Win or go home: Gray Maynard UFC 96 interview
One of the more promising fights on the UFC 96: “Jackson vs. Jardine” card is a lightweight scrap between Gray Maynard (6-0, with 1 no contest) and Jim Miller (13-1).
Maynard is now perfect (4-0) in the UFC and was last seen at UFC 90, outpointing Rich Clementi on all three judge’s scorecards. The three-time Division I All-American wrestler (he wrestled on the same team as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans) is also the only blemish on Frankie Edgar’s otherwise perfect record (9-1).
Tom Atencio: ‘I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place’ with third Affliction event
” … I’m just trying to figure out what we’re doing, that’s all. I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place. The fans and the media treat me like I’m on my tenth show. I’m on my third show, and I’m just trying to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes that I made in the other events. If there’s things I’ve made mistakes on I try to fix them. I’m trying to be methodical about everything. I’m just trying to make sure that whatever we do, we’re doing it right.
WEC 39 Fighter Bonuses
The bonuses for the event were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by WEC officials following the bouts, with Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night getting rewarded.
The Submission of the Night seemed like a no brainer as WEC champion, Mike Brown, won his title defense by way of head and arm choke and will now also take home a $7500 bonus as well.
Following a brutal :18 second knockout, Damacio Page took home the KO of the Night bonus for his performance defeating top ten bantamweight, Marcus Galvao, who had to leave the cage on a stretcher after the fight.
The Fight of the Night bonus landed in the hands of the last two 170lb fighters expected to compete in the WEC as the promotion has now done away with the division, with Johny Hendricks and Alex Serdyukov, each earning the extra payday.
Anthony Johnson vs John Howard at TUF 9 Finale
Two exciting and explosive welterweights have agreed to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June.
Sources close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and John Howard (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have agreed to the bout, which is expected to be finalized in the coming week or two.
'Everyday Leading Upto The Fight Is A Bad Day For Frank Mir' - Mike Goldberg
In a in-depth interview with Mike Goldberg, he discusses Frank Mir chances in his upcoming fight with Brock Lesnar as well as who he thinks is the next big thing in the UFC, among other topics.
Also interviewed in this two part podcast are:
Marshall Zelasnik (UFC UK President) Who discusses the UFC in Germany..
Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy
& Chael Sonnen.
WEC 39 - Results *SPOILERS*
WEC 39 RESULTS:
Main Card Bouts:
-Mike Brown def. Leonard Garcia by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:57, R1
-Ricardo Lamas def. Bart Palaszewski by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards) at 5:00, R3
-Jose Aldo def. Chris Mickle by TKO (punches) at 1:39, R1
-Rob McCullough def. Marcus Hicks by majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Danny Castillo def. Phil Cardella by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Damacio Page def. Marcos Galvao by KO at 0:18, R1
-Johny Hendricks def. Alex Serdyukov by unanimous decision at 5:00, R3
-Kenji Osawa def. Rafael Rebello by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30) at 5:00, R3
-Alex Karalexis def. Greg McIntyre by TKO (strikes) at 4:19, R1
-John Franchi def. Mike Budnik by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Mike Pierce def. Justin Haskins by TKO at 3:39, R3
LC Davis Vs Michihiro Omigawa At Sengoku
With only one loss on his professional resume, Midwest American fighter L.C. Davis has finally found out who he will be fighting in the opening round of the Sengoku Featherweight Tournament scheduled for March 20 on HDNet.
Davis on Sunday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he will square off with Michihiro Omigawa. Though he's no slouch, Omigawa needs a win badly, having lost three of his last four bouts with a draw in the most recent. The odds aren't really in his favor with Davis, however.
For Gilbert Melendez, friendship no longer a part of lightweight plans
The last 14 months haven't been kind to Gilbert Melendez (14-2).
Winner of his first 13-straight bouts, Melendez has gone just 1-2 in past three appearances. But as "El Niño" recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he's focused on turning things back around.
"I lost two out of my last three right now," Melendez said. "I can't be talking no [expletive]. I've just got to go out there and deliver."
For Heath Herring, bout with Cain Velasquez just another day at the office
UFC heavyweight Heath Herring (28-14 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has never been one to back away from a fight.
A quick check of his past three fights is a good place to start. Brock Lesnar. Cheick Kongo. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Now Herring will face talented prospect Cain Velasquez in May. The "Texas Crazy Horse" wouldn't have it any other way.
"If you kid of look through my career, I don't ever really refuse fights," Herring recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's kind of my deal."
Emily Thompson vs. Erin Toughill added to PFC 13: Validation
The Palace Fighting Championships has added a female feature to its May 8 event, "PFC 13: Validation," as Emily Thompson (3-0) will meet Erin Toughill (9-2-1).
Sources close to the bout alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the addition to the card.
PFC 13 is scheduled for May 8 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Raphael Assuncao Vs Jameel Massouh At WEC 40
Featherweight prospect Raphael Assuncao will face fellow WEC newcomer Jameel Massouh at WEC 40 on April 5 in Chicago. Bout agreements have been signed and both fighters are a go.
According to sources close to Massouh, he was confirmed on Saturday after a victory at an unnamed show in Russia. The 24-year-old fighter now carries an impressive 21-4 professional record, and boasts a four-fight win streak. He currently trains with UFC veteran Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy in Milwaukee, Wis.
Josh Koschek vs Chris Wilson at UFC 98
No rest for the weary.
Josh Koscheck will indeed return to the Octagon sooner rather than later, accepting a bout to take on Chris Wilson in a welterweight tilt scheduled for UFC 98 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 23.
Dana White says he has no knowledge of June meeting with Fedor
“… Me and my management hope to get a chance to talk to Dana White in person in June to discuss a possible fight between me and Brock,” Emelianenko is quoted as telling Adam Baker of DreamFighters.com.
During a recent interview with “Carmichael Dave” on the CBS Radio nationally syndicated show “MMAsh,” White was asked if he was aware of a June meeting with Fedor.
“No,” White responded, before continuing, “If that’s true, that’s awesome. I’d have to hear that from him to believe it. But if that’s true, I’d love to meet with him. I’d love to.”