UFC 106's Phil Baroni striving to be "a poor man's Josh Koscheck"
LAS VEGAS – Welterweight Phil Baroni (13-11 MMA, 3-5 UFC) has been on the big stage before.
Whether it was Baroni's previous eight-fight run in the UFC or his sequin-robed waltz down the EliteXC entrance ramps on CBS, the "New York Bad Ass" is no stranger to public attention.
But as Baroni prepares for a return trip the world-famous octagon, the 33-year-old is shedding some of his previous antics in favor of a new title: a poor man's Josh Koscheck.
"I plan on being like a poor man's Josh Koscheck," Baroni recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm staying in shape. When anybody gets hurt, Koscheck's raising his hand. He wants to fight him. There are guys not as good as Koscheck, not ranked as high as Koscheck, that he can't do that against. I'll be the poor-man's Josh Koscheck.
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight bout set for UFC 109 (not UFC 110)
A bout between middleweight contenders Nate Marquardt (29-8-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (24-10-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) originally believed to be part of the UFC 110 card in Australia instead takes place in Las Vegas at UFC 109.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the booking from sources close to the fight, though it's unclear if bout agreements have been finalized.
UFC 109 takes place Feb. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
MMAjunkie.com passed along a report earlier this month from sportsnet.com, which first reported the possibility of the fight. However, at the time, the fight was believed to be targeted for UFC 110, which takes place later in the month.
Instead, it'll be part of the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card.
UFC 106 Weigh-in Results
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Tito Ortiz (204)
Anthony Johnson (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (171)
Paulo Thiago (169) vs. Jacob Volkmann (170)
Luiz Cane (205) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205)
Phil Baroni (170) vs. Amir Sadollah (170)
Marcus Davis (170) vs. Ben Saunders (170)
Kendall Grove (186) vs. Jake Rosholt (185.5)
Brian Foster (171) vs. Brock Larson (171)
Fabricio Camoes (155.5) vs. Caol Uno (155.5)
Jason Dent (155) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)
Lesnar back in 6 months!
Brock Lesnar is recovering well from surgery and will be back in action within six months, says his jiu jitsu coach.
“He is getting better and that is the most important thing ... He will be fine and be fighting again within 6 months," Comprido Medeiros, a multi-time BJJ world champion, told TMZ.
"I can just say that the heavyweights can stop laughing and get ready to start crying because the champion will be back soon."
Matt Serra and Frank Trigg set for February's UFC 109 in Las Vegas
A welterweight bout between former champion Matt Serra (9-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) and one-time top contender Frank Trigg (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) is expected to take place in February at UFC 109.
Official word of the the long-rumored contest came today from The Fight Network, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the event that bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 109 is expected to take place Feb. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Serra, who stunned Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in 2007 (only to hand it back in his following fight), returns to competition for the first time in nine months.
Ready to 'Rumble': Josh Koscheck UFC 106 interview
Josh Koscheck is a man people love to hate.
At this point it's safe to say he's embraced his role as the bad guy and continues to use it to fuel his fire.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson once said, "Fans don't boo nobodies," and that statement rings true with regards to Koscheck as well.
"Kos" is a legitimate top ten welterweight contender and has been for some time. Lately, however, he's been on a bit of a roller coaster going 2 - 2 in his last four fights and alternating wins and losses.
Most recently he registered a first round knockout of Frank Trigg at UFC 103. The UFC then scheduled him to fight Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 20 on January 11, 2010, but as it turns out, it was only a temporary matchup.
When a couple high profile fights dropped like flies off the upcoming UFC 106 card an opportunity presented itself and he jumped at the chance to face up-and-comer Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in the co-main event.
A win could have him knocking on the door of a potential title shot, but it will certainly not come easy.
Koscheck took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss calling out Matt Hughes, Josh Thomson's conflict of interest, and all things Anthony Johnson.
Thiago vs. Volkmann replaces Hazelett vs. Parisyan on UFC 106 main card
A welterweight bout between Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Jacob Volkmann (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) originally slated for Saturday's "UFC 106: Griffin vs. Ortiz II" un-aired preliminary card today was promoted to the pay-per-view main card.
The fight takes the spot vacated by Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, which was canceled today following Parisyan's decision to pull out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.
With the change, Spike TV's special one-hour preliminary-card broadcast remains intact with Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders and Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt.
GSP-Hardy Likely To Happen In Vegas
When Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy face off sometime next year for the UFC Welterweight Championship, it appears neither fighter is going to have a hometown advantage. Despite specualtion it could be in either Canada or England, where it would be a quick sellout, Dana White says it likely will happen in UFC's hometown-Las Vegas.
Parisyan out of UFC 106, Future Uncertain (Parisyan Comments)
Karo “The Heat” Parisyan is out of UFC 106 after failing to acquire a license in Nevada, according to Parisyan, due to not having the money to pay his fine from previously being suspended after testing positive for a three different pain killers following his UFC 94 bout with Kim Dong-hyun.
“There’s a lot of problems going on. They won’t re-license me unless I (expletive) pay them,” Parisyan told MMAWeekly.com. “I had to pay the $32,000 fine in order to fight. I never paid because I never had the money. I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back.”
Karo Parisyan has quit again
Dana White tweeted this.
Follwed by "Pulled out of the fight the day before weigh ins again with a laundry list of excuses!!! Let the press ask karo why! Let him explain. "
Dustin Hazelett won’t feel Karo Parisyan’s 'heat' when working off his back at UFC 106
"I’m doing what I can to prepare for him, but it’s hard to prepare for somebody like Karo because there are very few people in the world that are as good at Judo without the gi on as he is. So it’s really hard to find somebody to prepare for that, but, you know, I’m going into this fight kind of with the same mentality that I went into the Koscheck and Burkman fight with. And that is, I’m probably not going to stop every single takedown attempt, but I am comfortable off my back and I’m working a lot off my back and a lot on my striking, because it’s not a guarantee that I am going to be able to stop the takedown. So if he takes me down I’m not going to be as worried about it because I’ve prepared for that."
TUF 10 Finale: Joe Brammer plans on 'breaking down' Mark Bocek on Dec. 5
"My goal since day one was to fight in the UFC. I knew I'd make it, and that's not where my dream/goals stop. The work has just started, as I only care about winning in the UFC and beating the toughest guys, which are in the UFC. My first opponent is Mark Bocek. He has quite the resume in grappling, and anyone can do nothing but respect that. I've been training for quite some time, have been training my butt off for this fight in San Diego, and the respect is out the window once I step into that octagon. Regardless of where the fight goes, I plan to keep punching him in the face, breaking him down, and looking for options to finish him. I'm very confident going into this fight, and I can't wait until Dec 5th."
Koscheck Sees Weighty Issues With Johnson
As a collegiate wrestler, Josh Koscheck was well acquainted with the joys of weight cutting.
Koscheck, a former NCAA Division I champion at 174-pounds for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, says he used to walk around heavy and cut to 163 pounds for several meets.
So the 31-year-old welterweight relates to Anthony Johnson, his opponent at UFC 106 on Saturday
Done Talking,Baroni Says He's Sick Of Losing
Phil Baroni says he’s through talking.
Baroni, 33, is perhaps the best talker in the game. In nine years of fighting, he’s made a career as a quote machine.
Those days are over, he says.
After losing almost as many fights as he’s won, including some of the biggest opportunities given to him, his sole motivation is to beat Amir Sadollah at UFC 106.
That means no dancing, no trash talking... no badass.
UFC 110 To Be PPV In US
Since the initial news of the UFC's upcoming Australian debut and a possible headliner between Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama, many fans have wondered why the event will be held on a Sunday rather than the traditional Saturday. Now we know why: Because, unfortunately, it will be a PPV in the US. That is according to a source close to UFC, who says UFC 110 won't air for free on Spike.
UFC 105 Medical Suspensions
The UFC has handed out medical suspensions today from UFC 105. Because the event was in England and there is no MMA sanctioning body there, UFC served as the sanctioning body and was thus responsible for handing out the suspensions. 13 fighters in all were suspensed with 4 getting 180 days.
UFC 105 On Spike: 2.9 Million Viewers
The ratings for Saturday's UFC 105 broadcast on Spike have been released. The event did a 1.9 rating and 2.9 million total viewers with a peak of 3.7 million for the Brandon Vera-Randy Couture main event. Although it drew fewer total viewers than Strikeforce on CBS the week before Spike did note that UFC beat SF in virtually all the key men demos.