Tyson Griffin fine with waiting on teammate, but he'll fight Gray Maynard, too
After an impressive win over Hermes Franca at this past Saturday's UFC 103 event in Dallas, Xtreme Couture lightweight Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is once again being discussed in the always-deep lightweight title picture.
While that's good news for Griffin, the bad news is that his teammate, Gray Maynard, also had an impressive performance this past week at UFC Fight Night 19 on Wednesday.
Following his win on Saturday night, Griffin said he was just fine letting Maynard get first crack at the UFC's lightweight belt. But Griffin also said he's not afraid to face his training partner if necessary.
Spike TV launches weekly "TUF 10" companion Web series hosted by Amir Sadollah
Looking to capitalize on the initial success of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," which debuted Sept. 16 with record ratings, Spike TV today announced it has launched a companion Web series on Spike.com.
"The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath," hosted by season-seven winner Amir Sadollah, debuted today.
The digital series features a round-table discussion about the previous "TUF" episode." The two fighters from each episode's fight and other notables will be guests on each episode of "The Aftermath."
Elena "Babydoll" Reid - Future Star Of Women's MMA
As one of the fastest rising prospects in mixed martial arts, former WIBA and IFBA Women's Flyweight Boxing Champion Elena "Babydoll" Reid is seen by many as the future of the sport. She talks with MMARising.com about her career to date.
There are very few mixed martial artists who are touted as the future of an entire division after just two fights. Reid is one of those few. Following her 53-second televised destruction of Stephanie Palmer in October of 2008, Reid was hailed by many within the MMA media as a future star. Already a two-time world champion in boxing, and one of the best female boxers in the world, there are few if any challengers in MMA who can compete with Reid's striking.
Now 3-0-0 and having already engaged in one of the most action-packed women's bouts of 2009 when she defeated Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson in April, Reid will look to add MMA gold to her collection when she meets Japanese veteran Masako Yoshida in a title fight at an Extreme Beatdown event on October 24th.
A New Thiago Alves Back In December
A new Thiago Alves. That’s what the Brazilian Pitbull promises for his UFC return, on December 5. After losing the title fight against Georges St. Pierre, Thiago wants to restart, focusing in a rematch. “You’re gonna see a different Pitbull. You didn’t see my wrestling and my ground game, because I didn’t have an opportunity to use it, and I feel that my career started after this last fight… I grew up a lot as a person and as a fighter, I’m recharged and I’ll get what I want, the belt”, guarantees Alves, who’s rumored to fight Paulo Thiago, but didn’t want to reveal his the opponent. “I’ll fight at December 5… I have an opponent, but I can’t say yet”.
Man I can't wait for his return..and to see him back in action ...
McCarthy not reffing in Vegas anytime soon
Veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy has not been issued a license to officiate events in Nevada after applying with the state’s athletic commission earlier this month.
In a mailed letter from Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McCarthy, who submitted his application Sept. 10, was informed that the state “[does] not anticipate adding any additional referees at this time. We will place your application in the pending file in case the situation changes.”
McCarthy, who has refereed nearly 600 MMA events worldwide since UFC 2 in November 1993 to March 2004, would seem a welcome addition to any commission staff, but the iconic referee said he applied with no expectations.
“I don’t look at it like that. A license to referee or judge with an athletic commission -- it’s not a right,” he said. “It’s a privilege. Everyone kept bringing up the fact that I wasn’t licensed in Nevada, so I said, ‘Alright, I’ll apply.’”
Final Card For Sengoku 10th Battle On HDnet Sept 23rd
205 lbs.: Hiroshi Izumi (0-0) vs. Antz Nansen (0-0)
265 lbs.: Antonio “Junior” Silva (12-1) vs. “Big” Jim York (11-2)
155 lbs.: Ryan “The Lion” Schultz (20-11-1) vs. Kazunori Yokota (9-2-3)
185 lbs.: Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen (42-12) vs. Takenori Sato (9-6-4)
185 lbs.: Makoto Takimoto (5-5) vs. Jae Sun Lee (5-4)
170 lbs.: Maximo “Makishi” Blanco (3-2-1) vs. Tetsuya Yamada (3-1)
170 lbs.: Nick “The Goat” Thompson (38-11-1) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (18-2)
205 lbs.: Ryo Kawamura (10-4-2) vs. Fabio “Fabinho” Silva (11-5)
Sengoku Gold Cup Lightweight bout:
Ikuo Usuda (5-0) vs. Woo Hyun Baek (1-0)
Sengoku Gold Cup Featherweight bout:
Shigeki Osawa (3-0) vs. Ki Hyun Kim (2-0)
Sengoku Gold Cup Bantamweight bout:
Ryosuke Komori (4-1) vs. Jae Hyun So (2-6)
Antonio Silva Made Offers for Stateside Return
TOKYO – Antonio Silva’s exile to Japan is all but over, he says.
Silva, who faces Jim York on Sept. 22 at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” at the Super Saitama Arena, said his steroid suspension in California expired on July 27, and that he is in negotiations with several promotions to return to stateside action.
Paul Daley Proves He Is A Fighter's Fighter
Anytime a fighter makes their UFC debut the butterflies are expected to flutter in the stomach, but according to British heavy hitter Paul "Semtex" Daley, he was calm, cool and collected as he walked into the Octagon and knocked out Top 10 welterweight Martin Kampmann.
Stepping in for the injured Mike Swick on short notice, Daley came into the fight with Kampmann as an underdog, but soon evened the odds as he punished the Danish fighter with heavy left hands and finally put him away in the latter part of the first round.
WEC 43: Javier Vazquez replaces Mark Hominick; meets Deividas Taurosevicius
Veteran Javier Vazquez (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will replace injured Mark Hominick (16-8 MMA, 0-2 WEC) and meet promotional newcomer Deividas Taurosevicius (10-3 MMA, 0-0 WEC) at next month's WEC 43 event.
MMAjunkie.com's John Morgan broke news of the fight change on his Dallas Morning News MMA blog today.
The nature of Hominick's injury was not disclosed. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized today.
WEC 43, originally scheduled for Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio, now takes place Oct. 18 at the 18,000-seat AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Benson Henderon and Donald Cerrone fight for a WEC interim lightweight title in the night's main event.
Cung Le: Vacating the title 'is the right thing to do'
“For me, potentially I have another project, and I know I’m not in fight shape right now, and I think I should vacate my title because it’s not fair to them who their livelihood is fighting for an interim title when I’m here running around making movies and doing something different. It does not mean that I’m retiring; I’m just doing it because I think it’s the right thing to do … because I’m not ready to step up in the next coming months and fight five-rounders. I definitely intend to return, and I know for a fact that I will return, but I can’t just jump back in and be able to go five rounds at peak level when I left (after) the fight with Frank (Shamrock).”
–Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le talks about his absence from the promotion after churning out an assortment of upcoming movie roles.
UFN 19 Fighter Payouts
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Boxing Commission has revealed the official fighter payouts from last week's UFN 19 event. The total disclosed payouts were $476,000 with the biggest share-$60,000-going to Nate Quarry. And although their fight was a last-minute scratch, Sam Stout and Phillipe Nover both received what they would've had made had each won the fight, meaning $24,000 and $20,000 respectively.
With UFC planning to terminate contract, Frank Trigg says retirement is imminent
After waiting more than four years to make his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, veteran fighter Frank Trigg will probably be dropped from the organization once again. And if that's the case, he's likely to retire from the sport.
Trigg, a former top UFC welterweight contender, suffered a first-round TKO loss to Josh Koscheck on the main card of this past weekend's UFC 103 event in Dallas.
Following the Sept. 19 event, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Trigg probably won't get another fight in the organization. If that's the case, Trigg today said, his career is likely over.
"I think Trigg is one of those guys (like Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic)," White said after the conclusion of the UFC 103 post-fight press conference. "These (other) guys are young and explosive. There's just a whole other level of talent out there, man, and that's the way it works. That's the way this business is."
Dana White confirms WEC is heading to Ohio for 2010 Arnold Sports Festival
World Extreme Cagefighting will take the spot vacated by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
MMAjunkie.com first reported on Friday that – after three successful shows beginning in 2007 – the UFC would not return for a fourth show in Columbus, Ohio, that would coincide with the 2010 edition of the Arnold Sports Festival.
On Sunday, following UFC 103, UFC president Dana White spoke to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and confirmed our earlier report that the WEC will instead take the spot.
Although confirming the plans, White wasn't sure if the show had been officially booked just yet.
Thiago Silva “I Want The Belt”
Two days after knocking Keith Jardine out on UFC 102, Thiago Silva was already training hard on American Top Team. Without thinking about rest, the Brazilian spoke with TATAME.com about his biggest objective on UFC. “I want the belt and I’m working hard for it. I get rest one day and it’s fine, I’ll start the battle if, when UFC call me, I’ll be ready“, said Thiago, who talked about his desire to fight Lyoto Machida again, the next title fight between Machida and Mauricio Shogun, the training with his old time rival, Luis “Banha“ Cane, Rogério Minotouro coming on UFC and more.
Cung Le on Title Situation and New Movie
magine you wake up on a spacecraft and you don’t know who you are or why you’re there. You think you are only one of two survivors, but suddenly learn you are not alone. Factor in a mental condition that causes hallucinations, disorientation, and madness.
This scenario is the plot to the upcoming film Pandorum starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, and San Shou and MMA champion Cung Le, due for release on Sept. 25 across North America.
MMAWeekly.com caught up with Le during his recent press tour to discuss the film, his inclusion in the Round 5 MMA figure line, and the recent announcement that he relinquished the Strikeforce middleweight title.
UFC's Lightweight Division Becoming an Attractive Option for Intriguing Battles
The UFC's lightweight division may be able to exclude itself from being a "stale" division after all. On Wednesday night, Gray Maynard defeated exiting UFC fighter Roger Huerta via decision to move himself into talk that he may be given a shot at the title in the near future. Three days later, his teammate, Tyson Griffin, finished an out-of-shape and reluctant Hermes Franca in the second round of their tilt at UFC 103, further igniting thoughts that Griffin may also be in the mix at the top of the lightweight division. While the welterweight division is struggling to find a viable contender and the middleweight division seems to be at a standstill due to Silva's injury and impassiveness, the lightweight division may become an attractive option for intriguing match-ups for Joe Silva and Dana White.
Tyson Griffin Ready For Top UFC Lightweights
On Saturday night, Tyson Griffin became the first man to give Hermes Franca the sting of a stoppage loss.
Going into the fight at UFC 103, the 25-year-old Griffin made sure to keep his stand-up game sharp. While Franca's boxing skills weren't the most technical, his hands were heavy.
Griffin won almost every exchange by controlling the distance and pace of the fight. Though he caught a few shots in the second, he regained his composure and continued to chip away at the Brazilian.
UFC 103 medical suspensions: All 26 fighters suspended, "Cro Cop" indefinitely
All 26 competitors from this past weekend's "UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort" event were issued medical suspension following the event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of suspensions from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees combat sports in the state.
Although most of the suspensions run the minimum of seven days, some fighters received extended ones, including Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, who has been suspended indefinitely.
UFC 103 took place Sept. 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The event aired on both Spike TV and pay-per-view.