Hazelette Ready For Next Step In Trek To The Top
Returning to the Octagon on Jan. 2 at UFC 108 after a slew of mishaps, Dustin Hazelett is ready to make an emphatic return.After rehabilitating a torn ACL suffered in preparation for a bout with Ben Saunders at UFC 96 last March, Hazelett was then lined up opposite former title contender Karo Parisyan for a UFC 106 televised spot in November.Following an exchange of jiu-jitsu versus judo banter between the two, the fight was cancelled at the last minute, and became the center of much controversy.
Control The Key To Silva's Title Aspiration
“To perform my job and be the best, and get a win and be on track to be the champion,” Silva said of his goals. “That’s what I want, is to compete against the best and be the champion.”That can only happen, he says, if he’s not a prisoner to his emotions.Appearances aside, Silva said he wasn’t trying to be a hothead when he screamed bloody murder after knocking out his latest victim, Keith Jardine. On the contrary, he was just happy to be back on the winning track.
Bellator adds notable Steve Carl to season-two welterweight tournament
Add Steve Carl to the star-studded pool of fighters who will compete in Bellator Fighting Championships' season-two, eight-man welterweight tournament.Bellator today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the signing.Carl, a 25-year-old U.S. Army sergeant who served in the Iraq War, owns a 10-1 career record since turning pro in 2006.
The Case for Fighting Friends in Mixed Martial Arts
Georges St. Pierre airs his apprehensions:
"You can say 'Oh I'm going to play football, I'm going to play hockey, I'm going to play baseball.' But you can't say I'm going to play fighting. It's not a game," the UFC welterweight champion told fans last month during a question-and-answer session prior to UFC 105 in Manchester, England. "It's a sport, yes, but it's a full-contact sport. And the way I fight, my so-called friend, if I fight him, it can affect his well-being.
"So let's say I'm mounted, on top of my friend, and it's time to land this last big elbow that will probably make a scar in the middle of his forehead and knock him out cold and cause him brain damage," he added, drawing laughs from crowd. "No I'm telling it like it is, if he's my friend, I'm going to think twice before I do it. I won't be able to do that to a friend. So that's the reason why I will never fight a friend. I know a lot of fighters who will disagree with me, but me that's my personal belief."
Marloes Coenen On Cris "Cyborg" Title Bout
“She’s an amazing athlete. I will not deny that, but everybody is a human being with two arms and two legs, so everybody is beatable,” commented the challenger. “Everybody has some flaws in their game, and I did see some flaw in her game.”
20/20 Vision: UFC's Dana White Lays Out A Rough 10-year Plan
UFC will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020. People were saying I was a lunatic 10 years ago when we first got this going, but the stuff we’re working on right now on so many levels is mind-boggling.... The sport was just sanctioned in Massachusetts and Vancouver. We’re going to get it done in Ontario and New York in 2010. And we’re already working on taking the UFC global. We’ve already done Germany, England and Ireland, and we just sold 22,000 seats for an event in Australia in 15 minutes....
Quote of the Day: Dana White Says UFC to Be Biggest Sport in the World
"UFC will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020. People were saying I was a lunatic 10 years ago when we first got this going, but the stuff we’re working on right now on so many levels is mind-boggling.... The sport was just sanctioned in Massachusetts and Vancouver. We’re going to get it done in Ontario and New York in 2010. And we’re already working on taking the UFC global. We’ve already done Germany, England and Ireland, and we just sold 22,000 seats for an event in Australia in 15 minutes.... Right now we are on some form of television in over 175 countries. We’re all human beings and we all 'get' fighting.... Me and Lorenzo Fertitta will sit down and figure out a game plan for the next 10 years, and we’ll execute it. So, is 10 years enough time to make this the biggest sport in the world? Hell, yeah."
Jim Miller: Student of the game
UFC 108 has quickly become known as the most cursed card in the promotion's history with injury after injury forcing fighters off the show. Some of the mainstays have had to become somewhat superstitious as it gets down to crunch time.
One fighter who has remained steadfast in his approach is lightweight Jim Miller, who changed opponents three times in under a week as he went from Tyson Griffin to Sean Sherk and has now settled on Duane "Bang" Ludwig. Miller has prepared himself like always, but it doesn't mean he wasn't avoiding a few black cats along the way.
Reminder: "Countdown UFC 108" debuts Tuesday on Spike
As a reminder, the next installment of the UFC's pre-event preview show debuts this Tuesday, Dec. 29, with "Countdown UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva."
The special spotlights UFC 108, which takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva headlines a fight card ravaged by injuries.
A replay of the show is set for Wednesday, Dec. 30 (midnight ET/PT).
UFC 108 is the UFC's first show of 2010, and because of the holiday schedule, takes the spot usually reserved for the organization's big year-end show.
UFC 108's Rashad Evans: "Rampage" clash inevitable but Thiago Silva remains top priority
From all the questions he's answered in the buildup to next week's UFC 108 event, you might just think Rashad Evans is fighting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
The former champs, of course, were supposed to tangle following their coaching stints on the recently concluded 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" before Jackson's clash with UFC management put him on the sidelines.
Jackson has decided to return to the octagon to fulfill the terms of his contract, and Evans thinks their matchup is inevitable. But he wants to make one thing clear: the focus remains solely on opponent Thiago Silva for now.
Doc Hamilton Changes His Mind On Machida/Shogun Decision
It turns out Hamilton believes he may have judged incorrectly after re-watching the fight.
When UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida got his hand raised on Oct. 24 after his title defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, in a fight where most polls showed about 80 percent of the public believed the title should have changed hands, it set off a series of three straight major-show UFC main events in which judging became a hotly debated issue.
But some of the most vehement response has come from a surprising source: the judges themselves, some of whom feel handcuffed and frustrated with the system in place.
The most vocal is veteran official Nelson “Doc” Hamilton. Hamilton was one of the three judges who controversially scored that fight 48-47 in favor of Machida. Yet after watching tape of the fight, Hamilton now believes Rua was the winner.
“There was a round in that fight [Round 4] where my line of sight while they were standing was blocked,” said Hamilton, who feels TV monitors for judges would solve the problem. “Because of the angle where most of the round was fought, I couldn’t see the punches and whether they were landing. If the fight had been on the ground, I could look at the big screens, but this was a fight where the blows were coming one at a time and you don’t want to look away and miss an important blow.”
When Hamilton saw the fight again, he noted that viewers saw Round 4 from a completely different perspective that he did. He also added that the live commentary may have swayed viewers into thinking Rua won decisively. So, based on what he couldn’t see from his cageside vantage point, he believes Rua won the round.
Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said usage of monitors at the judging stations is worth looking into, but he also noted its flaws. He said he’s noticed that when he has watched fights on monitors while at ringside, sometimes he’s still looking at the monitor when the fight is front in front of him.
Keith Kizer had this to say...
“The reason we have judges in three different positions is to get three different vantage points,” said Kizer. “If all three judges are watching a monitor, they are all getting the same vantage point – the television camera angle.”
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It’s no more “Mr. Nice Guy” for Quinton Jackson
UFC fans who have been watching Dana White’s video blogs for any length of time have likely seen Jackson and the UFC President joking around and hanging out as friends a number of times. Those days are over.“I don’t really care for Dana anymore,” said Jackson. “When I say ‘I’m done with the UFC,’ I’m done with Dana. I’m done with being their friend. I don’t wanna be their friend. I don’t need friends like that.”
Marcus Jones retires from MMA
Jones was featured on The Ultimate Fighter season 10 and quickly became a fan favorite and also one of the favorites to win the show. He was the only fighter on Team Rampage to earn a spot in the quarter-finals after defeating UFC veteran Mike Wessel. After destroying Darrill Schoonover in the “Big Baby” was knocked out by Brendan Schaub.Despite the loss Jones was invited to fight at The TUF 10 Finale against Matt Mitrione. Mitrione caught Jones with a big right and Jones suffered his second straight KO loss.
Melendez Says Bring On Shinya Aoki
"He's No. 2 in the world and I was the lucky guy who won this fight, and they've been talking about bringing him to Strikeforce. Whether it's in his mind if I deserve it or not, I think I kind of earned it and I think I match up really well with the guy," he said about Aoki. "I think he's tough. I think I have the proper game plan for him. I've got the proper training partners for him, and I think he knows I'd be a tough match for him. I'd love to fight that guy.
Trigg, Serra Trade Barbs
“Of course, I wanted Hughes again,” Serra said. “He came away with the decision in May, and myself and a lot of others disagree on that point. It was such a close fight. But it is what it is. I’m not going to sit here and talk bad on him because the UFC doesn’t want a rematch right now. We did that; we fought. That doesn’t take anything away from this fight. When Joe Silva called me with the Trigg fight, I said, ‘Hell yeah.’ It’s a matchup that excites me a lot.”
Frank Shamrock Set to Make His Strikeforce Return This March
Mixed Martial Arts 'Legend', Frank Shamrock (23-10-2), says that he will make a return to the Strikeforce cage early this March:
The 37-year-old veteran said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that Strikeforce has asked him to fight on a yet to be announced card "in the first week or so of March."
The fifteen year veteran, who has held titles for various promotions such as the Pancrase, UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce, is at the tail end of his career and is at the stage where he is only looking for the biggest, and most interesting match ups for him. When asked who he wants next:
"Whoever brings ratings. I need ratings. I just need some ratings,"