Filho Counting on Diverse Skills to Stop Sonnen
Paulo Filho (Pictures) returns to the WEC on Wednesday to defend his middleweight title against Chael Sonnen (Pictures). Several Brazilian MMA stars helped Filho prepare for the bout, and he has guaranteed that he will walk into the cage in the best shape of his life.
"The drills were excellent, as always," Filho told Sherdog.com. "Guys as high caliber as [the Nogueira brothers] came here to help me, in addition to my coach, Josuel Distak, and many other friends. I think it certainly will make a difference."
WEC 31 and HDNet: Reckless Abandon (Preview)
After an exciting finale to the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) this past weekend, I think it’s safe to say that the state of mixed martial arts is definitely good. Even with some disappointing and sad news in the sport, such as UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk being stripped of his title for testing positive for steroids and MMA’s first death in 35-year-old Sammy Vazquez, the sport is still growing rapidly. And that’s why we are having more and more great events, even outside of the UFC. Cases in point are the two events on the docket this week. First up on Wednesday is the best card in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) history with WEC 31. There are three title fights on this card, plus the debut of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in both the WEC and the 145-pound featherweight division. And then on Saturday, Mark Cuban’s HDNet organization holds their second big event. They have some notable big names on this card, and it seems as though they are growing by the day. Signings of guys like Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Frank Trigg, and Yves Edwards have been huge for this budding company. Here is the preview of the both events, with my picks for each fight.
The Hitman: I Like MMA, But...
Former World Wrestling Entertainment Champion and Hall Of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart recently gave a Canadian website an interview where he talked about MMA. He said he does like it, but he seems not to like the more violent aspects of it when compared to wrestling.
UFC.com Article On Retirement Of "Big" John McCarthy
It was the perfect going away gift for a referee • Saturday’s lightweight war between Roger Huerta and Clay Guida. But like all great ‘third men’, John McCarthy • who retired as an active referee following last weekend’s main event - was noticeable by being noly noticeable, making all the right moves and all the right calls, a fitting end to a 13 year journey that saw McCarthy become as much a part of the UFC as the great fighters who have graced its Octagon.
Gonna miss you BJM
Everyone Clean After UFC 78
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has announced that all fighters who participated in UFC 78 have passed all performance-enhancing substance tests. Every fighter was tested.
Sapp To Fight In US In February
Bob Sapp, who has become a very popular MMA fighter in Japan while also doing some wrestling, will return to the USA in February. He will headline the Strikeforce event on February 23 at the Tacoma Dome in Washington state.
FEG Announces Three More for Dynamite!! (Minowa VS Zulu!!! lol)
At a press conference Tuesday at the Ana Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, K-1 and HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group revealed another three fights for the Dec. 31 K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! card the Kyocera Dome in Osaka.
Norwegian standout Joachim Hansen will return to the HERO'S ring to take on Sydney Games olympian Kazuyuki Miyata in a 154-pound contest. Also announced for the card, Melvin Manhoef takes on former boxing convert Yosuke Nishijima at 187 pounds, while Ikuhisa Minowa continues his open-weight conquest against Wagner da Conceicao Martins, more familiarly known to fans as Zuluzinho.
Belfort Hoping for Octagon Return
Almost three years have passed since Vitor Belfort last battled in the Octagon.
After apparently resurrecting a career that was supposed to have been nothing but great when it began over 11 years ago, Belfort is ready to return to the promotional company that as he puts it, made his legacy.
Belfort will meet UFC matchmaker Joe Silva on Wednesday, the Brazilian told Sherdog.com, and is specifically looking to avenge his last bout in the UFC, a split decision loss to Tito Ortiz.
Sapp Returns at Strikeforce
Bob Sapp will headline Strikeforce's Feb. 23 show at the Tacoma Dome in Washington state, the promotion announced Monday.
The 6-foot-4, 375-pound Sapp last fought in mixed martial arts in November 2005, when he knocked out Kim Jong Wang. In less than four years of competition, "The Beast" has gained international notoriety. He has been particularly popular in Japan, where he compiled most of his 8-2-1 record in MMA.
12/15 ICON Sport Show Cancelled
After Robbie Lawler's ICON Sport Middleweight Title defense set for this Saturday was postponed, the promotion has announced that the entire card is now off. The only suggested reason was that no suitable replacement for Lawler could be found.
Sherk to get winner of Penn v Stevenson
After the California State Athletic Commission decision on Dec. 4 to reduce, but uphold, Sean Sherk’s suspension for a positive banned substance test, the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization withdrew recognition from Sherk as UFC Lightweight Champion.
UFC 81 to be on CBS?
Terry Martin on Myspace;"Just found out that I am suppose to fight Marvin Eastman Feb. 2, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay. The fight is to be aired on CBS. So it will be free for everyone. Time to get back on track with the Super Bowl of all knock outs."
Fedor vs Rizzo in April?
Monte Cox and the M-1 crew are in Dallas today in a closed-door meeting with Art of War to finalize a Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo fight that would tentatively take place in Las Vegas in April. Money terms have been agreed and the meeting is to fnialize a deal and sign the contracts.
you have to scroll down about 3/4 of the page to find the blurb.
Filho might be the world’s best middleweight (Story from Yahoo! Sports)
There is nobody in MMA today who has as impressive a spotless record as World Extreme Cagefighting 185-pound champion Paulo Filho, a man many feel is the best middleweight in the world.
Yet, even with a 15-0 record, Filho’s last year has been frustrating. A knee injury kept him one match short of winning the 2006 Pride Grand Prix tournament. After recovering, he made his U.S. debut in winning the vacant World Extreme Cagefighting middleweight championship on Aug. 5 in Las Vegas, beating Joe Doerksen in a match where he was nowhere near his best.
On that day, he was fighting two bouts in one. First, he was facing a tough Canadian, and second, an even tougher opponent, food poisoning. Still, a bad night for Filho would be a good night for most fighters. He struggled early for the takedown, but then got it and quickly pounded Doerksen into defeat in 4:09.
13 Questions With Jens Pulver
Ahead of his 145-pound debut on thie week's WEC TV event, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver looked back on his time in UFC, training at the Miletich camp, and other MMA-related topics.
Randy Couture Guest Speaker for Packers
Fox Sports today rolled out a fantastic article about Randy Couture coming into the Packers locker room at the behest of one of his biggest fans….Brett Favre. That’s right folks, one of the best QB’s in the NFL today looks to the darling of mixed martial arts and current UFC heavyweight champion, Randy Couture for inspiration. Despite what has happened between the UFC and Couture in recent weeks, no one can deny the storied career of Randy, and how, at his age, he is still making strides for his career. ...
Robbie Lawler injured, not defending ICON Title Belt
Lawler tore a tendon in his right arm during training, forcing him to sit on the sidelines without activity for at least six weeks. The EliteXC and ICON Sport middleweight champion was supposed to defend his ICON belt against Hawaiian slugger Kala Kolohe Hose.
Griffin to be next TUF coach
The promised big announcement during the live finale of season six of The Ultimate Fighter reality show on Spike TV was revealed. What was it? Dana White came on and spoke with Joe Rogan to announce that Forrest Griffin will be one of the coaches of season seven of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.
Dana also called Griffin the new number one contender and said that he will be fighting the other coach at the end of the season.