TSN outlines upcoming UFC fights featuring Canadians
UFC president Dana White isn't exaggerating when he discusses his sport's popularity in Canada.
With mixed martial arts now legalized in Ontario, the UFC is eyeing a potential show in Toronto in March of 2011, on top of a return to the Bell Centre in Montreal this December for UFC 124.
Fans north of the border have thrown their support behind a stable of homegrown fighters who are making their mark in the UFC.
Here's a look at what's next for some of Canada's most promising fighters in the second half of 2010.
Nogueira: I Guarantee That I'm Going To Give Ryan Bader The First Loss Of His Career
And yes, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira uttered the dreaded "G" word. "I guarantee that I'm going to give (Ryan Bader) his first loss of his career. It would be very gratifying for me to show my fans a great show and knock out Bader the same way I knocked out Luis Cane. Bader is a new guy, he wants to establish himself in the rankings. I'm an older guy. With more experience and my experience will work in my favor, and help me beat Bader in this fight. He definitely has a lot more experience in wrestling that I do. But I think what I'm missing in my wrestling game he is missing in his jiu-jitsu game on the ground. So I think if he takes the fight to the ground he is going to get caught. So it's probably wiser for him to keep the fight standing up."
Unbeaten newcomers Pascal Krauss and Kenny Robertson targeted for UFC 122
A bout between promotional newcomers and undefeated welterweights Pascal Krauss (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Kenny Robertson (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is expected to take place at UFC 122.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned from a source close to the event that at least one fighter has agreed to the bout. The German site groundandpound.de first reported the matchup on Thursday.
UFC 122 takes place Nov. 13 at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, and airs via same-day delay on Spike TV. A middleweight fight between Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami headlines the event.
McCray vs Rocha at UFC 122
Spending time in Germany growing up taught Kris McCray how to speak the native tongue, and he'll get the chance to show that off as the 11th season "Ultimate Fighter" runner-up will head to Deutschland on Nov 13 for UFC 122 as he faces Brazilian Carlos Eduardo Rocha in a welterweight bout on the card.
Nate Marquardt on MMA Nation: Overcoming the Loss to Chael Sonnen, Preparing for Rousimar Palhares and Looking for the Next Title Shot
Last week on MMA Nation on 106.7 The Fan, we caught up with perennial UFC middleweight contender Nate "The Great" Marquardt. There was much to discuss as we wanted to gauge his reaction to the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen bout, get a sense of how he was preparing for his upcoming headline fight on Spike TV against the dangerous submission specialist Rousimar Palhares and cover much more.
Marquardt is soft-spoken, but hardly dreary-eyed or laid back. While somber about the loss to Sonnen, he's focused about the road ahead. He openly wants to fight whoever he needs to to get another shot at the middleweight title even if he knows beating Palhares next Wednesday is no matter of procedure.
Darren Elkins vs. newcomer Edson Barboza planned for UFC 123 event
Undefeated Brazilian lightweight Edson Barboza (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) likely will serve the first obligation of a multi-fight deal with the UFC when he meets Darren Elkins (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 123.
Sources close to the event informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the matchup Wednesday evening and said at least one of the fighters has already agreed to the proposed contest, though bout agreements have yet to be distributed.
Thiago Silva "Anxious" To Stand And "Bang" With Brandon Vera
But first, as he tells the TATAME, he's gotta get that bad back of his fixed. "Everything depends on the athlete. To get there really hungry for the win sometimes is not a good thing, but everyone is different. I’ll be ready, for sure, and let’s see what happens. I think it’s a good fight, the two of us like to bang and it seems it’ll be a great fight. I’m anxious for this fight, our games match. He won’t be like trying to grab me all the time, we’ll trade a lot of punches. There’s plenty time and I still have to fix my spine. I’m doing treatment for it. It’ll take a month so I can go back to the trainings, but now I just have to wait for me to fight again."
Siver vs. Winner Planned for UFC 122 in Germany
A lightweight bout between Dennis Siver and Andre Winner is planned for UFC 122 in Germany, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Thursday.
The event will be the UFC's second in Germany and will be a homecoming for Siver. He also fought on the promotion's debut in that country, UFC 99 in June 2009, submitting Dale Hartt with a first-round rear naked choke. Siver (16-7, 5-4 UFC) is of German and Russian descent and began his MMA career in Germany.
Siver last fought at the Season 11 finale of "The Ultimate Fighter," beating Spencer Fisher by unanimous decision. Three of his last five fights have netted him post-fight bonus awards – two Knockout of the Night wins (Nate Mohr at UFC 93, Paul Kelly at UFC 105) and a Fight of the Night against Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 21, though he lost a decision.
Sean Sherk: Evan Dunham Won't Do Anything That I Haven't Seen Or Had Done To Me Before
And he thinks it's just another step in the road back to the UFC Lightweight Championship, and apparently Sherk isn't afraid to be a little cocky ahead of UFC 119. "What I do works and I'm not going to change it now. I don't think (Evan Dunham) is going to do anything in the cage that I haven't seen or had done to me before. I've literally fought the best of the best in this industry for a very long time. I've fought for world titles in two different weight classes. I don't see him beating me at any aspect of the game. My striking is faster, it's crisper. My wrestling is better, my jiu-jitsu is better. There’s a lot of hungry kids out there, I’m hungry too. I want it. I've been there already. I’ve' had that belt. I loved it. I loved being world champion. I want that again."
Lentz vs Griffin headed to UFC 123
Two very tough lightweights with wrestling pedigrees will match-up at UFC 123 in Detroit as Nik Lentz, coming off a win at UFC 118, takes on Xtreme Couture fighter Tyson Griffin.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Wednesday.
Florian Hires Wrestling Coach, Back in 5 Months
"I'm more motivated than ever. I'm pissed, to be honest. I want to crush my training. That's what I'm focused on right now. I just hired the assistant wrestling coach at Boston University (Sean Gray) to be my wrestling coach here in Boston and I have other plans for a lot of other things as far as training goes."
Rousimar Palhares Doesn't Want To Hurt Opponents, He Wants To Finish Them Quickly
And he makes that clear in response to criticism he's faced since his win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111. “Murilo always told me to wait until the referee stops the fight. He had problems with [fake taps] in the past and Anderson almost had the same problem in his last fight. Its not that I want to hurt anyone but I am trying to be fast with my submissions so the referee needs to be fast as well, to stop the fight. My opinion is that the referee in my last fight was too far away and took too long to stop the fight. If he had been closer then he could have stopped it right away and then we would not even be having this conversation at all!”
Jim Miller Would Fight Teammate Frankie Edgar
The subject of teammate vs. teammate, or training partners fighting in MMA has become one of the hottest topics of the day. With more and more fighters flocking to major camps all over the world, there are bound to be numerous situations where friends and teammates are forced to answer the question if they would fight each other.
The battle lines have been drawn with several fighters stating they would never, ever fight a teammate, while others have put it off until they are forced to answer the question when a fight is offered.
One person who has an interesting perspective on the subject is UFC lightweight Jim Miller, who fights Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 22 on Sept. 15, and could be drawing closer and closer to a title shot with a win. Right now, if Miller were to get a title shot he would face off against friend and training partner Frankie Edgar, who currently holds the UFC lightweight title.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon in the Works for UFC 123
There's a fantastic lightweight match-up brewing between up-and-coming division prospects Joe Lauzon and George Sotiropoulos, as the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veterans are currently in talks to throw down at the upcoming UFC 123 pay-per-view on Nov. 20 in Auburn Hills, MI.
MMAmania.com confirmed the pending match-up earlier today.
Demian Maia vs. Kendall Grove Possible For TUF 12 Finale
According to TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove's Twitter account, his next fight will be at the TUF 12 Finale against Demian Maia. Not much light has been shed on “The Ultimate Fighter Season 12” finale, although it will take place at The Palms in Las Vegas, and also features Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac.
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera Targeted For UFC 125
A pair of light heavyweights looking to rebound from recent high-profile losses will likely meet in January in what could easily be viewed as a "must-win" for both contestants involved. UFC is reportedly targeting Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera for UFC 125, likely to be held on January 1. At least one fighter has agreed to the contest, paperwork pending.
Reudiger vs Kelly set for UFC 123
Two lightweights may be battling for their UFC careers in November as Gabe Ruediger will get another crack in the Octagon as he faces British fighter Paul Kelly at UFC 123 in Detroit.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday, with bout agreements expected to be issued shortly.
UFC releases heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee
Heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is a free agent.
A little more than one year after Duffee burst onto the UFC scene with a seven-second knockout of Tim Hague, the 24-year-old is no longer employed by the sport's largest mixed martial arts promotion.
NATE DIAZ: "I want to try and get a belt here sometime."
Nate Diaz has been flawless in his two showings since moving up in weight class from the lightweight division, finishing reputable welterweights Rory Markham and Marcus Davis.
“Whatever they want to do with me, I’m fine.” said Diaz.
“I’d like to get someone in the top three contenders at either lightweight or welterweight rather than against some tough guy that’s not as popular or not as high in the rankings,” said Diaz.