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UFC Quick Quote: With a win, and some help, Keith Jardine thinks he’s in
(mmamania.com)
“There’s a good chance (Forrest Griffin) wins the fight (with Rampage Jackson) and that means I’m in line to get the next fight.” – Top 205-pound contender Keith Jardine tells 15Rounds.com that if he wins his next fight, which is rumored to be against Wanderlei Silva, he’ll get the next shot at the light heavyweight crown … if Forrest Griffin can defeat current champ, Rampage Jackson. There was no explanation as to what happens if Rampage retains the belt; however, it’s safe to say that he’ll earn the winner of the June clash between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jardine already defeated Griffin, creating a marketable rematch between two well-known contestants on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
Submitted Feb 9, 2008 3:39PM by nickcuc547 - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The winner in PRIDE vs. UFC? Neither
(sports.yahoo.com)
When Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira forced Tim Sylvia to tap out in the third round at Saturday night's UFC 81 main event, becoming the first man to hold both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championship heavyweight titles, it once again fueled endless debates over which organization had the better competition. A little over a year ago, before UFC purchased PRIDE and subsequently folded it, at a post-show press conference, when Quinton Jackson and Mirko Cro Cop were about to debut, a reporter asked UFC president Dana White about the possibility that the ex-PRIDE stars may come in and win all the belts. It was a common theme among insiders and most of the fighters that, in general, the PRIDE fighters were better, even though UFC people would argue that except for the heavyweight division, in which for years PRIDE clearly had more depth, UFC felt its top guys would beat PRIDE's top guys. White noted at the time that Jackson and Cro Cop were now UFC fighters, and it didn't matter who fought where at another time, whoever was really the best would be determined in head-to-head battle and now the best were all UFC fighters.
Submitted Feb 9, 2008 2:22PM by Bemin - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor Emelianenko Pens Open Letter to Dana White
(mmajunkie.com)
Saying he will no longer permit Dana White to disparage him, former PRIDE heavyweight champion and famed Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko has fired back and penned an open letter to the UFC’s head president and challenged him to allow a fight with UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture or interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 5:29PM by Bemin - 56 comments
Filed under: UFC, M-1 Global
 
Exclusive Marc Ratner Interview
(mmaweekly.com)
MMAWeekly recently spoke with UFC vice president of government and regulatory affairs Marc Ratner about working to get MMA sanctioning in more states and continue expanding UFC into new territories.
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 4:26PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Background Checks at Center of Multi-Million Dollar Pride Lawsuit
(sherdog.com)
The UFC's purchase of Pride Fighting Championships was met by great expectations when it was announced in March 2007. Executives, fans and fighters alike hailed the acquisition as the start of a new golden age for the sport, the beginning of an era of undisputed champions and global ascendance of mixed martial arts under the direction of Zuffa.
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 1:48PM by madmarck - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, PrideFC
 
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 02.08.08: UFC 81 Review
(411mania.com)
Would Minotauro Nogueira defeat Randy Couture if he were to return? Will Brock Lesnar's next opponent be a cakewalk? Will that win reinvigorate the career of Frank Mir? Was Tim Sylvia's ground defense mindblowingly bad? All of this and more in the latest installment of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction!
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 11:22AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 83 - Fastest Sell Out In UFC History!
(ufc.com)
“Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club presale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale today,” said Dana White, UFC President. “I’m excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it’s safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event.” They WILL be coming back to Canada!!!
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 10:45AM by RMFG_187 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jardine believes hes next in line for a title shot
(mmafightline.com)
15Rounds.com recently spoke to Keith Jardine about what’s coming up next for him. Here’s what he had to say, “there’s a good chance (Forrest Griffin) wins the fight (with Rampage Jackson) and that means I’m in line to get the next fight”.
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 10:06AM by cowcatcher - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sherk Not Going Back To California
(mmaweekly.com)
Sean Sherk will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. Just not in California-Sherk said he will never fight there again because of his drug suspension and how he felt the case was handled.
Submitted Feb 8, 2008 7:57AM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nogueira's trainer: Sylvia Cheated
(mmafightline.com)
Luiz Alves, the muy thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, was recently interviewed by the Brazilian news site tatame.com and has made some interesting remarks concerning “Big Nog’s” recent victory over Tim Sylvia. Alvez made the claim during his interview that “the Americans” were using baby cream which would not become slippery until it came in contact with sweat If his claims are valid it will be interesting to see what course of action the UFC will take to punish this sort of behavior, or to prevent this sort of foul from being committed in the future.
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 11:44PM by Manfred - 33 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Miscellaneous
 
Dana White: New York City or Boston Will Host a UFC Event in 2008
(mmajunkie.com)
Although neither state currently sanctions mixed-martial arts, New York or Massachusetts — or more specifically, New York City or Boston — will host a UFC event in 2008, UFC President Dana White guarantees. The UFC’s head honcho made the promise in today’s edition of The Patriot Ledger. “I’m going to be as bold as to say I guarantee you either we’ll be in the Boston Garden or Madison Square Garden (by the end of the year),” White told the newspaper. New York City’s Madison Square Garden is one of the sporting world’s most legendary venues. The 20,000-capacity arena initially rose to fame by hosting classic boxing events. The Boston Garden (officially named the TD Banknorth Garden) is a 19,600-capacity venue that opened in 1995.
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 7:44PM by Bemin - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
THQ to release info @ UFC 84
(firingsquad.com)
I cant wait for this!
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 4:36PM by Mayhem13 - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
new joe lauzon interview
(nodq.com)
here's an interview done yesterday with j-lau done by NODQ. com
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 2:55PM by cowcatcher - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cote to face off with fellow slugger Belcher at ufc 83
cote 1st round ko/tko if my prediction is rite.....title shot?
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 2:51PM by Gipper - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shogun' Discusses Liddell and Plans for ‘08
(sherdog.com)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Pictures) started 2008 in a new home. The fighter left Chute Boxe and, along with three former Chute Boxe teammates, created the Universidade da Luta. With the structure of his new team almost set, Rua spoke with Sherdog.com about his plans for the year ahead, which includes a showdown against former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures). Gleidson Venga: What did you think about Chuck Liddell (Pictures) as your next opponent? Mauricio Rua: I think that was a great choice. Liddell is a great fighter and it's a good fight for me because he is a very famous guy in America. Liddell is a tough guy, hard to defeat, but I think that there are no easy fights in my weight division. I'll go straight up over him and I'll give a great show to my fans.
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 2:14PM by Bemin - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Eying the Lightweight Landscape
(ufc.com)
Many believe it is the most exciting division in mixed martial arts. But not many guys walking around at 155 pounds have truly devastating, one-punch knockout power like Chuck Liddell or Tim Sylvia. Not many of them can fire a high kick like Mirko Cro Cop or Gabriel Gonzaga. So, what makes the little fellas so exciting? It can be summed up with three words: blazing, nonstop action. Stated differently, a lightweight bout is like watching the other weight classes on fast forward. From lightning quick punches that come in rapid-fire succession to amazing scrambles to crazy transition jiu-jitsu, the little guys know how to thrill the crowd. Who is the division kingpin? Who is next up to challenge for the title? And what marquee names round out the list of true division contenders?
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 11:46AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Belcher confirms fight with Cote
(mmajunkie.com)
Alan Belcher (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who had to pull out of this past weekend’s UFC 81 event with bronchitis, will take on Patrick Cote (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at an April 19 UFC 83 event at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Belcher today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he’s accepted the bout.
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 10:15AM by cowcatcher - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Boetsch plans to stay in UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC newcomer Tim Boetsch (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who earned an exciting TKO victory over fellow light heavyweight David Heath (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in his debut at this past weekend’s UFC 81 event, thinks he may have found a new home with the organization. The UFC’s newest light heavyweight, who took the UFC 81 fight on just 10 days’ notice, discussed that debut fight and his plans for the future on Wednesday’s episode of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a partner site of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Submitted Feb 7, 2008 10:13AM by cowcatcher - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 82: Chris Leben vs. Alessio Sakara confirmed and televised
It looks like we’re going to see Chris Leben and Alessio Sakara throw some leather after all at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” on Saturday March 1 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, according to UFC.com. This latest news confirms that there will indeed be 10 bouts for the second-ever card to take place in Columbus. Let’s have one final peek: Main Event: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (20-4) vs. Dan Henderson (22-6) Main card (televised): 265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo (11-3-1) vs. Heath Herring (27-13) 185 lbs.: Alessio Sakara (12-6) vs. Chris Leben (17-4) 185 lbs.: Evan Tanner (32-6) vs. Yushin Okami (21-4) 170 lbs.: Jon Fitch (15-2) vs. Chris Wilson (13-3) Under card (may not be broadcast): 265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski (11-5) vs. Jake O’Brien (10-0) 170 lbs.: Luke Cummo (6-4) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (11-3) 170 lbs.: Josh Koscheck (9-2) vs. Dustin Hazelett (10-3) 170 lbs.: Diego Sanchez (17-2) vs. David Bielkheden (12-5) 155 lbs.: Jorge Gurgel (11-3) vs. John Halverson (16-5) This shake-up makes some sense — it was hard to explain the reason Koscheck was buried on the prelims even though he defeated Sanchez back in April 2007. “The Nightmare” then lost his next bout to Jon Fitch at UFC 76: “Knockout” later in September. Having said that, the former winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 is a fan favorite and his bout will more than likely be aired between fights if time permits (something tells me the Leben-Sakara fight is not going the distance) and it is an exciting match
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 4:32PM by juanez13 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
GORAN RELJIC VS. WILSON GOUVEIA AT UFC 84
(mmaweekly.com)
Goran Reljic is set to make his debut in the Octagon on May 24 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena according to his manager, Zoran Saric. The 23-year-old Croation fighter has signed a multiple-fight contract to fight for the UFC. Terms of his contract were not disclosed. Saric stated that Reljic’s first bout, at UFC 84, will be against American Top Team fighter Wilson Gouveia in the light heavyweight division. Splitting his training between Croatia and England (where he trains with Roger Gracie), Reljic has a strong background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has submitted nearly every one of his opponents and has not gone to a decision en route to a 7-0 record. Gouveia is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. He is a UFC veteran with a 4-1 record in the Octagon, his only loss being a decision to Ultimate Fighter veteran Keith Jardine.
Submitted Feb 6, 2008 3:38PM by babalu2720 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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