Matt Serra plans on "Retiring" Matt Hughes
Before butting heads as rival coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 6," Matt Serra said he and fellow former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes were actually buddies and had plans to train together.
A bitter rivalry, though, soon replaced the budding bro-mance.
Now, after 18 months of waiting, Serra will finally get his chance to fight Hughes in May at UFC 98. Serra recently told MMAjunkie.com it is the "biggest fight of my career" and said he plans to "decapitate" Hughes on his way to victory.
I still think Hughes is going to wipe the floor with him and ironically probably retire HIM!
Live Video Chat with Fedor Today!
Fightline.com will be hosting a live video chat with Affliction superstar Fedor Emelianenko today starting at 8:00p EST. This will be followed directly by the premier of the Affliction "Day of Reckoning" countdown show.
Emelianenko will be squaring off against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski for the cards main event.
UFC Wants Show In Ireland Every St. Patrick's Day
The UFC is so pleased with the reception it received in Dublin that it hopes to stage an event in Ireland every St. Patrick’s Day.
“Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I were speaking and one thing we were trying to figure out is how to put on a show in Ireland every St Patrick’s Day,” said UK UFC division president Marshall Zelaznik.
“We want to figure out, no matter what day of the week it is, how to put on fights here on that day and it’s something we’re trying to do right away,”
Fedor on his physique and fighting ‘the best fighters in the world to date’
“All of my training is the same. Every fighter has a different physique and different baggage they bring to the ring. I don’t rely on weight training. I haven’t for several years. It’s really more focusing on the opponent and working on sparring, wrestling and certain activities I do. It’s all about the training camp. All the hard work and all the results that show up in the ring is a result of what’s done before…. Vadim [Finkelstein] is my friend, he’s my partner and he’s very well qualified and he’s proven himself as a good manager. He’s got a track record of building my career and collaborating with major organizations, which has afforded me the opportunity to fight the best fighters in the world to date. Everyone has their duties in this business. My role is to fight. Vadim’s role is to deal with people like Dana White.”
5 Questions for Affliction ‘Day of Reckoning’
The apparel company’s second semi-charitable show is low on tomato-can stock, and like the best events, it promises to pose questions about records, careers and legacies.
1. Is the “old” Vitor Belfort hiding at 185 pounds?
2. Does Freddie Roach matter in MMA?
3. Can Gilbert Yvel behave himself?
4. Can Affliction thrive?
5. Will announcer Tito Ortiz use the term “For Sure” more or less than 24 times?
Despite announcement, Frank Trigg hasn't signed for Feb. 14 XCF headliner
Despite an announcement from the Xtreme Cagefighting Federation that Frank Trigg will headline its Feb. 14 "Rumble In Race Town" event, the UFC and PRIDE veteran said he hasn't signed a contract for the fight.
Although expected to compete at the event, Trigg recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) nothing is official.
XCF announced on Saturday that Trigg would headline the event, which coincides with NASCAR's Daytona 500, against an opponent to be determined.
The Feb. 21 event takes place at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona, Fla., on the eve of the world-famous Daytona 500.
Trigg (18-6) last competed in October 2008 when he scored a unanimous-decision win over Hawaiian striker Falaniko Vitale. The former top UFC welterweight contender has now won three consecutive fights and five of his past six.
UFC Quick Quote: Mark Coleman didn’t have enough money to train right for UFC 93 fight
“I didn’t have any money for a training camp before this fight. Those things cost money man and I just couldn’t afford it.”
– Former heavyweight champion Mark Coleman had an “explosive” reaction in the dressing room after his third round technical knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 93: “Franklin vs. Henderson” at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17. He was upset, according to The Telegraph, about the referee’s decision to stop the bout with just seconds on the clock, as well his lack of funds to train properly for the match. Perhaps he will not have similar complaints in the future now that UFC President Dana White curiously awarded Coleman and the Brazilian $40,000 each for putting on a “Fight of the Night”-caliber performance … in his eyes. Check out a video of Coleman’s post-fight reaction in the locker room after the jump.
Sherk vs. Huerta Possible for UFC 97
MMA Insider, a blog on MMAWeekly.com, is reporting from sources close to former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk that a match-up with Roger Huerta is possible for UFC 97. This would be Huerta's last fight on his current UFC contract, after which Huerta has claimed he's leaving to pursue acting and modeling.
From MMA Insider:
MMAInsider has learned from several sources close to former UFC lightweight champ Sean Sherk that a meeting with fellow Minnesotan Roger Huerta is possible for UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada.
Huerta recently elected not to sign a contract extension with the UFC, deciding instead to focus on recent opportunities in acting and modeling. He has reportedly signed a three-film development deal with Lions Gate Films, and is working on a book about his life.
A meeting with Sherk would be the last fight on Huerta's current contract.
This would be a tough fight for Huerta. Sherk is the much more experienced, stronger and tougher fighter. Additionally, in his win over Tyson Griffin, Sherk showed that he has greatly improved his striking game instead of relying only on his often-criticized style of "lay-n-pray."
White Considers UFC93 Show To Be Among The Promotions' Best
As the UFC closed out their second show in Ireland, the crowd filtered through the doors of the 02 arena satisfied with an exciting night of fights, and president Dana White could not say enough good things about the promotion's latest venture to the Emerald Isle.
The show packed in close to 10,000 fans that according to White ranks along some of the loudest shows the company has ever had in his tenure.
Frank Trigg To Headline XCF - February 14
Fighter and broadcaster Frank Trigg is ready to make his 2009 debut with Xtreme Cagefighting Federation at the DynaPep "Rumble In Race Town" Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Coming off three straight wins, Trigg is ready to keep his win streak alive in the main event.
Coleman Thankful For Return, But Not Finished Yet
Making his way back to the UFC for the first time since 1999, Mark "The Hammer" Coleman was unable to take a victory home to Ohio, but he did walk away with a certain sense of pride, while also gaining the respect of every fan that saw him go to battle on Saturday night.
Fighting a tough opponent and his own demons in the cardio game, Coleman lost by TKO late in the third round to former pound for pound king, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a rematch from a fight the two had while in the Pride organization in 2006.
Referee Dan Miragliotta's latest performance strictly by the book
Referee Dan Miragliotta is certainly no stranger to controversy.
Beginning with his performance during the "EliteXC: Primetime" bout between Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and James Thompson, seemingly every decision made by Miragliotta in the cage is open to some degree of criticism.
So it should have been of little surprise when an accidental eye-poke in the closing minute of Saturday night's UFC 93 main-event bout between Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin left Miragliotta's performance open to public evaluation.
Except as Nick Lembo, legal counsel to the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Miragliotta handled the situation exactly as MMA's current guidelines dictate.
"With accidental fouls, such as an eyepoke -- which this sounds kind of like the Scott Smith vs. Robbie Lawler fight -- the referee sees the eyepoke, and the first thing the referee has to determine is was it accidental or was it intentional," Lembo said. "At that point he assesses the fighter and the referee makes a decision whether or not to bring in the doctor."
The controversy began when Henderson clearly jammed fingers on his left hand deep into Franklin's right eye. The blow was accidental, and Henderson immediately apologized. Franklin was clearly affected, but Miragliotta initially refused to allow "Ace" any time to recover.
Bisping ready for Anderson if he wins TUF 9 finale
Mike Bisping is ready for a shot at the middleweight title if he beats Dan Henderson later this year, UFC president Dana White told Fighters Only earlier.
He said that if Bisping overcomes his rival coach at the end of The Ultimate Fighter 9 then “he’s right up in the mix, he will be ready.”
“With the exception of Bisping, he has cleaned out the division,” says White. “The logical step is for him to move up to light-heavyweight.
Gesias might be back at Dream in April
Gesias’s expectation now is to fight at Dream’s April edition. "I may return to fight in March or April. The most certain is in April, but I still don’t have a date and even the opponent. I know that it won’t be against Hansen, because he will be away for at least six months and it won’t happen a tournament in my category this years, because the Dream will do featherweight and welterweight tournaments", finalized Gesias.
Andrei Arlovski's boxing passion not distracting from "Day of Reckoning" prep
As former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (14-5) nears his Jan. 24 bout with current WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (28-1), much attention has been given to the Belarusian's legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
And while Roach joined Arlovski on a recent media call in anticipation of Saturday's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" in Anaheim, Calif., Arlovski was quick to point out that he hasn't abandoned the rest of his normal routines.
"Of course I like boxing right now," Arlovski said. "I spent a lot of time in a boxing gym, but I concentrate on everything -- wrestling, jiu-jitsu and everything else -- so I practice every night. I'm ready for standing or if the fight is going to be on the ground. I'm ready in both ways."
Arlovski had been in discussion to make his professional boxing debut in Sept. 2008. That fight didn't pan out, but speculation has since run rampant that the former UFC champ would reschedule that fight shortly after the bout with Emelianenko. Arlovski was less certain.
"I don't know," Arlovski said. "Right now, I'm focused on the fight against Fedor on Jan. 24, and we'll see what's scheduled after. But it's just what I have to do on Jan. 24. And I'm focused on this fight and I'm ready."
Some had speculated that Arlovski's 2008 departure from the organization that helped make his trademark fanged mouthpiece famous was due to the 29-year-old's desire to pursue a boxing career. Arlovski immediately dispelled that theory.
"I love boxing, [but] I am not just in UFC because of that," Arlovski said. "I am not in UFC for some other reason.
"But like I said, I'm focused right now on my MMA career and my fight against Fedor on Jan. 24. And I told you we'll see what happens after. Maybe one day it will be boxing. I cannot focus only on boxing, [but] I still have a lot to learn in boxing and that is why I train with Freddie."
UFC Quick Quote: Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua before and after UFC 93
Coming into UFC 93 talking to Five Ounces of Pain:
“[Coleman] is a great wrestler but I think I’m better at jiu-jitsu and striking. Plus, I have better cardio. I think it’s a good match up for me in theory. I feel great. I’m well-trained, in good shape and have little weight to cut for the fight. I’m feeling fast, my cardio is good and I have been working a lot on my power.”
Following UFC 93 at the post-fight press conference:
“I stayed sidelined for one year and a half. I went through surgeries. That is not easy, and that took a lot of my conditioning. It’s one thing to train and another thing to fight. When you get back to fighting, you have to get back your rhythm. I paid a price for that, but I’m sure that by my next fight, I’ll be more prepared and in better shape, with better conditioning, to give my fans a great show.”
-Former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Mauricio Rua talks about his rematch against Mark Coleman at UFC 93 at The O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17. “The Hammer” defeated Rua in controversial fashion at PRIDE 31 back in 2006 when an awkward landing broke the Brazilian’s arm less than a minute into the fight. Shogun’s quest for vengeance fell a bit short at Saturday’s pay-per-view despite a TKO win after a dreadful performance made it nearly impossible for any fan in attendance to believe this was at one time a consensus top 5 light heavyweight and winner of the 2005 Pride FC Grand Prix Champion.
Simple toughness serves Henderson well
"I feel like I'm the same Dan Henderson [despite my age]," he said. "Obviously, those first two [UFC] fights were two [scheduled] five-round fights. I think I almost prepared for those. I was real ready, conditioning-wise. For whatever reason, I got a little tired this fight in that third round.
"I don't know if it was from getting nailed in the ribs or just getting tired. Either way, I'm the same fighter. I had a good day today."
Henderson is a perfectionist who wasn't ebullient despite beating one of the UFC's top fighters. Franklin left the middleweight division while still widely regarded as the second-best fighter in the class. He also became an instant contender at 205 pounds, almost certainly the UFC's best class.
Henderson wasn't pleased that he tired in the third and allowed Franklin to take that round. Most 38-year-old fighters -- heck, most fighters, period -- would have been happy to walk away with a win over Franklin.
Henderson's victory puts him in an elite group, joining Silva (twice) and undefeated Lyoto Machida as the only men to defeat Franklin.
"I could have done more in that third round," Henderson said solemnly while sipping from a bottle of water. "That's what I'm disappointed about."