From underdog to silent intimidator, Amir Sadollah still searching for respect
UFC welterweight Amir Sadollah (2-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is used to being the underdog.
In fact, even as Sadollah entered his UFC 106 contest with Phil Baroni, "The Ultimate Fighter 7" winner was being doubted by many MMA observers.
"I was happy with my performance but not over-pleased," Sadollah said. "I'm definitely a perfectionist. There were things I did well and things I want to improve on.
Rashad Evans credits "The Ultimate Fighter 10" coaching success to Team Jackson
Evans knew there was no better way to endorse Team Jackson than to share the team's philosophies.
"I didn't want to be the best coach ever," Evans said. "It wasn't about me showing off. It's about showing what a camp has to offer. ... Greg Jackson encourages us to go out there and learn and bring it back to the team. That's one of the things that makes us such a great team.
"If you stay in one place too long, it can get stale. ... I kept that in mind on the show."
Kimbo Slice Struggling with First Weight Cut
Kimbo Slice, 35, says he was in middle school the last time he was at 215 pounds.
Slice, also known as Kevin Ferguson, is the only contestant in “The Ultimate Fighter” season 10 cast that was required to drop weight for the show’s finale, slated for this Saturday in Las Vegas. He fights fellow brawler Houston Alexander at a catchweight of 215 pounds. Alexander normally competes at light heavyweight.
Slice usually fights at around 235 pounds. It’s the first time he’s had to cut weight in his two-plus years as an MMA fighter – and he’s not liking it.
“Not good,” the generously bearded heavyweight said of his first weigh cut. “Not good. Moody… you just don’t feel the same. It’s mental, but it’s not a good feeling, to be honest with you.”
TUF 10: Final episodes recap
Dana White called it a "great season." Do you agree?
Well, ever since Kimbo got marshmallowed out of the competition by Roy Nelson in episode three, all we've heard from the former YouTube star was how badly he wanted a second chance at TUF stardom. He would Hulk-up and blow steam from his nose like an angry bull whenever a fellow fighter fell ill.
Then White presents it as a real possibility.....
TUF 10 Finale: Jon Jones
This Saturday night from the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada the contestants on The Ultimate Fighter will be fighting their way into the UFC inside the Octagon, but the main event also has a young talented prospect in the making as undefeated light heavyweight phenom Jon ‘Bones’ Jones takes on Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill in the main event who will be a stern test for the 22 year old fighter out of New York, but is taking this fight seriously and is not overlooking his opponent in the least bit either.
RENZO GRACIE CONFIRMS UFC SIGNING
The 42-year-old Gracie on Wednesday, in an interview with Combate.com’s Paula Sack, confirmed wide speculation that he has indeed signed to make his promotional debut for the UFC in 2010.
Talks about Hughes and Brown .
UFC 110 Officially Announced, Will Be PPV
Confirming what had been expected for some time now, UFC officially announced UFC 110 for Australia today. The event will be Sunday, February 22, meaning with the time differences it will air Saturday, February 21 in the US, and as previously reported it will air on PPV. No fights were announced.
Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine for UFC 110 in Australia
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC's first trip to the land down under as former "Ultimate Fighter" winner, Ryan "Darth" Bader, looks to keep his undefeated record in tact as he faces "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by multiple sources close to the fight who indicated bout agreements have been issued for the upcoming fight.
Ryan Bader has looked strong in both of his fights since winning the "Ultimate Fighter" competition, most recently a unanimous decision victory over Eric "Red" Schafer. The former All-American from Arizona State showed some dangerous stand-up to compliment his impressive wrestling background to batter Schafer for the better part of the fight to get the win.
Now taking a step forward in competition, Bader sets his sights on Keith Jardine, who has been a perennially tough fighter always in or hovering around the top ten of the 205lb division.
Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago II Being Targeted for UFC 109
The UFC is targeting a welterweight rematch between Josh Koscheck and Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 on Feb. 6. FanHouse learned of the potential fight on Tuesday, but the bout has yet to be made official by the organization.
Thiago defeated Koscheck in a stunning upset at UFC 95 last February via first round TKO in the Brazilian's Octagon debut. Since then, Thiago has gone 1-1 in the UFC, losing to Koscheck's teammate, Jon Fitch, at UFC 100 and beating Jacob Volkmann UFC 106 in November.
Meanwhile, Koscheck was also victorious at UFC 106 against Anthony Johnson. The American Kickboxing Academy product also picked up a win over Frank Trigg at UFC 103 since the loss to Thiago.
Following Koscheck's victory over Johnson, he told Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview that he deserved a title shot against 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre next, not current No. 1 contender, Dan Hardy.
"I'm the No. 1 freaking contender in this weight division, right here," he said.
The UFC 109 event has yet to be made official by the organization, but it is expected to take place Super Bowl weekend at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Other fights rumored to be on the card include Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman and Frank Trigg vs. Matt Serra.
Maybe Vitor Belfort Won't Leapfrog Nate Marquardt For Title Shot After All
When it was initially announced that Vitor Belfort was getting the next crack at UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, everyone from Ed Soares to Belfort himself acknowledged that this was at least partially bullshit. The good news is that, with Anderson Silva still sidelined due to a lingering injury, Belfort looks like he'll get his chance to prove he deserves the shot in a top contender bout with Nate Marquardt. Think of it as a rare instance of an injury pullout by a UFC champ resulting in a fight that probably makes more sense than the original title contest. When you think about how often this type of thing has been happening to the UFC of late, it only makes sense that sooner or later it would have to turn out to be a blessing in disguise. That's just the law of averages at work.
Junior dos Santos waiting for an opponent
With Gonzaga’s left, Junior’s presence is a doubt, but the heavyweight wants to stay on the card, scheduled to January 2. “I’m waiting an UFC proposal, but probably they will put someone else on his place. As the most of the heavyweights are sick or have scheduled fights, there are few fighters to put, but I believe that they will find someone (laughs)“, Junior said, analyzing the possible opponents.
“I’ll tell you, I was thinking about that“, reveals, laughing. “UFC has no options. Cain Velasquez might fight Rodrigo (Nogueira) in February, it looks like (Shane) Carwin went on surgery on his hand, I don’t know. There are some new guys on the UFC, but we hope that they match with someone more known on UFC“.
Still Healing: Nogueira Fighting Staph Battle
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the only man to hold both UFC and Pride heavyweight titles, spoke with Sherdog.com while he was in Las Vegas to watch his brother fight at UFC 106.
Now scheduled to face Cain Velasquez at UFC 110 in Australia on Feb. 21, Nogueira explained the reason for his withdrawal from the original Jan. 2 date.
Check out this exclusive video to watch the former champ discuss his on-and-off battle with multiple staph infections over the past year.
He also discusses the possibility of fighting for a potential interim title should champion Brock Lesnar remain sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Sadollah vs. Blackburn Likely For UFN 20 Main Card
Virginia native Amir Sadollah likely will get a chance to fight in front of the hometown fans in January. He reportedly has agreed to face Brad Blackburn at UFN 20 in Va. on January 11, paperwork pending. The slot was left open after Mike Guymon vs. Rory MacDonald was added to the prelim card Monday.
Matt Hughes Says Next Fight Could Be 4/10
Although the original plan was for Matt Hughes to next fight in UFC in February, possibly at UFC 109 or 110, he now says his next fight will be April 10. No UFC event is set for that date, so presumably that's UFC 112. Hughes hasn't fought since beating Matt Serra in July.