Randy Couture says it's all about fun
Randy Couture is settled into that pre-fight groove he knows so well. The only difference this time around is the lack of title up for grabs.
At 46, Couture has contended for more UFC titles than any competitor in the promotion’s history. On Saturday, he faces Brandon Vera at UFC 105 in a non-title bout, his second since losing the heavyweight strap to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 and fifth overall.
It’s Couture’s second re-invention as a light heavyweight after falling short to heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102. His first cut came in 2003, when he fought Chuck Liddell for the interim belt when then-champion Tito Ortiz was unable to defend his undisputed title.
Apologetic UFC 106 headliner Tito Ortiz missed "friend" Dana White
The fact that Tito Ortiz ultimately decided to return to the UFC wasn't all that surprising.
After all, the former champion and one-time biggest UFC star had come close to signing and even announced tentative deals with organizations ranging from Affliction Entertainment to EliteXC to the American Fight League over the past 15 months. None of those promotions, of course, is even promoting events these days.
Still, while few were shocked that Ortiz eventually announced his return to the UFC back in July, the fact that he had apparently made up with his sworn enemy – UFC president Dana White – did raise a few eyebrows.
Once upon a time, long before he orchestrated the purchase and took over control of the UFC with co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, White managed Ortiz, and the duo were friendly – bosom buddies even.
Dana White predicts retired "Rampage" Jackson will be back in UFC
Despite the duo's public feud and the fighter's claims that he's entered retirement and is "done fighting," UFC president Dana White isn't closing the door on Quinton "Rampage" Jackson making a return to the octagon.
In fact, White expects him to return to the UFC soon.
Jackson, who's had an embarrassing run as a coach on the current 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" after rival coach Rashad Evans won seven of the eight opening-round matchups, announced his retirement on Sept. 22.
Prior to that declaration, though, Jackson accepted a role as B.A. Baracus, which was first played on the small screen by Mr. T, in an upcoming Hollywood remake of the 1980s action-adventure series. Filming for the role meant the highly anticipated (and thoroughly promoted) fight between Jackson and Evans was pulled from December's UFC 107 fight card in Memphis.
Gerald Harris To The List Of Veterans Applying For TUF
Put Gerald Harris’ name among the other established MMA veterans that want a shot to earn their way in to the Octagon by going through "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series. While other names being rumored to be applying for the next season of the show are coming off of disappointing stretches in their careers or periods of inactivity, Harris is one of the hottest middleweights in the sport at the moment.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre says he may take a crack at making the Canadian Olympic wrestling team for the 2012 Summer Games.
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos: "I imagine myself" in the UFC
While common sense told Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos to finish up her studies in Brazil to pursue a career in physical education, her famed trainer, Rafael Cordeiro of the Chute Boxe Academy, told her otherwise. Why bother wasting your time on all of that college stuff, when you should be busting heads for a living? That was Cordeiro’s take on things, and Santos is thanking him for the advice in the present day as the feared knockout specialist currently sits on the top of the female mixed martial arts mountain as the reigning Strikeforce women’s 145 pound champion.
“I was in college, Physics Education, and I trained, but Master Rafael (Cordeiro) said that he thought it was better if I stopped the fight because the top training of Chute Boxe was in the morning and I could only train in the afternoon or in the night,” explained Cyborg in a conversation with Tatame.com. “He said, “I think it’s better if you stop this college… If you graduate you’ll teach, but on Muay Thai you can teach too and you’ll dedicate more“. I stopped the college, my mom wanted to kill me, but I followed a dream and thank God I was happy.”
Abu Dhabi likely, Italy possible as UFC's European division continues growth
MANCHESTER, England – The UFC's U.K. Division President, Marshall Zelaznik, rattled off the mind-boggling statistics rather nonchalantly at Thursday's "UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera" pre-fight press conference.
"The fight will be seen in over 50 countries and territories live," Zelaznik said. "It will eventually be seen in 130 countries and territories. It will be available to 400 million homes around the world."
And as the UFC returns to the site of its first modern-era European event, the company has its eyes set on even further expansion, including Australia, Abu Dhabi and Italy.
Sherk-Oliveira Signed for UFC 108
Sean Sherk has signed on to face Rafaello Oliveira in a lightweight bout at UFC 108 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. Sherk, a former UFC lightweight champion, withdrew from his bout against Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles with a “Grade II AC separation” shoulder injury. Sherk told Sherdog.com Thursday that the injury has rehabilitated well.
Minowa vs. Sokoudjou "Super Hulk" finale set; WVR's NYE show scrapped?
The show features a hybrid MMA/K-1 card with some of the biggest names in combat sports.
The open-weight, eight-man "Super Hulk" commenced earlier this year with a variety of competitors, ranging from the undersized (Gegard Mousasi) to the oversized (Hong Man Choi) to the absurd (Jose Canseco). Ultimately, after Mousasi was forced out of the tournament with an injury in the second round, Sokoudjou defeated replacement Bob Sapp and Minowa subbed Choi to set up the finale.
The latest official card now includes:
Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1)
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA/"Super Hulk" finale)
Hiroya vs. Japan Masaaki Noiri (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
Dan Hardy Declares War On Mike Swick
Hardy paid his dues, taking his first professional bout in 2004. He worked his way up, primarily through the ranks of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, where he held titles as both welterweight and light welterweight champion, until the sport finally developed to the point that being a full-time mixed martial artist was a legitimate pursuit.
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship started its international expansion efforts, they looked first to England, where the small scene that Hardy was dominating was starting to gain some traction. Not long after, they finally took notice of Hardy’s efforts, signing him to fight at UFC 89 in late 2008.
Anderson Silva: “We came here to win”
“We’re training and fixing the mistakes, so they won’t surprise us on the fights... We can’t win always, but we’re working for it“, guarantees. Representing Black House, team that already has two UFC belts (with Anderson and Lyoto Machida), the team can be closer to more titles, in case Nogueira brothers win their next fights. “We’re working to mark the field, so people can understand that we came to win“, finished.
Rousimar Palhares hungry to fight Linhares
“It’s really better now. I’m gonna train a lot, do my best to do a show to the Brazilian fans. I’m training for that and I’ll do it”, guarantees the Brazilian Top Team fighter. With a great game in BJJ, “Toquinho” doesn’t expect a ground fight. “I don’t know, the level is very high in the MMA today, so I only know that he’ll be prepared and so do I, and we’re gonna do a great fight”.
Michael Bisping: Don’t ‘Count’ me out after one bad night
Fighting is different than other sports because you’re not competing as regularly. If a football player has a bad game, he’s allowed to do that because he plays once or twice a week. With fighting, it’s once every few months. So if you have a bad night, it gets built up. It’s not like my career is in shatters. I’m 18-2. The two guys I’ve lost to are former champions. There’s no shame in that. I do feel pressure in wanting to come back and perform, but it’s not like I’m finished as some people seem to think. It’s going to take more than one loss for me to hang up my gloves; that’s for sure.”
Report: Sengoku Raiden Championships Event On 12/31 Off
Reports surfaced late yesterday indicating that World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Raiden Championship” New Year’s Eve supershow at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum has been canceled for Dec. 31. The news comes on the heel of WVR’s decision to call off a press conference regarding the NYE event. The announcements regarding the highly anticipated television contract that WVR has been working to secure to broadcast the event would have been the highlight of the conference.
No details have been released, thus stoking the suspicion that WVR may have been unable to land the broadcast deal. The Tokyo Sports newspaper reports WVR will now work with FEG and participate on the Fields Dynamite!! event on 12/31.
St. Pierre eyes Hardy-Swick winner
Updated: November 11, 2009, 8:53 AM ET
By Neil Davidson
Special to ESPN.com
A healthy Georges St. Pierre will be cage-side at UFC 105 in Manchester, England, when Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy and Mike "Quick" Swick go at it in the co-main event.
"Apparently, I will probably fight the winner of this fight, so I'm going to be watching it very carefully," St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion, said cheerfully.
The Canadian has pretty much cleaned out the upper tier of the 170-pound division. The Swick-Hardy winner is touted as the best of the rest.
We're All Human: Fedor Critiques Rogers Fight
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
by Sherdog.com Staff
Those lucky enough to attend the Paradise Warrior Retreat Center luncheon Sunday in Hoffman Estates, Ill., following Saturday’s Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” got a real treat.
Fedor Emelianenko watched his seven-minute bout with Brett Rogers for the first time and broke down his thoughts on his performance through his interpreter.
Here are some highlights: