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Report: Officials Scrap March’s UFC 83 Event in England
(mmajunkie.com)
A UFC 83 event rumored to be taking place in England could instead take place in the U.S. The news comes from our friend Steve Sievert at the Houston Chronicle, who spoke to a source close to the event for his “Brawl Sports” blog. According to the source, the U.K. location has been scrapped, but the March 8 show — which will likely include Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy and Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin — will go on.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:37PM by nickcuc547 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Werdum’s Title Quest Begins with Gonzaga
(ufc.com)
Ah, how many great stories throughout the history of the world have begun with a woman? Probably too many to count. Well, add the story of Fabricio Werdum to the list, and if one day he ascends to the heights of the UFC’s heavyweight division and straps a championship belt around his waist, somewhere in Brazil, there will be a woman wondering what might have been. Werdum will have no such daydreams though, and in fact, an early embarrassment turned out to be not only the impetus for his jump into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but eventually, mixed martial arts, which has become a pretty nice vocation for the native of Porto Alegre, who faces old rival Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 80 co-feature on Saturday in Newcastle, England.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 12:23PM by adamsb - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
ATT CONTINUES GROWTH SPURT WITH CARNEIRO
(mmaweekly.com)
American Top Team on Monday announced that it has welcomed Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roan “Jucao” Carneiro to the team.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:06AM by madmarck - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
B.J. PENN LOOKING FOR 2ND UFC TITLE
(mmaweekly.com)
On Jan. 19, BJ Penn has the opportunity to become only the second fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship history to hold titles in two weight classes, the other being UFC legend Randy Couture. First he has to face Joe Stevenson, possibly the toughest test the Hawaiian has ever faced at 155 pounds.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 11:05AM by madmarck - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Employment, Not Promotional, Contract at Center of Zuffa v. Couture
(sherdog.com)
When Randy Couture (Pictures) announced his resignation from the UFC on Oct. 11, 2007, it seemed inevitable that the matter would be settled in court. The inevitable became official on Monday as Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, filed a complaint against Couture and yet to be named co-conspirators in Nevada's Clark County District Court. Perhaps to the surprise of many observers, the complaint makes no mention of Couture's promotional (fight) contract with Zuffa. Instead the company's breach of contract action is predicated on its employment contract with Couture. Very interesting to see the direction that Zuffa is coming at Randy here.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 8:07PM by Bemin - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 79 Drug Tests: All 12 Fighters Test Negative
(mmajunkie.com)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission tested 12 of the 20 fighters who competed at last month’s UFC 79 event, and all of the competitors tested negative for drugs of abuse, as well as performance-enhancing drugs. UFC 79, which aired live on pay-per-view, took place Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes in the night’s main event to earn the UFC’s interim welterweight title. Both of the headliners were tested by the NSAC, as were Mark Bocek, Rich Clementi, Manny Gamburyan, Melvin Guillard, Chuck Liddell, Dean Lister, Lyoto Machida, Jordan Radev, Wanderlei Silva and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjo.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 6:24PM by Bemin - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Inks English Fighter Neil Wain for UFC 83
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC has signed English heavyweight Neil Wain (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to a four-fight deal, and the UFC newcomer is expected to make his octagon debut March 8 at UFC 83, which is tentatively scheduled for London, England. Wain’s manager recently confirmed the news in a Cage Warriors messageboard announcement. Wain made his professional debut in November 2006 and has posted four consecutive victories fighting for the U.K.-based Ultimate Force and Goshin Ryu MMA Championships organizations. All four of Wain’s victories have come via knockout — all in the first round. However, Wain’s opponents have a combined record of just 3-12, according to one major fighter database.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 3:55PM by babalu2720 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fighters From UFC 79 Come Back Clean
(mmaweekly.com)
At a time when national heroes are falling from grace as steroid use is the topic at the fore of the collective sports world, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that all of the athletes tested at the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ Dec. 29 event have come back clean, both in testing involving performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids) and drugs of abuse (such as marijuana or cocaine). According to the commission’s executive director Keith Kizer, “The NSAC tested Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, Sokoudjou, Rich Clementi, Melvin Guillard, Manny Gamburyan, Dean Lister, Jordan Radev, and Mark Bocek.”
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 8:18AM by CornishMMA - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cain Velasquez signs with the UFC, debuts at UFC 83
(sherdog.com)
Greg Savage from Sherdog reported on the SDS that the UFC have signed the very exciting HW prospect Cain Velasquez, according to Savage he will debut at the UFC in London in March against an opponent to be decided. Cain (6'2 and 245lbs) trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy and is 2-0 in MMA with quick TKO wins in Bodog and Strikeforce.
Submitted Jan 15, 2008 7:55AM by CornishMMA - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor To Meet With Couture In Person
(mmamania.com)
Fedor Emelianenko and his Russian management team will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., on January 17 to meet UFC heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, “in person.”
Submitted Jan 14, 2008 2:32PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, M-1 Global, MMA Personalities
 
MacDonald Vs. Doerksen Set For UFC 84
(mmamania.com)
An All-Canada showdown is now set for UFC 84 in Canada, as native Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen are now set to face each other at the event. This will be a rematch of a fight they had in Winnipeg in '05, which MacDonald won by 4th round submission.
Submitted Jan 14, 2008 2:24PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 6 Winner Danzig Debuts At UFC 84
(mmamania.com)
Mac Danzig, winner of The Ultimate Fighter 6, appears to have his official UFC debut set. He's set to face Mark Bocek at UFC 84 in his first match at Lightweight, which he dropped to after winning TUF 6 at Welterweight.
Submitted Jan 14, 2008 2:22PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
GSP ready for Serra in Montreal
(slam.canoe.ca)
Winning UFC title in Montreal would be a Rush for Quebec MMA fighter St. Pierre By DON BRENNAN Few quick things you should know about the extremely popular Georges St. Pierre, aka Rush, aka GSP: Don't question his character, don't make fun of his heritage and, oh yeah, don't attack him with a knife Other than that, you're going to see in St. Pierre -- a 26-year-old from Saint-Isidore, Que., and the "interim" Ultimate Fighting Champion welterweight title holder -- the "nice-guy" reputation that proceeded his whirlwind visit to the nation's capital this weekend.
Submitted Jan 14, 2008 2:12PM by Bemin - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Releases a Handful of “TUF 6? Fighters
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC has released a number of fighters who appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra,” the latest installment of the UFC’s reality series that airs on Spike TV. The UFC has cut show semifinal-fighter John Kolosci, former Team Jorge Gurgel fighter Dorian Price, submission fighter Paul Georgieff, four-fight veteran Billy Miles, two-fight veteran Dan Barrera, and amateur fighter/part-time MMA commentator Blake Bowman. Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, quarter-finalist Richie Hightower was cut from his contract. According to his agent, Ken Pavia, Hightower was released so that he could gain some more experience at his new weight class before he potentially returns to the UFC. Pavia and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva mutually agreed on the plan, Pavia reported in a recent MMAjunkie.com column.
Submitted Jan 14, 2008 1:18PM by babalu2720 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
411's MMA Roundtable 1.14.08: 2007 - A Year to Remember
(411mania.com)
Fans would be hard-pressed to find a twelve-month stanza in Mixed Martial Arts history filled with as many memorable moments as 2007. Dubbed by many as "The Year of the Upset", the MMA world would bear witness to multiple "Fight of the Year" candidates, phenomonal individual performances, underdogs overcoming the odds, and countless other memorable moments inside arenas from coast-to-coast. The past year also brought forth the creation of 411Mania's MMA Zone. What started out as a handful of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts bombarding the board with original content and news bits soon morphed into one of 411Mania's most popular areas. Now featuring fresh submissions on a daily basis from a pool of talented MMA writers, an increasing score of exclusive interviews, and a constantly-updated news section, it stands to reason 2008 should be an even more-successful year.
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC, MMA Personalities, Other MMA Organizations
 
MMA Analytics 01.14.07: UFC's Welterweights Suddenly Stagnant
(411mania.com)
With Georges St. Pierre's recent win over Matt Hughes, it seems that Pierre has become a dominant opponent for nearly everyone in the Welterweight division. This poses problems of who will be able to matchup against Pierre in the future, much like the situation with Anderson Silva at Middleweight. We'll look at the current situation in the Welterweight division, comparisons to the Middleweights, and fixes that the UFC can implement to reclaim a challenging upper tier of matchups for the division. All of that and more in this edition of MMA Analytics.
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 11:30PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Focused BJ Penn ready to make history
(nbcsports.com)
With win, would become second man to win titles in two UFC weight classes If you were to visit any mixed martial arts event anywhere around the world and poll the fighters on who was the most gifted fighter in the sport, B.J. Penn would be likely to finish at or near the top. The UFC lightweight has all the tools for superstardom. He's a phenom in jiu-jitsu; his standup is slick; his takedown defense is world-class; he's charismatic. Tales of his prowess have been spun over the years in building him up to near-mythical status. MMA fighters hold him in awe, amazed by a skill level that is unmatched when focused, understanding that his best is at another level. It is a phenomenon that FIGHT! Magazine writer and author Sam Sheridan calls, "the BJ factor."
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 11:27PM by grappler0000 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
It’ll be a real turf war: Florian vs. Lauzon
(bostonherald.com)
Local UFC fans will be faced with a difficult decision: Root for the Dover guy or the East Bridgewater guy ... Joe Lauzon or Kenny Florian.
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 4:36PM by Manfred - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA Executive: Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen at UFC 84
(mmajunkie.com)
In a recent blog entry, UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald (19-9 MMA, 3-2 UFC) stated that he would be fighting on the UFC 84 card in Montreal. We now apparently know his opponent: Joe Doerksen (39-11 MMA, 1-5 UFC). The news comes from Stephan Patry, president of the Canadian-based TKO organization, who was quoted by the French-Canadian sports site, RDS.ca. (MacDonald and Doerksen both previously fought for the organizations.) Although the MacDonald-Doerksen fight would feature two of Canada’s top middleweight fighters, it’s not known if the bout will be on the night’s televised main card. The event — the first ever to take place in Canada — is quickly filling up with top-tier talent. In addition to St. Pierre vs. Serra, the event is also slated to feature Thiago Alves vs. Karo Parisyan, as well as the return of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 1:37PM by juanez13 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean Sherk Still on the Defensive Over Steroids
(mmajunkie.com)
Sean Sherk is so compulsive about his health, if he sees a person smoking a cigarette in a car in front of him, he pulls into another lane to be as far away from the second-hand smoke as possible. “I’m a different person when it comes to that kind of stuff,” Sherk says. “My health is very, very important to me. I’m goofy that way.“ Sherk proclaimed his innocence early and often and said he spent more than $20,000 in what turned out to be a futile effort to clear his name. In December, the California State Athletic Commission upheld the decision, though it reduced the suspension executive officer Armando Garcia had given him from a year to six months.
Submitted Jan 13, 2008 10:33AM by juanez13 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
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