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John Fitch: No UFC Fights Ahead Yet

Written on August 08, 2011 by Lulu

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Even with his astonishing MMA career stats, Jon Fitch still doesn't have any scheduled fight after his last match against BJ Penn.

John Fitch, considered as one of the best welterweight fighters in MMA, still doesn’t have any scheduled UFC fights after his match against BJ Penn at UFC 127.

The American Kickboxing product lost only to UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, back in 2008 at UFC 87. After that, he won five consecutive bouts and a draw on his last fight against BJ Penn. When his name was called by other contender like Rick Story, Jon Fitch just responded by saying: “I’m at a point in my career where I need to be fighting main events and main event fighters. And if you don’t have a belt, currently, or you haven’t owned a belt in the UFC, I’m not really interested.”

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Dana White Supports Overtime Rounds

Written on April 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"I hate draws," White said. "I think it's just such a waste of everybody's time and energy. It's something that I would definitely explore." --- Dana White, UFC President

UFC started the year with a bang. However, two of their major bouts ended with a draw this year. Hence, neither any fighter from Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard at UFC 125, nor BJ Penn vs Jon Fitch at UFC 127 got their hands raised. In fact, even UFC President – Dana White – was not satisfied with the results, and he’d like to do somethings about it — add an overtime round to UFC fights.

But here is the catch: Will the state athletic commissions would be open to that idea? Besides, there are still other concerns needed to address with regards to adding an overtime round.

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UFC on Versus 3 Official Weigh-In Result

Written on March 03, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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UFC on Versus 3 fighters stepped on the scale fast and easy. Let's get it on!

No can stop the supremacy of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. First, UFC 127 gained a “quite good” rating and second UFC 129 tickets were sold out the moment it came out and now, many people are looking forward for UFC on Versus 3.

Speaking of UFC on Versus 3, the official weigh-ins of the event took place in Louisville, KY last Wednesday. Main men for the event Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann both achieved their target weights making the fight more official that it may seem.

A few fighters stepped on the scale naked to make it to the weight limits. Most fighters made it to the scale fast and easy.

Here are the official weights for UFC on Versus 3 card, airing Thursday starting on Facebook at 8pm ET then moving to Versus at 9pm ET.

MAIN CARD:

Martin Kampmann (171) vs. Diego Sanchez (171)
Mark Munoz (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (185)
Alessio Sakara (186) vs. Chris Weidman (186)
Brian Bowles (135) vs. Damacio Page (136)

FACEBOOK PRELIMS:

Danny Castillo (155) vs. Joe Stevenson (155)
Steve Cantwell (206) vs. Cyrille Diabate (205)

NON-TELEVISED PRELIMS:

Shane Roller (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (156)
Takeya Mizugaki (136) vs. Reuben Duran (136)
Rob Kimmons (185) vs. Dongi Yang (186)
Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Dave Branch (186)
Todd Brown (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (204)

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Chris Lytle Remains Humble and Focused

Written on March 02, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"He'll never use that stuff as an excuse, and the reason he tried to keep this quiet is because he wants to make sure that Ebersole gets all the credit in the world for his win, and for livening up the fight," ---Ken Pavia, Chris Lytle's Manager

Chris Lytle might not admit it but his loss to Brian Ebersole last UFC 127 looked as if he was not giving his full strength. Four weeks before the fight, he had injured meniscus in his right knee removed. This maybe the reason why he didn’t have a chance to fight on a full bar on last Saturday’s event.

The procedure was kept unpublicized because he didn’t want to devalue Ebersole’s win. Despite the risk, Lytle chose to fight and true enough he lost via unanimous decision to Ebersole which ended up his four-fight win streak. This might also put a last blow on his MMA career.

“He’s considering his options, and retirement is one of them,” said Lytle’s manager Ken Pavia.

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Michael Bisping Faces Disciplinary Action For Spitting at Rivera’s Camp

Written on March 01, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"I was spitting on the floor to let him know what I thought of him." ---Michael Bisping to Jorge Rivera

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight contender, Michael Bisping, will be facing disciplinary action despite winning in the recently concluded UFC 127.

After finishing his second-round TKO to Jorge Rivera, Bisping went to the corner closest to Rivera’s team and spit in their direction. The incident was caught on camera. This alerted UFC President Dana White teach Bisping a lesson.

Rivera’s manager, Matt Phinney, get in contact with the spit according to a statement from their camp.

“Bisping’s conduct after he was awarded the TKO is not acceptable,” Rivera’s manager Lex McMahon said via email to MMA Fighting. “Taunting and spitting at and on Jorge’s coach Matt Phinney is the deplorable conduct of a schoolyard bully. And like all bullies, Mr. Bisping needs to be punished. In this instance, it would be appropriate if Bisping is fined and suspended by the commission and/or the UFC.”

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UFC 127 Officials Hands Out $75,000 Bonus to Fighters

Written on February 28, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Fighters of UFC 127 maybe sent home with bruises and injuries but with pockets full of cold cash.

The UFC 127 event concluded this weekend. The event somehow failed the expectations of some people but it still garnered a 18,186 fan attendance.

UFC 127 took place in the Land Down Under on Saturday night (Sunday in Sydney). Fighters maybe going home bruised and injured but definitely with overflowing bank accounts. UFC officials handed out $75,000 bonuses for its post-fight awards.

Brian Ebersole put up an amazing fight as well as his opponent, Chris Lytle. Ebersole ended up with the victory via decision and both fighters went home with an extra $75,000.

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UFC 127 Post-fight Analysis: It’s NOT a Draw

Written on February 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 127 already ended, but fans are still screaming, "Jon Fitch deserves to win!" Are you one of them?

If you let the people – who are not a fan of MMA – watch the UFC 127, they would say that Jon Fitch won the battle last Saturday. Unfortunately, it’s the judges’ job to decide who won. And the last Saturday’s brawl resulted to a draw according to two of the three umpires.

It seems that people, MMA fan or not, would have done a better job of judging than the pros — and that is an unfortunate fact. That said, Jon Fitch deserves a decision win at UFC 127. In addition to this, ending the match to a draw is a collaboration of facts that MMA has bad judges and wrong judging criteria.

Simply put, the UFC 127 match gave people another reason why the MMA needs judging reform. Perhaps, UFC President – Dana White – would listen.

Do you agree with the judges’ decision? Share your opinions by leaving a comment.

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UFC 127 Results: BJ Penn vs Jon Fitch Ends with a Draw

Written on February 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The UFC 127 event that took place at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia has come to an end. Who among your favorite fighters went home victorious?

The most talked about UFC 127 card ended with a dull crash as the no. 1 contender’s bout between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch concluded with a draw. The let down decision fight green lit the event in Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The overseas show of UFC 127 took place on Sunday in the said venue. But due to time difference, the bout was aired on its normal Saturday night pay-per-view time slot in the US.

Check out the UFC 127 quick results after the jump.

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UFC 127 Prefight Interview: Chris Lytle & the Punches in his Career

Written on February 26, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The world is round, and Chris Lytle learns to roll with it.

Chris Lytle’s career isn’t as smooth sailing as other fighters in the UFC octagon. He’s gone with some losses and came back with victories. However, he provided an exciting addition to the fight card. Everytime he tries to embrace some opportunity, opportunity walks away.

As of the moment, he’s on the run with a four-fight winning streak which should be a six-win streak if not for Marcus Davis. Apparently, he was slated to face Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch. However, fate played again with him when the latter was forced to back-out from the card due to some knee injury. Lytle was then matched-up with Brian Ebersole.

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UFC 127 Betting Odds

Written on February 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 127 will kick off just a couple of hours from now. So before anything else, let's look at how the crafty Internet bookmakers see things shaking out.

Albeit the Aussies seem to live in the future since they are a day ahead in the US, betting odds for the Penn vs Fitch event hasn’t change that much. Good thing, the odds makers who set the betting lines are still in their cozy off shore locations.

That said, check out the UFC 127 betting odds after the skip.

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