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Tavares Will Fight Wiman at UFC 85
Thiago Tavares will face Matt Wiman at UFC 85 on June 7 in London, Sherdog.com has learned. "My manager, Alex Davis, just confirmed this fight," Tavares told Sherdog.com. "I am very happy with the choice of this opponent because he is a tough guy who is coming off three wins in a row, and I think we will make a great fight for the public. I like to face those tougher guys, and I thought this is a great opportunity." Tavares is in Rio de Janeiro training for the fight at the Minotauro team training center.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 7:36AM by grappler0000 - 15 comments
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‘Spider' Silva Angry with Okami
Rising off the deck, Anderson Silva's invincibility felt imperiled. With scorecards reflecting Silva's first dropped round since joining the UFC, the Brazilian stalker stood opposite Dan Henderson , as real a test as there is at 185 pounds, taking the advice of trainers with the attitude of someone meandering his way through a stick of gum. Perhaps it's simple to maintain poise when truth has revealed no one can mess with you. Not right now, at least. Henderson, some said, was the fighter to derail Silva's impressive run. It didn't happen because, as the UFC champ sees it, he was just better.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 7:32AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Ortiz and others could leave the UFC (Old news, but a very good article and worth checking out.)
The May 24 match between Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 from Las Vegas is among the most important matches of 2008. Ortiz is a key component of a battle that ends with the last man left standing. That battle isn’t in a ring or a cage, but a business war for supremacy of the mixed martial arts industry. Ortiz is the biggest of a host of name fighters whose UFC contracts will be expiring at a time in which a slew of new rival promotions are in desperate need of big-name fighters. For groups such as Elite XC, which debuts soon on CBS, and Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights, the key to challenging the UFC’s supremacy in the marketplace is having the right television exposure, the right stars, the right business sense and a degree of long-term planning and patience.
Submitted Mar 11, 2008 7:23PM by Bemin - 5 comments
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Thales Leites vs. Nate Marquardt Set for UFC 85
Visa issues forced Thales Leites (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) to cancel a scheduled October 2006 bout with Nate Marquardt (26-7-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), and then a broken hand forced him out of a second attempt at the fight last month at UFC 81. However, the two UFC middleweights will give the fight a third try at UFC 85 in London With the UFC's middleweight division short on contenders, the winner of the Leites-Marquardt bout could inch very close to a potential title shot. After Leites pulled out of the UFC 81 fight, Marquardt instead took on late replacement and veteran fighter Jeremy Horn. Marquardt dominated the fight and earned a second-round victory after securing a guillotine choke. It was the 28-year-old's seventh victory in his past eight fights, with the only loss coming in a title shot with Anderson Silva at UFC 73. Leites, a 26-year-old Brazilian, made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale and dropped a unanimous decision to middleweight standout Martin Kampmann; it was the first loss of his career. Leites has bounced with a three-fight winning streak, which includes victories over Pete Sell, Floyd Sword and Ryan Jensen.
Submitted Mar 11, 2008 5:30PM by juanez13 - 15 comments
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Chuck Liddell willing to fight for Heavyweight title
First things first: Chuck Liddell wants to remain at 205 lbs. so he can reclaim his light heavyweight title. However, the former champ says he's willing to move up to the heavyweight division to fight interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira if the UFC makes the request. He's won once in his last 3 fights, I dont think he needs to be even thinking of moving up just yet.
Submitted Mar 11, 2008 1:53PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 60 comments
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Boston to Host "The Ultimate Fighter 8" Tryouts on April 10
The seventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter" is still a month away from its debut on Spike TV, but UFC and Spike TV officials are already preparing for an eighth season that debuts later this year. The first tryouts for "The Ultimate Fighter 8" will take place Thursday, April 10 in Boston at a site to be determined. However, a source close to the show today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that producers haven't yet decided on a weight class or any other major details for the show.
Submitted Mar 11, 2008 1:44PM by Bemin - 13 comments
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No Joke-Silva Wants To Box
It's more than just talk-UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva does want to fight Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match according to Silva's manager. Whether or not it actually happens is yet to be seen.
Submitted Mar 11, 2008 6:45AM by DCRage - 21 comments
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Thiago Silva's Next Opponent
Antonio Mendes............ not much to say about this, sorry
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 10:28PM by CantAndleDaRiddum - 20 comments
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Diego Wants Rematch With Koscheck Soon
Diego Sanchez had an impressive victory against David this past weekend at UFC 82. The win snapped a two fight losing streak for the former original Ultimate Fighter cast member and put him back on track to begin another title run. Sanchez's confidants appears high as he looks forward to exacting some revenge on an old nemesis. "One that would be big for my heart and soul would be Josh Koscheck,” Sanchez told MMAWeekly. “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.”
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 8:42PM by BlazinSaddle - 19 comments
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UFC Going To Do Things "Their Way"
Dana White recently sat down with the Boston Herald to discuss a variety of topics including his disdain for Elite XC president Gary Shaw and the reasons why the UFC hasn't signed on with a major network. Below are some of the highlights of that conversation: Dana White On Elite XC President Gary Shaw: The next company that was going to take me out has been coming for the last eight years. Every time somebody puts something new together, it’s been "Oh, these guys are gonna kick Dana’s ass and put his ego in check" There ain’t anybody kicking our ass. It isn’t going to happen this year with CBS and Elite XC or any year. We’ll see who’s around in five years, me or Gary Shaw. There’s some ego for you. The reality is I know what I’m doing and Gary Shaw doesn’t. If you go and search Gary Shaw and mixed martial arts (on the Internet), this guy was saying five years ago that mixed martial arts was a joke. (He said) it’s not a real sport, these guys are barroom brawlers. Now that fat, bloated guy is running around acting like he loves mixed martial arts. Dana White On Why He's Nixed Deals In The Past With HBO and CBS: The bottom line is we built this brand without the help of anyone. We built this thing from the ground up, and no one’s going to control our business. It has nothing to do with ego at all; it has to do with the business we’ve built and our vision for it. We’re going to do it our way.
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 8:39PM by BlazinSaddle - 1 comment
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UFC 83 card complete for Montreal PPV event on April 19
Main card (televised): 185 lbs.: Rich Franklin (22-3) vs. Travis Lutter (9-4) 185 lbs.: Kalib Starnes (8-2-1) vs. Nate Quarry (9-2) 185 lbs.: Michael Bisping (15-1) vs. Charles McCarthy (10-4) 155 lbs.: Mac Danzig (17-4-1) vs. Mark Bocek (5-1) Under card (may not be broadcast): 185 lbs.: Jason MacDonald (19-9) vs. Joe Doerksen (39-11) 185 lbs.: Alan Belcher (12-4) vs. Jason Day (15-5) 155 lbs.: Sam Stout (13-3-1) vs. Rich Clementi (30-12-1) 170 lbs.: Jonathan Goulet (21-9) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (11-4) 265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez (2-0) vs. Brad Morris (10-2) 185 lbs.: Ed Herman (14-5) vs. Demian Maia (6-0)
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 7:19PM by SmileR - 6 comments
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Herman vs. Maia Official; UFC 83 to Feature 11 Bouts
The UFC today made official the long-rumored UFC 83 bout between middlweights Ed Herman (14-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Demian Maia (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). With the booking, UFC 83 now features a total of 11 bouts. The announcement was on UFC.com. The 27-year-old Herman, one of the most experienced fighters cast for the third season of "The Ultimate Fighter," made it to the show's finals but lost to Kendall Grove. In his very next fight, he was quickly submitted by Jason MacDonald for his second straight loss, but the Team Quest fighter quickly turned things around. First came a first-round submission of Chris Price at UFC Fight Night 8, then came a second-round submission of Scott Smith at UFC 72. He most recently earned a third-round knockout of veteran fighter Joe Doerksen -- the first knockout of his career -- this past November at UFC 78. Although Maia hasn't fought the biggest names in MMA, every fighter the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has beaten currently has a winning record. Five of the six victories have come via first-round stoppages. UFC events have traditionally featured nine fights, but with approximately 250 fighters signed to contracts, the organization has been booking a growing number of bouts for each event. UFC Fight Night 13, for example, will likely feature 12 fights next month.
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 4:02PM by juanez13 - 11 comments
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Rich Franklin training with Hume at AMC in Kirkland
Rich Franklin is training for Lutter and UFC 83 in Kirkland at AMC Pankration (www.mmawizard.com) with Matt Hume. A friend of a friend just met Hume and Franklin at a restaurant in the Seattle area and confirmed it with a picture. Maybe roll with Barnett? C’mon Rich get Dana to bring Barnett on!!!! Matt and Josh get Rich the win!!!!!
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 2:20PM by McBee - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Fight Camp / Team
The UFC’s New York Seduction Drive: Day 1
According to this New York Times article, today marks the beginning of the UFC’s public campaign to legalize MMA in New York State. Eleven years after it was banned by killjoy governor George Pataki, Zuffa has launched MMAFacts.com to massage NY lawmakers into realizing that MMA is safe family entertainment. And at no small cost: Prior to the launch of the site, Zuffa made a $25,000 donation to the state Democratic party, hired a political consulting firm used by current New York governor Eliot Spitzer for media relations, and has had the $10,000/month Albany lobbying firm Brown, McMahon & Weinraub on retainer since November. Anyway, take a gander at the site, which combines a mix of positive news coverage (”Associated Press: Anheuser-Busch ad deal is milestone for Ultimate Fighting”), original fluff pieces (”MMA Events Draw Tourism and Tax Revenue to Host Cities”), explanations of the sport’s honorable history, and good old-fashioned charticles. But the best part is the athlete profile page, where dudes like Keith Jardine, Kenny Florian, and Joe Lauzon — awkwardly stuffed into button-down shirts — try to explain that MMA fighters are just as educated as you are, if not more so, and don’t turn to the sport because they can’t do anything else. (Lauzon’s an IT guy!) But unlike the other guys in their office-ready wear, Matt Lindland keeps it real in his IFL jersey. It’s very possible that no photos of him wearing collared shirts actually exist.
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 12:43PM by juanez13 - 5 comments
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Dana White Unleashes Another Tirade
Yesterday it was the Orange County Register. Today its the the Boston Herald. UFC President Dana White this time takes specific aim at EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw as well as clarifies his stance on HDNet Fights’ Mark Cuban.
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 9:01AM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Carneiro, Chonan Sign for UFC Bout @ UFC 85
Roan Carneiro (Pictures) and Ryo Chonan (Pictures) have signed to fight at UFC 85 on June 7 in London, sources close to both camps have told Sherdog.com. The bout will be a rematch of a Feb. 12, 2005, meeting in Deep. Chonan (14-8) stopped the Brazilian on a cut in that first fight after landing a knee as Carneiro (12-6) tried for a takedown. Both fighters have since dropped from the middleweight division to 170 pounds.
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 7:07AM by babalu2720 - 7 comments
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Evans Jumped at chance to face Liddell
Fresh off the announcement that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had to drop out of his fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 due to a recurring knee injury, Rashad Evans got the call to step in as a replacement. There was no hesitation in his mind about accepting the fight. “With Shogun being out, Dana White gave me a call and he asked me if I wanted the opportunity to fight Chuck,” recounted Evans in an interview with MMAWeekly.com, “And I’m like, ‘yeah!’"
Submitted Mar 10, 2008 5:45AM by Pookie - 18 comments
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Rich Franklin: ‘Another fight with Anderson wouldn’t be that interesting for fans’

“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.”
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. to me this is his way of officially announcing that He is Now the Middleweight Gate keeper.
Submitted Mar 9, 2008 5:17PM by juanez13 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
New Mark Coleman Interview!
Very good read. Talks about being inducted at 82, his upcoming battle with Lesnar, training plans, and much more more! Take a look!
Submitted Mar 9, 2008 1:04PM by NatedawgThaM - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
Randy Couture Willing to Go Back to the UFC if They Sign Fedor Emelianenko
On the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show Randy Couture stated that he would be willing to go back to the UFC if they sign, now free agent Fedor Emelianenko. Couture also stated that if he did go back to the UFC that it wouldn't be under his current contract. He said a new contract would have to be worked out. Couture has stated many times that Fedor is the only fight he wants. The current interim heavyweight champion is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dana White has offered that fight to Couture on more than one occasion, but its not likely that Couture would take that fight considering his statements about only wanting to fight Fedor in the past.
Submitted Mar 8, 2008 11:26PM by Bemin - 24 comments
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