Beating Chael Sonnen Will Get Nate Marquardt The Next Title Shot
According to Marquardt, of course. He is of the understanding that a win over the streaking Chael Sonnen at UFC 109 gets him a one way ticket to a 185-pound title match. Dan Henderson seemed to think the same thing, until a series of setbacks led to his departure after his Zuffa contract dried up. He also doesn't agree with Vitor Belfort getting the next shot at Anderson Silva "just because he hasn't really fought at 185".
UFC bolsters UFC 110 preliminary card with Lytle vs. Foster, Dollaway vs. Reljic
Two previously reported bouts are now official for next month's UFC 110 preliminary card.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed Chris Lytle (27-17-5 MMA, 6-9 UFC) meets fellow welterweight Brian Foster (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and middleweight C.B. Dollaway (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Goran Reljic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of both bouts, which take place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The show, which is the UFC's first in Australia, features a heavyweight pay-per-view headliner between contenders Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez. Fan favorite Wanderlei Silva takes on Michael Bisping in the co-headliner.
Kendall Grove Could Face Mark Munoz At UFC 112
Kendall Grove's mystery opponent at the as-yet-unannounced UFC 112 event could be "The Filipino Wrecking Machine." Mark Munoz reportedly is under "intense consideration" to be the opponent for Grove in Abu Dhabi. It is unknown whether bout agreements have been distributed, but at least one fighter has verbally agreed to the contest. However, Munoz first needs to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor for injuries suffered during his UFC 108 bout earlier this month before getting the green-light to begin camp (he is under medical suspension until July 2 unless cleared early).
Stout Living the Dream in the UFC
Sam Stout didn't hesitate for a moment when asked what the coolest thing he has experienced over the last 10 days.
'I was at my after(fight) party in Vegas, and MC Hammer came up to me to congratulate me. He sat down and we hung out and talked for a bit too.'
You can't touch that.
Brock Lesnar's fighting future to be revealed next week via press conference
UFC President Dana White has revealed that both he UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will hold a joint press conference next week in Las Vegas to discuss Brock's future as a mixed-martial-artist.
White confirmed the news to MMAfighting.com recently on a trip to New York, refusing to elaborate on the nature of the press conference, only saying Lesnar’s future would be out in the open. Confusing yet very positive reports have surfaced recently with Randy Couture revealing previous conversations with the champ and that he's already back in training and may be fighting by spring.
Lesnar required surgery to repair damage inflicted by intestinal diverticulitis. The promotion recently announced that number one contender Shane Carwin will battle former champion Frank Mir at UFC 111 in his absence and we may finally know by the end of next week if that bout will be contested for an interim title or the true title (if the Minnesotan is forced to surrender the belt in anticipation of a long or permanent absence).
Melvin Manhoef training at American Top Team for Robbie Lawler
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned from sources close to the fighter that Melvin Manhoef is currently “training like a maniac” for his upcoming middleweight showdown with fellow heavy handed slugger Robbie Lawler, and furthermore has made the trip out to the American Top Team in Coconut Creek for the match-up.
This isn’t the first time Manhoef has made the journey to the Florida based gym to sharpen his skills, as the feared Dutch knockout specialist admitted his intentions of returning to the gym in a 2009 conversation with 5 Oz.
“I will definitely go back to ATT to train,” said Manhoef. “The guys there help me to improve my ground skills and have become good friends of mine.”
Keith Florian Says Brother Ready For Gomi, Whoever
The rumors have circled since the weekend of UFC 108 when Gomi's signing was announced, and immediately Florian's name was mentioned as a possible opponent. Florian's brother and head coach, Keith Florian, says they'd take that fight in a second, but as of now it's still up to the UFC."I think Gomi would be a great fight for Kenny. He's one of those people who was No. 1 in the world for a long time, and I think that would be a great fight for us," Keith told MMAWeekly.com recently.
Bellator Adds To Featherweight Roster
Bellator Fighting Championships on Wednesday announced the latest addition to the growing roster for its Season 2 featherweight tournament, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.The 23-year-old Pitbull is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is known throughout his home country for his devastating striking ability. He boasts a perfect 12-0 record with all but two of his fights finishing via KO, TKO or submission. Six of these 10 early finishes occurred in the first round.
Dana: UFC In DC Likely In 2011
The Nation's Capital is now on notice-Washington, DC may be next on Dana White's hit list. After a very successful UFC Fight Night in nearby Fairfax, VA, the UFC President says a UFC PPV will probably be held in DC in "the next year, year-and-a-half. We'll bring a big PPV here".
UFN 20 Fighter Payouts
The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation has released the official fighter payouts from UFN 20. The total disclosed payouts are not known at this time because payouts for Mike Guymon & Rory MacDonald were not revealed, but the biggest share of the payouts-$60,000-went to Chris Leben.
Dear Diary: I'm Way Better Than Wanderlei Silva! Signed, Michael Bisping
And Bisping feels very confident in his game plan for the fight in Australia. He wrote this in an online diary for The Daily Telegraph (Australia): "I believe it's a very winnable fight for me, though. I know Wanderlei's a legend but I truly believe styles make fights and that I've got the perfect style to beat him. Obviously I'm going to have to be wary of his aggressive style and his punch power, but I'm very confident of going to Australia and beating Wanderlei. He's experienced and possesses heavy hands but, other than, I feel I'm way better than him. I know I have the ability to beat him – it's now just about executing my game plan on the night…"
Belfort's Manager Confirms Silva Fight For UFC 112
Following months of speculation on the fate of a postponed bout between UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, the pieces are finally in place for an April fight. Fabiano Farah, Belfort's manager, confirmed today the fight is on for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. But Silva's manager, Ed Soares, hasn't confirmed the fight yet. So make of this what you will.
Herschel Walker makes rounds with "Fox & Friends," "The Howard Stern Show"
Some hardcore mixed martial arts fans have wondered aloud why Strikeforce, as a rapidly growing promotion, is willing to offer a platform to former NFL great Herschel Walker (0-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) for his professional fight debut.
The answer is simple: exposure.
Today came notice that Strikeforce will now look to capitalize on Walker's fame, and the soon-to-debut heavyweight will hawk the Strikeforce brand to a pair of very mainstream outlets.
Strikeforce today officially announced that Walker will be featured on Wednesday editions of Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" and Sirius XM's "The Howard Stern Show."
Wilson Gouveia Cut by UFC, Will Make MFC Debut in April
Following back to back TKO losses, the UFC has apparently trimmed Wilson Gouveia from their roster. However it didn’t take the fighter long to find at new home with Maximum Fighting Chamionships, according to a post on the promotion’s president, Mark Pavelich’s Twitter account.
Wilson always put on a show and was ready for a war every time out, but you do have to win in order to stay in the UFC, I think he could possibly make a comeback after a couple wins in MFC.