"TUF7" Blog: C.B. Dollaway discusses episode No. 1
Imagine putting your training, girlfriend, everything on hold because you were able to pursue your dream.
For a select few and me, we got that chance -- or so we thought.
When I was told I was selected for "The Ultimate Fighter 7," I was told the basics, which included: don't tell anyone, be here by this date, and be ready to go. There were no caveats, but also as I think back, there were not a lot of "welcome aboard" or "glad to have you" comments being made either. It would of stood out, but my trainers and of course my family were telling me congrats and all and filling my head with positive thoughts.
Florian, Lauzon, Irvin and Diaz earn UFN13 "fight night" bonuses
Kenny Florian, Joe Lauzon, James Irvin and Nate Diaz all earned "fight night" bonuses at Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 13 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the fighters received $20,000 bonuses for their performances.
UFC Fight Night 13 took place at the Broomfield Event Center near Denver. The 12-fight event featured a headline bout between Florian and Lauzon, and the main card aired on Spike TV.
Florian defeated Lauzon with a second-round TKO in an entertaining lightweight bout that had title implications. After a close first round, Florian dominated the second after securing the mount position. Both fighters were awarded bonuses for "Fight of the Night."
Irvin, who defeated Houston Alexander and tied the record for the quickest knockout in UFC history, picked of "Knockout of the Night" honors. Irvin set up the eight-second TKO with a Superman punch -- his first punch of the fight -- that floored his opponent. Alexander protested the stoppage with referee Steve Mazzagatti, but it did little good.
Diaz, meanwhile, picked up a "Submission of the Night" bonus for a remarkable, come-from-behind victory over Kurt Pellegrino. After being battered and bloodied in the first round, Diaz secured a fight-ending triangle choke in the second. "The Ultimate Fighter 6" winner, confident in the submission hold, actually flexed for the cameras and celebrated the victory before his opponent tapped out
Florian wants Huerta next
Kenny Florian (9-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC), who defeated Joe Lauzon in the main event of Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 13, could be next in line for a title shot. However, the 31-year-old fighter has his sites set on another fight with one of the division's biggest stars: Roger Huerta (20-1-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC).
"Butterbean" now headlining Yamma
Things have gotten even more complicated for Yamma Pit Fighting.
After a whirlwind of replacements, Sherdog.com has learned that Pat Smith will face Eric "Butterbean" Esch on Yamma's April 11 debut card in Atlantic City. Smith's manager, Tommy Rojas, confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com Wednesday evening.
MMA Fighter Profiled In-Depth In New York Times
The New York Times helped MMA get one more step closer to mainstream acceptance Wednesday. The newspaper featured an in-depth profile of fighter Jamal Patterson, who fights in the IFL and faces IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko Friday night.
Green Jackets & Frozen Feet Tougher Than MMA
At least according to Sports Illustrated. They recently rated the 25 toughest athletes in all sports, and the highest-ranked MMA fighter was #3-Anderson Silva, ranked only behind Iditarod champion Lance Mackey at #2 and Tiger Woods at #1. The only other MMA fighter on the list was Fedor at #8.
Rampage: Coaching skills? I shouldn't even be allowed to carry a Coach wallet
Can you recall your very first fight?
My mom said I've been fighting since I was in Pampers. But the first fight I remember happened when I was 5 years old. I let this kid borrow one of my Hot Wheels cars. A few days later I asked for it back and he said he had lost it. I started walking home and I thought, 'No, I can't let him get away with that.' So I came back and just whooped up on him. He was one of my good friends but I liked my Hot Wheels better.
Did he end up finding your missing Hot Wheels car?
No, but he found a hot ass-whoopin'.
What is the most gruesome injury you've experienced while fighting?
I really don't like thinking about that stuff—but it wasn't very fun when I broke my hand [during his victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 75]. I would say the most gruesome injury I've seen was when Cro Cop got his leg bent backwards [against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70], even though he ended up being all right.
Fairly recent Interview with Mike Whitehead
Mike Whitehead recently left IFL and is now premiering in his first full contact standup fight with XFA. The former UFC fighter from TUF 2 talks about fight organizations including De La Hoya's upcoming Golden Boy and teaches our host, Dave Farra a few moves against Michelle Waterson at the Warrior Training Center.
UFC Fight Night 13 Preview
It’s finally here: the 13th installment of the live fight show that is part of what took the Ultimate Fighting Championship to new heights. Returning to Colorado – the birthplace of the UFC – to the Broomfield Event Center is the largest organization in the world. Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon will square off in a lightweight bout to end the night, but this card is packed with 11 other fights, each and every one of them more compelling than the last. The event is going to be three hours on Spike TV, and it will be followed by the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 7, where Forrest Griffin and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be coaches before they fight for Jackson’s light heavyweight title this summer. This will be a great night for any fight fan, and you’ll be sorry if you miss it. Let’s get started with the breakdown.
More headaches for YAMMA organizers (Goodgridge KO'd)
Veteran fighter Gary Goodridge (23-15-1), who was scheduled to fight Eric "Butterbean" Esch (10-5-1) in a "Masters Superfight" at YAMMA Pit Fighting's debut show, suffered a knockout at an event this past weekend.
The KO, which came to Mu Bae Choi in South Korea, has also knocked Goodridge out of the April 11 YAMMA event.
According to a New Jersey Athletic Control Board representative who spoke to fiveouncesofpain.com, Goodridge will not be cleared to fight at next weekend's event due to concerns over health and safety.
The 25 Toughest Athletes (w/ 2 faces you might recognize)
Let's start a barroom argument. Who are the toughest athletes in sports? Well, hang on a second. How do you define tough? The ability to take and deliver a shot or ten? To play hurt and still play well? The utter refusal to give in to pressure, circumstance, or more physically imposing foe? To dominate one's opponents or even one's sport? How about the ability to overcome serious personal setbacks, such as a dire injury or illness, and return to the highest level of performance? How about sheer longevity in a punishing, demanding game?
We've considered all of those things while sorting through long lists of worthy candidates. Our Top 25 (in order, says us) contains some surprising choices. We've also put together a list of current notables in the four major pro sports and a photo gallery of the greatest old school toughs -- legends who are no longer active, surely to the relief of their beleaguered foes.
TUF's Top Seven Moments
This week Forbes published an article on getting bullied at work and how to spot it and avoid it. While I can spot it, I haven't seemed to learn how to avoid it.
Three years and six seasons ago, "The Ultimate Fighter" made history by being the first show to showcase MMA in a reality television setting and changed the course of the sport forever. On the eve of the seventh season (SpikeTV, Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET/PT), my work bully asked me to whip up the seven best moments in TUF history as I see them. No polls or DVR -- just the best moments of TUF in my memory of having covered every episode.
Since the show is "reality," 90 percent of it comes from forced drama thanks to the situations and careful editing. With all due respect to the great fights we've seen and the epic moments, like watching chicks fall off horses, here are the top seven moments that stick out in my mind.
Kimbo vs James Thompson Official
The rumored match up between Kimbo Slice (2-0) and James Thompson (14-8) is apparently booked for the CBS Saturday Night Fights EliteXC main event at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on May 31, according to Carson’s Corner.
Looks like Kimbo vs. Thompson is gonna happen for sure. What do you guys think about this being the first main event on network television?
Tim Sylvia wants to fight the best
With multiple promotions in the United States including EliteXC, Strikeforce, the as yet unannounced Affliction/Golden Boy Promotion team and several more in Japan, Sylvia said he intends on fighting “six or seven” times next year.
His contract with Adrenaline is non-exclusive, so the bigger question may just be which promotions he might materialize in.
“All of the above,” Sylvia said with a laugh. “Whoever is willing to fight me. I’ll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere, any place. So if they come up with the money everyone else is matching, I’m going to go there and fight.”
One fight in particular that seems to peek Sylvia’s interest is a match-up with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, who is currently a free agent searching for a new home.
“I have the utmost respect for that guy,” Sylvia commented about Fedor. “He’s ranked No. 1 in the world. I want to challenge myself, and I want to fight him. No doubt in my mind. It’s the best fight out there for the both of us right now. You know he hasn’t fought any No. 1 contenders in a while and I think he needs to be tested and I want to be tested. I think it’s a great fight for me, it’s a great fight for him, and I think we need to make that fight happen.”
The list of top heavyweights available for Sylvia to fight keeps growing and the former heavyweight champ said he hopes to fight soon. He is currently eyeing a fight in May, June or July.
UFC Fight Night 13 weigh-in results
155 lbs.: Kenny Florian (155.5) vs. Joe Lauzon (156)
170 lbs.: Karo Parisyan (171) vs. Thiago Alves (171)
205 lbs.: Matt Hamill (204) vs. Tim Boetsch (206)
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz (156) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (155)
205 lbs.: Houston Alexander (205) vs. James Irvin (205)
155 lbs.: Frank Edgar (155.5) vs. Gray Maynard (155)
170 lbs.: George Sotiropoulos (169.5) vs. Roman Mitichyan (170.5)
155 lbs.: Clay Guida (156) vs. Samy Schiavo (155)
155 lbs.: Manny Gamburyan (155.5) vs. Jeff Cox (155)
155 lbs.: Din Thomas (156) vs. Josh Neer (155)
155 lbs.: Marcus Aurelio (154.5) vs. Ryan Roberts (155.5)
170 lbs.: Tommy Speer (170) vs. Anthony Johnson (169.5)
Strikeforce/EliteXC official salaries: Le and Shamrock share $500,000
Main event winner and new Strikeforce world middleweight champion Cung Le ($200,000) and former title-holder Frank Shamrock ($300,000) split 75 percent of the total fight purse from Saturday's Strikeforce/EliteXC main event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today obtained the total fighter payroll from the California State Athletic Commission.
Saturday's event, which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., drew 15,192 attendees (14,710 paid) for a total live gate of $1,117,855.
The total disclosed payroll for the show was $667,850.
The full amounts included:
Cung Le ($200,000) def. Frank Shamrock ($300,000)
Drew Fickett ($10,000) def. Jae S. Lim ($3,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Gabe Lemley ($7,000)
Wayne Cole ($10,000) def. Mike Kyle ($10,000)
Joey Villasenor ($36,000) def. Ryan Jensen ($6,000)
Billy Evangelista ($10,000) def Marlon Sims ($2,500)
Tiki Ghosn ($8,000) def. Luke Stewart ($6,000)
Darren Uyenoyama ($4,000) def. Anthony Figueroa ($2,000)
Jesse Jones ($2,150) def. Jesse Gillespie ($1,200)
"Win" bonuses went to Fickett ($5,000), Cole ($5,000), Villasenor ($18,000), Evangelista ($5,000) Ghosn ($2,000), Uyenoyama ($2,000) and Jones ($500).
Mark Kerr and Ricco Rodriguez added to YAMMA card
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (27-8) has been added to YAMMA Pit Fighting's eight-man heavyweight tournament, and two-time UFC tournament winner Mark Kerr (15-6) will fight in a "Masters Superfight" YAMMA bout vs. Oleg Taktarov (15-5-2).
The full card for the event now includes:
Mark Kerr vs. Oleg Taktarov
Eric "Butterbean" Esch vs. Gary Goodridge