Diego Sanchez: ‘I’m here to claim what’s mine’
Diego Sanchez may be the challenger going into this weekends lightweight championship clash against B.J. Penn at UFC 107, but judging from The Nightmare’s recent statements during the UFC 107 Countdown Show, he wouldn’t know it.
According to Diego, he’s already the champion; This fight is just a formality for the San Diego based fighter.
“From the moment I stepped down to 155, I knew in my heart that I was the best 155 pounder in the world,” said Sanchez during the recent Spike TV broadcast.
“I’m here to claim what’s mine. It’s my time now.”
Clay Guida, "I make guys fight my fight"
The exciting and always dangerous Clay Guida is set on a collision course to continue his push to the top of an ever-growing lightweight division.
Always an imposing threat, “The Carpenter” has now enhanced his arsenal tenfold by adding his name to the growing roster of fighters who trek across country – in some cases across the world – to work with the infamous Greg Jackson.
BJ Penn casts doubt on Diego's craziness
BJ Penn says he won’t be rattled by vocal gymnastics coming towards the Octagon – if he can even hear them – when he faces Diego Sanchez at UFC 107 on Saturday.
Sanchez, winner of the original “Ultimate Fighter,” who’s getting his first title shot after shrinking from welterweight to lightweight, isn’t your average bird outside the cage. Sure, he works hard like everyone else. But his supreme confidence – a trademark of his early career – isn’t expressed in the usual ways.
That’s if you consider cartwheeling through a park yelling “YES!” unusual.
If it’s a contest of crazy, Penn told reporters Wednesday, Diego’s already lost.
WEC Quick Quote: Donald Cerrone is going to call out Jose Aldo
"I’m going to call out Jose Aldo and drop down to 145. I’m really looking forward to that. I’m not running away from the 155 pound weight class. I’m going to stay at 155, but just also going to fight at 145."
-- Perennial WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone dropped in on the *********** “The Ground and Pound” radio show this past Monday to discuss his upcoming bout with Ed Ratcliff and, apparently, his desire to move down to the 145-pound division.
UFC Hoping for a July 2010 Return for Brock Lesnar
According to Heavy.com, Brock Lesnar is back on his feet after a nasty case of diverticulitis, and the UFC is targeting July as a potential return date for the heavyweight champ; Lesnar's long-delayed bout against Shane Carwin could headline the UFC's first show in Boston.
Well, that's their hope, anyway. Though Lesnar is indeed recovering, his trainer Greg Nelson told MMA Weekly that he's not sure when Brock will be able to start training again — and he's definitely not sure when he'll be healthy enough to fight. Right now, Lesnar is simply healing up in a pissed-off fashion. Said Nelson: "Mentally, he wants to get back in there. He wants to jump in. You get a guy like that who’s used to being able to do whatever and moving around and train, throw hay around, whatever he wants to do, then you’re stuck inside your house...that’s tough. Mentally, it’s tough."
Hamill: Jon Jones Didn't Lose And I Didn't Win
Although Jon Jones' disqualification eventually led him to a win, Matt Hamill doesn't consider it a victory–and he doesn't think Jones should consider it a loss either. At The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Dec. 5, Jones controlled Hamill, dislocated his shoulder on a takedown, battered him with ground and pound, but suffered the first-round DQ loss when instant replay showed Jones had connected on illegal downward elbow strikes. Hamill thinks Jones should be commended for the effort. "Aside from making a mistake, he did his job and he did it well," Hamill wrote on his official Web site, matthamill.com. "He definitely didn't lose this fight, and I definitely didn't win, but I guess the rules are there for a reason. It is what it is. I went into this fight feeling like my record was actually 9-1, so with this so-called win, I will now consider my record 9-2."
Harris: Jens Pulver Returns In 2010
Although his comments following his last fight in WEC suggested otherwise, Jens Pulver will be returning to the cage in 2010. That's the latest word from WEC GM Reed Harris, who simply said "Jens is going to fight again. He wants to fight." Pulver is only 1-4 in WEC since leaving UFC and dropping to Featherweight.
Frank Mir on Chieck Kongo
As for Mir, many of his detractors have accused him of cockiness and of having a overabundance of arrogance and ego. Yet in the following video, which I have posted here for my friends to critique and discuss, you will hear a very humble Mir. A fighter who gives props to his opponents and credits 170-pound UFC welterweight superstar Georges St-Pierre for having the greatest takedowns in the game. Mir also discusses his game plan for this weekend, a simple one which will include a stand-up exchange followed by a single, or double-leg takedown.
Sorry if its already been posted. Didn't see it anywhere. Mir sounds very humble, respectful, and prepared. I think realizing he shouldn't strike with Kongo is all he needed to do to win this fight.
Paul Daley: ‘Condit is a big p****’
As it stands now, Daley has been left without an opponent for a fight he still intends to take one way or the other less than a month from now on January 2, and he’s not the least bit happy about the current situation he finds himself in according to a recent post on The Underground.
Step up!! You *****…UFC 108 … You know me, I’d except any fight. I just wanna fight. Condit is a big ***** IMO, i have inside information on that dude….it’s all good as long as i fight. Koshcheck…is a tough ************, but i accept the challange. Hazellet has sick subs, and is dangerous, but i except that fight too. Any top level figher in 170lbs with a winning record. Joe make it happen.
Thiago Tavares tapped to face Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 20
While Brazilian submission ace Thiago Tavares (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) saw injuries force him out of two separate contests in 2009, the American Top Team fighter now finds himself on the other side of the equation.
Tavares was called to action when Jeremy Stephens was forced out of the contest due to injury. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Denis Kang, Brock Larson and others released from their UFC contracts
Multiple sources report that the UFC brass has issued a latest batch of pink slips: The most high-profile castoff of the bunch is none other than the former top 10 middleweight, Denis Kang.
Kang recorded a remarkable 23-fight undefeated streak from 2003 to 2006 in such organizations as Pride FC and Spirit MC. Since then, he has dropped five of nine fights to opponents such as Kazuo Misaki, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Gegard Mousasi.
As one of the most prized acquisitions by UFC this year, he has not lived up to the lofty hype: His UFC record stands at 1-2, with a decison win over Xavier Foupa-Pokam sandwiched between dispiring losses to Alan Belcher in his promotional debut and to Michael Bisping at UFC 105.
He is reportedly in talks with several promotions in the US and abroad. As devastating a cut from UFC roster may be for Kang, he has numerous options, such as following Dan Henderson to Strikeforce or going back to Japan where he made his name as one of the premier welterweights in Pride FC.
No Kimbo, no regrets for Coker and Strikeforce
You may think he sucks and a sham but Kimbo Slice has now proven over and over again that he's a fight promoter's dream. Both of Kimbo's fights on CBS did big numbers and he delivered over 11 millions viewers combined in his two UFC fights on Spike. So as Strikeforce slowly tries to put a dent in the UFC's massive market share of MMA, it must feel like it blew it on Kimbo, right? Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker didn't sound too upset during a conversation on Tuesday with Cagewriter:
Ultimate K-1 vs. MMA clash: Sadaharu Tanigawa wants Schilt and Overeem 'to defeat Fedor'
During the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 post-fight press conference held on Sunday, Dec. 6, K-1 event producer, Sadaharu Tanigawa, hinted at the continuation of the "K-1 vs. MMA" clash that began in earnest with the Dynamite!! 2008.In the annual K-1/MMA hybrid fight card on New Year's Eve last year, MMA fighters accomplished a clean sweep of the K-1 squad in a series of matches contested under MMA and K-1 rules.In the MMA matches, Mirko Cro Cop chopped down the "Techno Goliath," Hong Man Choi, with leg kicks and Minowaman submitted the K-1 fighter and MMA debutant, Errol Zimmerman, in 61 seconds. Then, the MMA trio of Alistair Overeem, Gegard Mousasi, and Tatsuya Kawajiri stepped up to the K-1 turf to hand dispiriting losses to the proud K-1 vets, Badr Hari, Musashi and Kozo Takeda.
Aoki May Fight In Strikeforce As Soon As March
Shinya Aoki could make his Strikeforce debut in March, according to the San Jose, Calif.-based promotion’s CEO.Scott Coker on Monday told MMAWeekly.com that “dialogue was continuing” with Aoki’s camp and follow-up meetings were planned during a trip to Japan for Dynamite! Dream vs. Sengoku on New Year’s Eve."I do believe Aoki will probably be here fighting for Strikeforce in March sometime," he said.
Stephens-Lentz At UFN 20 Now Off
The injury bug returns with a vengeance. It's second victim today is Jeremy Stephens-his fight with Nik Lentz at UFN 20 in January is now off due to an injury suffered in training. No replacement named yet.
Olympic Wrestler Ben Askren Signs With Bellator
Ben Askren, the aspiring MMA fighter and former NCAA champion and Olympic wrestler, has signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships.
Askren will fight in Bellator's welterweight tournament, which begins in the spring as part of Bellator's new deal with Fox Sports Net. In a statement, Askren said he's excited about the Fox Sports deal.
"I like that my fights are going to broadcast nationally, I like the tournament-style format and I love the opportunity to be a part of something exciting and new," Askren said. "I plan on winning Bellator. My goal, as it always has been, is to be the best in the world."
Bellator Matchmaker Resigns
Matt Stansell, matchmaker for tournament-based fight promotion Bellator Fighting Championships, resigned his post on Monday.
Stansell and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said the split was amicable, though Rebney said Tuesday that Stansell stopped working with the company two weeks ago.
“The simplest way to put it is, as companies evolve and grow, sometimes that growth is best for certain parties to stay together and sometimes that growth requires that certain parties split,” Rebney said. “At this point, it wasn’t the right fit as we continue to grow and expand.”
Carlos Condit injury forces cancellation of UFC 108 bout with Paul Daley
After weeks of searching for a main event for the first event of 2010, the UFC has now lost a planned co-feature bout for UFC 108.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from a source close to Carlos Condit (24-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) that the "Natural Born Killer" has suffered an injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from a main-card bout with British slugger Paul Daley (22-8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
No word yet on whether the UFC will seek a replacement opponent for Daley at the Jan. 2 event.