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
Josh Barnett to face Gilbert Yvel at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning"
Former PRIDE fighter and 11-year mixed-martial-arts veteran Gilbert Yvel (35-12-1) has signed a three-fight deal with Affliction Entertainment and will debut against Josh Barnett (23-5) at the organization's Jan. 24 "Day of Reckoning" card.
The Yvel vs. Barnett fight is scheduled for the night's main card, which airs live on pay per view. A preliminary card airs on HDNet.
TUF 9 - Could the finale be held somewhere in the UK?
With season nine of the popular reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” set to be UK vs USA there is growing speculation from various sources close to the UFC that the finale could take place at a UK venue rather than the smaller Las Vegas arenas they have used in the past.
The Atlantic Sits Down With BJ Penn
Hawaiian native Jay Dee “BJ” Penn is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. In 2000, he became the first non-Brazilian to win a gold medal at the World Jiujitsu Championship in Brazil. Four years later, he displayed his mastery of mixed martial arts by jumping a weight class to defeat the reigning UFC welterweight champion, Matt Hughes. On January 31, 2009, he will try to repeat his feat of martial arts skill by taking on the current UFC welterweight champion, George St. Pierre, who is regularly ranked along with Penn as one of the top five mixed martial arts fighters in the world.
The Atlantic Sits Down Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
Quinton Jackson wears a steel bicycle chain around his neck, has a tattoo of a black panther on his enormous bicep, and has a tendency to howl like a wolf. He is also born-again, the loving father of four children—and known for delivering the hardest blow in the history of professional sports. Now, in attempting to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship title, he is also trying to hold onto his sanity. An intimate portrait of a mixed martial artist—and of the growing American fixation with the warriors who earn their living beating each other bloody.
The Atlantic Sits Down with Lorenzo Fertitta
The Atlantic has multiple pieces featuring the various personalities of the UFC, but the most intriguing from my perspective is the sit down interview they had with Lorenzo Fertitta. Lorenzo goes in depth on the various facets of his business.
Lorenzo is straight forward in his comparison of the boxing model vs what he has molded with the UFC:
Wilson Reis and Tara LaRosa to compete at Extreme Challenge event on Jan. 23
The debut of Monte Cox’s Extreme Challenge promotion at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Friday, Jan. 23 is shaping up to have strong drawing power within the Philadelphia and New Jersey markets.
Already announced as headlining the show against an opponent yet to be determined is top five ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez, who was raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
Additionally, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can now confirm that both Tara LaRosa and Wilson Reis are scheduled to compete on the show as well. The news was confirmed via text message with Matt Stansell of North County Fight Club Fight Management, which represents both Reis and LaRosa.