Ortiz vs. Franklin & Henderson vs. Belfort on deck for UFC 103?
Drastic changes to UFC 103 appear to be underway.
Adding fuel to the fire, a newly available fighter such as Tito Ortiz or Vitor Belfort could be seeing action in the Octagon on September 19th as UFC.com has recently removed the previously announced rematch between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson scheduled to headline UFC 103 in Dallas, TX.
Gray Maynard has a plan: Kick Roger Huerta’s ass on Sept. 16
“I’m trying to learn how I can avoid (getting caught). If I get caught, then I’m an idiot. Because that’s part of the sport: defense. Blocking stuff, movement, which I think a lot of guys don’t do. You see offense everywhere, but if you can just move a little bit, it’s a lot easier. I’m here to win. (I’m not going to say), ‘I think it’s going to be a bloody, an unbelievable throwdown [and] we’re going to get the fight of the night check.’ To be honest, I don’t even want it to be close. I want to kick this dude’s ass. That’s the plan.”
Feud between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal escalates with "Rampage" blog post
A budding rivalry that took center stage earlier this month during the festivities surrounding UFC 100 continues to gain steam two weeks later.
In a blog post on FightHype.com by Quinton Jackson, which the former UFC champion also advertised on his Twitter account, "Rampage" blasts prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
"This punk ass dude 'King Mo' is all butt-hurt because I don't know who the hell he is," Jackson stated. "Straight up, if you're not one of my friends or fighting one of my friends or a potential later opponent, I might not get a chance to watch your fight. So I didn't know who the hell 'King Mo' was and now [he's] crying like a little girl."
Junior dos Santos ready to knockout ‘the most dangerous man in MMA’
“I train a lot of boxing — I like the striking a lot and I’ll go after another knockout. What I want is the knockout…. This guy is dangerous standing, but I’m going after the knockout, as always. With the opportunity, I’ll show my ground too…. I’m facing it as a very good opportunity in my life. Cro Cop is a guy that, if you talk about MMA, you know who he is. He’s very dangerous and famous, if not the most dangerous man in the MMA … this is an incredible opportunity….”
Despite a solid ground game, Junior dos Santos plans to go toe-to-toe with former K-1 and Pride FC wrecking machine, Mirko Cro Cop.
Dana White: UFC to hold press conference on July 31 to announce "a lot of crazy things"
The UFC is on the verge of some major announcements.
During a guest spot today on the ESPN 1100 Radiothon, a 24-hour fundraiser for The Caring Place cancer charity, UFC president Dana White said the organization will soon hold a major press conference, tentatively planned for July 31.
He referenced the media event when asked about reports of Affliction halting operations and becoming a UFC sponsor, the possibility of the UFC acquiring Affliction contracts, whether or not Fedor Emelianenko could be signed to the UFC, and whether a rumored deal with ESPN could come to fruition.
"We're working on some big things," White said without going into specifics. "It's going to be a lot of crazy things. ... There will be a laundry list of things addressed."
UFC: Affliction Done, Now UFC Sponsor
See, people? We CAN all just get along! The latest example of this is a planned joint announcement later today that Affliction will cease promoting fights but, in exchange, will become an official sponsor of UFC. Such a deal actually was proposed after Affliction 2 in October but fell apart after Todd Beard & Lorenzo Fertitta couldn't make nice. There is a chance that Affliction could be back to being on Zuffa fighters in time for UFC 101 on August 8.
Is Fedor Emelianenko or Josh Barnett the Kimbo Slice of Affliction?
With Affliction: Trilogy collapsing around Tom Atencio's ears like a house of cards, two big questions need to be asked:
1 - Is this the end of Affliction as a ppv fight promoter?
2 - If so, who is more to blame? Josh Barnett for failing a drug test or the entire model of building an entire promotion around one fighter -- let's call it the Kimbo Slice model.
Paul Buentello on 'Trilogy': 'It's a Big Hit'
The biggest losers to come out of Affliction's announcement that they have canceled their August 1 show are not the fans, ticket holders or even the Affliction employees; it's the fighters who were scheduled to compete on the card. The ones who have been training for the last few months with a big pay day in mind.
AFFLICTION: Trilogy - What about the fighters?
One event that is perhaps more likely than others to gain from the cancellation is M-1 Global’s Aug. 28 event in Los Angeles. Several sources indicated that event is a primary focus for placing undercard bouts. Although the talks are still preliminary, M-1 Global’s event would make sense given that the company is a main partner of Affliction and was co-promoting the Aug. 1 “Trilogy” event.
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Jon Fitch Talks Facial Hair, Brock Lesnar and Who He Would 'Love' to Face Next
The last time we spoke to Jon Fitch he talked about getting engaged the day after UFC 100. But that wasn't the only exciting thing to happen to him that weekend. Fitch won his second fight in a row (and 17th in 18 fights), defeating Paul Thiago via unanimous decision. The victory surely meant a lot to Fitch because Thiago had shockingly defeated his American Kickboxing Academy team member, Josh Koscheck, in February.
FanHouse spoke to Fitch about what's next for him and the funky goatee he sported on ESPN.com's MMA Live after the bout. The full interview is below.
UFC 100 Does 1.5 Million PPV Buys, Next Stop Dubai?
Kevin Iole reports that UFC 100 lived up to the very high expectations:
UFC 100 was available in more than 300 million homes in 17 languages. While the UFC has a company policy of not disclosing exact pay-per-view figures, the sales for UFC 100 were in excess of 1.5 million, making it one of the most-watched PPV events in history.
Affliction Officialls Cancells Trilogy
A week of misfortune turned to disaster for Affliction Entertainment on Friday, as the promotion canceled Affliction “Trilogy,” which had been scheduled for Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
SI.com reported the news Friday morning, and Sherdog.com has confirmed it.
The cancellation -- which could spell the end of Affliction's year-long run as a mixed martial arts promotion -- comes on the heels of heavyweight Josh Barnett's failed drug test, which forced him out of the “Trilogy” main event against Fedor Emelianenko on Wednesday. Barnett, 32, tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and was denied licensure by the California State Athletic Commission.
Miguel Torres Says He Will Smash Floyd Mayweather's Butt
OK, that wasn't the word he used, but clearly his being a "cocky *******" is the main reason Miguel Torres wants to fight Floyd Mayweather. Torres notes that what works for Floyd in boxing is probably the end of him in MMA. On a side note, Floyd's next fight is actually fights on September 19-against both Juan Manuel Marquez and UFC 103.
The UFC "IS" heading to Hawaii
Over the past couple of years, the UFC has entertained the possibility of having a show on Hawaii. Unfortunately, due to the large tax (estimated to be about 8%), the UFC has decided not to have a card there.
However, that is about to change.
“We fixed the thing in Hawaii,” said Dana White. “We’re going to go to Hawaii. They had that crazy f’n tax going on.”