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UFC on Fox 5 Update: Means-Trujillo, Martinez-Cruickshank Moved from UFC 151

The cancellation of UFC 151 has resulted in a pair of lightweight bouts being transplanted to UFC on Fox 5.
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UFC on Fox 5 Update: Tim Means-Abel Trujillo, Henry Martinez-Daron Cruickshank Moved from UFC 151

The cancellation of UFC 151 has resulted in a pair of lightweight bouts being transplanted to UFC on Fox 5.
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With New Business Venture, Tito Ortiz Goes From Fighter to Manager

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During his storied career, Tito Ortiz was notorious for publicly and privately butting heads with his bosses. There was the time he and Dana White were set to box each other to settle their differences. There were several prolonged and bitter contract negotiations. Ortiz famously once wore a T-shirt to a UFC weigh-in that read “Dana Is My B—-.”

In recent years though, it’s been relatively peaceful. Ortiz chalked up the newly harmonious relationship to a changed outlook on life. That might be put to the test in short order, as the two might be battling it out again in the executive boardroom. Recently retired from fighting after a 15-year career, Ortiz has formed a new business venture that will represent athletes and entertainers.

The new company, Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management, is headed by Ortiz and his longtime business partner, attorney George Prajin.

Prajin was formerly a record company executive, according to a bio on the website of his law firm, Lopez & Prajin.

Primetime 360 has already inked its first clients. Among them are former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, who is currently serving a suspension for a positive steroid test, but is still the subject of many headlines for her ongoing rivalry with bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.

The company will be based in Ortiz’s longtime hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif., and plans to represent athletes as well as artists working in music, film and television.

The 37-year-old Ortiz ended his active fight days following a July 7 loss to Forrest Griffin, completing his career with a record of 16-11-1. He still holds the record for most consecutive defenses of the UFC light heavyweight championship with five.

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Miguel Torres Released From UFC, Headed to Titan FC

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Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres is headed to Titan FC.

The MMA veteran announced on his Web site Tuesday night that he was released from the UFC following his April loss to Michael McDonald, and as a result, he will debut for Titan on Nov. 2. That fight will take place in Hammond, IN, where Torres made a name for himself before signing with Zuffa, the parent company of WEC and UFC. Torres also owns a gym, Torres Martial Arts Academy, in Hammond.

“I am excited to continue fighting, to regain my focus and to get back to what made me a champion,” Torres wrote.

According to Torres’ manager Glenn Robinson, no opponent has been signed for Torres’ Titan debut just yet.

Torres (40-5), a 12-year veteran of the sport, leaves the UFC with a 2-2 record. He was released from the organization in December after posting an insensitive tweet before being rehired three weeks later.

“A special thank you to my manager, Glenn Robinson, my trainer, Firas Zahabi, my training partners, and all the staff at the UFC,” Torres wrote. “I have dedicated my whole life to mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. From teaching, to training, and fighting from the lowest to the highest levels, my passion in life is to be the best that I can be. Until November 2nd …”

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Don’t Worry, You Guys, Chael Sonnen is At Least Two Wins Away From a Title Shot at 205

(Realizing his impending doom, Chael signaled to his wife that her weekly sandwich quota would be doubling in the near future.) 

When it was originally announced that Chael Sonnen would be returning to the light heavyweight division to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 155, we took it as a classic case of a fighter changing weight classes in order to save his career. He had come up short in both his title shots at middleweight, and as Josh Koscheck would tell you if he was aware of it, the chances of any 0-2 fighter receiving a third shot against the same champion is next to impossible. And being that Chael fraking Sonnen is not a man who fights anything but marquee fights these days, his chances to make waves at 205 were clearly better than his chances at 185. The fact that he could barely even make the announcement without drawing Jon Jones into a Twitter war only confirms Sonnen’s devious intentions.

And as is usually the case, Chael was successful in drawing us out of the woodwork to throw his name in with the phrase “title shot,” whether it was in agreement or bitter disapproval of the idea. Because Sonnen is like the entire cast of a heist movie packed into one person when it comes to hustling in the MMA game, capable of releasing more red herrings, smoke signals, and false MacGuffins than Ocean’s Eleven through Thirteen combined. Hell, I immediately launched into a vast conspiracy theory in which Sonnen became the number one contender and Jones possibly faked injury in order to set up a fight between them down the line.

But I live in a world of paranoia, delusion, and fear. One that apparently many of you are living in as well, because in a recent appearance on Las Vegas’ “Dave and Mahoney” show, Dana White addressed the concerns that a lot of us are sharing, another undeserved title shot for Sonnen.

Well, we can all rest assured that it will be at least two more fights before rumors of Sonnen vs. Jones gain any ground, at least according to The Baldfather:

He’s a long way away. He’s not coming off the (Anderson) Silva fight and just talking his way into a 205-pound world title shot. [Sonnen] is going to have to beat a couple of the best in the world.

If he beats Forrest Griffin, we’ll shoot him right into the top five and let him fight some of those guys there, and we’ll see what happens.

Although I’m relatively surprised that a win over Griffin nets you a top five spot these days, this revelation shouldn’t catch many of us off guard considering how desolate the light heavyweight division has become. We’ve already used the latest scientific technology to predetermine the outcome of Sonnen vs. Griffin, but the fact that Sonnen is currently listed as a 3-1 favorite over the former light heavyweight champ doesn’t exactly agree with what Dana is saying.

It’s a minute issue, I understand, but it’s also an unfortunately slow news day, and I can’t be here all fraking day. If Jones gets past Dan Henderson at UFC 151, he’ll have ridden the division of all the challengers he actually wants to face at the moment, so with that, I’ll turn the question to you. What does Sonnen have to do at 205 to rightfully earn a title shot in your eyes?

Granted, Jones hasn’t even gotten past Hendo yet, or Lyoto for a second time, but fevered speculation is basically all that keeps us MMA diehards entertained in between fight cards, so just get wild with it.

-J. Jones


Monson, Parisyan Scratched from Superior Challenge 8; Linderman, Marcus Davis to Fill Spots

Former UFC talents Jeff Monson and Karo Parisyan have bowed out of their planned bouts with Ilir Latifi and David Bielkheden at Superior Challenge 8.
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Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie full fight video highlights from Strikeforce last night (Aug. 18) in San Diego

Miesha Tate gets battered and bruised by Julie Kedzie but keeps her composure on the way to a third round armbar submission win at last night’s (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012) Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” event at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. It was a strong showing for Kedzie, who hadn’t seen action in over a year, but her loss gives her two straight and creates doubt regarding her place in the division. That’s not the case for Tate, who showed that while you can get her in trouble with your striking, she’s still one hell of a grappler in her own right. A rematch against Ronda Rousey could be looming, though Tate doesn’t necessarily feel she deserves it at this point. With the lack of depth at 135-pounds in Strikeforce’s women’s division, that may not matter. We shall see. For complete Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night’s action click here.


Strikeforce weigh in video results LIVE from San Diego for ‘Rousey vs Kaufman’

Photo of Ronda Rousey by Esther Lin for Sho Sports.

The official weigh in event for Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” went down earlier today (Fri., Aug. 17, 2012) from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

All 18 fighters scheduled for tomorrow night’s fight card hit their respective marks without incident.

The upcoming Strikeforce mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Showtime will see 135-pound female champion Ronda Rousey defend her title against former division titleholder Sarah Kaufman. Elsewhere on the card, former Strikeforce middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza will take on Derek Brunson, while Roger Bowling is slated to tangle with Tarec Saffiedine in welterweight action.

Complete Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” weigh in results and video replay after the jump:

Main Event:

135 lbs.: Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sarah Kaufman (135)

Main Card (Showtime):

185 lbs.: Ronaldo Souza (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186)
170 lbs.: Roger Bowling (170) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (169.5)
185 lbs.: Lumumba Sayers (185) vs. Anthony Smith (186)
205 lbs.: T.J. Cook (203) vs. Ovince St. Preux (205.5)

Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme):

135 lbs.: Julie Kedzie (135) vs. Miesha Tate (136)
155 lbs.: Bobby Green (155) vs. Matt Ricehouse (155)
185 lbs.: Adlan Amagov (186) vs. Keith Berry (186)
135 lbs.: Germaine de Randamie (144) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145)

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. The latest quick updates of the under card action will begin to flow earlier than that around 8 p.m. ET with the “Prelims” bouts on SHO Extreme.

For all the latest news and notes on Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” click here.


After Learning from Mousasi Loss, Ovince St. Preux Plans ‘Shock-and-Awe’ Finish of T.J. Cook

Ovince St. Preux may have shown up to his Dec. 17 Strikeforce meeting with ex-champion Gegard Mousasi, but that doesn’t mean he showed his best.
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Ronda Rousey vs Sarah Kaufman staredown pic from Strikeforce weigh ins

Ronda Rousey (left) squares off with Sarah Kaufman at the Strikeforce weigh-ins on Fri., Aug. 17, 2012, in San Diego, California.

Strikeforce held its official weigh in event for “Rousey vs. Kaufman” earlier this evening (Fri., Aug. 17, 2012) from inside the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

In case you missed it, full Strikeforce weigh in results and video can be found right here.

Ronda Rousey will defend her women’s bantamweight title for the very first time when she takes on number one contender Sarah Kaufman in the main event of tomorrow night’s fight card showcase in San Diego.

Elsewhere on the card, former Strikeforce middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza will take on Derek Brunson, while Roger Bowling is slated to tangle with Tarec Saffiedine in welterweight action.

It’s (almost) go time, folks!

After the jump, take a look at another shot of Rousey looking mean and Kaufman easy going. Don’t forget to check out our complete Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” archive by clicking here.