Dana White: "I think tonight was probably Coleman's last fight in the UFC"
LAS VEGAS – "The Godfather of Ground and Pound" may have stepped into the octagon for his final time.Following Mark Coleman's second-round loss to fellow UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture in the main event of Saturday night's UFC 109 event, UFC president Dana White told a small group of reporters that "The Hammer" was likely done fighting for the organization."I think tonight was probably Coleman's last fight in the UFC," White said.
UFC 109 bonuses: Sonnen, Marquardt, Thiago, and Serra earn $60K each
LAS VEGAS – Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt, Paulo Thiago, and Matt Serra each earned $60,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 109: Relentless" event.Sonnen and Marquardt both earned "Fight of the Night" honors, while Thiago earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus and Serra earned the "Knockout of the Night" award.
Swick Looks For Redemption Following Loss
Living with regret is a tough place for any fighter to reside. Nobody understands that better than UFC welterweight Mike Swick, who steps in on short notice to face Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 to help erase the memories of his last fight against Dan Hardy.
Trigg Pulls Out All The Stops For UFC 109
Frank Trigg has come full circle since his first tour of duty in the UFC over six years ago. The two-time welterweight title challenger returns Saturday night at UFC 109 in Las Vegas.After a successful career as a middleweight in several organizations around the globe, including the now defunct Pride Fighting Championship and Icon Sport, Trigg returned to the 170-pound division and the UFC last Sept. against contender Josh Koscheck.
UFC 109 live weigh-in results
Mark Coleman (205) vs. Randy Couture (205)
Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Chael Sonnen (185)
Mike Swick (171) vs. Paulo Thiago (170)
Demian Maia (186) vs. Dan Miller (185)
Matt Serra (169) vs. Frank Trigg (171)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Justin Buchholz (156) vs. Mac Danzig (156)
Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Ronys Torres (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Un-aired)
Rob Emerson (155) vs. Phillipe Nover (155)
Phil Davis (205) vs. Brian Stann (205)
Tim Hague (263) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (263)
Joey Beltran (238) vs. Rolles Gracie (247)
Coleman Is Fighting Couture With Respect
Legends are a rare commodity in any sport. Even more rare is the chance to see two legends compete against each other at any given time. The NFL missed out on Peyton Manning vs. Brett Favre in the Super Bowl, but MMA fans are about to get the first ever match-up of UFC Hall of Famers when Mark "The Hammer" Coleman faces Randy Couture at UFC 109.
Dana White Reacts To Sonnen's Recent Rants
"He said there’s no such thing as a game plan. Really? That’s interesting, how do you figure that? There’s all these guys that pretend to know what they’re doing; you don’t want any corner men? You don’t come up with a game plan? Tell Randy Couture there’s no such thing as a game plan. Randy Couture won most of his fights off having incredible game plans."
GForce: 'Bad Blood 3' fight results and recap
In the night's main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard put his 16-fight unbeaten streak on the line against Joey Gorczynski. The card's co-main event featured a lightweight battle between Jorge Masvidal and Luis Palomino.
Coleman asks Marquardt to knockout Sonnen
Chael Sonnen has talked a lot the last two weeks. He's had more than a few fighters in his verbal crosshairs. Strangely enough, his opponent Nate Marquardt hasn't been one of them. Maybe Sonnen felt like it would be an unfair verbal fight "Nate the Great" was unlikely to fire back. Marquardt is one of the more quiet and respectful fighters but he didn't hesitate to take a mild shot at Sonnen at natemarquardt.com on Thursday.
UFC Undisputed Cover Shows Brock Lesnar Is Star of the Show
He fought just once in 2009 and won't fight again until the summer, but there's no disputing that Brock Lesnar is the biggest star in the UFC.
The latest piece of evidence: Lesnar has been chosen for the cover of UFC Undisputed 2010.
For the UFC, choosing Lesnar as the cover boy is an affirmative statement that the heavyweight champion, whose last fight was a victory over Frank Mir at UFC 100, is the face of the promotion. All four of the other champions -- Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn -- are popular fighters who would have been worthy choices to make the cover, but none of them has even close to the drawing power of Lesnar.
Wisconsin Signs MMA Regulation Bill Into Law
Wisconsin became the 43rd state to sanction mixed martial arts when Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law a bill to regulate the sport.
The state's Department of Regulation and Licensing will govern the fights, adding MMA to its duties overseeing pro boxing contests.
Unlike other states, Wisconsin's law passed through the legislative process in just a few months. The bill was first introduced in September 2009.
Dana White talks about Liddell's alleged alcoholism
At a media day to promote the upcoming season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter,” former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Tito Ortiz alleged that his longtime rival and fellow former champion Chuck Liddell was an “alcoholic.” He added that their former manager and now UFC president Dana White had to do “an intervention” on Liddell.
Following the UFC 109 pre-fight press conference on Thursday, White denied ever having done an intervention and said Liddell isn’t “too happy” about Ortiz’ comments.
DANA WHITE: Nick Diaz needs to "play the game"...
When Nick Diaz knocked out Marius Zaromskis last weekend the questions immediately started to come up about the welterweight's future and if a UFC return could ever happen.
The Gracie trained fighter competed in the UFC for several years, but left and signed on with EliteXC and then Strikeforce, where he has come to be considered among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
UFC president Dana White commented on Diaz's recent performance and had nothing but compliments for the California native.
"I like Nick Diaz very much, and I’ve said this many times, if Nick Diaz would just play the game even this much... but Nick Diaz refuses to play the game," White said. "He’s anti-the game."
"EA Sports MMA" adds Strikeforce's Dan Henderson to videogame roster
After failing to reach terms for a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and recently signing with rival Strikeforce, Dan Henderson has also inked a deal with the UFC's rival videogame: "EA Sports MMA."
EA Sports officials announced that Henderson signed his contract while at Wednesday's Madden Bowl, an annual videogame competition for "Madden NFL" held on Super Bowl week.
"EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010.
Henderson, a character in THQ's wildly successful "UFC 2009 Undisputed" videogame franchise, now heads to EA Sports' Strikeforce- and DREAM-friendly title.
Henderson (25-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the first fighter simultaneously to hold two PRIDE belts, recently concluded his second stint in the UFC.