Zhang Tie Quan vs. Jason Reinhardt Added To UFC 127
Get ready for some "Big Trouble from Little China." Tiequan Zhang will become the first Chinese born fighter to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) when he takes on Jason Reinhardt at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia on Feb. 27. Zhang had previously competed under the Zuffa umbrella for the WEC, defeating Pablo Garza with a guillotine choke in his debut before dropping a decision to Danny Downes, the first loss of his budding career. "The Mongolian Wolf" typically competes at lightweight but will drop to 145-pounds for his debut in the Octagon. Reinhardt hasn't fought since January of 2008, a submission win over Cody Larson at Iowa Challenge 46. The Illinois native boasts an impressive career record of 20-1; however, that one loss came in his lone appearance in the Octagon at UFC 78, a submission defeat at the hands of Joe Lauzon. While fans may not exactly be on a first name basis with these competitors, of the 34 fights among them, only one of which has gone to the judges.
Anthony Pettis Will Fight Again Instead of Waiting for Edgar or Maynard
The draw between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard at UFC 125 will mean a trilogy between the two lightweight competitors will happen in 2011, but it also means the last WEC champion Anthony Pettis is left out of the title picture for the time being.
Now it appears Pettis will not wait around for a title shot, and will fight again before challenging Edgar or Maynard.
Phil Davis vs. Matt Hamill targeted for UFC 129 in Toronto
Welcome to the upper echelon of the division, Phil Davis.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that fast-rising light heavyweight Phil Davis (8-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is expected to face fellow contender Matt Hamill (10-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at UFC 129 in Toronto.
Sources said verbal agreements are in place for the fight and that bout agreements soon should be signed.
UFC 129 takes place April 30 at Toronto's Rogers Centre, and the pay-per-view main card features welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. top contender Jake Shields.
Davis vs. Hamill is expected to be part of the televised lineup.
Brown Replaces Jung Against Yahya at UFC ‘Fight for the Troops 2’
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown will step in for an injured Chan Sung Jung and take on Rani Yahya at UFC “Fight for the Troops 2”.
News of the bout was first reported by MMA Junkie on Friday afternoon, and Sherdog.com has confirmed the report with sources close to the negotiations. “Fight for the Troops 2” will go down Jan. 22 from Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. The event will raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Quinton Jackson vs. Thiago Silva Targeted For UFC 130
Fresh off a dominating win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125, light heavyweight Thiago Silva next will fight former champion Quinton Jackson in a UFC 130 bout expected to have a major impact on the title picture. Sources say verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. The fight likely will be on the PPV, possibly the main event or co-main.
Chan Sung Jung Off UFC FFTT 2 (Updated)
There will not be any Korean Zombies at UFC Fight For The Troops 2 after all-Chan Sung Jung is now off the event due to an undisclosed injury. He was to have faced Rani Yahya. No replacement named yet.
UPDATE: Mike Brown is the replacement.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. Can Train BJ Penn To Box And Freddie Roach Can Wash His Car
So says Papa Pretty Boy when it comes to preparing Penn for Jon Fitch at UFC 127. "BJ Penn is a cool dude man. I'll be honest, at first, it didn't seem like he could fight that good. I mean, I don't know about his ground game and all of that stuff, but he's got some pop and in just the three days I've been working with him, he has improved man. In his words, man, he told me, 'I ain't never seen some of this stuff you're showing me man.' And that's only after three days. BJ is learning fast man. He's a good guy...If BJ throws his shots the way I got him throwing his shots, he will win. See, those guys throwing shots different than the way we do it, so I'm teaching BJ how to keep it standing and be effective. Let me tell you something man, if he uses it, then it will work. I bet he ain't going back to [Freddie Roach] either. He worked with Freddie 'The Joke Coach' Roach, and he telling me he has never see the stuff I'm showing him. So what does that tell you? Man, the only thing Freddie Roach can do better than me is wash my car."
Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia In The Works For UFC 129
A bantamweight contest pitting two fighters looking to rebound from a recent loss is in the works for April. Ivan Menjivar & Charlie Valencia are expected to meet at UFC 129 in what will be Valencia's UFC debut and Menjivar's first UFC fight in 7 years. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Menjivar's first UFC fight was a decision loss to Matt Serra at UFC 48, but he returned to Zuffa for a fight at WEC 53.
St. Pierre-Shields Official for UFC 129
As expected, Georges St. Pierre will put his title on the line against No. 1 contender Jake Shields in the main event of UFC 129.
The bout was made official Thursday by the UFC during the most recent episode of its “Ultimate Insider” Web series. The event, which will mark the promotion's first trip to Ontario, will take place at the Rogers Center in Toronto on April 30.
St. Pierre is a champion in need of no introduction. The French-Canadian is a two-time UFC welterweight champion and has soundly beaten every challenger placed in front of him during his most recent stint with the belt. He comes fresh off a dominant victory over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in Montreal in which the champion pummeled the challenger with a stiff left jab for five rounds en route to a one-sided unanimous decision.
Prior to besting Koscheck, “Rush” rode heavy-handed Brit Dan Hardy to an easy decision win at UFC 111 in March. St. Pierre, 29, has lost just once in the last six years and holds victories over Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch and longtime welterweight king Matt Hughes (twice).
"UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann" official for March 3 in Louisville
The Ultimate Fighting Championships' Kentucky debut now is official.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported this past month and officials today formally announced, "UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampann" takes place March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The Versus-televised event features co-headliners of Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann and Mark Munoz vs. C.B. Dollaway.
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve targeted for UFC 130 in May
Heavyweights Travis Browne (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) and Stefan Struve (21-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) have been penciled in for a UFC event expected to be UFC 130.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have not been signed.
The tentatively titled UFC 130 event is expected to take place May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend.
Marquardt vs. Sexyama booked for UFC 128
A middleweight bout between former No. 1 contender Nate Marquardt and Yoshihiro Akiyama has been slated for UFC 128 in Newark, N.J., on March 19, according to multiple sources.
Contracts have been distributed and verbal agreements are in place from both fighters.
UFC releases Marcus Davis following UFC 125 loss
After 15 fights, four fight-night bonuses, a spot on the organization's reality series, former welterweight title contention, and a handful of high-profile international fights, Marcus Davis received his UFC walking papers following a UFC 125 loss to Jeremy Stephens.
Davis' manager, Joe Cavallaro, today confirmed the release with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Brandon Vera issued release after lopsided loss to Thiago Silva
Posted by Brendhan Conlan on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 9:41 am
Fighters face adversity at any given event due to the nature of their chosen endeavor, but in the case of calamity attached to Brandon Vera’s performance against Thiago Silva last weekend at UFC 125 there’s no doubting “The Truth” hurts. Vera, once viewed as being a double-divisional title-contender, was not only soundly beaten by his Brazilian adversary but also suffered a horrific broken nose in the process in addition to an embarrassing open-handed drumming from Silva reminiscent of Randy Couture spanking Tito Ortiz at UFC 44.
Were those things not enough, according to a source near the situation, Five Ounces of Pain has learned the lanky light heavyweight also received a pink-slip from the UFC as a result of the loss.
Rich Attonito To Drop To Welterweight
The next time he steps into the octagon, veteran 185-pounder Rich Attonito will be a little lighter. He said today that Welterweight is a better fight for him than Middleweight, and plans to drop to that class for his next fight. He said the decision was not made because of his recent loss to Dave Branch. "It was a horrible fight for me," he said. "I didn't make the adjustments I needed to make to put myself in a position to win. But after the loss, (I was) feeling I was going to give up height and reach and size with pretty much all the guys I fight. So it was the right time after the loss to make a move and get a fresh start." Attonito has yet to receive his next booking but hopes to fight alongside teammate Thiago Alves at an as-yet-unannounced UFC event planned for Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas. Alves is expected to meet up-and-comer Rick Story.
Rampage Jackson Responds to "Phony" James Toney (Video)
"The only thing that the Fake Mr. T has to do is sign the contract. Rampage is a decent club fighter and if he thinks his club fighting style can match my skills, then he is crazy as hell."
"What? Is he mad because I called him an Uncle Tom or because I said Detroit wouldn't accept him? (Laughing) ... Rampage is still an Uncle Tom and I will go on record and say he is not dumb enough to stand and trade with me. Machida almost knocked him out, so what do you think I would do to him."
"Rampage is a black redneck. He better stick to hanging with them white boys and keep my name out of his mouth. I ain't hard to find; sign the contract."