UFC 134 Fight Card Shaping Up
The UFC will return to the country of Brazil for the first time since October 17th, 1998 later this year. UFC 134: Rio is scheduled for August 27th in the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the UFC is clearly stockpiling the card with popular Brazilian fighters. The top two fights are both rematches, with middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his UFC middleweight title against the last man to earn a win over him, Yushin Okami. The other top matchup has former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua looking to avenge a loss in his first UFC fight at the hands of another former champion, Forrest Griffin.
"We couldn’t wait to host our first-ever UFC event in Brazil’s biggest city," said White. "Brazilians have given so much to the growth of this sport. I’m excited that we can give back to the country that has given us so many great fighters. From Royce Gracie and Vitor Belfort to "Shogun" Rua, Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, these fighters are all champions and are so proud of their roots. It’s time for us to bring a live UFC event here and show the people of Brazil how much this sport has grown."
Dorea: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Will Fight at UFC 134 if Healthy
The Nogueira brother's boxing coach Luis Carlos Dorea did an interview with Tatame where he spoke about his disciple Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and how he's coming along in his recuperation from injury. The topic of UFC 134 came up, and Dorea was quite clear that Big Nog could be on the card. But it all comes down to his health:
Everybody's looking forward to see Rodrigo fighting in UFC Rio. Is he getting ready to go and fight on this event?
Dorea: As for Rodrigo, he’s doing super fine. Rodrigo is going through much physiotherapy, he’s seeing how things are, but we first have to check his conditions, his health. If he’s good to go, I don’t see any problems. The thing isn’t about the fight, but the trainings. The trainings are hard, and Rodrigo trains like twice, three times a day, so he has to be good, 100% healed so that he can train hard and don’t feel a thing. Rodrigo’s doing just fine, we’ll all support him.
Wanderlei Silva Had Doubts of Coming Back, Now Holds Chris Leben’s Feet to the Fire
Wanderlei Silva is an icon in mixed martial arts. “The Axe Murderer” ruled the roost as the Pride middleweight champion in Japan. But even after Zuffa bought the venerable Japanese fight promotion and ultimately had to close its doors, Silva is as popular as ever.
He has struggled through his time in the Octagon. His record is just 2-3 in his latest stint in the UFC. Fans, however, forgive his losses because they simply love watching Wand fight. They don’t care if he holds a belt, or is rocketing up the rankings.
He’s well aware of that fact.
Zombieland: Chan Sung Jung calls out Mark Hominick
When Chan Sung Jung submitted Leonard Garcia with a twister back on March 26 at UFC Fight Night 24: "Nogueira vs. Davis," it broke a two-fight skid and gave him just his second win in five fights.
And, not to get greedy or anything, but he feels like he deserves a nice little step up in the featherweight division because of it. He made this clear with a short, but sweet, tweet:
History in the Making: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson's greatest hits
The chain. The howl. The jovial smile that can turn into a menacing grimace in the blink of an eye.
For over a decade, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has entertained fight fans with theatrics that are exceeded only by his performance in the ring or cage.
Whether he's knocking opponents out with the cinder blocks he calls fists or he's slamming them through the mat, the Memphis-born fighter almost always manages to entertain his audience.
At UFC 130: "Edgar vs. Maynard 3" on May 28, 2011, he will face off against another American wrestler in Matt Hamill, as both fighters hope to continue their climb up the 205-pound rankings.
But first, a look back.
Hello, Pride... meet "Rampage"
Jackson had a rough debut in Pride FC. He was matched up against the smaller Kazushi Sakuraba and used that size difference to his advantage. But the seasoned grappler was able to score a submission on the American.
When "Rampage" returned to Japan four months later, the result was decidedly different.
He took on professional wrestler Yuki Ishikawa and ragdolled him all around the ring. Punches to the head while on their feet and knees while on the mat were delivered to the Japanese fighter.
A combination against the ropes dropped Ishikawa to the mat and earned "Rampage" his first Pride victory.
But it wouldn't be his last.
Saturday Night's Mania Event: Jake Shields eye pokes Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129 ... but was it intentional?
Saturday Night's Mania Event is back, despite heavy competition from both Bellator 43 and the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley.
That's alright, though, because we've got business to take care of.
In the wake of one of the most successful events in the history of the UFC, there are questions that need asking in regards to the main event that marred the entire show.
Was Jake Shields intentionally trying to poke Georges St. Pierre in the eye at UFC 129 this past Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?
To start, it should be immediately established that an eye poke did, in fact, occur and it was the main culprit in causing GSP to lose vision in his left eye for most of the duration of the fight.
It was not a punch to the eye, as Shields initially commented at the post-fight press conference. It was a vicious poke, or maybe even scrape is a better term.
There are many layers to this occurrence that need to be discussed. Should the fight have been allowed to continue after the infraction, in which St. Pierre's sight was clearly compromised to the point of dangerousness?
Does someone need to tell Greg Jackson, trainer to the stars, that it's simply irresponsible for him to outright dismiss this fact when his fighter made him aware of it between rounds?
Did the ringside doctors and the entire commission drop the ball in regards to this entire incident?
Lots to talk about, ladies and sirs, let's get right to it.
Georges St. Pierre Discusses UFC 129 Eye Injury
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has been the subject of much discussion and ridicule since his UFC 129 decision win over Jake Shields. Fans and media alike have been harsh in their criticism, but one of the major game-changers in the fight was Shields inadvertently poking GSP in the eye in the third round. GSP came back to his corner and said he couldn't see out of his eye, and had considerable trouble finding his range for the rest of the fight.
There has been much speculation about the severity of his injury since the fight, so St. Pierre turned to twitter today to give his fans an update on his condition:
"I am so lucky my BJJ instructor Bruno Fernandes is an ophtamologist!!! I'll be in good hands!!!"
"My medical condition is called Hyphema. My vision is still blurry and my eye sensitive but the blood in my eye has now been absorbed..."
"My retina is find as well and my vision will come back to 100%!!! Can't be more happy!!"
Jeff Lacey Signs Agreement To Face Nick Diaz In Boxing Bout
May 6, 2011 - According to a press release, former IBF super-middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy has formally agreed to face Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz in a professional boxing bout. There is no word on whether or not Diaz will agree to the bout or which weight class this fight will be contested at should it be made.
Gleison Tibau Replaces Cody McKenzie, Will Face Bart Palaszewski at UFC 130
Ultimate Fighter season 12 contestant Cody McKenzie has been forced out of his UFC 130 fight with an injury, and Brazilian Gleison Tibau is likely to step in and replace him in facing veteran Bart Palaszewski.
The UFC confirmed that Tibau has verbally agreed to the bout.
McKenzie (12-1) has split his two fights in the UFC octagon, winning his debut with his trademark guillotine choke variation before dropping his most recent fight in a technical submission to Yves Edwards.
Ellenberger healing following successful surgery, eyes Top 10 opponent in return
Jake Ellenberger is a lucky man.
Rather than a mass of ravaged bone and tendon, he broke a single metacarpal on his left hand – the fourth one, to be exact – when he knocked out Sean Pierson this past Saturday at UFC 129. He'll be able to hit stuff again in six to eight weeks following corrective surgery he underwent Tuesday.
That means no zombie hand, as recently seen with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz's left paw following months of abuse.
As for who Ellenberger (25-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is eyeing following his fourth-consecutive win in the UFC, he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he'd like a top-10 opponent and feels he's earned the opportunity.
With Tristar training, UFC 129 win, Rory Macdonald looks to move up the ladder
Rory MacDonald may have just needed a change in scenery.
A half-year after moving from his hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia to Montreal, Quebec, to work with Firas Zahabi at Tristar Gym, the Canadian welterweight is hitting his stride.
With a key victory over Nate Diaz (13-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) this past Saturday at UFC 129, the 21-year-old MacDonald (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) feels he's ready for the best the division has to offer. Yet he said his skills are still a work in progress, which means he's going to be one scary guy in two or three years.
"I have many years ahead of me, and I have a lot to learn," MacDonald today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I'm going to be much sharper every time you see me in the octagon because my life is training, literally."
Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreire vs. Rousimar Palhares in the works for UFC 134
A middleweight bout between Brazilian UFC vets Rousimar Palhares (12-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Alexandre Ferreira (18-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been targeted for UFC 134.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the bout, though contracts have yet to be signed. Brazilian website Portal do Vale Tudo first reported the matchup.
UFC 134, first announced as "UFC: Rio," takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro and is expected to feature a middleweight title fight between reigning champ Anderson Silva and challenger Yushin Okami.
Gray Maynard Skewers Anthony Pettis, Defends Rashad Evans
UFC lightweight Gray "The Bully" Maynard has never been shy about sharing his feelings or opinions, and he certainly didn't hold back in yesterday's interview with Jon Luther at MMAFA.tv. Whether the topic was top contender Anthony Pettis, UFC 130 opponent and current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, or even your average internet fan, Gray wasn't afraid to speak his mind.
On his part in Anthony Pettis having to fight Clay Guida instead of getting a straight title shot:
I’ve been in the trenches this whole time fighting the toughest guys. He throws one kick and then he’s the greatest in the world?
Let’s look at who he’s fought. Ben Henderson is the best name. And I don’t mind fighting him; I don’t care if I win the belt and then I have to take him on. But for me, guys like Miller, Melendez and all of these guys who have been on the f***ing grind, fighting the best competition for the past few years… that’s what I look at. Who have you fought? I don’t care about how good you looked when you fought a scrub. That doesn’t matter. If a guy isn’t good then you’re not supposed to look good. And for me, [Pettis] has fought one good guy in Ben, and he isn’t proven yet. He’s tough as hell, but we’ll see.
Soares: Aldo's illness shouldn't overshadow Hominick's "gutsy" UFC 129 performance
It's not the type of story manager Ed Soares wants to tell.
As it turns out, his client, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, was recovering from an undisclosed infection and was on antibiotics until the Monday prior to his fight with Mark Hominick at UFC 129.
Aldo's cornerman did, in fact, make reference to medication while inside the cage after his unanimous-decision victory this past Saturday in the co-main draw of the record-breaking event, which took place at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
But Soares in no way wants to take anything from a gutsy performance that saw Hominick fight his way through cuts, bruises and a massive hematoma to dominate the fifth and final frame of the bout.
There are no excuses for Aldo, he told MMAjunkie.com
Maria 'Meg' Melilo Selected as UFC Rio Ring Girl
Bloody Elbow's Tom Mendes tells us Terra.com is reporting that Maria "Meg" Melilo will be one of the ring girls at UFC 134/ UFC Rio, she won the eleventh edition of the Brazilian version of the reality show Big Brother. She's the cover of June's edition of Playboy magazine and also practices Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing and has worked as a ring girl before, so experience will not be a problem.
UFC Rio will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. Other bouts will include: Forrest Griffin vs Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Thiago Tavares vs Spencer Fisher, Luiz Cane vs Stanislav Nedkov, Paulo Thiago vs David Mitchell and Edson Barboza vs Ross Pearson.