Griffin vs. Aurelio for 86
UFC lightweights Tyson Griffin (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Marcus Aurelio (16-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet at UFC 86, an event that takes place July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The fight, which will likely appear on the televised portion of the pay-per-view event, was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
Matt Serra Quick Quote: "Boo Me You Drunks!"
Matt Serra still has no love for Georges St. Pierre going into UFC 83, and now he's trying to show he also has no love for the Montreal crowd, which will be heavily pro-GSP in their UFC Welterweight Title fight. He even told the "drunks" to boo him.
Silva Still Wants Jones
Although UFC has nixed any chances of a boxing match between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. anytime soon, Silva still is confident the fight will happen. Silva says the fight is "my huge personal wish".
Sasaki-Santiago Take 2 At Sengoku 2
The Yuki Sasaki-Jorge Santiago fight that was originally set for November's Strikeforce event but cancelled at the last minute has now been rescheduled. World Victory Road announecd the fight for May 18 at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo as part of WVR's Sengoku 2 event.
Report: NSAC requires Sean Sherk to submit extra drug test
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will be required to undergo additional drug testing prior to his showdown with reigning 155-pound kingpin, BJ Penn, at UFC 84: “Ill Will” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 24, according to MMAPredictions.com.
It looks like they are making an example out of Sherk. I wonder if some of the other fighters who tested positive in the past had to do the same?
Kurt Angle says he and Couture are signed
Take it for what you will, Kurt Angle opening his mouth, but that’s the word according to Rajah.com, citing an interview with Angle on KHTK 1140 in Sacramento.
Angle states he’s doing different things from tv shows to movies to an upcoming “MMA fight” with Randy Couture:
Former UFC Middleweight Terry Martin Leaves MMA for Boxing
For now, at least, he's trying his hand at something new:
.Martin, who's from Chicago, has given up his UFC dream for now and will step in the ring as a boxer for the first time Friday night as part of an ``8 Count Productions'' card. Martin will face Ricardo Upchurch at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Park in a scheduled four-rounder. He'll fight at the 190-pound cruiserweight level, which should alleviate a problem he had making 185 pounds with the UFC.
- ST. PIERRE FOCUSED ON SERRA, OPEN TO SILVA
Make no mistake about it Georges St. Pierre is currently focused on reclaiming the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title he lost at the hands of Matt Serra. He will get his chance, in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal, on April 19 when the two meet in the main event of UFC 83.
“I do a lot of imagery. I have seen these things before and when I walk into the Octagon on April 19 it seems to me it won’t be the first time that it has happened because I have been through the scenario before,” said St. Pierre on Thursday’s pre-fight conference call.
One year after winning UFC title. Serra still looking for respect
NEW YORK - Fight! Black Belt. Fitness RX. FightSport. Status Fitness. Ultimate Grappling.
Those are just some of the magazines slated to feature mixed martial arts fighter Georges St. Pierre on the cover in advance of his April 19 fight against welterweight champion Matt (The Terror) Serra at UFC 83 in Montreal's Bell Centre. St. Pierre's management counts nine potential covers as well as fashion spreads in two other magazines.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: MMAmania.com exclusive UFC 83 interview with Michael Bisping
It’s no secret that Michael “The Count” Bisping and Charles “Chainsaw” McCarthy are not exactly friendly with one another. The two have traded insults over the past few weeks. You can see the evidence here and here.
But a week from Saturday all will be settled inside the Octagon. They’ll have a chance to put their money where their mouths are at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? on April 19 in Montreal, Quebec.
HDNet v. Zuffa Remanded To State Court
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has granted HDNet's emergency motion to remand its lawsuit against Zuffa to Texas State Court. Zuffa had removed the declaratory judgment action concerning Randy Couture's promotional contract to Federal Court last month. Wednesday's ruling represents a procedural victory for HDNet and Couture.
Randy Couture Signs Exclusive Sponsorship With Everlast
The following is provided courtesy of a press release from Everlast:
Everlast Worldwide Inc., manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods, apparel, footwear, and other active lifestyle products under the Everlast brand name is proud to announce that they have partnered with Randy “The Natural” Couture with a long term exclusive contract. Couture a six-time UFC Champion and the most celebrated name in the sport was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and was the first fighter to hold titles in both the Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions.
This long-term partnership marks the commitment of Everlast to become the premiere brand in the fastest growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The partnership with Couture allows him to exclusively wear Everlast fight shorts, fight gloves, training equipment and training apparel. In addition, Everlast will be the exclusive equipment and apparel sponsor of Xtreme Couture Gyms, in all locations. Together, Everlast and Couture will collaborate on a co-branded line of MMA equipment that will set the standard for equipment and apparel in MMA. Additionally, the partnership will work on developing grassroots programs to teach the youth, and create fitness clinics and retail concept shops.
Randy Couture: "It's Going To Be Interesting To See How Emelianenko Deals With Him!"
“… we’ll see what happens. I think it’s going to be an interesting fight. Fedor just fought a pretty tall opponent in Hong Man Choi, so obviously he’s been in that mode of dealing with a guy that size, but I think Tim is a little more seasoned fighter than Hong Man has proved to be. But Hong Man wasn’t easy so it will be interesting to see how Emelianenko deals with him and a pretty good indicator for me, having just fought Tim this last year, as to where I stand and how things might go if I finally get the chance to fight Fedor.”
Eddie Alvarez vs. Joachim ‘Hellboy’ Hansen DREAM fight set for May 11
About three weeks ago, EliteXC lent out its up and coming lightweight star, Eddie Alvarez, to the Japanese promotion DREAM so he could compete in a 16-man lightweight grand prix tournament.
EliteXC allows most of their fighters to compete outside their organization, probably because more exposure can’t be a bad thing for any fighter. So Eddie was shipped overseas to represent the promotion in a tournament that they knew a lot of people would be watching … or at least paying attention to.
Alvarez did not disappoint, stopping Andre “Dida” Amade in the first round with strikes. The fight was not only impressive for Eddie because of the level of competition, but he was fighting a long way from home, really on the big stage for the first time in his career, and he dominated.
That left five possible candidates for a round two opponent: Tatsuya Kawajiri, Joachim Hansen, Katsuhiko Nagata, Luiz Firmino or Mitsuhiro Ishida. All very good fighters and any one of which would provide a solid fight and test for Alvarez.
It was recently announced it would be “Hellboy” Hansen and the fight would take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on May 11.
Mirko Cro Cop: ‘My motivation is very high, I’ve never been so motivated!’
Mirko Cro Cop — the Pride FC 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix Champion and three-fight UFC veteran — today held a live chat with fans over at MMA-ID.com.
He answered a ton of questions, including his plan to compete twice more under the DREAM banner and return to the Octagon to avenge losses to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo. In addition, the Croatian is set on rematching Fedor Emelianenko on New Year’s Eve — regardless of the promotion.