Friday, May 30, 2014

UFC Wanderlei Silva out vs. Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort in at UFC 175

Brazil’s Combate reported the news on Wednesday. According to the site, Silva, who lives in Las Vegas, did not attend a hearing to get licensed for the fight.

UFC Fight Night 41 weigh-in results

The full UFC Fight Night 41 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)
  • Mark Munoz (186) vs. Gegard Mousasi (185)
  • Francis Carmont (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186)
  • Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Sean Strickland (186)
  • Niklas Backstrom (146) vs. Tom Niinimaki (145)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Drew Dober (155) vs. Nick Hein (154)
  • Magnus Cedenblad (185) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (185)
  • Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Vaughan Lee (136)
  • Pawel Pawlak (171) vs. Peter Sobotta (170)
  • Maximo Blanco (145) vs. Andy Ogle (146)
  • Ruslan Magomedov (249) vs. Viktor Pesta (240)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

UFC champ Jones or Gustafsson next? Daniel Cormier gives his pick

“I’ve earned a title shot,” he said after UFC 173. “I’ve got five top 10 wins. I’m undefeated. I haven’t lost a round. I haven’t lost a fight.”
“And in two weight classes too,” UFC President Dana White interjected.
“Yeah, my resume speaks for itself,” Cormier said.
“It means something to beat Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “I know [we all] praise Alexander Gustafsson for what he’s done. He’s a great fighter. But it means a little more to beat a Jon Jones.”
“Against Jones, that’s a tough hill to climb, man,” he said. “There’s just no (easy way to) beating Jon Jones. I’d have to have my best performance. Knowing I was fighting for the title shot, I’d train as though I didn’t (just) have my best performance (against Henderson). I just think styles make fights, and I match up well with him.
“We haven’t really seen him on his back for an extended period of time, but if I get on top of him, I think I can hold him down and get some offense off on him.”“If they come up with something good, I’ll fight,” he said. “I’m not afraid of anybody. I can beat every one of these guys, so I’ll fight them all.
” … I want to be the champion. That’s really why I started fighting. I’m 35 years old, and it’s not like I’m a kid. I can’t wait too long.”

Highlights: Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal joins UFC on FOX 12 lineup

The latest UFC on FOX 12 card now includes:
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Michael Johnson vs. Josh Thomson
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida
  • Noad Lahat vs. Steven Siler
  • Kyle Kingsbury vs. opponent TBA

Dana White: If Nick Diaz wants Matt Brown, we can do that fight

Nick’s younger brother, Nate (17-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC), who has openly lobbied for the matchup with the streaking Brown (19-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC). But White said he hasn’t even considered that as a possibility.

“Listen, if Nick Diaz wants to come out and fight Brown, I’d do that fight,” White said on Wednesday’s new edition of “UFC Tonight.”“We never even considered that fight,” White said. “[Nate Diaz] has lost two of his last three fights, and Brown is on this unbelievable roll.”

Friday, May 16, 2014

'Shogun' Rua robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro while visiting the city on business, Brazilian website Portal Vale Tudo reported on Friday.Rua had just left dinner with UFC middleweight Demian Maia when a car filled with four armed men forced his car to stop and then held him at gunpoint while stripping him of his shirt, shoes and money, according to Eduardo Alonso, who manages both fighters.

One of the robbers reportedly recognized Rua and told him not to try anything and then made off with his car, which had been borrowed from a friend, PVT reported.
Rua was uninjured, but was forced to walk one mile on a dangerous expressway to the nearest police station.

Bellator 120 weigh-in results: 'Rampage,' 'King Mo' scuffle

The two rivals got things started a little early when a face-to-face trash talk session ended with Jackson shoving Lawal in the chest.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Quinton Jackson (205.9) vs. Muhammed Lawal (205.6) – light heavyweight tournament final
  • Will Brooks (154.2) vs. Michael Chandler (154.9) – for interim lightweight title
  • Tito Ortiz (205.5) vs. Champ Alexander Shlemenko (201.9) – non-title fight
  • Blagoi Ivanov (249.5) vs. Alexander Volkov (236.1) – heavyweight tournament final
  • Michael Page (170.5) vs. Ricky Rainey (170.1)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Cheick Kongo (235) vs. Eric Smith (253.8)
  • Marcin Held (158) vs. Nate Jolly (158)
  • Fabricio Guerreiro (147.9) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (145.1)
  • Mike Richman (145.5) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (145.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6 p.m. ET)
  • Austin Lyons (152.4) vs. Zach Underwood (152.3)
  • Justin Frazier (264.5) vs. Mike Wessel (257.9)
  • Ben Brewer (170.2) vs. Andy Uhrich (170.5)
  • Anthony Lemon (170) vs. Codie Shuffield (170)
  • Brian Hall (125.6) vs. Cortez Phelia (125.6)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira added to UFC on FOX 12

UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.Johnson earned his seventh straight win after re-signing with the UFC and posting a unanimous-decision win over top contender Davis. Johnson, who went 7-4 in his first UFC stint but consistently struggled to make the 171-pound welterweight limit, has found a new life in heavier weight classes. He especially excelled with WSOF, where he defeated Mike Kyle, Andrei Arlovski and D.J. Linderman to set up his recent UFC return

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dana White: Fans overreacting to UFC champ Jon Jones' eye-pokes

“I mean, people are always going to go overboard with Jon Jones because they don’t like him,” White told MMAjunkie.“It’s not just taller fighters,” he said. “Jones has that range and he can do it, but lots of guys do it because that’s how you block punches. So you keep your hands open and you slap punches down. Then guys are rushing in and you’re doing whatever, and guys get poked in the eyes.

“Guys have got to start closing their hands, and if you’re going to keep your hands open to block shots, which everybody does, you’ve got to keep your hands closer to your face, not extended in your opponent’s face.”

“[Jones] poked him in the eye twice, and then the referee warned him about it, and he never did it again,” White said. “They’re making it sound like he was targeting his eyes and sticking his fingers in his eyes the entire fight and nobody did anything about it. He did it twice, he was warned, and he never did it again in a five-round fight.”

Nick Diaz.. I am ready to fight --Video

Josh Thomson targeting Nick Diaz for UFC on FOX 12? 'Punk' says phone was stolen

After putting  his own potential retirement on hold, the 155-pound Thomson appeared to issue the challenge to the veteran 170-pounder  on Twitter.

I knocked out your brother, I'll knock ur bitch ass out in San Jose July 26th.Let's do it Bitch, San Jose vs Stockon. Yup, FUCK U NICK DIAZ!— 

Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) May 04, 2014

People that know me, know I wouldn't ever talk about a fighter like this. My phone was stolen last night while at dinner.