Belfort’s Secret Skill: Karate
"LAS VEGAS -- Wide stance. A different scream before each attack. The Vitor Belfort I saw at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts was different from the one I’ve followed since he was 15 years old.
After the training session, I met with one of his sparring partners, Jayme Sandall -- considered one of the best Shotokan Karate artists in Brazil, along with the Chinzo and Lyoto Machida. While Belfort showered, Sandall revealed that Yoshizo Machida was one of the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s trainers with the Brazilian national team and that he had become close friends with both the Machida brothers."
GOUVEIA VS. BELCHER TAPPED FOR UFC 107
Middleweights Wilson Gouveia and Alan Belcher are expected to meet at UFC 107, MMAWeekly.com has learned from multiple sources close to the situation. Bout agreements have yet to be signed, but both parties have agreed to the fight and are expected to finalize the deal shortly.
Though not officially announced, UFC 107 is expected to take place Dec. 12 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
UFC newcomers Alexander Gustafsson and Jared Hamman meet at UFC 105
Undefeated Swedish light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and fellow UFC newcomer and EliteXC veteran Jared Hamman (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at UFC 105.
UFC 105 takes place Nov. 14 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, and airs via tape delay on Spike TV.
Although not officially announced by the UFC, the Gustafsson vs. Hamman fight is slated for the night's un-aired preliminary card.
Dana White: UFC Heavyweight Division Best Ever, TUF Makes It Stronger
We're less than a week away from the start of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, and in a commercial to promote the show, UFC President Dana White makes a strong claim: "In UFC history, I don't think our heavyweight division has ever been as exciting as it is now."
The purpose of this commercial is to hype the Ultimate Fighter cast members as beefing up that already exciting heavyweight division, but I'm more interested in what White said about the division as it stands right now.
FRANK MIR VS CHEICK KONGO AGREED FOR UFC 107
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is set to return to the Octagon to face French striker Cheick Kongo. Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday that the fight is verbally agreed to, but bout agreements have not been signed.
Though recent reports suggested the bout could headline UFC 105 in Manchester, England, MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that it would take place on Dec. 12 at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tenn.
UFCFN 19 - Gray Maynard Interview
Firstly, you’re scheduled to compete in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 19 against Roger Heurta. How has your camp been, and how are you feeling in the run up to the fight?
Maynard - I feel great!! Camp has been good, I train year round though. So I feel prepared.
Kimbo: I come in to knock them out or get knocked out, win or lose
Infamous street fighter turned mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice talked exclusively to our editor Matt Freeman earlier today regarding his time in the house and what he had hoped to achieve through appearing in the reality series.
Despite public perceptions, Kimbo (real name Kevin Ferguson) is an intelligent athlete who is dedicated to doing as well as possible in the fighting arena and the challenge was his main motivation. Dana White's open invitation for Ferguson to enter the house was taken on for the calibre of opponents available, not to silence White.
Tito Ortiz Spars With Cris Cyborg
Tito Ortiz is a 205-pound man, and Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos is a 145-pound woman, but as Ortiz recovers from back surgery and prepares to return to the UFC, he says rolling on the mats with Cyborg has been a part of working his way back into the Octagon.
UFC 103 GOING BIG IN TEXAS WITH 13 BOUTS
As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – including the fight cards. With the superfight between former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort already signed, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to put on a record 13 fights for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, which is presented by Tequila Cazadores, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on September 19.
Frankie Edgar vs. Kurt Pellegrino likely for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
ESPN.com's "Inside MMA" host Jon Anik reported today on his Twitter account that a Dec. 5 bout between Frankie Edgar (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Kurt Pellegrino (14-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is currently in the works.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed with sources close to the event that both fighters have agreed to the contest.
The lightweight bout is expected to take place at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Antonio Minotauro Nogueira Newest Interview
In an interview with Affliction, Antônio Nogueira discussed his last fight, training, and the future.
When talking about his legendary fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102 he said, “The fight was beautiful, it was the fight of the night.”
Speaking of his future plans Nogueira explained, “My main goal is to fight Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title, he’s big but I think I got better skills than him.”
Report: Paul Taylor vs. John Hathaway, Nick Osipczak vs. TBA likely for UFC 105
While a promised main event is still lacking for the UFC's next trip to the U.K., the undercard is slowly coming together.
British-based magazine Fighters Only is reporting that a welterweight bout between John Hathaway (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Paul Taylor (10-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is in the works for UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, England.
According to the report, bout agreements have yet to be signed, though both fighters have agreed to the contest.