Manager: Vitor Belfort Will Get UFC Middleweight Title Shot In November
According to his manager, Vitor Belfort will return to UFC in November and get his shot at the UFC Middleweight Title immediately. "Vitor will be in (the best) absolute physical condition to return to the octagon and fight for the UFC title by November 2010," Fabiano Farah, Belfort's representative, wrote today in an email. Belfort won't get a warm-up fight first. There currently are no UFC events on the schedule for November.
Takanori Gomi vs. Shane Roller Added To UFC Fan Expo Grappling Tournament
The UFC Fan Expo just added another bit of star power, as former PRIDE and Shooto champion Takanori Gomi and current WEC lightweight title contender Shane Roller will face off in a superfight at the Grapplers Quest tournament being conducted at next week's UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas. Grapplers Quest officials announced the matchup today. Held in conjunction with this month's "UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans" event, the UFC Fan Expo takes place May 28 and 29 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Gomi-Roller will be on the 29th.
UFC's Chael Sonnen claims victory in Oregon's Republican primary election
UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has passed the first test in his bid for a spot in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Sonnen claimed a landslide victory in Tuesday's Republican Party primaries by earning 99.13 percent of the vote in Oregon's 37th District.
In fairness, Sonnen was running unopposed, though he did claim 2,167 votes versus 19 ballots that featured a write-in candidate.
Sonnen now faces Democratic nominee Will Rasmussen, who claimed victory over Gerritt Rosenthal and Joelle Davis with 65.82 percent of the votes cast.
The general election takes place Nov. 2.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson says roots of feud with Rashad Evans go back to 2004
While "The Ultimate Fighter 10" showcased a pair of rival coaches, the root of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's beef with Rashad Evans stretches back almost six years.
After 11 months of verbal warfare, the rivals face off May 29 at UFC 114 in what's become the most heated rivalry in the promotion's history, according to UFC president Dana White.
MMA fans' first peek at the rift came when the two went nose-to-nose in the cage at UFC 96 after Jackson's decision victory against Keith Jardine, Evans' teammate. But the seeds of discontent were sown in middle-of-nowhere Colusa, Calif.
Jackson, then a PRIDE star just a few weeks shy of his 26th birthday, cornered Hector Ramirez, his teammate under trainer Colin Oyama, for a June 2004 fight against Evans at Gladiator Challenge 27.
UFC Announces 4 Grappling Superfights For 2010 UFC Fan Expo
As UFC 114: "Rampage vs. Evans" and the coinciding 2010 UFC Fan Expo quickly approaches, the world's leading mixed martial arts promotion has announced their plans for the second annual grappling tournament held in conjunction with Grappler's Quest. On Friday, May 28 at 1 p.m. PT, ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) world champion Penny Thomas will battle EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran Shayna Baszler. Also on tap for the Friday afternoon session is a match up between UFC veteran and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Hermes Franca and 23 year-old jiu-jitsu phenom Bill Cooper. Scheduled for Saturday, May 29 at 1 p.m. PT, is contest between former Shooto world champion and UFC veteran Caol Uno and current WEC featherweight contender Fredson Paixao. And finally, to wrap up the two-day event, WEC star Javier Vazquez will face 23-time Grappler's Quest champion Jeff Glover.
To Fans, You've Either Saved America Or You're The Scum Of The World
That's the view of UFC Heavyweight Todd Duffee on the hype or hate he's received since his last fight, as he explained on last night's episode of Pro MMA Radio. Duffee told host Larry Pepe that hype can be a fickle thing in this sport and that even he's not sold on his current standing in the division just yet."That's the one thing it [his seven-second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102] did for me. It got me more acquainted with the public eye. It just got me more recognition. But not too much else has changed. I'm a low-key guy so I haven't had to deal with too much... [As for the hype or hate he's received since his last fight] In this sport, it's like that for everybody. I've been around athletics my whole life, but in the fight game there's just a different dynamic between the fighters and the fans. It's a real love hate relationship. You either saved America, or you're the scum of the world." Duffee faces Mike Russow at UFC 114.
Rousimar Palhares: It's Time To Test Myself-Let The Best Fighters Come
Going for his 4th straight win but also coming off a 90 day suspension for not releasing a heel hook after the tapout in his last fight, Rousimar Palhares feels like he's ready to face the likes of next opponent Nate Marquardt and other top fighters. "[Marquardt] is a great fighter, it will be a good test for me. I am working hard to develop and improve my game. My dream fight (is) a title shot some day, and if God helps me become a champion. I know that to reach my dream, I will have to work hard and fight the best fighters in the world. Right now I am feeling totally secure and confident about my skills. Let them come. I want the best opponents I can have. It is time to test myself against them."
Phil Baroni Returns At UFC 118
Love him or hate him, Phil Baroni is back for one more try in UFC. Reports are he's verbally agreed to fight at UFC 118 although an opponent has yet to be named. Baroni is 0-1 in his latest UFC comeback after dropping a decision to Amir Sadollah at UFC 106 last November.
UFC Ultimate Fights: 894,000 Viewers
This past weekend's "UFC's Ultimate Fights" special, which featured some of the top Ultimate Fighting Championship fights from 2010, averaged 894,000 viewers. "UFC's Ultimate Fights" drew a 0.8 household rating among men 18-49 and a 0.7 rating among men 18-34. The special aired as counter-programming against Strikeforce on Showtime.
Tim Sylvia: I Think I Ruined Andrei Arlovski-Since I KO'd Him He Hasn't Been The Same
Yes, that's the former UFC Heavyweight Champion taking credit for his fellow ex-champ's recent downfall and proving that apparently there's still some heat between them. "I would imagine Strikeforce would be better for me because they would be a little more lenient with me instead of locking me down, there is a lot of things you can’t do when you fight for the UFC. With Strikeforce I could probably fight more often, the UFC has so many top guys now that they are only fighting twice a year and I don’t want to do that. I want to fight Overeem, Fedor again, Werdum is a good fight and me and Rogers would be a good fight. Arlovski I think would be [like our fight] number three again, me knocking him out. I think I ruined the poor guy, since I knocked him out he hasn’t been the same."
UFC Extends Reach with Roku Set Top Streaming
For the first time ever, just as UFC light heavyweight rivals Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans enter the Octagon and touch gloves, Roku users all over the country will be able to see what happens next and who emerges the winner of this ultimate grudge-match live on TV via their Roku streaming video player.
The world’s largest live pay-per-view event content provider, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Roku, Inc. on Monday announced a multi-year deal to feature all major UFC events on Roku, starting with UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans taking place Saturday, May 29 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“We are always looking at the latest technology and the newest ways to bring the UFC experience to our fans,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Roku is another way for fans to get more UFC and watch all of the UFC events live and in HD, starting with UFC 114 on Saturday, May 29th.”
GSP: From Ultimate Champion to Ultimate Coach
Every season of “The Ultimate Fighter" has brought a different style of coach, and some of the best fighters in the world have taken a turn at the head of a team on the powerhouse reality show. For the first time ever, UFC welterweight champion and arguably pound-for-pound top fighter in the world Georges St-Pierre will take his turn as coach on the next season of the reality show, which starts filming in June.
The Canadian fighter leaves for Las Vegas in a few weeks, and has already started assembling his team of coaches and assistants that will help him along the way with the new season of hopefuls.
The cast of characters to support St-Pierre will be a who's who list of MMA's elite, as the champion has consistently surrounded himself with some of the best in the business.
Joe Lauzon "Disgusted" That Brother Dan "Dragged His Name Through The Mud"
UFC lightweight and former TUF competitor Joe Lauzon responds to a Boston Herald post (via his official blog) that accused him and the rest of his team of abandoning his brother Dan two weeks prior to "The Upgrade's" big fight against Efrain Escudero at UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. Dan is quoted in the article as being abandoned by his team and contends that he was holding up his end of the bargain while Joe accuses him of dogging it in training camp for every UFC fight.
Rashad Evans Was A TUF 10 Coach Because Lyoto Machida Couldn't Speak English
And that, says Quinton Jackson, is why he got stuck with Rashad as the opposing coach and apparently he still isn't happy about it. "I would have preferred to have done The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) against Machida to fix the problem back in the day, from square one, just 'X' Rashad out because he don't got the damn belt, but Machida's English is not so good so I get stuck having to fight Rashad and he's all cocky thinking he did something good because he's on The Ultimate Fighter but like dude, you just got knocked the hell out! You're on The Ultimate Fighter by default because the dude that knocked you out don't speak English bro. Don't be coming here acting like that. This is the type of thing I'm dealing with. It's just annoying actually."
"UFC Primetime: Rampage vs. Evans" highest rated "Countdown" show ever
Wednesday night's debut of "UFC Primetime: Rampage vs. Evans," which previews the UFC 114 main event on May 29 between former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Rashad Evans, was the highest-rated "UFC Countdown" show in history, Spike TV today announced.
The 30-minute show drew 1.2 million viewers during its initial run at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
The debut episode of "UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hardy" was the previous record-holder with an average audience of 1 million viewers.
TUF 11 Stays Steady With 1.8 Million Viewers
"The Ultimate Fighter" season 12 has some new twists and turns this season in and out of the house, but one thing that's stayed pretty consistent are the ratings for the 11th season of the reality show.
The latest episode drew an average audience of 1.8 million viewers, up from last week's episode of 1.7 million viewers.
Yoshiyuki Yoshida Cut on 36th Birthday, Mulls Move to Lightweight
Yoshiyuki Yoshida has been released following his UFC 113 loss to Mike Guymon, his manager Shu Hirata confirmed to MMA Fighting.
The Tokyo-born fighter got the call about his release on his 36th birthday. Yoshida, who is 11-5 in his career (2-3 in the UFC), will now debate a drop to lightweight as he considers his career options.
Is American wrestling stalling the progress of Mixed Martial Arts?
"Is American wrestling stalling the progress of Mixed Martial Arts? Some fans think so, and after some recent matches in particular, arguments are rife that wrestlers are killing the aesthetics of the sport.
Every MMA fan, commentator and reporter has found themselves in a discussion as to who are the best fighters to watch, which is different from a discussion about who are the best fighters period. Being one of the best fighters to watch does not necessarily equate to being one of the best fighters in terms of winning accomplishments."
Tito Ortiz Will Not Face Domestic Violence Charges
Unlike his last couple of fights, this is one decision that Tito Ortiz won't be leaving in the hands of the judges. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" escaped criminal prosecution for felony domestic violence today after the Orange County District Attorney rejected his case based on "insufficient corroboration to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he attacked his girlfriend Jenna Jameson." TMZ passed along the not-so-surprising news earlier today. Ortiz and Jameson were photographed as recently as Mother's Day, where the reconciled couple were seen hanging out at the beach with their children. The district's decision not to move forward with prosecution likely stems from Jameson's inability to stick with her story regarding the domestic incident that took place at their house on April 26, for which Ortiz was arrested and taken into custody.