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No weighty concerns as a slimmer Mark Coleman readies for UFC 93
(mmajunkie.com)
"The weight came off a lot easier than anticipated," Coleman said. "I don't see it being a problem making weight, so I'm happy about that. I'm healthy and just need to get through a few more practices, and I'll be ready to go." Coleman said a new diet helped him easily drop the weight. He currently weighs 220 pounds – "or a little less," he said – and expects no problems once he arrives at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, next week.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 4:19PM by Wolfenstein - 17 comments
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Paulo Thiago Gets a Tryout at UFC 95, Not a Contract
(cagepotato.com)
Yesterday we relayed news that undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago is getting his shot in the UFC against Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in London. It’s a tough first fight in the Octagon, but hey, the UFC isn’t the place for you if you’re only interested in easy fights. Turns out, however, that this isn’t the first fight in a three-fight deal for Thiago; it’s the only fight in a one-fight deal. The UFC has signed him to the rare one-off contract, presumably so they won’t have to cut him when he loses to Koscheck. Thiago says he’s hopeful that a good performance will lead to a longer contract, and that’s looking on the bright side, all right. If he wins, he can ask for more money when he does actually sign a contract. But at the same time this is not a vote of confidence from the UFC. Sounds like a longshot to stick around. But you know who else was a longshot? Rocky. Although on second thought, Rocky lost, so he might have been cut after the first fight with Apollo. Then we'd never have seen this. Just please nobody tell Fedor and his management team that somebody is getting a one-off deal in the UFC. They will freak right the hell out
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 2:11PM by SmileR - 3 comments
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The UFC’s New Deal: A 360 Future?
(mmapayout.com)
Chatter is beginning to rise in the industry that the UFC is looking to move towards a strategy of signing some fighters to 360 deals in the future. For those unfamiliar with 360 deals, this is a concept that has seen it most widespread use in the record industry. The New York Times has discussed the increasing prevalence of 360 deals within that industry. The 360 concept would encompass the UFC getting a portion of all monies received by the fighter in his out of Octagon income in exchange for the UFC putting their promotional muscle behind the fighter. The UFC would play a large role in cultivating sponsor opportunities for fighters, etc. and would receive a large portion of said dollars under the scenario.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 1:32PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
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Mir Vs Lesnar 2 @ UFC 97 ?
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
UFC president Dana White says that the long-awaited finale to the organisation’s heavyweight title ‘tournament’ may take place at in April. “Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that. It will be good,” he said earlier today.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 1:12PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
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Joe Lauzon predicts ‘dog fight’ against Hermes Franca
(mmamania.com)
UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon fights once again in the main event February 7, headlining “UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV against fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Hermes Franca, live from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. Lauzon (17-4, 5 KOs, 12 submissions), star of The Ultimate Fighter 5 television reality show, last headlined April 2, 2008 Joe in disappointing loss by second-round TKO to fellow Massachusetts fighter Kenny Florian on UFC Fight Night 13 in Denver. “J-Lau” bounced right back this past September, registering an impressive second-round stoppage of Kyle Bradley (13-6) on UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 1:08PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
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UFC Reinforces Economic Benefits Of Its Events To NY
(mmamania.com)
Ahead of another scheduled meeting of New York State legislators to hopefully vote on legalizing MMA in the state, UFC execs Dana White & Marc Ratner are now pushing a study showing, in these tough econimic times, how legalizing MMA in the state and subsequently allowing UFC events as a result could generate millions in tax & tourist revenue for the state, and especially New York City. The next meeting and possible vote are scheduled for tomorrow (January 7).
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 11:53AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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2 Fight Wear Labels Un-Banned From UFC?
(bloodyelbow.com)
If what we saw at UFC 92 was an indication, especially during Quinton Jackson's intro, yes. It seems that previously banned fight wear brands MMA Authentics and CageFighter have had their bans lifted by UFC & Zuffa. This ban affected such fighters as Chuck Liddell, Roger Huerta, Urijah Faber and Forrest Griffin. An official announcement may be forthcoming in the near future.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 11:46AM by DCRage - 1 comment
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Irvin Vows April Return, Calls Out Silva
(mmamania.com)
After finishing up a 9-month NSAC suspension, Jamies Irvin vows to return to UFC on April 19 and also claims he's going to be asking for Top 10 guys every time out. Or, at least for now, Silvas-after fighting Anderson last time out, Irvin now wants Wanderlei when he returns.
Submitted Jan 6, 2009 10:42AM by DCRage - 22 comments
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Dustin Hazelett returns at UFC 96, Ben Saunders likely opponent
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett (12-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who's won three "Fight Night" bonuses totaling $105,000 in his past two fights, will return to action in his home state of Ohio for UFC 96. His opponent for the March 7 event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus will likely be Ben Saunders (7-0-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC).
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 10:03PM by Muay-Thai_Mogwai - 21 comments
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Despite recent arrest Josh Neer will fight at UFC Fight Night 17
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite his recent arrest for second-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated and eluding after a New Year's Day high-speed police chase, Josh Neer will be permitted to fight Mac Danzig next month as planned. The Neer-Danzig fight is a co-main event for UFC Fight Night 17 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Mickey Dubberly, CEO of Neer's management team at KO Dynasty, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Feb. 7 fight will go on as planned. "Josh will be fighting Mac Danzig Feb. 7 in the co-main event in Tampa as scheduled," Dubberly stated in an email to MMAjunkie.com. "Josh has been training very hard for this fight and is looking forward to putting on a great fight for the UFC and fans. Josh would like to once again thank his family, fans, friends, training partners, UFC and everyone that has supported him through his career."
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 8:11PM by SmileR - 8 comments
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Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller - UFC 96
(demandmma.com)
Highly touted lightweight fighters Jim Miller (13 - 1) and Gray Maynard (6 - 0) are going to be facing off at UFC 96, March 7th in Ohio..... Saw this on a few sites that I frequent.... Discuss
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 4:25PM by BDON911 - 19 comments
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Newcomer Paulo Thiago likely to debut against Josh Koscheck at UFC 95
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC newcomer and undefeated Brazilian prospect Paulo Thiago (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has agreed to meet veteran welterweight Josh Koscheck (12-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) next month at UFC 95.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 2:55PM by Wolfenstein - 26 comments
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David Loiseau To Return To UFC At UFC 97
(mmamania.com)
After being cut by the promotion a couple years ago, former Middleweight contender David Loiseau will now return to UFC at UFC 97 in April. His opponent will be Ed Herman. Loiseau recently won the XMMA Middleweight Title.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 1:22PM by DCRage - 26 comments
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UFC Coming to Memphis
(411mania.com)
When will they be there? -Citing various sources close to fighters that are expected to appear on the card, FiveOuncesofPain.com is reporting that the UFC will make it's first stop in Memphis, Tennessee on April 1 for UFC Fight Night 18. The broadcast is set to be a lead in for the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 9, which will feature a team USA coached by the winner of Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson, and Team UK coached by Michael "The Count" Bisping. The only fight confirmed for the April Fools Day card is The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero going up against "Lil' Heathen" himself, Jeremy Stephens.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 7:02AM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
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Josh Koscheck Added to UFC 95
(mmamania.com)
MMAmania.com learned this weekend that the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) member has been approached about beefing up an event that could need a little more of it. The promotion has done a nice job of filling up the card with solid match ups after the services of marquee attractions such as Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva could not be secured, but the Spike TV special could use a little more star power.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 4:46AM by Wolfenstein - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 10 set to bring back heavyweight division
(mmabay.co.uk)
UFC President, Dana White could be about to bring back the heavyweight division to the popular reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter” for its 10th season set to screen late in 2009. According to a report by the Wrestling Observer, White has hinted that Olympic Judo Gold Medalist, Satoshi Ishii could feature on the show and has possibly been offered a slot on the show.
Submitted Jan 5, 2009 4:40AM by Wolfenstein - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Riddle vs. Steve Bruno added to UFN 17 in February
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
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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WANDERLEI WANTS LIDDELL BEFORE 185
(mmaweekly.com)
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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DEAN LISTER REQUESTS, RECEIVES RELEASE FROM UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
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
(mmamania.com)
“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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