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Las Vegas, Nevada – With the world heavyweight championship fight set to air live on FOX on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Honda Center in Anaheim, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® held a conference call today with the stars of the card. Here are flash quotes:


Dana White, UFC President

“This is going to be a different format than we’ve ever done before. Obviously this is a show featuring one fight so we’re doing a lot of things differently. We are going to be rehearsing for this from Thursday.

“This is a throw-back to the old days of boxing; we are putting a big fight – a huge fight – on free TV to expose this thing to a new audience. Our goal has always been to bring big fights back to network television; we are thinking long-term for the future of this sport. It is an investment in the future of the UFC. Fans that have never seen the UFC before will see this show and that’s why we decided to put Cain and Junior in this position.

“I know for a fact this is going to be an awesome fight. I know it is going to be great. That’s why it was these two in this position. I have no worries at all this is going to be a great fight.

“There’s going to be a lot of backstage features, we are going to be talking to both guys backstage before they fight which isn’t something we’ve done for a very long time.”

Cain Velasquez, UFC heavyweight champion

“There’s always butterflies when you have a fight. It is natural to feel nervous, it means you are ready. But I’m not more nervous because I’ve been out (hurt) for more than a year. I know from my training camp I’m 100 percent and ready to go. I was 100 percent in July.

“I’m excited and it is a great honor to have this fight chosen by the UFC to be the first one on FOX. But I am not focused on the event, the hype or the (expected large TV audience), like any other fight I am focused on my opponent and not much else.

“Dos Santos is a great opponent. He’s very dangerous.”

Junior dos Santos, No. 1 ranked UFC heavyweight contender

“It was such a long wait for my title shot, but I am not sorry. This, right now, is the greatest opportunity I could have had, fighting for the world heavyweight title live on FOX for the very first time.

“I’m very happy in my life right now. I’m in such a good place mentally and physically. I’m proof that if you work hard, treat people right and don’t doubt yourself, you can achieve your dreams. I genuinely believe that Cain is the greatest heavyweight in the world and it is an honor to fight him.

“Yes, I come from humble beginnings, but I have been very lucky in my life.

“I don’t think this fight will go five rounds. I have trained for five rounds but I don’t expect this to do the distance.”

Notes & Nuggets

·         Weigh-ins will be LIVE on FUEL TV at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Friday, November 11

·         The UFC heavyweight title fight will be the only fight featured on the FOX broadcast

·         The fight will be broadcast live in over a dozen countries, including Canada, Brazil, Australia and the UK

For more information or current fight news, visit All bouts live and subject to change.

Duel for Domination Saturday November 26, 2011 Phoenix AZ

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Ryan Harrington, the FCFF Super Heavyweight Champ Will Face Former Champ on Nov. 5th

  • Plus: Bantamweight Main Event & Female Fight!
Lincoln City, OR On Saturday, November 5th the Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) will return to Chinook Winds Casino Resort to host LIVE MMA ACTION at Caged on the Coast 6! There will be two Championship fights, held on opposite ends of the FCFFs weight class divisions; plus one female fight and a key welterweight match-up that will determine whose climbing the FCFF ranks in the ultra competitive 170-pound division.


The FCFF Super Heavyweight Champion Ryan Harrington will come to Lincoln City in attempts to make his first Title defense since earning the belt at Rumble @ The Roseland 56 on April 23rd 2011. He will face the FCFFs former Heavyweight Title holder: Damion Martindale.
In the Main Event Bantamweight fighter Tyler Fryman of Donald, Oregon gets a second chance at the FCFF belt as he faces 5-0 undefeated wrestling star Cory Vombaur for the vacant FCFF 135-pound belt.

Ryan Harrington, the undefeated FCFF Super Heavyweight Champion.
Emily Whitmire of Rise Above MMA returns to Lincoln City on November 5th in the only female fight on the Caged on the Coast 6 Fight card. Whitmire last fought in Lincoln City on November 6th 2010 at Caged on the Coast 3. She took on Sarah McLeod of Canada and won via rear naked choke in only 46 seconds of round number one. Whitmire went onto compete as the Co-Main event at Rumble @ The Roseland 54 on January 22nd 2011 and suffered a loss. Whitmires loss was by the hands of Robin Woods, who has since gone undefeated. I feel better going in to this fight having that experience now, she said. Emily Whitmire will face Liz Tracy at Caged on the Coast 6.   


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Anderson Silva: Ed Soares needs a more professional attitude

Anderson Silva: Ed Soares needs a more professional attitude, will have to deal with backlash of what he did

Pridegp2004425poster_-_copy_-_copy_tiny by Adam Guillen Jr. on Nov 1, 2011 7:00 PM PDT in UFC News

Trouble in paradise or lost in translation?

UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his long-time manager and interpreter, Ed Soares, havent been on the same page lately.

In a recent interview, Silva revealed that he would fight for at least six or seven more years, contradicting Soares previous statements that estimated the Brazilian, 37, had only four fights left in him.

Now, there is an apparent rift brewing between the champion and his manager because of a recent photo that emerged, showing Soares seemingly joking around with none other than Andersons bitter rival, Chael Sonnen.

Appearing on the television show, UFC Sem Limites on Brazilian channel Tela Nitida, Silva expressed his recent displeasure with his manager (via Fighters Only magazine):


Unfortunately, my manager is American, he speaks Portuguese, but he is American. But, Im putting myself as a Brazilian. Whether you are in the UFC or not, when Im outside my country Im going to represent my country well and I think everyone has to position himself in the right way. His position was not good, was not cool, as a manager he needed to have a more professional attitude. He was not professional and I dont know why I think it was not cool. But everyone knows whats best, he is a grown man and he is going to deal with the backlash of what he did.

Silva went on to to reveal that has no contract with Soares:

First thing is that nobody can talk for me except myself. Second is that I dont have a contract with anybody, except with Nine9 and my sponsors, so anything can happen.

On Oct. 21, 2011, Silva responded on his Twitter account about the photo above, which was apparently taken at the Hilton Hotel in Houston, Texas, during the festivities of UFC 136.

His reaction:

I do not like it at all this photo, I take to mean that only I can talk about my struggles, my plans and my career.

A picture truly is worth a thousand words, whether its taken out of context or not. Keep in mind that Soares and Sonnen have had a history of heated verbal warfare in the past, so its very strange to see a photo of the pair seemingly sharing a joyful moment together.

Soares, as well as Sonnen, have yet to comment on the photo at this time. In addition, Soares has not yet responded to Silvas recent remarks that have voiced his seeming displeasure with his recent behavior/statements.

Stay tuned to for more on this developing story.

Gina Carano next fight will not happen in 2011

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It appears that another year will pass without the one-time face of womens MMA returning to caged combat.

Former female Strikeforce star, Gina Carano, will not compete at the promotions year-end event, which is scheduled for Dec. 17, 2011, in San Diego, Calif., as previously speculated, according to

Conviction hasnt seen action since a first round beatdown at the hands of Brazilian Cyborg Cristiane Santos back in Aug. 2009. She was supposed to return to action earlier this year against Sarah DAlelio; however, she was forced off the card for vague medical reasons.

During her more than two-year long mixed martial arts (MMA) hiatus, Carano has kept herself busy thanks to a high-profile acting role in the upcoming Haywire movie from director Steven Soderbergh. Haywire is scheduled for release in Jan. 2012. will deliver the latest news on Carano and her fight future as more information emerges.

Smooth Ben Henderson Awarded Twitter Bonus by UFC

Smooth Benson Henderson awarded Twitter bonus by UFC

UFC Lightweight star “Smooth” Benson Henderson was one of nine fighters awarded a Twitter bonus by UFC President Dana White on Tuesday.  Henderson will be awarded $5,000 for having the most creative tweets among fighters with 10-30,000 followers.

Standing out among Henderson’s tweets were his live tweeting during the UFC 133 conference call and giving fans the ability to participate in the question and answer process.

“It’s really exciting to be recognized by the UFC for doing what I love to do anyways, interact with the fans,” stated Henderson, who is training to fight Clay Guida in the first UFC on FOX card Nov. 12 in Anaheim, Calif.

“The sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC have the best fans in the world and we share a level of interaction between fans and athletes not seen in any other professional sport. I am thankful that the UFC allows utilize social media tools to help with this.”

Henderson holds a 14-2 professional record, and is 2-0 in the UFC after previously holding the WEC Lightweight championship. In his last fight, Henderson dominated Jim Miller. He currently trains at the MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz.

Fans can follow Henderson through his Twitter handle @SmoothOne155.

Fighters were awarded Twitter bonuses in four divisions, based on the number of followers for each fighter.  Within each division, bonuses were awarded for most total followers, the highest percentage of growth in followers, and the most creative tweets.

All data was tracked and gathered by Digital Royalty.  White selected the winners in the creative tweets category.

Twitter Bonus Recipients
75,000+ followers:

Most Followers: Anderson Silva
Largest Percentage Growth: Anderson Silva
Most Creative: Forrest Griffin

30-75,000+ followers:
Most Followers: Antonio Minotauro Nogueira
Largest Percentage Growth: Antonio Minotauro Nogueira
Most Creative: Joe Lauzon

10-30,000+ followers:

Most Followers: Demian Maia
Largest Percentage Growth: Demian Maia
Most Creative: Benson Henderson

2-10,000+ followers:
Most Followers: Cris Cyborg
Largest Percentage Growth: Cris Cyborg
Most Creative: Joseph Benavidez

DIRECTV and News Corp./Fox Reach Agreement!‏

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Carlos Condit Mad at Georges St-Pierre, Not UFC, for Losing Title Fight

Manager: Carlos Condit Mad at Georges St-Pierre, Not UFC, for Losing Title Fight

Malki Kawa had a bad feeling when he heard his phone ring and looked at the caller ID. It was then that he realized UFC president Dana White was on the other line. UFC 137had just ended 30 minutes earlier, and it was already after midnight on the east coast. It was not a time for mindless chit-chat. It was a time for serious business.As is his style, White cut to the chase. Georges St-Pierre no longer wanted to fight Kawas client Carlos Condit next. Instead, the UFC welterweight champ wanted to fight Nick Diaz, the winner of UFC 137s main event. We all now know the outcome. St-Pierre got the fight he wanted, and hell be fighting Diaz in early February. Condit? He wasnt too happy, and he didnt exactly step aside as White told the media at the post-fight press conference.I could understand them coming to us like that, Kawa said on Mondays edition of The MMA Hour. The issue with the whole he decided to step aside, obviously, that wasnt the case. There was no just stepping aside. There was a little bit more than that. Its going to take more than that. I think were way more upset with Georges and the way Georges handled it than we are with the way Dana presented it or anything like that.

Everything changed in the moments after UFC 137. Diaz got the ball rolling by saying St-Pierre was scared and by questioning his injury just after his main event win. According to White, St-Pierre then flipped out and demanded that he bypass Condit and face Diaz next.

But as Kawa pointed out, Diaz had previously called out St-Pierre after he was originally replaced with Condit, and St-Pierre never responded. In addition to that, St-Pierre had gone on record saying that believed Condit presented the tougher challenge.

I dont know if the emotions of the moment got to him, and he just decided to do that, Kawa said. Its kind of un-Georges-like.

Kawa said that he and Condit didnt step aside as graciously as it sounded, describing the ordeal as gut-wrenching.

[Carlos'] words were, My heart hurts, he said.

But ultimately, Kawa said that they are company men who made the move that the promotion wanted. He also suggested that there was some financial reward for bowing out.

Dana always does the right thing and in this case, hell do the right thing again, he said.

Kawa said he tried to keep things in perspective by noting that he originally got Condit moved into the title slot with some hustle of his own, and that sometimes, that sort of thing works against you. He even candidly admitted that if he was Diazs manager, he would have lobbied for the fight, too.

Are we pissed off about it? Absolutely, he said. But its not like Ive never been on other end of stick where I put one of my fighters ahead of someone else and another guy got shafted or screwed over. Its just business, its not personal. Its nothing personal with Georges. Are we upset with him? Absolutely.

Meanwhile, Condit has every intention of fighting again instead of waiting to take on the St-Pierre vs. Diaz winner. Kawa said the UFC has thrown out some possibilities, but that nothing has been decided upon. The biggest factor is that it has to be someone that Condit can gain something from in fighting, mentioning Josh Koscheck and Jake Ellenberger as possibilities.

Its more about whoever brings the most to the table, he said. We want to make it a big-money fight. Whoever that is. Make it a big-money fight. A No. 1 contender, possibly make it a five-rounder if we could. And somebody who win, lose, or draw, we can take something from it.

UFC 137 Medical Suspensions

The full list of suspensions includes:

Danny Downes: Suspended until Nov. 29 with no contact until Nov. 20 due to lacerations.

Brandon Vera: Suspended until Dec. 14 with no contact until Nov. 29. In addition, must have torn ligament in left elbow cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until April 28.

Bart Palaszewski: Suspended until Dec. 14 with no contact until Nov. 29 for lacerations. Must have right hand x-rayed cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until April 28.

Tyson Griffin: Suspended until Dec. 14 with no contact until Nov. 29.

Dennis Siver: Suspended until Dec. 14 with no contact until Nov. 29.

George Roop: Suspended until Dec. 14 with no contact until Nov. 29 for lacerations.

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic: Suspended until Dec. 14 with no contact until Nov. 29.

Matt Mitrione: Suspended until Dec. 14 with no contact until Nov. 29.

BJ Penn: Suspended until Dec. 29 with no contact until Nov. 14.

Nick Diaz: Suspended until Nov. 29 with no contact until Nov. 20.

BJ Penns Manager Says The Prodigy Will Be Back!



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Following his loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137, BJ Penn announced that he would retire form mixed martial arts altogether. 

However, according to, talks of his sudden departure seem to be premature and his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, Alana Goes, said Penn would return to the UFC in the future. 

Goes posted photos of The Prodigy on his Facebook page and said that Penn personally told him that he would continue his fighting career. 

The Hawaiian has gone 1-3-1 in his past five bouts while competing at both 155 lbs and 170 lbs, respectively. Prior to his current run, Penn was the reigning UFC lightweight champion and dominated the division for nearly two years with victories over Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez. 

Penn has historically never fared well as a welterweight, partially due the size disadvantage, while facing fighters such as Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch.

However, Penn is still relatively young at 32-years-old and he still can compete against some of the top fighters in the world, but time will tell if, and when, he does decide to return to the Octagon.


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