Nick Diaz likely to continue his MMA career as a welterweight …
… after his upcoming 180-pound catchweight fight against Scott Smith at Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” from the Scotttade Center in St. Louis, Mo., on June 6, according to his mentor and manager, Cesar Gracie, via GracieFighter.com:
“With a title fight against Cung Le nowhere on the horizon Nick will probably be going back down to the 170 lb. division. I know there’s been speculation about a rematch with Robbie Lawler, but Diaz will be dropping weight as he picks up his running and cardio training. As far as a return to lightweight is concerned, forget it…. It just isn’t healthy. He was having terrible performances against B-level fighters. The weight drop was causing lots of health related problems and he wasn’t performing to his ability…. After this fight we’ll have Nick drop back down to 170 lbs. and probably stay there unless Strikeforce has something interesting for him.”
UFC's Pat Barry brings heavy blows
Pat Barry has the kind of concussive punching and kicking power that can take him a long way in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight division, even if his cell phone is filled with voice mails and text messages telling him he's a fool to compete with the big boys of mixed martial arts.
He's 5 feet, 11¼ inches tall and weighs 230 pounds but is derided as a "midget" who would be better off fighting as a 205-pounder.
Barry, who may be the most brutally honest man in MMA this side of Dana White, doesn't believe he's too small to be a factor at heavyweight.
Matt Hughes Has An Empty Bag
Yes, even more pre-UFC 98 trash talk from Matt Serra. Speaking during an appearance on this past Monday's episode of Pro MMA Radio, Serra says the difference is he's training for the "old" Hughes and not the Hughes who's lost his last 2 fights and doesn't think Hughes "has it in the bag" like he thinks he does.
Lyoto Machida wants to test himself against Brock Lesnar
While Lyoto Machida is admittedly focused on his upcoming UFC light heavyweight championship match-up with Rashad Evans, and deservedly so, he recently revealed that a move up to the heavyweight division isn’t that far out of the picture.
If Machida wants to eventually challenge some like Lesnar he’s going to have to get past Evans first, something he is fully aware of.
“I don’t think about a fight at the heavyweight division, but I think about a challenge, maybe against the heavyweight champion,” revealed Machida in an interview with Tatame.com.
Changing styles: Frank Edgar UFC 98 interview
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since we last saw Frank Edgar inside the Octagon. And if he has it his way, we’re going to see a new and improved fighter at UFC 98. We’ll call it Frankie 2.0.
Tracing Edgar’s UFC career, you might not think this guy needs to change things up. He’s got a winning formula: he’s a four-time national-qualifying collegiate wrestler with great standup and a lot of flexibility (just ask Tyson Griffin).
UFC In Boston, MMA In Mass - One Step Closer
The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security last Monday approved the state’s first stand-alone piece of MMA legislation, passing it to the Senate Clerk after a unanimous vote.
The Clerk will next pass it to the Ways and Means Committee for a final review, or move it to the Senate floor for debate and a vote.
Matt Moran, Chief of Staff for James E. Timilty, the bill’s co-author and Security chair, said he expected it to go to Ways and Means. The committee oversees legislation with a fiscal impact on the state and votes on whether to pass them to the Senate floor.
While the original legislation passed the Ways and Means Committee last year, there was no timetable on a vote, said Moran.
Sean Sherk, Frank Edgar, Matt Serra clean in pre-UFC 98 drug tests
UFC 98 main card competitors Sean Sherk, Frankie Edgar and Matt Serra have all passed pre-event drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed the results with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following today's NSAC hearing at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas.
Kizer also indicated the commission was still waiting on the results of a sample from Matt Hughes.
Roger Gracie Talking To Strikeforce
Strikeforce recently confirmed they are talking to and may even be close to signing Roger Gracie to a deal with the promotion. Gracie, a wizard in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, is 2-0 career in MMA but has not fought since May '08 due to an injury and legal issues surrounding an opponent-to-have-been.
TUF 10 Coaches Likely To Be Rampage & Machida/Evans
An independent report has been confirmed indicating that the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 10 will be the fighters in the next UFC Light Heavyweight Title showdown after UFC 98: Former champion Quinton Jackson and the current champion after the fight-either Rashad Evans or Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida. TUF 10 is expected to showcase heavier fighters.
DEEP Women's Champ Miku Goes For Revenge On 6/28
The DEEP promotion (Japan) has announced a title match for their 6/28 event pitting their Women's Lightweight Champion, Miku Matsumoto, against Lisa Ward as the main event in a rematch from September 2006. Ward won that fight in the now-defunct Smackgirl promotion and to date is the only loss that Miku has yet to avenge, she's beaten the other 2 fighters to defeat her in her career since those losses. Miku also puts a 3 1/2 year 10-fight winning streak on the line dating back to after the loss to Ward.