Serra Looks Forward To 2009, Hughes Fight
While limited to only one fight in 2008, it could be said that last year was possibly the most important of former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Matt Serra’s career.
After shocking the MMA world with his win over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 in April of 2007, he entered last year with a newfound level of respect for how he rose to the top of the welterweight division, via hard work and dedication.
It was with that same admiration that fans continued to support him after losing to St. Pierre in their rematch at UFC 83, cementing his place as one of the sport’s most popular fighters.
UFC VP Marc Ratner Clarifies Corner Changes
The news broke at the UFC Fight Night 17 event last Saturday that a rule change had been made in regards to corner men applying Vaseline to their fighters in between rounds, and that only cut men assigned by the promotion would be allowed to do so going forward.
While the rule change for Florida was correct, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner spoke to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday to clarify a few misconceptions about the rule change.
"It's not the UFC, it's the commission that will decide exactly what can be done," Ratner said in an exclusive interview. "Some of that stuff will be brought up at the ABC meetings with all the commissions, but there has been no official UFC policy."
Jason "Mayhem" Miller Vs. Kala Kolohe Hose to Headline Kingdom MMA
The weekend of March 28th will mark the return of World Class mixed martial arts to the Blaisdell Arena. "I started MMA in Hawaii when nobody gave it a chance. I am more excited today about KINGDOM than I was in the early years about Super Brawl." said T.Jay Thompson, Founder Super Brawl/ICON Sport/KINGDOM mma. "We will hold the inaugural event on either Saturday March 28th or Sunday March 29th (final scheduling with Blaisdell Arena pending).
ICON Sport champion Kala Kolohe is eager to prove he is the deserving 185lb Champion in the KINGDOM as he prepares to take on super-star Jason "Mayhem" Miller. "I have already been having dreams of fighting Mr. Miller. He was a great champion. But he gained his fame from the Hawaiian fans and then turned his back on us. He better be ready for a war .....Hawaiian style!" stated Kala Kalohe.
Doctor: Parisyan's Painkiller Cocktail "Unusual"
It is unusual for somebody to mix the three drugs found in the sample provided by Karo Parisyan this week, according to the UFC’s UK ringside physician. Dr. Chris Lam explained that the three drugs - Hydrocodone, Oxymorphone, and Hydromorphone - are all opiates, which are “probably the most powerful pain killer which are routinely used in medicine, normally being reserved for severe pain such as cancer pain”.
Rich Franklin undergoes successful eye surgery to remove scar tissue
Rich Franklin, who suffered a deep eye poke during a UFC 93 main-event loss to Dan Henderson on Jan. 17, underwent successful surgery on Feb. 9 to remove scar tissue from his damaged right eye.
After returning home from the Dublin, Ireland event, Franklin's ophthalmologist initially diagnosed him with a severely scratched cornea.
Earlier this week, he underwent surgery to remove scar tissue that had developed in the affected area.
"The ocular specialist gave Franklin numbing drops followed by several [Lidocaine] injections in the eyeball socket and eyeball itself," Franklin's business manager, J.T. Stewart, said in a statement issued to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "A scalpel was used to cut the scar tissue growth from the eyeball.
"Franklin also has a scar band attaching itself to the eyelid where the eye lid meets the cheek. After another injection to reduce the swelling, the doctor cauterized the eyeball to stop the bleeding."
"War Machine" Busted for Fighting at Gay Club
With a name like War Machine, what do you expect to happen?
Former "Ultimate Fighter" badass Jon Koppenhaver, who goes by the aforementioned MMA nickname, was picked up by Las Vegas PD for misdemeanor battery Saturday morning after allegedly getting into a tussle at Krave Nightclub -- a place described by one of their reps as "gay ... but very straight-friendly."
Bellator Fighting Championships' latest signings add international flavor
The ESPN Deportes-backed Bellator Fighting Championships has signed four additional fighters (from four different countries) for its quickly expanding roster.
The latest round of signings includes Spanish middleweight Daniel Tabera, Mexican featherweight Yahir Reyes, American lightweight Toby Imada and Canadian featherweight Ben Greer.
Each of the four competitors will compete in his respective division's 12-week, eight-man tournament, which could earn each winner $250,000.
Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar 2 to be ’similar to the first’
“Technically, Lesnar has the ‘real’ belt and he can claim that, I’m not bothered. But I have accomplished more than him on the road to the title…. I see the rematch being a similar fight to the first. He will look to overwhelm me quickly but it’s hard to win fights by just overpowering someone. He has the size and his strength is immense but his technical ability is nowhere near mine.”
Josh Thomson fight against KJ Noons reportedly in the works for Strikeforce on April 11
During a conference call today to promote the upcoming Strikeforce event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Showtime on April 11, the promoters hinted at a possible title fight between their 155 pound champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2) and former EliteXC lightweight title holder KJ Noons (7-2).
Thomson captured the Strikeforce world title in June with a unanimous decision over then champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez at Strikeforce: “Melendez vs. Thomson.” He’s fought once since then - a non-title bout against Ashe Bowman (first round technical knockout win) at “Strikeforce at the Mansion II” in September.
The Punk is a worthy champion with a extremely versatile attack. Twelve of his sixteen career wins have been by some form of stoppage (4 technical knockouts and 8 submissions). He holds notable career wins over Duane “Bang” Ludwig, “Razor” Rob McCullough, Hermes Franca, Nam Phan and Melendez.
The predicted match with Noons will be his first official title defense.
Noons became the first ever Elite XC 160 pound champion in November of 2007 with a first round technical knockout win over Nick Diaz at Elite XC: “Renegade.” He successfully defended his belt seven months later at “Return of the King” with a first round stoppage over experience veteran Yves Edwards.
The powers that be at EliteXC decided after that match to book a rematch between Noons and Diaz for the title, but Noons felt that Diaz was undeserving of another shot at his gold, as well as the fact that he felt disrespected by the organization for the way he was being treated.
After weeks of disagreement between the two sides, the promotion decided the best thing to do was to strip Noons of his belt and move in another direction.
“King” Karl was rumored a few weeks back to be signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championships, but that rumor was put to rest with Strikeforce acquiring Noons’ contract from the defunct Pro Elite. KJ hasn’t competed in a professional mixed martial arts match since then.
However, he did take a pro boxing match in November and scored a decisive unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Bogarin. He’s currently riding a three fight winning streak in MMA with all three bouts ending with a (technical) knockout.
Karo Parisyan tests positive for painkillers after UFC 94
Former number one welterweight contender, Karo Parisyan, has tested positive for several painkillers, including Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone, following his controversial split decision win over Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim at UFC 94: “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 31.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today passed along the results to MMAmania.com.
“The Heat” has recently battled a nervous disorder, as well as injuries, which forced him out of a match against Yoshiyuki Yoshida less than 24 hours before showtime back in September 2008.
More on this breaking news in a bit. The other fighters tested on the card all passed their respective screenings for illegal/banned substances.
Taiki Beats Shoji, Now Confirmed For DREAM FWGP
The DREAM of D.J. taiki is one step closer to reality. At today's DEEP event at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, taiki beat Shoji Maruyama by unanimous decision to earn a berth in the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix. That makes 12 fighters now confirmed for the FWGP, but still no Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto confirmation although he's likely to get a 1st-round bye.
Fabiano Gets Fredson, Not Faber, At WEC 40
Amidst rumors that he would meet Urijah Faber at WEC 40, Wagnney Fabiano has now agreed to face Fredson Paixao at the event instead. This confirms as false rumors of Fabiano meeting Faber next, stemming from a recent interview with the TATAME website.
Jens Pulver NOT Retiring
''After sitting for a bit and really thinking about whats next, I have come to terms with my last few fights and the losses that I have been through. I meant what I said I am not done, I am gonna stay the course cause I believe in AMC and Matt Hume. I know that I am improving and I know that what I am learning out there is relevant and I will come back from all this.''
Werdum Wants Fedor
Fabricio Werdum says his dream schedule for the near future would be a rematch with Andrei Arlovski followed by a fight with Fedor Emelianenko.
The Brazilian heavyweight made his UFC debut against Arlovski at UFC 70 in Manchester, England, but the fight was considered below par by fans and its participants alike.
Christian Wellisch and Eddie Sanchez added to list of recent UFC cuts
After Zuffa closed down the welterweight division in the WEC and transferred the top fighters over to the UFC, UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva was left with a roster of over 200 fighters heading into this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17.
In order to alleviate the bloated roster, up to 50 fighters could be cut over the course of the next several months. FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to report that the UFC made a series of cuts over the weekend that included lightweight Rich Clementi, welterweight Luigi Fioravanti, and middleweight Derek Downey.
Five Ounces of Pain has also learned that American Kickboxing Academy light heavyweight Christian Wellisch and heavyweight Eddie Sanchez can now be added to the list as well.
Strikeforce on Kimbo: It’s not his fault
“Picture a guy that has some streetfighting capabilities that seems like he can punch pretty good, but put him in an MMA situation. He’s not a journeyman fighter, he’s not a superstar in MMA –- he’s just learning. He got thrown into the spotlight at a high level where there’s a lot of pressure to perform, but he probably needed 10 to 12 fights under his belt before he took that leap…. I think that if you look back at the past, he could have been built up to have the fights that he needed to face the Seth Petruzellis of the world and be successful, but he wasn’t given the opportunity. When I look at Kimbo, I don’t look at it as his fault. He was in a ‘no win’ situation.”