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Shane Carwin ‘honored’ to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 106
“I have verbally been offered the fight with Brock and I have verbally accepted this fight. My manager and the UFC are handling the the details. I am honored that the UFC has given me this opportunity. The fans of this sport are what makes MMA so great. I expect to be fighting at UFC 106 in November.” Number one heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin shares his first public thoughts on challenging division champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21. Carwin was expected to take on Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 on Oct. 24; however, the promotion today shifted gears and opted instead to put him up against someone his own size — Carwin and Lesnar are far and away the biggest competitors on the UFC roster. And they both have strong wrestling backgrounds. On paper, the fighters appear to be very evenly matched. However, Lesnar has dedicated himself to training mixed martial arts for the past few years. Meanwhile, Carwin still holds down a full-time job as an engineer at the North Weld County Water District in Colorado.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 7:09AM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC 103 Undercard to be Televised on Spike TV
The “UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort” pay-per-view card is going toe-to-toe with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez HBO pay-per-view event on Sept. 19. The UFC is known for its creative marketing and counter-programming tactics and it looks like the MMA giant has come up with a good plan to beef up awareness for UFC 103. The UFC will air a two-hour telecast of the UFC 103 undercard commercial free on Spike TV as a lead in for the UFC 103 main card on pay-per-view, according to a source at the UFC.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 9:30PM by Bowen50 - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St. Pierre Likely to Defend His UFC Title Against Winner of Mike Swick/Martin Kampmann in 2010
While no bout has yet been officially offered to St. Pierre, last month, UFC President Dana White announced that the winner of Sept. 19's UFC 103 matchup between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann would be his next opponent. Given the rest time necessary for the winner of that contest coupled with St. Pierre's preference for a nine-week camp, it's likely that his next title defense will come in the early weeks of 2010
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 7:50PM by jae_1833 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
WEC’s Benson Henderson Sees His Opportunity To Strike
Henderson wasn’t blinded by his opponents precision striking or lightning speed. Rather, the 25-year-old had such poor vision that he could barely make out figures and objects just feet in front of him. Shortly following his knockout win over Shane Roller in April, Henderson took the first steps toward correcting the problem. The results have been incredible for the well-spoken Taekwondo black belt. Sorry, link doesn't work.....just head to mmmamadness........com FAIL!!
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 7:48PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: WEC
Thiago Alves vs. Paulo Thiago in the works for December's UFC 107 in Tennessee
In a bout sure to cause some commentating confusion, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Thiago Alves (16-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 107 in December.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 5:15PM by jae_1833 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
Josh Gross: Anderson Silva Wants to Fight at Heavyweight
Anderson Silva wants big-money event fights. And he's willing to work at heavyweight to make sure they happen. Not only that, they already had an opponent in mind: Frank Mir. Disinterested by middleweight contenders Nathan Marquardt, Demian Maia and Dan Henderson, and unwilling to fight close friend Lyoto Machida at light heavyweight -- where Silva could conceivably knock off challengers and make a disaster out of the UFC's marquee division -- "The Spider" needs new, challenging scenarios to stay motivated. A move to heavyweight would certainly achieve that, and according to Silva's manager Ed Soares, the UFC was receptive to the idea.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 3:36PM by emfleek - 39 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 104: Ben Rothwell vs Cain Velasquez booked for Oct. 24
On the heels of Shane Carwin being scratched from UFC 104 to challenge Brock Lesnar for the division title in November, MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) can confirm that former IFL and Affliction heavyweight standout Ben Rothwell has agreed to step in for “The Engineer” versus Cain Velasquez on Oct. 24.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 3:15PM by jae_1833 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
The Plight and Prosperity of British MMA
Welcome to the fledgling world of British MMA. By all measurements, mixed martial arts has never been more popular on this side of the Atlantic. Media coverage, talent and public awareness progressively rise, and yet, despite these increases, domestic promotions are finding it harder than ever to attract the fans that play the video game, buy the magazines and watch the UFC.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 2:47PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Yves Jabouin: One of Montreal’s Best Aims For America
For the past 24 years, ever since his mother left war-torn Haiti with her three small children in search of a new life, Yves Jabouin has called Montreal home. He is at a loss, however, to pinpoint why Canada’s second-biggest city has distinguished itself as a burgeoning hotbed for mixed martial arts and boasts one of the sport’s most rabid fan bases.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 2:45PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
Demian Maia: War and Peace
Through 11 professional mixed martial arts battles, Maia has forged a similar reputation inside the cage. Renowned as a lethal jiu-jitsu practitioner – one of the best exponents the sport has ever seen – Maia is a killer with a quirk. Whisper it quietly. He doesn’t like hurting people.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 2:44PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kennedy-Cummings Slated for Strikeforce Challenger Series
Rising middleweight Tim Kennedy has agreed to a bout with undefeated newcomer Zak Cummings at Strikeforce’s next Challenger Series on Sept. 25 at the SpiritBank Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 2:32PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
UFC 105 updates: Paul Kelly v Dennis Siver
Wolfslair lightweight Paul Kelly is to be matched with German lightweight Dennis Siver at UFC 105, Fighters Only has been told. A German source informed us on Thursday morning that the two have verbally agreed to the fight although bout agreements are yet to be completed. EDIT: Disregard the part about Bisping fighting Wanderlei Silva.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 1:24PM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
A lightweight bout has been added to the UFC's upcoming return to England on Nov 14 as "Ultimate Fighter" season 9 runner-up, Andre Winner, returns to action for the first time since the show's finale to take on "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 fighter, Roli Delgado. The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday by sources close to the fight.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 1:20PM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gilbert Yvel Back In UFC?
Possibly. There are reports that the Dutch Heavyweight, despite a history of rules violations and not-so-friendly exchanges with referees, is back in UFC or will be soon. His contract was reportedly acquired by Zuffa after the Affliction collapse.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 11:12AM by DCRage - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
Thiago Tavares Off UFC 103
The dreaded injury bug gets another one, this time it's Thiago Tavares. He was to have faced Jim Miller at UFC 103 but is now off due to a knee injury. No word yet on if UFC will try to find a replacement.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 11:08AM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar Palhares Rescheduled For 12/5
The Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar Palhares fight that was originally planned for UFC 101 has now been rescheduled for the TUF 10 Finale on December 5. The initial fight was scratched from 101 due to a Palhares injury, which ultimately led to Thales Leites getting the fight-then his walking papers.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 11:06AM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fedor's "Big Fight" May Not Be Until 2010
So says Scott Coker. The Strikeforce CEO, in revealing plans for Fedor in the promotion, says the fighter's debut will be in October or November. They plan to have him fight a couple of times before a "big fight" and they have a list of 4 candidates as opponents for his debut, again emphasizing one of them is and will not be Ricco Rodriguez.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 11:03AM by DCRage - 18 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Cain Velasquez Talks Fatherhood, Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar's Recent Antics
Cain Velasquez (6-0) isn't buying into his own hype. The American Kickboxing Academy product is one of the brightest young stars in MMA, yet -- refreshingly -- he still feels he has a long way to go before being considered an elite big man. FanHouse spoke to Velasquez recently at AKA about his progression as a fighter and his upcoming bout against Shane Carwin. Check out the full video interview below.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 10:00AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Paul Bradley Signs With Strikeforce
Highly regarded prospect and former Ultimate Fighter cast member Paul Bradley has signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned of the news of the signing this evening in a statement issued through Bradley’s management at LionHeart Professional Management & Promotions.
Submitted Aug 20, 2009 8:35AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
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