HERMAN OUT, SONNEN IN VS. DAN MILLER AT UFC 98
It has been a crazy day for AMA Fight Club fighter Dan Miller, who lost his original opponent for UFC 98, Yushin Okami, to a knee injury. He was then expected to face Team Quest member Ed Herman. Now it appears Herman has been pulled from the spot, and will be replaced by teammate Chael Sonnen for the May 23 middleweight bout.
Injured Yushin Okami out of UFC 98 bout with Dan Miller, replacement coming
The UFC 98 fight card has been bitten again by the injury bug.
After already losing Josh Koscheck and James Irvin to injuries, the May 23 fight card has now lost middleweight contender Yushin Okami (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who was slated to fight fast-rising Dan Miller (11-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on the televised portion of the main card.
Okami suffered a torn ligament, but UFC officials have promised "an awesome replacement challenger" who will take his place.
Dan Hardy Embraces Yanks, Trains With Roach
UFC welterweight Dan Hardy considers himself an Englishman in LA.
The 26 year-old Nottingham native spends most of his days with his girlfriend in the City of Angels. Only training camps take him from the city.
In addition to his usual work with grappling guru Eddie Bravo, Hardy is the latest MMA fighter to find Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym. It's also around the corner from his LA apartment, which made directions easy.
Efrain Escudero to train with Nogueira brothers in preparation for Cole Miller
Lightweight winner of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter Efrain Escudero will be leaving his usual stomping grounds of Arizona and traveling to Florida in preparation for his upcoming fight with Cole Miller.
Escudero and Miller are expected to lock horns at UFC 103 which has been rumored for September 26 in the U.K.
Sources close to Escudero recently confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the extremely talented lightweight is packing his bags in preparation for a trip to Miami, Florida where he will train with his former coach from The Ultimate Fighter, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and his identical brother Antônio Rogério Nogueira in their newly opened gym leading up to his showdown with Miller.
The UFC releases Vinny Magalhaes
After losing in the finals in last season’s light heavyweight tournament on The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC still had high hopes for Vinny Magalhaes. After all, the man is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as a two time Brazilian National heavyweight champion.
However, after suffering a second consecutive loss in the UFC to Eliot Marshall at UFC 97 on April 18, Magalhaes will be looking for a new place to fight.
Hate stuff, break stuff: Interview with Forrest Griffin
When fans talk about the overnight success of the UFC, most of the time the first name they mention is that of Chuck Liddell.
And while “The Iceman” is indeed responsible for taking pay-per-view buys into uncharted territory, it is his television counterpart that helped transform mixed martial arts into an acceptable form of mainstream entertainment.
If Chuck Liddell was the manifesto, then Forrest Griffin was the revolution itself.
- JAMES IRVIN OFF UFC 98 WITH KNEE INJURY
Light heavyweight James Irvin will not make his UFC return as scheduled, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
In an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Wednesday night, Irvin's manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., said his client had suffered a torn meniscus in training and will not be able to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98.
Maia Fighting At UFC 102, But Not For Title
Those of us figuring Demian Maia was next going to fight Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title have to wait a bit longer. Maia will return to action at UFC 102, but to keep those title hopes alive he'll at least have to beat his next opponent, Nate Marquardt.
Rashad Evans will bother Lyoto Machida on May 23
“Probably after my fight with Tito Ortiz. After that fight I really believed I could make it. That was when I thought: ‘These guys aren’t that much better than me. I can fight these guys, and I can beat these guys.’ [Lyoto is] a very strategic fighter, just as I am. It will surely be a tough fight. I think if we fight, the winner will be the one with the better strategy. Machida is a really tough and disciplined fighter. He doesn’t get emotionally shaken in his fights, for being so disciplined. When this fight happens, I’m go to make him frustrated and bothered in the octagon. It will be a tough fight, for sure.”
Fredson Paixao returns at WEC 42
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Fredson Paixao (8-3) will make his second attempt at a WEC win when he returns at WEC 42.
Paixao, who signed with the WEC after a two-year layoff from pro competition, made his promotional debut earlier this month at WEC 40 and suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Wagnney Fabiano.
Paixao recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio host "Gorgeous" George Garcia he's slated for a return at WEC 42.
Fedor Emelianenko Submits Shinya Aoki + DEEP/M-1 Challenge Results
Fedor was basically playing with Aoki. He allowed him to get sub attempts like a flying armbar, a leg lock attempt, and even takedowns like the double leg and a nice seoi-nage. Watching it though, you could very much tell that Fedor was allowing Aoki live and catch stuff for the sake of the fans. It didn’t stop him from picking him up and slamming him all around the place though, locking up subs of his own before letting go to stand back up. There was one instance where Fedor pounded the ground with a huge fist, right next to Aoki’s head—kind of a sign that, “hey, I can stop this at any moment, kiddo.” Both were all smiles all the way through the exhibition though, so I imagine they were having lots of fun.
DEEP/M-1 Challenge 3rd Edition
April 29, 2009
Japan 1-4 England
92kg+: Rob Broughton (9-4-1) def. Yusuke Kawaguchi (8-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
92kg: Tom Blackledge (8-6) def. Tatsuya Mizuno (5-5) via Submission (Choke) at 3:22 of Round 1
84kg: Matt Thorpe (11-7) def. Yusuke Masuda (2-6-2) via Submission (Choke) at 1:30 of Round 2
76kg: Simon Phillips (7-2) def. Hidehiko Hasegawa (16-12-5) via KO (Left Hook) at 0:20 of Round 1
70kg: Luiz Andrade (9-6-3) def. Ian "M-16" Butlin (6-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1
Karl "Psycho" Amoussou (10-2-1) def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (4-6-1) via KO (Flying Knee) at 0:23 of Round 1
USA Team West 4-1 Korea
92kg+: Shane Del Rosario (6-0) def. Lee Sang Soo (11-8) via KO at 2:27 of Round 1
92kg: Raphael Davis (6-1) def. Jae Young Kim (12-7) via TKO at 3:45 of Round 2
84kg: Giva Santana (12-1) def. Min Suk Heo (4-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:05 of Round 1
76kg: Fabio "Negao" Nascimento (9-4) def. Myeon Ho Bae (7-4) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
70kg: Nam Yuichul (9-2) def. David Jansen (9-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
France 2-3 Spain
92kg+: Rogent Lloret (7-1) def. Soufian Elgarne (5-2) via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:44 of Round 1
92kg: Christian M'Pumbu (12-2-1) def. Enoc Solves (2-1) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:59 of Round 1
84kg: Christophe Daffreville (3-3) def. Rayco Zebenzui Romero Silva (0-1) via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:48 of Round 1
76kg: Abner Lloveras (6-4-1) def. Gael Grimaud (4-2) via Split Decision (2-1) in Ext. Round
70kg: Jose Luiz Zapater Aguirre (5-4) def. Maktar Gueye (4-4) via DQ (Illegal Soccer Kick) at 1:21 of Ext. Round
Kosuto Umeda (6-7-3) def. Muneyuki Sato (3-3) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
Tomoaki Ueyama (1-3) def. Yu Hosokawa (2-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:52 of Round 1
Houston Alexander feels pressure to win for himself, not keep his job, at UFC 98
“Of course I wasn’t nervous [about losing my job after the loss to Eric Schafer in Sept. 2008]. I wasn’t nervous at all. Number one, I have been in the business for 10 years and second, it’s great to be in the UFC, man, but it’s not going to make or break me. The UFC is a great event to be a part of, but as far as me being a man, it’s not going to make or break me … of course, there is pressure to win your upcoming fight. First of all, I hate losing. We have to make sure that the mechanics, the training and all that stuff coincides together. So, you know, of course I want to win. So, there is some pressure on this next fight because I, personally, want to win. Other than that, that’s it.”
Greg Jackson Interview
Sherdog: Who is the best MMA fighter not under your tutelage?
Jackson: I honestly really think it shifts around, but I really like Anderson Silva’s creativity. I am going to go with him outside of my guys because of his last fight. I loved [his fight with Thales Leites at UFC 97]. Everyone hated it and thought it was boring stuff. I saw him reach down and punch a guy in the thigh. I love that. It’s legit. To me, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ The side kicking, the cross kicking, doing all that good stuff … I mean maybe he didn’t commit to this position or that position, but I loved that fight; I thought it was so creative and interesting what he was doing. I really like Anderson, and, hopefully, Nate [Marquardt] will end up fighting him again because I am really looking forward to the challenge of getting after him again.
Did Kimbo Slice Close The Door On EliteXC
There were several theories that floated around after the demise of EliteXC as to why the once thriving company closed its doors in 2008, shortly after its final CBS show in October, and a loss by their most marketed fighter, Kimbo Slice. But was Kimbo to blame for the company's downfall or simply a catalyst to draw the end closer?
According to former EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw, Kimbo was in an impossibly tough position with his place in the company, with the fans, and with the MMA industry in general.
Shaw says that there were much bigger problems going on at EliteXC that had nothing to do with Kimbo or his short notice loss to Seth Petruzelli that served as the promotion's last televised show.
UFC Cuts Jason Day
It's "Dooms"day for Jason Day. 2 losses in a row have sent the UFC Middleweight packing as he's been released by UFC. He debuted with a win over Alan Belcher but quick TKO losses to Michael Bisping & Kendall Grove did him in.
Brazilians Rush To Ribeiro's Aid
When illness or any other kind of physical impediment afflicts one of its own, the Brazilian mixed martial arts community puts aside rivalries and unites in exemplary solidarity. Such is the case with Will Ribeiro. The WEC fighter, wheelchair-bound after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in December, was recently able to attend an event at the Nogueira Training Center and continues to receive tremendous support from all within the Brazilian MMA community-fighters, promoters, trainers, and fans.