Tito says Liddell was an alcoholic and White intervention saved him
Nice job by John Morgan. MMAJunkie's lead reporter attended the season 11 "Ultimate Fighter" media day and caught a matter-of-fact statement by Tito Ortiz about Chuck Liddell. Ortiz, who always seems to be in mocking mode, sounded heartfelt when he said he was happy that Liddell beat alcoholism (1:22 mark) to make it back to the UFC.
"I think [Liddell] had a problem," Ortiz said. "A lot of people go through addiction. I think his deal was he was an alcoholic. He loved to party."
Ortiz claims Liddell's ego got the best of him.
Mauler Manhoef Aware of His Shortcomings
“If they have me on the ground, they have a slight advantage,” he told USAToday’s Sergio Non. “But if I have to put my fists on their chin, I also have a slight advantage…I'm going to practice my ground game very hard. Maybe one day, I can put also a grappler in a triangle choke or guillotine or armbar. It would be very nice.”
Jeff Monson to Struggle For Relevance Against Dave Herman
MMA's hardest working anarchist is showing no signs of slowing down in 2010. Coming off a split decision victory in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 16, Jeff Monson's next challenge will likely come at Shine Fights 3, where he'll face pathetic mustache owner Dave "Pee Wee" Herman, according to The Rumble. Despite a year full of legal troubles ranging from a graffiti-related arrest to assault on a grandfather clock, Monson still managed to fight five times in 2009 in a globetrotting effort that took him to Northern Ireland, Japan, and Mexico City, among other exotic locales, like Pensacola, Florida.
Gomi: "I will beat Florian by first round KO"
Takanori Gomi says he will beat Kenny Florian “by first round knockout” when they meet in the UFC Octagon in the near future. As first reported by Fighters Only and subsequently confirmed by Florian on MMA Live, the fight is being lined up to headline UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31st.In an interview with Japanese MMA news portal Kampiro, Gomi gave his thoughts on the fight, the move to the UFC and the nature of MMA in the US.
Palaszewski vs. Darabedyan In WEC March 6
The lightweights will go to battle as the WEC invades Columbus, OH when former IFL stand-out, Bart Palaszewski, takes on rising star, Karen Darabedyan, in a 155lb contest on the undercard of the Saturday night event. The bout was announced by the WEC on Tuesday.A winner in his last two fights, Palaszewski is looking to build upon his last victory in the WEC, a split decision nod he got over Anthony Pettis back in December.
Gugerty vs. Guida, Kimmons vs. Pierce official for UFC on Versus 1 prelims
A pair of recently reported bouts was today made official for the UFC's debut on Versus, and at least one fighter might be a little disappointed with his position on the card.Shannon Gugerty vs. Clay Guida and Rob Kimmons vs. Mike Pierce were today announced for the evening's preliminary card and the 11-bout "UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones" event is now complete.UFC on Versus 1 is slated for The Odeum in Broomfield, Colo., and features a light heavyweight headliner between Jon Jones and Brandon Vera. The main card airs live on Versus.
Ronnys wants extra bonus against Guillard
Last week, Melvin Guillard, Ronnys Torres’ opponent on his debut on UFC, revealed that he likes to face Jiu-Jitsu athletes because he had more chances to take the knockout of the night bonus at UFC 109. One week before going to the United States, Ronnys talked to TATAME and answered Guillard’s comments.
Stephan Bonnar Ready To End The Polish Experiment At UFC 110
That would be his opponent, Krzyzstof Soszynski. "He usually comes to fight. In the last fight with Coleman it felt more like he wanted to get takedowns and hold me down more than anything. Not like he was trying to beat me up. Krzysztof will try to come in there and beat me up and, hey, that’s what I want! He’s just a big strong guy. But I feel technically I’ve got him beat in both the striking and the submission game. I know I can submit him, I know I could beat him standing up, and, if he lasts long enough … I’m pretty sure I could break his spirit, too. I’ve seen him kind of fold in fights and, you know, if that’s happened before, that person’s got it in them." He really has to-a loss means 3 straight for Bonnar...and despite his past contributions to UFC that could still mean Das Boot.
Bring It On, Wanderlei
Michael Bisping says so. In his latest online entry for The Daily Telegraph, Bisping says he's over his KO loss at UFC 100 and his confidence is sky-high going into his fight with Wanderlei Silva. "I’ve seen interviews this week with Wanderlei saying he’s going knock me out and that I am scared of him. He’s mistaken on both counts. Bring it on, Wanderlei…"
Running Scared: Seven opponents turn down bout with Erin Toughill, January 30 FCF bout scratched
Already with an established reputation in female mixed martial arts as one of the most commonly avoided fighters in the business, Strikeforce 145 pound title threat Erin Toughill has once again seen an anticipated bout fall through due to not being able to find an opponent with the nerve to face her.
FiveOuncesofPain.com was recently able to learn from sources close to the situation that a total of seven women were contacted as potential opponents for the bout, and all seven have refused the matchup, leaving Toughill without a fight on January 30.
5 Oz. was the first to report that Erin was originally expected to return to action at FCF (Freestyle Cage Fighting) 39 on January 30 from the Firelake Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The card will still feature an extremely intriguing eight female 135 pound tournament with the winner being granted a title shot in the division over at Strikeforce in the near future.
NY Secretary of State advocates for MMA
New York Times Letters to the Editor
In “A Leaner Budget for Lean Times” (editorial, Jan. 20), you call mixed martial arts, which Gov. David A. Paterson is proposing to legalize, “controversial.” In fact, the sport is not only legal in all but eight states, but if it should come to New York, our State Athletic Commission already has the mechanisms in place to ensure that such competitions follow the highest guidelines of health and safety.
Afflictions motion to dismiss Fedor lawsuit denied
Fedor Emelianenko and his promotional team survived a first-round attack Monday in a legal battle that pits them against their former business partner, Affliction Entertainment.
Affliction’s attorney, Michael Bassiri, confirmed to Sherdog.com that a Los Angeles federal judge had denied Affliction’s motion to dismiss several claims made in a breach of contract lawsuit filed Oct. 28 by Emelianenko and M-1 Global.
The case is set to go to trial on Nov. 16.
Miguel Torres fires camp; now Dellagrotte, Drysdale
Some media outlets called it the upset of the year. It was shocking to see Brian Bowles take out Miguel Torres at WEC 42 and it did upset the former bantamweight champ. Torres realized he had gotten into a comfort zone, was surrounded by yes men and was fighting with the wrong approach.
"I've used the same training partners for 11 or 12 years, and I haven't brought any of them back for this fight," Torres told the Las Vegas Sun. "What ended up happening was — I wasn't getting cocky, they got cocky. They would say, 'Oh, you're going to kill this guy. He's only got seven fights.'"
Karo Parisyan: 'I'm Going to Fight Again'
When Karo Parisyan withdrew from UFC 106 at the last minute, UFC President Dana White said Parisyan would never fight in the UFC again. But Parisyan says he will be fighting somewhere soon.
"I promise you I'm going to fight again," Parisyan told Aaron Tru. "I don't know when or where but I promise the fight is going to happen pretty soon, within the next few months. I'll be back, better than ever. I've always said I'm asking for a chance for my fans and my friends. I'll be back and I'll do sensational, I promise."
Swick says AKA vs. AKA is a "lose/lose" proposition
Teammate versus teammate.
It has been a controversial subject that seems to gain more steam every time UFC president Dana White mentions the possibility of one fighter getting in contender status and a teammate climbing up the ladder right behind them.
To this date, no one has been forced to make that decision, but at American Kickboxing Academy they have three top ranked welterweights and it's always a hot topic to bring up.
White mentioned recently that he thought a great fight to determine a top contender would be Jon Fitch vs. Josh Koscheck, but again they didn't have to make that choice and each of them have different opponents.
AKA fighter Mike Swick talked about the impossible situation with MMAWeekly Radio recently.
Nick Diaz happy with Welterweight Return
Nick Diaz takes on Dream champion Marius Zaromskis on Jan. 30 in Sunrise, Fla., for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.
Diaz’s last two fights were out of his weight class, but he’s eager to return to the 170-pound division, the division he’s competed in for most of his career.
“I’m very happy to fight at that weight. I look the best at that weight. I like it, I feel the best at that weight,” said the Cesar Gracie trained athlete. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to fight in here at this weight class. Those last two fights weren’t my idea. I’ve fought at welterweight most of my life, so this isn’t a new thing to me.”
Andre Galvao vs. Luke Stewart targeted for "Strikeforce Challengers VII" in Fresno, Calif.
An intriguing welterweight matchup between Strikeforce newcomer Andre Galvao (3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) and promotional veteran Luke Stewart (6-2 MMA, 6-2 SF) appears likely for the as-yet-unannounced "Strikeforce Challengers VII" event.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
While Strikeforce has yet to officially announce the event, "Strikeforce Challengers VII" is expected to take place March 26 in Fresno, Calif.
The Galvao vs. Stewart matchup is expected for the main card of the Showtime-broadcast event.