Michael Bisping Already Spending His FOTN Bonus For UFC 120
In his head, that is. The TUF 3 winner seems convinced his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama in October will be the Fight Of The Night in front of the hometown crowd. “The British fans have always given me unbelievable support and I’ve never lost at home, so I am looking to help make this another special night for British MMA. Akiyama is a very dangerous guy. He strikes very well, he has power, and he will keep coming at you. He is very strong with his judo takedowns, and I will have to train seriously hard to come up for an answer for those. But I think that if I set a fast, hard pace in the first round, that by the third I will have taken over and will be in a position to finish him. Akiyama will obviously be looking to do the same thing – that is the way he always fights – and I am already spending my ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus in my head.“
Ross Pearson Is "A Far Better Striker Than BJ Penn"
At least the TUF 9 winner thinks he is. “We’re all very good at doing what we like to do. BJ’s ground game and wrestling is unbelievable, but I feel I’m a far better striker than he is. I might never be as good as he is at one thing, but he might never be as good as me at another. I’m not near a BJJ black belt, but a fight is a fight and anything can happen, that’s what makes the sport so exciting.” Should be noted, however, that Pearson TKOs opponents at a lower rate than Penn in his career to date-less than 30% (3 of 14) to Penn's 40%.
Patrick Cote To Face Tom Lawlor At UFC 121
Patrick Cote & Tom Lawlor are scheduled to meet at UFC 121 according to sources close to the event, who said that bout agreements have been signed, though it's unknown whether the fight will air on the evening's televised card. Both are coming off losses in their last fights.
Diego Sanchez vs Paulo Thiago at UFC 121
Diego Sanchez tells PennyJoMMA.com on Facebook that he'll be fighting Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 in Anaheim in October.
Sanchez has moved back to New Mexico and is now training at Albuquerque MMA.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Tito Ortiz vs. TBA
Patrick Cote vs. TBA
Rampage vs Machida expected in the fall
The match-up Dana White teased fans with a couple months ago now seems to be in the works. Former light heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson are expected to meet at an as of yet unannounced event in the fall, possibly in November.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com as being in the works by sources close to the bout, and Jackson himself posted on his Twitter account that he was issued a bout agreement for a fight and was about to sign it late Tuesday evening.
Couture: If UFC Wanted Me To Fight Anderson Silva, I'd Be All Over That
Although he's got to get through James Toney first, Randy Couture appears ready to jump onto the bandwagon that is an Anderson Silva fight. "I'm definitely interested at fighting at 205. I think Anderson would be a great fight. I'm not sure what his perspective has been the last couple of times, though. I think since the Cote fight he's taken on a different style and hasn't been as explosive, not trying to finish fights early on. I don't know if it's concerning, but it's interesting where he's coming from with that. He certainly still has that capability. Maia, Cote, he could have finished those guys if he wanted to take the risk, so I'm not sure what's going on where he doesn't want to step up and take that risk. I think he's a fantastic fighter, and if that's someone they want me to compete against I'd be all over that."
Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang In The Works For UFC 121
A middleweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 11" cast member Chris Camozzi and undefeated UFC newcomer Dongi Yang is in the works for UFC 121. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Yang is also known as Dong Yi Yang, which is how he was officially introduced when he signed with UFC. He becomes the second Korean Top Team fighter to sign with Zuffa, the other being WEC star Chan Sung Jung.
Dustin Hazelett Enters Cage At UFC 117 Against Doctor's Orders
When Dustin Hazelett steps into the cage on Aug. 7 for his bout with Rick Story, "McLovin" will be doing so against his doctor's advice. But armed with an intense passion for fighting and a lack of a "Plan B," Hazelett says he can't wait to set foot in the octagon. Hazelett suffered a broken orbital bone in his January fight with Paul Daley, and the injury required some extensive recovery time. Hazelett said he adhered to all recommended guidelines and elected to remain patient as it healed. "There was a two-month suspension with no contact whatsoever," Hazelett said. "Basically, I couldn't do any type of actual training except for mitt-work and conditioning – no sparring or grappling or anything like that. Then there was a six-month suspension from fighting, so it was kind of a lengthy layoff there, but I really didn't want to rush back and end up re-fracturing it. "They said, 'If you rush back into sparring, and you get hit hard, it will end up fracturing again, and it will be even worse.' I wanted to give it time to make sure that it completely healed so that I wouldn't rush into a fight, get hurt, and I'd be off even longer. I wanted to make sure I was completely 100 percent coming back." The Nevada State Athletic Commission gave Hazelett the opportunity to return early with a doctor's clearance, but when the 24-year-old visited a professional line up by the UFC, he received some startling advice. "They sent me to a leading expert in my area, I guess, and he was not too keen on the idea of me coming back early," Hazelett said. "In fact, he refused to let me come back early, and he said, 'If you were my son, I would suggest you never fight again, obviously.'
UFC 120 Official For 10/16 In London, Bisping-Akiyama Headlines
As has long been rumored, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to England on Oct. 16 when the O2 Arena hosts UFC 120. UFC made the event official today. As previously reported, a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama headlines the event. The event will air in the US on Spike via same-day tape.
Dong Hyun Kim Off UFC 120, Pyle In
The "Stun Gun" has been temporarily disabled-Dong Hun Kim is now off UFC 120 due to an undisclosed injury. He was to have faced John Hathaway. Mike Pyle has been tapped as the replacement-verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending.
"Outlaw 2.0" Going To "Beat The Stupid Out" Of Carlos Condit On 10/16 In London
Dan Hardy gets the pre-fight trash talk started ahead of his 10/16 fight against Carlos Condit, promising we'll see a new Hardy among other things. "It is a great fight and one I am already excited about. Condit is a former world champion who has only lost once in nearly five years, and that was on a split decision to top contender Martin Kampmann. He's a great opponent for me, after losing my UFC welterweight title challenge to Georges St-Pierre in March. I didn't want to drop too far down the pecking order and a win over Condit will make sure I stay right in the title mix. Carlos actually asked for the fight. He went to the UFC and requested me as his next opponent, I guess thinking that beating a world title challenger would look nice on his record. It is very much a case of 'be careful what you wish for' because I've taken it upon myself to do him a favour and beat the stupid out of him. I think I will get him out of there in the third, I think he won't be able to withstand the pace or the punishment late on in the fight. I will refine a game plan, but right now I am predicting a third round KO. I can also promise you'll see a new version of me in the Octagon come October, Outlaw 2.0."
The Date Is Set: December 11 For GSP-Kos
According to Josh Koscheck, the date for his post-TUF 12 UFC Welterweight Title fight with George St. Pierre is set: December 11. That will be UFC 123 at a location TBA. Kos has been lobbying for his hometown of Pittsburgh, but that likely won't happen because the likely host-the new Consol Energy Center-is already booked that day with NCAA Basketball. This could mean Las Vegas but there's no confirmation yet.
Despite UFC 116 Loss, Petruzelli Will Get Another Fight
It won't be one & done this time for Seth Petruzelli. Despite a disappointing loss at UFC 116 he said he received hundreds of social-media messages after the fight that raved about his performance. He said today that he also recently received a small bonus check from the UFC. He also noted that UFC was happy with his performance and asked when he'd like to fight again.
Change Of Plans: UFC 119 WILL Get UFC Prelims On Spike
September's UFC 119 pay-per-view event will get a "UFC Prelims" special, after all. Originally the plan was not to air one of the one-hour specials on Spike prior to the PPV, a source close to the event said officials since have changed their minds. An official announcement could come as soon as today. The TV fights are expected to be C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen and Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione.
UFC 116 PPV Buys Trending Toward 1.3 Million
So, apparently this Brock Lesnar character is pretty popular. Say what you want about the guy, but at this point, two items are inarguable: He can fight, and people love to watch him fight. According to Wrestling Observer writer Dave Meltzer, the early buyrate estimates for UFC 116 are between 1 & 1.28 million, but internally it is being said it's the third biggest in history, which would be a lot closer to the former number than the latter number.
UFC 119 Official For 9/25 In Indianapolis, Mir-Nogueira Headlines
As expected the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its Indiana debut on Sept. 25 when Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis hosts UFC 119. UFC officially announced the PPV today, and as expected the main event will be Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also confirmed today were Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra. 11 bouts are expected for the card and there will be no "UFC Prelims" special on Spike before the PPV.