Rashad Evans: ‘I don’t have time to worry about Rampage’
Lost in the shuffle of Quinton Jackson’s recent announcement regarding his return to the UFC has been newfound nemesis Rashad Evans’ opinion on the situation. While “Rampage” made it clear his motivation in coming back to the Octagon after a brief retirement related in part to his desire to “shut Rashad’s mouth up”, his TUF 10 coaching rival took a less aggressive route when responding to the issue via his Twitter page.
A lot of people ask me everyday how I feel about Rampage (returning to) the UFC and I never answer. But I don’t answer because I have another opponent and Rampage is not on my mind! I fight Thiago Silva January 2nd and I have my hands full enough with him, so I don’t have time to worry about Rampage. When and if the fight happens it’s gonna be a great fight! But until we sign the fight contract I’m not gonna think about him or the fight!
Is Gouveia ready to realize his potential?
Wilson Gouveia’s talent is a blessing and a curse, says a longtime friend and trainer.
American Top Team patriarch Ricardo Liborio met the fighter nine years ago, long before he became a competitor in the UFC’s middleweight division. He was a 15-year-old from Fortaleza, Brazil, with a blue belt in jiu-jitsu who got things easier than others. On the ground, he gave everyone fits. They began working together and found Wilson had heavy hands, too.
But his abilities came at a price. Because things came so easy to him, he often didn’t train as hard as others. He started a family in Coconut Creek, Fla., ATT’s home base, which sometimes made him listless in camp.
What’s more, he shut off if you played drill sergeant and barked orders.
Dong Hyun Kim withdraws from UFC 110; Chris Lytle currently without opponent
Undefeated Korean welterweight Dong Hyun Kim (12-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 110 bout with Chris Lytle (27-17-5 MMA, 6-9 UFC).
A replacement for Kim wasn't immediately known, but Lytle is expected to remain on the card.
Kim had sought his fourth-straight UFC win, thought the road to his first three victories hasn't necessarily been a smooth one. "Stun Gun" narrowly edged Matt Brown in a September 2008 split decision, and Kim also had a loss to Karo Parisyan overturned to a no-contest when "The Heat" failed a post-fight drug screen.
Kim also holds UFC wins over T.J. Grant and Jason Tan. Six of Kim's 12 career victories have come by knockout or TKO.
Mariusz Pudzianowski wins MMA debut at KSW 12
The five-time World’s Strongest Man champion, Mariusz Pudzianowski blitzed through his MMA debut on Friday, Dec. 11, at KSW 12 in Warsaw, Poland.
Facing a professional boxer and fellow MMA newcomer, Marcin "El Testosteron" Najman, "Pudzian," a fourth-kyu green belt in Kyokushin Karate and former amateur boxer, stalked his foe for the first fifteen seconds.
With the thunderous roar of the crowd chanting his name, Pudzian started battering Najman’s legs as if he were shooting a soccer ball from long range. The kicks quickly took a toll on "El Testosteron," who fell to the mat and succumbed to Pudzian’s ferocious ground-and-pound at 43 seconds of the first round.
UFC 107 live weigh-in results
The official weigh-in results include:
Champ B.J. Penn (155) vs. Diego Sanchez (156)
Cheick Kongo (239) vs. Frank Mir (264.5)
Kenny Florian (156) vs. Clay Guida (156)
Paul Buentello (255) vs. Stefan Struve (247)
Jon Fitch (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
Alan Belcher (195) vs. Wilson Gouveia (193)
Shane Nelson (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
Ricardo Funch (171)^ vs. Johny Hendricks (171)%
Lucio Linhares (185) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)
Edgar Garcia (173)* vs. DaMarques Johnson (171)+
Kevin Burns (171) vs. T.J. Grant (171)
% - Hendricks initially weighed 172 pounds, then 171.5 pounds, but stripped down and made weight on his third attempt.
^ - Funch initially weighed 171.5 pounds but stripped down and made weight on his second attempt.
* - Garcia weighed two pounds over the allowed 171-pound limit and has been given additional time to lose the remaining weight.
+ - Johnson initially weighed 171.5 pounds but stripped down and made weight on his second attempt.
SHERK STEPS IN TO FACE JIM MILLER AT UFC 108
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With Tyson Griffin forced to withdraw from his UFC 108 bout with Jim Miller due to an undisclosed injury on Friday, the UFC moved swiftly to bolster a fight card that has been plagued by injuries.
Within hours, Miller received a new opponent, Sean Sherk.
Oliveira is expected to remain on the preliminary card to face a new opponent.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy official for UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – British slugger Dan Hardy (23-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) knew he earned a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC) by defeating Mike Swick at November's UFC 105 event.
Now he knows the date.
At today's UFC Fight Club Q&A session in Memphis, Tenn., UFC broadcaster Mike Goldberg said he had confirmed with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva that St-Pierre and Hardy will meet at an as-yet-unannounced event on March 27 in Newark, N.J.
The event is expected to be dubbed UFC 111 and take place at the Prudential Center.
Tennessee Commission Greenlights Referee Shadowing
The Tennessee Athletic Commission may have stumbled upon a valuable tool in harvesting the next generation of mixed martial arts officials.
TAC Executive Director Jeff Mullen, a former judge, confirmed on Thursday that his sanctioning body had given the green light for up-and-coming official Brian Beauchamp to shadow assigned referees Dan Miragliotta, Greg Franklin, Mario Yamasaki and Herb Dean at UFC 107 “Penn vs. Sanchez” this Saturday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
"UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" takes another hit; lightweight Tyson Griffin out
When it rains, it pours.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that the UFC has lost another featured fighter in its first event of 2010.
Lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" main-card bout with Jim Miller (15-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC 110 Sells Out In One Day
It didn't take long for UFC's Australia debut to be a success at the gate...in fact, it only took a few hours. After Fight Club members & Newsletter subscribers brought a reported 10,000 tickets to UFC 110 via pre-sales, the rest of the tickets went on sale to the public today and sold out in just a few hours...with no fights still officially announced for the event. While official word of the sell-out has yet to come from the UFC, a quick review of UFC 110's listing on Ticketek.com indicates an "Allocation Exhausted" alert for the event.
UFC Prelims On Spike To Return For 108
Spike TV has confirmed today they will once again air live UFC prelims in January, this time before UFC 108. Which ones haven't yet been determined. UFC & Spike officials continue to decide whether or not to do them on a case-by-case basis, although the main reason they're not being done for 107 is schedule conflicts, Spike had already scheduled it's annual Video Game Awards for the 2 hours before 107.
Tim Credeur Off UFN 20; Gerald Harris In
One TUF 7 alum out, another one in. Tim Credeur has been forced off UFN 20 in January due to injury, he was to have faced Mike Massenzio. The replacement is fellow TUF 7 contestant Gerald Harris, who didn't appear at the TUF 7 Finale but has won his last 7 fights to earn another chance in UFC.
Matt Hughes Confirms Renzo Gracie Bout
Pack your bags for Abu Dhabi, Matt Hughes fans. Dana White confirmed yesterday the former UFC Welterweight Champion would next fight in April but wouldn't confirm it's against Renzo Gracie-or where. But Hughes did-he said paperwork isn't done but he thinks an April 10 fight in Abu Dhabi against Gracie will happen.
RVCA Banned by UFC
As evidenced by the black electrical tape covering the RVCA symbol on BJ Penn's shirt at today's pre-fight press conference. RVCA was banned from the UFC in mid-November due to their sponsorship agreement with Fedor Emelianenko.
Bobby Lashley signs multi-year contract with Strikeforce MMA
Former WWE star and collegiate wrestling champion Bobby Lashley (4-0) has signed a multi-year agreement with Strikeforce and will make his mixed martial arts debut for the San Jose-based promotion at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30, against an opponent to be named.
Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.
UFC Quick Quote: Rampage Jackson wants to fight, not spell
"I had a very unpleasant 45-minute phone call with Rampage before the TUF finale (on Dec. 5). We started fighting on texts that day. He sent me a really bad text so I sent him a really bad text back. He wrote back, 'Call me, I can't spell good enough to fight on texts (laughs).'"
-- UFC President Dana White tells the Las Vegas Sun about his recent grammatically-challenged exchange with "retired" former light heavyweight champion, Rampage Jackson, prior to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale on Dec. 5.
AKA: Sure, Train With Us, but Only if We Get a Percent of Your Income
When Affliction went down in flames, Paul Buentello decided he might want to go to the UFC. Dana White's feelings on Zinkin Entertainment are well known, and Buentello decided to replace Bob Cook and get a new manager. As a result, Buentello was suspended from the American Kickboxing Academy, where he's trained since 2000:
According to the fighter and his long-time trainer and friend, Dave Velasquez of Nor Cal Fight Factory, the dispute arose when Buentello replaced Cook with a new manager.
"I’ve always came to this crossroads, if I ever go back to the UFC, I gotta have somebody on board that’s gonna sell me like I’m the best thing since sliced bread," said Buentello. The native Texan believes that someone is Elis Pacheco of New York-based Dedos Marketing Group, which has worked with Ice-T, Fat Joe and Beyonce Knowles.
Cook, Buentello’s former manager and trainer, declined comment.