Benson Henderson defended his UFC Lightweight title on the Fox network against a member of the Cesar Gracie Fight Team once again this weekend, but it was hardly like his dominant victory against Nate Diaz months earlier. In front of a hostile San Jose crowd, the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion took home a somewhat controversial Split Decision victory to retain his title. I hate to label the decision as highly controversial, since the entire bout was close and the scorecards of the MMA Media members are widely varied, anywhere from 49-46 for Henderson all the way to 49-46 scores for Melendez. Either way, it was a close fight and one that both fighters should be proud of.
In the co-main event of the evening Frank Mir welcomed Daniel Cormier; the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner to the UFC, unfortunately it was relatively smooth sailing for the debuting Cormier. He used his ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, Jordan Mein, Josh Thomson, Matt Brown, Nate Diaz
The UFC delivered an exciting finale, to one of the most exciting seasons of The Ultimate Fighter in recent memory last weekend. They’re not giving that event much time to simmer in our memories, as they move forward with another free event, this time on network television as the 7th UFC on Fox event goes off this weekend. The UFC returns to California, more specifically to San Jose, California, the home base of their former sister promotion Strikeforce.
It’s fitting that the UFC is hosting this event in San Jose and at the HP Pavilion the home of a number of Strikeforce shows in the past, since this card features a number of fighters that were prominent in Strikeforce’s success. In main card action former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson battles former Lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz. Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner and emerging star Daniel Cormier battles former ..click here to read more
Anthony Njokuani, Ben Henderson, Chad Mendes, Clifford Starks, Daniel Cormier, Darren Elkins, Francis Carmont, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, Hugo Viana, Jordan Mein, Jorge Masvidal, Josh Thomson, Lorenz Larkin, Matt Brown, Myles Jury, Nate Diaz, Ramsey Nijem, Roger Bowling, Strikeforce MMA, Tim Means, TJ Dillashaw, UFC On FOX 7, Yoel Romero
As the UFC schedule continues to roll along at breakneck speeds, MMA fans should be gearing up for an action-packed Spring-Early summer schedule as the world’s leading promotion has a number of events scheduled over the next few months. In this blog we’ll take a look at a schedule of the upcoming cards and highlight the fighters and fights to watch out for. Before we get started, I should point out the usual UFC disclaimer that all fight cards are scheduled to change, and if the past is any indication, there could be a number of these cards shuffled, main events scrapped or changed as fighters become injured.
Event: UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Date: April 20, 2013
Venue: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
The first stop on our preview takes us to the Sunshine State of California where Benson Henderson will once again defend his UFC Lightweight title on free ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Anthony Pettis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, antonio silva, Benson Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Chan Sung Jung, Chris Weidman, Dan Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Eddie Wineland, Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos, Luke Rockhold, Rashad Evans, Renan Barao, Ricardo Lomas, UFC 159, UFC 160, UFC 161, UFC 162, UFC On FOX 7, UFC on FOX 8, UFC on Fuel TV 10, UFC on FX8, Vitor Belfort
The Strikeforce going out of business sale is underway with numerous fighters migrating over to the UFC. The UFC has officially announced the first list of fighters jumping over with one interesting name missing from the list.
The UFC made the official announcement on Fuel TV this week. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises on the list but there is one somewhat of a surprise off of the list. The list according to UFC so far includes…
Daniel Cormier (11-0)
Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2)
Gian Villante (10-3)
Roger Gracie (6-1)
Tim Kennedy (15-4)
Lorenz Larkin (13-0)
Luke Rockhold (10-1)
Ronaldo Souza (17-3)
Roger Bowling (11-3)
Jason High (16-3)
Nate Marquardt (32-11-2)
Tarec Saffiedine (14-3)
Bobby Voelker (24-8)
Ryan Couture (6-1)
Pat Healy (29-16)
Kurt Holobaugh (8-1)
Adriano Martins (24-6)
Gilbert Melendez (21-2)
K.J. Noons (11-6)
Josh Thomson (19-5)
Most MMA fans, at least the ones the follow the sport on the Internet already know about some of the bigger names signed. High profile fighters like Daniel Cormier and Gilbert ..click here to read more
Bellator, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Barnett, strikeforce
MMA fans will get their first real taste of Strikeforce vs. UFC fights this April…and it will be completely free. The UFC on FOX 7 broadcast will be headlined by two big fights featuring former Strikeforce champions making their UFC debuts.
A battle of lightweight champions will headline the FOX network event. The final Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will make his long awaited UFC debut challenging the red hot Benson Henderson in the broadcast main-event. This will be the second title defense from Henderson to headline a UFC on FOX broadcast.
The heavyweights will also see action as the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix champion will officially make his UFC debut. Daniel Cormier will waste no time as he will be jumping right back into camp in preparation of his heavyweight debut. Cormier will be welcomed to the UFC by former heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
This is a stacked UFC show, featuring two ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, strikeforce, UFC On FOX 7
2012 will go down as a mixed year in the UFC. Unable to deliver the big super fights, the UFC will attempt to rebound in 2013 with several highly anticipated fights both scheduled and in planning.
If there was one disappointment with the UFC in 2012 it was the inability to pull off big fights. Even realistic super fights in division like Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz failed to materialize for a variety of reasons. With an all-star roster on deck featuring new fighters from Strikeforce, the UFC has the potential to blow away 2012 with several big fights this year. Now whether the UFC can pull these off or not is another story altogether.
I sat down with the idea of writing about the 10 most anticipated UFC fights of 2013. Unfortunately I had a rough time coming up with anything past five. It isn’t as if the big fights aren’t ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, anderson silva, Ben Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Chris Weidman, Cristiane Cyborg Santos, Dan Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez, Glover Teixeira, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Michael Bisping, Ronda Rousey, UFC 155, UFC 157, UFC 158
Overnight ratings are in for the UFC’s ‘greatest night of fights to ever be offered on network television’ and they have to be pleased with the results. Although down from the UFC’s debut on network television, the ratings were a notable increase over the last couple of offerings on Fox. According to reports from TVByTheNumbers.com the show garnered an average of 3.41 million viewers last night. One important note is that the broadcast ran longer than expected, and those numbers do not include the Lightweight title fight between Henderson and Diaz, I would expect that the show experienced an uptick during that bout and the final number might actually push closer to 3.75-4.0 million viewers.
The fights themselves did come through, as most contests were exciting, entertaining and featured a number of finishes. Although not everything went according to plan. Apparently someone at Fox will be getting fired tomorrow ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, B.J. Penn, Ben Henderson, Gilbert Melendez, Matt Brown, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Mike Swick, Nate Diaz, Rory MacDonald, UFC On FOX 5
You knew it was coming! Strikeforce MMA is closing shop. The promotion’s January event will be the last. Fighters will begin to migrate over to the UFC starting with a brand new UFC champion.
TMZ was the first to break the news (amazing with hundreds of MMA reporters on the payroll that TMZ breaks the story) on Thursday that Zuffa and Showtime will be ending their relationship which will result in the end of Strikeforce. The first casualty of this is Ronda Rousey who didn’t even need to wait to find a new job. Rousey will be entering the UFC as the new UFC 135 pound women’s champion.
Dave Meltzer provided a detailed report on his F4Wonline.com podcast. According to Meltzer the move was seen as inevitable once Steven Espinoza took over as Showtime’s VP sports programming. Espinoza is a boxing guy and Meltzer speculates that rather than ..click here to read more
Cristiane Cyborg Santos, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Luke Rockhold, Nate Marquardt, Ronda Rousey, Strikeforce MMA
The other promotion owned by Zuffa (Strikeforce) brings an end to the event that was supposed to be a landmark for the company. When Scott Coker and company decided to roll out the Heavyweight World Grand Prix the idea, was great on paper. Featuring the eight best Heavyweights in the world that resided outside the UFC, it was supposed to be a tournament that would bring Strikeforce to another level, one where they could finally compete with the UFC.
Here we are nearly 20 months later and the Grand Prix is finally coming to a close. The overwhelming favorites at the beginning of the Grand Prix; Fedor Emelianenko – eliminated in the opening round and off to greener pastures in Russia, Alistair Overeem – one time UFC contender, now serving a 9-month suspension for a failed blood test, Antonio Silva or Fabricio Werdum – both preparing to make their UFC debuts ..click here to read more
Chris Spang, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Barnett, Josh Thomson, Mike Kyle, Nah-Shon Burrell, Rafael Feijao Cavalcante, Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament
The greatest lightweight in UFC history may be gearing up for a return to the octagon. BJ Penn appears to ready to end his lengthy hiatus from the UFC. Josh Koscheck appears to be the lucky or unlucky fighter who will welcome back the Prodigy in the near future.
Former The Ultimate Fighter competitor Josh Koscheck broke the news first on his Twitter account. Koscheck sent out a tweet today indicating that a fight with he and Penn is on the horizon.
“#UFC just offered me to fight BJ Penn…I said YES!!!!! Just waiting on him!!!!!! Let’s scrap bra?”
Now to be fair, the fight has yet to be confirmed or officially announced anywhere else. Is this Koscheck playing games with the MMA media and fans or is he really pumped to fight the former UFC lightweight champion? The MMA media is reporting this as the real deal so for the ..click here to read more
B.J. Penn, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Koscheck
I can’t think of a major personality in sports that lies more to his media than Dana White. The UFC president’s latest bust comes a little over a month after denying that BJ Penn vs. Gilbert Melendez was on the table. The president now admits that fight was indeed on the table.
If there is one thing that bugs me about Dana White it is his consistent lying to the MMA media. It’s not the lying that is so bad. What gets me is when he vehemently denies a report or rumor, attacks the writer for reporting it, and yet later it is revealed that the report or rumor was right. At some point the MMA media just have to ignore anything this guy says and just ignore the guy completely. However that is another rant for another day.
The latest White-ism ..click here to read more
B.J. Penn, dana white, Gilbert Melendez, strikeforce
The UFC is gearing up for an explosive 2012. Several big fights are already in place along with some gigantic possibilities if certain chips should fall their way. So let’s take a look at what could be the ten biggest UFC fights of 2012.
A few notes before starting the list. One, this list is in no particular order. I didn’t think it would be fair to order the list when some of these fights may not even happen. Two, as stated above, not all fights are even close to guaranteed to happening in 2012 or ever. In some cases, these are just simply dream fights that need a lot of pieces to fall into place for them to happen. Finally I tried to only list fights that will or could happen as of this ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, anderson silva, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, Dominick Cruz, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos, nick diaz, Rashad Evans, Urijah Faber, Vitor Belfort