Pros Pick: Jackson vs. Jardine
The UFC returns to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday with an intriguing bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and dangerous contender Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine.
Sherdog.com contacted dozens of professional fighters and trainers for their opinions on the UFC 96 main event. Some were reluctant to give a prediction, but plenty were willing to lay their reputations on the line and try to forecast what will transpire in the Octagon.
Matt Hamill Puts The "Ability" In "Disability"
A warning should come for all those who choose to travel with Matt Hamill: If you have a plane to catch or a meeting to make, it might be wise to say your goodbyes and move along without him. Otherwise, you’re going to miss your flight or be woefully late for the meeting. The Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight contender is such a friendly, decent and caring man that he can’t pass up an opportunity to chat up anyone who sidles up and says hello. Hamill, who on Saturday will fight unbeaten Mark Munoz in one of the televised bouts on the pay-per-view card of UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, has performed so many selfless acts over the last five years that the stories of them floating around on Internet bulletin boards are enough to fill a volume the size of “War and Peace.”
Sanchez-Guida Agreed for TUF 9 Finale
Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida are heading straight for one another.
The potent lightweight pair has agreed to meet in the headlining bout of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” finale on June 20 at the Pearl inside the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the fighters. The bout will anchor a night of final deciding bouts for the Spike TV reality series, which begins airing in April.
Sengoku 8 Scheduled For May 2
With everything now in place for Sengoku 7, World Victory Road is moving forward with plans for the following event, Sengoku 8. The promotion announced that Sengoku 8 is scheduled for May 2 with Leonardo Santos the first confirmed participant. The event will air in the US on HDNet.
Tito "Rampage stepped up to murder Jardine"
Tito Ortiz – “This is a fight that didn't need to happen. After Rampage got screwed on a rematch for the title, he KO’ed Silva unconscious! Evans was afraid to fight Rampage, so Rampage stepped up to murder Jardine. This won't be a fight to get excited about. KO after the 2:35 mark of the 1st round for My boy Rampage.”
Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig no longer being considered by UFC
UFC lightweights Joe Stevenson (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Mac Danzig (18-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), linked together for a possible showdown in a recent report from longtime MMA commentator Mauro Ranallo, are no longer slated to meet.
Stevenson today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that there has been a change of plans, though he could not elaborate on a new opponent.
"It was talked about, but it's not happening," Stevenson said.
WEC 39 Medical Suspensions-Everyone Suspended
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's Combative Sports division has handed down the medical suspensions from WEC 39 today. In what might seem unusual albeit precautionary, every one of the 22 fighters on the card was suspended, but most only got 7 or 10 days while 2 fighters-Marcos Galvao & Johny Hendricks-are suspended indefinitely.
When broadcasters fail to show the true picture
By the time Mike Thomas Brown stepped into the cage Sunday night against Leonard Garcia, doctors had released Marcos Galvao from a local Corpus Christi, Texas, hospital.
Less than four hours earlier Damacio Page hammered the 27-year-old Brazilian bantamweight in 18 seconds with right hands, bringing a familiar roar from the crowd before a nervous hush took over the Bank America Center. Galvao lay grotesquely stiff on the canvas, his legs elevated in unison as if he was targeting his abs, his arms locked at the elbows. While concerned medical officials looked him over, Galvao suffered from seizures. He was strapped onto a stretcher and carried out by emergency medical personnel. Page took "Knockout of the Night" honors and a $7,500 bonus for the assault.
Not one mention of Galvao's condition made the broadcast produced by Versus, nor did any shots of him being attended to by EMTs. The only reason I saw it -- like most of you, I watched at home -- was thanks to an enterprising fan that shot the footage on what appeared to be a camera phone and put it on YouTube. (The video has since been taken down at the behest of the event's promoter, Zuffa LLC subsidiary World Extreme Cagefighting, due to claims of copyright protection.)
Unless you were in the building, and unless you were able enough to catch the video that circulated around mixed martial arts message boards, you'd have no idea that Galvao was under such dire straights.
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Three fights added to "WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki," bout order released
With the WEC's first trip to the Windy City just over a month away, three organization has announced three additional bouts for the evening's preliminary card.
Anthony Njokuani vs. Anthony Pettis, Dominick Cruz vs. Ivan Lopez and Eddie Wineland vs. Rani Yahya were all announced on the WEC's official website, and the evening's bout order was also shared.
"WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki" takes place April 5 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The main card airs live on VERSUS.
Matt Hamill vs Mark Munoz will not be a wrestling match at UFC 96
“It’s a great matchup for me. Wrestler versus wrestler. But it’s not gonna be a wrestling match. It’s gonna be, I feel like, whomever has adjusted to MMA better. That’s going to win the fight. All the in-between techniques. The transitions between wrestling and other disciplines. It’s going to be an interesting fight. I’d like it to be exciting. I know Matt Hamill’s gonna want to stand. In a lot of fights, he uses his wrestling sporadically. I like to use wrestling to set up other things. I think obviously his strength is his takedowns. But I haven’t seen much ground game from him.
Paul Taylor Vs Peter Sobotta @ UFC 99
Top British welterweight Paul Taylor (9-4-1) will be fighting UFC newcomer Peter Sobotta at UFC 99, Fighters Only has learned.
Sobotta (8-1) is a submission grappler who fights out of German team Unlimited Combat System. Despite his grappling credentials, he has actually won half of his fights by TKO.
He will be coming into the UFC off the back of a win over Kerim Abzailow at Polish show KSW (which has previously been described as “a mini-PRIDE” thanks to its high production values).
Struve Vs Stojnic @ UFC 99
Stefan Struve (16-3) will be fighting Golden Glory heavyweight Denis ’The Menace’ Stojnic in a ‘loser gets cut’ match.
Fighters Only learned of the match at the weekend but could not report it until bout agreements were signed and retuned.
Struve made his UFC debut the weekend before last, being stopped by Junior Dos Santos in 54 seconds at UFC 95.
M-1 Global Issues Statement On Sidelnikov Drug Test Failure
According to a statement put out today by M-1 Global regarding Kirill Sidelnikov's failed drug test at Affliction 2, "Kirill indicated that during that time away he began to experience complications from a broken nose that he had recently sustained. Not wanting to miss any training time leading up to “Day of Reckoning,” Kirill followed the advice of a coach not affiliated with M-1 who gave him a nose spray commonly used in Russia to help treat some of his symptoms. It is M-1’s belief that the nose spray is what contained the Stanozol."
SENGOKU FEATHERWEIGHT PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED
World Victory Road on Wednesday announced the initial pairings for its March 20 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.
The opening round bouts feature No. 4 ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki facing off with Chris Manuel, and No. 7 ranked Hideki Kadowaki against popular California-based Nam Phan.
Two non-tournament bouts pit Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal against Ryo Kawamura, as well as James Thompson versus Jim York.
The main card is scheduled to air on television in the United States on HDNet.
Ian Freeman Spared Jail for Tax Evasion
A former ultimate fighting champion facing sentencing for tax fraud broke down in tears today when he heard a friend describe in court his charity work helping his terminally ill son.
Ian Freeman - dubbed The Machine by ultimate fighting fans - sobbed as David Scott told how he had helped his son Lewis, who is dying from cancer.
Freeman was before Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced for a three-year tax fraud.
The curious case of Keith Jardine
Saturday night’s UFC 96 from Columbus, Ohio, is headlined by the match that in some ways makes no sense.
Keith Jardine could come out of the show as having beaten three of the most popular champions in the history of the light heavyweight division, and not only not get a title shot but also not even want one.
Marcos Galvao cleared by MRI following brutal KO loss at WEC 39
A knockout loss that appeared to leave WEC 39 competitor Marcos Galvao convulsing on the canvas floor apparently didn't leave the fighter with any substantial injuries.
Galvao suffered a swift 18-second knockout defeat to fellow bantamweight Damacio Page on the preliminary card of the March 1 event.
An exam and CAT scan after the Sunday event and a subsequent MRI on Monday cleared Galvao of any serious injuries.
Put up or shut your trap: Pete Sell UFC 96 interview
This Saturday at UFC 96, there’s a bout a lot of folks have been talking about … and I’m not referring to the main event between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith Jardine. I’m talking about the fight between Pete Sell and Matt Brown that recently snuck onto the main card.
In doing so, it pushed fights with Brandon “The Truth” Vera and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 winner Kendall “Da Spyda” Grove onto the undercard. To its credit, the UFC seems to be banking on all the potential for a slugfest that Sell vs. Brown promises to hold.