His borrowed gi days behind him, Mark Munoz eyes jiu-jitsu black belt
Former collegiate wrestling champion Mark Munoz (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has made great strides in his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, especially since pairing up with the vaunted Black House crew for training.
But Munoz will be the first to admit he doesn't do enough training in his gi. In fact, he doesn't even own one.
So you can imagine how surprised Munoz was when MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira asked "The Philippine Wrecking Machine" to bring his gi to their next workout.
Why Eliot Marshall can't count on homefield advantage at UFC on Versus 1
For UFC light heavyweight Eliot Marshall (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), things couldn't be better.
Professionally, Marshall has three-straight wins in the UFC. Personally, "The Fire" recently welcomed his first son into his family.
Now Marshall looks to make it a perfect trifecta as he preps for a March 21 bout with Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at "UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones" – a fight that takes place just three miles from "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member's house.
But despite the fact that Marshall will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd at The Odeum in Broomfield, Colo., the light heavyweight recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he won't be able to fully cash in on a homefield advantage.
"I don't know about family (coming to watch the fight), but friends, for sure," Marshall said. "My mom doesn't really handle it so well.
Should the UFC Reduce the Number of Fight Cards?
Welcome to life in 10 A.Z. (After Zuffa), referring of course to the mixed martial arts world since the UFC was purchased by the sports promotion company.
If you were scoring the opening decade of the 21st century, the Ultimate Fighting Championship started off slow but settled in and dominated the end of the fight en route to a unanimous decision.
Since Zuffa took over in 2001, the UFC's popularity has steadily increased and, in the last four years, the number of events per year have more than doubled; leading some to question whether the fight league is spreading itself too thin.
T.J. Grant vs. Johny Hendricks in the works for UFC 113 in Montreal
A welterweight match-up between T.J. Grant (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Johny Hendricks (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is expected for UFC 113 in Montreal on May 1.
Sources close to the situation told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Friday that both fighters have agreed to the contest and are awaiting bout agreements. The pairing was first reported by TopMMANews.com.
Joe Lauzon hopes to rebound for UFC debut in Boston
"I’m obviously disappointed in the result [of Fight Night 20]. It was an entertaining fight, but that’s not what I want to be known for. I definitely thought I had (Sam) Stout in the first round but he had other plans. I felt his shoulder pop and I really thought that I had him. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I expected him to be tough. His takedown defense was better than I thought......
AKA boss open to teammate vs. teammate bouts
"I think if the UFC says 'Hey, Jon Fitch, you're the champion and Josh Koscheck is the number one contender,' then this is a business. It's not something I would ever want to happen but if that (scenario) ever happened the world would want to see them fight each other so we would have to separate camps for that particular fight..
UFC middleweight Dan Miller awarded Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
After just four years of training in the art, top UFC middleweight contender Dan Miller (11-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was today awarded his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
The 28-year-old was awarded the ranking during today's practice session at AMA Fight Club by his instructor, Jamie Cruz, himself a Renzo Gracie black belt.
AMA Fight Club's Mike Constantino today shared news of Miller's promotion with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
A competent wrestler after a lifetime of training in the sport, Miller has quickly adapted to the jiu-jitsu game. The middleweight counts seven of his 11 career wins by submission.
Sherk scratched; Gugerty to face Guida at UFC on Versus 1 in March
A rumored bout between former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (33-4-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Clay Guida (25-11 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has been scratched from the UFC's first live card on Versus.
The March 21 bout was recently described as "abandoned" by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that Sherk was removed from the potential matchup for undisclosed reasons.
However, MMAjunkie.com confirmed Friday that Shannon Gugerty (12-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has agreed to step in for "The Muscle Shark" and face Guida.
Anthony Johnson: John Howard Is About To Be Snaggletooth When I'm Done With Him
Yes, a snaggletooth, whatever that is. In responding to comments from his next opponent, John Howard, "Rumble" also took exception to being called "Crumble". "It's like I said on my Facebook, his time has run out and now he's about to be snaggletooth when I get done with him…I heard he called me 'Crumble.' He says I crumble when I get pressured and stuff, but ain't nobody made me crumble yet. I had one mental breakdown and that was when Koscheck pulled his little stunt, but other than that, I ain't broke down in no fight. I go out there and fight with everything I got and everybody knows that, so as far as me crumbling, it ain't going to happen." They'll get it on at UFC's 3/21 event on Versus.
Titles Aside, Wanderlei Silva Fights For His Fans
Whether a title shot is in his future or not, Wanderlei Silva enjoys the fight, delivering emotion to his fans. At this point in his career, he wants to enjoy his work and please his fans. “All fights for me, I see the rope on the neck,” said Silva. “But no matter, I love the pressure. For me, I fight a long time in life. I fight because I like it. I fight because I have a lot of friends around the world that enjoy my fights.” Silva feels if the title shot comes, so be it. A title is not going to define his path anymore. “I love to make emotion for my fans around the world, and this is the reason I fight,” he said. “I don’t know if one day I’m going to fight for the title, but for this moment, I just enjoy my job. This is my business and my hobby.”
James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara At UFC On Verse
It was announced on MMAWeekly last week that James "Sandman" Irvin was returning in March, and now he has a date and an opponent. American Top Team fighter, Alessio Sakara, has been tapped to face the former WEC champion in a middleweight bout for the UFC on Versus card on March 21.The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated bout agreements have been issued at this point.
Mark Bocek vs. Jim Miller official for UFC 111 in New Jersey
The UFC's return to New Jersey now has a third official bout.While the UFC 111 card has been much discussed since a pair of title fights was announced that includes welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre vs. challenger Dan Hardy and Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir for the UFC's vacant interim heavyweight title, those two matchups were the only official bouts for the card.
Kurt Pellegrino vs Fabricio Camoes in the works for UFC 111 on March 27
Re-emerging lightweight standout Kurt Pellegrino is in talks to return to the Octagon in front of a hometown crowd for a 155-pound scrap against fast-rising Brazilian grappler Fabricio Camoes at the upcoming UFC 111 event from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Saturday, March 27.MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) learned of the pending match up earlier today. While both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest, bout agreements have yet to be signed.
UFC Fight Night 21: Roy Nelson vs Stefan Struve on tap for March 31
A heavyweight battle between the division's tallest fighter on the UFC roster, Stephan "Skyscraper" Struve (19-3,) and perhaps its most rotund, Roy "Big Country" Nelson (14-4,) is in the works for UFC Fight Night 21 in North Carolina on March 31.The event, which will mark the second of three scheduled events for the promotion in a two-week span, will serve as the lead-in to season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter" (TUF), which will debut on Spike TV immediately after.
Trainer Says Lesnar Will 'Definitely' Return
While UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has yet to comment on his future, those around him have begun to voice their positive outlooks regarding his potential return to the octagon.
Lesnar's trainer Greg Nelson was interviewed on ESPN's MMA Live on Thursday, and once again reiterated that his fighter plans to continue his UFC career.
Wilson Gouveia talks UFC release and return to light heavyweight
Although the UFC released him in December, Wilson Gouveia (12-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is moving back up to light heavyweight, and he plans to work his way back to the octagon.Gouveia failed to make weight for a middleweight fight with Alan Belcher at UFC 107 – the second time he had done so in a three-year, 10-fight stint with the promotion – and he recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was done trying to cut the extra pounds.
Beating Chael Sonnen Will Get Nate Marquardt The Next Title Shot
According to Marquardt, of course. He is of the understanding that a win over the streaking Chael Sonnen at UFC 109 gets him a one way ticket to a 185-pound title match. Dan Henderson seemed to think the same thing, until a series of setbacks led to his departure after his Zuffa contract dried up. He also doesn't agree with Vitor Belfort getting the next shot at Anderson Silva "just because he hasn't really fought at 185".
UFC bolsters UFC 110 preliminary card with Lytle vs. Foster, Dollaway vs. Reljic
Two previously reported bouts are now official for next month's UFC 110 preliminary card.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed Chris Lytle (27-17-5 MMA, 6-9 UFC) meets fellow welterweight Brian Foster (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and middleweight C.B. Dollaway (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Goran Reljic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of both bouts, which take place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The show, which is the UFC's first in Australia, features a heavyweight pay-per-view headliner between contenders Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez. Fan favorite Wanderlei Silva takes on Michael Bisping in the co-headliner.
Kendall Grove Could Face Mark Munoz At UFC 112
Kendall Grove's mystery opponent at the as-yet-unannounced UFC 112 event could be "The Filipino Wrecking Machine." Mark Munoz reportedly is under "intense consideration" to be the opponent for Grove in Abu Dhabi. It is unknown whether bout agreements have been distributed, but at least one fighter has verbally agreed to the contest. However, Munoz first needs to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor for injuries suffered during his UFC 108 bout earlier this month before getting the green-light to begin camp (he is under medical suspension until July 2 unless cleared early).