Juanito Ibarra: "I have the formula; Wanderlei can beat Rampage easy"
Juanito Ibarra talks about Silva-Jackson and a little more insight on Rampage and the UFC.
On Silva vs. Jackson...
"I have the formula that can make Wanderlei Silva beat Rampage easy; easy! And I also have the formula where I think Rampage can beat Wanderlei Silva easy and I’ve always said that. I don’t care how many times Wanderlei beat Rampage and how he beat him, I just know this and I told people because they were telling me Wanderlei was asking for me. I ain’t believing nothing until I get the phone call from him. Otherwise, it’s just a big rumor to me. I’m not trying to get off of that, I’m just saying, it’s a similar situation of knowing both parties and knowing their weaknesses."
More on Rampage...
"These kid’s get paid nothing and in our case, we turned down a million dollar movie deal (Wolverine) just to say, 'Hey Dana, we appreciate you. We appreciate the UFC.' And then you get Dana when all of this Rampage stuff comes out saying he’s not a fan of me. He doesn’t know how much I sacrificed and we sacrificed to make him happy. He fought 1 time and the year before, we fought 3 times. The UFC did comply with us on a lot of stuff realizing that Rampage was fighting outside of the country in the UFC. They made the adjustments as far as PPV money and bonuses that we get and that was cool. It was a headache for me and I made it happen, but then again, here is a kid that could be a national star, Rampage Jackson, and you have him fighting internationally to save your television deals and I’m just trying to get his life in control. He’s making money and I’m trying to teach him how to save it and mentoring this guy and showing him all of the demons he should be looking out for and they were just throwing stuff at us as fast as we could blink."
On Cheick Kongo fighting Lesnar...
"I’m not taking nothing from Brock Lesnar, but my kid Cheick Kongo was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar and Kongo was injured and Joe Silva told me, 'Hey we need him.' I told him he was injured, but I flew him out to Connecticut to my specialist doctor, who is also Shaquille O’ Neal’s doctor. He evaluated him for 3 or 4 days and said, 'This kid can’t fight.' He had separations in his shoulder and I told Kongo that he couldn’t fight a guy walking around at 310. He’s a big guy, but this guy is going to fight at 270. Kongo fights at 230 so he had to be at 100%. I think Kongo had a better chance, matchup and style-wise, than Randy did against Lesnar because of his long legs, arms, kicks and all of that."
More in the full interview:
Mike Swick: ‘Im back now’ with ‘quick’ win over Jonathan Goulet
Swick landed a perfectly placed right to the chin that knocked Goulet down, but Swick didn’t hesitate and admire his work. He was on top of Goulet instantly and landed nearly 20 hard blows before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight at the 33-second mark.
“I felt good when it hit,” Swick said of the punch that began the end of Goulet’s night. “But I was thinking three punches ahead. When that punch landed, in my mind, I was already in the flurry.”
Swick moved to welterweight after a disappointing loss to Yushin Okami in his hometown of Houston last year at UFC 69. And though he’d gotten criticized by some for his performance against Josh Burkman in his welterweight debut in January, Swick has proven he’s going to be a factor in the 170-pound class with wins over Marcus Davis at UFC 85 in June and against Goulet.
Yoshida is Ok - Released From Hospital
“Tokyo’s Yoshida, who remained on the canvas while being tended to by commission doctors, was removed from the Octagon on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. He was later treated and released from a local hospital for a concussion.”
Danzig Breathes New Life Into Career
Quite a bit has changed since the last time Mac Danzig had to punish himself during a grueling training regime. Not only has the Las Vegas resident become a father for the first time (his baby daughter was born nearly two nerve-rattling weeks late), but he has a newfound vigor for the fight game. Danzig will look to carry that fresh momentum into his next bout against Josh Neer for UFC Fight Night 17 on Feb. 7 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Video: Frank Mir reveals the TRUTH behind TUF 8
Former UFC heavyweight champion and coach of season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Frank Mir talks about what really happened behind the scenes on the show. From what went on with the practical jokes in the house, to his real feelings towards Junie Browning.
J. Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca (Feb UFN)
I am fighting Hermes Franca on Saturday February 7th in Tampa, Florida at the USF Sun Dome. I believe it is going to be an Ultimate Fight Night card on Spike TV.
Hermes is VERY heavy handed to complement his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and is always dangerous. I was given a few different fight options, but thought the fight with Hermes would be the most challenging and most exciting.
Fighters Earn $30K UFCFN 16 bonuses (**SPOILERS**)
Jim Miller, Matt Wiman, Josh Koscheck and Steve Cantwell each earned $30,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops."
"UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops" took place Wednesday at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., in conjunction with the Fort Bragg military institution, and aired live on Spike TV. The bonus amounts were significantly lower than the $65,000 awards issued at UFC 91 in November, but were on par with the $30,000 bonuses issued at UFC Fight Night 15 in September.
The UFC announced the bonuses at the post-fight press conference, and the awards were confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFCFN 16 'Fights For The Troops' - Results (**SPOILERS**)
-Josh Koscheck def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida by KO at 2:15, R1
-Mike Swick def. Jonathan Goulet by KO at 0:33, R1
-Steve Cantwell def. Razak Al-Hassan by submission (arm bar) at 4:04, R1
-Tim Credeur def. Nate Loughran by TKO at 5:00, R2.
-Jim Miller def. Matt Wiman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
-Luigi Fioravanti def. Brodie Farber by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Steve Bruno def. Johnny Rees by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:44, R2
-Ben Saunders def. Brandon Wolff by TKO (strikes) at 1:49, R1
-Dale Hartt def. Corey Hill by TKO at :20 seconds, R2.
-Justin McCully def. Eddie Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC 95 - Roger Huerta vs Joe Stevenson in the works
An exciting lightweight showdown between Roger Huerta and Joe Stevenson is being put together for UFC 95, the promotions next event in London, England.
MMABay have learnt from sources close to the situation that talks are at an advanced stage and bout agreements could be signed any day now.
Bader, Magalhaes have big shoes to fill
Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes attempt to follow in some large footsteps when they face off in Saturday night’s light heavyweight eighth season finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 8” reality show.
The show from The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas will air live on Spike TV, and also include the show’s lightweight tournament final, Phillipe Nover vs. Efraim Escudero.
There have been two prior TUF light heavyweight champions, Forrest Griffin (season one) and Michael Bisping (season three), who are now two of the biggest names in the sport, with Griffin as the current light heavyweight champion.
Joe Calzaghe Thinks Boxing Is in Trouble
"I think boxing is a dying sport. Globally -- in America for instance -- you've got UFC, which has taken a lot off boxing, business-wise," Calzaghe said, referring to the mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Calzaghe also gave his thoughts on why boxing is in trouble:
UFC 91 Does More Than 1 Million Pay-Per-View Buys
UFC has not made a public announcement of the buys for UFC 91, but privately, Dana White has told people the number is right at the 1 million mark. Two others have confirmed that at least this is the number UFC is talking about internally, with the actual figure being pegged at 1,010,000 buys. It was stated that if they do well in late reported buys, they have a solid to good shot at beating the 1,050,000 mark set in 2006 by Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, and are not publicly saying anything because they want to announce it was the biggest ever, which at this point, is something they can’t say. Keep in mind our trending patterns came in at 800,000 to 850,000 buys. Lesnar seems to be the one person whose drawing power never gets fully reflected in early trending patterns.
Added Fights To UFC 94
From UFC.com in the UFC 94 event section.
Dan Cramer vs Matt Arroyo
Christian Wellisch vs Jake O'Brian
Thiago Tavares vs Manny Gamburyan
Do or die: Josh Koscheck UFC Fight Night 16 interview exclusive with MMAmania.com
What’s up Josh? Thanks for taking the time once again to speak with MMAmania.com.
Josh Koscheck: You got these questions for me or what? We going to do this? I’m ready to talk some shit! (Laughs).
MMAmania.com: So how have you been since we last spoke … are you ready for Wednesday night?
Josh Koscheck: I’m good. I feel good. Training went great — I could not have asked for a better training camp. I’m in great shape. In fact, we were talking tonight about how the fight against Thiago Alves was actually just part of this training camp to get ready for Yoshida. I’ve been training to get ready for this guy forever so I’m ready to go. I just want to get in the Octagon and get this fight over with so I can go
home and relax for awhile.
MMAmania.com: How long before you accepted the fight against Alves on short notice were you training for “Zenko?”
Josh Koscheck: A few weeks. I fought Thiago on October 25. So it was probably around the end of September. That was a long time ago.
MMAmania.com: Is there any concern that perhaps you overtrained for this fight or are maybe a little exhausted mentally and/or physically?
Josh Koscheck: No, I’m always in the gym whether or not I have a fight coming up. There’s a difference between being in shape and being in fighting shape. I always stay in shape — I’m not a person who just puts six-or eight-week camps together once bout agreements are signed. It’s just a matter of turning it up as the fight gets closer and doing whatever it takes to prepare for my upcoming opponents.
MMAmania.com: Were you in “fighting shape” for Thiago Alves?
Josh Koscheck: I don’t know. Mentally, yes, without a doubt. Physically, I wasn’t gassed after the fight. I could have gone a few more rounds. I’d just say it is what it is — I’m not going to make any excuses regarding that performance.