We need conclusive proof. Or just don't post rumor and speculation as though it were gospel truth anymore.
Fabio Maldonado and Cacareco just signed with the UFC!
Maldonado will be replacing Tom Blackledge @ UFC 120 against Mcsweeney.
should be a striking matchup as Mcsweeney is a pro kickboxer while Maldonado is undefeated pro boxer 22-0. he has a style similar to Nogueira and JDS as he trains with them. he defeated another ufc newcomer in Big Rig Falcao twice. i see Maldonado winning it but hes untested yet.
cacareco will be fighting Matyushenko and should have the stylistic advantage.
comprehensive list of scheduled fighters in zuffa
1. Pascal Krauss
ufc 122 (9-0, defeated undeafeated John Quinn)
2. Kenny Robertson (10-0)
3. Carlos Rocha (8-0, 7 finishes in round 1.)
5. Karo Parisyan ufc 123
6. "Big Rig" Falcao Goncalves (25-3, 23 finishes)
7. Edson Barboza Mendes Jr.
(6-0 from Ring of Combat)
8. Antonio Mckee- ufc 125
9. Josh Burkman
in contact with ufc
Chad Corvin- not approved by athletic commission
Williamy Freire (17-3, 11 wins in a row)- injured
- 1 more win
- 1 more win
Ricco Rodriguez- 1 more win
- 1 more win
Simeon Thoresen- 1 more win
Papy Abedi- 1 more win
- 1 more win
Ryan Laflare- 1 more win
Edward Guedes- 1 more win
David Baron- 1 more win
1. Michael Mcdonald (10-1, avenged his sole loss)
2. Din Thomas- dropping to FW
Rob Mcculough- 1 win away
Marcos Galvao- 1 win away
Takaya- 1 win away
- 1 win away
- cousin of Marlon Sandro
lightweights from WEC
4. Kamal Shalorus
6-0 with 2 draws
5. Mongolian Wolf
12-0 or 17-0
6. Mac Jew
7. Anthony Pettis 12-1
8. Shane Roller 8-3
9. Danny Castillo 9-3
10. Ricardo Lamas 9-1
11. Dave Jensen 14-2
12. Anthony Njoukani 12-4
13. Chris Horodecki 16-2
14. Bart Palaszewski 35-13
15. Will Kerr 9-2
1.Mikey Lovato 10-1 125lbs
2.Alexis Vila 8-0 125lbs (39 years old)
3.John "The Magician" Dodson- 9-5 125lbs
4.Nick Cottone 8-2 125lbs fighting in ROC
5.Louis Gaudinot 5-1 with a win over Riggleman in ROC
6.Jessie "Mountain Man" Riggleman 125lbs was 9-0 before 2 straight losses in a row in ROC
7. Henry Cejudo- wrestling champion to make his mma debut
8. Pat Runez 4-0
9. Lah Thao 4-0
some great fighters that will most likely not sign in the near future (by end of 2010) if at all:
was offered a great deal from the UFC, but it seems like after his loss the ufc interest in him has declined and the two parties will just not come to terms. fedor's association with m-1 and vadim finkelstein will deny him the opportunity to fight in the ufc. he also signed a new 5 fight contract
2. Fabricio Werdum
is coming off the greatest win in mma history, but is injured and wont fight until 2011 most likely against alistair overeem.the ufc did not show an increased interest in him, and he is locked in strikeforce for years to come
3. Alistair Overeem
is rumored to join the UFC after 2 fights, but also has to compete in K-1
4. Antonio Silva
- he expressed displeasure in fighters avoiding him and the ufc was interested in him before. he could fight his final fights against Brett Rogers and Fedor.
5. Brett Rogers
is in a similar situation. he was a prospect who had a huge jump in competition and knocked out arlovski, following two defeats to top fighters. he will now be fighting Ruben Villareal in W-1, and in the future probably against other strikers like Antonio Silva, Kharitonov, Del Rosario and maybe Arlovski rematch
6. Gegard Mousasi
signed a 4 fight deal for 2 years with strikeforce and just recently won the dream 205 tournament. he is rumored to be fighting feijao next for the 205 strikeforce title.
7. Mo Lawal
previously expressed interest in fighting in UFC and was compared to Phil Davis and Jon Jones. he also had some rivalry going with rampage. he wont be fighting until mid 2011 due to knee injury.his opponent will probably be Dan Henderson. after that fight he might go to ufc
8. Jacare and 9. Feijao
may be locked up in championship clauses
10. Jorge Santiago
claims to like his japanese contract and will fight for strikeforce where they will allow him to keep it and will probably fight in their 185 tournament.
11. Lyle Beerbohm
, got stuck with a bad contract in strikeforce
12. Josh Thomson and 13. Gilbert Melendez
signed new contracts and will also probably stay for some time. Melendez is fighting on New Year's Dynamite card in Japan.
14. Shinya Aoki and 15. Kawajiri
fight for Dream currently
1. Riki Fukuda- ufc 127, unbeaten in 14 bouts
will be fighting in their homeland:Elvis Sinosic, Chris Haseman, Stav Economou, Tom Blackledge,Jimi Manuwa,Gary Wright, Jesse Bongfeldt,Mitch Clarke, Salvador Augusto "Dogerges" Montano, David Mariscal
Hai Lin Ao, He Peng, Bao Li Gao and Fransino Tirta from AOW could be joining their WEC teamate Mongolian Wolf if the latter is succesful.
- after his tna contract is finished
Cole Konrad was previously wanted by the ufc
previously signed with ufc
also expressed interest in competing against the best in the world. hes fighting Roger Huerta next. he wants to rematch Aoki and fight melendez
Dave "Pee Wee" Herman
- 17-2 all wins by 1st round and 1 loss by dq and 1 by huge upset, and was going for a lawsuit with bellator so is obviously unhappy there.
said he wants to win the Bellator tournament before joining. this would probably mean he needs to fight at least another 3 fights.
other fighters that were offered by ufc but chose to sign with bellator (mostly welterweights) include Dan Hornbuckle (just beat Brad Blackburn), Jim Wallhead (fighting Ryan Thomas) and Rick Hawn (fighting Levon Maynard)
and Chris Lazano (defeated Yoshiyuki Yoshida
also some fighters that havent fought in a long time and may be completely retired:
Phillip Miler, Heath Pedigo, Bazigit Atajev, Nathan Gerrard, Billy Ayash, Kyle Pimental,Jason Tapia
Warren, Bibiano, and Sandro
are not interested in WEC at the moment. Joe Warren plans to compete in the 2012 olympics, and plans to start in about half a year. Marlon Sandro might avoid fighting his training partner Jose Aldo. Bibiano Fernandes was complaining Dream was not paying on time, but likes Japan and wants to keep fighting for them.
fighters that may be too old: Cung Le, Daniel Cormier, David Aranda, Angelito Manguray, Ethan Garrison, Tom Murphy, Jorgen Kruth, Neil Cooke, michel trator, diego wilson, delorme, jason pierce, Jason Brenton,Stephen Bass, Rodrigo Lima
other top fighters that might have burned their bridge with ufc include Babalu, Daley, Nick Diaz, Lindland, Barnett, Filho, Kang, Henderson, Sylvia, Arlovski, robbie lawler, Cung Le, Tom Murphy, Jason Miller, Luke Rockhold