Matt Wiman's Blog: Drama.
Hey, Matt Wiman here and this is my blog for FHM Online.
My Ultimate Fighter 5 housemate Gabe Ruediger was relentlessly annoying. He would just constantly talk. I would call him on how stupid he looked and he didn’t like that. But I think he mistook kindness for weakness with me. He knew I wasn’t about to get into a fight in the house and get kicked off. I actually took this opportunity seriously unlike him. He didn’t have a chance of winning from the get go. He just wanted to cause drama. If he could drag me down with him he was going to. I had enough of listening to him to where I just kind of wanted to show him how big of a d-bag he was. But you can’t convince a douchebag they’re a douchebag so I just gave up. It took care of itself by him just completely self-destructing and getting kicked off the show. He got what he deserves.
The UFC website has officially confirmed the long-rumored match between Ultimate Fighter 3 rivals Michael Bisping and Matt Hamill. For a while there, Ken Shamrock was rumored to be Bisping's opponent, but the previous rumor that Hamill would have the fight came true.
The main event of the show scheduled for the O2 Arena in England on September 8th will be UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight (and Welterweight) champion Dan Henderson. The event is being dubbed "champion vs. champion" and some rumors insist the fight will be a title unification bout.
More on the UFC 75 card as news comes in.
Leites Looks to Establish Himself in UFC.
Brazilian Thales Leites is one of the best South American prospects currently fighting in the UFC. The BJJ black belt under Nova União returns to the octagon this Saturday on the undercard of the fifth Ultimate Fighter finale when he faces Floyd Sword in a middleweight contest. Leites (10-1-0) spoke with Sherdog.com and promised to show his BJJ skills once again.
"No Win" Situation Is Must Win For Shamrock.
Frank Shamrock has long been regarded as one of the finest mixed martial artists in the sport's history, with some going so far as to suggest that he is the best to grace a ring or cage.
While that's merely fodder for debate, there is one thing most people now agree on when it comes to the former UFC champion: Shamrock has painted himself into a corner as far as his legacy is concerned.
Little man Gamburyan is a knockout on Spike TV.
Manny Gamburyan wasn't supposed to make the finals of Spike TV's reality series "The Ultimate Fighter 5" He doesn't have the chiseled physique of some of the other competitors. Gamburyan, generously listed at 5 foot 5 on the UFC's website, was the shortest of the 16 fighters competing for a Six Figure Contract with the UFC. But what he lacked in size he made up for with a relentless and aggressive style that he used to overwhelm his three opponents en route to the Finals.
Krazy Horse won't fight!
Charles Bennett didn't make it to the Weight - Ins
Despite EliteXC's best efforts, "Krazy Horse" Charles Bennett was unable to fight after being arrested on a pair of probation violations last Friday. EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw said that Bennett was "sprung" from jail, but on the way to the airport was stuck in traffic and he failed to make his flight to the Silicon Valley. In his place, as previously announced, James Edson Berto steps in to face Victor Valenzuela
Lightweights take center stage in Ultimate Finale.
In the last few years, UFC President Dana White has made more than his fair share of correct decisions. From seeing the promise in the then fledgling UFC to launching a reality show to promoting sellout events across the world, the decisions he's made have repeatedly proven to be right.
Gamburyan's Relentless Charge leads him to Vegas Saturday.
Entering season five of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, most believed that at best, Manvel 'Manny' Gamburyan would possibly do enough to warrant an undercard bout on the season finale card, but nothing more. Few but the hardcore fans knew who he was, and at 5 foot 5, they figured that he was just too small to compete against the young guns of the 155 pound weight class.
Andy Wang - Pursuing Perfection.
For many of the fighters competing in the Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale this Saturday Night in Las Vegas, it's more than just a payday and a chance to put another win on their Records. For those making their Octagon debuts, it's an opportunity to establish themselves in the MMA world and also let their families in on the celebration as they finally make it to the big show. But Andy Wang, who faces fellow TUF 5 Castmate Cole Miller, won't have his entire family in attendance. In fact, the two most important people in his life - his parents - don't even know that he is a professional prizefighter.
Pulver, Penn, and their 16 Lightweights Made TUF5 a Season to Remember.
Like Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock before them, Jens Pulver and BJ Penn ignited their dislike for eachother almost immediately upon being announced as the coaches for Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter series. And once filming began, things didn't get much more civil between the old rivals, as they chomped at the bit while waiting for this Saturday's rematch in Las Vegas.
Pulver Goes For Two In A Row Over Penn.
I lot can change in five years, especially in the world of mixed martial arts, but despite contract issues, impressive wins, and devastating losses, Jens Pulver remains standing.
Pulver Eyes Rematch.
LAS VEGAS – Excuse Jens Pulver for believing he somehow found himself on the set of Groundhog Day.
Life seems to be replaying itself in an eerie way.
B.J. Penn is the center of the mixed martial arts universe as he prepares to fight Pulver on a UFC card on Saturday at the Palms Hotel & Casino. Accolades are flowing freely in Penn's direction.
Dana White, the UFC's outspoken president, said Penn is the most talented mixed martial artist in history. Saturday's bout is being pushed as Penn's shot at redemption.
Franklin: Next Fight a Title Shot in Cincy or Denver
Rich Franklin, a guest this morning at this morning's UFC-sponsored breakfast at the Associated Press Sports Editor's convention, told reporters that his next fight would be a title shot against the winner of Anderson Silva v. Nathan Marquardt. Franklin went on to say that the fight would take place either in Cincinnati or Denver (the latter, presumably, if Marquardt defeats Silva).
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Bisping v. Hamill Confirmed for UFC 75
UFC.com today confirmed that Michael "The Count" Bisping would take on TUF 3 counterpart Matt "The Hammer" Hamill at September's UFC 75 event in London. This puts to rest the rumor that Ken Shamrock will return to the UFC to face Bisping.
Soukoudjou speaks with UFC
PRIDE youngster Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been contacted about fighting in the UFC, but according to the 23-year-old Team Quest fighter, the offer was far from overwhelming.
Nick Diaz will NOT corner Nate
Nick Diaz will not be cornering his younger brother, Nathan Diaz, in what will surely be the biggest fight of Nathan's career. Nick, who is himself under a six month NSAC suspension, has been advised that due to his suspension he will not be able to secure a corner's license in Nevada.
Jake Shields will now travel to Las Vegas to take over cornering duties. He will be joining Gilbert Melendez and Cesar Gracie in Nathan's corner.
Fedor Commits Verbally to UFC?
This is up on the Dog. This guy has been THE guy to break Fedor news in the past, personal friends, always interviews him... Take it for what its worth, but he's not usually wrong... He says UFC and Fedor have reached a verbal agreement...
Clarification On The Rampage/Sakuraba Story
Mauro was Pride’s play-by-play announcer for several years and has a strong knowledge of how the company did business, as a result. He said there was a six-month period in Pride where fighters were offered bonuses if they lost via ref stoppage from strikes or a submission. The idea behind the bonus wasn’t to get fighters to take dives, but to entice them not to quit in order to make the fights more dramatic. The clause never served its intended purpose and that was it.
Roger Huerta - Still Hungry
The phone call came out of the blue, but given the way Roger Huerta’s career had taken off in the previous six months, nothing was going to be too surprising. When the UFC called, it was usually another interview, another photo shoot, another media tour. Huerta took the assignments gratefully, knowing that its things like this which make fighters into stars and that help educate people about the still-growing sport of mixed martial arts.