Evans Will defend This Summer Against Rampage Or Machida
With UFC 96 only 2 days away, Quinton Rampage Jackson and Keith Jardine, met the press at the customary pre-fight press conference to address last minute questions about their fight and of course what will happen in the light heavyweight division after their bout is over.
UFC President Dana White announced at the press conference that UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, would be defending his title this summer against either Jackson if he is victorious against Jardine, or Lyoto Machida if Jardine wins. White was also adamant in saying that if Jardine does get the win, he will get closer to a title shot, and he will fight Evans if he's still the champion.
Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz Back on at UFC 99
Terry Etim (12-2) will be fighting Justin Buchholz at UFC 99 later this year, Fighters Only was informed earlier today.
The Liverpool lightweight earned plaudits and comparisons with Anderson Silva after his profile-raising head kick KO win over Brian Cobb at UFC 95 late last month.
Etim (3-2 in the UFC) was supposed to fight Buchholz (1-1 in the UFC) at that event but a bad staph infection meant that Cobb had to be drafted in as a replacement.
Ricco Rodriguez To PFC, Possible Title Shot Imminent
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez has signed a 3-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championship (PFC) and a shot at the PFC Heavyweight Championship, currently vacant, appears imminent. His first PFC fight is May 8, but it's not yet known if he'll get to fave Lavar Johnson for the vacant title.
Jardine Might Go Back To Heavyweight
Keith Jardine has suggested he might move to the heavyweight division if he beats Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson this Saturday.
“I have no problem jumping to heavyweight. I’m going to be here a long time and things will work out,” he told Yahoo! Sports.
He made the comment in response to the commonly-posed question of what he would do if he found himself being lined up for a title shot against light-heavyweight boss Rashad Evans.
Three preliminary bouts signed for April 11 "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz"
With the main card for Strikeforce's April 11 "Shamrock vs. Diaz" event complete, the California based organization has moved on to filling out the preliminary portion of the evening.
Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the addition of Zak Bucia vs. James Terry, Eric Lawson vs. Richard Montoya and Buck Meredith vs. Luke Rockhold.
Afromowitz said Strikeforce will soon confirm two final bouts for the evening's preliminary card.
Carano, Santos, LaRosa and Fuji top WAMMA's inaugural female rankings
WAMMA today released the organization's inaugural female rankings, and top fighters Gina Carano (7-0), Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (6-1), Tara LaRosa (16-1) and Megumi Fuji (16-0) have been officially recognized as the world's No. 1-ranked women combatants.
WAMMA's initial efforts include top-10 rankings in the bantamweight (115.1-125 pounds), super bantamweight (125.1-135 pounds), and featherweight (135.1-145 pounds) weight classes.
Carano and Santos were announced as the co-No. 1 fighters of the featherweight division in the release from WAMMA.
A Day In The Life Of An Aspiring MMA Fighter
The life of a mixed martial arts fighter can be very glamorous when reaching the level of athletes like Chuck Liddell or Georges St. Pierre, but almost every person entering the sport starts out at the bottom rung of the ladder, trying to work their way up.
Enter the story of Davin Clark, a young fighter who works with the team at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., who is currently 1-0 as a professional, just looking for his chance to get better and make his way to a major promotion like the UFC.
Dana: Grove-Day Loser Saturday Is Gone
Hopefully Kendall Grove didn't need any more pressure going into UFC 96 Saturday, because he just got it. Dana White told USA Today yesterday that the Grove-Jason Day loser Saturday night is out of UFC, meaning Grove could be the first TUF winner to ever be cut by UFC.
Dong Hyun Kim Expected To Sign 2 Year Extension With UFC
According to The Korea Times, Korean UFC fighter Dong Hyun Kim is expected to sign a 2-year extension with the promotion. It would be a 4-fight deal and up his pay to $29,000 per fight, but any fights he wins would up his pay to $32,000 for that fight. A May or June return is also expected.
Pros Pick: Jackson vs. Jardine
The UFC returns to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday with an intriguing bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and dangerous contender Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine.
Sherdog.com contacted dozens of professional fighters and trainers for their opinions on the UFC 96 main event. Some were reluctant to give a prediction, but plenty were willing to lay their reputations on the line and try to forecast what will transpire in the Octagon.
Matt Hamill Puts The "Ability" In "Disability"
A warning should come for all those who choose to travel with Matt Hamill: If you have a plane to catch or a meeting to make, it might be wise to say your goodbyes and move along without him. Otherwise, you’re going to miss your flight or be woefully late for the meeting. The Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight contender is such a friendly, decent and caring man that he can’t pass up an opportunity to chat up anyone who sidles up and says hello. Hamill, who on Saturday will fight unbeaten Mark Munoz in one of the televised bouts on the pay-per-view card of UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, has performed so many selfless acts over the last five years that the stories of them floating around on Internet bulletin boards are enough to fill a volume the size of “War and Peace.”
Sanchez-Guida Agreed for TUF 9 Finale
Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida are heading straight for one another.
The potent lightweight pair has agreed to meet in the headlining bout of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” finale on June 20 at the Pearl inside the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the fighters. The bout will anchor a night of final deciding bouts for the Spike TV reality series, which begins airing in April.
Sengoku 8 Scheduled For May 2
With everything now in place for Sengoku 7, World Victory Road is moving forward with plans for the following event, Sengoku 8. The promotion announced that Sengoku 8 is scheduled for May 2 with Leonardo Santos the first confirmed participant. The event will air in the US on HDNet.
Tito "Rampage stepped up to murder Jardine"
Tito Ortiz – “This is a fight that didn't need to happen. After Rampage got screwed on a rematch for the title, he KO’ed Silva unconscious! Evans was afraid to fight Rampage, so Rampage stepped up to murder Jardine. This won't be a fight to get excited about. KO after the 2:35 mark of the 1st round for My boy Rampage.”
Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig no longer being considered by UFC
UFC lightweights Joe Stevenson (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Mac Danzig (18-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), linked together for a possible showdown in a recent report from longtime MMA commentator Mauro Ranallo, are no longer slated to meet.
Stevenson today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that there has been a change of plans, though he could not elaborate on a new opponent.
"It was talked about, but it's not happening," Stevenson said.
WEC 39 Medical Suspensions-Everyone Suspended
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's Combative Sports division has handed down the medical suspensions from WEC 39 today. In what might seem unusual albeit precautionary, every one of the 22 fighters on the card was suspended, but most only got 7 or 10 days while 2 fighters-Marcos Galvao & Johny Hendricks-are suspended indefinitely.