Keith Jardine: ‘More excited’ to beat Griffin than Liddell
“I think (beating) Forrest [Griffin], I was a lot more excited. It was a knockout finish. After this fight [with Chuck Liddell], I wasn’t running around. I was physically exhausted.”
– Keith Jardine talks about his split-decision win over former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 76: “Knockout” on September 22. “The Dean of Mean” also mentions that he wants a crack at the current 205-pound titleholder, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, in early 2008. And if he can’t get that bout he’ll rematch Houston Alexander because “that fight should happen.”
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Kazuhiro Nakamura Will Appeal UFC 76 Drug Suspension
The management team for Kazuhiro Nakamura, a longtime PRIDE Fighting Championships fighter who failed a UFC 76 drug test due to marijuana, plans to fight the charge on the grounds that California State Athletic Commission officials botched the drug test — and other medical tests.
Din Thomas Recovering, Wants Rematch With Kenny Florian
In the mean time, “The Ultimate Fighter 4” cast member and nine-year MMA veteran has already begin the campaign for a rematch with Florian. Their main-event bout ended prematurely when Thomas shot for a takedown and suffered an injury as cartilage broke off and lodged in the fighter’s knee, causing the immobility.
Florian ultimately finished the fight with a rear-naked choke at 4:31 of the first round.
On Tuesday MMAjunkie.com reported that Florian, who had fought for the third time in just fives months, plans to take some time off and won’t compete again in 2007.
Chuck Liddell not Retiring
Despite what former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell told UFC President Dana White after his loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 76, Liddell’s trainer, John Hackleman, says his fighter will not be retiring anytime soon.
“Some are born to build, to discover, to heal; and there are those born to fight.” These are the first words found on the website twistedgenetiks.com - a website created by three former Boise State wrestlers that are dedicating their lives to an industry whose once violent image is quickly becoming one of respect and admiration.
Presidential Address: The State Of the UFC
On Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif., following UFC 76, UFC president Dana White once again addressed the media discussing everything from key points of the night’s event, as well as implications for future bouts, his thoughts on competing promotions and, of course, the status of elusive free agent Fedor Emelianenko.
Q: How is your training going, and how did you spend the two month after your visited Saint Petersburg
A: The training is as usual, there is a lot of boxing, a lot of wrestling. Last two month I spent in Staryi Oskol (Fyodor’s hometown), we held a training camp there. Most Red Devil team members were there as well.
The Rock Is Cookin' On UFC
ESPN recently interviewed former wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and one of the subjects Rock commented on was MMA, specifically UFC.
I can't really see him ever fighting in MMA but with his personality and charisma he could be a great promoter someday, and with his connections he already has I'd see him having no problem securing some great talent.
Yves Edwards Moves To American Top Team
Lightweight Yves Edwards, a PRIDE and UFC veteran, was recently introduced as the newest member of the American Top Team camp. Edwards is on a 3-fight losing streak but feels the move to ATT should help turn his career around.
While this definitely gets him in with many top Lightweights, what also caught my eye was his mentioning the importance of being with a top team because there's no fighters' unions in MMA. But just being able to train with some of their LW big names (Kang, Gouveia, Thomas, etc.) should help him quickly turn things around.
MMA & Mexico: A Matter Of Time
MMA is growing in popularity all over the world, but one major area has been largely untouched by it yet: Mexico. While the Hispanic community is very big on boxing, the fanbase for MMA, despite efforts to promote Hispanic stars like Roger Huerta, remains very small and with nowhere near the passionate following for boxing.
As a Hispanic boxing and MMA fan I read this with great interest. I think UFC is doing a good job with using Huerta to try and attract more Hispanics and Latinos to MMA, both as fans and fighters, but they need to find more fighters willing to take on the challenge and also not put them in mismatches like what other promotions (namely PRIDE) have done in the past. It would also help if some of the more popular boxing names were to lend their influence and big bucks to MMA, especially since boxing and the brawling aspect of boxing are both important parts of MMA.