MMR: Nogueira’s 10 Best Nights
Considering Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's career full of brutal wars, many felt the Brazilian heavyweight might not have a lot left when he stepped into the Octagon Saturday night.
Just a few moments into his battle with Tim Sylvia it seemed as though those concerns had been confirmed. Detonating a massive right hand onto the Brazilian heavyweight's chin, it appeared as though Sylvia would win a UFC belt for the third time while Nogueira would have his legacy called into question.
But not so fast, folks.
Nogueira Becomes First to Hold UFC, PRIDE Belts
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 2 -- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira made history Saturday inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center by becoming the first mixed martial artist to become a champion in both the UFC and PRIDE heavyweight divisions.
"Minotauro" weathered an early scare from the large Tim Sylvia and wound up submitting the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion with a textbook guillotine choke early in the third round in front of 10,583 fans.
Lesnar shows superstar potential in loss
LAS VEGAS – If you knew ahead of time that former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir would submit former pro wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar in 90 seconds, you’d think Lesnar was a one-time gimmick and would never be heard from again.
But after one of the most exciting 90-second fights in UFC history, most of the talk after the match was about Lesnar’s potential to be one of the most dominant heavyweights in mixed martial arts history.
Lesnar exploded out of the blocks, with two takedowns, powerful punches on the ground and even a knockdown standing as he dominated all but the closing seconds of the match. But in the end, experience won out as Lesnar powered out of an armbar, but left his leg exposed. Mir, expecting Lesnar’s response, snatched the leg, securing a kneebar and forcing the former NCAA champion to tap out.
“I expected him to be strong, but I didn’t expect him to be as fast as he was,” said Mir. “One second he was on my right, then he was on my left. That second armbar I tried works 99 percent of the time in practice except against the most experienced guys.”
Yoshida-Barnett in March
World Victory Road has confirmed that Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida (Pictures) will meet Josh Barnett (Pictures) in the main event of the promotion's March 5 debut card at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1 in Tokyo, Japan.
Joe Lauzon Audio interview
Here's a few HL's since some of you might not be able to play it:
BJ training w/o headgear like on the show is completely normal there. BJ just lets you hit him and Joe doesn't even bother packing his anymore when he goes there.
Some banter on Boston vs. NY sports (the interviewer is a Ny'er)
Says fighters can't stand big Timmah either both because of his boring style and his personality. Talked sh*t to Joe's brother Dan after the Spencer fight. (Which was Dan's debut at 18 and took it on two weeks notice. Dan was winning until he gassed and got caught) He later apologized to Joe but Joe didn't seem to think it's genuine. Says he's def. not alone among fighters who can't stand Tim
Breaks down Lesnar / Mir and picks Lesnar. Says the hype is OK because it's attracts more fans, it's just business
Also breaks down Nog / TIm and picks Nog cause he's got no love for Timmeh
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.