Andrei Arlovski Postpones Boxing Debut to Focus on MMA, Sets Record Straight on Playing Russian Roulette
Fighters.com’s tenth-ranked heavyweight “Pitbull” Andrei Arlovski (14-7) has postponed his previously planned professional boxing debut anticipated for the end of September or early October to focus on MMA, Arlovski announced at Arlovski.com Wednesday night.
“MMA now is number one priority for me,” Arlovski assured fans during a video chat, but he hasn’t buried his squared circle aspirations, adding, “Definitely, I want to try [boxing].” Arlovski also announced he’s considering competing at a North American Grappling Association event, saying, “I’ve been working on my jiu-jitsu.”
"Superman" vs. "Doomsday" shifted to The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December
Despite previous reports to the contrary, a rumored matchup between Dennis "Superman" Hallman (41-12-2 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and John "Doomsday" Howard (12-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will actually take place at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas.
Initial reports suggested the bout would take place at UFC 106 in November.
Bout agreements have yet to be finalized for the match, though both parties have agreed to the contest.
Tyson Griffin plans to push Franca to the Limit
"Ask any professional fighter and they’re likely to tell you that they’ve never gone into a bout 100-percent healthy.
But every once in a while, when punching someone in the face, and often getting punched back, is your way of earning a living, you do have to take a step back and let your body recover.
That’s exactly where UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin found himself after his last bout. He scored a unanimous decision over a tough Rafael dos Anjos on April 1, but after amassing a 6-2 record against some of the best fighters in the Octagon, his body was telling him it was time for rejuvenation."
UFC hopeful Chris Wilson fighting for survival at UFC Fight Night 19
"As fans, we sometimes are immune to the personal issues that impact the lives and affect the performances of the athletes we love to watch.
We expect quarterbacks to throw touchdowns and guards to sink their free throws and sluggers to hit home runs and fighters to score knockouts, and we expect them to do all of that without letting on they have problems in their personal lives that make it difficult for them to concentrate fully on their jobs.
If there is anyone with excuses, it is veteran UFC welterweight Chris Wilson (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who is slated to face Mike Pyle (17-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Wednesday in Oklahoma City at 'Ultimate Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard.'"
Injured Sherk Haunted By Steroid Suspension
"Sean Sherk’s 2007 steroid suspension is always just a few steps behind him.
The former UFC lightweight champion was reminded of that last week when he withdrew with a shoulder injury from his bout against Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.
Sherk’s injury was scrutinized, however, when it was reported that he had been scheduled to take a drug test with the California State Athletic Commission required for his re-licensure that same week."
Bob Sapp to face Sokoudjou at DREAM 11
Bob "The Beast" Sapp (16-5-1) will stand in for an injured Gegard Mousasi to face Rameau Thierry Sokodjou in the semifinals of Dream's Super Hulk Tournament Oct. 6 at Dream 11.
The fill-in is just one of four professional engagements Sapp said is either done or close to done on his immediate schedule. The day after his Dream booking, he is set for a kickboxing match against Alain "The Panther" Ngalani in Hong Kong. The weekend after that, he's working on an MMA fight in Texas that is "80 percent done." Then, in late October, he plans to go back to Korea for a pro wrestling engagement, with more globetrotting in the pipeline for November and December.
Wes Sims: homeless to TUF House
CP: Were you ever worried about the stigma of getting back into the UFC via the reality show? Or did you just think that whatever got you in the UFC was worth it?
WES SIMS: No, people understand. Good or bad, there’s nothing that’s going to hurt Wes Sims. I’m a certified black man when I want to be. I’ve been on BET. I was on the “Iron Ring” for God’s sakes.
You were? I didn’t know that. I guess I didn’t watch much of that show.
Martin Kampmann ‘not worried about title shots’ heading into UFC 103 bout against Paul Daley
UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” took a big blow last week when it was announced that Mike Swick would no longer be able to compete against Martin Kampmann in a number one contender qualifier matchup, thanks to a “Quick” concussion suffered during training.
In a stacked welterweight division that includes contenders Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Josh Koscheck and more, champion Georges St. Pierre has soundly defeated everyone he’s faced and in the process eliminated potential challengers to his title.
Swick and Kampmann, with a combined 29-4 record inside the Octagon and who are both undefeated in their campaigns at 170 lbs, were two of the few welterweights remaining with a legitimate claim as a top division contender.
DREAM 11: Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante vs Daisuke Nakamura on Oct. 6
A lightweight tilt between Gesias Cavalcante (14-3-1) and Daisuke Nakamura (20-10) has been added to the upcoming DREAM 11 event from the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan on Oct. 6.
Cavalcante looks to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM 9. A two-time K-1 Hero’s champion, “JZ” has run into a rough patch as of late.
After incurring a decision loss to Shinya Aoki in the preliminary round of the Lightweight Grand Prix, he was forced to undergo surgery. Upon his scheduled return to competition on New Year’s Eve last year, he experienced an unexpected and demoralizing mishap.
Urijah Faber joins ‘Cyborg’ Santos at ADCC September event
Perhaps the most prestigious grappling tournament in the world — the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) — recently rounded out its Submission Wrestling World Championships 65.9 kg weight class by adding former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, according to GracieMag.com.
“The California Kid” joins Strikeforce women’s champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (+60kg), Luanna Alzuguir (-60kg) and Gregor Gracie (-77kg) as newly-announced participants for the September event.
Gray Maynard Focused on Roger Huerta, Not Lightweight Title
If Gray Maynard wanted to, he could make a pretty good case that he deserves to be the No. 1 contender for the UFC lightweight title. After breaking into the UFC on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter and knocking himself out in a bizarre no contest on that season's Finale, Maynard has gone 5-0, and he's dominated all five opponents.
But as Maynard prepares to fight Roger Huerta on the September 16 Ultimate Fight Night card, he says he won't lobby for a shot at the lightweight championship, even if he beats Huerta. Instead, Maynard says in an interview with FanHouse that he's putting all his energy into fighting Huerta, and that as long as he keeps winning, he's sure a title shot will come.
CHRIS WILSON EXPECTING THE BEST MIKE PYLE
When is the book coming out?
From the U.S. to Brazil, a man finds solace in a place he once called home. Away from the distractions of mainstream America, a family man looks to begin anew until tragedy strikes. A robbery followed by broken promises leave him questioning the very fabric of existence.
The harrowing tale of Chris Wilson.
Monte Cox's Adrenaline MMA finalizes full card for Sept. 13 event in Iowa
Monte Cox's Adrenaline MMA organization returns for its fourth show on Sept. 18, and the promotion today revealed the full 13-fight event card.
In addition to the previously announced co-main event bouts of Tim Sylvia (24-6) vs. Jason Riley (6-1) and Houston Alexander (8-4) vs. Sherman Pendergarst (11-14), UFC vets Forrest Petz (15-7) and Chad Reiner (19-8) will also meet on the evening's main card.
Middleweight Nate Quarry relying on "old-man strength" for win at UFC Fight Night 19
When middleweight slugger Nate Quarry (11-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) steps into the cage against Tim Credeur (12-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on the main card of "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" on Sept. 16, there will be a bit of an old-school feel to the contest.
But despite an apparent striking advantage on the feet and a potential jiu-jitsu deficiency, Quarry said he won't be relying on any particular gameplan to earn a victory.