The Light Heavyweight Picture
The Light Heavyweight division emerged from UFC 84 with more clarity than before, but still very muddled. Simply put, there is nobody right now who deserves an immediate title shot against the winner of Rampage and Forrest. The top half of the contenders includes Wand, Thiago, Machida, Shogun, Liddell, and Rashad Evans. Both Chuck and Shogun are expected to return in September, which is right around the time all the guys who just fought should begin fighting again. There's also the possibility of Rich Franklin moving to 205, which is very likely in my view considering the place he is in right now at 185.
Andrei Arlovski To Hold Press Conference To Announce His Future
Andrei Arlovski will be holding a media day this Tuesday in Los Angeles to announce his plans for the future. Many are speculating that Arlovski will announce his departure from the UFC for either Affliction or Adrenaline MMA.
Arlovski will hold the media day at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood where he'll be working on his boxing and conditioning with Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza.
Tito Ortiz offered UFC contract prior to UFC 84
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed by Rear Naked Radio, a weekly MMA show heard every Saturday from 7-9 p.m. CT on Live 105.3 FM in Dallas, that former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was offered a contract by the UFC in the days leading up to last night’s fight against Lyoto Machida.
While listening to the initial portion of an audio clip forwarded by Rear Naked Radio, Ortiz begins to talk about possible options outside of the UFC.
“Either I go to Affliction; either I got to possibly something with De La Hoya; or start something on my own; HDNet; I mean there are so many opportunities for me,” said Ortiz. “Lorenzo (Ferttita) came up to me, actually, a day before the weigh-in and he’s like ‘UFC is the place you need to stay. You need to be here. We need you here.” And he was giving me the old fluff deal…”
UFC 2009 (Game) Announcement?
The UFC said they would have a special announcement regarding their upcoming video game 'UFC 2009' at UFC 84, however, i watched the event live online and didn't see any announcement, does anyone know what happened?
Crunkilton Out Of WEC 34
The injury bug strikes WEC again. Rich Crunkilton is now off next weekend's WEC 34 card due to injury. Danny Castillo, who has a 4-0 career record, will be the replacement for the fight against Donald Cerrone.
Silva, Palhares, Reljic and Gouveia secure $75K UFC 84 bonuses
Wanderlei Silva, Rousimar Palhares, Goran Reljic and Wilson Gouveia all secured $75,000 "fight night" bonuses stemming from Saturday's UFC 84 event, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed.
The 11-fight event took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bonus winners were revealed in a post-fight press conference.
Silva earned the Knockout of the Night bonus, Palhares earned the Submission of the Night bonus, and Reljic and Gouveia each picked up Fight of the Night honors.
Silva rebounded from a three-fight losing streak in spectacular fashion, battering opponent Keithe Jardine with a series of blows that prompted a TKO stoppage just 36 seconds in the first round.
UFC newcomer Palhares dominated his fight with Ivan Salaverry and went to work early for the submission. He secured the rear-naked choke and transitioned into an arm-bar to force the stoppage at 2:36 of the first round.
Reljic and Gouveia split Fight of the Night honors for their televised performance. Reljic posted his eighth straight victory -- and snapped Gouveia's four-fight win streak in the UFC -- with a TKO at 3:15 of the second round.
Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida on tap for UFC 87
"The Ultimate Fighter 6" winner Mac Danzig (18-4-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will look to continue his ascent in the UFC's lightweight division when he meets Clay Guida (23-9 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC 87.
A source close to Guida told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighters recently agreed to the August bout.
UFC 87, which now features a main event between UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and top contender Jon Fitch, takes place Aug. 9 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Danzig, a former King of the Cage champ who dominated the sixth season of "TUF," defeated Tommy Speer at the show's live finale. He then dropped from welterweight to lightweight at UFC 83 and defeated Canadian Mark Bocek via third-round submission. It was his 10th submission victory -- and 14th stoppage -- in 18 career victories.
As for the perpetually tested Guida, he gets another tough fight in the UFC. Although 3-3 in the organizatiom, the losses have come to notables Din Thomas, Tyson Griffin and Roger Huerta. He most recently defeated Samy Schiavo at UFC Fight Night 13 with a first-round TKO. Guida, a former Strikeforce champ, will look to put together his first back-to-back wins in the UFC.
HDNet to air three Adrenaline MMA events
Monte Cox's Adrenaline MMA will launch with a TV deal.
The all-high-definition cable station HDnet, which has partnered with many of MMA's top fight organizations, has struck a deal with upstart Adrenaline MMA and will air the promotion's first three shows.
The announcement was made during Friday's edition of "Inside MMA."
Arendaline MMA, formerly the restructured M-1 Global organization, recently severed ties with what was supposed to be its top fighter: former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. Instead, Cox said the organization will now use a mix of up-and-coming talent and proven veterans signed to non-exclusive deals.
The Hotbed Is Hot Again-ASU Reinstates Wrestling Program
Less than 2 weeks ago, it was announced that Arizona State University was dropping it's wrestling program for financial reasons. The program was considered an MMA hotbed because of the talent it's produced. But now it's back-the program has been reinstated because the money to save the program was raised by the program's supporters-in only 10 days.
KENNY FLORIAN UFC 84 FIGHT BREAKDOWN
Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes:
I know Thiago Silva is a tough, tough fighter. He's obviously proved he has some ground skills. I don't know too much about Mendes. We'll see what happens. It's always interesting seeing how the newcomers come in and do.
When you're in the UFC, there are no easy fights. There really aren't. You’ve seen it before and I'm sure you'll see it many times over, that new guy coming in can be the big time spoiler.
Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljik
From what I hear from Gouveia, he's a monster in the gym and it looks like he should be able to take this one for sure. He's got a lot of potential and I think he can make waves in that division. He's one of those guys who needs to live up to the expectations that people have for him.
Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva
I think the key for Jardine is being able to keep him on the outside. You don't want to trade on the inside with Wanderlei Silva. I think that's where Silva has most of his power. That's where Jardine got caught against Houston Alexander. I think he needs to keep that distance and utilize those leg kicks. At the same time, from what I hear, Wanderlei Silva is working with a very good Thai coach. It looks like he's picking up his Thai training and it has the makings of an absolute war. This is a huge fight for both of these guys.
Usually when he has been coming forward, in his most recent fights, Wanderlei has been using punches. With that said, Jardine needs to take him out with leg kicks. Now, if this is the old Wanderlei that comes in with punches, Thai clinch, flying knees, it could definitely cause a lot of problems for Jardine. I wouldn't be surprised if Jardine does a takedown. I'd be surprised if Wanderlei Silva initiated one. But I wouldn't be surprised if Jardine utilized that reach at the long range level and then coming in and shooting in at the end of those rounds, stealing those rounds to keep Wanderlei off-balanced like Chuck Liddell did.
UFC 84 weigh-ins: official results
Official weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (TELEVISED)
Champ B.J. Penn (155) vs. Sean Sherk (155)
Keith Jardine (205) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205)
Lyoto Machida (203) vs. Tito Ortiz (205)
Thiago Silva (205) vs. Antonio Mendes (203)
Wilson Gouveia (205) vs. Goran Reljic (205)
PRELIMINARY CARD (NOT TELEVISED)
Rousimar Palhares (185) vs. Ivan Salaverry (185)
Kazuhiro Nakamura (206) vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (204)
Rich Clementi (155) vs. Terry Etim (155)
Jon Koppenhaver (170) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (170)
Dong-Hyun Kim (171) vs. Jason Tan (170)
Shane Carwin (252) vs. Christian Wellisch (230)
As with all events regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, UFC 84 fighters -- except the main-event participants -- were granted a one-pound allowance.
Wanderlei Talks 185, Fighting Anderson
Confirming long-circulating rumors, Wanderlei Silva said he is considering dropping to Middleweight after his UFC 84 fight with Keith Jardine. He also said a fight with current UFC MIddleweight Champion Anderson Silva is possible, but not right away.
Yundt vs Sakara added to TUF Finale 7
The undercard for “The Ultimate Fighter 7” finale taking place on June 21 is starting to fill up quickly. MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight that Rob Yundt will return to action to face American Top Team fighter Alessio Sakara in a middleweight contest at the event in Las Vegas.
"Little Nog" meets veteran Vernon White at "Affliction: Banned"
Recently signed Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (13-3) will meet veteran fighter Vernon White (26-32-2) at the July 19 "Affliction: Banned" event.
White's management team at KO Dynasty today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bout has been finalized.
Nogueira, the twin brother of UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and a longtime PRIDE fighter, was introduced as Affliction's latest signing during a Tuesday press conference in New York City.