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April 26th 2011

Belfort's hepatitis infection will not affect Akiyama bout

Vitor Belfort won’t be kept out of his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama by the Hepatitis A infection he has contracted.The bout is due to take place at UFC 133 on August 6th and Belfort revealed today that his doctor wants him to rest for two weeks while the infection is dealt with. That is an inconvenience for Belfort but should not materially affect his...
April 26th 2011

Fickett-Franca set for MFC 30 in June

Drew Fickett and Hermes Franca are confirmed to fight each other in the main event of MFC 30 on June 10th.The two lightweights, both of whom are submission stylists, will compete for the Canadian promotion’s lightweight title in a five-round fight. Fickett is on a five-fight winning streak, a remarkable turnaround from his 2009 run of five losses in five...
April 26th 2011

Belfort tells Wanderlei "Be Quiet"

After the knockout loss at UFC 126, there were a lot of speculations about the next opponent for Vitor Belfort, former number one middleweight contender. Fighters Only contacted sources close to deal and confirmed yesterday his return is official at UFC 133 on August 6th against Yoshihiro Akiyama.“The Phenom” at first felt sad not to be taking part in the...
April 25th 2011

Anderson: "In my youth, we fought for honour"

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is in the United States on an interview tour to promote the documentary film ‘Like Water’ which has just been released.  The film, which focuses on Anderson’s life and career, had its premier this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.Anderson has revealed that the idea of the film came up because his...
April 24th 2011

Weight issue coming between Hendo-Fedor match

There’s a weighty issue hampering Strikeforce matchmakers as they attempt to put a Fedor Emelianenko/Dan Henderson fight together.Oddly, it seems that the issue is Fedor’s management not wanting the fight to take place at heavyweight, despite that being the division the Russian has had all his fights in.Henderson wants the fight at heavyweight, even...
April 24th 2011

Dos Santos on TUF, Lesnar, keeping it standing

Number one heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos was set to face off with Cain Velasquez for the UFC title but an injury to the champion’s shoulder called the fight off. Then the UFC announced ‘Cigano’ - dos Santos’ nickname, meaning ‘gypsy’ - as The Ultimate Fighter coach against Brock Lesnar. The Brazilian accepted the...
April 23rd 2011

Ortiz a "step down" but "still dangerous" says Bader

Tito Ortiz may be a legend of MMA and a former dominant champion in the UFC light-heavyweight division but these days he represents a “step down” in competition, according to his next opponent. Ryan Bader will fight him in the co-main event of UFC 132 on July 2nd in Las Vegas. He told MMA Weekly Radio Ortiz is not up to the standard of his recent...
April 23rd 2011

Hendo professes love for BJJ

He might be a wrestler by trade, and just one of his 27 career wins have come by way of a submission technique, but Dan Henderson is black belt level in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, according to his coach.“Henderson would give a lot of guys a hard time if he were to compete in at No-Gi tournaments. He really likes grappling - training on the bottom too. He’d tap...
April 22nd 2011

Jake Shields: "I refuse to lose, I am prepared for war"

Jake Shields says he is prepared for “absolute war” when he challenges Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title at UFC 129 next weekend.The former Strikeforce champion, who is on a 15-fight win streak including a decision over Martin Kampmann in his last outing, is the heavy underdog but says people are writing him off too easily. “[My past...
April 22nd 2011

Falcao still gunning for Sakara over trash talk

Brazilian middleweight Maiquel Falcao does not know when his next UFC fight will be, but he still has his eye on Alessio Sakara. The two were supposed to meet at ‘UFC Live on Versus 3’ last month but Falcao was forced out because of a broken hand.Sakara will fight at the upcoming UFC 133 event and Falcao hopes to be in action around that time himself - he...

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