Not So Fast: Rampage-Rashad NOT YET Official For 98
Although word going around last night was that Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans is set for UFC 98, it is, in fact, not. Jackson needs a couple days and also to make sure he'll be 100% for the late-May fight, but if he isn't Dana White has a backup plan: Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida.
Von Flue Chokes Out Ramerez
TULARE, Calif. -- Jason Von Flue choked Steve Ramerez unconscious Saturday in the main event of Pure Combat’s “Backyard Brawl.”
Ramerez came out looking to strike, catching Von Flue with a punch before being wrapped up in the clinch and tumbling to the mat. Ramerez rolled for a reversal, but Von Flue kept rolling, landed on top and took Ramerez’s back.
From there Von Flue kept his hooks in and worked for a rear-naked choke. Meanwhile Ramerez punched behind him, trying in vain to break the hold. He could not and went to sleep at 2:54.
After the fight Von Flue thanked the crowd and praised his opponent’s toughness. He then took a moment to propose to his girlfriend.
Hughes Not Ruling Out Move To Middleweight
Although he's got other business to take care of first, Matt Hughes has not ruled out a move up to Middleweight once all is said and done. Ultimately, the former UFC Welterweight Champion would like a shot at Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
Cavalcante Vs Babalu For Strikeforce Title ?
One of the best light heavyweight fighters in the world, Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante impressed the world with three huge knockout victories at EliteXC, but now seeks other events to work. In an exclusive interview to TATAME.com, the Brazilian spoke about a possible upcoming fight against Renato “Babalu” Sobral, for the Strikeforce title, his relationship with Anderson Silva, pointed Lyoto Machida as the next UFC champion, Rodrigo Nogueira’s loss to Frank Mir and his pre-fight injuries and much more
Carwin proves he’s the real deal
Shane Carwin might be the only athlete these days who can say he tested positive and it is a good thing.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s powerful heavyweight contender, who vaulted himself among the elite of the sport with a dramatic first-round knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga on Saturday at UFC 96 at Nationwide Arena, had his DNA tested recently to compile an athletic profile.
Of nearly 500 athletes, including 50 Olympians, tested by Canadian company Warrior Roots, Carwin was one of the three highest-scoring for explosiveness.
UFC 96 post-fight press conference (Video)
UFC President Dana White is joined by Shane Carwin, Matt Hamill and Quinton Jackson at the UFC 96 post-fight press conference for some Q&A about Saturday night’s fights. It’s interesting to hear White’s reaction to the controversial stoppages in the Nelson vs. Riley fight as well as in Brown vs. Sell.
UFC 96 draws 17,033 spectators for a $1.8 million gate
Despite a main event that lacked in promotional power, UFC 96 drew 17,033 spectators to Nationwide Arena on Saturday night for a gate of $1.8 million, UFC president Dana White said.
For the third consecutive year, the UFC's Columbus show coincided with the Arnold Sports Festival, a three-day sports and fitness exhibition held in downtown Columbus.
"I heard on the radio today that between [the Artnold] and the UFC, we brought $41 million into Columbus this weekend," White said in the post-UFC 96 press conference. "So obviously in these hard economic times, coming in here and doing huge numbers like that (is impressive)."
Imanari, Maeda advance, Aoki, Kawajiri victorious at DREAM.7 (+ Full Results)
The 2008 DREAM featherweight grand prix kicked off on Saturday night with six of the tournament's first round matchups, as well as three non-tournament bouts, on the DREAM.7 card at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
And while the opening round of the tournament did lend a few surprises, it was a successful night for the Japanese fans that were cheering on their countrymen as several of the event's favored local stars moved on in the tournament.
The event was held on Sunday night in Japan and will air on a one-week tape delay on HDNet in the U.S.
* Masakazu Iminari def. Atsushi Yamamoto via split decision*
* Hiroyuki Takaya def. Jong Won Kim via TKO (punches) -- Round 2, 0:40*
* Yoshiro Maeda def. Micah Miller via unanimous decision*
* Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Ross Ebanez via submission (rear-naked shoke) -- Round 1, 4:03
* Shinya Aoki def. David Gardner via rear-naked choke -- Round 1, 5:58
* Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daisuke Nakamura via unanimous decision
* Abel Cullum def. Akiyo Nishiura via unanimous decision*
* Joe Warren def. Chase Beebe via TKO (cut) -- Round 1, 10:00*
* Bibiano Fernandes def. Takafumi Otsuka via unanimous decision*
* - featherweight grand prix first-round bouts
+ - A GP first-round bout between Hideo Tokoro and Daika Hata takes place at DREAM.8, and Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto gets an automatic berth into the second round.
Jackson on Evans at UFC 98
"At the press conference, Jackson said he didn't know about the fight with Rashad Evans being moved up to May 23 until 15 minutes before he got out...He was clearly not thrilled about it. Dana White said they would wait a few days to give Jackson a chance to assess how he felt coming out of a tough fight and noted if Jackson turned it down, that Machida had already verbally accepted."
UFC 96 $60K Fighter Bonuses
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill each earned $60,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine."
UFC 96 took place Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and aired live on pay-per-view. The bonus amounts were up significantly from the $40,000 awards issued at UFC 95 in February, but down slightly from the $65,000 UFC 94 bonuses in January.
UFC 96 Results - (*SPOILERS*)
UFC 96 RESULTS:
UFC 96 Main Card Bouts:
-Quinton Jackson def. Keith Jardine by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Shane Carwin def. Gabriel Gonzaga by KO at 1:09, R1
- Matt Brown def. Pete Sell by TKO (punches) at 1:32, R1
- Matt Hamill def. Mark Munoz by KO (head kick) at 3:53, R1
- Gray Maynard def. Jim Miller by unanimous decision (30-27 on all judges' scorecards)
UFC 96 Preliminary Bouts:
- Tamdan McCrory def. Ryan Madigan by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 3:35, R1
- Kendall Grove def. Jason Day by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 1:32, R1
- Jason Brilz def. Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (29-28 on all scorecards) R3
- Brandon Vera def. Mike Patt by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:27, R2
- Shane Nelson def. Aaron Riley by TKO (strikes on the ground) :44 seconds, R1
Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir 2 moved to UFC 100 + Rashed Evans Defends At UFC 98
Better late than never.
The final round of the mini heavyweight tournament set up to declare an undisputed division champion has been rescheduled to take place at UFC 100 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11.
EDIT: Announced live on the UFC 96 broadcast, Rashad Evans will now headline UFC 98 in place of MIr/Lesnar. His opponent will be Rampage Jackson (if he beats Jardine and is uninjured) or Lyoto Machida (If Rampage loses/is injured)
DREAM 7 Preview: FW Opening Round
DREAM Featherweight GP Bout: Masakazu Imanari vs. Atsushi Yamamoto
DEEP bantamweight champion Masakazu Imanari faces off with Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto protégé Atsushi Yamamoto. This will be the main event of the evening and the highlight of the first round of the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix. To say that this is a contrast of styles would be a huge understatement, seeing that Imanari is a straight submission fighter and Yamamoto a wrestler.
Although Imanari’s style is odd, it is very effective. He has nothing to offer on the feet, but if he gets the fight on the ground then he’ll lock on a submission. Yamamoto needs to use his wrestling, keeping his feet away from Imanari and shutting out any submission attempts. By default Yamamoto will have an advantage on the feet because Imanari has zero stand-up. For Imanari to win, he’ll need to do what he does best and lock on a submission, while Yamamoto needs to keep the fight on the feet and punish Imanari with strikes.
Dana White's UFC 96 Vlog Ep. 4
edit: kind of funny to see scott "hands of steel" wearing an affliction shirt in front of dana. I saw him at day of reckoning, maybe he got out of his elitexc contract to sign with them ?
After successful surgery, Joe Lauzon’s recovery timetable could be shortened
Joe Lauzon posted a blog Friday afternoon on his personal website in which he revealed that his recent knee surgery was a success and that he may be back in as little as six months as opposed to the original 12-14 month timetable that was originally reported.
Apparently the doctors were able to repair the meniscus instead of removing it. Lauzon also claimed that he had his ACL replaced and was given a “nerve block” for his entire leg.
UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan comfortable with quick trip to big time
Just six fights into his mixed martial arts career, Ryan Madigan (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) might not seem like the most likely addition to the UFC roster.
Despite the limited experience, the 31-year-old will be facing Tamdan McCrory (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) on the preliminary card of Saturday night's UFC 96 event in Columbus, Ohio.
And as Madigan recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he thinks the timing is just fine.
FRANK MIR SAYS MAY 23 DATE WITH LESNAR NO GO
After a day of conflicting reports, it appears that the May 23 date for Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar to unify the UFC heavyweight championship will indeed be postponed. The latest confirmation comes from Mir himself at the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, Ohio, on the eve of UFC 96.