Mike Budnik vs. John Franchi set for WEC 39
Coming off the first loss of his professional career, Mike Budnik (7-1) will meet undefeated WEC newcomer John Franchi (4-0) at WEC 39.
Sources close to the fighters today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout has been finalized.
Eric Schafer: “I belong in the UFC”
“Ravishing” Red Schafer could have gone with a really gnarly nickname like “Bonecrusher” or “The Strangler but the 31 year old Milwaukee fighter told FiveOuncesOfPain.com in an exclusive interview that “no one is ever going to be afraid of you because of your nickname so you might as well have some fun with it”. The self chosen nickname lets you know that Schafer has never been one to take the small stuff too seriously but don’t let the easy going demeanor fool you. Schafer is one of the most dangerous submission fighters competing in the UFC’s talent rich light heavyweight division, if not the most dangerous.
Heath Herring not fighting at UFC 97
Published reports have circulated on the Internet within the last 24 hours claiming that heavyweight Heath Herring is set to return to action at UFC 97 on April 18 in Montreal, Canada.
In response to the news, FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted Herring’s management via e-mail and received a response that contradicts the new series of reports.
Ed Ratcliff Out, Ben Henderson In At WEC 38
A change has been made to the upcoming WEC 38 card slated for Jan. 25, as MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Ed Ratcliff has been forced out of his upcoming match-up against Anthony Njokuani due to an undisclosed injury. His replacement will be up and coming fighter, Benson Henderson, who steps in on just over a week's notice to make his debut for the promotion.
Nevada Expresses Concern Over 'TUF' Behaviour
At a meeting in December for which an official summary was released yesterday, Nevada State Athletic Commission officials expressed concerns to UFC officials about some of the behavior that was exhibited during the controversial eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
For each season of The Ultimate Fighter, dating back to the first season's filming in late 2004, Zuffa has requested and been granted a waiver of the NSAC's regulations relating to the results of NSAC-sanctioned fights being posted publicly. This allows the results of the fights on The Ultimate Fighter to remain secret until the fights air on Spike TV months later. These waivers must be requested and granted for each individual season of TUF.
Prior to granting the usual waivers to Zuffa for the upcoming ninth season, which recently started filming and is tentatively scheduled to begin airing on April 1, the NSAC wanted to talk to Zuffa about some of the behavior in the eighth season.
UFC 93 Preview
Many of you probably haven't even recovered from the end of the year onslaught of action from the world of MMA, but it's time to kick off 2009 this weekend with UFC 93, the first major card of the year. And here to help me break down the action, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, is my good buddy Bryan Henderson aka ModMind, who writes The Gauge, one of the best MMA blogs on SN.com.
Anderson and the ground game for Thales
With one fight confirmed, the main focus is on the UFC middleweight, Anderson Silva, who defends the title against Thales Leites. "We’re creating a strategy, we’ll attack and counter-strike too. We’re training with the best Jiu-Jitsu’s athletes, André Galvão (two times BJJ world champion), Ronaldo Jacaré and Master Sylvio Behring... We’ll train hard as if we were fighting with a giant. We have strong weapons to help Anderson and we’ll go prepared for war", says the coach( Josuel Distak ).
Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley vs Nick ‘The Goat’ Thompson MFC fight set Feb. 20
A fantastic match up between two former Elite XC welterweight number one contenders has been announced for the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) 20: “Destined For Greatness” card, which takes place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on February 20.
British striker Paul “Semtex” Daley (19-7-2) will square off against Minnesota Martial Arts Academy trainee Nick “The Goat” Thompson (36-10-1).
Maia: “Sonnen is a dangerous guy”
Without a perfect career in MMA, Demian Maia faces a tough opponent in his return to UFC. Set for the UFC 95, the Brazilian faces Chael Sonnen, the responsible for the only loss in Paulo Filho’s MMA career, last November. "He won the Paulão and that is not for everyone. Despite that Paulão wasn’t in the best conditions, he’s a tough opponent to be beaten", said Demian.
Training strongly for the fight, held on February 21st in London, England, the BJJ black belt expects a studied fight against the American: “I have to be careful, he’s a dangerous guy and very strategic, he won’t fall into me, he would fight to defeat me by points”, bets Demian, keeping the style that rendered him four wins by submission.
Mainstream Appeal of MMA Becomes Apparent At CES
The long hard road that leads to the mainstream acceptance of mixed martial arts has seemingly been becoming much easier of late, whether it be a Microsoft commercial featuring Rashad Evans or video game’s featuring Randy Couture and Gina Carrano, the sport is fast becoming acceptable where before it was once dismissed as just another extreme sport fad. While the use of MMA personalities to promote products and services is not as common as it is for other professional athletes, its acceptance has grown almost in lock step with the popularity of the sport itself, nowhere was this more apparent then 2009’s installment of the Consumer Electronics Trade show in Las Vegas this past weekend.
Dan Henderson welcomes chance to coach U.S. in "TUF" battle with U.K.
With the winner of this weekend's "UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson" main event contest tagged to coach against Michael Bisping on the upcoming ninth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Rich Franklin (24-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) has hinted at his lack of desire to make another appearance on the show.
His opponent, Dan Henderson (23-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC), recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he's not only open to the possibility of coaching on "TUF," he's already clearing his calendar for the experience.
UFC 93: Dan Henderson Q & A
GAD: You're 38. Does retirement enter your mind?
DH: It's hard to know when that moment is. There's a lot of fighters going through that dilemma. Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, it must be going through their heads. There's things I want to accomplish that are attainable in this sport, and if I attain them, it would probably be a good time to retire. I want to beat Anderson Silva (the sport's No 1 pound for pounder, who Henderson lost to two years ago) and I also want to fight for the 205 lb belt. And then retire.
Fun and Games Part of the Plan for ‘King Mo'
He comes out to the ring with his four queens. He dances and tries to get the referee involved in his routine before his fights. He might be called arrogant, cocky and maybe even disrespectful. But if you ask him, that’s just who Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is.
Ricardo Arona eyes return to Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) in 2009
“I’ve got news, I want to fight at ADCC 2009. My idea is to talk to the organizers and see if there’s a possibility of my being invited, for all the titles I’ve won at the event. I don’t really want to go through the trials in Rio, especially since it’s already too close to the event to be able to train properly. That’s why my idea is to go straight into the main tournament, to go right up against all the toughest from around the world. I even called up Paulo [Filho] to see if he’d get motivated about participating, but he says he doesn’t want to. So I came up with the organizers’ Email, and I’ll be contacting them to see about an invite. I’m excited.”
SCHAFER & MOHR IN THE LAND OF THE CELTIC TIGER
Schafer and Mohr tell us that Ireland and the fans there are terrific! “The buzz about the UFC is felt all over town and the Irish fans know all about us! It’s really kinda cool!” said Mohr. Nate, who is there with teammate and cornerman Bart “Bartimus” Palszewski and will be joined by Jeff “Big Frog” Curran on Thursday, tell us that they were surprised at that the fans called out their names and ask for autographs. “It really shows the growth and popularity of this sport. I was surprised that anyone would recognize me, especially being out for a year!” Mohr states.