Following first UFC win, Takanori Gomi admits he even doubted himself
SAN DIEGO – Despite Takanori Gomi's relatively young age of just 31, many MMA observers had already declared the Japanese superstar's career as an elite fighter over.
Five years removed from his vintage form in PRIDE's glory days, Gomi (32-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) looked downright sluggish in a March loss to Kenny Florian – "The Fireball Kid's" debut in the UFC.
But at Sunday night's UFC on Versus 2 event, Gomi needed just 64 seconds to silence the critics. Of course, if you were among those that counted Gomi out, fear not. He wasn't so sure either.
Ref Josh Rosenthal Explains Why He Didn't Stop Lesnar-Carwin
In the days since Brock Lesnar came back from being absolutely brutalized in the first round of his fight with Shane Carwin to winning the fight in the second, some have questioned whether referee Josh Rosenthal should have ever permitted the fight to get out of the first round, or whether Rosenthal should have stopped the fight and given Carwin a first-round technical knockout win.
Canadian Authorities Questioned CroCop About War Crimes
Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has revealed how Canadian immigration officials subjected him to intensive questioning during his first two days in the country. They wanted to know if he was involved in any war crimes during his military service when the former Yugoslavia descended into civil war in the mid-1990s.
Filipovic was with a Croatian unit from 1993-4 and Canadian officials were interested to see if he could give them any information about certain military figures of interest to the international community for war crimes and human rights violations...
Trainer Duke Roufus wants all focus on UFC 115's Pat Barry
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Getting kicked by UFC heavyweight Pat Barry on daily basis sucks. Getting kicked by Pat Barry while holding pads from the Reagan era really, really sucks.
Jeff "Duke" Roufus, Barry's trainer, found himself in that position today at an open workout promoting Barry's fight with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic this Saturday at UFC 115.
Delta Airlines lost the luggage containing his gear on the flight into Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and he had to ask UFC welterweight Claude Patrick's trainer for an extra pair of kick pads and hand mitts.
Roufus, a former K-1 kickboxer, has his regular kick pads made special in Thailand. They're packed to the gills with extra padding, which is perfect for absorbing the shock of shins traveling 80 miles per hour.
Rory MacDonald: This Is Perfect Time For Me to Be Fighting Condit
Rory MacDonald is no stranger to fighting opponents older and more experienced than he is. So if you were to ask the 20-year-old if it's too soon to face a guy like final WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit in only his second UFC fight, he'll tell you it only feels natural.
"I think is kind of like the perfect time for me to be fighting Carlos Condit," MacDonald told MMAFighting.com. "My career's been progressive every fight, progressing, progressing, progressing and I think this is the natural course for me to be fighting Carlos."
Pat Barry: It'll Be Difficult to Separate Cro Cop Fight From Any Other Fight
There's a thing called respect for an opponent, and then there's admiration.
UFC heavyweight Pat Barry will have to figure out where he draws the line when he steps in the cage against one of his idols, Mirko Cro Cop, this Saturday at UFC 115.
"Like the reason why there are guys like me with the level of fighting that I have in MMA nowadays is because of him, is because of him solely," Barry said on a recent media call. "I put the blame on him. He caused the rest of us to evolve. So is it difficult to separate star-struckness like from -- it being a regular fight? ... Absolutely."
Chuck Liddell Plans to KO Rich Franklin, Wants Tito Ortiz in Return From Surgery
After nearly 14 months away from fighting and a series of camps designed to bring him back in pristine condition, legendary UFC star Chuck Liddell is set to return to the octagon at UFC 115 in Vancouver.
Though Liddell (21-7) returned with the expectation of fighting Tito Ortiz at the conclusion of the currently airing season of The Ultimate Fighter, an injury knocked Ortiz out, leaving an opening filled by former middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, the 40-year-old Liddell spoke about the Ortiz fallout, facing Franklin, changing his lifestyle and whether his June 12 fight is a must-win affair.
DANA WHITE: "If you don’t like it, and you’re not into it, f*** it—don’t watch it"
Everybody has an opinion on Dana White. Just bring up his name next time you are out on the town and see what happens. “Guy’s an idiot,” “ignorant loudmouth,” “super nice guy,” “one of the most real people in Vegas,” “totally down to earth” and the age-old classic, “asshole.” Those are just a few samples from people I encountered in the run-up to this interview, but one conclusion is clear: The jury is all over the place, except in the middle. That’s one area in which you’ll never find an opinion about the UFC alpha male. That’s because whatever he does or says, he’s all in. Maybe that’s why he recently made the list of 2010’s most influential people in both Time and Esquire.
DANA WHITE: "We're probably going to end up doing 100 fights a year."
The UFC’s global expansion has been a goal of the promotion for several years. Stretching out into England, German, Australia, and many other areas has kept everyone in the industry on their toes, and now with a Canadian office opening, more expansion is on the way.
UFC president Dana White told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday in Toronto that they would be "aggressive" and increasing the number of shows they do might be the first step in that.
Manager Shu Hirata Criticizes Shinya Aoki, Talks State of Japanese MMA
Shu Hirata is the manager for some of Japan's most successful MMA fighters. Takeya Mizugaki, Yoshiyuki Yoshida and many more Japanese fighters fight under Hirata's management. But since the demise of PRIDE FC in 2007, many have begun to question the level of Japanese MMA and Japanese fighters.
It is Hirata's job to bring Japanese fighters to the West and to help them be successful. He is better at his job than anyone else. In this MMAFighting.com exclusive interview, Hirata sheds light on the problems with Japanese MMA, the failure of Shinya Aoki and the future of the sport in Japan.
After disappointing loss, Luiz Cane promises striking transformation at UFC 114
When Luiz Cane was destroyed by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this past November at UFC 106, no one was more shocked by the result than "Banha," himself.
His lone prior loss was via disqualification after blasting James Irvin with an illegal knee at UFC 79 in December 2007.
But Nogueira outstruck the brawling Cane and earned a TKO in just 1:56. With Cane now scheduled to face French striker Cyrille Diabate at UFC 114 in May, the Brazilian slugger said he's working on a complete retooling effort to address the lessons learned against Nogueira.
UFC exec Marc Ratner still pursuing Toronto show, legislative changes in Canada
The Ultimate Fighting Championship next weeks hosts its third annual show in Montreal, and in June, the organization hosts its first-ever event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
However, UFC officials are still targeting what they call the "hottest city of them all" for an upcoming show: Toronto.
While a recent guest on MMAjunkie.com Radio, UFC Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Marc Ratner said the UFC is targeting Toronto as part of an overall bigger push to change Canada's criminal code.
Josh Koscheck Says He Would Accept TUF 12 Coaching Job
Going home again. That could be the theme of “The "Ultimate Fighter Season 12” for Josh Koscheck if he is indeed chosen as a coach for the next season of the popular Spike TV reality show.
The American Kickboxing Academy welterweight got his start on the show five years ago, and if rumors stand true, the winner of the upcoming fight between Koscheck and British fighter Paul Daley could determine who will coach opposite UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Alistair Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing for Brett Rogers fight
Pro Fight Network's Chris Greenman recently did a interview with Brett Rogers and his manager talking about Brett's preparation for the Overeem fight coming up at StrikeForce Heavy Artillery. Brett talks about moving fight camps and the benefits that come from it. Also in the interview Brett and his manager mention that for the upcoming fight Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing.
Please excuse Chris Greenman's one-sided interviewing techniques.
To watch the video interview click
White says Aldo one of world's best, WEC champion's next move uncertain
If nothing else, WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has options.
After a dominating five-round victory over former champion Urijah Faber at this past Saturday's WEC 48 event, UFC president Dana White said he was so impressed with "Junior" that he's already considering where the Brazilian phenom would rank in both the bantamweight and lightweight divisions.
As for the humble Aldo, he'll just sit back and wait to hear what's next.
UFC's Tito Ortiz denies wrongdoing, accuses Jenna Jameson of OxyContin abuse
First of all anything being posted is just speculation. Nothing is a fact yet. I'm just posting this because the news is important and it can determine a fighters life and career. Just keep that in mind when leaving comments.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz called a press conference in North Hollywood, Calif., Monday night and said an alleged domestic abuse incident with longtime girlfriend Jenna Jameson was prompted by Jameson's addiction to the prescription opiate OxyContin.
"Unfortunately, Jenna relapsed this morning and suffered the consequences of that," Chip Matthews, Ortiz's personal lawyer, said at the press conference. "We're here because Tito was trying to help her."
Ortiz denied harming Jameson during the incident, which allegedly took place Monday morning at the couple's home in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Video of Tito's News conference
WEC 48's Mike Brown says nothing interfered with his camp for Manny Gamburyan
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown says he was not distracted by personal issues leading into his fight with Manny Gamburyan this past Saturday at WEC 48.
After Brown suffered a first-round knockout to Gamburyan, UFC president Dana White told reporters that the former champion suffered personal problems in training camp and said he was tipped off to the issue by Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields and famed MMA trainer Mark DellaGrotte.
"I'm not sure where everything's coming from," Brown today told MMAjunkie.com. "I've talked to Jake before, and I know Mark. Everybody has issues going on but it wasn't a factor in my fight."