KENNY FLORIAN: "I FEEL LIKE I'VE ALREADY WON"
As the weeks have dwindled to days, and the days narrow down to hours, Kenny Florian is nothing, if not appreciative of the position he is in. He steps into the Octagon on Saturday night challenging for UFC lightweight gold for the second time in his career.
Not bad for a guy that entered the promotion via The Ultimate Fighter, losing to Diego Sanchez in the finale... as a middleweight, no less.
“To me, it’s a dream come true to fight for the belt and go out there and do what I love doing,” Florian told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 a prime example of UFC's appeal
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva has won all nine of his fights in the UFC, the first seven either by spectacular strikes or submission. It made him arguably the most thrilling star in mixed martial arts.
His last two bouts, however, were a bit dull – Silva displaying a lack of aggression against opponents who weren't all that eager to mix it up. UFC president Dana White echoed most fans in expressing his frustration: Caution is not becoming in cage fighting.
Top 10: Brock Lesnar Killers
“The Next Big Thing” is now the “it thing” in the UFC: Brock Lesnar is the undisputed king of the heavyweight division.
Given his arrogant behavior after his win over Frank Mir at UFC 100, there’s a long lineup of people who want to see his demise.
Not only is Brock Lesnar big-headed, bad-mannered and beastly, he’s also the best heavyweight in the UFC, and being the best just adds fuel to his villainous fire.
Given his monstrous size and frame, he looks to be unstoppable, but in mixed martial arts, it only takes one punch to change the lineage. See: Kimbo Slice.
On that note, here’s a list of the top 10 Brock Lesnar killers -- both in and out of the UFC -- with the best shot at defeating this beast.
Kendall Grove: ‘I’m going to break’ Ricardo Almeida at UFC 101
“[When Almeida fought] Cote, I learned a lot. Keep my level low. He does get frustrated when he can’t control you on the ground, when you shut down takedowns, he breaks as a fighter, but I’m a firm believer that he learned from that fight and he’s going to come out a little different, he’s going to come out more prepared..."
Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster at UFC 103
The first of former Cage Rage welterweight champion Paul Daley's current four-fight contract with the UFC will be against Brian Foster at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas.
UFC president Dana White announced the signing of Daley (21-8-2) on Friday and the British striker has since been added to the "Franklin vs. Belfort" card.
"Yeah it's awesome," Daley said Wednesday to FanHouse. "Been a long road to get here, faith, luck and hard work."
COKER ON FEDOR DEAL: "I don't think this will escalate."
If a line has been drawn in the sand between the promotion that most thought deserved Fedor Emelianenko and the promotion that actually got him, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker certainly doesn’t see it.
“Why would one fighter create a war?” asked Coker, after announcing Monday that he’d secured the services of the most sought-after fighter in the sport for three fights over one year. “I don’t think this will escalate like the fans like to gossip (it will).”
Pat Miletich Hopes to Bury the Hatchet With Dana White at UFC 101
Dana White recently settled his differences with rivals Affliction and Tito Ortiz. Could Pat Miletich be next?
The MMA legend told FanHouse on Tuesday that he is hoping to sit down with White at UFC 101 in Philadelphia to finally settle his differences with the UFC president. Miletich, the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, will be cornering Jesse Lennox in his fight against Danillo Villefort.
Randy Couture: Battle Has Begun Between UFC and Strikeforce
In addition to being one of the best fighters in MMA history, Randy Couture is known as one of the most knowledgeable observers of the sport, regarding both what happens inside the cage and the business side of the sport. He's also known for his longstanding quest to fight Fedor Emelianenko, so in a week when Fedor shocked the MMA world by signing with Strikeforce, Couture's thoughts are of particular interest.
James Irvin Withdraws From UFC 102 Fight Against Wilson Gouveia
James Irvin has beed forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight debut against Wilson Gouveia, which was to take place on August 29 at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon, after suffering what is being called a “massive” knee injury.
From radio host Carmichael Dave on The Underground:
Sacramento based fighter James Irvin has suffered another massive setback in his oft-injured career, this time with a massive knee injury.
He will obviously not be able to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102.
Irvin is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery sometime in the next few days, and is also expected to miss 6-10 months.
Sadollah’s Post-TUF journey restarts at UFC 101
Amir Sadollah swept onto the UFC scene in 2008, light on experience but heavy on skills, talent and heart. In the process, he became the middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter’s seventh season, a charismatic and humble Surgical Technician out of Virginia who quickly gained a legion of fans with his feel-good Cinderella run.
Then he was gone.
UFC still dominates MMA
After Fedor Emelianenko signed with Strikeforce, I wrote that he was a game changer, and that the combination of the heavyweight champion of MMA and the best women's division in MMA made Strikeforce a major player in the sport.
But I should also acknowledge something that should probably go without saying, but sometimes goes overlooked among hard-core MMA fans: The UFC still completely dominates MMA.
Jim Miller vs Thiago Tavares UFC 103 fight announced for Sept. 19
It was recently announced that Jim Miller (14-2) and Thiago Tavares (14-3) will collide in a lightweight showdown at UFC 103 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 19.
Miller is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Mac Danzig at UFC 100 on July 11, during which he leveraged his strong wrestling skills and ground and pound to beat the California native to a bloody pulp.
LARSON VS. PIERCE AT UFN 19
Welterweights Brock Larson and Mike Pierce will meet at Ultimate Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard on Sept. 16, MMAWeekly has learned from sources close to the fight.
Ultimate Fight Night 19 will take place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, the first time the promotion has visited the Sooner State in almost 15 years.