As UFC 99 looms, Wanderlei Silva wonders if the win is finally more important than the show
For all of the ferocious attacks Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) has implemented with his hands, elbows, feet and knees in his 23 career wins by knockout or TKO, it is perhaps his eyes that are most intimidating.
The animal-like stare, full of evil intentions, has won "The Axe Murderer" countless fights before the opening bell ever sounded.
But on this day, Silva's threatening stare has softened, and his eyes betray him. The intimidation is replaced with reflection, and those eyes are staring at his own hands as they rest on a table in the office of his Las Vegas gym.
New York Government Turmoil Could Sidetrack MMA Regulation
Just a week ago, it seemed like mixed martial arts was on the fast track to regulation in New York.
Not so fast.
A bizarre series of events in the state's capital that have been characterized as "turmoil" and a "coup" by various New York newspapers, has left the state senate in disarray, leaving the actual governing of the state on the back burner.
WANDERLEI SILVA AGAINST THE ROPES AT UFC 99
With a nickname like "The Axe Murderer," you're either one of two things: a serial killer or one of the top fighters in the world.
Probably best described as "happy go lucky" outside of the cage, Wanderlei Silva
falls into the latter category.
But in his fight with Rich Franklin at UFC 99 on Saturday, a 195-pound catchweight bout, Silva finds himself fighting for his reputation, and quite possibly, his future within the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC 99 IN-DEPTH: FRANKLIN VS. SILVA
During different stages in their respective careers, both Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva have been considered the absolute best in their weight classes. Franklin ruled the roost at 185 pounds, while Silva dominated his way to a four-year unbeaten streak.
Both fighters have run into a few obstacles over the last few years. Silva is 1-4 in his last five fights, while Franklin has gone 3-2 with tough losses to pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva and a decision loss in his most recent fight against Dan Henderson.
GOMI VS. BRETT COOPER IN WORKS FOR AFFLICTION 3
Japanese star Takanori Gomi is in advanced negotiations to face Brett Cooper at Affliction "Trilogy" on Aug. 1, MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the fight.
Both parties have agreed to the match-up, though financial considerations are still being ironed out. The fight is being considered at a 165-pound weight limit.
UFC 99: Dan Hardy's Mouth Creating Huge Hype, Marcus Davis Tries to Subdue Emotions
Following UFC 95, Dan Hardy seemed to have one thing on his mind. Instead of talking about his knockout victory over Rory Markham in detail during the post-fight press conference, Hardy decided to take the opportunity to help Joe Silva create a matchup that has now reached new heights in bad blood. Hardy called out Marcus Davis due to the fact that Davis has managed to win four of his last five bouts on British soil while defeating 3 British fighters in Jason Tan, Paul Taylor, and Paul Kelly.
Bloody Elbow Judo Chop: Flying Knees and Triangles with Jose Aldo and Seth Dikun
The WEC has earned a reputation for putting on some of the best shows in MMA and this Sunday's WEC 41: Brown vs Faber 2 was no exception. You had a brutal grinding five round war for the promotion's marquee belt, six different submission wins, a thrilling split decision. And we got to enjoy two of the flashiest finishes possible in the MMA game: Jose Aldo's Flying Knee KO of Cub Swanson and Seth Dikun's flying triangle over Rolando Perez.
The two moves are basically the equivalent of a game opening kickoff return flea flicker for a touchdown combined with a game ending grand slam homerun. To see either one pulled off successfully is a rare treat for the MMA fan, to see both in one event is to go home happy.
BJ Penn: There Won't Be Bad Blood With Me and Kenny Florian
BJ Penn has been known as a guy who can market and build up massive interest for a fight. He knows how to hype up a fight and ham it up for the cameras when he needs to. The attention gained in high profile fights with Sean Sherk and Georges St. Pierre was largely in part of BJ talking the talk and building up on the "bad blood" between them.
His next fight will be against Kenny Florian at UFC 101, and I have the feeling that this time it will be different. There is no first fight with a controversial decision, there is no steroid use or "cheating" that he could build up on, and no one has said anything bad about each other. I think that this fight will be one without animosity, and I think that it will be a great fight between the two best fighters in the division who have mutual respect for each other.
Dale Hartt: Pink gi, stealthy scouting and old friends lead to UFC 99 bout with Dennis Siver
As the sport of mixed martial arts continues to evolve, the athletes that compete in the cage have begun to rely on cross-training and gym-hopping to develop as complete fighters.
When Dale Hartt (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) stepped away from his normal routine at Xtreme Couture to train for his UFC 99 bout with Dennis Siver (13-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at Greg Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts in New Mexico, it was for a simpler reason.
"I don't know if my girl's listening to the show, but it was an escape plan," Hartt recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "My girl gets real nervous when I fight, and it creates a lot of distractions for me."
Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K." lightweight semifinals
Episode No. 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K." features both lightweight semifinal bouts and determines which 155-pounders will meet with a UFC contract on the line.
The first bout features Team U.S.'s Cameron Dollar against Team U.K.'s Andre Winner, while the second contest sees American Jason Dent against Brit Ross Pearson.
Additionally, thumb-sucking habits and another betrayal by Team U.S. welterweight Jason Pierce feature prominently on this week's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter."
UK and Ireland Fans Will See UFC 99 Regardless of Setanta Sports Turmoil
The Ultimate Fighting Championship have guaranteed fans tonight that UFC 99 from Cologne will be available to British and Irish fans on Saturday night. Speaking exclusively to Telegraph.co.uk, Marshall Zelaznik, president of the UK division of the UFC, that the mixed martial arts organisation “will ensure that fans will see UFC 99 irrespective of what happens with Setanta.” The well-documented financial strife Setanta is under is believed to be reaching a head as executives attempt to secure a last-ditch rescue package that will prevent the company tipping into administration. Staff have been told that the company will continue to broadcast as the search for fresh investment continues
CroCop: This is not my last UFC fight
Mirko 'CroCop' Filipovic says that his fight with Mostapha Al-Turk on Saturday night will not be his final outing in the UFC, no matter what the outcome.
"This is not my last fight for the UFC, you have my word on that," he said from his home in Croatia last night. “I think I owe a lot to the UFC and to the UFC fans.”
“When I was in the hospital after my surgery I was thinking - and I didn't even talk to Dana about it - I had it on my mind I would fight in Cologne because UFC is coming to Germany where the biggest and largest Croatian community is. People - even my doctor - did not believe I would make it but I did, I am in excellent shape,” the PRIDE 2006 open weight grand prix champion explained.
CSAC medically suspends Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, five others after WEC 41 event
The full list of suspensions included:
* Urijah Faber is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
* Cub Swanson is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 due to head injuries and facial lacerations. A CAT scan is also required prior to return.
* Manny Gamburyan is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a broken right hand, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
* John Franchi is suspended from competition and contact in training until Aug. 6 for a left cheek laceration.
* Antonio Banuelos is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a lack of corneal reflex in his right eye, unless cleared earlier by an ophthalmological physician.
* Noah Thomas is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a nasal fracture, unless cleared earlier by a doctor. Thomas also suspended until Aug. 6 for facial lacerations.
* Seth Dikun is suspended from competition and contact in training until Dec. 4 for a possible broken right foot, unless cleared earlier by a doctor.
Donald Cerrone calls out Jamie Varner for having the runs
“After my fight (with James Krause) I wanted to remind people about (Jamie) Varner always getting out of the ICU. He just keeps drawing out our next fight. He needs to agree on a date so we can get it going. As a person, I can’t respect Varner anymore. For him to pull all the **** he does — he takes the easy way out, hiding behind things and milking it as long as he can. He called timeouts in his fights against both McCullough and Franca. He pulled his **** with me. He’s always looking for a way out. Well see how he finds a way out in our next fight. I am not sure what his problem is but he thinks too highly of himself. When the **** hits the fan, Varner’s the kind of guy that would rather flight then fight. I would like to knock that ******’s head off. Hopefully he will stand with me, but he’ll likely shoot on me, try to take me down, and lay and pray. I’ve been working on my wrestling with Rashad Evans, all the guys at Greg Jackson’s; they are forcing me to get better. Jaime ran that whole fight last time. A champion isn’t supposed to do that.
Mcfedries Kicked Out Of MFS Gym, Hopes To Reconcile
Drew McFedries’ comments at UFC 98 have cost him his place in Pat Miletich’s gym.
The hard-slugging middleweight Wednesday told MMAWeekly.com he has been kicked out of MFS Elite’s flagship training center in Bettendorf, Ia.
Following a 37-second destruction of Xavier Foupa-Pokam last month, McFedries said his work with Matt Pena and the H.I.T. Squad, headed by former MFS regulars Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler, was a key factor in his victory.
“I really didn’t get a lot of support from my own team at MFS,” said McFedries. “Which is sad, that’s my hometown.”
McFedries said Miletich contacted him after the fight and told him it was “time to move on.” After returning to Bettendorf, McFedries attended a meeting with the gym’s regulars, including Miletich, and the decision was made final.
First UFC Gym set to open in Concord, California on June 17
The UFC Octagon isn’t just for fighters anymore. Now, for the first time in the 15-year history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, anyone - no matter how young or old – can experience what it’s like to train in the most exciting sport in the world thanks to the launch of the UFC Gym. UFC and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC) announced today that Concord, California will be the first home to the ultimate fitness destination, one that combines a complete UFC experience with mixed martial arts and fitness.
UFC Quick Quote: Lyoto Machida’s got MMA in his blood
"I did an evaluation of everything that he used to train and asked for a complete blood analysis to rate from the beginning up to the close of the fight and after that I set a periodization of cycles focusing on the physical qualities that needed to be improved. So I worked on force, power and ability..."
Ace in the hole: An MMAmania.com UFC 99 interview exclusive with Rich Franklin
Rich Franklin is one of the most recognizable faces in the history of mixed martial arts and a guy that to this day, remains one of the UFC’s most beloved former champions.
The day may come where “Ace” get serious consideration to be inducted into the UFC Hall-of-Fame, mainly due to his sixteen month reign as middleweight champion from 2005-2006, but for now that can wait.
At the age of 35 he has yet to show any visible signs of slowing down, however there is officially light at the end of the tunnel. He has now gone past the nine year mark in his storied professional career.
UFC 99: Wanderlei Silva's Swan Song?
Wanderlei Silva is one of the best athletes in the history of mixed martial arts, a former Pride middleweight champion who at one point was considered the most feared fighter in MMA. But if he loses to Rich Franklin at UFC 99, could Silva be finished?