Dana White ready to bring the excitement of big fights back to Boston
UFC President Dana White is ready to return home to Boston -- complete with his MMA empire and rabid fan base. The state of Massachusetts recently approved a bill to afford regulation for the sport of mixed martial arts and the Zuffa brass wasted no time in lining up an August 28 date at the TD BankNorth Garden for their Beantown debut. White also promised the show to end all shows. If that's the case, what can we expect for the August mega-event? Fan Expo? Five title fights? The return of Brock Lesnar? Let the speculation begin...
What does Evans Vs Silva mean for the lhw division
When Rashad Evans meets Thiago Silva next week in the UFC 108 headliner, he knows both contenders are fighting for the same thing.
They both a want a shot to avenge an earlier loss while striking gold in the light-heavyweight division, which is currently ruled by champion Lyoto Machida.
"It's like a race for who gets back to Machida," Evans said.
Machida knocked out Silva in January and then stopped then-champ Evans in his next bout to claim the 205-pound title. Since then, the undefeated Brazilian has defended his belt against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and now ranks among the world's top pound-for-pound best.
So what can we expect from Evans vs. Silva?
Baroni plans time off, return unknown
33-year-old welterweight Phil Baroni is in Hawaii and planning to take time off from competition to rest and evaluate a new approach to MMA.
Despite several reports, Baroni said he has not agreed to fight Marcus Davis at UFC 111 on March 27 in Newark, N.J.
The Long Island, N.Y. native said he wanted to move from his adopted home of Las Vegas to experience different training camps, most notably, a possible permanent move to San Jose, Calif. for a permanent residence with American Kickboxing Academy. In the past, Baroni has trained often with the camp for hard sparring.
Slugfest Alert: Baroni vs. Davis Reported for UFC 111
What do you do when you have two guys who can't win big fights but who always put on entertaining matches? Throw 'em in a cage together and hope for a Fight of the Night, obviously. According to MMA Mania, Phil Baroni and Marcus Davis have verbally agreed to whip the New Jersey crowd into a frenzy at UFC 111 (March 27th, Newark), supporting a card that will feature Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy and (hopefully) Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin.
Former Champion Evans Starts Comebck Trail Against Silva
Like training partner Georges St-Pierre before him, Rashad Evans has learned firsthand the difference between winning a title and keeping it.
It's a painful lesson. But one that St-Pierre has used to make himself a better mixed martial arts fighter.
Some seven months after losing the UFC light-heavyweight championship to Lyoto Machida in his first title defence at UFC 98, Evans returns to the cage at UFC 108 looking to prove that, having picked himself off the floor, he is a better man for it.
UFC Vet Harold Howard Arrested in Niagara Falls, Ontario
St Catherine Standard - Police say a 51-year-old assault suspect deliberately crashed his pickup truck through the front entrance of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, ending a pursuit through Niagara Falls city streets early Tuesday morning.
Niagara Regional Police say the male had been involved in a dispute at a residence in Niagara Falls in which a male and a female were assaulted with a weapon before he sped off in his vehicle.
The male then attended another residence in the north end of Niagara Falls where he collided with a vehicle in the driveway. The male then fled that residence in his vehicle.
UFC 111: Phil Baroni vs Marcus Davis likely for March 27
Hard-hitting (and crowd-pleasing) welterweights, Marcus Davis and Phil Baroni, have verbally agreed to throw leather at UFC 111 from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on March 27, 2010.
The promotion has made no official announcements about the 170-pound match up or the actual pay-per-view (PPV) event at this time; however, that's expected to change very soon.
More on this breaking news in a bit.
UFC 111 is expected to feature a 170-pound title defense by promotion superstar Georges St. Pierre as "Rush" answers the call of British striker Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. Heavyweights Frank Mir
and Shane Carwin
are also expected to collide in an interim title match while Brock Lesnar recovers from recent surgery.
Matt Hughes Predicts the Demise of Strikeforce
Hughes makes vague reference to Showtime’s interference in the process, and seems to believe that this will be Strikeforce’s undoing, sooner rather than later. Wrote Hughes:
Last week I was in California with Robbie, Pena, and Foster, hoping they would find a replacement so Robbie could fight. It didn’t happen and I guess I’m just spoiled being with the UFC. From what I understand, Showtime really likes to stick their nose in Strikeforce’s business and because of that I don’t think that Strikeforce will be around for much longer; but enough with that.
Dos Santos: “I wanna be a big champion”
“I owe everything I am in fight to Rodrigo. When he has the belt, I’ll be his guardian. To fight with him, they’ll have to fight with me first”, said the heavyweight, laughing. With defined return on UFC 108, against the rough Gilbert Yvel, revealed that his biggest dream is to be on top of the world. “As fighter I’m not different of anyone, I also want to be a big champion, to be a big name as Minotauro and Minotouro”, said.
Tito Ortiz soon Embarks on Third USO Tour
UFC veteran Tito Ortiz, who will soon serve as a coach and tape the 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," will first depart for his third USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.
The popular fighter, who visited with more than 3,000 service members during two 2007 USO Tours with fellow UFC vet Justin McCully, will again sign autographs and participate in training exercises on his upcoming trip.
The Lightning Rod: Controversial UFC castoff Karo Parisyan explains recent troubles
Karo Parisyan got out of a cab at the Las Vegas airport, and his father's voice on the other end of his cell phone was finally too much to bear.
It hadn't been long since Parisyan told his manager to inform the UFC brass that he was pulling out of his scheduled UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett last month. A series of suffocating personal issues, Parisyan said, led to the decision, the most difficult he said he has ever made.
He had hundreds of texts and phone messages pleading with him to answer the question: Why?
UFC to Boston On August 28
Get ready, Boston-UFC's debut in the area is now set. Although it won't be officially announced until closer to the event date, Dana White tells The Boston Herald that UFC will make it's Boston debut on August 28 at TD Garden. White also says the event may feature many local fighters including Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon among others, but Brock Lesnar main event rumors are premature.
Penn Talks About Blood Licking: I Gotta Stop Doing That
ollowing his five-round dismantling of Diego Sanchez at UFC 107, an emotional BJ Penn licked the blood off his gloves and pounded his chest in an animal-like frenzy.The UFC lightweight belt holder displayed similar post-fight behaviour against Joe Stevenson last year at UFC 80."(My boxing trainer) Jason Parillo said, 'Go out there. I want you to be the crazy blood licker. I want you to kill this guy,' "Penn explained in an interview with the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
UFC Continues Campaign to Sanction MMA in Ontario
Having succeeded in helping re-open Vancouver to mixed martial arts, the UFC continues the fight to get the sport sanctioned in Ontario.
That involves a two-pronged approach, with lobbyists working on both the Ontario and federal governments. Having expected sellouts shows in May in Montreal and June in Vancouver should help the UFC cause in Toronto, although privately the UFC acknowledges Ontario has proved to be more difficult than expected.