Rampage: Pride cheated me
Fighters Only: Do you miss Pride?
Rampage: I tell you what, I had some good times over in Pride. The UFC treats me better than Pride but the fans, the whole atmosphere… I remember after the fights in Pride, for the longest time they used to have these after parties right there in the arena. By the time the last fight was over you’d go and have a shower and then in the back room they would have a paty and the owners would talk to you and you would have some of, I guess the VIP fans, who had paid for the expensive tickets. You came back there and had the greatest time, some of the guys would be so cool. I have so much respect for Gary Goodridge, whether he won or lost he would be back there having a good time after the fights. I f I lost I would be all [sad face], moping around, drinking a little beer and eating. Gary would be laughing and joking around. They were the best times, that’s one of the things I miss most about Pride, the after parties right afterwards.
The production was one of the best things about Pride.
The first time I fought there they lowered me down in this cage, I was like 70 feet in the air and it was scary! Me and Sakuraba were in there, he was on one side and I was on the other. I didn’t know him. That was the first time I met him, up in the cage and he reached over and shook my hand. Sakuaraba turned out to be a really cool guy actually.
So what was bad about Pride?
A lot of things man. I don’t know what their problem was but they wouldn’t promote me at all, they cheated me out of money from dolls and t-shirts, not paying me… when my contract was up and we were negotiating and I wanted more money and they were telling me ‘oh but you’re a nobody’. This was after I had fought in the Grand Prix and beat Igor Vovchanchyn. Even after I went to that K-1 fight and represented them in K-1, they were mad I won that K-1 fight! Just stuff like that.
Despite Toney Rumors, Kimbo vs. Mitrione Is Now Official For UFC 113
Although it was announced back at UFC 110 as being part of UFC 113, it wasn't until just yesterday that UFC officially confirmed Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione for the upcoming PPV in Canada. UFC never added the fight to the official ufc.com card and the James Toney signing spurred rumors that Kimbo would fight the boxer next instead. Rumors shot down last night, Kimbo will officially get "Meathead" at 113.
Anderson Silva: 'Vitor Belfort was never my friend'
“First thing, he (Belfort) was never my friend. Second, a fight is fight. I’m here to fight and whoever is better prepared will win and one of us will lose. I’d be upset if I had to face Rodrigo, Rogerio, Feijao, Lyoto or even Wanderlei or Shogun, but Vitor? He’s just another opponent like everyone else."
Taken from an article that wasn’t published due to the cancellation of their UFC 112 fight in Abu Dhabi, Anderson Silva reveals that he and Victor Belfort were never "friends" despite training together at Team Black House.
UFC Quick Quote: 'Everything is new' for Shogun vs Dragon II
“Another battle and another Lyoto. Everything is new, the focus, the strategy ... it's my big dream. I'll concentrate and go and fight with even more desire. I´ll be even hungrier this time – to conquer a UFC belt has always been my dream. Lyoto is different to other athletes … We recruited some karatekas from Curitiba, who helped me a lot. I have [Andre] Dida, Marcelinho and Tuba to help me with the tactical stuff. Marcelinho watched Lyoto's fights like 15 times, we joked that he became Lyoto."
Mauricio Rua talks to FightersOnly about his rematch with Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 on May 8 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
WEC 47 Fighter Payouts
The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the official fighter payouts from WEC 47. The total disclosed payouts were $236,500 with the biggest share-$29,000-going to Joseph Benavidez.
Benavidez Leaves A Friendly Reminder On Miguel Torres's Skull
If you woke up today with a passionate urge to see inside Miguel Torres' head then this picture will make your day. Apparently if you get elbowed hard enough in the face, it could open a nasty gash right to your skull. Check out this picture of Miguel Torres just after his fight with Benavidez last night. Yum.
WEC 47 Medical Suspensions
The Ohio Athletic Commission has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's WEC 47. 7 fighters in all are suspended, most got 60 days but 2 fighters-Brian Bowles and Miguel Torres-are suspended indefinitely and must get doctor clearance before fighting again.
Fighters Earn $10,000 Bonuses At WEC 47
With only three of the eleven fights on the card going to a decision at Saturday night’s WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz, World Extreme Cagefighting officials had their work cut out for them in handing out post-fight awards.
WEC signs "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung to six fight deal
Sherdog.com has confirmed the signing of standout Korean prospect Chan Sung Jung to a six-fight deal with the Zuffa-owned promotion. The deal was confirmed with Jun Choi, who is the lead agent for Korean Top Team, the biggest entity in Korean MMA.
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According to his representation, Jung's WEC debut may come as soon as April 24 at WEC 48, the promotion's first pay-per-view venture, headlined by Jose Aldo's featherweight title defense against Urijah Faber. The most likely opponent for Jung is said to be Cub Swanson, though bout agreements have not been issued as yet.
Rumble At The Rock Disappoints With Suspect DaDa 5000 Win
FightScoops was in attendance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Caisno in Hollywood, FL last night to witness Action Fight League’s ‘Rumble at the Rock 2‘, the sequel to their highly successful event late last year at the same venue. Headlining the night was a bout between Dhafir Harris, billed as a ‘Kimbo Slice protege’ and better known by the nickname DaDa 5000, taking on Cedric ‘The Killer Gorilla’ James which unfortunately turned into a despicable display of refereeing and sportsmanship that called into question the integrity of the entire event.
DaDa 5000 came out swinging in the first and was looking to finish early – literally – as he tried to take a shot at James before the referee officially started the contest. Once both fighters were separated and reset the brawl was on as wild hay-makers were thrown from every angle with such force that neither fighter was able to keep his balance or form. To call the action sloppy would be an understatement, but entertaining nonetheless as there was no doubt that each man was looking to shut this one down quickly.
James got the better of the first exchange and opened up a cut on DaDa 5000’s face early that seemed to surprise the much-hyped street fighter and left his shoulders drenched in blood. After attempting to retaliate with a psuedo-superman punch, DaDa 5000 missed his opponent completely and went sailing toward the cage, also slipping somewhat, which allowed James to take the bout down to the canvas where he gained top position – and then things got a little crazy.
James advanced to attain full mount after taking a brief pause to rest on top of his opponent. Seconds passed, then James began raining strikes down on DaDa 5000 which surely seemed to be the end of the fight until the referee stood both men up while James was still landing punches!
At first it appeared that James had won the fight due to referee stoppage, but after peeling the reluctant fighter off of a downed DaDa 5000 by his hand, the referee motioned for both men to get up and signaled for the bout to continue. James appeared confused and angry at being robbed of the dominant position he had just earned, but DaDa 5000 wasted no time in chopping down his dazed opponent with a few more big strikes that put ‘The Killer Gorilla’ out for the night.
There was absolutely no excuse or reason for the referee interference, and fighters who were in attendance such as Tom Lawlor have already commented on how atrocious the move was by the official as the fighter tweeted late last night:
“Sickening, just sickening. Da Da 5000 just won by ko after the ref stood the fighters up while he was mounted!Don’t know either guy but cmon”
Without having any hard evidence it would be totally inappropriate to say the fight was ‘rigged’ but how else could such an egregious error be explained? The entire event was hyped around DaDa 5000 being ‘the next Kimbo’ (as seen on the fight poster above) and Kimbo Slice himself was in attendance cage-side to support the young YouTube brawler. Quite a coincidence that the moment the poster boy got in serious trouble the referee managed to save him from being turned into mincemeat in front of the hometown crowd. Hopefully Cedric James was at least rewarded with a decent share of the loot for his part in this complete sham that felt more like a scene from the movie ‘Snake Eyes‘ than a professional mixed martial arts competition.
Shane Carwin Talks Frank Mir - "I Will Be Ready for a War"
"As most of you know my wife and I had our baby girl on the 24th. Lani was due the 11th and was induced on the 22nd and had a long labor. Alexia Carwin (Lexi) was born at 0024 on the 24th. I was back training on the 25th."
... "My boss actually got on me this week for looking half dead at work and not being on it. With the new baby, training and working I am really under a ton of pressure. This is the biggest fight of my life, the longest training camp of my life and I am trying to be a good father and husband to my wife."
"You know they say you are never given more then you could carry in life. I can say I have had days where I question that theory."
"This fight with Frank is my career balled up into 25 minutes. If I beat Frank I answer questions about who I am and what I can do in this sport. If I don't I am just another heavyweight in a sea of great fighters. I know when I wake up in the morning and I can barely walk out the door to start my morning run that I am giving it 100% of my effort."
"That is all you can control in life, giving 100%. I train and live like each fight may be my last and to move ahead I have to make a statement."
"Thank you to the supporters and fans that will tune in to watch this fight. Win or Loose I guarantee you I will be ready for a war. I have trained harder then I have before, I have sacrificed my mind and body for this opportunity and honestly I can't wait to release this built up pressure and aggression on Frank."
UFC's "Crazy" Tim Credeur yearns for the days of "no hold barred"
Add UFC middleweight Tim Credeur (12-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) to the list of fighters who'd like to see stomps and knees to a downed opponent back in MMA.
Yes, he knows; they're not going to help the sport get mainstream acceptance. But for a guy with the nickname "Crazy," the techniques are par for the course.
"I want to do some of those old IVC (International Vale Tudo Championships) fights like where they had that net in the bottom of the cage, and Wanderlei (Silva) was just stone jacking people into hockey netting," Credeur recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I've probably got to go to Russia or China or Yugoslavia to do that now."
The 32-year-old Credeur doesn't care whether he's on the giving or receiving end of punishment as long as it's a good fight. He admits he's a little left of center.
"I watch those World War II movies where it's like six days into a death battle, and they're in those dirty trenches, and all the guys in the movie are filthy and shooting at each other, and the enemy's like 10 feet away in another ditch," Credeur said. "I like that. That's the only place in the world where I flourish. That's the only place in the world I excel – under extreme pressures and situations."
Credeur is currently scheduled to face Tom Lawlor (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 113 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Credeur's battle wish came true in his most recent appearance, a three-round slugfest with Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 19 that won "Fight of the Night" honors. Quarry won, but it looked as if he'd been in a car wreck – not the quick knockout "The Rock" has said he had hoped for.
"I disagree with Nate," Credeur said. "A 10-second knockout? If I train and knock a guy out in 10 seconds, I am disappointed.
"I'm glad I won, and I'm sure my wife is glad I won because she'll get some new stuff, but I'm sad and a little bit depressed because I didn't get to have my fight. I want to get dirty. I want it to be arduous, and I want to get beat on a little bit and have to fight through that."
At 18 years old, Credeur got his taste for raw combat when he moved from Lafayette, La., to La Habra, Calif., to join the Navy and work with jiu-jitsu ace Rodrigo Medeiros in the meantime. He was broke, new, and in a very serious environment, driven only to get better.
"I was just a poor kid from Louisiana, and there was no way to [learn to fight]," Credeur said. "There was no gym, there was no MMA, there was nothing. I knew that if I could join the Navy, I could get stationed somewhere near there and try to find people to help me, and that's what I did."
Help came in the harshest way. Credeur trained with guys like Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante, Allan Goes, and Wallid Ismael, day in and day out. He was out of his league. He got his butt kicked every day, and he learned to like it (there's that nickname, again).
"Finding a way to improve my skills after getting completely humiliated every day, I saw a lot in that dedication and sacrifice," Credeur said. "The adversity that I faced in those situations built me into the martial artist I am today."
It's a tradition he carries on back home. At his Gladiator's Academy gym in Lafayette, it's "no holds barred."
"Our gym is ridiculous," Credeur said. "It's is pretty much IVC rules. It gets pretty serious sometimes. We get the [expletive] beat out of us, but we like it."
While Lawlor's stand-up game is much improved – he nearly knocked out Aaron Simpson at UFC Fight Night 20 in January – he's a wrestler by trade and exactly the kind of opponent who will shoot when overwhelmed on his feet. Not a bad opponent to throw knees against on the mat.
"They would come in handy for [Lawlor] if we could do those," Credeur said.
But alas, progress must come first.
"What I think isn't necessarily what's going to build fans and build the UFC," he said. "The stuff I want to do and the stuff that we ought to be able to do so we can keep doing this for a career are probably two very different things."
On the other hand, there will still be opportunities to get crazy.
"Maybe I catch him in some sort of dirty X-guard thing," he said.
After fixing mental game, WEC 47's Jens Pulver knew retirement wasn't the answer
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shortly after a swift submission loss to Josh Grispi at WEC 41 this past summer, Jens Pulver was stuck in a four-fight losing skid and hinted at a likely retirement.
One of MMA's first superstars appeared on his way out, and Pulver was left contemplating what he called "the death of Lil' Evil."
It soon proved too much for the 35-year-old to bare, and after working with a doctor to diagnose and treat depression and anxiety issues, Pulver (22-12 MMA, 1-4 WEC) spoke to WEC officials, who then gave him a main-card slot at tonight's WEC 47 event against fellow vet Javier Vazquez (13-4 MMA, 0-2 WEC).
Pulver thinks his recent string of setbacks, which includes a 1-6 record since an appearance at UFC 63 in 2006, was more about crippling psychological factors than a decline in physical ability.
"I went and talked to my doctor, and they got my mind right because of the depression and anxiety," Pulver, who's part of tonight's Versus-televised event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "A lot of people battle it. Once my mind got right, I shot to Idaho. I don't if I ever really – 34 years old – I don't know if retirement is in my cards because I'm not getting knocked to sleep with an ambulance picking me up.
"I'm making bad mistakes. ... That's how I'm losing. I'm making bad mistakes because my mind wasn't right, and so that's a transition I have to make."
Regardless of Pulver's future, his storied past assures a lasting legacy in the sport. And while many aging early trailblazers have returned to MMA for a final shot at stardom and now-lucrative fight purses, Pulver continues fighting for another reason.
"I didn't fight – I didn't go into this sport – because I wanted to be cool," he said. "I didn't jump into this sport because I wanted to be hard. When I did this sport, it was only legal in three states, it was kept alive on the Internet, and no one thought it was cool. No one even knew what this sport was. But I wanted to keep training. I wanted to be an athlete.
"Facing my mortality – the death of the athlete or the death of Lil' Evil – was just hard to think about. And that's when I started making changes, I had to make a lot of changes to correct things."
Whether the mental improvements will lead to improved physical efforts will be determined tonight. Regardless, Pulver said he's in a better place mentally to prepare for either success or failure.
That wasn't always the case, of course. As was well-documented in his brutally honest and open autobiography "Little Evil," Pulver suffered from an extremely difficult childhood due to an abusive father. Pulver carried the same name as his father, and senior's name presented plenty of baggage for junior.
But he's repairing the name and is now the happiest he's been outside of fighting.
"It's abuse, drunkenness, beat your wife, beat your children, neglect, no responsibilities and stuff like that," he said. "It was hard for me. I was running from that name. When I won the world title, I put a big end to that. I showed everybody that the Pulvers, that we have something to be proud of.
"Then I met my wife. ... I met the woman of my dreams. God smiled upon me and gave me the greatest homelife I've ever had."
Marcus Jones announced as second of four bonus characters for "UFC Undisputed 2010"
Video game retailer GameStop announced this week that former professional footballer Marcus Jones (4-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the second of four playable bonus characters in the forthcoming "UFC Undisputed 2010" title.
Jones joins James McSweeney as the only two officially announced bonus characters. The remaining two will be revealed one per day on March 9 and March 16.
Customers can secure access to these bonus characters by pre-ordering the game with GameStop either in-store or online. According to the company's website, "a code and instructions to unlock the GameStop exclusive fighters will come packaged with your game."
The retailer engaged in a similar program with the THQ's debut UFC-related title, "UFC 2009 Undisputed," when Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero were offered up as incentives to reserve the game early. The two fighters were then eligible for all consumers to download 90 days after the initial release date.
The critically acclaimed title went on to sell 3.5 million units and won the "Best Individual Sports Game" at the 2009 VGA Awards, beating out the likes of "Fight Night Round 4," "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10," and "Wii Sports Resort."
Available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3, "UFC Undisputed 2010" is set for a May 25 release.
"'UFC 2009 Undisputed' opened the door for us to further share the UFC brand with videogame and fight fans around the world, and we cannot wait to return this spring with the release of 'UFC Undisputed 2010,'" UFC president Dana White stated in the official announcement of the new game.
Jones, a first-round draft pick in the 1996 NFL draft, began his MMA career in late 2007. The green but well-rounded fighter advanced to the semifinals of "The Ultimate Fighter 10" after a submission victory over Mike Wessel and a TKO win over Darrill Schoonover.
A seven-year member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones was knocked out of the competition in the semis by Brendan Schaub in one of the season's most entertaining bouts. Following the loss, Jones said he planned to walk away from the sport, but he returned for the season's live finale, only to suffer a second-round TKO loss to Matt Mitrione