Tim Sylvia: ‘… if I do win the belt again, then this time it’s never coming off’
“I’ve had sex before with the belt on. That was back in the Ricco Rodriguez days. The night I won the belt I had a sexual experience with the belt on. But hey, I was 25 years old and it was the biggest thing that ever had happened to me in my life. The girl was like hey, are you going to take that thing off. And I said no, I’m not…I’m wearing it and if you have a problem with it, then I’m leaving. And I hate to say it, but if I do win the belt again, then this time it’s never coming off. I’m going to wear it a lot more.”
Looking at NCAA Wrestling Champions in MMA
Brock Lesnar’s notoriety as a World Wrestling Entertainment champion and headliner has created great interest in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on Saturday night against former UFC champion Frank Mir.
But because his fame comes from scripted entertainment, many aren’t aware of his successes in legitimate athletic competition.
Lesnar was 106-5 in four years of college wrestling, winning the junior college national championship in 1998 and the Division I championship for the University of Minnesota in 2000, both as a heavyweight.
High-level amateur wrestling is a great asset in mixed martial arts, as many of UFC’s biggest stars all have a substantial wrestling background, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Clay Guida, Keith Jardine, Roger Huerta, Jake O’Brien, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, Brandon Vera, Gray Maynard, Corey Hill, Matt Grice and others.
But wrestling success is no guarantee of MMA success. For every Couture or Dan Severn, both of whom competed on the U.S. national team in international competition and are among only a few fighters in the UFC Hall of Fame, there are great wrestlers, including national champions and Olympians, who have gone nowhere in MMA.
More Details on Nevada's Expanded Drug Tests
Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer last Friday announced that the Commission has expanded steroid and drug testing for licensed fighters and those applying for licenses.
In addition to the testing performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will require licensed fighters and licensing applicants to be tested at other times during the year.
Selection of licensees for testing will be made in one of three ways:
1. Fighters may be randomly chosen for testing.
2. If there is some indication that a fighter is taking a non-approved substance, they may be tested.
3. If a fighter has previously tested positive for using a non-approved substance, they may be tested.
MMAWeekly.com recently questioned Kizer on some of the particulars of the new testing.
Gomi and UFC Deal Falls through
FiveOuncesOfPain.com first became aware of the story when a source close to Frankie Edgar revealed that the lightweight contender had been offered and accepted a potential bout vs. Gomi. The fight fell through after the UFC was unable to secure a contract with PRIDE’s final reigning lightweight champion.
There is no word as to why a deal with Gomi was unable to be completed and whether there’s a chance that talks between both sides will resume in the future.
Jeremiah Riggs Picked for “The Ultimate Fighter 7? Cast
Mississippi-based fighter Jeremiah Riggs (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is headed to Las Vegas for the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.“
Riggs, a 25-year-old former sheriff’s deputy, posted a 4-2 amateur record for the Alabama-based Southern Fighting Alliance and other Southeast-based fight organizations. He then made his professional debut this past September, earning a submission victory (via strikes) over Craig Sjoerdsma at an Ultimate Cage Fighting event in Louisiana
Sadollah joins a growing list of other cast members that MMAjunkie.com has recently revealed. The full list now includes:
Matt Brown (7-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Steve Byrnes (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
C.B. Dollaway (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Prince Mclean (4-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Jeremiah Riggs (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Amir Sadollah (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Luke Zachrich (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
UFC 83 Cancelled??
i have been hearing this here is the email i recieved about it:
MMA Fightline is floating a rumor that UFC 83 — which was originally scheduled to go down March 8th in Manchester, England, before other reports began to claim that it would be held elsewhere — has been canceled altogether. Though it always seemed strange that the UFC would hold two major events only a week apart, no official reason for the cancellation has been announced yet. If this report turns out to be true, scheduled fights between Michael Bisping and Charles McCarthy, and Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin would be moved to other UFC events. You’ll know more when we do.
According to ProElite, TUF Alumni Chris Leben will take on Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara March 1 at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio. Leben will look to stay in the win column, following his miraculous one punch KO of Terry Martin at UFC Fight Night 11.
Sakara who trains with American Top Team, is coming of a first round TKO win over James Lee at UFC 80.
Report: Chris Leben vs. Alessio Sakara at UFC 82
Chris Leben (17-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC), fresh off a stunning knockout of Terry Martin at UFC Fight Night 11 in September, will return to the octagon to face Alessio Sakara (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC 82.
Sam Caplan of fiveouncesofpain.com was the first to confirm the rumored match.
Former PRIDE Producer Found Dead
Former PRIDE producer Hiromichi Momose was found dead in his Tokyo apartment Sunday morning. He was 67. Momose was one of the most powerful figures in the Japanese fight game and put forth the first 50 million yen to begin DSE, PRIDE's parent company.
Prince Mclean a Cast Member on “The Ultimate Fighter 7?
Prince Mclean (4-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), an Ohio-based middleweight who’s suffered his fair share of bad luck lately, has finally received some good fortune: he’s been chosen as a cast member for “The Ultimate Fighter 7.“
*SEE TUF7 THREAD ON UFC FORUM FOR DETAILS ON ALL RUMORED FIGHTERS SO FAR*
All-American Wrestler C.B. Dollaway Chosen for “The Ultimate Fighter 7?
Amateur wrestling standout C.B. Dollaway (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be a cast member on the “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” the latest installment of the UFC and Spike TV’s reality series.
Sources close to the fighter tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the former Arizona State Sun Devil learned he had been selected for the show last month.
“The Ultimate Fighter 7,” which debuts April 2 on Spike TV, features UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and season-one winner Forrest Griffin as coaches. Sixteen middleweight fighters vie for a UFC contract in a tournament-style competition.
Dollaway is a former high school state champion, a junior college national champion, and a 2005 collegiate All-American while at ASU. His transition into MMA has been a smooth one. Despite his wrestling background, he’s posted five stoppages — four by way of knockout.
Randy Couture Picks Tim Sylvia Over Antonio Noguiera
Randy Couture is, legally speaking, the UFC heavyweight champion. He recently declined an invitation to fight Antonio Noguiera however, stating that he has resigned from the UFC and wished to pursue a fight with consensus number one heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. He has since battled UFC management in an intense, and very public war of words; and now faces a potential legal battle as well.
The latest spat between Couture and the UFC has to do with Couture's work as a cornerman at events held by organizations such as the IFL and HCF.
Couture has appearently recieved word from UFC officials that making appearences at such organizations is a breach of contract. Couture sat down with The Calgary Sun to discuss the situation in more detail and also weighted in on the upcoming battle between Noguiera and his replacement at UFC 81, Tim Sylvia.
Interview With Tyson Griffin
When Tyson Griffin enters the Octagon on Super Bowl weekend, he will be doing so with one goal and one goal in mind:
Climbing higher up the ladder of the exciting, fast-paced lightweight division.
And for Griffin to come out on top at UFC 81: “Breaking Point,” he will need to go through rising lightweight star Gleison Tibau.
Waiting For Fedor
Still recognized as the UFC heavyweight champion, Randy “The Natural” Couture recently appeared on the ESPN morning show “First Take” where he addressed the issue of the recent lawsuit against him filed by Zuffa, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and his future in the sport of mixed martial arts.
“Fight Science” on National Geographic (A review)
Dr. Cindy Bir wasn’t a fan of mixed martial arts before she started working on the new installment of “Fight Science.“
But after getting to know MMA luminaries Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Tito Ortiz and Dean Lister, the associate professor of biomechanical engineering at Wayne State University started to appreciate their understanding of the human machine and how they came to it. “They learned the hard way,” she said.
Bir is one of three researchers at work in the Fight Science studio. Developed to measure the destructive power of so-called traditional martial artists for the first episode of the show, the studio is part laboratory, part gym, and part television studio. Two years after the first special aired, “Fight Science” returns at 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 27 on the National Geographic channel to subject MMA to the same scrutiny.
Can't wait to see this, looks to be really interesting.
Bisping Addresses Move To Middleweight
U.K. fan favorite Michael Bisping addressed the UFC Fight Club recently in England and gave some insights into his fight with Matt Hamill and his move from light heavyweight down to the middleweight division.
“I feel like I should have pushed the pace a lot more, but I am not going to sit here and whine about it like some other people” said Bisping of his fight with Hamill.
Talking of losses to highly regarded American wrestlers in the 205-pound division, he was considerably more vocal about the prospect of a rematch with Hamill.
“I have moved to middleweight, so for the time being, that fight is out of the window, it was my 15th pro fight and I realized then that you can’t always go out and have the best performance,” he stated. “However, he knows I can K.O. him and as long as he continues to whine and bitch about it, it may be sooner rather than later.”