Travis Lutter interview
On April 19th in Montreal, Travis Lutter and Rich Franklin will face off in a bout to determine who rises to the top of the UFC’s Middleweight landscape. While Franklin has donned UFC gold in the past, Travis Lutter remains unacquainted with the Middleweight strap, but is confident that it will only be a matter of time. MMAFrenzy.com’s Eric Shapiro recently had the opportunity to speak personally with former TUF Alum and Brazilian JiuJitsu specialist Travis Lutter, who shared his thoughts on upcoming opponent Rich Franklin, The Ultimate Fighter series, a grudge against Anderson Silva, and everything in between. Enjoy.
Another Fedor Interview
The following interview was conducted by the Korean MMA site MFight with Fedor Emelianenko:
Q:You will be one of the carriers of the Olympic torch for the Beijing Olympics in St. Petersburg on April 5. How does it feel to represent Russia?
A:(Fedor):I feel very good. I was chosen as one of 5 carriers of the torch. I'm very happy and proud.
(Finkelstein): Many other famous Russian athletes will be carrying the torch including world champion boxer Nikolai Valuev.
WEC 33 Fighters Clean
The drug test results from after WEC 33 have come back. 9 fighters were tested after their fights, and all passed. This keeps intact a streak in Nevada of 3 months without a single failed drug test.
Michael Bisping has a fat little friend named Charles McCarthy
“I suppose he is trying to convince himself that he does belong in there, and I imagine he thinks he is being clever, trying to play mind games and ‘get into my head.’ Some people think if you get someone mad then they won’t perform as well. Congratulations Charles. You succeeded in pissing me off by not only disrespecting me, but all of my previous opponents. If you think that this is a good thing, wrong. You have made a big mistake by making this personal. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not someone to be messed around when I’m pissed. So I will see you on the 19th when I will bring all of my ‘averageness.’ Just hope your ready for this mediocre fighter, because make no mistake my fat little friend, I’m ready for you!”
“The Count” responds directly to this. Here we go … as expected.
"TUF7" Blog: C.B. Dollaway discusses episode No. 1
Imagine putting your training, girlfriend, everything on hold because you were able to pursue your dream.
For a select few and me, we got that chance -- or so we thought.
When I was told I was selected for "The Ultimate Fighter 7," I was told the basics, which included: don't tell anyone, be here by this date, and be ready to go. There were no caveats, but also as I think back, there were not a lot of "welcome aboard" or "glad to have you" comments being made either. It would of stood out, but my trainers and of course my family were telling me congrats and all and filling my head with positive thoughts.
Florian, Lauzon, Irvin and Diaz earn UFN13 "fight night" bonuses
Kenny Florian, Joe Lauzon, James Irvin and Nate Diaz all earned "fight night" bonuses at Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 13 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the fighters received $20,000 bonuses for their performances.
UFC Fight Night 13 took place at the Broomfield Event Center near Denver. The 12-fight event featured a headline bout between Florian and Lauzon, and the main card aired on Spike TV.
Florian defeated Lauzon with a second-round TKO in an entertaining lightweight bout that had title implications. After a close first round, Florian dominated the second after securing the mount position. Both fighters were awarded bonuses for "Fight of the Night."
Irvin, who defeated Houston Alexander and tied the record for the quickest knockout in UFC history, picked of "Knockout of the Night" honors. Irvin set up the eight-second TKO with a Superman punch -- his first punch of the fight -- that floored his opponent. Alexander protested the stoppage with referee Steve Mazzagatti, but it did little good.
Diaz, meanwhile, picked up a "Submission of the Night" bonus for a remarkable, come-from-behind victory over Kurt Pellegrino. After being battered and bloodied in the first round, Diaz secured a fight-ending triangle choke in the second. "The Ultimate Fighter 6" winner, confident in the submission hold, actually flexed for the cameras and celebrated the victory before his opponent tapped out
Florian wants Huerta next
Kenny Florian (9-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC), who defeated Joe Lauzon in the main event of Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 13, could be next in line for a title shot. However, the 31-year-old fighter has his sites set on another fight with one of the division's biggest stars: Roger Huerta (20-1-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC).
"Butterbean" now headlining Yamma
Things have gotten even more complicated for Yamma Pit Fighting.
After a whirlwind of replacements, Sherdog.com has learned that Pat Smith will face Eric "Butterbean" Esch on Yamma's April 11 debut card in Atlantic City. Smith's manager, Tommy Rojas, confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com Wednesday evening.
MMA Fighter Profiled In-Depth In New York Times
The New York Times helped MMA get one more step closer to mainstream acceptance Wednesday. The newspaper featured an in-depth profile of fighter Jamal Patterson, who fights in the IFL and faces IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko Friday night.
Green Jackets & Frozen Feet Tougher Than MMA
At least according to Sports Illustrated. They recently rated the 25 toughest athletes in all sports, and the highest-ranked MMA fighter was #3-Anderson Silva, ranked only behind Iditarod champion Lance Mackey at #2 and Tiger Woods at #1. The only other MMA fighter on the list was Fedor at #8.
Rampage: Coaching skills? I shouldn't even be allowed to carry a Coach wallet
Can you recall your very first fight?
My mom said I've been fighting since I was in Pampers. But the first fight I remember happened when I was 5 years old. I let this kid borrow one of my Hot Wheels cars. A few days later I asked for it back and he said he had lost it. I started walking home and I thought, 'No, I can't let him get away with that.' So I came back and just whooped up on him. He was one of my good friends but I liked my Hot Wheels better.
Did he end up finding your missing Hot Wheels car?
No, but he found a hot ass-whoopin'.
What is the most gruesome injury you've experienced while fighting?
I really don't like thinking about that stuff—but it wasn't very fun when I broke my hand [during his victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 75]. I would say the most gruesome injury I've seen was when Cro Cop got his leg bent backwards [against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70], even though he ended up being all right.
Fairly recent Interview with Mike Whitehead
Mike Whitehead recently left IFL and is now premiering in his first full contact standup fight with XFA. The former UFC fighter from TUF 2 talks about fight organizations including De La Hoya's upcoming Golden Boy and teaches our host, Dave Farra a few moves against Michelle Waterson at the Warrior Training Center.