Dana: Referees "Need To Be Confident"
Dana White, the Ultimate Fighting Championship president, waged war on the octagon as the fight progressed. Inside the cage, Matt Brown was dismantling Pete Sell in a main card welterweight fight at UFC 96 on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. As blows progressed, Sell continued to fall, rise, backpedal and take punishment. After about a minute of the one-sided match, Brown paused at a stumbling Sell and turned slightly, looking for the referee. It was clear that Brown, in an act of mercy, was asking for the fight to be stopped. It wasn't. Brown continued advancing. After 1 minute and 27 seconds, the referee did thankfully call it off, giving Brown his third win in four UFC fights. The referee, Ives Lavigne, was one of two who made questionable calls during UFC 96 that drew White's ire in the post-event press conference and underlined the ongoing issue of in-cage management during these crowd-pleasing but sometimes-dangerous bouts. But despite these calls-and the promise of more to come on TUF 9-Dana says refs still need to be confident in their work and decision-making, even if it means boos.
Tito Ortiz: I'm Fighting In August
Although he wouldn't reveal too many details, Tito Ortiz said over the weekend he will be back in action in August. Rumors have this fight being at the next Affliction event, with Renato Sobral the most likely opponent.
UFC 96 Notebook: 10 Seconds Cost Jardine
The words -- though he may have suspected the news they brought -- cut Keith Jardine to the bone.
In wake of his hard-fought unanimous decision defeat to former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the UFC 96 main event on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Jardine was stung by a revelation from one of the cage-side judges. The knockdown he suffered in the closing seconds of the fight may have cost him a victory.
BAM! Matt Hamill reacts to knockout of Mark Munoz at UFC 96
I had to step back and think about what I was doing. I needed to get my kick — I had been doing a couple of kicks. Finally, I saw that Mark was bringing his hands down and I’m waiting for the right spot and the right time. Then BAM!”
Former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Matt Hamill, channels Emeril Lagasse when discussing the show-stealing (and surprising) knockout of Mark Munoz via head kick at UFC 96: “Jackson vs. Jardine” last night from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Not So Fast: Rampage-Rashad NOT YET Official For 98
Although word going around last night was that Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans is set for UFC 98, it is, in fact, not. Jackson needs a couple days and also to make sure he'll be 100% for the late-May fight, but if he isn't Dana White has a backup plan: Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida.
Von Flue Chokes Out Ramerez
TULARE, Calif. -- Jason Von Flue choked Steve Ramerez unconscious Saturday in the main event of Pure Combat’s “Backyard Brawl.”
Ramerez came out looking to strike, catching Von Flue with a punch before being wrapped up in the clinch and tumbling to the mat. Ramerez rolled for a reversal, but Von Flue kept rolling, landed on top and took Ramerez’s back.
From there Von Flue kept his hooks in and worked for a rear-naked choke. Meanwhile Ramerez punched behind him, trying in vain to break the hold. He could not and went to sleep at 2:54.
After the fight Von Flue thanked the crowd and praised his opponent’s toughness. He then took a moment to propose to his girlfriend.
Hughes Not Ruling Out Move To Middleweight
Although he's got other business to take care of first, Matt Hughes has not ruled out a move up to Middleweight once all is said and done. Ultimately, the former UFC Welterweight Champion would like a shot at Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
Cavalcante Vs Babalu For Strikeforce Title ?
One of the best light heavyweight fighters in the world, Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante impressed the world with three huge knockout victories at EliteXC, but now seeks other events to work. In an exclusive interview to TATAME.com, the Brazilian spoke about a possible upcoming fight against Renato “Babalu” Sobral, for the Strikeforce title, his relationship with Anderson Silva, pointed Lyoto Machida as the next UFC champion, Rodrigo Nogueira’s loss to Frank Mir and his pre-fight injuries and much more
Carwin proves he’s the real deal
Shane Carwin might be the only athlete these days who can say he tested positive and it is a good thing.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s powerful heavyweight contender, who vaulted himself among the elite of the sport with a dramatic first-round knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga on Saturday at UFC 96 at Nationwide Arena, had his DNA tested recently to compile an athletic profile.
Of nearly 500 athletes, including 50 Olympians, tested by Canadian company Warrior Roots, Carwin was one of the three highest-scoring for explosiveness.
UFC 96 post-fight press conference (Video)
UFC President Dana White is joined by Shane Carwin, Matt Hamill and Quinton Jackson at the UFC 96 post-fight press conference for some Q&A about Saturday night’s fights. It’s interesting to hear White’s reaction to the controversial stoppages in the Nelson vs. Riley fight as well as in Brown vs. Sell.
UFC 96 draws 17,033 spectators for a $1.8 million gate
Despite a main event that lacked in promotional power, UFC 96 drew 17,033 spectators to Nationwide Arena on Saturday night for a gate of $1.8 million, UFC president Dana White said.
For the third consecutive year, the UFC's Columbus show coincided with the Arnold Sports Festival, a three-day sports and fitness exhibition held in downtown Columbus.
"I heard on the radio today that between [the Artnold] and the UFC, we brought $41 million into Columbus this weekend," White said in the post-UFC 96 press conference. "So obviously in these hard economic times, coming in here and doing huge numbers like that (is impressive)."
Imanari, Maeda advance, Aoki, Kawajiri victorious at DREAM.7 (+ Full Results)
The 2008 DREAM featherweight grand prix kicked off on Saturday night with six of the tournament's first round matchups, as well as three non-tournament bouts, on the DREAM.7 card at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
And while the opening round of the tournament did lend a few surprises, it was a successful night for the Japanese fans that were cheering on their countrymen as several of the event's favored local stars moved on in the tournament.
The event was held on Sunday night in Japan and will air on a one-week tape delay on HDNet in the U.S.
* Masakazu Iminari def. Atsushi Yamamoto via split decision*
* Hiroyuki Takaya def. Jong Won Kim via TKO (punches) -- Round 2, 0:40*
* Yoshiro Maeda def. Micah Miller via unanimous decision*
* Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Ross Ebanez via submission (rear-naked shoke) -- Round 1, 4:03
* Shinya Aoki def. David Gardner via rear-naked choke -- Round 1, 5:58
* Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daisuke Nakamura via unanimous decision
* Abel Cullum def. Akiyo Nishiura via unanimous decision*
* Joe Warren def. Chase Beebe via TKO (cut) -- Round 1, 10:00*
* Bibiano Fernandes def. Takafumi Otsuka via unanimous decision*
* - featherweight grand prix first-round bouts
+ - A GP first-round bout between Hideo Tokoro and Daika Hata takes place at DREAM.8, and Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto gets an automatic berth into the second round.
Jackson on Evans at UFC 98
"At the press conference, Jackson said he didn't know about the fight with Rashad Evans being moved up to May 23 until 15 minutes before he got out...He was clearly not thrilled about it. Dana White said they would wait a few days to give Jackson a chance to assess how he felt coming out of a tough fight and noted if Jackson turned it down, that Machida had already verbally accepted."
UFC 96 $60K Fighter Bonuses
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill each earned $60,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine."
UFC 96 took place Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and aired live on pay-per-view. The bonus amounts were up significantly from the $40,000 awards issued at UFC 95 in February, but down slightly from the $65,000 UFC 94 bonuses in January.