Despite looking for "big challenges," light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi not rushing to UFC
Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) isn't busy preparing for just one fight; he's getting ready for two.
With an Aug. 1 bout with submission ace Renato "Babalu" Sobral at "Affliction: Trilogy" nearing, Mousasi will also face judoka Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at DREAM.11 in the Oct. 6 semifinals of the Japanese-based organization's "Super Hulk" tournament.
It's a full schedule against top-tier talent, and Mousasi recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that the unique opportunities he's currently enjoying are precisely why he's not ready to make a bid to compete in the UFC.
"My manager told me that he had spoke to Joe Silva, the matchmaker of the UFC," Mousasi said. "I think that it's a possibility for me to fight (in the UFC) if I want to fight. But the UFC I think would be better for me at a later stage of my career.
WEC signs undefeated lightweight Dave Jansen, debut set for WEC 43 in September
World Extreme Cagefighting has signed undefeated lightweight prospect Dave Jansen (12-0) to a multi-fight deal, and the 29-year-old Team Quest fighter will make his promotional debut at WEC 43 in September.
WEC officials today confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and an opponent had not been determined for the WEC newcomer's debut fight.
Rich Franklin "assuming" UFC 103 fight with Dan Henderson at 205 pounds
A recently announced UFC 103 main event between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson, two fighters who have bounced between the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions, will likely be contested at 205 pounds.
While a guest on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Franklin said he hasn't been told definitely but that he's "assuming" the fight will be at light heavyweight.
On Monday the UFC announced the surprise booking, which is a rematch from the first Franklin vs. Henderson fight that took place in January at UFC 93, but didn't specify the weight for the bout.
Jesse Taylor wants the best Japan has to offer
“I feel great, it’s a win, it’s my first time here, definitely not my last. I really like being here in Japan and fighting here, I love the audience. I really loved it out here but I really wish you know it wasn’t an injury, I think I would have won any kind of way, I would have won anyways but I don’t like winning like that … the UFC kind of labeled me [as a “bad boy”] and I don’t know if I really like that or not but yeah I just want to show the fans, the people at home that I’m actually a pretty good guy. Obviously from my past I have a lot to prove now. I have two boys, two sons and you know this provides a means to an end and I really like fighting here, I mean, to tell the truth I like fighting here a lot more than in the States so hopefully you guys like me and hopefully I’ll be back and I want the best. I can also go both wegiht classes, so I can do welterweight or middleweight here, so wherever the fight you demand from me is where I’ll go.”
UFC ‘Fights of the Year’ for 2009 … so far
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99
Cain Velasquez vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 99
Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 18
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher at UFC 100
Honorable mention included Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin, Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle, Frankie Edgar vs. Sean Sherk, and Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra, among others. Agree or disagree with the “highly unofficial” list from the promotion? Have other memorable fights in mind outside of the UFC that are even better than those mentioned above?
Ask the Doc: Can groin injuries like Georges St-Pierre's severely hinder a fighting career?
Ever since Georges St-Pierre completed the third round of his UFC 100 bout and complained of a groin injury (and trainer Greg Jackson humorously told GSP to hit opponent Thiago Alves with it), message-board MDs have been diagnosing and predicting the fighter's future.
Although St. Pierre's manager, Shari Spencer, announced that no surgery will be needed, some fans still think the injury could have lasting effects.
In his latest "Ask the Doc" column, MMAjunkie.com medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin discusses some typical groin injuries and why a finely tuned athlete such as St-Pierre probably doesn't have much to worry about.
Diego Sanchez Guaranteed Shot at UFC Title
According to lightweight Diego Sanchez, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White have told him that he will be meeting the winner of the lightweight title bout between champion BJ Penn and Kenny Florian at UFC 101.
“Guaranteed,” Sanchez told Ron Kruck on the latest edition of Inside MMA. “It’s guaranteed. After August 2nd, it’s on. I get the winner.”
A few weeks back, Sanchez took exception to the fact that the division’s top contender, Florian – who he dominated to capture the “TUF 1? crown, will be getting his second shot at UFC gold while Diego has never seen a 25-minute title fight.
Justin McCully vs. Mike Russo and Tim Hague vs. Todd Duffee complete UFC 102 card
With the addition of two heavyweights bout on the preliminary card, the lineup for UFC 102 is now complete with a total of 11 fights.
"UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira" takes place at the Rose Center in Portland, Ore., and airs on pay-per-view.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported last week, UFC 102 has two new bouts: Mike Russo (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Justin McCully (9-4-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Todd Duffee (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Tim Hague (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Muhsin Corbbrey signs five-fight deal with WEC
Professional mixed martial artist, kickboxer and boxer Muhsin Corbbrey has signed an exclusive five-fight deal with the WEC.
The announcement of the signing comes courtesy of a recent report made by the Savannah Morning News.
A lightweight with an MMA record of 8-3, Corbbrey has finished seven of his eight victories on his own terms, with 6 of his wins coming by way of submission, and just one coming by knockout.
Jesse Taylor a Perfect Fit for DREAM
Jesse Taylor's DREAM debut garnered as much buzz as any of the major fights on Monday's card. Unfortunately, the bout was only officially announced a couple of days ago, leaving very little time for fans to get excited over his fight against Dong Sik Yoon.
Taylor ended up winning after Yoon injured his left ankle a minute into the fight. The victory marked Taylor's seventh in a row since losing to CB Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 14 last July.
Despite MMA Success, Bobby Lashley Still Wants to Be a Pro Wrestler
Bobby Lashley officially announced that he signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling last week. In the above video, which aired on Sunday's "TNA: Victory Road" pay-per-view telecast, Lashley tells Brandon Tierney of ESPN Radio 1050 that he "always wanted to come back to wrestling."
The former World Wrestling Entertainment star also says that he would like to face current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in an MMA match because, "Brock is a champion; I would like to be a champion. So I'm watching everything Brock does, and eventually I do want to fight Brock for that title."
PFC (PALACE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP) SHUTS DOWN, TACHI PALACE MOVING ON
The Palace Fighting Championship is no more. Well, at least in its most recent form.
MMAWeekly.com on Monday night was able to confirm with multiple sources that the Palace Fighting Championship has immediately ceased operating events at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., severing a longstanding relationship. The promotion’s web site has also been shut down.
GEGARD MOUSASI: "IT'S NOT A JIU-JITSU FIGHT"
Gegard Mousasi has plenty of options when he faces Renato “Babalu” Sobral at Affliction “Trilogy” in on Aug. 1.
The Iranian-born resident of the Netherlands believes it’s important to fight opponents at their weakest points. In his last showing at Dream 9, against Mark Hunt, he did just that, taking the giant striker down and cinching a quick submission. Against brawler Melvin Manhoef… the same.
Seth Petruzelli's first post-Kimbo Slice fight comes Aug. 22 at Art of Fighting 4
In his first fight since a stunning 14-second knockout of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson in late 2008, Seth Petruzelli (10-4) returns at Art of Fighting 4 to take on Tampa-area police officer and one-time IFL fighter Chris Baten (5-4).
Over the weekend organizers announced details of the show, which takes place Aug. 22 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
In addition to Petruzelli vs. Baten, the event features a headline bout between grappling star and former UFC fighter Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz (5-2) and veteran fighter Tom Sauer (21-11).
The event airs on pay-per-view.
UFC Fight Night adds Cantwell vs Stann
Cantwell vs Stann Rubber Match Added to UFC Fight Night in September
It was a competitive rivalry that began in the WEC, with each man owning a knockout win over the other. On Wednesday, September 16th, former WEC light heavyweight champions Steve Cantwell and Brian Stann will break their tie in the UFC Octagon as part of the stacked UFC Fight Night card at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Also made official for the card is what promises to be an ultra-competitive middleweight showdown between Nate ‘Rock’ Quarry and Tim Credeur, and a welterweight clash pitting Chris Wilson against Mike Pyle.
Tickets for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by Nate Diaz vs Melvin Guillard and Gray Maynard vs Roger Huerta, are priced at $200, $125, $95, $75, $50 and $35, and are on sale now.
Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz set for UFC 103
A light-heavyweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member Eliot Marshall (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and fellow light heavyweight Jason Brilz (17-1-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is set for UFC 103.
The fight was first reported by FiveOuncesofPain.com, and a source close to one of the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been distributed and signed.
Matt Hamill out 3-4 weeks, Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera at UFC 102 (Updated)
An intriguing light-heavyweight bout between Matt Hamill (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Vera (10-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been scratched from UFC 102's main card and will be replaced by a Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (18-8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fight.
The change, first reported by Sherdog, resulted from an injured knee suffered by Hamill during a recent training session.
"(It's) just a meniscus tear," Hamill's trainer, Duff Holmes, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's going for a scope tomorrow, and we'll be back to training after three or four weeks of rehab.
"It was something that just crept up on us and was getting worse and worse. It was really affecting his ability to go to the ground and was giving out on him. ... We are very disappointed with having to pull out, and we were really looking forward to the fight with Vera. He is a true mixed martial artist, and we were eager to test Matt against someone of his abilities."
UFC 102 takes place Aug. 29 at the Rose Center in Portland, Ore. The event, headlined by Randy Couture vs. fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, airs on pay-per-view.
As of Monday afternoon, the Vera vs. Hamill bout was still listed on UFC.com. Although not official, the Vera vs. Soszynski bout will likely remain on the night's televised main card.
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Don Frye signed for M-1 Global's first "major show" on Aug. 28
Ready to host its own major shows (rather than co-promoting with other organizations), M-1 Global will kick off a new era of fight promotion on Aug. 28 with a main event of top prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (4-0) vs. MMA trailblazer and legend Don Frye (20-7-1).
Sources close to the negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have finally been signed for the previously rumored matchup.
The event, "M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough," takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.
An HDNet official today told MMAjunkie.com the event airs live on the all-high-definition cable station.
The show, which takes place on the eve of UFC 102 in Portland, Ore., is being held in conjunction with IMMAE, an international MMA expo and trade show.
M-1 Global, a Russian-based organization, is perhaps best known for its "M-1 Challenge" event series, which M-1 officials bill as the "World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts." The series uses a country-vs.-country format for team competitions. However, while popular with many overseas locations, the event series has experienced minimal success in the U.S.
However, event organizers want to penetrate the lucrative U.S. market, and they plan to use a non-team event series (similar to the UFC and Strikeforce) for some future shows. M-1 has traditionally teamed with Affliction Entertainment to co-promote events but will go solo on Aug. 28.
Many major names have fought under the M-1 banner – including heavyweight kingpin Fedor Emelianenko – and could be options for future shows.
The first event, though, will feature two newcomers to M-1