Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring official for "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" prelims
DEEP middleweight champion Riki Fukuda (17-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 11" contestant Nick Ring (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will do battle in Australia.
UFC brass today announced that the two first-timers will make their octagon debut at "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch."
The bout, which takes place on the evening's preliminary card, was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 125's Mike Brown ready to prove himself in second octagon journey
When former WEC champion Mike Brown (24-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) steps into the octagon to face Diego Nunes (15-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 125, it won't be the first time he's fought inside the UFC's trademark cage.
Of course, the first time didn't go exactly as planned.
"I was like a deer in the headlights," Brown recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I had a chance; I still swung hard and did my best, but I wasn't thinking out there like I should be."
Story Calls Out Thiago Alves
After outpointing Johny Hendricks on Dec. 4 for his fifth straight win in the UFC, Rick Story knows whom he wants to fight next.
“I want to fight Thiago [Alves],” Story said recently during a “Savage Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network.
Alves, ranked No. 3 in the world, would be a significant step up in competition. That’s one reason why Story wants a piece of “The Pitbull.”
“I know that somebody like Thiago Alves, beating him, it would make people realize, ‘This guy is for real,’” Story said. “I just want everybody to know that I am for real and I’m not going to stop until I get that number one spot.”
The 26-year-old Story had a strong year in 2010. He went 4-0, including a stoppage of Dustin Hazelett. Against Hendricks he outwrestled a former NCAA champion and showed a more advanced MMA game.
Relentless Guida is all action
If you’ve seen Clay Guida fight even once, then it will not surprise you to learn of the type of a football player he was as a child.
Guida grew up in the Chicago area and, like many boys his age, played youth football. Guida, though, wasn’t your typical defensive player.
“You know, I just loved to run around on the field,” Guida said. “I used to just love to run and go and tackle the guy with the ball.”
Good article/interview with Clay Guida
WEC-to-UFC move no issue for quick learner Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier still remembers the telephone conversation he had with the Louisiana gym owner who regularly hosted mixed martial artists for training.
Poirier was then a 17-year-old from Lafayette, La., who had moved out on his own to get away from the cycle of living with one parent, getting in trouble, then moving in with the other. He was taking on more responsibility in life, and he was getting out of the rhythm of spending time with a rougher crowd.
A longtime athlete, Poirier had moved from sport to sport but had left high school early. He still wanted competition, so he went looking for it.
A good article, with interview, about UFC Featherweight prospect Dustin Poirier.
UFC Cuts Pat Audinwood
He may have a great nickname, but Pat “Awesomely Awesome” Audinwood did not live up to it in his two fights in the UFC, and he has been released by the promotion. Prior to entering the UFC, Audinwood was 9-0-1 with four submission wins to his credit. Unfortunately during his brief run with the UFC, he went 0-2 with losses to Thiago Tavares and John Makdessi. He's the second cut by UFC this week along with Dustin Hazelett and more could be coming.
UFC 125: Gray Maynard Talks TUF 13 and Welcoming Anthony Pettis
Gray Maynard isn’t the type of fighter to hand pick his opponent.
It’s that attitude that explains why he doesn’t really care who he’d face if he defeats Frankie Edgar to win the UFC lightweight title at UFC 125 in January.
Currently, final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is in line to fight for the belt next. While Maynard admits if he was coming into the UFC for the first time he’d want a little more experience, he’s happy to accept the challenge.
Gray Maynard Talks Boxing Technique and UFC 125 Opponent Frankie Edgar
SB Nation's David St. Martin caught up with Gray Maynard, the man who will challenge Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 125. The interview has a lot of goodness including talk about how deserving he feels the WEC fighters are of competing in the UFC. But the part that sticks out most to me is this exchange where Maynard talks about his boxing and how Edgar's focus on Penn may give him an advantage.
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton official for "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch" prelims
Polish WEC import Maciej Jewtuszko (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and British fighter Curt Warburton (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face-off Down Under.
UFC execs today officially announced the matchup, which had previously been reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), for the preliminary portion of "UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch."
Featuring a welterweight headliner between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, UFC 127 takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event airs live on pay-per-view.
Five bouts, including Mendes vs. Omigawa, added to "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort"
The UFC's traditional Super Bowl weekend card is nearly complete, and UFC brass has announced five additional fights for "UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort."
All five fights were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though a featherweight matchup between Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes and Japanese import Michihiro Omigawa had not yet been tied down to specific date by initial reports.
Featuring a middleweight title fight between current champion Anderson Silva and top challenger Vitor Belfort, UFC 126 takes place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The Mendes vs. Omigawa matchup takes place in the preliminary portion of UFC 126, as do previously reported bouts of Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor, Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson.
A previously reported fight between Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha is slated for the evening's main card.
Dustin Hazelett Released From UFC
Following a loss to Mark Bocek at UFC 124 in Montreal, Dustin Hazelett has been released from the UFC.
Sources close to the fighter confirmed Hazelett’s release to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
The Cincinnati-based fighter had fallen on tough times recently after knee surgery sidelined him for over a year. He returned and dropped his next three fights in a row.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz headlines UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle
A light-heavyweight matchup between Brazilian veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and UFC legend Tito Ortiz (15-8-1 MMA, 14-8-1 UFC) is getting main-event treatment in March.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the contest, which originally was thought to be scheduled for UFC 128, instead will headline UFC Fight Night 24.
While officials have not formally announced UFC Fight Night 24, the event is expected to take place March 26 in Seattle and air on the UFC's longtime cable partner, Spike TV.
Report: Josh Koscheck Has Orbital Bone Surgery After UFC 124 Loss
Going into UFC 124, Josh Koscheck was sure that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was afraid to stand and strike with him. GSP disabused the challenger of that notion in the first round when he broke Koscheck's right orbital bone with a stiff jab.
GSP continued to attack the eye throughout the five rounds of the fight. Ringside doctors examined Koscheck between rounds but allowed Koscheck to fight all five rounds.
"Countdown to UFC 125" debuts Dec. 29 on Spike TV, replays on Versus
The UFC's traditional event preview show returns Dec. 29 with the debut of "Countdown to UFC 125."
The pay-per-view event takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard lightweight title fight and Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann co-headliner.
The preview show debuts at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
Replays are set for Dec. 31 (9 a.m. ET/PT) and Jan. 1 (6 p.m. ET/PT) on Spike TV and Dec. 30 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and midnight ET/9 p.m. PT) on Versus.
TJ Grant lands four-fight deal to stay with UFC
MERRY CHRISTMAS, T.J. Grant.
The Cole Harbour mixed martial arts fighter has reached a new four-fight deal to continue his career in the UFC.
The 26-year-old Grant had one fight left on a four-fight agreement he signed last year.
The welterweight out of the Fit Plus Gym lost in his last outing on a unanimous decision to Ricardo Almeida at UFC 124 in Montreal on Dec. 11.
"It’s good to know they appreciate what I do and I get to keep doing my thing," he said Monday. "I want to get a better result next time."
UFC 125: Chris Leben doesn't under-Stann his Jan. 1 match up
UFC middleweight standout Chris Leben doesn't know why he's been put in a bout with former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann after submitting Yoshihiro Akiyama, but he realizes what a win could do for him.
Read on for an interesting quote from Chris Leben that shows his perspective on his upcoming bout.
"UFC 125: Resolution" video preview
On Jan. 1, the Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off what's expected to be a busy year with "UFC 125: Resolution."
Check one of the UFC's entertaining video previews for the pay-per-view event.
The show takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The headliner pits UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar against top contender Gray Maynard, who's the only fighter with a previous win over the champ. The winner next fights Anthony Pettis, the new and final WEC champion who was crowned at this past week's promotion-ending WEC 53 event.
Great video preview, highly entertaining. Worth a look for sure