UFC Signs Croatian Grappler
Mirko Cro Cop now has some company in UFC. Fellow Croatian Goran Reljic, a grappler with a perfect 8-0 MMA record, has signed with UFC and may debut at UFC 83 on March 8.
Former TUF Fighter Released
Dorian Price had a short stay on The Ultimate Fighter 6, and an even shorter stay in UFC. He has been released from his contract by UFC and will head to the Miami Gracie Academy for training.
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le
Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le on the second Strikeforce and EliteXC joint show scheduled for March 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. according to Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports.
UFC Signs French Fighter Samy Schiavo to Four-Fight Deal
With the UFC committed to expanding its European fan base, the search for international talent continues.
One benefactor of the recruiting? Frenchman Samy Schiavo (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
According to our friends at the German site groundandpound.de, Schiavo’s trainer and manager has confirmed that the lightweight has signed a new contract with the UFC. The 32-year-old scored a four-fight deal that will assure the fighter appears on some 2008 European fight cards.
There’s no word on when Schiavo will make his octagon debut, though the UFC has an event tentatively scheduled for March 8 in London, England.
Thiago Silva Interview
Interview with Thiago Silva, he talks about finding a camp in the United States, his thoughts on his former teamates shogun and wandy, and announces that he will be facing Rashad in May.
Kenny Florian Confirms April 2 Fight with Joe Lauzon
Kenny Florian (7-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 1” middleweight runner-up who parlayed the TV appearance into a top contender’s standing in the UFC’s lightweight division, has confirmed he’ll next fight Joe Lauzon (16-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2.
Davis' change led to success
It didn't take too many occurrences of signing for a $15,000 purse and walking home with just $5,000 to sour Marcus Davis on professional boxing.
He was, he says proudly, a fighter all his life and he was going to find a way to fight one way or another.
But boxing was making him a miserable person and the man known as “The Irish Hand Grenade” finally had gotten fed up.
"I just had so many issues and problems, with management and other things, and I was in and out of court so much with all of that," Davis said. "I pretty much got tired of the dirty aspect of boxing. I'd get half — or less — of what I was promised (in a purse). I wasn't getting the fights I wanted. Things weren't going in the direction I wanted.
"After a while, I couldn't stomach it any more. It was making me sick. Literally. I had to get away from it."
Baroni to Japan - Phil Baroni Takes the World Victory Road
Fledgling Japanese mixed martial arts promotion World Victory Road on Friday announced that Phil Baroni would face Sanae Kikuta at its March 5 event at the Yoyogi National Stadium Gym in Tokyo.
The fight marks Baroni’s return to competition following a six-month suspension due to a positive drug test for Boldenone following his June 22 Strikeforce bout against Frank Shamrock. He became eligible to regain his license in California on Dec. 22.
Brandon Vera On His Fight With Tim Sylivia: "I’m ashamed to have been a part of it."
Brandon Vera has seemingly flown under the radar since his unanimous decision loss to Tim Sylvia at UFC 77. Vera revealed after the fight that he broke his hand in the very first exchange of the fight and had to adjust his game plan. MMAWeekly had the oppertunity to sit down with the rising heavyweight star to discuss the fight and his future.
Vera On Breaking His Hand In The Fight:
My thumb got caught and pulled back like a banana. I held my breath and pulled it real hard and it didn’t go back in. I finished the first round, went back to my coaches, who were like ‘(expletive) your left hand, you don’t need it! Use your right hand.’ I was like cool, I won’t use my left hand. I wanted to punch Tim so hard.I should have just kept touching and moving, instead of trying to light him up early. He started hitting me; I couldn’t hit him back. I started throwing short elbows to try and catch him on his way in. I sucked. That was one of the most boring fights ever. I’m ashamed to have been a part of it.
Jeff Joslin Not Returning At UFC 84
The injury bug continues to pester Jeff Joslin. UFC hoped to have him return at UFC 84 in April in Canada, but Joslin now says he won't be healed form his latest injury in time. He hasn't fought in UFC since a loss to Josh Koscheck at UFN 7.
Jon Fitch Hosting UFC 80 Party
UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch will be hosting a meet-and-greet and UFC 80 viewing party on January 19 in Toronto. The event is ahead of an MMA seminar he will be holding the next day.
White has UFC as dominant MMA force
You blow your nose with a Kleenex, you Xerox a document. Sure, there are plenty of tissue makers and even more companies producing copy machines, but Kleenex and Xerox achieved the unthinkable — the brand name supplanted the product.
UFC president Dana White would love to see that develop with his company in 2008. He's close to achieving the feat. Many casual fans and non-mixed martial arts media newcomers often tag the entire sport "UFC."
Gary Shaw of Elite XC knows there's a lot at stake this year. He would like to see UFC go the way of America Online. AOL was a juggernaut in the late '90s until the dreaded C-word — competition — reared its ugly head.
"World Champion"; What the heck does that mean?
When it came time to put together an MMA “champions” list - http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/7637366
- for FoxSports.com, InsideFighting was happy to help but we also knew that we would just be setting ourselves up for criticism no matter how he structured things. Boxing has had the time to develop international sanctioning bodies that, though decidedly imperfect, simplify who is recognized as a world champion and who is not.
The international boxing bodies also provide consistency in weight classes no matter if a fight is happening in New Jersey or Shanghai. MMA, in contrast, has been a product of individual promoters creating organizations, putting on fights and crowning champions on their own.
Exclusive: IFL Comments on UFC Champion Randy Couture
So, what is Randy Couture's involvement in the IFL Mixed Martial Arts league? Rumors have been swirling around the MMA world regarding the reigning UFC Champion, whose contract dispute or retirement (depending on whose legal analysis you listen to - UFC's or Couture's) has left him in a very interesting situation.
Couture, under contract to UFC, appeared at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Chris Horodecki's corner for the main event of IFL's Grand Prix Finals on December 29th, which was broadcast on billionaire Mark Cuban's HDNet. Earlier in December, IFL co-founder Kurt Otto mentioned Couture's name as a possible coach during the IFL's conference call to discuss their plans for 2008, but wouldn't commit to anything in terms of Couture's appearances.
Dida, Ruas Starting New Camp In Brazil
Former Chute Boxe members Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Murilo "Ninja" Rua, and Andre "Dida" Amade have begun the process fo forming their new camp, Universidade da Luta (UDL), which in English translates to Fight University. After considering relocating to North America, the three have decided to stay in Brazil and base the camp in Curitiba.
Angle On IFL, Shamrock Allegations
Former WWE Champion and current TNA Wrestling Champion Kurt Angle recently responded to allegations by the IFL and Ken Shamrock over Angle turning down a fight with Shamrock for a future IFL show, among other topics.