Despite Headaches, UFC 99 & 101 Nearly Sold Out
Resistance be damned, UFC president Dana White says UFC 99 will go on.
The promotion’s first trip to Germany hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.
Front page news decrying mixed martial arts as a bloodsport was the first harbinger of trouble. Now, television partner Setanta Sports could go under before it gets a chance to televise the event for British audiences.
All in a day’s work, says White.
UFC 99 IS AT 195, BUT 205 IS FRANKLIN'S HOME
Rich Franklin has caught the catchweight fever, but don’t expect him to fall below 205 pounds for the foreseeable future.
This Saturday, the former middleweight champion headlines UFC 99 with Wanderlei Silva at 195 pounds, 10 lighter than his previous two outings. For the third time, he’s crossing time zones for a big fight, this one at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
Silva walks around between 210 and 220 pounds and is on his way down to middleweight.
UFC 99: MUSTAPHA AL-TURK READY FOR CRO COP
If a man is less than fazed about the return of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic to the UFC, it is British heavyweight Mustapha Al-Turk.
“I was initially taken aback at the announcement, but hey, it’s a big opportunity for me and since then I have just immersed myself in training. He is an opponent like any other. I take all of them seriously.”
The encounter – which is slated to kick off the main card of UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, on the June 13 – will mark Al-Turk’s second venture into the promotion’s heavyweight ranks following a disappointing debut against Wolfslair product Cheick Kongo. He is keen to make a different impression this time round.
UFC 99: Mike Swick Looking for Impressive Win, Seeks "Big Fight"
Mike Swick (13-2) vs. Ben Saunders (7-0-2) could easily be considered one of the best matchups at UFC 99. The welterweight tilt will pit two Ultimate Fighter alums in what could be deemed a situation in which Swick has much to lose while Saunders could gain considerable momentum in the divisional picture. Saunders will see a substantial step up in competition against Swick after defeating Dan Barrera, Ryan Thomas, and Brandon Wolff while Swick rides a three-fight win streak with wins Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis, and Jonathan Goulet.
UFC Fighters Weigh In On Kimbo
Four top UFC fighters have given their opinion on Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson joining the cast of The Ultimate Fighter season ten.
Rich Franklin, Wanderlei Silva, Marcus Davis and Dan Hardy gave their take on the controversial former streetfighter ahead of their fights at UFC 99 this weekend.
Bellator Announces Final Event For 6/19
Bellator Fighting Championships today revealed the card for it's final first season event, Bellator 12 on 6/19. The 7-fight card is headlined by the Lightweight and Middleweight Tournament finals, featuring Eddie Alvarez vs. Toby Imada and Hector Lombard vs. Jared Hess, respectively, with notable names including Jorge Masvidal, Brad Pickett, and Rosi Sexton in undercard action.
Faber Talks Brown Loss, Surgery, Aldo, More
Despite losing almost everything against Mike Brown except his positive spirit, Urijah Faber can't wait to get back in the cage. A day after the WEC 41 loss he talked about the fight, Jose Aldo, and his future plans when he does return-which would seem to include a 3rd fight against Brown.
Fujita vs. Ivanov, Akihiro Gono and Eiji Mitsuoka added to Sengoku Ninth Battle in August
A handful of participants, including recent UFC fighter Akihiro Gono and Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov (who is best known for defeating Fedor Emelianenko in a recent Sambo match) will compete in August at World Victory Road's Sengoku Ninth Battle event.
The show, expected to air on HDNet in North America, takes place Aug. 2 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In addition to Ivanov, who fights Kazuyuki Fujita, Eiji Mitsuoka will also compete on the card.
Opponents have not been named for Gono or Mitsuoka.
UFC announcer Bruce Buffer cashes for first time in a World Series of Poker event
Ring announcer Bruce Buffer, a 12-year veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a longtime poker enthusiast, cashed for the first time in an official World Series of Poker event on Friday.
Buffer, a semi-professional poker player, survived the bubble and placed 158th out of 1,646 entrants in Event 11 ($2,000-buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold'em) of the 2009 World Series of Poker event. Payouts went to the top 171 finishers.
TapouT announces training center for r&d
TapouT, the premier mixed-martial arts apparel, gear and lifestyle brand, is officially opening the doors of the new TapouT Research & Development Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Grand Opening weekend is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 19 and June 20 at 4040 West Hacienda Avenue, Las Vegas, NV.
The flagship TapouT R&D Training Center in Las Vegas is a 13,000-square-foot facility and the first of its kind to be built by the company, whose brand has become synonymous with the attitude and prominence of mixed martial arts. TapouT's distinctive, authentic logo graces everything from clothing, accessories, and gear, to nutrition products and a magazine.
Herschel Walker to MMA?
For years we have heard rumors about Herschel Walker crossing over into mixed martial arts. It looks like Herschel is finally ready to set a date.
In Peter King's MMQB, King reports that Walker will make his MMA debut this fall.
Herschel Walker said the other day on our radio gig that he's making his MMA fighting debut in November. "I told them I don't want to fight a bum. I want to fight a contender," he said.
Re-introducing Cheick Kongo
To most UFC fans, Cheick Kongo remains a mystery. Despite seven Octagon wins (including three in a row), many still don’t feel like they know the man who may be next in line for a shot at the heavyweight title should he get by Cain Velasquez this Saturday night at UFC 99. So when asked whether he’s reached the point where he can do for the mixed martial arts scene in France what his teammate Michael Bisping has done for the UK, he answers honestly and humbly.
“I don’t think I am a “star”, I am not that type of person,” said Kongo. “But to be recognized and have people like you is a good thing, a great vibe. I am friends with Michael Bisping and he has great support in England and people say France is becoming like that for me. So if I can help MMA in France I am happy to. It is a great pleasure to have French people supporting me.”
MusclePharm in hot water after using Shane Carwin image.
Fighters lend their image to companies all of the time. Many of them depend on endorsements to supplement their fight purses. However, when a company uses a fighters image to endorse their products without his permission, they could find themselves in a lot of trouble.
During last night’s presentation of WEC 41,the sports nutrition company MUSCLEPHARM did just that, running an ad featuring images of UFC Heavyweight Shane Carwin, without the fighters permission.
What Mike Brown's 2nd victory over Faber means for the Featherweight Division...
For at least half of his reign, the featherweight division virtually existed only within pro Shooto, meaning that he [Alexandre Nogueira] was the best fighter of about two dozen total in his weight class, beating the likes of Tetsuo Katsuta and Stephen Palling. From about 2004 onward -- when opportunities began to crop up for featherweights globally and the division began to broaden -- he fought sparsely, and against none of the top emergent talents, until his smashing last year at the hands of supernova Jose Aldo.
Akihiro Gono Signs With Sengoku
The "Wannabe Supremes" may be embarking on a tour of Japan soon. Akihiro Gono, recently released by UFC after a loss to Jon Fitch best remembered for his memorable ring entrance, has signed with World Victory Road and will debut for them at Sengoku 9 on August 2. Opponent TBA.
Jose Aldo NOT Guaranteed WEC Featherweight Title Shot
Despite an 8-fight winning streak including 5 straight in WEC and an impressive 8 second win over Cub Swanson at WEC 41, unofficial #1 contender Jose Aldo is not guaranteed a shot at WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown yet according to WEC GM Reed Harris. Harris says it's ultimately up to WEC matchmaker John Shelby.
Tim Sylvia confident he could take Brock Lesnar
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia says he would jump at the chance to fight current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
"I want to fight a couple of times and get some wins, get some momentum again but if the UFC called and said 'We want you to fight Brock in three months', I would do it," he said to Fighters Only recently.
The former heavyweight boss thinks Lesnar got his title shot too early, although he believes he has justified that opportunity since.