Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida announces final MMA bout set for April 25
Former PRIDE fighter and Japanese star Hidehiko Yoshida will fight for the final time on April 25.
Yoshida, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist in judo who turned pro in MMA in 2002, will help organize an event called "ASTRA," though no opponent has been announced.
The event takes place at the 15,000-seat Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, and features fellow Yoshida Dojo fighters Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tatsunao Nagakura, Michihiro Omigawa and Makoto Takimoto.
Opponents also have not been named for those fighters.
Willing to jump weight classes, WEC's Urijah Faber open to rematch with UFC's Tyson Griffin
LAS VEGAS – In Urijah Faber's dominant days as WEC featherweight champion, he always had a blemish on his perfect record.
In September 2005, an unknown 21-year-old upstart named Tyson Griffin handed him his first loss in nine fights to take the Gladiator Challenge lightweight title. Shortly after, Faber realized he was too small for the division and dropped 10 pounds to fight at featherweight.
Fans and media often ask if he'd like a rematch with Griffin, and the answer always has been no; 145 pounds suits him just fine.
But during a Q&A session for UFC Fight Club members on Thursday, Faber said he recently had reconsidered that longstanding statement.
UFC 109 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from last night's UFC 109. The total disclosed payouts were $944,000 with the biggest share-$250,000-going to Randy Couture.
Chael Sonnen Upsets Marquadt At UFC 109
Marquardt was the favorite going in and widely considered the second ranked middleweight in the world, but Sonnen continued his winning streak by pulling the upset and gaining a title shot with his UFC 109 unanimous decision victory against the winner of Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort that main events UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
Serra KO's Trigg With Signature Right Hand
Before the fight on Saturday night, Frank Trigg commented how Matt Serra catches everyone he fights with his big right hand. Despite the preparation, lighting struck once again as Serra clubbed Trigg with that right en route to a first round TKO win at UFC 109.
Danzig And Guillard Look Rejuvenated At UFC 109
The UFC 109 prelims did not disappoint with Mac Danzig, who was seemingly fighting for his UFC career on Saturday night, and it paid off as he performed with a rejuvenated spirit, while Melvin Guillard carried the spirit of New Orleans with him getting the victory over Ronys Torres.
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.