Arona: 'I Can Beat Anyone,' Machida Included
"More than two years have passed since Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou knocked out Ricardo Arona at the final Pride Fighting Championships event in Japan. Viewed by most as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in the world in 2005 and 2006, Arona disappeared from the mixed martial arts scene in wake of Pride’s demise.
“The Brazilian Tiger” -- who built his reputation, in part, on the back of a 1999 victory over Jeff Monson in the absolute final of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships -- will return to MMA this Saturday when he meets UFC veteran Marvin Eastman in the Bitetti Combat Nordeste 4 main event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will also mark the first time Arona competes inside a cage."
UFC 105: Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty possible for Nov. 14
Unheralded but tough lightweights Terry Etim (13-2) and Shannon Gugerty (12-3) are penciled in to throw leather in a 155-pound match up at UFC 105 from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, on Nov. 14, according to Fighter’s Only magazine.
Etim has looked sharp in his three most recent performances inside the Octagon, submitting Justin Buchholz with a brabo choke at UFC 99: “The Comeback,” knocking Brian Cobb senseless with a head kick at UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” and outpointing Sam Stout on all three judges scorecards at UFC 89: “Bisping vs. Leben.”
Frank Mir to add more strength to go with his technique
“In the fight with Brock, I really felt there was a huge difference in strength and power. Being 245, I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to compete with him at that weight…. One area of my game I’m really lacking at is physical power. Just training, lifting heavy weights, being explosive, being a powerful athlete…. I’m going to go back to drawing board, I’m going to win two, three fights in a row and get a rematch against him. And I don’t have to sit here and complain about it, I’ll get an opportunity to get locked in a cage with him and show him what I felt about [his post-fight antics].”
Gegard Mousasi: 'Paulo Filho is a little donkey on steroids'
“What happened when [Filho] came to America, he got beat up really bad. Now he’s back in Japan and he feels like a kid in a candy story. He can use all kinds of steroids and I think the steroids have gone to his head. He didn’t perform the same as he does in Japan as he does in America and now he suddenly has a big mouth again. I would say that he’s a little donkey on steroids. He thinks he’s a running horse but he’s more like a little pony. I really believe that he used steroids. He also backed out a couple of times when he had to fight Chael Sonnen. He said he was crazy. Maybe he is crazy, I don’t know. I think he wasn’t feeling very good mentally because he cannot use his magic stuff. I also fight in Japan and I don’t use anything. If there’s an athletic commission test, he can fight me everywhere, everywhere he wants.”
Showtime adds Strikeforce listing for Oct. 10; promotion, network say nothing official
While Strikeforce has a "Challengers Series" event in less than three weeks, the big focus surrounding the California-based organization has been finding out when and where Fedor Emelianenko will make his debut for the promotion.
Multiple signs are pointing toward an Oct. 10 event in Newark, N.J., but Strikeforce officials insist the previously announced matchup between Emelianenko and Brett Rogers has yet to receive an official home.
Ortiz: Hopefully Chuck can dance better than he can fight
Tito Ortiz has launched a scathing attack on long time rival, Chuck Liddell, saying “The Iceman’s” career is over and that he hopes he can dance better than he fights.
When asked about the recent comments Liddell made about Ortiz needing a win or two under his belt to make him relevant enough to face again inside the octagon, Ortiz said:
“That’s kinda funny. I think he needs to get a couple of wins under his belt also. I think he’s been knocked out four of his last five fights. I’ve never been knocked out unconscious in any of my fights in my whole career in the last thirteen years so for him to say those words is like calling the kettle black.
Former Olympian Daniel Cormier gets final TV spot at Sept. 25 Strikeforce event
The final slot on the TV portion of the Sept. 25 "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings" event will go to two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier.
Cormier, the latest in a long line of former Oklahoma State wrestling standouts who have moved to MMA, will make his pro debut at the event, which airs on Showtime and takes place at SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, Okla.
Pyle intends better showing in UFC return
When asked if he was underprepared for his Ultimate Fighting Championships debut at UFC 98 this past may, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle responded in his usual direct approach, “A week’s notice and 23 pounds overweight, you tell me.”
Indeed, stepping in for an injured Chris Wilson just days from the show to face the always tough Brock Larson proved to Pyle’s undoing, as he was submitted half way through round one.
Pyle explains, while he would have liked more time to prepare for such a big fight, the opportunity to join the UFC was just too important to his career to pass up.
Koscheck gets back to basics to face Trigg
For one of the most active fighters in the UFC, the last 7 months have been tough on Josh Koscheck not being able to fight, but he'll get his wish on Sept 19 when he welcomes former top welterweight contender, Frank Trigg, back to the Octagon when the two square off at UFC 103 in Dallas.
Following a tough loss to Paulo Thiago in February, Koscheck was slated to get back in action in May, but a broken bone in his foot forced him out of his scheduled fight. The time off did give the former NCAA champion a chance to open his new gym, American Kickboxing Academy of Fresno, and get back to the core training that made him the athlete that impressed everyone during the first season of the "Ultimate Fighter."
Rumored Card For MFC 22: MacDonald Vs. Lutter
Maximum Fighting Championship 22
Oct. 2nd 2009
Live only on HDNET
Jason MacDonald 21-12 vs Travis Lutter 9-5 185 lbs
LW WORLD MFC TITLE
Antonio Mckee 22-3 vs Carlo Prater 24 - 6 155 lbs
Luigi Fioravanti 15-5 vs John Alessio 25-13 170 lbs
Ryan Jimmo 10-1 vs Marvin Eastman 16-9 205 lbs
David Heath 12-5 vs Mike Nickels 7-2 205 lbs
Pete Spratt 19-15 vs Nathan Gunn 7-0 170 lbs
Thiago Goncalves 13-3 vs Jesse Juarez 11-5 170 lbs
Gina Carano to Star in Movie -- Knockout
Gina Carano has been cast as the star of an upcoming movie called Knockout. The movie will be an action movie and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's 11, 12, 13). Production is said to take place at some point in Jan. 2010.
Bellator to host two seasons in 2010, expanding to live shows in English and Spanish
After a successful first season that netted the rookie Bellator Fighting Championships promotion solid coverage, company CEO Bjorn Rebney said a deal is now in place that will greatly expand the organization's television audience in 2010.
Bellator debuted in April with a 12-week season that crowned four tournament champions and featured dozens of notables in non-tournament bouts. The season, though, aired via one-day tape delay and was televised only in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.
Mousasi: UFC Never Made Offer
"In terms of long-term potential, few mixed martial artists carry the value of Gegard Mousasi, a multi-lingual 24-year-old with talent to spare. Currently under contract to Strikeforce and Dream, he denies the UFC made a pitch for his services following the collapse of Affliction’s fight promotion wing in July."
DONE WITH UFC JITTERS, CARLOS CONDIT PLANS KO
"Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit is set to return to the Octagon when he takes on newcomer Jake Ellenberger on Sept. 16 at UFC Fight Night 19, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
He enters this fight on the heels of an exciting split decision loss to Xtreme Couture’s Martin Kampmann this past April (marking his first loss in a near three-year stretch). Condit will look to rectify his position among the best in his class with a win over Ellenberger, who is as tough as they come, sporting a 21-4 record with wins over Jose Landi-Jons, Pat Healy, and Gil Castillo. "
I can see it happening
MARK BOCEK BACK TRAINING, EYES DECEMBER
UFC lightweight Mark Bocek has been cleared to train by his doctor and will be back in the gym Friday, according to manager Mary Oliveira.
The 28-year-old Canadian tore his Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) a week before a submission win over David Bielkheden at UFC 97 and was forced out of action all summer.
ross clifton found dead
Super heavyweight Ross "The Grizzly" Clifton, an eight-year veteran of MMA best known for his TKO loss to Ken Shamrock at "Wargods" in February, has passed away from an apparent heart attack. He was 32 years old.
Clifton's former trainer, UFC veteran Cal Worsham, said the Rancho Cordova fighter was found dead by his wife Friday morning. Clifton was reportedly watching TV in a recliner chair when the wife went to bed Thursday night.
Official details of Clifton's death were not readily available.
Clifton ran a small MMA school called "Grizzly's Den" in nearby Cameron Park and last fought in July, losing by TKO to Rick Vardell at Gladiator Challenge: Total Recall.
UFC's Kenny Florian finds mutual admiration at Walter Reed Army Hospital
What's easier – talking to an amputee or fighting B.J. Penn?
I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's back this tale up.
I sat in Washington DC's Reagan National Airport waiting for Kenny Florian to get off his plane with a sign that said, "FLORINI," nearly giddy at the opportunity to mess with him. In reference to Dr. Phil's boneheaded mispronunciation of his last name, I was hoping he'd flash his toothy grin and say, "Dude, that's not right," or something equally as humorous.