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UFC Poet Chael Sonnen Adds GSP, Brock To Hit List
Well, we now know there's one thing Chael Sonnen apparently won't do after a tough loss-keep his mouth shut. He made that clear at today's UFC Fight Club Q&A session ahead of UFN 22 and now he's got some kind words for "a French-Canadian Minnie Mouse," (Georges St. Pierre) the UFC's heavyweight champion with a "$5 haircut and a knife tattooed on [his] chest," (Brock Lesnar) and a certain "Axe Murder" who Sonnen says "used to be a fighter." (Wanderlei Silva) "I'm ready to go,' Sonnen said at Tuesday's special Q&A session at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. "Is Anderson here somewhere? I'll kick his ass from Austin all the way to San Antonio. People keep saying, 'Chael, you're hyping the fight.' No I'm not. Hyping a fight is when I tell you guys, 'This is going to be a great fight.' I did just the opposite (before the first fight), and I'm going to do just the opposite now. This is not going to be a great fight. This is going to be him getting beat up for 25 minutes or until he gives up."
Submitted Sep 14, 2010 7:03PM by DCRage - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
Keith Jardine's Week Just Went From Bad to Worse
When Keith Jardine lost his Shark Fights debut against Trevor Prangley last weekend, effectively racking up his fifth straight loss, it didn't seem like things could get much worse for the struggling former UFC light heavyweight. It appears it did. Jardine has been suspended indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing for allegedly shoving a Texas Combative Sports Program official prior to his main event fight Saturday night. According to Jardine's manager, "The Dean of Mean" was reacting to being aggressively grabbed by fans as he made his way to the cage and thought he was pushing an overzealous spectator. “What happened, when Keith got through the crowd area, he was stopped and somebody was pulling on his shirt, out of reaction Keith pushed the guy to get him off and it happened to be [an official]," Jardine’s manager, John Madrid told MMAWeekly. "There were no commission people or any security or anything to escort Keith out to the cage, and the TV guys are saying we gotta go. The crowd was really tight knit walking out, people reaching over the barriers grabbing at him and wanting to touch him. He’s standing there … he’s being grabbed, he turns around in instinct and pushes the guy back, thinking its an over aggressive fan, but it happens to be [an official]. He’s very apologetic to that. The only part that the commission saw was Keith pushing the commission guy.” Here's the video of the incident, which seems to contradict Jardine's camp's side of the story. In the clip, it looks like Jardine takes umbrage with the official touching him while he gives him some last-minute instruction before he enters the cage and seems to clearly pauses for a second to look at who he is about to shove before giving the ref the "get the **** off me."
Submitted Sep 14, 2010 4:13PM by SmileR - 18 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Hardy: Marquardt is an illiterate charisma donor
MY column for the Post last week, where I called for officials to be stricter on wrestling being used inside the Octagon to stall and ride out the clock without actually fighting, caused a bit of an internet storm. I was just expressing my view, as a fan of the sport as much as a fighter, and I was happy to see a lot of fans out there agreed with most of what I wrote. Sadly, there were some people who clearly couldn't grasp the points I was making. The column wasn't about wrestling's place in MMA, it was about using wrestling purely to stall and avoid fighting. Had I written the column after Kalib Starnes's effort versus Nate Quarry, it could easily have been about avoiding fighting by standing and running. Both are against the 'timidity' rule. One guy who struggled to keep up with the points I made was UFC middleweight and charisma donor Nate Marquardt, who always seems to have something to say about me, for no other reason than I once competed against one of his friends.
Submitted Sep 14, 2010 1:23PM by emfleek - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
Josh Koscheck: 'MMA would be boring if it were full of fighters like Georges St. Pierre'
"If this show [TUF 12] is successful, it's probably not going to be because of Georges St. Pierre's personality. I didn't have to work on it [becoming a heel]. I've always been an ornery little [profane]. I have a knack for getting under people's skin. I want to be an entertainer. I want to be the guy who makes money outside of the cage. If I've got to be the villain to do it, then I'll do that. Life would be boring if you didn't have controversy. This sport would be boring if you had guys who were just like a Georges, who looks like a robot, talks like a robot, and fights like a robot. You need guys out there with personality. There's not many guys who are out there who are willing to do that. I'm willing to do that."
Submitted Sep 14, 2010 1:22PM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Dan Hardy fires back over criticism surrounding 'Wrestle-Gate'
"One guy who struggled to keep up with the points I made was UFC middleweight and charisma donor Nate Marquardt, who always seems to have something to say about me, for no other reason than I once competed against one of his friends. Sadly, we can now add 'literacy test' to the types of tests Nate has failed, because he either misread the whole thing or – like writers from AOL and Yahoo did – just read the first paragraph or two and had to stop because reading gives him a headache. Ultimately, people can agree or disagree with what I wrote, but the facts are on my side. The Nick Lentz fight at UFC 118, which was the catalyst for my column, was the only UFC Prelim fight to ever lose TV viewers. That hurt the pay-per-view buy rate, it hurt Andre Winner's career, it hurt lightweight Joe Lauzon – who had an amazing performance immediately after Lentz's effort, which fewer people witnessed because of Lentz – and it hurt the sport as a whole. No one watching that Lentz fight was entertained, no one turned to their buddy and screamed 'Damn! This fight is so awesome! He's holding the hell out of him!' I would never presume to speak for the UFC, but I can't see Lentz getting any more prime time opportunities anytime soon."
Submitted Sep 14, 2010 1:21PM by SmileR - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
The Trilogy: Hughes-Penn 3 Confirmed For UFC 123
Trilogies have become a part of great film series and great fights. The latest trilogy to happen in MMA will take place at UFC 123 when former welterweight champions B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes settle the score as they meet in the co-main event of the November 20 event in Detroit, Mich. Rumors about the bout began to circulate on Monday when Hughes posted on his official website that UFC president Dana White had contacted him with an interesting proposal for the November card in Detroit. With B.J. Penn previously stating that he had also been contacted about a potential return in November, the pieces started falling together and the two legends were put together for a third fight. On Monday sources confirmed the rumors that Penn and Hughes had agreed to meet, and MMAFighting.com was the first to officially report the bout.
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 9:20PM by DCRage - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
The trash talking continues: CroCop on Mir
“He has an American attitude and approach to the fight, with a big mouth and big statements. I think he should better keep his mouth shut… I am aware he is a better fighter than Mostafa Al Turk and Anthony Perosh, more skilled, but he should pray to god not to be knocked out,” he told UFC.com
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 8:02PM by jae_1833 - 31 comments
Filed under: UFC
Matt Hughes targets a fight for UFC 123, possibly against BJ Penn
A source close to the situation that discussions are underway between Matt Hughes, BJ Penn and the UFC to set up a rubbermatch between the pair at UFC 123 on November 20.
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 7:58PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tatame reports Gerald Harris vs Maiquel Falcao
With 25 wins and only three losses in the MMA record, Brazilian Maiquel Falcão signed a four fight deal with the UFC today. The Chute Boxe fighter, who won his last seven fights in the first round, signed the deal only one week after getting a deal with Prime Fighters agency, and his debut will be on UFC 123, against Gerald Harris.
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 7:56PM by jae_1833 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
TUF 12 Finale Official For 12/4 In Vegas
As expected, the soon-to-debut 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" concludes Dec. 4 with the traditional live finale. The NSAC recently approved the date and location, The Pearl At The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 2:53PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Warren withdraws from Dream 16
One of the top fights slated for Dream 16 on Sept. 25 in Nagoya, Japan, was a featherweight matchup pitting the world-ranked Michihiro Omigawa against newly crowned Bellator Fighting Championships featherweight titleholder Joe Warren. However, during an appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Savage Dog Show on Friday, Warren said he will not face Omigawa at the event.
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 9:51AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Dream
Shark attack: Keith Jardine cites bad migraine for 'slow start' against Trevor Prangley; vows to keep fighting
"I had a pretty slow start actually. I never make excuses before my fights but coming up before this fight I had the worst migraine in the world and it took me actually two rounds to get through that. Everything he was touching me with hurt man, I was just in a bad situation there. I just tried to gut it out and my head kinda cleared up and things worked out well in (the third) round but I guess not well enough to win the fight ... I'm just gonna keep fighting and see what happens."
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 9:49AM by emfleek - 21 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
DREAM.16 adds Omigawa vs. Escovedo, Takaya vs. Beebe, Ishida vs. Nishiura
Three new bouts have been added to the upcoming DREAM.16 card, officials today announced. The matchups include Hiroyuki Takaya (13-8-1 MMA, 4-1 DREAM) vs. Chase Beebe (13-5-1 MMA, 0-2 DREAM), Michihiro Omigawa (11-8-1 MMA, 2-0 DREAM) vs. Cole Escovedo (16-5 MMA, 1-0 DREAM), and Mitsuhiro Ishida (19-6-1 MMA, 3-1 DREAM) vs. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (11-5-1 MMA, 1-1 DREAM). Omigawa initially was slated to fight newly crowned Bellator featherweight champ Joe Warren but instead fights for former WEC title-holder Escovedo. DREAM.16 takes place Sept. 25 at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. The event airs on HDNet in North America.
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 9:46AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: Dream
Strikeforce inks heavyweight notable Josh Barnett
Former UFC champion and longtime top-10 heavyweight Josh Barnett has inked a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, officials today announced. Terms of the deal and a debut date were not disclosed. The 32-year-old fighter enters the organization with an overall 26-5 mark and a current six-fight win streak that includes victories over the likes of Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo, Gilbert Yvel and Geronimo dos Santos.
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 9:43AM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Jorge Masvidal signs with Strikeforce
Jorge Masvidal (20-6), who recently dropped a decision to #10 Ranked Welterweight, Paul Daley, has signed with Strikeforce, and will be dropping back down to lightweight. "I signed a 6 fight, 2 year deal with Strikeforce. Let the world know I am going to knock out everybody they put in front of me. I don't have an opponent yet but I want a big fight; you know. I want Melendez or the next big name. No B level fighters. Beerbohm is good but nobody really knows him. I would like to get Kawajiri, that would be great."
Submitted Sep 13, 2010 9:01AM by Pookie - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Let the smack talk begin: Mir on CroCop
Frank Mir has taken his first verbal shots at UFC 119 opponent Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic, accusing the Croatian of ‘making excuses’ and claiming he will submit the PRIDE FC grand prix champion in the first round.
Submitted Sep 12, 2010 6:27PM by jae_1833 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
HDNet To Get UFC Access
After years of a relationship that could best be termed "sometimes rocky," billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has settled his differences with UFC president Dana White – at least enough for the UFC to open the door for Cuban's TV network, HDNet. Cuban made the announcement on Friday's episode of "Inside MMA," a weekly mixed martial arts interview and highlights show that airs on HDNet with hosts Kenny Rice and former King of Pancrase champion Bas Rutten. Cuban said the network will now be granted access to Zuffa events and will be able to use video highlights after fights. And he said Rice and Rutten would be at UFC events as part of the "Inside MMA" show. Cuban said any perceived rifts with White over the years were merely the nature of business. As for the future plans, "Going forward, you'll see HDNet at all the UFC events," Cuban said. "We'll have (Rice and Rutten) there. We'll be doing interviews there. Hopefully we'll be able to go live from weigh-ins. They still have their deals with Spike, obviously, and Versus, and they'll still work closely with some other folks. But we'll have full access, and that's going to be a big change. That means ("Inside MMA") will have a lot more access. I'm looking forward to working really closely with them and doing a lot more with them."
Submitted Sep 12, 2010 12:24PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, HDNet
Houston Alexander: I Proved That You Never Give Up
When Houston Alexander burst into national consciousness with back-to-back highlight-reel stoppages in the UFC, "The Assassin" seemed primed to provide the world with and endless stream of entertaining video clips. Unfortunately for Alexander, in five of his next six fights those clips involved someone else getting their hand raised at the end of the reel. But the 38-year-old has always refused to quit, even when it seemed like his only option, and never was that attitude more apparent than in his Shark Fights 13 victory over fellow UFC veteran Sokoudjou. "My kids, I always tell those guys never give up," Alexander said following the win. "I proved that you never give up. Never give up."
Submitted Sep 12, 2010 10:11AM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks tapped for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale main card
A welterweight bout between rising contenders Rick Story (11-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Johny Hendricks (9-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is slated for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale in December. A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place and that bout agreements are in the process of being finalized.
Submitted Sep 12, 2010 1:05AM by jae_1833 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shinya Aoki: BJ Penn Didn't Lose; Wrestlers Have No Risk
"I am really a huge fan of BJ Penn, he is one of my favorite fighters. He lost by decision. When we look at martial arts in it's most extreme form, we need to win by submission or knockout. In that sense, he didn't lose. He lost that fight but he is still 'the man'. He is still my favorite fighter."
Submitted Sep 11, 2010 4:51PM by BigIP - 19 comments
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