Bongfeldt vs. McGee added to June's UFC 131 event
The UFC's return to Vancouver continues to take shape, and the promotion has officially added two more contests to the quickly filling lineup.
UFC executives announced late Friday night that Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz and Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Court McGee will take place at UFC 131.
Additionally, UFC executives also officially added a pair of bouts previously reported by MMAjunkie.com; Darren Elkins faces Michihiro Omigawa and Anthony Perosh meets Krzysztof Soszynski.
Nick Catone now meets Costantinos Philippou in UFC 128 catchweight fight
After losing opponent Dan Miller to another booking, middleweight Nick Catone now meets Ring of Combat veteran and UFC newcomer Costantinos Philippou in a UFC 128 preliminary-card bout.
UFC officials today announced the 195-pound catchweight fight.
UFC 128 takes place March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and features a light-heavyweight title match between champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and challenger Jon Jones.
Dann Miller in for Akiyama at UFC 128
UFC President Dana White announced today another change to next weekend's main card. “Yoshihiro Akiyama will not be able to participate at UFC 128 due to the tragedy in Japan," said White.
"New Jersey native Dan Miller proves once again that he will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime by agreeing to step up from the prelims to face Nate Marquardt," added White. "Marquardt has long been a top ten ranked middleweight and Miller jumped at the opportunity to face him.”
The change means that brothers Dan Miller and Jim Miller will both appear on the main card in their home state.
In the Wake of Massive Quake in Japan, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Family Safe
In the wake of the tragic earthquake that struck Japan late last night, UFC president Dana White has updated fans on middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama, who was training in his home area for his upcoming fight at UFC 128.
Akiyama, who had trained part time in the United States for his past few fights, stayed at home in Japan for his bout in New Jersey against Nate Marquardt, due to his affiliation with Greg Jackson’s team where the Japanese fighter had worked previously.
“Akiyama and his family are safe,” White tweeted late on Friday afternoon. “He will be there for UFC 128.”
Manager optimistic on Royce Gracie's UFC return, negotiations ongoing
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has given fans a voice in deciding who fights at "UFC: Rio," and the promotion has offered 33 Brazilians to choose from.
No. 34 could be a lock.
Three-time UFC tournament champion and UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie is in continuing negotiations with the promotion to appear in a retirement fight at the Brazilian event, which is expected to take place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz Targeted for UFC 131
Mark Munoz will get a chance to prove he truly is one of the top 185-pound contenders when he faces grappling wizard and former division number one contender Demian Maia at the upcoming UFC 131 pay-per-view event scheduled for the Rogers Arena on June 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
MMAmania.com confirmed the bout was in the works earlier today.
Here's one of the matches made today that I like. I've gotta go with Maia because he's one of my favourites but it's a tough fight. What do you guys think?
The UFC Is Leaving Rio Show Matchmaking Up to the Fans
Tatame reported yesterday that, despite how screwed up Fight of the Night voting at UFC 124 ended up after Zuffa opened up the polls to the fans to decide who should win the award (prompting Dana White to assert that fans would never decide such things again), the promotion has decided to allow fans to have their say about which 12 Brazilian fighters will fight on the August 27 card in Rio de Janeiro.
Former WEC Champ Brown Recovering from Hand Surgery, Fatigue
Mike Thomas Brown hasn't exactly been himself lately.
The once-dominant WEC featherweight champion has lost four of his last six following a 10-fight winning streak that lasted three years. Most recently, the 35-year-old was bested by Brazilian submission wizard Rani Yahya at UFC “Fight for the Troops 2.” During the first round of the featherweight contest, Brown snapped the medial collateral ligament in his right hand.
“It was like having a rubber finger,” Brown told Sherdog.com of the injury. “If you touched it, it would bend completely the wrong way. There was nothing holding it together anymore. It was almost like a broken finger, but worse.”
The injury required surgery to reattach the ligament. But that was the easy part, according to Brown. Tougher is the task of mentally coping with his recent skid.
“I don't care about [the injury]. The fights are the tough part. We didn't even do an MRI. I just wanted to get it done,” said Brown. “I’ve got time off, and I need to think about stuff anyway. So cast me up and let me think about life for a couple of months, you know?”
That cast was removed just days ago, and with another month of rehab, Brown should be back to full-strength. But the hand injury does not represent all that stands in the way of the Maine native returning to his peak form. He must also overcome a phantom hindrance that first appeared prior to his bout with Diego Nunes at UFC 125.
UFC's Yuri Alcantra dropping to featherweight, training with Lyoto Machida
He got off to a great start, and now he's just waiting for the call.
Brazilian prospect Yuri Alcantra is dropping to the featherweight class in anticipation of his UFC debut, manager Wallid Ismail today told MMAjunkie.com.
Alcantra brought his current win streak to 11 when he notched a first-round knockout of Ricardo Lamas this past December at the WEC's final event, WEC 53.
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Anthony Perosh targeted for UFC 131 in Vancouver
A light-heavyweight matchup between Krzysztof Soszynski and Anthony Perosh is targeted for UFC 131.
MMAjunkie.com today learned of the impending fight from sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place with paperwork on the way.
Although not officially announced, UFC 131 is expected to take place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos headlines the night's pay-per-view broadcast.
Is Frankie Edgar the most underrated champion in the UFC today?
"I honestly would have to say the most underrated, under-appreciated guy out there is Frankie Edgar. But that might have all changed after his last fight with Gray Maynard. We'll see next time he fights. I think Frankie Edgar is an incredible fighter. I think he's dangerous to everybody at 155-pounds, no matter how much bigger they are than him and even though he could fight at a weight class below (his), I think the kid's a beast."
GSP: 'I Think Anderson Silva Has to Fight Yushin Okami'
"That's not what I said. What I said is it's a complete re-orientation of my career. People are saying crazy stuff, like "Oh, you just have to gain 30 pounds and take the fight and fight him in three months." I can't (gain) 30 pounds in three months. It would take a lot more than that. If I want to go up in weight class."
"Plus, (Anderson) Silva fights at light heavyweight as well. So he walks around at … he's probably 40 pounds heavier than I am (off season). So if I fight this fight, it might be at a catch weight. If it happens."
Soszynski Recovering from Surgeries, Eyeing UFC 131 Spot
After having surgery on both knees in January to repair meniscus tears, Krzysztof Soszynski is hoping to return in June.
The UFC light heavyweight was seen walking without a limp at the L.A. Fitness Expo just a week after the surgeries.
“I guess my pain tolerance is pretty high,” Soszynski said with a laugh during a Sherdog Radio Network interview conducted at the January fitness event. “From what I’ve been told by my doctors after the surgeries, I should be on my feet right away. It’s the best way to get back right off the bat. The very next day I was already walking around the house and moving a little bit. They had me on crutches for about a day or so, 24 hours, but after that I was able to start moving around. I was back in the gym three days later, helping out some of my teammates.”
Soszynski said he has talked with the UFC about returning June 11 at UFC 131 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Georges St. Pierre not in a 'Rush' to fight Anderson Silva at 185 pounds
"It's a complete re-orientation of my career. People are saying crazy stuff, like 'Oh, you just have to gain 30 pounds and take the fight and fight him in three months.' I can't (gain) 30 pounds in three months. It would take a lot more than that if I want to go up in weight class. Plus, (Anderson) Silva fights at light heavyweight as well. So he walks around at … he's probably 40 pounds heavier than I am (off season). So if I fight this fight, it might be at a catch weight. If it happens. It's something I'm not thinking about right now because it's not my number one priority. I've had a lot of success at 170. If I move to 185, I need to talk to my sponsors, my trainers. It's a complete change of life. Do I want to take the risk, maybe yes. Maybe It's going to be a great challenge. Maybe, no. But I have to talk with my trainers ... I have to fight Jake Shields [and] I think Anderson Silva has to fight Yushin Okami. I'm not afraid of nobody in the world. I'm a martial artist. If it happens [with] the right timing and everything, if it is how I want it, and how he wants it. I fight whoever they want. I can fight everyone in the world. I don't mind."
Jon Jones 'hates' when people mention Rashad Evans, who 'has nothing to do with his heart and who he is right now'
"I want to be clear to other reporters, that I absolutely HATE when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp. He's a friend of mine but I'm fighting Mauricio "Shogun," one of the best fighters that's been around for a long time. So for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think, is ludicrous. Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being, he has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now. Right now it's me vs. Jon Jones and right now I'm beating all the weakness out of myself, I'm beating all the give-up out of myself, I'm beating the lack of cardio, I'm beating the lack of confidence; any sign of weakness that's within my heart right now, I'm getting rid of it. The fact that people are bringing up Rashad, it almost angers me. Rashad has nothing to do with "Shogun" and I think from hear on out I won't even answer a question about Rashad."
UFC 127 drug tests come back clean
Six fighters who underwent testing for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse tested clean following UFC 127.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today e-mailed the drug-test results to MMAjunkie.com. The event was overseen by the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, though the UFC independently conducted the testing.
UFC 127 took place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
UFC 128 co-headliners Faber and Wineland open to "TUF 14" coaching slots
Bantamweights Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland say a shot at UFC champ Dominick Cruz takes priority over a coaching slot on the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
But both agree that if the reality show leads them more quickly to contendership, they're all for going in front of the Spike TV cameras.
Before any of that happens, Faber and Wineland face off next Saturday in a UFC 128 co-main event they expect will bring the winner a title shot.