Paulo Thiago Gets a Tryout at UFC 95, Not a Contract
Yesterday we relayed news that undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago is getting his shot in the UFC against Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in London. It’s a tough first fight in the Octagon, but hey, the UFC isn’t the place for you if you’re only interested in easy fights.
Turns out, however, that this isn’t the first fight in a three-fight deal for Thiago; it’s the only fight in a one-fight deal. The UFC has signed him to the rare one-off contract, presumably so they won’t have to cut him when he loses to Koscheck. Thiago says he’s hopeful that a good performance will lead to a longer contract, and that’s looking on the bright side, all right. If he wins, he can ask for more money when he does actually sign a contract.
But at the same time this is not a vote of confidence from the UFC. Sounds like a longshot to stick around. But you know who else was a longshot? Rocky. Although on second thought, Rocky lost, so he might have been cut after the first fight with Apollo. Then we'd never have seen this.
Just please nobody tell Fedor and his management team that somebody is getting a one-off deal in the UFC. They will freak right the hell out
The UFC’s New Deal: A 360 Future?
Chatter is beginning to rise in the industry that the UFC is looking to move towards a strategy of signing some fighters to 360 deals in the future. For those unfamiliar with 360 deals, this is a concept that has seen it most widespread use in the record industry. The New York Times has discussed the increasing prevalence of 360 deals within that industry. The 360 concept would encompass the UFC getting a portion of all monies received by the fighter in his out of Octagon income in exchange for the UFC putting their promotional muscle behind the fighter. The UFC would play a large role in cultivating sponsor opportunities for fighters, etc. and would receive a large portion of said dollars under the scenario.
Mir Vs Lesnar 2 @ UFC 97 ?
UFC president Dana White says that the long-awaited finale to the organisation’s heavyweight title ‘tournament’ may take place at in April.
“Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that. It will be good,” he said earlier today.
Joe Lauzon predicts ‘dog fight’ against Hermes Franca
UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon fights once again in the main event February 7, headlining “UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV against fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Hermes Franca, live from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.
Lauzon (17-4, 5 KOs, 12 submissions), star of The Ultimate Fighter 5 television reality show, last headlined April 2, 2008 Joe in disappointing loss by second-round TKO to fellow Massachusetts fighter Kenny Florian on UFC Fight Night 13 in Denver. “J-Lau” bounced right back this past September, registering an impressive second-round stoppage of Kyle Bradley (13-6) on UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.
UFC Reinforces Economic Benefits Of Its Events To NY
Ahead of another scheduled meeting of New York State legislators to hopefully vote on legalizing MMA in the state, UFC execs Dana White & Marc Ratner are now pushing a study showing, in these tough econimic times, how legalizing MMA in the state and subsequently allowing UFC events as a result could generate millions in tax & tourist revenue for the state, and especially New York City. The next meeting and possible vote are scheduled for tomorrow (January 7).
2 Fight Wear Labels Un-Banned From UFC?
If what we saw at UFC 92 was an indication, especially during Quinton Jackson's intro, yes. It seems that previously banned fight wear brands MMA Authentics and CageFighter have had their bans lifted by UFC & Zuffa. This ban affected such fighters as Chuck Liddell, Roger Huerta, Urijah Faber and Forrest Griffin. An official announcement may be forthcoming in the near future.
Irvin Vows April Return, Calls Out Silva
After finishing up a 9-month NSAC suspension, Jamies Irvin vows to return to UFC on April 19 and also claims he's going to be asking for Top 10 guys every time out. Or, at least for now, Silvas-after fighting Anderson last time out, Irvin now wants Wanderlei when he returns.
Despite recent arrest Josh Neer will fight at UFC Fight Night 17
Despite his recent arrest for second-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated and eluding after a New Year's Day high-speed police chase, Josh Neer will be permitted to fight Mac Danzig next month as planned.
The Neer-Danzig fight is a co-main event for UFC Fight Night 17 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Mickey Dubberly, CEO of Neer's management team at KO Dynasty, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Feb. 7 fight will go on as planned.
"Josh will be fighting Mac Danzig Feb. 7 in the co-main event in Tampa as scheduled," Dubberly stated in an email to MMAjunkie.com. "Josh has been training very hard for this fight and is looking forward to putting on a great fight for the UFC and fans. Josh would like to once again thank his family, fans, friends, training partners, UFC and everyone that has supported him through his career."
Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva fight license to be subject of CSAC meeting Feb. 10
In July, following a dominating Elite XC heavyweight championship victory over Justin Eilers, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (12-1) tested positive for the steroid Boldenone and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for a full year and fined $2,500.
Claiming his innocence, Silva took matters into his own hands and appealed the ruling in October. However, these things have more of a guilty until proven innocent theme to them instead of the other way around.
And the commission’s final decision was to uphold the suspension when Silva’s defense did not appear to sway the initial finding.
With his fight career being his family’s main source of income, sitting out for a full year was not an option for the Brazilian. He decided to disregard the punishment and take a fight in Japan where the CSAC’s suspension would not be recognized.
The big man’s manager Alex Davis released this statement in early December regarding his client’s decision to fight in Japan in spite of the CSAC’s suspension:
“Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option. He’s innocent, he’s tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved.”
Speaking engagement in Gresham, OR
just figured out about it but thought people in the Northwest would want to know. But from what I heard Ken Shamrock, Prangley and Lindland and MARK Hughes will be speaking including many other fighters will most likely attend.
David Loiseau To Return To UFC At UFC 97
After being cut by the promotion a couple years ago, former Middleweight contender David Loiseau will now return to UFC at UFC 97 in April. His opponent will be Ed Herman. Loiseau recently won the XMMA Middleweight Title.
Condit Vs. Larson 2 May Happen In March
5 months ago Brock Larson called out WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit after the champ's win over Carlo Prater at WEC 35. Word now is that Larson is going to get his chance at Condit again-the title fight appears set to happen at an as-yet-unannounced WEC event in March.
UFC Coming to Memphis
When will they be there?
-Citing various sources close to fighters that are expected to appear on the card, FiveOuncesofPain.com is reporting that the UFC will make it's first stop in Memphis, Tennessee on April 1 for UFC Fight Night 18. The broadcast is set to be a lead in for the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 9, which will feature a team USA coached by the winner of Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson, and Team UK coached by Michael "The Count" Bisping. The only fight confirmed for the April Fools Day card is The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero going up against "Lil' Heathen" himself, Jeremy Stephens.
The ’09 Wish List
Pre-“Ultimate Fighter,” pre-Affliction, pre-state sanctioning, fans will remember the UFC’s modest promotional resolution for 1999: run nine shows. (The campaign was dubbed “9 in ’99,” which is what happens when you can’t afford a marketing department.)
A sad testament to the state of the sport at the time: They could only manage six.
Ten years on, and the UFC is likely to meet or exceed the 20 programs it ran in ’08. Wishes have become largely extraneous, since most requested matches wind up happening sooner or later. The sport’s devotees have everything they could possibly ask for -- free shows, top talent, capable management.
This space, though, works tirelessly to find something to complain about. Some hoped-for events for the New Year:
Josh Koscheck Added to UFC 95
MMAmania.com learned this weekend that the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) member has been approached about beefing up an event that could need a little more of it. The promotion has done a nice job of filling up the card with solid match ups after the services of marquee attractions such as Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva could not be secured, but the Spike TV special could use a little more star power.