Cro Cop vs. Junior dos Santos possible for UFC 103
Fast rising UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos has recently revealed that he expects to face none other than Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic on September 19.
If dos Santos has his dates correct, that would place the bout at UFC 103.
The Brazilian knockout artist made the revelation during a recent interview with the Brazilian website Portal das Lutas.
Gegard Mousasi: ‘My Opponents Can’t Hurt Me’
Gegard Mousasi is hands down one of the least talked about top talents in the sport today.
Widely regarded my many of the MMA hardcore as one of the very best pound for pound fighters in the world, Mousasi plans on taking his respect as he prepares for the most high profile bout of his twenty eight fight career to date.
FRIENDSHIP ASIDE, BEN HENDERSON EYES WEC TITLE
Interim title, shm-interim title, this is a fight!
One of the WEC’s top prospects, Ben Henderson, has now vicariously become one of the bigger commodities in the promotion's lightweight division.
Originally earning his way into the organization riding a six-fight win streak, which included a victory over three-time UFC veteran Diego Saraiva, Henderson made an immediate mark into his new home when he faced off against Anthony Njokuani (now 10-2), a dangerous and explosive knockout artist, submitting him in the second round via guillotine choke.
ALVES SAYS WEIGHT CUT IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
As of 2 p.m. PST on Tuesday, UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves said he weighed 183 lbs.
The 25 year-old American Top Team product meets his biggest opportunity on Saturday when he faces reigning champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100.
Wagnney Fabiano likely to face featherweight newcomer Erik Koch at WEC 43
Fast-rising featherweight contender Wagnney Fabiano (12-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) is expected to go for his ninth consecutive victory against undefeated WEC newcomer Eric Koch (8-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) in September at WEC 43.
A source close to one of the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements are expected to be distributed and finalized shortly for the 145-pound contest.
WEC 43 takes place Sept. 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, and features a main event of Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson for the WEC's interim lightweight title.
THQ Releasing Patch To Fix UFC Undisputed '09 Issues
Players have complained, THQ has listened. In response to massive complaints and bugs related to online gameplay, the company will soon release a downloadable patch to fix these problems in UFC Undisputed '09. No release date yet for the patch although THQ says "soon".
Before Saturday's big fight, smaller fights brew behind scenes
Not everything related to UFC 100 is about big fights. Big business is also brewing under the surface, which, when it comes to mixed martial arts' most visible promoter, shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
As the anticipated card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas becomes the focus of the MMA world, some fighters under contract to Zuffa -- and some who aren't -- are trying to determine how two recent announcements could impact their immediate fortunes.
not sure how many on the playground already saw this, but really an interesting bit of news from MMA
FightMetric completes statistical breakdown of every UFC fight since November 2000
Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of UFC 100, FightMetric (www.fightmetric.com), the world’s first comprehensive mixed martial arts statistics and analysis provider, announces the completion of the most extensive statistical breakdown of UFC fights in existence.
“We are very proud to announce the completion of our modern UFC database,” said FightMetic creator Rami Genauer. “Every relevant offensive or defensive maneuver to ever take place since UFC 28 has now been documented. As MMA grows and becomes more mainstream, we’re proud to offer statistics on par with the best stats that exist for traditional sports like baseball and football.”
Bruce Buffer Won't Rule Out The "Buffer 360" For UFC 100
Will he or won't he? That's the question that's been on the mind of UFC fans since rumors of veteran Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer began hinting at a "Buffer 360", a variation of his popular "Buffer Turn", possibly being performed at UFC 100. In recent interviews, Buffer has said he can't say yes or no with regards to it happening, it'll be a split-second decision but if it happens, it'll be during the main event (Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir).
Yoshihiro Akiyama: Heart and spirit for the game
Top ranked middleweight and highly regarded Judoka Yoshihiro Akiyama is set to wage his first battle on American soil this Saturday evening at UFC 100 as he faces off with the always dangerous Alan Belcher.
A 2002 Gold Medalist in Judo at the Asian Games, Akiyama will be looking to throw his way to the top of the UFC’s stacked 185 pound weight class.
“What I would like to do is show everyone that Judoka can be successful, even in the UFC,” the native to Osaka, Japan was quoted as saying in a recent video interview on UFC.com.
BJ Penn: ‘I’m making sure not to overtrain’ for UFC 101
“The training’s going great for UFC 101. I’m making sure not to overtrain. And, you know we started a couple months ago, and I’m training with Marv Marinovich, and we’ll be spending our last 8 weeks in California with a bunch of good training partners, with Marv Marinovich there, Jason Parillo will be there, Rudy Valentino’s gonna fly up, so I feel VERY good about this training camp…"
Stephan Bonnar not looking to get hammered on July 11
“I just need a win, and a win over a big name. We’ll take it from there. I’m not going to be like demanding a title fight or anything. Just climb up that ladder, that’s all I see it as. I know I always have that feeling, something to prove, but I especially have it now..."
UFC 100 Forgotten Storyline: Is Paulo Thiago For Real?
Among the storylines somewhat hidden due to the stacked card at this weekend's UFC 100 is whether or not Brazilian Paulo Thiago has the goods to become a true welterweight title contender.
Thiago debuted at UFC 95 in February, signing a one-fight deal. His opponent was Josh Koscheck, making Thiago a decided underdog in the match, but shockingly, he TKO'd the usually durable Koscheck in the first round.
Nate Diaz vs Melvin Guillard announced for UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16
A lightweight contest between "The Ultimate Fighter" veterans Nate Diaz (10-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Melvin Guillard (23-7-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is set for the main event of UFC Fight Night 19.
The UFC today officially announced the contest, as well as confirming the previously reported bout between Roger Heurta and Gray Maynard.
UFC Fight Night 19, a Spike TV-broadcast event that will serve as the lead-in for the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," takes place Sept. 16 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
A cage full of UFC memories
Marcus Davis was a 19-year-old professional boxer the night he sat down to watch UFC 1 in 1993. He didn’t know a thing about jiu-jitsu or grappling, but what he knew, or at least what he thought he knew, was that he could pummel the crap out of that skinny guy rolling around on the ground twisting arms and choking people.
Davis laughed when UFC 1 was over and Royce Gracie, who weighed all of 180 pounds soaking wet, came out as the tournament winner.
“Being a boxer and watching guys with what I considered horrible standup and seeing a guy who was 180 pounds at most taking guys out and making them quit, well, I had no concept of what was happening,” Davis said. “The only conclusion I could draw was that it was fake. I thought the whole thing was phony. It’s the only thing that made sense to me.”