Mind Games: Dan Hardy UFC 99 interview
By now it’s no secret that UFC 99: “The Comeback” will feature a heated grudge match between 10-fight UFC veteran, Marcus Davis (16-4) and red-hot British prospect Dan Hardy (21-6, with 1 NC). In fact, it looks to be one of the better fights on an already-stacked card.
Davis needs little introduction to fans on both sides of the pond. The Bangor, Maine, native first got our attention as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2, at a time when he was known mostly for his boxing skills. He compiled a professional boxing record of 17-1-2 on the New England boxing circuit — and has since been referred to as “the most-improved TUF contestant” from the show’s first few seasons.
Despite Move to Light Heavy Rich Franklin is Still the Gatekeeper for Anderson Silva's Middleweight Belt
I don't think this fight makes sense for either fighter as a catchweight bout at 195lbs, but I'm glad we're going to get to see it. After his second loss to Anderson Silva, the UFC asked Franklin to move up to 205lbs. But ever since they've treated him as a kind of supplement to their 185lb class, having him fight top 185lb contender Dan Henderson at 205lbs in what was essentially a title contention eliminator fight for two divisions -- Henderson at middle and Franklin at light heavy.
Kimbo's Trainer Says He's Ready For Round Two
Randy Khatami says Kimbo Slice is ready for the 15 heavyweights who want a piece of him.
Khatami, a trainer at Elite MMA with Bas Rutten, was one of Slice's chief trainers since the bearded fighter announced his entry into MMA.
Early last month, Khatami began working with Slice again after a six-month layoff. Slice told him he would return soon – to what, he didn’t know, but he wanted to be ready.
Minotauro Plans To Retire Next Year
Another fighter retirement tour may be right around the corner. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he plans to retire next year, but not before one more run at the UFC Heavyweight Title and possibly fights in Japan and his native Brazil.
Carano-"Cyborg" to go five, five-minute rounds
Five Ounces of Pain has learned that Strikeforce's Aug. 15 women's title bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will go a full five rounds.
Ever better: Strikeforce has confirmed to ESPN that rounds will be a full five minutes in duration. About time. There appears to be evidence that females have a 10-15 percent lower oxygen consumption rate than men do, which conceivably could limit the kind of interval and muscular endurance performance that MMA demands, but is it really by so much that they needed competition duration reduced by nearly half?
Hopefully, subsequent women's bouts will follow suit. If any division is in need of curtailed rounds for the safety of participants, it's the sloppy super heavyweights. A blended cheeseburger is not a proper postworkout recovery drink.
Sylvia-Mercer Goes MMA
Tim Sylvia and Ray Mercer will now meet in a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at Adrenaline III this Saturday at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala.
The matchup of former UFC champion and former boxing champion will headline 14 additional MMA bouts in the cage. The event will no longer be regulated.
Originally scheduled as a six-round boxing bout, Adrenaline owner and promoter Monte Cox said he made the decision to re-categorize the match on Thursday.
“I got a call from the Pennsylvania commissioner saying that the boxing match is illegal because we weren’t getting regulated by a U.S. commission,” said Cox on Thursday.
With no regulatory body present in Alabama, the Canadian-based River Cree Combative Sports Commission had agreed to step in and oversee the event.
Cox said he believed he had completed all the necessary requirements asked of him, which included procuring a letter from Alabama’s governor welcoming the Canadian commission into the jurisdiction.
However, Association of Boxing Commissions President Tim Lueckenhoff told Sherdog.com that neither he nor the ABC organization had been approached directly to regulate the bout. Further, Lueckenhoff said he’d thought Sylvia-Mercer would be an MMA contest and not a boxing bout. Lueckenhoff said federal law currently has no jurisdiction over MMA bouts, but laws are in place over boxing under the Professional Boxing Safety Act.
In a press release issued by the ABC on Thursday, the organization denounced the “unwarranted and illegal” boxing match. The release also noted that the River Cree commission, as well as referee John McCarthy, had withdrawn their involvement from the bout and event.
“Canadian boxing commissions are not authorized to supervise boxing matches in the U.S.; and, patently, it is wholly inappropriate for one representative from a Canadian boxing commission, together with an MMA referee, to supervise a boxing match,” said Bruce C. Spizler, chairman of the ABC legal committee in the release.
“I told the promoter I would do it if it was a sanctioned event,” McCarthy told Sherdog.com Thursday. “As soon as it became apparent that that would not happen, I pulled out.”
In March, it had been reported that the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) said it would not regulate the bout, prompting Cox to move the bout to another venue.
“Everyone thinks I came to Alabama because it’s unsanctioned here,” said Cox, “but why would I go to so much trouble to try and get this event regulated if that were the case?”
Cox also said the Mashantucket Pequot Athletic Commission, which oversees events at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, had agreed to regulate the event in March, but a financial agreement could not be reached with the casino.
The event was moved to Alabama for sponsorship opportunities, Cox said. Cox said he would not be able to procure new regulation for the event in time.
Series 3 of popular Round 5 MMA figurines hits store shelves this week
Round 5's latest series of popular MMA figurines hits store shelves this week, the Ontario, Canada-based company announced today.
Series 3 features former UFC champion Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski, referee "Big" John McCarthy, UFC heavyweight title-holder Frank Mir and former PRIDE and UFC champ Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira.
The company also announced that a planned figurine of popular Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko has been delayed and will not be part of the Series 4 this summer.
"We continue to work closely with Fedor and his team on making his figurine as accurate and true to his persona as possible," Round 5 President Damon Lau stated. "Consumers appreciate Round 5's commitment to producing collectibles that capture each athlete's individual style, and we look forward to completing the Fedor figurine with that goal in mind."
Series 4, expected to be in stores by no later this early August, now features Gina Carano, Dan Henderson, Cung Le, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Matt Serra.
Series 5 will be released by year's end, though participating fighters have not been announced.
Round 5's offerings can be purchased at leading retailers such as Walmart (Canada), Toys 'R' Us, FYE, Century Martial Arts, Sunrise Records, The Treadmill Factory and Hatashita International. Other retailers can be found at www.round5mma.com/wheretobuy.php.
UFC: Next UK Show Is In Manchester
The UFC's next UK show will definitely take place in Manchester, Fighters Only Magazine has learned from a well-placed source.
The city, which hosted UFC 70 in 2007, boasts a 17,500 seat venue in the form of the Manchester Evening News Arena.
No fights have yet been officially scheduled for the card but Manchester's close proximity to the city of Liverpool means that the Wolfslair gym is likely to be well represented on the card.
M-1 Challenge invades South Korea on July 4
Amsterdam, Holland: M-1 Global officials officially announced Wednesday that the sixth installment of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” will take place on Saturday, July 4 in Seoul, South Korea.
M-1’s international crew and staff will accompany a troupe of 30 fighters representing six different countries as they prepare to go head-to-head in three separate best-of-five series’.
As UFC 99 looms, Wanderlei Silva wonders if the win is finally more important than the show
For all of the ferocious attacks Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) has implemented with his hands, elbows, feet and knees in his 23 career wins by knockout or TKO, it is perhaps his eyes that are most intimidating.
The animal-like stare, full of evil intentions, has won "The Axe Murderer" countless fights before the opening bell ever sounded.
But on this day, Silva's threatening stare has softened, and his eyes betray him. The intimidation is replaced with reflection, and those eyes are staring at his own hands as they rest on a table in the office of his Las Vegas gym.
New York Government Turmoil Could Sidetrack MMA Regulation
Just a week ago, it seemed like mixed martial arts was on the fast track to regulation in New York.
Not so fast.
A bizarre series of events in the state's capital that have been characterized as "turmoil" and a "coup" by various New York newspapers, has left the state senate in disarray, leaving the actual governing of the state on the back burner.
WANDERLEI SILVA AGAINST THE ROPES AT UFC 99
With a nickname like "The Axe Murderer," you're either one of two things: a serial killer or one of the top fighters in the world.
Probably best described as "happy go lucky" outside of the cage, Wanderlei Silva
falls into the latter category.
But in his fight with Rich Franklin at UFC 99 on Saturday, a 195-pound catchweight bout, Silva finds himself fighting for his reputation, and quite possibly, his future within the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC 99 IN-DEPTH: FRANKLIN VS. SILVA
During different stages in their respective careers, both Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva have been considered the absolute best in their weight classes. Franklin ruled the roost at 185 pounds, while Silva dominated his way to a four-year unbeaten streak.
Both fighters have run into a few obstacles over the last few years. Silva is 1-4 in his last five fights, while Franklin has gone 3-2 with tough losses to pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva and a decision loss in his most recent fight against Dan Henderson.
GOMI VS. BRETT COOPER IN WORKS FOR AFFLICTION 3
Japanese star Takanori Gomi is in advanced negotiations to face Brett Cooper at Affliction "Trilogy" on Aug. 1, MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the fight.
Both parties have agreed to the match-up, though financial considerations are still being ironed out. The fight is being considered at a 165-pound weight limit.
UFC 99: Dan Hardy's Mouth Creating Huge Hype, Marcus Davis Tries to Subdue Emotions
Following UFC 95, Dan Hardy seemed to have one thing on his mind. Instead of talking about his knockout victory over Rory Markham in detail during the post-fight press conference, Hardy decided to take the opportunity to help Joe Silva create a matchup that has now reached new heights in bad blood. Hardy called out Marcus Davis due to the fact that Davis has managed to win four of his last five bouts on British soil while defeating 3 British fighters in Jason Tan, Paul Taylor, and Paul Kelly.
Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Flying Knees and Triangles with Jose Aldo and Seth Dikun
The WEC has earned a reputation for putting on some of the best shows in MMA and this Sunday's WEC 41: Brown vs Faber 2 was no exception. You had a brutal grinding five round war for the promotion's marquee belt, six different submission wins, a thrilling split decision. And we got to enjoy two of the flashiest finishes possible in the MMA game: Jose Aldo's Flying Knee KO of Cub Swanson and Seth Dikun's flying triangle over Rolando Perez.
The two moves are basically the equivalent of a game opening kickoff return flea flicker for a touchdown combined with a game ending grand slam homerun. To see either one pulled off successfully is a rare treat for the MMA fan, to see both in one event is to go home happy.
BJ Penn: There Won't Be Bad Blood With Me and Kenny Florian
BJ Penn has been known as a guy who can market and build up massive interest for a fight. He knows how to hype up a fight and ham it up for the cameras when he needs to. The attention gained in high profile fights with Sean Sherk and Georges St. Pierre was largely in part of BJ talking the talk and building up on the "bad blood" between them.
His next fight will be against Kenny Florian at UFC 101, and I have the feeling that this time it will be different. There is no first fight with a controversial decision, there is no steroid use or "cheating" that he could build up on, and no one has said anything bad about each other. I think that this fight will be one without animosity, and I think that it will be a great fight between the two best fighters in the division who have mutual respect for each other.
Dale Hartt: Pink gi, stealthy scouting and old friends lead to UFC 99 bout with Dennis Siver
As the sport of mixed martial arts continues to evolve, the athletes that compete in the cage have begun to rely on cross-training and gym-hopping to develop as complete fighters.
When Dale Hartt (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) stepped away from his normal routine at Xtreme Couture to train for his UFC 99 bout with Dennis Siver (13-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at Greg Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts in New Mexico, it was for a simpler reason.
"I don't know if my girl's listening to the show, but it was an escape plan," Hartt recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "My girl gets real nervous when I fight, and it creates a lot of distractions for me."
Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K." lightweight semifinals
Episode No. 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K." features both lightweight semifinal bouts and determines which 155-pounders will meet with a UFC contract on the line.
The first bout features Team U.S.'s Cameron Dollar against Team U.K.'s Andre Winner, while the second contest sees American Jason Dent against Brit Ross Pearson.
Additionally, thumb-sucking habits and another betrayal by Team U.S. welterweight Jason Pierce feature prominently on this week's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter."
UK and Ireland Fans Will See UFC 99 Regardless of Setanta Sports Turmoil
The Ultimate Fighting Championship have guaranteed fans tonight that UFC 99 from Cologne will be available to British and Irish fans on Saturday night. Speaking exclusively to Telegraph.co.uk, Marshall Zelaznik, president of the UK division of the UFC, that the mixed martial arts organisation “will ensure that fans will see UFC 99 irrespective of what happens with Setanta.” The well-documented financial strife Setanta is under is believed to be reaching a head as executives attempt to secure a last-ditch rescue package that will prevent the company tipping into administration. Staff have been told that the company will continue to broadcast as the search for fresh investment continues