October 3, 2012 11:55:17 AM
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale adds Khabilov-Pichel, Duran-Viana, Bedford-Vinicius
The lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale has some new additions.
As previously announced, "TUF 16" head coaches Shane Carwin (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Roy Nelson (17-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) meet in the five-round heavyweight headliner.
New bouts include lightweights Rustam Khabilov (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Vinc Pichel (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), bantamweights Reuben Duran (8-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Hugo Viana (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and bantamweights Johnny Bedford (18-9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcos Vinicius (20-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The main card, which includes the "TUF 16" tournament final, airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV.
In addition to the new matchups, previously reported and now-confirmed bouts include welterweights Nick Catone (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. T.J. Waldburger (15-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and welterweights Mike Pyle (23-8-1 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. James Head (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
Khabilov, a promotional newcomer from Russia, most recently picked up a ONE FC win over Rodrigo Ribeiro and a regional-show victory over former UFC fighter Jason Dent. The former M-1 Challenge champion and Legion Sport Club member, who also trains at Team Jackson-Winkeljohn and American Kickboxing Academy, looks for his fourth straight win when he meets "TUF 15" cast member Pichel, who never fought at the show's finale because opponent James Vick wasn't cleared. He now returns to the cage for the first in 16 months and looks for his seventh knockout in seven career wins.
Duran, meanwhile, made his UFC debut in 2011 and suffered a narrow split-decision loss to Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Versus 3. However, he rebounded at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and choked out Francisco Rivera for his fifth win in six fights. He returns from an 18-month layoff to fight Viana, who recently made his UFC debut and earned a split-decision victory over John Teixeira at UFC 147. He's now 6-0 with six decision victories on his young career.
Bedford, a "TUF 14" semifinalist, scored a TKO victory over Louis Gaudinot at the show's live finale and now returns from an injury layoff. He looks for his eighth win in nine fights when he meets Vinicius, who made a successful promotional debut with a TKO victory over Wagner Campos at UFC 147. It marked the Brazilian's fourth straight victory and his 10th win in his past 11 fights.
August 28, 2012 1:39:43 PM
UFC vet Mike Swick signs new four-fight deal ahead of UFC on FOX 5 bout
Just prior to the official announcement of his next bout on Monday, Mike Swick took to Twitter to announce he's signed a new deal with the UFC.
The contract runs four fights, though financial terms weren't disclosed.
Later in the day, officials announced Swick (15-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) will meet fellow welterweight Matt Brown (15-11 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC on FOX 5 in December.
UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at KeyArena in Seattle. It's not clear if the fight will be part of the FOX-televised main card or FUEL TV-televised prelims.
Earlier this month, 33-year-old Swick returned to the octagon for the first time since June 2009 and knocked out DaMarques Johnson in the second round of their UFC on FOX 4 fight. Swick won "Knockout of the Night" honors for the performance and snapped a two-fight skid after his long layoff, which was prompted by a stomach disease and knee injury.
Swick first joined the UFC after his stint on Season 1 of "The Ultimate Fighter." The American Kickboxing Academy fighter then won nine of his first 10 UFC fights, which included a drop from middleweight to welterweight following a 2007 loss to Yushin Okami.
August 9, 2012 11:51:22 AM
Strikeforce talking to ex-champ Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos about drop to bantamweight
The one-year suspension of Cristiane 'Cyborg' Santos (10-1 MMA, 4-0 SF) ends in mid-December, and Strikeforce officials are already looking at her next move.
It's a possible move down in weight to the bantamweight division, where next week's winner of champ Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman could await.
"We'll have to talk to [Santos] at that time and see what her interest is as far as going down in weight," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I know it's something that (Strikeforce matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) has had dialogue about, fighting at 135."
Santos was stripped of the Strikeforce featherweight (145-pound) title one month after a post-fight drug test at "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal" turned up positive for stanozolol metabolites in late 2011.
The California State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event, suspended Santos for one year and fined her $2,500. Additionally, her first-round TKO of Hiroko Yamanaka was also overturned to a no-contest.
An attempt by Santos in April to appeal the decision was unsuccessful. Her suspension runs until Dec. 16 of this year.
The fighter has fought just once in the past 26 months after a string of dominant wins that included her title-winning first-round TKO of Gina Carano in August 2009.
Coker cautioned that Santos' move is not confirmed.
"We'll have to wait until after she gets off suspension to have a serious conversation with her," he said.
Rousey and Kaufman declined to speculate on a possible bout with the ex-champ, and said they are solely focused on their upcoming bout, which headlines "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" on Aug. 18 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The event airs on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.
July 31, 2012 1:14:28 PM
Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva targeted for UFC 153 in Brazil
A welterweight bout between Jon Fitch (23-4-1 MMA, 13-2-1 UFC) and Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva (14-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is in the works for UFC 153.
Silva's manager, Wallid Ismail, announced the fight via Twitter late Monday, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement.
UFC 153 takes place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The event's main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. It's not clear where Fitch vs. Silva will be placed on the lineup.
Fitch, who makes his 17th UFC appearance, looks for his first win in more than two years. Since a 13-1 start to his UFC career, which included a title loss to Georges St-Pierre in 2008, Fitch has fought B.J. Penn to a draw and suffered a 12-second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks, which came in December. Slowed by injuries in recent years, the American Kickboxing Academy fighter and former Purdue University wrestler looks to get back to the form that earned him wins over the likes of Thiago Alves, Mike Pierce, Diego Sanchez and others.
Silva, who fights in his home country for the third time under the UFC banner, most recently submitted Charlie Brenneman at UFC on FX 3. It marked a successful rebound from a controversial disqualification loss to Carlo Prater at UFC 142, where Silva dominated a quick fight before being penalized for illegal strikes to the back of the head. Aside from a no-contest on the regional circuit, it remains the only blemish on his record in his past 12 fights.
June 14, 2012 11:27:57 AM
Coach: Cain Velasquez Healthy, Ready to Fight Junior dos Santos Again at UFC 152
Good news: a UFC fighter isn't injured after all.
Despite reports out of Brazil stating the contrary, Cain Velasquez is ready to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 152 in September.
Dos Santos' jiu-jitsu coach, Yuri Carlton, told Tatame.com (via Fighters Only) recently that due to Velasquez's broken hand, the heavyweight title rematch will probably happen in December. However, Javier Mendez, Velasquez's head coach at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that Velasquez's hand is 100 percent healthy and he is already training for the rematch.
"We're looking at Sept. 22 as fight day," Mendez said.
Mendez hypothesized that Carlton misread the post-UFC 146 medical suspension list, which stated that if Velasquez's left hand was broken, he would be medically suspended until Nov. 20. Fortunately, x-rays later showed that Velasquez didn't break his hand in his win over Antonio Silva on May 26.
On Friday, UFC president Dana White said that the promotion was hoping to bring JDS vs. Velasquez 2 and B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald to Toronto's Rogers Centre for UFC 152 on Sept. 22. As of right now, those plans are still in place.Source: www.mmafighting.com