Daley unconcerned with next opponent, but White says it could be Swick
The 26-year-old "Semtex" has bounced around from organization to organization in recent years, but Affliction's demise as a fight promotion led Daley to the UFC.An injury to Mike Swick led Daley to Saturday's UFC 103 main card, and his explosive hands led to a win over Martin Kampmann and some high praise from his boss."This kid put himself on the map tonight," UFC president Dana White said of Daley at the post-event press conference. "I love guys that step up on short notice because it's an opportunity. He took the opportunity and made it happen."Daley was originally scheduled to fight on the evening's preliminary card against Brian Foster. But when Swick's mishap led to an opportunity for a promotion, Daley jumped at the chance.The Brit said it's the type of move fans can continue to expect from him in the future.
Luis Cane Doesn't Really Want To Fight "Minotoro" Mogueira On 11/21
It would seem that in addition to teammates not wanting to fight each other in UFC, friends are the same way. And that, according to his manager, is why Luis Cane isn't excited about fighting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 106. They said to the TATAME website that they asked Joe Silva to put Cane against any American fighter instead when they were offered "Minotoro" but were told they had to fight whoever was put in front of them-that meant, like it or not, Nogueira.
UFN 19 Medical Suspensions
The Oklahoma Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions from UFN 19 today. The surprise is despite all the blood and brutal fights only 3 fighters are suspended, and each only for 30 days.
UFC 103 weigh in results
UFC 103 will feature a main event between Rich “Ace” Franklin and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort at a 195-pound catchweight. Also slated for the main card is a heavyweight tilt between former PRIDE superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and surging heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos.
SF November 7 Venue Announced Today
With yesterday's confirmation of Strikeforce's November 7 event on CBS, the final key component was revealed today: Where. SF is now just waiting for Illinois Athletic Commission approval to announce the event will be at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. The 11,000 seat arena hosted an IFL event in 2006. Other possible hosts in & around Chicago were already booked.
Once-paralyzed Cole Escovedo signed by Strikeforce, debuts Nov. 6
Former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter Cole Escovedo (12-4), who missed nearly three years of competition because of an infection that led to temporary paralysis, has been booked for Strikeforce's Nov. 6 show.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighter's recent signing and event booking, though an opponent has not been determined.
The Nov. 6 Strikeforce event, part of the organization's "Strikeforce Challengers" series, takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on Showtime.
Escovedo made his pro debut in 2001 and won 11 of his first 12 fights (seven via triangle choke) competing primarily for the WEC. The fighter had quickly become of the 145-pound division's most promising prospects, and the 28-year-old fighter even won the WEC's first-ever featherweight title.
However, after a stretch of three losses to notables Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver and Antonio Banuelos in 2006, Escovedo suffered a serious staph infection that ultimately left him partially paralyzed below his waist. The infection began in his arm, and after a misdiagnosis from multiple doctors, eventually spread to his spine.
After surgery and a couple years of physical therapy and training, Escovedo made a triumphant return to competition this past May. At Palace Fighting Championships 13, he defeated Michael McDonald via second-round TKO. The fight marked his debut in the 135-pound bantamweight division.
FEG Confirms JZ Off DREAM 11, Kawajiri Participation
FEG made a couple more changes to the DREAM 11 card today: They confirmed that Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante is off the card due to injury and they are looking for a replacement to face Daisuke Nakamura. Added to the event is Lightweight standout Tatsuya Kawajiri, who will face Guam native Melchor Manibusan.
No UFC In Columbus, Ohio Next Year
Back in March after a successful UFC event there, Dana White vowed UFC would return to Columbus, Ohio for a UFC event every year. Apparently "every year" won't include 2010-Dana confirmed Thursday that UFC won't return next year. The main reason seems to be expansion and desire to visit new cities. UFC has run 3 Columbus events over the last 3 years.
Frank Trigg Is To MMA What Michael Jordan Is To Basketball
And he wants fans to remember that. He recently told a Las Vegas newspaper that in MMA "you cannot have the future without the old guys like me that did it first". And he referenced Michael Jordan in regards to there being no Kobe Bryant and LeBron in the NBA without MJ to compare himself to the young stars of MMA today.
Kampmann Prepared for Daley at UFC 103
Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann was originally scheduled to face Mike "Quick" Swick at UFC 103 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. An injury forced Swick out of the bout and hard hitting British fighter Paul Daley stepped in to replace the American Kickboxing Academy fighter.
"I was preparing for Swick. I was looking forward to fighting Swick, but now Paul Daley steps up. He was supposed to fight too on the same night. I was happy they could switch it up and get me an opponent to fight."
Le Steps Down; Shields vs. Miller for 185 belt.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Thursday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his middleweight champion, Cung Le, has booked another major motion picture role and will relinquish his belt.
Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will now vie for the undisputed title under the eye of CBS when the two meet at the promotion’s network debut Nov. 7 at location to be announced early next week. A report on ESPN.com says the Sears Center Arena in Chicago is under intense consideration, citing sources close to the situation. The telecast will air live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Coker was unaware whether the broadcast would be tape delayed to other parts of the country.
UFC 103 Already Setting Records
More than 48 hours prior to fight time UFC 103 was already setting records in Texas.
“We’re very happy with ticket sales,” said UFC president Dana White.
“It’s the number one sporting gross we’ve ever had and only second behind the Rolling Stones in 2005 (for gross ticket sales for any event),” said American Airlines Center general manager Dave Brown at the UFC 103 pre-fight press conference.