UFC 84 site live!!
The full site for UFC 84 is up. Looks pretty damn good too.
One interesting note: Rogan calls Penn/Sherk a dream match. What does everyone think bout that?
GSP Quick Quote: "I'm Scared"
During the final pre-UFC 83 press conference, Georges St. Pierre was very open & honest about his feelings going into tonight's fight against Matt Serra. While such feelings are generally normal pre-fight, GSP has all the pressure in the world and then some on him because he's fighting in his hometown in one of his biggest fights yet.
Trigg: "no truth" to Souza report
"I'm literally sitting in a car right now trying to get to Wrigley Field to throw out a first pitch," Trigg said. "I haven't heard anything from [DREAM] in about a week and a half. We started talking about a month ago, but lately, there's been no communication. I really haven't even thought about it lately."
"We have no contract, and we have no numbers we're even close to agreeing on," he said.
Trigg also said he was unlikely to fight for DREAM unless the event were to air on HDNet. Without an American audience, "it does no good for the my brand as a fighter, broadcaster, writer or for my company Triggonomics," he said. "No one would see me."
UFC 83 Preview
We are set for the biggest grudge match since last October, when middleweight champion Anderson Silva knocked out Rich Franklin for the second time in a year, this time in Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati. Matt Serra shocked the world last year with his monumental upset via first round knockout of Georges St. Pierre, an extremely athletic fighter that seemed almost unbeatable at welterweight at the time. Here we are a year later, and St. Pierre again looks unbeatable, coming off of his lopsided win over welterweight legend Matt Hughes last December. Serra is relishing the underdog role, and it looks like we are in line for yet another great fight to unify the welterweight championship of the world.
EliteXC Signs Australian, Hector "Shango" Lombard
LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2008) – One of Australia’s most promising young fighters at both middleweight and welterweight and one of the world’s most prolific Judo players, Hector “Shango” Lombard, signed a long-term contract with Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s live division, EliteXC.
IFL Report $31 Million Losses
The IFL will promote no pay-per-views in 2008, but that is the least of the MMA group's problems. According to the the IFL's 10k SEC report filed on 4/15, the group has suffered a net loss of $31 million. The IFL received $1.6 million from MyNetwork TV for programming, but paid $15.9 million to run shows in 2007. As things stand, the group has insufficient funds to operate past the third quarter of this year.
Report from Gerweck.net
I don't think this will come as a surprise to anyone really. So will any of the other orgs pick up any of the talent in the IFL.
Trigg Added To DREAM 2
UFC veteran Frank Trigg is among several more fighters & fights announced today for the upcoming DREAM 2 event in Japan. Trigg will take on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Ronaldo Jacare.
Cage Rage Promoter Steps Down
Cage Rage announced on Friday that longtime promoter Andy Geer has stepped down from the company to pursue other business interests outside of MMA. He is being replaced by Chris Cordeiro, effective immediately.
Joe Rogan Not Going Anywhere
One of the more annoying things on the internet is when people make stuff up and report it as news because it's possible that it could happen
A good example is a recent article by nutcase Rich Bergeron suggesting that Rogan was leaving the UFC:
.However, chatter coming into the Fight News Unlimited offices point to more than just "unspecified previous obligations" preventing Rogan from lending his comic voice to the Pay-Per-View broadcast, and his absence may not be temporary.
Fight News Unlimited received information from a reliable source recently pointing to a possible Carlos Mencia-esque rift between Rogan and UFC President Dana White. No, Dana White's not stealing Rogan's jokes, but rumor has it that White recently mandated that there be absolutely no mention of Randy Couture's name in any future UFC broadcasts. Rogan has been outspoken about Couture and the impact of Captain America's departure on the UFC and the sport of MMA.
Joe Rogan posted today at The Underground that the rumors are "bullshit," and went into more detail on his blog.
There's been a lot of goofy articles written on the internet lately about me missing the UFC card in Montreal this weekend, speculating all sorts of silly reasons why I'm not going to be there, so I figured it would be a good idea if I cleared it up here. The only reason I'm not going to be there is because of a family obligation.
I'm certainly not upset at the UFC, and I'm not quitting to start doing commentary for a rival organization. I've also heard some ridiculous shit about me having massive fallout with the UFC president Dana White, which couldn't be further from the truth. Dana is a very good friend of mine, and in the 7 years I've known him we've never even had a single disagreement.
Paul Bradley discusses "TUF" departure
For Paul Bradley, everything was going along perfectly.
He was invited to compete on the seventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter," he won an elimination bout to earn a spot in the house, and he did it in convincing fashion. He was then drafted by UFC light heavyweight Quinton Jackson to be part of "Team Rampage" -- as a respectable third-round pick.
good read, the guy sounds like a real class act, hope he makes a name for himself in elitexc
Ortiz tried to hire Belfort for his trains to face Lyoto
Carlson Gracie’s black belt, Vitor Belfort, that is training at Minotauro team and at Nova Geração, bet at Lyoto Machida, his ex-train mate, in his next bout at UFC 84 in May, against Tito Ortiz. “Lyoto has the skills to win, but is a tough fight. Two famous athletes, but I believe that Lyoto has more chances, he is at fight rhythm and Tito is star”, tell Belfort that reveal that Toto Ortiz tried to hire him to help at train to the fight.
“Tito wanted to hire me with a lot of money, but I said no. I said that money can’t buy everything.
Greg Nelson: Brock Lesnar to beat Mark Coleman by ’smashing’ at UFC 87
“Brock is a bigger, faster and stronger wrestler, who also has knock out power with his hands, and he has a better submission game. If Mark attempts to take Brock down he will be sprawled on and end up on the bottom getting smashed. If it stays standing, Brock will smash him with his boxing skills. Lastly, if Brock wants to, he will take Mark down and smash him. I predict Brock winning by smashing Mark with his size 4 XXL hands.”
Greg Nelson — one of the top trainers for heavyweight fighter Brock Lesnar (and Sean Sherk) — shares his thoughts on the preparation for his fighter heading into a showdown against Mark Coleman at UFC 87 in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9. Lesnar dropped his Octagon debut to Frank Mir at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” in February 2008.
Coaches not signed for "TUF 8"
Despite some rumors and even a published report to the contrary, the UFC and Spike TV have not signed coaches for the eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," which debuts later this year.
"TUF," the UFC's hit reality series that debuted in 2005, is currently in its seventh season and features UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin as coaches.
The application process and tryouts have already begun for the eighth season, which will include lightweight and light heavyweight fighters. However, reports that UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former champ Frank Mir have been signed on to become coaches are not true
Hughes Vs. Serra Sooner Rather Than Later?
Everyone assumes Jon Fitch is next to get a UFC Welterweight Title shot after Saturday's UFC 83. According to Fitch, though, stop assuming that if Matt Serra wins because Fitch feels Matt Hughes might get the next shot instead.