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Forrest Griffin vs. Rampage Jackson Rematch Under Consideration
(bloodyelbow.com)
Bloody Elbow has learned that the UFC is considering an immediate rematch between Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin after the razor close decision on Saturday night. A major factor in determining whether there is such a rematch is Jackson's knee. If it is injured and he needs time off, then they'll go another direction, but a source from the Jackson camp say his leg was hurt in the fight, but sustained no damage that should keep him out for an extended period of time. Needless to say, that's not a certified medical opinion or anything, so the status of Jackson's knee remains a question mark.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 1:52AM by MMAcca - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC confirms title shot for Canadian Cote
(sportsnet.ca)
Canada could have two UFC champions by year's end. Georges St. Pierre rules the 170-pound welterweight division. And Patrick (The Predator) Cote, GSP's friend and Montreal training partner, has been granted a crack at the 185-pound middleweight title -- probably later this year. Cote (14-4) earned that Saturday night by winning a split decision over Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida in the co-main event of UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Submitted Jul 7, 2008 12:25AM by wolfman - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Crocop's official statement regarding dream 5
(dreamfighters.com)
A quote from Crocop from his website at MMA-ID.com "Hello everyone, unfortunately I have some bad news? I won't be fighting at DREAM 5 at all. I was about to face Jerome LeBanner but he decided to fight in K1 against Schilt. Mighty Mo was the alternative and I accepted this challenge, but unfortunately Mighty Mo pulled off from the fight. I was ready to face Mo, but maybe this scenario wasn't that bad for me at all and I'll tell you why. I've been having problems with my right elbow for years and the injury got even worse over last 6 months. I'm already receiving a proper treatment but the recovery won't happen over night. The second problem is a knee injury, something that troubles me for quite a while. I had difficulties using my kicks and over last few weeks I focused more on boxing and grappling. I really wanted to fight on July 21 and I was even ignoring doctor's suggestions, but now I've rached the point from which I can't continue with my normal training regiment due to my injuries. I was willing to accept the risk of fighting Mo or someone else without being 100% ready fo the fight. I had only one fight this year, I miss big fights and top level competition. I'm eager to get back to the big stage, I still have good fights left in me and I won't give up. I'm not happy with this outcome of course, but at this moment I need to be patient and give some time for my body to recover. I'm scheduled for arthroscopy tomorrow morning, it's a minor surgical procedure but it will keep me away from MMA trainings for 2-3 weeks probably. From Wednesday I'll focus on my new cardio training program and we'll add MMA elements to my training regiment as soon as my knee will be ready for action. My goal is to become the first heavyweight champion in DREAM and to do that I need to be ready to fight on September 23. I'm not interested in summer time, vacations or things like that; I'll focus on getting back to shape and hopefully I'll fight in September. I would really like to fight Alistair Overeem, we all know why and I won't let it go. My career is far from being over, I'll be fighting some strong competitors soon again and hopefully I'll meet Fedor in the ring once more in 2009. Thank you for supporting me and I'll get back to you all soon to keep you updated. "
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 9:14PM by loller90278 - 9 comments
Filed under: HDNet, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Bring me a dream: An exclusive interview with James “The Sandman” Irvin
(mmamania.com)
New interview with the Sandman on his fight with the Spyder Here is a preview : James Irvin: I’m not going to let Dana White down, I’m not going to let Anderson Silva down and most of all I’m not going to let the fans down. You’re going to see the best James Irvin, the absolute best I can be.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 5:49PM by Kracker_Jap - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mirko Crocop will NOT be fighting at DREAM.5
(dreamfighters.com)
DreamFighters.com has learned through a source, which is now confirmed from Mirko Crocop, as he did a small interview for http://dnevnik.hr, in which he states he will not be fighting at DREAM.5 due to an old injury, that will not require surgery.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 4:42PM by kastro_316 - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Jackson/Griffin Scorecards; Main Event Wins “Fight of the Night”
(cagepotato.com)
The official judges’ tallies, from Dave Meltzer via Fightlinker:
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 4:21PM by Porch28 - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Collects $250k Purse!?
(canadianpress.google.com)
Griffin made a purse of $250,000, including a $100,000 win bonus. Jackson collected $225,000. The purses do not necessarily contain other bonuses included in fighter contracts. The two got another $60,000 apiece for winning fight of the night honours. "I think we're going to have to do that again. And that sucks for me," said Griffin. "Every punch he threw hurt," added Griffin. Said Jackson: "He really hurt my leg. ... He just whupped my ass."
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 3:48PM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC still going through growing pains
(sports.yahoo.com)
LAS VEGAS – When the Ultimate Fighting Championship started as a made-for-pay-per-view event in 1993, it was a learn-as-you-go proposition since nobody knew what to expect. Over the past few years, in attempting to turn whatever it started out as being to a legitimate sport with unified rules and commission regulation, there have been a new set of growing pains. The more popular the sport gets, the more controversies there seems to be regarding judging criteria, referee stoppages and rule interpretations.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 11:17AM by Porch28 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New champ Josh Thomson searches for new challenges
(mmajunkie.com)
Riding a six-fight win streak and holding the Strikeforce U.S. lightweight championship belt, Josh "The Punk" Thomson (15-2) still entered the June 27 "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" event a decided 3-to-1 underdog against his longtime training partner and Strikeforce world lightweight champion Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 10:57AM by Porch28 - 1 comment
Filed under: EliteXC
 
$60K UFC 86 bonuses (spoilers)
(mmajunkie.com)
Forrest Griffin, Quinton Jackson, Melvin Guillard and Cole Miller each earned $60,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at UFC 86. UFC 86 took place Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and aired live on pay per view. The bonus amounts represented an increase of $10,000 over the $50,000 payouts for winners from June's UFC 85 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the bonuses with sources close to the winning fighters.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 9:25AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 86 Gate Figures
(mmapayout.com)
According to the Las Vegas Sun the attendance was 11,172 with a gate of $3.2 million. This was slightly off of NSAC Director Keith Kizer's prediction of a Top 5 gate, with the show coming at number 6. In other news from the post fight press conference, Dana White said the UFC is trying to go to Chicago in October and Boston in November. As previously announced, the UFC also will being doing a show from Birmingham, England in October.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 9:17AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sam Stout vs. Paul Kelly at UFC 89
(mmajunkie.com)
Sam Stout (13-4-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has agreed to meet Paul Kelly (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 89, an event that takes place Oct. 18 at The NIA Arena in Birmingham, England.
Submitted Jul 6, 2008 8:36AM by Porch28 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson becomes a changed man
(latimes.com)
Just as some began to sense Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was on the downside of his career, Juanito Ibarra saw a man with untapped potential. When other mixed martial artists considered Jackson nothing more than a brawler, Ibarra was convinced he could supply him with an arsenal of self-defense tactics........... "What I seen in Quinton was just a lot of raw ability and a bad attitude," Ibarra remembers. "I always said, if this kid can really learn how to be a professional, act like a professional, build a brand and have somebody teach him how to fight . . . he'd be a champion."
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 7:53PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
IFL’s impact greater than some realize
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
In my weekly article for CBSSports.com, this week I decided to take a look at all the former IFL talent that has migrated into the UFC. Between Mike Dolce, Gerald Harris, and Dante Rivera on TUF 7; from Rory Markham, Brad Blackburn, and Reese Andy on the card for UFN 14; and Andre Gusmao debuting at UFC 87, the UFC has done some pretty big reaching into the IFL well.
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 6:46PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
The Pros Pick: Rampage vs. Griffin
(sherdog.com)
MMA fighters including Dan Henderson, Frank Shamrock, and Tyson Griffin among others make their predictions regarding the main event.
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 6:17PM by Wolfenstein - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Karo Parisyan's feud with Nate Diaz still boiling
(mmajunkie.com)
After more than a year since the legendary on-camera verbal clash between UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan (18-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and eventual "The Ultimate Fighter 5" champion Nate Diaz, bad blood still remains.
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 5:11PM by Porch28 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
UFC 86: Weigh in Video
(dreamfighters.com)
The official UFC 86 weigh in Video - Rampage was not joking around, as he was Extra serious!
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 11:12AM by kastro_316 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Quinton Jackson’s ascent a matter of divine intervention
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – There are, as they say, two sides to every story. In this case, there's Juanito Ibarra's story of how he connected with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and became the UFC light heavyweight champion's trainer. Ibarra said the men had known each other for years from connections in the fight game and that they had gotten together after Ibarra telephoned Jackson and the two talked, mostly about their religious faith, for two-and-a-half hours. "It was a very powerful, memorable conversation," said Ibarra, who is convinced Jackson will be at his career peak on Saturday when he defends his title at UFC 86 at Mandalay Bay against Forrest Griffin. "I get (goose) bumps thinking about it."
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 10:11AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Koscheck wouldn’t mind fighting Penn
(sports.yahoo.com)
LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White is almost resigned to the fact that his lightweight champion, B.J. Penn, is going to leave the division to chase the welterweight belt. White has long urged Penn to resist the tendency to jump from the division and concentrate on cleaning out the 155-pound division. After Penn’s recent one-sided victories over Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and Sean Sherk, though, White doesn’t have a challenger on the horizon who can keep Penn from abandoning the division.
Submitted Jul 5, 2008 8:21AM by Porch28 - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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