Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (not Thiago Silva) targeted for UFC 101
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will apparently scrap a UFC 101 bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and top contender Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in favor of a Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) match-up.
Sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a meeting was held last week to discuss the Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout and that verbal agreements are now in place.
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Michael Bisping Is a Better Coach, Fighter, and Lover Than Dan Henderson
Okay, maybe he hasn't said he's better in bed. But Michael Bisping has been laying into his Ultimate Fighter rival coach Dan Henderson lately, for a number of other reasons. First there was this interesting bit in his new TUF blog for UFC.com:
As you saw in the episode, I made good on my promise to ensure my team were at peak fitness. The footage of us running through Vegas was taken early in the morning. Basically, each team had two sessions in the gym later in the day so, in order to make sure Team UK were getting their cardio in but without affecting their ability to train in the gym, we ran at 8am.
Some people were surprised I was going to the house at 8am to run with them, but that’s the kind of coach I wanted to be. Plus, under the rules, Team UK – or Team USA for that matter – couldn’t leave the house except with me or to be taken to the gym. So if I didn’t run with them, they’d not be running at all. Without me going there and actually getting my guys, they would have no roadwork, and as a coach that wasn’t an option. As far as I know, Dan didn’t take his team out running or doing any cardio except what my team dubbed “Ultimate Frisbee”, which I think says it all. That was Team USA’s cardio training.
Bisping also slammed Hendo's understated television persona and excuse-making:
I respect Dan and what he’s done in his great career, and I understand his gracious sentiment of “I’ll do my talking in the ring” but, ahem, he did sign up for a 12 week TV series. As far as I understood it, talking is kinda an important part of this audio-visual medium we call “television” but if things were left to Dan, TUF 9 would have had to been broadcast as a silent movie.
One of the few times Dan woke up was to moan about his team making weight “three times” for the fight whereas my team had enjoyed two weeks between their eliminator and the first fight. Dan was certainly getting his excuses in early here...ONE member of Team USA — Miller — had to make weight twice close together. One eliminator and one fight makes two times, not three as Dan tried to say.
Nogeuira: ''My Knee Displaced Several Times Against Mir''
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he will be "100 per cent" fit for his fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102, a far cry from his condition going into his last fight with Frank Mir.
Nogueira was stopped for the first time in his career at UFC 92 in December when he faced Mir, but he was not in good shape going into the bout, which negated his trademark jiu jitsu.
Ten bouts now official for "WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II" in June
The full card now includes:
* Champ Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber (for WEC featherweight title)
* Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson
* Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause
* Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-televised)
* John Franchi vs. Manny Gamburyan
* Mike Campbell vs. Anthony Pettis
* Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
* Frank Gomez vs. Eddie Wineland
* Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez
* Kyle Dietz vs. Charlie Valencia*
* - Not officially announced
Bellator Fighting Championships Week 3-4 fighters salaries
The complete payouts included:
Jared Hess: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Tabera: $10,000
Dave Menne: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Norman Paraisy: $10,000
Damien Stelly: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Andrade: $10,000
Jason Norwood: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. John Kirk: $2,000
Rudy Lindsay: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Wayne Cole: $1,5000
Hector Lombard: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Virgil Lozano: $10,000
Yosmany Cabezas: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Edwin Aguilar: $10,000
Tyler East: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Amedio Viola: $2,500
Marcello Alfaia: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Joey Gorczynski: $2,000
Johnny Eduardo: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Donald Sanchez: $2,OOO
William Albrecht: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Mike Messina: $1,500
Brett Rogers planning to lay on top of Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem
"All I know is (Werdum) loves to stay on the ground. He’ll stand up and try to pretend like he want(s) to fight. As soon as someone hit him- light- he’s gonna want to take you down … If I know for a fact that’s his "A" game down there, I’m not going to want to stay down there and play with him. And I consider myself a ‘C’ if anything on the ground … But I would go down there and lay on top of him. I’ll lay on top of him and bang with him. But I’m definitely not going to try to play that jiu-jitsu game off my back with him.
Silva Wants To Go Big, Before Going Home
The debate on who is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world wages on with only a handful of names considered: Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Fedor Emelianenko, and Miguel Torres. But make no mistake, Anderson Silva, despite recent criticism, still makes a strong case for consideration at the top.
Hermes Franca Talking September Return
Although the exact date isn't set, UFC Lightweight Hermes Franca says he's planning to return at UFC 103 in September, although a DUI case is still pending against him. Franca was to have fought Joe Lauzon in February but the fight was called off due to a Lauzon injury.
If Randy Can Do It, So Can Chuck
John Hackleman, long-time trainer of Chuck Liddell, doesn't necessarily agree with Dana White that Liddell's done. For one, it's Chuck's call-not Dana's. And considering Liddell has one fight left on his current UFC deal, there's a chance he might try and return like Randy Couture did after "retiring" even if it strains his relationship wtih White.
Sport vs. Spectacle
In 1870, Jem Mace and Joe Coburn were tossed into competition with each other to decide the world’s bare-knuckle boxing champion -- a sport that played host to some horrific injuries. (Death, for example.)
Mace and Coburn contested the title for an astounding three hours and 45 minutes.
Neither man landed a single blow.
Not long after, someone made an attempt on Mace’s life.
To say it was someone who bought a ticket to that fight is perhaps not unreasonable.
Ben Askren improves to 2-0 at The Patriot Act II
Ben Askren is poised to take the world of mixed martial arts by storm in the coming months and years. Unquestionably one of the most phenomenal collegiate athletes in the history of American wrestling, Askren is an Olympic level wrestler that was twice awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy while becoming a two-time NCAA national champion during his days in college.
Jarrod Card wins title, Bobby Lashley announces signing at XFC 8 on HDNet
Jarrod Card outlasted Bruce Connors for a unanimous-decision win and picked up the Xtreme Fighting Championships' first-ever featherweight title at Saturday's "XFC 8: Regional Conflict" event.
Special guest Bobby Lashley, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star and one of MMA's top heavyweight prospects, presented Card the belt.
Lashley then announced he'll make his XFC debut in September.
Bellator's second season launches this fall, likely on ESPN or ESPN2
While in Dayton, Ohio, to promote the organization's May 1 event at Hara Arena, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney conducted a handful of interviews this past Friday.
And while much of the focus remained on the organization's upcoming shows in Dayton, Corpus Christi (Texas), Chicago and Montreal this month, Rebney discussed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization's plans for an upcoming second season.
Season two of Bellator will commence this fall, and with its success this season on ESPN Deportes, the rookie fight promotion could find itself with a bigger ESPN audience for the second go-around.
Success against Lawler could spell 185-pound run for Strikeforce's Shields
As former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) continues his preparation for an intriguing bout with former EliteXC middleweight title holder Robbie Lawler (16-4), the Cesar Gracie product believes he may be on a verge of making a run in the 185-pound division.
Of course, first he needs to make it through one of the world's top middleweight fighters.
"I've got a really tough fight with Robbie Lawler," Shields recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I'm trying to get through that and then figure it out. If I win, it definitely makes me want to try to go for the 185-pound title."