The Nevada State Athletic Commission sent out an e-mail stating that executive director Keith Kizer will resign, effective on January 27th. He was appointed the executive director in 2006 after serving five years as the state’s attorney general. Kizer plans on returning to the Nevada Attorney General office following his term as NSAC director is done.
The previous NSAC director, Marc Ratner, left the position in 2006 to become the UFC’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.
There has been no word yet on who will replace Keith Kizer at the end of the month.
UFC officials announced the cast for the Ultimate Fighter: Nations, which pits Team Canada versus Team Australia. Each team will feature four middleweights and four welterweights. Team Canada will be coached by Patrick Cote, while Team Australia is headed by Kyle Noke. As usual, both coaches are expected to fight each other at a later date.
The UFC’s quest for global expansion continues with the Ultimate Fighter: China, in hopes that the show will bring more exposure to mixed martial arts in the most populated country in the world. It was originally thought that UFC middleweight fighter and movie star, Cung Le, would be one of the individual coaches, but now it seems he will take the ‘Dana White’ role of the show. Today the UFC announced the names of the sixteen fighters that will compete on the show, but the coaches have yet to be named. The first episode will air on December 7th at 10 PM (Chinese local time).
A bitter rivalry that has been brewing for several years, will finally come to an end sometime next year. UFC officials announced today that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will coach the third season of the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Tryouts are scheduled for November 11th in Rio de Janeiro and are open to heavyweights, light heavyweights, and middleweights. Filming is expected to start early next year.
Chael Sonnen has made a name for himself calling out and insulting nearly every Brazilian fighter on the UFC’s roster, but other than Anderson Silva, no one has received more guff than Wanderlei Silva.
Recently, the two had a heated altercation at a Mr. Olympia convention, where both fighters exchanged words and members of both camps were needed to hold back their fighter. In my opinion, the meet seemed somewhat staged, but feel free to make your own opinion:
Chael Sonnen is scheduled to face Rashad Evans at UFC 167 on November 16th in the co-main event of the evening. The card will be headlined by welterweight champion, Georges St Pierre and Johny Hendricks.
The eighteenth season of the Ultimate Fighter debuts on September 4th on FOX Sports 1, featuring coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. For the first time in the show’s history, the 32 competitors will feature both male and female fighters. Both the men and women will compete in the bantamweight division. The full cast is as follows:
Notable Wins: Chuck Liddell (x2), Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva
18-8-2 MMA / 11-6-1 UFC Record
Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
Notable Wins: Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic, Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry
Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Wolfslair teammate Cheick Kongo have reportedly signed multi-fight deals with Bellator Fighting Championships. There’s been no word on when either fighter will make their promotional debut, but both are expected to appear in Bellator’s 9th season.
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson was clearly not been happy during his last few years with the UFC, and it showed in his performances in the cage, losing his last three fights with the promotion. In September of 2011, Jackson earned a chance to regain his world title against Jon Jones at UFC 135, but was submitted by the champ in the fourth round. He then had back-to-back uninspiring performances against Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira, losing decisions to both to end his contract with the UFC.
Prior to the Roy Nelson fight at UFC 159, Cheick Kongo was offered a new contract with the promotion but turned it down at the time. Nelson went on to knock out Cheick Kongo in just over two-minutes into the first round, and both the UFC and Kongo decided to part ways. He was 3-2 in his five fights, including victories over Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, and Shawn Jordan.