Referee Dan Miragliotta's latest performance strictly by the book
Referee Dan Miragliotta is certainly no stranger to controversy.
Beginning with his performance during the "EliteXC: Primetime" bout between Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and James Thompson, seemingly every decision made by Miragliotta in the cage is open to some degree of criticism.
So it should have been of little surprise when an accidental eye-poke in the closing minute of Saturday night's UFC 93 main-event bout between Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin left Miragliotta's performance open to public evaluation.
Except as Nick Lembo, legal counsel to the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Miragliotta handled the situation exactly as MMA's current guidelines dictate.
"With accidental fouls, such as an eyepoke -- which this sounds kind of like the Scott Smith vs. Robbie Lawler fight -- the referee sees the eyepoke, and the first thing the referee has to determine is was it accidental or was it intentional," Lembo said. "At that point he assesses the fighter and the referee makes a decision whether or not to bring in the doctor."
The controversy began when Henderson clearly jammed fingers on his left hand deep into Franklin's right eye. The blow was accidental, and Henderson immediately apologized. Franklin was clearly affected, but Miragliotta initially refused to allow "Ace" any time to recover.
Bisping ready for Anderson if he wins TUF 9 finale
Mike Bisping is ready for a shot at the middleweight title if he beats Dan Henderson later this year, UFC president Dana White told Fighters Only earlier.
He said that if Bisping overcomes his rival coach at the end of The Ultimate Fighter 9 then “he’s right up in the mix, he will be ready.”
“With the exception of Bisping, he has cleaned out the division,” says White. “The logical step is for him to move up to light-heavyweight.
Gesias might be back at Dream in April
Gesias’s expectation now is to fight at Dream’s April edition. "I may return to fight in March or April. The most certain is in April, but I still don’t have a date and even the opponent. I know that it won’t be against Hansen, because he will be away for at least six months and it won’t happen a tournament in my category this years, because the Dream will do featherweight and welterweight tournaments", finalized Gesias.
Andrei Arlovski's boxing passion not distracting from "Day of Reckoning" prep
As former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (14-5) nears his Jan. 24 bout with current WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (28-1), much attention has been given to the Belarusian's legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
And while Roach joined Arlovski on a recent media call in anticipation of Saturday's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" in Anaheim, Calif., Arlovski was quick to point out that he hasn't abandoned the rest of his normal routines.
"Of course I like boxing right now," Arlovski said. "I spent a lot of time in a boxing gym, but I concentrate on everything -- wrestling, jiu-jitsu and everything else -- so I practice every night. I'm ready for standing or if the fight is going to be on the ground. I'm ready in both ways."
Arlovski had been in discussion to make his professional boxing debut in Sept. 2008. That fight didn't pan out, but speculation has since run rampant that the former UFC champ would reschedule that fight shortly after the bout with Emelianenko. Arlovski was less certain.
"I don't know," Arlovski said. "Right now, I'm focused on the fight against Fedor on Jan. 24, and we'll see what's scheduled after. But it's just what I have to do on Jan. 24. And I'm focused on this fight and I'm ready."
Some had speculated that Arlovski's 2008 departure from the organization that helped make his trademark fanged mouthpiece famous was due to the 29-year-old's desire to pursue a boxing career. Arlovski immediately dispelled that theory.
"I love boxing, [but] I am not just in UFC because of that," Arlovski said. "I am not in UFC for some other reason.
"But like I said, I'm focused right now on my MMA career and my fight against Fedor on Jan. 24. And I told you we'll see what happens after. Maybe one day it will be boxing. I cannot focus only on boxing, [but] I still have a lot to learn in boxing and that is why I train with Freddie."
UFC Quick Quote: Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua before and after UFC 93
Coming into UFC 93 talking to Five Ounces of Pain:
“[Coleman] is a great wrestler but I think I’m better at jiu-jitsu and striking. Plus, I have better cardio. I think it’s a good match up for me in theory. I feel great. I’m well-trained, in good shape and have little weight to cut for the fight. I’m feeling fast, my cardio is good and I have been working a lot on my power.”
Following UFC 93 at the post-fight press conference:
“I stayed sidelined for one year and a half. I went through surgeries. That is not easy, and that took a lot of my conditioning. It’s one thing to train and another thing to fight. When you get back to fighting, you have to get back your rhythm. I paid a price for that, but I’m sure that by my next fight, I’ll be more prepared and in better shape, with better conditioning, to give my fans a great show.”
-Former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Mauricio Rua talks about his rematch against Mark Coleman at UFC 93 at The O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17. “The Hammer” defeated Rua in controversial fashion at PRIDE 31 back in 2006 when an awkward landing broke the Brazilian’s arm less than a minute into the fight. Shogun’s quest for vengeance fell a bit short at Saturday’s pay-per-view despite a TKO win after a dreadful performance made it nearly impossible for any fan in attendance to believe this was at one time a consensus top 5 light heavyweight and winner of the 2005 Pride FC Grand Prix Champion.
Simple toughness serves Henderson well
"I feel like I'm the same Dan Henderson [despite my age]," he said. "Obviously, those first two [UFC] fights were two [scheduled] five-round fights. I think I almost prepared for those. I was real ready, conditioning-wise. For whatever reason, I got a little tired this fight in that third round.
"I don't know if it was from getting nailed in the ribs or just getting tired. Either way, I'm the same fighter. I had a good day today."
Henderson is a perfectionist who wasn't ebullient despite beating one of the UFC's top fighters. Franklin left the middleweight division while still widely regarded as the second-best fighter in the class. He also became an instant contender at 205 pounds, almost certainly the UFC's best class.
Henderson wasn't pleased that he tired in the third and allowed Franklin to take that round. Most 38-year-old fighters -- heck, most fighters, period -- would have been happy to walk away with a win over Franklin.
Henderson's victory puts him in an elite group, joining Silva (twice) and undefeated Lyoto Machida as the only men to defeat Franklin.
"I could have done more in that third round," Henderson said solemnly while sipping from a bottle of water. "That's what I'm disappointed about."
UFC 93 Results
Main Card Bouts:
-Dan Henderson def. Rich Franklin by Split Dec. at 5:00, R3
-Mauricio "Shogun" Rua def. Mark Coleman by TKO (Ref Stoppage) at 4.36, R3
-Rousimar Palhares def. Jeremy Horn by Unanimous Dec. at 5:00, R3
-Alan Belcher def. Denis Kang by Submission (Guillotine) 4:36 R2
-Marcus Davis def. Chris Lytle Split Dec. 5:00, R3
-John Hathaway def. Tom Egan by TKO (Strikes) 4:36 R1
-Martin Kampmann def. Alexandre Barros TKO (Strikes) 3:09 R2
-Eric Schafer def Antonio Mendes by TKO (Strikes) 3:35 R1
-Thomasz Drwal def. Ivan Serati by KO 2:02 R1
-Denis Siver def. Nate Mohr by Referee TKO (Strikes) 3:47 R3
'Rampage' Jackson Vs Keith Jardine @ UFC 96
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson will face off with Keith Jardine at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, according to an announcement during the live telecast of UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland.
Jardine, 33, is coming off a win over Brandon Vera at UFC 89 and carries a UFC record of 6-3. According to sources close to the Greg Jackson fighter, Jardine had been expected to face Brazilian Luis Cane on the Mar. 7 card, but the bout was apparently scratched in the days leading up to UFC 93.
Thiago Alves Vs Mike Swick @ UFC 95/96
"Swick’s got Thiago Alves now coming up in February, so he’s got to get by him. If he does not get by him maybe that’s something the UFC will do is be like ‘Okay let’s have Marcus fight Swick.’ And then, you know, at some point I’d like to go fight with Thiago again."
Meet Jon Jones - 'Bones'
Meet Jon Jones a.k.a. ‘Bones’
At the young age of 21, Jon Jones has made the most of his opportunities so far in the mixed martial arts world. Compiling a 7 – 0 record, he will be making his second appearance in the UFC on January 31st, 2009 against Stephan Bonnar. Jon took some time recently to talk with PDG about his rise to the UFC, his background and what drives him to be the best.
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The Touching Story Behind Mark Coleman’s Walk Out Tee for UFC 93
MMA Authentics® (MMAA) announced today the launch of an official digital desert camouflage walk in tee, Hammer Tee, to be worn by UFC® Hall of Famer, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman at UFC® 93 in Dublin, Ireland on January 17, 2009. The Hammer’s official walk in tee shirt is a tribute tee shirt to his collegiate wrestling teammate and roommate, Marine Major Ray Mendoza, who was killed in action in Iraq on November 14, 2005.
Bisping wants a fight with Lidell or Wanderlei in the future
Speaking at the UFC 93 weight-ins this afternoon, he said that it would be an honour to fight Liddell and it would “definitely be an exciting fight”.“I’d love to fight him, absolutely. I’m not saying I’d kill him but it would be an honour to fight him,” the TUF 3 winner remarked.
He also said that if Wanderlei Silva proceeds with a suggested move to the middleweight division, he would be happy to face him too.Promising to “knock him out like Rampage did” he said: “I’d love to do the same [as Rampage]. He would be an exciting addition to the middleweight division and he is a legend.