Tyson Griffin plans to push Franca to the Limit
"Ask any professional fighter and they’re likely to tell you that they’ve never gone into a bout 100-percent healthy.
But every once in a while, when punching someone in the face, and often getting punched back, is your way of earning a living, you do have to take a step back and let your body recover.
That’s exactly where UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin found himself after his last bout. He scored a unanimous decision over a tough Rafael dos Anjos on April 1, but after amassing a 6-2 record against some of the best fighters in the Octagon, his body was telling him it was time for rejuvenation."
UFC hopeful Chris Wilson fighting for survival at UFC Fight Night 19
"As fans, we sometimes are immune to the personal issues that impact the lives and affect the performances of the athletes we love to watch.
We expect quarterbacks to throw touchdowns and guards to sink their free throws and sluggers to hit home runs and fighters to score knockouts, and we expect them to do all of that without letting on they have problems in their personal lives that make it difficult for them to concentrate fully on their jobs.
If there is anyone with excuses, it is veteran UFC welterweight Chris Wilson (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who is slated to face Mike Pyle (17-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Wednesday in Oklahoma City at 'Ultimate Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard.'"
Injured Sherk Haunted By Steroid Suspension
"Sean Sherk’s 2007 steroid suspension is always just a few steps behind him.
The former UFC lightweight champion was reminded of that last week when he withdrew with a shoulder injury from his bout against Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.
Sherk’s injury was scrutinized, however, when it was reported that he had been scheduled to take a drug test with the California State Athletic Commission required for his re-licensure that same week."
Wes Sims: homeless to TUF House
CP: Were you ever worried about the stigma of getting back into the UFC via the reality show? Or did you just think that whatever got you in the UFC was worth it?
WES SIMS: No, people understand. Good or bad, there’s nothing that’s going to hurt Wes Sims. I’m a certified black man when I want to be. I’ve been on BET. I was on the “Iron Ring” for God’s sakes.
You were? I didn’t know that. I guess I didn’t watch much of that show.
Martin Kampmann ‘not worried about title shots’ heading into UFC 103 bout against Paul Daley
UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” took a big blow last week when it was announced that Mike Swick would no longer be able to compete against Martin Kampmann in a number one contender qualifier matchup, thanks to a “Quick” concussion suffered during training.
In a stacked welterweight division that includes contenders Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Josh Koscheck and more, champion Georges St. Pierre has soundly defeated everyone he’s faced and in the process eliminated potential challengers to his title.
Swick and Kampmann, with a combined 29-4 record inside the Octagon and who are both undefeated in their campaigns at 170 lbs, were two of the few welterweights remaining with a legitimate claim as a top division contender.
Gray Maynard Focused on Roger Huerta, Not Lightweight Title
If Gray Maynard wanted to, he could make a pretty good case that he deserves to be the No. 1 contender for the UFC lightweight title. After breaking into the UFC on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter and knocking himself out in a bizarre no contest on that season's Finale, Maynard has gone 5-0, and he's dominated all five opponents.
But as Maynard prepares to fight Roger Huerta on the September 16 Ultimate Fight Night card, he says he won't lobby for a shot at the lightweight championship, even if he beats Huerta. Instead, Maynard says in an interview with FanHouse that he's putting all his energy into fighting Huerta, and that as long as he keeps winning, he's sure a title shot will come.
CHRIS WILSON EXPECTING THE BEST MIKE PYLE
When is the book coming out?
From the U.S. to Brazil, a man finds solace in a place he once called home. Away from the distractions of mainstream America, a family man looks to begin anew until tragedy strikes. A robbery followed by broken promises leave him questioning the very fabric of existence.
The harrowing tale of Chris Wilson.
Middleweight Nate Quarry relying on "old-man strength" for win at UFC Fight Night 19
When middleweight slugger Nate Quarry (11-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) steps into the cage against Tim Credeur (12-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on the main card of "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" on Sept. 16, there will be a bit of an old-school feel to the contest.
But despite an apparent striking advantage on the feet and a potential jiu-jitsu deficiency, Quarry said he won't be relying on any particular gameplan to earn a victory.
"TUF 10" competitor Scott Junk took different path to UFC, now he's on long road back
Scott Junk (6-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) doesn't exactly fit the stereotype for the house on "The Ultimate Fighter 10."
"I'm simple – just a normal everyday working guy," Junk said. "These guys are ex-football players and young guys who are spoiled who don't have jobs. They're complaining about things that I thought were luxuries."
That's because Junk doesn't have the traditional mixed-martial-arts pedigree. A Hawaiian who fell into MMA after an All-American Division II college football career and who later gained his full-time job in sewage line construction, Junk is also unique because of his UFC background.
UFC Newcomer Jay Silva Still Doesn't Believe His Dream Has Come True
Two years ago, Jay Silva was just a nightclub bouncer in New York City who got into a lot of fights and liked watching MMA on television. Then a chance encounter with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 78 in Newark, N.J., led to him moving to California to begin his MMA career. Next week, he'll make his Octagon debut when he steps in on short notice to face CB Dollaway at UFC Night 19 in Oklahoma City. Dollaway's original opponent, Dan Miller, was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering an undisclosed infection.
Stay tuned: UFC's new TV deal in U.K. will be monitored by U.S. television execs
At first blush, the UFC's newly announced deal with a broadcast television network in the United Kingdom would seem to have no impact upon fans in the United States.
It would be understandable if U.S. fans were to say, "Who cares?" about the UFC's announcement that it reached a programming deal with FIVE, a broadcast network that is the U.K.'s equivalent of CBS.
But have no doubt that network television executives in the U.S. will be paying very close attention to how well the UFC's offerings perform in the U.K.
Dos Santos Plans to Outbox Cro Cop at UFC 103
"It’s been a quick trip up the ladder for UFC heavyweight Junior Dos Santos. He was a virtual unknown in America when he took on ground wizard Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90. One right uppercut later, Dos Santos was on the map, flooring Werdum in 81 seconds.
UFC president Dana White said betting lines changed days before the fight when people caught a glimpse of Dos Santos hitting pads.
The 25-year-old native of Salvador, Brazil, breezed through Stefan Struve in 54 seconds at UFC 95, and was scheduled for further seasoning against Justin McCully at UFC 102. Then, in July, one call changed everything."
‘Cro Cop’ Doesn’t Think Fedor is Afraid
"Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has no clue why Fedor Emelianenko signed with Strikeforce and decided against testing himself inside the UFC. Like much of the mixed martial arts community, the Russian’s decision left him scratching his head.
“I like Fedor as a fighter,” Filipovic said during a pre-fight conference call for UFC 103 on Tuesday. “As a man, I don’t want to insult Fedor, but I don’t understand his attitude. I really don’t understand why he doesn’t want to enter the UFC."
Ed Soares: Anderson Silva Didn't Get Elbow Surgery
I spoke to Ed Soares, Silva's manager, and contrary to published reports, Silva has not had surgery on his elbow and is not in any way incapable of fighting in November if he's offered a fight. Soares said he hasn't spoken to Silva about fighting Couture yet, and stressed that such a fight has never been discussed with the UFC. But he did say, "Anderson wants to fight the biggest and the best fighters out there and Randy Couture falls into that category. After Anderson saw the way he fought Rodrigo Nogueira, he said he became an even bigger Randy Couture fan."
Dan Hardy plans to make UFC welterweights uncomfortable on Nov. 14.
“Kim will want to take me down with his judo and bash me up on the ground, but every time he gets close he will eat an elbow or knee in the face. I don’t want a decision, I guarantee a knockout in this one. I plan to put a beating on this guy that is so nasty and so one-sided it will be uncomfortable viewing for all the other welterweights in the UFC. I am going to beat him up for a while and then I will catch him with something that really hurts him — then he’ll go to sleep.”
Kimbo Slice Has Low Hurdle to Clear for Big Reward on The Ultimate Fighter 10
It's a cruel hard world out there and the reality is that Kimbo Slice is good for business. Dana White has shrewdly put himself in a no lose position by booking Kimbo on The Ultimate Fighter. At a minimum he will get blockbuster ratings for the early episodes, the longer they can keep him from being exposed, the better. Anyone want to bet that Kimbo won't fight until the third or fourth episode of the show?
And if Kimbo manages to score a win, especially a convincing KTFO win, the Kimbo hype train will begin to choo choo down the tracks.
Welterweights Marcus Davis and Ben Saunders agree to UFC 106 contest in Las Vegas
Two welterweight contenders looking to rebound from disappointing losses will square off at UFC 106 as Marcus Davis (16-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Ben Saunders (7-1-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the event.
Though not yet officially announced, UFC 106 is expected to take place Nov. 21 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between current champ Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin.