Chuck Liddell Is The “Iceman” From The Top Gun Film
UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell literally took up the role of Val Kilmer’s character “Iceman” from the Top Gun movie Thursday, as the former champ took to the air in the backseat of an F-16 fighter jet. “The Iceman” took to the air with the USAF’s air demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds, who fly out of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
Ford Stops Parisyan on Third-Round Cut
Canadian welterweight Ryan Ford stopped UFC veteran Karo Parisyan on a third-round cut in the MMA Live 1 headliner on Thursday at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. A knee strike resulted in the damage, which forced the doctor to intervene 1:26 into round three.
Bellator CEO Claims Promotion Has Been Looking to Insure Fighters
The UFC blew some minds when they announced that they were implementing accident insurance for their fighters. Hell, some people even suggested that this would impact talent acquisition going forward. The UFC's move put some pressure on other promotions to step up their game. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney says that they've been looking into getting accident insurance for quite some time. Via MMA Fighting:
Miguel Torres Focuses on Wrestling For UFC 130 Matchup
miguel torres focuses on wrestling for ufc 130 matchup
Firas Zahabi is an honest man. When he gets asked about his fighters, he pulls no punches with his assessments. And he has a lot to say in regards to Miguel Torres, who has been training with him for about a year now. MMAFighting showed up to speak to both of them.
Hector Lombard: I'll Go Up to 205 to Rematch Gegard Mousasi
Anyone who watches Bellator knows that their middleweight champion Hector Lombard is a bad, bad man. He's 7-0 in Bellator with 6 finishes, 4 by clean knockout. One took a grand total of six seconds. Another took 36. His most recent highlight reel win was five days ago when he put Falaniko Vitale out cold early in the third round of their matchup. Lombard spoke with Dave Herbert at Buddhasport yesterday, and it seems like he wants to fight everyone.
Palaszewski out of his UFC 130 bout
Bart Palaszewski is out of his UFC 130 bout with Gleison Tibau due to injury, said Dana White today. Coming off a four-fight win streak, Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira has verbally agreed to make his UFC return and face Tibau in a lightweight battle of Brazilian-born BJJ black belts.
Rampage Jackson Says Matt Hamill 'Lit a Fire' Under Him for UFC 130 Fight
If you take Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at his word, time is running short on his mixed martial arts career. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion reasserted on Thursday that he plans to call it quits at age 35, and he turns 33 next month. Until then, he still has a few big fights ahead of him. Up until recently, however, he didn't view UFC 130's main event bout with Matt Hamill as one of them.
MFC Officials Fire Hermes Franca Citing Arrest and Breach of Contract
Hermes Franca was arrested in Oregon this week on multiple charges of Sexual Abuse and Unlawful Sexual Penetration. He is currently in Clackamas County Jail with bail set at $250,000, facing a trial date of July 12.
Franca had been scheduled to fight Drew Fickett for the vacant MFC lightweight championship at MFC 30 on June 10 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The promotion on Thursday, however, made the decision to release Franca from his contract, citing both the allegations against him and a breach of his agreement by fighting outside of the organization.
Off the couch and on the road, Brandon Vera seeking UFC redemption
If you shot a time-lapse picture of Brandon Vera on the day the UFC released him from his contract, you would see him sitting on the couch, still, as the sun rose and set in the horizon.
Sure, Vera (11-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) had lost before – several times, in fact, for a variety of reasons. But hearing word that he would no longer work for the world's biggest fight promotion – that he was out of a job – was particularly devastating.
Jason Reinhardt vs. Edwin Figueroa Set for UFC on Versus 5
Edwin Figueroa stepped in on late notice to face Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 24. While he came up short, losing a split decision, Figueroa did impress as the bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors. It would seem that the UFC has seen fit to give Edwin a gift at UFC on Versus 5 to show their appreciation for his late notice effort. Via UFC.com:
"Jason Reinhardt and Edwin Figueroa have verbally agreed to face each other in a bantamweight bout, August 14th in Milwaukee," said UFC President Dana White. "With 20 wins, Reinhardt has never gone the distance and Figueroa is coming off a sensational "Fight of The Night" performance against Michael McDonald."
Tom Wright: UFC 140 Likely for Montreal on December 10th
Back to the Bell Centre. UFC Canada's Director of Operations Tom Wright was a guest on Ringside Report Radio yesterday, and revealed a tidbit of interesting info regarding Canada's next UFC event. It seems that the UFC will probably be returning to the hometown of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre late in the year:
“We’ll do Vancouver on June 11 and then most likely we’ll be back in Montreal on December 10,” Wright said.
Ellenberger: From Living Nightmare to Dream Come True
Imagine if you will being a 10-0 professional fighter, on the rise, and getting the call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva inviting you to the big show.
Sounds like a dream come true, right?
Well, for Ellenberger it was a dream and a nightmare all rolled up into one. Ellenberger, while working his way to the perfect 10-0 record, had started to become sluggish on a daily basis, sleeping for 12 hours some days and just not feeling himself.
Source: Da Silva-Yamaguchi, Gomez-Bittner Signed for TPF 10
A blockbuster flyweight scrap between Jussier da Silva and Mamoru Yamaguchi is set to go down on Aug. 5 at Tachi Palace Fights 10.
Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the matchup with a source close to the bout, who also stated that Tachi Palace has signed Yamaguchi to a multi-fight contract that is exclusive in the United States.
The bout joins another pivotal 125-pound affair on the card, as TPF flyweight champion Darrell Montague defends his strap against surging WEC veteran Ian McCall at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Additionally, former titleholder “Useless” Ulysses Gomez will square off with undefeated Drew Bittner.