June 2007 MMA News Archive - Page 4
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TUF 5 Weigh In Results.
Main Event Jens Pulver (152) vs BJ Penn (155.5) The Ultimate Fighter 5 Final Manny Gamburyan (155) vs Nate Diaz (155) Roger Huerta (155) vs Doug Evans (154) Floyd Sword (185) vs Thales Leites (186) Brandon Melendez (157*) vs Joe Lauzon (155) Andy Wang (156) vs Cole Miller (155) Rob Emerson (155) vs Gray Maynard (155) Allen Berube (153) vs Leonard Garcia (155) Brian Geraghty (155) vs Matt Wiman (156)
New Ken Shamrock interview- No Bisping?
Ken Shamrock interview- Bisping? New Ken Shamrock interview over at Bloodyknux.com /> His opinion on Baroni and Frank is in there as well as his alleged match with Bisping and his history with Tito, his future with the UFC and the IFL.
Kenny Florian ready for UFC 73
When Kenny Florian received the phone call telling him that he will be facing Alvin Robinson at UFC 73 on July 7, he didn't hesitate to say yes. He welcomed the challenge. I'm sorry Primo, is this old news for you?
One more dance
It will have been nearly five-and-a-half years since Jens Pulver upset B.J. Penn, the man known as "The Prodigy," the man who at age 21 became the only non-Brazilian ever to win the world Brazilian jujitsu championship.
MGM Mirage: “90 Percent” Likelihood of UFC 74 Taking Place Aug. 25 at Mandalay Bay
Despite the lack of an official announcement from the UFC and the absence of an on-sale date for tickets, the likelihood of UFC 74 taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Aug. 25 is at about “90 percent,” according to an MGM Mirage representative who spoke to UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) earlier today. I'm sorry Primo, is this old news for you?
Rich Franklin: Title Shot Will Come in Cincinnati or Denver
With a win at last weekend’s UFC 72 event, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (22-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) secured a shot at reclaiming his belt. He’ll now face the winner of UFC 73’s fight between current champ Anderson Silva and top contender Nate Marquardt, and according to Franklin, it’ll happen in Cincinnati or Denver. I'm sorry Primo, is this old news for you?
Interview with Pete "Drago" Sell
Hey guys, Just wanted to share the interviews that I have been doing lately, hopefully you all enjoy them. Thanks to MMAPlayground for a nice place to share them all with you guys. Pete "Drago" Sell Thanks for talking with us Pete. When did you start training with Serra Jiu-Jitsu? Had you trained in any other arts previously? PS: I started training with them around October 1999. I trained in tae- kwon-do as a teenager then these whitebelts came in from Renzo Gracie's academy in Manhattan to test their art against ours. They took us down and submitted us left and right. I was immediately hooked with the jiu-jitsu. I got wind that Renzo was opening an academy in Long Island. It was ran by Matt Serra, Nick Serra, and Hodrigo Gracie. The rest is history. Who are the guys that you normally train with when you are getting ready for a fight? PS: I normally train with all the guys down at Serra-Jitsu. I work with some college wrestlers and get my sparring on with boxers and muay thai guys. What are some of your daily routines when getting ready for a fight? PS: I train twice a day sometimes three. Switching all the time between training jiu-jitsu, stand-up, wrestling, cardio, and plyometrics. I train everyday until I feel like i'm run down and I need a rest. Before the UFC, where did you mostly fight, and how did the scene differ from the bright lights of the UFC? PS: I mostly fought in the Ring Of Combat. I'm actually the three time champion there. All of the events mostly took place in Jersey. It is a good show but the UFC is the big one and it took a fight in there to get totally used to it. I really didn't let the hype of it affect me too much. I have read that you took the UFC 51 fight at the last minute. How much notice did you have before fighting Phil Baroni? PS: I took the fight on three weeks notice. Your site says it all: you believe that you were brought in to lose to him (Baroni). How does it feel to be part of one of the greatest upsets in UFC history? PS: Man I do not ever think there could be a greater feeling than that. I felt like alot of fans wanted to see me win that fight but I did not think the UFC was expecting me to win. There was a lot of things going on there too. It was my first fight in the UFC which was a jump from the small show. I was a last minute replacement for the fight right before the main event. There was alot of pressure. My trainers Matt, Nick Serra, and Ray Longo all that I could win so I put my full trust in them and ran with it. It was a great feeling. How sweet was it to beat someone that liked to talk so much? PS: Felt so good because I hate bullies. Did that win change anything for you at the time? PS: Yea I went from a local guy to being known around the world. I remember coming back from the event center to my hotel room took me like 45 minutes because all of the pictures and autographs. I could not believe it. What did you think of the Ultimate Fighter experience? Would you do it again? PS: While I was going through it there was more ups than downs. I would definitely do it again. I'm actually taping TUF 6 right now as an assistant coach. You were also involved in one of the craziest finishes to a fight ever against Scott Smith. Have you watched this fight since, and what are your thoughts on it? PS: That fight was an awesome experience. I wish I would have been the victor but i don't feel like I lost. We were both kayo'd and I got up first. Looking in hindsight I wish I didn't get so excited that I hurt him and run in carelessly. But, everything is always very clear in hindsight so i accept what happened and just learn from it. Would you like to fight Smith again if the situation arose? PS: Does a bear sh*t in the woods? Who would you consider your toughest opponent to date? PS: My toughest opponent is hard to say maybe Travis Lutter. You train with Luke Cummo quite a bit, right? What are your thoughts on him? PS: I do. He is weird, quiet, and a good guy. He is a tough fighter and has awesome thai-boxing. You are coming off a decision loss to Thales Leites. Did you know anything about him going in, and what do you think of your performance? PS: I knew he was suppose to be the new best thing on the ground. I stuffed a lot of his takedowns but he succeeded with some of them which won him the fight. I felt I was waiting too much and had trouble getting into my rhythm. My whole career I really partied a lot and fooled around too much. I always trained real hard for the fights but in between I didn't take it seriously. This last fight for me was a big wake up call. I'm a lot more focused now because of it. At the same show, your close friend Matt Serra "shocked the world" by beating Georges St. Pierre soundly. Did you know that Matt was going to come out the most prepared of his career? PS: I told Matt even before they were going to fight the first time when GSP got hurt that I had a really good feeling about it. This fight had upset written all over it. Matt had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Matty boy shocked the world! Most importantly... How crazy was that after-party?! PS: Not as crazy as people think. I had my own after fight party that we had a good time at but the clubs close early in Houston. Matt did not get out of the press conference til late so he ended up in his room eating pizza with the boys. What's next for Drago? Who are you fighting next? PS: Right now i'm concentrating on helping the guys on TUF 6 get ready for there fights. After the taping is over i'm looking to get a fight August or September. As for who I will have to talk to my managers about that. Thanks a lot for your time. I really enjoy watching you fight. PS: Thanks a lot! I always appreciate all of my fans. Great guy in my opinion. Thanks a lot Pete. Hope you all enjoyed it.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 Finale preview
This Saturday, B.J. Penn and Jens Pulver will settle a grudge 5 years in the making. Both fighters went to war for the chance to be called UFC Lightweight champion and Pulver was able to keep his belt by Majority Decision. Also on the card will be the finals of the Ultimate Fighter season 5 between teammates, Manny Gamburyan and Nate Diaz. LINK
Sokoudjou Signs with Elite XC(damn)
Josh Gross at Sherdog.com is reporting that highly sought after Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has agreed to terms on a four-fight contract with EliteXC. Sokoudjou made a quick name for himself in PrideFC with first round knockout victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona. Sokoudjou, who has a strong Judo background, is looked at as one of the rising stars in the light heavyweight division. Reports out of Sokoudjou’s camp were that the UFC also made an offer, but was way below the dollar value they were looking for. http://www.mmahq.com/2007/06/22/sokoudjou-signs-with-elitexc/
Shogun to Debut at UFC 76
White recently signed Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson called the best fighter he'd ever faced. Rua (16-2) will make his UFC debut Sept. 22. HERE
Matt Wiman's Blog: Drama.
Hey, Matt Wiman here and this is my blog for FHM Online. My Ultimate Fighter 5 housemate Gabe Ruediger was relentlessly annoying. He would just constantly talk. I would call him on how stupid he looked and he didn’t like that. But I think he mistook kindness for weakness with me. He knew I wasn’t about to get into a fight in the house and get kicked off. I actually took this opportunity seriously unlike him. He didn’t have a chance of winning from the get go. He just wanted to cause drama. If he could drag me down with him he was going to. I had enough of listening to him to where I just kind of wanted to show him how big of a d-bag he was. But you can’t convince a douchebag they’re a douchebag so I just gave up. It took care of itself by him just completely self-destructing and getting kicked off the show. He got what he deserves. Link.
The UFC website has officially confirmed the long-rumored match between Ultimate Fighter 3 rivals Michael Bisping and Matt Hamill. For a while there, Ken Shamrock was rumored to be Bisping's opponent, but the previous rumor that Hamill would have the fight came true. The main event of the show scheduled for the O2 Arena in England on September 8th will be UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight (and Welterweight) champion Dan Henderson. The event is being dubbed "champion vs. champion" and some rumors insist the fight will be a title unification bout. More on the UFC 75 card as news comes in. Link.
Leites Looks to Establish Himself in UFC.
Brazilian Thales Leites is one of the best South American prospects currently fighting in the UFC. The BJJ black belt under Nova União returns to the octagon this Saturday on the undercard of the fifth Ultimate Fighter finale when he faces Floyd Sword in a middleweight contest. Leites (10-1-0) spoke with Sherdog.com and promised to show his BJJ skills once again. Link.
"No Win" Situation Is Must Win For Shamrock.
Frank Shamrock has long been regarded as one of the finest mixed martial artists in the sport's history, with some going so far as to suggest that he is the best to grace a ring or cage. While that's merely fodder for debate, there is one thing most people now agree on when it comes to the former UFC champion: Shamrock has painted himself into a corner as far as his legacy is concerned. Link.
Little man Gamburyan is a knockout on Spike TV.
Manny Gamburyan wasn't supposed to make the finals of Spike TV's reality series "The Ultimate Fighter 5" He doesn't have the chiseled physique of some of the other competitors. Gamburyan, generously listed at 5 foot 5 on the UFC's website, was the shortest of the 16 fighters competing for a Six Figure Contract with the UFC. But what he lacked in size he made up for with a relentless and aggressive style that he used to overwhelm his three opponents en route to the Finals. Link.
Krazy Horse won't fight!
Charles Bennett didn't make it to the Weight - Ins Despite EliteXC's best efforts, "Krazy Horse" Charles Bennett was unable to fight after being arrested on a pair of probation violations last Friday. EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw said that Bennett was "sprung" from jail, but on the way to the airport was stuck in traffic and he failed to make his flight to the Silicon Valley. In his place, as previously announced, James Edson Berto steps in to face Victor Valenzuela Source: SHERDOG.COM
Lightweights take center stage in Ultimate Finale.
In the last few years, UFC President Dana White has made more than his fair share of correct decisions. From seeing the promise in the then fledgling UFC to launching a reality show to promoting sellout events across the world, the decisions he's made have repeatedly proven to be right. Link.
Gamburyan's Relentless Charge leads him to Vegas Saturday.
Entering season five of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, most believed that at best, Manvel 'Manny' Gamburyan would possibly do enough to warrant an undercard bout on the season finale card, but nothing more. Few but the hardcore fans knew who he was, and at 5 foot 5, they figured that he was just too small to compete against the young guns of the 155 pound weight class. Link.
Andy Wang - Pursuing Perfection.
For many of the fighters competing in the Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale this Saturday Night in Las Vegas, it's more than just a payday and a chance to put another win on their Records. For those making their Octagon debuts, it's an opportunity to establish themselves in the MMA world and also let their families in on the celebration as they finally make it to the big show. But Andy Wang, who faces fellow TUF 5 Castmate Cole Miller, won't have his entire family in attendance. In fact, the two most important people in his life - his parents - don't even know that he is a professional prizefighter. Link.
Pulver, Penn, and their 16 Lightweights Made TUF5 a Season to Remember.
Like Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock before them, Jens Pulver and BJ Penn ignited their dislike for eachother almost immediately upon being announced as the coaches for Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter series. And once filming began, things didn't get much more civil between the old rivals, as they chomped at the bit while waiting for this Saturday's rematch in Las Vegas. Link.