UFC President Dana White has revealed that his organization is currently looking at summer dates for a UFC heavyweight title showdown between champion Junior dos Santos and challenger Alistair Overeem as well as a potential rematch between longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva and bitter rival Chael Sonnen.
The UFC's head honcho commented on the matchups during last night's premiere episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. According to White, the UFC is looking at holding the heavyweight title fight at some point in the summer. If Sonnen were to get past Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2 later this month, the same could be said for the middleweight division's biggest grudge match.
"Hopefully, this summer. This summer is probably when it's going to go down," White said of dos Santos and Overeem. "Alistair wants to take some time off. Junior is ready but needs to get some training in. So hopefully, this summer."
Members of the media met today with the six-man main card lineup for the UFC's second event on FOX, which will take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
UFC President Dana White took the podium alongside participants Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping and Demian Maia. The proceedings were interesting to say the least.
After the jump is video of the entire press conference. Enjoy.
A pivotal middleweight clash between seasoned veteran Chris Leben and standout wrestler Mark Munoz will headline the UFC's return to the UK on November 5, the promotion announced today.
UFC 138 will take place at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England and air via tape delay on Spike in North America. The bout between Leben and Munoz will also be the first non-title, five-round main event in UFC history.
Both Leben and Munoz have been on a rise up the middleweight rankings as of late and the winner of their meeting this fall will bring them one step closer to a potential title shot in the near future.
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.
We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine, which takes place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET.
The event is headlined by light heavyweight contenders bout between former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Keith Jardine. A heavyweight clash between undefeated prospect Shane Carwin and former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga will serve as the co-main event.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Matt Hamill. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A light heavyweight bout between former standout collegiate wrestlers Matt Hamill and Mark Munoz has reportedly been signed for UFC 96, which takes place on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio.
According to MMA Junkie, the fight is set to take place at the event and bout agreements have been signed. UFC 96 still remains without an official main event even though the fight card is nearly complete. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell remains the top candidate to headline the show.
Hamill, who has spent his entire professional career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has racked up a 5-2 record with the promotion thus far. The former cast member of the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show recently bounced back from a loss to one-time training partner Rich Franklin and defeated IFL veteran Reese Andy via second-round TKO on the undercard of December’s UFC 92.
Mark Munoz. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Former Oklahoma State University standout wrestler Mark Munoz has joined the list of fighters that will be making the jump from World Extreme Cagefighting to the UFC when the Zuffa-owned organization abolishes its middleweight and light heavyweight classes at the end of this year.
HDNet reporter Ron Kruck confirmed Munoz’s move during last Friday evening’s episode of “Inside MMA” on the digital cable channel. WEC fighters Steve Steinbeiss and Nissen Osterneck are also reportedly rumored to be heading to the UFC in the near future.
Munoz, a part-time training partner of former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, picked up his fifth professional victory at WEC 37 on December 3, stopping Palace Fighting Championship veteran Ricardo Barros in the first round via TKO. The win allowed Munoz to remain undefeated thus far in his professional career.
Barring any last minute injuries or weight issues, the fight card is set for December 3rd’s WEC 37 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The card will feature MMAonTap’s #1 ranked bantamweight, WEC Champion Miguel Torres, taking on undefeated challenger Manny Tapia. This fight has been a long time coming as Tapia has made it no secret that he’s wanted the challenge of taking on Torres. Unfortunately, injuries have slowed Tapia in the past.
Main Card Live on Versus:
Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia for WEC Bantamweight Championship
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez
Justin Haskins vs. Johny Hendricks
Ricardo Barros vs. Mark Munoz
Blas Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Alex Karalexis vs. Bart Palaszewski
Cub Swanson vs. Hirouki Takaya
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik
Mark Munoz. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
A light heavyweight bout between former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Munoz and Palace Fighting Championship veteran Ricardo Barros has reportedly been signed to take place at WEC 37 on December 5 in Las Vegas according to MMA Weekly.
Munoz, a heralded wrestler out of Oklahoma State University, remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He was victorious in his WEC debut back in June, scoring a first-round stoppage of Chuck Grigsby. Munoz was scheduled to take on Steve Steinbeiss prior to the postponement of WEC 36 but was forced off the card with a knee injury. According to the article, he has signed a contract to fight in the UFC, win or lose, starting next year.
Barros has competed sparingly throughout his MMA career, only fighting three times in the last eight years. His most recent bout took place at Palace Fighting Championships 6 in January, where he scored a first-round submission of Eric Pribble. Barros is a BJJ black belt under Ralph Gracie.