Black-eyed pea: A conversation with UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens
UFC lightweight competitor Jeremy Stephens (14-3) threw a devastating uppercut in the second round of his lightweight battle at UFC 91: "Couture vs Lesnar" that not only sent opponent Rafael Dos Anjos crashing to the floor, but also brought the fans in attendance and at home straight out of their seats.
It was a jaw-dropping ending to a fight that Stephens admits wasn’t exactly heading in the direction he was hoping for when things first got underway.
"He took me down. I really wasn’t expecting for him to take me down. He’s really strong. I was trying to get back up, but he had really, really tight jiu-jitsu. I couldn’t move. I’ve been working on getting up but he left no spaces. He did a good job holding me down. Once I was able to reverse, I made a mistake and he capitalized on it. But you know I’m not going to tap. I’ve got too much heart, too much on the line."
Mac Danzig vs Josh Neer UFC Fight Night 17 fight possible for Feb. 7
There’s a solid lightweight match up looming between Mac Danzig (18-5-1) and Josh Neer (24-7-1) at UFC Fight Night 17 at a yet to be determined venue in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 7.
It’s a 155-pound tilt that will make the televised Spike TV broadcast on fight night, according to a recent message from Danzig on his MySpace.com page.
Danzig — season six welterweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) — is coming off a frustrating unanimous decision loss to Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night 15 back in September. “The Carpenter’s” relentless cardio and wrestling proved to be just to much for Danzig to overcome.
Prior to the loss he submitted Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Mark Bocek with a rear naked choke at UFC 83: “Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? in April. He stopped Tommy Speer in similar fashion before that to earn the TUF crown nearly one year ago.
Anderson Silva to face loser of Light Heavyweight Clash
ANDERSON SILVA will top the bill at UFC 95 in London, SunSport understands.
But the 33-year-old Muay Thai master will NOT face light heavyweight superstar Chuck Liddell.
Instead, we can reveal matchmaker Joe Silva is considering offering the Brazilian a fight with the loser of one of the two big light heavyweight clashes taking place at UFC 92 on December 27.
Dave Herman wins yet again during “King of Kombat” main event
EliteXC-contracted heavyweight Dave Herman is not allowing ProElite’s recent demise to keep him idle. Competing on Saturday night for the Austin-based “King of Kombat” promotion, Herman headlined the show in a bout against former IFO heavyweight champion Chris Guillen.
Guillen, who reportedly was originally set to face former UFC veteran Sam Hoger, was TKO’d by Herman just one minute and 32 seconds into the face after the referee called a stop to the fight while Herman was delivering unanswered strikes.
The win improved Herman’s record to 13-0 with twelve of his victories coming by the way of finishes in the first round. After feasting on unproven competition in the Midwest, Herman taken a step up in competition in 2008 and is primed for a big campaign in 2009.
Shooto ‘Gig North Volume 3' results & quick recap
Here are the official Shooto ‘Gig North Vol: 3’ results:
Junji Ikoma (11-9-4) fought Takuya Mori (5-3-1) to a draw
Tatsuya Yamamoto (2-2) defeated Kazuyuki Yoshida (0-2) via rear naked choke (2:09-R2)
Taro Kusano (1-2-1) defeated Hidekazu Asakura (1-5) by unanimous decision
Tsuneo Kimura (2-1) defeated Michiyuki Ishibashi (1-5-1) by unanimous decision
Junpei Chikano (1-3) defeated Yoshiki Noguchi (0-4) by unanimous decision
Atsushi Mochizuki (1-1) defeated Takeshi Sato (0-2) by unanimous decision
Takashi Nikuni (1-0) defeated Toshiaki Hayasaka (0-1) via armbar (4:03-R2)
‘Extreme Makeover’ Rampage Jackson UFC 92 edition
“You will never have seen the Rampage you’re going to see at UFC 92. This is Rampage who has been training with top sparring partners and top experts in all the various fields, top conditioners, top strength and diet experts like Kerry Kayes. This is the Rampage who is going to win back his UFC Title and defend it for years.”
– Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has enlisted the services of Kerry Kayes — the long-time strength and nutrition coach for Ricky Hatton and other star athletes in the Manchester area — to help get him fit for his upcoming clash with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008? on December 27.
A New Affliction, Fedor Muses On Arlovski
It seems Fedor Emelianenko can’t be dragged away from combat sports. Even in his spare time the heavyweight has long practiced the Russian martial art Sambo as his hobby away from the profession of MMA.
“I really do (it) for pleasure, just because I have a desire to do it,” Emelianenko told MMAWeekly.com.
Of course, hobbies can often have their setbacks, and around the same time friend and dream opponent Randy Couture was mixing it up with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, Emelianenko suffered his first setback in eight years, losing a decision to Blagoi Ivanov in the semifinals of the 2008 World Combat Sambo Championships.
Fioravanti Gunning For A KO For The Troops
Luigi Fioravanti has rarely had it easy in his UFC career. In two years and seven appearances, he’s taken bouts that no one else wanted, fights where he was the clear underdog.
The UFC keeps bringing him back, though, because he always comes to scrap.
“They need to let me go fight in England, build my record up,” he says with a laugh.
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fioravanti has surely been tested outside the cage. He came to the UFC on a seven-fight win streak, facing then rising star Chris Leben at “Ultimate Fight Night 4.” Leben clearly won the fight, but Fioravanti never gave in to the outspoken brawler and went the distance. In his next fight, he knocked another “Ultimate Fighter” contestant, Solomon Hutchinson, into next Tuesday.
Fioravanti believes his “whatever” attitude is the key to longevity, he tells MMAWeekly.com.
UFC 99, Chuck Liddell Vs Randy Couture @ HW, In Germany - June 2009
A strong source indicates to Bloody Elbow that Chuck Liddell is currently in negotiations to move to heavyweight in order to fight Randy Couture. The proposed fight would take place on June 13th in Cologne, Germany.
The UFC wants to have Randy on their Germany show because he speaks the language and can do all the promotion. The winner of the fight would face the heavyweight champion in a big fight at the end of the year.
Couture is uninterested in moving down to 205 where Forrest Griffin is champion and Wanderlei Silva is also a contender. Both are close to him and in his camp, and weight cutting takes a toll at his age. Given his status, they aren't going to have him fight guys like Cheick Kongo, it is only big fights for Couture at this stage.
Fabricio Werdum wants to fight the best in the world with Affliction
“When I first heard the rumours, I didn’t know anything. I had four more fights left with them on my contract, which ran to 2010. But they demanded to renegotiate my exiting contract by cutting my pay in half…. It’s a pity I would have liked to continue with the UFC but now we forge ahead…. There are several possibilities now including fighting in multiple organizations. Affliction, Sengoku and Dream are big events, but I think the possibility of fighting for Affliction in particular will give me the best chance to fight the best in the world, Fedor, in addition to (Andrei) Arlovski, Josh Barnett and several other big names … that would be a great opportunity for me”"
Brown Open To Faber Rematch, But Not In January
Now that he's returned to training after injuries suffered in his victory over then-WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, Mike Brown recently said he's open to giving Faber a rematch in his first title defense, but said January's WEC event is too soon. Brown says March will be his target date for his first defense.
Goran Reljic is Aquaman
“Actually this is second time that I know Goran saved a life in the water,” [Reljic’s manager, Zoran Saric] recalled. “Two years ago, he jumped into a wild storm near the cliffs in the Adriatic Sea, where a person was swimming and trying to get out the water, but the waves and current were so strong that they were pulling the person back in. I have no idea how Goran managed to pull that person out of the sea, but he did it.”
Ed Soares Comments On EXC Fighter Contracts
The continuing fallout from the demise of EliteXC is still hitting fighters where it hurts the most – in the wallet – and Ed Soares, manager for Brazilian fighters Rafael Feijao and Fabricio Camoes, is hopeful a resolution can be reached soon.
"Basically we want to get out," Soares told MMAWeekly Radio recently. "We sent that 30-day notice that they breeched the contract and they're basically saying they didn't. They're still saying that they are putting on events, but it's hard to believe."
Soares mentioned the financial difficulty for fighters like Feijao, who was supposed to fight on the cancelled Nov. 8 show, and they all want closure to the situation so the fighters are able to move on.
"It's right before Christmas, it's right before the holidays, these guys cancelled the fights," Soares stated. "Rafael Feijao had a title fight on Nov. 8 and it's unfortunate, but on top of all that they're not even going to release them out of their contracts so they (can) sign another deal."
UFC to Hawaii? Not Anytime Soon
According to Dana White, the UFC won't be visiting the Aloha state at any point. If you haven't heard, an onerous tax has been placed on promoters strictly for hosting events. That's keeping White at bay:
White, in town to promote the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Jan. 31 fight between champions BJ Penn and George St.-Pierre, says the chances of holding a UFC event in Hawaii are all but dead.
The reason? It's too expensive, White says.
"We finally get some regulations and they slap this huge tax on us that's out of control, so probably never," White says. "I guess it's their way of saying 'OK, we'll sanction this, but we'll make sure nobody ever shows up and comes and does an event here.'"
Strikeforce - Destruction *Results*
-Eric Lawson def. Tony Johnson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) RD1
-Bobby Stack def. Cyrillo Padilha by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Kurt Osiander def. Josh Neal by TKO at 2:16, RD1.
-Brian Schwartz def. Lemont Davis by KO at 2:22, RD3.
-Scott Smith def. Terry Martin by KO at 0:24, RD1.
-Renato "Babalu" Sobral def. Bobby Southworth by TKO (Doctor's Stoppage) at 5:00, RD1.
-Duane "Bang Ludwig def. Yves Edwards by Unanimous Decision (29-28 on all three cards), RD3.
-Kim Couture def. Lina Kvokov by TKO at 1:44, RD1.
-Joe Riggs def. Luke Stewart by TKO at 2:05, RD2.
-Luke Rockhold def. Nik Theotikos by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:06, RD1.
-Darren Uyenoyama def. Brad Royster by Unanimous Decision (30-27 all three cards), RD3.
-Alvin Cacdac def. Jose Palacios by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:10, RD2.
-Zackary Bucia def. Adam Steele by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:35, RD1.
- PENN TO DEFEND BOTH TITLES IF HE BEATS ST. PIERRE
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder B.J. Penn moves back up to the welterweight division to take on UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre on Super Bowl weekend, Jan. 31, in Las Vegas for the welterweight title. Speculation about what weight class Penn's fighting future would be in if he defeats St. Pierre has swirled since the bout agreements were signed.
Dan Hardy Approached For UFC 95
I am watching Ultimate Talk on Setanta and the one bloke who seems to know what he is talking about said he has just been talking to UFC and they confirmed they have approached Dan Hardy to fight at UFC 95. Obviously I cant post a link as it's on UK TV.