Fighters Convene in Las Vegas for UFC/WEC Summit
While crossing paths with a Mixed Martial Artist in Las Vegas may not be an overly infrequent occurrence, the odds are certainly up for any fans visiting Sin City this week thanks to a Zuffa summit involving numerous fighters from both the UFC and WEC.
Representatives from the dual promotions included, but were not limited to, notable names such as Mauricio Rua, Yoshihiro Akiyama, “Minotauro” Nogueira, Rogerio Nogueira, Frank Edgar, Miguel Torres, Nate Diaz, Urijah Faber, Demian Maia, Tom Lawlor, Joe Lauzon, Mark Coleman, Mike Swick, Danny Castillo, Matt Serra, Muhsin Corbbrey, Frank Trigg, Junior dos Santos, Ben Henderson, and head-honchos Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.
M-1 Global and Fedor file lawsuit against Affliction
It is currently being reported that M-1 Global and Fedor Emelianenko have filed a lawsuit against Affliction Clothing, Affliction Entertainment and 50 unnamed John Does in the Central District of California.
The complaint, filed on October 28th 2009, alleges a breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing as it relates to a series of prearranged agreements between Fedor, M-1 Global, and Affliction.
Tito Ortiz wants a third bout with Chuck Liddell
Former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Tito Ortiz re-signed with The Ultimate Fighting Championship in late July ending 13 months of free agency, and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is already rekindling old rivalries.
Ortiz takes on Forrest Griffin in his return to the Octagon in a rematch at UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas, but the 34-year-old fighter has been lobbying to get a third bout with his old nemesis Chuck Liddell in 2010.
Patience, grasshopper: Gurgel will grapple in due time
“If I made a dollar, man, if anybody asks me ‘Why don’t you use your jiu-jitsu?’ … It can be a 10-year-old kid in my gym to a 75-year-old man in a hair salon, the guy at the gas station, I’m always going to be asked the same question, ‘Why don’t you use your jiu-jitsu?’ And just, everything comes in due time. I have a lot of confidence in my gym. I have a lot of confidence in my standup skills, and I enjoy trading punches. People have the misconception that I do this just to please promoters. It’s nothing to do with that. I do it cause I enjoy it. I enjoy fighting standing, and I’m not the type of guy who will pursue the takedown. If the fight goes to the ground, I’m happy there, I’m comfortable there, I’m just not going to pursue the takedown all the time. I’m sure my career is far from over, so in due time, everybody is going to see me work on the ground. So patience, grasshopper. Patience.”
Former UFC lightweight Jorge Gurgel responds to critics who don’t understand why the Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt continually abandons his ground game in favor of an all out slugfest.
UFC Quick Quote: Brock Lesnar still sick, return could be delayed until Feb. 6
“I’m not sure exactly what it is he has, mono or whatever, but I know that he was sick and couldn’t get a good, hard workout in. There’s a big difference between making an appearance and smiling and waving at a football game and going out and doing what he has to do in his training.”
– Greg Nelson, the founder, owner and head coach at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy in Minneapolis, Minn., tells Yahoo!Sports.com that his biggest fighter, UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, is still not well.
Hungry again, UFC welterweight Brock Larson sets sights on redemption
His cell phone rang four days later; 94 hours had passed since the low point of a burgeoning career.
Brock Larson has built his reputation on ruthless aggression. An attack-mode philosophy one second after the referee yells "Bring it on!" had taken him to 26 wins in 28 MMA fights, including five straight, and a breakthrough into many recognized top-10 rankings that rate MMA's top welterweights.
Rewards have never been immediate. Larson's the unpretentious type whose humility was forged on Minnesota's smallest of farms. The buzz from his arm triangle choke submission of Mike Pyle at UFC 98 wasn't loud enough to merit a spot on the main card of Spike TV's free UFC Fight Night 19 event. He was matched against an unknown named Mike Pierce, and another quick pay day figured to finally vault Larson's name into the title picture.
Thiago Alves: It was not a good idea to fight Jon Fitch at less than full strength
“I tore my PCL, I had a knee injury before my fight with GSP in which I tore my MCL and now 6 weeks before my fight with Fitch I tore my PCL. My doctor advised me not to fight and although I still wanted to fight my manager told me not to because I am not 100%, they felt it was not a good idea to go up against a fighter like Jon Fitch at anything less than full strength. I am going to take this time off to heal and get better, hopefully I will be back by January 31st. It’s not as bad as it could have been but it’s not worth the risk of doing any further damage. You have no idea how bad I wanted this fight! When I come back I am going to better than ever, the next time I step inside the octagon I am going to make a huge impression. Everything happens for a reason and I have no complaints.”
Tiki Ghosn wants to fight Rashad
The Ultimate Fighter season 10 has yielded some heated confrontations between the coaching staff of both Team Rampage and Team Rashad. UFC veteran, and Team Rampage assistant coach, Tiki Ghosn has been openly vocal in regards to the former UFC light heavy weight champion, Rashad Evans, and has recently issued Evans a formal challenge:
"You know just because he has few more fights than me in the UFC he suddenly thinks he's above me in some way. He got one lucky KO over Chuck (Liddell) and now he thinks he's an elite striker, we all saw what happened to him when he stepped in there with a technical striker like Machida - let’s just say he doesn't want any part of me in the stand up department, that's for sure."
I hate Rashad too but come on lol.
Brett Rogers Realizing His Dream
Trainer Mike Reilly has seen a lot of fighters come and go through his garage, but Brett Rogers really made an impression.
When Rogers stepped into the five-car garage Reilly converted into an MMA gym, he was hard to miss at six-feet-five-inches and 280 pounds. But more than that, he lacked the big-guy arrogance of other men his size.
“When he came to do this, his primary thing was, ‘I’ve got a wife and three kids,’” Reilly told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve gotta provide for my family.”
Rogers was stuck in a split-shift job at Sam’s Club working 40 to 50 hours a week, barely covering his expenses. He grew up in the Cabrini-Green projects in Chicago, had heavy hands, and never backed down from a fight, but that wasn’t putting food on his table. His talents needed shaping.
Gleison Tibau wants more fights in 2009
After a takedown show at UFC 104, which guaranteed Gleison Tibau’s 20th victory in the career, against Josh Neer, the American Top Team lightweight wants to fight again this year. Satisfied with the result, the Brazilian wants more fights this year.
Jorge Santiago ready for Sengoku return
“I didn’t know him before, I was studying his fights with my trainers and I think we’ll make a good fight. He has a forward game, he likes exchanging, and I’ll try to put my game from this”, Santiago said, talking about the possibility to return to American events, Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort and much more. Stay tuned to read the chat with Jorge Santiago.
‘Mayhem’ Miller’s Nonstop Hustle
But Mayhem the Entertainer is no different than Jason Miller.
“It's all me,” Miller said. “I just make sure I put it out there for you. At the very least, you have to respect that about me. I don't care if you don't get my jokes. You don't have to be my fan. Go root for Jake Shields. If you want to be boring, go ahead. But at the same time, I'm very honored that anybody listens to me or anyone pays attention or anyone cares when I fight.”
As is the case with most successful fighters these days, questions inevitably lead to when Miller could resurface in the UFC. He actually finds Strikeforce more appealing, though.
“If I'm the UFC welterweight champion, I've typecast myself into one spot,” Miller said. “I know I have more talents than just my fighting. If I'm owned by the UFC, I'm owned by them. It's not a bad thing. It's just business. They're not stupid. They don't want their fighters going outside their control. With Strikeforce, they're a great organization, but they're going to understand that they're going to benefit more from me being on MTV, from me writing articles for Fight Magazine. Me doing stuff outside the fight realm only helps them and helps their brand.”
The Cyborgs Return To SF December 19
With the next Strikeforce event after this weekend tentatively scheduled for December 19, it appears that the fighting couple of Evangelista & Cristiane Santos, aka the Cyborgs, will both return to action on that card. The TATAME site reports that Evangelista will drop to Welterweight (170) for his fight, but has not chosen an opponent yet. No word yet on if Cristiane will defend the SF Women's Title at the event.
Ben Rothwell feels "ripped off" by UFC 104 stoppage
Ben Rothwell feels “ripped off” by the referee stoppage that ended his UFC 104 fight with heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez. Early in the second round, Steve Mazzagatti stepped in to wave the fight off whn Rothwell was trapped against the fence and taking undefended punches.
But at the exact moment Mazzagatti stepped in, Rothwell improved his position. To some, just one of those things, but Rothwell is still angry.
Josh Neer’s Manager Effectively Illustrates the Problem With Josh Neer
Unfortunately Josh was matched up with fighters that wanted to take him down and lay on him to grind out a victory. If you are going to take Josh down then at least try to finish him, just don’t lay on him and hold him down. Most fighters are not going to want to stand and bang with Josh, and they just want to play it safe, hold him down, and get the win. Josh wants to put on exciting fights, and there is nothing more frustrating to Josh than not to put on an exciting fight for the fans. Right now we have a few offers from different organizations that want to sign Josh immediately so we are just weighing our options, and going with the best opportunity for Josh. Josh will be back in the UFC after he wins a few fights outside the UFC. We appreciate all the support Josh’s fans have given him.
Strikeforce CEO predicts "Fedor vs. Rogers" sell-out
"When you have an opportunity to do a co-promotion with M-1 and sign the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, we sat down and we talked about it, and I think it works for everybody," Coker said. "Believe me, it's something that if you compare us to the other companies that have gone out of business, I really don't think it's justice. The other companies, that wasn't their core business.
"We're not a T-shirt company; we're not a gambling company. This is our core competency, and this is what we've done for many years – over two decades now. To take it to this level, we're very proud and honored to have Fedor fight and do the co-promotion with M-1 and be on CBS."
Emelianenko meets undefeated slugger Brett Rogers (10-0) in the main event of "Fedor vs. Rogers" on Nov. 7 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Rumors of slow ticket sales have been slowly trickling through the MMA community, but Coker today said he was expecting a sell-out.
*man i do hope this turns out to be a great card..
Varner vs. Henderson, Assuncao vs. Faber official for WEC 46 in Sacramento
The long-awaited return of WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner (16-2 MMA, 4-0 WEC) is now official, and the Arizona Combat Sports product meets interim champ Benson Henderson (10-1 MMA, 3-0 WEC) at WEC 46.
The WEC today officially announced the lightweight unification bout as well as a featherweight contest between former champ Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA, 7-2 WEC) and top contender Raphael Assuncao (14-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) at the recently rumored event.
WEC 46 takes place Jan. 10 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Mike Brown: “I’m hungry to keep the title”
At November 18, Mike Brown goes toe to toe with the knockout artist Jose Aldo to defend his WEC featherweight title. Two weeks before the fight, the American Top Team talent spoke with TATAME.com about the fight, promising a great show and showing a lot of respect for the contender.
“I’m sure he’s training very hard and hungry for the title, but I’m hungry to keep the title. It’s gonna be a great battle between me and Aldo, no doubt”, Brown said, ready for the fight. “I can fight tomorrow. I was ready two weeks ago to the fight”.