UFC Prelims Returns At UFC 121
Spike TV today confirmed it will air another UFC Prelims special before the upcoming UFC 121 event on October 23. The 2 TV fights this time will be Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen and Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor.
More UFN 22 Changes Coming-Matt Wiman Likely Off
Just as soon as UFC Fight Night 22's co-main event was shuffled, things are in flux once again. While not official yet, Matt Wiman may now be off the card due to an injury suffered in training. Wiman had previously been booked for a rematch with Mac Danzig before an undisclosed injury forced Danzig to withdraw. Wiman was to have faced Efrain Escudero, who replaced Danzig in the fight. A replacement search is now underway.
Mac Danzig Off UFN 22, Escudero-Wiman Now Co-Headliner
The planned Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman rematch scheduled for UFC Fight Night 22 is now off for now. Danzig reportedly is now off due to an undisclosed injury. Efrain Escudero has been tapped as the replacement, meaning he's now out of his scheduled fight with John Gunderson. As a result, "The Busiest Fighter In MMA", Yves Edwards, will now likely make his return to UFC and face Gunderson in a prelim. Wiman-Escudero will be the co-main event.
UFC 118 Official With 10 Fights, But Harris-Vedepo Off
The fight card for next week's UFC 118 event is complete, UFC officials today announced. The 10-bout lineup features a champion rematch between lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn, and Randy Couture meets boxer James Toney in the UFC 118 co-headliner. There were 11 fights planned, but Gerald Harris vs. Joe Vedepo is now off. A source says scheduling issues is the reason. They may be shifted to other cards, not necessarily facing each other.
Showdown Joe: Rory MacDonald vs. Matt Brown @ UFC 123
Numerous sources have informed me that welterweight prospect Rory “The Waterboy” MacDonald (10-1) is likely set to square off against rugged veteran Matt “The Immortal” Brown (11-9) at UFC 123, tentatively scheduled for November 20th.
MacDonald, who hails from Kelowna, BC, suffered the first defeat of his young career, when, with seven seconds left in his UFC 115 bout vs Carlos Condit, the referee stepped in to halt the action.
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic targeted for UFC 122 in Germany
Goran Reljic's return to the light-heavyweight division appears set.
Reljic (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is expected to fight Krzysztof Soszynski (21-10-1, 4-2 UFC) at UFC 122, according to a source close to the event who told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place with bout agreements expected to be finalized shortly.
Backstage With Ed Soares
Ariel Helwani interviews Ed Soares one of the most recognizable and influential managers in mixed martial arts. With a stable of fighters that includes the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos and the Nogueira brothers, Soares has quickly put together one of the most impressive list of clients in the entire sport.
2 Gracies Among 8 Announced For UFC 118 Grappling Superfights
Officials today announced a quartet of "superfights" for the UFC Fan Expo trade and exhibition show in Boston, which coincides with next month's UFC 118 event. Members of MMA's first family, other grappling notables and even a former WEC champion are part of the lineup. The bouts include Rolles Gracie vs. Roberto Abreu, Gregor Gracie vs. Pablo Popovitch, Hermes Franca vs. Ryan Hall, and Penny Thomas vs. Tracey Goodell. On Friday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. ET, Thomas, who defeated MMA veteran Shayna Baszler at May's UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, takes on Team Lloyd Irvin product Goodell. Additionally, Franca, a former WEC title-holder and UFC title challenger, meets 23-time Grapplers Quest champion Ryan Hall. On Saturday, Aug. 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET, the Gracie clan takes center stage. Rolles, a heavyweight MMA fighter who had a one-fight stint with the UFC earlier this year, takes on Abreu, an undefeated Grapplers Quest champ. And Gregor, a four-time Grapplers Quest champ and half-brother of Rolles', meets Popovich, an ADCC world grappling champion.
Cro Cop: I'm Not Going To Be 100% Against Frank Mir-But I Won't Disappoint The Fans
Mirko Cro Cop confirms his participation in the UFC 119 main event against Frank Mir after "Minotauro" Nogueira was forced to withdraw from the Sept. 25 fight card due to ailing hips. "Cro Cop" doesn't think he can be 100-percent prepared in just five weeks, but was not about to disappoint the UFC or his fans by turning down the fight. "I am aware that I am not going to be 100-percent for this fight because in this sport five weeks notice is basically last-minute notice. But I know the UFC had no other solution and so I could not refuse the owner of the UFC, who has made me financially secure, or the UFC fans, who I do not want to disappoint."
Did Vince McMahon Inadvertently Help Drive TUF Ratings?
According to former WWE employee and longtime wrestling personality Paul Heyman, yes-at least for the first season of TUF when Raw still aired on Spike. And Heyman tried to stop The Vin-Man from allowing it. "I was there in the room when we decided whether to let The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) come on after Monday Night Raw. They had the right to approve or decline any programming that followed them. I told [the WWE], they better not let [the UFC] on ... Yeah, I'm the a--hole that almost turned it down. [I said] 'You should be afraid of anything that will take away from your pay-per-view dollar. They are going to reach into your pocket, rip it open, and all those dollars are going to flow right there.' Here's the best way I can tell you about Vince McMahon. It's the ultimate Vince control story. If you're in the room with Vince McMahon and he sneezes, go on your Blackberry for the next 20 minutes because nothing you say to him is going to get through ... Cause he gets really p-----d off. Cause he can't control the sneeze."
German WW Pascal Krauss To Make UFC Debut At UFC 122
Undefeated Pascal Krauss is the latest European standout invited to the octagon. The German welterweight has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and makes his debut at UFC 122, according to German MMA website groundandpound.de. Although not officially announced by the promotion, UFC 122 takes place Nov. 13 at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Nicknamed "Panzer," Krauss trains with Grappling Arts in Freiburg, Germany, and is the welterweight champion of U.K.-based Cage Warriors Fighting Championships promotion. With an unblemished professional record, he has notched all but two of his nine victories by way of submission. A source close to the fighter said Krauss currently is awaiting an opponent for UFC 122. He most recently appeared in May and earned a second-round submission victory over John Quinn to win the Cage Warriors title.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira To Have Hip Surgery & Knee Surgery
Havine been forced to withdraw from the UFC 119 main event due to injuries, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira tells the TATAME that he's headed for hip surgery in addition to knee surgery, and hopes to be back in about 4 months. "I hurt my hips training and I’ll have to go on surgery. I’m only depending on a few exams, but I think it’ll be done by the weekend. The surgery will be on both sides of my hips, and I’ll operate my knee too. If everything goes alright I’ll be back on training in four months."
UFC 117 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 117. The total disclosed payouts were $1,029,000 with the biggest share-$200,000-going to both Anderson Silva and Matt Hughes. Silva's $200K was a flat payout with no win bonus while Hughes got a $100K bonus for his victory over Ricardo Almeida.
Big Nog Out of Mir fight Big Name Replacement Ready
Rodrigo Nogueira is out of his UFC 119 fight with Frank Mir after suffering an injury in training, a Brazilian source tells Fighters Only.
The nature of the injury was not disclosed but the source says it will require surgery. Nogueira is said to be “incredibly frustrated” by it and expects to be out until the New Year.
The fight with Mir was to headline UFC 119 and was a rematch of their meeting, which saw Nogueira stopped for the first time in his professional career.
Fighters Only has also been told the UFC has already secured a replacement and it will be “a really big name opponent”, although the source we spoke to did not provide a name.
Carwin Named in Federal Steroids Case, Newspaper Report Says
The name of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin appeared on a list of 22 professional athletes federal prosecutors allege obtained steroids from a Mobile, Ala.-based pharmacy between 2004-06, according to an internet report published on Friday by the Mobile Press-Register newspaper.
Carwin was among seven athletes – including pro wrestlers Kurt Angle and “Hardcore” Bob Holly as well as four professional bodybuilders – named by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Dobbins at the sentencing of Alabama pharmacist J. Michael Bennett. Bennett, one of five men recently found guilty of "participating in a nationwide conspiracy to illegally sell anabolic steroids," was sentenced to four years in prison, according to the report.
Ben Saunders Cut from the UFC
"The Ultimate Fighter 6" quarterfinalist and one-time UFC welterweight contender Ben Saunders (8-3-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) received his UFC walking papers.
The 27-year-old fighter announced the news via Twitter.
Although once of the UFC's fastest-rising and most-exciting 170-pound prospects, Saunders recently suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Dennis Hallman for his third defeat in four fights.
Saunders vows to fight his way back to the organization.