Serra not afraid to play villain’s role
UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra knows he isn't going to be the fan favorite when he steps into the octagon at Bell Centre in Montreal in front of the expected largest crowd in North American mixed martial arts history on Saturday night.
"I'm having my trainers and sparring partners boo me on a regular basis, so I'm getting used to it," said Serra, who defends the title against hometown hero Georges St. Pierre. "It's the same cage, it doesn't matter the city."
St. Pierre, "I Will Win Or I Will Go To The Hospital"
When Georges St. Pierre travels to the Bell Centre in Montreal on April 19 to battle Matt Serra for the UFC welterweight title, he won’t have to venture far, as the fight is taking place in his hometown.
He won’t have to look very far for his most adamant supporters; they will surely be in attendance.
He won’t have to dig very deep for the motivation to fight the man who beat him for the title almost exactly one year ago.
He will now battle for his shot at redemption and a second reign as the 170-pound king of the MMA world.
With the rematch between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra just days away, the current interim welterweight champion, who stated he will not bring the belt with him to the fight with Serra, is focused on the task at hand and excited about fighting for the title in front of his hometown fans.
“It pumped me up so much, I can’t believe it,” St. Pierre said about the fight taking place in Montreal. “It’s a dream come true. It’s a great opportunity for me to shine in front of my people by winning the world title, and that’s the guy I’ve wanted to fight for a long time, too, because he beat me. I can’t wait, it’s going to be fun.”
Working with St. Pierre for this fight are a familiar cast of training partners including Denis Kang, Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans and, of course, lead trainer Greg Jackson, who will formulate the game plan that is expected to beat Serra.
“I’ve been working for my game plan against Serra. Like I said, in (this) fight people will see some stuff that I’ve never shown before,” St. Pierre stated in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “Some stuff people have never seen in MMA. So it’s going to be interesting. Don’t blink because the fight can finish very early, or it can go to the distance, but don’t blink.”
Eye on the prize: UFC 83 sit-down with Demian Maia
Demian Maia will make his return to the eight-sided-cage this Saturday night in Montreal. He will clash with middleweight fighter and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season three runner-up, Ed Herman, at UFC 83.
Maia, who has won his first six career fights, will be in only his second in the UFC.
“I feel pretty good. I love the Octagon,” Maia told MMAMania.com. Maia made his UFC debut at UFC 77: “Hostile Territory,” when he tooled Ryan Jensen, submitting him via rear naked choke in the first round.
Terry Martin wins via KO in professional boxing debut
Former UFC middleweight Terry Martin needed less than 30 seconds to pick up his first professional boxing victory Friday night at "The Odeum Rumble" in Villa Park, Illinois.
Martin scored the first-round knockout over the now 0-2 Ricardo Upchurch of Mansfield, Ohio in a cruiserweight bout scheduled for four rounds.
Next up for Martin is a mixed martial arts bout versus David "The Crow" Loiseau on May 17 at a Combat Fighting Championships event in Newcastle, England.
Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano and Robbie Lawler ink EliteXC contract extensions
It’s funny what major network television exposure can do for a promotion that is eager to lock-in its stars to long-term deals.
Street fighting legend Kimbo Slice, female MMA phenom Gina Carano and EliteXC Middleweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler all signed “long-term extensions” with EliteXC today.
Looks like they are trying to keep their stable of star fighters with them for the long haul. This is one step closer for them trying to be the UFC's fiercest competitor. As long as each fighter continues to grow in popularity and they can keep them in house they could become a fixture in MMA for a long time.
Miguel Torres vs. Yoshiro Maeda WEC title fight slated for June 1st
Manny Tapia was forced to withdraw this evening from a highly anticipated bout against WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres (32-1) because of a knee injury sustained while training for their showdown at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on June 1.
MMAmania.com has learned that Yoshiro Maeda (23-4-2) has agreed to replace Tapia on short notice and take on Torres at WEC 34: “Faber vs. Pulver” for the 135-pound strap.
Maeda made his WEC debut in Albuquerque, N.M., knocking out Charlie Valencia with a body kick in the first round. The Japanese fighter is a decorated Pancrase and DEEP veteran. In fact, Maeda was the first Pancrase featherweight titleholder.
He had some trouble competing under the Pride FC banner (two of his four losses); however, Maeda has not lost since being submitted by Joe Pearson back in 2006.
It was announced today actually that Maeda would face Damacio Page. That bout appears to have quickly been scratched, however, to ensure a worthy opponent for Torres.
Nick Thompson calls out Novell G. Bell (trainer from BET's Iron Ring)
Well apparently on the BET boards, Ben Hill the manager of "Iron Ring" trainer Novell G. Bell has been getting real mouthy about MMA fighters being nothing but toughman-level fighters and went as far as saying he would challenge any MMA fighter to try to step to him. Novell G. Bell wasn't as disrespectful but had some choice words for MMA fighters, too. Well some of the guys from the Underground forum (mixedmartialarts.com forums) got word to professional MMA fighter Nick Thompson and he accepted the manager's challenge to a "no rules fight". The manager hasn't accepted yet but these mcdojo losers have no idea what kind of an ass beating they could be in store for. American Top Teamer Mike Hauben waiting to make his pro debut has said he would fight the guy for free as long as he signs a waiver saying he isn't liable for his injuries.
Here's the link to the forums where this is all going down:
Bell's manager Ben Hill is posting under the name of: Maoshan
Bell himself is posting under the name of: BlackTaoist
They begin posting on page two, they both apparently practice Kung-Fu and are some form masters or something.
This isn't really news-worthy but it's worth a good read to see these mcdojo idiots being called out after running their mouth.
Injured Tapia scratched from WEC title fight with Torres
Top WEC bantamweight contender Manny Tapia (10-0-1) has been forced to pull out of his June 1 title fight with champ Miguel Torres (32-1) due to a knee injury.
The WEC made the announcement today.
According to the bulletin, Tapia suffered the injury during a recent training session.
Sherk finally cleared from suspension
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk was released from active suspension in California on Monday after meeting all of the requirements as outlined by the California State Athletic Commission.
Fisher vs. Stephens on tap for TUF7 Finale
Another solid addition has been confirmed for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, which takes place June 21 in Las Vegas.
UFC lightweights Spencer Fisher (20-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) have agreed to meet at the Spike TV-televised event, which caps off the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest."
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins UFC 86 fight in the works
There’s a welterweight fight brewing between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 contestants, Ben Saunders (5-0-2) and Jared Rollins (6-4), for UFC 86: “Jackson vs. Griffin” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 5, according to MMAWeekly.com..
IMO i think i'd be better to fight other fighters to see how they match up in the division, having 2 TUF fighter from the same season fighting doesnt make sense to me. Unless they want to get rid off J-rock, afterall the UFC did say they have too many fighters under contract
Dana White hints that Kimbo Slice-Chuck Liddell UFC fight could be possible
“If he [Kimbo] fought anybody that mattered, I would book [Chuck Liddell] tomorrow…. The fact is, Kimbo’s not there yet. He would get destroyed. I heard he just got knocked out by Forrest Griffin last week in a sparring match after a kick to the head.”
chuck would own kimbo, the most overhyped fighter in the history of combat sports. imo james thompson is going to beat him.
News if it's "THE TRUTH"
Brandon Vera, Mike Swick, and Christian Welliisch with new photos and bios listed in the WEC roster now and Brandon Vera is on the main page.
Babalu earns his black belt.
On Tuesday Bablu earned his black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.
Hard to believe he was only a brown belt up until Tuesday.
Here is the article
LUTTER'S GAME PLAN IS SIMPLE FOR FRANKLIN
Travis "The Serial Killer" Lutter heads into the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon this weekend against Rich "Ace" Franklin confident and eager to get one step closer to a rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
MMA Quick Quote: Phil Baroni set to eat some Ninja sushi on May 31
Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni talks in an interview with MMARated.com about his upcoming fight with Murilo “Ninja” Rua during “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS on May 31. He talks about his steroid suspension, rematches with Frank Shamrock and Kala Hose, fighting in the UFC or Japan again, as well as his in depth analysis of Kimbo Slice as a fighter. It’s a pretty hilarious interview — check it out if you have time
Georges St-Pierre’s Final Exam
It’s easy to be jealous of Georges St-Pierre. In a land full of smashed noses, scar tissue, and missing teeth, he’s old Hollywood in style and demeanor. His effortless grace also translates to his day job, where he’s seemingly the one who always gets things right the first time, with his repeated drilling only to benefit muscle memory, not the search for a perfection in execution he’s apparently reached already.
That’s why your girlfriend or wife, who can’t recall any fighters not named Chuck Liddell, knows who St-Pierre is; it’s why your nephews, who haven’t been up to speed on fighting since Mike Tyson was wrecking the heavyweight division, will throw out a sidekick and blurt “GSP baby”; and why 22,000 people will be packing the Bell Centre in Montreal for St-Pierre’s challenge of UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra this Saturday.
New Blood for the Heavies - Cain Velasquez makes his UFC Debut
"Ever notice that when a stellar collegiate wrestling star makes his transition into mixed martial arts, striking is never an issue in those formative months of development?
Learning jiu-jitsu can be a frustrating chore, figuring out that what worked on the wrestling mat may not work in the Octagon can be equally baffling, but when it comes to punching, elbowing, and kicking, that’s like being a kid who wakes up on his birthday and finds out he got a snow day off from school as well.
Heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez most certainly agrees."...
Randy Couture: Fight with Minotauro Nogueira ‘just doesn’t make sense’
.“… I’m 44 and looking at the end of my career. I want to fight the best guy in the world and be considered the best guy as well. That fight is the only way that will happen. It doesn’t make sense – the UFC is criticizing me for not fighting (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira, and I have a lot of respect for Nogueira. I think he’s a great fighter, but he’s been beat by Fedor twice. That fight doesn’t make sense for me right now. If I have more fights left in me after Fedor, maybe I’ll fight Nogueira then, but right now, it just doesn’t make sense.”
Embattled UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture — who still holds that designation because of legal reasons — shares his thoughts on a fight with interim UFC heavyweight champion, (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira. “Minotauro” called out “The Natural” after he defeated Tim Sylvia to earn the vacated belt; however, it appears that Couture (for now) is hellbent on fighting one fighter and one fighter only, Fedor Emelianenko.