TUF 9 - Could the finale be held somewhere in the UK?
With season nine of the popular reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” set to be UK vs USA there is growing speculation from various sources close to the UFC that the finale could take place at a UK venue rather than the smaller Las Vegas arenas they have used in the past.
The Atlantic Sits Down With BJ Penn
Hawaiian native Jay Dee “BJ” Penn is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. In 2000, he became the first non-Brazilian to win a gold medal at the World Jiujitsu Championship in Brazil. Four years later, he displayed his mastery of mixed martial arts by jumping a weight class to defeat the reigning UFC welterweight champion, Matt Hughes. On January 31, 2009, he will try to repeat his feat of martial arts skill by taking on the current UFC welterweight champion, George St. Pierre, who is regularly ranked along with Penn as one of the top five mixed martial arts fighters in the world.
The Atlantic Sits Down Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
Quinton Jackson wears a steel bicycle chain around his neck, has a tattoo of a black panther on his enormous bicep, and has a tendency to howl like a wolf. He is also born-again, the loving father of four children—and known for delivering the hardest blow in the history of professional sports. Now, in attempting to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship title, he is also trying to hold onto his sanity. An intimate portrait of a mixed martial artist—and of the growing American fixation with the warriors who earn their living beating each other bloody.
The Atlantic Sits Down with Lorenzo Fertitta
The Atlantic has multiple pieces featuring the various personalities of the UFC, but the most intriguing from my perspective is the sit down interview they had with Lorenzo Fertitta. Lorenzo goes in depth on the various facets of his business.
Lorenzo is straight forward in his comparison of the boxing model vs what he has molded with the UFC:
Wilson Reis and Tara LaRosa to compete at Extreme Challenge event on Jan. 23
The debut of Monte Cox’s Extreme Challenge promotion at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Friday, Jan. 23 is shaping up to have strong drawing power within the Philadelphia and New Jersey markets.
Already announced as headlining the show against an opponent yet to be determined is top five ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez, who was raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
Additionally, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can now confirm that both Tara LaRosa and Wilson Reis are scheduled to compete on the show as well. The news was confirmed via text message with Matt Stansell of North County Fight Club Fight Management, which represents both Reis and LaRosa.
Paulson, Nelson, Morgan talk about Lesnar Victory
Brock Lesnar’s Team Breaks Down His Victory Over Randy Couture For The UFC Heavyweight Title
On November 15th, 2008 Brock Lesnar became one of only 4 Heavyweights in UFC history to win the Heavyweight Title with less than 5 professional fights. The coaches who helped him orchestrate his victory over the Legendary Captain America Randy Couture talked with PDG about Brock’s training, the fight and his future opponents. Below is what legendary trainers Marty Morgan, Greg Nelson and Erik Paulson had to say about the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
New Mike Brown interview.
Fresh off a KO of Urijah Faber to win the WEC Featherweight title, Mike Brown takes time out of his day to talk to 411 about his career, provide insight on his title-winning performance, his fellow 145-pounders, and who he feels has the better haircut - Faber or Torres!
Former WEC Middleweight Osterneck Headed To UFC
Although he suffered his first loss in his last fight, WEC Middleweight Nissen Osterneck has confirmed today that UFC will "give him another chance" and that UFC will carry over his WEC contract. No date has been set for Osterneck's UFC debut but it likely will be in early '09.
Tim Sylvia seeking NYE fight in Japan; Ken Shamrock in February
After losing to Fedor Emelianenko last July, Tim Sylvia plans for a big return.
The former UFC heavyweight champion is prepared to fight in Japan in roughly 30 days. Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, is actively seeking a fight for “The Maine-iac” on K-1 and Dream’s co-promoted “Premium 2008 Dynamite” card on Dec. 31 or World Victory Road’s Sengoku event on Jan. 4. Cox said Sylvia has been granted a certificate of eligibility to participate in either promotion.
“I don’t think anyone ever knows until about a week before they fight,” said Sylvia of preparing for an opponent in one of the Japanese organizations.
Sylvia (24-5) hoped to return to Affliction in January, but Cox confirmed that the 6-foot-8 heavyweight will sit out the novice promotion’s second show set for Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif., which features an Emelianenko-Andrei Arlovski clash.
Thales Leites Wants Fight Against Demian Maia
I’d accept a fight, I’m a professional. Demian is a great fighter and has been doing a great job in UFC. It’s possible that they put this fight, because the belt is with a Brazilian guy and we’re growing, so they can put this fight to take one of the Brazilians from the tops
"Razor" Returns To WEC At WEC 38
According to sources within his camp, former WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough will return to action at WEC 38 in January. He'll face Marcus Hicks, who is just coming off a WEC LW Title fight himself.
Jim Miller to replace Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wiman at “UFC Fight for the Troops”
An injury sustained during training has forced lightweight competitor Frankie Edgar out of a scheduled bout vs. Matt Wiman during next Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 16: “UFC Fight for the Troops” event.
Replacing Edgar will be another New Jersey based fighter, up and coming lightweight prospect Jim Miller.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news exclusively after speaking with a source close to one of the fighters.
Bonnar’s Back at UFC 94
After over a year on the sidelines due to injury, Stephan Bonnar will look to pick up his two fight winning streak where it left off when he returns to the Octagon on January 31st to take on unbeaten prospect Jon Jones on the main card of UFC 94 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tickets are on sale now for UFC 94, which is headlined by the welterweight superfight between Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn, and the clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva.
Also added to UFC 94’s preliminary card is a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Manny Gamburyan, a matchup of heavyweight prospects Jake O’Brien and Christian Wellisch, and a welterweight meeting of Ultimate Fighter alumni Matt Arroyo and Dan Cramer.