"The dying embers of the Sex Pistols’ punk classic “God Save the Queen” fade to silence, and the lights are cut throughout the arena. Chris Leben stalks the darkened cage. The sporadic flicker of flashing cameras briefly illuminate an expectant capacity crowd, the fervor of which builds to crescendo at a glimpse of the man the fans have come to see.
Michael Bisping prepares to headline UFC 89."
Nick Diaz Camp Responds to Hieron Assertions
"As Strikeforce’s fall schedule takes shape, several of the promotion’s marquee fighters have grown antsy, and they’re pointing fingers at each other.
Jay Hieron, a July addition to the welterweight stable, wants to fight Nick Diaz and says he is tired of waiting in limbo after choosing Strikeforce over the UFC. "
Wanderlei on his future: "I can't retire, I love to fight"
Wanderlei Silva says he has no plans to retire from fighting in the near future, although he admits that the recent furore surrounding both Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has given him pause for thought.
“Its tough no? All fighters my age are starting to stop! Its hard, its bad news!” he laughed as he discussed his two former adversaries with Fighters Only. Jackson is on temporary hiatus from fighting while he pursues a role in the A-Team movie, while Filipovic has not looked good in the UFC and was talking about retiring after his loss to Junior Dos Santos.
Regarding Jackson, Wanderlei told Fighters Only, “I think he will come back. He is a great fighter and I think he will be back at some time in the future.” As for CroCop, “He was a great fighter too and he doesn’t need to stop, he just needs to train more for the next fight.”
Report: Scott Smith re-ups with Strikeforce, eyes December bout with Radach or Shamrock
Middleweight slugger Scott Smith (16-6) has signed a new six-fight deal with Strikeforce, and he could see action as soon as December.
News of the new deal was first reported by AOL FanHouse, who learned of the re-signing from Smith's agent, Mike Roberts.
Roberts also shared that his client, while uncertain of his next opponent, was interested in a potential rematch with Benji Radach (19-5) or a bout with MMA legend Frank Shamrock (23-10-2).
MMA Quick Quote: Jake Shields is going to ''smash" Mayhem Miller on Nov. 7
“I have nothing against Jason. I think he’s a tough fighter, but I’m gonna go out there and beat the crap of him on the 7th, ya know? Jason likes to talk and I’m gonna go out there and once we’re in the cage, you’ll see what happens. I’ve certainly prepared on my end. When I get through Jason Miller, then we’ll see who they bring at me. Seems like they’re bringing in some big middleweights so there’s lots of possibilities. I feel the best that I have ever felt. I’m going to go out there and try to smash Mayhem. I’ve been working on my stand-up, wrestling and jui jitsu, every aspect. I’m gonna go out there and make a statement and beat the living crap out of him.”
– Former Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields tells FightHype.com that he’s going to steamroll former ICON Sport middleweight champion Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Rogers” from the Sears Centre on Nov. 7 live on CBS.
UFC Quick Quote: Lucio "Spartan" Linhares may surprise Rousimar Palhares on Dec. 5
“Of course it was always a dream of mine to fight at UFC but I never thought it would become true. It’s the opportunity of my life now. Never is good to face off a Brazilian, especially a talented guy such Toquinho. I will prepare myself to fight standing and on the floor, despite I recognize jiu-jitsu and wrestling as his best skills. I will use my reach and maybe surprise him with my boxing background.”
– Former M-1 Challenge standout Lucio Linhares tells BrasilCombate.com.br that he anticipates a very difficult test for himself at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale when he faces staunch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wizard Rousimar Palhares on December 5.
Joe Warren ready to go all out for the belt
Joe Warren's professional mixed martial arts career is in its infancy with a record of 2-0, but his two wins are over former WEC champion Chase Beebe and Japanese superstar Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. At Dream 11 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, Warren is matched up in the semi-final round of the featherweight tournament with Bibiano Fernandes and hopes to expand his record to 4-0 and leave Japan with the belt.
Hellboy ready for Aoki, welcomes Alvarez fight
MMAWEEKLY.COM: You're coming into this fight following a 14-month layoff, the longest of your career. How excited are you to finally have the opportunity to get in the ring and defend your lightweight title?
JOACHIM HANSEN: I am very happy to be back again! I was actually ready to fight for a while. With Dream’s consent, I even tried to be a part of the 20th anniversary Shooto show in May. However, they could not find me an opponent at short notice so that did not happen. So the desire to fight has never gone away.
Lee Murray Partner In Crime Gets 18 Years
LONDON (AFP) - A cage fighter who was involved in a 53-million-pound robbery at a security depot in Kent, was on Monday sentenced to 18 years behind bars.
Last month, Paul Allen, 31, pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to possess firearms during the raid on a Securitas depot in Tonbridge in February 2006.
4 Prelim Fights Announced For WEC 44
WEC today announced 4 prelim matches for its upcoming WEC 44 event in November, bringing the card to 6 total fights so far. 3 previously rumored fights were confirmed while a 4th one-Ricardo Lamas vs. James Krause-was added. These join the previously announced Mike Brown-Jose Aldo and Leonard Garcia-Manny Gamburyan fights.
Chuck Liddell Sounds Like a Man Who Wants to Fight
The last time I talked to Chuck Liddell, in August, he wasn't ready to say whether he would retire from the UFC. Two months later, he still isn't ready -- but I got the sense then, and I still get the sense from a TV interview he gave Monday, that he's itching to get back into the Octagon. Video below.
UFC Disclosed Payout Analysis: 2006-2009
Summarized below are the statistical averages tracking the number of fights, disclosed payouts, and disclosed bonus money for most UFC events since 2006. Please keep in mind that disclosed salaries are not always available, nor are they a true representation of the total purse a fighter receives in the UFC...
Former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber signs new multi-fight deal
Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA, 7-2 WEC) has ended all speculation regarding a potential move to a competing organization and has signed a new multi-year, multi-fight deal with the WEC.
WEC general manager Reed Harris announced the new deal while a guest on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). Harris called in from San Antonio, where the WEC exec is currently promoting Saturday's "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson" event.
"I had been talking to Urijah for months," Harris said. "I told him six weeks ago, 'We'll get this thing done.'"
Strikeforce's next "Arena series" show likely for San Jose in December
While Strikeforce is now scheduled to host three shows in November, the California-based organization isn't quite finished booking events in 2009.
Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report that a December "Arena Series" show was likely, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed with multiple sources close to the organization that Strikeforce is planning an event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
And while Meltzer was the first to report that a Dec. 12 date for the event had been secured with the California State Athletic Commission, an additional Dec. 5 date has since been added to the calendar.
After ADCC, Glover Teixeira focus on MMA
Champion of Brazilian’s selective to ADCC, Glover Teixeira lost to Vinny Magalhaes and got the fourth place in the tournament. Besides coming back without medals, Glover is satisfied. “I liked my participation, specially on the first day. Sunday wasn’t such a good day, I was tired, but it isn’t excuse because everybody also fought on Saturday and I didn’t face anyone that hasn’t. But that’s it, I liked“, said the Brazilian.
Vitor Belfort earns Karate blue belt
Last Saturday, TATAME.com went to Kobukan gym, in Rio de Janeiro, to watch a historical moment in the martial arts history. In Master Tanaka’s academy, Vitor Belfort was graduated for the first time in the Karate, art that he started training in last few months for the fight against Rich Franklin. The UFC fighter received the belt from his coach, the black belt Vinício Antony.
Paul 'Semtex' Daley: 'Jealous Mike Swick will fade away after UFC 105 beatdown'
“I won’t be fighting at UFC 105, but I will be there meeting the fans and sitting down with some popcorn to see Dan (Hardy) butcher (Mike) Swick. [He's] been bashing me for some reason, I don’t know why, ripping on my record and things like that. All I did was accept a fight he’d pulled out of but he seems to have a problem with me. He said I am big headed, but I have gone out of my way to be humble in the UFC. After the fight I didn’t jump around or nothing or shoot my mouth. I think Swick is jealous because he pulled out of the Kampmann fight and would never have done that if it were him in there and not me. I’ve got eight losses — so what? I’ve fought literally twice as many people as he has and I have fought better opposition than he has. His best win was against Marcus Davis and Dan beat Marcus much worse than he did with lay and pray. Dan is going to get rid of Swick in Manchester next month. You won’t hear too much about him after UFC 105.”
Suddenly relevant welterweight striker Paul Daley reacts to some recent Swick-talk regarding his win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 last month in Dallas.
Small Time: Does the WEC Still Matter?
"On Oct. 10, the Versus network will present the 43rd installment of World Extreme Cagefighting. The most recognizable name on the program is Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who will face Benson Henderson.
And yet Cerrone is far from well known, achieving character-actor status at best. The promotion’s two major attractions -- Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres -- have had their titles ripped away by fighters better on the nights it counted. And the potential audience for the series has shrunk by roughly 14 million from WEC 42, all thanks to some corporate sniping between the cable station and DirecTV. (Is money the problem? Better question: When isn’t money the problem?)"
Gleison Tibau: "I don't trust the judges anymore"
Gleison Tibau (19-6) is under a strong pace of preparation for his upcoming fight versus Josh Neer at UFC 104, on October 24th. And Tibau believes the conditioning part of the training will make the difference to the victory.
“I’m training so hard. I’ve been stressing the physical conditioning part, which will probably be decisive because I’m training for more time than my adversary. The strategy is to be all over him” said the UFC lightweight fighter to Brasil Combate’s Vitor Targueta.
The American Top Team prospect searches to rebound from the loss to Melvin Guillard, his latest performance what created lots of discussions because of the controversial result in favor of the American fighter.