Fitch talks title shot, GSP/Serra 2, and more
Our friends Chris Fries and The JDH of Tagg Radio's The Lights Out Show interviewed top UFC welterweight contender, Jon Fitch on their last show (volume 113). Jon is obviously very interested in this weekend's Serra/GSP fight, since he will likely be facing the winner. Here are some excerpts from the show.
FITCH ON GETTING A TITLE SHOT NEXT
"The only way I could see not getting a title shot is if they push the (Matt) Hughes vs (Matt) Serra fight for a title (if Serra beats St. Pierre)."
FITCH ON WHO WILL WIN SERRA/GSP 2
"St. Pierre is going to find a way to put him (Serra) away by the end of the second (round)."
FITCH ON MOVING UP IN WEIGHT
Many of you may not know, but Fitch has fought as big as 205, with many of his fights coming in at 185. Here's what he had to say when asked if he would consider moving up to 185 again when the time was right.
"Yeah. I don't want to fight the same six guys ten times. A lot of times rematches and trilogies are a waste. You got to mix it up a little bit."
Jon also speaks out on Karo Parisyan allegedly "ducking" Fitch before and if Karo deserved a title shot had he beaten Thiago Alves.
To hear the rest of this interview, tune into The Lights Out Show on the Tagg Radio Network at www.TaggRadio.com. Live shows every Tuesday and Thursday 8e/5p. Archive shows available to listen to anytime afterward at www.thelightsoutshow.com, www.iTunes.com, and www.myspace.com/thelightsoutshow.
Interesting Article on Michael Westbrook
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was early evening at Arizona Combat Sports and the man behind the counter had his feet propped on a desk and his hands folded comfortably behind his head.
A visitor inquired about the whereabouts of Michael Westbrook.
"I'm Michael Westbrook,'' the man said as he stood and offered a handshake and smile.
Those are gestures Westbrook couldn't offer with much certainty or happiness a decade ago in the middle of a turbulent NFL career, when outrageous expectations, eggs bouncing off his front door and rumors about his sexual orientation made life miserable.
As Westbrook, 35, began giving a tour of the mixed-martial arts training facility, he was downright gleeful. Funny, but the writer and photographer he guided are members of the media, a group Westbrook collectively despised when he was playing wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and failing to live up to the lofty expectations that came with being the fourth overall pick in the 1995 draft.
Report: EliteXC signs Cyril Diabate
EliteXC has signed PRIDE and Cage Rage veteran Cyril “The Snake” Diabate, according to a report by Brian Knapp of The Fight Network.
Knapp confirmed the news with Diabate’s manager, Ken Pavia. A debut date and an opponent has not been determined.
Diaz to fight Corbbrey on June 14
Nick Diaz has officially been added to EliteXC’s June 14 show in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a recent announcement by ProElite.com. The web site has also revealed that Diaz’s opponent for the event will be ShoXC veteran Muhsin Corbbrey.
UFC owners: Ultimate Cash Machines
There’s a rather revealing article on Forbes.com that delves into the history of Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta — majority owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) — and their rise to the top of the mixed martial arts circuit.
Maia talks Herman at Ufc 83
Demian Maia (Pictures) debuted in the UFC in October 2007 with an impressive first-round submission of Ryan Jensen (Pictures). The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt returns to the Octagon April 19 in Canada for a middleweight bout against Ed Herman (Pictures).
Sherdog.com spoke with Maia about that match and the future of the 185-pound weight class...
MMA injury statistics
This is a great article about the Injury reports in MMA from 02-07. It is suprisingly low. I think it is great news because a lot of people don't consider MMA a legitimate sport. And this proves how civil and professional it really is. It is worth a look check it out.
- FRANKLIN MOVES PAST SILVA; FOCUSED ON LUTTER
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Rich “Ace” Franklin will look to get back to his winning ways this Saturday night when he takes on Travis Lutter. Both fighters are looking to find their way back to the top of the 185-pound weight class.
Franklin has been a mainstay in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio for many years, working with coaches like Jorge Gurgel and Neal Rowe, but for the fight with Lutter, the former champion has moved his camp to the Northwest and started training with Matt Hume.
In a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio, Franklin divulged that after working with Hume for a short time prior to his second fight with Anderson Silva, he decided to split his camp between Cincinnati and working in Seattle with Hume. He believes the change will do nothing but positives for his overall game.
Monson vs. Randleman headlines June 21 Global Fighting event
Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman (16-12) and one-time top UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson (24-7) have been signed to headline a June 21 Global Fighting event.
The show takes place at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. It'll be the first time that the venue, which was formerly known as Charlotte Bobcats Arena, hosts an MMA event.
i got Randleman in this, but that might be bc i want him to win .
who ya'll got?
Mirko Cro Cop's Agent Turned Down Offer To Fight Semmy Schilt
Ken Imai, Mirko Cro Cop's agent recently admitted that he turned down an offer to fight K-1 Superstar Semmy Schilt under MMA rules at Dream 1.
"In DREAM first fight, I reject some matchmake plan," Imai told Kamipro Magazine. This is not Mirko's but my decision. For example, I said no about Mirko vs Semmy Schilt (MMA rules). For Mirko's "Dream" first match, Semmy is too hard."
Revenge or Redemption Awaits at UFC 83
As it turns out, "South Park" was wrong all along and Canada is actually good for something besides mediocre NBA franchises. Namely, hosting big-time MMA cards delivered by the UFC.
This time around we've got Matt Serra (Pictures) and Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) looking to establish who exactly is the world's preeminent welterweight as well as a trio of middleweight dust-ups, the official UFC baptism of an "Ultimate Fighter" champion and an undercard that'll have every fan praying for some quick finishes.
Fertittas bought Japanese martial arts business to kill it
It was touted to be a mixed martial arts merger like that of the National Football League and American Football League. Japan-based Pride fighting was brought under the same ownership as the Ultimate Fighting Championship a year ago, which was supposed to lead to uniform rules and a big step in the evolution of a fledgling sport.
But what was dubbed by some as the pending "Super Bowl of Mixed Martial Arts" never happened. Now the biggest matchup appears to be scheduled for a federal courtroom.
Not being funny, but they bought so they can do what they please with it. As much as I might think them mad for breaking up the company when they could have turned it into UFC Japan or something and missing a great opportunity. At the end of the day it's their money.
HCF Postpones May 10 Card
Saying its pending restructuring under new ownership has been extended by the due diligence process, Hardcore Championship Fighting on Tuesday announced the postponement of its May 10 card in Calgary.
California Moving To Add Amateur MMA
CSAC executive director Armando Garcia is hoping to make amateur MMA legal in California by the end of the year. Currently, only "professional" MMA is legal in the state. The program, if approved, would likely start in December or January '09 with stricter rules for amateur fights.
Korean MMA Star Not Fighting Again For 2+ Years
South Korea's millitary just got a giant commitment...literally. Hong-Man Choi, the 7'2", 350 pound MMA giant, has enrolled in the Korean military for a mandatory 24-27 month period of service, required because he is from South Korea. He had put it off for sometime, but decided to do it now.
UFC 83 weigh-in details and info for Serra vs. St. Pierre 2 PPV event
The official weigh-in for UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2” will take place this Friday (April 18) at 4 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Not surprisingly, the pre-fight festivities for the first-ever show for the promotion in Canada, which takes place the following day (Saturday, April 19), will be beamed LIVE across the Internet via streaming video.
In fact, ESPN.com, NBCSports.com, Sympatico MSN, Yahoo!Sports.com and FoxSports.com will all air the weigh-in for UFC 83 LIVE on their Web sites this Friday, according to UFC.com.