(Tracy Lee)UFC 152 featured a bloody, bloody fight during the preliminary bouts. During T.J. Grant's decision win over Evan Dunham, Grant opened a cut right down the middle of Dunham's forehead. Blood poured from Dunham's forehead for much of the fight. Keep reading for another look at the cut.Read More »from T.J. Grant takes a really bloody decision over Evan Dunham (PHOTO)
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sat, 22 Sep, 2012 10:02 PM EDT
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Fight Day Live is back this Saturday, Sept. 22, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for UFC 152. Two title fights will be on the line as UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones battles former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, and Joseph Benavidez will take on Demetrious Johnson to crown the first UFC flyweight champion. Outspoken middleweight Michael Bisping will fight the "All American" Brian Stann.
Fight Day Live host Dave Farra will guide you through the entire UFC 152 card with expert analysis from ESPN's Brett Okamoto and UFC Magazine's Seth Kelly. Fight Day Live Correspondent Maggie Krol will take you behind the scenes and show you exactly what goes on during fight week. Exclusive training camp interviews with Benavidez and Bisping highlight an already jampacked show. Be sure and tune into Fight Day Live at 6pm/ET, 3pm/PT.Read More »from Yahoo! Sports and Heavy MMA present ‘Fight Day Live’
UFC 152 is ready to go after weigh-ins on Friday afternoon in Toronto. Both title fights are official. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones came in under weight, as did his challenger, former middleweight contender Vitor Belfort. Joseph Benavidez also came in underweight, and Demetrious Johnson, who will fight Benavidez for the inaugural UFC flyweight belt, weighed in at exactly 125 lbs.
The weigh-ins were not without excitement. Jones was booed by the Toronto crowd as he was interviewed by UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Charles Oliveira did not make weight on his first try. Michael Bisping and Brian Stann's face-off forced UFC president Dana White to step in before their fight started a day early.
Here are complete results, thanks to MMA Junkie.
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• Champ Jon Jones (204.6) vs. Vitor Belfort (204.2)
• Joseph Benavidez (124.4) vs. Demetrious Johnson (125)
• Michael Bisping (185.6) vs. Brian Stann (185.4)
• Matt Hamill (205.6) vs. Roger
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, 21 Sep, 2012 9:40 AM EDT
With Joe Benavidez fighting Demetrious Johnson for the UFC's first flyweight title at UFC 152 on Saturday, spend some time watching Benavidez in the fight that earned him his first title shot. After Benavidez won this fight over Miguel Torres at WEC 47, he fought (and lost to) Dominick Cruz for the WEC bantamweight title.
If you want to skip past the introductions, go to the 2:10 mark. The second round starts about seven minutes in, and the finish is around the nine-minute mark.
Something to remember about this fight is that at this point, Torres had just shockingly lost the bantamweight title to Brian Bowles. He was still considered a top pound-for-pound fighter. Stephan Bonnar and Todd Harris, who were calling the fight, were surprised as Benavidez dominated the bout.Read More »from Watch Joe Benavidez’s win over Miguel Torres (VIDEO)
(Getty)Finally, we have a fight week after way too long of a break. Jon Jones is putting his belt on the line against Vitor Belfort, a middleweight. It's not the fight we want, but it's the fight we get. Here are a few questions that will be answered by Saturday night's fights in Toronto.
What does changing an opponent on short(ish) notice do to Jon Jones? If there has been one hallmark of Jon Jones' career, it's been good preparation. In every title defense, he has shown a complete knowledge of his opponents strengths and weakness. He then exploited those weakness for a win. This is why he wouldn't take Chael Sonnen on short notice. With Belfort, he had about a month to study up which is a shorter time than usual. If he's not prepared, the champ could end up beating himself.
Will Michael Bisping or Brian Stann be the (maybe possibly could be) next middleweight contender? UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva's next fight will be against Stephan Bonnar, but beyond UFC 153, he needs a newRead More »from Five questions that will be answered by UFC 152
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, 20 Sep, 2012 3:02 PM EDT
Michael Bisping has a fight with Brian Stann at UFC 152 on Saturday night, but before that, he found a fight with a fan who disrupted his workout on Wednesday. He explained why he threw the fan out of the open workouts to MMA Fighting. (The explanation is at the beginning of the video.)
"I was just trying to do my pads and stuff, and the guy's got no respect. He annoyed my boxing coach more than anything. My boxing coach got a little upset. I could see it in his eyes," Bisping said.
"I was trying to get a workout in, and he's just disrupting the whole thing. He's upsetting my boxing coach, and so I'm like, you gotta go. You gotta go. If you can't have respect ... we're here. We're putting on a display for you guys. If you can't respect it, you have to go outside with the naughty children."
During big fight weeks like this one, the UFC will often offer three free events to fans: open workouts, the press conference and weigh-ins. Open workouts are undoubtedly the best option, because itRead More »from Michael Bisping kicks ‘disrespectful’ fan out of UFC 152 workouts
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Thu, 20 Sep, 2012 10:01 AM EDT
It's time to break down UFC 152's main event via the most important factor: walkout shirts. Sure, Vitor Belfort is a historic underdog and is not expected to last long in the fight against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, but what do the shirts say? Let's see.
On the left, Vitor Belfort's shirt by RVCA. It's available in green and white and you can buy it straight from RVCA for $29.95.
On the right, we have Jones' shirt ... maybe? Here's the deal. Jones is now sponsored by Nike, and he tweeted out this "Bones Knows" Nike shirt before UFC 151 was canceled. According to the tweet:
#Nike only made 80 signature T-shirts for UFC 151, I absolutely cannot wait to bless my fans, talk about #exclusive
So, there were only 80 shirts made, but it's not 100 percent clear on how to get them. Nike's online store doesn't have them or any mention of Jones. If you want to buy gear from Jones now, take a look at his UFC store online which has items from his last fight.
By virtue of pretty green color and the ease in buying the shirt, Belfort wins. Tune in Saturday to see if that pans out.Read More »from MMA Marketplace: Battle of the UFC 152 walkout shirts
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, 19 Sep, 2012 5:03 PM EDT
Stephan Bonnar stepped up when the UFC needed an opponent. Two UFC 153 fights had fallen apart: Jose Aldo's bout with Frankie Edgar and Glover Teixeria's fight with Quinton Jackson. Bonnar jumped into the main event spot at UFC 153 against Anderson Silva. Though that fight seems a bit crazy for Bonnar, there's a reason why he took Silva instead of Teixeira.
The mostly-retired Bonnar said the UFC originally offered Teixeira, but he reminded them of his rule.
Read More »from Stephan Bonnar took the Anderson Silva fight because of Silva’s many Twitter followers
"I said, 'You know my rule. If I'm going to do this again, he's got to have more Twitter followers than me.' I know it sounds cheesy, but it's true. That's how I feel. That's a measure of someone's popularity, and I just want a bigger name. The last three opponents, I've had more Twitter followers than them, and I've beat them, and I feel like I deserve a bigger name now. I really don't have an interest in fighting an up-and-comer type, guys who are climbing their way up and people don't really know how good they
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Wed, 19 Sep, 2012 9:11 AM EDT
Michelle Waterson is fighting Lacey Schuckman at the upcoming Invicta FC card, and wanted to win the "Invicta's Got Talent" contest. As directed by the all-female promotion, "The Karate Hottie" made a video promoting her fight, complete with her ace in the hole: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in a slinky swimsuit.
Jones appears at 1:06, but it's worth watching the whole thing for cameos from coach Greg Jackson and a few other UFC fighters.
Though the UFC banned tiny shorts like those for fights, we'll see if Jones breaks them out for the weigh-ins of UFC 152 on Friday. If you liked Waterson's video, vote for it here.
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- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Tue, 18 Sep, 2012 1:46 PM EDT
(Getty)Canadian promotion Maximum Fighting Championship is making some changes in the way they are handling title fights. MFC's titleholders will vacate their belt if they don't make weight for title fights.
At MFC 34 in August, Adam Lynn was set to meet Mukai Maromo for the vacant lightweight title. Lynn weighed in at 156.6 lbs., a pound and a half over the limit of 155 lbs. Maromo went on to to win the fight by knockout. Because of Lynn's blown weight, the fight was changed to non-title status, so Maromo didn't win the belt.
Under the new system, MFC champions will lose their title if they blow weight. If they win their fight, they will be considered the No. 1 contender to win back their belt. If they lose the fight, the contender wins the belt. If the contender blows weight, the champion will keep the belt, regardless of the fight's outcome.
The change in policy was put in place so that fighters won't be penalized because their opponents don't make weight. Fighters not making weight doesn't happen all that often at the top levels of the sport. However, it makes sense to have a policy in place in case there is a problem. The people at US Track and Field found out the hard way that policies for rare occasions, like a tie for third place at an Olympic Trials, are still needed.
In the UFC, when fighters don't make weight in a title fight, the title is no longer on the line. Travis Lutter didn't make weight against Anderson Silva for their fight in 2007, so the fight was not a title defense for Silva. Would you like to see UFC go to this system? Speak up in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.Read More »from Canadian promotion MFC tells title holders: Blow weight? You’re losing your belt
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