Seven weeks of TV bliss for the Mixed Martial Arts fan
The next seven weeks offer an incomparable stretch of nationally-televised events and specials for mixed-martial-events fans. Commencing with Wednesday's WEC 30 event on Versus and concluding with Cincinnati's UFC 77 Pay-Per-View event in October, some of the sport's biggest names and brightest prospects will be showcased.
Cowboy Cerrone Rides High Into WEC Debut
It’s no secret that Colorado has developed some of MMA’s brightest and best talents over the years. From veterans like Nate Marquardt and Duane “Bang” Ludwig, to the current crop of young standouts like Leonard Garcia and Alvin Robinson, there’s no shortage to the state’s supply of talent – and it doesn’t stop there.
Camp Report: Xtreme Couture
Xtreme Couture has been on quite a run lately, especially after UFC heavyweight champion and team founder, Randy Couture, defeated Gabriel Gonzaga en route to defending his title in Las Vegas at UFC 74.
Tanner vs Lister UFC 79?
Shit I hope tanner comes back for real this time. Middleweight could use a boost like this.
Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner (32-6) is rumored to be making his long-awaited return to the Octagon against Dean Lister (9-5) at UFC 79 on December 29, according to MMAonTap.com and Fightlinker.com.
Tanner has been on a bizarre sabbatical since his submission win over Justin Levens at UFC 59 in April 2006. He has been getting back in fighting shape at ChuteBoxe in California after letting himself go for months.
The camp issued a statement months ago that Tanner would return sometime in September. However, those statements never turned out to be accurate. In fact, Dave Meltzer even reported that Tanner isn’t even under contract.
Therefore, treat this report as “rumor” until more detailed information comes along — we’ve been down this road with Tanner before.
Lister is rehabbing from biceps surgery that has had him out of action since his decision loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC Fight Night 8 in January.
The Brazailian jiu-jitsu blackbelt recently flew out to Croatia to help Mirko Cro Cop train for his upcoming heavyweight bout with Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 this Saturday.
UFC 79 features the welterweight title fight between 170-pound champ Matt Serra and newfound nemesis, Matt Hughes. Wanderlei Silva is also expected to make his return to the Octagon that New Year’s Eve weekend.
Dan Henderson – A Long Trek from Mobile to London
A lot has
changed since the last time Dan Henderson stepped foot into the UFC Octagon to fight. Back in 1998, the two-time Olympian was pretty new to the sport of mixed martial arts, having just fought twice in a Brazilian tournament 11 months earlier.
"Babalu" Releases Statement
To My Family, Friends, Fans and Sponsors:
Since UFC 74, I have wanted to speak publicly about my fight with David Heath (Pictures). I waited to do so, however, out of respect for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Zuffa, Inc. and Dana White. After all, it is their efforts that have legitimized Mixed Martial Arts in the sports world and I realize that my conduct has unintentionally hindered those efforts. For that, among other things, I am deeply sorry.
Rizzo Stops Monson; Horn Taps Out
The main event featured Jeff Monson (Pictures) and Pedro Rizzo (Pictures), both previous challengers for the UFC heavyweight belt, in a true clash of styles with the former Abu Dhabi grappler meeting the former kickboxing champ in a fight that the potential of being a barnburner or a snore fest. Luckily there wasn't any snoring since Monson curiously chose to stay up and throw with Rizzo in every round.
Report: Alan Belcher Lands New Four-Fight Deal
UFC middleweight Alan Belcher (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who’s posted UFC victories over Jorge Santiago and Sean Salmon, has scored a new four-fight deal with the organization.
The news comes from The (Biloxi) Sun Herald.
The deal assures that the UFC has solid talent locked up for its thin middleweight division.
Bodog Available In Canada
BodogFight announced that it has partnered with Score Media Inc. to extend the reach of its mixed martial arts programming in Canada. BodogFight will be on “The Score” starting Sept. 4 with its BodogFight: Costa Rica Combat series.
Pode Pegar! News From Brazil
Wanderlei Silva has been the number one topic in the last two weeks in Brazil. He is receiving a lot of criticism from the Brazilian fans. Wanderlei left Brazil to get his own team and put himself in an odd position when American press announced that he was training with Randy Couture.
Mixed Martial Arts Is The Ultimate Challenge
Scattered across a mat-covered floor, a dozen figures are locked in combat. One pair — Cpl. James Tomko and Spc. Josh Winter — are a frenetic whirl of movement. Feet and fists weave a chaotic tapestry of arm bars, submission holds and leg locks.