UFC legend Chuck Liddell eyes four-fight plan, looks forward to proving doubters wrong
LAS VEGAS – Former UFC champion and MMA legend Chuck Liddell (21-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) understands that his back is against the wall.
After a stretch of four losses in five fights, Liddell's longtime friend and current boss, UFC president Dana White, doesn't want to see the "Iceman" in the cage again.
But with a rematch with fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 11" coach Tito Ortiz on the horizon, Liddell has his sights set on one more run at the title. And along the way, he hopes to prove all of his doubters – including White – wrong about what he's got left in the tank.
"I don't think I have anything to prove, but I would like to prove [White] wrong," Lidell told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at Monday's "TUF 11" media day. "I'm not too old. I can still fight.
Anderson Silva Not Close to Retirement
Speculation ran wild just over a year ago when UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva talked about his possible retirement from the sport. It looks like that talk has subsided and the Brazilian is focused on the biggest fights out there for him.
He's not planning on going anywhere, any time soon.
With a fight against Vitor Belfort on the horizon, Silva is committed to defending his middleweight title in April. Afterwards the future is bright for the champ, but undetermined as to what weight class he'll be competing in.
Silva's manager, Ed Soares, spoke to MMAWeekly Radio this week and commented about his client's future in the UFC.
After sliced hand led to serious infection, Carlos Condit now cleared for UFC return
Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (24-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to the gym this week after a nearly two-month absence as the result of a serious cut on his hand.
Condit, who in 2009 moved back to his home city of Albuquerque, N.M., to train with Greg Jackson, was forced to withdraw from a bout with Paul Daley at UFC 108 on Jan. 2 and has been virtually inactive since the injury occurred, save for running and kicking the heavy bag.
"It's been a bitch being out, man," Condit told MMAjunkie.com (wwww.mmajunkie.com). "I'm looking forward to getting my momentum going again."
Corey Hill Wins in Return From Leg Injury
Corey Hill, a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 5 and former UFC lightweight, returned to action on Saturday for the first time since suffering a gruesome leg fracture to end a December 2008 UFC bout against Dale Hartt, defeating Jason Trzewieczynski by unanimous decision in a featured contest at Raging Wolf 6 in Niagara Fall, New York.
UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti was also victorious at the event, topping The Ultimate Fighter 8 contestant Shane Primm by unanimous decision.
Glad he's doing well...
Marquardt : ST. Pierre will Destroy Hardy
Given he's a friend and training partner of Georges St-Pierre, middleweight Nate (The Great) Marquardt may not be the most objective judge of GSP's next title challenger.
But Marquardt isn't expecting much of English welterweight Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy.
"I think Georges is going to kill him," Marquardt told The Canadian Press on Friday.
Watch today's UFC Gyms grand opening ceremony on MMAjunkie.com at 1 p.m. ET
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials today open their first UFC Gyms location with a grand-opening ceremony in Concord, Calif. (1975 Diamond Blvd).
Catch a live video stream, which is provided by the UFC, of the star-studded affair at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT local time).
Taking part in autograph sessions, seminars and other day-long events are UFC president Dana White, Chuck Liddell, Anthony Johnson, Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Cain Velasquez and Arianny Celeste.
Mike Swick Weighs In on Herschel Walker, Dan Hardy
"The thing about this sport is, there are so many variables that go into it. He did beat me. And if I would have won then I would have been the No. 1 contender, so you can look at it that way. But just because he won that fight, I don't think that means he deserves a title shot. He's only had three fights in the UFC and he's only had one finish. He hasn't had the same road that a lot of the top welterweights in the UFC have. Even though he beat me, I have to say he doesn't deserve it. If he thinks he does, I'm sorry, but he's wrong."
p.s. stop cryin already Swick..i'm starting not to like this guy for more than just this reason...
Silva Healthy, Ready For Belfort In April
The champ is coming back.Anderson Silva, arguably the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, is healthy after having elbow surgery and will be ready for an April showdown against Vitor Belfort at UFC 112, according to his manager, Ed Soares.While a guest on MMAWeekly Radio recently, Soares broke the news that Silva is indeed training and will be ready for an April return after last fighting in August 2009.
UFC Quick Quote: Jon Fitch can't be denied St. Pierre rematch
"If I stop [Thiago Alves], I don't see how they could deny me a shot at GSP. At that point I would have stopped someone twice who GSP couldn't finish in five rounds, so I think that's a very strong argument for me to get a title shot. We're both fighting for another crack at GSP, so we both have something big that we want. Mentally, he's matured a great deal in that time period. He was pretty young when we fought.... His wrestling defense is much better and he's harder to take down. He's stronger and I think he's matured physically. Maybe he's a little bit slower. We'll see ... I'm a much better athlete than I was a couple years ago. I'm a much improved fighter from when I first fought, and so is he."
Sonnen Blasts Silva, Champ's Manager Fires Back
"You want me to let you in on a secret, Anderson Silva speaks perfect English. He just has such a low amount of respect for you and all the rest of the media that he pretends he doesn't. I've had conversations with Anderson Silva in perfect English, and on top of that he's so boring to listen to that he and his rocket scientist manager, Ed Soares, who is also about as exciting as watching grass grow, have decided that Ed is better on the mic than Anderson, so just let Ed do the talking."
TUF 11 To Feature 28 Fighters, New Format
Straying from the normal format and surely likely to cause more than a few head scratches, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV officials today confirmed that the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" will feature 28 middleweight fighters. The show traditionally features 16 or 32 competitors because of its single-elimination tournament format, though officials promise a "new format" that will be revealed during the show's March 31 debut. Spike TV officials, though, said the details of the format change will be kept under wraps until the March 31 debut. Production on the new season began today.
Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., likely to host UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31
The UFC's fourth trip to North Carolina appears to have found a home.
UFC Fight Night 21 is expected to take place at the 9,600-seat Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., on March 31, though UFC officials have yet to confirm the event or the venue.
A lightweight match-up between Kenny Florian and recent Japanese import Takanori Gomi is expected to headline the show, which serves as a lead-in for "The Ultimate Fighter 11" season debut on Spike TV.
UFC officials on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that negotiations are underway with the arena but that the event has not been finalized.
maynard Understands Edgar Getting Title Shot
It seemed like a title shot was looming on the horizon when Gray Maynard stepped into the Octagon with Nate Diaz last week. When the fight was over Maynard came away with a split decision victory, but the title shot went to Frankie Edgar instead.While nothing was ever guaranteed, Maynard does hold a victory over Edgar and the cards all seemed in place for him to get the shot. To hear the Las Vegas based fighter tell it though, more factors played into the decision than just records and who beat who.
For Renzo Gracie,It's All About Family
Frank Shamrock, Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, Maurice Smith, and Oleg Taktarov. What do all these mixed martial arts pioneers have in common? Renzo Gracie has defeated them all.The same Renzo Gracie who, slightly more than 18 years after his first professional bout, will finally be making his UFC debut when he steps in the Octagon opposite Matt Hughes in April.On a three-fight winning streak, it will have been more than three years since Gracie last fought.
Soares says Silva is Willing to Take on GSP after 112
Anderson "The Spider" Silva remains undefeated in his UFC career. His ten-fight winning streak is the longest in UFC history, putting his name in every conversation about the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.
The current middleweight champion has been so dominant since joining the UFC in 2006 that he may need to venture outside of his weight class to find a challenge, something his manager Ed Soares claims he is more than willing to do.
UFC Announces Brilz vs. Schafer on Versus
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday announced additional bouts for UFC on Versus 1, the promotion’s debut on the sports network home of its sister promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting.
A light heavyweight bout pitting Jason Brilz against Eric “Red” Schafer was added to the March 21 card, and the previously reported fight between James Irvin and Alessio Sakara was confirmed.
Brilz (17-2-1) is coming off of a loss after a 13-fight unbeaten run. He lost a unanimous decision to Eliot Marshall – who faces Vladimir Matyushenko on the Versus card – at UFC 103 in Dallas. Brilz won his first two bouts in the Octagon.
Schafer (11-4-2) is making his second tour of duty in the UFC. He went 1-2 in his first go around, but has flipped that around this time, defeating Houston Alexander and Antonio Mendes before losing his last bout to Ryan Bader.
Terry Etim vs. Rafael dos Anjos in the works for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi
A lightweight match-up between British fighter Terry Etim (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos (13-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is close to being finalized for UFC 112 in April.
Sources close to the bout told MMAjunkie.com (mmajunkie.com) that both parties have agreed to the fight and hope to sign bout agreements shortly.
The match-up was first reported by British-based Fighters Only magazine.
A press conference formally announcing UFC 112 for April 10 in Abu Dhabi is expected for next Wednesday, according to Yahoo! Sports. The event could take place in an outdoor arena – constructed specifically for the promotion's first trip to the Middle East – which would mark the first outdoor show in UFC history.
Phillipe Nover Says He's '100% Fine' Following Recent Health Scare
When Dana White called Phillipe Nover "the next Georges St-Pierre" prior to the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, the MMA community's expectations for the Brooklyn-born fighter immediately skyrocketed. Unfortunately for Nover, things have gone downhill for him since: he lost the TUF 8 finale to Efrain Escudero and then lost via controversial stoppage to Kyle Bradley at UFC 98. Then, prior to his UFN 19 fight against Sam Stout, Nover fainted backstage and was rushed to the hospital. The health scare forced him out of the bout and left many questioning whether he would ever fight again.
Gleison Tibau vs. Caol Uno likely for UFC Fight Night 21 in March
The UFC's busy March schedule is rapidly filling, and a lightweight matchup between Gleison Tibau (20-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Caol Uno (25-12-5 MMA, 3-4-2 UFC) is the latest likely addition to the plans.
Tibau and Uno have verbally agreed to meet at UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31 in North Carolina, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
News of the matchup was first reported by Brazilian outlet Tatame.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since verified the report with sources close to the event.