Saturday Afternoon Throwdown: Three UFC light heavyweight fights that need to happen
With Quinton “Rampage” Jackson set to defend his UFC 205-pound title against Forrest Griffin in a few weeks at UFC 86: “Jackson vs. Griffin,” it’s a good time to discuss some other potential fights in the stacked division.
It’s obvious that the UFCs light heavyweight class is the deepest division in mixed martial arts today. With guys like Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Wanderlei Silva, Thiago Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, among others, there are plenty of contenders who consider themselves the next man in line for a shot at the strap.
Carano moves to 145 lbs class
They are also looking at a women's match, featuring Shayna Baszler (9-4). The winner of that match would most likely face Carano in October to create the company's first women's champion, in a 145-pound weight class.
"I don't believe Gina Carano can make 140 pounds," said Gary Shaw, after Carano came in at 144.5 pounds on May 31 for her 140-pound weight class win over Kaitlin Young. Carano had to forfeit 12.5 percent of her purse to Young as a result of not making weight.
James Thompsom interview
Like many MMA fighters, James Thompson is open and honest when discussing his career. The unassuming nature of fighters is one of the sport's greatest qualities, and it's a refreshing change from the clichés and platitudes by an infinite number of pretentious athletes in more established sports.
IFL asking Price: $1 million
Conde Nast Portfolio does a quick synopsis of the IFL's recent announcement that it was going into suspended animation while trying to partner up. There were some interesting tidbits contained within the article. The IFL has been on the block but this article is the first to actually throw out a figure being asked for the company, $1 million.
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: ELITE XC "RETURN OF THE KING"
Elite XC Lightweight Championship Bout:
KJ Noons vs. Yves Edwards
EliteXC lightweight (160-pound limit) champion K.J. Noons defends his title against American Top Team lightweight Yves Edwards. Noons has a 6-2 record and trains out of the City Boxing Gym in California. Edwards has a 34-13-1 record and trains out of the American Top Team with Gesias “JZ” Calvancante.
Noons stopped Nick Diaz at EliteXC: Renegade to become the lightweight champion, while Edwards comes off a knockout victory over Edson Berto at EliteXC: Street Certified.
Sakuraba Style at the DREAM 4 Weigh-Ins
Not only is the dude one of the all time greats -- probably the greatest Japanese MMA fighter of all time -- but he's also funny as hell and just does not give a shit. The photo at right is from the DREAM 4 press conference. Here's a SukiMMA translation of Sak talking about his opponent Melvin Manhoef a couple of days ago:
Nick Diaz misses weight plus Elite weigh in pics
[2008-06-13] EliteXC: Weigh-ins - Hawaii - Weigh-ins for EliteXC's Return of the King at Fashion 45 club in Waikiki. First up is Rafael Feijao and Wayne Cole, both weighing in at 205. Then Dave Herman weighs in at 243.5, Ron Waterman at 263. Ninja Rua at 184, Tony Bonello at 185. Nick Diaz is over at 169.5 while his opponent Muhsin Corbbrey weighs in at 163.5. Champ KJ Noons weighs in at 160, Challenger Yves Edwards, weighs in at 158.5.
EliteXC could be back on CBS in July
While not finalized, EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw said that CBS is requesting his company's next two live specials for late July (believed to be July 26) and October.
Timing is of the essence in getting an arena booked and beginning local publicity for a show that is now only six weeks away.
Dana White back pedals on BIG news
Dana White: I’m doing it Tuesday. Let me tell you how out of [expletive deleted] control that thing is. I was talking to ESPN and [the reporter] was talking about competition and I said, ‘Let me tell you what. People have been trying to compete with the UFC for years, even before we bought it. The last big one everyone thought was a big threat ...
Looks like Dana is trying out to play cornerback.
Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia signed for UFC 87
UFC middleweights Jason MacDonald (20-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Demian Maia (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) have signed to meet at UFC 87, an event that takes place at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
MacDonald confirmed the Aug. 9 bout earlier this week in his sportsnet.ca column, and MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) was told from a source close to Maia that the bout had been in the works for the past month.
Interview with “Big” John McCarty
The past several weeks have brought controversial outcomes to several major bouts. At the center of the controversy at both EliteXC: Primetime and also at UFC 85 a week later was New Jersey-based referee Dan Miragliotta.
Herb Dean also found himself in the spotlight after deducting two points from Nathan Marquardt during UFC 85 bout vs. Thales Leites. Leites was declared the winner, but Marquardt would have won on the scorecards had it not been for the deductions.
Franca,Kongo added to UFC 87
Glad to see Hermes back
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced several additional bouts for its UFC 87 event scheduled for Aug. 9 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Added to the fight card are a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo, the man who sent Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic packing from the UFC, against Dan Evensen. Evensen makes his UFC debut on a four-fight winning streak.
“Rampage” Downplays Forrest’s Win Over “Shogun”
I didn’t even watch that fight on tape yet. I was there, but that fight didn’t impress me much. Shogun wasn’t the same. If I watch that fight and try to go off that fight, I’d be misled because Shogun wasn’t 100%. If Shogun was 100% and fights like he normally fights, that would be the fight to watch. Heck, Shogun’s girlfriend could have beat him that night.
Things happen. I think Shogun took the fight with Forrest because he needed it. I don’t think he should have taken the fight on such short notice. I’m a fighter. I can tell how the fighter fought in the past and how they are fighting on that day. I could tell something was up with Shogun that he was hurt.
Jay Larkin CEO of the IFL talks about how groundfighting "is tedius and like watching gay foreplay"
Wow and this guy runs an MMA Organization...
Jay Larkin surveys the inaction with a weary, seen-it-all expression. "This isn't my idea of fighting," he says of the world's fastest-growing spectator sport. "To me, two guys rolling around on the floor is tedious, like watching gay foreplay."
That's not the sort of assessment you'd expect from the I.F.L.'s chief executive, but Larkin, who ran Showtime's boxing division for 25 years, is nothing if not brutally honest. He'll have to be brutal to keep his publicly traded startup—which has plowed through more than $30 million in the last year and a half—from going down for the count.
On Tuesday, Larkin announced the cancellation of the league's August 15 event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Bereft of fans, funds, sponsors, and marketable personalities, the fight promotion seems to be rapidly imploding. "Trying to revive this company is like doing open-heart surgery," concedes Larkin. "We're going to stick around as long as we possibly can."
Adrenaline MMA makes Saturday's full card available online
The full card for Saturday's Adrenaline MMA event will be available online, the organization today announced.
Although the main card of the event will be shown live on HDNet, viewers can also watch the entire 14-fight card online at Vividas.com.
Saturday's event, Adrenaline MMA's debut show, takes place at the Sears Centre Arena near Chicago and features a main event between Mike Russow and Jason Guida. A host of UFC, PRIDE and IFL veterans are also booked for the show.
"Those MMA fans who can't see the fights live or watch on HDNet will have the opportunity to see all the fights, including the preliminaries, live through Vividas," Adrenaline MMA CEO Monte Cox said. "Our undercard is as loaded as our main event."
Vividas will offer a high-quality, full-screen feed of the event beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The televised main card of the event begins at 9:30 p.m. ET.
A foursome of UFC veterans make up the two feature bouts. Chicago's Terry Martin (16-4) faces Japan's Daiju Takase (7-11), and Chicago's Brian Gassaway (25-17) takes on Las Vegas fighter Tony Fryklund (14-9). IFL standouts Bart Palaszewski, Mark Miller and Zac George are also in action.
Frank and Ken Shamrock to fight soon
Frank Shamrock will be facing his step-brother Ken in his next fight, according to a recent interview.
The California native told MMAYou.com that the deal is "pretty darn close" to being done.
"I think it's a good time for it," he said. The two were raised by the same stepfather - Bob Shamrock - but have famously never got along.
Shamrock also called out Tito Ortiz, who recently left the UFC, for a rematch.
Saunders vs Rollins Moved to UFC 87
An announced bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 6" castmembers Ben Saunders and Jared Rollins has been moved from UFC 86: Jackson vs Griffin, on July 5th, to the undercard of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy.
The transfer was recently made on the official fight cards for the pay-per-view events.
UFC 87: Seek and Destroy takes place on August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St Pierre and Jon Fitch, the event also features Brock Lesnar versus Heath Herring and Kenny Florian versus Roger Huerta.