UFC’s Chael Sonnen and Molly Qerim again host World MMA Awards ceremony

For the second straight year, UFC fighter Chael Sonnen will serve as host of Fighters Only’s World MMA Awards.

Sonnen has again has been paired up with CBS Sports Network/NFL Network anchor Molly Qerim.

The duo hosts the 2012 World MMA Awards official ceremony, which is a black-tie ceremony held Jan. 11 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Retired Nick Denis did his homework, and then he did what few UFC fighters can

It started in Tokyo. The second round of World Victory Road’s Sengoku featherweight grand prix in 2009, Marlon Sandro coming at him with what looked like an overhand right.

Nick Denis lifted his arm to block it.

“But instead of an overhand right, he threw a right uppercut,” Denis told MMAjunkie.com. “The last thing I remember was seeing his fist coming toward my face and thinking, oh s—.”

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UFC interim champ Renan Barao’s coach prefers title shot, but doesn’t want to wait

Barao coach Pederneiras would prefer title shot, but doesn’t want fighter to wait

Nova Uniao leader and coach Andre Pederneiras on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com he’s waiting on UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby’s call to tell him when and where UFC interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao is fighting next.

“If I had a choice, I would rather Renan fight Dominick (Cruz), but I don’t want to wait too long,” Pederneiras said.

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Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum to headline UFC 188 in Mexico City

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who has not fought since routing Junior dos Santos on Oct. 19, 2013, will defend his belt against interim title-holder Fabricio Werdum on June 13 in Mexico City in the main event of UFC 188, the UFC announced Monday.

Velasquez was supposed to meet Werdum at UFC 180 on Nov. 15, but pulled out of the bout on Oct. 21 because of an injured right knee. Prior to that, Velasquez had shoulder surgery. By fight night, he’ll have fought just once in more than two years.

Fabricio Werdum celebrates after knocking out Mark Hunt at UFC 180 to win the interim heavyweight title. (Getty Images)With Velasquez out, the UFC made a bout between Werdum and Mark Hunt for the interim title at UFC 180 in Mexico City. Werdum survived an early Hunt onslaught and ended the bout in the second round when he caught Hunt with a perfectly placed knee to the chin.

The UFC had held off going to Mexico City for a long time because it wanted Velasquez to be in the main event. And after coaching The Ultimate Fighter Latin America against Werdum, there was legitimate excitement among Mexican fans about seeing Velasquez, a first generation Mexican-American, fighting in the headline bout.

It was evident by the way Velasquez was mobbed during the event when he was cageside to watch Werdum stop Hunt.

Werdum led what turned out to be a very successful event, and now will get the chance to meet for the true belt in the spot where he had one of his most significant wins.

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Duke Roufus on UFC 185: Anthony Pettis has GSP qualities, Dos Anjos perfect victim, Carl Esparza retains title

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis appears to be the most dominant UFC star not called Ronday Rousey and Jon Jones. He’s won each of his last four fights via stoppage and looks completely unflustered when posed with even the biggest threats in the division. Pettis is in one of two UFC title fights this Saturday [...]

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UFC on FOX 5′s FX-televised prelims add Easton-Assuncao and Siver-Phan

Two fights have joined FX’s super-sized preliminary-card broadcast for next week’s UFC on FOX 5 event at Seattle’s KeyArena.

FX now airs six fights, not the usual four, prior to the Dec. 8′s main-card broadcast on FOX.

The bouts include bantamweights Mike Easton vs. Raphael Assuncao and featherweights Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan.

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Bellator announces championship-rematch clause with move to Spike TV

While fighters will continue to control their destiny in the Bellator cage, chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has given himself some wiggle room.

The fight executive today announced a new championship-rematch clause that will go into effect with the organization’s upcoming move to Spike TV.

When “called for,” Rebney will have the option to book title-fight rematches.

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BAMMA 11: Alex Reid to face Sam Boo

BAMMA have announced Alex Reid?s opponent for BAMMA¬† 11 presented by GoDaddy.com http://www.godaddy.com/ and it’s Sam Boo on the 1st December. The bout, which takes place at Birmingham?s National Indoor Arena, is set to feature on the televised main card and pits will be the first time we’ve seen Alex in the cage since his victory at UCMMA 22 over Jason Barrett. Reid is keen to put himself in the headlines again for his fighting ability and not because of the mother of his child trashing him in the papers. Reid has been training hard too as recent pictures in the Daily Mail showed him with a cracker of a black eye from a recent sparring session.

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Bruce Buffer debuts mobile app on Nov. 27, eyes 2013 for clothing line launch

While Dana White is the unquestionable face of the UFC, ring announcer Bruce Buffer has parlayed his role into massive recognition, as well.

Fans at UFC events often mimic his signature calls, and he’s stopped on the streets for pictures and autographs as often as any of the promotion’s most-respected fighters.

On Nov. 27, Buffer adds to his ever-growing empire with the launch of an “It’s Time” app. It could signal the start of a busy stretch for the 55-year-old “veteran voice of the octagon.”

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UFC 186 unavailable to Dish Network subscribers after contract talks break down

The road to UFC 186 just keeps getting stranger and stranger.

First, the main event between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao was postponed due to injury. Then, there was the well-documented tug-of-war between the UFC and Bellator over Quinton ?Rampage? Jackson’s involvement in the co-main event. Now, on Wednesday, the UFC has announced that Dish Network and the Las Vegas-based MMA promotion have been unsuccessful in coming to terms on a distribution deal. Therefore, Dish Network subscribers won’t be able to purchase UFC 186.Dish subscribers wanting to watch Demetrious Johnson defend his title Saturday are out of luck.

The UFC issued the following statement to its fans via their website.

“Due to contractual issues, DISH Network will not be offering UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi on Pay-Per-View this Saturday. While all other providers in the U.S. have come to an agreement on renewal terms, DISH Network has elected not to renew its distribution agreement with UFC. We have enjoyed a strong and productive relationship with DISH over the years, and while we?re disappointed with their decision, we are confident that our fans will be able to enjoy this weekend?s card through several other viewing options that you can read more about by clicking here. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached with DISH in the near future, but remain committed to ensuring that all fans have continued access to UFC events through multiple distribution options.”

It is fairly commonplace in the television world for providers to negotiate over terms. Viewers often lose their favorite shows when corporations essentially use them as leverage to negotiate better terms for certain channels.

MMA fans needn?t worry too much though; issues like this are usually resolved in due time. However, those wanting to watch this Saturday’s fights will have to change service providers or take the UFC’s advice and phone a friend.

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