Franklin’s keys to reclaiming the title
Holding on to a title in MMA isn’t easy. Just ask the six champions who left the UFC Octagon without their belts in the last 12 months.
It all started when Anderson Silva stopped Rich Franklin to win the UFC middleweight crown on October 14, 2006, at UFC 64. At the very next UFC pay-per-view event, Georges St-Pierre knocked out Matt Hughes to win the 170-lb crown in a one-sided affair. A few months later, Randy Couture came out of retirement and shocked the world by pounding out Tim Sylvia to win the heavyweight crown at UFC 68.
Aurelio-Caudillo LIkely Rounding Out UFC 78
Luke Caudillo confirmed yesterday he will fight Marcus Aurelio at UFC 78 in November, which may round out the card.
It's likely a must-win for both guys as they're both coming off losses, although Aurelio's losing streak in UFC would hit 4 if he drops this one.
TKO'd! Long-expected And "Guaranteed" UFC-HBO Deal Dead
The long-talked about deal between UFC and the pay TV network HBO, which Dana White "guaranteed by the end of 2007", is officially dead. No specific reasons except the business models not making sense.
Bad for HBO, but potentially very good for Spike and fans who don't or can't get HBO, this could mean more free UFC events on Spike. Dana can't be too happy about this right now, yet another grand master plan blowing up in his face.
TUF main event....
Since joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Clay Guida has put on some of the most exciting fights the lightweight division has ever seen. Now he gets a chance to ply his craft in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Finale on Dec. 8, as he faces popular fighter Roger Huerta.
“I think it was more timing that anything,” said Guida of his sudden rise to main event status. “I was out at Ultimate Fight Night a couple weeks ago at the Palms and Joe Silva approached me and mentioned it. It sounded like a good fight for the both of us. This has fight of the year written all over it.”
“Fight of the year” indeed, as both Guida and Huerta have been involved in bouts that left fans muttering such words.
UFC 78 Update
Houston Alexander (8-1) and Thiago Silva (11-0) will clash in a hard-hitting light heavyweight bout at UFC 78: “Validation” on November 17 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., according to UFC.com.
Babalu Signs With HCF in Canada
Former light heavyweight contender Renato “Babalu” Sobral has signed a three-fight deal with the quickly-developing Canadian promotion Hardcore Championship Fighting according to manager Ken Pavia. Now the Brazilian will be featured in both the North and South - San Jose-based Strikeforce announced the signing of the 32-year-old at their event last Saturday at the Playboy Mansion.
The Spider’s Web - Part One
When you’re a champion in mixed martial arts, there is no off-season, no time to take a few weeks off for vacation or to bask in the glory of being the best at what you do. So when you ask UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva about the training camp for his highly-anticipated rematch with Rich Franklin at UFC 77 on October 20th, and when it began, he just smiles.
Sherk passes lie detector test
Sean Sherk passed a lie detector test saying that he did not knowingly use steroids. While certainly not conclusive, it can’t hurt his chances at getting his suspension over turned or at the very least reduced.
CFFC 6 Event Officially Off
Cage Fury Fighting Championships just announced that their upcoming event on October 12, to have featured Tank Abbott vs. Kimbo Slice, is now cancelled.
Money talks above all others, and here the money said thanks but no thanks.
Michael Bisping On Why Rashad Next
The Fight Network recently spoke to Michael Bisping, and one of the topics discussed was his next fight against fellow TUF winner Rashad Evans.
Pretty much confirms why he's not fighting Hamill next and his feelings on how he fits into the title picture right now.
Cro Cop's UFC Future In Doubt?
According to this report below, it seems that Mirko Cro Cop isn't talking and there are rumblings he might be about done in UFC.
Let the "biggest bust to date in UFC" bantering begin.
Mark Coleman Wants Randy Couture?
In a recent phone interview from Japan, former UFC and PRIDE grand Prix Champion Mark Coleman was asked who he would want to face next in MMA, and his answer eventually was Randy Couture.
Not a big surprise there, would likely be a great fight and Coleman seems to look at it as being a great accomplishment at this point in his career.
Stephan Bonnar Featured In New MMA Reality Series
Raw Vegas TV, an internet-only channel about all things Las Vegas, announced today the premiere of a new reality series following UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar as he prepares for UFC 77. The show can be seen on demand and online.
This sounds like a great concept based on UFC's "Countdown To" and "All Access" pre-PPV programming, another way to allow fans to get up close with and follow their favorite fighters.
Nogueira vs. Kongo Likely in Early 2008
A rumored bout between heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (30-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Cheick Kongo (11-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will likely take place in early 2008 — not at UFC 79 in December as was first reported — says Dave Meltzer of FOX Sports.
Matt Hamill “in Shock” Over UFC 78’s Evans-Bisping Booking
UFC light heavyweight Matt Hamill, who lost a controversial split decision to Michael Bisping last month at UFC 75 (and subsequently was promised an immediate rematch), is “in shock” after learning that Bisping will first fight Rashad Evans at UFC 78.
The former cast member from “The Ultimate Fighter 3” posted a message on his personal website, matthamill.com, saying he “got hosed by the judges in London” and that he is now getting the same treatment from Bisping and the UFC.
Shogun Undergoes Knee Surgery
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua recently had surgery on his left knee to repair his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) according to a statement from his publicist, Julio Heller.
Dr. Mario Namba, the chief doctor for the Brazilian Gymnastic Confederation, performed the surgery. Namba has also treated Shogun’s former Chute Boxe teammate Wanderlei Silva.
White fears for Franklin's future
UFC president Dana White fears for Rich Franklin’s career if he loses his rematch with Anderson Silva.
The pair will fight for the middleweight title at UFC 77 in Cincinatti on October 20 and Silva has claimed in our exclusive video below that the fight will be one of the greatest in UFC history.