Bader, Magalhaes have big shoes to fill
Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes attempt to follow in some large footsteps when they face off in Saturday night’s light heavyweight eighth season finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 8” reality show.
The show from The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas will air live on Spike TV, and also include the show’s lightweight tournament final, Phillipe Nover vs. Efraim Escudero.
There have been two prior TUF light heavyweight champions, Forrest Griffin (season one) and Michael Bisping (season three), who are now two of the biggest names in the sport, with Griffin as the current light heavyweight champion.
Joe Calzaghe Thinks Boxing Is in Trouble
"I think boxing is a dying sport. Globally -- in America for instance -- you've got UFC, which has taken a lot off boxing, business-wise," Calzaghe said, referring to the mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Calzaghe also gave his thoughts on why boxing is in trouble:
UFC 91 Does More Than 1 Million Pay-Per-View Buys
UFC has not made a public announcement of the buys for UFC 91, but privately, Dana White has told people the number is right at the 1 million mark. Two others have confirmed that at least this is the number UFC is talking about internally, with the actual figure being pegged at 1,010,000 buys. It was stated that if they do well in late reported buys, they have a solid to good shot at beating the 1,050,000 mark set in 2006 by Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, and are not publicly saying anything because they want to announce it was the biggest ever, which at this point, is something they can’t say. Keep in mind our trending patterns came in at 800,000 to 850,000 buys. Lesnar seems to be the one person whose drawing power never gets fully reflected in early trending patterns.
Added Fights To UFC 94
From UFC.com in the UFC 94 event section.
Dan Cramer vs Matt Arroyo
Christian Wellisch vs Jake O'Brian
Thiago Tavares vs Manny Gamburyan
Do or die: Josh Koscheck UFC Fight Night 16 interview exclusive with MMAmania.com
What’s up Josh? Thanks for taking the time once again to speak with MMAmania.com.
Josh Koscheck: You got these questions for me or what? We going to do this? I’m ready to talk some shit! (Laughs).
MMAmania.com: So how have you been since we last spoke … are you ready for Wednesday night?
Josh Koscheck: I’m good. I feel good. Training went great — I could not have asked for a better training camp. I’m in great shape. In fact, we were talking tonight about how the fight against Thiago Alves was actually just part of this training camp to get ready for Yoshida. I’ve been training to get ready for this guy forever so I’m ready to go. I just want to get in the Octagon and get this fight over with so I can go
home and relax for awhile.
MMAmania.com: How long before you accepted the fight against Alves on short notice were you training for “Zenko?”
Josh Koscheck: A few weeks. I fought Thiago on October 25. So it was probably around the end of September. That was a long time ago.
MMAmania.com: Is there any concern that perhaps you overtrained for this fight or are maybe a little exhausted mentally and/or physically?
Josh Koscheck: No, I’m always in the gym whether or not I have a fight coming up. There’s a difference between being in shape and being in fighting shape. I always stay in shape — I’m not a person who just puts six-or eight-week camps together once bout agreements are signed. It’s just a matter of turning it up as the fight gets closer and doing whatever it takes to prepare for my upcoming opponents.
MMAmania.com: Were you in “fighting shape” for Thiago Alves?
Josh Koscheck: I don’t know. Mentally, yes, without a doubt. Physically, I wasn’t gassed after the fight. I could have gone a few more rounds. I’d just say it is what it is — I’m not going to make any excuses regarding that performance.
(video) Interview with Junior dos Santos
After an impressive KO victory over Fabricio Werdum, a former UFC heavyweight and top ten fighter, Junior dos Santos saw his popularity increase inside and outside Brazil.
The Bahia native still doesn't know about his next fight or opponent, but he's already back to training keeping the game at a high level and supporting Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira in the preparation for UFC 92.
Huerta vs. Fisher Possible For Spring UFC Event
While it's not yet official, sources close to both fighters say that Roger Huerta vs. Spencer Fisher is being discussed for a Spring UFC event, possibly UFC 96 on March 7 in Ohio. This would be Huerta's first fight since a decision loss to Kenny Florian in August.
Dave Herman Following The World Victory Road
Former EliteXC Heavyweight prospect Dave Herman, a perfect 13-0 in his career to date, is indeed on the World Victory Road. The promotion has signed Herman for Sengoku 7 on January 4, despite his still being under contract to EliteXC. No opponent named yet.
Kos NOT Out Of UFC After Tonight?
It seems that rumors of Josh Koscheck being cut from UFC after tonight's Fight For The Troops due to not signing the video game contract are false. Sources close to Kos confirm the rumors aren't true and Kos himself says he'll deal with the situation after the fight tonight. Indications are, though, that Kos is in UFC to stay.
UFN 17 Moving To Florida
According to a source within the camp of a figher on the card, UFC will be moving UFN 17 on February 7, currently to be held at The Palms in Vegas, to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. This would be the 4th UFC event to date in Florida.
Fighting for respect: Mike Swick UFC Fight Night 16 interview
Since dropping to welterweight following his first-ever loss in the UFC to Yushin Okami (22-4), Mike “Quick” Swick (12-2) has been looking for that breakthrough performance.
He didn’t get it in his majority decision win over Josh Burkman (18-8) at UFC Fight Night 12. He looked significantly better, but not great, four and a half months later when he outpointed the surging Marcus Davis (15-4) at UFC 85 to earn the unanimous decision.
Accordingly, Swick plans to make an even bigger statement tonight against Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet (22-9) at UFC Fight Night 16: “Fight for the Troops.”
Just a matter of time: Robert Drysdale
Robert Drysdale — the 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Open Weight tournament winner — tasted mixed martial arts victory for the first time on October 17 of this year, submitting Josh Musick with a sweet-looking first round armbar at TUFF-N-UFF.
The event took place at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, marking the amateur debut in the sport for perhaps the most dangerous 205-pound Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player on the planet today.
THIAGO ALVES GETS NEXT SHOT AT UFC 170 TITLE
When asked if St. Pierre would face Anderson Silva if he got past Penn at UFC 94, White answered, "No. If he beats B.J. Penn, he'll fight Thiago Alves. And then, if he beats Thiago, maybe we'll start talking about (St. Pierre and Silva) meeting at a catch weight fight or GSP going right to 185 and fighting."
White later clarified that Alves will get the shot, not only if St. Pierre wins, but even if it is Penn that wins the UFC 94 mega-fight. "He's next in line for a title shot. If GSP beats B.J. Penn, then (Alves) fights GSP. If B.J. Penn wins, then he fights B.J. And then he'd have to defend that title for a while before I let him move up and try to fight Anderson."