June 15, 2013 7:25:45 PM
UFC 161 results
Event results for UFC 161, which took place Saturday at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Rashad Evans def. Dan Henderson split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
- Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
- Ryan Jimmo def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
- Alexis Davis def. Rosi Sexton via decision (29-28x2, 29-27)
- Shawn Jordan def. Pat Barry TKO (punches), Rd 1, 0:59
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
- Jake Shields def. Tyron Woodley via split decision (29-28x2, 27-30)
- James Krause def. Sam Stout via submission (guillotine-choke), Rd 3, 4:47
- Sean Pierson def. Kenny Robertson via majority decision (29-28x2, 28-28)
- Roland Delorme def. Edwin Figueroa via decision (29-28x3)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)
- Mitch Clarke def. John Maguire via decision (29-28x3)
- Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
June 11, 2013 10:50:51 AM
Darren Elkins vs. Hatsu Hioki scheduled for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2
The UFC finally has one of Indiana's own on the card for its return to the Hoosier State.
Indiana native and resident Darren Elkins (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is set for a featherweight bout againstHatsu Hioki (26-6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) when the UFC hits the Indiana state capital this August. Sources with knowledge of the fight confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com) after an initial report from Brett Okamoto atESPN.com.
The bout will be part of UFC on FOX Sports 1 2, which takes place Aug. 28 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The event's main card airs on FOX Sports 1. The main event is a welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann. Donald Cerrone meets Rafael dos Anjos in the night's co-feature.
Elkins will be looking for a return to the win column after an April loss to former featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 7. Elkins took that fight on a month's notice when fellow Midwest native Clay Guida was forced out with an injury. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak since his drop to featherweight from 155 pounds that culminated with a first-round TKO stoppage of Antonio Carvalho at UFC 158 in March.
Elkins will be fighting in his home state for the first time since a win over UFC veteran Gideon Ray at Hoosier Fight Club's inaugural event in November 2009. That win got him a call from the UFC, where he went 1-1 as a lightweight with a quick TKO win over Duane Ludwig due to a Ludwig injury and a quick submission loss to Charles Oliveira. He then dropped to 145 and rattled off decision wins overMichihiro Omigawa, Tiequan Zhang, Diego Brandao and Steven Siler before his TKO of Carvalho.
Hioki, a former champion for Shooto and Sengoku, signed with the UFC in 2011 as arguably the top featherweight outside the promotion. His career with the UFC got off to a bit of a rocky start, though, with a split-decision win over George Roop at UFC 137 that many observers scored in Roop's favor.
After a win over Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144 in his native Japan, Hioki was offered a shot at champ Jose Aldo that would have been a meeting between then the top two featherweights in the world. But saying he needed more octagon experience, he turned the fight down and instead met Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FX 4 – where he dropped a unanimous decision. In January, he lost for the second straight time when Guida took a split decision from him at UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago.
June 10, 2013 8:47:36 PM
Shinichi Kojima vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani set for ONE FC flyweight title match on September 13
ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) returns to Indonesia on Friday, 13 September, with a fight card headlined by the highly anticipated ONE FC Flyweight World Championship title bout which will be contested by Japanese veterans Shinichi Kojima and Yasuhiro Urushitani. Plus, the fierce sporting rivalry between Indonesia and Malaysia is reignited as Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian and Vincent Majid faces Malaysia’s Raymond Tan and Eugenio Tan respectively on the largest stage in Asian MMA. All the action takes place at the 15,000-seater Istora Senayan in what is expected to be the biggest fight card the country has ever seen.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC will be back in Jakarta on 13 September with a stacked fight card that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for the passionate Indonesian fight fans. This event is one of the largest sporting events in the history of Indonesia and features the two best Flyweights in Asia squaring off with the first ONE FC Flyweight World Championship title belt on the line. More than 15,000 fans will pack out the Istora Senayan to witness the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.”
Yasuhiro Urushitani is one of the most respected mixed martial artists in the Flyweight division. He has fought all over the world and is a former Shooto Bantamweight Champion who is renowned for his accurate counter strikes and slick submissions. Since his debut in 2001, he has racked up a record of 20 wins, six losses, and six draws. He earned his ONE FC title shot by defeating Filipino standout Rey Docyogen in Manila on 31 May. He is set to face another former Shooto Bantamweight Champion in Shinichi Kojima to determine the king of the Asian Flyweight division.
Urushitani and Kojima have already fought each other twice, with both fights ending in a draw. This rubber match will crown a new world champion and determine the winner of their trilogy. Kojima is one of the best Flyweights in the world. He had a three-year undefeated streak while he was Shooto Bantamweight Champion and has been ranked as the best in the world in his weight class. He submitted Rey Docyogen in Kuala Lumpur on 2 February and has been eagerly awaiting his shot at the coveted ONE FC World Championship title.
Vincent Majid is a national Judo champion, a four-time submission grappling champion and is ranked top 10 in his weight class at combat sambo. Known as “Jack Hammer” because of the power with which he hits, Majid is tipped to score some spectacular stoppages in the ONE FC cage and this Indonesian giant will be looking to get his professional career off to the best possible start on 13 September to prove that he is a serious contender for the first ever ONE FC Light Heavyweight World Championship title.
Eugenio Tan was born and raised in Malaysia but is of mixed parentage with his father hailing from the mountains of Baguio in the Philippines. He has a strong base in boxing and has also developed his skills in Muay Thai. He has never been stopped or submitted and with three fights under his belt already, he is gaining a reputation as one of the best light heavyweights in Malaysia.
Stefer Rahardian is a BJJ phenomenon who has won numerous medals at submission grappling competitions and is already a familiar face on the podium having frequently claimed gold medals in grappling tournaments competing at well above his natural weight. He trains under Indonesia’s legendary grappling coach Niko Han, Indonesia’s first ever BJJ black belt at the vaunted Synergy gym in Jakarta.
Raymond Tan is a founding member of Penang Top Team and ranked as one of the best Bantamweights in Malaysia. He initially began training in Taekwondo before he moved into mixed martial arts as he grew older. He will be looking to use his long reach to devastating effect with crisp striking and signature kicks when he faces Stefer Rahardian on 13 September in Jakarta.
June 8, 2013 11:43:20 PM
UFC on Fuel TV 10 results
Event results for UFC on Fuel TV 10, which took place Saturday at Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Main Card (Live on FUEL TV, 8:00 PM ET)
- Fabricio Werdum def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via submisssion (armbar), Rd 2, 2:41
- Leo Santos def. William Macario via submission (arm triangle choke), Rd 2, 4:43
- Thiago Silva def. Rafael Faijao via KO (punches), Rd 1, 4:29
- Daniel Sarafian def. Eddie Mendez via submission (arm-triangle choke), Rd 1, 2:20
- Erick Silva def. Jason High via submission (armbar), Rd 1, 1:11
- Rony Jason def. Mike Wilkinson via submission (triangle-choke), Rd 1, 1:24
Preliminary Card (Live on Facebook, 4:45 PM ET)
- Raphael Assuncao def. Vaughan Lee via submission (armbar), Rd 2, 1:51
- Felipe Arantes def. Godofredo Castro via TKO (elbows), Rd 1, 3:32
- Ildemar Alcantara def. Leandro Silva via decision (30-27x 3)
- Rodrigo Damm def. Mizuto Hirota via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
- Caio Magalhaes def. Karlos Vemola via submission (rear naked-choke), Rd 2, 2:49
- Antonio Braga Neto def. Anthony Smith via submission (kneebar), Rd 1, 1:52
June 7, 2013 1:49:24 PM
Bellator to be broadcast in Viacom-owned Viva in the UK
Bellator MMA will now be available on television for the first time to the many passionate mixed martial arts fans in the UK, as it was announced today by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO and Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. Viacom’s popular VIVA channel will begin airing live Bellator fights on Wednesday June 19 as part of the MMA league’s summer series tournament featuring a stacked card including King Mo, “Babalu” Sobral and War Machine. In September, VIVA will telecast Bellator MMA’s ninth season.
Bellator’s foray into the UK market increases their global reach to 116 countries and territories. Available in every one of the UK’s 26 million TV households, VIVA has one of the highest profiles amongst 16 to 34-year-olds of any UK channel, with 50% of its audience comprised of that hard-to-reach demographic and one in four of that age group in the UK – 3.7 million viewers - tuning in to the channel each month. Bellator is the first mixed martial arts franchise to be televised on the channel.
“We are thrilled to finally bring the pure excitement of Bellator MMA to the legions of dedicated and knowledgeable mixed martial arts fans in the UK,” remarked Rebney. “Our long awaited expansion into the UK, one of the world’s MMA hot beds further illustrates our continued ascension in the MMA world.
"This deal is game changer in the UK, giving Bellator the widest and deepest distribution of any MMA promotion in the marketplace," said Kay.
Recently, Bellator MMA announced the signings of three of the UK’s top MMA fighters, Martin Stapleton, Rob Sinclair and Paul Sass. With the VIVA deal in place, Bellator will continue to aggressively pursue top British fighting talent.
June 7, 2013 1:33:42 AM
Court McGee and Robert Whittaker to meet at UFC on FS1 2
For just the eighth time in history, winners of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show will square off as Court McGee and Robert Whittaker are set to collide at the second UFC on FOX Sports 1 event on Aug. 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
McGee won season 11 of the reality show by defeating Kris McCray in the finals while Whittaker was the inaugural victor of the "Australia vs. U.K." by taking out Brad Scott.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials confirmed the welterweight match up via Twitter on Wednesday (June 5, 2013) evening.
McGee (15-3) makes his second appearance at 170-pounds since dropping to the weight class from middleweight earlier this year. In his first welterweight bout, the 28-year-old earned a unanimous decision victory over Josh Neer at UFC 157 to bring an end to a career-worst two-fight losing streak.
"Crusher" is 4-2 overall in his time with the UFC and has yet to be been finished in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Whittaker (11-2) will compete in his second consecutive bout against a fellow TUF finalist after taking out season 16 winner Colton Smith with a third-round knockout atUFC 160 last month.
At just 22 years of age, the Australian is one of the more intriguing winners of the show from recent seasons and with 10 finishes in 11 victories is also an exciting fighter to watch compete inside the cage.
It is unknown at this time where McGee vs. Whittaker will be placed on the card.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 #2 goes down Aug. 28, 2013 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. A welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann serves as the main event of the evening while lightweights Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos meet up in the co-headliner.Source: www.mmamania.com
June 7, 2013 1:27:53 AM
Brandao vs. Pineda scheduled for UFC on FOX Sports 1 inaugural show
The loaded UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut event added additional depth with the booking of a matchup between dynamic featherweights Diego Brandao and Daniel Pineda.
The promotion recently announced the bout as part of the Aug. 17 event at the TD Garden in Boston.
Brandao won season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, and has to date won three of his four octagon bouts. His most recent match came in April, when he choked out Pablo Garzawith an arm triangle. Brandao, known for his aggressive, fearless style, has finishes in 14 of his 17 career wins.
Pineda rebounded into the win column in his last match, ending a two-fight losing streak. In doing so, he submitted Justin Lawrence with a first-round kimura. Like Brandao, he has an exceptional finishing rate for a featherweight. He has finishes in all 18 of his pro wins, with six knockouts and 12 submissions. He's 18-9 all-time.
The UFC on FOX Sports 1 show marks the launch of FOX's new all-sports cable network, which goes live on the same day as UFC's show. In the main event, Mauricio Rua will face Chael Sonnen. The card also has strong supporting fodder, including a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne, a bantamweight matchup between Urijah Faber and Yuri Alcantara, and a welterweight showdown pitting Matt Brown against Thiago Alves.
June 4, 2013 1:14:14 PM
"Rampage" Jackson signs with Bellator
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the mixed martial arts icon and action-movie star has agreed to a monumental, multi-year partnership with Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV as it wasjointly announced today by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President. The landmark partnership includes Jackson competing in Bellator MMA, along with joining the superstars of TNA’s “Impact Wrestling,” which includes fellow Bellator fighter “King Mo” Lawal. Spike TV will also create a special reality series featuring Rampage that will lead into his debut with Bellator, as well as other entertainment initiatives.
“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports & entertainment arena and Rampage is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”
“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. “Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA.”
"Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today," said Carter. "He is a true cross-over star and his talent, big personality and popularity among a wide range of fans make him an extraordinary fit for our company,”
Jackson (32-11) joins Bellator as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo”, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Emanuel Newton, Attila Vegh and Vladimir Matyushenko.
The charismatic fighter from Memphis, TN began his professional MMA career in 1999 and established his legacy across the globe through epic battles with MMA titans including Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson among others.
June 2, 2013 11:07:51 PM
'Lil Nog' out of UFC 161 bout with Rua
An ailing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira(21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from this month's UFC 161 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC).
The scratch was first reported byGloboEsporte.com, andMMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the change with multiple sources close to the promotion.
GloboEsporte.com's report cited a herniated disc as the reason for the withdrawal. A timetable for his return was not immediately established.
Rua and Nogueira had been looking to renew a rivalry that began in 2005 when the two faced off in the quarterfinal round of PRIDE's middleweight grand prix.
In a fight that many news media outlets dubbed fight of the year, Rua earned a hard-fought unanimous decision victory. Rua went on to win the star-studded and historic 16-man tournament a few months later.
The two fighters have seen mixed results in recent years. Rua has alternated between wins and losses during his past eight fights, which included a brief UFC title run from 2010-2011 and a December defeat to Alexander Gustafsson. Nogueira, meanwhile, recently halted a two-fight losing skid with back-to-back wins over Tito Ortiz and Evans.
Nogueira's withdrawal is the second high-profile hit the the UFC 161 lineup. The card was originally expected to feature a bantamweight interim title fight between interim champ Renan Barao and former WEC titleholder Eddie Wineland. However, the Brazilian champ was forced to withdraw from the card, and the night's co-feature between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson was promoted to headlining status.
June 2, 2013 2:21:54 PM
Jansen out of Bellator 96 due to ACL injury, Chandler meets Rickels June 19
After preparing for the biggest fight of his already impressive career, Dave Jansen’s title shot will be put on hold as the Oregon native has suffered an ACL injury that will keep the submission ace sidelined indefinitely. Originally slated to face reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler on June 19, Chandler will instead face Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Champion David Rickels July 31 from The Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I’m already back in the gym getting ready for the biggest test of my career,” Rickels said. “I was prepared for another few months off with Jansen already in line for his title shot, but when I got the news I was pumped because I got to enjoy myself for a while after the tournament, but now I’m ready to fight for that belt. Chandler is going to bring a huge challenge, but I know I need to focus on my takedown defense, and just push the pace. I’ve got to hurt Mike early, let him know I’m not playing around. I think he fights off of confidence more than anything else, so I’m looking to put a lot of doubt into his head early in this fight. Either way, I just can’t wait until July 31.”
“It was just sort of a freak injury that happened in grappling, I heard a pop and after visiting the doctor, my fears were confirmed,” Jansen said. “It’s really devastating to me knowing I was so close to getting my shot, but I talked to Bjorn and the Bellator team and they confirmed I’ll be getting my title shot when I’m healthy and ready to go, so I’m going to recover and train as hard as I ever have, and hopefully when I get back into the cage it’s more rewarding than ever.”
June 2, 2013 11:25:19 AM
Liz Carmouche meets Jessica Andrade at UFC on FOX 8Liz Carmouche will welcome a UFC rookie to the Octagon on July 27.Carmouche will meet Jessica Andrade at UFC on FOX 8 after Miesha Tate, her original opponent, replaced the injured Cat Zingano against Ronda Rousey earlier this week, MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the fight. The bout is still expected to be a part of the main card on FOX, making it the first female fight to air on the broadcast network.The UFC is expected to officially announce the fight in the coming days.
Andrade (9-2) enters the bout riding a two-fight winning streak. All nine of the 21-year-old Brazilian's wins have been finishes.
Carmouche (8-3) lost to Rousey in the first women's bout in UFC history back in February at UFC 157. The loss snapped her own two-fight winning streak.
June 2, 2013 11:21:54 AM
Magalhaes-Perosh, Moraes-Magnyin, Ferreira-Hesterin set for UFC 163
Vinny Magalhaes will try to bounce back from a loss at UFC 159 to Phil Davis when he squares off against Anthony Perosh at UFC 163, according to UFC officials.
The Magalhaes vs. Perosh fight was one of three announced for the UFC event on Aug. 3 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also, Sergio Moraes will face Neil Magnyin a welterweight match, and TUF: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira will face Clint Hesterin a middleweight match.
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will square off Anthony Pettis in the main event.
June 1, 2013 10:50:03 PM
Gonzaga in for injured Shane Del Rosario, meets Herman at UFC 162
An unspecified injury has forced heavyweight Shane Del Rosario to withdraw from UFC 162. As a result, Gabriel Gonzaga has stepped in to fill the void and face Dave Herman at the July 6 event.
The UFC announced the changes late on Friday night.
Gonzaga will have about five weeks to prepare for Herman.
The fight is likely a pivotal one for the UFC career of Herman, who has lost three straight and is also coming off a suspension for a failed drug test that flagged him for marijuana usage.
Herman (21-5) has been finished in three straight fights. He was most recently submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153. Prior to that he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Roy Nelson, and another TKO via Stefan Struve. His only UFC win was a Fight of the Night knockout over John Olav Einemo in June 2011.
Gonzaga (14-7) is seven weeks removed from a knockout loss to Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, a defeat that snapped a three-fight win streak. He was just removed from a mandatory medical suspension on Wednesday.
UFC 162 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be headlined by a middleweight title match pitting Anderson Silva against challenger Chris Weidman.
June 1, 2013 10:41:34 PM
Mike Brown comes out of retirement, meets Corassani at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1Mike Brown isn't retiring just yet after all.
After flirting with the idea last year and undergoing his second neck surgery months later, a healthy Brown has decided to return to action against Akira Corassani at the UFC on FOX Sports 1 inaugural event on Aug. 17.
The promotion announced the fight on Friday.The 37-year-old Brown (26-8), a former WEC featherweight champion, enters the bout riding a two-fight winning streak. He considered walking away from the sport last May when he defeated Daniel Pineda at UFC 146. An emotional Brown spoke to MMAFighting.com about his undecided future after the fight and said he was "getting near the end."Corassani (11-3-1) also enters the bout on a two-fight winning streak. He most recently defeated Robbie Peralta via unanimous decision in April at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in his native Sweden.
The event will take place at the TD Garden in Boston.
June 1, 2013 2:29:44 PM
Bubba Jenkins signs with Bellator
At 3-0, former NCAA wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins is ready to begin the next chapter in his career as the #1 world ranked prospect has signed a long-term promotional agreement with Bellator. Jenkins is scheduled to make his Bellator debut this summer and will be given a number of fights before entering The Toughest Tournament in Sports.
“Bubba Jenkins is MMA’s top young prospect and we have the optimal developmental program to maximize that talent,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “Our mission is to sign and develop the world’s best fighters. Bubba’s development will be strategic and disciplined, taking all appropriate preliminary steps prior to his facing the rigors of the toughest tournament in sports.”
Jenkins, 23, wrestled at Penn State for three years before transferring to Arizona State University, where he won the NCAA National Championship at 157 pounds in 2011. In 2007, Jenkins met Mizzou wrestling standout and current Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, claiming victory with a dominate 15-3 score. With those past experiences behind him, Jenkins is ready for what’s next.
“After sitting down with Bjorn, I really felt comfortable with the opportunity laid out for me, and this is where I want to be,” Jenkins said. “Bellator is doing a lot of great things right now and I want to be a part of it. I’m not here to step on any toes, I’m here to develop as an elite fighter, get my shot in the tournament and eventually compete for a world championship.”
June 1, 2013 2:24:17 PM
Kampman-Condit set for Fox Sports 1 2
Martin Kampmann (20-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) welcomed Carlos Condit(28-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) into the octagon four years ago with a split-decision loss, and now Condit will have a chance to earn his revenge.
FOXSports.com today reported that the welterweights are set to rematch in a headlining bout at UFC on FOX Sports 1 2, which takes place Aug. 28. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly Canseco Fieldhouse) in Indianapolis.
The event's main-card airs live on FOX Sports 1. Broadcast plans for the preliminary card have yet to be announced.
Condit and Kampmann first met at UFC Fight Night 18 in April 2009. Condit was making his octagon debut after a stint as the welterweight champ of the WEC, which shuttered its 170-pound division before closing up shop in 2010. After three closely contested rounds, Kampmann earned the nod on two judges scorecards by scores of 29-28 while one judge scored the fight 29-28 for Condit.
Condit, who is ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA welterweight rankings, is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his UFC career. He won the interim championship against Nick Diaz at UFC 143 and went on to challenge undisputed champ Georges St-Pierre, who unanimously outpointed him at UFC 154. He then took on top contender Johny Hendricks at UFC 158 and lost another unanimous decision.
In a previous interview, Condit took aim at a rematch with Diaz, which he said would silence critics of his UFC 143 win. But he said he first wanted to shore up weaknesses in his wrestling game to which he attributed his high-profile setbacks.
Diaz, though, remains retired and has no plans to fight, his rep Jonathan Tweedale today toldMMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Kampmann, who is ranked No. 9, aims to get back in the winner's circle after a quick knockout loss to Hendricks at this past November's UFC 154, which ended a second bid for a welterweight title shot. Prior to the loss, he won three straight, including a KO win over top contender Jake Ellenberger.
May 29, 2013 8:00:17 AM
WSOF signs former XFC lightweight champ Nick Newell
Nick Newell has a found a new home.
The lightweight prospect has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting, WSOF president Ray Sefo and executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAFighting.com.
No word just yet on when Newell will make his WSOF debut, however, Abdel-Aziz said it will most likely happen in August or September.
Newell, who initially gained popularity because he is a one-armed fighter, has quickly developed into one of the rising stars in MMA. He extended his MMA record to 9-0 in December when he defeated Eric Reynolds via first-round submission to win the XFC lightweight title.
However, Newell was stripped of the title earlier this month when he refused to extend his contract with the promotion, thus making him a free agent. He received interest from most major promotions, except the UFC.
May 29, 2013 7:56:06 AM
Guida-Mendes set for UFC 164
A major featherweight contenders bout slated for earlier this spring has been booked for later this summer.
Clay Guida (30-13 MMA, 10-7 UFC) and Chad Mendes (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will meet this August at UFC 164. UFC officials on Tuesday announced the fight, which had been booked for this past month before an injury forced Guida out.
UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The main card will air on pay-per-view.
Guida made his featherweight debut this past January with a win overHatsu Hioki at UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago, making it a "home" win for him since he grew up not far there. That win snapped a two-fight skid at lightweight that saw him drop a unanimous decision to Benson Henderson in a title eliminator, then a split decision to Gray Maynard this past June.
Prior to those losses, he had built up a four-fight win streak at 155 pounds, including three submissions (with two bonuses) and an upset over Anthony Pettis.
Mendes has won three straight fights since the lone loss of his career – a featherweight title bout against champion Jose Aldo. Since then, he has three straight first-round knockouts over Cody McKenzie this past July, Yaotzin Meza in December and Darren Elkins at UFC on FOX 7 in April.
Mendes started his career 11-0 with four straight WEC wins and two straight in the UFC to earn his shot at Aldo. The Team Alpha Male standout's wins before his title shot included Erik Koch, Cub Swanson and Rani Yahya.
Guida and Mendes were scheduled to fight at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose, Calif., before Guida's injury. Elkins stepped up on a month's notice to take Guida's place. Now instead of fighting near his home training base in California for a home edge, he'll fight not far from Guida's former stomping grounds.
May 28, 2013 9:19:23 PM
Tate to coach opposite Rousey on 'TUF 18,' with Zingano injured
A Cat Zingano knee injury has opened the door to the most-anticipated rematch in women's MMA history.
Miesha Tate will now coach opposite UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on the 18th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," the promotion announced Tuesday evening. Zingano suffered a serious injury earlier this month, which forced her out of the reality show and eventual title fight against Rousey in December.
As a result, Tate will now get a chance to avenge last year's loss to Rousey following the taping of the show. TUF 18 premieres Sept. 4 on the new FOX Sports 1 cable channel.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Zingano underwent surgery on her right knee on Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, as well as to clean up other damage. Zingano, who defeated Tate on April 13 to earn a shot at Rousey and a coaching spot on the show, is hoping to resume training in six-to-nine months, and according to the same report, has been promised a title shot upon her return.
Rousey was reportedly told of the switch during the show's first day of filming on Tuesday. When Tate appeared on the set, Rousey thought Tate was replacing her on the show and stormed off. She was then notified that it was Zingano who was being replaced.
"This is what we really wanted all along," Rousey told Yahoo! Sports. "Everyone said an Ultimate Fighter between me and Miesha would be the best. We have a personal history with each other and this is a personal show. For some reason, I me and Miesha are intertwined in fate like Ali and Frazier or something like that.
"I think people will look back at this as one of monumental rivalries and look back at this as one of those things that really cemented women's MMA."
Tate was scheduled to fight Liz Carmouche at UFC on FOX 8 in July. Carmouche has yet to receive a new opponent.
No specific date has officially been announced for Rousey-Tate rematch. Rousey defeated Tate to win the Strikeforce bantamweight title in March 2012. She won her UFC debut against Carmouche in February via first-round armbar.
May 28, 2013 1:55:37 PM
Fighters salaries for UFC 160
Full list of UFC 160 fighter payout, which took place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Champ: Cain Velasquez: $400,000 (no bonus)
def. Antonio Silva: $75,000
Junior dos Santos: $240,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Hunt: $160,000
Glover Teixeira: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. James Te Huna: $30,000
T.J. Grant: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Gray Maynard: $45,000
Donald Cerrone: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
def. K.J. Noons: $41,000
Mike Pyle: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $27,000
Dennis Bermudez: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Max Holloway: $14,000
Robert Whittaker: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Colton Smith: $15,000
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Abel Trujillo: $8,000
Stephen Thompson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Nah-Shon Burrell: $9,000
George Roop: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Bowles: $19,000
Jeremy Stephens: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Estevan Payan: $10,000
Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive.