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Josh Burkman and Pete Sell signed for UFC 90 bout
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 4" middleweight contestant Pete "Drago" Sell (7-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will drop to welterweight to fight "TUF 1" alumnus Josh Burkman (9-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) at October's UFC 90 event. Sources close to both fighters today confirmed the upcoming bout with MMAjunkie.com and said that bout agreements were recently signed.
Submitted Aug 13, 2008 6:32PM by SmileR - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Clementi To Fight At UFC 90
(fightline.com)
UFC lightweight Rich Clementi has announced he will be fighting at UFC 90 in Chicago. The news comes via Rich's MySpace page. An opponent was not named. Clementi is currently riding a six-fight winning streak with recent wins over Terry Etim, Sam Stout, and his rival Melvin Guillard. Clementi was a cast member of "TUF: The Comeback" in 2006. Although he started out his career in the UFC a little rocky, Clementi's impressive performances of late have to put him in the upper echelon of lightweight talent in the UFC.
Submitted Aug 13, 2008 1:42PM by MMAcca - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quick Quote: GSP Done For The Year?
(mmamania.com)
It seems like everyone is expecting Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn at 170 to headline the final UFC PPV of the year. Everyone except maybe GSP, who says he may call it a year now to rest & mentally recharge.
Submitted Aug 13, 2008 10:48AM by DCRage - 33 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Serra: Pete Sell vs. Josh Burkman At 170
(mmamania.com)
According to his mentor/coach Matt Serra, Pete Sell will be dropping to 170 to face Josh Burkman at UFC 90. This would mark a second weight drop for Sell as he previously dropped from 205 to 185 in the past.
Submitted Aug 13, 2008 10:45AM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
For Penn, Lightweight is Right Weight
(sherdog.com)
B.J. Penn’s clearly excited about the prospect of rematching UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in December, but the prospect of the bout reveals far more potential downside than payoff for Penn, and the sport itself.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 6:51PM by Muay-Thai_Mogwai - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Massenzio plans to apply constant pressure during UFC debut
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
FiveOuncesOfPain.com broke the news several weeks ago that top East Coast prospect and former IFL middleweight Mike Massenzio had signed a four fight contract with the UFC and that he’s set to debut against Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 15 on Sept. 17. Massenzio’s bout is currently slated to make the Spike TV portion of the card, which will be telecast as a lead-in for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It’s somewhat ironic that he’ll be debuting during a TUF premiere night considering he was recruited to be a part of the cast for TUF 7. But the UFC wasn’t alone in their desire for Massenzio. He has been on the radar of talent evaluators for several national organizations after amassing a 10-1 record in MMA following a standout wrestling career in Junior College.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 4:53PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
JIM MILLER VS DAVID BARON AT UFC 89
(mmaweekly.com)
Two new additions to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight roster will square off at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England as Jim Miller is set to do battle with David Baron, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight. Both Miller and Baron just recently signed with the UFC and this should be a fast-paced fight between two of the brightest rising stars in the sport. Jim Miller almost had his UFC debut earlier this year in a bout against Marcus Aurelio, but his existing contract with the now defunct International Fight League (IFL) prevented the move. Now Miller steps in to face David Baron, another top fighter brought in from abroad by the UFC to expand its international talent pool.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 4:47PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture Speaks
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Couture: Well, the language in [my UFC] contract is pretty clear. It’s 18 months or four fights and the 18 months expired on July 19, so we’re in a 30-day grace period for negotiating or re-negotiating with the UFC. If they find a way to make the Fedor fight happen, I’ll be all over it, but I don’t really see that happening realistically. The non-compete clause expires on Oct. 10, a year from when I resigned, and so I’ll be able to go back to work commentating and working with the other promotions and getting back into the business of MMA.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:48PM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Jason MacDonald feels stupid
(mmamania.com)
I don’t know what went wrong in my head. I don’t know what happened and why I chose to fight that fight on the ground. Sure I made the fight exciting and I’ve gotten lots of positive responses on how well I did on the ground with a guy like Maia. But at the end of the day, he caught me and that’s what he does best. I played into his game. It was a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid fight on my behalf. And I take the full blame 100 percent for it. I’ll take it right on the forehead like I took those hundred elbows from Maia. And that’s that. I’m pretty disappointed because Maia was beatable if I had held that fight standing up. And I paid the price for not doing it. – UFC middleweight Jason ‘The Athlete’ MacDonald grounds and pounds himself on Sportsnet.ca for not following his gameplan or the instructions from his corner during his submission loss to grappling phenom Demian Maia at UFC 87: ‘Seek and Destroy’ on August 9.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:45PM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Fitch wants to fight next ‘before the end of the year’
(mmamania.com)
“I wasn’t that beat up. Just a little off in the head after the first dropedge. I’m fine and will be back before the end of the year if I have any say in it.” Top welterweight contender Jon Fitch is eager to return to the Octagon after missing out on an opportunity to topple Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy” and capture his 170-pound title. Despite “being a little off in the head” early in the five-round fight, Fitch managed to hang on until the very end, delivering one of the gutsiest performances of the year. It would be no surprise to see him take on the winner of the welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan and Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” on September 6.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:41PM by MMAcca - 12 comments
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Mark Coleman Does Not Want to Fight Brock Lesnar
(f4wonline.com)
"The basic story is this...Coleman really doesn't want the fight." -- Dave Meltzer, explaining why Cheick Kongo is now the frontrunner to be Brock Lesnar's next opponent.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 1:40PM by MMAcca - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Hughes Not Impressed with GSP’s Performance
(cagepotato.com)
You may have noticed Matt Hughes sitting Octagon-side at UFC 87. At least, that’s where he was for most of the night. Turns out he didn’t make it all the way through the evening, and you can probably guess why. From Matt Hughes’ blog: I went there really to watch one fight, probably not the one you’re expecting. I went there to watch Brock Lesnar. He is so interesting because he is so athletic as well as being so powerful. So that fight went just like I thought it would, Brock took him down whenever he wanted and on the ground he did whatever he wanted. I was also there watching my buddy, Roger, but he didn’t quite look the same. I don’t think him or Kenny fought their best fight on Saturday. Roger looked to have done a few things different and I would say that he needs to go back to what he was doing before. The last fight of the night was Georges and Fitch. Georges didn’t look as big as he has before and he seemed like he had gotten tired from the first round. Fitch had the game plan of countering Georges and you just can’t do that. You can’t counter a quicker fighter. To be honest, halfway in the third round I got up and walked out of the arena and went to my hotel. The fight wasn’t the most exciting and I wanted to get out of there before everyone else was getting up to leave.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 10:14AM by SmileR - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Horwich At UFC 90
(mmamania.com)
The IFL to UFC exodus continues at UFC 90 as former IFL Middleweight Champion Matt Horwich will face Ricardo Almeida. The fight was made official overnight.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 9:53AM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rua’s da man? ‘Shogun vs Rampage 2' in the works says former GP champ
(mmamania.com)
Get ready for Japan’s biggest rematch since Yuko Matsumiya out-winded Atsushi Fujita at last year’s 61st annual Fukuoka Marathon, which ironically, was the inspiration for the name of the UFC’s buyout of PRIDE now known as Fukuova. “It was a business decision to kill PRIDE” according to UFC President Dana White in a recent interview. But if comments made by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3) at a recent training seminar are any indication, PRIDE may in fact live again.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 3:23AM by Mchubb316 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FLORIAN PLANS TO FIGHT AGAIN IN 2008 REGARDLESS OF PENN SITUATION
(mmaweekly.com)
Heading into UFC 87 it seemed like a perfect scenario that the winner of Kenny Florian versus Roger Huerta would be on the fast track to challenge current lightweight champion, B.J. Penn, for his title later this year. Now it appears Penn is on a collision course with UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, and Florian, who won a dominant decision over Huerta on Saturday night, may have to let nature take its course before he gets his shot at the title.
Submitted Aug 12, 2008 3:13AM by Mchubb316 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
GSP Beatdown
(sherdog.com)
Submitted Aug 11, 2008 10:46PM by nastshabast - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC worldwide: Dana White talks expansion
(mmaweekly.com)
The road show that’s been the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s strategy as of late will continue to cross borders, according to UFC president Dana White. At the post-fight press conference for UFC 87 in Minneapolis, White made some broad sketches of the future pins in the UFC’s travel map. First on that list was a stop in the Philippines, which currently airs UFC fights. It’s also the native land of newly minted light heavyweight Brandon Vera, who counts president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo among his fans. White also re-affirmed an anticipated trip to Mexico, in which several UFC fighters, including Roger Huerta, Eddie Sanchez, and Diego Sanchez, have ethnic roots. "When I say we're going everywhere, I mean we're going everywhere,” White said. Canada is also a high priority for Zuffa, LLC. Georges St. Pierre’s rematch with Matt Serra at UFC 83 was a smashing success, drawing the largest MMA crowd ever in North America. Since then, White said the company wants to expand its reach in the U.S.’s northern neighbor. “We're really focusing on opening up Canada,” he continued. “Canada has become a really big market for us. We didn't expect that.” On the home front, White says the UFC is still focusing on getting sanctioning in Massachusetts and New York. As of yet, neither state regulates MMA.
Submitted Aug 11, 2008 9:57PM by SmileR - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
****Video: Wanderlei Silva talks Rampage Jackson
(dreamfighters.com)
Wanderlei Silva talks Rampage Jackson, Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans and Demian Maia's impressive submission win at UFC 87.
Submitted Aug 11, 2008 1:34PM by kastro_316 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bull Ropes and BS: 'Respect' and Other Fan Foolery
(sherdog.com)
After a 15-minute emasculation of Heath Herring (Pictures), even in the face of other notable Saturday night happenings, I was fully aware Brock Lesnar (Pictures) was going to dominate my inbox come Sunday morning. However, I expected most of the discussion to be centered on his obvious potential as a heavyweight, with requests for me to impersonate Joe Silva by forecasting Lesnar's future fighting engagements. Instead, I have been swarmed with and puzzled by dozens and dozens of choleric and venomous messages from incensed fans who have apparently suffered damaged psyches at the hands of Brock Lesnar's in-cage antics. Jordan Breen talking sense once again...
Submitted Aug 11, 2008 1:10PM by ncordless - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
UFC 87 Medical Suspensions
(mmajunkie.com)
The Minnesota Combative Sports Commission today confirmed the medical suspensions from UFC 87. Only a handful were issued, none expected to be longer than 30 days. Also, they announced they won't be releasing the fighter payouts.
Submitted Aug 11, 2008 12:39PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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