"TUF" outcast Gabe Ruediger looks for fresh start at Gladiator Challenge
Gabe Ruediger sat in his dressing room inside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, several minutes away from his first fight in eight months, and his mind raced.
"I'm saying to myself, 'Why am I even here?'" Ruediger said. "I'm asking my corner man, 'Do you think I can win?' He said, 'I can't tell you that. Only you can decide.'"
In the previous 16 months, Ruediger had become one of the most controversial fighters throughout mixed martial arts, from his infamous appearance on the fifth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" to a battle with the California State Athletic Commission to surgery that fused vertebrae in his neck. He prepared for the August 2008 matchup with Justin Wilcox in Fighting 4 Kidz hoping for a new beginning, but the decision loss could've threatened his career.
Alistair Overeem vs. The World
Always one to consider his options, the 6' 5? powerhouse is currently in talks with every major fighting organization in the business.
“My management is talking with the UFC, K-1, Dream, Strikeforce and Affliction but there is no deal as of yet,” said Overeem. “I’m in no rush because I still have 2 fights on my Dream contract.”
Nate Diaz feels like he whooped Clay Guida’s ass
“I know I lost the decision in the minds of the judges but I really felt I was whooping his ass the whole fight and he was just holding me. Before the fight people were asking me about his pace and if I would be able to keep up with it. I felt he couldn’t keep up with my pace and that’s why he was trying to slow things down by holding on and not trying anything. I even gave him my back so he would try to do something besides hugging me. A couple of times I looked at the ref to ask him if he wanted us to fight or what? Sorry I didn’t listen to my corner and stand with him more but I never thought he would be so happy to just stall like that.”
Dana White Talks P4P & Superfights
"I still wouldn't call (St. Pierre) pound-for pound the best in the world. But I would say, yea, he's No. 2. No doubt about it," said the high profile president of the UFC. "Anderson Silva has been annihilating everybody for a long time. Georges has some work to do now.
"If Georges takes out Thiago Alves, he's on his way," added White. "The pound-for-pound to me, I would say Georges St. Pierre would be neck-and-neck with Anderson had he not lost to Matt Serra."
WEC Officially Axes Welterweight Division, Announces Flyweights
World Extreme Cagefighting on Tuesday announced that it would add a flyweight division to the WEC championship divisions, confirming original reports by MMAWeeklky.com. The organization will no longer actively promote the welterweight division, instead continuing its focus on the lighter weight classes including lightweight (155 pounds), featherweight (145 pounds), bantamweight (135 pounds), and flyweight (125 pounds).
WEC 38 Fighter Salaries
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Jamie Varner $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Donald Cerrone $9,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Urijah Faber $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver $35,000
– Danillo Vilefort $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Mike Campbell $3,000
– Jose Aldo $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Rolando Perez $3,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
– Benson Henderson $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuni $2,000
– Edgar Garcia $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Hiromitsu Miura $6,000
– Dominick Cruz $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Ian McCall $3,000
– Scott Jorgensen $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Frank Gomez $2,000
– Jesse Lennox $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Blas Avena $7,000
– Charlie Valencia $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Seth Dikun $2,000
WEC 38 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $217,000
Dana White's UFC 94 Video Blog - 1/31/09
last Dana's blog.
Interesting to see how out of proportion the vaseline thing goes, we can see Liddell talking to Dana and then Dana spoke to Rashad and the Crow and was telling that " the cornerman was putting vaseline ALL OVER the back of GSP " what a joke, i guess Liddell lost a **** load of cash on BJ !!
I am sure Dana took a close look at this by now and realized how ridiculous the ALL OVER THE BACK sound.
No Apologies From Georges St. Pierre
Less than two days removed from his successful welterweight title defense, Georges St. Pierre is already in the throes of another battle. Only, this one revolves around Vaseline.
B.J. Penn's corner alleges St. Pierre's trainers greased his back in between rounds, and SI.com learned earlier today that Penn's camp plans to file a formal complaint with Nevada State Athletic Commission.
St. Pierre sat down with SI.com to tell his side of the controversy, discuss his scientific gameplan and his thoughts on B.J. Penn.
The Meaning of Lyoto Machida for MMA
This Jordan Breen piece from Sherdog sums up why some of us have been excited about Lyoto Machida all along. After arguing that Georges St Pierre is the culmination of the first era of MMA, the complete fighter of our era, he argues that Machida points to future possibilities for the evolution of the sport:
Antonio Silva Revocation Hearing Postponed
Antonio Silva's license revocation hearing before the CSAC, scheduled for February 10, has now been postponed until April. The postponement was requested by Howard Jacobs, Silva's attorney, due to a schedule conflict-Jacobs is to try another case in Florida on that date.
UFN 18 At Nashville's Sommet Center
The UFC has now confirmed UFN 18 for April 1, and also announced that Sommet Center in Nashville will host the event. The arena houses the NHL's Nashville Predators and will be the largest arena yet to host a UFN.
Brock Larson Set For UFC Debut At UFN 18
While he won't get the opponent he was proabbly hoping for, WEC welterweight Brock Larson is set ot make his UFC debut at UFN 18 on April 1. He just won't get Carlos Condit though, Larson will have to settle for Jesse Sanders.
MMA live UFC 94 Postfight Extra
Take a look at it, they got GSP at their table and it is amazing how precise was his game plan, and he talked about BJ being in good shape with an example that he saw, he talked about the vaseline incident too.
GSP appear around 10 min before the end of the show.
WAR GSP !!
Mayhem Miller says he's fought a greased up fighter before....
This time an anonymous MEGA arena, in a mega city, in front of a mega crowd, in a mega show, for what was then mega money to me. The stakes are much higher this time, and I had done my best to prepare for this single fight, even going so far as to NOT have a wild sex party the night before the fight, so that I could improve my mental focus. After a rough first round, I met in the center for round 2 and somewhere got taken down. "No biggie, my guard is good, he won't hurt me here, and maybe I can pull off the submission, get a "Dumbass of the Night" award or something. While locked in my tight guard, I noticed that for some reason I was have trouble keeping my opponent's head down. I practiced shirtless with my great training partners, and never had this much trouble keeping a guy from punching me. Was this guy uber strong or something? No exactly. After a couple more stiff elbows to my grillpiece, I felt the familiar slick that I would get every day at kickboxing practice on my nose and eyes, only it was on my opponents neck, now up 2 rounds, Vaseline!