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I was laughing at the same damn thing. That entire team bitched out, on live TV no less. Wow.
Faber has to be livid about that. Cruz somehow managed to fuck the entire teams morale, at least for the night.
and of course it ran over time, so my recording didn't get all of it
So gay that shit is on Friday.... Im sure my recording didnt get all of it either.
it got all of the fight, but not the fight announcement.
Guida vs. Maynard headlines UFC on FX 4; Franklin vs. Le set for UFC 148
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm ET
A pair of intriguing matchups are official for the UFC's summer schedule as Clay Guida meets Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4 and Rich Franklin faces Cung Le in a middleweight bout at UFC 148.
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fights, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Guida vs. Maynard is the UFC on FX 4 main event and will be contested as a five-round lightweight affair.
UFC officials in February announced that UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22 in Atlantic City, but a venue has yet to be named. Meanwhile, UFC 148 takes place July 7 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Guida (29-12 MMA, 9-6 UFC) fights for the first time since losing a No. 1 contender bout with Benson Henderson at this past November's UFC on FOX 1 event. The loss snapped a four-fight win streak for the high-energy fan-favorite, but he's still considered a top contender, as well as one of the most popular athletes in the promotion.
He now takes on Maynard (10-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC), who fights for the first time since losing to then-champ Frankie Edgar at this past October's UFC 136 event. Maynard has since left his longtime gym at Xtreme Couture and relocated to California. In the interim, Maynard has trained with such camps as American Kickboxing Academy and Nova Unaio.
Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) fights for the first time in more than one year. The former UFC middleweight champ, who had recently been competing at light heavyweight, had been sidelined with injuries since a February 2011 loss to Forrest Griffin. Franklin was expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this past August, but a shoulder injury forced him to withdraw from the matchup.
He meets Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who seeks his first octagon win. The 39-year-old former Strikeforce champ debuted for the UFC in November and looked comfortable early against Wanderlei Silva before eventually falling victim to a second-round barrage of punches and knees. Le has fought just once in each of the past four calendar years,
For more on UFC on FX 4, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
UFC 148 Lands Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
Posted on March 19, 2012 by Ken Pishna
UFC matchmakers are zeroing in on the promotion’s summer events, as witnessed by recent fight announcements.
Less than 24 hours after announcing the addition of Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le at UFC 148, UFC officials on Monday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Michael Bisping would face Tim Boetsch on the July 7 event in Las Vegas, as well. The bout has been verbally agreed upon.
Bisping (22-4) is coming off of a strong showing, albeit in a loss, against Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 in January. That fight ended a four-fight winning streak for Bisping, but more importantly, it put his title shot aspirations on hold.
Sonnen is expected to face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in June of this year, while Bisping will square off with Boetsch, trying to work his way back to the front of the queue.
Following a loss to Phil Davis at light heavyweight, Boetsch (15-4) made the move to middleweight and has been streaking towards a title shot ever since.
He is currently 3-0 at 185 pounds, most recently staging an amazing come from behind victory over Yushin Okami at UFC 144 in Japan. Badly beaten in the first two rounds of the fight, Boetsch launched a blistering flurry of strikes in the opening moments of the third round for a TKO stoppage of Okami. He’ll hope to do the same to Bisping, albeit hoping to avoid the punishing first two rounds.
TUF: Live coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber headline UFC 148 with Cruz’s UFC bantamweight championship on the line. UFC 148 takes place on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Renan Barão vs. Jeff Hougland Added to UFC 148
Posted on March 19, 2012 by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen at UFC 143
The July 7 UFC 148 fight card continues to grow minute-by-minute. The latest addition is a bantamweight battle between Renan Barão and Jeff Hougland, two fighters on unbelievable unbeaten streaks.
Barão (28-1 with 1 no contest) hasn’t lost a fight since the first bout of his career in 2005. The No. 3 ranked 135-pounder in the world has won 28 straight, save for one no contest sandwiched in the midst of all those fights.
Barão enters the fight coming off of back-to-back wins over two other Top 10 ranked bantamweights in Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett.
Hougland (10-4) has won nine consecutive bouts, also dating back to 2005. His most recent victory was over Donny Walker in his Octagon debut at UFC 132 last July.
Now, returning from injury, he hopes to restart his UFC career and launch himself into the Top 10 with a win over Barão.
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defends his belt against Urijah Faber in the UFC 148 main event on July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Tito Ortiz: Retirement fight set for UFC 148 against Forrest Griffin
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 20, 2012 at 7:00 am ET
Tito Ortiz (16-10-1 MMA, 15-10-1 UFC) is set for the final fight of his career.
The former UFC light-heavyweight champion on Monday confirmed via Twitter that he's scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight serves as a rubber match for the fighters after they split wins in two previous bouts.
For Ortiz, though, it also serves as a retirement bout.
"I just turned 37 years old," he said this past month. "I've been in the game for 15 years and competing only with the UFC. I know it's time for me to kind of hang 'em up."
UFC 148's main card airs on pay-per-view with prelims on FX. Ortiz vs. Griffin is likely to make the main-card broadcast.
Ortiz beat Griffin by split decision when they first met at UFC 59 in 2006. Then Griffin avenged the loss with a split-decision victory over "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" a few years later at UFC 106. In the past year, the two have taken shots at each other over Twitter, and Ortiz in particular has pushed the idea of a third bout.
"We have a history," Ortiz said. "I won the first won, they gave Forrest the second one, and fans want to see the third one. Me and Forrest had our bickering words back and forth on Twitter, of course. I think Forrest deserves it, man. I really like Forrest. I think he's a tough guy. We'd put on a great match.
"Fans love big fights, and we both put them on again and again."
After a brief resurgence this past July, Ortiz's career is on the downslope. He went winless for five years before an unexpected submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 132 pulled him out of his tailspin. But in his next fight, the slide continued with a loss to former champ Rashad Evans – whom he'd fought to a draw at UFC 73 – and, most recently, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira stopped him in the first round at UFC 140.
A win over Griffin would certainly send the six-time world champ out on a high note.
Meanwhile, Griffin needs some fortune of his own. The one-time champ was blown out of the water by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in his most recent fight at UFC 134, which snapped a two-fight win streak (over Rich Franklin and Ortiz). The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 1" has fought less and less frequently as the result of injury.
For the latest on UFC 148, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
Hope Ortiz gets ktfo
hey, fuck you
fwiw Gilbert Yvel and Houston Alexander are fighting each other in Kearney soon
Yeah, I had heard that Houston was going to be fighting out there. You going?
Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann Slated for TUF Live Finale
By Ariel Helwani - Video Reporter and Writer
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Mar 21, 2012 - The UFC added a trio of interesting fights to its busy summer schedule on Wednesday.
Jake Ellenberger will meet Martin Kampmann in a five-round main event at the TUF Live Finale on June 1, UFC officials announced.
The welterweight clash could very well produce the next No. 1 contender in the 170-pound division after champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit unify the belts later this year.
The TUF Live Finale, which will also feature the finals of the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter, will air live on FX and is expected to take place in Las Vegas. No venue has been announced for the event, thus far.
Ellenberger (27-5) most recently defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision last month, while Kampmann (19-5) submitted Thiago Alves with a guillotine with just 48 seconds remaining in their UFC on FX 2 fight earlier this month.
In other UFC news, the organization announced that UFC 148, scheduled for July 7 in Las Vegas, will feature the 170-pound debut of Demian Maia against Dong Hyun Kim, plus hard-hitting Costa Philippou will meet Riki Fukuda in middleweight action.
UFC on FX 4 adds Miller-Funch, Story-Attonito, Riddle-Ramos, Ebersole-Waldburger
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 22, 2012 at 7:20 am ET
UFC on FX 4's dance card is quickly filling.
The promotion announced a quartet of new welterweight bouts for the event, which takes place June 22 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Additions for the card include Dan Miller (13-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) vs. Ricardo Funch (8-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC), Rick Story (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Rich Attonito (10-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Matt Riddle (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Luis Ramos (19-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and Brian Ebersole (49-14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. T.J. Waldburger (15-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary-card fights air on FUEL TV. It's not clear where the above fights will be placed on the lineup.
UFC on FX 4 is the promotion's first trip to Atlantic City in seven years after UFC 53 took place at Boardwalk Hall.
Bellator 62 weigh-in results: Thiago Santos heavy, Eric Prindle awarded tournament win
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm ET
Yet again, Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle will not fight.
Santos weighed 277.8 pounds at Thursday's Bellator 62 official weigh-ins, and his season-five heavyweight tournament rematch with Prindle was scratched.
With Santos missing weight, Prindle was declared the season-five tournament victor and will now meet Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad at a later date.
The decision comes just one week after the planned rematch was scratched from Bellator 61 when Prindle was suffering from "flu-like symptoms."
Today's festivities took place at La Posada Hotel in Laredo, Texas. The nearby Laredo Energy Arena hosts Friday's event, which includes a main card on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) with prelims streaming on on Spike.com.
All of the night's season-six lightweight-tournament fighters were on weight for their opening-round bouts.
Patricky "Pitbull" Freire and Lloyd Woodard provided the evening's most intense staredown, with a brief nose-to-nose encounter. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed, and the two kept the fisticuffs in reserve for Friday's bout. With the Prindle vs. Santos bout scratched, Freire and Woodard are now Bellator 62's main event.
Preliminary card contestant Joseph Daily also weighed in heavy for his fight with Sean Spencer, registering 173.2 pounds for the welterweight matchup. Daily has been given additional time to lose the remaining 2.2 pounds.
A previously scheduled fight between Cosmo Alexander and Oscar de la Parra was also scrapped. Bellator officials said the contest was scratched 24 hours prior to Thursday's weigh-ins but did not specify the reason for the change.
The full Bellator 62 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
Eric Prindle (265.2) vs. Thiago Santos (277.8)* - season-five heavyweight-tourney final rematch
Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (155.6) vs. Lloyd Woodard (154.8) - lightweight-tourney opening round
Rick Hawn (155.6) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (155.2) - lightweight-tourney opening round
Thiago Michel (154.8) vs. Rene Nazare (155.8) - lightweight-tourney opening round
J.J. Ambrose (155) vs. Brent Weedman (155.8) - lightweight-tourney opening round
i have like pride 1-6 on dvd. good times.
Strong bacne on Lawrence for this fight. Wonder if he has the same problem Sonnen has?
Anyone watch Bellator tonight? Pittbull's arm got fucking wrecked.
Chin in the air, and Lawrence barely missing that left hook constantly. If you didn't see that coming at some point, then you weren't paying attention.
Cannot believe Cristiano didn't try like hell for takedowns more often.
There is a reason Marcello was not in the UFC before this. Stick to teaching. Lawrence is a monster though.
Also I love Cruz. Jury vs Iaquinta is the best match up left now and if Jury wins then Faber will have lost his top three picks.
I like Cruz too. Didnt think I would before the show.
I don't like either.
Front Row Brian is reporting Chris Weidman and Mark Munoz are set to fight this summer. Weidman is two fights away from a title shot.
I'm assuming Munoz and then the loser of Sonnen/Silva II MEGA FIGHT OF ALL TIME SUPREME ULTRA COOL 2000 REBOOTED EDITION
Cruz mocking Faber. Awesome stuff.
Would totally wife
Ronda Rousey Adds the Diaz Brothers to Her Training Routine
Posted on March 25, 2012 by Damon Martin
The next time Ronda Rousey defends her Strikeforce bantamweight title, she may have developed a new way to mean mug her opponent.
Following a brief vacation that she earned by submitting Miesha Tate in early March, Rousey is already getting back into the gym, and she’s adding some new training partners to her routine.
Rousey will be heading to Stockton, Calif., to work with Nick and Nate Diaz as well as the team at Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu as she starts preparing for her next title defense.
“Yeah, I’m going up there from the 3rd to the 16th (of April) and it’s going to be the first time ever since I started doing MMA that I’m going to be training for an actual extended period of time away from my core camp, who I’ve always been with,” Rousey told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
Rousey got a chance to roll with Nick Diaz previously, and she says that traveling to different gyms during her judo career was a regular event, but she hasn’t done it since beginning her journey into MMA.
“When I did judo I used to go around all the time, like every month or so I would go away for a week or two weeks to go train somewhere else,” said Rousey. “For some reason it’s something I never did in MMA, so they invited me to come train up there, and they’re good at a bunch of things that I need to work on so I’m super excited. It’s going to be the first time I’m training away from home in a long time.”
While Rousey will definitely pick up some top notch training alongside Diaz and the other fighters in Stockton, she’s not leaving her home camp by any means.
Rousey has been working with her team and coaches in Los Angeles since she started, and she’s an L.A. girl for life.
She does however hope to keep the Diaz brothers and their team as regular training partners as she gets ready for her next title defense, presumably against Sarah Kaufman later this year.
“Oh yeah definitely, I hope it does,” Rousey said when asked if working with the Diaz brothers could become a regular part of her camp. “But I love L.A., I’ll never move away from here.”
TUF Brazil starts tonight @ 11:30pm or midnight EST, streaming on link above, supposed to be subtitled
TUF Brazil Spoilers for those who wanna know who will face off in the finals. I google translated the original link
R7 anticipates the final four of the new MMA reality TV Globo; know the winners
The Ultimate Fighter, which premiered yesterday (25), was recorded and will have three months' duration
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CFU / Disclosure
Cezar "Mutant", Daniel Sarafian, Godfrey "Pepey" and Ron "Jason" are the finalists of the 1st TUF Brazil
The debut of TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) Brazil on Sunday (25) on broadcast marked the beginning of a new era of MMA in the country program, divided into weekly episodes, will air the next three months and shows the day the day of the aspiring idols.
But the Internet R7 already know who the four finalists: Daniel Sarafian and Cezar "Mutant" Ferreira (average weight - 84 kg) and Ron "Jason" and Godfrey Pepey Mariano (the feather-weight - 66 kg), athletes with guaranteed places in the final, since the direction of the program does not decide to re-record some episodes of the reality - driven by leaks of results.
After crossing information from different sources, unveil the names of the four fighters that were set in the last 16 days, when they finished the recordings in the house of reality. At the time, they secured a place at the great contest, which will take place on June 23, in Rio de Janeiro, at the stage of Engenhão.
Approved the judicious selection processes UFC fighters Daniel Sarafian and Cezar "Mutant" Ferreira won three victories each and accredited to the replay of the average weights in June.
At 29, Sarafian is an old acquaintance of the most assiduous of MMA fans nationwide. With seven wins and two defeats in his career, the Sao Paulo is a staff Demian Maia, besides carrying the baggage periods of training with beasts like Rodrigo Minotauro UFC, Fábio Maldonado and Thiago Tavares.
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In turn, the miner Mutant, 26, moved to Las Vegas in 2011, which was sponsored by Vitor Belfort, who became his manager, coach and mentor in the gym Xtreme Couture. In five years as a professional athlete accumulated four wins and two defeats by knockout.
Among the feathers, who stood out was the double of the northeast Ron "Jason" Marian Godfrey Pepey, which showed superiority to the talented rivals to secure the vacant UFC Rio
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With ten wins in national events and only three defeats in his career, Jason, 27, had the status of phenomenon in MMA before they even join the team of renowned Rodrigo Nogueira, Nogueira Team in Rio de Janeiro.
Athlete youngest among the finalists, besides being the only undefeated and less known, Godfrey "Pepey" proven reputation for talent in jiu-jitsu to win three matches in the TUF house of Brazil.
The TUF Brazil began to take shape on the 14th of December last year, when more than 5,000 subscribers have signed on for the first of many "screens" the reality show.
Throughout the process, aspiring champions of MMA were both subjected to analysis of the cartel as a test of skills in grappling (jiu-jitsu) and the fight standing. The approved less than one hundred, then passed through a series of interviews to define the 32 qualifiers for the program.
And soon the debut of TUF, the selected 16 staged encounters, which approved eight athletes from each category to enter the luxury home program, where the clash begin the four vacancies on the UFC Rio 3.
Expectation and card
If the capacity of 80,000 fans is confirmed for the edition of June 23, this will be the largest crowd in UFC history, and even then, the stadium should have no difficulties to be crowded by fans of mixed martial arts.
As major combat, the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen talker by itself already provides enough excitement for the night, especially considering that this will be the tenth defense followed by the Brazilian belt, champion middleweight (84 kg).
Another much awaited by fans clash is the clash between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva, who met in 1998 at the first time the UFC was in Sao Paulo, who are the managers responsible for leading the first Brazilian version of TUF.
Main Card: 23/06
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Vitor Belfort Wanderlei Silva x
Cezar "Mutant" x Daniel Sarafian
Ron "Jason" x Pepey Godfrey
Fabricio Werdum x Mike Russow
NSAC suspends Strikeforce's 'King Mo' Lawal nine months, victory overturned
by Steven Marrocco on Mar 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm ET
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to suspend and fine former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal for a failed drug test following his appearance at "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine."
Lawal was suspended nine months from the date of the fight, fined 30 percent of an $80,000 "show" purse, and he must surrender his $15,000 win bonus.
Additionally, his win has been changed to a no-contest, and he must provide a clean drug test when he reapplies for a fight license in Nevada.
"Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" took place Jan. 7 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and the main card aired on Showtime. Lawal (8-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) defeated Lorenz Larkin (12-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) via second-round TKO during the broadcast.
The former champ appeared before the commission along with manager Mike Kogan and attempted to explain the circumstances behind the positive test. He stated repeatedly that they did not dispute the results of the positive drug test but wished to demonstrate a "lack of intent" from Lawal. They pointed to an over-the-counter supplement, S-Mass Lean Gainer, which they believe caused the fighter to test positive for the steroid Drostanolone following the January fight.
In dealing with a persistent knee injury that flared up prior to fighting Larkin, Lawal said the supplement was recommended to him by an employee of a nutrition chain store as a cheaper and healthier alternative to another supplement he had used in college.
However, he admitted that he didn't disclose his supplement usage or injury on a pre-fight medical questionnaire. Ultimately, that omission weighed heavily on the commission's decision not to deviate from its standard punishment in cases in which athletes are flagged for performance-enhancing drugs.
Kogan noted that S-Mass Lean Gainer was not marketed as a banned substance and not known to be illegal when Lawal purchased it. He said the warning listed on the site selling the product wasn't put in place until July 2011, more than a year after Lawal purchased it in April 2010.
A doctor representing the NSAC told commissioners that the supplement may have caused the positive test but could not be definitively proven.
Kogan acknowledged that while an athlete bears the ultimate responsibility for supplement usage, it would be a mistake to ignore the role of an unregulated industry that "purposefully and maliciously" alters its ingredients to skirt the rules against performance-enhancers.
Prior to the ruling, Lawal said he would accept whatever punishment the commission decided on.
"I'm a man, and I'll take it like a man," he said.
The commission praised the fighter for his candor during the meeting but ultimately decided that his lack of disclosure would win him no leniency. An initial motion to levy the nine-month suspension, fines and overturning of the win was quickly seconded, and commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of it.
Lawal's suspension runs until October. He is currently recovering from a third surgery to correct a torn ACL.
For full coverage of "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine," check out the MMA Events section of MMAjunkie.com.
King Mo was released by Zuffa for calling the head of the NSAC a racist bitch on Twitter.
Former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields moving to UFC's middleweight division
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm ET
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields (27-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is returning to the 185-pound division.
On Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight," FUEL TV's weekly UFC news program, Shield's intentions were announced.
Shields, who has competed at welterweight in his four UFC fights, plans to return to action in August, though his first opponent at 185 pounds has yet to be announced.
Bucking recent trends, Shields' decision comes on the strength of a win rather than a loss. However, the former Strikeforce titleholder is just 2-2 at welterweight in the octagon, which may have fueled his decision.
Shields, who earned Strikeforce's 185-pound title with a 2009 decision win over Jason "Mayhem" Miller, went on to defeat Dan Henderson despite being considered a sizable underdog. He vacated the title shortly after and migrated to the UFC, where he debuted with a UFC 121 win over Martin Kampmann.
Shields challenged for the UFC welterweight title in his next fight, falling short in a decision to Georges St-Pierre. He then suffered a TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger, though with the fight coming just weeks after the passing of his father, most MMA observers tend to write off the result.
Shields returned to the win column at February's UFC 144 event, welcoming former middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama to 170 pounds.
Prior to his two-fight skid, Shields had earned 15-straight wins.
TUF tonight is good shit
Iaquinta/Jury to the sudden death third round
no shit. he did nothing the last 2 rounds.
the fuck? split? what the hell was he watching that round?
Damn, my DVR quit in between rounds 2 and 3.
Gilbert Yvel raping Houston Alexander
Spike TV: Bellator reality show debuts in 2013, 'Amazing Race' co-creator on board
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Apr 03, 2012 at 12:20 pm ET
Spike TV is gearing up for next year's arrival of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Officials today announced a new unscripted reality show that will feature Bellator fighters, though details of the series are under wraps for now.
"The Amazing Race" co-creator and Emmy winner Bertram van Munster will be involved in the one-hour show, which debuts in 2013 on Spike TV.
Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization was considering a reality show for Spike TV. He also said Spike TV will host Bellator specialty programming, such as historic fights and event previews, when it moves from MTV2 to Spike TV in 2013.
"We are thrilled to partner with an industry legend such as van Munster, whose creativity and ingenuity will help expose Bellator to an expanded new audience next year on Spike," Rebney today stated.
Officials said they expect the new series to appeal to both MMA fans, as well as reality-TV enthusiasts.
Elise Doganieri and van Munster will serve as executive producers for the new series. Spike TV executives Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy will oversee the project for the network.
Spike TV aired the first 14 seasons of the long-running and ground-breaking UFC reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter." However, due to the UFC's new deal with the FOX family of channels, the series moved to FX this year and was rebranded as "TUF: Live."
Due to the UFC-Spike TV contract, Bellator can't move its live shows to Spike TV until 2013. Currently, its events air on a fellow Viacom-owned MTV2, and prelims air on Spike.com. However, Spike TV will be the primary home for all Bellator content in 2013.
(Pictured: Bjorn Rebney)
Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout III added to UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Apr 03, 2012 at 8:30 pm ET
Another trilogy fight is in the works, this one for UFC on FX 4.
Lightweights Sam Stout (17-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) and Spencer Fisher (24-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC) are set for a third fight at the event, which takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.
Sportsnet.ca reported the matchup, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) later confirmed.
UFC on FX 4's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims.
Stout and Fisher split a pair of bouts with Stout victorious by split decision at UFC 58 and Fisher unanimously ahead on scorecards at UFC Fight Night 10. The lightweights' first meeting was considered an instant classic.
Since then, Stout has won four performance bonuses in a string of exciting performances, though his octagon record has been less than stellar at 5-4. Most recently, he dropped a unanimous decision to Thiago Tavares at UFC 142 in January.
Fisher has fared slightly worse, going 4-5 since his second meeting with Stout. As of late, his record is in severe decline with a 1-4 mark in his past five outings. He, too, suffered a loss to Tavares (by second-round TKO) in his most recent outing at UFC 134.
An exciting scrap is something both fighters need at this point
For more on UFC on FX 4, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Spencer Fisher)
Alistair Overeem fails pre-fight drug test, likely out of UFC 146 title fight
by Steven Marrocco on Apr 04, 2012 at 4:35 pm ET
Alistair Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is unlikely to fight champion Junior Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) for the UFC heavyweight title this summer at UFC 146.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the No. 1 heavyweight contender failed a pre-fight drug test conducted this past Tuesday following a press conference for UFC 146.
Overeem's "A" sample was flagged for an elevated T/E ratio that exeeded 10-to-1, well over the 6-to-1 limit. Kizer said the heavyweight has the right to request the test's "B" sample, which, if negative, would make him eligible to receive a fight license.
The former Strikeforce champion was among six top-billed fighters who were tested for the all-heavyweight pay-per-view event, which takes place May 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. All were tested for diuretics, masking agents, anabolic steroids and T/E ratios in addition to drugs of abuse.
Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva all passed their tests.
It's not the first time Overeem has run afoul of the NSAC. He was granted a conditional license to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 after missing a pre-fight drug test ordered by the commission, which reinstated out-of-competition testing this past July.
Answering to the commission via telephone during an NSAC hearing held three weeks prior to UFC 141, Overeem said he missed the test because he had flown back to his native Holland to care for his ailing mother and wasn't made aware of the obligation. When he got word, he submitted an invalid blood test conducted by his personal doctor and then submitted urine that wasn't tested.
The NSAC gave him a license on the condition that he submit to a drug test conducted by an accredited laboratory, which he did two days later (and subsequently passed), as well as pass a drug test upon arriving in the U.S. for the Lesnar fight and submit to two random tests.
This past Tuesday's test served as one of those random tests, which also followed a fight-night test at UFC 141.
Because Overeem's conditional license expired on Dec. 31, the NSAC will not receive a disciplinary complaint against him as it does for licensed athletes. Instead, he will need to appear before the commission should he choose to apply for a license, which notably, hadn't been filed for UFC 146.
With one half of May 26's event on the shelf, the UFC may give one of the main-card heavyweights an impromptu title shot.
For more on UFC 146, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
i'm shocked, absolutely shocked.
Can't believe it took so long to pop him