Reminder: “Countdown to UFC 110” preview show debuts Feb. 18 on Spike TV

The next installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s traditional pre-event preview show debuts Feb. 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with “Countdown to UFC 110.”

The Spike TV special spotlights “UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez,” which takes place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Former champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meets top contender Cain Velasquez in the heavyweight headliner, and Michael Bisping takes on Wanderlei Silva in the middleweight co-headliner.

Spike TV airs replays later in the week.


The next installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s traditional pre-event preview show debuts Feb. 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with “Countdown to UFC 110.”

The Spike TV special spotlights “UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez,” which takes place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Former champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meets top contender Cain Velasquez in the heavyweight headliner, and Michael Bisping takes on Wanderlei Silva in the middleweight co-headliner.

Spike TV airs replays later in the week.


Anderson Silva Says “No Problem” to Bout with Demian Maia

On Friday we speculated that Chael Sonnen would not be able to step in for the injured Vitor Belfort at UFC 112; we proceeded to waver on that opinion (yes waffles are one of our favorite breakfast foods), only to receive news that Demian Maia will now face Anderson Silva. Funny how the magical world […]

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On Friday we speculated that Chael Sonnen would not be able to step in for the injured Vitor Belfort at UFC 112; we proceeded to waver on that opinion (yes waffles are one of our favorite breakfast foods), only to receive news that Demian Maia will now face Anderson Silva. Funny how the magical world of the UFC works huh? Silva bombs out Marquardt, Maia works Sonnen, Marquardt bombs out Maia, Sonnen works Marquardt, Silva bombs out…well, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

In an interesting story from MMA Junkie, Silva’s manager Ed Soares conceded that the champion was willing to move up to light-heavyweight if need be, in wake of Belfort’s injury; seems like “The Spider” just wants to fight (Nice). Soares also apparently denied having any influence in the UFC’s decision to roll with Maia, after the outspoken manager recently stated that they felt Sonnen should have to avenge his UFC 95 loss to Maia, before getting a title shot (Comments that included the word’s “beat up” and “easily”…). At any rate, according to Soares, Anderson had the following reaction to the news Maia was willing to take the fight:

“I had a message from Lorenzo and from (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva,” Soares said. “I called them both back, and actually I got hold of Joe Silva first. Joe told me that Demian Maia stepped up and was willing to take the fight. I said, ‘Great.’

“I finally got hold of Anderson and I called them back immediately and said, ‘Hey. Anderson said it’s no problem.’”

Cool beans gentlemen. Let’s do this.

Spike’s “UFC Prelim” broadcast returns for “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” in March

While Spike TV will not be broadcasting any preliminary bouts from the
upcoming UFC 110 event in Australia, MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the fight promotion that the cable
channel’s “UFC Prelim” program will return for UFC 111.

The one-hour broadcast of preliminary card contest from “UFC 111:
St-Pierre vs. Hardy,” which takes place March 27 in Newark, N.J., marks
the third of 10 scheduled “UFC Prelim” programs in 2010.

While the complete card for UFC 111 has been made official, Spike TV
and the UFC have not yet announced which two contests will be
guaranteed for the pre-pay-per-view teaser.


While Spike TV will not be broadcasting any preliminary bouts from the
upcoming UFC 110 event in Australia, MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the fight promotion that the cable
channel’s “UFC Prelim” program will return for UFC 111.

The one-hour broadcast of preliminary card contest from “UFC 111:
St-Pierre vs. Hardy,” which takes place March 27 in Newark, N.J., marks
the third of 10 scheduled “UFC Prelim” programs in 2010.

While the complete card for UFC 111 has been made official, Spike TV
and the UFC have not yet announced which two contests will be
guaranteed for the pre-pay-per-view teaser.


Anthony Johnson injured, withdraws from UFC on Versus 1 bout with John Howard

A welterweight grudge match between Anthony Johnson (8-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC)
and John Howard (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has been put on indefinite hold as
“Rumble” was forced to bow out of the contest due to a knee injury.

The pair was scheduled to meet on the main card of “UFC on Versus 1:
Vera vs. Jones,” which takes place March 21 in Broomfield, Colo.

The injury was first reported by ProMMANow.com and has subsequently been verified by multiple outlets.


A welterweight grudge match between Anthony Johnson (8-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC)
and John Howard (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has been put on indefinite hold as
“Rumble” was forced to bow out of the contest due to a knee injury.

The pair was scheduled to meet on the main card of “UFC on Versus 1:
Vera vs. Jones,” which takes place March 21 in Broomfield, Colo.

The injury was first reported by ProMMANow.com and has subsequently been verified by multiple outlets.


Strikeforce’s Luke Rockhold: I’d love to scrap if Paul Bradley will stand with me

American Kickboxing Academy fighter Luke Rockhold (6-1 MMA, 5-0 SF) has
quickly made a name for himself in Strikeforce’s middleweight division.

Rightfully so. With five submission wins in five Strikeforce outings,
Rockhold’s grappling skills have already earned him a solid reputation.

But as Rockhold prepares to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 7” competitor
Paul Bradley (12-1 MMA, 1-0 SF) at “Strikeforce Challengers VI” on Feb.
26 in San Jose, Calif., he has a message for his opponent: Let’s stand
and bang.


American Kickboxing Academy fighter Luke Rockhold (6-1 MMA, 5-0 SF) has
quickly made a name for himself in Strikeforce’s middleweight division.

Rightfully so. With five submission wins in five Strikeforce outings,
Rockhold’s grappling skills have already earned him a solid reputation.

But as Rockhold prepares to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 7” competitor
Paul Bradley (12-1 MMA, 1-0 SF) at “Strikeforce Challengers VI” on Feb.
26 in San Jose, Calif., he has a message for his opponent: Let’s stand
and bang.


Joe Stevensons MMA Love Story

Thomas Gerbasi, UFC – Sacrifice. If you’re not willing to do it, you won’t make it too long in the sport of mixed martial arts. Lightweight contender Joe Stevenson knows all about the idea and practice of sacrifice.

Thomas Gerbasi, UFC – Sacrifice. If you’re not willing to do it, you won’t make it too long in the sport of mixed martial arts. Lightweight contender Joe Stevenson knows all about the idea and practice of sacrifice.