Werdum isn't buying Overeem's injury
Fabricio Werdum planned to make his August Strikeforce debut by challenging champion Alistair Overeem for his Strikeforce heavyweight belt. He did end up fighting at the Aug. 15 event, but against journeyman Mike Kyle, not Overeem.
The Dutch fighter cited a re-aggravated injury to his hand, originating in a bar brawl, as the reason for withdrawing from the fight.
Overeem has since been confirmed to fight Peter Aerts in a K-1 kickboxing bout on Sept. 26 in Seoul, Korea.
Werdum isn’t buying the injury.
Nate Quarry: "You don't become a legend by winning decisions"
"You don’t become a legend by winning decisions. That’s what fans want to see, that’s what gets you bonuses, that’s what feeds my family. I’ve seen a lot of fighters stay in the UFC with losing records because they were such exciting fighters who put it on line. I think that’s what fans pay to see, want to see and relate to. On any given day, I’m going to bring the best game I possibly have. At least I can say, ‘Win or lose, I did the best I could. What else I could have done?’ That allows me to sleep at night."
Former TUF star Nate Quarry discusses his upcoming middleweight bout against “Crazy” Tim Credeur at UFC Fight Night 19 from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Sept. 16.
Belfort’s Secret Skill: Karate
"LAS VEGAS -- Wide stance. A different scream before each attack. The Vitor Belfort I saw at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts was different from the one I’ve followed since he was 15 years old.
After the training session, I met with one of his sparring partners, Jayme Sandall -- considered one of the best Shotokan Karate artists in Brazil, along with the Chinzo and Lyoto Machida. While Belfort showered, Sandall revealed that Yoshizo Machida was one of the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s trainers with the Brazilian national team and that he had become close friends with both the Machida brothers."
GOUVEIA VS. BELCHER TAPPED FOR UFC 107
Middleweights Wilson Gouveia and Alan Belcher are expected to meet at UFC 107, MMAWeekly.com has learned from multiple sources close to the situation. Bout agreements have yet to be signed, but both parties have agreed to the fight and are expected to finalize the deal shortly.
Though not officially announced, UFC 107 is expected to take place Dec. 12 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
Gurgel vs. Evangelista To Headline SF Challengers On 11/6
A headline bout pitting UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel against Strikeforce mainstay Billy Evangelista is set for Nov. 6 at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, Calif. Gurgel had originally talked of the bout on his Twitter account, mentioning Oct. 25 as the date, but Mike Afromowitz, Strikeforce’s Director of Communications, on Friday said “The actual date of the Challengers event at SaveMart Center is Friday, November 6.”
Ortiz: ‘Cyborg’ Santos Slammed Me
"If there is one woman who insists on ignoring gender roles in society, it’s Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: after throttling Gina Carano like a hungry wolverine beheading a hummingbird, Santos’ training doesn’t appear to be slacking.
Posted on Tito Ortiz’s vlog and first noticed by Michael David Smith of Fanhouse, Ortiz can be seen discussing a sparring session with Santos that apparently involved her slamming her way out of a triangle attempt."
UFC newcomers Alexander Gustafsson and Jared Hamman meet at UFC 105
Undefeated Swedish light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and fellow UFC newcomer and EliteXC veteran Jared Hamman (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at UFC 105.
UFC 105 takes place Nov. 14 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, and airs via tape delay on Spike TV.
Although not officially announced by the UFC, the Gustafsson vs. Hamman fight is slated for the night's un-aired preliminary card.
Should the UFC Have the Power to Veto Outside Projects?
?Rampage Jackson's decision to pull out of UFC 107 in order to star in The A-Team has those inside and outside the company considering how these incidents can be avoided in the future. The guys over at MMA Payout think the UFC should add some kind of clause to its contracts that would tie fighters to a certain date in the future.
Aleksander Emilianenko Up For Grabs
Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of Fedor, is back on the market for a new fight after announcing on his website Thursday his withdrawal from a Sept. 29 fight in South Korea.
Citing the lack of dialogue from the promoter regarding an opponent, Emelianenko has pulled out of the Fighting Mixed Combative 2 card and is accepting proposals right away so that he can return to action "as soon as possible."
Hari 'Throws to Hurt With Every Shot'
I've always believed that the one thing Japan's K-1 kickboxing promotion needs to take off in the United States is the emergence of one recognizable star. It's looking increasingly like HDNet, which owns the U.S. TV rights to K-1, thinks that star is Badr Hari.
On Friday night HDNet will air a 90-minute show devoted to the career of Hari, a Dutch-Moroccan heavyweight with powerful punches and a bad-boy attitude. The above video promoting the show pretty well describes why Hari has the potential to emerge as the first kickboxer to really gain traction with American fans.
Dana White: UFC Heavyweight Division Best Ever, TUF Makes It Stronger
We're less than a week away from the start of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, and in a commercial to promote the show, UFC President Dana White makes a strong claim: "In UFC history, I don't think our heavyweight division has ever been as exciting as it is now."
The purpose of this commercial is to hype the Ultimate Fighter cast members as beefing up that already exciting heavyweight division, but I'm more interested in what White said about the division as it stands right now.
FRANK MIR VS CHEICK KONGO AGREED FOR UFC 107
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is set to return to the Octagon to face French striker Cheick Kongo. Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday that the fight is verbally agreed to, but bout agreements have not been signed.
Though recent reports suggested the bout could headline UFC 105 in Manchester, England, MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that it would take place on Dec. 12 at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tenn.