MANAGEMENT CONFIRMS UFC HEAVYWEIGHT'S INJURY
Following the news on Monday that Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Cain Velasquez had been forced out of a proposed fight due to a knee injury, MMAWeekly.com has received an official update on his condition.
Representatives from Zinkin Entertainment, Velasquez’s management team, informed MMAWeekly.com that the former Arizona State wrestler recently injured his knee in training and required arthroscopic knee surgery.
The injury was nothing severe, but with rehab and training it will keep the fighter sidelined for the next few weeks at the least.
According to the report, Velasquez should be back in action by “February at the latest. We are just waiting to see how rehab goes right now.”
As previously reported, the original opponent for Velasquez, Mustapha Al-Turk, will now face Cheick Kongo on Dec. 27 as a part of UFC 92 in Las Vegas.
NO DISTRACTIONS, GINA CARANO FOCUSED ON FIGHT
The life of a mixed martial arts fighter has changed dramatically since the sports’ inception some years ago. From movie roles to commercials to photo shoots to interviews, the daily routine for a fighter is anything but routine these days and no one knows that better than Elite XC women’s star, Gina Carano.
As a part of the first main stage women’s fight during the Elite XC inaugural show, Carano proved that female fighting can be just as exciting and tough as what the men do.
She also opened up a giant door for more opportunities as soon after her fighting career took off, including her current 2nd job as “Crush” on American Gladiators.
Carano admits that her new found fame and lifestyle are a big switch, but when given the chance to reach out to new avenues in life, who wouldn’t take the job?
“Anybody who gets a good opportunity would take it,” said Carano in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I get a lot of flack from people who are like ‘oh she’s not serious about fighting’ and that’s not it at all. I’m just open minded. I’m not just a fighter, like I’m not just a female. I’m a bunch of things, I have a lot of interests.”
Matt Wiman vs. Frankie Edgar signed for Dec. 10 UFC military event
Lightweights Matt Wiman (10-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Frankie Edgar (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) have signed to meet at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops," an event that takes place Dec. 10 at the Fort Bragg military institution in Fayetteville, N.C.
Stephen Rivera, Edgar's longtime mentor and manager, confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) overnight that bout agreements have been signed.
Fiveouncesofpain.com first reported on Wednesday that the fight was close to being finalized.
Wiman returns to competition and goes for his fifth consecutive victory inside the UFC. The 25-year-old suffered a second-round knockout to Spencer Fisher at UFC 60 before joining the cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" in 2007. In the exhibition competition, he defeated Marlon Sims in a preliminary bout but then dropped a unanimous decision to eventual show runner-up Manny Gamburyan in the quarterfinals.
However, Wiman has since been on a tear, defeating Brian Geraghty (TKO), Michihiro Omigawa (unanimous decision), Justin Buchholz (submission) and Thiago Tavares (knockout) in regular UFC competition.
DREAM 6 event fallout
The claimed attendance for the DREAM 9/23 Saitama show was 20,929.
: Sports Navigator is reporting that DREAM 6 drew a 9.0% rating on TBS, with the high QH (quarter-hour) mark showing Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Masanori Tonooka drawing a 13.4% rating. Bad numbers, as expected.
Their events are great, they put on great fights, but they just keep doing bad #'s
...hopefully they can make something happen to get their numbers up.
TEAM QUEST FIGHTER IN FOR GRACIE AT SENGOKU 5
Travis Wiuff confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his new opponent for the upcoming Sengoku 5 event in Tokyo this weekend will be recent Team Quest (Murrieta) acquisition Muhammad “Mo” Lawal.
Lawal has an impressive freestyle amateur wrestling background, with accolades including the 2002 NCAA Division II National Championship, and First Place finishes at the 2006 U.S. Open and 2007 Pan-American Games.
Most recently the native Coloradan finished second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, just missing out on an opportunity to compete in recent Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
This will be Mo’s first MMA bout, as he joins Team Quest (Gresham) lightweight Ryan “The Lion” Schultz on the card.
Ben Saunders vs Brandon Wolff at UFN 16
A welterweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Ben Saunders (6-0-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and UFC newcomer Brandon Wolff (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take place Dec. 10 at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops."
The event will be hosted by the Fort Bragg military installation in North Carolina. It airs live on Spike TV.
Wolff's agent, Ken Pavia, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bout is being finalized this week.
Fiveouncesofpain.com first reported the possibility of the Saunders vs. Wolff fight earlier today.
Arlovski-Nelson Tapped for CBS
At least two fighters will not sit on the sidelines following the postponement of Affliction’s Oct. 4 “Day of Reckoning” event in Las Vegas.
Former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (13-5) and IFL kingpin Roy Nelson (13-2) have been offered a heavyweight bout at EliteXC “Heat” Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The event will be aired live on CBS.
Arlovski’s management team would not comment Wednesday on the proposed bout, while Nelson’s attorney, Rod Donohoo, also refrained from remarks. However, Sherdog.com has learned from separate sources that both fighters have agreed in principle to the match and that contracts have been issued for review.
The last-minute addition will be presented as an Affiction-EliteXC co-promoted fight, and adds a quite a punch to an already anticipated roster featuring a showdown between former Internet brawler Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock. Female sensation Gina Carano is also on board to take on Kelly Kobald-Gavin in a 140-pound bout.
*NEW* - Crocop: "We will settle our score on NYE"
Mirko showed up at the airport in sunglasses at around 20h. Overeem smashed both of his arcades and he has two stitches on both sides. Scratches are also visible on his forehead and neck, but Cro Cop was in the mood for a short chat and said that he was upset that the match had to be stopped because he was sure that his chance would come if they were to resume.
EliteXC signs Russian middleweight Alexander Shlemenko
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that EliteXC has signed 2005 World Pankration champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko to a multi-fight contract.
Sources have indicated that he will make his EliteXC debut during the promotion’s Oct. 10 ShoXC event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Shlemenko, rated as one of the top middleweights in Russia, is 21-3 and has competed for notable promotions such as M-1 in Russia, BodogFIGHT in Vancouver, and Jungle Fight in Brazil.
His most highly-publicized win in front of U.S. audiences took place during the television taping for the final season of BodogFIGHT last year. Facing Scott Henze in August of 2007, Shlemenko needed just 57 seconds into the fight to win via knockout.
LOUGHRAN VS CREDEUR AT UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS
Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Nate Loughran and Tim Credeur have verbally agreed to fight on the UFC Fight for the Troops event on Dec. 10 on Spike TV.
Both fighters made their official UFC debuts on as part of the July 19 UFC Fight Night featuring a special light heavyweight bout between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and James Irvin.
Loughran kept his unbeaten streak alive by submitting Johnny Rees at that event. In his UFC debut, Credeur also won, defeating fellow Ultimate Fighter Season 7 alumnus Cale Yarbrough by TKO.
Ask the Doc: Dr. Benjamin on foot stomps and good chins vs. bad chins
Q. I have a serious question that I would like to ask you, and I hope that you find the time to respond. First off, I love your column and enjoy reading it. I only wish you posted more than you do. My question is: How do you feel about foot stomps? In my opinion, I think this is really a brutal technique that could cause severe mobility injuries, especially to lightweights who are, of course, smaller framed and highly rely on their mobility as part of their offensive and defensive game plans. It amazes me that I haven't personally heard of any severe injuries coming from this, but I can't help but feel when I see it being implemented against the cage that intense pain is right around the corner for one of the two combatants. (from reader "Purplejitz08")
A. "I think this is a brutal technique." I think you're being far too kind to refer to a foot stomp as a "technique." I refer to it as a desperate measure employed by a desperate fighter. If your go-to move is to stomp on an athlete's foot while in a clinch, I have some advice for you: practice more. Dirty boxing, Muay Thai, judo throws and sweeps are "techniques." Stomping on a foot is a muffled cry for help. Please, please someone recognize my deficiencies and teach me honorable legitimate techniques.
A foot and ankle surgeon once told me that people never think about their feet until they don't work correctly. Let someone stomp your foot and break it, and watch how miserable your next few months (if not more) become. Every step hurts. The foot is an architectural masterpiece. Destroy its integrity and get ready for a potential lifetime of pain.
Ask people with simple foot disorders such as flat feet or plantar fasciits (not to mention a tarsal or metatarsal bone fracture) how happy they are. Ask them how many miles can they run for their cardio or how training is going. And if you were the troll who stomped their foot and caused an injury, I pray that he or she (politically correct) pokes you in the eye and knees you in the groin.
I consider a foot stomp nothing more than a nuisance foul -- like fish hooking, but with potentially far greater consequences. Foot stomps have no place in MMA.
Evan Tanner ‘Into the Desert’ final blog entry found
It’s Tuesday night. Tomorrow I go out into the desert. It has taken over a month to get all the gear together. The preparation for this adventure took far longer than I had expected. I’ve never done this before, so I took my time reading books, studying the land, and researching gear. A few weeks of solitude in the deep desert, and then back to civilization, and back to training.”
The entry above is from former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner, who up until his premature death was a regular blogger on Spike.com. The network apparently uncovered the draft post in the dashboard of the control panel — Tanner never published the entry. He was eventually found in the California desert in which he sought solitude, succumbing to heat exhaustion from the searing temperatures that soared above 110 degrees. He was just 37 years old. There is a memorial service in his honor this weekend. Dan Christison provided MMAmania.com with all the details
Dave ‘Pee Wee’ Herman vs Kerry Schall to headline Elite XC Sho XC event October 10
Elite XC is heading to “The Venue” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. on Friday, October 10 for Sho XC Challenger Series 9, which will air live on Showtime beginning at 11 p.m ET.
The main event will feature undefeated heavyweight fighter Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (11-0) taking on Kerry “The Meat Truck” Schall (21-10).
Herman’s last two wins have both been under the Elite XC banner against Mario Rinaldi and Ron Waterman, respectively. Both victories were by way of stoppage due to strikes.
“Pee Wee” claims that he trains himself out of his own garage. If that’s true, then he is one heck of a naturally talented fighter. Rinaldi remains the only man to survive the first round with Herman. In each of his other 10 professional fights, he’s been able to dispatch the other man before the first five minute bell, usually with strikes.
He’s a big athletic country boy with a strong wrestling base. Rinaldi had a ridiculously tough time taking him down and Waterman — who is a beast — couldn’t hold him there when he did get him to the mat.
Quinton Rampage Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva could happen at UFC 93
The blockbuster light heavyweight match up between Quinton Jackson (28-7) and Wanderlei Silva (32-8-1) will more than likely not happen at UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15.
The explosive (and long-rumored) third showdown between “The Axe Murderer” and “Rampage” was expected to co-headline the major pay-per-view (PPV) alongside the showdown between UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar.
We first passed along news of the booking earlier this month right here.
However, it appears that even though bout agreements were distributed to both fighters several factors prevented the fight from taking place, including the legal obligations that “Rampage” must fulfill in November.
MICHAEL BISPING WELCOMES RAMPAGE & KONGO
The Wolfslair gym in England was known to many fans as the home of “Ultimate Fighter” season 3 winner Michael “The Count” Bisping, but in recent weeks the addition of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Cheick Kongo have now made the team a major entity in the MMA world.
Jackson and Kongo both recently made the decision to leave former trainer Juanito Ibarra and make the move to Team Wolfslair. Bisping, who is currently training for a fight with Chris Leben, talked about the growth of his home camp in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com
“I think it’s just a sign of the team getting bigger and bigger,” he commented. “Rampage and Kongo are signed now. On the domestic side in the U.K. we’ve got some of the other fighters in the forefront. Some of the top level fighters in the U.K., they’re joining up to the team now as well.”
Five "Strikeforce at the Mansion II" fighters issued medical suspensions
The California State Athletic Commission has issued a total of five medical suspensions following this past weekend's "Strikeforce at the Mansion II" event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) requested and today received the list of suspensions directly from the CSAC.
The Sept. 20 event took place at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Among those receiving suspensions was headliner Joe Riggs, who suffered a TKO loss to Kazuo Misaki in the night's main event.
The CSAC also issued suspensions to Ashe Bowman, Corey Devela, Justin Wilcox and Kenneth Seegrist.
All of the suspensions last 45 days and require no contact for 30 days. Four of the suspensions were for precautionary reasons following knockout losses. Wilcox, meanwhile, was issued a suspension due to a possible right-elbow injury.
Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben: I’m going to make 20,000 people shut-up at UFC 89
UFC middleweight contender Chris Leben was our guest on this weeks broadcast of Pro MMA Radio. Presented by MMAmania.com, Pro MMA Radio airs live every Monday night at 9pm and features many of the top fighters from the UFC and beyond.
‘The Crippler’ didn’t waste any time getting into his fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 89. Leben gives credit to Bisping’s technical approach but isn’t impressed with his power. He also believes people underestimate his (Leben’s) ground game.
Leben predicts he will win by knockout.
Larry asks him about the short stint he did in prison that kept him out of UFC 85 and the story behind choking out one of his fellow inmates.
Chris also talks about his fight with Anderson Silva and how he had it in his head that he was going to knock him out in the first round - and how that mental mistake cost him the fight.
STRIKEFORCE: WHO'S NEXT FOR THE PUNK?
Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson turned in another impressive performance this weekend, taking a mere 74 seconds to defeat Lion’s Den fighter Ashe Bowman at the world famous Playboy Mansion. It was his eighth straight victory in two and a half years; he took but one serious punch before overwhelming Bowman with strikes.
“I just took what he gave me and tried to exploit him a little bit, it just worked out to my benefit. I caught him with a good shot right off the bat and it all fell into place,” Thomson told MMAWeekly.com in a video interview after the fight.
The question now shifts to who’s next in line for Thomson. A Top 10 lightweight, Thomson recently stated that he only wanted to face names and solid contenders for his belt. Mitsuhiro Ishida, who also decimated his opponent on Saturday, would appear to be the next logical opponent. But Thomson isn’t so sure at this point.
Fedor Talking Japan on NYE, Affliction Says No
Fedor appeared at the DREAM.6 show and teased the fans with a potential New Year's Eve fight, possibly against gold medal judoka Satoshi Ishii.
Naturally Affliction's not happy since they have big plans for Fedor to headline their show on January 11th in the U.S. or do they.....
Not so fast says Affliction Entertainment VP, Tom Atencio.
"Fedor was supposed to fight for them on New Year's Eve, but he is not because we extended his contract," Atencio said.
When asked if it was 100% confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on the upcoming Affliction/Golden Boy card on January 17, 2009, in Anaheim, Atencio stopped us dead in our tracks.
"The date and location are not official," Atencio said. "Everyone is tripping. Our next show will definitely be the 1st quarter of 2009 in January, possibly February. Nothing is confirmed though."
Fightlnker speaks for everyone with a brain here:
Hmm, so let’s see what we know: Fedor’s Affliction contract is a US only contract. Affliction doesn’t even have a date locked down for Fedor’s next fight and therefore no bout contract has been signed. How likely do you think it is given those facts that Fedor is going to pass up on another NYE event in Japan? The dude magically pulled a NYE event out of his ass last year because he loves doing it so much. Does anyone really think he’s going to pass this up for a proposed event by a company that just cancelled it’s last event and is working on a questionable partnership with a boxing promotion?