Liddell: “Now it’s My Turn”
In the professional fight game, nothing sells more than revenge, especially if two fighters aren't particularly fond of one another. The fights that harvest the most dollar bills are typically over-hyped rematches exploiting only two scenarios, sometimes used in conjunction.
RAMPAGE READY TO MELT THE ICEMAN
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s career has come full circle. He was once considered a top contender in Pride’s middleweight division, but had failed to capture the Pride Middleweight title. Now he gets a chance to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight title on Saturday night against a man he already defeated in Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell.
The fire within the Iceman’s belly
Although he has ‘iced’ 13 of the 18 men he has fought thus far in his 20-3 mixed martial arts career, Chuck Liddell was originally dubbed ‘the Iceman’ not because of his chilling striking power but because of his unchanging ice-cool demeanour.
MMA's main man
LAS VEGAS – He's Babe Ruth in 1925 or George Mikan in 1950.
Still, since his sport has such a short history, Chuck Liddell isn't sure the tag of best mixed martial artist ever can be properly determined just yet.
"It's such a young sport," said Liddell, the UFC's light heavyweight champion, who defends his belt Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden in a rematch with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Jackson is the last man to have beaten Liddell.
From the Edge of Madness to Fighting’s Mainstream
Mixed martial arts was, in its recent outlaw years, the criminal element of sports, called “human cockfighting” by Senator John McCain and written into legal exile in New York by a stroke of former Gov. George E. Pataki’s pen.
Jackson takes aim at Liddell again
LAS VEGAS — Some fight for a living. Quinton (Rampage) Jackson says he whups ass.
And Saturday night at UFC 71, Jackson looks to take down mixed martial arts superstar Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell — for a second time.
"My job is to excite everybody, put on a good show and whup some ass," Jackson told a news conference Thursday. "That's what I get paid to do."
Liddell, who has already endured a Jackson ass-whuppin', is looking for payback.
Chris Leben Ready To Bounce Back
For Chris Leben, Saturday night can make or break his fighting career. A win would put Leben back into the fold of the crowded UFC middleweight division. A loss could very well signal the end of Leben's current run in the UFC. With new endeavourers ahead of him, Leben will look to take care of business against fellow Ultimate Fighter alumni Kalib Starnes.
'A U.S. Soldier w/ Warrior Spirit'
The one thing that MMA legend and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock looks for in a Lion’s Den fighter is heart. If you want to be a den fighter, you better be prepared to dig deep.
NewsCenter Extra: MMA Worth the Fight
It doesn't involve a ball or puck and it probably isn't your mother or fathers idea of a sport. But the people who step inside the cage argue it's the most skillful of competitions.
UFC - Pride deal finalized!
Reliable sources have told sherdog.com that the deal is now finalized!
"On March 27, Station Casinos Vice Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC President Dana White announced in a Tokyo press conference that the sale of the PRIDE Fighting Championships to Zuffa had been agreed upon, and that the deal would be consummated on May 1.
Yet three weeks after the consummation date, the deal was slow to close, as Zuffa attorneys did their due diligence on PRIDE assets. In a conference call with the media on Thursday,White denied that the deal had been closed.
However, two sources tell Sherdog.com that the deal has in fact been finalized, and that former PRIDE CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara has said as much too former DSE employees in the last 48-hours.
Citing Issues with several PRIDE fighter contracts, on Wednesday MMAWeekly.com reported that there is a class action lawsuit on behalf of PRIDE fighters looking to get out of their contracts. White, in a conversation with the media on Thursday afternoon, denied any knowledge of the dispute."
Josh Gross, Sherdog.com
*New Shogun interview
Shogun Interview (Translation from a Sherdogger)
There are some rumors that you are going to fight in UFC 72. There is anything certain about that?
I signed with Pride and UFC. I'm waiting them set up where and when i'll fight. From now it's just rumors that i'm going to fight in UFC 72, but i hope this happen. I'm training, i'm ready to fight.
Who is going to win in UFC 71, Lidell or Jackson?
Liddell has improved, but i put my money on Quinton. I think he is going to use his ground n' pound. He has a good gnp and strikes when he is standing. So i think Quinton will win.
Would you like to face someone of them?
Absolutely. My goal for this year is the belt, Pride or UFC, wherever. And if one of them holding the belt, i wanna face them.
You followed the last Fury Fc, who is the best name to win the 83kg GP?
Daniel Acacio and Toquinho, definitely. Both are improving a lot and they are the most skilled. But i think everyone can win this GP. In a fight suprises can happen.
Do you think it's going to be hard to adapt to UFC rules?
I don't think so. I fought twice under this rules and it didn't affect me. I fought Alistair and Randleman under this rules and there were no problems.
What do you think about Napão victory over Cro Cop?
He is excellente and he has all the necessary to take the belt.. Everyone knew he is better on the matt, but he surprised everyone with his standing game, nobody expected that. I think he is better than Couture. Couture has no weapons to beat Napao.
What about Wanderlei, he'll be back only in 2008?
We're training together and he is avaiable to fight for the events. If someone comes with a good offer, i think he fight this year. A fighter like him can't stay out of the ring.
What do you expect about your brother fight in EliteXC?
He is in his prime. No he can fight weighting 88kg. I think he is going to make an excelent fight and bring this belt.