UFC Fight Night 13 Preview
It’s finally here: the 13th installment of the live fight show that is part of what took the Ultimate Fighting Championship to new heights. Returning to Colorado – the birthplace of the UFC – to the Broomfield Event Center is the largest organization in the world. Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon will square off in a lightweight bout to end the night, but this card is packed with 11 other fights, each and every one of them more compelling than the last. The event is going to be three hours on Spike TV, and it will be followed by the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 7, where Forrest Griffin and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be coaches before they fight for Jackson’s light heavyweight title this summer. This will be a great night for any fight fan, and you’ll be sorry if you miss it. Let’s get started with the breakdown.
More headaches for YAMMA organizers (Goodgridge KO'd)
Veteran fighter Gary Goodridge (23-15-1), who was scheduled to fight Eric "Butterbean" Esch (10-5-1) in a "Masters Superfight" at YAMMA Pit Fighting's debut show, suffered a knockout at an event this past weekend.
The KO, which came to Mu Bae Choi in South Korea, has also knocked Goodridge out of the April 11 YAMMA event.
According to a New Jersey Athletic Control Board representative who spoke to fiveouncesofpain.com, Goodridge will not be cleared to fight at next weekend's event due to concerns over health and safety.
The 25 Toughest Athletes (w/ 2 faces you might recognize)
Let's start a barroom argument. Who are the toughest athletes in sports? Well, hang on a second. How do you define tough? The ability to take and deliver a shot or ten? To play hurt and still play well? The utter refusal to give in to pressure, circumstance, or more physically imposing foe? To dominate one's opponents or even one's sport? How about the ability to overcome serious personal setbacks, such as a dire injury or illness, and return to the highest level of performance? How about sheer longevity in a punishing, demanding game?
We've considered all of those things while sorting through long lists of worthy candidates. Our Top 25 (in order, says us) contains some surprising choices. We've also put together a list of current notables in the four major pro sports and a photo gallery of the greatest old school toughs -- legends who are no longer active, surely to the relief of their beleaguered foes.
TUF's Top Seven Moments
This week Forbes published an article on getting bullied at work and how to spot it and avoid it. While I can spot it, I haven't seemed to learn how to avoid it.
Three years and six seasons ago, "The Ultimate Fighter" made history by being the first show to showcase MMA in a reality television setting and changed the course of the sport forever. On the eve of the seventh season (SpikeTV, Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET/PT), my work bully asked me to whip up the seven best moments in TUF history as I see them. No polls or DVR -- just the best moments of TUF in my memory of having covered every episode.
Since the show is "reality," 90 percent of it comes from forced drama thanks to the situations and careful editing. With all due respect to the great fights we've seen and the epic moments, like watching chicks fall off horses, here are the top seven moments that stick out in my mind.
Kimbo vs James Thompson Official
The rumored match up between Kimbo Slice (2-0) and James Thompson (14-8) is apparently booked for the CBS Saturday Night Fights EliteXC main event at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on May 31, according to Carson’s Corner.
Looks like Kimbo vs. Thompson is gonna happen for sure. What do you guys think about this being the first main event on network television?
Tim Sylvia wants to fight the best
With multiple promotions in the United States including EliteXC, Strikeforce, the as yet unannounced Affliction/Golden Boy Promotion team and several more in Japan, Sylvia said he intends on fighting “six or seven” times next year.
His contract with Adrenaline is non-exclusive, so the bigger question may just be which promotions he might materialize in.
“All of the above,” Sylvia said with a laugh. “Whoever is willing to fight me. I’ll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere, any place. So if they come up with the money everyone else is matching, I’m going to go there and fight.”
One fight in particular that seems to peek Sylvia’s interest is a match-up with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, who is currently a free agent searching for a new home.
“I have the utmost respect for that guy,” Sylvia commented about Fedor. “He’s ranked No. 1 in the world. I want to challenge myself, and I want to fight him. No doubt in my mind. It’s the best fight out there for the both of us right now. You know he hasn’t fought any No. 1 contenders in a while and I think he needs to be tested and I want to be tested. I think it’s a great fight for me, it’s a great fight for him, and I think we need to make that fight happen.”
The list of top heavyweights available for Sylvia to fight keeps growing and the former heavyweight champ said he hopes to fight soon. He is currently eyeing a fight in May, June or July.
UFC Fight Night 13 weigh-in results
155 lbs.: Kenny Florian (155.5) vs. Joe Lauzon (156)
170 lbs.: Karo Parisyan (171) vs. Thiago Alves (171)
205 lbs.: Matt Hamill (204) vs. Tim Boetsch (206)
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz (156) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (155)
205 lbs.: Houston Alexander (205) vs. James Irvin (205)
155 lbs.: Frank Edgar (155.5) vs. Gray Maynard (155)
170 lbs.: George Sotiropoulos (169.5) vs. Roman Mitichyan (170.5)
155 lbs.: Clay Guida (156) vs. Samy Schiavo (155)
155 lbs.: Manny Gamburyan (155.5) vs. Jeff Cox (155)
155 lbs.: Din Thomas (156) vs. Josh Neer (155)
155 lbs.: Marcus Aurelio (154.5) vs. Ryan Roberts (155.5)
170 lbs.: Tommy Speer (170) vs. Anthony Johnson (169.5)
Strikeforce/EliteXC official salaries: Le and Shamrock share $500,000
Main event winner and new Strikeforce world middleweight champion Cung Le ($200,000) and former title-holder Frank Shamrock ($300,000) split 75 percent of the total fight purse from Saturday's Strikeforce/EliteXC main event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today obtained the total fighter payroll from the California State Athletic Commission.
Saturday's event, which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., drew 15,192 attendees (14,710 paid) for a total live gate of $1,117,855.
The total disclosed payroll for the show was $667,850.
The full amounts included:
Cung Le ($200,000) def. Frank Shamrock ($300,000)
Drew Fickett ($10,000) def. Jae S. Lim ($3,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Gabe Lemley ($7,000)
Wayne Cole ($10,000) def. Mike Kyle ($10,000)
Joey Villasenor ($36,000) def. Ryan Jensen ($6,000)
Billy Evangelista ($10,000) def Marlon Sims ($2,500)
Tiki Ghosn ($8,000) def. Luke Stewart ($6,000)
Darren Uyenoyama ($4,000) def. Anthony Figueroa ($2,000)
Jesse Jones ($2,150) def. Jesse Gillespie ($1,200)
"Win" bonuses went to Fickett ($5,000), Cole ($5,000), Villasenor ($18,000), Evangelista ($5,000) Ghosn ($2,000), Uyenoyama ($2,000) and Jones ($500).
Mark Kerr and Ricco Rodriguez added to YAMMA card
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (27-8) has been added to YAMMA Pit Fighting's eight-man heavyweight tournament, and two-time UFC tournament winner Mark Kerr (15-6) will fight in a "Masters Superfight" YAMMA bout vs. Oleg Taktarov (15-5-2).
The full card for the event now includes:
Mark Kerr vs. Oleg Taktarov
Eric "Butterbean" Esch vs. Gary Goodridge
- FRANK MIR TO FIGHT JUSTIN McCULLY AT UFC 86
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Frank Mir will fight Justin McCully on July 5 in Las Vegas, sources close to both camps have confirmed. Bout agreements have been signed, adding the first heavyweight match-up to a card headlined by Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin.
Wanderlei Silva Responds To Comments Made By Rampage Jackson
"i'm always watching out for the comments here (in the blog) and in PVT (portaldovaletudo.com.br). for my surprise i saw that someone changed my nickname from Axe Murderer to Chump Murderer, but what i have to say is that the nickname is only aplied to one person because the only chump i fought was Quinton (Jackson).
Kenny Florian wasn't supposed to be a fighter.
He was a smart kid. Focused, always smiling.
His parents, immigrants from Peru, preached hard work and education. That's how his father, Augustin, had become a surgeon. He wanted Kenny to be a lawyer. He also wanted his children to be able to defend themselves, though.
The Florians were essentially the lone Latino family in a neighborhood about 25 miles outside of Boston. Augustin had earned a black belt in judo and maintained a fierce loyalty for Latino boxers. Didn't matter if his man was 1-40.
The Perfect Storm: Alexander-Irvin
It has become a grossly overused phrase, so much so that its mere utterance causes readers to cringe at its mind-numbing regularity in our sporting lexicon.
But every once in a great while, the stars really do properly align and that special mix of elements actually comes together to form the perfect storm—an awe-inspiring hurricane that wreaks unmatched havoc on the environment, leaving a lasting trail of carnage in its wake.
Many fans watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship hoping to witness just such a perfect storm inside the Octagon. They want to see “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler versus Tommy “Hitman” Hearns inside a cage. Better yet, they want to see Chuck Liddell versus Wanderlei Silva end in a knockout.
Houston Alexander Reader Q&A
MMAjunkie.com: With you having the big win over Keith Jardine, he's got the big fight coming up with Wanderlei Silva. What's your take on that fight? (from reader "Bushswinger")
Houston Alexander: Should be an interesting fight. I think Wanderlei is going to want to get inside, and Keith's not going to try to give him the opportunity to do that. If Keith can do the same thing he did against Liddell, he's got a great chance. That's a tough call. Both of those guys have a puncher's chance. It should be an interesting fight.
MMAjunkie.com: I know you never want to talk too much about specific strategy or specific gameplan, but can you comment on what we should expect to see from you guys this fight? Are we going to see anything different? (from reader "Riley")
Mick Doyle: Expect to see gogoplatas and flying armbars.
Joe Lauzon one IT guy you don't want to anger
A word of warning to office workers everywhere: The next time you feel the urge to curse the geeky-looking IT guy you think caused your laptop to crash, breathe deeply and avoid the smart-alecky comment.
The Mister Peepers-looking guy could be another harmless nerd, but, then again, he could also be Joe Lauzon.
Lauzon is the baby-faced one-time network administrator who looks like he's still in junior high but fights like he's the toughest guy on the block.
Which, in most cases, it turns out he is.