Can The Piranha Take The Heat?
In a potentially big fight for both, Ryo Chonan makes his UFC debut this Saturday night against top UFC Welterweight Karo Parisyan. Chonan will be facing a very determined Parisyan, who is trying to work his way back into the title picture.
Pickett Off Cage Rage 24
Brad Pickett, who was schedueld to fight on the upcoming Cage Rage 24 event, is off the card due to a broken arm suffered in training. He likely will be out 6-8 weeks.
The Tuesday Takedown 11.13.07
In this week's edition of The Tuesday Takedown, we'll take a look at Kimbo Slice's pro MMA debut, Dana White's new decision on Sean Sherk's title, who Randy Couture may be fighting next, the possibility of the UFC on CBS, and much more!
Marquardt and Leites to hook 'em up at UFC 81
With a new contract in hand, Nate Marquardt (25-7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will return from July’s loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to take on Thales Leites (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The middleweight bout will be part of Feb. 2’s UFC 81 event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
IFL Forms Video Sharing Parnership With Youtube And Google Ads
The International Fight League, the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and YouTube, the world’s leading video sharing Website, today announced a video sharing partnership designed to expose IFL content to a larger worldwide audience. It is the first partnership YouTube has formed in the sport of mixed martial arts, and follows the path of similar partnerships with the NBA, NHL, CBS and EA Sports among others.
Pulver On Fisher Then & Now
The day after Jens Pulver won the UFC LIghtweight Title in 2001, he met then-Light Heavyweight Spencer Fisher. Now with Fisher at LW and Pulver off to WEC, Fisher has now become the top dog at LW of the Miletich camp thanks in part to Pulver.
Alexander The Busy
In 2000, Houston Alexander was a construction worker who donated his kidney to his daughter to save her life. How this all came about wasn't revealed until a recent interview when Alexander revealed how it came about and how he went from working to fighting and fatherhood and juggling it all.
Sokoudjou fighting Lyoto Machida in UFC!
One of the best fighters of the category Light Heavyweight in the present time, the Brazilian Lyoto Machida will be the opponent of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the UFC. Hot sources of the World Fight confirm that the fight will be announces in the next days. The Brazilians are chokeed with Sokoudjou, in the first semester of the year the african KO Rogério Minotouro and Ricardo Arona.
Mike Swick Likely Fighting at UFC Fight Night 12
That didn’t take long.
Just an hour ago MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported that UFC Fight Night 12 will take place Jan. 23. And we now appear to have our first addition to the card: “The Ultimate Fighter 1” cast member and former middleweight contender Mike Swick (10-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC
UFC in Talks with Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Former PRIDE fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a top 205-pound fighter currently on the free agent market, is in talks with the UFC about a possible contract, but a rumored UFC 79 fight with Lyoto Machida (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is far from official.The report comes from Dave Meltzer at Wrestling Observer.
On Fisher vs. Edgar
Jens Pulver won the UFC lightweight title on Feb. 23, 2001. The next day he met Spencer Fisher.
At a seminar in Wilmington, N.C., Pulver and Pat Miletich encountered a 200-pound "animal" on the mat.
"I just remember watching him roll," Pulver says. "He was getting after me, getting after Pat."
Come on out to Iowa, they told him. Train full time with the best in the world. A few months later Fisher left the hills for the fields. In Iowa he would also leave 200 pounds for 155.
IFL Grand Prix Notes and More
IFL World Grand Prix
Saturday, Dec. 29
Mohegan Sun Arena
IFL Featherweight Championship
Wagnney Fabiano vs. LC Davis
IFL Lightweight Championship
Chris Horodecki vs. Shad Lierley
IFL Welterweight Championship
Delson Heleno vs. Jay Hieron
IFL Middleweight Championship
Benji Radach vs. Matt Horwich
IFL Heavyweight Championship
Antoine Jaoude vs. Roy Nelson
Rory Markham vs. Dan Miller
Tim Kennedy vs. Elias Rivera
Alex Cook vs. Marcello Salazar
The six winners in the International Fight League’s World Grand Prix, which will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., will be exempt from some team competitions in 2008, according to Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts trainer Shawn Tompkins.
“Once [a fighter] becomes Grand Prix champion, he is not required to be at every team event any longer,” said Tompkins, the longtime trainer for lightweight contender Chris Horodecki.
UFC Fight Night 12 Targeted for Jan. 23
The next installment of the UFC and Spike TV’s “UFC Fight Night” is being targeted for Jan. 23.
UFC President Dana White briefly mentioned the event during yesterday’s UFC 78 conference call. Details of the possible event were minimal, though.
Filho fighting at WEC 31
A card that already has Curran vs. Faber is set to include Marshall vs. Gandulla for the LHW title and Filho defending his title against an unnamed opponent.
UFC 79: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou possibly on the fight card?
Coveted light heavyweight free agent Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou — who boasts impressive stoppages of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona — mentions in a recent interview that he is unsure of his next fight. Moments later he throws out December 29, which is the date for UFC 79: “Nemesis” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to these latest statements it was believed that the :African Assassin” was headed for the K-1 organization. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
Rankings for all weight classes. Not to shabby. Much better than the MMAWeekly's thats all I can say.
Like always I got to express how messed up every ranking in the world is for still having Takanori Gomi as their top lightweight.
UFC Holds Fighter Development Meetings
As the sport of mixed martial arts grows, so does the growing need for the fighters, who are now becoming financially sound and successful full-time athletes, to understand the business side of the industry they work in.
Recently, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest organization in MMA, held meetings with many of their fighters and employees to help educate and inform them on many business practices and personal decisions they are now being faced with.
“This thing was long overdue,” said UFC president Dana White about the meetings. “We should have done this a couple of years ago because we've got a lot of growing pains right now.