UFC 1/22 Event Now (Finally) Official
UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2 is official for January 22nd, and will take place at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The event will raise funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and will air on Spike TV. UFC Fight Night 16 served as the first UFC Fight for the Troops, and raised more than $4 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides assistance to our nation's military heroes who have been critically injured in the performance of their duty. Dana White had the following to say about the event…"It's always a great honor for us to entertain the men and women of the military by bringing them some great fights while raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. It's the least we can do for the people who are defending this country and making so many sacrifices for our freedom, and this is a cause the UFC will always support." The 5 TV fights have been confirmed, with Evan Dunham-Kenny Florian the main event. 5 prelims are currently rumored but not officially announced yet.
Darren Elkins Off UFC 123
A late change has been made today to next week's UFC 123 event-Darren Elkins is now off due to injury. He was to have faced the debuting Edson Barboza. Mike Lullo, another UFC newcomer with an 8-2 career record, is the replacement. Lullo lost his first 2 career fights but has won 8 in a row since including 6 in a row by submission-the most recent being in June when he gogoplata'd Jeremy Castro in the first round.
WEC 52 Weigh-In Results
•Urijah Faber (136) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136)
•Chad Mendes (145.5) vs. Javier Vazquez (146)
•Erik Koch (146) vs. Francisco Rivera (146)
•Joseph Benavidez (136) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (136)
•Demetrious Johnson (135) vs. Damacio Page (136)
•Raphael Assuncao (146) vs. L.C. Davis (146)
•Edward Faaloloto (154) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
•Zack Micklewright (158)* vs. Dustin Poirier (155)
•Clint Godfrey (136) vs. Michael McDonald (135)
•Mackens Semerzier (145) vs. Cub Swanson (145)
•Yves Jabouin (145) vs. Brandon Visher (145)
* - Micklewright has been given one hour to make the 156-pound limit
Marcus Davis To Make Lightweight Debut At UFC 125
After announcing recently he planned to drop from Welterweight to Lightweight, Marcus Davis will make his 155 debut at UFC 125 on January 1. His opponent will likely be a fighter who openly campaigned for a fight with him after his announcement-Jeremy Stephens. The fight is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
Bellator Exec Blasts Reports Of Impending Demise, Says New TV Deal Official Soon
To say that Bjorn Rebney disagrees with a recent report describing the impending demise of his fight promotion would be a slight understatement. In fact, the Bellator Fighting Championships founder and CEO says the report is lacking one vastly important factor: the truth. A weekend report on MiddleEasy.com outlined a series of issues Rebney and Bellator were said to be currently facing. Among the concerns were the lack of a television deal, angered investors looking to "pull the plug" on the promotion and a desperate need to arrange a long-discussed bout between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and his Strikeforce counterpart Gilbert Melendez as a last-ditch effort to save the company. Wrong on all accounts, says Rebney. "Either it's someone just starting rumors for the sake of starting rumors, or it's just the most ridiculous type of amateurish nonsense," Rebney said of the report. "I don't even like to call it journalism because it has no connection to reality. That blog, whoever that is that wrote that, is just so filled with nonsense. It's completely, unequivocally untrue on every front they wrote. It's literally as if someone stepped out and just said, 'I'm going to create whichever fantasy I choose to create, and I'm going to write it.' There wasn't even the slightest hint of accuracy or truth in anything that showed up on that blog. It's the downside and the negativity of the Internet. Any idiot can write any ridiculous, completely unfounded nonsense thing, and it can gain traction." It all apaprently stems from what Rebney says is a false report of a failed TV deal between Bellator and the cable network G4, but Rebney says a new TV deal will be announced soon, among other things.
DREAM, Sengoku To Run Separate Year-End Events This Year
DREAM and World Victory Road's Sengoku promotion again will offer year-end fights. They just won't team up for one single event. Officials from both Japanese promotions recently revealed tentative plans for the shows with "World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight" on Dec. 30 and "DREAM Dynamite!! 2010" taking place Dec. 31. DREAM's takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The show likely will air live on HDNet. Meanwhile, WVR's show takes place at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. It's likely to air on HDNet, possibly on delay. No fights have been announced, but in addition to MMA fights, officials have hinted at possible kickboxing and grappling matches on the all-day card. DREAM hasn't announced anything for their event yet, but Melvin Manhoef participation is expected according to the It's Showtime promotion.
Josh Thomson: If WEC Lightweights Were That Good, They Already Would Have Been Fighting For UFC
Or in his words, MMAth + Hermes Franca +/- Strikeforce = Huh? "They made it sound so great that a company went under. The simple fact of the matter was that the WEC failed and they put it with the UFC to carry it. To compare WEC lightweights to Strikeforce and the UFC is not fair because if they were that good, they would have been fighting for the UFC. I think the world of (Jamie) Varner, but I beat Hermes (Franca) and Hermes beat Varner. Varner was the WEC champ for awhile. So, where does that leave us?"
Daniel Roberts Set To Take On Greg Soto At UFC 125
That's the word according to Roberts via Twitter-he'll face Soto in a battle of rising prospects at UFC 125 on January 1. Roberts has won 2 in a row since being KO'd by John Howard in his UFC debut, while Soto beat Nick Osipczak at UFC 118 after being DQ'd in his UFC debut against Matt Riddle for an illegal upkick.
Scott Carson Says He's "Ripped" Just Like Herschel Walker And Will Prove The "Keyboard Warriors" Wrong
And he's ready to tell his critics to STFU after December 4. "I’ll tell you one thing. I’m a lot better fighter than the one I’ve been reading about on the Internet. This is a huge deal for me, a tremendous opportunity, but you’d think I was nothing going off what has been written by some of these keyboard warriors, who I doubt have ever stepped in a cage. It’s a lot easier to sit in front of a computer and talk (stuff) than it is to actually fight. I am trying to take it all in stride, but I have no idea why some people are talking so negatively without ever having seen me. They don’t know me. I’m pretty well-rounded with good standup and wrestling. They say I’m old at 40 but I don’t feel 40 and I certainly don’t look 40. I think I look 30 and I’m in great shape. I’m ripped, just like Herschel. I’m going to be more ready for Dec. 4 than I have for any other fight. I plan to shut up all the critics, each and every one of them. Let them write something factual after they’ve seen me on Dec. 4."
Strikeforce Is "Definitely Going To Keep An Eye" On Paul Daley
And CEO Scott Coker makes it clear that their new acquisition is going to have to play by the rules considering his past misdoings. "It's an emotional time, these guys get heated up. Paul's a good kid. He's not a bad guy doing malicious things throughout his whole career. We just take it on a case by case basis, but I think he learned his lesson. It's up to him to control himself, and we're going to give him the opportunity. That said, we're definitely going to keep our eye on him and make sure he abides by the rules and the regulations with the commissions that we're promoting in and along with the Strikeforce rules."
What's The Bottom Line On Brock Lesnar? He's Coming Back Stronger Than Ever 'Cause Stone Cold Says So
And not just because Austin 3:16 says Cain Velasquez whooped his @$$. But fellow former wrestler Steve Austin does believe Brock will be back and better because of the loss. "It was... man, Brock, I know him from my WWE days. Of course I was cheering for Brock. I think Cain had a great game plan and Cain’s a great fighter. You know, he took it to Brock. But I think the kind of gifted athlete that Brock is and the kind of mindset that he has, I think he’s going to go back home, I think he’s going to work on his striking game, I think he’s going to get used to being hit, and I think he’s going to come back and be stronger than ever. Now he’s got some proving to do. I’ll always bet on Brock Lesnar, he’s a great Pay Per View attraction, and he’s good for the sport. He’ll be back, and he’ll be a lot better of a fighter from this loss."
UFC 123 Lineup Finalized With 11 Fights
As expected next week's "UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida" event boasts an 11-fight lineup. Executives today finalized the long-rumored fight card, which is headlined by former UFC light-heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, which is not an official #1 contender fight but the winner could make a solid case with a convincing win. Therw also will be 2 TV fights on Spike before the PPV: Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster and Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson.
Health Permitting, Mark Hominick vs. George Roop Likely For 1/22 UFC
2 WEC featherweights could meet in January as Mark Hominick vs. George Roop is tentatively set for the still-unannounced January 22 UFC event. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC Fight Night 23 is expected to take place in conjunction with Fort Hood in Texas. The matchup is contingent on Hominick being fully healed from a lingering hand injury in time for the event.
UFC Middleweights Pick Marquardt Over Okami By 6-1 Margin
Of the few sportsbooks taking action on the fight, Nate Marquardt is being given an approximately 66 percent chance of defeating Ysuhin Okami at Saturday's UFC 122 event. But in a sampling of top UFC middleweight contenders, Marquardt's favorite status was much more pronounced. 9 fighters recently gave Spike their opinion on the fight and only one-Michael Bisping-picked Okami to win. 6 of the 9-Wanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher, Tom Lawlor, Kyle Noke, Alessio Sakara and Kendall Grove-picked Marquardt while 2 chose to Push (Undecided)-Anderson SIlva and Chris Leben.
Mike Swick: Still Recovering, January Fight Agreed To But Not Official
In a post on The Underground message board, UFC fighter Mike Swick, recovering from a recent throat procedure, updates fans on his recovery and also clears up rumors about his UFC return in January-namely that it's not past "paperwork pending" status. "Just wanted to clear up some rumors... I did agree to fight in the UFC in January but nothing is signed. Considering it is for the Troops and in Texas, how could I not! I am still recovering from my medical procedure (BoTox injections into my esophagus) but look to make a good recovery."
Coker: Diaz-Miller Possible In 2011
It seems to be a fight that just about everybody wants to see, and with the right factors in place it’s a fight that Strikeforce is interested in promoting. According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, the higher-ups at the promotion have discussed pitting welterweight champion Nick Diaz in a possible catchweight fight against Jason Miller at some point in 2011. Coker admits that the fight between Miller and Diaz seems like a natural fit, but not without some extra handlers getting involved first. “You have to look at it from all different angles,” Coker said about Mayhem vs. Diaz. “Would it be a fun fight to promote? Sure. I think we should wait until the beginning of the year, and let’s have another conversation on that because with Miller and Diaz I just couldn’t imagine the extra security that I’d probably need to get to make that fight happen.” Coker did point to the fact that Diaz’s next fight would likely not be in the welterweight division, as Strikeforce sorts out who exactly would be the next challenger for his 170-pound belt. Coker also added they won't talk about Diaz's next fight until next year and if MIller doesn't get the Diaz fight he could get a potential rubber match with either Ronaldo Souza or Tim Kennedy instead.
Urijah Faber Looking Forward To His "Brightest Days" With UFC
And not just because of the money, even though one nightly bonus could be more than what he made in an entire year's worth of WEC fights. "Some people either think that we are the UFC or think that I fight in the UFC or they ask, ‘When you going to go to the big show?’ For me, I’ve known for a long time that we’re the top fighters in the world at our weights, but not everyone else understands that. We don’t have to explain it anymore. That’s great. Business-wise, you look at the bonuses, you’re going from $10,000 to $65,000. Pay-per-view averages and everything else is up, and viewership’s up.... The bottom line is, I feel like I resonate with fans. You couple that with the UFC fan base, it’s going to be a great thing. I’m looking forward to having my brightest days in the future. I feel great at this new weight. My body feels incredible, and I’m still motivated to fight. These next couple of years are going to be awesome."
Diagnosis, Treatment Clear Swick for Octagon Return
Mike Swick has been off the grid since February, when he lost to Paulo Thiago via second-round submission at UFC 109. It was his second consecutive defeat and sent him to the doctor’s office looking for answers.
“Four years ago, I was told I had dyspepsia,” Swick told Sherdog.com. “I just assumed they were right since I had my stomach scoped twice by different doctors. After [the Thiago loss], I didn’t think I could eat enough to be competitive at the level of the UFC. I didn’t want to quit doing what I love, but I figured I needed to do something if I wanted to stay at this level. I went back to a new doctor who did a totally new evaluation, and he said I had a severely spastic esophagus.”
UFC (Apparently) Cuts Gilbert Yvel
It appears that Gilbert Yvel's latest stint in UFC is over. Although there has been no official announcement from UFC yet, Yvel reportedly has been removed form the promotion's roster following an 0-3 run in UFC, and he's only 1-4 in his last 5 overall fights. This followed an 8-1 run from 2006-2009 that helped him get back to UFC.