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Chris Leben vs. Jay Silva In The Works For UFN 20
Although UFC Fight Night 20 still hasn't been announced by UFC, the card continues to come togeter at what seems like a record pace. The 5th fight to be revealed in less than 24 hours is Chris Leben vs. Jay Silva, a fight that Leben has verbally agreed to.
Submitted Oct 17, 2009 11:42AM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Henderson, UFC Fail To Come To Terms
Dan Henderson’s career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship has ground to a close in a contract stalemate, and the former two-division PRIDE champion appears on the verge of signing a deal with the rival Strikeforce promotion. Henderson, 39, devastatingly knocked out Michael Bisping in the second round of their heavily hyped fight on July 11 at UFC 100 in Las Vegas, in the final fight of his contract.
Submitted Oct 17, 2009 11:39AM by Bowen50 - 39 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Ben Rothwell Says He's About to Make The Gamblers Happy
After nearly ten years in the fight business, moving from one small organization to another, Ben Rothwell will finally make his UFC debut next Saturday night at UFC 104 in Los Angeles. There he meets highly-touted AKA fighter and former All-American wrestler Cain Velasquez. Talking with Rothwell for this week’s SI.com column on the heavyweight clash, he says he has some surprises in store for the people who are still basing their opinions of him off the Andrei Arlvoski fight, and if Velasquez found himself in a little bit of trouble against Cheick Kongo, he’s really in for it on October 24.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 9:26PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Henderson still open to UFC, but ready to go
Dan Henderson hasn’t closed any doors yet with the UFC, but he’s ready to move on if necessary. Henderson, 39, fought the last fight of his latest contract at UFC 100, knocking out fellow “The Ultimate Fighter” coach Michael Bisping in the second round. A Friday report from Yahoo! Sports said that UFC president Dana White has been unable to come to terms on a new contract with Henderson, all but confirming an exit for the former two-division Pride champion. EDIT: According to mania, it looks like Dan may be headed to Strikeforce.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 9:13PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce In The Works For UFN 20
Capping off a busy day of fight announcements is word that Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce is being put together for the yet-unannounced UFC Fight Night 20 in Virginia. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Pierce is coming off an upset win over Brock Larson while Kos quickly beat Frank Trigg at UFC 103.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 8:27PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Efrain Escudero vs. Nik Lentz Set For UFN 20
The second fight announced today for the still-unannounced UFC Fight Night 20 in Virginia is a matchup of TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero and Nik Lentz. Escudero will go for his 13th win in 13 career fights while Lentz goes for his 10th straight win.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 8:25PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller In The Works For February
2 fighters coming off losses will look to get back in the win column in February, as Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller is being worked on for UFC 109. Both have been approached about the contest and at least one reportedly has verbally agreed to it.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 8:23PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tom Lawlor & Aaron Simpson Agree To UFN 20 Fight
Several fights began coming together for a planned UFC Fight Night 20 in Virginia in January, the first of which is Tom Lawlor vs. Aaron Simpson. Both have verbally agreed to the fight, paperwork goes out shortly.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 8:20PM by DCRage - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Province Suspended 9 Months, Fined $4K
The NSAC today fined WEC fighter Cole Province $4,000 and suspended him for 9 months for failing a post-fight drug test after WEC 42 in August. The fine equals 1/3 of his show money for the fight plus his entire win bonus. Province can return in May 2010.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 8:19PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
Yvel granted license in Nevada; UFC next stop?
LAS VEGAS – Dutch heavyweight Gilbert Yvel has been given another chance to fight in Nevada. After a face-to-face meeting Friday with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he was given a one-fight license to compete in the Silver State. During the meeting, he addressed concerns about his controversial past and made assurances he would behave honorably in competition. Yvel was denied a license to fight Sergei Kharitonov for Pride 33 in February 2007 due to several well-publicized incidents involving disqualification and misconduct towards a referee.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 2:36PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller In The Works For UFC 108
A lightweight contest between Tyson Griffin & Jim Miller is being put together for UFC 108 in Vegas. Both fighters have been approached about the fight and one reportedly has verbally agreed to it.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 1:59PM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Wanderlei confirms Akiyama fight for Sydney, Australia
Wanderlei Silva has confirmed his next opponent. In a video blog entitled ‘Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama’, the legendary Brazilian confirms the fight for Sydney, Australia on February 21st. “Finally I have the date for my next fight. I am going to fight on 21st of February in Sydney Australia. I am so happy because this is the first event there and my boss has chosen to put me there, it is a great honour for me because it is the main event,” he says in the video.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:48PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ninja turns down DREAM fight to help Shogun, negotiating with Strikeforce
Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua has turned down a fight at DREAM 12 in Japan because he is helping his brother Shogun (Mauricio Rua) prepare for his title shot against Lyoto Machida in the UFC. Like his light-heavyweight brother, middleweight Ninja was a star of PRIDE FC but lost his way somewhat after the organisation folded. But his last outing was a return to form, as he KO’d Alex Stiebling in 45 seconds at Bitetti Combat in Brazil last month. "I would fight, but I better not because I am helping my brother for his fight in the UFC," Ninja told Tatame. "He is well, very focused, and goes in search of victory."
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:45PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Tim Sylvia, Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki, Bob Sapp, Kid Yamamoto and others announced for “Dynamite!! 2009
With a rich and extensive tradition of putting together spectacular New Years Eve mixed martial arts events, 2009 is looking like another years end celebration that will fail to disappoint in the land of the rising sun. “Dynamite!! 2009” will be taking place on December 31 from the Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan, airing live in the United States on HDNet.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:42PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 6 comments
Filed under: K-1 / K-1 Hero's
Roger Huerta's new trainer.....Mickey Rourke
Roger Huerta is getting some choice instruction in his new life as a fighter/actor. Almost a month after losing a hard-fought battle with Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19, Huerta is studying acting with movie star Mickey Rourke and Rourke’s personal acting coach. Huerta’s manager, Jeff Clark, said his fighter recently flew to New York at Rourke’s request. “Mickey took him under his wing,” said Clark.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:39PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Does Rashad Evans have revenge on his mind?
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is of two minds when it comes to his upcoming fight with Thiago Silva at UFC 108 in January. Minutes removed from his first crack at runway modeling at a fashion show Monday for sponsor Silver Star, Evans re-affirmed his desire to get back to the wrestling roots that brought him his first successes in the UFC, aided no doubt by his knockout loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98. “I definitely want to get back to what I used to do, because one thing about myself is that I fell in love with the power,” said Evans. “I fell in love with the fact that I could take somebody and just completely lay ’em out still... but I’m not a stand-up fighter. My thing is, I’m a wrestler. That’s what I do. I wrestle.”
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:37PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Thales Leites joins Maximum Fighting Championships
The detractors have said their piece — now it’s time to prove them wrong. That is the sentiment coming from the camp of Thales Leites, who has officially signed on to join the middleweight ranks in the Maximum Fighting Championship. In all likelihood, the standout Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace will make his debut with the organization at MFC 23: Unstoppable on Dec. 4 – quite possibly against another top-ranked title contender, Bryan Baker.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:34PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC President Dana White "disappointed" in Simpsons parody of mixed martial arts
“I was disappointed. I think it was typical of people that don’t know anything about the sport. I know it’s for fun, but the second half of it really wasn’t even funny. We like fighting, but to make it sound like the UFC crowd is this bloodthirsty crowd that shows up and just want to see people get their (butts) kicked — that’s not true. That’s the stigma that the mainstream has of us. The Simpsons program will show you how mainstream we’re not.” UFC President Dana White reacts to the sport of mixed martial arts getting satirized by The Simpsons last Sunday night on television.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:32PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Hype or die: Pat Barry gots a lil' sumtin' for Antoni Hardonk - and da Haterz
“People got to hate you, this is what I learned doing the fighting sports; people are going to hate you no matter what, it don’t matter how well that you do. I’ve had a 1-second knockout and I still heard people talk crazy about how my haircut was or how awful my shorts was. People look at my measurements and just assume I’m really small and they might be right, they might be right maybe I am too small but if I punch you in the head you ain’t going to think I’m too small anymore. This fight means more to me than just going and getting a win because this is almost like a, oh you thought I couldn’t make it and now look at what I’m doing. That’s what (my) “Hype or Die” [concept] is, man just put your gloves on and swing for the fences every time or really don’t bother don’t waste your time.” “Ninth Ward Solider” Pat Barry coming straight outta New Orleans for Antoni Hardonk at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 24.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:30PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Quick Quote: Eric Schafer ready for a stress-free night against Ryan Bader
“I’m definitely more experienced than he is in striking. I’ve been training striking since ‘96; probably since he was in junior high school. This may be the first guy I might not be able to take down, so I might have to show (my striking) a lot more than you normally see it. Definitely my biggest edge is that he won the reality show but he’s only had one UFC fight after that. So he’s really 1-0 in the UFC. He’s never been in there with a big name yet and never had those big fights, and I had to learn that myself. I’m working my striking a lot more and my defensive Jiu-Jitsu off my back. I’ll let him decide where it goes. I’m working my wrestling a lot less offensively, because again, he’s an All-American wrestler, so I don’t want to waste all my energy trying to take him down. So it should be a lot more fun and a lot less stress.” Eric Schafer sounds off to BSN Online about his pending 205-pound battle against Ultimate Fighter (TUF) star Ryan Bader at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 26.
Submitted Oct 16, 2009 12:28PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
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