Machida wants to face Rashad Evans to determine number one contender
After being scrapped from UFC 89 because of Thiago Silva’s back injury, Lyoto Machda keeps training in Brazil, but less than before. With his back to the octagon still undefined, Machida waits for the UFC to set his next bout. “I continue training, I can’t be caught unprepared for a fight, but I’m training less now, doing only some physical training, Jiu-Jitsu and Karatê… They didn’t say anything, but told me that this fight (with Thiago Silva) still can happen”, said the fighter, who would need to wait for his recovery to come back to the octagon.
But if it depended on his decision, he’d come back tomorrow with another opponent. “I’m waiting for any situation, or face him, if he gets better, or having another opponent. I would like to face Rashad Evans, and the winner gets a title shot, but now it seems like they will put him against Forrest Griffin… I’d like to face him and the winner gets Griffin, it’s a good way”, suggests Machida, who waits for a top opponent for his next fight.
“I don’t know how it’s gonna be, I’m ready to fight, but don’t wanna fight anyone, because I’m building my way in UFC and I wanna fight the top fighters so that they could give me a title shot after”, says. Between the option in the light-heavyweight Top 10 ranking is Maurício Shogun, getting better from a knee injury and waiting to fight in December, still without and opponent. If Machida could choose, another Brazilian fight could happen. “I never chose opponents, I leave it to UFC and my managers, what they want for me is good. If they think fight Shogun is better I’ll do it, I’m prepared to for everything”, guarantees Machida.
"My next fight will be in Japan with World Victory Road before the end of the year," Randleman told MMAnews.com, "They haven't thrown an opponent for me out there yet but who it is going to be better me ready."
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Josh Thomson dreaming of November bout with Japanese star
LOS ANGELES -- With a non-title fight and an after-party at the world-famous Playboy Mansion looming, it would be easy to forgive Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (15-2) were his focus to stray.
But as Thomson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at Friday's "Strikeforce at the Mansion II" weigh-ins, the situation has been a blessing.
"It makes me really focus on my opponent more," Thomson said. "To not have to worry about the fact, 'Oh, gosh. If this goes three rounds, I've got to go two more.' I know I'm more than capable of going three rounds. Three rounds just seems like a walk in the park these days."
Thomson admits to knowing very little about his opponent, the Lion's Den's Ashe Bowman (9-4). But "The Punk" insists that will simply force him to be more aware of his opponent's actions.
"I heard he's a good grappler," Thomson said of Bowman. "I heard he's probably got heavy hands. It's kind of a feeling out process.
Trevor Prangley: Strikeforce, Affliction and DREAM all on horizon
LOS ANGELES -- South African middleweight Trevor Prangley (17-5) was on a tear.
After back-to-back decision losses to Jeremy Horn and Chael Sonnen forced Prangley out of the UFC in 2006, the 36-year-old won five-straight fights with BodogFIGHT and Strikeforce. However a surprising loss to Jorge Santiago in the finals of Strikeforce's November 2007 four-man tournament was the last time Prangley has stepped in the cage.
But as Prangley told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at Friday's "Strikeforce at the Mansion II" weigh-ins, a return to more frequent activity is on the way.
ENOCH WILSON DEFENDS BELT AT SPORTFIGHT 24
Sportfight featherweight champion Enoch Wilson successfully fended off the challenge of Ultimate Fighter 5 alumnus Brian Geraghty Friday night at Sportfight 24 in Portland, Ore.
The action was fast paced as the two fighters traded positions on the ground in the opening round. Wilson landed strikes, while Geraghty went for submissions, attempting an armbar at the end of the round.
The next two rounds resembled the first as the fighters traded positions on the ground with Wilson landing hard strikes, while Geraghty looked for submissions. Geraghty started to find his groove midway through the third, gaining Wilson’s back, but he was unable to finish the choke as Wilson landed annoying strikes that opened a small cut on Geraghty’s forehead just prior to round’s end.
The fourth round was different as Geraghty on two occasions was able to take the fight to the ground, working over Wilson with short strikes. Wilson however was able to reverse out and get back to his feet, standing over Geraghty. Out of nowhere, Wilson landed a huge elbow that rocked Geraghty, finishing him off with a couple of strikes as the referee called a halt to the fight at 2:50 of the fourth round.
GABE LEMLEY RETAINS TITLE AT EXTREME CHALLENGE
RIVERSIDE, Iowa – Extreme Challenge No. 106 unfolded Friday evening, as the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort helped to lay the foundation for iconic MMA legends to compete, ironically, from outside the cage.
The fight card, labeled as Midwest vs. West Coast, summoned a flourishing amateur and pro fight team from Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy, to clash against comparable athletes from such notable coaches as Jens Pulver, Dave Menne, and Pat Miletich.
McCarthy’s venture into the Midwest was greeted with multiple losses, his team brandishing a disappointing 2-5 record on the night. Big John’s amateur competitor, German Baltazar, generated a unanimous decision win over Freddy Artega. Pro fighter Levi Kurtovich fought back from a solid spinning back kick that dropped him early in the first round, to land multiple elbows from mount, splitting open Brent Mehrhoff’s right eye and prompting the ringside doctor to stop the fight between rounds.
Will Strikeforce's Japanese Gambit Succeed?
Let's face it, there's not too much intrigue around tonight's Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion card. First off, lightweight champ Josh Thompson is fighting a non-title fight against relative unknown Ashe Bowman. Secondly, both Babalu Sobral and Bobby Southworth dropped out of their match due to injuries.Thirdly, UFC also rans like Joe Riggs, Trevor Prangley and Terry Martin aren't exactly setting the world on fire these days.
But in true Strikeforce creeper fashion, there is something VERY interesting happening on tonight's card. Two A-List Japanese fighters are making their U.S. debuts. Sengoku middleweight star Kazuo Misaki and DREAM lightweight contender Mitsuhiro Ishida.
Diaz vs Alvarez for vacant EXC title?
While EliteXC officials declined to offer specifics regarding a possible fight to determine a new lightweight champion for the promotion, sources informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com earlier in the week that the company had been considering an option that would involve Nick Diaz and Eddie Alvarez competing for the newly vacant title in a featured bout during a tentative Nov. 8 card.
Vitor Belfort back at Affliction 2
With a broken hand after Affliction’s first edition with a knockout over Terry Martin, Vitor Belfort was scrapped from the second edition due to recover his injury, but the postponement of the event to 2009 was good news for the athlete, able to recover in time to fight again. “My hand is getting better. I’m doing a lot of physical training and physiotherapy. I didn’t care about the postponement, I wasn’t going to fight anyway”, jokes the fighter, the confirmed to TATAME.com he’ll be at Affliction’s next show.
Full-Time Fighter: Sean Salmon reinstated, fighting for title tonight
Finally, after 10 months, unexpected delays, enormous expense, sleepless nights and alienating myself from family and friends, the nightmare with the California State Athletic Commission is over.
That being said, I will be doing a column early next week to detail everything that went down. But the most important part is that it's all over. I've been cleared to fight and have been fully reinstated.
However, I do have to touch on California one more time. MMAAgents.com is amazing, and I am not just saying that because it's my agency. Everyone in that office Ken ("The Pav") Pavia, Nate Broadnax, Julian Grugario and the new guys, Danny and Tony, went far and above my expectations to help get this cleared up. They never once let me believe that I was an inconvience in any way (believe me, I was) -- calling, texting and emailing serveral times a day. And when I was in town, I stayed at their house, they drove me everywhere, and made sure I was fed, watered and training. MMAAgents.com couldn't fire me if they tried. Like I said, though, I will be detailing all of that next week.
Up next -- and by up next, I mean tonight -- I will be fighting in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, for the NAAFS (www.naafs.tv) middleweight belt. I take on reigning champion Mitch Whitesel.
K.J. NOONS STRIPPED OF ELITE XC LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 19, 2008) – KJ Noons of San Diego has been stripped of his EliteXC lightweight title. The announcement was made Friday by EliteXC Head of Fight Operations, Jeremy Lappen.
The foremost reason EliteXC is taking this action, Lappen said, was due to Noons’ reluctance to defend against leading 160-pound contender Nick Diaz of Stockton, Calif.
“We are stripping KJ of his championship belt for refusing to defend against Diaz,’’ Lappen said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation but we cannot have belt-holders who refuse to fight the top contenders.We want champions who will fight anyone, anytime, anyplace.That’s the mentality all champions should have.
UFC Fight For The Troops Card Taking Shape
Not surprisingly, just as the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced its special UFC Fight For The Troops event for Dec. 10 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the fight card has started to slowly piece together.
Although the UFC has yet to make any bouts official, many fights have been verbally agreed to, quickly giving form to the UFC’s effort to raise money to build a treatment center for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. The facility is being sponsored, built and equipped by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
A bout between Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet was confirmed by MMAWeekly.com earlier in the week, although it is now being moved to the Dec. 10 benefit event instead of The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Finale, according to Swick.
Other bouts that sources say have been agreed to include Steve Bruno vs. Luke Cummo, Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully, Liugi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber, and Nate Loughran against an as yet unknown opponent.
There has been no word regarding who will be featured in the main event.
The goal of UFC Fight For The Troops is to raise the necessary funds for The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), an advanced research facility in Bethseda, Md. dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health issues.
Mustapha Al-Turk Signs With The UFC!
Mustapha Al-Turk (6-3) has vacated the Cage Rage British heavyweight title and signed with the UFC, we can exclusively reveal.
He has signed a four-fight deal with the organisation and will make his debut before the end of the year, possibly against Cain Velasquez.
TUF 8 debuts number one in timeslot; UFN 15 beats ESPN and ESPN2 combined in the ratings
UFN 15 served as a lead-in for the TUF premiere and aired live from 8-10 p.m. ET. Competing against ESPN’s telecast of Major League Baseball and ESPN2’s college football broadcast in the same time slot, UFN 15 outdrew both shows combined in the coveted young male demo.
To be exact, the Spike telecast drew 913,000 men 18-49 and 465,000 Men 18-34. By comparison, ESPN’s telecast of the Red Sox vs. Rays and ESPN2’s Louisville vs. Kansas St. college football game drew a combined 858,000 men 18-49 and 373,000 men 18-34.
Then, between 10-11 p.m. ET, TUF 8 debuted to a 1.2 household rating with an average audience of 1.6 million viewers. According to Spike, the show was number one in its timeslot on basic cable in the male 18-49 demographic, garnering a 1.5 rating. The premiere also drew a 1.5 rating in males 18-34.
Thiago Silva back to UFC in 2009
After the injury and the scrapped fight against Lyoto Machida, Thiago Silva now is focused on the back treatment, getting ready to go back to the octagon as faster as he can and keep the perfect 13-0 MMA history. “I’m doing the physiotherapy well to get better… I’m doing the medical treatment, following correctly, but I still don’t know when I’ll come back. Ultimate said that I won’t fight this year anymore, so I’ll probably be back in January, and I’ll be ready”, said the ATT fighter.
Victorious Joe Lauzon seeking return to UFC main card
From main event to undercard, perhaps no fighter has fallen so quick in the course of a single fight.
Such was the situation facing UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon heading into his "UFC Fight Night 15" bout with Kyle Bradley.
But Lauzon recently told the crew of TAGG Radio, the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com, he wasn't too disappointed at the change of position.
Jason MacDonald signs new four-fight deal with UFC
Veteran UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald (21-10 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has signed a new four-fight deal with the organization.
KO Dynasty, a sports management company that recently signed MacDonald, alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the fighter's new deal.
MacDonald is fresh off a solid victory over Jason Lambert at UFC 88 -- one that earned the 33-year-old fighter a $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus. MacDonald took the fight less than a month after his UFC 87 loss to Demian Maia.
Terms of his new deal were not disclosed.
MacDonald, a former Maximum Fighting Championships fighter, is 9-3 in his past 12 fights. He made his UFC debut in 2006 and garnered some early recognition by scoring submission victories over "TUF" notables Ed Herman and Chris Leben. Additional UFC victories have come over Rory Singer, Joe Doerksen and Lambert.
The UFC has not confirmed when MacDonald could next return to action.