Diego Sanchez has ‘tremendous respect’ for Clay Guida and his many hearts
“I’ve got tremendous respect for Clay after tonight because I haven’t been in a blood barnburner like that since Nick Diaz and you know, I hit him with some knees, some kicks and some uppercuts that were right on the button and he just kept on coming. I was surprised, the guy’s got heart. He’s got a couple of hearts because he kept coming in the striking too even though I was landing the more effective strikes and picking my shots. He’s a little Tasmanian Devil to take on. He was in a position to fight me for a reason: He earned his shot with wins against Danzig and Diaz. He put himself in that place but I was just the more technical fighter that executed the gameplan right. I went in there and was ‘The Nightmare.’”
UFC gives "TUF 9" coaches Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson new Land Rovers
As a reward for working as coaches on the latest season of "The Ultimate Fighter," the season-nine coaches (and UFC 100 opponents) each received a brand new Land Rover.
A video shot in Las Vegas of the two fighters receiving the high-end luxury sport-utility vehicles, which can run nearly $100,000 when specialized and fully equipped, is available on UFC.com.
3 FOTN Bonuses At TUF 9 Finale
ULTIMATE FIGHTER 9 FINALE AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $25,000)
Fights of the Night:
-Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida
-Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns
-Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night:
Chris Wilson expects September UFC return
Chris Wilson (1-2 UFC, 14-5 MMA) explained the reasons that took him out of the UFC 98 card. The middleweight fighter has no idea about his return to the octagon but expects to perform in September.
“The Athletic Comission decided that the papers weren’t sufficient and then they required more exames in Brazil on the last time. When I arrived in U.S. the comission considered that was to close for the event and preferred not to put me in the card despite of there wasn’t any problem. They canceled the fight but UFC has paid part of the purse.
Strikeforce Challengers 'Villasenor Vs Cyborg' - RESULTS
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS RESULTS:
Main Bouts (on Showtime):
-Joe Villasenor vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos
-Tim Kennedy def. Nick Thompson by submission (strikes) at 2:37, R2
--Jorge Gurgel def. Conor Heun by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
--Sarah Kaufman def. Shayna Baszler by Unanimous Decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-- Luke Rockhold def. Corey Devela by submission (rear naked choke) at :30, R1
-Dennis Hallman def. Justin Davis by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:20, R1
-Brian Caraway def. Alex Zuniga by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Lyle Beerbohm def. Duane Ludwig by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:27, R1
-Landon Showalter def. George Stork by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Len Bentley def. Marques Daniels by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Steve Hadsel def. Taylor Roberts by TKO (Strikes) at 0:17, R1
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale Weigh In Results
Clay Guida (155) vs. Diego Sanchez (156)
DaMarques Johnson (170) vs. James Wilks (171) ("TUF" welterweight finale)
Kevin Burns (171) vs. Chris Lytle (170)
Ross Pearson (156) vs. Andre Winner (155) ("TUF" lightweight finale)
Nate Diaz (156) vs. Joe Stevenson (155)
Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
Brad Blackburn (170) vs. Edgar Garcia (171)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (208)* vs. Tomasz Drwal (205)
Frank Lester (170) vs. Nick Osipczak (170)
Jason Dent (155) vs. Cameron Dollar (154)
* - Ciesnolevicz missed weight and has been fined 20 percent of his show money. The money goes to opponent Drwal.
Cro Cop Fight On 7/20 Now In Jeopardy
No Mo Fo' Cro? Possible as it seems Mirko Cro Cop may be KO'd before then by salmonella. Reportedly scheduled to face Siala "Mighty Mo" Siliga at DREAM 10 on July 20, a Hungarian website is now reporting that Cro Cop has been hospitalized after reportedly suffering from high temperature, diarrhea and stomach pain, the textbook symptoms of salmonella. No further information available yet.
WEC 42: Joseph Benavidez vs Dominick Cruz on tap for August 9
Up-and-coming WEC bantamweights Joseph Benavidez and Dominick Cruz are on a late summer collision course for WEC 42 from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, August 9, the WEC announced yesterday.
Benavidez (10-0) is one of the most dangerous young fighters in the organization. He was supposed to have his coming out party against Norifumi Yamamoto on the DREAM 5 card last summer, but instead had to settle for Junya Kudo when “Kid” pulled out with with a knee injury.
Chris Lytle: Fireman, Father, UFC Star
Chris Lytle will step into the Octagon on Saturday night for his 49th professional mixed martial arts fight. But as busy as he's been fighting dozens of times, Lytle has done a lot more than just that: Lytle is also a full-time firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department, in addition to being a husband and father of four, and doing some professional boxing on the side as well.
Friday Fix: Strikeforce Challengers' Preview
The weekend is finally upon us, and MMA fans everywhere won't want to miss some of the action taking place in a weekend full of great fights to feed your fix. The Bellator Fighting Championships will promote their final event of the season on Friday night from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event will air on tape delay on Saturday night on ESPN Deportes. The UFC will finish the weekend off with a bang as the Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale will take place on Saturday night at 9 PM EST, airing on SpikeTV. The major event taking place on Friday night, however, will be Strikeforce's Challengers series, which will air on Showtime at 11 PM EST.
L.A. Times Calls UFC Undisputed a "MMA Marvel"
Let's make something perfectly clear: The sport of mixed martial arts is not for everyone. Some find the ultra-violent marriage of boxing and martial arts too savage and gory (including yours truly). After all, isn't the object to pummel your opponent into a bloody pulp? Who wants to see that?
DaMarques Johnson insists TUF 9 Finale match with James Wilks nothing but business
Team U.S. welterweight DaMarques Johnson (9-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was pegged as a favorite early on in the ninth season of "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K."
To Johnson's credit, he took care of business throughout the season and waltzed his way into Saturday's live finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas with two first-round TKO's and a unanimous decision win.
But along the way, Johnson was portrayed as a bit cantankerous and seemed to develop a healthy rivalry with his Saturday opponent, British finalist James Wilks (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
The case for legalization: quantifying economic windfalls
While I may have argued for a a fundamental shift in MMA’s approach to seeking legalization, I’m not naive enough to believe that the economics of the sport do not have a role in the legalization process.
The fact of the matter is it’s simply not enough to preach the virtues of MMA as a sport and expound its comparable safety record to all the public naysayers and fence-sitters. It’s now time to broach the topic of economic windfalls - MMA’s veritable ace in the hole.
Inaugural independent world MMA rankings released
We are proud to announce the launch of the Independent World MMA Rankings. Some of the best and most knowledgeable MMA writers from across the MMA media landscape have come together to form one independent voting panel.
These voting panel members are, in alphabetical order:
Zach Arnold (FightOpinion);
Nicholas Bailey(MMA Ratings);
Jared Barnes(Houston Chronicle);
Jordan Breen (Sherdog);
Jim Genia (Full Contact Fighter, MMA Memories, and MMA Journalist Blog);
Jesse Holland (MMA Mania);
Robert Joyner (MMA Payout);
Todd Martin (CBS Sportsline);
Zac Robinson (Sports by the Numbers MMA;
Michael David Smith (AOL Fanhouse);
Jonathan Snowden (Author of “Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting”);
Joshua Stein (MMA Opinion),
and Dave Walsh (Total MMA).
"Inside MMA" preview: Tim Sylvia and Ray Mercer discuss Adrenaline MMA III stunner
This past weekend's infamous "Adrenaline MMA III: Bragging Rights" main event between former UFC champion Tim Sylvia and veteran boxing champion Ray Mercer comes under the spotlight during tonight's new episode of "Inside MMA."
Thanks to our partnership with HDNet, we present a preview clip of the fight and its aftermath.
Listen in as both Mercer and Sylvia discuss the bizarre circumstances surrounding the fight and its shocking finish.