Vasquez Camp: Thomas Out at ‘Ultimate Chaos’
Javier Vazquez will make his anticipated return to mixed martial arts competition on Saturday but not against UFC veteran Din Thomas.
Just hours before their scheduled featherweight bout, the Vazquez camp confirmed that Thomas bowed out of the match at Fight Force International “Ultimate Chaos” at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. Vazquez, who announced his retirement following a 2007 submission victory against JC Pennington, will instead lock horns with Mark Kergosien, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist anchored in Mississippi.
“Din pulled out,” said Romie Aram, a UFC veteran and one of the founders of the Millennia Mixed Martial Arts Training Center, where Vazquez trains. “He had issues making weight and got himself sick.”
Limp Bizkit concert at the Mandalay Bay Beach on UFC 100 weekend cancelled
The Limp Bizkit concert scheduled for UFC 100 weekend at the Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday, July 10, has been cancelled, according to Ticketmaster.com.
No reason was provided for the scratch; however, the “rap-metal pioneers” have not performed a concert in North America in more than eight years and were re-uniting this year for its “Unicorns N’ Rainbows” tour.
Anderson Silva might kill Forrest Griffin at UFC 101
“I try to tell the truth and use a little humor to talk about how I really feel. Like if I think you’re a [expletive] idiot, I’ll try to tell you in a funny way. I’m kind of kidding, but there’s also some truth to it…. I’m probably going to get hurt, if not die. This guy knows how to fight. The good news is, if I die, this book will sell a lot more copies and be worth more.”
Ultimate Chaos: Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp Weigh-In Results
Main Card Bouts:
• Bobby Lashley (255.4) vs. Bob Sapp (322.2)
• Pedro Rizzo (243.6) vs. Gilbert Yvel (237)
• Din Thomas (146.6) vs. Javier Vazquez (144.8)
• Chris Horodecki (155) vs. William Sriyapai (154.8)
• Brett Cooper (169.2) vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf (168.4)
• Tom Atencio (160.4) vs. Randy Hedderick (159)
• Danny Abbadi (174.6) vs. James Orso (173.2)
• Eric Bradley (170.4) vs. Kelly Leo (168.4)
• Colin McKee (174.2) vs. Lance Thompson (172)
• Eric Graham (159) vs. Drew Wallace (159)
• Greg Maher (265.2) vs. Rocky Overstreet (253.4)
Wanderlei Silva expects Belfort rematch
Wanderlei Silva expects to be offered a rematch with Vitor Belfort if the UFC signs the Brazilian middleweight.
Silva - a Brazilian middleweight himself - fought Belfort at UFC Ultimate Brazil back in 1998. Belfort stopped him in 44 seconds with a lightning fast series of punches that ran Silva backwards across the Octagon.
“That sequence of punches... I don’t know whether that was technique or anxiety. Many people told me he was dying of fear to face me so that must have been anxiety [that drove him]," he told Brazil's Sensei Sport TV.
Spike TV to air "UFC's Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights" marathon leading into UFC 100
It might just be time for mixed martial arts fans to mark July 11 completely off their calendars.
Spike TV today announced it will air a five-hour marathon of the upcoming series "UFC's Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights" prior to the July 11 pay-per-view start of UFC 100, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The series, which will count down the bouts fans select as the top 100 UFC fights of all-time, debuts July 5 on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
UFC submission aces Rousimar Palhares and Thiago Tavares eye fall returns from injury
UFC submission aces Rousimar Palhares (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will eye fall returns to action after being forced to withdraw from summer bouts due to injury.
An elbow injury forced Tavares out of his The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale bout with Melvin Guillard, while Palhares had been scheduled to face Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 in August before a broken leg forced the middleweight out of the contest.
Alex Davis, manager for both Palhares and Tavares, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) both are progressing on schedule in their recoveries and will eye fall bouts in the UFC.
All 22 "Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg" competitors issued medical suspensions
Unlike some states, Washington apparently issues all competitors a minimum one-week suspension. Paperwork was void of any details of each fighter's particular ailment, though suspension dates are listed below.
* Joey Villasenor: Suspended indefinitely, doctor's clearance needed
* Evangelista Cyborg: Suspended until July 19
* Tim Kennedy: Suspended until June 26
* Nick Thompson: Suspended until June 26
* Jorge Gurgel: Suspended indefinitely, doctor's clearance needed
* Conor Heun: Suspended indefinitely, doctor's clearance needed
* Sarah Kaufman: Suspended until June 26
* Shayna Baszler: Suspended until June 26
* Luke Rockhold: Suspended until June 26
* Corey Devela: Suspended until June 26
* Dennis Hallman: Suspended until June 26
* Justin Davis: Suspended until June 26
* Brian Caraway: Suspended until June 26
* Alex Zuniga: Suspended until June 26
* Lyle Beerbohm: Suspended until June 26
* Duane Ludwig: Suspended until June 26
* Landon Showalter: Suspended until June 26
* George Stork: Suspended until July 19
* Len Bentley: Suspended until June 26
* Marques Daniels: Suspended until July 19
* Steve Hadsel: Suspended until June 26
* Taylor Roberts: Suspended until Aug. 18
June 19 Strikeforce Challengers fighters salaries: Villasenor, Kennedy and Gurgel earn top pay
The list of official salaries includes:
Joey Villasenor: $48,000
def. Evangelista Cyborg: $10,000
Tim Kennedy: $20,000
def. Nick Thompson: $15,000
Jorge Gurgel: $20,000
def. Conor Heun: $4,000
Sarah Kaufman: $8,000
def. Shayna Baszler: $8,000
Luke Rockhold: $7,000
def. Corey Devela: $7,500
Dennis Hallman: $10,000
def. Justin Davis: $2,000
Brian Caraway: $6,000
def. Alex Zuniga: $1,000
Lyle Beerbohm: $6,000
def. Duane Ludwig: $15,000
Landon Showalter: $3,000
def. George Stork: $1000
Len Bentley: $1,500
def. Marques Daniels: $1,500
Steve Hadsel: $3,000
def. Taylor Roberts: $1,000
Che Mills Ramping Up For Another Run With BAMMA
The inaugural British Association of Mixed Martial Arts rolls into view Saturday night and C’he Mills for one can’t wait to get the event underway.
“It’s the first show, but from what has been said so far it sounds good. I am just looking forward to getting in there,” explained the Gloucester based fighter, adding, “I fought three weeks ago as a warm-up in a local Somerset show. I won that, but now I am looking forward to the fight this weekend.”
He faces Edgelson Lua in his first BAMMA bout.
Jon Jones makes no bones about MMA skills
When Jon Jones was a kid, he frequently was the first player chosen in pickup basketball games. By his own admission, though, that was a mistake. Jones is no basketball player.
With brothers Arthur and Chandler starring on the Syracuse University football team, he often was expected to be a star wide receiver or running back. But Jones chuckles and admits he's lucky if he can catch one of every three balls thrown his way.
Broken toilet convinced Sapp to drop weight
Bob Sapp is fighting stateside in just a few days. It's good to see "The Beast" back. But don't be shocked if you see a smaller Sapp against pro wrestler Bobby Lashley on Saturday at Ultimate Chaos in Biloxi, Miss. After years of fighting in the 350-380 pound range, he's down to 320. It's a necessary move. Sapp's gas tank has always been shaky plus he's 35 years old now. All good reasons to trim weight plus when you break a toilet, you're too big.
Bob Sapp is going to ‘wreck’ Bobbly Lashley at ‘Ultimate Chaos’
“[Bobby Lashley is] looking for a train wreck. I’m the train that’s going to wreck him. He’s expecting me to go three rounds … no. I’m going to knock him out. He’s looking for me? He’ll see me after I knock him out and he’s laying there looking up at me. Everybody’s going to see what ‘Ultimate Chaos’ means … me and Bobby Lashley.”
Rich Franklin Needs a New Contract Before He'll Take His Next UFC Fight
After his impressive win over Wanderlei Silva in the main event at UFC 99, Rich Franklin's future has been a subject of a great deal of speculation among UFC fans, with talk that he could fight a young up-and-comer like Luiz Cane or an Octagon legend like Chuck Liddell or Tito Ortiz. But Franklin said on this week's episode of ESPN.com's MMA Live that it's way too early to determine his next step because first he needs to renegotiate his contract.
Franklin was asked whether he expected to headline UFC 103, which is tentatively scheduled for September 19 in Dallas, and he said he wasn't sure.
JOEY VILLASENOR IS BACK, TAKING AIM AT BIG NAMES
As someone once said, “Good things come to those who wait.”
That has never been more evident than it was recently for Strikeforce middleweight contender Joey Villasenor.
After a year in limbo, predicated by the downfall of EliteXC and numerous fight delays, he finally returned to action last Friday victorious over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at the second edition of ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers Series on Showtime.
WEC's Fredson Paixao literally worked his way from the floors up
As a boy in a poor Brazilian town in the heart of the Amazon, Fredson Paixao loved kung fu.
Jiu jitsu, of course, is considered by many the martial art of choice in his native country. But Paixao loved the aerial displays of Bruce Lee movies, dreaming of making such flying moves.
But, with a factory-working mother and three siblings, Paixao also had to find a way to earn some money. That need led him to a local dojo, where he swept the floors for the teacher he met through friends. As a tradeoff, the teacher gave him free jiu-jitsu lessons.