MMA News: December 12th

-The UFC has made a hell of a move in the women's division.

In a big move Wednesday evening the UFC confirmed that they have bought the strawweight division from Invicta fighting. With the purchase, the UFC now has control of contracts over the following 11 fighters:
Carla Esparza, Claudia Gadelha, Alex Chambers, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Juliana Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood.

Unlike when Ronda Rousey's or Jose Aldo's divisions were taken in the UFC will hold a tournament to crown the first ever UFC Strawweight champion and they'll do so on live TV on The Ultimate Fighter 20.

UFC President Dana Whte,
[quote]The landscape changes quickly. We'll figure out who will coach them as we get closer to the date. More than likely it will probably be men, but it could be women./quote]

-Artwork for the documentary on the life of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has been released.

IMDB describes the movie,

"a look at the life and career of Ultimate Fighting Champion's welterweight world champ Georges St-Pierre, also known as "GSP"."

Takedown: the DNA of GSP will be released February 21, 2014. You can find more information at the DNA website.

-Try and take a negative from a positive.

Shane del Rosario's family is doing just that. The family has donated his organs to try and save someone else's life, which was del Rosario's request.

Furthermore, his family plans on setting up a foundation in his name.

The press release reads,

"Shane lived up to his Hawaiian name, Kalani, Royal Warrior. He was a warrior and protector of his family, friends, and anyone that needed help. Now he is a Heavenly warrior and will continue his good works on a higher plane. Shane is now an Aumakua and will watch over us forever. Shane leaves a legacy of giving to others. In that spirit it was Shane's wish to donate his organs in hope of saving the precious lives of others. The family is also exploring establishing a scholarship fund for disadvantaged children and setting up a foundation, the Shane Del Rosario Long QT Foundation. Long QT Syndrome is the genetic anomaly that may have contributed to his passing."

Del Rosario was just thirty-years-old when he passed away from complications due to cardiac arrest.

-Goodbye Bruce Buffer, hello Joe Martinez.

The voice of the octagon is going to have a bit of a different sound to it when the troops head to Singapore in the new year.

Joe Martinez confirmed it on his Facebook,

"Received my details yesterday. Officially IN to announce UFC in Singapore on Jan. 4th. Ending the year in Dublin with Cage Warriors on NYE and then off to Singapore NYD. #Grateful #TYLJ"

Martinez is a veteran of Cage Warriors and the World Extreme Cagefighting. He also made his UFC debut in Australia at UFC on FX 6.

It appears as if Bruce Buffer doesn't like connecting flights.

Article Added: 2013-12-12

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