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Dana White: WEC could drop middleweight and light-heavy divisions
World Exteme Cagefighting will likely keep its competing lightweight and welterweight divisions, but the organization's middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions could be folded into its sister company, the UFC.
Hendo Talks Vera Booking, Upcoming Fights
Despite having a potential Brandon Vera fight taken away and likely facing Rousiimar Palhares next, Dan Henderson has his sights set next on a rematch with Anderson Silva but hasn't ruled out returning to 205 and a possible Wanderlei Silva rematch if the fans want it.
Quick Quote: Forrest Wants "Nothing To Do" With Machida
Add Forrest Griffin to the list of those who don't want to face Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida in UFC. Griffin said he wants "nothing to do with that guy. Not at all."
The Sweet Spoils of Taking the Hard Road Back
For UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, however, the connection with Juanito Ibarra has created a turnaround in his career that is one of the most memorable in the history of mixed martial arts.
Karo Parisyan isn’t going anywhere … just finally training
Quoteworthy: ”No I haven’t thought about going up or down [in weight classes], what I have thought about was actually getting in shape for a fight. I’m not partying with the girls so much and I’m starting to really train for the fights.”
Georges St. Pierre Nominated for an ESPY (Vote!!)
Georges St. Pierre has been nominated for an ESPY in the "best fighter" category. You can vote , but you have to sign up. He is up against four boxers, including Floyd Mayweather, Joe Calzaghe, Kelly Pavlik, and Holly Holm. Last year, Randy Couture and Quinton Jackson were both nominated, but came up short. This year the boxing vote will likely be split, which gives Georges a good chance of winning if MMA fans sign up and vote for him. In some ways he seems like a token Mixed Martial Arts nomination, but I think he's a good one. Nobody else besides Anderson Silva has had a better summer to summer period since the last awards in the MMA world. WAR MMA!! we gotta stick up for our fighters! VOTE!!!
Jesse Taylor vs. C.B. Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 14
The Ultimate Fighter 7" runner-up C.B. Dollaway (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will meet ousted finalist Jesse Taylor (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at a recently announced UFC Fight Night 14 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the July 19 fight with sources close to both fighters.
Rich Franklin vs Matt Hamill UFC 88 light heavyweight fight possible
Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin (23-3) is possibly packing on 20 pounds for a light heavyweight clash against Matt Hamill (4-1) at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., on September 6, according to MMARated.com.
Fitch to fight St-Pierre as a BJJ black belt
Jon Fitch was awarded his black belt under Dave Camarillo's Guerilla Jiu Jitsu system
UFC officially announces "UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben" for Oct. 18
The UFC today officially announced "UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben," an event that takes place Oct. 18 at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. The event is headlined by a middleweight bout between England native and "The Ultimate Fighter 3" winner Michael Bisping (16-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and veteran middleweight Chris Leben (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
Dana White ‘couldnt be happier’ with new UFC video game (Video)
Dana white gives his thoughts on the up-coming UFC game, amongst other things.
Cote: Career Best Needed to Beat Almeida
Patrick Cote (Pictures) doesn't know where he was the night of Nov. 11, 2006. He knows where he wasn't: in the cage, calculating a way to counter the predictable submission attack of Travis Lutter (Pictures). "I wasn't there at all," Cote said. "Mentally, I wasn't there at all. My game plan was the worst game plan that I've ever had in my life." It was not the best time to come into a fight unprepared. That nationally televised bout, in which Lutter armbarred Cote in roughly two minutes, was all that stood between him and a shot at the UFC middleweight title.
Stevenson Asks UFC For Fight With Aoki
Joe Stevenson has been involved in some big fights throughout his career. However, coming off a devastating loss to BJ Penn in which the UFC lightweight title was at stake, Saturday night’s UFC 86 battle against Gleison Tibau may be the biggest fight of his career. MMARated.com spoke with “Joe Daddy” about moving on from the Penn loss and getting ready for Tibau.
Kazuhiro Nakamura released by the UFC
According to a new published report, light heavyweight competitor Kazuhiro Nakamura has been released by the UFC. The move had been anticipated but was confirmed in the July 1 print edition of The Wrestling Observer. The decision to release Nakamura was made shortly after his UFC 84 loss to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. In that fight, Nakamura was declared the loser via TKO following the first round due to a leg injury. Irrespective of the injury, Nakamura had been dominated by Sokoudjou during the fight’s opening round.
Future UFC event coming to Oklahoma City
A UFC event appears destined for Oklahoma City in the next six-to-eight months, according to a published report. UFC President Dana White is quoted as confirming the news in an article on NewsOk.com. “We’re working on bringing a live event there,” White reportedly said at last Thursday’s Associated Press Sports Editors’ convention in Minneapolis.
Rampage Jackson: "I Don’t Think Forrest Could Knock Out Anybody"
In a new interview posted on UFC.com, light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson sizes up the gameplan he feels Forrest Griffin will use in trying to take his "big belt buckle" this Saturday at UFC 86. "Rampage" also calls his opponent's KO power into question once again, a few days after lighting up message boards with his assertion that Griffin "couldn't bust a grape." Says the champ: "Forrest will be the best guy to come back against because he’s got good skills, but he’s not a guy that’s gonna knock you out when you lag. I don’t think Forrest could knock out anybody.
Brock Lesnar As A Draw
UFC 87 isn't until August but Dave Meltzer had an interesting tidbit in the print version of his Wrestling Observer Newsletter as it relates to Brock Lesnar's performance on PPV for the UFC. Of the almost 600,000 buys that the Lesnar-Mir PPV did, UFC people tracked that nearly half had never ordered a UFC PPV event before, and you know where all those new viewers came from.
UFC 86: TYSON GRIFFIN READY TO STRIKE
Tyson Griffin steps into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon on Saturday night to take on Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio at UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It is a lightweight match that, with a win, could put him next in line for a title shot. "It's a really big fight," Griffin told MMAWeekly.com. "It's a great chance to put my name in front of someone like Aurelio who has beat (Takanori) Gomi in Pride and has done great things in the sport.
IFL ON HOLD, CHAMP MATYUSHENKO TALKS CONTRACT
Vladimir Matyushenko has been one of the real success stories of the International Fight League. Despite the promotion’s difficulties, he has remained a constant source of excellence since his debut for the company in 2007. Currently riding an eight-fight winning streak, Matyushenko, the IFL’s current 205-pound champion, is eager to continue his winning ways, even though the IFL has placed their operations on hold.
UFC Going To Dublin In Not Too Distant Future
The UFC has confirmed it will be heading to the Republic of Ireland - just as soon as there is an arena big enough for it to use. With his Boston-Irish background, UFC president Dana White is known to be very keen for the promotion to touch down in the land of his forefathers, as are many UFC fighters that share the same heritage. But the UFC regularly sells in excess of 17,000 tickets for live events and at present Ireland has no suitable venues that could accommodate those numbers. However, that may change when work to increase the capacity of the Point Depot in Dublin is completed.
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