The Perfect Storm: Alexander-Irvin
It has become a grossly overused phrase, so much so that its mere utterance causes readers to cringe at its mind-numbing regularity in our sporting lexicon.
But every once in a great while, the stars really do properly align and that special mix of elements actually comes together to form the perfect storm—an awe-inspiring hurricane that wreaks unmatched havoc on the environment, leaving a lasting trail of carnage in its wake.
Many fans watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship hoping to witness just such a perfect storm inside the Octagon. They want to see “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler versus Tommy “Hitman” Hearns inside a cage. Better yet, they want to see Chuck Liddell versus Wanderlei Silva end in a knockout.
Houston Alexander Reader Q&A
MMAjunkie.com: With you having the big win over Keith Jardine, he's got the big fight coming up with Wanderlei Silva. What's your take on that fight? (from reader "Bushswinger")
Houston Alexander: Should be an interesting fight. I think Wanderlei is going to want to get inside, and Keith's not going to try to give him the opportunity to do that. If Keith can do the same thing he did against Liddell, he's got a great chance. That's a tough call. Both of those guys have a puncher's chance. It should be an interesting fight.
MMAjunkie.com: I know you never want to talk too much about specific strategy or specific gameplan, but can you comment on what we should expect to see from you guys this fight? Are we going to see anything different? (from reader "Riley")
Mick Doyle: Expect to see gogoplatas and flying armbars.
Joe Lauzon one IT guy you don't want to anger
A word of warning to office workers everywhere: The next time you feel the urge to curse the geeky-looking IT guy you think caused your laptop to crash, breathe deeply and avoid the smart-alecky comment.
The Mister Peepers-looking guy could be another harmless nerd, but, then again, he could also be Joe Lauzon.
Lauzon is the baby-faced one-time network administrator who looks like he's still in junior high but fights like he's the toughest guy on the block.
Which, in most cases, it turns out he is.
UFC Angling For an ABC Deal?
With EliteXC readying its blockbuster cards on CBS and Strikeforce getting some late-night love from NBC, the UFC is running out of major networks to sign with. But if the latest “informed speculation” turns out to be true, we could eventually see some Octagon fights on ABC. MMAPayout passes along this unconfirmed report:
The UFC and ESPN are discussing a potential strategic partnership. Representatives from each company reportedly met for what were described as extensive discussions last week in New York and Bristol, Connecticut. While Spike is the official cable home of the UFC, there is no longer an ABC Sports division, only ESPN on ABC, leading to speculation that such a partnership could lead to live events on ABC.
Kurt Pellegrino – Batman Battles Back
When it comes to competing and fighting, Kurt Pellegrino blames everything on his father. That’s just fine in the lightweight contender’s eyes, as fighting has become more than just a hobby or an outlet – it’s a way of life and the way he supports his wife and daughter.
“My father taught me to become a winner,” said Pellegrino. “He said it’s all right to lose, but it’s better to win. In fact, me and my dad had a long talk about that, and I told him ‘I am the way I am because of you and it’s a good thing and I’m happy about it.’”
Frankie Edgar – Laying it on the Line
Motivation. It comes in different forms for different people in vastly different situations. For rising lightweight star Frankie Edgar, it can hit him on his daily drive to the gym.
“You drive past a construction site and it’s raining and its cold out, and I don’t want to be there,” laughs the former union plumber, whose success in the UFC in the past year has allowed him to put his day job to the side and become a full-time fighter.
And every time he gets reminders of the rigors of the 8 to 4 life in the plumbing business, he works that much harder in the gym so he won’t have to return there. But to him, fighting isn’t work.
UFN Conference Call Recap
UFC held the conference call for Wednesday's UFN today in Denver. Kenny Florian & Joe Lauzon were the featured guests.
No Dana, busy on another call. Anyone think he's talking to Fedor's management?
Monson vs Russow
"PRIDE veteran and former UFC contender Jeff Monson (24-7) will meet established veteran heavyweight Mike Russow (9-1) in the main event of Adrenaline MMA's debut the show."
Going from Sylvia to a rumored Fedor fight to a guy I've never heard of.
MMA Analytics 03.31.08: EliteXC/Strikeforce Thoughts
Strikeforce's main event bout could go down on the nominee ballot as one of the best matchups of the year. It provided us with excitement, anticipation, and a fantastic striking war between two iron chinned athletes. We'll talk about the main event and the rest of the card including some analysis on what's next for the fighters in EliteXC/Strikeforce in this edition of MMA Analytics.
‘Shogun' Recuperating After Surgery
Mauricio Rua is recovering in Brazil after surgery a few weeks ago on his knee.
"The surgery was very quick, lasted 50 minutes, was quiet," Rua told Sherdog.com. "Now I hope for healing and I think here in about two months I can return to training slowly, very cautiously."
The Brazilian light heavyweight ruptured the ACL in his left knee while preparing at his academy for a bout against Chuck Liddell . "Shogun" said he had tried to explode into a maneuver while training with Vitor Miranda , and his knee moved strangely.
"Depending on my recovery, I think that I can fight again in September or October," Rua said. "We always talked with Dana White and also would like to thank him because the UFC offered me a doctor, a physical therapist -- all to get me help. They have been very attentive with me."
Armando Garcia Talks About Nick Diaz Situation
CSAC executive officer Armando Garcia spoke over the weekend about the controversy surrounding Nick Diaz being removed from the Strikeforce/EliteXC joint card on 3/29. According to Garcia, it was all about timing and medial testing prior to the fight and Diaz not being denied a license to fight or the like.
Anthony Johnson – Ready to ‘Rumble’
If you’re looking for similarities between welterweight adversaries Anthony Johnson and Tommy Speer, you can find plenty of them on the surface – both are farm-raised, both have wrestling backgrounds, both are short on world-class experience but long on potential. Yet when the bell rings on Wednesday night in Colorado, Johnson believes his power may be the one thing that separates the two prospects now and forever.
Tommy Speer Begins his Post-TUF Career Wednesday Night
By its very nature, fighting is a solitary sport. When the bell rings, you don’t have other team members in the Octagon with you, helping you achieve victory. There is no one to blame, nowhere to run. On the other hand, any fighter will tell you that while you may enter competition alone, it is a team effort to get you to that point, with trainers, training partners, nutritionists, conditioners, and managers all doing their part to get you ready to fight.
Loiseau Wins Decisively
GATINEAU, Quebec, March 29 -- It was a triumphant return home for David Loiseau (Pictures) on Saturday as he dominated Todd Gouwenberg (Pictures) in the main event of Hardcore Championship Fighting "Crow's Nest" at the Robert Guertin Arena.
"Kimbo" vs. James Thompson at May 31 EliteXC-CBS?
The very first MMA event to appear on major U.S. network television will feature a main event with Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (2-0).
Unfortunately, EliteXC never announced his opponent at Saturday's co-promoted show with Strikeforce, which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The announcement was expected to be made at the event, but instead, Ferguson was called to the cage for a general introduction.
However, according to one report, James Thompson (14-8) could be the guy to face Ferguson in May.
The May 31 EliteXC event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and airs in Saturday primetime on CBS.
According to fiveouncesofpain.com, a rumored bout with Ron Waterman (15-5-2) never materialized because a deal couldn't be worked out. Instead, Thompson -- a British fighter who's lost six of his past eight fights -- appears to be the leading candidate.
Ferguson, who rose to fame as underground fighter marketed on YouTube and other video-sharing sites, has since teamed up with Bas Rutten to train MMA. After an exhibition victory over Ray Mercer, Ferguson posted a 19-second TKO of Bo Cantrell and a 43-second KO of David "Tank" Abbott. Both fights took place with EliteXC, with whom Ferguson has signed a long-term contract.
Also slated to take place at the May 31 event is a EliteXC middleweight championship bout between title-holder Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. Additionally, Phil Baroni meets Murilo "Ninja" Rua, and Tom Murphy takes on Brett Rogers. In women's action, Gina Carano is expected to meet Kaitlin Young.
UFC: Sylvia out, Fedor in?
UFC president Dana White said the company had released one big-name heavyweight from his contract while admitting interest in arguably the biggest heavyweight name of all.
White said the UFC released former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia from his contract with one fight remaining on it. The move made Sylvia a free agent and he is expected to sign a contract with M-1 Global, where he would be teamed with his agent, M-1 Global chief executive officer Monte Cox.
Next for Cung Le: Top 10 Opposition
Dave Meltzer's article on the Le/Shamrock fight hints at some exciting future matchups for Cung Le:
Le talked after the fight about potentially defending his title against either 2006 Pride middleweight Grand Prix champion Kazuo Misaki, or Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Report: UFC 85 to air on pay-per-view (PPV)
UFC 85 from the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7, will be a pay-per-view (PPV) event, according to the most recent print edition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter.
Dave Meltzer reports that he has received confirmation from the organization, which contradicts a recent statement from Rashad Evans that indicated it would air for free on SpikeTV.
Look for UFC 85 to be marketed heavily with a 10 p.m. ET PPV start time, which will be on tape delay, and the LIVE broadcast to be available earlier on Saturday afternoon.
That’s how the last few UFC shows abroad have worked, anyway.
UFC 85 also features that heavyweight showdown between Fabricio Werdum and Brandon Vera, as well as a dynamite welterweight match up between Mike Swick and Marcus Davis
Interview With Ernesto Hoost
Ernesto Hoost is the man who needs no introduction. We had an opportunity to catch up with him right after Fedor's seminar in the Netherlands in March. Here is the interview with the legend of the sport.
Michael Mazur: How do you think why K-1 is so popular here in the Netherlands. If you compare it with other countries there are 12 K-1 World Grand Prix champions out of 15 coming out of the Netherlands. What’s the reason of it?
Rooney gets the most out of MMA fighters
Just holding a black belt in jiu-jitsu will no longer cut it in mixed martial arts. A solid amateur wrestler background won't get the job done, either.
MMA has evolved into a more complex sport. Physical skills and technical know-how might get a fighter into the game, but it won't take him to the top.