Josh Kocheck adds Teddy Lucio, Strikeforce’s Daniel Cormier as “TUF 12” coaches

“The Ultimate Fighter 12” head coach Josh Koscheck has added two more names to his staff of assistant coaches, MMAjunkie.com learned on Thursday.

According to sources close to the fighter, Koscheck has brought on Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier as a wrestling coach and Teddy Lucio as his boxing coach.

Cormier and Lucio join Bob Cook, Javier Mendez and Dave Camarillo as Koscheck’s assistant coaches on the lightweights-only season of the UFC reality show, which debuts Sept. 15 on Spike TV.


“The Ultimate Fighter 12” head coach Josh Koscheck has added two more names to his staff of assistant coaches, MMAjunkie.com learned on Thursday.

According to sources close to the fighter, Koscheck has brought on Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier as a wrestling coach and Teddy Lucio as his boxing coach.

Cormier and Lucio join Bob Cook, Javier Mendez and Dave Camarillo as Koscheck’s assistant coaches on the lightweights-only season of the UFC reality show, which debuts Sept. 15 on Spike TV.


Seth Petruzelli rejoins UFC, meets Ricardo Romero on UFC 116 preliminary card

Seth Petruzelli, a former UFC fighter who rose to fame after famously knocking out Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at an October 2008 EliteXC show, has rejoined the UFC and meets fellow light heavyweight Ricardo Romero next month at UFC 116.

MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with Romero’s manager, Mike Constantino, that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have not been signed.

Petruzelli initially announced the July 3 bout via Twitter this afternoon.


Seth Petruzelli, a former UFC fighter who rose to fame after famously knocking out Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at an October 2008 EliteXC show, has rejoined the UFC and meets fellow light heavyweight Ricardo Romero next month at UFC 116.

MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with Romero’s manager, Mike Constantino, that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have not been signed.

Petruzelli initially announced the July 3 bout via Twitter this afternoon.


Aldo vs. Gamburyan not a lock; WEC 49’s Davis vs. Grispi could impact title picture

Although facing lethal WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo probably isn’t on the top of most fighters’ to-do list, defeating the Brazilian striker is now a requirement to take the belt.

Former UFC lightweight contender Manny Gamburyan did his best to stake his claim to a title shot at WEC 48 with a stunning knockout of former champ Mike Brown.

But WEC general manager Reed Harris recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio he isn’t ready to declare him a No. 1 contender just yet and said this month’s WEC 49 show – and its co-main event – could play a factor in the decision.


Although facing lethal WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo probably isn’t on the top of most fighters’ to-do list, defeating the Brazilian striker is now a requirement to take the belt.

Former UFC lightweight contender Manny Gamburyan did his best to stake his claim to a title shot at WEC 48 with a stunning knockout of former champ Mike Brown.

But WEC general manager Reed Harris recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio he isn’t ready to declare him a No. 1 contender just yet and said this month’s WEC 49 show – and its co-main event – could play a factor in the decision.


Jamie Yager’s Management Responds To Tweets About Tito Ortiz

While most sports fans thought the day’s compelling question was whether the Los Angeles Lakers would cover the 5.5-point spread in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, it appears @The_Chosyn_One vs. @JamieYager was Thursday’s pressing topic.
Jamie Yager eliminated himself from the middleweight tournament in last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 11″ when he failed […]

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Jamie Yager’s Management Responds To Tweets About Tito Ortiz

While most sports fans thought the day’s compelling question was whether the Los Angeles Lakers would cover the 5.5-point spread in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, it appears @The_Chosyn_One vs. @JamieYager was Thursday’s pressing topic.
Jamie Yager eliminated himself from the middleweight tournament in last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 11″ when he failed […]

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Jamie Yager’s Management Responds To Tweets About Tito Ortiz

Jake Shields Enters Non-Exclusive Status Today

As far as we understand (and we say this because 80% of our legal knowledge is limited to ‘don’t do ____ in front of a cop’), Jake Shields was off the market until today; meaning Strikeforce was the only promotion that could negotiate with its current middleweight champion. Now, as of this AM, no new […]

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As far as we understand (and we say this because 80% of our legal knowledge is limited to ‘don’t do ____ in front of a cop’), Jake Shields was off the market until today; meaning Strikeforce was the only promotion that could negotiate with its current middleweight champion. Now, as of this AM, no new deal with Strikeforce has been announced, meaning that other promotions (particularly ones with the letters U.F.C.)  are free to pursue Shields.

So was Shields kind of a restricted free agent and now he’s entered into true, ‘show me the money,’ free agency? Yes and no. According to a report from MMA Junkie, other promotions can now negotiate with Shields, however, Strikeforce still has the right to match that offer. The length of the ‘matching period’ is unknown, but, we’re thinking Dana White is probably familiar with that info as of today.

Really, barring some mind blowing, ‘I didn’t see that coming’ signing, where a promotion like Bellator FC picks up Shields (similar to its signing of Roger Huerta), it seems like most folks are expecting Shields to be UFC bound. Second on the list of predicted outcomes is that he remains with Strikeforce, but remember, White did take the dude to WEC 48. That’s gotta count for something…

UFC’s Nick Catone plans drop to welterweight, eyes fall return to action

Nick Catone is regrouping at a new gym after
suffering three herniated discs in his back which forced him to withdraw
from a planned fight with John Salter at UFC 113.

The UFC middleweight told MMAjunkie.com that he has
joined the Renzo Gracie Fight Team out of UFC welterweight Ricardo
Almeida’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Hamilton, N.J., which hosts
around 25 fighters including UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

In the course of the move, the New Jersey native Catone decided he wants
to drop from the middleweight to the welterweight class.


Nick Catone is regrouping at a new gym after
suffering three herniated discs in his back which forced him to withdraw
from a planned fight with John Salter at UFC 113.

The UFC middleweight told MMAjunkie.com that he has
joined the Renzo Gracie Fight Team out of UFC welterweight Ricardo
Almeida’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Hamilton, N.J., which hosts
around 25 fighters including UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

In the course of the move, the New Jersey native Catone decided he wants
to drop from the middleweight to the welterweight class.