Gegard Mousasi vs. Gary Goodridge set for year-end "Dynamite!! 2009" event
A recently rumored contest between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi (27-2-1) and UFC and PRIDE veteran Gary Goodridge (23-19-1) is apparently on.While DREAM, World Victory Road and K-1 officials have yet to make an official announcement, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today spoke with Mousasi's manager and M-1 Global executive Apy Echteld who confirmed "The Dreamcatcher" is currently en route to Japan for the matchup.Goodridge was not immediately available for comment.
Josh Koscheck Off UFC 109 With Injury
Josh Koscheck has been forced to pull out of his UFC 109 bout against Paulo Thiago due to an undisclosed injury. The bout was scheduled to take place on Feb. 6.
At this time, it is unknown how long Koscheck will be out for. Thiago, meanwhile, will remain on the card, however, the UFC has yet to sign a replacement to fight the Brazilian.
UPDATE: Mike Swick will step in for his teammate and face Paulo Thiago at UFC 109
Stout enjoys profitable if odd year in the UFC
It's been a profitable if somewhat strange year for Canadian fighter Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout.
Stout won a decision over (Handsome) Matt Wiman at UFC 97 in April, picking up a US$70,000 fight of the night bonus in the process. The 25-year-old lightweight from London, Ont., was slated to meet Phillipe Nover next at a card Sept. 16 in Oklahoma City but the mixed martial arts bout was called off when Nover had a seizure in the locker-room.
The Blueprint: Thiago Silva
There are only a few things in life that are certain: death, taxes and Evans-Silva ending inside the distance.
That’s right. I said it. There is no possible way that the main event at UFC 108 will last the full three rounds. No chance. None whatsoever. Why? Styles make fights, and Evans’ counter punching mixed with Silva’s go-for-broke mentality means that this one is going to end early.\
Fighting a restrictive MMA judging system
When UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida got his hand raised on Oct. 24 after his title defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, in a fight where most polls showed about 80 percent of the public believed the title should have changed hands, it set off a series of three straight major-show UFC main events in which judging became a hotly debated issue.
But some of the most vehement response has come from a surprising source: the judges themselves, some of whom feel handcuffed and frustrated with the system in place.
The ‘Hitman’ Reloaded
Imagine being a professional hit man and having your typical day at the office quickly turn on a dime from being a productive one to becoming the worst one in your career.
In a split second, a clean headshot at a target in your sights misses its mark and you end up trading shots with an equally apt sniper, whom you soon realize you should have never been in a gunfight with in the first place.
38 and in his prime, The Janitor still loves cleaning clocks
When Vladimir Matyushenko competed in his first mixed martial arts fight at the Battle in the Bayou back in September of 1997, Mike Tyson had only just taken a bite out of Evander Holyfield’s ear. The first Harry Potter book was published in the United Kingdom. Oh, and Steve Cantwell, Matyushenko’s opponent at UFC 108 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was 11 years old.
Cantwell stays level, hungry, despite roller coaster year
Talk about highs and lows. Steve Cantwell became a world champion at just 21 years of age in 2008, but went winless in 2009. So as he prepares for a new year and a bout against respected veteran Vladimir Matyushenko on January 2nd at UFC 108, the young light heavyweight admits to having struggled with the ups and downs of these past two years.
In August of 2008, Cantwell scored a dramatic second round TKO win over Brian Stann. The victory not only avenged a prior KO loss to Stann but it also earned Cantwell the WEC 205-lb title belt.
2009 World MMA Awards debuts Jan. 6 on Versus
The 2009 World MMA Awards conclude this Wednesday, Dec. 30, with a red-carpet, black-tie ceremony that airs live on Versus.com at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT local time).
The event, which celebrates and honors MMA's best of 2009, then airs via delay on the regular Versus cable station on Jan. 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT), Jan. 7 (midnight) and Jan. 9 (2:30 p.m.). Each broadcasts runs one hour.
The 2009 World MMA Awards ceremony, a star-studded affair organized by Fighters Only, takes place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In addition to dozens of the MMA industry's top fighters and executives, the awards show also features celebrity presenters and guests, such as MMA fans Holly Madison and Wilmer Valderrama, as well as comedian John Heffron, who hosts the event.
Dan Hardy: Georges St. Pierre should expect to get hit in the face over and over again at UFC 111
He knows what's coming. He knows there's a left hook with his name on it and at some point in the 25 minutes I'll land it. I'm expecting him to take me down. At some point in the fight I'll end up on my back and I'll fight from it. When you're fighting GSP you accept at some point you're going to get taken down, but now GSP has to expect that when he fights me he's going to get hit in the face over and over again. I'm always the underdog. Every fight I go into nobody thinks I'm going to win.
UFC Quick Quote: Paul Daley training in secret for Dustin Hazelett
I've had to sacrifice my entire Christmas to get ready for this fight and have been in lockdown for about six weeks now. I've done the bulk of my training at a secret location in Holland. I know Hazelett will be a test for me. Just because he has come in as a replacement doesn't mean he's any less of an opponent. If anything, a late replacement often offers even more of a threat.
Hazelette Ready For Next Step In Trek To The Top
Returning to the Octagon on Jan. 2 at UFC 108 after a slew of mishaps, Dustin Hazelett is ready to make an emphatic return.After rehabilitating a torn ACL suffered in preparation for a bout with Ben Saunders at UFC 96 last March, Hazelett was then lined up opposite former title contender Karo Parisyan for a UFC 106 televised spot in November.Following an exchange of jiu-jitsu versus judo banter between the two, the fight was cancelled at the last minute, and became the center of much controversy.
Control The Key To Silva's Title Aspiration
“To perform my job and be the best, and get a win and be on track to be the champion,” Silva said of his goals. “That’s what I want, is to compete against the best and be the champion.”That can only happen, he says, if he’s not a prisoner to his emotions.Appearances aside, Silva said he wasn’t trying to be a hothead when he screamed bloody murder after knocking out his latest victim, Keith Jardine. On the contrary, he was just happy to be back on the winning track.
Bellator adds notable Steve Carl to season-two welterweight tournament
Add Steve Carl to the star-studded pool of fighters who will compete in Bellator Fighting Championships' season-two, eight-man welterweight tournament.Bellator today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the signing.Carl, a 25-year-old U.S. Army sergeant who served in the Iraq War, owns a 10-1 career record since turning pro in 2006.
The Case for Fighting Friends in Mixed Martial Arts
Georges St. Pierre airs his apprehensions:
"You can say 'Oh I'm going to play football, I'm going to play hockey, I'm going to play baseball.' But you can't say I'm going to play fighting. It's not a game," the UFC welterweight champion told fans last month during a question-and-answer session prior to UFC 105 in Manchester, England. "It's a sport, yes, but it's a full-contact sport. And the way I fight, my so-called friend, if I fight him, it can affect his well-being.
"So let's say I'm mounted, on top of my friend, and it's time to land this last big elbow that will probably make a scar in the middle of his forehead and knock him out cold and cause him brain damage," he added, drawing laughs from crowd. "No I'm telling it like it is, if he's my friend, I'm going to think twice before I do it. I won't be able to do that to a friend. So that's the reason why I will never fight a friend. I know a lot of fighters who will disagree with me, but me that's my personal belief."
Marloes Coenen On Cris "Cyborg" Title Bout
“She’s an amazing athlete. I will not deny that, but everybody is a human being with two arms and two legs, so everybody is beatable,” commented the challenger. “Everybody has some flaws in their game, and I did see some flaw in her game.”