Five Fighters With Something to Prove
With four UFC events (UFC 74, UFC 75, UFC Fight Night 11 and UFC 76) set to take place in a four-week span, I noticed a handful of fighters who really have something to prove. So, I made a list of the top five guys who have more on the line than a simple win or loss.
Is There Anything Gina Carano can't do?
Women’s mixed martial arts is continuing to grow with the support of organizations like EliteXC and Bodog Fight putting them on the main stage and showing that they can throw down just as ably as the men can. While many may argue who is the best fighter in women’s MMA, no one can argue that Gina Carano is by far the most popular and she is back training full time, preparing for her return to the cage on Sept. 15 at the EliteXC show in Hawaii.
Coleman Not Done Yet
Mark Coleman, a fighter that first stepped foot in the UFC Octagon more than a decade ago, may not go down as one of the more dominating fighters in MMA history, but he surely will always be a significant piece of the puzzle. If not for his pioneering ground and pound style that led him to two UFC tournament championships, a win over Dan Severn to become the first UFC heavyweight beltholder, and capturing the first Pride Grand Prix title, the current MMA landscape may not be dominated by heavyweight enigma Fedor Emelianenko.
A Different Kind of Fight: Title IX and MMA
The pugilistic pride of Oklahoma State University, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture (Pictures) originally began his college studies at Washington State in 1981.
Had he stuck to his intention of completing his education there, the mixed martial arts Hall of Fame might be short one member.
Thiago Tavares Confirms Fight with Tyson Griffin
Undefeated lightweight Thiago Tavares confirmed that he will face Tyson Griffin at UFC 76 in Anaheim, Calif. Tavares made many new fans in his last outing, displaying his impressive ground prowess en route to defeating Jason Black via triangle choke. Now the Brazilian prospect will face arguably his toughest opponent to date in Griffin.
UFC Is Highest Bidder in “Fedor” Sweepstakes
Of all his suitors, the UFC has offered PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (26-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) the most lucrative fight deal, but the contract’s numerous restrictions and the organization’s lack of communication could keep the MMA legend from joining the UFC, said Emelianenko’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein.
Daley vs Diaz?
There has been confusion of late surrounding Paul Daley and where he will be fighting next – Nick Diaz in Elite XC or Mark Weir in Cage Rage? Daley himself stated post Cage Rage 22 that he was offered Jake Shields or Nick Diaz, Shields then dropped out of the mix and Daley confirmed that he would be step up to fight Diaz for the 160lbs title. With Diaz announcing that he will be taking part in the September 15th show and Daley already being booked for the 22nd of September in Cage Rage, something didn’t add up.
Shooto Japan Comes to O.C
Professional Shooto Japan Comes To Orange County at The No Limits Event Center August 18.
Irvine, CA – On Saturday, August 18, Professional Shooto Japan will make its much-anticipated foray into the U.S. market in Orange County California at The No Limits Event Center. For its venture into the American market Professional Shooto Japan will showcase some of it’s brightest stars including Shooto veteran Kenichiro Togashi taking on current Gladiator Challenge Lightweight World Champion Brian Cobb. Togashi is coming off a first round submission victory over Darren Crisp in his U.S. debut in April, while Cobb recently submitted Shawn Bias and John Reedy in route to winning the Gladiators Challenge Lightweight Championship.
Sokoudjou Not Signing With ELITE XC
The stable of fighters now in official free agency after the Zuffa buyout of Pride continues to grow on almost a daily basis and one of the most sought after light heavyweight prizes on the market, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, will not be signing with Elite XC as many had thought going into the Shamrock/Baroni Elite XC produced pay-per-view that took place last month.
Athletic Commissions Differing Drug Policies
The recent trends in MMA with positive drug tests have taken over the headlines on just about every website, forum and newspaper that covers the sport. Recently, the California State Athletic Commission released its most recent results for athletes competing in combat sports in the state and the numbers were staggering for the overall positive tests.