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Miesha Tate awarded ‘TUF 18′ coaching spot, Ronda Rousey rematch following Cat Zingano injury


A Cat Zingano knee injury has opened the door to the most-anticipated rematch in women’s MMA history.

Miesha Tate will now coach opposite UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on the 18th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the promotion announced Tuesday evening. Zingano suffered a serious injury earlier this month, which forced her out of the reality show and eventual title fight against Rousey in December.

As a result, Tate will now get a chance to avenge last year’s loss to Rousey following the taping of the show. TUF 18 premieres Sept. 4 on the new FOX Sports 1 cable channel.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Zingano underwent surgery on her right knee on Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, as well as to clean up other damage. Zingano, who defeated Tate on April 13 to earn a shot at Rousey and a coaching spot on the show, is hoping to resume training in six-to-nine months, and according to the same report, has been promised a title shot upon her return.

Rousey was reportedly told of the switch during the show’s first day of filming on Tuesday. When Tate appeared on the set, Rousey thought Tate was replacing her on the show and stormed off. She was then notified that it was Zingano who was being replaced.

“This is what we really wanted all along,” Rousey told Yahoo! Sports. “Everyone said an Ultimate Fighter between me and Miesha would be the best. We have a personal history with each other and this is a personal show. For some reason, I me and Miesha are intertwined in fate like Ali and Frazier or something like that.

“I think people will look back at this as one of monumental rivalries and look back at this as one of those things that really cemented women’s MMA.”

Tate was scheduled to fight Liz Carmouche at UFC on FOX 8 in July. Carmouche has yet to receive a new opponent.

No specific date has officially been announced for Rousey-Tate rematch. Rousey defeated Tate to win the Strikeforce bantamweight title in March 2012. She won her UFC debut against Carmouche in February via first-round armbar.

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Pat Healy Tests Positive for Marijuana Following UFC 159 Victory Over Jim Miller

Pat Healy announced Tuesday in an official statement through his management that he tested positive for marijuana at UFC 159.
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Chris Weidman promises to ground Anderson Silva following recent media tour cancellation


Anderson Silva’s next opponent isn’t impressed with the champ’s decision to blow off a recent media tour.

A day after “The Spider” was fined $ 50,000 by the UFC for canceling a UFC 162 media event in Los Angeles, Chris Weidman, his opponent on July 6, told MMAFighting.com, “I hope he has a good reason why he didn’t go.”

Weidman, who lives in New York and was en route to Las Vegas for his own media event, noted he just got back from another media tour in Los Angeles, not to mention stops in Montreal and Toronto to promote the fight.

“I just went out to Los Angeles for three days. I just wasted time during my camp.”

Silva’s camp wasn’t available to comment on the situation.

“I haven’t been in this sport as long as him,” Weidman said, “but you watch these superstar basketball players like LeBron James, and after every game, win or lose, he answers questions from the media.

“There’s always stuff that you don’t want to do when you’re an athlete, but you just have to do it.”

Weidman, who is new to the limelight, questioned whether Silva’s priorities were in tact before their middleweight title fight later this summer.

“I hope he’s staying grounded,” he said. “I hope his head isn’t getting so big that he thinks he doesn’t have to do things for the UFC, but who am I to judge?

“If his head is really getting too big, I’m definitely going to bring him down to earth on July 6.”

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MetroPCS to continue sponsoring UFC following T-Mobile merger


One of the UFC’s biggest sponsors isn’t going anywhere.

After wireless carriers T-Mobile and MetroPCS finalized their much-discussed merger on Wednesday, which will soon give birth to the new T-Mobile US, some wondered what this would mean for MetroPCS’ sponsorship deal with the UFC.

The answer? It won’t.

“The merger will not in any way affect MetroPCS’ partnership with UFC,” a MetroPCS official told MMAFighting.com. “The UFC sponsor will continue to be the MetroPCS brand. All aspects of the day-to-day UFC/MetroPCS relationship will be business as usual.”

A mutli-year sponsorship deal was signed between the brands at the end of 2011, leading to MetroPCS becoming one of the most visible and biggest sponsors associated with the UFC.

The wireless carrier sponsors the “Move of the Fight” segment at the end of every fight and has signed individual sponsorship deals with the likes of Ronda Rousey, Urijah Faber, Jon Jones, and most recently, Anthony Pettis. MetroPCS also sponsored the UFC’s “Herald Square Takeover” last week in New York City.

T-Mobile USA currently has 34 million subscribers, while MetroPCS has 9 million. The merger would make the new T-Mobile US the 4th largest wireless carrier in America.

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Gilbert Melendez explains ‘funky’ shoulder injury following Joe Rogan’s speculation at UFC on FOX 7


Former Strikeforce lightweight titleholder Gilbert Melendez came oh-so-close to dethroning reigning UFC 155-pound kingpin Ben Henderson in the main event of UFC on FOX 7, which took place last Saturday night (April 20, 2013) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Close, but no separated shoulder.

“Everything is fine,” Melendez told FUEL TV. “I separated my shoulder a long time ago, it looks funky, you know what I mean?”

Melendez (18-3) was doing work inside the Octagon (watch it again here) when cageside color commentator Joe Rogan noticed “El Nino’s” shoulder bones bobbing and weaving in an unnatural way, leaving the “Fear Factor” host to wonder aloud if the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter had suffered an injury during his “Smooth” attack.

It wasn’t the shoulder that kept him from the division crown.

Still, the fight was close enough — and entertaining enough — to warrant a future rematch. Until then, Bendo will move on to fight the winner of Gray Maynard vs. T.J. Grant (says UFC President Dana White) while Melendez starts his climb back up to the top of the division against an opponent to be named.

For all the new, noes, results and fallout from UFC on FOX 7 click here.

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Hector Lombard Enlists Mike Dolce to Make Welterweight Test Cut Following Upcoming Nose Surgery

(Alas, it appears that the joyous age of ice cream cake and tomato cans has come and gone.)

Since entering the UFC almost a year ago to the day and bringing with him an unprecedented amount of hype (and one hefty price tag to boot), former Bellator middleweight kingpin Hector Lombard has been through some pretty tough times. After seeing his 25-fight win streak snapped via boredom in his UFC debut, Lombard scored a rebound TKO victory over Rousimar Palhares before succumbing to the patented grapplefuckery of Yushin Okami at UFC on FUEL 8. 

And although Dana White is not ready to label Lombard a bust just yet — and rightfully so, for Okami can and has grapplefucked the best of ‘em — it’s become quite apparent that Lombard isn’t quite the eater of worlds that he was made out to be in Bellator. Then again, when you’re paired up against guys like Trevor Prangley and “Whisper” Goodman, it’s hard not to build such a reputation. In either case, it appears that Lombard has realized that at just 5’8″, perhaps the middleweight division isn’t where he belongs anymore.

That being the case, Lombard told UFC Tonight yesterday that he plans on working with renowned dietician Mike Dolce in an attempt to make the cut to 170 lbs following his upcoming nose surgery. Ariel Helwani broke the news:

I spoke to Lombard today and he’s about to work with Mike (Dolce) because he wants to get leaner. He walks around at 205 and he feels that at his height, it’s not really at his best interest to be fighting at 185. He knows the UFC wants him to go down … First thing’s first, he needs to have nose surgery. He broke his nose fighting Yushin Okami so the surgery is coming up next for him — hopefully next week. After that, he’s going to focus on that cut down to 170.

So, Potato Nation, in what fashion will this career-saving weight cut end: Good, bad, or ugly?

-J. Jones


Amateur Fighter Dies Following Unregulated MMA Bout in Michigan

A 35-year-old amateur fighter is dead following his MMA debut in Michigan, according to a report from Sportsnet.Ca.
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Matt Mitrione Suspended Following Fallon Fox Comments

Matt Mitrione snapped a two fight losing streak last Saturday by demolishing Philip De Fries in just 19 seconds. But Mitrione is no longer headlining news articles due to his recent fighting success. Mitrione made an appearance Monday on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour.” During his time on the show he made comments on MMA’s …

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Official UFC rankings updated following UFC on Fuel TV 9 ‘Mousasi vs Latifi’ event


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) now features “official” rankings on its website, UFC.com, covering all eight weight classes (including women) plus a pound-for-pound list. Rankings are updated approximately 36 hours after every UFC event, which means we’re back with another installment following this past weekend’s (April 6, 2013) UFC on Fuel TV 9 show in Stockholm, Sweden.

There isn’t much change this week despite three top 10 fighters competing at the Fuel event, although the addition of a few newer members to the voting panel (including a second rep from MMAmania.com) brought a slight shake-up to the three heaviest divisions.

If you’re wondering how the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion (in conjunction with FightMetric) compiles its list, here’s the criteria:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

That voting panel now includes yours truly as well as MMAmania’s own George Halvatzis Jr. You can check how our rankings stack up compared to the overall consensus by selecting either “Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com)” or “George Halvatzis Jr. (MMAmania.com)” in the voting panelists tab at the top of the page.

Below are the updated UFC.com rankings (+/- = movement in rankings, NR = not ranked last week)

1 Anderson Silva
2 Jon Jones
3 Georges St. Pierre
4 Jose Aldo
5 Benson Henderson
6 Cain Velasquez
7 Demetrious Johnson
8 Renan Barao
9 Dominick Cruz
10 Frankie Edgar

: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 John Dodson
3 Ian McCall
4 John Moraga
5 Jussier Da Silva
6 Louis Gaudinot
7 Chris Cariaso
8 Darren Uyenoyama
9 John Lineker
10 Timothy Elliott

: Dominick Cruz
1 Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
2 Urijah Faber
3 Michael McDonald
4 Eddie Wineland
5 Brad Pickett
6 Rafael Assuncao
7 Scott Jorgensen
8. Brian Bowles
9 Mike Easton
10 Ivan Menjivar

: Jose Aldo
1 Chad Mendes
2 Ricardo Lamas
3 Frankie Edgar
4. Chan Sung Jung
5 Cub Swanson
6 Dennis Siver
7 Dustin Poirier
8 Clay Guida
9 Nik Lentz
10: Erik Koch

: Benson Henderson
1 Gilbert Melendez
2 Anthony Pettis
3 Gray Maynard
4 Nate Diaz
5 Jim Miller
6 Donald Cerrone
7 TJ Grant
8 Rafael dos Anjos
9 Khabib Nurmagomedov
10 Joe Lauzon

: Georges St-Pierre
1 Johny Hendricks
2 Carlos Condit
3 Rory MacDonald
4. Jake Ellenberger
5 Demian Maia
6 Nick Diaz
7 Martin Kampmann
8 Tarec Saffiedine
9 Robbie Lawler
10 Josh Koscheck

: Anderson Silva
1 Chris Weidman
2 Vitor Belfort
3 Yushin Okami
4 Michael Bisping
5. Luke Rockhold +1
6. Constantinos Philippou -1
7 Mark Munoz
8 Ronaldo Souza +1
9 Chael Sonnen -1
10 Alan Belcher

Light Heavyweight
: Jon Jones
1 Lyoto Machida
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Dan Henderson
4 Glover Teixeira
5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6 Rashad Evans +1
7 Mauricio Rua -1
8 Phil Davis
9 Ryan Bader
10 Gegard Mousasi

: Cain Velasquez
1 Junior dos Santos
2 Fabricio Werdum
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Antonio Silva
5 Alistair Overeem +1
6 Frank Mir -1
7 Roy Nelson +1
8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -1
9 Mark Hunt
10 Stefan Struve

Women’s Bantamweight
: Ronda Rousey
1 Miesha Tate
2 Sarah Kaufman
3 Liz Carmouche
4 Cat Zingano
5 Alexis Davis
6 Sara McMann
7 Amanda Nunes
8 Julie Kedzie
9 Germaine De Randamie
10 Shiela Gaff

See anything that stands out?

Let’s get some feedback, Maniacs, then compare this list to the one recently compiled by the SB Nation rankings committee here. To compare these to last week’s official UFC rankings, click here. Also, if you want to debate/complain about my personal rankings, I’ll be on and off all day to discuss them.

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Aw Geez, Nick Diaz’s Camp Has Even More Shit They’d Like to Complain About Following UFC 158

(To be fair to Diaz’s camp, maybe they’re trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.)

Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Nick Diaz.

Following his unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158, Diaz’s camp first accused Georges St. Pierre’s handwraps of being shady in an effort to demonstrate that Nick Diaz was the victim of a massive conspiracy. That didn’t work, so then a video of the ”Canadian loophole” was leaked to prove that the champion was allowed to weigh 0.9 pounds over the 170-pound weight limit. Of course, it turns out that Quebec’s athletic commission has consistently allowed this since UFC 83 in 2008, so that option isn’t nearly as scandalous as it once appeared. Now today, Diaz’s camp accused Quebec’s athletic commission of failing to properly supervise St. Pierre during his post-fight drug test.

But that’s not all. In an email sent to MMAFighting.com, Diaz camp representative Jonathan Tweedale explained that they intend to file a formal complaint regarding the events that took place before and after UFC 158. In this email, not only does Tweedale make it clear that Diaz and company were not impressed by the Quebec commission’s performance, but he goes as far as to write that Nick Diaz deserves a rematch against GSP. Via MMA Fighting:

“The Quebec Commission’s statement is a disappointing admission that the March 16 event was not conducted under the rules applicable to a UFC title fight – or under the rules the fighters contractually agreed to, upon which rules Mr. Diaz was entitled to rely under his bout agreement,” stated Jonathan Tweedale, a Diaz camp representative.

Later in a lengthy statement, the Diaz camp claimed it will file an official complaint regarding the administration of St-Pierre’s drug test.

“Further serious irregularities including, inter alia, the Quebec Commission’s failure to supervise fighters’ provision of samples in connection with testing for Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods (under sections 71.1 to 71.6 of the Regulation), will be set out in an official complaint that will be filed imminently,” the Diaz camp stated.

I hate to be “that guy,” but if Diaz’s camp truly believes that the UFC wanted Nick Diaz to lose and that Quebec’s athletic commission is corrupt, then exactly what will filing a complaint accomplish? Eh, never mind. Let’s continue.

“Section 168 of the Regulation respecting combat sports provides that the maximum weight that a fighter must achieve at the official weigh-in shall be determined in advance by contract – and if the fighter does not make the contracted weight – in this case 170 pounds – then 20% of his purse or “the contestant’s remuneration” will be deducted and paid to his opponent (subsections (7) and (8)). The contracted weight for this fight was 170 pounds. 170.9 is not 170, anywhere in the world, for a title fight. There is no question what “170 pounds” means, in the bout agreement, as a matter of contractual interpretation.

“The Quebec Commission deliberately relaxed the rule in this case and, by its own admission, allowed their home-town fighter to ‘make weight’ even if he weighed more than the contracted weight.”

“In the circumstances, Mr. St-Pierre remains legally and ethically obligated to fight Mr. Diaz at 170 pounds or else vacate the belt in favor of those prepared to fight at welterweight.”

It’s interesting that Nick Diaz is handling this loss like he’s the new BJ Penn, especially considering the way that his camp reacted to BJ Penn’s allegations that Nick Diaz cheated during their encounter at UFC 137. Is Diaz caught in the middle of a massive conspiracy involving a corrupt organization, a shady athletic commission and an evil welterweight kingpin? Perhaps. Or maybe Nick Diaz simply lost a fight against the most dominant welterweight on the planet today. What do you think about this, Potato Nation?