Riley vs Audinwoos at UFC 119
A lightweight match-up has been added to the upcoming UFC 119 show in Indianapolis as veteran fighter Aaron Riley returns to action to face new UFC signee Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood in an undercard bout on the Sept 25 show.
Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout targeted for UFC 121
Lightweights Paul Taylor (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Sam Stout (15-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) have been penciled in for UFC 121.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the contest and are expected to sign bout agreements shortly.
UFC 121 is targeted for Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, though the venue and date have not yet been confirmed by the promotion.
The position of Taylor vs. Stout on the as-yet-unannounced card is unknown at this time.
Lesnar - Velasquez UFC 121, October 23, Anaheim
Brock Lesnar will make his next title defense against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.
UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMA Fighting Friday night that the heavyweight title fight will take place at the yet-to-be officially announced event, scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
UFC 121 Likely For California In October
Although nothing is official yet and no contracts have been signed, UFC is targeting Honda Center and Anaheim and October 23 for what would be UFC 121. The UFC has yet to officially announce any plans for UFC 121, though the card would certainly follow traditional business plans. With UFC 120 scheduled for the week prior and airing on Spike TV, the UFC can use the broadcast to heavily promote the following week's pay-per-view card.
Ref Josh Rosenthal Explains Why He Didn't Stop Lesnar-Carwin
In the days since Brock Lesnar came back from being absolutely brutalized in the first round of his fight with Shane Carwin to winning the fight in the second, some have questioned whether referee Josh Rosenthal should have ever permitted the fight to get out of the first round, or whether Rosenthal should have stopped the fight and given Carwin a first-round technical knockout win.
UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama On Tap For London
No rest for the weary. Less than one week after his "Fight of the Night" against Chris Leben on July 3, Yoshihiro Akiyama has been pegged to take on another Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran when he faces Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 120 from the O2 Arena on Oct. 16 in London, England. Fighter's Only brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Chael Sonnen: Lil Nog Looks Like Roy Nelson In A Frankenstein Mask
Or in simpler terms, Chael Sonnen's response to "Minotoro" Nogueira getting into the Sonnen-Anderson Silva trash talk game: Shut your mouth, and consider dropping to 185 and come get some. "Lil’ Nog…..I read your appraisal of the upcoming fight betwixt your pal Anderson and yours truly and, I’ll be damned, you are one sharp dude…. about as sharp as a bag of wet mice. Do yourself a favor: have your mouthpiece permanently installed in your mouth so you can’t speak at all. Have them feed you with a tube like a coma patient. You’re not doing Anderson any good and you’re sinking your own ship too. You say I’m not qualified to fight Anderson…Which means that the UFC brain trust – that thinks I AM and are also YOUR BOSSES — are idiots. It also means Ed Soares – Anderson’s manager and YOUR MANAGER TOO – doesn’t know what he’s doing, either. Smooth, guy. Very smooth. Do you have any other brilliant ideas or scathing critiques you care to impart to the UFC Brass or your own manager? Maybe that shot Sokodjou hit you with was worse than it looked (if that’s even possible). You seem like a nice enough guy, and I have no real beef with you (Oh, and speaking of beef: If you can turn your disk over at the Rodizio once in awhile and get down to "185," there’s gonna be a new sheriff there in less than a month who’ll be happy to ride you right back out of town on a rail). So please see this as the kind of well-intentioned advice I would give to a friend or training partner. And if you lose a few (you looked like Roy Nelson in a Frankenstein mask for that Brilz fight… which you lost, buddyboy), we can scrap in the Fall."
UFC Announces Anti-Piracy Settlements With 500 Businesses & Individuals
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's anti-piracy efforts show no signs of slowing down. The organization today announced it has reached "confidential settlements" with more than 500 businesses and individuals as a result of illegal broadcasts and viewing of UFC events. The settlements span over the past two years. "We are committed to standing toe to toe with anyone trying to illegally broadcast or stream UFC events," UFC President Dana White stated. "Today's announcement further drives home the fact that we are fully prepared to pursue any business or individual that steals our programming."
Pellegrino Not Retiring, Wants "Big" Fight In December
UFC lightweight Kurt Pellegrino raised the stakes prior to his most recent fight when he said he'd retire with a loss to George Sotiropoulos this past Saturday at UFC 116. But after re-injuring his left knee in the first round of the fight and dropping a unanimous decision, Pellegrino is adamant that he won't hang it up. Doctors today informed Pellegrino that he re-tore the meniscus in his left knee, which was first injured in a fight against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 111. On Friday, Pellegrino will arrange a date to repair the damage and said he will take his time before he returns to the gym. Still, he is already angling to get back inside the octagon by year's end.
Rafael Natal Signs With UFC
According to Renzo Gracie, Middleweight Rafael Natal has signed a 4-fight deal with UFC. Natal is an instructor ("professor") at Gracie's New York City-based academy. Natal has a 12-2 MMA record and is coming off a win against Travis Lutter at the recent Moosin MMA event in Massachusetts. He had originally signed with Shine Fights in February but never fought for them.
Nogueira vs. Mir To Headline UFC 119
Shortly after the co-main event for UFC 119 was announced, the main event was revealed and they have one thing in common: Nogueiras. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir has been confirmed by Dana White as the main event soon after Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader was tapped as co-headliner. An official announcement is expected soon.
Frank Mir's Goals For 2011: Retire Nogueira And KO Lesnar
2 goals that boxing guru Jimmy Clifford thinks are attainable in comments made to The Las Vegas Sun. "We believe Mir is going to be the guy to knock out Brock Lesnar. Me, GSP, Freddie Roach - we all agreed Mir can do it. We see holes in his game we know we can expose. If you're asking me who would Frank Mir want to fight right now, it's Brock. He'd love to fight him. Realistically, that's not going to happen so we want that Nog fight. Nog claims staph infection affected his chin in the last one. I don't know how that happens, but I think if Mir gets a chance at Nogueira again, he'll knock him out early and retire him. Right now, he's at 252 and his best fighting weight is between 240 and 245 pounds. He's not going to stay at 265 to fight Brock again ... In Mir's mind, it's about martial arts vs. this big gorilla who really is just a big gorilla."
JAMES TONEY: "I'll make an example out of Dana"
"We're going to make an example of James Toney."
The upcoming fight between former UFC champion Randy Couture and current IBA heavyweight champion James Toney, according to UFC president Dana White, is being set-up as a freak show, to see what happens when a boxer steps in with a mixed martial artist.
James Toney was a guest on MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday night and heard about White's comments for the first time. Not surprisingly, he had a few words on the subject.
"Give him the message, tell Dana White to excuse these nuts," said Toney. "I'm going to make an example out of him and his fighters."
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jared Hamman targeted for UFC Fight Night 22
Light heavyweights Kyle Kingsbury (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jared Hamman (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) are expected to clash in a preliminary card bout at UFC Fight Night 22.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned the news today from sources close to the event, who said that at least one fighter has signed off on the fight.
UFC Fight Night 22 takes place Sept. 15 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and airs live on Spike TV, though the promotion has yet to officially announce the event.