Shogun: I’ll Fight Anderson Silva
Appearing on ESPN2’s MMA Live just moments after his title-clinching stoppage of Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 in Montreal, “Shogun” was blunt when asked by host Jon Anik if he would fight the fellow Brazilian.
“Yes, of course. I’m a professional fighter,” said Rua (19-4).
Will "Stubborn" Or "Smart" Josh Koscheck Show Up Against Paul Daley?
According to AKA teamamte Jon Fitch, it depends. "You don’t know what’s going on in his head sometimes. Like when he fought Thiago, it was his goal to stand and trade with him. But I think we’ve seen the clear path to beating Paul Daley, when Jake Shields fought and beat him. (Daley) probably is the most dynamic striker in the weight class. He is the most technical and probably the most explosive and powerful. So there’s not too many guys who would do well in a stand up fight with him. It all depends on what Josh decides to do the night of the fight. I think the grappling aspect would fare fairly well."
Bellator CEO: Filho vs. Lombard Is Still On
Despite reports stating otherwise, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney says that as far as he knows, Paulo Filho vs. Hector Lombard at Bellator 18 is still on. According to a report from GracieMag.com, Filho said he was unable to get a visa to travel to the U.S. because of documentation issues. However, Rebney today spoke to Filho's representatives, who said that Filho is traveling from Brazil to the U.S.on Monday and will have his pre-fight medical paperwork completed the next day. But there is a Plan B if Filho fails to materialize. "We've backed ourselves up; we've done everything we needed to do in protecting the sanctity of that event, but my hope is that he shows up," Rebney said. "I think Hector Lombard deserves this fight." Rebney declined to name Filho's possible replacement but said it is an opponent known to mixed-martial-arts fans.
Paulo Filho is out of his Bellator fight with Hector Lombard
Former WEC champion Paulo Filho is out of his Bellator fight with Hector Lombard, apparently because of visa issues. The Brazilian middleweight says that he has not been abke to obtain the necessary paperwork to fight in the US on May 13th.
“It seems the event took too long in sending out the letter I needed to present at the consulate and I’m not sure but it could be there was some kind of failure on the part of my managers. So, I won’t get my visa in time,” he told Gracie Mag.
MFC 25: Vindication Results
- Thales Leites def. Jesse Taylor by Submission (Triangle Choke) Rd. 1 (2:27)
- Ryan Jimmo defeated Wilson Gouveia by Unanimous Decision Rd. 3 (5:00)
- Emanuel Newton def. Dwayne Lewis by Unanimous Decision Rd. 3 (5:00)
- Pete Spratt def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO (Strikes) Rd. 3 (4:02)
- Gavin Neil def. Richie Hightower by Rear Naked Choke Rd. 1 (2:52)
- Chase Gormley def. Ryan Fortin by Unanimous Decision Rd. 3 (5:00)
Despite Speculation, Beerbohm vs. Ribeiro Still On For 5/15 SF
A scheduled Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribeiro fight at the 5/15 Strikeforce event is still on despite news in the last 24 hours that Beerbohm stated he wanted out of his SF contract. "I've spoken with Lyle, (Strikeforce CEO) Scott Coker and (Strikeforce matchmaker) Rich Chou, and the fight is on," says Phil Lanides, Beerbohm's representative. Beerbohm's post, however, put the matchup in doubt. "I'm looking for a lawyer to get me out of contract with Strikeforce," he wrote Thursday evening. "Please help." Coker expects Beerbohm to honor hsi contract and fight but is prepared to find a replacement if need be.
GSP & Winner of Koscheck/Daley to Coach TUF 12
It will be a welterweight showdown during the 12th season of the "Ultimate Fighter" as champion Georges St. Pierre will take the reigns as coach for the first time ever and he will compete against the winner of Saturday night's fight between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley.
The announcement was made on Friday by UFC president Dana White.
For all of the history of the "Ultimate Fighter" reality show it seems that UFC welterweight champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world Georges St. Pierre would have been a coach previously, but it never happened until now.
The popular Canadian fighter will head out to Las Vegas in the next few weeks to begin coaching the next cast of UFC hopefuls. Assured to be by St. Pierre's side are his head coach from Montreal, Firas Zahabi, and strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimburg.
The other coaching vacancy will be filled on Saturday night when Josh Koscheck battles Paul Daley, and the win will not only mean a job coaching on the "Ultimate Fighter" but a shot at St. Pierre's title when the season is over.
Josh Koscheck, a participant in the historical first season of the "Ultimate Fighter", commented to MMAWeekly.com about the coaching position should he be offered the job.
"It definitely would be fun. I think it would be a great opportunity, and I would definitely take the UFC up on it," said Koscheck.
His opponent, British slugger Paul Daley, also said he'd welcome the chance to coach on the show, although both fighters stated emphatically that their first job is to win on Saturday night.
"If I get the opportunity, it's a great opportunity that I'd have to accept," said Daley. "I'd enjoy it, great exposure, and a chance to get my face out there a bit more."
Dana White says WEC's PPV numbers qualify it as second-best MMA organization
MONTREAL – UFC president Dana White can often be just as telling in what he doesn't say as he is as blunt with what he does.
Such is the case when the UFC and WEC head is asked about the final numbers for the WEC's first pay-per-view event, "Aldo vs. Faber."
As a privately held company, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of both the UFC and WEC, isn't required to divulge its financial information, but the bright smile of White leads you to believe the numbers must have been positive.
White: If Silva beats Sonnen and Belfort, he'll need to vacate title to compete at 205
MONTREAL – With any fighter in any division, looking beyond that competitor's next matchup is never a safe thing to do.
That's true even with the seemingly unbeatable UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who faces top contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in August.
But when you're 11-0 in the UFC, a different set of rules tends to apply. And while UFC president Dana White believes Sonnen may prove Silva's toughest test in recent memory, he does have an idea of where a win would take "The Spider."
Machida Knows His Karate Is Not Going To Defeat Muay Thai
So according to his muay thai coah, Andre Amado, Lyoto Machida will probably want ot work his jiu-jitsu to beat Mauricio Rua at UFC 113. "Shogun is hungry for this fight, and we are already feeling the taste of the belt. Shogun shows in each training session the desire to beat Machida. I do not want to be in Machida’s shoes because Shogun will take this belt with his kicks. He knows that his karate is not going to defeat Muay Thai. In my coach’s opinion, he will want to work his jiu-jitsu with Shogun. I think he will not fight Muay Thai because he saw that in the last fight he was badly hurt and was not effective. So I think he will want to work his jiu-jitsu. We already have the strategy to beat Machida."
Curran shocks Huerta / Alvarez subs Neer
BOSTON – The big question after the fights on Thursday night? Where is Roger Huerta’s head at this stage of his fight career? Was it an issue of a rhythmic drought? Is his focus on something other than mixed martial arts right now? Or did he overlook his opponent, Pat Curran, in this lightweight semifinal tournament bout? Regardless of the speculation, Huerta and Curran put on a great show.
The first round started with Curran landing brutal kicks to the body of Huerta that generated gasps of pity from the audience. It was Huerta’s slowest of the three rounds. He seemed to be waiting for a brawl, but Curran wasn’t interested in playing into that game.
In the second round the pace started to pick up. Huerta was given periods of the “brawl” he wanted from Curran, but during those periods Curran stayed focused, landed good counter punches, and even several foot jabs to the head and mid-section of his opponent.
Megumi Fujii to Fight in Bellator on June 10
The pound-for-pound best female fighter in the world, Megumi Fujii will fight on the June 10 Bellator event, CEO Bjorn Rebney announced Friday.
Her opponent is yet to be named but Fujii is also likely to compete in the rumored 115-pound tournament to be held in Bellator's third season which starts in August. Other rumored tournament participants include Rosi Sexton and Elena Reid.
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith II nearly set for June 26 Strikeforce and M-1 Global event
The ink is almost dry on a rematch between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le (6-1 MMA, 6-1 SF) and Scott Smith (17-6 MMA, 3-1 SF) for a card slated for June 26 on Showtime.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the contest, which could take co-main event status, and await bout agreements. MMAjunkie.com initially reported the possibility of the bout in April.
The June 26 event, titled "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum," is slated for the HP Pavilion in Strikeforce's home city of San Jose, Calif. As the title suggests, a long-anticipated showdown between top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and Brazilian challenger Fabricio Werdum headlines.
Marcus Davis "Built For Speed" Against Jonathan Goulet
And he hopes it will help counter, among other things, what seems to be the home-octagon advantage he's been up against recently. "I always seem to fight guys in their hometowns, like U.S. Marine Shonie Carter at a Marine base. I also fought Paul Kelley in Birmingham, England; Paul Taylor in London; Jess Liaudin in Newcastle, England; and Pete Spratt in Houston. He does have a slight reach advantage, but I'm a lot faster than he is. At some point in this fight, I'm going to hit him on the chin, so the question is whether he'll be able to take that. If he can't, he'll have to somehow keep me on the ground and grind out a decision or cut me. I think I'm a better wrestler and grappler. I'm built for speed on this fight. I'm nowhere near as big as I usually am. Normally I'm 185 and cut down for the event. This one, I won't have to cut down at all."
Matt Mitrione Will Be Fighting Kimbo Slice The Man, Not The Hype
Matt Mitrione has been called a lot of things in his short time in the fight game. A whiner, a faker, a wannabe, and of course most notably... a meathead. But come this Saturday night (May 8) at UFC 113 in Montreal, he's looking to add one more moniker to the list... a mixed martial artist. The former NFL player has a rare opportunity in front of him to defeat a man who is more widely recognized than just about anybody in the sport. A man known for his persona far more than his fighting prowess. That man is of course none other than Kimbo Slice. Whether or not a win over Slice is impressive in the eyes of true fight fans, it's a win that will undoubtedly increase his name recognition. And at this point in his young MMA career, it's more than Mitrione can ask for. Mitrione spoke to Larry Pepe on this week's episode of Pro MMA Radio about getting into MMA, Kimbo, and The House.
Kevin Randleman vs. Roger Gracie *is* On
Strikeforce has confirmed that Kevin Randleman has been medically cleared to fight Roger Gracie on May 15, a day after an illness called into question whether Randleman would be able to fight.
Randleman began to feel sick with what he believed was a staph infection while preparing for the Gracie fight, and he feared that he might need to bow out. The 38-year-old Randleman even told Sherdog that he would consider retiring if he couldn't get medical clearance to fight on May 15.
Dana Says 112 Amends Still Coming, Likely Won't Include Silva
Following April's UFC 112 event in Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White made little attempt to hide his displeasure with his middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. After Silva first taunted, then avoided, challenger Demian Maia, White called the fight an "embarrassment," and promised to "make it up" to the fans. On Thursday, at the pre-event press conference for UFC 113 at Montreal's Bell Centre, White said that atonement is still forthcoming. "I'll get on my Twitter every once in a while and people will be like, 'Hey, when are you making it up to us?'" White said. "Give me some [expletive] time. I will. I've got to find the right time and the right opportunity." Many fans have suggested White take a big fight that would normally fall to a pay-per-view event and instead put it on basic cable with either of the UFC's broadcast partners, Spike TV or Versus. White seemed warm to the idea, though he refused to commit to the deal.