Fedor: Barnett is "Dangerous"
Even under his restrained façade, Fedor Emelianenko can’t hide the acknowledgment that one of his biggest career challenges lies directly ahead.
Emelianenko finally meets Josh Barnett in the main event at Affliction “Trilogy” on Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The good, the bad and the (very) ugly: Quick thoughts on a busy month in MMA … and we’re not done yet
Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of watching WEC 41: “Brown vs. Faber 2,” another outstanding WEC card from the Zuffa sister promotion. Top to bottom this organization produces great shows. I like the announcing, the crowd was electric and the fighters really put on some fascinating bouts.
We can go on and on about the main event and how tough Faber is, but I was also impressed with Donald Cerrone and Jose Aldo, who I believe should be the next one to face WEC featherweight kingpin Mike Brown.
The champ is on a roll and it is going to take someone who possesses much more than just speed to topple him. His strength is amazing and he just does not make the kind of mistakes that another fighter can capitalize on. He fights an intelligent game on top of everything else.
MMA Quick Quote: Frank Shamrock and his stability ball ready for Nick Diaz or Tito Ortiz rematches
“Certain things didn’t go well leading up to that fight, during practice I popped a few ribs. It was really painful at the time but I thought it wouldn’t have a big impact on the fight, but as you could see it obviously did. I could feel that I couldn’t get any power in my shots so I had to keep it standing. Before the fight, I was told that I had to rest my ribs for a while so I couldn’t work out on the stability ball which is crucial to getting a good workout, most guys like to train BJJ, boxing or whatever but the stability ball encompasses all of those aspects into one. It was weird because usually I can go 3 rounds no problem but it was like my body started shutting down after the first round. I think that fight was a blessing is disguise, I changed up my training schedule and bought a new stability ball which I’ve been working out on to help me with my balance. But props to Diaz he did a great job. Of course the Diaz fight didn’t sit well with me so I definitely would like to get a rematch. There’s still plenty of fights left out there for me before I call it a day, if Tito wants to do it I wouldn’t mind kicking his ass again, I'm sure we could agree to a catch weight.”
Mark Coleman on UFC 100, Head Butts, Kimbo Slice, Lyoto Machida and Mo
In a wide-ranging interview with Dave Farra of Raw Vegas TV, former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman talked about his upcoming fight with Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100, his thoughts on light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, why he'd be a better fighter if head butts were allowed in MMA, and his desire to step into the Octagon with Kimbo Slice.
Coleman said that of all the rules changes that have taken place in his 13 years as a mixed martial artist, the one that most hampered his ability to win fights was the banning of head butts, which he said were a perfect complement to his ground-and-pound style. But Coleman also acknowledged that for the sport to gain popular acceptance, head butts needed to be eliminated.
Rich Franklin Will Make Run at UFC Light Heavyweight Title
Rich Franklin isn't done in the UFC's light heavyweight division. Dana White stated at the UFC 99 post-fight press conference that the UFC wants to see the former UFC middleweight champion make a run for the title after successfully defeating PRIDE veteran Wanderlei Silva in a catchweight matchup via decision:
In all seriousness, the UFC president intends for Franklin to move right back up from the 195-pound catchweight fight with Silva and remain in the light heavyweight division.
"We want Rich to stay at 205 pounds. He's gonna stay in the 205-pound division and take a run at the title," said White, addressing a class that has seen its title change hands four times in the past two years.
Franklin's history with the company is surely a huge issue when we think about where he currently stands in the light heavyweight division. Fifteen of his career 29 fights have taken place within the Octagon, and it's a well-known fact that Franklin has always been in the good graces with the UFC brass as he's been a fighter who has rarely, if ever, complained about compensation, the way he's been treated, or how he's been marketed.
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira officially announced as UFC 102 headliner
As expected a heavyweight bout between former UFC title-holders Randy Couture (16-9 MMA, 13-6 UFC) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will serve as the headliner for UFC 102 on Aug. 29, the UFC today announced.
The event takes place at the Rose Garden in Porland, Ore., and is the UFC's first-ever event in the state.
The night's main card, including the heavyweight main event, airs on pay-per-view.
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva officially announced for UFC 102 in Portland
A light-heavyweight bout between Keith Jardine (14-5-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has been officially announced as an addition to August's UFC 102 card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported in April that the two fighters had agreed to the fight, which takes place Aug. 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., and the UFC today made it official.
TUF 9 Finale additions include Guillard vs. Tibau, Ciesnolevicz vs. Drwal, Blackburn vs. Garcia
With just four days remaining until Saturday's Spike TV-televised event, The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale has been bolstered with the official additions of three un-aired preliminary bouts.
The match-ups include Melvin Guillard (21-7-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Gleison Tibau (17-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Tomasz Drwal (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and Brad Blackburn (13-9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Edgar Garcia (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale takes place June 20 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Aug. 15 "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" tickets on sale today, start at just $30
Tickets for the biggest fight in women's MMA history (and possibly the biggest Strikeforce card to date) are now on sale.
"Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" takes place Aug. 15 and features a main event of Gina Carano (7-0) vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (7-1) for Strikeforce's first-ever 145-pound women's title. Also on the card is a rematch between Strikeforce world lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) and former title-holder Gilbert Melendez (15-2).
Kongo has CAT scan after taking 251 punches!!
Cain Velasquez landed a total of 251 punches to Cheick Kongo's head during the course of their three-round fight at UFC 99 on Saturday.
Kongo landed just 31 punches on Velasquez's head during the fight, although it is worth noting that ten of these were power shots that rocked the Mexican-American.
The figures come from FightMetric and explain why Kongo had to be taken to a Cologne hospital for a CAT scan after the fight.
Which Fight Matters More: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir at UFC 100 or Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett at Affliction Trilogy?
Dave Meltzer leans to the latter:
The summer season will peak with UFC 100 on July 11 in Las Vegas will answer the question as to what exactly is the ceiling for mixed martial arts on pay-per-view. The main event between Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir itself has all the elements necessary to being the biggest drawing heavyweight match in North America. The UFC heavyweight and interim heavyweight titles will be unified in a rematch of one of the most memorable fights and talked about fights in company history.
But for all the hype Lesnar vs. Mir will receive, one could make a strong case that from a pure sports ranking standpoint, the biggest heavyweight fight ever on U.S. soil will take place three weeks later at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Affliction’s third pay-per-view show.
Consensus No. 1 ranked Fedor Emelianenko puts up his reputation as the most successful fighter in the history of the sport, against Josh Barnett.
UFC 102 Set For Portland Rose Garden
The UFC’s first trip to the Pacific Northwest is officially set at last.
The promotion on Monday announced UFC 102, featuring Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, to be held Aug. 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The arena plays host to the NBA's Portland Trailblazers and a variety of concerts and events.
“We’re extremely excited to be heading to Portland,” said UFC president Dana White. “When you get two mixed martial arts legends that are all heart and have wanted to fight each other for years, plus the fact that Randy has roots in Oregon, that tells me that not only will the crowd be electric, but it’s also a night where the fighters will be looking to cement their legacies.”
Marc Ratner: 'CroCop's Win Won't Be Overturned
Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Monday told MMAWeekly.com an appeal was not possible.
“It’s very simple,” said Ratner. “By the unified rules... first of all the referee didn’t see the foul. What you’re asking is can we go to instant replay. You’re saying now that the fight’s over, can you take a look at it? If the referee had seen the finger and stopped the fight immediately, he could have given a stop for five minutes to recover, and then if (Al-Turk) couldn’t have gone on, it would have been a no-contest.”
Ratner, who headed the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) prior to current Executive Director Keith Kizer, chalked the incident up to a judgment call on Mirgliotta’s part.
Ultimate Fighter 10 cast revealed
It’s been rumored for a while but TUF 10 is stocked with tough fighters. A recent Sun reports confirms a lot of the fighters in the house are pretty talented. A former IFL champion, several NFL players, and UFC veterans are in the house this season. Without further adieu, ladies and gentleman the next cast of the The Ultimate Fighter.
Markham Off TUF 9 Finale
The planned TUF 9 Finale fight between Rory Markham and TJ Grant is now off. Markham has had to pull out due to a quad injury. He hopes to return in August. No replacement named yet for the fight, which is just 5 days away.
Seth Petruzelli discusses Kimbo Slice, "TUF 10" and the possibility of a UFC return
The unknown embarrassed the media sensation and cult creation. Yet the latter is back in the spotlight while the former remains anonymous and underground, plotting his next move.
The last time Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and Seth Petruzelli were each inside the cage, one was a fledgling organization's meal ticket and the other a lightly regarded (to put it mildly) last-second replacement.
Once Petruzelli knocked out Slice in a stunning 14 seconds, their careers were at a crossroads. Slice was exposed as brute with no skills; Petruzelli, a UFC castoff, was looking at a resurrection.