Rampage Pleads Not Guilty
Quinton Jackson today appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his vehicular rampage and arrest earlier this summer. He is to next appear in court November 3.
Dana White Open To Bringing Tito Ortiz Back To UFC
UFC president Dana White and Tito Ortiz have had a very public very intense battle of words in which they have both personally attacked one another. At one point Ortiz stated that he would never fight for the UFC again; however, that statement was made before Ortiz spoke with other organizations about fighting outside of the UFC. He has yet to sign with any of them and now appears to be negotiating with the UFC again.
"As part of his contract, he goes out and ... I don't know, something to do with his contract, but he's still got his foot in the door with his contract," White told USA Today. "As part of our business practice in this crazy world these days, we — let me think how I can word this to you. I always say, we make this thing look a lot easier than it really is, and we're definitely not going to make it easy for anybody else. We're going to make things tough for other people."
White went on to confirm that the UFC has negotiating rights with Ortiz which would make it difficult for other organizations to sign him.
"Yup, and I'm going take them."
Despite what's been said, White feels that the two can work together professionally, even if they don't see eye to eye personally.
"Listen, me and Tito didn't say anything worse than what we said before he came back and became a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. Tito and I do not like each other. We do not. It's 100% real, we don't like each other at all, but it doesn't mean we haven't done business together before."
Pellegrino fighting for his life at UFC 88
Pellegrino is opening a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Belmar, N.J. But if his fight career ends anytime soon and his business fails, Pellegrino doesn't know how he and his family would survive. He can barely read and write, and said his math skills are at a third grade level. He's a product of the wonderful school system in Point Pleasant, N.J. where he was moved along and allowed to graduate because he was a phenomenomal athlete (two-time runner-up in the N.J. state high school wrestling championships).
Jon Koppenhaver Now A Legal "War Machine"
Apparently Jon Koppenhaver attended the Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig school of thought. Because of a wrestling federation attempting to sue him over his nickname, Koppenhaver has changed his legal name to his nickname, "War Machine".
Report: Jerome Le Banner vs. Tim Sylvia Possible for Affliction 3!!!!!!!
Although the second Affliction show is still over a month away, future plans include a third show that will most likely take place in January of February 2009. One fight that Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is looking at is one that some fans have been talking about for quite some time.
"In terms of fighters we are looking at Jerome LeBanner, he is interested in doing MMA and apparently him and Tim Sylvia have some history between them so that is something that we are looking at right now."
Snapshot of the Day: Rampage's New Home
The legally embroiled Quinton "Rampage" Jackson formally confirmed his split from trainer/manager Juanito Ibarra today, and announced that he will now train with and be managed exclusively by Liverpool, England's Wolfslair. UK site Fighters Only broke the news.
According to multiple reports, it's now all but confirmed that Jackson will face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 91 in Portland, OR, on November 15th.
Quinton Jackson Likely To Fight At UFC 91
Despite being currently entangled in the legal system, Quinton Jackson is forging on with his mixed martial arts career.
After losing the title at UFC 86 via a unanimous, but controversial, judges decision, Jackson will likely grace the UFC’s first Northwestern card in Portland, Ore. at UFC 91. No opponent has been named for the embattled former champ, but speculation has named Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as a possible draw. Jackson badly lost to Rua in his latter days with the Pride Fighting Championships, falling to strikes in the first round of their 2005 fight. The news comes from a report by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports after speaking with UFC president Dana White.
Jackson on Tuesday was charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors by the Orange County District Attorney’s office for a July 15 hit-and-run incident on the streets of Costa Mesa. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison. A felony charge related to a female victim of the incident never materialized.
Holli Griggs was a passenger in one of the cars that Jackson sideswiped. Griggs was 16 weeks pregnant with a boy when she miscarried two weeks after the incident. Orange County DA spokeswoman Farrah Emami told MMAWeekly.com that a subsequent investigation of the miscarriage did not implicate Jackson.
Tyson Griffin not considering rematch with WEC champion Urijah Faber
Despite recent rumors to the contrary, UFC lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (12-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is not considering a move to 145 pounds to take on WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (21-1 MMA, 6-0 WEC).
In fact, while a guest on a recent edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Griffin said the cut wouldn't even be possible
"I'm 180 pounds right now," Griffin said. "There's no way I'm making 145 pounds. Ever. I don't see that happening."
Faber is currently riding a 13-fight win streak. That streak started after Faber's lone career loss -- a Gladiator Challenge bout with Griffin. However after that 2005 contest, Griffin stated he felt he would no longer be capable of making the cut down to 145 pounds.
While fans and media continue to speculate over who could possibly provide a challenge for the dominant "California Kid," Griffin said not to include him in the discussion.
"There's no truth to me moving anywhere," Griffin said. "I've never heard that from anybody. I do not plan on moving in weight class or organization. I'm happy with where I'm at."
Instead, Griffin will continue to focus on his astounding run in the UFC's talent-rich lightweight division.
After a controversial decision loss to Frankie Edgar in February 2007, Griffin has won four straight against some of the sport's best in Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau and Marcus Aurelio. Now the 24-year-old will face former lightweight champion Sean Sherk at October's UFC 90 event.
"They just get tougher and tougher," Griffin said of his opponents. "I definitely don't get a break in competition.
"At the same time, that's what keeps me motivated to train harder and harder. If you have easy fights, it's kind of hard to push yourself. The more you get challenged, the more you challenge yourself in the gym."
Griffin, who faced Faber in just his third career bout -- as well as notable Duane "Bang" Ludwig in his seventh -- isn't complaining about the constant high-level of competition. In fact, the Las Vegas resident wouldn't have it any other way.
"I just think it comes down to the way I am and the way I compete, even before I was part of the UFC," Griffin said. "And as soon as I became a part of [the UFC], I made sure my manager told them straight up and down I want to fight stiff competition. The more challenges I have the better."
Brett Rogers/Team Bison Fire Shots at Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock
There's some pretty hilarious stuff said here.
It's not clear who penned the memo, but I suspect Rogers at a minimum proof read the piece or at least gave it the thumbs up. Either way, it's a purposefully incendiary message that I suspect will only heat up the battle between Slice and Rogers; something that can be utilized should an EliteXC PPV ever come to fruition. Notable quote:
As for Oct 4th; that was our spot. Shamrock with his name and giant ego butted in line to get a slice of Kevin. At 103 years of age Ken usurped our rightful place against the YouTube champ. Our sincerest hope is that Ken whips Kimbo and then we can finally euthanize the "World’s Most Dangerous Man" and relegate him to some MMA dinosaur exhibit. Maybe taxidermy him and Severn and place them on a rotating pedestal where they can endless circle each other.
If Ken proves to be more sham then rock and Fergi beats him, then the Slice hype grows even greater. Dude is already more myth then Sasquatch, Chupacabra and a ******* unicorn combined. Kevin is the black Yeti.
Caught between a Shamrock and a hard place, Kevin has chosen the old over the new; the past over the future. But Fergi… the hard place is coming. By putting us off, making us wait will only make matters worse. There is nothing business about it anymore. Kimbo made it a point to go frontin’ to our boys at Big Black. But that street thug B.S. might work well with the fan bois and the Internet dorks who think your street cred means something; but Son… Brett comes from Cabrini Green; the worst 12 blocks of America. Compared to that your street is Sesame Street. So you can say it is very personal between Brett and Fergi. So go ahead and make us wait while you fight Tank and Shamrock. Hell, why not fight Hackney, Harold Howard, Fred Ettish and the rest of Jurassic MMA? And while your shuckin’ and duckin’ we will be hustlin’ and muscilin’ and when the bell finally tolls the only real question left is … do you wake up looking at canvas or arena lights?
EliteXC should actually be thankful that Brett Rogers is willing to create enough drama around this situation without their help. If Kimbo is going to eventually lose to Rogers as the Rogers camp predicts, it's better to do so to a heated and known enemy than a anonymous yet talented opponent. I don't think the same heat will carry over should Shamrock win, but Rogers' bonus shots at Shamrock certainly can't hurt.
The only question is what sort of post-fight antics can we expect should Slice win and Rogers enter the cage for the post-fight interview? If it's as bad as the Noons vs. Diaz dust up, I'll live. If it turns into something as violent as the Source Awards, I will have quite a bit to say.
Southworth Injury Update, Could Return In '08
Strikeforce executive Mike Aframowitz has revealed that SF Light Heavyweight Champion Bobby Southworth has a potentially torn ACL and meniscus suffered during training last week, but left the door open to Southworth returning before the end of the year. The injuries caused Southworth's upcoming title defense against Renato Sobral to be scrapped.
WEC Promises Garcia Shot At Faber If He Beats Pulver
Should all go according to plan as he's been told, meaning he beats Jens Pulver and Urijah Faber beats Mike Brown at WEC 36, Leonard Garcia reportedly would be Faber's next challenger for the WEC Featherweight Title. And Garcia could have home-cage advantage: The fight could be in his native Mexico.
ULTIMATE FIGHTER'S HUTCHERSON TO FACE CROW
Sometimes it can be a good thing to fall through the cracks.
After his experience on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” television series ended with a loss to Luigi Fioravanti on the series finale in 2006, Solomon Hutcherson faded from the limelight.
Surfacing a year later in smaller shows, Hutcherson has been allowed the opportunity to sharpen his skills and become a true MMA veteran in the process without the pressures of performing on a Pay-Per-View stage.