Despite recent arrest Josh Neer will fight at UFC Fight Night 17
Despite his recent arrest for second-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated and eluding after a New Year's Day high-speed police chase, Josh Neer will be permitted to fight Mac Danzig next month as planned.
The Neer-Danzig fight is a co-main event for UFC Fight Night 17 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Mickey Dubberly, CEO of Neer's management team at KO Dynasty, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Feb. 7 fight will go on as planned.
"Josh will be fighting Mac Danzig Feb. 7 in the co-main event in Tampa as scheduled," Dubberly stated in an email to MMAjunkie.com. "Josh has been training very hard for this fight and is looking forward to putting on a great fight for the UFC and fans. Josh would like to once again thank his family, fans, friends, training partners, UFC and everyone that has supported him through his career."
Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva fight license to be subject of CSAC meeting Feb. 10
In July, following a dominating Elite XC heavyweight championship victory over Justin Eilers, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (12-1) tested positive for the steroid Boldenone and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for a full year and fined $2,500.
Claiming his innocence, Silva took matters into his own hands and appealed the ruling in October. However, these things have more of a guilty until proven innocent theme to them instead of the other way around.
And the commission’s final decision was to uphold the suspension when Silva’s defense did not appear to sway the initial finding.
With his fight career being his family’s main source of income, sitting out for a full year was not an option for the Brazilian. He decided to disregard the punishment and take a fight in Japan where the CSAC’s suspension would not be recognized.
The big man’s manager Alex Davis released this statement in early December regarding his client’s decision to fight in Japan in spite of the CSAC’s suspension:
“Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option. He’s innocent, he’s tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved.”
Speaking engagement in Gresham, OR
just figured out about it but thought people in the Northwest would want to know. But from what I heard Ken Shamrock, Prangley and Lindland and MARK Hughes will be speaking including many other fighters will most likely attend.
David Loiseau To Return To UFC At UFC 97
After being cut by the promotion a couple years ago, former Middleweight contender David Loiseau will now return to UFC at UFC 97 in April. His opponent will be Ed Herman. Loiseau recently won the XMMA Middleweight Title.
Condit Vs. Larson 2 May Happen In March
5 months ago Brock Larson called out WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit after the champ's win over Carlo Prater at WEC 35. Word now is that Larson is going to get his chance at Condit again-the title fight appears set to happen at an as-yet-unannounced WEC event in March.
UFC Coming to Memphis
When will they be there?
-Citing various sources close to fighters that are expected to appear on the card, FiveOuncesofPain.com is reporting that the UFC will make it's first stop in Memphis, Tennessee on April 1 for UFC Fight Night 18. The broadcast is set to be a lead in for the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 9, which will feature a team USA coached by the winner of Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson, and Team UK coached by Michael "The Count" Bisping. The only fight confirmed for the April Fools Day card is The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero going up against "Lil' Heathen" himself, Jeremy Stephens.
The ’09 Wish List
Pre-“Ultimate Fighter,” pre-Affliction, pre-state sanctioning, fans will remember the UFC’s modest promotional resolution for 1999: run nine shows. (The campaign was dubbed “9 in ’99,” which is what happens when you can’t afford a marketing department.)
A sad testament to the state of the sport at the time: They could only manage six.
Ten years on, and the UFC is likely to meet or exceed the 20 programs it ran in ’08. Wishes have become largely extraneous, since most requested matches wind up happening sooner or later. The sport’s devotees have everything they could possibly ask for -- free shows, top talent, capable management.
This space, though, works tirelessly to find something to complain about. Some hoped-for events for the New Year:
Josh Koscheck Added to UFC 95
MMAmania.com learned this weekend that the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) member has been approached about beefing up an event that could need a little more of it. The promotion has done a nice job of filling up the card with solid match ups after the services of marquee attractions such as Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva could not be secured, but the Spike TV special could use a little more star power.
TUF 10 set to bring back heavyweight division
UFC President, Dana White could be about to bring back the heavyweight division to the popular reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter” for its 10th season set to screen late in 2009.
According to a report by the Wrestling Observer, White has hinted that Olympic Judo Gold Medalist, Satoshi Ishii could feature on the show and has possibly been offered a slot on the show.
Matt Riddle vs. Steve Bruno added to UFN 17 in February
An alumnus from the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Riddle had been scheduled to make his welterweight debut in a UFC 91 matchup this past November against Ryan Thomas. However, a serious knee injury sustained while training forced Riddle off the card and created an opening for fellow TUF 7 veteran Matt Brown.
Riddle has been making progress in his recovery from the injury and sources close to 22-year old fighter have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he’s expected to return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7 against Steve “Hollywood” Bruno.
Yvel, Lesnar, Emelianenko All on Barnett's Mind
Barnett recently told Sherdog Radio’s “The Savage Dog Show.” “In terms of me, whether I’m fighting Arlovski or Yvel –- sure, it would have been a bigger profile fight to fight Arlovski and maybe it would have been in a better fight in terms of the viewing audience too, but I don’t really care. There’s nothing I can do about it, but I do have an opponent and the biggest thing I can say is that on paper, you can think what you want, but when the fight is said and done and the results are in, it’ll be worth watching.”
WANDERLEI WANTS LIDDELL BEFORE 185
Brazilian brawler Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to meet with UFC president Dana White this week to determine his next challenge.
The former Pride champion is not thrilled about a possible cut to middleweight. He walks around at 215 pounds, and doesn’t like to cut more than 10 pounds for a fight. He denied an immediate move to the division below him, but said he would wait to hear from “the boss.”
DEAN LISTER REQUESTS, RECEIVES RELEASE FROM UFC
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday by Lister's management team at Haymaker's Empire.
According to his manager, Lister requested the release and the UFC granted his leaving the organization. The former Abu Dhabi champion is already in talks with several promotions, including Dream and Affliction, for a new deal.
Chuck Liddell says he’ll take the light heavyweight title from Rashad Evans
“I’ll fight anybody they put in front of me as long as it gets me back closer to the title. I have to try to be the best at what am I doing. I want Rashad Evans, he’s got the title and I’ll take it.”
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell — who was most recently on the wrong end of a vicious knockout at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” courtesy of Rashad Evans — wants another crack at “Sugar” when asked who he’d like to fight next. That more than likely isn’t going to happen anytime soon — Liddell has lost three of his last four fights. And he no longer appears to be the same world beater who dominated the talent-rich 205-pound division for two years up until 2007. “Iceman” is expected to return at UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7; however, his opponent remains a mystery. With a win in March, Liddell — who has been getting some extra training at American Top Team (ATT) recently — could very well begin to mount his final assault on the light heavyweight hill before calling it a career. Because of his celebrity and drawing power it’s not crazy to imagine that two impressive wins could get him to the top, regardless of what else is happening in the division. Can he pull it off? Does he have enough gas left in the tank? Has he been surpassed in skill by the other top fighters in the division? Let us hear your opinions in the comments section below.
"Babalu" Sobral: "I'm probably going to submit" Sokoudjou on Jan. 24
Less than a year ago, Rameau Thierry Sokodjou (5-3) was widely regarded as one of the most dangerous light-heavyweights in MMA.
But after a less-than-impressive stint in the UFC led to Skoudjou's recent dismissal from the organization, Renato "Babalu" Sobral (31-7) thinks "The African Assassin" presents little in the way of special challenges.
"I have to prepare a little bit for Sokoudjou's strikes, and I have to respect his judo skills of course," Sobral said in a recent media call. "I respect all his skills, but I know what I have to do to win this fight. And I don't have anything special prepared for Sokoudjou."
The two former UFC fighters will meet on the main card of "Affliction: Day of Reckoning," scheduled for Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. The bout will be Sokoudjou's first since an October TKO loss to Luis Cane prompted his release from the UFC.
Sobral, a 10-year veteran with 30 more professional bouts than his adversary, believes that the difference in experience will not play a major role in the fight.
"The truth is that it doesn't matter," Sobral said. "If you have 100 fights in the bag or one fight, minutes before the fight everybody pretty much does the same. That's where you have to control more emotions over there, like minutes before the fight. But this really doesn't matter very much because some kids just coming up right now, they already know how to control (their pre-fight) emotions."