RICH FRANKLIN: Stuck in the Middle
Former UFC middleweight titleholder Rich "Ace" Franklin headlines UFC 103 against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. The two will complete at a catch weight of 195 pounds; for Franklin it will be back-to-back fights at what I've coined the heavy middleweight division.
What does a win at 195 do for a fighter in the middleweight or light heavyweight division?
"That's a good question," Franklin told MMAWeekly.com. "I look at myself online sometimes and I see that I don't really have a good ranking at 205. I don't really have a good ranking at 185 anymore. I think a lot of people don't know where to put me in those weight classes, and I realize that these catch weight fights are kind of doing that to me.
Strikeforce's Casey Olson returns to MMA after soul-crushing loss of father
As a freshman in high school, Casey Olson was small, but determined.
"I was 100 pounds soaking wet," Olson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), "but I made varsity (wrestling)."
Olson's father, who went through a rough patch when Olson was in elementary school, had stabilized his life and had coached his son. Heading into his sophomore year, Olson wanted to improve, so his father did some extra drilling at the house, with the couch pushed aside in the living room.
Phillipe Nover Will Find Out What's Wrong And Come Back To Fight
Providing an update on his health after a seizure forced him off UFN 19 right before his fight, Phillipe Nover says he's feeling better but can't really explain what caused his seizure. He said everything came out normal in tests except his blood sugar being high, which might've been from eating so much after the weigh-ins. But he also said he'll be back.
Fedor Emelianenko Says A Fight Between Him & Brock Lesnar Will Definitely Take Place
Fedor Emelianenko is getting set to make his Strikeforce debut in the next month or so, and faces a formidable opponent in the undefeated Brett Rogers. Rogers has racked up wins over the likes of Jon Murphy, Ralph Kelly, and most recently, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Fedor recently noted to Inside MMA that Rogers presents a difficult challenge for him.
"Brett Rogers is in very strong physical shape," Fedor noted. "He has a great knockout punch and is very big and very dangerous."
Despite the fight being announced a month ago, an exact date for the bout has yet to be announced. Fedor admitted that he wasn't sure when the fight would take place, saying it will "take place sometime in October or November, the exact date is still being identified."
Fedor also stated that this will be his last fight this year, and he will probably not fight again until February of 2010.
Fedor was asked if MMA fans should forget about a fight between him and Brock Lesnar from ever happening, to which "The Last Emperor" replied, "definitely not."
"I think that this fight will definitely take place sometime," he continued. "I hope that finally we'll find some common language with the UFC and we'll come to an agreement."
Stay tuned to FightLine.com for an announcement on a date and venue for the Fedor - Rogers fight.
UFC Requests 103 Drug Testing
Although Texas does not require drug testing for combat sports such as MMA, UFC has requested that random drug testing be conducted this weekend at UFC 103. There was no drug testing at UFC's last Texas event, UFC 69, which appeared to result from a misunderstanding between UFC and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
FRANK TRIGG: "I'm in the game to get titles."
As the 37-year-old Frank Trigg approaches his UFC return on Saturday against Josh Koscheck, the two-time UFC title challenger could very well be looking at the start of his final run fighting at the elite level.
"I'm in the game to get titles, I'm in the game to get victories," Trigg told FanHouse. "I'm in the game to battle my way up to the top."
In this exclusive interview with FanHouse, Trigg talks returning to the UFC and welterweight division against Koscheck at UFC 103 in Dallas, Texas.
Carlos Condit happy with UFN 19 win, though former WEC champ sees room to improve
OKLAHOMA CITY – Former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit (23-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) appeared nearly unstoppable during his five-fight WEC run.
But after fighting at Wednesday night's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" to a split-decision result for the second time in two UFC appearances, Condit knows there's still work to be done before he can replicate his WEC success in the sport's biggest promotion.
After UFC Fight Night 19 win, Nate Diaz eyes fights with top-three talent
OKLAHOMA CITY – UFC lightweight Nate Diaz entered the main event of Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" event surrounded by question marks.
Five minutes into the affair, Diaz had done little to silence the critics that had questioned his abilities following back-to-back losses to Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida.
But when opponent Melvin Guillard suddenly, inexplicably made a tragic mistake, Diaz was there to capitalize. Following the bout, the 24-year-old said he's ready for bigger and better things.
Battered, Bruised Nate Quarry Says "Fight of the Night" Went According to Plan
"OKLAHOMA CITY – Prior to Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" bout, many MMA observers felt Tim Credeur was simply the "next jiu-jitsu guy" on Nate Quarry's schedule.
Despite Credeur's impressive grappling credentials, the fight ended up as anything but a jiu-jitsu contest. The two stood toe-to-toe for 15 minutes en route to winning the evening's "Fight of the Night" bonus.
At the evening's post-event press conference, Quarry (12-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) said the bout actually went just as he expected."
UFC FN 19 Bonuses
"OKLAHOMA CITY – Nate Diaz, Jeremy Stephens, Nate Quarry and Tim Credeur all won $30,000 fight-night bonuses at UFC Fight Night 19.
Diaz earned a Submission of the Night bonus, Stephens earned the night's Knockout of the Night award, and Quarry and Credeur won Fight of the Night honors for their performances, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with UFC officials after the show.
The event took place Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City and aired on Spike TV. "
UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" Draws 7,500 spectators for $650K gate
OKLAHOMA CITY – The UFC's first visit to Oklahoma in nearly 15 years drew an announced crowd of 7,500 spectators to Cox Convention Center for a reported $650,000 live gate.
UFC officials announced the figures for Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" card at the evening's post-event press conference.
Headlined by a lightweight tilt between Nate Diaz and Melvin Guillard, UFC Fight Night 19's main card aired live on Spike TV and served as a lead-in for the the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights."
The Fighters.com Interview Tim Sylvia Walked Away From
"Former UFC heavyweight champion “Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia (24-6) agreed to an interview with Fighters.com before his fight versus Jason Riley (6-1) at Adrenaline MMA 4 in Omaha Friday…until he peeped my questions.
“Chad, I am not going to do this interview,” Sylvia graciously responded. “I don’t like how this whole thing is coming accross. Sorry.”
Below are the questions that Sylvia refused to answer along with what Fighters.com could dig-up. You decide if Fighters.com’s questions were out of line. Of course, Fighters.com would prefer to put Sylvia on the record on the issues fans are chattering about. And, Fighters.com stands by everything written here as told by reliable sources, but sources can only speak from their point of view. It’s unfortunate Sylvia won’t tell his story."
Is the "Silver Back" Octogon Bound?
'Seth "The Silverback" Petruzelli may soon get a chance at UFC redemption.
More than two years after being released by the promotion with an unsuccessful run in "The Ultimate Fighter" and two Octagon losses, he says things are looking up with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
"I emailed Joe and said that I had won my last fight," Petruzelli tells MMAWeekly. "He said that if I won my next fight I might be able to come back to the UFC. He emailed me back and said he was looking for a fight, to give him some time." '
The bad thing is I bet he will get paired with Kimbo his first fight
3x NCAA Champing Makes MMA Debut Friday
"It would be ideal for 26 year-old Todd Meneely if the wrestling mats at his school were surrounded by a fence. But it’s one or the other: cage or the mat.
And for now, the cage is winning out.
When the University of Nebraska, Omaha, student steps into the cage for the first time in his life Friday at Adrenaline IV, he will be the most decorated wrestler on the card, and he won’t make a cent to fight. "
Phillipe Nover suffers backstage seizure, late scratch from UFC Fight Night 19 prelims
"A lightweight bout between Phillipe Nover (5-2-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Sam Stout (14-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has been scratched from tonight's UFC Fight Night 19 preliminary card.
UFC president Dana White posted a Twitter message at 4 p.m. ET, an hour before the start of the event, stating Nover had suffered a seizure in his locker room but that the fighter is now "OK."
The fight was part of a seven-fight preliminary-card lineup at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City."
Nothing seems to be going right for the guy. Keep him in your thoughts.
Boxing, MMA Battle for Fight Fans' attention
Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will exchange punches with Juan Manuel Marquez. On the same evening at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Rich Franklin will exchange punches, kicks, body slams, sneers and sundry other examples of impoliteness with Vitor Belfort.
Selling Kimbo Slice
"In an editing bay tucked away somewhere in Las Vegas, Kimbo Slice’s future has been decided.
Slice, who’s real name is Kevin Ferguson, was one of 16 heavyweights selected to compete on Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which debuts Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Spike TV.
The cast includes a diverse group of athletes, including an IFL champion, four former NFL footballers and three heavyweights who’ve already clocked time in the Octagon. But it’s Slice, who has already commanded six-figure paydays and starred in nationally run TV commercials as himself, who will be scrutinized with every interaction, remark and eyebrow-raise he makes."
Dana "Guarantees" UFC On Network TV Within 1 Year
Guaranteed. That's what Dana White said on a Las Vegas radio show Tuesday. "I guarantee you by Sept. 15 of next year, we will be on network television," he said. "I'll put on probably one (event) a quarter – one that should have been on pay-per-view except we'll put it on network TV."