UFC Cuts Paul Buentello
The Paul Buentello Taco Shop is once again out of business. The heavyweight has reportedly been cut by UFC following his most recent fight, a submission loss to Cheick Kongo, which has Buentello on the Losing Streak Of Doom-2 in a row. Strikeforce is considered an unlikely destination, he turned down a 6-figure deal for a Fedor fight in September '09 and "didn't really fit" in their plans at the time.
UFC Fight Night 21 bonuses: Florian, Nelson, Pearson, Siver earn $30K awards
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kenny Florian, Roy Nelson, Ross Pearson and Denis Siver each earned $30,000 bonuses for their performances at Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 21 event.
Florian earned the "Submission of the Night" award, Nelson picked up the "Knockout of the Night" bonus, and Ross Pearson and Dennis Siver each earned "Fight of the Night honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and amounts in the night's post-fight press conference.
UFC Fight Night 21 took place at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., and aired on Spike TV as a lead-in for the "The Ultimate Fighter 11" season debut.
Florian picked up his award after submitting former PRIDE Fighting Championship lightweight title-holder and Japanese superstar Takanori Gomi via third-round rear-naked choke. Florian used crisp striking through two rounds to set up the takedown and fight-ending choke in the third.
Nelson, meanwhile, made his case for heavyweight title contention by blasting 6-foot-10 Stefan Struve with a pair of brutal overhand rights in the co-main event. "The Ultimate Fighter 10" winner then followed the towering Dutch fighter to the mat and unloaded a barrage of punches to force the KO stoppage just 39 seconds into the heavyweight fight.
Pearson and Siver, meanwhile, opened the night's broadcast with a high-energy three-rounder . While the competitors kept a nice pace to the fight, Pearson left little doubt he deserved the victory and ultimately picked up the unanimous-decision win via scores of 30-27 on all three judges' cards.
UFC 115 to remain in Vancouver, event not heading to Cincinnati
UFC 115 is a go for Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Less than 24 hours after the promotion gave the city until the end of business today to resolve concerns over the legal liability of holding an event in the city, Vancouver officials have given the June 12 show the green light.
The Canadian Press first reported the event as a go-ahead. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the plans with sources close to the event.
Sources close to the situation today told the Vancouver Sun that city officials reached an agreement to hold the event during a three-hour emergency council meeting late Tuesday night.
The impasse centered on the council's concern that a fighter or party could sue the city if an injury or mishap took place during an event.
Marc Ratner, vice president of UFC regulatory affairs, on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com that he was not giving up on Vancouver as UFC 115's destination after reports surfaced that the regulatory snafu had forced the promotion to consider moving the show to Cincinnati, Ohio.
"We're certainly working hand in hand with the mayor's office and the city council, and hopefully we have what they want," Ratner said. "The fight is still going forward as we speak."
UFC 115 will be the fourth event to be held on Canadian soil and the first event held in the Canadian province of British Columbia...
Coach: Alves’ Procedure Successful
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves underwent a successful medical procedure to mend a malformation in the left hemisphere of his brain Wednesday in New York City, according to his American Top Team coach Ricardo Liborio.
Dana White “Working On Something” for Georges St-Pierre & Welterweight Division
With welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre on the verge of lapping the entire 170-pound division after running through Dan Hardy on Saturday night, Dana White believes he has an ace in the hole for the division to keep things interesting.
“I’m working on something right now that I can’t talk to you guys about cause I don’t have it done yet,” White said regarding his plans for the winner of Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley at UFC 113.
Jon Fitch stated his interest in challenging St-Pierre once again, but White has other plans for Fitch first.
“I’m not kidding when I say that I would like to see [Josh] Koscheck fight [Jon] Fitch,” White admitted. “[They] talk about how bad they want title shots, just like Jon Fitch tonight, ‘I want that title so bad,’ really? How bad do you want it? You wanna fight Koscheck? He’s in your division and he’s one of the best.”
NJ Commission Clarifies Why Pellegrino's Face Plant Was Legal
When Kurt Pellegrino freed himself of a rear-naked choke by face planting his opponent into the canvas at this past weekend's UFC 111 event, one question quickly came to mind: How in the hell did Fabricio Camoes survive that? A second question soon followed: Isn't head-spiking illegal in mixed martial arts? According to the New Jersey State Athletic Board's Nick Lembo, not entirely. As Lembo explains, the move was allowed because it didn't come in the form of an illegal "piledriver," a type of head spike in which a fighter has control over his opponent. In the lightweight contest, Camoes took his opponent's back, secured his hooks, and worked for the rear-naked choke, all while Pellegrino remained in a standing position. Unable to shake free from his fellow jiu-jitsu ace, Pellegrino, who was already hunched over, dove into the mat and sent Camoes' head and neck crashing into the canvas. The move knocked Camoes loose – and briefly knocked him out cold. He awoke quickly after getting tagged with a couple punches, and though the fight continued, Pellegrino ultimately ended the bout with his own rear-naked choke at the 4:20 mark of the second round. The fact that Camoes was the one initiating the submission is an important point. "It should be noted that when a fighter is placed into a submission hold by their opponent, if that fighter is capable of elevating their opponent, they may bring that opponent down in any fashion they desire because they are not in control of their opponent's body," Lembo wrote. "The fighter who is attempting the submission can either adjust their position or let go of the hold before being slammed to the canvas."
UFC 111 Prelims Ratings Slam-Dunked By Hoops
The ratings for the UFC 111 Prelims special on Spike are out, and the NCAA Tournament caused the ratings to take a big hit. Only 1.2 million watched the hour on Spike, down 37% from the series-high 1.9 million from the pre-109 edition and the lowest-rated edition yet. But it was up against college hoops this time, as a West Virginia-Kentucky overrun was up against UFC.
IT'S PERSONAL: Chuck Liddell plans 3rd KO of Tito Ortiz
The relationship between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz could be described as volatile to even the most casual viewer that's ever heard the two former champions talk about each other. When things get personal though, that's when Liddell's anger rockets to a new level.
The former light heavyweight champion says he didn't take the bait when Ortiz's girlfriend, former adult actress Jenna Jameson, took to Twitter recently and bashed Liddell and UFC president Dana White. Liddell says he even told his followers to back off of Jameson when things got a little too heated.
"I just take the high road with that," Liddell said on Monday. "I even asked my people on Twitter to back off the stuff with his girlfriend. I've got nothing against his girlfriend. They were mostly just pot shots they were taking, cheap shots too."
Chuck Liddell: I Hope Jake Shields Signs With UFC
Chuck Liddell, who hand-picked Jake Shields to be an assistant coach on Team Liddell for this season's The Ultimate Fighter 11, wants to see the Strikeforce middleweight champion make the long-awaited jump to the UFC.
"I hope he comes over to the UFC, it'd be great" Liddell said Monday on a TUF 11 conference call. "He's got a fight coming up soon at 185. He moved up to 185 ... He really needs to come back to his weight class (at 170), come back to the UFC and make a run at it there."
Liddell and Shields have ties from almost eleven years ago. Before Shields joined Cesar Gracie in 2001, Shields turned to Liddell's SLO Kickboxing Academy two years prior for his start in MMA.
Brian Stann Strongly Considering Move to Middleweight Division
Brian Stann suffered a one-sided defeat to Phil Davis at UFC 109, which left the former WEC light heavyweight champion wondering whether he would best be served dropping down to middleweight. When MMA Fighting spoke to Stann last week in New York City, Stann said his next fight, which should take place this summer, will possibly be his debut as a middleweight.
Stann talked about dropping down to 185 and also about the evolution of his MMA skills. Check out the video interview below.
Roy Nelson Has an Eye on the Heavyweight Belt
Roy Nelson isn't like most Ultimate Fighter winners. Nelson, who won Season 10 of the UFC's reality show, has already been the heavyweight champion of an MMA promotion (the International Fight League), and at age 33 he doesn't plan on fighting much longer.
So Nelson, who's preparing for his first post-Ultimate Fighter bout on Wednesday night when he takes on Stefan Struve on Spike TV, doesn't want to be particularly patient about getting a shot at the UFC heavyweight belt. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, Nelson said he wants to test himself against the best heavyweights in the world, and he wants to do it sooner rather than later.
The full interview is below.
Nick Catone vs. John Salter preliminary bout completes May's UFC 113 lineup
A middleweight bout pitting Nick Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. John Salter (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is official for May's UFC 113 preliminary card and completes the event's 11-bout lineup.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the fight earlier this month, and UFC executives recently made it official.
UFC 113 takes place on May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main card, which includes a main event and rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs live on pay-per-view.
Chuck Liddell says 3rd fight with Tito Ortiz "...is still on"
UFC light heavyweight Chuck Liddell says he still expects to fight nemesis Tito Ortiz – he's earned it, after all.
Liddell (21-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC), who coaches opposite Ortiz (15-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) on the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," said it took exactly one week to get motivated for a third meeting with Ortiz at the show's conclusion.
While question marks surround Ortiz's participation on the show – not to mention the location of the traditional post-"TUF" coaches' showdown – the five-time UFC light heavyweight champion said as far as he knows, it's business as usual.
"I've heard the rumors, of course, but from what I understand, [Ortiz] is signed to fight, and he's still going to actually show up and get [the] beating he's supposed to get," Liddell said today during a conference call promoting the 11th season's debut, set for Wednesday at the conclusion of "UFC Fight Night 21: Gomi vs. Florian."
Shane Carwin Was Very Close To Not Fighting Frank Mir At UFC 111
He very nearly became another Thiago Alves-he apparently had some brain concerns, as he noted on a blog post on his website, shane-carwin.com: "The week leading into this fight was hectic. I was unable to get cleared based on the medical records I submitted so I spent a good part of one of the media days in the Dr.'s office. I was able to pass the MRI/MRA that was initially in question but the doctors located a new problem. Apparently there was concern that one of the vessels in my brain looked as if it was connected on one end but not the other. The Dr. told me it could be that or it could be a vessel that was widening or ballooning but they could not really tell and needed a better test. It sounded serious and I wanted to fight so I agreed to the test, which involved CT Angiography (CTA). They had to set up an IV and inject a contrast material in me (containing iodine) and named off some possible side effects, this was all fine, but not when you are less than a couple of days out from a fight. The dye made me pretty sick for about the next 24 hours. I was thankful they were being so thorough, but it could not have come at a worse time."
Report: Vancouver no longer hosting UFC 115, Cincinnati under consideration
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's first trip to Vancouver may have to wait a little longer.
The Canadian Press today issued a report citing a UFC source who said the Canadian city will no longer host UFC 115 on June 12 and that Cincinnati is now under consideration as a replacement site.
Messages MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) left with the UFC and Ohio Athletic Commission were not immediately returned.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported in early January, the UFC lobbied hard for the show in Vancouver, which previously hosted MMA events but began shying away from the shows in September 2007 when lawyers determined the city was exposed to liability if a mishap occurred during one of the shows. The UFC even secured the 19,000-seat GM Place to host the show, which is expected to feature a main event of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" coach Chuck Liddell vs. fellow coach Tito Ortiz (or rumored replacement coach Rich Franklin).
In fact, an entire fight card has already been determined and previously reported by MMAjunkie.com.
According to the report, the UFC opted to skip Vancouver due to "insurance and other issues."
The UFC never officially announced the show, though UFC president Dana White and many of the card's fighters have talked openly about the planned event.
Thiago Silva Targeting Summer Return, Possibly UFC 116
After dealing with serious back injuries, including 3 herniated discs that left him virtually bedridden prior to his January fight with Rashad Evans, Thiago Silva says he's now recovered and back in training. He says he's learned not to take any more fights when hurt and hopes to return this summer, possibly at UFC 116. He says he's already asked for two "tough names" for his next fight, but doesn't sound like he'd want a potential Jon Jones fight as his next one.
Hardy cleared for quick return despite arm contortion
Dan Hardy has been cleared to make an immediate return to the gym following his UFC 111 defeat to Georges St-Pierre, but Rousimar Palhares will not fight again until July at the earliest.
There were fears that Hardy might have to undergo a lengthy lay-off following multiple armbar and kimura attempts by St-Pierre during their five-round title bout. Hardy's arm appeared to pop at one stage during the unanimous decision defeat, yet doctors have ruled out any significant damage to the arm or shoulder joint...
Bonnar vs. K-Sos Rematch Targeted For UFC 116
Stephan Bonnar's hoped-for rematch with Krzyzstof Soszynski appears to be in the works, and if the plan holds he'll get it at UFC 116. Bonnar says he recently received a contract for the rematch on July 3. The first meeting between the two was at UFC 110, where K-Sos won by TKO due to a cut caused by a headbutt, although the ruling was strikes. Bonnar appealed the ruling but it was denied.
They're Going To Need The Hulk To Ref Lesnar-Carwin
Or perhaps 2 refs according to Dana White. It could be the real Clash Of The Titans. "I think a lot of people are happy that Lesnar's back and this is a real heavyweight fight with two real heavyweights that deserve to be there. I think it's going to be big. I was debating whether I was going to bring [Lesnar into the cage at UFC 111.] I wanted to see what Shane's disposition was after the fight. Those two start going at it, there wasn't enough people in there to break that thing up. They're going to have to have like the F-ing Hulk referee that fight. I don't even think Miragliotta's big enough. We might need two refs."