VARNER'S SIGHTS ALREADY SET ON NEXT CHALLENGER
World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner showed once again why he is considered one of the elite 155-pound fighters in the world when he dispatched of top contender Marcus Hicks at WEC 35.
The now defending champion has been very happy with his home in the WEC and looks forward to any top challenger they bring in to fight him for his title.
“I love my home in the WEC and would not rather be in any other organization,” said Varner during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “I’m not too worried about the lack of opponents or opposition in the WEC. They’re always going to find somebody for me to fight and people want to be in that organization. I’m so proud to be a part of the WEC.”
PENN WILL HOLD ONTO LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FOR NOW
Not before and not since Dan Henderson won the Pride 183-pound and 205-pound titles has a fighter in a major organization held two belts in two weight classes simultaneously, but it appears current Ultimate Fighting Championship 155-pound king, B.J. Penn, will try to do that very thing as he sets his sites on welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre later this year.
But what does that mean for the 155-pound weight class and the lightweight championship if Penn is off fighting for another title in a different division?
"B.J.'s not vacating the 155-pound title,” according to UFC president Dana White following UFC 87 in Minnesota last weekend.
Of course this puts possibly the deepest weight class in all the UFC on hold for an indefinite amount of time as Penn and St. Pierre aren’t likely to clash before late December and the lightweight title could be out of the picture until some time deep into 2009.
Quote of the Day: Dana White Trashes Tim Sylvia
"He’s not the best pound-for-pound fighter, not even close, but he’s one of the four or five best heavyweights...But we all have to thank him for getting rid of Tim Sylvia. He’d been stinking out the joint the last couple of years and Fedor did everyone a favor by beating him so easily and getting rid of him."
-- Dana White, in a new Kevin Iole column, thanking Emelianenko for "getting rid" of Sylvia. Interestingly, Emelianenko somewhat corroborates White's assessment by saying he doesn't consider himself the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world either.
Oh yeah, so much for Sylvia returning to the Octagon to finish out his career. I suspect White might be holding his tongue in the event Arlovski returns, however.
Randy Couture’s Pricetag: $6-10 Million
I’d love for the UFC to step up and make the fight [with Fedor Emelianenko] happen. It has the potential to be the biggest mixed martial arts fight to date…It has the potential to do 700,000+ pay-per-view buys which is a helluva lotta money. I think 6-10 [million should be the salary] for each of us and they’re still gonna make a boatload of money on top of that.
Now I am beginning to believe that this fight will never happen. No way any promoter can make it happen at that price tag.
Strikeforce Expects Le Back In Early '09
According to Strikeforce VP Mike Afromowitz, Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le is expected to return to the promotion in early '09. No word yet on a potential opponent but former champion Frank Shamrock is thought to be a possibility, as is top Japanese fighter Kazuo Misaki if he beats Joe Riggs next month.
Shields To Defend EXC Title Vs. Alessio On 9/20
Inaugural EliteXC Welterweight Champion Jake Shields will make his first title defense on 9/20 against John Alessio. Alessio is coming off a June fight where he won but also suffered a broken arm, but it appears he'll be good to go in time for this fight.
Affliction rumor: Horodecki vs. D. Lauzon
MMATraining.com has learned that a potential opponent for Canadian Chris Horodecki is non other than Dan Lauzon. Dan is the younger brother is UFC fighter Joe Lauzon and was the youngest competitor ever in UFC history.
Dan's an up-and-coming beast, but I think he's in over his head, IMO. Heart wants Dan, but I think Horodecki will take it
Strikeforce To Denver In October
Less than 2 weeks after it's next Playboy Mansion event, Strikeforce will pack up and head east to Denver. The promotion will make it's Colorado debut on October 3 with a Sam Morgan vs. Duane Ludwig main event, and possibly Phil Baroni & Frank Trigg fighting on the same card.
WEC 35 drug test results come back clean for ‘Condit vs Miura’ event
MMAmania.com has confirmed that drug tests for all 10 fighters from WEC 35 who were tested have come back negative. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) conducted random testing for the August 3 event, with only half of the fighters required to undergo screening.
The following fighters all tested negative for drugs of abuse (including marijuana, cocaine, etc.), as well as for steroids: Carlos Condit, Hiromitsu Miura, Steve Cantwell, Brian Stann, Jamie Varner, Marcus Hicks, Brian Bowles, Josh Grispi, Brock Larson and Scott Jorgensen.
Other fighters, including Damacio Page, Micah Miller, Carlo Prater, Blas Avena, Dave Terrel, Shane Roller, Todd Moore, Mike Budnik, Greg McIntyre and Kenji Osawa, were not required to undergo screening.
Held at the “The Joint” at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, WEC 35 featured three title fights, including one of the better fights of the year in the main event between WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit (23-4) and Hiromitsu Miura (9-5).
Josh Burkman and Pete Sell signed for UFC 90 bout
The Ultimate Fighter 4" middleweight contestant Pete "Drago" Sell (7-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will drop to welterweight to fight "TUF 1" alumnus Josh Burkman (9-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) at October's UFC 90 event.
Sources close to both fighters today confirmed the upcoming bout with MMAjunkie.com and said that bout agreements were recently signed.
Emelianenko: I’m not the best fighter
One of the most hotly debated topics in mixed martial arts these days is the identity of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
UFC president Dana White insists it’s middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Others consider either UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn or UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre to be No. 1.
Further down Dana says:
“But we all have to thank him for getting rid of Tim Sylvia. He’d been stinking out the joint the last couple of years and Fedor did everyone a favor by beating him so easily and getting rid of him.”
I thought that was low, even for Dana.
Lyman Good Vs 'Semtex' Daley at EXC Sept 20th Show
As we previously reported, Paul Daley has agreed to fight in the EliteXC at their Sept. 20 show in New Mexico. In that report Paul Daley was unable to announce who he would be fighting other than to say he was "an undefeated ex-IFL guy."
Well, it's now been confirmed that undefeated Lyman Good (7-0) has been offered a six-fight contract with EliteXC, and he is expected to sign it by week's end. The two welterweights will meet at "The Pit" in Albuquerque, N.M.
Lyman, who trains and fights out of New Jersey, got his start in professional MMA by fighting for Lou Neglia's Ring Of Combat promotion in Atlantic City. He is a full-time instructor at various Tiger Schulmann MMA academies along the east coast. He holds notable wins over Mike Dolce of the "TUF" season seven cast, as well as Eric Charles. He will be facing the toughest test of his career against the Muay Thai specialist Paul "Semtex" Daley.
Stay locked on Fightline.com for updates on EliteXC's Sept. 20 fight card, bout additions, and as always for all the latest news coming from the world of MMA.
Clementi To Fight At UFC 90
UFC lightweight Rich Clementi has announced he will be fighting at UFC 90 in Chicago. The news comes via Rich's MySpace page. An opponent was not named.
Clementi is currently riding a six-fight winning streak with recent wins over Terry Etim, Sam Stout, and his rival Melvin Guillard.
Clementi was a cast member of "TUF: The Comeback" in 2006. Although he started out his career in the UFC a little rocky, Clementi's impressive performances of late have to put him in the upper echelon of lightweight talent in the UFC.
Babalu Goes For Strikeforce Gold On 9/20
Strikeforce today confirmed that their Light Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Southworth, will next defend against former UFC standout Renato "Babalu" Sobral on 9/20 at the Playboy Mansion. This fight will be the first of 2 in about 3 weeks for Babalu, who also is to fight again for Affliction in October.
Quick Quote: GSP Done For The Year?
It seems like everyone is expecting Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn at 170 to headline the final UFC PPV of the year. Everyone except maybe GSP, who says he may call it a year now to rest & mentally recharge.