White says he'll meet with james toney
LAS VEGAS – What kind of fight promotion would allow an aging, 41-year-old boxing champion to make his professional mixed martial arts debut on a national (if not worldwide) stage?
Would you believe the UFC?
Well, if current IBO and NABO heavyweight boxing champion James Toney (72-6 Boxing, 0-0 MMA) has his way, "Lights Out" may soon be looking to compete in the octagon. And despite his seemingly long odds for success, Toney may have a sympathetic contact in the organization: UFC president Dana White.
Gomi could debut against Florian
LAS VEGAS – After confirming on Saturday that former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi (31-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) had signed with the UFC, company boss Dana White was mum on details about his first opponent.
However, when told that ESPN's "MMA Live" program posted a Twitter message saying co-host and top lightweight contender Kenny Florian (12-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) could be Gomi's first challenge, White smirked
Daley Wants Alves Next, Dana Says Likely Fitch Or Kos
After his win over Dustin Hazelett at UFC 108 last night, Paul Daley mentioned a few fighters he'd like to face next but specifically pointed out Thiago Alves. Dana White probably won't go with that plan however, mentioning that he wouldn't mind Daley getting between Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck-since Dana can't really get the AKA teammates to face each other, Daley could get one of them for his next fight.
GSP says olympics still possible may vacate title to pursue
It's a potentially life- and career-altering decision, and St-Pierre admits there is much to consider on both sides of the argument.
"There is a lot of positive and negative about it," St-Pierre said. "The negative is my income. I won't have as much income as I would if I keep my career. It would diminish dramatically. That's the first thing. The second thing is I would have to give up my title, of course. I would have to stay away from mixed martial arts for at least a year-and-a-half because I need to qualify.
Pyle Looks To Start New Year In Style
For Mike “Quicksand” Pyle, 2009 was a bittersweet year.He achieved his lifelong goal of joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but lost to Brock Larson in his first bout for the promotion in May, ending a four-fight winning streak.He rebounded, however, with an impressive win over Chris Wilson four months later, to even out his UFC record at 1-1.
Mark Munoz Prepared To Throwdown
Former WEC contender turned UFC prospect Mark Munoz is set to make his third appearance in the Octagon at Saturday night’s UFC 108 in Las Vegas.After earning his first victory under the UFC banner this past August over Nick Catone by split decision, Munoz has now rededicated himself to the sport by approaching it from all angles. New training partners and training regimens are his tools to victory.
Rashad Part Of Thiago's Road Back To Machida
Thiago Silva is ready for whatever Rashad Evans throws at him when the two meet Saturday in the main event of UFC 108.Silva, who made his way from Brazil's Chute Boxe to Florida's American Top Team, is learning English and learning to love stateside culture. He’s come a long way from life in the streets of Sao Paulo.
A Victim No More
The younger of two sons born to a coal miner and court reporter in Louisa, Ky., he was the subject of relentless taunts and bullying as a kid. His slight build did him no favors. Hazelett spent many of his formative years at a private Christian school but transitioned to public schools in sixth grade. It was a shock to his system. “At the Christian school, you’d get paddled for saying, ‘Crap,’” Hazelett says. “I went from that to being around a bunch of delinquents who cursed out the teacher almost every day. It definitely humbled me.”
Takanori Gomi signs with the UFC
Takanori Gomi, once considered to be one of the best lightweight fighters in the world, has signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. MMAFighting.com learned of the acquisition from sources on Friday.
No word on when and where Gomi will make his debut for the UFC. The organization has yet to officially announce the signing.
Aoki Apologizes and Overeem says Fedor is next
Sorry if someone else posted it.
Aoki taught Hirota why pride comes before the fall.
“When I had his arm behind his back, I could feel it popping,” Aoki said. “I thought, 'Well, this guy's pride just won't let him tap, will it?' So without hesitation, I broke it. I heard it break, and I thought, 'Ah, there, I just broke it.' I was stopped afterward, but even if I hadn't been, continuing to break it more would have been fine by me.”
Overeem says Fedor is next!
“I want to fight Fedor in May or June, so he's my primary target from now on. I'll be training for him only,” proclaimed Overeem, who cited the prospect of a May-June date as one he is currently negotiating with Strikeforce.
There is some other good stuff in this article.
Aoki's has a weird way of apologizing. It happens but dang, that guy has some amazing skills on the ground.
Spike TV debuts "Best of PRIDE" series Jan 15
A new series that features some of the top matchups from the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships organization debuts Jan. 15 on Spike TV.
"Best of PRIDE," which features the video library the UFC's parent company acquired after its purchase of the organization in 2007, airs each Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT with replays throughout the week.
Maxim model Kenda Perez hosts the program.
Lesnar's Fate-And UFC HW Division's-To Be Determined Next Week
In a small conference after the UFC 108 pre-fight presser, Dana White provided another update on Brock Lesnar and the UFC Heavyweight division. White said more answers could come next week after Lesnar sees the doctor, then that will determine his future and the status of Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir at UFC 111-specifically if it's for the Interim HW Title, or even the main title. Either way the fight is still likely to happen regardless of title status.
Evans Faces Silva in Return at UFC 108
LAS VEGAS -- The quest for the title starts a new Saturday night for Rashad Evans, whose reign as 205-pound champion was cut painfully short by Lyoto Machida.
Evans takes another Brazilian light-heavyweight in Thiago Silva at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the main event of UFC 108, a mixed martial arts card available on pay-per-view but has been ravaged by injury.
Lauzons First Brothers to Fight on Same Card
LAS VEGAS - The Lauzon brothers are ready to rumble Saturday night at UFC 108, making history in the process.
Joe, 25, and Dan, 21, will become the first brothers to appear on the same UFC show.
"It's pretty remarkable," said Dan.
"I'm just amped up, motivated. Same as Joe," he added. "We're both ready to put on a show."
(I changed TSN's headline because it didn't make sense, they will change it most likely.)
KJ Noons vs Billy Evangelista on tap for Strikeforce: 'Miami' on Jan. 30
Noons has been out of mixed martial arts for more than a year following his retirement from the sport in late 2008 after he was stripped of his 155-pound title for refusing to accept a rematch with Nick Diaz under the terms Elite XC was offering."King Karl" felt that his previous performance against Diaz (a first round technical knockout) and his lone title defense -- a first round technical knockout victory over Yves Edwards in June of 2008 -- was enough to at least earn himself a bigger paycheck than Diaz in the rematch.
Dos Santos Must Weather Hurricane To Get Title
“I feel that he’s opening his mouth a lot,” Dos Santos told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s talking a lot for this fight, and I feel very confident that after this fight, I’m going to shut him up, that he won’t be opening his mouth until 2011.”According to UFC president Dana White, the stakes are high in silencing Yvel. A win would likely put him on the short list of belt contenders.
Aoki's Antics Mar Exciting Night At Dynamite!!
In a battle of lightweight champions, Dream’s Shinya Aoki immediately put Sengoku’s Mizuto Hirota on the mat and took mount with Hirota’s arm wrapped up and behind his own back. Aoki then proceeded to, quite literally, break Hirota’s arm in an odd sort of twisting armbar. The maneuver popped Hirota’s elbow out of place, leaving his forearm flaccid.
Rampage Hangs In The Balance For Rashad
Opposing coaches on the tenth season of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” Jackson’s hometown of Memphis was slated to host the showdown, originally scheduled to headline UFC 107 on Dec. 12. Jackson instead opted out of the fight to star in the upcoming movie version of the popular ‘80s television series “The A-Team.”