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November 2011 MMA News Archive

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"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" No More
ncer Bruce Buffer calls former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz‘s name in Toronto next weekend, for the first time in forever, he won’t be calling out “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Ortiz, who faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the main card of UFC 140, is moving on from his younger days of talking trash on opponents to build fights and putting his old moniker to bed. He’s now fighting for his fans, his family, and for the future, putting the negativity behind him. “No longer the bad boy, positive from here on out. I’m now the ‘People’s Champ,’” Ortiz told MMAWeekly Radio.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 11:49PM by FastKnockout - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
Teammates Face Off at TUF 14 Finale
Two featherweights will get new life in the UFC after suffering defeats on The Ultimate Fighter 14 when the meet in the finale. American Top Team fighter Marcus Brimage will face fellow housemate Stephen Bass in a featherweight bout on the night’s card. Originally from Alabama, now training out of the famed academy in Florida, Marcus Brimage had less experience than many of the fighters going into the show, but didn’t hesitate to face anyone once he got there. Brimage fell to veteran fighter Bryan Caraway in his opening fight after making it into the house, but he still became a key training partner for many of his teammates on Team Bisping throughout the remainder of the season.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 11:47PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Two Bantamweight Bouts Added to TUF 14 Finale
A pair of bantamweight bouts have been added to The Ultimate Fighter season 14 finale taking place Saturday night in Las Vegas. Dustin Pague, who made his way to the semifinals of the show before losing to eventual finalist T.J. Dillashaw, will get back in action against fellow cast member John Albert. In addition to Pague vs. Albert, fellow semifinal competitor Johnny Bedford will face Louis Gaudinot at the finale. Both fights were confirmed to by sources close to the match-ups taking place this weekend in Las Vegas.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 11:45PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 1
A heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC's debut on FUEL TV. Sources close to the event today told ( that Dave Herman (21-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Stefan Struve (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 1. initially reported the bout. UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb. The 18,000-seat CenturyLink Arena is likely to host. Main-card fights air live on FUEL TV, though broadcast plans haven't been announced for the preliminary card. It's not clear if Herman vs. Struve will be part of the main card.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 7:26PM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Brett Rogers sentenced to 60 days in jail for assault
Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers was sentenced to 60 days in jail for a domestic-assault incident with his wife in June, according to a report today in the "St. Paul Pioneer Press." Rogers in September pleaded guilty to a single count of felony third-degree assault. Two felony counts of domestic assault by strangulation and stalking were dismissed, as was a gross misdemeanor charge of endangering a child.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 3:16PM by BuffaloDave - 7 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Bellator's Maiquel Falcao returns home from hospital, denies reports of heart attack
Onetime UFC vet Maiquel Falcao has returned home from the hospital and is now resting at home. And while initial reports suggested "Big Rig" had suffered a heart attack, Falcao now says his hospitalization was simply the result of some overtraining, and he expects a quick return to action. In fact, the recent Bellator signee said he's looking forward to making a run in the promotion's upcoming season-six middleweight tournament.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 1:40PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Sources: Rashad Evans, Phil Davis set
Rashad Evans and Phil Davis will meet in a light heavyweight bout slated for Jan. 28. The fight, which multiple sources confirmed to, will take place at UFC on Fox 2, the promotion's second show on the network. It's not the first time the UFC has booked this matchup. The two were scheduled to meet in August at UFC 133 in Philadelphia, but that bout fell through when Davis suffered a knee injury. Evans (16-1-1) will look to solidify his place as the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds. He's currently riding a three-fight win streak, including a second-round TKO win over late-replacement Tito Ortiz in August.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 2:11AM by Poor_Franklin - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 141 'UFC Prelims' special gets Njokuani-Nijem, Assuncao-Pearson on Spike TV
The two-bout fight card is set for next week month's UFC 141 "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV. Sources close to the event today told the bouts include lightweights Ramsey Nijem vs. Anthony Njokuani and featherweights Junior Assuncao vs. Ross Pearson. UFC 141 takes place Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 10:05PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah added to UFC 143 in February
Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez takes his second attempt at a UFC win when he meets Amir Sadollah at February's UFC 143 event. UFC officials today announced the new welterweight booking. 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 while preliminary bouts are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 10:03PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 140: Four Prelim Fights to Air on ION Television
As Spike TV's relationship with the UFC winds down towards expiration at the end of the year, the channel will still broadcast a prelim special for UFC 141, but UFC 140, which takes place in two weeks, was left off their schedule. Fortunately for fans, ION Television will step in and broadcast four live preliminary fights on the UFC 140 card in Toronto. was the first to report the broadcast plans, and the four featured bouts will be: Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou, John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman, and Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson. The ION broadcast will kick off live at 7PM ET on December 10th, two hours before the pay per view main card at 9PM ET. The UFC has previously aired prelim fights on ION for UFC 125 and UFC 127.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 5:27PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pyle vs. Thiago, Broughton vs. Oliveira official for UFC 142 in Brazil
An intriguing welterweight matchup between Mike Pyle and Paulo Thiago is now official for UFC 142. Additionally, a heavyweight affair between English slugger Rob Broughton and Brazilian newcomer Ednaldo Oliveira will also take place at the event. UFC execs today announced both contests. UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 5:15PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mike Brown vs. Vagner Rocha, Ryan Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola added to UFC on FX 1
The fight bookings are coming fast and furious. UFC officials today announced a pair of new fights for UFC on FX 1, as Mike Brown (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Vagner Rocha (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ryan Jimmo (16-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will each take place at the Jan. 20 event. Additionally, a pair of bouts previously reported by ( were also confirmed, as Reza Madadi (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Rafaello Oliviera (14-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and Jorge Rivera (19-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) faces Eric Schafer (12-6-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC). Featuring a headliner of Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller, UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 4:50PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez to headline Feb. 15 UFC event on FUEL TV
A key welterweight matchup between Jake Ellenberger (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) has been scheduled for February. ( today confirmed with sources close to the event that Ellenberger and Sanchez will headline an as-yet-unannounced fight card expected to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 15. While UFC brass have yet to make an official announcement, additional sources indicated that the event will likely take place in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Neb., and air on FUEL TV. Omaha's 18,000-seat CenturyLink Center (formerly Qwest Center Omaha) is said to be the leading candidate to host the event, but venue officials declined to comment on the potential booking.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 2:53PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jorge Rivera vs. Eric Schafer targeted for UFC on FX 1
You can't keep good men down. Sources close to the event today told ( that middleweights Jorge Rivera (19-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) and Eric Schafer (12-6-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC on FX 1. Contracts are expected shortly. "UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and its main card airs live on FX. Preliminary bouts are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 2:52PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Olav Einemo Back in UFC, Likely to Face Mike Russow at UFC on FOX 2
Shortly after losing in his UFC debut in a bout that won Fight of the Night at UFC 131, John Olav Einemo was surprisingly cut from the UFC. As it turned out, Einemo was part of the fallout from an ongoing business issue between his Golden Glory management team and the UFC. Now, it appears a resolution has been struck, as Einemo is back with the promotion and will take on Mike Russow as part of the upcoming UFC on FOX 2 card on January 28, MMA Fighting has learned. Sources confirmed that both sides have verbally agreed to the bout. Einemo (6-2) faced Dave Herman at UFC 131, and engaged in a hard-fought battle before falling in a second-round TKO. The fight had been his first MMA bout in over four years. But even after the spirited scrap, he was one of several Golden Glory fighters -- including Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen to be dropped by Zuffa. UFC president Dana White later said the issue stemmed from Golden Glory's management practice of having promoters pay them directly instead of the fighters...
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 1:30PM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rafael 'Sapo' Natal welcomes newcomer Michael Kuiper at UFC 143
Undefeated middleweight Michael Kuiper (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to make his octagon debut when he meets Rafael Natal (13-3-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) at UFC 143. ( learned of the impending matchup from sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place. Brazilian website SporTV initially reported the fight. 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 while preliminary bouts are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 1:07PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping: Jason Miller's TUF 14 Finale after party will be at the hospital
On Sat., Dec. 3, 2011, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 coaches, Michael Bisping and Jason Miller, will look to settle their score when the two go head-to-head in the main event of the The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, which is scheduled to take place at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two don't like each other, which is very clear if you've watched any of this season of the reality television series on Spike TV. Tonight (Mon., Nov. 28), Bisping appeared on HDNet's "Inside MMA" to discuss his upcoming bout against the former host of MTV's "Bully Beatdown." And "The Count" is seemingly not too concerned about his opponent's ability because "Mayhem" simply doesn't bring anything new to the table.
Submitted Nov 29, 2011 4:49AM by pmoney - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tokoro, Saadulaev Booked for Dream Bantamweight GP Reserve Bout
Hideo Tokoro and Yusup Saadulaev were eliminated from Dream’s 2011 world bantamweight grand prix in September, but they aren’t out of the tournament picture just yet. Officials from the Japanese promotion Tuesday announced that fan-favorite Tokoro and once-beaten Saadulaev will meet on Dec. 31 in a bantamweight grand prix reserve match. In the event that the winner of one of the evening’s two semifinals -- Antonio Banuelos versus Masakazu Imanari and Bibiano Fernandes versus Rodolfo Marques Diniz -- is unable to continue, the winner of Tokoro-Saadulaev could be slotted into the tourney final. In addition to the bantamweight bouts, the 2011 iteration of Dream’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Saitama Super Arena will feature a featherweight title fight between champion Hiroyuki Takaya and former Shooto ace “Lion” Takeshi Inoue.
Submitted Nov 28, 2011 10:26PM by sparky - 0 comments
Filed under: Dream
Ortiz Replaces Top Flyweight McCall, Faces Rave at Friday’s TPF 11
Josh Rave has a new opponent for Tachi Palace Fights 11, as Dustin Ortiz will step in for injured promotional flyweight champion Ian McCall on Friday’s card. Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau informed of the change via text message on Monday afternoon. The bout will take place at 126 pounds. Ortiz (Pictured), a Nashville MMA product, suffered the first loss of his professional career in a unanimous decision to McCall at TPF 9 in May. Prior to that setback, the two-time Strikeforce veteran was unbeaten in seven contests, with all of his victories coming via technical knockout or submission.
Submitted Nov 28, 2011 10:24PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Danny Castillo's Trouble with the Commission False
shortly after danny castillo's ufc 139 win, rumors surfaced that he might face a suspension at the hands of the california state athletic commission stemming from his post-fight celebration. castillo even mentioned it on his twitter account, writing that he had received a certified letter requesting his appearance at a hearing regarding the issue. as it turns out, there is no issue at all.
Shortly after Danny Castillo's UFC 139 win, rumors surfaced that he might face a suspension at the hands of the California state athletic commission stemming from his post-fight celebration. Castillo even mentioned it on his Twitter account, writing that he had received a certified letter requesting his appearance at a hearing regarding the issue. As it turns out, there is no issue at all. So I don't understand what a muted dance is... Can someone explain what this might mean haha.
Submitted Nov 28, 2011 8:26PM by Geoffo - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
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