Despite recent hurdles, Saturday's UFC 99 event nearing sellout status in Germany
Saturday's UFC 99 event, the first-ever UFC show to take place in Germany, is close to being sold out.
Jennifer Wenk, the UFC's director of public relations, said during Monday's pre-event media conference call that the event is "about 85 percent sold out."
"UFC 99: Franklin vs. Silva," which features a main event between Rich Franklin and Wandleri Silva at a catch-weight of 195 pounds, takes place at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, and airs on pay per view. It's the first overseas event for the UFC since it ventured to Dublin, Ireland, in January for UFC 93.
Full Card Set For Adrenaline 3 Event Saturday
The latest Adrenaline MMA event, Adrenaline 3, is set for Saturday night and Monte Cox has revealed the full card. The event will feature a mix of amateur and pro MMA fights headlined by a 6-round boxing fight between Ray Mercer and Tim Sylvia to be held in a cage instead of a ring.
Strikeforce tickets for ‘Carano vs Cyborg’ at the HP Pavillion on August 15 on sale soon
Tickets for Strikeforce: “Carano vs. Cyborg” at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., are on sale to the public beginning Monday, June 15 at 10 a.m. ET.
The event will mark the promotion’s return to its home base of San Jose after successfully holding its first event in St. Louis, Missouri with Strikeforce: ‘Lawler vs. Shields’ on June 6, one of several events airing on the premium cable network Showtime this year.
Medical suspension following Strikeforce loss postpones Andrei Arlovski June 27 boxing debut
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will not be medically cleared in time to make his professional boxing debut on June 27 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on the undercard of the Victor Ortiz vs. Marcos Maidana fight on HBO according to Sherdog.com.
Under the tutelage of world renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who has been working with “The Pitbull” over the past year or so to help him improve his striking, Arlovski had signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to take a crack at the sweet science after coming up short in his WAMMA world title fight against champion Fedor Emelianenko back on January 24 at Affliction: “Day of Reckoning.”
With former boxing champion Michael Moorer by his side, Arlovski accepted a short-notice bout against Strikeforce heavyweight wrecking ball Brett “The Grimm” Rogers at the June 6 “Lawler vs. Shields” event to satisfy the last fight on his Affliction contract (Affliction sponsored his appearance).
Tim Sylvia: ‘I would like to end my career in the UFC’
“I don’t talk to Dana, not at all. I don’t have his number. But we had a pretty good relationship. I know he has said some pretty bad things about me but, to be honest, I think a lot of it has to do with marketing; Dana tries to come off like he doesn’t care. Dana likes to come off as an asshole but a lot of it is an act I believe. I had a good relationship with [UFC co-owner] Lorenzo Fertitta, great guy. So, it is what is. But I would love to be back there again one day, I would like to end my career in the UFC.”
Rampage Says Rashad Was Afraid When He Fought Machida
By now, it's no secret that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson isn't fond of Rashad Evans. The two went nose to nose after UFC 96 and nearly fought at a recent photo shoot. Jackson is chomping at the bit for a fight with the former champion.
New champion Lyoto Machida was a frequent refrain at a media day for the tenth season of "TUF." Jackson said Evans had it all wrong when he faced "The Dragon."
UFC 99: Mirko Cro Cop Says This Time He's Ready to Fight in the Octagon
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic stepped into the MMA ring four times in 2006, going 4-0 and winning the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix title. But in 2007, when he moved from the Pride ring to the UFC Octagon, he struggled, going 1-2. Now Cro Cop is getting ready to return to the UFC, and he said on Tuesday that he's much more prepared to make the transition from ring to cage than he was two years ago.
"They are different, definitely," Cro Cop said of transitioning from ring to cage. "I spent my whole career fighting in the ring and then I entered the cage. I must say I underestimated the cage. It's much, much easier to go from the cage to the ring than from the ring to the cage. So I got a cage in my gym."
Full card set for June 19 "Strikeforce: Villasenor vs. Cyborg" event in Washington
The fight card is complete for Strikeforce's next major show, a Strikeforce Challengers event featuring a middleweight main event between Joey Villasenor (26-6) and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-12).
The event takes place Friday, June 19, at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., and airs on Showtime.
In addition to a co-main event of Tim Kennedy (9-2) vs. Nick Thompson (38-10-1), the card features Strikeforce newcomer Jorge Gurgel, veteran Dennis Hallman and a women's bout between Shayna Baszler (9-5) and Sarah Kaufman (8-0).
Strikeforce Challengers, initially called "SHO MMA" before a recent name change, was designed to showcase top prospects. However, as Strikeforce shuffles around its current roster after an influx of talent acquired from ProElite, some notables names will appear on the initial Challengers cards.
For Cain Velasquez, UFC Title Is the Goal, but Not Right Away
Cain Velasquez is an undefeated heavyweight who's preparing for the toughest test of his career when he faces Cheick Kongo on Saturday at UFC 99, and he says his goal is to win the UFC heavyweight title. But the 26-year-old Velasquez, who only got into MMA four years ago after his wrestling career at Arizona State ended, says he can be patient.
In an interview with FanHouse, Velasquez said that even if he beats Kongo on Saturday, he doesn't expect to get the next shot at the UFC title. He's just looking to add one more win to his fast growing resume. The full interview is below.
At UFC 99, Mirko Cro Cop Expects to Have the Fans on His Side
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic is one of the most popular mixed martial arts fighters in the world, but his most devoted fans -- the ones in his native Croatia -- haven't had many opportunities to see him fight. Cro Cop has fought almost exclusively in Japan, so as he prepares to fight in Continental Europe for the first time ever at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, he says he expects to have a big contingent of fans with him when he takes on Mostapha Al Turk.
"Many friends of mine are traveling," Cro Cop told me Tuesday on a call to promote UFC 99. "My brothers, my brothers-in-law, my father-in-law, my family will be taking their own cars to Cologne. Many, many people are going in their cars. It's only about 10 hours of driving to get there. Many, many, many people are coming, people are organizing trips, and definitely, many Croatian fans will be there."
Glazer Training MMA With Leinart Seems A Little Too Close for Comfort
So, how has Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart been spending his offseason? Why, he's doing some MMA training with FOX Sports' NFL reporter, Jay Glazer, of course.
Above is video evidence of one of Leinart's intense training sessions at Arizona Combat Sports. Even UFC fighters, Ryan Bader and Aaron Simpson, make an appearance to talk about Leinart's passion for MMA training.
UFC 99 Video: Six Fights Guaranteed on Pay-Per-View, 'A Sick Card'
The UFC 99 video blogs have started, with Dana White going through the video intro to Saturday's UFC 99 pay-per-view show.
After we see the video introductions of Mostapha Al Turk vs. Mirko Cro Cop, Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher, Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis, Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders, Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez and Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin, White talks about how excited he is.
Jake Shields only wants big fights now.
"I just want to do the big fights," said Jake Shields after his first-round submission of No. 2 ranked middleweight Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce on Saturday night. "I think I showed I can fight at both. I bulked up a little for this fight. I'm still moving good. I'm in great shape. I think I can fight at either weight.
"Obviously guys are a little bigger at middleweight, but I feel like I'm faster there, so I'll fight where ever they want me."
Talking to MMAWeekly.com on Monday, Shields added, "I felt really comfortable up there. Robbie's obviously a strong guy, but I didn't feel overwhelmed by him at all. I definitely could deal with him."
6/28 DEEP Toyama Impact - Fight Order
DEEP have put together a good card for their DEEP Toyama Impact event. With 2 events in 3 days, it is impressive what they have managed. This will be a rare occation to see a title fight in the Toyama area, and it should be a good one too. The champion Miku Matsumoto will get a chance to revenge her loss to Lisa Ward, a loss that dates 3 years back and the only loss she is yet to revenge. This should be an awesome fight between 2 of the world's top female fighters.
Strikeforce expects return to St. Louis, further eastern expansion in near future
This past weekend's Strikeforce event could be just the start of the California-based Strikeforce promotion's expansion across America.
Prior to the June 6 "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the organization had never ventured any further east than Colorado.
However, as MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp details in this week's "MMA Insider" column for the Dayton Daily News, the success of the St. Louis show could mean further shows for the Gateway City and other locales near and on the East Coast.
Kawajiri Possibly Returning To K-1
Coming off a win at DREAM 9 that has earned him a Lightweight title shot, Tatsuya Kawajiri may be headed back to K-1 for a second fight. Although not yet official, the plan is to have "Crusher" face K-1 star Masato in a Superfight on July 13 as part of the K-1 World Max 2009 Tournament Final 8 event. The K-1 vs. MMA concept was very popular with fans in Japan and parent company FEG liked the concept.
Carwin Cleared To Spar, Targeting Fall Return
Coming off a badly broken nose suffered in his huge victory over Gabriel Gonzaga, Shane Carwin recently said he was cleared to resume sparring last week and, while he doesn't have an opponent in mind, is targeting a September or October return to UFC. He says he likes 3 months' notice before a fight but will be ready when UFC calls.
Andrei Arlovski: ‘I got my ass kicked, it’s that simple’
From The Pitbull's Website:
The loss bothers me, it hurts me. I have to do something about this. (Brett Rogers) had a good record, but I thought he was not the top like Fedor or Barnett. It was my mistake and when you make a mistake you have to pay for it. I took Rogers seriously, but I didn’t think the fight would have been this situation. I focused too much on boxing and not enough on the wrestling and jiu-jitsu. It wasn’t right. It’s another thing I have to think about. MMA is not boxing. I have to change something. I don’t understand this question about my chin. When you open your face for four or five punches it doesn’t matter your chin, you will get KOed. Rogers was great, he did what he did. I took the fight and I got my ass kicked, it’s that simple. It’s embarrassing, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I have to move on. I’m definitely going to come back.
UFC Signs Cro Cop For UFC 99 On Verbal Agreement, No Contract
When asked on a conference call Tuesday how many fights Cro Cop had on his new UFC contract, White said it was up in the air.
"Mirko and I are working on that still," White said. "Mirko Cro Cop ended up on this card last minute, weeks before the event, and this whole deal was done verbally over the phone with me and him."