Who's No. 2 at 205?
All too often, being No. 2 in the world just doesn't cut it. Go ahead and ask John Kerry or the New England Patriots, two recent examples that second place is really just the first loser.
In MMA, however, where the No. 1 light heavyweight spot has been defiantly claimed by a howling, chained figure called Rampage, second best will have to do.
MMA debates can rage on for decades -- just ask an old timer: Gracie or Sakuraba? -- and so it only makes sense that with a clear No. 1, the discussion of No. 2 begins. For the fighters, this isn't a discussion of second best (they all think they're the best) as much as it is a discussion of who's in line for the next title shot. With Quinton Jackson the undeniable top 205 pounder in the world, let's take a look at the potential candidates, in no particular order, for No. 2.
Pele is ‘Nuts'
Such is the belief of Gill, who gave a quick update on Revolution Fight Team member Jose Landi-Jons (Pictures). The Brazilian suffered an abhorrent lower leg injury two weeks ago at TKO 32 that saw both his tibia and fibula break clean through his skin.
"Pele is nuts, man!" Gill said with an incredulous laugh. "He broke his leg on Thursday, had surgery, came back in the gym on Monday and he was walking no crutches or nothing. So four days later he was running around, talking Brazilian and yelling at everybody -- he's crazy man."
Then Gill said something truly scary about the man who is widely regarded as having some of the hardest leg kicks in MMA: "Before he used to beat the crap out of us, and now he's got metal in his leg like a baseball bat to beat us up with, so I'm not looking forward to that."
Wow! I broke my leg when i was about 13/14 an hobbled around like girl for weeks! Pele is hard core!!!
Here the rest of the If anyone wants it. Its a pretty good read.
ANDERSON SILVA STANDS ALONE AT MIDDLEWEIGHT
1. Anderson Silva
The questions regarding Anderson Silva now aren’t so much about whom in the middleweight division can defeat him, but who in mixed martial arts? He has had six fights since entering the Octagon – capturing the UFC championship in only his second bout for the promotion – and he has yet to be taken outside of the second round. Finishing off Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Travis Lutter, Chris Leben, and Rich Franklin… twice, what else is left for him? Yushin Okami is a likely challenger, but now speculation has started that he may soon have to step outside of the middleweight division for a marquee challenge.
2. Paulo Filho
Despite rumors of recent bouts with depression, what really counts in MMA is what happens in the cage, and there is no questioning of Filho’s accomplishments there. A training partner of Ricardo Arona and Anderson Silva, he has managed to keep his perfect record intact, to an impressive 16 wins and no defeats. He will rematch Chael Sonnen later this month in defense of his World Extreme Cagefighting championship, but despite early struggles in their first bout, he still found a way to win, as he always has.
3. Rich Franklin
The only man to stop Franklin since he emerged in the UFC has been Anderson Silva, and so far, that hasn’t seemed to be anything to be ashamed of, as Silva has been running rough shod through everyone. Franklin has remained a constant contender in the division by defeating everyone else he has faced, including Okami, Jason MacDonald, Evan Tanner, Dave Loiseau, and others.
Kim Couture To Make MMA Debut April 5
Kim Couture is set to make her MMA debut on April 5 in Chael Sonnen’s fight promotion, the Full Contact Fighting Federation. Her opponent, Jessica Cruz, will also be making her MMA debut.
While this isn't exactly huge news, I thought some people may be interested. I've read on a few forums that people say she is not interested in moving into MMA so here's the proof that she is. Considering what she showed in her smoker fight, this could turn out badly.
By the way, If this has been posted before then I apologize. I used the search feature and nothing came up so I decided to go ahead and post it.
GIs battle Joes in exhibition fights
A Command and General Staff College student and an Army Reserve Soldier demonstrated their martial arts prowess at a recent sporting exhibition as part of an Army recruiting event.
CGSC student Maj. Rob Pickel and 1st. Lt. Joe Proctor, of the 8th U.S. Army, were two of 14 Soldiers to fight in the GIs versus Joes II combative sports event Feb. 22 at the Saint Charles Family Arena near St. Louis.
Army Recruiting Battalion St. Louis partnered with Kick International to sponsor the event, which drew about 3,000 people, said an event organizer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Army Emergency Relief fund.
The Soldiers did well winning six of the 14 matches, which were divided by weight class, said Pickel, who won his fight in a three-round decision.
Mixed martial arts is similar to what is used in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, said Pickel, a Special Forces officer.
what do you guys think about the Army implementing MMA more and more. they said it was a good outreach for the youth of America, do you guys think that is a good application of MMA. and how about their interpretation of MMA, is it accurate enough or does it leave a bad taste in your mouth? I just found this article really interesting and i thought i would share it with you.
Fedor a free agent? Not so fast.
On Thursday, new cracks appeared in M-1 Global’s façade. Apy Echteld, a co-manager of Fedor Emelianenko and development executive in the upstart promotion, confirmed to ESPN’s Ryan Hockensmith that the top-ranked fighter and M-1 would be separating next week.
Emelianenko was M-1’s first talent acquisition when the consortium of Russian and American promoters came together in October of 2007.
The report on ESPN.com also stated that both Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White and Echteld would be open to discussions concerning the possibility of having Emelianenko face UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture in the Octagon.
M-1 President and CEO Monte Cox, however, was adamant that the Russian superstar is still a part of his promotion. “As of right now, M-1 Global and Fedor are still working together,” he told MMAWeekly.com.
Cox declined to comment about the ESPN article, but said M-1’s plans were still underway for its first event on American soil, a June 14 card at the Sears Center in the Chicago area, still expected to feature Emelianenko. The show has been rescheduled from a May 3 date at the Allstate Arena, also in the Chicago area.
M-1’s first venture with Emelianenko, a co-promotion with Fight Entertainment Group and other Japanese promoters on New Year’s Eve, was a success according to Cox. Since then, rumors of difficulties between the American and Russian factions of the partnership have persisted.
“But as of now, Fedor still belongs to M-1 Global,” stated Cox.
All 32 cast members for The Ultimate Fighter 7
In a recent article for Yahoo! Sports, Dave Meltzer takes a look at the upcoming 7th season of the Ultimate Fighter.
In the article Meltzer discusses the impact the Ultimate Fighter has had on Mixed Martial Arts and to a greater extent, the UFC. He also has quotes from TUF 7 coaches, Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin regarding the skill set of the 32 cast members.
More than any season to date, the 32 names are largely unknowns, with nobody even at Danzig’s experience level. “A lot of guys came from good camps and were at a good level,” said Griffin, who estimated five or six of the 16 who made the house would survive on the UFC roster. “There wasn’t anybody I would call a standout. The show did a good job of evenly matching the fighters but there’s nobody who is going to upset Anderson Silva.”
Interestingly, Meltzer also reveals that the usually light hearted ‘Rampage’ and Griffin don’t get along very well.
The pairing of Griffin and Jackson makes you think there will be a lot of comedy, given the duo’s vibrant personalities. And according to UFC president Dana White, some does exist. But White said one of the episodes saw the problems between the two get so heated that it nearly turned into a coaches’ fight. Similar confrontations in Season 3 with Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz in 2006 led to two matches, which took the popularity of the sport to a new level.
In addition to all of that Meltzer named all 32 cast members. The list is as follows:
David Baggett (4-2)
Matt Brown (4-2)
Erik Charles (0-0)
John Clarke (5-2)
Daniel Cramer (0-0)
Tim Credeur (9-2)
Clarence Dollaway (0-0)
John Hall (3-3)
Nick Klein (3-0)
David Mewborn (0-0)
Mike Marrello (7-1-1)
Jeremy May (5-5)
Prince LaDonas Mclean (4-5)
Aaron Meisner (2-0)
Reggie Orr (4-5-1)
Matthew Riddle (0-0)
Jeremiah Riggs (1-0)
David Roberts (5-7)
Nick Rossborough (0-0)
Amir Sadollah (0-0)
Patrick Schultz (0-3)
Brandon Sene (2-0)
Dan Simmler (0-0)
Jesse Taylor (6-2)
Cale Yarbrough (0-0)
John Wood (6-3)
Luke Zachrich (7-1)
Paul Bradley (5-0)
Steve Byrnes (6-1)
Mike Dolce (3-4)
Gerald Harris (6-2)
Dante Rivera (10-2)
Dayton Daily News MMA: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami?
A few options I mentioned in the Dayton Daily News included:
Yushin Okami: With a stunning knockout of Evan Tanner at UFC 82, Okami would seem to be the logical choice to fight Silva next. With a 6-1 mark in the UFC and a previous victory over Silva (via disqualification from an illegal kick at a 2006 Rumble on the Rock event), Okami has undoubtedly earned the title shot. However, the Japanese fighter is just now starting to gel with fans, but even Dana White acknowledged that his fighting style has likely hindered his popularity. White mentioned the bout as a possibility but wouldn’t go as far as confirming it. The bigger question, though, is whether the UFC can effectively market this fight. Luckily, the organization is so full of talent that a single main event no longer needs to carry an entire UFC show. However, much like Silva’s fight with Travis Lutter, the bout could end up feeling like a mere annoyance — rather than a legit challenge — since Silva will likely be so heavily favored.
Nate Marquardt: As I mentioned in the Dayton Daily News story, Marquardt failed miserably in his first Silva fight back at UFC 73. However, his strength — submissions — is Silva’s only marginal weakness. However, like the Okami fight, this one could be difficult to market.
Quinton Jackson: A fight with the UFC’s light heavyweight champion is possible — but probably not anytime soon. White and UFC matchaker Joe Silva would likely want to exhaust all other options before scheduling this bout and sacrificing one of the organization’s champs.
Rich Franklin: Silva has dominated him twice, and a third fight is unlikely. Still, Silva says Franklin has been his toughest challenge in the UFC, and the former champ has a big following.
Paulo Filho: A fight with the WEC middleweight champ is a pipe dream. Filho and Silva are training partners and unwilling to fight each other. Silva said as much at Saturday’s press conference.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Andre Dida in DREAM
Eddie Alvarez confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Thursday afternoon that he has signed a contract to participate in DREAM’s lightweight Grand Prix.
DREAM, a collaborative effort between K-1’s HEROS and former staff members of PRIDE, will begin its tournament on March 15 in Japan. Alvarez stated that he is scheduled to fight Andre “Dida” Amade on that date during the tournament’s first round.
CPC Movies: UFC 82 Preview
The UFC comes back to Columbus, Ohio for the second time in two years, and if the main event at UFC 68 with Randy Couture upsetting Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title is any indication of what could happen this year, then we should be in for a treat.
MMA sanctioning proposal set to move forward in MD Senate
Efforts to get mixed martial arts sanctioned in Maryland appear on track after a senate committee showed no signs of opposition yesterday to a bill that would give the state athletic commission regulatory power over the sport.
The committee on education, health and environmental affairs likely will decide by Friday whether to forward the bill to a vote by the entire state senate, said sponsor Joan Carter Conway, a Baltimore Democrat.
But no one spoke against the legislation at yesterday's hearing in Annapolis. Senators posed only a few questions about safety regulations.
Conway said Maryland is losing out because the sport is sanctioned in Washington and in such nearby states as Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.
"We're sitting in the middle of our region, where all of our dollars are going elsewhere," she said.
The MMA News Report 02.27.08
When (and who) will Marcus Davis and Sokoudjou be fighting next? Was Fightlinker’s guerilla-email campaign successful? And what are my thoughts on Strikeforce and MFC? Plus, 8 questions to be answered at UFC 82!
The Road Back
August 25 is a day that Josh Koscheck would like to forget.
Four months earlier at UFC 69, Kos dominated the once-darling of the welterweight division, Diego Sanchez, to firmly establish himself among the 170-lb elite. He used his world-class wrestling skills to keep the fight on the feet and relied on his rapidly improving standup to pick apart the former TUF winner.
Joe Riggs to Undergo Procedure For Back
Sounds ugly, but docs say only a week till he can be back in the gym (he's taking 2 weeks off, instead). Hope Riggs & his docs know what they are doing, going back into the cage...
-Really- hope this story doesnt end tragically.
MMA Expo ~ Toronto - Mark your calendar
I got this email today. I thought I would post the information here.
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The Spider Goes to Hollywood
Anderson Silva was never supposed to be a champion. Instead, he was supposed to come into Ultimate Fight Night on June 28, 2006 and go down as a big win for fast-rising middleweight star Chris Leben, who seemed to be on his way to a title shot against then-champion Rich Franklin. But Silva took his opportunity on a big stage seriously and came in and knocked out the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran. Had that fight between Leben and Franklin actually taken place, there is a very real possibility that Leben would have been flattened by the champ like his TUF compatriot Nate Quarry was at UFC 56. But Silva earned the title shot, trained his backside off, and went into UFC 64 and stunned the champion with a first round knockout. And the rest is history. Well, it’s more like current events.
France Legalizes MMA
France has become quite a hot bed for mixed martial arts talent over the years, but not one that immediately springs to mind on the world stage. Why? Because MMA as a sport in France has been banned for many years; mainly for political reasons and to protect the sanctity of traditional martial arts, but the times they are a changing.