Hate stuff, break stuff: Interview with Forrest Griffin
When fans talk about the overnight success of the UFC, most of the time the first name they mention is that of Chuck Liddell.
And while “The Iceman” is indeed responsible for taking pay-per-view buys into uncharted territory, it is his television counterpart that helped transform mixed martial arts into an acceptable form of mainstream entertainment.
If Chuck Liddell was the manifesto, then Forrest Griffin was the revolution itself.
- JAMES IRVIN OFF UFC 98 WITH KNEE INJURY
Light heavyweight James Irvin will not make his UFC return as scheduled, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
In an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Wednesday night, Irvin's manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., said his client had suffered a torn meniscus in training and will not be able to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98.
Maia Fighting At UFC 102, But Not For Title
Those of us figuring Demian Maia was next going to fight Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title have to wait a bit longer. Maia will return to action at UFC 102, but to keep those title hopes alive he'll at least have to beat his next opponent, Nate Marquardt.
Rashad Evans will bother Lyoto Machida on May 23
“Probably after my fight with Tito Ortiz. After that fight I really believed I could make it. That was when I thought: ‘These guys aren’t that much better than me. I can fight these guys, and I can beat these guys.’ [Lyoto is] a very strategic fighter, just as I am. It will surely be a tough fight. I think if we fight, the winner will be the one with the better strategy. Machida is a really tough and disciplined fighter. He doesn’t get emotionally shaken in his fights, for being so disciplined. When this fight happens, I’m go to make him frustrated and bothered in the octagon. It will be a tough fight, for sure.”
Fredson Paixao returns at WEC 42
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Fredson Paixao (8-3) will make his second attempt at a WEC win when he returns at WEC 42.
Paixao, who signed with the WEC after a two-year layoff from pro competition, made his promotional debut earlier this month at WEC 40 and suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Wagnney Fabiano.
Paixao recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio host "Gorgeous" George Garcia he's slated for a return at WEC 42.
Fedor Emelianenko Submits Shinya Aoki + DEEP/M-1 Challenge Results
Fedor was basically playing with Aoki. He allowed him to get sub attempts like a flying armbar, a leg lock attempt, and even takedowns like the double leg and a nice seoi-nage. Watching it though, you could very much tell that Fedor was allowing Aoki live and catch stuff for the sake of the fans. It didn’t stop him from picking him up and slamming him all around the place though, locking up subs of his own before letting go to stand back up. There was one instance where Fedor pounded the ground with a huge fist, right next to Aoki’s head—kind of a sign that, “hey, I can stop this at any moment, kiddo.” Both were all smiles all the way through the exhibition though, so I imagine they were having lots of fun.
DEEP/M-1 Challenge 3rd Edition
April 29, 2009
Japan 1-4 England
92kg+: Rob Broughton (9-4-1) def. Yusuke Kawaguchi (8-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
92kg: Tom Blackledge (8-6) def. Tatsuya Mizuno (5-5) via Submission (Choke) at 3:22 of Round 1
84kg: Matt Thorpe (11-7) def. Yusuke Masuda (2-6-2) via Submission (Choke) at 1:30 of Round 2
76kg: Simon Phillips (7-2) def. Hidehiko Hasegawa (16-12-5) via KO (Left Hook) at 0:20 of Round 1
70kg: Luiz Andrade (9-6-3) def. Ian "M-16" Butlin (6-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1
Karl "Psycho" Amoussou (10-2-1) def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (4-6-1) via KO (Flying Knee) at 0:23 of Round 1
USA Team West 4-1 Korea
92kg+: Shane Del Rosario (6-0) def. Lee Sang Soo (11-8) via KO at 2:27 of Round 1
92kg: Raphael Davis (6-1) def. Jae Young Kim (12-7) via TKO at 3:45 of Round 2
84kg: Giva Santana (12-1) def. Min Suk Heo (4-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:05 of Round 1
76kg: Fabio "Negao" Nascimento (9-4) def. Myeon Ho Bae (7-4) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
70kg: Nam Yuichul (9-2) def. David Jansen (9-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
France 2-3 Spain
92kg+: Rogent Lloret (7-1) def. Soufian Elgarne (5-2) via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:44 of Round 1
92kg: Christian M'Pumbu (12-2-1) def. Enoc Solves (2-1) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:59 of Round 1
84kg: Christophe Daffreville (3-3) def. Rayco Zebenzui Romero Silva (0-1) via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:48 of Round 1
76kg: Abner Lloveras (6-4-1) def. Gael Grimaud (4-2) via Split Decision (2-1) in Ext. Round
70kg: Jose Luiz Zapater Aguirre (5-4) def. Maktar Gueye (4-4) via DQ (Illegal Soccer Kick) at 1:21 of Ext. Round
Kosuto Umeda (6-7-3) def. Muneyuki Sato (3-3) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
Tomoaki Ueyama (1-3) def. Yu Hosokawa (2-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:52 of Round 1
Houston Alexander feels pressure to win for himself, not keep his job, at UFC 98
“Of course I wasn’t nervous [about losing my job after the loss to Eric Schafer in Sept. 2008]. I wasn’t nervous at all. Number one, I have been in the business for 10 years and second, it’s great to be in the UFC, man, but it’s not going to make or break me. The UFC is a great event to be a part of, but as far as me being a man, it’s not going to make or break me … of course, there is pressure to win your upcoming fight. First of all, I hate losing. We have to make sure that the mechanics, the training and all that stuff coincides together. So, you know, of course I want to win. So, there is some pressure on this next fight because I, personally, want to win. Other than that, that’s it.”
Greg Jackson Interview
Sherdog: Who is the best MMA fighter not under your tutelage?
Jackson: I honestly really think it shifts around, but I really like Anderson Silva’s creativity. I am going to go with him outside of my guys because of his last fight. I loved [his fight with Thales Leites at UFC 97]. Everyone hated it and thought it was boring stuff. I saw him reach down and punch a guy in the thigh. I love that. It’s legit. To me, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ The side kicking, the cross kicking, doing all that good stuff … I mean maybe he didn’t commit to this position or that position, but I loved that fight; I thought it was so creative and interesting what he was doing. I really like Anderson, and, hopefully, Nate [Marquardt] will end up fighting him again because I am really looking forward to the challenge of getting after him again.
Did Kimbo Slice Close The Door On EliteXC
There were several theories that floated around after the demise of EliteXC as to why the once thriving company closed its doors in 2008, shortly after its final CBS show in October, and a loss by their most marketed fighter, Kimbo Slice. But was Kimbo to blame for the company's downfall or simply a catalyst to draw the end closer?
According to former EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw, Kimbo was in an impossibly tough position with his place in the company, with the fans, and with the MMA industry in general.
Shaw says that there were much bigger problems going on at EliteXC that had nothing to do with Kimbo or his short notice loss to Seth Petruzelli that served as the promotion's last televised show.
UFC Cuts Jason Day
It's "Dooms"day for Jason Day. 2 losses in a row have sent the UFC Middleweight packing as he's been released by UFC. He debuted with a win over Alan Belcher but quick TKO losses to Michael Bisping & Kendall Grove did him in.
Brazilians Rush To Ribeiro's Aid
When illness or any other kind of physical impediment afflicts one of its own, the Brazilian mixed martial arts community puts aside rivalries and unites in exemplary solidarity. Such is the case with Will Ribeiro. The WEC fighter, wheelchair-bound after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in December, was recently able to attend an event at the Nogueira Training Center and continues to receive tremendous support from all within the Brazilian MMA community-fighters, promoters, trainers, and fans.
Kim Couture Off 5/15 Strikeforce Event
It appears all is not well in the Couture household. Kim Couture, wife of UFC legend Randy Couture, is now off her scheduled Strikeforce debut on 5/15. And according to opponent-to-have-been Miesha Tate, Kim pulled off because "supposedly her and Randy are getting a divorce".
Ricardo Arona To Possibly Fight For Strikeforce In July
Two years ago Ricardo Arona (13-5) fought Rameau Thierry Sokoukjou at defunct PRIDE 34 “Kamikaze” in Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The African Assassin shocked the MMA world with a 1:59 first round knockout.
Since then, Arona took some time off and many rumours over his return were spread through websites from all over the world. Now Arona is ready to return in September and wants to fight in July in the USA. No organization was named but all the signs point to Strikeforce.
Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva agree to meet at UFC 102 in August
When one door closes, another opens.
Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) woke up this morning believing he would be facing Forrest Griffin on Aug. 8 at UFC 101. He'll go to sleep preparing to face Keith Jardine (14-5-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at UFC 102.
Sources close to the organization have informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that "The Dean of Mean" and Siva have verbally agreed to meet at the Aug. 29 event.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
MMAjunkie.com originally learned of the planned Thiago Silva vs. Griffin matchup in March, but those plans were scrapped today in favor of the former light heavyweight champ and "The Ultimate Fighter" winner facing off with current UFC middleweight title holder Anderson Silva in a 205-pound contest.
The Anderson Silva vs. Griffin fight will serve as UFC 101's co-main event.
Thiago Silva will instead fight three weeks later, as the American Top Team fighter looks to rebound from his first career defeat. After reeling off four-straight wins to start his run in the UFC – and 13-straight victories overall – Silva was knocked out in a January bout with current No. 1 contender Lyoto Machida.
Sean Sherk not overlooking Frank Edgar at UFC 98 en route to another title shot
He’s got a pretty good name. He’s done real well in the UFC; I’ve seen him in the top 10 before. I think it’s another step closer to a title shot, which is my main goal … I’m not looking for an easy title shot. I know Kenny’s not easy but if Kenny wins, I don’t want a shot just because I already beat Kenny. Give me BJ again, man. BJ beat me and for me that’s motivation, especially with everything before that lead into that fight with all the drama and stuff like that … I just want the best fighter to win [at UFC 101], and hopefully if I do my job on May 23, hopefully I can be next in line for a title shot … I mean Frankie is really tough; I never overlook anybody. I never have in my entire career and I’m not going to start now … as soon as you start overlooking guys, that’s when you run into a problem and I’m not going to do that.
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk talks about getting another crack at the 155-pound strap he coughed up following a controversial drug test that pegged him as a steroid user. “The Muscle Shark” also anticipates a very stiff test at UFC 98 “Evans vs. Machida” in the form of lightweight standout Frank Edgar. A win could put him in line for a title shot against either BJ Penn or Kenny Florian following their championship bout at UFC 101 in August. Either way, it’s a rematch for Sherk. The question is, who would you rather see — Sherk vs. “The Prodigy” or Sherk vs. “KenFlo?”
With torn ACL, UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett expects early 2010 return
After suffering a torn ACL in his right leg prior to a scheduled UFC 96 bout with Ben Saunders, UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett said it could be up to a year before he returns to competition.
Hazelett discussed the injury today with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Hazelett (12-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), a fast-rising prospect who's 5-1 in his past six UFC fights, hopes he'll get a fight in by year's end but admits it could be early 2010 before his next bout takes place.
Forrest Griffin to face Anderson Silva @ 205
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will apparently scrap a UFC 101 bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and top contender Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in favor of a Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) match-up.
Sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a meeting was held last week to discuss the Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout and that verbal agreements may now be in place.
Anderson Silva, fresh off a heavily criticized title defense over Thales Leites at UFC 97, will now move up a weight class for the non-title fight with Griffin.
Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 101 takes place Aug. 8, most likely at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The event also features a UFC lightweight title fight between title-holder B.J. Penn and top contender Kenny Florian.
Minotoro defends Silva: “Anderson was smart”
Training partner of Anderson Silva at Minotauro Team, Rogério "Minotoro" Nogueira saw his friend defend the UFC middleweight title one more time at UFC 97, reaching the record of nine consecutive victories. With all the criticisms after a fight below expectations, the Brazilian defends his friend. "I thought it was a good fight. Anderson was very technical and tactical, was smart, made his fight standing, using the Muay Thai ", says Minotouro
Paul 'Semtex' Daley Added To BFC Launch Show
Paul 'Semtex' Daley will be competing under K-1 rules in the opening instalment of the newly-formed British Fighting Championships league, which kicks off on May 16th.
Daley is one of the UK's top MMA talents, having won the Cage Rage welterweight title and challenged Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title prior to that organisation going under.
But he is also a very skilled kickboxer and trains extensively in Holland with top-ranked K-1 talent Melvin Manhoef among others.