UFC 104's crowd-pleasing lightweight Spencer Fisher wants a shot at B.J. Penn
The last time the UFC visited Staples Center was for UFC 60 in May of 2006.
With the organization's return to the arena on Saturday night for "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" just three days away, one fighter from that UFC 60 card is again readying himself for a fight at the Los Angeles venue: Spencer Fisher (23-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
Fisher earned a highlight-reel knockout of Matt Wiman in his first trip to Staples Center, and "The King" told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that while he'll bring a new look to the cage on Saturday night, he expects similar results.
Pyle vs. Ellenberger latest additon to UFC 108
UFC 108's quickly filling fight card got another addition with a booking that pits Mike Pyle (19-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. fellow welterweight Jake Ellenberger (21-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Sources close to both competitors told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements will be signed shortly.
The event takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Stephens, Not Escudero, Likely Facing Lentz At UFN 20
It seems the rapid-fire pace of UFC Fight Night 20 fight announcements has gotten to be a little too fast. Intiially there were reports that Efrain Escudero would face Nik Lentz at the January event, but now sources close to negotiations say it's actually Jeremy Stephens that will likely face Lentz. No reason given for the change, but Escudero is expected to remain on the card.
Brad Blackburn plans UFC return in 2010
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight "Bad" Brad Blackburn recently signed a new multi-fight deal with the organization and expects to return to UFC action in early 2010.
“I am going to be fighting in January or February,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I already called them. I called the UFC last week. I said, ‘I can fight January 30th on.’ I’m trying to fight for a living now, and give it 100-percent. I’m not trying to be a spectator. I’ve been feeling like a spectator lately.”
UFC Main Events Premieres November 7 On Spike
You knew it was coming, and UFC & Spike made it official today-as counter-programming against Strikeforce's 11/7 event on CBS, Spike announced a special called "UFC Main Events" will air that night at 9 PM ET. The program will feature 4 bouts including fights that haven't aired on free TV before: Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva and BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian.
Kyle Bradley vs. Rafael dos Anjos targeted for UFC Fight Night 20 prelims
A lightweight bout between Kyle Bradley (14-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (12-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will soon be set for January's UFC Fight Night 20 event.
A source close to one of the lightweight competitors told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements are in the process of being finalized.
Although not officially announced, UFC Fight Night 20 takes place Jan. 11, most likely at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.
Anthony Pettis Off WEC 44
The recently completed card for November's "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo" will once again need a little attention. Anthony Pettis is now off due to injury, leaving original opponent Rob McCullough without an opponent for now. No word yet on a replacement for the 11/18 fight.
Silva-Belfort At UFC 108 "Up In The Air"
If you're looking forward to Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 108 on January 2, keep the excitement in check-it's still not official. According to Silva's manager Ed Soares, Silva has not yet been cleared by doctors to resume training following recent elbow surgery so there's still a chance the fight will be off. But we won't know for sure for a few more days.
Urijah Faber Not Happy With Dominick Cruz Acting Like An "Immature Punk"
As we all know, normally Urijah Faber is one of the coolest cats in MMA, always a good sport and not a punk, but even he can be pissed off. In a recent interview on Pro MMA Radio, Faber told host Larry Pepe that he does have a little history with WEC Bantamweight Dominick Cruz, apparently stemming from when they and other fighters signed posters for charity and Cruz signed his name over Faber's face on the poster-rather "immature". So although Faber isn't exactly being Donald Cerrone when it comes to Jamie Varner, Faber says he would like to drop to Bantamweight and fight Cruz at some point.
Rolles Gracie vs. Mustapha Al-Turk at UFC 109
For the first time since Royce Gracie stepped into the UFC Octagon in May 2006, another Gracie will make their way to the top MMA promotion as Rolles Gracie has signed a multi-fight deal with the organization and will make his debut at UFC 109 in February against British heavyweight, Mustapha Al-Turk
McCarthy Not Assigned to UFC 104
As if the CSAC wasn't in enough shambles already. Seriously I hope there is major outcry when a call gets blown this weekend.
Referee “Big” John McCarthy will be conspicuously absent from UFC 104 this Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I contacted (the CSAC) and told them I was free on Oct. 24,” McCarthy told Sherdog.com Friday. McCarthy said he was later informed that he hadn’t been assigned to the event, the UFC’s first in California since UFC 76 in November 2007. McCarthy did not comment any further on the development.
Lyoto and Shogun face to face at TATAME
UFC’s octagon will be on fire next Saturday (24). On UFC 104 main event, the Karate fighter Lyoto Machida will put the light heavyweight title in line for the first time, and his opponent will be Maurício “Shogun” Rua. Before the fight for the title, Lyoto and Shogun agreed to TATAME’s invitation and were face to face to an exclusive chat that you can’t miss. The result of this meeting you check below.
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard To Main Event UFN 20
Although UFC Fight Night 20 still hasn't been announced yet by UFC, the January event in Virginia now has it's main event-Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard. Diaz's camp has confirmed the fight and word is Maynard will probably get a future title shot if he wins.
Mousasi talks about prospect of facing Dan Henderson in Strikeforce
Gegard Mousasi (26-2-1) believes the prospect of Dan Henderson joining Strikeforce is an interesting one, but he is in no hurry to face the former PRIDE double-champion.
“I think if he would join Strikeforce that there are plenty of good match-ups for him, he would bring a lot of excitement with him,” he told Fighters Only tonight following days of speculation in the MMA media regarding Henderson possibly jumping the UFC ship.
And he added with a laugh, “I personally wouldn’t like to fight him, because if I fight a high-calibre fighter like Dan Henderson or a bum I would get paid the same, so there isn’t any motivation to fight a better fighter - although for the right money I would fight even Godzilla.”
Anderson Silva slams Vitor "betrayal"
Anderson Silva made clear in a recent conversation with Fighters Only that he is not impressed by the arrival of Vitor Belfort in the middleweight division. Anderson, well known for his constant refusal to fight his friend and training partner Lyoto Machida, is equally unimpressed by Belfort happily agreeing to fight him for his middleweight belt.
Asked what he thinks about Belfort’s arrival in the UFC middleweight division, he sneered, “Which Vitor is that? The one who trained with me, Rogerio and Rodrigo a few months ago?”
Shogun Rua looking to exploit "The Dragon's" low guard on Oct. 24
“I am the underdog for sure but I am confident. Lyoto is the favorite, the current champion. Everybody bets he will beat me but I come in all my fights thinking I’m capable to win. I already see myself being victorious. If I think different, it’s better not fighting. I believe in me, in my game and know my potential. His game is standing, it’s hard to find him to hit and he has a good wrestling. Maybe his unique weakness is the low guard. If the fight ends until the fifth round, it’s going to be standing. I look to fight stand up and so does he, so it’ll be a knockout or judges decision.”
Mauricio Rua weighs in on his upcoming title fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Oct. 24.
Curran moves on, signs 2 fights for Strikeforce
Former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight Jeff Curran has fought for just about every major fight promotion in the world: WEC, UFC, Pride, IFL, King of the Cage. He’s about to add another to the list... Strikeforce.
Curran on Tuesday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he has signed a two-fight, non-exclusive contract with Strikeforce. His first bout for the promotion will be on the preliminary card for the Nov. 7 “Fedor vs. Rogers” event in his backyard of Chicago.