Thiago Tavares Vs Melvin Guillard @ UFC 101
With UFC 101 still several months away the promotion has already started to put together some of the match-ups on the card. On Monday, MMAWeekly.com confirmed that a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Melvin Guillard would be added to the show.
The bout was confirmed by sources close to the fight who indicated the fight has been agreed to on the date of Aug 8 with bout agreements to follow shortly.
Why Catch Weight? Dana Explains Franklin-Silva
The UFC 99 main event of Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to be contested at a catchweight of 195 instead of at Middleweight, which Silva is dropping to, or Light Heavyweight, which Franklin now fights at. In explaining the reasons why, Dana White says he "met Rich in the middle".
Forrest Griffin returns to face Thiago Silva at UFC 101 in August
A light heavyweight contest between two fighters looking to rebound from high-profile losses has been added to the as-yet-unannounced UFC 101 card.
Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will face Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www,mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the bout that the two fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and that bout agreements are scheduled to be signed over the next several days.
Those sources also indicated that UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 in Portland, Ore.
Chris Lytle Vs Kevin Burns @ TUF 9 Finale
The June 20 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” season nine is filling out rapidly, with a welterweight meeting between veteran Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns booked for the Las Vegas event.
Sources close to the fight broke the news to MMAWeekly.com, with both fighters agreeing to the match-up and bout agreements expected to be inked soon.
New Wanderlei Interview, talks about his childhood, and future
Wanderlei Silva on his childhood, his motivations and his future
When Wanderlei Silva was in the UK recently, Fighters Only managed to drop in on his seminar at London Fight Factory and get a few words with him. Often described as one of the nicest people in the MMA game (outside the ring of course!), Wand more than lived up to his reputation. He sat down with us for a long chat and a very revealing interview.
Marquadt Ready For Title Shot, Will Wait
The dominance of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva cannot be denied. The defending titleholder has dispatched of all challengers, but one fighter that previously lost to Silva could be the most dangerous match-up for the Brazilian left on the horizon.
That fighter is Nate Marquardt.
Blood Sport (NY Times)
My husband had flown to Las Vegas to see a fight. I couldn’t decide whether his recent interest in live bouts at the MGM Grand was better or worse than another guy’s passion for, say, the hilarious Americana of strip clubs. I noticed I didn’t exactly boast to friends about his new hobby.
FIrst Ever UFC Fan Expo To Coincide With UFC 100
The UFC will hold its first-ever two-day MMA exposition in conjunction with July's UFC 100 event, the organization today announced. "UFC Fan Expo" will be held Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas with meet-and-greet sessions with UFC and WEC fighters, MMA demonstrations, fan-inspired special events, training and development sessions, and other activities. UFC 100 is July 11.
Jon ”Bones” Jones - UFC 100 and Playstation Interview!
Jon ”Bones” Jones - UFC 100 and Playstation Interview!
After a decisive victory over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94, Jon Jones will make his return to the Octagon in July at UFC 100. Jones talked with PDG about his next fight, training and blasting his way through Call of Duty 4.
PDG: What about the whole Vaseline – Gate situation? Jones: Yeah that's some of what I'm talking about with all the greasing comments. I think that GSP could have won that fight if he had sand paper on his back.
Lyoto: “Anderson would knock Fedor out”
Pointed as the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva doesn’t know what is a loss for nine fights, meanwhile Fedor Emelianenko remains undefeated for eight years, time in witch he got 26 victories and one no contest. To end with the questions of who really is the best, we asked some MMA specialists, how would the a fight between them (at 231lbs catchweight), and Lyoto Machida bet in the Brazilian. “Anderson has much more technical quality than Fedor, He’d knock him out”, said Machida.
Nate Loughran Opts Out of UFC
Nate Loughran, who trains at the NorCal Fighting Alliance with Dave Terrell, has been granted his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to manager Tom Call, the separation was amicable.
"Nate is going to drop to the 170-pound division (he was competing at 185 pounds) and is going to take a couple of fights in smaller show," said Call. "If successful, we expect him back in the UFC."
Concern grows over MMA officiating
Dave Meltzer's latest piece. Definately worth a read:
“[Kizer] knows my opinion,” said White. “He has no answer. He doesn’t want to hear from me.” “Steve Mazzagatti is a great referee,” said Kizer. White was critical of Mazzagatti for a late stoppage in the Dec. 27 fight with Cheick Kongo beating Mostapha Al-Turk, in a match in which both sustained low blows. “I’m going to tell the fighters they can turn down referees and it’s in their hands if they want a ref who may end up getting them hurt in a match,” said White, who noted that both Anthony Johnson and Randy Couture have turned down Mazzagatti to officiate recent matches when assigned. Until the day arrives in which mixed martial arts has enough top-notch referees to go around, such the ability to turn down a referee may be the fighter’s safest option.
Dana White: Chuck Liddell needs to ‘dazzle me’ at UFC 97 to keep fighting
I’ve made it very clear to Chuck. Very clear. It’s not about money, it’s not about this, that. Chuck is one of my good friends. Chuck (has) cemented his legacy in the UFC and in the fight game. I’m not even saying if he wins, unless he looks incredibly impressive (in Montreal) - I mean, he’s going to have to go out there and dazzle me, for me to want Chuck to still fight. I love him, and I don’t want to see what I saw in his last fight ever again.”
UFC President Dana White has an interesting take on the future of his good friend — and perhaps still his biggest draw — former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. “Iceman” got iced bad his last time out, sustaining a vicious knockout courtesy of Rashad Evans at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” in September 2008. It marked the third loss in four fights for the San Luis Obispo, Calif., resident and the second brutal knockout during that span. He next fights former Pride FC wrecking machine Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the co main event at UFC 97: “Redemption” from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on April 18. It should be interesting to see how the cool and calm Liddell responds to White turning up the heat while he’s possibly in the twilight of his legendary career. Hmmm ….