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Wanderlei Silva Moving Down to Middleweight
ESPN's Franklin McNeil reported on MMA Live's weigh-in special that Wanderlei Silva will finally take the plunge down to middleweight. Silva made the decision after going 1-3 in his last three fights at 205.
Gono Is Fitch's First Stop Back To Title Shot
Jon Fitch says it’s the fight, and not his spot on the card, that motivates him to put on a good performance. “I don’t worry about that stuff, for me, as long as I’m fighting a top opponent, and getting paid well, I have no complaints,” he told MMAWeekly Radio.
Brock Larson Vs Jesse Sanders @ UFC Fight Night 18
With his last fight in August 2008, Larson was looking forward to competing again soon, but his March 1 fight has now been cancelled. The UFC offered Larson the chance to fight in either March or April and the Minnesota native said with a baby on the way this month, he opted to fight on the April 1 UFC Fight Night card instead. While his opponent has not been finalized, MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fight on Friday that Larson's opponent will likely be UFC newcomer, Jesse Sanders.
UFC 94 Weigh In Live
Starts at 7PM which is 13 minutes from now...
Pros Pick: St. Pierre vs Penn. II
Pros who picked St. Pierre: 15 Pros who picked Penn: 14 Pros who couldn’t decide: 1
Gamburyan to Start 2009 with a Bang at UFC 94
The Fertitta brothers had a simple plan for Manny Gamburyan: beat Rob Emerson and start fresh as a WEC featherweight. It was a chance for the Armenian to be a big fish in a little pond. Gamburyan had been plying his trade as a lightweight for years – fighting for free, he says, for his first eight fights – but since his entrance into the UFC at the conclusion of “The Ultimate Fighter” season five, he had been acutely aware of his frame. “I’m the smallest guy in the UFC, and Brock Lesnar’s the biggest guy in the world,” he told MMAWeekly.com. And it never suited Gamburyan to admit he was undersized in a field of taller fighters who cut as much as 20 pounds to meet him. “In myself, I can see myself being on top of him in a fight,” Gamburyan said of the current heavyweight champ. Before he was ever nicknamed “The Anvil,” Gamburyan was “The Pitbull.” Not the biggest dog, but the one who wouldn’t let you go if he sunk his teeth in. “Why am I saying that?” he continues. “I fought Sean Sherk three rounds when I was eighteen years old.”..................
Dana White's UFC 94 Video Blog - Bonus Footage
Check out this episode of the blog, where we see Henderson and Bisping on TUF, an ESPN interview, and an interview with Kid Yamamoto.
Submitted Jan 30, 2009 1:16PM by BrutalKnockOut - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, MMA Personalities
For Dan Cramer, making his pro debut at UFC 94 makes perfect sense
Talk to most mixed martial artists about their professional debuts, and they'll describe a smoke-filled bar with peanut shells on the floor or the partially covered parking lot of some small-time casino. Talk to American Top Team's Dan Cramer (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Sunday, and he'll have a slightly different tale.
Jeremy Stephens fight ‘a little easier’ for Joe Lauzon
“On our feet it’s the same fight. Stephens is a brawler but, once it hits the ground, it’s going to be an entirely different fight. Hermes is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu; Stephens isn’t as good as him on the ground. He’s going to come out and try to knock me out. He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground. Hermes was a bigger fight but this is a little easier fight for me. I was training since early December for Franca. Someday we will fight, especially after what he’s been saying about me being lucky I’m not fighting him. The change of opponents could have been a problem if the replacement had an entirely different style. Stephens may have quicker hands and he’s tough, but it’ll be a similar fight. It’s going to be a great fight and there’s nothing like headlining a UFC show.”
Xavier Foupa-Pokam To Face Kang In UFC Debut
Cage Rage and Palace Fighting Championship veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam and middleweight Denis Kang have signed bout agreements to meet at UFC 97. While not yet officially announced by the organization, UFC 97 is tentatively scheduled for April 18 in Montreal.
Penn says his future is all about big fights
With fights down the road against top contenders like Kenny Florian and Thiago Alves, Penn insists it's not about titles necessarily, but finding the right opponents, and he knows UFC president Dana White will do anything to make the super fights happen. "It's really about the particular match-up," answered Penn when asked if it's about weight class or just fighting the best regardless of weight. "People like to watch good fights, everybody wants to see the best guys compete. In boxing, like Dana says, a million times it never got to happen. "No matter what you say about Dana, or anybody says about him, he really does try to put the two best guys together and he has proven it time and time again. If he could get Fedor to fight one of his guys, within whatever his ideas are someone under their contract, he would try to put the best fight together that he could." It's also been brought up numerous times that if Penn is able to defeat St. Pierre, fans around the world could ask for a match-up pitting him against who many regard as the pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva. White continuously insists that the fight between Penn and Silva would not happen, and the current lightweight champion says it may be harder to make happen than what some people think. "Honestly, 185's not even on my mind right now. And it's like the more you talk to Anderson Silva, the more he's such a nice guy, the more you don't want to fight him. He is just the nicest person," stated Penn.
Machida Stands Behind His Style Going Into UFC 94
Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida has heard it before. People talk the talk about his style and tactics. But despite all the criticism he stands behind his style and feels very comfortable and confident going into his fight with Thiago Silva tomorrow at UFC 94.
Rob ‘The Dutchman’ Kaman Talks About Training ‘Babalu’ Sobral
Rob ‘The Dutchman’ Kaman Talks About Training ‘Babalu’ Sobral World renowned kickboxing legend Rob ‘The Dutchman’ Kaman recently started training Brazilian Jiu –Jitsu Black Belt Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral some of his storied stand – up fighting skills and techniques and he let PDG inside the training.
Submitted Jan 30, 2009 5:16AM by nwowolfpack - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, K-1 / K-1 Hero's, General MMA, Miscellaneous
Hermes Franca Update!
Hermes Franca Update After having to pull out of UFC Ultimate Fight Night 18, Hermes Franca informed PDG that he will be having surgery in the next two weeks to repair a torn ACL on his knee and when he expects to return to the cage. On how long he expects to be out of the UFC cage: “I have to make sure that I take care of my injury and fully heal. I don’t care how long it takes as long as I am 100% when I return. Whether it takes eight months or one year, I want to recuperate to full health.” FOR THE REST:
Submitted Jan 30, 2009 5:13AM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
UFC 94 Preview w/PRO PICKS!
UFC 94 ‘GSP vs. PENN II’ Preview and LIVE Coverage! w/PRO Fighter Picks!
Submitted Jan 30, 2009 5:10AM by nwowolfpack - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Karo May Be Out Of The Fight This Saturday
MMAmania.com has learned that there are concerns that Karo Parisyan will pull out of his upcoming bout against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. Accordingly, the promotion has opted to line up a Plan B just in case The Heat needs to get out of the kitchen less than 48 hours before fight night. Newcomer is waiting in the wings, cutting weight and getting ready to make his Octagon debut against Kim if called upon. Parisyan most recently recovered from an injury that forced him to withdraw from a fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88 literally hours before showtime. It was an unfortunate situation that was made more curious with his admission the he has been dealing with panic attacks. Numerous fans claimed The Heat merely freaked out and used the injury as an excuse to bail from the bout. And if for some reason he is replaced by Story on such short notice this time around, it will likely stroke those flames even higher. We should get more information on this developing situation as the weigh-in event and fight night draw closer. As of right now, Parisyan is still booked to fight the Stun Gun.
Pros Pick: St. Pierre vs. Penn II
Sherdog.com spoke with dozens of professional fighters and trainers for their thoughts on how the welterweight title fight will unfold. Final Tally: BJ-10 GSP-8
GSP: ''Permanent Move To 185 Won't Happen''
The idea of a "super fight" has been conceptualized for years, and mixed martial arts is an industry ripe for the addition of star vs. star, the best vs. the best, with jumping weight classes becoming more of an open option. One fight that has been talked about at great length is pitting top welterweight Georges St. Pierre against 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva. According to a recent interview on MMAWeekly Radio, St. Pierre said he's honored to be mentioned in the same breath as Silva, but he's focused only on his upcoming fight against B.J. Penn.
Bad Situations: An MMAmania.com interview exclusive with Karo ‘The Heat’ Parisyan
We caught up with Parisyan to ask him about his upcoming fight, and boy did we get our money’s worth. He held nothing back when discussing everything from Mazzagatti’s stoppage of the Alves fight, his workout regimen, his new strength and conditioning coach and his ongoing battle with a panic disorder. Then again, when you’re talking to “The Heat,” you can expect nothing less.
Encouraging News For UFC Fighters on UFC Gyms
The AP reports that BJ Penn and Georges St Pierre will be signing with UFC Gyms. The UFC will create signature gyms branded with the fighters names that would offer the fighters royalties on the usage of their names in conjunction with the gym. The UFC are at times heavy handed in their business dealings with their fighters, but the type of structure mentioned is encouraging and looks to be expanding the revenue pie in a way that benefits both the company and the fighters. Kudos to the UFC for this: LAS VEGAS—The Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed deals with two of its top fighters to give them signature gyms in a chain of fitness clubs planned by the mixed martial arts league. UFC President Dana White said Thursday that the gyms will be named for B.J. Penn and Georges St-Pierre, scheduled to fight Saturday in Las Vegas for the UFC welterweight title. White says the fighters will be paid royalties from the gyms whether they are fighting or not. Mark Mastrov, a former 24 Hour Fitness CEO working to open the new clubs, says the fighters’ gyms will be open by the end of the year in Penn’s native Hawaii and St-Pierre’s hometown of Montreal.
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