Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 10/06/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC on FX: Browne vs. Silva – Post Fight Press Conference Recap
Eight fighters joined UFC President Dana White at the UFC on FX post-fight press conference – Travis Browne, Antonio Silva, Jacob Volkmann, Michael Johnson, John Dodson, Justin Edwards, Jake Ellenberger, and Marcus LeVesseur.
Johnson took home Knockout of the Night for his come-from-behind stoppage of Danny Castillo. After weathering an early storm from Castillo, Johnson landed a left hook in the second round that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas.
Edwards was awarded Submission of the Night for his quick submission of veteran Josh Neer. Edwards blitzed Neer early, then locked in a guillotine choke that put “The Dentist” to sleep early in the first round.
Fight of the Night went to preliminary card fighters Diego Nunes and Bart Palaszewski. The featherweights engaged in a fast-paced battle in which both fighters were wobbled by punches. After three exciting rounds, Nunes received the nod on all three judges’ scorecards. All bonused fighters received $40,000 for their efforts.
UFC on FX 5: Dana Explains the Jeremy Stephens Situation
Alvarez vs. Pitbull Headlines Bellator 76 in Windsor
As Bellator embarks on its explosive seventh and final season on MTV2, the promotion has finalized a stacked night of fights that include the highly anticipated lightweight showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Patricky Pitbull, as well as the Season 7 Featherweight Tournament and a host of International and Canadian talent looking to collect big wins inside the Bellator cage.
After holding the Bellator Lightweight Title for over two years, Alvarez was submitted by reigning Bellator Champion Michael Chandler is the consensus 2011 Fight Of The Year. Alvarez quickly rebounded, as the Top 10 lightweight collected one of the most fulfilling wins of his career after earning a long awaited win over submission ace Shinya Aoki at Bellator 66. With momentum on his side, Alvarez is primed for an explosive showdown at Bellator 76.
“After hearing Bellator wanted to put this fight together, I really don’t think they could have made a better matchup for the fans to enjoy,” Alvarez said. “Pitbull has proven to be a legitimate threat in the past and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
For Pitbull, the explosive Brazilian lightweight and former Bellator Lightweight Tournament Finalist is no stranger to the big finish, with knockout wins over MMA veterans Rob McCullough, Toby Imada and Kurt Pellegrino. After suffering a small fracture to his left arm at the hands of Lloyd Woodard, Pitbull is ready to re-enter the Bellator cage and collect the biggest victory of his already impressive career.
With competitors from Russia, Canada, Brazil and the United States, the Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament features a worldwide collection of talent looking for their $100,000 Tournament Champion payday as well as a guaranteed title shot against reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran.
Anderson Silva Won’t Be Fighting Jon Jones Anytime Soon
Current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva finally addressed the rumors this week of a possible mega-fight against UFC light heavyweight champion.
“There’s always been a lot of talk about me moving up to 205, I know Dana has talked about it a lot, all the fans have talked a lot about me moving up and facing Jon Jones, but it’s something I’ve never wanted. I won’t be pretentious to say that I want to move up, especially because there’s other guys in that weight class on our team like Rafael Feijao (Cavalcante), (Antonio Rogerio) Minotoro Nogueira, there’s other guys that could potentially face Jon Jones in the future. I’m 37-years old and I feel like I need to be honest and to continue what I’ve built which is keep defending my belt at 185.”
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale Announced
A heated rivalry between two of the sport’s hardest-hitting heavyweights will be settled on Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its long awaited return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will meet The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the night’s five-round main event. The two serve as opposing coaches on this season’s edition of The Ultimate Fighter (Fridays, FX, 10 p.m. ET/PT) and will finally have the chance to trade leather this December. Plus, this season’s The Ultimate Fighter winner will be crowned when the Octagon makes its way back to The Joint.
“Roy Nelson has gotten under Shane Carwin’s skin all season and Shane’s ready to try to knock him out,” UFC president Dana White said. “I don’t expect this one to go the distance. Roy and Shane were civil to each other on ‘TUF,’ but they can’t stand each other and after having to spend six weeks together, Shane said he can’t wait to knock Roy out. These two are both known for having heavy hands. Chances are someone is getting knocked out. Best part is the coaches will fight on the TUF Finale Live on FX from Hard Rock Hotel here in Vegas.”
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
December 15, 2012
The Joint at the Hard Rock
Las Vegas, Nevada
Shane Carwin (12-2) vs. Roy Nelson (17-7)
TUF 16 Welterweight Finals
Mike Pyle (23-8-1) vs. James Head (9-2)
Nick Catone (9-3) vs. TJ Waldburger (15-7)
Rustam Khabilov (14-1) vs. Vinc Pichel (6-0)
Reuben Duran (8-3-1) vs. Hugo Viana (6-0)
Johnny Bedford (18-9-1) vs. Marcos Vinicius (6-0)
Joe Schilling Interview for Lion Fight 7
UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit – Fight Card Update
There can only be one undisputed welterweight champion, and in Montreal, Quebec, champions Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit go head-to-head for the world title.
UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
November 17, 2012
Montreal Bell Centre
Georges St-Pierre (22-2) vs. Carlos Condit (28-5) – UFC welterweight title unification bout
Johny Hendricks (13-1) vs. Martin Kampmann (20-5)
Francis Carmont (19-7) vs. Tom Lawlor (8-4)
Chad Griggs (11-2) vs. Cyrille Diabate (18-8-1)
Mark Hominick (20-11) vs. Pablo Garza (11-3)
Antonio Carvalho (14-5) vs. Rodrigo Damm (10-5)
Stephen Thompson (6-1) vs. Besam Yousef (6-1)
Sam Stout (17-8-1) vs. John Makdessi (9-2)
Ivan Menjivar (24-9) vs. Azamat Gashimov (7-1)
Nick Ring (13-1) vs. Constantinos Philippou (11-2)
Steven Siler (21-9) vs. Darren Elkins (14-2)
Patrick Cote (17-8) vs. Alessio Sakara (15-9)
Mark Bocek (11-4) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (17-6)
Legacy Fighting Championship 16 – Chas Skelly to face Rey Trujillo
Featherweights Rey Trujillo (12-8) and undefeated Chas Skelly (9-0) have agreed to a bout at Legacy Fighting Championship 16 on December 14. Skelly, who holds two submission wins over former Legacy two-division champ Daniel Pineda, will be making his Legacy debut. This will be Trujillo’s first fight in Legacy since his knockout of the night performance at Legacy FC 10 in February.
Legacy Fighting Championship 16 will be held in Allen, TX at the Allen Events Center on December 14, and will also air live on AXS TV. The event will be headlined by a flyweight title match between Will Campuzano and Jimmy Flick. Also scheduled to compete are Antonio Banuelos, Ryan Benoit, Darrion Caldwell, Sean Spencer, and a rematch between Matt Hobar and Steven Peterson.
TUF Brasil 2 Tryouts on October 14; Season Debuts on TV in March in Brazil
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be hosting a casting call for the second Brazilian edition of its long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. Season 2 will feature lightweight (155 pounds) and welterweight (170 pounds) fighters.
All TUF Brasil 2 candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a minimum of three professional mixed martial arts fights – holding a winning record (with verifiable records on mixedmartialarts.com and sherdog.com). Former UFC fighters are not eligible. Any and all costs associated with attending the tryouts are the sole responsibility of the candidate.
Applications may be completed online at http://br.ufc.com/tuf-application-brasil prior to the tryouts or printed and brought to the event. Event details are provided below:
Hotel Windsor, Av. Lucio Costa, 2630 – Barra da Tijuca
Sunday, October 14, 2012*
Registration begins at 7:00 AM BRT
Fighters will be required to grapple and hit pads and must bring appropriate gear – MMA gloves, hand wraps, mouth guard, athletic supporter (cup) and shin guards.
*Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to continue on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Rio de Janeiro until October 17 to undergo medical and toxicology tests. Accommodations for the extended stay will be paid for by the UFC.
Lightweights were most recently featured on TUF Live, where Michael Chiesa emerged as season winner; while welterweights were last featured on TUF season 13, the title captured by Tony Ferguson.
TUF, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and has produced past champions such as Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping and Nate Diaz. TUF Brasil 2 is expected to debut on Globo in March 2013. Coaches have not yet been announced.
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