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February 8th 2011

Kenny Florian confirms move to featherweight

After weeks of speculation, Kenny Florian has confirmed that he is moving down to the UFC featherweight division.When the rumour first emerged, neither Florian nor his agent would confirm or deny it. Today it was revealed that the move is set, but reports that Florian will jump straight into a shot against featherweight champion Jose Aldo are inaccurate."I...
February 8th 2011

Santiago leaves Sengoku, off to Strikeforce?

Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago has left the Japanese promotion.The American Top Team fighter has been asking to be released for some time and has finally had his wish granted, according to MMA Fighting. The report says that Santiago is now “looking to sign imminently with a major North American promotion” and Strikeforce is the likely...
February 8th 2011

Rua claims Rampage turned down title shot

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua claims that Jon Jones only got a shot at his light-heavyweight title because Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson turned it down.Rua made the claim when talking to Tatame, a leading mixed martial arts publication in Brazil. “The UFC thought in other alternatives, but it didn’t worked out. For some reason he (Jackson)...
February 8th 2011

Rampage explains decision to turn down title shot

Quinton Rampage Jackson says he turned down a shot at the light-heavyweight title because he did want to fight on such short notice.He was asked to step in for an injured Rashad Evans but when he turned it down the shot went to Jon Jones, who now faces Mauricio Rua at UFC 126."I don't care who the opponent is," Jackson told MMA Junkie. "I'm not taking...
February 7th 2011

UFC 126 payroll

Anderson Silva’s official purse of $200,000 was a full $75,000 less than his challenger Vitor Belfort’s at UFC 126, but then Belfort doesn’t have a PPV revenue cut to factor in.So while he is the leader on the UFC 126 official payroll, his purse is going to be well behind Anderson’s actual pay for the fight. The same goes for Forrest Griffin,...
February 7th 2011

Six weeks to glory for Jon Jones?

Jon Jones has six weeks to prepare for a surprise light-heavyweight title fight with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. The Team Jackson fighter found out moments after his win over Ryan Bader that he would be filling in for an injured Rashad Evans to take a crack at the title.Is it going to be long enough? Jones told Telegraph writer Gareth A Davies that it...
February 7th 2011

Melendez signs new deal with Strikeforce

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (18-2), has signed a new, multi-year agreement with the San Jose, California based promotion.“Strikeforce is my home, they’ve always been like family to me and I’m looking forward to continuing my career with them,” said the talented, exciting, 5-foot-9, 27-year-old...

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