UFC 108: Nogueira-Velasquez Winner Gets Title Shot
Although Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight Championship won't happen for a while, when it does we'll know who's next for the winner: Cain Velasquez or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Set to face off at UFC 108, the winner of Velasquez-Minotauro is guaranteed a title shot as it'll be for the #1 contender slot.
SF Final Ratings Out: 4+ MIllion Viewers, Nearly 5.5 Million For Main Event
The final ratings for Saturday's Strikeforce event on CBS, which include post-11 PM ET numbers, are now out. The broadcast did a 2.5 rating and 4.04 million viewers when the main event was factored in. The broadcast peaked after primetime for the Fedor-Brett Rogers main event with an estimated 5.46 million viewers. It's now the highest-rated SF broadcast ever.
Big Nog: “Sorry Cane, Rogerio will stop you”
“Cane is undefeated and has a good striking and clinch game, he has a brilliant career but… I’m sorry Cane, Rogério will stop you”, bets the heavyweight Nogueira, commenting Cane’s style. “He’s a tough guy. I already saw him in the UFC and at Minotauro Fight 5”, Minotauro reveals. “I saw his style, he’s very aggressive, he goes for it all the time, has a tough Muay Thai, a good pounding. I couldn’t see him making the guard, but he has a good ground and pound, a heavy hand”.
Cung Le Comments On Surprise MMA Return
After more than 20 months away from the fight game, onetime Strikeforce middleweight Champion Cung Le made the surprise announcement that he would be returning to action in December to take on the ever-dangerous Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith.
“I wasn’t planning to fight this year,” Le admitted to MMAWeekly.com. “I was getting ready to do a movie, a project that I’ve been working on from scratch – working with a writer on a script, getting a director – and the project got pushed to next year.
“My plan was to come back after I finished this project and start training to get back into the cage next year, but when I found out a couple weeks ago that the project would be pushed to next year, I spoke to (Strikeforce promoter) Scott Coker, and he asked me if I’d be interested in coming back.”
On His Way,Vera Ready To Realize His Dream
Brandon Vera doesn’t want to be the guy who failed to reach his potential.
He admits he’s been that in the past, the one with a heap of talent and an ego that sabotaged its development.
As a 20-year-old at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., he wouldn’t quit in competition, but got yelled at for not sweating hard enough during workouts. He questioned the logic behind killing himself in the weight room. He never took advantage of the expertise available at the center.
He did, however, look up to a Greco Roman specialist that trained there who demonstrated an armbar for he and the other wrestlers one day. Randy Couture was just beginning his career as a fighter and finding the roots of his hybrid style. Then again, Vera was cocky and didn't give anyone too many props.
Mir: "I want to end Brock Lesnar's career".
Mir: "I want to end Brock Lesnar's career"
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has one goal left in his career - and it is not the one you might think. In a recent interview, Fighters Only asked him what he most wanted to achieve before retirement. His answer came in a heartbeat.
“To end Brock Lesnar’s career,” he replied instantly. “ Really, it’s what I think about all the time. Brock Lesnar exploited a huge weakness in my game and no matter who I crush after this, I have to crush him to show I’ve improved that weakness.
“It’s nothing about how he talked to me in my last fight, I could care less about it. If I took it that personal there are other ways to handle situation like that outside of a cage, but honestly I just want to fix what was exploited,” he explained. “If you’re a true martial artist you don’t do it for money or titles, just to be the best human being possible, and if someone exploits a weakness, who better to see if you’ve fixed it than the guy who exploited it.
“Getting the title back, it’s a nice novel idea, but even being the heavyweight champ or the interim champ, I got to be honest, I didn’t really feel that different walking around… Some people think that with the belt, that you made it. Nah, you didn’t make ****. You won a fight, just the fight happened to have more ribbon and bells and whistles on it. Bottom line, [its about] testing yourself!”
Mir, who fights Cheick Kongo at UFC 107, made the comments on Lesnar in a six-page feature interview that appears in this months edition of Fighters Only, at all good magazine stockists now.
That's the whole article, but here's the link:
I know Mir says a lot of bizzare stuff, but I still like the guy. It would have reflected better on him if he said something to the effect of "I want to be the guy that beats him for the title" or " I want to settle the score", but he didn't. All I know is I'd love to see him beat Lesnar one more time. I think we have quite a wait though before he gets the chance.
Brock Lesnar Would Smash Fedor
Yes, that once again is Dana White taking shots at that "rinky-dink Strikeforce". He thinks CBS would be out of their minds to put SF back on the air after Saturday and, on Fedor (and apparently Brett Rogers too), adds "The guy just got his face smashed in by Brett Rogers. Do you know what Brock or [UFC heavyweights] Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez would do to Brett Rogers? It’s time to bring [Fedor] in, to see Brock Lesnar smash his head.”
Josh Barnett wins world jiu-jitsu ‘no-gi’ championship
osh Barnett took the tournament gold in the ultra heavyweight/pessadisimo (over 215 pounds) division among the blackbelts at the World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 2009 held at California State University in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 8. In the tournament final, Barnett bested Ralph Gracie pupil, Bruno Paulista.
Paulista had an impressive showing against the larger Barnett — he demonstrated nifty guardwork, locking up Barnett and threatening him with triangle choke from high guard and arm bar via knee bar feint. Despite struggling to pass Paulista’s guard, Barnett defended well against his submission attempts and kept up the pressure throughout the 10 minute contest.
Miller Camp Disappointed After Bout Cancelled
Chicago middleweight Mark Miller was devastated by the cancellation of his fight with Deray Davis on the undercard of Fedor vs. Rogers Saturday night.
Miller and Davis were scheduled to face off on the undercard of the promotion’s CBS network debut but were informed after the main event that the bout was off.
Dino Costeas, Miller’s trainer, on Monday said the Miller camp was told the fight would be moved to a slot on the main card soon after the final undercard fight between Marloes Coenen vs. Roxanne Modaferri began and waited from 3:45 that afternoon to hear back from Strikeforce officials.
Miguel Torres: Training with boxer Miguel Cotto an "eye-opening" experience
Torres was once a winner of 17 straight bouts and the virtually invincible World Extreme Cagefighting 135-pound champion. Consecutive win No. 18 and the fourth defense of his title were givens at WEC 42 in August against the undefeated yet largely unknown Brian Bowles. Little was expected out of Bowles, The HardCore Gym product, a heavy underdog armed with a weapon that wasn't so much a secret. Torres knew about Bowles' cannon of a right hand and said all he had to do was avoid it.
Torres exploded late into the first round with a combination of punches until Bowles broke out the weapon , caught Torres and sent him to the canvas. It was the first of 13 unanswered blows that concluded the WEC's biggest upset since Mike Brown stunned Urijah Faber to win the featherweight crown.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski in the works for UFC 110 in February
A light heavyweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 1" runner-up Stephan Bonnar (11-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) and "TUF 8" cast member Krzysztof Soszynski (18-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is expected to take place in February at UFC 110.
The bout was first reported as a possibility by MMAWeekly, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was told by a source close to the event that at least one competitor has been told bout agreements will be distributed this week.
UFC 110 takes place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The show, which takes place on a Sunday with a live North American showing on Saturday, marks the UFC's debut in Australia.
Bigfoot “proud of the fight” against Werdum
"I think both of us can be proud of the fight", Silva said, unhappy by letting the victory in judges’ hands. "I think that I won the first round, and I think that the second round was pretty close. I think he won the third round. I got tired, and I left it in the judges’ hands".
In the first round, Bigfoot almost got the TKO victory. "I was feeling very comfortable with my striking. I put him in trouble. I was feeling very good standing up game, so much so that I let him stand up", finished the Brazilian.
Filho explains his absence at Dream 12
The last two years has been complicated to Paulão Filho. After facing his first loss and face depression issues, Carlson Gracie’s black belt was dismissed from WEC and face the distrusted fans. The fight against Melvin Manhoef seemed to be the prove that Paulão was back, but the presentation against Alex Schoenauer on September, by Bitetti Combat 4, putted one more time a doubt on fans’ heads.
Nogueira vs. Velasquez Now Set For UFC 108
A heavyweight showdown between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez has been confirmed for UFC 108 in Las Vegas.
The possibility of the bout arose last week when Nogueira’s manager talked about the fight to SportTV. MMAWeekly.com has since been able to confirm the bout with multiple sources, who say it will happen on Jan. 2. ...
Coolio Replaces DMX In MMA Brawl
Ok first off not tolling here.
Second F'n hilarious.
Coolio will be replacing DMX in the anticipated MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) brawl that DMX backed away from last week.
As reported earlier, DMX was slated to jump in the ring against fighter Eric Martinez next month but the rapper pulled out citing safety concerns.
The promoter for the fight, Thunder Promotions, claimed that DMX wanted the fight fixed and they shot down his request.
According to TMZ, Coolio will now be taking on Martinez in Alabama on December 12th.
Thunder Promotions claims Coolio is taking the upcoming brawl ‘seriously’.
Henderson had "a few conversations" about employment status over Strikeforce weekend
Dan Henderson admits that there were “a few conversations about my employment status” while he was in town to corner Thierry Sokoudjou at the weekend’s Strikeforce event. “We might figure out a deal we might not, we’re still just waiting to see,” he said.
The comments were made during an interview with MMA Fanhouse reported Ariel Helwani, who asked Henderson what he thought of UFC president Dana White saying he was “1,000 percent” positive that Henderson had signed with Strikeforce.
“I can tell you that possibly Dana is misinformed sometimes and he is possibly a thousand percent misinformed,” Henderson laughed. “Anything’s possible right now, I am just hoping to get out there and fight again and get paid what I would like to get paid. I am not asking to be the top paid guy out there.”
Bisping looking to go back to his roots for Kang fight
Michael Bisping is looking to go back to his roots for Saturday night’s UFC 105 fight against Dennis Kang at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. The early days of his career saw Bisping plough through opponents in the first round and he is looking to hit the same kind of momentum against Kang.
“Mentally for this fight, I’ve got to come out there and push the pace,. My best performances in the past have been when I’ve come out and been the aggressor. So I’ve got to go back to that and back to my old self, if you will,” he told UFC.com
Brett Rogers' trainer wants shot at Overeem
Mike Reilly is proud of the way Brett Rogers fought Saturday, even if he came up short.
Rogers took a hard right hand to the chin from Fedor Emelianenko in the second round of their Strikeforce headliner on CBS and was unable to recover.
Mousasi's stock rising; welcomes fight with Hendo
Heading into Strikeforce on Saturday night, light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi was a huge favorite against former UFC fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, but the fight had some great back and forth moments that challenged the 205-pound titleholder.
In the end, Mousasi was able to get the upper hand and finish off Sokoudjou in the second round. Following the fight, the champion remarked that he knew his opponent was tough and no one should have underrated him going into the bout. That said, Mousasi, who is now on the radar as one of the top fighters on the planet, misses the role of playing the underdog. A position he occupied just a couple of years ago before some huge wins burst him into spot he sits in today.