Bellator News: Attila Vegh Says Bellator MMA Is Lying About His Injury To Setup King Mo/Emmaunel Newton Fight

Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh was scheduled to defend his title against Emmanuel Newton later this year. The organization released a press release on August 15th stating that Vegh had suffered a shoulder injury and Newton would be facing Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator’s first pay-per-view for the interim light heavyweight championship.

No one really thought too much of Vegh being injured as it happens in the sport. Until now.

Vegh did an interview with Tomasz Marciniak of MMARocks.pl and told Marciniak that he isn’t injured at all. Here is what Vegh told Marciniak:

“It’s about business on Bellator’s side. People want to see the rematch between King Mo and Newton. That’s why my fight is postponed to January and I’ll face the winner of the November’s fight. I’m not injured, I’m perfectly fine.

“It may be caused by the fact that I’m a foreign fighter, I’m not an American. American people want to see their fighters, but I want give them my belt for free.”

The native of Slovakia hasn’t fought since February when he defeated Christian M’Pumbu at Bellator 91 to win the light heavyweight championship.

The first PPV for Bellator MMA will be Saturday, November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event will feature Tito Ortiz against Quinto “Rampage” Jackson with Michael Chandler defending his lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez, with the aforementioned Lawal vs Newton bout and Pat Curran putting his featherweight title on the line against Daniel Straus.

BetweenTheRopes.com has tried to reach Bellator MMA officials, but have not heard from them at this time of this piece.

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WWE News: The Rock Not Fully Healed From Wrestlemania 29

The WWE Universe hasn’t seen Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson since his Wrestlemania 29 match with John Cena. During the match, The Rock suffered a torn adductor and abdomen with three hernia tears. He had surgery on April 23 in Los Angeles.

Since the surgeries, “The Rock” has been filming the movie, “Hercules”, which hits theatres next year.

“The Rock” was answering some questions from fans earlier today on Twitter and was asked if he was 100% healed from the surgeries suffered a Wrestlemania.

The answer “The Rock” gave was interesting to see.

Will this lead to “The Rock” not performing at Wrestlemania 30 next April?

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UFC Podcast: UFC 164 Preview

In today’s podcast Steve talks to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. Steve and Crawford preview tonight’s UFC 164 featuring the main event between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson defending his title against Anthony Pettis, with the co-main event of Josh Barnett facing off with Frank Mir.

The guys also recap UFC Fight Night 27 from Wednesday night and what is next for the main card winners and losers from the show, discuss the situation between Bjorn Rebney and Dana White and all the latest news in the MMA world.

Crawford and Steve then discuss the latest involving the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, September 14, the All Access ratings and if Showtime should be worried and all the latest news in the world of boxing.

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UFC Video: First Fight Between Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson

Tonight at UFC 164, the main event is a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off with Anthony Pettis. These two squared off at the final WEC event, WEC 53 in December of 2010.

It was a very close fight going into the fifth and final round, with Pettis landing the “Showtime Kick” late in the round to secure the victory. Since then Henderson has gone undefeated in the UFC in seven fights and became the lightweight in February of last year defeating Frankie Edgar.

Pettis has gone 3-1 in his UFC run, winning his last three fights.

Who will win the rematch tonight at UFC 164? Watch the video above of the first fight.

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UFC Video: Countdown To UFC 164

UFC 164 takes place tonight from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The main event features a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson defending his title against Anthony Pettis. The co-feature is a bout between two former UFC heavyweight champions as Josh Barnett battles Frank Mir.

For every UFC pay-per-view, the UFC produces a countdown show that features some of the featured bouts on the card. On this episode of “Countdown to UFC 164, the show features Henderson and Pettis, Barnett and Mir and a key featherweight showdown between Chad Mendes and Clay Guida.

Watch the full episode of the show above.

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UFC Video: UFC 164 Weigh-In Video

Fighters took the scale yesterday before they fight today at UFC 164. The weigh-ins took place where the event is tonight, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. All 24 fighters on the card made weight.

The main event of tonight’s UFC 164 is a rematch featuring UFC lightweight Benson Henderson facing off with former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. The challenger won the first bout between the two at the final WEC show in 2010. The co-feature is a battle of former UFC heavyweight champions as Josh Barnett battles Frank Mir.

Watch the video above of the weigh-ins.

Here are the results of yesterday’s weigh-ins:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
• Benson Henderson (155) vs Anthony Pettis (154.5)
• Josh Barnett (255) vs Frank Mir (248)
• Clay Guida (146) vs Chad Mendes (145)
• Ben Rothwell (262) vs Brandon Vera (241)
• Erik Koch (145) vs Dustin Poirier (145.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
•Gleison Tibau (155) vs Jamie Varner (156)
•Tim Elliott (125.5) vs Louis Gaudinot (125)
•Pascal Krauss (170) vs Hyun Gyu Lim (171)
•Chico Camus (135) vs Kyung Ho Kang (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
•Nikita Krylov (236) vs Soa Palelei (265)
•Ryan Couture (156) vs Al Iaquinta (156)
•Magnus Cedenblad (185) vs Jared Hamman (185.5)

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Between The Ropes Podcast | Eric Gargiulo – August 30, 2013

Brian spends his Friday night talking with Eric Gargiulo of the Camel Clutch Blog as they discuss the current Daniel Bryan storyline, who the best wrestler in the WWE is right now, all of the various possibilities for WrestleMania 30, who could possibly return to the company, the futures of Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Sting and AJ Styles in TNA and maybe somewhere else, the wrestling television landscape, Ric Flair and more.

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UFC Video: Daniel Cormier and Urijah Faber Q&A At 3 P.M ET

You can watch the video above as at 3 p.m. ET Strikeforce Grand Prix Winner Daniel Cormier and former WEC featherweight champion and bantamweight contender Urijah Faber will be doing a live Q&A.

The session will last one hour with the weigh-ins to follow.

Cormier — now 12-0 in his MMA career — made his UFC debut on April 20, 2013 which a unanimous decision victory aginast former UCF heavyweight champion Frank Mir.   His next fight will be against Roy Nelson at UFC 166 in Houston on October 19.

Faber — 29-6 — is coming off a victory earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 27 against Yuri Alcantata.  Faber has now won three straight fights and is right back in title contention in the bantamweight division.

UFC Video: UFC 164 Pre-Fight Press Conference

The UFC returns to pay-per-view for the first time in four weeks on Saturday for UFC 164. The event takes place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The main event will feature a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off against Anthony Pettis. The two squared off at the final WEC show in December 2010 with Pettis winning by unanimous decision and hitting the infamous “Showtime Kick” late in the fight.

The co-main event will feature two former UFC heavyweight champions and current top ten fighters as Josh Barnett returns to the UFC after 11 year run in various organizations as he will square off against Frank Mir.

Also on the card, top ten featherweights battle as Chad Mendes battles Clay Guida.

The UFC held the UFC 164 pre-fight press conference at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with the six fighters we mentioned along with UFC president Dana White. You can see the video above.

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UFC News: UFC Will Have A Show In Singapore in January

The UFC will start 2014 off with a bang and in a new market. The UFC announced today they will debut in Singapore on January 4. A venue, ticket information and where the it will be broadcast has not been determined yet at this time.

“This marks a bold step for UFC’s expansion in Asia and is the first of a series of events in Asia planned for 2014,” UFC Managing Director of Asia Mark Fischer stated.

The UFC has appeared in Asia on three occasions, UFC 144 in February of 2012, UFC on Fuel TV 6 in November and UFC on Fuel TV 8 in March with UFC 144 and UFC on Fuel TV 8 taking place in Japan and UFC on Fuel TV 6 in China.

Fischer was excited that the UFC was heading more into Asian countries.

“We know many fans in Singapore and Southeast Asia have been waiting to experience the excitement of a live UFC event, and this will certainly be a great springboard for our continued development in this part of the world.”

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UFC News: Condit, Kampmann, Thatch and Cummings Earn Fight Bonuses

The UFC announced after UFC Fight Night 27 that Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann, Brandon Thatch and Zak Cummings received $50,000 bonuses for their efforts last night.

Condit and Kampmann received fight of the night in their main event rematch. This time though, Condit defeated Kampmann in back and forth fight by fourth round TKO.

Thatch received knockout of the night when he defeated Justin Edwards 83 seconds of the very first round.

Cummings received submission of the night defeating Ben Alloway after being in some trouble early in the first round was able to secure a d’arce choke with 41 seconds left in the round.

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UFC News: Carlos Condit Stops Martin Kampmann In Rematch

Carlos Condit avenged his first UFC loss in a big way. The former UFC interim welterweight champion defeated Martin Kampmann by fourth round TKO last night at UFC Fight Night 27.

Condit got off to a sluggish start in the first round when Kampmann took Condit down and controlled the rest of the round.

The second round started with Kampmann trying to secure the takedown again, but Condit was able to stuff the takedowns and was able to control the round with his standup.

The third round Condit was able to continue his momentum with Kampmann starting to fade. Condit landed a nice combination that opened up a cut over Kampmann’s eye. Kampmann was able to finally land a takedown, but Condit countered very quickly and took Kampmann’s back. The fight got back to both fighters on their feet, but Condit controlled the rest of the round with his standup.

The fourth and final round started with Kampmann securing a takedown, but Condit was able to bounce back on his feet. Condit was then able to press the action and shocked Kampmann with a left hook and Condit then poured it on with knees and punches, then referee Herb Dean stopped the fight 54 seconds into the fourth round.

Here are the rest of the results from UFC Fight Night 27:

•Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Kelvin Gastelum def. Brian Melancon via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:26
•Court McGee def. Robert Whittaker via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
•Takeya Mizugaki def. Erik Perez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
•Brad Tavares def. Robert McDaniel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Dylan Andrews def. Papy Abedi via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:32
•Brandon Thatch def. Justin Edwards via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:23
•Darren Elkins def. Hatsu Hioki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Jason High def. James Head via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:41
•Zak Cummings def. Ben Alloway via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:19
•Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo declared a no-contest (unintentional illegal knee) – Round 2, 4:57

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – August 29, 2013

Brian and Steve recap UFC Fight Night 27 which saw Carlos Condit defeat Martin Kampmann in the main event, what could be next for Condit, Chael Sonnen’s possible next opponent, Dana White comments on Bjorn Rebney and their picks for Saturday’s UFC 164 headlined by Benson Henderson against Anthony Pettis for the UFC lightweight championship.

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WWE Video: Alberto Del Rio Denies Bar Fight Before Summerslam

A lot of chatter has circulated since we seen the black eyes on Alberto Del Rio at WWE Summerslam that he was involved in a bar fight with Drew McIntyre. Del Rio states that wasn’t the case.

Del Rio did an interview with Bootleg Kev on Power 98.3 in earlier this week to promote WWE Monday Night Raw. The interviewer brought up the black eyes that Del Rio was sporting at Summerslam. The world heavyweight champion had this to say regarding the topic:

“You know, we do shows, we do over 200 shows per year. We had a live event in Portland and you know it was just… things happen when you’re in wrestling. It was just an accident. But you know how it is, they always like to talk and they always like to make stories of their own. You know, it was just part of the business, it’s part of the game.”

It’s not shocking that Del Rio is taking that route considering that could be bad public relations for him and the WWE.

Do you believe what Del Rio is saying?

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WWE News: Jerry “The King” Lawler Has First Singles Since His Heart Attack

A lot of people thought that Jerry “The King” Lawler wouldn’t return to active wrestling since he suffered a heart attack last year. ProWrestling.net is reporting the WWE Hall of Famer will return to the ring and have a singles match with Mike Rapada this Saturday in Covington, Tennessee in the main event of the show.

The name of the promotion that Lawler is wrestling for hasn’t been released.

Lawler suffered a heart attack on the September 10, 2012 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw while commentating a match between The Primetime Players versus Team Hell No.

“The King” returned to commentating in November and then had his match on the independent scene in a tag team match with Dory Funk Jr’s promotion, Bang! in May. Lawler is also advertised to wrestle in a singles match at a event on Friday, September 13 in Mississippi.

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UFC News: Dana White Video Blog For UFC Fight Night 27

UFC President Dana White always comes out with video blogs during fight week. This week is no exception as UFC Fight Night 27 takes place tonight in Indianapolis, Indiana and then UFC 164 takes place on Saturday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

White came out with a video blog hyping tonight’s UFC Fight Night 27 card, which features a main event rematch between former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann with the co-feature of Donald Cerrone facing Rafael dos Anjos.

In this latest video blog, White takes a look back at UFC Fight Night 26 which took place 11 days ago in Boston.
You see Conor McGregor backstage after his fight talking to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, Travis Browne and Matt Brown talking to White and much more.

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UFC Fight Night 27 Weigh-In Results: All Fighters Make Weight

UFC Fight Night 27 takes place tomorrow night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The main event features a rematch between former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit facing off with Martin Kampmann.

All 24 fighters on the card just weighed in and all of them made weight including Condit who weighed in at 170.5, while Kampmann weighed in at 170.

Both guys faced each other in 2009, with Kampmann winning by split decision. Condit and Kampmann are looking to get back on track as Condit has a two fight losing streak and Kampmann lost his last fight against Johny Hendricks at UFC 154 last November.

UFC Fight Night 27 weigh-in results:

UFC Fight Night 27 Main Card (Fox Sports 1 8 p.m. ET):

Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Martin Kampmann (170)
Donald Cerrone (156) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (155.5)
Kelvin Gastelum (170) vs. Brian Melancon (170)
Court McGee (170) vs. Robert Whittaker (170.5)
Takeya Mizugaki (135.5) vs. Erik Perez (135.5)
Brad Tavares (186) vs. Bubba McDaniel (185)

UFC Fight Night 27 Prelims (FOX Sports 2 6 p.m. ET):
Dylan Andrews (184.5) vs. Papy Abedi (185)
Justin Edwards (170) vs. Brandon Thatch (170)
Darren Elkins (145) vs. Hatsu Hioki (146)
James Head (170.5) vs. Jason High (171)

UFC Fight Night 27 Prelims (Facebook 5 p.m. ET):
Zak Cummings (170.5) vs. Ben Alloway (170)
Roger Bowling (155.5) vs. Abel Trujillo (155)

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