August 2009 MMA News Archive - Page 3
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Fedor Emelianenko: I Have Nothing to Prove Against Brett Rogers
Strikeforce announced on Wednesday that Fedor Emelianenko will make his debut for the organization later this fall against Brett Rogers. Of all the possible bouts available for Emelianenko, this appears to be the one the fans wanted to see most. FanHouse spoke to Emelianenko at the public workout in New York City about fighting Rogers and his thoughts on whether he is truly dodging the top heavyweights in the UFC. Check out the full video interview below.
Couture vs. Nogueira Likely For Next Title Shot
At least according to Randy Couture. When asked Wednesday about the winner of his Saturday fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira possibly being next in line for the Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin winner, Couture said "That's been tossed around". Couture still hasn't ruled out moving back to 205, where one interesting possible fight is Anderson Silva.
Muhsin Corbbrey: “The Grind” Is a Gift
Mushin's quote and the reason I posted this article: “I want to win a major Muay Thai title in Thailand at a stadium, I want to get a WEC belt and I want to have a boxing title,” the three-sport pro said flatly, without a hint of braggadocio. “I think it’s definitely feasible for me. I have the skills and ability to do it, I just have to do it.”
Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout official for UFC Fight Night 19; 11-bout lineup set
The official UFC Fight Night 19 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenberger Tim Credeur vs. Nate Quarry PRELIMINARY CARD Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson C.B. Dollaway vs. Dan Miller Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout Justin Buchholz vs. Jeremy Stephens Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce Ryan Jensen vs. Steven Steinbeiss
"TUF 10" fighter Brendan Schaub on banned Bible, Kimbo steaks and Big Country's balling
Based on Brendan Schaub's sneak peak of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," the latest installment of the UFC's popular reality series, MMA fans have plenty of reasons to check out Spike TV each Wednesday night.
BREAKING NEWS: Brett Rogers Gets Call to Face Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce Debut
Fedor Emelianenko has an opponent in place for his next bout, and it's unbeaten Brett Rogers. "The Grim" has been tapped to take on the man that most consider to be the best heavyweight in the world, it was announced during Emelianenko's Wednesday workout at New York City's FightHouse gym.
New York Times Looks at NFL Players Coming to MMA
Next month, the UFC and Spike TV will unveil its newest edition of The Ultimate Fighter. Because of the presence of former internet phenom Kimbo Slice, it is expected to be the highest-rated of the show's 10-season run. But for the sport's long-term growth, the more important element could be the inclusion of four former NFL players.
Donald Cerrone Talks Jamie Varner, The TapouT House, More
On The TapouT House: "We have the TapouT house going right now. The house we're in is five bedrooms, so there's plenty of room. But the house that I'm buying has an actual casita on it, which is two bedrooms with a giant living area, kitchen, washroom, laundry, everything for the guys to come out. So it's actually their own private house." On His Goals With The TapouT House: "We're hoping they can come down and see what it's like to train with a world-class team, see what it's like to train alongside with me while I'm training for a title fight. Leonard is fighting in the WEC as well, so see what it's like to live and train in the everyday life of what we do – maybe open their eyes to say, 'This is what I'm doing wrong,' or 'This is what I need to do right,' or 'They're doing everything wrong, and I do it better on my own.' (We're) just trying to get people to come down, and hopefully Greg will be like, 'Yeah, I like this guy. Why don't you stick around and join the team?'"
Nik Lentz replaces Dan Lauzon at UFC 103
Sources close to the fighter have informed FiveKnuckles.com that Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts trained Nik Lentz will step in for the injured Dan Lauzon against Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103. The event is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Dallas, TX.
Gabriel Gonzaga looking to add a little excitement to his game
Gabriel Gonzaga’s most famous UFC moment came when his stunning high kick knocked out Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic in the first round of their bout at UFC 70. While a lot has changed for the 30-year-old Brazilian since that April night in 2007 in Manchester, England, Gonzaga believes he’s got plenty of big moments left in him and hopes to show off the first one against Chris Tuchscherer Saturday night at UFC 102 in Portland, Ore.
UFC Confirms Ten Bouts for 104 in October
MAIN CARD: Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua - light heavyweight championship Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida PRELIM CARD: Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley
Tyron Woodley vs. Zach Light Booked for Upcoming Strikeforce Challengers Card
A welterweight bout between prospect Tyron Woodley (3-0) and veteran Zach Light (6-8) has been signed for Strikerforce's upcoming Challengers card on September 25. Light's agent, Ken Pavia, confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday. The event airs live on Showtime from the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, Okla. Woodley is one of the up-and-coming fighters in the Strikeforce 170-pound division. He defeated Sal Woods via first-round Brabo choke submission in his Strikeforce debut on the undercard of the Jake Shields vs. Robbie Lawler event in June (video above).
Demian Maia Hopes to Make Memorable Impression With UFC 102 Effort
Undefeated UFC middleweight Demian Maia has made it clear his gameplan going into Saturday's UFC 102 fight against Nate Marquardt is to take his opponent down and submit him. And although Marquardt is comfortable on the ground, it's on his feet where he holds a significant advantage. Still, if you ask Maia, he does not consider this fight a classic striker vs. grappler matchup.
NOGUEIRA MAKES A MOVE PREPARING FOR COUTURE
With all the talk about the punishment that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has taken over the course his career, you’d think that he was the elder man entering his main event bout with Randy Couture at this Saturday’s UFC 102 in Portland, Ore. At 33 years of age, he is actually 13 years the junior to Couture. But he knows that following a disappointing loss at the hands of Frank Mir at UFC 92 – the first time the Brazilian has been stopped in his 37-fight career – the questions abound about him.
KENNY FLORIAN PLANS ON FIGHTING AGAIN THIS YEAR
Fresh off a loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 101 in Philadelphia on Aug. 8, Kenny Florian wants to be more active and expects to fight again in 2009. "I am going to fight before 2010. There's no doubt about it," he told MMAWeekly.com. "I have to get a fight in. I think it will happen and hopefully against someone tough."
M-1 Global announces complete card for "Breakthrough," HDNet live broadcast plans
The much-maligned "M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough" card was finalized today, and HDNet officially announced the evening's live broadcast plans. Despite suffering through a a relocation of the event and the loss of an original main-event competitor, "Breakthrough" takes place Aug. 28 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and airs live on HDNet at 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time).
UFC 101 Buyrate Likely to Exceed Expectations
Dave Meltzer writes in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer that final UFC 101 buyrate figures may be set to exceed the predictions of just about everyone in the industry, including MMAPayout.com: Last week’s early estimates of UFC 101 have been confirmed. We’ve had three different systems of six we’ve gotten reports on real numbers that reported the second best numbers, behind only UFC 100. The others did right at or just below other the big three of late (Couture vs. Lesnar, Griffin vs. Evans and Penn vs. St. Pierre). One national cable estimate was at this stage between 800,000 and 900,000 buys. Trending patterns indicate numbers higher than that, and if it was the same as the big three before UFC 100, or better, as indicated by the few direct numbers we have, it could top 1 million since UFC 92 hit that figure and 91 and 94 were just below. Payout Perspective: Essentially, three of the six systems used to tabulate and predict final PPV numbers are indicating that UFC 101 will surpass all but UFC 100 in terms of its PPV buyrate. The other three systems have placed the buyrate in the 800-900k range (something a little closer to what MMAPayout.com expected). If true, this is obviously great news for the UFC, and just adds to their stellar year. And just to give you an indication of how good of a year it is: in 2008, the UFC did an estimated 5,700,000 PPV buys; but, if you include UFC 101, the company has already done over 5,500,000 buys as of mid-August (and with probably six events still to come).
Todd Duffee – No Talk, All Action
Talk to Todd Duffee and you wouldn’t describe him as one of those ‘glass half empty’ types of people. But if he sounds like he was skeptical about his UFC 102 fight with Tim Hague coming to fruition this weekend, he’s got good reason. Just look at his history.
Heath Herring, Busy Acting, in No Hurry to Return to the UFC
Is it possible that you may have fought your last MMA fight? No, I seriously doubt that; I'm only 31. We'll just see what happens with the way the sport is progressing. Hopefully the purses will get a little bit bigger, and things will go a little bit better that way.
KENNY FLORIAN PLANS ON FIGHTING AGAIN THIS YEAR
Fresh off a loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 101 in Philadelphia on Aug. 8, Kenny Florian wants to be more active and expects to fight again in 2009. "I am going to fight before 2010. There's no doubt about it," he told MMAWeekly.com. "I have to get a fight in. I think it will happen and hopefully against someone tough