Lesnar, Mir ready to go (includes Lesnar's salary)
Nearly 15 years ago, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship was first conceived by Rorion Gracie, the idea was to showcase the jiu-jitsu their family made decades earlier in Brazil. The whole idea was to show the American public that in a real fight situation, skill and knowledge could beat size and brawn.
In 2008, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is part of an equation when it comes to the skill set of the top fighters. But even after the question was answered, that yes, skills can and usually do beat a bigger, stronger opponent, we have the latest experiment on Saturday night with the Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir heavyweight fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Can a superior athlete, with more size, strength, speed and stamina, and arguably more mental toughness, overcome a lack of experience against a fighter with the skill set most dangerous to him?
Michael Bisping vs. Charley McCarthy Set for UFC 83
“The Ultimate Fighter 2” winner Michael Bisping (14-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who last suffered a split-decision loss to Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 78, will make his middleweight debut vs. Charles McCarthy (10-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at a UFC 83 event in Montreal.
I will see a count in person, do i have to wear a tie !! Well, hope he will go down for the COUNT !!
Edgar against Maynard at Fight Night 13 !!
A UFC Fight Night 13 event already brimming with talent just got an extra heaping of star-power: undefeated lightweight Frankie Edgar (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has been booked to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 5” standout Gray Maynard (4-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at the event.
Shogun vs. Chuck Confirmed UFC 85 London (June)
On the road going to Praia do Rosa in Santa Catarina, Brazil, where he will pass the carnival with his wife, Mauricio Shogun confirmed to TATAME the fight against Chuck Liddell in June in UFC. “I confirmed this fight yesterday. Everything is set to June and I hope to make a great fight and represent well my new team, the Universidade da Luta (Fight University)”, said Shogun, who is expecting to revenge the friend Wanderlei Silva, who was defeated by Liddell on UFC 79.
Filho-Sonnen Rematch in March, Last MW Fight?
According to the Brazillian TATAME website, WEC Middleweight Champion and World #2 Middleweight Paulo Filho has accepted a rematch with Chael Sonnen, who Filho beat in December in a controversial fight. There are also rumors Filho will move up to Light Heavyweight (205) after this fight.
Competition Draws Lesnar to MMA
Brock Lesnar is a special kind of athlete. That is a given.
But is he ready to step into the big leagues of mixed martial arts in only his second outing? That remains to be seen, at least until Saturday, when he climbs into the fabled Octagon to face former UFC champion Frank Mir.
Two Q&A's with Rogerio Nogueira
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira spent the first part of 2007 dedicating himself to training boxing for the Pan-American Games. The Brazilian did well, capturing the bronze medal and losing only to the champion of his weight class.
Now his focus is back on MMA, and he will face Todd Gouwenberg on Friday in Canada at Hardcore Championship Fighting. In two interviews with Sherdog.com, the first in Brazil with Gleidson Venga and the second the day before he fights in Canada, "Minotoro" discusses his return.
‘K-Taro' Cuts Down for UFC Encounter
With his back against the wall, Japanese standout Keita "K-Taro" Nakamura will look to take his first win in the Octagon on Saturday against TUF 5 alum Robert Emerson on the UFC 81 undercard in Las Vegas.
European Throwdown: France Comes to the Party
There was a collective sigh of relief throughout mixed martial arts circles in France last Sunday when news broke that the government had legalized the sport after a long struggle. The country was the last of the major European nations that still banned MMA.
Loiseau Excited to be Back in the Cage
It's been eight months since David Loiseau last stepped into a cage, and he just wants to fight.
Finally, the popular Canadian middleweight will get his chance on Saturday when he takes on Jason Day at Hardcore Championship Fighting's "Destiny" event at Calgary's Stampede Corral.
Minor Hitches at HCF Weigh-Ins
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 31 -- The upcoming weekend is a telling example of how the MMA floodgates have broken wide open. UFC, Bodog Fight, Cage Rage and a myriad of smaller shows are happening over the next few days, keeping fighters employed and fans entertained.
Kicking the weekend off on Friday is Hardcore Championship Fighting. The Canadian promotion has scheduled a compelling lineup that will treat fans to a show of international proportions.
Shogun NOT fighting in Canada, likely May/June return
When the UFC makes its Canadian debut on Saturday, April 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will not be a part of the roster. Rua – who is recovering from surgery last October to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee -- told the media in recent weeks that he was eyeing a fight in April, but the former PRIDE Fighting Championships Middleweight Grand Prix Champion will likely return to the Octagon in May or June.
“We wanted it, but the UFC didn't have a spot available in April,” said a member of Rua’s camp. “They already have an opponent for him in June, although we were trying to have a fight in May.”
Chuck interview talks possible Shogun fight.
SI.com: Just trying to throw you off your game. So what's next for you? Have you been told your next opponent?
Liddell: Possibly Mauricia "Shogun" Hua. That's what they're saying. If it's the June fight, it will probably be in London. But my trainer is trying to get it moved to Vegas. Too far. (Liddell is based in San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
SI.com: It was no secret you wanted that fight against Silva. Who do you want now?
Liddell: Rampage [Quinton Jackson, who defeated Liddell last summer.] I want that fight again.
Apocalypse Now, as WWE Meets UFC
January 31, 2008
by Tomas Rios (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brock Lesnar (Pictures) is headlining a UFC card.
No, MMA has not turned into Bizarro world, and as far as I know, the end is not nigh. However, the former WWE poster boy and questionable tattoo connoisseur is making his UFC debut against Frank Mir (Pictures) in a match that elicits as much head scratching as headshaking.
Don't give up just yet, though. This card delivers the goods with an interim title bout between PRIDE refugee Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and the MMA community's favorite punching bag, Tim Sylvia (Pictures).
Throw in the long-awaited return of Ricardo Almeida (Pictures) as well as the ongoing Tyson Griffin "Fight of the Year" tour, and you've got what shapes up to be a solid night of fistic entertainment.
Besides, don't tell me you don't want to see the look on Lesnar's face when he realizes that the running lariat isn't viable in MMA.
Nice breakdown of all the fights on the UFC 81 card, plus some great humor (had me Laughing out Loud a couple of times), worth checking out for sure.
Stevenson, Mir To Host UFC 81 Parties
If you’re in Las Vegas for Saturday’s UFC 81 event, you’ve got some entertainment options. UFC lightweight Joe Stevenson and UFC 81 co-main-event fighter Frank Mir have both organized UFC 81 parties for this week.
UFC To Newcastle In '09, With Mohamed?
The President of UFC's UK division has confirmed that UFC will return to Newcastle, England, sometime in 2009. He also specifically mentioned one area fighter who may be on the card: Cage Rage lightweight Abdul Mohamed.
Dan Lauzon to be in upcoming episode of Tapout
From Massmma.net link at the bottom of post....
World Championship Fighting announces the filming of the "Tapout" reality show at the February 8 event.
The Tapout Crew will be filming another episode of their self-titled reality show on the Versus network at the World Championship Fighting (WCF) event in Wilmington, Mass., on Feb. 8 where Brockton-native Dan Lauzon will be the featured fighter for the episode which documents the Tapout Crew's quest to search for the best up and coming Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the Country.
As a testament to the phenomenal growth of Mixed Martial Arts, The Tapout Crew went from selling t-shirts out of a trunk in the parking lot at mixed martial arts (MMA) shows in California 10 years ago to building their company into the largest apparel brand in the sport. The Tapout Company now grosses millions of dollars per year, has their own magazine publication, their own television reality show and sponsors many of the top fighters in the world including those in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Their reality show follows their efforts - and antics - as they chose the latest fighter to sponsor. Members of the Tapout crew were recently featured on a recent CNBC documentary focusing on the MMA industry. The Feb. 8 WCF event takes place just 13 miles north of Boston off of I-93.
In addition to a great night of fights, the WCF event features an autograph signing session for fans as well as a special guest appearance by UFC President Dana White. Ticket holders for the night's action will have access to a special autograph session including the following UFC and Pride Fighting veterans including: Marcus "the Irish Hand Grenade" Davis , Kenny "KenFlo" Florian, , and Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera, Alex "The Assassin" Karalexis; Sean "The Gladiator" Gannon; Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory and Murilo "Ninja" Rua.
Catch the action live Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington,
Breaking News: Gomi to World Victory Road
World Victory Road is set to announce the signing of Takanori Gomi, a source has confirmed to Sherdog.com.
Gomi, 29, was one of MMA's most prized free agents following the Zuffa buyout of the PRIDE Fighting Championships last year. Gomi has been courted by several promoters in recent months, including K-1 and HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group, as well as UFC and WEC company Zuffa.
While the source could not confirm the length of Gomi's deal with WVR, the deal will see Gomi debut for the promotion on their March 5 Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1. The Japanese standout will earn approximately $190,000 USD per bout.