Q&A with Machida - wants to fight Jardine next
If an undefeated fighter is a virtually unknown to the mainstream fans the first reason that comes to mind is that he hasn’t fought top competition. This could not be further from the truth when it comes to UFC 205 lb. contender Lyoto Machida. Lyoto has fought and defeated UFC stars Rich Franklin, B.J Penn, and Stephan Bonnar. Most recently Lyoto won a one-sided unanimous decision over Pride Veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 76 making Lyoto a perfect 3-0 in the UFC. In this must read interview Lyoto explains how he bucked the trend and made a successful transition into the octagon, his toughest fight of his career, and who he wants to make unlucky victim number 12. All of this and much more in this fightbeat exclusive......................
Lessons to be learned from UFC's rematch history
At UFC 77 on Oct. 20, Rich Franklin will have the opportunity to avenge the most devastating loss of his career. It was one year ago that Anderson Silva brutalized Franklin with devastating knees from the clinch, and took Franklin's middleweight title in the first round. In order to win back his title, Franklin will have to not only defeat Silva but conquer the memory of that first fight. UFC history suggests that is easier said than done.
There have been 53 rematches in UFC history. Setting aside draws and no contests, the fighters who won the previous bout were 33-17 in the rematch, winning two-thirds of those fights.
Drew Fickett signs up for 3 fight deal with Cage Rage
Drew Fickett has signed up to a 3 fight deal and will fight on December 1st at the EliteXc presents Cage Rage 24 show. Drew has stepped up to the plate and will take on veteran Mark Weir in what promises to be an absolute war. Drew comes off the back of a win in the UFC and is a well rounded fighter who has been in the cage with some of the top names in MMA and more than held his own. Mark is coming off the Daley loss and will be looking to restore himself as the number contender in this weight division. This fight has all the makings of a classics!
Palace FC to Make Formal Offer on Kimbo-Tank
An offer to resurrect the heavyweight spectacle between celebrated street brawlers David "Tank" Abbott and Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (Pictures) is expected to be presented Wednesday morning to both parties on behalf of the Palace Fighting Championship, Sherdog.com learned Tuesday.
"I have spoken to both sides' management," said PFC's Christian Printup via e-mail. "I am submitting a formal offer (Wednesday) morning. If it satisfies their financial needs the fight will happen on Oct. 18 in the PFC. If it doesn't, I can take comfort in knowing we made a very substantial offer nonetheless."
BBC Inside Sport: The World of the UFC
BBC Sport - [Video story] Last month the BBC’s flagship sports show, Inside Sport, sent its camera to UFC 75 CHAMPION v CHAMPION when it hit London, England, featuring exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews with UFC President Dana White, Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Michael ‘the Count’ Bisping
LOMBARD STILL ON UFC 78 ROSTER (*LATEST NEWS*)
UFC officials confirmed with The Fight Network yesterday that Hector Lombard (11-2-1, 1 NC), scheduled to face fellow Judoka Karo Parisyan at Nov. 17’s UFC 78 in Newark, N.J., has not been removed from the roster after a report surfaced yesterday that Lombard could not gain entry into the U.S. for the bout ................
The Tuesday Takedown 10.09.07
In this edition of The Tuesday Takedown, we take a look at what happened to UFC 78, why Hector Lombard can't fight Karo Parisyan, why the deal between HBO and the UFC fell apart, Kimbo Slice's possible return to MMA, and some seriously whacked out quotes from former WEC fighter Kit Cope! Let's do this!
UFC 79: Tony DeSouza -VS- Roan Carneiro
Tony DeSouza has been slated to face Roan Carneiro in a welterweight bout at Dec. 29’s UFC 79 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. DeSouza (10-3) joins teammates BJ Penn and Joe Lauzon on the roster, while all three are currently preparing together at Penn’s MMA Academy in Hilo, Hawaii for their contests....................................
Hallman To Replace Nick Diaz In "Brawl For It All" Bout
The following is an excerpt from an article on ADCC News:
Dennis Hallman replaces Nick Diaz in "Brawl for it All"
Submitted by: Keith Mills
No Limit Fighting’s promoter Phil Flahters confirms to nobody’s surprise Nick Diaz is off the upcoming “Brawl for it All” card in San Francisco...................
Paul Buentello Scheduled For 11/16 Strikeforce Card
The following is an excerpt from an article on TheFightNetwork.com:
Former UFC heavyweight championship contender Paul Buentello will fight for the Strikeforce promotion Friday, Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. No opponent has been named for the 33-year-old Texan......................
CroCop Has Successful Surgery, Still Focused On Title
MMAScoops.com has learned exclusively that Mirko 'Crocop' Filipovic successfully went through surgery which involved straightening his nasal cartilage on Sept. 28. Ever since his debut in UFC, his cartilage has been twisted, which prevented him from breathing properly, thus, 'Crocop' always fought with his mouthpiece slightly out of his mouth................
Kurt Angle (again)
KURT ANGLE MAY BE IFL BOUND
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 - by Damon Martin - MMAWeekly.com
Former Olympian and current professional wrestler Kurt Angle has been a subject of interest for many mixed martial arts promotions of late including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but it looks as if the Pittsburgh native will likely call the International Fight League home in the near future.
Angle, who currently wrestles in the Total Nonstop Action promotion, has toyed with the idea of transitioning to MMA for the past couple of years. It seems that a deal is in the works that would fit his schedule in terms of balancing fighting with his professional wrestling career.
IFL commissioner Kurt Otto likes the idea of Angle coming into the league. He confirmed to MMAWeekly that contract negotiations are under way.
“I’m psyched. He’s pretty open about it, which is good. We’re in talks. We’re excited about the opportunity.”
While Angle has flirted with a number of organizations, Otto feels confident as to why he may land in the IFL.
“Kurt Angle really wants to come on board. He wants to learn MMA and he wants to come to the IFL specifically because of the team format because he’s used to that.”
"God willing, the IFL and myself can make a deal," Angle told Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com recently. "The best fit for me right now as a pro wrestler who [works] about 120 times a year is the IFL."
If Angle does sign with the team oriented league, both sides have committed to giving him the time needed to be sure he is truly prepared for his fighting debut.
No deal has been made official, but it looks like both sides are ready and willing to iron out a workable contract. If Kurt Angle is ready to be an MMA fighter, it only seems a matter of time that it will be with the IFL.
Melvin Gulliard vs. Rich Clementi at UFC 79
According to MMAweekly.com Melvn Gulliard who after his fight with Joe Stevenson tested positive for a type of cocaine will make his return from that recent loss to take TUF rival Rich Clementi...
I think it will be a good ground fight but it will stand on it's feet so Rich will get KTFO...
Bisping slams UFC critics
MICHAEL BISPING has hit back at critics of Ultimate Fighting and reckons demands for it to be banned are ridiculous.
The British Medical Association have called for a ban on Mixed Martial Arts competitions, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship that Bisping competes in.