Cung Le Says He Isn't Done Yet
Talk to any contender in the Strikeforce middleweight division, and you'll find out pretty quickly that they all agree on one thing: Cung Le needs to defend his title, and he needs to do so sooner rather than later.
When FanHouse spoke to the organization's current 185-pound champion recently, he seemed eager to defend the title he won in March 2008, yet stopped short at saying exactly when that would happen. He also said he would consider vacating the title soon if his schedule doesn't allow him to compete again in the near future. Check out the full video interview below.
UFC Veterans Go DEEP Sunday: Chonan Wins, Mishima Loses Title
Sunday's DEEP 43 Impact event in Japan featured 2 former UFC stars in action, most notably the return to DEEP of recent UFC release Ryo Chonan. Chonan's return was a success, as he beat fellow UFC/PRIDE veteran Jutaro Nakao by decision, but DEEP Featherweight Champion Dokonjonosuke Mishima didn't fare as well, dropping a unanimous decision and the title to Takafumi Otsuka.
Aurelio Ready to Shine The Second Time Around
A skilled Brazilian Jiu-jitsu artist with 10 submission victories included in his 18-7 overall record, Aurelio heard critics after each of his UFC defeats once he opted to fight on the feet instead of using his abilities on the ground. Regarding this fact, the 36-year old American Top Team representative shakes his head in total agreement. And determined to show his real ground skills against Dunham, he has explored what he truly brings to the Octagon
Kenny Florian is ‘fired up,’ still wants BJs belt
“I’m still at the top of the division and in one or two fights I think I can put myself back into contention to fight for the belt again. In order to do that, I’m going to have to face some tough guys, but I’m motivated and excited with that possibility…. In no way, shape or form did (Keith) ever use [the eye poke allegation] as an excuse, and that’s definitely not the reason I lost. I lost because B.J. was the better fighter that night, simple as that…. It’s little things that I should have done better. For me, it’s basically, ‘stop talking and start doing.’ I just want to get back to training and refine everything and just get back in the cage. I’m just motivated and fired up to fight someone right now.”
Hoping for UFC 105, Hathaway awaits the call
“Were still waiting to hear about November, but if it’s not then I guess I will be fighting again in the New Year,” he explained. “No names have been mentioned to us, but I don’t mind at the moment. I have had some time off to rest and I have just started training again so there are plenty of things I can work on in the meantime.”
Chonan wins, Mishima losses at Deep 43
TOKYO -- Fan favorite Ryo Chonan made a triumphant return to his homeland, as he defeated Jutaro Nakao in the Deep “43 Impact” main event on Sunday at Korakuen Hall. Elsewhere, Dokonjonosuke Mishima lost his featherweight belt to Takafumi Otsuka, while Masakazu Imanari retained his bantamweight crown against Tomohiko Hori.
Sengoku 10: Antonio Silva vs Rons Sparks in the works
It has been several weeks since the World Victory Road officials have named Antonio Silva as one of the participants in Sengoku 10. Now, the undefeated super-heavyweight prospect, Ron Sparks, has surfaced as his potential opponent.
The announcement of Silva-Sparks comes at the heel of the confirmation of a series of bouts slated for Sengoku 10 that feature Nick Thompson, Ryan Schultz, and Dan Hornbuckle amongst others.
Don Frye breaks silence on "M-1 Breakthrough" withdrawal, blames organization for change
While the executives of M-1 Global are no strangers to controversy and criticism, the organization's upcoming "M-1 Global presents Breakthrough" took a hit when original headliner Don Frye backed out of his fight with Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
While M-1 Global CEO Joost Raimond immediately went on the offensive, issuing a press release that questioned Frye's motives for backing out, "The Predator" remained relatively silent on the subject.
That is, until now.
Petruzelli Returns To Action, Wins First Post-Kimbo Fight
In his first fight since he took down Kimbo Slice, and ultimately EliteXC, by TKO, Seth Petruzelli returned to action Saturday for the first time since that fight after a long layoff due to injuries and outside business ventures. He beat Chris Baten by KO at 2:23 of round 1at the Art Of Fighting 4 event in Tampa, FL.
MMA Goes 2-0 Against Boxing This Weekend
For a couple of MMA fighters, it was a good weekend of boxing. Both KJ Noons and Terry Martin had boxing matches this weekend and both came away with wins-Noons beat Randy Pogue by unanimous decision to improve to 11-2 career in boxing, while Martin beat Rayvon Wilson by 2nd round KO to improve to 2-0.
Nogueira’s coach: “Couture has no punch”
“We think that Couture will fight standing against him, and Rodrigo thinks that too. Rodrigo is 100% prepared standing. I always said that this fight were good to Rodrigo, because Couture has no punch to knock him out, and Rodrigo boxes better than him… Rodrigo is prepared in the ground too and will work to submit, because Rodrigo has everything to submit him”, explained the coach. “Our strategy is stay away from the fence”.
– Luiz Alves, the Muay Thai coach for Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira, tells Tatame.com that his fighter is set to stand and trade with Randy Couture at UFC 102 because the “Natural” doesn’t pack much heat on his feet. He may be right — Couture doesn’t have a clean knockout on his resume in 25 career fights. But that hasn’t necessarily stopped him from handling (and defeating) the big dogs, including Tim Sylvia, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, Pedro Rizzo and Kevin Randleman, among others. Will he add “Big Nog” to that list on Aug. 29? For the record: Nogueira has one knockout, and just one technical knockout, in 37 career fights.
Nate Marquardt: Extracting the Zero
Renowned as one of the leading jiu-jitsu exponents in the sport today, Maia’s sheer reputation has often overwhelmed recent opponents. That’s even before he secures the takedown, transitions to full mount and then sinks in a picture-perfect choke. Some fans pinpoint Maia as the man to dethrone middleweight champion Anderson Silva, while others merely sit in awe at his seamless displays of jiu-jitsu inside the Octagon.
Marquardt, nodding knowingly with a smile, is simply happy to fight him.
Danillo Villefort cut from UFC after just 1 fight
The truth is, the UFC answered all of these questions with their decision to release Danillo and fighters need to take it as a warning that, right or wrong, in the days of big PPV numbers the promotion doesn't have time for fighters that they feel don't deliver for the fans.
JON "BONES" JONES JOINS JACKSON
Undefeated UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones is the latest fighter to join Team Jackson's in Albuquerque, N.M., headed by highly sought after trainer Greg Jackson.
Jackson told MMAWeekly.com content partner Tapout Radio, "Jon Jones has joined our team and he's out here training. He's just a pleasure to work with. He's incredibly creative. That he's got so far with his creativity is amazing.”
Paulo Filho wants to fight Gegard Mousasi at LHW
Back to victories at Dream, submitting Melvin Manhoef in the first round, Paulo Filho is ready for Alex Shoenauer at Bitetti Combat 4, but already aims tougher challenges overseas. With Dream’s new partnership with Strikeforce, the black belt eyes Gegard Mousasi, who knocked Renato Babalu Sobral out to become the new light heavyweight champion. In the exclusive interview, the black belt remembered that he and Mousasi were in the same Pride tournament, but Mousasi was submitted got out when he was submitted by Gono, commented the training for Bitetti Combat, Dream’s partnership with Strikeforce and more.
Belfort doesn't want to fight Silva, but Silva would not mind
Vitor Belfort isn’t that high on an opportunity to challenge Anderson Silva for his 185-pound crown. He’ll do it, but it’s not an ideal situation to compete against a fellow Brazilian and someone who he considers a friend. However, Silva has remarked that Belfort is not his friend, but someone who he respects and is willing to fight without reservation if called upon. “The Phenom” is the latest addition to the UFC middleweight class and someone who company president, Dana White, would like to see earn a title shot to one day challenge “The Spider.” Before that can happen, however, both fighters need to take care of other business — Belfort is set to battle Rich Franklin next month and Silva is penciled in to take on Dan Henderson before year’s end. Are Belfort and Silva on a collision course, whether they like it or not?