Injured Tapia scratched from WEC title fight with Torres
Top WEC bantamweight contender Manny Tapia (10-0-1) has been forced to pull out of his June 1 title fight with champ Miguel Torres (32-1) due to a knee injury.
The WEC made the announcement today.
According to the bulletin, Tapia suffered the injury during a recent training session.
Sherk finally cleared from suspension
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk was released from active suspension in California on Monday after meeting all of the requirements as outlined by the California State Athletic Commission.
Fisher vs. Stephens on tap for TUF7 Finale
Another solid addition has been confirmed for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, which takes place June 21 in Las Vegas.
UFC lightweights Spencer Fisher (20-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) have agreed to meet at the Spike TV-televised event, which caps off the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest."
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins UFC 86 fight in the works
There’s a welterweight fight brewing between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 contestants, Ben Saunders (5-0-2) and Jared Rollins (6-4), for UFC 86: “Jackson vs. Griffin” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 5, according to MMAWeekly.com..
IMO i think i'd be better to fight other fighters to see how they match up in the division, having 2 TUF fighter from the same season fighting doesnt make sense to me. Unless they want to get rid off J-rock, afterall the UFC did say they have too many fighters under contract
Dana White hints that Kimbo Slice-Chuck Liddell UFC fight could be possible
“If he [Kimbo] fought anybody that mattered, I would book [Chuck Liddell] tomorrow…. The fact is, Kimbo’s not there yet. He would get destroyed. I heard he just got knocked out by Forrest Griffin last week in a sparring match after a kick to the head.”
chuck would own kimbo, the most overhyped fighter in the history of combat sports. imo james thompson is going to beat him.
News if it's "THE TRUTH"
Brandon Vera, Mike Swick, and Christian Welliisch with new photos and bios listed in the WEC roster now and Brandon Vera is on the main page.
Babalu earns his black belt.
On Tuesday Bablu earned his black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.
Hard to believe he was only a brown belt up until Tuesday.
Here is the article
LUTTER'S GAME PLAN IS SIMPLE FOR FRANKLIN
Travis "The Serial Killer" Lutter heads into the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon this weekend against Rich "Ace" Franklin confident and eager to get one step closer to a rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
MMA Quick Quote: Phil Baroni set to eat some Ninja sushi on May 31
Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni talks in an interview with MMARated.com about his upcoming fight with Murilo “Ninja” Rua during “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS on May 31. He talks about his steroid suspension, rematches with Frank Shamrock and Kala Hose, fighting in the UFC or Japan again, as well as his in depth analysis of Kimbo Slice as a fighter. It’s a pretty hilarious interview — check it out if you have time
Georges St-Pierre’s Final Exam
It’s easy to be jealous of Georges St-Pierre. In a land full of smashed noses, scar tissue, and missing teeth, he’s old Hollywood in style and demeanor. His effortless grace also translates to his day job, where he’s seemingly the one who always gets things right the first time, with his repeated drilling only to benefit muscle memory, not the search for a perfection in execution he’s apparently reached already.
That’s why your girlfriend or wife, who can’t recall any fighters not named Chuck Liddell, knows who St-Pierre is; it’s why your nephews, who haven’t been up to speed on fighting since Mike Tyson was wrecking the heavyweight division, will throw out a sidekick and blurt “GSP baby”; and why 22,000 people will be packing the Bell Centre in Montreal for St-Pierre’s challenge of UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra this Saturday.
New Blood for the Heavies - Cain Velasquez makes his UFC Debut
"Ever notice that when a stellar collegiate wrestling star makes his transition into mixed martial arts, striking is never an issue in those formative months of development?
Learning jiu-jitsu can be a frustrating chore, figuring out that what worked on the wrestling mat may not work in the Octagon can be equally baffling, but when it comes to punching, elbowing, and kicking, that’s like being a kid who wakes up on his birthday and finds out he got a snow day off from school as well.
Heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez most certainly agrees."...
Randy Couture: Fight with Minotauro Nogueira ‘just doesn’t make sense’
.“… I’m 44 and looking at the end of my career. I want to fight the best guy in the world and be considered the best guy as well. That fight is the only way that will happen. It doesn’t make sense – the UFC is criticizing me for not fighting (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira, and I have a lot of respect for Nogueira. I think he’s a great fighter, but he’s been beat by Fedor twice. That fight doesn’t make sense for me right now. If I have more fights left in me after Fedor, maybe I’ll fight Nogueira then, but right now, it just doesn’t make sense.”
Embattled UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture — who still holds that designation because of legal reasons — shares his thoughts on a fight with interim UFC heavyweight champion, (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira. “Minotauro” called out “The Natural” after he defeated Tim Sylvia to earn the vacated belt; however, it appears that Couture (for now) is hellbent on fighting one fighter and one fighter only, Fedor Emelianenko.
Quote of the Day: Bob Meyrowitz weighs in on YAMMA 1
"This was a great night of fights."
On the Yamma cage:
"This is the new way the sport is going to be."
On the Yamma surface:
"It was thrilling that it worked."
On how he will keep going financially on PPV revenue:
"We saw two stars created tonight. Travis Wiuff was Chris Tuscherer were unbelievable."
On holding an event full of 40 year olds:
"I want to build the new stars."
On when he sold the UFC:
"There have been almost no stars created since."
-- Yamma CEO Bob Meyrowitz is inteviewed by Sherdog.com's Greg Savage after Yamma's inaugural event Friday evening.
My Take On MMA 4.13.08: Final YAMMA Pit Fighting Thoughts
Welcome back to another edition of My Take On MMA! Over the last month we've had two solid SHOWXC events, a very good WEC, a very good Fight Night and a very good Strikeforce event. We've been on a roll and it has been fun. And then I checked the schedule and saw YAMMA on it. This was a show that seemed to be heading towards doom since the beginning. Butterbean as a headliner, I mean, seriously. Frye out and Smith in. Smith in a police chase and out, Goodridge in. Goodridge out, Mark Kerr rolls out of the buffet and in. Smith is back in after a plea-bargain I assume and that wasn't even anything involving the tournament. And then three days before the event they get Ron Waterman as an alternate, not there for the tournament or a fight, there as an alternate. This is going to be fun.
Hermes Franca wants a shot at B.J. Penn
In a new interview with PunchDrunkGamer.com, free agent fighter Hermes Franca not only expressed an interest in a rematch with former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, but also a fight against the current UFC lightweight champion, B.J. Penn:
COUTURE WEIGHS IN ON FEDOR VS SYLVIA
A match-up between former Pride heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko, and former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia, is currently in the works for a possible fight in July. Current UFC heavyweight champion, Randy “The Natural” Couture, recently spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about his thoughts on the fight, if it does happen.
"Strikeforce on NBC" makes solid debut, but questions remain
The optimism and intrigue created by Strikeforce's initial announcement of a deal with NBC was immediately followed by skepticism. Sure, mixed martial arts would appear on major U.S. network television for the first time, but the details left a little to be desired.
With just 28 minutes of airtime crammed into a very-late-night 2 a.m. broadcast slot, "Strikeforce on NBC" didn't appear to be the network blockbuster MMA fans have long anticipated.
However, today's series premiere should put at least some doubts and fears to rest. It also showed how a little network influence can spiff up an image and lend some legitimacy.
MARK HUNT RETURNS TO K-1 AGAINST SCHILT
Hoping to make history for a second time, former K-1 World Grand Prix Grand Champion Mark Hunt returns to the ring tomorrow against the three-time and defending K-1 WGP Champion Semmy Schilt of Holland.
It's been five years since Mark Hunt last fought in K-1, but fightsport fans everywhere remember the New Zealand boxer's 2001 World GP performance, when he took the sport by storm. Hunt first KOed all three opponents to win the Oceania GP elimination tournament in Melbourne. Then, at the Tokyo Dome in December, he dispatched K-1 stars Francisco Filho, Stefan Leko and Jerome LeBanner to become the first-ever non-European K-1 World GP Champion...
I am glad to see Hunt back in K-1 where i feel he belongs. i am very interested to see how he matches up against Semmy as the giant faces the granite chin. i don't think this one is going to end in a KO although i hope it does. Can't wait for Mastodon or cmill to weigh in on this.
Jake O'Brien dropped from UFC, ready to sign with PFC
Jake O'Brien (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), a 23-year-old heavyweight who suffered his first professional loss to Andrei Arlovski in March, has been released from the UFC and has agreed to a two-fight deal with the Palace Fighting Championship.
According to Pavia, O'Brien had recently signed a new contract with the UFC and had two fights remaining on the deal.
"Yes, you could say we were surprised by the UFC's decision," Pavia said
"Jake really wanted that fight at UFC 82," Pavia said. "However, had we known that his tenure with the organization was at risk when we were presented with the Arlovski fight, we may have approached it differently."
A Look at the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Division
When Zuffa - the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship - purchased and subsequently dismantled Pride Fighting Championship in 2007, MMA fans worldwide expected that majority of the best fighters in the world will be consolidated under the UFC banner. So far, the results have been decidedly mixed. While three out of five UFC title belts are held by former Pride FC fighters, the heavyweight division is still as much in shambles as it was two years ago, and a number of middleweight (185 lbs) contenders are scattered throughout various organizations. In the lightweight division, Marcus Aurelio is the only Pride competitor who has stepped inside the UFC Octagon to date.
The only place where Zuffa had an undeniable success of consolidating the top talent is MMA’s marquee division - the light heavyweights (205 lbs). Not only is UFC the home to the undisputed champion of the world at 205, they also employ all of the Top 5, 9 of the Top 10, and 14 of the Top 20 LHW fighters...