Christian Wellisch and Eddie Sanchez added to list of recent UFC cuts
After Zuffa closed down the welterweight division in the WEC and transferred the top fighters over to the UFC, UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva was left with a roster of over 200 fighters heading into this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17.
In order to alleviate the bloated roster, up to 50 fighters could be cut over the course of the next several months. FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to report that the UFC made a series of cuts over the weekend that included lightweight Rich Clementi, welterweight Luigi Fioravanti, and middleweight Derek Downey.
Five Ounces of Pain has also learned that American Kickboxing Academy light heavyweight Christian Wellisch and heavyweight Eddie Sanchez can now be added to the list as well.
Strikeforce on Kimbo: It’s not his fault
“Picture a guy that has some streetfighting capabilities that seems like he can punch pretty good, but put him in an MMA situation. He’s not a journeyman fighter, he’s not a superstar in MMA –- he’s just learning. He got thrown into the spotlight at a high level where there’s a lot of pressure to perform, but he probably needed 10 to 12 fights under his belt before he took that leap…. I think that if you look back at the past, he could have been built up to have the fights that he needed to face the Seth Petruzellis of the world and be successful, but he wasn’t given the opportunity. When I look at Kimbo, I don’t look at it as his fault. He was in a ‘no win’ situation.”
Joe Stevenson banking on small differences to be big factor against Diego Sanchez at UFC 95
“… I also think it is to my advantage to get him in his first fight at 155lbs.This is his first time he has to make this weight, he’ll be a little nervous about that. It takes a few times to get the weight-making down right. Also, it is first time overseas, and jetlag does play a factor. It is only a tiny factor, but it is still there and all those little things like the weight-making, the jet lag, the different weather in England, little things like that all start to add up. Like I said, I think Sanchez won’t be at his very best in this fight as compared to his second or third fight at 155lbs…. I think he is underestimating me, too…. I want to stop Diego. I want to stop him or submit him. That will be a statement right there.”
Fedor possibly Fighting Alek's on the 21st
On February, 21-th a regular Russian Combat Sambo championship will take place in Nizhny Novgorod. An epic case will occur again - both Emelianenko brothers are set to compete in the same +100 kg weight division. That means there is a chance to witness them takeing on each other in the finals. Stay tuned.
Report: Nick Diaz vs. Frank Shamrock set for Strikeforce in April
As the pieces continue to fall into place for the rapidly expanding Strikeforce organization, the California-based promotion now apparently has a main event for their April 11 return to the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
According to Fiveouncesofpain.com, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock (23-9-2) will take on UFC and EliteXC veteran Nick Diaz (18-7).
An official announcement of the bout could come as early as today.
Baroni Likely Headed To Strikeforce
While he won't return right away when Strikeforce does, Phil Baroni announced recently that he will return to the promotion for a not-yet-announced show in May. Opponent TBA, but it was revealed that Baroni will drop to Welterweight for the fight.
Is Japanese Invasion On UFC's Horizon?
If UFC treating top Japanese fighters like VIPs recently is any indication, possibly. It's a thinking recently fueled by UFC signing Japanese star Satoshi Ishii (although he might not fulfill the deal) and Dana White's saying he will bring Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto to WEC when his FEG contract is up.
Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez Added to April 11th Strikeforce Card
Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez have been added to the rumored lineup for Strikeforce’s April 11th event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
According to GracieFighter.com Diaz and Melendez will both return to action on the card, which is also slated to include Frank Shamrock, Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson, and Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith.
Diaz’s opponent is expected to be announced today with additional bouts set to be officially confirmed at a official press conference to be held in the next two weeks.
Former UFC fighter Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver arrested on battery charges in Las Vegas
Former UFC welterweight Jon Koppenhaver, now legally known as War Machine, has found himself in more legal trouble.
A source speaking on the condition of anonymity informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com early Monday morning that Koppenhaver had been arrested by Las Vegas Metro Police over the weekend.
Jay Rivera, a representative with the Public Information Office of the Metro Police Department, confirmed that Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver was arrested Saturday, February 8 at approximately 4 a.m. local time. According to Rivera, a citizen’s arrest was made of Koppenhaver on charges of misdemeanor battery.
Derek Downey released by UFC after one fight
For talented kickboxer Derek Downey, his UFC debut will go down as a bittersweet memory.
After getting the short notice call to step in for Amir Sadollah against Nick Catone at this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17, Downey has been released by the promotion after just one fight.
Sources close to Downey informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com of the news on Monday night.
Strikeforce declines to acquire contracts of Antonio Silva and Murilo “Ninja” Rua
Published reports indicate that Strikeforce acquired a total of 42 fighter of approximately 150 contracts from ProElite during last week’s acquisition of select assets.
The San Jose-based promotion is believed to have the option of acquiring additional contracts from ProElite in the future, but as it stands now, a great deal of fighters will continue to remain under ProElite control.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that two fighters that will remain under contract to ProElite are EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva and former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua.
UFN 17 Fighter Payouts
The FSAC has revealed the fighter payouts from UFN 17. The total disclosed payouts were $304,000 with the biggest share-$32,000-going to Kurt Pellegrino.
Rumor: Karo Parisyan vs. Josh Koscheck at UFC 98
Karo Parisyan was recently on Armenian television saying that he will be fighting Josh Koscheck at UFC 98 on May 23. This is strictly a rumor at this point since Koscheck still has to get by Paulo Thiago at UFC 95, but would be a great fight to determine the next challenger to the Welterweight title. If this fight does happen, I think it is going to be a huge statement for Kos. Karo has not looked the same since losing to Alves, and Kos has evolved into a much more dominant fighter than Parisyan ever has and it will show in this fight. I think Kos will beat him up on the feet, and then eventually take him down and TKO him. It should be exciting either way
MFC 20: ‘Destined for Greatness’ fight card announced for Feb. 20
The Maximum Fighting Championship, one of the elite mixed martial arts organizations in North America, is excited to announce its full card for MFC 20: Destined for Greatness which will take place on Friday, February 20 at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
MFC 20 will be broadcast live throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico on Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights.
“This is unquestionably the best show we’ve ever put together,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “I wanted to start 2009 with a bang that the whole world would notice and that has been accomplished in a big way.”