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Shogun Rua vs. Rashad Evans moved to UFC 129, March 19 event coming to New Jersey

The Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Rashad Evans and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, initially rumored for a planned Abu Dhabi event in March, will now take place on March 19 in New Jersey, according to a report from The Fight Network.

Per the report, the March 19 event, expected to be UFC 129, will take place from the Prudential Center in Newark.

The UFC is expected to bring an event on March 12, though they are searching for a replacement location and venue with Abu Dhabi now out of the picture for unexplained reasons.

The bout will be Rua’s first defense of the championship he captured when he knocked out Lyoto Machida in May at UFC 113. Evans earned his title shot with a win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson later that month at UFC 114.

According to the report, previously reported fights between Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Michihiro Omigawa and Chad Mendes are expected to take place on the New Jersey card.

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Nate Marquardt says loss to Chael Sonnen helped him regain focus to be champion

Nate Marquardt finds himself one fight away from a second title shot in the UFC, and perhaps a chance to rematch Anderson Silva, when he takes on Yushin Okami this Saturday at UFC 122. This is the second time in 2010 that Marquardt’s had this opportunity, but he came up short in February when he lost to Chael Sonnen at UFC 109. But Marquardt said that loss helped him regain focus in his career.

“After I lost to Chael, I realized maybe I’d lost some desire and my focus to be champion,” Marquardt said in a pre-UFC 122 teleconference late last week. “Now I have that back fully, and I feel very prepared and ready. It feels the same as when I was a kid. I want to be champ, and I’m one step away.

“The Chael fight reignited that desire. I feel like I lost to a guy I should have beaten, and it makes me mad at myself. Against Chael, I didn’t follow my game plan. Maybe it’s a balancing act; following the game plan and going for the finish 100 percent.”

Now, Marquardt faces another tough fighter known for his grappling and wrestling ability, but Marquardt says Okami is a different fighter than Chael.

“Yushin has quite a bit different style from Chael,” he said. “He has a different body type, he uses different takedowns and his ground game is different.”

Okami has also been defeated by Sonnen, but Marquardt says he’s not really going to utilize the video of the fight between those two in his preparation, as his style as well differs from Sonnen.

“Chael is a different style of fighter than I am,” he said. “I’m going to be looking for openings to finish the fight. Even if I did see something in [the tape of their fight], it’s not going to help me that much. Chael fought him totally different than how I’m going to fight him. There are several of Yushin’s fights that I’ve watched that were much more valuable for me.”

While there is some concern amongst fans of the possibility of a tentative, and perhaps boring fight, such as Okami has become – fairly or unfairly – associated with, Marquardt says a tentative, counter-striking Okami works into his gameplan just fine.

“I fight best when I look for openings and capitalize and go for the finish 100 percent. That’s when I do the most damage,” he said. “If he’s just going to wait on me, that’s going to make my fight a lot easier. If he’s not going to attack me, then he’s going to be in trouble, and he’s going to lose the fight. Waiting for an opening doesn’t necessarily mean countering. I have to fight smartly to create openings and then capitalize.”

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Erik Koch Stays on WEC 52, Meets Newcomer Francisco Rivera

Erik Koch

After losing initial opponent Josh Grispi, Erik Koch (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) now has a new opponent for next week’s WEC 52 event.

The featherweight contender welcomes promotional newcomer Francisco “Cisco” Rivera (5-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) to the organization in a Versus-televised main-card bout, WEC General Manager Reed Harris today announced.

WEC 52 takes place Nov. 11 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The night’s five-fight main card, including a Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki bantamweight headliner, airs on Versus. It’s the second-to-last show the WEC hosts before a January merger with its sister promotion, the UFC.

Koch initially was expected to fight Grispi in a likely No. 1 contender’s bout. However, once the UFC decided to make a WEC merger official, Grispi was moved to a UFC 125 title fight with Jose Aldo, the final WEC champ who’s now the UFC 145-pound title-holder.

Koch recently rebounded from his first pro loss with a submission victory over Bendy Casmir at WEC 49. Prior to that, Koch took on Chad Mendes and was out-wrestled and suffered a unanimous-decision loss at WEC 47. Koch made his promotional debut at WEC 45 and bested Jameel Massouh on points. The Duke Roufus-trained fighter owns seven submissions among his 10 career wins.

Rivera, who trains with fellow WEC fighter Manny Gamburyan, brings an undefeated record to the organization. The two-year pro has posted three knockouts among his five career wins, and each lasted 52 seconds or fewer. The well-rounded fighter’s most recent bout came back in January, when he topped Fernando Bernstein (3-3 at the time) at a Called Out MMA event in California.

The full WEC 52 card includes:

MAIN CARD

  • Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano
  • Erik Koch vs. Francisco Rivera
  • Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
  • Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
  • Edward Faaloloto vs. Anthony Njokuani
  • Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Clint Godfrey vs. Michael McDonald
  • Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher
  • Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson
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Upcoming MMA Events,You Don’t Want to Miss!!

WEC 52
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Arco Arena
Sacramento, CA
Airing on Versus

MAIN CARD

* Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki
* Erik Koch vs. Josh Grispi
* Wagnney Fabiano vs. Joseph Benavidez
* Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez
* Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier
* Clint Godfrey vs. Michael Mcdonald
* Mackens Semerzier vs. Cub Swanson
* Raphael Assuncao vs. L.C. Davis
* Anthony Njokuani vs. Edward Faaloloto
* Yves Jabouin vs. Brandon Visher

UFC122
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Konig Pilsener Arena
Oberhausen, Germany
Airing on Spike (delay)

* Nate Marquardt (#2 Ranked MW) vs. Yushin Okami (#4 Ranked MW)
* Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
* Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner
* Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta
* Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran ReljicMAIN CARD
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
* Alexandre Ferreira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
* Pascal Krauss vs. Mark Scanlon
* Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak
* Rob Kimmons vs. Kyle Noke
* Seth Petruzelli vs. Karlos Vemola
* Kris McCray vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
 

 

Strikeforce Challengers 12
Friday, November 19, 2010
Jackson Convention Complex
Jackson, MS
Airing on Showtime

* Vitor Ribeiro vs. Justin Wilcox
* Antwain Britt vs. Ovince St. Preux
* Ryan Couture vs. Juan Zapata
* Jan Finney vs. Liz Carmouche

UFC 123

Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI
Airing on PPV
MAIN CARD (PPV)
* Lyoto Machida (#2 Ranked LHW) vs. Quinton Jackson (#4 Ranked LHW)
* BJ Penn (#3-tie Ranked LW) vs. Matt Hughes
* George Sotiropoulos (#7 Ranked LW) vs. Joe Lauzon
* Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao
* Tim Boetsch vs. Phil Davis
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
* Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson
* Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster

PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)

* Dennis Hallman vs. Karo Parisyan
* Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza
* Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien
* Nik Lentz vs. Tyson Griffin

The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale/u>
December 4, 2010
The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas, NV
Airing on Spike

* Kendall Grove vs. Demian Maia (#6 Ranked MW)
* Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac
* Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks
* Dave Branch vs. Rich Attonito
* Leonard Garcia vs. Tyler Toner
* Random Lightweight #1 vs. Random Lightweight #42

Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Scottrade Center
St. Louis, MO
Airing on Showtime

* Dan Henderson (#7 Ranked MW) vs. Renato Sobral
* Paul Daley (#10 Ranked WW) vs. Scott Smith
* Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland
* Antonio Silva vs. Valentijn Overeem
* Herschel Walker vs. TBA

UFC 124
* Georges St-Pierre (#1 Ranked WW) vs. Josh Koscheck (#3 Ranked WW) for UFC WW Championship
* Thiago Alves (#7 Ranked WW) vs. John Howard
* Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliviera
* Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig
* Sean McCorkle vs. Stefan Struve
* Dan Miller vs. Joe Doerksen
* Dustin Hazelett vs. Mark Bocek
* Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant
* Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Rafael Natal
* Anthony Waldburger vs. Matt Riddle
* John Makdessi vs. Pat Audinwood
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Bell Centre
Montreal, QC, Canada
Airing on PPV
 

 

WEC 53
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Jobing.com Arena
Glendale, Arizona
Airing on Versus
MAIN CARD
 
 

 

* Benson Henderson (#8 Ranked LW) vs. Anthony Pettis (for WEC Lightweight Championship)
* Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgensen (for WEC Bantamweight title)
* Shane Roller vs. Jamie Varner
* Donald Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki
* Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalorus

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Danny Downes vs. Tiequan Zhang
* Danny Castillo vs. Will Kerr
* Renan Barao vs. Chris Cariaso

Dynamite!! 2010
Friday December 31, 2010
TBA
TBA
Airing on HDNet

UFC 125
Saturday, January 1, 2011
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV
Airing on PPV

* Frank Edgar (#1 Ranked LW) vs. Gray Maynard (#2 Ranked LW) (for UFC Lightweight Championship)
* Jose Aldo vs. Josh Grispi (for UFC Featherweight Championship)
* Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
* Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
* Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi

* Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva (#10-tie Ranked LHW)
* Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller
* Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
* Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares

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Urijah Faber “Can’t Wait for Superfights” Following UFC Merger

WEC Featherweight Champ Urijah Faber

The MMA world was flipped upside-down Thursday when UFC president Dana White announced they were going to absorb the WEC. While some thought Urijah Faber might be saddened to see the company he helped build be wiped away with a blink of a eye, the WEC poster boy claims he couldn’t be happier. In fact, he says bring on the super-fights.

“I’m stoked. No more explaining to people why I’m not in the UFC,” Faber stated. “We’re finally going to be under one banner, which means bigger opportunities, more exposure and less misunderstandings.”

Although he appreciates the chance to achieve his “dream” of capturing a UFC title, first thing’s first for “The California Kid.” Faber headlines the WEC’s second-to-last show on November 11th against Takeya Mizugaki inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After an unprecedented title run in the WEC’s featherweight division, Faber lost his belt to Mike Brown at WEC 36 and followed it up with a unanimous decision loss in their mulligan at WEC 41. What sealed the bantamweight deal for Faber must have been when Jose Aldo did THIS to his thigh at WEC 48 in April.

Faber submitted the WEC’s current bantamweight champ in a 145-pound scrap back in March 2007. With an impressive win over the gritty Japanese fighter, it’s possible he could find himself right back in a championship battle. If that doesn’t work, the new powerhouse promotion he now works for can offer up a plethora of intriguing inter-divisional superfights, as well.

See Video Here: Urijah Faber

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Chris Lytle wants a fight with Carlos Condit

The welterweight division in the UFC continues to be one of the premiere divisions in the sport, and with things starting to shape up at the top of the division, there are a number of possible exciting fights for the UFC to book. One of those fights could be between Carlos Condit and Chris Lytle, two always exciting and scrappy fighters, and it’s a fight that Lytle would really like.

Lytle said he’s targeting that fight after Condit’s knockout win over Dan Hardy at UFC 120 this month.

“I wanted to fight the winner of the Condit-Hardy fight,” Lytle said. “After seeing Carlos knock Hardy out, it made me want it even more. He’s looking really good right now, beating good people and he’s a really exciting fighter. That’s what I’m looking for.”

“I’ve always appreciated how he fights. He’s always coming forward, coming after people. He’s got a lot of tenacity, as we just saw he has knockout power, he has good submissions and he tries to finish fights. He even comes back and wins fights he’s losing. That’s the mark of a good fighter. Some guys fold under adversity. He doesn’t. Everything for a great fight is there.”

Lytle understands that his time to make a run at a title shot is now. He’s 6-2 over his last eight fights, with decision losses to Josh Koscheck and Marcus Davis in that span, but he’s now won four straight fights and hopes a win over a contender can get him there.

“It’s do-or-die time,” he said. “Hopefully you’re going to see the best me you’ve ever seen and I’ll put on some good fights. I just want to keep stepping up my competition level and fighting tough guys. I feel like it’s now or never.”

I feel with Lytle ‘s past wins it is now for him to take the next step. This would be a big win for him getting him closer to that title shot.

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UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011. Events to air on Versus and Spike TV

The Ultimate Fighting Championship plans to merge with World Extreme Cagefighting in January 2011. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news earlier today with MMAFighting.com, and a formal announcement is scheduled this afternoon. The merger’s primary intent is to fold the WEC’s bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight divisions into the UFC. “The timing was right,” White said. “The reality is we purchased the WEC, (and) we started getting these lighter-weight guys exposure on television. … Now, as the UFC continues to grow globally, and we’re doing more and more fights, now we’re bringing in those lighter weightclasses.” WEC 52 and WEC 53, scheduled for Nov. 11 and Dec. 16, respectively, will be the final events under the existing promotion. In January, the lighter-weighted promotion will cede its talent to the UFC. White said the WEC’s featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, will become the UFC featherweight champion when he first fights inside the octagon in January. Current WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defends his title against top contender Dominick Cruz at WEC 53. The WEC’s lightweight championship will also be on the line at WEC 53 as current champ Ben Henderson takes on Anthony Pettis. It’s currently unclear what will become of the WEC’s lightweight title, but UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta hinted of a champion vs. champion superfight at the UFC Fan Expo London 2010. “We’d love to see kind of a ‘champion vs. champion’ type bout with Ben and Frankie Edgar or something like that,” Fertitta said. “Ben Henderson is a great fighter, and I think he could do really, really well against some of the top guys in the UFC at 155 (pounds).” Zuffa, LLC, the UFC’s parent company, purchased the WEC in 2006. The lighter-weighted promotion quickly found a new television partner, Versus channel, which aired all but a few of its events. WEC 48 also went to pay-per-view and was considered a rousing success. According to White, four UFC events in 2011 will air on Versus, the current home of the WEC. Additionally, the UFC’s longtime partnership with Spike TV will also remain in place.

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Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts earn $70K for UFC 121 performances!!!!

Four fighters earned an extra $70,000 for their efforts at UFC 121 on Saturday night, as Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts earned “Fight Night” bonuses.

Velasquez took home the “Knockout of the Night” for his TKO victory over Brock Lesnar in the night’s main event. The first round finish earned Velasquez the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and he now sits atop the division with a perfect 9-0 record.

Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago earned the “Fight of the Night” on the event for their extremely exciting three round bout on the night’s pay-per-view card. Sanchez, who came into the fight with back to back losses, survived a couple of submission attempts from Thiago and took over the fight in the grappling department in the second and third rounds. Sanchez finished the fight with an exclamation point, getting to mount and raining down punches until the round ended.

Roberts took home the “Submission of the Night” for his excellent anaconda choke victory over Mike Guymon on the night’s preliminary card. After securing the choke against the cage, Roberts used a gator roll to bring Guymon down and lock the hold on, forcing the tap.

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Cain Velasquez stops Brock Lesnar in the first round to capture UFC Heavyweight Championship

The hype leading into UFC 121’s main event was focused on Cain Velasquez’s opportunity to be the first Mexican Heavvy Weigth Champion. Well, he not only accomplished that feat, he did it in dominant and impressive fashion, stopping Brock Lesnar in the first round of their Championship bout.

Lesnar came out aggressive, trying to shoot in almost immediately. Velasquez held off the attempt, but Lesnar stayed in close. He landed a couple of knees in the clinch and then completed a takedown. But Velasquez got back to his feet almost immediately.

Lesnar stayed after him, and got a double leg takedown against the cage. Velasquez popped right back to his feet, however, and after an exchange on the feet Velasquez shot in and got the takedown. He landed some hard punches on Lesnar’s back before Lesnar tried to work to his feet. As he got to his feet, he stumbled across the cage and Velasquez pounced.

Velasquez continued his assault on Lesnar against the cage. He landed shots in spots, and made sure to pick his opportunities. He bloodied and battered Lesnar, who could do nothing more but cover up against the cage, and finally Herb Dean stepped in to call a stop to the fight. The win gave the undefeated Velasquez the Championship victory at 4:12 of the first round, and he’ll now face off against Junior Dos Santos sometime in 2011.

For Lesnar, it’s back to the drawing board. But he gave Velasquez credit for being the better man on this night, and said he’d work his way back. As for Velasquez, he’ll celebrate the win with his fans, both latino and otherwise.

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Steve Cantwell injured, off of Saturday’s UFC 120 card in London

 

A highly unfortunate injury has scrapped one of the fights for Saturday’s UFC 120 event in London, as UK based Fighter’s Only reports that Steve Cantwell has suffered a knee injury and is out of his bout with Stanislav Nedkov.

The injury occurred during a BJJ training session on Thursday, and though it’s not clear exactly what happened, the result is a torn ligament for Cantwell. Because there is no time to complete the required medicals before fight time, the fight has been scrapped entirely.

Cantwell was to compete for the first time since September of 2009, but this injury effectively ends any chance of that happening until 2011. Nedkov, meanwhile, was set to make his UFC debut in this bout. He will reportedly be paid his show money from the UFC with the last minute cancellation.

Caught UFC 120 Free on Spike.

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Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader not locked for UFC 126, Dana White says Jones may face someone else in early 2011

The light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Ryan Bader may not be taking place after all.

According to UFC President Dana White at a fan Q&A in London on Friday, the bout is not a done deal and Jones may be facing someone else.

“I don’t know if Jones is going to fight Bader,” White said (quotes transcribed by MMAWeekly.com). “We tried to put that fight together, but Bader has some stuff going on. Jon Jones might be fighting somebody else, I don’t know how that’s going to go.”

While the fight had been reported as verbally agreed to, bout agreements have not been issued and the fight is not a lock to take place. Prior to agreeing to the Bader fight for February’s UFC 126, Jones’ agent Malki Kawa stated he wanted to fight on the UFC 125 card on New Year’s Day. Whether he gets another opponent for UFC 126 or gets moved to the New Year’s Day card remains to be seen, but regardless of who he fights, White sees big things in the near future for him.

“Jon Jones is an incredibly talented guy. He’s very young, he’s got some fights ahead of him, plus that’s an incredibly stacked division,” White said. “He’s going to have to go through a couple of guys before he gets a title shot, but at the rate Jon Jones is going he could be fighting for the title next year.”

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Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader not locked for UFC 126, Dana White says Jones may face someone else in early 2011

The light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Ryan Bader may not be taking place after all.

According to UFC President Dana White at a fan Q&A in London on Friday, the bout is not a done deal and Jones may be facing someone else.

“I don’t know if Jones is going to fight Bader,” White said (quotes transcribed by MMAWeekly.com). “We tried to put that fight together, but Bader has some stuff going on. Jon Jones might be fighting somebody else, I don’t know how that’s going to go.”

While the fight had been reported as verbally agreed to, bout agreements have not been issued and the fight is not a lock to take place. Prior to agreeing to the Bader fight for February’s UFC 126, Jones’ agent Malki Kawa stated he wanted to fight on the UFC 125 card on New Year’s Day. Whether he gets another opponent for UFC 126 or gets moved to the New Year’s Day card remains to be seen, but regardless of who he fights, White sees big things in the near future for him.

“Jon Jones is an incredibly talented guy. He’s very young, he’s got some fights ahead of him, plus that’s an incredibly stacked division,” White said. “He’s going to have to go through a couple of guys before he gets a title shot, but at the rate Jon Jones is going he could be fighting for the title next year.”

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Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader not locked for UFC 126, Dana White says Jones may face someone else in early 2011

The light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Ryan Bader may not be taking place after all.

According to UFC President Dana White at a fan Q&A in London on Friday, the bout is not a done deal and Jones may be facing someone else.

“I don’t know if Jones is going to fight Bader,” White said (quotes transcribed by MMAWeekly.com) “We tried to put that fight together, but Bader has some stuff going on. Jon Jones might be fighting somebody else, I don’t know how that’s going to go.”

While the fight had been reported as verbally agreed to, bout agreements have not been issued and the fight is not a lock to take place. Prior to agreeing to the Bader fight for February’s UFC 126, Jones’ agent Malki Kawa stated he wanted to fight on the UFC 125 card on New Year’s Day. Whether he gets another opponent for UFC 126 or gets moved to the New Year’s Day card remains to be seen, but regardless of who he fights, White sees big things in the near future for him.

“Jon Jones is an incredibly talented guy. He’s very young, he’s got some fights ahead of him, plus that’s an incredibly stacked division,” White said. “He’s going to have to go through a couple of guys before he gets a title shot, but at the rate Jon Jones is going he could be fighting for the title next year.”

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Dan Hardy Talks UFC 120

Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is the first to acknowledge that his title fight with Georges St. Pierre exposed holes in his arsenal that he will quickly need to fill, should he want to make another run at the UFC title.

After the loss to St. Pierre, Hardy embarked on something of a seven-month ground-game sabbatical which saw him train extensively with Eddie Bravo in America.

Dan Hardy then returned to England to join his Rough House teammates in camp for the run up to his UFC 120 clash with Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit. There they drafted in something of a secret weapon in the form of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu coach, Victor Estima.

Ranked as the No. 3 Jiu-Jitsu competitor in the world, it is clear that Estima is on a different level; and by working so closely with Hardy in this camp, one would hope one or two of the ground-ace’s tricks will have rubbed off on “The Outlaw.”

“I would say [that my submissions will be the difference against Condit],”

“There were a lot of harsh lessons learned in the last fight and there were a lot of things that I took back into training camp – a couple of weeks after the fight – and I started putting them into practice. I surrounded myself with the right guys, the right gym and did the right training. The last six or seven months have really paid off… I’m confident I can take him down and choke him out.”

Hardy was in full confidence as his final big training session went like clockwork, and “The Outlaw” discussed the contribution that Victor Estima has made to this whole Rough House camp.

“What [Victor has given me] more than anything is an understanding… a better understanding,” Hardy said. “It’s very easy to go to a Jiu-Jitsu class, take the class like that – but the principals of what I’m doing and the concepts of control [are what I have learned].

“Now I’ve put them into place and I can see the opportunities and just kinda work with the fight, but at the same time I can make opportunities with this understanding.

“It’s that really – the understanding that I’ve never really had before.”

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UFC 119 medical suspensions: Cro Cop and Serra out until at least April 2011

Mirko Cro Cop reacts after being knocked out by Frank Mir during their UFC heavyweight bout at Conseco Fieldhouse on September 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) - Mirko Cro Cop reacts after being knocked out by Frank Mir during their UFC heavyweight bout at Conseco Fieldhouse on September 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) | 2010 Al Bello/Zuffa LLC

Cro Cop, who interrupted his time off to headline this past Saturday’s UFC 119 against Frank Mir, was knocked out cold in the final minute of an otherwise lackluster fight and has been suspended indefinitely pending clearance from doctors.

Twelve total fighters were medically suspended following UFC 119, which took place at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

“Cro Cop” wasn’t the only fighter to receive a long-term suspension.

Matt Serra, who met Indy native Chris Lytle in a rematch of their November 2006 bout, also received an indefinite suspension following a three-round slugfest that never touched the mat despite both men’s decorated submission-grappling backgrounds. The former welterweight champion dropped a unanimous decision, his third loss in four fights.

Both Filipovic and Serra also face mandatory 180-day suspensions regardless of whether they are cleared to compete by a CT scan, according to Means. That will keep them out of action until April 2011.

Additionally, K-1 and PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt also is suspended indefinitely following his bout with newcomer Sean McCorkle. The event’s first contest ended in a little more than two minutes when McCorkle appeared to injure Hunt’s left elbow with a kimura joint lock.

The full list of suspensions includes:

  • Mirko Filipovic: suspended indefinitely or until cleared by CT scan; regardless, suspended 180 days for precautionary reasons
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: 30-day suspension with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Matt Serra: suspended indefinitely or until cleared by CT scan; regardless, suspended 180 days for precautionary reasons
  • Evan Dunham: 45-day suspension with no contact for 45 days for precautionary reasons
  • Sean Sherk: 30-day suspension with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Joey Beltran: 30-day suspension with no contact for 30 days due to laceration
  • Matt Mitrione:  30-day suspension with no contact for 12 days for precautionary reasons
  • Steve Lopez: 30-day suspension with no contact for 30 days due to forehead laceration
  • Sean McCorkle: 30-day suspension with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
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Dana White says Vitor Belfort fighting Anderson Silva for the Middleweight Title; Marquardt-Okami winner from UFC 122 gets next shot

 


The reports of an injury to Vitor Belfort are, indeed, false, as UFC President Dana White cleared up the situation on Twitter on Wednesday.

After Belfort’s coach Shawn Tompkins posted on Facebook that Vitor was 100% healthy, speculation began that he was pulled from his UFC 122 fight with Yushin Okami to face UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in the wake of Chael Sonnen’s failed steroid test at UFC 117.

That is exactly the case, as White Tweeted, “Vitor is not injured. He is going to fight Anderson for the title and the winner of Marquart and Okami are next.”

There is still no word as to exactly when the fight will take place, but with the Sonnen-Silva rematch initially expected on New Year’s Day, that’s likely when this fight will take place. I want to see the Sonnen-Silva rematch first, but we will have to wait and see what happens.

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UPDATE: Chael Sonnen to appeal pre-UFC 117 positive steroid test result with the CSAC

Chael Sonnen’s camp has finally broken their silence somewhat after the news broke that Sonnen had failed his pre-UFC 117 drug test for performance enhancing drugs.

Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com reports that Sonnen will appeal the failed drug test with the California State Athletic Commission and will release an official statement soon.

Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts, told Helwani, “It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will an appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter.”

Sonnen’s appeal will likely be heard at the CSAC’s December 2 meeting, and if he’s successful in reducing the suspension currently imposed on him until Sept. 2, 2011, his bout with Anderson Silva may yet take place.

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Frank Mir still considering a potential move to the light heavyweight division

Frank Mir headlines this Saturday’s UFC 119 pay-per-view event from Indianapolis, Indiana, provided Mirko Cro Cop doesn’t get pulled at the last minute; but while the former Heavyweight Champion is in yet another high profile spot in the division, he’s still looking at a possible future drop to light heavyweight.

Speaking with Fighter’s Only, Mir discussed the circumstances which would lead to that move.

“Being a multiple weight class champion would be a phenomenal feat,” Mir said. “If ever another opportunity arises, if I take time off for another surgery or an injury, I’ll come back as a [light heavyweight] for a little bit.”

Mir said the move isn’t for an easier path after losses to the behemoths of the division in Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar, and in fact Mir thinks it’s the more difficult division.

“I want to do it,” Mir said about making the drop. “I’m not going to [light heavyweight] because I feel I can do better as far as [there being] easier fights. In fact, 205 is extremely stacked. The tenth guy there is more dangerous than the tenth guy in the heavyweight division, so there’s a lot more talent to worry about at 205.”

For now, however, he’s a got a Croatian superstar to pay attention to, and he’ll take that fight on Saturday night on pay-per-view.

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