"The dying embers of the Sex Pistols’ punk classic “God Save the Queen” fade to silence, and the lights are cut throughout the arena. Chris Leben stalks the darkened cage. The sporadic flicker of flashing cameras briefly illuminate an expectant capacity crowd, the fervor of which builds to crescendo at a glimpse of the man the fans have come to see.
Michael Bisping prepares to headline UFC 89."
Wanderlei on his future: "I can't retire, I love to fight"
Wanderlei Silva says he has no plans to retire from fighting in the near future, although he admits that the recent furore surrounding both Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has given him pause for thought.
“Its tough no? All fighters my age are starting to stop! Its hard, its bad news!” he laughed as he discussed his two former adversaries with Fighters Only. Jackson is on temporary hiatus from fighting while he pursues a role in the A-Team movie, while Filipovic has not looked good in the UFC and was talking about retiring after his loss to Junior Dos Santos.
Regarding Jackson, Wanderlei told Fighters Only, “I think he will come back. He is a great fighter and I think he will be back at some time in the future.” As for CroCop, “He was a great fighter too and he doesn’t need to stop, he just needs to train more for the next fight.”
UFC Quick Quote: Lucio "Spartan" Linhares may surprise Rousimar Palhares on Dec. 5
“Of course it was always a dream of mine to fight at UFC but I never thought it would become true. It’s the opportunity of my life now. Never is good to face off a Brazilian, especially a talented guy such Toquinho. I will prepare myself to fight standing and on the floor, despite I recognize jiu-jitsu and wrestling as his best skills. I will use my reach and maybe surprise him with my boxing background.”
– Former M-1 Challenge standout Lucio Linhares tells BrasilCombate.com.br that he anticipates a very difficult test for himself at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale when he faces staunch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wizard Rousimar Palhares on December 5.
Chuck Liddell Sounds Like a Man Who Wants to Fight
The last time I talked to Chuck Liddell, in August, he wasn't ready to say whether he would retire from the UFC. Two months later, he still isn't ready -- but I got the sense then, and I still get the sense from a TV interview he gave Monday, that he's itching to get back into the Octagon. Video below.
UFC Disclosed Payout Analysis: 2006-2009
Summarized below are the statistical averages tracking the number of fights, disclosed payouts, and disclosed bonus money for most UFC events since 2006. Please keep in mind that disclosed salaries are not always available, nor are they a true representation of the total purse a fighter receives in the UFC...
Vitor Belfort earns Karate blue belt
Last Saturday, TATAME.com went to Kobukan gym, in Rio de Janeiro, to watch a historical moment in the martial arts history. In Master Tanaka’s academy, Vitor Belfort was graduated for the first time in the Karate, art that he started training in last few months for the fight against Rich Franklin. The UFC fighter received the belt from his coach, the black belt Vinício Antony.
Paul 'Semtex' Daley: 'Jealous Mike Swick will fade away after UFC 105 beatdown'
“I won’t be fighting at UFC 105, but I will be there meeting the fans and sitting down with some popcorn to see Dan (Hardy) butcher (Mike) Swick. [He's] been bashing me for some reason, I don’t know why, ripping on my record and things like that. All I did was accept a fight he’d pulled out of but he seems to have a problem with me. He said I am big headed, but I have gone out of my way to be humble in the UFC. After the fight I didn’t jump around or nothing or shoot my mouth. I think Swick is jealous because he pulled out of the Kampmann fight and would never have done that if it were him in there and not me. I’ve got eight losses — so what? I’ve fought literally twice as many people as he has and I have fought better opposition than he has. His best win was against Marcus Davis and Dan beat Marcus much worse than he did with lay and pray. Dan is going to get rid of Swick in Manchester next month. You won’t hear too much about him after UFC 105.”
Suddenly relevant welterweight striker Paul Daley reacts to some recent Swick-talk regarding his win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 last month in Dallas.
Gleison Tibau: "I don't trust the judges anymore"
Gleison Tibau (19-6) is under a strong pace of preparation for his upcoming fight versus Josh Neer at UFC 104, on October 24th. And Tibau believes the conditioning part of the training will make the difference to the victory.
“I’m training so hard. I’ve been stressing the physical conditioning part, which will probably be decisive because I’m training for more time than my adversary. The strategy is to be all over him” said the UFC lightweight fighter to Brasil Combate’s Vitor Targueta.
The American Top Team prospect searches to rebound from the loss to Melvin Guillard, his latest performance what created lots of discussions because of the controversial result in favor of the American fighter.
White Eyeing Fenway Next Summer
Dana White isn’t one to take no for an answer.
After UFC 101 in August, White said the UFC was targeting a show at Fenway Park [map] next summer. The possibility was downplayed by both Marc Ratner, the UFC’s vice president of regulation and governmental affairs, and Sam Kennedy, the Fenway Sports group president, but White remains undeterred.
“It’s not if we do, it’s when we do,” White said in a recent interview. “We’re doing it. We’re coming to Fenway.”
Forrest on run from cage : " truth is ......................
“That’s dumb. [People who criticized me leaving the cage] are idiots. Why? Nobody cares. I mean, I don’t think the losers were going to speak that night anyway, you know. Just get on with the next fight already. This guy actually asked me a good question the other day, and this is a real story and I really like it: first off, he was very confrontational; I didn’t like him much to begin with, and he goes, ‘Hey, man, I have to know,’ because it’s his business to know, ‘why did you run out of the cage that night after the Silva fight?’ And I said, ‘Look, man, I haven’t told anybody, let’s keep this on the down low.......
ATT- Kimbo Back to School
"A pack of wolves waited for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson when he entered the flagship gym of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., on Thursday.
Position to position, hour to hour, Thiago Alves, Luis Cane, Mike Brown, Yves Edwards, Jorge Santiago, and Dan Cramer drilled Kimbo in jiu-jitsu. The hardened veterans didn't hold back. Boxing coach Howard Davis got a little time, but striking took a back seat to the mat."
Nogueira vs. Gonzaga in December ?
According to Luiz Aves, Nogueira’s Muay Thai coach, this fight can happen. “It’s not 100% yet, but Rodrigo might fight in December. When I was in the US, I heard some rumors that he could face Napão (Gonzaga)… It’s not right yet, but I heard that he could fight him, then would move forward to the title. I think, by the middle of 2010, we’ll fight for the title again”, revealed Alves.
"UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun" event preview show debuts Oct. 19 on Spike TV
"UFC's traditional event-preview show returns to Spike TV on Oct. 4 with a look at "UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun."
"UFC 104 Countdown," which focuses on UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida preparing to defend his belt for the first time and top contender and former PRIDE star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs on Oct. 19 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with replays on Oct. 22 (1 p.m. ET/PT) and Oct. 24 (6 p.m. ET/PT)."
Herb Dean Gives his Side of the Kimbo/Nelson Fight
"MMAWeekly.com on Thursday spoke exclusively to referee Herb Dean, who oversaw the elimination fight between Roy Nelson and Kimbo Slice on the third episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights."
Nelson used his grappling prowess to overcome Slice, earning a TKO stoppage in just over two minutes of the second round."
A much needed interview
Report: Nogueira Next For Lesnar-Carwin Winner
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 106 will next/first defend against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Although Nogueira recently asked for a rematch with Frank Mir, that request was turned down and "Minotauro" likely gets his title shot next, which should come in early 2010.
Keith Kizer: Herb Dean Refereed Kimbo Slice-Roy Nelson Perfectly
A day after the Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson fight aired on The Ultimate Fighter, the victorious Nelson lashed out at referee Herb Dean, referring to Dean as "a retard" for failing to stop the fight when Nelson was raining punches down on Kimbo late in the first round.
But Dean's boss, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, begs to differ. In an interview with FanHouse, Kizer said he thinks Dean handled the fight perfectly.
The full interview is below.
Nelson-Slice Nabs 6.1 Million Viewers
"A record-setting 6.1 million viewers tuned in to watch Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson enter the Octagon with Roy Nelson, who earned a second-round technical knockout over the Internet backyard brawler Wednesday on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” according to a press release from Spike TV. "