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 Post subject: Cheick Kongo Turned Down Fight Against Daniel Cormier
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:12 am 
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Cheick Kongo Turned Down Fight Against Daniel Cormier On Short Notice; Wants Stefan Struve


UFC president Dana White recently revealed that heavyweight Cheick Kongo had turned down two separate fights offered by the promotion.

Just last week, Kongo was offered to step in on short notice to face Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter finale in December when original opponent Shane Carwin was forced out of the fight due to injury.

The other fight had never been revealed until Tuesday when Kongo let the cat out of the bag when responding to a fan via Twitter.

According to the French heavyweight, the other fight he was offered, again on short notice, was a bout against Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce.

When asked by a fan who Kongo declined to fight, he responded, “Cormier, short notice”.

Cormier lost his original opponent, Frank Mir, due to injury for a scheduled fight card on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City. When a suitable replacement couldn’t be found, and other bouts were also scrapped due to injury, the entire card had to be cancelled.

Kongo has stood by his decision to turn down the fights stating, “I did not refuse to fight Roy Nelson. I refused to take a fight on short notice, which is not the same at all.”

White doesn’t necessarily agree with Kongo when talking about fighters stepping up on short notice when the promotion needs them.

“It’s a lot more normal with guys who are worried about losing. Guys who are in a position where if they lose, you know what I mean? You’re either fighters or you’re not. If you win, you win, if you lose, back to the drawing board,” said White.

“That’s the business you’re in. When you turn down a fight, you turn down a fight, and that’s two in a row (for Kongo). I don’t know who he’s waiting for.”

For his part, Kongo has worked to do a little of his own matchmaking with fellow heavyweight Stefan Struve, as they discussed fighting one another via Twitter on Tuesday, but no offer has been made yet by the UFC for the fight to actually come to fruition.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/cheick-kongo-turned-down-fight-against-daniel-cormier-on-short-notice-wants-stefan-struve-next


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 Post subject: Anderson Silva vs. GSP Is All About Dollars
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:15 am 
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Anderson Silva vs. GSP Is All About Dollars, Not Sense


It was a proud moment for Georges St-Pierre to step inside the cage at the Bell Centre last Saturday night to defend his UFC welterweight title.

More than a year had passed since the Canadian stepped foot in the Octagon after a devastating knee injury required surgery and months of rehab. Mixed in with the physical ailments was a mental hurdle that St-Pierre had to jump because, for the months leading up to his last fight at UFC 129, he had lost the love for fighting.

Luckily for the UFC and fans around the world, the time off provided St-Pierre some much needed rest and gave him the chance to realize he missed fighting, he missed competing and he missed the rush of what it felt like to be in the UFC.

So upon his return, St-Pierre was greeted by interim UFC champ Carlos Condit, and outside of a third-round scare that saw him get planted on the mat by a head kick, the long reigning welterweight king did what he does best – dominate on the ground and win a one-sided decision.

Before St-Pierre could even have the belt wrapped around his waist, cameras were already panning cageside where UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva sat smiling. You see, Silva has been asking for a “superfight” against St-Pierre for the past several months, and says it’s the one fight he really, really wants right now.

St-Pierre’s done his best to avoid the subject and even after the fight tried to keep the focus on his win over Carlos Condit, not a potential bout against Silva.

The UFC is all in on a fight between the two champions because it would likely provide for them the biggest pay-per-view of all time, and one of the biggest selling live events in company history. A Silva vs. St-Pierre show would pack a major stadium in either the U.S., Brazil or Canada, and would shatter records because St-Pierre and Silva sit at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively as the biggest draws in the promotion in terms of selling rates on pay-per-view.

The problem of the superfight seems to lie in the future of Georges St-Pierre, and the UFC is gambling an awful lot on a fighter they could likely promote for the next five to six years, easily, but it might all go away should he lose to Anderson Silva in this mega-fight.

If St-Pierre goes up to middleweight, or even up to a catchweight of say 178 pounds, he’s stated numerous times that it would likely signal the end of his welterweight career. That’s in large part why there’s been so much posturing from St-Pierre’s camp about Silva dropping down to 170 pounds to take the potential superfight, should it happen.

Add to that, St-Pierre has been a welterweight his entire career and he’s perfectly suited for the weight class. He is five-feet-10-inches tall, which is considerably shorter than many of the top middleweights, and while he’s been described as a “huge welterweight,” as the division continues to grow, so do the fighters.

The most significant arguing factor against a Silva vs. St-Pierre superfight may just be a man by the name of Johny Hendricks.

When St-Pierre left the welterweight division to deal with his knee surgery, there weren’t many top contenders roaming around for him to fight. Now that he’s back, St-Pierre already faced a clear-cut No. 1 fighter in Carlos Condit, and after flattening two top five welterweights in the span of 11 months, Johny Hendricks has by far done enough to earn a shot at the title.

Add to that the fact that Silva has two middleweight contenders potentially lining up for him in the next three months and, from a sporting aspect at least, the fight with St-Pierre makes even less sense, except when you look at it for what it’s truly about – a money grab.

The UFC is a business and their business is like any other business, it needs to make money and there is no fight with bigger potential than a bout between Silva and St-Pierre. But the fallout in terms of divisions being held in limbo and at least one of your most marketable fighters and champions being handed a loss can’t be good for future revenue.

No one’s hand should be forced in this situation, but a Silva vs. St-Pierre superfight is no longer about who is truly the pound-for-pound best in the sport – it’s about cashing in on a five-year-old idea, and making a boat load of cash along the way.

There’s nothing wrong with making the money, but at what expense to the rest of the UFC?

http://www.mmaweekly.com/anderson-silva-vs-georges-st-pierre-is-all-about-dollars-not-sense


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 Post subject: Phil De Fries Draws Returning Todd Duffee
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:17 am 
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Phil De Fries Draws Returning Todd Duffee As New UFC 155 Opponent


When Shane Carwin dropped out of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale headliner opposite Roy Nelson due to a knee injury, the dominoes began to fall.

Matt Mitrione stepped out of his UFC 155 bout with Phil De Fries to face Nelson. Just a few days later, the UFC has already lined up a new opponent for De Fries.

Keeping him on the UFC 155 fight card, UFC officials confirmed to the Las Vegas Sun on Wednesday that De Fries will now face returning Octagon veteran Todd Duffee.

Duffee (7-2) hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since losing to Mike Russow in May 2010. It wasn’t the loss that forced his exit, however. UFC president Dana White, at the time, said that Duffee was released because of an attitude problem.

He has since gone 1-1, losing to Alistair Overeem in Japan, but then rebounding with a win over Neil Grove in India.

De Fries enters the fight with a 9-1 record. Stipe Miocic knocked him out earlier this year to hand De Fries his first loss, but he rebounded with a submission of Oli Thompson at UFC on Fox 4 in August.

UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez headline the UFC 155 fight card on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/phil-de-fries-draws-returning-todd-duffee-as-new-ufc-155-opponent


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 Post subject: Chris Weidman Injures Shoulder Ahead Of UFC 155
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:20 am 
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Chris Weidman Injures Shoulder Ahead Of UFC 155; Teammates And Sponsors Stepped Up


Chris Weidman has had some very tough times over the last few weeks, and it didn’t get any easier over the past couple of days.

The UFC middleweight contender lost his home earlier this month during the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Weidman’s Long Island home suffered major damage and flooding amidst the catastrophic storm that swept through the east coast of the United States.

Never one to be deterred however, Weidman and his family picked up the pieces and with help from his manager and friends, relocated to Arizona to continue his training for a scheduled bout against Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.

Weidman’s manager, David Martin of the Martin Advisory Group, also works with the team at Power MMA and Fitness headed up by UFC regulars Ryan Bader and Aaron Simpson, and they were more than happy to extend a helping hand to their friend for his training camp.

According to Martin who spoke to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, it was friends like Bader and Simpson along with a dedicated group of sponsors that helped Weidman during his time of need.

Martin says the team at Bad Boy offered to fly Weidman out to Las Vegas with a free place to stay to allow him to train in the city, as well as MicroTech who offered to pay Weidman his sponsorship money ahead of his UFC 155 bout against Tim Boetsch. Martin also revealed that the team at American Ethanol and the Sanford Group also stepped up to help Weidman after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy cost the fighter and his family their home.

The support didn’t go unnoticed as Weidman was extremely appreciative of the sponsors that stepped up to help him as well as a personal call from UFC President Dana White, who vowed to stand by the fighter in his time of need.

Unfortunately in the midst of getting ready for his bout, Weidman suffered a shoulder injury while drilling his wrestling with the team in Arizona.

“Chris was wrestling and it just happened, his shoulder popped,” Martin told MMAWeekly.com. “He had an MRI on Tuesday and he’s flying home to New York as we speak while we wait for the orthopedic surgeon to make a final diagnosis.

“We just felt it was bad enough that there was no way Chris could fight at UFC 155, and to be fair to the UFC and Tim Boetsch, we didn’t want to delay the inevitable so we had to make the call to pull out of the fight.”

Weidman will await final word on just how bad his shoulder injury really is, and how long it will take him to get back in action in 2013.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/chris-weidman-injures-shoulder-ahead-of-ufc-155-teammates-and-sponsors-stepped-up


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 Post subject: Erick Silva vs. Jay Hieron Added To UFC 156
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:22 am 
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Erick Silva vs. Jay Hieron Added To UFC 156 Super Bowl Weekend


An interesting welterweight bout has been added to UFC 156 during Super Bowl weekend as Erick Silva faces Jay Hieron.

UFC officials announced the new bout on Wednesday.

After a blistering start to his UFC career, Erick Silva finally ran into a road bump in the form of Jon Fitch during his last fight at UFC 153. Now the young Brazilian looks to erase the memory of that fight as he gets back in the cage in 2013.

Facing Silva in Las Vegas will be Jay Hieron, who also looks to get back on track after losing to Jake Ellenberger in his return to the Octagon in October.

Hieron battled his way back to the UFC after years away from the promotion, and now hopes to add another loss to Erick Silva’s record when they meet in February.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/erick-silva-vs-jay-hieron-added-to-ufc-156-super-bowl-weekend


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 Post subject: Company Officials Pleased With Prelim Ratings
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:25 am 
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Company Officials Pleased With UFC 154 Prelim TV Ratings In Canada


The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday announced that Canadian viewers shared in the excitement this past weekend around the highly anticipated return of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit.

The UFC 154 preliminary card, available on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in English and French Canada, respectively, posted impressive numbers with a cumulative reach of more than 1.5 million viewers tuning in to watch all or part of the broadcast.

In English Canada, the UFC 154 preliminary card was the most-watched UFC prelim ever on Sportsnet, attracting an average audience of 319,000 (2+). In French Canada, TVA Sports had an average audience of 177,000 (2+).

Overall, the UFC 154 prelims was the number one sports show of the evening in both English and French Canada on November 17 with an average of 496,000 Canadians watching the entire two-hour preliminary broadcast on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

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 Post subject: Dana White Doesn’t Think A Fighters Union Will Happen
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:29 am 
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UFC President Dana White Doesn’t Think A Fighters Union Will Ever Happen


In any industry that employs a vast number of people – particularly industries where there are wide differences in compensation – there is always talk of whether or not the workers should form a union to protect the interests of the masses when it seems a small group reaps the highest benefits.

Talk of a fighters union has long been on the tongues of many, especially with the exploding success of mixed martial arts across the globe.

It seems little effort has been made over the years to actually form a union for mixed martial arts athletes.

UFC president Dana White, at least publicly, doesn’t seem to care one way or another whether there is a fighters union, but does have a theory as to why there isn’t one.

“The thing about fighting is, fighting is not a team sport; it’s an individual sport,” White remarked recently.

“It’s going to be tough to see a day when (Anderson) Silva or GSP is giving up big chunks of their money to guys who won’t make two fights in the UFC.”

Should it ever come to fruition, however, White doesn’t seem overly concerned.

“If it happens, it happens. I have to negotiate with somebody on the fight contracts.”

What do you think, do fighters need a union? Would it make the sport better?

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-president-dana-white-doesnt-think-a-fighters-union-will-ever-happen


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 Post subject: Jeremy Stephens Steps In On Short Notice
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:35 am 
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Jeremy Stephens Steps In On Short Notice To Face Yves Edwards At UFC On Fox 5


If at first you don’t succeed…

Following the cancellation of their bout in October, Jeremy Stephens and Yves Edwards will get the chance to mix it up after all.

The two lightweights have agreed to meet at UFC on Fox 5 on Dec 8 after Edwards original opponent John Cholish was forced off the card for undisclosed reasons

Stephens steps in to replace him and face Edwards on the upcoming show in Seattle according to the fighter’s manager at EVO Agents as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Friday.

Stephens and Edwards were scheduled to face off in October, but an old outstanding warrant came to light early morning on fight day with authorities taking Stephens into custody.

Stephens was arrested and despite the best efforts of UFC President Dana White to get the fighter released in time to compete, the authorities between Minnesota and Iowa, where the warrant originated from, didn’t set bail in time and the fight eventually had to be cancelled.

Days later Stephens was finally released and allowed to travel back to San Diego while waiting the chance to defend himself against the assault charges pending in his home state of Iowa.

Until then however, Stephens will get the chance to redeem himself in the Octagon with the fight he was supposed to have back in October.

Stephens faces Yves Edwards in a bout between two strikers both looking to etch another victory on their UFC resumes.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/jeremy-stephens-steps-in-on-short-notice-to-face-yves-edwards-at-ufc-on-fox-5


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 Post subject: GSP Would Definitely Beat Anderson Silva
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:38 am 
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Rashad Evans: GSP Would Definitely Beat Anderson Silva



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 Post subject: He Didn't Take Roy Nelson Fight To Please Dana White
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:40 am 
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Matt Mitrione Says He Didn't Take Roy Nelson Fight To Please Dana White



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 Post subject: Benson Henderson Reveals His Biggest Weakness
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:41 am 
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 Post subject: WSOF 1 – Tyson Steel vs Gregor Gracie
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:52 am 
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WSOF 1 – Tyson Steel vs Gregor Gracie Full Fight Video



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 Post subject: Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle Verbally Agreed
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:56 am 
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Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle Verbally Agreed For Strikeforce Card Jan 12


A light heavyweight showdown has been added to the final Strikeforce show coming in January as former champion Gegard Mousasi has agreed to face Mike Kyle.

Kyle initially reported the bout on Wednesday via YouTube, and additional sources have told MMAWeekly.com that the fight has been verbally agreed to by both fighters with bout agreements expected shortly.

This isn’t the first time Mousasi and Kyle have been matched up either.

Mousasi and Kyle were first scheduled to meet in 2011, but Kyle suffered a broken hand cancelling the bout. They were again paired up, and again the fight was cancelled, this time Mousasi was pulled from the fight for unknown reasons.

Finally, Mousasi and Kyle were set to meet at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey earlier this year, but another injury sidelined Kyle and the fight was delayed.

Now the two light heavyweights have been schedule to face off yet again, with this bout scheduled for Jan 12 in Oklahoma City.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/gegard-mousasi-vs-mike-kyle-verbally-agreed-for-strikeforce-card-jan-12


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 Post subject: Score Fighting Series 7 Results
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:05 pm 
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Score Fighting Series 7 Results: Mein Quickly Stops Petz, Ronson Batters Healy


Strikeforce took a gamble by loaning out Jordan Mein, one of its top welterweight prospects, for Friday's Score Fighting Series 7 headliner.

Against UFC vet Forrest Petz, he faced a heavy-handed fighter with proven knockout power.

Yet, quickly in the main-event fight, it looked like anything but a risky proposition.

Mein made short work Petz and battered him with punches, elbows and knees from close quarters for a quick and efficient first-round TKO victory. The bout headlined SFS 7 and took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Ontario, Canada. The main card aired live on AXS TV.

Although Petz opened up early, Mein quickly pounced with countershots and put him on the defensive with accurate strikes. The stoppage, which primarily was the result of standing elbow strikes, came at the 1:29 mark of the opening round.

"I had to respect his power ... but once I landed a few elbows, I felt good," said Mein, who isn't sure if he has an immediate future in the rumored-to-be-closing Strikeforce promotion. "I'm excited and happy."

Mein (26-8) is now 8-1 over his past nine fights, and the lone defeat came via close split decision to Tyron Woodley. Petz (25-10), meanwhile, snaps a four-fight win streak.

Ronson batters vet Healy

The only thing missing from Jesse Ronson's impressive resume as a signature win or two. In the night's co-headliner, he got one in impressive fashion over big-show vet Ryan Healy.

Ronson struck early with accurate punches to the head and body. He also dodged takedowns and proved especially effective with counter punches, and even when Healy got the fight to the mat, Ronson easily worked his way back to his feet to unload more blows.

The dominance continued in the second round as Ronson landed cleanly with punches and kicks to the head and ribs. Sapped by the mounting blows, Healy couldn't fully complete his takedown attempts, and Ronson continually forced him to return to his feet for more punishment.

Healy showed resiliency, no doubt, but he was a bloodied and bruised mess by the time the third round rolled around. A fresh and light-footed Ronson continued the one-sided beatdown, though Healy never relented and forced the fight to the judges' scorecards despite eating a trio of late-fight head kicks. They ultimately scored it for Ronson via lopsided 30-26, 30-25 and 30-27 scores.

"All I want for Christmas is that UFC contract, but who knows what's going to happen?" Ronson said. "Hopefully someone liked that fight."

Ronson (12-2) has now won seven consecutive fights and likely will get some attention from the major promotions, including the UFC. Healy (23-12-1), meanwhile, spoils a recent 3-1 run that included an April win over UFC vet Paul Kelly.

Johnson, Ricci pick up decision wins

In a rematch of a fight from SFS's debut show, Tristan Johnson (8-3) proved his first win was no fluke and handed Bellator vet Will Romero (9-4) a split-decision loss. Johnson, who won their first meeting via unanimous decision, scored a first-round knockdown in the largely standup rematch and edged Romero in the grueling bout to take the victory via 28-29, 30-27 and 30-27 scores.

In a lightweight bout, Alex Ricci (6-1) settled for his first unanimous-decision victory after topping Kevin Morin (6-5) via 29-28 scores across the board. Ricci, who delivered a series of stinging elbows, other scored knockouts in all his previous wins.

In a clash of Canadian lightweight prospects, Jason Saggo (8-1) dominated the action on the mat after scoring takedowns, continually worked from his opponent's back, and ultimately tapped out Iraj Hadin (6-5) via second-round rear-naked choke. Saggo now has seven submissions in eight career wins.

In the night's first televised bout, Ryan Dickson (5-0) dominated the first round and then tapped out fellow Canadian welterweight prospect Brandt Dewsbery (10-2-1) with a second-round rear-naked choke. The victory, which was Dickson's fifth via stoppage, ended Dewsbery's five-fight win streak.

http://mmajunkie.com/news/31767/score-fighting-series-7-results.mma


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 Post subject: Jordan Mein vs. Forrest Petz - November 23, 2012
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:08 pm 
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