Danillo Villefort To Make UFC Debut In April
Danillo "Indio" Villefort expects to make his UFC debut in April following the cessation of the WEC's welterweight division.
The Brazilian has fought just once in the WEC, a first-round TKO of Mike Campbell at last month’s WEC 38.
He impressed fans and UFC staff alike and told Brasil Combate that he will be moving up to the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion in the coming months.
Clay Guida Wants Sean Sherk Next
Clay Guida tells FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he wants a piece of former lightweight champion Sean Sherk. Unfortunately for Guida it's likely not happening for a while because Sherk is set to face Frank Edgar on May 23.
11 participants announced for DREAM FWGP
HEIWA DREAM.7 Featherweight GP 2009 1st Round
Date: March 8th, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Featherweight GP Participants:
Kim Jong Won
Evan Dunham to replace David Baron @ UFC 95 Vs Per Eklund
UFC 95 has been hit with another late injury, as French lightweight David Baron has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled undercard bout against Per Eklund. In place of Baron, the UFC has signed undefeated prospect Evan Dunham to step in on short notice.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news from a source close to the fight on Wednesday.
Jon Jones has a major advantage
“I think that’s going to be a problem for a lot of fighters. It comes really natural for people to clinch up, especially when strikes are being thrown, and big hits are landed. Once you do something so much, it’s going to be hard for fighters to break out of that bad habit of clinching right away. The clinch is huge in mixed martial arts. And right now I have a major advantage over tons of fighters because I’ve been clinching my whole life. And there’s definite rules and definite no-nos when you’re clinching with someone when it comes to Greco. And [opponents] so far have done everything wrong from the clinch, besides striking…. And it’s not even that I go into Greco mode. Because it’s not even thought about or set up. It’s just like, I know at least 20 different ways of throwing people.”
Catone Rolls With The Punches For UFC Debut
Nick Catone has officially been signed to the UFC for several months now, but the New Jersey based fighter will finally make his Octagon debut this Saturday night after his original bout in November with "Ultimate Fighter" winner Amir Sadollah was scrapped and pushed back until February.
Dana White Talks Josh Neer, Anthony Johnson, Ultimate Fight Night 17
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is on a roll on pay-per-view, with events that did in the neighborhood of 1 million pay-per-view buys in each of the last three months -- an unprecedented level of pay-per-view success for any organization in any sport.
But when I talked to UFC President Dana White on Wednesday, he sounded more excited discussing the fights that the UFC is putting on for free on basic cable, starting with this Saturday night's UFC Fight Night on Spike TV.
Why Isn't Rampage Jackson Fighting Rashad Evans First?
After some speculation that turned out wrong, here's the answer from Dana White:
When do you think we'll see Lyoto Machida again and who might his opponent be?
That's a good question. That's going to depend on how the light heavyweight fights shake out in the next couple of fights. Obviously, Keith Jardine and Rampage Jackson are fighting (at UFC 96). Rampage is next in line for a title shot.
Dana White: Expect big fights this year including BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian
We’ve got Mir and Lesnar coming up, we’ve got possibly Rashad and Rampage, or if it’s not Rashad and Rampage it’ll be Rashad and Lyoto, which I think will be a very good card too. We’ve got all big fights — Randy Couture’s gonna fight again this year. We’ve got a lot of big cards this year … Also, Kenny Florian and BJ is going to be a big fight … I can’t see — BJ, to me, is not the type of person who’s going to have a fight like he just had and walk away from his belt at 155. I can’t see that happening … I wouldn’t have been shocked if BJ had won both titles and then retired. That wouldn’t have shocked me. But after the way that went down, I can’t see him retiring.
-UFC President Dana White looks forward to a year of big fights including BJ Penn’s return to the lightweight division to battle number one contender Kenny Florian. Penn is currently mired in “Greasegate” after a Vaseline-happy cornerman back-lubed St. Pierre between rounds during their welterweight title fight at UFC 94 on January 31. Penn filed a formal request to the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today to have the incident reviewed. Hopefully it’s dealt with in a timely manner so we can put the fighting back in the Octagon where it belongs.
BJ Penn sends NSAC formal request to investigate Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94
The legal team that represents lightweight champion BJ Penn — four days removed from a technical knockout loss to welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 — today sent a formal request (not a complaint) to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
The three-page letter is designed to ensure that the sanctioning body engages “in a comprehensive investigation and review of the activities involving and relating to Georges St. Pierre prior to and during the bout.”
St. Pierre’s cornermen during the fight applied Vaseline to his back and shoulders, which is illegal under the rules of the sport. Ringside officials noticed the generous helping of petroleum jelly on the backside of the Canadian and sprung into action, wiping him down with towels after rounds two and three.
“Rush” isn’t giving excuses for the incident, saying it was just a minor mistake caused by the between-round frenzy. UFC President Dana White — who is taking the issue very seriously — has since blamed “stupid” cornermen (Greg Jackson and Phil Nurse) for the infraction.
The letter to the NSAC indicates that not only is greasing illegal, but it taints the reputation of the sport and jeopardizes the health and safety of those who participate in it.
Furthermore, it states the application of Vaseline put Penn at a serious disadvantage during the fight because as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, “The Prodigy” relies on his ability to apply techniques and strategies designed to immobilize or cause potential injury to his opponent.
With that ability neutralized, Penn’s attorney contends that his client was put in an environment that was both “life threatening” and “career ending.”
ProElite Sold or Nearly Sold
After a number of deals falling through at the last minute, it appears Pro Elite has either been sold or is in the very final stages of being sold as of this morning. Under the terms of the sale, the buyer would likely return to CBS television with live events this year.The most likely buyer is Strikeforce.
Dana: 1.3 Million Buys For UFC 94
Dana White today told the Las Vegas Sun that he expects the PPV buyrate for UFC 94 to be 1.3 million. Although the UFC doesn't officially release PPV figures, UFC 66 in 2006 is believed to own the current record with 1.05 million buys.
Andrei Arlovski signs with Golden Boy Promotions
Sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Andrei Arlovski has signed an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions.
Full details of the deal are not known at this time, but Arlovski had been rumored to enter the boxing world since early in 2008. Recently, trainer Freddie Roach confirmed that Arlovski was going to start boxing following the fight with Fedor Emelianenko. At the time, Roach stated that he wanted to Arlovski to challenge WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev.
MMA IS Sacred: There Is a Reason For The Scrutiny of Georges St Pierre
I want to come clean about greasegate. I'm making this a bit of a crusade and here's why: I love MMA. Its the only sport I care about at all and in these dark economic times it actually gives my life a little bit of meaning and pleasure.
I've been meaning to write a series of essays called "MMA IS Sacred" for a little while now and I guess this incident will finally get me off my ass.
This is quite a long read, but well worth taking a look at imo.