Tyson Griffin Ready For Top UFC Lightweights
On Saturday night, Tyson Griffin became the first man to give Hermes Franca the sting of a stoppage loss.
Going into the fight at UFC 103, the 25-year-old Griffin made sure to keep his stand-up game sharp. While Franca's boxing skills weren't the most technical, his hands were heavy.
Griffin won almost every exchange by controlling the distance and pace of the fight. Though he caught a few shots in the second, he regained his composure and continued to chip away at the Brazilian.
UFC 103 medical suspensions: All 26 fighters suspended, "Cro Cop" indefinitely
All 26 competitors from this past weekend's "UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort" event were issued medical suspension following the event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of suspensions from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees combat sports in the state.
Although most of the suspensions run the minimum of seven days, some fighters received extended ones, including Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, who has been suspended indefinitely.
UFC 103 took place Sept. 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The event aired on both Spike TV and pay-per-view.
Dodge Tennis Balls, Fight Like Anderson Silva
Silly-sounding but apparently true. In a recent interview with the BrasilCombate.com website, Anderson Silva reveals that he attributes a portion of his “spider sense” to the ability to dodge oncoming tennis balls at a high rate of speed. He did it for many years and still does with his children to improve reflexes.
Cro Cop: "I Should’ve Quit After I Won Pride FC"
Legendary mixed martial arts fighter, Mirko Cro Cop, reflects on his submission (verbal) loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 19. He was beaten to the punch, and pretty much beat up, in what essentially turned out to be a striking match for two-plus rounds. The Croatian waved off the Brazilian in the third after eating a brutal knee to the face that wiped out his vision. It marked his third loss inside the Octagon in five attempts — a far cry from the world beater who was scalping his opponents just three years ago under the Pride FC banner.
GSP Should Be Back In Early 2010
In an interview last week, Georges St. Pierre said his injury at UFC 100 shoudln't have been a surprise-it had been bothering him for 8 months and he never let it heal properly. Until he can resume training in October, he's on a new diet (no more McDonald's) and he should return to action in early 2010 according to his representative. No hints dropped as to which weight class he might fight at but GSP says he's open to moving up from Welterweight at some point.
Steve Lopez okay following injury at UFC 103
DALLAS – Steve Lopez was forced to quit in the opening moments of the second round of his bout with Jim Miller at UFC 103 on Saturday night. While throwing a punch, he displaced his shoulder, leaving him unable to continue.
Jennifer Wenk, UFC Director of Public Relations, at the post-fight press conference said that Lopez dislocated his shoulder during the fight, but that it popped back in at the arena. He did not have to go to the hospital for treatment and was doing fine.
The injury appears to be recurring, as another UFC official indicated that the same thing has happened to Lopez during training.
Daley unconcerned with next opponent, but White says it could be Swick
The 26-year-old "Semtex" has bounced around from organization to organization in recent years, but Affliction's demise as a fight promotion led Daley to the UFC.An injury to Mike Swick led Daley to Saturday's UFC 103 main card, and his explosive hands led to a win over Martin Kampmann and some high praise from his boss."This kid put himself on the map tonight," UFC president Dana White said of Daley at the post-event press conference. "I love guys that step up on short notice because it's an opportunity. He took the opportunity and made it happen."Daley was originally scheduled to fight on the evening's preliminary card against Brian Foster. But when Swick's mishap led to an opportunity for a promotion, Daley jumped at the chance.The Brit said it's the type of move fans can continue to expect from him in the future.
Luis Cane Doesn't Really Want To Fight "Minotoro" Mogueira On 11/21
It would seem that in addition to teammates not wanting to fight each other in UFC, friends are the same way. And that, according to his manager, is why Luis Cane isn't excited about fighting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 106. They said to the TATAME website that they asked Joe Silva to put Cane against any American fighter instead when they were offered "Minotoro" but were told they had to fight whoever was put in front of them-that meant, like it or not, Nogueira.
UFN 19 Medical Suspensions
The Oklahoma Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions from UFN 19 today. The surprise is despite all the blood and brutal fights only 3 fighters are suspended, and each only for 30 days.
UFC 103 weigh in results
UFC 103 will feature a main event between Rich “Ace” Franklin and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort at a 195-pound catchweight. Also slated for the main card is a heavyweight tilt between former PRIDE superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and surging heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos.
No UFC In Columbus, Ohio Next Year
Back in March after a successful UFC event there, Dana White vowed UFC would return to Columbus, Ohio for a UFC event every year. Apparently "every year" won't include 2010-Dana confirmed Thursday that UFC won't return next year. The main reason seems to be expansion and desire to visit new cities. UFC has run 3 Columbus events over the last 3 years.
Frank Trigg Is To MMA What Michael Jordan Is To Basketball
And he wants fans to remember that. He recently told a Las Vegas newspaper that in MMA "you cannot have the future without the old guys like me that did it first". And he referenced Michael Jordan in regards to there being no Kobe Bryant and LeBron in the NBA without MJ to compare himself to the young stars of MMA today.
Kampmann Prepared for Daley at UFC 103
Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann was originally scheduled to face Mike "Quick" Swick at UFC 103 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. An injury forced Swick out of the bout and hard hitting British fighter Paul Daley stepped in to replace the American Kickboxing Academy fighter.
"I was preparing for Swick. I was looking forward to fighting Swick, but now Paul Daley steps up. He was supposed to fight too on the same night. I was happy they could switch it up and get me an opponent to fight."
UFC 103 Already Setting Records
More than 48 hours prior to fight time UFC 103 was already setting records in Texas.
“We’re very happy with ticket sales,” said UFC president Dana White.
“It’s the number one sporting gross we’ve ever had and only second behind the Rolling Stones in 2005 (for gross ticket sales for any event),” said American Airlines Center general manager Dave Brown at the UFC 103 pre-fight press conference.