Demian Maia Talks Mario Miranda Win, Hints at Move to Welterweight
"(Mario Miranda) defends really well, and in really sticky situations, where you have to defend taking blows. Sport Jiu-Jitsu is one thing, MMA is really different. He defended really well in difficult positions ... It’s something I need to fix, but credit to him, too."
"I controlled the standup game well, landed good takedowns, but couldn’t manage to finish. I’m going to go back and contemplate that now."
Kimbo Slice: UFC Ain't Done Nothing to Me Except Put More Money in My Pockets
Kimbo Slice is the same person he's always been, the former street brawler-turned-MMA fighter and now professional boxer said Monday, reflecting on his stint with the UFC.
"I've always been the same person, UFC ain't done [expletive] to me except put more money in my pocket," Slice said. "Bring me down or tear me up, the UFC was what it was; the opportunity to make some money and feed my family. That's what it was. I've always been humble and I'll still be that way. They [didn't] make or break me."
Gray Maynard Isn't Finishing His Opponents-But Neither Is Anyone Else
And he doesn't understand what the fuss is all about with regards to his last 7 wins-all decisions. "That's what I keep telling people! Who is stopping them? Name a name and I'll bow down, but who is stopping these guys? That's why I can't pay attention to these people. If you're a true sports fan who enjoys MMA and really try to understand it, you'll get it. Look at Edgar. He's only ever lost to myself. Look at Clementi, who has 52 professional fights and has only been stopped a handful of times. Jim Miller has only lost to the champion and myself. Huerta has never been stopped. Pretty much the same thing with Nate Diaz. Florian did get stopped by Penn, but you see what I mean. It's an excuse, but that's just how it is. I'm asking for the top guys. The decisions are just part of it. The sport is growing so much that these fights are just going to keep getting closer and closer. I don't know what people are going to do, but there are going to be a lot more close fights. More fighters are able to pull in the cash you need to hire the top coaches and eat and train right. We're going up against the guys where that's all they do year round. They train everyday. The gap is going to start to close on these title fights. Guys are getting better and better. People will start to appreciate it, it just takes time."
WEC version of TUF coming
With the season 12 debut of the "Ultimate Fighter" just a couple of weeks away, the UFC is mapping out the future of the reality show that will include an international flavor and a WEC version of the show coming soon. White also confirmed the flyweight division in the WEC, in a move that could be completed before the end of the 2010 calendar year.
Sengoku's bantamweight quarterfinals set with Inoue, Shimizu, Nakahara, Tamura
With today's announcement of four new participants, the field is set for World Victory Road/Sengoku's Asian bantamweight grand prix. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported this past week, the Japanese-based promotion announced the four Sengoku fighters who compete at Sengoku 15's tourney continuation: Wataru Takahashi (12-13-4 MMA, 2-0 SRC), Shoko Sato (9-3 MMA, 2-0 SRC), Jae Hyun So (6-8 MMA, 2-0 SRC) and Shintaro Ishiwatari (9-3-3 MMA, 2-0 SRC).
Jorge Santiago wants to fight again in the U.S.
Sengoku officials require him to defend his belt once every six months, but that doesn't mean Santiago wants to wait that long. He's open to proving his talents once again in the U.S., particularly in Strikeforce, where he won a single-night four-man tournament in November 2007 shortly before making his way overseas.
Fedor To Be Featured On Best Of PRIDE Season 2
Fedor Emelianenko may never step foot in the UFC’s Octagon, but the biggest MMA promotion in the world won’t ignore what the Russian was able to accomplish during his days with Pride Fighting Championships, and during season 2 of the popular Spike TV show, the “Last Emperor” will make his debut. Many fans wondered about Fedor’s inclusion in the show after he didn’t make an appearance during the first season of the program that features the best Pride fights from the extensive library the UFC obtained when the purchased the company a few years back. UFC president Dana White says the Russian fighter will definitely appear in the 2nd season, set to debut later this year. “Season 2 homie, Best of Pride, Fedor is on it,” White said during a Q&A session with fans during the UFC Fan Expo in Boston.
James "No Bitch" Toney Wants Randy "Real Man" Couture To Return The Favor And Come To Boxing
Yes, the boxer still wants a piece of "The Natural" even after UFC 118-albeit in boxing this time as Toney called out Couture once again. But a little more respectfully this time. "My thing with Randy Couture is he is a legend in his sport. He seems like a good person. I don't know him personally, but from when I met him, he seems like he's a great dude, man. And if he is a real man, come put the gloves on. I did it his way, now come do it my way. I'm glad they got respect for me because my background speaks for me. Everybody knows that I ain't got no bitch in me."
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.