The Throwdown MMA Fighter Rankings and More
Another MMA drug use column?! Yes, but in this rant, 411's Jon Hartley plays devil's advocate and explains why not all steroid violations are created equal. Also, why do fighters keep using banned substances when they surely know they'll be caught? These questions and more will be answered, plus the return of The Throwdown Top 10's, including three number one fighters who are not Pride or UFC Champions!
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WildFire, Hurricanes Make Weight for MTL
SAO PAULO, Brazil, Aug. 10 -- Carried through at the Club Athletico Paulistano, the MO Team League's weigh-in concluded with the presence of Murilo Bustamante (Pictures) and Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) together with their teams, the WildFire and the Hurricanes, respectively.
Stevenson climbing the lightweight ladder
Peace, Joe Stevenson says, is a beautiful thing.
And though the UFC lightweight contender says bluntly that he has "huge, big problems" in his life, he acts as if he doesn't have a care.
He and his wife, Maia, don't sweat even the most significant ordeals they may face. He's been through so many monumental issues in his life, he says the ordinary day-to-day problems that plague any young couple don't even register.
Josh Burkman May Face Forrest Petz at UFC 77
“The Ultimate Fighter 2” cast member and UFC welterweight contender Josh Burkman (8-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will likely face Forrest Petz (13-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at Cincinnati’s UFC 77 event on Oct. 20, UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) has learned.
Arona talks about his future
The Brazilian fighter from BTT had a quick chat with the guys from tatame.com.br on the beach before going surfing, in Rio.
"All is cool, I'm training normally, but not too hard as I have no fight coming up. What I want is to enter the cage in the UFC soon, but I have been told by the UFC management that they won't be using me just yet, so it's out of my hands right now.
I think that the LHW division right now is awesome, and for sure it's the more exciting at the moment, if it was difficult before, imagine it now with all the Pride guys coming in..
I also think that Henderson will take the belt, but Rampage gets him in a good position, things can go the other way. Machida is very dangerous right now and getting better. Shogun will try to take Forest to the floor and will try to do his thing.." Said Arona.
New Jon Fitch Interview!
FightHype.com recently caught up with rising UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch to discuss his upcoming clash with Diego Sanchez at UFC 76. Check out his thoughts on Sanchez and don't miss what he had to say about his training as he talks about how his teammates, Mike Swick and Josh Koscheck, are looking as they prepare for their own fights.
Kongo wants winner of GG/Couture!
Rohit Verma had a chance to talk to Cheick Kongo before his upcoming fight against Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 75 in London, England.
Kongo holds a professional MMA record of 10-3-1, including wins over Joop Kasteel and Assuerio Silva. The French heavyweight is known for his striking, specifically his knees from the clinch.
New Dan Henderson Interview
Irish Whip Fighting sat down with the one and only PRIDE FC Middleweight and Welterweight Champion, Dan "Hollywood" Henderson. We got his thoughts on PRIDE vs. UFC, Wanderlei Silva, his upcoming title fight with Rampage Jackson, if he plans to move down to Middleweight, and much more!
Chuck Talks Jardine
The "Iceman," Chuck Liddell, steps back in the Octagon September 22 at UFC 76 to take on Keith Jardine. Liddell spoke with MMAWeekly about the Jardine fight.
Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings
For the first time Sherdog.com is releasing official rankings spanning eight weight divisions. This is not a ranking based upon skill. Simply, the Sherdog.com ranking takes into account what fighters have accomplished in the ring or cage.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Nate Mohr Likely Set for UFC 76
Jeremy Stephens (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who was recently granted a temporary leave from the UFC and picked up a win in a smaller Iowa-based organization last month, will return to the Octagon at UFC 76, where he’ll take on Nate Mohr (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) has learned.
The Huntington Beach Businessman
Love him or hate him, there is no denying the impact “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has on the continuing evolution of mixed martial arts. In fact, the mere mention of his name is usually enough to start a heated debate between UFC enthusiasts.
Is he one of the world’s top light-heavyweights destined to recapture gold?
Or is he a B-level fighter who’s mastered the art of self-promotion?
There is no right or wrong answer, just opinions that are as diverse as his fan base.
Fabricio Werdum joins Chute Box
Chute Boxe coach Master Rafael Cordeiro has confirmed that Fabricio Werdum has officially joined the team.
“He is a heavy fighter, very strong and big and can be very fast as well. I am sure that this new partnership will give us more and more happiness,” stated Cordeiro.
Bonnar vs. Schafer
Light heavyweights Stephan Bonnar (10-4) and Eric Schafer (7-2-2) will clash at UFC 77 on October 20, according to a recent MySpace blog post from “Red.”
I feel Bonnar has better standup and Schafer might be better on the ground. I think it will be a chess match and end up a decision for Bonnar.