Rashad Claims 'Rampage' Is Ducking Him
“Just listening to Rampage when we were in the ring talking he was kind of like, ‘Yeah man you’re lucky I wasn’t 100 percent’ and he started making excuses,” said Evans.
“I was thinking like it sounds like an excuse-fest is about to happen, so I know he ain’t going to take no fight with me. He’s making excuses now.”
Respect To Rampage, Jardine Upset With Loss
Though he came up short on judges’ scorecards, Keith Jardine won a moral victory against Quinton Jackson at UFC 96 by sticking with the game plan and staying in the fight when things got tough.
“The fight went pretty close to the way I thought it would go,” Jardine said at the UFC 96 post-fight presser.
In the past, he had paid for straying from his plan. Wanderlei Silva ended his night early at UFC 84 when he went against coaches’ advice, exposing himself to punches with a leg kick.
Is Bad Kickboxing the Future of MMA?
Perhaps it's too soon to call it a trend, but the lack of submissions during UFC 96 is worth discussing. Saturday's card in Columbus marked the third event in the organization's last six that failed to produce a submission (tapout to choke or joint lock).
Prior to UFC 96, 94 and 92, the last time a UFC card finished submission-less was February 2007, at UFC 67 -- a span of 36 events. Over the course of 94 Zuffa-era UFC events, only eight have failed to yield some sort of submission. That three of those cards took place in the past four months is at a minimum noteworthy, at worst disconcerting.
Just once has the UFC come up short on submissions in consecutive events. Way back when, in 1996, UFC 9 and 10 saw plenty of finishes, just not a tap from a rear-naked choke, triangle, armbar or countless other ways to end a fight via lock or choke. Understandably, that was an entirely different era.
Sell Fine, Lavigne Admits He Screwed Up
In comments made by both earlier today, Pete Sell did not criticize referee Yves Lavigne for his refereeing in his fight with Matt Brown at UFC 96, and Lavigne acknowledged that he "screwed up" and he'll learn from his mistakes in refereeing the fight.
Torres, Escudero Sign on With Bud Light for Latino Outreach
MMAPayout.com has mentioned previously the efforts to better reach the Latino demos. The UFC is not alone, though, in these efforts, as key sponsors of the UFC are looking for synergies with the UFC”s outreach efforts to better serve Latinos. One of these sponsors is Anheuser-Busch. Bud Light has consistently sought out a better grasp of Latino market share and they have recently boasted of their sponsorship efforts with UFC fighters in their overall spending in the Latino sports segment:
Anheuser-Busch currently sponsors the Mexican National Soccer Team, Chivas de Guadalajara, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Angel Torres and UFC Lightweight Efrain Escudero. ….. The company has the No. 1 and No. 2 beer brands in the Latino market — Bud Light and Budweiser. To learn more about these efforts, please visit http://www.Latinobud.com.
While Torres has been mentioned in regards to Bud Light before, this is the first mention I have heard of Escudero in connection with a Bud Light deal. Efrain’s win in the TUF Finals gave him a high profile that Anheuser felt they could capitalize on to reach the Latino demographic. Torres and Escudero are proof that if you are young, Latino and have archived a level of accomplishment in the MMA, the world will be your oyster marketing-wise.
Rashad Evans To Create The First Signature Fighter Clothing Collection
Silver Star Casting and “Suga” Rashad Evans are both undefeated, on the rise, and serious contenders. With the union of two industry forces, Silver Star and Evans are creating a full collection of premium tops and accessories inspired by the the line’s signature high-octane look, and Evans’ status as an undefeated MMA champion.
Evans, who holds the Light Heavyweight champion title, is best known for defeating MMA star, Chuck Liddell, and Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping. Most recently, Evans defeated Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show, and retained his title of Light Heavyweight champion.
Rapidly becoming the clothing choice for MMA fighters and fans, Silver Star Casting Company’s series of premium signature fighter shirts will be expanded to include the first full signature fighter collection, in collaboration with “Suga” Rashad Evans.
By working with Rashad, we’ve brought a champion from the fight world into the apparel industry to bring a whole new vision and feel to the marketplace” says Silver Star owner, Luke Burrett. “Rashad has Silver Star’s full support and together we’re introducing a product line fight fans can wear with pride.”
The “Suga” Rashad Evans signature collection will include the Silver Star’s signature graphics, premium cuts, and envelope-pushing details. The collection will hit stores in May 2009.
Evans Expects Machida at UFC 98
Despite every assurance made during Saturday night’s UFC 96 pay-per-view broadcast, UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans doesn’t believe Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be standing across the Octagon to face him at UFC 98 on May 23.
Rampage tells Joe Rogan stop being a hater about his boxing
Quinton Jackson has made the transformation from one-dimensional power wrestler dude back in his Japan days to a well-rounded fighter who can now strike and box at a high level. But there are some like UFC color analyst Joe Rogan who think he's fallen in love with the straight boxing. Cage Writer and Ariel Helwani sat down with Jackson in Columbus during our postfight show right after UFC 96 and told him about Rogan's criticism:
"You telling me that Joe Rogan is criticizing me telling me that I'm just boxing, who cares, it's MMA. I can do whatever I want to do," said a heated Jackson. "It's my fight, right? It's my fight style. I can come out doing kung-fu if I wanted to."
Jackson said Rogan isn't objective when judging a fight because his background is in groundwork.
DeFranco’s ultimate survival tale (TUF9 cast member)
A few weeks after a snafu with the NCAA Clearinghouse had cost him a half-athletic, half-academic scholarship to Wagner University, as well as an internship at then-New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s office, Santino DeFranco found himself in a mixed martial arts gym in Arizona.
DeFranco was a wrestler and knew next-to-nothing about MMA. He showed up just to learn to grapple a bit and to stay in shape in anticipation of walking onto Arizona State’s powerful wrestling team.
UFC newcomer Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs Alan Belcher at UFC 100
UFC newcomer Yoshihiro Akiyama (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a highly regarded middleweight who signed with the UFC in February, could make his octagon debut against UFC veteran Alan Belcher (14-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC 100.
A source close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the proposed fight hasn't been signed and "isn't set in stone," but bout agreements could be distributed and finalized soon.
Dana: Referees "Need To Be Confident"
Dana White, the Ultimate Fighting Championship president, waged war on the octagon as the fight progressed. Inside the cage, Matt Brown was dismantling Pete Sell in a main card welterweight fight at UFC 96 on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. As blows progressed, Sell continued to fall, rise, backpedal and take punishment. After about a minute of the one-sided match, Brown paused at a stumbling Sell and turned slightly, looking for the referee. It was clear that Brown, in an act of mercy, was asking for the fight to be stopped. It wasn't. Brown continued advancing. After 1 minute and 27 seconds, the referee did thankfully call it off, giving Brown his third win in four UFC fights. The referee, Ives Lavigne, was one of two who made questionable calls during UFC 96 that drew White's ire in the post-event press conference and underlined the ongoing issue of in-cage management during these crowd-pleasing but sometimes-dangerous bouts. But despite these calls-and the promise of more to come on TUF 9-Dana says refs still need to be confident in their work and decision-making, even if it means boos.