McSweeney's Camp Wants TUF 11 Finale Loss Overturned, NSAC Head Responds
James McSweeney's representative contends that his fighter was hit with several illegal elbows during a loss to Travis Browne this past Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 11 finale. Lex McMahon, McSweeney's manager, today said that he intends to file an appeal this week with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. However, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer said he does not believe Browne committed any fouls during the bout, which took place in a preliminary-card bout at the The Pearl at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. During the Spike TV broadcast, cameras showed McSweeney bleeding from his head shortly after Browne followed him to the ground and began striking. It appears at least one of Browne's elbow strikes may have caused the cut. According to McMahon, backstage prior to the fight, referee Kim Winslow explained illegal strikes to McSweeney and highlighted an area "two knuckles beyond the ear" as foul territory.
Commission Docs Said Hamill's Staph "Posed No Threat" To Anyone At TUF 11 Finale
That's the short and sweet explanation from Matt Hamill's camp. The NSAC was aware of Hamill's issue but still cleared him to fight after checking him. "The doctors and the Commission were aware and repeatedly examined the red mark on Matt's back. They concluded that it was healing and hardened to the point that it posed no threat to Matt or anyone else inside the Octagon."
Lloyd Irvin Says Kris McCray Just Needs More Time
Trainer Lloyd Irvin worked with "The Ultimate Fighter 11" contestant Kris McCray for about two months and cornered him against Court McGee this past Saturday at the show's live finale. Although McCray came up short against McGee, Irvin said it's just a matter of time before the durable fighter reaches his potential. Irvin, who's worked with UFC veterans Brandon Vera and Phil Davis, met McCray through an affiliate school, Gold Medal Grappling, and hosted the fighter after his six-week stint on the Spike TV reality show. The trainer said McCray's camp was on point. Saturday's result may have just been a case of inexperience.
Hardy to face Condit or Kampmann at UFC 120
ESPN.co.uk understands that the UFC has narrowed down the shortlist for Dan Hardy's next opponent to just two names: Carlos Condit or Martin Kampmann.
Hardy is ready to return to the Octagon at UFC 120 in London following his March defeat to Georges St-Pierre, a fight that represented British MMA's first ever title shot. "The Outlaw" has taken time out following the unanimous decision defeat to recover from the draining process of being involved in a UFC main event, but now he is champing at the bit to put the loss behind him.
I for one would like to see Condit, what about you guys?
Rampage Wants Forrest, Rashad and a Snuggie?
Rampage Jackson plans to make up for the 'most embarrassing fight' of his career by rematching Forrest Griffin, and then taking revenge over Rashad Evans.
Jackson is gutted that he played a part in what he labels a 'boring' fight against Evans, which saw "Suga" Rashad triumph via unanimous decision. Rampage is adamant it wasn't a true defeat, and he is promising to wear the snuggy that became so prominent during the Countdown show if Rashad can repeat the victory.
I'm all for these fights and I wouldn't mind seeing him lose to Rashad and having to wear the Snuggie to be honest.
Chuck Liddell Retirement Is Still In The Evaluation Phase
The problem is that despite his head trainer and best friend (and boss) telling him he's done, Liddell isn't quite ready to give up fighting. Yet. "I’m still working on evaluating. I thought I did great before I was caught. I have to look at it some more and think about it. I think I looked good and I definitely was in great shape. I could have kept that pace up for another four rounds, without a doubt.... It’s hard to beat that [aggressiveness] out of me, because that’s who I am and that’s who I’ve been for a long, long time. People like watching me because of the way I fight, so it’s hard to get me not to fight that way. There’s a lot still to think about. I felt pretty good and I think showed I can compete. I’m not going to rush and I’ll do what I think is best. I’m just not at a point to make that decision yet."
Fighters Are Like Strippers, Nobody In Their Right Mind Wants To Do This
That, according to victorious TUF 11 Finale fighter Chris Leben, is the mindset of a fighter. "Fighters are like strippers; they ain't paying their way through college. If you don't understand what that means, you have to realize that there is always something underlying with all of us. Nobody in their right mind, no normal, sane person, goes ‘[expletive] college, screw my guidance counselor. I'm going to put all my chips in one basket to become a cage fighter so I can get the crap kicked out of me in front of other people.' Obviously, there is something wrong going on there... This guy (McGee) right here is the perfect example. It's that obsessive energy that we have that makes us different. It's that obsessive energy that, yeah, makes me cause a lot of problems for myself in my life. But look, look at where he's at now, willing to do whatever it is. Most fighters I know do whatever they do 110 percent. For me, it's all or nothing. It's either full throttle or nothing. Either I'm eating ice cream and candy or I'm dieting 100 percent. I'm yin and yang. If I go out and have a drink, I'm going to go out and get [expletive] trashed. I know that. That's why I'm not going to do that tonight. It's the same thing in the ring and it's that type of personality that makes all of us up here in front of you, it's what got us here. We all have something like that in us."
Fight Doc weighs in on Hamills staph
Aside from Court McGee being crowned "The Ultimate Fighter 11" champion, the biggest news coming out of this past weekend's UFC event was Matt Hamill's clearance to fight despite an active Staph infection.
Hamill appeared at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale weigh-ins on Friday with a noticeable lesion on his lower back, and following his win over Keith Jardine on Saturday, he and Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer confirmed the infection.
In his latest "Ask the Fight Doc" installment, MMAjunkie.com medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin wonders how that was possible and why so many others were unnecessarily put at risk.
In my opinion, the NSAC was victim of a poor medical decision. Furthermore, every athlete (including Hamill) and referee that entered the octagon – with or after Hamill – was unnecessarily exposed to a potentially very serious and deadly infection by the "licensed doctor" who cleared him to compete.
TUF 11 Finale Results
Court McGee def. Kris McCray via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 3:41
Matt Hamill def. Keith Jardine via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Chris Leben def. Aaron Simpson via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:17
Dennis Siver def. Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Rich Attonito def. Jamie Yager via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:25
John Gunderson def. Mark Holst via unanimous decision (no scores given)
Brad Tavares def. Seth Baczynski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kyle Noke def. Josh Bryant via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:12
Chris Camozzi def. James Hammortree via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Travis Browne def. James McSweeney via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 4:32
Finale draws reported attendance of 1,708 for $430K gate
LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, which took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported 1,708 attendees for a live gate of $430,250.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the numbers while at the event's post-fight press conference, though the official figures will be verified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission early next week.
Finale bonuses: Hamill, Jardine, McGee, Leben earn $25K awards
LAS VEGAS – Chris Leben, Court McGee, Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine each earned $25,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale on Saturday.
Leben earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, McGee earned the "Submission of the Night bonus, and Hamill and Jardine both earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC Quick Quote: Dana White says 'huge fight' coming to free TV to make up for UFC 112
"What I'm going to end up doing is probably taking a big, huge fight that should have been on pay-per-view and put it on free TV. I'm actually working on it right now. I said I'd make up for that, and trust me, I'm gonna."
The above picture says it all. UFC President Dana White was flat out embarrassed and enraged by UFC 112's main event, particularly by Anderson Silva's peculiar antics. If you remember, directly after the fight, White promised to make it up to the fans who paid their hard-earned money for that atrocious display of mixed martial arts in some way, shape or form. Via MMA Weekly, Dana details his plans for how he is going to do that. It looks likely that a legitimate, big time main event is coming to Spike TV or Versus in the near future. Any thoughts on what that fight may be? Or, better yet, take this time to let D.W. know what kind of fight will rid your memory of that woeful April night in Abu Dhabi.
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UFC weigh-in results for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 Finale
Everyone was on weight. Only Fisher had to use the towel. It was not the same w/o Rogan...
185 lbs.: Court McGee (185) vs. Kris McCray (184)
Main card (Televised):
205 lbs.: Matt Hamill (205) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
185 lbs.: Chris Leben (186) vs. Aaron Simpson (186)
155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)
185 lbs.: Rich Attonito (186) vs. Jamie Yager (185)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
155 lbs.: John Gunderson (155) vs. Mark Holst (154)
265 lbs.: Travis Browne (251) vs. James McSweeney (231)
185 lbs.: Seth Baczynski (185) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
185 lbs.: Josh Bryant (185) vs. Kyle Noke (185)
185 lbs.: Chris Camozzi (185) vs. James Hammortree (186)
Brock Lesnar's Surprise Training Partner
Despite handing Randy Couture a 2ndRound TKO loss en route to jacking his title at UFC 91, reigning heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar has remained in fairly close contact with Captain America. Couture is one of the few men in the sport the former WWE superstar actually respects.
Court McGee: From Half-Naked Drug Addict To TUF Finalist
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 finalist Court McGee is one fight away from completing an unlikely (and somewhat miraculous) turnaround in his life. The last time McGee was in Las Vegas he was wandering the streets with no pants looking for meth. Now he's back as one of TUF's biggest success stories, which he can cap off on Saturday night (June 19) against Kris McCray.
UFC 118 gets "UFC Prelims" Spike TV special
The recently announced "UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II" event in Boston airs on pay-per-view, but the August event also will get a one-hour "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV.
A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that two preliminary-card fights will air prior to the night's PPV airing.
Officials, though, have not decided which fights will air as part of the Aug. 28 special.
UFC 118 takes place at TD Garden and marks the UFC's Massachusetts debut. Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar rematches B.J. Penn in the headliner, and Randy Couture meets boxing champ James Toney in the co-main event.
Traditionally, "The Ultimate Fighter" cast members and UFC Fight Night regulars are featured in the "UFC Prelims" specials. Therefore, a lightweight bout between "TUF 5" cast member Joe Lauzon and British fighter Terry Etim is a leading candidate for a "UFC Prelims" spot, as is a middleweight bout between "TUF 4" competitor Jorge Rivera and veteran Alessio Sakara.
Simpson, Bader and Dollaway to open a new Gym in Arizona
A group of fighters including UFC mainstays Ryan Bader, Aaron Simpson, and C.B. Dollaway will open a new gym later this year in Arizona, hoping to bring in more top competitors to work with.
Previously training at Arizona Combat Sports, the group of fighters saw an opportunity to pursue a dream that many mixed martial artists have and that is to open a gym of their own.
Freddie Roach: 'The UFC is just trying to use older boxers to make their sport look better'
Past-his-prime pugilist James Toney will finally get the chance to prove that boxing (with takedown defense) trumps mixed martial arts on any given Saturday when he takes on former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 118 in Boston.
Can he do it?
Not according to famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who was asked to give his thoughts recently on "Lights Out" coming over to the UFC to fight "The Natural."
Courtesy of East Side Boxing:
"I think it's a bad decision. I don't think it will work. I think the UFC is just trying to say they're better than boxing because if James fought Couture in a boxing match James would absolutely destroy him, but if he fights him in a UFC/MMA style fight James does not have a ground game, once he goes to the ground it's over. It's completely two different sports and they're just trying to use older boxers to make their sport look better."