The Spider’s Web - Part One
When you’re a champion in mixed martial arts, there is no off-season, no time to take a few weeks off for vacation or to bask in the glory of being the best at what you do. So when you ask UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva about the training camp for his highly-anticipated rematch with Rich Franklin at UFC 77 on October 20th, and when it began, he just smiles.
Sherk passes lie detector test
Sean Sherk passed a lie detector test saying that he did not knowingly use steroids. While certainly not conclusive, it can’t hurt his chances at getting his suspension over turned or at the very least reduced.
CFFC 6 Event Officially Off
Cage Fury Fighting Championships just announced that their upcoming event on October 12, to have featured Tank Abbott vs. Kimbo Slice, is now cancelled.
Money talks above all others, and here the money said thanks but no thanks.
Michael Bisping On Why Rashad Next
The Fight Network recently spoke to Michael Bisping, and one of the topics discussed was his next fight against fellow TUF winner Rashad Evans.
Pretty much confirms why he's not fighting Hamill next and his feelings on how he fits into the title picture right now.
Cro Cop's UFC Future In Doubt?
According to this report below, it seems that Mirko Cro Cop isn't talking and there are rumblings he might be about done in UFC.
Let the "biggest bust to date in UFC" bantering begin.
Mark Coleman Wants Randy Couture?
In a recent phone interview from Japan, former UFC and PRIDE grand Prix Champion Mark Coleman was asked who he would want to face next in MMA, and his answer eventually was Randy Couture.
Not a big surprise there, would likely be a great fight and Coleman seems to look at it as being a great accomplishment at this point in his career.
Stephan Bonnar Featured In New MMA Reality Series
Raw Vegas TV, an internet-only channel about all things Las Vegas, announced today the premiere of a new reality series following UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar as he prepares for UFC 77. The show can be seen on demand and online.
This sounds like a great concept based on UFC's "Countdown To" and "All Access" pre-PPV programming, another way to allow fans to get up close with and follow their favorite fighters.
Nogueira vs. Kongo Likely in Early 2008
A rumored bout between heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (30-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Cheick Kongo (11-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will likely take place in early 2008 — not at UFC 79 in December as was first reported — says Dave Meltzer of FOX Sports.
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.