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Matt Riddle vs. Steve Bruno added to UFN 17 in February
An alumnus from the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Riddle had been scheduled to make his welterweight debut in a UFC 91 matchup this past November against Ryan Thomas. However, a serious knee injury sustained while training forced Riddle off the card and created an opening for fellow TUF 7 veteran Matt Brown. Riddle has been making progress in his recovery from the injury and sources close to 22-year old fighter have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he’s expected to return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7 against Steve “Hollywood” Bruno.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 4:28AM by Wolfenstein - 1 comment
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Brazilian brawler Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to meet with UFC president Dana White this week to determine his next challenge. The former Pride champion is not thrilled about a possible cut to middleweight. He walks around at 215 pounds, and doesn’t like to cut more than 10 pounds for a fight. He denied an immediate move to the division below him, but said he would wait to hear from “the boss.”
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 3:57AM by Wolfenstein - 13 comments
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The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday by Lister's management team at Haymaker's Empire. According to his manager, Lister requested the release and the UFC granted his leaving the organization. The former Abu Dhabi champion is already in talks with several promotions, including Dream and Affliction, for a new deal.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 3:55AM by Wolfenstein - 15 comments
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Chuck Liddell says he’ll take the light heavyweight title from Rashad Evans
“I’ll fight anybody they put in front of me as long as it gets me back closer to the title. I have to try to be the best at what am I doing. I want Rashad Evans, he’s got the title and I’ll take it.” Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell — who was most recently on the wrong end of a vicious knockout at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” courtesy of Rashad Evans — wants another crack at “Sugar” when asked who he’d like to fight next. That more than likely isn’t going to happen anytime soon — Liddell has lost three of his last four fights. And he no longer appears to be the same world beater who dominated the talent-rich 205-pound division for two years up until 2007. “Iceman” is expected to return at UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7; however, his opponent remains a mystery. With a win in March, Liddell — who has been getting some extra training at American Top Team (ATT) recently — could very well begin to mount his final assault on the light heavyweight hill before calling it a career. Because of his celebrity and drawing power it’s not crazy to imagine that two impressive wins could get him to the top, regardless of what else is happening in the division. Can he pull it off? Does he have enough gas left in the tank? Has he been surpassed in skill by the other top fighters in the division? Let us hear your opinions in the comments section below. Full interview
Submitted Jan 4, 2009 10:50PM by SmileR - 25 comments
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Fioravanti vs. Johnson To Be Added To UFN 17
A hard-hitting matchup is about to be added to UFN 17 in February: Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti should be made official next week. Unfortuantely the bout is currently planned as a prelim and thus may not air on TV.
Submitted Jan 3, 2009 4:30PM by DCRage - 16 comments
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Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day Possible At UFC 96
Having not fought since his decision win over the late Evan Tanner last year, it now appears that TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove will return to action at UFC 96 and face Jason Day.
Submitted Jan 3, 2009 12:04PM by DCRage - 14 comments
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Recent MMA Fighter Deaths Raise Questions
The death of former heavyweight title contender Justin Eilers, due to a gunshot wound at the hands of his stepfather at a Christmas night party, marked the third death of a recent UFC fighter from under strange circumstances in a short period of time. Is the spate of deaths a harbinger of bad things to come, or is it a radmon series of coincidences?
Submitted Jan 3, 2009 8:50AM by DCRage - 10 comments
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Joe Rogan: Brock Is A Superhuman Sponge
Count Joe Rogan among those impressed with new UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Rogan says Lesnar is a "sponge", trains all the time, is 100% dedicated, and is superhuman, among other things.
Submitted Jan 3, 2009 8:48AM by DCRage - 2 comments
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TUF 8 Champ May Debut At UFN 19
Although no announcement has been made and paperwork is not done yet, Jeremy Stephens says that he will be the opponent for TUF 8 Lightweight winner Efrain Escudero in his first post-TUF fight, likely to be at UFN 19 in April.
Submitted Jan 2, 2009 3:48PM by DCRage - 11 comments
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Alistair Overeem: "Going to Attend UFC 93 and In talks with UFC" !!!!!!
He says he wants Lesnar, Fedor and Mir - Plans to attend UFC 93, and is in talks with Dana white and the UFC. This is huge - Big step closer to having Overeem WHIPE OUT the UFC HW divison!!!
Submitted Jan 2, 2009 2:45PM by kastro_316 - 37 comments
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New champ Frank Mir: misinformation an effective strategy
"Every fighter gets injured a lot during training camps," Mir said. "One thing I've learned not to do is – I don't really give any validity to my injuries. Some of my injuries are fake. I've faked a few injuries in the past but not to pull out of fights or anything. It's just there a lot of rumors out there, and when I hear them, I help people out. ... 'Go tell people and put it on the Internet.'
Submitted Jan 2, 2009 3:36AM by Wolfenstein - 7 comments
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Josh Neer – a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and International Fight League – was arrested early Thursday morning by Des Moines, Iowa police, according to the Des Moines Register. Polk County (Iowa) records show he was charged with a second-offense operating while intoxicated charge and eluding while more than 25 miles-per-hour in excess of the speeding limit.
Submitted Jan 1, 2009 3:38PM by Wolfenstein - 25 comments
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Massenio Set To Have MCL surgery Today
According to Brad Rysz of RotoExperts.com, UFC middleweight Mike Massenzio suffered a torn MCL three weeks prior to his December 27th clash with CB Dollaway at UFC 92. Despite the injury, Massenzio opted to go through with the fight and with a heavily bandaged knee, he nearly pulled off the victory after rocking Dollaway and sinking in a deep guillotine choke.
Submitted Jan 1, 2009 2:33PM by Wolfenstein - 5 comments
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Kenny Florian: Ref Steve Mazzagatti Needs Glasses, Has Been Late With His Calls
And now Kenny Florian is piling on. This week on ESPN.com's MMA Live, Florian suggested that Mazzagatti simply isn't fit for the job. "I think someone should have gotten him glasses for Christmas," Florian said. "I'll be honest, he really has been late with a lot of his calls, and it has been a consistent thing with him."
Submitted Jan 1, 2009 2:25PM by Wolfenstein - 10 comments
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Wanderlei to drop to middleweight in 2009
Sources close to the aggressive Brazilian EXCLUSIVELY revealed to MMABay that he will be moving to 185 pounds after spending the last couple of years fighting bigger men and coming up short. Often in his Pride days, Wanderlei would come in under the allotted weight, as he did last weekend at UFC 92, finding the weight cutting very easy to cope with.
Submitted Jan 1, 2009 2:18PM by Wolfenstein - 32 comments
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Troy Mandaloniz vs Paul Kelly set for ufc 95
"The Ultimate Fighter" season six alum Troy "Rude Boy" Mandaloniz is packing on the pounds for his next fight. The Hilo, Hawaii native will on Tuesday sign his bout agreement for a welterweight scrap with Paul Kelly at UFC 95 on Feb. 21 in London, England. Kelly is expected to sign his agreement in the coming days. I predict a round 2 GnP stoppage for Kelly.
Submitted Jan 1, 2009 10:42AM by Aaronno9 - 14 comments
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Both Mir and Nogueira Were Injured Going Into UFC 92
Earlier this week, Nogueira’s camp confirmed that he had a bad knee injury going into the fight, but had remained silent about it. Today, it emerged (via UFC president Dana White’s appearance on the Carmichael Dave show) that the Brazilian had also been recovering from a Staph infection. But Frank Mir was not without his problems either, according to the Wrestling Observer, which reports that the former champion had suffered a herniated disc in training.
Submitted Dec 31, 2008 9:24PM by Wolfenstein - 18 comments
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Rashad Evans Explains "Gesture" During Fight With Griffin
When [Griffin] got off his little flurry on me, and he gave me everything he had, I was like, 'Oh man. I've seen every trick in the book,'" Evans said. "And I knew that there was nothing he could do to really hurt me. I felt all his power, and I was like, 'Man, I've got this. I've got this now.' And I wanted to let him know that [he] can't hurt me. It's going to be a long night from here on out.' It was just a little fun.
Submitted Dec 31, 2008 9:16PM by Wolfenstein - 30 comments
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Time Warner cable = No Spike TV
I know this isn't MMA but this does affect peoples ability to watch MMA. Looks like Time Warner was unable to make a deal with Viacom and all Time Warner customers will loss access to all of Viacom stations at midnight and one of those stations happens to be Spike TV.
Submitted Dec 31, 2008 4:58PM by telnights - 19 comments
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Yushin Okami will receive title shot
UFC middleweight Yushin Okami defated Dean Lister by unanimous decision at UFC 92. Even though the fight was not the most exciting bout on the card, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the victory puts Okami back in the hunt for the middleweight title currently held by Anderson Silva. “Yushin Okami will be getting a title shot. Definitely,” said White.
Submitted Dec 30, 2008 7:47AM by Wolfenstein - 27 comments
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