Rick Story on Fighting Nate Marquardt on Short Notice: 'No Hesitation'
Rick Story hadn't even yet gotten over the soreness of his May 28 win over Thiago Alves when the phone rang. On the other end was an offer to fight Nate Marquardt, a former middleweight No. 1 contender who was dropping down to welterweight and in need of an opponent after originally scheduled foe Anthony Johnson was forced out.
The proposed fight at UFC on Versus 4 would come with less than a month to recover, study and prepare. For some, the answer would have been a simple no. For others, they would have needed some time to think it over. But for story, the question to fight on short notice might as well have been a rhetorical one.
"UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story" weigh-ins set for June 25th
Weigh-ins for this month's "UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story" event take place Saturday, June 25, at the Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center.
The same venue hosts the following night's Versus-broadcast fight card, which features a headliner between former middleweight Nate Marquardt and fast-rising welterweight prospect Rick Story.
Doors to the festivities open to members of the UFC Fight Club, the promotion's official fan club, at 1 p.m. ET. The public is welcome to enter at 1:30 p.m. ET.
UFC 131 'Prelims' ratings average 1.6 million viewers on Spike TV
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special for UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" on June 11, 2011, averaged 1.6 million viewers, up from the 1.3 million it scored for the UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" undercard offering back on May 28.
The two-fight broadcast from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada featured the eventual "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" winners.
Sam Stout proved his "Hands of Stone" are as lethal as ever when he caved in the right side of Yves Edwards face, delivering a scary -- and explosive -- knockout.
Vancouver Commission Comments on UFC 131 Elkins vs. Omigawa Decision
Judging is currently one of the most heated subjects of debate in the world of mixed martial arts. This past weekend’s UFC 131 in Vancouver only served to fan the flames.
Darren Elkins and Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131
There were several decisions brought into question at Rogers Arena, but none that rivaled the backlash over the night’s opening bout between Darren Elkins and Michihiro Omigawa, which aired live on Facebook and YouTube.
It was a back-and-forth fight with both fighters getting in their licks, though most people watching felt Omigawa had bested his opponent. In the end, however, all three judges scored the bout in Elkins’ favor, two of them 29-28, the third 30-27.
As soon as Elkins was declared the winner the backlash began. The online forums and, of course, Twitter, blew up with comments decrying the decision. Not easily missed among those incredulous over the decision was UFC president Dana White.
“Then you’ve got the Omigawa fight, where this guy loses the fight and Joe Silva said he was pulling a (Kazushi) Sakuraba and wasn’t going to leave the Octagon. He was going to stay in there, Joe had to beg him to leave,” said White after the post-fight press conference, discussing his criticism of the state of MMA judging.
“We’re going to pay him his win money. I don’t care what the judge said; he won the fight. I say he won, overruled.”
That of course takes care of Omigawa’s pocketbook, but it doesn’t change his official record, which now reflects back-to-back losses in the Octagon following a five-fight winning streak.
The backlash over the decision was strong enough that the Vancouver Athletic Commission decided to comment on the scoring of the fight.
Brendan Schaub Believes a Win Over Nogueira Will Make Him Number One Contender
UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub spent a while campaigning for a fight with former Pride and UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134, and Nogueira accepted. While a win over Big Nog would certainly be huge for his career, Schaub might be a little bit off with what he thinks he'll get out of a win - namely, the number one contender's spot at heavyweight. In a video interview with MMA30.tv, he discusses the fight:
It's the toughest test of my career. Nogueira's as tough as they come, I think he's the toughest heavyweight in the division. A win over him puts me right in the number one contender's spot and I'm looking forward to the challenge.
Dana White Says No Set Plans Yet for Fitch, Penn, and Shields
In the hoopla surrounding UFC 131, a bit of welterweight news flew under the radar. There has been much speculation about some of the top-level welterweights ever since the rematch between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn went down in flames due to injuries. In the meantime, Penn and Jake Shields turned to twitter and challenged each other. Where does this leave these guys?
Bantamweights "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Damacio Page targeted for UFC 135
A bantamweight bout between Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (18-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Damacio Page (15-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is in the works for UFC 135.
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the September fight.
Although not officially announced, UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The night's main card, including a likely Jon Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson championship headliner, airs on pay-per-view.
Shane Carwin's Post-UFC 131 Blog - 'I Can't Recall Much of the Fight'
While Shane Carwin wasn't able to come out on top at UFC 131, he answered a lot of questions people had about him. No matter how you view Shane as a fighter, it's pretty obvious he has a ton of heart. He took to his blog last night, and spoke with respect and admiration for Junior dos Santos. What's a bit troubling is that he says multiple times that he doesn't remember much of the fight. He starts with the first round:
As the fight started I just did not feel like myself, I wasn’t able to get my feet moving and Junior capitalized quickly. As he was pummeling me I kept trying to find a way to defend myself so Herb would not stop the fight. Junior was landing solid shots and that is where probably he broke my nose.
UFC 134: Anderson Silva motivated to defend Brazil against Yushin Okami on Aug. 27
This is usually the issue when dealing with a fight genius like Anderson Silva. He's so far ahead of the rest of the class, he often gets himself in trouble for acting out.
Like the way he toyed with Patrick Cote before "The Predator" blew his knee out at UFC 90. Or how he laughed at Thales Leites and his feeble attempts at taking their fight to the floor at UFC 97.
The worst of it was his shuck and jive routine against Demian Maia at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. This performance was so embarrassing to Octagon boss Dana White, he literally threw the belt at Silva's manager, Ed Soares, and told him in so many words, "You f*cking put the belt on him."
With UFC bringing in flyweights, will Tachi Palace suffer? Luchau doesn't think so
A unique selling point of Tachi Palace Fights in recent years has been its flyweight division.
The California-based promotion has recruited talent aggressively and built a roster that includes several of the world's top-ranked 125-pound fighters.
With recent news that the UFC is soon to add the sport's lightest class to its roster, you'd think Tachi would be bracing itself for a exodus of talent, and naturally not be too happy about it.
Following UFC 131 loss, Shane Carwin has broken nose, possible orbital fracture
Following a UFC 131 main-event loss to Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin was unavailable to the media in the post-fight press conference and instead was ushered to the hospital.
Carwin, who was badly bloodied in the first round of Saturday's fight, ultimately survived the onslaught and settled for a unanimous-decision loss.
In a blog post, Carwin discussed the fight while confirming a suspected broken nose and a possible orbital fracture.
NY - Stop Fighting This Sport! - by Dana White
N.Y., stop fighting this sport: Mixed martial arts is safe -- and our economy needs the kick
By Dana White
If you've paid any attention to mixed martial arts over the past decade, you know the sport has exploded. It has the highest pay-per-view numbers of any sporting event, is broadcast on numerous cable, satellite and network television stations, enjoys mainstream sponsorships and has a large and diverse fan base. It is sanctioned in 45 of 48 U.S. states that have athletic commissions and across Canada and Australia.
Unfortunately, MMA fans in New York are forced to enjoy the sport from afar. Here in New York, MMA is totally banned.
It's long past time to overturn that prohibition. It's a safe and respectable sport that's every bit as legitimate as boxing or professional football.
I won't pretend to be objective. I run the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the single most popular MMA promotion company. While I think that our fans here in New York and the city would profit immensely from legalization, it will also certainly affect my bottom line.
Dana White: Despite NHL competition, "I wouldn't change" a thing about UFC 131
If the UFC is to measure itself against Vancouver hockey, it might as well compare itself to water, food or air.
Hockey, UFC president Dana White said, is "like a religion" in Vancouver. So it's no surprise this past weekend's UFC 131 event may have been a bit overshadowed by the Canucks and the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
White, though, said if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't change a thing about UFC 131 and the company's trip to Vancouver.
Junior dos Santos Installed as Early Favorite Against UFC Champ Cain Velasquez
Junior dos Santos had not even gotten back to his locker room by the time fans and media everywhere were deep in thought about his future UFC heavyweight championship bout with Cain Velasquez.
Another party quite interested: gamblers.
According to noted MMA linesmaker Nick Kalikas, dos Santos is a slight edge in the possible fall matchup.
Just moments after UFC 131 ended, Kalikas installed dos Santos as a -125 favorite, giving him a very slight edge over the champion, who was listed at -105.
Man I wish I had some money to throw down on Velasquez. I know he'll be going into the fight with a big layoff, but I have Cain winning.
Dana White Clarifies 5 Round Non-Title Fight Scenarios; Addresses Mayhem vs. Bisping Fight
Starting soon every main event in the UFC will be a 5 round fight regardless of whether a title is on the line or not.
There are still a few rules around the new policy that could affect fighters.
According to UFC President Dana White if a main event fighter is injured and someone steps up to take their place, they will be expected to fight a 5 round fight even if it is on short notice. That isn’t much different than someone stepping to accept a title bout on short notice, but it also applies to the new non-title fights as well.