Q&A: "Shogun" Anxious to Fight
Mauricio Rua (Pictures) won't stop. As the Brazilian sits on the sidelines eagerly awaiting a return to the ring -- or a debut in the cage -- the young light heavyweight keeps training hard. During a break from training "Shogun," the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix champion, spoke to Sherdog.com.
Report: Travis Lutter vs. Ryan Jensen at UFC 74
Travis Lutter (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC), who failed to make weight for a title shot with Anderson Silva in February, has been invited back to the UFC and will fight Victory Fighting Championships veteran Ryan Jensen (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 74, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Penn Earns Title Shot
UFC president Dana White confirmed that Penn would next face the winner of lightweight champion Sean Sherk’s UFC 73 bout with top contender Hermes Franca. White had hinted at the possibility of the title shot earlier this year, and he confirmed the news during a live spot on ESPNews this afternoon.
Penn’s title shot could come as soon as October of this year.
Matt Hughes: I Will Next Fight on Dec. 29
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes (41-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC), who’s currently serving as coach and taping the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, will next fight at a New Year’s Eve event — not at a New Jersey in November event as was previously reported.
Exclusive Interview With ELITEXC Champ Ninja
Many MMA insiders had picked Joey Villasenor to become the first EliteXC Middleweight Champion. Many MMA insiders were wrong. As part of the undercard of the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted “Shamrock vs. Baroni” event, Murilo “Rua” Ninja TKO’d Villasenor for one of the biggest wins of his career.
Couture And Jackson Nominated For ESPYS
A sure indication that mainstream acceptance is en route for mixed martial arts, ESPN today announced that UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson have been nominated for its ESPY awards. The ESPYs will be televised Sunday, July 15, on ESPN.
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Exclusive interview with BJ Penn
Saturday night inside The Pearl at The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, BJ Penn provided anything but an oasis for Jens Pulver. As Pulver himself said, “There was no getting out of it. I tried, but he was putting it on me.”
PULVER, HUERTA AND LAUZON INTERVIEWS
Once again the underdog, last night in Las Vegas, Jens Pulver wasn’t turn the tide the way he did five years ago. In fact, he wasn’t able to muster up much by way of a counter to BJ Penn’s tidal wave attack. It was all Pulver could do to escape Penn’s submissions and stay in the fight.
Manny Gamburyan Confirms Shoulder Dislocation
The injury that forced Manny Gamburyan (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to submit in last night’s championship fight in The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale was, in fact, a dislocated shoulder.
That’s the word from Gamburyan, who made the announcement in a post-fight interview.
Exclusive Jason DeLucia Interview
I have been trying to contact a lot of the fighters from the older days of the UFC, to see how the scene has changed according to the ones who were there in the beginning.
Jason talks everything from Royce, to Steven Seagal; He even calls out Bas Rutten, as theyve had a lot of history and exchanges since their fights in Pancrase. He seems like a very nice guy, and I thought this interview was a decent look into "another" side of the sport.
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Kimbo Slice's legit debut ends in victory
While the majority of the fight world was focused on the grudge match between BJ Penn and Jens Pulver, a great many fans were still interested to see what would happen when Internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice made his official MMA debut against former world boxing champion, “Merciless” Ray Mercer.