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Matt Riddle welcomes newcomer Lance Benoist at UFC Fight Night 25
It took a little while, but Lance Benoist finally has a date for his octagon debut. After signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC this past month, Benoist (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is scheduled to fight Matt Riddle (5-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou." UFC officials today announced the bout, though its placement on the event's fight card was not made official.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 5:18PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Paul Bradley steps in to fight Rafael Natal at UFC 133
Paul Bradley (16-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who made a brief appearance on "The Ultimate Fighter 7" before doctors pulled him from the show with a contagious skin condition, has verbally agreed to fight Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) at UFC 133. Natal was today left without an opponent when his originally scheduled charge, Constantinos Phillippou, was promoted to a main card fight with Jorge Rivera in the wake of a doomed bout with Alessio Sakara.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 4:31PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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With Alessio Sakara out, Constantinos Philippou faces Jorge Rivera at UFC 133
The deck just keeps shuffling. With Alessio Sakara forced out of August's UFC 133 event, Constantinos Phillippou (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been pulled from a preliminary card bout with Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and will now face Jorge Rivera (19-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) on the evening's pay-per-view broadcast.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 4:30PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Curse continues: Sakara out of UFC 133 with torn ACL, Rivera awaits replacement
Results of an MRI conducted today confirmed that Alessio Sakara (15-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has torn his ACL and will be out a minimum of six to eight months, a representative from American Top Team confirmed today with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). *this fight will never happen in the UFC..the third time it got canceld..cursed!..lol
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 2:22PM by RhythmAndStyle - 22 comments
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"UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami" official with 12 bouts
The fight card for next month's "UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami" event is now official with 12 bouts. UFC officials recently confirmed a bout MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported between featherweight prospect Felipe Arantes (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Yuri Alcantara (24-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). All fights now have been announced for the Aug. 27 event.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 10:01AM by pmoney - 5 comments
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Mike Pyle was winning fights when Rory MacDonald was rushing home from junior high to play with his Pokemon
Are you ready to accept Mike Pyle as your 170-pound prospect killer? Well that's the role he's been cast as of late, what with the UFC setting up the 35-year-old war horse in match-ups against young guns like John Hathaway and Rory MacDonald.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 2:53PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
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UFC President Dana White: We Always Planned to Come Back to Denver
The Ultimate Fighting Championship began in Denver nearly 20 years ago, but the promotion hasn’t operated a pay-per-view event in the Mile High City since “The Ultimate Ultimate” in 1995. Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, wasn’t even the owner back then. UFC president Dana White, in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.com, says that the company he is part owner of, alongside Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, has long been on a course to return to Denver, but they wanted to do it the right way. Article includes video of Dana talking of the return to Denver.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 9:51AM by pmoney - 5 comments
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Rampage irritated with everyone trying to wrestle him. Wants someone who will "come to fight"
Both sides of this issue are very understandable... Rampage wants someone to let him throw his hands because he sees this as a chance to entertain fans and have some fun, but if I was in a cage with that mad man I would try to hold him down for as long as I can.. anything to keep those cinderblocks he calls hands away from me. "Jackson is also quite adamant that he feels Jones will execute the same game plan Evans had. He's already attempting to avoid that by engaging in a bit of psychological warfare in challenging "Bones'" manhood if he does, in fact, make it wrestlemania in Denver on Sept. 24 at UFC 135."
Submitted Jul 23, 2011 6:30PM by Patchedup15 - 55 comments
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Dana White confirms Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles winner will receive bantamweight title shot
Sometimes the food chain works itself out rather nicely. Such is the case with the bantamweight division, which is filled with talent but before just a few days ago had little order and direction. That's no longer the case after matchmaker Joe Silva and UFC President Dana White went to work and figured it all out.
Submitted Jul 23, 2011 5:01PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss set for UFC 138 in England
German UFC prospect Pascal Krauss (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will put his unblemished mark on the line against the once-beaten John Hathaway (15-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at UFC 138. Hathaway on Friday broke news of the matchup via his official Twitter account, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that verbal agreements are in place. UFC 138 takes place Nov. 5 at the 16,000-seat LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.
Submitted Jul 23, 2011 12:44PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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UFC 135 gets Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes, Cole Esovedo vs. Takeya Mizugaki
A pair of intriguing matchups in the lighter-weight division are now official for UFC 135, as Manny Gamburyan (11-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) faces Diego Nunes (16-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Cole Escovedo (17-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) meets Takeya Mizugaki (14-6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 8:43PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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UFC 133: Rich Franklin turned down a fight against Alexander Gustafsson
When Rich Franklin was taken off the UFC 133 fight card, it was widely believed the promotion was unable to find him a suitable replacement for the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the Aug. 6 pay-per-view (PPV) in Philadelphia. Turns out he had a suitable replacement, he just didn't want to fight him, because he wasn't a "top name guy." Ready to step in was Alexander Gustafsson, the 24-year-old prospect out of Alliance and Gladius MMA who's lost just once in his budding professional career. That defeat came at the hands of fellow rising contender Phil Davis back at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, a second round submission (anaconda choke).
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 2:58PM by Twenty20Dollars - 38 comments
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UFC Signs Pennsylvania-based featherweight, Jim "The Kid" Hettes
The UFC has signed undefeated Pennsylvania-based featherweight, Jim "The Kid" Hettes (8-0), to a contract according to his hometown newspaper, The Citizen's Voice. The 24 year-old is a BJJ and judo specialist and has finished all eight of his opponents by submission, with six of those submissions happening in the first round.
Submitted Jul 22, 2011 2:41PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles fight set for UFC 139 in November
On the heels of the announcement that Dominick Cruz would next defend his title against Demetrious Johnson comes news of the next number one contender bout. Urijah Faber will lock 'em up against Brian Bowles to determine who will earn the next shot at the division crown at UFC 139 in November.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 10:51PM by pmoney - 17 comments
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Dominick Cruz vs Demetrious Johnson title fight set for free TV at UFC on Versus 6
Good news, fight fans. The UFC will offer a title fight on free television for the first time since Sept. 2007 when Quinton Jackson defended his light heavyweight title against Dan Henderson at UFC 75 on Spike TV. This time it will be Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz putting his strap on the line against Demetrious Johnson at UFC on Versus 6, which is set for Oct. 1 in Washington D.C. NBCSports.com brought word of the pending match-up a short time ago.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 10:51PM by pmoney - 11 comments
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Jon Fitch Speaks His Mind: 'I'm Irritated' (Also goes off on Nick Diaz)
UFC welterweight Jon Fitch is normally pretty calm and doesn't talk a lot of trash, but he recently did an interview with MMACanada.net where he doesn't hold back at all. He discusses why he didn't get the fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 137, then goes on to trash Nick Diaz and explain that he's sick of being passed over. It's quite possibly the best Jon Fitch interview I've ever seen. He starts with the Penn situation: "Well, you know...BJ's healthy and I'm not. They wanted to get him active and be active, because he kinda has a lot of buzz on him right now, and they can't schedule me a fight, being injured. I know they won't sign me until I get cleared by the doctor, which is gonna be August 9th, I mean August 16th. So I'm kinda in no man's land. I tried to save the fight and I tried to wedge myself in there and make sure I didn't get skipped over, because I was injured and I didn't want to get forgotten about. You know, through twitter.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 6:39PM by FastKnockout - 47 comments
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British lightweight Curt Warburton released from the UFC
British lightweight Curt Warburton has been released from the UFC. He turned to his twitter account today to share the news: "Want all my followers to hear it first. Av just been cut from the UFC after losing to Joe lauzon. Must stay strong and I promise to be back...Good job I have great sponsors, great team, great manager, and the best of friends and family. I will be back on the big stage soon."
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 5:23PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes added to UFC 137 in Las Vegas
"The Ultimate Fighter 13" runner-up Ramsey Nijem and Danny Downes have agreed to meet at UFC 137 in Las Vegas. UFC officials today announced the lightweight match-up. Featuring a title fight between current UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 4:33PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
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Accident-insurance coverage saves UFC's Cub Swanson from $50,000 injury costs
With one look at Cub Swanson's medical records, you know the guy has suffered more than his fair share of bad luck. The latest? A sparring injury that resulted in orbital, nasal and cheek fractures, as well as a broken jaw. Seven weeks after the injury, the UFC fighter remains on an all-liquid diet. Still, there was a little good luck: As the UFC's first fighter to use the organization's recently enacted accident-insurance coverage, he saved himself a whopping $50,000 in out-of-pocket medical costs.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 3:45PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Mark Scanlon and James Head Added To UFC 138
The fight bookings for the UFC's return to England in November are coming fast and furious with most of the promotion's British fighters being locked up for bouts on the card. Two more match-ups were reported this morning with Fighters Only getting word of Michihiro Omigawa and Jason Young agreeing to a featherweight contest, and Jay Furness at YourMMA.tv reporting a welterweight bout between Mark Scanlon and James Head.
Submitted Jul 21, 2011 3:42PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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