Gilbert Melendez ready to make his mark
Suffering the first loss of his professional career in December 2007, Gilbert Melendez has been chomping at the bit to get back into competition. After multiple opponent changes, the current Strikeforce lightweight champion is ready to face Gabe Lemley on March 29 in San Jose, Calif.
Cung Le Article
Cung Le held a media event today at his new gym in Milpitas, CA to promote his up coming fight against Frank Shamrock on March 29th for the Strikeforce middleweight title. The event consisted of a light work out and then a brief interview session with the local media outlets.
Monte Cox talks Fedor and more
Monte Cox, the President and CEO of M-1 Global, joined "The Savage Dog Show" on the Sherdog Radio Network Monday to discuss the company's rumored dissolution and the status of prized heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
New Interview With Fedor Emelianenko (Long but a good read)
Fedor Emelianenko recently sat down for a very candid interview with Sport Express.ru. Fightline.com was able to obtain a wonderful translation of the article which appeared on the Sherdog forums. Enjoy.
The Best Fighter in the world in Chuck Norris version. (They mean Chuck Norris here as an org, like UFC. Doesn't make much sense in English, I know; but they're trying to make a joke in Russian).
We missed our Tula train - so Fedor Emelianenko had to wait for us near the Kursk station entrance. He was wearing worn out jeans and a funny hat - nobody recognized him. Legend of legends. One of the most mystical personalities in the sports world: in Mixed Martial Arts, Emelianenko, the first Russian world champion, doesn't know defeat. And each fight, according to rumors, adds half a million dollars to his bank account.
Believe It Or Not! Butterbean Wants Kimbo
They don’t want to fight me, I hit too hard! Kimbo doesn’t want to fight anybody that can knock him out and I’m the man that can do it. Kimbo doesn’t want to fight anybody that can hit and I can definitely hit.”
Butterbean also says he can take Kimbo’s punches. Sadly, this is a fight that could actually happen and no one — real MMAers, at least — wants to see it. Place your bets now: does Butterbean last longer than Tank Abbott did?
Full Butterbean interview
Toe-to-toe with Doug "The Rhino" Marshall
I got a chance to interview WEC light-heavyweight champion Doug "The Rhino" Marshall last week. He is a very interesting character. We talked about his upcoming fight against Brian Stann, how he got started in MMA, his family, his childhood, his inspiration for fighting and how he transformed himself from a street-fighter into a mixed martial artist.
To check out the entire interview, click this link:
Official WEC Weigh-In Results
WEC Weigh-In Results
Official Weigh-in Results - WEC: Marshall vs Stann
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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Main Event – WEC Light Heavyweight Championship
Brian Stann (204) vs Doug Marshall (204)
Ed Ratcliff (155) vs Marcus Hicks (156)
Bryan Baker (184) vs Chael Sonnen (186)
Steve Cantwell (203) vs Tim McKenzie (203)
Hiromitsu Miura (170) vs Blas Avena (170)
John Alessio (170) vs Brock Larson (171)
Sergio Gomez (156) vs Richard Crunkilton (156)
Ryan Stonitsch (171) vs Alex Serdyukov (169)
Chris Manuel (136) vs Kenji Osawa (134)
Scott Harper (186) vs Logan Clark (186)
Jensen to Replace Santos at Strikeforce/EliteXC
Former UFC fighter Ryan Jensen will replace (11-3) Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-11) and will fight Joey Team Jackson product Joey Villasenor (24-6) at this weekend's Strikeforce/EliteXC show
Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz confirmed the late replacement.
IFL is back on TV
The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) announced today that the IFL's weekly, one-hour "Fight Night" show will begin its 2008 run on Saturday, April 19, at midnight local time. The show, which will begin with the IFL World Grand Prix finals from December 29, will run in that time slot through mid-July, a slot which will give the IFL limited preemptions on the FSN regional network in a spot that is key for the demo that follows the sport.
Baroni vs. Ninja
"Phil Baroni has singed to face Murilo “Ninja” Rua as part of the first ever ElilteXC-CBS Saturday Night Fights show taking place in New Jersey on May 31, independent sources close to the fight have confirmed to MMAWeekly.com"
Who wins this fight?
Sergio Gomez – The Price of Glory
With three brothers and six sisters, you can bet that WEC lightweight contender Sergio Gomez learned how to fight from an early age. Luckily for him, those early battles for the bathroom in the morning or for the last piece of cake on holidays have paid off to the tune of seven wins in eight pro MMA fights.
But despite his success, his only defeat - to Marcus Hicks last May - still haunts the 25-year old.
“That is the most painful way to lose a fight,” said Gomez, who seemed to have things under control against Hicks before getting submitted by a guillotine choke in the second round. “Anybody who saw that fight knows I was winning the entire time. I just got caught in something I wasn’t prepared for.”
George Sotiropoulos – A Man on a Mission
As a child growing up in Geelong, the second largest city in the state of Victoria, Australia’s George Sotiropoulos probably never imagined that he would be making his home in Long Island, New York a couple of decades later. But even though he hasn’t adopted the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) accent, the welterweight prospect is adjusting well to life in the land of the New York Islanders, Billy Joel, and Amy Fisher.
Jake Shields vs. Drew Fickett Strikeforce fight canceled
“ProElite.com has learned that the EliteXC Welterweight Championship bout between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett has been canceled. The bout was canceled due to an undisclosed injury sustained by Jake Shields. The bout was scheduled to take place on the EliteXC/Strikeforce event airing on Showtime this Saturday March 29th. No word on whether there will be a replacement opponent for Fickett.”
Ken Shamrock responds to steroid allegations
Last week Strikeforce world middleweight champion Frank Shamrock accused his adoptive brother, Ken Shamrock, of being a longtime user of steroids. Today, Ken issued a statement to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to counter the claims, saying they are "absolutely false."
Randy Couture Vs Kurt Angle Grappling Match?
HDNet’s Mark Cuban confirms that Kurt Angle — an Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist and current TNA World Heavyweight Champion (professional wrestling) — and UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture are in talks to stage a grappling match sometime in the near future
Tibau Vs Stevenson at UFC86
Joe Stevenson (28-8) will look to get back in the 155-pound title hunt when he takes on Gleison Tibau (15-5) at UFC 86 on July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MMAmania.com learned that the bout was possible late last week and confirmed the match up earlier this morning.