Matt Hamill “in Shock” Over UFC 78’s Evans-Bisping Booking
UFC light heavyweight Matt Hamill, who lost a controversial split decision to Michael Bisping last month at UFC 75 (and subsequently was promised an immediate rematch), is “in shock” after learning that Bisping will first fight Rashad Evans at UFC 78.
The former cast member from “The Ultimate Fighter 3” posted a message on his personal website, matthamill.com, saying he “got hosed by the judges in London” and that he is now getting the same treatment from Bisping and the UFC.
Shogun Undergoes Knee Surgery
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua recently had surgery on his left knee to repair his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) according to a statement from his publicist, Julio Heller.
Dr. Mario Namba, the chief doctor for the Brazilian Gymnastic Confederation, performed the surgery. Namba has also treated Shogun’s former Chute Boxe teammate Wanderlei Silva.
White fears for Franklin's future
UFC president Dana White fears for Rich Franklin’s career if he loses his rematch with Anderson Silva.
The pair will fight for the middleweight title at UFC 77 in Cincinatti on October 20 and Silva has claimed in our exclusive video below that the fight will be one of the greatest in UFC history.
PRIDE Tokyo Office Closed, All Workers Fired
The section of Yahoo's Japanese website dedicated to wrestling/MMA coverage is reporting that the PRIDE FC Worldwide offices in Japan were closed earlier today (last night Japan time) and all employees were fired. It was reportedly carried out by a Zuffa-appointed advisor.
This sounds like it officially marks the true end of PRIDE, but also shows that the whole PRIDE situation, anyway you look at it, really is that bad.
Pride and Prejudice
Ricco Rodriguez (Pictures) should've been our first clue. The wild card UFC heavyweight was coming off both a knockout loss to Tim Sylvia (Pictures) and an eight-month sabbatical in 2003 when he agreed to face PRIDE star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) in the promotion's home turf of Saitama, Japan, on just two weeks' notice.
Bisping Enough Of A Name For N.Y. Area?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's light heavyweight division had a change of plans Wednesday, when frustration at Tito Ortiz not signing for a proposed match with Rashad Evans on Nov. 17 in Newark, N.J., led to the announcement of Michael Bisping as Evans' new opponent.
Houston Alexander vs. Thiago Silva Added to UFC 78
Hours after the UFC announced that a light-heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping will headline UFC 78, the organization announced an additional bout for the Nov. 17 event: Houston Alexander (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Thiago Silva (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
Solid Line-Up For Palace Fighting Championship 4
Palace Fighting Championship
PFC 4 “Project Complete”
October 18th, 2007
Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
Tickets can be purchased at tickets.com or charge by phone 1-800-225-2277.
PFC Lightweight Title Fight (Champion Smith)
San Bernardino’s Shad Smith (9-7-2) vs. Lemoore’s Poppies Martinez (11-3-1)
PFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight (Vacant)
North Hollywood’s Lodune Sincaid (10-4) vs. Sacramento’s Jeromy Frietag (5-5)
PFC Middleweight Title Fight (Vacant)
Newport Beach’s Justin Levens (9-7) vs. Lemoore’s Kenny Ento (8-2)
Elk Grove’s Scott Smith (11-4) vs. Santa Rosa’s Nate Loughran (5-0)
Ensenada, Mexico’s Olaf Alfonso (5-7) vs. Hesperia’s Thomas Denny (22-15).............
JARDINE NOT LIKELY TO RETURN UNTIL 2008
When Keith Jardine defeated Chuck Liddell, he not only handed for the former champion a decisive loss, he also put himself at the top of the food chain in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division.
While many fights could be on the horizon for Jardine, fans are not likely to see him again in 2007...................
Nakamura to Appeal, Others Are Clean
Aside from Kazuhiro Nakamura’s previously announced suspension for testing positive for marijuana, the 17 remaining competitors from Sept. 22’s Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Anaheim, Calif. were clean on their drug tests, both for drugs of abuse and for anabolic agents/masking agents, according to Bill Douglas, a representative of the California State Athletic Commission.
Adam Smith +ve For Cocaine
Adam Smith, who faced Dewey Cooper at the Strikeforce at the Mansion event in Beverly Hills, Calif. this past Saturday night, has been fined and suspended for testing positive for cocaine and marijuana according to Bill Douglas, a representative of the California State Athletic Commission.
An Interview With UFC 78’s Jason Reinhardt: Owner of MMA’s Best Career Record
For a guy with a perfect 18-0 record, Jason Reinhardt’s road to a UFC debut wasn’t without a few bumps.
The MMA fighter and teacher had garnered the attention of the UFC after years of success in the Midwest and throughout the U.S., but when it came to casting for the “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” Reinhardt made it only to the final 18; just 16 fighters, of course, were chosen for the show.
Not all Pride fighters struggle in the UFC
“I have no idea why some are struggling to adjust. With Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, he just made one mistake and ran into Heath Herring’s leg. That is a big leg so it is going to take some steam out of you. Nog recovered well and I think that other than that kick he dominated the rest of the fight. At the same time Quinton Jackson and Anderson Sylva in my eyes are PRIDE fighters. So you could say that PRIDE owns two belts in the UFC right now. Both of those guys fought almost all their fights and made their name in PRIDE. They are PRIDE fighters. It is easy to throw a UFC label on Jackson because he is American. He only fought one fight in the cage with WFA before he went to the UFC.”