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UFC 86: TYSON GRIFFIN READY TO STRIKE
(mmaweekly.com)
Tyson Griffin steps into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon on Saturday night to take on Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio at UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It is a lightweight match that, with a win, could put him next in line for a title shot. "It's a really big fight," Griffin told MMAWeekly.com. "It's a great chance to put my name in front of someone like Aurelio who has beat (Takanori) Gomi in Pride and has done great things in the sport.
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 1:34PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
IFL ON HOLD, CHAMP MATYUSHENKO TALKS CONTRACT
(mmaweekly.com)
Vladimir Matyushenko has been one of the real success stories of the International Fight League. Despite the promotion’s difficulties, he has remained a constant source of excellence since his debut for the company in 2007. Currently riding an eight-fight winning streak, Matyushenko, the IFL’s current 205-pound champion, is eager to continue his winning ways, even though the IFL has placed their operations on hold.
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 1:33PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Barnett 'Affliction, Megadeth and the Traveling PSP'
(punchdrunkgamer.com)
Josh Barnett 'Affliction, Megadeth and the Traveling PSP' Top 5 Ranked Heavyweight Josh Barnett recently sat down with PDG to talk about his upcoming rematch with Pedro Rizzo, fighting friends, Castlevania and training with a time - machine!
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 3:48AM by nwowolfpack - 4 comments
Filed under: Interviews, M-1 Global, Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous
 
UFC Going To Dublin In Not Too Distant Future
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
The UFC has confirmed it will be heading to the Republic of Ireland - just as soon as there is an arena big enough for it to use. With his Boston-Irish background, UFC president Dana White is known to be very keen for the promotion to touch down in the land of his forefathers, as are many UFC fighters that share the same heritage. But the UFC regularly sells in excess of 17,000 tickets for live events and at present Ireland has no suitable venues that could accommodate those numbers. However, that may change when work to increase the capacity of the Point Depot in Dublin is completed.
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 1:11AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Hamill Will Fight At UFC 88
(fightline.com)
Matt Hamill has informed Fightline.com that he has been offered a fight at UFC 88. Matt is extremely excited about this opportunity and tells us he's "ready to go." An opponent has not been named as of yet, however, Matt says he will announce it on MattHamill.com as soon as the information becomes available.
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 12:07AM by MMAcca - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Buchholz Looking For His First UFC Win
(mmarated.com)
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Justin Buchholz has made his mark in Icon Sport, the Alaska Fighting Championship and EliteXC. Now, he looks to do the same in the UFC's lightweight division as he faces Corey Hill at UFC 86 this Saturday. MMARated.com recently caught up with Buchholz to talk about what it's like training with Urijah Faber, what went wrong in his last fight again Matt Wiman and how he plans on dealing with "Buddy Rowe."
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 12:05AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jason Reinhardt Wants Miguel Torres At 135lbs
(news.proelite.com)
MMA veteran Jason Reinhardt is eyeing Miguel Torres and World Extreme Cagefighting’s 135- pound division. “I’m undefeated at 135 and Miguel Torres is not,” Reinhardt said during a promotional interview for his upcoming Courage Fighting Championships event in Decatur, Illinois. “He’s the best fighter in the world they say, so I would love the chance to compete against him and fight him in the WEC.”
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 12:02AM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Melvin Guillard Returns Simply, “To Have Fun”
(ufc.com)
Rhett Butler, UFC - En route to asking Melvin Guillard if he had any doubt that the UFC would call while he was an undefeated rising fighter on a ten fight win streak, he is quick to correct you on the miscalculated numbers. “I went on a 22 fight win streak; I was 22-0 before I lost my first fight. My first loss was to Carlo Prater.”
Submitted Jul 1, 2008 12:00AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ WINS TWICE IN TWO DAYS
(mmaweekly.com)
International Fight League star Mike Ciesnolevicz had quite a weekend. He fought main events in two different states and in two different weight classes saying, “If I can fight two times this weekend, I’ll be happy. That’s how they used to do it back in the day.” On Friday, he earned the Courage Fighting Championships 205-pound title by submitting Andrew Force in Decatur, Ill. Then, he was off to Iowa to headline the Extreme Challenge 100 event in Davenport, defeating Matt Andersen as a heavyweight. He tipped the scales at 206 pounds.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 11:48PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
All Female Fight League Set for TV Debut
(mmapayout.com)
PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 26, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA - A new reality series featuring Amanda Lucas and eleven other female Mixed Martial Artists is being produced by Los Angeles based production company One Giant Leap Media. Promoter Belinda Dunne brought together two teams (USA vs Australasia) for the continental ‘Princesses of Pain’ Championship and the cameras were there to capture all of the drama, including Lucas’ mixed martial arts debut in Auckland on May 31st.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 11:42PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Should We Care About Jackson-Griffin?
(sherdog.com)
With champion Jackson and challenger Griffin acting as coaches on the umpteenth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" -- there's been little palpable anticipation for Jackson's first title defense in nearly a year.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 9:17PM by Sam_Rothstein - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quinton Jackson:Forrest ain't going to make it to the 5th
(fighthype.com)
"That fight with me and Forrest ain't going to the judges. I'm going to be victorious and I'm going to win that fight in exciting manner; whether it's knockout, TKO, submission or getting him to tap out, something's going down. Something is going to happen. Forrest ain't going to make it to the 5th,"
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 9:09PM by Porch28 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Drew McFedries:The fight was the only thing that had gone right for me in the last year
(fighthype.com)
"After the fight, I was able to control myself through the live interview, but when I got backstage, I was a mess. This fight was the only thing that has gone right for me in the last year," stated UFC middleweight contender Drew McFedries as he talked about his impressive win over Marvin Eastman at the TUF 7 Finale.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 9:05PM by Porch28 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
The tale of the Pitbull and The Giant
(fighthype.com)
There are a number of reasons not to miss the mega mixed martial arts extravaganza, "Affliction Banned," this July 19th at Honda Center in Anaheim, California - not least of which is the unbelievable main event - a dream match-up between heavyweight champs Fedor Emilianenko and Tim Sylvia.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 8:39PM by Porch28 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
John Alessio undergoes surgery
(mmafrenzy.com)
John Alessio has undergone successful surgery on his right arm to repair a broken bone sustained in a bout against Pete Spratt on June 20th, according to The Fight Network.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 8:37PM by Porch28 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Pulver aims for October return, fight with Nogueira
(mmajunkie.com)
Jens Pulver can sum up his performance against Urijah Faber last month in a single word – slow. The former UFC lightweight champion was beaten for the first time at 145 pounds., when Faber scored a unanimous decision in Sacramento June 1 in World Extreme Cagefighting's biggest event to date.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 8:30PM by Porch28 - 6 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ WINS TWICE IN TWO DAYS
(mmaweekly.com)
International Fight League star Mike Ciesnolevicz had quite a weekend. He fought main events in two different states and in two different weight classes saying, “If I can fight two times this weekend, I’ll be happy. That’s how they used to do it back in the day.” On Friday, he earned the Courage Fighting Championships 205-pound title by submitting Andrew Force in Decatur, Ill. Then, he was off to Iowa to headline the Extreme Challenge 100 event in Davenport, defeating Matt Andersen as a heavyweight. He tipped the scales at 206 pounds. That is pretty impressive
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 5:22PM by puppetmaster837 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Antonio Silva vs. Justin Eilers Likely for EXC 7/26
(mmajunkie.com)
It seems that Antonio SIlva has an opponent for his fight on EliteXC's 7/26 card to determine the promotion's first heavyweight champion. Silva & Justin Eilers have verbally agreed to the fight, and it's likely to be signed soon even though Eilers was not EXC's first choice of opponents for SIlva.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 5:08PM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
Rich Franklin likely to return at UFC 88
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (23-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) will restart his quest for another title shot this fall -- most likely at a UFC 88 event in Atlanta -- though it won't necessarily come at 185 pounds. A source closed to the Sept. 6 event tells MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Franklin has been targeted for the event, and the search for an opponent "is in full swing." However, when contacted for comment, J.T. Stewart, Franklin's business manager, said nothing definitive has been decided and that he had no other comment. UFC 88 currently features a main event between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, and the winner could be in line for a title shot with either current light heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson or Forrest Griffin, who headline this weekend's UFC 86 event in Las Vegas. Franklin will likely be slotted for UFC 88's co-main event. Franklin, who lost his title and a subsequent rematch to current middleweight champ Anderson Silva, most recently scored a second-round TKO of Travis Lutter at UFC 83. After the victory, Franklin told MMAjunkie.com that a third fight with Silva probably wouldn't be marketable. Many have suggested that a move to the light-heavyweight class could open some new possibilities, though Franklin has been quick to dismiss the suggestion. However, according to our source, he and the organization are now considering a move to 205 pounds, though it wouldn't necessarily be a permanent move and could simply depend on whether or not he thinks the match-up makes sense. Although he's one of the sport's bigger middleweights and sheds considerable weight to make the 185-pound limit, Franklin recently told MMAjunkie.com that his body is better suited for the middleweight division. "I've been at 185 (pounds) for several years," Franklin said in April. "I think that over the past couple years, I've really changed my body composition. It used to kill me to make weight, but now it's much easier than it was three years ago, and I think it's because my body's changed a lot. I just don't think I'm big enough to compete effectively as a light heavyweight anymore." Franklin last competed at 205 pounds at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in April 1005. He called it a "special case" since the first-ever Spike TV broadcast would reach millions of viewers and could catapult his popularity. After defeating Shamrock, the victory did just that. Franklin said if a similar opportunity presented itself, he may be inclined to take it.
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 4:12PM by Twenty20Dollars - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Gabriel Gonzaga road back to title shot starts at UFC 86
“I need to come back with wins. I’ll fight anybody. My goal is to be the champion. When I get a title shot, this is my goal. I had a long way to go to get a title shot, and I’ll do it again. I believe I need a couple of wins. And then more and more fights I need to win…. I’m here. I’m training hard to come back with my best condition to give my best show to my fans. I need to come back with wins, but my goal is still to win a belt.” – Former number one heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga tells Sherdog.com that he intends to once again challenge for the division championship. “Napao” lost his bid to claim the strap against Randy Couture at UFC 74: “Respect” in 2007. He followed that up with another loss to Fabricio Werdum earlier this year. Now he’s set to take on Justin McCully at UFC 86: “Griffin vs. Jackson” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 5. The journey begins all over again. Can he make it?
Submitted Jun 30, 2008 2:59PM by Twenty20Dollars - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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