Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares targeted for UFC 125
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" semifinalist Brad Tavares (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will put his perfect record on the line when he meets veteran fighter Phil Baroni (13-12 MMA, 3-6 UFC) at UFC 125.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which is expected to take place at middleweight.
UFC 125 takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view.
It's not known if Tavares vs. Baroni will make the broadcast.
GSP: "I Know Koscheck Better Than Ever Now"
Georges St. Pierre won't lie, he didn't exactly have a great time filming season 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which premieres Wednesday night on Spike TV.
Don't misunderstand him, he's glad he went through it, he said. He's also glad that it's over. While some fighters dislike the reality show coaching gig because it takes them away from home and disrupts their normal routine, for St. Pierre the problem wasn't so much the atmosphere as the company.
"I was with Josh Koscheck, so that was hard," the UFC welterweight champ told MMA Fighting. "He's very arrogant and I don't like to be close to this guy. But I didn't have a choice. It was a few weeks where I had to be there close to him."
GSP & Winner of Koscheck/Daley to Coach TUF 12
It will be a welterweight showdown during the 12th season of the "Ultimate Fighter" as champion Georges St. Pierre will take the reigns as coach for the first time ever and he will compete against the winner of Saturday night's fight between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley.
The announcement was made on Friday by UFC president Dana White.
For all of the history of the "Ultimate Fighter" reality show it seems that UFC welterweight champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world Georges St. Pierre would have been a coach previously, but it never happened until now.
The popular Canadian fighter will head out to Las Vegas in the next few weeks to begin coaching the next cast of UFC hopefuls. Assured to be by St. Pierre's side are his head coach from Montreal, Firas Zahabi, and strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimburg.
The other coaching vacancy will be filled on Saturday night when Josh Koscheck battles Paul Daley, and the win will not only mean a job coaching on the "Ultimate Fighter" but a shot at St. Pierre's title when the season is over.
Josh Koscheck, a participant in the historical first season of the "Ultimate Fighter", commented to MMAWeekly.com about the coaching position should he be offered the job.
"It definitely would be fun. I think it would be a great opportunity, and I would definitely take the UFC up on it," said Koscheck.
His opponent, British slugger Paul Daley, also said he'd welcome the chance to coach on the show, although both fighters stated emphatically that their first job is to win on Saturday night.
"If I get the opportunity, it's a great opportunity that I'd have to accept," said Daley. "I'd enjoy it, great exposure, and a chance to get my face out there a bit more."
Meet "The Ultimate Fighter 11" cast: Grizzled veteran Kyacey Uscola
Call him the anti-Amir Sadollah.
Where Sadollah was able to claim victory in the seventh season of "The Ultimate Figher" with zero pro fights to his name, Kyacey Uscola will now try his hand at the 11th edition with nearly 50.
And while some veterans may feel like the added experience means they have a target on their back, "Ice Cold" said it just makes him the favorite.
"I don't think any of them are gunning for me," Uscola told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think they know that I can bang with any of them. I can grapple. I'm a college All-American. I've taken the advanced division at Grappler's Quest.
"I think they're all pretty worried."
Uscola's exact record is a little tough to nail down. Depending on where you look, he might be 18-15 or could be 18-12. Uscola believes the most accurate mark is about 30-16.
Whatever it actually is, Uscola just knows there are way more losses on it than he'd like to see.
"It's taken me a lot of trials and tribulations to get here," Uscola said. "I've fought a lot of tough guys, and I pissed off a lot of good fights or matches that I should have won."
A former collegiate wrestling All-American, Uscola has been fighting professionally since 2004. While his lengthy record does have its share of losses, a closer look at his history reveals an astounding amount of quality opponents: Josh Burkman, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Mike Guymon, Gegard Mousasi, Kyle Noke, Trevor Prangley, Chael Sonnen, and Joey Villasenor, among others.
But Uscola believes those years of experience of fighting anyone who would step up have prepared him for this moment – that and his current training with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif.
"I'm with a great training camp now, and it's sort of changed my aspect on things," Uscola said. "I think a lot of it is watching Urijah and him being in my ear all the time, like, 'Kyacey, you've got all the talent in the world. Let's get it done. Let's get it done.'"
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" preview details new format with "wild-card" berths
With the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" just four days away, the UFC and Spike TV have released a five-minute preview clip available on the new official Web site of the series, UltimateFighter.com.
And while "TUF 11" coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were announced for the show in December, and the list of 28 middleweight fighters competing on the show was released earlier this month, one detail remained unclear.
What is the new "mystery" format?
With 28 fighters competing in a tournament format, the math simply doesn't work out for a traditional 32- or 16-slot tournament. UFC president Dana White quickly explains the new rules to the gathered fighters.
"We're going to have a wild card," White says. "What that means is there's 28 of you guys; 14 of you will get into the house. After the first seven preliminary fights, the coaches and I will choose two guys who we think deserve a second shot. Those two guys will take each other on. The winner will get the eighth spot in the quarterfinals."
Spike TV and UFC launch UltimateFighter.com, "The Ultimate Fighter" episodes now online
Perhaps the single biggest contributor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship's recent growth spurt will now have a worldwide audience.
Spike TV today announced every episode of its and the UFC's longtime reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," is now available for free online viewing at the Web site www.ultimatefighter.com.
The offerings include all 10 seasons of the reality series, which returns to Spike TV for an 11th season on March 31.
Spike TV officials today announced the deal at a press conference in its New York City offices.
"We've taken every season, every fighter and every fight and put them all in one place," UFC president Dana White stated. "And for the first time, you'll see full episodes and full fights on the Web for free."
All 142 episodes of the show are now available for streaming. Every cast member has a bio page, and Spike TV officials will roll out new never-before-seen footage each week and even elimination-round fights that didn't make it to air...
Introducing The Ultimate Fighter 11 Cast - All 28 Middleweights
For the first time Spike TV has officially announced the full cast of the 28 middleweights fighting for a chance to become the next Ultimate Fighter. TUF 11 premieres March 31.
Nick Ring (10-0), Jordan Smith (10-0), Josh Bryant (10-0), Charley Lynch (6-0)
Kris Mccray (5-0), Warren Thompson (5-0), James Hammortree (4-0), Brad Tavares (4-0)
Joseph Henle (3-0), Court Mcgee (9-1), Victor O’Donnell (8-1), Norman Paraisy (5-1)
Costantinos Philippou (5-1), Brent Cooper (5-1), Greg Rebello (9-2), Kyle Noke (16-4-1)
Jacen Flynn (8-2), Lyle Steffens (5-2), Chris Camozzi (11-3), Charles Blanchard (7-2)
Cleburn Walker (9-3), Ben Stark (3-1), Rich Attonito (7-3), Woody Weatherby (7-3)
Seth Baczynski (11-5), Clayton Mckinney (4-2), Jamie Yager (2-1), Kyacey Uscola (18-15)
Tito says Liddell was an alcoholic and White intervention saved him
Nice job by John Morgan. MMAJunkie's lead reporter attended the season 11 "Ultimate Fighter" media day and caught a matter-of-fact statement by Tito Ortiz about Chuck Liddell. Ortiz, who always seems to be in mocking mode, sounded heartfelt when he said he was happy that Liddell beat alcoholism (1:22 mark) to make it back to the UFC.
"I think [Liddell] had a problem," Ortiz said. "A lot of people go through addiction. I think his deal was he was an alcoholic. He loved to party."
Ortiz claims Liddell's ego got the best of him.
Strikeforce Champ, Jake Shields, Heads to TUF 11
Current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields is going to the UFC.
Not as a fighter, but as an assistant coach to Chuck Liddell on the eleventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter."
Shields announced the news on his official website, JakeShields.com. He will serve as a wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach for Liddell for the next six to seven weeks.
This will not be the first time a fighter from a different promotion has appeared on the popular reality show. Former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler assisted his friend and coach, Matt Hughes, during the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Liddell's "TUF 11" coaches could include Davis, Henson, Hackleman, Shields, and Bravo
Five-time light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is quietly assembling a team for his second coaching stint on "The Ultimate Fighter."
Liddell begins filming the 11th season of the long-running series on Jan. 21 alongside rival coach and six-time light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. According to UFC president Dana White, "TUF 11" is expected to feature 16 middleweight hopefuls will compete in the show's traditional tournament format.
Maynard: Penn-Sanchez Was More of a Business Choice
When you’ve won six fights in a row in the UFC lightweight division, it’s difficult not to be earmarked as the next title contender.
Gray Maynard knows there are no guarantees, though. The former Michigan State wrestling champion faces Nate Diaz this Monday at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va., in a rematch of their early 2007 bout on “The Ultimate Fighter 5.” And the pragmatic lightweight said a win won’t necessarily translate into a title shot against B.J. Penn.
“I don’t really know what (the promotion’s) talking about, but I got to get past Nate,” Maynard told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog” show on Monday. “There’s a lot of guys who are probably like, ‘Yeah, I’m close to a title shot,’ so I’m just one of those guys I guess.”
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell named TUF 11 coaches
LAS VEGAS – His pleas for the job apparently worked; Tito Ortiz will serve as a coach on the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
UFC officials confirmed the assignment during Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort.
The other part of the surprise? Ortiz will coach against Chuck Liddell, not Forrest Griffin, on the upcoming season of the reality series, and the coaches will meet in a season-ending fight.
After dropping a close split decision to Griffin last month in the UFC 106 main event, Ortiz campaigned for the two to be coaches on "TUF 11." UFC officials, though, chose Liddell instead.
"TUF 11" begins taping in January and debuts on Spike TV in April. The show is expected to feature middleweight fighters.
All Fighters on Weight for TUF 10 Finale
Roy Nelson (263) vs. Brendan Schaub (240)
Matt Hamill (206) vs. Jon Jones (206)
Frankie Edgar (155) vs. Matt Veach (155)
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (212) vs. Houston Alexander (208)
Marcus Jones (262) vs. Matt Mitrione (255)
Jon Madsen (247) vs. Justin Wren (251)
Darrill Schoonover (261) vs. James McSweeney (235)
Brian Stann (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (203)
John Howard (169) vs. Dennis Hallman (170)
Mark Bocek (156) vs. Joe Brammer (155)
"The Ultimate Fighter 10" season finale sees small ratings boost with 2.6 million viewers
Bucking the trend of recent ratings declines, "The Ultimate Fighter 10" season finale drew 2.6 million viewers, which was up slightly from the 2.4 million who tuned in for the most recent, Nov. 18, episode.
The two-hour Dec. 2 episode was the first since episode No. 3 in late September to improve upon the previous episode's ratings.
The back-to-back season-ending episodes, which featured the conclusion of the tournament's quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, was the No. 1 rated program of the day among network and cable television in the men 18-34 demographic, according to Spike TV...
TUF 10 fights are bad and boring
...according to TUF 8 coach Frank Mir.
"I don't even know what's going on, I had to turn it off. I'm being serious. It was bad. Some of the fights were horrible. I haven't seen any fights in the WEC that could ever amount to being that bad, because the lighter guys are just more competitive. They're in shape, they're more strategic. Even when you go to a college wrestling match, typically, the heavyweights are boring to watch.... I'm a heavyweight and I'm saying... (the fights are) nowhere near as exciting as the lightweights."
Bocek versus Brammer Announced for TUF 10 Finale
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced a lightweight bout pitting Mark Bocek against newcomer Joe Brammer for “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” finale, confirming an earlier report from MMAWeekly.com.
Brammer takes the place of Matt Veach, who recently stepped into a feature bout position against Frankie Edgar when Edgar’s original opponent, Kurt Pellegrino, had to withdraw due to a back injury.
Tiki Ghosn wants to fight Rashad
The Ultimate Fighter season 10 has yielded some heated confrontations between the coaching staff of both Team Rampage and Team Rashad. UFC veteran, and Team Rampage assistant coach, Tiki Ghosn has been openly vocal in regards to the former UFC light heavy weight champion, Rashad Evans, and has recently issued Evans a formal challenge:
"You know just because he has few more fights than me in the UFC he suddenly thinks he's above me in some way. He got one lucky KO over Chuck (Liddell) and now he thinks he's an elite striker, we all saw what happened to him when he stepped in there with a technical striker like Machida - let’s just say he doesn't want any part of me in the stand up department, that's for sure."
I hate Rashad too but come on lol.