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White not taking Bonnar's call after positive test, Herman agrees to treatment
November 18, 2012 (10:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
UFC President Dana White today said he hasn't spoken to Stephan Bonnar following the retired fighter's positive steroid test and doesn't want to at the moment. "I haven't even answered his phone call," White said. "I don't hate him, but I just don't want to talk to him right now." White also confirmed that heavyweight Dave Herman agreed to undergo a drug treatment program. More...
UFC boss says Renan Barao to defend interim belt, possibly against Michael McDonald
November 18, 2012 (10:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - And then there was one. Prior to Saturday night's UFC 154 event in Montreal, the UFC roster boasted two interim title holders. But after Georges St-Pierre downed Carlos Condit to unify the belts in the 170-pound division, bantamweight Renan Barao was left as the company's lone interim champ. Barao recently said he was happy to wait for champion Dominick Cruz to return to action, but Dana White isn't so sure. Instead, he said Barao will soon defend his interim belt, and Michael McDonald could very well be the challenger. More...
UFC 154 KO of Kampmann puts Hendricks next in line for shot at welterweight title
November 18, 2012 (10:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL -Johny Hendricks knows you want to see Georges St-Pierre fight Anderson Silva. But he's got a left hand that might want to convince you otherwise. He's got a left hand that might easily convince St-Pierre that the Silva fight might be best, too. Hendricks on Saturday with one brutal left punch knocked out Martin Kampmann just 46 seconds into their co-main event at UFC 154. More...
UFC 154: Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit full fight video highlights
November 18, 2012 (09:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Cage rust? What cage rust? Georges St-Pierre said he had some in his first fight in more than 18 months. But in many ways, he was the same dominant welterweight champion that he's been for so long. St-Pierre on Saturday defended his welterweight title for the seventh straight time when he beat interim champ Carlos Condit by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 154. More...
UFC 154 draws a reported 17,249 attendance for $3.143 million live gate
November 18, 2012 (08:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Saturday's "UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit" card drew an announced attendance of 17,249 fans for a live gate of $3.143 million UFC President Dana White announced the figures at the show's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com attended. UFC 154 took place at Bell Centre in Montreal. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. More...
UFC 154 bonuses: Hendricks, Menjivar, St-Pierre and Condit earn $70K awards
November 18, 2012 (08:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Johny Hendricks, Ivan Menjivar, Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit each earned $70,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 154 event. Hendricks earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Menjivar won the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and St-Pierre and Condit picked up "Fight of the Night" honors. UFC officials announced the winners and bonus amounts following the event. More...
UFC 154 results: Champ St-Pierre downs Condit in thriller, won't commit to Silva fight
November 18, 2012 (07:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - After 19 months away from the sport, after battling through reconstructive knee surgery and while facing one of the sternest tests of his career, Georges St-Pierre proved once again why he has long been considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. A battered and bloodied St-Pierre defended his UFC welterweight title in grand fashion as he took a unanimous-decision win over interim champ Carlos Condit. The welterweight title-unification bout headlined Saturday's UFC 154 event at Montreal's Bell Centre. More...
UFC 154 results: Johny Hendricks crushes Martin Kampmann with one-punch KO
November 18, 2012 (06:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Joe Rogan might have said it best: "Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?" Johny Hendricks set out to prove he's the top contender for the welterweight belt, and he did it with major authority. With one shotgun blast of a straight left to the chin, Hendricks dropped Martin Kampmann for a 46-second knockout win. More...
UFC 154 results: Francis Carmont escapes with controversial splt over Tom Lawlor
November 18, 2012 (06:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Francis Carmont is still unbeaten in the octagon, but even he might not be able to tell you exactly why. Carmont was on defense for most of his 15-minute affair with Tom Lawlor and ended the opening two rounds caught in a submission attempt. Yet somehow, he walked away with a split-decision result. The middleweight bout was part of Saturday's UFC 154 main card at Montreal's Bell Centre. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. More...
UFC 154 results: Rafael dos Anjos dominates Mark Bocek for unanimous decision sweep
November 18, 2012 (05:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - If Rafael dos Anjos is on a quest to show he's ready to be at the next level, his Saturday message may have been duly noted by the rest of the lightweight division. Dos Anjos had little trouble with Mark Bocek, repeatedly stuffing the Canadian's takedown attempts - and instead taking Bocek down several times, himself. In all, the Brazilian stuffed the home favorite 12 times and cruised to a unanimous decision victory with a sweep of the scorecards. More...
UFC 154 results: Pablo Garza survives thrilling first, grinds out Mark Hominck
November 18, 2012 (04:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - For a moment, it looked like Pablo Garza was done. Yet after absorbing a crushing first-round bodyshot that send him toppling to the floor, Garza came back to dominate Mark Hominick for the remainder of their fight and claim a unanimous-decision win. The featherweight bout opened Saturday's UFC 154 main card at Montreal's Bell Centre. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. More...
UFC 154 results: Illegal strikes give Patrick Cote DQ win over Alessio Sakara
November 18, 2012 (04:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Alessio Sakara had a remarkable turnaround spoiled on Saturday night. The Italian was rocked, and rocked hard, by Canadian fan favorite Patrick Cote. But he survived, landed several big elbows that put Cote down and pounded his way to what he thought was a quick TKO victory. But when four or five of his finishing shots on the ground were to the back of the head, referee Dan Miragliotta instead disqualified Sakara. More...
UFC 154 results: Cyrille DiabatestunsChad Griggs early, notches quick submission win
November 18, 2012 (03:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Chad Griggs' light-heavyweight debut didn't go exactly as planned. The former Strikeforce heavyweight looked quick in his first fight at 205 pounds, but an early left straight from Cyrille Diabate set the tone for the contest, and "The Snake" ultimately earned a first-round submission win. The light heavyweight bout was part of Saturday's UFC 154 preliminary card at Montreal's Bell Centre. It aired on FX following additional prelims on Facebook and prior to the pay-per-view main card. More...
UFC 154 results: John Makdessijabs and dodges his way past Sam Stout
November 18, 2012 (03:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Baseball season is over, but John Makdessi gave Sam Stout a lesson in "small ball" on Saturday night. While the powerful "Hands of Stone" Stout looked for the equivalent of home-run shots, Makdessi fed his fellow Canadian a steady diet of singles and doubles in the way of a heavy jab attack en route to a unanimous decision victory. The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 154 event at Bell Centre in Montreal. More...
UFC 154 results: Antonio Carvalhobatters Rodrigo Damm's leg, earns narrow split
November 18, 2012 (03:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Canada remains good to native son Antonio Carvalho. After falling short in his UFC debut at UFC 142 in Brazil, Carvalho has now earned back-to-back wins at Canadian-based UFC events. The latest result came via split-decision, as Carvalho used a devastating kicking attack to outwork Brazilian Rodrigo Damm in a closely-contested affair. More...
UFC 154 results: Matt Riddle outstrikes John Maguire to take unanimous decision
November 18, 2012 (02:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - It wasn't quite the brawl Matt Riddle may have wanted, but he'll certainly take the result. With a pace that often was more conservative than Riddle often favors, he was able to land often enough with a combination of kicks and strikes to get past John Maguire for a unanimous decision win. Riddle took the fight with a pair of 30-27 scores and a 29-28. The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 154 event at Bell Centre in Montreal. More...
UFC 154 results: Ivan Menjivar taps Azamat Gashimovwith painful armbar
November 18, 2012 (01:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - UFC newcomer Azamat Gashimov got an early takedown, but it proved to be the wrestler's undoing. Opponent Ivan Menjivar worked quickly off his back and torqued a deep armbar to submit the Russian fighter in the first round. The bantamweight bout was part of Saturday's UFC 154 preliminary card at Montreal's Bell Centre. It streamed on Facebook ahead of additional prelims on FX and a pay-per-view main card. More...
UFC 154 results: Darren ElkinsdominatesSteven Siler to take unanimous decision
November 18, 2012 (01:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - A dominant ground game and more of the workmanlike effort he's become known for helped Darren Elkins cruise on Saturday night Elkins spent the majority of the fight taking Steven Siler down, then alternately beating him up on the canvas or working for submissions on his way to a 30-27 sweep of the judges' scorecards. The featherweight kicked off Saturday's UFC 154 event at Montreal's Bell Centre. It streamed on Facebook ahead of additional prelims on FX and the pay-per-view main card. More...
Pick'em contest: How MMAjunkie.com readers are predicting tonight's UFC 154 fights
November 17, 2012 (20:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Just a few hours remain until MMAjunkie.com's UFC 154 pick'em contest comes to a close, and the participants are leaning toward some heavy favorites. As of 2 p.m. ET today, Ivan Menjivar (91 percent), Sam Stout (90 percent) and Patrick Cote (84 percent) are the biggest favorites in their respective bouts. Headliner and returning champion Georges St-Pierre (75 percent) also has a clear edge. Check out all the picks after the jump, or head to contests.mmajunkie.comand make your own picks. More...
Champ Jose Aldo back to full training for UFC 156 headliner
November 17, 2012 (19:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
KINGSTON, R.I. - After injuries forced him out of his past two bookings, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is back to full training and on schedule for UFC 156. Aldo meets former lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar in the featherweight headliner of the Feb. 2 pay-per-view event, which takes place in Las Vegas. Aldo told MMAjunkie.com he's back to 100 percent. More...
Ring-Philippou pulled from tonight's UFC 154, Bocek-dos Anjos moves to PPV
November 17, 2012 (17:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Nick Ring is out of tonight's UFC 154 event, and his fight with fellow middleweight Constantinos Philippou has been canceled. UFC officials today announced Ring fell ill and wasn't cleared to compete. Officials subsequently announced lightweight grapplers Rafael dos Anjos and Mark Bocek have taken their spot on the pay-per-view main card. More...
Bellator reality show soon enters production with 'wickedly' good cast of fighters
November 17, 2012 (16:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
KINGSTON, R.I. -Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney still isn't ready to divulge all the details about his company's new reality show, but he's dropping some big hints. On Friday MMAjunkie.com caught up with the fight executive to discuss the new venture. While he said the show will include plenty of storytelling, he said it'll also involve a group of fighters who surpass the talent level of any previous MMA-related reality series. More...
Bellator 81 video highlights: Held, Jansen advance to lightweight-tourney final
November 17, 2012 (16:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
The final of Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament is set following Friday's Bellator 81 event. Video highlights of the two semifinal-tourney bouts, as well as two other main-card fights, now are available. They include Marcin Held's second-round submission win over veteran Rich Clementi, as well as Dave Jansen's close split-decision victory over Ricardo Tirloni, in the two semifinal fights. More...
Video: 'UFC 154 Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit' Part 3 full episode
November 17, 2012 (15:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
The latest installment of the "UFC Primetime" series concluded Friday with episode No. 3. "UFC 154 Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit"previews tonight'swelterweight title-unification bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and interim titleholder Carlos Condit. Watch the full episode, and catch up with the first two installment of the series. More...
Video: Full UFC 154 fighter weigh-ins
November 17, 2012 (14:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Did you miss Friday's official fighter weigh-ins for UFC 154? Check out the video of the weigh-in festivities after the jump. New City Gas in Montreal played host to the weigh-ins, which took place ahead of tonight's pay-per-view event and Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit title-unification bout. More...
UFC on FOX 5's MacDonald remains against St-Pierre fight but asks for Condit rematch
November 17, 2012 (13:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Rory MacDonald again made it clear that he has no intention of vying for the welterweight title as long as his teammate Georges St-Pierre is champ. But he has a keen interest in the man St-Pierre is scheduled to fight tonight - interim champ Carlos Condit, who beat him in his second UFC fight. "I'm fighting B.J. Penn, and I plan on beating him," MacDonald said Friday during a special fan-driven Q&A session. "We'll see how the fight with Georges and Carlos goes. Either way, I plan on hopefully getting my rematch with Carlos in 2013." More...
Common opponent Dan Hardy breaks down UFC 154's GSP-Condit title fight
November 17, 2012 (12:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Dan Hardy spent 2010 thinking about and training for Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit - the fighters who handed him his first two UFC losses - and the two years since reflecting on the abilities of the two champions. As Montreal's Bell Centre readies to host the UFC 154 headliner between champion St-Pierre and interim titleholder Condit, Hardy knows what to expect. A clash between consistent, forceful energy and explosive, unpredictable energy. More...
MMAjunkie.com's John Morgan on pre-UFC 154 'Fight Day' show at 6 p.m. ET
November 17, 2012 (11:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter and MMA insider John Morgan is a guest on today's official UFC 154 pre-event show, "Fight Day." The show, hosted by Dave Farra, also includes Pro MMA Radio's Larry Pepe. Fight Day Live correspondent Maggie Krol checks in from Montreal, host city for UFC 154. You can watch the show, which airs live from Score! at Las Vegas' Luxor, from 6-7 p.m. ET at FightDay.com. More...
Join MMAjunkie.com's UFC 154 pick'em contest, win a 'UFC: Ultimate Collection 2012'
November 17, 2012 (11:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
As a reminder, MMAjunkie.com has launched a new pick'em game. We kick off the contest with tonight's UFC 154 event and Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit pay-per-view headliner. Simply register at contests.mmajunkie.com and predict the winners at tonight's UFC 154 event. The top score wins a "UFC: Ultimate Collection 2012" 20-DVD set from Anchor Bay Entertainment. More...
The Sunday Junkie deadline reminder, win a free 'Fighters Only' subscription
November 17, 2012 (11:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
As a reminder, submissions for the upcoming edition of "The Sunday Junkie" are due by Sunday at 10 a.m. ET. All topics - including this weekend's big UFC 154 event - are open for discussion. The person who sends in the submission we deem the best (based on timeliness of subject, clarity and overall persuasiveness) is the winner. Each winner receives a free year's subscription to "Fighters Only," the world's leading MMA and lifestyle magazine. More...
Legacy FC 15 results: Drysdale remains perfect, Gonzalez outlasts Blodget
November 17, 2012 (06:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
While he missed weight at Thursday's official ceremony, registering 210.5 pounds for a light-heavyweight fight, grappling ace Robert Drysdale didn't miss his chance at earning his fifth-straight first-round submission win. Drysdale wasted little time taking Chris "The Celtic Tiger" Reed to the floor and earning a first-round submission via armbar. The bout served as the featured contest of Friday's Legacy Fighting Championship 15 event, which took place at Houston's Arena Theater and aired on AXS TV. More...
Episode No. 10 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson'
November 17, 2012 (05:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Welcome to MMAjunkie.com's recap for episode No. 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter 16." The welterweights-only season of the reality show, which features Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson as coaches, airs each Friday on FX and started out with 32 UFC hopefuls. For a full rundown of the latest episode, which features the season's first two quarterfinal matchups, check out this week's show summary. (Warning: Episode spoilers are included.) More...
Bellator 81 results: Held taps Clementi, Jansen survives Tirloni to reach lightweight finals
November 17, 2012 (04:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Rich Clementi was bound and determined to not let Marcin Held and his leg lock obsession keep him from moving on. But Held had other plans. The Polish lightweight spent most of the first round looking for any kind of a leg lock he could get, and in the second finally got it. Clementi tapped, and the 20-year-old Held moved on in Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament. The fight closed out Bellator 81 at Ryan Center at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston. The MTV2-televised main card followed prelims on Spike.com. More...
Reminder: FX airs Part III of 'UFC 154 Primetime' tonight at 11 p.m. ET
November 17, 2012 (03:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
As a reminder, the third part of a "UFC Primetime" special for Saturday's welterweight title unification bout premieres tonight. The final episode of "UFC 154 Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit" debuts Friday at 11 p.m. ET following the latest episode of Season 16 of "The Ultimate Fighter" on FX. UFC 154 takes place Saturday and features 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre vs. interim champ Carlos Condit in the main event. More...
'The Ultimate Fighter 16' episode No. 10 discussion thread
November 17, 2012 (03:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Episode No. 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter 16" airs tonight on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This serves as the discussion thread for the debut of tonight's tenth episode, which sees the 16 cast members continue their quest to become "the next Ultimate Fighter" under the watch of coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson. Follow along with tonight's episode on FX, and discuss it in the comments section of this thread. We'll then have an episode recap posted following the show's conclusion. (Note: Comments will include spoilers.) More...
Video: TUF 16's Neil Magny already seeing 'life-changing' effects of 'The Ultimate Fighter'
November 17, 2012 (02:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Maybe there's been a sign on Neil Magny's back that says "I want to fight my training partners." He dodged that bullet when he fought to get onto Season 16 of "The Ultimate Fighter." But on the show, as can be seen in tonight's start of the quarterfinals, he wasn't so lucky. Magny, a Chicago-area welterweight, meets Team Carwin teammate and Strikeforce veteran Bristol Marunde on tonight's episode, which airs at 10 p.m. ET on FX. More...
UFC 154 weigh-in photos: An MMAjunkie.com image gallery
November 17, 2012 (02:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - MMAjunkie.com was on scene for today's official "UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit" weigh-ins, where all 26 competitors successfully made weight. Today's ceremony took place at New City Gas in Montreal. Saturday's event takes place at Montreal's Bell Centre. UFC 154 features a welterweight title unification bout between longtime champion Georges St-Pierre and interim titleholder Carlos Condit. More...
Bellator 81's Rich Clementi believes experience gives him big edge over Marcin Held
November 17, 2012 (01:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Maybe Marcin Held wants to try to take Rich Clementi's leg home with him Friday night. And maybe Clementi doesn't really care. He knows Held has half of his wins by submission, and lately that has meant latching onto a leg and cranking for all it's worth. But when the two meet at Bellator 81, Clementi believes his vast edge in experience will make all the difference and put him into the Season 7 lightweight tournament finals. More...
Reports: Champ Gilbert Melendez still sidelined, out of January title fight with Pat Healy
November 17, 2012 (01:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
There's almost no other way to put it: Here we go again. Two months ahead of his title defense at Strikeforce's next card -and reportedly its last card -lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has been sidelined again. The news comes from Tatame, and UFC/Zuffa President Dana White said on a fan chat with the Montreal Gazette earlier in the day Friday that he believed Melendez was going to be off the January show. More...
Johny Hendricks and the question of a fighter's free will
November 16, 2012 (23:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
The story goes that when Johny Hendricks wanted to find out if he had what it took to become an MMA fighter, he headed to Las Vegas. He was fresh off a decorated college wrestling career and full of the swagger as he sauntered into the Xtreme Couture gym. Hendricks drew MMA vet Phil Baroni for his first sparring session. As Hendricks' father told me a couple years later, he knew things were headed in a dangerous direction. More...
Two wins from tourney crown, Bellator 81's Ricardo Tirloni eyes 2013 title shot in Brazil
November 16, 2012 (20:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
In his most recent fight, Ricardo Tirloni proved his opponent wrong. Prior to their opening-round bout in Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament, Rene Nazare said Tirloni had a glass jaw and couldn't withstand his power. Tirloni, though, took his opponent's best shot and got a submission victory, and he plans to carry the momentum into tonight's Bellator 81's semifinals and a potential title fight in his native Brazil. More...
Dana White: Strikeforce champ Ronda Rousey officially signed to UFC
November 16, 2012 (20:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is officially UFC bound. Following a week's worth of reports about a potential deal, UFC President Dana White today confirmed the signing. White confirmed the UFC deal, which is the first for a female fighter, today while a guest on "The Jim Rome Show" ahead of Saturday's UFC 154 event. More...
The diapers may fool you, but UFC 154's Tom Lawlor taking Francis Carmont seriously
November 16, 2012 (19:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MONTREAL - Tom Lawlor once again committed himself to viral infamy, and even before a UFC weigh-in or walkout. The man who's impersonated Art Jimmerson, Harold Howard and Dan Severn this time fought a Sumo match, complete with costumes, at UFC 154's open workouts on Thursday. But yes, in case you were wondering, he's taking his fight with Francis Carmont seriously. More...
USA TODAY: New weight class, same philosophy for UFC 154's Chad Griggs
November 16, 2012 (18:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
If you want to know Chad Griggs' plan to beat Cyrille Diabate at UFC 154, ask his dad. Better known as "Corner Pop," 59-year-old Dennis Griggs does everything short of holding mitts for his son during fight camp. Tax forms, medical paperwork, flights, moral support - he should probably get a commission for his work. Instead, he's offered his son a blueprint to beat Diabate, a former kickboxing champ. More...
Radio (noon ET): Georgi Karakhanyan, Neil Magny, Joey Diaz, Sammy 'The Squid'
November 16, 2012 (17:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MMAjunkie.com Radio welcomes to the studioBellator vet and Tachi Palace Fights champ Georgi Karakhanyan, who guest hosts today's show. We also chat with "TUF 16" cast member Neil Magny, comedian/MMA fan Joey Diaz and football handicapper Sammy "The Squid." MMAjunkie.com Radio airs from noon to 2 p.m. ET (9-11 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Listen to and watch a video stream of the two-hour show at www.mmajunkie.com/radio. More...
UFC 154 preview: Can underdog Carlos Condit capitalize on GSP's ring rust?
November 16, 2012 (16:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Ring rust is real. So said UFC middleweight Patrick Cote, who, in breaking down a welterweight title-unification match between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit, framed the central issue of UFC 154's headliner. It's been 19 months since St-Pierre stepped into the cage to compete in real time, and his ability to adjust to that shift will shape the fight. More...
USA TODAY: The Georges St-Pierre business is booming
November 16, 2012 (15:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Although he hasn't set foot in the UFC octagon for more than 18 months, business is booming for Georges St-Pierre. He'll defend his welterweight title against Carlos Condit at Saturday's UFC 154 event at Montreal's Bell Centre. St-Pierre is one of the top-earning superstars in MMA. UFC doesn't release what fighters earn for cards, but the man known simply as GSP has a clean-cut image and star power that's unmatched in UFC. More...
Fights to Watch: MMAjunkie.com writers' favorite under-the-radar UFC 154 fights
November 16, 2012 (14:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
In addition to the other fights we've covered exhaustively in the lead-up to UFC 154, several matchups are flying under the radar. In today's edition of USA TODAY, MMAjunkie.com's writers pick our favorites from the card. Check out our "Fights to Watch" at Saturday's event at Montreal's Bell Centre. More...
USA TODAY: Ex-training partners hope UFC 154 co-headliner leads to title shot
November 16, 2012 (14:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
With 24 octagon appearances between them and a potential UFC welterweight title shot on the line, it seems unfathomable that Saturday's Johny Hendricks-Martin Kampmann bout is flying somewhat under the radar. And yet, as the former training partners prepare for UFC 154, that's precisely what has happened. Despite the apparent snub, Kampmann said he doesn't feel offended at any perceived lack of attention. More...
USA TODAY: Canada fights to keep prime spot on UFC map
November 16, 2012 (13:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Eighteen months ago, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre seemed nearly invincible, and his home nation of Canada was widely regarded as the planet's most MMA-crazed nation. Since then, St-Pierre's reconstructed knee has left many questioning if "Rush" can stay atop the UFC's 170-pound division. Additionally, the emergence of Brazil as a prime UFC market has raised questions about Canada's prominence in the sport. More...

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