Like never before: A conversation with UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez
UFC 95 “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” is set to go down tonight starting at 9 pm ET from the O2 Arena in London, England. Headlining the event opposite Joe Stevenson will be Diego Sanchez, a former welterweight contender making his much-anticipated debut at 155 lbs.
The inaugural Ultimate Fighter (TUF) middleweight champion had resisted the move in recent past, especially since he was knocking on the door of a potential 170-pound title shot with a win over Thiago Alves at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” back in October.
Sanchez had to withdraw from the bout, however, because of a rib injury. Alves went on to strafe last minute replacement and top player in the division, Josh Koscheck, to score a convincing unanimous decision win.
MFC 20 Results - Thompson & Healy Win
Defending his Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight title for the first time, Pat Healy for the second time defeated top prospect Ryan Ford by split decision after a five-round war on Friday night in Canada.
Taking the original fight on short notice, Healy had a full camp to prepare for Ford this time and it showed as he was able to take down the powerful wrestler multiple times in the bout, while also taking his back several times.
Ford was able to overpower Healy at many turns in the fight, but the Team Quest fighter used his wealth of experience to stay out of trouble and work for position, while pawing at the Canadian with submission attempts in numerous rounds.
The final round saw a back and forth war, but as the fight was closing Healy actually locked on a "twister" that saw Ford's neck wrenched backwards, and if not for the time expiring the champion may have caused the tapout.
Dana White talks Greasegate, UFC 97, Toronto and 100
LONDON - UFC president Dana White says Canadian fighter Georges St. Pierre was illegally greased during his UFC 94 win over B.J. Penn last month.
"Do I think that he got greased? Yeah, I do," White told The Canadian Press prior to the UFC 95 weigh-in Friday at the Dominion Theatre. "Absolutely, 100 per cent, I think that that guy was rubbing grease on him.
"Do I think Georges was trying to cheat? Absolutely not at all. But that cornerman was rubbing grease on him. You cannot do that."
Aoki Among Additions to DREAM 7
Shinya Aoki's "submission pants" are going to get an extra workout before the DREAM Welterweight GP at DREAM 8. He's just been added to DREAM 7, facing David Gardner in a match where Aoki's WAMMA Lightweight Title likely will not be on the line. Also added is Mitsuhiro Ishida, being considered for an April fight against Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson.
Dana Talks UFC 99, 100, More
In an interview in the UK earlier today, Dana White discussed some of the many plans in the works for UFC 99 & 100 later this year. They include GSP vs. Thiago Alves, possibly BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC Lightweight Title and Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida finally getting his Light Heavyweight Title shot.
McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce
“Big” John McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce’s purchase of Pro-Elite
As a referee in mixed martial arts for over a decade, “Big” John gave his thoughts on the recent controversy revolving around Vaselinegate with Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn:
It has been a problem for a long time. It is one that we [referees] have addressed before. As much as people want to make of it; I don’t ever want to suggest that the performance by GSP in that fight was aided by Vaseline....that is ridiculous! His performance was not based at all by having Vaseline on him. He beat B.J. Penn soundly and because of the mistake by someone in his corner people try to make it a bigger deal than it really was. We stopped allowing fighters to have their corner men apply Vaseline to them in the locker-room because we did find that some people were applying it to areas that were illegal. You have commissioners in the back that work both MMA and Boxing matches and sometimes those lines get crossed because there are some differences between the two that sometimes get overlooked. So that is why the fighters get there pre-fight Vaseline at the cage now. This allows the referee or an inspector to watch the cut-man or cornerman when it is applied. Even now though there are times that Vaseline still ends up on a fighter’s back by accident. I don’t think it was intentional or an attempt to cheat but I agree it should have been stopped by the inspector and checked to make sure who ever was applying the Vaseline to GSP’s face didn’t touch him anywhere else. I think the situation was handled well and it wasn’t like they were rubbing handfuls of Vaseline all over his chest and back. I think it has been blown out of proportion and that it didn’t have any effect on the fight. The new rules established by the UFC should stop these incidents from occurring in the future but there is still going to be the chance that the cut-man accidentally touches the fighter somewhere other than his face. Its just human error and not cheating. As far as B.J. goes, I am sure he is upset that it happened but I highly doubt he is going to use that as an excuse for why he lost the fight.
"XCF: Rumble in Racetown" salaries: Frank Trigg and Terry Martin top earners
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $52,400.
The full list of payouts included:
Frank Trigg: $10,000 (no win bonus)
def. Danny Babcock: $1,500
Zak Cummings: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Terry Martin: $10,000
Jesse Taylor: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus)
def. Gert Kocani: $800
Marcus Jones: $3,500 (no win bonus)
def. John Juarez: $1,000
T.J. Cook: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Scott Harper: $2,000
Todd Cutler: $1,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
def. Jeremy May: $2,000
Gilbert Burgos: $1,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
def. Chris Thorne: $800
Ryan Keenan: $1,000 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Blake Bowman: $1,000
Vagner Rocha: $500 (no win bonus)
def. Allen Arzeno: $300
"Wargods: Valentine's Eve Massacre" salaries: Shamrock and "Tank" paydays
According to the CSAC, the Wargods events drew 2,805 attendees for a $90,745 live gate.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $82,150.
The full list of payouts included:
Ken Shamrock: $25,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ross Clifton: $4,000
Mike Moreno: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Gary Padilla: $2,500
David "Tank" Abbott: $20,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mike Bourke: $5,000
Isaac De Jesus: $3,500 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Ashe Bowman: $2,000
Rick Reeves: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Nate James: $1,500
Josh Haynes: $3,000 (no win bonus)
def. Rafael Del Real: $2,500
Zoila Fravsto: $1,250 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Karina Hallinan: $750
Ron Kessler: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Darrin Freeman: $1,250
Daley Misses Weight for MFC 20
Paul Daley failed to make weight for his bout with former Bodog Fight welterweight champion Nick Thompson at Maximum Fighting Championship 20. Daley checked in at 171.5 pounds at Thursday’s official weigh-in and will forfeit 25 percent of his pay to Thompson.
“I really want to apologize to the MFC and to Nick Thompson for missing weight,” Daley said. “I don’t know why; I hope I’m not making this a habit. Maybe it’s, in part, [due] to the 20-hour flight.”
Daley (19-7-2) has missed weight for each of his past two fights. In December, he came in four pounds overweight for his bout with UFC veteran John Alessio at MFC 19. Daley defeated Alessio by technical knockout midway through the second round.
Nightmare comes to UFC 2009 Undisputed
Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez is the latest confirmed addition to the UFC 2009 Undisputed roster. Video and still Images on IGN.com.
On a side note- I can't remember the last time I was so impatient for a game to get released. Hurry up already!
Into The Crow's Nest - An Exclusive Conversation With David Loiseau
411's Todd Bergman recently had the opportunity to speak with UFC veteran David "The Crow" Loiseau. Among the topics discussed were David's past UFC fights, his return to the Octagon, training, Evan Tanner, the GSP/BJ Penn situation, and the origin of his nickname among other things. This is a candid interview from one of the world's most popular and exciting fighters.
Yes, I am the guy who did this interview!
Sengoku Announces More FWGP Participants
Perhaps not to be outdone by today's announcement of the DREAM Featherweight GP matchups, Sengoku has announced more participants today for it's own FWGP. The new additions include former Shooto Champion Hideki kadowaki and top US rising star LC Davis.