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Nick Diaz Could Still Earn a Shot Against GSP

Written on September 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With some of the fences already mended, UFC President - Dana White - is willing to give Nick Diaz another shot for the welterweight title.

After former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, no-showed two consecutive press conferences for UFC 137, UFC President – Dana White – yanked him out of the tournament’s main event against GSP. But a few days after, he was given another chance in the fight card as a co-main event fighter contra BJ Penn.

And finally, Dana White had the chance to catch up with the fighter. Some of the fences are now mended, and the UFC president now knows how he has to work with the UFC talent.

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Matt Mitrione: Punching Cheick Kongo for UFC Job Security

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Cheick is salty. That's going to be a real test for me. But honestly, I'm excited. That's why I started fighting. I want to be tested." --- Matt Mitrione

Undefeated UFC heavyweight fighter – Matt Mitrione – will soon face the toughest challenge of his young MMA career, as he is slated to meet Cheick Kongo at next month’s UFC 137 in Las Vegas. However, he is not intimidated with the veteran at the very least. In fact, Matt Mitrione stated that challenges like Cheick Kongo are exactly what drew him to the sports in the first place. And a win over the veteran would give him exactly what he’s seeking — job opportunity.

Matt Mitrione believes that the winner at UFC 137 will be ultimately decided by how many of their career lessons can be applied within a 15-minute time frame — and if his own athleticism can help make any potential gap.

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UFC 137: Chris Camozzi Returns to Face Newcomer Francis Carmont

Written on September 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Chris Camozzi returns to the UFC Octagon to meet newcomer Francis “Limitless” Carmont at October's UFC 137 event.

Following his release from the promotion after a submission loss to Kyle Noke at the UFC 127 event last February, American MMA fighter – Chris Camozzi – will be having another chance to return in the Octagon. UFC officials announced that he is set to meet the promotion’s newcomer, Francis Carmont, on the upcoming UFC 137 — which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on October 29.

The evening’s main card headlines the welterweight championship bout between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit; while the Camozzi vs Carmont match-up takes place on the night’s preliminary card.

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Francis Carmont Signs with UFC, Debut Set for UFC 137

Written on September 10, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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French fighter, Francis Carmont, has inked a deal with UFC and will make his debut at UFC 137 on Oct. 29.

A new MMA fighter will be making his way in the Octagon, as Trista Gym’s product – Francis Carmont – just signed a multi-fight deal with UFC and will make his promotional debut at UFC 137.

The event takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on October 29. As of now, Carmont’s debut opponent hasn’t been announced.

Francis Carmont (16-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) currently holds a record of five consecutive victories. He will make his middleweight debut after spending seven years of his MMA career as a light heavyweight. The “Limitless”, who also happens to be a teammate of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Rory MacDonald, and John Makdessi at Tristar, has been known for earning victories via submission and TKOs. In his most recent bout, he finished Jason Day through a first-round TKO at the “SITH – Slammer in the Hammer” event.

Stay tuned to Fighting Insider for an update of Carmont’s promotional opponent.

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Nick Diaz, Rebooked to Meet BJ Penn at UFC 137

Written on September 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This is a shocker! Nick Diaz is now back the UFC 137 lineup, and is set to meet BJ Penn on October 29.

Shortly after he booted Nick Diaz out of UFC 137, UFC President – Dana White – tweeted that the fighter is now back in the lineup and is set to face BJ Penn.

Nick Diaz lost the chance to meet Georges St-Pierre after missing two press conferences in Toronto and Las Vegas consecutively. In the Last Vegas press con, the UFC president announced that the former Strikeforce welterweight champion was no longer part of the card. Dana White also added that Carlos Condit will now be the next UFC welterweight title contender.

After encountering a bit of hurricane in the last 48 hours, it seems that UFC 137: GSP vs Condit is now in full steam.

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Nick Diaz Reacts to UFC 137 Scrap

Written on September 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After a number of "Where's Waldo" queries, Nick Diaz re-appears with a YouTube video.

Following the announcement that Nick Diaz was scrapped from his UFC 137 title match against GSP, the fighter re-surfaced through a video posted in his YouTube account.

As previously reported by Fighting Insider, Nick Diaz was scrapped from the said bout after failing to show up at the press conferences in Toronto and Las Vegas consecutively. That said, Dana White tapped Carlos Condit as Georges St-Pierre’s next opponent.

See Nick Diaz rant about his situation in the video embedded after the jump.

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Nick Diaz Out; Carlos Condit, New Welterweight Contender

Written on September 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After not showing on Last Wednesday's press con in Las Vegas, UFC President - Dana White - scrapped Nick Diaz in his UFC 137 bout with GSP.

Carlos Condit has replaced Nick Diaz, and will now face welterweight champion – Georges St-Pierre – at next month’s UFC 137. At a press conference in Las Vegas last Wednesday, UFC President – Dana White – announced the news and cited difficulties in getting Nick Diaz to show up for scheduled media events.

Carlos Condit was supposed to meet BJ Penn in a UFC 137 co-main event. But due to changes in the fight card, their supposed match was scrapped from the tournament. The UFC President cleared out that he will talk to BJ Penn about a possible next fight.

Moreover, Dana White expressed his disappointment with Nick Diaz, who no-showed in last Tuesday’s press con in Toronto. The fighter, for an opportunity to fight against GSP, left Strikeforce and vacated his welterweight title to re-sign with UFC.

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UFC 137: Nick Diaz, No-show to Canadian Press

Written on September 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It seems that bad habits are hard to break, as Nick Diaz made a no-show at yesterday's press con in Toronto.

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, made a no-show in a press conference in Toronto last Tuesday. Georges St-Pierre, on the other hand, appeared and complained that his opponent’s absence was unfair. According Winnipeg Free Press’ report, the reigning UFC welterweight champ said that he interrupted training camp in order to attend the press event.

However, Nick Diaz’s no-shows comes without surprise to those familiar with the fighter.

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Tickets for UFC 137: GSP vs Diaz Goes on Sale

Written on September 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Good news fans! Tickets for UFC 137: GSP vs Diaz goes on sale this week.

UFC would like to remind its fans that tickets for UFC 137: GSP vs Diaz goes on sale this week.

Price ranging from $100 – $1,000, pre-sale period for UFC Fight Club members will kick off on Wednesday, September 7 at 1:00 PM ET. It will be followed by the UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers on Thursday at 1:00 PM ET as well. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 9, at 1:00 PM ET.

UFC 137 will feature a welterweight title clash between UFC champ, Georges St-Pierre, and reigning Strikeforce welterweight king — Nick Diaz. The battle of the champions will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on October 29.

The current UFC 137: GSP vs Diaz fight card is posted after the jump.

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Tyson Griffin Sets up Charitable Event for Boys Town of Nevada

Written on September 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC featherweight fighter, Tyson Griffin, is setting up a charitable raffle promo for the Boys Town of Nevada prior to his UFC 137 match.

Prior to his UFC 137 match, Las Vegas resident – Tyson Griffin – decided to make a special giveaway for the benefit of Nevada’s Boys Town. The fighter will conduct a raffle on his official website, and the grand prize winner will get a ticket for UFC 137’s event and the fighter’s after party. Every donation worth $25 is equivalent for a raffle entry, and all proceeds will go to the state’s Boys Town.

Tyson Griffin’s manager, Tom Call, said that it is their way of giving back because they want to set new standards on how fighters can contribute to their communities. He also added that more fighters from Impact Fight Management will be doing charitable works as their tournaments approach.

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