Cro Cop: "I Should’ve Quit After I Won Pride FC"
Legendary mixed martial arts fighter, Mirko Cro Cop, reflects on his submission (verbal) loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 19. He was beaten to the punch, and pretty much beat up, in what essentially turned out to be a striking match for two-plus rounds. The Croatian waved off the Brazilian in the third after eating a brutal knee to the face that wiped out his vision. It marked his third loss inside the Octagon in five attempts — a far cry from the world beater who was scalping his opponents just three years ago under the Pride FC banner.
GSP Should Be Back In Early 2010
In an interview last week, Georges St. Pierre said his injury at UFC 100 shoudln't have been a surprise-it had been bothering him for 8 months and he never let it heal properly. Until he can resume training in October, he's on a new diet (no more McDonald's) and he should return to action in early 2010 according to his representative. No hints dropped as to which weight class he might fight at but GSP says he's open to moving up from Welterweight at some point.
Steve Lopez okay following injury at UFC 103
DALLAS – Steve Lopez was forced to quit in the opening moments of the second round of his bout with Jim Miller at UFC 103 on Saturday night. While throwing a punch, he displaced his shoulder, leaving him unable to continue.
Jennifer Wenk, UFC Director of Public Relations, at the post-fight press conference said that Lopez dislocated his shoulder during the fight, but that it popped back in at the arena. He did not have to go to the hospital for treatment and was doing fine.
The injury appears to be recurring, as another UFC official indicated that the same thing has happened to Lopez during training.
Daley unconcerned with next opponent, but White says it could be Swick
The 26-year-old "Semtex" has bounced around from organization to organization in recent years, but Affliction's demise as a fight promotion led Daley to the UFC.An injury to Mike Swick led Daley to Saturday's UFC 103 main card, and his explosive hands led to a win over Martin Kampmann and some high praise from his boss."This kid put himself on the map tonight," UFC president Dana White said of Daley at the post-event press conference. "I love guys that step up on short notice because it's an opportunity. He took the opportunity and made it happen."Daley was originally scheduled to fight on the evening's preliminary card against Brian Foster. But when Swick's mishap led to an opportunity for a promotion, Daley jumped at the chance.The Brit said it's the type of move fans can continue to expect from him in the future.
Luis Cane Doesn't Really Want To Fight "Minotoro" Mogueira On 11/21
It would seem that in addition to teammates not wanting to fight each other in UFC, friends are the same way. And that, according to his manager, is why Luis Cane isn't excited about fighting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 106. They said to the TATAME website that they asked Joe Silva to put Cane against any American fighter instead when they were offered "Minotoro" but were told they had to fight whoever was put in front of them-that meant, like it or not, Nogueira.
UFN 19 Medical Suspensions
The Oklahoma Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions from UFN 19 today. The surprise is despite all the blood and brutal fights only 3 fighters are suspended, and each only for 30 days.
UFC 103 weigh in results
UFC 103 will feature a main event between Rich “Ace” Franklin and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort at a 195-pound catchweight. Also slated for the main card is a heavyweight tilt between former PRIDE superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and surging heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos.
SF November 7 Venue Announced Today
With yesterday's confirmation of Strikeforce's November 7 event on CBS, the final key component was revealed today: Where. SF is now just waiting for Illinois Athletic Commission approval to announce the event will be at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. The 11,000 seat arena hosted an IFL event in 2006. Other possible hosts in & around Chicago were already booked.
Once-paralyzed Cole Escovedo signed by Strikeforce, debuts Nov. 6
Former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter Cole Escovedo (12-4), who missed nearly three years of competition because of an infection that led to temporary paralysis, has been booked for Strikeforce's Nov. 6 show.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighter's recent signing and event booking, though an opponent has not been determined.
The Nov. 6 Strikeforce event, part of the organization's "Strikeforce Challengers" series, takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on Showtime.
Escovedo made his pro debut in 2001 and won 11 of his first 12 fights (seven via triangle choke) competing primarily for the WEC. The fighter had quickly become of the 145-pound division's most promising prospects, and the 28-year-old fighter even won the WEC's first-ever featherweight title.
However, after a stretch of three losses to notables Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver and Antonio Banuelos in 2006, Escovedo suffered a serious staph infection that ultimately left him partially paralyzed below his waist. The infection began in his arm, and after a misdiagnosis from multiple doctors, eventually spread to his spine.
After surgery and a couple years of physical therapy and training, Escovedo made a triumphant return to competition this past May. At Palace Fighting Championships 13, he defeated Michael McDonald via second-round TKO. The fight marked his debut in the 135-pound bantamweight division.
FEG Confirms JZ Off DREAM 11, Kawajiri Participation
FEG made a couple more changes to the DREAM 11 card today: They confirmed that Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante is off the card due to injury and they are looking for a replacement to face Daisuke Nakamura. Added to the event is Lightweight standout Tatsuya Kawajiri, who will face Guam native Melchor Manibusan.
No UFC In Columbus, Ohio Next Year
Back in March after a successful UFC event there, Dana White vowed UFC would return to Columbus, Ohio for a UFC event every year. Apparently "every year" won't include 2010-Dana confirmed Thursday that UFC won't return next year. The main reason seems to be expansion and desire to visit new cities. UFC has run 3 Columbus events over the last 3 years.
Frank Trigg Is To MMA What Michael Jordan Is To Basketball
And he wants fans to remember that. He recently told a Las Vegas newspaper that in MMA "you cannot have the future without the old guys like me that did it first". And he referenced Michael Jordan in regards to there being no Kobe Bryant and LeBron in the NBA without MJ to compare himself to the young stars of MMA today.