D-day for Hermes in UFC
The Brazilian is training hard and studying Sherk for title fight
Hermes Franca has a date set to carry out his dream. On the July seventh, he will enter the octagon to fight for the lightweight title against Sean Sherk. While he awaits his chance, the Brazilian living in Florida goes on training hard for the challenge. “I am working on my hands, but am training my ground too,” the leader of Team The Armory said. The routine of training, however, is mixed in with studying his adversary’s videos. Such dedication allows the Brazilian to draw some conclusions on Sherk’s style.
“He has strong takedowns, but I think he gets lost when he fails to impose his rhythm on the fight. I am working hard on takedown defense,” revealed Hermes, who did not hide his excitement at having made to the point of challenging for the UFC title: “I have run up against a lot of hardships and fought through all of them, with much determination and will power,” the Jiu-Jitsu black belt that used to wash cars for a living, in the USA, said cheerily.
Hermes will not be alone on the evening of July seventh, in Arco, California. UFC 73 will mark the Minotauro’s debut in the American organization and Anderson Silva’s second title defense. On his two compatriots, Hermes gives his prediction: “The two will put on a show. Anderson will get the knockout and Minota will get the submission.”
Another loss for Mike Tyson Ex-champion is barred from leaving Arizona
It wasn’t quite a knockout, but Mike Tyson suffered another harsh blow in his already tumultuous life yesterday. The ex-world heavyweight boxing champion was barred by the state justice department from leaving Arizona, where he is being tried for possession and consumption of drugs. Tyson’s intention was to accompany the boxer Sultan Ibragimov, who tomorrow disputes, in Las Vegas, the OMB heavyweight title against Shannon Briggs.
In the request for special authorization, the Ibragimov’s coach alleged that his fighter “gains confidence when Tyson watches."
Nevertheless, Tyson doesn’t suffer only defeats. He managed to get judicial authorization to accompany today, in Washington, his daughter’s graduation. Then, he will have to return to Arizona, where he will continue to respond for his deviations from the law.
Vitor Belfort is doing fine. Resting his body after the easy victory over Ivan Serati at Cage Rage 21, on the 21st of April (where the Brazilian got the takedown, took the back and ended the battle with a series of punches), Vitor is keeping in shape lifting weights every day and training at a reduced load, once or twice a week.
At the same time, he is keeping his head busy, whether it be with his definitive move to birthplace of Rio de Janeiro (Vitor was living with wife Joana Prada and son Davi in the land of his father, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais), or with the production of the program “Linha Direta” on the disappearance of his sister, Priscila. Besides that, the Brazilian is being tipped to fight for the under 93kg belt at the English event, against the vanquisher of Cyborg at the last Cage edition, James Zikic.
“Everything is great. We are negotiating some good new things, which should be happening soon. I am also completing my move from Minas to Rio, I am very happy," Belfort says over the telephone, wearing the long hair that, in the ring, he wore braided.
On the under 93 kg UFC belt decision, which was his in 2004, Belfort approved of the result, a knockout by Quinton Rampage over the champion Chuck Liddell at 1 min 53 sec of battle. “I did watch the fight, and I liked the result. Quinton deserved it, took full advantage of his chance and is to be congratulated. And there is nothing you can do against a well-placed blow, it ends there. He proved it was his evening," the Black House athlete sums up.
Sean Salmon Discusses UFC 71 Loss
Losing to Alan Belcher was not something that ever crossed my mind. Perhaps that is why I lost; I did not respect his ability to beat me. I truly believed that it was going to be a two-minute fight — that I would take him down, and pound him out or submit him.
Evan Tanner added to a UFC card in September
Evan Tanner (32-6 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has been added to a UFC card in September according to UFCjunkie.com sources inside Tanner’s camp at Chute Boxe USA. Potential targets in September would be UFC 75 which is scheduled for Sept. 8, 2007 in London, England, or UFC 76 which is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2007 in Anaheim, California.
Ruediger pulled from Dynamite USA card
Just when you thought things couldn't get any crazier in regard to this Saturday's K-1 Dynamite USA card, something new happens that completely boggles the mind.
Former TUF 5 contestant Gabe Ruediger has been selected to compete on this Saturday's card during the non-televised portion of the event as an injury replacement. Ruediger was going to fight at a catch weight of 161 pounds. However, he has been denied a license by the California State Athletic Commission.
No official reason has been given, but word is that the head of CSAC, Armando Garcia, saw a tape of TUF 5 and deemed Ruediger mentally unfit to fight after he determined that he had a "mental breakdown" on the show.
Noah Thomas Interview
MMAbuzz.com had the opportunity to interview The Ultimate Fighter 5®'s Noah Thomas. Noah grew up in Colorado Springs and now lives in Fort Collins, where he also goes to college
Frank Shamrock Open Workout
From the Frank Shamrock Myspace:
Come watch Frank Shamrock train for his June 22nd fight against Phil "New York BadAss" Baroni !!
Maurice Smith, Tony DeMaria (Frank's boxing coach) and other members of Team Shamrock will be on hand for this session.
Rampage Not Allowed in Canada
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who defeated Chuck Liddell for the Ultimate Fighting Championship last week, is ready to enjoy the spoils -- but he won't be enjoying them in Canada.
In a story in the Edmonton Sun, Jackson said he was banned from entering the country. Though he admits to having an assault conviction from when he was in college, he says his border problems are more recent and have to do with racism.
Mir off of UFC 74 card
It appears that the rumored rematch between former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir which had been talked about for UFC 74 on August 25 in Las Vegas is off.
MMAWeekly.com had listed a Sylvia vs. Mir match in its rumors section for the UFC 74 card but recently made an alteration, with Sylvia listed to fight an opponent to be announced at a later date.
According to the Wrestling Observers, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, had no intentions of approving a match between Mir and Sylvia. Mir looked terrible at UFC 65 when he was TKO'd by Brandon Vera after just 1:09 into the round. Apparently Kizer wants to see Mir's next fight be against an opponent that isn't the caliber of Sylvia, so that he can prove himself again.
Chris Leben still under contract
As some of you will recall, UFC middleweight fighter Chris Leben is no longer with Team Quest (he actually had been splitting time at another camp even before he left) and has accepted a head trainer's position at the ICON Sport training center in Hawaii.
In recent weeks Leben has been vocal about his current pay scale in the UFC and has talked about fighting for ICON Sports' MMA promotion in the future. ICON Sports is the same promotion where Robbie Lawler, Frank Trigg, and Jason Miller have fought.
During my UFC 71 preview on CBS Sportsline last week I incorrectly stated that Leben's match vs. Kalib Starnes might be his last in the UFC. As it turns out, Leben is still under contract to the UFC and I believe he has a year left on his current contract.
Leben has lost three out of his last four bouts but don't look for the UFC to give him an early release. UFC president Dana White is a big fan of Leben's fighting style and with so many card to promote, someone with Leben's name recognition isn't going to just be tossed onto the scrap heap.
Report: Another former Pride fighter headed to UFC
Someone posting under the official American Top Team account on the Underground forum at MMA.TV is claiming that ATT fighter Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio has signed a four fight contract with the UFC. Official accounts are certified by the moderator on the UG so I'm fairly confident that the source is accurate.
Aurelio is 14-4 and most recently appeared on several Pride Bushido cards. He has excellent Jiu-Jitsu and holds wins over Rich Clementi, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, and Takanori Gomi (although Gomi defeated Aurelio in the rematch the last time he fought in November).
I believe Aurelio has competed at 161 pounds in Pride but is more likely to cut to 155 pounds in the UFC as opposed to going up to 170. This isn't a major signing, but it's a good one and adds depth to an already deep UFC lightweight division.
THIS JUST IN: XYIENCE FOUNDER BEGINS BAILOUT
Lawsuits are mounting against Xyience, Inc., and the new posterboy product is Xenergy. Hanging their hopes on an energy drink, they’re trying to save their future. Chuck Liddell is fired up about the mere subject of the company, blurring out the company name during a video of his training shown to hype UFC 71. Chatter coming into Fight News Unlimited points to the company’s failure to honor the last payment of Chuck’s contract as the cause of Liddell’s ire. Deadlines are looming for Xyience to pay other prominent fighters, too. The clock is ticking.
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On upsets and title changes
You've heard a lot about the recent spate of upsets in mixed martial arts, which was punctuated by 4-1 underdog Houston Alexander's devastating 48-second thrashing of Keith Jardine at UFC 71.
You haven't heard as much about why these are happening.
I've chatted with several people with deep roots in MMA off the record over the past few days. Here are some of their thoughts on why more big-name fighters than ever seem to be going down to defeat:
Are short main events bad for MMA?
It seems the only people who think UFC 71 was a failure are the sort of mainstream national sports media columnists who never want to take a moment to learn something out of their wheelhouse, and wish mixed martial arts would simply go away.