Maynard: Penn-Sanchez Was More of a Business Choice
When you’ve won six fights in a row in the UFC lightweight division, it’s difficult not to be earmarked as the next title contender.
Gray Maynard knows there are no guarantees, though. The former Michigan State wrestling champion faces Nate Diaz this Monday at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va., in a rematch of their early 2007 bout on “The Ultimate Fighter 5.” And the pragmatic lightweight said a win won’t necessarily translate into a title shot against B.J. Penn.
“I don’t really know what (the promotion’s) talking about, but I got to get past Nate,” Maynard told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog” show on Monday. “There’s a lot of guys who are probably like, ‘Yeah, I’m close to a title shot,’ so I’m just one of those guys I guess.”
James Toney wants Lesnar, is trained by "death fighter"
"I want Brock Lesnar and I know, unfortunately, he’s injured right now and had surgery, but I want him, Kimbo, Kendra, whatever his name is, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell or whoever. [Fans] think I will get my ass whooped. They will all be disappointed. You know I got a very big mouth and it can’t be shut. I have never been stopped in damn near 90 professional boxing fights and never will be. I still do my thing. They let a street fighter in the UFC; I know they can let a future Hall of Fame boxer with real fighting skills and credentials in there, but they scared."
Melvin Manhoef confirmed for “Strikeforce: Miami” on January 30
The most devastating knockout artist in the brief history of the sport is all set to make his promotional debut with Strikeforce in Miami.
Manhoef will be throwing down for the first time under the Strikeforce banner during “Strikeforce: Miami”, which is set for January 30 from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, and will air live on Showtime, along with The Super Channel in Canada.
With cast removed, Pat Barry anticipates May return
Pat Barry (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is just happy he doesn't have to shower with a Glad bag over his right arm.
The 30-year-old UFC heavyweight badly broke his thumb fighting former training partner Antoni Hardonk at UFC 104 in October and has been avoiding the gym until today, when he teaches a kickboxing class at the Duke Roufus MMA Academy in Milwaukee.
Report: Bellator targeting undefeated Brazilian phenom for featherweight tourney
With the Bellator Fighting Championships scheduled to begin its second season of tournaments on April 8, a great deal of focus has been put on its upcoming welterweight tournament.
To date, upstart Bellator has garnered good press for its 170 lbs. division with former Sengoku standout Dan Hornbuckle, 2008 U.S. Olympian Ben Askren, 6-0 blue chip prospect Jacob McClintock, British star Jim Wallhead, and 10-1 M-1 Challenge veteran Steve Carl all having enlisted for the eight-man tournament.
According to a report on InTheGuard.tv, Bellator is currently pursuing 12-0 “Brazilian phenom” Patricio “Pitbull” Freire for its 145 lbs. tournament that is set to begin on April 8.
Frank Shamrock: I’d love to fight Sakuraba; He’s old like me, it would be contest of terrible knees
With an expected return to action in March, the rumor mill has been abuzz with speculation on who former Strikeforce middleweight champion and undeniable legend of the game, Frank Shamrock, will be facing off with in his first fight back on the “comeback trail”.
Some of the names being thrown around as of late include Japanese grappling sensation Kazushi Sakuraba, Cung Le, Robbie Lawler, Scott Smith and Dan Henderson to name just a few. And while nothing has been set in concrete as of this writing in regard to who Shamrock will face next, one thing is for certain, and that is that it will undoubtedly be a fight to remember as the thirty-seven year old San Jose resident has a long history in the sport as one of it’s most consistently entertaining athletes.
M-1 Global is NOT in talks with the UFC about Fedor and Mousasi
Contrary to recent reports, M-1 Global is not currently in talks with the UFC.
Although reports have swept through the mixed martial arts news front recently stating that UFC President Dana White and M-1 Global have been in discussions regarding possibly signing either Fedor Emelianenko or Gegard Mousasi, FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to confirm that no such discussions have took place through sources close to M-1 Global.
Stout feels he broke Lauzon's spirit to get win
What makes a great fighter isn't always the titles on the mantle or the slot they hold down in the Top 10. What sometimes makes a fighter great is the amount of support they are shown by the fans, and that's exactly the greeting Sam Stout got on Saturday night as he put on a fantastic show against Joe Lauzon in the bout that was deemed UFC 108 "Fight of the Night."
Sam Stout may be a smart guy, but he obviously doesn't understand the meaning of the word "boring" as he pushed the pace in all three rounds en route to a unanimous decision. After avoiding a submission in the first round, Stout proceeded to punish Lauzon from head to toe, putting on a stand-up clinic.
UFC 108 medical suspensions
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued medical suspensions to seven fighters from this past Saturday's "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" event, and co-main event competitor Dustin Hazlett and preliminary card winner Mark Munoz could be out of action for up to six months.
While the remainder of the suspensions were limited to 30 days or less, Hazelett and Munoz were each suspended until July for a variety of both confirmed and potential fractures.
Seth Petruzelli to Go Five Rounds With Ken Shamrock in Mexico
Seth Petruzelli and Ken Shamrock are set to face each other in a five-round light heavyweight title fight for the debuting International Unlimited Fighting promotion on March 6 in Cancun, Mexico.
Petruzelli made the announcement Monday on his social media accounts and according to the colorfully-haired fighter, the event will air on pay-per-view and will feature other former K-1, PRIDE and UFC fighters.
UFC and M1 reopen talks, White hopefull for emelianenko and mousasi
Apparently, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's door hasn't completely closed on notables Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi.
Although the M-1 fighters are signed in the U.S. to Strikeforce and past negotiations with the UFC fell apart, UFC president Dana White said he recently reopened talks with M-1 Global boss Vadim Finkelstein.
White wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the discussions, only saying they've taken place "more recently than you would think." But Finkelstein has since confirmed he's entered talks and hopes "fans will be happy this time" with the outcome
UFC 108 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has released the official fighter payouts from UFC 108. The total disclosed payouts was $843,000 with the biggest share-$375,000-going to main event winner Rashad Evans.
No Florian fight yet,Gomi gunning for Penn
Never one to shy away from a challenging opponent, sources close to Florian’s camp, however, told MMAWeekly.com that while Florian would welcome a fight with Gomi, it has yet to be offered.
“I don’t think we’ve really thought about who Gomi will fight yet,” said White. “We just signed him. Obviously in that weight division, there’s a lot of great guys who we can line him up with.
Dana White Does Not-Repeat, Does Not-Condemn Aoki Actions
UFC president Dana White says he’s the first guy to call “freak show” when he sees a match-up that shouldn’t happen. But when it comes to the behavior of fighters inside the cage, he’s far more forgiving. At least if you’re not Brock Lesnar. When it came to the subject of Shinya Aoki’s bad-boy turn, however, White was reluctant to issue condemnation. “This isn’t (expletive) baseball or one of these other sports,” White said at a gathering of reporters after Saturday’s UFC 108. “Sometimes these guys hate each other. When you break a guy’s arm that you hate, flip him off, and let him know you’re glad you broke his arm, I guess, it happens sometimes.
“It’s not the greatest sportsmanship, but, ‘oh, that guy is terrible, he’s a horrible man and he shouldn’t fight anymore,’ this is the fight business, man. Crazy stuff happens in the fight business sometimes.” Aoki gave Hirota a "Stone Cold Salute" immediately after their fight at Fields Dynamite!! on 12/31.
Franklin to have Surgery on Hernia, Aims for Montreal Return
Rich (Ace) Franklin is due for hernia surgery, but look for a comeback in Montreal
Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich (Ace) Franklin is expected to be sidelined for the next few months.
"I'm taking some time off," he said. "I have hernia surgery scheduled next week. I have a slight tear in my upper stomach. I need to get it taken care of. Once I do that, then I'll get back to a normal training regimen."
Stout Enjoys Profitable Night at UFC 108
LAS VEGAS -- Canadian Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout was smiling under the railway line of stitches etched on his forehead.
The 25-year-old lightweight from London, Ont., had just scored one of the biggest victories of his mixed martial arts career, claiming an extra US$50,000 bonus for fight of the night for his unanimous decision over Joe Lauzon at UFC 108.
UFC Boss Expects Clearer Prognosis on Lesnar This Week
LAS VEGAS - UFC president Dana White says he expects to hear a definitive prognosis on Brock Lesnar this week, which should determine the ailing heavyweight champion's future.
"This is the week. This is the week Brock Lesnar is going back to the doctor, getting fully checked out by one of the best doctors and hospitals in the world," White told the UFC 108 post-fight news conference Saturday night.
UFC 108 bonuses,Daley,Miller,Stout,andLauzon
With UFC post-fight bonuses consistently hitting the high five figures, the promotion’s athletes are constantly gunning for the honors... and the bonus check. Saturday’s UFC 108 roster was no different, and they didn’t make it easy on UFC brass. Seven of the night’s 10 bouts ended via submission or knockout
Roop vs. Wineland official for WEC 46
With just one week until World Extreme Cagefighting returns to the Versus airwaves, the recently shuffled lineup is finally complete.
After a pair of late injuries left bantamweights George Roop (10-5 MMA, 0-0 WEC) and Eddie Wineland (15-6-1 MMA, 2-2 WEC) without opponents, the promotion has paired the two against each other to complete the evening's 10-fight card