Yushin Okami Feels That He Lost First Fight With Anderson Silva
Yushin Okami will be challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 134, and most fans know that this is a rematch of the 2006 battle at Rumble on the Rock 8 in Hawaii. Okami won the first bout by disqualification after Anderson used an illegal kick from his guard to hurt Okami, who was unable to continue. Okami spoke to Tatame about that bout, and while he has the W on his record, he doesn't feel like he won the fight:
"I won by DQ, but I felt I lost that fight," he said, responding to Anderson, who said he faked he was hurt to stop the fight. "There was a damage. There is no point to talk about past things so I don't really care of what people say about last fight. However, that experience made me stronger and as a result I was able to fight in UFC afterwards so I really thank and respect Silva. The word that he says to that I was dressed in damage last is past. I am not dressed. This time I will fight with respect and it will be a chance to show who's the best".
Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard headline UFC 136 in Houston
As expected, fall is the time of reckoning for Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC) and Frankie Edgar's (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) unfinished business.
UFC officials today announced that the champ and No. 1 contender will meet a third time in the headliner of UFC 136, which takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Ricco Rodriguez Agrees to New Opponent After Shark Fights 17 Weigh-in Debacle
"Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt II is finally set for Friday night at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, but it wasn’t without some last-minute drama following Thursday’s weigh-in.
Main eventers Matt Horwich and Josh Rosholt easily made weight, making their bout official, but things didn’t go as smoothly for former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez."
Demian Maia meets Jorge Santiago at UFC 136
Two Brazilian standouts looking to rebound from recent setbacks will face off in Houston.
Onetime middleweight contender Demian Maia (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Jorge Santiago (23-9 MMA, 1-3 UFC) are set to meet at UFC 136, according to a recent report on Brazilian news site iG.
UFC Quick Quote: Rashad Evans is going to 'smash' Tito Ortiz
"I feel right now honestly, not to be disrespectful, but I don't think there's anybody who could beat me, so I didn't care who they put in front of me. I've had a lot more experience since [our first fight]. I've been in a lot of big fights, had a lot of success, and that says it all. For him, he's been on a rocky road. He's had to go down a path he never walked before. Losing all those times in a row, all that heartbreak, stuff like that. You never know how that hurts someone's mentality ... The challenge kind of got extinguished a little bit. He wasn't staying consistently hot. It was something I thought about back then, but as time went on, I thought about guys who would be more of a challenge. Coming off this win, it's looking like he's got a little fire underneath him. He's moving in the right direction, so right now is the perfect chance to fight him again. If he wants to fight, I appreciate him taking the fight, but I'm going to smash him. I've been training so long, I just want to fight somebody."
- Rashad Evans
Ricco Rodriguez currently without opponent at Shark Fights 17
A weight snafu has put the co-main event of Shark Fights 17 in jeopardy.
A scheduled bout between Ricco Rodriguez (46-11) and Karl Knothe (19-6) was scratched today because of an apparent miscommunication about the contested weight limit of the bout that caused Knothe to come in grossly overweight for the event, which takes place tonight at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Both Rodriguez's camp and Shark Fights officials said the bout was agreed to a catchweight of 230 pounds while Knothe allegedly believed it to be a heavyweight contest.
When Knothe weighed in at 253.75 pounds to Rodriguez's 227.75 pounds, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation disallowed Knothe from tonight's event due to the large gap and concerns over excessive weight-cutting from the heavier fighter.
TUF Rejected Hougland made most of 132
Hougland said he tried out for the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter," the first to feature featherweights and bantamweights, but did not make it through Spike TV after clearing the UFC's cuts. Needing an additional bout to fill out the UFC 132 card, the UFC announced the Hougland and Walker fight nine days prior to the show.
"My manager was kind of talking to them, he had given them a call and they just called back and offered the fight," Hougland said. "Of course I'm not going to say no to the UFC."
If this is who they cut from the show I CANNOT WAIT to see who made it. Bisping and Miller have insisted this is the best season ever
Tickets for "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage" on sale next week
Tickets for the UFC's return to Colorado, "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage," go on sale next week.
UFC 135, which features a heavily anticipated light-heavyweight title clash between current champion Jon Jones and former champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, takes place Sept. 24 at Pepsi Center in Denver.
Featherweights Josh Grispi vs. Matt Grice slated for UFC 136
A bout featuring two featherweights in desperate need of a win has been booked for UFC 136.
Former top WEC featherweight contender Josh Grispi and recent UFC returnee Matt Grice have been booked for the October event, officials today announced.
UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Toyota Center in Houston.
UFC 137: Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione fight booked for Oct. 29 in Las Vegas
The hits, they keep on coming.
Before their most recent bookings at UFC on Versus 4, both Cheick Kongo and Matt Mitrione agreed it would be a gay old time if they got to fight one another.
ESPN brings word that they have been booked to throw hands at the upcoming UFC 137: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" event on Oct. 29, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC Welterweight Chris Lytle Eyeing Potential Political Bid in 2012
Chris Lytle has had a lot of experience balancing his dueling careers as a pro fighter and a full-time firefighter. Now he's considering adding a third to the list after forming an exploratory committee to examine a political run for the Indiana Statehouse in 2012.
The 36 year-old Lytle told MMA Fighting on Thursday that he's been discussing the move for the last few months and finally filed the papers to form the exploratory committee in order to begin preliminary fundraising, as well as to "see what people think about it."