Wednesday, October 30, 2013

John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen added to UFC on FOX 9 lineup


UFC on FOX 9 takes place Dec. 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The main card airs on FOX, but FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie.com carry the prelims, which include Dodson vs. Jorgensen.

The latest UFC on FOX 9 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson - for UFC lightweight title
  • Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
  • Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
  • Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, MMAjunkie.com)
  • Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon
  • John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Pat Healy vs. Jamie Varner
  • Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Court McGee
  • John Moraga vs. Darren Uyenoyama
  • Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout

Monday, October 28, 2013

Robert Drysdale denied UFC 167 license due to elevated T/E ratio

Nevada State Athletic Commission has declined to medically clear the jiu-jitsu player turned MMA fighter to compete at next month's UFC 167 event after an out-of-competition drug test revealed an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

UFC 167 lineup set

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - for welterweight title
  • Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
  • Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. Tim Elliott
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
  • Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
  • Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
  • Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie.com, 6:45 p.m. ET)
  • Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
  • Vaughan Lee vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Cody Donovan vs. Robert Drysdale

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jose Aldo wants Anthony Pettis at lightweight


"I want it at lightweight," Aldo recently said in regards to a potential fight with Pettis. "That's where his belt resides, so I can steal it. It would be better for me since I already have a belt of my own. My belt is already up on the wall at my home."


"I give great importance to superfights," Aldo said. "Once you are a champion, you are a small part of history, but to win in other weight classes, that's very rare, like B.J. Penn and Randy Couture. That will always be remembered in the history of the UFC and of MMA itself. When people talk about MMA legends, those two names are brought up because they succeeded in more than one weight class. Whoever wants to be the best, and be recorded in history, it's necessary to win these superfights."


"Many people like to talk superfights, but I see a certain respect, maybe it's fear, to take on a fight like this," Aldo said. "I think it's a great idea. I think fighting up means that you can prove that you are the best and that you can win in the class above your own. As I see it, if Renan fights at featherweight, he would be a great champion. He has the strength and the game to fight at featherweight. Regarding myself, I already faced Frankie Edgar and was able to show that I would be able to fight as a lightweight and become the champion.

"I look at superfights positively, and I hope this happens in the future. I don't believe in hiding. To win more than one belt would be like Michael Phelps winning multiple gold medals at the Olympics. If, as a champion, you just stay within the confines your weight class, you still make some sort of history, but you won't become a legend."


"A change in weight has been talked about a lot – me going up in weight; I even requested this," Aldo said. "But it has to be at the right moment. 'Dede' Pederneiras and Dana White didn't think it was a good idea, but with every title defense, we are closer to this actually taking place. It's in their hands. Once they think it's a good idea for me to go up in weight, then I'm fighting at lightweight, without any problem."

Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva booked as 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3' coaches

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will be the coaches of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3."

UFC President Dana White announced the company's plans on Monday's new edition of FOX Sports 1's "FOX Sports Live."


Tryouts for the third edition of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 in Rio de Janeiro. The session is set for two days after next month's "UFC Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson" event, which takes place at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Video replay: UFC 166 fighter weigh-ins

Video: 'Countdown to UFC 166,' Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos

Dana White: Everything I hear from Nick Diaz is that he doesn't want to fight


"I love that fight," White said following today's pre-UFC 166 media session. "I love that fight. I like it, but everything I hear from Nick Diaz is that he doesn't want to fight."  Dana White is talking about a matchup of Diaz vs Michael Bisping.

And if things are any different behind the scenes, White isn't sharing. But he also isn't hiding his enthusiasm for a potential Bipsing vs. Diaz slugfest.


"I love that fight," White reiterated. "Fun fight."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dong Hyun Kim calls KO of Erick Silva 'luck,' apologizes for fence grab

"I know Erick has a lot of good strikes, but I believe it was very good luck to have won in the second round like that," Kim said via translator after the event, which took place at Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kim earned an extra $50,000 in pay for "Knockout of the Night."

"I don't remember, but if I had the fence, I apologize," he told MMAjunkie.com.

"I tried to tie up my opponent a little bit, and I knew I was going to take a lot of punches," Kim said. "So I tried to counter the attack.

"Erick Silva was very strong. He started very aggressive, and it was a war. I needed to fight against him, or I was going to lose. So I was trying to make Erick lose his strength. But I think it was luck (that I finished the fight by knockout)."

Friday, October 4, 2013

Full episode: 'UFC 166 Primetime: Velasquez vs. dos Santos' Part 1 video

Jon Jones-Glover Teixeira, Mir-Overeem top UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend

A title fight between Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) will headline what now will be the UFC 169 pay-per-view on Feb. 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. In addition, a heavyweight bout between former UFC champ Frank Mir (16-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem (36-13 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been moved from UFC 167 in November and may wind up serving as the card's co-main event, though that is not yet official.

UFC officials told Newsday in a statement that the Mir-Overeem fight was moved to allow Mir more time to recover following his knockout loss to Josh Barnett on Aug. 31. That fight was supposed to be part of the UFC's 20th anniversary show on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas.