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Ready or not: MMAmania.com exclusive interview with Josh Thomson
James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): What’s up, Josh? Heard there was some drama at the weigh-ins today. Did you have any problems hitting 155? Josh Thomson: You know, the weight came right off. We had problems at the weigh-in with the scale. I don’t know what the hell their deal was. I checked my weight on the same scale probably like twenty minutes before they actually moved it up onto the desk, and I was right on with my underwear on. Then when I got up onto the scale and weighed in, I was a pound over, so I had to drop my drawers and step on. It just didn’t seem good, but then I broke right there, so it was good. I mean, as long as I make the weight the first time, we weren’t going have to leave anywhere to go cut weight. James Iannotti (MMAmania.com): You and Gilbert are pretty good friends. What’s it going to be like fighting somebody you actually like? Josh Thomson: I think we’re kind of over it now, you know? Weigh-ins have been done. We talked about the friendship and stuff throughout the training camp, so I think now we’re ready to just get it on. We know what reality is now. I think after seeing each other at weigh-ins and stuff, and it’s here now, so it’s like, just rest and go and just get it done and get it over with, and then just move on with the next chapter of our life, you know?
“Big” John McCarthy Talks Retirement, Comeback, and Dollaway’s Tap
Chris Fries and The JDH of Tagg Radio’s The Lights Out Show interviewed former UFC referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy on their last show. Here’s some snips from the interview:
Fickett Now Off Strikeforce Tonight
It turns out that Drew Fickett has to pull out of yet another fight. He agreed to be on tonight's Strikeforce card to replace Joe Riggs, but now Fickett is off because Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) has him set to fight on July 25, and they have a 45-day non-compete period before their event for participants so MFC has vetoed Fickett fighting.
Strikeforce weigh-in results for ‘Melendez vs Thomson’
Main card (televised portion): 155 lbs.: Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Josh Thomson (155) 185 lbs.: (catchweight): Drew Fickett (n/a) vs. Luke Stewart (n/a) 145 lbs: Miesha Tate (145) vs. Elaina Maxwell (146) 205 lbs: Light Heavyweight Championship: Bobby Southworth (205) vs. Anthony Ruiz (203) 185 lbs: Jeremiah Metcalf (185) vs. Raymond Daniels (184) 155 lbs: Billy Evangelista (155) vs. Nam Phan (154) 135 lbs: Chris Cariaso (135.5) vs. Anthony Figueroa (134.5) Under card (may not be televised): 185 lbs: Jesse Gillespie (186) vs. Eric Lawson (185) (swing bout) 155 lbs: Bobby Stack (155) vs. Jose Palacios (155) 155 lbs: Eric Jacob (156) vs. Alexander Trivino (156) 205 lbs: Jorge Interiano (201) vs. Travis Johnson (205) 170 lbs: Cyrillo Padhillo (169) vs. Jesse Jones (169) 140 lbs: Bryan Caraway (140) vs. Alvin Cacdac (141)
Interview: Undefeated kickboxer Raymond Daniels
One of the faces to keep an eye out for at the Strikeforce: Melendez versus Thomson event in San Jose on Friday is undefeated kickboxer Raymond Daniels, who will be making his mixed martial arts debut. As the captain of the championship-winning Los Angeles Stars squad in Chuck Norris' World Combat League, Daniels would often steal the show with his dazzling knockouts and ease in which he would dominate his opponents.
WEC 35 card takes shape with addition of two more fights
The WEC recently made two more bouts official for its loaded WEC 35 card on August 3. Micah Miller (9-1) will battle up-and-comer Josh Grispi (8-1) in a featherweight showdown and undefeated bantamweight Brian Bowles (5-0) will tangle with Tapout reality show fan favorite Damacio Page (10-3). The announcement is expected to complete the entire televised card for WEC 35, which is headlined by three world title fights. WEC 35: AUGUST 3 IN LAS VEGAS venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. -Carlos Condit (#9 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Hiromitsu Miura -Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell -Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks -Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya -Carlo Prater vs. Brock Larson -Todd Moore vs. Alex Karalexis -Kenji Osawa vs. Scott Jorgensen -Damacio Page vs. Brian Bowles -Micah Miller vs. Josh Grispi
Interview With Strikeforce's Anthony Ruiz
Anthony Ruiz (20-10) has the biggest fight of his career coming up on Friday, June 26 at Strikeforce: “Melendez vs Thomson” as he looks to defeat Bobby Southworth for the second time. This time , however, it’s for the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship. With 30 professional fights to his creidt, “El Toro” has proven his dedication to mixed martial arts. He’s worked extremely hard to get to where he’s at in this sport and is ready for it to finally to pay off. Winning a world championship on an HDNet televised event would be the highlight of his career to date, but he doesn’t plan on stopping there.
EXCLUSIVE: JOE RIGGS OUT, DREW FICKETT STEPS IN
Joe Riggs, scheduled to face Luke Stewart at Friday night’s Strikeforce event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., was denied medical clearance on Thursday at weigh-ins. Stepping in at the last minute to take his place is fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Drew Fickett
Josh Thomson on fighting a friend
From the OC Register: “The disadvantage of this whole situation is we are both going to get hurt in this fight. It sucks that we’re both in here fighting each other. I’m going to end up cut. He’s going to end up cut. We’re going to end up with bumps and bruises from damage done to our bodies. It’s a shame we’re doing it to each other, but you know what though, we do it all the time every day in training when we are training with each other and we weren’t getting paid for it. Now, we’re getting paid for it.” Check out the entire interview here:
Matt Hughes Has Torn MCL, Partially Torn PCL
Former UFC champion Matt Hughes has revealed through his official website that he suffered a torn MCL and partially torn PCL in his loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 85 earlier this month:
EliteXC’s V.P. says Silva vs. Kharitonov is “not happening”; clarifies other reports
EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com to correct several stories that have appeared on this site that have been attributed to other sources.
Jeff Shamrock Signs Multi-Fight Deal with Strikeforce
Jeff Shamrock, nephew of MMA Legend Ken Shamrock, has signed a multi-fight deal with world championship fight promotion, Strikeforce. Shamrock's first fight under the San Jose based organization will be announced soon.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 8:08PM by kastro_316 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Miscellaneous, Fight Camp / Team
Kharitonov Eyes for ‘Bigfoot' at EliteXC
Sergei Kharitonov (Pictures) could be the one. Brazilian behemoth Antonio Silva has verbally agreed to face the stoic Russian boxer for the vacant heavyweight crown at EliteXC's July 26 "Saturday Night Fights" at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. The bout is currently pending approval from the California State Athletic Commission, according to a rep from Silva's American Top Team.
"Inside MMA" preview: KJ Noons trashes Nick Diaz, refuels heated rivalry
During an EliteXC event earlier this month, EliteXC lightweight champ KJ Noons and Nick Diaz won separate bouts. However, when they met in the cage after Noons' victory to hype an upcoming rematch, all hell broke loose. This week as a guest on "Inside MMA," Noons ripped into Diaz, saying -- among other things -- that his rival doesn't deserve a rematch, that people are using the notion of Diaz's scar tissue an an excuse, and that his new nickname should be "The Artist" due to how badly he rearranged Diaz's face in their first fight in late 2007.
Mike Brown Calls out Jeff Monson (funny)
Jesse Taylor To Fight on UFC July 19th Fight Card?
"Despite being kicked out of TUF Finale it appears Jesse Taylor is set to make his return to the UFC" Wouldn't let me copy and paste but anyway Take it for what it's worth as I don't know the credibility for this website but a match between CB would be pretty good imo.
Couture: Cheap Shot Broke her Jaw?
Couture: Well, I just walked out there to touch gloves and she just hit me. She wasn't interested in touching gloves and that first shot is what broke my jaw. My left hand wasn't even up to protect myself -- it was straight out to touch her glove. She took her shot, connected it and dropped me. That first shot is what broke it.
Exclusive: Kimbo Slice vs. Brett Rogers Confirmed For October
EliteXC Vice President and matchmaker Jared Shaw informed Fightline.com that the two men will indeed meet in October to play out their rivalry. The fight will "more than likely" take place on CBS but will depend on other variables such as timing and platform availability
The pros and cons of booking Urijah Faber vs. Kid Yamamoto
Quietly after his dominating win over Jens Pulver in front of 12,000 fans at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Urijah Faber soon found his name being mentioned in the Japanese press. It was no coincidence that K-1 was behind the name-dropping, as Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (their 145-pound MMA superstar) was claiming that he wanted to fight Faber soon. Japanese promotions, especially K-1, tend to telegraph the messages they send through various media channels. The message here was loud and clear – we want to book the two best 145 pound fighters in the world against each other.
Injury, opponent present title-fight challenges for Josh Thomson
Josh Thomson was forced to work without one of his traditional training partners in preparation for the biggest fight of his career Friday night in San Jose, Calif. The decision wasn't by choice, but rather necessity. His usual training partner happens to be Gilbert Melendez – the opponent he faces at the HP Pavilion for the Strikeforce lightweight title.
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