Exclusive: Lyoto Machida Talks Challengers, Title Shot
Lyoto Machida has become one of the most polarizing figures in MMA today, and somehow, he's done it without opening his mouth. (Take note, Tito.) His incredible fighting ability coupled with a defensive style has stymied opponents and unnerved fans alike. He now takes a moment to address these issues among others in a Bloody Elbow exclusive. Enjoy the interview; he doesn't give many.
Diego Sanchez set to give Penn a “Nightmare” at 155lbs
Speaking on his MySpace blog, Sanchez revealed:
“So my account got hacked and it took a while to get it fixed, but I’m back. I’m training hard and will be dropping down to fight at 155. I will keep you all posted on the info of the fight! But I promise you all that I will do my best to win.”
WEC 37 Fighter Payouts
The official fighter payouts from last night's WEC 37 have been revealed. The total disclosed payouts were $219,000 with the biggest share-$44,000-going to Miguel Torres.
WEC 37 Fighter Bonuses
WEC 37 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $7,500 bonus for each fighter.)
WEC 37 Submission of the Night
– Brian Bowles
WEC 37 Knockout of the Night
– Bart Palaszewski
WEC 37 Fight of the Night
– Cub Swanson and Hiroyuki Takaya
McCulloch Vs Hicks @ WEC 38 Is Off!
Almost as soon as it was revealed "Razor" Rob McCullough's fight with Marcus Hicks has been scratched from WEC 38 on Jan. 25 in San Diego, Calif.
McCullough's manager, Ken Pavia of MMA Agents, informed MMAWeekly.com of the change. Citing a grueling 16-week camp the former lightweight champion went through in preparation for his last fight with Donald Cerrone at WEC 36, Pavia said McCullough would not be ready to face Hicks.
TUF Controversy Sends Wrong Message About MMA
Yes, Dana White keeping proverbial TUF 8 bad boy Junie Browning around despite his should've been kicked off 3 times may have helped ratings, but according to MMA book author David Mayeda, PhD, it may also have hurt the evolution and mainstream acceptance of MMA as a whole.
Dana: Machida Is Silva's Successor
Apparently being boring doesn't work against you if you can get the job done. In a recent interview with Sensei SporTV via TATAME, Dana White says that should Anderson Silva retire as planned, Lyoto Machida could become the best P4P fighter in the world.
TUF 8 Finale Complete card
Phillipe Nover Vs. Efrain Escudero
Ryan Bader Vs. Vinicius Magalhaes
Jason MacDonald Vs. Wilson Gouveia
Kevin Burns Vs. Anthony Johnson
Junie Browning Vs. Dave Kaplan
Krzysztof Soszynski Vs. Shane Primm
Eliot Marshall Vs. Jules Bruchez
Kyle Kingsbury Vs. Tom Lawlor
Rolando Delgado Vs. John Polakowski
EDIT: Missed one:
Shane Nelson Vs. George Roop (undercard)
Chael Sonnen Declaring War on Anderson Silva
From the sound of things, he isn’t interested in just dipping his toe in the UFC middleweight waters, either. He’s doing a cannonball aimed straight at Anderson Silva:
I’m not going to the UFC with a white flag. My flag is red, I’m declaring war. It’s always like that, all fighters when he grabs the microphone says the same thing, they challenge every fighter in the world, except Anderson Silva. A lot of folks don’t have what it takes, before even fighting they’re all ready yellow. I’m not going to do that, it would really disappointing to my fans. I’m the only fighter who wants to fight him, and the only one who has what it takes to beat him.
Kurt Pellegrino vs Rob Emerson UFC Fight Night 17
Another lightweight bout between Kurt Pellegrino (12-4) and Rob Emerson Record (8-6) is in the works for UFC Fight Night 17 at The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 7.
Already, the Spike TV special features two other 155-pound match ups between Mac Danzig and Josh Neer, as well as Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca, respectively.
Pellegrino will look to string together consecutive wins for the first time in more than a year. “Batman” is coming off a solid unanimous decision win over Thiago Tavares at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” back in September.
He has flirted with being recognized as a top competitor in a very crowded division on numerous occasions throughout his career; however, he has been plagued by inconsistency in recent bouts. Pellegrino can get back in the thick of things in 2009 with an early win to start the year over a surging Emerson.
K-1 World Grand Prix Final 2008 to air live on HDNet featuring Kimbo Slice as guest commentator
Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) and HDNet are partnering once again to bring North American fans LIVE coverage of the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 2008 from the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan starting at 3:00am ET on Saturday, December 6.
Joining the broadcast team of Michael "The Voice" Schiavello, four-time K-1 WGP Champion Ernesto Hoost and FEG USA’s Mike Kogan will be none other than Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.
Kimbo was invited by FEG and HDNet to be a guest commentator for K-1’s stateside debut.
K-1 World Grand Prix Final
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2
K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinals
Winner of Aerts/Hari vs. Teixeira/Zimmerman
Winner of Karaev/Saki vs. Le Banner/Bonjasky
K-1 World Grand Prix Quarterfinals
Peter Aerts (93-26-1) vs. Badr Hari (75-7-1)
Ewerton Teixeira (7-0) vs. Errol Zimmerman (74-7-1, 1 NC)
Ruslan Karaev (18-6) vs. Gokhan Saki (74-9, 1 NC)
Jerome Le Banner (91-15-1, 1 NC) vs. Remy Bonjasky (79-14)
Mitsugu Noda (6-2) vs. Tsutomu Takahagi (1-5)
Takeru (5-12) vs. Taisei Ko (1-0)
Paul Slowinski (87-13-1) vs. Melvin Manhoef (38-4)
Hong Man-Choi (17-5) vs. Ray Sefo (74-20-1)
WEC 37 Results ***SPOILERS***
Main Card Bouts:
-Miguel Torres def. Manny Tapia by TKO (Strikes) at 3:04, R2
-Wagnney Fabiano def. Akitoshi Tamura by submission (head & arm choke) at 4:48, R3
-Brian Bowles def. Will Ribeiro by submissin (guillotine choke) at 1:11, R3
-Joseph Benavidez def. Danny Martinez by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-Johny Hendricks def. Justin Haskins by TKO (Strikes) at 0:52 R2
-Mark Munoz def Ricardo Barros by TKO (Strikes) at 2:26 R1
-Diego Nunes def Cole Province by Unan Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Bart Palaszewski def. Alex Karalexis by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 1:11 R2
-Cub Swanson def. Hiroyuki Takaya by Unan Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Shane Roller def. Mike Budnik by Submission (Gullotine Choke at 1:01 R1
The Return of James Lee
I just happened to run into James Lee today at "Hayes Market" and talked to him for a bit before he went to the airport. I asked him about his back injury and he said "everything was great and feels better than before he got hurt". Some good news to hear as we all know what happened when he fought last in the UFC. I then asked if he was going to be fighting any time soon and he told me he was going to fight in MARCH. There is no word he said on who he will be fighting. Who do you think he will fight???
Just thought I would let you guys in on the scoop as I don't think there is any information yet on the fight card for March.
By the way if anyone wants to know information about his new GYM he opened up please feel free to send me a message and i will forward you what ever you need.
I know there is no website to confirm this as I said I ran into him at the store so take it for what its worth
CSAC threatened with accusations abuse (NEF lawsuit)
New Era Fighting Lawsuit Threat Pressures CSAC Head's Garcia Resignation
IRVINE, California (December 1, 2008) – The recent resignation of embattled California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) Executive Director Armando Garcia apparently came from pressure applied after it was announced a year ago that New Era Fighting (NEF) was filing a $500,000,000 lawsuit against Garcia, alleging a pattern and practice by the California State Athletic Commission of intentionally, willfully and viciously interfering with a licensed and approved event, which effected and injured New Era Fighting in the same or similar fashion as other mixed martial arts promoters, managers and fighters