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Oddsmaker says UFC 137 line could continue to improve for Nick Diaz
Following Wednesday's announcement of an October super fight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC), St-Pierre opened as a healthy -365 favorite. That means St-Pierre was given nearly an 80 percent chance of winning the fight. But as noted MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), the bettors' early money is coming in for Diaz, and his underdog status could continue to diminish as the fight draws near.
Submitted Jun 2, 2011 5:18PM by pmoney - 3 comments
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SpikeTV confirms lineup for TUF Finale - 5 fight main card
Spike TV officials today confirmed the full lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. The event takes place Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on Spike TV. The lineup includes a handful of "TUF 13" fights that MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Wednesday. Headlining the show is the "TUF 13" championship between finalists Ramsey Nijem (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Tony Ferguson (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Both fighters won three bouts to advance to the finale. Nijem was head coach Junior Dos' Santos fourth-round pick; Ferguson was Brock Lesnar's third pick. The fighters they defeated in the semifinals, Chris Cope (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Chuck O'Neil (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), also meet each other in a main-card bout. The biggest non-"TUF" fight on the televised card is former WEC champ Anthony Pettis (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. fellow UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (28-11 MMA, 8-5 UFC). The winner of the bout, which is one of the summer's featured MMA attractions, will take a big step toward a title shot. Surprisingly, some big names – including Jeremy Stephen, Josh Grispi and Scott Jorgensen – have been relegated to the event's preliminary card. However, UFC officials haven't announced if some (or all) of those fights will be part of free Facebook stream on event night.
Submitted Jun 2, 2011 11:02AM by emfleek - 13 comments
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Frank Mir: If Brock Lesnar comes back and smashes somebody, then a rubber match will make sense
Frank Mir tells it like it is. Like him or not, there's no one in the sport who is less afraid to be brutally honest than the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion. Mir is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Roy Nelson at UFC 130 in a fight that he dominated from start to finish with knees in the clinch, aggressive takedowns, ground and pound and even a judo throw. With the win, he's now one step closer to potentially fighting for a shot at what would be his third UFC title.
Submitted Jun 2, 2011 9:48AM by emfleek - 18 comments
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UFC Undisputed 3 coming Jan 2012, new Pride mode
Two new featherweight and bantamweight weight classes; and, Massive 150 fighter roster! THQ Inc. and Zuffa, LLC today announced the first gameplay details surrounding UFC® Undisputed™ 3, the new installment in the critically acclaimed and best-selling mixed martial arts videogame franchise based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Poised to take players inside the virtual Octagon® with extensive focus on intense toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation and significantly increased accessibility, including the introduction of PRIDE® Mode, two new weight classes and an impressive playable roster of more than 150 UFC fighters, UFC Undisputed 3 is currently in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, with a scheduled release timing of January 2012.
Submitted Jun 2, 2011 8:53AM by emfleek - 12 comments
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TUF 13 Finale main card gets Nijem vs. Ferguson, Cope vs. O'Neil
Following tonight's season finale of "The Ultimate Fighter 13," two new fights are set for the main card of Saturday's live finale. In the "TUF 13" championship bout, welterweight finalists Ramsey Nijem (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Tony Ferguson (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) square off. Additionally, semifinalists Chris Cope (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Chuck O'Neil (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet in a televised bout, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the event.
Submitted Jun 2, 2011 8:51AM by emfleek - 5 comments
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TUF 13 Finale prelims add Edwards vs. Harvison, Bailey vs. McGillivray
Despite falling short on "The Ultimate Fighter 13," four eliminated cast members have been tapped for official UFC fights on the preliminary card of Saturday's live show finale. The matchups include Justin Edwards (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Clay Harvison (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Shamar Bailey (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Ryan McGillivray (11-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the welterweight bookings with sources close to the event.
Submitted Jun 2, 2011 8:50AM by emfleek - 1 comment
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Tom Lawlor vs. Kyle Noke On Tap For UFC on Versus 5
Tom Lawlor had originally been scheduled to face Maiquel Falcao at UFC 134, but Falcao's Zuffa release and subsequent signing with a small Alberta promotion put a damper on that. Lawlor will be moving to a new card though, and will get a tough replacement opponent. TUF 11 cast member Kyle Noke, currently 3-0 under the UFC banner, will step up to face Lawlor on August 14th in Milwaukee.
Submitted Jun 2, 2011 2:28AM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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Demetrious Johnson breaks his leg; forced to ride supermarket scooter (Pic)
Tragic..... Not much of an article, but pic is funny, and news this is!
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 10:36PM by pmoney - 9 comments
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TUF 13 Finale prelims add Edwards vs. Harvison, Bailey vs. McGillivray
Despite falling short on "The Ultimate Fighter 13," four eliminated cast members have been tapped for official UFC fights on the preliminary card of Saturday's live show finale. The matchups include Justin Edwards (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Clay Harvison (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Shamar Bailey (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Ryan McGillivray (11-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Is it bad that I watched the entire season and have no idea who Justin Edwards is?
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 10:34PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Nick Diaz contract with Zuffa details and what it means for Georges St. Pierre fight, UFC and Strikeforce
Nick Diaz will be challenging Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. That much we know. There are still many questions, however, regarding how exactly this superfight came to be, especially considering all the misinformation bandied about in recent days.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 8:41PM by pmoney - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
Cesar Gracie on Diaz vs. GSP: The UFC Said Give Up Boxing, We’ll Give You GSP
Ever since UFC 129 ended, the rumors of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre taking on Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz have been all the talk. On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White made the fight official, announcing that the pair will square off on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas as the main event for UFC 137.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 8:31PM by pmoney - 1 comment
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UFC 130 winner Brian Stann on two-year title plan, boss predicts superstardom
If you're looking to notch a victory over fast-rising UFC middleweight contender Brian Stann (11-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), you might be best served by acting quickly. After blasting former Sengoku champion Jorge Santiago at this past weekend's UFC 130 event, Stann said he's still two years away from finding his peak form. And when he does, UFC president Dana White predicts certain superstardom.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 6:45PM by Budgellism - 34 comments
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After brain-hemorrhage scare, UFC's Brian Foster cleared to fight
UFC welterweight Brian Foster has been cleared to resume his MMA career. A second MRI has determined that no permanent damage is present six weeks after doctors discovered a brain hemorrhage that forced Foster to withdraw from a fight with Sean Pierson at UFC 129 this past month. With the doctor's clearance, Foster awaits his next fight booking.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 6:35PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz set for UFC 137 in Las Vegas
The hurdles have apparently been cleared. Despite his recent insistence that a bout between current UFC champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and Strikeforce title holder Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was anything but a done deal, UFC president Dana White today announced the two welterweights will clash in the main event of the previously unannounced UFC 137 event. Edit: Diaz's manager, Cesar Gracie, did tell USA Today that the St-Pierre fight is part of a new eight-fight contract for Diaz that allows the current Strikeforce champ to compete in both Strikeforce and the UFC
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 6:27PM by pmoney - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
No Fitch? No problem. Rick Story just wants to fight the UFC's best
Following his UFC 130 win over Thiago Alves this past Saturday night, UFC welterweight Rick Story (13-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) expressed his desire for a bout with perennial contender Jon Fitch. Fitch subsequently claimed he wasn't interested in a fight with Story, citing potential bouts with B.J. Penn or Georges St-Pierre as the only contests the appeared truly interesting. That's just fine, Story today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). Fitch might be out of commission too long, anyway. Story has hie eyes on the title, and he wants to stay busy on his way to the top.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 6:26PM by pmoney - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC 133 tickets for Wells Fargo Center on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia, Pa., on sale soon
Tickets for UFC 133, which was recently made official for the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 10 a.m. ET. UFC Fight Club members and UFC Newsletter subscribers, naturally, will be able to scoop up tickets prior to them being available for public consumption. "Evans vs. Davis" will feature a potential light heavyweight number one contender bout, as "Suga" Rashad Evans takes on "Mr. Wonderful" Phil Davis.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 6:11PM by pmoney - 0 comments
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Jon Fitch Not Interested in Rick Story Fight, Would Wait for BJ Penn or Georges St-Pierre
Highly ranked welterweight contender Jon Fitch is all about getting big fights. For years, he’s stepped up and fought some of the toughest opponents in the division. As of late, one fighter who’s made waves at 170 pounds is Rick Story. The fighter out of Brave Legion in Washington State beat former title contender Thiago Alves by unanimous decision this past Saturday at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill. In his postfight interviews, Story made it clear the most ideal next opponent for him is Fitch, citing that the wrestler out of Purdue is the next one up the rankings.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 5:21PM by FastKnockout - 24 comments
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Manager: UFC 130 winner Travis Browne "most dangerous heavyweight in division"
Travis Browne had to wait in line. Despite delivering one of the only highlight-reel clips of UFC 130 – and getting the bonus to show for it – the 29-year-old former K-9 trainer sat patiently on the post-event press conference dais while the cards headliners explained a lackluster showing. Browne (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) was one of only two that dressed up for the occasion, wearing a button-down shirt and tie. (Brian Stann took it a step further and wore a suit jacket.) But he eventually got his moment, and not just with the knockout. The 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve provided the content for Browne's highlight reel when he lunged in with a knee and caught a right to the jaw that put him horizontal to the mat before he landed there. Browne pounced and delivered follow-up punishment, but there was no need.
Submitted Jun 1, 2011 9:47AM by emfleek - 16 comments
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Top-ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki vacates Shooto belt, will attend UFC 131
If all goes well, the UFC could have all the top-ranked featherweight talent locked up by next month. Japanese featherweight Hatsu Hioki turned down an offer to fight featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takeya at DREAM.17 and on Tuesday announced that he's vacating his Shooto lightweight title. Shu Hirata, an associate of Hioki who represents several Japanese fighters, today told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter is headed to UFC 131 as a guest, and all signs point to contract negotiations.
Submitted May 31, 2011 4:45PM by FastKnockout - 24 comments
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UFC 130 medical suspensions: Jackson, Mir, Stann, Santiago face six-month layoffs
UFC 130's list of walking wounded was lengthy, and five fighters from this past weekend's card face medical suspensions of up to six months. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commissions. The potential half-year suspensions went to main-event winner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, co-main-event winner Frank Mir, main-card fighters Brian Stann and Jorge Santiago, and preliminary-card competitor Michael McDonald.
Submitted May 31, 2011 3:58PM by sparky - 15 comments
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