Yushin Okami will receive title shot
UFC middleweight Yushin Okami defated Dean Lister by unanimous decision at UFC 92. Even though the fight was not the most exciting bout on the card, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the victory puts Okami back in the hunt for the middleweight title currently held by Anderson Silva.
“Yushin Okami will be getting a title shot. Definitely,” said White.
"Horn won't be scared like Henderson", says Palhares
Rousimar Palhares (8-2) says Dan Henderson was ‘scared' to fight him on the ground when they met earlier this year.
Henderson won by decision but Palhares' coach Murilo Bustamante criticised him for employing an "ugly strategy".
Palhares faces Jeremy Horn at UFC 93 next month and told Fighters Only earlier that as Horn "has a better game on the ground, it should be a different fight."
UFC 92 Medical Suspensions
Former light heavyweight Forrest Griffin is the most notable competitor to make the list, but we knew it was more than likely a foregone conclusion after he revealed in the post-fight interview that he had broken his left hand in the second round of his fight against Rashad Evans.
He needs to have the injury cleared by an orthopedic physician before returning to action otherwise he will be on the shelf until June 27, 2009. Griffin is suspended at the very least until February 12 and he’s forbidden to have contact until January 28
UFC 92 salaries: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson top earner with $325K
Rashad Evans: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Forrest Griffin: $100,000
Frank Mir: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $250,000
Quinton Jackson: $325,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
C.B. Dollaway: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Massenzio: $5,000
Cheick Kongo: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def: Mostapha Al Turk: $7,000
Yushin Okami: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Dean Lister: $19,000
Antoni Hardonk: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Wessel: $4,000
Matt Hamill: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Reese Andy: $15,000
Brad Blackburn: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
vs. Ryo Chonan: $18,000
Patrick Barry: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Dan Evensen: $4,000
Chuck Liddell named as possible headliner for UFC 96
With Randy Couture recently quelling previous rumors of fourth bout with "The Iceman," the next appearance for former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (21-6 MMA, 16-5 UFC) is still an uncertainty.
But at Saturday night's post-UFC 92 press conference, UFC President Dana White hinted that the fan-favorite could possibly headline the recently announced UFC 96 on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio.
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Cro Cop Back to the UFC If He Beats Choi on NYE?
Our buddy Robert at FreeFightVideos has a report that suggests a return to the UFC for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic might be as simple as a win over Hong Man Choi on New Year’s Eve. Cro Cop has apparently been dropping hints lately that the fight at K-1 Dynamite will “end one chapter and start another” in his career, and insists he’s not retiring.
But Cro Cop has been increasingly vague about his plans for 2009, and when Dana White appeared on the “Best Damn Sports Show,” he stated that, “if [Cro Cop] wins, he will definitely be welcomed back into the UFC."
WAMMA Exclusive Interview in regards to Aoki/Alvarez For WAMMA Belt
DreamFighters.com: So Mike, it is official? The Eddie Alvarez v. Shinya Aoki fight is for the first ever WAMMA Undisputed World Lightweight Championship?
Michael Lynch: Yes, it is confirmed. WAMMA will officially be recognizing the winner of the Alvarez vs. Aoki match-up, which will take place December 31 in Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena during FEG’s “FieLDS Dynamtie!!”, as the inaugural WAMMA Undisputed World Lightweight Champion. The winner of the Alvarez vs. Aoki match-up will join WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko as WAMMA’s second-ever undisputed champion. Emelianenko is scheduled to defend his title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Dana White opens the door for “The Pitbull” to return
Speaking to CBS Sports, White explained:
“In nine years, there’s only one fighter that I’ve lost that I didn’t want to lose. That was (Andrei) Arlovski, and it still bothers me.”
“I jumped on a plane and flew to Chicago with Lorenzo (Fertitta) and kissed his butt to try to make him not leave.”
“He wanted to box on HBO. He had a lot of different things that he wanted to do that I couldn’t let him do.”
Alvarez vs. Aoki to determine first-ever WAMMA lightweight champ
After weeks of speculation, the organization made the announcement early Monday morning via press release. FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008 is scheduled for Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
"New Year's Eve is rich in both history and tradition for combat sports in Japan," stated WAMMA Chief Operating Officer Michael Lynch. "FEG officials have put together an amazing night of fights and WAMMA is looking forward to recognizing the winner of the Aoki vs. Alvarez fight as our first-ever lightweight champion."
Dana White is unhappy with Steve Mazzagatti
And when Kongo was pounding out Mostapha Al-Turk, the Beirut native’s face quickly turned into a messy site, and yet the pounding continued. Dana White criticised Mazzagatti’s actions with the following statement.
“He’s a nice guy, but he’s not a referee,”
Minowaman Returns at FEG FiELDS Dynamite!! 2008
Yet another fight was announced today for the absolutely monster FiELDS Dynamite!! 2008 year end event. According to Nightmare of Battle it was made official today that Minowaman, real name Ikuhisa Minowa, would be facing off against K-1 fighter Errol Zimmerman in an MMA rules fight. Minowaman is looking to bounce back from a quick heel hook submission loss at Dream.6 against Masakatsu Funaki. Meanwhile Zimmerman is coming off a pretty good showing at the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals 2008. In the tournament the Dutch-Surinamese kick boxer was able to make it to the second round of the tournament before being KOed by former K-1 World Heavyweight Champion Badr Hari.This will be Zimmerman's first MMA fight.
Jardine Will Not Fight Liddell in March
Despite several reports assuring the fight, a source close to Jardine's camp says he will not lock horns with Liddell at UFC 96 on March 7 in Columbus, Oh.
Jardine will, however, return against an unnamed opponent during the "Arnold Classic" weekend card.
Nogueira Addresses KO; Talks Fight Against Couture
"It was the first knockout of my career, said the ever-gracious Nogueira at the post fight press conference. "I feel like I didn't fight well tonight; I didn't fight my distance. He had a great fight tonight. He was a great fighter. He had better distance than me, he had some good shots at the beginning of the fight that changed everything I was planning. He's just great, he had a great night tonight and fought very good... he threw some strong hands.
Nogueira was a bit somber, but appeared in good spirits following the fight; stating that he's committed to improving his game and insisting that he'll come back stronger and faster.
As for an upcoming opponent? How about Randy Couture?
"Yep. For sure I would accept this fight against Randy Couture," Nogueira said. "He's a great fighter. He just lost his last match but he's a true legend in this sport and I'd love to fight him. It would be a good promotion; we're both very experienced fighters and it would be a nice match."