Rebuilt and refocused, Hermes Franca ready to return to winning ways
When Hermes Franca (19-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was forced to withdraw from the main event of February's UFN 17, the Brazilian lightweight was sorely disappointed.
Compounding the frustration was learning that he would be out for several months after undergoing intense surgical procedures.
But as Franca recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he has already rebuilt himself one time before -- so how hard could it be to rebuild a knee?
Jon Fitch vs Paulo Thiago likely for UFC 100
Former number one welterweight contender Jon Fitch is in talks to possibly return to the Octagon against undefeated submission specialist Paulo Thiago at UFC 100 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11.
Bout agreements have not been signed at this time; however, both sides appear to be open to the 170-pound contest.
Stitch greasing Hughes
Just thought I would post this to show just how accidental these things are
there is no way that Duran would intentional grease up anyone
And why the only the cut man can use the Vaseline rule is ridiculous too..
Lyoto talks of title dispute
Thursday was cause for celebration for Lyoto Machida, as learned he will be getting the shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, now held by Rashad Evans, he so craved. The about face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in giving what would have been Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s chance at the belt had to do with the heavyweight title unification bout at UFC 98 being nixed, due to an unfortunate training injury suffered by interim heavyweight title holder Frank Mir.
Matt Grice vs Shannon Gugerty at UFC 100
As the UFC prepares for possibly one of its biggest shows of all time in July, UFC 100 has now added a lightweight bout between Oklahoma native Matt Grice and Shannon Gugerty. Both fighters are looking to bounce back from recent losses in the Octagon.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday by sources close to the negotiations.
Paul Kelly vs Roli Delgado at UFC 99
The debut of the UFC in Germany continues to gain steam as well as add fights. A lightweight tilt has been confirmed for the UFC 99 card as "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 competitor Roli Delgado will face Wolfslair fighter Paul Kelly, who will make his first appearance at 155 pounds for the show.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Thursday.
Kendall Grove vs Wilson Gouveia @ UFC 101 ?
“A couple of guys they’re mentioning is they want to see me and Marquardt or Gouveia. They think Gouveia would be a good test for me. It’s just like fighting any of the other guys; show me the money. I gotta feed three mouths now instead one. I’m down to fight anybody.
I talked to Joe Silva and he said no later than August, so I hope to get on the Penn-Florian card and get one more victory.
Brad Blackburn to face Edgar Garcia at TUF 9 Finale
A welterweight matchup between former International Fight League veteran Brad Blackburn and UFC newcomer Edgar Garcia has been scheduled for the live finale for the upcoming ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter on June 20.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the matchup from sources close to the fight on Thursday afternoon.
UFC Fight Night 18: Martin Kampmann preparing for war against Carlos Condit
I think it’s going to be a war. It’s going to be a great fight. He’s a tough guy and I’m just going to get in there and try to punch him in the face, and he’s going to try to do the same to me. It should be a great fight. He’s good at a lot of things. He’s dangerous on the ground, he’s got good submissions off his back, he’s got dangerous knees and kicks.
I pretty much know what I have to look out for. No matter who you fight in the UFC it’s going to be a tough fight and anything can happen. Everybody’s tough in the UFC and Carlos Condit is definitely tough. [Dropping to 170] is an easy cut. Not tough at all. I’m pretty light right now so the cut shouldn’t be any problem.
Mike Patt released by the UFC
Mike Patt’s run in the UFC has come to an end.
Sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the jiu-jitsu black belt was released by the promotion shortly after his TKO loss to Brandon Vera this past Saturday at UFC 96.
UFC 99 In Germany Will Be On US PPV
The UFC's German invasion has shaped up quickly, with the bulk of the June 13 fighters confirmed in less than a month.
More than half the fighters on the card are either foreign-born or based outside the US, with one fighter, Peter Sobotta, bringing in the hometown crowd as a resident of Balingen, only 272 miles, or 438 kilometers, from the 20,000 seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne.
The UFC recently inked a deal with German sports network DSF to air UFC content, including live or tape-delayed events.
At the festivities for UFC 96 last weekend, UFC president Dana White said the European card would come at a premium for those watching in the US.
"It will be a pay per view event," White told reporters.
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Tom Egan Released By UFC
Tom Egan (3-1) has been released from his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Fighters Only learned this afternoon.
The Irish welterweight made his debut against fellow organisation debutant Jon Hathaway (10-0) at UFC 93 in Dublin, but lost by TKO.
Egan was informed of his release in an email last night, according to his coach John Kavanagh of SBG Dublin.
UFN 18: Griffin vs. dos Anjos Could Air On TV
With TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero being forced off UFN 18 due to an injury, UFC likely will change the TV lineup. Although not yet definite, it's likely that Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos will be moved up to a TV fight and Jeremy Stephens vs. Gleison Tibau demoted from main event to prelim.
Eliot Marshall vs Mike Ciesnolevicz set for UFC 97
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC's upcoming return to Montreal as "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 submission specialist Eliot Marshall gets back in the Octagon for the first time since the finale show to take on Mike Ciesnolevicz on April 18.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated the bout has been agreed upon and bout agreements should be issued shortly.