James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara At UFC On Verse
It was announced on MMAWeekly last week that James "Sandman" Irvin was returning in March, and now he has a date and an opponent. American Top Team fighter, Alessio Sakara, has been tapped to face the former WEC champion in a middleweight bout for the UFC on Versus card on March 21.The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated bout agreements have been issued at this point.
Mark Bocek vs. Jim Miller official for UFC 111 in New Jersey
The UFC's return to New Jersey now has a third official bout.While the UFC 111 card has been much discussed since a pair of title fights was announced that includes welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre vs. challenger Dan Hardy and Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir for the UFC's vacant interim heavyweight title, those two matchups were the only official bouts for the card.
Kurt Pellegrino vs Fabricio Camoes in the works for UFC 111 on March 27
Re-emerging lightweight standout Kurt Pellegrino is in talks to return to the Octagon in front of a hometown crowd for a 155-pound scrap against fast-rising Brazilian grappler Fabricio Camoes at the upcoming UFC 111 event from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Saturday, March 27.MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) learned of the pending match up earlier today. While both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest, bout agreements have yet to be signed.
UFC Fight Night 21: Roy Nelson vs Stefan Struve on tap for March 31
A heavyweight battle between the division's tallest fighter on the UFC roster, Stephan "Skyscraper" Struve (19-3,) and perhaps its most rotund, Roy "Big Country" Nelson (14-4,) is in the works for UFC Fight Night 21 in North Carolina on March 31.The event, which will mark the second of three scheduled events for the promotion in a two-week span, will serve as the lead-in to season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter" (TUF), which will debut on Spike TV immediately after.
Trainer Says Lesnar Will 'Definitely' Return
While UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has yet to comment on his future, those around him have begun to voice their positive outlooks regarding his potential return to the octagon.
Lesnar's trainer Greg Nelson was interviewed on ESPN's MMA Live on Thursday, and once again reiterated that his fighter plans to continue his UFC career.
Wilson Gouveia talks UFC release and return to light heavyweight
Although the UFC released him in December, Wilson Gouveia (12-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is moving back up to light heavyweight, and he plans to work his way back to the octagon.Gouveia failed to make weight for a middleweight fight with Alan Belcher at UFC 107 – the second time he had done so in a three-year, 10-fight stint with the promotion – and he recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was done trying to cut the extra pounds.
Beating Chael Sonnen Will Get Nate Marquardt The Next Title Shot
According to Marquardt, of course. He is of the understanding that a win over the streaking Chael Sonnen at UFC 109 gets him a one way ticket to a 185-pound title match. Dan Henderson seemed to think the same thing, until a series of setbacks led to his departure after his Zuffa contract dried up. He also doesn't agree with Vitor Belfort getting the next shot at Anderson Silva "just because he hasn't really fought at 185".
UFC bolsters UFC 110 preliminary card with Lytle vs. Foster, Dollaway vs. Reljic
Two previously reported bouts are now official for next month's UFC 110 preliminary card.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed Chris Lytle (27-17-5 MMA, 6-9 UFC) meets fellow welterweight Brian Foster (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and middleweight C.B. Dollaway (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Goran Reljic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of both bouts, which take place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The show, which is the UFC's first in Australia, features a heavyweight pay-per-view headliner between contenders Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez. Fan favorite Wanderlei Silva takes on Michael Bisping in the co-headliner.
Kendall Grove Could Face Mark Munoz At UFC 112
Kendall Grove's mystery opponent at the as-yet-unannounced UFC 112 event could be "The Filipino Wrecking Machine." Mark Munoz reportedly is under "intense consideration" to be the opponent for Grove in Abu Dhabi. It is unknown whether bout agreements have been distributed, but at least one fighter has verbally agreed to the contest. However, Munoz first needs to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor for injuries suffered during his UFC 108 bout earlier this month before getting the green-light to begin camp (he is under medical suspension until July 2 unless cleared early).
Stout Living the Dream in the UFC
Sam Stout didn't hesitate for a moment when asked what the coolest thing he has experienced over the last 10 days.
'I was at my after(fight) party in Vegas, and MC Hammer came up to me to congratulate me. He sat down and we hung out and talked for a bit too.'
You can't touch that.
Brock Lesnar's fighting future to be revealed next week via press conference
UFC President Dana White has revealed that both he UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will hold a joint press conference next week in Las Vegas to discuss Brock's future as a mixed-martial-artist.
White confirmed the news to MMAfighting.com recently on a trip to New York, refusing to elaborate on the nature of the press conference, only saying Lesnar’s future would be out in the open. Confusing yet very positive reports have surfaced recently with Randy Couture revealing previous conversations with the champ and that he's already back in training and may be fighting by spring.
Lesnar required surgery to repair damage inflicted by intestinal diverticulitis. The promotion recently announced that number one contender Shane Carwin will battle former champion Frank Mir at UFC 111 in his absence and we may finally know by the end of next week if that bout will be contested for an interim title or the true title (if the Minnesotan is forced to surrender the belt in anticipation of a long or permanent absence).
Keith Florian Says Brother Ready For Gomi, Whoever
The rumors have circled since the weekend of UFC 108 when Gomi's signing was announced, and immediately Florian's name was mentioned as a possible opponent. Florian's brother and head coach, Keith Florian, says they'd take that fight in a second, but as of now it's still up to the UFC."I think Gomi would be a great fight for Kenny. He's one of those people who was No. 1 in the world for a long time, and I think that would be a great fight for us," Keith told MMAWeekly.com recently.
Dana: UFC In DC Likely In 2011
The Nation's Capital is now on notice-Washington, DC may be next on Dana White's hit list. After a very successful UFC Fight Night in nearby Fairfax, VA, the UFC President says a UFC PPV will probably be held in DC in "the next year, year-and-a-half. We'll bring a big PPV here".
UFN 20 Fighter Payouts
The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation has released the official fighter payouts from UFN 20. The total disclosed payouts are not known at this time because payouts for Mike Guymon & Rory MacDonald were not revealed, but the biggest share of the payouts-$60,000-went to Chris Leben.
Dear Diary: I'm Way Better Than Wanderlei Silva! Signed, Michael Bisping
And Bisping feels very confident in his game plan for the fight in Australia. He wrote this in an online diary for The Daily Telegraph (Australia): "I believe it's a very winnable fight for me, though. I know Wanderlei's a legend but I truly believe styles make fights and that I've got the perfect style to beat him. Obviously I'm going to have to be wary of his aggressive style and his punch power, but I'm very confident of going to Australia and beating Wanderlei. He's experienced and possesses heavy hands but, other than, I feel I'm way better than him. I know I have the ability to beat him – it's now just about executing my game plan on the night…"
Belfort's Manager Confirms Silva Fight For UFC 112
Following months of speculation on the fate of a postponed bout between UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, the pieces are finally in place for an April fight. Fabiano Farah, Belfort's manager, confirmed today the fight is on for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. But Silva's manager, Ed Soares, hasn't confirmed the fight yet. So make of this what you will.