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Diego Sanchez calls out Nate Diaz

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Diego Sanchez is looking for another win over the Diaz brothers

Fresh from his Fight of the Year candidate bout with Gilbert Melendez, Diego Sanchez is again in a mood for another war. This time, he has set his sights on Nate Diaz. Sanchez, who already holds a win over Nate’s big brother, has expressed his desire to face the Stockton slugger via his Twitter account.

“Im thinking maybe nate diaz for the next fight would be an epic 5 rounder.” writes Sanchez on Twitter.

Diaz is already scheduled for a third match with Gray Maynard in the undercard of TUF 18 finale. He defeated Maynard in the semi finals of TUF 5 but the latter avenged his loss with a split decision win in 2010.

Both Maynard and Diaz are coming off knockout losses in their recent bouts. Maynard was stopped by TJ Grant while Diaz suffered his first KO loss at the hands of Josh Thomson. Prior to that, he was outpointed by then-champion Benson Henderson in his bid for the lightweight belt. Meanwhile, Sanchez suffered the only stoppage loss of his career in his lightweight title fight against BJ Penn way back in 2009.

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Jon Jones named ‘Fighter of the Year’ at the 2011 World MMA Awards

Written on December 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Jon Jones bags the Fighter of the Year at the 2011 World MMA Awards, Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate gets the Female Fighter of the Year award and late renowned Canadian trainer Shawn Tompkins receives a Special Lifetime Achievement award.

UFC’s light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones bags the Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter of the Year award. One of the highlights of the 2011 Fourth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards which took place last Wednesday, November 30th at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Chael Sonnen and CBS Sports Network’s Molly Qerim hosted the BodyBuilding.com sponsored show.

Other highlights include Strikeforce champion Meisha Tate bagging the award for Female Fighter of the Year and a well-deserved Special Lifetime Achievement award for the late Canadian kickboxer and mixed martial artist, Shawn Tomkins. The show which honored achievements from September 2010 to August 2011 will soon broadcast nationally on FOX Sports Net via tape delay on Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (Eastern/Pacific time).

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Leonard Garcia vs Nam Phan Rematch, Added to UFC 136 Fight Card

Written on September 08, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia will finally have their much-awaited rematch at next month's UFC 136 event.

Nam Phan is now slated to face his fellow featherweight, Leonard Garcia, in a rematch following the controversial TUF 12 Finale fight. Phan was supposed to face Matt Grice at the upcoming event, replacing the injured Josh Grispi. However, Grice was forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury.

UFC officials announced that verbal agreements have been set for the rematch. UFC 136 is scheduled on October 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card, which will be aired on pay-per-view, is highlighted by the lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. There are also two fights booked for Spike TV’s “UFC Prelims” special, and five bouts to be aired on Facebook.

See the current UFC 136 fight card after the skip.

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UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 Tickets, on Sale This Week

Written on August 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Tickets for UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 goes on sale starting today!

Set to take place on October 8 in Toyota Center in Houston, tickets for UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 will go on sale starting today. UFC Fight Club Members will get the first chance to purchase their tickets later at 10:00 am CT. Then on Thursday, August 18, UFC Newsletter subscribers can purchase theirs at 10:00 am CT. Ticket sales will go public on Friday, August 19 at 10:00 am CT as well.

The UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 will feature a rubber match between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, following their 125 fight which resulted to a draw. Also in the main card is a featherweight title match between reigning champion, Jose Aldo, and Kenny Florian.

More UFC 136 updates are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider.

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Gray Maynard Resumes Training, Possible for a Bout in UFC 136

Written on July 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Gray Maynard finally received a go signal to continue his training and prepare for a possible match in UFC 136.

Gray Maynard recently received a permission from his doctor, allowing him to continue his training after suffering from an injury. According to some reports, Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC) is possible to be listed on the UFC 136 event in October. The Las Vegas-based fighter suffered from a knee injury during his preparation for a […]

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Possible Bout for Clementi Against Aoki at DREAM ‘Fight for Japan’

Written on May 18, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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UFC veteran Rich Clementi sees possibility to have a toe-to-toe fight against Shinya Aoki at DREAM 'Fight for Japan.'

Rich Clementi, a UFC veteran, has the nearest chance to fight Shinya Aoki at Dream “Fight for Japan” on May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitam, Japan. This report was according to FEG USA’s Mike Kogan. Kogan has twitted that both parties has already agreed in the bout and they only have to sign the contract to make it official.

Rich Clementi has 7-7 record in the UFC including back to back losses to Gray Maynard and Gleison Tibau that led into his release by the organization.

In connection to Rich Clementi and Shinya Aoki bout, Jamie Varner was also named as possible opponent for Aoki but he and William Freire was unable to the fight due to various reasons. BJ Penn’s student Shane Nelson was also in the list for Aoki’s possible opponent but its possibility has not push through.

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Frankie Edgar: Devastated on Pulling out from UFC 130

Written on May 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, opens up his thought on withdrawing from his UFC 130 bout against Gray Maynard.

Fighting Insider recently reported that UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, and Gray Maynard pulled out from their UFC 130 bout due to injuries. Albeit the title holder admitted that his back injury was excruciatingly painful, Frankie Edgar explained that he’s planning to go for the bout despite the damage.

But at the end of the day, he has reconciled with his situation. However, it is an undeniable fact that Frankie Edgar is still itching to finish his business with Gray Maynard.

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Edgar and Maynard Both Injured, UFC 130 Takes a Shuffle

Written on May 10, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 130 is Edgar vs Maynard 3 no more, as both fighters bow out from their much-awaited rematch.

Lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, and undefeated contender, Gray Maynard, both withdrew from their highly anticipated UFC 130 rematch due to undisclosed injuries. That said, UFC officials promoted the Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs Matt Hamill co-main event as the tournament’s main attraction. Meanwhile, a heavyweight showdown between Frank Mir and Roy Nelson will serve as UFC 130’s co-main event.

Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard had an early frontrunner for ‘Fight of the Year’ last New Year’s Day, when both fighters fought to a draw at UFC 125. The latter nearly finished the first round with barrage of power punches, but the reigning lightweight king survived it.

The UFC 130 will take place on May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. With the tournament headlining a new pair of fighters, will this affect the event’s ticket sales?

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Kid Yamamoto Out, Michael McDonald In for UFC 130

Written on April 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 130 had another change of match-up, as Michael McDonald replaces Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto to face Chris Cariaso.

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will have to wait a while before getting in the winner’s column, as he was forced out of the upcoming UFC 130 match due to an injury. Stepping in for him to face Chris Cariaso is the 20-years-old, Michael McDonald.

UFC’s youngest fighter debuted a month ago at UFC Fight Night 24, where he defeated Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision. Michael McDonald also bagged a Fight of the Night bonus at the said event.

UFC 130 will feature a trilogy rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. The Edgar vs Maynard 3 event is set to take action on May 28, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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UFC 130 Signs Nine Fights

Written on March 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC signs nine official match-ups for UFC 130 fight card, including a trilogy rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

UFC 130: Edgar vs Maynard 3 signs nine official match-ups for the upcoming May 28 event.

TUF season 3 winner, Kendall Grove, will welcome Tim Boetsch in the Octagon for a middleweight brawl. Meanwhile, Demetrius Johnson will square off with Renan Barao in a 135-pound showdown. In addition to this, UFC 130 will also highlight a light heavyweight match between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill. Also in the card is a heavyweight duel pitting Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.

See the complete fight card after the skip.

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