Vera looking to bounce back from first loss
The UFC's Brandon Vera tells John Buhl why he's still a heavyweight, what he learned from losing to Tim Sylvia last October and looks towards his next bout - a June 7th engagement with Fabricio Werdum in London, England - in this exclusive conversation
Chris Lytle’s Number One Wish: No Lay and Pray
I’m not mad about it at all,” Lytle counters. “They offer me fights and I always have the opportunity to say ‘no thank you.’ But to be honest with you, it seems to me when Koscheck lost his last fight to St. Pierre, he’s been changing it up a little bit, and that’s all I’m asking for. I don’t care if you try to take me down, that’s part of the sport, just don’t hold me and not do anything.”
You might say that Lytle is counting on Koscheck’s ego to play into his hand. Despite sustaining a fight-ending cut in his bout with Thiago Alves at UFC 78, Lytle got what he wanted, someone to stand toe to toe with him.
“I’d say just about all the fights I’ve lost have been where a guy’s trying to win a decision on me,” Lytle continues. “So I haven’t been in too many fights where the guy’s coming out and looking to end the fight, and it hasn’t been a fantastic fight or I’ve come out on top. I’ve figured out that I’m a fighter, but I’m also an entertainer, and I want every fight that I’m going to be in to be entertaining.”
Curran Looking Forward to June 1st Tilt with Brown
n June 1st, at the upcoming World Extreme Cagefighting event in Sacramento, California, two of the United States more accomplished and respected featherweights will face off. Of course, the card’s main event competitors in WEC 145lb. champion Urijah Faber and challenger Jens Pulver fit this description, but so do scheduled undercard rivals, Jeff Curran and Mike Brown.
International Fight League revealed plans on Thursday to debut a six-sided
The new ring has been branded as “The Hex” and will debut on August 15 for a show at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
The prototype of the new ring is still being constructed. Upon completion, it will be stored in Las Vegas.
While not addressing the issue directly, it’s likely that the IFL’s decision to use a six-sided ring is based on claims by critics that their product looks too much like boxing on television. Publicly, the IFL is indicating that its audience enjoys the ring and that they are going with a six-sided version in order to create a larger fighting environment.
“From a production and live event standpoint, the ring has proven to be the most fan and media friendly environment, as well as providing the safest possible environment for our athletes,” IFL CEO Jay Larkin is quoted as saying in a press release. “The Hex allows for the larger surface that is utilized in other MMA organizations while still retaining the advantages we have enjoyed with the ring.”
No matches for the Aug. 15 card have been announced. The promotion may start revealing matchups to the public in June.
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Full card announced for Adrenaline MMA in Chicago
Jeff Monson vs. Mike Russow
Daiju Takase vs. Terry Martin
Alberto Crane vs. Clay French
Tony Fryklund vs. Brian Gassaway
Jeff Cox vs. Bart Palaszewski
Rory Markham vs. Taiwon Howard
Mark Miller vs. Jame Gibo
Kerry Schall vs. Herc Hayes
Rob Kimmons vs. Hector Urbina
Aaron Rosa vs. Ron Fields
Dom O' Grady vs. Mike Stumpf
Joe Jordan vs. Ryan Williams
Christian Reynoso vs. John Hosman
Report: Mark Dion files lawsuit against Brandon Vera
When we interviewed Mark Dion recently on Fight Opinion Radio, we asked him a lot of questions relating to his arbitration case against Brandon Vera. Included in the laundry list of questions were questions regarding the way Dana White behaves when it comes to doing business.
Well, according to Adam Swift, Mark Dion has plenty of complaints when it comes to doing business with UFC:
The complaint closely follows the contours of the arbitration proceedings, except for the inclusion of Zuffa, White, and Silva for allegedly interfering with Dion’s management contract with Vera. Specifically the complaint alleges that Zuffa and its officials encouraged Vera to breach his contract with Dion and provided him with confidential emails to use in that effort.
Frank Mir Talks Fedor, Lesnar and More
Frank Mir represents his Striking Unlimited team at Grapplers Quest. He sits down to talk with RawVegas.tv about his son, Marcus’ training, the TUF 8 rumors, his thoughts on a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, and his victory over Brock Lesnar
Adrenaline MMA Press Release! Russow eyes biggest test in debut of Adrenaline MMA
So, it is understandable when Russow only smiles and refers to fighting veteran Jeff Monson in a professional mixed martial arts bout as a "great opportunity." Russow, 9-1 in his pro career, takes on Monson, 23-7, in the heavyweight main event of Adrenaline MMA on June 14 at the Sears Centre.
A total of 13 pro bouts are scheduled in the inaugural Adrenaline event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and fights begin at 6 p.m.
"Monson is far more than just a veteran," said Adrenaline CEO Monte Cox. "He has fought in every major event in the world and competed for countless titles, including the UFC heavyweight title. He comes into the event having won 18 of his last 20 bouts and is looking to prove Russow is not yet ready for the big time.
"Russow, on the other hand, has been crushing opposition and has been tested twice in major events... losing to then No. 6 ranked Sergei Kharitonov in Pride, then crushing Roman Zentzov in Japan's Yarennoka event last New Years Eve. He's ready to show he should be considered among the world's best."
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Sears Centre Box Office, online at www.searscentre.com or by calling 1-888-SEARSTIX.
A foursome of UFC veterans make up the two feature bouts. Chicago's Terry Martin (16-4) will face Japan's Daiju Takase (7-11) while Chicago's Brian Gassaway (25-17) takes on Las Vegas' Tony Fryklund (14-9).
Momentum Halted: Goulet Out Of UFC 85
After his Fight Of The Night win at UFC 83, Jonathan Goulet hoped to continue building momentum going into UFC 85. That will not happen now, Goulet is off the event due to undisclosed health reasons. No word on a replacement for him against his would-have-been opponent, Paul Kelly.
Cesar Gracie: Diaz Bout Back On
After days of confusion and frustration, it appears that Nick Diaz will be fighting Sunday in Japan after all.
"It was off, then on, then off again … now it's back on," said Diaz's trainer, Cesar Gracie. "I won't really believe it until he is on the plane tomorrow morning heading to Japan."
MMA fans of New York
yesterday there was a press conference in new york concerning the legalization of mma. The current rumor as of yesterday is that it will be legal by the end of july. They have also stated that possibly the ufc will be held in albany, or buffalo. The reason behind this is that it is to soon to book a spot in Madison square garden for the show they might have planed. I heard this information over the radio and can sum what vow for it's accuracy. They also said that Matt Serra and Matt Hamil were in attendance.
Urijah Faber training hard for Jens Pulver WEC fight on June 1
“He’s super dedicated to what he does whether it be training for fighting, or supporting his guys in their fights. He’s respectful to his opponents, and doesn’t underestimate them. His training is excessive; a regimen that many would be and are hard pressed to keep up with. Some would call it overtraining, but to him it’s his every day thing, whether he has a fight coming up or not. The training level he kept up with this trip I took to see him was no more than when I went last august to sac and he didn’t have an impending fight. He’s got a funny sense of humor and a great rapport with the guys he trains.”
MMA photographer Tracy Lee recently tailed WEC Featherweight Champion Urjiah Faber during a few days of training as he prepares for his showdown with former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 1. “The California Kid” appears to be in top form and will be more than ready for Lil Evil on fight night.
Dan Henderson Wants Another Shot at Anderson Silva
Here’s the thing about this video. You know when you ask Dan Henderson who he wants to fight that he’s going to say Anderson Silva. And after that, when you ask him if he really thinks he has a legitimate shot at beating Silva, you know he’s going to say yes. You know that. But you have to ask him anyway, on the off chance that he’ll say he wants nothing more than to face Rich Franklin next. Then we could all relax without having to challenge one another’s illusions.
No such luck. However, note that Hendo says he wants to “get back in there and earn another shot.” Would beating Franklin accomplish that? Probably.
Also note the Dan Henderson-Wanderlei Silva highlight in all its slow motion, sound effect-y glory. Then tell me you wouldn’t want to see that one happen again. Just saying.
Edgar & Liguori Team Up With Ricardo Almeida
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Frankie Edgar and newly signed EliteXC fighter Chris Liguori will soon be training with UFC middleweight contender Ricardo Almeida. They made the move to help improve their overall ground game by working with the Renzo Gracie black belt at his academy in New Jersey.
Marcus Davis: On the road to UFC 85 Mike Swick fight (Part I)
Hey, this is Marcus Davis also known as the “Irish Hand Grenade.”
Thanks to MMAmania.com for the opportunity to give everyone a short report on what I’m going through to prepare for Mike Swick at UFC 85: “Bedlam” in London, England, on June 7.
I’m currently in Boston, Mass., training Muay Thai and MMA with coach Mark Dellagrotte of Sityodyong. I have pulled out every connection I have to prepare for this fight. Mark is the man with the plan and is putting me through my routine for my MMA training.
Furthermore, I have reconnected with my original boxing coach, Joe Lake, who is getting me back to some fundamentals. I’m also training with my teammate Kenny Florian and working with Peter Welch from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 and 2.
My strength and conditioning coach has been Garth Krane. He is an MMA fighter and former Canadian Olympic-caliber wrestler. I am the strongest I have ever been in my MMA career with a 375-pound bench and a 415-pound squat.
If people thought I could punch hard before … wait till you see what I am capable of come June 7! To check out pictures of the physical changes I’ve gone through head over to my MySpace.com page right
Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell to debut on Spike TV on May 31
Spike TV will “salute” former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell during a special hour-long world television premiere of “Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell” on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET.
In addition, the debut of “Liddell vs. Silva: UFC Unleashed — Special Edition” will follow immediately afterward at 10 p.m. ET, creating a Memorial Day “homage” for the most popular fighter in the promotion.
Of course, Liddell and Silva battled it out in an epic three-round war at UFC 79: “Nemesis” in December 2007, which “Iceman” won via unanimous decision. According to a recent press release, the segment will include backstage bonus footage prior to the 205-pound tilt.
Liddell was expected to take on Rashad Evans in the main event at UFC 85: “Bedlam” at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7. However, he had to recently withdraw from the contest because of a torn hamstring and the card has since been significantly reshuffled to offset the loss of star power.
It was not mentioned if this was already in the works for some time to hype the UFC 85 pay-per-view (PPV) event that takes place seven days later; however, the timing appears to reflect that type of thinking.
Regardless, should be cool night of free mixed martial arts programming worth checking out.
Cro Cop vs. LeBanner moved to July
Nokaut.com has learned today that Mirko Cro Cop will face LeBanner in July, instead of June 15 as reported earlier.
Although we are still waiting for the official confirmation, we have learned that Jerome LeBanner is set to face Semmy Schillt in K1 on June 29, so a new date for the Cro Cop vs LeBanner fight makes sense.
I'm happy that LeBanner's fighting Schilt, and I'm also happy that Mriko will have an extra month with Marijan.