Alves To Wait For Shot At GSP's Belt
For Alves, the seventh victory is the last step before a title shot. “I wanna get this belt and bring it to Brazil. The said that the winner of this fight would get a title shot, and now I have the option to wait (after Georges St. Pierre’s fight with BJ Penn) or do another fight, it’s my choice, but I think I’ll wait”, said Alves,
Denis Kang heading to the UFC
by Dann Stupp on Nov 03, 2008 at 11:20 am ET
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's middleweight division just got some depth and a potential new challenger for middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Former PRIDE fighter and current SpiritMC champion Denis Kang has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC, American Top Team General Manager Richie Guerriero today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Kang, 31, will likely make his octagon debut in early 2009.
"I just think timing wise, it was a good point in his career (to sign with the UFC)," Guerriero said. "He's always had his eye on the UFC, but with his commitment to SpiritMC, and with him fighting for PRIDE at the time, it just never happened."
Kang, a Canadian of Korean-French descent, was a top star with SpiritMC, a South Korean-based fight promotion. Kang won the organization's heavyweight (80+ kg) title in September 2004 and cited his desire to fight for the organization as a stumbling block in previous UFC negotiations.
"With the UFC being what it is, I think Denis knew it was a good time to get some exposure here in America," Guerriero said.
Although Guerriero didn't know the particulars of the deal, he said it would be unlikely for Kang to continue fighting for SpiritMC "just based on the way [the UFC] has always done things," he said.
Kang, the 2006 PRIDE welterweight grand prix runner-up, had emerged as a top-five-ranked middleweight during a 23-fight undefeated streak from April 2003 to November 2006. However, he then suffered three losses in a four-fight span, which included a first-round submission defeat to Gegard Mousasi in the opening round of the 2008 DREAM middleweight grand prix earlier this year.
However, Kang has since rebounded for back-to-back victories, which included a 48-second TKO of Marvin Eastman at an Oct. 25 Raw Combat event.
EliteXC Responds To Notice Of Breach, Promotion Not Dead Yet?
Reports of EliteXC's death may have been greatly exaggerated. Yesterday ProElite, EXC's parent company, notified several fighter managers the company still intends to promote mixed martial arts events. They're also disputing bankruptcy filing reports and "trying to buy more time to get more money or whatever" according to Cesar Gracie.
Gomi-Kitaoka Still Planned
TOKYO -- Sergey Golyaev tried to throw a wrinkle into World Victory Road’s plans to have the winner of its lightweight grand prix face Takanori Gomi for the vacant lightweight championship.
Despite Golyaev’s split decision victory over Gomi at Sengoku “Sixth Battle” on Saturday, the promotion plans to move forward with a Satoru Kitaoka-Gomi title fight on Jan. 4.
Kim Couture To Fight For StrikeForce In Nov.
Strikeforce announced on Sunday that they have added Kim Couture to the line-up of fights taking place on Nov 21 in San Jose, CA against fellow newcomer, Lina Kvokov in a bout that will be fought at 130lbs.
Couture was last seen in her professional MMA debut in June dropping a unanimous decision to Kim Rose while also suffering a broken jaw in the process.
“Losing that fight was the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Couture. “It’s completely changed me as a fighter. I’ve started doing things a lot different. It made me realize that I have to be the aggressor or I’m going to get hurt.”
The wife of UFC heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, Kim adds MMA fighter to an impressive list of other jobs as she also currently maintains the Xtreme Couture gym, has run promotions of her own under her brand “KC Concepts” and also managing several fighters under the Xtreme Couture banner.
Dana White Not Happy With New TUF Format
In an article for The Sun, Dana White expressed his displeasure with the next season of TUF.
I said from day one I hate the UK v USA idea.
It's dumb, I don't like it — it's not USA v the UK, we're looking for the best fighter in the world.
We put on a card one time, the USA v Canada, it was f***ing retarded.
I don't care if you're from the UK, Croatia or Brazil because at the end of the day, when Michael Bisping comes to America — Americans don't boo him.
When GSP comes down and fights in the US more people cheer for him than the guy who's from America!
When Tim Sylvia from the United States fought Antonio Nogueira from Brazil, everybody booed Sylvia on the way in and cheered for Nogueira. The reason is because in this sport it's not country versus country.
You either like the guy's fighting style or personality — nationality has nothing to do with it.
That's the way it used to be with boxing, with the exception of Ricky Hatton because everybody hates Floyd Mayweather!
But with the exception of that, you never saw guys from one country cheering a guy from a different country.
That's what's changing in what we're doing.
We're looking for the best fighters in the world — this country versus that country is irrelevant."
Jerry Bohlander: Where is He Now?
"September 11, 2001. I think that sums it up,” says former UFC light heavyweight Jerry Bohlander The 34-year-old Bohlander names that catastrophic day as the catalyst that took him from the world of mixed martial arts into law enforcement.
Matt Brown Steps In VS Ryan Thomas At UFC 91
Just days after MMAWeekly.com first reported that Matt Riddle would be forced out of his upcoming bout against Ryan Thomas at UFC 91, a replacement has been found as Matt Brown has been confirmed to step in on short notice.
Brown confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday.
The last time Brown competed was at UFC 88 in Atlanta dropping a somewhat controversial decision to Korean fighter, Dong Hyun Kim.
The Cincinnati based fighter has recently been working with stablemates like Jorge Gurgel and Rich Franklin while taking time to work with MMA guru, Matt Hume, and his team of fighters in Washington.
Hume’s camp has become a hot spot over the past few months with fighters like Brown, Franklin, Gurgel, Jens Pulver, Spencer Fisher and Hayato Sakurai seeking out the longtime MMA trainer for his expertise.
Brown will now move onto the UFC 91 undercard to face newcomer Ryan Thomas with just about 2 weeks to go until fight time.
Razor Rob Looking To Cut In Line For Title Shot
Rob McCullough is trying to get himself back in the lightweight title mix in World Extreme Cagefighting. The WEC had one of its strangest moments when they had to postpone the show scheduled for Sept. 10 when Hurricane Ike threatened the South Florida area. The show wasn't actually just pushed for a week or two, but for two months.
Now the time has come for the fight to finally begin when McCullough will take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The postponement had a serious effect on McCullough's training camp, being it was so close to the fight when it was canceled... just five days prior.
WEC Reality Show In The Works For 2009
The Ultimate Fighter reality series premiered on Spike TV on Jan. 18, 2005, featuring 16 aspiring fighters competing for two Ultimate Fighting Championship contracts. Largely responsible for mixed martial arts' meteoric rise from grassroots beginnings to a mainstream audience, the popular reality show has featured and made some of the sports' biggest stars.
The show's success has other promotions thinking of their own version of reality television, including the UFC's sister promotion World Extreme Cagefighting.
"From the beginning it (a reality show) was something always in our plans," said WEC vice president Peter Dropick. "Versus, we're in discussions with Versus. We're looking right now at trying to figure out what we're going to do exactly.
"We've got a lot of ideas," he added. "We want to find ways similar to the UFC to showcase our fighters on a more consistent basis."
While still in the planning stages, expect to see a WEC reality show on Versus in 2009. "I don't know if we'll do exactly what the UFC did with The Ultimate Fighter, but we do have plans for a reality show of some nature," said Dropick. "Possibly soon and launching in 2009."
Scott Adams and Reed Harris founded the WEC in 2001. Zuffa, UFC's parent company, purchased the California-based promotion in December 2006 and relocated it to Las Vegas. Live WEC events began airing on Versus in June 2007.
Filho Tries To Stay Perfect With WEC 36 Rematch
To say that World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) middleweight champion Paulo Filho is an intimidating man is a decisive understatement. His physique alone portrays strength and a robust toughness, but it may be what one can’t see from the Brazilian’s outward appearance that is ultimately most impressive.
Paulo Filho is a Rio de Janeiro native who grew up – literally – participating in combat sports. On WEC.tv recently, Filho stated, "I started fighting judo at the age of five as recommended by my pediatrician. I was a very hyperactive kid, so he thought it would be a good way to use up my energy and learn some discipline.”
He continued, “At age nine, I moved to Copacabana and started training jiu-jitsu with Carlson Gracie.”
In essence, Filho was groomed to be a fighter before he had even reached the first grade… and with a 16-0 record, it shows.
Jorge Santiago Breaks the Glass Ceiling
Jorge Santiago is a fighter that doesn't get a ton of press but has slowly crept his way into the top 10 rankings. This guy has not only won 8 fights in a row but he's finished all of them - all against top level competition. His opponents in that span haven't been "elite" level fighters but they have all been tough and most are UFC or PRIDE veterans.
After a disapponting 1-2 run in the UFC Santiago has picked up his game considerably and the results are paying off. He entered the Strikeforce four man tournament and came out on top - finishing both opponents. Then he entered the Sengoku MWGP and acheived the same result. No one in the middleweight division is on the roll that this guy has been on - except for a man by the name of Anderson Silva.
Karo Parisyan next fight likely against Dong Hyun ‘Stun Gun’ Kim at UFC 94
Karo Parisyan is penciled in to collide with Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (11-0-1) in a welterweight tilt at UFC 94, which is scheduled for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 31, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Parisyan — who just signed a new eight-fight contract extension with the promotion — is currently recovering from an injury that forced him to withdraw from a fight against Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” in September literally hours before showtime.
It was an unfortunate situation that was made more curious with his recent admission the he has been dealing with panic attacks — numerous fans claimed “The Heat” merely had a case of cold feet.
Regardless, the Armenian was stopped by rising star Thiago “Pitbull” Alves in the second round because of strikes in his most recent performance at UFC Fight Night 13. The typically gracious Parisyan was uncharacteristically sour on the stoppage, claiming that referee Steve Mazzagatti was premature in his decision to halt the bout.
Sengoku 6 results and quick recap
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (15-3) defeated Moise Rimbon via unanimous decision (13-8-3)
Muhammad Lawal (2-0) defeated Fabio Silva (11-5) via TKO (strikes - 0:41:R3)
Sergey Golyaev (11-6) defeated Takanori Gomi (29-4) via split decision
Lightweight Grand Prix semifinals:
Kazunori Yokota (8-1-3) defeated Mizuto Hirota (10-3) via unanimous decision
Satoru Kitaoka (22-8-9) defeated Eiji Mitsuoka (14-6-2) via submission (heel hook - 1:16:R1)
Lightweight Grand Prix reserve bout:
Jorge Masvidal (15-3) defeated Seung Hwan Bang (5-3) via unanimous decision
Lightweight Grand Prix finals:
Satoru Kitaoka (23-8-9) defeated Kazunori Yokota (8-2-3) via unanimous decision
Middleweight Grand Prix semifinals:
Kazuhiro Nakamura (13-8) defeated Yuki Sasaki (22-15-1) via unanimous decision
Jorge Santiago (19-7) defeated Siyar Bahadurzada (14-4-1) via submission (heel hook - 1:10:R1)
Middleweight Grand Prix reserve bout:
Joe Doerksen (41-12) defeated Izuru Takeuchi (25-10-6) via TKO (strikes - 0:41:R3)
Middleweight Grand Prix finals:
Jorge Santiago (20-7) defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura (13-9) via TKO (strikes - 0:49:R3)
Thales Leites Moving Closer To UFC Title Shot
Picking up his fifth win in the UFC last weekend by submitting Drew McFedries, Thales Leites also took one step closer towards realizing his dream of becoming middleweight champion.
When original opponent Goran Reljic was forced out of the bout with Leites due to an injury, McFedries stepped in on short notice to take the fight, but the bout was moved to the preliminary card as opposed to the main card as first slotted.
Was the change a disappointment to Leites who has been battling his way towards a title shot for some time now?
“Yes a little bit,” he admitted to MMAWeekly.com following the fight. “But they showed my fight anyways, that's okay.”
Pulver reinvents himself
Coming off a loss in what arguably could be the most important match of his long career, Jens Pulver is embarking on an experiment.
A few weeks before his 34th birthday, the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion, whose style has largely been sprawl-and-brawl, is looking to reinvent himself – as a technician.
He said you probably won’t see any major changes in his fight on Wednesday night, when he faces Leonard Garcia in the semi-main event on the World Extreme Cagefighting show, which airs live on Versus, from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. But after four weeks of a new training regime, Pulver feels he’s on his way.
Wednesday’s show will be headlined by featherweight champion Urijah Faber, to whom Pulver lost a five-round decision on May 31 and who is the No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the Yahoo! Sports rankings. Faber will be defending his title against local product Mike Brown. The show is expected to sell out, as only a few hundred tickets were available at press time.
Dreamweaver: Urijah Faber WEC 36 interview
WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber has emerged as the face of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), racking up five consecutive wins for the Zuffa-owned promotion. In fact, he has not tasted defeat in 13 fights — an impressive streak that dates back to 2005.
His record, fighting style and personality have thrust him to the forefront of the MMA scene. And the “California Kid” will once again be back in the bright spotlight at WEC 36: “Faber vs. Brown,” defending his 145-pound title against number one contender Mike Brown in the main event live on Versus at 8 p.m. ET on November 5.
It’s perhaps the toughest test to date for the 29-year-old fighter.