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Franklin expected to be out of action until late summer
According to a press release from Franklin’s representatives, “Ace” underwent surgery yesterday to repair the damage and things went successfully meaning the 37-year old is expected to make a full recovery. However, the rehabilitation process could take up to six months if not longer meaning Franklin won’t be ready to fight again until after the midway point of 2012. “I spoke with Rich, he’s feeling great and as soon as the doctor gives him the go-ahead, he’s ready to start training again,” said manager JT Stewart. “If everything goes as expected, UFC fans could see (him) back in the Octagon in late summer.”
Submitted Oct 13, 2011 3:08PM by emfleek - 11 comments
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Dana White: Nick Diaz Will Get a Title Shot if He Beats B.J. Penn at UFC 137
Maybe we'll get to see Nick Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre after all. Dana White confirmed to MMA Weekly that, should Diaz defeat B.J. Penn at UFC 137, he will indeed get a shot at the Welterweight title against the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit. Diaz was of course originally set to face St. Pierre in the main event of UFC 137, but after repeatedly no showing press conferences, White pulled him from the match, giving the title shot to Condit instead. Days later, Diaz was back in for the show, but this time facing B.J. Penn in the semi-main event. For Diaz, this is a huge break, but still a tough challenge. Penn is a former Welterweight champion who is currently ranked #7 in the division in the USA Today / SB Nation Consensus Rankings. He's 1-0-1 at 170 since his return to the division, and is always a threat to anyone in the division. Diaz is currently ranked at #4, and is undefeated since 2007. But Penn represents a real step up from the competition former Strikeforce champion Diaz has faced as of late.
Submitted Oct 13, 2011 1:28PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
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Michael Bisping: I'm the number one contender, not Chael Sonnen
"Chael Sonnen had his chance, put on a great performance but lost. Got tapped out, got finished, and then after that he failed a steroids test. As far as I can see he had his chance and he blew it. I feel I deserve a shot. I have got to beat Miller, he is tough, I am not looking past him. [But] it's me, I’m the contender. Belfort has just been beat, Yushin Okami has just been beat, Sonnen got beat. What are they going to do, all they all going to keep beating each other up and then having another shot at him? No, I’m the contender." - Bisping
Submitted Oct 13, 2011 1:12PM by Budgellism - 35 comments
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UFC 140's Jon Jones knows the only way to Rashad Evans is through Lyoto Machida
Rashad Evans is still hanging over Jon Jones' head. Today during a press conference in support of UFC 140, Jones' eyes widened at UFC president Dana White's mention of Evans and a recent proclamation of having the champ's number. But it's Lyoto Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) who is next, and Jones (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) said it would be unwise to take his eye off the immediate task ahead. "I realize what I could lose in losing the fight that's in front of me now," he said of his headliner at the winter pay-per-view event, which takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Evans was targeted for the winter pay-per-view event before a hand injury he suffered at UFC 132 forced him out of the long-anticipated fight with Jones.
Submitted Oct 12, 2011 7:43PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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With undefeated 2011, Aaron Simpson open to another UFC fight before year's end
By the end of 2010, Aaron Simpson was stuck in a two-fight losing skid, and his UFC career was in jeopardy. Twelve months later, he's riding a three-fight win streak and even willing to take a late-notice booking before year's end. Welcome to the up-and-down world of a professional MMA fighter. Simpson (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defeated resilient middleweight Eric Schafer (12-6-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) at this past Saturday's UFC 136 event. In a Facebook-streamed preliminary-card bout at Houston's Toyota Center, he beat down Schafer for three rounds en route to a 30-27 unanimous-decision victory. Although he didn't get the finish, Simpson wasn't about to ignore the lesson he learned from a teammate who fought the jiu-jitsu ace in 2009.
Submitted Oct 12, 2011 7:38PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Is Tim Kennedy Moving Over to the UFC?
The UFC's dismantling of Strikeforce looks to have continued with Tim Kennedy. Kennedy recently added the Ultimate Fighting Championship to his employers on Facebook: Kennedy could be referencing the fact that the UFC owns Strikeforce, and, by proxy, he's employed by the UFC. But, then again, it seems like a random thing to do seven months after Strikeforce was purchased, no?
Submitted Oct 12, 2011 7:14PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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Brock: I'll have one more match in WWE
Jon Robinson: Do you have any regrets about leaving WWE? Brock Lesnar: I don't have any regrets. If I had any regrets, it would have been that I wish I enjoyed my time there a little bit better. I'm not a very good yes man, and I'm not very easily controlled. Jon Robinson: Do you ever think you will go back and have one last WWE match? Brock Lesnar: I think I will. I think under the right circumstances I will. I think if Vince McMahon and I were able to sit down at the same dinner table and break some bread that we could come up with some kind of gameplan. At the end of the day, I'm an ultimate fighter. That's who I am and that's who I'll always be. I was an entertainer but at the end of the day, I'm still as real as it gets. I think a lot of things have to fall in the right places for something like that to happen.
Submitted Oct 12, 2011 11:11AM by emfleek - 28 comments
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Jeff Curran's last chance
I am 35-13-1 and I think its still a pretty good record. When you look at the losses, aside from the Uriah Faber glitch, every fight I had was competitive. A record it just that, a record. Talk about the three decision losses I had in the WEC-Benavidez, Mizugaki and Mike Brown. Those three fights were so close that basically nine people in the world decided that I was the loser in those fights. I came out with barely a mark on me, I fell I lost the Mike Brown fight fair and square, I gave up a few things I shouldn’t have, Benavidez was what it was and I definitely feel I won the Mizugaki fight. If I was getting finished off by mid level and upper level guys and these guys were just making a fool of me then I would know my place but I am very confident in what I am capable of and very confident that I belong in the upper echelon of the division. I’m not coming back to the UFC like some washed up WEC veteran that they are squeezing a last fight out of. I feel like they are giving me three months notice, and really allowing me to step up to the plate like this they (The UFC) are saying “Ok Jeff, you wanted this you got it. Now show us what you got.” I intend on doing that. Really good interview. I agree with him that the UFC is giving him a legitimate chance to prove his worth. All of his loses were close. He could have won any of those fights that he lost by decision. Even against Faber, he dominated the first round.
Submitted Oct 11, 2011 8:21PM by bjj1605 - 13 comments
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UFC Reportedly Switching PPV Start Times Back to 10 p.m. ET
Over at F4WOnline, Dave Meltzer is reporting that the UFC will be changing the start time of pay-per-view broadcasts back to 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. This will be starting with UFC 141 this December. The UFC had long used 10 p.m. ET as the start time for PPVs but changed earlier this year. For east coasters like me it was nice to have the evening wrapped up no later than midnight, many times even earlier. But it is understandable that the one hour cut was harder on audiences on the west coast and necessitated a change back. PPV numbers are down this year so making sure that the start times have maximum appeal to as many people as possible. It's not a "sky is falling" situation, but it's one where you need to make all the corrections big and small to straighten everything out.
Submitted Oct 11, 2011 7:55PM by FastKnockout - 30 comments
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MMAPlayground Interview Series - Vol. 7 (Brian Foster)
As with any successful professional, mixed martial artists eat, sleep and breathe their craft. They put everything on the line when they wake up, hit the gym and pour their blood, sweat and tears into the sport we all love. When they enter that cage, for the fan, it's all about the entertainment, but these athletes go through the daily rigors with more in mind. For some fighters, it's a paycheck. For others, it's the glitz and glamour, but for some it's a lifestyle fueled by a deep passion and connection to the sport of mixed martial arts. In our newest site feature, MMAPlayground would like to introduce you to some of these men and women of MMA that you may not know much about. Our mission? To introduce. To educate. To spread the word. Brian Foster is a mixed martial artist who is also a five time UFC veteran. He has recently recovered from some terrible setbacks in his health, and has successfully resumed his career with a victory against Jack Mason at Cage Warriors 44. Brian was granted two tune-up fights by the UFC in preparation for his return. He will be taking on Laverne Clark at CCCW 7 on Saturday October 15. He took time out of his training schedule to answer some questions. * * * * * MMAPG: Brian, thanks for taking some time to answer a few questions. First off, congratulations on your win last weekend against Jack Mason. You’re coming off some brutal setbacks. How are you feeling, and how good did it feel to get back into the cage? FOSTER: It felt great! It's a good feeling to get a win after overcoming some injuries. I mean it sucks it wasn't for the UFC but a win’s a win not matter the organization. MMAPG: The UFC has granted you the opportunity, given your long lay-off, to compete in a couple “tune-up” fights. That’s not something you see a whole lot in the UFC. How did the idea come about? FOSTER: I think it had a lot to do with my coach as well as the UFC. They wanted to make sure I was totally healthy and capable of competing at a high level without being such a liability to the UFC.
Submitted Oct 11, 2011 10:09AM by emfleek - 3 comments
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Exhausted Dana White: 'I will [expletive] die' making sure UFC gets to next level
All told, the UFC has booked 27 events this year. In 2012, it's aiming to put on 34 shows, a 22 percent increase. In 2005, the year in which the promotion broke onto basic cable, 10 events filled the calendar. Meanwhile, the UFC offices have spread into a new building. In about a month, the promotion arrives on network TV. "This year was a big year for us," UFC president Dana White said. "But the next year is going to be the real big year for mixed martial arts. Next year is going to be the real big year for MMA. Next year is the one that's going to change everything and take it to the next level." UFC on FOX 1 takes place Nov. 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a heavyweight title fight between reigning champ Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 6:35PM by Budgellism - 31 comments
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UFC 136 medical suspensions go to five fighters, Maynard gets longest with 60 days
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued medical suspensions of more than 10 days to just five UFC 136 fighters, and defeated main-event fighter Gray Maynard got the longest one with 60 days. The list of medical suspensions lasting longer than the standard 10 days included: - Frankie Edgar: Suspended until Nov. 23 - Gray Maynard: Suspended until Dec. 8 - Leonard Garcia: Suspended until Nov. 23 - Eric Schafer: Suspended until Nov. 8 - Mike Massenzio: Suspended until Nov. 23
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 6:32PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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After UFC 136 loss, Kenny Florian undecided on fighting future, taking 'some time' off
After a UFC 136 loss and an unsuccessful third bid at a UFC title, Kenny Florian isn't sure what's next. In a statement released today, the 35-year-old said he's taking some time away from the sport, though he's not sure if that could lead to a retirement. Florian, who suffered a unanimous-decision loss to featherweight champ Jose Aldo at this past weekend's pay-per-view event in Houston, said that decision will come at a later time. "First, I'd like to thank Jose Aldo for giving me the opportunity to compete for the featherweight title last Saturday," Florian stated. "I gave the fight my all, but Jose won that night. I would also like to thank the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for their continued support. "I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport. It is incredible to see how much MMA has grown and that, today, there are millions of people who enjoy the UFC as much as I do. "Second, everyone is asking what is next for me. The only response I can give right now is that I'm going to take some time. I want to rest, spend some time with my family and friends, and then evaluate all of my options. I'll speak with Dana, and my manager, Glenn Robinson, and we will figure out my next move. When I make that decision, my fans will be the first to know. One way or another, you haven’t seen the last of Ken-Flo!"
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 6:26PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Silva's camp: Sonnen crossed a line, not in position to determine champ's return date
Chael Sonnen is funny, sure. But he's crossed the line, manager Ed Soares today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "First the guy gets in trouble for fraud, then he tests positive for steroids, and now he wants to kick in someone's door and slap their wife in the ass? This guy should be in jail; he shouldn't be fighting," the Anderson Silva rep said. Sonnen called out the middleweight champ in a post-fight interview following his victory over Brian Stann at this past weekend's UFC 136 event. But the fighter's comments a week prior set things off, Soares said. During his pre-fight media duties for the pay-per-view event, Sonnen gave a racy provocation to MMA broadcaster Mauro Renallo. "You tell Anderson Silva I'm coming over and I'm kicking down his backdoor and patting his little lady on the ass, and I'm telling her to make me a steak, medium-rare, just how I like it," the trash-talking champ said. Cameras showed Silva smiling and feigning concern during Sonnen's brief post-fight speech. Afterward, though, UFC president Dana White said the champ's true feelings were hidden. "Those guys really don't like each other," White said. "I don't know if Chael really hates Anderson, but Anderson – I don't know if any of you saw his face when [Chael] won, but he wasn't doing the whole joking around thing. He was pissed. He's really upset bout the smack-his-wife-on-the-butt thing." Soares said Silva doesn't hate Sonnen, but "he definitely doesn't respect him for the things that he's saying. Hyping up the fight is one thing, but I think you cross the line when you start talking about people's family."
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 2:42PM by Budgellism - 19 comments
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Dana White Says if NSAC Licenses Floyd Mayweather, They Should License Chael Sonnen
It's possible that the biggest fight the UFC can put on right now (that doesn't involve weight class jumping) doesn't involve Brock Lesnar or Georges St. Pierre. It just might be the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. After Sonnen demolished Brian Stann at UFC 136 he got on the mic to announce that Anderson Silva "absolutely sucks" and challenged the long time middleweight champ to a WWE style stipulation match on Super Bowl weekend. Of course, Chael's status in Nevada may present a little bit of a snag when it comes to making that fight. The Super Bowl weekend card is always held in Vegas to capitalize on the high rollers that flock to the city and they're not likely to change that any time soon. But should Chael's prior suspension for elevated testosterone levels stand in the way of him getting a new license to compete in the state? Dana White doesn't think so, and he's bringing a boxing superstar's name into the mix. Via MMA Weekly (ht: MMA Mania): Chael Sonnen has paid his dues (and) has done his thing, has done whatever. Floyd Mayweather fights in Nevada. This guy's been arrested. He's got 50 lawyers defending him right now and all that crazy stuff and he's fighting in Nevada. Don't even get me going on that one. There's no reason why they shouldn't license Chael. It shouldn't even cross my mind. The thought of whether Chael could get licensed in Nevada or California or anywhere else should be the least of my worries. The guy did everything that he was told to do. When guys like Floyd are getting licensed in Nevada, why should I have to worry about Chael?
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 12:30PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Maia: Sonnen obviously training BJJ
Guilherme Cruz: I’ve heard you and Sonnen were on the same locker room (at UFC 136). How was it like? Demian Maia: Yeah, we did... I met him many times before and it wasn’t any different, he was respectful. I have no troubles with him. I know it’s all a marketing plan, he’s trying to sell his fights. Each one of us was warming-up, with our minds on our bouts. GC: And he applied a submission. What are your thoughts about his Jiu-Jitsu skills? DM: He’s training Jiu-Jitsu, it’s obvious. He went for his back, tried to fit a punch not only to hit him, but to grab him, and got him. GC: There was a joke about you training together and he said he would like that... DM: It was a joke, it ain’t serious (laughs). We fight on the same division, we could fight each other, so there’s no reason why. He’s a really tough guy, a guy to be defeated on this weight division. He likes talking a lot, but he’s tough. Anyone in this division would have a tough fight against him. GC: The next on the line can be Anderson... How do you see this rematch? DM: I guess Anderson would be harder to submit on the ground than Stann, because Anderson trains with experts, but Chael doesn’t depend on the submission, he can work on the ground and pound. He’ll be training his takedown defenses so he doesn’t get in trouble like it happened to him before.
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 11:28AM by emfleek - 13 comments
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Returning Jeff Curran says UFC 137 is his final shot at big-show success
This is it for Jeff Curran (33-13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). After 13 years in MMA, he's made a decision: If he can't get it done against Scott Jorgensen (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), he's hanging up his big-show hopes. Of course, he's aligned everything in his life to where he has the best chance of succeeding. But after so many years of sitting on the sidelines and missed opportunities, he's not going to drag things out if his hand isn't raised after the fight, which takes place on the preliminary card of UFC 137. UFC 137 goes down Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The first part of the preliminary card, which streams live on Facebook, kicks off live broadcasts on Spike TV and pay-per-view. This is Curran's second stint as a UFC fighter after a lone loss six years ago. But really, he considers it much longer than that. "I took a fight with Matt Serra (at UFC 46) on nine days' notice, meaning by the eighth day (I) was doing medicals, and by the seventh day, I was packing my stuff for Vegas," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I never really had a chance to be a UFC guy because shortly after that they got rid of the weight class.
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 10:31AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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'UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida' main card set
The five-fight main card for December's UFC 140 event is now set. As officials announced this past week, the Toronto shows features a light-heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and ex-titleholder Lyoto Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC). Four other bouts are part of the pay-per-view lineup. UFC 140 takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toron The latest UFC 140 card now includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view) Champ Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida (for light-heavyweight title) Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz Brian Ebersole vs. Rory MacDonald Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung PRELIMINARY CARD Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzysztof Soszynski Dennis Hallman vs. John Makdessi Rich Attonito vs. Claude Patrick Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke
Submitted Oct 10, 2011 10:29AM by Budgellism - 11 comments
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Chael Sonnen Calls Anderson Silva a 'Coward' After UFC 136 Win
HOUSTON -- MMA Fighting caught up with Chael Sonnen following his UFC 136 win over Brian Stann. Sonnen discusses the victory, his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, if he felt any ring rust and if he thinks Anderson Silva will agree to a rematch and much more.
Submitted Oct 9, 2011 4:17PM by kopower - 18 comments
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Despite massive upset, UFC 136's Joe Lauzon doesn't consider it his greatest hit
Sure, it was an especially sweet victory. He upset a fighter who was on his way to a title shot and turned the lopsided fights odds on their head. It's surely a performance for his greatest-hits collection. But for UFC 136 winner Joe Lauzon, his main-card upset of Melvin Guillard isn't his signature career performance. At Saturday's UFC 136 event, Lauzon (21-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) needed just 47 seconds to stagger and submit Guillard (29-9-2 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at Houston's Toyota Center. In the pay-per-view main-card bout, 4-to-1 underdog Lauzon picked up his seventh fight-night bonus with a first-round submission victory over Guillard. The loss snapped Guillard's five-fight win streak and dashed his title hopes. Lauzon told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was a bit irked to learn Guillard was at Houston's UFC Fan Expo earlier in the day. "I was back in the hotel room taking it easy and relaxing because I knew I had to tend to business tonight," he said after the show. "I definitely think he was overlooking the whole entire thing. He was looking past me. But I like being in that position. I hope everyone overlooks me like that." Guillard has had some major gaffes (both in and out of the cage) during his six-year UFC career. But after hooking up with Team Jackson-Winkeljohn and returning to the UFC after a short hiatus in 2008, he put together an impressive 8-1 run. A victory over Lauzon – an opponent many fans disregarded as unworthy of the fight – likely would have given Guillard a long-awaited title shot. Lauzon, though, crushed those dreams. And it also made White question Guillard's mental focus. "He came dancing in there like he won, like he just won the fight, instead of being serious," White said of Guillard's pre-fight posturing. "It's one of the things I always say about this – and I'm not taking anything away from Lauzon. Lauzon fought awesome. It would be one thing if we said, 'It went to the ground and Lauzon submitted him.' But he rocked him twice and then submitted him.
Submitted Oct 9, 2011 10:40AM by Budgellism - 17 comments
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