UFC 79: Eddie Sanchez vs. Soa Palalei
Eddie Sanchez (7-1) and Soa Palalei (8-1) will meet in a heavyweight bout at UFC 79: “Nemesis” on December 29, rounding out the blockbuster nine-fight New Year’s Eve weekend pay-per-view (PPV) event.
This latest announcement has been confirmed via MMAWeekly.com. Reports of the match up surfaced in October with word that Palalei had inked a three-fight deal with Zuffa.
HDNet Announces 10 Fights for Dec. 15 Card
Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights organization has announced its Dec. 15 “Reckless Abandon” fight card, which takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The 10-fight event airs live on HDNet, an all-high definition channel owned by Cuban.
Next month’s show is headlined by co-main events of Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Sean Salmon, as well as Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees. All four participants are former UFC fighters who have HDNet Fights President Guy Mezger excited about the event.
Buentello Revamped & Ready for Overeem
Former UFC Heavyweight Paul Buentello is known for having a powerful punch. But he actually didn't know how to punch until recently when he watched some of his old fights in preparation for fighting Alistair Overeem at Friday's Strikeforce event.
UFC Inks Sokoudjou; “The African Assassin” to Debut vs Machida at UFC 79
This is the official announc,ent from UFC. com that we have been waiting for.
2007 has seen the UFC’s light heavyweight division became the most talent-rich weight class in the world. At UFC 79, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on December 29th, fight fans will get a glimpse of the newest addition to the 205-pound ranks as “The African Assassin”, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, makes his UFC debut against unbeaten sharpshooter Lyoto Machida.
Details about Trigg and Mayhem signings revealed during HDNet Fights conference call
HDNet Fights held a conference call on Wednesday afternoon to promote their next live telecast on Dec. 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
Involved on the call were HDNet Fights president Andrew Simon, HDNet Fights matchmaker Guy Mezger, along with fighters Sean Salmon and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who will be fighting each other in a clash of middleweight during the show’s co-main event. The other main event will feature Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees.
Here’s a recap of the conference call:
- The rumors of Randy Couture joining the promotion were brought up. Mezger wasn’t real comfortable with the topic and said he wanted to focus on talking about the card. He said that if there was a way to get Couture on board at HDNet Fights that it would be “awesome.”
- Miller and Trigg have signed three-fight contracts that are non-exclusive. However, there are some restrictions when it comes to their exclusivity, such as they don’t want fighters that they’ve signed to multi-fight deals competing a month before they’re supposed to fight for HDNet Fights.
Nick Diaz to seek out plastic surgeon
That’s the latest from Brian Knapp of The Fight Network:
Nick Diaz will seek out the assistance of Las Vegas-based plastic surgeon Frank Stile in order to repair the considerable scar tissue that has developed around his eyes. Kit Cope, the man who cornered the 24-year-old in his failed attempt to win the EliteXC lightweight title at EliteXC “Renegade” on Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas, made the announcement after the bout.
Says Kit Cope:
“He didn’t get hit with anything hard,” Cope said. “It’s just that he’s got some gnarly cuts. There were a couple of fights [in his past] where he got cut and then band aided it, you know … didn’t get any good stitches, so he’s got a lot of scar tissue. You breathe on the guy, and he gets cut.”
“KJ Noons – Karl – you’re not even in the same league,” Cope said. “You’re luckier than a dog with two peckers.”
Probably a good move by Nick Diaz to get this taken care of. He’s a young fighter and he’s bound to get hit in the face a lot more times in his career.
Crocop says “.... the haters”
Over the weekend Mirko CroCop took some time off from being surly and introverted to record a TV interview with some weird korwegian station:
KW: Did you think about ending your career?
Mirko: I did think of it the night after my last defeat, but I’m not going to end my career soon. I will have 5 or 6 fights at least. Maybe even more, who can tell. Every fight could be your last one. You can suffer from a fatal injury, you can break your leg or arm. If I’ll be able to fight I’ll fight, it’s my life and my choice and I enjoy doing it.
I have a very strong motive, especially because of number of „wise“ Internet users saying that I’m done. I will prove they were wrong.
Can The Piranha Take The Heat?
In a potentially big fight for both, Ryo Chonan makes his UFC debut this Saturday night against top UFC Welterweight Karo Parisyan. Chonan will be facing a very determined Parisyan, who is trying to work his way back into the title picture.
Pickett Off Cage Rage 24
Brad Pickett, who was schedueld to fight on the upcoming Cage Rage 24 event, is off the card due to a broken arm suffered in training. He likely will be out 6-8 weeks.
The Tuesday Takedown 11.13.07
In this week's edition of The Tuesday Takedown, we'll take a look at Kimbo Slice's pro MMA debut, Dana White's new decision on Sean Sherk's title, who Randy Couture may be fighting next, the possibility of the UFC on CBS, and much more!
Marquardt and Leites to hook 'em up at UFC 81
With a new contract in hand, Nate Marquardt (25-7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will return from July’s loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to take on Thales Leites (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The middleweight bout will be part of Feb. 2’s UFC 81 event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
IFL Forms Video Sharing Parnership With Youtube And Google Ads
The International Fight League, the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and YouTube, the world’s leading video sharing Website, today announced a video sharing partnership designed to expose IFL content to a larger worldwide audience. It is the first partnership YouTube has formed in the sport of mixed martial arts, and follows the path of similar partnerships with the NBA, NHL, CBS and EA Sports among others.
Pulver On Fisher Then & Now
The day after Jens Pulver won the UFC LIghtweight Title in 2001, he met then-Light Heavyweight Spencer Fisher. Now with Fisher at LW and Pulver off to WEC, Fisher has now become the top dog at LW of the Miletich camp thanks in part to Pulver.
Alexander The Busy
In 2000, Houston Alexander was a construction worker who donated his kidney to his daughter to save her life. How this all came about wasn't revealed until a recent interview when Alexander revealed how it came about and how he went from working to fighting and fatherhood and juggling it all.
Sokoudjou fighting Lyoto Machida in UFC!
One of the best fighters of the category Light Heavyweight in the present time, the Brazilian Lyoto Machida will be the opponent of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the UFC. Hot sources of the World Fight confirm that the fight will be announces in the next days. The Brazilians are chokeed with Sokoudjou, in the first semester of the year the african KO Rogério Minotouro and Ricardo Arona.
Mike Swick Likely Fighting at UFC Fight Night 12
That didn’t take long.
Just an hour ago MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported that UFC Fight Night 12 will take place Jan. 23. And we now appear to have our first addition to the card: “The Ultimate Fighter 1” cast member and former middleweight contender Mike Swick (10-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC