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Kenny Florian is ‘fired up,’ still wants BJs belt
(mmamania.com)
“I’m still at the top of the division and in one or two fights I think I can put myself back into contention to fight for the belt again. In order to do that, I’m going to have to face some tough guys, but I’m motivated and excited with that possibility…. In no way, shape or form did (Keith) ever use [the eye poke allegation] as an excuse, and that’s definitely not the reason I lost. I lost because B.J. was the better fighter that night, simple as that…. It’s little things that I should have done better. For me, it’s basically, ‘stop talking and start doing.’ I just want to get back to training and refine everything and just get back in the cage. I’m just motivated and fired up to fight someone right now.”
Submitted Aug 23, 2009 11:33PM by jae_1833 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hoping for UFC 105, Hathaway awaits the call
(mmaweekly.com)
“Were still waiting to hear about November, but if it’s not then I guess I will be fighting again in the New Year,” he explained. “No names have been mentioned to us, but I don’t mind at the moment. I have had some time off to rest and I have just started training again so there are plenty of things I can work on in the meantime.”
Submitted Aug 23, 2009 7:40PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
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New and improved Keith Jardine ready to make a run to the top
(mmamania.com)
Keith Jardine talks about fighting the best in the talent-rich 205-pound class, including former champions, Chuck Liddell, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Wanderlei Silva and Forrest Griffin, as well as other tough guys such as Brandon Vera, Houston Alexander and Wilson Gouveia.
Submitted Aug 23, 2009 7:34PM by jae_1833 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nogueira’s coach: “Couture has no punch”
(mmamania.com)
“We think that Couture will fight standing against him, and Rodrigo thinks that too. Rodrigo is 100% prepared standing. I always said that this fight were good to Rodrigo, because Couture has no punch to knock him out, and Rodrigo boxes better than him… Rodrigo is prepared in the ground too and will work to submit, because Rodrigo has everything to submit him”, explained the coach. “Our strategy is stay away from the fence”. – Luiz Alves, the Muay Thai coach for Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira, tells Tatame.com that his fighter is set to stand and trade with Randy Couture at UFC 102 because the “Natural” doesn’t pack much heat on his feet. He may be right — Couture doesn’t have a clean knockout on his resume in 25 career fights. But that hasn’t necessarily stopped him from handling (and defeating) the big dogs, including Tim Sylvia, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, Pedro Rizzo and Kevin Randleman, among others. Will he add “Big Nog” to that list on Aug. 29? For the record: Nogueira has one knockout, and just one technical knockout, in 37 career fights.
Submitted Aug 23, 2009 8:00AM by SmileR - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Danillo Villefort cut from UFC after just 1 fight
(bloodyelbow.com)
The truth is, the UFC answered all of these questions with their decision to release Danillo and fighters need to take it as a warning that, right or wrong, in the days of big PPV numbers the promotion doesn't have time for fighters that they feel don't deliver for the fans.
Submitted Aug 22, 2009 5:53PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
JON "BONES" JONES JOINS JACKSON
(mmaweekly.com)
Undefeated UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones is the latest fighter to join Team Jackson's in Albuquerque, N.M., headed by highly sought after trainer Greg Jackson. Jackson told MMAWeekly.com content partner Tapout Radio, "Jon Jones has joined our team and he's out here training. He's just a pleasure to work with. He's incredibly creative. That he's got so far with his creativity is amazing.”
Submitted Aug 22, 2009 5:47PM by jae_1833 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Belfort doesn't want to fight Silva, but Silva would not mind
(mmamania.com)
Vitor Belfort isn’t that high on an opportunity to challenge Anderson Silva for his 185-pound crown. He’ll do it, but it’s not an ideal situation to compete against a fellow Brazilian and someone who he considers a friend. However, Silva has remarked that Belfort is not his friend, but someone who he respects and is willing to fight without reservation if called upon. “The Phenom” is the latest addition to the UFC middleweight class and someone who company president, Dana White, would like to see earn a title shot to one day challenge “The Spider.” Before that can happen, however, both fighters need to take care of other business — Belfort is set to battle Rich Franklin next month and Silva is penciled in to take on Dan Henderson before year’s end. Are Belfort and Silva on a collision course, whether they like it or not?
Submitted Aug 22, 2009 5:21PM by jae_1833 - 17 comments
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Krzysztof Soszynski says he's finally figured out mma's mental game
(mmajunkie.com)
"I used to be such a bad mental fighter," Soszynski admitted. "Now everything has just turned around completely. Everything is coming together, and it's the perfect time for me to fight Brandon Vera." So what exactly clicked?
Submitted Aug 22, 2009 5:16PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
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Frank Fertitta Jr., Father Of UFC Owners, Dies
(mmajunkie.com)
Frank Fertitta Jr., founder of Station Casinos and the father of UFC owners Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, has died. He was 71. Frank Fertitta Jr. died earlier today following heart surgery in Los Angeles. He reportedly had been ill for some time. No official statements have been released yet by Station Casinos or UFC.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 6:54PM by DCRage - 4 comments
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Kang offered fight with Bisping at UFC 105
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
Denis Kang has been offered a fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 105, Fighters Only has been able to confirm.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 3:23PM by Wolfenstein - 24 comments
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Dan Hardy v Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 105
(fightersonlymagazine.co.uk)
A source in Seoul tells us that the South Korean welterweight was offered the fight this week and has provisionally accepted.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 3:21PM by Wolfenstein - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Penn vs. Sanchez At 105
(insidefights.com)
Turns out Michael Bisping may not headline UFC 105 after all. According to InsideFights, a source within UFC says that BJ Penn's next UFC Lightweight Title defense against Diego Sanchez will happen at UFC 105 in November. This comes despite Penn saying he's never do a UK event again over money issues and 105 expecting to be a free TV event in the US.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 2:40PM by DCRage - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Video Post: Randy Couture Trains for Nogueira
(demandmma.com)
Check out the video below as former UFC heavyweight champion Randy "The Natural" Couture trains for his UFC 102 bout with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 2:07PM by BrutalKnockOut - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jim Miller to face UFC newcomer Steve Lopez on UFC 103 preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
With Thiago Tavares recently bowing out of a UFC 103 preliminary card matchup due to an injury, Jim Miller (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will now fight UFC newcomer Steve Lopez (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be distributed shortly.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 1:17PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Shane Carwin Hates Brock Lesnar
(bloodyelbow.com)
"Brock is ready to go now and wants to fight," said White. "Carwin makes the most sense. He’s 11-0, and he’s been kicking the [expletive] out of everybody. [Gabriel] Gonzaga destroyed [Mirko] Cro Cop and he [Carwin] totally destroyed Gonzaga. Plus, he hates Brock Lesnar."
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:07AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Chase Gormley meets Stefan Struve at UFC 104 heavyweight contest in October
(mmajunkie.com)
One of the names lost in the UFC's recent heavyweight match shuffling was undefeated prospect Chase Gormley (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The recent Affliction transfer was originally scheduled to face Ben Rothwell but was left without an opponent following the flurry of new matchups that ultimately resulted in a heavyweight title fight between champ Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:02AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Mir plans on striking with Cheick Kongo at UFC 107
(mmamania.com)

“I think the advantage of being well rounded is not having to force anything. As long as we’re boxing with each other, I feel very comfortable against Cheick Kongo. Obviously I don’t want to eat one of his knees, so I probably will try to strike with him a lot because if I just try to dive at him there’s always a chance of taking one of those.”
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir dishes on his planned fight against the hard-hitting Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. Did his TKO win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 over-inflate his confidence in the stand-up game? Or does the Las Vegas native have the arsenal to stand and bang with the Parisian — who is known for his poor wrestling defense?
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 10:21AM by grappler0000 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
 
Brandon Vera Prepares for UFC 102 With an Eye on Lofty Goals
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Brandon Vera has the loftiest goal imaginable for an MMA fighter, and even if you don't think he can do it, he's not afraid to say it publicly: Vera wants to hold the UFC heavyweight belt and the UFC light heavyweight belt simultaneously. That's the goal that drives him. Never mind that Vera has never even been the No. 1 contender for either title, Vera insists that he can do it. But in the mean time, he's just focused on beating Krzysztof Soszynski, the man who will be on the other side of the Octagon from Vera on August 29 at UFC 102. In an interview with FanHouse, Vera discussed the upcoming fight and his long-term plans in the sport. The full interview is below.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 8:35AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
MINOTAURO NOGUEIRA IS STILL IN THE GAME
(mmaweekly.com)
Three fights into his UFC career, former Pride and UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says the best is yet to come. And though his headlining fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102 may be long overdue, he feels it’s the best opportunity possible for redemption. “I’m gonna have a lot of people against me, but I’ve been very focused and very well-trained,” he told reporters during a media teleconference Tuesday. For a guy that’s been in the game as long as he has, ups and downs come with the territory. The stakes, however, have doubled since he’s come to the UFC and met with mixed success.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 8:34AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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