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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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Round 5 Announces “UFC Titans” Line

Snapshot courtesy of Round 5 - The Official MMA Collectible.

Markham, ON  – Round 5 President Damon Lau announces an all-new line of collectible figures, UFC Titans, the latest brand extension of Round 5’s incredibly popular UFC license.

“For the last 3 years, we have had a great time working on our Ultimate Collector Series and the complementary UFC Live and UFC Versus collections. We are incredibly excited to announce our latest project: UFC Titans, says Lau. “As the UFC has grown into a mainstream sport, we wanted to produce a new line that appeals to our current fans as well as the new audiences who are finally recognizing mixed martial arts as the greatest sport on earth.”

The 5-inch UFC Titans figures are one inch shorter than the Ultimate Collector Series but share the same points of articulation at the neck, waist, arms and fists. Fans both new and old will see familiar faces in UFC Titans Series 1, as Round 5 will release figures of Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, and Georges St-Pierre.

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Aldo-Hominick, Couture-Machida Official for UFC 129 in Toronto


Jose Aldo. Photo courtesy of Built to Fight Industries.

Two additional co-headlining bouts have been officially announced for the UFC's inaugural foray into Toronto, Ontario, Canada for UFC 129 on April 30.

Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title against fellow striker Mark Hominick and UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture returns to face Lyoto Machida in an intriguing light heavyweight bout.

The previously rumored matchups were posted on UFC.com today.

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UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera Weigh-In Results


Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

All of the participants for the UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England.

The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight affair between former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and Brandon “The Truth” Vera.

Main Card:

Randy Couture (204 lbs) vs. Brandon Vera (204 lbs)
Mike Swick (170 lbs) vs. Dan Hardy (171 lbs)
Michael Bisping (186 lbs) vs. Denis Kang (185 lbs)
James Wilks (169 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)
Ross Pearson (156 lbs) vs. Aaron Riley (155 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Paul Taylor (170 lbs) vs. John Hathaway (170 lbs)
Terry Etim (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (155 lbs)
Matt Riddle (171 lbs) vs. Nick Osipczak (170 lbs)
Paul Kelly (156 lbs) vs. Dennis Siver (155 lbs)
Alexander Gustafsson (203 lbs) vs. Jared Hamman (204 lbs)
Andre Winner (155 lbs) vs. Roli Delgado (156 lbs)

Quick Hits: Couture-Vera Official for UFC 105, Gomi to Fight at VTJ ‘09 & More


Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture will indeed drop down to 205 lbs to meet Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC 105 on November 15. The UFC officially announced the bout today. Couture (16-10) will fight at light heavyweight for the first time since suffering his second straight loss to former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 and entering a temporary retirement. [UFC.com]

— Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and Japanese MMA pioneer Rumina Sato have been announced as participants Vale Tudo Japan 2009 on October 30, the first time the event will be held in nearly ten years. According to Gomi, the fight will be his last in his native country of Japan. A featherweight bout between Takeshi Inoue and Alexandre Franca Nogueira will also take place at the show. [Sherdog.com]

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Couture-Vera Expected to Headline UFC 105


Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture is expected to drop down to the light heavyweight division for a bout against talented kickboxer Brandon Vera that would serve as the main event for UFC 105, a Spike TV-televised event scheduled for the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England on November 15.

Several reports concerning the matchup have been posted within the last few hours. The UK-based Daily Telegraph was the first to report the news. The UFC will likely announce the bout this coming week.

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UFC 102 Fighter Salaries and Bonuses


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Oregon State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries for UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira which took place on Saturday, August 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Following the event, UFC officials handed out $60,000 bonuses for Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night. The recipients of the awards were as follows:

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Randy Couture Re-Signs With UFC


Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture has re-signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship inking a new six-fight, 28 month contract that will likely see Couture finish his career under the UFC banner.

Couture and UFC officials came to the agreement before his bout with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102 and following the bout, Couture said he’ll consider the option of moving back to light heavyweight.

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Tap Selections: UFC 102


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.

Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.

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Randy Couture’s UFC 102 Video Blog: Day III

Here is the third installment of former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture’s video blog for UFC 102, which will follow Couture in the days leading up to his bout with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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