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Bellator announces “Fight Master” reality show for summer debut on Spike

Randy Couture. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly.

Bellator's anticipated trek into the world of reality television will air on Spike this summer and will be led by some legendary company.

UFC hall of famer Randy Couture, former multiple-promotion champion Frank Shamrock, renowned coach Greg Jackson and former Bellator featherweight title holder Joe Warren will serve as coaches on the inaugural season of "Fight Master: Bellator MMA".

Bellator and Spike officials held a press conference on Tuesday to formally announce the project. The show will feature 32 up-and-coming welterweight prospects vying for a spot in a Bellator welterweight tournament this fall.

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UFC on FOX 6 Notebook: Pettis will wait for title shot, Dana White on Rampage & more

Anthony Pettis. Photo courtesy of Showtime Striking Systems.

After three straight wins over a trio of the UFC's toughest and most durable lightweights, including a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 last night, former WEC champion Anthony Pettis is content to wait for a shot at the UFC lightweight belt if a crack at it is set in stone for him.

"If it's a guaranteed title shot, I'm waiting," Pettis said at the event's post-fight press conference. "That's what my goals are. It's one of my goals this year. If it's next, I'm going to wait, get better and get what's mine."

Pettis has been guaranteed a UFC title shot once before. As the last reigning WEC lightweight champion, Pettis was slated to meet the winner of a January 2011 title fight between then champion Frankie Edgar and rival Gray Maynard.

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Video: Dana White’s UFC on FOX 6 pre-fight media scrum

 
Check out the pre-fight media scrum for UFC on FOX 6 with Dana White, where he covers a variety of topics such as Ronda Rousey's controversial tweet, Matt Hughes' new front office job, Rampage and how much money he's really made with the UFC.
 
Also brought up were Pedro Nobre and his antics at UFC on FX 7, Eddie Alvarez and the lightweight contenders, Anderson Silva's next fight and a matchup in the works between Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold.
 

Girls Night: First Impressions of Invicta FC

Bec Hyatt. Photo by Esther Lin/Invicta FC.

I have to admit that I'm a little late to the Invicta FC party.

I've read all of the hype surrounding MMA's first mainstream all-female promotion. I've been following it somewhat closely, even the controversy regarding Shannon Knapp's insistence that her product's first-ever show drew 230,000+ unique visitors to a stream on Invicta's website. Yet I wasn't able to sit down and a catch event, until now.

Sick as a dog, I was able to spend Saturday night watching Invicta's fourth card, headlined by a clash for the vacant Invicta strawweight title between Carla Esparza and last-minute replacement Bec Hyatt. I was impressed to say the least.

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Dana White UFC on Fox 5 Video Blog (Part 2)

Here is the latest installment for Dana White's UFC on Fox 5 video blog. This episode features stories from Chael Sonnen along with predictions from UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Carlos Condit.

GSP vs. Diaz Next On Tap

Nick Diaz. Photo property of UFC.

It looks like a potential superfight between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre will have to wait. Following the pre-fight press conference for UFC on Fox 5, Ariel Helwani tweeted, “Dana just said GSP told him I want Nick Diaz. Dana said that’s probably the fight we’ll make.”

Helwani continued, “Dana said GSP doesn’t ask for much, so he feels like he has to do it. Silva and Hendricks will have to wait. Dana hasn’t told Nick yet, but he is here.”

Johny Hendricks has been adamant about the fact that he will not fight unless it’s for a title shot. Following the reports of GSP-Diaz, Hendricks tweeted, “Yes I will sit out if I don’t get a title shot.”

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Rousey vs. Carmouche to Headline UFC 157

Ronda Rousey. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

UFC president Dana White has announced that Ronda Rousey will make her much anticipated UFC debut on February 2013 at UFC 157. The announcement came at the UFC of Fox 5 pre-fight press conference where White noted that Rousey will appear in the main event against Invicta veteran Liz Carmouche.

“In the UFC, February 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, she’ll be fighting Liz Carmouche and she is the main event,” White said.

While Carmouche stepped up, Cyborg has expressed her interest in the fight after previously stating there was no way she could drop down to 135 lbs. Her stance has changed and it’s still the fight the UFC and Rousey both want.

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Forrest Griffin Injures Knee, Out of UFC 155

Forrest Griffin. Photo property of UFC.

The UFC just can’t catch a break. Today it was announced that former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin injured his knee and has been forced to withdraw from his bout at UFC 155 against Phil Davis.

Dana White tweeted, “Forrest has MCL tear and ACL strain. 20 cc’s of blood removed from his knee and the saga continues at the UFC!!”

Griffin was originally scheduled to face Chael Sonnen but the fight was scrapped when Sonnen landed a coaching gig alongside Jon Jones on The Ultimate Fighter 17. Shortly after the removal, Phil Davis accepted the fight. No replacement has been named at this time.

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The Daily Recap: TUF Tuesdays, Faber-Menjivar & More

Urijah Faber. Photo courtesy of UrijahFaber.com.

Despite reports of The Ultimate Fighter moving Wednesdays, it is now being reported that TUF will air on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET. The news comes from an advertisement in UFC 360 that indicates The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen will debut on Tues, January 22 at 9 PM on FX.

Speaking of TUF 17, Dana White threw up a picture of himself with Mike Tyson on Twitter while watching fights for the upcoming season.

Ivan Menjivar and Urijah Faber will settle some unfinished business at UFC 157 in Anahiem. The two bantamweights originally battled at TKO 24: Eruption and Menjivar was disqualified for kicking a downed opponent. [MMAWeekly]

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Lavar Johnson Injures Groin, Out of UFC on Fox 5 Fight

Lavar Johnson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

Dana White has announced via Twitter that Lavar Johnson has suffered a pulled groin and has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Brendan Schaub. No replacement has been announced at this time.

Earlier this week, White pleaded with UFC on Fox 5 fighters saying, “It’s tough to keep a card together. What have we got like a week and a half to go? I want to say to all the guys, tone your training down a little bit. Let’s not get anybody injured this last week and a half.”

UFC on Fox 5 is slated for December 8 and features a UFC lightweight championship bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The stacked undercard includes Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick.

Update, 11:33 PM: MMA Fighting is reporting that the UFC will not seek a replacement for Johnson meaning Schaub will no longer appear on the card.

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