New Strikeforce champ "Babalu" Sobral seeks "dessert" with Tito Ortiz
One time UFC light-heavyweight contender Renato "Babalu" Sobral is undoubtedly one of the top 205-pound fighters outside of the world's largest promotion.
After a TKO win over former champ Bobby Southworth at Friday's "Strikeforce: Destruction" earned the Brazilian the Strikeforce title, Sobral credited sacrifice for his win.
"People just see on the stage, or watching TV, they see good fighters beating up on each other," Sobral said at the event's post-fight press conference. "They don't realize it comes from hard training.
Eddie Alvarez next fight set for Extreme Challenge on Jan. 23
It’s more than likely not a showdown with Nick Diaz or a rematch against Joachim Hansen … but it’s something.
Former Elite XC fighter and 2008 DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix show stealer, Eddie Alvarez (15-1), will make his return to competition at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 23 under the Extreme Challenge banner.
An opponent for the Philadelphia native has not been announced at this time.
Here’s a snip from Alvarez discussing the fight during a recent interview with iGuillotine.com:
Kim Couture Talks First Pro Win
Victory was a long time coming for Kim Couture, and all the more sweet when it arrived at Strikeforce “Destruction.”
In her second professional fight, Couture steamrolled opponent Lina Kvokov, chasing her around the cage with punches and knees. Kvokov seemed to want out from the beginning.
For Couture, who’d sustained a broken jaw in the first strike of her pro career five months ago, Kvokov’s actions didn’t compute.
“I wanted her to come after me,” Couture told reporters after the fight. “It was part of my game plan, so it threw me off a little bit.”
GSP Wants To Be A Legend
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Georges "Rush" St. Pierre won a split decision over B.J. Penn at UFC 58 on March 4, 2006 in a non-title fight. The rematch is set for Jan. 31 and St. Pierre wants to solidify his name as a legend in the sport of mixed martial arts with another win over Penn.
Both are current UFC champions ranked No.1 in their weight classes. Each are considered amongst the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. They're in their primes. This is a mega-fight.
"He's the guy that I want to fight. He's my best challenge right now, and he's the guy that I want to fight," St. Pierre told MMAWeekly.com recently. "I have to fight guys like B.J. to make myself a legend in this sport.
"When you're a world champion you have to set your goal even higher. I don't want to fight to be champion anymore because I'm already champion.
Frankie Edgar Gets His Purple Belt
This past Saturday Ricardo promoted many of his students under the watchful eye of his teacher Renzo Gracie and 30 other very special guest Black Belts in attendance.
New Ricardo Almeida Black Belts:
Congratulations also to the other graduates, including Frank Edgar and Chris Liguori who received their Purple Belts.
Werdum Confirms UFC Release
Although UFC never put out any sort of press release or announcement regarding Fabricio Werdum's release from UFC after his loss to Junior dos Santos, Werdum has now confirmed through the TATAME website that he has been officially released. Werdum claims UFC wanted to cut his pay in half on a new contract, but will now head elsewhere-possibly Affliction or even Japan.
Overeem: "Wimpy Cro Cop Hasn't Signed On To Fight Me"
And in the latest round of trash talk between the eternal rivals, Alistair Overeem again is calling out Mirko Cro Cop ahead of their planned New Years' Eve rematch in Japan. Overeem claims Cro Cop hasn't yet signed on for the rematch despite CC issuing the chellenge for it, but Overeem says he won't use knee strikes to the body so CC can't "wimp out again".
Thanksgiving: the holiday best celebrated by abusing your arteries and securing central obesity’s graduation from “health concern” to “full-blown epidemic.”
In between trips to the apple pie trough, you might feel compelled to mumble some gratitude toward family, friends or -- may God forgive these words -- the fight promoters.
Mindful that excessive carbohydrate consumption might render your brain as useful as a bowl of congealed Quaker oatmeal, here’s a handy holiday reminder of things any MMA fan should be grateful for.
Sadollah vs. Catone Rescheduled For Planned February UFN
The fight between TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah and Nick Catone, originally scheduled for UFC 91 but cancelled due to Sadollah being hospitalized due to a leg infection, has been rescheduled for a planned UFN on February 7. UFC has not yet announced the event, expected to be held at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Strikeforce also interested in female star Gina Carano
Add Strikeforce to the growing list of organizations that is interested in Gina Carano's services.
Actually, we should say Strikeforce is "interested again" in the undefeated fighter's services.
After all, it was Strikeforce that first took a gamble on an unproven Carano and put her on a major card before it was a popular thing to do.
Black-eyed pea: A conversation with UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens
UFC lightweight competitor Jeremy Stephens (14-3) threw a devastating uppercut in the second round of his lightweight battle at UFC 91: "Couture vs Lesnar" that not only sent opponent Rafael Dos Anjos crashing to the floor, but also brought the fans in attendance and at home straight out of their seats.
It was a jaw-dropping ending to a fight that Stephens admits wasn’t exactly heading in the direction he was hoping for when things first got underway.
"He took me down. I really wasn’t expecting for him to take me down. He’s really strong. I was trying to get back up, but he had really, really tight jiu-jitsu. I couldn’t move. I’ve been working on getting up but he left no spaces. He did a good job holding me down. Once I was able to reverse, I made a mistake and he capitalized on it. But you know I’m not going to tap. I’ve got too much heart, too much on the line."
Mac Danzig vs Josh Neer UFC Fight Night 17 fight possible for Feb. 7
There’s a solid lightweight match up looming between Mac Danzig (18-5-1) and Josh Neer (24-7-1) at UFC Fight Night 17 at a yet to be determined venue in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 7.
It’s a 155-pound tilt that will make the televised Spike TV broadcast on fight night, according to a recent message from Danzig on his MySpace.com page.
Danzig — season six welterweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) — is coming off a frustrating unanimous decision loss to Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night 15 back in September. “The Carpenter’s” relentless cardio and wrestling proved to be just to much for Danzig to overcome.
Prior to the loss he submitted Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Mark Bocek with a rear naked choke at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? in April. He stopped Tommy Speer in similar fashion before that to earn the TUF crown nearly one year ago.
Anderson Silva to face loser of Light Heavyweight Clash
ANDERSON SILVA will top the bill at UFC 95 in London, SunSport understands.
But the 33-year-old Muay Thai master will NOT face light heavyweight superstar Chuck Liddell.
Instead, we can reveal matchmaker Joe Silva is considering offering the Brazilian a fight with the loser of one of the two big light heavyweight clashes taking place at UFC 92 on December 27.
Dave Herman wins yet again during “King of Kombat” main event
EliteXC-contracted heavyweight Dave Herman is not allowing ProElite’s recent demise to keep him idle. Competing on Saturday night for the Austin-based “King of Kombat” promotion, Herman headlined the show in a bout against former IFO heavyweight champion Chris Guillen.
Guillen, who reportedly was originally set to face former UFC veteran Sam Hoger, was TKO’d by Herman just one minute and 32 seconds into the face after the referee called a stop to the fight while Herman was delivering unanswered strikes.
The win improved Herman’s record to 13-0 with twelve of his victories coming by the way of finishes in the first round. After feasting on unproven competition in the Midwest, Herman taken a step up in competition in 2008 and is primed for a big campaign in 2009.
Shooto ‘Gig North Volume 3' results & quick recap
Here are the official Shooto ‘Gig North Vol: 3’ results:
Junji Ikoma (11-9-4) fought Takuya Mori (5-3-1) to a draw
Tatsuya Yamamoto (2-2) defeated Kazuyuki Yoshida (0-2) via rear naked choke (2:09-R2)
Taro Kusano (1-2-1) defeated Hidekazu Asakura (1-5) by unanimous decision
Tsuneo Kimura (2-1) defeated Michiyuki Ishibashi (1-5-1) by unanimous decision
Junpei Chikano (1-3) defeated Yoshiki Noguchi (0-4) by unanimous decision
Atsushi Mochizuki (1-1) defeated Takeshi Sato (0-2) by unanimous decision
Takashi Nikuni (1-0) defeated Toshiaki Hayasaka (0-1) via armbar (4:03-R2)
‘Extreme Makeover’ Rampage Jackson UFC 92 edition
“You will never have seen the Rampage you’re going to see at UFC 92. This is Rampage who has been training with top sparring partners and top experts in all the various fields, top conditioners, top strength and diet experts like Kerry Kayes. This is the Rampage who is going to win back his UFC Title and defend it for years.”
– Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has enlisted the services of Kerry Kayes — the long-time strength and nutrition coach for Ricky Hatton and other star athletes in the Manchester area — to help get him fit for his upcoming clash with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008? on December 27.
A New Affliction, Fedor Muses On Arlovski
It seems Fedor Emelianenko can’t be dragged away from combat sports. Even in his spare time the heavyweight has long practiced the Russian martial art Sambo as his hobby away from the profession of MMA.
“I really do (it) for pleasure, just because I have a desire to do it,” Emelianenko told MMAWeekly.com.
Of course, hobbies can often have their setbacks, and around the same time friend and dream opponent Randy Couture was mixing it up with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, Emelianenko suffered his first setback in eight years, losing a decision to Blagoi Ivanov in the semifinals of the 2008 World Combat Sambo Championships.
Fioravanti Gunning For A KO For The Troops
Luigi Fioravanti has rarely had it easy in his UFC career. In two years and seven appearances, he’s taken bouts that no one else wanted, fights where he was the clear underdog.
The UFC keeps bringing him back, though, because he always comes to scrap.
“They need to let me go fight in England, build my record up,” he says with a laugh.
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fioravanti has surely been tested outside the cage. He came to the UFC on a seven-fight win streak, facing then rising star Chris Leben at “Ultimate Fight Night 4.” Leben clearly won the fight, but Fioravanti never gave in to the outspoken brawler and went the distance. In his next fight, he knocked another “Ultimate Fighter” contestant, Solomon Hutchinson, into next Tuesday.
Fioravanti believes his “whatever” attitude is the key to longevity, he tells MMAWeekly.com.