Injured Eddie Alvarez Sidelined
Dream ace Eddie Alvarez will not be able to keep his appointment with ZST standout Naoyuki Kotani in a lightweight contest scheduled to main event Extreme Challenge “War at the Shore” on Jan. 23 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
Alvarez (15-2) sustained a leg injury during his brief encounter with submission expert Shinya Aoki at K-1 “Premium Dynamite 2008” on New Year’s Eve and has been forced to withdraw.
Bisping Breaks Down Franklin vs Henderson
"Rich Franklin is probably the smarter fighter out of the two. I think he's got better footwork, probably more technically composed fighter. Dan's got great knockout power obviously. They're both fantastic fighters," Bisping commented.
"If I had to pick a winner, I'd probably go out on a limb and say Rich Franklin by decision, to be honest."
Cole Miller targeted for UFC Fight Night 18 return in April
UFC lightweight prospect Cole Miller (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will go for his sixth victory in seven fights when he appears at UFC Fight Night 18 in April.
A source close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Miller has agreed to compete at the event and is awaiting word on a possible opponent.
Gabriel Gonzaga will earn title shot with win over Shane Carwin UFC 96
From Team Link Lead Trainer, Marco Alvan, via BrasilCombate.com.br:
“Gabriel is in Brazil training a lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where we believe will be the key to win this match…. It’s going to be a tough fight and [if he wins] Napao (Gonzaga) will have [earned the right] to face the winner of Mir vs. Lesnar. But we’re not thinking about that because we have to respect Carwin and we’re
focused on this fight.”
Lyoto Machida Interview
What are you training of special to him? (Thiago Silva)
I'm training a lot my specialty first, the stand up game, my Karate, I’ve been focusing in this a lot, also the takedown part and the ground game. I do the complete training, but I prioritize what I have better, my strongest weapon, stand up fight. We always make a study of the opponent, I do this for about three months, seeing how he is, where he works, so I can beat up on these things not being surprised.
Fedor Emelianenko responds to Andrei Arlovski, Freddie Roach, and Dana White
There are just 17 days until Fedor Emelianenko defends his WAMMA heavyweight title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski during Affliction and M-1’s “Day of Reckoning” on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Despite having recorded victories in the past over the likes for former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Arlovski could pose Fedor’s toughest test to date.
Fedor’s potential toughest test is also set to occur on the heels of his first loss in the World Combat Sambo Championships in nearly eight years. Fedor responded to the loss by claiming that it had little to no bearing on his career in MMA and that Combat Sambo was merely a hobby for him.
Some Notable Quotes From Dana White
Rumor of Chuck Liddell vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 100:
"It's possible. If Chuck can win in his next fight, then we could see that fight. Liddell has been open to fighting Anderson, so maybe that can be a fight we can make. "
Future of Wanderlei Silva after KO Loss:
"He still wants to fight. He is a fighter that I respected since I saw him over in Pride. As long as he wants to fight, we will continue to use him. He is a great fighter and that's why he is in the UFC.
Responds to Cro Cop talk about wanting to return to the UFC:
"We will welcome him with open arms. He is a guy that I respect, and when he left, there was really no bad blood. He needed to clear some things up, so if he wants to come back, he is welcome."
When Lesnar vs. Mir may take place:
"We don't know yet. Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that. It will be good."
Four Fights Scheduled to Be Televised at UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Franca
The UFC officially confirmed the full fight card for UFC Fight Night 17 emanating from the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL on 2/7/09. Currently, four fights are scheduled to be broadcast live on Spike, although as always, if we see quick finishes, under card fights will likely be shown.
The interesting part is the UFC's choice of which fights made the telecast:
-Joe Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca
-Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
-Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone
-Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
-Rich Clementi vs. Gleison Tibau
-Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
-Kurt Pellegrino vs. Rob Emerson
-Jake Rosholt vs. Alessio Sakara
-Matt Grice vs. George Sotiropoulos
-Steve Bruno vs. Matt Riddle
Surging Luiz Cane Eyes Spring Return
Elbow surgery has kept Cane (9-1, 1 NC) out of the Octagon since he throttled Sokoudjou over the course of two rounds at UFC 89 in October. Still, the 27-year-old Brazilian has emerged as a viable threat at 205 pounds. All nine of his wins have ended with a finish, eight of them by knockout or technical knockout.
Cane indicated he turned down the opportunity to fight in March, but he believes he will be at full strength soon. “I told them I’ll be ready to fight from April on,” he says. “I asked to come back later in order to have more time to recover.”
Aaron Riley VS Shane Nelson At UFC 96
As the UFC gets ready to return to the Buckeye state on March 7 another fight has been confirmed. Season 8 "Ultimate Fighter" cast member Shane Nelson returns to action to face veteran fighter Aaron Riley in a lightweight match-up. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by several sources close to the fight.
WEC Plans to Expand with Flyweight Division
MMAWeekly.com sources on Tuesday revealed that the WEC is adding a 125-pound flyweight division. With WEC 38 in San Diego just three weeks away, no 125-pound bouts are expected for that fight card. The promotion's next event, likely in March, is a more apt candidate to host the WEC's new commitment to flyweight fighters.
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Roach predicts Arlovski to KO Fedor
There’s a slight sense of amusement coming from Freddie Roach when he breaks down student Andre Arlovski’s fight with Fedor Emelianenko. Roach is a man who's has spent his entire life looking at the hands as weapons, along with the subtle and not-so-subtle elements that make boxing a science. But he's been thrown into the world of MMA through Arlovski, and he's doing his best to take it in stride. His vocabulary is limited; when he looks at Arlovski’s chances, it’s really just a best guess. When the topic of Emelianenko’s armbar comes up, a smile creeps onto his face.
“He looks pretty effective on the ground from what I can see,” Roach says. “He’s really good at the armbar, I guess it’s called. How he gets those guys in the position for an armbar is pretty clever.”
Still, Roach knows what his student is up against. Facing Emelianenko is as much about his legend as his fighting ability.
“If I saw him in the street, I wouldn’t be scared of him,” he says with another smile. “But I’d be wrong.”
Rich Franklin ready for middleweight return against Michael Bisping following UFC 93 and TUF 9
“I have not personally spoken to Dana, the UFC or any of the production people about [TUF 9]. Six weeks in Vegas, I’ve gotten to the point where I could care less for staying in Vegas for that period of time. It’s time away from my family and time away from doing the things I can do to make money. The show doesn’t pay very well. But anything the UFC asks me to do, I’m always on board for. I guess they would more than likely — whoever, between Dan and I wins — they’d do that fight at 185 pounds. How that makes sense to me I’m not sure, but I take it one fight at a time. So if the UFC comes to me and says, ‘We’re doing the Bisping fight at 185 pounds,’ then it is what it is.”
-A reluctant but agreeable Rich Franklin confirmed today that the winner of his light heavyweight battle with Dan Henderson at UFC 93 will be asked to oppose TUF 3 winner Michael “The Count” Bisping on the ninth season of the UFC and SpikeTV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.” Franklin recently moved back to light heavyweight after going 0-2 against current middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. While a return to TUF might go a long way in attracting casual viewers, it sounds like “Ace” would rather be somewhere a little more lucrative at this stage of his career. All of this is of course moot if Franklin is unable to defeat “Hollywood”.
Going, Going, Gomi
After suffering his second consecutive loss, former top ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi will be taking some time out of the spotlight to work on getting his fight game back to where it once was. Gomi, one of Japan’s most popular fighters, states that he needs to get back in the gym to learn and not teach.
After his most recent lackluster performance against Satoru Kitaoka, which found him on the wrong end of an achilles lock at “Sengoku no Ran 2008,” Gomi is calling for change.