Mike Whitehead recovering from pre-Affliction injury
Less than two weeks after a unanimous decision loss to Renato "Babalu" Sobral at "Affliction: Banned" ended his 12-fight win streak, veteran light-heavyweight Mike Whitehead (23-7) is looking to heal a broken hand in time for Affliction's second card.
While Whitehead did his best to keep the news from going public, the pre-fight injury was brought up while Whitehead was a guest on a recent edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"(The injury happened) about two-and-a-half weeks before the fight," Whitehead said. "I punched (training partner) Wanderlei (Silva) in the top of the head and I broke my hand."
Whitehead said the injury caused him to adjust his game plan dramatically.
Alessio & Daley Possible Contenders For Shields In Elite XC
The Elite XC welterweight division solidified its first champion last weekend as Jake Shields finally earned his shot and eventually a title win over Nick Thompson. Now with Shields firmly in place as champion, the promotion will now look to find top contenders for the new welterweight title holder.
One fighter who may be able to earn a shot is former Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting veteran, John Alessio, who signed on with Elite XC as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Vice President Jared Shaw on Tuesday.
Alessio is 5-2 in his last 7 fights and has earned a reputation as one of the toughest match-ups in the 170lb weight class. The Xtreme Couture fighter should make his debut within a few months according to Shaw.
Hicks Looking To Dethrone Varner At WEC 35
Marcus "The Wrecking Ball" Hicks takes on World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight titleholder Jamie "The Worm" Varner Aug. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where the undefeated Hicks expects to walk away the champion.
Heading into the biggest fight of his career, Hicks' attitude is, "It's just another fight."
"I'm approaching this fight pretty much the same way I approach all my fights. I'm going to go out there and do what I do," the Texan told MMAWeekly Radio.
"I want to go out there, and I want to have a strong paced fight. I want to go out there and try to take the title," he added. "I don't want to sit back and wait for it to come to me."
In his ten-fight professional mixed martial arts career, Hicks has never gone to a decision. "I'd like to keep it that way," remarked the challenger. "I don't want a decision."
Affliction VP Stands By PPV Numbers
Much speculation has surrounded the financial success of Affliction's debut as a mixed martial arts promoter. With a confirmed three million dollar payroll on July 19th, as well as a fifteen thousand seat arena to fill, it seemed a tall order for the clothing company to end up in the black.
But Affliction VP says that the money pit that many imagined wasn't as deep as expected. He won't give specific numbers on its pay per view performance. Like his sometime antagonist, UFC president Dana White, he believes that when people know how much money you make, it creates problems.
"It's been my experience that the UFC doesn't release their numbers, and I try to learn from other companies with mistakes and what they're doing right," Atencio said.
Lawler Taking Time Off, More About Shields At MW
After fighting twice on primetime network television over the span of seven weeks, EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler expressed during the post-fight press conference for “Unfinished Business” this past Saturday that he was planning on taking some time off.
Despite promoting shows on Aug. 15, Sept. 20, Sept. 26, and Oct. 4, it appears that EliteXC is in complete agreement that Lawler needs a break. EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Lawler will be on hiatus in order to allow his body time to recover from competing in back-to-back fights in such close proximity, as well as to allow the nasty gash sustained to the top of his scalp to heal.
After getting stitches 77 times, Marcus Davis discusses recent scar-tissue surgery
After UFC welterweight Marcus Davis (16-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) saw his 11-fight win streak snapped at UFC 85, many fans were critical of the performance of "The Irish Hand Grenade."
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, it was nearly a month after that loss to Mike Swick before Davis would comment on a severe shoulder injury that hampered his performance that evening.
"I don't like to talk a lot about injuries and stuff like that because I think they can be excuses," Davis said while a guest on a recent episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com. "Because nobody fights 100 percent."
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“I take about a week off. I usually get right back to it. Being that I’m a little banged up, you know, I’ve still got some stitches from the fight. As soon as I heal I’ll be right back training.
I want to be the best. I had a setback in my last fight and I know I’ve got a lot to prove still and improving as well. But I eventually want a World Championship.”- Frankie Edgar
Davis-Takaya Now Off WEC 35
WEC 35 has become an on-again off-again affair for LC Davis. First he was on to replace Cub Swanson against Hiroyuki Takaya. Now the fight is completely off. Word is Takaya turned it down.
For Brian Stann, Change Is Good
Four years ago, when Brian Stann turned pro, he was looking to pad his resume with something that might make for interesting conversation 10 or 20 years down the road. Winning a major championship was the furthest thing was from his mind.
“The first day I started training I thought, ‘This is really cool and it would be cool to look back on my life and say I fought professionally and as an amateur for a little while,’” the 27-year-old recalled. “It was just something I thought would be a great hobby. All of a sudden I turned pro, kept winning fights and here I am. You have to remind me everyday that I’m a champion of a big organization because I certainly don’t remember it or think about it. I never expected to be where I’m at. I’m very fortunate.”
The unbeaten WEC light heavyweight champion, who had lived in North Carolina, recently relocated to Atlanta. Stann has a new job in the healthcare industry and a flexible work schedule that allows him to train full-time. He raves about so-called “Hotlanta” being a hotbed of MMA talent. Just as important, for the first time in his career, Stann has MMA coaches like Adam and Rory Singer, Roan Carneiro and Roberto Traven teaching him the X’s and O’s of technique and fight strategy. After 9 years of military service – including two tours in Iraq – Stann is no longer on active duty, affording him more time to train for his upcoming rematch with Steve Cantwell. And though Stann smashed Cantwell in 49 seconds during their first go-round, he isn’t taking the dangerous challenger lightly.
Thales Leites Talks Training, Dean Lister And More
Thales Leites took time out from his busy training schedule to sit down with us and answer some questions. going to face the North-American Dean Lister, Jiu Jitsu specialist, at UFN 15 – in September. Check it out:
ER:Dean Lister has beaten Jeremy Horn by submission. He is a fighter who has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as his main weapon of attack. What did you think about the choice of this opponent and what game plan do you intend to put in practice to beat him?
Zuffa Rumored To Have Signed Third "Team Bombsquad" Member Mike Massenzio
It's been an eventful week for "Team Bombsquad" to say the least. First came the news that light-heavyweight prospect Jon Jones had signed with the UFC and would be fighting at UFC 87 against Andre Gusmao, then featherweight John Franchi signed a deal with the WEC.
The new rumor is that 185lb. rising star Mike Massenzio (11-2) has signed a deal with the UFC, and will debut at Ultimate Fight Night 15 against the heavy-handed Drew McFedries of Miletich Fighting Systems.
Heath Signs Multi-Fight Deal With MFC
Following his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this year, David Heath has signed a multi-fight deal with the Canada-based Maximum Fighting Championship.
The organization announced the signing of Heath in a press release sent out to the media this morning. No indication has been made as of yet by MFC President Mark Pavelich concerning a potential debut date and opponent for him.
After racking up five straight wins in smaller shows, Heath busted onto the UFC light heavyweight scene almost two years ago, winning consecutive over Victor Valimaki and Cory Walmsley. However Heath’s quick success earned him matchups against much tougher opponents and the Oklahoma native ended up dropping his next three UFC bouts. He was last stopped by replacement opponent Tim Boetsch at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February before his contract was terminated.
Emelianenko and Sylvia among lengthy "Affliction: Banned" medical suspensions
The California State Athletic Commission has issued a total of nine fighters, including headliners Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia, medical suspensions stemming from the July 19 "Affliction: Banned" event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today received the list of suspensions from the CSAC.
The recent pay-per-view and FSN event took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and was the debut show for the upstart Affliction Entertainment promotion.
The full list of suspensions included: