UFC VP of Operations Talks Credentials
MMA’s latest controversy has more or less pushed the UFC credential issue to the back burner, but I thought it worth while to post this interview conducted a few weeks ago by insidefighting.com with UFC VP of Operations Donna Marcolini.
A summary of the main points is below:
Dana White Interview
An excellent interview with Dana White by InsideFighting.com.
Early Wednesday morning InsideFighting Editor Elias Cepeda spoke with UFC President Dana White. On the heels of UFC 97, White spoke about Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell retiring, why he decided to bring back his video blogs and much more.
This is well worth a read imo.
TUF's Noah Thomas Headed To Bellator
Like many other promotions, ESPN is heading to Chicago to host one of the initial offerings of its Bellator FC series to air on its affiliate Spanish-speaking station, ESPN Deportes.
One of the fighters Bellator hopes will help make its excursion to Chicago on May 15 a success is former “Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Noah “The Red” Thomas.
Melendez Not Waiting Around, Asks For Ishida
When Gilbert Melendez knocked out Rodrigo Damm in Strikeforce a couple of weeks back, not only did he reassert his claim to be the No. 1 contender in the promotion's lightweight division, but he took a huge step forward in showing the same kind of dominance that had him ranked among the top three 155-pounders in the world just a short time ago.
MMA Quick Quote: Gina Carano would ‘probably’ choose the UFC over Strikeforce
Frankly, I am absolutely unmotivated by money. And I know that maybe people take that and don’t understand what that means, but I am just not. What I am interested in is people that have respect. Not only respect for me, but people who have respect for women in MMA … I have sat down with Dana and (Zuffa co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and they have expressed interest and want to do something, but I am a little weary because I know that Strikeforce is signing women and the “Cyborg” fight is over there … I think that I would probably pick Zuffa (over Strikeforce) because that’s the big show, you know? To be a part of that would be amazing, but you know, here comes Strikeforce and they’ve got this CBS and Showtime deal and they are working their way up into being good competition … They’ve built their company on some good roots and now they are ready to branch out on Showtime and CBS. But as of right now, the UFC is the big show, and for a female, it would be an amazing opportunity.
UFC Possibly To Australia In 2010
According to sources in Sydney, UFC has contacted Acer Arena (formerly Sydney SuperDome) officials about hosting the first-ever UFC event in Australia in February 2010. Dana White previously mentioned a possible Australia event last year, citing strong ratings for UFC broadcasts there. Acer Arena could likely hold over 21,000 for a UFC event.
Next UK UFC Will Be In Manchester Or Liverpool
The UFC will be returning to the north of England for its next UK show and will be heading to either Liverpool or Manchester.
"I am looking at venue agreeements right now, and can confirm we are heading back up north. Our next UK show will be in either Liverpool, which has a great new venue in the Echo Arena, or we will be returning to Manchester and the MEN Arena where UFC 70 was such a huge success," UFC UK president Marshall Zelaznik told Fighters Only.
Following UFC 97 win (and thanks to wife), Soszynski securely in UFC
This past weekend's UFC 97 victory over former WEC light-heavyweight champion Brian Stann proved to Krzysztof Soszynski something his wife already knew: He belongs in the UFC.
After getting a late start to his MMA career at age 25, and after some mixed results after a step up in competition midway through his career, Soszynski's confidence was shaken.
But with some encouragement from his wife and back-to-back award-winning victories in the UFC, Soszynski now know he belongs with the 205-pound division's best.
Dana White ready for a war on Chuck Liddell retirement issue
“Chuck Liddell is stupid rich. Chuck Liddell is done. He’s got nothing left to prove. He’s the most famous guy on Earth. I love him like a ******* brother and I don’t want to see him get hurt. There is no reason for it. He’s ******* 40 years old man. These guys that are fighting now are young, explosive, fast ******* kids who are well rounded mixed martial artists. There’s no ******* reason for Chuck Liddell to be out there at 40 years old still fighting. I don’t want to make a ******* nickel off that ever.
Evans & Jackson Near Altercation At UFC Photo Shoot
Apparently Rashad Evans & Quinton Jackson can't wait to go at it, Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida be damned. According to Evans, he & Rampage nearly came to blows at a UFC photo shoot recently, with Evans even borrowing a Rampage-ism in saying he really wants to "whup his ass".
Bobby Lashley Not Going To UFC Anytime Soon
Bobby Lashley's decision to go back to wrestling, even part-time, has halted his UFC aspirations for now. Dana White apparently doesn't want any association with pro wrestling at this time while he & UFC continue to build the brand, and Lashley would have such association now.
Rex Richards, Don Frye, Jesse Taylor at Shark Fights 4
Shark Fight Promotions are staging a fight in Lubbock, TX on Saturday, May 2. TUF 10 tryout Rex Richards, whose only loss is to UFC HW contender, Shane Carwin, will be making his debut at 265 lbs. against a 13-0 Schoonover. Jesse Taylor will continue to extend his streak to 5 after losing to C.B. Dollaway in his UFC debut. UFC and Pride veteran Don Frye will take on Judo Champion Rich Moss.
The fight cards is as follows:
Rex Richards vs Darrill Schoonover
Shannon Rich vs 'TJ' Waldburger
Jesse Taylor vs Eric Davila
Wayne Cole vs Marcus Sursa
Phil Cardella vs Johnny Flores
Louis Luna vs Douglas Frey
Brandi Hainey vs Jessica Miramontes
Don Frye vs Rich Moss
Aaron Garcia vs Elmar Muller
Rolando Scott vs Zach Haney
Atencio, Rizzo, others slated for Sapp-Lashley PPV
Affliction VP Tom Atencio, former UFC champ Pedro Rizzo, Gilbert Yvel are among the fighters that are targeted to fight on the June 27 pay-per-view in Biloxi, Mississippi featuring Bob Sapp-Bobby Lashley.
The event is being co-promoted by Fight Force International, which holds local "Blood and Sand" shows in Biloxi, and boxing promoter Prize Fight Promotions. The card will air on pay-per-view with a $30 price tag.
Full details will be made at a press conference in two weeks.
Here's what the fight card could look like:
Bobb Sapp vs. Bobby Lashley
Pedro Rizzo vs. Gilbert Yvel
Chris Horodecki vs. William Sriyapai
Din Thomas vs. Javier "Showtime" Vasquez
Brett Cooper vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Tom Atencio vs. TBA
James Orso vs. Colby McMahon
GSP Announces Fan Logo Design Contest
Georges St-Pierre is rapidly becoming an international icon – not only is he one of the strongest, toughest, and most energizing athletes to grace the MMA Octagon, he is also a class act outside of it. Now Georges wants to take his brand to the same level that his athletic performance has taken him. To accomplish this task, he’s engaging those that who will help him achieve that goal – his fans. “Georges has some of the greatest fans in the sport”, said Shari Spencer, Georges’ manager. “This contest represents his desire to give something back to his fans – to allow them to participate in his efforts to represent this sport on a whole new level.” The winning logo design will be incorporated into Georges’ new website, be displayed on his shorts and banner within the Octagon during his fights, and be incorporated into a new line of merchandise to be debuted in conjunction with UFC 100 on July 11th.
Here is your chance to show GSP your skills and help him develop a logo that represents GSP in your eyes! Take some time to draw, paint, or even sketch your ideas – then go to GSPfightclub.com and send him your ideas. GSP will narrow the choices down to ten (10) finalists. Then, just as GSP draws upon his fans’ support to win his fights, he’ll turn to his fans to help him pick the winning logo design. Your design just might be chosen as the lucky winner that he’ll wear during his upcoming fight at UFC 100! But you better hurry – this contest is only open for a short time. For full contest details, check out .
Efrain Escudero Vs Cole Miller at UFC 103
According to reports, Efrain Escudero announced during an exclusive chat on his official web site that his first fight back from injury is expected to take place at the yet-to-be announced UFC 103 event this coming September.
Escudero is claiming that his opponent will be Cole Miller, who improved to 15-3 after recording a first round submission over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 earlier this month. Neither the UFC or Miller has confirmed the possible bout vs. Escudero.
Alistair Overeem no longer horsing around with his diet
I changed my diet, I changed my coach and when I really think about it – I changed everything. From my girlfriend to my training and diet. Before I ate a lot of vegetables that are healthy but contained little energy. Now I mainly eat horse meat, rice and protein shakes. I got rid of my old coach who was in charge of my fight strategies. It simply wasn’t working. I just started to think about what I had to do to become a better fighter.