Ricco Rodriguez Off Bellator 31
Bellator announced today that Ricco Rodriguez is now off a planned fight at Bellator 31 due to a serious knee injury that will require surgery. He was to have faced Dave Herman. Rodriguez initially hoped to fight through the knee injury, but he's since learned multiple surgeries may be required. A replacement search is underway.
UFN 22 Medical Suspensions
The medical suspensions have been revealed from Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 22 event, and as is standard in Texas everyone is suspended. Most, however, only have to sit out 10 days and only 2 of those-Brian Foster and Jared Hamman-got longer than 30 days. Both are out 6 months unless cleared to return early by doctors.
GSP: "Koscheck has gotten in my head..."
“He’s definitely gotten into my head, which is a good thing for me,” St-Pierre said during this week’s conference call. “If you look at all the guys that I’ve fought in the past that have been very arrogant with me, I did very well.
“So it will give me more motivation to train hard, and [I'll] always think about the scenario in my head. When it is time to fight, I will have done my homework.”
While the soft-spoken champ has been more amused than offended with most of Koscheck’s comments, the French-Canadian refused to let his talkative challenger slide when he blatantly lied on the media call.
Referee Shoved by Keith Jardine Reacts to Fighter's Actions, Suspension
Steve Armstrong's night was nearly over. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation referee had just presided over the Shark Fights 13 co-main event, and now he was waiting to do his last pre-fight check over main event participant Keith Jardine.
Armstrong waited in the aisle of the Amarillo Civic Center as Jardine threw his arms up for the cheering crowd and approached him. As they intersected, Armstrong stopped Jardine with his right hand in order to begin his mandatory check. In a flash, Jardine pushed Armstrong's hand away and then stared at the veteran referee for a beat before shoving him backwards.
That quick exchange, which took just 2.5 seconds in real time, landed Jardine an indefinite suspension at the hands of the state's athletic sanctioning body, TDLR. In an interview with MMA Fighting, Armstrong explained how the incident took place and his thoughts on the actions that landed the MMA veteran in hot water.
"I think he was zoning," said Armstrong, who has been a referee in Texas for five years, but has been around martial arts since 1973. "He was fixing to fight a big fight. I was trying to stop him, and he smirked and pushed me. I said, 'You push me again, you're DQ'd.' Then he patted my shoulder like he realized what was going on. I think he got caught in the moment."
Vitor Belfort: 'Anderson Silva knows if I touch him he will fall and won't get up again'
“I want the belt. The belt belongs to Anderson today and I want to fight him. He cannot fight this year, but I won’t wait for him. I’m cheered up and training here in Las Vegas for November. It was the schedule they (UFC) gave me and now it’s time to expect it to take place. I know all of his game, I know all his jiu-jitsu, stand-up game, I know he likes spinning kicks and uses elbows. If I touch my hand on him, he falls and won’t stand on his feet anymore. If I get close like Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia did, my fire power is bigger than theirs. A fight is a fight and we know these are two champions fighting, two persons with conditions, so the most important is be smart in each second of the match for nothing goes wrong. But he knows that, if my hand touches him he won’t stay standing up. That’s not a promise, that’s a fact. I’ll go towards him, I know what I want, I’m focused and don’t doubt on what I can do. I’m very excited. Speaking about this makes me feel like fighting now (laughs)”.
John Grispi vs Eirk Koch at WEC 52
Young featherweight prospects Josh Grispi (14-1 MMA, 4-0 WEC) and Erik Koch (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) are on tap for WEC 52.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup and are soon expected to make things official.
James Toney Wants To Fight At UFC 123
Seriously. And apparently he thinks Quinton Jackson isn't the person to sell tickets in Detroit. "If they want to sell any tickets in Detroit, they should put me on there. B---- a-- Rampage can't sell no tickets in my hometown." Toney is considered highly unlikely to fight in UFC again, but you never know...
Frank Trigg To Next Fight In Israel In November
Frank Trigg's fighting career isn't over. Trigg, who hinted at a possible retirement following his February release from the UFC, has booked a Nov. 9 fight in Israel, the 38-year-old today announced. The former top UFC contender fights Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Roy Neeman at an International Fighting Championship event in Tel Aviv. The fight takes place at a catchweight of 180.4 pounds (82 kg).
Paul Daley Signs With Strikeforce
A long-rumored deal between Paul Daley and Strikeforce has officially been finalized.
MMA Fighting has confirmed with Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz that the former UFC and EliteXC welterweight contender has signed a multi-fight contract with the organization.
The organization has yet to decided when the British fighter will make his Strikeforce debut.
Palhares apologizes for false accusations; team congratulates Marquardt on win
AUSTIN, Texas – UFC middleweight contender Rousimar Palhares (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has a simple explanation for his actions in the main event of Wednesday night's UFC Fight Night 22 card.
He was wrong.
"I'm very sorry for the accusations I made," Palhares told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I'm very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight."
Palhares, a submission whiz, has made a career of catching opponents in painful leg locks. But when he tried to secure such a hold on Marquardt, the Colorado resident yanked his limb free almost immediately.
Bellator 29 weigh-in results: Massouh and Guida miss weight
All 14 Bellator 29 fighters took part in Wednesday's official weigh-ins, and two competitors missed weight.
Main-card fighter Jameel Massouh (142 pounds) missed the limit for his 140-pound catchweight fight, and preliminary-card fighter Jason Guida (215) was heavy for his 210-pound catchweight bout.
The night's co-headliners, who are Bellator's season-three heavyweight-tournament semifinalists, all made weight without incident.
Hazelett vs Bocek added to UFC 124
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fans might be in for quite a treat at UFC 124 in Montreal. Grappling whiz Dustin Hazelett will return to the lightweight division against American Top Team fighter and jiu-jitsu black belt Mark Bocek on the December 11 card.
UFC Fight Night 22 bonuses: Foster, Miller, Oliveira, Kingsbury, Hamman earn $40K
AUSTIN, Texas – Brian Foster, Cole Miller, Charles Oliveira, Kyle Kingsbury and Jared Hamman each earned $40,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 22 event.
Fosterearned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Miller and Oliveira picked up "Submission of the Night" bonuses, and Kingsbury and Hamman earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Antonio McKee Signs With UFC
A fighter many consider the most underrated – and under-appreciated – lightweight in MMA today finally will get the chance to prove he's world class. Antonio McKee is UFC bound. While the 40-year-old McKee's outspoken character consistently has drawn headlines throughout his 11-year pro career, he's piqued the UFC's interest with his most recent fights. Namely, his ability to finish them. After years of carrying the unofficial title of "world's most boring fighter," McKee, a former amateur wrestler, made a concerted effort to smash that mantle with two stoppage wins, including one that came just five days ago in front of HDNet cameras at MFC 26. "Mandingo" said he would retire if he couldn't finish PRIDE veteran Luciano Azevedo in exciting fashion, something HDNet analyst Guy Metzger doubted he could do. But he's not retiring-he's signed a 4 fight deal with UFC. No word yet on a debut date or foe.
GSP: "I Know Koscheck Better Than Ever Now"
Georges St. Pierre won't lie, he didn't exactly have a great time filming season 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which premieres Wednesday night on Spike TV.
Don't misunderstand him, he's glad he went through it, he said. He's also glad that it's over. While some fighters dislike the reality show coaching gig because it takes them away from home and disrupts their normal routine, for St. Pierre the problem wasn't so much the atmosphere as the company.
"I was with Josh Koscheck, so that was hard," the UFC welterweight champ told MMA Fighting. "He's very arrogant and I don't like to be close to this guy. But I didn't have a choice. It was a few weeks where I had to be there close to him."