Muay Thai coach Quentin Chong helping Randy Couture hone skills, ignore Father Time
The questions are all about the age. And they've been all about the age for so long that old man Randy Couture can't remember anything else. The "Natural" is so old that even other fighters get asked about his age.
And age will certainly be a factor Saturday after UFC 102 in Portland when fans will either declare the 46-year-old former heavyweight champion washed up or a miracle of nature.
"He seems 21 to me," Quentin Chong told MMAjunkie.com. "He does not have an old body."
Dana: UFC To Vancouver Nearly Done, Possibly June
The UFC will apparently (and finally) gets its long-awaited event in Vancouver. During Thursday's UFC 102 pre-event press conference, UFC president Dana White suggested the event is nearly a done deal and said it's targeted for a June 2010 date. The show would take place at General Motors Place, a 19,000-seat venue owned by a group that's openly campaigned for a UFC show. Officials also met with the Vancouver Athletics Commission, which thus far, hasn't officially approved the sport (or the UFC's event).
UFC president Dana White says his anger targeted at Showtime,not Strikeforce
PORTLAND, Ore. – When UFC president Dana White took aim at a budding rival earlier this month by calling them "Strike-farce," it appeared the UFC exec's long-standing praise of Strikeforce was coming to an end.
But at today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference, White clarified who the real enemy was in the battle for MMA supremacy.
"I'm not anti-Strikeforce," White said. "I don't dislike those guys. I dislike Showtime. That's who I dislike."
While merge with WEC uncertain, White says lighter classes coming to UFC "probably real soon"
PORTLAND, Ore. – While the idea of a merge between the UFC and WEC has been tossed around for quite some time, this past week's rescheduling of "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson" brought the topic back to the discussion table.
At today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference, White said he didn't have any immediate plans to merge Zuffa's two fight organizations together – but that doesn't mean fans shouldn't expect to see some of the WEC's biggest stars making their way into the UFC, especially with the volume of cards the UFC is planning for 2010.
"(The chances of us bringing lighter weight classes to the UFC are) very good, and probably real soon," White said. "We're doing like three fights a month next year."
Penn vs. Sanchez targeted for UFC's third show in November; White hints at new broadcast deal
PORTLAND, Ore. – The recently rumored UFC lightweight title fight between current champion B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez will happen this fall according to UFC president Dana White, but it won't happen in England.
At today's UFC 102 pre-fight press conference in Portland, Ore., White said he was working on a deal that would see the organization host a third event in November.
And while UFC 105 will air on SpikeTV on Nov. 14 and UFC 106 will be seen on pay per view Nov. 21, White said the potential new date won't be viewed on either platform.
Used to fighting for UFC life, UFC 102's Ed Herman now fighting for family
Among fighters, some superstitions are nearly universal.
Never overlook a current opponent to talk about the next one.
There is no such thing as a guaranteed victory.
Three losses in a row can kill your career.
Ed Herman knows the latter all too well. "Short Fuse" has been on the brink twice in his UFC career. Herman now faces undefeated Aaron Simpson at UFC 102 on Saturday in Portland, Ore.
Demian Maia: Anderson Was Talking Some Bulls**t
- Maia is going to have no problem with the weight cut.
- Maia is more worried about Marquardt's technique than his strength. He says Marquardt is a worthy opponent on the ground.
- Winner should get a title shot by the end of 2009.
- Anderson Silva was "talking some bullshit" in Brazil about Maia because he felt Maia challenged him when Maia asked for a title shot after his last victory.
- Anderson Silva didn't used to be that way, but he is now cocky and Maia felt that he has changed. Anderson does not accept critics anymore.
Couture vs. Nogueira Likely For Next Title Shot
At least according to Randy Couture. When asked Wednesday about the winner of his Saturday fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira possibly being next in line for the Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin winner, Couture said "That's been tossed around". Couture still hasn't ruled out moving back to 205, where one interesting possible fight is Anderson Silva.
Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout official for UFC Fight Night 19; 11-bout lineup set
The official UFC Fight Night 19 lineup now includes:
Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard
Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard
Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenberger
Tim Credeur vs. Nate Quarry
Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann
Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson
C.B. Dollaway vs. Dan Miller
Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout
Justin Buchholz vs. Jeremy Stephens
Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce
Ryan Jensen vs. Steven Steinbeiss
Nik Lentz replaces Dan Lauzon at UFC 103
Sources close to the fighter have informed FiveKnuckles.com that Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts trained Nik Lentz will step in for the injured Dan Lauzon against Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103. The event is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Dallas, TX.
Gabriel Gonzaga looking to add a little excitement to his game
Gabriel Gonzaga’s most famous UFC moment came when his stunning high kick knocked out Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic in the first round of their bout at UFC 70.
While a lot has changed for the 30-year-old Brazilian since that April night in 2007 in Manchester, England, Gonzaga believes he’s got plenty of big moments left in him and hopes to show off the first one against Chris Tuchscherer Saturday night at UFC 102 in Portland, Ore.
UFC Confirms Ten Bouts for 104 in October
Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua - light heavyweight championship
Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons
Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley
Demian Maia Hopes to Make Memorable Impression With UFC 102 Effort
Undefeated UFC middleweight Demian Maia has made it clear his gameplan going into Saturday's UFC 102 fight against Nate Marquardt is to take his opponent down and submit him. And although Marquardt is comfortable on the ground, it's on his feet where he holds a significant advantage.
Still, if you ask Maia, he does not consider this fight a classic striker vs. grappler matchup.
NOGUEIRA MAKES A MOVE PREPARING FOR COUTURE
With all the talk about the punishment that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has taken over the course his career, you’d think that he was the elder man entering his main event bout with Randy Couture at this Saturday’s UFC 102 in Portland, Ore.
At 33 years of age, he is actually 13 years the junior to Couture. But he knows that following a disappointing loss at the hands of Frank Mir at UFC 92 – the first time the Brazilian has been stopped in his 37-fight career – the questions abound about him.
KENNY FLORIAN PLANS ON FIGHTING AGAIN THIS YEAR
Fresh off a loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 101 in Philadelphia on Aug. 8, Kenny Florian wants to be more active and expects to fight again in 2009.
"I am going to fight before 2010. There's no doubt about it," he told MMAWeekly.com. "I have to get a fight in. I think it will happen and hopefully against someone tough."
UFC 101 Buyrate Likely to Exceed Expectations
Dave Meltzer writes in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer that final UFC 101 buyrate figures may be set to exceed the predictions of just about everyone in the industry, including MMAPayout.com:
Last week’s early estimates of UFC 101 have been confirmed. We’ve had three different systems of six we’ve gotten reports on real numbers that reported the second best numbers, behind only UFC 100. The others did right at or just below other the big three of late (Couture vs. Lesnar, Griffin vs. Evans and Penn vs. St. Pierre). One national cable estimate was at this stage between 800,000 and 900,000 buys. Trending patterns indicate numbers higher than that, and if it was the same as the big three before UFC 100, or better, as indicated by the few direct numbers we have, it could top 1 million since UFC 92 hit that figure and 91 and 94 were just below.
Essentially, three of the six systems used to tabulate and predict final PPV numbers are indicating that UFC 101 will surpass all but UFC 100 in terms of its PPV buyrate. The other three systems have placed the buyrate in the 800-900k range (something a little closer to what MMAPayout.com expected).
If true, this is obviously great news for the UFC, and just adds to their stellar year. And just to give you an indication of how good of a year it is: in 2008, the UFC did an estimated 5,700,000 PPV buys; but, if you include UFC 101, the company has already done over 5,500,000 buys as of mid-August (and with probably six events still to come).
Todd Duffee – No Talk, All Action
Talk to Todd Duffee and you wouldn’t describe him as one of those ‘glass
half empty’ types of people. But if he sounds like he was skeptical about his UFC 102 fight with Tim Hague coming to fruition this weekend, he’s got good reason. Just look at his history.