Thomson vs. Melendez Re-Re-Re-Scheduled For SF Evolution
Or simply put, Take 4. Strikeforce will try once again to have Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez to unify the Strikeforce Lightweight and Interim Lightweight Titles at SF Evolution on December 19 according to GracieFighter. The rematch of their first title fight, won by Thomson, has been postponed 3 times already due to Thomson injuries, forcing an Interim title to be created that has been held-and defended once-by Melendez.
With Jose Aldo win, WEC's Wagnney Fabiano headed to bantamweight division
While Jose Aldo's 145-pound title win made waves in the WEC's featherweight division, the ripple effect has spread to the bantamweight class, as well.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the WEC that former featherweight contender and Aldo's Nova Uniao teammate, Wagnney Fabiano (12-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC), will make the drop to 135 pounds for his next fight.
A date for Fabiano's bantamweight debut has not been set.
It was Aldo, at just 23 years old, who was originally considering a move to the 135-pound division to make way for Fabiano's run at the title. But with Aldo's current 6-0 run in the WEC, including an impressive win over former champ Mike Brown at this past Wednesday's WEC 44 event, it's now Fabiano who will seek the Nova Uniao team's second title belt.
Dana White shocked by UFC 106 judging, says reform out of his hands
"The fight could have gone either way," White said. "(But) 30-27? I mean that's crazy."
White was referring to the official scorecard of judge Lester Griffin, who awarded Forrest all three rounds of the fight, resulting in the 30-27 total.
"The 30-27 score is outrageous," White said. "It's insane."
White considered the opening frame of the fight the closest of the the three rounds. Griffin landed the better shots on the feet and fended off two takedown attempts, while Ortiz scored an early takedown and landed a few blows before his opponent escaped to the feet.
"It was a close first round," White said. "The first round was tough to score. As soon as that fight was over, all of us that were sitting down were like, 'That was a tough round to score.'"
take on the situation (includes a video interview with Marc Ratner).
Rodrigo Nogueira Targets February, Australia
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is looking forward to the day when he can enter a fight 100-percent healthy, or at least without a staph infection.
Just after accepting a heavyweight challenge against youngster Cain Velasquez for UFC 108 on Jan. 2, Nogueira discovered that he had another staph infection, the fourth instance in a one-year span.
“I didn’t take the antibiotic enough. The medicine given me in Brazil wasn’t good,” the former Pride and UFC champion told MMAWeekly.com on Saturday night. “Now Dana White send me (to) a different doctor here last week. I’ll be on treatment for six weeks with antibiotics.”
Koscheck Wants 10-12 Fights In 2010.....Really
“(Dan Hardy’s) not gonna happen, I’m just gonna fight,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I already told Joe Silva I’m ready to fight. Hopefully I can get 10 to 12 fights next year.”
“Yeah, 10 to 12,” he declared.
Even with Zuffa pushing its UFC brand across the globe and constantly upping its number of events each year, 10 to 12 isn’t really realistic, but Silva and UFC boss Dana White have got to love the enthusiasm.
Another UFC Main Event, Another Judging Contoversy
LAS VEGAS -- Mixed martial arts may be enjoying rapid growth but it is also experiencing growing pains when it comes to judging.
For the third card in a row, the UFC found itself frustrated and somewhat on the defensive Saturday night after Forrest Griffin won a split decision over Tito (The Huntington Beach Bad Boy) Ortiz at UFC 106 in a matchup of former light-heavyweight champions.
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Chris Lytle set for UFC 110 in Australia
A welterweight clash with fireworks written all over it has been booked for UFC 110 in Australia.
Undefeated Korean slugger Dong Hyun Kim (12-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Chris Lytle (27-17-5 MMA, 6-9 UFC) have signed on to face each other at the as-yet-unannounced Feb. 21 event at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Patrick Cote calling for Bisping fight
Patrick ‘The Predator’ Cote says he wants his next fight to be against British middleweight Michael Bisping. Cote has not fought since October last year, when he challenged Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt at UFC 90.
Josh Koscheck and Dan Hardy Build Some Heat at UFC 106
Koscheck seemed to feed off the crowd’s anger, destroying the bigger Johnson standing and outwrestling him to boot. On one memorable (yet somehow failed) takedown attempt, Koscheck drove Johnson into the cage so fast and hard that they might have ended up in California without the Octagon to stop him.
Anthony Johnson: After I hurt Koscheck, he needed some kind of excuse to recover
"I didn't hit him in the head, I hit him in the arm. I don't know why he would act like [that], I guess he was gassing. That's the only thing I can think of, [him] trying to find some kind of excuse to complain. I know I didn't hit him in the head. I thought I timed it perfect but I didn't and that's my fault. After him poking me in the eye it made a big difference. Then he did it twice and got both eyes the second time because when he swings, he jabs with his open hand and the right didn't even hit me, it was just the open palm strike and my eyes, my eyes are burning like hell right now. After I hurt him, he needed that, he needed some kind of excuse to recover, but it's all good."
Billy Evangelista Continues Strikeforce Rise
At 10-0 (with one no contest), Billy Evangelista has repeatedly risen to every challenge Strikeforce has given himFrom undercard status to headlining the Challengers Series events, Evangelista’s rise has been steady and it now appears he’s ready to step up to the next level.With his win earlier this month over the always tough Jorge Gurgel, Evangelista proved he could beat a veteran fighter, even under circumstances that had him decidedly less than 100-percent.
“As far as my performance, I wasn’t really conditioned for the fight,” Evangelista admitted to MMAWeekly.com. “I pulled my groin about a month before and I was trying to heal up, but I didn’t even get a chance to do a lot of exercise, but regardless I think I did well for the fight that I did.”
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" coaches? Tito Ortiz wants to coach opposite Forrest Griffin
LAS VEGAS – With the 11th season of the UFC's reality series set to begin taping in just two months, one hopeful has already pleaded his case for a coaching slot. And he has an additional fighter in mind for the rival team.Soon after a close split-decision loss to Forrest Griffin in the main event of Saturday's UFC 106 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Tito Ortiz said he and Griffin should take the slots and then meet in a season-ending fight that would serve as the duo's rubber match."It'd be awesome," Ortiz said. "We'd break records with that one."Ortiz and Griffin first met in 2006. Ortiz picked up a split-decision win and delivered the "TUF 1" champion his first loss in the octagon. Three years later, with a UFC 106 headliner between heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin scrapped and in need of a main event, UFC officials promoted the co-headliner between Ortiz and Griffin to the top spot.
UFC 106 Aftermath: End of Night Bonuses, Griffin vs. Ortiz III + More
Though Josh Koscheck and Dana White have reportedly butted heads in the past, it's clear that Kos is back on DW's good side. For his second-round submission of Anthony Johnson at UFC 106 last night, Koscheck picked up both the $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus, and a $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus (which Johnson also received). As Dana White explained, "I have to publicly say that [Koscheck] always steps up, always wants to fight, fights the best in the world, and I’m blown away with his performance tonight." Still, is that enough justification to reward the chaotic mess that Koscheck vs. Johnson turned out to be?
Dana: UFC "Absolutely" Going To Boston In 2010
Dana White has announced that UFC will "absolutely" make it's Boston debut in summer of 2010. A specific date can't be determined yet because while legislation making MMA legal in Massachusetts has been passed, it likely won't be signed into law until early next year. Both Fenway Park and TD Garden (Boston Garden) are being considered to host the first Boston show.
UFC Possibly To Mexico In 2010, But Not In April
Rumors of UFC heading to Mexico in 2010 have been circulating for some time, but last night Dana White partly shot down those rumors. He said they are trying to get to Mexico City in 2010, but a rumored April date will not happen. It's simply too early. Dana also mentioned other possible plans as well as one target city to visit by name-Detroit.
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.