Joachim Hansen Update: NYE Withdrawal Contract-Related, Not Injury-Related
Following his mysterious withdrawal from his New Year’s Eve clash against fellow top 10-ranked lightweight Gesias Cavalcante, reigning Dream Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen seemed to disappear. However, Hansen's business representative now says his being pulled off K-1 Dynamite was not due to injuries, but due to an ongoing contract dispute with FEG.
PPV Numbers Come Into Focus (UFC 91,92,93)
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter updates the numbers for UFC91 and 92, and portends of a strong number for 93:
Update on PPV numbers. For UFC 91 (Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture), the show is at this point verified as doing 920,000 buys. It will probably end up just under or possibly just over one million when all late buys are tabulated. UFC 92 (triple main) is at 1 million. We don’t have a number for UFC 93 based on actual numbers, but trending data indicates about 320,000 buys, a shockingly high number, as it would have beat out the live UFC 90 from Chicago and been nearly 100,000 more buys than any prior U.K. show.
Most believe that Cain is able
It may seem absurd to suggest that a guy coming off knee surgery, and with only four professional fights, is all but a lock to be competing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title before the end of the year.
But then, Brock Lesnar, the UFC champion, is a guy who won the title in his fourth professional fight, so it’s hardly out of the question that Cain Velasquez could have the belt around his waist before 2010 dawns.
“No doubt about it,” UFC president Dana White says assuredly of the likelihood of Velasquez fighting for the title sometime this year.
UFC 97: Kongo Vs Hardonk
Dutch heavyweight Antoni Hardonk (8-4) will face Cheick Kongo (13-4-1) at UFC 97 in Montreal, Fighters Only learned earlier today.
Sources in the Netherlands said the bout agreements have been signed and the fight is all set for the UFC’s second Canadian event.
Kongo was thought to be facing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his next fight, but the Brazilian’s camp recently revealed that fight will not be happening.
Bellator exclusively signs Gonzalez, Soto, Garijo and Aguilar
The upstart Bellator Fighting Championships, which is set to launch on ESPN Deportes in April, today announced four additional signings for its quickly filling fighter roster.
Featherweights Nick Gonzalez and Joe Soto, middleweight Edwin Aguilar and lightweight Diego Garijo were all signed to exclusive deals.
Each fighter will compete in his respective division's 12-week, eight-man tournament.
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua ‘has everything’ to beat Chuck Liddell at UFC 97
“… Shogun will be better next time. He was out of training and rhythm [against Mark Coleman] … It’ll be a tough fight. Liddell hits hard, but I think my brother will be prepared. He knows what to do. My brother is a versatile guy, on the ground and striking. He has everything to beat Liddell, and, if he wins, he can already fight for the belt.”
St. Pierre: 'I never cheated in my life'
Georges St. Pierre has had enough.
The UFC welterweight champion should be celebrating the four-round pummeling he gave lightweight king B.J. Penn last Saturday at UFC 94 in Las Vegas. Instead, St. Pierre’s had to defend his integrity amidst allegations that his cornermen improperly applied Vaseline to the fighter’s shoulders and back during his first two corner breaks.
“Listen, I never cheated in my life,” an animated St. Pierre told Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show on Wednesday. “Let me tell you something, I never said something bad to B.J. Penn. I never answered back to him with what he said. I’ve always been respectful. Even after the fight I went and told him, ‘Hey, keep your head up. You can be proud. You’re a tough guy. You stayed in the ring for a long time.’ But now that he says something like that it bothers me a lot. He already said I was taking steroids, that I was a quitter, that he was blaming me for seeing a sports psychologist and now he says that I cheat because I use Vaseline.”
“Lets go do a rematch with B.J. Penn,” said St. Pierre. “We’re going to do it this summer. St. Pierre-Penn III -- and this time we’ll wear a rash guard. I guarantee you the result will be the same or even worse for him.”
Danillo Villefort To Make UFC Debut In April
Danillo "Indio" Villefort expects to make his UFC debut in April following the cessation of the WEC's welterweight division.
The Brazilian has fought just once in the WEC, a first-round TKO of Mike Campbell at last month’s WEC 38.
He impressed fans and UFC staff alike and told Brasil Combate that he will be moving up to the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion in the coming months.
Clay Guida Wants Sean Sherk Next
Clay Guida tells FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he wants a piece of former lightweight champion Sean Sherk. Unfortunately for Guida it's likely not happening for a while because Sherk is set to face Frank Edgar on May 23.
11 participants announced for DREAM FWGP
HEIWA DREAM.7 Featherweight GP 2009 1st Round
Date: March 8th, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Featherweight GP Participants:
Kim Jong Won
Evan Dunham to replace David Baron @ UFC 95 Vs Per Eklund
UFC 95 has been hit with another late injury, as French lightweight David Baron has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled undercard bout against Per Eklund. In place of Baron, the UFC has signed undefeated prospect Evan Dunham to step in on short notice.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news from a source close to the fight on Wednesday.
Jon Jones has a major advantage
“I think that’s going to be a problem for a lot of fighters. It comes really natural for people to clinch up, especially when strikes are being thrown, and big hits are landed. Once you do something so much, it’s going to be hard for fighters to break out of that bad habit of clinching right away. The clinch is huge in mixed martial arts. And right now I have a major advantage over tons of fighters because I’ve been clinching my whole life. And there’s definite rules and definite no-nos when you’re clinching with someone when it comes to Greco. And [opponents] so far have done everything wrong from the clinch, besides striking…. And it’s not even that I go into Greco mode. Because it’s not even thought about or set up. It’s just like, I know at least 20 different ways of throwing people.”
Catone Rolls With The Punches For UFC Debut
Nick Catone has officially been signed to the UFC for several months now, but the New Jersey based fighter will finally make his Octagon debut this Saturday night after his original bout in November with "Ultimate Fighter" winner Amir Sadollah was scrapped and pushed back until February.
Dana White Talks Josh Neer, Anthony Johnson, Ultimate Fight Night 17
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is on a roll on pay-per-view, with events that did in the neighborhood of 1 million pay-per-view buys in each of the last three months -- an unprecedented level of pay-per-view success for any organization in any sport.
But when I talked to UFC President Dana White on Wednesday, he sounded more excited discussing the fights that the UFC is putting on for free on basic cable, starting with this Saturday night's UFC Fight Night on Spike TV.
Why Isn't Rampage Jackson Fighting Rashad Evans First?
After some speculation that turned out wrong, here's the answer from Dana White:
When do you think we'll see Lyoto Machida again and who might his opponent be?
That's a good question. That's going to depend on how the light heavyweight fights shake out in the next couple of fights. Obviously, Keith Jardine and Rampage Jackson are fighting (at UFC 96). Rampage is next in line for a title shot.