Yamamoto Taking Time Off For Training
It hasn't been a good 2009 for Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. Since returning from a knee injury that cost him all of 2008 he was upset by Joe Warren at DREAM 9 and then KO'd in a K-1 fight 2 months later. Last week, he announced at a press conference held in his gym that he plans to travel abroad for training. This means no potential fight at DREAM 11 or DREAM 12 as had been hoped for, but DREAM approved his training sabbatical. Kid hopes to train in either Thailand or the US west coast with plans to return to Japan by the end of the year, possibly fighting on the annual NYE blowout show.
WEC No Longer On DirecTV
It's not a good day to be a WEC fan if you have DirecTV. The satellite TV provider has dropped Versus, the network that broadcasts WEC events, as of midnight this morning. DirecTV says that Versus is asking for a 20% increase in fees. Before the blackout, Versus was getting 18 cents per DirectTV subscriber. In a statement put out by DirecTV, they claim Versus' owner, Comcast, forced DirecTV to remove Versus due to not accepting the terms Comcast demanded.
Lift The Ban Watch: Maine Legalizes MMA
With legislation signed into law Monday, Maine has become the latest state to legalize MMA. The bill creates an "MMA Authority" in the state that must have rules for the sport established by March 1, 2010,which is when the state can host MMA events including UFC if such rules are in place. A UFC event in the state could feature hometown star Marcus Davis.
Denis Kang eager to beat Michael Bisping’s ass in Manchester
“I jumped at the opportunity as soon as it was put in front of me…. I think I am gonna beat his ass … whether he won his last fight or lost it. He is a good fighter, he has got cardio and he knows how to win a fight. He knows how to ride the momentum, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say he is a standout in any area but he is decent in all areas and he has a good head for the game, which can take you a long way…. I always want to finish the fight but you know, he’s only got two losses and he went the distance with Rashad Evans. But I am going to go for the KO like Hendo!… To me he is not ‘cocky Michael Bisping,’ he is just a sack of flesh and bones across the Octagon that I am waiting to pound on.”
2009 ADCC Tournament
Kyra Gracie, Brazil (2007 women's -59kg winner)
Sayaka Shioda, Japan (2007 women's -55kg winner)
Megumi Fujii, Japan
Michelle Tavares, Brazil
Laurence Cousin, France
Ina Steffensen, Denmark
Hillary Williams, USA
Luanna Alzuguir, Brazil
Hannette Staack, USA (2007 women's Absolute and -67kg winner)
Penny Thomas, USA (2007 women's 67kg+ winner)
Hitomi Hiraiwa, Japan
Rosângela Conceição, Brazil
Ida Hansson, Sweden
Shanti Abelha, Denmark
Lana Stephanac, USA
Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos, Brazil
Rani Yahya, Brazil (2007 men's -65kg winner)
Jeff Curran, USA
Justin Rader, USA
Leo Vieira, Brazil
Hiroshi "Iron" Nakamura, Japan
Jeff Glover, USA
Baret Yoshida, USA
Rubens Charles Maciel, Brazil
Jayson Patino, USA
David Marinakis, Australia
Ryan Hall, USA
Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas, Finland
Nicolas Renier, France
Rafael Mendes, Brazil
Kohei Yasumi, Japan
Marcelo Garcia, Brazil (2007 men's -76kg winner; Garcia also won the -76kg class in 2003 and 2005, and placed 2nd in the 2007 Absolute bracket.)
Ben Askren, USA
Bill Cooper, USA
Milton Vieira, Brazil
Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Japan
Georges St. Pierre, Canada
Pablo Popovich, USA
Kron Gracie, USA
Enrico Cocco, USA
Rodney Ellis, Australia
Don Ortega, USA
Toni Linden, Finland
Marcelo Azevedo, Brazil
Murilo Santana, Brazil
Keita Nakamura, Japan
Demian Maia, Brazil (2007 men's -87kg winner; will he get a chance to avenge his loss to Nate Marquardt?)
Gunnar Nelson, Iceland
Tarsis Humphreys, Brazil
Rousimar Palhares, Brazil
Braulio Estima, UK
Nate Marquadt, USA
Mike van Arsdale, USA
Daniel Tabera, Spain
Rafael Lovato Jr.
Chris Weidman, USA
Igor Praporshchikov, Australia
Jason Selva, USA
Trond Saksenvik, Norway
Andre Galvao, Brazil
Kazuhiro Nakamura, Japan
Kassim Annan, France
Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro, USA (2007 men's -98kg winner)
Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz, Brazil
Renato Sobral, Brazil
Vesa Vuori, Finland
Vinicius Magalhães, Brazil
Dean Lister, USA
Roberto Abreu, USA
Ricardo Arona, Brazil
Gerardi Rinaldi, USA
Anthony Perosh, Australia
Rafael Davies, USA
Andreas Olsen, Norway
Radek Turek, Poland
Glover Teixeira, Brazil
Yukiya Naito, Japan
Fabricio Werdum, Brazil (2007 men's 99kg+ winner)
Jeff Monson, USA
Tom Erikson, USA
Jon Olav Einemo, Norway
Rogent Lloret, Spain
Saulo Ribeiro, USA
Dennis Roberts, Australia
Asa Fuller, USA
Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen, Finland
Tomasz Janiszewski, Poland
Antoine Jaoude, Brazil
Kouji Kanechika, Japan
Tom DeBlass, USA
Can't wait for this.
White makes weight-loss wager with Liddell, endorses spot on "Dancing with the Stars"
UFC president Dana White recently made his opinion quite clear on fighters who pursue film careers while still active in MMA.
But when it comes to semi-retired former champion Chuck Liddell's appearance on the ABC series "Dancing with the Stars," White's all for it.
"I think it's interesting," White said. "I think that it's great because Chuck needs something to do with his time right now, and he's taking it serious and he's training for it. It's good to see him fired up and taking something serious and back in the gym."
Two more bouts added to Aug. 25 "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings"
With the next installment of the Strikeforce's Challengers series just less than four weeks away, the organization now has four bouts officially announced for the Showtime-televised portion of the card.
Strikeforce today announced that unbeaten prospect Tyron Woodley (3-0) meets seven-year veteran Zach Light (6-8) while undefeated local fighters Travis Calanoc (3-0) and Thomas Longacre (4-0) face off at the Sept. 25 event "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings."
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Fighting Brock Lesnar would be ‘awesome’
“I like big fights like that. It would be my pleasure, but if they gave me a title shot, it would be awesome. I have more experience than (Lesnar). That’s a big advantage I have. A lot of jiu-jitsu and good standing up, make him tired man, move around, move around. When I get his timing, hit him with a good right hand and box him, box him and get him tired. I’ve been in there a long time. I can see what’s going on. If he goes on the top into my guard, I can play with him. Let’s see, let’s see what is going to happen.”
UFC heavyweight contender Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira breaks down a possible future bout against current champion Brock Lesnar. “Minotauro” reinserted himself into the title picture with a thrilling three round victory over Randy Couture at UFC 102 on August 29 in Portland. That victory helped erase the memories of a “half-dead” Nogueira getting trounced by a suddenly pugilistic Frank Mir back at UFC 92. Does a reborn Big Nog still have the ability to finish off the major players in his division? Or will bruising behemoths like Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar turn him into Brazilian confetti?
Brett Rogers: Fedor ‘hasn’t felt the power that he’s about to get’
"Life is kinda moving along pretty fast now, especially after this (Andre) Arlovski fight. I feel this is well deserved, I mean, everything that happened, happened for a reason, and I was the one to complete it. I feel that I’m a different fighter for Fedor; he hasn’t felt the power that he’s about to get. He’s talented, but the same things he’s skilled in, I’m skilled in. It’s just we’re gonna see who’s more hungry."
Undefeated heavyweight wrecking machine Brett Rogers anticipates giving former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko more power than he can handle when the two clash this Fall for the Strikeforce promotion on Showtime. "Da Grim" has taken a serious step up in competition after knocking out Andrei Arlovski at the "Lawler vs. Shields" event back in June. Is he ready to dethrone "The Last Emperor?" Or will Emelianenko drop the iron curtain on the aspiring heavyweight? Time will tell…
Could a "Big" Referee Return To UFC In October?
If the CSAC makes it so via referee assignments, maybe. That today is according to veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy on possibly returning to UFC at UFC 104 in Los Angeles. California is one of a few states McCarthy is currently licensed in, meaning he could work the UFC event, but says it's up to the CSAC and there's no guarantee he'll be used.
M-1 Breakthrough Main Event Payouts & Medical Suspensions
The Kansas Boxing Commission today revealed the main event fighter payouts and medical suspensions from Saturday's M-1 Breakthrough event. The Kansas Boxing Commission only tracks the fight purses for main-event fighters (though KBC commissioner Peter Howes said they'll expand the record-keeping in early 2010) so they only revealed that Muhammad Lawal & Mark Kerr made a combined $55,000 and that 5 medical suspensions were handed out-3 for 30 days, Kerr for 60 days and one is indefinite due to a shoulder injury.
Carwin reveals Velasquez/Rothwell to fight for title next
When asked about the possibility of facing either Randy Couture or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira somewhere down the line should he capture the title against Brock Lesnar, Carwin revealed:
“I was told that the winner of the Brock fight will likely face the winner of the Cain and Rothwell fight at UFC 104.”
Featherweight contenders Diego Nunes and L.C. Davis to meet at November's WEC 44 show
A quickly filling WEC 44 card will apparently have a new and notable addition; undefeated lightweight contender Diego Nunes (13-0 MMA, 2-0 WEC) vs. L.C. Davis (14-2 MMA, 1-0 WEC).
A source close to one of the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place but bout agreements not signed. WEC officials could not confirm the matchup.
Although not officially announced, WEC 44 is expected to take place Nov. 11 at a location and venue to be determined.
Despite UFC 102 headliner, White reiterates no interest in five-round non-title fights
If you thought Saturday's Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture UFC 102 main event fight might have swayed Dana White to change his mind and allow five-round non-title fights in the UFC, think again.
Although the Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially opened the door for non-title five-rounders, the UFC won't be using the option.
White admits that while watching Nogueira navigate his way to a decision victory at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., he thought about it. But the purist in him wants to keep five-round fights strictly for championship bouts.
UFC 102 Medical Suspensions
It looks like everyone that performed at UFC 102 is going to be just fine. The only person whose status is still unknown is Ed Herman. A few others such as Chris Leben, Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Tuchscherer, Mark Munoz, and Justin McCully were further evaluated following the event.
UFC 102 Fighter Payouts
The Oregon State Athletic Commission has revealed the disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 102. The total disclosed payouts were $1,285,000 with the biggest share-$400,000-going to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.