Lytle Welcomes the Winner of Hardy vs. Condit
If there's one thing you can always say about Chris "Lights Out" Lytle, it's that he comes to fight. A winner of four fights in a row, Lytle dispatched of former roommate Matt Serra on Saturday night to avenge an earlier loss to the native New Yorker. And after three big wins in 2010, he's poised to make the jump to the next level of competition.
Fighting in the UFC in his hometown of Indianapolis was a dream for Lytle, but he's not going to sit back and bask in that moment because now he believes he's ready for that next big step.
WEC champ Jose Aldo says maintaining title not his primary focus
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – At just 24 years old, things are going pretty well for WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (17-1 MMA, 7-0 WEC).
A relatively unknown Brazilian prospect just 18 months ago, "Junior" is now widely considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
But while some MMA observers and even WEC brass have pondered Aldo's potential to someday hold belts in multiple weight classes, the phenom himself is more focused on what it will be like someday when he can't be called a champion in any division.
WEC Prospect Alert: Is the 'Mongolian Wolf' the Next 'Korean Zombie'?
On Thursday, Zhang Tie Quan will become the first fighter from mainland China to compete in the WEC. The China Top Team featherweight product will close out the preliminary portion of WEC 51 against Pablo Garza — who just made a brief appearance on TUF 12 as a lightweight hopeful — after being originally scheduled to face Alex Karalexis (out, injury) and then Jason Reinhardt (out, bad vision). It's a big moment for Chinese MMA, as well as for Zuffa, which has been angling toward expansion in Asia, but is generally short on Asian rising stars in its promotions. With "The Mongolian Wolf," they couldn't have picked up a better prospect.
Strikeforce KJ Noons-Nick Diaz Cesar Gracie Conference Call Transcript
Apparently Nick Diaz doesn't like conference calls.
If Strikeforce would have read his "Things I don't like," rider he sent along to them with his signed contract, they would have realized that "conference calls" were on the list before "Mayhem Miller" and after "children" and they wouldn't have scheduled him for a media call that he had no intention of participating in.
So instead of pulling the plug on today's call completely when they realized Nick wasn't interested in talking to reporters about his October 9 title defense against KJ Noons, they got the next best guest they could get on short notice for the call: Cesar Gracie. No, seriously, that's the best they could do.
KJ Noons Is Running Up The Middle, Try To Stop Him
Yes, he actually likens his MMA fighting plan to, of all things, football, on today's SF conference call. "Let me put it like this, for anyone that played any level of football, in high school or whatever. My game plan is to run it up the middle, try to stop me. That's it. That's how I fight every time. I'm coming right at you win or lose. Nick Diaz is all over the place, to keep the football analogy going, he's out there running all these crazy plays. We'll see who's strategy works best come October 9."
UFC Re-signs Stefan Struve
6'11" skyscraper Stefan Struve has signed a new 4-fight deal with UFC. His management team announecd the deal today but terms were not disclosed. Struve is 4-2 so far in UFC, losing his UFC debut to Junior Dos Santos but going 4-1 since with the only loss in that stretch being to Roy Nelson.
UFC 119 Prelims: 1.3 Million Viewers
Ratings for this past weekend's UFC 119 "UFC Prelims" special were up slightly and peaked with 1.36 million viewers. The live broadcast, which preceded the night's pay-per-view main card, featured two live preliminary-card bouts from Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse. The bouts included C.B. Dollaway's submission win over fellow middleweight Joe Doerksen and heavyweight Matt Mitrione's decision victory in a slugfest with Joey Beltran. Spike TV's previous "UFC Prelims" broadcast, which accompanied August's UFC 118 event in Boston, scored a series-low 1.1 million viewers. Of the 11 "UFC Prelims" that have aired since their inception in September 2009, UFC 119's tied for sixth best. There are 2 left this year, before UFC 121 & 123. Additionally, the reason 124 won't get one is because of a conflict with Spike's annual Video Game Awards.
Fedor: Right Now, SF Is Struggling To Find Me A Serious Opponent
With Alistair Overeem seemingly ducking Fedor and Fabricio Werdum out until next year (injury) there don't seem to be many options from SF...among other potential hurdles. "I have said many times that I have nothing to do with match-making. Right now, Strikeforce is struggling to find me a serious opponent. Alistair Overeem keeps finding all sorts of excuses not to fight me. The remaining stars have lost in their recent fights, so the promotion has no desire to put them up against me. And Fabricio Werdum is still recovering from his surgery. In addition, I have only one fight remaining with Strikeforce ... I'm yet to decide whether I'm going to continue my fighting career after this contract expires. Also, my candidacy nominated for the Post of Deputy in Belgorod Regional Duma, and if I'm elected, I think, will defend the interests of the people and try to do my best efforts for the development of sport. But again, I think it's too early to talk about it. I have to finalize the contract and prepare for my last bout."
Minotauro Nogueira Likely To Return In Mid-2011
According to both Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and manager Ed Soares, "Minotauro" is definitely done for the year due to knee & hip surgeries and likely is out until mid 2011. "He's had surgery on his knee so far, and we're waiting on when he's going to do his hip surgery," Soares told MMAWeekly in an interview. "Probably within the next couple weeks." Nogueira was at UFC 119 supporting his brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and did have a noticeable limp from the knee surgery. Soares added that he expects Nogueira to be back 6 months after the hip surgery.
Cro Cop: I Have The Option For 2 More Fights...Knowing Myself, I Will Do Both
That's the plan with what's left on his current deal. "I think [the crowd] expected a more aggressive fight. I prepared as much as I could with all the injuries that have followed me. Also, I was sick [in Indianapolis]. I did not want to fight aggressive until the third round but he hit me with the knee. I don't think I was disgraced in this fight because I accepted it at the last moment. After Pat Barry I said that would be my last fight but I fought again. I need to rest and cure my injuries, I have a lot of injuries. This year of course I will not fight. I have the option for two more fights. Knowing myself, I will do both."
Fired by UFC 119's Matt Mitrione, agent Malki Kawa believes miscommunication to blame
MMA agent Malki Kawa believes a lack of communication led to an unfortunate public scene involving his former client, UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione.
Mitrione defeated Joey Beltran by unanimous decision at this past Saturday's UFC 119 event and then made the highly unusual move of firing Kawa during his post-fight interview, which aired live on Spike TV.
And while Kawa is unhappy with his own performance leading up to the event, he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the deck was stacked against him and that he'd like to clear the air with Mitrione.
"He's a great guy," Kawa said. "He just doesn't understand how it should get done, and I didn't get the chance to sit down and operate with him the way I normally would with anybody else."
Seven-fight lineup finalized for Thursday's Bellator 31 event
The fight card for Thursday's Bellator 31 event is set with a seven-bout lineup.
The event takes place at at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La.
The night's main card, including women's 115-pound tournament semifinal fights of Megumi Fujii (21-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) vs. Lisa Ward (14-5 MMA, 2-0 BFC) and Zoila Frausto (8-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) vs. Jessica Aguilar (9-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC), airs on FOX Sports Net.
However, one notable matchup officially is gone from the card. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported earlier this month, a heavyweight bout between Ricco Rodriguez and Dave Herman has been scratched. Although he hoped to fight through injury, Rodriguez, an early UFC champion, was forced off the card after learning a knee injury could require multiple surgeries. Herman, who had been in a contract dispute until the booking, has been removed from the card.
Murilo Rua Not Headed To UFC Despite Rumors (Yet), Signs With W-1
Former PRIDE light heavyweight luminary Murilo Rua's next fight will not be in the UFC Octagon, contrary to rumors pointing otherwise. The older brother of Mauricio Rua has signed with the W-1 promotion in Canada and will compete on the promotion's 10/23 event. His opponent will be Cesar Gracie-trained fighter Roy Boughton. Terms of Rua's deal were not disclosed but if Rua beats Boughton, then his next stop likely is UFC.
UFC 119 Medical Suspensions
The Indiana Gaming Commission has issued the medical suspensions from Saturday's UFC 119. A total of 10 fighters are suspended with most getting 30 days although Evan Dunham got 45, but 3 fighters-Mark Hunt, Matt Serra & Mirko Cro Cop are suspended indefinitely and for a minimum of 180 days.
Michael Bisping Won't Resort To MMAth While Training For Akiyama
So he says in an interview for Men's Fitness magazine, also referring to Akiyama's most recent fight, a loss to Chris Leben. "It's easy to get suckered into thinking that because Leben beat him and I beat Leben, I should be able to steamroll Akiyama, but it doesn’t work like that. Fighters match up differently and anything can happen on the night. Stylistically they’re both quite similar, and I beat Leben by just having a crisper, sharper striking style and being more technical. I want to finish Akiyama and I think I will because during this camp I’ve been knocking down lots of big guys – heavyweights. That never used to happen so it’s a sign that my boxing has come on a lot. Yeah, I want to knock out Akiyama. That’s what everyone wants to see and that’s what I’m aiming to do."
Dana White Likens Frank Mir To The Grinch
How, you ask? He's not hairy and he's not green, but Dana says he also has no heart. "I have no clue about Frank. To talk the stuff he does, and then fight like he fought, that's a little frustrating. Once "Cro Cop" stuffed his takedown attempt, his heart fell out on the floor. If Frank Mir can't bully you, his heart shrinks to the size of the Grinch's. If he can't take you down, his heart shrinks to the size of a pea."
WEC 53 Title Doubleheader set With Henderson-Pettis And Cruz-Jorgensen
World Extreme Cagefighting will close out the 2010 season with a bang and a championship double-headliner. Officials today announced WEC 53 features lightweight champ Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis and bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz vs. Scott Jorgensen. Although not announced today, Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalrous is also expected for 53.
Jason Reinhardt Off WEC 51, TUF 12 Castmember To Face Quan (Updated)
Although the exact reason for the change couldn't be disclosed, Jason Reinhardt is now off WEC 51 due to failing his pre-fight medical exam, possibly due to a vision problem. He was to have faced debuting Chinese fighter Zhang Tie Quan. Pablo Garza, who competed on the current 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter but lost early to Michael Johnson, is the short-notice replacement.
Update: The reason is because Reinhardt's contact lens prescription is too heavy. “We were informed Thursday by the WEC that Jason's contact lens prescription was too heavy,” said Justin Reinhardt, Jason's brother and PR agent. “The State of Colorado does not allow a fighter to wear contact lenses in competition and therefore would not pass Jason to fight without his contacts. He has fought 11 years including UFC 78 with his contacts.”