Nogueira vs Cain off
The UFC's injury woes continue, and another main event has been scrapped.
A planned UFC 108 bout between heavyweight contenders Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-5-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Cain Velasquez (7-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has been called off due to a severe staph infection currently affecting "Big Nog."
Dan Hardy looks to silence the critics with UFC 105 win over Mike Swick
In his brief UFC career, welterweight contender Dan Hardy (22-6 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has proven himself to be quite a polarizing figure.
Widely adored in his native U.K. for a flashy fighting style and lively pre-fight banter, Hardy is also viewed with disdain from many who believe he's too new in the organization to be vying for a shot at the 170-pound title.
"The Outlaw" hopes to use Saturday's "UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera" bout with Mike Swick (14-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in Manchester, England, as a chance to prove his doubters wrong.
"With all due respect to Mike, I don't think he's better at me in any area," Hardy said on a recent call promoting the event. "If anything, we're even.
"It's a very evenly matched fight, and I think that this is my chance to prove that to a lot of people that are doubting me."
Hardy is undefeated in three trips to the octagon, but two of those wins have come via split decision. Meanwhile, Swick is 9-1 in the UFC and is riding back-to-back TKO wins.
Conan guarantees: “Cane will stop Rogerio”
Coach and one of American Top Team’s leaders, Conan Silveira is anxious to the next fight of Luis “Banha” Cane on UFC. With 10 victories on his career, Cane will face Rogério “Minotouro”, who will debut on UFC. “It will be a very tough fight for both, high level and with a lot of intelligence”, analyzes, mourning that fact to face another Brazilian. “Unfortunately is that thing, we have to be professionals”.
*yes indeed..Lil Nog gonna get KO's*
Terry Etim just taking it as it comes
Lightweight Terry Etim, 24, is confident wherever his fight with Shannon Gugerty goes, but he’s been around long enough to know it will probably hit the mat.
Etim, a long and lanky Liverpool native, faces the Dean Lister brown belt on the undercard of UFC 105 in his seventh Octagon appearance.
Randy Couture says it's all about fun
Randy Couture is settled into that pre-fight groove he knows so well. The only difference this time around is the lack of title up for grabs.
At 46, Couture has contended for more UFC titles than any competitor in the promotion’s history. On Saturday, he faces Brandon Vera at UFC 105 in a non-title bout, his second since losing the heavyweight strap to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 and fifth overall.
It’s Couture’s second re-invention as a light heavyweight after falling short to heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102. His first cut came in 2003, when he fought Chuck Liddell for the interim belt when then-champion Tito Ortiz was unable to defend his undisputed title.
Apologetic UFC 106 headliner Tito Ortiz missed "friend" Dana White
The fact that Tito Ortiz ultimately decided to return to the UFC wasn't all that surprising.
After all, the former champion and one-time biggest UFC star had come close to signing and even announced tentative deals with organizations ranging from Affliction Entertainment to EliteXC to the American Fight League over the past 15 months. None of those promotions, of course, is even promoting events these days.
Still, while few were shocked that Ortiz eventually announced his return to the UFC back in July, the fact that he had apparently made up with his sworn enemy – UFC president Dana White – did raise a few eyebrows.
Once upon a time, long before he orchestrated the purchase and took over control of the UFC with co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, White managed Ortiz, and the duo were friendly – bosom buddies even.
Dana White predicts retired "Rampage" Jackson will be back in UFC
Despite the duo's public feud and the fighter's claims that he's entered retirement and is "done fighting," UFC president Dana White isn't closing the door on Quinton "Rampage" Jackson making a return to the octagon.
In fact, White expects him to return to the UFC soon.
Jackson, who's had an embarrassing run as a coach on the current 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" after rival coach Rashad Evans won seven of the eight opening-round matchups, announced his retirement on Sept. 22.
Prior to that declaration, though, Jackson accepted a role as B.A. Baracus, which was first played on the small screen by Mr. T, in an upcoming Hollywood remake of the 1980s action-adventure series. Filming for the role meant the highly anticipated (and thoroughly promoted) fight between Jackson and Evans was pulled from December's UFC 107 fight card in Memphis.
Gerald Harris To The List Of Veterans Applying For TUF
Put Gerald Harris’ name among the other established MMA veterans that want a shot to earn their way in to the Octagon by going through "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series. While other names being rumored to be applying for the next season of the show are coming off of disappointing stretches in their careers or periods of inactivity, Harris is one of the hottest middleweights in the sport at the moment.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre says he may take a crack at making the Canadian Olympic wrestling team for the 2012 Summer Games.
Abu Dhabi likely, Italy possible as UFC's European division continues growth
MANCHESTER, England – The UFC's U.K. Division President, Marshall Zelaznik, rattled off the mind-boggling statistics rather nonchalantly at Thursday's "UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera" pre-fight press conference.
"The fight will be seen in over 50 countries and territories live," Zelaznik said. "It will eventually be seen in 130 countries and territories. It will be available to 400 million homes around the world."
And as the UFC returns to the site of its first modern-era European event, the company has its eyes set on even further expansion, including Australia, Abu Dhabi and Italy.
Sherk-Oliveira Signed for UFC 108
Sean Sherk has signed on to face Rafaello Oliveira in a lightweight bout at UFC 108 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. Sherk, a former UFC lightweight champion, withdrew from his bout against Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles with a “Grade II AC separation” shoulder injury. Sherk told Sherdog.com Thursday that the injury has rehabilitated well.
Dan Hardy Declares War On Mike Swick
Hardy paid his dues, taking his first professional bout in 2004. He worked his way up, primarily through the ranks of the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, where he held titles as both welterweight and light welterweight champion, until the sport finally developed to the point that being a full-time mixed martial artist was a legitimate pursuit.
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship started its international expansion efforts, they looked first to England, where the small scene that Hardy was dominating was starting to gain some traction. Not long after, they finally took notice of Hardy’s efforts, signing him to fight at UFC 89 in late 2008.
Anderson Silva: “We came here to win”
“We’re training and fixing the mistakes, so they won’t surprise us on the fights... We can’t win always, but we’re working for it“, guarantees. Representing Black House, team that already has two UFC belts (with Anderson and Lyoto Machida), the team can be closer to more titles, in case Nogueira brothers win their next fights. “We’re working to mark the field, so people can understand that we came to win“, finished.
Rousimar Palhares hungry to fight Linhares
“It’s really better now. I’m gonna train a lot, do my best to do a show to the Brazilian fans. I’m training for that and I’ll do it”, guarantees the Brazilian Top Team fighter. With a great game in BJJ, “Toquinho” doesn’t expect a ground fight. “I don’t know, the level is very high in the MMA today, so I only know that he’ll be prepared and so do I, and we’re gonna do a great fight”.
Michael Bisping: Don’t ‘Count’ me out after one bad night
Fighting is different than other sports because you’re not competing as regularly. If a football player has a bad game, he’s allowed to do that because he plays once or twice a week. With fighting, it’s once every few months. So if you have a bad night, it gets built up. It’s not like my career is in shatters. I’m 18-2. The two guys I’ve lost to are former champions. There’s no shame in that. I do feel pressure in wanting to come back and perform, but it’s not like I’m finished as some people seem to think. It’s going to take more than one loss for me to hang up my gloves; that’s for sure.”
St. Pierre eyes Hardy-Swick winner
Updated: November 11, 2009, 8:53 AM ET
By Neil Davidson
Special to ESPN.com
A healthy Georges St. Pierre will be cage-side at UFC 105 in Manchester, England, when Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy and Mike "Quick" Swick go at it in the co-main event.
"Apparently, I will probably fight the winner of this fight, so I'm going to be watching it very carefully," St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion, said cheerfully.
The Canadian has pretty much cleaned out the upper tier of the 170-pound division. The Swick-Hardy winner is touted as the best of the rest.
Renzo Gracie to Fight Matt Hughes at UFC 109
Heavy.com has confirmed with sources close to the UFC that a welterweight matchup between Renzo Gracie and Matt Hughes is in the works for UFC 109 in February.
Gracie, 42, last appeared in a February 2007 disqualification victory over Frank Shamrock. Rumors have circulated over the last month that the legendary Gracie family member has been in negotiations with the UFC. Both fighters have been approached about the fight, but bout agreements have not been signed.