4 Prelim Fights Announced For WEC 44
WEC today announced 4 prelim matches for its upcoming WEC 44 event in November, bringing the card to 6 total fights so far. 3 previously rumored fights were confirmed while a 4th one-Ricardo Lamas vs. James Krause-was added. These join the previously announced Mike Brown-Jose Aldo and Leonard Garcia-Manny Gamburyan fights.
Chuck Liddell Sounds Like a Man Who Wants to Fight
The last time I talked to Chuck Liddell, in August, he wasn't ready to say whether he would retire from the UFC. Two months later, he still isn't ready -- but I got the sense then, and I still get the sense from a TV interview he gave Monday, that he's itching to get back into the Octagon. Video below.
UFC Disclosed Payout Analysis: 2006-2009
Summarized below are the statistical averages tracking the number of fights, disclosed payouts, and disclosed bonus money for most UFC events since 2006. Please keep in mind that disclosed salaries are not always available, nor are they a true representation of the total purse a fighter receives in the UFC...
Former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber signs new multi-fight deal
Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (22-3 MMA, 7-2 WEC) has ended all speculation regarding a potential move to a competing organization and has signed a new multi-year, multi-fight deal with the WEC.
WEC general manager Reed Harris announced the new deal while a guest on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). Harris called in from San Antonio, where the WEC exec is currently promoting Saturday's "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson" event.
"I had been talking to Urijah for months," Harris said. "I told him six weeks ago, 'We'll get this thing done.'"
Strikeforce's next "Arena series" show likely for San Jose in December
While Strikeforce is now scheduled to host three shows in November, the California-based organization isn't quite finished booking events in 2009.
Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report that a December "Arena Series" show was likely, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed with multiple sources close to the organization that Strikeforce is planning an event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
And while Meltzer was the first to report that a Dec. 12 date for the event had been secured with the California State Athletic Commission, an additional Dec. 5 date has since been added to the calendar.
After ADCC, Glover Teixeira focus on MMA
Champion of Brazilian’s selective to ADCC, Glover Teixeira lost to Vinny Magalhaes and got the fourth place in the tournament. Besides coming back without medals, Glover is satisfied. “I liked my participation, specially on the first day. Sunday wasn’t such a good day, I was tired, but it isn’t excuse because everybody also fought on Saturday and I didn’t face anyone that hasn’t. But that’s it, I liked“, said the Brazilian.
Vitor Belfort earns Karate blue belt
Last Saturday, TATAME.com went to Kobukan gym, in Rio de Janeiro, to watch a historical moment in the martial arts history. In Master Tanaka’s academy, Vitor Belfort was graduated for the first time in the Karate, art that he started training in last few months for the fight against Rich Franklin. The UFC fighter received the belt from his coach, the black belt Vinício Antony.
Paul 'Semtex' Daley: 'Jealous Mike Swick will fade away after UFC 105 beatdown'
“I won’t be fighting at UFC 105, but I will be there meeting the fans and sitting down with some popcorn to see Dan (Hardy) butcher (Mike) Swick. [He's] been bashing me for some reason, I don’t know why, ripping on my record and things like that. All I did was accept a fight he’d pulled out of but he seems to have a problem with me. He said I am big headed, but I have gone out of my way to be humble in the UFC. After the fight I didn’t jump around or nothing or shoot my mouth. I think Swick is jealous because he pulled out of the Kampmann fight and would never have done that if it were him in there and not me. I’ve got eight losses — so what? I’ve fought literally twice as many people as he has and I have fought better opposition than he has. His best win was against Marcus Davis and Dan beat Marcus much worse than he did with lay and pray. Dan is going to get rid of Swick in Manchester next month. You won’t hear too much about him after UFC 105.”
Suddenly relevant welterweight striker Paul Daley reacts to some recent Swick-talk regarding his win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 last month in Dallas.
Small Time: Does the WEC Still Matter?
"On Oct. 10, the Versus network will present the 43rd installment of World Extreme Cagefighting. The most recognizable name on the program is Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who will face Benson Henderson.
And yet Cerrone is far from well known, achieving character-actor status at best. The promotion’s two major attractions -- Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres -- have had their titles ripped away by fighters better on the nights it counted. And the potential audience for the series has shrunk by roughly 14 million from WEC 42, all thanks to some corporate sniping between the cable station and DirecTV. (Is money the problem? Better question: When isn’t money the problem?)"
Gleison Tibau: "I don't trust the judges anymore"
Gleison Tibau (19-6) is under a strong pace of preparation for his upcoming fight versus Josh Neer at UFC 104, on October 24th. And Tibau believes the conditioning part of the training will make the difference to the victory.
“I’m training so hard. I’ve been stressing the physical conditioning part, which will probably be decisive because I’m training for more time than my adversary. The strategy is to be all over him” said the UFC lightweight fighter to Brasil Combate’s Vitor Targueta.
The American Top Team prospect searches to rebound from the loss to Melvin Guillard, his latest performance what created lots of discussions because of the controversial result in favor of the American fighter.
Shinya Aoki: "I think I am the better fighter and capable of beating' UFC lightweights"
“I am not concerned about my opponent. It does not matter who I face — as long as I let my style shine and fully express myself in the ring, everything will be fine. Yes, I want a belt. Actually, let me rephrase that: I just want to win and do not want to lose. For every fight, it simply boils down to my wanting to win, or rather, my dogged determination to win. The belt will follow my victory, so I am focused solely on winning and do not allow myself to be distracted by belt or all the other frivolous stuff…. I am interested in fighting in a cage since a lot of the major promotions hold their fights in the cage nowadays. I am aware that some people raise the question about my viability in the cage — it upsets me whenever I hear them say that I will not succeed fighting in the cage under a different set of rules. I think I will not be beaten by anyone. It is often said that UFC is the pre-eminent force in the MMA world with the best fighters and BJ Penn is number one: (Raising his voice) It does not anger me, but it makes me want to challenge the assertion. I acknowledge their major league status, financial power, the caliber of their fighters, but I do not consider them the number one. I think I am the better fighter and capable of beating their fighters… so yeah, regardless of the opponent, I cannot afford to lose.”
Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard Shiny Aoki is reluctant to elaborate on his impression of his upcoming opponent, DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen, at DREAM 11 on Oct. 6. Aoki, however, is not as shy when it comes to talking about caged competition in the west.
White Eyeing Fenway Next Summer
Dana White isn’t one to take no for an answer.
After UFC 101 in August, White said the UFC was targeting a show at Fenway Park [map] next summer. The possibility was downplayed by both Marc Ratner, the UFC’s vice president of regulation and governmental affairs, and Sam Kennedy, the Fenway Sports group president, but White remains undeterred.
“It’s not if we do, it’s when we do,” White said in a recent interview. “We’re doing it. We’re coming to Fenway.”
Strikeforce Hires it's First Matchmaker
"Rich Chou has been hired by Strikeforce to serve as the world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's first-ever official matchmaker.
Chou comes to Strikeforce with 10 years of experience in the MMA business. During his tenure in the sport, he has functioned in the same capacity with two other organizations and worn a number of other hats including that of competitor and referee."
Forrest on run from cage : " truth is ......................
“That’s dumb. [People who criticized me leaving the cage] are idiots. Why? Nobody cares. I mean, I don’t think the losers were going to speak that night anyway, you know. Just get on with the next fight already. This guy actually asked me a good question the other day, and this is a real story and I really like it: first off, he was very confrontational; I didn’t like him much to begin with, and he goes, ‘Hey, man, I have to know,’ because it’s his business to know, ‘why did you run out of the cage that night after the Silva fight?’ And I said, ‘Look, man, I haven’t told anybody, let’s keep this on the down low.......
ATT- Kimbo Back to School
"A pack of wolves waited for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson when he entered the flagship gym of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., on Thursday.
Position to position, hour to hour, Thiago Alves, Luis Cane, Mike Brown, Yves Edwards, Jorge Santiago, and Dan Cramer drilled Kimbo in jiu-jitsu. The hardened veterans didn't hold back. Boxing coach Howard Davis got a little time, but striking took a back seat to the mat."
Nogueira vs. Gonzaga in December ?
According to Luiz Aves, Nogueira’s Muay Thai coach, this fight can happen. “It’s not 100% yet, but Rodrigo might fight in December. When I was in the US, I heard some rumors that he could face Napão (Gonzaga)… It’s not right yet, but I heard that he could fight him, then would move forward to the title. I think, by the middle of 2010, we’ll fight for the title again”, revealed Alves.
"UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" event preview show debuts Oct. 19 on Spike TV
"UFC's traditional event-preview show returns to Spike TV on Oct. 4 with a look at "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun."
"UFC 104 Countdown," which focuses on UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida preparing to defend his belt for the first time and top contender and former PRIDE star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs on Oct. 19 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with replays on Oct. 22 (1 p.m. ET/PT) and Oct. 24 (6 p.m. ET/PT)."