Archive for July, 2014

Swanson Denies Edgar Fight For December

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Cub Swanson claims to have been told by UFC officials that he would get the winner of Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes.

And, while the bout has been moved from August to October, Swanson feels he remains the next man to contend for the featherweight title.

Recently, members of Frankie Edgar's management team stated on Twitter that Edgar and Swanson would be in a main event fight later this year. Swanson decided to reply to those thoughts himself.

"Props to Frankie's camp for announcing fights that aren't even real," Swanson wrote on Twitter. "Shady management at its finest.

"I can't wait to fight the winner of Aldo/Mendes! Either way the fight goes."

Swanson (21-5) picked up his sixth straight win this past June when he defeated Jeremy Stephens. He also owns victories over Dennis Siver, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Ross Pearson and George Roop since a loss to Ricardo Lamas.

Edgar (17-4-1) has won back-to-back fights and is a former lightweight champion.

Alexander Gustafsson Provides Update, Plans On Coming Back As "Nightmare"

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Alexander Gustafsson's knee injury that took him out of a planned September encounter with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title is not serious.

Gustafsson updated fans about his condition in a video message posted on Facebook recently. He has been replaced by Daniel Cormier for the UFC 178 main event fight.

"I got a knee injury. It's not very serious," he said. "But I need to take care of it. It's a small issue that has been with me.

"It's not a long recovery time, a few weeks. I'm disappointed, I really wanted to fight at (UFC) 178 but I can't. I will watch it. It's a great card."

Gustafsson took Jones the distance last year, dropping a decision to "Bones." Instead of being granted an immediate rematch, "The Mauler" fought - and defeated - Jimi Manuwa earlier this year. Jones, meanwhile, downed Glover Teixeira for his seventh successful title defense.

"Jones I see that you are happy, but if you get passed DC, your nightmare will be back and more motivated than ever," he wrote in posting the video message, which you can hear below.

Rory MacDonald To Welcome Tarec Saffiedine To Canada

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

A rumored welterweight scrap between contenders Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine has been officially announced by the UFC.

The contest will take place October 4 from Nova Scotia, Canada and is expected to serve as the main event. It is the only fight announced to date for the card.

MacDonald (17-2) has picked up two straight decision wins since a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler last November. Overall, the Canadian is 7-1 in his last eight fights, including wins over Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia and B.J. Penn.

Saffiedine (15-3) is on a five-fight win streak, earning a decision victory over Hyun Gyu Lim in his Octagon debut this past January. He was the last man to hold the Strikeforce title, winning the belt from Nate Marquardt.

Couture, Shamrock Get Into It On "Gym Rescue"

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock will team up this August to help save gyms as part of a reality series entitled "Gym Rescue."

The series debuts August 10 at 9 p.m. ET and a preview has been released. The clip features a heated argument between Shamrock and a gym owner, while Couture looks on.

Check out the preview clip in the video below:

"Fight-Motion" Highlights From UFC On FOX 12

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

FOX's incredible slow-motion equipment was on-hand for the recent UFC on FOX 12 card. Highlights using the state-of-the-art camera system can be viewed below.

The event featured Robbie Lawler defeating Matt Brown in the main event, along with Anthony Johnson downing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dennis Bermudez submitting Clay Guida and Bobby Green defeating Josh Thomson.

UFC Continues To Fill Up The September Brazil Card

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Two more fights have been added to the September UFC Fight Night 51 card for Brazil, as Gleison Tibau meets Piotr Hallmann and Godofredo Pepey takes on Dashon Johnson.

Set for September 13 from Brasilia, Brazil, the entire card will air on UFC Fight Pass. The main event boasts a rematch in the heavyweight division between Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski.

Tibau (29-10) earned his 14th UFC win earlier this year, defeating Pat Healy. He has won three of his last four, with the lone loss coming via knockout to Michael Johnson. Hallmann (15-2) has won two of three with the promotion, downing Yves Edwards after a loss to Al Iaquinta.

Pepey (10-3) sports a 2-3 Octagon mark, getting back on track with a knockout of Noad Lahat after two straight first round setbacks. Johnson (9-1) was choked out by Jake Matthews in his UFC debut in New Zealand earlier this year.

Below is the current lineup:

Heavyweight: Antonio Silva vs. Andrei Arlovski

Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Lukas Sajweski

Welterweight: Sergio Moraes vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. Sean Spencer

Welterweight: George Sullivan vs. Igor Araujo

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Valerie Letourneau

Bantamweight: Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford

Lightweight: Gleison Tibau vs. Piotr Hallmann

Featherweight: Godofredo Pepey vs. Dashon Johnson

UFC Sweden Card Adds Dennis Siver-Robert Whiteford

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Featherweights Dennis Siver and Robert Whiteford have agreed to meet at UFC Fight Night 53 this October. The bout, confirmed by UFC officials, was first reported by the German site Ground and Pound.

Set for October 4 from Stockholm, Sweden and the Ericsson Globe, the event does not have a main event yet.

Siver (21-9) has been serving a suspension for a failed drug test last December after a win over Manny Gamburyan. The German had the result changed to a no-contest and was suspended nine months after human chorionic gonadotropin was found in his system.

The veteran Siver is 10-6 in his UFC career and 2-1 with the one no-contest in his last four fights.

Whiteford (11-2) had his 10-fight win streak snapped in 2013 when he debuted with the UFC against Jimy Hettes. He rebounded earlier this year, scoring a decision victory over Daniel Pineda.

Below is the list of fights announced for the card:

Welterweight: Amir Sadollah vs. Nico Musoke

Featherweight: Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson

Featherweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

Featherweight: Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford

"Fight Master" Winner Involved In Accidental Gun Shot Incident

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Joe Riggs will not be fighting inside the Octagon for the first time since 2006 later this year after his hand gun accidentally went off while he was cleaning the weapon Monday night.

Riggs, who won the only season of Bellator's "Fight Master" series, signed back on with the UFC recently. He was expected to meet Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 from Brazil, but Sean Spencer will step in for him now.

“We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident (Monday) night," said the UFC, in a released statement. "While cleaning his permitted firearm (a pistol), the gun discharged, injuring his hand and upper thigh. Riggs was transported to a nearby hospital in Arizona where he is being treated by physicians.

"We wish Joe a speedy recovery."

Riggs (40-14) went 4-4 in his first stint with the promotion, including a win over Nick Diaz. Thiago (15-7) has lost four straight, while Spencer (11-3) is 2-2 in four Octagon appearances.

Below is the current lineup for the card:

Heavyweight: Antonio Silva vs. Andrei Arlovski

Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Lukas Sajweski

Welterweight: Sergio Moraes vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. Sean Spencer

Welterweight: George Sullivan vs. Igor Araujo

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Valerie Letourneau

Bantamweight: Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford

UFC Rankings Report: Dennis Bermudez, Bobby Green Into Top-10

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Dennis Bermudez and Bobby Green were big winners in the latest official UFC rankings, climbing all the way to seventh overall in their respective weight classes.

Bermudez, coming off a submission victory over Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 12, moved five spots at 145 pounds, while Green vaulted six at lightweight.

Green defeated Josh Thomson by decision in the main card opener from San Jose. Thomson, a former Strikeforce champion, fell three spots to sixth. Guida, also an ex-Strikeforce titleholder, plummeted five spots to No. 12.

With the movement, several others climbed or dropped a position or two. At featherweight, Cub Swanson pushed past Frankie Edgar and into second, while Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor each moved up one spot.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos took advantage of the Thomson loss, moving up a position each at lightweight.

Jorge Masvidal Gets Bobby Green, Not Donald Cerrone, Next

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Two former Strikeforce fighters will step inside the Octagon this September, as Bobby Green meets Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178. Officials announced the bout on Tuesday.

Set for September 27 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the card features a main event between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will also be in action that night, along with a returning Cat Zingano.

Green (23-5) stepped up on short notice and defeated Josh Thomson this past weekend, improving his win streak to eight overall. He is 4-0 since joining the UFC.

Masvidal (27-8) improved to 5-1 in his last six with a finish of Daron Cruickshank on the same UFC on FOX 12 card from San Jose. His lone loss came to Rustam Khabilov. Masvidal was hoping to face Donald Cerrone in September.

Below is the current lineup for the evening:

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (c) vs. Daniel Cormier

Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Middleweight: Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero

Featherweight: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Female Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes

Welterweight: John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole

Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson

Lightweight: Bobby Green vs. Jorge Masvidal

Dos Santos Now Recovering From Knee Issue, Hopes To Fight In 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos would like to compete on the October card planned for Brazil. His coaches, though, don't think he'll be ready.

Instead, "Cigano" is gearing up for a return to action in November - and is hopeful he gets to test his skills against Stipe Miocic. The two were expected to meet in May, but a hand injury forced dos Santos out of the main event.

"My coaches think it's too soon to be back because I'm not even training hard yet and I need to re-adapt myself to training before starting a camp," said dos Santos, in an interview with MMAFighting.com. "October would be too early for me."

Dos Santos (16-3) is just 1-2 in his last three, but both losses came to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Miocic (12-1) has won three straight, including a first round finish of Fabio Maldonado, who stepped in on short notice to replace dos Santos.

"Miocic is doing a good job, coming off great wins," he said. "I was focused on fighting him before, trained for him, so I think it would be a good fight for me. It would be a beautiful fight for the fans, as well."

Dos Santos explained his injury, saying that he recovered from the broken hand, but now has a nagging knee issue holding him back. That injury, though, does not require surgery - just rehab.

"It was a small injury," dos Santos said. "When I had to stop training because of my broken hand, I felt a pain in my knee. I did all the exams and it showed nothing. (The doctor) cleared me to slowly return to training now to see how I'm going to feel.

"I will schedule my next fight when I feel 100-percent ready."

Super-Fight Booked Between "Spider" And Diaz

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

A super-fight has been signed for 2015, as former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva makes his return to the Octagon against Nick Diaz. UFC president Dana White made the announcement during a special appearance on ESPN's "SportsCenter" Tuesday.

The card, slated for January 31 from Las Vegas, will take place the weekend of the Super Bowl. It is expected to be contested in the middleweight division.

"The fight that the fans have been waiting for. The fight that the fans have been screaming for. We have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz," White said. "It will be the main event and it will be five rounds."

Silva (33-6) suffered a broken leg last December in a loss to Chris Weidman for the middleweight title. It was the second straight loss to Weidman for "The Spider," who has been silencing critics about retirement since the injury.

Diaz (26-9) recently signed a new three-fight deal with the UFC after announcing his retirement in 2013 following a loss to Georges St-Pierre. He is a former Strikeforce champion and owns wins over BJ Penn, Paul Daley and Frank Shamrock.

"Anderson feels great," White said. "He's 100-percent healthy. He's kicking. He feels great."

White also stated that Diaz could position himself for a title fight with a win, adding, "He's right in there. It would be a huge, huge win for him."

Information for this story was obtained from MMAjunkie.com.

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