Anthony Johnson vs Matt Brown at TUF 9 Finale
Just weeks after the proposed match-up between Anthony Johnson and John Howard fell through, Johnson now has a new opponent as "Ultimate Fighter" season 7 competitor, Matt Brown, has been tapped as a replacement to fight on the "Ultimate Fighter" season 9 finale show.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday.
Matt Serra Still Doesn't Like Matt Hughes
Making sure it doesn't get lost in all the upcoming hype for various other fights, Matt Serra today took the opportunity to fire more trash talk in the direction of Matt Hughes ahead of their UFC 98 co-main event fight. Serra made it clear he, simply put, still doesn't like Hughes.
Former NFL offensive lineman Bobby Jones to try out for “The Ultimate Fighter
The tenth season of TUF will be casting mixed martial artists in the middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. It should be noted that a press released issued by Spike lists the heavyweight cutoff at 225 pounds.
An undefeated heavyweight with a combined pro/amateur record of 2-0, Jones first made his MMA debut on August 24, 2007 during a Fight Fest show in Ohio, where he recorded a TKO over Darby Hodge at just 0:34 into round 1. He followed up his successful debut with a second victory last January when he recorded another TKO in the first round, this time against William Clifford
Anderson Still plans to face Roy Jones Jr.
PDL – It looks like your dreamed-of bout with boxer Roy Jones, which would mark your retirement, may really happen. Is that true?
AS – After my contract with the UFC ends and end my career in MMA, I intend to have a boxing match with Roy Jones. That’s something that’s already been arranged, it’s all practically a done deal. Now I just have to wait and see.
Newest UFC Banned Sponsor: Full Tilt Poker
You Gotta Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em...UFC apparently does. Word is coming out that sponsor Full Tilt Poker, one of the top online poker sites, is the latest UFC sponsor to be blacklisted by the promotion. No specific reason given yet but rumors are it's because of UFC entering into a similar sponsor deal with fellow online poker site UltimateBet, which partners with the Absolute Poker site. There are also rumors Spike TV had something to do with it.
Fitch Signs Extension, Confirms Thiago Fight
Top UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch has signed a new 5-fight extension with UFC that will keep him with the promotion well into 2010. Additionally, Fitch also finalized the paperwork that confirms his next fight will be, as previously reported, at UFC 100 against Paulo Thiago.
WEC's Danillo Villefort heading to the UFC's welterweight division
According to Davis, Villefort, who had already dropped from middleweight to welterweight for his WEC debut, wasn't interested in dropping from 170 to 155 pounds to stay in the WEC, which recently eliminated its 205-, 185- and 170-pound divisions. Villefort would have needed to drop to lightweight to stay in the organization.
Lyoto Machida’s secret revealed
Besides telling all his preparation routine, the undefeated fighter revealed a curious tradition in his family, a secret until then: urine therapy. Once in the day, he and his family drinks their own urine. “My father does that for a long time and bring it to us. People think it’s a joke (laughs).
New Jamie Varner Interview
WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie “C-4” Varner recently spoke with PDG about his recovery from injuries sustained in his victory against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone, the fans that hate and when he will return to defend his belt.
PDG: Obviously, people are going to want to see a rematch between you and “Cowboy” Cerrone; any objections?
Varner: I will smash his face in. I was kicking his ass in the first round of our fight but I broke my hand and that is when the fight changed. That was the first fight in my career where I actually got hurt. I would like to think that the odds of that happening again are very slim and I think that a rematch would be an easy fight.
UFC Running 2 August PPVs
Portland fans can stop crying now, they're getting their UFC after all. The promotion announced today they will run 2 PPVs in August: UFC 101 on August 8 in Philly then UFC 102 on August 29 in Portland. UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled to be headlined by BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC Lightweight Title, while 102 may have Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
GSP - First MMA Fighter in Gatorade Commercial
"Today I shot a commercial for Gatorade - [I'm] proud to be the first MMA athlete to be sponsored by Gatorade, and also proud for the sport - it shows how far it has come. [It's] really an honor for me to be [in] the company of such other great athletes. Tomorrow I shoot the movie "Death Warrior" - I'll write more in a few days when I have some time. Thanks to everyone for all their support! "
Here's a 30-second teaser.
UFC 101: No Portland, Possibly Philly
Sorry, Portland, looks like you won't get UFC in August after all. There are now reports that, with MMA now being legal in Pennsylvania, UFC is likely headed back to the tri-state area for UFC 101 in August, and is targeting Philadelphia's Wachovia Center as a possible venue.
UFC Possibly To Detroit Late This Year
According to a recent interview with Marc Ratner, UFC could return to Detroit for the first time in 13 years by either the end of the year or early 2010. The event, which could be held in an arena that could seat up to 25,000, could be headlined by Michigan native and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans.