Bring It On, Wanderlei
Michael Bisping says so. In his latest online entry for The Daily Telegraph, Bisping says he's over his KO loss at UFC 100 and his confidence is sky-high going into his fight with Wanderlei Silva. "I’ve seen interviews this week with Wanderlei saying he’s going knock me out and that I am scared of him. He’s mistaken on both counts. Bring it on, Wanderlei…"
Running Scared: Seven opponents turn down bout with Erin Toughill, January 30 FCF bout scratched
Already with an established reputation in female mixed martial arts as one of the most commonly avoided fighters in the business, Strikeforce 145 pound title threat Erin Toughill has once again seen an anticipated bout fall through due to not being able to find an opponent with the nerve to face her.
FiveOuncesofPain.com was recently able to learn from sources close to the situation that a total of seven women were contacted as potential opponents for the bout, and all seven have refused the matchup, leaving Toughill without a fight on January 30.
5 Oz. was the first to report that Erin was originally expected to return to action at FCF (Freestyle Cage Fighting) 39 on January 30 from the Firelake Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The card will still feature an extremely intriguing eight female 135 pound tournament with the winner being granted a title shot in the division over at Strikeforce in the near future.
NY Secretary of State advocates for MMA
New York Times Letters to the Editor
In “A Leaner Budget for Lean Times” (editorial, Jan. 20), you call mixed martial arts, which Gov. David A. Paterson is proposing to legalize, “controversial.” In fact, the sport is not only legal in all but eight states, but if it should come to New York, our State Athletic Commission already has the mechanisms in place to ensure that such competitions follow the highest guidelines of health and safety.
Afflictions motion to dismiss Fedor lawsuit denied
Fedor Emelianenko and his promotional team survived a first-round attack Monday in a legal battle that pits them against their former business partner, Affliction Entertainment.
Affliction’s attorney, Michael Bassiri, confirmed to Sherdog.com that a Los Angeles federal judge had denied Affliction’s motion to dismiss several claims made in a breach of contract lawsuit filed Oct. 28 by Emelianenko and M-1 Global.
The case is set to go to trial on Nov. 16.
Miguel Torres fires camp; now Dellagrotte, Drysdale
Some media outlets called it the upset of the year. It was shocking to see Brian Bowles take out Miguel Torres at WEC 42 and it did upset the former bantamweight champ. Torres realized he had gotten into a comfort zone, was surrounded by yes men and was fighting with the wrong approach.
"I've used the same training partners for 11 or 12 years, and I haven't brought any of them back for this fight," Torres told the Las Vegas Sun. "What ended up happening was — I wasn't getting cocky, they got cocky. They would say, 'Oh, you're going to kill this guy. He's only got seven fights.'"
Karo Parisyan: 'I'm Going to Fight Again'
When Karo Parisyan withdrew from UFC 106 at the last minute, UFC President Dana White said Parisyan would never fight in the UFC again. But Parisyan says he will be fighting somewhere soon.
"I promise you I'm going to fight again," Parisyan told Aaron Tru. "I don't know when or where but I promise the fight is going to happen pretty soon, within the next few months. I'll be back, better than ever. I've always said I'm asking for a chance for my fans and my friends. I'll be back and I'll do sensational, I promise."
Swick says AKA vs. AKA is a "lose/lose" proposition
Teammate versus teammate.
It has been a controversial subject that seems to gain more steam every time UFC president Dana White mentions the possibility of one fighter getting in contender status and a teammate climbing up the ladder right behind them.
To this date, no one has been forced to make that decision, but at American Kickboxing Academy they have three top ranked welterweights and it's always a hot topic to bring up.
White mentioned recently that he thought a great fight to determine a top contender would be Jon Fitch vs. Josh Koscheck, but again they didn't have to make that choice and each of them have different opponents.
AKA fighter Mike Swick talked about the impossible situation with MMAWeekly Radio recently.
Nick Diaz happy with Welterweight Return
Nick Diaz takes on Dream champion Marius Zaromskis on Jan. 30 in Sunrise, Fla., for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.
Diaz’s last two fights were out of his weight class, but he’s eager to return to the 170-pound division, the division he’s competed in for most of his career.
“I’m very happy to fight at that weight. I look the best at that weight. I like it, I feel the best at that weight,” said the Cesar Gracie trained athlete. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to fight in here at this weight class. Those last two fights weren’t my idea. I’ve fought at welterweight most of my life, so this isn’t a new thing to me.”
Andre Galvao vs. Luke Stewart targeted for "Strikeforce Challengers VII" in Fresno, Calif.
An intriguing welterweight matchup between Strikeforce newcomer Andre Galvao (3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) and promotional veteran Luke Stewart (6-2 MMA, 6-2 SF) appears likely for the as-yet-unannounced "Strikeforce Challengers VII" event.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
While Strikeforce has yet to officially announce the event, "Strikeforce Challengers VII" is expected to take place March 26 in Fresno, Calif.
The Galvao vs. Stewart matchup is expected for the main card of the Showtime-broadcast event.
EASportsMMA.com to stream Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs live from "Strikeforce: Miami"
It's not TV, but it's something.
Five days from the first bell of the Jan. 30 event, "Strikeforce: Miami," the promotion has taken extra steps to ensure a welterweight clash between Jay Hieron (18-4 MMA, 1-0 SF) and Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) can be widely seen.
EA Sports, the software developer of video game "EA Sports MMA" and a strategic partner of the San Jose, Calif.–based Strikeforce promotion, announced today via Twitter that it will stream the preliminary card fight live on EASportsMMA.com. The stream begins at 9 p.m. ET and will be the sole undercard fight broadcast on the web.
UFC legend Chuck Liddell eyes four-fight plan, looks forward to proving doubters wrong
LAS VEGAS – Former UFC champion and MMA legend Chuck Liddell (21-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) understands that his back is against the wall.
After a stretch of four losses in five fights, Liddell's longtime friend and current boss, UFC president Dana White, doesn't want to see the "Iceman" in the cage again.
But with a rematch with fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 11" coach Tito Ortiz on the horizon, Liddell has his sights set on one more run at the title. And along the way, he hopes to prove all of his doubters – including White – wrong about what he's got left in the tank.
"I don't think I have anything to prove, but I would like to prove [White] wrong," Lidell told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at Monday's "TUF 11" media day. "I'm not too old. I can still fight.
Shine Fights inks Dave "Pee Wee" Herman; bout with Jeff Monson likely for spring
Sengoku, Bellator and EliteXC veteran Dave Herman (16-1), better known to most MMA fans as "Pee Wee," is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding Shine Fights roster.
The organization announced the signing late Monday night via Twitter.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that near-12-year veteran Jeff Monson (32-9) is likely to welcome Herman to the organization.
Monson signed a deal with the upstart Shine Fights promotion this past December.
- Castillo VS. Pettis Added To WEC In Columbus
The fight card for the WEC's debut in Columbus, OH is filling up fast as the promotion announced the addition of a lightweight bout pitting Danny Castillo against Anthony Pettis in a preliminary fight on the show.
The promotion made the announcement about the fight on Monday evening.
Castillo currently holds a 3-2 record in the WEC with wins over notable fighters such as Ricardo Lamas and Rafael Dias. His losses come by way of two of the top fighters in the WEC's lightweight division in Donald Cerrone and Shane Roller.
Former UFC Champion Carlos Newton set to face Chris Clements at W-1 MMA on March 20
Carlos Newton, the former UFC Welterweight Champion, is set to face Chris Clements at the Canadian based W-1 MMA show on March 20 in Montreal according to Top MMA News.
Just yesterday, news broke that W-1 had also signed recently released UFC fighter Denis Kang.
Newton (15-13), best known for being on the receiving end of a Matt Hughes power bomb at UFC 34, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Shonie Carter in a W-1 match last October. This will be Newton's third fight with W-1.
Miguel Torres: 'A rematch with Brian Bowles is more important to me than a title shot'
Former 135-pound kingpin Miguel Torres goes back to basics after a stunning defeat at the heavy hands of new bantamweight champion Brian Bowles at WEC 42 back in August 2009. Bowles will make his first title defense at WEC 47 on March 6 in a bout that will have Torres driving the Cruz bandwagon so that he can get back into the cage with Bowles and prove his loss was a fluke. Will Torres get his revenge? Or has his storied championship reign come to an end, much like Urijah Faber's did at WEC 36 now that the WEC has a stacked roster?
Hellboy Drops To Challenge For Dream Title
Former Shooto welterweight champion and first-ever Dream lightweight champion Joachim Hansen is expected to move down to featherweight to challenger current Dream featherweight titleholder Bibiano Fernandes.MMAWeekly.com sources on Monday independently confirmed the bout’s probability. It was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
Are State Athletic Commissions Failing Fans of MMA and Boxing?
Drug testing in professional sports has been a hot topic among fans for years. Following the implication of many professional baseball players in the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the scrutiny from the general public, the federal government, and fans of each and every sport has been on the rise. Most fans feel that throwing money at the problem could eventually bring a halt to the steroid era, but there are others who believe it will only diminish the product, a product that is supposed to be consumed as entertainment.
Chad George vs. Scott Jorgensen added to WEC 47 prelims
With the main card just about complete, WEC 47's preliminary card is starting to take shape.World Extreme Cagefighting officials today announced a bantamweight matchup between Chad George (11-4 MMA, 1-0 WEC) and rising contender Scott Jorgensen (8-3 MMA, 4-2 WEC) is now part of the March 6 event.WEC 47 takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.The main card, including a headliner of WEC 47 bantamweight champ Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz, airs on Versus.
Bellator Adds Jackson's Fighter Carey Vanier
Vanier boasts a solid overall professional record of 7-2 (all but one of his wins have come via TKO or submission), but his career has taken on an entirely new trajectory since he began training at Jackson’s Submission Fighting school in Albuquerque, N.M.
Strikeforce: André Galvão vs. Luke Stewart
One of the best BJJ fighter of all times, André Galvão will face Luke Stewart in his Strikeforce debut. The fighter informed TATAME.com that the fight is set to take place in March, with no date yet. “I’m expecting the victory. I’m training hard and I wanna be back with the victories”, Galvão said. “He’s from Jiu-Jitsu too, likes to play on the ground, besides some victories by KO in his record”.