Brandon Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum @ UFC 85
Heavyweight contenders Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum are slated to square off at UFC 85 on Saturday, June 7 at the O2 Arena in London, The Fight Network has learned. No agreements have been signed, but the bout has been presented to both men, according to a source within one of their camps.
Hendo media day
Dan Henderson held an open workout for the media on Wednesday at his Team Quest Gym in Murrieta.
Here is some of what he had to say:
On Silva being considered the top MMA fighter pound-for-pound in the world by a number of publications and Web sites:
“I think that’s great. I’ve already said my piece about it. I think he is a tough guy and very skilled but I wouldn’t consider him the top pound-for-pound fighter, just because I’ve seen more of his past than what the U.S. crowd has in the UFC. The guys he’s fought in the UFC really compliment his style. I expected him to walk through most of those guys. He’s very skilled on his feet. The guys he’s fought aren’t very good wrestlers.”
On the new DREAM promotion in Japan which was put together by Fight Entertainment Group and former PRIDE staffers:
“I think there are two promotions starting. There’s DREAM and World Victory Road. I think it’s great for the sport. I think a lot of fans miss having PRIDE and that production, not necessarily the fighters and they fights they put on. There are top fighters in most of the organizations now, but the production is what I miss most. It will be good to watch that just as a fan now. I’m in the UFC for a while.”
On the possibility of competing in DREAM’s Middleweight Grand Prix:
“I won’t be fighting in it unless the UFC sends me over. I think that’s good for the sport. It gives fighters another avenue to go out there and make some money and make a name for themselves. It’s tough with so many fighters and only one big organization in the world.
“I’m not overly fond of fighting in tournaments anymore. I’ve been there and done that. My first nine fights were tournaments and multiple fights in a night. A lot of the fights in my career have been tournaments. I’m not fond of those. I’d rather focus on one guy, especially at the point of my career where I am right now. It enables me to really focus on that one opponent. When you fight multiple times in one night, you are not able to be specific to an opponent when you are training. There is a greater chance of losing a fight that way. I’ve got a little bit more to lose than I did in the past. We’ll see. It’s not necessarily about that. It’s about fighting twice in one night that I’m not fond of.”
To check out the entire interview and listen to the audio of the interview, which is about 20 minutes, click this link:
KJ Noons responds to claims he is ducking Diaz
Noons, normally calm and reserved, had already read the comments when contacted by ProElite.com and took great issue with the claims made by Diaz's camp. They are claims he categorically disputed.
"First of all, I don't dodge anybody," Noons stated in an uncharacteristic stern tone. "Whoever is the best, I want to fight them. As champion, you can't decline who you want to fight. You only have one option as to who you're going to fight, and that's the best. Whoever the best is, that's who I have to fight. In regard to a rematch with Nick, that would be a great pay day for me. Unfortunately, he's not the best."
Noons continued to rebut GracieFighter.com's statements, claiming that he has no incentive to dodge a rematch with Diaz because he considers it an "easy pay day." He indicated that he felt if anyone was entitled to a rematch, he deserved one against Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett stemming from a knockout loss during EliteXC's first-ever show last February.
Dana White: Tank Abbott UFC Hall of Fame future inductee
“I think the whole thing was a farce [the EliteXC promotion]. I love Tank. I have nothing but respect for him; he’s always been good to me. But I don’t want to see that again…. Tank Abbott absolutely will be in our Hall of Fame.”
UFC President Dana White comments on the recent spectacle that was Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott at the EliteXC: “Street Certified” show on February 16 from the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. He also reveals that he has a seat waiting for Abbott once he decides to hang up the gloves. That would mean Abbott would be enshrined alongside Octagon pioneers such as Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock and soon-to-be inductee, Mark Coleman.
Bj and GSP for fight of the century!
“Georges still has to get past Matt Serra though. I think if Georges can get past Matt Serra and I know I’m going to get past Sean Sherk, we could have some kind of really huge fight there. I’m talking about a fight of the century type of fight, but Matt Serra’s no joke, you know?
I hope to god this happens!!!
I'd give the fight to GSP though... but it'd be a war!
Anyway here's the rest of the interview if you want a
Mir Calls Fedor's Fights 'More of a Carnival'
I agree with what he's saying here to a point but how can a guy who Fedor beat twice be called the best i the world?
But how can Fedor be called the best in the world if he's not fighting top competition?!
Dam it why can't fighters and MMA companies just get along!?
Anyway here's the first
And the full interview
Mir just seams like a cool guy, and i don't think he means to offend anyone if you read the full interview.
5 Rounds Part 2
Wildfire & Skippy return to debate questions sent from you. Mirko Cro Cop, Kimbo, Ultimate Fighter Season 7, UFC 83 and Wanderlei are the topics tackled in this column.
Ian Freeman out of retirement (again) to fight Cahoon
When British mixed martial arts legend Ian “The Machine” Freeman announced his retirement in 2006, few believed the Sunderland, England, native would ever return to the cage. According to anonymous sources within the Cage Rage promotion, Freeman will dust off the gloves for at least one more fight.
Freeman will make his comeback against rising light heavyweight standout Paul “Boom Boom” Cahoon in the main event at Cage Rage 26, scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at Wembley Arena in London. The 41-year-old Freeman has not competed in more than a year.
Grappling Champ Robert Drysdale Joins Xtreme Couture, Readies for MMA Debut
Robert Drysdale, the 2007 Abu-Dhabi Absolute champion, has joined the ever-expanding Xtreme Couture as an instructor and MMA fighter.
The Las Vegas-based organization, which is headed by UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, made the announcement on the Xtreme Couture blog.
“He is excited to be the newest addition to our Pro Team where he will train in preparation for his MMA debut,” the announcement read. “Robert will be instructing the Pro Team in jiu jitsu and will teach the jiu jitsu classes at the gym.“
Yves Edwards Ready for Title Shot, Permanent Move to ATT
After a stunning flying knee knockout of Edson Berto (13-5-1) at this past weekend’s EliteXC event, lightweight veteran Yves Edwards (33-13-1) is looking for one thing in his next fight: a shot at gold.
“I want to be the champion,” Edwards said. “I want to have gold… I can’t think of any other guys in (EliteXC), I guess, in my spot right now. I definitely want a shot at (the title). I think I deserve it.“
Edwards has earned title-shot consideration with three straight victories in the last three months. Edwards credits his recent success to his decision to begin training at American Top Team — a decision he made after dropping five of six fights in the previous two years.
Diaz To Fight Corbbrey At April EXC Event
Muhsin Corbbrey, a ShoXC veteran with a 6-2 record, has reportedly signed a deal to fight former UFC veteran Nick Diaz at the EliteXC event on April 26. This would be Diaz' first fight since having eye surgery following his loss to KJ Noons.
Couture To HDNet...But When?
According to paperwork filed by HDNet owner Mark Cuban in legal proceedings against UFC owner Zuffa, it has been revealed that HDNet has signed Randy Couture to a contract effective upon the expiration of his Zuffa promotional contract. The HDNet plan is, once the contract takes effect, to promote the long-hoped-for Couture-Fedor Emelianenko superfight.
Noons refuses rematch with Diaz
KJ Noons has refused a rematch with Nick Diaz. Noons won the EliteXC title after defeating Diaz by doctor's stoppage due to a cut. Diaz subsequently went in for plastic surgery after a specialist determined that the sharpness of the bones above his eyes would lead to more cuts and make it impossible for him to pursue a successful MMA career. The surgery was a complete success.
EliteXC suggested a rematch just as the UFC had when Vitor Belfort defeated Randy Couture for their title due to a cut, however KJ and his camp have now responded that they do not want anything to do with a rematch. Diaz will still be fighting at the event against another EliteXC fighter, most likely Muhsin Corbbrey (6-2).
What Killed Ryan Gracie
The coroner’s report from GracieMag.com:
A little over two months since the death of Ryan Gracie, on December 15, the first toxicology report on the black belt’s death was released yesterday by the program Fantastico, on Brazilian television. According to the program, the document stated that Ryan’s death was not of natural causes. Listed in the report, therapeutic doses of the medicines midasolan, alprazolan, prometazina, clozapina, haloperidol and the fighter had already used intoxicating substances. Based on analysis of the report, the authorities will determine what caused Ryan Gracie’s death. Cardiorespiratory failure seems to be the most probable cause.