Mark Munoz Prepared To Throwdown
Former WEC contender turned UFC prospect Mark Munoz is set to make his third appearance in the Octagon at Saturday night’s UFC 108 in Las Vegas.After earning his first victory under the UFC banner this past August over Nick Catone by split decision, Munoz has now rededicated himself to the sport by approaching it from all angles. New training partners and training regimens are his tools to victory.
Rashad Part Of Thiago's Road Back To Machida
Thiago Silva is ready for whatever Rashad Evans throws at him when the two meet Saturday in the main event of UFC 108.Silva, who made his way from Brazil's Chute Boxe to Florida's American Top Team, is learning English and learning to love stateside culture. He’s come a long way from life in the streets of Sao Paulo.
A Victim No More
The younger of two sons born to a coal miner and court reporter in Louisa, Ky., he was the subject of relentless taunts and bullying as a kid. His slight build did him no favors. Hazelett spent many of his formative years at a private Christian school but transitioned to public schools in sixth grade. It was a shock to his system. “At the Christian school, you’d get paddled for saying, ‘Crap,’” Hazelett says. “I went from that to being around a bunch of delinquents who cursed out the teacher almost every day. It definitely humbled me.”
Takanori Gomi signs with the UFC
Takanori Gomi, once considered to be one of the best lightweight fighters in the world, has signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. MMAFighting.com learned of the acquisition from sources on Friday.
No word on when and where Gomi will make his debut for the UFC. The organization has yet to officially announce the signing.
Aoki Apologizes and Overeem says Fedor is next
Sorry if someone else posted it.
Aoki taught Hirota why pride comes before the fall.
“When I had his arm behind his back, I could feel it popping,” Aoki said. “I thought, 'Well, this guy's pride just won't let him tap, will it?' So without hesitation, I broke it. I heard it break, and I thought, 'Ah, there, I just broke it.' I was stopped afterward, but even if I hadn't been, continuing to break it more would have been fine by me.”
Overeem says Fedor is next!
“I want to fight Fedor in May or June, so he's my primary target from now on. I'll be training for him only,” proclaimed Overeem, who cited the prospect of a May-June date as one he is currently negotiating with Strikeforce.
There is some other good stuff in this article.
Aoki's has a weird way of apologizing. It happens but dang, that guy has some amazing skills on the ground.
Spike TV debuts "Best of PRIDE" series Jan 15
A new series that features some of the top matchups from the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships organization debuts Jan. 15 on Spike TV.
"Best of PRIDE," which features the video library the UFC's parent company acquired after its purchase of the organization in 2007, airs each Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT with replays throughout the week.
Maxim model Kenda Perez hosts the program.
Lesnar's Fate-And UFC HW Division's-To Be Determined Next Week
In a small conference after the UFC 108 pre-fight presser, Dana White provided another update on Brock Lesnar and the UFC Heavyweight division. White said more answers could come next week after Lesnar sees the doctor, then that will determine his future and the status of Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir at UFC 111-specifically if it's for the Interim HW Title, or even the main title. Either way the fight is still likely to happen regardless of title status.
Evans Faces Silva in Return at UFC 108
LAS VEGAS -- The quest for the title starts a new Saturday night for Rashad Evans, whose reign as 205-pound champion was cut painfully short by Lyoto Machida.
Evans takes another Brazilian light-heavyweight in Thiago Silva at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the main event of UFC 108, a mixed martial arts card available on pay-per-view but has been ravaged by injury.
Lauzons First Brothers to Fight on Same Card
LAS VEGAS - The Lauzon brothers are ready to rumble Saturday night at UFC 108, making history in the process.
Joe, 25, and Dan, 21, will become the first brothers to appear on the same UFC show.
"It's pretty remarkable," said Dan.
"I'm just amped up, motivated. Same as Joe," he added. "We're both ready to put on a show."
(I changed TSN's headline because it didn't make sense, they will change it most likely.)
KJ Noons vs Billy Evangelista on tap for Strikeforce: 'Miami' on Jan. 30
Noons has been out of mixed martial arts for more than a year following his retirement from the sport in late 2008 after he was stripped of his 155-pound title for refusing to accept a rematch with Nick Diaz under the terms Elite XC was offering."King Karl" felt that his previous performance against Diaz (a first round technical knockout) and his lone title defense -- a first round technical knockout victory over Yves Edwards in June of 2008 -- was enough to at least earn himself a bigger paycheck than Diaz in the rematch.
Dos Santos Must Weather Hurricane To Get Title
“I feel that he’s opening his mouth a lot,” Dos Santos told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s talking a lot for this fight, and I feel very confident that after this fight, I’m going to shut him up, that he won’t be opening his mouth until 2011.”According to UFC president Dana White, the stakes are high in silencing Yvel. A win would likely put him on the short list of belt contenders.
Aoki's Antics Mar Exciting Night At Dynamite!!
In a battle of lightweight champions, Dream’s Shinya Aoki immediately put Sengoku’s Mizuto Hirota on the mat and took mount with Hirota’s arm wrapped up and behind his own back. Aoki then proceeded to, quite literally, break Hirota’s arm in an odd sort of twisting armbar. The maneuver popped Hirota’s elbow out of place, leaving his forearm flaccid.
Rampage Hangs In The Balance For Rashad
Opposing coaches on the tenth season of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” Jackson’s hometown of Memphis was slated to host the showdown, originally scheduled to headline UFC 107 on Dec. 12. Jackson instead opted out of the fight to star in the upcoming movie version of the popular ‘80s television series “The A-Team.”
UFC 108's Latest Casualty: Matchmaker Joe Silva
How bad is the UFC 108 injury bug?
It's so bad, Joe Silva is on the bench.
At a gathering of reporters following the UFC 108 pre-fight press conference, Dana White said the UFC matchmaker tore his MCL (medial collateral ligament) in the lead-up to the event.
UFC 111: Jon Fitch vs Thiago Alves rematch likely for March 27
UFC welterweight stalwart Jon Fitch (21-3) is currently in discussions to rematch Thiago Alves (16-6) at UFC 111 from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on March 27, setting up a fantastic 170-pound showdown that will prove once and for all how far both former number one contenders have come since their initial encounter back in 2006.
Their rematch was originally pegged for UFC 107 in Memphis, Tennessee; however, "The Pitbull" had to withdraw due to a knee injury. Fitch remained on the card and defeated Mike Pierce via unanimous decision.
Fitch scored a convincing second round technical knockout of the Brazilian at UFC Fight Night 5. He would go on to win his next five fights and earn a crack at division champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" in Aug. 2008.
He was overwhelmed by the Canadian for 25 minutes, losing a lopsided unanimous decision.
Alves, too, went on a tear after the loss to Fitch with seven consecutive victories over top-ranked opponents such as Matt Hughes and Karo Parisyan, as well as outpointing Josh Koscheck on all three judges scorecards at UFC 90 in October of 2008.
Clint Godfrey signs with WEC, meets Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 46
A day after reporting that that bantamweight Frank Gomez (8-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) has been forced off the WEC 46 card with an undisclosed injury, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed his replacement: WEC newcomer Clint Godfrey (11-1 MMA, 0-0 WEC).WEC officials today confirmed that featherweight prospect Godfrey has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and meets Wagnney Fabiano (12-2 MMA, 2-1 WEC) at WEC 46. The officials confirmed the fight will take place at 135 pounds.
Jesse Forbes Returns To UFC, Likely To Face Catone At UFN 20
It appears Steve Steinbeiss is the recent curse's latest victim, as he has apparently been forced off UFC Fight Night 20 in January due to injury. Replacing him in his fight against Nick Catone is former TUF 3 alum Jesse Forbes, who signed a new deal with UFC and likely will be the replacement. Forbes originally signed with Shine Fights in November but was let out of that deal after explaining interest in the UFC deal.
Mousasi says training “Not Good” for upcoming Dynamite! contest
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi recently spoke with the Japanese press about his upcoming fight against Gary Goodridge. When questioned about his training leading up to the fight, Mousasi was very candid in saying that it was “Not good.” Mousasi went on to explain that leading up to the event, he was unsure if the fight would be contested under K-1 kickboxing or MMA rules.