UFC Announces 4 Grappling Superfights For 2010 UFC Fan Expo
As UFC 114: "Rampage vs. Evans" and the coinciding 2010 UFC Fan Expo quickly approaches, the world's leading mixed martial arts promotion has announced their plans for the second annual grappling tournament held in conjunction with Grappler's Quest. On Friday, May 28 at 1 p.m. PT, ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) world champion Penny Thomas will battle EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran Shayna Baszler. Also on tap for the Friday afternoon session is a match up between UFC veteran and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Hermes Franca and 23 year-old jiu-jitsu phenom Bill Cooper. Scheduled for Saturday, May 29 at 1 p.m. PT, is contest between former Shooto world champion and UFC veteran Caol Uno and current WEC featherweight contender Fredson Paixao. And finally, to wrap up the two-day event, WEC star Javier Vazquez will face 23-time Grappler's Quest champion Jeff Glover.
To Fans, You've Either Saved America Or You're The Scum Of The World
That's the view of UFC Heavyweight Todd Duffee on the hype or hate he's received since his last fight, as he explained on last night's episode of Pro MMA Radio. Duffee told host Larry Pepe that hype can be a fickle thing in this sport and that even he's not sold on his current standing in the division just yet."That's the one thing it [his seven-second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102] did for me. It got me more acquainted with the public eye. It just got me more recognition. But not too much else has changed. I'm a low-key guy so I haven't had to deal with too much... [As for the hype or hate he's received since his last fight] In this sport, it's like that for everybody. I've been around athletics my whole life, but in the fight game there's just a different dynamic between the fighters and the fans. It's a real love hate relationship. You either saved America, or you're the scum of the world." Duffee faces Mike Russow at UFC 114.
SF Heavy Artillery: 308,000 Viewers
This past weekend's "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" event, which featured the long-awaited return of heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem to the U.S., drew an average of 308,000 viewers on Showtime. Compared to Strikeforce's most-recent Showtime-broadcast event, January's "Strikeforce: Miami," the numbers were down 40.43 percent from the 517,000 viewers that tuned in to see a pair of title wins by Nick Diaz and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos along with performances by Bobby Lashley and Herschel Walker. However, the numbers were comparable to, though down 9.68 percent from, the 341,000 viewers that tuned into this past December's "Strikeforce: Evolution" event. That event featured Scott Smith vs. Cung Le and a lightweight title-unification bout of Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson. Showtime is available in 12 million homes.
Rousimar Palhares: It's Time To Test Myself-Let The Best Fighters Come
Going for his 4th straight win but also coming off a 90 day suspension for not releasing a heel hook after the tapout in his last fight, Rousimar Palhares feels like he's ready to face the likes of next opponent Nate Marquardt and other top fighters. "[Marquardt] is a great fighter, it will be a good test for me. I am working hard to develop and improve my game. My dream fight (is) a title shot some day, and if God helps me become a champion. I know that to reach my dream, I will have to work hard and fight the best fighters in the world. Right now I am feeling totally secure and confident about my skills. Let them come. I want the best opponents I can have. It is time to test myself against them."
Phil Baroni Returns At UFC 118
Love him or hate him, Phil Baroni is back for one more try in UFC. Reports are he's verbally agreed to fight at UFC 118 although an opponent has yet to be named. Baroni is 0-1 in his latest UFC comeback after dropping a decision to Amir Sadollah at UFC 106 last November.
UFC Ultimate Fights: 894,000 Viewers
This past weekend's "UFC's Ultimate Fights" special, which featured some of the top Ultimate Fighting Championship fights from 2010, averaged 894,000 viewers. "UFC's Ultimate Fights" drew a 0.8 household rating among men 18-49 and a 0.7 rating among men 18-34. The special aired as counter-programming against Strikeforce on Showtime.
Tim Sylvia: I Think I Ruined Andrei Arlovski-Since I KO'd Him He Hasn't Been The Same
Yes, that's the former UFC Heavyweight Champion taking credit for his fellow ex-champ's recent downfall and proving that apparently there's still some heat between them. "I would imagine Strikeforce would be better for me because they would be a little more lenient with me instead of locking me down, there is a lot of things you can’t do when you fight for the UFC. With Strikeforce I could probably fight more often, the UFC has so many top guys now that they are only fighting twice a year and I don’t want to do that. I want to fight Overeem, Fedor again, Werdum is a good fight and me and Rogers would be a good fight. Arlovski I think would be [like our fight] number three again, me knocking him out. I think I ruined the poor guy, since I knocked him out he hasn’t been the same."
Mu Bae Choi Off Moosin MMA, Josh Barnes In
Just three days before its "God of Martial Arts" pay-per-view event, Moosin USA has been forced to make a late-notice switch to its main card. Mu Bae Choi is now off the event for undisclosed reasons. He was to have faced Travis Wiuff. Josh Barnes is the very-short-notice replacement. Barnes, who is 5-3 career after opening 4-0, is a primary training partner of Tim Sylvia.
Kang vs. Usuda, Osawa vs. Toida Added To Sengoku 13
World Victory Road today added another 2 fights to the upcoming Sengoku/SRC 13 event. The two new bouts include Kyung Ho Kang facing Ikuo Usuda and Shegeki Osawa, who had already been announced for the card, against Katsuya Toida. SRC 13 takes place on June 20 at Ryogoku in Tokyo.
UFC Extends Reach with Roku Set Top Streaming
For the first time ever, just as UFC light heavyweight rivals Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans enter the Octagon and touch gloves, Roku users all over the country will be able to see what happens next and who emerges the winner of this ultimate grudge-match live on TV via their Roku streaming video player.
The world’s largest live pay-per-view event content provider, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Roku, Inc. on Monday announced a multi-year deal to feature all major UFC events on Roku, starting with UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans taking place Saturday, May 29 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“We are always looking at the latest technology and the newest ways to bring the UFC experience to our fans,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Roku is another way for fans to get more UFC and watch all of the UFC events live and in HD, starting with UFC 114 on Saturday, May 29th.”
GSP: From Ultimate Champion to Ultimate Coach
Every season of “The Ultimate Fighter" has brought a different style of coach, and some of the best fighters in the world have taken a turn at the head of a team on the powerhouse reality show. For the first time ever, UFC welterweight champion and arguably pound-for-pound top fighter in the world Georges St-Pierre will take his turn as coach on the next season of the reality show, which starts filming in June.
The Canadian fighter leaves for Las Vegas in a few weeks, and has already started assembling his team of coaches and assistants that will help him along the way with the new season of hopefuls.
The cast of characters to support St-Pierre will be a who's who list of MMA's elite, as the champion has consistently surrounded himself with some of the best in the business.
Will Campuzano Now Meets Eddie Wineland At WEC 49
WEC is in the process of making more changes to WEC 49, the most notable is that Will Campuzano has been pulled from his scheduled fight with Rafael Rebello and will now face Eddie Wineland. Wineland had been waiting on a replacement for original opponent Charlie Valencia, who is off due to injury. A replacement opponent for Rebello is expected shortly.
Shine Fights Cancellation Explained - Matchmaker Resigns
The fallout from the Shine Fights cancellation from the weekend continues into the new week as matchmaker Ron Foster has now resigned from the promotion amidst speculation of disorder and disorganization at the event in North Carolina on Saturday. The North Carolina Boxing Authority has also responded with why the event was canceled and it had nothing to do with Ricardo Mayorga.
On Monday morning, Ron Foster announced his resignation to fighters and managers by sending an e-mail saying that he was stepping down from his duties as matchmaker for Shine Fights. When reached for comment on Monday by MMAWeekly.com, Foster was traveling at the time, and requested more time for an official response.
DREAM 14 To Air Live On HDNet
Get ready for some Saturday morning MMA to get you ready for UFC 114. This month's DREAM event will air live in North America on HDNet. DREAM.14, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, airs live in the early-morning hours of May 29 at 3 a.m. ET (midnight PT). The show marks DREAM's return of a cage (rather than a roped ring) that the promotion first debuted in 2009.
Andrei Arlovski: 'I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible'
I feel kind of upset because I put down my trainers. We had a great camp. I don't know, after 11 months (out of action) it's kind of hard to come back, but I think I did okay. I took his couple of shots on my chin. I guess I showed the fans my chin's not weak. It was a tough fight. He's tough. It just wasn't my night. Right now I'm focused on my MMA career because when I took the fight on short notice against Brett Rogers my mind was focused on my pro boxing and as a result he knocked my ass out in less than 20 seconds. Of course I wanted to box, but in MMA I have three losses in a row. I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible. I just have to train I guess even harder and try to fight even harder. I feel great. I could fight maybe tomorrow. It's up to Scott Coker. I want to fight, fight, fight.
Gina Carano Always Has Home With Strikeforce, But No Return Date In Sight
Once one of the most-followed mixed-martial-arts fighters of any gender, Gina Carano has all but disappeared from the public eye following her August 2009 Strikeforce title loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and subsequent acting gig. Carano, who appears in famed director Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film release "Knockout," hasn't fought professionally since that loss, which was the first of her career. And while she isn't booked for Strikeforce anytime soon, SF CEO Scott Coker intends to reach out to her soon. "We will be reaching out to her soon," Coker said after Saturday's latest Showtime-televised event. "She's still part of the family.
"We miss you Gina."
Joe Lauzon "Disgusted" That Brother Dan "Dragged His Name Through The Mud"
UFC lightweight and former TUF competitor Joe Lauzon responds to a Boston Herald post (via his official blog) that accused him and the rest of his team of abandoning his brother Dan two weeks prior to "The Upgrade's" big fight against Efrain Escudero at UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. Dan is quoted in the article as being abandoned by his team and contends that he was holding up his end of the bargain while Joe accuses him of dogging it in training camp for every UFC fight.