Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz II Set for Cincinnati’s UFC 77 Event
Despite two title fights and the Octagon debut of a former PRIDE heavyweight champion, it was Ortiz (15-5-1 MMA, 14-5-1 UFC) and Evans (10-0-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) who remained the focus of this past weekend’s pay-per-view event. The former UFC light heavyweight champion and his undefeated opponent stole the headlines, secured top billing in the event’s marketing materials, and even became the focus of the night’s post-event press conference.
During that media event, UFC president Dana White stated — rather definitively — that a rematch was imminent and that neither fighter would be booked for another event before the rematch takes place.
As it turns out, the UFC wasted no time scheduling the date. UFC 77 takes place Oct. 20 at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati. The arena can accommodate approximately 17,000 spectators.
Just like this past weekend, Evans vs. Ortiz II may steal some of the spotlight from what is supposed to be UFC 77’s real main event: current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin, who will meet in another anticipated rematch. In October 2006, Silva defeated then-champ Franklin with a first-round TKO to claim the middleweight championship.
Franklin, a former Cincinnati high school math teacher, will look to reclaim his title in front of a hometown crowd.
Murilo Bustamante, Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Pedro Rizzo are four of the greatest fighters to come from Brazil, and they will participate as the coaches of four respective Brazillian teams.
The teams are:
HURRICANE (Wanderlei Silva)
155 lb - Jean Silva
170 lb - Flávio Álvaro
185 lb - Rafael Sapo
205 lb - Rafael Monteiro
265 lb - André Mussi
WILD FIRE (Murilo Bustamante)
155 lb - Luciano Azevedo
170 lb - Gerson Conceição
185 lb - Silmar Rodrigo
205 lb - Alexandre Cacareco
265 lb - Joaquim Mamute
TSUNAMI (Pedro Rizzo)
155 lb - Leonardo Santos
170 lb - André Chatuba
185 lb - Mauricio Alonso
205 lb - Jair Sorriso
265 lb - Walter Broca
AVALANCHE (Antonio Rogério Nogueira)
155 lb - Rafael Mantega
170 lb - Sergio Moraes
185 lb - Julio Cesar Field Almeida
205 lb - Erick Wanderlei
265 lb - Fábio Maldonado
And the Card will be:
August 11: Wild Fire (Bustamante) vs. Hurricane (Silva)
155 lb: Luciano Azevedo vs. Jean Silva
170 lb: Gerson Conceição vs. Flavio Alvaro
185 lb: Silmar Rodrigo vs. Rafael Sapo
205 lb: Alexandre Cacareco vs. Rafael Monteiro
265 lb: Joaquim Mamute vs. André Mussi
September 29: Tsunami (Rizzo) vs. Avalanche (Nogueira)
155 lb: Leonardo Santos vs. Rafael Manteiga
170 lb: André Chatuba vs. Sérgio Moraes
185 lb: Mauricio Alonso vs. Julio Cesar Field
205 lb: Jair Sorriso vs. Erick Wanderlei
265 lb: Walter Broca vs. Fabio Maldonado
Evans vs Ortiz 2 @ UFC 77
Forty-eight hours after Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz’s dramatic — and somewhat disappointing — draw at Saturday’s UFC 73 event, UFCjunkie.com has learned that their rematch will take Oct. 20 at the UFC 77 event that’s set for Cincinnati, Ohio.
guess we'll see what happens
Fedor to make debut soon
The champ is coming
Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has been rumored to be entering the UFC for a quite a few months now. White confirmed that Emelianenko's debut is imminent.
"We are planning to have Fedor fighting in the UFC at the end of 2007 or early 2008," White said
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Ortiz vs Evans Rematch
Neither Tito Ortiz or Rashad Evans will face another opponent before they have a rematch later this year.
The rematch is expected to happen this fall with The Star-Ledger in New Jersey speculating that it may happen at the UFC tentatively scheduled for November at Newark’s Prudential Center.
While the rematch would surely be a welcome and solid addition to a PPV card there is speculation that the fight may headline a free Spike TV event.
Since the original fight happened just days ago the details on the rematch will likely not be available for sometime although November or December appear to be the months the UFC is targeting for the rematch.
What will happen when they fight again and who will win this time.
THE GREAT FIGHT NORTH
By Mike Doyle and Mike Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Welcome to The Great Fight North, The Fight Network’s weekly Canadian mixed martial arts news column featured here every Monday morning. This week, we have a recap of our lone Canadian representative’s UFC debut, as well as the latest UFC Canada news and the latest fight card announcements.
Let’s jump in and see what’s happening around the country:
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UFC 73 SALARIES AND ATTENDANCE FIGURES
Monday, July 09, 2007 - by Ken Pishna MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for the UFC 73: Stacked, which took place on Saturday, July 7 in Sacramento, Calif.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions. All figures provided by the California State Athletic Commission.
Although MMA fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters' salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that the UFC also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions, are not included in the figures below. Read the rest @->
Josh Barnett Officially a Free Agent
Since Zuffa’s official purchase of Pride, many fighters have started popping up from the former Japanese powerhouse organization in new homes. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is in the UFC along with former Grand Prix winner Mauricio “Shogun” Rua who is expected to make his debut shortly. Paulo Filho will soon take his shot in the WEC and now one of the most sought after heavyweights in the world, Josh Barnett, is officially a free agent according to his blog on MySpace.
UFCjunkie.com Exclusive: Diego Sanchez vs. Jon Fitch at UFC 76
According to a , Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez is rumored to take on Jon Fitch at UFC 76 in Anaheim California on September 22. Sanchez is coming off his first ever MMA loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 69. With this win Sanchez can re-establish himself again as a top contender in the welterweight division. Jon Fitch brings his thirteen fight winning streak and undefeated UFC record to take on Sanchez. Both fighters are in need of this big win to put themselves into title contention.
UFC Heading to Cincinnati on Oct. 20
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva against the former champ Rich Franklin would get his shot at redemption and it’ll come in his hometown of Cincinnati where he was the last time they both fight and rich got knockout. Who do you think will win this fight.
Silva, Sherk Successfully Defend Titles at UFC 73; Ortiz foul costs him win
SACRAMENTO, July 7 – It was supposed to be one of Anderson Silva’s
toughest tests,but instead, his win over respected challenger Nate Marquardt at the Arco Arena tonight proved to be one of his greatest victories, as he defended his UFC middleweight crown for the first time with a decisive first round TKO in the UFC 73 main event.Read the Rest @->
New Trevor Prangley interview!
Over at Bloodyknux.com
on Yuki kondo-
"He’s fought the best, but he’s never beat the best. In my opinion I’m one of the best at 185 pounds, and he’s going to lose to me too."
trevor talks about Baroni's loss against Frank sahrock, and his injuries, his upcoming match with Yuki Kondo, and the top end of the 185lb division.
THE BREAKDOWN: UFC 73
By Aaron Crecy (email@example.com)
UFC 73: Stacked
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Live PPV: 7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST
On the heels of a desultory June pay-per-view event from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Zuffa LLC is making a spirited effort to right the ship. UFC 73 "Stacked" features a star-studded main card and title fights in both the lightweight and middleweight divisions. In the main event, muay Thai savant Anderson Silva defends his 185-pound belt versus Nate Marquardt, a seasoned veteran with solid stand-up skills and an excellent ground game. In the 155-pound class, incumbent Sean Sherk puts his title on the line against Hermes Franca.
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SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA: UFC HEADED NORTH
UFC WAITING ON THE CANADIENS
“We want to come to Montreal, Canada in October/November 2007!” stated a delighted Marc Ratner of the UFC. “I’ve been talking with the Bell Centre and they want us there, but the Montreal Canadiens hockey team always comes first!” he explained in a jovial voice. “We’d love to have Georges St-Pierre on the card of course, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens on Aug. 25 in his fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 74.”
“Once the NHL releases their 2007/08 hockey schedule, we’ll be able to sure up a date. I realize TKO 30 is happening in the Bell Centre on Sept. 28, so we’ll try not to go too close to that,” elaborated Ratner.
The NHL schedule is due to be released on July 11, 2007 so hopefully Canadian MMA fans won’t have to wait much longer to hear official confirmation of the UFC’s first show north of the border! Read the rest @ ->