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Belcher confirms fight with Cote
Alan Belcher (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who had to pull out of this past weekend’s UFC 81 event with bronchitis, will take on Patrick Cote (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at an April 19 UFC 83 event at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Belcher today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he’s accepted the bout.
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 10:15AM by cowcatcher - 8 comments
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Boetsch plans to stay in UFC
UFC newcomer Tim Boetsch (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who earned an exciting TKO victory over fellow light heavyweight David Heath (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in his debut at this past weekend’s UFC 81 event, thinks he may have found a new home with the organization. The UFC’s newest light heavyweight, who took the UFC 81 fight on just 10 days’ notice, discussed that debut fight and his plans for the future on Wednesday’s episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 10:13AM by cowcatcher - 15 comments
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UFC 82: Chris Leben vs. Alessio Sakara confirmed and televised
It looks like we’re going to see Chris Leben and Alessio Sakara throw some leather after all at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” on Saturday March 1 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, according to UFC.com. This latest news confirms that there will indeed be 10 bouts for the second-ever card to take place in Columbus. Let’s have one final peek: Main Event: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (20-4) vs. Dan Henderson (22-6) Main card (televised): 265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo (11-3-1) vs. Heath Herring (27-13) 185 lbs.: Alessio Sakara (12-6) vs. Chris Leben (17-4) 185 lbs.: Evan Tanner (32-6) vs. Yushin Okami (21-4) 170 lbs.: Jon Fitch (15-2) vs. Chris Wilson (13-3) Under card (may not be broadcast): 265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski (11-5) vs. Jake O’Brien (10-0) 170 lbs.: Luke Cummo (6-4) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (11-3) 170 lbs.: Josh Koscheck (9-2) vs. Dustin Hazelett (10-3) 170 lbs.: Diego Sanchez (17-2) vs. David Bielkheden (12-5) 155 lbs.: Jorge Gurgel (11-3) vs. John Halverson (16-5) This shake-up makes some sense — it was hard to explain the reason Koscheck was buried on the prelims even though he defeated Sanchez back in April 2007. “The Nightmare” then lost his next bout to Jon Fitch at UFC 76: “Knockout” later in September. Having said that, the former winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 is a fan favorite and his bout will more than likely be aired between fights if time permits (something tells me the Leben-Sakara fight is not going the distance) and it is an exciting match
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 4:32PM by juanez13 - 15 comments
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Goran Reljic is set to make his debut in the Octagon on May 24 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena according to his manager, Zoran Saric. The 23-year-old Croation fighter has signed a multiple-fight contract to fight for the UFC. Terms of his contract were not disclosed. Saric stated that Reljic’s first bout, at UFC 84, will be against American Top Team fighter Wilson Gouveia in the light heavyweight division. Splitting his training between Croatia and England (where he trains with Roger Gracie), Reljic has a strong background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has submitted nearly every one of his opponents and has not gone to a decision en route to a 7-0 record. Gouveia is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. He is a UFC veteran with a 4-1 record in the Octagon, his only loss being a decision to Ultimate Fighter veteran Keith Jardine.
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 3:38PM by babalu2720 - 3 comments
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Okami Surprised By Sylvia's Quick Tap & "American Style"
While impressed with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's performance. Yushin Okami also said he was surprised how quick Tim Sylvia gave up and perhaps took a veiled cheap shot too, saying "it seems the American style".
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 1:54PM by DCRage - 28 comments
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Matt Lindland Update: Will Not Be Returning To The UFC
Both Matt Lindland and Dana White have recently confirmed that the two had tossed around the idea of a Lindland return to the UFC. However after UFC 81 Lindland made it clear that the UFC would not be making him an offer. “Dana has made it clear they are not going to make me an offer to return to the UFC,” said Lindland. I feel there are a lot of good fighters in the UFC, and I feel like I could beat most of them.”
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 12:36PM by grappler0000 - 18 comments
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Frank Mir Reflects on Brock Lesnar, Looks to Future
Fresh off a 90-second submission victory over the much-hyped Brock Lesnar (1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (11-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) joined the crew of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com) Tuesday to discuss the experience — and the potential consequences of the victory. “I knew that it would have to be a combination of submission attempts,” Mir said. “He was too explosive for me to just flat out grab him in one submission and be able to catch it… Like anything, it’s kind of hard to catch a guy with one punch if you just keep throwing one shot. But combinations? That can catch anybody.“
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 12:29PM by Bemin - 7 comments
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Tito Ortiz Trashes Dana White, Hints at Starting New Fight Promotion on “Howard Stern Show”
UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz had some harsh words for UFC President Dana White and hinted that he might eventually start his own fight promotion when he leaves the UFC. Ortiz discussed both topics while a guest on today’s “Howard Stern Show,” which airs on Sirius as satellite radio’s most popular program. Ortiz was a guest on the show with his girlfriend, former porn superstar and mogul Jenna Jameson. While much of the interview focused on Jameson and her new book, Stern did ask Ortiz about his current feud with White and plans for the future. “He’s an egotistical egomaniac,” Ortiz said of White. “He wants to be a fighter and a superstar.
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 12:27PM by Bemin - 16 comments
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Report: Fertittas Sue Former Pride Owners
Pride FC Worldwide Holdings, a company created in the wake of the sale of Pride to Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese mixed martial arts company's former ownership.
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 7:09AM by madmarck - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, PrideFC
UFC 83 Pre-Sale Tickets Sold Out!
Just got the email from the UFC

Due to incredible demand, nearly all of the tickets to UFC® 83: SERRA vs. ST-PIERRE 2 have been purchased by members of UFC® Fight Club in its exclusive presale which started on Sunday. Over 21,000 people will rock the Bell Centre on Saturday, April 19th, and the vast majority of them will be UFC® Fight Club members. The UFC® organization is honored to welcome so many of its most devoted fans to the event that night. Because of the unprecedented size of this presale, the normal UFC® Newsletter Presale will not take place. The scheduled public onsale date for this event is this Friday, February 8 at 12pm ET. On that date and time, a very limited number of tickets will be released for sale via Ticketmaster and at the Bell Centre Box Office. Additional viewing options for fans in the Montreal area, or those wishing to come to Montreal for the event, are currently being researched. Information will be made public as it becomes available via UFC.com and this UFC® Newsletter.
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 12:52AM by TimW001 - 23 comments
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UFC 81 Draws Live Gate of $2,437,890
The paid-attendance figure is the second-lowest ever recorded at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, which has hosted 15 UFC events to date. The only UFC event to draw a smaller paid attendance at the venue was UFC 48, which featured a main event of Ken Shamrock vs. Kimo Leopoldo. Just 6,528 fans paid to attend the June 2004 event. However, while those figures are below average for the venue, UFC 81 likely registered higher-than-normal pay-per-view buys. The event featured a headline bout between Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the UFC’s interim heavyweight title, but the main attraction was the debut of former World Wrestling Entertainment performer Brock Lesnar, who took on one-time UFC champ Frank Mir. The UFC marketed Lesnar’s UFC debut extensively, hoping to attract part of the WWE’s substantial fan base. Unfortunately, we’re unlikely to know if the UFC was successful. Because the organization is a privately owned company, the UFC doesn’t publicly release the number of pay-per-view buys for its events The past 10 events at the Mandalay Bay Events Center: UFC 81 (2/2/08) — 10,583 attendance (7,167 paid) for $2,437,890 live gate UFC 79 (12/29/07) — 11,075 attendance (10,968 paid) for $4,994,000 live gate UFC 74 (8/25/07) — 11,118 attendance (9,622 paid) for $3,307,000 live gate UFC 67 (2/3/07) — 10,227 attendance (8,700 paid) for $2,767,130 live gate UFC 64 (10/14/06) — 10,173 attendance (8,913 paid) for $1,790,490 live gate UFC 62 (8/26/06) — 9,859 attendance (8,954 paid) for $3,040,880 live gate UFC 61 (7/8/06) — 11,167 attendance (9,999 paid) for a $3,350,775 live gate UFC 58 (3/4/06) — 9,569 attendance (8,183 paid) for $1,758,450 live gate UFC 57 (2/4/06) — 11,000 attendance (10,301 paid) for $3,382,400 live gate UFC 51 (2/5/05) — 11,072 attendance (9,268 paid) for $1,493,100 live gate
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 6:23PM by juanez13 - 3 comments
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Rage In The Cage XVI
"Wildfire" Johnny Rage returns with his weekly column. In this week's column he tackles UFC 81, a preview of UFC 82, World Victory Road and his thoughts on MMA "Smart Fans" and his thoughts on the Super Bowl.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 2:45PM by tberg420 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous, Other MMA Organizations
Liddell-Shogun Set For UFC 85
According to the fighters via media outlets, Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is now official for UFC 85 in London in June. The fight is expected to be the main event.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 2:33PM by DCRage - 19 comments
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Dana White: Kimbo Would Get "Hurt Bad" In UFC
Today was Dana White's turn to fire another salvo at a rival promotion, this time EliteXC. The comments were made with regards to what he thought were KeviN "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson's chances in UFC.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 2:29PM by DCRage - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC
Cards Announced for Upcoming UFCs
Lineups for the next two UFC pay-per-view events were made official Monday. Joining the highly-anticipated March 1 UFC middleweight title fight in Columbus, Ohio, between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Dan Henderson are four main card attractions featuring recognizable names across three weight divisions.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 11:13AM by madmarck - 7 comments
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Dana White: UFC Will "Probably" Create Official Rankings
Dana White about-faces again. After saying UFC would never create their own official fighter rankings, he says UFC "probably" will now do that, even though it may not be anytime soon.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 10:43AM by DCRage - 14 comments
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UFC 81 proved how the sport's elite rose to the top
Over the years, the lexicon of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become entrenched in the language of mixed martial arts. Royce Gracie introduced the masses to the potency of the discipline in the earliest Ultimate Fighting Championships, and since then, fighters hoping to make a dent in the sport have had to incorporate a significant amount of BJJ knowledge into their own repertoire. Understanding how to use BJJ as an offensive weapon, and simply learning how to defend against its various joint locks and chokes is a must into today's MMA. And just in case BJJ's importance had been forgotten, UFC 81 served as a stark reminder of its continued presence, and need. The technique ultimately decided four of the five main card fights and both main event fights. Height, strength, and hype proved sadly ineffective when confronted by BJJ.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 7:16AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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Five Questions in the Wake of UFC 81
The UFC's media campaign has repeatedly stressed that the spectacle of MMA -- those bygone days when fighters showed up in wife beaters and singlets, listing Tae Bo as a discipline -- is ancient history. Yet that weird buzz in one's central nervous system, the one you used to get when watching athletes of unknown origin and ability, was present during Saturday's UFC 81 card. Observing Brock Lesnar (Pictures), a human being of formidable proportions, rain hammer fists down on Frank Mir (Pictures) helped recapture some of the early knot-in-stomach jitters of the cruder, single-digit events. (Lesnar's knife tattoo, so ignobly displayed on his mammoth chest, might as well have been a giant question mark.) We got at least one answer: Lesnar, while seemingly the most athletic 265-pound man ever to step into a cage, has a ways to go before promoters need to resize the heavyweight strap.
Submitted Feb 5, 2008 7:04AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cote added to ufc 83 card
Cote will be on the ufc 83 card. 2 possible opponents are alan belcher(10-3) or newcomer johnny rees(8-0) i hope ufc feeds belcher to cote.
Submitted Feb 4, 2008 4:48PM by Gipper - 8 comments
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Rich Franklin vs. Travis Lutter Official for UFC 83
Rumors of the bout have popped up for weeks, but we can now confirm that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (22-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” winner Travis Lutter (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will meet at UFC 83, which takes place April 19 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
Submitted Feb 4, 2008 4:12PM by nickcuc547 - 15 comments
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