesota. He'll have a bit more free time on his hands as he revealed on Twitter that he's again been placed on administrative leave from the school following a joke he made about U.S. President Barack Obama at UFC 141.
Submitted Jan 7, 2012 3:59PM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
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BJ Penn Threatens Cesar Gracie As Twitter Feud Continues
The on going beef between Nick Diaz's coach, Cesar Gracie and B.J. Penn continues. It all started with Penn tweeting Diaz, complaining about the way he fought and taking a shot at Jon Fitch in the process. Gracie responded, saying that Penn is surrounded by "Yes Men" and that he always has excuses for every single loss. A furious Penn once again took to twitter, and even threatened the 46-year-old MMA and BJJ coach.
Submitted Jan 7, 2012 3:57PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago added to UFC on FUEL TV 2
Welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Paulo Thiago (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at April's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event in Sweden. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the booking with event sources. UFC officials first confirmed the matchup with Swedish site mmanytt.se. UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The entire card is expected to air on the FOX-owned FUEL TV. Bahadurzada makes his UFC debut. "The Great" was expected to make his promotional debut against Erick Silva at next week's UFC 142 event before an injury forced "The Great" to withdraw from the card. Bahadurzada most recently fought this past May, when he defeated teammate Tommy Depret in the finals of United Glory's World Series tournament. OH HELL YEAH
Submitted Jan 6, 2012 3:17PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
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UFC 141 pay-per-view (PPV) buys for 'Lesnar vs Overeem' could top 750,000
Earth-shattering numbers? Not exactly, but considering that UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" was held on a Friday night and not Saturday, coupled with the fact that Brock Lesnar was facing Alistair Overeem, an international fighter who was making his Octagon debut, and suddenly 750k seems like a home run. Dave Meltzer breaks it down in his Wrestling Observer newsletter:
Submitted Jan 6, 2012 10:58AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Mac Danzig meets Efrain Escudero at UFC 145 in Montreal
Mac Danzig (20-9 MMA, 4-5 UFC) today revealed his next booking, a UFC 145 matchup with Efrain Escudero (18-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). "Just signed to fight in March," Danzig posted on Twitter. "Opponent is tough as hell, but they all are. Efrain Escuerdo, March 24, Montreal." UFC 145 takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. UFC executives later confirmed the Danzig vs. Escudero matchup, which likely takes place on the evening's preliminary card.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 11:19PM by Twenty20Dollars - 10 comments
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Undefeated Prospect C.J. Keith Signs with UFC
Undefeated prospect C.J. Keith has signed a deal with the UFC and will compete for the promotion beginning in 2012.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 9:57PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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