Justin McCully Offered Bout with Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point”
UFC heavyweight Justin McCully has been offered a bout with Frenchman Cheick Kongo at UFC 81 “Breaking Point” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, The Fight Network has confirmed with McCully’s camp. Currently overseas on a goodwill United Service Organizations tour in Iraq with fellow Team Punishment member Tito Ortiz, the 31-year-old has neither accepted nor turned down the bout, though his answer is expected Wednesday. If he accepts, McCully (8-3-2) would have six weeks to train for the contendership bout.
McCully earned a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk (4-3) at UFC Fight night 10 on April 5 in Las Vegas. Kongo (10-3-1) is riding high after a key victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-6-2) at UFC 75 this past September in London.
Big John Interview
After so many times of imploring mixed martial arts fighters, "Let's Get it On," John McCarthy sought trademark protection on the phrase. For more than a decade, "Big John," was the UFC's choice referee, a figure often referred to as the "Octagon's ninth side." After more than 500 bouts that trace the UFC's evolution, McCarthy retired -- sort of -- last week. Now he'll be getting it on for The Fight Network, North's America's only all-combat sports channel. He recently sat down with SI.com
Q & A with Sherk
After successfully defending his UFC lightweight championship with a decision win over Hermes Franca it was revealed that then champion Sean Sherk and Franca both tested positive for banned steroid substances in pre fight tests. Franca admitted to knowingly using steroids in an attempt to heal from a late developing training can injury but Sherk maintained his innocence and chose to appeal the suspension of one year that he received from the California State Athletic Commission.
Interview with Jerome Lebanner
K-1 super heavyweight Jerome Le Banner talks about his performance at the 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix, his future plans and much more. You don't want to miss what he had to say as he talks about future fights with Mighty Mo and K-1 WGP Champion Semmy Schilt, the possibility of one day fighting in the Octagon and why he thinks it would be a pity if Tim Sylvia became the UFC heavyweight champion again. Don't miss this must read exclusive.
UFC 79 Viewing Parties Feature Serra, Koscheck, Griffin and Others
If you can’t make it to Las Vegas for next weekend’s UFC 79 event, a few notable UFC fighters are hoping you’ll join them at viewing parties they have planned for the Dec. 29 pay-per-view event.
As we previously reported, Matt Serra will host a UFC-sponsored party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Serra was originally slated to defend his title against Matt Hughes at the event, but when a herniated disc forced him off the card, he was booked for hosting duties in his home state instead.
Rickson Gracie - Exploring Genius
Numerous modern day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu masters declare openly that Rickson Gracie’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the supreme expression of the art today. Indeed, many world-class Jiu-Jitsu players, champions in their own right, declare solemnly that Rickson Gracie is a virtuoso.
The intent of this essay is to speak about my personal experience indicating Rickson’s uniqueness and to pursue several explanations that may shed greater light regarding the source of his matchless skills.
MMA not immune to steroid issues
With last week’s release of baseball’s Mitchell Report, as well as suggestions for improving the game, it's a good time to take a look at mixed martial arts and how to combat performance enhancing drugs.
Jong Man Kim: Carrying on the Legacy
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the tragic passing of South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim, who died from blood clots sustained during his harrowing fight with Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.
As in any unfortunate passing, people try to remember the life that was lived rather than the death itself. Such has been the case in South Korea, where Kim's story has been celebrated, if tearfully, as one man's insurmountable spirit.
Aoki Ready for Calvancante
Current Shooto middleweight champion Shinya Aoki who will face Gesias Calvancante at the Yarennoka! New Year's Eve card supported by M-1 Global, held an open training session at the DEEP Dojo on Wednesday.
Though he is known as one of the most dangerous submission artists in the world, today's open training session was held in a rather unique style.
A ‘Phoenix' Rises From Japan
Not many are very familiar with UFC middleweight Yushin Okami, let alone that his nickname is "Thunder." As a reference to Japanese pro-wrestler Jyushin Thunder Liger, the homage is perhaps lost on most of the Western audience.
Former UFC Champion Steve Jennum Attacked
After his taste of the limelight as the winner of the UFC 3 tournament, Steve Jennum made news again, this time in his other role as a police officer. While off-duty on December 17, Jennum was attacked from behind by three assailants wielding a bottle as a weapon. Jennum prevented himself from being struck by the bottle and struggled with the accused until one of them pulled a knife and Jennum vacated the scene.
"He was able to prevent the suspect from striking him from behind with the bottle and struggled with the victims, obviously his training added to what he was able to do," said Omaha Police Sgt. Teresa Negron.
Minotoro Set For Canada Debut
Canada's Hardcore Championship Fighting (HCF) announced yesterday that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will make his Canadian MMA debut on February 1. "Minotoro" will face BodogFight veteran Todd Gouwenberg in a co-main event match, with Chute Boxe's Evangelista Santos fighting in the other co-main event.
NSAC Overturns Another Win
Anthony Lapsley, who fought at a King Of The Cage event in Nevada in October, had that win changed to a No Decision by the NSAC yesterday. The ruling follows a suspension for marijuana use.
Matt Lindland and UFC President Dana White Meet
The first, albeit tiny, steps toward middleweight Matt Lindland’s return to the UFC were taken last week when Lindland spoke to UFC president Dana White.
White said he is “not sure” of whether Lindland will return. In a text message, he wrote, “He told me he wants to come back, and I haven’t thought about it at all.“
Jason MacDonald calls out Michael Bisping
Canadian middleweight fighter Jason MacDonald comments on the recent news that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 205-pound winner, Michael Bisping, has decided to drop down a lower weight class. It might be a pretty good scrap if it ever happens.
Faces of Chute Boxe leaving
Murilo Ninja and Mauricio Shogun today announced its official output of the team of fighters of the Chute Boxe. Rudimar Fedrigo leader of the team talked about the decision of former chuteboxers. "We regret the output of Murilo and Mauricio Rua, they are trained fighters in the team and left the team to train them in the United States. Recall that the doors of Chute Boxing will always be open to both and wish good lucky and success in your new team.
I honestly can't believe it, but I see them ending up with Wand.
The Red Menace: Fedor Does Esquire
Can undefeated martial artist Fedor Emelianenko single-handedly knock out the Ultimate Fighting Championship's dominance over the emerging sport? That's the question at the start of an Esquire magazine article all about Fedor.
Rizzo Stays With Art Of War
Former UFC Heavyweight Pedro Rizzo has signed a 3 fight extension with the Art Of War promotion. Rizzo has a 2-0 mark in the promotion to date.
The UFC's 10 biggest letdowns of 2007
An article talking abou t the letdowns.. or badly managed pieces of the UFC over the year. It isn't rebutting Jake Rossen's article, but it does point out some of the mistakes that the UFC made in regards to some of Rossen's points. A good primer for conversation.