'Banha" Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov at UFC Rio
Following two aborted starts, Stanislav Nedkov will once again attempt to make his Octagon debut on Aug. 27, when he meets fellow light heavyweight Luis Cane at UFC 134 “Rio.”
The UFC announced on its official website Sunday that Nedkov and Cane have “verbally agreed” to square off at the event, which takes place at the 18,000-seat HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. While not officially announced, a middleweight title clash between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Yushin Okami is expected to topline the promotion’s first Brazilian event since 1998.
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares at UFC Rio
An intriguing lightweight affair between the always-exciting Spencer Fisher (24-7 MMA, 9-6 UFC) and Brazilian submission ace Thiago Tavares (15-4-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) is in the works for "UFC: Rio."
MMAjunkie.com has confirmed with sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, which was first reported by Brazilian outlet Portal do Vale Tudo.
UFC vet Dustin Hazelett puts fighting career on hold, heads back to school
Former UFC welterweight and lightweight Dustin Hazelett has put his fighting career on hold and gone back to school.
The 24-year-old also is focusing on teaching and jiu-jitsu competitions during the break from MMA.
The Ohio-based fighter discussed the plans with MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp in today's MMA Insider for the "Dayton Daily News."
Hazelett (12-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Jorge Gurgel, made his pro MMA debut as an 18-year-old and signed with the UFC just two years later. He won five of his first seven UFC fights while winning two "Submission of the Night" bonuses and a "Fight of the Night" award.
UFC 132: Tito Ortiz Feels He Matches up Well With Ryan Bader
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will face up and comer Ryan Bader at UFC 132 in July. Ortiz has been hampered in recent years by a long string of back injuries. He gives his thoughts on the fight and has some advice for fighters who want to avoid ending up like UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes:
"I think (Ryan Bader and I) match up really really well. He only has one loss on his record. He's a tough kid, really great wrestler; his stand up skills are fairly decent. His ground game is ok. I think I have my (work) cut out for me. I have to be in great shape and I have to press the pace."
"I haven't had a win since 2006. But people have to understand, watch all the fights I have lost. I lost them by a little bit. I fought Forrest Griffin the second time, I thought I beat him two rounds to one. When I fought Rashad (Evans), I thought I beat him, but they took a point away, made it a draw, I didn't think I grabbed the fence. I’m competing against the top guys of the world, each and every time. There's never no gimmies and I want to thank Dana and Joe Silva who give me these matches to show I'm still competing against the top guys in the world."
Dana Claims UFC’s True Competition is NFL, MLB; Says ‘Dirty’ Reporters are Gone for Good
It took a while for Dana White and the always capable Sergio Non to really get down to business during the UFC boss’ Wednesday interview with USA Today. Both guys spent a lot of time making the obligatory small talk about UFC 129, Silva vs. Okami and which weight class Frankie Edgar should be fighting in before the actual questions came out of the quiver. Once they began in earnest, White characteristically did not shy away from giving us The Full Dana on any number of topics.
UFC teams with "Jump for Joy," launches exercise initiative at Las Vegas event
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Saturday partnered with the Las Vegas-based Jump for Joy Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas to launch a new campaign focused on the country's youth.
Perennial UFC contenders Stephan Bonnar and Tyson Griffin teamed up with UFC vice president Reed Harris and UFC writer Frank Curreri to teach local students the benefit of mixed martial arts training.
Limited Ultimate VIP tickets available for UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011
Sometimes it may pay to wait. Well, if you're willing to pay.
UFC brass recently announced there are still a handful of Ultimate VIP tickets remaining for this month's UFC Fan Expo Toronto 2011.
The ultra-exclusive experience includes numerous once-in-a-lifetime perks and is limited to just 35 people. Each ticket costs $1,725 CAD.
Anderson Silva Says He Would Never Fight Jon Jones
Anderson Silva appears to be more interested in the "Winable" superfight against Georges St. Pierre than facing Jon Jones at Light Heavyweight according to an interview with Esportes.r7.com: (translated by BE's own Tom Mendes)
On fighting Jones:
"No chance, he’s in a different weight class, we are friends and we won’t fight each other."
On fighting GSP:
"There is a chance there, everything will depend on our results. It depends on him winning at UFC 129 and me winning in August (against Yushin Okami). And from there, who knows, this fight could take place."
Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher Added to UFC: Rio
Brazilian submission ace Thiago Tavares will fight on his home soil against UFC veteran Spencer Fisher in Brazil. The pair meets in a lightweight contest on the UFC: Rio card according to PVT (translated by BE's own Tom Mendes). UFC: Rio takes place Aug. 27th at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and will feature a Middleweight title main event between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.
Rashad Evans Responds to Jon Jones on Twitter
No.1 contender Rashad Evans responds to UFC Light-Heavyweight champ and former training partner Jon Jones claims of constantly getting the better of Rashad in training at Greg Jackson's MMA. Jones told ESPN.com that he had several times to finish Evans during pratice but never did out of respect. Rashad Evan tweets:
Chad Mendes Heading to UFC 129 Intending to Challenge Aldo or Hominick
As UFC 129 fast approaches, most eyes will be on the two main event title fights that head the card. One of which will be the first appearance of featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against Mark Hominick.
One person, who will be sitting cageside with his eyes locked on that fight, will be current top 145-pound contender Chad Mendes.
The undefeated Team Alpha Male fighter blew through former Sengoku and Dream fighter Michihiro Omigawa in his last bout, and now has every intention of challenging the winner of Aldo and Hominick.
“I can tell you Chad will be sitting ringside in Toronto watching Aldo and Hominick fight, and he has all the hopes in the world that the winner of that will be his next fight. I believe he deserves it, I believe he’s ready for it, and I think it’s his time,” Mendes’ manager, Mike Roberts from MMA Inc., told MMAWeekly Radio recently.