Olympic wrestler Cormier training for MMA.
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Aug 12, 2009 at 5:30 am ET
Yet another high-profile amateur wrestler is heading to the world of mixed martial arts.
Daniel Cormier, a two-time Olympian and the U.S. squad's 2008 Olympic team captain, was a two-time JUCO national champion and NCAA Division I runner-up at Oklahoma State University in 2001.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the move from Zinkin Entertainment & Sports Management, a high-profile agency that now represents Cormier.
Cormier, who will train with other collegiate-wrestling champions such as Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck at American Kickboxing Academy, is expected to compete in the light-heavyweight division upon his MMA debut.
Cormier's wrestling accomplishments are in no short supply. Among the feats are three high-school state championships in his native Louisiana, a 117-6 collegiate record that included three-time All-American honors, six U.S. senior national championships and a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
While many fighters compete in relative obscurity early in their careers, Cormier is likely to follow in the footsteps of former amateur wrestling champions such as Ben Askren and "King" Mo Lawal and garner immediate attention.
Brad Blackburn Signs New UFC Deal, But Out Until 2010
Although IFL veteran Brad Blackburn signed a new 4-fight deal with UFC yesterday, it's going to be a while before he can actually fulfill the contract. He also had what was to have been minor shoulder surgery that turned out to be a worse injury than expected and thus will be out 6 months. Blackburn is 3-0 to date in UFC.
DENNIS HALLMAN SIGNS FOR ANOTHER UFC RETURN
Sometimes the fourth time is the charm.
That’s what veteran welterweight Dennis “Superman” Hallman is hoping with the recent announcement of his new contact.
“I just signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and it’s good to be back with MMA’s premier organization,” Hallman announced to MMAWeekly.com. “I’m prepared to come in there and perform to the best of my abilities and climb back up the ranks.”
Having been four years since Hallman last appeared at a UFC event, he feels much has changed within him to make this next run more successful than previous ones.
“I’m a more mature Dennis Hallman,” he stated. “I think I’m better prepared physically and mentally to compete at a high level.
Tamdan McCrory released by UFC
This one gets a big WTF from me.
Tamdan McCrory has been let go by the UFC following a split decision defeat at the hands of John Howard at UFC 101.
Apparently a representative of “The Barn Cat” was notified of the release by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva sometime Monday evening according to a recent report on the Underground News.
McCrory earned a reputation as a tougher than nails, well rounded mixed martial artist during his time with the UFC where he put together a respectable record of 3-3 while compiling wins over the likes of Pete Spratt and Luke Cummo, and dropping bouts to Akihiro Gono and Dustin Hazelett.
- NOT SO FAST, ANDERSON STILL WANTS TO SWING
- NOT SO FAST, ANDERSON STILL WANTS TO SWING
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - by Ken Pishna - MMAWeekly.com
Hot on the heels of reports that Anderson Silva had acquired a permanent taste for the 205-pound division, it appears that the most dominant middleweight champion in UFC history isn’t quite ready to relinquish his thrown at 185.
A recent column by Yahoo! Sports writer Dan Wetzel stated that Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, told UFC President Dana White that his client was willing to make the move to light heavyweight permanent, even if it meant dropping his middleweight belt in the process.
Not so Soares told MMAWeekly.com, saying he’s not sure where that information was drawn from.
I actually agree with what he says at the end of the article about pairing up henderson with the maia/marquardt winner and producing a clear #1 contender...with so few fights left on his contract and the desire to retire and fight Roy Jones Jr...it would be way better for the fans if he fought again at lhw or even Wanderlai at a catchweight...and then after the dust settles he can fight the number one contender at mw
Matt Veach Off UFC 102, Marcus Aurelio Returns As Replacement
Matt Veach is now off UFC 102 due to a back injury. Apparently it was an injury he suffered back as a collegiate wrestler and re-aggravated it recently. He was to have faced Evan Dunham. Marcus Aurelio, who was cut after 2 losses in a row left him at 2-3 in UFC, will return to the promotion as the replacement. Aurelio has gone 2-0 since leaving UFC.
Dana White still uncertain whether Chuck Liddell's retirement is permanent
Is Chuck Liddell really retired?
It seems the man who first announced the former champion's career conclusion isn't even sure these days.
After a knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97 in April, UFC president Dana White announced in a post-fight press conference that Liddell had entered the octagon for the final time. Now, though, he hasn't completely shut the door on hios longtime friend and former manager fighting once more.
"He's a huge superstar, and we could still sell lots of tickets (with Liddell)," White said in April. "But I don't care about that. I care about him. I care about his health, and it's over, man. It's over."
Strikeforce To Stream Saturday's Event Online
Strikeforce has announced that in addition to airing live on Showtime Saturday, they will stream the event live online. The online stream, available for pre-order starting Wednesday for $24.95, will feature the live Showtime broadcast and replays through August 20, live audio and color commentary and the exclusive "CageCam". The stream will be available in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil.
UFC 101 Medical Suspensions
The PSAC today handed out the medical suspensions from UFC 101. 6 fighters in all were suspended, generally they were for 30 days although Tamdan McCrory & Kenny Florian got 45 days and will need medical clearance before fighting again.
Dan Miragliotta Defends Stoppage of Johny Hendricks Amir Sadollah Fight at UFC 101
"When you get to see the fight in slow motion, you can see that [Amir Sadollah (1-1)] was out and then, after a couple of strikes, wakes back up and starts trying to stand back up," UFC referee Dan Miragliotta told Fighters.com Sunday night in response to the outrage here and across the MMA media after John Hendricks (6-0) TKO’d the charasmatic The Ultimate Fighter 7 champ Sadollah in 29 seconds in Hendricks’s Octagon debut at UFC 101 in Philadelphia Saturday.
Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson rebooked, moved and official for UFC 102
A middleweight bout between Ed Herman and Aaron Simpson takes place at the Aug. 29 UFC 102 event at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Herman and Simpson, slated to meet at UFC Fight Night 19 before a series of opponent switches briefly had them committed to other fights, now meet on the preliminary card of UFC 102.
The UFC today officially announced the fight.
Tim Sylvia vs. Jason Riley to headline September 18 Adrenaline event
A heavyweight match-up between Tim Sylvia and Jason Riley has been booked for an Adrenaline event scheduled to take place on September 18.
The news of the bout comes courtesy of Jason Riley himself, who confirmed the fight on his Myspace account, stating, “I will be fighting Tim Sylvia on September 18. It will be the main event for Adrenaline. It will be aired on HDNET Fights. Over 11 million people will be watching. If interested in sponsoring me please contact me on Myspace with all your contact info and I will have my manager get a hold of you. Thanks again for everyones support.”
Dana White Vlogs Removed From YouTube, Will Not Continue
As of yesterday, all of Dana White's video blogs on the UFC channel were removed:
Carmichael Dave talks to Dana White:
"I made the decision not to do the blogs anymore." "I am the one that took them down" said White. "They were fun while they lasted, and thanks to everyone for the support."
SURGERY PUTS PATRICK COTE OUT UNITL 2010
It is quickly approaching a year since Patrick Cote injured his knee in a failed attempt to capture the UFC middleweight belt from current champion Anderson Silva. And it is starting to look like it may approach a year-and-a-half before the Canadian is able to fight again.
U.S. OLYMPIAN DANIEL CORMIER HEADING INTO MMA
Two-time U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier is the next decorated American wrestler to transition to MMA. Management group Zinkin Entertainment announced on Monday that Cormier has signed to join the ranks of a client list that includes Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, and other established mixed martial artists
DAN MILLER NOW SLATED TO FACE C.B. DOLLAWAY
The changes for the UFC Fight Night 19 card in Oklahoma City continue to roll in as MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight that Dan Miller is now set to square off against C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight match-up.
Originally, Dan Miller was stepping in as a replacement for Ed Herman to face Arizona Combat Sports fighter Aaron Simpson. Herman had been tabbed to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102 in Portland.