UK and Ireland Fans Will See UFC 99 Regardless of Setanta Sports Turmoil
The Ultimate Fighting Championship have guaranteed fans tonight that UFC 99 from Cologne will be available to British and Irish fans on Saturday night. Speaking exclusively to Telegraph.co.uk, Marshall Zelaznik, president of the UK division of the UFC, that the mixed martial arts organisation “will ensure that fans will see UFC 99 irrespective of what happens with Setanta.” The well-documented financial strife Setanta is under is believed to be reaching a head as executives attempt to secure a last-ditch rescue package that will prevent the company tipping into administration. Staff have been told that the company will continue to broadcast as the search for fresh investment continues
CroCop: This is not my last UFC fight
Mirko 'CroCop' Filipovic says that his fight with Mostapha Al-Turk on Saturday night will not be his final outing in the UFC, no matter what the outcome.
"This is not my last fight for the UFC, you have my word on that," he said from his home in Croatia last night. “I think I owe a lot to the UFC and to the UFC fans.”
“When I was in the hospital after my surgery I was thinking - and I didn't even talk to Dana about it - I had it on my mind I would fight in Cologne because UFC is coming to Germany where the biggest and largest Croatian community is. People - even my doctor - did not believe I would make it but I did, I am in excellent shape,” the PRIDE 2006 open weight grand prix champion explained.
CSAC medically suspends Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, five others after WEC 41 event
The full list of suspensions included:
* Urijah Faber is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
* Cub Swanson is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 due to head injuries and facial lacerations. A CAT scan is also required prior to return.
* Manny Gamburyan is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
* John Franchi is suspended from competition and contact in training until Aug. 6 for a left cheek laceration.
* Antonio Banuelos is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a lack of corneal reflex in his right eye, unless cleared earlier by an ophthalmological physician.
* Noah Thomas is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a nasal fracture, unless cleared earlier by a doctor. Thomas also suspended until Aug. 6 for facial lacerations.
* Seth Dikun is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a possible broken right foot, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
Donald Cerrone calls out Jamie Varner for having the runs
“After my fight (with James Krause) I wanted to remind people about (Jamie) Varner always getting out of the ICU. He just keeps drawing out our next fight. He needs to agree on a date so we can get it going. As a person, I can’t respect Varner anymore. For him to pull all the **** he does — he takes the easy way out, hiding behind things and milking it as long as he can. He called timeouts in his fights against both McCullough and Franca. He pulled his **** with me. He’s always looking for a way out. Well see how he finds a way out in our next fight. I am not sure what his problem is but he thinks too highly of himself. When the **** hits the fan, Varner’s the kind of guy that would rather flight then fight. I would like to knock that ******’s head off. Hopefully he will stand with me, but he’ll likely shoot on me, try to take me down, and lay and pray. I’ve been working on my wrestling with Rashad Evans, all the guys at Greg Jackson’s; they are forcing me to get better. Jaime ran that whole fight last time. A champion isn’t supposed to do that.
Mcfedries Kicked Out Of MFS Gym, Hopes To Reconcile
Drew McFedries’ comments at UFC 98 have cost him his place in Pat Miletich’s gym.
The hard-slugging middleweight Wednesday told MMAWeekly.com he has been kicked out of MFS Elite’s flagship training center in Bettendorf, Ia.
Following a 37-second destruction of Xavier Foupa-Pokam last month, McFedries said his work with Matt Pena and the H.I.T. Squad, headed by former MFS regulars Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler, was a key factor in his victory.
“I really didn’t get a lot of support from my own team at MFS,” said McFedries. “Which is sad, that’s my hometown.”
McFedries said Miletich contacted him after the fight and told him it was “time to move on.” After returning to Bettendorf, McFedries attended a meeting with the gym’s regulars, including Miletich, and the decision was made final.
First UFC Gym set to open in Concord, California on June 17
The UFC Octagon isn’t just for fighters anymore. Now, for the first time in the 15-year history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, anyone - no matter how young or old – can experience what it’s like to train in the most exciting sport in the world thanks to the launch of the UFC Gym. UFC and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC) announced today that Concord, California will be the first home to the ultimate fitness destination, one that combines a complete UFC experience with mixed martial arts and fitness.
UFC Quick Quote: Lyoto Machida’s got MMA in his blood
"I did an evaluation of everything that he used to train and asked for a complete blood analysis to rate from the beginning up to the close of the fight and after that I set a periodization of cycles focusing on the physical qualities that needed to be improved. So I worked on force, power and ability..."
Ace in the hole: An MMAmania.com UFC 99 interview exclusive with Rich Franklin
Rich Franklin is one of the most recognizable faces in the history of mixed martial arts and a guy that to this day, remains one of the UFC’s most beloved former champions.
The day may come where “Ace” get serious consideration to be inducted into the UFC Hall-of-Fame, mainly due to his sixteen month reign as middleweight champion from 2005-2006, but for now that can wait.
At the age of 35 he has yet to show any visible signs of slowing down, however there is officially light at the end of the tunnel. He has now gone past the nine year mark in his storied professional career.
UFC 99: Wanderlei Silva's Swan Song?
Wanderlei Silva is one of the best athletes in the history of mixed martial arts, a former Pride middleweight champion who at one point was considered the most feared fighter in MMA. But if he loses to Rich Franklin at UFC 99, could Silva be finished?
Milwaukee Sports Writer Claims MMA is "The End of the World"
In a column that appeared on the front page of OnMilwaukee.com, "award-winning" sports columnist Dave Begel reported that at some point "the other night", he was "channel surfing and inadvertently saw the END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT!"
What is this apocalyptic catalyst? The collapse of the American economy? North Korea's nuclear weapons? The two Milwaukee police officers shot in their heads today in Milwaukee?
Of course not. It's the sport of mixed martial arts.
Crocop: 'I was just empty in my head'
Croatian heavyweight Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic believes his previous woes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship were purely mental.
"I think I was just empty in my head," said the man once considered the most dangerous striker in mixed martial arts. "It was just the head problem, not body."
M-1 Continues UFC Plea For Fedor Fight
After 2 years, the pleas keep being made by M-1 Global. They do remain in contact with UFC about a Fedor Emelianenko fight although no negotiations have taken place. They remain hopeful of something happening though, perhaps buoyed by reports that Mirko Cro Cop has only a one-fight deal with UFC covering UFC 99.
Nogueira postpones retirement for UFC title run
Rodrigo ‘Minatauro’ Nogueira expects to retire next year and says he would like to end his career in Japan or Brazil - but first he wants to take another run at the UFC heavyweight title currently held by Brock Lesnar.
Regarding his loss to Frank Mir in his most recent outing, Nogueira says: “This defeat has postponed my retirement, I want to run after the belt.
“I want to be another warrior to help the guys to take this American hegemony and bring four belts for Brazil,” he explains in next month’s print edition of Tatame, outlining his belief that he and Thiago Alves can top their weight divisions in the near future.
K-1 World MAX Final 8: Masato vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri on July 13
Japan’s Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) has announced that former two-time K-1 MAX Grand Prix Champion Masato is set to do battle with DREAM lightweight standout Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri in a K-1 Rules bout at ‘K-1 World MAX Final 8’ from the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Jul 13.
The fight continues the recent slew of K-1 vs. MMA fighters that FEG has been brewing, which has seen various mixed martial artists invade K-1 and try their hand out in the stand-up only combat. And more often then not it has seen the mixed marital artists win or at the very least give the K-1 stars a run for their money.
Now it appears “Crusher” will look to continue that trend against the K-1 legend in one of his final battles.
UFC 99: Caol Uno Returns and Can History Give Spencer Fisher the Formula for Success?
Back in March, hardcore fans were treated to an announcement that brought back some nostalgic memories of a crafty fighter who was one of the first Japanese lightweights to have an impact in the history of the UFC. Caol Uno(27-11-4) will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 99 against what may be considered one of Joe Silva's best matchups on the card as he takes on Spencer Fisher in a lightweight tilt.
Despite recent hurdles, Saturday's UFC 99 event nearing sellout status in Germany
Saturday's UFC 99 event, the first-ever UFC show to take place in Germany, is close to being sold out.
Jennifer Wenk, the UFC's director of public relations, said during Monday's pre-event media conference call that the event is "about 85 percent sold out."
"UFC 99: Franklin vs. Silva," which features a main event between Rich Franklin and Wandleri Silva at a catch-weight of 195 pounds, takes place at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, and airs on pay per view. It's the first overseas event for the UFC since it ventured to Dublin, Ireland, in January for UFC 93.
Full Card Set For Adrenaline 3 Event Saturday
The latest Adrenaline MMA event, Adrenaline 3, is set for Saturday night and Monte Cox has revealed the full card. The event will feature a mix of amateur and pro MMA fights headlined by a 6-round boxing fight between Ray Mercer and Tim Sylvia to be held in a cage instead of a ring.