9 Fights Signed for ‘St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2’
Ring of Combat veteran Rafael Natal (Pictured) will lock horns with promotional newcomer Jesse Bongfeldt in a preliminary middleweight matchup at UFC 124 “St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2” on Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Nine fights are now official for the event, which will air live on pay-per-view.
Zuffa Fills UFC 123 Injury Void
English lightweight Paul Kelly (Pictured) will meet T.J. O’Brien in a preliminary matchup at UFC 123 “Rampage vs. Machida” on Nov. 20 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. O’Brien replaces the injured Gabe Ruediger at the event, which will air live on pay-per-view.
Paulo Filho loses to unbeaten prospect over the weekend
Not too long ago, Brazilian grappler Paulo Filho was considered to be one of the top three middleweights in MMA. However, he has since lost his luster as the result of a slew of shakey in-ring performances over the past few years, as well as a handful of incidents involving both questionable personal and professional behavior.
Frank Shamrock Blames Dana White for Negative Perception of MMA in New York
As much as UFC president Dana White and the UFC have done to help build the credibility of MMA around the world, White is also one of major the obstacles keeping the sport from being legalized in New York, according to Frank Shamrock.
"The face of our sport is Dana White and out here in conservative New York, the way people think, bald-headed, tattoo'd, swearing people are just not a good representative of our brand and unfortunately people think that Dana White speaks for MMA, and they're confused," Shamrock said Monday on The MMA Hour. "They don't know he speaks for the UFC. They think he speaks for the entire sport and [they think] the entire sport is made up of Dana Whites.
Condit Wants Winner of Kampmann vs. Shields
Former WEC welterweight titleholder Carlos Condit stunned the O2 Arena in London by knocking out favored Dan Hardy in the first round of their important 170-pound matchup at UFC 120 on Saturday.
“This was definitely the biggest fight of my career, fighting on the co-main [event],” said Condit. “[Defeating] Dan in his backyard at the O2 Arena is the biggest win of my career so far.”
This marks the third straight victory for “The Natural Born Killer” inside the Octagon since he was defeated in his debut by Danish striker Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in 2009. Avenging that loss, along with a 2006 defeat to newly-signed Jake Shields, is at the forefront of the New Mexican’s mind.
Victorious Bisping Looking for Wanderlei Rematch
“I feel I’ve grown as a fighter. If I can’t do it now I’m never going to do it,” he asserted.
That’s not to say that the confident Brit has his sights set on champion Anderson Silva just yet. Instead, he has another Silva in his sights.
“I’d like to fight Wanderlei again, definitely,” said Bisping, referring to his disputed loss to the Brazilian earlier this year. “I would even consider coaching 'The Ultimate Fighter' against him.”
UFC 120 Bonuses: Four Fighters Bank $60K
Before his encounter with Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy had never before been knocked out. In MMA, such streaks are notoriously fleeting.
Condit parked Hardy with a left hook and follow-up ground strike, as he banked a $50,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus in the UFC 120 “Bisping vs. Akiyama” co-main event on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. The 26-year-old Condit clipped Hardy with a crackling left hook that sent him to the mat in a semi-conscious state and finished off the Team Rough House standout soon after. The end came 4:27 into round one.
Cheick Kongo: 50 percent of MMA fighters take steroids
"50 percent [of MMA fighters take steroids], if not more.... What can I say, other than we need to stay away from all of that. It's not easy to put things into perspective, especially if you believe that you have a disadvantage from the get go. For some athletes, it's hard to hold up physically and mentally- the pressure, the obligation to stay on top - everything pushes you to take steroids. For me, PEDs aren't the solution. Taking PEDs jeopardizes your health and it's cheating. I am a fighter; I owe my victories to my hard work, my training, the fact that I push myself beyond the limit, the sacrifices I make to a life almost entirely dedicated to sports. Nothing else. Stay away from the needles. You can succeed without them."
Nearing 50, Renaissance jock Herschel Walker breaks fitness rules
(CNN) -- Javier Mendez, a mixed martial arts trainer for 32 years, scoffed when he heard that retired NFL star Herschel Walker, who's nearing 50, wanted to compete in ultimate fighting. "Yeah, I didn't think he could do it," Mendez said. "I thought it was a joke." Walker had been out of football for 12 years. Aging football players tend to get flabby, play golf or relive the spotlight under "Dancing With the Stars."
Arlovski Tweets That He's Out of K-1
When K-1 announced the pairings for Saturday's Final 16 event, it made a special point of emphasizing the presence of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
So much for that.
Although his fight with Raul Catinas has been announced as happening in less than four days, Arlovski wrote on Twitter that he is not going to be there.
"I would like to confirm that I am not participating in the K-1 on October 2nd," Arlovski tweeted on Tuesday evening.
Fired by UFC 119's Matt Mitrione, agent Malki Kawa believes miscommunication to blame
MMA agent Malki Kawa believes a lack of communication led to an unfortunate public scene involving his former client, UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione.
Mitrione defeated Joey Beltran by unanimous decision at this past Saturday's UFC 119 event and then made the highly unusual move of firing Kawa during his post-fight interview, which aired live on Spike TV.
And while Kawa is unhappy with his own performance leading up to the event, he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the deck was stacked against him and that he'd like to clear the air with Mitrione.
"He's a great guy," Kawa said. "He just doesn't understand how it should get done, and I didn't get the chance to sit down and operate with him the way I normally would with anybody else."
Datsik tries to immigrate to Norway, gets arrested, hands over a loaded gun to police and we have it all on video
There are very few people on this earth that can 'out crazy' Viacheslav Datsik and no, Mel Gibson is not one of them. If there was some magical tree that produced little badass fruit that soccer kicked everyone in the groin upon sight, that tree would be named after Viacheslav Datsik. By now you're familiar with Datsik's arrest in St. Petersburg, Russia after he knocked off a chain of cell phone stores, his recent escape from a mental institution by ripping down the gates with his bare hands, the hype video he cut of himself training for his return to MMA and his former psychiatrist confirming that he is indeed completely out of his mind. Today, the nuttiness that is Datsik has elevated to a new realm of sheer 'WTFness'.
Commission: Filipovic Already Examined, Initially Cleared for Saturday
Indiana State Athletic Commission Director Andy Means said Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has already been examined and initially cleared by a commission-approved physician for his headlining bout against Frank Mir at UFC 119 Saturday at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
On Friday, Croatian news site Index.hr reported that the 36-year-old striker had injured his eye during a final training session in his homeland and couldn’t get clearance from a physician to leave the country for the U.S., thus putting the main-event bout in jeopardy.
Filipovic himself eventually confirmed the injury with local press as he boarded his plane for the States. Wearing sunglasses, the former Croatian Parliament member said he wouldn’t withdraw from the bout despite the injury. The 2006 Pride Fighting Championships Open-Weight grand prix champion reportedly arrived in the U.S., on Sunday.
“The UFC informed me this afternoon that Cro Cop saw the ophthalmologist today in Indianapolis and that he was cleared to fight. I anticipate seeing the results soon but all indications are that this is a non-issue,” wrote Means in an email to Sherdog.com on Monday. “He will just have to undergo the same pre-fight physical as the other 21 fighters this weekend before the event.“
Referee Shoved by Keith Jardine Reacts to Fighter's Actions, Suspension
Steve Armstrong's night was nearly over. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation referee had just presided over the Shark Fights 13 co-main event, and now he was waiting to do his last pre-fight check over main event participant Keith Jardine.
Armstrong waited in the aisle of the Amarillo Civic Center as Jardine threw his arms up for the cheering crowd and approached him. As they intersected, Armstrong stopped Jardine with his right hand in order to begin his mandatory check. In a flash, Jardine pushed Armstrong's hand away and then stared at the veteran referee for a beat before shoving him backwards.
That quick exchange, which took just 2.5 seconds in real time, landed Jardine an indefinite suspension at the hands of the state's athletic sanctioning body, TDLR. In an interview with MMA Fighting, Armstrong explained how the incident took place and his thoughts on the actions that landed the MMA veteran in hot water.
"I think he was zoning," said Armstrong, who has been a referee in Texas for five years, but has been around martial arts since 1973. "He was fixing to fight a big fight. I was trying to stop him, and he smirked and pushed me. I said, 'You push me again, you're DQ'd.' Then he patted my shoulder like he realized what was going on. I think he got caught in the moment."
Vitor Belfort: 'Anderson Silva knows if I touch him he will fall and won't get up again'
“I want the belt. The belt belongs to Anderson today and I want to fight him. He cannot fight this year, but I won’t wait for him. I’m cheered up and training here in Las Vegas for November. It was the schedule they (UFC) gave me and now it’s time to expect it to take place. I know all of his game, I know all his jiu-jitsu, stand-up game, I know he likes spinning kicks and uses elbows. If I touch my hand on him, he falls and won’t stand on his feet anymore. If I get close like Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia did, my fire power is bigger than theirs. A fight is a fight and we know these are two champions fighting, two persons with conditions, so the most important is be smart in each second of the match for nothing goes wrong. But he knows that, if my hand touches him he won’t stay standing up. That’s not a promise, that’s a fact. I’ll go towards him, I know what I want, I’m focused and don’t doubt on what I can do. I’m very excited. Speaking about this makes me feel like fighting now (laughs)”.
Keith Jardine's Week Just Went From Bad to Worse
When Keith Jardine lost his Shark Fights debut against Trevor Prangley last weekend, effectively racking up his fifth straight loss, it didn't seem like things could get much worse for the struggling former UFC light heavyweight.
It appears it did.
Jardine has been suspended indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing for allegedly shoving a Texas Combative Sports Program official prior to his main event fight Saturday night.
According to Jardine's manager, "The Dean of Mean" was reacting to being aggressively grabbed by fans as he made his way to the cage and thought he was pushing an overzealous spectator.
“What happened, when Keith got through the crowd area, he was stopped and somebody was pulling on his shirt, out of reaction Keith pushed the guy to get him off and it happened to be [an official]," Jardine’s manager, John Madrid told MMAWeekly. "There were no commission people or any security or anything to escort Keith out to the cage, and the TV guys are saying we gotta go. The crowd was really tight knit walking out, people reaching over the barriers grabbing at him and wanting to touch him. He’s standing there … he’s being grabbed, he turns around in instinct and pushes the guy back, thinking its an over aggressive fan, but it happens to be [an official]. He’s very apologetic to that. The only part that the commission saw was Keith pushing the commission guy.”
Here's the video of the incident, which seems to contradict Jardine's camp's side of the story. In the clip, it looks like Jardine takes umbrage with the official touching him while he gives him some last-minute instruction before he enters the cage and seems to clearly pauses for a second to look at who he is about to shove before giving the ref the "get the **** off me."
Josh Koscheck: 'MMA would be boring if it were full of fighters like Georges St. Pierre'
"If this show [TUF 12] is successful, it's probably not going to be because of Georges St. Pierre's personality. I didn't have to work on it [becoming a heel]. I've always been an ornery little [profane]. I have a knack for getting under people's skin. I want to be an entertainer. I want to be the guy who makes money outside of the cage. If I've got to be the villain to do it, then I'll do that. Life would be boring if you didn't have controversy. This sport would be boring if you had guys who were just like a Georges, who looks like a robot, talks like a robot, and fights like a robot. You need guys out there with personality. There's not many guys who are out there who are willing to do that. I'm willing to do that."
Tim Sylvia to Compete in Japanese Pro Wrestling
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia will try his hands at the professional wrestling game later this month in Japan – and may be joined by fellow heavyweights Josh Barnett and Bob Sapp, both of whom have wrestled professionally in Japan.
A source close to Sylvia's camp told MMA Fighting on Friday that contracts have been signed for Sylvia to take part in two fights, with the first coming in two weeks – and that first bout is likely to come against Barnett.