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Amir Sadollah out, Matt Riddle in against Jorge Lopez at UFC 143
After dropping off the recent UFC 141 fight card on the day of the event due to an illness, Matt Riddle is quickly returning to action. UFC officials today announced Riddle (5-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has replaced injured Amir Sadollah (5-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and now meets Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at next month's UFC 143 event. UFC officials today announced the change. UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view. Preliminary-card bouts, including Riddle vs. Lopez, are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 6:36PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Ken Stone out of UFC on FX 1 main-card bout due to injury
Just days after he was announced as part of this month's UFC on FX 1 event, Ken Stone has been forced off the card with an undisclosed injury. UFC officials today announced a search is underway for a replacement for Stone (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who was slated to fight bantamweight Mike Easton (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). It was the final fight added to the night's FX-televised main card. UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to the main card, prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 6:34PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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Matt Wiman vs. Mark Bocek added to UFC 145 in Montreal
The dance card is rapidly filling for the UFC's first Canadian jaunt this year. The promotion today announced that lightweights Matt Wiman (14-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Mark Bocek (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have agreed to square off at UFC 145, which takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. It's not yet known whether Wiman vs. Bocek is set for the pay-per-view main-card or the preliminary card, which is expected to air on FX.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 5:35PM by BuffaloDave - 13 comments
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Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin on tap for UFC 145 in Montreal
Hopefully, the third time is a charm for Canadian fighter Mark Hominick. The onetime featherweight title challenger is set to meet Eddie Yagin at UFC 145, which takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal. UFC officials today confirmed the bout. It's not yet known whether Hominick vs. Yagin will be part of the event's pay-per-view main-card or the preliminary lineup, which is expected to air on FX.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 4:33PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 141 medical suspensions: Lesnar, Diaz, Matyushenko, Gamburyan out six months
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued mandatory medical suspensions to twelve fighters from this past weekend's UFC 141 event. Four of them – Brock Lesnar, Nate Diaz, Vladimir Matyushenko and Manny Gamburyan – could be out of action up to six months because of the suspensions.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 2:47PM by Kpro - 1 comment
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UFC making inroads in China one fighter at a time
Zhang Tiequan returned to Beijing after making his UFC debut in Australia last year and was in for a shock when he sat down at his computer. Weibo is a social networking site in China, similar to Twitter. When Zhang logged into his account after returning home, he had 100,000 friend requests awaiting him. In a country of 1.3 billion people, 100,000 might not seem like a significant number. But Zhang, who is working with the UFC in an effort to develop mixed martial arts in his country, expects that one day MMA will surpass basketball as the most popular sport in China. And that’s also why the UFC is making such a concerted effort to develop Chinese talent. Zhang, along with Yao Honggang, Li Jinliang Li, A Mu Ri Ji Ri Ga La and Cui Liucai, are in Las Vegas for the month, training with some of the city’s top fighters and trainers. The plan, according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, is to properly train the Chinese fighters so they can train others in an attempt to tap into the country’s love of martial arts...
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 2:07PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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Jimy Hettes represents the next, great generation
I have seen a lot of fighters really early in their career. I judged Tim Sylvia's first fight. At first he thought his opponent was me. I was glad I wasn't - the opponent ended up in the ambulance with foam coming out of his mouth, and that was with palm strikes only. I trained with Mike Brown before he ever fought. We touched hands standing, he heel hooked me. I saw Jon Jones fifth fight. Actually, I missed it, as I looked down, more less. When you see the ones who are going to be great, you know. I got that feeling Saturday night, but it wasn't an obscure fight in some obscure arena in some obscure place, it was on the main card of UFC 141 in Las Vegas, when Jimy Hettes dominated Nam Phan for three rounds, including two 10-8 rounds on two judges score cards. I think the undefeated Jimy Hettes is going to great.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:17AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Tito: I will be fighting my last fight July 4 weekend
The career of Tito Ortiz spans 15 years. At his peak he was the UFC lightheavyweight champion, the sport's biggest PPV draw, and more. He proved that mixed martial arts could be viable, at a point where its future was in doubt. In now small way, he carried MMA. As the caliber of the athlete has markedly improved, as exemplified by current lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones, Tito's skill have fallen just, barely, short. He has gone 1-5 his last six fights, although many of them were highly competitive. After losing to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the first round at UFC 140 in Dec. 10, many fans thought that was the end. It's not. Tito wants one more fight, n July 4th, against Forrest Griffin or Chuck Liddell. As Liddell is firmly retired, that would leave a rubber match with fellow ex lightheavyweight champion Forrest Griffin as the most likely scenario.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:13AM by emfleek - 26 comments
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MELTZER: "The illness devastated Brock Lesnar."
SBNation's MMA commander Luke Thomas interviews Dave Meltzer, the world's foremost authority on the intersection of MMA and prowrestling, about Brock Lesnar's rise and fall and rise and fall and rise and apparently final fall. Luke Thomas: Were you surprised by Brock Lesnar's retirement? Dave Meltzer: Well, since I heard rumors all week ... no, I wasn't surprised. The way he lost, when that fight was over, I expected him to retire at that moment. When he grabbed the mic and started talking, I go, "He's gonna retire." Lesnar has made a lot of money and this time he saved his money. He doesn't live high and he's got a life that he wants to lead and he's got the money to lead it for the rest of his life and I always thought that Lesnar wasn't gonna stick around and be a Chuck Liddell or a Wanderlei Silva or a Mirko Cro Cop or all these guys who keep fighting because they're fighters and they just convinced themselves that they can still get it. They say, "Physically, I'm diminished, but I'm a smarter fighter." I think a lot of older fighters think that. You are smarter but it cannot overcome your physical diminishment as you get older. Very, very few can do that.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:10AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's Thiago Silva serves term of one-year NSAC license revocation
Thiago Silva's career is back online – at least in theory. The UFC light heavyweight on Sunday served the final day of his license revocation from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Silva's name is no longer present on a commission registry that tracks fighters with administrative actions against them, and he is now free to reapply in Nevada or elsewhere. However, Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is required to appear before the commission should he reapply in Nevada, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 8:36PM by BuffaloDave - 12 comments
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Dennis Siver Targeting Move to Featherweight
Former lightweight contender Dennis Siver is planning a move to featherweight in 2012, sources close to the fighter confirmed with MMAFighting.com. No word just yet on when the 19-8 German fighter will make his debut in the 145-pound weight class.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 2:59PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
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Cole Miller drops to featherweight, meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 2
Add another bout to the UFC's third trip Down Under. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a featherweight bout between Cole Miller (18-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Steven Siler (19-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set for UFC on FX 2. The matchup was first reported by The MMA Corner. "UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves" takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights head to FUEL TV. Miller returns to the cage at 145 pounds following a second-round submission win over lightweight T.J. O'Brien at UFC on Versus 5, which muted a decision loss to Matt Wiman at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2."
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 2:55PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan added to UFC on FX 2
UFC on FX 2 has added a pair of octagon newcomers. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that heavyweights Shawn Jordan (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Oli Thompson (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are set to clash in the UFC's third trip Down Under. "UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves" takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights head to FUEL TV. The UFC first ventured into Australia for UFC 110 and returned one year later for UFC 127. Both shows were quick sellouts.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 1:37PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Mike Easton vs. Ken Stone Added to UFC on FX 1
With the UFC's first FX-televised live event just three weeks away, the promotion still had one more fight to add to the card and it's now official that bantamweights Mike Easton and Ken Stone will throw down in Nashville.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 3:08AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Unconcerned with doubters, UFC 141's Jimy Hettes knows he belongs.
LAS VEGAS – With a lopsided unanimous-decision victory over Nam Phan at Friday's UFC 141 event, Jimy Hettes cemented his spot in the UFC's featherweight division. But despite an undefeated record of and a string of submission wins, he knew what fans were thinking about such an unlikely main-card fighter. "A lot of the stuff online was, 'Why does that kid with no muscle mass get to be on TV?'" Hettes told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the event. Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Phan (17-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) kicked off the pay-per-view main card of UFC 141, which took place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Hettes, who opened his career with 11 consecutive submission victories, didn't get a stoppage, but he beat down Phan to the tune of lopsided 30-25, 30-25 and 30-26 scores.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 10:26PM by Lesnar1 - 16 comments
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Kyle Noke says he's fighting Jared Hamman at UFC on FX 2
Australian middleweight Kyle Noke will apparently get another chance fight in his home country. Noke recently announced he's fighting Jared Hamman at UFC on FX 2, which takes place March 3 in Sydney, Australia. UFC executives have yet to announce the matchup. Featuring a Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann headliner and the opening round of the UFC's four-man flyweight tournament, UFC on FX 2 takes place at Sydney's Allphones Arena.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 4:23PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
WWE's Chris Jericho Accuses Brock Lesnar of Taking a Dive at UFC 141
When Brock Lesnar folded to a body kick from Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141 it signaled the end of Brock's career in the UFC. While Brock retired in the cage after the loss, I was hit with several messages from people whose opinions I respect saying that it appeared Brock was just in the cage for a paycheck. The fact that he didn't shoot for more than one half-hearted takedown attempt against the dangerous Dutch striker had some people questioning if Lesnar truly showed up with a strategy focused on winning. Former WWE roster-mate, Chris Jericho suggested it was something more than simply a less than all-out effort to win.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 4:20PM by FastKnockout - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 141's Johny Hendricks says the time has come for his title shot
( mmajunkie.com)
It's hard to understand the significance of Johny Hendricks' recent accomplishment without fully understanding the ones his opponent has racked up over the years. In 15 UFC fights, no opponent had ever knocked out or submitted Fitch, and only one – welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre – had even defeated him. Thanks to Hendricks' trusty left hand, that all ended in 12 seconds at at UFC 141. "I want a title shot," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) during a post-UFC 141 special. "If they don't give it to me, I'm not going to complain or anything. But I sort of see myself right there. I did what GSP couldn't do."
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 12:06PM by BuffaloDave - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
Brock "This is the last time you'll see me in the octagon,"
"LAS VEGAS -- Brock Lesnar took one last kick to his stomach and crumpled at the side of the cage, unable to fight back when Alistair Overeem pounced. Lesnar had been finished by a 6-foot-5 Dutch kick boxer in the first round at UFC 141. A few minutes later, the UFC's former heavyweight champion finished his own meteoric mixed martial arts career. Lesnar retired from the UFC after Overeem stopped him with one vicious kick to the body at 2:26 of the first round in their heavyweight bout Friday night, leaving the UFC heading into 2012 without its biggest pay-per-view star. "This is the last time you'll see me in the octagon," Lesnar said." This is the right move i think for him personally, i dont see him being able to beat top 3 HW so no title he is stuck, and will be nothing more then a title elim fighter...he is no longer truely relevent and doesnt seem to want to fight. Best to stop now keep a respectiableish record. Sucks for UFC a big loss PPV wise.
Submitted Dec 31, 2011 2:34AM by tmas - 36 comments
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Golden Glory legal team wins judgement to garnish Overeem's UFC 141 wages
In the latest legal salvo between Alistair Overeem and his former managers at Golden Glory, a lawyer for the MMA team today obtained a pre-judgement from a judge to garnish the fighter's wages for his bout tonight against Brock Lesnar. The order requires the Nevada State Athletic Commission to withhold a $241,285.49 check Overeem is slated to receive for the fight, which headlines UFC 141 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "It would have been ideal if a lawsuit could have been avoided," Roderick J. Lindblom, the lawyer representing the MMA team, stated in a press release issued today. "We wish Alistair well in the fight, and in fact, have a financial interest in his continued success. Unfortunately, my clients simply had no choice." A bond of $200,000 is required to execute the order; however, it is unknown whether that bond has been deposited to the Clark County, Nevada court in which it was filed. "Whatever valid order is in effect, we will certainly comply with," UFC chief legal counsel Laurence Epstein today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). On Thursday Lindblom, who represents Golden Glory and its corporate parent Knockout Investments, filed suit in a Clark County alleging that Overeem breached a management agreement struck in Holland four years ago. "There has been some consternation about the timing of a lawsuit filed by Knock Out Investments/Golden Glory against Alistair Overeem," today's release stated. "We've been in discussions with Mr. Overeem's legal counsel since Nov. 7, and there has been no progress regarding the dispute. "The reality is that a fighter is paid within 24 hours of the bout. Given past failure to pay management and training fees, there is serious concern on my client’s part that Mr. Overeem will simply walk away with the money. " The judgement applies to 30 percent of Overeem's show and win purses, any performance bonuses he may receive, and any proceeds he may receive from the pay-per-view event per his UFC contract...
Submitted Dec 30, 2011 8:46PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
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