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USA TODAY: UFC champ Jon Jones 'wants it all,' heavyweight title included
November 05, 2012 (13:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
LAS VEGAS - At 25 years old, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is already among the greatest fighters to have competed for the world's largest MMA promotion. He's beaten five former UFC champions in the past 20 months, and recently signed a deal to become the global MMA face for Nike. But Jones believes those accomplishments are the beginning. Plenty of records are left to be broken, and there also may be another belt in his future: the UFC heavyweight title. More...
WSOF tries to make something out of MMA's spare parts
November 04, 2012 (21:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
When I first heard about the World Series of Fighting, I told myself I'd have to wait and see it in action before I'd know what to make of it. Now I've seen it, and I still have no clue what to think. It feels like we've been here before, like there's very little that's truly new in the world of MMA. Even the WSOF, which is a brand new organization, seems like it was cobbled together from the spare parts of MMA's past. More...
The Sunday Junkie: Nov. 4 edition
November 04, 2012 (17:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
For a non-UFC week, the past seven days have provided plenty of news. RFA and World Series of Fighting made their TV debuts, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum were named "TUF: Brazil 2" coaches, and Chael Sonnen named Dan Henderson one of his assistant coaches for "TUF 17." But this week's winner of The Sunday Junkie, Boston's Joe M., focused on perhaps the biggest story of the week: Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman's failed drug tests at UFC 153. More...
UFC: Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman admit to taking banned substances
November 04, 2012 (16:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman admit to taking the banned substances that prompted their failed drug tests at this past month's UFC 153 event. That's according to the UFC, which recently issued a statement on both fighters. As MMAjunkie.com first reported on Friday, Bonnar tested positive for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Herman's test detected marijuana metabolites. More...
With WSOF 1 upset of Miguel Torres, Marlon Moraes meets Tyson Nam at WSOF 2
November 04, 2012 (15:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
With Saturday's successful World Series of Fighting debut show, the organization has its first fight for its second offering. As expected, with an upset win over former WEC champ Miguel Torres, Marlon Moraes now will meet fellow bantamweight Tyson Nam at WSOF 2. WSOF 2 is likely to take place in late January in Las Vegas, though a date and venue haven't been finalized. More...
World Series of Fighting 1 salaries: Arlovski, Johnson top $352K payroll
November 04, 2012 (14:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Headliner Andrei Arlovski ($60,000) and co-headliner Anthony Johnson ($55,000) were the top earners at this past Saturday night's World Series of Fighting 1 event. MMAjunkie.com recently requested and obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $352,000. WSOF 1 took place at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The main card aired live on NBC Sports Network. More...
Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 salaries: Tyson Griffin tops $82,350 payroll
November 04, 2012 (13:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Victorious headliner Tyson Griffin ($16,000) was the top earner at this past Friday night's Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 event. MMAjunkie.com recently requested and obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $82,350. Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 took place at Las Vegas' Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. The main card, including Griffin's unanimous-decision win over fellow UFC vet Efrain Escudero, aired live on AXS TV. More...
World Series of Fighting 1 results: Arlovski drops Cole, Johnson blasts Linderman
November 04, 2012 (05:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
LAS VEGAS - After a disappointing four-fight losing streak that led many MMA pundits to question his viability as an elite heavyweight, now boasts a three-fight win streak. Arlovski outboxed Strikeforce and International Fight League veteran Devin Cole en route to a first-round stoppage. The fight served as the main event of Saturday's World Series of Fighting 1 event, which took place at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The night's main card aired on NBC Sports Network. More...
Bellator 79 highlights video: Big bombs send Hale, Shamhalaev on in tournaments
November 04, 2012 (01:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Bellator's seventh season continued Friday with semifinal bouts in both the heavyweight tournament and featherweight field at Bellator 79. Video highlights of the two semifinals, as well as a pair of main-card slugfests, now are available. They include Richard Hale's come-from-behind TKO stoppage of Thiago Santos in the heavyweight main event and Shahbulat Shamhalaev's knockout of Mike Richman in the featherweight co-feature. More...
UFC's return to Brazil on Jan. 19 will be UFC on FX 7
November 04, 2012 (00:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
A month after taking its FX road show to Australia for the second time, the UFC and the cable network will head to South America. The just-announced UFC return to Brazil in January, made official by the promotion early Saturday, officially will be its seventh card on FX. Sources close to the promotion on Saturday confirmed the broadcast plans to MMAjunkie.com. "UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping" (or numbered, UFC on FX 7) will take place Jan. 19 with a four-fight main card and eight fights on the prelims. More...
Video: On brink of something new again, WSOF 1's Cole pulled back in for Arlovski
November 03, 2012 (23:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Devin Cole has some kind of a weird understanding with the gods of mixed martial arts. And those gods apparently like "The Godfather III," because just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in. Cole headlines World Series of Fighting 1 on Saturday night against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, and it's the latest opportunity for the heavyweight to make a push in the sport after thinking maybe he was done. More...
Alex Caceres vs. Motonobu Tezuka official for next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event
November 03, 2012 (22:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
As MMAjunkie.com first reported, Alex Caceres now meets Motonobu Tezuka at next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event. UFC executives today announced that promotional newcomer Tezuka replaces Kyung Ho Kang, who was forced out of the bantamweight fight with a training injury. UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, a special administrative district of China. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook. More...
Video: WSOF 1's Andrei Arlovski perseveres thanks to camp switch to Albuquerque
November 03, 2012 (21:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
If not for Greg Jackson, who knows what Andrei Arlovski might be doing right now. Maybe he'd be bouncing along, headlining regional shows. Maybe he'd be retired. Maybe he'd have a few more movie roles. For sure, though, it doesn't sound like he believes he'd be be headlining a card like World Series of Fighting 1. More...
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie added to December's UFC 155 event
November 03, 2012 (20:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
A featherweight matchup between fan-favorite slugger Leonard Garcia and "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Cody McKenzie will take place in December. UFC officials today announced the contest has been booked for UFC 155. UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is a heavyweight title fight rematch between champion Junior Dos Santos and ex-titleholder Cain Velasquez, which headlines the pay-per-view portion of the show. More...
Fowlkes: Stephan Bonnar's decision to end on a low note as frustrating as it is baffling
November 03, 2012 (19:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
If you're trying to figure out what Stephan Bonnar might have been thinking, just stop right now. Don't waste one more second on it. Don't scorch one more brain cell trying to decipher how using steroids before the biggest opportunity of his career could have possibly seemed like a good idea at the time. It wasn't. It couldn't have been. More...
Ronda Rousey's mainstream crossover continues with Sports Illustrated feature, TV spot
November 03, 2012 (18:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
In September, it was Rolling Stone giving Ronda Rousey her next taste of the mainstream spotlight. Now it's Sports Illustrated. The 58-year-old magazine, which has a circulation in excess of 3.2 million and a reported weekly readership of 23 million people, features the Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion in its Nov. 5 issue. On Tuesday, the "Sports Illustrated Show" will feature a segment on Rousey. The show airs Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. More...
Video: 'UFC 154 Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit' Part I full episode
November 03, 2012 (17:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
The UFC's "Primetime" series returned on Friday, featuring the upcoming welterweight title unification bout between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit. The first episode of "UFC 154 Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit" now is available to view online following its premiere on FX. UFC 154 takes place Nov. 17 and features 170-pound champion St-Pierre vs. interim champ Condit in the main event to unify their titles. More...
Bellator announces 'Vote for the Fight' web series to choose first Spike main event
November 03, 2012 (16:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Bellator next week will debut an interactive feature that will allow fans to pick the first main event for the promotion's debut on Spike TV. The promotion on Friday announced "Vote for the Fight" during the MTV2 broadcast of Bellator 79, which took place at Canada's Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Bellator events currently air Fridays on MTV through the remainder of Season 7, but will move to Spike starting in January 2013. More...
Camp gridlock keeps Firas Zahabi from Miguel Torres' corner for WSOF 1
November 03, 2012 (15:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Miguel Torres said the Tristar Gym where he's gone for virtually every fight camp in his recent career is usually packed. These days, it's a traffic jam. He estimates there are at least five fighters training for the upcoming UFC 154, which takes place Nov. 17 in Montreal, and another 10 fighting in gym head Firas Zahabi's new event 13 days later. Another 10 or 12 are competing elsewhere. Hence, Zahabi wasn't available to corner Torres for his next fight, which takes place Saturday at World Series of Fighting 1. More...
UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil with Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping headliner
November 03, 2012 (14:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Reports of new bouts for the UFC's return to Brazil in January had been trickling in with regularity earlier this week. Now they're official. The UFC early Saturday announced a 12-fight card in Brazil for Jan. 19, though the host city is still to be determined and, the UFC said, will be announced soon. The four-fight main card is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV. Headlining the event will be a middleweight bout between recent light heavyweight title challenger Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping. More...
WSOF 1's Travis Bartlett says reports of his demise are highly inaccurate
November 03, 2012 (12:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Travis Bartlett is having fun with his perceived role on Saturday at the World Series of Fighting 1. Bartlett welcomes Tyrone Spong into the world of MMA, and from the impression he's gotten from others, he's a warm body for the renowned kickboxer. "I've got zero focus, they're bringing me in as an opponent, and I love it," Bartlett on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com Radio. More...
The Sunday Junkie deadline reminder, win a 'Best of UFC' DVD prize pack
November 03, 2012 (12:15) [ 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 Bellator 79, RFA 4 and WSOF 1 events - 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. This week only, our winner receives a "Best of UFC" prize pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment, which includes the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 versions of the "Best of" DVDs. More...
Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 results: Griffin decisions Escudero, Njokuani stops Dace
November 03, 2012 (06:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
In a lightweight battle of UFC veterans, Tyson Griffin earned a unanimous-decision win over Efrain Escudero. The bout served as the main event of Friday's Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 event, which took place at Las Vegas' Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. The night's main card aired on AXS TV. Griffin had to survive a few tight armbar attempts from his opponent, but his powerful strikes and wrestling control eventually earned him the win. More...
Episode No. 8 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson'
November 03, 2012 (04:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Welcome to MMAjunkie.com's recap for episode No. 8 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 a round-of-16 fight between Jon Manley and James Chaney, check out this week's show summary. (Warning: Episode spoilers are included.) More...
Bellator 79 results: Hale, Shamhalaev head to heavyweight, featherweight tourney finals
November 03, 2012 (04:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Richard Hale can take a heavyweight punch, but is better at giving them. The former light heavyweight nearly was stopped by the punches of Thiago Santos before recovering to pound the Brazilian out and advance to the finals of the Season 7 heavyweight tournament. The bout headlined Bellator 79, which took place at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, following a featherweight semifinal fight that saw Shahbulat Shamhalaev advance to the finals. More...
World Series of Fighting 1 weigh-in results: Arlovski, Cole official for heavyweight fight
November 03, 2012 (03:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
The weigh-ins for the first World Series of Fighting event are in the books. Friday's official weigh-ins took place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, site of Saturday's card. WSOF 1's main card airs live Saturday on the NBC Sports Network at 10:30 p.m. ET. Heavyweights Andrei Arlovski (247) and Devin Cole (249) each were on target for their main event. More...
'The Ultimate Fighter 16' episode No. 8 discussion thread
November 03, 2012 (03:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Episode No. 8 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 eighth 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...
'UFC 154 Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Condit' shifts dates, airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET
November 03, 2012 (00:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
A "UFC Primetime" special for the upcoming welterweight title unification bout has shifted dates and now premieres tonight. The first 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 Nov. 17 and features 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre vs. interim champ Carlos Condit in the main event. More...
Marcus 'Lelo' Aurelio hoping to bring attention to art of capoeira at Bellator 79
November 02, 2012 (23:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Highly touted capoeira practitioner Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio on Friday makes his Bellator debut. The 26-year-old Brazilian takes on fellow Bellator newcomer Christ Franck to close out the preliminary card of Bellator 79, which takes place at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada. The main card airs on MTV2 at 8 p.m. ET. The prelims, including Aurelio-Franck, stream at Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. ET, and the entire event also can be seen at MMAjunkie.com. More...
Video: WSOF 1's Anthony Johnson finding comfort zone at light heavyweight
November 02, 2012 (21:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Anthony Johnson is critical of his most recent performance against fellow UFC vet Jake Rosholt, saying he felt "stiff" against the fighter despite knocking him out with a head kick in the second round. But training with the Blackzilians in Boca Raton, Fla., Johnson said he's now settled into the light-heavyweight division and isn't moving anywhere. "205 is where I'm going to stay," Johnson on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "I feel good." More...
Bellator 79's Mike Richman using personal life as drive toward Season 7 tourney final
November 02, 2012 (21:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
In the grand scheme of things for Mike Richman, MMA probably isn't really that big of a deal. Not compared to the importance of family. Not when it comes to his kids. Richman on Friday meets Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the semifinals of Bellator's Season 7 featherweight tournament at Bellator 79 with a spot in the $100,000 final on the line. More...
Stephan Bonnar, Dave Herman fail UFC 153 drug tests, await potential suspensions
November 02, 2012 (20:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
UFC 153 fighters Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman each tested positive for banned substances in their post-fight drug screens. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with Ultimate Fighting Championship officials that all 24 fighters who competed at this past month's UFC 153 event in Brazil were tested, and Bonnar and Herman were the lone two competitors who failed the screen. Bonnar tested positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, while Herman's screen was flagged for marijuana metabolites. More...
Jimmy Jones actually trained hard for Sergio Pettis ahead of Friday's RFA 4 in Las Vegas
November 02, 2012 (19:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Bantamweight Jimmy Jones loves the feeling of accomplishment he gets at the end of the fight, when he's persevered through exhaustion and his opponent's offense. He just doesn't like the road to that moment. "I've been known to slack here and there," Jones recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "This camp, luckily, the guys have been getting on my ass about getting in the gym on time and staying there for the full practice." More...
Kyung Ho Kang out, Motonobu Tezuka meets Alex Caceres at UFC on FUEL TV 6
November 02, 2012 (18:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
An injury has forced a late change to next week's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card in China. Kyung Ho Kang is out of a bantamweight fight against Alex Caceres with a foot injury, which has forced the UFC to turn to a late replacement in the form of Motonobu Tezuka. Sources close to the promotion on Friday confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com, saying verbal agreements are in place for the bout. UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, a special administrative district of China. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook. More...
Bellator 79's Thiago Santos plans to send Richard Hale back to light heavyweight
November 02, 2012 (18:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Thiago Santos believes his heavyweight tournament semifinal fight against Richard Hale boils down to one simple thing. "I'm just a bad look for him," he told MMAjunkie.com. Santos on Friday meets Hale in the main event of Bellator 79 for the right to advance to the tourney's finals. Bellator 79 takes place at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, with a main card on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com. You can also watch a live stream of the entire event on MMAjunkie.com. More...
Heavyweights Ben Rothwell, Gabriel Gonzaga targeted for Jan. 19 UFC card in Brazil
November 02, 2012 (17:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
The card hasn't yet been announced by the UFC, but its return to Brazil continues to fill up. The latest fight to be headed for the January show is a heavyweight tussle between Gabriel Gonzaga and Ben Rothwell. Sources close to the fight on Friday confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie.com. Tatame first reported the news. The UFC's return to Brazil is expected to take place Jan. 19 in a host city still to be determined. The main card is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV. More...
Radio (noon ET): WSOF 1's Arlovski, Cole, Greg Jackson (all in studio); Bellator's Rebney
November 02, 2012 (16:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
MMAjunkie.com Radio today welcomes to the studio WSOF 1 headliners Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole, plus coach Greg Jackson. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney calls in before Bellator 79. The Gun Store's Chris Irwin and 559 Fights promoter Jeremy Luchau co-host in studio. And Sammy "The Squid" gives his weekend football picks. MMAjunkie.com Radio airs today from noon to 3 p.m. ET (9 a.m.-noon PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Listen to and watch a video stream of the three-hour show at www.mmajunkie.com/radio. More...
Report: Johnny Eduardo out, George Roop in vs. Yuri Alcantara at UFC's return to Brazil
November 02, 2012 (15:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
A recently reported bantamweight bout targeted for the UFC's return to Brazil has had a change. According to a report from Sportv.com, Johnny Eduardo is out of a planned fight against Yuri Alcantara. In Eduardo's place steps George Roop, who will return to 135 pounds after a stint at featherweight. The fight will take place Jan. 19 at the currently unannounced UFC event in Brazil, which is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV. A host city has yet to be determined. More...
Worst is over for Bellator 79's Douglas Lima following Ben Askren title loss
November 02, 2012 (14:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
It was the homework Bellator welterweight Douglas Lima didn't want to do, but did anyway. Watching his decision loss to welterweight champ Ben Askren was about as enjoyable as a root canal, but he suffered through it. He needed information to improve, after all. Now slated to fight Jacob Ortiz at Friday's Bellator 79 event, Lima told MMAjunkie.com, "I want to win the next tournament on Spike TV and get that belt from Askren." More...
Report: Diego Nunes meets Nik Lentz when UFC returns to Brazil on Jan. 19
November 02, 2012 (13:00) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
A pair of recent featherweight winners will look to put together much-needed win streaks in January. Diego Nunes and Nik Lentz are set to meet when the UFC returns to Brazil. As MMAjunkie.com first reported, the UFC will return to Brazil for the Jan. 19 event, though a host city hasn't been determined. The event is expected to be a UFC on FUEL TV or UFC on FX offering, not a pay-per-view card. More...
Score Fighting Series 7 adds Ricci-Morin, Dewsberry-Dickson to Nov. 23 card
November 02, 2012 (12:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
The next Score Fighting Series event continues to take shape with another pair of fights. Alex Ricci takes on Kevin Morin at lightweight, and Brandt Dewsberry and Ryan Dickson meet in a welterweight bout. Promotion officials recently announced the two fights. Score Fighting Series 7 takes place Nov. 23 at Hamilton Place Theatre in Ontario, Canada. More...
The Sunday Junkie deadline reminder, win a 'Best of UFC' DVD prize pack
November 02, 2012 (12:15) [ 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 Bellator 79, RFA 4 and WSOF 1 events - 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. This week only, our winner receives a "Best of UFC" prize pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment, which includes the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 versions of the "Best of" DVDs. More...
Watch tonight's Bellator 79 event live on MMAjunkie.com at 7 p.m. ET
November 02, 2012 (12:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
You can watch a live web stream of tonight's Bellator 79 event live on MMAjunkie.com beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). The event takes place at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The main card includes two tournament bouts: heavyweight semifinalists Richard Hale vs. Thiago Santos and featherweight semifinalists Mike Richman vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev. Other bouts include Douglas Lima vs. Jacob Ortiz and Kyle Baker vs. Ryan Ford. More...
Video: Kickboxer Tyrone Spong has 'healthy nerves' ahead of MMA debut at WSOF 1
November 02, 2012 (03:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Tyrone Spong is going into MMA with his eyes wide open. "This is not kickboxing," the former K-1 fighter told MMAjunkie.com Radio in advance of his MMA debut against Travis Bartlett at World Series of Fighting 1. "I know what I'm getting myself into." Although Bartlett has declared he'll strike with Spong as long as his legs aren't getting chopped to bits, Spong said he's not afraid of going to the mat. More...
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner added to TUF 16 Finale in December
November 02, 2012 (01:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
A lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard and former WEC champion Jamie Varner is the latest addition to The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. UFC officials today announced verbal agreements are in place for the fight. The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. More...
Bellator 79 weigh-in results: Tourney fighters on weight
November 01, 2012 (23:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
All fighters are on weight for Friday's Bellator 79 event. Today's weigh-ins took place at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, which is the same venue that hosts Friday's event. The night features two tournaments bouts: heavyweightsRichard Hale (265) vs. Thiago Santos (238.4) and featherweights Mike Richman (145.2) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (145.6). More...
Chael Sonnen chooses Dan Henderson as 'TUF 17' assistant coach
November 01, 2012 (23:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Chael Sonnen today told MMAjunkie.com that not only does he expect Dan Henderson to help him prepare for a title fight against Jon Jones - but Henderson will be one of his assistant coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17." "We're on great terms (and) we've always been on great terms," Sonnen said while adding that Henderson will also corner him against the light-heavyweight champ. Sonnen downplayed any rift with Henderson that arose in the wake of his selection as a "TUF 17" coach. More...
Videos: Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit's UFC 154 political parodies
November 01, 2012 (22:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Ahead of Election Day in the U.S., the UFC has gotten into the campaign spirit. The company's always-creative video team has a new offering to promote this month's big UFC 154 pay-per-view event. Check out the campaign videos for the event's headliners: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and interim titleholder Carlos Condit. More...
Zoila Gurgel vs. Jessica Eye on tap for Bellator 83
November 01, 2012 (21:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
After her recent successful return from a 19-month injury layoff, Zoila Frausto Gurgel is wasting no time for her next challenge. She's now agreed to fight fellow 125-pound standout Jessica Eye at Bellator 83 in December. MMARising.com first reported the bout, which MMAjunkie.com subsequently confirmed with Bellator officials. More...
Video: 'Fat and happy' Frank Shamrock hopes autobiography inspires troubled kids
November 01, 2012 (20:45) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie ]
Two years after retirement, Frank Shamrock is a half-pound shy of the middleweight division in which he once fought. A pound-and-a-half of that bulk is white wine and beer, he told MMAjunkie.com Radio. Shamrock calls this state "fat and happy," though he'll most likely never resemble the former to the outside world. Buthis retirement came with another realization: He needed to tell his story. More...

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