MATT HAMILL VS BRANDON VERA SET FOR UFC 101
A light heavyweight match-up between Brandon Vera and Matt Hamill is in the works for UFC 101 on Aug. 8 in Philadelphia. A source close to the fight confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com, with *********** first reporting its possibility.
While contracts have yet to be signed, the fighters have agreed to the bout and are expected to make it official in the coming days.
UFC 102: Maia vs. Silva-Leites Winner?
According to sources close to Demian Maia, he is going to be next in line for a UFC Middleweight Title shot against the Anderson Silva-Thales Leites winner. No official date set but the date Maia's camp is expecting would likely put it at UFC 102.
UFC lightweight Roger Huerta waiting for the call to fight his "last fight"
Popular UFC lightweight Roger Huerta - the first mixed martial artist to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated - hasn't been mentioned much in recent months.
After declining to renew his contract with the UFC in January, Huerta said in the most recent episode of HDNet's "Inside MMA" that he's been stuck waiting by the phone.
"To be honest I'm just waiting for that phone call," Huerta said.
Is Mark Ecko In Serious Financial Trouble?
Possibly, and that's not good for a few notable UFC fighters. Ecko, founder and famed designed of Ecko clothing, is reportedly at least $170 million in debt and may be forced to sell off pieces of his businesses to help financial woes and pay off creditors. Ecko recently started sponsoring MMA fighters including Frank Mir, Michael Bisping, and Nate Diaz.
Royce wants GSP
Royce Gracie was on the Bubba the Love Sponge show yesterday and when asked about his plans to fight again, he said he wanted back into the UFC and was interested in a fight with Georges St Pierre. He even went so far as to tell Bubba to bring it up with Dana when he’s on next week.
Wanderlei Silva Will Show All His Heart On June 13
Despite being in a serious slump lately, Wanderlei Silva says he has no plans to retire soon and will keep fighting as long as people say they'll keep watching his fights because they will be good fights. He also says he will show all his heart on June 13 against Rich Franklin and will be there to KO or be KO'd.
Vancouver says not yet to MMA
Mixed martial arts isn't returning to Vancouver; at least not yet.
Council members voted against having the Vancouver Athletic Commission sanction MMA events Thursday. Instead it has asked the province to provide the sanctioning body for the sport just as it did in September 2007 when MMA became effectively banned in the city.
The mysterious stylings of Professor X—Xavier Foupa-Pokam
“I have a very violent style,” Professor X says from his compound with the Snake Team.
X is Xavier Foupa-Pokam by light of day, and this accounts for his cult following all over his native France, where mixed martial arts are still mostly sort of illegal but cage worship remains in full effect. Obviously, having a violent style doesn’t help assuage the French government’s concerns.
Vince McMahon: UFC Has Hurt Boxing, Not WWE
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in advance of WrestleMania XXV, McMahon talked about the UFC.
"Most people thought at one point that we would be competitors. But it turns out they are not competition to us at all, or hardly at all. They are sport, we are entertainment; it's a huge difference. The revenue they have cut into is that of boxing."
Leben Anticipates August Return, Possibly UFC 102
Suspended UFC fighter-turned-CEO Chris Leben, running a new gym and fight team during a drug suspension that ends in late July, says a August return to the Octagon appears likely. No specific date set but UFC 102 in Portland, Leben's hometown, is a possibility.
Fred Ettish: Where Is He Now?
For many longtime mixed martial arts diehards, Ettish will be forever associated with his ill-fated appearance at UFC 2 on March 11, 1994, when he entered the cage on a moment’s notice to fight Johnny Rhodes -- a man physically superior to him in virtually every way imaginable. Three minutes and seven seconds later, after being momentarily blinded and cut by a bare-knuckle punch, Ettish succumbed to a rear-naked choke. He was not afforded the opportunity to return the Octagon to right his wrongs, and his life was never the same.
Anderson Silva vs Roy Jones Jr. practically a done deal
UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva seems to be merely biding his time until the completion of his UFC contract to finally test himself in the world of professional boxing. “The Spider” first mentioned his interest in the sweet science after he dispatched of Dan Henderson at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” in March 2008. And there is perhaps no boxer who has accomplished more in the sport in the past decade and a half than Jones Jr., although he could be considered past his prime despite winning four of his last five bouts. Is Anderson getting too big for his britches? Or does he have the stuff to hang with the boxing legend?
CB Dollaway vs. Tom Lawlor Set For UFC 100
Another matchup of TUF alumni is set for later this year, with TUF 7 runner-up CB Dollaway facing TUF 8 alum Tom Lawlor at UFC 100. Lawlor will be dropping to MIddleweight for this fight after previously fighting at Light Heavyweight.
UFC Quick Quote: Bobby Lashley wants to prove he belongs in the UFC
I’ve had dialogue with (the UFC) over the past few days. They know where my mind frame is. I hold the UFC in high regard and I believe the UFC is a place where you have to be at a certain level before you get there. I want to be a serious contender for a title before I go in there. When I get to the UFC, I want people to say ‘Bobby is good enough to go for the title.’ I would like to be holding a 5-0 or 6-0 record, somewhere around there before going into the UFC. If I can take what I do in practice and put that into a match — then you’ll see a whole different Bobby than what you saw the other day.
-Fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Jason Guida at “March Badness,” former WWE superstar and decorated amateur wrestler Bobby Lashley tells host Larry Pepe on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio that his ultimate goal is to be a major player in the UFC — but understands that he must first become a reputable fighter prior to a potential debut. Lashley (2-0) looked a bit green against Guida last Saturday night in only the second MMA match of his career, but vows to improve and work his way to the top.
UFC 101: Riddle vs Cramer
A welterweight matchup between former cast mates from the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter pitting Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer is now slated to take place at the yet-to-be announced UFC 101 event.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the addition of the matchup to the card late Tuesday night from a source close to one of the fighters.
Anthony Johnson vs Matt Brown at TUF 9 Finale
Just weeks after the proposed match-up between Anthony Johnson and John Howard fell through, Johnson now has a new opponent as "Ultimate Fighter" season 7 competitor, Matt Brown, has been tapped as a replacement to fight on the "Ultimate Fighter" season 9 finale show.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday.