UFC Officially Signs Jon Olav Einemo
Jon Olav Einemo is the newest member of the UFC heavyweight roster.
The organization has officially signed the Norwegian big man, a UFC official confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday. No word just yet on the exact terms of the deal and when he will debut inside the Octagon.
As MMA Fighting first reported last month, the UFC and Einemo have been in serious talks for several weeks.
UFC 128's Almeida vs. Pyle, Pellegrino vs. Tibau to stream on Facebook
Do you "Like" the UFC?
If so, you'll be able to watch two additional bouts from this month's blockbuster "UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones" event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed that UFC officials are planning on streaming a pair of UFC 128 preliminary bouts – Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle and Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau – on Facebook.com.
Diego Sanchez, Martin Kampmann suspended indefinitely following UFC on Versus 3
Welterweights Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann have been suspended indefinitely following their three-round slugfest this past Thursday at UFC on Versus 3.
However, both can be cleared to fight if they are able to provide a clean bill of health.
MMAjunkie.com today requested and received the remaining suspensions from the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority after initially reporting three medical suspensions arising from the event, which took place at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and aired live on Versus.
Frankie Edgar wants overtimes in MMA
In this past week's new edition of HDNet's "Inside MMA," MMA legend and show host Bas Rutten addressed a viewer's email that suggested an overtime round be instituted to resolve draws in high-profile bouts such as title contests and No. 1 contender affairs.
"They do it at K-1 in Japan, and I love that idea," Rutten said. "Actually, 'The Ultimate Fighter' does it, too. You fight to a draw, boom, the last [round], whoever wins that wins."
Edgar, who survived a first-round beatdown against Maynard to battle make to a split draw at UFC 125, was a guest on the new edition of "Inside MMA" and also supported the idea.
"I think another five-minute round would be perfect," Edgar said. "You go into a fight, you prepare, and you want a decisive outcome. To have to wait another three months and possibly another fight is kind of annoying. I would say another round would be great. You get to figure out who's the winner right then and there.
Igor Pokrajac and Ryan Bader Call Out Tito Ortiz
Igor Pokrajac defeated Todd Brown via TKO at UFC on Versus 3 and called out Tito Ortiz during his victory speach. Ryan Bader also called out Tito Ortiz in an interview with ESPN:
"I would want to fight Tito Ortiz. Just because I grew up watching him. I want to have one of those guys on my résumé like a Randy Couture or Chuck Liddell. Purely out of respect, he's one I'd like to fight before my career is over ... Really, I didn't even feel like going back and watching (my loss to Jon Jones) because I didn't feel like I fought to even a quarter of my potential."
Tito Ortiz responds on Twitter:
Nice to be infamous! Take a ticket and wait in line.
Three medical suspensions for UFC on Versus 3, main event still pending
Three competitors were suspended following this past Thursday's UFC on Versus 3, though it's highly likely another two will be added to that list: Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.
The welterweight pair delivered a "Fight of the Year" candidate for a three-round brawl that left both bloodied and battered. Sanchez, in particular, took a tremendous amount of damage en route to a controversial unanimous decision.
A rep for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority said medical suspensions are not yet available for the headlining fight because the on-site doctor is conducting a follow-up examination on both Sanchez and Kampmann.
UFC on Versus 4 set for June 26; company brass says location yet to be determined
While the books aren't quite closed on UFC on Versus 3 just yet – a stellar main event and hotly contested decision result have ensured that – the former home of the WEC is already looking forward to broadcasting its next event.
During Thursday's UFC on Versus 3 event, UFC and Versus executives officially announced UFC on Versus 4 will take place on Sunday, June 26.
Today, the UFC's vice president of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, told MMAjunkie.com that a location for the event has yet to be officialy determined, but the promotion is eyeing multiple venues in the Midwest and East Coast regions of the country.
UFC on Versus 3 bonuses: Sanchez, Kampman net $160K bonuses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Diego Sanchez, Martin Kampmann, Shane Roller and Brian Bowles each earned "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Thursday's "UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann" event.
Sanchez and Kampmann each earned a whopping $160,000 bonuses for "Fight of the Night" honors.
Roller, who earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, and Bowles, who got the "Submission of the Night" bonus, each took home $40,000.
Channelsurfing.net operator arrested, charged with copyright infringement of UFC events
The UFC's war on piracy got some federal help this morning.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit today arrested the operator of Channelsurfing.net.
Federal officials charged 32-year-old Bryan McCarthy of Texas with one count of criminal infringement of a copyright. He allegedly posted illegal streams of the UFC, NFL, NBA, WWE and other sports programming.
According to today's release, McCarthy made more than $90,000 in profits from online merchants who paid him to advertise on the site. Since it was seized on Feb. 1, the site has received 1.3 million hits.
Chael Sonnen Completes Suspension; UFC Return Date Still Unknown
Former UFC No. 1 middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has completed a six-month California state athletic commission suspension and paid a $2,500 fine for banned substance use, moving him one step closer to a possible return to the active UFC roster pending the resolution of an ongoing federal money laundering case.
CSAC executive officer George Dodd confirmed to MMA Fighting that Sonnen has fulfilled the terms of his penalty in the state effective Thursday. According to Dodd, Sonnen still has at least one step to take before his license is reinstated in the state, however.
"If Mr. Sonnen wants to be licensed here in California, he will have to appear before the commission to regain his license," Dodd told MMA Fighting in an email. "Every other state will have to make a determination on their process for licensing Mr. Sonnen."
Dodd told MMA Fighting that Sonnen does not yet have a date scheduled to meet with the commission.
"The Ultimate Fighter 14" tryouts set for March 21 with featherweights, bantamweights
Recruiting is underway for the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
That season of the reality show, which begins production this summer and debuts in the fall on Spike TV, has yet to be officially announced, but may feature the promotion's first-ever lighter-weight contestants.
UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby today announced via Twitter that featherweight and bantamweight fighters are invited to an upcoming open tryout session.
UFC on Versus 3 live and official weigh-in results
The weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (Versus)
-Martin Kampmann (171) vs. Diego Sanchez (171)
-C.B. Dollaway (185) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
-Alessio Sakara (186) vs. Chris Weidman (186)
-Brian Bowles (135) vs. Damacio Page (136)+
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
-Cyrille Diabate (205) vs. Steve Cantwell (206)
-Danny Castillo (155) vs. Joe Stevenson (155)
-Shane Roller (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (156)
-Reuben Duran (136)* vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136)
-Rob Kimmons (185) and Dongi Yang (186)
-Dave Branch (186) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)
-Todd Brown (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (204)
Coach Tells Evans He Should Be Willing to Fight Jones
Trevor Wittman has advised Rashad Evans to fight teammate Jon Jones if Jones wins the UFC light heavyweight title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128.
Evans had been scheduled to challenge Rua at the March 19 event. When Evans sprained a ligament in his knee, however, Jones filled in as his replacement.
“Mentally, I know it’s a little rough for [Evans] to see one of the guys he made a pact with to not fight go out there and take his position,” said Wittman, who is the head coach at the Grudge Training Center, a Jackson’s MMA affiliate gym where Evans has trained. “… I had the conversation with Rashad that I felt Rashad should fight Jon Jones if he wins.”
Wittman does in fact think Jones will beat Rua. He believes the 23-year-old could become one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. However, Wittman doesn’t feel Jones should have moved into Evans’ spot.
Jorge Rivera’s Team Calls Bisping’s Claims “The Pot Calling the Kettle Black”
It’s pretty obvious at this point that Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year, but the back and forth between their camps isn’t slowing down either.
After a couple of days of silence from Bisping following the controversy that swirled at UFC 127, his team at Wolfslair MMA, specifically manager Anthony McGann, released a statement alleging unprofessional conduct by Rivera and his coach Matt Phinney.
It was that unprofessional attitude, according to the statement, that provoked Bisping during the week of the fight and not necessarily the videos Rivera and his sponsors at Ranger-Up produced mocking the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner.
Matt Hughes and Dana White Believe BJ Penn Beat Jon Fitch
"B.J. (Penn)’s fight is drawing a lot of controversy on my Forums. I only watched the fight once, during the PPV on Saturday night, so I haven’t rewatched any clips at all. This is my opinion based on what I remember."
"BJ started to execute the gameplan well as he went out and took (Jon) Fitch down. He did a little work on top and then got Fitch’s back. Fitch then reversed and BJ stood up. I think everybody scored the first round 10-9 for Penn."
UFC 127 "UFC Prelims" draws 714,000 viewers on ION Television
While UFC officials offered just one-week's notice that three fights from this past weekend's UFC 127 event would air live on ION Television, the broadcast still netted 714,000 viewers.
MMAjunkie.com today learned of the figures from industry sources. The ratings mark the lowest rating in the series' 17-month history.
This past weekend's one-hour program marked the UFC's second special on ION Television. Past editions of "UFC Prelims" have also aired on Spike TV and UFC.com.