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McCully Misses Deadline, Kongo Fight?
There have been rumors that Justin McCully missed a deadline for an offer of a UFC 82 fight against Cheick Kongo. There's now word that the deadline has indeed passed and Kongo now will likely fight Heath Herring instead.
WCO Promoter Tells His Side Of The Story
Bruce Bellochi, promoter of WCO, recently took the opportunity to speak out and explain his side of the story that led to the cancellation of the WCO: Babalu vs. Tiger event this past weekend in California.
Submitted Jan 16, 2008 8:04PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
Machida "I want to fight for the belt by the end of this year"
"It was a very big win. I hope people start to recognize that I'm here to stay and I would like to fight for the belt by the end of this year."- Lyoto Machida
Weighty Issues (Sherdog interview with GSP and his Manager)
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre (Pictures) is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy. The first sign that alerted the international community that "Rush" was someone special was when he defeated Pete Spratt (Pictures) in 2003. St. Pierre was already popular around Montreal then, but Spratt was fresh off a win over Robbie Lawler (Pictures) at UFC 42 and was considered a heavy favorite. He drops a few bombshells in this one, sounds like the GSP/Anderson Silva fight could take place in the future, and how about seeing if Chuck can stuff his takedowns. Maybe a bit ambitious but interesting none the less.
Maturing Penn ready to claim crown
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – For years, the word "if" has haunted B.J. Penn. He's heard it so much, it makes him want to scream in agony. If only he would train, the experts would say. If only he would take mixed martial arts seriously, they'd continue. If only he had the desire to be the best like a Randy Couture. Penn has heard it for years and run away from it, trying desperately to be his own man. He would do things his way, on his terms. And though doing that has resulted in a decent career, Penn is hardly a lock to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this stage and there are many who look at him as a disappointment. There has been a lot posted on Penn with the fight coming up, but I thought this was a good interview.
Change Of Plans: UFC 83 NOT In Europe
UFC 83 is not going to be in England anymore. It's been announced that the show will be "relocated" to elsewhere in the US, no official reason given yet. UFC does intend to go back to Manchester. Just not on March 8.
In a world full of high-caliber mixed martial artists, most will concede that Georges St. Pierre is at or near the top of the list when it comes to talent and ability. Since his introduction to the world of professional MMA in 2002, the 26 year old from St. Isidore, Quebec, has run roughshod over a litany of fighters considered the cream of the crop. Not only has he beaten them, he's also made it look relatively easy.
Surgery Stops Strikeforce's Thomson-Melendez
Josh Thomson will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a damaged shoulder, forcing the American Kickboxing Academy lightweight out of a Showtime-televised Strikeforce title bout against Gilbert Melendez Sherdog.com has learned.
Yahya on Yamamoto
Just back from a vacation in Indonesia, bantamweight Rani Yahya spoke with Sherdog.com about his recent fight with Norifumi Yamamoto. On New Year's Eve the WEC veteran joined a growing list of mixed martial artists who have fallen short against "Kid." The world champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist recounted his experience, and spoke about his future with the WEC.
Update: Baroni to Make Return in Japan?
Though the first formalized bout on the Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium card was announced Dec. 11 by promoter World Victory Road, it remains unsigned. According to the promoter, middleweight Phil Baroni is slated to fight Sanae Kikuta.
Report: Officials Scrap March’s UFC 83 Event in England
A UFC 83 event rumored to be taking place in England could instead take place in the U.S. The news comes from our friend Steve Sievert at the Houston Chronicle, who spoke to a source close to the event for his “Brawl Sports” blog. According to the source, the U.K. location has been scrapped, but the March 8 show — which will likely include Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy and Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin — will go on.
Werdum’s Title Quest Begins with Gonzaga
Ah, how many great stories throughout the history of the world have begun with a woman? Probably too many to count. Well, add the story of Fabricio Werdum to the list, and if one day he ascends to the heights of the UFC’s heavyweight division and straps a championship belt around his waist, somewhere in Brazil, there will be a woman wondering what might have been. Werdum will have no such daydreams though, and in fact, an early embarrassment turned out to be not only the impetus for his jump into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but eventually, mixed martial arts, which has become a pretty nice vocation for the native of Porto Alegre, who faces old rival Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 80 co-feature on Saturday in Newcastle, England.
EliteXC Signs Heavyweight Prospect Dave “Pee Wee” Herman
Elite Xtreme Combat has signed heavyweight prospect Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (9-0) to a multi-fight contract. The deal could put the Midwest-based fighter on EliteXC’s upcoming Feb. 16 event in Miami, Fla., or a “ShoXC” Showtime broadcast tentatively planned for March.
WEC ANNOUNCES ALBUQUERQUE FIGHT CARD
World Extreme Cagefighting on Tuesday officially announced the full fight card for its upcoming Feb. 13 event in Albuquerque, N.M. The already announced main event features welterweight champion Carlos Condit defending his belt against WEC newcomer Carlo Prater.
Frank Shamrock VS. Cung Le Is Official
EliteXC and Strikeforce on Tuesday officially announced that Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le on a March 29 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., co-promoted by the two organizations.
ATT CONTINUES GROWTH SPURT WITH CARNEIRO
American Top Team on Monday announced that it has welcomed Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roan “Jucao” Carneiro to the team.
B.J. PENN LOOKING FOR 2ND UFC TITLE
On Jan. 19, BJ Penn has the opportunity to become only the second fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship history to hold titles in two weight classes, the other being UFC legend Randy Couture. First he has to face Joe Stevenson, possibly the toughest test the Hawaiian has ever faced at 155 pounds.
Strikeforce Officially Announces Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le on Showtime (Updated)
The California-based Strikeforce organization officially announced its March 29 event featuring a headline bout between world middleweight champion Frank Shamrock (23-8-1) and top contender Cung Le (5-0). The organization also announced that the show will be co-promoted by EliteXC and will air on Showtime.
WEC Announces Full Card for Feb. 13 Event
World Extreme Cagefighting has announced the full fight card for its Feb. 13 event, which features a total of three title fights. “WEC: Condit vs. Prater” takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and airs live on the Versus network beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. * Champ Carlos Condit vs. Carlo Prater (for welterweight title) * Champ Rob McCullough vs. Jamie Varner (for lightweight title) * Champ Chase Beebe vs. Miguel Torres (for bantamweight title) * Mark Hominick vs. Josh Grispi * Antonio Banuelos vs. Manny Tapia * Scott Jorgensen vs. Jesse Moreng * Yoshiro Maeda vs. Charlie Valencia * Leonard Garcia vs. Hiroyuki Takaya * Chance Farrar vs. Micah Miller * Del Hawkins vs. Ox Wheeler
Miletich Says He'd Like To Fight Again
The Houston Chronicle recently interviewed Pat Miletich, who reportedly is considering fighting again. While not actively looking to make a match now, he did say he'd be interested in fighting Renzo Gracie or Frank Shamrock.
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