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November 18, 2013

UFC 169 comes to New Jersey in 2014 with two title fights

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 2:16 PM


Two world title fights headline UFC’s return to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. In the night’s main event, the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion will be crowned when reigning champion Dominick Cruz (19-1, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) returns to action after two years away from competition due to injury to meet red-hot interim champion Renan Barao (33-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Then, in the night’s co-main event, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (23-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) returns to the Octagon® to face proven finisher Ricardo Lamas (13-2, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.), a winner of four straight.

If that wasn’t enough, two former heavyweight champions collide when former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir battles former Strikeforce® champion Alistair Overeem.

“We put together a fight worthy of Super Bowl weekend,” UFC president Dana White said. “It’s the fight that everyone has been waiting for – champion vs. champion – Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao for the 135-pound title. Dominick Cruz is the reigning champion and hasn’t lost a fight in six years. He takes on the interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao, who’s been on a tear with a 30-fight win streak and hasn’t lost in eight years. Two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, two of the best 135-pounders on earth: the world is finally going to find out who is the undisputed 135-pound champion!

“Plus, the unstoppable Jose Aldo takes on the man everyone has been waiting to see him fight, Ricardo Lamas. Aldo has been the 145-pound champion since 2009 and he’s torn through the featherweight division. But Ricardo Lamas has heavy hands, great wrestling and will be the toughest test of Aldo’s career.”

September 13, 2012

Round 5 unveils “Ultimate Collector” series 10 action figures

Round 5 President Damon Lau announces the release of the Ultimate Collector Series 10 featuring twelve new figures. The lineup includes debut figures for UFC bantamweight champion Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz, perennial contender Chael Sonnen, heavyweight striking sensation Alistair Overeem, former WEC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, and the first man to claim the UFC heavyweight championship belt, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.

The lineup also includes new figures for reigning middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva and former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. A Limited Edition Mark Coleman figure based on the Hammer’s historic performance at UFC XII: Judgment Day anchors Ultimate Collector Series 10. Each of the 750 Limited Edition figures is individually numbered and bears a sticker autographed by Coleman. The Limited Edition Coleman figures also come complete with Coleman’s original Ultiman heavyweight title belt, and are housed in vintage UFC collectible packaging.

“The characters comprising Series 10 reflect the evolution of mixed martial arts,” says Round 5 president Damon Lau. “Dominick Cruz, Anthony Pettis, and Chael Sonnen have been fighting for years. They paid their dues in the WEC before they became superstars in the Octagon. After becoming the UFC’s first heavyweight champion Mark Coleman lost three straight in the Octagon. A lot of fans said he was finished, but he resurrected his career fighting in PRIDE. Series 10 pays homage to the work ethic and sacrifice that transforms ordinary men into extraordinary fighters.”

Each figure in Ultimate Collector Series 10 arrives on shelves in collectible and protective UFC-themed packaging that includes a short bio detailing the individual fighter.

Ultimate Collector Series 10 will be available at Walmart in Canada, and Toys”R”Us in the United States. Hit the jump to check out a better look at the Mark Coleman limited edition!

August 1, 2012

Florian, Bisping and Cruz All Come Out Against TRT Use

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Peter Lampasona @ 11:00 AM

Last night on UFC-run sports show UFC Tonight, a four-man panel of retired contender Kenny Florian, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, middleweight contender Michael Bisping and injured bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz engaged in a discussion of the legalized use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts. In spite of the increased amount of medical exemptions to use artificial testosterone for TRT allowed by athletic commissions, three of the four athletes came out as vehemently opposed to the procedure.

Only Evans defended the use of TRT, claiming that everyone will find a way to get some kind of illegal advantage, regardless, and at least TRT regulations unify how athletes go about doing so. In keeping with his demonstrated personality, Bisping proved the most outspoken, saying that the athletes should just “fight as human beings.”

TRT medical exemptions are granted by athletic commissions, allowing those applicant fighters to use artificial testosterone under a pre-approved doctor’s regiment and still gain a license to fight. Famous athletes who currently have medical exemptions for TRT use are Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson and Frank Mir.

July 26, 2012

Dominick Cruz Does Liddell Walk While Watching UFC 149

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Peter Lampasona @ 1:03 PM

Sidelined UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz apparently watches fights with the same active pacing as the legendary Chuck Liddell. In the above video released by FuelTV, Cruz, alongside Jon Anik and Brian Stann, watches the interim title bout at UFC 149 between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao. Apart from his own version of the famous fight-watching shuffle, Cruz’s commentary also stands out. When cross-referenced with the advice Cruz would give as a coach on the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter, it becomes apparent that Cruz thinks more feints are the correct response to any problem.

Once he is fully recovered, Cruz will likely face Barao to unify the 135 pound belt.

July 3, 2012

Joseph Benavidez, Dominick Cruz and Ian McCall Try Out to Be The New Robin

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , — Peter Lampasona @ 9:00 AM

Last night, sketch comedy website College Humor released the above skit featuring Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall and Dominick Cruz trying out to be the next sidekick to The Dark Knight. And it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Enjoy the three big names of the UFC’s lighter weight rosters dressed in the Robin costume acting out fight scenes and lines from the 1960’s TV series. Veteran ring girl Brittany Palmer also makes an appearance as Catwoman.

May 19, 2012

Renan Barao steps in to replace Cruz

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 5:38 PM

On Friday evening’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter Live, UFC President Dana White officially announced Renan Barao, 26-1 with 1 no-contest, will face Urijah Faber for the UFC Interim Bantamweight Title at UFC 148.

The fight card change comes on the heels of reigning UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s knee injury, and subsequent withdrawal, in early May. The owner of the longest unbeaten streak in mixed martial arts (27 fights without a loss), the Brazilian ‘Baron’ has stormed his way to the top of the UFC’s 135lbs division beating – in succession – Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.

The 25-year-old Barao said: “I’m very surprised to be the No.1 contender to now fight Urijah Faber but I’m so very excited to fight for the title and replace Dominick Cruz. I’m very confident. I have been training a long time for this chance and I will be ready to go out there and put on a good show.”

May 8, 2012

Dominick Cruz Out of UFC 148, Faber vs Barrao Possible Replacement

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Peter Lampasona @ 10:00 AM

Cruz suplexing challenger Demetrious Johnson

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was forced out of his upcoming title tilt against Urijah Faber this week due to a knee injury. Yesterday, UFC president Dana White confirmed via twitter that the 135 pound champion had indeed sustained an injury that had been rumored that morning.

“It’s true Cruz blew his ACL,” White tweeted. “Stay tuned for more info.”

Shortly after White’s tweet, Cruz also went to twitter to confirm that he will indeed be out of the UFC 148 bout with Faber.

Cruz is currently an opposing coach against Faber in the first live season of reality TV series The Ultimate Fighter. As TUF is now being taped live, Cruz’s injury will likely effect the course of the show, which just passed its half way point. Faber created a video blog to last night to weigh in on the subject of his long time rival’s injury, where he made it clear that even with the animosity between himself and Cruz, he is saddened by the injury.

“It sucks for everybody, especially myself and Dominick,” said Faber. “I wish him a speedy recovery. You don’t wish that on anybody.”

Faber also mentioned the possibility of an interim title bout with rising bantamweight star Renan Barrao. As per his original tweet, White is expected to make an announcement on the veracity of the Faber versus Barrao rumor later today. Faber’s full blog below:

March 17, 2012

Teams selected on episode 2 of “TUF Live”

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:54 PM

The Ultimate Fighter Live coaches and bitter rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber picked their teams this past week from the field of 16 finalists who won their elimination bouts to enter The Ultimate Fighter Live House. Missouri native Justin Lawrence was the first overall selection by Team Cruz, while his teammate James Vick (5-0), of Fort Worth, Texas and Team Faber’s Daron Cruickshank (10-2), of Wayne, Mich., were slated to face off in the first fight of the night.

Episode 2 – “Embrace the War” – saw 16 victorious lightweights move into the House and begin their quest for a six-figure UFC contract. After coaches Faber and Cruz selected their teams, training began. Fighter Michael Chiesa then received sad news from home, and was faced with a very hard decision.

This episode was the most emotionally impactful episode, not just in TUF history, but perhaps the history of reality television, as Team Faber member Chiesa received a telephone call from his mother informing him of his father’s passing. Mark Chiesa had been unwell for some time but had insisted his sonpursue his dream of becoming the next Ultimate Fighter. The younger Chiesa has decided to honor his father’s wishes and will remain on the show.

“I told you it was the most emotional episode ever!” said Dana White, UFC President. “It doesn’t get more real than this. These guys aren’t actors, they’re guys who are working their asses off to become UFC fighters. They know what’s on the line and they want it bad.”

March 9, 2012

Friday Link Party – March 9, 2012

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — Peter Lampasona @ 9:00 AM

MMA Fighting interviews bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz as he nears the first live season of TUF.

For Cruz, the goal with all the fighters who fight their way into the house on the live premiere of the show this Friday night is the same, whether they’re among the ones he knows personally from the San Diego MMA scene or whether they’re total strangers.

“For me, it’s a personal thing to make these guys better,” he said. “It’s about seeing what I can show them, seeing what I can give them to help the rest of their careers. It’s also about hopefully helping a guy from my team win a six-figure contract with the UFC. That’s what it’s all about for me, and that’s the only thing I’m thinking about.”

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Fight Opinion has strong words on TRT issues among athletes in the world’s largest MMA promotion.

Check out Pat Curran’s open workouts as he gets ready for Bellator’s new season at MMA Mania.

Lowkick releases their staff pound for pound list due to a firm love of controversy.

Frankie Edgar talks about how he got his title rematch, read about it at Bleacher Report.

MMA Payout looks at the UFC Pay Per View model and how it is expanding.

Review the harsh words Josh Koscheck had for his old home at AKA on 5 Ounces of Pain.

Dan Henderson to sit out until title shot, read all about it on Fightline.

December 7, 2011

Cruz and Faber announced as coaches for next season of TUF

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 11:00 AM

The UFC announced today that “The Ultimate Fighter” is moving to FX this March with an exciting, new live format as well as two new coaches.

The Ultimate Fighter LIVE debuts on Friday, March 9 as part of a two-hour season premiere beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show will then air for one hour at 10 p.m. ET/PT every Friday for 13 weeks on FX. UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and “The California Kid” Urijah Faber will serve as coaches on the upcoming season, with lightweight and welterweight contestants competing for two, six-figure UFC contracts.

The rivalry between coaches Cruz and Faber dates back to March 2007, when Faber handed Cruz his first and only professional loss in a 145-pound bout. The 26-year-old Cruz avenged that loss this past July, defeating Faber by unanimous decision to retain the bantamweight crown in a Fight of the Year candidate. With the series now even, Cruz and Faber look to settle the score as TUF coaches, followed by a title fight in mid-2012 inside the Octagon®.

Undefeated at 9-0 since dropping to bantamweight in 2008, San Diego’s Cruz (19-1) has surged to the top of the division thanks to unorthodox striking, tremendous cardio, and aggressive wrestling. Owner of wins over the likes of Faber, Demetrious Johnson, Scott Jorgensen, Joseph Benavidez (twice), and Brian Bowles, “The Dominator” has long sought an opportunity to serve as coach on The Ultimate Fighter. The chance to coach opposite his longtime rival makes the opportunity that much sweeter.

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