DeFranco’s ultimate survival tale (TUF9 cast member)
A few weeks after a snafu with the NCAA Clearinghouse had cost him a half-athletic, half-academic scholarship to Wagner University, as well as an internship at then-New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s office, Santino DeFranco found himself in a mixed martial arts gym in Arizona.
DeFranco was a wrestler and knew next-to-nothing about MMA. He showed up just to learn to grapple a bit and to stay in shape in anticipation of walking onto Arizona State’s powerful wrestling team.
UFC newcomer Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs Alan Belcher at UFC 100
UFC newcomer Yoshihiro Akiyama (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a highly regarded middleweight who signed with the UFC in February, could make his octagon debut against UFC veteran Alan Belcher (14-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC 100.
A source close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the proposed fight hasn't been signed and "isn't set in stone," but bout agreements could be distributed and finalized soon.
Dana: Referees "Need To Be Confident"
Dana White, the Ultimate Fighting Championship president, waged war on the octagon as the fight progressed. Inside the cage, Matt Brown was dismantling Pete Sell in a main card welterweight fight at UFC 96 on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. As blows progressed, Sell continued to fall, rise, backpedal and take punishment. After about a minute of the one-sided match, Brown paused at a stumbling Sell and turned slightly, looking for the referee. It was clear that Brown, in an act of mercy, was asking for the fight to be stopped. It wasn't. Brown continued advancing. After 1 minute and 27 seconds, the referee did thankfully call it off, giving Brown his third win in four UFC fights. The referee, Ives Lavigne, was one of two who made questionable calls during UFC 96 that drew White's ire in the post-event press conference and underlined the ongoing issue of in-cage management during these crowd-pleasing but sometimes-dangerous bouts. But despite these calls-and the promise of more to come on TUF 9-Dana says refs still need to be confident in their work and decision-making, even if it means boos.
Tito Ortiz: I'm Fighting In August
Although he wouldn't reveal too many details, Tito Ortiz said over the weekend he will be back in action in August. Rumors have this fight being at the next Affliction event, with Renato Sobral the most likely opponent.
UFC 96 Notebook: 10 Seconds Cost Jardine
The words -- though he may have suspected the news they brought -- cut Keith Jardine to the bone.
In wake of his hard-fought unanimous decision defeat to former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the UFC 96 main event on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Jardine was stung by a revelation from one of the cage-side judges. The knockdown he suffered in the closing seconds of the fight may have cost him a victory.
BAM! Matt Hamill reacts to knockout of Mark Munoz at UFC 96
I had to step back and think about what I was doing. I needed to get my kick — I had been doing a couple of kicks. Finally, I saw that Mark was bringing his hands down and I’m waiting for the right spot and the right time. Then BAM!”
Former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Matt Hamill, channels Emeril Lagasse when discussing the show-stealing (and surprising) knockout of Mark Munoz via head kick at UFC 96: “Jackson vs. Jardine” last night from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Not So Fast: Rampage-Rashad NOT YET Official For 98
Although word going around last night was that Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans is set for UFC 98, it is, in fact, not. Jackson needs a couple days and also to make sure he'll be 100% for the late-May fight, but if he isn't Dana White has a backup plan: Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida.
Von Flue Chokes Out Ramerez
TULARE, Calif. -- Jason Von Flue choked Steve Ramerez unconscious Saturday in the main event of Pure Combat’s “Backyard Brawl.”
Ramerez came out looking to strike, catching Von Flue with a punch before being wrapped up in the clinch and tumbling to the mat. Ramerez rolled for a reversal, but Von Flue kept rolling, landed on top and took Ramerez’s back.
From there Von Flue kept his hooks in and worked for a rear-naked choke. Meanwhile Ramerez punched behind him, trying in vain to break the hold. He could not and went to sleep at 2:54.
After the fight Von Flue thanked the crowd and praised his opponent’s toughness. He then took a moment to propose to his girlfriend.
Hughes Not Ruling Out Move To Middleweight
Although he's got other business to take care of first, Matt Hughes has not ruled out a move up to Middleweight once all is said and done. Ultimately, the former UFC Welterweight Champion would like a shot at Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
Cavalcante Vs Babalu For Strikeforce Title ?
One of the best light heavyweight fighters in the world, Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante impressed the world with three huge knockout victories at EliteXC, but now seeks other events to work. In an exclusive interview to TATAME.com, the Brazilian spoke about a possible upcoming fight against Renato “Babalu” Sobral, for the Strikeforce title, his relationship with Anderson Silva, pointed Lyoto Machida as the next UFC champion, Rodrigo Nogueira’s loss to Frank Mir and his pre-fight injuries and much more
Carwin proves he’s the real deal
Shane Carwin might be the only athlete these days who can say he tested positive and it is a good thing.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s powerful heavyweight contender, who vaulted himself among the elite of the sport with a dramatic first-round knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga on Saturday at UFC 96 at Nationwide Arena, had his DNA tested recently to compile an athletic profile.
Of nearly 500 athletes, including 50 Olympians, tested by Canadian company Warrior Roots, Carwin was one of the three highest-scoring for explosiveness.
UFC 96 post-fight press conference (Video)
UFC President Dana White is joined by Shane Carwin, Matt Hamill and Quinton Jackson at the UFC 96 post-fight press conference for some Q&A about Saturday night’s fights. It’s interesting to hear White’s reaction to the controversial stoppages in the Nelson vs. Riley fight as well as in Brown vs. Sell.
UFC 96 draws 17,033 spectators for a $1.8 million gate
Despite a main event that lacked in promotional power, UFC 96 drew 17,033 spectators to Nationwide Arena on Saturday night for a gate of $1.8 million, UFC president Dana White said.
For the third consecutive year, the UFC's Columbus show coincided with the Arnold Sports Festival, a three-day sports and fitness exhibition held in downtown Columbus.
"I heard on the radio today that between [the Artnold] and the UFC, we brought $41 million into Columbus this weekend," White said in the post-UFC 96 press conference. "So obviously in these hard economic times, coming in here and doing huge numbers like that (is impressive)."