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Kenny Florian Injury Threatens Future
Ultimate Fighter alum and UFC veteran Kenny Florian is facing the very real possibility that his career may be over. Florian told the Boston Herald “a lumbar herniated disc in his lower back has put his future in jeopardy.”
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 7:36PM by Poor_Franklin - 12 comments
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Microsoft Offers Make-Up Plan for UFC 141 Xbox Live Crash
Following major technical issues that left many fans without access to UFC 141 on Xbox Live, Microsoft has launched a plan to make amends with UFC 142 Rio.
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 5:14PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
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'TUF: Brazil' features featherweights and middleweights, tourney finals on PPV
The first international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series, "TUF: Brazil," will feature featherweight and middleweight competitors. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the plans with Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC's managing director of international development, at a pre-UFC 142 press conference in Rio de Janeiro. The finals of the tournament, as well as the coaches' fight between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva, then will be part of a major June pay-per-view card.
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 5:10PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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UFC officials and fighters cautiously enthused by Brazil's soccer sponsorships
While Brazil may indeed be the spiritual birthplace of mixed martial arts, the combat sport is hardly the national pastime. That honor belongs to soccer, a sport in which Brazil has won more world championships (five) than any other nation. But while Brazilians specialize in playing a version of soccer known as "the beautiful game," off-pitch clashes between fans can sometimes turn violent. So with many of the nation's soccer clubs now supporting UFC athletes, is the promotion asking for trouble?
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 5:08PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Jacon Volkmann: I never said Obama needed a glassectomy
Jacob Volkmann was widely quoted as saying to Joe Rogan immediately post fight at UFC 141 "Obama needs a glassectomy. Ask me what a glassectomy is, Joe." This was the second time he had made unfortunate remarks about the President. The first time he said "someone needs to knock some sense into that idiot." That earned him a visit from the Secret Service temporary placement on administrative leave by the High School where he works part time as a wrestling coach. This time the Secret Service had better things to do, but Volkmann was again suspended. This time Volkmann says he is innocent.
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 10:22AM by emfleek - 23 comments
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Gonzaga: I want to be a world champion
“I believe in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I accomplished everything I wanted,” Gonzaga, 32, explained to Bleacher Report. “I won state, national, and world-championship titles. In MMA, I had the opportunity to fight 12 times so far for the UFC. I fought for the UFC heavyweight title, and against some of the best fighters in the sport.” Gonzaga’s retirement from mixed martial arts would ultimately prove to be short-lived. “I believe I was looking for some time to reset my goals,” offered Gonzaga. “I enjoyed the chance to stay close to my students, and also the extra time I was able to spend with my family...My students and my friends were asking to see me fight again.”
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 10:20AM by emfleek - 7 comments
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UFC 145 in Montreal adds Anthony Njokuani vs. John Makdessi
UFC 145 has added a lightweight bout between two dynamic strikers. UFC officials today announced that Anthony Njokuani (14-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and John Makdessi (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the March event, which takes place in Montreal. UFC 145, which is the first Canadian show of the year, takes place March 24 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, and the preliminary card airs on FX. Njokuani vs. Makdessi likely will be part of the prelims. Njokuani looks to rebound from a close UFC 141 split-decision loss to late replacement and wrestler Danny Castillo. Njokuani, a former WEC fighter who hasn't put together back-to-back wins since late 2009, is 2-4 since then, though he often puts on crowd-pleasing fights. Against Makdessi, he should be able to keep it standing...
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 8:34PM by grappler0000 - 12 comments
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Newcomers Daniel Pineda And Pat Schilling Meet At UFC On FX 1
With less than two weeks to go until the UFC's first FX-televised event, there was still one more fight to be added, and it will feature two UFC newcomers in the featherweight division: Daniel Pineda and Pat Schilling. The UFC tweeted news of the match-up yesterday: Nashville @FXNetworks card changes: Mike Brown injured; Daniel Pineda vs. Pat Schilling and Mike Easton vs. Jared Papazian added
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 6:55PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Buddy Roberts vs. Sean Loeffler Added to UFC on Fuel 1
A middleweight bout between two newcomers has been added to the UFC on Fuel 1 card with Buddy Roberts meeting Sean Loeffler.
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 3:11PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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UFC/TUF's Kyle Watson to headline CWFC against Juha-Pekka Vainikainen
Kyle Watson will be headlining the upcoming CWFC Fight Night 3 event in Beirut, Lebanon on February 11th against the rising Finnish fighter Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (18-5-1).
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 2:49PM by tallica62 - 0 comments
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Gabriel Gonzaga Talks Taking Time Off, His UFC Return and More
"I believe the time away from the Octagon was really good, as it allowed me to take care of some smaller projects in my life. It also allowed me to regain my focus on my career as a mixed martial artist. I’m very happy to be back fighting for the UFC. I’m hungry to get back in there and fight. I want to prove that I can make a big run in the heavyweight division. It’s time to focus on winning my fights and getting back to where I was before I left."
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 1:02PM by tallica62 - 0 comments
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Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver rematch added to UFC on FUEL 2
Two former lightweights will clash – this time as featherweights at UFC on FUEL TV 2. Fresh off a featherweight-debut win, Ross Pearson (13-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) now welcomes longtime 155-pounder Dennis Siver (19-8 MMA, 8-5 UFC) to the division as part of the April event in Sweden. UFC officials confirmed the fight with Swedish site mmanytt.se. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed it with event sources. UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The main card airs on FUEL TV (live on Saturday afternoon in the U.S.), and as MMAjunkie.com first reported, some prelims are expected to stream on Facebook.
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 10:56AM by emfleek - 10 comments
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Akira Corassani vs. Jason Young added to UFC on FUEL TV 2
Another countryman has been added to April's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event in Sweden. "The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast member Akira Corassani (9-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets fellow featherweight Jason Young (8-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at the overseas show. UFC officials confirmed the fight with Swedish site mmanytt.se. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed it with event sources. UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The main card airs on FUEL TV (live on Saturday afternoon in the U.S.), and as MMAjunkie.com first reported, some prelims are expected to stream on Facebook.
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 10:19AM by emfleek - 8 comments
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UFC 142's Ricardo Funch happy to replace fellow lawman, eyes octagon redemption
RIO DE JANEIRO – When Brazilian special-forces officer Paulo Thiago was forced to withdraw from this weekend's UFC 142 event, it only made sense that welterweight replacement Ricardo Funch (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) stepped in to face Mike Pyle (21-8-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC). Sure, Funch isn't quite as well-known as Thiago, but as a recently commissioned police officer in his current residence of Ludlow, Mass., he's capable of carrying the shield. "I was in the right place at the right time," Funch recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in his native Portuguese. "I had just won a fight, and Paulo Thiago got injured. Since I'm Brazilian and I have a passport and the UFC needed a quick replacement, it was this combination of factors that allowed me to come back." You may remember Funch from his two previous UFC contests, a pair of losses to Claude Patrick and Johny Hendricks. If you don't, that's just fine, according to the 31-year-old. Funch now admits he probably wasn't ready for the UFC experience at the time he got the call.
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 8:00AM by Kpro - 1 comment
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UFC returns to Atlanta on April 21 for UFC 146
For the first time since 2008, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed to the Peach State. It was announced on Tuesday's new edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Live" that Atlanta's Philips Arena will play host to UFC 146, which takes place April 21. MMAjunkie.com has since confirmed with sources close to the event that the city's Philips Arena will host the card.
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 11:45PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Ed Herman wants to test the heart and will of Clifford Starks
"From what I know he is a wrestler that is 8-0. I don’t feel he has ever been tested but I plan on going in there to test his heart and will. He is a tough athletic guy so I know he is going to bring it because it will be a big opportunity for him to come in on the main stage to beat a guy like me."
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 9:53PM by tallica62 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews
Kim Couture: "I know that Randy is the hardest working person I know."
In a recent interview Kim commented on Randy and his work ethic: "I know that Randy is the hardest working person I know." and the state of MMA fighters today: "it seems more guys today are looking to win points once they have the belt than finish fights and I think that’s cheap. It’s cheap to the fans and themselves."
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 9:44PM by tallica62 - 4 comments
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Stumpf injured, replacement Thompson meets Edwards at UFC 143
An undisclosed injury has forced Mike Stumpf (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) out of UFC 143. In his place goes undefeated welterweight prospect Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who fights Justin Edwards (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the Super Bowl weekend event, UFC officials today announced. UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Thompson vs. Edwards is part of the event's preliminary card, which airs live on FX. Main-card action airs on pay-per-view.
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 7:49PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
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UFC on FX 1 adds Easton vs. Papazian, Schilling vs. Pineda
As previously announced, Ken Stone (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has scratched from next week's UFC on FX 1 event. In his place steps newcomer Jared Papazian (14-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who meets fellow bantamweight Mike Easton (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a main-card bout. In addition to that fight, UFC officials today confirmed that Daniel Pineda (15-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet fellow featherweight newcomer Pat Schilling (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the night's preliminary card. UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to the FX-televised main card, prelims air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 7:47PM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
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UFC on FUEL TV 2 adds Gustafsson vs. Nogueira, Pickett vs. Page in Sweden
The UFC's first event in Sweden will feature a local in the night's headliner. UFC officials today announced that fast-rising light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will meet veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in April's UFC on FUEL TV 2 headliner. Additionally, Brad Pickett (20-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will meet fellow bantamweight Damacio Page (12-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the card. UFC on FUEL TV 2's main card airs on FUEL TV (live on Saturday afternoon in the U.S.), and as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, some prelims are expected to stream on Facebook. The latest UFC on FUEL TV 2 card now includes: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad Papy Abedi vs. James Head
Submitted Jan 10, 2012 5:44PM by Budgellism - 26 comments
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