Raising Cain: An interview with Cain Velasquez
Forget everything you ever knew about heavyweight fighters in the UFC. The days of beer bellies and pear-shaped goliaths that once made a spectacle of the most watched weight class in all of combat sports are mercifully, coming to an end. This isn’t MMA. This is MMA 2.0.
This is Cain Velasquez.
UFC 99 Comes Under Attack From German Politicians
A public dispute erupted yesterday after the Cologne City Council discussed the UFC's entry into Germany. Event organizers claim that the council is hell bent on foiling the upcoming event.
"MMA is not a sport because it legitimatizes death and serious injury. The only aim is to destroy your opponent." Adding further: "I personally find disgusting ... Here one finds the lowest human instincts. "
Gonzaga vs Tuchscherer at UFC 102
A heavyweight bout between former contender Gabriel Gonzaga and newcomer Chris Tuchscherer is likely for UFC 102 on August 29.
MMAWeekly.com learned of the match-up Wednesday through multiple sources close to the fight, confirming both parties have agreed to the contest.
Its funny, I was just thinking the other day that the ufc needs to sign this guy. If you haven't seen him, check out some of his fights
Thiago Alves going the extra mile to make Georges St. Pierre pay at UFC 100
“It’s going to be a good camp [in Colorado]. It’s going to be five weeks. We’ve got our house and everything, and all we are going to do is train and sleep and train…. It’s a title shot … I’m going to do everything I can to get there, and Colorado is just another thing that I have to do…. I’m going to look for the knockout. I’m going to make him pay for every mistake. I know he doesn’t make many mistakes, but … I’m going to make him make those mistakes, and he is going to pay for everything.”
Howard Davis Jr.: Chuck Liddell Should Take a Year Off, Retirement Decision Should Be His to Make
American Top Team boxing coach and Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr. spoke with me about his work with Chuck Liddell prior to his UFC 97 loss against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Contrary to what some people believe, Davis said he really did work with Liddell for about two and a half months, and while he didn’t change his style he did try to add a couple tools to Liddell’s game. Here Davis talks about what Liddell’s recent loss means for his career, and whether he thinks the former UFC champ should call it quits like Dana White is insisting he do. He also touches on the addictive “drug” of being a world champion fighter, and why he thinks Liddell has seemed more vulnerable in recent bouts – and it’s not because he’s getting old.
Roy Jones Jr. Agrees To Silva Fight Under MMA Rules
But it probably won't happen for a while. While boxer Jones has accepted the deal for an MMA fight with current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, UFC President Dana White said no. White says it won't happen as long as Silva is under UFC contract, which depending on scheduling of fights is likely for 1-2 more years.
At 6-foot-1, UFC lightweight Cole Miller could make cut to 145 (and even 135)
At a towering height of 6-foot-1, Cole Miller is one of the UFC's tallest lightweights.
And while he has no intentions of leaving the UFC, where he meets "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero at the organization's upcoming UFC 103 show, he could certainly have some options outside the fight promotion.
After all, not only can Miller compete at 155 pounds, but the lanky fighter said he could make the cut to 145 pounds – and even 135 pounds – if he really pushed himself.
Eric Schafer injured, replaced by Mike Ciesnolevicz at June's TUF9 Finale
Eric Schafer (11-3-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has suffered an injury and has been forced to pull out of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, which takes place next month in Las Vegas.
A source close to Schafer told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the light heavyweight suffered a rib injury while preparing for the June 20 fight.
Stepping in as a replacement and scheduled to fight Tomasz Drwal (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), according to the The Times of Northwest Indiana.
Chonan & Bielkheden Cut By UFC
Das Boot is getting quite a workout in UFC today. 4 cuts by the promotion have now been confirmed today with the additions of Ryo Chonan and David Bielkheden. Both had losing records in their UFC fights.
Eight bouts now official for UFC 101; main event not yet announced
While an anticipated main event between UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and challenger Kenny Florian has not yet been made official, seven other bouts were announced by the organization today.
In addition to several previously reported matchups, the UFC also announced a middleweight contest between Ricardo Almeida (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Kendall Grove (10-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC), and a lightweight showdown between Rob Emerson (8-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and George Sotiropoulus (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC.
UFC 101 takes place Aug. 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
The full card for the event now includes:
* Champ B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian (for UFC lightweight title)*
* Champ Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin (non-title fight)
* Johny Hendricks vs. Amir Sadollah
* Ricardo Almeida vs. Kendall Grove
* Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellgrino
* John Howard vs. Tamdan McCrory
* Dan Cramer vs. Matthew Riddle
* Rob Emerson vs. George Sotiropoulos
* Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort
* Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley*
* Rousimar Palhares vs. Alessio Sakara*
* - Not officially announced
Dana White: The man, the sport, and the money
Former street tough Dana White rescued the Ultimate Fighting Championship and transformed the mixed martial arts organization into the hottest sport in America. Get out of his way because he's not stopping now. And besides, you just might get hurt.
Most corporate titans don't look like this. It's hard to picture Donald Trump rolling into a shareholder meeting sporting a fresh shiner from one of his employees. And you definitely won't see Warren Buffett tossing up 300 pounds on the bench press. Thirty-eight-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) president Dana White may now have the boardroom cred of other business bigwigs, but with his round-shouldered build and two faint but permanent red lines along the edges of his nose (courtesy of a sparring partner), he mostly resembles just another fighter. And that's perfectly fine with him.
Indeed, White's tenure as the guiding force behind the rise of the UFC as the newest "fastest-growing sport in America" is best described as a knock-down, drag-out brawl in which he's now the undisputed champion. Nearly worthless and tainted by controversy less than a decade ago (the sport was not sanctioned by most states), White has helped elevate mixed martial arts (MMA) into the mainstream and transformed the UFC, the first MMA organization, into the biggest—and most surprising—success story in sports.
Acquired in 2001 for $2 million by White and other investors, the UFC now fills arenas in North America and Europe, produces a hit cable series (Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter) and has smashed the all-time pay-per-view record. In 2006, the UFC generated more than $200 million in pay-per-view revenue, outperforming boxing and pro wrestling. Last year, Time magazine estimated the UFC's value to be over $1 billion.
MMA Quick Quote: Tom Atencio walks the walk, Dana White talks the talk
“I want to thank Prize Fight as well as Fight Force for putting on this card. I’ve been seen in front of the cameras before as far as the business side, but it’s time to fight. I’m doing something Dana White won’t do and that’s fight. He talks like a fighter, so why doesn’t he fight? I’m stepping up to the plate and win, lose or draw I attempted it. I don’t ever think he would fight.”
– Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio takes a rare stab at his UFC counterpart, Dana White, during the press conference to promote his upcoming welterweight fight against Randy Hedderick at “Ultimate Chaos,” which is scheduled for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., on June 27. This will not be the first time that the 42-year-old steps into the ring — Atencio made his mixed martial arts debut back in 2005 and has competed sporadically ever since. He currently runs Affliction MMA, staging two major pay-per-view (PPV) events within the last year. During that time White — who was at one time an aspiring boxer — has been vocal about the “t-shirt” guys wasting gobs of money and running a poor operation. Atencio, for the most part, has bit his lip … until now.