DIEGO SANCHEZ DROP TO 155 NOT PERMANENT
When the announcement was made that perennial Top 10 welterweight Diego Sanchez was making a move to lightweight just about every fighter at 155 pounds took immediate notice. From top contenders on down, Sanchez is gunning for the best fighters in the world at lightweight, but as he told MMAWeekly Radio recently, his run at 170 isn't finished either.
Always known for his tremendous strength and cardio conditioning, Sanchez will not accept a loss in either of those categories for his move to lightweight, which may not last as long as some people may have expected.
"I definitely am going to go back to welterweight. Maybe a year, year and a half at this weight, we'll see," he said in the interview. "It's all about the business and the right fights, whatever are the best fights for the UFC. I'm here to put the best fights on for the fans and the UFC, and be the best fighter out there that I can be for you guys."
The New Mexico born fighter attributes the move to lightweight as something he felt necessary at this point in his career, but as he ages, he believes that 170 will be his home once again.
"I'm 27 now, so I'm only in my twenties. When I come into my thirties it's going to be a lot harder to make that weight drop, so I said hey go for the belt at 155 and then later on in my career, I can go for the belt at 170," commented Sanchez.
Drysdale tests out role as player-coach
A few moments before the weigh-in for UFC 86 was to begin at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, UFC lightweight Joe Stevenson spotted a reporter standing about 100 yards away.
The moments before a weigh-in are when a fighter is usually at his crankiest. He’s sick of not being able to eat, sick of having to sweat weight off, and the pressure of the fight is beginning to build. Normally, he just wants to be left alone.
Stevenson, though, ran over in a dead sprint. He was eager to introduce his new jiu-jitsu coach, 2007 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling world champion Robert Drysdale.
“This guy is the best ever,” Stevenson said exuberantly.
Tim Sylvia in talks to fight former boxing champ Ray Mercer
Long-time MMA promoter and manager Monte Cox is looking to think out of the box for his next Adrenaline MMA shows as he is involved in negotiations to finalize the first-ever MMA rules matchup between a former heavyweight champions in MMA and boxing.
Cox revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that an Adrenaline event tentatively scheduled for May 30 in Atlantic City, N.J. could be headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia taking on 46-year old former WBO heavyweight champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer.
Free of AFL, Rafael Assuncao seeking April return
As the Kentucky-based American Fight League continues forward under a self-imposed hiatus, one of its most successful fighters is looking for a new home.
Featherweight Rafael Assuncao (12-1) has been granted his release from the AFL and is now seeking an April return to action.
Considered by many MMA analysts to be among the world's top-10 145-pounders, Assuncao today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the WEC and soon-to-debut Bellator Fighting Championships are the top contenders for his services.
Injury forces Shannon Gugerty off UFC 95 card
With the UFC's next trip to the U.K. growing closer, an injury has forced two-time UFC veteran Shannon Gugerty (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) off of the "UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson" preliminary card.
Gugerty was originally scheduled to face U.K. product Jeff Lawson (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a bout that may simply be scratched from the card.
"[Gugerty] has a herniated disc in his neck that was giving him pain in his shoulder blade and arm," Clark said. "I think it's between his C6 and C7 discs. It's giving him pain down his arm. He's just got to recover from that."
Amir Sadollah recovering from surgery, planning drop to 170 pounds
For Amir Sadollah (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), his UFC dream has become a nightmare.
The improbable winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 7" hasn't fought since his June 2008 professional debut against C.B. Dollaway. After pulling out of his UFC 94 bout with Nick Catone -- the second-straight fight for which Sadollah was a late scratch -- the 28-year-old admits he might have to make some changes moving forward.
Josh Koscheck doesn’t care about Paulo Thiago
I really don’t know anything about him. To be honest with you, I don’t even know what he looks like. I’ve never seen video on him, nothing. For me, it’s a fight. I expect to go in there and fight and just do what I do, which is win. I just don’t even care to look. I don’t care to watch [him]. I don’t watch video on any of my opponents. For me it’s just another fight. I’m sure he’s a tough opponent, but he hasn’t fought in the UFC yet. This will be his first opportunity to fight somebody really tough.
Frank Shamrock: Breaking people is entertaining
“I’d be pretty pissed off if someone smashed my coach. Diaz is going to be carrying the pride of his school with him, but a fight’s a fight. Someone’s getting smashed and it’s just not going to be me. I’m done breaking myself for entertainment. I’m just going to break everybody else and they’ll be entertained by that.”
-Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock (23-9-2) comments in a company press release on his upcoming main event bout with Nick Diaz at the Strikeforce event scheduled for April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The 179-pound catch weight contest will headline what the promotion is calling “The greatest fight card in Strikeforce history.” Shamrock — who defeated Diaz’ mentor Cesar Gracie in just 21 seconds back in 2006 – is looking to stick it to the Gracie camp one more time with a dominant performance over Diaz.
Strikeforce Pay $3 million for ProElite Assets
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing released by ProElite, Inc. on Wednesday, the restructuring company disclosed it received $3 million for assets sold to Strikeforce. Those assets included the sale of 42 fighter contracts, a video library of 20 live events, and other assets not specified.
Josh Koscheck Talks UFC 95, Weighs In On GSP Greasing Allegations
Josh Koscheck knows he’s not your favorite UFC fighter. But you know something? He doesn’t really care. The way he sees it, his job is to fight, and win, as often as possible. After a highlight reel knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops,” he looks to continue he winning streak at UFC 95 next Saturday against Octagon newcomer and undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago.
In our exclusive interview, Koscheck discusses his next fight, his career, and what he makes of the Georges St. Pierre greasing allegations.
CagePotato.com: Thanks for talking with me Josh. What do you know about your opponent on the 21st, Paulo Thiago?
I really don’t know anything about him. To be honest with you, I don’t even know what he looks like. I’ve never seen video on him, nothing. For me, it’s a fight. I expect to go in there and fight and just do what I do, which is win.
Is the reason you haven’t seen any video on him because you can’t find any, or because you don’t care to look?
I just don’t even care to look. I don’t care to watch it. I don’t watch video on any of my opponents. For me it’s just another fight. I fight tough guys every single day at the gym. I got a couple guys in the top ten in the weight class, like Jon Fitch and Mike Swick, plus the other guys from other weight classes at our gym. I’m just looking for another good fight. I’m sure he’s a tough opponent, but he hasn’t fought in the UFC yet. This will be his first opportunity to fight somebody really tough.
Do you think it’s strange that after your big knockout of Yoshida, the UFC gives you an opponent most people have never heard of, who’s making his debut?
Not really. Like I told the UFC, I’ll fight anybody at any time. I don’t care who it is, where it’s at, if the fights are three weeks apart from each other. I just want to fight as much as I can.
Brandon Wolff vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida For UFC 98
Mixed Martial Arts Development (MMAD) coach and fighter Brandon Wolff (7-3) will return to the Octagon against Japanese import Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida at UFC 98 on May 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada according to MMAHawaii.com.
Wolff made his UFC debut last December at UFC Fight Night 16 ‘Fight for the Troops,’ receiving a very rude welcome from Ben Saunders via gruesome Thai clinch. The “Killa-B” blasted Wolff in the clinch with a series of damaging knees that left the Hawaiian barely recognizable.
Coker: Le Vs. Shamrock 2 Will Happen in 09
Cung Le has reportedly earned raves for his acting chops in no less than 3 major motion pictures currently in post production, but truth be told, he misses fighting.
"He's enjoying his movie star career, and he's had some success at it, and he's doing very well," said Scott Coker, CEO of new/old-kid-on-the-block Strikeforce. "We're very happy for him. I talked to him about a week ago and he's itching to get back into the cage."
Serra Looks Forward To 2009, Hughes Fight
While limited to only one fight in 2008, it could be said that last year was possibly the most important of former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Matt Serra’s career.
After shocking the MMA world with his win over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 in April of 2007, he entered last year with a newfound level of respect for how he rose to the top of the welterweight division, via hard work and dedication.
It was with that same admiration that fans continued to support him after losing to St. Pierre in their rematch at UFC 83, cementing his place as one of the sport’s most popular fighters.
UFC VP Marc Ratner Clarifies Corner Changes
The news broke at the UFC Fight Night 17 event last Saturday that a rule change had been made in regards to corner men applying Vaseline to their fighters in between rounds, and that only cut men assigned by the promotion would be allowed to do so going forward.
While the rule change for Florida was correct, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner spoke to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday to clarify a few misconceptions about the rule change.
"It's not the UFC, it's the commission that will decide exactly what can be done," Ratner said in an exclusive interview. "Some of that stuff will be brought up at the ABC meetings with all the commissions, but there has been no official UFC policy."
Jason "Mayhem" Miller Vs. Kala Kolohe Hose to Headline Kingdom MMA
The weekend of March 28th will mark the return of World Class mixed martial arts to the Blaisdell Arena. "I started MMA in Hawaii when nobody gave it a chance. I am more excited today about KINGDOM than I was in the early years about Super Brawl." said T.Jay Thompson, Founder Super Brawl/ICON Sport/KINGDOM mma. "We will hold the inaugural event on either Saturday March 28th or Sunday March 29th (final scheduling with Blaisdell Arena pending).
ICON Sport champion Kala Kolohe is eager to prove he is the deserving 185lb Champion in the KINGDOM as he prepares to take on super-star Jason "Mayhem" Miller. "I have already been having dreams of fighting Mr. Miller. He was a great champion. But he gained his fame from the Hawaiian fans and then turned his back on us. He better be ready for a war .....Hawaiian style!" stated Kala Kalohe.