Rafael Dos Anjos and the first UFC victory
Rafael dos Anjos had reasons to celebrate on UFC 103. Winning for the first time in the UFC octagon, Rafael went back to Brazil with the job done, and spoke with TATAME.com about the unanimous decision victory over Rob Emerson. “The victory came on the right time. I was waiting for almost a year for it, it was very important, a decisive moment to me. I make the fight go the way I imagined in my head and it was perfect“, said Rafael, who worked the kicks really well.
Jacaré talks ADCC ’09 and Strikeforce debut
“I’m excited, I’m training a lot MMA and you can expect a show from me. I’ll make my job and I’ll take the belt from whoever has it. I’ll do my job, taking fight by fight, and when they put me to fight for the belt I’ll be ready“, guarantees, seeing Jason Miller, who he defeated on Dream, being rumored to a title fight. “Let that clown fight for the belt, then I’ll take it from him (laughs)“, finished the black belt.
Floyd Mayweather beats Dana White & UFC!
a very good article on the head to head PPV of UFC 103 and Mayweather/Marquez..he's not bashing mma of anything like that..just a good read that I thought I would share with ya'll..I like what he said at the end of his article "No matter which sport won, or which sport did more sales, a lot of people watched a lot of guys fight this weekend. You gotta love that."...
Kenny Florian looking to make a statement against Clay Guida on Dec.12
“I think a lot of people like watching Clay fight because he’s always going to be in your face, he’s always right there. He’s one of those guys who’s not the most technical fighter in the world, but I tell you on any given day he can beat you — and that goes from the best at 155 to the middle of the pack. He’s always right there and he’s gonna be knockin’ on that door so I have to be ready. It’s not hard to get up for a fight against Clay Guida. I know I have my hands full and it’s a fight I’m looking forward to. It’s an honor to fight a guy like that and hopefully we can have a war like he’s had in the past and put on a good fight. I don’t know how it’s going to finish but it’s going to be an exciting fight while it lasts. I definitely don’t want to win by judges decision, I’m going to try and make a statement with this fight.”
Paul Daley: ‘The legend is true’
It took Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley just 151 seconds of his UFC debut to turn style into substance, hype into reality, a game plan into a knockout and Martin Kampmann, as well as millions of fans, from cynics to believers.
The UFC newcomer from Nottingham displayed the striking ferocity, heavy hands and headstrong attitude that he’d always talked about and - for those that had seen him before - exhibited in other organisations.
Boxer Toney on MMA
"I’ll explore the joys found in a site named BallerStatus.com later: at the moment, my attention is on their interview with boxer James Toney, an accomplished heavyweight preparing to make a comeback.
And since you can’t interview a boxer anymore without bringing up mixed martial arts, Toney was helpful enough to introduce the topic on his own."
Kenny Florian Talks Broadcasting Career, Changing Training Camps, Clay Guida
Kenny Florian has been hanging out recently with the Tapout crew on their nationwide tour, but next week he will head to Montreal, QC, to train at the Tristar Gym for his UFC 107 fight against Clay Guida.
FanHouse spoke to Florian on Wednesday about the tour, how he remains neutral while commentating on fights and why he decided to leave Team Sityodtong. The full video is below.
Dana White Rips Strikeforce, Showtime for Signing Herschel Walker
UFC President Dana White says he's outraged that Strikeforce has signed former football star Herschel Walker to make his MMA debut at age 47, and he ripped Strikeforce's TV partner, Showtime, for engaging in a gimmick that makes the sport look bad.
"I think it's ridiculous," White told Mike Chiappetta on the Inside The Ultimate Fighter podcast. "People think we're anti-competition? We're anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50-year-old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there putting out press releases like it's a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker? Are you serious?"
Kenny Florian and Marc Dellagrotte go their separate ways.
With all the excitement over the past few days of fights, news of Kenny Florian leaving Sityodtong Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts, sort of flew under the radar.
Long time trainer Marc Dellagrotte confirmed the split through an interview with Fighter’sOnly.com stating, “There are no hard feelings. Me and Kenny have been good friends for a long, long time. We did good thing together. I think this is a good decision for both of us. I think he is going to do well, I think the people he is going with are some of the best in the world. It wasn’t a bad break or anything like that, it was just a mutual decision we made in order for us both to move forward. It was necessary for Kenny to move forward with his career and me to move forward as a coach.”
Wanderlei Silva to Film Reality TV Show
A reality show competition is currently in the works that will feature Wanderlei Silva scouting aspiring fighters for his Wand Fight Team, and FanHouse has confirmed that the show will be broadcasted on a television network to be announced.
An open casting call will be held Nov. 14 at the Wand Fight Team Training Center in Las Vegas. According to Silva, 10 fighters will be selected and invited to his camp.
Alistair Overeem: This Year is for K-1, I Hope to Fight Fedor Next Year
Speaking with reporters in Japan prior to his K-1 kickboxing fight on Saturday, Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem said that he expects to defend his title against Fedor Emelianenko some time in 2010.
"This year is the K-1 year and then after this I am world heavyweight champion in America of Strikeforce, which is a pretty big promotion," Overeem said (at the 6:30 mark of the video above). "Fedor Emelianenko signed with them two months ago and I'm hoping to fight him next year in America."
"Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers" official for Nov. 7 at Sears Centre near Chicago
The Nov. 7 "Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers" event is official for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb to the northwest of Chicago.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed the previously rumored locale with MMAjunkie.com.
The event is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, and Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields meet for a middleweight title recently vacated by former champ Cung Le.
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva Likely for UFC 108
Left without an opponent for his next fight when Rampage Jackson walked away from the UFC, Rashad Evans said Wednesday that he expects to fight Thiago Silva next, likely some time in December or early next year.
"Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I'd like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me," Evans said. "When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I'd like that."
Broken Hand Stalls Sylvia’s Dream Debut
A broken hand will prevent Tim Sylvia from making an Oct. 25 debut with the Dream promotion in Japan, said the fighter’s manager Monte Cox.
Cox said the 6-foot-8 Sylvia broke his right hand about a minute and a half into his heavyweight bout with Jason Riley at Adrenaline 4 last Friday in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Sylvia scored a technical knockout 2:32 into the first round. Cox said the 33-year-old Sylvia will be out of action until December.
Rashad Evans will fight Rampage Jackson for free
“Rampage is a very emotional fighter, a very emotional person, and he just let his emotions take over his rational thinking. I think that him and Dana White just probably need to talk it out, and get past it. I think it’s just a breakdown in communication. Dana’s the kind of guy who is going to say what is on his mind, maybe without thinking it through all the way, before he said. Rampage is a hothead, as well. You get two tempers like that, go at each other like that, it makes the situation hard to work through. I’d be disappointed not to fight him. It would be a good fight, a fun fight, but mostly because he talked trash. He got me really angry, and I want to fight him just because of that alone. It’s a fight that people want to see. You get your mind wrapped up, and you get your mind so psyched up about fighting a fighter, and then it doesn’t happen, it’s disappointing. That’s why I hate making a fight personal. At the end of the day, we’re professional athletes, and we get paid to do a job. But when you get to fight someone you really want to fight, that’s like a bonus. You’d almost do it for free…. I would have loved to punch him in the face for free.”
– Rashad Evans — the man caught in the middle of the controversy between UFC President Dana White and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson — tells CageWriter.com that at this point he’d fight the former light heavyweight champion for free if he could.
Keith Kizer say protocol, not "Black List," reason for ref John Mcarthy's NSAC status
"Veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy hasn't refereed a mixed martial arts contest in Nevada in nearly two years.
And as Sherdog.com first reported on Tuesday, a recently denied McCarthy application to the Nevada State Athletic Commission means "Big" John still isn't eligible to officiate in the state.
But as NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), conspiracy theorists can take a rest; McCarthy isn't the only veteran referee that the commission simply doesn't have a use for at this time."
Mirko Cro Cop Retires
It's over. After 15 years in MMA, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has officially retired today. His manager was instructed to release all Team Cro Cop members from their duties. Mirko simply said "I have no motivation left and it's time to leave. Thank you all for supporting me."