NJ Commission Clarifies Why Pellegrino's Face Plant Was Legal
When Kurt Pellegrino freed himself of a rear-naked choke by face planting his opponent into the canvas at this past weekend's UFC 111 event, one question quickly came to mind: How in the hell did Fabricio Camoes survive that? A second question soon followed: Isn't head-spiking illegal in mixed martial arts? According to the New Jersey State Athletic Board's Nick Lembo, not entirely. As Lembo explains, the move was allowed because it didn't come in the form of an illegal "piledriver," a type of head spike in which a fighter has control over his opponent. In the lightweight contest, Camoes took his opponent's back, secured his hooks, and worked for the rear-naked choke, all while Pellegrino remained in a standing position. Unable to shake free from his fellow jiu-jitsu ace, Pellegrino, who was already hunched over, dove into the mat and sent Camoes' head and neck crashing into the canvas. The move knocked Camoes loose – and briefly knocked him out cold. He awoke quickly after getting tagged with a couple punches, and though the fight continued, Pellegrino ultimately ended the bout with his own rear-naked choke at the 4:20 mark of the second round. The fact that Camoes was the one initiating the submission is an important point. "It should be noted that when a fighter is placed into a submission hold by their opponent, if that fighter is capable of elevating their opponent, they may bring that opponent down in any fashion they desire because they are not in control of their opponent's body," Lembo wrote. "The fighter who is attempting the submission can either adjust their position or let go of the hold before being slammed to the canvas."
UFC 111 Prelims Ratings Slam-Dunked By Hoops
The ratings for the UFC 111 Prelims special on Spike are out, and the NCAA Tournament caused the ratings to take a big hit. Only 1.2 million watched the hour on Spike, down 37% from the series-high 1.9 million from the pre-109 edition and the lowest-rated edition yet. But it was up against college hoops this time, as a West Virginia-Kentucky overrun was up against UFC.
Rashad Evans and Houston Alexander seeking 'Vengeance' in November 2010
Hollywood, CA (USA) - Mixed martial arts stars "Suga" Rashad Evans and Houston "The Assassin" Alexander are set to make their big screen debuts in Danny Trejo's Vengeance, an upcoming film expected for a late 2010 release. Directed by Gil Medina (Vengeance, Vengeance II, Ambition), the film stars Hollywood Legend Danny Trejo (Predators 2010, Machete, 50's Gun), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), 50 Cent (Get Rich or Die Tryin', Righteous Kill), Noel G (Training Day), recording artist Tech9ne and former WWE star "Diamond" Dallas Page.
In the film, Jack (Trejo) is a retired undercover vice cop whose world is suddenly torn apart by the murder of his wife and daughter. After serving a prison term for a crime he didn't commit, Jack returns to the streets with a vengeance against crimes, and takes to vigilantism. Evans (K.O.) and Alexander (Strong Arm) both play Jack's partners from prison known as the Gorilla Family.
MFC 25: Thales Leites vs Jesse Taylor announced for May 7
Fresh off signing a two-fight deal with the Maximum Fighting Championship, Jesse "JT Money" Taylor has garnered a spot in the main event for MFC 25: Vindication.
Taylor (14-5) will meet Thales Leites (16-3) in the headliner bout of the MFC’s upcoming show on Friday, May 7 at the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and seen live throughout North America on HDNet Fights.
"This is a main-event matchup that could easily become a Fight of the Year candidate," said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. "I love Jesse Taylor’s aggressive nature and he is coming here with bad intentions on his mind. And Thales Leites has a new-found desire to showcase his raw power and talent.
"Neither one of these guys is going to sit back and let the fight come to him – they are going to step up and bring it. There is a title shot at stake here and both of these guys are coveting the MFC championship belt."
IT'S PERSONAL: Chuck Liddell plans 3rd KO of Tito Ortiz
The relationship between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz could be described as volatile to even the most casual viewer that's ever heard the two former champions talk about each other. When things get personal though, that's when Liddell's anger rockets to a new level.
The former light heavyweight champion says he didn't take the bait when Ortiz's girlfriend, former adult actress Jenna Jameson, took to Twitter recently and bashed Liddell and UFC president Dana White. Liddell says he even told his followers to back off of Jameson when things got a little too heated.
"I just take the high road with that," Liddell said on Monday. "I even asked my people on Twitter to back off the stuff with his girlfriend. I've got nothing against his girlfriend. They were mostly just pot shots they were taking, cheap shots too."
Ryan Couture's Final Amateur Fight Ends in Controversey
Ryan Couture, son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, stepped inside the ring for the final time as an amateur last Friday and fought to a draw against Sean Bollinger -- despite going unconscious during one point of the fight.
In the final seconds of the second round of the three, three-minute round fight (video above), the 27-year-old Couture went limp from a triangle choke, but was allowed to return for the third when the referee deemed that he passed out after the bell.
Chuck Liddell: I Hope Jake Shields Signs With UFC
Chuck Liddell, who hand-picked Jake Shields to be an assistant coach on Team Liddell for this season's The Ultimate Fighter 11, wants to see the Strikeforce middleweight champion make the long-awaited jump to the UFC.
"I hope he comes over to the UFC, it'd be great" Liddell said Monday on a TUF 11 conference call. "He's got a fight coming up soon at 185. He moved up to 185 ... He really needs to come back to his weight class (at 170), come back to the UFC and make a run at it there."
Liddell and Shields have ties from almost eleven years ago. Before Shields joined Cesar Gracie in 2001, Shields turned to Liddell's SLO Kickboxing Academy two years prior for his start in MMA.
Semmy Schilt: Everyone Can Shut Up About My Fighting Style
Semmy Schilt is defending his K-1 super heavyweight title against Errol Zimmerman Saturday at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama, and K-1 is promoting the fight as a clash of styles -- and as an opportunity for Schilt to tell people he doesn't care what they say about his style.
"Semmy is only like a robot in how he moves," Zimmerman says in K-1's official preview video. "I go for the action and I think people want to see action."
Brian Stann Strongly Considering Move to Middleweight Division
Brian Stann suffered a one-sided defeat to Phil Davis at UFC 109, which left the former WEC light heavyweight champion wondering whether he would best be served dropping down to middleweight. When MMA Fighting spoke to Stann last week in New York City, Stann said his next fight, which should take place this summer, will possibly be his debut as a middleweight.
Stann talked about dropping down to 185 and also about the evolution of his MMA skills. Check out the video interview below.
Roy Nelson Has an Eye on the Heavyweight Belt
Roy Nelson isn't like most Ultimate Fighter winners. Nelson, who won Season 10 of the UFC's reality show, has already been the heavyweight champion of an MMA promotion (the International Fight League), and at age 33 he doesn't plan on fighting much longer.
So Nelson, who's preparing for his first post-Ultimate Fighter bout on Wednesday night when he takes on Stefan Struve on Spike TV, doesn't want to be particularly patient about getting a shot at the UFC heavyweight belt. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, Nelson said he wants to test himself against the best heavyweights in the world, and he wants to do it sooner rather than later.
The full interview is below.
Nick Catone vs. John Salter preliminary bout completes May's UFC 113 lineup
A middleweight bout pitting Nick Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. John Salter (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is official for May's UFC 113 preliminary card and completes the event's 11-bout lineup.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the fight earlier this month, and UFC executives recently made it official.
UFC 113 takes place on May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main card, which includes a main event and rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs live on pay-per-view.
Five fights added to April's "Strikeforce: Nashville" non-televised lineup
The non-televised portion of Strikeforce's second network-televised card is all but filled.
In addition to a middleweight matchup between Hunter Worsham and Zach Underwood reported earlier today by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), sources close to the event have confirmed five additional contests.
"Strikforce: Nashville" airs live on CBS at 9 p.m. ET and features three title fights: Middleweight champ Jake Shields faces Dan Henderson in the evening's main event, while light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi faces Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez meets DREAM title holder Shinya Aoki in the card's other featured matchups.
The 20,000-seat Bridgeport Arena in Nashville, Tenn., hosts.
Chuck Liddell says 3rd fight with Tito Ortiz "...is still on"
UFC light heavyweight Chuck Liddell says he still expects to fight nemesis Tito Ortiz – he's earned it, after all.
Liddell (21-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC), who coaches opposite Ortiz (15-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) on the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," said it took exactly one week to get motivated for a third meeting with Ortiz at the show's conclusion.
While question marks surround Ortiz's participation on the show – not to mention the location of the traditional post-"TUF" coaches' showdown – the five-time UFC light heavyweight champion said as far as he knows, it's business as usual.
"I've heard the rumors, of course, but from what I understand, [Ortiz] is signed to fight, and he's still going to actually show up and get [the] beating he's supposed to get," Liddell said today during a conference call promoting the 11th season's debut, set for Wednesday at the conclusion of "UFC Fight Night 21: Gomi vs. Florian."
K-1 Bans Clinch Strikes
Here's how the new rules are written, via K-1's official web site:Attacking an opponent while holding a neck of an opponent with both hands is considered a foul technique. A fighter is allowed to attack momentarily when grabbing his opponent with one hand. Referee may call a brake during a match if the one handed grab does not lead to an effective attack, and may give a caution or a warning if these ineffective single grabbing continues and or if such actions cause deadlock.
Passive holding or clinching is prohibited. However, the referee can permit a fighter holding or grabbing his opponent with one hand only when it is accompanied by an authorized attack. A caution and a warning may be given to a fighter even when he is holding with one hand if referee considers this single hand grab or clinch is causing a deadlock or that fighter is trying to avoid attacks.
Shane Carwin Was Very Close To Not Fighting Frank Mir At UFC 111
He very nearly became another Thiago Alves-he apparently had some brain concerns, as he noted on a blog post on his website, shane-carwin.com: "The week leading into this fight was hectic. I was unable to get cleared based on the medical records I submitted so I spent a good part of one of the media days in the Dr.'s office. I was able to pass the MRI/MRA that was initially in question but the doctors located a new problem. Apparently there was concern that one of the vessels in my brain looked as if it was connected on one end but not the other. The Dr. told me it could be that or it could be a vessel that was widening or ballooning but they could not really tell and needed a better test. It sounded serious and I wanted to fight so I agreed to the test, which involved CT Angiography (CTA). They had to set up an IV and inject a contrast material in me (containing iodine) and named off some possible side effects, this was all fine, but not when you are less than a couple of days out from a fight. The dye made me pretty sick for about the next 24 hours. I was thankful they were being so thorough, but it could not have come at a worse time."
Report: Vancouver no longer hosting UFC 115, Cincinnati under consideration
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's first trip to Vancouver may have to wait a little longer.
The Canadian Press today issued a report citing a UFC source who said the Canadian city will no longer host UFC 115 on June 12 and that Cincinnati is now under consideration as a replacement site.
Messages MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) left with the UFC and Ohio Athletic Commission were not immediately returned.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported in early January, the UFC lobbied hard for the show in Vancouver, which previously hosted MMA events but began shying away from the shows in September 2007 when lawyers determined the city was exposed to liability if a mishap occurred during one of the shows. The UFC even secured the 19,000-seat GM Place to host the show, which is expected to feature a main event of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" coach Chuck Liddell vs. fellow coach Tito Ortiz (or rumored replacement coach Rich Franklin).
In fact, an entire fight card has already been determined and previously reported by MMAjunkie.com.
According to the report, the UFC opted to skip Vancouver due to "insurance and other issues."
The UFC never officially announced the show, though UFC president Dana White and many of the card's fighters have talked openly about the planned event.
Thiago Silva Targeting Summer Return, Possibly UFC 116
After dealing with serious back injuries, including 3 herniated discs that left him virtually bedridden prior to his January fight with Rashad Evans, Thiago Silva says he's now recovered and back in training. He says he's learned not to take any more fights when hurt and hopes to return this summer, possibly at UFC 116. He says he's already asked for two "tough names" for his next fight, but doesn't sound like he'd want a potential Jon Jones fight as his next one.
Hardy cleared for quick return despite arm contortion
Dan Hardy has been cleared to make an immediate return to the gym following his UFC 111 defeat to Georges St-Pierre, but Rousimar Palhares will not fight again until July at the earliest.
There were fears that Hardy might have to undergo a lengthy lay-off following multiple armbar and kimura attempts by St-Pierre during their five-round title bout. Hardy's arm appeared to pop at one stage during the unanimous decision defeat, yet doctors have ruled out any significant damage to the arm or shoulder joint...