Marquadt Ready For Title Shot, Will Wait
The dominance of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva cannot be denied. The defending titleholder has dispatched of all challengers, but one fighter that previously lost to Silva could be the most dangerous match-up for the Brazilian left on the horizon.
That fighter is Nate Marquardt.
Blood Sport (NY Times)
My husband had flown to Las Vegas to see a fight. I couldn’t decide whether his recent interest in live bouts at the MGM Grand was better or worse than another guy’s passion for, say, the hilarious Americana of strip clubs. I noticed I didn’t exactly boast to friends about his new hobby.
FIrst Ever UFC Fan Expo To Coincide With UFC 100
The UFC will hold its first-ever two-day MMA exposition in conjunction with July's UFC 100 event, the organization today announced. "UFC Fan Expo" will be held Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas with meet-and-greet sessions with UFC and WEC fighters, MMA demonstrations, fan-inspired special events, training and development sessions, and other activities. UFC 100 is July 11.
Jon ”Bones” Jones - UFC 100 and Playstation Interview!
Jon ”Bones” Jones - UFC 100 and Playstation Interview!
After a decisive victory over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94, Jon Jones will make his return to the Octagon in July at UFC 100. Jones talked with PDG about his next fight, training and blasting his way through Call of Duty 4.
PDG: What about the whole Vaseline – Gate situation? Jones: Yeah that's some of what I'm talking about with all the greasing comments. I think that GSP could have won that fight if he had sand paper on his back.
Lyoto: “Anderson would knock Fedor out”
Pointed as the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva doesn’t know what is a loss for nine fights, meanwhile Fedor Emelianenko remains undefeated for eight years, time in witch he got 26 victories and one no contest. To end with the questions of who really is the best, we asked some MMA specialists, how would the a fight between them (at 231lbs catchweight), and Lyoto Machida bet in the Brazilian. “Anderson has much more technical quality than Fedor, He’d knock him out”, said Machida.
Nate Loughran Opts Out of UFC
Nate Loughran, who trains at the NorCal Fighting Alliance with Dave Terrell, has been granted his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to manager Tom Call, the separation was amicable.
"Nate is going to drop to the 170-pound division (he was competing at 185 pounds) and is going to take a couple of fights in smaller show," said Call. "If successful, we expect him back in the UFC."
Concern grows over MMA officiating
Dave Meltzer's latest piece. Definately worth a read:
“[Kizer] knows my opinion,” said White. “He has no answer. He doesn’t want to hear from me.” “Steve Mazzagatti is a great referee,” said Kizer. White was critical of Mazzagatti for a late stoppage in the Dec. 27 fight with Cheick Kongo beating Mostapha Al-Turk, in a match in which both sustained low blows. “I’m going to tell the fighters they can turn down referees and it’s in their hands if they want a ref who may end up getting them hurt in a match,” said White, who noted that both Anthony Johnson and Randy Couture have turned down Mazzagatti to officiate recent matches when assigned. Until the day arrives in which mixed martial arts has enough top-notch referees to go around, such the ability to turn down a referee may be the fighter’s safest option.
Dana White: Chuck Liddell needs to ‘dazzle me’ at UFC 97 to keep fighting
I’ve made it very clear to Chuck. Very clear. It’s not about money, it’s not about this, that. Chuck is one of my good friends. Chuck (has) cemented his legacy in the UFC and in the fight game. I’m not even saying if he wins, unless he looks incredibly impressive (in Montreal) - I mean, he’s going to have to go out there and dazzle me, for me to want Chuck to still fight. I love him, and I don’t want to see what I saw in his last fight ever again.”
UFC President Dana White has an interesting take on the future of his good friend — and perhaps still his biggest draw — former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. “Iceman” got iced bad his last time out, sustaining a vicious knockout courtesy of Rashad Evans at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” in September 2008. It marked the third loss in four fights for the San Luis Obispo, Calif., resident and the second brutal knockout during that span. He next fights former Pride FC wrecking machine Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the co main event at UFC 97: “Redemption” from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on April 18. It should be interesting to see how the cool and calm Liddell responds to White turning up the heat while he’s possibly in the twilight of his legendary career. Hmmm ….
Jon Jones Vs Jake O'Brien @ UFC 100
Jon Jones, the rising phenom ,is taking on Jake O’Brien at UFC 100. Jake has fought as a heavyweight in the UFC, and a big one at that, so it will be interesting to see how he does at 205. Jones is coming off a big win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94, and his exciting style has garnered him a lot of attention in the world of MMA.
I have spoken to sources close to the fight and they’ve confirmed that it’s on for UFC 100.
Miller emerges from "retirement" for Kingdom MMA, "Bully Beatdown"
Just five months ago, the MMA world was shocked to hear of the sudden retirement of the indescribable Jason "Mayhem" Miller (21-6).
But it now it seems we may be getting more of Miller than ever before with the upcoming debut of an original MTV series and an April title bout in the upstart Kingdom MMA.
And if you choose to believe the 28-year-old's latest story - told to TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) - the whole retirement scare was just a misunderstanding, anyway.
Jason Brilz Happy With UFC 96, Wants A Test
After winning a fight on an Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view, some fighters would be spending their fist few days afterwards partying it up and enjoying the excesses that come with being a high-level mixed martial artist.
Not Jason Brilz.
Shortly after defeating Tim Boetsch in a three-round war of wills at UFC 96 on Saturday, Brilz spent the day relaxing with his two young daughters, taking them to the mall to enjoy a day of shopping.
Reported Anthony Johnson vs. John Howard fight a TUF 9 finale a no go
A welterweight bout between welterweights Anthony Johnson and John Howard will not be taking place during the live finale for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter on June 20 as previously reported.
Sources close to Johnson revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Friday that while the match was proposed and Johnson had agreed to it, Howard never submitted a signed bout agreement.
John Hathaway vs. Rick Story @ UFC 99
A welterweight bout between John Hathaway vs. Rick Story is expected to be added to the lineup for UFC 99 on Saturday, June 13.
A source close to the fight has revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that verbal commitments have been secured froom both fighters and that at least one of the fighter has returned a signed contract to the UFC.
Signed to a multi-fight contract prior to UFC 94 as a potential replacement for Karo Parisyan in a scheduled bout against Dong Hyun Kim, Story will be making his long-awaited debut for the promotion at UFC 99. Coming from a strong wrestling background, Story has an impressive 7-2 record that includes notable wins over Brandon Melendez, Ryan Healy, and Jake Ellenberger.
Rebuilt and refocused, Hermes Franca ready to return to winning ways
When Hermes Franca (19-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was forced to withdraw from the main event of February's UFN 17, the Brazilian lightweight was sorely disappointed.
Compounding the frustration was learning that he would be out for several months after undergoing intense surgical procedures.
But as Franca recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he has already rebuilt himself one time before -- so how hard could it be to rebuild a knee?