DANA WHITE: Nick Diaz needs to "play the game"...
When Nick Diaz knocked out Marius Zaromskis last weekend the questions immediately started to come up about the welterweight's future and if a UFC return could ever happen.
The Gracie trained fighter competed in the UFC for several years, but left and signed on with EliteXC and then Strikeforce, where he has come to be considered among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
UFC president Dana White commented on Diaz's recent performance and had nothing but compliments for the California native.
"I like Nick Diaz very much, and I’ve said this many times, if Nick Diaz would just play the game even this much... but Nick Diaz refuses to play the game," White said. "He’s anti-the game."
"EA Sports MMA" adds Strikeforce's Dan Henderson to videogame roster
After failing to reach terms for a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and recently signing with rival Strikeforce, Dan Henderson has also inked a deal with the UFC's rival videogame: "EA Sports MMA."
EA Sports officials announced that Henderson signed his contract while at Wednesday's Madden Bowl, an annual videogame competition for "Madden NFL" held on Super Bowl week.
"EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010.
Henderson, a character in THQ's wildly successful "UFC 2009 Undisputed" videogame franchise, now heads to EA Sports' Strikeforce- and DREAM-friendly title.
Henderson (25-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the first fighter simultaneously to hold two PRIDE belts, recently concluded his second stint in the UFC.
With refined mental approach, UFC 109's Melvin Guillard eyes fresh start
Melvin Guillard (22-8-2 MMA, 5-4 UFC) would like to introduce himself to you.
That may seem a little silly as he prepares to make his 10th appearance for the UFC, but Guillard insists "The Young Assassin" that will step into the cage with Ronnys Torres (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for Saturday night's UFC 109 event in Las Vegas is unlike any version of him you've ever seen before.
"Right now, I feel that I'm 0-0," Guillard recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) for The Dallas Morning News. "I'm wiping my slate clean. I'm not looking back."
WEC vet Bryan Baker added to Bellator's second middleweight tourney
With Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight champion Hector Lombard set to defend his belt in 2010, the upstart promotion today announced the second contender in season two's eight-man bracket.
Three-time WEC veteran Bryan Baker (11-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) returns for a second appearance for Bellator, though this time he'll be involved in tournament action.
Baker earned a decision win over Matt Horwich in a non-tournament bout at Bellator VIII during the company's inaugural season.
"'The Beast' is a dangerous addition to our middleweight tournament," Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated in today's official release. "He caught my eye back at Bellator VIII, and I knew then and there that he would make a big impact on our 185-pound challenger tournament."
"EA Sports MMA" adds top Strikeforce prospect Tyron Woodley to videogame roster
Fast-rising Strikeforce welterweight and former University of Missouri wrestler Tyron Woodley is the latest addition to the "EA Sports MMA" videogame roster.
An EA Sports official today confirmed the addition with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010 as a rival to THQ's "UFC Undisputed" title.
Woodley hinted at the signing in a recent Facebook update, though it wasn't clear if he simply began talking to officials from the videogame maker or had actually signed a deal.
After first career loss, UFC 109's Demian Maia worked on stand up but expects to grapple
As the old mixed-martial-arts saying goes, "No one stays unbeaten forever."
But of course, no one likes to get beaten the way top UFC middleweight Demian Maia (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was in his UFC 102 contest with Nate Marquardt.
Maia doesn't believe in that other old saying – "That loss was the best thing that could have happened," he said – but he does believe the lessons learned in that 21-second disaster will have him more than ready for Dan Miller at Saturday night's UFC 109 event.
Wilson Reis Off SRC 12
Although World Victory Road has announced him as competing at Sengoku 12 on 3/7, it now turns out that Wilson Reis will not compete at the event. No exact reason given beyond undisclosed reasons, but it could be personal reasons.
Matt Veach vs Paul Kelly Added To UFC 112 Card
Now that the UFC has officially announced the upcoming card set for Abu Dhabi, more fights are being added everyday and the latest is a lightweight showdown between HIT Squad fighter, Matt Veach and British product, Paul Kelly, who will meet in a 155lb contest on the undercard.
MMA Quick Quote: Herschel Walker contemplates April 2010 return
"I’m going get back into the gym and say I’d love to have another fight, and I’m gonna work hard, but I’m leaving it my trainers and coaches’ hands and the fighters at the gym. If they think I’m not ready, they gotta tell me, and I will swallow my pride and not do it. I want to know that I’m still the Herschel of -- that 47-year-old that’s got a 25-year-old way of doing things. If I have lost that, then I don’t think I’ll fight again. My thing is go out and perform at the highest of levels. I’m not there to be a circus act. I want to be a pure fighter."
Tachi Palace Fights' Nam Phan balances fighting aspirations with role model duties
"When I fight, I try to be a role model with the young Asian-Americans around here," Phan recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "When I was brought up, there was no Asian-American role model. There was no one to look up to." Phan is proud of his Vietnamese heritage, and he takes equal pride in helping to guide the youth that live in his predominantly Asian-American neighborhood.
With Rakoczy up next, Frausto already eyeing showdown with Tate at Strikeforce
Prior to fast-rising female prospect Zoila Frausto's (4-0) Showtime appearance at this past November's "Strikeforce Challengers IV" event, not many people outside of the California fight scene had heard of the "Warrior Princess."But with a rapid-fire barrage of powerful kicks and an excellent display of Muay Thai in her win over Elisha Helsper, Frausto left many fans across the country clamoring for more.
Bellator FC headed to Kansas City with four events in 2010
Under the terms of the agreement, four Bellator MMA events will be staged at the highly popular Kansas City Power & Light District, which is owned and managed by The Cordish Company, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate known for its tremendously successful development of mixed-use entertainment districts in high-profile destinations throughout the country including Baltimore, Houston, Louisville, Ky., Atlantic City, N.J., Hollywood, Fla., and Charleston, S.C.