Antoni Hardonk - A Dangerous Work in Progress
If you were building the prototypical UFC heavyweight, you would probably come up with someone closely resembling Holland’s Antoni Hardonk: Six foot four, 245 pounds, trained in kickboxing by Ernesto Hoost, schooled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Rickson Gracie, and blessed with a fighter’s heart and the willingness to learn.
Swick Confirms Goulet & Talks Leben
Mike 'Quick' Swick confirmed that Jonathan Goulet will be his first opponent as a welterweight at Ultimate Fight Night 11 September 19, at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV and voiced his disappointment about Chris Leben turning down the rematch that Swick has wanted since his loss to Leben three years ago.
Manny Wants Rematch
Manny Gamburyan was in the biggest fight of his career against Nate Diaz back at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. It appeared Manny was winning the fight and Diaz hadn't offered much of an offense. At the start of the second round, Gamburyan shot in for a take down. After the shot, he immediately tapped out. Gamburyan's shoulder had popped out and was dislocated. All of his dreams had been lost because of the injury, and the victory belonged to Nate Diaz.
Dana White Blasts Fedor's Team, Russians
In a recent interview Dana White stated that the reason the Fedor deal has not been finished is because he was "dealing with crazy Russians." Needless to say Fedor's boxing coach and trainer was none too pleased, going as far as to say the "U.S. and Russia will never see eye to eye, and I don't care what he says."
Real smart, the guy is trying to get the best fighter on Planet Earth, and he not only disrespects Fedor's team and handlers, but also his entire country. Keep the hits coming Dana.
Link on Sherdog front page Interview #1
Sherk AND Franca test positive
Sherk has tested positive for Nandrolone Metabolite. He has been fined $2,500. His suspension period runs from the conclusion of his bout on July 7, 2007 through the remainder of his licensing year which is June 26, 2008.
Franca tested positive to Drostanolone. He has been fined $2500 and suspended through his licensing year which is July 5, 2008
SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA
STOUT SAYS TO EXPECT RUBBER MATCH AGAINST FISHER
“Right after my second fight with Spenser Fisher, Dana White told me there would be a rubber match. As far as losses go, my loss to Fisher was pretty much as good as it gets. I watched the tape and realized there’s a few things I’ll need to do differently for the third fight. I’ll make those adjustments and I’m confident that I’ll take the best of three series,” explained a positive sounding Sam Stout. Stout fought Spenser Fisher in the main event of the most recent Ultimate Fight Night, live on SPIKE TV. Similar to their first encounter, it was a non-stop, action packed fight with outstanding striking displayed by both fighters. Stout versus Fisher is quickly becoming one of MMA’s great rivalries. It would be hard to imagine one hardcore MMA fan that wouldn’t love to see a third installment. Read the rest @-->
Dopey: CSAC Releases Drug Testing Results
Twenty-eight fighters licensed by California have violated the state's anti-doping policy from March 31 through July 6 of this year, the California State Athletic Commission revealed Wednesday. Of those caught for various steroid and drugs-of-abuse violations, over 71 percent came from mixed martial arts, this despite 14 fewer cards than boxing and kickboxing combined.
Ortiz "It looked like my hand skimmed the fence"
You know I really had time to actually look at it and watch the fight itself. I fought a great fight outside the one time when they took the point off and they showed I grabbed the fence. It looked like my hand skimmed the fence. Rashad ended up taking me down anyway and that's when I got a guillotine submission on him. He ended up being saved by the round. So I kind of question that a little bit. Did I really grab the fence when they took the point away? Because the very first time, yea I grabbed the fence I admitted to that. It was a mistake on my part and it was a reaction. But the overall fight, I fought a fairly aggressive fight.
Mir-Hardonk Added to UFC 74 Card
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir returns to the Octagon for the first time in nine months when he takes on dangerous Antoni Hardonk in a bout on August 25th’s UFC 74 card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rumor- Mike Swick VS Jonathan Goulet st UFN 11
Following his loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas, Mike Swick decided to make the move from the middleweight division down to the welterweight division. Rumors have been swirling about a rematch with Chris Leben, but the situation took a bizarre turn when Jonathan Goulet started a thread in the MMAWeekly SoundOff Forum yesterday titled, "Wanna Fight."