Another injury, another fighter pulls out. Bonnar out of fight with Hamill
Bonnar sidelined with torn ligaments
By Kevin Iole
Monday, Feb 11, 2008 6:29 pm EST
UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar will be sidelined for at least six months after tearing ligaments in his left knee during training on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Bonnar said he was working on his jiu-jitsu in preparation for his April 2 light heavyweight bout against Matt Hamill in Denver. He said he heard a pop and later learned that he had torn the lateral collateral ligament.
"I was doing nothing out of the ordinary, just working on my (jiu-jitsu) getting ready for my fight," a downcast Bonnar said. "I heard a pop and I thought, 'Damn, what is this?' I walked around on it a little, but when I got home, it was really stiff and swollen."
Man, this sure seems to be happening way more than usual of late. Guess its do to the fact these guys are training so much harder these days than say 5 or 10 years ago.
DAMACIO PAGE ADDED TO WEDNESDAY'S WEC
World Extreme Cagefighting on Monday announced that Damacio Page will step in to take the place of an injured Jesse Moreng at Wednesday’s event in Albuquerque, N.M. Page will now face Steve Jorgensen in a bantamweight (135-pound) contest.
Although he’s taking the fight on just two days of notice, Page told MMAWeekly that he’s ready to go, as he was already preparing for another bantamweight bout scheduled for Feb. 28 in Canada.
Pit Bosses: Premature Thoughts on YAMMA Fighting
Not since the progeny of singer David Bowie was christened Zowie -- swear to God -- has popular culture suffered a name as patently offensive to good taste as YAMMA Pit Fighting, the latest in the me-too march of MMA offerings.
Too harsh by half? Perhaps, but with two months to go before YAMMA makes its official debut at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., there's precious little else about the promotion to comment on.
Pit Fighting founder Bob Meyrowitz -- there's one for the résumé -- has been evasive in questions pertaining to the YAMMA fighting surface, alleged to revolutionize how we view the combat sports. No participants have been officially announced, though it's known that Meyrowitz plans on dusting off combatants from the UFC's heyday for a series of "Master" class super fights. The event will also use a single-night tournament to crown champions, a dubious honor awarded more for luck than skill.
Couple this with the rumored reunion tour of New Kids on the Block, and you'll forgive anyone who mistakes 2008 for 1994.
Matt Hamill talks about being deaf, Bisping and his fight with Bonnar
He looks like a cool guy and hasn't got any thing bad to say about Bisping.
Anyway heres the
Fightline.com: Can you explain to people that don't know, a little bit about being a deaf fighter?
Hamill: I have been deaf since birth so I don't know any different, if I could hear or not. I think being deaf does allow me to concentrate on my matches and fights. In the ring all I see is the person in front of me. No other distractions whatsoever get in the way.
Belcher Vs. Day At UFC 83, Cote Off
A late change to the UFC 83 card has been revealed as Patrick Cote, expected to be on the card, is now off due to an injury. It was also learned that he would not have accepted the Alan Belcher fight that was rumored to be offered to him, so Belcher will now reportedly fight Jason Day at 83.
UFC 83 tickets cost how much!?!?!
I just ebay'd the tickets to see how much they are going for now and two tickets for pretty crappy seats are going for nearly $2000!!
This is sick!
Heres the link if you don't believe!
Who would pay this to see the fight?!
Dana White say's Fedor IS top 5
In this interview Dana talks about how he isn't the face of UFC and how he thinks the fighters get a lot more attention than him.
Its a cool interview so i thought i'd share it.
Dana White on "Off the Record" Transcript
Dana White was on TSN's Off The Record with Michael Landsberg on Thursday's show. While he only participated in the "next question" segment, he still had some interesting things to say. Here is a transcript of the interview:
If you seen the show, this is from the segment called "Next Question" where it a rapid fire question and answer format
new Diego interview
After going undefeated in the octagon for seventeen fights, Diego Sanchez has lost his past two; dropping decisions to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch. Diego looks to get back on track against David Bielkheden at UFC 82 and recently sat down with Jesse Holland of MMAMania to discuss a variety of issues. Below are some of the highlights from their conversation.
pretty good interview, he talks about why he left jackson and GSP
heres a link to the whole interview
New Igor Vovchanchyn interview
Question: What are you doing at the moment? Will you agree to return to a few fights if asked?
Igor Vovchanchyn: I am a businessman. I won't return. Sometimes I want to, but I'm already 35. And above all I have injuries. I can't punch with my right hand at all: I have three pins in the elbow. And additional one in the left. Soon I will go to the nose surgery because I can't breath in the usual manner. Therefore there is no sense of me coming back.
Had no idea he was that messed up. He was awesome to watch
More Fights Added To The ExiteXC Card
along with the main card fights and preliminary fights
Kimbo Slice (1-0) vs David Abbott (9-13)
Antonio Silva (9-1) vs Ricco Rodriguez (27-7)
Kyle Noke (14-3-1) vs Scott Smith (14-4)
Yves Edwards (32-13-1) vs Edson Berto (13-4-1)
Brett Roges (7-0) vs James Thompson (14-7)
Dave Herman (9-0) vs Mario Renaldi (6-2)
Rafael Feijao (4-1) vs John Doyle (6-2)
these fights are also schedualed
Jon Kirk (10-2) vs Yosmany Cabezas (4-0)
Eric Bradley (2-1) vs Mikey Gomez (6-3)
Mike Berhard (3-0) vs Lorenzo Borgameo (2-0)
UFC Quick Quote: With a win, and some help, Keith Jardine thinks he’s in
“There’s a good chance (Forrest Griffin) wins the fight (with Rampage Jackson) and that means I’m in line to get the next fight.”
– Top 205-pound contender Keith Jardine tells 15Rounds.com that if he wins his next fight, which is rumored to be against Wanderlei Silva, he’ll get the next shot at the light heavyweight crown … if Forrest Griffin can defeat current champ, Rampage Jackson. There was no explanation as to what happens if Rampage retains the belt; however, it’s safe to say that he’ll earn the winner of the June clash between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jardine already defeated Griffin, creating a marketable rematch between two well-known contestants on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
The winner in PRIDE vs. UFC? Neither
When Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira forced Tim Sylvia to tap out in the third round at Saturday night's UFC 81 main event, becoming the first man to hold both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championship heavyweight titles, it once again fueled endless debates over which organization had the better competition.
A little over a year ago, before UFC purchased PRIDE and subsequently folded it, at a post-show press conference, when Quinton Jackson and Mirko Cro Cop were about to debut, a reporter asked UFC president Dana White about the possibility that the ex-PRIDE stars may come in and win all the belts.
It was a common theme among insiders and most of the fighters that, in general, the PRIDE fighters were better, even though UFC people would argue that except for the heavyweight division, in which for years PRIDE clearly had more depth, UFC felt its top guys would beat PRIDE's top guys. White noted at the time that Jackson and Cro Cop were now UFC fighters, and it didn't matter who fought where at another time, whoever was really the best would be determined in head-to-head battle and now the best were all UFC fighters.
Lauzon Wins in WCF; ‘Upgrade' to WEC Near?
WILMINGTON, Mass., Feb. 8 -- Dan Lauzon had quite a bit on the line when he entered the ring Friday just outside of Boston to take on Frank Latina at World Championship Fighting.
With the Tapout reality show crew there to chronicle his preparation and a potential WEC bid in the offing, not to mention the added pressure of fighting in front of his hometown fans, Lauzon came through with flying colors.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that Dan told me he was "shooting for the end of this year" when I asked him if he wanted back in the UFC
Takaya, Maeda Venture West to WEC
Japanese standouts have had mixed success stateside lately. Now two more touted Japanese representatives will look to make their mark in the cage.
The focal point of a busy midweek of MMA, the Feb. 13 WEC card at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, N.M., will feature three title clashes in what may be the best lineup the company has fielded since Zuffa took the reigns in December 2006. The card will also see Hiroyuki Takaya and Yoshiro Maeda make their American debuts in bouts that promise to be all-action affairs.
YAMMA Pit Fighting Books Don Frye vs. Oleg Taktarov for April 11
The upstart YAMMA Pit Fighting organization, which was recently founded by UFC creator Bob Meyrowitz, has booked a fight between UFC pioneers Don Frye (18-6-1) and Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov (15-5-2).
According to Frye, the fight will take place at the organization’s inaguaral show, which is set for April 11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.
“I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.
Jesse Moreng off WEC card due to injury
Jesse Moreng has had to withdraw from his Feb. 13 World Extreme Cagefighting bout with Scott Jorgensen. MMAWeekly.com sources on Thursday night confirmed that Moreng fractured his foot this week and can barely walk on it.
Russian Sambo Championships: Fedor Beats Three Opponents in Under 2 Minutes
Today was the first day of the Russian Combat Sambo Championship and here are the results:
As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. None of his opponents in this Russian championship forfeited as it has happened before in world and European championships, to the credit of our fighters.
In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent's nose on the 10th second.
The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a holddown. Then the fighters ended up in standing position again and the situation happened again - a combination of strikes from the champion, a throw, but this time Fedor finished his attack with a submission and won at 1 minute and 1 seconds.