June 2008 MMA News Archive - Page 5
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Josh Thomson on fighting a friend
From the OC Register: “The disadvantage of this whole situation is we are both going to get hurt in this fight. It sucks that we’re both in here fighting each other. I’m going to end up cut. He’s going to end up cut. We’re going to end up with bumps and bruises from damage done to our bodies. It’s a shame we’re doing it to each other, but you know what though, we do it all the time every day in training when we are training with each other and we weren’t getting paid for it. Now, we’re getting paid for it.” Check out the entire interview here:
Matt Hughes Has Torn MCL, Partially Torn PCL
Former UFC champion Matt Hughes has revealed through his official website that he suffered a torn MCL and partially torn PCL in his loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 85 earlier this month:
EliteXC’s V.P. says Silva vs. Kharitonov is “not happening”; clarifies other reports
EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com to correct several stories that have appeared on this site that have been attributed to other sources.
Jeff Shamrock Signs Multi-Fight Deal with Strikeforce
Jeff Shamrock, nephew of MMA Legend Ken Shamrock, has signed a multi-fight deal with world championship fight promotion, Strikeforce. Shamrock's first fight under the San Jose based organization will be announced soon.
Submitted Jun 26, 2008 8:08PM by kastro_316 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Miscellaneous, Fight Camp / Team
Kharitonov Eyes for ‘Bigfoot' at EliteXC
Sergei Kharitonov (Pictures) could be the one. Brazilian behemoth Antonio Silva has verbally agreed to face the stoic Russian boxer for the vacant heavyweight crown at EliteXC's July 26 "Saturday Night Fights" at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. The bout is currently pending approval from the California State Athletic Commission, according to a rep from Silva's American Top Team.
"Inside MMA" preview: KJ Noons trashes Nick Diaz, refuels heated rivalry
During an EliteXC event earlier this month, EliteXC lightweight champ KJ Noons and Nick Diaz won separate bouts. However, when they met in the cage after Noons' victory to hype an upcoming rematch, all hell broke loose. This week as a guest on "Inside MMA," Noons ripped into Diaz, saying -- among other things -- that his rival doesn't deserve a rematch, that people are using the notion of Diaz's scar tissue an an excuse, and that his new nickname should be "The Artist" due to how badly he rearranged Diaz's face in their first fight in late 2007.
Mike Brown Calls out Jeff Monson (funny)
Jesse Taylor To Fight on UFC July 19th Fight Card?
"Despite being kicked out of TUF Finale it appears Jesse Taylor is set to make his return to the UFC" Wouldn't let me copy and paste but anyway Take it for what it's worth as I don't know the credibility for this website but a match between CB would be pretty good imo.
Couture: Cheap Shot Broke her Jaw?
Couture: Well, I just walked out there to touch gloves and she just hit me. She wasn't interested in touching gloves and that first shot is what broke my jaw. My left hand wasn't even up to protect myself -- it was straight out to touch her glove. She took her shot, connected it and dropped me. That first shot is what broke it.
Exclusive: Kimbo Slice vs. Brett Rogers Confirmed For October
EliteXC Vice President and matchmaker Jared Shaw informed Fightline.com that the two men will indeed meet in October to play out their rivalry. The fight will "more than likely" take place on CBS but will depend on other variables such as timing and platform availability
The pros and cons of booking Urijah Faber vs. Kid Yamamoto
Quietly after his dominating win over Jens Pulver in front of 12,000 fans at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Urijah Faber soon found his name being mentioned in the Japanese press. It was no coincidence that K-1 was behind the name-dropping, as Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (their 145-pound MMA superstar) was claiming that he wanted to fight Faber soon. Japanese promotions, especially K-1, tend to telegraph the messages they send through various media channels. The message here was loud and clear – we want to book the two best 145 pound fighters in the world against each other.
Injury, opponent present title-fight challenges for Josh Thomson
Josh Thomson was forced to work without one of his traditional training partners in preparation for the biggest fight of his career Friday night in San Jose, Calif. The decision wasn't by choice, but rather necessity. His usual training partner happens to be Gilbert Melendez – the opponent he faces at the HP Pavilion for the Strikeforce lightweight title.
Graham Vs Rimbon - Sengoku 4
K-1 veteran Peter Graham gives MMA a second shot when he takes on French fighter Moise Rimbon in a heavyweight bout. Graham comes off a quick submission loss to Japanese heavyweight Kazuyuki Fujita at the first Sengoku, while Rimbon recently knocked out UFC veteran Anthony Perosh at Cage Fighting Championships 3.
Jorge Gurgel Gets New Coaches, Keeps Same Bad Gameplan
"I needed to be just a student," he says. "I needed somebody to say ‘OK, man, you do nothing but train with me and prepare for a fight.' Matt said, ‘You're going to come to Seattle and I'm going to take care of you.' "I've never had a coach who focused on me. I have a school with 400-500 students. … I'm always working with pro fighters, the guys that we train, and training myself. I've never had a coach to tell me when to stop training, when to train more, when to train this technique, what to do."
Affliction Promises Ad Campaign Real Soon
For those of who've been wondering when Affliction would start promoting their July 19th PPV, MMA Junkie has some comments from Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio: "Right now, we haven't even broken water (on marketing) yet," Atencio said. "We're waiting until the push because we know a lot of people, especially the casual fan, they'll forget about it if we push too soon. ... We've sold about 8,000 tickets so far, and that's with minimal advertising." Talking about the UFC July 19th free event, Atencio also reveals a real big gap in his thought processes: "Anybody that was going to buy our pay-per-view, I think they're still going to buy it," Atencio said. "I think the people that weren't going to buy it, [the UFC event] just gives them something to do now. I don't think it really changed the hardcore fans' outlook."
Brandon Vera: ‘I just needed more time’ to prepare for Lyoto Machida (Video)
“The Truth” accepted fights to take on Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19; however, he and he camp felt he needed more time to prepare for the “nasty” style of the undefeated Machida. He looks forward to a future fight with the “Dragon,” bur for now he’ll take on UFC newcomer Reese Andy at light heavyweight:
Kharitonov Eyes for ‘Bigfoot' at EliteXC
Sergei Kharitonov (Pictures) could be the one. Brazilian behemoth Antonio Silva has verbally agreed to face the stoic Russian boxer for the vacant heavyweight crown at EliteXC's July 26 "Saturday Night Fights" at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.
Nam Phan seeks redemption at STRIKEFORCE
At his Strikeforce debut in December of 2006, California grappling standout Nam Phan fought hard, but fell short in his goal of defeating one of the promotion’s top lightweights in Josh “The Punk” Thomson. Just over a year and a half later, Phan returns to the promotion looking to take the next step in his career as he takes on Billy Evangelista in a feature bout as part of Strikeforce’s HDNet broadcast this coming Friday night. “I’m very excited to fight Billy Evangelista,” stated Nam. “I was supposed to fight him back in November, but I think he got hurt or something like that, and we weren’t able to fight. But it’s ready to happen this time and it should be an interesting fight.” Phan is currently riding a two-fight winning streak and will be looking to end Evangelista’s undefeated ways in a bout that Nam feels could be one of the most exciting fights on Friday’s card. “I always bring a lot of pressure, always a lot of action,” he said. “Win, lose, or draw I think it’s going to be an exciting fight. “Billy’s a banger too, so I think there’s going to be a lot of haymakers thrown in this fight.”
Melendez ready for a friendly defense
One of the top lightweights in the world and the current Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez has been wreaking havoc on the 155-pound division in the states and overseas. We caught up with Melendez to talk about his upcoming fight with Josh Thomson, the No. 1 contender to his Strikeforce lightweight title and good friend. Melendez gives his take on this fight and other things pertaining to MMA’s lightweight division around the world. MMAWeekly - Gilbert, thanks for taking some time out for us. You have a tough fight this Friday, not only physically, but I would also assume mentally as you face someone you have been good friends with for the last couple of years. First, tell us your thoughts on how your training is going and whom you’re working with. GM - No problem. My training has been going great, nothing really different. I always pushed myself hard and to the limit. I was working for five five-minute rounds for my last fight, so it made it easier to jump into the five and five for this fight. So that’s good and I had good training partners in Nick and Nate Diaz, and of course Jake Shields. He (Jake) is the biggest nightmare ever. He’s really discouraging when he’s whooping my ass, but I know when I tangled with someone else they’re not as tough or as strong as him so it’s been going really good. I also drove out to San Diego and trained with Diego Sanchez a little bit, so it was really cool out there.
Ricardo Almeida: ‘My goal is to submit’ Patrick Cote at UFC 86 (Video)
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