Two Years Later – The TUF 2 Report
In the summer of 2005, the UFC and Spike TV kicked off the second season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, and in addition to the success of the series ratings-wise, hopes were high that TUF2 would produce more stars on the level of season one’s Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Diego Sanchez, and Mike Swick.
Mayweather vs. Sherk
The war of words between boxing and the UFC has heated up lately, with Floyd Mayweather Jr. questioning the legitimacy of mixed martial artists, and UFC fighters firing back that he'd be in for a rude awakening in a cage.
Gonzaga Still Celebrating Victory
Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictures) was the protagonist of one of the greatest surprises this year when he knocked out Mirko Filipovic (Pictures) in the main event at UFC 70. The Brazilian, however, was not surprised by his own performance.
Who’s The Greatest?
If 2007 has taught us anything, it’s that parity has hit the world of mixed martial arts. And it’s hit hard in a year rife with upsets, from Matt Serra’s stoppage of the seemingly unstoppable Georges St-Pierre to last weekend’s KO win by Gabriel Gonzaga over heavyweight heir apparent Mirko Cro Cop.
The Age Of "The Iceman"
As dozens of surprised fans echo his name, it's an ovation that pales in comparison to the roar that greets him when he makes his way to the octagon in front of thousands of thundering fans. Nonetheless, when "The Iceman" Chuck Liddell enters a room, people take notice.
Hand-to-hand and fist-to-cheek
FORT KNOX — Training geared toward wartime self-defense made its way to a steel cage this weekend as Fort Knox soldiers competed in the post’s first combatives tournament.
Exclusive: Ortiz On Dana Beef, UFC 73, Rampage-Liddell [Pt. 2]
On April 26, MMANews.com's own Chris Howie sat down with former UFC Light Heavyweight champion "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz to discuss his upcoming bout at UFC 73 with Rashad Evans, his beef with company president Dana White, moving over to fight in the Zuffa-owned PRIDE, and more!
The 10 greatest UFC upsets
What started as a freak occurrence has seemingly turned into a spiraling epidemic as the best of today’s UFC fighters are going down in a blaze of eight-sided glory. After the year we’ve had in this sport I must approach every pay-per-view with nervous anticipation. It really is true: Anything can happen.
Diaz on MMA judging
I think for the most part the judges get it right, but then again that's why there are three of them. I've seen some Split Decisions that should have been unanimous in my opionion.
Is Parity Good For MMA?
The talk of the MMA world so far in 2007 has, of course, been the many “upsets” we have witnessed so far. We have already labeled 2007 as “The Year of the Upset” and pretty much every month that trend continues
Exclusive: Ortiz Explains 'Ho' Insult, Going To PRIDE [Pt. 1]
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz will bring his 15-5 pro MMA record into the octagon, a place he helped build as poster-boy and Light Heavyweight champion during the early Zuffa years, and defend against Ultimate Fighter season two winner "Sugar" Rashad Evans.
Rashad responds to Tito
Challenged Tito to grow out his hair naturally (no dyes or straightners) and see how nappy his own hair is
And called him out for not having any real solid wins in awhile except Ken
MMA's Drving Force, Anything Can Happen
In the realm of the fastest growing sport in the world, one fact is ringing louder and louder with every passing major event. It rings from inside the hearts and minds of every athlete involved in the painstaking process of relentless training and dedication.
Mayhem Miller's WEC Debut On May 12th
World Extreme Cagefighting has announced the full fight card for its May 12th show at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. It was previously announced that the headline bout would be WEC Lightweight Champion “Razor” Rob McCullough making his first title defense against UFC veteran and WEC mainstay Rich “Cleat” Crunkilton
Exclusive: Big Names Listed For Fishman Deposition
According to a source with information related to the Fishman Companies vs. DSE Inc. lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, Fishman Companies lawyers are reportedly preparing a list of witnesses for future deposition.
Another CC interview
ZAGREB - Croatian MMA fighter in his home in Zagreb heals the consequences of his hard defeat on Saturday against the Brazilian fighter Gabriel Gonzaga at the UFC 70 in Manchester. The shocking images of Cro Cop laying in the middle of the cage fainted seemed unreal because of the reversed roles we are used to see in the last few years.
Similar experience Filipovic did have against Kevin Randleman (in PRIDE) and Michael McDonald (in K-1). From both fighters he lost to a KO and both times he managed to get at the top. Al thou his charisma got seriously damaged in Manchester, Mirko is saying he has the motive and strength for a new rise to the top.
Nothing is broken
Are you feeling any consequences for your health?
There are no headaches, nor any other visible after effects of Gonzagas high-kick. If there was no pain in my right ancle I would've been long in training by now. Because of that, there's 2 weeks of passive rest for me now. The ancle is swallen, but I think there's nothing broken because I wouldn't be able to walk in that case. Nevertheless, I'll be going to a doctor for some examinations.
You were looking distracted in the ring?
I was not myself against Gonzaga. I just couldn't decide to start a series of strikes, I didn't go forward. Something similar happened in my last fight against Sanchez in Las Vegas, but I managed to win that fight. These kind of things happen to me in regular intervals. Nevertheless, there's no excuse for this defeat, no alibi, nor am I seeking one.
What was crucial for that kind of a lose?
Gonzaga's elbow strikes in my temple were the main thing. When I stud back up, my perspective was faded and i didn't even see that high-kick.
Were the preparations wrong?
The preparations for the fight were perfect and that isn't the problem. Just before the fight I was in a bad mood, I couldn't focus, I fought without any strategy.
What's your future in the UFC?
I'll be back even stronger. This is not the time to speak of the UFC belt, but I will respect the contract to it's end. Of course, in the case there will not be any new injuries. Al thou, I don't know what could make me fight once i fulfill my contract of four more fights.
When could your next fight happen?
I believe I will fight at the end of August or the beginning of September. I am expecting a rematch against Gonzaga. I would like to thank everyone who came to Manchester because of me and everyone who called to express their best wishes. I had more than 200 calls and i couldn't answer them all.
Pride Fighting: Decade
Don't miss out on this retrospective on the 10-year history of PRIDE Fighting Championships, featuring interviews from such PRIDE fighters and icons as: Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Nobuhiko Takada, Renzo Gracie, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Quinton Jackson, Mark Kerr, Kevin Randleman, Frank Trigg, Don Frye, Matt Hume, Gilbert Yvel, plus many other legends in MMA!