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7 Fights Official for TUF 13 Finale
American Kickboxing Academy representative Kyle Kingsbury will lock horns with Fabio Maldonado in a pivotal light heavyweight matchup at “The Ultimate Fighter 13” on June 4 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Seven fights are now official for the event, which will air live on Spike TV. Kingsbury will carry a three-fight winning streak into the bout. The 29-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif., native last appeared at UFC 126 in February, when he smashed through Ricardo Romero in 21 seconds at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Kingsbury, who competed on Season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” sports seven first-round finishes on his resume. He played college football at Arizona State University before pursuing a career in MMA.
Submitted May 2, 2011 10:53AM by pmoney - 5 comments
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UFC 129 Results: Sickness Slowed Jose Aldo During His Bout Against Mark Hominick
Jose Aldo dominated the first round of his UFC 129 bout against Mark Hominick. Shortly after the second round started though, the champion seemed visibly tired. Commentator Joe Rogan speculated that it could be a result of a bad weight cut, bringing up that Aldo was light headed and had to excuse himself during the Q&A portion that featured the 7 UFC champs. It seems that wasn't the case though. BE Reader fafefifofo, brought up that right before Rogan interviewed Aldo, he complained to his corner that he should have taken antibiotics. Bloody Elbow's Tom Mendes of Brazil was able to confirm this
Submitted May 2, 2011 10:40AM by pmoney - 14 comments
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Anthony Pettis Still Gets A UFC Lightweight Title Shot If He Beats Clay Guida in June
Things didn’t go as smoothly for his entrance into the UFC as he had hoped, but Anthony Pettis still has a title shot in his future with a win in June. The final WEC lightweight champion was on a collision course with the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard for his first fight in the Octagon, but an unexpected draw forced Pettis to wait on the sidelines. Not wishing to sit out for an extended period of time, Pettis opted to accept a fight against Clay Guida in the main event of “The Ultimate Fighter Season 13? finale coming up in June. The division has also continued to develop new contenders as well.
Submitted May 2, 2011 10:33AM by pmoney - 8 comments
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UFC 129 results: Nate Diaz 'probably' dropping back down to lightweight after loss to Rory MacDonald
Nate Diaz has apparently worn out his welcome in the welterweight division. The younger brother of Nick Diaz initially had a strong showing with consecutive stoppages in his first two 170-pound fights, against Rory Markham and Marcus Davis, respectively, but has now lost back-to-back fights to strong grapplers in Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald. Diaz's coach, Cesar Gracie, tells MMAmania.com his fighter out of the "209" will likely return to 155-pounds
Submitted May 2, 2011 10:31AM by pmoney - 9 comments
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Machida credits training changes, Seagal for UFC 129 win over Couture
With his third career "Knockout of the Night" win at this past weekend's UFC 129 event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) reversed a trend of recent defeats that had many MMA observers questioning his viability as a current UFC contender. The leaping front kick finish that appeared part Anderson Silva, part "Karate Kid," led Randy Couture to call it a career – not to mention schedule a dental appointment to replace a few incisors. Following the win, Machida admitted the pressure was on heading into the fight. Now he's hoping to use a refined approach to training (as well as Steven Seagal's advice) to make it back to the top.
Submitted May 2, 2011 10:20AM by pmoney - 6 comments
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White praises Hominick, Ontario commission for gutsy UFC 129 performance
While the UFC's first-ever stadium show provided a myriad of memorable images, Mark Hominick's forehead certainly was not the least among them. With a fourth-round elbow creating a budding hematoma that looked capable of bursting at any moment, Hominick (20-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) refused to back down from UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the final round of their UFC 129 title fight this past Saturday night. The thrilling final frame provided one of the evening's most memorable moments for the 55,724 fans that packed Toronto's Rogers Centre, but those five minutes of gut-wrenching fighting could have easily never happened.
Submitted May 2, 2011 10:14AM by pmoney - 2 comments
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After title shot loss, UFC 129's Jake Shields hopes for one more shot before retirement.
TORONTO – His decision to stick to the game plan was crap. His inability or unwillingness to deviate from it was even crappier. No, you don't have to tell Jake Shields this. Following a UFC 129 main-event title loss to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre – his first defeat in 16 fights and more than six years – Shields was as hard as anyone on himself. "Obviously I'm not happy," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Saturday's UFC 129 event at Toronto's Rogers Centre. "I went in there, and I came up short. Georges has great stand-up, and he kept me away. I couldn't get him down. He did a great job of stuffing my shots."
Submitted May 2, 2011 10:11AM by pmoney - 2 comments
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UFC 129 Officially Breaks Live Gate, Attendance Records
The final numbers are in for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s record-setting Saturday stop at Rogers Centre in Toronto. UFC 129 “St. Pierre vs. Shields” officially drew 55,724 fans for a live gate of $12.075 million, smashing both promotional and North American MMA records. UFC President Dana White announced the figures during the event’s post-fight news conference.
Submitted May 1, 2011 3:56PM by pmoney - 2 comments
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Greg Jackson - GSP Eye Injury ‘Significant’
Georges St. Pierre's trainer, Greg Jackson, discussed the champion's performance at UFC 129 with Sherdog.com Administrative Editor Jordan Breen. Video interview with Greg Jackson post UFC 129
Submitted May 1, 2011 3:46PM by pmoney - 10 comments
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A Battle With a Union At the Heart of the UFC and MMA Not Being Santioned in New York
With the first ever UFC show in Canada’s province of Ontario a rousing success, the world’s biggest MMA promotion now only has one more giant task to tackle when it comes to conquering a new territory. New York State. Sanctioning for mixed martial arts has happened in almost every state, as well as all the major areas in Canada, and across the world, but New York still seems to be the thorn in the side of the UFC as they try to get the sport legalized there.
Submitted May 1, 2011 2:28PM by pmoney - 0 comments
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White: UFC Looking at Aldo-Mendes Title Bout for UFC 133
Hours after the most difficult title defense of his career, Jose Aldo’s next bout was already the subject of speculation. Following the 24-year-old’s “Fight of the Night”-winning performance against Mark Hominick at UFC 129, members of the press asked UFC President Dana White about the Brazilian’s future as featherweight champion. When questioned whether Aldo would find his way onto the UFC 134 card in Rio de Janeiro, White was non-committal, asserting that he might have other plans for the 145-pound king. “I don’t know. That’s a curve ball for me right now,” said White. “I think we’re looking at Jose possibly fighting [at UFC 133] in Philly.” With Aug. 6 now on the table as a tentative return date for the champ, the next logical question surfaced: who will Aldo face in his next title defense? “Probably [Chad Mendes]. Kenny Florian couldn’t be ready by then,” said White. “Mendes is 10-0. It makes sense.”
Submitted May 1, 2011 1:41PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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With Cain Velasquez healing, champ will probably headline UFC 136 in Houston
TORONTO – With Cain Velasquez reportedly recovering nicely from a recent shoulder surgery, UFC president Dana White is eyeing a fall return for his heavyweight champion. Following Saturday night's UFC 129 post-event press conference at Toronto's Rogers Centre, White told a small group of reporters that Velasquez will likely return at the as-yet-unannounced UFC 136 event, which is expected to take place in Houston and coincide with the company's second UFC Fan Expo of 2011. "Probably," White said when asked if Velasquez would headline the card. "I think that would make a lot of sense."
Submitted May 1, 2011 11:55AM by pmoney - 3 comments
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Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz hurdles exist but UFC president open to idea
TORONTO – The UFC's current crop of welterweights has little to offer, and with a super fight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva apparently unlikely, what's next for 170-pound titleholder Georges St-Pierre? It was the big question after St-Pierre's decisive but heavily panned decision victory over Jake Shields in Saturday's UFC 129 main event. But UFC president Dana White has a potential solution: a fight with Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.
Submitted May 1, 2011 10:15AM by pmoney - 25 comments
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UFC 129 Bonuses: Aldo, Hominick, Machida, Garza Bank $129,000
Four fighters walked away from Rogers Centre in Toronto on Saturday night with $129,000 apiece in post-fight bonus money, as Lyoto Machida took home “Knockout of the Night,” while Pablo Garza was awarded “Submission of the Night.” Meanwhile, Jose Aldo (Pictured; file photo) and Mark Hominick earned “Fight of the Night” honors for their thrilling featherweight title affair in front of a reported 55,724 fans at UFC 129.
Submitted May 1, 2011 2:09AM by kopower - 10 comments
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Dana White: UFC Close to Utilizing 5-Round Non-Title Fights
Five-round fights are currently reserved only for championship bouts in the UFC, but that may not be the case for long. On Friday, UFC President Dana White discussed the possibility of big -- but not title -- fights using the 25-minute time limit. “We’re very close to [implementing five-round non-title fights]” White revealed during the Fan Expo Q&A session while promoting UFC 129. The extra two rounds for important fights would likely help to prevent those bouts from ending in draws, as in the recent case of B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in February. However, the UFC boss says he had another bout in mind for the promotion's inaugural foray into five-rounders without a title on the line. “We were actually going to start it with Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos [at UFC 131], but we had already made the fight,” White said. “But we already made the fight, so it’s kind of hard to go back to those guys after you already make the fight and say that it is going to be five [rounds] instead of three.” Though the UFC head has discussed the topic of five and even seven-round fights in the past, this appears to be the most serious iteration of that discussion. Though White has also expressed his desire to see seven-round title fights, that topic was not broached on Friday.
Submitted Apr 29, 2011 6:01PM by kopower - 25 comments
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UFC 129 Weigh-In Video and Results
Main card: Georges St. Pierre (169.5) vs. Jake Shields (169) [WW title] Jose Aldo (145) vs. Mark Hominick (145.25) [FW title] Randy Couture (203.5) vs. Lyoto Machida (204.5) Vladimir Matyushenko (205.5) vs. Jason Brilz (204.5) Mark Bocek (155) vs. Ben Henderson (156.5*) On Spike: [8 p.m. ET] Nate Diaz (171) vs. Rory MacDonald (170.5) Sean Pierson (170) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170) On Facebook.com/UFC: [6 p.m. ET] Claude Patrick (169.5) vs. Daniel Roberts (170.5) Ivan Menjivar (136) vs. Charlie Valencia (135.5) Jason MacDonald (185) vs. Ryan Jensen (185) John Makdessi (155.5) vs. Kyle Watson (155) Yves Jabouin (146) vs. Pablo Garza (145)
Submitted Apr 29, 2011 4:54PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks targeted for UFC 133 in Philly
A welterweight bout between Mike Pierce (12-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Johny Hendricks (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is in the works for UFC 133. A source close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the competitors have agreed to the bout. However, bout agreements haven't been signed, and UFC officials haven't announced the fight. UFC 133 takes place Aug. 6 in Philadelphia. The city's Wells Fargo Center is expected to host the pay-per-view event. Pierce vs. Hendricks likely will be part of the PPV broadcast or a preliminary-card teaser that airs or streams in some form.
Submitted Apr 28, 2011 1:36PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
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UFC returns to England on Oct. 15; Liverpool or Nottingham likely host
One day short of a full calendar year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is making its return to England on Oct. 15.MMAFighting.com reported the return on Wednesday and stated Liverpool's 11,000-seat Echo Arena likely will play host.While Liverpool is the leading candidate, a source close to the show told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Nottingham's 10,000-seat National Ice Centre also has been reserved as a possible backup site.
Submitted Apr 28, 2011 1:34PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Michael McDonald Replaces Kid Yamamoto at UFC 130, Faces Chris Cariaso
An injury has forced Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto out of UFC 130 and in to replace him will be Michael McDonald stepping to face Chris Cariaso on the May card. The UFC announced the new bout late Wednesday“Kid Yamamoto has withdrawn from his May 28th bout vs Chris Cariaso due to injury,” said UFC President Dana White. “In his place will be UFC’s youngest fighter and one of it’s most exciting, Michael McDonald, who is coming off a recent Fight of The Night performance. Chris Cariaso carries a great record of his own with a fast style and he plans on cementing his place in the bantamweight division with a win over the highly touted prospect. Both have verbally agreed to the fight.
Submitted Apr 28, 2011 1:17PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Diego Sanchez vs. Matt Hughes tapped for fall UFC event
A welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Matt Hughes (45-8 MMA, 18-6 UFC) has been tapped for a to-be-announced UFC event in the fall, officials today announced. No date or location were announced for the fight. The booking, though, all but assures that UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie won't get his desired rematch with Hughes at August's UFC 134 event in Brazil.
Submitted Apr 28, 2011 11:07AM by Budgellism - 20 comments
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