Wand Breaks Down Liddell-Shogun
“… I told him: Liddell is not Coleman. He is an aggressive guy, has heavy hands and does not give up. If he hits you on the chin, probably a KO. Shogun has a very aggressive style and has to be in very good shape, with much cardio, because he doesn’t stop. He goes with punches, kicks, knees and takedowns. With him there’s no asking to stop. So he has to give good attention to the cardio because his style requires much cardio. He is a very talented guy, but age comes for everyone, including him. Then with time he will realize that nowadays we … must have a higher preparation. The guys are always getting better here. Shogun is a guy who can win the belt soon. He is in the front of the line. I believe in him. I think he’ll have a great performance against Liddell. I would not be surprised if he knocks him out or submits him. If he gets a takedown, I think it ends in the second round by submission.”
Wanderlei Silva has faith that his former Chute Box training partner and good friend, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, will finish former light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, when the pair collide at UFC 97: “Redemption” from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 18. Shogun has battled injuries, as well as serious fatigue, in his two performances inside the Octagon since coming over from Pride FC to much fan fare in late 2007. He has certainly not lived up to the hype as the best 205-pound fighter in the world, losing to Forrest Griffin via submission in his debut and having trouble putting away what should have been a very overmatched Mark Coleman earlier this year. Rua needs to prove that he can hang with the big cats in the UFC. And an impressive win over “Iceman” would do just that.
MATT HAMILL VS BRANDON VERA SET FOR UFC 101
A light heavyweight match-up between Brandon Vera and Matt Hamill is in the works for UFC 101 on Aug. 8 in Philadelphia. A source close to the fight confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com, with *********** first reporting its possibility.
While contracts have yet to be signed, the fighters have agreed to the bout and are expected to make it official in the coming days.
UFC 102: Maia vs. Silva-Leites Winner?
According to sources close to Demian Maia, he is going to be next in line for a UFC Middleweight Title shot against the Anderson Silva-Thales Leites winner. No official date set but the date Maia's camp is expecting would likely put it at UFC 102.
UFC lightweight Roger Huerta waiting for the call to fight his "last fight"
Popular UFC lightweight Roger Huerta - the first mixed martial artist to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated - hasn't been mentioned much in recent months.
After declining to renew his contract with the UFC in January, Huerta said in the most recent episode of HDNet's "Inside MMA" that he's been stuck waiting by the phone.
"To be honest I'm just waiting for that phone call," Huerta said.
K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Yokohama Results
Mitsugu Noda def. Yang Rae Yoo via Unanimous Decision
K-1 Heavyweight Title Tournament Bouts
Keijiro Maeda def. Melvin Manhoef via KO (Punch) at 2:01 of Round 1
Gokhan Saki def. Tyrone Spong via KO (Punch) at 1:57 of Ext. Round
Semmy Schilt def. Hesdy Gerges via Unanimous Decision
Ewerton Teixeira def. Jerome Le Banner via Split Decision (2nd Ext. Round)
Glaube Feitosa def. Junichi Sawayashiki via KO (Punch) at 0:47 of Round 2
Peter Aerts def. Errol Zimmerman via Unanimous Decision (Ext. Round)
K-1 Heavyweight Title Tournament Final
Keijiro Maeda def. Gokhan Saki via Majority Decision (Ext. Round)
Keijiro Maeda becomes the second K-1 Heavyweight Champion!
Remy Bonjasky def. Alistair Overeem via Unanimous Decision (30-28 x 3)
Figured I'd add this considering Overeem and Manhoef's inclusions on the card.
Overeem applauds Bonjasky for services to acting
On cue, Overeem's girlfriend Anne took to the stage to present a replica ‘Oscar’ statuette to a smiling Bonjasky.
Bonjasky did not miss a beat. "I will put this with all my trophies - the big ones! And Alistair, maybe you should stop the drugs, because you're also getting big. Bigger and bigger - even your clothes don't fit you any more!"
Overeem laughed. “I'm from Holland, everybody in Holland does drugs!"
Jake Shields Responds To Joe Riggs
When asked about Riggs’ comments that Shields’ “girlfriend or wife probably slaps him around standing up,” the former EliteXC champion said Riggs should focus on his own game.
“I think he needs to concentrate on his fighting skills instead of talking. I would kick the crap out of him. I don’t think he would make it past the first round with me.
Is Mark Ecko In Serious Financial Trouble?
Possibly, and that's not good for a few notable UFC fighters. Ecko, founder and famed designed of Ecko clothing, is reportedly at least $170 million in debt and may be forced to sell off pieces of his businesses to help financial woes and pay off creditors. Ecko recently started sponsoring MMA fighters including Frank Mir, Michael Bisping, and Nate Diaz.
Lawal To Have ACL Surgery, Out 3 Months
Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal now has some free time now to admire his "kingdom" from his "throne". He's due to have surgery for a completely torn ACL next week, an injury that apparently was bothering him going into Sengoku 7, and is expected to be out 3 months after surgery and including rehab.
Lashley To Face Ex-NFL Player Next
Bobby Lashley's next MMA fight, scheduled for April 25 at XFC Regional Conflict in Tennessee, is now set. Lashley will face Marcus Jones (4-2), a former NFL player taken in the first round by Tampa Bay in '96 who played 6 years in the NFL.
Province Off WEC 40, Budnik In
The injury bug is starting to bite WEC, as there has been another late change to the WEC 40 card. Cole Province, who was to have faced Rafael Dias, is now off due to an undisclosed injury. Mike Budnik is the short-notice replacement.
Royce wants GSP
Royce Gracie was on the Bubba the Love Sponge show yesterday and when asked about his plans to fight again, he said he wanted back into the UFC and was interested in a fight with Georges St Pierre. He even went so far as to tell Bubba to bring it up with Dana when he’s on next week.
Wanderlei Silva Will Show All His Heart On June 13
Despite being in a serious slump lately, Wanderlei Silva says he has no plans to retire soon and will keep fighting as long as people say they'll keep watching his fights because they will be good fights. He also says he will show all his heart on June 13 against Rich Franklin and will be there to KO or be KO'd.
This Day In MMA History: March 27
March 27 is remembered, by MMA fans, as a day that will forever live in infamy. It marked the day Zuffa made a purchase that was to make UFC the MMA megapower of the world. But it ultimately marked the beginning of the journey that, a few months later, ended with the death of the PRIDE Fighting Championships.