BOBBY LASHLEY: "My sights are set on Brock Lesnar."
“I’m not going to say anything bad on Brock, because Brock is doing all the right things, [but] my sights are set on Brock. I’m not saying I want to fight him because he’s ‘the wrestling guy.’ I’m saying it because I am a heavyweight fighter and he’s the champ.”
DREAM 10: Paulo Filho and Melvin Manhoef Seek Redemption
In non-Grand Prix action on July 20th's DREAM 10 card, heavy-handed Dutch K-1 kickboxer Melvin Manhoef (23-5) will battle it out in the MMA ring against Brazilian jiu-jitsu powerhouse Paulo Filho (16-1). Both middleweights are coming off stunning losses. Filho fell to Chael Sonnen at WEC 36 after failing to make weight and having mental health issues. Manhoef was upset by Keijiro Maeda at the K-1 World GP 2009 leg in Yokohama, Japan. Manhoef managed to fight a month-and-a-half later on the "It's SHOWTIME" card in Amsterdam, but he was being outstruck by Stefan Leko until Leko hurt his leg in the third round. Manhoef escaped with the victory.
Roger Gracie Off 8/15 Strikeforce Event
Despite recent reports to the contrary, Roger Gracie recently announced he is off the 8/15 Strikeforce event that was to have been his US debut. A recent report from GracieMag says Gracie has been unable to rest and train due to caring for his 3-year-old son. SF says they hoped to have Gracie on the event but bout agreements were never in place.
Humbled Kimbo Slice Hungry to Prove He's No Fraud In The Octagon
When EliteXC was in the MMA business, its president, Gary Shaw, had no qualms calling Kimbo Slice the company's "franchise player," comparing his aura to that of Mike Tyson and anointing him as an MMA great. Meanwhile, on the other side of promoter hyperbole, UFC President Dana White would rip EliteXC for its "freakshow" promotion of Slice, and throw an occasional jab at the man himself, saying at one point, "Kimbo Slice would get murdered in the UFC."
But when EliteXC closed up shop and Slice needed a new place to ply his trade, people started asking White if Kimbo could possibly find a home in the octagon. White responded that the only way for Slice to join the UFC was by going on The Ultimate Fighter. Slice called his bluff, and as a result, the UFC and broadcast partner Spike TV are privately expecting the largest ratings in the show's history.
UFC officials will use proven U.S. blueprint to build fan base in Mexico
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a plan to build up its organization in Mexico.
It's the same one company officials used to build a fan base in the U.S.
UFC president Dana White recently said the keys to Mexico, a southern neighbor that began broadcasting UFC events on network television for this past weekend's UFC 100 event, are exposure, education and one-on-one meetings with MMA's opposition.
WEC 43 continues taking shape with Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Karalexis signing
Youngstown, Ohio's quickly filling Sept. 2 fight card, which takes place at the Covelli Center and airs on Versus has a new addition: a lightweight bout between Anthony Pettis (7-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) and Alex Karalexis (10-4 MMA, 4-2 WEC).
WEC officials could not immediately confirm the bout, which was first reported by **********.com, but a source close to the negotiations confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed.
Royce Gracie Not Fighting...For Now
Even when you're away from fighting, you're never really away. Such seems to be the recent case with Royce Gracie: He doesn't need any of the typical motivators for fighting, he seems comfortable being out of the MMA spotlight, but he doesn't seem to have the urge to fight. But if UFC 100 and the Fan Expo was any indication, fans still want to see the original UFC legend back in action at 42. Not now, he says, but of course never say never.
Jesse Taylor fighting at DREAM 10 this weekend
JT Money has done well in the United States and is now taking his show all over the world. After defeating Rubén Darío on Saturday in Mexico City Taylor will compete this weekend against Korean Judoka Dong Sik Yoon in Japan.
Taylor has won six straight fights since being released from the UFC and is looking for #7. Despite the solid 11-3 record Taylor is best known for his antics after The Ultimate Fighter finished taping when he bashed in a window of a limo and was booted from the competition despite being in the Finals.
Yoon has lost his last two fights after winning five straight. He holds a victory over Melvin Manhoef and lost a decision to Rampage Jackson in 2006.
Winner of Kampmann-Swick to face St. Pierre
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - by Ken Pishna - MMAWeekly.com
It has been widely rumored and Joe Rogan mentioned it during the UFC 100 broadcast, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday made it official, the fight between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann will determine the next challenger to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
"Wherever we go, fans know UFC delivers great fights,” UFC president Dana White said. "Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann could be fight of the night at UFC 103 because the winner takes on Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title.”
After suffering an injury to his groin at UFC 100, St. Pierre will be taking some time off to heal up, but has at least narrowed his next opponent down to the winner of the bout on Sept. 19 in Dallas.
"I want to face the best guy," the champ commented after his victory over Thiago Alves. "Right now, I'm in really bad pain. I'm going to take a step back and take a look at it and we'll talk about it, and in a couple of weeks we'll see."
He should have plenty of time to rehab his injury and get prepared for his next challenge. Swick vs. Kampmann is still two months away and no date has been revealed for St. Pierre's return bout against the winner.
Lavar Johnson Expected to Be Released From Hospital 'Soon'
Lavar Johnson, the Strikeforce heavyweight fighter who was shot multiple times during a family reunion on July 4th weekend, is recovering at a local Bakersfield, Calif., hospital and is expected to be released "soon." A representative of Zinkin Entertainment, the management company which represents Johnson, informed FanHouse of the news Tuesday.
Randy Couture: Lyoto Machida Is 'Somebody I'd Like to Fight'
Randy Couture is making the media rounds in Portland to promote his August 29 UFC 102 fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and in an interesting interview with On Portland, he indicated a desire to move back down from heavyweight to light heavyweight -- at least if it gave him a chance at the light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida.
Mainstream Media Missing Out on a Golden Opportunity
UFC 100 provided the mainstream media and other writers with a lot of fuel to bash the sport we so dearly enjoy every weekend. Specifically, Brock Lesnar's post-fight antics have garnered interest in a negative way from many sports outlets that simply don't understand the sport. I'm also inclined to believe their business doesn't understand that MMA is going to continue to grow, and those outlets aren't appealing to more readers by bashing it.
UFC Tentatively Adds Vancouver, Toronto To 2010 Slate
MM-Eh! UFC CEO and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta said the organization has "penciled in" Vancouver for a June 2010 pay-per-view event, and the executive also gave his "guarantee" the UFC will head to Toronto for what will be the "biggest mixed martial arts event in North America." The comments, made during a keynote speech at the UFC Fan Expo, were reported by the Canadian Press.