McSweeney Will Not Appeal TUF 11 Finale Loss
Soon-to-be light heavyweight James McSweeney has opted to not appeal his most recent UFC loss. Lee McMahon, McSweeney's manager, initially said he was appealing the loss to the Nevada State Athletic Commision after he claimed Browne threw several illegal elbows during the fight. He provided a picture of a cut on the back of McSweeney's head as evidence of an off-limits strike, though he did not fault the UFC newcomer for the alleged no-no. The manager said McSweeney's corner met with a cageside doctor who agreed with his assessment. "The doctor who took a look at James after the fight said, 'I can tell you that (with) where this blow is, (it) could only have occurred from an illegal blow,'" McMahon said. However, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said he didn't see anything illegal during the June 19 bout. Kizer also said today that he never received an appeal request.
Team Fedor Emelianenko Lays Out NEW UFC Contract Demands
Fedor Emelianenko is the hottest name on the MMA free agent market. The only problem is, the heavyweight still has one fight remaining on his current Strikeforce deal. Nonetheless, it hasn’t stopped M-1 Global figurehead Vadim Finkelchtein from laying all his Octagon cards on the table.
“I think yes. But not on the same terms they offered us before,” Finkelchtein told ProSport (via Fighters Only) of joining forces with the UFC.
UFN 22 Official For 9/15 In Texas
As expected UFC Fight Night 22 takes place Sept. 15, and the Spike TV-televised event airs live from the 16,000-seat Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Spike TV officials today announced the event. And as expected, UFC Fight Night 22, which precedes the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 12," features a middleweight headliner between contenders Demian Maia and Alan Belcher, and Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig rematch in the night's co-headliner.
Cyrille Diabate vs. Alexander Gustafsson added to UFC 120 in October
A light-heavyweight bout between Cyrille Diabate (17-6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Alexander Gustafsson (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will be part of October's UFC 120 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with a source close to the event that bout agreements are being finalized for the matchup, which was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
UFC 120 takes place Oct. 16 at The O2 in London. The night's main card airs via same-day delay on Spike TV.
Tito Ortiz Thinks Chuck Should Stay Retired, Calls Out Forrest For November Trilogy
November is when Ortiz hopes to return to action following his back surgery, but despite his feelings regarding Chuck's future he still wants a piece of the Iceman even though he also wants Forrest again. "The surgery went really, really well. I just started doing weight training so next week I start doing drills. I have to make sure I make the right steps for my future and my career. I hope I get the Chuck fight. As a fighter, I would love to kick his ass. As a human being, I don't think he should fight anymore just because health is more important than fights. Grudge matches are important to sell, but at the same time he has kids to take care of and I don't want nothin' serious to happen to him. (Getting knocked out) that many times, it gets kinda scary. I was really shocked (by the loss to Rich Franklin fight), I saw all my money go out the window. It is what it is, everything in this world happens for a reason and I'll be back at the end of November. I'd like to [fight] Forrest. If Forrest would like to do a trilogy it'd be awesome. We gave two great fights both times we fought and we'll get a triple fight more exciting than the last two."
Brendan Schaub Ready For "A Cro Cop For A Gilbert Yvel
The Ultimate Fighter 10 vet Brendan Schaub is fresh off an impressive UFC 116 win over Chris Tuchscherer and now the heavyweight up and comer feels he is ready for a step up in competition:
"I think I took a step ahead of the rest of those [up-and-comers] beating a guy like Tuchscherer," Schaub said. "If you look at the other up-and-comers, ... they're fighting guys (that are) not as experienced. I think I'd definitely be ready for a (Mirko) 'Cro Cop' (Filipovic) or a Gilbert Yvel. I won't call anyone out, but if Joe Silva calls me, I'm ready for whatever he wants to throw my way."
Riley vs Audinwoos at UFC 119
A lightweight match-up has been added to the upcoming UFC 119 show in Indianapolis as veteran fighter Aaron Riley returns to action to face new UFC signee Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood in an undercard bout on the Sept 25 show.
Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout targeted for UFC 121
Lightweights Paul Taylor (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Sam Stout (15-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) have been penciled in for UFC 121.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the contest and are expected to sign bout agreements shortly.
UFC 121 is targeted for Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, though the venue and date have not yet been confirmed by the promotion.
The position of Taylor vs. Stout on the as-yet-unannounced card is unknown at this time.
Lesnar - Velasquez UFC 121, October 23, Anaheim
Brock Lesnar will make his next title defense against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.
UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMA Fighting Friday night that the heavyweight title fight will take place at the yet-to-be officially announced event, scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
UFC 121 Likely For California In October
Although nothing is official yet and no contracts have been signed, UFC is targeting Honda Center and Anaheim and October 23 for what would be UFC 121. The UFC has yet to officially announce any plans for UFC 121, though the card would certainly follow traditional business plans. With UFC 120 scheduled for the week prior and airing on Spike TV, the UFC can use the broadcast to heavily promote the following week's pay-per-view card.
Ref Josh Rosenthal Explains Why He Didn't Stop Lesnar-Carwin
In the days since Brock Lesnar came back from being absolutely brutalized in the first round of his fight with Shane Carwin to winning the fight in the second, some have questioned whether referee Josh Rosenthal should have ever permitted the fight to get out of the first round, or whether Rosenthal should have stopped the fight and given Carwin a first-round technical knockout win.
UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama On Tap For London
No rest for the weary. Less than one week after his "Fight of the Night" against Chris Leben on July 3, Yoshihiro Akiyama has been pegged to take on another Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran when he faces Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 120 from the O2 Arena on Oct. 16 in London, England. Fighter's Only brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Chael Sonnen: Lil Nog Looks Like Roy Nelson In A Frankenstein Mask
Or in simpler terms, Chael Sonnen's response to "Minotoro" Nogueira getting into the Sonnen-Anderson Silva trash talk game: Shut your mouth, and consider dropping to 185 and come get some. "Lil’ Nog…..I read your appraisal of the upcoming fight betwixt your pal Anderson and yours truly and, I’ll be damned, you are one sharp dude…. about as sharp as a bag of wet mice. Do yourself a favor: have your mouthpiece permanently installed in your mouth so you can’t speak at all. Have them feed you with a tube like a coma patient. You’re not doing Anderson any good and you’re sinking your own ship too. You say I’m not qualified to fight Anderson…Which means that the UFC brain trust – that thinks I AM and are also YOUR BOSSES — are idiots. It also means Ed Soares – Anderson’s manager and YOUR MANAGER TOO – doesn’t know what he’s doing, either. Smooth, guy. Very smooth. Do you have any other brilliant ideas or scathing critiques you care to impart to the UFC Brass or your own manager? Maybe that shot Sokodjou hit you with was worse than it looked (if that’s even possible). You seem like a nice enough guy, and I have no real beef with you (Oh, and speaking of beef: If you can turn your disk over at the Rodizio once in awhile and get down to "185," there’s gonna be a new sheriff there in less than a month who’ll be happy to ride you right back out of town on a rail). So please see this as the kind of well-intentioned advice I would give to a friend or training partner. And if you lose a few (you looked like Roy Nelson in a Frankenstein mask for that Brilz fight… which you lost, buddyboy), we can scrap in the Fall."
UFC Announces Anti-Piracy Settlements With 500 Businesses & Individuals
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's anti-piracy efforts show no signs of slowing down. The organization today announced it has reached "confidential settlements" with more than 500 businesses and individuals as a result of illegal broadcasts and viewing of UFC events. The settlements span over the past two years. "We are committed to standing toe to toe with anyone trying to illegally broadcast or stream UFC events," UFC President Dana White stated. "Today's announcement further drives home the fact that we are fully prepared to pursue any business or individual that steals our programming."
Pellegrino Not Retiring, Wants "Big" Fight In December
UFC lightweight Kurt Pellegrino raised the stakes prior to his most recent fight when he said he'd retire with a loss to George Sotiropoulos this past Saturday at UFC 116. But after re-injuring his left knee in the first round of the fight and dropping a unanimous decision, Pellegrino is adamant that he won't hang it up. Doctors today informed Pellegrino that he re-tore the meniscus in his left knee, which was first injured in a fight against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 111. On Friday, Pellegrino will arrange a date to repair the damage and said he will take his time before he returns to the gym. Still, he is already angling to get back inside the octagon by year's end.
Rafael Natal Signs With UFC
According to Renzo Gracie, Middleweight Rafael Natal has signed a 4-fight deal with UFC. Natal is an instructor ("professor") at Gracie's New York City-based academy. Natal has a 12-2 MMA record and is coming off a win against Travis Lutter at the recent Moosin MMA event in Massachusetts. He had originally signed with Shine Fights in February but never fought for them.