Ole! 'El Matador' flirting with Strikeforce contract
Fighter-turned-actor-turned fighter and current free agent Roger Huerta (20-3-1) has been in talks with the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion after satisfying his UFC contract in a split decision loss to undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard at the Sept. 16 UFC Fight Night 19 event in Oklahoma."El Matador" -- who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2007 -- was bound by Zuffa's recently expired three-month "no compete" clause and has now opened the door to promotions outside of Las Vegas to continue his fighting career.
How Dana White Handled the Lyoto Machida Over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua Decision
Visibly angry with the decision — Who cares what I think? I'm only the ******' promoter! — White retreats with his entourage to his private dressing room, where he is joined by two financial officers from Zuffa. Along with Lorenzo Fertitta, White decides who should win the bonus money for best submission and the rest. Bonus checks for all the fighters are written out by hand. When they get to Shogun's check, White orders the accountants to "pay the taxes." Meaning, essentially, that he wants Shogun's previously contracted payday to be doubled.
*p.s. that was pretty cool of Dana to do..i know Shogun must of felt like sh*t after gettin robbed..but that still doesn't make up for the belt...
WEC Should Be Called The Urijah Faber Show
That's the sentiment of WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner, who thinks that since the former WEC Featherweight Champion gets all the big promotional deals, they should just rename WEC "The Urijah Faber Show". Varner may be slightly upset that he actually called and asked WEC about getting on board with Pepsi thanks to connections Varner has. Of course the deal went to Faber.
Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal Rematch Planned for April
The combatants in the unanimous winner for Submission of the Year in 2009, Toby Imada and Jorge Masvidal will likely square off again in April when Bellator returns for its second season.
Imada told MMAjunkie.com Wednesday that the rematch will happen on April 8 and MMAFighting.com has confirmed with Bellator that the fight is being planned to happen sometime in the first three weeks of the season.
Shinzo Machida, Brother of Lyoto, Wants to Sign With UFC
Shinzo Machida, the older brother of UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, has two professional MMA fights on his record: The 2005 TKO win over Cristiano Rosa in the video you see here, and a submission loss to Bryan Rafiq in 2006.
But Shinzo, who has spent much more time training and competing in Shotokan Karate than in MMA, says he's ready to focus on his little brother's sport this year.
DANA WHITE ON LESNAR: "No Comment."
News about UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was expected to come this week, but with the days winding down, mum seems to be the word.
UFC President Dana White, when reached via text, said he could not comment on anything regarding the champion's health and re-evaluation.
"Brock asked me not to talk about it," he said. "I have to respect that."
When asked if he could make any statement at all about Lesnar, White was again uncharacteristically silent.
"No comment," he said. "First time in nine years I have ever said that."
Bonnar vs. Soszyski Official for UFC 110
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday morning announced a light heavyweight addition to its debut Down Under. Stephan Bonnar will face Krzysztof Soszynski on Feb. 21 at the Acer Arena in Sydney.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the bout's likelihood in early November.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale tentatively slotted for June 19
With production set to commence later this month and a debut set for March 31 on Spike TV, the live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter 11" also has a date: Saturday, June 19.
Although not officially announced by the promotion, "TUF 11" is expected to conclude with a live finale at a Las Vegas venue on the date, sources close to the promotion told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 108 drug test results come back clean
All 10 fighters who underwent drug testing before and after this past weekend's UFC 108 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today e-mailed the drug-testing results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 108 took place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Rashad Evans edges Thiago Silva via decision in the night's pay-per-view headliner.
James Irvin aiming for UFC return in March
Injuries and a suspension kept James Irvin out of action for all of 2009, but the heavy handed striker is looking to finally make his middleweight debut as he returns to action in the UFC this March.
Since losing by knockout to middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a 205-pound contest, Irvin has been looking to make the move to 185 pounds, but several knee injuries kept him sidelined.
He was scheduled to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98 before suffering a meniscus tear, and then a re-aggravation of that injury kept him out of his UFC 102 fight against Wilson Gouveia as well.
Strikeforce Won't Be Risking Bobby Lashley Against Shane del Rosario
Zach Krantz is disappointed that Bobby Lashley won't be making his Strikeforce debut against up and comer Shane del Rosario:
When this fight was first reported I credited Strikeforce for putting together solid fight where they had a lot to gain and something to lose as well. It was a risky endeavor as they were facing off a marketing tool (Lashley) against a legitimate opponent. If it is Strikeforce that pulled this fight off the table then it perpetuates what many people already believe. The common critique of Strikeforce and many of their shows is they cake walk their top fighters with weak competition and the reason fans are provided with exciting finishes is due to lack of competitiveness if the cage.
The other possibility is Lashley's camp agreed to the fight not knowing who Rosario was and after further insight they realized it might be too risky for Bobby at this point in his career.
Kyle Bradley and The Art of The 63 Second Turnaround
Two UFC fights. Two losses. Kyle Bradley was well aware what was at stake when he stepped into the Octagon for fight number three against Phillipe Nover at UFC 98 last May.
“In the UFC, if you’re not winning, you’re on the way out, no matter what,” said Bradley, whose back-to-back losses to Chris Lytle and Joe Lauzon had him in a must-win situation against Brooklyn’s Nover. But surprisingly, Bradley wasn’t staying up nights worrying, trying to figure out what to do should he lose three in a row. The Louisiana native had just one goal in mind, and it wasn’t necessarily winning, though that would be nice too.
The Day Ray Sefo Nearly FoughtUbereem At A Breakfast Buffet
Remember that one time when Ubereem got directly in your line of vision at a breakfast buffet to call you out but then you got right back in his face and challenged him to a fight? If you remember that, I really want to meet you. You probably trying to pull an Artie Lange. Check out this account of some beef between Ray Sefo and Ubereem held entirely at a breakfast buffet in Tokyo.
Is Rashad Evans too fast for 'Rampage' Jackson?
Coach Greg Jackson seems to think so...
"...Quinton has some very good assets including punching power, his wrestling is good. But where Rashad's (strength) really lies is speed. And Rashad is so amazingly quick, and it's one of those things where he looks quick but when he really gets going he's really fast. It's hard to keep track of where he is. Speed, among other things, is going to play a large factor in this fight coming up."
Gary Goodridge denied license for Jan. 9 'New Dawn' after recent TKO loss to Gegard Mousasi
One fight, two losses.
Former PRIDE FC and K-1 star Gary Goodridge was not cleared to fight by the Indiana State Athletic Commission and will no longer face Ron Sparks at the upcoming MMA Big show event "New Dawn" set for the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana, on Saturday, January 9.
The decision to not license Goodridge was made after "Big Daddy" was obliterated by rising star Gegard Mousasi in the first round of their bout at the 2009 FieLDS Dynamite!! event on New Year's Eve in Japan.
Liddell's "TUF 11" coaches could include Davis, Henson, Hackleman, Shields, and Bravo
Five-time light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is quietly assembling a team for his second coaching stint on "The Ultimate Fighter."
Liddell begins filming the 11th season of the long-running series on Jan. 21 alongside rival coach and six-time light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. According to UFC president Dana White, "TUF 11" is expected to feature 16 middleweight hopefuls will compete in the show's traditional tournament format.
Another Machida Unfurls MMA Plans
Is there room inside the Octagon for more than one Machida? UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida believes so.
Shinzo Machida may lack his younger brother’s mixed martial arts credentials, but he remains the only Brazilian to finish as high as second in the World Shotokan Karate Championships, having done so in Japan back in 2006. The 32-year-old, still the number one Shotokan fighter in Brazil, has won countless South American, Brazilian and Pan American competitions.
Shinzo also has two MMA appearances under his belt, both under the Jungle Fight banner, but has not competed since he submitted to a Bryan Rafiq guillotine choke nearly four years ago. With an aggressive style that impressed Amazon fans who witnessed his MMA fights, he has designs on a return.
Wrestling Canada Officials Understand Challenge Facing GSP
Wrestling Canada officials are intrigued by Georges St-Pierre's interest in wrestling at the Olympics but, like the mixed martial arts star himself, are tempering their enthusiasm with a dose of realism.
The 28-year-old UFC welterweight champion from Montreal says he is mulling over giving up his title and walking away from MMA to spend 18 months devoting himself to making a run at the 2012 Games in London.
Canadian wrestling coach Dave McKay, a two-time Olympian who finished fifth at the 1988 Olympics, has never met St-Pierre or seen him wrestle. But he is no stranger to MMA and speaks highly of his skills.