Rich Franklin Will Make Run at UFC Light Heavyweight Title
Rich Franklin isn't done in the UFC's light heavyweight division. Dana White stated at the UFC 99 post-fight press conference that the UFC wants to see the former UFC middleweight champion make a run for the title after successfully defeating PRIDE veteran Wanderlei Silva in a catchweight matchup via decision:
In all seriousness, the UFC president intends for Franklin to move right back up from the 195-pound catchweight fight with Silva and remain in the light heavyweight division.
"We want Rich to stay at 205 pounds. He's gonna stay in the 205-pound division and take a run at the title," said White, addressing a class that has seen its title change hands four times in the past two years.
Franklin's history with the company is surely a huge issue when we think about where he currently stands in the light heavyweight division. Fifteen of his career 29 fights have taken place within the Octagon, and it's a well-known fact that Franklin has always been in the good graces with the UFC brass as he's been a fighter who has rarely, if ever, complained about compensation, the way he's been treated, or how he's been marketed.
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira officially announced as UFC 102 headliner
As expected a heavyweight bout between former UFC title-holders Randy Couture (16-9 MMA, 13-6 UFC) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will serve as the headliner for UFC 102 on Aug. 29, the UFC today announced.
The event takes place at the Rose Garden in Porland, Ore., and is the UFC's first-ever event in the state.
The night's main card, including the heavyweight main event, airs on pay-per-view.
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva officially announced for UFC 102 in Portland
A light-heavyweight bout between Keith Jardine (14-5-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has been officially announced as an addition to August's UFC 102 card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported in April that the two fighters had agreed to the fight, which takes place Aug. 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., and the UFC today made it official.
TUF 9 Finale additions include Guillard vs. Tibau, Ciesnolevicz vs. Drwal, Blackburn vs. Garcia
With just four days remaining until Saturday's Spike TV-televised event, The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale has been bolstered with the official additions of three un-aired preliminary bouts.
The match-ups include Melvin Guillard (21-7-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Gleison Tibau (17-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Tomasz Drwal (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and Brad Blackburn (13-9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Edgar Garcia (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale takes place June 20 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Aug. 15 "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" tickets on sale today, start at just $30
Tickets for the biggest fight in women's MMA history (and possibly the biggest Strikeforce card to date) are now on sale.
"Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" takes place Aug. 15 and features a main event of Gina Carano (7-0) vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (7-1) for Strikeforce's first-ever 145-pound women's title. Also on the card is a rematch between Strikeforce world lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) and former title-holder Gilbert Melendez (15-2).
Kongo has CAT scan after taking 251 punches!!
Cain Velasquez landed a total of 251 punches to Cheick Kongo's head during the course of their three-round fight at UFC 99 on Saturday.
Kongo landed just 31 punches on Velasquez's head during the fight, although it is worth noting that ten of these were power shots that rocked the Mexican-American.
The figures come from FightMetric and explain why Kongo had to be taken to a Cologne hospital for a CAT scan after the fight.
Which Fight Matters More: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir at UFC 100 or Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett at Affliction Trilogy?
Dave Meltzer leans to the latter:
The summer season will peak with UFC 100 on July 11 in Las Vegas will answer the question as to what exactly is the ceiling for mixed martial arts on pay-per-view. The main event between Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir itself has all the elements necessary to being the biggest drawing heavyweight match in North America. The UFC heavyweight and interim heavyweight titles will be unified in a rematch of one of the most memorable fights and talked about fights in company history.
But for all the hype Lesnar vs. Mir will receive, one could make a strong case that from a pure sports ranking standpoint, the biggest heavyweight fight ever on U.S. soil will take place three weeks later at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Affliction’s third pay-per-view show.
Consensus No. 1 ranked Fedor Emelianenko puts up his reputation as the most successful fighter in the history of the sport, against Josh Barnett.
UFC 102 Set For Portland Rose Garden
The UFC’s first trip to the Pacific Northwest is officially set at last.
The promotion on Monday announced UFC 102, featuring Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, to be held Aug. 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The arena plays host to the NBA's Portland Trailblazers and a variety of concerts and events.
“We’re extremely excited to be heading to Portland,” said UFC president Dana White. “When you get two mixed martial arts legends that are all heart and have wanted to fight each other for years, plus the fact that Randy has roots in Oregon, that tells me that not only will the crowd be electric, but it’s also a night where the fighters will be looking to cement their legacies.”
Marc Ratner: 'CroCop's Win Won't Be Overturned
Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Monday told MMAWeekly.com an appeal was not possible.
“It’s very simple,” said Ratner. “By the unified rules... first of all the referee didn’t see the foul. What you’re asking is can we go to instant replay. You’re saying now that the fight’s over, can you take a look at it? If the referee had seen the finger and stopped the fight immediately, he could have given a stop for five minutes to recover, and then if (Al-Turk) couldn’t have gone on, it would have been a no-contest.”
Ratner, who headed the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) prior to current Executive Director Keith Kizer, chalked the incident up to a judgment call on Mirgliotta’s part.
Ultimate Fighter 10 cast revealed
It’s been rumored for a while but TUF 10 is stocked with tough fighters. A recent Sun reports confirms a lot of the fighters in the house are pretty talented. A former IFL champion, several NFL players, and UFC veterans are in the house this season. Without further adieu, ladies and gentleman the next cast of the The Ultimate Fighter.
Markham Off TUF 9 Finale
The planned TUF 9 Finale fight between Rory Markham and TJ Grant is now off. Markham has had to pull out due to a quad injury. He hopes to return in August. No replacement named yet for the fight, which is just 5 days away.
Seth Petruzelli discusses Kimbo Slice, "TUF 10" and the possibility of a UFC return
The unknown embarrassed the media sensation and cult creation. Yet the latter is back in the spotlight while the former remains anonymous and underground, plotting his next move.
The last time Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and Seth Petruzelli were each inside the cage, one was a fledgling organization's meal ticket and the other a lightly regarded (to put it mildly) last-second replacement.
Once Petruzelli knocked out Slice in a stunning 14 seconds, their careers were at a crossroads. Slice was exposed as brute with no skills; Petruzelli, a UFC castoff, was looking at a resurrection.
COUTURE TO TRAIN & CORNER CARANO FOR TITLE
When she faces Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in August, Gina Carano, for the first time in her mixed martial arts career, will have her gym’s namesake by her side.
Randy Couture has accepted Carano’s invitation to train her for the highly anticipated Strikeforce bout, MMAWeekly.com has learned from a source close to Couture. The invitation was made shortly after Carano’s contractual limbo with the promotion ended.
Couture, currently on the New Orleans set of the Sylvester Stallone-helmed action movie “The Expendables,” is watching video on Santos to formulate a game plan. When he returns to Las Vegas later this month, he will begin working beside Carano in addition to boxing coach Gil Martinez and Muay Thai coach Quinton Chong.
MMA Top 10 Heavyweights: After UFC 99, Cain Velasquez Is In
After UFC 99, I wrote that Cain Velasquez looks like a future UFC heavyweight champion. I've heard some pushback on that from people who take a contrary view, saying Velasquez didn't look very good in the stand-up, and that he ate some hard punches from Cheick Kongo at the start of all three rounds of their fight.
Tim Sylvia Off 'Affliction: Trilogy'
Tim Sylvia's shocking 10-second knockout loss to Ray Mercer on Saturday has proven to be more costly than originally thought. Affliction Entertainment vice president, Tom Atencio, informed FanHouse on Monday that Sylvia has now been taken off the upcoming "Affliction: Trilogy" card. "It's his second knockout in a row, and I don't want to take a chance on anything," Atencio said. "The fight is less than 60 days away."
Atencio added that no one from the California State Athletic Commission contacted him about taking Sylvia off the card, but he felt it was in Sylvia's best interest to take some time off to heal.
Hello, Japan: Sengoku Gold Cup Match-Ups, Shooto and Pancrase Title Bouts Announced
Pairings for the opening round of the Sengoku Gold Cup were revealed on yesterday's episode of SENGOKU-G.
Here's what they look like:
Daisuke Endo (3-3 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Suruga)
vs. Takeshi "Ken" Numajiri (1-1 / Kiguchi Dojo)
Makoto "Shin" Takenaka* (1-4 / P's Lab Tokyo)
vs. Ryosuke Komori (3-1 / Yoshida Dojo)
Takayuki Kishi (1-2-2 / X-One Gym - Team ZST)
vs. Shigeki Osawa (2-0 / Yoshida Dojo)
Toru Harai (6-2 / Mori Dojo)
vs. Makoto Sannai (1-1 / Gutsman)
Koji Ando (2-0-2 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo)
vs. Kohei Maruyama (2-0 am. / SK Absolute)
Ikuo Usuda (4-0 / Kiguchi Dojo)
vs. Kota Okazawa (5-1-2 / Team ZST - AXIS)
The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale weigh-ins slated for Friday at the Palms Las Vegas
Weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale take place this Friday, June 19, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
As with all UFC events, the weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is slated for 3 to 5 p.m. PT (local time) with the first fighter on the scale at 4 p.m.
The weigh-ins take place before Saturday's Spike TV-televised event, which features a main event of Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida. The lightweight and welterweight finals of "TUF 9" are also slated for the main card.
Joe Stevenson reinvents himself for ‘dangerous’ Nate Diaz
“Honestly, coming off of two losses in a row really makes you think. You think, ‘I’ve got to do something different, otherwise you’re just going to be stagnant.’ You can’t be stagnant in this game. You’re not reinventing yourself if people are catching up to what you’re doing. I think coming to New Mexico was the best thing. I see [Nate Diaz] is very dangerous the whole time, not just at one point. Sometimes people think that they’ve got him in trouble and that’s when he attacks. He’s the most dangerous when you think he’s at his weakest. And that’s something I’m not going to let happen to me.”