The Serious Side of Tom Lawlor – Well, Not Really
Tom Lawlor is one of the most serious athletes competing in the UFC today. Of course, that’s if you consider the care he takes when it comes to memorable weigh-in appearances, off the wall Octagon entrances, and deadpan one-liners.
Yet something funny (pun intended) happened to Lawlor in the midst of all the antics that have made him an internet message board favorite – he turned into a serious middleweight prospect who may be a couple wins away from graduating to contender. So now, with two UFC wins in his pocket (including a 55 second submission of CB Dollaway at UFC 100 last July), and a big fight this Monday in Virginia against fellow up and comer Aaron Simpson, Lawlor isn’t seen as just a funny man anymore.
Former NCAA Champ and Lesnar Sparring Partner Cole Konrad has Sights on Early-2010 Debut
Could a former two-time NCAA heavyweight champion be on the verge of crossing over to mixed martial arts? If sources are to be believed, yes.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that Cole Konrad, who finished first in the NCAAs in 2006 and 2007 in the 285 lbs. division and proceeded Brock Lesnar on the University of Minnesota wrestling team, is set to make his MMA debut early this year. And according to sources close to the fighter, his debut could come as soon as this month.
Werdum: “I will defeat Fedor”
Fabrício Werdum’s career went up in a way that even the black belt wasn’t expecting. With a new contract with UFC, He was chosen to face the still unknown Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, but with the first round knockout loss the storm came. Renegotiating the contract, Werdum didn’t accept the new numbers and had the contract closed.
Without events to fight, the black belt got down, but then the golden opportunity came. On Strikeforce, Werdum got two more victories and may be the next to have a chance against Fedor Emelianenko, biggest heavyweight of all times. “People say I can’t, but I’m training, I’m dedicating and I will defeat Fedor”, Werdum said.
Breaking: Percentage of UFC Sold to Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently received reports from multiple sources extremely close to the situation indicating that the UFC has recently sold a minority percentage of the company to Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of the former United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Sheik Tahnoon is well known throughout the grappling community as the founder of the no-gi submission Olympics, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club. Himself a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, Shiek Tahnoon has been a long time supporter and practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu.
Report: Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz trilogy to conclude at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver
Following their duties as coaches on the upcoming eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), UFC pioneers and longtime rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz may finally see the conclusion of their fight trilogy at UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver, according to a report from Vancouver's own News 1130.
"The Iceman" currently holds a 2-0 advantage over "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," winning by way of KO at UFC 47 in April 2004 and then by TKO at UFC 66 in Dec. 2006.
Liddell (21-7) hasn't competed since a technical knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97: "Redemption" from the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, back in April 2009. In fact, since his last stoppage over Ortiz, he's only had one victory in five attempts, a gritty unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 in Dec. 2007.
Despite Strikeforce teases, Roger Huerta unlikely to sign anywhere until November
Free agent lightweight Roger Huerta (20-3-1) hasn't found a home just yet.
Despite revealing to the world via Twitter that his manager was in talks with Strikeforce, Huerta has not yet signed on with the California-based organization.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz that Huerta did meet with the promotion, but an offer was not made to "El Matador."
Aaron Simpson on UFC Fight Night 20 foe: "I don't plan on being friends with him"
UFC middleweight contender Aaron Simpson (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) gets it.
Success in the UFC means not only winning, but also participating in memorable fights.
But as Simpson prepares to face the enigmatic Tom Lawlor (6-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at Monday's UFC Fight Night 20, "A-Train" told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he'll leave the wild antics to his opponent. Simpson wants to prove memorable during his time in the cage.
A-Team trailer Leaked online
First look at Rampage Jackson as BA Baracus in the upcoming A-Team movie can be seen . Quality is not great as the official version is not out until next week. It is also being trailered on Daybreakers at the weekend in the US if you want to see it on the big screen.
Looks pretty awesome though. Rampage actually looks quite good from these scenes.
Title Shot Looming,Faber Locked On Assuncao
With a title shot looming if he’s successful at WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson on Sunday night, Urijah Faber remains focused on the task at hand.The former WEC featherweight champion takes on top five ranked Raphael Assuncao on Jan. 10 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., but isn’t distracted by the promise of a title shot against Jose Aldo if victorious.
For Junior dos Santos, Mirko Cro Cop is more dangerous than Brock Lesnar
"Fighting Cro Cop gives me more jitters rather than facing Lesnar. Cro Cop is a guy very dangerous. If he just connect a left-kick the contest is over (laughs). That was a warring combat for me. I was on the edge all the time and very rapid because I worked out the speed to get away from the kick, even so, I left the Octagon injured. It was my hardest fight in the UFC and Cro Cop is one of the best fighters."
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.