Dustin Poirier says there is ‘championship language’ in new contract with UFC

Speaking with MMAJunkie, Dustin Poirier said his new UFC deal includes “championship language”. This apparently means that provisions were made that if he becomes champ then good stuff happens financially. Here’s what he said via BJPenn.com… I just rewashed my old contract after my last fight and got a new contract. I got close to … Read more

Cain Velasquez inks new eight-fight deal with the UFC

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (11-1) has landed a new eight-fight contact with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The champ already had three fights left on his previous contract, but the promotion decided to extend their deal with Cain.

Matt Hughes signs new multi-fight deal with UFC

Former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes won't be retiring anytime soon.
Former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes won't be retiring anytime soon.

Just when you may have been thinking Matt Hughes (43-7) was about to hang up the gloves for good, the former nine-time UFC Welterweight Champion revealed he signed a new multi-fight deal last week with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a statement on his website (www.matt-hughes.com) he writes:

Last week I went out to Vegas and I signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, which is much like my last contract. I also brought up the fact that I wanted to do a hunting show and they thought that would be a good thing. They still have to find out who, where and when my next fight will be and I will try to post that info ASAP. Nothing is decided yet, so anything you might be reading on the Internet right now is just rumors and speculation. However, one name the UFC did bring up is a person I’ve never fought before.

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Cro Cop’s UFC return is short lived

Many long time MMA fans were happy to see Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic make his Octagon return at UFC 99 in Germany on Saturday and were cheering as he won a TKO over England’s Mostapha Al-Turk. Fans dared to believe the Cro Cop of old had returned and could make a run at the UFC title which is what he claimed he wanted to do.

However, any hopes of ever seeing Cro Cop in the UFC again have just vanished forever. According to a report from Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports, Cro Cop, shortly after defeating Al-Turk, informed UFC President Dana White he had signed a three-fight deal with the Japan-based MMA promotion DREAM. This was a small detail he just happen to leave out when negotiating his one fight deal for UFC 99.

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Josh Neer inks new four fight deal with UFC

Although the UFC has been cleaning house lately by letting go a number of fighters, one person not on the hit list is Josh “The Dentist” Neer (25-7-1). In fact, Neer, who just dismantled ‘The Ultimate Fighter 6’ winner, Mac Danzig (18-6-1) at UFC Fight Night 17 with a dominating performance ending in a second round submission, has just signed a brand new four-fight contract with the UFC.

Neer’s manager, Mickey Dubberly Jr, gave this statement today to PRO MMA (promma.info) via email:

We are very pleased to announce that Josh Neer has inked a new 4 fight deal with the UFC. We currently do not know who Josh’s next opponent will be, but Josh will fight ANYONE the UFC puts him up against. We would like to thank the UFC for being very supportive of Josh throughout his career, and awarding his hard work with a new contract. The UFC is where Josh wants to fight, and we will let everyone know who the next opponent will be. Josh is more focused than ever and is looking forward to his next fight in the UFC. Josh wants to thank the UFC, family, friends, fans, and training partners for helping him throughout his career.

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Strikeforce events to air live on Showtime in new deal

There is more great news for MMA fans coming out with Strikeforce’s purchase of Pro Elite assets. PRO MMA (http://promma.info) has learned that live Strikeforce mixed martial arts action will air on SHOWTIME beginning April 11, 2009.

The multi-year agreement calls for SHOWTIME to produce and televise up to 16 live events per year including the high-level Strikeforce shows fans have come to expect as well as a series dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming fighters in the sport. The Strikeforce debut event will broadcast live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The fight card will be announced at a later date.

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Bobby Lashley will fight for Palace Fighting Championship in February

Former WWE pro wrestling star, Bobby Lashley, will reportedly have his next fight with the Palace Fighting Championship promotion. Lashley, 1-0 in his mixed martial arts career, will fight on the PFC’s February 6th card in Lenore, California.

Although an opponent has not been named, a list of fighters Lashley could face to possibly build up his fight resume has been sent to him for review.

Lashley attended Missouri Valley College, where he won three national amateur wrestling championships between 1996 and 1998 and placed fourth in 1995. Throughout 1997 and 1998, he was the National Association of Inter-collegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Wrestling Champion. Lashley later joined the United States Army, where he continued to wrestle.

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Viacom and Time Warner Cable come to terms, SPIKE TV safe

MMA fans worried that they would not be able to watch UFC on SPIKE TV in 2009 can rest easy.

Media giants, Viacom and Time Warner struck a deal agreeing on compensation that would allow SPIKE TV, Nickelodeon, MTV and 16 other channels to stay on Viacom programming.

Viacom originally wanted an additional $39 million on top of the $300 million Time Warner already pays. In order for Time Warner to acquire the $39 million it would be forced to charge subscribers an extra $2.76 annually.

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