Tito Ortiz banned from the UFC Fan Expo: The UFC ‘doesn’t cherish me at all’
“The biggest problem is the UFC in general. They’re all about branding their name. We’re the guys who get inside the cage. Strikeforce is working toward making superstars, not worried about their brand. It really comes down to a respect value. They don’t respect me. They don’t cherish me at all. UFC wouldn’t let me go to the Fan Expo. I feel very sorry for all my fans. I’m here for the fans, I’m going to support them no matter what.”
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz talks about his exclusion from the UFC Fan Expo in Las Veag during the hoopla for the big UFC 100 weekend. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” — whether you love him or hate him — is a 21-fight veteran of the Octagon and has been a key player in some of the biggest feuds in mixed martial arts history including his two bouts with Chuck Liddell and his much ballyhooed trilogy against Ken Shamrock. Is UFC President Dana White doing a disservice to the fans by suppressing the significance of Ortiz out of personal dislike? Or does Tito share just as much of the blame?
Fighters on weight for UFC 100
All 22 fighters competing at UFC 100 successfully made weight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Heavyweight champions Brock Lesnar (265) and Frank Mir (245) took to the platform to make their bout official.
Welterweight ace Georges St. Pierre and challenger Thiago Alves each registered a weight of 170 pounds.
Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle on Tap for UFC Fight Night 19 in September
Final WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will look to bounce back from his UFC debut loss when he squares off against Chris Lytle at UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16 in Oklahoma City, Ariel Helwani of FanHouse has learned.
Condit (22-5) is coming off a split-decision loss on the scorecards in his Octagon debut to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in April, ending an eight-fight win streak that the Albuquerque native had compiled the last three years with the Pancrase and WEC organizations.For his UFC debut, Condit left longtime trainer Tom Vaughn at FIT NHB in Albuquerque for Arizona Combat Sports, a move that allows him to train alongside the likes of UFC competitors Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway.
Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin targeted for WEC 43 on Sept. 2 in Ohio
WEC featherweight contender Rafael Assuncao (13-1 MMA, 1-0 WEC) will look to build on his successful debut for the organization when he meets newcomer Yves Jabouin (14-4 MMA, 0-0 WEC) at WEC 43.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Ultimate Fighter 10 Cast: Kimbo Slice Is the Star, Watch James McSweeney
The UFC has officially released the names of the 16 heavyweights who will participate in Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, and, of course, Kimbo Slice is the star. But the guy I'm most curious about is James McSweeney.
McSweeney, in case you haven't heard of him, is a former professional kickboxer who trains with Greg Jackson at one of the world's best MMA gyms.
Vitor Belfort, Matt Lindland Have No Problem Putting Past Behind
LAS VEGAS -- When we last saw Vitor Belfort and Matt Lindland in the same scene together, it was with the former separating the latter from consciousness at Affliction's last event, January's Day of Reckoning show.
Apparently, the two longtime MMA veterans had no problem putting the past behind them, as FanHouse obtained this photo of the onetime combatants together taken during UFC 100 week at the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas.
Meet The Cast: TUF 10 Fighters Officially Unveiled
They're here! At the UFC Fan Expo, UFC & Spike officially unveiled the 16 Heavyweights that will make up season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. The cast includes 4 former NFL players, a fighter in the U.S. Army still on active reserve, and the fighter also known as Kimbo Slice, among other notables and not-so-notables.
ANTHONY JOHNSON ARRESTED & CHARGED WITH 2 FELONIES (UPDATED)
UFC welterweight, Anthony Johnson, was arrested in Hayward, CA with 2 separate felony charges, and a misdemeanor charge for events that took place there on June 27.
When contacted by MMAWeekly.com on Thursday, representatives from the Hayward, CA Police Department confirmed Johnson's arrest, along with the charges he faces. According to the report, Johnson was held for 2 felony charges which included penal code 422 for criminal threats, and penal code 591, for damage to a power line, which according to police representatives usually means cut telephone lines.
DAN HENDERSON WILL WIN "BY BAD BEAT DOWN"
"By bad beat down."
That's how Dan Henderson put it when asked how he thought he would win the fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 100 on Saturday night.
It may be simplifying things a bit, but it does encapsulate rather succinctly Henderson's strategy for the fight.
Five things to watch for at UFC 100
10 June 2009
By Danny Acosta
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has carved out a historic corner for UFC 100. Despite the fact that more than 100 UFC shows have gone in the books, the symbolic century mark transforms this July event from usual summer sizzle show to organizational milestone.
The Mandalay Bay Events Center plays host to the card Saturday in Las Vegas. Here are five things to watch for come fight night, one for every finger in the fist.
TUF Could Soon Feature Mexico
The Ultimate Fighter could soon also be known as El último combatiente. On the heels of announcing a deal to bring UFC to TV in Mexico, Dana White isn't ruling out the possibility of a "Team Mexico" on a future edition of TUF, possibly taking on either a US or UK team.
Ultimate Fighting's Cold War Gets Hotter (TIME Magazine Article)
Imagine a pro quarterback with Peyton Manning's talent, playing up north in the CFL instead of the NFL. Or picture Tiger Woods shunning the PGA and all the major championships to star in the second-string Nationwide Tour. It may sound ridiculous, but the fast-growing, wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is grappling with such an unthinkable, uncomfortable scenario.
Dana on Japan: 'They're all crooked'
LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White Thursday told reporters that Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic may in fact honor the UFC deal presented him prior to his Octagon return at UFC 99.
On Tuesday, a report surfaced quoting heavyweight Junior Dos Santos saying he would be fight the Croatian MMA star at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas. Dos Santos last week had been removed from his scheduled appearance at UFC 102 claiming injury.
Cuban Now a Zuffa Bondholder
MMAPayout.com has learned that Mark Cuban is now a Zuffa bondholder. The size of Cuban’s position is unknown, however, being a bondholder has its privileges. In addition to potential financial returns, he now has access to Zuffa’s financial results. While he cannot make those results public, he will be able to closely monitor the company’s financial status.