April 2009 MMA News Archive - Page 2
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Kim Couture Off 5/15 Strikeforce Event
It appears all is not well in the Couture household. Kim Couture, wife of UFC legend Randy Couture, is now off her scheduled Strikeforce debut on 5/15. And according to opponent-to-have-been Miesha Tate, Kim pulled off because "supposedly her and Randy are getting a divorce".
Ricardo Arona To Possibly Fight For Strikeforce In July
Two years ago Ricardo Arona (13-5) fought Rameau Thierry Sokoukjou at defunct PRIDE 34 “Kamikaze” in Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The African Assassin shocked the MMA world with a 1:59 first round knockout. Since then, Arona took some time off and many rumours over his return were spread through websites from all over the world. Now Arona is ready to return in September and wants to fight in July in the USA. No organization was named but all the signs point to Strikeforce.
UFC Adds Official Japanese Website
To add to the UFC's growing market, they have added a Japanese website. This adds to their American, Spanish, British, and German websites.
Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva agree to meet at UFC 102 in August
When one door closes, another opens. Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) woke up this morning believing he would be facing Forrest Griffin on Aug. 8 at UFC 101. He'll go to sleep preparing to face Keith Jardine (14-5-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at UFC 102. Sources close to the organization have informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that "The Dean of Mean" and Siva have verbally agreed to meet at the Aug. 29 event. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly. MMAjunkie.com originally learned of the planned Thiago Silva vs. Griffin matchup in March, but those plans were scrapped today in favor of the former light heavyweight champ and "The Ultimate Fighter" winner facing off with current UFC middleweight title holder Anderson Silva in a 205-pound contest. The Anderson Silva vs. Griffin fight will serve as UFC 101's co-main event. Thiago Silva will instead fight three weeks later, as the American Top Team fighter looks to rebound from his first career defeat. After reeling off four-straight wins to start his run in the UFC – and 13-straight victories overall – Silva was knocked out in a January bout with current No. 1 contender Lyoto Machida.
Sean Sherk not overlooking Frank Edgar at UFC 98 en route to another title shot
He’s got a pretty good name. He’s done real well in the UFC; I’ve seen him in the top 10 before. I think it’s another step closer to a title shot, which is my main goal … I’m not looking for an easy title shot. I know Kenny’s not easy but if Kenny wins, I don’t want a shot just because I already beat Kenny. Give me BJ again, man. BJ beat me and for me that’s motivation, especially with everything before that lead into that fight with all the drama and stuff like that … I just want the best fighter to win [at UFC 101], and hopefully if I do my job on May 23, hopefully I can be next in line for a title shot … I mean Frankie is really tough; I never overlook anybody. I never have in my entire career and I’m not going to start now … as soon as you start overlooking guys, that’s when you run into a problem and I’m not going to do that. Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk talks about getting another crack at the 155-pound strap he coughed up following a controversial drug test that pegged him as a steroid user. “The Muscle Shark” also anticipates a very stiff test at UFC 98 “Evans vs. Machida” in the form of lightweight standout Frank Edgar. A win could put him in line for a title shot against either BJ Penn or Kenny Florian following their championship bout at UFC 101 in August. Either way, it’s a rematch for Sherk. The question is, who would you rather see — Sherk vs. “The Prodigy” or Sherk vs. “KenFlo?”
With torn ACL, UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett expects early 2010 return
After suffering a torn ACL in his right leg prior to a scheduled UFC 96 bout with Ben Saunders, UFC welterweight Dustin Hazelett said it could be up to a year before he returns to competition. Hazelett discussed the injury today with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Hazelett (12-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), a fast-rising prospect who's 5-1 in his past six UFC fights, hopes he'll get a fight in by year's end but admits it could be early 2010 before his next bout takes place.
Forrest Griffin to face Anderson Silva @ 205
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will apparently scrap a UFC 101 bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and top contender Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in favor of a Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) match-up. Sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a meeting was held last week to discuss the Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout and that verbal agreements may now be in place. Anderson Silva, fresh off a heavily criticized title defense over Thales Leites at UFC 97, will now move up a weight class for the non-title fight with Griffin. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 101 takes place Aug. 8, most likely at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The event also features a UFC lightweight title fight between title-holder B.J. Penn and top contender Kenny Florian.
Minotoro defends Silva: “Anderson was smart”
Training partner of Anderson Silva at Minotauro Team, Rogério "Minotoro" Nogueira saw his friend defend the UFC middleweight title one more time at UFC 97, reaching the record of nine consecutive victories. With all the criticisms after a fight below expectations, the Brazilian defends his friend. "I thought it was a good fight. Anderson was very technical and tactical, was smart, made his fight standing, using the Muay Thai ", says Minotouro
Paul 'Semtex' Daley Added To BFC Launch Show
Paul 'Semtex' Daley will be competing under K-1 rules in the opening instalment of the newly-formed British Fighting Championships league, which kicks off on May 16th. Daley is one of the UK's top MMA talents, having won the Cage Rage welterweight title and challenged Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title prior to that organisation going under. But he is also a very skilled kickboxer and trains extensively in Holland with top-ranked K-1 talent Melvin Manhoef among others.
Fedor Emelianenko's next fight could be at a summer event in Japan
Although he'll first meet lightweight Shinya Aoki in a special exhibition match at Wednesday's M-1 Challenge event, famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko could next strap up for an MMA fight this summer. During a press conference today in Japan, Emelianenko's manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, said negotiations are underway for the fighter to meet a "top 10" heavyweight in July or August. Finkelchtein believes the fight will take place in Japan.
The ’sources close’ to Anderson Silva apparently never told him …
… that he would help prepare former two-time foe, Rich Franklin, for his upcoming fight against his old Chute Boxe training partner, Wanderlei Silva, at UFC 99: “The Comeback” on June 13, according to Tatame.com: “He didn’t said any word to me about it, but he’s gonna face a Brazilian, so it’s hard that something will happen. I don’t have anything against Franklin either Wanderlei, both are great fighters. In other situation, I’d train with him, for sure. My gym is open for everyone. Whoever goes there can have classes and I won’t have any problems if he decides to go there, that’s the sports’ globalization.”
Joe Stevenson Joins Greg Jackson's Camp, Looking for Change
Joe Stevenson will be leaving Cobra Kai and head trainer Irvin Bounds to join the Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Stevenson makes the decision as he faces a possible "must win" scenario to stay in the UFC when he takes on Nate Diaz on June 20. “We both agreed it would be better if he moved on and try to change a little bit so he can continue to stay in the UFC,” Bounds said. PS: posted without a link until i get confirmation from a mod the link is ok
Dana White & Chuck Liddell at Talladega (Video Blog)
Pat Barry Looking To Stay In His Element
For enthusiasts who want to know what it feels like to get kicked by Pat Barry, the advice is: don’t do it. The former Sanshou and K-1 kickboxer still gets paid offers to strike suspecting tourists, which he politely declines. Back in his kickboxing days, a local reporter from his hometown of New Orleans wasn’t so cautious.
Cote Eyes Late Summer Return, Wants Silva
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is currently receiving heavy criticism for his two most recent performances, but at least he is able to practice his chosen craft in front of an audience. The same can't be said for Patrick Cote, whose most recent bout was a loss to the current champion at UFC 90 last October. He has been out of action ever since.
Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (not Thiago Silva) targeted for UFC 101
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will apparently scrap a UFC 101 bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and top contender Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in favor of a Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) match-up. Sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a meeting was held last week to discuss the Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout and that verbal agreements are now in place. all i can say is holy sh__
Michael Bisping Is a Better Coach, Fighter, and Lover Than Dan Henderson
Okay, maybe he hasn't said he's better in bed. But Michael Bisping has been laying into his Ultimate Fighter rival coach Dan Henderson lately, for a number of other reasons. First there was this interesting bit in his new TUF blog for UFC.com: As you saw in the episode, I made good on my promise to ensure my team were at peak fitness. The footage of us running through Vegas was taken early in the morning. Basically, each team had two sessions in the gym later in the day so, in order to make sure Team UK were getting their cardio in but without affecting their ability to train in the gym, we ran at 8am. Some people were surprised I was going to the house at 8am to run with them, but that’s the kind of coach I wanted to be. Plus, under the rules, Team UK – or Team USA for that matter – couldn’t leave the house except with me or to be taken to the gym. So if I didn’t run with them, they’d not be running at all. Without me going there and actually getting my guys, they would have no roadwork, and as a coach that wasn’t an option. As far as I know, Dan didn’t take his team out running or doing any cardio except what my team dubbed “Ultimate Frisbee”, which I think says it all. That was Team USA’s cardio training. Bisping also slammed Hendo's understated television persona and excuse-making: I respect Dan and what he’s done in his great career, and I understand his gracious sentiment of “I’ll do my talking in the ring” but, ahem, he did sign up for a 12 week TV series. As far as I understood it, talking is kinda an important part of this audio-visual medium we call “television” but if things were left to Dan, TUF 9 would have had to been broadcast as a silent movie. One of the few times Dan woke up was to moan about his team making weight “three times” for the fight whereas my team had enjoyed two weeks between their eliminator and the first fight. Dan was certainly getting his excuses in early here...ONE member of Team USA — Miller — had to make weight twice close together. One eliminator and one fight makes two times, not three as Dan tried to say.
Nogeuira: ''My Knee Displaced Several Times Against Mir''
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says he will be "100 per cent" fit for his fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102, a far cry from his condition going into his last fight with Frank Mir. Nogueira was stopped for the first time in his career at UFC 92 in December when he faced Mir, but he was not in good shape going into the bout, which negated his trademark jiu jitsu.
Ten bouts now official for "WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II" in June
The full card now includes: MAIN CARD * Champ Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber (for WEC featherweight title) * Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson * Donald Cerrone vs. James Krause * Josh Grispi vs. Jens Pulver PRELIMINARY CARD (un-televised) * John Franchi vs. Manny Gamburyan * Mike Campbell vs. Anthony Pettis * Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen * Frank Gomez vs. Eddie Wineland * Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez * Kyle Dietz vs. Charlie Valencia* * - Not officially announced
Joey Villasenor vs. Evangelista Santos "85 percent" likely for June Strikeforce
Former EliteXC champion Joey Villasenor (26-6) is approximately "85 percent" likely to meet fellow middleweight Evangelista Santos (16-12) at Strikeforce's June 6 show in St. Louis.