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Dana White: Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz Will Not Coach TUF 14
Dana White did an interview with HeavyMMA.com's Megan Olivi yesterday, and managed to pack a lot of info into a short amount of time. Earlier today, Mike Fagan covered the tail end of the interview that dealt with Dana's reaction to the Chael Sonnen saga. The beginning of the interview covers some pretty big news as well though - namely, Dana White is very firm about the fact that Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz is not close to happening, and they won't be on a certain reality show anytime soon: Dana: "That fight is not a done deal, and I guarantee you that those two will not be coaches (on TUF 14). Not even close. All the stuff that's out there about that fight and the meeting we had here is all bulls--t." Olivi: "Fair enough. So we won't be seeing that fight at UFC 140 in Montreal?" Dana: "No."
Submitted May 25, 2011 5:10PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Sonnen's attorney chews out Josh Gross
Chael Sonnen's Attorney Raffi Nahabedian takes issue with ESPN's Josh Gross for statements made on on MMA Live and Twitter Good morning. We have known each other for some time and I had an ongoing respect for you and your reporting. However, I think there is a growing disconnect with my beliefs. I just watched your interview on MMA Live regarding Chael Sonnen and I respectfully disagree with the manner the information was presented and that crucial information that was purposely left out. In regards to the testimony issue, there is a continued blatant oversight and disregard for Chael’s testimony/responses to Commissioner Zinkin that fully clarify, explain and vitiate his statement that “he [Chael] spoke to Kizer.” If you read the transcript of Chael’s responses to Commissioner Zinkin (and, perhaps, print them for the public to read), Chael made it unambiguously clear what he meant – “my management and/or my manager.” As someone who represents people/companies, it is not uncommon to hear clients who are represented by agents, managers and attorneys to speak in such a manner (i.e. that they s poke to so-n-so or handled “y” matter). While the initial tweet about Chael’s initial comment is plausibly understandable (solely from the perspective that people like to create controversy to increase readers/viewers), there would not have been such an over zealous and unfounded determination to crucify Chael if there was some responsible journalistic follow-up reporting clarifying Chael’s subsequent testimony. Specifically, what he testified to in response to Commissioner Zinkin (no different than the CSAC issuing a retraction of its incorrect press release and subsequent clarification of its decision). The person who made the initial tweet should have done this which would have eliminated a lot of problems for everyone – Sonnen, Kizer, CSAC, etc.
Submitted May 25, 2011 11:04AM by emfleek - 5 comments
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Benavidez vs. Wineland Set for UFC on Versus 5
Eddie Wineland will take one more crack at Team Alpha Male when he faces Joseph Benavidez at the UFC's show in Milwaukee, UFC on Versus 5, in August. Wineland, the first bantamweight champion in WEC history, is coming off his first loss in nearly two years, a unanimous decision setback against Alpha Male kingpin Urijah Faber at UFC 128 in March. Now he'll take on Faber's training partner. The UFC announced the verbal agreement at its website late Tuesday night. Benavidez (14-2, 1-0 UFC) has won two straight since a split decision loss to bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz at WEC 50 last August. He submitted Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 52 in November, and in March, also at UFC 128, he beat Ian Loveland by unanimous decision on the preliminary card.
Submitted May 25, 2011 11:00AM by emfleek - 1 comment
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Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres vs. Leonard Garcia slotted for UFC on Versus 5
An intriguing bout between Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres (4-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and fellow featherweight Leonard Garcia (15-7-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) had been added to August's UFC on Versus 5 lineup. UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fight. UFC on Versus 5 takes place Aug. 14 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee as part of the UFC's Wisconsin debut. The night's main card airs live on Versus. Caceres vs. Garcia likely will be part of the preliminary card.
Submitted May 25, 2011 10:59AM by emfleek - 12 comments
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Jon Jones Expects to Fight Lyoto Machida or Rampage Jackson, Not Rashad Evans
If you're like me, you expected Rashad Evans to receive the first crack against Jon Jones should he defeat Jones' injury-replacement Phil Davis. It's a grudge fight. It's a money fight. It makes sense. Now, strange news from Jones during an interview with 1260 The Score in Syracuse (transcript by Sports Radio Interviews): I had to postpone my first title defense against Rashad Evans due to some torn tissues in my thumb. My last doctor's appointment they told me I should be able to get back to full out training within the next month. I'm excited about that. I'm expected to compete against Lyoto Machida or Rampage Jackson in maybe October, mid-October.
Submitted May 25, 2011 12:39AM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
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Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland on Tap For UFC On Versus 5
Eddie Wineland gets another shot at Team Alpha Male. Joseph Benavidez, the # 2-ranked bantamweight on the USA Today/SB Nation Consensus Rankings, will look to continue his streak of beating everyone not named Dominick Cruz when he faces off with the # 12-ranked former WEC bantamweight champion Wineland at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee on August 14th. UFC.com has it: Two bantamweight powerhouses will go at it as Joseph Benavidez and Eddie Wineland have verbally agreed to face each other at the UFC on Versus show, confirmed Dana White today. Both WEC vets are coming off three-round battles at UFC 128 and recently sat next to one another at the UFC Fighter Summit.
Submitted May 24, 2011 10:50PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Chad Mendes Draws Rani Yahya at UFC 133 in Philadelphia
Following the news that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo would be unable to compete at UFC 133 in August, top contender Chad Mendes has indeed opted to stay on the card.
Submitted May 24, 2011 2:54PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
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Soares clarifies: Aldo's injuries aren't new, and he never bailed on Mendes fight
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's hands were tied. That's what his manager, Ed Soares, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in an effort to set the record straight. An injured Aldo (19-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), of course, recently had to push back a targeted August title fight with top contender Chad Mendes (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). But, Soares said, the injuries aren't new, and the champ never bailed on the Mendes fight.
Submitted May 24, 2011 1:44PM by emfleek - 0 comments
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UFC on Versus 5 Fight Card: CB Dollaway Draws Jared Hamman
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday added another bout to UFC on Versus 5. The fight card is filling up fast with the addition of a middleweight contest between Jared Hamman and CB Dollaway.
Submitted May 23, 2011 9:40PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Report: Jose Aldo Injured, Out of UFC 133 Bout With Chad Mendes
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has pulled out of his UFC 133 title fight against Chad Mendes according to Heavy.com. Aldo's injury is expected to keep him out of action until mid-September. Aldo, the final WEC featherweight champion, was named the UFC's first 145lb champ at a special ceremony at UFC 123 last November. He was initially expected to make his first title defense against Josh Grispi at UFC 125. Aldo suffered a neck injury and had to pull out of that fight.
Submitted May 23, 2011 7:21PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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State Senate Votes to Legalize MMA in NY
By a vote of 42-18, the New York State Senate on Monday voted to regulate the sport of mixed martial arts in The Empire State. The passage of the bill was hailed as a breakthrough by UFC President Dana White, though it still must pass the State Assembly and receive the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo before it becomes law. Similar bills have passed twice before, only to stall elsewhere in the state legislature. New York remains one of six states that do not regulate MMA. The UFC has had a full-court press on the state for quite some time. The promotion held a press conference at Madison Square Garden in January, promising the state two UFC events within the first year of legalization. If the bill is passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor, there will still be a 90-day waiting period before events can be sanctioned. The vote in the state senate brings fighters like UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra one step closer to competing inside the Octagon in their home state.
Submitted May 23, 2011 6:40PM by kopower - 6 comments
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Promoter says Nick Diaz no longer set to box, Dana White insists UFC bout not guaranteed
The man prepared to promote a Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) boxing contest now says the Strikeforce welterweight champion will not be entering the squared circle anytime soon. Don Chargin today announced via press release that Diaz has determined it's in his "best interest to focus on his primary combat sport and profession." Chargin also referenced a potential "opportunity of a lifetime" for Diaz, fueling further speculation of a pending matchup with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC). However, UFC president Dana White continues to insist Diaz is far from UFC-bound.
Submitted May 23, 2011 3:31PM by pmoney - 6 comments
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Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 to feature the return of the elimination round
Not happy with this season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF)? Neither is UFC President Dana White. One of the early criticisms directed at TUF 13 was the decision to select 16 contestants for the Spike TV reality show without requiring them to fight for a final spot in the competition. In seasons past, the premiere would feature 32 aspiring fighters slugging it out for the right to bunk at the TUF house. That, according to White, was a luxury they couldn't afford after the cable television network reduced the number of episodes for this season.
Submitted May 23, 2011 2:56PM by pmoney - 10 comments
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UFC 133 Fight Card Lands Welterweight Bout Between Mike Pyle and Rory MacDonald
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday added a welterweight showdown between Mike Pyle and Rory MacDonald to the UFC 133 fight card planned for Aug. 6 in Philadelphia.
Submitted May 23, 2011 2:52PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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UFC Quick Quote: Carlos Condit will fear the takedown on July 2
Don't be scared, homie. Dong Hyun Kim looks to continue his welterweight ascension at UFC 132 on July 2 in Las Vegas when he faces Carlos Condit on the "Cruz vs. Faber 2" card over the fourth of July weekend. But will he see fireworks? Or fizzle out?
Submitted May 23, 2011 1:32PM by pmoney - 19 comments
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SportsPro Magazine includes Anderson Silva on list of 'World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes'
And since Silva is the only mixed martial artist to make the list, that puts him ahead of combat sports' other marketing magnets like UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Athletes are ranked "according to their marketing potential over a three-year period" and the list "comprises the 50 athletes deemed by SportsPro to offer value for marketing money if signed today to a long-term global endorsement deal."
Submitted May 23, 2011 12:42PM by pmoney - 8 comments
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UFC Boot Campaign raises money for wounded combat veterans
Chislers and penny-pinchers, please move along, nothing to see here. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues its commitment to helping wounded combat veterans of the United States military through its latest charity effort, the UFC "Boot Campaign." The goal is actually quite simple. The world's largest fight promotion wants to sell one million boots and give the proceeds to "existing charities working with veterans who are severely injured and/or suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)."
Submitted May 23, 2011 11:55AM by pmoney - 2 comments
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Miguel Torres Excited by Tranformation Since Teaming with Zahabi
The Miguel Torres who ruled the WEC bantamweight division is gone, now only existing on highlight reels and in the memories of fight fans. A new version began taking shape after the former 135-pound kingpin lost to Joseph Benavidez at WEC 47, his second consecutive defeat after collecting 37 wins in 38 appearances. That’s when Torres started working with Firas Zahabi, the head trainer of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and leader of the Tristar Gym in Montreal.
Submitted May 23, 2011 11:10AM by pmoney - 1 comment
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Reminder: UFC 130's Quinton Jackson on "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" tonight
As a reminder, UFC 130 headliner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson return to "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" tonight. Jackson's episode of the CBS' late-night talk show airs late tonight/early Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT. Comedian Jack Black also is booked as a guest. Jackson, who meets Matt Hamill at Saturday's pay-per-view event, also appeared on the show prior to his UFC 123 headliner with Lyoto Machida back in November.
Submitted May 23, 2011 10:58AM by pmoney - 1 comment
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Roy Nelson Believes Fight with Frank Mir Will Save UFC 130
To say that Roy Nelson has faced Frank Mir before isn’t an out-and-out lie, but it’s not even close to the fight they have coming up at UFC 130. Eight years ago at Grappler’s Quest, while Mir was a few fights into his UFC career, he ventured back to his roots entering a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition where he met Renzo Gracie black belt Roy Nelson. At that time, Nelson hadn’t even done mixed martial arts yet, but with just grappling happening in the match-up, he got the best of Mir by points.
Submitted May 23, 2011 9:54AM by pmoney - 10 comments
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