Yushin Okami Talks Anderson, Sonnen, Akiyama
--- In preparation for your fight against Chael Sonnen, have you watched any video on him?
Yes. He is a so-called "American-style" fighter. Box for a bit and then tackle, hold the opponent, use elbows, and start pounding. He's a very strong fighter - probably the strongest opponent I have ever faced.
--- In the middleweight division, Anderson Silva is the biggest star. Did you watch his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 101?
Yes, it shocked me. I thought Anderson would win, but the way he won was unbelievable. Griffin is a former light heavyweight champ, but Anderson made it look like he was fighting a B-class fighter. People were talking bad after the fight versus Thales Leites, so Anderson must have wanted to prove something. You don't want to get him too upset (laughter).
--- One of your training partners, Yoshihiro Akiyama, fought and won against Alan Belcher in UFC 100. What did you think about the fight?
He was more aggressive than usual, moving forward with strikes. Even when his opponent came forward, he was striking from short distance. AKiyama-san was really determined. He got the takedowns at every important point and was able to score on the UFC judging criteria. There was no other Japanese middleweight fighters, so that fight served as big motivation for me.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller won't sign a contract to fight Jake Shields in October...
… according to the former Elite XC welterweight champion.
“… he’ll beat the piss out of me? He’s the one that won’t sign the contract. I would sign that fight tonight but he just wants to talk and act tough, but he’s the one that won’t sign. His manager tells us the fight is on, Miller has agreed and then I’m hearing he’s decided he can’t fight in October but would maybe do it in December. He thinks he’s a star now but just like the show I was the only one doing the fighting while he just did the talking. He must think he’s Cung Le now.”
UFC president Dana White says lightweight champ B.J. Penn to fight December 12
After a rumored slot on either UFC 105 in Manchester, England, or at an as-yet-unannounced third fight card in November, UFC president Dana White today announced that lightweight champion B.J. Penn would make his next title defense on Dec. 12.
White made the announcement on a video blog that was today posted on BJPenn.com.
Though not yet officially announced Dec. 12 is the anticipated date of UFC 107, a card expected to take place at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Ohio Commission Responds to Sean Salmon
Sean Salmon’s self-imposed troubles continue: after the fighter admitted in an MMAJunkie.com essay that he purposely fell into an armbar submission during a June 3 bout against Allan Weickert, Ohio State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato told Sherdog.com/ESPN.com Thursday that Salmon was putting himself in danger of exile.
The UFC's Biggest Challenge in 2010: Filling Main Events
The UFC is on a roll lately with signings. They've gobbled up fighters from Phil Baroni to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, ostensibly so they can fill a large amount of cards in 2010. The problem with running 16 major shows a year though isn't the undercards. Sure, it's nice to have stacked cards, but on television and PPV, the vast majority of people buy or watch based on the marquee fight. And come 2010, with at least 16 major shows a year if they get this network deal done, it is going to be a challenge to find appropriate main events.
Matt Hughes signs a new deal with the UFC
Matt Hughes has signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC, officially ending rumors and speculation that the former UFC welterweight champ had fought his last fight at UFC 98 in May.
"Last week I went out to Vegas and I signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, which is much like my last contract," Hughes wrote Thursday on his blog. "I also brought up the fact that I wanted to do a hunting show and they thought that would be a good thing."
Hughes (43-7) was victorious in his last fight against Matt Serra, but had entered UFC 98 with three losses out of his previous four fights.
JAKE SHIELDS TIRES OF DELAYS, JUST WANTS TO FIGHT
Former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields says there’s no delay on his end in facing Jason “Mayhem” Miller in Strikeforce.
“If they hand me the bout agreement today, I’ll sign it,” Shields told MMAWeekly.com.
Miller last month announced that he’d be facing the Top 10 welterweight in the near future, though his manager, Ryan Parsons, told MMAWeekly.com the timing of the bout was uncertain. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said his promotion was working on major events for October and December and entertained the possibility of an interim middleweight title fight for Miller and Shields.
Teammates? UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon says he would fight his own brother
Will teammates be forced to fight each other in the UFC? The answer to that depends on who you ask.
UFC officials say it will happen if they deem it necessary, while some members of prominent training camps say they'd never sign on to face a training partner.
But don't count UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon among those unwilling to face anyone the organization puts in front of him. In fact, "J-Lau" recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he'd even fight his own brother, Dan.
Denis Kang: “I’m gonna come out and throw bombs”
On the comments he made earlier this week in another interview, Kang explained:
“’Beat his ass’ of course, because I’m coming in with the winning mentality, I always come in like that. I’m not going to come in and say ‘I’m going to get my ass beat’, you know what I mean and ‘sack of flesh and bones’ that just means I’m not making the fight personal, he’s just some clone, some human, nameless-faceless human across the octagon from me.”
Shane Carwin Interview
Thank you for taking the time to sit down with MMABay and answer a few of our questions:
MMABay - It’s recently been revealed that you have agreed to face Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title in November. How hard has it been to shift your attention from Velasquez to Lesnar?
Carwin - Not to hard we have been preparing for a fast wrestler who is big and powerful so the adjustments are not major. Cain will be a tough fight for anyone he is a world class athlete and Brock is the Champ so really no matter which fighter we prepare for we better bring our A game.
UFC Invades Ameba Blog To Increase Japan Presence
To increase its presence in the Japanese market, UFC has invaded Ameba Blog, Japan's #1 blog and social networking site, to create fighter blog pages for UFC and WEC fighters. At this time following are the blog pages for the select UFC/WEC fighters (and Logan Stanton, who apparently is quarter-Japanese and maintains an English language blog): Caol Uno, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Logan Stanton, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Takeya Mizugaki, Kenji Osawa and Akitoshi Tamura.
Vendetta FC 8-Man Tourney Matchups: Marrero v Britt, Wallace v Milliard
Former UFC and WEC light heavyweight “Fury” Carmelo Marrero (9-3) and “Juggernaut” Antwain Britt (9-2) will fight in the first round of Vendetta Fighting Championships one-night eight-man light heavyweight tournament at A Night of Vengeance in Aruba Saturday 5 September, Fighters.com has confirmed.
Marrero will seek vengeance for Britt’s eight-second KO of Marerro’s American Top Team stablemate “Samuray” Antonio Mendes (2-4) in the Shine Fights premier in Columbus last May.
Matt Hughes Versus Dennis Hallman Rematch Inevitable, Says Hallman’s Agent
Fighters.com’s ninth-ranked heavyweight “The Natural” Randy Couture (16-10) wasn’t the only MMA legend UFC President Dana White locked up to retirement before UFC 102.
Welterweight Matt Hughes (41-7) signed a four-fight deal that sources inside Hughes’s camp tell Fighters.com Hughes expects to lead him into retirement.
Hughes won a unanimous decision over “Terror” Matt Serra (9-6) three months ago and White announced in a pre-UFC 102 presser that Hughes won’t return for at least another three months. Hughes was on hiatus for nearly an entire year before his UD over Serra.
Former UFC Champion Tim Sylvia is Jason Vorhees of the “Friday the 13th” Movie Franchise
Former UFC heavyweight champion “Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia (24-6) is currently in Boston playing horror film icon Jason Vorhees in the yet-to-be-titled “Friday the 13th” sequel, Fighters.com has confirmed with a source close to the fighter.
On a three-fight losing streak and most recently on the horizontal end of a “Merciless” Ray Mercer (1-0) nine-second knockout at Adrenaline MMA 3 in Birmingham 13 June, Sylvia will get to diggin’ himself out of the deepest trench of his underrated career versus Jason Riley (6-1), at Adrenaline MMA 4 in Omaha 18 September.
Joachim Hansen explains the head injury that sidelined him since 2008
"During the final phase of training, I lifted my training partner for a takedown, and he tried to defend tenaciously. After staggering on my feet, we both fell head first on to the floor and I hit my head pretty hard. Even though I retained consciousness, I did not feel well, as I suffered from dizziness and headache. So I decided to halt the training and go to my room to rest. After a while, when I felt sufficiently recovered, I tried to get up from bed. At that moment, I experienced severe vertigo and I ended up blacking out..."