UFC won't start splitting weight classes
"I don't see it happening and I think Dana has his eye on the prize for why that would be a bad thing. When you add these lower weight belts, you're not running the risk of the boxing terrain, because you're not splitting weight classes to create new ones. We're just adding a few on the bottom. It would be a bigger concern if we had created a 195 weight class or something. What these new divisions do is give a platform to some of the most exciting lighter weight fighters in the world. It will bolster our fight cards. You look at some of these smaller fighters, Manny Gamburyan for instance, who was fighting in the UFC before he moved to the WEC. He moved to 145 from 155, but he could possibly even go lighter. All of the fighters will look at that." says UFC UK boss Marshall Zelaznik.
Palhares Signs New 4-Fight UFC Deal
According to trainer Murilo Bustamante via the TATAME, Rousimar Palhares, aka Paul Harris on the net, has signed a new 4-fight deal with UFC and already wants a Nate Marquardt rematch. "We've signed a new contract for Toquinho today, he'll fight four more times, it's renewed and we are on the expectations to know about his next fight. He's very motivated, he know that he let the victory escape, he made a mistake, but these things happen in life, but he's crazy to fight Nate again. He wants this fight pretty bad and he's training for it. Rousimar is conditioned and training every day as if he had a fight schedules. Our expectations are the best possible ones and I'm sure that Toquinho and these new guys from BTT will bring the Brazilians many reasons to be happy."
For Paulo Thiago It's "Just One More Chance" To "Kill Or Be Killed"
And he tells the TATAME that despite signing a new 4-fight extension with UFC, he knows that could wind up being a one-fight deal if he loses his next fight. "I think if I lose I'm out. I have to train all that has to be trained, going back over [my performances] to see what is going wrong. I am just training hard and waiting for my next fight, they still have not told me anything about my next fight. Now I am waiting to see who it is. Now it's kill or be killed, just one more chance."
UFC Cuts Matt Brown
Apparently being "Immortal" is not a guarantee of being in UFC forever. According to ESPN's Jon Anik on the latest episode of MMA live, Matt Brown is the latest fighter to be cut by UFC. Brown has lost his last 3 fights, all by submission.
Randy Couture films "Setup" in December, eyes "The Expendables II" in March
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture (19-10 MMA, 16-7 UFC) has yet to make an official decision regarding his fighting future, but "The Natural" recently revealed his schedule is booked for the next several months.
Couture, who hosts next week's 2010 World MMA Awards, will begin work on a new Bruce Willis film, "Setup," in December and hopes to reprise his role as Toll Road in "The Expendables II" beginning in March.
Couture revealed his plans while a guest on "The Dave and Mahoney Morning Show" on Las Vegas' X-107.5 FM. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) lead staff reporter John Morgan was also a guest on the show.
"I'm getting ready to do a movie in Grand Rapids, Mich., here the first couple weeks of December with Bruce Willis," Couture said. "'Setup.'
"It just happened a couple of days ago. It's a fun character. Small part, but a fun character in kind of a gangster movie."
Paul Kelly .vs. Sam Stout Agreed To For UFC 126
Each coming off of a win in their most recent fights, it looks like Paul Kelly and Sam Stout will add a 155-pound showdown with some international flair to the UFC 126 fight card scheduled for Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas.
MMAWeekly.com sources on Friday confirmed the bout has been verbally agreed to. It was first reported by FightersOnly.com.
Kelly (11-3) is a British fighter that recently defeated T.J. O’Brien at UFC 123 in Detroit. The victory gave him a new lease on life in the UFC having lost two of his previous three fights. He started his Octagon career at welterweight, but dropped down to lightweight, where he has gone 3-2, about a year and a half ago.
'UFC Fight for the Troops 2' Main Card Official for Spike TV
Fighting with a truly meaningful purpose in front of some real American heroes, "The Ultimate Fighter" alums Kenny Florian, Mike Swick, Matt Mitrione, Melvin Guillard, and U.S. Army and National Guard veteran DaMarques Johnson will be featured on Spike TV's telecast of "UFC Fight For The Troops" live from Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The main event showcases two of the best lightweights in the world, Florian and Evan Dunham.
TUF 12's Andy Main Defects To Team GSP Following Show’s Conclusion
Andy Main may have been drafted to Team Koscheck during the 12th season of “The “Ultimate Fighter,” but he’s happy to defect to Team GSP, as the two coaches get ready to square off in the main event of UFC 124 in Montreal.
Main, who trains with the AMA Fight Club and Team Renzo Gracie in New York City, has longstanding ties with some of those closest to St-Pierre, and when the chance came to travel to Montreal and help the champion prepare for his former coach, he was happy to oblige.
“Basically, as I’ve said before, John Danaher is my jiu-jitsu instructor and sort of through him I got kind of hooked back up with GSP because he came down to the city. I had also gone out and trained with Kyle Watson and we were talking to GSP a little bit while we were out there and he invited myself and Kyle Watson to come up and train with him during his camp for Koscheck. I was ecstatic. I was excited to go up and train with those guys,” Main told MMAWeekly Radio on Monday.
Phil Davis Discovers Two-Inch Gash Requiring 36 Stitches After UFC 123 Win
A victorious Phil Davis celebrated his win over Tim Boetsch like any fighter might, but first he was checked out by the doctors following his fight to make sure he was all together with no injuries.
Davis seemed above board considering he took little to no damage in the fight. He finished his opponent with a submission, so not so much as a hand injury from punching someone too much.
Needless to say, Davis was surprised when he found a gash over two inches long on his shin that was somehow missed in his post fight examination, simply because he didn’t know it was there.
Michael Bisping Confirms UFC 127 Co-Main Event Bout vs. Jorge Rivera
Michael Bisping, in his latest video blog, confirmed early reports from MMAWeekly.com and others that he will indeed fight Jorge Rivera at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia.
Bisping believes is will be the co-main event of the Feb. 27 fight card. He also indicated that it isn’t quite the fight he wanted, having asked for a more high profile opponent.
Leonard Garcia Off TUF 12 Finale
Leonard Garcia's return to the UFC will have to wait. He was scheduled to face Tyler Toner at the TUF 12 Finale but is now off due to an unsiclosed injury suffered in training. Ian Loveland is the short-notice replacement. Loveland is 13-7 career but brings a 6-fight winning streak into UFC.
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares Official For UFC 125
A long-rumored matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 11" semifinalist Brad Tavares and veteran fighter Phil Baroni is finally official for UFC 125. The fight will be a prelim. After a semifinal finish on "TUF 11," Tavares fought castmate Seth Baczynski at the show's live finale in June. The Hawaii native and current Las Vegas-based fighter picked up a decision victory to move his record to 5-0. Tavares has been on the sidelines since then, and the UFC 125 fight marks his first in six months. Baroni, a 10-year vet who recently tried his luck at welterweight, looks to rebound from a November 2009 decision loss to "TUF 7" winner Amir Sadollah. He hasn't fought since then, and an injury forced him out of an August UFC 118 meeting with John Salter.
Pederneiras: Convincing Aldo Not to Fight was ‘Hell’
While fans were no doubt disappointed to learn of Jose Aldo’s withdrawal from UFC 125, the top-ranked featherweight’s trainer says the news hit no one harder than Aldo himself.
“It was such a really tough task for me to convince him not to fight. He wanted to fight anyway. He was really excited to make his UFC debut, but I told him [fighting] in such a crisis state, he may have really serious problems,” Andre Pederneiras, head of Nova Uniao, told Sherdog.com. “He argued that he wanted to fight anyway, that people would think he was chickening out, but I insisted and convinced him.”
On Tuesday, it was reported that the newly-christened UFC featherweight champion had been forced to pull out of his New Year’s Day title defense against Josh Grispi, but Pederneiras says the injury existed long before Aldo traveled to Michigan last weekend to receive his new belt at UFC 123.
“He’s felt this pain in his right arm for a long time, but you know how the tough guys behave. He just took an anti-inflammatory and kept training,” said Pederneiras. “But during training for his last two fights, it started to be more painful and, even with the medicine, he was complaining. Before we traveled for UFC 123, we went to a doctor and he said that he believed Aldo had some problem in his cervical spine, but he could only confirm after seeing the images from the exam.”
With Jose Aldo Out, Dustin Poirier Faces Josh Grispi At UFC 125
With new UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo now out of a planned UFC 125 fight against Josh Grispi, Dustin Poirier has been tapped as the replacement for Aldo. Grispi will now risk his No. 1 contender status in the matchup, which additional sources have indicated will likely no longer serve as the evening's co-main event. The new bout's exact positioning on the UFC 125 card is uncertain at this time. Verbal agreements are in place for the fight, paperwork pending.
Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson Targeted For UFC 127
A lightweight fight between TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson and Spencer Fisher is expected to be part of UFC 127 in Australia. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 127 is expected to take place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event airs live on pay-per-view, though it's not clear if Fisher vs. Pearson will be part of the broadcast. Verbal agreements are in place for the fight, paperwork pending.
Maiquel Falcão: Gerald Harris tapped, three different times
Erik Engelhart: Did everything go like you had planned for your debut on UFC?
Maiquel Falcão: The most important thing was my victory, but according to the game plan we’ve set, which was to hit so I could keep myself standing, I thought it was a good fight, despite I know I could’ve hit him more. I trained wrestling a lot to defend the takedowns and thanks God I was successful, here at Chute Boxe we are well assisted on wrestling and I have some experience on the modality, I’ve been joining some competitions.
EE: Did the fact that the referee did a huge mistake on the first round, finishing the fight before the regular time, disturbed you?
MF: It didn’t disturbed me because he (Gerald) said many stupid things to me, said he’d beat me easily, so I kind of liked it so I could punish him even more and I could make his suffering last longer.
Gerald Harris Cut by the UFC
According to Evan Shoman at mixedmartialarts.com:
I just got off the phone with Gerald Harris and he has been released by the UFC.
[UPDATE] - Damon Martin (from MMAWeekly.com) tweets:
Just got the confirmation that Gerald Harris was indeed released by the UFC today. Devastated by that one. Does not make sense.
Gerald Harris was awarded two "Knockout of the Night" bonuses before his decision loss at UFC 123:
Gerald "Hurricane" Harris (17-3)
Loss Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 123
Win Dave Branch - KO (Slam) UFC 116
Win Mario Miranda - TKO (Punches) UFC FN 21
Win John Salter - TKO (Punches) UFC FN 20
Verbal Agreements In Place For Bisping-Rivera At UFC 127
The fight that was "95 percent" certain just 10 days is now essentially a done deal. Sources close to Jorge Rivera have confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for a MIchael Bisping fight at UFC 127. Paperwork pending. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 127 is expected to take place Feb. 27, likely at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The show is expected to air on pay-per-view.
Jose Aldo Out Of UFC 125 Bout With Josh Grispi UPDATE
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has suffered an undisclosed injury and has withdrawn from his UFC 125 co-main event bout with Josh Grispi.
Sources close to the event notified Heavy.com of the news this afternoon.
Aldo received his new featherweight title in a private ceremony this weekend from UFC President Dana White.
Gross via Twitter
Hmm. Revise Aldo's "out" to the fight's in "jeopardy." Aldo just told his management he will fight regardless. I'm not so sure that happens.