Top Rung Off Limits, Jardine Climbing Ladder
Whether Keith Jardine is first, second, or third in the light heavyweight hierarchy, the important thing is that he’s there in the first place.
“I’m probably like the third person asked to the prom on this one, I think,” he said of his UFC 96 fight with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson during a media teleconference. “But I got a call and couldn’t turn it down.”
The announcement that he’d face the former UFC light heavyweight champion was dropped on fans during the telecast for UFC 93, scrapping earlier reports he would face Brazilian prospect Luis Cane at UFC 97.
WEC's First PPV Possibly In June
The long-rumored PPV debut of WEC appears to be getting closer. Although some contractual hurdles must first be cleared, it seems like it'll happen in June in Sacramento, CA, and be headlined by the rematch of WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber for the title, assuming WEC can re-sign soon-to-be-free-agent Faber, which is expected soon.
Wand Wants Fourth Fight With Rampage As Career Finale
Wanderlei Silva may have dropped down to middleweight, but he still sees at least one more light-heavyweight match in his future.
The Brazilian veteran says that, while he is not yet considering retirement, he has already decided that he would like the last match of his career to be against long-term rival Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
THE UFC ANNOUNCES UFC 98: LESNAR vs. MIR 2
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Long considered the most prestigious title in mixed martial arts, the UFC Heavyweight Championship currently rests in the hands of two men – Champion Brock Lesnar and interim belt holder Frank Mir. On Saturday, May 23rd, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lesnar and Mir will meet to not only determine an Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, but to settle some very personal business they began in this same city over a year ago.
Ken Shamrock vs Bobby Lashley CONFIRMED!
Sources close to Bloody Elbow can exclusively confirm that the heretofore unnamed opponent of former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley set to square off at Roy Jones Jr.'s mixed boxing and MMA event known as "March Badness" is none other than Ken Shamrock.
UFC Contract Details
Bob Schreiber, Stefan Struve’s trainer, recently wrote of Stefan’s performance at UFC 95 on his blog.
The way the UFC works is that you get a contract which states you HAVE TO win your first 2 fights or you're out.
IF you lose the first one, you get a do over, IF you have shown them something, which Stefan didn't do.
The last option is that the UFC puts his contract on hold, and then he has to fight AND win 2 fights outside the UFC and when you do the UFC resumes your contract.
UFC 96 weigh-in information
Weigh-ins for this weekend's "UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine" event take place Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. EST at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The same venue hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event, which includes a main event between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Keith Jardine.
The first fighter hits the scale at 4 p.m. Friday. As always the event is free and open to the public. MMAjunkie.com will report live from the weigh-ins and will have complete UFC 96 coverage throughout the weekend.
Prior to the weigh-ins, the UFC will host a question-and-answer session with UFC interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir for UFC Fight Club members. The members-only session begins at 2 p.m.
Manny Tapia vs Akitoshi Tamura @ WEC 40
Akitoshi “Ironman” Tamura (12-7-2) and previously unbeaten number one contender Manny “The Mangler” Tapia (10-1-1) — the main event and co-main event losers from WEC 37 back in December 2008 — have been targeted by the promotion to square off with each other in a 135-pound affair at WEC 40 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill., on April 5.
“Ironman” was handed the first submission loss of his career by one of the division’s top contenders, Wagnney Fabiano, while Tapia fell to bantamweight champion Miguel Torres in the main event courtesy of a second round technical knockout
Win or go home: Gray Maynard UFC 96 interview
One of the more promising fights on the UFC 96: “Jackson vs. Jardine” card is a lightweight scrap between Gray Maynard (6-0, with 1 no contest) and Jim Miller (13-1).
Maynard is now perfect (4-0) in the UFC and was last seen at UFC 90, outpointing Rich Clementi on all three judge’s scorecards. The three-time Division I All-American wrestler (he wrestled on the same team as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans) is also the only blemish on Frankie Edgar’s otherwise perfect record (9-1).
Tom Atencio: ‘I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place’ with third Affliction event
” … I’m just trying to figure out what we’re doing, that’s all. I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place. The fans and the media treat me like I’m on my tenth show. I’m on my third show, and I’m just trying to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes that I made in the other events. If there’s things I’ve made mistakes on I try to fix them. I’m trying to be methodical about everything. I’m just trying to make sure that whatever we do, we’re doing it right.
WEC 39 Fighter Bonuses
The bonuses for the event were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by WEC officials following the bouts, with Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night getting rewarded.
The Submission of the Night seemed like a no brainer as WEC champion, Mike Brown, won his title defense by way of head and arm choke and will now also take home a $7500 bonus as well.
Following a brutal :18 second knockout, Damacio Page took home the KO of the Night bonus for his performance defeating top ten bantamweight, Marcus Galvao, who had to leave the cage on a stretcher after the fight.
The Fight of the Night bonus landed in the hands of the last two 170lb fighters expected to compete in the WEC as the promotion has now done away with the division, with Johny Hendricks and Alex Serdyukov, each earning the extra payday.
Anthony Johnson vs John Howard at TUF 9 Finale
Two exciting and explosive welterweights have agreed to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June.
Sources close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and John Howard (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have agreed to the bout, which is expected to be finalized in the coming week or two.
'Everyday Leading Upto The Fight Is A Bad Day For Frank Mir' - Mike Goldberg
In a in-depth interview with Mike Goldberg, he discusses Frank Mir chances in his upcoming fight with Brock Lesnar as well as who he thinks is the next big thing in the UFC, among other topics.
Also interviewed in this two part podcast are:
Marshall Zelasnik (UFC UK President) Who discusses the UFC in Germany..
Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy
& Chael Sonnen.
WEC 39 - Results *SPOILERS*
WEC 39 RESULTS:
Main Card Bouts:
-Mike Brown def. Leonard Garcia by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:57, R1
-Ricardo Lamas def. Bart Palaszewski by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards) at 5:00, R3
-Jose Aldo def. Chris Mickle by TKO (punches) at 1:39, R1
-Rob McCullough def. Marcus Hicks by majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Danny Castillo def. Phil Cardella by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Damacio Page def. Marcos Galvao by KO at 0:18, R1
-Johny Hendricks def. Alex Serdyukov by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
-Kenji Osawa def. Rafael Rebello by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30) at 5:00, R3
-Alex Karalexis def. Greg McIntyre by TKO (strikes) at 4:19, R1
-John Franchi def. Mike Budnik by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Mike Pierce def. Justin Haskins by TKO at 3:39, R3
LC Davis Vs Michihiro Omigawa At Sengoku
With only one loss on his professional resume, Midwest American fighter L.C. Davis has finally found out who he will be fighting in the opening round of the Sengoku Featherweight Tournament scheduled for March 20 on HDNet.
Davis on Sunday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he will square off with Michihiro Omigawa. Though he's no slouch, Omigawa needs a win badly, having lost three of his last four bouts with a draw in the most recent. The odds aren't really in his favor with Davis, however.