The EXC-UFC War Of Words Continues
Once again EliteXC President Gary Shaw has less-than-kind words for UFC President Dana White. His latest comments relate to UFC's dominance in the market and how EXC's emergence has forced UFC to make changes, among other topics.
Octagon Girls Featured on E! Tonight
Tune in to the E! Original Special tonight as they profile the famed Octagon Girls of the UFC in a Countdown of Las Vegas' 12 Sexiest Jobs. The special premieres tonight at 6pm ET/PT and features an up-close look at UFC Octagon Girls Arianny Celeste and Edith Larente.
UFC Close to Budweiser Sponsorship?
Multiple sources within the industry have told MMAPayout.com that the UFC is on the verge of consummating a deal with Budweiser. Negotiations reportedly began as part of the UFC's negotiations with CBS. Once the CBS deal stalled, conversations continued between the UFC, Budweiser, and Spike TV.
It should be noted that none of the sources referenced are parties to the negotiations (i.e. placed within the UFC or Budweiser). As a result, the above report should be considered rumor or informed speculation at best. It also bears mentioning that the situation is fluid and can change quickly, as evidenced by similar situations with the UFC and HBO/CBS.
Breaking News: Saturday's WCO Event Cancelled
Saturday's Valor promoted World Cagefighting Organization card at the San Diego Sports Arena has been cancelled by the California State Athletic Commission due to funding issues, Sherdog.com learned Saturday afternoon.
Problems arose Friday evening after the CSAC learned that funding had not been secured to pay the athletes who were to compete on the card.
"At the eleventh hour, the commission was informed there were insufficient funds to pay the fighters," CSAC executive director Armando Garcia told Sherdog.com. "In the end, we had to cancel the event."
UFC 85: Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva fight possible
There’s significant a light heavyweight showdown in the works between Rashad Evans (11-0-1) and Thiago Silva (12-0) that could go down during the pay-per-view (PPV) event slated for May 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada, which will likely be dubbed UFC 85, according to multiple sources ( and .)
If the fight takes place it will feature two of the top contenders in the crowded 205-pound division, as well as ensure that one of the combatants leaves the Octagon with the first loss on his record and the other remains undefeated with serious designs on an eventual title shot.
Evans — the heavyweight winner on season two of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) — most recently dispatched of Michael Bisping via split decision at UFC 78: “Validation” in November 2007. He holds UFC wins over Sam Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert and Sean Salmon, as well as a draw against Tito Ortiz.
The ChuteBoxe-trained Silva has been perfect (3-0) since his Octagon debut, finishing all three of his opponents in impressive fashion (sans James Irvin). The Brazilian stunned a few folks with his technical knockout of Houston Alexander at UFC 78.
However, the win came as no surprise for those who have followed the career of Silva — he’s a very dangerous fighter.
This is a solid match up that will certainly help determine somewhat of a pecking order in the light heavyweight division. Title shots in this weight class will be few and far between in 2008, however, because of the participation of Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin on the upcoming season of TUF 7 that is set to debut in April.
UFC 85 will also likely feature the lightweight championship bout between the winner of BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson against top contender, Sean Sherk.
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le Set for March 29
Strikeforce and Elite XC will present their second joint show, headlined by Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le in a five-round fight for the Strikeforce middleweight title, on March 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
A news conference involving both promotions to officially announce the fight is expected to take place some time next week. The event will air live on Showtime and include two matches from Strikeforce, two from Elite XC, and one match pitting a Strikeforce fighter against an Elite XC fighter.
No other matches are finalized for the show, but it is expected Gilbert Melendez will defend the Strikeforce lightweight title and that Jake Shields will also be fighting on the show.
Not So Fast-Baroni's Next Fight Not Set
Although the Japanese World Victory Road promotion announced Phil Baroni for it's March 5 event, that announcement seems to be premature. Baroni's manager said such a deal has not been signed and they're still weighing a number of offers.
Two fights off WCO card
Tiki / Ambrose is off (Ambrose no-show at weigh-in)
Marrero / Magalhaes is off because Marrero declined the fight
Kerr / Roufus has been changed since Roufus couldn't get licensed
New Fedor interview
As translated by a Sherdogger:
Happy New Year, Fedor! I imagine that you've started 2008 feeling good.
Yes. I'm feeling very good (smile)
After your fight yesterday, it looked like you were more delighted than usual. Was this a special victory for you?
It was. Actually, friends of mine came all the way from Russia to support me. During the fight I heard them cheering, so that probably explains my facial expression.
Were there any particular reasons why your friends came to Japan to watch you fight this time?
It wasn't really that I invited them. They said they wanted to come.
I see. They wanted to see you fight in Japan at least once.
I think so. They had never been to Japan before. I think watching the fights live in person got their adrenaline going.
I think it was their first time to see you greeted by the fans with such a warm welcome in such a huge arena. Did they mention their thoughts after the fight?
They were surprised to see such a large crowd cheering and felt a sense of pride. (smile)
It seemed that you received louder cheers this time than usual. Did you sense that?
Yes I felt it. That kind of support and that kind of arena atmosphere - that's why I came back to Japan. It makes me happy.
So, as long as that kind of support is there, will you continue to fight in Japan?
Can you give us your impressions on the fight with Hong Man Choi?
He's such a huge and powerful fighter. He's the biggest and strongest fighter I've ever faced. In that sense, I couldn't match up with him in the strength department so I was taken down. But I was confident that I could win with technique, and was able to beat him with a joint lock.
So was Choi stronger than you expected?
No I wouldn't say more than I expected. Before the fight, I calmly analyze analyze the opponent so I never underestimate him. Because of that I almost never get surprised or panic. But when I went to take him down, I was surprised when he went for the takedown himself. I thought he would keep it standing.
I was surprised to see you get taken down twice.
But if the ropes weren't there on the second takedown, I would have taken him down. He was leaning against the rope to defend the takedown.
What did you think of Choi's ground and pound? You didn't get hit much but your face is a bit swollen.
My face isn't swollen from the punches. It's from my face rubbing the canvas.
So he particularly didn't have any effective offense..
No he didn't. Like I said before, he is huge and powerful and was a difficult opponent. But he didn't have an effective attack.
When you got him in an armbar the first time, was he able to escape because his arms are so long that you couldn't get the leverage?
Actually, the first armbar was in deep. I heard his arm pop a couple of times. But when he lifted me, my position changed a bit and lost the angle. I didn't think I could finish him and didn't want to use any unnecessary energy so I let go. I didn't want to make the same mistake the second time, so I made sure it (armbar) was tight.
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 01.12.08
Should Georges St. Pierre really be ranked ahead of Anderson Silva on p4p charts? What kind of edge if any does marijuana provide before a fight? Will Matt Hamill defeat Stephan Bonnar on TUF 7 lead-in show? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction.
Penn wants St Pierre rematch
BJ PENN has revealed he wants a rematch with Georges St Pierre and says he would beat the Canadian sensation if they clashed again.
‘The Prodigy’ lost to St Pierre at UFC 58 by split decision but claims the outcome would be different next time round.
He said: “Fighting GSP is all I think about every day. A rematch would be very good and I’ll make sure that I will 100 per cent guarantee victory if we fight again."
Well if Penn wins next weekend and then wins in May against Sherk, I would love to see this happen as a fan. I think Penn would get his ass handed to him though, GPS has improved so much as a fighter since they last fought. I must say though as for rematches I would love to see, this would be one of the top 5.
UFC Signs Croatian Grappler
Mirko Cro Cop now has some company in UFC. Fellow Croatian Goran Reljic, a grappler with a perfect 8-0 MMA record, has signed with UFC and may debut at UFC 83 on March 8.
Former TUF Fighter Released
Dorian Price had a short stay on The Ultimate Fighter 6, and an even shorter stay in UFC. He has been released from his contract by UFC and will head to the Miami Gracie Academy for training.
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le
Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le on the second Strikeforce and EliteXC joint show scheduled for March 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. according to Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports.
UFC Signs French Fighter Samy Schiavo to Four-Fight Deal
With the UFC committed to expanding its European fan base, the search for international talent continues.
One benefactor of the recruiting? Frenchman Samy Schiavo (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
According to our friends at the German site groundandpound.de, Schiavo’s trainer and manager has confirmed that the lightweight has signed a new contract with the UFC. The 32-year-old scored a four-fight deal that will assure the fighter appears on some 2008 European fight cards.
There’s no word on when Schiavo will make his octagon debut, though the UFC has an event tentatively scheduled for March 8 in London, England.
Thiago Silva Interview
Interview with Thiago Silva, he talks about finding a camp in the United States, his thoughts on his former teamates shogun and wandy, and announces that he will be facing Rashad in May.
Kenny Florian Confirms April 2 Fight with Joe Lauzon
Kenny Florian (7-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 1” middleweight runner-up who parlayed the TV appearance into a top contender’s standing in the UFC’s lightweight division, has confirmed he’ll next fight Joe Lauzon (16-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2.
Davis' change led to success
It didn't take too many occurrences of signing for a $15,000 purse and walking home with just $5,000 to sour Marcus Davis on professional boxing.
He was, he says proudly, a fighter all his life and he was going to find a way to fight one way or another.
But boxing was making him a miserable person and the man known as “The Irish Hand Grenade” finally had gotten fed up.
"I just had so many issues and problems, with management and other things, and I was in and out of court so much with all of that," Davis said. "I pretty much got tired of the dirty aspect of boxing. I'd get half — or less — of what I was promised (in a purse). I wasn't getting the fights I wanted. Things weren't going in the direction I wanted.
"After a while, I couldn't stomach it any more. It was making me sick. Literally. I had to get away from it."
Baroni to Japan - Phil Baroni Takes the World Victory Road
Fledgling Japanese mixed martial arts promotion World Victory Road on Friday announced that Phil Baroni would face Sanae Kikuta at its March 5 event at the Yoyogi National Stadium Gym in Tokyo.
The fight marks Baroni’s return to competition following a six-month suspension due to a positive drug test for Boldenone following his June 22 Strikeforce bout against Frank Shamrock. He became eligible to regain his license in California on Dec. 22.