Jitters Gone, 'Professor X' Ready For UFC 98
He certainly didn’t look it, but Xavier Foupa-Pokam says the UFC jitters got him at UFC 97.
“I was feeling very great in the locker-room, and just before the corridor to the path to the Octagon,” Foupa-Pokam told MMAWeekly.com. “Then, I started to feel tense and didn't fight the way I should have. I wasn't lucid; I was short of breath.”
Serra Vs Hughes Moves From Reality To Real
“I’ll tell you this for sure, I’ve got one more fight left in me. Matt Serra needs to come up with a game plan now. My wife wants it. I want it. And I know these fans want it, too.”
Such were the words of Matt Hughes nearly one year ago after losing to Thiago Alves at UFC 85. New week, on May 23 at UFC 98, that fight will finally happen. In reality, it's been much longer than a year in developing.
Matyushenko decisions Lambert at Call To Arms
ONTARIO, Calif. –- Vladimir Matyushenko wrestled his way to a unanimous decision over Jason Lambert in the light heavyweight main event for Clean Kill’s Call To Arms at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena. Matyushenko took the cards with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
In an active first round, the UFC veterans kept mostly to their shared bread-and-butter discipline, which led to some feverish pummeling scrambles for control. Both connected with strikes in their brief exchanges, but Matyushenko excelled with peppering shots in the clinch.
The determined Belarusian threw body shots and looping hooks in the second, before scooping Lambert up for the takedown. Lambert (23-10) did his best to pull off a guillotine attempt, but the pair was back on their feet in short fashion. Matyushenko (22-4) snuck in another takedown for good measure before the bell.
Lambert nailed a crucial takedown at the top of third round, and nearly took advantage with a flurry of shots that had referee Larry Landless hovering. However, Matyushenko mustered a reversal and a final takedown in the last two minutes to secure victory.
Thiago Alves on GSP: "I'm going to knock him out" and "shock the world"
Five rounds. Twenty-five minutes. Fifteen hundred seconds. July 11, 2009, will be the meeting of destiny for Thiago Alves.
The journey won't take long; that he assures you.
Inside a steel structure at UFC 100, a sellout audience of MMA fanatics and A-listers, along with millions watching in their homes and lined four-deep at sports bars, will have their eyes fixated on a young man from Fortaleza, Brazil. Across the octagon will be Alves' opponent, Georges St Pierre, a UFC welterweight champion in the prime of his career.
Nick Diaz likely to continue his MMA career as a welterweight …
… after his upcoming 180-pound catchweight fight against Scott Smith at Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” from the Scotttade Center in St. Louis, Mo., on June 6, according to his mentor and manager, Cesar Gracie, via GracieFighter.com:
“With a title fight against Cung Le nowhere on the horizon Nick will probably be going back down to the 170 lb. division. I know there’s been speculation about a rematch with Robbie Lawler, but Diaz will be dropping weight as he picks up his running and cardio training. As far as a return to lightweight is concerned, forget it…. It just isn’t healthy. He was having terrible performances against B-level fighters. The weight drop was causing lots of health related problems and he wasn’t performing to his ability…. After this fight we’ll have Nick drop back down to 170 lbs. and probably stay there unless Strikeforce has something interesting for him.”
UFC's Pat Barry brings heavy blows
Pat Barry has the kind of concussive punching and kicking power that can take him a long way in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight division, even if his cell phone is filled with voice mails and text messages telling him he's a fool to compete with the big boys of mixed martial arts.
He's 5 feet, 11¼ inches tall and weighs 230 pounds but is derided as a "midget" who would be better off fighting as a 205-pounder.
Barry, who may be the most brutally honest man in MMA this side of Dana White, doesn't believe he's too small to be a factor at heavyweight.
Matt Hughes Has An Empty Bag
Yes, even more pre-UFC 98 trash talk from Matt Serra. Speaking during an appearance on this past Monday's episode of Pro MMA Radio, Serra says the difference is he's training for the "old" Hughes and not the Hughes who's lost his last 2 fights and doesn't think Hughes "has it in the bag" like he thinks he does.
Lyoto Machida wants to test himself against Brock Lesnar
While Lyoto Machida is admittedly focused on his upcoming UFC light heavyweight championship match-up with Rashad Evans, and deservedly so, he recently revealed that a move up to the heavyweight division isn’t that far out of the picture.
If Machida wants to eventually challenge some like Lesnar he’s going to have to get past Evans first, something he is fully aware of.
“I don’t think about a fight at the heavyweight division, but I think about a challenge, maybe against the heavyweight champion,” revealed Machida in an interview with Tatame.com.
Changing styles: Frank Edgar UFC 98 interview
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since we last saw Frank Edgar inside the Octagon. And if he has it his way, we’re going to see a new and improved fighter at UFC 98. We’ll call it Frankie 2.0.
Tracing Edgar’s UFC career, you might not think this guy needs to change things up. He’s got a winning formula: he’s a four-time national-qualifying collegiate wrestler with great standup and a lot of flexibility (just ask Tyson Griffin).
UFC In Boston, MMA In Mass - One Step Closer
The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security last Monday approved the state’s first stand-alone piece of MMA legislation, passing it to the Senate Clerk after a unanimous vote.
The Clerk will next pass it to the Ways and Means Committee for a final review, or move it to the Senate floor for debate and a vote.
Matt Moran, Chief of Staff for James E. Timilty, the bill’s co-author and Security chair, said he expected it to go to Ways and Means. The committee oversees legislation with a fiscal impact on the state and votes on whether to pass them to the Senate floor.
While the original legislation passed the Ways and Means Committee last year, there was no timetable on a vote, said Moran.