Diaz Locked in with EliteXC
Nick Diaz (Pictures) has signed an exclusive deal to fight in the U.S. with EliteXC that will add an additional two years to his current contract, which has two fights remaining, Sherdog.com learned late Wednesday.
Diaz will fight next on Nov. 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas in an EliteXC 160-pound title fight.......................
Daniel Puder and Paul Buentello confirmed for next Strikeforce card.
Heavyweight Daniel Puder has confirmed he will compete on the Strikeforce promotion’s next card Friday, Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. No opponent has been named for the 26-year-old Californian.
Puder will join fellow heavyweight Paul Buentello on the Nov. 16 card. Buentello (23-9) last fought in June when he defeated former K-1 star Carter Williams by second-round knockout at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Baroni.” A product of the American Kickboxing Academy, he will enter his latest bout on a four-fight winning streak, having won all four by KO or TKO. Buentello has won 10 of his last 11 fights, the lone hiccup an infamous 15-second KO loss to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 55 in October 2005.
I wish WEC would have more cards at a faster pace, like Strikeforce.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has MMA in his sights
Mark Cuban has always enjoyed a good scrap. Now the volatile Dallas Mavs owner wants to mix it up as a martial arts businessman. A MMA fan for years, Cuban recently unveiled his latest brainchild, HDNet Fights, a new MMA organization poised to make an impact on one of America's fastest-growing sports.
Through HDNet Fights, Cuban will sign pro fighters, broadcast bouts on his high-def cable channel and promote live events. His first card is set for this Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Boxing and MMA: There's room for all of us
As we enjoy some of the finest weeks of boxing in quite some time, it is time to put to rest the topic that you see filling up message boards and sports blogs across cyberspace.
With an outstanding Taylor-Pavlik fight in the rear-view mirror and many huge bouts to come in the next few months, boxing, despite what some contest, is by no means dead. Moreover, in a day and age when observers wonder if MMA is preparing for a takeover in the world of combat sports, boxing has reaffirmed itself as one of the world's finest athletic competitions. Thanks to the Kelly Pavliks, Manny Pacquiaos, Ricky Hattons, and Miguel Cottos of the boxing world, the Sweet Science appears alive and well.
MMAWEEKLY WORLD MMA RANKINGS UPDATED (10th OCT)
The latest MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, October 10. This system ranks the top ten MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the six largest weight classes, as voted on by MMAWeekly.
We take into consideration a fighter's performance in addition to his win-loss record, head-to-head and common opponents, difficulty of opponents, and numerous other factors in what is the most comprehensive rankings system in the sport.
As always, fighters who are currently serving drug-related suspensions are not eligible for top ten consideration.
Here are the current MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings, which are up-to-date as of October 10.
Machida Wants Jardine Next
Keith Jardine and Forrest Griffin were the talk of the town at UFC 76. Both Jardine and Griffin upset favorites Chuck “the Iceman” Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua respectively, instantly catapulting themselves up the Light Heavyweight rankings. Despite improving his MMA record to a perfect 11-0 that very same night by defeating Kazuhiro Nakamura, Ryoto “Lyoto” Machida was lost in the shadows. As a result, it is natural that the Brazilian would like to prove himself and stake his place amongst the upper echelons of the Light Heavyweight division. And what better way to make a statement than to take on the LHW division’s current “it-boy”? In an interview with Brazilian publication, Portal Do Vale Tudo, Lyoto Machida reveals that he would very much like to fight Jardine. Machida states,
“I would like to fight against Keith Jardine. If he could knock out Forrest Griffin and defeat Chuck Liddell, then he is the one I want to fight.”
Unfortunately for Ryoto, it may be a while before we see him getting a shot at the title. Machida is in a very difficult position. He is a great, proven fighter; yet he lacks the drawing power that many of the other fighters possess in the Light Heavyweight division. A victory against a high profile fighter such as Jardine or Griffin could very well be the catalyst that Machida needs to boost his popularity in UFC.
Roger Huerta has found solace as rising star in UFC
The bridge had been dangling in the river for less than a week, but it had already become a macabre civic landmark, the Twin Cities' answer to Manhattan's Ground Zero. On a scorching day last August, Roger Huerta was piloting his Jeep Commander from downtown Minneapolis to the St. Paul YMCA, where he trains in mixed martial arts. He drove slowly as he crossed the Mississippi River, pointing out the remnants of the I-35W bridge, whose collapse had caused the deaths of 13 Minnesotans six days earlier.
Q&A with Machida - wants to fight Jardine next
If an undefeated fighter is a virtually unknown to the mainstream fans the first reason that comes to mind is that he hasn’t fought top competition. This could not be further from the truth when it comes to UFC 205 lb. contender Lyoto Machida. Lyoto has fought and defeated UFC stars Rich Franklin, B.J Penn, and Stephan Bonnar. Most recently Lyoto won a one-sided unanimous decision over Pride Veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 76 making Lyoto a perfect 3-0 in the UFC. In this must read interview Lyoto explains how he bucked the trend and made a successful transition into the octagon, his toughest fight of his career, and who he wants to make unlucky victim number 12. All of this and much more in this fightbeat exclusive......................
Lessons to be learned from UFC's rematch history
At UFC 77 on Oct. 20, Rich Franklin will have the opportunity to avenge the most devastating loss of his career. It was one year ago that Anderson Silva brutalized Franklin with devastating knees from the clinch, and took Franklin's middleweight title in the first round. In order to win back his title, Franklin will have to not only defeat Silva but conquer the memory of that first fight. UFC history suggests that is easier said than done.
There have been 53 rematches in UFC history. Setting aside draws and no contests, the fighters who won the previous bout were 33-17 in the rematch, winning two-thirds of those fights.
Drew Fickett signs up for 3 fight deal with Cage Rage
Drew Fickett has signed up to a 3 fight deal and will fight on December 1st at the EliteXc presents Cage Rage 24 show. Drew has stepped up to the plate and will take on veteran Mark Weir in what promises to be an absolute war. Drew comes off the back of a win in the UFC and is a well rounded fighter who has been in the cage with some of the top names in MMA and more than held his own. Mark is coming off the Daley loss and will be looking to restore himself as the number contender in this weight division. This fight has all the makings of a classics!
Palace FC to Make Formal Offer on Kimbo-Tank
An offer to resurrect the heavyweight spectacle between celebrated street brawlers David "Tank" Abbott and Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (Pictures) is expected to be presented Wednesday morning to both parties on behalf of the Palace Fighting Championship, Sherdog.com learned Tuesday.
"I have spoken to both sides' management," said PFC's Christian Printup via e-mail. "I am submitting a formal offer (Wednesday) morning. If it satisfies their financial needs the fight will happen on Oct. 18 in the PFC. If it doesn't, I can take comfort in knowing we made a very substantial offer nonetheless."
BBC Inside Sport: The World of the UFC
BBC Sport - [Video story] Last month the BBC’s flagship sports show, Inside Sport, sent its camera to UFC 75 CHAMPION v CHAMPION when it hit London, England, featuring exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews with UFC President Dana White, Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Michael ‘the Count’ Bisping
LOMBARD STILL ON UFC 78 ROSTER (*LATEST NEWS*)
UFC officials confirmed with The Fight Network yesterday that Hector Lombard (11-2-1, 1 NC), scheduled to face fellow Judoka Karo Parisyan at Nov. 17’s UFC 78 in Newark, N.J., has not been removed from the roster after a report surfaced yesterday that Lombard could not gain entry into the U.S. for the bout ................
The Tuesday Takedown 10.09.07
In this edition of The Tuesday Takedown, we take a look at what happened to UFC 78, why Hector Lombard can't fight Karo Parisyan, why the deal between HBO and the UFC fell apart, Kimbo Slice's possible return to MMA, and some seriously whacked out quotes from former WEC fighter Kit Cope! Let's do this!