MMA's big stage gave UFC 109 winner Joey "Mexicutioner" Beltran admitted jitters
As this past Saturday's "UFC 109: Relentless" event kicked off with a trio of un-aired preliminary bouts, UFC newcomer Joey Beltran entered the octagon for the first time.
His legs were sluggish, his feet like concrete blocks. Punches were hitting him, and he soon became oddly aware of his own breathing. None of it made any sense to the first-rime UFC fighter.
As the refreshingly honest heavyweight today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Beltran initially was fighting nerves more so than opponent Rolles Gracie.
"The Mexicutioner," though, ultimately would beat both of them.
Ex-UFC fighter Jake Rosholt meets Rudy Lindsey at March 6 XFL event
In his first fight since a surprising release from the Ultimate Fighter Championship, Jake Rosholt (6-2) takes on one-time Bellator Fighting Championships fighter Rudy Lindsey (11-9) at a March 6 X-treme Fighting League in Tulsa, Okla.
Rosholt's camp today alerted MMAjunkie.com of the booking.
Rosholt, a three-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and four-time All-American at Oklahoma State, received his UFC walking papers following a November submission loss to Kendall Grove at UFC 106.
Jon Madsen vs. Mostapha Al Turk heavyweight fight signed for UFC 112
After visa issues prevented UFC heavyweight and British fighter Mostapha Al Turk (6-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) from making a fight with Rolles Gracie this past weekend at UFC 109, the promotion has booked him for an international event.
Al Turk is set to face "The Ultimate Fighter 10" contestant John Madsen (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 112, and sources close to the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed. The match-up was first reported by aroundtheoctagon.com.
Two More Bouts Added To March 7 Sengoku
Two more big fights have been added to the upcoming Sengoku 12 card set for March 7 as Eiji Mitsuoka faces Leo Santos, while Kiuma Kunioku takes on Maximo Blanco on the same show.
The bouts were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fights, who indicated both will take place on the March 7 show.
Eiji Mitsuoka (16-7-2) returns to Sengoku after losing a decision to Kazunori Yakota in November. Mitsuoka is 5-2 in his last seven fights with wins over fights like Clay French, Joachim Hansen, and Rodrigo Damm.
Couture A Contender At Light Heavyweight
“I personally think this guy is one of the best light heavyweights in the world. He’s in the mix,” UFC president Dana White told the media at the UFC 109 post-fight press conference. “He’s in the mix with the top five guys who can fight any of those guys at any time. It’s just going to be a matter of timing now.”
Melvin Guillard gunning for title contention under Greg Jackson
I was ecstatic to have my first win under Coach Jackson. Like I told everybody tonight, I started out 0-0, now I'm 1-0 under Team Jackson and right now my goal is to just work hard and try to move myself into title contention. Working with Joe Stevenson full-time, we're like brothers now. My confidence grows because of him. He encourages me and I encourage him.
Condit Back Training, Excited To Fight Again
Following back-to-back wars in his first two UFC fights, Carlos Condit was poised to make a big step forward when he was scheduled to face British knockout artist Paul Daley at UFC 108. Unfortunately, cleaning out the garage did Condit in for the fight, as he suffered a cut and a staph infection that left him hospitalized.
Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida announces final MMA bout set for April 25
Former PRIDE fighter and Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida will fight for the final time on April 25.
Yoshida, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist in judo who turned pro in MMA in 2002, will help organize an event called "ASTRA," though no opponent has been announced.
The event takes place at the 15,000-seat Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, and features fellow Yoshida Dojo fighters Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tatsunao Nagakura, Michihiro Omigawa and Makoto Takimoto.
Opponents also have not been named for those fighters.
Willing to jump weight classes, WEC's Urijah Faber open to rematch with UFC's Tyson Griffin
LAS VEGAS – In Urijah Faber's dominant days as WEC featherweight champion, he always had a blemish on his perfect record.
In September 2005, an unknown 21-year-old upstart named Tyson Griffin handed him his first loss in nine fights to take the Gladiator Challenge lightweight title. Shortly after, Faber realized he was too small for the division and dropped 10 pounds to fight at featherweight.
Fans and media often ask if he'd like a rematch with Griffin, and the answer always has been no; 145 pounds suits him just fine.
But during a Q&A session for UFC Fight Club members on Thursday, Faber said he recently had reconsidered that longstanding statement.
UFC 109 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from last night's UFC 109. The total disclosed payouts were $944,000 with the biggest share-$250,000-going to Randy Couture.
Chael Sonnen Upsets Marquadt At UFC 109
Marquardt was the favorite going in and widely considered the second ranked middleweight in the world, but Sonnen continued his winning streak by pulling the upset and gaining a title shot with his UFC 109 unanimous decision victory against the winner of Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort that main events UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
Serra KO's Trigg With Signature Right Hand
Before the fight on Saturday night, Frank Trigg commented how Matt Serra catches everyone he fights with his big right hand. Despite the preparation, lighting struck once again as Serra clubbed Trigg with that right en route to a first round TKO win at UFC 109.
Danzig And Guillard Look Rejuvenated At UFC 109
The UFC 109 prelims did not disappoint with Mac Danzig, who was seemingly fighting for his UFC career on Saturday night, and it paid off as he performed with a rejuvenated spirit, while Melvin Guillard carried the spirit of New Orleans with him getting the victory over Ronys Torres.