Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pat Miletich will be the next UFC Hall of Fame inductee

“Miletich is a guy who contributed to this,” White said. “At the time when we bought this company, Miletich had probably the biggest and the best camp in the entire sport. At that time, Pat’s camp was huge, and all the top guys came out of Miletich. … A guy like Miletich could (be in the UFC Hall of Fame).”

Thursday, June 19, 2014

UFC 176 co-main event set with Gegard Mousasi vs. 'Jacare' Souza

With the addition of the co-main event, the latest UFC 176 card includes:
  • Champ Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes – for featherweight title
  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Shayna Baszler vs. Bethe Correia
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
  • Fabricio Camoes vs. Gray Maynard
  • Walmir Lazaro vs. James Vick
  • Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo

Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai possibility for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan

Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai possibility for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan. UFC Fight Night 52 takes place Sept. 20 at Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan. Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson are expected to meet in the main event. Broadcast plans have yet to be revealed.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Following failed drug test, Chael Sonnen announces retirement

“I want to take an opportunity to officially announcement my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts,” Sonnen said. “I had a great time.
” … I want to thank FOX. I want to thank the leadership of the UFC. I want to thank a man named Bill Brady, who gave me a second wind, if you will. He’s a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and he believed in me at a time when I really needed somebody to, and I owe the second wind of my career to him. I am proud to call him a friend. I also want to thank the most important opponent I’ve ever had. I couldn’t have got here without this dance partner, and that is of course you, Anderson Silva. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the invitation to the barbecue, even though I didn’t take you up on it. “
“I absolutely take responsibility,” Sonnen said. “The one thing when I spoke with (UFC President) Dana White yesterday when Dana White went and spoke with (America’s Pregame host] Mike Hill, he was very clear to say, ‘Chael needed to talk to the commission.’ Now I do agree with that, and I am well aware, as is my management team, that we do need to talk to a commission.
“This was out-of-competition testing. This has never happened to me. I’m only the third athlete ever that’s had to go through this. There’s also a bit of an expectation on my behalf that the commission will understand as I’m transitioning off testosterone as we’ve talked about a number of times. In the meanwhile, my wife and I were having problems with fertility. This is a matter of health, and this is a matter of being a parent and being able to live the next chapter of my life. At no point was there an attempt to slip around the system.”

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson II set for UFC 178 in Toronto

 UFC 178 takes place Sept. 27 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson,” Jones stated. “There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight. The issue was that my brother is getting married in July, and I would have preferred a later date. I didn’t want to go this early, and I would have preferred to go later in October or November."

“It is what it is. We have a date now, Sept 27. This was a personal decision for me. I will be at my brother’s wedding and have a proper training camp.”

“Obviously, Jon is right: This if the fight the fans want to see,” White stated. “The great thing about this is we get Jones vs. Gustafsson, and if Jones beats Gustafsson, we get Jones vs Cormier. Two great fights in the light heavyweight division with three of the baddest guys in the world – the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and champion Jon Jones and the No. 1 and No. 2 contenders.”

UFC Fight Night 42 weigh-in results: Henderson (155.5), Khabilov (156)

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Benson Henderson (155.5) vs. Rustam Khabilov (156)
  • Ross Pearson (155.5) vs. Diego Sanchez (155)
  • John Dodson (125) vs. John Moraga (126)
  • Rafael dos Anjos (156) vs. Jason High (154.5)
  • Yves Edwards (155) vs. Piotr Hallmann (154)
  • Bryan Caraway (135) vs. Erik Perez (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Yaotzin Meza (136) vs. Sergio Pettis (135)
  • Lance Benoist (169) vs. Bobby Voelker (170.5)
  • Scott Jorgensen (125.5) vs. Danny Martinez (124.5)
  • Jake Lindsey (153.5) vs. Jon Tuck (154.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)
  • Patrick Cummins (204) vs. Roger Narvaez (204)