Noons talks title fight and Diaz fiasco
Last Saturday night, K.J. Noons earned not only his first victory as EliteXC lightweight champion, but he also gained the respect of numerous fans and critics who questioned if the Hawaiian native was the real deal or a flash in the pan after his win over Nick Diaz to win the title late last year.
Noons stunned his opponent, Yves Edwards, early in the first round before following up with some devastating punches on the ground to get the fight stopped in under a minute.
“You know it’s just one of those things,” said Noons during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Monday night. “You get caught and I had to capitalize on it.
“He threw a punch, it caught me, and I was backing up. He was coming for a flurry, and he kind of came in and had his hands down. He was squared up, I countered his attack, and it landed on a flush spot. I just had to follow up with that.”
Following the fight, Noons celebrated in the cage after successfully defending the title in his home state, along with his father and extended family who attended the event to support their champion.
EDIT: Sorry i think i fixed it now.
UFC Quick Quote: Luigi Fioravanti knows he can beat Diego Sanchez … is he the only one?
“It doesn’t really bother me that people seem to [overlook] me, because like I said, it motivates me. I think a lot of people are, and they think he’s just going to come in and steamroll me and beat me up. I’m glad I’m the underdog because there’s really not much pressure on me…. It makes me train harder, and for this fight, I have trained harder than I ever have before in my career because I want to go out there and prove people wrong. Of course I want to get that respect, but that respect has to be earned. Of course I think he’s a good fighter. He’s really tough and he’s exceptionally good on the ground. He’s a top-10 welterweight, but I do think he might be overlooking this fight, you know? A win against him would turn a lot of heads. I know I can beat the guy…. I hit harder and I think I have the better standup, so I know I have to keep it on the feet. I know exactly what he’s going to do, too. He will come out and he might throw one punch or even stand a little bit, but then he’ll try and bring the fight to the ground and work his ground-and-pound. That’s his game. That’s what he’s really good at. I just gotta work on my takedown defense and rely on my power and my stand-up, and we’ll see how the fight goes from there.”
Anderson Silva Vs James Irvin at LHW - UFC Fight Night 14(July19) *+ Full Official Card* (+ Silva still fighting at UFC88)
MMARated.com has learned that not only is the July 19th UFC live event on Spike TV official but that the main event will feature Anderson Silva going up against James Irvin. This fight will mark Silva's UFC debut at 205 lbs.
Without official confirmation from the UFC this is true, it's intriguing nevertheless. Irvin will stand in front of Silva, which should make for an interesting exchange. And talk about the UFC bringing out the big guns to compete with Affliction. There is no Liddell or Rampage on the card, but following on the heels of July 5th event, the UFC buzz will already be in the air. This will ostensibly carry forward that momentum enough to drown out interest in Affliction. And while Affliction will be juxtaposed next to the UFC on matters of "what to watch", the choice between paying for people only hardcores have heard of versus the light heavyweight debut of Anderson Silva seems to me a very clear "either-or" proposition.
EDIT1: While confirming to SI.com's Nicki Jhabvala that the UFC will indeed be holding a July 19th event featuring Anderson Silva,
Dana also says Anderson Silva WILL LIKELY FIGHT ON BOTH JULY 19TH AND ON SEPTEMBER 6TH'S UFC 88 CARD. I guess no one is expecting James Irvin to pose much of a threat to the middleweight champ.
EDIT2: From MMA Weekly: In addition to Silva vs. Irvin, a bout between Hermes Franca and Frankie Edgar, initially planned for Aug. 9 in Minneapolis, is being relocated to the July event at the Palms in Las Vegas.
The bout will be Franca’s first since returning from suspension for a positive test for steroids in California.
EDIT3: The event will be dubbed 'Ultimate Fight Night 14' says MMARated.com.......
EDIT4: Event: UFC Fight Night 14
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV
Location: The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
Evan Tanner (32-7) vs. Kendall Grove (8-5)
Main card (televised):
185 lbs.: Amir Sadollah (0-0) vs. CB Dollaway (6-0) to determine TUF 7 winner
170 lbs.: Diego Sanchez (18-2) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (12-3)
155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher (20-4) vs. Jeremy Stephens (13-2)
185 lbs.: Dante Rivera (10-2) vs. Matthew Riddle (0-0)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
170 lbs.: Josh Burkman (9-5) vs. Dustin Hazelett (10-4)
185 lbs.: Marvin Eastman (15-7-1) vs. Drew McFedries (6-3)
170 lbs.: Matt Arroyo (3-1) vs. Matt Brown (6-6)
185 lbs.: Dean Lister (10-5) vs. Jeremy Horn (79-17-5)
185 lbs.: Tim Credeur (9-2) vs. Cale Yarbrough (0-0)
185 lbs.: Rob Yundt (6-1) vs. Rob Kimmons (20-3)
Freddie Roach set to work first MMA Event, Will Corner arlovski in Affliction Fight
Legendary boxing guru Freddie Roach — who has trained a long list of superstars including Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, and James Toney, Manny Pacquiao — will enter the world of mixed martial arts on July 19th, when he’ll be working the corner of Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned. According to Fighthype, Arlovski has been developing his hands at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, in preparation for his bout against Miletich-trained bruiser Ben Rothwell.
Kim Couture talks AFL contract, Friday's pro debut, former feud with Matt Hughes
Kim Couture will make her professional MMA debut Friday at a combination boxing-MMA show -- one that's expected to draw approximately 18,000 spectators at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
After that, though, the pro MMA rookie and Vice President of Xtreme Couture isn't sure what the future holds.
However, Couture today told TAGG Radio (www.mmajunkie.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), that she's been in talks with Strikeforce about a possible deal, and that the Kentucky-based American Fight League has offered a lucrative contract.
"I've spoken to Strikeforce, and actually, I'm looking at the American Fight League right now," said Couture, who guest-hosted the show. "Tara LaRosa just signed with them. I made that introduction happen. These guys have a lot of money. They're coming from the right place."
NOVA UNIAO CAMP REPORT: LEITES TALKS MARQUARDT
MMAWeekly: Thales, what were your thoughts on the illegal knee and pile driver?
Thales Leites: He did a lot of illegal blows during the fight. It wasn’t just the illegal knee; it was the pile driver and elbows, too. For sure he hit the back of my head. After the fight I showed to Joe Rogan the "ball" that I had in the back of my head. In my opinion he was obliged to knock me out in the second round with the illegal knee and I came back to fight without even knowing where I was properly.
If he wants to fight me again, I think he should get in line. I'm looking for the title shot. He had his chance before and he wasn’t successful so now it's my time.
Dream LW GP Semi-finals and Finals to be held in one night
Sorry if it's old news.
DREAM.5 will feature the organization's lightweight grand prix semifinals, and the match-ups include Shinya Aoki (16-2) vs. Caol Uno (25-10-4) and Eddie Alvarez (14-1) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (22-4-2).
The Japanese-based organization announced the match-ups on Sunday during its DREAM.4 event.
Unlike former rounds of the tournament, both the semifinals and finals will take place during the July 21 event, meaning the finalists will fight twice in one night.
July 26th EliteXC Event to Be Titled "Unfinished Business" (+ Semtex Fighting?)
Joining an announced rematch between EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Scott Smith at Unfinished Business on July 26 are Jake Shields and Antonio Silva, each of whom may fight to raise the card's title bouts to three.
According to EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw, Shields' opponent for the newly created 170-pound title will be determined this week. Potential challengers include International Fight League champion Jay Hieron, former Bodog champ Nick Thompson, or the recently motivated Paul Daley.
Shields was in line to fight Drew Fickett for the vacant title before injuries nixed the bout. If Silva appears on the card (it's not a guarantee that he will, right now) he could face IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, or Robert "Buzz" Berry, who knocked out Ken Shamrock in March.
Don Frye To Fight Minowaman at DEEP "Gladiator"
Four fights were announced today. In an MMA rules fight Minowaman returns after his loss against Kin Taiei on DREAM.2 to take on Don Frye. Newly crowned DEEP Lightweight champion Pang Sung Hwan will also participate against Japanese Akihiko Mouri. K-1 veterans Gary Goodridge and Hiromi Amada will fight in a K-1 rules fight.
The Godz Of War Are Silenced for Now
Godz Of War, a new MMA promotion that was to hold its first event this Saturday in Charlotte, NC, has now postponed the event. No new date was announced. Ricco Rodriguez vs. Jeff Monson was to headline "the biggest MMA competition ever on the East Coast" according to promoters.
Jake Shields to fight for EliteXC welterweight title on July 26
EliteXC welterweight Jake Shields (20-4-1) will finally get a chance to fight for the organization's 170-pound title.
EliteXC officials tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Shields will next fight during the organization's second CBS show, which takes place July 26 -- possibly in St. Louis.
Two previously scheduled title fights between Shields and former UFC fighter Drew Fickett (34-5) fell apart due to injuries, and it now looks like Shields could fight either Nick Thompson (36-9-1) or Jay Hieron (15-4) for the first-ever title.
"EliteXC: Unfinished Business" was announced over the weekend (see: event announcement), and the event will feature a headline bout between EliteXC middleweight champ Robbie Lawler (15-4) and Scott Smith (13-4). In addition to that title fight and Shields', Antonio Silva (10-1) may also fight for the the heavyweight belt against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Shields, perhaps the only top-10 welterweight not under contract to Zuffa, is 2-0 with EliteXC and has won nine straight fights, which included stops with BodogFIGHT and Rumble on the Rock. His list of victims includes top UFC middleweight contender Yushin Okami, WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit, former UFC champ Dave Menne, and most recently, Xtreme Couture fighter Mike Pyle. In late 2007, he signed a long-term deal with EliteXC -- with the promise he would get to fight for the title.
Shields had been scheduled to fight Fickett in March at a Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted show, but a back injury forced Shields out of the title fight. It was then rescheduled for June at this past weekend's "EliteXC: Return of the King" event, but Fickett pulled out of the show with injury. Oddly, though, Fickett picked up a victory June 7 at Rage in the Cage 111 -- and EliteXC officials are well aware of it.
With Fickett now apparently on the outs with the organization, Shields' camp expects him to fight either Thompson, who reigned as a BodogFIGHT veteran before the organization unceremoniously shut down, or Hieron, one of the International Fight League's most notable fighters. (Considering Thompson's 12-fight win streak and notoriety from fighting in the UFC, he'd probably be the most marketable opponent for Shields.)
As it stands today, EliteXC has just two title-holders: middleweight champ Lawler and lightweight title-holder KJ Noons. The potential addition of two more -- and crowning them in front a national TV audience -- would be a solid step for the organization.
EliteXC's first "Saturday Night Fights" event on May 31 featured Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson's third-round TKO of James Thompson, and a controversial no-contest (due to an eye poke) between Lawler and Smith. The broadcast peaked with more than 6.5 million viewers (and averaged 4.9 million viewers), which promoted CBS executives to ask for a quick follow-up event.
Nick Diaz goes off about everything
“Before we get started, I want to say that I know there are a lot of people and everybody is trying to protect the sport. And everybody wants to be sportsmen and that type of thing where everybody shakes hands and everybody is great friends and whatever. And that’s great. But you know what, this sport is (expletive) established. That’s obvious. There are people out there doing a great job making it look like a non-violent sport. That’s not my job. My job is warfare. I’m over here to (expletive) kill. We’re mortal enemies until we fight and then we can shake hands and be cool. But until then, if I’m signed to fight you I don’t (expletive) like you and I hate you’re (expletive) guts and we’re fighting until we’re cool. We’re not cool until I win or I lose and we can settle this. So that’s how I am about this sort of thing."
Fedor versus Sylvia to produce first WAMMA champion
The World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) will stage its first title fight next month, with the winner of the Fedor Emelianenko versus Tim Sylvia bout emerging as the alliance's "undisputed world heavyweight champion."
WAMMA formed in November of last year as MMA's first sanctioning body with goals that include creating greater visibility for the sport and recognizing world champions in each weight class. The organization's first order of business was assembling a group of journalists and bloggers to rank the best of the best in MMA. (In the interest of full disclosure, two MMAjunkie.com staffers are members of the rankings committee.)
Emelianenko is currently WAMMA's top-ranked heavyweight, while Sylvia checks in at No. 4. They meet at the Affliction "Banned" show July 19 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The winner earns WAMMA's first title belt.
While the notion of an "undisputed champion" would ordinarily pit the top two ranked fighters against one another, No. 1 versus No. 4 is as close as WAMMA can get. Both Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (ranked No. 2) and Randy Couture (No. 3) are under contract to the UFC.
The battle between former PRIDE titleholder Emelianenko and Sylvia, former two-time UFC champ, is the first of what WAMMA hopes will be a series of title fights, but stringing together meaningful match-ups to create undisputed champions will be a challenge.
Of the six weight classes ranked by WAMMA, heavyweight is the only division not currently topped by a fighter under contract to Zuffa. The UFC and WEC have traditionally not worked with other promotions to make fights and appear to have little interest in working with WAMMA.
Big Nog Talks TUF
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira recently took time out from the taping of Spike's newest edition of their reality TV hit "The Ultimate Fighter", to sit down with Gracie Mag to speak about a variety of topics including his budding rivalry with fellow coach Frank Mir.
“The mood of rivalry between us is getting strong," Nogueria told GracieMag.com. "We see each other here all the time, and I've known his game for awhile. Ever since he submitted Roberto Traven at the UFC, in 2001, he's been known. But you'll see: I'm going to be all over him standing, I’m better than him both standing and on the ground. In the fight with Sylvia the way to the win was clearly on the ground, but against Mir I'm going to show more of what I'm capable of to the world and my fans. I'll always respect him as an adversary, of course. Even more so since he’s trained with Demian Maia and Robert Drysdale.”