Urijah Faber wants to avenge loss to Tyson Griffin
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Urijah Faber knows he has bigger things to worry about -- such as Sunday's WEC 34 main event fight with Jens Pulver -- but the 29-year-old fighter says he eventually wants to avenge his only career loss.
Faber won his first eight professional fights before suffering a third-round TKO loss to current UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin at a September 2005 Gladiator Challenge event.
During a special podcast session coordinated by VERSUS, Faber said that he wants a second chance at beating Griffin, and he's willing to move up a weight class to get it.
Phil Baroni Vs Joey Villasenor Fight Preview
Elite XC “Saturday Night Fights” is set to go off live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., this Saturday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. To get us prepared for the historic event, we plan to showcase a daily feature for each main card fight leading up to the historic mixed martial arts debut on network television. These features will include information on the fighters, predictions, as well as training notes and quotes from each fighter.
The second fight set for the televised main card of the night is a middleweight showdown between Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni (10-9) and Joey Villasenor (25-6).
Matt Brown Vs Matt Aroyo - TUF 7 Finale
It’s another battle of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestants as season six alumnus Matt “No Regard” Arroyo (3-1) is scheduled to face season seven’s Matt Brown (6-6) on The Ultimate Fighter 7 finale at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET on SpikeTV.
MMAmania.com exclusively learned of the welterweight bout earlier this evening.
UFC confirms Kevin Burns vs. Roan Carneiro for UFC 85
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported earlier this week, UFC newcomer Kevin Burns (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will replace Ryo Chonan (14-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 85, where he'll take on Roan Carneiro (12-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a preliminary bout.
The UFC today confirmed the bout.
The reason for Chonan's departure from the card wasn't originally known, but according to UFC.com, he suffered a rib injury while preparing for the bout.
Burns, an Iowa-based fighter, has posted stoppages in all five of his career victories -- three by way of submission. Earlie this month, he knocked out Bobby Voelker for the Victory Fighting Championship interim welterweight title.
He'll now take on Carneiro, a member of the Florida-based American Top Team who most recently defeated Tony DeSouza at UFC 79.
"He is an extremely tough opponent with great wrestling skills and top positioning," Burns stated. "He is definitely looking to take his fights to the ground and look for the submission. He has also fought some of the toughest in the world."
Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva: “This victory is ours”
My greatest joy was without a doubt to be able to bring happiness to those of you who never gave up on believing in me. My true friends, now we have been redeemed. I spent the day reading and re-reading the messages from you on the internet. You have no idea how happy I am. I am certain any fighter would love to have fans like you. I went through three hard months, training for this fight, and it wasn’t just once or twice that the messages from you uplifted me and stimulated me to keep on training intensely. This fight was decisive. I was under a lot of pressure. I had to win by all means. But at these tough times I could see you guys were with me. To have the affection of you guys on my side is an honor, it is priceless. I was very moved and felt like crying after the win. Thank God I cry from happiness. At that moment I thought of all of you excited by this so long-awaited moment!! Now you can also talk to me on MySpace (myspace.com/wanderleisilva). Here I’ll be able to get to know you better. I haven’t the words to thank you enough for the strength you have given me. Let’s beat our chests and celebrate with much joy, because this victory is ours!! Thank you so much.”
-UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva sends a personal message to his fans via his after defeating Keith Jardine at UFC 84: Ill Will in just 36 seconds.
Sean Sherk talks UFC 84 loss to BJ Penn
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk was defeated by reigning champion B.J. Penn at UFC 84. Like most other perfectionists, Sherk is his own worst critic.
"There's a few things I should have and would have done different if I could do it again," Sean Sherk told MMAWeekly.com. "You know? You always look back after the fight is over and you say, “I should have done this, I wish I would have done that.” It's the same thing. There's a couple of things I could have done differently. All and all, I guess I came here with something to prove hopefully I did that."
Penn was consistently able to land his jab throughout the fight. Given a second chance, Sherk said he would have implemented more head movement among other things. "I know a lot of times when he was hitting that jab was when I stopped moving. I stopped moving my head, and his placement on punches was really good," said the Minnesota native.
"He kept finding, as you can see, he kept finding my eye. He was working that cut. He has a real fast jab and good placement on it, so I should have kept my head moving a little more."
Following the fight, many questioned Sherk's strategy to remain standing with Penn. "I wanted to show everyone that I can box,” said Sherk. "People want to see diversity in this sport. I'm not a one-dimensional fighter like people think I am, and I came here with something to prove.
"I wanted to gain respect back from the fans, first of all. Secondly, I wanted to give the fans something they paid for. People paid a lot of money to come see this fight, so I wanted to hopefully re-establish myself I guess is what I'm trying to say."
Sean Sherk finds himself back in the mix of UFC lightweight contenders. While it's not a career path he wanted to take, it makes for several interesting match ups for the former lightweight champion
Another UFC 85 change: Eddie Sanchez replaces Neil Wain
The ever-changing UFC 85 fight card has been tagged with another late change: Eddie Sanchez (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will step in to replace Neil Wain (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a UFC 85 preliminary bout with Antoni Hardonk (6-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
The organization updated the event's fight card earlier today.
A broken nose has sidelined Wain, an undefeated English fighter who recently signed a four-fight deal with the UFC.
Marshall Signs With PFC
Former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Doug Marshall, coming off losing his title to Brian Stann, has signed a 1-fight deal with Palace Fighting Championships. He'll fight July 18 for PFC after being granted permission by WEC to sign the deal (he remains under contract to WEC).
On a crisp November morning in Culver City, Calif., Gina Carano pulled up in front of Sony Pictures Studios. It was the final day of cuts for "American Gladiators," the popular spandex-laden, physical-challenge driven TV series that thrived on Saturday night television from 1989-1996.
Carano hadn't been aware of the show when news leaked of the latest guilty pleasure revival. She hadn't waited in the lines of thousands that churned out as many pull-ups as they could muster at rapid-fire pace or catapulted their bodies from end-to-end of a gymnasium in the hopes of catching the right producer's eye.
Instead, NBC producers had seen Carano -- who had fought two of her five career MMA bouts under the newly-formed EliteXC banner that year on Showtime -- and wanted her. She had turned down audition after audition, until her coach of four months, six-time UFC champion Randy Couture, encouraged her to head down to Los Angeles and at least give it a try.
Sitting outside the studio, looking up at the massive white building in front of her, Carano made a decision. She started her car, pulled out of the parking lot, and kept driving until she reached a friend's house in San Diego.
"I didn't want it to take away from who I am. I wanted to live up to my responsibilities of being a well-known female MMA fighter," says Carano. "I wanted to be good for the sport."
Carano's name, along with her beautiful face and a physique more suited for modeling then fighting, had become a regular fixture of EliteXC advertisements played in diligent rotation on Showtime. Carano's gutsy performance with fellow femme Julie Kedzie for EliteXC "Destiny" that previous February has not only helped launch the fledgling promotion, it had cemented at least a temporary home for female fighters.
The dimple-cheeked 26-year-old was crowned "The Women's Face of MMA," and with good reason. EliteXC executives saw that same intangible quality that fueled NBC producers to go back to the raven-haired beauty one last time and convince her to finally join the "American Gladiators" cast the night before shooting was scheduled to begin. This time, Carano hesitantly agreed.
Toe-to-toe with ‘Lil’ Evil’
Pulver dropped down to 145 pounds, his natural weight where he feels more comfortable, for his WEC debut and submitted highly-touted Cub Swanson with a guillotine choke.
That victory earned him a title shot against Faber, who is one of the fastest rising stars in mixed martial arts.
Garcia looking to clear his name, eyeing return to the cage.
WEC featherweight Leonard Garcia (11-3) has lived through a roller coaster of emotions over the past 12 months.
The 28-year-old first came in to prominence with a spirited decision loss to lightweight Roger Huerta at UFC 69 in April 2007. And after mixed results in Garcia's next two fights, "Bad Boy" decided to drop to his natural weight of 145 pounds, and he earned an impressive first-round-TKO victory over Hiroyuki Takaya at February's WEC 32.
Pulver and Faber discuss fight strategy
WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (20-1) says Jens Pulver's (22-8-1) only chance at victory at Sunday's WEC 34 event is via knockout; Pulver doesn't disagree.
The two fighters discussed their upcoming bout and fight strategies in a video clip released by VERSUS.
The cable station airs the title fight and the rest of WEC 34's televised main card on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
Kevin Burns expected to replace Ryo Chonan at UFC 85
UFC newcomer Kevin "The Fire" Burns (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will likely replace Ryo Chonan (12-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 85, where he'll meet Roan Carneiro (14-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the night's preliminary card.
Sources close to Burns today told MMAjunkie.com that the Nebraska-based fighter has agreed to be a late replacement at next weekend's pay-per-view event.
UFC 84 Payouts Revealed
The NSAC has released the fighter payouts from UFC 84. The total disclosed payouts, which do not include sponsor money, other bonuses, etc. totaled just over $1.23 million.