UFC on FUEL TV 5 ‘Struve vs. Miocic’ Fight Card and Schedule In England (Sept 29)

September 27, 2012 by  

Date: Saturday – September 29,  2012

Time: 4 pm ET / 7 pm PT

Broadcast: FUEL TV and Facebook (details shown below)

Location: Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England – U.K.

Main Fight Card: (aired on FUEL TV @ 4pm ET/1pm PT)

  • Stipe Miocic vs Stefan Struve
  • Dan Hardy vs Amir Sadollah
  • Yves Jabouin vs Brad Pickett
  • Paul Sass vs Matt Wiman
  • John Hathaway vs John Maguire
  • Duane Ludwig vs Che Mills
Preliminary Fight Card: (aired on Facebook @ 1pm ET/10 am PT)

  • Kyle Kingsbury vs Jimi Manuwa
  • Akira Corassani vs Andy Ogle
  • Brad Tavares vs Tom Watson
  • DaMarques Johnson vs Gunnar Nelson
  • Robert Peralta vs Jason Young
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Bellator 74 Fight Card and Schedule In Atlantic City (Sept 28 on MTV 2)

September 27, 2012 by  

Date: Friday – September 28,  2012

Time: 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT

Broadcast: MTV2 and Spike.com (details shown below)

Location: Caesar’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. – U.S.A.

Main Fight Card: (aired on MTV2 and Spike.com)

  • Lyman Good vs Jim Wallhead – Welterweight-Tourney Opening Round
  • Nordine Taleb vs Marius Zaromskis – Welterweight-Tourney Opening Round
  • Andrey Koreshkov vs Jordan Smith – Welterweight-Tourney Opening Round
  • Michail Tsarev vs Tim Welch – Welterweight-Tourney Opening Round
Preliminary Fight Card: (aired on Spike.com)

  • Kenny Foster vs Claudio Ledesma
  • Plinio Cruz vs Kelvin Tiller
  • Munah Holland vs Michelle Ould
  • Jay Haas vs Brylan Van Artsdalen
  • Derrick Kennington vs Phillipe Nover
  • Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra vs Jeff Smith
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UFC 152 Pictures: ‘Jones vs Belfort’ Event Photo Gallery In Toronto

September 24, 2012 by  

Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort touch gloves before their main event title fight at UFC 152:

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UFC 152 Bonuses Awarded To Jones, Swanson, Dunham and Grant ($65,000)

September 24, 2012 by  

pic above shows Jon Jones locking in a kimura submission over Vitor Belfort in Round 4 at UFC 152: props to ufc.com

During the UFC 152 ‘Jones vs Belfort’ post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced all of the bonus winners.  Each of the fighters that acquired the following bonuses, pocketed an extra $65,000 USD aside from their regular salary.

The complete payroll for each of the fighters that participated at the UFC 152 event will be posted once the Athletic Commission releases the fighter salaries to the public.  We’ll be posting the complete payroll shortly.

Here are the special fight bonuses for the UFC 152 event:

  • Fight of the Night : Evan Dunham vs T.J. Grant, Grant defeats Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Knockout of the Night : Cub Swanson, Swanson defeats Charles Oliveira via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:40
  • Submission of the Night : Jon Jones, Jones defeats Vitor Belfort via submission (Americana) – Round 4, 0:54 – Jones retains the UFC light heavyweight title.
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UFC 152 Results: Jones Submits Belfort In Round 4, Retains Light Heavyweight Belt

September 24, 2012 by  

Jon Jones throws a low short kick to the right thigh of Vitor Belfort at UFC 152: photo taken from ufc.com

Main Fight Card Results: (aired on Pay-per-view)

  • Jon Jones defeats Vitor Belfort via submission (Americana) – Round 4, 0:54 – retains UFC Light Heavyweight Title
  • Demetrious Johnson defeats Joseph Benavidez via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) – Become Inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion
  • Michael Bisping defeats Brian Stann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Matt Hamill defeats Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Cub Swanson defeats Charles Oliveira via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:40
Preliminary Fight Card Results: (aired on FX)

  • Vinny Magalhaes defeats Igor Pokrajac via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 1:14
  • T.J. Grant defeats Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Sean Pierson defeats Lance Benoist via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Marcus Brimage defeats Jimy Hettes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Fight Card Results: (aired on Facebook)

  • Seth Baczynski defeats Simeon Thoresen via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:10
  • Mitch Gagnon defeats Walel Watson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:09
  • Kyle Noke defeats Charlie Brenneman via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:45
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UFC 152 ‘Jones vs Belfort’ Fight Card and Schedule In Toronto (Sept 22)

September 19, 2012 by  

 

Date: Saturday – September 22,  2012

Time10 pm ET / 7 pm PT

Broadcast: Pay-per-view, FX, Facebook (details shown below)

Location: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario – Canada

Main Fight Card: (aired on Pay-per-view @ 10pm ET/7pm PT)

  • Champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones vs Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort – for the Light-Heavyweight Title
  • Joseph Benavidez vs Demetrious Johnson – for the Inaugural Flyweight Title
  • Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
  • Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett
  • Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
Preliminary Fight Card: (aired on FX @ 8pm ET/5pm PT)

  • Vinny Magalhaes vs Igor Pokrajac
  • Evan Dunham vs T.J. Grant
  • Lance Benoist vs Sean Pierson
  • Marcus Brimage vs Jim Hettes

Preliminary Fight Card: (aired on Facebook @ 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT)

  • Seth Baczynski vs Simeon Thoresen
  • Mitch Gagnon vs Walel Watson
  • Charlie Brenneman vs Kyle Noke
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Titan FC 25 Fight Card and Schedule In St Louis (Sept 21 on AXS TV)

September 18, 2012 by  

Date: Friday – September 21,  2012

Time: 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT

Broadcast: AXS TV (formerly HDNet)

Location: Dwight Davis Tennis Center at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri – U.S.A.

Main Fight Card: (aired on AXS TV)

  • Zak Cummings (former Strikeforce fighter) vs. Drew McFedries (former UFC fighter)
  • Ramiro Hernandez vs. Sean Soriano
  • Jake Collier vs. Dustin Jacoby
  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Kevin Croom
  • Zach Freeman vs. Thomas Gifford
  • Ray Grindstaff vs. Alptekin Ozkilic
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The Ultimate Fighter ‘Australia vs UK’ Debuts September 19 (Cast Unveiled)

September 18, 2012 by  

Date: Wednesday – Debuts September 19,  2012

Broadcast: FX in Australia, ESPN in U.K., TUF.tv Worldwide

Cast: Lightweights and Welterweights

Format: Single-Elimination Tournaments

Coaches: Ross Pearson (U.K.) and George Sotiropoulos (Australia)

Team Australia:

Lightweights (155 lbs)

  • Grant Blackler
  • Patrick Iodice
  • Richie Vaculik
  • Ben Wall
Weltweights (170 lbs)
  • Ben Alloway
  • Xavier Lucas
  • Manuel Rodriguez
  • Robert Whitaker

Team U.K.:

Lighweights (155 lbs)

  • Colin Fletcher
  • Norman Parke
  • Michael Pastou
  • Mike Wilkinson

Welterweights (170 lbs)

  • Luke Newman
  • Bola Omoyele
  • Valentino Petrescu
  • Brad Scott
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UFC 151 ‘Jones vs Henderson’ Event Preview and Analysis (CANCELED)

August 22, 2012 by  

**Update**

Dan Henderson was forced to step out of the UFC 152 title fight against Jon Jones because he suffered a partial MCL tear, which needed time for recovery.  Due to the injury, Chael Sonnen was called in to replace Henderson with an 8-day notice.  Sonnen was ready to step in, but Jones declined the bout.  Jones says his team felt he would need more time to adjust his game plan.  UFC President Dana White canceled the entire event, the first event ever to be canceled in the history of its company.  UFC 152 would simply be wiped off the face of the planet as if it never existed and we move on to UFC 153.  The UFC 153 will is set to headline a UFC light heavyweight championship fight between current champ Jon Jones and Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort.  Click here for more on the UFC 153 event in Toronto

No bones about it: The top fight of the night when UFC 151 takes place on Sept. 1 is the battle between reigning UFC light heavyweight Jon “Bones” Jones against Dan Henderson, who’s twice captured a title in Japan’s revered PRIDE Fighting Championship. East vs. West, sort of, since both fighters are actually from America.

Jones is a former state champion wrestler from Endicott, New York, fighting these days out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Oh, and he’s the youngest UFC champion in history, now just 25 with a record in July 2012 of 16-1. So far, he’s made dust of three tough opponents in defending his title.  He’ll try to make that four on Sept. 1.

Jones’ punishing elbows have gathered an infamous reputation: In his fourth UFC fight, his first and only loss thus far, Jones was disqualified in December 2009 for the rain of downward elbows he delivered to Matt Hamill. So his only loss was for elbowing someone wrong. That should at least register as a draw, since a loss like that doesn’t exactly offer consolation to Jones’ future opponents.

Henderson has faced tough opponents before.  Now at 41, with a record of 29-8, he’s by far the more experienced of the two.  Hailing from and still training in California, Henderson has never been knocked out in 15 years of mixed-martial arts fighting. Besides the cast-iron chin, he’s worn some coveted belts himself, including holding both the welterweight and middleweight belts for the most recent PRIDE Fighting Championships. He’s also faced with impressive results more champs than his opponent, from Anderson Silva and Renzo Gracie to Fedor Emelianenko and Rich Franklin.

Announcing the Hendo vs. Bones fight in May, UFC president and founder Dana White called it one of the biggest fights of the year, in which “Dan Henderson, one of the most accomplished fighters in MMA history, will attempt to dethrone (the) reigning UFC world light heavyweight champion.”

This clash of titans is just one of several lined up for UFC 151. Two welterweight former collegiate wrestling champions, each currently ranked in the UFC’s top 10, will butt heads: Pennsylvania-based Jay Hiero (23-5), fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada vs. Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger (27-6), who’s from Omaha, Nebraska but fighting out of Lake Forest, California.

Other fights on Sept. 1 promise to offer just as many thrills as the top-billed tangles between the big boys. At bantamweight, striker Takeya Mizugaki of Japan (15-7-2) lines up incongruously against Californian Jeff “Hellbound” Hougland of California (10-5), considered a versatile MMA fighter in just his third UFC fight.

The night is loaded with fights featuring well-rounded and experienced mixed-martial artists on both sides of the octagon: scrappy featherweight Eddie Yagin (16-5-1) and Russian slugger and take-down specialist Dennis Siver (20-8), as well as lightweights Michael “The Menace” Johnson of St. Louis (11-6), who’s known for his striking and wrestling ability, against California favorite Danny “Last Call” Castillo (14-4). The most recent fight added to the ticket is a featherweight flurry of fists between Brazilian John “Hands of Stone” Lineker (19-6) and Japanese striker Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6).

Looks like the champ, Mr. Jones, will be one of the least experienced fighters on the card (only Hougland has fought less fights). What it will amount to is a final showcase of the blazing, hot fire of Jones and the old, steady heat of Henderson. As any fight fan knows: Both attributes can be dangerous.

UFC 151 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view on Sept 1st at 10 p.m. ET.

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Author Bio: Rick Friedman is a part-time sports blogger and is definitely a fan of UFC fights. He recommends FansEdge for the latest MMA t-shirts for many of today’s top MMA stars.

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Ronda Rousey’s Continued Success is Fundamental to the Future of Women’s MMA

August 17, 2012 by  

In the span of just over five months since breaking Miesha Tate’s arm at a Strikeforce event in early March, female MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has gone from a virtual unknown outside MMA circle into a national, breakout star for the sport.  The armbar victory by Rousey became a viral internet sensation, creating a perfect storm of publicity for her and the sport. Rousey, who’ll be defending her Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship against former champion Sarah Kaufman Saturday on Showtime, has since been featured on magazine covers (most notably ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue) and has her own 24/7-style reality show leading up to the fight.

While Rousey’s publicity and stardom has been great for the sport, there is unquestionably some jealousy from veteran fighters, many of whom have been in MMA for years with little to no recognition. It’s the same argument heard years ago when Gina Carano was making a name for herself before becoming a crossover star. Sex will always sell and when a female fighter is attractive, it’s natural that she’ll get additional attention but this overshadows that the largest part of Rousey’s rise to stardom is the dominance she showed when beating Tate.  The video of the armbar went viral (the official showtime version has over a million views on YouTube) and had the internet talking for days.  If it had been an average victory by decision, those magazine covers and press junkets would in all likelihood not have happened for Rousey.  This is not an Anna Kournikova situation, as Rousey has proven she’s got the real fight goods, not only in MMA, but also during her Olympic medal winning Judo career.

Much of the future of women’s MMA, frankly, will hinge on Rousey’s continued success and ultimately the ability to match her up with new rivals.  A solid win streak as champion will solidify the Rousey “brand” and allow other fighter’s to gain exposure by playing off of her, in much the same way Cris Cyborg became famous through her victory over Carano.  Continued success by Rousey could, in fact, open the doors for a women’s division in the UFC in the long-term.  Dana White has hinted as much at a recent press conference but in all likelihood Strikeforce will remain the center of female MMA for the time being.  Strikeforce’s contract with Showtime was extended until 2014 last December and the women’s division will likely become the biggest drawing card for the UFC-owned organization.  A fighter and brand like Rousey can be a star-builder for the many young female fighters coming up.

This weekend’s matchup should be a tremendous fight with the edge going to Rousey.  Rousey is currently undefeated in MMA at 5-0 and Kaufman is a strong 15-1, with her only blemish occuring in 2010 when she lost the Strikeforce title to Dutch fighter Marlos Coenen.  Expect Rousey to go for some early throws using her Judo skills while Kaufman will try to keep it standing up.  Kaufman isn’t a novice on the ground, possessing a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, but Rousey’s effectiveness at getting submissions and utilizing her Judo to put her in advantageous positions is something Kaufman will likely be wary of.

Assuming Rousey gets past Kaufman, the immediate attention goes to a potential fight with former champion Cris Cyborg.  Cyborg’s one-year suspension for performance enhancing drugs will expire in January and she is also currently undefeated in Strikeforce, even though her most recent TKO was turned into a no contest after the positive drug test.  Although Cyborg would likely fight a tuneup fight after returning, a Cyborg-Rousey match-up makes a lot of sense.  The only potential obstacle to the fight would be that Cyborg fights as a featherweight while Rousey fights at 10 pounds less as a bantamweight.  Rousey has a solid frame though, and adding weight shouldn’t be an issue with the potential money and headlines involved.

The future of women’s MMA is bright, but it will need the presence of crossover personalities like Ronda Rousey to continue its ascent.

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Author Bio: Rick Friedman is a part-time sports blogger and is definitely a fan of UFC fights. He recommends FansEdge for awesome MMA-UFC apparel for many of today’s top MMA stars.

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