UFC legend Chuck Liddell eyes four-fight plan, looks forward to proving doubters wrong
LAS VEGAS – Former UFC champion and MMA legend Chuck Liddell (21-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) understands that his back is against the wall.
After a stretch of four losses in five fights, Liddell's longtime friend and current boss, UFC president Dana White, doesn't want to see the "Iceman" in the cage again.
But with a rematch with fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 11" coach Tito Ortiz on the horizon, Liddell has his sights set on one more run at the title. And along the way, he hopes to prove all of his doubters – including White – wrong about what he's got left in the tank.
"I don't think I have anything to prove, but I would like to prove [White] wrong," Lidell told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at Monday's "TUF 11" media day. "I'm not too old. I can still fight.
Shine Fights inks Dave "Pee Wee" Herman; bout with Jeff Monson likely for spring
Sengoku, Bellator and EliteXC veteran Dave Herman (16-1), better known to most MMA fans as "Pee Wee," is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding Shine Fights roster.
The organization announced the signing late Monday night via Twitter.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that near-12-year veteran Jeff Monson (32-9) is likely to welcome Herman to the organization.
Monson signed a deal with the upstart Shine Fights promotion this past December.
- Castillo VS. Pettis Added To WEC In Columbus
The fight card for the WEC's debut in Columbus, OH is filling up fast as the promotion announced the addition of a lightweight bout pitting Danny Castillo against Anthony Pettis in a preliminary fight on the show.
The promotion made the announcement about the fight on Monday evening.
Castillo currently holds a 3-2 record in the WEC with wins over notable fighters such as Ricardo Lamas and Rafael Dias. His losses come by way of two of the top fighters in the WEC's lightweight division in Donald Cerrone and Shane Roller.
Former UFC Champion Carlos Newton set to face Chris Clements at W-1 MMA on March 20
Carlos Newton, the former UFC Welterweight Champion, is set to face Chris Clements at the Canadian based W-1 MMA show on March 20 in Montreal according to Top MMA News.
Just yesterday, news broke that W-1 had also signed recently released UFC fighter Denis Kang.
Newton (15-13), best known for being on the receiving end of a Matt Hughes power bomb at UFC 34, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Shonie Carter in a W-1 match last October. This will be Newton's third fight with W-1.
Miguel Torres: 'A rematch with Brian Bowles is more important to me than a title shot'
Former 135-pound kingpin Miguel Torres goes back to basics after a stunning defeat at the heavy hands of new bantamweight champion Brian Bowles at WEC 42 back in August 2009. Bowles will make his first title defense at WEC 47 on March 6 in a bout that will have Torres driving the Cruz bandwagon so that he can get back into the cage with Bowles and prove his loss was a fluke. Will Torres get his revenge? Or has his storied championship reign come to an end, much like Urijah Faber's did at WEC 36 now that the WEC has a stacked roster?
Hellboy Drops To Challenge For Dream Title
Former Shooto welterweight champion and first-ever Dream lightweight champion Joachim Hansen is expected to move down to featherweight to challenger current Dream featherweight titleholder Bibiano Fernandes.MMAWeekly.com sources on Monday independently confirmed the bout’s probability. It was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
Are State Athletic Commissions Failing Fans of MMA and Boxing?
Drug testing in professional sports has been a hot topic among fans for years. Following the implication of many professional baseball players in the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the scrutiny from the general public, the federal government, and fans of each and every sport has been on the rise. Most fans feel that throwing money at the problem could eventually bring a halt to the steroid era, but there are others who believe it will only diminish the product, a product that is supposed to be consumed as entertainment.
Chad George vs. Scott Jorgensen added to WEC 47 prelims
With the main card just about complete, WEC 47's preliminary card is starting to take shape.World Extreme Cagefighting officials today announced a bantamweight matchup between Chad George (11-4 MMA, 1-0 WEC) and rising contender Scott Jorgensen (8-3 MMA, 4-2 WEC) is now part of the March 6 event.WEC 47 takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.The main card, including a headliner of WEC 47 bantamweight champ Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz, airs on Versus.
Bellator Adds Jackson's Fighter Carey Vanier
Vanier boasts a solid overall professional record of 7-2 (all but one of his wins have come via TKO or submission), but his career has taken on an entirely new trajectory since he began training at Jackson’s Submission Fighting school in Albuquerque, N.M.
Strikeforce: André Galvão vs. Luke Stewart
One of the best BJJ fighter of all times, André Galvão will face Luke Stewart in his Strikeforce debut. The fighter informed TATAME.com that the fight is set to take place in March, with no date yet. “I’m expecting the victory. I’m training hard and I wanna be back with the victories”, Galvão said. “He’s from Jiu-Jitsu too, likes to play on the ground, besides some victories by KO in his record”.
Exclusive: Paulo Filho vs. Sakuraba in works
Three years after leaving Pride FC, Paulo Filho might face another legend of the Japanese event. According to his trainer Josuel Distak, the black belt will probably face Kazushi Sakuraba at Bitetti Combat 6, scheduled to February 25 in Brasilia, Brazil.
Anderson Silva Not Close to Retirement
Speculation ran wild just over a year ago when UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva talked about his possible retirement from the sport. It looks like that talk has subsided and the Brazilian is focused on the biggest fights out there for him.
He's not planning on going anywhere, any time soon.
With a fight against Vitor Belfort on the horizon, Silva is committed to defending his middleweight title in April. Afterwards the future is bright for the champ, but undetermined as to what weight class he'll be competing in.
Silva's manager, Ed Soares, spoke to MMAWeekly Radio this week and commented about his client's future in the UFC.
After sliced hand led to serious infection, Carlos Condit now cleared for UFC return
Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (24-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to the gym this week after a nearly two-month absence as the result of a serious cut on his hand.
Condit, who in 2009 moved back to his home city of Albuquerque, N.M., to train with Greg Jackson, was forced to withdraw from a bout with Paul Daley at UFC 108 on Jan. 2 and has been virtually inactive since the injury occurred, save for running and kicking the heavy bag.
"It's been a bitch being out, man," Condit told MMAjunkie.com (wwww.mmajunkie.com). "I'm looking forward to getting my momentum going again."
Corey Hill Wins in Return From Leg Injury
Corey Hill, a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 5 and former UFC lightweight, returned to action on Saturday for the first time since suffering a gruesome leg fracture to end a December 2008 UFC bout against Dale Hartt, defeating Jason Trzewieczynski by unanimous decision in a featured contest at Raging Wolf 6 in Niagara Fall, New York.
UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti was also victorious at the event, topping The Ultimate Fighter 8 contestant Shane Primm by unanimous decision.
Glad he's doing well...
10 Brazilians to Watch in 2010
One of the traditional hotbeds for mixed martial arts talent, Brazil produced a number of major champions in 2009. Jose Aldo (World Extreme Cagefighting), Lyoto Machida (UFC), Bibiano Fernandes (Dream) and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Strikeforce) took their place alongside Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who had long ago secured their places in the sport’s Brazilian pantheon.
To whom do we look in 2010?
Sherdog.com has compiled a list of 10 undiscovered Brazilian fighters who have yet to break through onto the international stage. Keep an eye on them.
Marquardt : ST. Pierre will Destroy Hardy
Given he's a friend and training partner of Georges St-Pierre, middleweight Nate (The Great) Marquardt may not be the most objective judge of GSP's next title challenger.
But Marquardt isn't expecting much of English welterweight Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy.
"I think Georges is going to kill him," Marquardt told The Canadian Press on Friday.
Watch today's UFC Gyms grand opening ceremony on MMAjunkie.com at 1 p.m. ET
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials today open their first UFC Gyms location with a grand-opening ceremony in Concord, Calif. (1975 Diamond Blvd).
Catch a live video stream, which is provided by the UFC, of the star-studded affair at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT local time).
Taking part in autograph sessions, seminars and other day-long events are UFC president Dana White, Chuck Liddell, Anthony Johnson, Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Cain Velasquez and Arianny Celeste.
Mike Swick Weighs In on Herschel Walker, Dan Hardy
"The thing about this sport is, there are so many variables that go into it. He did beat me. And if I would have won then I would have been the No. 1 contender, so you can look at it that way. But just because he won that fight, I don't think that means he deserves a title shot. He's only had three fights in the UFC and he's only had one finish. He hasn't had the same road that a lot of the top welterweights in the UFC have. Even though he beat me, I have to say he doesn't deserve it. If he thinks he does, I'm sorry, but he's wrong."
p.s. stop cryin already Swick..i'm starting not to like this guy for more than just this reason...