Chael Sonnen: 'Nothing in my career has changed ... I'm the best fighter'
"There’s absolutely going to be a sequel. Part two is tentatively scheduled for New Year’s weekend, it may take place Super Bowl weekend. Either way, it will be in Vegas. Last time I defeated the myth, this time I’m gonna defeat the man.... The only thing [that's going to be] different is that I’m leaving there with the belt. That’s it. We were one minute away from pulling it off. Look, if I had beat him, I would have had to come back and beat him again anyways. So nothing in my career has changed. I was the best fighter before the fight, I’m the best fighter after it.... We're not here to get along. I’m not here to be number two. It’s number one or let's move on, and I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be."
Frank Mir: 'I can beat Cro Cop in more ways than he can beat me'
"I think Crocop is still the same individual we saw in PRIDE. I think a lot of guys have seen enough tape on him to know that if you walk away from him or stand there in front of him you could be in for a dangerous night because he still has the same leg he always had. He has a lot of speed and quickness … Mirko is very good on his feet; I’m not bad on my feet, either. Add in the wrestling that I have been working on, the jiu-jitsu aspect, he has many more things to worry about. Once that cage door shuts every advantage is mine.... I don’t see anywhere I don’t feel comfortable with Cro Cop – I can beat him in more ways than he can beat me."
Rob Kimmons & Kyle Noke Meet At UFC 122
While the UFC has yet to officially announce its return to Germany, the evening's planned fight card continues to take shape. The latest addition to the UFC 122 lineup features a middleweight matchup between Rob Kimmons and Kyle Noke. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. This will be Noke's first UFC fight since his win at the TUF 10 Finale over castmate Josh Bryant.
Thiago Alves vs. John Howard Targeted For UFC 124
In this case it was not quite asketh & ye shall receiveth. Just one day after Thiago Alves welcomed a fight with Mike Pierce after being called out by Pierce for a fight at UFC 123, he winds up with John Howard at UFC 124 instead. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending.
FightMetric to Be the UFC's Official Statistics Provider
FightMetric® is now the official statistics provider of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), supplying the world's first comprehensive mixed martial arts (MMA) statistics and analysis system to the largest MMA organization in the world. The inclusion of official FightMetric data into the evaluation of both fights and fighters will, for the first time ever, provide media members and fans with a chance to track the history and performance of UFC competitors beyond simple wins and losses.
The FightMetric system utilizes a precise and scientific methodology to analyze MMA bouts across 67 statistical categories, encompassing all strikes, takedowns, submissions, and position changes. In addition to raw statistics, FightMetric is at the vanguard of advanced MMA analytics, creating a proprietary algorithm to produce an overall Effectiveness Score and pioneering the use of other metrics to foster greater understanding of how MMA bouts are fought.
Karo Parisyan Welcomed Back to UFC - Offered Dennis Hallman at UFC 123
Less than a year after Dana White tweeted that Karo Parisyan would never fight again in the UFC, "The Heat" has been welcomed back to the organization and offered a fight against Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Mich.
MMA Fighting confirmed the news with two sources close to the situation, as well as Parisyan himself Thursday afternoon.
Both Parisyan and Hallman have yet to sign the bout agreements, which have been issued to both fighters, but both fighters have verbally agreed to the welterweight bout.
UFC 118 Medical Suspensions
The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission today announced the medical suspensions from UFC 1118. 10 fighters are suspended at least 30 days with no contact for 21 days, with only 2 fighters getting more than 60 days-Nate Diaz & John Salter each got 180 days but can be cleared early. They still must sit out 60 & 30 days though, respectively.
UFC 118 Fighter Payouts
The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter payouts form Saturday's UFC 118. The total disclosed payouts were $1,428,000 with the biggest share-$500,000-going to James Toney.
Gabe Ruediger Promised Another UFC Fight
Despite a less-than-impressive return to the organization, Gabe Ruediger will get another fight in the UFC. Ruediger, who failed to make weight and then flamed out of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" cast back in 2007, posted a six-fight win streak to earn his way back into the UFC. But this past weekend as a replacement for injured Terry Etim, Ruediger suffered a one-sided beatdown and eventual submission loss to Joe Lauzon at UFC 118. Although some fighters have been cut after one such lackluster performance, Ruediger apparently will be rewarded for taking the matchup on short notice. UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has promised him another fight on an upcoming card, though the lightweight fighter will have to heal from "four staples in my head and some bruising" that resulted from the UFC 118 fight. "I spoke with Joe Silva from the UFC, and he told me I would have at least one more chance and next time I would have the proper time to prepare," he wrote. "For that I am happy, but I still cant believe how bad that fight was for me."
Alan Belcher Faces Possible Retirement From Eye Injury
"Worst case is I don't get any better than this and I'm only working with one eye and then I probably don't want to risk fighting again with only one eye, cause if I lose that one, then I'm going to be blind," Belcher said. "So it's just -- I'm not even really thinking about fighting right now. I'm just going to wait a couple months and see where I'm at. It's disappointing cause I was on a roll and getting close to a title [shot]."
p.s. this is very sad news to me..as one of my top tier fighter in MW might have to retire from MMA..
UFC 125 Slotted For January 1 In Vegas
The UFC's traditional year-end show will be a first-of-the-year event with UFC 125 tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. The event kicks off a new year for the UFC, which hosts an annual high of 24 events in 2010. No fights currently are scheduled for UFC 125, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission has not yet added it to the this year's schedule. However, a middleweight title rematch between champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, as well as a recently announced lightweight title fight between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, are both possibilities for the card, though UFC officials haven't booked any specific fights for the night's lineup. The tentative location for the event is MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Detroit Suburbs To Host UFC 123 On 11/20
For the first time in more than 14 years and 150 events, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Michigan. UFC 123, which takes place Nov. 20, will be hosted by the 23,000-seat Palace of Auburn Hills in a suburb of Detroit. The sources said cities ranging from San Antonio to Cleveland to Pittsburgh were also considered for the pay-per-view event before UFC officials ultimately settled on Auburn Hills. The main event will feature former Light Heavyweight Champions Quinton Jackson & Lyoto Machida.
Ryan Bader Plans On Finishing Minotoro Nogueira At UFC 119
And after that he's thinking...Jon Jones? "Yes I do feel confident standing with Nog. He has great boxing, and great counter punches. The thing is, this is MMA and with 4 oz gloves on anything can happen. I feel that I hit very hard and have a good chin, so who knows a KO could happen. He is very good on the ground and I am very good at my wrestling game. I have fought many black belts in my career and train with even more. I have to be smart when I’m on the canvas with Rogerio. He is very slick but I believe my wrestling can neutralize his Jiu Jitsu. I plan on finishing this fight any way I can; whether that is a KO or a TKO from ground & pound. Rogerio is an extremely hard fighter to finish but I am going to go in there and try to do just that. I need to focus on this fight first and go out there and win. Then I can look towards my next fight, and if that is (Jon) Jones then we will get after it."
Lauzon Is Cool - Reudiger? Not So Much...
There was a bit of a rivalry between Joe Lauzon and Gabe Ruediger heading into their fight on Saturday night at UFC 118, but the Boston native settled that score pretty quickly as he laid a one-sided drubbing down on his former "Ultimate Fighter" teammate. He submitted Ruediger with an armbar just over two minutes into the first round.
If there was unfinished business before the fight, Lauzon wrote the check and cashed it, dominating Ruediger for every second of the fight, and made some wonder if the grudge spurred on the performance.
"I come at everyone 100 percent. I happened to stun him right off the bat, and I poured it on. It could have been Gabe, it could have been anyone else, I would have come at them just as hard," Lauzon told MMAWeekly Radio after the fight.
B.J. Penn Can Make a Comeback, but Does He Want To?
I don't know what's more troubling about B.J. Penn's most recent loss -- the fact that he posted a video to his website that sounded oddly like a precursor to a farewell the day after his defeat at UFC 118, or the fact that he hasn't been able to get too fired up about either of his losses to Frankie Edgar.
If it were anybody else, a little post-fight melancholy would be perfectly understandable. You lose your belt via narrow decision, then lose the immediate rematch by getting shut out five rounds to none, you're bound to be a little bummed.
EDIT: Dang...the next BJ article I read links to a video in which he says he wants to fight again ASAP. That's what I like to hear.
UFC 118 Prelims: 1.1 Million Viewers
This past weekend's "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV drew a series-low 1.1 million viewers. Nevertheless, the one-hour special drew a 0.83 household rating and was the highest-rated cable program in its timeslot among men 18-49 and men 18-34. However, in a rare occurrence, the ratings actually diminished throughout the broadcast, which could be blamed at least partially on a lackluster bout between Nik Lentz and Andre Winner that opened the Aug. 28 broadcast. An initial audience of 1.204 million viewers tuned in for "UFC Prelims" broadcast, but it fell to just 1.128 million in the next quarter hour. The decline continued (1.062 million and then 1.059 million) throughout each quarter hour of the broadcast, which concluded with the airing of lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and Gabe Ruediger.
Dana White To Address Oxford Union Society During UFC 120
Winston Churchill, Jimmy Carter, Albert Einstein, Richard Nixon, the Queen of England, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Bobby Kennedy, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Clint Eastwood...Dana White? Joining a long list of some of history's most influential figures, White will address Oxford University's famed Oxford Union Society in October, UFC officials today announced. White's visit to the British university, which is the oldest among the English-speaking world, comes Oct. 13, three days before White and Co. host "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama" at The 02 in London. "It is a great honor to be invited to address the Oxford Union," White stated. "Anyone who knows anything about me knows I always speak my mind and am very passionate about what I do, and the Oxford Union was founded on exactly those principles. I'm looking forward to meeting the students, and I know they have a reputation for asking tough questions and expecting straight answers from their guests. That's exactly what they'll get from me."
UFC 118 weigh-ins draw 380,000 viewers on Spike TV, ratings "pretty good"
Spike TV's live broadcast of this past week's UFC 118 weigh-ins resulted in an average audience of 380,000 viewers, an industry source today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The Aug. 27 broadcast aired at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) live from Boston's TD Garden.
Spike TV officials could not be reached for comment, but a source close to the event said the ratings figure was "pretty good" for its timeslot and especially strong among men 18-34.