UFC 82: Josh Koscheck to return on Columbus card in March (Exclusive)
Welterweight contender Josh Koscheck (9-2) will return to action at UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena on March 1, joining American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Jon Fitch on the Columbus, Ohio, fight card.
Opponents have been discussed to face the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, but no bout agreements have been signed at this time.
“Kos” is hungry and determined to get back on the winning track after his unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74: “Respect” back in August. His goal is to rattle off a flurry of wins early in 2008 to ensure that his name is among the 170-pound title contenders as soon as possible.
Sorting out the Welterweight Division - Part I
For years, the UFC welterweight division was the bastion of predictability.
Matt Hughes ruled with an iron fist. Georges St-Pierre was the heir apparent. BJ Penn was…well…BJ Penn. The rest of the division was really nothing more than a bunch of opponents for the ‘Big Three’.
Oh, how things have changed. Strange things are definitely afoot in the welterweight division.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller -VS- Tim Kennedy - HDNet Fights 15th Dec
Team Quest representatives have confirmed that Jason “Mayhem” Miller will square off with Tim Kennedy in the co-main event at HDNet Fights “Reckless Abandon” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy (8-1) will replace UFC veteran Sean Salmon, who was medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his knockout loss to Jorge Santiago at Strikeforce “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” on Nov. 16 in San Jose, Calif.
Miller has a history with Kennedy, who defeated him by decision at an Extreme Challenge event in February 2003. An Army Ranger who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, Kennedy has not lost a fight in more than six years.
Since one of the biggest names of the UFC, Randy Couture, walked away from the his belt last month, citing UFC president Dana White's inability to provide a little respect and a big Russian (Fedor Emelianenko, the only man the 44-year-old Couture wants to fight at this stage of his career) the MMA world has been buzzing. About respect and Russians, sure. But mostly about money.
Changes At The Top In IFL
There were some major changes in leadership at the IFL yesterday: Co-founder and CEO Gareb Shamus is out and President & COO Jay Larkin is the new CEO. Revenue was up and losses were down last quarter and the IFL now seems to have enough money for at least the next 8-10 months.
Former UFC Foe John McCain: "The Sport Has Grown Up"
The following is an excerpt from an article from The Daily Telegraph:
Senator John McCain, of Arizona, led the charge to ban these competitions from cable television, describing the events as "human cock fighting''. Now he has revised his opinion, saying: "The sport has grown up. The rules have been adopted to give its athletes better protections and to ensure fairer competition.''
Tavares Training for Return Against Omigawa at UFC Fight Night 12
Thiago Tavares will face Michihiro Omigawa on Jan. 23 at the next UFC Fight Night.
"I think he is a good opponent," said the Brazilian lightweight. "I think the guys from UFC are trying to build my name again because I'm coming off a loss. That's why they didn't give me a top opponent. Not disrespecting him -- he is a good athlete, fought at the Olympics and in big MMA organizations. He is a middle-level fighter, not top, but I'm training to face him like it is a title shot. Every single fight is the most important fight of my life."
James Thompson To Fight 16th Dec in the U.K.
The Doncaster Dome on Sunday, Dec. 16, will play host to Ultimate Force and its Festive Fury fight card.
Ultimate Force is the U.K.’s leading promotion in the north of England and one that is arguably Tengiz Tedoradze’s hometown event. The promotion has secured a headline bout between Tedoradze and James Thompson in a rematch of their June 2004 encounter.
The ‘Russian Bear' Returns
Long before Fedor Emelianenko became the best fighter on the planet, another Russian sambo practitioner was causing a sensation in international MMA: Oleg Taktarov
UFC 82: Jon Fitch to fight in Columbus against possibly Akihiro Gono (Exclusive)
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) learned earlier this morning that welterweight contender Jon Fitch (15-2) has been approached about fighting Akihiro Gono (27-12-7) at UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 1.
Fitch will fight on the card; however, Gono is not a lock to be his opponent at this time. Our sources indicate that the Fitch camp is working hard to line up a showdown with Karo Parisyan instead. That fight makes the most sense in terms of clearing up the 170-pound log jam.
California Fighter Fails 2nd Drug Test, Gets Long Sentence
California fighter Jason Winther became the second fighter in the state to fail a drug test recently. But then he failed a second drug test, prmopting the CSAC to extend his 8 month suspension to 21 months and fine him another $2500.
I guess one more and we'll find out if they have a 3 Strikes, You're Out policy.
Houston Alexander Back in Gym After UFC 78 Loss
After a first-round loss at this past weekend’s UFC 78 event in Newark, N.J., Houston Alexander (8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is already back in the gym and training.
Alexander suffered a TKO loss to Thiago Silva (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and as many fans noticed, the Nebraska-based fighter just didn’t seem himself during the loss.
Cole Miller vs. Jeremy Stephens Set for UFC Fight Night 12
Cole Miller (13-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who posted a solid unanimous-decision victory over Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 11 in September, will return at UFC Fight Night 12 to take on Jeremy Stephens (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the fight from Stephens’ camp earlier today. However, contracts haven’t been signed because UFC officials first need to determine the event’s location. UFC Fight Night 12 takes place Jan. 23 and airs live on Spike TV.