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Rashad Evans will fight Rampage Jackson for free
(mmamania.com)
“Rampage is a very emotional fighter, a very emotional person, and he just let his emotions take over his rational thinking. I think that him and Dana White just probably need to talk it out, and get past it. I think it’s just a breakdown in communication. Dana’s the kind of guy who is going to say what is on his mind, maybe without thinking it through all the way, before he said. Rampage is a hothead, as well. You get two tempers like that, go at each other like that, it makes the situation hard to work through. I’d be disappointed not to fight him. It would be a good fight, a fun fight, but mostly because he talked trash. He got me really angry, and I want to fight him just because of that alone. It’s a fight that people want to see. You get your mind wrapped up, and you get your mind so psyched up about fighting a fighter, and then it doesn’t happen, it’s disappointing. That’s why I hate making a fight personal. At the end of the day, we’re professional athletes, and we get paid to do a job. But when you get to fight someone you really want to fight, that’s like a bonus. You’d almost do it for free…. I would have loved to punch him in the face for free.” – Rashad Evans — the man caught in the middle of the controversy between UFC President Dana White and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson — tells CageWriter.com that at this point he’d fight the former light heavyweight champion for free if he could.
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 8:26PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mirko Cro Cop Retires
(nokaut.com)
It's over. After 15 years in MMA, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has officially retired today. His manager was instructed to release all Team Cro Cop members from their duties. Mirko simply said "I have no motivation left and it's time to leave. Thank you all for supporting me."
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 5:46PM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Hughes Has No Interest In Fighting A "Kid" Like Josh Koscheck
(mmamania.com)
In comments made recently on his official blog, Matt Hughes is rather puzzled over Josh Koscheck wanting to fight him after his UFC 103 win over Frank Trigg. Hughes says he has no interest in fighting Kos and thinks he showed everyone "he's just a kid".
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 1:55PM by DCRage - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ready or Not, Here Comes Todd Duffee
(mma.fanhouse.com)
All signs point to Todd Duffee facing Paul Buentello at UFC 107 in December. MMA Junkie first reported the bout over the weekend, and FanHouse has learned that it is close to being finalized. FanHouse recently spoke to the 23-year-old UFC rookie about his stellar Octagon debut in August, why he was hesitant to fight in the UFC this early in his career and his unique nickname. The full interview is below.
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 1:39PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Following UFC 103 double-bonus performance, this Story has a happy ending
(mmajunkie.com)
Rick Story and Brian Foster were joking around Saturday night just a few hours after punching each other in the face. Watching a re-broadcast of their UFC 103 fight from the locker room, the talk quickly turned to money. "He said he was sure I had Submission of the Night," Story recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "The only other submission (during UFC 103) was a rear-naked choke. "I'm not sure which one of us brought it up, but we started talking about Fight of the Night. They showed us on Spike and then again at the end of the pay-per-view, so we knew they must have liked it."
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 1:38PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Rampage Out, Huerta Wants Back In
(cagepotato.com)
Before he burns any bridges with the UFC, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson might want to take a look at the cautionary tale of Roger Huerta. After losing what was supposed to be his last match in the UFC before running off to a land of riches and pain-free adulation in Hollywood, Huerta now says he might like to stick around and see where this fighting thing takes him. And what caused this tremendous shift from the guy who signed a development deal with Lion’s Gate Films and has been very vocal about his displeasure with the UFC in the past? From the sound of it, this acting plum isn’t quite as sweet as Huerta thought it would be.
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 12:47PM by RhythmAndStyle - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Dana White: Rampage Jackson 'Acting Like a Baby' but Can Do What He Wants
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Shortly after Rampage Jackson wrote on his web site that he was retiring from mixed martial arts to pursue a career in acting, UFC President Dana White said he was disappointed in Jackson for "acting like a baby" -- but he added that he understands Jackson can do whatever he wants with his life. "Rampage is a grown man," White told Carmichael Dave on the radio station KHTK (audio here). "He's acting like a baby right now, but he's a grown man. If he wants to be in the movie business, Rampage, good luck to you, man. I hope he makes it big, and I'm not being sarcastic. ... I hope the movie thing works out for him. If that's what he truly wants to do, and that's what he feels and that's what he thinks his career is, I wish him all the luck in the world."
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 10:51AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
"Lighting Strikes": Lee Murray Movie Gets Big Time Director
(slashfilm.com)
Darren Aronofsky is developing a gritty heist thriller based on “the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score (around $86 million US) thought to be masterminded by former mixed martial arts fighter and UFC star ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.” Screenwriter Kerry Williamson (who also adapted Denis Hamill’s novel Fork in the Road for Alexander Payne) is adapting the script, which Aronofsky is eyeing as a directing vehicle. Details after the jump. The underlying rights package that includes an article from an April 14th 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine titled Breaking the Bank by Jon Wertheim, and the non-fiction book Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery by Howard Sounes. The Tonbridge Securitas heist, which took place outside of London in February 2006, is valued at over $85M USD – dwarfing previous cash hauls including the infamous 1963 Great Train Robbery and 1978 JFK Lufthansa heist ......
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 1:28AM by MMA-San - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Couture: Vera first, Machida next?
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture says he’s game for a quick turnaround against Brandon Vera. The dust had just barely settled on Couture’s “instant classic” with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102 when another opportunity knocked. The promotion’s eighth trip to the United Kingdom, UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, was without a main draw. “They asked me if I’d be willing to step up and fill the spot,” Couture told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. “I talked to my team, and evaluated the turnaround and how I was feeling after the Nogueira fight, and it made sense, so we jumped back in.”
Submitted Sep 23, 2009 12:55AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 103's undercard broadcast on Spike TV earns 1.4 million viewers
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC's first-ever Spike TV broadcast of a pay-per-view event's preliminary card drew 1.4 million viewers according to a report issued today by the cable television network. The viewership included 1.5 rating in the coveted 18-to-34 year old male demographic, qualifying it as the No. 2 rated program in that segment. The one-hour broadcast earned a higher rating than ESPN2's coverage of an NCAA college football game between Auburn and West Virginia during the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET time slot.
Submitted Sep 22, 2009 7:40PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tyson Griffin fine with waiting on teammate, but he'll fight Gray Maynard, too
(mmajunkie.com)
After an impressive win over Hermes Franca at this past Saturday's UFC 103 event in Dallas, Xtreme Couture lightweight Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is once again being discussed in the always-deep lightweight title picture. While that's good news for Griffin, the bad news is that his teammate, Gray Maynard, also had an impressive performance this past week at UFC Fight Night 19 on Wednesday. Following his win on Saturday night, Griffin said he was just fine letting Maynard get first crack at the UFC's lightweight belt. But Griffin also said he's not afraid to face his training partner if necessary.
Submitted Sep 22, 2009 7:37PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Spike TV launches weekly "TUF 10" companion Web series hosted by Amir Sadollah
(mmajunkie.com)
Looking to capitalize on the initial success of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," which debuted Sept. 16 with record ratings, Spike TV today announced it has launched a companion Web series on Spike.com. "The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath," hosted by season-seven winner Amir Sadollah, debuted today. The digital series features a round-table discussion about the previous "TUF" episode." The two fighters from each episode's fight and other notables will be guests on each episode of "The Aftermath."
Submitted Sep 22, 2009 5:54PM by haggiswashere - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Change Of Plans: Trigg NOT Being Cut By UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
Yet. For reasons known only to a select few, UFC has decided not to cut Frank Trigg despite reports to the contrary recently. Trigg will now get at least one more fight in UFC, he has 3 fights left on his current contract.
Submitted Sep 22, 2009 4:22PM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
A New Thiago Alves Back In December
(tatame.com)
A new Thiago Alves. That’s what the Brazilian Pitbull promises for his UFC return, on December 5. After losing the title fight against Georges St. Pierre, Thiago wants to restart, focusing in a rematch. “You’re gonna see a different Pitbull. You didn’t see my wrestling and my ground game, because I didn’t have an opportunity to use it, and I feel that my career started after this last fight… I grew up a lot as a person and as a fighter, I’m recharged and I’ll get what I want, the belt”, guarantees Alves, who’s rumored to fight Paulo Thiago, but didn’t want to reveal his the opponent. “I’ll fight at December 5… I have an opponent, but I can’t say yet”. Man I can't wait for his return..and to see him back in action ...
Submitted Sep 22, 2009 1:01PM by RhythmAndStyle - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tito Ortiz Wants To Crush Mark "The Mummy" Coleman
(mmamania.com)
Yes, Tito Ortiz did refer to Mark Coleman as "a mummy" when talking to The Las Vegas Sun about his upcoming fight with Coleman. Ortiz thinks Coleman may not want to stand with him based on how Tito thought Coleman was afraid to stand with Fedor.
Submitted Sep 22, 2009 10:00AM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul Daley Proves He Is A Fighter's Fighter
(mmaweekly.com)
Anytime a fighter makes their UFC debut the butterflies are expected to flutter in the stomach, but according to British heavy hitter Paul "Semtex" Daley, he was calm, cool and collected as he walked into the Octagon and knocked out Top 10 welterweight Martin Kampmann. Stepping in for the injured Mike Swick on short notice, Daley came into the fight with Kampmann as an underdog, but soon evened the odds as he punished the Danish fighter with heavy left hands and finally put him away in the latter part of the first round.
Submitted Sep 21, 2009 8:18PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFN 19 Fighter Payouts
(mmaweekly.com)
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Boxing Commission has revealed the official fighter payouts from last week's UFN 19 event. The total disclosed payouts were $476,000 with the biggest share-$60,000-going to Nate Quarry. And although their fight was a last-minute scratch, Sam Stout and Phillipe Nover both received what they would've had made had each won the fight, meaning $24,000 and $20,000 respectively.
Submitted Sep 21, 2009 4:30PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With UFC planning to terminate contract, Frank Trigg says retirement is imminent
(mmajunkie.com)
After waiting more than four years to make his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, veteran fighter Frank Trigg will probably be dropped from the organization once again. And if that's the case, he's likely to retire from the sport. Trigg, a former top UFC welterweight contender, suffered a first-round TKO loss to Josh Koscheck on the main card of this past weekend's UFC 103 event in Dallas. Following the Sept. 19 event, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Trigg probably won't get another fight in the organization. If that's the case, Trigg today said, his career is likely over. "I think Trigg is one of those guys (like Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic)," White said after the conclusion of the UFC 103 post-fight press conference. "These (other) guys are young and explosive. There's just a whole other level of talent out there, man, and that's the way it works. That's the way this business is."
Submitted Sep 21, 2009 3:24PM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Silva “I Want The Belt”
(tatame.com)
Two days after knocking Keith Jardine out on UFC 102, Thiago Silva was already training hard on American Top Team. Without thinking about rest, the Brazilian spoke with TATAME.com about his biggest objective on UFC. “I want the belt and I’m working hard for it. I get rest one day and it’s fine, I’ll start the battle if, when UFC call me, I’ll be ready“, said Thiago, who talked about his desire to fight Lyoto Machida again, the next title fight between Machida and Mauricio Shogun, the training with his old time rival, Luis “Banha“ Cane, Rogério Minotouro coming on UFC and more.
Submitted Sep 21, 2009 1:04PM by RhythmAndStyle - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
UFC's Lightweight Division Becoming an Attractive Option for Intriguing Battles
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC's lightweight division may be able to exclude itself from being a "stale" division after all. On Wednesday night, Gray Maynard defeated exiting UFC fighter Roger Huerta via decision to move himself into talk that he may be given a shot at the title in the near future. Three days later, his teammate, Tyson Griffin, finished an out-of-shape and reluctant Hermes Franca in the second round of their tilt at UFC 103, further igniting thoughts that Griffin may also be in the mix at the top of the lightweight division. While the welterweight division is struggling to find a viable contender and the middleweight division seems to be at a standstill due to Silva's injury and impassiveness, the lightweight division may become an attractive option for intriguing match-ups for Joe Silva and Dana White.
Submitted Sep 21, 2009 12:52PM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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