Update On Kevin Randleman
Kevin Randleman, recovering from a nasty staph infection, recently gave an update on his recovery. He said he's healing well and the two large holes in his side as a result of the infection have gotten much smaller now.
Jackson Says GSP Will Be Ready For War
When it was announced that Georges St-Pierre would step up on short notice to battle Matt Hughes for the interim welterweight title on Dec. 29, Greg Jackson, St-Pierre’s coach and trainer, kicked into overdrive to make sure his fighter would be ready for the task at hand, a five-round title fight with possibly the most dominant champion in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.
“I don’t think he’s looking past Matt Hughes at all. Quite the contrary, we’re really excited. Matt’s in great shape, I’m sure, from training so hard to fight Serra, so we’re expecting a five-round war and we’re going to make sure that we’re not expecting to knock him out. We’re not expecting to tap him out. If that happens, hey that’s great, we’re expecting to be in a great war.”
Leonard Garcia Is The WEC's Latest 145 Pounder
With the growing popularity of the lighter weight classes, more and more fighters are starting to find the division that they excel in. The newest addition to that list will be Leonard Garcia, who is expected to drop to 145 pounds and move from the Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete in World Extreme Cagefighting’s featherweight division, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by his coach and trainer, Greg Jackson.
S&P Cuts Zuffa’s Credit Rating, Issues Negative Outlook
Standard & Poor's, a leading financial services company, cut Zuffa's credit rating in a report issued Tuesday.
The downgrade from "BB" to "BB-" was the result of the company's weaker than expected performance in the third quarter of 2007. This marked "the second consecutive quarter of operating performance that was meaningfully below [S&P's] expectations."
BodogFight: USA Vs. Russia Set For Friday
BodogFight sent out a press release announcing their event for this Friday in Moscow, Russia. The most notable name fighting on the card is former UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov, who hasn't fought in MMA in nearly 10 years.
Ruben “Warpath” Villareal tests positive for anabolic steroid
Ruben “Warpath” Villareal tested positive for the anabolic steroid 4-Hydroxytestosterone following his participation in a Nov. 7 World Cagefighting Organization event in Hollywood, Calif., according to a report released today by the California State Athletic Commission.
The commission levied a one-year suspension and $2,500 fine against the 33-year-old journeyman.
New Filho interview
The JJ and Judo blackbelt, Paulo Filho will travel December 8th to USA to make his first title defence against Chael Sonnen, at WEC 21, which will happen in Dec. 12th. In an exclusive interview for TATAME, Filho told us his preparation for the fight, and about his invitation to train Chuck Liddell for his fight with Wanderlei Silva. "I would never train an American to fight against a Brazilian. I am not a slut, or a prostitute" said the WEC champion.
'JZ' Fights Aoki on Year-End Card
With M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox, Fight Entertainment Group boss Sadaharu Tanigawa, former PRIDE general director Nobuhiko Takada (Pictures) and DEEP president Shigeru Saeki all on hand, the first two bouts for Dec. 31's Yarennoka! card were confirmed at a press conference Wednesday in Tokyo.
Working collaboratively with M-1 Global and now HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group, the New Year's Eve card at Saitama Super Arena will see two time HERO'S 154-pound champion Gesias Calvancante take on Shooto world champion Shinya Aoki, while current DEEP champion Hidehiko Hasegawa will take on Hayato "Mach" Sakurai.
GSP To Train With Denis Kang For UFC 79 Fight
Two of the mixed martial arts world’s brightest young superstars have decided to join forces north of the United States border.
Georges St. Pierre will train alongside former PRIDE stalwart Denis Kang for the first time, as he prepares for his interim UFC welterweight championship bout against Matt Hughes at UFC 79 “Nemesis” on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. St. Pierre made the revelation Tuesday on Fight Network Radio.
Get Ready to love M-1
DSE/Yarennoka announced Shin’ya Aoki vs. JZ Calvan and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa for their 12/31 Saitama Super Arena event. Calvan, of course, is a K-1 fighter and two-time HERO’s Middleweight tournament champion. A lot of people in Japan were wondering if we were going to see Takanori Gomi vs. Calvan on NYE for K-1. Instead, he’s on a DSE show? It is awfully curious to see why K-1 would be helping these people out, especially given the fact that Aoki vs. Calvan is not that big of a money draw whatsoever in Japan. Sadaharu Tanigawa (K-1’s matchmaker) apparently showed up (along with Saeki of DEEP fame) at the Yarennoka press conference today.
I plan to watch this event.
Nathan Marquardt vs.Thales Leites at 81
Nova Uniao middleweight standout Thales Leites confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he will face Nate Marquardt on Feb. 2 at Ultimate Fighting Championship 81.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt says he signed the bout agreement a couple weeks ago. He currently has two fights left on his contract, including the upcoming bout.
“I think Nate is a great fighter,” commented Leites. “He’s very technical and is very experienced.”
He was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut against Marquardt on the undercard of Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. Leites, however, was unable to make it to the U.S. due to complications in obtaining a visa.
“At this moment I think this will be the toughest fight of my career,” he commented.
Since losing his Octagon debut against Martin Kampmann, Leites has compiled three straight victories. He is coming off of a submission win over Ryan Jensen at UFC 74.
Marquardt, a seven-time former King of Pancrase, made his UFC debut at the inaugural Ultimate Fight Night in 2005. The Colorado resident built himself up to title contender status, winning four straight in the Octagon including wins over Ivan Salaverry, Joe Doerksen and Dean Lister. He challenged middleweight champion Anderson Silva in July, but succumbed to the dominant Brazilian via strikes in the opening round.
“I don’t think the loss will affect him. He is a professional and will come in 100% for this fight, physically and mentally,” said Leites.
Silva is quickly becoming one of the most dominating champions in the UFC today. Many potential contenders wait for their opportunity to challenge for his belt.
“It is up to the UFC,” said Leites of a shot at Silva. “I just want to do my job and win my fights. When they think that it is my time, I will be ready. I’m not worried about it; I’m happy to fight in the UFC and I want to take it step-by-step towards the title.”
For Thales, a win over Marquardt could very well place the Rio de Janeiro resident into title contention, but he remains humble as ever.
“I would like to thank all of my fans for the support. I will always do my best.”
The only bout that has been officially confirmed by the UFC for Feb. 2 is the likely main event between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.
Bouts rumored for UFC 81, but not yet officially confirmed:
-Nathan Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
-Tyson Griffin vs. Gleison Tibau
-Alan Belcher vs. Ricardo Almeida
-David Heath vs. Andre Gusmao
Erik Paulson interview talking about training Lesnar and also a little on a possible Barnett/Fedor fight
PDG: Was that it or are you planning on a few more fights?
Erik: I want to keep fighting and I actually was planning on a fight in early December in the Philippines for Josh Barnett’s team. They had an opening at the 205 slot for a card in Manila but things just didn’t work out that way. I was disappointed because it would have been a good rollover for me in regards to the time between my first fight and that one. I didn’t suffer any real injures in my fight with Jeff so I am ready to go now. I had a bit of an ankle sprain but even the day of the fight I went running, took a sauna, lifted some weights to get the blood flowing and swam about 10 laps in the pool.
And for those who have no idea who Erik is a highlight video.
Andre Gusmao vs. David Heath at UFC 81
David Heath (7-2) will look to pull his record inside the Octagon above .500 when he meets up with UFC newcomer Andre Gusmao (5-0) at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” on February 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC Art Book Entitled 'Octagon'
This is an art book filled with many pictures of the UFC and it's fighters. Now much is known about this book except Dana White will be plugging it wednesday ngiht on CNBC's Conversations with Michael Eisner.
Frankie Edgar Discusses Spencer Fisher & Future
There was speculation by some Ultimate Fighting Championship fans as to whether or not Frankie Edgar would be able to handle Spencer ‘The King’ Fisher’s stand up game and in-cage experience. For those who doubted, they don’t anymore.
Almost as quickly as the bout began, the momentum of the fight moved in Edgar’s direction, and it was he who dominated the Miletich fighter through the final bell. For a man who has only eight professional fights, Edgar showed the composure of a much more seasoned competitor.