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Jim Miller to face UFC newcomer Steve Lopez on UFC 103 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
With Thiago Tavares recently bowing out of a UFC 103 preliminary card matchup due to an injury, Jim Miller (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will now fight UFC newcomer Steve Lopez (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be distributed shortly.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 1:17PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Shane Carwin Hates Brock Lesnar
(bloodyelbow.com)
"Brock is ready to go now and wants to fight," said White. "Carwin makes the most sense. He’s 11-0, and he’s been kicking the [expletive] out of everybody. [Gabriel] Gonzaga destroyed [Mirko] Cro Cop and he [Carwin] totally destroyed Gonzaga. Plus, he hates Brock Lesnar."
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:07AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Chase Gormley meets Stefan Struve at UFC 104 heavyweight contest in October
(mmajunkie.com)
One of the names lost in the UFC's recent heavyweight match shuffling was undefeated prospect Chase Gormley (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The recent Affliction transfer was originally scheduled to face Ben Rothwell but was left without an opponent following the flurry of new matchups that ultimately resulted in a heavyweight title fight between champ Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:02AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Mir plans on striking with Cheick Kongo at UFC 107
(mmamania.com)

“I think the advantage of being well rounded is not having to force anything. As long as we’re boxing with each other, I feel very comfortable against Cheick Kongo. Obviously I don’t want to eat one of his knees, so I probably will try to strike with him a lot because if I just try to dive at him there’s always a chance of taking one of those.”
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir dishes on his planned fight against the hard-hitting Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. Did his TKO win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 over-inflate his confidence in the stand-up game? Or does the Las Vegas native have the arsenal to stand and bang with the Parisian — who is known for his poor wrestling defense?
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 10:21AM by grappler0000 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
 
Brandon Vera Prepares for UFC 102 With an Eye on Lofty Goals
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Brandon Vera has the loftiest goal imaginable for an MMA fighter, and even if you don't think he can do it, he's not afraid to say it publicly: Vera wants to hold the UFC heavyweight belt and the UFC light heavyweight belt simultaneously. That's the goal that drives him. Never mind that Vera has never even been the No. 1 contender for either title, Vera insists that he can do it. But in the mean time, he's just focused on beating Krzysztof Soszynski, the man who will be on the other side of the Octagon from Vera on August 29 at UFC 102. In an interview with FanHouse, Vera discussed the upcoming fight and his long-term plans in the sport. The full interview is below.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 8:35AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
MINOTAURO NOGUEIRA IS STILL IN THE GAME
(mmaweekly.com)
Three fights into his UFC career, former Pride and UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says the best is yet to come. And though his headlining fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102 may be long overdue, he feels it’s the best opportunity possible for redemption. “I’m gonna have a lot of people against me, but I’ve been very focused and very well-trained,” he told reporters during a media teleconference Tuesday. For a guy that’s been in the game as long as he has, ups and downs come with the territory. The stakes, however, have doubled since he’s come to the UFC and met with mixed success.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 8:34AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shane Carwin ‘honored’ to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 106
(mmamania.com)
“I have verbally been offered the fight with Brock and I have verbally accepted this fight. My manager and the UFC are handling the the details. I am honored that the UFC has given me this opportunity. The fans of this sport are what makes MMA so great. I expect to be fighting at UFC 106 in November.” Number one heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin shares his first public thoughts on challenging division champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21. Carwin was expected to take on Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 on Oct. 24; however, the promotion today shifted gears and opted instead to put him up against someone his own size — Carwin and Lesnar are far and away the biggest competitors on the UFC roster. And they both have strong wrestling backgrounds. On paper, the fighters appear to be very evenly matched. However, Lesnar has dedicated himself to training mixed martial arts for the past few years. Meanwhile, Carwin still holds down a full-time job as an engineer at the North Weld County Water District in Colorado.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 7:09AM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 103 Undercard to be Televised on Spike TV
(punch.freedomblogging.com)
The “UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort” pay-per-view card is going toe-to-toe with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez HBO pay-per-view event on Sept. 19. The UFC is known for its creative marketing and counter-programming tactics and it looks like the MMA giant has come up with a good plan to beef up awareness for UFC 103. The UFC will air a two-hour telecast of the UFC 103 undercard commercial free on Spike TV as a lead in for the UFC 103 main card on pay-per-view, according to a source at the UFC.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 9:30PM by Bowen50 - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St. Pierre Likely to Defend His UFC Title Against Winner of Mike Swick/Martin Kampmann in 2010
(bloodyelbow.com)
While no bout has yet been officially offered to St. Pierre, last month, UFC President Dana White announced that the winner of Sept. 19's UFC 103 matchup between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann would be his next opponent. Given the rest time necessary for the winner of that contest coupled with St. Pierre's preference for a nine-week camp, it's likely that his next title defense will come in the early weeks of 2010
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 7:50PM by jae_1833 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Alves vs. Paulo Thiago in the works for December's UFC 107 in Tennessee
(mmajunkie.com)
In a bout sure to cause some commentating confusion, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Thiago Alves (16-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 107 in December.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 5:15PM by jae_1833 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Gross: Anderson Silva Wants to Fight at Heavyweight
(bloodyelbow.com)
Anderson Silva wants big-money event fights. And he's willing to work at heavyweight to make sure they happen. Not only that, they already had an opponent in mind: Frank Mir. Disinterested by middleweight contenders Nathan Marquardt, Demian Maia and Dan Henderson, and unwilling to fight close friend Lyoto Machida at light heavyweight -- where Silva could conceivably knock off challengers and make a disaster out of the UFC's marquee division -- "The Spider" needs new, challenging scenarios to stay motivated. A move to heavyweight would certainly achieve that, and according to Silva's manager Ed Soares, the UFC was receptive to the idea.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 3:36PM by emfleek - 39 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 104: Ben Rothwell vs Cain Velasquez booked for Oct. 24
(mmamania.com)
On the heels of Shane Carwin being scratched from UFC 104 to challenge Brock Lesnar for the division title in November, MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) can confirm that former IFL and Affliction heavyweight standout Ben Rothwell has agreed to step in for “The Engineer” versus Cain Velasquez on Oct. 24.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 3:15PM by jae_1833 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Demian Maia: War and Peace
(ufc.com)
Through 11 professional mixed martial arts battles, Maia has forged a similar reputation inside the cage. Renowned as a lethal jiu-jitsu practitioner – one of the best exponents the sport has ever seen – Maia is a killer with a quirk. Whisper it quietly. He doesn’t like hurting people.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 2:44PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 105 updates: Paul Kelly v Dennis Siver
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Wolfslair lightweight Paul Kelly is to be matched with German lightweight Dennis Siver at UFC 105, Fighters Only has been told. A German source informed us on Thursday morning that the two have verbally agreed to the fight although bout agreements are yet to be completed. EDIT: Disregard the part about Bisping fighting Wanderlei Silva.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 1:24PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
ROLI DELGADO VS. ANDRE WINNER AT UFC 105
(mmaweekly.com)
A lightweight bout has been added to the UFC's upcoming return to England on Nov 14 as "Ultimate Fighter" season 9 runner-up, Andre Winner, returns to action for the first time since the show's finale to take on "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 fighter, Roli Delgado. The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday by sources close to the fight.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 1:20PM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gilbert Yvel Back In UFC?
(cagepotato.com)
Possibly. There are reports that the Dutch Heavyweight, despite a history of rules violations and not-so-friendly exchanges with referees, is back in UFC or will be soon. His contract was reportedly acquired by Zuffa after the Affliction collapse.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 11:12AM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Tavares Off UFC 103
(mmajunkie.com)
The dreaded injury bug gets another one, this time it's Thiago Tavares. He was to have faced Jim Miller at UFC 103 but is now off due to a knee injury. No word yet on if UFC will try to find a replacement.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 11:08AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar Palhares Rescheduled For 12/5
(mmamania.com)
The Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar Palhares fight that was originally planned for UFC 101 has now been rescheduled for the TUF 10 Finale on December 5. The initial fight was scratched from 101 due to a Palhares injury, which ultimately led to Thales Leites getting the fight-then his walking papers.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 11:06AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cain Velasquez Talks Fatherhood, Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar's Recent Antics
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Cain Velasquez (6-0) isn't buying into his own hype. The American Kickboxing Academy product is one of the brightest young stars in MMA, yet -- refreshingly -- he still feels he has a long way to go before being considered an elite big man. FanHouse spoke to Velasquez recently at AKA about his progression as a fighter and his upcoming bout against Shane Carwin. Check out the full video interview below.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 10:00AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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