Quebec Athletic Commission investigating Paul Daley after UFC 113 sucker punch
Although the smoking gun is in plain sight, the Quebec Athletic Commission is conducting an investigation to determine whether to suspend welterweight Paul Daley's fight license.
Daley drew unanimous scorn this past Saturday when he slugged opponent Josh Koscheck after the final bell in a title eliminator bout at UFC 113. UFC president Dana White quickly condemned Daley's actions and said the fighter, who dropped a unanimous decision, will no longer fight in his promotion.
UFC 113 winner Marcus Davis, UFC officials eyeing spot on Boston's UFC 118 card
With his impressive and vital victory over Jonathan Goulet at this past weekend's UFC 113 event, Marcus Davis is laying off the usual post-event food binges and today settled for a boring lunch salad.
Why the discipline?
Davis – and UFC officials – hope to get the Maine native and Massachusetts-based Team Sityodtong fighter on an Aug. 28 UFC 118 card slated to take place at Boston's TD Garden.
Saturday's SF Card Finalized, Beerbohm-Ribeiro Still On
With Saturday's "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" card quickly approaching, the organization today announced the official lineup for the night's un-aired preliminary card. The most significant item is that Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribeiro is still on as planned. Although the fight appeared in jeopardy when Beerbohm publicly solicited advice to get out of his contract, the situation was resolved this past week. A total of 7 prelims are set for the 12-fight card.
Paul Daley: 'There Is No Excuse for My Actions' at UFC 113
Paul Daley apologized on Sunday for hitting Josh Koscheck with a sucker punch after their UFC 113 fight, a gesture that may be the first step in repairing his tarnished image, but that likely won't be enough to get him back into the UFC which fired him immediately after the incident.
"I've had a long flight home to consider my actions and regret the mistake I made on Saturday. I would like to apologise to the UFC and the Athletic Commission for what I've done as well as all the fans and sponsors that support me," the English Daley said in a prepared statement he gave the Telegraph. "I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to Josh Koscheck who did not deserve the cheap shot I threw. He did what he needed to do in order to win the fight and get the job done, and I foolishly reacted to the situation."
Quinton Jackson Fighting To KO Rashad Evans-Not For Glory Or Fame
And in recent comments he made on Michael Bisping's website, he wants people to know that...and that apparently he can talk about other fighters without saying "whoop their @$$" at some point. "I still want to clear [something] up...some of my fans don't understand why I didn't fight Rashad in the beginning. I don't think...the fans that don't understand now, I don't think they'll ever understand. Just because I'm a fighter, doesn't mean I can't do other things. I just want my fans to know...no matter what, even though I haven't been in the cage for a while...people think that I went Hollywood, people always got negative stuff to say. People always underestimate me. I've been in this game for a while; I just think it's funny. I'm just gonna go out there and do my job. I wanna knock Rashad out as quick as possible and get on with my career ... I don't fight for glory and fame like some fighters. I don't wanna walk around acting all tough coz I'm a fighter. But when people run they mouth like Rashad...they get dealt with. I hope he learns his lesson."
SRC To Adopt Unified Weight Classes
World Victory Road today announced that effective June 20 they are going to change their weight classes in Sengoku/SRC to conform with the Unified MMA Rules weight classes. They will take effect at SRC 13. This should allow Japanese fighters more chances to fight abroad and allow more top-level foreigners to fight in SRC.
2 More Fights Added To DREAM 14 Card
FEG today announced 2 more fights for DREAM 14, and it appears the "Gracie Hunter" is back on the prowl. In one of the fights, Kazushi Sakuraba will face a Gracie for the 6th time in his career, this time he'll face Ralek Gracie in a catch weight fight at 88 kg (194 pounds) and a matchup of former WEC fighters was also added in Yoshiro Maeda vs. Kenji Osawa. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto participation was also confirmed, his fight could be announced in the next day or two as part of 2-3 more fights to round out the card.
Roy Nelson vs. Junior Dos Santos In The Works For UFC 117
It looks like the rumors of Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 116 being off are true-multiple reports state Kongo has pulled out due to a back injury. As a result, Nelson will now be move to UFC 117 to face a surprising replacement-Junior Dos Santos. At least one fighter has agreed to the fight with the intention to sign. The fight likely will be on the main card if it happens.
Shogun: I’ll Fight Anderson Silva
Appearing on ESPN2’s MMA Live just moments after his title-clinching stoppage of Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 in Montreal, “Shogun” was blunt when asked by host Jon Anik if he would fight the fellow Brazilian.
“Yes, of course. I’m a professional fighter,” said Rua (19-4).
Will "Stubborn" Or "Smart" Josh Koscheck Show Up Against Paul Daley?
According to AKA teamamte Jon Fitch, it depends. "You don’t know what’s going on in his head sometimes. Like when he fought Thiago, it was his goal to stand and trade with him. But I think we’ve seen the clear path to beating Paul Daley, when Jake Shields fought and beat him. (Daley) probably is the most dynamic striker in the weight class. He is the most technical and probably the most explosive and powerful. So there’s not too many guys who would do well in a stand up fight with him. It all depends on what Josh decides to do the night of the fight. I think the grappling aspect would fare fairly well."
Bellator CEO: Filho vs. Lombard Is Still On
Despite reports stating otherwise, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney says that as far as he knows, Paulo Filho vs. Hector Lombard at Bellator 18 is still on. According to a report from GracieMag.com, Filho said he was unable to get a visa to travel to the U.S. because of documentation issues. However, Rebney today spoke to Filho's representatives, who said that Filho is traveling from Brazil to the U.S.on Monday and will have his pre-fight medical paperwork completed the next day. But there is a Plan B if Filho fails to materialize. "We've backed ourselves up; we've done everything we needed to do in protecting the sanctity of that event, but my hope is that he shows up," Rebney said. "I think Hector Lombard deserves this fight." Rebney declined to name Filho's possible replacement but said it is an opponent known to mixed-martial-arts fans.
Paulo Filho is out of his Bellator fight with Hector Lombard
Former WEC champion Paulo Filho is out of his Bellator fight with Hector Lombard, apparently because of visa issues. The Brazilian middleweight says that he has not been abke to obtain the necessary paperwork to fight in the US on May 13th.
“It seems the event took too long in sending out the letter I needed to present at the consulate and I’m not sure but it could be there was some kind of failure on the part of my managers. So, I won’t get my visa in time,” he told Gracie Mag.
MFC 25: Vindication Results
- Thales Leites def. Jesse Taylor by Submission (Triangle Choke) Rd. 1 (2:27)
- Ryan Jimmo defeated Wilson Gouveia by Unanimous Decision Rd. 3 (5:00)
- Emanuel Newton def. Dwayne Lewis by Unanimous Decision Rd. 3 (5:00)
- Pete Spratt def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO (Strikes) Rd. 3 (4:02)
- Gavin Neil def. Richie Hightower by Rear Naked Choke Rd. 1 (2:52)
- Chase Gormley def. Ryan Fortin by Unanimous Decision Rd. 3 (5:00)
Despite Speculation, Beerbohm vs. Ribeiro Still On For 5/15 SF
A scheduled Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribeiro fight at the 5/15 Strikeforce event is still on despite news in the last 24 hours that Beerbohm stated he wanted out of his SF contract. "I've spoken with Lyle, (Strikeforce CEO) Scott Coker and (Strikeforce matchmaker) Rich Chou, and the fight is on," says Phil Lanides, Beerbohm's representative. Beerbohm's post, however, put the matchup in doubt. "I'm looking for a lawyer to get me out of contract with Strikeforce," he wrote Thursday evening. "Please help." Coker expects Beerbohm to honor hsi contract and fight but is prepared to find a replacement if need be.
GSP & Winner of Koscheck/Daley to Coach TUF 12
It will be a welterweight showdown during the 12th season of the "Ultimate Fighter" as champion Georges St. Pierre will take the reigns as coach for the first time ever and he will compete against the winner of Saturday night's fight between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley.
The announcement was made on Friday by UFC president Dana White.
For all of the history of the "Ultimate Fighter" reality show it seems that UFC welterweight champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world Georges St. Pierre would have been a coach previously, but it never happened until now.
The popular Canadian fighter will head out to Las Vegas in the next few weeks to begin coaching the next cast of UFC hopefuls. Assured to be by St. Pierre's side are his head coach from Montreal, Firas Zahabi, and strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimburg.
The other coaching vacancy will be filled on Saturday night when Josh Koscheck battles Paul Daley, and the win will not only mean a job coaching on the "Ultimate Fighter" but a shot at St. Pierre's title when the season is over.
Josh Koscheck, a participant in the historical first season of the "Ultimate Fighter", commented to MMAWeekly.com about the coaching position should he be offered the job.
"It definitely would be fun. I think it would be a great opportunity, and I would definitely take the UFC up on it," said Koscheck.
His opponent, British slugger Paul Daley, also said he'd welcome the chance to coach on the show, although both fighters stated emphatically that their first job is to win on Saturday night.
"If I get the opportunity, it's a great opportunity that I'd have to accept," said Daley. "I'd enjoy it, great exposure, and a chance to get my face out there a bit more."
Dana White says WEC's PPV numbers qualify it as second-best MMA organization
MONTREAL – UFC president Dana White can often be just as telling in what he doesn't say as he is as blunt with what he does.
Such is the case when the UFC and WEC head is asked about the final numbers for the WEC's first pay-per-view event, "Aldo vs. Faber."
As a privately held company, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of both the UFC and WEC, isn't required to divulge its financial information, but the bright smile of White leads you to believe the numbers must have been positive.
White: If Silva beats Sonnen and Belfort, he'll need to vacate title to compete at 205
MONTREAL – With any fighter in any division, looking beyond that competitor's next matchup is never a safe thing to do.
That's true even with the seemingly unbeatable UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who faces top contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in August.
But when you're 11-0 in the UFC, a different set of rules tends to apply. And while UFC president Dana White believes Sonnen may prove Silva's toughest test in recent memory, he does have an idea of where a win would take "The Spider."