Josh Barnett Officially a Free Agent
Since Zuffa’s official purchase of Pride, many fighters have started popping up from the former Japanese powerhouse organization in new homes. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is in the UFC along with former Grand Prix winner Mauricio “Shogun” Rua who is expected to make his debut shortly. Paulo Filho will soon take his shot in the WEC and now one of the most sought after heavyweights in the world, Josh Barnett, is officially a free agent according to his blog on MySpace.
UFCjunkie.com Exclusive: Diego Sanchez vs. Jon Fitch at UFC 76
According to a , Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez is rumored to take on Jon Fitch at UFC 76 in Anaheim California on September 22. Sanchez is coming off his first ever MMA loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 69. With this win Sanchez can re-establish himself again as a top contender in the welterweight division. Jon Fitch brings his thirteen fight winning streak and undefeated UFC record to take on Sanchez. Both fighters are in need of this big win to put themselves into title contention.
UFC Heading to Cincinnati on Oct. 20
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva against the former champ Rich Franklin would get his shot at redemption and it’ll come in his hometown of Cincinnati where he was the last time they both fight and rich got knockout. Who do you think will win this fight.
Silva, Sherk Successfully Defend Titles at UFC 73; Ortiz foul costs him win
SACRAMENTO, July 7 – It was supposed to be one of Anderson Silva’s
toughest tests,but instead, his win over respected challenger Nate Marquardt at the Arco Arena tonight proved to be one of his greatest victories, as he defended his UFC middleweight crown for the first time with a decisive first round TKO in the UFC 73 main event.Read the Rest @->
New Trevor Prangley interview!
Over at Bloodyknux.com
on Yuki kondo-
"He’s fought the best, but he’s never beat the best. In my opinion I’m one of the best at 185 pounds, and he’s going to lose to me too."
trevor talks about Baroni's loss against Frank sahrock, and his injuries, his upcoming match with Yuki Kondo, and the top end of the 185lb division.
THE BREAKDOWN: UFC 73
By Aaron Crecy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UFC 73: Stacked
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Live PPV: 7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST
On the heels of a desultory June pay-per-view event from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Zuffa LLC is making a spirited effort to right the ship. UFC 73 "Stacked" features a star-studded main card and title fights in both the lightweight and middleweight divisions. In the main event, muay Thai savant Anderson Silva defends his 185-pound belt versus Nate Marquardt, a seasoned veteran with solid stand-up skills and an excellent ground game. In the 155-pound class, incumbent Sean Sherk puts his title on the line against Hermes Franca.
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SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA: UFC HEADED NORTH
UFC WAITING ON THE CANADIENS
“We want to come to Montreal, Canada in October/November 2007!” stated a delighted Marc Ratner of the UFC. “I’ve been talking with the Bell Centre and they want us there, but the Montreal Canadiens hockey team always comes first!” he explained in a jovial voice. “We’d love to have Georges St-Pierre on the card of course, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens on Aug. 25 in his fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 74.”
“Once the NHL releases their 2007/08 hockey schedule, we’ll be able to sure up a date. I realize TKO 30 is happening in the Bell Centre on Sept. 28, so we’ll try not to go too close to that,” elaborated Ratner.
The NHL schedule is due to be released on July 11, 2007 so hopefully Canadian MMA fans won’t have to wait much longer to hear official confirmation of the UFC’s first show north of the border! Read the rest @ ->
For Greg Jackson, It's Business as Usual
At UFC 73 tonight, world-renowned trainer Greg Jackson will have his hands full with three of his fighters in high profile fights. Included in his stable of fighters competing at UFC 73 are Nathan Marquardt, Rashad Evans, and Mark Bocek. Each fight is very important and represents significant steps in each fighter’s career.
Fitch vs Sanchez
Finally we might have Sanchez's opponet.
Rising welterweight contender Jon Fitch (14-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) could put his spotless UFC record on the line with a fight against Diego Sanchez (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 76.
UFC 73 Weigh in results
Champion Anderson Silva (184.5) vs. Nate Marquardt (182.5) — for middleweight title
Champion Sean Sherk (154.5) vs. Hermes Franca (154.5) — for lightweight title
Rashad Evans (204) vs. Tito Ortiz (205.5)
Heath Herring (259) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (240.5)
Kenny Florian (155.5) vs. Alvin Robinson (156)
Stephan Bonnar (204.5) vs. Mike Nickels (205.5)
Jason Gilliam (171) vs. Chris Lytle (169.5)
Jorge Gurgel (155.5) vs. Diego Saraiva (155)
Mark Bocek (154.5) vs. Frank Edgar (154.5)
Brandon Vera Interview
MMANews.com's own Chris Howie recently caught up with UFC Heavyweight sensation Brandon "The Truth" Vera for an in-depth interview. As usual when we talk to Vera, he was very open and honest and spent a great deal of time with us to talk about all the subjects that fans sent-in emails and forum posts requesting. Below is a complete transcript of the interview which was conducted on Friday, July 6, 2007.
BRANDON VERA INTERVIEW->
Marcus Aurelio vs. Tyson Griffin at UFC 76
Taken from Aurelio's MySpace
"Great news my friends! I finally got my first fight in the UFC. I will fight Tyson Griffin who fought at UFC 72. It is the first fight on my contract and it will take place at UFC 76 Terror. I have been training since my last fight in Pride and am ready to go if the fight was tomorrow. I will train hard and put on a show for the American fans.
Check out http://www.betterfitnessproducts.com/ they are my new sponsors, support them because they support me."
This should be a great fight...