Shinya Aoki: "I think I am the better fighter and capable of beating' UFC lightweights"
“I am not concerned about my opponent. It does not matter who I face — as long as I let my style shine and fully express myself in the ring, everything will be fine. Yes, I want a belt. Actually, let me rephrase that: I just want to win and do not want to lose. For every fight, it simply boils down to my wanting to win, or rather, my dogged determination to win. The belt will follow my victory, so I am focused solely on winning and do not allow myself to be distracted by belt or all the other frivolous stuff…. I am interested in fighting in a cage since a lot of the major promotions hold their fights in the cage nowadays. I am aware that some people raise the question about my viability in the cage — it upsets me whenever I hear them say that I will not succeed fighting in the cage under a different set of rules. I think I will not be beaten by anyone. It is often said that UFC is the pre-eminent force in the MMA world with the best fighters and BJ Penn is number one: (Raising his voice) It does not anger me, but it makes me want to challenge the assertion. I acknowledge their major league status, financial power, the caliber of their fighters, but I do not consider them the number one. I think I am the better fighter and capable of beating their fighters… so yeah, regardless of the opponent, I cannot afford to lose.”
Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Shiny Aoki is reluctant to elaborate on his impression of his upcoming opponent, DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen, at DREAM 11 on Oct. 6. Aoki, however, is not as shy when it comes to talking about caged competition in the west.
White Eyeing Fenway Next Summer
Dana White isn’t one to take no for an answer.
After UFC 101 in August, White said the UFC was targeting a show at Fenway Park [map] next summer. The possibility was downplayed by both Marc Ratner, the UFC’s vice president of regulation and governmental affairs, and Sam Kennedy, the Fenway Sports group president, but White remains undeterred.
“It’s not if we do, it’s when we do,” White said in a recent interview. “We’re doing it. We’re coming to Fenway.”
Strikeforce Hires it's First Matchmaker
"Rich Chou has been hired by Strikeforce to serve as the world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's first-ever official matchmaker.
Chou comes to Strikeforce with 10 years of experience in the MMA business. During his tenure in the sport, he has functioned in the same capacity with two other organizations and worn a number of other hats including that of competitor and referee."
Forrest on run from cage : " truth is ......................
“That’s dumb. [People who criticized me leaving the cage] are idiots. Why? Nobody cares. I mean, I don’t think the losers were going to speak that night anyway, you know. Just get on with the next fight already. This guy actually asked me a good question the other day, and this is a real story and I really like it: first off, he was very confrontational; I didn’t like him much to begin with, and he goes, ‘Hey, man, I have to know,’ because it’s his business to know, ‘why did you run out of the cage that night after the Silva fight?’ And I said, ‘Look, man, I haven’t told anybody, let’s keep this on the down low.......
ATT- Kimbo Back to School
"A pack of wolves waited for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson when he entered the flagship gym of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., on Thursday.
Position to position, hour to hour, Thiago Alves, Luis Cane, Mike Brown, Yves Edwards, Jorge Santiago, and Dan Cramer drilled Kimbo in jiu-jitsu. The hardened veterans didn't hold back. Boxing coach Howard Davis got a little time, but striking took a back seat to the mat."
Nogueira vs. Gonzaga in December ?
According to Luiz Aves, Nogueira’s Muay Thai coach, this fight can happen. “It’s not 100% yet, but Rodrigo might fight in December. When I was in the US, I heard some rumors that he could face Napão (Gonzaga)… It’s not right yet, but I heard that he could fight him, then would move forward to the title. I think, by the middle of 2010, we’ll fight for the title again”, revealed Alves.
"UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" event preview show debuts Oct. 19 on Spike TV
"UFC's traditional event-preview show returns to Spike TV on Oct. 4 with a look at "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun."
"UFC 104 Countdown," which focuses on UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida preparing to defend his belt for the first time and top contender and former PRIDE star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs on Oct. 19 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with replays on Oct. 22 (1 p.m. ET/PT) and Oct. 24 (6 p.m. ET/PT)."
Herb Dean Gives his Side of the Kimbo/Nelson Fight
"MMAWeekly.com on Thursday spoke exclusively to referee Herb Dean, who oversaw the elimination fight between Roy Nelson and Kimbo Slice on the third episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights."
Nelson used his grappling prowess to overcome Slice, earning a TKO stoppage in just over two minutes of the second round."
A much needed interview
Report: Nogueira Next For Lesnar-Carwin Winner
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 106 will next/first defend against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Although Nogueira recently asked for a rematch with Frank Mir, that request was turned down and "Minotauro" likely gets his title shot next, which should come in early 2010.
MFC 22 live tonight on HDNET : Jason Macdonald vs Travis Lutter
Jason MacDonald (185.5) vs. Travis Lutter (185.5)
Antonio McKee (156) vs. Carlo Prater (158)
John Alessio (169.5) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (171)
Mike Nickels (206) vs. David Heath (205)
Marvin Eastman (205) vs. Ryan Jimmo (204.5)
Pete Spratt (171) vs. Nathan Gunn (170)
Jared Kilkenny (205) vs. Dwayne Lewis (204)
Paapa Inkumusha (169.5) vs. Jason Heit (170)
Joe Christopher (171) vs. Andrew Buckland (170.5)
Jesse MacDougall (168) vs. Nick Hrynchshyn (170)
WEC "Definitely" Doing PPV In 2010
While WEC executives wait for a resolution that will get Versus and thus WEC back on DirecTV, WEC GM Reed Harris also revealed that the promotion will "definitely" go to the PPV model in 2010. No date yet but Harris says it depends on the Versus schedule, particularly with the schedule for the Tour De France, which airs in the US on Versus.
WEC Veterans Yoshiro Maeda and Chase Beebe Clash at DREAM.12
The latest addition to DREAM's "white cage" show was announced today during a press conference at DEEP Official Gym in Tokyo, and it features two fighters well acquainted with DREAM's new fighting surface of choice. One time WEC title contender Yoshiro Maeda (25-7-2) will meet former bantamweight champion Chase Beebe (12-4) in a 139-pound scrap at Osaka Castle Hall on October 25th. Both men will be looking to get back in the swing of things after being eliminated from DREAM's Featherweight Grand Prix earlier in the year.
Keith Kizer: Herb Dean Refereed Kimbo Slice-Roy Nelson Perfectly
A day after the Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson fight aired on The Ultimate Fighter, the victorious Nelson lashed out at referee Herb Dean, referring to Dean as "a retard" for failing to stop the fight when Nelson was raining punches down on Kimbo late in the first round.
But Dean's boss, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, begs to differ. In an interview with FanHouse, Kizer said he thinks Dean handled the fight perfectly.
The full interview is below.
Nelson-Slice Nabs 6.1 Million Viewers
"A record-setting 6.1 million viewers tuned in to watch Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson enter the Octagon with Roy Nelson, who earned a second-round technical knockout over the Internet backyard brawler Wednesday on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” according to a press release from Spike TV. "
Roy Nelson says he's just fine being the official suck-meter of the UFC
"Former IFL heavyweight champion and current "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member Roy Nelson has never been one to hide his true feelings.
And one day after his win over Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson was broadcast to the world, "Big Country" is no different.
Comfortable in his one-sided TKO win, Nelson believes he matches up just fine with everyone in the UFC's heavyweight division, is proud of the fact that he perfectly predicted his win, and thinks it's time for Slice to take a look at the UFC's 205-pound division. Oh, and then there's the suck-meter thing."
Kimbo vs Nelson Training Bonanza
Though the fight between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and former International Fight League champion Roy Nelson may have received criticism for the hype coming in compared to the product going out, it was a resounding success in one key aspect... television ratings.
Episode three of The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights – featuring Kimbo’s first fight under the UFC banner – produced the highest numbers in Spike TV history in many key categories and vaulted into the Top 5 of the most-watched bouts in the history of televised mixed martial arts in the United States.
Not a surprise really. This easily could've been a Strikeforce Main Event or argueably a Fight Night main event.