Ben Saunders Cut from the UFC
"The Ultimate Fighter 6" quarterfinalist and one-time UFC welterweight contender Ben Saunders (8-3-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) received his UFC walking papers.
The 27-year-old fighter announced the news via Twitter.
Although once of the UFC's fastest-rising and most-exciting 170-pound prospects, Saunders recently suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Dennis Hallman for his third defeat in four fights.
Saunders vows to fight his way back to the organization.
Mike Swick Says He Was Misdiagnosed With Stomach Disorder
Mike Swick learned recently following his February loss to Paulo Thiago that for the past four years, he's been a victim of a misdiagnosis.
"I've been dealing with a medical condition for the last several years," Swick revealed in a video blog posted Monday. "It's affected every part of my life and it's been an absolute nightmare."
Swick says he was told he had the stomach disorder dyspepsia when in reality he had esophageal spasms with acid reflux.
Chael Sonnen Believes 'the Party Ain't Over Yet'
Following his heart-breaking loss to Anderson Silva Saturday night, Chael Sonnen made it very clear at the post-fight press conference that he wanted an immediate rematch against Silva.
That wasn't just his emotions talking. Sonnen obviously thinks he has what it takes to beat the middleweight champion, and his manager, Mike Roberts, backed up his client on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
Roberts said that both he and Sonnen met with the UFC Monday to talk about what's next for Sonnen, and in that meeting, Sonnen let it be known that he is ready to dance again with "The Spider."
Barry to train with Cro Cop and Lesnar
Seemingly every day, Pat “HD” Barry increases his growing legion of fans. Add Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Brock Lesnar to the list. Barry recently told the panel of Cage Radio that both “Cro Cop” and Lesnar have invited the Roufusport fighter to train alongside them in preparation for bouts later this year.
Anthony Johnson Sentenced From 2009 Arrest
UFC fighter Anthony Johnson, who was arrested in 2009 on charges of domestic violence and two other misdemeanor charges, pleaded nolo, which is essentially no contest, to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, penal code 243, and the court dismissed the other two charges as part of the proceedings. A judge in Alameda County, CA has sentenced Johnson to 1 day in jail, 3 years probation, 8 hours community service and 1 year of domestic violence counseling. He also has been ordered to re-appear in front of the judge on September 7 to determine any restitution for court costs, as well as provide proof of the domestic violence counseling and the community service. The case has now been closed, pending the proceedings on September 7, and the additional time for the domestic violence counseling.
Targeted by Bellator lawsuit, Mickey Dubberly says company's claims inaccurate
Mickey Dubberly, the CEO of K.O. Dynasty Sports Management has a simple message for Bellator head Bjorn Rebney: Stop lying.
Dubberly and his client, Jonathan Brookins, are among the defendants targeted alongside Zuffa, LLC in a lawsuit filed today by Bellator that claim tortious interference was at play in Brookins' recent run on "The Ultimate Fighter 12."
But Dubberly told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he and Brookins took part in no such wrongdoing and that statements Rebney today made were filled with inaccurate claims.
QAC Suspends Paul Daley 30 Days
Former UFC welterweight striker Paul Daley has been slapped with a 30-day suspension for his unprofessional conduct following a UFC 113 loss to Josh Koscheck in what was billed as a 170-pound number one contender's bout back on May 8. "Semtex" exploded after he was outwrestled for three rounds on the televised portion of the "Machida vs. Shogun II" fight card. Koscheck neutralized the deadly hands of the British banger, effectively earning himself a spot as coach on the upcoming twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter(TUF) opposite division champion Georges St. Pierre. He's now slated to appear opposite Bellator standout Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 in Amarillo, Texas. Daley's suspension is not expected to conflict with that appearance.
Nick Catone To Undergo Shoulder & Back Surgery, Return TBA
Nick Catone is nursing multiple injures and is unsure of when he'll be back in the cage. Catone will on Thursday undergo surgery for a long-running shoulder injury which derailed his preparation for Tomasz Drwal at UFC Fight Night 22. Additionally, he will get an epidural shot next week for his back, which he first injured in April. No return date set.
THQ may not release UFC Undisputed annually
Recently THQ blamed Red Dead Redemption for the relatively poor sales of UFC Undisputed 2010 when compared to the breakout hit of UFC 2009. Thankfully it now appears that they recognize there was a lot more to why the game faltered than just competition for dollars in the marketplace. While they don’t cite the quality of the game being an issue (actually referencing its 85 metacritic) what they seem to have realized is an annual UFC game may not be justifiable.
“We’re considering a longer development cycle—15, 18, 21 months, rather than annually.” (after releasing UFC Undisputed 2011)
Diego Sanchez Returns to Greg Jackson's Camp
The Nightmare has returned to his roots.
Former "Ultimate Fighter" winner Diego Sanchez has returned to Team Greg Jackson as a member of the team, and has already begun training with the squad as of Tuesday.
Representatives at Team Jackson in New Mexico confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com, after Sanchez posted the news via his Twitter account.
Sanchez was a mainstay at the Albuquerque gym for several years, growing up under the tutelage of Greg Jackson and striking coach Mike Winkeljohn.
Preliminary Estimates Have UFC 117 Doing Near 1 Million Buys, Chael Sonnen Puts Anderson Silva Over the Top
Bryan Alvarez reports at the Wrestling Observer (subscription required):
Sonnen, as recapped in last week's newsletter, did the best one-man build for a PPV in years, perhaps ever. We don't have a buyrate and won't have a really good indication on how the show did until at least next week. I do know that using the method I usually use on Monday mornings, which is usually pretty accurate in terms of a predictor (I came up with 1.5 million for UFC 100 and the real number was 1.6 million, and 1.25 million for UFC 116 and the real number ended up being about 1.1 million, so it's sometimes up and sometimes down but usually close) the show is trending just slightly under the Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans show, which did about 1 million buys.
After Being Sued by UFC, Bellator Issues Lawsuit Against UFC
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC today filed suit against Zuffa in a New Jersey court and alleges that "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Jonathan Brookins (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) joined the Spike TV reality series while still under an exclusive contract for Bellator.
Brookins and his manager Mickey Dubberley were also named as defendants in the suit.
UFC 118 weigh-ins to air live on Spike TV
The UFC's fighter weigh-in ceremonies for this month's UFC 118 event will be aired live on Spike TV.
UFC officials today announced the plans via Twitter.
A featuring a lightweight title fight rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and the man he beat for the belt, B.J. Penn, UFC 118 takes place Aug. 28 at Boston's TD Garden. The weigh-ins take place one day prior.
Spike TV also recently aired the weigh-ins for July's UFC 116 event. That broadcast drew an impressive 645,000 viewers.
Alan Belcher Facing Possible Career Ending Injury
UFC middleweight Alan Belcher says his mixed martial arts career isn't on his mind right now as his main focus currently is to recover from a detached retina in his right eye.
In an interview Monday with Purefight, the 26-year-old out of Biloxi, Miss. says the worst case would be the end of his competitive career while the best case scenario would still mean additional surgery.
The timing of Belcher's injury is especially unfortunate considering his recent ascent in the middleweight division. Belcher has won four of his last five UFC fights with the one loss a close decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama. Additionally, he received either Submission of the Night or Fight of the Night in each of his last four fights.
Thiago Alves Hires Mike Dolce To Oversee Diet, Wants To Stay At WW
Thiago Alves does not want to fight at middleweight and is willing to do whatever it takes to stay at welterweight. Alves said Monday that he's hired nutritionist Mike Dolce, a veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 7," to assure the UFC that he never again misses weight in the 170-pound class. Alves finds out today whether the promotion will grant his wish. "I think (at) 185, the guys are way too big for me," Alves said. Following UFC 117, Dana White said Alves belongs at 185 pounds and told him such in a text message. Alves apologized but said he wasn't ready to pack on more weight.
Anderson Silva out until February or March 2011 with cracked rib
"After the first round he [Anderson Silva] said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breath because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack," Lemos said.
"Anderson is expected to return in February or March."
UFC could be in Brazil alongside 2016 Olympics
The Summer Olympics will be headed to Brazil in 2016. The UFC could be headed south around the same time.
That's according to UFC president Dana White, who states that the company is aggressively pursuing the promotion's expansion into Brazil, and they hope to be there before or during the Olympic year of 2016.
Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch Expected At UFN 22
It appears that Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch will be added to the UFC Fight Night 22 card in the near future. Drwal was to have faced Nick Catone, who now appears to be off due to an apparent injury. Branch was to have faced Aaron Simpson, who is off due to a staph infection. Drwal-Branch will be a prelim if it happens.