Jim Miller Not Planning on Sitting and Waiting for a Title Shot
If there’s one thing to know about UFC lightweight Jim Miller, he’s not planning on going the Rashad Evans route to a title shot.
That’s not a dig on Evans, but after his win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson last year, the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner was offered a shot at the light heavyweight title and opted to sit out and wait until then champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was healthy and ready to fight.
‘TUF 11' Winner Court McGee Out of UFC 131 With Torn MCL
Due to a torn MCL suffered in training, Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight bout against Canadian prospect Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos. McGee has been inactive since his submission victory over Ryan Jensen last October, and his current timetable for return is uncertain. Bongfeldt will likely remain on the Vancouver card against a replacement opponent.
Cruz vs. Faber II tapped UFC 132 headliner, event official for July 2 in Las Vegas
A title fight and long-awaited rematch between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and ex-WEC champ Urijah Faber (25-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been tapped the headliner of July's UFC 132 event
The latest UFC 132 card now includes:
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (for bantamweight title)
B.J. Penn vs. TBA
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
Ryan Bader vs. Tito Ortiz
Evan Dunham vs. George Sotiropoulos
Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman
How awesome does this card look!?
Matt Hamill: "I Will Break (Rampage Jackson's) Will" at UFC 130
The Ultimate Fighter season three veteran Matt Hamill has been waiting a long time to get a crack at a top 10 opponent. He is finally getting his chance against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 130. Jackson was originally scheduled to face Thiago Silva, but Silva's failed drug test after UFC 125 opened up the opportunity for Hamill. Hamill talks about the May 28th fight on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani: (video)
"The first time I heard (about the Rampage fight), I was really excited because I wanted to face him. I think it's my moment and time to shine, so I'm really excited to fight Rampage."
"I know I'm going to break his will, I know I'm going to beat Rampage. I've been training real hard and my conditioning and my skills and technique, striking and kicking are a lot better."
"I'm not going to underestimate him; he has heavy hands and he's got great knockout power. I know that Rampage is not really motivated to fight with me because I'm out of his league; but I promise you, it's going to be a war and a great fight."
Wanderlei Gets Leben At UFC 132
The 4th of July fireworks will kick off early in Las Vegas when “The Axe Murderer” faces “The Crippler” in a UFC 132 bout almost guaranteed not to last the three round distance.
“Two fan favorites will go to war as Chris 'The Crippler' Leben has verbally agreed to face Wanderlei 'The Axe Murderer' Silva in Las Vegas July 2nd,” said UFC President Dana White.
Liddell's Baby Mama Accuses Him of Drug Use
Chuck Liddell's baby mama is firing back in her custody case against the MMA fighter, claiming in court filings his use of illegal drugs is what led him to take their son away from her.
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Junior Assuncao On A Hot Streak; Eyes UFC Family Affair
Junior Assuncao continued on his quest to the top with another win last week in Brazil. Assuncao traveled to his home in Recife to face Wes Murch in Recife Fighting Championship 4. Murch proved to be no match for the jiu-jitsu black belt, as he finished Murch with a firs-round rear naked choke.
Rumor Watch: Chael Sonnen & Michael Bisping Tapped As Likely Coaches For TUF 14
We’re only one episode into TUF Season 13, and some are already disappointed by the kinder, gentler Brock Lesnar. Sure, we say we want the series to focus more on the fights and less on the drama, but a little tension always makes things more fun. Though it’s far too early to call this season a hit or a flop, the latest TUF rumors already have us eagerly anticipating next season.
According to reports from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, noted MMA heels Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping are on deck to tackle coaching duties for season 14 and potentially redefine everything we thought we knew about coaching beef. The likelihood of this pairing hinges largely on the CSAC Ruling and the outcome of Chael’s legal woes.
Dana White Defends TUF 13 Ratings
After watching TUF Season 13, Episode 1 - are you getting tired of The Ultimate Fighter? Do you wish the UFC would do something different with their weekly slot on Spike TV? Dana White took to the Underground Forums to respond to fans and critics complaining about the stale TUF format and commenting on the weak ratings for the Season 13 premiere:
"SINCE WHEN IS 1.5 MILLIONS VIEWERS BAD?
People have been saying it is dead since season 4.
Sit back and watch bitches or don't. TUF isnt going anywhere!!!! deal with it."
After TUF 13 injury, quickly recovering Myles Jury ready for UFC redemption
With a perfect 9-0 record and nine first-round stoppages, Myles Jury entered "The Ultimate Fighter 13" as one of the show's youngest and most promising cast members.
But as we saw on this past week's season debut of the Spike TV reality series, the 22-year-old suffered a significant knee injury and was cut from the cast.
However, as Jury recent told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), he's confident a future "TUF" spot or even a UFC fight is in his future once he's fully healed.
Jury was head coach Brock Lesnar's fifth-round pick. As MMAjunkie.com detailed in our "Fight Path" series nearly a year ago, the former Detroit Zoo employee began his fighting career a year before he legally was old enough to drive. So despite Jury's age, the King of the Cage vet had the needed experience.
UFC's Dana White: Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans Will Happen in September or October
UFC boss Dana White told fans on the UG that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would face Rashad Evans in "Sept or Oct".
Jones took the title from Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 in March. The title shot was to have gone to Jones' then-teammate Rashad Evans, but Evans had to pull out with an injured knee and Jones was offered the shot after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 126.
Evans and Jones had trained together at Greg Jackson's MMA camp in New Mexico until Jones agreed to fight Evans in an interview. Evans reacted angrily and ended up leaving Jackson's camp entirely for Imperial Athletics in Florida. Evans will be taking wrestling coach Mike Van Arsdale with him.
Greg Jackson has promised to have nothing to do with the bout but Jackson MMA striking coach Mike Winkeljohn has made no bones about training Jones to beat Evans. Winkeljohn spoke to MMA Fighting:
"I'm positive I'm going to be working with Jon Jones because, well, the kid didn't do anything wrong. We have a good relationship."
"But in my mind, if I was fired by Rashad, I don't think I should take myself out of another job just because I used to work with the guy that fired me.
"Rashad lost to Machida, and he basically left. I know he left me, so that's how I feel. Choosing sides? I don't know if that's the term for it, but he made that choice. I didn't make that choice."
Ultimate Fighter coach Brock Lesnar was 'a beast' training with Xtreme Couture
It's tough to determine how a fighter will deal with a loss, especially one that is particularly devastating or embarrassing. Such was the nature of Brock Lesnar's defeat at the hands of Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, where "Brown Pride" had the big man doing cartwheels in the middle of the cage.
Not only did Velasquez take his heavyweight title, he had the entire martial arts world thinking Brock might pack his bags and head back to the scripted world of pro wrasslin'.
After such a desolating loss, it's difficult to blame anyone for thinking as much. It's natural to wonder how a former champion will react to losing his strap, specifically in the manner in which he lost it.
Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center emerges as frontrunner for UFC on Versus 4
Two strong options for the UFC's fourth Versus-broadcast event have now narrowed to one.
Sources close to negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Pittsburgh's 19,000-seat Consol Energy Center is a leading candidate to host UFC on Versus 4.
The event is targeted for June 26, though the promotion has yet to make anything official, and Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission said earlier this week that talks are still in the preliminary stages.
Previous UFC on Versus events have touched down in Broomfield, Colo., San Diego, and most recently Louisville, Ky.
The promotion hosted UFC 101 in Philadelphia, and the same city is rumored for a summer event this year. However, Pittsburgh, one of the nation's great sports cities, never has hosted a show.
As of now, two fights are targeted for the June 26 card: Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo and Matt Brown vs. Rich Attonito.
Barry comes into the fight with win over Joey Beltran in his most recent performance, and Kongo hopes to rebound from a draw against Travis Browne.
Meanwhile, Matt Brown is in a must-win situation after three consecutive losses, and Attonito is on the mend from his first octagon setback.
Carlos Condit Would Fight Teammate Diego Sanchez Under the Right Circumstances
As the time rapidly approaches when former teammates Jon Jones and Rashad Evans will square off for the UFC light heavyweight championship, the question about other top fighters training out of the Team Jackson camp facing one another continue to swirl.
One pairing that could be on a collision course one day is former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit and his teammate Diego Sanchez.
Condit is currently ranked in the Top 10 in the welterweight division, and with Sanchez’s recent win over Martin Kampmann, he isn’t trailing too far behind either.
Beyond just being teammates, Condit believes the hardest part of fighting someone you work with is figuring out how you’d train for each other.
“As far as teammates fighting each other, some different things arise like who’s going to train where for the fight? Are you guys still going to be at the same gym? Are you going to come in, in the morning? Is the other guy going to come in at night? It’s all something to be considered,” Condit said recently.
Condit is readying for a return to action after a knee injury forced him out of his scheduled fight at UFC 127 against Chris Lytle. While no date for his return has been set, Condit is likely to end up on one of the summer cards, possibly in June or July.
He returned home to New Mexico to train with Team Jackson, and Sanchez went back to his original camp as well after spending several years working in and around California.
While the pair of welterweights haven’t been asked to fight yet, Condit believes that if the right situation came about, he’d fight Sanchez, but not just for giggles.
“As far as fighting Diego, me and him are teammates and training partners. If it was a title fight, like a very, very big fight, we could put friendship and everything aside, and go scrap. But unless it’s something like that, we’d probably try to avoid it,” Condit stated.
Right now, both Condit and Sanchez are awaiting opponents, but they don’t seem to be in the position where the UFC would have to see them fight each other. But if both continue their climb towards the top of the division, it’s something that may happen sooner rather than later.