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November 11th 2010

Confirmed: Okami "definitely" gets title shot if he beats Marquardt

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has confirmed that Yushin Okami is in line for a title shot if he beats Nate Marquardt on Saturday night.The fight has been billed as a middleweight contender elimination match but Okami said yesterday he had not actually been told for definite that he would get a title shot if he won. Fighters Only saw Joe Silva after the pre-fight press...
November 11th 2010

Wand tells Belfort: "I'll catch you, you'll see"

Vitor Belfort appears to have lit a fire under Wanderlei Silva.What started as an observation on Wanderlei’s part (that Belfort seemed scared of Anderson Silva) turned into a tit-for-tat (Belfort said Wanderlei was now merely a “spectator” to the middleweight title picture and was trying to draw attention to himself.)That seems to be just what...
November 11th 2010

MMA illegal in New York "because of Las Vegas labor dispute"

The UFC’s route into New York is being blocked not by Bob Reilly but by a union “strongly opposed to the Fertitta brothers,” Fighters Only was told by a well-placed source this week. In the process of researching an article on New York Assemblyman Bob Reilly and his repeated efforts to derail efforts to have mixed martial arts legalised in the...
November 11th 2010

UFC UK: Next date possibly Liverpool in May

The UFC’s next visit to the UK could be a May date in Liverpool, which currently holds the unofficial crown as the UK’s premier MMA hotspot.Gyms in the Liverpool area have produced more UFC fighters than any other region of the country. Nottingham runs a close second, being the HQ of Rough House, but that is a team rather than a gym and so only the team...
November 11th 2010

Junior Dos Santos boxing clever for title shot

Junior dos Santos is planning to box his way to the UFC heavyweight belt.The big Brazilian has won all six of his UFC fights, five of those by way of stoppage. Roy Nelson took him the distance at UFC 117, the first opponent of Dos Santos’ career to do so, but lost a decision. The win put Dos Santos in the number one contender spot.“I hope they [UFC]...
November 10th 2010

Mir looking at Brendan Schaub next, no interest in Brock rematch

Frank Mir is looking to get himself on a roll and is seeking another win to lever him back into the UFC heavyweight title picture. Mir beat Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic by knockout at UFC 119 but lost to Shane Carwin by TKO in the bout before that, putting him more than one win away from a shot. Speaking to MMA Sucka, Mir said neither Roy Nelson nor a third...
November 10th 2010

Sakara: "I am a soldier of Rome"

SPQR (‘Senatus Populusque Romanus’) translates as ‘For the Senate and the People of Rome’.The letters, which called for the soldiers to serve their people and the people’s elected representatives in the Senate, were tattooed onto many Roman soldiers for much of the Roman Republic’s existence. Today the empire is long gone but for...
November 10th 2010

Okami not 100% sure of title shot if he wins

Yushin Okami is not 100 per cent sure he will be getting a middleweight title shot if he beats Nate Marquardt on Saturday night in the headline bout of UFC 122.The fight has been billed as a middleweight contender elimination match but Okami, who has been waiting in the wings for some time, says he has not actually had definite word that he will get a title shot if...
November 10th 2010

Winner wants revenge match with Cole Miller

Rough House lightweight Andre Winner is looking for a match with Cole Miller if all goes according to plan next year.“I’d like to get four fights in and I’d love to get a matchup with (fellow 155-pound prospect) Cole Miller at some point,” he said today as he worked out for the media prior to his UFC 122 fight with Denis Siver this...
November 10th 2010

Bellator FC boss denies rumours the show is in trouble

Bellator FC chief Bjorn Rebney has angrily dismissed rumours that his promotion has its back to the wall and is facing closure.Rumours about the relatively fledgling show have circulated for some weeks but gathered momentum last week following a report from MiddleEasy; Rebney’s increasingly forceful attempts to get Strikeforce to co-promote a show were...

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