In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability.
Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy.
Surgery Stops Strikeforce's Thomson-Melendez
Josh Thomson will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a damaged shoulder, forcing the American Kickboxing Academy lightweight out of a Showtime-televised Strikeforce title bout against Gilbert Melendez Sherdog.com has learned.
Yahya on Yamamoto
Just back from a vacation in Indonesia, bantamweight Rani Yahya spoke with Sherdog.com about his recent fight with Norifumi Yamamoto. On New Year's Eve the WEC veteran joined a growing list of mixed martial artists who have fallen short against "Kid." The world champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist recounted his experience, and spoke about his future with the WEC.
Update: Baroni to Make Return in Japan?
Though the first formalized bout on the Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium card was announced Dec. 11 by promoter World Victory Road, it remains unsigned.
According to the promoter, middleweight Phil Baroni is slated to fight Sanae Kikuta.
Report: Officials Scrap March’s UFC 83 Event in England
A UFC 83 event rumored to be taking place in England could instead take place in the U.S.
The news comes from our friend Steve Sievert at the Houston Chronicle, who spoke to a source close to the event for his “Brawl Sports” blog. According to the source, the U.K. location has been scrapped, but the March 8 show — which will likely include Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy and Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin — will go on.
Werdum’s Title Quest Begins with Gonzaga
Ah, how many great stories throughout the history of the world have begun with a woman? Probably too many to count. Well, add the story of Fabricio Werdum to the list, and if one day he ascends to the heights of the UFC’s heavyweight division and straps a championship belt around his waist, somewhere in Brazil, there will be a woman wondering what might have been.
Werdum will have no such daydreams though, and in fact, an early embarrassment turned out to be not only the impetus for his jump into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but eventually, mixed martial arts, which has become a pretty nice vocation for the native of Porto Alegre, who faces old rival Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 80 co-feature on Saturday in Newcastle, England.
WEC ANNOUNCES ALBUQUERQUE FIGHT CARD
World Extreme Cagefighting on Tuesday officially announced the full fight card for its upcoming Feb. 13 event in Albuquerque, N.M.
The already announced main event features welterweight champion Carlos Condit defending his belt against WEC newcomer Carlo Prater.
Frank Shamrock VS. Cung Le Is Official
EliteXC and Strikeforce on Tuesday officially announced that Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le on a March 29 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., co-promoted by the two organizations.
B.J. PENN LOOKING FOR 2ND UFC TITLE
On Jan. 19, BJ Penn has the opportunity to become only the second fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship history to hold titles in two weight classes, the other being UFC legend Randy Couture. First he has to face Joe Stevenson, possibly the toughest test the Hawaiian has ever faced at 155 pounds.
WEC Announces Full Card for Feb. 13 Event
World Extreme Cagefighting has announced the full fight card for its Feb. 13 event, which features a total of three title fights.
“WEC: Condit vs. Prater” takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and airs live on the Versus network beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
* Champ Carlos Condit vs. Carlo Prater (for welterweight title)
* Champ Rob McCullough vs. Jamie Varner (for lightweight title)
* Champ Chase Beebe vs. Miguel Torres (for bantamweight title)
* Mark Hominick vs. Josh Grispi
* Antonio Banuelos vs. Manny Tapia
* Scott Jorgensen vs. Jesse Moreng
* Yoshiro Maeda vs. Charlie Valencia
* Leonard Garcia vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
* Chance Farrar vs. Micah Miller
* Del Hawkins vs. Ox Wheeler
Miletich Says He'd Like To Fight Again
The Houston Chronicle recently interviewed Pat Miletich, who reportedly is considering fighting again. While not actively looking to make a match now, he did say he'd be interested in fighting Renzo Gracie or Frank Shamrock.
Employment, Not Promotional, Contract at Center of Zuffa v. Couture
When Randy Couture (Pictures) announced his resignation from the UFC on Oct. 11, 2007, it seemed inevitable that the matter would be settled in court. The inevitable became official on Monday as Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, filed a complaint against Couture and yet to be named co-conspirators in Nevada's Clark County District Court.
Perhaps to the surprise of many observers, the complaint makes no mention of Couture's promotional (fight) contract with Zuffa. Instead the company's breach of contract action is predicated on its employment contract with Couture.
Very interesting to see the direction that Zuffa is coming at Randy here.
UFC 79 Drug Tests: All 12 Fighters Test Negative
The Nevada State Athletic Commission tested 12 of the 20 fighters who competed at last month’s UFC 79 event, and all of the competitors tested negative for drugs of abuse, as well as performance-enhancing drugs.
UFC 79, which aired live on pay-per-view, took place Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes in the night’s main event to earn the UFC’s interim welterweight title.
Both of the headliners were tested by the NSAC, as were Mark Bocek, Rich Clementi, Manny Gamburyan, Melvin Guillard, Chuck Liddell, Dean Lister, Lyoto Machida, Jordan Radev, Wanderlei Silva and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjo.
UFC Inks English Fighter Neil Wain for UFC 83
The UFC has signed English heavyweight Neil Wain (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to a four-fight deal, and the UFC newcomer is expected to make his octagon debut March 8 at UFC 83, which is tentatively scheduled for London, England.
Wain’s manager recently confirmed the news in a Cage Warriors messageboard announcement.
Wain made his professional debut in November 2006 and has posted four consecutive victories fighting for the U.K.-based Ultimate Force and Goshin Ryu MMA Championships organizations. All four of Wain’s victories have come via knockout — all in the first round. However, Wain’s opponents have a combined record of just 3-12, according to one major fighter database.
Fighters From UFC 79 Come Back Clean
At a time when national heroes are falling from grace as steroid use is the topic at the fore of the collective sports world, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that all of the athletes tested at the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ Dec. 29 event have come back clean, both in testing involving performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids) and drugs of abuse (such as marijuana or cocaine).
According to the commission’s executive director Keith Kizer, “The NSAC tested Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, Sokoudjou, Rich Clementi, Melvin Guillard, Manny Gamburyan, Dean Lister, Jordan Radev, and Mark Bocek.”
Cain Velasquez signs with the UFC, debuts at UFC 83
Greg Savage from Sherdog reported on the SDS that the UFC have signed the very exciting HW prospect Cain Velasquez, according to Savage he will debut at the UFC in London in March against an opponent to be decided.
Cain (6'2 and 245lbs) trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy and is 2-0 in MMA with quick TKO wins in Bodog and Strikeforce.
Chip off the Ol’ Block: EliteXC Signs Ken and Ryan Shamrock
Ken Shamrock is emerging from his unofficial retirement, and he’s bringing his son Ryan with him.
Elite Xtreme Combat, a California-based MMA organization that airs on Showtime, today announced that the promotion signed both 43-year-old Ken Shamrock (26-12-2) and the his 19-year-old son Ryan (1-0) to multi-fight deals.
Terms of the fighters’ deals were not disclosed.
Additionally, EliteXC announced that both fighters will be part in a March 8 event in London, England. “EliteXC Presents: Cage 25” takes place at Wembley Arena. (ProElite Inc., EliteXC’s parent company, recently purchased the U.K.-based Cage Rage organization.)
Ken, one of the first inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame, has been fighting professionally for nearly 14 years and competed in the very first UFC event. The submission specialist left the UFC for six years but ultimately returned to fight Tito Ortiz and then to coach a team on “The Ultimate Fighter 3.” He’s since severed ties with the UFC, and in an explosive interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) back in October, he claimed that UFC President Dana White forced him into retirement and that he never intended to quit fighting.
Ryan, a 135-pound fighter, made his MMA debut back in August and defeated 31-year-old (and fellow UFC newcomer) Josh Besneatte with a first-round submission at an event produced by his father’s fight organization. The fight is available at YouTube.