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Reminder: "Countdown to UFC 110" preview show debuts Feb. 18 on Spike TV
The next installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's traditional pre-event preview show debuts Feb. 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with "Countdown to UFC 110." The Spike TV special spotlights "UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez," which takes place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Former champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meets top contender Cain Velasquez in the heavyweight headliner, and Michael Bisping takes on Wanderlei Silva in the middleweight co-headliner. Spike TV airs replays later in the week.
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 11:34PM by karn501 - 3 comments
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A knee injury has forced Anthony "Rumble" Johnson off of the upcoming UFC on Versus card in March, and UFC newcomer Daniel Roberts has been tapped as a replacement to take on John "Doomsday" Howard in a welterweight match-up on the show instead. The bout was initially reported by the Boston Herald on Sunday, and independent sources confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com as well. Daniel Roberts (9-0) gets a chance to step into the UFC octagon for the first time on just over a month's notice.
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 10:00PM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
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UFC Quick Quote: Heath Herring calls out Dana White and Zuffa for unfair treatment
"I really don't care too much for them, and I don't think they care too much for me (Dana White and the UFC ownership group).... They've got their guys they want to push, guys they want to market. Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir are the guys they want to push and market. The problem is if you're one of the guys who's not one of their favorites, they want to keep you out of the competition.... I'm trying to make money for myself, feed my family, and these guys are trying to do everything they can to make it impossible for me.... With the way the UFC's pay scale is and as much as it costs me to get ready for a fight, at the end of the day I made like 40 grand...
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 5:22PM by xdanish020 - 28 comments
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Being a multi-time champion in Pride and the UFC isn't enough for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The Brazilian fighter is ready to gear up for another run at the heavyweight crown, and the next step towards that achievement comes at UFC 110 when he faces rising star Cain Velasquez. After battling several dangerous staph infections over the last two years, Nogueira showed everybody what he had left in the gas tank when he defeated Randy Couture last August to put himself right back in the title picture.
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 12:19PM by karn501 - 4 comments
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Spike's "UFC Prelim" broadcast returns for "UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy" in March
While Spike TV will not be broadcasting any preliminary bouts from the upcoming UFC 110 event in Australia, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the fight promotion that the cable channel's "UFC Prelim" program will return for UFC 111. The one-hour broadcast of preliminary card contest from "UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy," which takes place March 27 in Newark, N.J., marks the third of 10 scheduled "UFC Prelim" programs in 2010. While the complete card for UFC 111 has been made official, Spike TV and the UFC have not yet announced which two contests will be guaranteed for the pre-pay-per-view teaser.
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 12:16PM by karn501 - 4 comments
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Demian Maia: This is a dream fight and I will be ready for it
"I knew about it last night. I still can't believe it. My manager called me and they asked if I wanted to fight for the belt. I said ‘of course, you don't even have to ask it'.... I'll have time to prepare an strategy. I'm coming from a heavy training camp and I'm in a fight rhythm. I'll let my body rest this week and I'll start the training next week.... I'll go train boxing with Luis Carlos Dorea (Nogueira brothers Boxing coach) for sure. My physical preparation wlll be with (Rafael) Alejarra...
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 2:48AM by xdanish020 - 12 comments
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UFC Quick Quote: Dan Hardy is exactly where he wants to be
"Being the underdog in this fight is exactly the position I want. I wouldn't have it any other way. When you step into a fight as a favourite, it takes some of the excitement and drama away from it all. It almost takes my interest out of the fight. If I'm looking at moving forward in my career and reaching the top, I'm going to need to be the underdog in a few bouts. That just shows you are taking risks and are prepared to go up against the best fighters in the world. I should always be fighting guys that are considered better than me. The moment you fight guys who are worse than you, you might as well give up
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 2:21AM by xdanish020 - 3 comments
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Anthony “Rumble” Johnson forced to pull out of March 21 bout with John Howard
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (8-3) has had to pull out of his highly anticipated March 21 “UFC on Versus” bout with John “Doomsday” Howard (13-4) due to a knee injury. Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) was notified of Johnson’s injury this evening from an associate who spoke directly to Johnson’s manager.
Submitted Feb 14, 2010 12:35AM by jae_1833 - 9 comments
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Soares says delaying fight was never an option, but light heavyweight was
Never one to refrain from speaking his mind when asked to give his opinion, MMA manger Ed Soares has been frequently criticized as of late for trying to manipulate the UFC's matchmaking process or hand-select opponents for his clients, such as UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. Soares once again became a focal point of attention this past week when he suggested middleweight contender Chael Sonnen needed to avenge his February 2009 loss to Demian Maia before being considered for a title shot. When Silva's UFC 112 opponent, Vitor Belfort, was forced to withdraw from the contest. Maia was named as the replacement. Several observers cried, "Foul," but Soares insists he had nothing to do with the replacement choice. Soares said the process began on Thursday while he was in Brazil. A phone call from UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta got the ball rolling.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 8:07PM by karn501 - 8 comments
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UFC 112: DaMarques Johnson vs Brad Blackburn on tap for April 10
Up-and-coming welterweights DaMarques Johnson (10-7) and Brad Blackburn (15-10-1) have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 112 from the Concert Arena, Ferrari World, Yas Island on April 10 in Abu Dhabi, according to MMA Fighting.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 12:11PM by RhythmAndStyle - 6 comments
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Franklin Possible; Couture Up For Lesnar Rematch
Following his UFC 109 win over Mark Coleman, UFC president Dana White said Randy Couture was a contender in the UFC light heavyweight division, but the former two-time UFC light heavyweight titleholder and three-time heavyweight champion wouldn’t rule out fighting in the heavyweight division again.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 12:10PM by RhythmAndStyle - 5 comments
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UFC adds four bouts to UFC 113; Stephens vs. Stout, Belcher vs. Cote on main card
In addition to the previously announced main event of light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida in a rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, the organization today confirmed a pair of main-card contests in Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout and Alan Belcher vs. Patrick Cote as well as two preliminary card bouts.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 12:02PM by RhythmAndStyle - 7 comments
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French striker Cyrille Diabate signs UFC deal, meets Luiz Cane at UFC 114
PRIDE, Cage Rage and ShoXC veteran Cyrille "The Snake" Diabate (15-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and is expected to meet Luiz Cane (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC 114 in May.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 12:01PM by RhythmAndStyle - 6 comments
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Melvin Guillard vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for UFC 114 in May
Slugger Melvin Guillard's (23-8-2 MMA, 6-4 UFC) tour of the UFC lightweight division's best submission fighters isn't over just yet.MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the organization that Guillard and Brazilian Thiago Tavares (14-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 114.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 11:59AM by RhythmAndStyle - 10 comments
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Demian vs. Anderson: “I still can’t believe it”
“I still don’t know where I’ll train, but I’ll go train Boxing with (Luis Carlos) Dorea for sure. My physical preparation wlll be with (Rafael) Alejarra”, Demian revealed, confirmed the training with the Nogueira brothers Boxing coach and Wanderlei Silva’s ex physical trainer.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 11:58AM by RhythmAndStyle - 18 comments
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Ross Pearson vs Denis Siver at UFN 21
British lightweight Ross Pearson has confirmed that he will be fighting Denis Siver at UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31st. The fight was first reported by Fighters Only on January 21st and Pearson today confirmed it via his Facebook account.
Submitted Feb 13, 2010 2:04AM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
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Anderson Silva to Defend Title Against Demian Maia at UFC 112
The mystery is over... Maia will get the next shot
Submitted Feb 12, 2010 9:32PM by The_Italian_Stallion - 33 comments
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It Won't Be Chael Sonnen Fighting Anderson Silva in Abu Dhabi
The great mystery as to who will step up and challenge for Anderson Silva's middleweight title at UFC 112 on April 10 is looking like it will be solved by process of elimination. Chael Sonnen, who became the number one contender with his upset of Nate Marquardt, now says he won't be making the quick turnaround to face Silva in Abu Dhabi. But with Sonnen and Vitor Belfort both ruled out, who's left?
Submitted Feb 12, 2010 6:07PM by RhythmAndStyle - 18 comments
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Tamdan McCrory eyes summer return, ready to "knock someone's head off"
It's taken Tamdan McCrory (11-3) just about five months to go from from "Barncat" to "Barnlion." McCrory recently spoke with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and the former UFC welterweight discussed his permanent move to middleweight after a "man-spurt" that made it all but impossible to make 170 pounds.
Submitted Feb 12, 2010 5:59PM by RhythmAndStyle - 0 comments
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Justine Buchholz Latest Fighter Release From UFC
Team Alpha Male fighter, Justin Buchholz, is the latest casualty of the UFC 109 fighter cuts as the Alaska native has been released from his contract following a loss to Mac Danzig last weekend.
Submitted Feb 12, 2010 5:57PM by RhythmAndStyle - 10 comments
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