UFC 112 Expected to Be the First Outdoor UFC Event
"We're going to have a big press conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (Jan. 27th), with our new partners from the region, Flash," said Marshall Zelaznik, UFC's managing director of international expansion.
"(Zuffa CEO) Lorenzo and myself will be there with some of the biggest names on the UFC roster. I don't want to give away the official announcement, but this will be a very unique show and not just because the card itself will be as good as any in UFC history."
The show is expected to be the first outdoor UFC event in history.
Royce Gracie Likes GSP's Approach
Royce Gracie, the original UFC champion, hasn't fought in almost three years. But in a wide-ranging interview with Emirates Jiu-Jitsu, he demonstrated that he can still offer a lot of smart commentary on MMA.
Among Gracie's interesting comments: He's a huge fan of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
"GSP knows how to use a lot of strategy," Gracie said. "It's tough to find somebody to beat him right now. That's one of the guys who knows how to use strategy -- he's not just good but he brings strategy. I like guys who can use strategy, not just tough guys. GSP is at the top of my list in knoing how to use strategy, how to bring an opponent out of his game, how to beat a guy without taking a beating. And he's good in standup and good at grappling."
DaMarques Johnson, UFC 112 both appear headed to Abu Dhabi
"The Ultimate Fighter 9" finalist and former MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) blogger DaMarques Johnson (10-7 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest name associated with the as-yet-unannounced UFC 112 event.
Johnson posted notice of his new assignment on Twitter late Wednesday night, though he stopped short of saying who he would fight.
"Just got off the phone," Johnson stated. "Looking like it's going to be April 10, UFC 112. Time to put on my work pants."
Report: Florian-Gomi To Main Event UFN 21
That crafty Kenny Florian has done it again. Just one week after denying to MMAjunkie that he had any knowledge of a potential bout with Japanese import Takanori Gomi, Florian is expected to reveal on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live" that he will face "The Fireball Kid" at UFC Fight Night 21 in North Carolina. News of the impending announcement was first posted on the official Twitter account of "MMA Live," a show that Florian co-hosts. Fellow co-hosts Jon Anik and Franklin McNeil have since followed suit.
UFC 113 Moved To May 8, Still In Montreal
It looks like we have to wait another week for our MM-Eh in May. UFC announced last night that UFC 113 has been moved from May 1 to May 8, but will remain in Montreal. The reason is boxing, namely a possible (but not done yet) Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley fight on May 1. Bell Centre was able to reschedule a concert planned for May 8, allowing UFC to make the move ahead of time and get more time to promote 113.
White says Lesnar could return for UFC 114; champ welcomes fight with "stalker" Mir
With the silence finally broken, now the speculation can really begin.
After UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) revealed on this morning's edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he has been blessed with a miraculous recovery from a potentially career-ending case of diverticulosis , UFC president Dana White issued a generic target date of "summer" for the champ's return.
On a media call following the "SportsCenter" appearance, White and Lesnar both got a little more specific about the possibilities.
With the UFC's December announcement that it would hold its second-ever UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with a Memorial Day weekend event, believed to be UFC 114, White today admitted that scheduling the heavily anticipated return of Lesnar at that card might make sense.
Ross Pearson Returns At UFN 21, Opponent TBA
TUF 9 Lightweight winner Ross Pearson will make his second official post-TUF appearance at UFN 21 in March, joining teammate and fellow TUF 9 castmate Andre Winner on the card. Pearson doesn't have an opponent yet for the event, he had been expected to face Matt Wiman but that won't happen due to a Wiman injury.
Brock Lesnar says high-protein diet to blame for ailment, vows permanent change
While the MMA world has known about Brock Lesnar's struggle with various mystery ailments for several months now, few specifics made their way to the public.
Today, following an appearance on ESPN's "SportsCenter" in which he professed a clean bill of health, Lesnar opened a bit more about his harrowing experience and road back to recovery.
"Everybody has life-changing experiences, and this is one of them for me," Lesnar said on a media call this afternoon. "I believe everything happens for a reason."
Lesnar said what happened to him was a slow-developing illness.
Cole Miller vs. Andre Winner targeted for lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 21
A lightweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 5" veteran Cole Miller (16-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 9" finalist Andre Winner (10-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is expected for UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31.Sources close to the event indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that at least one fighter has formally agreed to the bout, though bout agreements have yet to be signed.
As Kampmann preps for Saunders, future dates with Swick, Daley also in the plans
UFC welterweight contender Martin Kampmann (16-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has twice been on the verge of a title shot, only to come up just short on each occasion.Such was the case when Kampmann was defeated this past September by British slugger Paul Daley.While the loss was certainly disappointing for Kampmann, "Hitman" recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's already traveling the path back to title contention.
Trainer Says Edgar Not Afraid To Bang With B.J.
Mike Constantino, one of his trainers, believes Edgar might be “The Answer” to Penn’s reign when discussing the match up with MMAWeekly.com recently.“I think Frankie poses a good shot,” said the AMA Fight Club head instructor, but he wasn’t giving up any secrets. “I can’t really get too far into it because my opinion is a strong opinion and hopefully it’s the right opinion, so I really don’t want to say why I think he can beat B.J.”
Firas Zahabi Is Trying to Recruit Gegard Mousasi as a Sparring Partner For GSP
As UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre puts on more weight and continues to dominate every 170-pounder in his path, finding sparring partners who can push him is apparently becoming more of a problem. In a talk with Heavy.com, Tristar Gym owner and longtime GSP trainer Firas Zahabi says that he can't even put him up against other fighters his own size in training anymore, adding "It's getting scary. Georges is getting better and better, believe it or not."
Spike TV brings back "UFC Primetime" series for GSP vs. Hardy
In anticipation of their UFC 111 main-event fight, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy will be featured in Spike TV's three-part "UFC Primetime" special.
The series debuts Wednesday, March 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Subsequent episodes air in the timeslot on March 17 and March 24.
UFC 111 takes place March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and airs on pay-per-view.
Different from the UFC's traditional "Countdown" shows, "UFC Primetime" goes more in depth and focuses on some of the biggest fights of the year. One popular "Primetime" special, for example, focused on the highly anticipated second meeting between St-Pierre and B.J. Penn, which took place at UFC 94 in January 2009.
The UFC 111 special follows Hardy as he prepares for his bout in his home country of England. The cameras also focus on St-Pierre has he holds his fight camp in Canada and the U.S.
Rashad vs. Rampage Likely For UFC 114, Not 113
Blame Canada. Because the UFC 113 fight card for Montreal continues to be stacked to the gills with a bevy of great match-ups, the Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson grudge match will likely be moved to UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. That's according to a text message from Dana White to Dave Meltzer.
Kimbo vs. Matt Mitrione targeted for UFC 113 in Montreal
Get ready folks. The "Kimbo Show" is making its way to pay-per-view.
A heavyweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast members Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is currently in the works for the main card of the as-yet-unannounced UFC 113 event in Montreal.
Melvin Guillard Training With Greg Jackson for UFC 109
It's hard to deny that Melvin Guillard has been blessed with some tremendous talents, including his dynamite hands and solid wrestling, and although his so-called "anti-jiu jitsu" has been streadily improving, his mid-fight mental lapses and poor gameplans have cost him many a fight. It is therefore fitting that he would seek help from the Yoda of gameplans: Greg Jackson.