Brad Morris Steps in for Bob Sapp at Impact FC 2
Brad Morris will replace Bob Sapp and meet fellow countryman Soa Palelei at Impact FC 2 this Saturday in Sydney, Australia.
Sapp fell off the card after being told by promoters it would be too expensive for him to be flown in from Bulgaria to Sydney, MMAjunkie.com reported Wednesday evening.
MMAFighting.com has since learned that Morris has agreed to be the replacement, setting up a rematch from both heavyweight's MMA debuts. On a local card in September 2002, Morris (10-4) lost by TKO to Palelei (9-2).
It wasn't the cost of plane tickets -- Bob Sapp never signed his Impact FC contract
"For three weeks, we tried to get Bob to commit to flight dates and sign a contract. He never actually signed the contract we sent him weeks ago. We needed to have this stuff taken care of weeks ago. You get on the phone with Bob, and two hours later, nothing gets accomplished. Bob is a business guy, too. He knows that sometimes things happen that make deals untenable. You can't just get three plane tickets out Sofia, especially for Bob Sapp. He's 350 pounds; he can't fly coach. Getting all the right connecting flights out of Bulgaria can't just be done last minute. The tickets were getting more expensive, but it was never a price issue. Bob was actually very reasonable about money. It was the logistics and time. None of this would've been an issue if he wasn't in Bulgaria. That made the logistics really hard: there were major visa issues for these guys coming to Australia, they had to be consulate-issued. We just weren't getting the help we needed from Bob to get it done properly."
The Life & Times Of Brock Lesnar: Coming Soon
The life and times of Brock Lesnar spans an NCAA championship in wrestling, a career as a WWE Superstar, a short stint trying out for the NFL, and now being the UFC heavyweight champion. That life will hit the pages, and then hit bookstore shelves, as Lesnar and longtime friend Paul Heyman are currently working on an autobiography for the South Dakota born fighter who has seen a lot in his 32 years. Heyman, formerly known as Paul E. Dangerously to many pro wrestling fans, has been a longtime friend to Lesnar, and the two are collaborating on a book that will give fans an insider's view to his life. No word from Lesnar on when the book will be released, but it's expected to span quite a bit of time and cover many subjects, as he's lived an interesting life that should end up being a monumental story.
Kris McCray Likely To 170, Wants Germany Fight
Kris McCray may not have won the finale for “The Ultimate Fighter Season 11,” but that doesn't mean he's lost his desire to be a fighter in the UFC. The winner of the first ever wild card in the reality show's history is looking to come back just as strong as he did after a loss on the show, and prove he belongs with the best. Currently taking some down time with family following the fight, McCray said nothing but good things about opponent Court McGee. His experience cutting weight going into the finale has McCray thinking about dropping to 170, and he already knows when and where he'd like to fight next. "I heard the UFC's going to Germany in November. I'd definitely love to get on that card, since I'm from Germany, and I speak German. So that would be a really fun trip for me," said McCray. "I'm anxious and I'm still just as hungry. I want to go showcase my skills."
UFC Returns To Australia In 2011
The Ultimate Fighting Championship took its Octagon to Australia for the first time on Feb. 21 with UFC 110. The event was an unabashed success with UFC president Dana White vowing to return, possibly making the land down under an annual stop. White recently said the Las Vegas-based fight promotion will return to Australia in 2011. “If you’ve ever known how we do it, when we come in and we’re as successful as we were in this market, we make it an annual event. So we’ll be coming back here obviously,” White said to the media at the UFC 110 post-fight press conference in Sydney. “Our first trip to Australia was very successful.” Following UFC 116 on July 3, White stated, “We’ll be back to Australia next year.” No word on where they'll go yet, but it could be back to Sydney or a trip to Melbourne.
Chris Leben Ready To Showcase His Coaching Skills Opposite Wanderlei Silva
TUF 13 coaches, perhaps? "[Coaching TUF] would absolutely be huge for me. I mean, I am a coach, that's what I do. I have my own gym with a whole group of guys that I train. I'd love the opportunity to get on TV and really showcase my skills and let the world see. I've changed quite a bit from the first season from that cocky, punk kid. I'm a mixed martial artists and I'm a fantastic coach. Besides that opportunity, Wanderlei Silva is my favorite fighter. By coming up and watching him and watching the wars that he's fought, I absolutely love the guy and I'd like to think I somewhat model my fighting style after his. Who doesn't want to go out and take out their hero?"
GSP, Edgar Come Up Short At 2010 ESPYs
Well, there's always next year. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar each fell short in their bids to win a 2010 ESPY Award at ESPN's annual awards ceremony. St-Pierre was nominated in the "Best Fighter" category, while Edgar's UFC 112 win over former champion B.J. Penn was up for an award as the year's "Best Upset." The results of the awards were announced on Wednesday night during a live ESPN broadcast. St-Pierre lost out to boxing great Floyd Mayweather, who is now a three-time winner in the category. Edgar lost to Northern Iowa's NCAA basketball tournament upset of No. 1-seeded Kansas.
Rich Clementi to Fight at Bellator 28
10-time UFC competitor and The Ultimate Fighter 4 veteran Rich Clementi will make his Bellator debut in front of hometown fans when the promotion arrives in New Orleans, La. for Bellator 28 on Sept. 9, MMAFighting.com has learned.
Varner wants Henderson, denies Cowboy fight
Varner's management team from KOReps.com issued a statement to MMAWeekly.com late Tuesday night, responding to the rumors about the fight with Cerrone.
"We have not been contacted in regards to this bout," his management team stated. "The fight between Kamal and Jamie was supposed to gain a shot at the title. The overwhelming majority of people seem to feel Jamie definitely won the fight. A title rematch with Ben in Arizona could be great for the fans and the WEC.
"For more information on an upcoming bout and injuries from the last fight please look for a video blog in the coming days on www.jamievarner.com."
Bob Sapp pulled off July 18's "Impact FC," threatens legal action
Gargantuan heavyweight and entertainment personality Bob Sapp (11-6-1) today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has been pulled from a fight with Soa Palelei (9-2) at "Impact FC 2: The Uprising - Sydney."
Sapp, who is currently in Bulgaria after recently completing work on a remake of "Conan the Barbarian," said he received an email today from the Australian MMA startup informing him that the promotion would not fly him to Sydney for the July 18 fight because the plane ticket is too expensive.
UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer Cashes In 2010 WSOP Main Event
After UFC welterweight Mike Swick cashed in one of the series' earlier events, another member of the UFC family earned a payout in the 2010 World Series of Poker – this time in the main event. Ring announcer Bruce Buffer, who also moonlights as a part-time pro poker player and host of the Luxor Las Vegas poker room, finished 478th out of 7,319 entrants. He earned a $27,519 payout for the finish. Buffer survived until the seventh of a scheduled 12-day tournament (though the first four days are all "start days" to accommodate the massive field of players). His pocket aces unfortunately fell short when a fellow player flopped quad 8s, which knocked Buffer out of the tournament.
UFC 116 Draws 12,740 For $4.05 Million Live Gate
While UFC 116 was billed as having "the biggest fight ever", financially it may not have delivered as hoped. The NSAC announced today that the event officially drew 12,740 for a live gate of $4,053,990. The attendance includes 9218 paid, 3522 comps, and the surprise stat-2194 unsold tickets. The live gate ranks 5th all-time for a UFC.
UFC 116 Drug Tests Come Back Clean
Once again a UFC event was a drug-free zone. The NSAC announced today that all 15 fighters who underwent drug testing at this month's UFC 116 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. The NSAC tested these fighters: Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Chris Lytle, Matt Brown, Krzysztof Soszynski, Stephan Bonnar, Brendan Schaub, Kendall Grove, Gerald Harris, Ricardo Romero, Jon Madsen, George Sotiropoulos and Daniel Roberts. All tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.
James Wilks To Face Claude Patrick At UFC 120
TUF 9 Welterweight winner James Wilks will face Claude Patrick at UFC 120 in London according to sources close to the event. Although not officially announced by the promotion, UFC 120 is expected to take place Oct. 16 at The O2 in London. The night's main card airs via same-day delay on Spike TV, though it's not clear if Wilks vs. Patrick will be part of the broadcast.
WEC 51: Varner vs. Cerrone Rematch Possible (Updated)
Let the trash talking re-commence again. Donald Cerrone will finally get the opportunity to rematch his nemesis, Jamie Varner, at WEC 51, which is scheduled for the 1ST Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo., on Sept. 30. Sources say at least one fighter has verbally agreed to the fight.
UPDATE: False according to Varner. He claims he hasn't been offered the fight and wants WEC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson instead.
Shark Fights 13: Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley Booked For 9/11
As expected, Keith Jardine has landed on his feet. Less than a month after being released from the UFC following his TUF 11 Finale loss to Matt Hamill on June 19 in Las Vegas, "The Dean of Mean" has agreed to throw hands with another Octagon veteran when he takes on Trevor Prangley at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 in Lubbock, Texas. Shark Fights is expected to make an official announcement regarding the September event in the coming days, including additional names signed for the pay-per-view telecast.
James Toney Wants Lesnar After Couture
Current heavyweight boxing titleholder and two-time Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year James “Lights Out” Toney makes his mixed martial arts debut in Boston against UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Couture on Aug. 28.
“After I knock out Randy Couture, I’m coming for Brock’s bitch ass next.”
AHAHAHAHAA.....wow I find this funny. If Dana ever let him fight Brock next (assuming he beats Couture which is in itself a HUGE assumption), which I doubt would happen, he had better knock him out on the first punch or he is going to get turned into meat on the ground.
Regretful Hunt Sees UFC as Last Chance
In a pair of high-top Air Jordans and matching basketball shorts, an unshaven, 290-pound Mark Hunt doesn't seem like any kind of combat sports star. Barely even a bouncer, really.
"If I'd trained as hard as some of the guys out here, I probably wouldn't be sitting here right now," Hunt laments. "I'd be at a different level of fighting.
"I just used up my time. I squandered it," he shrugs.
Despite his nonchalance, he seems genuinely filled with regret.
Hunt may have won the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix and he may own MMA wins over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, but "The Oceania Super Fighter" hasn't won a fight of any kind in more than four years. He's racked up five straight MMA losses, and in an ignominious K-1 return in April 2008, he was knocked out by a spinning back kick to the guts from heavyweight kingpin Semmy Schilt.
Yet, in spite of his recent failures, the 36-year-old Hunt will get one last chance for redemption, and on the biggest stage imaginable.
Bellator Adds Neil Grove To Season 3 HW Tournament
Neil "Goliath" Grove - a South African-born former rugby player who fought for the UFC during that organization's visit to his adopted hometown of London last year - will make his U.S. debut as part of Bellator Fighting Championships' upcoming Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament. Grove, who stands six feet, six inches tall and has fought at as big as 280 lbs. in the U.K., has compiled an overall pro record of 8-2-1 since turning pro 3 ½ years ago with all eight of his wins coming via KO or TKO. He earned widespread recognition throughout Europe early on in his career following a highlight-reel 10-second KO of former EliteXC, Pride and Sengoku headliner James Thompson and followed that up with an impressive TKO of UFC veteran James McSweeney. Grove is the fourth confirmed participant in Bellator's forthcoming Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament.
No UFC Prelims For UFC 119, Possible For 121
Spike TV will not air a one-hour "UFC Prelims" pay-per-view teaser prior to September's UFC 119 event, but the possibility remains for UFC 121. That's according to a source close to Spike TV. UFC 120, of course, won't get a special because the Oct. 16 event already airs on Spike TV (via same-day delay from London).