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The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale draws reported 1,622 attendees for $380K live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, which took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported 1,622 attendees for a live gate of $380,025.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:06AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale bonuses
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Pablo Garza, Cody McKenzie, Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan each earned $30,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale on Saturday. Garza earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, McKenzie earned the "Submission of the Night bonus, and Garcia and Phan both earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:05AM by jae_1833 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale recap
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Michael Johnson was so close to winning the 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," he was probably considering exactly where he was going to display his trophy. Then suddenly, it was all snatched away.
Submitted Dec 5, 2010 4:03AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
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Mike Pierce Vs. Kenny Robertson Agreed For UFC 126 In February
(mmaweekly.com)
Undefeated prospect Kenny Robertson will finally get his chance to debut in the Octagon in February when he faces a very tough challenge in Mike Pierce. The welterweights will lock horns at UFC 126. The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Friday by sources close to the match-up, with verbal agreements in place but no signed bout agreements at this time. The fight was originally reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 6:35PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Verbal agreements in place for Curt Warburton vs. Maciej Jewtuszko at UFC 127
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between British fighter Curt Warburton (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and undefeated Polish WEC competitor Maciej Jewtuszko (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is expected to be part of February's UFC 127 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that verbal agreements are in place. Bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly. Warburton reportedly hinted at the fight on Facebook, though a source it's not signed as of today.
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 6:29PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Looking Back at UFC 123, Matt Hughes Contemplating Retirement
(mmaweekly.com)
It’s difficult to evaluate what went wrong in a fight when you get knocked out in 21 seconds. It’s even more difficult, mere minutes later, to evaluate a career that has spanned more than 50 fights, and determine where that career is headed. But that’s exactly where UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes found himself after his fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 123 in Detroit. In an increasingly Internet-centric society that craves up-to-the-second information, Hughes didn’t have immediate answers. “I don’t know what the plan is now. I had a perfect training camp coming into this. This is one of those fights I would have paid my purse to Dana White to put this fight together,” Hughes told interviewer Joe Rogan in the Octagon after the fight. Two weeks later, Hughes has the advantage of hindsight looking back on the fight, a rubber match that put the Hawaiian up 2-1 in their trilogy. “A lot of people have been asking about the fight and how I am doing. Of course, the fight didn’t go like I had planned it,” Hughes wrote in a blog post on Matt-Hughes.com. “He hit me with a hard right hand that I never saw coming. It’s funny how styles make fights and I’m not at all like Frankie Edgar. So it just kind of stinks that B.J. came off two losses (both to Edgar) and then ended up beating me in less than 30 seconds.”
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 2:24PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Maiquel Falcao arrested in Brazil on assault charge
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Chute Boxe middleweight Maiquel Falcao – who recently debuted in the UFC with a victory over Gerald Harris - was arrested today in Pelotas, South Brazil by local police. Falcao was apprehended after giving an interview to Grupo Brasil de Comunicação. According to witnesses, there was no resistance.
Submitted Dec 3, 2010 1:47PM by emfleek - 9 comments
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Sonnen's Suspension Reduced To 6 Months
(mmajunkie.com)
The California State Athletic Commission today approve a reduction of UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen's UFC 117 drug suspension from a year to six months. His $2,500 fine remains unchanged. Sonnen landed a date with the influential commission after a failed bid to take UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's title during an Aug. 7 event in Oakland. Sonnen dominated the champ for four rounds but succumbed to a triangle-choke submission midway through the fifth and deciding round. Although promised an immediate rematch, Sonnen instead was put on the sidelines when CSAC executive director George Dodd confirmed the challenger had tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. (His testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio tested at 16.9, which well exceeded the CSAC's 4.0 cutoff, according to recently released documents.) Sonnen has kept quiet since news of the failed test, but he and a team lead by lawyers Howard Jacobs and Steven Thompson today broke their silence. Sonnen said he's undergone testosterone-replacement therapy since 2008 as treatment for hypergonadism, a condition in which there is hyperfunction of the gonads. Jacobs argued that Sonnen passed a CSAC test in October 2009 (when he defeated Yushin Okami at UFC 104) and rebutted the commission's claim that officials hadn't been notified prior to UFC 117 of the therapy. Sonnen, though, said he received verbal confirmation. Dodd confirmed Sonnen had notified him of the therapy but said he hadn't taken the proper steps at UFC 117. With some apparent miscommunication, CSAC officials voted 3-1 (after an initial 2-2 deadlock) to reduce his suspension. He's now eligible to return to competition on March 2 of the coming year.
Submitted Dec 2, 2010 11:04PM by DCRage - 14 comments
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Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero added to UFC 126 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
A light heavyweight bout between Kyle Kingsbury (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Ricardo Romero (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will be part of UFC 126. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the two fighters have agreed to the bout, which was first reported by MMADieHards.com. UFC 126 takes place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view. Kingsbury vs. Romero is slated for the preliminary card
Submitted Dec 2, 2010 8:39PM by Twenty20Dollars - 0 comments
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2010 World MMA Awards Results
(mmajunkie.com)
Link has all the nominees. Referee of the Year: Herb Dean Best Technical Clothing Brand: Bad Boy Best Technical Equipment Brand: Everlast MMA Media Source of the Year: MMAjunkie Best Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship Submission of the Year: Fabricio Werdum vs. Fedor Emelianenko Gym of the Year: Wand Training Center MMA Journalist of the Year: Ariel Helwani Coach of the Year: Greg Jackson Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand: TapouT International Fighter of the Year: Alistair Overeem Ring Girl of the Year: Arianny Celeste Leading Man of the Year: Dana White Outstanding Contribution to MMA: Randy Couture Most Memorable Ring Entrance: Jason "Mayhem" Miller Fight of the Year: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen Female Fighter of the Year: Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos KO of the Year: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Lyoto Machida Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Jon Jones Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year: Jose Aldo
Submitted Dec 2, 2010 8:34PM by Twenty20Dollars - 12 comments
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TUF 12 Finale's Branch not impressed with Attonito's striking pedigree
(mmajunkie.com)
Once-beaten UFC middleweight David Branch (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) knows a thing or two about submissions. The Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product owns three of his career wins via tapout and boasts a black belt from one of the most respected instructors in all of the sport. But don't try to pigeon-hole Branch into the role of a grappling-first fighter. The 28-year-old said at this weekend's The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, he's more than willing to throw hands.
Submitted Dec 2, 2010 3:38PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Leonard Garcia meets Nam Phan at TUF 12 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 12" semifinalist Nam Phan (16-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and WEC fighter Leonard Garcia (14-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is slated for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the matchup from sources close to the event. The Ultimate Fighter 12 takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on Spike TV. Garcia initially was scheduled to fight fellow WEC vet Tyler Toner at the show, but Ian Loveland took his place this past month. Initially, Garcia was thought to have suffered an injury, but it appears officials simply re-booked him for a fight with Phan.
Submitted Dec 2, 2010 9:23AM by emfleek - 9 comments
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Aaron Wilkinson vs. Cody McKenzie slated for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
Two quarterfinalists from "The Ultimate Fighter 12," Team GSP's Cody McKenzie (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Team Koscheck's Aaron Wilkinson (6-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), meet Saturday at the show's live finale McKezie, who was Team GSP's seventh-round pick, scored upsets with submission wins over Amir Khillah and Team Koscheck No. 1 pick Marc Stevens to advance to the quarterfinals. However, he fell short in the that round when semifinalist Nam Phan stopped him with strikes in the second round. Wilkinson, Team Koscheck's seventh-round pick, dealt with everything from facial cuts to his grandmother's death to an opening-round loss (to finalist Michael Johnson) once on the cast of "TUF 12." However, in the "wild-card" fight, he submitted teammate Stevens and got his second shot in the quarterfinals, where he posted a gutsy but unsuccessful effort against Kyle Watson.
Submitted Dec 2, 2010 1:13AM by Twenty20Dollars - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Kyle Watson and Sako Chivitchian meet at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
After a semifinal finish on "The Ultimate Fighter 12," Kyle Watson (13-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) now meets castmate Sako Chivitchian (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the show's live finale on Saturday. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the fight with sources close to the event. The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on Spike TV. Watson, a member and fifth-round pick of head coach Georges St-Pierre's team, suffered a semifinal-round loss to Jonathan Brookins on tonight's regular-season finale of the reality show. He advanced to the final four with an elimination-round victory over Joseph Duffy, an opening-round win over Andy Main, and a quarterfinal-round victory over Aaron Wilkinson. All of the wins came via submission
Submitted Dec 2, 2010 1:09AM by Twenty20Dollars - 2 comments
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Diego Sanchez Likely To Stay At 170 Pounds For Next Fight
(mmaweekly.com)
When Diego Sanchez moved back to New Mexico, he not only went back to his roots, he went back to the team and trainer that took him to the peak of his career. Walking through the doors at Team Greg Jackson, Sanchez was truly home again and it showed when “The Ultimate Fighter Season 1? winner put on a classic performance in defeating Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 in October. The return to form was Sanchez’s statement that he was back. For trainer Greg Jackson, it was just the time he had been waiting for. Jackson brought Sanchez up from his earliest days in MMA, and after an absence from the camp in recent years, the return culminated in a great moment after the fight.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 5:42PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Trainer Greg Jackson: "Fighting safe is an illusion" but fighting smart isn't
(mmajunkie.com)
Greg Jackson's philosophy on finishing fights is not too far from a well-worn cliche in mixed-martial-arts circles: Impose your will. Still, he's been criticized for grooming fighters who favor scorecards over submissions and points over punches. He'd like to set the record straight with those who question him. When it comes to how things play out inside the octagon, he asks only that his fighters be smart when they compete. "I get in there and I ask guys to finish every fight," Jackson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Because here's the problem with fighting safe: Fighting safe is an illusion." A statement such as that might bring groans from those who've seen decisions from several of Jackson's high-profile clients. UFC president Dana White recently went on the offensive and said it's "safety first" when it comes to the trainer's octagon strategy. That prompted Jackson to respond on Tuesday with a stat sheet that listed the bonuses his fighters have earned in 2010. Jackson urges fans to look at his stats for evidence of his philosophy.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 5:39PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Exclusive: Roy Nelson Talks TUF, WWE and Brock Lesnar
(bloodyelbow.com)
In the world of MMA media a fighter's place in the headlines can be somewhat of a catch-22. When the attention is warranted a fighter revels in the good news spreading of a job well done but when the information is vague and ambiguous it leaves an unsettled situation up for speculation. Those moments of unchecked speculation can lead into waves of forum boards, chat rooms and even headlines that eventually set the mark of validation on the situation. Outspoken UFC heavyweight and TUF season 10 winner Roy Nelson is square in the middle of this type of back and forth and rather than leave the issue alone to run it's course, Nelson chooses to speak up and set the record straight. Nelson was originally scheduled to face former Interim champion Shane Carwin as the co-main event at UFC 125 on January 1st. After Carwin was forced to withdraw from the matchup due to an injury, Nelson sat idle as the UFC looked for his next opponent. Then the news broke that former champion Brock Lesnar was looking for a bout with Nelson and when he received word "Big Country" welcomed the opportunity. Prior to the reports that Lesnar wanted to fight Nelson there was speculation that Nelson would face Mirko Cro Cop or possibly Frank Mir but the UFC never issued any information to back these claims. Nelson jumped on the chance to fight Brock Lesnar and from his Twitter account pushed to make the fight happen. Unfortunately for Roy Nelson just as quickly as the Lesnar bout hit the headlines it disappeared as the UFC announced that Nelson had been pulled from the card entirely. Fans and the media alike were left in limbo as to the reasons but when UFC President Dana White came out with the story explaining Nelson was involved in a contract dispute with Roy Jones Jr.'s Square Ring Promotions all motivations became clear. White also confirmed that it would be some time before Roy Nelson fought in the UFC again and that is where the story left off in the eyes of the public. Other fighters would keep a low profile and allow the controversy to blow over but Roy Nelson has never been considered a "company" man. Rather than sit on the sidelines quietly Nelson has continued to push ahead citing the contract dispute as old news as he pecks away at Dana White for bigger opportunities.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 4:16PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
UFC 122 Drug Tests All Clean
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 122 in Germany was Das Drug Free Zone. 8 fighters were tested for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse and UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today confirmed they all tested clean. The only fighters identified as tested were Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt. All of the fighters tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers. Without a regulatory body in place to oversee the event, UFC officials hired a company to conduct the testing.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 3:00PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
As Chael Sonnen Prepares for Steroids Hearing, More Details Emerge
(mmafighting.com)
In the months leading up to his UFC 117 title challenge, Chael Sonnen had plenty to say. Sonnen seemed to be everywhere, talking up his potential to dethrone champion Anderson Silva in a middleweight championship match. More than 20 minutes into the fight, he was making good on his pre-fight boasting, seemingly on his way to a career-defining victory when Silva caught him with a fifth-round triangle/arm bar submission. In the months since, Sonnen has had almost nothing to say publicly, his silence precipitated by a positive drug test in the days after the fight.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 11:50AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC eyes possible August return to Brazil
(mixedmartialarts.com)
After much speculation, it appears as though the UFC will return to Brazil for the first time in more than a decade, perhaps as soon as August at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Respected journalist Joaquim Ferreira dos Santos -- a columnist for O Globo, the second-largest newspaper in Brazil -- broke the news. UFC officials initiated negotiations during an October visit for two meetings, the first with Mayor Eduardo Paes and the second with an assistant of Eike Batista, the richest businessman in Brazil. Ranked as the eighth-richest man in the world by Forbes Magazine, with an estimated net worth of $27 billion, Batista was instrumental in bringing the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 9:09AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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