Frank Mir: ''Every time Kimbo Slice fights, it sets the sport back''
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UFC’s breakthrough reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” gears up once again for its eighth season premiering tonight on Spike TV. Current interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will both be featured as coaches this season and after completing an interview last week with Nogueira, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was also afforded the opportunity to speak with Mir.
While Mir was made available in order to promote TUF, he was more than willing to discuss everything and anything MMA in what proved to be an intriguing interview. During the course of the conversation we asked Mir to share his thoughts on the recent return of Randy Couture, the surprise upset win of Rashad Evans over Chuck Liddell, his experiences being on the show and the motorcycle accident that nearly ended his career.
FRANK MIR'S REBOUNDS TO ULTIMATE FIGHTER 8
Frank Mir freely admits that Brock Lesnar gave him a second shot at UFC gold after his nearly career ending motorcycle accident in 2004.
Lesnar was expected to use his meat cleaver hands to smash Mir into bits, a steppingstone on the way to a heavyweight title shot. Lesnar did just that for the first 80 seconds or so. But according to Mir, it was his newfound ability to handle setbacks that prevented him from folding under pressure, submitting the wrestling star in just 91 seconds. And it wasn’t some expensive mental coach or guru or self-help tape that helped him get back on track. It was a good old-fashioned ass kicking at hands of his wife.
Mir’s turnaround began in a Sacramento hotel room after UFC 65. He had just been trounced by Brandon Vera. Mir couldn’t understand it; he was fully recovered and had trained hard. He was even eating right, something he struggled with in the past. Sitting on the hotel bed, he couldn’t even remember getting hit by Vera’s knee, or any of the punches that followed before the fight was stopped.
Gracie Now Off Sengoku 5
Roger Gracie has now been forced off the Sengoku 5 event due to a rib injury. After being examined by renowned physiotherapist Dr. Kevin Lidlow, Gracie was diagnosed with an intermuscular tear to the intercostal muscle between the sixth and seventh left ribs. He was to have faced Travis Wiuff. Gracie's pullout will be announced Thursday, and a replacement may be named at that time.
Cage Rage Strips Antonio Silva Of Title
Cage Rage has stripped Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva of his world heavyweight title belt, it was announced today.
Silva has not fought for Cage Rage since 2005 and the promotion says it has decided to vacate the title “after careful consideration”.
“The title has not been defended and after several attempts to arrange a defence of the title without success, this is the only sensible way forward,” said a spokesman.
“There are some serious contenders for this title emerging in the UK and we feel it is time for some one to take opportunity to stake a claim for a title shot.”
In June, Silva won the EliteXC heavyweight title with a two round TKo win over UFC veteran Justin Eilers.
However, a post-fight test by the California State Athletic Commission discovered traces of anabolic steroid Boldenone.
Silva was handed a one-year suspension and fined $2500.00, although he furiously denies the charge of using performance-enhancing substances.
Cage Rage is owned by Pro Elite, which is the parent company of a number of mixed martial arts organisations including EliteXC.
Dan Hardy: I Want the UFC Title
Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy is not going into the UFC to make up the numbers. Hardy makes his debut with the promotion when he takes on Akihiro Gono at UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben. The Nottingham fighter is aiming to make a major impact in the octagon.
He told Gareth A Davies of Telegraph.co.uk:
“That’s my main goal - to be the first British title holder. I’m chasing Michael Bisping who is way ahead of me right now, but there’s no reason why one of us can’t take a belt in the next couple of years. The key is that we are a bit behind the fighters in the US on a technical level and in the quality of training, but that’s why I’m happy to go abroad to be able to bring the level up.”
Hardy has put in outstanding performances on the European scene over a number of years. He has spent a lot of time training in the United States take his game to the next level. Hardy took the opportunity to fine tune his wrestling and jiu jitsu:
“We are always going to be outclassed by the level of training they have out there. GSP (Georges St Pierre, the current UFC welterweight champion) never wrestled at high school but has dominated wrestlers in the cage. We need to be willing to put the time in, and we need to travel to do that. If we get the top guys coming to train UK fighters, we will see huge leaps in the standard of British MMA.”
Hardy told Davies he had benefited from training with Eddie Bravo:
Cage Rage Heavyweight Clash Called Off
The eagerly awaited Heavyweight clash between James Thompson and Piotr Kusmierz is off. A replacement fight featuring another pair of high profile Heavyweights has been added to the Cage Rage 28: VIP card. James McSweeney will take on Roman Webber at The Troxy in East London.
The change was announced with an official statement on cagerage.tv:
“Due to the very nature of the sport, training accidents do happen and on this occasion, it couldn't get much worse as both the main bout fighters, Thompson & Kusmierz, have fallen foul of training incidents within 24 hours of each other. But as always, we have fighters who are ready at a moments notice and we are excited to be able to announce a Heavyweight replacement bout, featuring 2 fighters, who will give it everything in what promises to be a bruising encounter. Hold on to the edge of your seats as James McSweeney and Roman Webber collide at Cage Rage - VIP on 20th September.”
Reis vs. Cullum title fight, Santana vs. Jara set for Sept. 26 ShoXC
EliteXC will crown its first-ever bantamweight champion on Sept. 26 when highly touted Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom Wilson Reis (5-0) meets King of the Cage 135-pound title-holder Abel Cullum (11-1) in a ShoXC main event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) passed along news of the fight last month, and EliteXC today made the official announcement.
The organization also announced a previously unreported middleweight bout between Giva Santana (11-0) and Jaime Jara (19-5).
The Sept. 26 ShoXC event takes place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., and airs on Showtime.
Reis, a 23-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, pushed his career mark to 5-0 with a unanimous-decision victory over Bryan Caraway at "EliteXC: Unfinished Business" in July. It was the Philadelphia-based fighter's third consecutive win in EliteXC.
Reis was originally slated to face Bo Quach, who owns a current nine-fight win streak, for the EliteXC title. However, Quach was recently forced out of the fight due to a facial injury.
Quinton Jackson preparing for UFC 91 fight with Wanderlei Silva
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (28-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has begun preparations for a UFC 91 fight with Wanderlei Silva (32-8-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
Sources within Jackson's new camp at the Wolfslair Academy tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Jackson has agreed to the Nov. 15 bout and has already begun a six-week fight camp with the U.K.-based team.
However, the UFC has yet to announce the bout, and neither fighter could publicly confirm the match-up.
The Jackson-Silva bout will likely serve as the co-main event to UFC 91's headline fight of UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar. The fight card, which also includes Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson, takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
MMARated.com first reported earlier this month that the Jackson-Silva fight was close to being finalized.
Jackson, who faces two felony (and four misdemeanor) charges stemming from a July hit-and-run and subsequent police chase in California, will return to competition for the first time since the bizarre incident and his recent split with longtime trainer and friend Juanito Ibarra. Under Ibarra's guidance, Jackson had won six consecutive fights, which included a first-round TKO of then-champ Chuck Liddell in May 2007, before his May title loss to Forrest Griffin.
Herman vs. Schall to headline Oct. 10 ShoXC
A heavyweight clash between undefeated sensation Dave “Pee Wee” Herman and Kerry Schall, a veteran of season two of “The Ultimate Fighter,” is set to headline EliteXC’s ShoXC event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news earlier today with both EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw and Herman’s manager, Mike Camp of F1 Management.
Herman is 2-0 since making his EliteXC debut earlier this year and is 11-0 overall. Fighting on the undercard of EliteXC’s “Street Certified” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on Feb. 16, Herman TKO’d American Top Team heavyweight Mario Rinaldi at 0:33 of round 3.
He returned on June 14 during the promotion’s “Return of the King” event and needed just 2:19 of round 1 to TKO former UFC and PRIDE veteran Ron Waterman.
Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet “The Ultimate Fighter” finale
The UFC is in the process of putting together a welterweight battle between Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet to be a featured bout during Spike TV’s live season finale for the eighth installment of “The Ultimate Fighter” on December 13.
Sources close to both fighters revealed the potential bout to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Tuesday.
Bout agreements have yet to be presented but the matchup has been proposed to Goulet and Swick, who apparently have both expressed separate interest in taking the fight.
The two had been scheduled to fight last September at UFC Fight Night 11 until Swick had to pull out of the fight due to injury and was replaced by Dustin Hazelett. Despite taking the fight on short notice, Hazelett submitted Goulet at 1:14 of round 1 with an armbar.
Houston Alexander Must Win in Order to Keep His Job
It's rare for Dana White to come out and make it clear that a fighter will get cut if he loses, but he comes out and says it today to Kevin Iole:
UFC president Dana White, who isn’t shy about releasing a fighter, was adamant that Alexander needs to turn things around.
“There’s no doubt about that,” White said. “He needs a way. He desperately needs a win. Another loss and he’s going to have to go out and start working his way back up to the UFC.”
I think a lot of people suspected this, and it shows that even though the guy just signed a 5 fight contract, he still needs to win. The UFC is very high on him if he can get a few wins, because he is popular and explosive. If he gets a big KO or two they will really get behind him.
Evan Tanner Funeral Announced
I spoke with Evan’s family today and they have finalized Evan’s memorial. His memorial will be held in Amarillo, TX on September 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Civic Center. The Civic Center is located at 401 South Buchanan Street.
If anyone wishes to send flowers or cards, they can be sent to Jeff Tanner, 504 S Harrison Street, Amarillo TX 79101. The family has also set up a memorial fund with The Amarillo National Bank. If you are interested in donating to his memorial fund, please email me for details.
I have received so many emails about purchasing a shirt, beanie, etc. I do not know Evan’s family’s plan for Team Tanner so I do not have the information you are looking for. The family has a lot to absorb and also needs time to mourn the loss of Evan so please respect that. If and when they decide to move ahead with shirts, etc, I have kept all of the emails and someone will be able contact them with the details.
"TUF 7" runner-up C.B. Dollaway expected to return at UFC 92
"The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest" runner-up C.B. Dollaway (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will likely return to action at UFC 92, an event that takes place Dec. 27 in Las Vegas.
A source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the return date and that, though not signed, Dollaway could face veteran fighter Jorge Rivera (15-7 MMA, 4-5 UFC) at the year-end event.
Another Unbreakable Diaz
Inside Torres’ Pacific Coast Martial Arts, Team Stockton graffiti styles the white brick walls. As Nathan Diaz readies himself to headline a UFC event for the first time -- he will meet Josh Neer at UFC Fight Night 15 this Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. -- “The Ultimate Fighter” season five winner remains more focused on fighting than fame.
That Caio Terra guy mentioned in there is serious business, rolled with him before and needless to say i was humiliated.
EliteXC To Crown First Bantamweight Champion Next Week
In addition to announcing a couple more new fights for next week's ShoXC event, EliteXC also announced a Wilson Reis vs. Abel Cullum fight as the main event to determine the inaugural EliteXC Bantamweight Champion Reis was to have faced Bao Quach but injuries forced Quach off.
Lauzon Confident After Very Good Training Camp
Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon is hoping to regain his momentum in the UFC lightweight division when he fights Kyle Bradley on Wednesday night at Ultimate Fight Night 15.
Lauzon made his UFC debut in style with a shock knockout of former champion Jens Pulver in under a minute at UFC 63.
Two more wins – over Brandon Melendez and Jason Reindherdt – followed, but the Lauzon lost to Kenny Florian by TKO in April.
However, he says he has learned a lot from that fight and will be putting the experience to good use in his campaign towards title contention.
“It’s all about maturity,” he says. “From that fight I learned that I need to pace myself better and not think that I have to go all out from bell to bell.
“Up until the last fight, I was continually progressing and moving up the ranks. The Florian loss set me back, but now I’m going to get momentum going my way again.”