Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix
Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of MMAFighting.com's "The MMA Hour", Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair "The Reem" Overeem (35-11-0-1) had some shocking news to share, as he confirmed that he has been "threatened" by Zuffa to be pulled from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix if he does not comply with a scheduled September 10th date to compete in the semi-finals vs. Antonio Silva.
"Stikeforce has requested me to accept the fight for Sept. 10, to agree on that, but I have not agreed on it and I also had some emails, some questions asked, is the fight confirmed? No, the fight is not confirmed. I do not confirm it and I will not confirm it," said Overeem...
Ben Rothwell: Its Not Right How Champions Act
Dont call it a comeback !
"Big" Ben Rothwell (31-7), has not been seen in the UFC cage in over a year now. His last steps inside the Octagon saw him take a hard earned decision win over tough kickboxer Gilbert Yvel. Despite the win, Rothwell left the cage with a torn ACL and a deviated septum. After surgery and a hell of alot of work, Rothwell is set to step back into action, and will square off against big hitting Mark Hunt at UFC 135. Speaking to CageWriter.com, Rothwell stated:
"I've really worked hard on myself. It's not a comeback. It's an unveiling. I have been off for more than a year, and instead of using it as a layoff I've used it as a huge building block. I posted a few pictures, and people said, 'Whoa, this guy ain't the same.' When I came back to Duke, he said, 'People who are off because of an injury usually gain 20 lbs. You look like you've lost 20 lbs.' ... A lot of these guys, especially champions, I see how they act, and it enrages me.
Rashad Evans Predicts Jones vs. Rampage; Criticizes Jackson
Coming up on September 24th, the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as current champion Jon "Bones" Jones faces one of the nastiest punchers to ever compete in the sport, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
One fighter who undeniably has more history with both of these men than anyone else is top 205 pound contender "Suga" Rashad Evans.
Ryan Bader: No More Calling Out Fighters
It seems Ryan "Darth" Bader (12-2) is done with calling out fighters in the future. After being dominated at UFC 126 by current Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Bader decided to call out MMA legend Tito Ortiz. Against all odds, "The Huntington Beach Badboy" produced a stunnung upset and choked out Bader in the first round. That was a wake up call for Bader, who told ESPN.com:
"I lose three in a row, that's tough man. You see guys get cut for that. So yeah, I do feel that pressure.
Lyoto Machida: It Was My Fighters Heart Against My Professional Mind
Amid the scramble to find a replacement for an injured Phil Davis at UFC 133, UFC turned to former champion Lyoto Machida. It seemed set at first, with Dana White confident that Machida was stepping up. But it turned out that the only way Machida was accepting the short notice bout with Rashad Evans was if UFC opened up their ever fattening wallet.
After eventually finding Tito Ortiz to fight Evans in UFC 133 main event, UFC president Dana White let it be known that Machida was asking for "Anderson Silva money." Now, speaking to TATAME.com, Machida reveals his take on the situation:
“UFC invited me for a bout with three weeks in advance and I said I wouldn’t take it since the beginning. I wasn’t prepared for it, it’d be against my own principles of professionalism, against what my family and team believe, and didn’t want me to fight." Said former Light Heavyweight champion Machida.
Frankie Edgar Vs Gray Maynard III Set For UFC 136
Its finally on Addicts !
The trilogy fight, the UFC Lightweight title rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and his nemesis Gray Maynard (10-0) has been set as the main event for the increasingly amazing looking UFC 136.
Frankie "The Answer" Edgar blasted through BJ Penn, arguably the greatest 155lb fighter in MMA history.....
The full time-line of the scramble to replace Davis
Dana White Details The Scramble To Replace Phil Davis
During a UFC 133 conference call, UFC President Dana White detailed what happened in the scramble to replace UFC 133 main eventer Phil Davis after he was forced out with injury.
We found out Phil Davis was hurt last week and we had him set up for an MRI. We called Tito about replacing him and Tito said he had personal issues. So we called Machida, he seemed excited about it.
Chris Horodecki vs. Chris Saunders added to Bellator 47 main card
Bellator Fighting Championships is heading to Canada, and "The Polish Hammer" meets "The So-Cal Kid."
MMAjunkie.com has confirmed that WEC and IFL veteran Chris Horodecki has signed on with Bellator Fighting Championships and will meet Chris Saunders at Bellator 47.
Featuring the semifinals of Bellator's "Summer Series" featherweight tournament, Bellator 47 takes place July 23 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Bahadurzada beefing with Bisping, itching for chance to impress U.S. audience
After fighting around the globe for the past nine years, Team Golden Glory's Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1) is ready to take his talents to the U.S.
That migration has already begun, as the Afghanistan native is serving as a striking coach for Team Jason "Mayhem" Miller on the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
With any luck, Bahadurzada said he hopes to land a contract with either the UFC or Strikeforce sometime in the near future. And when that happens, "The Killer" promises ample violence in the cage.
"I don't promise a lot of things to people or whoever, but the one thing I promise the fight fans here in the U.S. is that I will knock so many people out that you will never forget my name," Bahadurzada on Monday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Currently based in the Netherlands, Bahadurzada has been fighting professionally since 2002. However, a recent transition to the welterweight division that includes an Ultimate Glory World Series title has forced many MMA pundits to take notice of the aggressive brawler. Bahadurzada's strike-first mentality and trademark aggression make him the type of fighter fans clamor to see, and some are saying it's time for those talents to be on display in North America.
"My game is grappling, but I don't like to grapple during a fight," Bahadurzada said. "I just like to make it messy and violent and just knock people out. I just want to knock people out and give people their money's worth."
Report: Nate Marquardt in Talks With Bellator?
Much discussion in the last two weeks has focused on the fall out from the Nate Marquardt situation, but one aspect that hasn't been mentioned much is what the immediate future holds for Marquardt as a fighter. For now at least, he's blacklisted from the UFC, and presumably Strikeforce as well, leaving him with limited options.
Now, reports are that there may be some interest from Bellator in signing Nate. ESPN Insider (subscription required) has the scoop:
ESPN is hearing from a source inside Bellator, who contends the company actually tendered an offer to Marquardt. In addition, reports indicate Bellator was/is interested in having him compete at middleweight.
To say that June 26 did not go as planned for a number of world-ranked fighters would be a massive understatement.
That day, at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, former UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt did not make his expected welterweight debut against Rick Story at UFC Live 4. Instead, Marquardt found himself ejected from the UFC due to elevated levels of testosterone, and Charlie Brenneman stepped into the opportunity of a lifetime. As foretold by the tattoo on his lower back, Brenneman seized the day and stopped the six-fight winning streak of Story in a unanimous decision, propelling "The Spaniard" into this edition of Sherdog.com's welterweight rankings.
....I'm interested to see what you guys think about these rankings. I'll give my two cents later, but I think they're actually really good for Sherdog rankings.
Brett Rogers Arrested And Jailed For Domestic Abuse
Strikeforce heavyweight star Brett "Grim" Rogers has been arrested and jailed in connection with assaulting his wife Wednesday in their South Metro home in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
According to reports, Rogers wife was strangled, punched repeatedly in the head and face, and also lost a tooth in the struggle.
Ken Shamrock Talks About Modified MMA Match With James Toney
The promotion that will put on the bout has not been named, no venue or location has been announced, and no date has been set ??
In one of the more side show fights coming out of the MMA world right now is Boxing world champion James Toney Vs long faded, ex-UFC star Ken Shamrock. But this is no normal MMA fight, check out the change in rules for this bout.
Following a takedown the fight will be stood up after 30 seconds, regardless of positioning...
Marquardt's coach didn't agree with TRT
In the case of Marquardt, Wittman knew his fighter was undergoing testosterone treatments. He didn't agree with it, he said, but he also didn't feel like it was his place to tell a veteran fighter how to conduct his career.
What's more, even though he felt like the testosterone use shouldn't have been allowed, technically -- at least if Marquardt could provide proof of his need for it and get his levels down to within a range acceptable by the commissions before each fight -- it was. Marquardt was attempting to follow the rules laid out by the commissions, Wittman said. That's why, in Marquardt's mind, it wasn't cheating at all.
"Nate Marquardt is a guy who's never been untruthful with me. Everything that he tells me, and everything he told me going into this fight and back before New Jersey, it's something that he truly believes in. He went and had his testosterone checked. And when I spoke to him about it, I could tell he really believes he'd done the right thing, because the doctors are telling him, 'Your levels are low. You need this. This is why you're tired. We'll give you this and you'll perform like you're young again.' Man, you start telling a guy that, he's going to believe you.
Michael Bisping: Mayhem Is An Immature A**hole !
Well Addicts, it did not take long for Ultimate Fighter 14 coach Michael Bisping to vent his hate for opposite coach Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Both men are controversial in the crazy world of MMA. Between Michael Bisping spitting at the corner of Jorge Rivera and Mayhem Miller starting post fight brawls, there is not much that has not been said about the two fighters. It does appear Bisping is willing to try throw some new insults though, as he has tweeted the following:
Pennsylvania Commission Confirms Nate Marquardt Did Not Fail Drug Test
Nate Marquardt remains on suspension from the state of Pennsylvania after failing to receive medical clearance prior to the weekend's UFC on Versus event. In the aftermath of the shocking development, which included Marquardt's firing from the promotion, many questions have arisen.
Which part of the medical review did Marquardt fail to clear? How did six weeks go by without a resolution? And how did Pennsylvania suspend Marquardt when it appeared he'd never been licensed in the first place?
While most of the situation is still shrouded in mystery, at least one of those questions can be answered.
Helwani's updates on the Marquardt story from last night
Ariel Helwani has posted his latest information on the failed Nate Marquardt pre-fight medical test and his ultimate dismissal from the UFC.
arielhelwani Ariel Helwani
Nate failed the medical requirements for the fight and was put on suspension by the PA athletic commission until he provides a medical ...
... report showing that he's satisfied those requirements. He was given every opportunity to meet the requirements ...
Hector Lombard vs. Jesse Taylor targeted for August AFC event in Australia
Hector Lombard (29-2-1) is headed back to his second home.
Sources close to negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the Bellator middleweight champion has received permission to take a fight against "The Ultimate Fighter 7" veteran Jesse Taylor (19-6) late this summer.
The bout is targeted for an Australian Fighting Championship event expected for Aug. 27, likely in Melbourne, Australia. The promotion's broadcast plans are unknown at this time.
Lombard most recently was seen in the cage this past month at Bellator 44, where he knocked out Falaniko Vitale in a non-title bout. The two got off to a very slow start while circling each other for two rounds without much offense. Lombard, though, eventually landed a crushing right hand.
The Cuban native has defended his Bellator belt once with a decision victory over Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 34. He also holds the middleweight title in the Australia-based Cage Fighting Championship and has defended it seven times during an unbeaten streak that's stretched nearly four years.
An emigrant to Australia from his native country, Lombard, a former Olympian in Judo, spends the bulk of his time in Coconut Creek, Fla., where he moved several years ago to train with American Top Team.
Taylor, meanwhile, enjoys a five-fight win streak that includes a win under the AFC banner. He most recently dispatched UFC and PRIDE vet Denis Kang at "Battlefield Fight League 8: Island Beatdown" this past month and defeated former UFC middleweight champ Murilo Bustamante 11 months before at "Impact FC 2: The Uprising 2."
Since his release from the UFC in 2008, Taylor has gone 13-3 while shuffling between welterweight, middleweight and even light heavyweight.
Neil Melanson chooses MMA over body part
LAS VEGAS -- Rest in peace, Neil Melanson’s second toe on his left foot. You’re in a better place.
After enduring more abuse than any toe should, Melanson’s is officially gone. The head jiu-jitsu trainer at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, best known for his work with Randy Couture, had it removed last week after it became arthritic due to a severely damaged joint.
Had he been willing to stay off the mats for approximately one year, Melanson likely could have avoided amputation. But when given a choice between 365 days away from training or forfeiting the Little Piggy who Stayed Home, he chose the latter.
“I broke it in the first tournament I ever competed in,” Melanson told ESPN.com. “Then over the years I broke it again and two years ago it snapped. It just didn’t want to live I guess.
“It’s really not a big deal to me. It’s just a toe. I guess when you love the sport and you’re committed to it, you don’t let little things like toes get in the way.”