Nate Loughran Opts Out of UFC
Nate Loughran, who trains at the NorCal Fighting Alliance with Dave Terrell, has been granted his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to manager Tom Call, the separation was amicable.
"Nate is going to drop to the 170-pound division (he was competing at 185 pounds) and is going to take a couple of fights in smaller show," said Call. "If successful, we expect him back in the UFC."
Dana White: Chuck Liddell needs to ‘dazzle me’ at UFC 97 to keep fighting
I’ve made it very clear to Chuck. Very clear. It’s not about money, it’s not about this, that. Chuck is one of my good friends. Chuck (has) cemented his legacy in the UFC and in the fight game. I’m not even saying if he wins, unless he looks incredibly impressive (in Montreal) - I mean, he’s going to have to go out there and dazzle me, for me to want Chuck to still fight. I love him, and I don’t want to see what I saw in his last fight ever again.”
UFC President Dana White has an interesting take on the future of his good friend — and perhaps still his biggest draw — former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. “Iceman” got iced bad his last time out, sustaining a vicious knockout courtesy of Rashad Evans at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” in September 2008. It marked the third loss in four fights for the San Luis Obispo, Calif., resident and the second brutal knockout during that span. He next fights former Pride FC wrecking machine Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the co main event at UFC 97: “Redemption” from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on April 18. It should be interesting to see how the cool and calm Liddell responds to White turning up the heat while he’s possibly in the twilight of his legendary career. Hmmm ….
Jon Jones Vs Jake O'Brien @ UFC 100
Jon Jones, the rising phenom ,is taking on Jake O’Brien at UFC 100. Jake has fought as a heavyweight in the UFC, and a big one at that, so it will be interesting to see how he does at 205. Jones is coming off a big win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94, and his exciting style has garnered him a lot of attention in the world of MMA.
I have spoken to sources close to the fight and they’ve confirmed that it’s on for UFC 100.
Jason Brilz Happy With UFC 96, Wants A Test
After winning a fight on an Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view, some fighters would be spending their fist few days afterwards partying it up and enjoying the excesses that come with being a high-level mixed martial artist.
Not Jason Brilz.
Shortly after defeating Tim Boetsch in a three-round war of wills at UFC 96 on Saturday, Brilz spent the day relaxing with his two young daughters, taking them to the mall to enjoy a day of shopping.
Reported Anthony Johnson vs. John Howard fight a TUF 9 finale a no go
A welterweight bout between welterweights Anthony Johnson and John Howard will not be taking place during the live finale for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter on June 20 as previously reported.
Sources close to Johnson revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Friday that while the match was proposed and Johnson had agreed to it, Howard never submitted a signed bout agreement.
John Hathaway vs. Rick Story @ UFC 99
A welterweight bout between John Hathaway vs. Rick Story is expected to be added to the lineup for UFC 99 on Saturday, June 13.
A source close to the fight has revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that verbal commitments have been secured froom both fighters and that at least one of the fighter has returned a signed contract to the UFC.
Signed to a multi-fight contract prior to UFC 94 as a potential replacement for Karo Parisyan in a scheduled bout against Dong Hyun Kim, Story will be making his long-awaited debut for the promotion at UFC 99. Coming from a strong wrestling background, Story has an impressive 7-2 record that includes notable wins over Brandon Melendez, Ryan Healy, and Jake Ellenberger.
Rebuilt and refocused, Hermes Franca ready to return to winning ways
When Hermes Franca (19-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was forced to withdraw from the main event of February's UFN 17, the Brazilian lightweight was sorely disappointed.
Compounding the frustration was learning that he would be out for several months after undergoing intense surgical procedures.
But as Franca recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he has already rebuilt himself one time before -- so how hard could it be to rebuild a knee?
Jon Fitch vs Paulo Thiago likely for UFC 100
Former number one welterweight contender Jon Fitch is in talks to possibly return to the Octagon against undefeated submission specialist Paulo Thiago at UFC 100 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11.
Bout agreements have not been signed at this time; however, both sides appear to be open to the 170-pound contest.
Stitch greasing Hughes
Just thought I would post this to show just how accidental these things are
there is no way that Duran would intentional grease up anyone
And why the only the cut man can use the Vaseline rule is ridiculous too..
Lyoto talks of title dispute
Thursday was cause for celebration for Lyoto Machida, as learned he will be getting the shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, now held by Rashad Evans, he so craved. The about face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in giving what would have been Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s chance at the belt had to do with the heavyweight title unification bout at UFC 98 being nixed, due to an unfortunate training injury suffered by interim heavyweight title holder Frank Mir.
Matt Grice vs Shannon Gugerty at UFC 100
As the UFC prepares for possibly one of its biggest shows of all time in July, UFC 100 has now added a lightweight bout between Oklahoma native Matt Grice and Shannon Gugerty. Both fighters are looking to bounce back from recent losses in the Octagon.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday by sources close to the negotiations.
Paul Kelly vs Roli Delgado at UFC 99
The debut of the UFC in Germany continues to gain steam as well as add fights. A lightweight tilt has been confirmed for the UFC 99 card as "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 competitor Roli Delgado will face Wolfslair fighter Paul Kelly, who will make his first appearance at 155 pounds for the show.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Thursday.
Kendall Grove vs Wilson Gouveia @ UFC 101 ?
“A couple of guys they’re mentioning is they want to see me and Marquardt or Gouveia. They think Gouveia would be a good test for me. It’s just like fighting any of the other guys; show me the money. I gotta feed three mouths now instead one. I’m down to fight anybody.
I talked to Joe Silva and he said no later than August, so I hope to get on the Penn-Florian card and get one more victory.
Brad Blackburn to face Edgar Garcia at TUF 9 Finale
A welterweight matchup between former International Fight League veteran Brad Blackburn and UFC newcomer Edgar Garcia has been scheduled for the live finale for the upcoming ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter on June 20.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the matchup from sources close to the fight on Thursday afternoon.
UFC Fight Night 18: Martin Kampmann preparing for war against Carlos Condit
I think it’s going to be a war. It’s going to be a great fight. He’s a tough guy and I’m just going to get in there and try to punch him in the face, and he’s going to try to do the same to me. It should be a great fight. He’s good at a lot of things. He’s dangerous on the ground, he’s got good submissions off his back, he’s got dangerous knees and kicks.
I pretty much know what I have to look out for. No matter who you fight in the UFC it’s going to be a tough fight and anything can happen. Everybody’s tough in the UFC and Carlos Condit is definitely tough. [Dropping to 170] is an easy cut. Not tough at all. I’m pretty light right now so the cut shouldn’t be any problem.
Mike Patt released by the UFC
Mike Patt’s run in the UFC has come to an end.
Sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the jiu-jitsu black belt was released by the promotion shortly after his TKO loss to Brandon Vera this past Saturday at UFC 96.
UFC 99 In Germany Will Be On US PPV
The UFC's German invasion has shaped up quickly, with the bulk of the June 13 fighters confirmed in less than a month.
More than half the fighters on the card are either foreign-born or based outside the US, with one fighter, Peter Sobotta, bringing in the hometown crowd as a resident of Balingen, only 272 miles, or 438 kilometers, from the 20,000 seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne.
The UFC recently inked a deal with German sports network DSF to air UFC content, including live or tape-delayed events.
At the festivities for UFC 96 last weekend, UFC president Dana White said the European card would come at a premium for those watching in the US.
"It will be a pay per view event," White told reporters.
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Tom Egan Released By UFC
Tom Egan (3-1) has been released from his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Fighters Only learned this afternoon.
The Irish welterweight made his debut against fellow organisation debutant Jon Hathaway (10-0) at UFC 93 in Dublin, but lost by TKO.
Egan was informed of his release in an email last night, according to his coach John Kavanagh of SBG Dublin.