UFC 124 GSP vs Kos 2, December 11, Montreal
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming back to Montreal, and the event will be headlined by the most famous Canadian in the sport.
Georges St-Pierre's title defense against Josh Koscheck will take place on Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMA Fighting Monday.
Shaq Wants Hong Man Choi, Tito Ortiz For Televised MMA Fights
After NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal made his his first public appearance as a newly signed Boston Celtic at this past weekend's UFC Fan Expo Boston 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center in "Shaqachussetts," could the "Big Shamrock" soon become the "Big Octagon?" If it's up to O'Neal, fantasy could become reality. While O'Neal told ESPN on Saturday that he would like to take a fight against Korean striker and fellow 7-footer Hong Man Choi, the future NBA Hall of Famer told fans at a special Q&A session earlier in the day that not only is he serious about the challenge, but he'd like to turn the opportunity into a television special. "I would train here for a month," O'Neal said. "Then I would go to Korea to train for a month, and then we fight. The name of the show would be called 'Pick on Somebody Your Own Size.' Hong Man Choi, I'm coming for you." Of course, if Choi's not game, O'Neal could wind up featuring MMA in a future episode of his ABC-broadcast series "Shaq Vs." Namely Shaq and one Tito Ortiz.
Mike Kyle: Rafael Cavalcante Has My Light Heavyweight Belt
And he wants to take it from the new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. "I want it known that I want Feijao, and if he's a real champion, he'll want to avenge his loss. I believe it makes me the number one contender, and I hope Strikeforce feels the same. I have a lot of fans that have been calling me, telling me, texting me and telling me that the (next title) fight should be mine. It was a good show to watch, an exciting fight. I was a little disappointed that Mo didn't put on a better fight. The inexperience of both fighters showed, and that's where I believe I will beat Feijao, because I have more experience than him. No disrespect to him or his camp, but he has my belt, and I'm better than him in every category and that I can beat him in every category. If you put me in the cage with him again, it's going to be the same fight as last time." They first fought in June 2009 with Kyle winning by 2nd round TKO.
Bellator Announces Alvarez-Huerta For Bellator 33
As expected Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will fight in his hometown and meet Roger Huerta at Bellator 33 on October 21. Huerta got the fight when Pat Curran was forced out of the scheduled title fight due to injury, and this superfight will be a NON-TITLE match. Curran will still get his title shot when he returns, now expected to be during Bellator's 4th season in early 2011.
Dana: Don't Expect To See Paul Daley Back In UFC
Dana White is famous for giving guys second chances in UFC and having something of a "never say never" attitude even when he perhaps says otherwise. But he says there will be one definite exception to this rule: Paul Daley.
"That ain't happening, brother," White said after UFC 118. "I know there's a lot of people that are fans," White said. "Dude, that was one of the – I don't even know how to put a word on what that kid did. 'You just had a chance to fight him for 15 minutes, and now you're going to suckerpunch him after the fight? It's disgusting. I hate that. I have no respect for that whatsoever. I know some people out there disagree with me, but this is a sport. There's a lot of things that I'm lenient about, but to walk up and suckerpunch a guy in the face that you just had 15 minutes with?" White feels Daley simply crossed too big of a line. "When you're a fighter, and the fight ends and you're walking around calming down and relaxing, the last thing you expect to do is get punched in the face by someone," he said. "It's disgusting. I hate it."
Chuck Liddell Still Undecided On Future, Return Still Possible
More than two months after his disappointing UFC 115 loss to Rich Franklin, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell is still waiting to decide what comes next. During a special Q&A session at this past weekend's UFC Fan Expo Boston 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Liddell said he hopes to make a decision in the next month or two, but he isn't ruling out a return to the cage. And if he does come back, it won't be for a one-off affair. "I don't know yet," Liddell said of his future. "I haven't taken too much time to think about it. I've been traveling. I've only been home two days in a row twice since my last fight, so I really haven't settled down. I get to be home for a month here coming up, so I'm going to go home and kind of figure out what I'm doing now."
Dana Not Opposed To GSP-Silva, But Roadblocks Remain
The UFC's most-requested superfight is one step closer to becoming a reality. At Saturday's UFC Fan Expo Boston 2010, UFC president Dana White said he's slowly warming to the idea of a superfight between middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. "They've got a couple of guys they've got to beat before we make that fight, but I'm not opposed to making it," White told a large crowd gathered for a special Q&A session at the Hynes Event Center in Boston. However, White warns there are still a few obstacles in the way of pairing up the two UFC champions. "Well, Georges St-Pierre is a coach on this season of 'The Ultimate Fighter,'" White said. "He's got to fight (Josh) Koscheck. Then, Jake Shields is here now, so he's got a couple guys before he cleans out the division. "We're going to re-do Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva. That rematch is going to happen, and Vitor Belfort is still in the mix." But if Silva and St-Pierre make their way through two more opponents each, then the discussions for the superfight may begin in earnest.
Vitor Belfort vs. Yushin Okami To Headline UFC 122
After they both won their last respective fights, it seemed either Vitor Belfort or Yushin Okami would get a UFC Middleweight Title shot in their next fight. Turns out neither will-they get each other. With an Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch planned for next year, it now appears Belfort and Okami will face each other at UFC 122, and it will be the show's main event.
Gray Maynard Next For Edgar, Dana Says Fight Marketable
This time, there will be no question. After eight straight wins in the UFC, undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard will finally get his shot at the title in a rematch with current champion Frankie Edgar. And while their first encounter wasn't exactly a barnburner, UFC president Dana White says he has no concerns over the challenge of making the fight a financial success. The UFC boss made the upcoming bout official following Saturday night's UFC 118 event in Boston, where Maynard earned a three-round decision over top challenger Kenny Florian and Edgar successfully defended his belt against former champion B.J. Penn. "I said if Gray beats Kenny, Gray gets his shot," White said. "He absolutely beat Kenny." Maynard & Edgar first fought in April 2008 when Maynard won but Edgar got the first title shot afterwards.
UFC Claims 15,575 Attendance, $3 Million Gate For UFC 118
At the UFC 118 post-fight presser, Dana White announced UFC claimed 15,575 attendees for a $3 million live gate for the event. Official figures will be made available in the coming weeks, but it the preliminary numbers hold up, UFC 118 scored the fifth highest attendance of the UFC's 15 events this year. The gate total ranks just seventh in 2010 and trails every show from UFC 111 to UFC 116, which all topped the $3 million benchmark.
Dana: "We Won't Be Doing Any More Boxing" After Toney's UFC 118 Loss
You can call it the end of an era. Granted, that era lasted all of 3 minutes and 19 seconds, but it's still over. After James Toney was forced to tap out (or wave out, if you choose to be technical) in the first round of his UFC 118 contest with Randy Couture on Saturday night at Boston's TD Garden, White said he's done with boxers making their way to the organization – no matter who it is. "I thought we answered this question in 1993, but James came out and he picked a fight," White said. "We answered the question again in 2010. I don't think it needs to be answered again. I don't care if it's (Floyd) Mayweather or anybody else." It was in 1993 that a boxer appeared in the very first UFC event. Art Jimmerson's infamous one-gloved approach to the fight is an iconic image in the history of the sport.
UFC 118 Bonus Winners: Diaz, Davis, Lauzon
The UFC 118 Bonus Of The Night winners were announced at the post-event press conference last night. Nate Diaz & Marcus Davis earned Fight Of The Night while Joe Lauzon got Submission Of The Night, each gets $60,000 for their efforts. Since there were no KO/TKOs last night there was no Knockout Of The Night bonus awarded.
Abreu Outpoints Gracie At UFC Fan Expo
Undefeated Grapplers Quest champion Roberto Abreu capped off the UFC Fan Expo 2010 Boston "superfights" series with a dominating 9-2 win over UFC veteran Rolles Gracie. The Abreu-Gracie matchup, as well as three additional superfight contests, took place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, which also housed the UFC Fan Expo 2010. Pablo Popovitch, the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling world champion, on Saturday also edged out late replacement Lucas Lepri. Ryan Hall and Penny Thomas picked up wins in their respective Friday contests. While the final score indicated a fairly one-sided match, both Abreu and Gracie provided several entertaining moments in the most exciting contest of the weekend. While Gracie enjoyed a decided advantage in size, Abreu's blend of speed and power left the pair scrambling all over the mat. Three times the match had to be restarted as the action carried into the barriers around the contest surface. Abreu had Gracie in trouble in multiple occasions as he took the back briefly before threatening with a few serious triangle choke and armbar attempt. Abreu also looked close to ending the fight on a toehold, but Gracie survived the attempt and turned it into his own highlight by attacking his opponent's leg and nearly landing a submission. Abreu escaped from the attempt and moved to top position. An obviously frustrated Gracie settled onto his back, and Abreu cruised to the decisive win.
Wanderlei Silva Eyes February Return, Leben Top On Hitlist
Wanderlei Silva may have needed crutches to make his way around this weekend's 2010 UFC Fan Expo Boston, but that doesn't mean he's not already thinking about his next trip to the cage. "The Axe Murderer" on Friday told fans at a Fan Expo Q&A session that he was eyeing a return to action as soon as February. Silva said he's currently targeting a February return date, and he believes Chris Leben, who has openly lobbied to fight the Brazilian at the culmination of a season of "The Ultimate Fighter," would provide a suitable return opponent.
James Toney will earn an estimated $750,000 - $1,000,000 at UFC 118
A debate has raged over who would prevail if a boxer and a mixed martial artist fought since MMA was invented in the early 1990s. No one has been able to figure out how the old-school sweet science fits in with this new-age phenomenon. At UFC 1, a fighter competed wearing one boxing glove and one free hand. Ever since, the two sports have battled for fans, media attention and bragging rights.
The UFC, led by former boxer-turned-promoter Dana White, has flourished. “MMA is the king of the [expletive] right now,” Toney said, which is another reason he’s here. He’ll make an estimated $750,000 to $1 million Saturday. In boxing, “I can’t get no fights.”
3 Fights Announced For DREAM 16
Jason Miller isn't getting his hopef-for grudge match with Nick Diaz yet, so he'll have to settle for a legend in his next fight. Miller will return to Japan to face Kazushi Sakuraba in one of 3 fights announced today for DREAM 16. Also announced are Joe Warren vs. Michihiro Omigawa and Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno for the inaugural DREAM Light Heavyweight Championship.
Pat Audinwood vs. Thiago Tavares official; UFC 119 complete with 11 bouts
A lightweight matchup between Brazilian Thiago Tavares (14-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) and promotional newcomer Pat Audinwood (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now official for UFC 119.
UFC officials recently announced the matchup, which was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The contest was created when Audinwood stepped in for Aaron Riley, who was nixed from the contest for undisclosed reasons.
Roy Jones Jr. Willing to Fight Kimbo Slice
UFC 118 has been a buzz due to James Toney's jump to Mixed Martial Arts, and now, there's another popular fighter who's crossing over. Kimbo Slice (4-2), is officially leaving MMA for boxing and could make his debut late this year. The UFC veteran and former YouTube star talked to ESPN about it:
Overeem receptive to Emelianenlo fight and drug testing, but conditions apply
Alistair Overeem thinks it's a little fishy that Fedor Emelianenko is suddenly clamoring for a fight with him.
Emelianenko's reps at M-1 Global made headlines this week by announcing the Russian heavyweight wants a year-end meeting Overeem – and not Fabricio Werdum, who submitted him Emelianenko back in June.
But Overeem, Strikeforce's current heavyweight champion, contends M-1 is playing "tricks" with the public to cut in line for a crack at his belt.