Thiago Alves Brings in a Ringer
Knowing that Parisyan will likely include his bone-jarring judo background to keep him on track for a title shot, Thiago Alves has enlisted special help to prepare for their fight in the form of four-time national judo champion and former Olympian Rhadi Ferguson, who now resides in Coconut Creek, Florida, and assists American Top Team athletes. Recently Ferguson podcasted regarding the work he's been doing with Alves and had the following comments:
"From studying Karo Parisyan, he has a system that he does which is absolutely phenomenal. I had to break that thing down like a fraction. It's been almost a month and a half now that I've been training with Thiago and we've gone through the ins and the outs of the series... [Thiago's] movement patterns are getting better and he's beginning to "float" real good now, moving like a judo player."
Rashad's in my way - Liddell
Now it is the undefeated Evans who stands between The Iceman and a potential rematch with Rampage, and Liddell warned his opponent that he is on dangerous ground.
“I’m one punch away from knocking somebody out at all times,” he told Setanta Sports News. “I’m planning on giving him his first loss, and I’m looking forward to it.
“He likes to stand and strike, and he tries to be fast on his feet and he has fast hands, and he has a good shot.
“He has good takedowns but I have good takedown defence so it should be a good fight. He’s gonna try to win the fight with speed but I’m going to win it with power.
“We haven’t put together a game plan yet, but my game plan hasn’t changed for years. It isn’t too hard to figure out what I’m going to do, I’m going to stand there and strike.
“I’ll try to stop him taking me down and then when we’re stood up I’ll knock him down. I’m looking for a first-round knock-out.
“It’d make things easier for me if Rampage beats Forrest Griffin; I can get my title shot and revenge on Rampage at the same time.
“The only reason I’m fighting Rashad is because Rampage already had his fight scheduled. I wanna knock Rashad out my way and get my shot at Rampage.
“I had a bad year but I’m on my comeback, I’m feeling good, I want my title so I can finish my career at the top.
“Rashad better be ready because he’s in my way and I’m coming after him.”
Interview: Fedor on UFC, Dana White, Sambo, BJ Penn, Barnett, Rickson & More
In the interview with MMAYOU.com Fedor discusses UFC, Dana White, combat sambo, BJ Penn, Josh Barnett, Rickson Gracie and number of other topics.
- CAMP REPORT: TEAM SITYDOTONG
I'd bet my modest bankroll that this is where they have the Boston TUF tryouts that are supposed to take place. It is right in Somerville on the edge of Beantown and this camp has been getting tons of press.
Josh “The Punk” Thomson about his recovery from shoulder surgery, Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le
PDG: Your good buddy Frank Shamrock is fighting Cung Le in about three weeks. How do you think this fight will go?
Josh: "Frank is a mystery to a lot of people, no one thought he was going to come out and stand with Baroni but that is exactly what he did. I think that threw Baroni's game off a little bit."
"He thinks his boxing is good and so he will try to use that to get into Cung’s face. I'm sure Frank thinks his boxing is that of a pro-level fighter but I can assure you that it is not. Frank is a legend in his own mind and so he will try to impose that on Cung in this fight."
"I also think deep down in his mind he remembers sparring with Cung years ago and so I'm sure he also remembers how many times he was dropped in those sparring sessions. If he goes into the clinch with Cung, that will be a mistake and he will get thrown to the ground. The bottom line is that the fight always starts on the feet and Cung is better than Frank in the standup game. I have to favor Frank for this fight as far as experience is concerned but I AM GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE CUNG TO WIN THIS FIGHT."
LOYALTY TO B.J. PENN HAS JOE LAUZON PREPARED
To prepare for the fight, Lauzon has been working with his Ultimate Fighter coach, current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, with whom Lauzon continues to adjust his fight game.
“Working with B.J. has been amazing. Every day I get to go out and work out with the lightweight champ of the UFC,” he said with exuberance. “I have learned everything from small training habits to ideas on fighting and technique.”
A win for Lauzon would definitely help his continual climb up the lightweight ladder, but he intends on keeping his focus on the fight.
Rich Franklin: ‘Another fight with Anderson wouldn’t be that interesting for fans’
Perhaps the fourth-best fighter at 185 pounds in the world, Rich Franklin, admits that a third fight with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is not that attractive. That’s because “The Spider” is kryptonite when it comes to “Ace” — two fights, two lopsided losses and two broken noses. Franklin recently inked a six-fight deal, meaning he has a lot ahead of him. If he and Silva roll in their next few bouts, will that make a third fight between the two any more interesting, maniacs? My Spidey-sense says no, which makes this a potential conundrum for Franklin and the UFC.
“Realistically, another fight with Anderson wouldn’t be that interesting for fans. But (fighting) is how I make money. Whenever I’m at the end of my rope and I take a week away from the gym, I’m anxious to get back. I’m just a competitor.”
to me this is his way of officially announcing that He is Now the Middleweight Gate keeper.
Shogun: "I'll Be Back Likely In August"
Mauricio Rua is planning to undergo surgery Saturday, March 8th. He suffered an injury during the training at UFL Academy.
"I'm calm, I have to operate, there is no other way, I hope Chuck waits for me (laughs)"
Asked how he injured the knee, Rua responded, "I did shit, I was hurt helping a friend in the training, He was running and I held him by the waist and forced my knee"
Also, the former PRIDE Champion stated that he is surprised with his substitute, Rashad Evans, Despite Evans stature here in the US and his undefeated status in the octagon, the Brazilian fighter doesn't know who he is.
Rua is confident about his return to the octagon, "I'll be back likely in August."
WAR RUA's KNEE, to a 100% recovery and nothing less than 100%
Liddell - I want to fight Fedor!
In an exclusive interview with SunSport, ‘The Iceman’ claims Fedor does not live up to his billing as the world’s greatest fighter.
Liddell said: “Fedor’s someone I want to fight because he’s someone I match up well with.
“He’s a ground and pound guy that doesn’t have a great shot. He doesn’t have a great game plan.
“I think I could take him. I think I match up well with him.
“As far as I know he’s never knocked anyone out from his feet and I think he’d have a hard time taking me down.”
And The Iceman admitted a move up to the heavyweight division could happen once he has achieved his goals at light heavyweight.
Cung Le Ready for "Fight of My Life" with Frank Shamrock
"It's definitely the biggest fight of my life, and I'm very excited about the fight," Le said. "I just can't wait to get in the cage with Frank Shamrock to see how good I really am."
"Frank doesn't realize that not only am I a kickboxer, but my style is San Shou, which is punching, kicking, kneeing, sweeping, throwing," Le said. "There's going to be a lot of things for Frank to deal with. I believe that not only am I a kickboxer, I also bring different elements. Kickboxers throw boxing, and they throw the round kicks. They throw the knees. They throw the hard leg kick. I'm a different kind of fighter. I feel like I'm a complete martial-arts stand-up fighter."
While Le does not feel his skill set prevents him from success on the ground, the 35-year-old knows he is best served in this fight by remaining on his feet.
"For me, Frank's a wizard on the ground," Le said. "Why am I going to go on the ground and play the submission game with him? That would be basically getting out of my old element. What I'm good at is the stand-up, so I'm going to keep it on my feet."
Heath Herring Staying with UFC, Wants Title Shot
"He (Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira) just got that title," Herring said. "Let the poor guy enjoy his title a few times before he has to have another battle with me."
Herring has already faced Nogueira three times in his career, coming up short each time (two via decision and one by submission). But those three losses have not deterred Herring from wanting another shot at the UFC's interim heavyweight belt.
"It's starting to get like a bad 'Rocky' movie," Herring joked. "I'd love to take that one, though... I would love to fight (Nogueira) again. I want that belt, I do. I'll be honest. We'll just see what happens."
Herring, who turned 30 the day after his victory over Kongo, feels a change in training practices will propel him to further success in the octagon.
Kevin Randleman to make MMA return and could fight Jeff Monson
Former UFC heavyweight champion, Kevin Randleman, is in negotiations to ink a deal with the Japanese-based World Victory Road promotion to make a return to mixed martial arts action on May 18, according to MMAWeekly.com.
In addition, “The Monster” revealed during the interview that it’s also possible that he will take on Jeff Monson one month later during a Global Fighting Championships (GFC) event penciled in for sometime in June.
That’s an ambitious schedule for a fighter who has not competed since 2006 — a submission loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at Pride 32: “The Real Deal.” Not to mention Randleman recently survived a SERIOUS staph infection that could have killed him if went untreated.
Randleman — who is now training with XTreme Couture out of Las Vegas — was also recently stopped for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), intimidating a public officer and other charges in Sin City.
He has satisfied a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for providing a non-human urine sample following his loss to Rua.
The two-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion from Ohio State University defeated Pete Williams at UFC 23 in 1999 to capture the vacant heavyweight title. Randleman’s title reign was brief, however, when Randy Couture stopped him the following year via technical knockout (strikes) at UFC 28 in round three of their championship bout.
Best of luck on the comeback, Kevin. These last two years have been rough … it’d be nice to see you enjoy some success.
HEATH HERRING DISCUSSES KONGO, FUTURE
Even Herring, with nearly 60 professional fights, was surprised at the game plan of Kongo, who seemed to be primed for a striking war.
“It actually took me towards the end of the first round to even figure out what was happening at that time,” said Herring in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I had trained pretty much exclusively for a stand-up fight and we were in the middle of a wrestling match. It was pretty shocking.”
Kongo’s strategy made Herring dig deep to find new ways to win the fight and he complimented the game plan, but says that his own power at the beginning of the first round may have played into the ground attack also.
“I think maybe a lot of it had to do to with the fact that we landed that straight right early on and it might have just kind of taken the wind out of him,” he stated.
In both the second and third rounds, Herring was able to take side control on Kongo and began reigning down knee strikes to the body, but the Texas native admitted after the fight that he wished he had a different set of rules while working in that position.
“The crowd seemed to get really, really excited when I would raise that one knee above his head, and I was kind of playing to the crowd a little bit on that,” he admitted. “I’m really missing those Pride rules. It would have been awesome to finish that fight in the second round with knees to the head.”
Diego Sanchez wants Josh Koscheck next in June or July
“One that would be big for my heart and soul would be Josh Koscheck. The number one question that everyone always asks me is, ‘When are you going to kick that Josh Koscheck’s ass?’ So hopefully, maybe in June or July, we can go ahead and set that fight up.”
“The Nightmare,” unsurprisingly, wants to avenge his miserable-looking, staph infection-induced unanimous decision loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 69: “Shootout” back in April 2007 now that he’s snapped a two-fight losing skid. Sanchez recently defeated David Bielkheden via technical knockout at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion.” For “Kos” and Sanchez this would be their third encounter if it happens — Sanchez topped Koscheck in an exhibition match on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). However, Koscheck’s contract is up and he will need to sign an extension before any bouts including him are booked inside the Octagon.
LINDLAND DISCUSSES EXODUS FROM BODOG FIGHT
Lindland last competed in April of 2007 against Fedor Emelianenko in BodogFight: Clash of Nations in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has spent the last ten months expecting two more bouts and two more paydays. Neither came to fruition.
"I lived up to my end of the bargain," said the Greco-Roman wrestling Olympic silver-medalist. "I haven't fought since April, anticipating two more fights with Bodog.
"I was exclusive with them for that period of time. That's why I hadn't done any negotiations outside of that contract. I was upholding my end of the bargain and dealing with them with integrity and honesty. I was being forthright, but they weren't doing such. It was very difficult.
MMA Fan's conversation with Kim and Randy: Forrest ko'd kimbo in sparring and he never came back
Hey guys, I don't know if you remember my old thread a while ago when I paid a visit to Randy Couture at his grand opening of his Wellington Xtreme Couture gym in Wellington, FL, but I had a chance to go see him again today and it was quite the journey.
First off, me and my buddies got back at around 2 after the fights and went to bed and woke up at 5 to drive to Wellington in order to make it there at the opening time, which was 10 AM.
From Gainesville, it's about a 4-4.5 hour drive with a stop for food, bathroom, etc. It was brutal. With 3 hours of sleep I drove 4.5 hours there and stayed from 10AM to when the event was over at 4 PM and then drove back and now I'm here, nearly dead.
Anyways, I got a chance to talk to both Randy and Kim for about an hour each 1-on-1. I got a lot of interesting information and cool stuff. I'm just going to list it because I'm far too tired to organize it any other way.
Wanderlei is preparing for Jardine, working vastly on wrestling and an "effective gameplan."
Ray Sefo and Jan Nortje has started training @ Xtreme Couture in Vegas.
Randy is happy with his decision to sign with HDNET, and says they are treating him great.
Says he's going to fight Fedor around June or July and they are pushing for it to happen in a cage.
Said his strategy against Fedor will be to trade a little bit and wrestle him down and keep him there.
Said he was absolutely shocked at the outcome of Silva v. Hendo, he thought Silva was going to win, but not by a submission.
Said he's very interested in fighting Big Nog, but no way in hell in the UFC.
Is coming out with 3 movies soon: Big Stan, Redbelt and Scorpion King 2.
I'll think of more important things he said, I'm brain dead atm.
Her first fight last Sat was a Muay Thai "smoker" fight, nothing serious
Her real fight is in April or so, with an org. under Chael Sonnen
Says Gina almost never is in the gym training even when she has a fight coming up
Hasn't sparred Wanderlei.
Said most of Hughes' book was exaggerated and many of those who were there in the events in his book claimed things were blown way out of proportion.
Says Chuck's book was barely, BARELY written by Chuck at all.
Says Xtreme Couture clothing is doing great and so are the gyms. They are opening 3 more.
Fractured her wrist somehow.
Thinks Randy will demolish Big Nog and have a solid chance against Fedor.
Randy now has a ****l plate in his forearm similar to Tim Sylvia from the Gonzaga kick.
Said the Gonzaga head kick to him (the one that looked like it nearly killed him) was actually just a slap because Randy was moving his head away. (According to her and Randy) - it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked on TV.
Says Randy follows a diet, not too strict and his fore arm is healed and he's been back in the gym.
Really dislikes Dana White.
Not impressed by Big Nog's performances in the UFC at all.
Says Randy doesn't read Sherdog @ all, let alone know how to work a computer.
Says: "He only makes the news, doesn't care to read about it."
Says she absolutely loves Anderson Silva's fluidity and fighting style, and prefers stand-up herself.
Liked my necklace a lot :]
Says her and Randy live a calm life in Vegas, far from the strip, close to their gym.
Randy is coming out with his book and is waiting for everyone to release theirs. Has been working on his for nearly 2 years now and put a lot of time and effort in it. She says it will be a lot different from Hughes' and Liddell's books.
Likes to train for herself rather than money, fame, etc.
EDIT: Another thing she said which was very interesting, is they are trying to get Wanderlei away from the "bodybuilder - esque" workouts and more focused on circuits, etc.
***Also, the funniest thing she said was when I asked her opinion on Kimbo, she said at first she was a bit skeptical, but he came in one day to their gym in Vega and showed he had a very tough heart and trained hard. Also, him and Forrest sparred and he was KO'd by Forrest and he never came back again!
That's everything I can really think of now. I'm sure I'll think of more when my brain comes back to its senses...
Will post pics later I guess, so tired. All in all, event was incredible, Randy and Kim were so willing to talk to me and my bud because we had such knowledge of MMA and what was going on. Kim actually didn't like the whole people flooding Randy and all the media and came over to me and my friend to talk to us. Extremely sociable and awesome to talk to. Same with Randy.
Double trouble: Interview with the Diaz brothers
Sean McManus (MMAmania.com): Definitely a good idea – he’s done well for sure. Now you’re coming off a really tough loss to KJ Noons because of a doctor’s stoppage when you competed for the 160-pound EliteXC title. There was talk of an immediate …
Nick Diaz: First off, I don’t see it as a tough loss, you know? I don’t feel like I lost that fight. The doctor stopped the fight, the ref didn’t stop the fight, maybe if the ref had stopped it that would be one thing, but the doctor stopped it. It’s ridiculous.
Sean McManus (MMAmania.com): Alright, now there were rumblings of an immediate rematch, but …
Nick Diaz: No there was a rematch. I was supposed to fight him, that’s what I’ve been training for recently here. I got a call saying that he didn’t take the rematch; he didn’t want to fight me, whatever. I said right on man, scared mother ******. But that’s cool.
Here's the to the rest of the interview.