Wanderlei confirms Akiyama fight for Sydney, Australia
Wanderlei Silva has confirmed his next opponent. In a video blog entitled ‘Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama’, the legendary Brazilian confirms the fight for Sydney, Australia on February 21st.
“Finally I have the date for my next fight. I am going to fight on 21st of February in Sydney Australia. I am so happy because this is the first event there and my boss has chosen to put me there, it is a great honour for me because it is the main event,” he says in the video.
Ninja turns down DREAM fight to help Shogun, negotiating with Strikeforce
Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua has turned down a fight at DREAM 12 in Japan because he is helping his brother Shogun (Mauricio Rua) prepare for his title shot against Lyoto Machida in the UFC.
Like his light-heavyweight brother, middleweight Ninja was a star of PRIDE FC but lost his way somewhat after the organisation folded. But his last outing was a return to form, as he KO’d Alex Stiebling in 45 seconds at Bitetti Combat in Brazil last month.
"I would fight, but I better not because I am helping my brother for his fight in the UFC," Ninja told Tatame. "He is well, very focused, and goes in search of victory."
Roger Huerta's new trainer.....Mickey Rourke
Roger Huerta is getting some choice instruction in his new life as a fighter/actor.
Almost a month after losing a hard-fought battle with Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19, Huerta is studying acting with movie star Mickey Rourke and Rourke’s personal acting coach.
Huerta’s manager, Jeff Clark, said his fighter recently flew to New York at Rourke’s request.
“Mickey took him under his wing,” said Clark.
Does Rashad Evans have revenge on his mind?
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is of two minds when it comes to his upcoming fight with Thiago Silva at UFC 108 in January.
Minutes removed from his first crack at runway modeling at a fashion show Monday for sponsor Silver Star, Evans re-affirmed his desire to get back to the wrestling roots that brought him his first successes in the UFC, aided no doubt by his knockout loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98.
“I definitely want to get back to what I used to do, because one thing about myself is that I fell in love with the power,” said Evans. “I fell in love with the fact that I could take somebody and just completely lay ’em out still... but I’m not a stand-up fighter. My thing is, I’m a wrestler. That’s what I do. I wrestle.”
Thales Leites joins Maximum Fighting Championships
The detractors have said their piece — now it’s time to prove them wrong.
That is the sentiment coming from the camp of Thales Leites, who has officially signed on to join the middleweight ranks in the Maximum Fighting Championship. In all likelihood, the standout Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace will make his debut with the organization at MFC 23: Unstoppable on Dec. 4 – quite possibly against another top-ranked title contender, Bryan Baker.
UFC President Dana White "disappointed" in Simpsons parody of mixed martial arts
“I was disappointed. I think it was typical of people that don’t know anything about the sport. I know it’s for fun, but the second half of it really wasn’t even funny. We like fighting, but to make it sound like the UFC crowd is this bloodthirsty crowd that shows up and just want to see people get their (butts) kicked — that’s not true. That’s the stigma that the mainstream has of us. The Simpsons program will show you how mainstream we’re not.”
UFC President Dana White reacts to the sport of mixed martial arts getting satirized by The Simpsons last Sunday night on television.
Hype or die: Pat Barry gots a lil' sumtin' for Antoni Hardonk - and da Haterz
“People got to hate you, this is what I learned doing the fighting sports; people are going to hate you no matter what, it don’t matter how well that you do. I’ve had a 1-second knockout and I still heard people talk crazy about how my haircut was or how awful my shorts was. People look at my measurements and just assume I’m really small and they might be right, they might be right maybe I am too small but if I punch you in the head you ain’t going to think I’m too small anymore. This fight means more to me than just going and getting a win because this is almost like a, oh you thought I couldn’t make it and now look at what I’m doing. That’s what (my) “Hype or Die” [concept] is, man just put your gloves on and swing for the fences every time or really don’t bother don’t waste your time.”
“Ninth Ward Solider” Pat Barry coming straight outta New Orleans for Antoni Hardonk at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 24.
UFC Quick Quote: Eric Schafer ready for a stress-free night against Ryan Bader
“I’m definitely more experienced than he is in striking. I’ve been training striking since ‘96; probably since he was in junior high school. This may be the first guy I might not be able to take down, so I might have to show (my striking) a lot more than you normally see it. Definitely my biggest edge is that he won the reality show but he’s only had one UFC fight after that. So he’s really 1-0 in the UFC. He’s never been in there with a big name yet and never had those big fights, and I had to learn that myself. I’m working my striking a lot more and my defensive Jiu-Jitsu off my back. I’ll let him decide where it goes. I’m working my wrestling a lot less offensively, because again, he’s an All-American wrestler, so I don’t want to waste all my energy trying to take him down. So it should be a lot more fun and a lot less stress.”
Eric Schafer sounds off to BSN Online about his pending 205-pound battle against Ultimate Fighter (TUF) star Ryan Bader at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 26.
Anthony Johnson: "I truly believe I'm nowhere near my potential"
“The only pressure I feel, honestly, is the pressure to make the weight. Once I’m on weight, I know everything else will take care of itself. I’m hard on myself and I get upset when I make a mistake, but the good thing is that I can see the progress I’ve made and I truly believe I’m nowhere near my potential. My granddad used to tell me never to settle for second best and never stop pushing to get better. Every day in the gym, I think of what he used to say and I’m determined to make myself better. It’s a way to honor him, to take what he taught me and put it into practice. And that’s what I try to do. It’s why I work so hard. It’s my way of thanking him for all he did for me.”
Anthony Johnson — winner of four of six inside the Octagon — has his sights set on Japanese import Yoshiyuki Yoshida for their 170-pound “Rumble” at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 24.
Daley and Condit for 108
Rumours surrounding Paul Daley's Octagon return have been rife since his impressive debut against Martin Kampmann in which he scored a TKO win over the Xtreme Couture based Dane in the first round.
MMA Unltd has been able to confirm with sources close to the bout that he will face Carlos Condit at UFC 108 as both fighters have agreed to the contest.
Should be a sick fight. War Daley!
Rumor: Varner-Cerrone 2 Maybe Next With Henderson Hurt
Although Benson Henderson beat Donald Cerrone last week to win the WEC Interim Lightweight Title and apparently ruin plans for a Cerrone-Jamie Varner rematch, it seems those plans may be un-ruined now. On ESPN's "MMA Live" this week, guest host and Cerrone teammate Rashad Evans said it looks like Cerrone gets the next title shot despite the loss because Henderson could be out longer than expected (and longer than WEC wants to wait) due to an eye injury suffered in the fight.
'Shogun' sees Machida as favorite at UFC 104
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua knows his place in the UFC 104 main event against light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida on Oct. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Though he has not played it often during his career, he likes his role as the underdog.
“I think Lyoto is the favorite, and rightfully so,” Rua said during a Thursday teleconference. “It’s only right that he’s the favorite. He’s the number one fighter in the weight class and the champion. It gives me a lot of motivation to train hard and do my best, which is the goal of every fighter.”
UFN 20 Targeted For January 11 In Virginia
Although no announcement has been made and there's no official date yet, UFC could be headed to the Washington, DC area in January. Reports are the promotion is targeting January 11 for UFC Fight Night 20, with the Patriot Center in Fairfax a possible host site. The arena has a seating capacity of 11,000. The first fight for the card could be Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Guymon.
UFC Newcomer Alexander Gustafsson Proving Scandinavian MMA is Growing
Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland haven't been hotbeds of MMA talent. Over the years, there have been a few quality fighters coming out of the region that most hardcore fans would recognize instantly, but there hasn't been a large progression over the last few years in the talent being pumped out of these countries.
Norway's Joachim Hansen is probably one of the most recognized names on the list, but among casual fans -- Denmark's Martin Kampmann would fit the bill as one of the more successful Scandanavian fighters. Sweden brought two prospects to the UFC in Per Eklund and David Bielkheden, and other prospects such as Iceland's Gunnar Nelson, Swedish light heavyweight Bobby Rehman, welterweight Diego Gonzalez, lightweight Reza Madadi, and Finnish welterweight Janne Turilinta will all likely see a bright future with bigger promotions soon.
Former WEC Champ, Urijah Faber, Eyeing January Return
Former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber expects to return to action in January, but an opponent has yet to be named for "The California Kid."
Faber confirmed during the WEC 43 broadcast on Oct. 10 that Jan. appears to be when he'll fight again. "That would be perfect timing for me," Faber told MMAWeekly.com "I'm hoping it's January."
No opponent has been named, but the 30-year old fighter anticipates a tough match up.
"I imagine I'll get a tough opponent. That's the way mixed martial arts is, the best fights the best. I'm looking forward to challenging myself and putting the smack down on somebody," said Faber.
For UFC 104's Razak Al-Hassan, the art always came before the martial
At first, Razak Al-Hassan didn't know there was a problem.
"I didn't feel it," Al-Hassan told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of his dislocated elbow following his UFC debut in December 2008. "When the referee stopped it, I was bewildered. I was thinking, 'OK, why are you stopping the fight?'"
The referee, in fact, noticed what pretty much everyone else watching the fight against Steve Cantwell did. Al-Hassan, caught in an armbar, was going to suffer a significant arm injury, but he was refusing to tap out.
The first-round injury has made him into a notable UFC character. Some, he said, criticize him for not tapping out even though an injury was imminent. Others have slapped him on the back and praised him for his toughness in declining to quit.
Frank Trigg undergoes successful knee surgery, says target return date unchanged
A knee surgery went better than expected for UFC welterweight Frank Trigg, who underwent a 30-minute procedure this morning in Las Vegas.
The procedure, which will keep him out of training for just two weeks, was scheduled after months of problems with his right knee.
"It was a lot better than we thought it would be," Trigg today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of his knee. "I was on the table at 7 (a.m.) and off at 7:35. It took me longer to wake up from the anesthesia than the surgery itself."
UFC Signs Another KOTC Champion
First Tim Hague, then Mike Guymon, and now UFC has signed a 3rd King Of The Cage Champion in just the last several months. The latest one to sign is Rory MacDonald, a 4-year-pro who's only 20 but is a perfect 9-0 and is the KOTC Lightweight Champion. Terms not disclosed and no debut date set, but he's expected to move up to Welterweight in UFC.