April 2009 MMA News Archive - Page 3
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Silva to face Jardine, Maia to face Marquardt
It looks like Anderson Silva’s next fight will be at light heavyweight against Keith Jardine. If Anderson Silva had beaten Thales Leites in exciting fashion, it would have been Demian Maia that was assured of the next shot at Silva’s belt.
Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith, Brett Rogers vs. Alistair Overeem added to June 6 Card
The Strikeforce June 6th card featuring Robbie Lawler vs Jake Shields just got a major dose of Northern California flair. Scott Smith of Elk Grove, CA is set to fight Stockton’s Nick Diaz, at a catch-weight of 180 pounds
Bellator VII at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom to feature welterweight semis; debut of Eddie Sanchez on May 15
Bellator Fighting Championships continues its 12 week nationwide world championship series with its seventh event taking place at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on May 15, 2009. The Chicago event will send two warriors to the finals of Bellator’s Welterweight (170 lbs.) world championships.
Bellator Fighting Championships Week 3-4 fighters salaries
The complete payouts included: Jared Hess: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Daniel Tabera: $10,000 Dave Menne: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Norman Paraisy: $10,000 Damien Stelly: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Alex Andrade: $10,000 Jason Norwood: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. John Kirk: $2,000 Rudy Lindsay: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Wayne Cole: $1,5000 Hector Lombard: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Virgil Lozano: $10,000 Yosmany Cabezas: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Edwin Aguilar: $10,000 Tyler East: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Amedio Viola: $2,500 Marcello Alfaia: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Joey Gorczynski: $2,000 Johnny Eduardo: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Donald Sanchez: $2,OOO William Albrecht: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Mike Messina: $1,500
Brett Rogers planning to lay on top of Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem
"All I know is (Werdum) loves to stay on the ground. He’ll stand up and try to pretend like he want(s) to fight. As soon as someone hit him- light- he’s gonna want to take you down … If I know for a fact that’s his "A" game down there, I’m not going to want to stay down there and play with him. And I consider myself a ‘C’ if anything on the ground … But I would go down there and lay on top of him. I’ll lay on top of him and bang with him. But I’m definitely not going to try to play that jiu-jitsu game off my back with him.
Silva Wants To Go Big, Before Going Home
The debate on who is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world wages on with only a handful of names considered: Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Fedor Emelianenko, and Miguel Torres. But make no mistake, Anderson Silva, despite recent criticism, still makes a strong case for consideration at the top.
Hermes Franca Talking September Return
Although the exact date isn't set, UFC Lightweight Hermes Franca says he's planning to return at UFC 103 in September, although a DUI case is still pending against him. Franca was to have fought Joe Lauzon in February but the fight was called off due to a Lauzon injury.
If Randy Can Do It, So Can Chuck
John Hackleman, long-time trainer of Chuck Liddell, doesn't necessarily agree with Dana White that Liddell's done. For one, it's Chuck's call-not Dana's. And considering Liddell has one fight left on his current UFC deal, there's a chance he might try and return like Randy Couture did after "retiring" even if it strains his relationship wtih White.
Rich Franklin to train with Anderson Silva during UFC 99 prep for "Wandy"
As he prepares for his UFC 99 main-event fight with Wanderlei Silva, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will spend some time training with a former foe.
Sport vs. Spectacle
In 1870, Jem Mace and Joe Coburn were tossed into competition with each other to decide the world’s bare-knuckle boxing champion -- a sport that played host to some horrific injuries. (Death, for example.) Mace and Coburn contested the title for an astounding three hours and 45 minutes. Neither man landed a single blow. Not long after, someone made an attempt on Mace’s life. To say it was someone who bought a ticket to that fight is perhaps not unreasonable. * * *
Ben Askren improves to 2-0 at The Patriot Act II
Ben Askren is poised to take the world of mixed martial arts by storm in the coming months and years. Unquestionably one of the most phenomenal collegiate athletes in the history of American wrestling, Askren is an Olympic level wrestler that was twice awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy while becoming a two-time NCAA national champion during his days in college.
Jarrod Card wins title, Bobby Lashley announces signing at XFC 8 on HDNet
Jarrod Card outlasted Bruce Connors for a unanimous-decision win and picked up the Xtreme Fighting Championships' first-ever featherweight title at Saturday's "XFC 8: Regional Conflict" event. Special guest Bobby Lashley, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star and one of MMA's top heavyweight prospects, presented Card the belt. Lashley then announced he'll make his XFC debut in September.
Bellator's second season launches this fall, likely on ESPN or ESPN2
While in Dayton, Ohio, to promote the organization's May 1 event at Hara Arena, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney conducted a handful of interviews this past Friday. And while much of the focus remained on the organization's upcoming shows in Dayton, Corpus Christi (Texas), Chicago and Montreal this month, Rebney discussed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization's plans for an upcoming second season. Season two of Bellator will commence this fall, and with its success this season on ESPN Deportes, the rookie fight promotion could find itself with a bigger ESPN audience for the second go-around.
UFC 100 video: Fighters talk about significance of historic PPV and evolution of the sport
Success against Lawler could spell 185-pound run for Strikeforce's Shields
As former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) continues his preparation for an intriguing bout with former EliteXC middleweight title holder Robbie Lawler (16-4), the Cesar Gracie product believes he may be on a verge of making a run in the 185-pound division. Of course, first he needs to make it through one of the world's top middleweight fighters. "I've got a really tough fight with Robbie Lawler," Shields recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I'm trying to get through that and then figure it out. If I win, it definitely makes me want to try to go for the 185-pound title."
Rib injury healed, Escudero out to prove he's "no scrub" at UFC 103
The career of undefeated UFC lightweight and "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took an unfortunately familiar turn just one month ago. Similar to "TUF 7" winner Amir Sadollah, injury forced Escudero out of his UFC Fight Night 18 bout with Jeremy Stephens. With no disrespect toward Sadollah intended, Escudero recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's out to prove his career is heading down a different path.
Rich Franklin enduring mixed emotions about UFC 99 contest
Former UFC-middleweight-champion-turned-light-heavyweight-contender Rich Franklin (24-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) might need a few more hyphens following a UFC 99 catchweight contest with Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) in Cologne, Germany. And while "Ace" is comfortable fighting at 195-pounds, Franklin recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) looks forward to the next chance to fight back in the U.S.
Coaching Rashad Evans Against Lyoto Machida
Greg Jackson is facing the biggest coaching test of his career. He has to coach Rashad Evans against Lyoto Machida, and he has to prepare a gameplan for a fighter that has confused and frustrated everyone he's ever fought.
Kalib Starnes Continues on Comeback Trail
"TUF" season three alum Kalib Starnes is expected to return to action again this summer, fighting for Canada-based promotion "Ultimate Cage Wars" in July. A source close to the fight informed MMAInsider of the news on Friday. The controversial middleweight will face off with Cesar Gracie-trained Bret "The Angry Hick" Bergmark, who carries a record of 5-1 and competed last April, winning a decision victory over Jesse Juarez.
Kyle Maynard Loses Unsanctioned MMA Debut
Kyle Maynard, a congenital amputee that garnered much attention for his successes in wrestling and submission grappling, was unsuccessful in his mixed martial arts debut on Saturday night. Maynard lost a unanimous decision to Bryan Fry in an unsanctioned bout in Auburn, Ala., according to an Associated Press report. Despite initial plans to the contrary, Maynard did not wear gloves during the fight, which was apparently due to high levels of humidity in the arena making them difficult to secure to his shortened limbs. Without gloves, Maynard was not allowed to throw punches during the bout, although Fry, wearing gloves, was allowed to punch.