Lloyd Irvin Says Kris McCray Just Needs More Time
Trainer Lloyd Irvin worked with "The Ultimate Fighter 11" contestant Kris McCray for about two months and cornered him against Court McGee this past Saturday at the show's live finale. Although McCray came up short against McGee, Irvin said it's just a matter of time before the durable fighter reaches his potential. Irvin, who's worked with UFC veterans Brandon Vera and Phil Davis, met McCray through an affiliate school, Gold Medal Grappling, and hosted the fighter after his six-week stint on the Spike TV reality show. The trainer said McCray's camp was on point. Saturday's result may have just been a case of inexperience.
Shields Camp Says Demands Are Fair, But SF Leaning Towards MW Tourney
If Jake Shields is doing a "numbers dance" with Strikeforce, he's dancing with himself. That's according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who has not yet extended a new contract offer to the middleweight champion. Shields' manager and father, Jack Shields, begs to differ. He said the promotion recently made an offer, and he asked for more. Despite indications that the company has already turned its attention toward an eight-man middleweight tournament in order to crown a new champion in Shields' expected absence, he stressed Jake Shields has not decided the next phase of his career. As for the tournament, fighters being considered are Ronaldo Souza, Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy, Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz and Jason Miller. Additionally, the winner of a June 26 bout between Scott Smith and Cung Le is under consideration for a tourney spot, as is the winner of an upcoming World Victory Road/Sengoku bout between Kazuo Misaki and champ Jorge Santiago.
Hardy to face Condit or Kampmann at UFC 120
ESPN.co.uk understands that the UFC has narrowed down the shortlist for Dan Hardy's next opponent to just two names: Carlos Condit or Martin Kampmann.
Hardy is ready to return to the Octagon at UFC 120 in London following his March defeat to Georges St-Pierre, a fight that represented British MMA's first ever title shot. "The Outlaw" has taken time out following the unanimous decision defeat to recover from the draining process of being involved in a UFC main event, but now he is champing at the bit to put the loss behind him.
I for one would like to see Condit, what about you guys?
Rampage Wants Forrest, Rashad and a Snuggie?
Rampage Jackson plans to make up for the 'most embarrassing fight' of his career by rematching Forrest Griffin, and then taking revenge over Rashad Evans.
Jackson is gutted that he played a part in what he labels a 'boring' fight against Evans, which saw "Suga" Rashad triumph via unanimous decision. Rampage is adamant it wasn't a true defeat, and he is promising to wear the snuggy that became so prominent during the Countdown show if Rashad can repeat the victory.
I'm all for these fights and I wouldn't mind seeing him lose to Rashad and having to wear the Snuggie to be honest.
Chuck Liddell Retirement Is Still In The Evaluation Phase
The problem is that despite his head trainer and best friend (and boss) telling him he's done, Liddell isn't quite ready to give up fighting. Yet. "I’m still working on evaluating. I thought I did great before I was caught. I have to look at it some more and think about it. I think I looked good and I definitely was in great shape. I could have kept that pace up for another four rounds, without a doubt.... It’s hard to beat that [aggressiveness] out of me, because that’s who I am and that’s who I’ve been for a long, long time. People like watching me because of the way I fight, so it’s hard to get me not to fight that way. There’s a lot still to think about. I felt pretty good and I think showed I can compete. I’m not going to rush and I’ll do what I think is best. I’m just not at a point to make that decision yet."
Fighters Are Like Strippers, Nobody In Their Right Mind Wants To Do This
That, according to victorious TUF 11 Finale fighter Chris Leben, is the mindset of a fighter. "Fighters are like strippers; they ain't paying their way through college. If you don't understand what that means, you have to realize that there is always something underlying with all of us. Nobody in their right mind, no normal, sane person, goes ‘[expletive] college, screw my guidance counselor. I'm going to put all my chips in one basket to become a cage fighter so I can get the crap kicked out of me in front of other people.' Obviously, there is something wrong going on there... This guy (McGee) right here is the perfect example. It's that obsessive energy that we have that makes us different. It's that obsessive energy that, yeah, makes me cause a lot of problems for myself in my life. But look, look at where he's at now, willing to do whatever it is. Most fighters I know do whatever they do 110 percent. For me, it's all or nothing. It's either full throttle or nothing. Either I'm eating ice cream and candy or I'm dieting 100 percent. I'm yin and yang. If I go out and have a drink, I'm going to go out and get [expletive] trashed. I know that. That's why I'm not going to do that tonight. It's the same thing in the ring and it's that type of personality that makes all of us up here in front of you, it's what got us here. We all have something like that in us."
Fight Doc weighs in on Hamills staph
Aside from Court McGee being crowned "The Ultimate Fighter 11" champion, the biggest news coming out of this past weekend's UFC event was Matt Hamill's clearance to fight despite an active Staph infection.
Hamill appeared at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale weigh-ins on Friday with a noticeable lesion on his lower back, and following his win over Keith Jardine on Saturday, he and Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer confirmed the infection.
In his latest "Ask the Fight Doc" installment, MMAjunkie.com medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin wonders how that was possible and why so many others were unnecessarily put at risk.
In my opinion, the NSAC was victim of a poor medical decision. Furthermore, every athlete (including Hamill) and referee that entered the octagon – with or after Hamill – was unnecessarily exposed to a potentially very serious and deadly infection by the "licensed doctor" who cleared him to compete.
TUF 11 Finale Results
Court McGee def. Kris McCray via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 3:41
Matt Hamill def. Keith Jardine via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Chris Leben def. Aaron Simpson via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:17
Dennis Siver def. Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Rich Attonito def. Jamie Yager via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:25
John Gunderson def. Mark Holst via unanimous decision (no scores given)
Brad Tavares def. Seth Baczynski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kyle Noke def. Josh Bryant via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:12
Chris Camozzi def. James Hammortree via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Travis Browne def. James McSweeney via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 4:32
Finale draws reported attendance of 1,708 for $430K gate
LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, which took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported 1,708 attendees for a live gate of $430,250.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the numbers while at the event's post-fight press conference, though the official figures will be verified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission early next week.
Finale bonuses: Hamill, Jardine, McGee, Leben earn $25K awards
LAS VEGAS – Chris Leben, Court McGee, Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine each earned $25,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale on Saturday.
Leben earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, McGee earned the "Submission of the Night bonus, and Hamill and Jardine both earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Fedor Considering Retirement?
Apparently some of Fedors comments at the recent Strikeforce conference were not translated for the public to hear.
".....Aside from blatantly stating that he wasn't a fan of the UFC, when asked if he was planning on retiring, Fedor admitted that recently, he has seriously been considering retirement......"
UFC Quick Quote: Dana White says 'huge fight' coming to free TV to make up for UFC 112
"What I'm going to end up doing is probably taking a big, huge fight that should have been on pay-per-view and put it on free TV. I'm actually working on it right now. I said I'd make up for that, and trust me, I'm gonna."
The above picture says it all. UFC President Dana White was flat out embarrassed and enraged by UFC 112's main event, particularly by Anderson Silva's peculiar antics. If you remember, directly after the fight, White promised to make it up to the fans who paid their hard-earned money for that atrocious display of mixed martial arts in some way, shape or form. Via MMA Weekly, Dana details his plans for how he is going to do that. It looks likely that a legitimate, big time main event is coming to Spike TV or Versus in the near future. Any thoughts on what that fight may be? Or, better yet, take this time to let D.W. know what kind of fight will rid your memory of that woeful April night in Abu Dhabi.
Thats the whole article.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker believes Jake Shields has overvalued himself
"We continue to have dialogue with his dad, who's his manager, and Rich [Chou], who's our matchmaker. He has a good relationship with Jake and his father, and they've done the numbers dance and they'll continue to do that until Jake makes a decision. But where he is going to end up, who really knows? At the end of the day, Jake has something he feels his value is and we feel the value is in a certain area, and there's a discrepancy there... It has nothing to do with a bidding war, it has to do with, what is the value of the fighter? And the value of the fighter, to me, is based on: does he get great TV ratings? Is he a great fighter? Does he put butts in seats? And every fighter is different. Does he have that X factor to become a superstar. So every athlete we evaluate differently, and most of the time, the fighter feels that their value is slightly higher than the promoter is willing to pay."
Scott Coker makes it clear that what Jake Shields believes he is worth to a MMA promotion, isn't quite on par with what Strikeforce values him at. Coker mentions that aspects involved in evaluating a fighter's worth for his company include how big of a draw they are, something that Shields has never been known for. These sentiments sound eerily similar to how UFC President Dana White described Dan Henderson's before he split for Coker's show. Anybody see this situation playing out differently? Or, is the coffin already nailed shut?
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Fedor: ‘I’m Not A Fan of the UFC’
Fedor Emelianenko had some strong criticisms for the UFC during a Friday teleconference call touting his June 26 bout against Fabricio Werdum at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
The 34-year-old Emelianenko was asked which upcoming heavyweight bout between UFC 116’s Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin and his own fight against Werdum had more relevance. The stoic fighter predictably gave credence to his own affair. However, Emelianenko dropped an eye-opening remark while doing it.
“I think both fights are very important because you’ve got basically four world-class heavyweights in the top 10 of their sport, but I’m not a UFC fan,” said Emelianenko, who has two fights left with Strikeforce under a co-promotional agreement with M-1 Global. “So, I would invite all the fans to watch our fight that I believe is more important because we’re not in the UFC.”
When asked later why he didn’t approve of the world’s No. 1 promotion, the most sought-after fighter in the sport said it was a combination of how the UFC presented its events and how its fighters carried themselves.
"What I meant to say was I’m not a fan of watching their fights,” said Emelianenko. “Compared to a lot of the commercials and the promotion and anticipation of their fights and compared to a lot of the shows that I’ve seen, there seems to be a negativity involved in a lot of their shows, so I’m just not a fan of watching their programs.
“I think the combination (of presentation and fighter attitude) -- in some ways how the fights are presented and the manner they're presented and also in some ways the actions and behavior of a lot of the fighters from the UFC -- it takes away from the sport."
UFC weigh-in results for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 Finale
Everyone was on weight. Only Fisher had to use the towel. It was not the same w/o Rogan...
185 lbs.: Court McGee (185) vs. Kris McCray (184)
Main card (Televised):
205 lbs.: Matt Hamill (205) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
185 lbs.: Chris Leben (186) vs. Aaron Simpson (186)
155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)
185 lbs.: Rich Attonito (186) vs. Jamie Yager (185)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
155 lbs.: John Gunderson (155) vs. Mark Holst (154)
265 lbs.: Travis Browne (251) vs. James McSweeney (231)
185 lbs.: Seth Baczynski (185) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
185 lbs.: Josh Bryant (185) vs. Kyle Noke (185)
185 lbs.: Chris Camozzi (185) vs. James Hammortree (186)
Kamal Shalrous Is The Toughest Guy You've Never Heard Of
His opponent at WEC 49, Jamie Varner, thinks so. "This is a really crazy fight because we're both wrestler/boxers, and I feel like where I lack, he exceeds, and where he lacks, I exceed. I feel like I'm definitely the better boxer and technical striker, but he hits really, really hard, but yet he's a better wrestler. He's nationally decorated, he's an Olympic alternate for Britain; I mean, he's no joke. Kamal Shalorus is the toughest guy you've never heard of."
Brock Lesnar's Surprise Training Partner
Despite handing Randy Couture a 2ndRound TKO loss en route to jacking his title at UFC 91, reigning heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar has remained in fairly close contact with Captain America. Couture is one of the few men in the sport the former WWE superstar actually respects.
Court McGee: From Half-Naked Drug Addict To TUF Finalist
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 finalist Court McGee is one fight away from completing an unlikely (and somewhat miraculous) turnaround in his life. The last time McGee was in Las Vegas he was wandering the streets with no pants looking for meth. Now he's back as one of TUF's biggest success stories, which he can cap off on Saturday night (June 19) against Kris McCray.