Eric Schafer vs. Antonio Mendes UFC 93 (Confirmed)
UFC light heavyweight Eric Scafer (10-3-2 MMA 2-2 UFC), hoping to build off a recent submission victory over Houston Alexander, will next meet Antonio Mendes (15-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 93.
Schafer announced the fight during a guest appearance at the Dec. 14 Gladiator Cage Fighting event in Milwaukee, Wisc.
UFC 93 takes place Jan. 17 at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, and airs live on pay per view.
Kenny Florian open to a rematch with Diego Sanchez
Former middleweight finalist from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Kenny Florian, stated on the most recent edition of ESPN.com’s “MMA Live” that he’d be open to the possibility of a rematch against the man who beat him in the final, Diego Sanchez.
“I don’t want to fight Diego Sanchez to get revenge,” Florian said while responding to an e-mail question from a viewer. “I want to fight him because he’s a great fighter coming down to 155. I try to forget about my wins (and) forget about my losses and just move forward. Diego Sanchez being the great fighter that he is coming down to 155 — it’s exciting to me. I get a chance to fight a great fighters and that’s why I’d like the fight.”
Golyaev vs. Mitsuoka Added To Sengoku 7
World Victory Road over the weekend announced Sergey Golyaev vs. Eiji Mitsuoka for its Sengoku 7 event on January 5. Golyaev is coming off a stunning decision win over Takanori Gomi while Mitsuoka lost to Satoru Kitaoka in the LWGP Semifinals.
Show him the money: Forrest Griffin open to Wanderlei Silva fight
“I think Wanderlei is a bad man and Wanderlei will get [Rampage Jackson at UFC 92]. I’m not great at calling fights but that’s my honest opinion…. He’s a good training partner and we’re becoming better friends because his English is geting better. I’ve got nothing bad to say about Wanderlei. He will never get tired of punching you. There’s just no break in him. I think of myself as someone who’s willing to do as much as anyone, but he’s the one guy who might do more. That’s a bad dude. He’s hard to put out. If he was a video game, he’d have no life bar. You’ve got a life bar that goes down but his life bar doesn’t go down. That’s why I like watching him fight…. It would be great. If it’s for the right money or a belt, I’ll fight anyone.”
10 Tough Debuts
1. Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (UFC 81, 2/2/08)
So it’s a bit of a cheat -- Lesnar’s first pro MMA bout came against Min Soo Kim in 2007. But I argue that if your opponent doesn’t punch you back, it’s not much of a fight.
Lesnar’s real test came against Mir in his UFC debut, a fight that organizers seemed to concoct with the intention of giving Lesnar the most difficult road possible. Where Lesnar is at his most formidable and comfortable -- providing offense on top -- is where Mir is most dangerous, a fact he proved less than a couple of minutes in with a heel hook.
That Lesnar was able to rebound speaks to his confidence as an athlete, and the fact that he didn’t enter the sport for the quick payday. While I generally yawn at rematches, this is one that would likely provide contrast between first-fight jitters and the cage calm that comes with experience.
Mir subed Brock with a heel hook apparently, i swear i thought it was a kneebar, oh well its from sherdog it must be right
Bader,Escudero,Nover Talk TUF (+ Browning, Press Conference Vid)
Humility could be the most common theme among the three fighters who made their way to "The Ultimate Fighter" season eight finale post fight press conference. As Ryan Bader, Efrain Escudero and Phillipe Nover spoke to the media, all three took in stride what just went down to crown two of them the new TUF champions and marked the third as a rising star in the sport.
Tim Boetsch Signs New Deal With UFC
Light heavyweight Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC and is ready to get back to competition.
Boetsch transitioned to the big stage of MMA as a short notice fighter. He made a huge splash in his UFC debut, hurling David Heath to the canvas before battering him with punches for a TKO win. A loss to Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 13 followed, where Boetsch took the fight on six weeks notice.
Strikeforce's Josh Thomson seeking fights with world's best
Riding an eight-fight win streak, Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) established himself as a top-10 fighter with a dominant, unanimous-decision win over Gilbert Melendez this past June.
"The Punk" then returned to action with a 74-second destruction of Ashe Bowman in September.
But as Thomson recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he's now looking for fights with the best opponents in the world.
"Right now I have two (dream opponents)," Thomson said. "I have Eddie Alvarez and B.J. (Penn). To me I think those are the two top guys now."
Coming Soon: WAMMA Lightweight Champion?
Nothing is official yet, but Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez on 12/31 may determine the #1 Lightweight in the World not named BJ Penn. There are early talks among all involved parties to use the fight to determine the first WAMMA Lightweight Champion.
Time to end TUF antics
It can hardly be a coincidence that the two men who won titles on The Ultimate Fighter 8 were also among the few who avoided rowdy and disgusting behavior in the house.
Ryan Bader knocked out Vinnie Magalhaes in the light heavyweight final and Efrain Escudero bested Phillipe Nover via unanimous decision on Saturday in the lightweight finale at The Pearl at the Palms in what can only be described as a victory for taste and common sense.
If the best SpikeTV producers and the UFC can do is to show men urinating and ejaculating in others’ food, throwing a glass at a defenseless fighter and making a star out of someone without a whit of class, then it’s time to put a wrap on the reality series.