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Amir Sadollah out, Matt Riddle in against Jorge Lopez at UFC 143
After dropping off the recent UFC 141 fight card on the day of the event due to an illness, Matt Riddle is quickly returning to action. UFC officials today announced Riddle (5-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has replaced injured Amir Sadollah (5-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and now meets Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at next month's UFC 143 event. UFC officials today announced the change. UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view. Preliminary-card bouts, including Riddle vs. Lopez, are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 6:36PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ken Stone out of UFC on FX 1 main-card bout due to injury
Just days after he was announced as part of this month's UFC on FX 1 event, Ken Stone has been forced off the card with an undisclosed injury. UFC officials today announced a search is underway for a replacement for Stone (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who was slated to fight bantamweight Mike Easton (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). It was the final fight added to the night's FX-televised main card. UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to the main card, prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 6:34PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matt Wiman vs. Mark Bocek added to UFC 145 in Montreal
The dance card is rapidly filling for the UFC's first Canadian jaunt this year. The promotion today announced that lightweights Matt Wiman (14-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Mark Bocek (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have agreed to square off at UFC 145, which takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. It's not yet known whether Wiman vs. Bocek is set for the pay-per-view main-card or the preliminary card, which is expected to air on FX.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 5:35PM by BuffaloDave - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin on tap for UFC 145 in Montreal
Hopefully, the third time is a charm for Canadian fighter Mark Hominick. The onetime featherweight title challenger is set to meet Eddie Yagin at UFC 145, which takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal. UFC officials today confirmed the bout. It's not yet known whether Hominick vs. Yagin will be part of the event's pay-per-view main-card or the preliminary lineup, which is expected to air on FX.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 4:33PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 141 medical suspensions: Lesnar, Diaz, Matyushenko, Gamburyan out six months
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued mandatory medical suspensions to twelve fighters from this past weekend's UFC 141 event. Four of them – Brock Lesnar, Nate Diaz, Vladimir Matyushenko and Manny Gamburyan – could be out of action up to six months because of the suspensions.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 2:47PM by Kpro - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
War Machine, Carlos Alexandre Pereira join Bellator's season-six welterweight tourney
Two fighters are the first confirmed participants for Bellator's upcoming season-six welterweight tournament. Bellator officials today announced Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) as an entrant in the eight-man tournament. Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) – perhaps best known as UFC fighter Jon Koppenhaver before a legal name change – also is part of the tournament field, officials today confirmed. The tourney kicks off in March on MTV2.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 2:34PM by Kpro - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC making inroads in China one fighter at a time
Zhang Tiequan returned to Beijing after making his UFC debut in Australia last year and was in for a shock when he sat down at his computer. Weibo is a social networking site in China, similar to Twitter. When Zhang logged into his account after returning home, he had 100,000 friend requests awaiting him. In a country of 1.3 billion people, 100,000 might not seem like a significant number. But Zhang, who is working with the UFC in an effort to develop mixed martial arts in his country, expects that one day MMA will surpass basketball as the most popular sport in China. And that’s also why the UFC is making such a concerted effort to develop Chinese talent. Zhang, along with Yao Honggang, Li Jinliang Li, A Mu Ri Ji Ri Ga La and Cui Liucai, are in Las Vegas for the month, training with some of the city’s top fighters and trainers. The plan, according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, is to properly train the Chinese fighters so they can train others in an attempt to tap into the country’s love of martial arts...
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 2:07PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jimy Hettes represents the next, great generation
I have seen a lot of fighters really early in their career. I judged Tim Sylvia's first fight. At first he thought his opponent was me. I was glad I wasn't - the opponent ended up in the ambulance with foam coming out of his mouth, and that was with palm strikes only. I trained with Mike Brown before he ever fought. We touched hands standing, he heel hooked me. I saw Jon Jones fifth fight. Actually, I missed it, as I looked down, more less. When you see the ones who are going to be great, you know. I got that feeling Saturday night, but it wasn't an obscure fight in some obscure arena in some obscure place, it was on the main card of UFC 141 in Las Vegas, when Jimy Hettes dominated Nam Phan for three rounds, including two 10-8 rounds on two judges score cards. I think the undefeated Jimy Hettes is going to great.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:17AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
30-year old Japanese fighter Tomoya Miyashita dies of Leukemia on NYE
Very sad & discouraging to hear the news about 30-year old DEEP fighter Tomoya Miyashita dying on New Year’s Eve. He had fought one round of cancer (seminoma) and then was diagnosed with leukemia and lost the battle. He had a personal (Japanese language) blog online at Ameba where he commented on his struggles and also posted pictures of those in the fight community who came to visit with him.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:16AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Tito: I will be fighting my last fight July 4 weekend
The career of Tito Ortiz spans 15 years. At his peak he was the UFC lightheavyweight champion, the sport's biggest PPV draw, and more. He proved that mixed martial arts could be viable, at a point where its future was in doubt. In now small way, he carried MMA. As the caliber of the athlete has markedly improved, as exemplified by current lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones, Tito's skill have fallen just, barely, short. He has gone 1-5 his last six fights, although many of them were highly competitive. After losing to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the first round at UFC 140 in Dec. 10, many fans thought that was the end. It's not. Tito wants one more fight, n July 4th, against Forrest Griffin or Chuck Liddell. As Liddell is firmly retired, that would leave a rubber match with fellow ex lightheavyweight champion Forrest Griffin as the most likely scenario.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:13AM by emfleek - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
MELTZER: "The illness devastated Brock Lesnar."
SBNation's MMA commander Luke Thomas interviews Dave Meltzer, the world's foremost authority on the intersection of MMA and prowrestling, about Brock Lesnar's rise and fall and rise and fall and rise and apparently final fall. Luke Thomas: Were you surprised by Brock Lesnar's retirement? Dave Meltzer: Well, since I heard rumors all week ... no, I wasn't surprised. The way he lost, when that fight was over, I expected him to retire at that moment. When he grabbed the mic and started talking, I go, "He's gonna retire." Lesnar has made a lot of money and this time he saved his money. He doesn't live high and he's got a life that he wants to lead and he's got the money to lead it for the rest of his life and I always thought that Lesnar wasn't gonna stick around and be a Chuck Liddell or a Wanderlei Silva or a Mirko Cro Cop or all these guys who keep fighting because they're fighters and they just convinced themselves that they can still get it. They say, "Physically, I'm diminished, but I'm a smarter fighter." I think a lot of older fighters think that. You are smarter but it cannot overcome your physical diminishment as you get older. Very, very few can do that.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:10AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Showtime offers free preview weekend, 'Rockhold vs. Jardine' included
( mmajunkie.com)
Looking for some MMA on television this weekend but haven't made the commitment to subscribe to Showtime yet? Don't worry. The premium-cable channel has you covered. "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" airs on Showtime Saturday night, and the channel is being made available for free to viewers across the nation. The Showtime All Access Free Preview Weekend begins Friday, Jan. 6 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 8.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 9:06AM by BuffaloDave - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Kimbo Slice picks up his third win as a pro boxer *VIDEO*
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (3-0) remains unbeaten as a professional boxer after picking up his third straight win Friday night, Dec. 30, against fitness trainer Charles Hackman (0-1-1) in a heavyweight showdown at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. The bout went all four rounds with the judges awarding Slice three. It was Slice’s third straight win in four months. In August he scored a 17-second first round knockout of James Wade, and then another first round knockout in 2 minutes and 17 seconds against Tay Bledsoe in October.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 1:15AM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Rolles Gracie vs Bob Sapp Confirmed for ONE FC 2, Top Russian Fighter Rustam Khabilov Also Added to Card
Numerous sources today confirmed that a heavyweight fight between Bob Sapp and Rolles Gracie (pictured above) has been added to the card for ONE FC 2 which is taking place in Jakarta on February 11th. Gracie has a 5-1 professional record with his sole loss coming on a disappointing UFC debut when his cardio looked extremely questionable. Hopefully he has learned from that experience because he still has the potential to be one of the top heavyweights in the world and will be a strong favourite against K-1, Pride and Dream veteran Bob Sapp who weighed an incredible 350 lbs for his last fight
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 1:11AM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC's Thiago Silva serves term of one-year NSAC license revocation
Thiago Silva's career is back online – at least in theory. The UFC light heavyweight on Sunday served the final day of his license revocation from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Silva's name is no longer present on a commission registry that tracks fighters with administrative actions against them, and he is now free to reapply in Nevada or elsewhere. However, Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is required to appear before the commission should he reapply in Nevada, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 8:36PM by BuffaloDave - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dennis Siver Targeting Move to Featherweight
Former lightweight contender Dennis Siver is planning a move to featherweight in 2012, sources close to the fighter confirmed with MMAFighting.com. No word just yet on when the 19-8 German fighter will make his debut in the 145-pound weight class.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 2:59PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cole Miller drops to featherweight, meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 2
Add another bout to the UFC's third trip Down Under. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a featherweight bout between Cole Miller (18-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Steven Siler (19-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set for UFC on FX 2. The matchup was first reported by The MMA Corner. "UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves" takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights head to FUEL TV. Miller returns to the cage at 145 pounds following a second-round submission win over lightweight T.J. O'Brien at UFC on Versus 5, which muted a decision loss to Matt Wiman at "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2."
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 2:55PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan added to UFC on FX 2
UFC on FX 2 has added a pair of octagon newcomers. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that heavyweights Shawn Jordan (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Oli Thompson (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are set to clash in the UFC's third trip Down Under. "UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves" takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights head to FUEL TV. The UFC first ventured into Australia for UFC 110 and returned one year later for UFC 127. Both shows were quick sellouts.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 1:37PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mike Easton vs. Ken Stone Added to UFC on FX 1
With the UFC's first FX-televised live event just three weeks away, the promotion still had one more fight to add to the card and it's now official that bantamweights Mike Easton and Ken Stone will throw down in Nashville.
Submitted Jan 2, 2012 3:08AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Houston Alexander arrested for child abuse after boxing son due to talking dirty on Facebook
Police ticketed popular MMA fighter Houston Alexander for child abuse after the 39-year-old became upset with his 16-year-old and made him box with him. Police reports say officers were called to a home near 44th and Maple for a domestic disturbance. The older Alexander told them he was having trouble with his teen son, who was "having explicit sexual contact on Facebook with some unknown females." The 16-year-old reportedly lied and "made him very upset." According to police reports, "Alexander then retrieved boxing gloves and told his son, 'If you are going to lie to me, then we are going to box.'" The two reportedly boxed in the basement. Officers describe the teen as having a "slight bloody nose and pain to his right side." Alexander was cited for misdemeanor child abuse.
Submitted Jan 1, 2012 10:44PM by Budgellism - 26 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
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