Matyushenko: My Job Is To Stop Jon Jones From Getting To The Top
The world's most dangerous "Janitor," Vladimir Matyushenko, plans on mopping up the mess Jon Jones has made in the light heavyweight division when they clash at UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1 in San Diego. "Bones" has looked nearly invincible in his meteoric rise to the top of his weight class and a recent UFC poll found an anemic 8-percent of fans who think that Vladdy's got the chops to defeat the dynamic young up-and-comer.
Michael Bisping Already Spending His FOTN Bonus For UFC 120
In his head, that is. The TUF 3 winner seems convinced his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama in October will be the Fight Of The Night in front of the hometown crowd. “The British fans have always given me unbelievable support and I’ve never lost at home, so I am looking to help make this another special night for British MMA. Akiyama is a very dangerous guy. He strikes very well, he has power, and he will keep coming at you. He is very strong with his judo takedowns, and I will have to train seriously hard to come up for an answer for those. But I think that if I set a fast, hard pace in the first round, that by the third I will have taken over and will be in a position to finish him. Akiyama will obviously be looking to do the same thing – that is the way he always fights – and I am already spending my ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus in my head.“
Ross Pearson Is "A Far Better Striker Than BJ Penn"
At least the TUF 9 winner thinks he is. “We’re all very good at doing what we like to do. BJ’s ground game and wrestling is unbelievable, but I feel I’m a far better striker than he is. I might never be as good as he is at one thing, but he might never be as good as me at another. I’m not near a BJJ black belt, but a fight is a fight and anything can happen, that’s what makes the sport so exciting.” Should be noted, however, that Pearson TKOs opponents at a lower rate than Penn in his career to date-less than 30% (3 of 14) to Penn's 40%.
Herman, Bellator Locked in Legal Battle
Bellator attorney Patrick English confirmed to Sherdog.com on Tuesday that Herman will not be taking the eighth and final slot in the field, as the fighter and promotion are embroiled in ongoing litigation.
Ratcliff-Horodecki Planned for WEC 51
Lightweight Ed Ratcliff has agreed to face Chris Horodecki at the not-yet-announced WEC 51 on Sept. 30 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo., his trainer Eric Del Fierro confirmed with Sherdog.com on Wednesday.
Ratcliff reported the bout -- originally scheduled for WEC 49 in June -- on his official Twitter account early Wednesday.
2 Fights Added To Sengoku 14, Gono Drops To Lightweight
World Victory Road today announced two new bouts planned for Sengoku Raiden Championships 14. The fights include Takuya Sato vs. Motoki Miyazawa in a Welterweight fight and the Lightweight debut of popular fighter Akihiro Gono, who will face quite the tongue-twister-name in Jadamba Narantungalag, who has only fought 4 times since his debut in 2004 with one notable fight being a loss to Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto.
Patrick Cote To Face Tom Lawlor At UFC 121
Patrick Cote & Tom Lawlor are scheduled to meet at UFC 121 according to sources close to the event, who said that bout agreements have been signed, though it's unknown whether the fight will air on the evening's televised card. Both are coming off losses in their last fights.
Houston Alexander vs. Sokoudjou Set For Shark Fights 13
With Keith Jardine and Trevor Prangley already signed on for the main event of the Texas-based Shark Fights' promotion Sept. 11 event, Shark Fights 13, another pair of high-profile fighters have agreed to fight on the card. Shark Fights officials today announced that UFC veterans Houston Alexander & Sokoudjou will meet in the co-main event. The full fight card for Shark Fights 13, which takes place at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas, will be announced shortly.
Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone Rounds Out a Big WEC 51 Card
The long-awaited rematch between World Extreme Cagefighting rivals Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone is set for WEC 51 on September 30, a major fight card that will demonstrate the WEC's ability to put on big events even as its top star, Urijah Faber, nurses a leg injury.
Varner announced the Cerrone rematch on his web site, and the addition of that fight not only makes WEC 51 one of the best fight cards of the rest of the year in MMA, it also provides some hints about where the WEC is headed for the rest of the year, and what a future WEC pay-per-view card might look like.
Here's how the five-fight WEC 51 card on Versus is shaping up:
Jose Aldo vs. Manvel Gamburyan
Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia
George Roop vs. Chan Sung Jung
Mark Hominick vs. Leonard Garcia
Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone
Fistic Medicine: The Sweet Science of Hand Protection
Before we knew how good Royce Gracie was, we knew Art Jimmerson was in trouble.
As Jimmerson strode to the Octagon to test his boxer’s skill against an unknown underweight Brazilian at UFC 1, he wore a boxing glove on one hand and athletic tape on the other. His fight was lost before it began. In a sport with stiff penalties for uncertainty, fighters deserve to know the pros and cons of modern fighting gloves.
The original boxing gloves were thin strips of leather that Grecian fighters bound about their clenched fists to protect the small bones of the hand against fracture. The Romans added metal spikes and studs, converting the protective devices into weapons, and irreparably linking boxing with brutality and barbarism in the Western mind. When boxing returned to fringe acceptability, fighters quickly learned that bare-knuckle strikers had short careers and painful retirements.
Interesting article on fightsport gloves.
Alistair Overeem Wants Fabricio Werdum Next, 100 Percent Confident of Win
"Let's just say this, there's a couple of fights that I would like to have, and I'm going to start with the first one: the first one is going to definitely be Werdum -- he's the winner of that fight [against Fedor Emelianenko]. I'm sure, 100% sure, I'm going to beat him," Overeem said.
Overeem wants Werdum next not only because he recently defeated Emelianenko, but because "The Demolition Man" lost to "Vai Cavalo" in the first round of the 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix.
Diego Sanchez vs Paulo Thiago at UFC 121
Diego Sanchez tells PennyJoMMA.com on Facebook that he'll be fighting Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 in Anaheim in October.
Sanchez has moved back to New Mexico and is now training at Albuquerque MMA.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Tito Ortiz vs. TBA
Patrick Cote vs. TBA
Rampage vs Machida expected in the fall
The match-up Dana White teased fans with a couple months ago now seems to be in the works. Former light heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson are expected to meet at an as of yet unannounced event in the fall, possibly in November.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com as being in the works by sources close to the bout, and Jackson himself posted on his Twitter account that he was issued a bout agreement for a fight and was about to sign it late Tuesday evening.
Cole Konrad seventh official participant in Bellator heavyweight tourney
Two-time NCAA wrestling champion Kole Conrad (4-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) is the seventh official addition to Bellator Fighting Championship's upcoming heavyweight tournament.
Bellator officials today announced Konrad's participation in the eight-man field.
Konrad has already fought twice under the Bellator banner in non-tournament bouts. "King" earned a pair of unanimous decisions wins in his previous two outings.
Couture: If UFC Wanted Me To Fight Anderson Silva, I'd Be All Over That
Although he's got to get through James Toney first, Randy Couture appears ready to jump onto the bandwagon that is an Anderson Silva fight. "I'm definitely interested at fighting at 205. I think Anderson would be a great fight. I'm not sure what his perspective has been the last couple of times, though. I think since the Cote fight he's taken on a different style and hasn't been as explosive, not trying to finish fights early on. I don't know if it's concerning, but it's interesting where he's coming from with that. He certainly still has that capability. Maia, Cote, he could have finished those guys if he wanted to take the risk, so I'm not sure what's going on where he doesn't want to step up and take that risk. I think he's a fantastic fighter, and if that's someone they want me to compete against I'd be all over that."
Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang In The Works For UFC 121
A middleweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 11" cast member Chris Camozzi and undefeated UFC newcomer Dongi Yang is in the works for UFC 121. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Yang is also known as Dong Yi Yang, which is how he was officially introduced when he signed with UFC. He becomes the second Korean Top Team fighter to sign with Zuffa, the other being WEC star Chan Sung Jung.