Archive: ufc news

May 8, 2012 8:14 pm

Attonito out, Story to Fight Abedi at UFC on FX 4

Tuesday was a busy day for the UFC match-makers, after the recent news of Yoshihiro Akiyama being pulled from his fight against Thiago Alves due to injury. We also learn that Rich Attonito has also acquired an injury and is unable to compete against fellow welterweight Rick Story at UFC on FX 4. Story has...

May 8, 2012 7:33 pm

Akiyama injured, Alves draws Siyar Bahadurzada

The UFC officially announced the fight card for its 149 event earlier this week and already slots are changing due to injury. Just as the fighter changing carousel makes another round, the injury bug has bit cage veteran Yoshihiro Akiyama. Akiyama is new to the welterweight division and will have to wait for another fight...

May 8, 2012 2:33 pm

Exclusive | Rich Franklin on being "Gi-tarded"; BJJ Black belt

Rich Franklin is a true student of the game. He started training jiu jitsu in 1994, and has never looked back. Rich will also be the first person to tell you that his training under respected jiu jitsu black belt, and long time friend Jorge Gurgel can be demanding at times. “I will tell you...

May 8, 2012 2:06 pm

Alan Belcher Calls Out 'Professional Point Fighter' Bisping

By Jamie McAllister Alan Belcher calls out Michael Bisping. Comments via Bloody Elbow. “Bisping, of course, is getting to be a professional point fighter, and he’s kind of hard to beat like that. That fight would be a nice payday, and a big fight for the media, so I’m kind of leaning towards that one....


May 8, 2012 2:05 pm

UFC on Fox 3 Ratings Down 50%

By Ryan Busuttil The ratings for UFC on Fox 3, the UFC’s third event on network television, were lower than originally expected. The event averaged 2.4 million viewers according to MMAJunkie.com. That is down about 50% from the 4.7 million who watched UFC on Fox 2 in January and even lower than the first UFC...

May 8, 2012 2:05 pm

Exclusive | Luke Rockhold on Thomson's keys to winning; Melendez's #1 status

Josh Thomson is in the final stages of preparation for his trilogy sealing fight with Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez. In the first fight Josh made all the right moves and was victorious – only to fall short in their second bout via a disappointing decision loss. On Strikeforce’s May 19 card headlined by teammate...

May 8, 2012 7:24 am

Penn Discusses Melendez Fight Offer; Return to Octagon

By Adam Conklin: BJ Penn has been on the fence lately about returning to the UFC and has most recently expressed interest in joining the 170 pound weight division if he was to return at all. Here, in an interview with The MMA Hour, and brought to us by MMAmania.com, Penn talks about his discussions...

May 8, 2012 7:13 am

Frank Mir | JDS Avoids The Ground Like Poison – Ready To Take The Title

By Jamie McAllister Frank Mir in an interview with HDNet’s “Inside MMA,” Mir comments on his next opponent Junior Dos Santos. “Obviously, we’re fighting a guy who’s made his career now of not going to the ground. The only time I’ve ever seen him take a shot is if he’s pretty handily winning the fight....

May 8, 2012 7:07 am

Rafael Natal and Tom DeBlass Both Added to UFC on FUEL TV 4 | UFC NEWS

By: Jason Kindschy: Dominance MMA Management announced yesterday via Twitter that both Rafael “Sapo” Natal (14-3-1) and Tom DeBlass (7-1-0) have been scheduled to fight in July at UFC on FUEL TV 4. The UFC has not announced Natal or DeBlass’ respective opponents. UFC on FUEL TV 4 is set to take place at the...

May 8, 2012 6:54 am

VIDEO | With Cruz Out Urijah Faber Wants Interim Title Shot

By Jamie McAllister Urijah Faber comments on Cruz injury. “I’m sure everyone has heard the terrible news that Dominick Cruz tore his ACL. There’s a lot of rumors rolling around about the whole situation, possibly that Ronda Rousey is the one who made it happen. It sucks for everybody, especially myself and Dominick. I wish...

May 8, 2012 6:49 am

VIDEO | Chael Sonnen Breaks Down The Alien Dilemma

Chael Sonnen is talking again.  But this time it has nothing to do with Anderson Silva or Brazil.  No, this time Chael Sonnen is talking about, you guessed it, aliens.  Sonnen’s new book, The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment is due out on May 15.  To help promote the book, Sonnen has...

May 8, 2012 6:38 am

MMA in NY? Not In 2012 – Bill Fails To Pass

Madison Square Garden is arguably one of the most historic and renowned venues in the United States. Unfortunately any type of MMA action in the historic building will have to wait yet another year. The New York Assembly Democratic Conference recently spoke about the MMA sanctioning bill. It was brought to light this week and...

May 8, 2012 6:33 am

Frank Mir Wants Everyone To Know He Is Confident Not Arrogant

“I guess they say it because I’m so self-confident. Sometimes I think people rather see a fighter saying ‘oh Jesus, I’m so glad, I can’t believe I won, I’ve never been that good, I’m not that good.’ I’ve never had that kinda thought, especially because I was always so focused in getting into the Octagon...

May 8, 2012 6:16 am

Jon Jones vs Dan Henderson In The Works For Labor Day Weekend

By: Chris Taylor: Yesterday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the organization was targeting an early September date for the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion’s next title defense, likely on Labor Day weekend (September 1st). With UFC 150 set for August 11th at the Pepsi Center in Denver and UFC 152 slated for September 22nd in...

May 7, 2012 8:47 pm

Just Scrap Radio Returns With Majorly Stacked Guest List Live At 1p.m. ET

We are rolling right along with the newest offering here at BJPENN.COM. “Just Scrap Radio” Episode 4 is set to air Tuesday at 1p.m. ET with your hosts Jens and Abel Pulver. Stopping by the show will be 10th planet Jiu Jitsu master Eddie Bravo, the always fun and talented Joey “Karate” Diaz and Teenage...

May 7, 2012 4:05 pm

Sorry U.K. Fans, The MMA Show Live In Birmingham Is Cancelled

The MMA Show Live scheduled for Birmingham, England this weekend has been cancelled. Boasting an impressive roster of UFC champions, former UFC champions and UFC contenders, The MMA Show Live was marketed as one of the absolute biggest MMA gatherings the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, just 5-days prior to the show the company announced...

May 7, 2012 10:40 am

Exclusive | Rich Franklin talks Le, Anderson, Sonnen, and more

Rich Franklin is an MMA legend there is no doubt about that. He has fought in the UFC for most of his MMA career, and his a former UFC Middleweight Champion. After losing to Anderson Silva twice he made the jump up to the light heavyweight division, but Rich recently made the decision to return...

May 7, 2012 10:34 am

Exclusive | Josh Thomson Not Impressed With Jones vs. Evans

Josh Thomson faces Gilbert Melendez on May  19 in a rubber match for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship. The fight has a lot of hype surrounding it because both fighters are ranked in in the top 10 of all credible MMA polling sources. Thomson has never been one to buy in to the hype of any...

May 7, 2012 10:29 am

Exclusive| Joey "The Mexicutioner" Beltran Talks 205 Debut Wants Back In UFC

Joey “The Mexcutioner” Beltran faced former Strikeforce heavyweight Lavar Johnson on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox:  Evans vs Davis where he lost via KO in the first round. Following the loss, Beltran was released from the promotion.  After being released, Beltran said he will be dropping down to compete in the light heavyweight division division.  He officially...

May 7, 2012 9:21 am

STRIKEFORCE | Jardine vs. Gracie Likely For July | MMA NEWS

After much speculation on where he would land and in which weight class, Roger Gracie is now expected to return to action under his promotional home of Strikeforce as a middleweight. Set to welcome the grappling sensation to the new division is long-time MMA standout Keith Jardine. While not officially announced by Strikeforce officials, many...

May 7, 2012 8:41 am

VIDEO | Gracie Breakdown: Diaz vs. Miller & Belcher vs. Palhares

In this episode, the Gracie Brothers break down the beautiful heel hook defensive strategies used by Alan Belcher to demoralize and defeat Rousimar Palhares, the feared leg lock specialist with 10 submission victories (6 by heel hook), and the slick “power guillotine” used by Nate Diaz to seal the deal against Jim Miller in the...

May 7, 2012 8:26 am

Video | Dana White calls UFC on FOX 3 'a perfect night' I UFC NEWS

A jubilant UFC President Dana White stopped by to chat with UFC Tonight analyst Ariel Helwani about the fantastic show UFC on FOX proved to be. Dana was very happy with the performances put on by the always entertaining martial artists of the UFC. From the Nate Diaz choke-out of Jim Miller to the huge...

May 7, 2012 8:19 am

Bisping a 'little pissed off' at Lombard's potential title shot | UFC NEWS

“(Hector Lombard getting a title shot if he beats Brian Stann) does piss me off a little bit, you know? I’ve been slugging away in the UFC for six years now, fighting the best guys in the world, and just because Hector Lombard’s been knocking out part-time fighters who probably hold down jobs full-time and...

May 7, 2012 8:15 am

Nogueira On Kongo | "I believe I’m better than him, I have more weapons"

By Jamie McAllister Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in an interview with TATAME. Nogueira comments on his return from injury as well as his next opponent Cheick Kongo & appearing on the Brazilian version of ’Dancing With The Stars’ Firstly on his return from injury and does he currently have any physical limitations. “I don’t have any...