No Title Shot Yet, But Maia Still Unbeaten
Demian Maia continued his impressive run in the Octagon Saturday night, submitting much loved Ultimate Fighter 1 veteran Nate Quarry in the first round with a rear naked choke. The win now puts Maia at 4-0 in the UFC with all four of his wins coming by the way of submission. He remains undefeated as a professional.
With the middleweight division quickly running out fresh challengers for UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, Maia has put himself on the short list for a possible title fight down the line.
Since joining the UFC in October of 2007, he has been impressive in his run. His ground game has looked absolutely perfect, using flawless technique to set up all four of his submission victories in the UFC. The only question mark surrounding Maia is how good is his striking, which is a key component to every fighter’s arsenal.
I Need A Rematch With Mer (the spelling mistake was on purpose)
Looking at Brock Lesnar’s performance against Randy Couture on Saturday, it’s hard to believe many reporters called him the next Kimbo Slice.
With a record of 2-1 in professional mixed martial arts competition, some critics made the most of very little ammunition in Lesnar’s video library.
No matter how hard Dana White tried, he couldn’t shake the Slice comparisons.
“If I had hair, I’d pull it out,” the UFC president quipped.
But any parallels between the titanic champion and his backyard-bred counterpart were erased at UFC 91. Lesnar’s size and strength bridged the gap in experience between he and Couture, setting the stage for a unique changing of the guard in the UFC’s inconsistent heavyweight division. Lesnar is the greenest—and possibly the most promising—champion in its history.
New TUF 9 Coach Emerging From UFC 91?
With Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson reportedly not interested in coaching the US side in TUF 9, Dana's gone looking for new coaches and may have found one after UFC 91-enter emerging middleweight Demian Maia, who may have just worked his way into the spot.
Dan Lauzon earns seventh-straight win at sold-out WCF event
UFC-veteran lightweight Dan Lauzon (11-2) earned his seventh straight victory Friday night in the Massachusetts-based promotion World Championship Fighting.
The 20-year-old Lauzon needed just 75 seconds to earn a TKO against an overmatched Justin Hammertrum (6-7) in the evening's main event.
The win was Lauzon's third for World Championship Fighting in 2008.
Lauzon, younger brother of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" cast member Joe Lauzon, stil holds the record as the youngest fighter ever to compete in the UFC. In Otober 2006, at just 18 years, five months and 14 days old, Lauzon lost via TKO to Spencer Fisher at "UFC 64: Unstoppable."
Chuck Liddell drops out of USO tour. Rumored to be kicked off.
The abrupt end to Chuck Liddell's participation in an international USO tour to support American troops has raised a few eyebrows.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion was part of a contingent of five celebrities joining a U.S. Marine general on an eight-day, five-country USO tour this week.
Liddell made the first part of the trek on Monday to Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, with rap duo the Ying Yang Twins, model and singer Mayra Veronica and comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Edwin San Juan. However, Liddell pulled out of the tour on Tuesday due to what both the USO and his management team, Zinkin Entertainment, deemed to be an unspecified illness.
However, unconfirmed reports quickly surfaced following Liddell's decision to bow out, including one that he was asked to leave by the USO after members of his entourage were found partying with minors............
UFC 91 Results (*SPOILERS*) + FOTN/SOTN/KOTN Bonuses
Brock Lesnar defeats Randy Couture via TKO (strikes) Round 2
Kenny Florian defeats Joe Stevenson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Dustin Hazelett defeats Tamden McCrory via Submission (Armbar) Round 1
Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Josh Hendricks via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Demian Maia defeats Nate Quarry via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Aaron Riley defeats Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision
Jeremy Stephens defeats Rafael dos Anjos via knockout in round three
Mark Bocek defeats Alvin Robinson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3
Matt Brown defeats Ryan Thomas via Submission (Armbar) Round 2
Sub - Dustin Hazelett
KO - Jeremy Stephens
Fight - Riley/Gurgel
Carlos Condit joins Arizona Combat Sports
The championship pedigree at Arizona Combat Sports continues to grow as World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion Carlos Condit has officially joined the team as a full time member, joining WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner on the team roster.
Since making his debut with the WEC in January 2007, the "Natural Born Killer" has gone 5-0 while winning and defending the 170-pound title numerous times.
Terry Martin vs. Scott Smith added to "Strikeforce: Destruction"
Strikeforce has added a middleweight bout between Scott Smith (13-5) and Terry Martin (18-5) to next week's "Strikeforce: Destruction" event.
Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz today confirmed reports of the bout with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said the fight will appear on the HDNet-televised main card. The fight, though, will not headline the event and is instead expected to get co-main-event status.
"Strikeforce: Destruction" takes place Nov. 21 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
UFC 91 Fighter Salaries (released early by NSAC)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released early salary figures for UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar” main event participants, Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar, on the eve of their showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 15.
Couture is on course to pocket $250,000 for his participation in the “biggest fight in UFC history” and can double his purse ($500,000) with a win, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. Lesnar, too, will earn a quarter million dollars just for showing up, but his won bonus is $50, 000 less ($200,000) that “The Natural.”
Gonzaga Not Underestimating Newcomer
After suffering back to back losses for the first time in his career, Gabriel Gonzaga got right back on track with a dominant win over Justin McCully in his last fight at UFC 86 in July. Knowing the pressure is always on a fighter to get quality wins, Gonzaga felt no extra stress going into the fight and just did what he does to get the job done.
“The pressure was the same in every fight, but I knew that I had a great training camp and the result should be good,” Gonzaga told MMAWeekly.com recently. “Definitely I was happy with the win it bring me back on track.”
With that win, Gonzaga is right back in the hunt in the UFC heavyweight division, but his upcoming opponent, Josh Hendricks, is a newcomer to the Octagon, and the Brazilian is anxious to welcome him.
Pros Picks: Couture vs. Lesnar
One of mixed martial arts’ most beloved and important figures will make his eagerly awaited return to the Octagon this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Poised to defend his heavyweight title against behemoth Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, Randy Couture will face arguably his most daunting task when he climbs into battle for the 25th time.
Sherdog.com spoke with dozens of experts, from fighters to trainers to analysts, and got their opinions on the Couture/Lesnar showdown.
K.J. Noons returns to winning ways, eyes 2009 MMA return
Former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons had his hand raised in victory once again Thursday night.
Noons traded in the five-ounce gloves of MMA and the bright lights of Showtime for a pair of boxing mitts and the relative obscurity of the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, Calif.
"It was actually a year and a half since the last time I got in a boxing ring," Noons told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Surprisingly, I was a little nervous. I fought in the main event on Showtime in front of millions and I wasn't nervous, but I was nervous in front of a little crowd here in East L.A."
Noons (7-2 MMA, 8-1 boxing) dropped his opponent, Alejandro Bogarin, twice in the six-round affair. In the end, Noons was forced to settle for a unanimous decision win.