Serra Injured, Withdraws From UFC 79 Card
Matt Serra will have to withdraw from the UFC 79 card due to an injury he suffered after his training earlier this week.
The current UFC welterweight champion, who was scheduled to fight Matt Hughes at UFC 79, suffered a herniated disc in his lower back on Monday following a routine training session in his Long Island gym.
Yarenoka fight card
Looks like a nice event, looking foreword to seeing the matchups they will come up with. Oh and don't cry at me about it already being posted, just look at the link or move on.
Urijah Faber Looks to Put WEC on the Map (Story from Yahoo! Sports)
by Kevin Iole/Yahoo! Sports
(Reprinted from Yahoo! Sports with permission)
On a cold and rainy Friday afternoon, Urijah Faber sits inside a cafe in New York City and does his best to drum up interest in his Dec. 12 featherweight title fight with Jeff Curran.
As popular as it has gotten over the last several years, mixed martial arts still hasn’t hit the mainstream with the American populace. And Faber, who holds the WEC’s championship belt, understands that as big as his bout with Curran is in his world, it’s barely above meaningless to most of the people inside the coffee shop who are taking a break from the bitter cold.
Report: “Shogun” to Return in February or March
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a longtime PRIDE fighter who made an unsuccessful UFC debut against Forrest Griffin in September, will likely return to the octagon in February or March.
The report comes from Chris Howie of MMANews.com, who quoted Chute Boxe representative Julio Heller.
Jordan Miller to replace Brad “One Punch” Pickett at Cage Rage 24
Cage Rage promoters Andy Geer and Dave O’Donnell have announced that Jordan Miller will step in for injured featherweight Brad “One Punch” Pickett at Cage Rage 24 “Feel the Pain” on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Wembley Arena in London, England. The announcement finalizes the card for the 11-bout event.
Pickett (11-4), who broke his arm while training with the American Top Team, had been scheduled to battle Trojan Freefighter Ronny Mann (9-1-1), a top contender in the Cage Rage featherweight division. The 29-year-old Pickett is expected to miss six weeks.
UFC 82: Josh Koscheck to return on Columbus card in March (Exclusive)
Welterweight contender Josh Koscheck (9-2) will return to action at UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena on March 1, joining American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Jon Fitch on the Columbus, Ohio, fight card.
Opponents have been discussed to face the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, but no bout agreements have been signed at this time.
“Kos” is hungry and determined to get back on the winning track after his unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 74: “Respect” back in August. His goal is to rattle off a flurry of wins early in 2008 to ensure that his name is among the 170-pound title contenders as soon as possible.
Sorting out the Welterweight Division - Part I
For years, the UFC welterweight division was the bastion of predictability.
Matt Hughes ruled with an iron fist. Georges St-Pierre was the heir apparent. BJ Penn was…well…BJ Penn. The rest of the division was really nothing more than a bunch of opponents for the ‘Big Three’.
Oh, how things have changed. Strange things are definitely afoot in the welterweight division.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller -VS- Tim Kennedy - HDNet Fights 15th Dec
Team Quest representatives have confirmed that Jason “Mayhem” Miller will square off with Tim Kennedy in the co-main event at HDNet Fights “Reckless Abandon” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy (8-1) will replace UFC veteran Sean Salmon, who was medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his knockout loss to Jorge Santiago at Strikeforce “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” on Nov. 16 in San Jose, Calif.
Miller has a history with Kennedy, who defeated him by decision at an Extreme Challenge event in February 2003. An Army Ranger who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, Kennedy has not lost a fight in more than six years.
Since one of the biggest names of the UFC, Randy Couture, walked away from the his belt last month, citing UFC president Dana White's inability to provide a little respect and a big Russian (Fedor Emelianenko, the only man the 44-year-old Couture wants to fight at this stage of his career) the MMA world has been buzzing. About respect and Russians, sure. But mostly about money.
Changes At The Top In IFL
There were some major changes in leadership at the IFL yesterday: Co-founder and CEO Gareb Shamus is out and President & COO Jay Larkin is the new CEO. Revenue was up and losses were down last quarter and the IFL now seems to have enough money for at least the next 8-10 months.
Former UFC Foe John McCain: "The Sport Has Grown Up"
The following is an excerpt from an article from The Daily Telegraph:
Senator John McCain, of Arizona, led the charge to ban these competitions from cable television, describing the events as "human cock fighting''. Now he has revised his opinion, saying: "The sport has grown up. The rules have been adopted to give its athletes better protections and to ensure fairer competition.''
Tavares Training for Return Against Omigawa at UFC Fight Night 12
Thiago Tavares will face Michihiro Omigawa on Jan. 23 at the next UFC Fight Night.
"I think he is a good opponent," said the Brazilian lightweight. "I think the guys from UFC are trying to build my name again because I'm coming off a loss. That's why they didn't give me a top opponent. Not disrespecting him -- he is a good athlete, fought at the Olympics and in big MMA organizations. He is a middle-level fighter, not top, but I'm training to face him like it is a title shot. Every single fight is the most important fight of my life."
James Thompson To Fight 16th Dec in the U.K.
The Doncaster Dome on Sunday, Dec. 16, will play host to Ultimate Force and its Festive Fury fight card.
Ultimate Force is the U.K.’s leading promotion in the north of England and one that is arguably Tengiz Tedoradze’s hometown event. The promotion has secured a headline bout between Tedoradze and James Thompson in a rematch of their June 2004 encounter.
The ‘Russian Bear' Returns
Long before Fedor Emelianenko became the best fighter on the planet, another Russian sambo practitioner was causing a sensation in international MMA: Oleg Taktarov