With UFC 96 nearly sold out, UFC vows return trips to Columbus
On the eve of what will be the UFC's third blockbuster event in Columbus, Ohio, UFC 96 is nearly sold out with fewer than one thousand tickets remaining for the 19,000-seat Nationwide Arena.
Dana White discussed the sales figures during Thursday's pre-UFC 96 press conference, and the UFC President promised the UFC will return to Columbus for future shows.
As detailed in today's Dayton Daily News, Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato certainly approves of the plans and on Thursday presented White with a lifetime matchmaker's license in Ohio.
Heading into UFC 96, the bite is back in Quinton Jackson's bark
Nightfall, a black sky lightly whitewashed by clouds and glazed by the light of a full moon. That's when it's Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's time to play. He borrows that old World Wrestling Federation Junkyard Dog gimmick by adorning not a collar, but a heavy chain. He looks up, and under nature's spotlight, he howls.
Feeling it: A UFC 96 interview with Tim Boetsch
UFC light heavyweight Tim Boetsch is set to make his third straight appearance inside the Octagon when he takes on the well-rounded Jason Brilz at UFC 96 “Jackson vs. Jardine” this Saturday, March 7, from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
“The Barbarian” made his debut against David Heath at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” last February in which he had less than two weeks to prepare after Tomasz Drwal went down with a knee injury at the last minute.
Mauricio Rua Not Looking Past Chuck Liddell At UFC 97
In recent comments made to the TATAME website, Mauricio Rua says he wasn't happy with his performance against Mark Coleman in his last fight, and is now focusing on Chuck Liddell and not the UFC Light Heavyweight TItle. Rua says that Wanderlei Silva told him if he goes into the Chuck fight "focused and with gas", he wins.
Dana: Nogueira Had Staph Infection Going Into 92
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira apparently wasn't the fighter he usually is against Frank Mir at UFC 92, and now Dana White is telling us why. Though he didn't have blood tests to prove this, Dana said he could tell just by looking at Nog that the fighter had a "real bad" staph infection going into the fight.
Bobby Lashley discusses upcoming fight vs. Ken Shamrock
There has been much speculation as to how Bobby Lashley would fare in the very real fighting world of mixed martial arts when the former NAIA wrestling champion made the announcement that he would be joining the sport in early 2008 but the former WWE superstar turned professional fighter showed the world that he is taking this MMA thing seriously when he made his professional debut a succesful one. In December of 2008 Lashley made the jump into mixed martial arts official when it took him all of :41 seconds to dispatch of Joshua Franklin at the MFA: There Will Be Blood event.
UFC HEADS TO PHILADELPHIA IN 2009
As the UFC expands their business worldwide, the sport's #1 promotion hasn't forgotten about new U.S. markets as well, and on Thursday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that they will head to Philadelphia before 2009 is over.
The state of Pennsylvania just officially ratified the rules and regulations of mixed martial arts on Feb 27 and it looks like the state will welcome the UFC this year as a way to celebrate the sport in the Keystone state.
The Company Making the UFC Undisputed Video Game May Be Going Under
The first UFC videogame, titled Undisputed, for the next generation of consoles is currently in development by THQ. But the international developer and publisher of videogames is facing tough financial times.
THQ has lost $334 million dollars this year and their stock prices has fallen from $20 a share to $2 a share.
Now according to Michael Hickey of Janco Partners, the company has a fifty percent chance of going bankrupt (via gamereplays.org).
Currently THQ is trying to save over $220 million next year and are preapring to slash over 600 employees. However, the prognosis remains dark for THQ.
Evans Will defend This Summer Against Rampage Or Machida
With UFC 96 only 2 days away, Quinton Rampage Jackson and Keith Jardine, met the press at the customary pre-fight press conference to address last minute questions about their fight and of course what will happen in the light heavyweight division after their bout is over.
UFC President Dana White announced at the press conference that UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, would be defending his title this summer against either Jackson if he is victorious against Jardine, or Lyoto Machida if Jardine wins. White was also adamant in saying that if Jardine does get the win, he will get closer to a title shot, and he will fight Evans if he's still the champion.
Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz Back on at UFC 99
Terry Etim (12-2) will be fighting Justin Buchholz at UFC 99 later this year, Fighters Only was informed earlier today.
The Liverpool lightweight earned plaudits and comparisons with Anderson Silva after his profile-raising head kick KO win over Brian Cobb at UFC 95 late last month.
Etim (3-2 in the UFC) was supposed to fight Buchholz (1-1 in the UFC) at that event but a bad staph infection meant that Cobb had to be drafted in as a replacement.
Ricco Rodriguez To PFC, Possible Title Shot Imminent
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez has signed a 3-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championship (PFC) and a shot at the PFC Heavyweight Championship, currently vacant, appears imminent. His first PFC fight is May 8, but it's not yet known if he'll get to fave Lavar Johnson for the vacant title.
Jardine Might Go Back To Heavyweight
Keith Jardine has suggested he might move to the heavyweight division if he beats Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson this Saturday.
“I have no problem jumping to heavyweight. I’m going to be here a long time and things will work out,” he told Yahoo! Sports.
He made the comment in response to the commonly-posed question of what he would do if he found himself being lined up for a title shot against light-heavyweight boss Rashad Evans.
Three preliminary bouts signed for April 11 "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz"
With the main card for Strikeforce's April 11 "Shamrock vs. Diaz" event complete, the California based organization has moved on to filling out the preliminary portion of the evening.
Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the addition of Zak Bucia vs. James Terry, Eric Lawson vs. Richard Montoya and Buck Meredith vs. Luke Rockhold.
Afromowitz said Strikeforce will soon confirm two final bouts for the evening's preliminary card.
Carano, Santos, LaRosa and Fuji top WAMMA's inaugural female rankings
WAMMA today released the organization's inaugural female rankings, and top fighters Gina Carano (7-0), Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (6-1), Tara LaRosa (16-1) and Megumi Fuji (16-0) have been officially recognized as the world's No. 1-ranked women combatants.
WAMMA's initial efforts include top-10 rankings in the bantamweight (115.1-125 pounds), super bantamweight (125.1-135 pounds), and featherweight (135.1-145 pounds) weight classes.
Carano and Santos were announced as the co-No. 1 fighters of the featherweight division in the release from WAMMA.
A Day In The Life Of An Aspiring MMA Fighter
The life of a mixed martial arts fighter can be very glamorous when reaching the level of athletes like Chuck Liddell or Georges St. Pierre, but almost every person entering the sport starts out at the bottom rung of the ladder, trying to work their way up.
Enter the story of Davin Clark, a young fighter who works with the team at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., who is currently 1-0 as a professional, just looking for his chance to get better and make his way to a major promotion like the UFC.