Kimbo Slice Struggling with First Weight Cut
Kimbo Slice, 35, says he was in middle school the last time he was at 215 pounds.
Slice, also known as Kevin Ferguson, is the only contestant in “The Ultimate Fighter” season 10 cast that was required to drop weight for the show’s finale, slated for this Saturday in Las Vegas. He fights fellow brawler Houston Alexander at a catchweight of 215 pounds. Alexander normally competes at light heavyweight.
Slice usually fights at around 235 pounds. It’s the first time he’s had to cut weight in his two-plus years as an MMA fighter – and he’s not liking it.
“Not good,” the generously bearded heavyweight said of his first weigh cut. “Not good. Moody… you just don’t feel the same. It’s mental, but it’s not a good feeling, to be honest with you.”
TUF 10: Final episodes recap
Dana White called it a "great season." Do you agree?
Well, ever since Kimbo got marshmallowed out of the competition by Roy Nelson in episode three, all we've heard from the former YouTube star was how badly he wanted a second chance at TUF stardom. He would Hulk-up and blow steam from his nose like an angry bull whenever a fellow fighter fell ill.
Then White presents it as a real possibility.....
TUF 10 Finale: Jon Jones
This Saturday night from the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada the contestants on The Ultimate Fighter will be fighting their way into the UFC inside the Octagon, but the main event also has a young talented prospect in the making as undefeated light heavyweight phenom Jon ‘Bones’ Jones takes on Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill in the main event who will be a stern test for the 22 year old fighter out of New York, but is taking this fight seriously and is not overlooking his opponent in the least bit either.
RENZO GRACIE CONFIRMS UFC SIGNING
The 42-year-old Gracie on Wednesday, in an interview with Combate.com’s Paula Sack, confirmed wide speculation that he has indeed signed to make his promotional debut for the UFC in 2010.
Talks about Hughes and Brown .
Prangley Expected to Face Lawler at Evolution
American Kickboxing Academy standout Trevor Prangley is expected to face Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Evolution on Dec. 19 in San Jose, Calif.
Multiple MMAWeekly.com sources indicated the bout was all but signed. One source said Prangley, 37, is awaiting a bout agreement and is expected to sign as soon as Monday afternoon.
Lawler was rumored to face Melvin Manhoef, a bout long campaigned for by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, but Manhoef is committed to fight on the Dream vs. Sengoku New Year’s Eve event against an opponent yet to be announced.
Strikeforce Signs Melvin Manhoef To Exclusive US Deal
Strikeforce has just put it's Middleweight division on notice: Start writing your wills. Their latest huge signing is one of the world's most feared strikers-"Marvelous" Melvin Manhoef. He's signed an exclusive multi-year US deal with the promotion, exact terms not disclosed. He could debut at the 12/19 event against Robbie Lawler, but that's not yet official.
UFC 110 Officially Announced, Will Be PPV
Confirming what had been expected for some time now, UFC officially announced UFC 110 for Australia today. The event will be Sunday, February 22, meaning with the time differences it will air Saturday, February 21 in the US, and as previously reported it will air on PPV. No fights were announced.
Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine for UFC 110 in Australia
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC's first trip to the land down under as former "Ultimate Fighter" winner, Ryan "Darth" Bader, looks to keep his undefeated record in tact as he faces "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by multiple sources close to the fight who indicated bout agreements have been issued for the upcoming fight.
Ryan Bader has looked strong in both of his fights since winning the "Ultimate Fighter" competition, most recently a unanimous decision victory over Eric "Red" Schafer. The former All-American from Arizona State showed some dangerous stand-up to compliment his impressive wrestling background to batter Schafer for the better part of the fight to get the win.
Now taking a step forward in competition, Bader sets his sights on Keith Jardine, who has been a perennially tough fighter always in or hovering around the top ten of the 205lb division.
Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi? "King Mo" says bring it
While just five fights into his MMA career, multi-weight-class contender Muhammed Lawal (5-0) is already looking to take down some of the sport's best fighters.
A recent Strikeforce signee, Lawal recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that WAMMA heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Gegard Mousasi were just two potential future matchups he thinks he could win.
But don't mistake Lawal's claims for cockiness. As the 28 year old preps for a bout with Mike Whitehead at "Strikeforce: Evolution" on Dec. 19, "King Mo" is just confident.
"I'm not overlooking anybody, but my plan is to beat Mike Whitehead, then keep on winning," Lawal said. "Any opponent, I'm not going to be like, 'Oh, it's going to be a tough fight.' I'm going to be like, 'I'm going to win.'
MMAmania.com Interviews Fedor Emelianenko
In the sport of mixed martial arts, five-time world champion Fedor Emelianenko still reigns supreme. After nearly a decade in the fight game this Russian heavyweight, simply now known to the world as "Fedor," still has an unblemished record.
He does, however, technically have one loss on his resume from the RINGS "King of Kings" Tournament that was held in December 2000 in his fight against Ysuyoshi Kohsaka.
He sustained a cut 17 seconds into the match from an unintentional (but illegal under RINGS rules) elbow strike -- a cut bad enough to warrant a doctor stoppage. In a non-tournament fight it would have been ruled a no contest or a disqualification victory for Fedor. This is precisely why many fans and media pundits still consider him undefeated.
Recently he recorded his 31st career victory with a dominating performance over Brett Rogers at the Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Rogers" CBS event that will likely lead to a potential 2010 match-up against either Fabricio Werdum or current Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem.
"The Last Emperor" took some time out of his schedule to discuss his most recent fight against "The Grim" including what it was like fighting in a cage for the first time, if he felt he executed his game plan and whether or not he was in any real danger in the first round of the fight.
Check it out:
Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): Do you feel like you executed your game plan against Brett Rogers? Did the fight play out like you anticipated?
Fedor Emelianenko: Yes, it sure did. The first round I was trying to see how he fights, which pace, how he stands and reacts, etc... to find his weak spot and then take advantage of it.
Derek Bolender (MMAmania.com): When you were on your back in the first round and Rogers was raining down punches, how badly were you hurt and were you in real danger?
Manhunt Monday: Jonathan Koppenhaver
A man who trained to use choke-holds in the fighting ring is accused of beating and choking his girlfriend.
According to Metro, 28-year-old Jonathan Koppenhaver got into a violent fight with his girlfriend and attempted to strangle her.
He also has a record that includes obstructing a police officer and possession of a stolen firearm.
Koppenhaver is a white adult male standing 5'11" tall and weighing 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
His last known address was in the 5000 block of West Hacienda in Las Vegas.
Koppenhaver goes by the names "War Machine" and "War Hammer," and also has a very distinctive hand grenade tattoo on the left side of the neck
Metro says Koppenhaver should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 385-5555.
Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago II Being Targeted for UFC 109
The UFC is targeting a welterweight rematch between Josh Koscheck and Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 on Feb. 6. FanHouse learned of the potential fight on Tuesday, but the bout has yet to be made official by the organization.
Thiago defeated Koscheck in a stunning upset at UFC 95 last February via first round TKO in the Brazilian's Octagon debut. Since then, Thiago has gone 1-1 in the UFC, losing to Koscheck's teammate, Jon Fitch, at UFC 100 and beating Jacob Volkmann UFC 106 in November.
Meanwhile, Koscheck was also victorious at UFC 106 against Anthony Johnson. The American Kickboxing Academy product also picked up a win over Frank Trigg at UFC 103 since the loss to Thiago.
Following Koscheck's victory over Johnson, he told Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview that he deserved a title shot against 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre next, not current No. 1 contender, Dan Hardy.
"I'm the No. 1 freaking contender in this weight division, right here," he said.
The UFC 109 event has yet to be made official by the organization, but it is expected to take place Super Bowl weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Other fights rumored to be on the card include Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman and Frank Trigg vs. Matt Serra.