Former UFC MMA fighter Leonard Garcia signs a multi-fight deal with the Legacy Fighting Championship promotion.
Garcia is expected is debut as Legacy FC MMA fighter against Rey Trujillo at Legacy FC 21: Huerta vs. Hobar event this coming July 9th.
The nine time UFC veteran has not won any fight except for a split decision in his four and half years stint with UFC. He closed his UFC career with a five fight losing skid. His consolation however is the 6 “Fight of the Night” Awards despite losing to his opponents.
His opponent is a 10-time Legacy FC veteran and holds a two fight winning streak both by a first round KO victory over Chris Jones and James King.
After his losing his comeback UFC fight as a light heavyweight, thrash talking MMA fighter Chael Sonnen is still pushing his luck to fight another light heavyweight fighter – Wanderlei Silva.
Sonnen lost his light heavyweight debut against the current champ Jon “ Bones” Jones recently and announced that he is not ready to hang his gloves just yet, and instead calls on Silva to be his next opponent. He also gave the Brazilian MMA fighter a 24 hour deadline to accept the challenge.
In his twitter account, Sonnen wrote, “Wand- you have 24 hours to accept. If you do, I will donate 10% of my purse to help schools in your hometown of Curitiba .. I mean, VEGAS.”
Silva has yet to comment on Sonnen’s statement.
Despite facing visa issues, UFC heavyweight top contender Mark Hunt is confident he can enter the cage on his scheduled bout against Junior dos Santos on May 25th.
The Super Samoan is reportedly having visa problems going to the U.S. He said that he was denied at the airport after he it was found out that he did not have the proper paperwork necessary to go from New Zealand to the U.S.
The New Zealand MMA fighter was however calm on the first instance, confident that his old passport will sort things out. But things went from bad to worse as Hunt was again denied to board a flight bound to the U.S.
Initial reports shows that the MMA fighter figured in an incident decade ago, to which Hunt was quick to react to. “It was a incident that happened 2002.” Hunt has since said that officials from the UFC are helping him with his papers, and is expected to fly out Friday night.
Hunt is expected to fight Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160 on May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC on FOX 8 Event has just added a bantamweight bout between John Albert and Yaotzin Meza on its prelim fight card.
Both MMA fighters are on a must win situation having lost their recent fights.
Former TUF 14 cast member Albert is on a three fight losing skid, bowing to Ivan Menjivar, Erik Perez and most recently to Scott Jorgensen, where despite the loss earned him a “Fight of the Night” award.
Meza meanwhile blew his UFC debut after he was knocked out by Chad Mendes in the first round. He came in as a late replacement for Mendes’ injured opponent.
UFC on FOX 8 event will feature the flyweight title fight between current champion Demetrious Johnson defending his belt against John Moraga, slated July 27, 2013 the event will take place at the KeyArena in Seattle.
UFC has recently confirmed the release of two MMA fighters to its fold.
The world’s biggest MMA organization announced that they have discharged featherweight fighters Leonard Garcia and Bart Palaszewski. And if this is not enough, the promotion continued to axe more MMA fighters from its fold.
The recent release involves Reuben Duran, Kurt Holobaugh, Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia and Japanese MMA fighter Issei Tamura. The promotion also confirmed that Antonio Carvalho and Pablo Garza were discharged from the UFC.
Duran has a 1-3 record and has recently lost to George Roop. He also lost to Hugo Viana before that. His only victory came at the expense of Francisco Rivera at TUF 13 Finale in June 2011.
Former Strikeforce MMA fighter Holobaugh made his UFC debut at UFC 159, but failed to impress the promotion after he lost by a unanimous decision to Steven Siler.
Former TUF 15 cast member Lawrence on the other hand has a 1-2 record winning, and recently lost to Daniel Pineda in just 95 seconds at TUF 17 Finale.
Tamura meanwhile lost miserably to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 158, wherein the Japanese MMA fighter was knocked out and gave him his second straight loss. Before that Raphael Assuncao won over the Japanese MMA fighter by TKO, erasing Tamura’s impressive UFC debut wherein he knocked Tiequan Zhang out at UFC 144.
The world’s biggest MMA organization has recently confirmed the release of two MMA fighters to its fold.
UFC announced that they have discharged featherweight fighters Leonard Garcia and Bart Palaszewski.
Garcia recently lost to Cody McKenzie at UFC 159 wherein the UFC president Dana White said that the Garcia’s prospect inside UFC is not looking good. Garcia also lost to Chan Sung Jung, Nam Phan, Matt Grice and Max Hollway. He will be leaving UFC with a dismal 2-7 record.
Palaszewski on the other hand will leave UFC with a three straight losses making it easier for the promotion to decide. His losses came at the hands of Hatsu Hioki, Diego Nunes and most recently to Cole Miller. His only victory was over Tyson Griffin on his UFC debut in 2011.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion has been discharging a lot of MMA fighters left and right lately, but amidst all these releases, the world’s biggest MMA organization signed Colorado-based welterweight MMA fighter Brandon Thatch to a multi-fight deal Wednesday.
Thatch who trains at the Grudge Training Center in Denver, Colorado won his 8th consecutive fight, defeating Mike Rhodes at the Resurrection Fighting Alliance 7 Event held at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. He currently holds a 9-1 MMA record.
Among his notable conquest involves defeating Chidi Njokuani. The UFC did not disclose the nature of their contract and financial terms. Thatch is yet to be included in any upcoming event to a yet to be known opponent.
After he was meted by The Ultimate Fighting Championship $50,000 fine for allegedly failing to comply his media obligations, current middleweight UFC champion Anderson Silva quickly reiterated that he knows nothing about his press responsibility.
The media day was supposed to help the promotion sell the UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman event wherein Silva will top bill the said event. Silva instead of going to the media day, flew back home to Brazil prompting UFC to fine him.
In interview, the Brazilian MMA fighter said that he have never missed any commitment to the promotion and had he known that he is set to appear in the press conference he will never go to Brazil on that day.
UFC officials did not comment on this issue.
The former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin announced his retirement from the MMA Tuesday.
Carwin who last fought two years ago decided to hang his gloves permanently. He lost two of his last two fights and has been suffering from injuries and underwent various surgeries.
Carwin last appeared at UFC 131 in June 2011 opposite Junior dos Santos for a heavyweight eliminator. The fight went the distance but dos Santos won by unanimous decision. Months later, Carwin was expected to compete at the start of 2012 but back surgery prevented him from going back until the middle of last year.
While recovering from the surgery, Carwin was asked to coach the Season 16 of TUF opposite Roy Nelson with a planned match by December, but a month before he can even enter the cage, a knee injury sidelined him again.
In his twitter account, Carwin posted, “Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans! #dreambig GOD BLESS!!!”
Following the victory of former Nicaraguan boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga over MMA fighter Wesley Tiffer at the “Battle of the Americas” event held in the Pharaohs Casino in Managua, Nicaragua, another boxing champion seems to take fancy as to what discipline is much better.
Tyson Fury has earlier called UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez a midget, and considered facing the MMA fighter in a one-fight deal to which the UFC president Dana White did not take lightly and even offered Fury a chance to face Velasquez last month.
Now, the heavyweight boxer has once again challenged Velasquez responding to White’s invitation. In an interview, the boxer said, “I have challenged him before and would consider taking him on in a one-fight deal. I would beat him and then return to boxing.”
He added, “I’m definitely interested, but the money would have to be right.”
Before Mayorga retired from boxing and fought inside the cage, another boxer James Toney made a one fight appearance inside UFC and was taken down and submitted by notable MMA fighter Randy Couture at UFC 118, since then, the former multi-division world boxing champion has not fought in MMA since that ill-fated MMA debut.
And if Fury really decides to face Velasquez this is what the UFC champion has to say, “I’m not a boxer. I’m a mixed martial artist, and if he wants to fight, he can go into the UFC and work his way up like everybody else does. Nothing is given to you in this world. To me, it’s like, don’t talk about it; go ahead and do it. That’s all I have to say about that. I didn’t know who he was until this. I think he’s using my name to gain publicity, which he has done; everybody is bringing it up.”