UFC putting its star power to the test with busy late 2009 schedule
With reports coming out that there could be as many as seven and possibly eight UFC fight cards in the final 19 weeks of 2009, matchmaker Joe Silva has his work cut out for him. Here is what's shaping up:
8/29 - UFC 102 (Portland)
Main event: Randy Couture v. Antonio Nogueira
9/16 - UFN 19 (Oklahoma City)
Main event: TBA
9/19 - UFC 103 (Dallas)
Rumored main event: Cain Velasquez v. Shane Carwin; Matt Hughes v. Mike Swick
10/24 - UFC 104 (Los Angeles)
Main event: Lyoto Machida v. Mauricio Rua
11/14 - UFC 105 (Manchester, England)
Main event: TBA
11/21 - UFC 106 (Las Vegas)
Main event: TBA
12/5 - TUF 10 Finale (Las Vegas)
Main event: TBA
12/19 - UFC 107 (Las Vegas)
Main event: Quinton Jackson v. Rashad Evans
"Bisping will out-wrestle Henderson", says Rampage's coach
Wolfslair wrestling coach Zach Light has made a bold prediction: he says Mike Bisping will out-wrestle Dan Henderson at UFC 100.
"He will take Dan Henderson down more than one time in the fight. He will, that's how he is going to win the fight. That is how I see it. When they start trading I think Mike will win the scrambles. Dan is a great scrambler but in a scramble situation I think Mike is going to come out on top every time," he tells Fighters Only.
Still disappointed by UFC 99 loss to Hardy, Davis seeks changes in MMA judging
Nearly two weeks after his UFC 99 split-decision loss to Dan Hardy, UFC welterweight Marcus Davis (16-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) still believes the win was awarded to the wrong fighter.
But the 36-year-old realizes there's no sense in complaining over what could have been, and he's hoping for a chance to revisit the decision as soon as possible.
In the meantime, Davis told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he's hoping the criteria by which judges around the world determine winners and losers can be given a much-needed update and increased clarification.
With champion Mike Brown on brief hiatus, WEC's featherweight title future remains undecided
With WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown's (22-4 MMA, 4-0 WEC) recent victories over top 145-pound contenders Urijah Faber and Leonard Garcia, the division's title picture was opened to several willing contenders.
However, the organization is deep on talent, and several worthy potential adversaries have recently stepped forward.
With two of the top options, Jose Aldo (15-1 MMA, 5-0 WEC) and Wagnney Fabiano (12-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC), hailing from the same Nova Uniao camp, WEC co-founder and general manager Reed Harris recently said the organization has yet to determine who Brown will face next.
Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves all about respect and confidence heading into UFC 100 title fight
UFC 100 is set to go down from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, July 11. The monumental fight card is poised to be perhaps the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) event in the relatively short history of the sport.
The promotion heightened the hoopla today with the first installment of its tried and true media call. The cast of characters this time around featured welterweight champion George St. Pierre and number one contender Thiago Alves — Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir are scheduled to hit the airwaves next week.
Two words can sum up the tone of today’s UFC 100 media call: Respect and confidence.
DREAM 11: Andrews Nakahara vs Zelg Galesic in the works for Sept. 23
Karate stylist Andrews Nakahara is set to do battle with Croatian sensation Zelg Galesic in a middleweight showdown at DREAM 11 on September 23 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, according to Tatame.com.
The pair were originally penciled in to clash at DREAM 8 this past April, however Galesic fell ill and was admitted to the hospital which forced him to pull out of the fight just two weeks before it was set to go down.
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone: Ben Henderson ‘is a worthy opponent’ and Jamie Varner ‘is a ***’
“I kind of figured that (Ben Henderson) is who they would put me in against. I was looking forward to maybe having a rematch with Rob McCullough. Benson is definitely a worth opponent. He is a friend of mine which is the one thing that sucks. I have grown up fighting alongside the guy. I have no problems whatsoever taking the fight; I just have to go in there with someone I like. There is nothing bad you can say about that guy, he is just a real good dude. I will be in there 100% ready to fight though. I just won’t have the hatred in my heart like I would with Jaime Varner. Benson is a solid wrestler so I see him trying to take me down right away. I don’t see him wanting to stand with me. But you never know, it would be cool if he did. My takedown defense sucks so I am going to really have to work on that. If he ends up in my guard I will be busy going for submissions at every turn. Maybe Varner will come back in 2010 to unify the belt. But they might have to break his arm off and get him a new one. Can I add that Jaime Varner is a ***?”
Lost in the Shuffle: Where Does Luis Cane Fit in the UFC Light Heavyweight Picture?
The "sniper" has been a sports' metaphor used to describe an athlete that usually performs in an outstanding manner while staying under the radar. Specifically, athletes who have been labeled snipers normally come up with big plays in the clinch or put up huge numbers quietly while mainstream media and other analysts focus on the bigger stars. We've usually come accustomed to hearing this moniker in sports like soccer, hockey, or basketball due to the "shooting" abilities of players within those sports, but the moniker can also be placed on UFC light heavyweight fighter Luis Cane.
Mike Ciesnolevicz & Tim Boetsch Released From UFC
The current downsizing of the UFC’s packed roster continued recently, as MMAWeekly.com has learned the promotion has released Mike Ciesnolevicz, who joins fellow light heavyweight Tim Boetsch on the outside of the Octagon looking in.
Boetsch made waves when he stepped in as a late replacement for Tomasz Drwal at UFC 81 and defeated David Heath in impressive fashion, but went 2-2 for the promotion, with his most recent appearance being a unanimous decision loss to Jason Brilz at UFC 96 in March. He was released shortly thereafter.
Lightweights Marcus Hicks and Shane Roller meet at WEC 42 in August
Marcus "The Wrecking Ball" Hicks (8-2 MMA, 3-2 WEC) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he meets fellow WEC lightweight Shane Roller (5-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC) in August at WEC 42.
A source close to the negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have been signed and that an official announcement could be made shortly.
The fight is expected to be the featured bout on the preliminary card for WEC 42, which takes place Aug. 9 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
UFC Fight Night 19: Huerta Vs Maynard
A lightweight match-up between Roger Huerta and Gray Maynard has been agreed to for UFC Fight Night 19, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
The bout was first reported as a possibility by Sherdog.com, and subsequently confirmed by sources close to the fight. The event is scheduled for Sept. 16, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Rampage Jackson Accused of Killing a Fetus
Holli Griggs filed a lawsuit against Rampage in Orange County, California -- claiming he repeatedly rammed into her car "so he could escape and flee the scene (hit and run)." Griggs says "the impact of her abdomen with the steering wheel caused her amniotic fluid membranes (bag of waters) to rupture, ultimately resulting in the stillbirth of her baby."
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale drug test results come back clean from the NSAC for ‘Sanchez vs Guida’
Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today confirmed that 12 of the 20 competitors who were tested for illegal/banned substances after competing at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale have all passed with flying colors.
Diego Sanchez, Clay Guida, James Wilks, DaMarques Johnson, Chris Lytle, Ross Pearson, Andre Winner, Joe Stevenson, Melvin Guillard, Brad Blackburn, Tomasz Drwal and Nick Osipczak were all screened for performance enhancers such as steroids and drugs of abuse like cocaine and marijuana, among others.
Georges St. Pierre, Thiago Alves: Two Huge Welterweights at UFC 100
UFC welterweight champion Georges St Pierre and No. 1 contender Thiago Alves, who will meet at UFC 100, aren't just the top two welterweights in the UFC. They might also be the two biggest. On a call Thursday to promote their upcoming fight, St. Pierre and Alves said they both weigh more than 190 pounds right now, just over two weeks out from a UFC 100 weigh-in for which they'll have to tip the scales at 170.
UFC's Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva among 2009 ESPY nominees for "Best Fighter"
UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and UFC middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva are among the four nominees for the "Best Fighter" category for the 2009 ESPY Awards.
An ESPN spokesperson today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the list of nominees.
Silva and Machida are up against boxers Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao in the "Best Fighter" category, which the ESPY Awards added in 2007.
Frank Lester released from his UFC contract
It appears that welterweight Frank Lester has run out of chances to land a spot on the roster of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Sources informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com late Wednesday night that the Team Quest product received his formal release from the UFC shortly after losing via first round submission to Nick Osipczak during this past Saturday’s live finale for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Lee Murray Re-Arrested on $92 Million Bank Heist Charges in Morocco
Lee Murray's freedom was short-lived. The ex-UFC fighter who is one of the most wanted men in the UK for allegedly masterminding a $92 million cash depot heist in Tonbridge, has been re-arrested in Morocco following the hearing that refused his extradition.
"Lee was indeed rearrested right away, because the British Authorities did put [in] a formal request to the Moroccan Authorities to have him tried in Morocco for the alleged robbery," his attorney Abdellah Benlamhidi told FanHouse via email.