Couture wants winner of Machida/Shogun
As Randy Couture heads back into training in mid-June for his August showdown against James Toney, the UFC Hall of Famer still has other goals on his mind as well.
The 46-year-old former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion isn't done winning titles yet, and while his focus has turned to former boxing champion turned MMA fighter James Toney, he believes that his shot at the 205-pound belt isn't far away either.
When asked if he believes he could be in line for a title shot within 12 to 18 months, Couture said that it could be sooner.
Dennis Hallman faces Ben Saunders at UFC 117
Dennis Hallman (41-13-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will have to wait a bit longer to drop weight.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the MMA veteran and recent UFC returnee is expected to meet Ben Saunders (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout on the non-televised portion of UFC 117, according to multiple sources close to the event. Though bout agreements have not yet been signed, both fighters are expected to put pen to paper shortly.
"UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen" takes place Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Andre Winner Meets Nik Lentz At UFC 118
Andre Winner & Nik Lentz are now set to meet in a prelim match at UFC 118 in August. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Both fighters will try to extend their current unbeaten streaks in UFC (Winner has 2 straight wins, Lentz 2 wins and 1 Draw).
Greg Soto Signs To Face Nick Osipczak At UFC 118
UFC fighter Greg Soto confirmed via Twitter today that he's signed to face Nick Osipczak at UFC 118 in Boston. Soto, who signed with the UFC in March as a late replacement for Ricardo Funch, ran into trouble against Matthew Riddle, who took the first two rounds of their preliminary-card fight at UFC 111. Soto came out swinging in the third round, but after he was taken to the mat, he connected on an illegal upkick that caught Riddle square on the kisser. Riddle tried to fight through the pain, but he was so dazed that ringside officials would not allow him to continue, and he was awarded the DQ win.
UC 116 main-card additions include Silva vs. Akiyama, Soszynski vs. Bonnar II
Following Tuesday's official announcement of UFC 116 and a headliner of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar vs interim title-holder Shane Carwin, Ultimate Fighting Championship officials have added six additional fights to the July 3 card.
Main-card additions include Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva and a Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar rematch, both of which MMAjunkie.com previously reported.
Official for the un-aired preliminary card include Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer, Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic, Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown, and Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola.
Brian Stann To MW, Could Meet Massenzio At UFC On Versus 2
According to Heavy, Brian Stann vs. Mike Massenzio is in the works for UFC on Versus 2. Stann confirmed on his twitter that the bout will take place in the Middleweight division. Stann was in favor of dropping down to 185 after dropping a unanimous decision to Phil Davis at UFC 109. Massenzio hasn't fought since UFC 92, losing via TKO to CB Dollaway. UFC on Versus 2 is scheduled for August 1, 2010 from the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Marquardt vs. Palhares Possible for UFC 117
Nate Marquardt didn't have to wait too long for the UFC to find him a new opponent, but he will have to wait a little bit longer for the fight to happen. Brazilian fighter Rousimar Palhares is in talks to face Marquardt in Oakland for UFC 117 on August 7.
-------------------Correction to that last story...Marquardt vs. Palhares is possible for August, but show still yet to be determined------------------------
Terry Etim vs. Joe Lauzon in the works for UFC 118 in Boston
Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon will get his wish.
A few weeks after telling MMAjunkie.com that he expected to fight at UFC 118, the organization's first-ever event in Boston, Lauzon has now verbally agreed to face Englishman Terry Etim at the event.
Fighters Only magazine was the first to report the new matchup, and MMAjunkie.com has since confirmed the proposed bout with sources close to the promotion.
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera told MMAjunkie.com in March that he shouldn't even have to ask to fight at UFC 118, the promotion's first trip to Boston.
Apparently, he didn't.
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the promotion that the Massachusetts resident and Italian slugger Alessio Sakara have verbally agreed to meet at the event.
Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim at UFC 118 in Boston
The hometown kid gets a dream come true.
The Boston show set for August 28 is starting to fill up with local stars and the latest is former "Ultimate Fighter" competitor Joe Lauzon who returns to action to face Terry Etim on the card.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday. Fighter's Only first confirmed the bout on Tuesday.
After sitting out for the majority of 2009 with a knee injury, Massachusetts' fighter Joe Lauzon (18-5) came back at UFC 108 with aspirations of getting into the deep end of the lightweight division right away. Lauzon came up a little short in his comeback bid, losing a unanimous decision to Canadian fighter Sam Stout.
Jason Brilz agrees to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114
Forrest Griffin's spot didn't stay empty very long.
Mere hours after reports surfaced that the former light heavyweight champion had been forced out of his UFC 114 contest with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, MMAjunkie.com has learned that Jason Brilz has agreed to take the fight on a little less than four-weeks' notice.
Sources close to the promotion indicated that verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Forrest Griffin Bows Out Of Bout With Lil Nog
Forrest Griffin has had to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The two were set to co-main event UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. A grudge match between former light heavyweight champions and “Ultimate Fighter” coaches Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson heads the fight card.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fighter’s camp that Griffin injured his shoulder and had to withdraw from the fight. TMZ.com was the first to report his exit.
Tom Lawlor not interested in "Fight of the Night" bonus at UFC 113
Despite cashing a $30,000 bonus check in his most recent outing, UFC middleweight contender Tom Lawlor isn't interested in another "Fight of the Night" award when he meets Joe Doerksen on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 113 event in Montreal.
"A lot of people said, 'I can't wait to see that fight; that fight's going to be awesome, and I hope it's Fight of the Night,'" Lawlor recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "That is the biggest insult and the worst thing you could tell somebody – that I hope they fight for 15 minutes, and I hope they take damage.
"I'd rather fight guys that really aren't that good."
Tim Boetsch re-signs with UFC, agrees to UFC 117 fight with Thiago Silva
After posting a 3-0 record following his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2009, light heavyweight Tim Boetsch (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is returning to the organization to fight Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 117 in August.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements will be finalized in the coming week.
The fight, first reported by Sherdog.com, takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau targeted for UFC on Versus 2 in August
UFC lightweight Jim Miller goes for his fifth straight victory, and Gleison Tibau goes for his fifth win in six fights when the pair meets in August at UFC on Versus 2.
A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com at least one fighter has agreed to the bout, though the individual fighters' camps did not immediately return messages requesting comment.
UFC on Versus 2 take place Aug. 1 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
Randy Couture Wants a Challenge, So He Wants James Toney at 205
Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture is expected to fight former boxing middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight champion James Toney at UFC 118 in a bout that will be an interesting experiment to find out what happens when someone with world-class boxing skills tries his hand at mixed martial arts.
And Couture, whose primary reason for continuing to fight in his late 40s is to participate in interesting fights, wants to be challenged by a Toney who's in peak physical condition. Which is why Couture wants their fight to be contested at the light heavyweight limit of 205 pounds, rather than the heavwyeight limit of 265.
Kurt Pellegrino Says He'll Never Tap, Will Retire if He Loses Another Fight
Kurt Pellegrino may be riding an impressive four-fight win streak in the UFC, but he still seems to think he could be just one loss away from retirement.
That's what he claims anyway, saying in the past that his next loss would prompt him to quit the sport for good. When asked by Ariel Helwani on this week's episode of The MMA Hour whether he was willing to stick to that claim, the lightweight contender affirmed that it wasn't just idle talk.
Spike TV expected to air Oct. 16 event, possibly UFC 120, from London
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is expected to host its next U.K. show in October, and the show is slated to air for free on Spike TV in the U.S.
The event, potentially UFC 120, is expected to take place Oct. 16 at The O2 in London, England, sources close to the show today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Although not officially set, the show is in the works and could be finalized in the next month. It's expected to air via same-day delay in North America.
No fighters officially have been tapped for the overseas card, but a source said – health and schedule permitting – British welterweight contender Dan Hardy could be featured prominently in the event. The Team Rough House fighter hasn't competed since a tough-fought unanimous-decision loss to champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 in March. The loss snapped Hardy's seven-fight win streak.
Junior Dos Santos Leaving The Cage For The Ring?
If you believe what his boxing trainer told the TATAME website recently, possibly. Comments from Carlos Dorea: "The first step would [have been] the Brazilian championship, after he beat Cro Cop. He was the super heavy holder of the Bahia's team, but UFC scheduled his fight with Gilbert Yvel, so I had to take him off the team. His evolving is fantastic, he has one of the best boxing techniques of international MMA. If everything goes right, he will compete in this area and, who knows, in the future he can bring a few medals to Brazil... He is a phenomenon."
After disappointing loss, Luiz Cane promises striking transformation at UFC 114
When Luiz Cane was destroyed by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this past November at UFC 106, no one was more shocked by the result than "Banha," himself.
His lone prior loss was via disqualification after blasting James Irvin with an illegal knee at UFC 79 in December 2007.
But Nogueira outstruck the brawling Cane and earned a TKO in just 1:56. With Cane now scheduled to face French striker Cyrille Diabate at UFC 114 in May, the Brazilian slugger said he's working on a complete retooling effort to address the lessons learned against Nogueira.