Mark Kerr ends five-fight slide
HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Mark Kerr emerged victorious for the first time in over seven years, submitting Stephen Gavin via keylock at 1:19 of the first round Wednesday night at Xcess Fighting.
The 39-year-old heavyweight, who fought for the UFC and PRIDE promotions from 1997-2004, last won in 2000 at PRIDE 10 against an inexperienced Igor Borisov.
In 1997, Kerr appeared to be destined to become an MMA great. He kicked off his MMA career winning three fights in one night at the World Vale Tudo Championship 3 and then following up with two straight UFC tournament wins at UFC 14 and 15. He cashed in on his success five months later by signing with PRIDE, where he would call home for almost six years.
UFC 79: Doug Evans vs. Mark Bocek Finalized
Alaskan Fighting Championships title-holder Doug Evans (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who made his octagon debut against Roger Huerta in June, will return to action at UFC 79 to take on Mark Bocek (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the fight with Evans’ manager this afternoon, though the bout had been rumored for more than a week.
UFC 79 takes place Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event features a headline match between UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and former champ Matt Hughes.
Matt Vs. Matt, Now At A Newsstand Near You
Not only are Matt Hughes & Matt Serra squaring off at UFC 79 and on TUF 6, but now on the cover of Men's Fitness Magazine. The December issue features both fighters and focuses on their training and workouts.
Born To Brawl
Nick Diaz has been fighting most of his life, as far back as first grade. Ahead of his next fight this weekend, he recently spoke about how he ultimately got into fighting and MMA.
Former Heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe recently said he wants to be the first man to have been both a boxing and MMA Heavyweight Champion. Only problem-he's never tried MMA.
This just sounds ridiculously bad on so many levels.
Shields Predicts Exciting Finish At EXC
Although Jake Shields won't be fighting for an EliteXC title in his next and possibly final fight for the promotion, he's predicting an exciting fight against Mike Pyle and being even more bold in predicting how it finishes.
IFL Featured In ESPN The Magazine
The IFL and the Miletich Fighting Systems Camp are feautred prominently in the newest edition of ESPN The Magazine, on newsstands today. This comes just a week after the promotion was chronicled on the new ESPN show E:60.
The Beast Latest To Talk Smack About UFC
The latest former UFC fighter to talk negatively about the organization and Dana White is former UFC Champion Dan "The Beast" Severn. He also gave his thoughts on today's UFC compared to the "old" UFC he first competed in.
Nogueira-Sylvia Not Official...Yet
There are rumors that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia for the interim UFC Heavyweight Title is set for UFC 81. It's not.
Sylvia still seems to want Cheick Kongo next despite rumors he'll get Nogueira, and Nog's thinking the same. But it's not a done deal.
Sean Sherk Given New Date For CSAC Appeal Hearing
The official date for Sean Sherk's appeal to the California State Athletic Commission regarding his failed steroid test in his title defense over Hermes Franca back at UFC 73 in July has been determined.
After many postponements, the official date of the hearing will be December 4th.
In the mean time, as reported and confirmed by the UFC, while Sherk will remain recognized as the official Lightweight champion of the company, B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson will fight for an interim Lightweight championship at UFC 80 "Rapid Fire" on January 19th.
Sean Sherk Speaks Out About CSAC, His Trial, And Steriods
Sean Sherk has been unable to compete in the UFC since testing positive for steroids following a win against Hermes Franca on July 7. He has maintained his innocence and has been scheduled to receive a hearing on an appeal twice; both were rescheduled. Damon Martin of MMAWeekly recently sat down with Sherk to discuss his frustrations.
UFC Hall Of Famer And MMA Legend Dan Severn Blasts Dana White And The UFC
Dan Severn is a UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend. Fighting since the mid-nineties, he has amassed an outstanding record of 79-14-7. He is one of the pioneers of the sport and the first true wrestler to win a UFC event. Severn recently sat down with Percy Crawford of fighthype.com to get us caught up on his life the past several years, give us his thoughts on the UFC and Dana White, and much more.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs. Tim Sylvia At UFC 81, Confirmed?
According to the Canvas Chronical, Tim Sylvia will fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the heavyweight title at UFC 81 (The Super Bowl Card). They claim that rumors that have been swirling for weeks regarding this match up have been confirmed.
The the bout is likely to happen according to sources, It may not be for the heavyweight title. It looks as though the UFC is holding out some hope that Randy Couture could change his mind and return as the UFC heavyweight champion, though that appears to be a long shot.
Shooto: Back to our Roots 6 StrictlyMMA Preview
Another "Back to our Roots" show from Shooto, and another stacked card. Let's cut through the BS and get onto the fights (and a possibly ill-timed tirade against Yasuhiro Urushitani's mistreatment by Shooto)....
Takashi Nakakura vs. Yusuke Endo
The current Shooto Pac-Rim champion Nakakura takes on possibly his biggest challenge yet in the best 155lber Shooto has to offer in Yusuke Endo, who seems destined to take Nakakura's Pac-Rim championship before claiming the vacant Shooto world championship....
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Joachim, UFC, and Shooto
Joachim Hansen talks about his Pride/Zuffa contract, what he's been up to, and his up coming fight in Shooto.
Dana and company talk about honoring contracts and look at this. Joachim is a very exciting fighter too.
Canadian Promoter Working For Legalization
MMAWeekly caught up with Jack Bateman to speak about the MMA event that took place at the Six Nations Native Reservation in Canada this past weekend. Bateman was one of the individuals who helped run the event, while the financing came from a multi-millionaire business mogul from. Bateman is a student of Warrior Martial Arts in Newmarket, Ontario and works as an electrician during the day although he hopes to one day to become a full-time MMA promoter.
Rashad Evans' Road to 78 - Week Two
Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be nice. I was trying to be a nice guy here on this blog, and then Bisping went and made all these comments about me last week and now I’m training five times a day because he pissed me off. How is he gonna say that I’m making a mistake in saying what I did last week? I think I’ve got him sized up right and I wasn’t wrong about one thing I said about this guy. He surprised me when he fired back the way he did, but that’s exactly what I want to hear and I want him to believe what he’s saying. I want him to believe that he can go in there and knock me out. We’ll see on the 17th.
Sizing up the Middleweights -- Part II
Champions, elite challengers and blue chip prospects fill arenas with fans. But it is the rank and file fighters, the guys who bring their lunch pail into the Octagon, that truly give a division depth. Here’s a look at the rest of the UFC middleweight division.