Rich Franklin's hernia surgery successful, UFC return still targeted for spring
Former UFC middleweight champion and veteran fighter Rich Franklin underwent successful hernia surgery last week and still expects to return to the octagon this spring.J.T. Stewart, Franklin's business manager, shared the news with the Dayton Daily News, a content partner site of MMAjunkie.com.Franklin slotted the Jan. 12 surgery after a busy 2009 fight schedule continually forced him to postpone the procedure.
Rousimar Palhares meets Thomas Drwal at UFC 111 in New Jersey
The UFC's second trip to The Garden State has another fight to its lineup.A middleweight match-up pitting submission ace Rousimar Palhares (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) against the heavy-handed Thomasz Drwal (17-2-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will be finalized shortly for UFC 111, sources close to the situation told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Both fighters have agreed to the match-up and are expected to turn in bout agreements this week.
Not content with close UFN 20 win, Aaron Simpson already back in gym
Despite scoring a come-from-behind victory on national television, picking up a $30,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus, and improving his career mark to 7-0 (3-0 in the UFC), Aaron Simpson did little celebrating after UFC Fight Night 20 last week.Simpson edged Tom Lawlor via split decision at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., but the Arizona Combat Sports fighter wasn't about to rest on his laurels.
Sean Sherk Is Chasing James Irvin's 'Most Cursed' Title
There are times when every fighter comes face to face with the end of the road. For Sean Sherk, withdrawing from three consecutive fights may be one of these times. As first reported by FiveOuncesofPain, the Muscle Shark has pulled out of his scheduled matchup with Clay Guida at the "UFC on Versus" event (March 21st; Broomfield, Colorado) due to lingering injuries. Sherk hasn't competed since his unanimous decision loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 98 in May.
Georges St-Pierre Mulls Permanent Move to Middleweight
There are some who believe that Georges St-Pierre has nothing left to prove at 170 pounds, and that's why he should consider moving up to 185. However, GSP recently explained to the media that it's not that easy. He said that if should ever move up in a weight, he must be sure that his work is officially done at 170, because he won't be able to move back down. Plus, the current welterweight champion added that he has always been hesitant to move up because he has many friends who fight at 185, and he would never consider fighting any of them.
Exclusive: Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione in the works for UFC 113 in Montreal
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned from sources extremely close to the situation that Kimbo Slice next’s fight is expected to take place at UFC 113 against fellow TUF 10 heavyweight, Matt Mitrione.
While sources close to Mitrione have said he has yet to be approached about the fight, the heavy handed duo are considered highly likely to face off on May 1 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
If Health Permits, Koscheck vs. Daley At UFC 113
If. Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley are now expected to meet at UFC 113...but it's a big "if" right now. Whether or not this really happens will depend on Kos's health, as an undisclosed injury that caused his fight with Paulo Thiago at 109 to be scrapped could hold up contracts being signed.
His borrowed gi days behind him, Mark Munoz eyes jiu-jitsu black belt
Former collegiate wrestling champion Mark Munoz (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has made great strides in his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, especially since pairing up with the vaunted Black House crew for training.
But Munoz will be the first to admit he doesn't do enough training in his gi. In fact, he doesn't even own one.
So you can imagine how surprised Munoz was when MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira asked "The Philippine Wrecking Machine" to bring his gi to their next workout.
Why Eliot Marshall can't count on homefield advantage at UFC on Versus 1
For UFC light heavyweight Eliot Marshall (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), things couldn't be better.
Professionally, Marshall has three-straight wins in the UFC. Personally, "The Fire" recently welcomed his first son into his family.
Now Marshall looks to make it a perfect trifecta as he preps for a March 21 bout with Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at "UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones" – a fight that takes place just three miles from "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member's house.
But despite the fact that Marshall will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd at The Odeum in Broomfield, Colo., the light heavyweight recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he won't be able to fully cash in on a homefield advantage.
"I don't know about family (coming to watch the fight), but friends, for sure," Marshall said. "My mom doesn't really handle it so well.
Should the UFC Reduce the Number of Fight Cards?
Welcome to life in 10 A.Z. (After Zuffa), referring of course to the mixed martial arts world since the UFC was purchased by the sports promotion company.
If you were scoring the opening decade of the 21st century, the Ultimate Fighting Championship started off slow but settled in and dominated the end of the fight en route to a unanimous decision.
Since Zuffa took over in 2001, the UFC's popularity has steadily increased and, in the last four years, the number of events per year have more than doubled; leading some to question whether the fight league is spreading itself too thin.
T.J. Grant vs. Johny Hendricks in the works for UFC 113 in Montreal
A welterweight match-up between T.J. Grant (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Johny Hendricks (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is expected for UFC 113 in Montreal on May 1.
Sources close to the situation told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Friday that both fighters have agreed to the contest and are awaiting bout agreements. The pairing was first reported by TopMMANews.com.
Joe Lauzon hopes to rebound for UFC debut in Boston
"I’m obviously disappointed in the result [of Fight Night 20]. It was an entertaining fight, but that’s not what I want to be known for. I definitely thought I had (Sam) Stout in the first round but he had other plans. I felt his shoulder pop and I really thought that I had him. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I expected him to be tough. His takedown defense was better than I thought......
AKA boss open to teammate vs. teammate bouts
"I think if the UFC says 'Hey, Jon Fitch, you're the champion and Josh Koscheck is the number one contender,' then this is a business. It's not something I would ever want to happen but if that (scenario) ever happened the world would want to see them fight each other so we would have to separate camps for that particular fight..
UFC middleweight Dan Miller awarded Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
After just four years of training in the art, top UFC middleweight contender Dan Miller (11-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was today awarded his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
The 28-year-old was awarded the ranking during today's practice session at AMA Fight Club by his instructor, Jamie Cruz, himself a Renzo Gracie black belt.
AMA Fight Club's Mike Constantino today shared news of Miller's promotion with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
A competent wrestler after a lifetime of training in the sport, Miller has quickly adapted to the jiu-jitsu game. The middleweight counts seven of his 11 career wins by submission.
Sherk scratched; Gugerty to face Guida at UFC on Versus 1 in March
A rumored bout between former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (33-4-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Clay Guida (25-11 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has been scratched from the UFC's first live card on Versus.
The March 21 bout was recently described as "abandoned" by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed that Sherk was removed from the potential matchup for undisclosed reasons.
However, MMAjunkie.com confirmed Friday that Shannon Gugerty (12-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has agreed to step in for "The Muscle Shark" and face Guida.
Anthony Johnson: John Howard Is About To Be Snaggletooth When I'm Done With Him
Yes, a snaggletooth, whatever that is. In responding to comments from his next opponent, John Howard, "Rumble" also took exception to being called "Crumble". "It's like I said on my Facebook, his time has run out and now he's about to be snaggletooth when I get done with him…I heard he called me 'Crumble.' He says I crumble when I get pressured and stuff, but ain't nobody made me crumble yet. I had one mental breakdown and that was when Koscheck pulled his little stunt, but other than that, I ain't broke down in no fight. I go out there and fight with everything I got and everybody knows that, so as far as me crumbling, it ain't going to happen." They'll get it on at UFC's 3/21 event on Versus.
Titles Aside, Wanderlei Silva Fights For His Fans
Whether a title shot is in his future or not, Wanderlei Silva enjoys the fight, delivering emotion to his fans. At this point in his career, he wants to enjoy his work and please his fans. “All fights for me, I see the rope on the neck,” said Silva. “But no matter, I love the pressure. For me, I fight a long time in life. I fight because I like it. I fight because I have a lot of friends around the world that enjoy my fights.” Silva feels if the title shot comes, so be it. A title is not going to define his path anymore. “I love to make emotion for my fans around the world, and this is the reason I fight,” he said. “I don’t know if one day I’m going to fight for the title, but for this moment, I just enjoy my job. This is my business and my hobby.”