"UFC Prelims" return to Spike TV for UFC 126 with Cerrone-Kelly, Mendes-Omigawa
While recent UFC preliminary-card specials have been slotted for ION Television, Facebook and UFC.com, Spike TV is still in the mix.
Sources close to the organizations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Spike TV's popular "UFC Prelims" specials will return in 2011, and the first will air next month as part of UFC 126.
The Feb. 5 broadcast is expected to feature lightweights Donald Cerrone (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Paul Kelly (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and featherweights Chad Mendes (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (12-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC).
See Live UFC Prelims on Facebook Saturday
The opportunity to watch two live prelim fights for free from UFC® Fight For The Troops 2 is now only a click away. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that fans will have the ability to watch two exciting UFC contests on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT by simply clicking the “Like” button on the official UFC Facebook page.
By liking Facebook.com/UFC, fans will gain access to a live stream of the lightweight battle between Cody McKenzie (12-0) of The Ultimate Fighter® and veteran Yves Edwards (39-16-1), as well as a pivotal welterweight clash pitting TUF alum DaMarques Johnson (16-8) against Mike “The Joker” Guymon (13-4-1). Fans that do not have a Facebook account are encouraged to sign up at www.facebook.com.
“I’m always looking for ways to give fans fights for free and this is just another example of that,” UFC President Dana White said. “Facebook is such a great tool for people to stay connected and we’re excited to put two live fights on our UFC page for free.”
After big revelation with Lesnar, Barry ready for Beltran at UFC Fight Night 23
Something had been missing in the two years since Pat Barry gave up his K-1 dreams and decided to become a ninja. Or a mixed martial artist.
One of the two. Maybe both.
Barry was doing everything he needed to become a well-rounded fighter, which in his case was a near-daily regimen of wrestling and jiu jitsu with his stablemates at Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee.
He toiled on the mats learning about the completely different application of leverage and balance. He learned about how to get out of bad situations and how to get back to his feet. He got tapped, a lot.
Brendan Schaub Will Respect Mirko Cro Cop-By Trying To Take His Head Off
And he intends to have a killer instinct against Cro Cop, something he notes while also taking a jab at Mirko's most recent opponents. "I think guys get so caught up in respecting Mirko so much they don't approach him with a killer instinct. They don't look for the finish. If you look at his last few fights he fought some tough guys, Frank Mir and Pat Barry, but they go out there and show him too much respect. I respect the guy just as much as those guys do if not more. It was the same with Gonazaga. I respect these guys so much that I give them the best fight I can on the night. That's my way of showing respect to these guys - I go in there and try and take their heads off. I put the pressure on them. There's going to be no high-fiving. There's going to be no hugging. I can tell you that."
Ex-UFC champ Shane Carwin may train with Strikeforce's Fedor Emelianenko
Two of the world's top heavyweights may cross promotional boundaries and one big ocean for some training.
In a recent media call promoting his Feb. 12 fight with Antonio Silva, Strikeforce grand-prix entrant and famed veteran Fedor Emelianenko said his fight camp will be based in his native Russia but that he'd like to train with someone such as Shane Carwin.
The U.S.-based Carwin said it'd be an "honor."
In a forum post on The Underground, Carwin, a former interim champ who nearly defeated then-titleholder Brock Lesnar in 2010, explains his affinity for the former PRIDE great.
"Fedor has been a good guy to me," he wrote. "After the Lesnar fight, he sent me some very kind words that put things into perspective. He is a great guy and a great fighter.
"I am going to be traveling for training this time around. I want to take in as much MMA as I can. I hope to make it out to Duke [Roufus'] and maybe even a trip to Russia if all things go as planned."
Mark Hominick: Jose Aldo Hasn't Faced a Striker Like Me
The news that Mark Hominick is one win away from a UFC featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo has been questioned by some MMA fans who wonder whether Hominick has really done enough to merit fighting for a belt.
But for his part, Hominick insists that he has exactly what it takes to beat Aldo, and that he's ready to throw things at Aldo in the cage that the champion has never seen before.
"Aldo has faced everybody -- he's faced top grapplers, top jiu jitsu guys, wrestlers," Hominick said on HDNet's Inside MMA. "But he hasn't faced a top elite striker like myself. I'm going to be in his face."
Nate Diaz is tired of 'ridiculous' scoring in MMA
For as long as there has been judging in MMA, there has been complaining about judging in MMA. Now Nate Diaz is piling on with his critique of the scoring system currently in place. According to the "Kid from Stockton," all you have to do to win a fight is get on top of your opponent and hold him down. In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Diaz was largely out-wrestled and controlled by Dong Hyun Kim en route to a decision loss at UFC 125 on Jan. 1.
Ex-UFC Fighter Mark Holst To Retire
Mark Holst's "Boots" are indeed made for walking, in this case walking away from MMA. The former UFC fighter, who was cut by the promotion after an 0-2 stint in the promotion, announced yesterday he will retire from active competition after what is expected to be his final fight on January 28. He plans to focus on tournament competition and opening a new martial arts school.
Dennis Hallman Signs 4 Fight Extension With UFC
"Superman" should fly through this year if he can keep winning. Dennis Hallman this week signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC on the heels of a booking against T.J. Waldburger at UFC Fight Night 24. It's but an added bonus that the event is a short drive from his home in Yelm, Wash. UFC Fight Night 24 takes place March 26 at Seattle's Key Arena and airs live on Spike.
UFC's Nelson welcomes fight with Mir, still eyes meeting with Carwin
One-time UFC title challenger Shane Carwin recently revealed he was offered a UFC 131 matchup with Roy Nelson (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) before "Big Country" ultimately drew a UFC 130 fight with Frank Mir.
It was the second time the two were linked together, as a back injury forced Carwin to withdraw from a planned UFC 125 bout with Nelson.
But with rumors swirling that Nelson turned down the second Carwin offering, the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 10" has a simple message: Bring it on.
UFC Targets Mandalay Bay For July Vegas Event, Fan Expo (Updated)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for February's highly-anticipated UFC 126 event, and the organization apparently won't take long to book a return trip. UFC is planning to book the same venue for a July 2 event, which could possibly serve as UFC 132. Additionally, the UFC's first U.S.-based UFC Fan Expo of 2011 is also targeted for Sin City's Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Update: The planned Fan Expo is likely off.
Dana White Confirms Edgar-Maynard 3 For May 28
The growing rivalry between UFC lightweight stars Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will see its next chapter at UFC 130 in May, when the two square off for the third time. UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMA Fighting that the lightweight championship bout would take place on May 28 in Las Vegas.
Mark Scanlon Off UFC On Versus 3 (Updated)
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva's job is never done. While a bevy of new fight announcements were issued on Thursday, another apparently fell apart during the flourish. Mark Scanlon is now off UFC On Versus 3 for as-yet-unknown reasons. He was to have faced Matt Brown. No replacement named yet.
UPDATE: Matt Riddle is the replacement.
Who Does Anderson Silva Want To Fight After UFC 126?
None other than Michael Bisping, and in England. "The British fans are very knowledgeable and passionate about MMA. I would love to fight there once more. Michael Bisping is very impressive. He's been in the UFC for a long time now and beaten some very good fighters. It would be an honor to fight him, perhaps in England. He is fast, is very busy and makes adjustments quickly. I am the champion of the world, not just Brazil or America. Being a world champion means taking on the best fighters from around the world all over the world. If the chance came I would like to fight Bisping in the UK if that's what the UFC put together."
Dana White: Wanderlei Silva Likely to Face Brian Stann in Comeback Fight
In the months since Wanderlei Silva went on the shelf recovering from a knee injury and subsequent surgery, it seems like practically every middleweight in the division has asked to face him in his comeback fight.
Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt, Alan Belcher and Chris Leben are all among the names that have publically lobbied to face the MMA legend. But it seems the most recent man to request Silva may be the one to get the much-desired bout.
Brian Stann is the most likely opponent for Silva upon his return, UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting.
UFC 125 Draws 12,874 For $2.1 Million Gate
The NSAC today announced the official attendance and live gate figures for UFC 125 on January 1. Although the total attendance was 12,974, only 6978 tickets were sold and there were 5896 comps and 1077 unsold tickets. The total live gate was $2,174,780.
UFC 128 Gets 2 More Fights Including Assuncao-Gamburyan
With tickets already on sale to the general public for UFC 128, the company's executives are busy lining out the evening's official plans. And while a main-card matchup between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Nate Marquardt was confirmed earlier today, the UFC wasn't quite done making announcements. Company brass also announced two additional matchups for the evening's preliminary card, including a previously unreported featherweight bout of Raphael Assuncao vs. Manny Gamburyan. The other confirmed fight is Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola.