UFC 80: Alessio Sakara vs. James Lee
Light heavyweights Alessio Sakara (11-6) and James Lee (12-2) will throwdown at UFC 80: “Rapid Fire” at The Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on January 19, 2008.
MMAmania (www.mmamania.com) first learned about the match up earlier this morning from members of the Sakara management team. In addition, representatives indicated that this will be the last fight for Sakara at 205 pounds in the near future — he plans to dip down to middleweight (185 pounds) regardless of the result in the United Kingdom.
Brad Imes Cruises At PFC 5
Brad Imes decided to forgo the gogoplata in favor of a more traditional route to victory Saturday night in his Palace Fighting Championship debut.
Imes (10-3) routed previously unbeaten Chris Blair in the main event at PFC 5 “Beatdown in 4 Bears,” as he roared to a TKO victory 4:13 into round one at the 4 Bears Casino in New Town, N.D. The heavyweight runner-up on season two of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Imes has reeled off five consecutive wins – all of them by stoppage, all of them inside one round. He had won his two previous bouts by gogoplata submission.
Tompkins revealed this weekend that the IFL had withdrawn Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Wagnney Fabiano from the 155-pound final against the undefeated Horodecki on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. and replaced him with Shad Lierley.
Tompkins said Fabiano would instead fight for the soon-to-be minted featherweight (under 145 pounds) championship Dec. 29. No opponent has been announced. The IFL plans to use its year-end event as a staging point to launch the new weight class, according to Tompkins.
“I believe the IFL, in that show, is going to start a 145-pound division, and Wagnney will be fighting for a 145-pound title,” Tompkins said. “We’re big fans of Wagnney Fabiano. Obviously, he’s waved the Canadian flag for [the Toronto Dragons]. We hope he becomes the 145-pound champion.”
UFC 81: Tito Ortiz wants to fight the Rashad-Bisping winner in February
While in Edmonton, Canada, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz discusses his intentions for the future. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was supposed to headline the the upcoming UFC 78: “Validation” card on November 17; however, talks broke down and Michael Bisping filled his spot against “Sugar.” Ortiz has one fight remaining on his current UFC contract.
Six Reasons why Houston Alexander Fights
Houston Alexander doesn’t hear a thing.
Despite the roar of the crowd, the thumping beat of the entrance music blaring through arena speakers, and the shouts of his opponent’s cornermen, as well as his own team’s, nothing breaks the Nebraska fighter’s focus when he enters the Octagon. He stares across at his opponent, who - for the next 15 minutes or less - will try to hurt him, make him bleed, or most importantly, take away what he has fought so hard for over the last six years.
Houston Alexander Is All About Perspective
“The fight with Keith (Jardine), the fight with (Alessio) Sakara, all this happened for a reason and if my reason is to bring some type of excitement to the UFC to kind of jumpstart it a little bit, if that’s my job, so be it.” His opponent in New Jersey will be Chute Boxe and Team Link fighter Thiago Silva, who is currently sporting an undefeated record and fights with a tremendous amount of intensity.
“Thiago (Silva) likes to come out the same way,” said Alexander. “He likes to come out and start striking from the footage I’ve seen and I like doing the same. If you’ve got two guys who like doing the same thing, you’re going to find some fireworks somewhere in the fight.”
In his two fights so far in the UFC, Alexander has dispatched of his opponents in a total of less than two minutes and he’s looking for another quick finish against Silva. “Here’s a hint. We’re trying to keep it under two minutes,” he said with confidence. “Even after this third fight, we’re trying to keep it under two minutes.”
Thiago Silva Unphased By Alexander's Fast KO's
Currently sporting an undefeated professional record, which includes being 2-0 inside the Octagon, Thiago Silva looks to keep his winning streak intact when he faces upstart light heavyweight Houston Alexander at Ultimate Fighting Championship 78 on Saturday in Newark, N.J.
When in Brazil, Silva trains at the famed Chute Boxe academy. He has also recently started working with Marco Alvan and Team Link in the United States, but Silva is quick to point out that he works with both teams and never broke away from Chute Boxe. “I want to make sure people understand that I never left Chute Boxe and never left Macaco,” said Silva in an interview with MMAWeekly. “I am part of Team Link because it is the union of the schools. Macaco and Marco are great friends and work together to build new champions with the union of Team Link.”
While in the United States, he feels it is the best place to prepare him for what his upcoming fight will offer working closely with Alvan and other UFC fighters such as Gabriel Gonzaga.
MMA Fighter Kills Girlfriend, Then Himself
MMA fighter Bobby Joe Suggs, a 29-year-old MMA fighter in California, apparently killed himself a day after killing a female acquaintance last Wednesday in Fresno. Suggs' mother & brother also were arrested.
Suggs had a 5-2 MMA record, losing his last fight in July '06. Not the kind of news MMA needs coming out right now, or ever for that matter.
Micheal Bisping: "Give me one more chance."
Micheal Bisping recently sat down with Kevin Iole to look back on his behavior after winning one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history. He also sheds new insight into why he acted the way he did during the news conference. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
Bisping On Whether He Won The Fight Or Not:
"Even a very good friend of mine, that night, he came up to me and said, 'You know mate, to be honest, I think you lost that fight,' " Bisping said. "Of course I care what people think, especially because I'm not that kind of a guy," Bisping said. "If you read the Internet message boards after that fight, I think I was more hated than Saddam Hussein.
UFC Refuses To Film Wanderlei Silva At Xtreme Couture
According to Dave Meltzer of thewrestlingobserver, the UFC has recently completed filming another edition of "All Access" featuring Wanderlei Silva.
Silva, who trains at Xtreme Couture, was told that they would not film him training at Couture's gym and anyone involved in the shoot was told that they could not wear Xtreme Couture gear during filming.
The shoot was instead filmed at the UFC gym and Xyience training center.
Fedor Defends Combat Sambo World Championship
Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) won the open-weight division of the 31st Combat Sambo World Championship on Nov. 10 in Prague. With the win, the 31-year-old Russian, widely regarded as the No. 1 heavyweight fighter in the world, defended the title he won two years ago in the Czech Republic capital.
To do so, he had to step on the mats only once. The 220-plus-pound representative from Uzbekistan did not show in Prague, thus giving Fedor a bye to the semifinals. There he quickly took out a Bulgarian fighter via choke to set up a meeting with a Ukrainian competitor in the finals.
Much to Fedor's chagrin, the Ukrainian fighter, who had defeated UFC veteran Kristof Midoux (Pictures) in the other semifinal, did not turn up either, handing Fedor the victory.
CRO-COP says he has 5 or 6 fights left
Good news . I had the same nose surgery after it got broken for the 3rd time, and I can tell you I felt like I was gonna snort up all the oxygen in the world after they took the packing out. Hopefully this will lead to him returning to form. From Mirko's official site.
Kimbo Ready to Turn it Up a Notch
When Internet street fighting legend Kevin Ferguson (a.k.a. “Kimbo Slice”) decided to make his transition into mixed martial arts back in June against former boxing champion Ray Mercer, many people thought it was a publicity stunt. Little did they know how serious he had taken his new profession. After quickly submitting Mercer in less than a minute, people started looking at Kimbo Slice a little more seriously.
Kimbo Ready For A Big Slice Of MMA
Kevin Ferguson, aka Kimbo Slice, wasn't taken seriously at first when he wanted to give MMA a try. But he's taken it seriously and is ready to prove it on tonight's EliteXC event.
Perhaps the best line of the interview on his training: "I haven't had sex in four months." Priceless.
Dana White Again Changes Tune On Sherk
Once again Dana White is saying different things about the Sean Sherk situation. The latest: He'll get a UFC Lightweight Title shot when he returns.
This is just getting too crazy. The CSAC needs to get this thing over with.