ED "SHORT FUSE" HERMAN READY TO EXPLODE
Saturday night, the UFC continues its global expansion when it hosts its first ever show in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Headlined by a match between former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin and rising star Yushin Okami, the event will take place at the Odyssey Arena. Also scheduled to appear is Ultimate Fighter 3 runner-up Ed Herman. On the undercard, “Short Fuse” will face Scott Smith in middleweight action.
Let’s Play Three - Fisher Gets Even with Stout in Instant Classic
They were lightweights on the scale only. When the bell rang tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, and for the next 15 minutes of torrid give and take, Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout were heavyweights in heart, determination, and relentless action, and when it was all said and done, Fisher had scored a unanimous three round decision victory to even his series with Stout at one apiece and set the stage for a rubber match that would be welcomed by any mixed martial arts fan.
Quinton Jackson: PRIDE Officials Offered a Bonus for Loss
Recently crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson claims that PRIDE Fighting Championships officials offered him a $2,000 bonus if he would lose his July 2001 PRIDE debut to popular Japanese fighter Kazushi Sakuraba by knockout or technical submission.
UFC Fight Night Weigh-In Results
Sam Stout (155.5) vs Spencer Fisher (154)
Roan Carneiro (170.5) vs Jon Fitch (170.5)
Jordan Radev (184.5) vs Drew McFedries (185)
Jason Black (155.5) vs Thiago Tavares (156)
Forrest Petz (169.5) vs Luigi Fioravanti (170.5)
Tamdan McCrory (169.5) vs Pete Spratt (170.5)
Jeff Cox (155) vs Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Anthony Johnson (170) vs Chad Reiner (171)
Luke Caudillo (156) vs Nate Mohr (155.5)
Tom Murphy’s Fight Dropped from UFC 72
Tom Murphy’s fight has been dropped from the UFC 72 fight card, and Saturday’s pay-per-view event in Belfast, Ireland will now feature just eight bouts.
Murphy made the announcement on his Web site today. Additionally, the UFC has removed the fight from UFC.com.
Reports: Crocop to Face Kongo At UFC 75.
Posted by UFC Junkie on June 11, 2007 at 8:39 am ET
UFC heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will look to get back into the title picture when he faces Cheick Kongo (10-3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 75 in London.
Numerous reports have made mention of the rumored bout. The possibility of the fight was first reported by www.groundandpound.de, a German Web site.
UFC 75 takes place Sept. 8, possibly at London’s O2 Arena. The night’s main event features PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson vs. recently crowed UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson. UFC president Dana White recently stated that both organizations’ 205-pound belts will be on the line. (PRIDE’s middleweight division is 205 pounds.)
Filipovic suffered a devastating KO loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 in April. The former PRIDE champion was acquired by the UFC earlier this year and posted a successful TKO victory over Eddie Sanchez in his debut at UFC 67 in February. He entered UFC 70 as a large favorite over Gonzaga but lasted less than one round with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt fighter.
Kongo made his UFC debut at UFC 61 with a first-round TKO over Gilbert Aldana. He picked up another win (first-round KO via knee) over Christian Wellisch at UFC 62 but lost to Carmelo Marrero via split decision at UFC 64. He most recently defeated bootyliciousuerio Silva via majority decision at UFC 70. Kongo’s ground game was heavily criticized after the fight.
Despite a recent influx of talent in the UFC’s heavyweight division, the Filipovic-Kongo fight could have major — if not immediate — effects on future title shots.
For the latest UFC 75 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of UFCjunkie.com.
Breaking Down Franklin vs. Okami
Let’s just throw it out there and see how it sounds:
Yushin Okami defeats Rich Franklin at UFC 72 to earn the right to fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
With a few more wins, stardom should find Fitch
Jon Fitch may very well be one of the best welterweight fighters in the world. The 29-year-old UFC welterweight has run off a stunning 12-match win streak, including five in a row in the UFC. But wading through the deep waters of the welterweight division has him on a long swim to fame and fortune. Despite his success in the octagon, he's not very well known outside of hardcore fans and he hasn't been able to break through to face a top-level fighter.
From Underdog to Favorite, Sanchez Looks to Make a Statement at UFC 72
Eddie Sanchez won’t lie. He enjoyed the attention that came with his February fight against Mirko Cro Cop, the photo shoots, autographs, interviews, but he also knew that he was the foil, the one expected to lose to the thunderous Croatian striker who was making his UFC debut after a long career fighting for the K-1 and PRIDE organizations in Japan.
MYTHED MARTIAL ARTS: SAFER THAN BOXING?
The first installment of this series discussed the assertion that a cage is safer than a ring. As a quick follow-up, the main point of the column – that the very idea of a “cage” hurts MMA’s image – would seem to be confirmed by all the recent nonsense comparing MMA to dogfighting. Naysayers see mixed martial artists as caged animals, bred for mayhem. It will be an important battle in the coming years to challenge that notion.
DRUG USE IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
A few weeks ago, UFC lightweight fighter Melvin Guillard tested positive for cocaine use. The Nevada State Athletic Commission subsequently suspended him for eight months.
Unfortunately, this is not a new trend in mixed martial arts. Though Guillard's positive test has been for what many might consider the most "hardcore" drug, it is by no means the first time a professional MMA fighter has tested positive. Nick Diaz, Diego Sanchez and Joe Pearson have all tested for marijuana. Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Stephan Bonnar, Kit Cope and Vitor Belfort have all tested positive for steroids. Kevin Randleman was suspended by the NSAC for providing fake urine for his drug test, due to his taking banned painkillers and antibiotics for a severe lung infection he was battling. Mark Kerr's various drug addictions were well documented in his documentary, "The Smashing Machine."
Agent: Jake O’Brien’s Injury Is Possibly “Career-Ending”
The injury that forced UFC heavyweight Jake O’Brien (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) to pull out of Saturday’s UFC 72 fight with Tom Murphy isserious — and the possibility that it’s career-ending hasn’t been ruled out, according to his agent, Ken Pavia.
UFC VET SALMON BACK ON TRACK, DROPPING DOWN
Sean Salmon returned to action last night, earning a much-needed victory after a two-fight skid in the UFC. Losing to Rashad Evans and Alan Belcher in the Octagon, Salmon stepped up at the last minute to defeat Jason Freeman on Saturday night before a hometown crowd in Cleveland, Ohio.
Morrison Wins Modified Rules Debut
Nestled in Arizona's red rock mountains, former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison made what was billed as his mixed martial arts debut Saturday night.
Out of reach of the Arizona State Athletic Commission on the Yavapai-Apache Nation, unheralded John Stover of South Dakota stood as Morrison's first opponent.