Anthony Johnson: After I hurt Koscheck, he needed some kind of excuse to recover
"I didn't hit him in the head, I hit him in the arm. I don't know why he would act like [that], I guess he was gassing. That's the only thing I can think of, [him] trying to find some kind of excuse to complain. I know I didn't hit him in the head. I thought I timed it perfect but I didn't and that's my fault. After him poking me in the eye it made a big difference. Then he did it twice and got both eyes the second time because when he swings, he jabs with his open hand and the right didn't even hit me, it was just the open palm strike and my eyes, my eyes are burning like hell right now. After I hurt him, he needed that, he needed some kind of excuse to recover, but it's all good."
Billy Evangelista Continues Strikeforce Rise
At 10-0 (with one no contest), Billy Evangelista has repeatedly risen to every challenge Strikeforce has given himFrom undercard status to headlining the Challengers Series events, Evangelista’s rise has been steady and it now appears he’s ready to step up to the next level.With his win earlier this month over the always tough Jorge Gurgel, Evangelista proved he could beat a veteran fighter, even under circumstances that had him decidedly less than 100-percent.
“As far as my performance, I wasn’t really conditioned for the fight,” Evangelista admitted to MMAWeekly.com. “I pulled my groin about a month before and I was trying to heal up, but I didn’t even get a chance to do a lot of exercise, but regardless I think I did well for the fight that I did.”
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" coaches? Tito Ortiz wants to coach opposite Forrest Griffin
LAS VEGAS – With the 11th season of the UFC's reality series set to begin taping in just two months, one hopeful has already pleaded his case for a coaching slot. And he has an additional fighter in mind for the rival team.Soon after a close split-decision loss to Forrest Griffin in the main event of Saturday's UFC 106 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Tito Ortiz said he and Griffin should take the slots and then meet in a season-ending fight that would serve as the duo's rubber match."It'd be awesome," Ortiz said. "We'd break records with that one."Ortiz and Griffin first met in 2006. Ortiz picked up a split-decision win and delivered the "TUF 1" champion his first loss in the octagon. Three years later, with a UFC 106 headliner between heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin scrapped and in need of a main event, UFC officials promoted the co-headliner between Ortiz and Griffin to the top spot.
UFC 106 Aftermath: End of Night Bonuses, Griffin vs. Ortiz III + More
Though Josh Koscheck and Dana White have reportedly butted heads in the past, it's clear that Kos is back on DW's good side. For his second-round submission of Anthony Johnson at UFC 106 last night, Koscheck picked up both the $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus, and a $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus (which Johnson also received). As Dana White explained, "I have to publicly say that [Koscheck] always steps up, always wants to fight, fights the best in the world, and I’m blown away with his performance tonight." Still, is that enough justification to reward the chaotic mess that Koscheck vs. Johnson turned out to be?
Dana: UFC "Absolutely" Going To Boston In 2010
Dana White has announced that UFC will "absolutely" make it's Boston debut in summer of 2010. A specific date can't be determined yet because while legislation making MMA legal in Massachusetts has been passed, it likely won't be signed into law until early next year. Both Fenway Park and TD Garden (Boston Garden) are being considered to host the first Boston show.
UFC Possibly To Mexico In 2010, But Not In April
Rumors of UFC heading to Mexico in 2010 have been circulating for some time, but last night Dana White partly shot down those rumors. He said they are trying to get to Mexico City in 2010, but a rumored April date will not happen. It's simply too early. Dana also mentioned other possible plans as well as one target city to visit by name-Detroit.
GSP-Hardy, Not Silva-Akiyama, May Headline UFC 110
The potential constant shuffling of upcoming UFC cards continues. During an appearance on MMAJunkie's radio show Friday night, Dana White revealed that plans for Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva to headline UFC 110 in Australia "might change". And Dana possibly tipped hsi hand on a replacement headilner at Friday's UFC Fight Club Q&A-Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy. A fan asked when that fight might take place and Dana said February appeared likely...but not February 6 (109 in Vegas) because of Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort.
UFC 106's Phil Baroni striving to be "a poor man's Josh Koscheck"
LAS VEGAS – Welterweight Phil Baroni (13-11 MMA, 3-5 UFC) has been on the big stage before.
Whether it was Baroni's previous eight-fight run in the UFC or his sequin-robed waltz down the EliteXC entrance ramps on CBS, the "New York Bad Ass" is no stranger to public attention.
But as Baroni prepares for a return trip the world-famous octagon, the 33-year-old is shedding some of his previous antics in favor of a new title: a poor man's Josh Koscheck.
"I plan on being like a poor man's Josh Koscheck," Baroni recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm staying in shape. When anybody gets hurt, Koscheck's raising his hand. He wants to fight him. There are guys not as good as Koscheck, not ranked as high as Koscheck, that he can't do that against. I'll be the poor-man's Josh Koscheck.
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight bout set for UFC 109 (not UFC 110)
A bout between middleweight contenders Nate Marquardt (29-8-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (24-10-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) originally believed to be part of the UFC 110 card in Australia instead takes place in Las Vegas at UFC 109.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the booking from sources close to the fight, though it's unclear if bout agreements have been finalized.
UFC 109 takes place Feb. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
MMAjunkie.com passed along a report earlier this month from sportsnet.com, which first reported the possibility of the fight. However, at the time, the fight was believed to be targeted for UFC 110, which takes place later in the month.
Instead, it'll be part of the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card.
UFC 106 Weigh-in Results
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Tito Ortiz (204)
Anthony Johnson (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (171)
Paulo Thiago (169) vs. Jacob Volkmann (170)
Luiz Cane (205) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205)
Phil Baroni (170) vs. Amir Sadollah (170)
Marcus Davis (170) vs. Ben Saunders (170)
Kendall Grove (186) vs. Jake Rosholt (185.5)
Brian Foster (171) vs. Brock Larson (171)
Fabricio Camoes (155.5) vs. Caol Uno (155.5)
Jason Dent (155) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)
Lesnar back in 6 months!
Brock Lesnar is recovering well from surgery and will be back in action within six months, says his jiu jitsu coach.
“He is getting better and that is the most important thing ... He will be fine and be fighting again within 6 months," Comprido Medeiros, a multi-time BJJ world champion, told TMZ.
"I can just say that the heavyweights can stop laughing and get ready to start crying because the champion will be back soon."
Matt Serra and Frank Trigg set for February's UFC 109 in Las Vegas
A welterweight bout between former champion Matt Serra (9-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) and one-time top contender Frank Trigg (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) is expected to take place in February at UFC 109.
Official word of the the long-rumored contest came today from The Fight Network, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the event that bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 109 is expected to take place Feb. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Serra, who stunned Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in 2007 (only to hand it back in his following fight), returns to competition for the first time in nine months.
Ready to 'Rumble': Josh Koscheck UFC 106 interview
Josh Koscheck is a man people love to hate.
At this point it's safe to say he's embraced his role as the bad guy and continues to use it to fuel his fire.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson once said, "Fans don't boo nobodies," and that statement rings true with regards to Koscheck as well.
"Kos" is a legitimate top ten welterweight contender and has been for some time. Lately, however, he's been on a bit of a roller coaster going 2 - 2 in his last four fights and alternating wins and losses.
Most recently he registered a first round knockout of Frank Trigg at UFC 103. The UFC then scheduled him to fight Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 20 on January 11, 2010, but as it turns out, it was only a temporary matchup.
When a couple high profile fights dropped like flies off the upcoming UFC 106 card an opportunity presented itself and he jumped at the chance to face up-and-comer Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in the co-main event.
A win could have him knocking on the door of a potential title shot, but it will certainly not come easy.
Koscheck took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss calling out Matt Hughes, Josh Thomson's conflict of interest, and all things Anthony Johnson.
WEC 44 medical suspensions: Nunes, Swanson, Banuelos suspended six months
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued medical suspensions to seven fighters, including headliner Mike Brown, from this past Wednesday's "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo" event, and three of the competitors could be out of action for up to six month.
Diego Nunces, Cub Swanson and Antonio Banuelos were issued the lengthy suspensions for injuries ranging from an orbital blowout fracture to a broken hand.
Jose Aldo: If you think my striking is good, you should see my jiu-jitsu
"I’m young and I know it takes a lifetime to get a dream like this. With everything that happened to me back in the days, now it’s like a dream come true. I always want to please my public, my fans, and I want to keep my fights standing. That’s what everybody expects. But, like I said before, I’m a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under master Andre Pederneiras and it’s my base. Jiu-Jitsu is my base. So if you think I’m a good striker, you are going to be very impressed with my ground fighting."
Thiago vs. Volkmann replaces Hazelett vs. Parisyan on UFC 106 main card
A welterweight bout between Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jacob Volkmann (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) originally slated for Saturday's "UFC 106: Griffin vs. Ortiz II" un-aired preliminary card today was promoted to the pay-per-view main card.
The fight takes the spot vacated by Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, which was canceled today following Parisyan's decision to pull out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.
With the change, Spike TV's special one-hour preliminary-card broadcast remains intact with Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders and Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt.
GSP-Hardy Likely To Happen In Vegas
When Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy face off sometime next year for the UFC Welterweight Championship, it appears neither fighter is going to have a hometown advantage. Despite specualtion it could be in either Canada or England, where it would be a quick sellout, Dana White says it likely will happen in UFC's hometown-Las Vegas.
WEC 44 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has released the official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 44 event. The total disclosed payouts were $236,500 with the biggest share-$36,000-going to Manny Gamburyan. For those wondering, NEW WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo earned $26,000 for his title win, excluding bonuses.