Ready for primetime: Jake Shields
Jake Shields will finally get his shot at the Elite XC welterweight championship belt on July 26 in Stockton, Calif., when he takes on Nick Thompson on the CBS “Saturday Night Fights” show entitled, “Unfinished Business.”
Over the past few months, injuries and a bizarre string of events involving Drew Fickett have put the first ever division title fight on hold. With a new opponent, and nothing holding him back now, he’ll look to claim the title that he feels has always been his anyway.
Most people who have seen the Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt compete believe he is among the top 170-pound fighters in the world. Still, others — perhaps those who have not seen him compete — feel he needs to prove himself against better competition before he can claim that status.
KALA HOSE TO DEFEND ICON TITLE ON AUGUST 2
ICON middleweight champion Kala “Kolohe” Hose will return to action and defend his belt on Aug. 2 against Rolando Dominique in an event to be held at the Blaisdell Arena in Hawaii.
Hose made an impressive showing to win the ICON middleweight title in March when he defeated former UFC and current EliteXC fighter Phil Baroni in an exiting match-up.
Following the fight with Baroni, it seemed Hose had a great many big fights ahead of him, but the Hawaiian was derailed in his next fight out. He lost by rear naked choke to Robert “Bubba” McDaniel in an undercard fight during the June 14 EliteXC show in his home state.
Michael Bisping: ''Fedor to Fight Tim Sylvia Injured''
Russian legend Emelianenko, 31, squares up against former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in a fight for new MMA promotion Affliction on 19 July.
But speaking exclusively to SunSport, British star Bisping, 29, claims The Last Emperor will go into the bout with 32-year-old American Sylvia at less than full fitness.
Bisping said: "It’s going to be good to see if Fedor is still the man but I’ve heard on the grapevine from inside sources that he could be injured."
"But this is time for Fedor to step up. Everyone knows what Tim Sylvia is all about but Fedor’s had an aura about him for a long time."
But Bisping admitted: "I think the fight will play out similar to when Randy Couture fought Tim Sylvia, but I’m picking Fedor to beat Tim."
Fighters Weigh In on Rampage-Griffin
In the aftermath of one of the more memorable main events of a major UFC -- Forrest Griffin (Pictures)'s unanimous decision over Quinton Jackson (Pictures) -- the Mandalay Bay Events Center became a maelstrom of reaction Saturday night.
here are some of the fighters take on the fight, and who they believed was the victor.
Cote Gets The Next Middleweight Shot!
Patrick Cote will be the next challenger for the Spider's belt and I just want to say that I am one hundred percent behind him for doing what no one else could!
Patrick Cote although very unlikely needs to beat Silva so all his little worshipers can come down from their mile high Anderson trip.
Silva is the best in the world don't get me wrong but he gets so overrated it makes me sick. I am tired of everyone talking of how unbeatable he is and I don't care who you are and how good you are you are NOT unbeatable at any point ever.
PS: I think it'd be sweet to because he'd be the first non-TUF winner to be a champion!
UFC 86 Fighter Payouts
The UFC 86 fighter payouts have been obtained from the NSAC. The total disclosed payouts were $943,000, with Forrest Griffin getting the most-$250,000.
Quick Quote: Brock Lesnar’s ‘back is against the wall’ with UFC 87 Heath Herring fight
“Heath is a younger guy, he definitely has a lot of experience and he’s a tough SOB. He’s a brawler and brings to the plate a whole variety of things that we’re looking at as a fighter. He’s well rounded with hands, feet and it’s a challenge for me, and I accepted the challenge when Mark pulled out. I’m looking at this fight where I’ve got a lot to gain and he has a lot to lose. My back is against the wall in this fight too, because I said from the beginning I wanted to fight credible opponents and that’s what Dana is handing me in Frank Mir and Heath Herring.”
Former WWE wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar tells the Baltimore Sun that there is a lot riding on his fight against Heath Herring at UFC 87: “Seek and Destroy” at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9. The relative newcomer to the sport has a 90-second submission loss to Frank Mir in his Octagon debut, the memory of which he will try and erase with a win over the very experienced “Texas Crazy Horse.”
'Dida' KOs Morkevicius at 'K-1 World Max Final 8'
DREAM lightweight Andre "Dida" Amade scored a first-round knockout over ZST veteran Remigijus Morkevicius Monday in a kickboxing bout at "K-1 World Max 2008 Final 8" in Toyko, Japan.
Amade dropped Morkevicius a total of three times before the Lithuanian had enough.
Ultimate Fighter set for another five seasons
When Amir Sadollah beat C.B. Dollaway to win The Ultimate Fighter title, that made seven completed seasons of the reality show. Filming for season 8 with Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as coaches has also wrapped up. The show is expected to debut sometime in September.
Now, we can expect many more seasons of the show to air in the future.
We will have twelve seasons of the Ultimate Fighter,” said Dana White, “We just finished shooting season 8.”
White still believes the show is great for grooming future UFC participants.
Ultimate Fighter is an amazing training camp for up and coming fighters,” said White.
Hungry to avenge loss, Brandon Vera to compete in two weight classes
Despite two straight losses in the UFC, Brandon Vera (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is still ready to take on the best in the world -- in two weight classes.
After a Vera loss to heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum in controversial fashion at June's UFC 85, critics again claimed that Vera was too small for the heavyweight division and needed to cut weight and compete at 205 pounds. In less than two weeks, Vera will do exactly that, against IFL standout Reese Andy (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 14.
But don't expect Vera to stay there for long.
Frank Trigg signs three-fight deal with WVR
Veteran middleweight fighter Frank Trigg (16-6) has signed a three-fight deal with the Japanese-based World Victory Road organization, and as planned, he's agreed to debut with the organization at its Aug. 24 "Sengoku 4" event.
Trigg told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he signed the contract on Sunday.
However, WVR officials haven't yet decided on an opponent for the 37-year-old's debut fight.
Bring me a dream: James “The Sandman” Irvin
On July 19th, UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva plans to waltz into the UFC light heavyweight division and leave its top competitors in his wake.
And that’s something that James “The Sandman” Irvin is taking personally.
While Silva may be terrorizing the ranks of the UFC and beyond with a Fedoresque air of invincibility, Irvin knows a thing or two about turning out the lights.
In fact, “The Sandman” has no qualms about trading punches with the Brazilian when they face off at UFC Fight Night 14 live from the The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada later this month.
Of Irvin’s 14 victories, ten have come by way of (T)KO, a staggering 71% - including a record-tying 8-second KO of Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13.
MMA rules reviewed and Dana White is not impressed
There will still be no knees the head of fallen opponents.
That’s the major news out of Montreal, where The Association of Boxing Commissions met to make some slight revisions to Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
It’s unclear what this might mean. The Nevada and California commissions, two of the most powerful MMA regulatory bodies, did not attend the meeting. Forty other commissions, however, did make the trek.
The Unified Rules have been used as regulations across the United States and Canada since their creation in 2001. The rules are often cited as being a major reason for the sudden explosion in the sport’s popularity.
It’s unclear if California and Nevada will adopt the rules. UFC President Dana White, in fact, made it clear that he does not intend to let changes happen anytime soon in a recent Yahoo!Sports.com interview.
Here’s a snip from White:
“There’s going to be a fight. And you know I don’t roll over easily.”
No Mauro: Affliction finalizes broadcast team for ‘Banned’
Affliction MMA today made the broadcast team official for its debut show, “Banned,” which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19.
And the veteran voice of mixed martial arts Mauro Ranallo -– who was believed to be part of the ensemble -– will not call the fights for the upstart promotion.
In fact, according to press release issued just this morning, “television sports reporter and announcer, Jay Glazer, will handle blow-by-blow action” for the pay-per-view (PPV) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) telecasts.
Glazer will be shoulder-to-shoulder in the booth with color commentators, Frank Trigg and “Big” John McCarthy. This won’t be the first time Glazer and Trigg have teamed up -– the pair hosted the Pride FC special programs that often aired on FSN.
Griffin and Rampage Comment On Their Fight
Forrest Griffin may have stepped into UFC 86 as an underdog to defending champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Saturday night, but he left with his opponent’s respect and the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title around his waist.
Griffin worked a picture perfect gameplan, peppering the champion with punches and leg kicks, keeping him off balance on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Despite a great effort and being the new 205lb king, Griffin still felt critical of his performance following the bout.
The Case Against New Weight Classes
Fans have turned to mixed martial arts in large part because of the simplicity of its structure. With five champions in the UFC, there's little dispute of the best in each weight class. Where would be the intrigue if say, Ken Florian or Roger Huerta decided to fight at "super lightweight" instead of lightweight and avoid both Penn at 155 and Georges St. Pierre at 170?
These headache-inducing scenarios are no doubt similar to how boxing fans got tired of the absurd number of weight classes and pencil-pushing organizations in their sport.
But no, the commissions can't be content with their attempts to kill one sport; they have to try to step in and ruin the best thing to happen to combat sports in a generation while they're at it.
What Is a 10-8 Round After All?
Rami Genauer tries to unpack the concept behind the 10-8 round and why it's so hard to decide in close cases what is and isn't a 10-8 round:
To combat the vagaries surrounding the requirements for scoring a 10-8 round, FightMetric uses a simple rule, based on data around average round effectiveness differential. If a fighter puts up a score of more than 100 and his score is more than six times his opponent’s score, that round is called 10-8. In that case, Round 1 of St. Pierre-Serra was a clear 10-8, with St. Pierre’s score nearly 10 times that of Serra.