October 2009 MMA News Archive - Page 2
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Shields' move to middleweight may not be permanent
Jake Shields officially makes the move to middleweight from the 170-pound weight class where he’s ranked third in the world for a shot at the vacant Strikeforce 185-pound title against Jason “Mayhem” Miller on Nov. 7, but the leap in weight class may not be permanent. “I just think right now in Strikeforce, they have more names at middleweight, so I decided to stick there,” Shields told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m certainly willing to go 170, but they don’t have any big names to offer me.
Credeur vs. Massenzio in the works for UFC Fight Night 20
A middleweight clash between Tim Credeur and Mike Massenzio is possible for UFC Fight Night 20. TheGarv.com was the first to report the match-up Friday morning, and MMAWeekly subsequently learned that at least one fighter has agreed to the match-up with bout agreements expected shortly. UFC FIght Night 20 has yet to be officially announced by the UFC but is expected for Jan. 11 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. Va.
Karo Parisyan is going to eat Dustin Hazelett for breakfast
“I think it’s a great style for me. It’s a great matchup. I eat Jiu Jitsu guys for breakfast a lot of times. He’s tough and he’s got really good Jiu Jitsu and good standup. He’s a well-rounded fighter, but I have fought 2 and 3-time Jiu Jitsu world champion guys man. And I’m a grappler myself so I really have some surprises for him. I have a tremendous respect for Dustin as an opponent. I don’t know him as a person, but he looks like a nice guy. But like I said, I have been training a lot with tall and lanky guys. I think it is a great matchup due to the fact that I should be able to overpower him, beat on him a little bit and catch him in submissions myself. Dustin is not going to do anything that I’ve never seen before. He’ not going to throw anything my way that I’ve never seen. He’s good off of his back and a good Jiu Jitsu guy, but that’s all he is. I’m a grappler myself, a Judo artist. I have good takedowns and my standup has come a long way, so it’s a very good matchup man. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get in the cage and it’s going to be a lot of fun.” – Former number one welterweight contender Karo Parisyan talks about his road back to becoming relevant again in the crowded 170-pound title chase.
Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki added to WEC 45
An intriguing bantamweight matchup between two high-paced fighters has been added to "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff." WEC officials today officially announced that Scott Jorgensen (7-3 MMA, 3-2 WEC) faces Takeya Mizugaki (12-3-2 MMA, 1-1 WEC) on the evening's quickly filling card. Headlined by a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff, WEC 45 takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
With Pellegrino out, Veach steps up to face Edgar at TUF 10 Finale
The UFC merry-go-round continues to spin. With a back injury forcing Kurt Pellegrino (14-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) out a lightweight contest with Frankie Edgar (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, preliminary card contestant Matt Veach (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement.
Is the MMA Talent Pool Drying Up?
There were 190 middleweights and 81 light heavyweights who showed up cauliflower ears and all in hopes of becoming the next "Ultimate Fighter." ... UFC president Dana White called it a low turnout and said he was looking to recruit three or four fighters that day. After season nine's tryouts drew 700 welterweight and lightweights, he was perplexed by the drop-off. "It's very weird," he said. "You would think right now in these hard economic times... I thought this would be the biggest turnout we ever had."
After Move and Medication, Jens Pulver To Return To WEC Cage in 2010
Jens Pulver is planning to bring a little evil back to the WEC cage one more time. The former UFC lightweight champion and MMA legend, who has not been heard from since losing to Josh Grispi in June and was assumed to be finished as an active fighter, plans to return to featherweight action in early 2010, he told FanHouse. "I'm going to fight again," he said. "And I'm about as confident as I possibly can be."
Kurt Pellegrino Off TUF 10 Finale
The injury bug is back with a vengeance. Following Thiago Alves being forced off UFC 107, now comes word that Kurt Pellegrino is now off the TUF 10 Finale. Edgar announced the change today, word is Pellegrino has herniated discs and will be out 3 weeks. Edgar also hinted at a replacement being named soon.
Don King Prepared To Monetize MMA, Take On UFC
And not only that, but he actually discussed MMA without trashing it in favor of boxing. The famed boxing promoter, still going strong at 78 with slightly less but still-electric hair on his head, recently put over UFC while saying he's "the people's promoter. Whatever the people want, I'm going to promote". And that means MMA, particularly a league capable of competing with UFC and thus making MMA as a whole more competitive and not UFC then everyone else.
Report: Alves Off UFC 107
It now appears that anyone who is a Thiago or facing Jon Fitch at UFC 107 is cursed. First Fitch's original opponent, Ricardo Almeida, was forced off due to injury and now word is that the replacement, Thiago Alves, is now off too. There are unconifirmed reports Alves has a torn PCL. Alves was to have faced Paulo Thiago initially before Almeida's withdrawal broke up the fight of the Thiagos. No word yet on a potential replacement to face Fitch.
Bart Palaszewski vs. Anthony Pettis on tap for WEC 45 in December
After taking one bout outside of the WEC, lightweight Bart Palaszewski (32-13 MMA, 1-2 WEC) makes his return to the organization at "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that Palaszewski has signed on to face Roufusport slugger Anthony Pettis (7-0 MMA, 1-0 WEC) at the event. Headlined by a lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Ed Ratcliff, WEC 45 takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Featherweight prospect Chad Mendes signs multi-fight WEC deal
Undefeated featherweight prospect Chad Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) is heading to the big show. WEC general manager Reed Harris confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Mendes recently signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with the Team Alpha Male fighter. "We are really excited to bring Chad into the WEC," Harris said. "He is one of the toughest fighters to come out of Urijah Faber's gym and he has the potential to be a world champion."
Lashley-Strikeforce Deal Nears
Can an athlete thrive with two mistresses? At the moment, Bobby Lashley seems to think so, as he's pursued dual careers in MMA and pro wrestling over the last year. However, the former amateur wrestler understands there will come a moment of choice. Just how soon that moment arrives will be determined by Lashley's next deal, which is looking more like a multi-fight contract each day.
Paul Kelly on Siver: "I'll break his jaw or submit him - whatever gets me the bonus!"
Paul Kelly says he is feeling better than ever ahead of his UFC 105 clash with German lightweight Denis Siver. A former welterweight, Kelly is two fights and two wins into a new life at 155lbs and says the move was definitely the right one. “I feel great at this weight now. The first cut was kind of difficult but its easier each time and my weight is well on track now, just over two weeks from the fight. I feel really sharp and really strong, I am hitting the weights again, which I didn’t do for my last fight and I can feel the difference.”
Dana has "proposal" for Liddell, "disgusted" with Rampage
Dana White says he is “putting together a proposal” for former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who recently finished a run on popular television show Dancing With the Stars and is now apparently itching for a return to action. In a recent interview with Sportsnet, UFC president White was asked if a match between Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman is on his mind, pitting as it would two veterans of the sport against each other.Dana “I’ve never even thought about Liddell-Coleman. I am more focused right now on what to do with Liddell,” replied White, who has repeatedly stated that he does not want Liddell to return to fighting, given his recent loss of form and run of stoppage losses.
Denis Kang: "I am looking to make a major statement"
Denis Kang believes his forthcoming match with Michael Bisping at UFC 105 “is probably the biggest fight of my career” and “one which will put me on the map in the UFC”. With just over two weeks to go until the fight, Kang is focused on the potential fruits of victory. “I am in good place, mentally and physically. I am ready. This is the right fight at the right time for me. “This is one of the biggest fights on a UFC card and being in Bisping’s hometown in England where he is very popular there will be a lot of attention on it. I’ve fought in PRIDE FC tournaments, but UFC in my view is bigger than PRIDE was and this is a major fight on the card,” he says.
Randy Couture wants Ricky Hatton to make the jump to MMA
UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture talked about wanting British boxing superstar, Ricky Hatton to make the jump to MMA. If interested, Randy says he's willing to help the former boxing world champion with the transition: "I am a big fan of Ricky Hatton. He is a fantastic fighter. I could get him up to speed on the ground wrestling part of it, while he could take advantage of his boxing talent."
Slight dip, but TUF holds up against World Series
Despite heavy competition from Major League Baseball’s World Series, The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights continues to draw well for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV. This week’s Episode 7 dipped to 2.5 million viewers, just slightly south of the series’ past three weeks of 2.8 million viewers per episode, but remained strong in its key advertiser demographics.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Rani Yahya set for WEC 45 in December
A bantamweight bout between contenders Joseph Benavidez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC) and Rani Yahya (15-4 MMA, 4-1 WEC) is set for next month's WEC 45 event. The WEC has since confirmed that bout and others for "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff," which officially takes place Dec. 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort. The night's main card airs live on Versus.
Vitor : I don’t have this ambition of fighting him (Anderson) now, I didn’t get in UFC looking for it, to take his belt
This thing of fighting Anderson is something that I’ve never looked for. I care about him a lot, but started that thing of Dana White talks... I don’t care about fighting for the title, I want to do some more fights. I don’t have this ambition of fighting him (Anderson) now, I didn’t get in UFC looking for it, to take his belt… I never had that thing, I just want to do my work. I know I deserve, that’s not the problem, neither the discussion, I just like to make some fights. The belt’s moment is gonna come, there are people that want to talk that I don’t deserve, but I don’t believe that. Anderson is not a guy that I want to fight, I support him a lot, we already trained together, I like him a lot. It’s not a thing that I want to... If the belt were on Nate Marquardt’s hands, if I could choose, I wouldn’t fight with Anderson because I care about him.