February 2010 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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Melbourne Likely Next Stop For UFC In Australia
“If you’ve ever known how we do it, when we come in and we’re as successful as we were in this market, we make it an annual event, so we’ll be coming back here obviously,” UFC president Dana White to the media at the UFC 110 post-fight press conference in Sydney.
Wanderlei, Akiyama Want to Meet
“Akiyama wants to fight Wanderlei very bad,” said White. “It’s a big fight that he wants. We offered him another fight and he said he wants Wanderlei.” White said he’d wait for the battling Brazilian to heal before discussing the bout, but Silva left little to contemplate, stating later that he’d also like to face the ethnic Korean in his next bout.
White: By beating "best heavyweight of all time" Velasquez title fight standby
With a dominating victory over what he called "probably the best heavyweight of all time," UFC president Dana White has reiterated an earlier promise and said UFC 110 main-event winner Cain Velasquez is on standby for a title shot. If the winner of next month's UFC 111 interim-title fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin is injured or sidelined, Velasquez instead gets the title with champion Brock Lesnar.
Dana White says title talk premature, but George Sotiropolous "in the mix"
It was, perhaps, to be expected. After native son George Sotiropoulos (12-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) turned in the fight of his life against the highly respected Joe Stevenson (31-11 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia, the local media immediately wanted to know what the local boy's chances were for a shot at the title. UFC president Dana White let the Australian media know to tap the brakes on that discussion, but he did say Sotiropoulos had definitely carved out a spot in the lightweight title picture with the one-sided unanimous decision win.
UFC 110 Bonuses: Sotiropolous, Stevenson, Velasquez and Lytle earn $50K awards
George Sotiropoulos, Joe Stevenson, Cain Velasquez and Chris Lytle each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday's "UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez" event. Sotiropoulos and Stevenson took home "Fight of the Night" honors, Velasquez earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, and Lytle picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus at the Feb. 20 pay-per-view event.
UFC 110's reported attendance qualifies as highest ever for UFC outside North America
While the UFC's first-ever trip to Australia certainly delivered on in-cage action, "UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez" didn't do too bad at the box office, either. At the UFC 110 post-event press conference, UFC president Dana White said the event drew 17,831 attendees to Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, for a reported $2.5 million gate.
Cro Cop believes he is still among UFC elite, likely to face Rothwell next
While it certainly wasn't quite vintage "Cro Cop" at UFC 110, Mirko Filipovic's second-round TKO over late-replacement Anthony Perosh (10-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) did get the Croatian back in the win column.
"Annoyed" Michael Bisping believes he won fight at UFC 110, eyes future rematch
To borrow a line from Georges St-Pierre, Michael Bisping (18-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) was not impressed by his opponent's performance at UFC 110.
UFC Files Lawsuit Against Rampage Jackson
Shane Carwin: Whatever Frank Mir says about me is likely justified
"It won't affect me at all. I really do not pay a lot of attention to smack talk. Whatever my opponent needs to do to get themselves ready to fight me is fine. At the end of the night the better fighter (that evening) should have his hand raised and really that is all I care about."
UFC 110: Rodrigo Nogueira will use jiu-jitsu and quick hands to stop Cain Velasquez
"I’m ready for all situations. When you face a good opponent who fights standing and on the mat you must be ready for everything. He’s a very good wrestler besides having an excellent conditioning. In this aspect I’m also feeling very well."
Bader Ready To Let Loose On Jardine
Keeping the momentum going, undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ryan Bader will return for his fourth UFC appearance when he steps in the Octagon at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia.
Bisping Credits Rampage For Major Insight
"It really says a lot about the guy, he's been busy filming the A-Team movie, and he's just finished that and he's come out here. I really do owe that guy a beer shall we say," Bisping said about Rampage when speaking with MMAWeekly Radio.
George Roop tapped as late replacement, faces Leonard Garcia at WEC 47
Many were shocked when "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member George Roop (10-6 MMA, 0-1 WEC) made the drop from lightweight to bantamweight while skipping over the featherweight division.Now it appears Roop will fill in that gap.
Thales Leites replaces Filho against Sasaki
Former UFC ttile contender, Thales Leites, who recently debuted at MFC with a unanimous decision victory over Dean Lister, replaces Paulo Filho at Bitetti Combat’s next edition, scheduled to February 25 at Brasilia, Brazil.
UFC Quick Quote: Frank Mir wants to kill Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon
"I want to fight Brock Lesnar. I hate who he is as a person. I want to break his neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies to Octagon-related injuries."
Strikeforce Challengers: Shamar Bailey vs Justin Wilcox announced with Bryan Travers hurt
NEW YORK – A winner of four in a row, Shamar Bailey (10-1), of Chicago, will face Justin "The Silverback’’ Wilcox (8-3), of San Jose, Calif., on a stacked STRIKEFORCE Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., on Friday, March 26.
Villante & LaFlare Win At Ring Of Combat
Atlantic City, NJ — It was a good night if you were from the Bellmore Kickboxing Academy in Bellmore, New York. First, Ryan LaFlare was able to remain undefeated after knocking out Kurt Pellegrino protégé, Justin Haskins in the second round of their welterweight title bout.
Poll results: Which UFC heavyweight is most likely to beat champ Brock Lesnar?
Which of the following UFC heavyweight contenders has the best chance to beat champion Brock Lesnar? 28% - Shane Carwin 25% - Frank Mir 18% - Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 18% - Junior Dos Santos 11% - Cain Velasquez
Win or lose at UFC 110, Stephan Bonnar's future appears secure
Despite his big fan following and the role he played in a vital 2005 fight with Forrest Griffin that brought mixed martial arts – and particularly the Ultimate Fighting Championship – into the mainstream, Stephan Bonnar would appear on thin ice.