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02-08-2012, 01:25 PM
UFC News: Huge rematch in the works
UFC president Dana White tweeted on Tuesday that Carlos Condit has accepted a rematch proposal to face Nick Diaz following a controversial decision at UFC 143. White told MMAFighting.com that he has yet to set a date for the fight. [Thanks to Dot Net Member Rich Conner] Powell's POV: I can't believe Diaz didn't stand by his retirement talk. Yes, that's sarcasm. That said, I enjoyed their fight on Saturday and look forward to the rematch. I had Diaz winning 48-47, but I would have accepted Condit winning by the same score. However, I was shaking my head over two of the judges scoring the fight 49-46 in favor of Condit, and apparently I'm not alone. It will be interesting to see whether UFC puts the rematch on pay-per-view or decides to headline a FOX show with it. By the way, I give Condit a lot of credit for agreeing to a rematch when he could have declined in favor of a title match with Georges St-Pierre instead.
02-08-2012, 01:25 PM
Should be a good rematch :)
02-09-2012, 12:04 PM
Last I read this morning was that Diaz's camp didn't want a rematch. I'm sure their just holding out trying to get a bigger pay day.
02-09-2012, 12:07 PM
They said it was in the works :) lets hope should be a good rematch and im sure he is holding out for a bigger payday :)
02-09-2012, 06:28 PM
Well it's definitely off now. Diaz tested positive for marijuana after Saturdays fight.
02-09-2012, 09:01 PM
ty for telling us.it would of been a good rematch :)
02-14-2012, 04:16 PM
When is the next UFC on FOX?
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02-14-2012, 05:38 PM
Middleweight contenders agree to May 5 bout
A middleweight contest between contenders Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palhares is official for UFC on Fox 3.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the matchup on Monday.
Belcher last competed at UFC Fight Night 25 against Jason MacDonald, defeating the submission specialist with a first-round submission due to strikes. The victory was his third in a row after defeating Patrick Cote and Wilson Gouveia in his two contests prior to his most recent win.
Like Belcher, Palhares is currently on a nice winning streak, having won three straight as well. His streak began against Dave Branch last March and continued with a victory over Dan Miller at UFC 134. His last contest ended with a first-round submission victory against Mike Massenzio at UFC 142.
UFC on Fox 3 is set for the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on May 5 and features a lightweight main event between contenders Nate Diaz and Jim Miller.
02-15-2012, 03:07 PM
Middleweight contenders agree to May 5 bout
A middleweight contest between contenders Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palhares is official for UFC on Fox 3...
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02-15-2012, 03:32 PM
03-03-2012, 12:38 PM
UFC on FX: Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann headlines tonight's televised event
The following fights are advertised for the UFC on FX event, which takes place in Sydney, Australia.
-Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann
-Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
-Demetrious Johnson vs. Iam McCall
-Court McGee vs. Constantinos Philippou
The following fights will air on the Fuel prelim special.
-James Te Huna vs. Aaron Rosa
-Anthony Perosh vs. Nick Penner
-Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
-Kyle Noke vs. Andrew Craig
-T.J. Waldburger vs. Jake Hecht
-Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda
Powell's POV: The Fuel prelims begin at 5:00 p.m. CT, and the FX broadcast begins at 8:00 p.m. CT.
Whoops! Ian McCall/Demetrious Johnson bout should have been a draw
It turns out Johnson's joy was premature (Getty)In the first ever UFC 125-lb. match, an error by the athletic commission in Australia screwed up the result. Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson's bout should have been scored as a draw, and their fight should have gone to a fourth, sudden-death round.After the fight, MMA Junkie's John Morgan reported that the score announced was not the score written on the judges cards he received. During the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White reported that the fight was actually scored as a majority draw. By the rules of the flyweight tournament, it should have gone to a fourth and decisive round, but the error was discovered too late."Controversy has stuck to us like glue. Human error happens. Johnson-McCall was a draw. Fight was supposed to go to a fourth round. The commission has taken responsibility," White said.The two will rematch to decide who will take on Joseph Benavidez, the other flyweight tournament winner at UFC on FX 2 on Friday night. For McCall, it's another chance to give the fans a show."We get to fight again. I feel vindicated," McCall said.Johnson was looking forward to fight Benavidez for the promotion's first flyweight title, but now the process will take longer."I thought I had the victory, and it sucks because it prolongs stuff," Johnson said.One consolation for Johnson and McCall is that they won the $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, and they both received their win bonuses. They will now have to schedule another fight to see when they can get a step closer to the championship belt. Scorecard Error Forces Rematch Between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall
Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson will get three more rounds to settle their flyweight tournament semi-final fight, following improperly tabulated scorecards at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney.Scores were initially read reflecting Johnson as a split decision winner (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). The judges scorecards, however, were tabulated incorrectly and should have shown the fight as a majority draw (29-29, 29-29, 29-28).UFC president Dana White said it was human error, and confirmed the commission overseeing the event took full accountability.“Controversy has stuck to us like glue, lately,” he said at the post-fight press conference. “The (Johnson-McCall) fight was not scored properly. The fight was a draw. In the case of a draw, the fight was supposed to go to a fourth round.“The commission has taken full responsibility.”Craig Waller, who spoke on behalf of the governing body, the Department of Sport and Recreation, was apologetic following the foul-up.
“It was a bit of an unfortunate situation,” he said. “I take full responsibility for the error that was incurred. Unfortunately, I misread one of the scorecards, which was transcribed onto the tally sheet. The fight should have been a majority draw.“I sincerely apologize to both fighters and to every single fan of the UFC.”Johnson said he felt he won the fight. The error, he said, prolongs things and forces the evening’s other flyweight winner, Joseph Benavidez, to wait even longer to see who he faces for the flyweight title.“Mighty Mouse” did say, however, he’ll work within the circumstances and settle the score with McCall.“I thought I had the victory,” Johnson said following the announcement of the draw. “It is what it is. It happens.”McCall, who was initially disappointed following the announcement of the winner, said he’s excited to get another chance at fighting Johnson. When asked what his reaction was to the scorecard error, McCall just said things happen.“Shoot, we get to fight again!” McCall said enthusiastically. “You guys had a good time, right?“I’m happy because I got a little vindicated. We’ll just do it again and that’s awesome.”Waller hinted at the Johnson-McCall rematch being in April, but when asked if he could confirm the timeline for the fight, White replied, “I have no idea.”
03-04-2012, 09:06 PM
UFC On FX 2 Results: Down, But Not Out
UFC On FX 2 Results
In an event where three of the four contests included comebacks, it could not have been more fitting for UFC on FX 2 to be hosted in a foreign land that is associated with the boomerang. The first comeback was too little, too late; the second was overshadowed by a questionable decision and the last produced fruit. Any way you slice it, only one of these bouts proceeded in one direction.
A look back at a night of admirable deception:
Court “The Crusher” McGee def. Constantinos “Costa” Philippou via Unanimous Decision
The opening round of this bout can be best described as a filling out process. McGee was looking for an opening by shooting, while Philippou was more conservative, trying to find his range. For the majority of the round, Philippou’s strategy of distance striking proved most successful, helping him to claim the round. McGee, not one to concede, caught Philippou with a last second, left hook that sent him staggering into the cage.
The second round almost echoed its predecessor, except Philippou grew more aggressive. Immediately after referee John Sharp gave the high sign to start the round, McGee immediately rushed in for an attack, only to receive a left hook for his efforts. That signified the confidence that carried over from the opening round, igniting Philippou’s forward press. The timing used in McGee’s shoots were good, but his follow-ups, takedowns or strikes, were all for naught.
The final round, in comparison to the previous two, was night and day as far as McGee was concerned. Understanding the sense of urgency, he did better in living up to his moniker. He executed his first takedown, landed a flying knee and even attempted a few back spinning strikes. Although the latter moves didn’t find home, they were representative of what was expected from the Ultimate Fighter Season 11 winner. With the late surge displayed by The Crusher, he was too deep in the hole that Costa dug him. Philippou takes the main card’s opening contest without any dispute.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson def. Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall via Majority Decision
The conclusion of UFC on FX 2’s opening act was an apropos segue into the debut of the company’s Flyweight division. Given the excitement that the smaller divisions typically bring, expectations were great for the company’s newest class.
The pace this bout carried an admonishment that said, “This is a weight class to be taken seriously.” While sizing up one another to find an opening, they moved about in a way where no one could afford to do so little as blink. Johnson took command as the striker. The two came in for the clinch 0:48 into the bout, and that’s when McCall posted the division’s inaugural takedown. Johnson was able to work himself out of the compromising position, land a takedown of his own and take the fight back to its feet. Johnson continued to assert himself as the lead striker. After a failed single-leg takedown attempt, Johnson landed a right hook that briefly turned McCall’s legs into putty. Once again, it didn’t take long for McCall to get Johnson into his clutches and execute another takedown. The combatants returned to their feet, maintained their pace and concluding the round, making it known that this contrast of styles will result in a treat for all in observance.
In the second round, there was a shift in direction, as McCall found comfort in striking. The metamorphosis became evident when blood was seen coming from Johnson’s mouth. Not one to relent from his stance, Johnson was able to trade blows with McCall. Without losing sight of his initial strategy, McCall was able to land a third, leg-sweep takedown, putting his stamp on the middle round.
It was clear that the two respected one another’s approach, as they circled one another in search of an opening. The two exchanged punches that resulted in some hits and misses. There was even a clinch that didn’t result in much for the 125 pounders. With 3:27 left, Johnson landed a flying knee that was simultaneously productive and counterproductive. The wrestling savvy of McCall allowed for him to turn that into a fourth takedown. Uncle Creepy was able to get in some ground-and-pound before Johnson broke free. The two got back to their feet and a brief exchange led to McCall outmuscling Mighty Mouse to the mat for another takedown. Eventually, Johnson figured out how to counter McCall’s wrestling, but the problem wasn’t completely solved. A final, failed takedown attempt somehow resulted in McCall getting full mount on Johnson and getting in more ground-and-pound.
Looking at the resolve that Uncle Creepy showed in response to the early adversity he faced, it is baffling as to how the judges saw fit for Mighty Mouse to advance into the Flyweight Tournament finals. The collision was epic, but the final verdict, not so much.
Joseph Benavidez def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via Technical Knockout (Punches, 0:11 of Round Two)
The second leg of the Flyweight Division Title tournament also turned in a memorable outcome, but of a different variety. With the likelihood of Benavidez watching the first semifinal, it can be safely assumed he knew not to let his fate fall in the judges’ hands.
Unlike the inaugural division bout, this didn’t open on explosive note. The two circled one another, taking whatever bits and pieces were available to them. Benavidez was able to land a few leg kicks, while Urushitani got in a few of his own. The two had some exchanges, but nothing of significance. Benavidez followed the exchanges with some more kicks and a few punches that took the action to the cage. After a few knee shots, Benavidez went for a shoulder throw that didn’t go as planned, however it resulted with a knee to Urushitani’s face. Benavidez followed up with a rib kick, which again took the fight to the cage. The clinch resulted in the two combatants finding the mat, where Benavidez secured top position. Benavidez took side control, which led to a one-arm guillotine. Urushitani attempted to wiggle his way out of the hold, only to have his back taken by Benavidez. In that, Benavidez was able to secure a rear naked choke, but Urushitani survived the last 0:11 of the round one.
Round two concluded in effortless fashion as Benavidez landed a right hook that send Urushitani crashing to the mat. Benavidez secured a mounted position, pounded away and 0:11 into the second round, the Japanese Flyweight was rendered defenseless.
Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann def. Thiago “The Pitbull” Alvez via Submission (Guillotine Choke, 4:12 of Round Three)
The glaring question coming into the main event was, “Which brand of striking will prevail, stalking/aggressive or counter?” Alvez wasted no time in pressing forward with his brand of striking. His leg kicks can wake the deepest of sleepers, as they echo throughout any arena he’s battling in. After receiving one of those, Kampmann went in for a takedown, but was given some uppercuts for his trouble. Despite the onslaught, Kampmann was able to pull off a brief takedown that Alvez escaped immediately. The two got into an exchange. With 3:38 left in the opening round, Alvez’s right jab was countered by a right, front kick from The Hitman that left the All Phones Arena in awe. Kampmann pushed forward with knees that forced the action to the cage, which set up an opening for a takedown. Kampmann had a quick mount on top and worked in a few punches. He then went for a front guillotine choke that allowed Alvez the room he needed to return to his feet. That front kick from Kampmann served as an alarm for Alvez, who was revived and was able to establish a takedown of his own. Thanks to Alvez’s power, Kampmann spent an ample amount of time with his back to the mat. The Pitbull was able to secure side control and a full mount while on top. After endless effort, Kampmann finally escaped the bottom position in time enough to finish the opening round.
The momentum Alvez gained in round one transferred into the second. The Pitbull dictated the direction of the fight. Not only did he excel in aggressive striking, but he used Kampmann’s craft against him. Whenever Kampmann tried to be the aggressor, Alvez had a counter strike waiting for him. Even Kampmann’s wrestling came to no avail, forcing The Hitman to work in unfamiliar territory.
The final round almost resembled the first weith back and forth exchanges between the two combatants. Alvez had spurts when his punching prowess reigned supreme and Kampmann brought forth a display of striking that showed he was in this until the bitter end. With 1:05 left, it appeared that The Pitbull found the opportunity needed to close out the main event with a stiff right jab that buckled Kampmann. From there, he followed with a righthead kick and a two-piece punching combo that should’ve iced this fight. Instead, Alvez went for a double-leg takedown that allowed for Kampmann to secure a guillotine choke that guaranteed the win with 0:48 remaining.
What’s next for Martin Kampmann? How will Thiago Alves respond to a squandered opportunity? Given the controversial ending to the McCall/Johnson affair and the eventual championship match between Johnson and Benavidez, what effect will this have on McCall when it comes to title contention?
One can only imagine how these stories will unfold.
03-10-2012, 12:02 PM
Fedor Hints At Going To UFC, Wants Fight With Cain Velasquez?
Given Fedor Emelianenko’s failed run in Strikeforce and past contractual issues with Zuffa it seems improbable The Last Emperor” will ever grace the Octagon. However, in an interesting turn of events the iconic Russian recently acknowledged the UFC is the place to be for any Mixed Martial Artist hoping to face the sport’s best, even going so far as to tease a possible match-up with Cain Velasquez.Saying he was targeting June/July for his next fight in an interview with SportBox.ru, Emelianenko added, “Of course, I want to compete at home, in front of my countrymen. But at the moment, the strongest and most respected MMA organization is situated in America. It’s the UFC. Therefore, I have to go to the US in order to face the strongest opponents.”The 33-4 PRIDE legend also confirmed there have been discussions behind the scenes about meeting former UFC champion Velasquez later this year.
04-04-2012, 10:21 PM
UFC #1 Contender Tests Positive For Elevated Testosterone UFC #1 Contender Tests Positive For Elevated Testosterone | WrestleZone (http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/252657-ufc-1-contender-tests-positive-for-elevated-testosterone) Dana White Furious Over UFC Star's Test Results, Comments Dana White Furious Over UFC Star's Test Results, Comments | WrestleZone (http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/252659-dana-white-furious-over-ufc-stars-test-results-comments) Alistair Overeem Tests Positive for Elevated Testosterone, Must Appear Before Nevada Commission Alistair Overeem Tests Positive for Elevated Testosterone, Must Appear Before Nevada Commission (http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Alistair-Overeem-Tests-Positive-for-Elevated-Testosterone-Must-Appear-Before-Nevada-Commission-41607) Overeem Fails Pre-Fight Drug Test, Dos Santos Title Fight Off? Overeem Fails Pre-Fight Drug Test, Dos Santos Title Fight Off? (http://www.fightscoops.com/mma-news/overeem-fails-pre-fight-drug-test-dos-santos-title-fight-off/)
04-06-2012, 06:41 PM
UFC News: Former sponsor's founder/CEO convicted of tax evasion UFC News: Former sponsor's founder/CEO convicted of tax evasion (http://www.prowrestling.net/artman/publish/mmaufcnews/article10024454.shtml)
04-07-2012, 02:23 PM
Report: Bobby Lashley Could Be Fedor's Next MMA Opponent
The following is an excerpt from an article by mixed-martial arts website, MMA Junkie:"It appears Fedor Emelianenko has gone from long shot to no shot for UFC 146's expected main-event vacancy.M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan today announced Emelianenko will fight an unannounced opponent at a currently unspecified June 21 event.However, sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com)) that former WWE star and ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is under consideration for the Emelianenko (33-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fight."Check out the complete article online at MMAJunkie.com. Emelianenko-Dos Santos at UFC 146? Unlikely with possible Lashley bout on June 21
by Steven Marrocco and Dann Stupp on Apr 06, 2012 at 2:05 pm ET
It appears Fedor Emelianenko has gone from long shot to no shot for UFC 146's expected main-event vacancy.M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan today announced Emelianenko will fight an unannounced opponent at a currently unspecified June 21 event.However, sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com)) that former WWE star and ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is under consideration for the Emelianenko (33-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fight.Following Alistair Overeem's (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) recently failed drug test and his now-unlikely status for a UFC 146 title fight with heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), Emelianenko's name was one of a few discussed as a possible replacement.With the UFC 146 pay-per-view event slated for Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 26, that essentially rules out the possibility of Emelianenko.Then again, Emelianenko was a long shot anyway; UFC officials and the fighter's M-1 management have often butted heads. Past contract negotiations failed, and following Zuffa LLC/UFC's purchase of Strikeforce in early 2011, Emelianenko ultimately left the organization after he fulfilled the terms of his contract with consecutive losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson.Since then, Emelianenko, a former PRIDE champion who once won 27 consecutive fights (with one no-contest), has competed overseas, where he picked up wins over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii in late 2011. Lashley, meanwhile, most recently competed in November, when he won the Shark Fights heavyweight belt with a submission win over Karl Knothe.In addition to Emelianenko, fans have launched social-media campaigns for PRIDE and UFC vet Mark Hunt to take the slot that's expected to be vacated by Overeem, who failed a surprise drug test this past month after registering a 14:1 T/E ratio, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Ex-champ Frank Mir is now a leading candidate to get the title fight.According to Kogan, the June 21 event with Emelianenko, which is expected to be an M-1 show, takes place at the Ice Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem - Events | MMAjunkie.com (http://mmajunkie.com/event/901/ufc-146-on-memorial-day-weekend.mma) Rumors for upcoming UFC & MMA events. UFC News, rumors, interviews, videos and tickets | MMAjunkie.com (http://mmajunkie.com/Rumors)
04-07-2012, 02:24 PM
UFC 146 latest: 'Hendo' interested in Dos Santos title fight, Mir-Velasquez 'will happen' UFC 146 latest: 'Hendo' interested in Dos Santos title fight, Mir-Velasquez 'will happen' | MMAjunkie.com (http://mmajunkie.com/news/28149/ufc-146-latest-hendo-interested-in-title-fight-mir-velasquez-will-happen.mma)
05-01-2012, 11:29 PM
Change in UFC all heavyweight show
Gabriel Gonzaga had to pull out of the show due to a back injury, so Roy Nelson's new opponent is Dave "The Animal" Herman
05-07-2012, 04:21 PM
UFC News: UFC Champion pulls out of UFC 148
UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz has pulled out of the UFC 148 event due to a knee injury. He was scheduled to defend his championship against Urijah Faber at the event on July 7. For more on the story, visit MMAWeekly.com.
Powell's POV: There's no word yet as to whether Faber will meet a replacement fighter at UFC 148. The story notes that Cruz suffered what is believed to be an ACL injury while training his team for The Ultimate Fighter reality show. The show is headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and has a loaded lineup, so UFC shouldn't suffer too much in terms of pay-per-view buys, but it is a big disappointment nonetheless.
05-07-2012, 08:20 PM
UFC News: MMA bill dies in New York again
A bill to legalize mixed marital arts in New York will not reach the floor for a vote in 2012. "It will not come to the floor this year," Speaker Shelton Silver told the New York Daily News. He added that the bill did not have enough votes to pass. "I think it’s evolving,” Silver continued. "I don’t think two years ago it was a 50-50 proposition." You can read more details at NYDailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/05/silver-kos-legal-ny-ultimate-fighting-this-round.
Powell's POV: The story quotes a source who noted that the opposition seems to come from aging lawmakers. Of course, there are the usual complaints that it's a barbaric sport from some politicians. I'm surprised this is still an issue in New York, but it appears UFC will have to wait at least another year to run its first show in the state.