GSP-Hardy, Not Silva-Akiyama, May Headline UFC 110
The potential constant shuffling of upcoming UFC cards continues. During an appearance on MMAJunkie's radio show Friday night, Dana White revealed that plans for Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva to headline UFC 110 in Australia "might change". And Dana possibly tipped hsi hand on a replacement headilner at Friday's UFC Fight Club Q&A-Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy. A fan asked when that fight might take place and Dana said February appeared likely...but not February 6 (109 in Vegas) because of Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort.
UFC 106's Phil Baroni striving to be "a poor man's Josh Koscheck"
LAS VEGAS – Welterweight Phil Baroni (13-11 MMA, 3-5 UFC) has been on the big stage before.
Whether it was Baroni's previous eight-fight run in the UFC or his sequin-robed waltz down the EliteXC entrance ramps on CBS, the "New York Bad Ass" is no stranger to public attention.
But as Baroni prepares for a return trip the world-famous octagon, the 33-year-old is shedding some of his previous antics in favor of a new title: a poor man's Josh Koscheck.
"I plan on being like a poor man's Josh Koscheck," Baroni recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm staying in shape. When anybody gets hurt, Koscheck's raising his hand. He wants to fight him. There are guys not as good as Koscheck, not ranked as high as Koscheck, that he can't do that against. I'll be the poor-man's Josh Koscheck.
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight bout set for UFC 109 (not UFC 110)
A bout between middleweight contenders Nate Marquardt (29-8-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (24-10-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) originally believed to be part of the UFC 110 card in Australia instead takes place in Las Vegas at UFC 109.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the booking from sources close to the fight, though it's unclear if bout agreements have been finalized.
UFC 109 takes place Feb. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
MMAjunkie.com passed along a report earlier this month from sportsnet.com, which first reported the possibility of the fight. However, at the time, the fight was believed to be targeted for UFC 110, which takes place later in the month.
Instead, it'll be part of the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card.
UFC 106 Weigh-in Results
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Tito Ortiz (204)
Anthony Johnson (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (171)
Paulo Thiago (169) vs. Jacob Volkmann (170)
Luiz Cane (205) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205)
Phil Baroni (170) vs. Amir Sadollah (170)
Marcus Davis (170) vs. Ben Saunders (170)
Kendall Grove (186) vs. Jake Rosholt (185.5)
Brian Foster (171) vs. Brock Larson (171)
Fabricio Camoes (155.5) vs. Caol Uno (155.5)
Jason Dent (155) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)
Lesnar back in 6 months!
Brock Lesnar is recovering well from surgery and will be back in action within six months, says his jiu jitsu coach.
“He is getting better and that is the most important thing ... He will be fine and be fighting again within 6 months," Comprido Medeiros, a multi-time BJJ world champion, told TMZ.
"I can just say that the heavyweights can stop laughing and get ready to start crying because the champion will be back soon."
Matt Serra and Frank Trigg set for February's UFC 109 in Las Vegas
A welterweight bout between former champion Matt Serra (9-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) and one-time top contender Frank Trigg (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) is expected to take place in February at UFC 109.
Official word of the the long-rumored contest came today from The Fight Network, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the event that bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 109 is expected to take place Feb. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Serra, who stunned Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in 2007 (only to hand it back in his following fight), returns to competition for the first time in nine months.
Ready to 'Rumble': Josh Koscheck UFC 106 interview
Josh Koscheck is a man people love to hate.
At this point it's safe to say he's embraced his role as the bad guy and continues to use it to fuel his fire.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson once said, "Fans don't boo nobodies," and that statement rings true with regards to Koscheck as well.
"Kos" is a legitimate top ten welterweight contender and has been for some time. Lately, however, he's been on a bit of a roller coaster going 2 - 2 in his last four fights and alternating wins and losses.
Most recently he registered a first round knockout of Frank Trigg at UFC 103. The UFC then scheduled him to fight Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 20 on January 11, 2010, but as it turns out, it was only a temporary matchup.
When a couple high profile fights dropped like flies off the upcoming UFC 106 card an opportunity presented itself and he jumped at the chance to face up-and-comer Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in the co-main event.
A win could have him knocking on the door of a potential title shot, but it will certainly not come easy.
Koscheck took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss calling out Matt Hughes, Josh Thomson's conflict of interest, and all things Anthony Johnson.
WEC 44 medical suspensions: Nunes, Swanson, Banuelos suspended six months
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued medical suspensions to seven fighters, including headliner Mike Brown, from this past Wednesday's "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo" event, and three of the competitors could be out of action for up to six month.
Diego Nunces, Cub Swanson and Antonio Banuelos were issued the lengthy suspensions for injuries ranging from an orbital blowout fracture to a broken hand.
Jose Aldo: If you think my striking is good, you should see my jiu-jitsu
"I’m young and I know it takes a lifetime to get a dream like this. With everything that happened to me back in the days, now it’s like a dream come true. I always want to please my public, my fans, and I want to keep my fights standing. That’s what everybody expects. But, like I said before, I’m a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under master Andre Pederneiras and it’s my base. Jiu-Jitsu is my base. So if you think I’m a good striker, you are going to be very impressed with my ground fighting."
Thiago vs. Volkmann replaces Hazelett vs. Parisyan on UFC 106 main card
A welterweight bout between Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jacob Volkmann (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) originally slated for Saturday's "UFC 106: Griffin vs. Ortiz II" un-aired preliminary card today was promoted to the pay-per-view main card.
The fight takes the spot vacated by Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, which was canceled today following Parisyan's decision to pull out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.
With the change, Spike TV's special one-hour preliminary-card broadcast remains intact with Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders and Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt.
GSP-Hardy Likely To Happen In Vegas
When Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy face off sometime next year for the UFC Welterweight Championship, it appears neither fighter is going to have a hometown advantage. Despite specualtion it could be in either Canada or England, where it would be a quick sellout, Dana White says it likely will happen in UFC's hometown-Las Vegas.
WEC 44 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has released the official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 44 event. The total disclosed payouts were $236,500 with the biggest share-$36,000-going to Manny Gamburyan. For those wondering, NEW WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo earned $26,000 for his title win, excluding bonuses.
Parisyan out of UFC 106, Future Uncertain (Parisyan Comments)
Karo “The Heat” Parisyan is out of UFC 106 after failing to acquire a license in Nevada, according to Parisyan, due to not having the money to pay his fine from previously being suspended after testing positive for a three different pain killers following his UFC 94 bout with Kim Dong-hyun.
“There’s a lot of problems going on. They won’t re-license me unless I (expletive) pay them,” Parisyan told MMAWeekly.com. “I had to pay the $32,000 fine in order to fight. I never paid because I never had the money. I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back.”
Karo Parisyan has quit again
Dana White tweeted this.
Follwed by "Pulled out of the fight the day before weigh ins again with a laundry list of excuses!!! Let the press ask karo why! Let him explain. "
‘Ninja’ Rua back in December in Sao Paulo
After the quick knockout victory at Bitetty Combat 4, needing less than 40 seconds to knock Alex Stiebling out, Murilo “Ninja” Rua spoke with TATAME.com and revealed he’ll be back to the rings at December 12, at Bitetti Combtat’s fifth edition.
Marlon Sandro eyes Sengoku title in NYE
Marlon Sandro doesn’t wanna relax. One week after the ight at Japan, knocking Yuji Hoshino out in the first round, the Nova União fighter was back to the gym, focusing to the return in the end of the year. In the exclusive interview with the fighter, Sandro talked about the victory and the possible fight or the title.
Former WEC champ Mike Brown: "I've got to figure out what's next"
Nearly an hour after dropping his WEC featherweight title to new champion Jose Aldo (16-1 MMA, 6-0 WEC), Mike Brown (22-5 MMA, 4-1 WEC) still seemed to be processing what had happened.
Nevertheless, Brown took his turn in front of the media at Saturday night's WEC 44 post-event press conference and tried to figure out what went wrong.
"I should have opened up more," Brown told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think I was too conservative. Maybe more takedown attempts. I really have to see the tape."
Brown was halted in the second frame of a five-round affair at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The loss was Brown's first in nearly four years, and the former champ had nothing but good things to say about the man that beat him.
"[Aldo] is a fast, good striker," Brown said. "He hit me with some pretty good shots. His takedown defense was good.
"I was a little weary to shoot double-legs on him because I know his knees are really good. Maybe I could have tried to mix it up and try that. I was trying to throw a shot, clinch and push him against the cage and take him down. It wasn't really working. He had good balance."
Dustin Hazelett won’t feel Karo Parisyan’s 'heat' when working off his back at UFC 106
"I’m doing what I can to prepare for him, but it’s hard to prepare for somebody like Karo because there are very few people in the world that are as good at Judo without the gi on as he is. So it’s really hard to find somebody to prepare for that, but, you know, I’m going into this fight kind of with the same mentality that I went into the Koscheck and Burkman fight with. And that is, I’m probably not going to stop every single takedown attempt, but I am comfortable off my back and I’m working a lot off my back and a lot on my striking, because it’s not a guarantee that I am going to be able to stop the takedown. So if he takes me down I’m not going to be as worried about it because I’ve prepared for that."