Joachim, UFC, and Shooto
Joachim Hansen talks about his Pride/Zuffa contract, what he's been up to, and his up coming fight in Shooto.
Dana and company talk about honoring contracts and look at this. Joachim is a very exciting fighter too.
Canadian Promoter Working For Legalization
MMAWeekly caught up with Jack Bateman to speak about the MMA event that took place at the Six Nations Native Reservation in Canada this past weekend. Bateman was one of the individuals who helped run the event, while the financing came from a multi-millionaire business mogul from. Bateman is a student of Warrior Martial Arts in Newmarket, Ontario and works as an electrician during the day although he hopes to one day to become a full-time MMA promoter.
Rashad Evans' Road to 78 - Week Two
Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be nice. I was trying to be a nice guy here on this blog, and then Bisping went and made all these comments about me last week and now I’m training five times a day because he pissed me off. How is he gonna say that I’m making a mistake in saying what I did last week? I think I’ve got him sized up right and I wasn’t wrong about one thing I said about this guy. He surprised me when he fired back the way he did, but that’s exactly what I want to hear and I want him to believe what he’s saying. I want him to believe that he can go in there and knock me out. We’ll see on the 17th.
Sizing up the Middleweights -- Part II
Champions, elite challengers and blue chip prospects fill arenas with fans. But it is the rank and file fighters, the guys who bring their lunch pail into the Octagon, that truly give a division depth. Here’s a look at the rest of the UFC middleweight division.
Nate Marquardt Likely to Return at UFC 81
UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt (25-7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who currently has one fighting remaining on his UFC contract, is working on a new deal that would open the door for his return at UFC 81 in February.
...they just said he could be leaving
Possible Departures of Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami Thinning UFC’s Middleweight Division?
Despite his 25-7-2 record (including a 4-1 mark in the UFC), a top-10 worldwide middleweight ranking, and solid name recognition within the UFC, Nate Marquardt is still waiting for a call about his next fight.
Steve Sievert, our friend over at the Houston Chronicle, recently spoke to Marquardt’s agent. Marquardt has one fight remaining on his current deal, and according to the agent, the UFC hasn’t contacted his client about his next fight or to discuss a possible contract extension.
Because the UFC prefers to re-sign fighters before the final fights on their contracts, this doesn’t appear to be bode well for the seven-time King of Pancrase.
First MMA Sanctioning Body To Launch Next Week
The World Alliance Of Mixed Martial Arts, or WAMMA, MMA's first-ever sacntioning body, will launch next Wednesday in New York City. Several big names from MMA, boxing, and other fields will be in attendance, with Pat Miletich and Don Frye representing MMA.
This sounds like a great step forward for MMA in many aspects. Best of all, they've even got the catchy abbreviation already down!
Exclusive: Sean Sherk Talks CSAC & Interim Title
Since his fight on July 7 against Hermes Franca, Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk has been sitting in limbo following a positive test result for performance enhancing drugs.
He has twice been scheduled to have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission to resolve the accusations and twice the commission has issued a continuance to a future date.
“It makes me real angry,” said Sherk about the appeal process with the CSAC. “They had a lot of time to prepare for my case and they weren’t prepared and now I’m the one suffering for it. I’m the only one suffering in this whole situation. I mean, I’m sitting here and I feel kind of helpless.
A Case Of The Missing 'Bean
Xcess Fighting's debut card is set for tonight after yesterday's weigh-ins, although there was one big (literally) missing piece of the puzzle at the weigh-ins: Butterbean. The Super Heavyweight fighter, whose real name is Eric Esch, was to be in the main event but mysteriously no-showed.
Why Brock is fighting Frank Mir
Alot of people are wondering why Brock's first opponent is Frank Mir. Heres an interview with Brock where he specifically asked for an opponent with credentials.
""I'm looking to fight somebody with credentials. I'm not just talking Silver Medals in Judo. I want a belt. I've fought a lot of tomato cans. I've already had it. You know? I want a fillet Mignon. Let's do it, and do it right. I want to fight somebody, somebody that's got credentials because I've got them too. There isn't a wrestler, there isn't a heavyweight out there my size that has done the things I've done."
Brad Imes To Fight This Weekend
Former UFC Heavyweight and TUF 2 runner-up Brad Imes, now fighting in smaller MMA promotions and making a name for himself for winning via gogoplatas, is to fight for the Palace Fighting Championships promotion this weekend.
Imes has a tough main event ahead of him, but it'll be fun to see if he wins by gogoplata again. Also, it seems like this press release got Imes' record wrong (he's listed as 0-3).
Fedor Not Fighting on New Year's Eve
Fedor Emelianenko – currently ranked as the No.1 fighter in both MMAWeekly.com’s top ten heavyweight fighters and Yahoo! Sports’ top ten pound-for-pound poll – has been the subject of much rumor and speculation in recent months.
His signing with the new M-1 Global mixed martial arts promotion put much of that talk to rest, but it all sparked up again when speculation about him fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve started circulating.
That talk can now be put to rest as well.
HDNET Fights and Ring of Combat Partner
Atlantic City, NJ - Mark Cuban's HDNet Fights has partnered with Louis Neglia's Ring of Combat Ring of Combat in a deal that will air Ring of Combat on HDNet.
The partnership will debut with the broadcast of HDNet Fights Presents: Ring of Combat. The first telecast on HDNet will be of Neglia’s Ring of Combat Beasts of the Northeast Tournament Finals on November 30 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. HDNet will air the event at a later date to be determined.
The ‘Spider' Speaks
Sherdog.com recently caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to collect his thoughts on a second win over Rich Franklin (Pictures), the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking and the future of the 185-pound division, which The Spider has undoubtedly claimed as his own.
Q&A with UFC lightweight Spencer "The King" Fisher
Miletich Martial Arts fighter Spencer Fisher heads into UFC 78 in Newark, N.J. Nov. 17 to take on undefeated lightweight Frankie Edgar. Fisher endured a setback in his climb up the lightweight ladder when he lost via TKO to Hermes Franca at the beginning of this year, but the Iowan came back strong in June to avenge a loss to Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10.
Eklund, Not Etim, Faces Stout at UFC 80
Amidst rumors that Terry Etim would face Sam Stout at UFC 80 in January, it has now been confirmed that Per Eklund will instead face Stout, this according to Eklund's manager.
This will be Eklund's UFC debut, he has a 12-2-1 overall record and comes into this fight with 4 consecutive wins.