UFC 109's Mac Danzig: If I don't beat Justin Buchholz, I don't belong in the UFC
Where in the world did Mac Danzig go?
"The Ultimate Fighter 6" winner was on the scene one day in Las Vegas, training with the world's best, a UFC contract in hand. Then, he was gone.
Danzig, 30, said he disappeared for three months and got fat. Fat for a lightweight, that is, at 183 pounds. He didn't train. He didn't run. He didn't watch fights. Nothing.
Never mind how you get fat as a vegan (answer: Trader Joe's vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and soy ice cream); he hadn't taken off that much time since he got in the game almost nine years ago.
UFN 21 Main Card Finalized
In addition to announcing the date and venue today, UFC also announced the full main card for UFC Fight Night 21 in March. The previous headline fights of Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi & Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve will be joined by Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera and Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver. 3 prelim fights were also confirmed.
Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 21
The "Ultimate Fighter" meets "The Skyscraper" in North Carolina on March 31.
Roy Nelson, the season 10 winner from the popular reality show, faces Stefan Struve in a heavyweight contest on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 21. The event will serve as the lead-in to the newest season for the Spike TV show.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed the long rumored bout with sources close to the fight that said bout agreements have been issued. Nelson also made a post via his Facebook page on Tuesday stating, "Stefan Struve should be the next fight in March."
UFN 21 Announced For North Carolina
UFC officially announced UFC Fight NIght 21 today, the event will take place on March 31 in Charlotte, NC. The main event and co-main event were also confirmed, those being Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi and TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Fight Club members, Friday for Newsletter subscribers.
Heavyweights Todd Duffee and Mike Russow agree to meet at UFC 114 in May
A heavyweight matchup between top prospect Todd Duffee (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and near-12-year veteran Mike Russow (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for UFC 114.
The bout was first reported by The Times of Northwest Indiana's Caged In MMA site, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly.
Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin likely for June's UFC 115 in Vancouver
For love or money, Sin City always takes the latter when it comes to the fight game.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that training partners Evan Dunham (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) have agreed to meet at UFC 115 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, according to multiple sources close to the situation.
Bout agreements have yet to be signed, but both parties have agreed to the fight and are expected to finalize a deal soon.
Diego Sanchez welterweight return targeted for UFC 114 against John Hathaway
After coming up short against BJ Penn in his Dec. 12 bid for the 155-pound crown, Diego Sanchez (21-3) will make his return to the welterweight division opposite John Hathaway at the upcoming UFC 114 pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, May 29.
The "Nightmare" tweeted the good news earlier today.
After capturing the first ever Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Championship in April 2005, Sanchez went on to win his next five fights in the crowded 170-pound division. Unfortunately his former TUF nemesis, Josh Koscheck, derailed his title aspirations with a unanimous decision win in a bizarre battle of striking at UFC 69: "Shootout."
Couture goes back to his roots for Coleman
It was 1989 when Randy Couture first ran into Mark Coleman.
At that time, the two were both competing on the wrestling circuits, and they met in a Freestyle match-up that saw Coleman get the best of Couture by points. Fast forward to 1998 and the two were set to match-up for the UFC heavyweight title, but an injury suffered by Couture in training prevented the fight from happening.
And now, in 2010, the two legendary fighters are finally set to meet each other again, this time at light heavyweight with a possible title shot on the line.
Couture has been working at his home camp at Xtreme Couture to prepare for the main event bout, and despite some turnover of coaches and fighters at the gym, the former Olympic hopeful says everything has been positive getting ready for the fight.
Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham welterweight fight added to UFC 111 prelims
Nate Diaz (11-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) moves up a weight class to fight Rory Markhman (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) next month on the preliminary card of UFC 111.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the likelihood of the bout last month, and UFC executives recently made it official.
UFC 111 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The fight card, which includes two title fights, will be complete once a previously reported welterweight bout of Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch is officially announced for the main card.
Matyushenko says recent setback beneficial for UFC on Versus 1 appearance
As UFC light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) finalizes his preparation for a March 21 contest with Eliot Marshall (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC on Versus 1, "The Janitor" admits the potential for another last-minute cancellation exists in his head.
It's understandable. After all, Matyushenko had a UFC 108 bout with Steve Cantwell scratched the week of the fight.
"That's part of the game," Matyushenko recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Injuries happen, and it's always frustrating, but deep inside my head, I'm always ready for that because it can always happen."
Mostapha Al Turk Off UFC 109, Rolles Gracie To Fight Jon Madsen or Joey Beltran
Previously reported visa issues will prevent Mostapha Al Turk from fighting Rolles Gracie this Saturday at UFC 109, but it’s not yet clear who the newcomer Gracie will fight at the February 6 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 castmember Jon Madsen has reportedly been tapped for the bout, according to Around the Octagon citing sources close to H.I.T. Squad, while manager Manny Rodriguez says Joey Beltran, who knocked out UFC veteran Houston Alexander earlier this month, will face Gracie...
Escudero's Elbow On Mend, UFC 114 Fight "Only Talk"
UFC lightweight Efrain Escudero, who was injured in a submission loss to Evan Dunham last month, will go undergo an MRI this week to determine when he can return to the cage. After the UFC Fight Night 20 co-main-event loss, Escudero, who initially refused to tap from the obviously painful submission, said his arm wasn't broken but that he suffered tendon damage. It also means a reported UFC 114 fight with Dan Lauzon may not happen-sources close to Escudero say it's "only talk" and a possibility at this time. A Twitter message from a Boston Herald reporter said the fight was happening.
BJ Penn: I do want to be the welterweight champion again
“As far as my aspirations to go back up to welterweight and fight GSP again, I am going to have to wait. I do want to be the welterweight champion again, I want to fight GSP again and I am always interested in moving up, I have done that in the past, looked beyond what I had to do, and I won’t be looking past Frankie Edgar.”
Al-Turk In Doubt For UFC109 With Visa Issues
Rolles Gracie is still set to make his UFC debut on Feb. 6, but it may be against a new opponent. Mostapha Al-Turk has run into visa issues that could prevent the British fighter from making the trip to Las Vegas for the upcoming fight.
Rebuilt, Marquardt Eyeing Title Shot With Win
“I’ve improved technically. Physically I’m stronger, better, and faster,” Marquardt told MMAWeekly.com. “The main thing for me is that I’m stronger mentally going into the fight and I’m more dangerous because I’m looking to finish my opponents.”
Vitor Belfort: Anderson Silva seemed 'upset or nervous' at UFC 112 pre-fight face off
"I don’t know what happened, he seemed upset or nervous, I don’t know. We were face to face, but we didn’t greet each other. Some people like to stare down, but when the fight is on it doesn’t matter who can hold the stare the longest. I won the heavyweight tournament and the light heavyweight championship, and I want to be called a UFC champion again. Anderson is really dangerous and has all these weapons, but I have a good chance, and I’m working on a strategy to beat him."