January 2008 MMA News Archive - Page 3
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UFC 81 Conference Call
All-American Wrestler C.B. Dollaway Chosen for “The Ultimate Fighter 7?
Amateur wrestling standout C.B. Dollaway (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be a cast member on the “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” the latest installment of the UFC and Spike TV’s reality series. Sources close to the fighter tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the former Arizona State Sun Devil learned he had been selected for the show last month. “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” which debuts April 2 on Spike TV, features UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and season-one winner Forrest Griffin as coaches. Sixteen middleweight fighters vie for a UFC contract in a tournament-style competition. Dollaway is a former high school state champion, a junior college national champion, and a 2005 collegiate All-American while at ASU. His transition into MMA has been a smooth one. Despite his wrestling background, he’s posted five stoppages — four by way of knockout.
Randy Couture Picks Tim Sylvia Over Antonio Noguiera
Randy Couture is, legally speaking, the UFC heavyweight champion. He recently declined an invitation to fight Antonio Noguiera however, stating that he has resigned from the UFC and wished to pursue a fight with consensus number one heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. He has since battled UFC management in an intense, and very public war of words; and now faces a potential legal battle as well. The latest spat between Couture and the UFC has to do with Couture's work as a cornerman at events held by organizations such as the IFL and HCF. Couture has appearently recieved word from UFC officials that making appearences at such organizations is a breach of contract. Couture sat down with The Calgary Sun to discuss the situation in more detail and also weighted in on the upcoming battle between Noguiera and his replacement at UFC 81, Tim Sylvia.
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Interview With Tyson Griffin
When Tyson Griffin enters the Octagon on Super Bowl weekend, he will be doing so with one goal and one goal in mind: Climbing higher up the ladder of the exciting, fast-paced lightweight division. And for Griffin to come out on top at UFC 81: “Breaking Point,” he will need to go through rising lightweight star Gleison Tibau.
Penn Returns To Lightweight Ranks
Breaking down the top ten fighters in the lightweight division...
One-Time UFC Fighter Steve Byrnes Selected for “The Ultimate Fighter 7?
Steve Byrnes (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a Hawaiian fighter who dropped a unanimous decision to Logan Clark in his only career UFC fight, is coming back to the organization. This time it’ll be as a cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 7.“
Waiting For Fedor
Still recognized as the UFC heavyweight champion, Randy “The Natural” Couture recently appeared on the ESPN morning show “First Take” where he addressed the issue of the recent lawsuit against him filed by Zuffa, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and his future in the sport of mixed martial arts.
“Fight Science” on National Geographic (A review)
Dr. Cindy Bir wasn’t a fan of mixed martial arts before she started working on the new installment of “Fight Science.“ But after getting to know MMA luminaries Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Tito Ortiz and Dean Lister, the associate professor of biomechanical engineering at Wayne State University started to appreciate their understanding of the human machine and how they came to it. “They learned the hard way,” she said. Bir is one of three researchers at work in the Fight Science studio. Developed to measure the destructive power of so-called traditional martial artists for the first episode of the show, the studio is part laboratory, part gym, and part television studio. Two years after the first special aired, “Fight Science” returns at 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 27 on the National Geographic channel to subject MMA to the same scrutiny. Can't wait to see this, looks to be really interesting.
Bisping Addresses Move To Middleweight
U.K. fan favorite Michael Bisping addressed the UFC Fight Club recently in England and gave some insights into his fight with Matt Hamill and his move from light heavyweight down to the middleweight division. “I feel like I should have pushed the pace a lot more, but I am not going to sit here and whine about it like some other people” said Bisping of his fight with Hamill. Talking of losses to highly regarded American wrestlers in the 205-pound division, he was considerably more vocal about the prospect of a rematch with Hamill. “I have moved to middleweight, so for the time being, that fight is out of the window, it was my 15th pro fight and I realized then that you can’t always go out and have the best performance,” he stated. “However, he knows I can K.O. him and as long as he continues to whine and bitch about it, it may be sooner rather than later.”
Cage Rage To Air On Showtime
During Friday night's ShoXC event on Showtime, it was announced that the upcoming Cage Rage event on March 8 will also air on Showtime. It will be the second half of a boxing-MMA doubleheader that night.
Kevin Randleman vs Jeff Monson
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 01.26.06
Should BJ Penn be the favorite over Sean Sherk? Will Tito Ortiz's next UFC fight be his last in the organization? Does Fabricio Werdum really deserve the next HW title shot? Should Mike Swick and Josh Burkman have been a draw? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction.
Second-Fiddle Tim Sylvia Aims for History
Tim Sylvia may be the world’s largest Rodney Dangerfield. The 6-foot-8, two-time former UFC heavyweight champion simply can’t get respect. On Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, Sylvia will attempt to become only the second man in MMA history to win three major league world championships. Sylvia is attempting to go into the record book behind only Randy Couture, who won his fifth championship when beating Sylvia via decision last year. His opponent in an interim title match, Brazil’s Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, can make a legitimate claim for being the second best heavyweight in the sport’s history. But for all the hype UFC 81 is getting, you’d likely never know either of those things. It certainly never came up at Thursday’s UFC press conference for UFC 81.
Sherk: Now It's Personal
Sean Sherk has fired the latest salvo in his war of words with new UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn, who he is to face in May for the title. Sherk said "Now it's personal" after hearing comments made by Penn after his win at UFC 80.
ATT's Micah Miller on next WEC bout.
Did an interview with Micah last week. Here it is if anybody wants to check it out. He should be a tough fight with Chance Farrar on the next WEC undercard.
Nevada ups the ante on drug testing, including random testing during the year.
Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on Friday announced that the Commission has expanded steroid and drug testing for licensed fighters and those applying for licenses. In addition to the testing performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will require licensed fighters and licensing applicants to be tested at other times during the year. In a memo issued to “All Nevada Licensees” dated Jan. 7, 2008, Chairman John Bailey noted that some fighters “...have become very sophisticated in the timing of taking prohibited substances,” which is why the Commission has instituted additional random testing.
Tanner vs. Okami Official; Koscheck vs. Hazelett Un-Televised at UFC 82
After weeks of speculation, a UFC 82 middleweight bout between Evan Tanner and Yushin Okami is now official. Additionally, the UFC today revealed that a welterweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 1” standout Josh Koscheck (9-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Cincinnati-based fighter Dustin Hazelett (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will appear on the event’s un-televised preliminary card. News of the Tanner vs. Okami has been reported — and re-reported — for the past month. However, Tanner’s camp couldn’t confirm the bout to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and a source close to the UFC told us that UFC executives were “extremely pissed” that news of the fight got out in the first place. In the interview, Tanner also revealed that the UFC had an extremely difficult time finding him an opponent. The bout was offered to four fighters — all of whom turned it down. The UFC eventually booked Okami, a middleweight contender who’s 5-1 in the UFC. He signed a new contract with the UFC after his most recent fight: a UFC 77 unanimous-decision victory over Jason MacDonald.
UFN Medical Suspensions Announced
The NSAC has posted the official UFN results on their website, which also reveals the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
UFC Set To Ban Affliction Gear?
Apparently the UFC is no longer going to allow Affliction to sponsor it's fighters. Affliction affiliated fighters include; Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, Rampage Jackson and Chuck Liddell among many others. According to numerous sources within in the industry, Affliction will be starting it's own promotion and the UFC is unhappy about promoting a potential rival.
Alvarez and Daley Anchor ShoXC Card
All you lucky Showtime subscribers out there will get to enjoy another night of fistic madness delivered to you by the good folks behind EliteXC. Come Friday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., we'll get to see one of Britain's finest discover the precise breaking point of a TUF graduate. And, with any luck, maybe Bill Goldberg won't make an appearance.